Staff Fiction Favorites

A rotating selection of some of our staff's favorite titles. New reviews added quarterly.

The hot-blooded passion of love is as mysterious and powerful as the magic promised by this modern fairy tale. The 3 generations of powerful, independent, & unique women of the Owens family are both masters and victims to desire. Men want them, women want what they can promise – and the women themselves ceaselessly look for quiet love and happiness.

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Jocelyn
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$16.00
ISBN: 9780425190371
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Published: Berkley Books - August 5th, 2003

Bleak House, in true Dickensian fashion, explores the divide of classes, the false hope of wealth, & the hypocrisy of the legal system, while exploring the travails of a cast of characters as compelling as any found on primetime. Esther stumbles into secrets far-reaching and personal, testing her and others’ resolve for honor in the quest for happiness.

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Jocelyn
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By Charles Dickens, Nicola Bradbury (Introduction by), Nicola Bradbury (Notes by)
$13.00
ISBN: 9780141439723
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Published: Penguin Books - April 29th, 2003

This collection will take your breath away with the beauty of its language, and the possibility for wonder in the mundane. Stories of work, relationships, friends, family take on the promise of mystery, and magic in DeLint’s city of Newford. The dream-like quality introduces you to new friends, and hope for more beyond the ordinary.

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Jocelyn
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By Charles De Lint, Terri Windling (Introduction by)
$24.99
ISBN: 9780765306791
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Published: Tor Books - August 2nd, 2003

An ancient vampire and a baker with magical affinity for sunlight don't sound like they'd get along, but when Constantine and Sunshine save each other's lives, they don't have much of a choice. McKinley's narrative voice is flawless, and I love the matter-of-fact existence of werewolves, demons, and charms in a world also filled with computers and cinnamon rolls. -

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Andrea
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$9.99
ISBN: 9780142411100
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Published: Speak - April 29th, 2010

Through a unique oral interview style, a memorable cast of characters tells the story of Buster Casey: childhood prankster, venom addict, demolition derby driver, and small town legend. This unforgettable novel will make you think, laugh, and (in my case) almost throw up - that's some powerful prose.

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Andrea
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$15.00
ISBN: 9780307275837
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Published: Anchor Books - May 6th, 2008

I never thought I would be one of those silly people swooning over Austen, but when I read this at 21, I was sold. What I really like about P&P is that it explores several kinds of relationships - the hasty, too young, head-over-heels kind; the long-married and perfectly understanding kind; and the new, heart-fluttering, "So This Is Love" playing in the background kind.

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Andrea
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Pride and Prejudice (Penguin Classics) Cover Image
By Jane Austen, Vivien Jones (Editor), Vivien Jones (Introduction by)
$9.00
ISBN: 9780141439518
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Published: Penguin Books - December 31st, 2002

"The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed." So begins my favorite King work, a 7 volume journey that will draw the reader across time, parallel worlds, New York, and Mid-World in a wake of blood and bullets. With inspirations from Arthurian legend, Tolkien, and The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, this series showcases King's masterful storytelling ability.

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Andrea
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By Stephen King, Michael Whelan (Illustrator), Thomas Wolfe (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9780451210845
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Signet Book - June 23rd, 2003

This is a marvelously written American family tragedy which follows a woman's misfortunes in 50s Niagra Falls. Ariah is widowed on her honeymoon and finds love years later, only to see have her new life engulfed by an environmental scandal. Her story is so filled with grief and pain that it is sometimes difficult to read, but Ariah's struggle for happiness drives her to the end.

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Andrea
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$14.95
ISBN: 9780060722296
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Published: Harper Perennial - August 2nd, 2005

Have you read an enjoyed A Brave New World or 1984 ? Do you love wacky dystopian societies that are just creepy enough to make you uncomfortable? Zamyatin did them first, and in my opinion, best. What is freedom? What is truth? And does love ensnare us, or free us as individuals? These are just a few of the questions asked here, you’re in for a heck of a ride.

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Erin
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By Yevgeny Zamyatin, Clarence Brown (Translator), Clarence Brown (Introduction by)
$15.00
ISBN: 9780140185850
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Published: Penguin Books - August 1st, 1993

To really talk about Sandra Cisneros in a way that does her justice I have to use lines from her own poems. Her words are “beautiful as money and as brutal”, “backflips snapping open like/ A carpenters hinged ruler,” “parrot tulips and papayas”, a “helix of desire and vanity”, a “fleshy undertongue of sorrows”, a “mariachi howl”.

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Erin
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$14.95
ISBN: 9780679755272
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Published: Vintage - March 14th, 1995

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