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Staff Fiction Favorites

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

Stoner by John Williams

This quiet, unassuming novel has a strange power that grows with every page. Putatively telling the story of a meek academic beset by seemingly small setbacks, it captures, in heartbreaking detail, the story of a human life—flawed, poignant and ultimately tragic. Once out of print, it’s now more popular than ever, and will likely be around for a very long time to come. - Rico

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By John Williams, John McGahern (Introduction by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781590171998
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Published: NYRB Classics - June 20th, 2006

The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith

The Cormoran Strike novels have so many of the elements I love in mysteries. The main characters are flawed but winning, there is a fiendish puzzle at the heart of each book, and there are equal helpings of darkness and snort-inducing humour. On top of that, the series has one of the most delicious will-they-won't-they romance subplots I have ever read. - Ilana

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The Cuckoo's Calling (A Cormoran Strike Novel) Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780316206853
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Published: Mulholland Books - April 29th, 2014

The Half-Drowned King by Linnea Hartsuyker

This is epic historical fiction in line with fantasy favorites like A Game of Thrones and Half a King. Brother and sister duo Ragnvald and Svanhild are smack dab in the middle of a web of allegiances, ambitions and revenge. Hartsuyker reimagines the Viking sagas with deeply personal struggles amidst an environment of violence and shifting tides. - Clara

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The Half-Drowned King: A Novel (The Golden Wolf Saga #1) Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062563705
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - June 26th, 2018

The Ensemble by Aja Gabel

Following the careers, love affairs, and spats among the members of a string quartet, The Ensemble is about the ways time and circumstance conspire to push people together and tear them apart. The prose reads like the music it describes, seducing you into the competitive world of chamber musicians—a far sexier and more dramatic world than you might imagine. - Jessica

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780735214767
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 15th, 2018

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Adeyemi has created a gorgeously rendered world inspired by West African culture and mythology, full of ancient magic, love and heartbreak, betrayal and redemption. Her characters are superbly drawn and very human: brave, charismatic, at times afraid and unsure, but always willing to rise to the challenges Adeyemi throws their way. - Stuart

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Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha #1) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250170972
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - March 6th, 2018

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

This sprawling novel follows a family over several generations, following a large cast of characters while still maintaining a sense of intimacy with the reader. Exquisitely written, Pachinko opens a window to a facet of history I had never read about before. Lee has crafted a narrative that is an honest, hope-filled portrayal of the immigrant experience. - Jade

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$16.99
ISBN: 9781455563920
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - November 14th, 2017

Speak by Louisa Hall

I firmly believe Louisa Hall to be the most creative and boundary-pushing fiction writer of the 21st century. This speculative novel explores artificial intelligence through the vast canon of recorded words that computers feed on. Hall makes meaning out of an overload of data. Alan Turing, chat transcripts, a puritan diary, and unsent letters all contribute to this incredible story. - Clara

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$15.99
ISBN: 9780062391209
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Published: Ecco - May 3rd, 2016

The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner

Kushner’s new novel is, in a word, devastating. It opens as the main character, Romy Hall, is on her way to prison to serve a life sentence for murder. Kushner writes so convincingly, with such compassion for people struggling to survive in modern California’s darkest corners, you’d think she has personally lived the life of her main character—and every other character in the book. - Rico

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$27.00
ISBN: 9781476756554
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Published: Scribner - May 2018

Rock Candy Mountain V1 by Kyle Starks

This comic is completely bonkers and has everything you could want: old-timey hobos, hobo slang, tramps, bums, magical maps, sidekicks, regular kicks, and a heavy dose of hilarity that doesn't quit. It's like O Brother, Where Art Thou? meets Deadly Class. On trains. Trust me—it’s amazing. - Kelly

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By Kyle Starks, Kyle Starks (Artist), Chris Schweizer (Artist)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781534303171
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Published: Image Comics - October 3rd, 2017

Hot Mess by Emily Belden

I love a good hot mess and this was one in the best way possible. It feels so realistic you might think it’s actually a biography. I know people like Belden’s main character Allie (but I’m not naming names). The adulting that she has to do to cover for her trash fire of a boyfriend is astounding and exhausting. This would make an excellent movie. - Karena

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$15.99
ISBN: 9781525811418
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Published: Graydon House - March 20th, 2018

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