Staff Fiction Favorites

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

This was my favorite novel from a breakout author this year! Set in the late 1960s, Evie, a Bay area native full of teen angst, finds solace in a cult, of course! Reminiscent of the Manson family, a perfect mix of romance and dark intensity. - Grace

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The Girls Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812988024
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Published: Random House Trade - May 9th, 2017

Yes, a sappy dog book! Our charming four-legged narrator observes his owner’s life with careful wisdom and curiosity. We follow this unique perspective throughout different stages of human life with the commentary of man’s best friend. Sentimental and reflective, one of my favorites to pass on! Tear-jerker warning! - Grace

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The Art of Racing in the Rain: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780061537967
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Paperbacks - June 9th, 2009

I missed this one growing up, and worried that the book wouldn’t hold up to the off-the-charts hype. I’m happy to say this gorgeous, absolutely mesmerizing book is as relevant and engrossing today as ever. Offred’s story is so touching (and terrifying), because the world she inhabits feels so close to our own, with diction that feels positively poetic. - Jax

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$15.95
ISBN: 9780385490818
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Published: Anchor Books - March 13th, 1998

I LOVED this. Telling the story of the Donner Party in rich detail, Houston emphasizes interpersonal dynamics within the party, largely leaving the cannibalism theme (quite effectively) to the reader’s imagination. Diary entries from a survivor who once lived in the Santa Cruz house where Houston wrote the novel give it a special local angle. - Flannery

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Snow Mountain Passage (Harvest Book) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780156011433
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Published: Mariner Books - March 25th, 2002

This charming, funny story tells of a widow and her struggle to continue life with her two young daughters. Lilian, an illustrator, is tasked with drawing vegetables for an upcoming book, and so enrolls in a gardening class. There she meets a group of very different​ strangers, all of whom touch her life. This quirky novel is full of humor, joy and hope. - Sara

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$16.00
ISBN: 9780399583582
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Published: Berkley Books - May 2nd, 2017

This book is what you get if you add fae magic to “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.” Millie is a delight, with all her dysfunction and her very real struggles with various disabilities. L.A. looms large as a character in its own right; the book is a kind of love/hate letter to the entertainment industry. I enjoyed the snark, loved the characters and was thrilled by the mystery. - Jax

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Borderline (Arcadia Project #1) Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781481429788
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Published: Saga Press - March 1st, 2016

From the author of The Miracle Girl comes this smart, often funny and heart-felt collection of short stories. A Californian, Roe’s sympathies lie with the Golden State’s outsiders—its janitors and harried single mothers and petty criminals and lost souls—and the efforts they make, however on point or misguided, to save themselves. An assured debut! - Rico

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Where You Live Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781938126437
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Published: Engine Books - May 9th, 2017

This debut novel blends Jewish mythology with Arabic folklore so masterfully and magically that you'll be engrossed instantly. A golem who loses the husband who created her and a jinni who finds himself freed from the prison that bound him meet and form a bond in not only the immigrant experience but against a threat in their turn-of-the-century New York City neighborhood. - Karena

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The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062110848
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Published: Harper Perennial - December 31st, 2013

You’ve heard of Vlad the Impaler – real-life basis for the legend of Dracula. This book turns Vlad into a brilliant, vicious teen girl named Lada. Set in the 15th century Ottoman Empire, the book weaves a vivid tale of family ties, courtly politics, and romance, with fully realized, complex characters. A must for any lover of historical fiction or badass girls. - Flannery

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And I Darken Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780553522341
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Published: Ember - May 30th, 2017

This post-apocalyptic endeavor is a beautifully written, terrifying journey into a future that feels real. We follow a caravan of musicians and actors who call themselves the Traveling Symphony, performing for forlorn survivors as they traverse the desolate landscape of what was once the Great Lakes. A fantastic look into human nature and the will to survive. - Sara

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Station Eleven Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780804172448
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Published: Vintage - June 2nd, 2015

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