Staff Fiction Favorites

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

This scintillating amalgam of fiction and autobiography is filled with profound observation, gorgeous prose and a narrative structure that recalls the best of Nabokov. While Lerner’s intellect and erudition know no bounds, the book is taut and precise—a masterwork of literary engineering. It is among the smartest, most compelling novels I’ve ever read. - Rico

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10:04: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781250081339
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Published: Picador USA - October 13th, 2015

There are countless adaptations of Homer’s Odyssey—from Ulysses to O Brother, Where Art Thou—but none tell the epic from Penelope’s point of view. Whether you’re a long-time fan of Atwood’s masterfully-crafted novels, or have just stumbled onto her work after watching the Netflix adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale, you’re bound to love The Penelopiad. - Aric

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The Penelopiad: The Myth of Penelope and Odysseus (Myths) Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9781841957982
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Published: Canongate Books - October 1st, 2006

Beowulf is one of the great epics of the Western tradition, and one of the main inspirations for JRR Tolkien's collection of stories set in Middle Earth. Following Beowulf from his dramatic arrival through his heroic trials to the end of his life, this version also includes direct translations from Old English and commentary from Tolkien himself. - Ian

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Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780544570306
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Published: Mariner Books - August 4th, 2015

A lady pirate kidnaps a chef off a ship she plunders then forces him to make dishes from the stolen cargo. Do you actually need any more than that? I adored this book. The best part is the inclusion of the recipes that our stalwart chef creates. - Karena

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$17.00
ISBN: 9781250050182
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Published: Picador USA - June 3rd, 2014

The book is set in a dark future where an alien race has abducted the last surviving humans in hopes of helping them repopulate and revive an irradiated Earth. With a timeline that spans generations, Butler’s story was daring for her time and it’s still very relevant today, as she pushes the boundaries of race, gender, sexuality, and species. - Jade

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$21.99
ISBN: 9780446676106
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - June 1st, 2000

A comet is coming to end the world and only Junior knows about it. Told in Vonnegut-like  short chapters and bursting with dark humor, Currie tells the story in such a unique way (in the first half, the chapters count up to 100, and in the second half they count back down) as the world begins and ends. The book is  a chain letter; once you finish, you hand it to someone else. - Jason

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Everything Matters! Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143117513
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Published: Penguin Books - July 27th, 2010

I love this book so much that every time I come across it at a bookstore I get so excited that I forget I own it and buy it again. Otsuka uses first person plural to engage you in the story of Japanese picture brides as they navigate what it's like to be immigrants starting in the late 1800's and following them to the beginning of the internment camps of WWII. - Karena

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The Buddha in the Attic (Pen/Faulkner Award - Fiction) Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9780307744425
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Published: Anchor Books - March 20th, 2012

This impeccably written book chronicles a man pinned between two worlds. Born in Vietnam and educated in the US, the main character finds himself an outsider in both cultures. Told from his prison cell, the story starts in the past, builds to the present, and goes beyond, along the way exploring the boundaries of friendship, patriotism, and the nature of humanity itself. - Jade

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The Sympathizer: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802124944
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Published: Grove Press - April 12th, 2016

Don’t let the squirrel on the cover fool you—this is not a vapid summer read. This is quirky, hilariously critical, literary fiction.  It is both a romantic comedy told in present day Palo Alto, which ponders the thresholds of love and marriage—and a critique of the nouveau riche, big pharma and the military industrial complex. Unique and sweet, you’ll fall in love with it. - Jason

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$16.00
ISBN: 9781101981597
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Published: Penguin Books - November 1st, 2016

I have a very meta love of books about books and The Weird Sisters is very much about that love. It follows three complex (and often at odds) sisters who come home to care for their ailing mother. Told in first person plural narrative you feel instantly a part of their story. - Karena

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ISBN: 9780425244142
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - February 7th, 2012

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