Staff Fiction Favorites

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

This is an inventive locked-room murder mystery set on a generational space ship. The six crew members are clones, each of whom come to life with no memory of how, or by whom, their predecessor was killed.  Each of the crew members is a suspect and each of their histories provides clues in determining what actually happened. - Trey

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$15.99
ISBN: 9780316389686
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Published: Orbit - January 31st, 2017

This remains one of my favorite books. We meet Dolores Price at age 13 and stay with her until middle age. Along the way Dolores attempts various personas, deals with or avoids her various traumas, and tries to temper her wise-ass personality with her longing to be loved. Unpredictable, funny, and emotionally wrenching, She’s Come Undone is truly unforgettable. - Chorel

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She's Come Undone (Oprah's Book Club) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780671003753
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Published: Washington Square Press - December 1st, 1996

This book drew me in from the very beginning and I practically couldn't put it down until the end. The protagonist's trials force you to consider questions old and new. Which experiences make you who you are? What if you had lived your life differently? Are you the best version of yourself? Thrilling, thought-provoking, and emotionally intense—a great summer read. - Natalie

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$16.00
ISBN: 9781101904244
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Published: Broadway Books - May 2nd, 2017

Ignore everything about the cover, I promise this book is the fantasy book of your dreams. Zosia fought her war with a band of misfits, won her crown, but in the end everything turned out worse than expected. Each character is incredibly fleshed out and the story takes the tropes of the genre and smashes them to pieces. I was mad I didn't pick it up sooner. - Ivy

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A Crown for Cold Silver (Crimson Empire #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316379410
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Published: Little Brown & Co - September 15th, 2015

What does society mean when no one lives there? Through the life of a cop on the failing Moon Colony with only a few wards, this book explores just that. The art is playful, but each line purposeful. The entire package from story to artwork delighted me and it definitely earns its Eisner nomination. - Ivy

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$19.95
ISBN: 9781770462540
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Published: Drawn & Quarterly - September 20th, 2016

A moving story about a woman who gives up her own ornithological studies to follow her husband to his secret assignment at Los Alamos. But when she meets a Vietnam vet, she comes to realize there are choices she never thought possible. I really liked this one! - Clytia

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ISBN: 9781616206901
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Published: Algonquin Books - March 7th, 2017

This is one of those books that is hard to remember was totally groundbreaking because it feels so essential it’s hard to imagine the world without it. Gaiman, a Jewish Brit living in Minnesota, took a road trip through America and then wrote this unique exploration of plurality, religion, identity, and home. An amazing, engrossing epic adventure. - Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9780062080233
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - February 5th, 2013

Jacqueline Carey is second-to-none in world building and this book is no exception. Phedre, a child marked by destiny, is sold into indentured servitude at a young age, but soon finds herself being trained in the courtly arts of intrigue and seduction. Stuck as a pawn of greater families, she struggles to find her own path and protect those she holds dear. - Ivy

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$9.99
ISBN: 9780765342980
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Published: Tor Books - March 15th, 2002

Sometimes you just need to escape from the real world for a while. Sometimes, that escape might be classic literature. Sometimes, it might be humor. Sometimes, it might even involve a little bit of murder. Lucky for you, this has all three. No prior experience with Jane Eyre required – just a tolerance for Edwardian England and a little bit of blood. - Jocelyn

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$16.00
ISBN: 9780425283202
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - March 14th, 2017

This was recommended by a close friend and I have to say Englander is now my favorite new author despite how long he’s been around. His writing leaves just enough unsaid to guess at surreal interpretations before grounding the reader in hard reality. And he doesn’t bore the reader with unnecessary dialogue, leading to poignant lines of action and arresting commentary. - Ian

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For the Relief of Unbearable Urges: Stories (Vintage International) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780375704437
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Published: Vintage - March 21st, 2000

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