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Staff Fiction Favorites

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

A Criminal Magic by Lee Kelly

As a fan of both books about the 1920s and books about magic, this novel is firmly in my literary wheelhouse. I really enjoyed how the story swapped between the main characters who were on either side of the law. Joan as a magic bootlegger trying to provide for her family and Alex, an undercover cop, trying to gain redemption for his father's crimes. - Karena

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ISBN: 9781481410342
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Published: Saga Press - January 31st, 2017

Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai

There is nothing I don't love about this book. The dialogue is smart, the sex scenes are sizzling, and the cover is gorgeous. The heroine is a tattoo artist with a complicated history with her first love who she keeps encountering when she moves back home. Bonus: this is Rai's first novel with a major publisher and it's well deserved. - Karena

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ISBN: 9780062566737
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Published: Avon - July 25th, 2017

Fledgling by Octavia E. Butler

This book made me feel like a child discovering the world of books. Fledgling is a wholly new—norm-destroying vampire mythology is explored through the eyes of the strangest protagonists I've ever encountered. This is science fiction at its most cutting and mind-bending. Months after reading it I'm still asking myself questions and dreaming about this universe. - Clara

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ISBN: 9780446696166
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - January 2nd, 2007

The Last Painting of Sara De Vos by Dominic Smith

Captivating historical fiction about a priceless painting, the painter who created it, the man who inherited it, and the celebrated art historian who created a forgery of it.  Smith skillfully weaves a multi-layered story narrated by the painter Sara de Vos in 17th century Amsterdam, the owner Marty de Groot in 1957 New York, and the forger Ellie Shipley in 2000 Sydney Australia. - Trey

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ISBN: 9781250118325
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Published: Picador - April 4th, 2017

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

Based on a historical scandal, this book is about coming of age in the 1940's and includes a modern day mystery. Georgia Tann, director of the Tennessee Children's Home Society, is kidnapping and selling children to wealthy families all over the county. Riveting and at times wrenching, it's ultimately uplifting and reminds us that the heart doesn't forget. - Clytia

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ISBN: 9780425284681
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Published: Ballantine Books - June 6th, 2017

The Life She Was Given by Ellen Marie Wiseman

This is a beautiful story about love, friendship, elephants, the circus, and a mystery concerning a family history of abuse. The story is told by two women, with equally compelling voices, decades apart. It's heartbreaking, with moments of joy. I like having my heart tugged by what I’m reading, but if you’ve enjoyed my other recommendations, you'll love this one. - Clytia

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ISBN: 9781617734496
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Published: Kensington - July 25th, 2017

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

Enter a world with two moons, then a town of cats. Meet a relentless fee collector, a hitwoman and a cram school teacher. Explore a shady religious sect and ponder the meaning of the mysterious Little People. 1Q84 is a strange, patient, lonely, and ultimately satisfying pursuit of true love and delicious revenge. - Natalie

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ISBN: 9780307476463
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Published: Vintage - January 22nd, 2013

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Saunders tries something utterly new and succeeds masterfully. Who knew the story of the death of Abraham Lincoln's son could be so entertaining, and poignant, when told through historical footnotes and a cast of irreverent dead people? Bonus: Listen to the stellar audiobook version, which features a 166-person cast with Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, and many others. - Natalie

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ISBN: 9780812995343
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Published: Random House - February 14th, 2017

Provenance by Ann Leckie

A smaller-scale and more intimate novel than her star-system-spanning Ancillary Justice trilogy, this book is still Ann Leckie at her best: her characters are sharp-witted and understated, her world-building is rich and feels long-inhabited, and the plot hums as it follows a murder mystery/heist drama that’s really all about the protagonist’s search for place and meaning. - Stuart

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ISBN: 9780316388672
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Published: Orbit - September 26th, 2017

Children of the New World by Alexander Weinstein

A sublime collection of speculative, dystopian short stories. Weinstein’s near-future is full of isolating cybersex, social media implants and memory manufacturers. A father has to deal with his malfunctioning robot son. A suburban town has to decide which local kid to shoot off into space. Perfect for fans of George Saunders or Phillip K. Dick. - Jason

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ISBN: 9781250098993
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Published: Picador - September 13th, 2016

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