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Fiction Recommendations

The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan

This is unlike any other Werewolf novel I've ever read and wonderfully so. It's like a cross between Nick Cave and Kelly Armstrong, with a bit of existentialism mixed in. I has happily blown away by the ending. It's visceral and intellectual, full of sex and violence and all the things werewolves should be surrounded by.

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Nici
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ISBN: 9780307595089
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Published: Knopf - July 12th, 2011

A Moment in the Sun by John Sayles

This masterful work of epic historical fiction will entertain and educate . I knew nothing about the Philippine–American War and thanks to Sayles, I feel like I understand what drove people on both sides of the conflict. He dips you into one characters point of view, and then pulls you out only to do the same thing with another character. It's a beautiful novel and a powerfully constructed story. 

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Nici
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ISBN: 9781936365180
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Published: McSweeney's - May 17th, 2011

Look at Me by Jennifer Eagan

After falling in love with A Visit from the Goon Squad, I was compelled to read Egan’s other books, which cemented her status as my new favorite author. After a horrific accident, Charlotte is left to come to terms with her still beautiful, but changed, face. This is a sharp, edgy, and incisive look at identity, image, and our culture.

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Flannery
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ISBN: 9780385721356
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Published: Anchor - October 8th, 2002

Swamplandia! by Karen Russell

As their alligator wrestling theme park falls into decline, the Bigtree clan falls apart. Chief, the patriarch, disappears, elder brother Kiwi runs off to the mainland, oldest sister Ossie falls in love with a ghost, and young Ava is left to try and save them. This is an incredibly weird book, with dark undertones, a surprisingly light voice, and wildly eclectic characters. 

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Flannery
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ISBN: 9780307276681
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Published: Vintage - July 26th, 2011

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

After a horrific crime shocked a small town, the hunt for the guilty was on. After the arrests, Capote spent time in the town, at the trial, and with the criminals involved, hearing the stories, and observing the proceedings. The result of his efforts is this chilling, unique, and thorough examination of a horrific crime, its aftermath, and the people involved.  

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Flannery
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ISBN: 9780679745587
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Published: Vintage - February 1st, 1994

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

In a post 9/11 New York Oskar Schell tries to cope with the loss of his father through an unusual quest. Having found a mysterious key, Oskar searches the city for its matching lock.  Funny, heartwarming, and a little bit bizarre,  Foer’s unique style is a must read.  

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Kimberley
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ISBN: 9780618711659
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Published: Mariner Books - April 4th, 2006

The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult

Family secrets, teenage turmoil, love, sex, death…no ones writes a page turner like Jodi Picoult! Interestingly spliced with a graphic  novel mirroring the character’s emotional journey through a personal hell—this book will keep you on the edge of your seat.  

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Kimberley
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ISBN: 9780743496711
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Published: Washington Square Press - October 24th, 2006

The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet by Reif Larsen

Junior cartographer T. S. Spivet maps what he sees: translating the world as he knows into diagrams and detailed drawings. His (fully annotated) journey from Montana to the Smithsonian combines, as Stephen King puts it, “Mark Twain, Thomas Pynchon, and Little Miss Sunshine.” Like nothing else I’ve read before.  

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Kimberley
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ISBN: 9780143117353
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Published: Penguin Books - April 27th, 2010

Fables v1: Legends in Exile by Bill Willingham

If you’re the kind of grown-up who obsesses over fairy tales, you should be reading this series. Welcome to Fabletown, a secret city-within-a-city where Snow White, the Big Bad Wolf, Goldilocks and others reluctantly cohabitate after being exiled from their homeland by an evil empire. The art is stunning and sexy, and the stories told will seriously mess with your Disney memories. 

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Kat
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By Bill Willingham, James Jean (Illustrator), Alex Maleev (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781401237554
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Published: Vertigo - May 22nd, 2012

Love Begins in Winter by Simon Van Booy

Simon Van Booy can create a planet in a sentence, a character with two words. I read his short stories with the occasional twinge of outright jealousy. These stories touch upon love in many forms, its bewildering ambiguity and its unexpected power to push people forward. It’s quiet, philosophical and beautiful, the kind of book that turns your mind on and leaves it humming. 

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Kat
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ISBN: 9780061661471
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 12th, 2009

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