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Fiction Recommendations

Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey

The book is daring, brash and nearly out of control. But the result is a classic American masterpiece. If you persevere through the sometimes challenging first 100 pages, your reward is an epic character-driven story set in the rain-soaked forests of the Pacific Northwest. An evocation of a time, a place, and a people, this is one of my favorite books of all time. - Trey

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$18.00
ISBN: 9780140045291
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Published: Penguin Books - July 28th, 1977

The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa

This is a heartbreaking dystopian novel set on an unnamed island oppressed under heavy surveillance. Objects from the island begin disappearing, and the memory police ensure physical objects vanish along with the people who remember them. Ogawa's writing is surreal and unsettling, but the eeriness is balanced by moments of beauty. - Natalie O.

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By Yoko Ogawa, Stephen Snyder (Translated by)
$25.95
ISBN: 9781101870600
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Published: Pantheon - August 13th, 2019

Such Small Hands by Andrés Barba

It was once a happy city; we were once happy girls... Now all we want is to play Marina's game. Narrated from the alternating points of views of seven-year-old Marina and a collective "we" of the other little girls at the orphanage, this is the most gorgeous, terrifying novella you'll ever read, all the more bone-chilling when you learn it was inspired by true events. Don't miss it. - Ksenia

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By Andrés Barba, Lisa Dillman (Translator), Edmund White (Afterword by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781945492006
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Published: Transit Books - April 11th, 2017

Everything Here is Beautiful

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$16.00
ISBN: 9780735221970
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Published: Penguin Books - January 15th, 2019

If you’ve ever loved anyone who struggles with mental heatlh issues, this book is that story. It captures with such raw and imperfect understanding both sides of being the one with the beautiful and complicated mind as well as the one who loves and cares for them...and sometimes at them. One whole unamed character in this book is the mental health system and it’s shortfalls. This story is about two sisters and their bond to love one another. The question that lurked in the background was, what about those who have no one?  I highly recommend this book for its insight and compassion. —Jenny


The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Ta-Nehisi Coates has already established himself as an important cultural voice on race relations. Now with his first novel, he adds to the conversation in ways best left to provocative fiction, exploring the cascading damage done when enslaved families are sold away from each other. Hiram Walker is an orphan of this crime and this is his remarkable story of deciding to leave his situation and become involved as a singular conductor in a slightly mystical, still historical Underground Railroad. The result is a captivating, resonating read. - Melinda

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ISBN: 9780399590597
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Published: One World - September 24th, 2019

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

Danny and Maeve grow up in a mansion bought by their father for their mother, who finds nothing but emptiness within its walls. When their mother flees and their father remarries, the house becomes a battleground for inheritance and belonging. Once again, Ann Patchett shows us that she is a master in creating multilayered family novels that speak volumes about our need for connection and understanding. This book will sit proudly on my bookshelf amongst my other Ann Patchett novels, each shining new light on her marvelous storytelling skills. - Casey

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ISBN: 9780062963673
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Published: Harper - September 24th, 2019

Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson is a national treasure. Her books make an impact, not only through her characters but because the act of reading her work is transformative. Her latest adult novel, Red at the Bone, is no exception. Woodson charts the history of one Brooklyn family as they grapple with an unplanned teen pregnancy and the decisions made that impact generations to come. Their family story—how much they are there for each other and for themselves—is a universal story about how we give and receive love. It is beautiful and honest, heartbreaking and poetic, and one of my favorite books of the year. - Casey

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ISBN: 9780525535270
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 17th, 2019

The Topeka School by Ben Lerner

In his newest novel, the author of two of my favorite books of the past decade (Leaving the Atocha Station and 10:04) tells the story of a “lefty household” in Topeka, Kansas, in the 1990s. The parents are psychologists transplanted from the big city, their son a gifted high school debater. It is about the end of the 20th century and the breakdown of our political discourse, but it’s also about language. Lerner is a poet—literally; he’s published three books of poetry—and every page here brims with fresh turns of phrase, startling images, and precisely rendered emotional moments. - Rico

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ISBN: 9780374277789
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 1st, 2019

Out of Darkness, Shining Light by Petina Gappah

Zimbabwean writer Petina Gappah has written an astonishing novel that looks smartly sideways at the history of British colonialism through the death of 19th-century explorer Dr. David Livingstone and the richly rendered funeral group who endeavors to deliver his body across Africa, sending it home. Two within his entourage, his loyal cook Halima and the Christian freed slave Jacob, narrate this journey through their own complicated perspectives, painting a broader, more nuanced understanding of slavery and colonialism, all while telling an engaging, atmospheric story. - Melinda

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ISBN: 9781982110338
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Published: Scribner - September 10th, 2019

A Single Thread by Tracy Chevalier

Violet is considered a surplus woman, stuck in limbo as a spinster who lost her fiancé in the Great War. In order to find some meaning, she starts a new life in Winchester, living as a single woman. Through a chance encounter, she falls in with a group of broderers, women who embroider kneeling pads for worshippers at Winchester Cathedral, and finds herself joined together with an amazing group of women. This beautiful book resonated with me on a deep level. - Ivy

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ISBN: 9780525558248
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Published: Viking - September 17th, 2019

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