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Staff Fiction Favorites

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

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

Ice by Anna Kavan

An acid-trip of environmental fiction. As I tried to follow the narrator's stream-of-consciousness I found myself in a tug-of-war between frightening questions about the shapeshifting protagonist and the seductively luscious prose. The book contains violence, misogyny, climate apocalypse, and the dark-side of mankind’s clannish instincts, so content warnings apply. - Clara

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By Anna Kavan, Jonathan Lethem (Foreword by), Kate Zambreno (Afterword by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143131991
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Published: Penguin Classics - November 14th, 2017

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

This book is devastating and perfect. The small moments and mistakes that ruin a family are masterfully examined in Ng's debut novel. Misunderstandings, expectations and misguided priorities strain the relationships of the Lee family to a breaking point. Ng's portrait of this web of decisions and consequences is so delicate and earned it never feels like it's exploiting its reader. - Tori

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$17.00
ISBN: 9780143127550
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Published: Penguin Books - May 12th, 2015

Sourdough by Robin Sloan

Lois is lost, consumed by her job, her gastrointestinal distress, and not much else. A chance take-out ad begins a strange journey that involves spicy soup, robot arms, secret underground farmers' markets, San Francisco culinary legends (that are definitely NOT Alice Waters), ancient legends, folk music, and a whole lot of sourdough bread. A perfect (quirky) millennial fable. - Jocelyn

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$17.00
ISBN: 9781250192752
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Published: Picador - September 18th, 2018

The Lady's Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite

I have been waiting my whole life for a f/f bodice ripper, written by a woman who experiences same-gender attraction. To make it even better, the two main characters are an astronomer and an artist with deep love for plants and natural history! Lady's Guide manages to be fun and evocative; I'd suggest it to romance lovers who are nerds for historical fiction like me. - MJ

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$6.99
ISBN: 9780062931795
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Published: Avon Impulse - July 23rd, 2019

Semiosis by Sue Burke

This debut sci-fi novel is an engrossing tale of space colonization and alien first contact on a world full of sentient plants. The saga spans 100 years and 6 generations, each with its own unique story. Infusing plants with sentience and agency gives the book an eerie quality that’s hard to shake. Thought-provoking concepts, excellent world-building, and solid character development. - Trey

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$18.99
ISBN: 9780765391360
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Published: Tor Books - March 12th, 2019

Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata

A darkly humorous, compulsively readable exploration of normativity through the eyes of a content but maladjusted young woman who, despite societal pressures, is simply not wired to conform. Perfect for helping anyone who has ever felt they're not living "the right way" become convinced otherwise. - Ksenia

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$15.00
ISBN: 9780802129628
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Published: Grove Press - September 17th, 2019

Batwoman: Elegy by Greg Rucka and J.H. Williams III

Former military cadet, survivor, and Don't Ask Don't Tell victim Kate Kane stalks a new criminal High Madame that could only have come out of Gotham in Elegy, one of the best superhero stories I've ever read. Greg Rucka's art is nothing short of beautiful, with breathtaking action sequences and humanizing flash backs, and Williams' story will keep you hooked. - Jocelyn

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By Greg Rucka, J.H. Wiliams III (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781401298869
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Published: DC Comics - September 10th, 2019

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