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Staff Fiction Favorites

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

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

I was nervous about this one. Sequels can either be exciting and fulfilling, or a total let down, and I didn’t want to lose any love for the story of Gilead and its people. Thankfully, The Testaments delivers on the promise The Handmaid’s Tale makes. It’s full of all the grace, wit, and feminism we’ve come to expect from Atwood, and on top of that, it's a roaring good story. - Jess

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The Testaments: The Sequel to The Handmaid's Tale Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780385543781
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Published: Nan A. Talese - September 10th, 2019

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

The original feminist dystopian novel, The Handmaid’s Tale is a book by one of the most talented writers of our time. Certain truths within it can be painful to read, but there’s also so much beauty in this survival story of a woman who has all of her rights stripped away by a totalitarian, patriarchal regime. A true classic that every American ought to read. - Jess

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The Handmaid's Tale: A Novel Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780385490818
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Published: Anchor - March 16th, 1998

Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman

A nostalgic piece recalling first love and the obsession that ensues, this novel is narrated by an adolescent boy living in the Italian countryside in the 1980s who develops a passionate infatuation with a summer guest. Aciman's prose detailing the confusion and lust that consumes Elio is both captivating and sincere. A coming-of-age story that reminds us of the profundity of desire. - Natalie O.

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Call Me by Your Name: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780312426781
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Published: Picador - January 22nd, 2008

Hawkeye V1: My Life as a Weapon by Matt Fraction and David Aja

As someone who also gets hurt a lot, wears a lot of purple, and struggles with depression, I relate to Clint Barton very strongly. He's a regular guy (as regular as an ex-circus performer and Avenger can be) who gets thrown into really ridiculous situations. His hare-brained solutions will keep you hooked from page one. - J Gallo

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Hawkeye - Volume 1: My Life As A Weapon (Marvel Now) Cover Image
By Matt Fraction (Text by), David Aja (Illustrator), Javier Pulido (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780785165620
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Published: Marvel - March 19th, 2013

The Friend by Sigrid Nunez

When the narrator’s friend, another writer, dies suddenly, she inherits his Great Dane. Among many problems, she lives in a tiny New York apartment—that doesn’t allow pets. What follows is a brilliant and moving meditation on friendship, love (both Platonic and romantic), art and grief. I found this a profound and beautiful reading experience. - Rico

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The Friend: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735219458
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 5th, 2019

River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey

In this action-packed novella, Gailey imagines what the U.S. would have looked like if we had gone through with the proposed 1910 plan to import hippos for meat. This (ill-conceived) plan was real. Galey creates a U.S. filled with one of the most dangerous creatures in the world. Follow this diverse band of "hoppers" as they jaunt through the southern swamps. - MJ

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ISBN: 9780765395238
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Published: Tor.com - May 23rd, 2017

Sunshine by Robin McKinley

Sunshine is a baker in a world where tour buses get lost down cobbled streets rebuilt after a magical World War. A chance encounter thrusts her into the center of a deadly, ancient game, and face-to-face with her own abandoned heritage. Brilliant world-building, vibrant characters, fantastic charms, and delicious cinnamon rolls. - Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9780515138818
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Published: Berkley - November 30th, 2004

Mars: Stories by Asja Bakic

Haunting, visceral, often funny and always powerful, these surreal, fabulist stories are nothing short of brilliant. Bakic, an emerging feminist speculative writer from the Balkans, is simply extraordinary, a talent not to be missed. - Ksenia

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By Asja Bakic, Jennifer Zoble (Translator), Ellen Elias-Bursac (Afterword by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781936932481
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Published: Feminist Press - March 12th, 2019

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Please read this book knowing as little as possible going in! Ishiguro touches on many themes, from discrimination and perception to futility and free-will, in an exquisitely quiet manner. As you follow a group of kids growing up at a withdrawn boarding school, moments start to feel off. Word choice seems suspect. A sense of dread and unease fills the halls. - Tori

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ISBN: 9781400078776
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Published: Vintage - March 14th, 2006

The Days of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante

The story of a woman's descent into madness after her husband abandons her with two children to raise. Olga's irrational behavior is the epitome of a woman on the verge. Ferrante's unsentimental descriptions of motherhood beautifully embody the resilience of a complex woman. For fans of Simone De Beauvoir's The Woman Destroyed. - Natalie O.

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By Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781933372006
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Published: Europa Editions - September 1st, 2005

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