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Staff Fiction Favorites

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

Normal People by Sally Rooney

This terrific novel is about communication breakdowns, the insecurities that accompany early love, and the complications of sex and friendship in your early twenties. The relationship between Connell and Marianne will remind you of all you wish you’d done differently in your youth, and the tenderness between them will give you hope. - Jess

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ISBN: 9781984822178
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Published: Hogarth - April 16th, 2019

Rebel by Beverly Jenkins

In the center of New Orleans's Reconstruction efforts, Drake LeVeq and Valinda Lacy are trying to build a better world for the newly free city. I'd never read a historical novel set in this era before and I completely devoured this. Jenkins brings this world to life with all its competing factions, lively rebirth, ruling families, and steamy passion. Laissez les bon temps rouler! - Clara

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ISBN: 9780062861689
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Published: Avon - May 28th, 2019

Seven Blades in Black by Sam Sykes

Sal the Cacophony is a gunslinging wizard-hunter on a mission of vengeance, and—armed with a giant sentient handgun—she’s on the hunt for seven vicious outlaw magicians. This book is brutal and bloody with big battles and lots of action, but also features rich, inventive worldbuilding, snappy dialogue, and characters with surprising humor and heart. I couldn’t put it down! - Stuart

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ISBN: 9780316363433
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Published: Orbit - April 9th, 2019

Euphoria by Lily King

Beautifully written and meticulously researched, King’s fictionalized account of Margaret Mead’s 1933 journey to New Guinea is historical fiction at its best. The atmospheric prose immediately drew me in and I felt like I was right there with Mead as she struggled to adapt to the humid jungle environment and the steamy love triangle in which she found herself entangled. - Jade

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ISBN: 9780802123701
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Published: Grove Press - April 14th, 2015

The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner

This novel is, in a word, devastating. It opens as Romy Hall is on the way to prison to serve a life sentence for murder. As much the story of Hall’s life in prison, it’s the story of her past--her childhood on the streets of San Francisco, her experiences as an exotic dancer, and the circumstances surrounding her crime. I can’t recommend this one enough. - Rico

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ISBN: 9781476756585
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Published: Scribner - May 7th, 2019

Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore

The oldest soul in the world just can’t seem to reach perfection. He was a disciple of the Buddha, a superhero on an alien prison planet, a wise fisherman… but every single time, Milo doesn’t get it right. On a positive note, every time he dies, he reunites with his girlfriend, Death (who also goes by the name Susie). This book is totally goofy, sweet and wise. I loved the ending. - Jason

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ISBN: 9780399178504
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Published: Del Rey - July 10th, 2018

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Elaborate heist? Elaborate magical heist? Elaborate, brilliantly realized world inspired by historical Amsterdam, but filled with living, breathing people with complex histories and personalities, that will come together for the pay-off of their lives – and maybe save the world? I devoured this novel that will satisfy fantasy fans of any age, of six young criminals and misfits who refuse to accept a world that won’t accept them. Trust me – you’ll be glad there’s more. - Jocelyn

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Published: Square Fish - February 6th, 2018

Leading Men by Christopher Castellani

This is historical fiction at its voyeuristic, psychological and penetrating best. Tennessee Williams and his lover Frank Merlo go to Italy in 1953 for a party at Truman Capote's villa. The web of friendships, adventure, love, and betrayal is gorgeous and heartbreaking. Frank's emotional journey is one of the most evocative and nuanced in recent literature. - Clara

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ISBN: 9780525559054
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Published: Viking - February 12th, 2019

The French Girl by Lexie Elliott

This well-crafted mystery builds momentum and suspense as the tale unfolds. Ten years ago six Oxford students vacationed at a farmhouse in the countryside of France. Severine, the French girl next door, became an integral part of their week together. On the last day of their visit, she disappeared. Now the discovery of Severine's body unearths long buried secrets that threaten everyone. - Trey

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ISBN: 9780399586972
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Published: Berkley - March 5th, 2019

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

I make time every year to reread this and I always find a new reason to love it. The imagery alone is worth it. Descriptions of tents full of magic and wonder, characters who defy reality, and a circus that no one can predict makes this one of my favorite books of all time. "The circus arrives without warning." Consider this your warning. This is the read you were waiting for. - Karena

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Published: Anchor - July 3rd, 2012

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