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Staff Fiction Favorites

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

Childhood’s End by Arthur C Clark

Unique for its combination of elements, Childhood's End is arguably Arthur C. Clarke's finest piece of writing (he mentioned that it was his own favorite.) Childhood's End pushes beyond the usual space-being thriller by successfully questioning the purpose and relevance of life itself; plus, it's short enough to read in a night or two!
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Rochelle
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$7.99
ISBN: 9780345347954
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Del Rey - May 12th, 1987

The Graphic Canon by Russ Kick

I was surprised by how much I loved this book. I'm neither a classics nor a graphic novel enthusiast, but the creative and fascinating ways these artists reinterpreted world literature is immensely entertaining and educational. I highly recommend it.

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Nici
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The Graphic Canon, Vol. 1: From the Epic of Gilgamesh to Shakespeare to Dangerous Liaisons (The Graphic Canon Series) Cover Image
$39.95
ISBN: 9781609803766
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Seven Stories Press - May 22nd, 2012

Carry the One by Carol Anshaw

I feel reborn, cleansed, and forgiven; I feel like I’ve been given a precious gift. There’s a melancholy to all of the characters, trapped as they are by shared tragedy, and their methods of dealing with the past intertwines with each others–forming an amazing picture of reactions and dependencies.
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Nici
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$15.00
ISBN: 9781451656930
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Simon & Schuster - October 23rd, 2012

The Invisible Ones by Stef Penney

A great mystery with memorable characters and very good, atmospheric writing. The Romany background of many of the characters kept me enthralled and played well into the tension of the plot. The main detective–Ray–is a wonderfully flawed character with much to love.
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Nici
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$16.00
ISBN: 9780425253212
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Berkley - December 4th, 2012

Potent Pleasures by Eloisa James

For lovers of a good regency read, James is an absolute must! Her books are always satisfying, they are myriad, and they often achieve that uncommon quality of surprise within the somewhat restrictive romance formula. Pleasurable indeed.

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Nici
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$8.99
ISBN: 9780440234562
Availability: Backordered
Published: Island Books - May 9th, 2000

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

Beautiful Ruins is a lovely novel with vivid, complex characters who struggle with love, their futures, and life. Walter deftly weaves the storylines into a satisfying conclusion, while his lyrical, fluid prose evokes the beauty of Italy just as easily as it does the otherworldly vibe of Hollywood. This charming, clever novel will sweep you away, making it an excellent summer read.
Reviewed by: 
Flannery
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$16.99
ISBN: 9780061928178
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Perennial - April 2nd, 2013

Tenth of December by George Saunders

The New York Times called it "the best book you'll read all year," and I have to agree. Saunders' stories are completely unlike anything I've read before. At once profoundly disturbing, thought provoking, and enlightening, Saunders masterfully captures the odd, ragged edges of our life stories. This incendiary collection of mind-bending stories will tear you apart, then patch you back up with a kiss on the forehead.

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Andrea
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$26.00
ISBN: 9780812993806
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Random House - January 8th, 2013

Bed by David Whitehouse

Every sentence in this book explodes with complexity, lyricality, and emotional fervor. I never expected this from a story about a man who stops caring about life and crawls into bed, becoming monstrously obese. Mal changes the lives of his parents, his brother, and the woman both he and his brother love. Spend some time with this one; each line deserves to be savored.
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$17.99
ISBN: 9781451614237
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Scribner Book Company - August 7th, 2012

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

With Foer's crafty storytelling and Oskar's unconventional narration, you can almost forget that this is a story about a boy who lost his father on September 11th. It becomes a story about 9-year-old Oskar's treasure hunt, his way of making everyday occurrences seem spectacular, and the strangers that he befriends along the way. Precocious Oskar's story is as entertaining as it is moving.
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Andrea
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$15.99
ISBN: 9780618711659
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Mariner Books - April 4th, 2006

Watership Down by Richard Adams

Never let it be said that bunny rabbits don't make a convincing cast of characters--a seer, a soldier, a fearless leader--in an epic adventure story. My heart pounded during the chase scenes and I cried at the deaths. I'm so glad I never had to read this in school, because I don't think I would have appreciated it when I was younger. Now it's a new favorite that will stick with me forever.
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Andrea
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$19.99
ISBN: 9780743277709
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Scribner - November 1st, 2005

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