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Staff Fiction Favorites

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

Apathy and Other Small Victories by Paul Neilan

This book is flawlessly summed up by author Neil Pollack: “If Camus and Bukowski had written A Confederacy of Dunces, and combined it with the screenplay for Office Space, it would have been this book.” There are simply no better words to describe this hilariously bizarre, somewhat offensive, delve into the 9 to 5. Perfect for any and all jaded minimum wage workers.
Reviewed by: 
Kimberly
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ISBN: 9780312352196
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - June 26th, 2007

Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella

Sometimes I feel like a good romantic chick-lit, and Sophie Kinsella is the perfect scratch for that itch. Lexi Smart wakes up in the hospital to find that the last 3 years gone from her memory. Seemingly she has gained everything she wanted out of life—but as Lexi pieces together the missing time, the thin veneer of perfection begins to crumble.
Reviewed by: 
Kimberly
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ISBN: 9780440242406
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Published: Dell Publishing Company - September 29th, 2009

The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber

On the surface, this story is nothing new: a gutter-bound London prostitute aspires for more. Yet Faber’s magnetic narrative voice, like an actor breaking the 4th wall, makes us conspirators in Sugar’s rags-to-riches campaign. Vibrant, sexy, and smart, Crimson Petal is simply a masterpiece of storytelling. Those 834 pages will fly by and have you begging for more.
Reviewed by: 
Kimberly
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ISBN: 9780156028776
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Published: Mariner Books - September 1st, 2003

Like You’d Understand Anyway by Jim Shepard

At turns, Jim Shepard is funny, quirky, morbid and dark. This collection has a story for everyone, with characters ranging from Vikings to bickering brothers in the suburbs. Perhaps the strength of his storytelling is the oddity of his voice, and his willingness to explore physical and psychological landscapes that seem strange but are ultimately more familiar than one might expect.
Reviewed by: 
Laura
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ISBN: 9780307277602
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Published: Vintage - August 12th, 2008

The Garden of Eden by Ernest Hemingway

Hemingway's last and supposedly unfinished work is often overlooked, but I was mesmerized and haunted by this unique and sparsely beautiful tale of a relationship rapidly disintegrating for bizarre and mysterious reasons. Easily read in one sitting, and well worth every moment.
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Laura
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ISBN: 9780684804521
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Published: Scribner - September 6th, 1995

Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

This guy's writing is electrifying; it sizzles with life and carries you along on a journey that is at once breathtaking, devastating, and inspiring. A history lesson and an all-consuming adventure with one of the most endearing characters I've ever encountered.
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Laura
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ISBN: 9781594483295
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 2nd, 2008

Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin

This book destroyed me, and I mean that in the best way possible. Beautiful language, an exquisitely heart-breaking love story, and gorgeous, wistfully descriptive passages about a Paris of a different time. Hands down, my favorite book ever, and my all-time favorite "romance."
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Laura
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ISBN: 9780385334587
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Published: Delta - June 13th, 2000

The Illumination by Kevin Brockmeier

I fell in love with this book once I got over my green envy of its author. I would like to have come up with the notion: what if pain glowed with its light? In a series of wonderfully diverse stories, Brockmeier explores just that in a manner that's much like the light described: painful, but impossible to look away from till it's done.
Reviewed by: 
Erin
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ISBN: 9780307387776
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Published: Vintage - February 21st, 2012

The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Shaffer

This book has all the best ingredients for a good read: history, characters you wish were your friends, romance, and a built-in love of other literature. It had me ready to pack up and move to the island of Guernsey (now that the war is long over of course.) One of my favorite comfort novels.
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Erin
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ISBN: 9780385341004
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - May 5th, 2009

The Lady Matador's Hotel by Cristina Garcia

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It never drags, and its pages are populated by endlessly engaging characters, both villainous and sympathetic. From despots to parrots that spout leftist poetry the Hotel Matador is a melting pot of intrigues and assignations, ambitions, revenge, and heartbreak. The only thing certain about this story's ending is that you will not want it to happen.
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Erin
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ISBN: 9781439181751
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Published: Scribner - January 3rd, 2012

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