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Staff Fiction Favorites

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

Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger

This is a rainy-day favorite of mine. Actually, I could read it any day, rain or shine. Salinger's dialogue- and detail-heavy prose turns some people off of this novel, but I find it charming and enjoyable. The quirky relationship between the Glass siblings sets a beautiful backdrop to Franny's spiritual crisis, and the glimpses into their past through letters and stories are so beautifully told.
Reviewed by: 
Andrea
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$9.99
ISBN: 9780316769495
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Little, Brown and Company - May 1st, 1991

Little Bee by Chris Cleve

I leapt into this book not knowing anything about it, and I was so surprised and fulfilled by the remarkable story. It was darker than I expected, but Cleave has a way of getting into each character's head that stayed with me for a long time after I was done reading. It's an insightful look into the terrifying situation of illegal refugees in the UK, told through Little Bee's unwaveringly hopeful eyes.
Reviewed by: 
Andrea
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$17.00
ISBN: 9781416589648
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Simon & Schuster - February 16th, 2010

Something Missing by Matthew Dicks

Martin knows he's the best. Unlike his "smash and grab" counter-parts, Martin has a methodical and meticulous way of stealing. He only takes what will go unnoticed, therefore making him the same. This allows him to intervene without leaving a single trail. Given the opportunity, Martin decides to become a guardian angel. Can Martin sacrifice his organized life in order to help others?
Reviewed by: 
Cesar
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$15.00
ISBN: 9780767930888
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Broadway Books - July 14th, 2009

Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurty

Lonesome Dove is one of those quintessentially sweeping epics that stands as a shining star of the historical fiction genre.. Reading McMurty’s beautiful prose fills me with such an overwhelming desire to travel the country, sleeping under the stars, that I want to pack a tent tonight and take off.
Reviewed by: 
Kimberly
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$7.99
ISBN: 9780671683900
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Pocket Books - December 15th, 1988

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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$17.99
ISBN: 9780312352196
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
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
Availability: Hard to Find
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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$18.99
ISBN: 9780156028776
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
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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$15.95
ISBN: 9780307277602
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
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.
Reviewed by: 
Laura
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$17.00
ISBN: 9780684804521
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
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.
Reviewed by: 
Laura
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$16.00
ISBN: 9781594483295
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - September 2nd, 2008

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