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Staff Fiction Favorites

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

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Set in the near future, in a totalitarian theocracy which has overthrown the United States government, The Handmaid's Tale explores themes of women in subjugation. The character is one of a class of individuals kept as ‘handmaids’ for reproductive purposes in an era of declining births. The images of emptiness are one of the most striking aspects of this novel-the effect is chilling.

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Tracy
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ISBN: 9780385490818
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Published: Anchor - March 16th, 1998

Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

Focusing on a 15 year old runaway, Kafka, and the old man Nakata, whose childhood trauma deprived him of his memory, Murakami weaves these characters towards each other in a magical world where cats talk and fish fall from the sky. None of the characters in Kafka on the Shore is as powerful as the forces of fate that drive them, and none even try to resist.

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Tracy
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ISBN: 9781400079278
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Published: Vintage - January 3rd, 2006

Lamb by Christopher Moore

Biff, the childhood friend of Jesus who was then known as Joshua, provides the long-awaited gospel of Jesus’ life before he became Christ. The story Biff has to tell is a miraculous one, filled with remarkable journeys, magic, healings, kung fu, corpse reanimations, demons, and hot babes. This book had me laughing so hard I had to calm myself down before reading further!

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Tracy
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ISBN: 9780380813810
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - May 25th, 2004

The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy

A heart-wrenching and beautiful novel that surrounds a South Carolina family over four decades. The novel surrounds Tom Wingo, a man stuck in New York with his sister’s therapist trying to resolve the troubled past that haunts both Tom and his sister Savannah. The drama and intrepid themes make this a wholly engrossing novel which I continue to reread again and again.

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Tracy
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ISBN: 9780553268881
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Published: Bantam Books - December 1st, 1987

The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough

This is a tremendous saga about a family surviving in the Australian Outback. The lavish descriptions of the wild setting are background to the incredible and impossible love story between the beautiful red-golden-headed Meggie Cleary and Father Ralph de Bricassart, the ambitious priest. The Thorn Birds has made a great impact on my ideas of what a great book should be.

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Tracy
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - May 11th, 2010

Unholy Night by Seth Grahame-Smith

From the guy who brought us Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, here's a twist on the story of baby Jesus and the three wise men. Except in this story, they're thieving scoundrels who steal three priests' robes and make a narrow escape from execution, then get roped into helping the holy baby escape from Herod and his henchmen. Blasphemous? Maybe. Fun? Absolutely!

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Andrea
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ISBN: 9780446563093
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 10th, 2012

The Lola Quartet by Emily St. John Mandel

This is The Great Gatsby for the disillusioned, overworked, economically desperate late-20s readership. Idealistic reporter Gavin loses his job when he includes false quotes to embellish a series of newspaper articles. He reluctantly returns to Florida, where he finds that his friends and girlfriend are involved in a scheme too crazy to be believed, one that cannot possibly end well.

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Andrea
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ISBN: 9781609530792
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Published: Unbridled Books - May 1st, 2012

Sugar Frosted Nutsack by Mark Leyner

I love zany postmodern vulgar imaginations like Leyner's, because no one else could write about the gods getting out of an ice cream van, getting drunk on Gravy (the drug, not the condiment), and creating existence. You might say that no one can make this sh*t up, but Mark Leyner just did. Prepare to be a little offended, a little grossed out, and extremely entertained.

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Andrea
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ISBN: 9780316608459
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - March 26th, 2012

Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

The Russian snow maiden fairy tale was never one of my favorites as a kid, but Ivey makes it lush and irresistible. Set against the harrowing backdrop of the Alaskan wilderness, the story unfolds with a touch of magical realism. There's an emphasis on the real, meaning that the characters behave as believably as one would expect when a girl made of snow comes to life in their backyard.

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Andrea
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ISBN: 9780316175678
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Published: Reagan Arthur Books - February 1st, 2012

Forgotten Country by Catherine Chung

This is a beautifully written novel about death, culture shock, and enduring xenophobia. It's about sisterhood, favoritism, and duty. It's about resenting your culture and being unable to escape it. It's about the secrets that families keep from the world and from each other. The story is honest and difficult and emotional, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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Andrea
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ISBN: 9781594488085
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 1st, 2012

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