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Staff Fiction Favorites

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

The Empress of Mars by Kage Baker

An earthy bar that welcomes anyone to call it home. A tough businesswoman, trying to keep home, community, business, and family intact. A panoply of humanity, from struggling farmers, to conmen and cowboys, to the heart-of-gold businessman, and the Company threatening to end it all. A small-town story of struggle and triumph, the kind that could happen anywhere--here on Mars.

Reviewed by: 
Jocelyn
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$20.99
ISBN: 9780765325518
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Published: Tor Books - February 16th, 2010

If Not, Winter by Sappho

The only female classic poet whose work we have any part of, Sappho distinguishes herself beyond gender, time, and space for the extreme beauty and passion of her work. presents Sappho in the pieces and gaps we’ve discovered, the Greek parallel to English translation- the best way to discover Sappho’s haunting words.

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Jocelyn
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If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
By Sappho, Anne Carson (Translated by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780375724510
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - August 12th, 2003

Paper Towns by John Green

It’s the adventure we all wish we’d had in high school: the attractive, elusive crush finally focused on you, only you, a night of epic, illicit pranks, discoveries and revelations that must be the start of something life-changing…but then you wake up and they’re gone. A deep mystery of searching for another and finding yourself, with the camaraderie that can only be found in youth.
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Jocelyn
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$10.99
ISBN: 9780142414934
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Published: Penguin Books - September 22nd, 2009

Incognito by Ed Brubaker

One of my favorite riffs on the super-hero/villain genre, without the capes and colors and cartoons. A wonderful noir tale of a super villain in the witness protection program, and the powers competing for his knowledge, his life, and the secrets that he doesn’t know he holds. A fantastic, self-contained story of redemption, fatal(é) love, and the difference between good & evil.
Reviewed by: 
Jocelyn
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By Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780785139799
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Marvel Comics Group - December 1st, 2009

The Yoga Club by Cooper Lawrence

They seem to be marketing this as fiction, but I'd call it a mystery. And you'll learn a lot more about Greenwich and NYC society than you will about yoga. This book is fun from the first paragraph. For example, here's Coco considering a guest at a Greenwich Halloween party:‘The overly tie-dyed shirt said "costume" but the David Crosby-style goatee and smell of patchouli said "lifestyle."’

Reviewed by: 
Dave
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$20.99
ISBN: 9781439187272
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Published: Gallery Books - December 20th, 2011

Selected Stories by Fritz Leiber

Holy smokes of Lankhmar, Fafhrd! These are stories to die for. If you thought the Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser stories were the only great things Leiber ever wrote then you have another read coming. He pretty much invented urban horror and was ripping the advertising industry a new larynx way before Adbusters. Plus an enlightening intro by Neil Gaiman.

Reviewed by: 
Dave
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By Fritz Leiber, Jonathan Strahan (Compiled by), Charles Brown (Compiled by)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781597802260
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Night Shade - December 27th, 2011

It's Superman by Tom de Haven

More than anything this is a portrait of the duality in life...the transition from adolescence to adulthood...big city bustle vs. small town charm...finding the thin line when the ends justify the means...and of course, the eternal struggle between good and evil. Lex would be nothing without Clark, and vice versa. I loved this retelling of a familiar story.

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Kimberly
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$8.99
ISBN: 9780345496751
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Published: Del Rey - January 25th, 2011

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley

Never have I read a novel with such a quirky and precocious protagonist as Flavia de Luce. Eleven year old Flavia lives in her family’s historic mansion in the British countryside circa 1950 where she spends her hours cultivating a love of chemistry. When a mysterious murder turns everything upside down, she begins to piece together a dubious plot generations in the making.

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Kimberly
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$17.00
ISBN: 9780385343497
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Published: Bantam - January 19th, 2010

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski

There are so many things I love about this book; I don’t know where to start. It is a genius retelling of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. It paints a striking picture of Midwestern small town America. It depicts the joy and despair of man’s best friend. It explores our relationship with both emotional and physical muteness. And ultimately it is just a damn good story.

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Kimberly
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$16.99
ISBN: 9780061374234
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Published: Ecco - September 8th, 2009

Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland

Originally a short story depicting the creation of a supposed Vermeer painting, Vreeland expanded the vignette to tell the history of the piece from modern day to its inception. These 8 stories highlight significant moments in the work’s life, and intertwines the history of Holland with how lost masterpiece might make its way in the world—and the lives affected by it.

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Kimberly
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$15.00
ISBN: 9780140296280
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Published: Penguin Books - October 1st, 2000

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