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Staff Fiction Favorites

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

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.

Reviewed by: 
Kimberly
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$8.99
ISBN: 9780345496751
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
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.

Reviewed by: 
Kimberly
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: A Flavia de Luce Mystery Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780385343497
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
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.

Reviewed by: 
Kimberly
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$16.99
ISBN: 9780061374234
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
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.

Reviewed by: 
Kimberly
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$16.00
ISBN: 9780140296280
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Penguin Books - October 1st, 2000

Juliet Naked by Nick Hornby

I love Hornby for his ability to capture the functioning dysfunctional life. He infuses these portraits with humor, wit, and just a little bit of grief. Juliet Naked is no exception. Three lives intersect: a fading indie musician, his biggest fan, and the girl that comes between them. A simple story of obsessive fandom and love belies a deeper truth behind the need for companionship.

Reviewed by: 
Kimberly
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$16.00
ISBN: 9781594484773
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - September 7th, 2010

The Boys: The Name of the Game by Garth Ennis

Superheroes populate the skies, fighting knock-down-drag-out battles with supervillains–but the civilians below pay the price. The secret, deadly team known only as “the Boys” are there to remind the “supes” that they’re not gods. The Boys still carry hope for the simple goodness of humanity, as we follow “Wee” Hughie, who discovers the truths and limits of his world.

Reviewed by: 
Jocelyn
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$16.99
ISBN: 9781933305738
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Dynamite Entertainment - April 21st, 2008

Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

Where do you draw the line? When does the situation reach the point where more than simple attention is required-when action is needed, standing up for your rights and what you believe in? In a world where “Occupy” is more than a verb, SOPA, IPA, and ACTA lurking in the wings, Cory Doctorow presents a fable for the rapidly-approaching future.

Reviewed by: 
Jocelyn
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$12.99
ISBN: 9780765323118
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tor Teen - April 13th, 2010

Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

The hot-blooded passion of love is as mysterious and powerful as the magic promised by this modern fairy tale. The 3 generations of powerful, independent, & unique women of the Owens family are both masters and victims to desire. Men want them, women want what they can promise – and the women themselves ceaselessly look for quiet love and happiness.

Reviewed by: 
Jocelyn
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By Alice Hoffman, Alice Hoffman (Introduction by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780425190371
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Berkley - August 5th, 2003

Bleak House by Charles Dickens

Bleak House, in true Dickensian fashion, explores the divide of classes, the false hope of wealth, & the hypocrisy of the legal system, while exploring the travails of a cast of characters as compelling as any found on primetime. Esther stumbles into secrets far-reaching and personal, testing her and others’ resolve for honor in the quest for happiness.

Reviewed by: 
Jocelyn
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By Charles Dickens, Nicola Bradbury (Introduction by), Nicola Bradbury (Notes by), Terry Eagleton (Preface by), Hablot K. Brown (Illustrator)
$13.00
ISBN: 9780141439723
Availability: Backordered
Published: Penguin Classics - April 29th, 2003

Dreams Underfoot by Charles de Lint

This collection will take your breath away with the beauty of its language, and the possibility for wonder in the mundane. Stories of work, relationships, friends, family take on the promise of mystery, and magic in DeLint’s city of Newford. The dream-like quality introduces you to new friends, and hope for more beyond the ordinary.

Reviewed by: 
Jocelyn
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$27.99
ISBN: 9780765306791
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Orb Books - August 2nd, 2003

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