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Staff Fiction Favorites

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

A Moment in the Sun by John Sayles

This masterful work of epic historical fiction will entertain and educate . I knew nothing about the Philippine–American War and thanks to Sayles, I feel like I understand what drove people on both sides of the conflict. He dips you into one characters point of view, and then pulls you out only to do the same thing with another character. It's a beautiful novel and a powerfully constructed story. 

Reviewed by: 
Nici
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ISBN: 9781936365180
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Published: McSweeney's - May 17th, 2011

Missing Ink by Karen E. Olson

Smart, sassy Brett is a talented tattoo artist with her own high-end parlor on the Vegas strip, and a knack for finding trouble. When her cop brother requests her expertise, she and a handful of colorful cohorts find themselves wrapped up in murder. Short and sweet chapters always end in a cliff hanger, making for a fast, fun read you don’t want to put down.  

Reviewed by: 
Flannery
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ISBN: 9780451227461
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Published: Berkley - July 7th, 2009

The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman

The first book in Pullman’s complex, mind opening, and gripping His Dark Materials trilogy, The Golden Compass introduces Lyra, a headstrong and incredibly brave girl whose life is about to be changed forever, and who will, eventually, change the world. Deftly weaving religion, physics, and fantasy, this is an exceptional feat of storytelling, and one of my all-time favorites. 

Reviewed by: 
Flannery
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ISBN: 9780375823459
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - September 10th, 2002

Look at Me by Jennifer Eagan

After falling in love with A Visit from the Goon Squad, I was compelled to read Egan’s other books, which cemented her status as my new favorite author. After a horrific accident, Charlotte is left to come to terms with her still beautiful, but changed, face. This is a sharp, edgy, and incisive look at identity, image, and our culture.

Reviewed by: 
Flannery
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ISBN: 9780385721356
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Published: Anchor - October 8th, 2002

Swamplandia! by Karen Russell

As their alligator wrestling theme park falls into decline, the Bigtree clan falls apart. Chief, the patriarch, disappears, elder brother Kiwi runs off to the mainland, oldest sister Ossie falls in love with a ghost, and young Ava is left to try and save them. This is an incredibly weird book, with dark undertones, a surprisingly light voice, and wildly eclectic characters. 

Reviewed by: 
Flannery
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ISBN: 9780307276681
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Published: Vintage - July 26th, 2011

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

After a horrific crime shocked a small town, the hunt for the guilty was on. After the arrests, Capote spent time in the town, at the trial, and with the criminals involved, hearing the stories, and observing the proceedings. The result of his efforts is this chilling, unique, and thorough examination of a horrific crime, its aftermath, and the people involved.  

Reviewed by: 
Flannery
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ISBN: 9780679745587
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Published: Vintage - February 1st, 1994

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

In a post 9/11 New York Oskar Schell tries to cope with the loss of his father through an unusual quest. Having found a mysterious key, Oskar searches the city for its matching lock.  Funny, heartwarming, and a little bit bizarre,  Foer’s unique style is a must read.  

Reviewed by: 
Kimberley
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ISBN: 9780618711659
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Published: Mariner Books - April 4th, 2006

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

This is one of the most beautiful stories I’ve ever read. Liesel’s experience in Nazi Germany unfolds with Death as a narrator—and tells of the power that friendship has to change lives, even under the worst possible circumstances. To be understood and accepted is a universal human need.   

Reviewed by: 
Kimberley
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ISBN: 9780375842207
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - September 11th, 2007

The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult

Family secrets, teenage turmoil, love, sex, death…no ones writes a page turner like Jodi Picoult! Interestingly spliced with a graphic  novel mirroring the character’s emotional journey through a personal hell—this book will keep you on the edge of your seat.  

Reviewed by: 
Kimberley
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ISBN: 9780743496711
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Published: Washington Square Press - October 24th, 2006

The City of Dreaming Books by Walter Moers

As the Washington Post says, “Moers is equal parts J.K  Rowling, Douglas Adams, and Shel Silverstein.” This installment of Zamonian history is a wild romp of everything book related. Filled to the brim with literary puns and inside jokes, this quirky adventure will have the book-lover in you reeling with delight.

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Kimberley
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ISBN: 9781590201114
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - September 2nd, 2008

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