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Staff Fiction Favorites

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

Sunshine by Robin McKinley

An ancient vampire and a baker with magical affinity for sunlight don't sound like they'd get along, but when Constantine and Sunshine save each other's lives, they don't have much of a choice. McKinley's narrative voice is flawless, and I love the matter-of-fact existence of werewolves, demons, and charms in a world also filled with computers and cinnamon rolls. -

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ISBN: 9780142411100
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Published: Speak - April 29th, 2010

Rant by Chuck Palahniuk

Through a unique oral interview style, a memorable cast of characters tells the story of Buster Casey: childhood prankster, venom addict, demolition derby driver, and small town legend. This unforgettable novel will make you think, laugh, and (in my case) almost throw up - that's some powerful prose.

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ISBN: 9780307275837
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Published: Anchor - May 6th, 2008

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

I never thought I would be one of those silly people swooning over Austen, but when I read this at 21, I was sold. What I really like about P&P is that it explores several kinds of relationships - the hasty, too young, head-over-heels kind; the long-married and perfectly understanding kind; and the new, heart-fluttering, "So This Is Love" playing in the background kind.

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By Jane Austen, Vivien Jones (Editor), Vivien Jones (Introduction by), Tony Tanner (Introduction by), Vivien Jones (Notes by)
ISBN: 9780141439518
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Published: Penguin Classics - December 31st, 2002

The Gunslinger by Stephen King

"The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed." So begins my favorite King work, a 7 volume journey that will draw the reader across time, parallel worlds, New York, and Mid-World in a wake of blood and bullets. With inspirations from Arthurian legend, Tolkien, and The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, this series showcases King's masterful storytelling ability.

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By Stephen King, Michael Whelan (Illustrator), Thomas Wolfe (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9780451210845
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Signet Book - July 1st, 2003

The Falls by Joyce Carol Oates

This is a marvelously written American family tragedy which follows a woman's misfortunes in 50s Niagra Falls. Ariah is widowed on her honeymoon and finds love years later, only to see have her new life engulfed by an environmental scandal. Her story is so filled with grief and pain that it is sometimes difficult to read, but Ariah's struggle for happiness drives her to the end.

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ISBN: 9780060722296
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Published: Harper Perennial - August 2nd, 2005

We by Yevgeny Zamyatin

Have you read an enjoyed A Brave New World or 1984 ? Do you love wacky dystopian societies that are just creepy enough to make you uncomfortable? Zamyatin did them first, and in my opinion, best. What is freedom? What is truth? And does love ensnare us, or free us as individuals? These are just a few of the questions asked here, you’re in for a heck of a ride.

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By Yevgeny Zamyatin, Clarence Brown (Translated by), Clarence Brown (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780140185850
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Published: Penguin Classics - August 1st, 1993

Loose Women by Sandra Cisneros

To really talk about Sandra Cisneros in a way that does her justice I have to use lines from her own poems. Her words are “beautiful as money and as brutal”, “backflips snapping open like/ A carpenters hinged ruler,” “parrot tulips and papayas”, a “helix of desire and vanity”, a “fleshy undertongue of sorrows”, a “mariachi howl”.

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ISBN: 9780679755272
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Published: Vintage - March 14th, 1995

The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy

“They seek him here, they seek him there…” so to reveal too much about this book would ruin the mystery. I can’t tell you the identity of the Scarlet Pimpernel who rescues French aristocrats from the jaws of the Guillotine, but I can tell you his story is full of laughs, intrigue, romance, and surprises. My all time favorite swashbuckler!

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ISBN: 9780486421223
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Dover Publications - August 6th, 2002

Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie

If you think you know this story, and you haven’t read the book, think again. Peter, Wendy, Captain Hook and Tinkerbell are all here, but probably not the way you remember them. In a tale much deeper and darker than most people know J.M. Barry explores both the wonder and savagery of innocence.

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By J. M. Barrie, Alison Lurie (Afterword by)
ISBN: 9780451520883
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Published: Signet - May 5th, 1987

War Dances by Sherman Alexie

Before War Dances, I had only read Sherman Alexie’s novels. So I
am used to the feeling of having his stories and characters unleash
their quiet powers until I am willingly held hostage, both begging for
the release to have time to reflect, yet longing to have the experience
keep going, as I don’t want to finish his tale and say goodbye to newly
made friends. Therefore, I was hesitant to read Alexie’s short stories
only because I wasn’t sure if, in shorter form, Alexie could give me the
gift of the journey I was used to taking with him. But I was wrong.
These stories are a hurricane of strength. Each one makes you pull back
in awe, take spacious breaths when the chance is there, but lifts you to
spin, whirl, and ache at the connection that is so finely wrought
between the characters and the story he creates again and again. Do not
miss out on this incredible read.

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ISBN: 9780802144898
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Grove Press - August 3rd, 2010


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