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Staff Fiction Favorites

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

The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet by Reif Larsen

Junior cartographer T. S. Spivet maps what he sees: translating the world as he knows into diagrams and detailed drawings. His (fully annotated) journey from Montana to the Smithsonian combines, as Stephen King puts it, “Mark Twain, Thomas Pynchon, and Little Miss Sunshine.” Like nothing else I’ve read before.  

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Kimberley
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ISBN: 9780143117353
Availability: Backordered
Published: Penguin Books - April 27th, 2010

Fables v1: Legends in Exile by Bill Willingham

If you’re the kind of grown-up who obsesses over fairy tales, you should be reading this series. Welcome to Fabletown, a secret city-within-a-city where Snow White, the Big Bad Wolf, Goldilocks and others reluctantly cohabitate after being exiled from their homeland by an evil empire. The art is stunning and sexy, and the stories told will seriously mess with your Disney memories. 

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Kat
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By Bill Willingham, James Jean (Illustrator), Alex Maleev (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781401237554
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Published: Vertigo - May 22nd, 2012

Love Begins in Winter by Simon Van Booy

Simon Van Booy can create a planet in a sentence, a character with two words. I read his short stories with the occasional twinge of outright jealousy. These stories touch upon love in many forms, its bewildering ambiguity and its unexpected power to push people forward. It’s quiet, philosophical and beautiful, the kind of book that turns your mind on and leaves it humming. 

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Kat
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ISBN: 9780061661471
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 12th, 2009

The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

I will always have a fond spot in my heart for this particular book; it was my introduction to the wonder that is Atwood. It’s a Booker-winning play on genre that twists gothic romance with pulpy science fiction, populated by astonishingly vivid characters and scenery. When I finished it I found myself torn between reading it again and grabbing one of her many other masterpieces. 

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Kat
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ISBN: 9780385720953
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Published: Anchor - August 28th, 2001

Sum by David Eagleman

David Eagleman is a neuroscientist who also majored in British and American literature, which is the best kind of neuroscientist. Sum, his first book, is a beautiful oddity, philosophical and playful and best read out loud. If you’re unconvinced, pick it up and read the first story. It will take just a minute, and it might take you somewhere unexpected. 

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Kat
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ISBN: 9780307389930
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Published: Vintage - January 12th, 2010

The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman

I love what Christopher Buckley said about this book: "so good I had to read it twice simply to figure out how he pulled it off." It’s not quite a novel, but not really a short story collection either, but I don’t think that really matters. What matters is Rachman’s ability to form a character in two sentences and turn a whole story on a word. I’m still not quite sure how he pulled it off.   

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Kat
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ISBN: 9780385343671
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - January 4th, 2011

Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life by Brian L O'Malley

If you haven’t heard of Scott Pilgrim yet, hit yourself upside the head and pick this up. Scott is 23, with a high school girlfriend, an awful band, no job, and no motivation to take any responsibility for himself. Then comes Ramona Flowers. Interlaced with band battles, skateboard showdowns, and ninjas, are the real questions of who we are and how we get to be these people.  

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Jocelyn
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ISBN: 9781932664089
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Published: Oni Press - August 14th, 2004

Otherland: City of Golden Shadow by Tad Williams

Written even before Facebook and Google took over so much of our lives, William’s Otherland looks forward to a time where life is lived in the virtual. This epic journey travels not just through the landscape of our future, but through all the worlds of humankinds’ imagination, as ordinary people start noticing the secrets of the virtual Net, and follow them to the darker truths of humanity. 

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Jocelyn
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Published: DAW - January 1st, 1998

Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors by Michele Young-Stone

Separated by time and space, from middle America to the coasts, Becca and Buckley grow up in the 50’s through the 80’s, connected tenuously by the strikes of lightning that changed their lives. This is not a love story, but the search for identity and understanding amongst the strangers that surround us, and the chance events that shape our lives. 

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Jocelyn

Chocolat by Joanne Harris

Even in a small provincial French town, nothing is quite as simple as it appears. Vianne arrives as a stranger, mysterious and exotic, with a touch of witchcraft. Her presence, her beliefs, and her chocolate threaten to forever change the status quo of this community, as she fights against prejudice and persecution, offering honesty and compassion.  

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Jocelyn
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ISBN: 9780140282030
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Published: Penguin Books - January 1st, 2000

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