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Staff Fiction Favorites

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

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.  

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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.   

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Kimberley
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$14.99
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.  

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Kimberley
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$16.99
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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$18.95
ISBN: 9781590201114
Availability: Backordered
Published: Harry N. Abrams - September 2nd, 2008

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: Hard to Find
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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$16.95
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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$15.95
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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$17.00
ISBN: 9780385343671
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - January 4th, 2011

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