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Staff Fiction Favorites

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

Exhalation by Ted Chiang

Ted Chiang is one of the best modern speculative fiction writers, and his writing encompasses the breadth of the human experience. The stories in this collection are subtle, introspective, and incredibly smart, and Chiang masterfully explores themes of science, theology, fate, heartbreak, and love. I can’t recommend this highly enough for fans of literary science fiction. - Stuart

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Exhalation: Stories Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781101947883
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Published: Knopf - May 7th, 2019

Brownies and Broomsticks by Bailey Cates

Katie moves from Ohio to help her aunt and uncle start a bakery only to find out that her aunt's gaggle of biddies is actually a coven! Katie, the coven, and various animal familiars must band together to solve a murder that happens on the bakery's opening day, with Katie's uncle as the prime suspect! - J Gallo

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Brownies and Broomsticks: A Magical Bakery Mystery Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780451236630
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Published: Berkley - May 1st, 2012

The Color of Bee Larkham's Murder by Sarah J. Harris

A kaleidoscope of colors permeates this creative coming of age story.  Jason, age 13, has synesthesia and face blindness. He sees colors instead of hearing sounds. He can only identify people by the color of their voice and the clothes they wear. When police discover the body of his neighbor, Jason believes he may have been witness to a murder. This is a fascinating and unique mystery. - Trey

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The Color of Bee Larkham's Murder: A Novel Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781501187902
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Published: Atria Books - February 5th, 2019

Amberlough by Lara Elena Donnelly

Amberlough delighted me and broke me and did it all over again. A Jazz-age alternate world of queer spy-vs-spy shenanigans and cat-and-mouse politics, featuring the rise of a conservative facist government in a diverse and throbbingly alive world. Possibly a little too real in our current real-world, but author Lara Elena Donnelly kept me hoping against reason for the characters, even as she broke me down. Fair warning: you will immediately need to pick up the sequel. - Jocelyn

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Amberlough: Book 1 in the Amberlough Dossier Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780765383822
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Published: Tor Books - February 13th, 2018

Normal People by Sally Rooney

This terrific novel is about communication breakdowns, the insecurities that accompany early love, and the complications of sex and friendship in your early twenties. The relationship between Connell and Marianne will remind you of all you wish you’d done differently in your youth, and the tenderness between them will give you hope. - Jess

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Normal People: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781984822178
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Published: Hogarth - April 16th, 2019

Rebel by Beverly Jenkins

In the center of New Orleans's Reconstruction efforts, Drake LeVeq and Valinda Lacy are trying to build a better world for the newly free city. I'd never read a historical novel set in this era before and I completely devoured this. Jenkins brings this world to life with all its competing factions, lively rebirth, ruling families, and steamy passion. Laissez les bon temps rouler! - Clara

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ISBN: 9780062861689
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Published: Avon - May 28th, 2019

Seven Blades in Black by Sam Sykes

Sal the Cacophony is a gunslinging wizard-hunter on a mission of vengeance, and—armed with a giant sentient handgun—she’s on the hunt for seven vicious outlaw magicians. This book is brutal and bloody with big battles and lots of action, but also features rich, inventive worldbuilding, snappy dialogue, and characters with surprising humor and heart. I couldn’t put it down! - Stuart

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ISBN: 9780316363433
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Published: Orbit - April 9th, 2019

Euphoria by Lily King

Beautifully written and meticulously researched, King’s fictionalized account of Margaret Mead’s 1933 journey to New Guinea is historical fiction at its best. The atmospheric prose immediately drew me in and I felt like I was right there with Mead as she struggled to adapt to the humid jungle environment and the steamy love triangle in which she found herself entangled. - Jade

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ISBN: 9780802123701
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Published: Grove Press - April 14th, 2015

The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner

This novel is, in a word, devastating. It opens as Romy Hall is on the way to prison to serve a life sentence for murder. As much the story of Hall’s life in prison, it’s the story of her past--her childhood on the streets of San Francisco, her experiences as an exotic dancer, and the circumstances surrounding her crime. I can’t recommend this one enough. - Rico

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The Mars Room: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781476756585
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Published: Scribner - May 7th, 2019

Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore

The oldest soul in the world just can’t seem to reach perfection. He was a disciple of the Buddha, a superhero on an alien prison planet, a wise fisherman… but every single time, Milo doesn’t get it right. On a positive note, every time he dies, he reunites with his girlfriend, Death (who also goes by the name Susie). This book is totally goofy, sweet and wise. I loved the ending. - Jason

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ISBN: 9780399178504
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Published: Del Rey - July 10th, 2018

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