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Fiction Recommendations

A Room Called Earth by Madeline Ryan

This immersive dive into our protagonist's psyche while she’s at a party reveals a judgmental, self-aware, and acerbically observant woman. This book of contradictions pulls you in and alters your awareness. A fantastic addition to the growing canon of autistic characters by autistic writers, it pushed the margins of my comfort zone and left a deep impression. - Celeste

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ISBN: 9780143135456
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Published: Penguin Books - August 18th, 2020

Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

I will never be able to write a 60-word review that does this book justice, but here I am trying. Morrison is probably the greatest writer of all time, and this book is layered with symbolism, magic, and hard brutal truths about how Black people have always been treated in this country. The main character’s name is Milkman Dead; if that doesn’t sell you on it, I can’t help you. - Jess

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ISBN: 9781400033423
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Published: Vintage - June 8th, 2004

Sea Wife by Amity Gaige

This is one of my favorite books of 2020. A husband and wife decide to step out of the rat race and take their two small children on a long sailing voyage off the coast of Central America. Needless to say, things don’t go as planned. The writing is fantastic, the characters are all too human (read: flawed but sympathetic) and the story reads like the best kind of thriller. - Rico

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ISBN: 9780525566922
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Published: Vintage - March 2nd, 2021

The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera

Like Kundera, this novel originated in the Czech Republic and migrated to France. Twice translated, this version of Kundera’s first international hit is superior to the original according to the author himself (every edit counts). The seven fantastic yet grounded tales are told with the skill of a linguistic master and leave the reader feeling like they’ve lived seven lives. - Aric

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ISBN: 9780060932145
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - April 7th, 1999

Loathe at First Sight by Suzanne Park

Ignore the cover and title. This is a modern-day feminist fable for zillennials set not just in the tech world so many of us know, but the video game industry rarely depicted in literature. All-too-real experiences of sexism and discrimination are balanced with intelligence, friendship, and a lovely romantic B-plot that supports Melody’s journey to make the best of bad situations. - Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9780062990693
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Published: Avon - August 18th, 2020

The Office of Historical Corrections by Danielle Evans

These stories make you audibly gasp and say, “wait, I’ve BEEN there.” This novel approaches complex topics of race, internalized capitalism, coming of age, and family dynamics with a dash of nonsensical style. For instance, a lying, cheating artist gets pushed into a lava-filled volcano to his death by his ex-lover. The author kept me laughing, crying, and filled with surprise. - Charlotte

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ISBN: 9781594487330
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Published: Riverhead Books - November 10th, 2020

If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin

Baldwin has bravely constructed a world in which love can and must overcome the traumas of racial injustice. His characters are created not from his imagination, but from a personal, genuine and vibrant world of neighbors and family. A relevant and important read that feels like a story from a friend. And that's what it's like to read Baldwin: to become like old friends. - Juj

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ISBN: 9780307275936
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Published: Vintage - October 10th, 2006

That Old Country Music by Kevin Barry

On the recommendation of a friend, I read Barry’s novel Night Boat to Tangier and absolutely loved it. So when I saw he had a new collection of short stories, I grabbed it immediately and tore through it in three sittings. Barry is in full command of the story form and his language is simply incredible—rhythmic, musical and heartbreaking. - RIco

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ISBN: 9780385540339
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Published: Doubleday - January 12th, 2021

Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell

O’Farrell makes words dance on the page, embodying the spirit of Shakespeare while focusing on the untold story of his wife, Agnes, a witchy wonder who brews herb tonics and trains falcons while her husband gets ink stains on his fingers in London. Yes, there is a death, and it is painful to read. But the tears feel good, ya know? - Jess

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ISBN: 9781984898876
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Published: Vintage - May 18th, 2021

Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell

In this novel, Shakespeare’s fictional, free-spirited wife Agnes grapples with the death of one of their twins, Hamnet, as Maggie O'Farrell breathes life into the family experience that shaped the famous play. Every sentence, achingly beautiful and heartbreaking, demonstrates the tender connection between the characters in their yearnings, their expectations, and their grief. Hamnet is simply one of the best historical fiction novels I’ve ever read. — Casey

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Published: Vintage - May 18th, 2021

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