Staff Fiction Favorites

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

This is one of those books that is hard to remember was totally groundbreaking because it feels so essential it’s hard to imagine the world without it. Gaiman, a Jewish Brit living in Minnesota, took a road trip through America and then wrote this unique exploration of plurality, religion, identity, and home. An amazing, engrossing epic adventure. - Jocelyn

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American Gods: Author's Perferred Text Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062080233
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Published: William Morrow & Company - February 5th, 2013

Jacqueline Carey is second-to-none in world building and this book is no exception. Phedre, a child marked by destiny, is sold into indentured servitude at a young age, but soon finds herself being trained in the courtly arts of intrigue and seduction. Stuck as a pawn of greater families, she struggles to find her own path and protect those she holds dear. - Ivy

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Kushiel's Dart Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780765342980
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Published: Tor Books - March 15th, 2002

Sometimes you just need to escape from the real world for a while. Sometimes, that escape might be classic literature. Sometimes, it might be humor. Sometimes, it might even involve a little bit of murder. Lucky for you, this has all three. No prior experience with Jane Eyre required – just a tolerance for Edwardian England and a little bit of blood. - Jocelyn

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Jane Steele Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780425283202
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - March 14th, 2017

This was recommended by a close friend and I have to say Englander is now my favorite new author despite how long he’s been around. His writing leaves just enough unsaid to guess at surreal interpretations before grounding the reader in hard reality. And he doesn’t bore the reader with unnecessary dialogue, leading to poignant lines of action and arresting commentary. - Ian

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For the Relief of Unbearable Urges Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780375704437
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Published: Vintage Books USA - March 21st, 2000

Winner of the Nobel Prize, Naipaul is one of the great writers of the 20th century. In my opinion, this is his best book, the story of an Indian man who buys a store in the middle of the Congo and tries (and mostly fails) to make a living while the world around him is falling apart. The story of both a single human being and an entire continent, this is a flat-out masterpiece. - Rico

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A Bend in the River Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780679722021
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Published: Vintage Books USA - March 13th, 1989

This graphic novel has everything I want: friendship, feminism, and shenanigans. It’s the story of three young girls starting college while they navigate the tricky world of dating, parties, and—oh yeah—actually attending classes. This book is like a walking advertisement for the Bechdel test. The art is wonderfully stylistic. I love it so much I just want to squish it forever. - Ivy

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Giant Days, Volume 1 Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781608867899
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Published: Boom Box - December 1st, 2015

Hilarious shenanigans, diva superheroes, and catty bloggers made this a fun read. I devoured this urban fantasy and not just because of the demon cupcakes. Evie Taneka is the best reluctant-assistant-turned-superhero ever. It's the first of a series that I'm looking forward to continuing. - Karena

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Heroine Complex Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780756410841
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Published: Daw Books - July 5th, 2016

There is no superhero we currently need more than Ms. Marvel. An American Muslim teenager, Kamala Khan, embodies the classic superhero—a normal person trying to balance regular life with doing what’s right—and at the same time holds up a mirror to who we are and what we want to be in the 21st century. Plus, the book is fantastically wonderful and fun. - Jocelyn

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$15.99
ISBN: 9780785190219
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Published: Marvel Comics - October 28th, 2014

This sci-fi comedy is British humour in top form still referenced today in pop culture around the world. The characters are zany, locations wild, and plot outlandish. Yet, when all is said and done, it still ends in a fitting way. A true classic of the craft. - Ian

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780345391803
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Published: Ballantine Books - September 27th, 1995

Before The Portable Veblen made her famous, McKenzie wrote this amazing collection of connected short stories. Together they tell the story of Ann and her lovably nuts family (including her grandmother, “Dr. Frost”, a psychiatrist). You will laugh, maybe cry a little, and then laugh some more. Also, a nozzle stolen from Bob Dylan’s garden hose makes an appearance. - Rico

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Stop That Girl: Fiction Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780812972283
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Published: Random House Trade - April 11th, 2006

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