Books We Love: Fiction

Our newest recommendations are right at the top of the list.  Enjoy!

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Her Body and Other Parties: Stories Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555977887
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Published: Graywolf Press - October 3rd, 2017

This is a stunning collection of stories. They're fantastical, supernatural, and surreal, and yet all deeply true. I cannot recommend this book highly enough! Recommended by Molly


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The Power Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780316547611
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Published: Little Brown and Company - October 10th, 2017

Compelling and beautifully written with sharp, subtle humor, The Power takes an unflinching view of our times and crafts a complex argument about feminism, power and the dark soul of humanity. By turns exciting and disturbing, I was blown away by this book and couldn't put it down. Recommended by Molly


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Sing, Unburied, Sing Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781501126062
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Published: Scribner Book Company - September 5th, 2017

I consider Ward our best contemporary Southern writer, as well as a damn fine novelist in general. Recommended by Jeanette


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Fire Is Your Water Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780804011846
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Published: Swallow Press - March 15th, 2017

A faith healer, a love story and a sarcastic raven set in 1953 in Pennslyvania's mountains. Appealing characters and inventive plot -- it's original. Recommended by Katy


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Sourdough Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780374203108
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Published: MCD/Farrar Straus and Giroux - September 5th, 2017

Follow Lois, a robotics specialist, as she embarks on a most unusual journey and discovers what truly makes her happy. I loved Sourdough, but be forewarned: It is zany -- wonderfully so -- and, it may just inspire you to bake -- it did me! Recommended by Jane  

P.S. Boonville makes a cameo appearance.


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Spectators Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781944355319
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Published: Five Oaks Press - May 20th, 2017

Familiar with flash fiction? If not, this is a thoughtful introduction. If you're already a fan, you'll appreciate the succint and evocative pieces here. Recommended by Jeanette


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Reincarnation Blues Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780399178481
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Published: Del Rey Books - August 22nd, 2017

Michael Poore, though compared to Neil Gaiman, is in a league all his own. Like Gaiman, he uses wit and humor to tackle reincarnation, spirituality, and the after-life. His style however, is entirely unique. This book is a smart, funny, fantasy love story about a guy who has been in love with Death herself for almost ten thousand lifetimes and he's running out of time. True, Gaiman fans will love this, but Michael Poore is creating his own special group of fans. Recommended by Rob


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Meddling Kids Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780385541992
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Published: Doubleday Books - July 11th, 2017

This book is packed with humor and horror and tons of nostalgia. It's a veritable "What If?" Asking the question: What if the kids from Scooby Doo grew up and got back together to fight creatures from the Cthulhu mythos of H. P. Lovecraft. It's funny and exciting. You'll love the references. Recommended by Rob


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Surgeon X: The Path of Most Resistance Cover Image
By Sara Kenney, John Watkiss (Artist)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781534301542
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Published: Image Comics - May 2nd, 2017

Surgeon X is part V for Vendetta, part Blade Runner. Set in a Sci-Fi future 20 years from now the medical industry is in collapse. And Surgeon X is called upon to give people medical treatment illegally! Brilliant writing, amazing art and a frightening and timely story that could be more science than science fiction. Recommended by Rob


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Exit West Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780735212176
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 7th, 2017

I loved his first novel, the Reluctant Fundalmentalist, and was curious where he'd go with this one. It reads like a parable. Who would you hold closest to you if you had to flee? How would your love survive in a foreign land? What would you miss most? Hamid allows you to imagine yourself in similar circumstances. Recommended by Jeanette.


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Forest Dark Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062430991
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Published: Harper - September 12th, 2017

Beautiful sentences matched with haunting ideas about the universe -- mystical and practical. All wrapped in the driving stories of an aging businessman and a not quite young novelist. Their adventures are based loosely around the Tel Aviv Hilton. Brilliant. Captivating. Deeply provocative. Recommended by Alena


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Lily and the Octopus Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781501126239
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Published: Simon & Schuster - May 30th, 2017

Whether you're grieving the loss of a beloved pet or a human, this is the novel for you. Yes, it will make you cry, but you'll also laugh. It helped me through a very mournful time in my life. Recommended by Jeanette


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Batman Arkham Asylum 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition Cover Image
By Grant Morrison, Dave McKean (Illustrator)
$29.99
ISBN: 9781401251253
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Published: DC Comics - November 11th, 2014

This one of the best Batman stories ever told. And you get the story from inside the asylum! The art on every page is fully painted and electrifying, it'll send chills up your spine. That, and some of the most compelling writing in comics makes this book my very favorite graphic novel of all time! Recommended by Rob


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The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780778319801
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Published: Mira Books - January 31st, 2017

Are you looking for a sweet, loverly story? You won't find a more heartwarming novel than this one. Recommended by Jeanette


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By Marvel Comics (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
$15.99
ISBN: 9780785190219
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Published: Marvel Comics - October 28th, 2014

Like her character Ms. Marvel, author G. Willow Wilson is a superhero but with her words. In this volume, she introduces Kamala Khan, a Muslim teenager who uses her inhuman powers to protect those who need protecting. G. Willow Wilson, like Ms. Marvel, is also Muslim and relates well to young people and responds with a hero just for them.  Recommended by Rob


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The Graveyard Apartment Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781250060549
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Published: Thomas Dunne Books - October 11th, 2016

I love the set-up -- A young family with a tragic past and an apartment building in the middle of a cemetary. It's the feeling someone is watching you. Kioke  has created a modern masterpiece of Japanese horror with a minimal amount of violence and graphic content and has still managed to make me afraid of elevators. Recommended by Rob


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Captain America: Steve Rogers, Volume 1: Hail Hydra Cover Image
By Nick Spencer (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Jesus Saiz (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781302901127
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Published: Marvel Comics - December 20th, 2016

Nick Spencer turns Cap and the Marvel universe on their heads by re-writing the character's heroic history and origin. Think Captain Amcerica couldn't possibly be an undercover agent of Hydra? Think again. Nick Spencer makes it happen in a way that is realistic and believable. This book is comic book writing at its best! Recommended by Rob


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The Clay Girl Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781770413030
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Published: ECW Press - November 13th, 2016

Now when so many of us could use a model of resilience, along comes this heartening novel about an indomitable girl who refuses to let atrocious circumstances break her spirit.  Recommended by Jeanette


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Breaking Wild Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780425283790
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Published: Berkley Books - February 21st, 2017

You thought Cheryl Strayed's Wild was Wild?  Then you've got to read this novel. A woman gets lost in a snow storm while hunting with a bow and arrow. How long can she survive? Another woman does her best to rescue her. The personal lives of both women will snare your attention, as you shiver at the perils of winter in the wilderness. Recommended by Jeanette


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Mooncop Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781770462540
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Published: Drawn & Quarterly - September 20th, 2016

Grab a cup of coffee and a donut and spend some time making the rounds with Mooncop. Quirky and poignant, Mooncop may just lead your imagination to script further adventures. Recommended by Jane  (P.S. For readers of any age!)


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A Whole Life Cover Image
$23.00
ISBN: 9780374289867
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 13th, 2016

The perfect book for a comtemplative read in one sitting. A quiet reflection on time's passage. Recommended by Jeanette


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Commonwealth Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062491831
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 2nd, 2017

I am haunted by this novel. Can't stop thinking about it. Family Stories -- dark & light ones -- How do they affect each of us? Who do they belong to? How do we find forgiveness & redemption? Recommended by Alena


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Homegoing Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101971062
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Published: Vintage - May 2nd, 2017

Every character is indelible and full of life, and I cared deeply about them all. Both intensely personal and historic in scope, Homegoing is marvelous. Recommended by Christie


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Daredevils Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101979907
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Published: Penguin Books - April 11th, 2017

It's an irresistible 1970s road novel about runaway Mormons, but it's also an absurdly entertaining exteded monologue titled "Evel Knievel Addresses an Adoring Nation." If that's not enough to make you want to read Daredevils, then I can't help you. Recommended by Christie


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All the Birds in the Sky Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780765379955
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Published: Tor Books - April 11th, 2017

Fantasy and Science Fiction.

Technology and Magic.

Talking birds, talking trees and time machines. Stories cast spells and artificial intelligence evolves by being a good listener. Intelligent. Exceptionally written. My top SciFi - Fantasy pick for 2016. Recommended by Alena


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All the Light We Cannot See Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501173219
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Published: Scribner Book Company - April 4th, 2017

Without a doubt, one of the most beautifully written novels you'll ever read. Recommended by Jeanette


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Sleeping Giants Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101886717
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Published: Del Rey Books - January 24th, 2017

Sleeping Giants is like an episode of "The X-Files" written by Jules Verne. Imaginative, cinematic and utterly addictive -- if you love a good sci-fi thriller, you will not be disappointed! Recommended by Jane.


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Before the Wind Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307949356
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Published: Vintage - February 21st, 2017

If you haven'st read Jim Lynch yet, start now! Before the Wind epitomizes his perfectly drawn characters, immersive natural settings, and brilliant sense of humor. Plus: Boats! Recommended by Christie


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The Bone Labyrinth Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062651723
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Published: William Morrow & Company - March 21st, 2017

Picking up this book I never expected to get a lesson in human prehistory and evolutionary biology inside a thriller. I now know more about recent advances in understanding prehistoric Neanderthals and other early humans than I ever expected to glean from an adventure story. Recommended by Katy


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Christodora Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780802125286
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Published: Grove Press - August 2nd, 2016

You know that feeling that your REAL life is occurring between the pages of a book, and having to get up and go about your own business in an interruption? That bustling, tragic, joyful, surprising life is going on without you when you can't be reading THE BOOK? Christodora is like that. I would have kept reading forever. Recommended by Christie


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White Sky, Black Ice Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781569473337
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Published: Soho Crime - July 1st, 2003

For all you Dana Stabenow fans here's another good mystery writer out of Alaska -- meet trooper Nathan Active and the Inupiat Exkimo people. Recommended by Katy


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Uprooted Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780804179058
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Published: Del Rey Books - March 1st, 2016

Agnieszka is a strong-willed and loyal friend, and she is certain her best friend will be the girl chosen to serve the Dragon, a local wizard with a fearsome reputation. But Agnieszka herself is chosen. Lushly written, enthralling. Recommended by Emily


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Mendocino Fire: Stories Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062410351
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Published: Harper Perennial - June 21st, 2016

These stories, many set in Mendocino County, showcase Tallent's extraordinarily vivid and closely observed writing. She's a master of the form. Go read the first few pages ... you'll be hooked.  Recommended by Christie

 


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My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781501115073
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Published: Washington Square Press - April 5th, 2016

As of today, this is my favorite book of 2015. (But, then, I am a sucker for fiercely independent, savvy seven-year-olds determined to do the right thing.) Add an eclectic cast of characters, fairy-tale wisdom, and a little mystery -- it's one of those books you want everyone to read. Recommended by Jane


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A Man Called Ove Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781476738024
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Published: Washington Square Press - May 5th, 2015

Sure, it's about a grouchy Swedish guy who's so fed up with life he's trying to end it all. But it's SO FUNNY! This author's voice is fresh and delightfully absurd. Enyoy! Recommended by Christie


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The Japanese Lover Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781501116995
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Published: Atria Books - July 5th, 2016

I simply loved

this book,

these characters,

this story ...

Another masterpiece from her.

Recommended by Alena


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Paris: The Novel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780345530769
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Published: Ballantine Books - April 1st, 2014

With a huge cast of characters spanning generations and centuries it is really the city of Paris that is the main character. Full of suspense, intrigue and romance it is worth reading every one of the 832 pages and the ending is perfect. Recommended by Katy


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Everything I Never Told You Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143127550
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Published: Penguin Books - May 12th, 2015

Is it possible to want too much for your children? Can we fulfill our parents' dreams? These old questions have no new answers, but they resound poignantly throughout this heartfelt novel. Read this and know you aren't the only person to hurt the ones you love. Recommended by Jeanette


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The Martian Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780553418026
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Published: Broadway Books - October 28th, 2014

Laugh out loud science fiction in the manner of the great writer Robert Heinlein. An astronaut abandoned on Mars tries to survive using ingenuity and guts. Recommended by Katy


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The Bone Orchard Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250067425
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Published: Minotaur Books - June 16th, 2015

This author consistantly delights me with well written "who-done-it's". Plus I've kearned a lot more about Maine reading his novels. This is a good one. Recommended by Katy