Books We Love: Fiction

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

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Gideon the Ninth (The Locked Tomb Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781250313195
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Published: Tor.com - September 10th, 2019

Gideon the Ninth is a science fiction swords and space romp filled with nonstop action and thrills. VIOLENCE NECROMANCY and lots of HUMOR. If you love Sci-Fi with a fresh face THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU! Recommended by Rob


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Suicide Woods: Stories Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781644450062
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Published: Graywolf Press - October 15th, 2019

This book is:

The voice of the wind calling your name.

The cold blue face you see under the ice.

The name you see written on the wall in blood.

It's one of the spookiest collections of modern horror in a long time.

 Recommended by Rob


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October Faction: Open Season Cover Image
By Steve Niles, Damien Worm (Illustrator)
$29.99
ISBN: 9781684055272
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Published: IDW Publishing - September 10th, 2019

From the guy who brought us 30 Days of Night, the book is perfect for Halloween. October Faction is a family of monster hunters who go through all the drama of normal family dynamics as well as the occasional werewolf and vampire slaying. Great gothic atmosphere and amazing characters! Recommended by Rob


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Gyo 2-in-1 Deluxe Edition Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9781421579153
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Published: VIZ Media LLC - April 21st, 2015

A chilling tale from the master of Manga Horror! Junji Ito's Gyo brings things from the sea onto land where "the stench of death creeps." It's a story that you will never forget! Recommended by Rob


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Frankissstein Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780802129499
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Published: Grove Press - October 1st, 2019

I was fascinated by this novel. Through parallel narratives of Mary Shelly and near-future AI, the author creates an amazing story about science, poetry, and the metaphysics of love. Recommended by Hunter


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New Poets of Native Nations Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781555978099
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Published: Graywolf Press - July 10th, 2018

This anthology is beautiful and devastating. It draws from a diversity of voices that seem to articulate an entire continent. Radical, emotive, genuine, this disrupts poetic monoculture like nothing else. Recommended by Hunter


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Imaginary Friend Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781538731338
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - October 1st, 2019

This book proves that there's more to Stephen Chbosky than The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Chbosky takes the life lessons of youth and slathers them with a special sauce of supernatural thrills and suspense. This is the most unique book I've read this year and it's terrifying, intense, and somehow strangely empowering. It's Perks ... meets Stranger Things. Recommended by Rob


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The Ten Thousand Doors of January Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316421997
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Published: Redhook - September 10th, 2019

This book is its own doorway into the magical tale of January Scaller. A beautifully written fantastical adventure and love letter to the power of story. This book is a reminder of why we read. You might plan for being late to work -- it's that enthralling! Recommended by Julie & Alena & Molly & Jane


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Providence: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780399591457
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - June 11th, 2019

Providence is a book that rides between the lines of several genres. A love story that goes horribly wrong when the boy vanishes, only to have him return after two years, not quite right! Throw in a nice blend of urban fantasy, mystery, and some H.P. Lovecraft and you have Providence. Magical and intense. Recommended by Rob


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Song for the Unraveling of the World Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781566895484
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Published: Coffee House Press - June 11th, 2019

I have a very high tolerance for horror, and have been seeking fear, finding nothing ... until now. This will scare you.  Recommended by Hunter


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City of Girls: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781594634734
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 4th, 2019

A fun romp with a good heart that naturally glides into a story of insight and depth. I love Vivian Morris, the story she tells, and all her people! Recommended by Alena


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Open Me Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802129642
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Published: Grove Press - June 18th, 2019

In this debut novel, Locascio accomplishes gorgeous metaphysical interiority while engaging with real human experiences. Through a young woman's coming-of-age narrative, the reader is treated to a stunning alchemy of xenophobia, physical sexual insight, and Denmark. The prose is also absolutely beautiful. Recommended by Hunter


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FKA USA: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250108890
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Published: Flatiron Books - June 18th, 2019

Part Elmore Leonard, part Douglas Adams, part David McCoullough and something else altogether -- FKA USA is hilarious and frightening. An entertaining frontier tale set in a chilling all-too-believable futurescape. I can't get this book out of my head -- so, I want you to read it -- you'll see what I mean. Recommended by Jane


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Rules for Visiting: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525559221
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Published: Penguin Press - May 14th, 2019

On friendship and more ... My favorite novel of 2019. (My copy is dog-eared with wisdom and humor underlined in green.)  Recommended by Alena


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Washington Black Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780525563242
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Published: Vintage - April 9th, 2019

I had to keep coming up for air as I raced along with a once enslaved boy, flying across the sky in an early experimental hot air balloon, trekking across the frozen Arctic, and diving among undersea life. This novel enthralls with both its heights and its depths. Recommended by Jeanette


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The Dream Peddler: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143133179
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Published: Penguin Books - April 9th, 2019

Remember what it was like as a child to be transfixed by a book? Regain that magic with this tale. The author's enchanting language casts as much as a spell as the story itself. Recommended by Jeanette


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When All Is Said: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250200587
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Published: Thomas Dunne Books - March 5th, 2019

... With surprisingly poignant depth and a bit of classic Irish humor, our gentleman friend finds a unique route to wrapping up his complicated life -- leaving those whom he loved, and each of us who joins in his goodbyes, all the better for his having lived. Recommended by Mary


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The Kiss Quotient Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780451490803
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Published: Berkley - June 5th, 2018

Sweet and steamy, the Kiss Quotient won the 2018 Goodreads Choice Award for Romance, and is earning well deserved praise for its depiction of an autistic-spectrum heroine. Recommended by Molly

 


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Noir: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062433992
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - April 2nd, 2019

Of all the bookshops in all the towns in all the world, this book had to walk into mine. Moore has come up with both, one of the best San Francisco novels and one of the best noir crime novels ever, and it's filled with amazing atmosphere and that incredible Christopher Moore humor. One of my favorite books of the year. Recommended by Rob


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Daisy Jones & The Six: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781524798628
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Published: Ballantine Books - March 5th, 2019

Told in a series of interviews, this story covers the entire career of the seminal but fictional 1970s rock band Daisy Jones & The Six. Written flawlessly. You'll love them, you'll hate them, you'll want them to be a real band. A must read for music history buffs and fans of classic Rock 'n' Roll. Also included, lyrics from their last album. Recommended by Rob


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Once Upon a River: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780743298087
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Published: Atria/Emily Bestler Books - July 2nd, 2019

I like the people in this book so much!!! And the writing. And the story. And the river. I have that double feeling of wanting to read and read to know how it ends -- but not wanting it to end. Recommended by Alena


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Whiskey When We're Dry: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780735220454
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Published: Penguin Books - July 2nd, 2019

Holy shit, this is something else altogether. "Cross-dressing gun-fighter" doesn't even scratch the surface. It really stuck with me. Recommended by Christie


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There There Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780525436140
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Published: Vintage - May 7th, 2019

I wish this book had come out a few years ago when I still worked with Native American juvenile delinquents so they could have gained some insights from the realistic portraits of urban NDNs. Take a look! Recommended by Jeanette


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Black Leopard, Red Wolf (The Dark Star Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780735220171
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 5th, 2019

A beautifully dark fantasy epic that surges with mythology and imagination. Derived from African sources, the realms of this world feel dream-like and startling, and full of unexpected characters. A wonderful read. Recommended by Hunter


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You Know You Want This:
$24.99
ISBN: 9781982101633
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - January 15th, 2019

These stories are feral, stunning in their ferocity, and definitely NOT here to play nice. I loved it! Recommended by Molly


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Lost Children Archive: A novel Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780525520610
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Published: Knopf - February 12th, 2019

Complex, wonderful, impressive -- it's impossible to look away from these scenes of individual intimacy and historic tragedy. Lost Children Archive is exactly the right novel for our times. Recommended by Christie


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The Heavens Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780802129024
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Published: Grove Press - February 12th, 2019

Frankly, it's perfect. It opens with an irresistible love story; the writing is clever and surprising but has the simple ring of truth; the story builds with a dawning sense of both hope and dread; and then it releases the reader into a changed reality. Recommended by Christie


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I Am God: A Novel Cover Image
By Giacomo Sartori, Frederika Randall (Translated by)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781632062147
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Published: Restless Books - February 5th, 2019

Guilty as a mom snooping through her teen's diary, I peered into God's journal about his existential crisis -- unable to stop myself from reaping secret insights. Recommended by Jeanette.


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The Dreamers: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812984668
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - November 5th, 2019

Brilliant. Intense. Cerebral. And impossible to put down! Recommended by Christie


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Barbed Wire Heart Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781538744116
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - March 5th, 2019

In the rural landscape of Northern California, it is widely understood that the McKenna crime family rules. Harley McKenna has tried her best to distance herself from the family name - using her skills with a gun and burning anger to protect and run a women's shelter. But when a nearby crime family begins encroaching on her father's territory, Harley allows herself to be drawn back into that world to protect her charges. This novel is unflinching and gorgeously written. Fantastic. Recommended by Emily


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America for Beginners: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062668769
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - July 30th, 2019

You know that luscious feeling when you immediately know you are in the hands of a beguiling writer who will take you on a memorable journey? That's the sensation which lasted for me throughout this unusual road trip of a novel with characters I wished I could continue accompanying well past when they reach their final destination. Recommended by Jeanette


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Small Moving Parts Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781683367826
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Published: Turner - May 15th, 2018

Small Moving Parts by DB Jackson is a 20th century western buddy story where two people become uncommon friends through a common desire to end their own lives. It's a coming of age tale with shoot-outs, horse thieves, and the amazingly cinematic setting of the American South West. The characters are entirely believable and the dialogue is natural and smooth. A story about modern cowboys told as only a real cowboy could tell it -- Brilliantly. Recommended by Rob


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Wishtree (Special Edition): Adult Edition Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781250306869
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - January 8th, 2019

For everyone who ever loved a tree. Recommended by Alena


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A Well-Behaved Woman: A Novel of the Vanderbilts Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250095473
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Published: St. Martin's Press - October 16th, 2018

Once again, Therese Anne Fowler has written a powerhouse of a woman back into history. Excellent job bringing me into the life and times of Alva Smith Vanderbilt and Gilded Age New York. Toward the end of her life, Alva was a pre-eminant American suffragette. Throughout this book I felt, "Wow. I get it. I get her, her circumstances, and what she's doing for herself, women, and the culture at large." And all in an enjoyable "19th century novel." Hurrah! Recommended by Alena


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Sourdough: or, Lois and Her Adventures in the Underground Market: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250192752
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Published: Picador - September 18th, 2018

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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The Wildlands Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781640092570
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - August 13th, 2019

Geni seems to know something about humans & nature that the rest of us don't. The Wildlands, like her previous novel, delves into those places in the psyche that can be revealed only at the extremes: tornado, disaster, isolation. It's gripping! Recommended by Christie


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White as Milk, Red as Blood: The Forgotten Fairy Tales of Franz Xaver von Schönwerth Cover Image
By Franz Xaver von Schonwerth, Willow Dawson (Illustrator), Shelley Tanaka (Translated by), Philip Pullman (Foreword by)
$22.95
ISBN: 9780345812179
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Published: Knopf Canada - April 24th, 2018

Vivid, violent, gory, and gorgeous, with luscious illustrations, these fairy-tales come from a recently re-discovered cache of German folk tales. At once both unknown yet recognizable, these are new (to us) stories with familiar shapes, and they are delicous. Recommended by Molly


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By Hiro Arikawa, Philip Gabriel (Translated by)
$20.00
ISBN: 9780451491336
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Published: Berkley - October 23rd, 2018

Ever wonder what Catsby is thinking? Here's a fellow cat who tells a story as well as (or better than!) most humans. A kind-hearted, Japanese tale. Quietly and deeply engaging. Recommended by Alena


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Close to Home: A Novel (A DI Adam Fawley Novel #1) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143131052
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Published: Penguin Books - March 6th, 2018

An unputdownable police procedual with an ending I didn't see coming. CLOSE TO HOME would make an excellent book club pick -- I guarantee you'll want to talk about it!   Recommended by Jane


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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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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