Books We Love: Fiction

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

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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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The Dream Peddler: A Novel Cover Image
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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
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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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Dreamlives of Debris Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781938604584
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Published: Dzanc Books - April 25th, 2017

Told in the style of an old Greek play, Dreamlives of Debris is the Minotaur & Theseus myth replacing the Minotaur with a disfigured girl who calls herself Debris. Dreamlives of Debris is dynamic and intense, and an all around brilliant piece of literature. I loved it, and though I recognize this book might be for everyone, it might actually be for you. Recommended by Rob


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John Constantine, Hellblazer Vol. 1: Original Sins Cover Image
By Jamie Delano, John Ridgway (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781401230067
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Published: Vertigo - March 8th, 2011

Hellblazer is one of the most important series in comic book history. It began as one DC's mature comics titles and ended up paving the way for Neil Gaiman's Sandman, ultimately giving life to DC's Vertigo Comics imprint. Since then, it has spawned a movie and multiple TV shows, reminding us that normal blokes can do magic too. Amazing writing, gritty art, and beautiful character development. Recommended by Rob


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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:
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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 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
$27.00
ISBN: 9780812994162
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Published: Random House - January 15th, 2019

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


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America for Beginners: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062668752
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Published: William Morrow - July 24th, 2018

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
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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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Open Me Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780802128072
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Published: Grove Press - August 7th, 2018

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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Washington Black: A novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525521426
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Published: Knopf - September 18th, 2018

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 Dreamers: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812994162
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Published: Random House - January 15th, 2019

Brilliant, intense, cerebral, and impossible to put down. Recommended by Christie


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Wishtree (Special Edition): Adult Edition Cover Image
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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
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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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Once Upon a River: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780743298070
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Published: Atria/Emily Bestler Books - December 4th, 2018

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 Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735220447
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Published: Viking - August 21st, 2018

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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The Winter Soldier Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316477604
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - September 11th, 2018

A deceptively simple story that gets under your skin, so that you find yourself drifting to these people and places days and weeks after finishing the book. An unusual love story set on the Eastern Front of WWII. Recommended by Christie


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Three Things About Elsie: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501187384
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Published: Scribner - August 7th, 2018

Three things about this novel -- 1) A retirement community with a twist 2) A touch of mystery 3) A narrator to die for! All in all, an unexpected pleasure with surprising humanity & kindness.  Recommended by Alena


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Sourdough: or, Lois and Her Adventures in the Underground Market: A Novel Cover Image
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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
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ISBN: 9781619022348
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - September 4th, 2018

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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There There: A novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525520375
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Published: Knopf - June 5th, 2018

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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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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The Travelling Cat Chronicles Cover Image
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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The Last Place You Look: A Mystery (Roxane Weary #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250181305
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Published: Minotaur Books - May 2018

"I find things." Private Investigator Roxanne Weary has lost a lot. Her father, paying clients, and her tenuous romantic relationship. So when a paying client asks her to track down the witness to an old crime, she agrees. But when the evidence begins piling up, she finds herself caught in something much larger than she ever could have predicted.  A compulsively readable mystery that breathes new life into the PI genre. Recommended by Emily


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Barbed Wire Heart Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781538744093
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - March 6th, 2018

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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Close to Home: A Novel (A DI Adam Fawley Novel #1) Cover Image
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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
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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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Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616207977
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Published: Algonquin Books - February 20th, 2018

Delicious!! Dive in and enjoy. (Adult stories by the Newbery Medal winning author of THE GIRL WHO DRANK THE MOON.) Recommended by Alena


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Spectators Cover Image
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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: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399178481
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Published: Del Rey - 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: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101974445
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Published: Anchor - May 29th, 2018

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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Mooncop Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781770462540
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Published: Drawn and 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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All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501173219
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Published: Scribner - April 4th, 2017

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