Books We Love: Fiction

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

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Whiskey When We're Dry Cover Image
$26.00
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
$28.00
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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The Wildlands Cover Image
$26.00
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
$25.95
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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A Darker Shade of Magic: A Novel (Shades of Magic #1) Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780765376466
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Published: Tor Books - January 19th, 2016

This is fantastic -- fantastic & fantastical! Rich with complicated characters, intrigue, advenure, strange worlds, rivalries & magic! And, the best thing of all, it's the first of a trilogy. Recommended by Jane


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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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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 Last Place You Look: A Mystery (Roxane Weary #1) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250181305
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Published: Minotaur Books - May 1st, 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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The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781501154836
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Published: Scribner - April 3rd, 2018

Mothers, daughters, China, adoption, tea, California, dreams ... And at this story's hidden core, a grove of ancient trees. I love this book. Recommended by Alena


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The Almost Sisters: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062105721
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - May 29th, 2018

A fabulous southern sisters novel with many twists on the genre (and in the plot!), including a comic book, superhero, graphic novel artist who is having a baby fathered by Batman (from Comic-Con :-)). I truly care about all the women in this book, young and old. And the end is uplifting and spot-on!  Recommended by Alena

 


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Sing, Unburied, Sing Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781432852368
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Published: Large Print Press - May 29th, 2018

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


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Barbed Wire Heart Cover Image
$26.00
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
$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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The Job of the Wasp Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781593766801
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Published: Soft Skull Press - January 9th, 2018

THE JOB OF THE WASP is an eerie and haunting story that seeps into your thoughts just as you're turning out the lights at night. Truly, a must-read for lovers of Gothic ghost stories and spooky tales. Colin Winnette must be fine-tuning the art of cinematic writing in this amazingly visual novel. Recommended by Rob


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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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Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories Cover Image
$24.95
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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The Power Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780316547611
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - October 10th, 2017

Sharp and witty, by turns darkly hilarious and brilliantly horrifying, THE POWER is a compelling parable for our troubled times. By exploring the total reversal of our current power dynamics, Alderman exposes the falacies of gender determinism and the all too real cruelties it perpetuates. This book left a sick feeling in my gut so I can't say that I like it, only that it's important and true in the way that only good speculative fiction can be. Recommended by Molly


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Fire Is Your Water: A Novel 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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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: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
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
$27.95
ISBN: 9780385541992
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Published: Doubleday - 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: A Novel 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: A Novel 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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Ms. Marvel Volume 1: No Normal Cover Image
By Marvel Comics (Text by)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780785190219
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Published: Marvel - 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: A Novel 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 Vol. 1: Hail Hydra Cover Image
By Nick Spencer (Text by), Jesus Saiz (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781302901127
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Published: Marvel - 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 - 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 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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A Whole Life: A Novel Cover Image
By Robert Seethaler, Charlotte Collins (Translated by)
$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: A Novel 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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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: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
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


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Sleeping Giants (The Themis Files #1) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101886717
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Published: Del Rey - 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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Uprooted: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780804179058
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Published: Del Rey - 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