Books We Love: Fiction

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

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The Shadow Winds of Q'ai Du'un Cover Image
$34.95
ISBN: 9781735471907
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Published: Dancing Man Press - July 1st, 2021

A magical and beautifully illustrated journey, reminiscent of the classic hippy comics of the 1970s. Historical and fantastical, this book is built on a mythos that captures readers and makes them really feel the story. A new classic by a local Author. Recommended by Rob


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Mary Jane: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780063052291
Availability: On our shelves now!
Published: Custom House - May 11th, 2021

Mary Jane is simply the most refreshing book I've read all year! For fans of Daisy Jones and the Six and for adults who did their thing when they were kids, despite what adults told them. Trust me. You'll love it!! Recommended by Rob


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The Bad Muslim Discount: A Novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780385545259
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Published: Doubleday - February 2nd, 2021

This book has everything you could want in a story: suspense, romance, humor, politics (not heavy-handed), and moral quandries. Recommended by Jeanette

P. S. It's also particularly fabulous as an audio book on Libro.fm. 


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Harrow the Ninth (The Locked Tomb Trilogy #2) Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250313225
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Published: Tordotcom - August 4th, 2020

This sequel to Gideon the Ninth is:

- High Fantasy of colossal proportions

- The Perfect Blend of humor, sci-fi, horror, and general mayhem

- Bone chillingly Bewitching (in a sword fighting necromancer sort of way)

Recommended by Rob


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People We Meet on Vacation Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781984806758
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Published: Berkley - May 11th, 2021

Such a fun read! I loved reading about Alex and Poppy's vacations and how their relationship changes through the years. And the BANTER, my God, the BANTER!  Recommended by Julie


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The Lost Village: A Novel Cover Image
By Camilla Sten, Alexandra Fleming (Translated by)
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250249258
Availability: On our shelves now!
Published: Minotaur Books - March 23rd, 2021

A filmmaker goes deep into the hinterland to make a documentary about the residents who vanished from Silvertjarn back in 1959. What she finds is more horrifying than she could ever have imagined. Dark and eery and will haunt you long after you've finished it. I really think this is the horror I've been looking for. Recommended by Rob


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Flowers from the Storm Cover Image
$9.89
ISBN: 9780380761326
Availability: Special order - we'll let you know how long!
Published: Avon - May 27th, 2003

A Quaker and a duke walk out of a mental hospital... For fans of Bridgerton and Outlander, this book has it all: a fake marriage, Victorian human rights abuses, achaic grammer, and math! Recommended by Mallory


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The Beauty of Your Face: A Novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781324003380
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 7th, 2020

This is a phenomenal read! The suspense and revelations about the lesser known beauty of the Islam faith will rivet you. Recommended by Jeanette


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10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781635575811
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - October 13th, 2020

You may feel you have limited compassion for sex workers, but I guarantee this novel will open both your heart and your mind. Recommended by Jeanette


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Anxious People: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781501160837
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Published: Atria Books - September 8th, 2020

Every time I read a book, I make a note and give the book a score from 1 to 10. There have been many 9s, but 10s are rare.  Anxious People is a 10 -- no hesitation!  A personal story perfectly told. Recommended by Jane


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Faithless II Cover Image
By Brian Azzarello, Maria Llovet (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781684156580
Availability: On our shelves now!
Published: BOOM! Studios - February 9th, 2021

Where Faithless was dark and intriguing, Faithless II pulls the reader deeper into a world of high art, unlimited desire, and dark magick with a "k". Amazing writing and great art by a creative team that never fails to deliver! Recommended by Rob


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Faithless  Cover Image
By Brian Azzarello, Maria Llovet (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781684154326
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Published: BOOM! Studios - January 7th, 2020

Faith dabbles in magic, and where magic sometimes gets her what she wants, it also gets her in too deep. Faithless is a graphic novel equivalent to a sucker punch to the gut when that's exactly what you want. Magic, Sex, Drugs, and the Devil! Sounds like fun, right? Recommended by Rob


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Dawn of X Vol. 1 Cover Image
By Jonathan Hickman, Gerry Duggan, Benjamin Percy, Tini Howard, Leinil Francis Yu (Illustrator), Matteo Lolli (Illustrator), Szymon Kudranski (Illustrator), Marcus To (Illustrator)
$24.99
ISBN: 9781302921569
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Published: Marvel - February 25th, 2020

Some of Marvel's best writing in a very long time. The X-Men run their own nation on the island of Krakoa and all mutants are welcome. An Epic story in the Marvel Universe, as the X-Men welcome all mutants (even their enemies) into their ranks. Who's left to cause trouble? Trust me, there are adversaries. THE VERY BEST IN X-MEN ACTION! Recommended by Rob


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Rules for Visiting: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525559245
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Published: Penguin Books - April 28th, 2020

Dry, witty, and unapologetic, May loves literature and her work as a botanist for the university in her hometown. Closer to plants than people, May begins to suspect she isn't very good at friendship and wonders if it's possible to improve with practice. Granted some leave from her job, she sets out on a journey to spend time with four long-neglected friends.  "On friendship and more.  My copy is dog-eared with wisdom & humor underlined in green." Recommended by Alena


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Simon the Fiddler: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062966759
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - April 6th, 2021

Gently pulled me into its world till I didn't want to leave. Recommended by Alena


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The City We Became: A Novel (The Great Cities Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316509848
Availability: On our shelves now!
Published: Orbit - March 24th, 2020

A clever premise with vivid character development, astute social commentary, and a wry sense of humor. This book was everything I want from urban Fantasy, and was an absolute treat to read. Recommended by Molly


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American Dirt (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250209764
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Published: Flatiron Books - January 21st, 2020

You will race through this book with your heart beating as fast as the main characters -- desperate for them to escape danger and anxious for them to reach safety. Recommended by Jeanette


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Gideon the Ninth (The Locked Tomb Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250313188
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Published: Tordotcom - July 14th, 2020

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
Availability: On our shelves now!
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)
$32.99
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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Imaginary Friend Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781538731352
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - October 6th, 2020

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
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316421973
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Published: Redhook - May 12th, 2020

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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FKA USA: A Novel Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250108913
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Published: Flatiron Books - August 25th, 2020

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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City of Girls: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781594634741
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 7th, 2020

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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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
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250251336
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Published: Picador - March 31st, 2020

... 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
$16.00
ISBN: 9780451490803
Availability: Backordered - we'll try to let you know how long!
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
$17.00
ISBN: 9781524798642
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Published: Ballantine Books - February 4th, 2020

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
$17.99
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
$17.00
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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Black Leopard, Red Wolf (The Dark Star Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780735220188
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 4th, 2020

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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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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$16.00
ISBN: 9781982101640
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - April 14th, 2020

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
$16.95
ISBN: 9780525436461
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Published: Vintage - February 4th, 2020

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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I Am God: A Novel Cover Image
By Giacomo Sartori, Frederika Randall (Translated by)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781632062147
Availability: Backordered - we'll try to let you know how long!
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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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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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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Sourdough: or, Lois and Her Adventures in the Underground Market: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250192752
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(Sales are final on this one.)
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)
$25.25
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