Staff Picks: Fiction

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Mother Ocean Father Nation: A Novel By Nishant Batsha Cover Image
$23.79
ISBN: 9780063211780
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Published: Ecco - June 7th, 2022

Recommended by Alison Meyers, Executive Director


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On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel By Ocean Vuong Cover Image
$15.30
ISBN: 9780525562047
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Published: Penguin Books - June 1st, 2021

“What is a country but a borderless sentence, a life?” asks Ocean Vuong’s narrator, Little Dog. And, “What is a country but a life sentence?” This auto-biographical, non-chronological novel is a space where language, memory, violence, and love converge and collide. Raw and luminous, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is an illuminating story of immigration and what it means to become an American in a historical moment of great contradiction.

-Alison Meyers, Executive Director


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American Gods: A Novel By Neil Gaiman Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780063081918
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - March 16th, 2021

A rollercoaster ride through mythology, religion, and spirituality. Gaiman uses his entire writer's tool box to create this vast, sprawling landscape for readers.

-Chris Fanning, Deputy Director


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White Cat, Black Dog: Stories By Kelly Link, Shaun Tan (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kelly Link, Shaun Tan (Illustrator)
$22.95
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ISBN: 9780593449950
Published: Random House - March 28th, 2023

Recommended by Chris Fanning, Deputy Director


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Boys, Beasts & Men By Sam J. Miller, Amal El-Mohtar (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Sam J. Miller, Amal El-Mohtar (Introduction by)
$15.26
ISBN: 9781616963729
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Published: Tachyon Publications - June 14th, 2022

A short story collection that brings the reader into queer spaces both familiar and foreign. Miller's stories bring science fiction, suspense, and creativity to the foreground.

-Chris Fanning, Deputy Director


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The Hundred Waters By Lauren Acampora Cover Image
$22.10
ISBN: 9780802159748
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Published: Grove Press - August 23rd, 2022

Recommended by Chris Fanning, Deputy Director


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Trust Exercise: A Novel By Susan Choi Cover Image
$13.59
ISBN: 9781250231260
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Published: Holt Paperbacks - May 5th, 2020

Recommended by Chris Fanning, Deputy Director


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Little Heaven: A Novel By Nick Cutter Cover Image
$16.14
ISBN: 9781501104237
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Published: Gallery Books - July 11th, 2017

Recommended by Chris Fanning, Deputy Director


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The Deep: A Novel By Nick Cutter Cover Image
$15.29
ISBN: 9781501144837
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Published: Gallery Books - August 16th, 2016

Recommended by Chris Fanning, Deputy Director


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The Troop: A Novel By Nick Cutter Cover Image
$15.29
ISBN: 9781501144820
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Published: Gallery Books - August 16th, 2016

Recommended by Chris Fanning, Deputy Director


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When the Night Bells Ring By Jo Kaplan Cover Image
$22.09
ISBN: 9780744306118
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Published: CamCat Books - October 11th, 2022

Recommended by Chris Fanning, Deputy Director


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Everything's Eventual: 14 Dark Tales By Stephen King Cover Image
$16.14
ISBN: 9781501197963
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Published: Scribner - April 17th, 2018

A grounded and beautiful new memoir written by a mom raising a child with disabilities. The book is strikingly honest and sheds important light on—and fights against—ableism embedded in the fabric of our culture. I couldn't put it down.

-Chris Fanning, Deputy Director


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The Maidens: A Novel By Alex Michaelides Cover Image
$15.29
ISBN: 9781250304469
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Published: Celadon Books - May 24th, 2022

Recommended by Chris Fanning, Deputy Director


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Thistlefoot: A Novel By GennaRose Nethercott Cover Image
$23.80
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ISBN: 9780593468838
Published: Anchor - September 13th, 2022

Recommended by Chris Fanning, Deputy Director


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We Are Not Like Them: A Novel By Christine Pride, Jo Piazza Cover Image
$14.45
ISBN: 9781982181048
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Published: Atria Books - August 2nd, 2022

Recommended by Chris Fanning, Deputy Director


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The Last House on Needless Street By Catriona Ward Cover Image
$16.14
ISBN: 9781250812643
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Published: Tor Nightfire - September 20th, 2022

Recommended by Chris Fanning, Deputy Director


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Ponyboy: A Novel By Eliot Duncan Cover Image
$14.41
ISBN: 9781324051220
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 13th, 2023

Recommended by Clara O'Connor, Youth Education and Executive Associate


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Her Body and Other Parties: Stories By Carmen Maria Machado Cover Image
$14.45
ISBN: 9781555977887
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Published: Graywolf Press - October 3rd, 2017

I love spending time in Machado's eerie worlds, where the fears of our age play out in folklorish style. Plus, you can't go wrong with stories that are queer in every sense of the word.

-Clara O'Connor, Youth Education and Executive Associate

Also recommended by Sakshi Kumar, Adult Programs Coordinator.


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This Time Tomorrow: A Novel By Emma Straub Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780525539018
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 16th, 2023

Recommended by Clara O'Connor, Youth Education and Executive Associate


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Girl, Woman, Other: A Novel (Booker Prize Winner) By Bernardine Evaristo Cover Image
$14.45
ISBN: 9780802156983
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Published: Grove Press, Black Cat - November 5th, 2019

Recommended by Clara O'Connor, Youth Education and Executive Associate and Chris Fanning, Deputy Director


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The Dispossessed: A Novel (Hainish Cycle) By Ursula K. Le Guin Cover Image
$15.29
ISBN: 9780060512750
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - June 10th, 2014

Recommended by Clara O'Connor, Youth Education and Executive Associate


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Legends & Lattes: A Novel of High Fantasy and Low Stakes By Travis Baldree Cover Image
$15.29
ISBN: 9781250886088
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Published: Tor Books - November 8th, 2022

This book was so much fun! A high fantasy slice of life story in a coffee shop. Throw in a sapphic romance and a mouse named Thimble who likes baking biscottis? So sweet and comforting!

-Lily Brunner, Bookstore & Visitor Services Coordinator


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A Psalm for the Wild-Built (Monk & Robot #1) By Becky Chambers Cover Image
$17.84
ISBN: 9781250236210
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Published: Tordotcom - July 13th, 2021

An instant favorite. Such a sweet and lovely story of hope, optimism, and figuring out what it is that humans need most. This restored so much faith in humanity and gave me all the warm and fuzzy feelings in my heart :) (Plus it's 150 pages, so you can read it in an afternoon!)

-Lily Brunner, Bookstore & Visitor Services Coordinator

Also recommended by Sally Bittner Bonn, Director of Youth Education


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A Prayer for the Crown-Shy: A Monk and Robot Book (Monk & Robot #2) By Becky Chambers Cover Image
$18.69
ISBN: 9781250236234
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Published: Tordotcom - July 12th, 2022

I finished this book immediately after finishing A Psalm for the Wild-Built and it is just as beautiful and inspiring as the first book was. I never thought an old robot could make me feel so many emotions.

-Lily Brunner, Bookstore & Visitor Services Coordinator


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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: A Novel By Taylor Jenkins Reid Cover Image
$14.45
ISBN: 9781501161933
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Published: Atria Books - May 29th, 2018

This book has everything! Bisexual representation, cliffhangers, drama, scandal, romance! It's fast-paced and fun but also heartbreaking at the same time. A great book about being unapologetically yourself – even though that means living through the consequences.

-Lily Brunner, Bookstore & Visitor Services Coordinator


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Under the Whispering Door By TJ Klune Cover Image
$16.14
ISBN: 9781250217394
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Published: Tor Books - January 31st, 2023

Recommended by Lily Brunner, Bookstore & Visitor Services Coordinator


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Yo!: A Novel By Julia Alvarez Cover Image
$13.56
ISBN: 9781616209490
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Published: Algonquin Books - April 9th, 2019

Recommended by Sally Bittner Bonn, Director of Youth Education


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The City We Became: A Novel (The Great Cities #1) By N. K. Jemisin Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316509886
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Published: Orbit - July 27th, 2021

Recommended by Sally Bittner Bonn, Director of Youth Education


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Jazz (Vintage International) By Toni Morrison Cover Image
$14.45
ISBN: 9781400076215
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Published: Vintage - June 8th, 2004

Recommended by Sakshi Kumar, Adult Programs Coordinator


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The Hollow Places: A Novel By T. Kingfisher Cover Image
$15.29
ISBN: 9781534451124
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Published: Gallery Books - October 6th, 2020

I needed something a bit thrilling and supernatural, and I found it here. I've read Kingfisher's other books and if this one grabs you, I'd suggest The Twisted Ones next.

-Chris Fanning, Deputy Director


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The Twisted Ones By T. Kingfisher Cover Image
$15.29
ISBN: 9781534429567
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Published: Gallery Books - October 1st, 2019

Recommended by Chris Fanning, Deputy Director


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A House With Good Bones By T. Kingfisher Cover Image
$22.94
ISBN: 9781250829795
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Published: Tor Nightfire - March 28th, 2023

Recommended by Chris Fanning, Deputy Director


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Annihilation: A Novel (The Southern Reach Series #1) By Jeff VanderMeer Cover Image
$15.30
ISBN: 9780374104092
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Published: FSG Originals - February 4th, 2014

I picked up Annihilation on a whim and ended up loving this entire series. Dark, scientific, and made my mind stretch in places, this story will stay with me a long time.

-Chris Fanning, Deputy Director


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Authority: A Novel (The Southern Reach Series #2) By Jeff VanderMeer Cover Image
$15.30
ISBN: 9780374104108
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Published: FSG Originals - May 6th, 2014

I picked up Annihilation on a whim and ended up loving this entire series. Dark, scientific, and made my mind stretch in places, this story will stay with me a long time.

-Chris Fanning, Deputy Director


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Acceptance: A Novel (The Southern Reach Series #3) By Jeff VanderMeer Cover Image
$15.30
ISBN: 9780374104115
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Published: FSG Originals - September 2nd, 2014

I picked up Annihilation on a whim and ended up loving this entire series. Dark, scientific, and made my mind stretch in places, this story will stay with me a long time.

-Chris Fanning, Deputy Director


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Lesser Known Monsters of the 21st Century By Kim Fu Cover Image
By Kim Fu
$15.26
ISBN: 9781951142995
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Published: Tin House Books - February 1st, 2022

Twelve short stories that range from whimsical to strange; all thought provoking and delicious to read. This book was a delight.

-Chris Fanning, Deputy Director


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Natural History: Stories By Andrea Barrett Cover Image
$14.41
ISBN: 9781324066118
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 5th, 2023

I loved Barrett's Servants of the Map and this book invokes the same feelings of being invited to travel across time and space with characters as they grow, learn, love, and survive.

-Chris Fanning, Deputy Director


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Tinkers: 10th Anniversary Edition By Paul Harding, Marilynne Robinson (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Paul Harding, Marilynne Robinson (Foreword by)
$15.29
ISBN: 9781942658603
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Published: Bellevue Literary Press - January 1st, 2019

One of my favorite books I read in 2023. Beautifully written, Harding weaves memory, joy, suffering, and emotion into every chapter.

-Chris Fanning, Deputy Director