Staff Picks: Fiction for Adults

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Dracula Daily: Reading Bram Stoker's Dracula in Real Time With Commentary by the Internet By Matt Kirkland Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781524884703
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - September 19th, 2023

I've never had so much fun reading a classic novel as I did reading the Dracula Daily newsletter in 2022. Now everyone can join or relive the experience in print, complete with commentary, fanart, and memes. :) Recommended by Molly


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Silver Nitrate By Silvia Moreno-Garcia Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593355367
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Published: Del Rey - July 18th, 2023

A couple of friends stumble upon some literal movie magic!  This is another great story by the writer of Mexican Gothic.  It contains a few bits of film history & lore."  -Rowan


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Camp Damascus By Chuck Tingle Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781250874627
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Published: Tor Nightfire - July 18th, 2023

Most famous for his humorous erotica, Chuck Tingle makes a satisfying pivot into horror with a gut-churning nightmare about gay conversion camp and the demons that haunt our communities. Recommended by Molly


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The Guest: A Novel By Emma Cline Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780812998627
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Published: Random House - May 16th, 2023

Relentlessly & quietly disturbing, the novel's main character, Alex scams, steals, & flirts herself into the lives of the wealthy.  Though dark & edgy, Cline's precise, true prose has me hopeful for a sequel to the cliffhanger ending."  -Nancy


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Dust Child: A Novel By Que Mai Phan Nguyen Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781643752754
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Published: Algonquin Books - March 14th, 2023

Deeply researched, full of power and poetry.  It delves into the complex relationships among US soldiers in Vietnam, the people they fought & befriended there, and the cultures of both countries."  -Christie


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Yellowface: A Reese's Book Club Pick By R. F. Kuang Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780063250833
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Published: William Morrow - May 16th, 2023

Brace yourself for a terrible protagonist spiraling into increasingly desperate meltdowns in this satire on the publishing industry.  Kuang is upfront in her critiques of the industry, perhaps heavy handed at times, but there is nuance beneath the spectacle.  A total page-turner that had me screaming!"  -Molly


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None of This Is True: A Novel By Lisa Jewell Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781982179007
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Published: Atria Books - August 8th, 2023

Wow!!  Truly, a psychological thriller at it's best.  Masterful writing develops this layered plot packed with creepy characters and so may unexpected twists and turns.  Set in present-day London about a podcast too juicy to believe."  -Nancy


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Things We Found When the Water Went Down By Tegan Nia Swanson Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781646221691
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Published: Catapult - December 6th, 2022

Remarkable storytelling!  It draws a link between missing/murdered inigenous women and violence against the environment - all in the conext of a body-on-page-one murder mystery.  A rewarding read."  -Christie


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Razzmatazz: A Novel By Christopher Moore Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062434135
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - April 11th, 2023

Stumble through 1947 San Francisco amidst a dark humorous world of smoke-filled nightclubs, mysterious statues, and the best drag kings the city by the bay has to offer... packed into one amazingly fun genre-bending, paranormal, fast-paced, dramatic, crime noir thriller that you'll hate to put down."  -Rob


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Walking Practice: A Novel By Dolki Min, Victoria Caudle (Translated by) Cover Image
By Dolki Min, Victoria Caudle (Translated by)
$26.99
ISBN: 9780063258617
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Published: HarperVia - March 14th, 2023

Graphic violence and body horror, plus critique of gender, meditation on disability, and yearning for connection.  This book is gorgeous, disgusting, delicious, and queer AF.  I loved it."  -Molly


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Ghost Eaters: A Novel By Clay Chapman Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9781683692171
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Published: Quirk Books - September 20th, 2022

Pop a pill and get haunted!  When a group of friends go to a graveyard at night and do drugs to help them see ghosts, they get exactly what they wanted, which turns out to be more than they bargained for.  This book is FUN, SPOOKY, and INTENSE, filled with HAIR-ON-YOUR-ARM-STANDING-UP action!  The scares are amazing!"  -Rob


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My Lovely Wife By Samantha Downing Cover Image
$12.99
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ISBN: 9780593637753
Published: Berkley - February 7th, 2023

Deliciously twisted, superbly written, and the best example of a psychological thriller!!!"  Recommended by Nancy


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How to Sell a Haunted House By Grady Hendrix Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593201268
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Published: Berkley - January 17th, 2023

Imagine having to return to the hometown you couldn't wait to get out of and staying in a haunted house while you're there.  Then, tell that story with horror and humor and believable characters.  That's what Hendrix does.  I love this book!!"  -Rob


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Beloved: Pulitzer Prize Winner (Vintage International) By Toni Morrison Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781400033416
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Published: Vintage - June 8th, 2004

*A Haunting Story  * Beautifully written  *Deserves all of the awards."  -Rowan 


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A Psalm for the Wild-Built (Monk & Robot #1) By Becky Chambers Cover Image
$20.99
ISBN: 9781250236210
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Published: Tordotcom - July 13th, 2021

A monk goes on a pilgrimage and befriends a robot.  This is crazy sci-fi with a warm spiritual vibe.  Greatly uplifting." -Rowan


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The Librarianist: A Novel By Patrick deWitt Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780063085121
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Published: Ecco - July 4th, 2023

Much of what's notable about the Librarianist are the quiet parts - BobComet's introvertedness and the people not present.  They fill the book." -Rowan


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The Farewell Tour: A Novel By Stephanie Clifford Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780063251137
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Published: Harper - March 7th, 2023

Lots of fun, but serious and well-written.  Perfect, right?  Bonus:  you learn about the roots of West Coast country music.  I hadn't heard of the "Bakersfield Sound."  Now I know!  -Recommended by Christie


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Users: A Novel By Colin Winnette Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781593767372
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Published: Soft Skull - February 21st, 2023

Winnette's writing has an "underneath" to it, a nagging vagueness that bores into you & unnerves you.  He knows how people don't communicate, don't connect, don't act- the way they stay in their own head & refrain from just saying what they mean.  And he knows how to write tension and anxiety.  This book is tense.  -Recommended by Rowan


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Jollof Rice and Other Revolutions: A Novel in Interlocking Stories By Omolola Ijeoma Ogunyemi Cover Image
$27.99
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ISBN: 9780063117044
Published: Amistad - September 13th, 2022

A beautiful tapestry with a gorgeous narrative running through it.  The characters come alive with distinct voices.  The arc, from boarding school revolution to speculative fiction ending, is marvelous.  -Recommended by Rowan


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Hungry Ghosts: A Novel By Kevin Jared Hosein Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780063213388
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Published: Ecco - February 7th, 2023

This one is for my brave readers:  those who appreciate difficult stories, brilliantly told.  One family tries to navigate brutal social divisions in 1940s Trinidad, with unexpected results.  -Recommended by Christie


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The Cutting Room (Canons) By Louise Welsh Cover Image
$16.00
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ISBN: 9781838850906
Published: Canongate Books - May 3rd, 2022

A subtly layered & intensely engrossing investigation in a gothic Glasgow setting, this book is an amazing & unsettling read with a cast of true-to-life a-typical characters led by a queer auctioneer in the not-so-long ago, before it was "safe" to be out and proud.  -Recommended by Lauren


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Wrong Place Wrong Time: A Reese's Book Club Pick By Gillian McAllister Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780063252349
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Published: William Morrow - August 2nd, 2022

*A mother witnesses her son commit an unspeakable act.  *She wakes up, the day before, desperate to stop the murder from happening.  *She wakes up the day before the day before, realizing that something bigger is unfolding.  *This is a mind-bending, page turning, edge of your seat mystery.  Can you solve it before it happens?  *Amazing story-telling!  -Recommended by Rob


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The It Girl By Ruth Ware Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781982155261
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - July 12th, 2022

Most definitely, this summer's "IT" beach read!!  What really happened at Oxford University that glorious evening ten years ago?? 

An eclectic assortment of college pals and an odd University employee, power this psychological thriller.  -Recommended by Nancy


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The Enigma of Room 622: A Mystery Novel By Joël Dicker, Robert Bononno (Translated by) Cover Image
By Joël Dicker, Robert Bononno (Translated by)
$29.99
ISBN: 9780063098817
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Published: HarperVia - September 13th, 2022

Set in the Swiss Alps, this most layered mystery will stun readers with its tantalizing plot twists, unique characters, and overall creativity.  Humor, wisdom, and masterful writing develop this truly original mystery.  - Nancy Recommends


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What Moves the Dead (Sworn Soldier #1) By T. Kingfisher Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250830753
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Published: Tor Nightfire - July 12th, 2022

If you haven't read T. Kingfisher, you need to, now.  And this re-telling of Poe's Fall of the House of Usher is a great place to start!  For anyone who's read a Gothic short, shivered, the  found themselves wondering "but why?"  Harrowing and hilarious- I could not put it down!  -Recommended by Lauren


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Lucy by the Sea: A Novel By Elizabeth Strout Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593446065
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Published: Random House - September 20th, 2022

An elegant, thoughtful novel set on the Maine coast during the early days of the pandemic.  Walk with Lucy along the shore as she befriends like-minded and not-so-like-minded folks struggling with life's uncertainties.  Brilliant Writing, of course!  -Recommended by Nancy


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Babel: Or the Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators' Revolution By R. F. Kuang Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780063021426
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Published: Harper Voyager - August 23rd, 2022

Hands down, this is my favorite book I've read this year.  It's a dark academia/ historical fantasy that punches its own genre in the face.  It broke my heart and I loved every minute of it.  Ten out of ten.  No note.  -Recommended by Molly


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Daisy Darker: A Novel By Alice Feeney Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781250843937
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Published: Flatiron Books - August 30th, 2022

I cannot praise this magnificent mystery enough!  Narrated by the kindly Daisey Darker and set in the isolated, crumbling family mansion on the rocky Cornish coast, the Darker family reunites for the final time.  Much wisdom and many surprises make this novel impossible to put down until the last delicious page.  -Recommended by Nancy


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The Maid: A Novel (Molly the Maid #1) By Nita Prose Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780593356159
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Published: Ballantine Books - January 4th, 2022

One of the best mysteries I've read!  Molly Maid, narrator and protagonist, delights in sanitizing the Regency Grand's rooms.  Her refreshingly sweet and insightful persona unpacks the evil "dirt" polluting the dusty corners of the hotel.  Wonderful writing!!"    -Recommended by Nancy


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Animal: A Novel By Lisa Taddeo Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781982122133
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - May 31st, 2022

A Journey forward toward a goal.  A journey backward explaining why.  A gut punch of a book.  -Recommended by Rowan


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Nettle & Bone By T. Kingfisher Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250244048
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Published: Tor Books - April 26th, 2022

Why is a hero set an impossible task?  So they wont be able to do it.  So whatever was asked in return wiill not have to be given, because it also cannot be taken back.  This feminist fable wears the well-loved skin of a fairy tale, absorbing & eerie, funny & tragic by turns.  Fans of Robin McKinley, Peter S. Beagle, Patricia A. McKillip, & Peter Dickinson, you need to read T. Kingfisher now!  -Recommended by Lauren


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Bloomsbury Girls: A Novel By Natalie Jenner Cover Image
$27.99
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ISBN: 9781250276698
Published: St. Martin's Press - May 17th, 2022

"Wonderfull!  Intelligent!  Delightful!  Worth cheering about!  My new favorite bookshop book.  (There's a great audio version at Libro.fm)"  Recommended by Alena


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The Paris Bookseller By Kerri Maher Cover Image
$26.00
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ISBN: 9780593102183
Published: Berkley - January 11th, 2022

"A romantic telling of real-life people and events.  A love letter to literature and how it transforms us.  A fight against censorships.  This book is my jam!"  Recommended by Rowan


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Woman, Eating: A Literary Vampire Novel By Claire Kohda Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780063140882
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Published: HarperVia - April 12th, 2022

An introspective vampire coming-of-age novel about art, legacy, fitting in, and being an outsider.  Beautifully descriptive and morbid in a curiously life affirming way.  It left me feeling happily melancholy."  -Recommended by Molly


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For Your Own Good By Samantha Downing Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593100981
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Published: Berkley - April 26th, 2022

"A wickedly good mystery set in an American boarding school.  How bad can the food be?  Bizarre plot twists and crafty characters will keep readers engaged and guessing."  Recommended by Nancy


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When the Stars Go Dark: A Novel By Paula McLain Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593237915
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Published: Ballantine Books - April 5th, 2022

McClain creates moments of sustained terror as her detective/narrator, a product of the foster home system, discovers a riveting truth about adolescent love, loss, and inner-strength.  -Recommended by Nancy


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The Memory Librarian: And Other Stories of Dirty Computer By Janelle Monáe Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780063070875
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Published: Harper Voyager - April 19th, 2022

"If you enjoyed Monae's Dirty Computer, you'll love her further exploration of Memory, Time & Tie travel, Sexuality, and Marginalizationin a dystopian near-future.  This dirty computer loved it!"  -Recommended by Rowan


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Hidden Pictures: A Novel By Jason Rekulak Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250819345
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Published: Flatiron Books - May 10th, 2022

A quick but creepy read filled with paranormal eeriness.  If you never thought a five year old could be creepy, this book will put pictures in your head you cannot unsee.  It's a clever good scare from a favorite new author.  -Recommended by Rob


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The Atlas Six (Atlas Series #1) By Olivie Blake Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781250854513
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Published: Tor Books - March 1st, 2022

"In a world where the Library of Alexandria did not burn, but was hidden by a secret society with access to all scientific and magical knowledge.  6 Talented magicians compete for 5 positions in the society.  Compelling, layered charaters and thought-provoking magic.  For fans of Dark Academia & The Magicians."  -Recommended by Julie


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Book Lovers By Emily Henry Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593334836
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Published: Berkley - May 3rd, 2022

"All of Emily Henry's romances are delightful.  This one is no different with witty banter, emotional depth, and a satisfying enemies-to-lovers romance.  I couldn't put this smart, funny, book down!"  -Recommended by Julie


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Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow: A novel By Gabrielle Zevin Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593321201
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Published: Knopf - July 5th, 2022

"This book follows the long and fraught friendship of Sam and Sadie.  It's an immersive world, full of references, parallels, and where one learns that the "play's" the thing, even when one hurts."  Recommended by Rowan.


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Reeling By Lola Lafon, Hildegarde Serle (Translator) Cover Image
By Lola Lafon, Hildegarde Serle (Translator)
$17.00
ISBN: 9781609457310
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Published: Europa Editions - March 8th, 2022

"Powerful!! Intriguing characters expose the exploitation and sexualization of teen girls in Paris during the 1980s to the present.  Lafton brilliantly inspires the readers to challenge the casual attitudes that dehumanize women." -recommended by Nancy


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Klara and the Sun: A novel (Vintage International) By Kazuo Ishiguro Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780593311295
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Published: Vintage - March 1st, 2022

Ironically, Klara is anything but an "artificial friend" to her human, Josie.  Consistently thought provoking as Ishiguro ponders futuristic scenarios that challenge the ethos of love and friendships.  Recommended by Nancy.