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10 Simply Great Books of Fiction

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With the incredible volume of new releases from major and independent publishers every month, surely there are truly great works of fiction out there. However, we all know how difficult it can be to sort through the frenzy to find them. Here are ten actually great fiction titles from our general fiction, mystery, graphic novel, and sci-fi/fantasy sections!

The Power Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316547611
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - October 10th, 2017

The winner of the 2017 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction is set in an alternative world, one in which women possess a new special force that allows them to inflict incredible pain and even death at will. As women make choices on whether and how to use this new power it changes the world as we know it in strange and irrevocable ways. An ambitious and provocative work of fiction.     

The Last Man in Europe: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781468315912
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - November 14th, 2017

Dennis Glover explores the creation of Orwell’s classic work, NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR, which defined the twentieth century and is again proving to have an unnerving resonance. Orwell was just forty-three years old and dying of tuberculosis when he wrote the novel, circumstances which gave special relevance and poignancy to this, his most lasting work.  A captivating drama, a unique literary excavation, and an unflinching portrait of a writer, THE LAST MAN IN EUROPE adds meaning to the way we understand our Orwellian times and NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR.

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ISBN: 9781780749648
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Published: ONEWorld Publications - December 5th, 2017

Winner of Finland’s most prestigious literary award, this is a fast-paced techno-thriller about a top American neuroscientist living an idyllic life in Baltimore with his second wife and two perfect daughters. But his idyllic life begins to careen toward disaster when his neuroscience lab is targeted by animal rights activists and his abandoned son, Samuel, is somewhere in the States looking for revenge. As Joe struggles to protect his new family from the increasing threat of violence – and to save his eldest daughter from the clutches of an unscrupulous tech company – he is forced to reconsider his priorities and take drastic action to save those he loves.

Manhattan Beach: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476716732
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Published: Scribner - October 3rd, 2017

This historical novel by one of our most beloved contemporary novelists follows Anna Kerrigan, employed at the Brooklyn Naval Yard during the war. When jobs open-up that once belonged to men sent to the front Anna becomes the first female diver, the most dangerous and exclusive of occupations, repairing the ships that will help America win the war. At the same time, Anna tries to understand her father’s complicated life and resolve why he vanished years ago. A brisk noir thriller than shines a light on a defining time in the history of our nation and the world.

I, Parrot: A Graphic Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781936787654
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Published: Black Balloon Publishing - November 2017

Here is a graphic novel for adults that is both comic and tragic. A single mother loses custody of her son and is willing to do whatever it takes to get him back. This involves feats such as rescuing 42 endangered parrots and enlisting the help of the absented love of her life. I, PARROT, by acclaimed author Deb Olin Unferth with stunning illustrations by artist Elizabeth Haidle, is a compelling, moving story that speaks to the redemption found in individual revolution.

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The Ninth Hour: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374280147
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 19th, 2017

Alice McDermott’s dazzling novel, THE NINTH HOUR, turns on the contradictions that confound our need to become reconciled with mortality. The empathetic characters, at once agents and benefactors of Christian charity, grow to realize not just the grace but also the hubris, of their faith. A stunning work of generational storytelling that is compulsively readable and deeply thought provoking, McDermott is a master artisan of humanity.

Future Home of the Living God: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062694058
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Published: Harper - November 14th, 2017

A chilling dystopian novel by renowned author Louis Erdrich, features a world in which evolution has reversed itself. Woman after woman gives birth to infants that appear to be primitive species of humans. Thirty-two-year-old Cedar Hawk Songmaker is four months pregnant. Cedar first feels compelled to find her birth mother to understand both her and her baby’s origins. As Cedar goes back to her own biological beginnings, society around her begins to disintegrate, fueled by a swelling panic about the end of humanity. A startlingly original work about self-determination, biology, and natural rights.

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ISBN: 9780735216693
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 26th, 2017

National Book Award Winner McBride explores the ways we learn from the world and the people around us. An antiques dealer discovers that a legendary toy commissioned by Civil War General Robert E. Lee now sits in the home of a black minister in Queens. Five strangers find themselves thrown together and face unexpected judgment. An American president draws inspiration from a conversation he overhears in a stable. And members of The Five-Carat Soul Bottom Bone Band recount stories from their own messy and hilarious lives. McBride’s work sparkles with humor and insight as he shines a light on how we struggle to understand who we are in the world.

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ISBN: 9780553448122
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Published: Crown - November 14th, 2017

Jazz Bashara lives on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, and she is a smuggler. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of Jazz’s problems, as she learns that she’s stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself. This is a fun story for readers that don’t naturally gravitate (no pun intended) toward sci-fi.  Every element of the story is rooted in real life and real science. And Jazz is terrific, a lovable, wisecracking protagonist. Smart science fiction that you do not need to be a sci-fi lover to appreciate!

The Vanishing Season: A Mystery (Ellery Hathaway #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250126047
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Published: Minotaur Books - December 5th, 2017

Winner of the Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Competition, Joanna Schaffhausen’s heroine, Ellery Hathaway, is a police officer in a sleepy New England town--sleepy until three people disappear from the town in three years, all around the date that happens to mark the anniversary of her kidnapping at the hands of a serial killer years ago. Ellery believes that the recent crimes are connected to her long-ago kidnapping, and the only one who believes her is the agent who rescued her. Now both of them are about to be sucked into the past, back to the case that made them...with a killer who can't let go.