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Staff Pick: Shovel Ready by Adam Sternbergh

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The first in a series, this is an addictively gritty dystopian sci-fi noir that's short enough to read in one go. The perfect endcap to your summer reading list.

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Staff Pick: Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye

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You might be thinking that the last thing we need is yet another retelling of a classic novel, but bear with me. In this delightfully bloody retooling of Jane Eyre, our titular heroine becomes a serial killer - the kind who only kills the most sinister of bad guys! From her idyllic country home to a Trunchbull-worthy boarding school and on to grisly London, Faye has created a thoroughly modern (and yet innately Victorian) Jane whom we can all root for. GO JANE!

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From the publisher:

"Reader, I murdered him."

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Staff Pick: The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet by Reif Larsen

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You probably haven't heard of T.S. Spivet, the gifted cartographer whose work was exhibited at the Smithsonian at the tender age of twelve. This is because he's fictional. But Larsen renders him in great detail, using the margins of the page as a playground for side-notes, sketches and, of course, maps. He runs away to D.C. in a Winnebago aboard a train, fleeing his troubled family and tragic past in a desperate attempt to make his own life fit the organized maps he loves so dearly.

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Staff Pick: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne Valente

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An often overlooked novel, this is the charming tale of September, a young girl who catches a lift to Fairyland on the Green Wind. Valente uses all the tropes of traditional fairytales, but a heady dose of wit and irony makes the story at once subversive and enchanting for readers of all ages.

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Staff Pick: All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld

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Reminiscent of a 19th century Gothic novel (moors, wolves, mysterious strangers appearing at the door in the middle of the night), Wyld creates an eerie landscape where everyone is suspect. Who knew a sheep farm could be so creepy?

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