Book Genre: Fiction

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Edwidge Danticat
Alison
3

The stories in this novel fit together (some loosely and some exactly) into a compelling narrative about Haitians affected by civil strife starting in 1959.  Various characters are victims, perpetrators of the violence during this time, and descendants from either side.  This multi-...

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Sherman Alexie
Alison
5

This collection of short stories is adventurous in a fun way and challenging in a personal way.  The stories circle around a diversity of motifs, all of which are investigated through a variety of characters.  Some of these themes we have seen before (love, sexuality, identity, and...

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Cara Black
Laurie.
4

Aimée Leduc is a young and hungry private investigator living in Paris. Still mourning the loss of her detective father whose death she witnessed, Aimée is more determined than ever to stay away from criminal cases. But when taxes need to be paid, she accepts a job against her better...

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Michael J. Sullivan
Becker
3

Ellis Rogers has built a time machine in his garage. When he gets a terminal diagnosis, there seem to be no more reasons not to take the risk and try it out. He intends to go 200 years into the future, but he ends up in the world more than 2,000 years later. The world has changed, no surprise...

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Bryan Lee O'Malley
Becker
3

At twentysomething, Katie is already looking back at her life and regretting some choices. While she is the chef at the town's most popular restaurant, she dreams of having her own place. She misses her ex-boyfriend, Max. She feels stuck. Then a mysterious girl that only Katie can see appears...

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Holly Brown
KristinR
3

Part cautionary tale, part exploration of family relationships, this novel was both suspenseful and thought-provoking. Both mother and daughter were authentic narrators of a story both plausible and disturbing.

"Don't try to find me," reads the note on Rachel's white board when she...

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Padma Venkatraman
Hope H
4

Veda is a classical Bharatanatyam dancer at her technical best when a car accident forces doctors to amputate her right leg below the knee. She never once gives in to despair that she will never dance again, but her journey to relearn her art is far from easy. Frustrated by the new limitations...

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Leah Cypess
Hope H
3

Ileni used to be the most powerful and promising sorceress of her people, but when her magic begins to fade, the Elders give her a task tantamount to a death sentence: enter the Assassins' Caves as the sect's new magic tutor and find out how the last two tutors were murdered. Resigned to her...

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Ed Brubaker
Becker
4

Globe trotting spy action that follows who everyone thinks was the secretary to the director of the Allied Reconnaissance Commission, but, as we learn, who has a past that is more action-packed. The story takes place from the 1950s to the 1970s (the 70s being "the present"), so the spies aren't...

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Meg Medina
Angelita
4

This is a good read for teenagers. The story seems realistic and I think that's what made me connect to the story. It was also because of the main character. Piddy is being bullied by a girl, Yaqui, she doesn't even know. Based off of various reason told by third parties: she shakes her ass too...

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Julie Schumacher
Janet
5

Finally a novel that puts the "pissed" back into "epistolary." (From the book jacket.)

This is a short novel, written in the form of letters from Jason Fitger, a professor of creative writing and literature at a small liberal arts college. He's the only one in his department, it seems,...

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Sally Green
Laurie.
3

Who decides what's black or white? Good or evil?  Nathan is hoping he'll find his answer on his seventeenth birthday when he receives his three wishes. But the Council of White Witches of England, Scotland, and Wales have other plans for Nathan which include making sure he doesn't live to...

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Roxane Gay
Rachel F
4

The basics of the plot are set forth pretty quickly in this novel. Mireille, the daughter of a wealthy Haitian businessman, is kidnapped and tells the tale from some years distance. The story is told from her perspective from captivity, where she begins to understand her true relationships with...

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Meg Wolitzer
Rachel F
3

At a special boarding school, students attend because of their sensitivities, 5 students are selected for a popular English class. Through the course of a semester, they are encouraged to deeply explore Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar and rely on one another. The relationships developed and grew a...

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Harry Bingham
Becker
4

This follow up to Talking to the Dead finds Detective Constable Fiona Griffiths dealing with two murders that may be related, negotiating her relationship with her father's illegal activities, and becoming more curious about...

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Pat Mora
Angelita
4

I enjoyed this book because it has the great optimism that children's books should have. Although, in real life when it comes to immigration and such there isn't always nice things to say to the people who want to become citizens of the United States. But Libby's great aunt makes an incredible...

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Gail Carriger
Angelita
3

I was drawn to this book because of the cover. This steampunk series it a great book based on the characters. Sophronia is the main character, who is the youngest girl in a big family. She is very much a tomboy, which her parents don't approve. Soon she will become a woman and she...

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Emily St John Mandel
Rachel F
5

This is a beautiful book! You'll follow troupe of Shakespearian actors and musicians as they travel through a virus-ravaged new world and flash back to the times before to fill in the gaps. The story is, itself Shakespearian, telling the huge story of culture, technology, philosophy through the...

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Georgia Beers
Becker
4

What happens after a romance novel's "happily ever after" moment? The hard work of a long term relationship. Sometimes joyous and triumphant, sometimes depressed, bitter, and confused, Olive Oil and White Bread follows 2 women through their 20+ years of happily ever after--first house, career...

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Wallace Stegner
Alison
5

You need to choose your words carefully when summarizing this novel, as its factual re-cap could be off-putting: a man confined to a wheelchair spends his time studying letters written by his grandmother.  Perhaps a bit boring?  Not so, with Stegner.

Any limits to the narrator...

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Carol Weston
Hope H
3

10 year old Ava Wren is an outgoing word nerd whose biggest annoyance is being constantly overshadowed at home by her shy older sister, Pip. She understands why most of the time, because Pip is not just shy, but painfully shy. Like, barely says two words on any given day at school...

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Mike Carey
Becker
4

The Hungries have taken over the planet, but Melanie and her friends are safe in a boarding school, going to class every day, learning from different teachers after being escorted there by armed guards. But they're not really treated like the children in the stories their teachers read to them....

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Lauren Oliver
Rachel F
5

A very unique book! Told from the perspective of 2 ghosts in an old house while a family comes to terms with the estranged father/husband's death. The story weaves between characters and explores various connections to the past. I guessed several plot reveals, but there were a few the caught me...

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Susan Jane Gilman
Dana F
4

The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard  Street is an entertaining summer read. It's the (fictional) first-person narrative by Lillian Dunkle, a woman who was able to propel herself from orphaned immigrant girl to the first lady of American ice cream.

At 512 pages, the book is a...

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E Lockhart
Colleen
5

Cadence spends her summers on a remote island with her cousins and Gat, the boy she is growing to love. But she struggles to remember what happened during her 15th summer--a summer where she knows tragedy occurred.

This is an excellent and twisty read. I recommend it to teens and adults...