Book Genre: Fiction

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Muriel Barbery
Hope H
4

The hedgehog is "covered in quills, a real fortress...a deceptively indolent little creature, fiercely solitary - and terribly elegant." So says the precocious twelve year old Paloma Josse in reference to her building's concierge, a middle-aged nobody named Renee Michel, though the sentiment...

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Dave Eggers
Becker
3

This is one of the scariest visions of a near-future world I've read in a while. Mae Holland has just landed a coveted job at The Circle (think a global-reaching combination of Facebook, Twitter, Google, and all e-Commerce and you're partway there). She starts out in "customer experience"...

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Jess Walter
Charles
3

Beautiful Ruins is a book with a plot not drastically different from many romance books and movies.  A man falls in love and at some point realizes the feelings are not mutual; the woman is in love with another man.  The book begins in Italy in 1962 and chronicles relationships that...

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Peter Stenson
Charles
3

Fiend, by Peter Stenson, does not differ much from any other apocalyptic, zombie themed book.  There is the typical shocking revelation that the people outside are not normal and want to eat you, the characters realize that everyone but themselves have become zombies, and the rest of the...

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Kristin Clark
Becker
4

This novel in verse explores gender identity through the eyes of various folks on all parts of the spectrum. Brendan never felt like a super masculine guy, but he hasn't always wanted to be a girl, either. Angel, who Brendan meets at a center for GLBT teens, befriends Brendan and introduces him...

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John Green
Lauren
3

John Green is the toast of the YA literary scene. His tragic tale, The Fault in Our Stars, is the story of two teens (Hazel and Augustus) who fall in love after meeting in a support group for kids with cancer. Green gives an unflinching and often humorous look at these two characters,...

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Amy Tan
L.F.
3

The mother-daughter theme of Amy Tan’s new novel, The Valley of Amazement, will be a familiar one for fans of her previous works.  Tan delves into the complex relationships and nuanced interactions of several generations of strong female characters.  The author reveals her...

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Michael Ennis
ShellyB
4

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!!  Centered around the infamous Borgias of the Italian Renaissance, Pope Alexander VI (Rodrigo Borgia) and his two illegitimate sons Juan and Cesare, this tale is told by two narrators, Niccolo Machiavelli and a courtesan (the mother of Juan's son).  She...

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Sarah Cross
Janet Q
3

Kill Me Softly was voted #9 on the Teen Top Ten List of favorite books for the year. Though somewhat melodramatic and overloaded with YA book cliches, the premise is interesting. It uses the modern day tale of 16 year old Mira and her rather unusual friends to examine the...

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Tarquin Hall
Josh
4

I came across this book quite by accident but was glad that I gave it a chance. I am sometimes wary of reading books written by expatriates but Tarquin Hall has a good grasp of the intricacies of Indian society and adequately conveys the various class distinctions as well as  the...

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Graeme C Simsion
KristinR
4

The Rosie Project is one of the most talked about books of the year, and for good reason! Laugh-out-loud funny in many places, this uplifting romantic comedy is a novel that will not soon be forgotten. Even I, I must admit, ended up with a literary crush on Don Tillman--a professor with...

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Susan Nussbaum
Hope
5

This book was incredible. Taking the voices of several teenagers living in a juvenile nursing home and the stories of a few assistants working at the facility, Nussbaum weaves together a narrative that reads much like a documentary film. Each character tells their story in such an authentic...

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Louis Begley
Michelle
3

This sounded better than it was unless you are really into the lives of the rich and famous, east coast old money famous. It is well written, though.

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Tim Seeley
Laurie.
4

Cooper, one of the young characters sums up volume 2 best: "Life isn't a video game. Sometimes people have to die." And they do. I am squeamish and while I made lots of faces and uttered some words out loud, the art and storyline kept me turning the pages. Each new chapter is kicked off with a...

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Tim Seeley
Becker
3

Welcome to Wausau, Wisconsin, the world of Revival, billed as a "rural noir." This graphic format book is a contains mystery, the supernatural, an interesting spin on zombies, small town secrets, and interesting characters. The story opens on a day when 23 previously dead folks wake up and are...

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Mira Grant
Becker
3

In a kickoff to a new series, Grant (author of the Newsflesh trilogy, which I loved) introduces us to a near future world where health care as we know it has been fundamentally changed by a company called Symbogen. They developed a genetically modified tapeworm (really) that folks take in pill...

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Rachel Hartman
Rebecca
4

Here's the thing about fantasy: It is so dominated by JRR Tolkien (who, in turn, was heavily influenced by European mythology--English, Norse, and Celtic, most notably) that you can sometimes forget that there's space for anything else. Dwarves and orcs and elves and men. Dragons and...

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Richard Adams
Bobby
4

For years I was under the impression that Watership Down was a science fiction book.  I knew it was about rabbits, but thought they must be of some alien variety and their “ship” goes “down”.  About 50 pages in I finally let go of this mistaken notion and began to enjoy the...

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Kate Atkinson
Adelina
3

1910, England on a snowy night Ursula Todd is born and dies before taking her first breath. Ursula is born on a snowy night in 1910 England and she lives. As Ursula grows up, she also dies repeatedly in a variety of ways. She lives again and again trying to apply vague memories of former lives...

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Patrick McGrath
Simone
4

If you like dark smart things, you'll like Port Mungo. Port Mungo is a well-told torrid noir-ish tale of two lovers, tortured artists both, whose unhealthy yet passionate and consistent relationship spans decades and continents, leaving in its wake a tangle of pathos,...

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Rainbow Rowell
Hope H
4

Trigger warnings for: domestic abuse, implied domestic violence, sexual harassment, and bullying.

Eleanor has an abusive stepfather, an emotionally distant father, and any number of bullies at her new school. She thinks Park is beautiful.

Park has the only parents on the...

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Jhumpa Lahiri
Nancy
3

 The Lowland was short-listed for the Man Booker prize this year and received mixed reviews.  I have to side with the people who found it less than excellent.  The characters and story are memorable, but reminded me a bit too much of Rushdie's Midnight's Children...

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Maggie Stiefvater
Becker
5

This is the story of Sean, and Puck, and the capaill uisce (a breed of vicious water horses), and Dove (Puck's normal horse), and the island of Thisby. Thisby is a place seemingly out of time, an important character in this book, with its history, traditions, and characters who know each other...

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Adelle Waldman
Charlissa
4

Nathaniel P is a writer on the verge of publishing his first novel. This book is a chronicle of his relationships inside the world of the young and hip literati of Brooklyn. In spite of the title, it has little to do with love (a word that is barely mentioned maybe one time as nothing but a...

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René Colato Laínez
Ryan
5

This is an awesome book for kids who come from Latin America that wish to use their last names and learn about their ancestors. It is a bilingual picture book based on the author's own life as an American immigrant from El Salvador.