Book Genre: Fiction

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1265-1321 Dante Alighieri
Noel
5

In Sandow Birk’s Dante’s Inferno, Birk’s starkly beautiful  drawings show a street kid Dante carrying his skateboard through hell, following after a Virgil who often looks like a street bum in his robes. Together they negotiate a Los Angeles-like hell of tattered alleyways, ATMs,...

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Michael Poore
Emily
4

As soon as I finished this book I laughed and cried, I might have even clapped my hands. This John Scratch is not the devil you know, Poore does an excellent job re-imagining such a well known character. Even when he fries people alive you can't help but root for Mr. Scratch as he churns his way...

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Andrew Davidson
CJ
4

How much does truth matter?  And, if it does matter, how do you define it?  Truth is the theme of The Gargoyle, a remarkable first novel.  We meet our nameless narrator on a cocaine high, driving too fast and hallucinating.  His inevitable, catastrophic wreck leads...

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Sándor Márai
CJ
4

A century ago, a hunt occurred in a forest by a castle in the Carpathian Mountains.  What transpired that day changed the lives of three people forever -- two devoted friends and the woman they both loved.  Years later, as old men, the two come together for one last conversation, one...

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Haruki Murakami
Beckyr
5

This huge book might look intimidating, but it is very worth lugging home and cracking open. (Or get it in ebook format - it is lighter!) It is hard to describe the way the author weaves a bit of science fiction/alternate world with crime, mystery and a touching love story of two people who meet...

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Patrick Somerville
Michelle
3

A bit messy and convoluted but the story grabs you and you just need to find out how these two people's lives come together for good or bad.

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Richard Ford
Michelle
4

Ford's writing is elegant and this novel causes you to feel deeply for the young protagonist.  Besides, I love books that include North Dakota. 

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Vikram Seth
Emily
4

Complex and beautiful. Read it twice, really loved the ghazals.

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Karen Thompson Walker
Rachel F
4

A slowly-unfolding story of the earth's days lengthening told by an 11 year old girl. This is not the in-your-face apocalypse novel that I've become accustomed to. It's really the story of growing up and learning about the frailties of relationships and social constructs in the midst of a time...

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Loretta Ellsworth
Melody
4

Baxter Green cannot forget. Anything. He remembers what he ate for breakfast last Tuesday, what he wore on the first day of kindergarten, even an account number he’s only seen for a second. Baxter’s “gift” may be more trouble than it’s worth. Teachers hate when he corrects them, his classmates...

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Susan Scarf Merrell
Lisa
5

This debut novel by Susan Merrell explores one family's dilemma after adopting a damaged 18-month-old boy from a Romanian orphanage. Living in the affluent resort town of Sag Harbor, the well-meaning Latham family feels confident that all Michael needs is unconditional love to overcome his...

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Robert Goolrick
Rachel F
3

A stranger arrives in Brownsburg, Virginia. Charlie works hard to endear himself to the local butcher, his wife, and his son. I loved...

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R. J Palacio
Rachel F
5

A fifth-grader with severe facial deformities starts attending traditional school.  The narrator shifts about halfway through the book from the main character's perspective to the viewpoint of others around him.  The story is very real and poignant.  My son, who is entering sixth...

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Eleanor Henderson
Noel
5

 Jude’s Mom makes and sells glass bongs. His dad left when he was nine. Teddy’s dad is long gone and his alcoholic Mom, Queen Bee, will soon be as well. Jude and Teddy listen to punk and spend their days in a small Vermont town getting high on various drugs and causing trouble. When a...

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Mark Haddon
Michelle
3

Disappointing. This is NOT The Curious Incident of the Dog in...

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James Patterson
Janet
3

A pleasant enough story of a washed-up ad-man who suddenly, miraculously, can see the line from his golf ball to the hole. Amazing things ensue - he loses his job and his wife along the way, but qualifies for the Senior Tour. If you're looking for a quick read of the "break out of your rut...

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Wallace Stegner
Noel
4

Wallace Stegner is known as one of the West's greatest writers. I had read his non-fiction, and thought I'd introduce myself to his fiction with this Pulitzer Prize winning novel. Confined to a wheelchair in a house built by his grandparents, Oliver and Susan Ward, historian Lyman Ward sorts...

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James Sallis
Brett
5

“Much later, as he sat with his back against an inside wall of a Motel 6 just north of Phoenix, watching the pool of blood lap toward him, Driver would wonder whether he had made a terrible mistake.”

As first lines go, it doesn’t get much better than that. This book grabs you...

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Elissa Janine Hoole
Becker
4

Anna and Kat are on a post graduation road trip, inspired by the words of Jack Kerouac and looking for answers. Anna hasn't been able to feel much since her mother died and her father shut down, and Kat wants her best friend back. A wild ride that includes matching tattoos, a blue bus full of...

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Rebecca Barnhouse
Rachel
3

In Peaceweaver Barnhouse develops the story of Hild, a minor character in the sixth-century epic poem Beowulf. Teenage Hild is the favored niece of the king. However her life changes rapidly and surprisingly after she saves her cousin, the prince, from an assassination attempt...

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Karen Thompson Walker
Becker
5

Sometimes, the disaster that could end the world isn't a meteor, or zombies, or a deadly virus. Something that we all take for granted, like the turning of the earth in its 24-hour cycle, when disrupted, can cause more devastation that we would have thought possible. Join 12 year old Julia for...

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Margaret Atwood
Brett
5

This beautifully written novel is complicated in structure, but ultimately worth the time and effort. It is a story of love, loss, betrayal, and dark family secrets, with a separate but complementary novel nested within the larger framework of the book. Stay with it to the end and the pieces of...

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Andrew Auseon
Kelly
4

Arty is a short boy–really short –and it doesn't help that his twin brother is 6'3 and constantly picking on him. The two brothers haven't been friends since they were both the same height, at the age of 10, and the speedy exit of their criminal father just caused more tension. Arty seeks out...

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Kathy Charles
Kelly
4

Hilda and Benji are best friends with an odd obsession: death. Instead of going to the movies or to the mall like other teenagers, they spend their days cruising around Los Angeles searching for the sites of celebrity murders and suicides. Hilda's parents died in a car accident and ever since,...

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Frank Portman
Kelly
4

Tom Henderson has felt like an outcast for most of his life and spends his time avoiding humiliating situations and daydreaming about rock stardom. Tom and his only friend, Sam, spend their time making up band names, album titles, band members, and world conquering tour ideas. When he needs to...