Book Genre: Fiction

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Bernard Malamud
Alison
4

Bernard Malamud's The Magic Barrel contains thirteen stories led by protagonists who are poor immigrants in New York or tourists in Italy, and who suffer from insecurities.  These insecurities manifest as projects that become impossible to complete, debts that can never be paid,...

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Margaret Atwood
Alison
3

Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale is a near-future dystopia that begs questions about gender roles in today's Western society.  Through the narrator's limited and nebulous knowledge of what has happened -- the dystopic changes occurred suddenly and from the top -- readers...

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Alexis M Smith
KristenA
4

Glaciers is a sweet, thoughtful, little novel. Through a series of short chapters that feel like vignettes, it invites us into the life of Isabel, a young woman who grew up in Alaska. We see moments in her past -- interior moments with her family and exterior moments among the glaciers...

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Leslye J. (Leslye Jo Anne) Walton
KristinR
5

Absorbing, lyrical, and poignant. This is, without question, one of the best books I have read, and certainly one of the best examples of magical realism I have encountered. In fact, I feel silly even trying to review it--it speaks for itself, and anything I say about it may very well break its...

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Wendy Wan Long Shang
Hope H
4

Lucy Wu thinks she's going to have the perfect year. She's going into sixth grade - the oldest and most respected year at her school, she's a shoe-in for her school's basketball team despite her short stature, and, best of all, her older sister is moving to college, leaving her their bedroom all...

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Karen Joy Fowler
Becker
4

Rosemary looks back on her life, her family, her memories, her secrets--and how they all led her to where she is today in Fowler's beautifully written, sometimes disturbing, always thought-provoking, and often humorous novel. The big detail about Rosemary is that she lost her "twin" sister when...

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Laura Griffin
Dana F
1

Am I going to have to take a new user name, such as "Crabby Reviewer"? Once again, I have to give low marks to a book. I don't think my standards for recreational reading are that high...

"Far Gone" was a predictable and boring "thriller". I read the first third of the book in one sitting...

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Samantha Hayes
KristinR
5

Honestly, I could not put this book down. And when I did, I couldn't get it out of my head!

Claudia, desperate for a baby of her own, finally finds herself pregnant and nearing her due date just as her husband, James, is about to leave for a top-secret military mission. Being exhausted...

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Carol Wiley Cassella
KristinR
4

Dr. Charlotte Reese is on duty in the intensive care unit of her Seattle hospital the night a Jane Doe is transferred from a rural hospital, the victim of a hit-and-run. With her patient entirely unable to communicate and no one coming forward to claim her, Charlotte asks her boyfriend, Eric, to...

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Sally Green
lisab
3

In literature, white witches are usually supposed to be good but I guess it’s all in perspective because in Half Bad, they seem to be evil instead of good, indiscriminately using torture and killing off other witches. The first volume in a trilogy, Half Bad is about a boy whose mother was a...

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Tim O'Brien
lisab
5

The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien is considered a classic novel and can be found on many “must read” lists. What I wasn’t expecting were the beautiful words. Every time I opened the book, I’m struck again by the beautiful words.  O’Brien’s tales are short stories about the members of a...

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Susan Rieger
KristinR
2

Blech. To be fair, this was a good idea for a book, and it was certainly a well-written one. But it wasn't humorous, as it claimed to be, nor interesting, as one would assume it should be. Oh well.

Sophie Diehl is a young criminal lawyer at a prestigious New England firm who is...

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Janet Fitch
Amanda R.
5

Twelve-year-old Astrid is the single star orbiting the bright white planet that is Ingrid, her poet mother. Together they’ve traveled across countries and continents, changing cities as Ingrid changes lovers. “When will we go home?” Astrid asks. “I am your home,” Ingrid answers. Astrid’s...

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Wendy Mass
Ryan
4

Prepare to launch into intergalactic adventure with ace navigator, Archie Morningstar, and his space taxi driving dad as they blast out of New York City and cruise through wormholes into other galaxies. Along the way, they meet up with giant undercover cats and a host of tricksters that need to...

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Jeremy Tankard
Angelita
3

This book was chosen for the One Book, One Colorado book. I enjoyed this book while reading it to my niece. It was perfect book for the age range 3-5. It explains moods in a simple way. The art in the book is well done. The story is also engaging for this age group.  Also, kids will learn...

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Peter Brown
Kristen M
3

This is one of a kind adorable. The illustrations are simple yet bold. You can see the emotions experienced by Lucy as she searched and tries to find a new friend. As an adult I enjoy this book and I can only imagine little ones will too.

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Mo Willems
Kristen M
4

Just got this today at work (yay working at a library) and it is too cute. For those familiar with Mo Williems and Pigeon, you will not be disappointed. Little Pigeon has a mind of his own and will do anything and everything he can to avoid a bath. I love the way Mo is able to capture the "...

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Marie Brennan
Hope H
3

Three years after the events of A Natural History of Dragons, Isabella is finally ready to embark on her next expedition, this time to the savannah and swamps of Bayembe. On arrival, she and her companions are immediately welcomed into the Oba's palace complex, and are eventually...

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Sŏn-mi Hwang
Becker
4

Originally written in Korean, and a bestseller in Korea for over 10 years, this is a modern day fable about freedom, identity, strength and longing. Sprout is a laying hen who has always wanted to get out into the yard, and, even more than that, to keep one of the eggs she lays and bring up a...

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V. S. (Vidiadhar Surajprasad) Naipaul
Alison
5

There is something unsettling about laughing at someone else's misfortunes but sometimes we can't help ourselves. The novel A House for Mr Biswas by V.S. Naipaul puts the reader into this situation on a regular basis: the work is funny because of the pathetic situation of the...

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Colette McBeth
KristinR
4

A taunt, intense read for fans of psychological thrillers. The full story is just out of reach in this debut novel, written as a long letter from Rachel to her dear childhood friend Clara.

Rachel grew from a frumpy, overweight kid into a sleek, successful newscaster, who tried to...

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Alex Myers
Becker
3

Alex Myers' fictionalized account of the life of Deborah Samson, who served in the Continental Army during the American Revolution as Robert Shurtliff, is a vividly imagined tale of identity, freedom, heroism and love. In 1782, Deborah wants more than her life as a weaver and servant to others....

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Max Brooks
seanamo
4

This was so not what I was expecting, but I found myself getting caught up in the story. The interweaving of history with alternative near-future was surprisingly believable. The full cast recording was packed with familiar voices and lent the audio version the feel of a documentary.

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Martin Cruz Smith
lisab
3

In the latest of the Arkady Renko series by Martin Cruz Smith, Renko investigates the death of a well-known Russian journalist. This story is combined with a tale about the corruption that is endemic in business and politics. Smith isn’t afraid of showing the dark side of human nature. This...

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Rainbow Rowell
Ryan
5

When a book name checks three great bands on the first page -- XTC, Misfits, Skinny Puppy -- and then makes me laugh through my tears for the last 100 pages, it's probably going to get 5/5 stars. This book has it all, memorable characters that you'll miss after finishing the last page, vibrant...