Book Genre: Fiction

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1783-1842 Stendhal
Alison
3

Stendhal’s The Red and the Black is a coming-of-age novel of Julien Sorel.  Moments of dramatic, some may say melodramatic events, guide the narrative: Julien leaves his father’s home, Julien has an affair with his first employer’s wife, Julien climbs up in the world with the strong claws...

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Radclyffe Hall
Alison
4

Radclyffe Hall’s The Well of Loneliness first appeared in the 1920s, pushing against a wall of “normalcy” that continues to exist nearly one hundred years later.  The protagonist, a girl born into English wealth and given the name Stephen, as her parents believed for nine months in a boy,...

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Tim Federle
Becker
3

Nate from Better Nate Than Ever is back, and this time he's legitimately living in New York City with his aunt, in rehearsals for E.T.: The Musical as second understudy for E.T. himself. While it was great to hear Nate's voice again...

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C. Alan Bradley
Em
5

The last Flavia de Luce novel ended with one of the best cliffhangers I’ve ever read, and picking up from that moment, this new installment did not disappoint. When I started tearing up just in the first chapter, I knew I was in for a great read. When I almost started bawling during a scene not...

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Pam Houston
Em
4

I first picked up this collection of short stories when I was in college, after reading “How to Talk to a Hunter” in one of my creative writing classes and thinking it was clever. I wasn’t super excited to read what seemed to me to be just “relationship stories,” so I put it down. I dove back...

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Holly Black
mbrandstetter
3

In the third installment of A Modern Faery's Tale, we return to the magical world's newest pixie, Kaye.  It's time for Roiben's royal coronation in the Unseelie Court and Kaye is feeling a bit out of place and very insecure.  A little faerie wine later and then a little more and she...

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Hanya Yanagihara
Lily
4

I have never read a book like The People in the Trees, except maybe Lolita. The reader gets drawn deeply into the moral relativism of the first person narrator: a racist, misogynist pedophile and acclaimed scientist. Creepy, intriguing, and beautifully written The People in the...

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Steven Kellogg
Mary P
3

This is the story of a little girl who loses her mitten while playing in the snow with her friends.  She and her dog, Oscar, search everywhere for the mitten but can't seem to find it.  Can you figure out where the mitten might be?

There are questions interspersed throughout...

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Andy Weir
Becker
5

This fast-paced, high tension debut novel had me breathless at times, laughing at others. Astronaut  (and mechanical engineer, and botanist) Mark Watney has been abandoned on Mars after a scrubbed mission, presumed dead. He has some supplies, shelter, some food. But not enough of any of it...

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Louis L'Amour
seanamo
3

In the "About the Author" blurb, L'Amour is quoted as wanting to be remembered as a storyteller, sitting around the campfire weaving his tales. If The Sackett Brand is any indicator, L'Amour is indeed a good storyteller.

Tell Sackett and his wife, Ange, have traveled to Arizona to set up...

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Charlie Mac
mbrandstetter
2

Giving a new twist to an old story. In his first book, the author, Charlie Mac finds a way to bring home Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. After allowing people to think they had died in a ferocious gun battle with lawmen in Bolivia, with the assistance of Ms. Etta Place, they return to the U....

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Gregory Maguire
seanamo
2

In some ways, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West is exactly what you would expect it to be - a retelling of the story before and during the Wizard of Oz from the perspective of the Witch, Elphaba. I knew going in that it was darker and more adult in tone than the Frank L...

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Philippa Gregory
mbrandstetter
3

I've given The Red Queen a middle grade, not necessarily because I liked the book, but more because it did its job.  It's not that it's a bad book, nor is it poorly written or historically inaccurate. It's just that the main character, Margaret Beaufort, is probably one of the most...

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Tom Piccirilli
Laurie.
3

True confession: The cover made me read this book. I am a fan of Find a Grave and I can't resist a good headstone cover especially with the tagline "Where the dying come to live."

Johnny Donatello, Dane for short, has been wrongly imprisoned for...

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Carrie Vaughn
Adelina
2

Carrie Vaughn is a Colorado author who writes the "Kitty Norville" series. "Kitty and the Midnight Hour" is set in Denver, Colorado. Kitty is a midnight DJ who hosts an advice/talk show geared towards the paranormal. Kitty is paranormal herself. She has been a werewolf for about 3 years. She is...

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C. Alan Bradley
KateM
4

I picked up this book because it was highly recommended by a coworker when she found out I have an aversion to mysteries and because my brother had recommended the book to me nearly four years ago. I figured two people who knew my tastes couldn’t be wrong, and they were spot on. The main...

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Julie Maroh
KateM
4

I picked up Blue is the Warmest Color because I had heard the movie adaptation had won the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, and because I’m something of a graphic novel junkie. While I’ve heard this graphic novel described as erotica, and admittedly some of the illustrations are...

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Emily Winfield Martin
Lauren
3

I'm not a connoisseur of children's literature by any means, but my childhood favorites remain very close to my heart. I tried out the ebook version of Emily Winfield Martin's Dream Animals while browsing DPL's downloadable collection. The cover illustration was too beautiful to pass up...

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Kim Fu
Becker
4

A beautifully written exploration of identity and fitting in. Peter Huang was born in a small town in Canada to first generation immigrants from China. His father, delighted to have a boy after 2 girls, names him Juan Chaun, "powerful king." Peter grows up with his three sisters, knowing inside...

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Justine Larbalestier
Hope H
3

Most people have a fairy which charms them in some way. Charlie's best friend, Rochelle, has a clothes shopping fairy which always scores her amazing deals (when it isn't raining, anyway). Charlie's romantic rival, Fiorenze, has an all boys will like you fairy which overrides their usual dating...

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Cate Culpepper
Becker
3

If you like your books to have lesbian main characters, but are tired of the traditional romance formula and want something a bit different, try Windigo Thrall. Culpepper's latest is all about the horror and suspense, with a creepy snowed in cabin near Mt. Ranier setting. Six women are there for...

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Charles Portis
Manon
3

I generally don't read Westerns, but I had heard that True Grit is well-written and funny.  It was exciting, and the characters were likeable and entertaining.  The book begins when Mattie Ross sets off to square her father's account in Fort Smith, Arkansas, after he...

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Rainbow Rowell
Jennifer
4

This was by far one of the best teen books I read last year. It turns out that I have great taste, as it was also recently named as a Michael L. Printz honor book! Plus, the book is set in my hometown - Omaha, Nebraska. Believe me...

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David Almond
Ryan
3

At times brilliant and devastating, and at other times languid to the point of 'where is this going?!', The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean is a dark, messy book about violence, miracles, love, and death.

Almond is great at creating setting; here the locale is Blinkbonny, the ruins of...

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Seanan McGuire
Becker
4

The first of the Incryptid series, try this book if you like your strong women armed with both throwing knives AND attitude. Verity Price comes from a family of cryptozoologists. Generations ago, they broke with the Covenant of St. George over philosophical differences (the Prices wanted to...