Book Genre: Fiction

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Smith (Joshua Smith) Henderson
KristinR
5

This was really something.  I am having a difficult time deciding where I want to start talking about it.  I hope it becomes one of those epic American fictions that my son finds on his high school required reading list.

Pete Snow is truly flawed, evidenced more by his estranged...

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Merrie Haskell
Hope H
4

The adults in Sand's life have always told him to ignore the broken castle he could see in the distance, but when he awakens inside the castle one morning with no explanation, there's no more ignoring it. Everything in the castle has been broken in two, from the dried but strangely still edible...

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Rainbow Rowell
Becker
4

Rainbow Rowell has been getting so much buzz, I decided to try one of her books. Landline isn't a traditional romance--it's not about those first moments, the push and pull of falling in love, ending with the happily ever after. It's about the hard work of marriage, about how things change after...

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Carlos Ruiz Zafón
lisab
4

Oscar Drai is a 15 year old boarding school student in Barcelona in the early 1980s. He disappears for a week and this is the tale of where he went beginning with his meeting of the mysterious Marina and her father.  Dark and suspenseful, the book is a classic horror story that begins in a...

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Deborah E. Harkness
lisab
4

The last in a trilogy that began with A discovery of witches, Deborah Harkness wraps up her story of Diana Bishop, witch and Matthew Clairmont, vampire. This is not Twilight!  The tale follows Diana as she accepts her life as a witch and her search for the Book of Life, which is sacred to...

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Thanhha Lai
Hope H
4

In 1975, Ha starts the year in the familiar and comforting territory of her home in Vietnam, where the traditions make sense, the food tastes good, and her beloved papaya tree holds promise even as the world around her threatens chaos. But the end of the Vietnam War and the approach of the...

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Karen Cushman
Hope H
3

In his twelve years of life, Will Sparrow has been abandoned, abused, and sold for beer, forced to rely on his wits and thievery to survive. When the innkeeper who owns him threatens to sell him as a chimney sweep, Will runs away without shoes on his feet or food to sustain him. Ill-used by...

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Jaime Lee Moyer
Hope H
3

Delia Martin has always seen ghosts. She tried to run from her cursed gift after the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 killed both her parents and new ghosts swelled her city's streets, but a very persistent ghost has started to follow her everywhere, including her dreams, and Delia needs to know...

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John Straley
Dana F
3

Cold Storage, Alaska is about two brothers who live in a tiny Alaskan town, along with a supporting cast of quirky characters. One brother is an ex-soldier who now runs the town's medical clinic, and the other brother is a recently released ex-con.

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Nathan Edmondson
Becker
4

What is Natasha Romanov doing when she's not out saving the world with the Avengers or using her unique talents in service to S.H.E.I.L.D.? She'd probably rather you not know. She's private like that. But here we get to follow her exploits in trying to atone for her past as a K.G.B. assassin....

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Yolanda Wallace
Becker
3

A romance novel with 2 couples that are unlike those you typically find starring in love stories. Meredith and Natalie first met in 1967 while serving as nurses in Vietnam. They felt an instant connection, but Meredith chose the more socially acceptable path and married George. 47 years later,...

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Katherine Ewell
Becker
3

Only Kit and her mother know that Kit is London's feared "Perfect Killer." At 17, she's been a murderer for hire for years, and lives by the code her mother has taught her: Nothing is right, nothing is wrong. Be careful. Don't be anything but perfect. But Kit's carefully segmented life is...

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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...