Book Genre: Fiction

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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...

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Meg Wolitzer
Rachel F
3

At a special boarding school, students attend because of their sensitivities, 5 students are selected for a popular English class. Through the course of a semester, they are encouraged to deeply explore Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar and rely on one another. The relationships developed and grew a...

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Harry Bingham
Becker
4

This follow up to Talking to the Dead finds Detective Constable Fiona Griffiths dealing with two murders that may be related, negotiating her relationship with her father's illegal activities, and becoming more curious about...

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Pat Mora
Angelita
4

I enjoyed this book because it has the great optimism that children's books should have. Although, in real life when it comes to immigration and such there isn't always nice things to say to the people who want to become citizens of the United States. But Libby's great aunt makes an incredible...

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Gail Carriger
Angelita
3

I was drawn to this book because of the cover. This steampunk series it a great book based on the characters. Sophronia is the main character, who is the youngest girl in a big family. She is very much a tomboy, which her parents don't approve. Soon she will become a woman and she...

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Emily St John Mandel
Rachel F
5

This is a beautiful book! You'll follow troupe of Shakespearian actors and musicians as they travel through a virus-ravaged new world and flash back to the times before to fill in the gaps. The story is, itself Shakespearian, telling the huge story of culture, technology, philosophy through the...

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Georgia Beers
Becker
4

What happens after a romance novel's "happily ever after" moment? The hard work of a long term relationship. Sometimes joyous and triumphant, sometimes depressed, bitter, and confused, Olive Oil and White Bread follows 2 women through their 20+ years of happily ever after--first house, career...

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Wallace Stegner
Alison
5

You need to choose your words carefully when summarizing this novel, as its factual re-cap could be off-putting: a man confined to a wheelchair spends his time studying letters written by his grandmother.  Perhaps a bit boring?  Not so, with Stegner.

Any limits to the narrator...

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Carol Weston
Hope H
3

10 year old Ava Wren is an outgoing word nerd whose biggest annoyance is being constantly overshadowed at home by her shy older sister, Pip. She understands why most of the time, because Pip is not just shy, but painfully shy. Like, barely says two words on any given day at school...

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Mike Carey
Becker
4

The Hungries have taken over the planet, but Melanie and her friends are safe in a boarding school, going to class every day, learning from different teachers after being escorted there by armed guards. But they're not really treated like the children in the stories their teachers read to them....

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Lauren Oliver
Rachel F
5

A very unique book! Told from the perspective of 2 ghosts in an old house while a family comes to terms with the estranged father/husband's death. The story weaves between characters and explores various connections to the past. I guessed several plot reveals, but there were a few the caught me...

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Susan Jane Gilman
Dana F
4

The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard  Street is an entertaining summer read. It's the (fictional) first-person narrative by Lillian Dunkle, a woman who was able to propel herself from orphaned immigrant girl to the first lady of American ice cream.

At 512 pages, the book is a...

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E Lockhart
Colleen
5

Cadence spends her summers on a remote island with her cousins and Gat, the boy she is growing to love. But she struggles to remember what happened during her 15th summer--a summer where she knows tragedy occurred.

This is an excellent and twisty read. I recommend it to teens and adults...

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Gabrielle Zevin
lisab
5

- A.J. Fikry is a widower who owns a bookstore on an island off the coast of Massachusetts.  He’s a bit of an eccentric and is mourning his wife’s death but then two events happen - his personal copy of Edgar Allan Poe’s Tamerlane is stolen and a 25 month old child is left at his doorstep....

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Jim Butcher
lisab
4

The Dresden Files lasted only one season on TV but it was my first introduction to the character Harry Dresden. Curiosity made me start reading Jim Butcher’s series and while I’m not really a series type of person, I’m hooked on this one. In the latest title, Harry continues his sojourn as the...

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Kobo Abe
Alison
5

Kobo Abe's novel, published in 1962, in many ways foreshadows the uncanny stories of Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami.  A man takes a few days off from his bureaucratic day job to indulge in his hobby, entomology.  While looking for a new species of sand bug, he discovers a town whose...

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Audrey Niffenegger
Laurie.
4

Niffenegger's illustrated or visual novel has also been called a novel with images. The story of sibling rivalry, love and forgiveness is creepy but that's not all. The aquatint images are innocent, mirthful, rapturous, haunting and tranquil. She was influenced by Lynd Ward's Gods' Man...

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Miranda Beverly-Whittemore
KristinR
4

Here is the problem I have with this novel: the ending is much too neat for all the suspense and horror the narrative creates. I wanted to start with this statement, because it is the only negative comment I have to say about it.

Bittersweet is the name of a cottage on the Winslow family...

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Jennifer Castle
Hope H
4

Justine used to be the sassy breakout star of the "Five At..." documentaries, but at 16 and with the next installment due to be filmed, she feels she's failed to live up to everyone's expectations of her, including her own. She has no boyfriend, no ambition, and she doesn't really even have any...

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Kathleen Tierney
Laurie.
4

This sequel to Blood Oranges does not disappoint! Quinn (don't ever call her Siobhan) is still the same in-your-face cantankerous werewolf/vampire who can't seem to untangle herself from Mean Mr. B's dirty...

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Michael Cunningham
lisab
3

The Snow Queen is a story about two brothers, Barrett and Tyler Meeks and Tyler’s soon to be wife, Beth who is dying of cancer with a few friends thrown in for good measure. It is a character driven story that follows the protagonists over a span of years. They all know each other very well but...

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Monica Byrne
Becker
4

2  girls, 2 continents, 2 journeys. Set in near-future India and Africa, and on a bridge spanning the Arabian Sea, The Girl in the Road imagines new configurations and perceptions of politics, religion, and gender. We follow two stories. Meena is (illegally) crossing an energy producing...

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Walter Mosley
Laurie.
4

This was a first for me. The opening paragraph describes a money shot for a porn film. Debbie Dare is the stage name of a popular porn star whose aged ex-porn star husband is found dead with an under-aged partner. But these deaths are not the crime to be solved. Mosley uses his cast of...

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Jørgen Brekke
lisab
5

This is the ultimate in crossover mystery and thriller. There’s history, international travel, murder in locked rooms, romance, you name it, it’s here.  That said, I got caught up in this book.  This mystery thriller alternates between the life of Brother Johannes in the 1500s and a...

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Charlaine Harris
lisab
3

There’s a town in Texas called Midnight that has a lot of secrets and a lot of slightly askew inhabitants.  There’s a new neighbor, Manfred Bernardo, he runs a number of physic hotlines for a living – using psychology and psychic ability. The book is about him meeting the rest of the town...