Book Genre: Fiction

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Sharon Creech
Shanna
4

When John and Marta find the boy on their front porch one day, they're not sure what to do with him.  Does he have a family? Where did he come from?  What should they do with him?  They decide that he must stay, at least until they find his folks.

The boy doesn't speak, but...

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Patrick Rothfuss
ShellyB
4

This picture book is not for kids!  Delightful, surprising, disturbing...

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Brian Azzarello
Mandy M.
3

I've found myself falling more and more in love with the villains of the DC universe, so when the new Absolute Joker/Luthor series came in the library, I knew I had to check it out. Delving into the book, the art pops. Vibrant coloring counteracts the sometimes gruesome events taking place. As...

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David Sedaris
Cori Jackamore
4

Give yourself a break during the hectic holiday season, or any other time of the year, by listening to David Sedaris read his Holidays on Ice, a collection of Christmas (and other holiday) stories including "The Santaland Diaries," "Dinah, the Christmas Whore" and "The Dunbar Family...

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Pierre Lemaître
Becker
3

A young woman named Alex is kidnapped from the street in Paris, held in a wooden crate in an abandoned warehouse, is waiting to die. Police Commandant Camille Verhoeven reluctantly takes the case--his wife was kidnapped and murdered, and his boss needs him to focus on new cases, not dwell on the...

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Aimee Bender
Jennifer B.
4

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake centers on Rose Edelstein, a 9-year-old girl who discovers as the book opens that she can taste the emotions of the people preparing her food.  A lonely mother, sad lunch ladies, harried bakers at cookie shops -- it's all there.  The book delves...

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Andre Dubus
dfields
5

In a collection of linked short stories, Andre Dubus III masterfully probes the nature of love's many facets and human nature. Set in coastal New Hampshire, the reader explores infidelity, first love, betrayal and the impact of the digital age on love. Each of the characters serve as navigator...

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Mary Gaitskill
Jennifer B.
3

Bad Behavior is a collection of unlinked short stories, most taking place in New York City, that focuses on the relationships (usually sexual) between men and women.  Many of the stories are populated by the same types of women -- prostitutes, drug users, artists -- and tended to blend...

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C. S. (Clive Staples) Lewis
Bobby
3

Most people know C.S. Lewis for his Chronicles of Narnia series or his writings about Christianity and the human condition.  Out of the Silent Planet is the first book of his Space Trilogy and one of his earliest published works.  It tells the...

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Vera Nazarian
CJ
4

In a fictional, Renaissance-era, European country, Death wants a wife and, until he finds her, he's calling a halt to taking souls.  Oh, you can still die, as demonstrated by dismembered soldiers, assassinated princesses and butchered animals, but the spirit remains in your animated corpse...

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Jennifer Ashley
Mary P
4

I was pretty impressed with the writing in this book, even if it is seen as a "beach read."  I enjoy reading romance novels from time to time, and this one was one of the better stories of this type that I've read.  The characters were interesting, and unlike many stories, the saucier...

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Hope Larson
Bobby
4

L’Engle’s Wrinkle in Time has always been a fascinating book to me.  Full of adventure, spacetime physics, and allegory, the story is rich, but I especially love how the characters, specifically Meg, learn that their weakness can be their biggest strengths.  In her graphic adaption,...

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George Saunders
Bobby
4

George Saunders is a brilliant writer and widely unknown until this year.  Tenth of December broke him out into the writing limelight with its wide critical acclaim and appeal.  What I love about Saunders is that his stories start in everyday settings - suburban homes, dysfunctional...

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Brenda (Brenda Streater) Jackson
mmcgowan
3

Jaclyn Campbell, an intern, and her drop dead gorgeous boss unite and fall in love with each other however they must be careful that no one finds out about this relationship or else they could both lose their careers.  One day Jaclyn gets really sick and the boss looks at their relationship...

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Arthur Conan Doyle
Bobby
3

Wanting to read a classic mystery, I decided that the obvious place to start would be with Sherlock Holmes and his most famous case, The Hound of the Baskervilles​.  I'd never read Doyle before and have somehow managed to avoid seeing any film adaptations of his work so my...

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S.
Doug Dorst
Lily
4

S. is two stories for the price of one. As a tribute to reading, S. explores and celebrates the adventure of the writer as well as the reader. The internal novel is well written and worth reading for the interesting story and the story in the margins is an amazing creative...

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Patricia MacLachlan
Georgia
4

 Robbie cannot relate to his parents who are, again, off touring around the world with their music ensemble. Each summer Robbie looks forward to spending time with his Grandmother, Maddy.  Robbie and Maddy have a very close relationship with each other and with nature. They both enjoy...

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P.N. Elrod- Editor
Adelina
4

An enjoyable collection of paranormal short stories. Most of the stories feature characters from the authors full length book series. Short stories are a great way to try out new authors and get a feeling for their style of storytelling without committing to a whole novel. Some of my favorites...

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Roald Dahl
lisab
4

You’ve got to love a book that extols books and librarians.  Matilda is about a precocious young girl who has neglectful parents and looks after herself. Her local librarian, Mrs. Phelps opens her to the world of books.  Matilda has some special skills that help her right some wrongs...

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Gail Carriger
Janet Q
5

Finishing School is one of my favorite new YA series. This second entry in the series is a potent blend of Victorian steampunk, fantasy and humor. It follows the exploits of one Sophronia Tremminnick, aged 14 and a trainee at Mademoiselle Geraldine's...

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Thomas King
Janet Q
5

When a little girl shows up at Coyote's house in the woods on the eve of the Solstice, she introduces Coyote and his friends to the shopping mall at the edge of the forest. Coyote has a great time at the mall until he realizes he has to pay for his purchases. The refreshingly anti-consumerist...

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Julie Fogliano
Janet Q
4

A charming ode to staying in the moment, even as you pursue a larger goal.  A boy and his dog encounter many other fascinating aspects of the natural world as they try to spot a whale. This will probably appeal to slightly older kids (3-up), as the drawings are rather small and delicate...

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Adam Langer
Janet Q
4

This is a fast read and a well-written novel with a twisty plot. Two authors who are caught in the depressing world of financial recession and modern book publishing become aligned with dark forces in an attempt to get out of debt and provide for their families. Langer does a good job of...

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Sebastian Faulks
Janet Q
5

As a teen, I became obsessed with Jeeves and Bertie Wooster novels by P.G. Wodehouse. I spent a happy summer reading them and continue to dip into one on occasion when I need to buck up a bit, as Bertie would say. The absurdist style is wonderful and unique, and I...

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Josh Lieb
Ken
4

This book is hilarious. I read it because of the absurdity of the title, but it doesn't lie. It's written in the first person perspective of a twelve year old boy who is the third richest person on the planet, but no one knows because he has a puppet in charge of his holdings and he pretends to...