Book Genre: Fiction

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Jean Toomer
Alison
5

Arna Bontemps, one of the leading contributors to the Harlem Renaissance and a scholar of African-American literature, wrote that "there are many odd and provocative things about Cane, and not the least is its form.  Reviewers who read it in 1923 were generally stumped."  ...

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Matthew Quick
Monica
4

Reminiscent of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time", "The Good Luck of Right Now" follows the story of Bartholomew Neil after the death of his mother, who he has relied on his entire life.  Now that Bartholomew has to find his own way, he comes to realize at age 38  just...

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John Corey Whaley
Kristi
5

16 year old Travis is dying of leukemia so his family makes the shocking decision to cut off his head and freeze it in case technology can someday bring him back. He's not ready to go but he's tired. He's leaving behind his parents, his best friend Kyle and worst of all, his first love Cate. But...

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Ryan Gebhart
Kristi
3

13 year old Tyson can't wait for his hunting trip with his grandpa Gene. He wants to get his own elk and prove he's tough like his beloved grandpa. But the weekend they are supposed to go Tyson's dad tells him they are moving grandpa into an assisted living facility hours away instead. Grandpa...

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Michael Ondaatje
Porscha
5

Coming through Slaughter has been called the best jazz novel ever written, with a lyrical writing style compared to jazz music. It’s a fictional biography about one of the original trumpet giants of New Orleans, Buddy Bolden. Though it takes place around 1907 and was written in the late...

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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...