Lotería is a dark tale told from the perspective of a young Mexican girl punctuated by vivid illustrations of lotería cards. The cards act as vignettes that slowly reveal the causes of why narrator Luz Castillo is in foster care while her sister is in the intensive care unit, her...
Book Genre: Fiction
From the cover and title of this one, you might think this is a love story...and you'd be right, but wrong. It's about love, but not romantic love, not entirely. The two boys kissing in the title are Craig and Harry, who are ex-boyfriends, but are attempting to break the world record in kissing...
Brigid Quinn is 59, retired from the FBI, and hoping to put the secrets and lies of her past behind her as she settles into life with her new husband Carlo in Tuscon. When someone confesses to being the Route 66 killer--and the murderer of Quinn's young protegee--Quinn again finds herself...
Mitchell Zukor thinks about disaster for a living. A mathematical and imaginative genius, he is head hunted away from actuarial work in order to construct scenarios for Future World, a New York City startup. Future World's promise--we will tell you about every possible catastrophe--from nuclear...
Friends during the 1970s in college in Bombay, the lives of Armaiti, Laleh, Kavita, and Nishta have gone in very different directions from their days as activist students, ready to change the world. Armaiti has left for America. Nishta, admired for choosing a life with the man she loved even...
“Every man loves a hot girl with a history of making mistakes. Because it’s always possible she’ll make one with you.” -- Lou Carmody, NOS4A2
This story surprised me. I was super hesitant to even start it - I knew Joe Hill was Stephen King’s son, and had read some not-so-...
Allie, Rob and Juliet are best friends bound together by their common weakness...Sunlight. All have a serious allergy to sunlight which causes them to lead their lives in the secrecy of darkness. With the desire to feel "alive", the trio eagerly begin to train in parkour. While training one day...
So funny, so ridiculous! Gives a little nostalgic walk down memory lane with mention of old TV sitcoms, bands, singers, and music from the mid '70s on. The author makes fun of the music industry, goofy copyright laws and punishments, lawyers, government workers, labor unions, almost...
I listened to this book on a recent road trip, and fell in love with the characters, the descriptions, the quest. Nayeli, a young woman from the Mexican village of Tres Camarones, and her friends have realized that there are almost no men left in their town, they have all gone north, to the U.S...
If you immediately get the song by The Cure in your head and remember high school, this book will feel very familiar to you. Jenny Shaw has spent her life side stepping familial disasters and Making The Right Decisions. It’s left her feeling out of touch with who she really is and, well, a...
Annaliese Gordon has been reborn. Almost exactly one year after she disappeared, she has returned with no memories of the lost year. The last time she was seen , she was running out of the woods screaming and covered in blood. Everyone has questions, but Annaliese doesn't have answers. But she...
Beth Risk's home life is a mess. With no Father figure, she has become the babysitter to her alcoholic, immature mother. Trying to balance growing up and taking care of her mother while trying to dodge the fists of her mother's abusive boyfriend has taken its toll. After taking the fall for a...
The Elite is the sequel to Kiera Cass' first book, The Selection. In The Selection, America Singer is stuck in a caste system that is barely above poverty. She catches her lucky break when she is chosen as a finalist in a televised competition to become the bride of Prince Maxon. If she...
Zoo Time is a scathingly hysterical account of the current state of the publishing industry. This book is worth reading for any self proclaimed literati or bookworm merely for the dry criticism of "Oxfam, Amazon, eBooks, iPads, Oprah, apps, Richard and Judy, Facebook … the graphic novel...
If you are interested in a challenging literary read and you secretly wish for the second coming of James Joyce, then Umbrella will meet all your Modernist resurrection fantasies. Will Self uses boggling and dense language to describe the mistaken institutionalization of suffragette...
A cross between Grey Gardens and Grumpy Old Men, Homer and Langley is the story of two eccentric brothers, living in a moldering Fifth Avenue mansion. One goes slowly blind, his world darkening and shrinking around him as his brother succumbs to madness and fills the...
Despite being in complete denial about her alcoholism, Hildy Good has made a name for herself as a successful real estate agent. Acting as a conduit between land-rich locals and the truly rich outsiders moving to her picturesque New England town, Hildy smartly navigates the...
Sean Lennon found the unpublished version of An Invisible Flower in his mother's closet and fortunately for all us daydreamers, he published the tale. Ono, a conceptual artist, wrote the story after she was evacuated to the Japanese countryside as a child during WWII. Not just a...
Vic McQueen can find things. With the help of her trusty bike and the Shorter Way Bridge (which collapsed in 1985, but lives on in her inscape), she can get to any lost object. Throughout her adolescence, she travels the bridge, until she goes looking for trouble, and finds Charlie Manx....
As close as you'll likely get in literary form to seeing the devastation that bipolar disorder wreaks on those who live with it and among it.
Duncan begins his senior year at the prestigious Irving School by searching for his new door room. As a senior he now has the privilege of rooming alone and as a gift the vacating senior of the year past has left behind a gift. Not all gifts are special or good. Some are quite disgusting...
The news from Spain and the human need for connection are the themes that tie these delightful variations on a love story together.
Fifteen Alexie classics and fifteen new short stories, some a page long. One reviewer describes him as rowdy. Yes.
These short stories are in turn funny, odd, and heartbreaking. Saunders is original and that's about the best description.
Kicked out of school, Dondi stumbles upon his estranged father, "Rage," who has come back to NYC to settle an old score. A legendary graffiti artist, "Rage" revives a network of "ninjas" from New York's glory days to paint the town every imaginable color. ...
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