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The Hours

Michael Cunnigham took an incredible risk when he wrote this book.  As a variation on the themes of Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway, this story will intrigue you while providing enormous satisfaction.  You will find that this story will also make you want to read Woolf's Mrs.

The god of small things

How can one describe the pain of being born to a class that is reviled by everyone?  Paravans or untouchables as they are known in the west were expected to crawl backwards with a broom, sweeping away their footprints so that Brahmins and Syrian Christians would not defile themselves by accidently stepping into a Paravan's footprint.  However, because of his innate skill, Velutha is allowed to train to be a carpenter.  But his father (who obeys all the racist laws made to keep Paravans forever at the bottom of the social scale in India) worries about his

The Anansi Boys

Neil Gaiman writes a range of fiction, mostly fantasy, but always appealing.  He recently won the Newbery Medal for his amazing children's title, The Graveyard Book.  If you've seen the movie Stardust, based on the novel of the same name, then you already know that his books are full of quirky characters that will make you laugh or stun you into silence, depending on your state of mind.  What better way to enjoy a Neil Gaiman book than by listening to it told to you by a narrator who understands Gaiman's unique talent.  Two brothers appear i

The annotated Phantom Tollbooth

What a classic this has been!  Now not only can you read the story, but you can find out just how this classic came into being.  It's a very interesting tale; one you'll be glad you learned about.  I first read it when I was in my twenties, and I immediately fell in love.  This story will tickle and delight you.  You'll meet Milo, our hero, who one day discovers a mysterious tollbooth and magic car in the middle of his living room just after he has complained about being bored.  Jumping in and taking off, Milo is about to have the adventure

Small Wonder

Barbara Kingsolver is an author I love.  After reading all of her fictional works, I began to read her nonfiction.  These essays are wonderfully entertaining.  Although she always has much to say in her novels, hearing her clear, direct voice in these short essays about anything from a lost child in Iran to nature's cycles and human kind's hubris, I fell in love with her writing all over again.  Some people don't want to hear about ways to change the world--others like me, look for directions that will lead us away from the wrongs we are doing to the earth.&n

Woman: an Intimate Geography

I really loved this book.  It was funny, witty and informative.  This writer brought up ideas I had never thought of before concerning my body (or any woman's body for that matter).  You will laugh at her metaphors and informal discourses and smile at how true her perceptions are.  Occasionally I love reading nonfiction instead of fiction; this book is as fast-paced as any novel I've encountered.  It's not like any other book I've read on the subject, but being a woman isn't like being anything else, especially in this culture.  Amaze yourse

A Crooked Kind of Perfect

Zoey Elias's dreams of playing concert piano at Carnegie Hall are crushed when her dad signs her up for lessons with Lester Rennet, music teacher and motivational speaker who teaches on paper keyboards. After several attempts to convince her dad that she needs a real piano, her confused father, who once bought 432 rolls of toliet paper at one time, purchases a Perfectone D-60 organ.

Hate List

This riveting debut novel tells the story of Valerie, whose boyfriend Nick instigates a school shooting, which results in his death and the death of classmates and teachers. Valerie feels a tremendous amount of guilt because she assisted in creating what ultimately became Nick's hit list. However, she was also a contributing factor in stopping the shooting and saving some a classmate's life. Alternately hailed as a hero and a terror, Valerie must wade through this complicated mess while still attending the school where all this happened.

So You Want to Be a Wizard

This series has been out since 1998, way before J. K.

From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler/E. L. Konigsburg

What a delightful story this is!  From the start you'll find our spunky heroine, Claudia, planning an adventure for herself.  Because of the injustices she feels she's suffered at home, she's decided to run away.  Thinking that her second youngest brother Jamie would be a good companion to take along because he's quiet and occasionally good for a laugh, Claudia decides that they're not just going to run away from home but they are going to run to somewhere:  the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.  Claudia is a mastermind when it comes t

Angle of Repose

It's no wonder that this book won the Pulitzer Prize.  I chose it for our couples book group, and everyone liked it.  It reads like a historical novel about the West and how man's engineering eventually subdued its wild landscape.  However, it's really the portrait of a marriage between two completely different individuals whose love for each other and passion for their vocations nearly destroy them.  She's a sophisticated writer from the East and he's a taciturn Midwesterner who tries to conquer the Wild West with engineering skills far advanced for

Valleys of Neptune

Twelve previously unreleased studio recordings post -Elecric Ladyland (1969-1970) provide fans deeper insight into Hendrix's creative genius, with excellent quality and fresh mixes missing from other posthumous efforts.  Highlights include "Crying Blue Rain", "Ships Passing Through the Night", "Lullaby for Summer" and an instrumental "Sunshine of Your Love".

The Masterharper of Pern

If you have read Anne McCaffrey's Pern books, you'll love this one!  It's the story of their masterharper, Robinton, who appears in most of the stories as Pern's political and artistic sage.  We meet him most of the time in the middle of his life, but here, McCaffrey tells us about his birth and early life and how he came to be the Masterharper.  His life is as full of ups and downs as any dragonrider's, but his unique blend of wisdom, humility, and talent allows him to face the challenges found on the planet Pern.  If you've also read th

25

Singer-songwriter Larkin collects 25 of her best songs from 10 previous albums and re-records them with a host of guest artists such as Suzanne Vega, Rosanne Cash, Dar Williams, David Wilcox, and Chris Smithers. Larkin’s exceptional song writing and guitar playing shines in this retrospective for new and old fans alike.

Get Out of My Life (A Parent's Guide to the New Teenager)

In this book the sense of humor and great advice that Dr.

Award Winners & Bestsellers

Nobel Prize
2015 Prize in Literature
Svetlana Alexievich

National Book Award

2015 Prize for Fiction
Fortune Smiles
by Adam Johnson

2015 Prize for Nonfiction
Between the World and Me
by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Newbery Medal
2016 award
Last Stop on Market Street

by Matt de la Peña

Caldecott Medal
2016 award
Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear
b
y Lindsay Mattick, illustrated by Sophie Blackall

Printz Award

2016 award
Bone Gap

by Laura Ruby

New York Times Fiction Bestsellers (top 5 combined print & e-book sales)
The Last Mile
, by David Baldacci
The Obsession
, by Nora Roberts
Stuck-up Suit, by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward
Bounty, by Kristen Ashley
The Girl on the Train
, by Paula Hawkins
 

New York Times Nonfiction Bestsellers (top 5 combined print & e-book sale)
The Rainbow Comes and Goes, by Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt
The Sleep Revolution, by Arianna Huffington
When Breath Becomes Air
, by Paul Kalanithi
Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates
, by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaegar
Alexander Hamilton
, by Ron Chernow

 

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