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Golden Boy
A really compelling read about keeping secrets and how damaging that can be. Max is a golden boy, a soccer player (well, football, because this is a B...more
Jan 26, 2014
Jan 27, 2014
A Breach of Promise (William Monk, #9)
I found this book different than the others in this series from the very beginning. In addition to the cases that seem to be separate from each other,...more
Mar 23, 2014
Mar 24, 2014
The Silver Linings Playbook
Fantastic! Started to read it at 10pm and didn't stop until I finished. It kept me awake thinking about it for a while afterward too.

Pat Peoples is r...more
Feb 17, 2009
Feb 18, 2009
The Red Scarf
Whoa. Great book. I actually described the plot to my family at dinner yesterday and my husband sarcastically said, "It sounds really boring." My six-...more
Feb 14, 2009
Feb 15, 2009
Stones Into Schools: Promoting Peace With Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan
Greg Mortenson’s new account of what happened to his NGO, Central Asian Institute, after the end of Three Cups of Tea is fascinating. Though I haven’t...more
Feb 14, 2010
Feb 16, 2010
Big Girl Small
This was reviewed in School Library Journal as an adult book that would appeal to high school students and it is just that. The very first page talks...more
Jan 31, 2012
Jan 31, 2012
The Girl Who Fell from the Sky
Rachel, a bi-racial girl, falls off the roof of a nine story building in Chicago, with her whole family. Rachel survives the fall and is taken to live...more
Feb 10, 2010
Feb 16, 2010
A Princess Found: An American Family, an African Chiefdom, and the Daughter Who Connected Them All
Sarah Culberson was adopted as a young child. She is biracial, while her adoptive family is Caucasian. This is her fascinating story of identity and t...more
Feb 2010
Feb 16, 2010
The Tragedy Paper
This may be an instant classic. It reminds me of Dead Poet's Society in some ways. Set at a private boarding school, right from the beginning the read...more
Jan 26, 2013
Jan 28, 2013
The Lost Gate (Mither Mages, #1)
This is a promising beginning to a series about a complicated world of mages. Orson Scott Card attempts to create a reason for all of the mythology of...more
Apr 08, 2012
Apr 10, 2012
The Sweetness of Salt
A good family problem mystery-ish book. Though it really bothered me that there were inaccuracies in the details. One of the characters is a baker and...more
Aug 15, 2011
Aug 25, 2011
Lone Wolf
High school girls will like this newest Picoult addition. One of the characters is a high school girl facing some difficult things in life- her parent...more
Mar 31, 2012
Apr 01, 2012
Ender in Exile (The Ender Quintet, #1.6)
What I found most amazing about this book was that I remembered all of the characters and events clearly from the other books in this series even thou...more
Jan 28, 2009
Jan 28, 2009
It takes a while to get used to being in the head of a 5-year-old who is experiencing some unusual things, but once you do, this is an interesting rea...more
Sep 05, 2011
Sep 08, 2011
The Light in the Ruins
I like Chris Bohjalian's books the more of them I read. This one is set in Italy with alternating chapters set in WWII and in the 1950's after a bruta...more
Aug 06, 2013
Aug 12, 2013
A Yellow Raft in Blue Water
I like Michael Dorris' books for young adults and children and read a raving review about this one so I thought I'd give it a try. It was good, but di...more
Feb 07, 2009
Feb 09, 2009
The Storyteller
Sage singer hides her facial disfigurement by working in a bakery all night and sleeping during the day. She befriends an nonagenarian who changes her...more
Mar 03, 2013
Mar 05, 2013
The Lifeboat
Grace Winter has just gotten married and goes to England with her new husband. On their return, their ship sinks. Her husband finds Grace a place on a...more
Jan 03, 2013
Jan 07, 2013
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
I liked this sweet book about lost chances and the Japanese internment camps during World War II. We were on a trip and I started reading a small piec...more
Mar 26, 2012
Apr 01, 2012
This was listed in School Library Journals' reviews of adult books for high school students. I agree that it would interest high school students who h...more
Aug 17, 2011
Aug 25, 2011
The Double Bind
Wow. This one will stick with me for a while. The main story starts seven years after Laurel has survived a brutal attack. She becomes obsessed with s...more
Jun 28, 2013
Jul 01, 2013
The Story of Beautiful Girl
I loved this book. Well written with a compelling story that is told from multiple viewpoints, I think it will appeal to a wide audience. I will certa...more
Jul 25, 2012
Jul 25, 2012
U is for Undertow (Kinsey Millhone, #21)
I feel compelled to read the newest Sue Grafton whenever I can get my hands on it. She's been writing about the same character for years and years and...more
Jul 14, 2010
Jul 15, 2010
The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry: A Novel
An interesting story, after you get past the sad widowed bookseller part. When a baby is left in his bookshop, things will never be the same.

I was exp...more
Apr 22, 2014
Apr 25, 2014
Baking Cakes in Kigali Baking Cakes in Kigali
I loved this book about a Tanzanian woman living in Rwanda after the Genocide. All of the narrative is based around cakes that she is commissioned to...more
Jan 07, 2011
Jan 08, 2011
Born Confused
Beautifully written. The beginning of the book took me a while to get through because Dimple is such a confused teenager that it is painful to read ab...more
May 2011
May 02, 2011
Shine Shine Shine
A really interesting book about a married couple that have known each other since childhood. The boy/man seems to be on the autism scale, but it is ne...more
Apr 17, 2014
Apr 18, 2014
Last Night in Twisted River
This took me a while to read, but it's rare that I can sink my teeth into a complicated adult book, so I enjoyed it. The plot covers more than 50 year...more
Jul 14, 2011
Jul 05, 2011
A Tale for the Time Being
I finished this book more than four days ago, and read another book since I finished it and the story is sticking with me. It even entered my dreams l...more
Oct 19, 2013
Oct 22, 2013
The Face of a Stranger (William Monk, #1)
A great historical mystery! The detective has had an accident and doesn't know who he is. While trying to find out about himself, he has to find out a...more
Dec 22, 2013
Jan 06, 2014
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