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When Breath Becomes Air
4.32
really liked it
Paul Kalanithi is a successful neurosurgeon, who's spent years completing his medical training. At the beginning of his career, he experienced dramati ...more
Jun 03, 2016
Jun 03, 2016
 
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
4.39
it was amazing
Atul Gawande has simple prose on a highly complex topic. As a surgeon and author, he looks at the successes of modern medicine, and how it can prolong ...more
Jun 05, 2015
Jun 05, 2015
 
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory
4.02
it was amazing
Having always been fascinated by death, Caitlin Doughty took a job as a crematorium operator at a funeral home in Oakland, California. This book chron ...more
Feb 11, 2016
Feb 11, 2016
 
Making Toast
3.62
it was amazing
Rosenblatt's adult daughter Amy collapses and dies from a rare heart condition at the young age of 38. Amy has left behind an active life, as well as ...more
Apr 11, 2012
Apr 11, 2012
 
The World Without You
3.36
really liked it
Three generations of the Frankel family have come together at their Berkshire vacation home. Leo, the youngest sibling, was tragically killed one year ...more
Aug 04, 2012
Aug 04, 2012
 
The Anatomy of Wings
3.40
liked it
Jenny was enamored with her older sister, Beth. Beth had grace, charm and beauty, and made everything appear effortless. In this novel, Jenny recounts ...more
Apr 2009
Apr 30, 2009
 
The Graveyard Book
4.11
it was ok
(I slogged through this book in a bad way. While I didn't love it, 5th-8th should, and the Newberry Committee obviously thought highly of it.)

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Mar 22, 2010
Mar 22, 2010
 
Ritual (Jack Caffery, #3)
3.74
really liked it
Phoebe "Flea" Marley has been a police diver for years. She's used to recovering gruesome cadavers from beneath the water's surface. During a recent d ...more
Sep 21, 2010
Sep 21, 2010
 
Benediction (Plainsong, #3)
3.97
it was amazing
Dad Lewis is slowly dying of cancer. He's spent his life running the local hardware store in the small Colorado town of Holt. His wife Mary takes on t ...more
Sep 30, 2013
Sep 30, 2013
 
If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)
3.96
it was amazing
Music is everywhere in Mia's life. Her parents were rockers. She's an accomplished cellist. Her boyfriend Adam has his own punk band. She's applied to ...more
Sep 2009
Sep 22, 2009
 
Dead End in Norvelt
3.71
it was ok
It's 1962 and Jack's summer is one giant bummer. He lives in the small town of Norvelt where everyone knows everyone's business and it's hard to keep ...more
Nov 04, 2011
Nov 04, 2011
 
So Shelly
3.29
it was ok
I love this cover. John Keats and Gordon Byron have little in common. Keats is academic, sensitive and comes from modest means. Bryon is wealthy, suav ...more
Apr 28, 2011
Apr 28, 2011
 
See What I See
3.46
liked it
Kate's dad, Dalton Quinn, is a famous artist. He gained notoriety for his grisly paintings that shed a dark light on society's woes. His work has been ...more
Mar 02, 2011
Mar 02, 2011
 
Bleeding Violet
3.63
it was amazing
This book is whack. It’s really messed up. If you are looking for clean and uplifting, do not go anywhere near this book. But it’s also amazing… how d ...more
May 27, 2010
May 25, 2010
 
See You at Harry's
4.11
liked it
Harry's is the name of the restaurant that Fern's family has been running for years. Her dad is the manager, her mom helps with waitressing, and older ...more
May 29, 2012
May 29, 2012
 
Grounded
3.93
it was ok
Daralynn's father, brother and sister all died in a plane crash. Daralynn now lives with her mother, who operates a beauty salon. Her mom is suffering ...more
not set
Mar 14, 2011
 
No Choirboy: Murder, Violence, and Teenagers on Death Row
3.83
really liked it
This is a collection of interviews with teenagers living on death row. They are given a voice to explain their crime, their feelings towards their pre ...more
Mar 31, 2010
Mar 31, 2010
 
Did You Ever Have a Family
3.81
really liked it
The night before her daughter's wedding, June's house burns down, killing her daughter, her daughter's fiancé, her boyfriend, and her ex-husband all p ...more
Nov 04, 2016
Nov 02, 2016
 
The Dead Bird
3.58
it was amazing
This book is just that, a book about a dead bird. It looks like it's set in Central Park, and a group of children stumble across a dead bird. They bur ...more
Nov 10, 2016
Nov 10, 2016
 
Revival
3.75
really liked it
Jamie crosses paths with his childhood preacher, Charles Jacobs, as an adult, hit on hard times. Jacobs was exiled from his community after a tragic a ...more
Mar 05, 2015
Mar 05, 2015
 
Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives
4.14
really liked it
Wow. These super short vignettes describe potential scenarios for the afterlife. Eagleman is a neuroscientist, and his blend of science and imaginatio ...more
May 25, 2011
May 25, 2011
 
Mockingbird
4.17
it was amazing
Wow. Caitlin's world is falling apart. Her older brother Devon was killed in a school shooting. Her dad is struggling with grief and depression, and C ...more
Jan 29, 2011
Jan 29, 2011
 
Her Fearful Symmetry
3.23
it was ok
I like twin drama. This started strong and went downhill. Too surreal for me at the end. Mystical realism is not my bag.
Apr 13, 2010
Apr 13, 2010
 
Goldengrove
3.27
really liked it
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not set
Nov 13, 2009
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