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How to account for its presence [on this list of favorites] when I know it is only average? The answer is this: Your dad relates to the characters. It has meaning to me. And the longer I do this (bookselling, yes, of course, but also living if that isn't too awfully sentimental), the more I believe that this is what the point of it all is. To connect, my dear little nerd. Only connect.Gabrielle Zevin
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It is the secret fear that we are unlovable that isolates us, but it is only because we are isolated that we think we are unlovable. Someday, you do not know when, you will be driving down a road. And someday, you do not know when, he, or indeed she, will be there. You will be loved because for the first time in your life, you will truly not be alone. You will have chosen not to be alone.Gabrielle Zevin
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Maya has chosen to be ring bearer because the job has more responsibility than flower girl. "If you lose a flower, you get another flower," Maya reasons. "If you lose the ring, everyone is sad forever. The ring bearer has much more power."

"You sound like Gollum," A.J. says.

"Who's Gollum?" Maya wants to know.

"Someone very nerdy that your father likes," Amelia says.
Gabrielle Zevin
Chris rated a book 4 of 5 stars
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
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There's art we find excellent because it so accurately captures the experience of life--we may not enjoy it since life isn't always enjoyable, but we know it is true and real. Then there's art we find excellent because we enjoy connecting with it and...more
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The Stuff of Legend, Book 1 by Mike Raicht
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Like Toy Story, but darker and more cynical, violent, and mature.

Set in 1944, the story starts with a boy being grabbed by dark tendrils and dragged into his closet by the Boogeyman. Then his bravest toys step forward and volunteer to head into the D...more
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Otis Dooda by Ellen Potter
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I happen to know from personal experience that licking light sockets is not a good idea.


Potter marvelously walks a number of fine lines in this book, finding just the right balance. Just enough scatological references shared matter-of-factly to...more
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Penguin Problems by Lauren Myracle
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By the end of this book I was convinced Ty might be a real person who reacted realistically to situations and surroundings, displaying the appropriate frustration and accompanying inappropriate responses to feeling ignored at home due to a new baby i...more
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My Amazing Dinosaur by Flora Grimaldi
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More Tib & Tumtum, a cheerful, fun yet realistic collection of comics about a young boy trying to get along with his prehistoric tribe without necessarily fitting in. Bright illustrations and good use of humor present situations with serious them...more
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Welcome to the Tribe! by Flora Grimaldi
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A cheerful, fun yet realistic collection of comics about a young boy trying to get along with his prehistoric tribe without necessarily fitting in. Tib gets constantly mocked by his peer group for the large birthmark on his face, then for telling eve...more
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“It's not denial. I'm just selective about the reality I accept.”
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“And what is the use of a book," thought Alice, "without pictures or conversation?”
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“There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want.”
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“If you drink much from a bottle marked 'poison' it is certain to disagree with you sooner or later.”
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Fiction Is As Essential As Nonfiction (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: Not my actual writing, just a compilation and synthesis of other people's thoughts.
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I made this so there would be a group made specifically for guys who don't want to hear girls chatter on about which fictional character they would ra...more
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