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$14.00
ISBN-13: 9781439101940
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Published: Washington Square Press, 2/2012
Perhaps because they were born ten years apart, the author had/has a special, sweet adoration of her sister. Jill Bialosky mourns her baby sister with respect and honest inquisitiveness. The expected questions are all here: the whys and the what ifs. By the end of the book, I was much informed but still futilely hoping the young girl’s despair could be reversed. Suicide has a tinge of sensationalism but when related so carefully and personally, one is left caring deeply for those left behind.

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ISBN-13: 9780064440219
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Published: HarperCollins, 10/1979
Frog and Toad have an indestructible friendship. In this sweetly written book that is ostensibly for children, but is wise and useful for adults, too, Frog and Toad weather the lessons of everyday life together. When Toad’s daily list of things to do gets swept away by the wind, it is Frog who races to retrieve it. When Toad’s bakes addictively tasty cookies, they work together to practice will power. When Frog humbly teaches Toad about gardening, plants flower at last. Super Adorable.

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ISBN-13: 9780316766944
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Published: Back Bay Books, 1/2001

Don’t let the obscure, long title deter you. In this small volume we are invited in to the intimate, accessible-yet-somewhat-deep thoughts and storytelling of the two eldest Glass brothers. Seems worth reading at least once or twice.

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Go Ask Alice (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9781416914631
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Published: Simon Pulse, 12/2005

I read this book in 1984 or 1985 and still the details of certain scenes are frozen in my mind. As I followed the narrator’s experiences with drugs I became thoroughly stunned and frightened. For me this tale was more than effective during the heyday of "say no to drugs"... it was compulsively readable, and for a middle school student, just knowing enough and scary enough to feel like a great secret.

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Freedom (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9780312576462
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Published: Picador, 9/2011

While not all of what unfolds in Freedom is about fun, my gosh what fun it is to read excellent writing. One thing I so appreciated is that Franzen fully exposes his characters and in exposing them with neither didacticism nor sanctimoniousness, he lays bare what at first I saw as others' limitations and flaws and then suddenly (even smilingly) I’d see as my own. To me, this was a rare treat of a comic-anti-heroic-realistic-rich-nuanced-fully textured read. I called my best friend and implored her to read it because I need to spread the love.

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ISBN-13: 9780767902359
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Published: Harmony, 6/1999

All of what I love about this book won’t fit here. To be not long-winded: It is a writing that provides true relief to those of us who shudder at feelings of emptiness and/or inadequacy. Instead of tools to banish such uncomfortable states, Epstein offers the Buddhist approach: allow it all, tolerate it all. Yet he is also a psychotherapist and therefore weaves his chapters with first-hand hope and expertise about how to accept like Buddha and confront like a well, like a therapist.

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ISBN-13: 9780060628628
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Published: HarperOne, 10/1989

One needn’t subscribe to the Christian faith to absorb the rich stuff from this classic Emmet Fox book. There is something refreshing and very positive in the words Jesus is known to have spoken on the mount, as outlined here. I read this a lot when I was sitting at a job that was far from ideal, and it helped me almost every day to keep from going nuts.

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The Corrections (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9780312421274
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Published: Picador, 9/2002

At first glance it may seem that some people are just parodies of a certain type of person. In this book Jonathan Franzen makes it impossible to ‘figure out’ and dismiss any of the characters. They are drawn broadly and then in close up. It’s not sentimental and Franzen doesn’t force the issue (most of the time the story just rolls out in a fun, swashbuckling way) but I was saddened and moved by the truth that everyone was once a child, everyone has so much more to them than meets the eye, and being one’s own ‘best’ self in a family (or elsewhere) can be so infuriatingly difficult. Meanwhile, I loved the humor in here; I was laughing throughout.

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ISBN-13: 9780553351392
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Published: Bantam, 3/1992

Just reading a few paragraphs seems to bring calm. Written in plain but lyrical prose, this book offers wonderful ways to embrace every moment with peace. Great stuff to turn to again and again (because one forgets).

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ISBN-13: 9780143035008
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Published: Penguin Books, 6/2004

There is a flavor to Tolstoy's writing - it feels light and almost fluffy in delivery - extremely easy to digest. Yet it is also deliciously complex, and one is left feeling moved and elated. The tone and the events may be wrenching at times. Teeny details about love, marriage, loyalty (and other huge themes) are written with satisfying clarity. I was surprised: a novel written over 100 years ago reads as fresh as though written last week - super duper good.

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ISBN-13: 9780060652937
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Published: HarperOne, 2/2001

Through a series of sharp, darkly humorous letters, a well-seasoned devil imparts wisdom and user-friendly tricks to his nephew Wormwood, who is still naive about the process of tempting and corrupting the hearts and minds of human beings. As a premise, this would be merely clever or gimmicky, but in C. S. Lewis’ hands, the book is something thought-provoking and so knowing it may shake you awake – while laughing.

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ISBN-13: 9780451213235
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Published: NAL Trade, 9/2004

When I first read this as a young ‘un I was barely aware of who Michelangelo was and what he did. This book, although fiction, gave me much reason to be awed by the great Italian painter and sculptor. The passages where I. Stone describes Michelangelo working on the The Pieta or The David are moving and inspiring. Maybe Irving Stone indulges in melodrama – but a big life deserves a big story.

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ISBN-13: 9780684853949
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Published: Touchstone, 1/1985

Several neurological mysteries of the human brain get treated with a compassionate, highly fascinating, and very readable touch. Dr. Sacks describes a number of different cases wherein a patient loses a critical function of their mind. One woman, when her hands are placed behind her back… well, you need to read about this for yourself. What I love is that Oliver Sacks is a terrific writer, so his work in the hospital becomes a literary treat for me. Plus, his patients become lovable and uniquely human.

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ISBN-13: 9780374531386
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 10/2008

In this perfect (not used lightly!) collection of essays, Joan Didion delivers the poignant, the lost, and the blurry aspects of Southern California. Her style of non-fiction writing is rightly celebrated; it is a singular joy to read how she sees, what she hears, the subtleties she never misses. I remember first reading this in college and thinking, ‘my god, I didn’t know writing could be like this.’ It is so very good.

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The Bluest Eye (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9780307278449
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Published: Vintage, 5/2007

Heartbreaking in an enduring way. A young girl’s life is so immeasurably anguished that her recurrent fantasy for escape and betterment is to acquire blue eyes – THEN everything would be improved. T. Morrison’s writing talents are devastating.

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How Fiction Works (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9780312428471
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Published: Picador, 7/2009

James Wood’s enjoyment and excitement about reading is pretty infections. In tight little chapters, he makes one gratifying point after another. This book is not instructional; it is rather an unabashed celebration of the craft and surprise behind this huge thing called fiction. James Wood pulls this off, I think, because he himself is such a talented writer. It is one thing to learn about why and how something works, and quite another to learn it as though one is treated to a bunch of delicious secrets.

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$17.00
ISBN-13: 9780142437964
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Published: Penguin Classics, 11/2004

All I can do is gush: Proust offers incomparable insight, intellectual rigor, and brain and heart nourishing and expanding sentences that are of surpassing beauty. Preserving memories (the past) is here a gorgeous subject. Through a book, all the senses are touched and given the time of their lives.

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$29.95
ISBN-13: 9781594202674
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Published: Penguin Press HC, The, 10/2010

Maira Kalman’s drawings, paintings and embroidery are super charming and often comical. I like the way she writes about historical events and personalities on one page, then goes into depth about a diner menu on the next. The thoughts and observations she shares feel casual yet personal. Her own personality seems to come through everywhere. Not that I know her, but she seems smart, thoughtful, and delighted with so much.

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ISBN-13: 9780061286056
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Published: HarperOne, 7/2007

In refreshingly simple and direct prose, Epictetus offers timeless wisdom. He addresses things such as the futility of seeking esteem through the opinions of others and the way to approach problematic habits, such as procrastination. I like his no-nonsense opinions, which sound like nuggets of irrefutable truth coming from the sage grandfather I never had.

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Pride and Prejudice (Mass Market Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9780553213102
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Published: Bantam Classics, 12/1983

Jane Austen’s brand of sharp social commentary infuses this wonderful classic. No character escapes her highly sensitive ear for dialogue and mannerism. Elizabeth Bennett (not yet 21) is the central character, and Mr. Darcy is her unlikely (and therefore likely) suitor. Although set in Victorian-era England, this book covers something timeless: vulnerability, fear, and courage in the face of romance, family, and humankind.

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ISBN-13: 9780679733973
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Published: Vintage, 3/1991

The hokey and harmless-seeming police officer in 1950s West Texas likes to say ‘golly’ and ‘gee whiz’ in between slapping women around and staging sudden and brutal murders. Few in his small town want to confront the possibility that this gentleman-officer is capable of any sort of violence. As our narrator/serial killer states plainly the whys and wherefores of his extracurricular activities, his tone stays chummy and light. It’s pretty unsettling how wholesome and clean a psychopath can be. Creepy! Fun!

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The Moonstone (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9780375757853
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Published: Modern Library, 9/2001

A very fun and well written novel with a ‘who-dun-it’ aspect to the plot. The characters are varied and all amazingly fleshed out and memorable. Collins is perhaps better known for ‘The Woman in White’, which is also fabulous. Read both.

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ISBN-13: 9781401310424
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Published: Hyperion, 4/2010

This cookbook should win some sort of literary prize. There is cleverness and surprising wit sprinkled throughout, and all of it seems to roll effortlessly and genuinely from N. Lawson’s speaking voice. I have not baked or cooked any desserts or meals from this wonderful book, but I just love reading it. If you are prone to making actual use of delicious-sounding recipes, this book could be your new best buddy.

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In Cold Blood (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9780679745587
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Published: Vintage, 2/1994

Capote went to extra, rather journalistic lengths to cover the story of a Kansas robbery and murder by two men in the late 1950’s. Although the crime itself is very ugly (a man, a woman, and two of their teenage children were victims), the book itself is well organized and elegantly written. One of the alleged killers, while behind bars and awaiting his fate, comes to speak candidly to Capote and therefore to the reader as well.

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Make Me a Woman (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9781770460218
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Published: Drawn and Quarterly, 9/2010

Why do some people’s daily foibles, triumphs, and wince-worthy moments make for such terrific fun? V. Davis treats us to snapshots of her life with drawings and words that seem fresh and never forced. Many graphic novelists describe their own memories, moods, and misgivings, but this book is so much better (i.e. funnier) than most. Even if one does not particularly wish to be ‘made into a woman’, this book may just make your day, as it did mine.

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ISBN-13: 9780061836954
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Published: Harper, 8/2011

This is the follow-up to Lehane’s Gone Baby Gone. The principle players are Kenzie (tough-guy private investigator) and his wife Angie (tough-gal P.I.-turned-mom-turned-P.I.). As they team up to locate the Harvard-bound teenage girl who has suddenly and mysteriously disappeared, both Kenzie and Angie confront cold and violent criminals… as well as their own dubious pasts! Fun quick reading.

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ISBN-13: 9780393325997
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company, 3/2004

Patricia Highsmith is unafraid to admit that human beings can have really uncharitable thoughts. But here is a love story and she illuminates the way a person can fall in love, and how this can change a life (or two). The suspense that builds steadily and urgently is about the exquisite longing one person feels for another---and then it becomes about whether this particular love can survive. In 1950s New York City a woman falling for a woman was considered fairly impossible.

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Shortcomings (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9781897299753
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Published: Drawn and Quarterly, 4/2009

1) The drawings are clear and not too overstuffed or hectic (this is a plus!)
2) Our hero is sorta likeable but also sometimes a jerk (nothing I can relate to but fascinating – just kidding)
3) The dialogue is familiar yet fresh and rarely false
4) Romantic intrigue and disappointments are played out pretty convincingly and often with painful honesty
5) The clothing and hairstyles are right on – satisfying!

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The Maltese Falcon (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9780679722649
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Published: Vintage, 7/1989

Our sardonic tough-guy private eye is both a suspect in a murder and the best hope for solving a few murders. He is either being helped or hindered by the extra-lovely Miss O’Shaunessey, whose motives are dubious at best! Fun times!

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ISBN-13: 9780811878319
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Published: Chronicle Books, 4/2011

Yoots (AKA: Youths) today are precious, smart, hilarious, inventive and downright spunky. Here is proof! This book is filled with extra-wonderful samples of sassy students’ totally wrong (and totally great) test answers.

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ISBN-13: 9780440412670
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Published: Yearling, 9/1996

In the valleys and mountains of the Ozarks, a young boy dreams of raising and training two ‘coon hounds’. This is a book apparently read by nine year olds, but it should not be confined to that audience. I found this book terrific in my mid-twenties, and again in my mid-thirties. The integrity and loyalty shown by the main characters is moving, and growing up in and around nature sounds ideal.

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$14.00
ISBN-13: 9780399536403
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Published: Perigee Trade, 1/2011

This book is hilarious. No Asian American kid is ecstatic about his/her fresh-off-the-boat giveaways. And if one’s parent (mom here) has an aspect of fobiness, we probably were sometimes embarrassed (or mortified). But this book shines a bold and unapologetic light on the Asian mom in America situation. I’ve never felt so proud.

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$10.00
ISBN-13: 9781592404094
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Published: Gotham, 10/2008

In this popular non-fiction picture book, we are given a glimpse of the erudite and philosophical musings of the gentle house cat. Often they are caught in candid poses. Their tomfoolery knows no bounds. What they do with their free time may surprise you or amuse you – and perhaps even concern you. Even for the proud non-cat-lover, this is a book worth experiencing.

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Sh*t My Dad Says (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9780061992704
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Published: It Books, 5/2010
The father of the author is like the salt of the earth with the mouth of a sailor. In other words, he is surpassingly likeable. I opened this book fully expecting to dislike it. Instead, I found myself chuckling and really enjoying myself quite a bit. Part memoir and part (to me, at least) a celebration of blunt, frank answers to some simple and some not-so-simple questions, thoughts, and opinions. Fun.

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