Alex's Picks

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ISBN: 9780307744432
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Published: Anchor Books - July 3rd, 2012

Everyone I've talked to has either loved it or hated it... I loved it! Main characters Celia and Marco are raised from childhood for one purpose: to defeat each other in a mysterious magician's duel that neither truly understands. The venue for the years-long battle is called the Circus of Dreams, a circus that appears suddenly and is only open at night. Morgenstern's writing was wonderful, and her story truly unique.

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ISBN: 9781451617481
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Published: Scribner Book Company - April 3rd, 2012

This was one of the best written books I've read in a while-- a beautiful story told through the voices of four Jewish women escaping persecution nearly 2,000 years ago.

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ISBN: 9781451681734
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Published: Scribner Book Company - July 31st, 2012

Captivating and unique story-- on a remote island off the coast of Australia, a lighthouse keeper and his wife are heartbroken over their childlessness. When a boat washes up on their shore, containing a dead man and a wailing baby girl, they decide to tell no one and raise the child as their own. What follows is totally unpredictable!

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ISBN: 9780143121169
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Published: Penguin Books - June 26th, 2012

Great writing style! This novel is the story of Katherine Kontent, a young woman living in late 1930s Manhattan; I was sucked in from the very beginning!

Pure Cover Image
ISBN: 9781455503063
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - February 8th, 2012

Pure is a well-written and unique new dystopian novel. A great pick for adults who loved The Hunger Games!

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ISBN: 9780812976144
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Published: Random House Trade - October 24th, 2006

Great psychological thriller-- in late nineteenth century New York City, a reporter, a psychologist, and the commissioner of police (Theodore Roosevelt!) race to solve a series of murders.

Alice I Have Been (Random House Reader's Circle) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385344142
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Published: Bantam - December 21st, 2010

I was totally captivated by this story, which tells how the young daughter of an Oxford professor, Alice, inspired Lewis Carroll to write The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland. I loved it!!

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ISBN: 9780399155345
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - February 10th, 2009

This book was so amazing that I stayed up until 4 a.m. reading it, overslept, and was late to work the morning. When I tried to explain what happened, by boss just exclaimed, "Isn't that such a great book?!"

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ISBN: 9780385523226
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - April 5th, 2011

In writing this book, Sara Gruen blended together the perfect mix of interesting science and thrilling action. This book made me think as I eagerly read each page.

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ISBN: 9781401341336
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Published: Voice - April 6th, 2010

This book intertwined the stories two women: one living today, completing her Ph.D. in colonial history, and one in the seventeenth century, accused of witchcraft. The blend of history and mystery in this book kept me guessing until the end!

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ISBN: 9780812980530
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Published: Random House Trade - February 2nd, 2010

This novel was a very interesting look at the lives of early twentieth century Chinese women-- definitely something I'd never read or learned about before. The fast-paced and emotional story made it difficult for me to put it down! The sequel, Dreams of Joy, is just as great!

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ISBN: 9780345504975
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Published: Ballantine Books - May 17th, 2011

The first of a series, The Passage is a gripping story of how mankind reacts when society breaks down and all but ends. I can't wait for its sequel, The Twelve!

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ISBN: 9781594483851
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Published: Riverhead Books - November 25th, 2008

While I loved The Kiterunner, I enjoyed A Thousand Splendid Suns even more. The relationships of and experiences encountered by the two main characters, two Afghan women named Mariam and Lila, created a captivating, beautiful, and sad story.

Sisterhood Everlasting (Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385521222
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Published: Random House - June 14th, 2011

Brashares' adult conclusion to the wonderful young adult series, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, was both sad and uplifting. I loved it!!

One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd Cover Image
ISBN: 9780312199432
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Published: St. Martin's Press - February 15th, 1999

This was great historical fiction from a very turbulent time in American history; it asks the question "What if?"

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ISBN: 9780812992717
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - July 26th, 2011

Next to Love is a deeply moving novel - a different kind of WWII story. By examining the lives of three women on the home front before, during, and after the war, Ellen Feldman opened my eyes to the effects of war that don't immediately come to mind.

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ISBN: 9781401310530
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Published: Hyperion Books - May 17th, 2011

This book goes behind the scenes in several American zoos. Examining the relationship between man and beast, Zoo Story tells stories I found both heart-lifting and heartbreaking.

Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard Cover Image
ISBN: 9781401310592
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Published: Hachette Books - May 24th, 2011

This book was simply amazing. I felt honored to read Liz Murray's frank look back at her childhood, fraught with hardships that no one should ever have to experience.

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ISBN: 9780316017923
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Published: Little Brown and Company - November 18th, 2008

Drawing on evidence from a range of sources and areas of life, Gladwell describes what makes "outliers," or very successful people, different from everyone else. I found this book easy to understand and utterly fascinating!

Bonobo Handshake: A Memoir of Love and Adventure in the Congo Cover Image
ISBN: 9781592405466
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Published: Gotham - May 27th, 2010

Bonobo Handshake is amazing!! This book will appeal to a varied group of readers as it simultaneously describes our fascinating evolutionary relation, Bonobo chimps, as well as the devastating war and political situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It illustrates the power of the determination to live that is within all of us, and how humans and bonobos aren't very different after all.