My favorite book of 2013. Unlikeable main character. Female version of Dostoyevsky's narrator in "Notes from Underground." Only read this if you like unlikeable characters.
Futuristic teen tale about how consumerism controls us. I keep thinking about this one. National Book Award Finalist.
Breathtakingly beautiful and sad novel about wasted love by Japanese master Kawabata. Winner of Nobel Prize for Literature.
Nasty mother/grandmother narrator like no other I've read before. Set in 1970s Russia and Germany. A young author to read. Translated.
A page-turner for sure. This is a romance--but with substance. You may cry. It's a tearjerker. Set in England.
Patti Smith pens a beautiful memoir about the 60s and 70s NYC art and music scene and her relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe. Winner of the National Book Award.
The Good House tells the story of Hildy Good, who lives in a small town on Boston's North Shore. Hildy is a successful real-estate broker, good neighbor, mother, and grandmother. She's also a raging alcoholic. - See more at: http://highlandpark.bibliocommons.com/item/show/2210863035_the_good_house#sthash.nt3QYkm4.dpuf
One of the sweetness young love stories I have ever read. That said--the author tackles many important issues, such as domestic violence and gender roles.
My all-time favorite graphic novel.
White on Black by Ruben David Gonsales Galʹego
Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham
A contemporary coming-of-age and love story...that is also so much more. In her novel, Adichie explores issues of identity, inequality, immigration and race. Set in Nigeria, America, and England. A brilliant and satisfying read.
A 28-year-old history professor with a wild streak, wakes up in jail-- yet again --after another epic alcoholic blackout. This time, though, a mother and daughter are dead, run over in Patsy's driveway. Patsy goes to prison, sobers up, and makes ongoing amends to her victims' family. Then, another piece of news turns up, casting her crime, and her life, in a different and unexpected light. - See more at: http://highlandpark.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1631623035_blame#sthash.jX5M7WyZ.dpuf
I love Murakami. Reading his novels is like opening a door to a world that I hadn't realized was there.
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
This creepy novel about obsessive love is one of the all-time best psychological thrillers.
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax by Dorothy Gilman.
Ruth Reichl's memoir about life as a food critic and the many disguises she used to stay anonymous. This is laugh-out-loud funny.
The Yellow Wall-Paper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Mulan Kundera
Fingersmith by Sarah Waters