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The Woman Upstairs - by Claire Messud. An absorbing treatment of an unusual topic ... I wasn't sure for a while just where this was going, but then I got to the point where I could not put it down, and then ... wow! it punched hard, right up through the final sentence. Recommended, especially for all you "women upstairs" ... we know who we are.
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.
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Fiction. Book/Audio/LOTG. The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud. Relegated to the status of schoolteacher and friendly neighbor after abandoning her dreams of becoming an artist, Nora advocates on behalf of a charismatic Lebanese student and is drawn into the child's family until his artist mother's careless ambition leads to a shattering betrayal.
Nora Eldridge, an elementary school teacher in Cambridge, Massachusetts, long ago compromised her dream to be a successful artist, mother and lover. She has instead become the “woman upstairs,” a reliable friend and neighbor always on the fringe of others’ achievements. Then into her life arrives the glamorous and cosmopolitan Shahids—her new student Reza Shahid, a child who enchants as if from a fairy tale, and his parents:...
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Futuristic teen tale about how consumerism controls us. I keep thinking about this one. National Book Award Finalist.
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Great young adult book about a seemingly utopian, but actually dystopian future in which everyone has internet connections in their brains.
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Identity crises, consumerism, and star-crossed teenage love in a futuristic society where people connect to the Internet via feeds implanted in their brains. For Titus and his friends, it started out like any ordinary trip to the moon - a chance to party during spring break and play with some stupid low-grav at the Ricochet Lounge. But that was before the crazy hacker caused all their feeds to malfunction, sending them to the hospital to lie around with nothing inside their heads for days.
Identity crises, consumerism, and star-crossed teenage love in a futuristic society where people connect to the Internet via feeds implants ... A Ya book that still haunts me as a adult.
Science Fiction FIC AND - In a future where most people have computer implants in their heads to control their environment, a boy meets an unusual girl who is in serious trouble.
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It started out like any ordinary trip to the moon - a chance to party and play with some stupid low-grav at the Ricochet Lounge. But that was before the crazy hacker caused all their feeds to malfunction, sending them to the hospital to lie around with nothing inside their heads for days. And it was before Titus met Violet, a beautiful, brainy teenage girl who has decided to fight the feed .
This is honestly the most amazing book in the entire world. It is so worth reading. My favorite book ever.
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Breathtakingly beautiful and sad novel about wasted love by Japanese master Kawabata. Winner of Nobel Prize for Literature.
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Nobel Prize winner Yasunari Kawabata’s Snow Country is widely considered to be the writer’s masterpiece: a powerful tale of wasted love set amid the desolate beauty of western Japan. At an isolated mountain hot spring, with snow blanketing every surface, Shimamura, a wealthy dilettante meets Komako, a lowly geisha. In chronicling the course of this doomed romance, Kawabata has created a story for the ages — a stunning novel dense in implication and exalting in its sadness.
Snow Country | University of Calgary Bookstore
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Nasty mother/grandmother narrator like no other I've read before. Set in 1970s Russia and Germany. A young author to read. Translated.
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The hottest dishes of the Tartar cuisine Alina Bronsky ; translated from the German by Tim Mohr.
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A page-turner for sure. This is a romance--but with substance. You may cry. It's a tearjerker. Set in England.
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February 2014 Bookclub Book: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I cried. And cried. This worked its way into my heart. I still reflect on it occasionally.
Just finished this book for book club. Engaging story of Louise & Will two unlikely people brought together. This book tugged my heart. Put this on your must read list.
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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.
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Cover of book Just Kids, written by Patti Smith. My favorite book this year!
Just Kids by Patti Smith The legendary American artist offers a glimpse of her remarkable relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in the epochal days of New York City and the Chelsea Hotel in the late sixties and seventies. An honest and moving story of youth and friendship. Haunting.
Just Kids by Patti Smith — great book
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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: highlandpark.bibl...
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The Good House by Ann Leary - 1/15/2013 Funny, poignant, and terrifying. A classic New England tale that lays bare the secrets of one little town, this spirited novel will stay with you long after the story has ended. Ann Leary's 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.
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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.
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Eleanor & Park (Ira Children's Book Awards. Young Adult) by Rainbow Rowell http://www.amazon.com/dp/1250012570/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_efmPtb1QKK665ZS3
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. Two misfit teenagers living in Nebraska in 1986 bond over comic books and music on the school bus.
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Lexile: HL580L. Eleanor And Park. Rainbow Rowell. One of the most talked about YA books of the year. A heart-tugging story of a pair of misfit star-crossed lovers: Half-Korean, total introvert Park and awkward, eccentric new girl in town Eleanor. Recommended by Lori Y. Lee, Zanesville; Karen Lippincott, Medina; Emily Colpi, Mariemont City; Angie Seitzel.
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Blankets: an illustrated novel by Craig Thompson. Wrapped in the landscape of a blustery Wisconsin winter, Blankets explores the sibling rivalry of two brothers growing up in the isolated country, and the budding romance of two coming-of-age lovers. A tale of security and discovery, of playfulness and tragedy, of a fall from grace and the origins of faith.
My all-time favorite graphic novel.
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Blankets by Craig Thompson - Named one of Time''s top 100 Best Young Adult Books of All Time! "...A rarity: a first-love story so well remembered and honest that it reminds you what falling in love feels like. ...achingly beautiful." - Time magazine A brand-new, hardcover edition, re-sized and with a new cover! Wrapped in the landscape of a blustery Wisconsin winter, Blankets explores the sibling rivalry of two brothers growing up in the isolated country, ...
Not your standard comic book. In fact, it's better classified as a graphic novel. It's really sweet, appeals to slice-of-life readers, and it's by artist/writer Craig Thompson.
At 592 pages, Blankets may well be the single largest graphic novel ever published without being serialized first. Wrapped in the landscape of a blustery Wisconsin winter, Blankets explores the sibling rivalry of two brothers growing up in the isolated country, and the budding romance of two coming-of-age lovers. A tale of security and discovery, of playfulness and tragedy, of a fall from grace and the origins of faith. A profound and utterly beautiful work from Craig Thompson.
Blankets | Highland Park Public Library | BiblioCommons
Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham
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Worth reading, although I didn't like the way the main character chose to live his life.
“Of Human Bondage” by W. Somerset Maugham. From an orphan with a clubfoot, Philip Carey grows into an impressionable young man with a voracious appetite for adventure and knowledge. Then he falls obsessively in love, embarking on a disastrous relationship that will change his life forever.
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read this years ago and loved it, now book club is reviving it //
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A story of love and race centered around a young man and woman from Nigeria who face difficult choices and challenges in the countries they come to call home. As teenagers in a Lagos secondary school, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love. Their Nigeria is under military dictatorship, and people are leaving if they can.
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.
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Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. (Alfred A. Knopf, 2013). A young woman from Nigeria leaves behind her home and her first love to start a new life in America, only to find her dreams are not all she expected. A new book from a fabulous author!
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Separated by respective ambitions after falling in love in occupied Nigeria, beautiful Ifemelu experiences triumph and defeat in America and explores new concepts of race, while Obinze endures an undocumented status in London. When the pair is reunited in their homeland 15 years later, they face the toughest decisions of their lives.
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: highlandpark.bibl...
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I love Murakami. Reading his novels is like opening a door to a world that I hadn't realized was there.
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The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
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Oscar Wilde’s story of a fashionable young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty is the author’s most popular work. The tale of Dorian Gray’s moral disintegration caused a scandal when it ﬁrst appeared in 1890, but though Wilde was attacked for the novel’s corrupting inﬂuence, he responded that there is, in fact, “a terrible moral in Dorian Gray.”
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The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
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This creepy novel about obsessive love is one of the all-time best psychological thrillers.
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The Collector is a tale of obsessive love--the story of a lonely clerk who is consumed by his butterfly collection and becomes equally obsessed with a young art student. The novel follows his quest to add her to his "collection" as his ultimate prize. Hailed as the first modern psychological thriller, The Collector is the internationally bestselling novel that catapulted John Fowles into the front rank of contemporary novelists.
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Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
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Persepolis (Graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi)
The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax by Dorothy Gilman.
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The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax by Dorothy Gilman. $7.99. Publisher: Fawcett; later printing edition (January 12, 1985). Author: Dorothy Gilman
Of all my favorite book series, Mrs. Pollifax is just about my fav of favs! I can read them over and over. This is the first ... give her a try!
Mrs. Pollifax series by Dorothy Gilman. Wonderful story of an older widow looking for adventure and becomes and accidental spy. Great settings and it's fun to remember what life was like in the late 60's and 70's with no cell phones or computers available.
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.
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Food Books. Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise. WARNING: Only read this book while eating. Ruth Reichl's descriptions of food are so edible that you will wind up eating the pages otherwise. A very interesting look at a former NY Times food critic who created disguises so she could accurately review restaurant food.
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Fabulous book written before I had any idea who Ruth Reichl is and what she had lived through as a food critic. Still worth reading now, after all the other food books have been published.
Garlic and sapphires : the secret life of a critic in disguise / Ruth Reichl. Bibliobites Book Club Theme for May - You be the Critic! Read the book, try to write a review of your own, then join the group May 29 or 30 to share your experience! Visit the BiblioBites blog for details http://readmore.in/BibliobitesBlog.
The Yellow Wall-Paper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
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My favorite short story from college! You can find it online for free and it totally worth the read.
The Yellow Wall-paper Charlotte Perkins Gilman
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Mulan Kundera