Heather's Favorite Books
Heather's Favorite Books
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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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The woman upstairs : Messud, Claire, 1966- : Book, Regular Print Book : Toronto Public Library
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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This book is written in some strange "futuristic" vernacular but it's still worth reading because the author kind of has a good point about the direction of the human race.
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Yet another dystopian young adult novel set in the future where everything is accessed via an implanted brain "feed" that is an internalized internet. Titus' world centers around the typical teen activities of parties, music, driving, dancing, and drinking but during a spring break trip to the moon a hacker causes Titus and his friends' feeds to malfunction, sending them to the hospital to lie around with nothing inside their heads for days. What's up with that?! Bummer!
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.
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Young Adult book that is pretty scary, the distopic future presented in this novel is one that our current society is fast aproaching.
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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.
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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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Just kids / Patti Smith. In this memoir, singer-songwriter Patti Smith shares tales of New York City : the denizens of Max's Kansas City, the Hotel Chelsea, Scribner's, Brentano's and Strand bookstores and her new life in Brooklyn with a young man named Robert Mapplethorpe--the man who changed her life with his love, friendship, and genius.
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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Just Kids by Patti Smith - one of my favorite books (and gifts to give)
Just Kids by Patti Smith. "In a spellbinding memoir as notable for its restraint as for its lucidity, its wit as well as its grace, Smith tells the story of how she and Robert Mapplethorpe found each other, a true and abiding love that survived his coming out as gay, and the path to art in New York City during the heady late 1960s and early 1970s." Booklist Review
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_1XFPtb0MXHFC3K5S
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Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. Two misfit teenagers living in Nebraska in 1986 bond over comic books and music on the school bus.
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.
Eleanor & Park / by Rainbow Rowell. Summary: Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits--smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. ISBN 9781250012579
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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, ...
Blankets by Craig Thompson. One shot story loosely based on the author's life and experiences. #graphicnovel
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White on Black by Ruben David Gonsales Galʹego
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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, a novel by CHIMAMANDANGOZI NGOZI ADICHIE. "Beyond race, the book is about the immigrant’s quest: self-invention, which is *the* American subject."- fr Washington Post review
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.
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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!
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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Open Heart by Abraham B. Yehoshua
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This creepy novel about obsessive love is one of the all-time best psychological thrillers.
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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: Mrs. Pollifax Series by Dorothy Gilman
One of my very favorite books and series.
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.
The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax: Dorothy Gilman. A sweet, charming series that appears to be so effortlessly written - but of course that appearance requires a great talent behind it. It was Dorothy Gilman who made me think this mystery writing business must be easy (I was wrong). Mrs. Pollifax is a widow of mature years who becomes a CIA agent. Of course.
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.
Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise - Ruth Reichl - a memoir chronicling the entertaining lengths this New York Times food critic went to for the sake of a her reviews.. She is one of my favorites. The way she describes food makes you almost taste it.
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 Unbearable Lightness of Being by Mulan Kundera
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11 Books You Should Read If You’re A Woman In Your 20s | Thought Catalog Better move these to the front of my reading list! Less than two years left!
The Unbearable Lightness of Being: A Novel by Milan Kundera - considered a "classic", and very well-written, but honestly not one I would read again. However, very very worth reading at least once.
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Still love this book, worth re-reading.....
#MilanKundera's Unbearable Lightness of Being....really great "thinking" book!
The Unbearable Lightness of Being - Highland Park Public Library
Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
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old English suspense!!!
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