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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Reader's Guide: The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud Perfect questions for your book club!
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.
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. And it was before Titus met Violet, a beautiful, brainy teenage girl who has decided to fight the feed and its omnipresent ability to categorize human thoughts and desires. Following in the footsteps of George Orwell, Anthony Burgess, and Kurt Vonnegut Jr., M. T. Anderson has created a not-so-brave new world — and a smart, savage satire that has captivated readers with its view of an imagined future that veers unnervingly close to the here and now.
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.
Feed by M.T. Anderson is a great piece of teen science fiction that’ll change the way you think about the world of entertainment.
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Feed by M.T. Anderson. Classic young adult literature.
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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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This is no cook book. It's the story of one woman's fight for survival in 1940/50's Russia. Easy read, well written.
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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.
Great book, would be good for a book club. Me Before You: A Novel: Jojo Moyes: 9780143124542: Amazon.com: Books
Me Before You: A Novel by Jojo Moyes, *sad. Kleenex is needed. Totally worth reading
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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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Patti Smith: JUST KIDS. The new memoir by the seminal rock poet, which details her early days in New York City in the late sixties/early seventies, and the deep and tumultuous relationship she had with the notorious artist and photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. This beautifully written book successfully conjures up the fascinating mixture of innocence and groundbreaking art that they shared, first together, and then with the world. Highly recommended!
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Just Kids - Patti Smith One of my favorite books. Truly.
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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 New York Times Bestseller - description below is from Amazon. When a cluster of secrets become dangerously entwined, the reckless behavior of one threatens to expose the other, and this darkly comic novel takes a chilling turn. THE GOOD HOUSE, by Ann Leary is 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.
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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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#1: Eleanor & Park / Rainbow Rowell. 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 978 125 991 2579
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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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€26.07 Blankets (Hardback) This is 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, and the budding romance of two coming-of-age lovers. "Blankets" is a tale of security and discovery, of playfulness and tragedy, of a fall from grace and the origins of faith.
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.
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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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Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham. One of my favorite books of all time!
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“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.
read this years ago and loved it, now book club is reviving it //
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When Ifemelu arrives in America from Nigeria, she wants only to get an education and survive economically. Soon, a babysitting job leads to a relationship with a rich American and a fairly cushy life. Ifemelu starts a blog to give a bird’s eye view of being a “non-American black.” Soon she longs to feel comfortable in a way she never has in the U.S. Her return to Nigeria is a rocky road but she never loses sight of what she wants from life.
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, 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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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
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 Wind-up Bird Chronicle" by Haruki Murakami. Magical Realism from Japan; part mystery, part historical fiction. The best novel by this great writer. Try it!
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
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The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
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The Bell Jar: A Novel by Sylvia Plath- To read list.
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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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An intelligent and outspoken only child, Satrapi--the daughter of radical Marxists and the great-granddaughter of Iran's last emperor--bears witness to a childhood uniquely entwined with the history of her country.
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Persepolis paints an unforgettable portrait of daily life in Iran and of the bewildering contradictions between home life and public life. Marjane’s child’s-eye view of dethroned emperors, state-sanctioned whippings, and heroes of the revolution allows us to learn as she does the history of this fascinating country and of her own extraordinary family.
The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax by Dorothy Gilman.
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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.
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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.
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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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.
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 by Ruth Reichl - I love books by NYTimes food critics and any book on the food/cooking/restaurant review scene and this one does not disappoint. Fun read.
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