Rachel's Favorite Books
Some of Rachel's favorite books that she loves to recommend to readers.
Rachel's Favorite Books
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This book is so unique and entertaining. A great story that is equal parts quirky and heartwarming.
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Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple. June's bookclub read. Pretty entertaining so far... I've had a hard time putting it down.
Both librarians Sam and Barbara are reading WHERE'D YOU GO BERNADETTE by Maria Semple upon the suggestion of another librarian. If three librarians are reading something, it's worth reading! Bee’s mother, Bernadette, goes missing after planning a family trip to Antarctica. Bee pours through all of her mother’s emails and documents to find out where she went, creating a satirical story about a quirky mother and her quirky family.
To her Microsoft husband and the other private-school moms in Seattle, Bernadette Fox is a holy terror; to her 15-year-old, Bee, shes her beloved mom. But when Bee demands the trip to Antarctica she was promised for delivering a slam-dunk report card, the increasingly agoraphobic Bernadette disappears. Huge in-house excitement; rights sold to nine countries.
Where'd You Go, Bernadette - Highland Park Public Library
A truly authentic teen love story set in 1980's Nebraska. This book will make you remember what it felt like to fall in love for the first time.
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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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Eleanor Park by Rainbow Rowell
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.
A great book about memory and childhood. Gaiman narrates the audiobook himself and really makes the story come to life...and especially chilling.
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The Ocean at the End of the Lane [audio] - written and performed by Neil Gaiman. Another amazing, mind-blowing fantasy tale from the master. Like Tardis, this slim volume is much bigger on the inside.
"The Ocean at the End of the Lane", by Neil Gaiman October 2014
Audio -- A man returns to the site of his childhood home where, years before, he knew a girl named Lettie Hempstock who showed him the most marvelous, dangerous, and outrageous things, but when he gets there he learns that nothing is as he remembered.
The ocean at the end of the lane [sound recording] by Neil Gaiman
It is 1987, and only one person has ever truly understood fourteen-year-old June Elbus -- her uncle, the renowned painter Finn Weiss. Shy at school and distant from her older sister, June can only be herself in Finn's company; he is her godfather, confidant, and best friend. So when he dies, far too young, of a mysterious illness her mother can barely speak about, June's world is turned upside down.
This story is so layered and full of complex, emotional characters. A beautiful book that will make an impact on you.
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Tell the Wolves I`m Home: not worth reading
Book Review: Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
The October 15 Southwest Book Club selection is Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt. The Southwest Book Club meets on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. at the Southwest Branch Library through December 2013.
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Tell The Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt: If this isn't on your "to read" list, change that NOW. This novel is part coming-of-age, part family struggle, and all good. Sometimes, I sat in wonder at how exquisitely and exactly Brunt had captured a sentiment that I knew and understood despite not having experienced what the characters did. I couldn't put this down and you won't be able to, either.
My favorite "cozy" mystery series with the most unforgettable protagonist, 11 year-old Flavia de Luce. The audiobooks are such a treat! I eagerly anticipate every new title in this series.
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The sweetness at the bottom of the pie by Alan Bradley
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Flavia de Luce Series #1)- Fantastic
My first Anna Quindlen book and I was not disappointed! A great, light story about an artist who is re-evaluating her life.
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Still Life with Bread Crumbs: A Novel by Anna Quindlen - Deeply moving and often very funny story of unexpected love, and a stunningly crafted journey into the life of a woman, her heart, her mind, her days, as she discovers that life is a story with many levels, a story that is longer and more exciting than she ever imagined.
Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen - Moving to a small country cabin, a once world-famous photographer bonds with a local man and begins to see the world around her in new, deeper dimensions while evaluating second chances at love, career, and self-understanding.
Still Life With Bread Crumbs - Rebecca Winter is a photographer whose work made her an unlikely heroine for many women. Her career is now on a downward slide, herbank balance shaky and she has fled the city for the middle of nowhere. It is there that she discovers, along with a roofer named Jim Bates, that what she sees through a camera lens is not all there is to life.Brilliantly written by New York Times bestselling author Anna Quindlen, Still Life With Bread Crumbs is a deeply moving and oft…
Still Life with Bread Crumbs - Anna Quindlen A charming book, if somewhat choppy, about a 60-year old divorcee who escapes from emotional/financial problems in NYC and retreats to rural New York. She rediscovers herself and reinvents her photography career.
"On Such a Full Sea" by Chang-rae Lee - about a teen, Fan, in a future America that seems very similar to our present country. This future has been been described as dystopian by just about every reviewing body. It's important to note there has been a marketing blitzkrieg for this book, and I'm still trying to decide if it's worth it. Very interesting social topics are raised throughout Fan's story, and the narration style is engaging,
A near-futuristic love story about a young woman who goes to extreme lengths to find the man she loves. The audio version really brings it to life. My favorite book of 2014 so far.
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On Such A Full Sea, by Chang Rae Lee: From the beloved award-winning author of "Native Speaker "and "The Surrendered," a highly provocative, deeply affecting story of one woman's legendary quest in a shocking, future America. Click to read reviews and check the catalog.
On Such a Full Sea by Chang-rae Lee - A teenage girl may unknowingly hold the key to the world's survival in this gripping novel by Chang-rae Lee, set in a disconcertingly plausible future version of America. -- From Parade Picks: 10 New Books You'll Love, 3/9/2014
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On Such a Full Sea: A Novel by Chang-rae Lee, In a class-divided future America where urban neighborhoods function as labor colonies for elite charter villages, Fan, a female fish-tank diver, embarks on what becomes a legendary quest to find the man she loves in a region overcome by anarchic forces.
Perhaps my favorite book of 2013. Beautiful writing, amazing characters, fascinating premise. A large book, but one that you will fly through.
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February's Book Club Read... Life After Life: A Novel by Kate Atkinson
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Life After Life by Kate Atkinson. A book club selection -- I'm still not sure what I think, though a Goodreads reviewer called it a literary mash-up. Early 20th century historical fiction? Maybe. Literature is more like it. And I'm still thinking about it.
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson. Fascinating, complex, and totally worth reading.
BOOK REVIEW: Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
When She Woke by Hillary Jordan- "Hannah Payne's life has been devoted to church and family until she awakens in a new body to a nightmarish new life. She finds herself lying on a table in a bare room, covered only by a paper gown, with cameras broadcasting her every move to millions for whom observing new Chromes- criminals whose skin color has been genetically altered to match the class of their crime- is a form of entertainment. Hannah is a Red for the crime of murder."
A powerful retelling of "The Scarlet Letter" in a near-future America. Fast-paced but still extremely thought provoking.
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Dystopian fiction. It's everywhere -- filling the local bookstore’s window displays, crowding the public library shelves, and invading Hollywood with an onslaught of recent novel-to-film adaptations. And as an avid reader and recommender of young a
When She Woke - a book worth reading
When she woke / by Hillary Jordan. In an America where the line between church and state is gone, Hannah Payne's life has been devoted to church and family. But after she's convicted of murdering her unborn child, she awakens in a new body to a nightmarish new life as a Chrome: a criminal whose skin color has been genetically altered to match the class of their crime. A re-imagining of the Scarlet Letter. Fic/Jordan
When She Woke is an awesome book that catches and holds your attention all the way through. Good on your own or great for book club discussion. I loved it
I'm putting this on my need to read list!
City of Thieves - During the Nazis’ brutal siege of Leningrad, Lev is arrested for looting and thrown into the same cell as a deserter named Kolya. Instead of being executed, Lev and Kolya are given a shot at saving their own lives by complying with an outrageous directive: secure a dozen eggs for a powerful Soviet colonel to use in his daughter’s wedding cake. Lev and Kolya embark on a hunt through the dire lawlessness of Leningrad and behind enemy lines to find the impossible.
A great coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of Leningrad during WWII. Appropriate for adults and teens. Also a great read-a-like for "The Book Thief".
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(2013): City of Thieves by David Benioff
The story of two unfulfilled stay-at-home parents who have an affair one summer. Perrotta exposes the dark underbelly of suburbia in his books, which are all worth checking out.
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This book has it all: adventure, romance, time travel and men in kilts. Such fun! I consider this the ultimate guilty pleasure book.
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This first book in a great literary mystery series. Atkinson brings so much emotional depth to the unsolved crimes that private detective Jackson Brodie investigates.