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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2013 ALEX Award-- "Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend. Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, secret correspondence--creating a compulsively readable novel."
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: A Novel by Maria Semple http://www.amazon.com/dp/0316256196/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_HWyPub0N2W788
The Kendall Book Club's December 2015 selection is "Where'd You Go, Bernadette" by Maria Semple. The meeting is on Saturday 12/5/15 @ 10:30 a.m.
Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom. (mich note: it's in diary format, so has to be good, right?)
'Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel' by Maria Semple ---- Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers i...
The Hobe Sound Public Library Book Club’s April selection is Where’d you go, Bernadette by Maria Semple. They will meet Tuesday, April 7th at 1pm. Bernadette Fox has a demanding life that has made her so agoraphobic, she disappears. Her daughter, Bee has claimed a family trip to Antarctica, but she needs her mother. To find her, Bee compiles email messages and secret correspondences--creating a compulsively readable novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter's role in an absurd world.
Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Marie Semple. #books #reading
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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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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.
For later. Recommended for 14+ - Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell,http://www.amazon.com/dp/1250012570/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_JxAutb10C5GT2QHD
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
*Rowell, Rainbow. Eleanor & Park. Macmillan/St. Martin’s Griffin, 2013; ISBN 13: 9781250012579; $18.99. Eleanor has bright red hair and a thrift store wardrobe. Park wears “guyliner” and reads comics. They don’t fit in anywhere except with each other.
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell,http://www.amazon.com/dp/1250012570/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_2gGetb14A2RBF3K9
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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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 / written and performed by Neil Gaiman.
The ocean at the end of the lane [sound recording] by Neil Gaiman
"The Ocean at the End of the Lane", by Neil Gaiman October 2014
The Ocean at the End of the Lane 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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Join us for the February Book Club! We are reading "Tell the Wolves I'm Home" by Carol Rifka Brunt. The book club will meet on Monday, February 24 at 6:30 pm at the the library on 2901 State St. and Tuesday, February 25 at 6:30 pm at the Johnson Road library. Register and pick up a copy of the book at either library's circulation desk!
My favorite book of 2012; Tell the Wolves I'm Home, Carol Rifka Brunt, sisters, coming of age, AIDS, first love, outsiders, artists
Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt (Winner: Alex Award for best adult book that appeals to teen audiences, 2013)
Book Review: Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt // Proverbs 2 Pursuit :: Wisdom: What 2 Read Wednesday
Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt--my favorite book this year by far and easily Top Five Ever.
The Six Mile Regional Library District's February Book Club Selection is Tell the Wolves I'm Home : a novel by Carol Rifka Brunt. Register and Pick up a copy of the book at the circulation desk! Join the discussion on Monday, February 24 at 6:30 PM at Niedringhaus School or Tuesday, February 25 at 6:30 PM at the library on Johnson Road.
(on my TO READ list) Carol Rifka Brunt - Tell the Wolves I'm Home
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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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Jane Entwhistle does a marvelous job reading the Flavia de Luce mysteries - Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie is the first in the series - imbuing the voice of 11 year-old Flavia with a childlike impishness with being cloying. This is a delightful series for a family to listen to in the car together.
Jayne Entwistle exuberantly portrays 11-year-old Flavia de Luce, the precocious daughter of an English widower in the 1950s. Audiofile magazine 6/09
The Flavia De Luce mysteries are popular already, and the narrator of the audiobooks has a great, distinctive voice that makes them even better. - review by Drumheller Public Library
Eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce is an aspiring chemist. When her father is arrested for murder she begins a search for the truth that will lead her all the way to the King of England.
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Flavia de Luce Series #1) Best 10 year old detective ever!
a fun book, with a lead character that you can't help love, and be just a little afraid of.
It’s the summer of 1950 and 12 year old Flavia de Luce is tinkering in her chemical lab inside the once great house of Buckshaw, in a sleepy English village. The lab is an inheritance from her mother and eccentric uncle. Flavia loves it, she has a gifted mind for mixing chemicals and the study of poisons. For Flavia, life begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw. “I wish I could say I was afraid, but I wasn’t. This was by far the most interesting thing that had ever happened to me.
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 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 - Anna Quindlen Really liked this book. Would be great for book club. 250 pages.
January 2014 Still Life with Bread Crumbs a superb new love story from Anna Quindlen. Read more...http://www.thereadingroom.com/books/details/still-life-with-bread-crumbs-anna-quindlen/8013627
In "Still Life with Bread Crumbs", Anna Quindlen deconstructs the typical form of a novel. Chapters toggel between Rebecca's present and the formative moments that brought her here, with each chapter titlel lending insight into the path Rebecca walks. The result is refreshing pacing;the story doesn't unfold in linear fashion but in bits and pieces at a time. Check it out here at cadl.org
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.
Still Life With Bread Crumbs - Anna Quindlen An artist escapes the city for bucolic country life and finds love with a much younger man. A lovely little story from the brilliant writer Anna Quindlen. Alice Hoffman recommended.
Still Life with Bread Crumbs: A Novel by Anna Quindlen Love this author. going on my To Read list
Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen - Between the two is a wry and knowing portrait of Rebecca Winter, a photographer whose work made her an unlikely heroine for many women. Her career is now descendent, her bank balance shaky, and she has fled the city for the middle of nowhere. There she discovers, in a tree stand with a roofer named Jim Bates, that what she sees through a camera lens is not all there is to life.
Still Life with Bread Crumbs: A Novel by Anna Quindlen - UC Book Club December
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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Designer: Helen Yentus. Lettering by Jason Booher. "On Such A Full Sea" by Chang-Rae Lee. 19 of the Best Book Covers of 2014 - Print Magazine
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.
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.
On Such a Full Sea. Click on the book cover to request this title at the Bill or Gales Ferry Libraries. 3/14
On Such a Full Sea by Chang-rae Lee. Against a vividly imagined future America, Lee tells a stunning, surprising, and riveting story that will change the way readers think about the world they live in. January 2014
ON SUCH A FULL SEA by Chang-Rae Lee (cover design by Helen Yentus, hand-lettering by Jason Booher)
Reading Science Fiction for Pleasure | NoveList | "This lyrical, haunting novel was selected for ALA RUSA's 2015 Notable Books List. Fan lives in the repressive and poverty-stricken New Chinese fish farming community that used to be Baltimore. When her boyfriend disappears, she abandons her regimented life to look for him in the harsh, anarchic world outside. Fan, the strange people she meets, and her unnamed narrator are mesmerizing characters...Lee will transport you."
On Such a Full Sea: A Novel by Chang-rae Lee: Fan, at 16, is able to hold her breath longer than anyone and responsible for cleaning the fish tanks that produce seafood for the Charters. She's in love with Reg, who works in the greenhouses. In Lee's futuristic world, cancer (C-illness) is ubiquitous--everyone develops it at some point--except Reg, who for reasons unknown, seems to be impervious. One day, he disappears, and Fan does the unthinkable--she leaves B-Mor in search of him.
I read an article about this book in the WSJ January 2014. On my to-read list.
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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"Life After Life" by Kate Atkinson. A BookPage notable title. In 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, and embarks upon a life that will be unusual. Does Ursula's infinite number of lives give her the power to save the world from its inevitable destiny?
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson -- By FAR my favorite book of 2013, and probably my fave of the past 2 or 3 years at least. I started reading it on our drive to San Antonio Friday, and didn't put it down until I finished it this morning, two days later. Always the sign of a great read!
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. On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual.
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson: What if you could live again and again, until you got it right? On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born, the third child of a wealthy English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath...
On the reading list: Life After Life: A Novel: Kate Atkinson: 9780316176484: Amazon.com: Books
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson. Books Read. I love the jumbled timeline.
Book Review: 'Life After Life' By Kate Atkinson | : NPR
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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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When She Woke by Hillary Jordan. In the future, abortion has become a crime as a series of events threatens the existence of the United States. One woman wakes up to discover that her skin color has been changed to red as punishment for having the procedure done. Now she must embark on a dangerous journey in order to find refuge from a hostile and threatening society. Fascinating and timely read.
America of a not-too-distant future: convicted felons are no longer imprisoned and rehabilitated but chromed-their skin color is genetically altered to match the class of their crimes-and then released back into the population to survive as best they can.
i'm definitely going to add this to reading list (fyi, you can click on the image to read the first few pages on amazon!). :)
When She Woke. Great book! Read it three times and would read it all over again.
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When She Woke. My favorite book from 2011
When She Woke - a book worth reading
On my reading 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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“but for my own part, if a book is well written, I always find it too short.” ― Jane Austen #Books #Reading
This WWII historical fiction set in St. Petersburg was an excellent audio listen for Cynthia. Despite the horrible circumstances of the story, she thought it was very good.
City of Thieves by David Benioff #historical #fiction #WWII
If you liked All The Light We Cannot See (WWII)
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.