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A young man in line for the throne is trapped in his father's kingdom and yearns for the outside world. Betrayed by those closest to him, Siddhartha abandons his palace and princely title. Alone and face-to-face with his demons, he becomes a wandering monk and embarks on a spiritual fast that carries him to the brink of death. Ultimately recognizing his inability to conquer his body and mind by sheer will, Siddhartha transcends his physical pain and achieves enlightenment.

A poignant novel of morals and family

Best Books of 2013--AND THE MOUNTAINS ECHOED by Khaled Hosseini--"This is an exquisite novel, a must–read for anyone with an interest in what it means to be alive, anywhere and everywhere." —USA Today

The story of Jeannette Walls's grandmother, Lily Casey Smith. Fascinating - and just like The Glass Castle, you can't put it down.

The story is primarily set in the Salinas Valley, California, between the beginning of the twentieth century and the end of World War I, though some chapters are set in Connecticut and Massachusetts, and the story goes as far back as the American Civil War. Based on the book of Genesis, this novel is lyrical and poetic - A window into the human condition.

At the age of 72, Mary Delany picked up a pair of scissors and created a whole new art form -- and a whole new life for herself.

The Giver by Lois Lowry {Lauren Conrad's Summer Reading List}

  • Amina B.❄️⚽️

    read it this year in class horrible

  • Laura Padilla

    I just read this with my 8th grade book club we loved it a must read;)

  • diane eldridge

    Great read...until the end. The ending sucked, in my opinion.

  • Olivia Louie

    Read... Is amazing book. Watched premiere movie. Great movie.

  • heidi Cloutier

    My 19 year old and I read this and had some amazing conversations about how our experiences shape our perspective of the world and the harm we can do when we try to shelter others to the bad things in the world. Although the age recommendation was 10 and up in hindsight I would suggest 13+

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