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    Compassionate Therapy: Working with Difficult Clients by Jeffrey A. Kottler,

    A Stolen Life: A Memoir by Jaycee Dugard,

    Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl,

    Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction by David Sheff,

    The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book) by Don Miguel Ruiz,

    Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls by Mary Pipher,

    Where The Red Fern Grows by Wilson it as a child and read it to my own children.

    Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines by Nic Sheff,

    Clara's War: One Girl's Story of Survival by Clara Kramer,

    Get Me Out of Here: My Recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder by Rachel Reiland,

    Yellow Crocus by Laila Ibrahim,

    Seraphina by Rachel Hartman, In a (medieval?) time, in a royal court, there is a musician who has to hide her true identity. Dragons are attempting to integrate into human society taking the form of humans, albeit not always successfully. Seraphina struggles with her own family secrets while trying to prevent Dragons and humans from all-out war. Interesting premise if not a little predictable. There is some romance but not an overwhelming love story. Good story, but not mind blowing.

    The Passage: A Novel by Justin Cronin, Complicated, sometimes laborious read, this vampire series is interesting. It's the anti-vampire book in a society where vampires are supposedly sexy and intriguing.

    Gone Girl: A Novel by Gillian Flynn, I was impressed by how well the author articulated the ways in which people in "love" start to tear each other down. Don't look for any justice here, though. I was angry by the lack of a satisfactory ending.

    Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0) by Cheryl Strayed, Less self-indulgent than "Eat Pray Love" but more self-pitying. Good read regardless and a good adventure. I have never heard of such generosity on the trail! Made me want to go out West.

    Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach: Just when you think being an astronaut is a dream, you read a book like this and BAM! You know you were designed for this earth, all this gravity, and flushing toilets. Bizarre and entertaining read about some of NASA's less-than- public research attempting to solve very serious problems revolving around humans in space. Hilarious.

    Outlander: A Novel by Diana Gabaldon, 1947 married women travels back 200 years in Scotland. Adventure, danger, and love ensue. I love the history! Unfortunately, I was disappointed in a certain episode of violence between the two main characters. I find it difficult to get into stories where there is abuse: there can be no further romance in my opinion. Well-loved story though, and a lot of people will disagree with my assessment.

    Continental Drift (P.S.) by Russell Banks, Read about this book in another book: I am completely flummoxed! Someone wrote that the protagonist is a “moral” man trying to do right in an amoral world…. If this guy represents the morality of contemporary Americans, than we are a sad and pathetic lot. I don’t understand the allure of this book.

    The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel by Neil Gaiman, A good story, if not a great book. Interesting plot but the supernatural people (the “good” women) are not fleshed out enough. The protagonist, a seven year old boy, is clearly the author and the story is something he probably envisioned or dreamt when he was a little kid on the farm in Sussex. Enjoyed this book but I would not consider it one of the best books of the year, as it has been hailed by some.

    The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak , is a gem. The story centers on a little girl, Liesel, and her life on Himmel Street in Germany during WWII. You become involved in her life, in the lives of her neighbors, through the perspective of Death. Death is captivated by her and tells her story but not in a way that is inane or macabre. The stories within stories really are spectacular. I was a mess by the end but this is a wonderful book. Highly recommend this book.