Book List - "Make me think" Books

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"Make me think" Books These are books that leave you thinking about them after you finish reading them. Please add your favorites to this list and vote for the ones that you like. Comments are welcomed!
List created by ANNA S. (SanJoseCa) on Jul 6, 2010
List Votes: 81 Books: 394 Contributors: 65 Watchers: 241 List Type: Open
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ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Set in the small Southern town of Maycomb, Alabama, during the Depression, To Kill a Mockingbird follows three years in the life of 8-year-old Scout Finch, her brother, Jem, and their father, Atticus -- three years punctuated by the arrest and eventual trial of a young black man accused of...  more

Book Votes: 108
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ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
The Giver (Giver, Bk 1) by Lois Lowry
Jonas's world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear of pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community. When Jonas turns 12 he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true...  more

Book Votes: 100
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Sherry G. (Shervivor) - ,
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Be prepared to meet three unforgettable women: Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace...  more

Book Votes: 99
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Gail P. (TinkerPirate) - ,
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
This powerful first novel tells a story of fierce cruelty and fierce yet redeeming love. Both transform the life of Amir, the privileged young narrator, who comes of age during the last peaceful days of the monarchy, just before his country's revolution and its invasion by Russian forces....  more

Book Votes: 94
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ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
In the world of the near future, who will control women's bodies? Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to...  more

Book Votes: 88
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Gail P. (TinkerPirate) - ,
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Set in South Carolina in 1964, "The Secret Life of Bees" tells the story of Lily Owens, whose life has been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed. When Lily's fierce-hearted "stand-in mother," Rosaleen, insults three of the town's...  more

Book Votes: 83
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Kelly R. C. (kellyrenee1979)
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
Jeannette Walls's father always called her "Mountain Goat" and there's perhaps no more apt nickname for a girl who navigated a sheer and towering cliff of childhood both daily and stoically. In The Glass Castle, Walls chronicles her upbringing at the hands of eccentric, nomadic...  more

Book Votes: 74
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ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
Animal Farm by George Orwell
A farm is taken over by its overworked, mistreated animals. With flaming idealism and stirring slogans, they set out to create a paradise of progress, justice and equality. Thus the stage is set for one of the most telling satiric fables ever penned--a razor-edged fairy tale for grown-ups that...  more

Book Votes: 70
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Jane (mahbaar)
Night by Elie Wiesel & Marion Wiesel (Translator)
"Night" is Elie Wiesel's masterpiece, a candid, horrific, and deeply poignant autobiographical account of his survival as a teenager in the Nazi death camps. This new translation by Marion Wiesel, Elie's wife and frequent translator, presents this seminal memoir in the language and spirit truest...  more

Book Votes: 69
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ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
When we first meet Susie Salmon, she is already in heaven. As she looks down from this strange new place, she tells us, in the fresh and spirited voice of a fourteen-year-old girl, a tale that is both haunting and full of hope. In the weeks following her death, Susie watches life on Earth...  more

Book Votes: 64
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ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
1939, Nazi Germany - The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier. Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with a foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her story and the story of the inhabitants of...  more

Book Votes: 63
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Elizabeth W. (pandagirl)
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank & B.M. Mooyaart-Doubleday (Tr...
Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last year of her life, Anne Frank's remarkable diary has since become a world classic -- a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit. In 1942, with Nazis occupying Holland, a thirteen-year-old...  more

Book Votes: 63
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Pam C. (PamC)
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
"Intense Emotional Impact...Indelibly Affecting...A Lavishly Gifted Writer" -- The New York Times Book Review Life wasn't easy for Celie. But she knew how to survive, needing little to get by. Then her husband's lover, a flamboyant blues singer, barreled into her world and gave Celie the...  more

Book Votes: 59
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ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the color yellow. This improbable story of Christopher's...  more

Book Votes: 59
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ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Pi Patel, a God-loving boy and the son of a zookeeper, had a fervent love of stories and practices not only within his native Hinduism, but also Christianity and Islam. When Pi is sixteen, his family and their zoo animals emigrate from India to North America aboard a Japanese cargo ship. Alas,...  more

Book Votes: 57
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ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
My Sisters Keeper by Jodi Picoult
"A major decision about me is being made, and no one's bothered to ask the one person who most deserves it to speak her opinion." The only reason Anna was born was to donate her cord blood cells to her older sister. And though Anna is not sick, she might as well be. By age thirteen, she has...  more

Book Votes: 54
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Janis B.
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce, evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them everything they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it -- from garden...  more

Book Votes: 51
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ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
The Shack by William P. Young
Mackenzie Allen Philips' youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious...  more

Book Votes: 50
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Jane (mahbaar)
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
Lily is haunted by memories?of who she once was, and of a person, long gone, who defined her existence. She has nothing but time now, as she recounts the tale of Snow Flower, and asks the gods for forgiveness. In nineteenth-century China, when wives and daughters were foot-bound and lived in...  more

Book Votes: 50
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ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
When F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote THE GREAT GATSBY in the early 1920s, the American Dream was already on the skids. Originally based on the idea that the pursuit of happiness involves not only material success but moral and spiritual growth, the dream had by Fitzgerald's time become increasingly...  more

Book Votes: 48
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Kelly R. C. (kellyrenee1979)
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them-in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul-they come to form a bond...  more

Book Votes: 47
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Janis B.
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
When Jacob Jankowski, recently orphaned and suddenly adrift, jumps onto a passing train, he enters a world of freaks, grifters, and misfits, a second-rate circus struggling to survive during the Great Depression, making one-night stands in town after endless town. A veterinary student who almost...  more

Book Votes: 47
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Jeanne G. (IlliniAlum83) - ,
A Child Called 'It': One Child's Courage to Survive by Dave Pelzer
This book chronicles the unforgettable account of one of the most severe child abuse cases in California history. It is the story of Dave Pelzer, who was brutally beaten and starved by his emotionally unstable, alcoholic mother: a mother who played tortuous, unpredictable games--games that left...  more

Book Votes: 42
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Brie S. (espagnolisme)
She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb
A best-seller and New York Times Notable Book of the Year, Shes Come Undone whisks you on a wild journey through life with an unforgettable heroine, both heartbreaking and comical. In award-winning author Wally Lambs remarkable coming-of-age odyssey, a lonely girl satisfies her cravings for love...  more

Book Votes: 40
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Gail P. (TinkerPirate) - ,
The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards
On a winter night in 1964, Dr. David Henry is forced by a blizzard to deliver his own twins. His son, born first, is perfectly healthy. Yet when his daughter is born, he sees immediately that she has Down's Syndrome. Rationalizing it as a need to protect Norah, his wife, he makes a...  more

Book Votes: 40
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ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
Published in 1957, Atlas Shrugged was Ayn Rand's greatest achievement and last work of fiction. In this novel she dramatizes her unique philosophy through an intellectual mystery story that integrates ethics, metaphysics, epistemology, politics, economics, and sex. Set in a near-future...  more

Book Votes: 39
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ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
When The Grapes of Wrath first appeared in 1939, it electrified an America still recovering from the Great Depression.  Driven from their Oklahoma farm by the encroachment of large agricultural interests, the Joad family sets out, like generations before them, to the promised land of...  more

Book Votes: 38
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ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
The Reader by Bernhard Schlink & Carol Brown Janeway (Translator)
When he falls ill on his way home from school, fifteen-year-old Michael Berg is rescued by Hanna, a woman twice his age. In time she becomes his lover -- then she inexplicably disappears. When Michael next sees her, he is a young law student, and she is on trial for a hideous crime. As he...  more

Book Votes: 37
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ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively, and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver....  more

Book Votes: 37
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ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
Pearl S. Buck's epic Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of a China that was -- now in a Contemporary Classics edition. Though more than sixty years have passed since this remarkable novel won the Pulitzer Prize, it has retained its popularity and become one of the great modern classics. "I...  more

Book Votes: 36
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Elaine F.
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse & Hilda Rosner (Translator)
This classic novel of self-discovery has inspired generations of seekers. With parallels to the enlightenment of the Buddha, Hesse's SIDDHARTHA is the story of a young Brahmn's quest for the ultimate reality. His quest takes him from the extremes of indulgent sensuality to the rigors of...  more

Book Votes: 35
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ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
One of the first questions people ask about The Things They Carried is this: Is it a novel, or a collection of short stories? The title page refers to the book simply as "a work of fiction," defying the conscientious reader's need to categorize this masterpiece. It is both: a collection of...  more

Book Votes: 33
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Connie A. (jazzysmom) - ,
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
Shots rang out in Savannah's grandest mansion in the misty, early morning hours of May 2, 1981. Was it murder or self-defense? For nearly a decade, the shooting and its aftermath reverberated throughout this hauntingly beautiful city of moss-hung oaks and shaded squares. John Berendt's...  more

Book Votes: 33
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Ronnie G. (frenchgiant)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
In this classic novel of the 1960's, Ken Kesey's hero is Randle Patrick McMurphy, a boisterous, brawling, fun-loving rebel who swaggers into the world of a mental hospital and takes over. A lusty, life-affirming fighter, McMurphy rallies the other patients around him by challenging the...  more

Book Votes: 33
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ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
Their Eyes Were Watching God (P.S.) by Zora Neale Hurston
Their Eyes Were Watching God, an American classic, is a luminous and haunting novel about Janie Crawford, a Southern black woman in the 1930s whose journey from a free-spirited girl to a woman of independence and substance has inspired writers and readers for close to seventy years.This poetic,...  more

Book Votes: 32
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Ronnie G. (frenchgiant)
The Bell Jar (Modern Classics) by Sylvia Plath
The Bell Jar chronicles the crack-up of Esther Greenwood: brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under--maybe for the last time. Sylvia Plath masterfully draws the reader into Esther's breakdown with such intensity that Esther's insanity becomes completely...  more

Book Votes: 32
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ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
In Anthony Burgess's nightmare vision of the future, where criminals take over after dark, the story is told by the central character, Alex, who talks in a brutal invented slang that brilliantly renders his and his friends' social pathology. A Clockwork Orange is a frightening...  more

Book Votes: 31
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ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
Clear-eyed and spirited, Taylor Greer grew up poor in rural Kentucky with the goals of avoiding pregnancy and getting away. But when she heads west with high hopes and a barely functional car, she meets the human condition head-on. By the time Taylor arrives in Tucson, Arizona, she has acquired...  more

Book Votes: 30
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ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Catch-22 is like no other novel. It is one of the funniest books ever written, a keystone work in American literature, and even added a new term to the dictionary. At the heart of Catch-22 resides the incomparable, malingering bombardier, Yossarian, a hero endlessly inventive in his schemes...  more

Book Votes: 29
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ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
Watership Down by Richard Adams
The setting is the rolling hills and meadows of England. The time is now -- or tomorrow -- or always. WATERSHIP DOWN is a saga of the maverick band who set out, against all odds, on a quest for a new home, a better society. The heroes of this tale are animals -- wild rabbits. Their behavior is...  more

Book Votes: 29
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ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin
In the Deep South of the 1950s, journalist John Howard Griffin decided to cross the color line. Using medication that darkened his skin to deep brown, he exchanged his privileged life as a Southern white man for the disenfranchised world of an unemployed black man. His audacious, still...  more

Book Votes: 29
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Janis B.
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed Amer...
The 1893 Chicago World's Fair is the setting for this true account of two very different men: the celebrated architect Daniel H. Burnham who designed and supervised the construction of the "White City" around which the fair was built, and H.H. Holmes (born Herman Webster Mudgett), a fiendishly...  more

Book Votes: 29
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Jeff V. (vincent)
His Dark Materials Trilogy (The Golden Compass; The Subtle Knife; The Amber Spyglass)...
Now, for the first time, the HIS DARK MATERIALS Trilogy is available in a trade paperback edition. All three books in the His Dark Materials trilogy-- THE GOLDEN COMPASS, THE SUBTLE KNIFE, and THE AMBER SPYGLASS--are available in a new complete boxed set featuring the trade paperbacks. New...  more

Book Votes: 27
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ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream by Paulo Coelho & Alan R. Clark...
An Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest. No...  more

Book Votes: 27
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Janis B.
Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks
When an infected bolt of cloth carries plague from London to an isolated village, a housemaid named Anna Frith emerges as an unlikely heroine and healer. Through Anna's eyes we follow the story of the fateful year of 1666, as she and her fellow villagers confront the spread of disease and...  more

Book Votes: 27
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Terri E. (stocktonmalonefan) -
The Last Lecture by Jeffrey Zaslow & Randy Pausch
A lot of professors give talks titled "The Last Lecture." Professors are asked to consider their demise and to ruminate on what matters most to them. And while they speak, audiences can't help but mull the same question: What wisdom would we impart to the world if we knew it was our last chance?...  more

Book Votes: 26
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Jeff V. (vincent)
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
The narrator of Kazuo Ishiguro's sixth novel is a woman named Kathy H., a graduate of an experimental English boarding school called Hailsham who, many years later, becomes curious about the true nature of the place. Along with Tommy, one of her two best friends from those days, Kathy does some...  more

Book Votes: 25
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Kelly R. C. (kellyrenee1979)
The Millennium Trilogy: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fir...
Stieg Larsson?s Millennium Trilogy is now available in a complete hardcover set.All across America, readers are talking about Stieg Larsson?s best-selling novels, set in Sweden and featuring Lisbeth Salander??one of the most original and memorable heroines to surface in a recent thriller? (The...  more

Book Votes: 25
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Patty P. (Patouie) - ,
Sophie's Choice by William Styron
Three stories are told: a young Southerner wants to become a writer; a turbulent love-hate affair between a brilliant Jew and a beautiful Polish woman; and of an awful wound in that woman's past--one that impels both Sophie and Nathan toward destruction.

Book Votes: 25
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DARYL D. (bookworm-51)
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Kurt Vonnegut's absurdist classic Slaughterhouse-Five introduces us to Billy Pilgrim, a man who becomes 'unstuck in time' after he is abducted by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore. In a plot-scrambling display of virtuosity, we follow Pilgrim simultaneously through all phases of...  more

Book Votes: 25
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ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
A sweeping, emotionally riveting first novel - an enthralling family saga of Africa and America, doctors and patients, exile and home. Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis...  more

Book Votes: 24
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Patty P. (Patouie) - ,
The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy
Pat Conroy has created a huge, brash thunderstorm of a novel, stinging with honesty and resounding with drama. Spanning forty years, this is the story of turbulent Tom Wingo, his gifted and troubled twin sister, Savannah, and the dark and violent past of the extraordinary family to which...  more

Book Votes: 24
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Janis B.
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
At once brutal and tender, despairing and rashly hopeful, spare of language and profoundly moving, this work is a fierce and haunting meditation on the tenuous divide between civilization and savagery, and the essential, sometimes terrifying power of filial love.

Book Votes: 24
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DARYL D. (bookworm-51)
Outlander (Outlander, Bk 1) by Diana Gabaldon
Unrivaled storytelling... unforgettable characters... rich historical detail... these are the hallmarks of Diana Gabaldon's work. Her New York Times bestselling Outlander novels have earned the praise of critics and captured millions of readers. Here is the story that started it all,...  more

Book Votes: 24
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ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
Pay It Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde
Pay It Forward is a wondrous and moving novel about Trevor McKinney, a twelve-year-old boy in a small California town who accepts the challenge that his teacher gives his class, a chance to earn extra credit by coming up with a plan to change the world for the better -- and to put that plan into...  more

Book Votes: 23
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DARYL D. (bookworm-51)
The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
Upton Sinclair?s muckraking masterpiece The Jungle centers on Jurgis Rudkus, a Lithuanian immigrant working in Chicago?s infamous Packingtown. Instead of finding the American Dream, Rudkus and his family inhabit a brutal, soul-crushing urban jungle dominated by greedy bosses, pitiless con-men,...  more

Book Votes: 23
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ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
Somewhere in South America, at the home of the country's vice president, a lavish birthday party is being held in honor of Mr. Hosokawa, a powerful Japanese businessman. Roxanne Coss, opera's most revered soprano, has mesmerized the international guests with her singing. It is a perfect...  more

Book Votes: 22
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DARYL D. (bookworm-51)
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
A story of Howard Roark, an intransigent young architect whose genius and integrity will not be compromised. His ideas work against conventional standard result. He's also in an explosive love affair with a beautiful woman who struggles to defeat him.

Book Votes: 22
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Amelia (eleven) - ,
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
An alluring tour de force: a brilliant debut novel told with seamless authenticity and exquisite lyricism as the true confessions of one of Japan's most celebrated geisha.?? Speaking to us with the wisdom of age and in a voice at once haunting and startlingly immediate, Nitta Sayuri tells the...  more

Book Votes: 22
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Kelly R. C. (kellyrenee1979)
Still Alice by Lisa Genova
Alice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At fifty years old, she's a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a world-renowned expert in linguistics with a successful husband and three grown children. When she becomes increasingly disoriented and forgetful, a...  more

Book Votes: 21
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ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde's story of a fashionable young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty is one of his most popular works. Written in Wilde's characteristically dazzling manner, full of stinging epigrams and shrewd observations, the tale of Dorian Gray's moral disintegration caused...  more

Book Votes: 19
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ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
Released from prison, Shadow finds his world turned upside down. His wife has been killed; a mysterious stranger offers him a job. But Mr. Wednesday, who knows more about Shadow than is possible, warns that a storm is coming -- a battle for the very soul of America . . . and they are in its...  more

Book Votes: 19
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ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd by Jim Fergus
In 1874 the great Cheyenne chief, Little Wolf, had an idea to help his people assimilate into the new white culture. He asked President Ulysses S. Grant for "the gift of 1000 white women as wives." Since all children born in the Cheyenne culture become members of their mother's...  more

Book Votes: 19
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JaNeil K. (KaneJ) - ,
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
Berlin 1942 When Bruno returns home from school one day, he discovers that his belongings are being packed in crates. His father has received a promotion and the family must move from their home to a new house far far away, where there is no one to play with and nothing to do. A tall fence...  more

Book Votes: 19
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ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
"As far as I was concerned, the French could be cold or even openly hostile. They could burn my flag or pelt me with stones, but if there were taxidermied kittens to be had then I would go and bring them back to this, the greatest country on earth." David Sedaris's new collection, Me Talk...  more

Book Votes: 18
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ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum
For fifty years, Anna Schlemmer has refused to talk about her life in Germany during World War II. Her daughter, Trudy, was only three when she and her mother were liberated by an American soldier and went to live with him in Minnesota. Trudy's sole evidence of the past is an old photograph:...  more

Book Votes: 18
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Jeanne G. (IlliniAlum83) - ,
The Hot Zone : A Terrifying True Story by Richard Preston
A highly infectious, deadly virus from the central African rain forest suddenly appears in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. There is no cure. In a few days 90 percent of its victims are dead. A secret military SWAT team of soldiers and scientists is mobilized to stop the outbreak of this exotic...  more

Book Votes: 18
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Janessa M. - ,
1984 by George Orwell
1984 has come and gone, but George Orwell's prophetic, nightmarish vision in 1949 of the world we were becoming is timelier than ever. 1984 is still the great modern classic of "Negative Utopia"--a startlingly original and haunting novel that creates an imaginary world that is...  more

Book Votes: 18
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ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
In the opening pages of Jamie Ford's stunning debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Henry Lee comes upon a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle's Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has made an incredible discovery:...  more

Book Votes: 17
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Connie A. (jazzysmom) - ,
Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
In Alias Grace, bestselling author Margaret Atwood has written her most captivating, disturbing, and ultimately satisfying work since The Handmaid's Tale. She takes us back in time and into the life of one of the most enigmatic and notorious women of the nineteenth century. Grace Marks has...  more

Book Votes: 17
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Ralph W.
Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
One of the most acclaimed novels in recent memory, Charles Frazier's Cold Mountain is a masterpiece that is at once an enthralling adventure, a stirring love story, and a luminous evocation of a vanished American in all its savagery, solitude, and splendor. Sorely wounded and...  more

Book Votes: 17
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ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver & Camille K...
Bestselling author Barbara Kingsolver describes her family's adventure as they move to a farm in southern Appalachia and realign their lives with the local food chain. When Kingsolver and her family move from suburban Arizona to rural Appalachia, they take on a new challenge: to spend a...  more

Book Votes: 16
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Jeanne G. (IlliniAlum83) - ,
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
With the publication of this book, Capote permanently ripped through the barrier separating crime reportage from serious literature. As he reconstructs the 1959 murder of a Kansas farm family and the investigation that led to the capture, trial, and execution of the killers, Capote generates...  more

Book Votes: 16
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Mar
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Set in an unnamed Caribbean seaport, Garcia Marquez's extraordinary Love in the Time of Cholera (1988) relates one of literature's most remarkable stories of unrequited love. Florentino Ariza has never forgotten his first love. He has waited nearly a lifetime in silence, since his...  more

Book Votes: 16
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Cheryl (pagebypage) - ,
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
The author of The Virgin Suicides won a Pulitzer Prize for this long-awaited second novel. In it, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a Grosse Pointe girls' school in 1974, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry blond classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively...  more

Book Votes: 16
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Mar
Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
In the novel, Siddhartha, a young man, leaves his family for a contemplative life, then, restless, discards it for one of the flesh. He conceives a son, but bored and sickened by lust and greed, moves on again. Near despair, Sidddhartha comes to a river where he hears a unique sound. This sound...  more

Book Votes: 16
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Rebecca G.
House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III
"Elegant and powerful...an unusual and volatile...literary thriller." --Washington Post Book WorldIn this riveting novel of almost unbearable suspense, three fragile yet determined people become dangerously entangled in a relentlessly escalating crisis. Colonel Behrani, once a wealthy man in...  more

Book Votes: 16
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ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf
Essay by Virginia Woolf, published in 1929. The work was based on two lectures given by the author in 1928 at Newnham College and Girton College, Cambridge. Woolf addressed the status of women, and women artists in particular, in this famous essay which asserts that a woman must have money and a...  more

Book Votes: 15
79

ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore
The birth of Jesus has been well chronicled, as have his glorious teachings, acts, and divine sacrifice after his thirtieth birthday. But no one knows about the early life of the Son of God, the missing years -- except Biff, the Messiah's best bud, who has been resurrected to tell the story in...  more

Book Votes: 15
80

ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende & Magda Bogin (Translator)
Here, in an astonishing debut by a gifted storyteller, is the magnificent saga of proud and passionate men and women and the turbulent times through which they suffer and triumph. They are the Truebas. And theirs is a world you will not want to leave, and one you will not forget. Esteban --...  more

Book Votes: 15
81

ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Clay Jenkins returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers 13 cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker—his classmate and crush—who committed suicide two weeks earlier. On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen...  more

Book Votes: 15
82

Kelly R. C. (kellyrenee1979)
Shanghai Girls by Lisa See
In 1937, Shanghai is the Paris of Asia, a city of great wealth and glamour, the home of millionaires and beggars, gangsters and gamblers, patriots and revolutionaries, artists and warlords. Thanks to the financial security and material comforts provided by their father's prosperous rickshaw...  more

Book Votes: 14
83

ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
Ordinary People by Judith Guest
The Jarrets are a typical American family. Calvin is a determined, successful provider and Beth an organized, efficient wife. They had two sons, Conrad and Buck, but now they have one. In this memorable, moving novel, Judith Guest takes the reader into their lives to share their...  more

Book Votes: 14
84

Ronnie G. (frenchgiant)
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon & Lucia Graves (Translator)
Barcelona, 1945 -- just after the war, a great world city lies in shadow, nursing its wounds, and a boy named Daniel awakes on his eleventh birthday to find that he can no longer remember his mother's face. To console his only child, Daniel's widowed father, an antiquarian book dealer,...  more

Book Votes: 14
85

ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
Cry, The Beloved Country by Alan Paton
Cry, the Beloved Country is a beautifully told and profoundly compassionate story of the Zulu pastor Stephen Kumalo and his son Absalom, set in the troubled and changing South Africa of the 1940s. The book is written with such keen empathy and understanding that to read it is to share fully in...  more

Book Votes: 14
86

ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hille...
On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood.  Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.  It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane’s bombardier, who was...  more

Book Votes: 14
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Theresa W. (theresa2002) - ,
Flowers For Algernon by Daniel Keyes
FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON made its first appearance as a short story which was rapidly and widely anthologized, and translated internationally. It received further acclaim as a memorable television drama, and as a motion picture production. Now, full-bodies and richly-peopled, FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON...  more

Book Votes: 14
88

ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
When a white servant girl violates the order of plantation society, she unleashes a tragedy that exposes the worst and best in the people she has come to call her family. Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is...  more

Book Votes: 13
89

ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar
The Space Between Us, Thrity Umrigar's poignant novel about a wealthy woman and her downtrodden servant, offers a revealing look at class and gender roles in modern day Bombay. Alternatively told through the eyes of Sera, a Parsi widow whose pregnant daughter and son-in-law share her elegant...  more

Book Votes: 13
90

ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
Gathering Blue (Giver, Bk 2) by Lois Lowry
Kira, an orphan with a twisted leg, lives in a world where the weak are cast aside. She fears for her future until she is spared by the all-powerful Council of Guardians. Kira is a gifted weaver and is given a task that no other community member can do. While her talent keeps her alive and...  more

Book Votes: 13
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Patty P. (Patouie) - ,
Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi
Stones from the River is a daring, dramatic and complex novel of life in Germany. It is set in Burgdorf, a small fictional German town, between 1915 and 1951. The protagonist is Trudi Montag, a Zwerg -- the German word for dwarf woman. As a dwarf she is set apart, the outsider whose physical...  more

Book Votes: 13
92

DARYL D. (bookworm-51)
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco & William Weaver (Translator)
There's a murderer loose in the Abbey. Enter the labyrinth. Unravel the mystery. You will never look at death... or life in quite to same way again. Franciscans in a wealthy Italian abbey are suspected of heresy, and an English Brother, William of Baskerville, is sent to investigate. His...  more

Book Votes: 13
93

ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
Cane River by Lalita Tademy
Lalita Tademy was a corporate vice president at a Fortune 500 company when she decided to give notice and embark upon an odyssey to uncover her family's past. Through her exhaustive research, she would find herself transported back to the early 1800s, to an isolated, close-knit rural community...  more

Book Votes: 13
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Cassie S. (cassie86) - ,
Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult
When Charlotte and Sean O'Keefe's daughter, Willow, is born with severe osteogenesis imperfecta, they are devastated -- she will suffer hundreds of broken bones as she grows, a lifetime of pain. As the family struggles to make ends meet to cover Willow's medical expenses, Charlotte thinks she...  more

Book Votes: 13
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Janessa M. - ,
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
In TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE, sportswriter and best-selling author Mitch Albom chronicles his weekly conversations with his former college professor and mentor, Morrie Schwartz, in the months before the Brandeis University sociologist succumbed to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's...  more

Book Votes: 13
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Amelia (eleven) - ,
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Hailed by Henry James as "the finest piece  of imaginative writing yet put forth in the  country," Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet  Letter reaches to our nation's  historical and moral roots for the material of great  tragedy. Set in an early...  more

Book Votes: 13
97

catsandroses
Room by Emma Donoghue
To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits. Room is home to...  more

Book Votes: 13
98

ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
Same Kind of Different As Me: A Modern-Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and th...
A dangerous, homeless drifter who grew up picking cotton in virtual slavery.An upscale art dealer accustomed to the world of Armani and Chanel. A gutsy woman with a stubborn dream. A story so incredible no novelist would dare dream it. It begins outside a burning plantation hut in Louisiana...  more

Book Votes: 12
99

Sarah S.
Little Bee (aka The Other Hand) by Chris Cleave
Worlds collide when Little Bee, a Nigerian girl orphaned by violence, meets Sarah, a dissatisfied British professional away on holiday.  The story is extremely funny, but the African beach scene is horrific. The story starts there, but the book doesn't. And it's what happens...  more

Book Votes: 12
100

Shannon R. (alien12) - ,
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
Critically acclaimed when it was first published, Tuck Everlasting has become a much-loved, well-studied modern-day classic. This anniversary edition features an in-depth interview conducted by Betsy Hearne in which Natalie Babbitt takes a look at Tuck Everlasting twenty-five years later.

Book Votes: 12
101

Janessa M. - ,
The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery & Richard Howard (Translator)
An aviator whose plane is forced down in the Sahara Desert encounters a little prince from a small planet who relates his adventures in seeking the secret of what is important in life.  

Book Votes: 12
102

Amelia (eleven) - ,
Schindler's List by Thomas Keneally
Schindler's List is a remarkable work of fiction based on the true story of German industrialist and war profiteer, Oskar Schindler, who, confronted with the horror of the extermination camps, gambled his life and fortune to rescue 1,300 Jews from the gas chambers.  Working with the...  more

Book Votes: 12
103

Amelia (eleven) - ,
The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis
In this humorous and perceptive exchange between two devils, C. S. Lewis delves into moral questions about good vs. evil, temptation, repentance, and grace. Through this wonderful tale, the reader emerges with a better understanding of what it means to live a faithful life.

Book Votes: 12
104

ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
Moloka'i by Alan Brennert
This richly imagined novel, set in Hawaii more than a century ago, is an extraordinary epic of a little-known time and place---and a deeply moving testament to the resiliency of the human spirit. Rachel Kalama, a spirited seven-year-old Hawaiian girl, dreams of visiting far-off lands like her...  more

Book Votes: 11
105

Paula L. (charlatan)
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery & Alison Anderson (Translator)
We are in the center of Paris, in an elegant apartment building inhabited by bourgeois families. Rena', the concierge, is witness to the lavish but vacuous lives of her numerous employers. Outwardly she conforms to every stereotype of the concierge: fat, cantankerous, addicted to television....  more

Book Votes: 11
106

Cheryl (pagebypage) - ,
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig
The extraordinary story of a man's quest for truth. It will change the way you think and feel about your life. "The real cycle you're working on is a cycle called 'yourself.'"

Book Votes: 11
107

ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb
When high school teacher Caelum Quirk and his wife, Maureen, a school nurse, move to Littleton, Colorado, they both get jobs at Columbine High School. In April 1999, while Caelum is away, Maureen finds herself in the library at Columbine, cowering in a cabinet and expecting to be killed....  more

Book Votes: 10
108

ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
Life As We Knew It (Last Survivors, Bk 1) by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Miranda'’s disbelief turns to fear in a split second when an asteroid knocks the moon closer to the earth. How should her family prepare for the future when worldwide tsunamis wipe out the coasts, earthquakes rock the continents, and volcanic ash blocks out the sun? As summer...  more

Book Votes: 10
109

ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
The gripping international bestseller about motherhood gone awry Eva never really wanted to be a mother-and certainly not the mother of the unlovable boy who murdered seven of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker, and a much-adored teacher who tried to befriend him, all two...  more

Book Votes: 10
110

ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
The Kindness of Strangers by Katrina Kittle
A young widow raising two boys, Sarah Laden is struggling to keep her family together. But when a shocking revelation rips apart the family of her closest friend, Sarah finds herself welcoming yet another troubled young boy into her already tumultuous life. Jordan, a quiet, reclusive...  more

Book Votes: 10
111

ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
Love Walked In by Marisa de los Santos
When Martin Grace enters the hip Philadelphia coffee shop Cornelia Brown manages, her life changes forever. But little does she know that her newfound love is only the harbinger of greater changes to come. Meanwhile, across town, Clare Hobbs—eleven years old and abandoned by her erratic...  more

Book Votes: 10
112

ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood
Cat's Eye is the story of Elaine Risley, a controversial painter who returns to Toronto, the city of her youth, for a retrospective of her art. Engulfed by vivid images of the past, she reminisces about a trio of girls who initiated her into the fierce politics of childhood and its secret world...  more

Book Votes: 10
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lyndon -
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
The Metamorphosis is a short story written by author Franz Kafka. Originally published in 1915, The Metamorphosis is considered to be the most famous of Kafka's works. It is the story of a traveling salesman, named Gregor Samsa, who while trying to find himself transforms into a monstrous...  more

Book Votes: 10
114

Ralph W.
The Road Less Traveled : A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual G...
Hailed by the Washington Post as "a spontaneous act of generosity," The Road Less Traveled has already given more than two million grateful readers an inspirational framework for achieving profound personal growth and satisfaction. Now Dr. Peck, a practicing psychiatrist, reads from his...  more

Book Votes: 10
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ayame92 -
Brave New World (P.S.) by Aldous Huxley
Aldous Huxley's tour de force, Brave New World is a darkly satiric vision of a "utopian" future—where humans are genetically bred and pharmaceutically anesthetized to passively serve a ruling order. A powerful work of speculative fiction that has enthralled and terrified readers for...  more

Book Votes: 10
116

ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe
Tom Wolfe’s modern American satire tells the story of Sherman McCoy, a Wall Street “Master of the Universe” who has it all — a Park Avenue apartment, a job that brings wealth, power and prestige, a beautiful wife, an even more beautiful mistress. Suddenly, one wrong turn...  more

Book Votes: 9
117

ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
Southern India 1969. Here, armed only with the invincible innocence of children, Rahel and Esthappen fashion a childhood for themselves in the shade of the wreck that is their family: their lonely, lovely mother, who loves by night the same man her children adore by day...their blind...  more

Book Votes: 9
118

Alexandra J. (knihomolsashka)
The Miracle Worker by William Gibson
NO ONE COULD REACH HER Twelve-year-old Helen Keller lived in a prison of silence and darkness. Born deaf, blind, and mute, with no way to express herself or comprehend those around her, she flew into primal rages against anyone who tried to help her, fighting tooth and nail with a strength born...  more

Book Votes: 9
119

John S. (bullroarertook)
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
In his journal, John Steinbeck called 'East of Eden' "the first book," and indeed it has the primordial power and simplicity of myth. Set in the rich farmland of California's Salinas Valley, this sprawling and often brutal novel follows the intertwined destinies of two families - the Trasks and...  more

Book Votes: 9
120

Amelia (eleven) - ,
The Green Mile by Stephen King
Read this history-making serial novel -- from cliffhanger to cliffhanger -- in its entirety. When it first appeared, one volume per month, Stephen King's The Green Mile was an unprecedented publishing triumph: all six volumes ended up on the New York Times bestseller list -- simultaneously --...  more

Book Votes: 9
121

ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
A young woman in love with a man torn between his love for her and his incorrigible womanizing; one of his mistresses and her humbly faithful lover--these are the two couples whose story is told in this masterful novel. In a world in which lives are shaped by irrevocable choices and by...  more

Book Votes: 8
122

ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
The Sparrow (Sparrow, Bk 1) by Mary Doria Russell
In 2019, humanity finally finds proof of extraterrestrial life when a listening post in Puerto Rico picks up exquisite singing from a planet which will come to be known as Rakhat. While United Nations diplomats endlessly debate a possible first contact mission, the Society of Jesus quietly...  more

Book Votes: 8
123

Paula L. (charlatan)
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
This is the long-awaited first novel from one of the most original and memorable writers working today. Things have never been easy for Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight, lovesick Dominican ghetto nerd. From his home in New Jersey, where he lives with his old-world mother and...  more

Book Votes: 8
124

Patty P. (Patouie) - ,
Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific by Raft by Thor Heyerdahl & F. H. Lyon (Translator)
Kon-Tiki is the record of an astonishing adventure -- a journey of 4,300 nautical miles across the Pacific Ocean by raft. Intrigued by Polynesian folklore, biologist Thor Heyerdahl suspected that the South Sea Islands had been settled by an ancient race from thousands of miles to the east,...  more

Book Votes: 8
125

ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
The Patron Saint of Liars by Ann Patchett
A first novel set in St. Elizabeth's, a Kentucky home for unwed mothers run by nuns. Rose Clinton turns up there, pregnant but by no means unwed, and fleeing from her life by means of a series of lies. She learns to cook from elderly Sister Evangeline, and ends up marrying Son, the handyman, who...  more

Book Votes: 8
126

DARYL D. (bookworm-51)
The Agony and the Ecstasy : A Biographical Novel of Michelangelo by Irving Stone
Celebrating the 500th anniversary of Michelangelo's David, New American Library releases a special edition of Irving Stone's classic biographical novel-in which both the artist and the man are brought to life in full. A masterpiece in its own right, this novel offers a compelling portrait of...  more

Book Votes: 8
127

Jeanne G. (IlliniAlum83) - ,
Next by Michael Crichton
Is a loved one missing some body parts? Are blondes becoming extinct? Is everyone at your dinner table of the same species? Humans and chimpanzees differ in only 400 genes; is that why a chimp fetus resembles a human being? And should that worry us? There's a new genetic cure for drug...  more

Book Votes: 8
128

ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
Sold by Patricia McCormick
Lakshmi, 13, knows nothing about the world beyond her village shack in the Himalayas of Nepal, and when her family loses the little it has in a monsoon, she grabs a chance to work as a maid in the city so she can send money back home. What she doesn't know is that her stepfather has sold her...  more

Book Votes: 7
129

ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
The Bone People by Keri Hulme
Winner of the Booker Prize. In a tower on the New Zealand sea lives Kerewin Holmes, part Maori, part European, an artist estranged from her art, a woman in exile from her family. One night her solitude is disrupted by a visitor -- a speechless, mercurial boy named Simon, who tries to...  more

Book Votes: 7
130

ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
The Girls by Lori Lansens
Meet Rose and Ruby: sisters, best friends, confidantes, and conjoined twins. Since their birth, Rose and Ruby Darlen have been known simply as "the girls." They make friends, fall in love, have jobs, love their parents, and follow their dreams. But the Darlens are special. Now nearing their...  more

Book Votes: 7
131

Patty P. (Patouie) - ,
1776 by David McCullough
In this stirring book, David McCullough tells the intensely human story of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of the Declaration of Independence -- when the whole American cause was riding on their success, without which all hope for independence would have been dashed...  more

Book Votes: 7
132

Cheryl (pagebypage) - ,
Ahab's Wife : Or, The Star-gazer by Sena Jeter Naslund
A rich epic, drawn from the classic Moby Dick, chronicles the life of Una Spenser, wife of the immortal Captain Ahab, from her Kentucky childhood, through her adventures disguised as a whaling ship cabin boy, to her various marriages.

Book Votes: 7
133

Ralph W.
Hiroshima by John Hersey
On August 6, 1945, Hiroshima was destroyed by the first atomic bomb ever dropped on a city. This book tells what happened on that day, told through the memoirs of survivors.

Book Votes: 7
134

Ralph W.
Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
With more than 300,000 copies sold, Chuck Palahniuk's brilliant first novel and cult classic is being reissued with a new Introduction by the author An underground classic since its first publication in 1996, Fight Club is widely recognized as one of the most original and provocative novels...  more

Book Votes: 7
135

Cassie S. (cassie86) - ,
Keeping Faith by Jodi Picoult
For the second time in her marriage, Mariah White catches her husband with another woman, and Faith, their seven-year-old daughter, witnesses every painful minute. In the aftermath of a sudden divorce, Mariah struggles with depression and Faith seeks solace in a new friend -- a friend who may or...  more

Book Votes: 7
136

Janessa M. - ,
Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach
The extraordinary experience shared by over a million hardcover readers!

Book Votes: 7
137

Amelia (eleven) - ,
A Tale of Two Cities (Penguin Classics) by Richard Maxwell & Charles Dickens
After eighteen years as a political prisoner in the Bastille, the ageing Doctor Manette is finally released and reunited with his daughter in England. There the lives of two very different men, Charles Darnay, an exiled French aristocrat, and Sydney Carton, a disreputable but brilliant English...  more

Book Votes: 7
138

Amelia (eleven) - ,
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte & Michael Mason
Orphaned into the household of her Aunt Reed at Gateshead and subject to the cruel regime at Lowood charity school, Jane Eyre nonetheless emerges unbroken in spirit and integrity. She takes up the post of governess at Thornfield Hall, falls in love with Mr. Rochester, and discovers the...  more

Book Votes: 7
139

catsandroses
Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison
FROM THE PUBLISHER Greenville County, South Carolina, a wild, lush place, is home to the Boatwright family -- rough-hewn men who drink hard and shoot up each other's trucks, and indomitable women who marry young and age all too quickly. At the heart of this astonishing novel is Ruth Anne...  more

Book Votes: 7
140

Jeff V. (vincent)
Zeitoun by Dave Eggers
When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, Abdulrahman Zeitoun, a prosperous 47-year-old Syrian-American and father of four, chose to stay through the storm to protect his house and contracting business. In the days after the storm, he traveled the flooded streets in a secondhand canoe, passing...  more

Book Votes: 6
141

ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
2005 Pulitzer Prize Winner for Fiction 2004 National Book Critics Circle Winner In 1956, toward the end of Reverend John Ames's life, he begins a letter to his young son, an account of himself and his forebears. Ames is the son of an Iowan preacher and the grandson of a minister who, as a young...  more

Book Votes: 6
142

ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
My Name Is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira
The Civil War offers a 20-year-old midwife who dreams of becoming a doctor the medical experience she craves, plus hard work and heartbreak, in this rich debut that takes readers from a small upstate New York doctor's office to a Union hospital overflowing with the wounded and...  more

Book Votes: 6
143

ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
Saint Maybe (Large Print) by Anne Tyler
On a quiet street in Baltimore in 1965, seventeen-year-old Ian Bedloe lives with his family in an "ideal, apple-pie household," enjoying the comfort of family traditions and indulging in all the usual dreams of the future. Until one night, when Ian's stinging words to his brother...  more

Book Votes: 6
144

ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
Testimony by Anita Shreve
At a New England boarding school, a sex scandal is about to break. Even more shocking than the sexual acts themselves is the fact that they were caught on videotape. A Pandora's box of revelations, the tape triggers a chorus of voices--those of the men, women, teenagers, and parents involved...  more

Book Votes: 6
145

Ronnie G. (frenchgiant)
Blindness by Jose Saramago & Giovanni Pontiero (Translator)
A city is hit by an epidemic of "white blindness" which spares no one. Authorities confine the blind to an empty mental hospital, but there the criminal element holds everyone captive, stealing food rations and raping women. There is one eyewitness to this nightmare who guides seven...  more

Book Votes: 6
146

Ronnie G. (frenchgiant)
The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
THE CORRECTIONS is a grandly entertaining novel for the new century-a comic, tragic masterpiece about a family breaking down in an age of easy fixes. After almost fifty years as a wife and mother, Enid Lambert is ready to have some fun. Unfortunately, her husband, Alfred, is losing his sanity...  more

Book Votes: 6
147

ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
Fall on Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald
The Piper family is steeped in secrets, lies, and unspoken truths. At the eye of the storm is one secret that threatens to shake  their lives -- even destroy them. Set on stormy Cape Breton Island off Nova Scotia, Fall on Your Knees is an internationally acclaimed multigenerational saga...  more

Book Votes: 6
148

Michelle N. (mnorth) - ,
Einstein's Dreams (Vintage Contemporaries) by Alan Lightman
A modern classic, Einstein’s Dreams is a fictional collage of stories dreamed by Albert Einstein in 1905, when he worked in a patent office in Switzerland. As the defiant but sensitive young genius is creating his theory of relativity, a new conception of time, he imagines many possible...  more

Book Votes: 6
149

Jeanne G. (IlliniAlum83) - ,
Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust by Immaculee Ilibagiza &am...
Immaculee Ilibagiza grew up in a country she loved, surrounded by a family she cherished. But in 1994 her idyllic world was ripped apart as Rwanda descended into a bloody genocide. Immaculee’s family was brutally murdered during a killing spree that lasted three months and claimed the...  more

Book Votes: 6
150

Erin C. (erinculver)
The True Story of Hansel and Gretel by Louise Murphy
In the last months of the Nazi occupation of Poland, two children are left by their father and stepmother to find safety in a dense forest. Because their real names will reveal their Jewishness, they are renamed "Hansel" and "Gretel." They wander in the woods until they are taken in by Magda, an...  more

Book Votes: 6
151

Erin C. (erinculver)
State of Fear by Michael Crichton
The undisputed master of the techno-thriller has written his most riveting -- and entertaining -- book yet. Once again Michael Crichton gives us his trademark combination of page-turning suspense, cutting-edge technology, and extraordinary research. State of Fear is a superb blend of...  more

Book Votes: 6
152

Cheryl (pagebypage) - ,
The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant
Alessandra Cecchi is not quite fifteen when her father, a prosperous cloth merchant, brings a young painter back from northern Europe to decorate the chapel walls in the family's Florentine palazzo. A child of the Renaissance, with a precocious mind and a talent for drawing, Alessandra is...  more

Book Votes: 6
153

Ralph W.
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
Invisible Man is a milestone in American literature, a book that has continued to engage readers since its appearance in 1952. A first novel by an unknown writer, it remained on the bestseller list for sixteen weeks, won the National Book Award for fiction, and established Ralph Ellison as one...  more

Book Votes: 6
154

Ralph W.
The Known World by Edward P. Jones
Henry Townsend, a black farmer, bootmaker, and former slave, has a fondness for Paradise Lost and an unusual mentor -- William Robbins, perhaps the most powerful man in antebellum Virginia's Manchester County. Under Robbins's tutelage, Henry becomes proprietor of his own plantation -- as well as...  more

Book Votes: 6
155

Cassie S. (cassie86) - ,
Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult
Shay Bourne--New Hampshire's first death row prisoner in 69 years--has only one last request: to donate his heart, post-execution, to the sister of his victim, who is looking for a transplant. Bourne says it's the only way he can redeem himself ... but with lethal injection as his form of...  more

Book Votes: 6
156

Margaret T. (megt)
Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten-year-old girl, is taken with her parents by the French police as they go door to door arresting Jewish families in the middle of the night. Desperate to protect her younger brother, Sarah locks him in a bedroom cupboard -- their secret hiding place -- and promises...  more

Book Votes: 6
157

Brie S. (espagnolisme)
One by Richard Bach
I gave my life to become the person I am right now. Was it worth it?

Book Votes: 5
158

ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
The Next Thing On My List by Jill Smolinski
June Parker's life is meandering along until a freak car accident leaves Marissa, her 24-year-old passenger, dead and June wracked with guilt. June discovers a list Marissa had been keeping of 25 things she wanted to do by the time she turned 25. After a run-in with Marissa's brother, June...  more

Book Votes: 5
159

ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
A Gathering of Old Men (Vintage Contemporaries) by Ernest J. Gaines
Set on a Louisiana sugarcane plantation in the 1970s, A Gathering of Old Men is a powerful depiction of racial tensions arising over the death of a Cajun farmer at the hands of a black man. "Poignant, powerful, earthy...a novel of Southern racial confrontation in which a group of elderly black...  more

Book Votes: 5
160

ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
New York Times bestselling author John Connolly's unique imagination takes readers through the end of innocence into adulthood and beyond in this dark and triumphantly creative novel of grief and loss, loyalty and love, and the redemptive power of stories. High in his attic bedroom,...  more

Book Votes: 5
161

ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
All the Numbers by Judy Merrill Larsen
"How much do you love me?" Daniel asked his mother. "I love you all the numbers." What begins as a sunny August afternoon on a bucolic lake turns into a tragedy when a Jet Ski swerves fatally close to shore. It's a day Ellen Banks could never have prepared for ... a day no mother should...  more

Book Votes: 5
162

ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick
The ordeal of the whaleship Essex was an event as mythic in the nineteenth century as the sinking of the Titanic was in the twentieth. In 1819, the Essex left Nantucket for the South Pacific with twenty crew members aboard. In the middle of the South Pacific the ship was rammed and sunk by an...  more

Book Votes: 5
163

ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
Reservation Road by John Burnham Schwartz
At the close of a beautiful summer day near the quiet Connecticut town where they live, the Learner family -- Ethan and Grace, their children, Josh and Emma -- stop at a gas station on their way home from a concert. Josh Learner, lost in a 10-year-old's private world, is standing at the edge of...  more

Book Votes: 5
164

ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
Rush Home Road by Lori Lansens
When 5-year old Sharla Cody is dumped on the doorstep of Addy Shadd, a 70-year old woman living in a trailer park, Addy does not know how completely her life is about to change. She's hardly used to company and the troubled Sharla is not the sweet, beautiful angel she had envisioned....  more

Book Votes: 5
165

ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
When Crickets Cry by Charles Martin
In a small town square of a sleepy Georgia town, seven-year-old Annie sits at her lemonade stand, raising money for her own heart transplant. At a nearby store, Reese flips through the newspaper, thinking about the latest boat he's restoring. As a beat-up bread truck careens around the corner, a...  more

Book Votes: 5
166

ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin
New York City is subsumed in arctic winds, dark nights, and white lights, its life unfolds, for it is an extraordinary hive of the imagination, the greatest house ever built, and nothing exists that can check its vitality. One night in winter, Peter Lake, orphan and master-mechanic, attempts to...  more

Book Votes: 5
167

ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
Crow Lake by Mary Lawson
Crow Lake is that rare find, a first novel so quietly assured, so emotionally pitch perfect, you know from the opening page that this is the real thing–a literary experience in which to lose yourself, by an author of immense talent. Here is a gorgeous, slow-burning story set in the...  more

Book Votes: 5
168

ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
Shelter Me by Juliette Fay
Four months after her husband's death, Janie LaMarche remains undone by grief and anger. Her mourning is disrupted, however, by the unexpected arrival of a builder with a contract to add a porch onto her house. Stunned, Janie realizes the porch was meant to be a surprise from her husband?now his...  more

Book Votes: 5
169

ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson & Anne Born (Translator)
In this quiet but compelling novel, Trond Sander, a widower nearing seventy, moves to a bare house in remote eastern Norway, seeking the life of quiet contemplation that he has always longed for. A chance encounter with a neighbor -- the brother, as it happens, of his childhood friend Jon --...  more

Book Votes: 5
170

ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
The Mercy of Thin Air by Ronlyn Domingue
In 1920s New Orleans, Raziela Nolan is in the throes of a magnificent love affair when she dies in a tragic accident. She narrates the story of her lost love, as well as the relationship of the couple whose house she haunts more than 75 years later. The couple's trials compel Razi to slowly...  more

Book Votes: 5
171

ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
The Myth of You and Me by Leah Stewart
When Cameron was fifteen, she and Sonia were best friends -- so close it seemed nothing would ever come between them. Now Cameron is a twenty-nine-year-old research assistant with no meaningful ties to anyone except her aging boss, noted historian Oliver Doucet. Nearly a decade after the...  more

Book Votes: 5
172

Janis B.
Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland
This luminous story begins in the present day, when a professor invites a colleague to his home to see a painting that he has kept secret for decades. The professor swears it is a Vermeer--but why has he hidden this important work for so long? The reasons unfold in a series of events that trace...  more

Book Votes: 5
173

ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
The Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian
When college sophomore Laurel Estabrook is attacked while riding her bike through Vermont's back roads, her life is forever changed. Formerly outgoing, Laurel withdraws into her photography and begins working at a homeless shelter. There she meets Bobbie Crocker, a man with a history of mental...  more

Book Votes: 5
174

Cheryl (pagebypage) - ,
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky & David Magarshack (Translator)
This novel was Dostoyevsky's last and finest work, telling the story of the four Karamazov brothers--each with his own distinct personality and desires. Driven by intense, uncontrollable emotions of rage and revenge, they all become involved in the brutal murder of their despicable...  more

Book Votes: 5
175

Kathy F.
Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier
On the windswept, fossil-strewn beaches of the English coast, poor and uneducated Mary Anning learns that she has a unique gift: "the eye" to spot fossils no one else can see. When she uncovers an unusual fossilized skeleton in the cliffs near her home, she sets the religious community...  more

Book Votes: 5
176

Alexandra J. (knihomolsashka)
Perfume : The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind
The Story of a Murderer is a 1985 literary historical cross-genre novel (originally published in German as Das Parfum) by German writer Patrick Suskind. The novel explores the sense of scent, and its relationship with the emotional meaning that scents may carry. Above all this is a story of...  more

Book Votes: 5
177

Rosemary G. (trinket7)
Dune (Dune Chronicles, Bk 1) by Frank Herbert
Set in the far future amidst a sprawling feudal interstellar empire where planetary dynasties are controlled by noble houses that owe an allegiance to the imperial House Corrino, Dune tells the story of young Paul Atreides (the heir apparent to Duke Leto Atreides and heir of House Atreides) as...  more

Book Votes: 5
178

ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill
Abducted from Africa as a child and enslaved in South Carolina, Aminata Diallo thinks only of freedom—and of the knowledge she needs to get home. Sold to an indigo trader who recognizes her intelligence, Aminata is torn from her husband and child and thrown into the chaos of the...  more

Book Votes: 4
179

ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
The Murderer's Daughters by Randy Susan Meyers
Lulu and Merry’s childhood was never ideal, but on the day before Lulu’s tenth birthday their father drives them into a nightmare. He’s always hungered for the love of the girl’s self-obsessed mother; after she throws him out, their troubles turn deadly. Lulu’s...  more

Book Votes: 4
180

Connie A. (jazzysmom) - ,
The Box: Uncanny Stories by Richard Matheson
What if every time you pushed a button you received $50,000...but someone you didn't know died? Would you still push the button? How many times? "Button, Button", which inspired a memorable Twilight Zone episode, is just one of a dozen unforgettable tales in this new...  more

Book Votes: 4
181

ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
During the last days of the Trujillo dictatorship in the Dominican Republic, three young women, members of a conservative, pious Catholic family, who had become committed to the revolutionary overthrow of the regime, were ambushed and assassinated as they drove back from visiting their jailed...  more

Book Votes: 4
182

ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
Jordan won the 2006 Bellwether Prize for Mudbound, her first novel. The prize was founded by Barbara Kingsolver to reward books of conscience, social responsibility, and literary merit. In addition to meeting all of the above qualifications, Jordan has written a story filled with characters...  more

Book Votes: 4
183

ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
In the Lake of the Woods by Tim O'Brien
The author of The Things They Carried offers a riveting novel of love and mystery. When long-hidden secrets about the atrocities he committed in Vietnam come to light, a candidate for the U.S. Senate retreats with his wife to a lakeside cabin in northern Minnesota. Within days of their arrival,...  more

Book Votes: 4
184

Patty P. (Patouie) - ,
Animals in Translation : Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior by T...
I don't know if people will ever be able to talk to animals the way Doctor Doolittle could, or whether animals will be able to talk back. Maybe science will have something to say about that. But I do know people can learn to "talk" to animals, and to hear what animals have to say, better than...  more

Book Votes: 4
185

Patty P. (Patouie) - ,
'Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!' Adventures of a Curious Character by Ralph Leigh...
In this phenomenal national bestseller, the Nobel Prize­-winning physicist Richard P. Feynman recounts in his inimitable voice his adventures trading ideas on atomic physics with Einstein and Bohr and ideas on gambling with Nick the Greek, painting a naked female toreador, accompanying a...  more

Book Votes: 4
186

Jeanne G. (IlliniAlum83) - ,
The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town by John Grisham
In the major league draft of 1971, the first player chosen from the State of Oklahoma was Ron Williamson.  When he signed with the Oakland A's, he said goodbye to his hometown of Ada and left to pursue his dreams of big league glory.  Six years later he was back, his dreams...  more

Book Votes: 4
187

Jeanne G. (IlliniAlum83) - ,
Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt by Anne Rice
Having completed the two cycles of legend to which she has devoted her career so far, Anne Rice gives us now her most thoughtful and powerful book, a novel about the childhood of Christ the Lord based on the gospels and on the most respected New Testament scholarship. The book?s power derives...  more

Book Votes: 4
188

Shannon R. (alien12) - ,
Stargirl (Stargirl, Bk 1) by Jerry Spinelli
Stargirl. From the day she arrives at quiet Mica High, the hallways hum with the murmur of "Stargirl, Stargirl." She captures Leo Borlock's heart with just one smile. She sparks a school-spirit revolution with just one cheer. The students of Mica High are enchanted. At...  more

Book Votes: 4
189

Ralph W.
Portrait in Sepia (Daughter of Fortune, Bk 2) by Isabel Allende
Internationally celebrated novelist Isabel Allende has written a magnificent historical novel set at the end of the nineteenth century in Chile, a marvelous family saga that takes up and continues the story begun in her highly acclaimed Daughter of Fortune. Recounted in the voice of a young...  more

Book Votes: 4
190

Ralph W.
Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich
The first book in Louise Erdrich's Native American series, which also includes The Beet Queen, Tracks, and The Bingo Palace, Love Medicine tells the story of two families--the Kashpaws and the Lamartines. Now resequenced by the author with the addition of never-before-published chapters,...  more

Book Votes: 4
191

Amelia (eleven) - ,
The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri & John Ciardi (Translator)
Dante Alighieri's poetic masterpiece, The Divine Comedy, is a moving human drama, an unforgettable visionary journey through the infinite torment of Hell, up the arduous slopes of Purgatory, and on to the glorious realm of Paradise-the sphere of universal harmony and eternal salvation.

Book Votes: 4
192

Amelia (eleven) - ,
The Prophet by Khalil Gibran
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Book Votes: 4
193

catsandroses
We Were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates
The Mulvaneys are blessed by all that makes life sweet... a hardworking father, a loving mother, three fine sons, and a bright, pretty daughter. They are confident in their love for each other and their position in the rural community of Mt. Ephraim, New York. But something happens on...  more

Book Votes: 4
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Will H. (whami) -
The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko. Emiko is the Windup Girl,...  more

Book Votes: 3
195

ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
The Buffalo Soldier by Chris Bohjalian
With his trademark emotional heft and storytelling skill, bestselling author Chris Bohjalian presents this resonant novel about the formation of an unconventional family -- the ties that bind it, and the strains that pull it apart. Two years after their twin daughters died in a flash flood,...  more

Book Votes: 3
196

ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
Cage of Stars by Jacquelyn Mitchard
12-year-old Veronica Swan's idyllic life in a close-knit Mormon community is shattered when her two younger sisters are brutally murdered. Although her parents find the strength to forgive the deranged killer, Scott Early, Veronica cannot do the same. Years later, she sets out alone to avenge...  more

Book Votes: 3
197

ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
The Good Good Pig: The Extraordinary Life of Christopher Hogwood by Sy Montgomery
“Christopher Hogwood came home on my lap in a shoebox. He was a creature who would prove in many ways to be more human than I am.”–from The Good Good PigA naturalist who spent months at a time living on her own among wild creatures in remote jungles, Sy Montgomery had always...  more

Book Votes: 3
198

ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson
Ruby Lennox begins narrating her own life at the moment of her conception, and from there takes the reader on a whirlwind tour of the twentieth century as seen through the eyes of a girl determined to learn more about her family and the secrets it keeps.

Book Votes: 3
199

ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
The Bright Forever by Lee Martin
On an evening like any other, nine-year-old Katie Mackey, daughter of the most affluent family in a small town on the plains of Indiana, sets out on her bicycle to return some library books. This simple act is at the heart of The Bright Forever, a suspenseful, deeply affecting novel about the...  more

Book Votes: 3
200

ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
Out of the Night That Covers Me by Pat Cunningham Devoto
An orphaned white boy and an eccentric black man forge an unlikely friendship in the segregated world of 1950s Alabama. The boy, John, whose beloved mother has died, now faces a loveless future with his alcoholic uncle on a sharecropper's farm in the Alabama Black Belt-an abusive life he soon...  more

Book Votes: 3
201

DARYL D. (bookworm-51)
We the Living by Ayn Rand
Ayn Rand said of her first novel, We the Living: "It is as near to an autobiography as I will ever write. The plot is invented, the background is not ... The specific events of Kira's life were not mine; her ideas, her convictions, her values, were and are." First published in...  more

Book Votes: 3
202

ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
The Pleasure Was Mine by Tommy Hays
Prate Marshbanks proposed to his future wife on a muggy July night at Pete's Drive-in back in '52. "She said yes to me between bites of a slaw burger all-the-way." A college graduate and daughter of a prominent lawyer, Irene was an unlikely match for Prate, a high school dropout. He lived his...  more

Book Votes: 3
203

ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
Unaccustomed Earth: Stories by Jhumpa Lahiri
From the internationally bestselling, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, a superbly crafted new work of fiction: eight stories that take us from Cambridge and Seattle to India and Thailand. In the stunning title story, Ruma, a young mother in a new city, is visited by her father, who carefully...  more

Book Votes: 3
204

Shannon R. (alien12) - ,
Love, Stargirl (Stargirl, Bk 2) by Jerry Spinelli
LOVE, STARGIRL picks up a year after Stargirl ends and reveals the new life of the beloved character who moved away so suddenly at the end of Stargirl. The novel takes the form of "the world's longest letter," in diary form, going from date to date through a little more than a...  more

Book Votes: 3
205

Shannon R. (alien12) - ,
Many Waters (Time, Bk 4) by Madeleine L'Engle
Meg Murry, now in college, time travels with her twin brothers, Sandy and Dennys, to a desert oasis that is embroiled in war.

Book Votes: 3
206

Cassie S. (cassie86) - ,
The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood
Marian has a problem. A willing member of the consumer society in which she lives, she suddenly finds herself identifying with the things being consumed. She can cope with her tidy-minded fiancé, Peter, who likes shooting rabbits. She can cope with her job in market research, and the antics...  more

Book Votes: 3
207

Cheryl (pagebypage) - ,
In the Company of the Courtesan by Sarah Dunant
My lady, Fiammetta Bianchini, was plucking her eyebrows and biting color into her lips when the unthinkable happened and the Holy Roman Emperor's army blew a hole in the wall of God's eternal city, letting in a flood of half-starved, half-crazed troops bent on pillage and punishment. Thus...  more

Book Votes: 3
208

JaNeil K. (KaneJ) - ,
Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin
Is it possible to grow up while getting younger?Welcome to Elsewhere. It is warm, with a breeze, and the beaches are marvelous. It’s quiet and peaceful. You can’t get sick or any older. Curious to see new paintings by Picasso? Swing by one of Elsewhere’s museums. Need to talk...  more

Book Votes: 3
209

SUSAN S. (susieqmillsacoustics) - ,
The Ultimate Gift by Jim Stovall
What would you do to inherit a billion dollars? Would you be willing to change your life? Jason Stevens is about to find out in Jim Stovall's The Ultimate Gift. Red Stevens has died, and the older members of his family receive their millions with greedy anticipation. But a different fate awaits...  more

Book Votes: 3
210

John S. (bullroarertook)
A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr.
Winner of the 1961 Hugo Award for Best Novel and widely considered one of the most accomplished, powerful, and enduring classics of modern speculative fiction, Walter M. Miller, Jr.'s A Canticle for Leibowitz is a true landmark of twentieth-century literature -- a chilling and...  more

Book Votes: 3
211

John S. (bullroarertook)
The Killer Angels (Civil War, Bk 2) by Michael Shaara
In the four most bloody and courageous days of our nation's history, two armies fought for two dreams. One dreamed of freedom, the other of a way of life. Far more than rifles and bullets were carried into battle. There were memories. There were promises. There was love. And far more than...  more

Book Votes: 3
212

John S. (bullroarertook)
Giants in the Earth (Giants in the Earth, Bk 1) by Ole Edvart Rolvaag
The classic story of a Norwegian pioneer family's struggles with the land and the elements of the Dakota Territory as they try to make a new life in America.

Book Votes: 3
213

Dw P. (squarespot)
Dexter in the dark by Lindsay & Jeff
Dexter Morgan, Miami PD blood-apolatter analyst, is accustomed to seeing evil deeds- he occasionally enjoys committing them himself. Guided by His Dark Passenger- the voice that helps stalk his prey- he lives his outwardly normal life according to one simple rule: he kills only vey bad people.

Book Votes: 3
214

Cheryl H.
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
A poignant tale of childhood and the ties of family, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn will transport the reader to the early 1900s where a little girl named Francie dreamily looks out her window at a tree struggling to reach the sky.

Book Votes: 3
215

ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
Safely Home by Randy Alcorn
Fans of Randy Alcorn will applaud this soul-stirring story of two college friends who reconnect after twenty years. One is living life apart from God in comfortable corporate America while the other is living for Christ under intense persecution in China. This stunning page-turner will convince...  more

Book Votes: 2
216

ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
Adam by Ted Dekker
Tackling near-death experiences and demon possession, NY Times best-selling author Ted Dekker delivers a riveting thriller of sin and salvation. FBI behavioral psychologist Daniel Clark has been made famous by his arguments that religion is one of society's greatest antagonists. What Daniel...  more

Book Votes: 2
217

ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
Place Where the Sea Remembers by Sandra Benitez
In A Place Where the Sea Remembers, Sandra Benitez invites us into a mesmerizing world filled with, love and betrayal, tragedy and hope. This rich and bewitching story is a bittersweet portrait of the people in Santiago, a Mexican village by the sea. Chayo, the flower seller, and her husband...  more

Book Votes: 2
218

Gail P. (TinkerPirate) - ,
The Expected One (Magdalene Line, Bk 1) by Kathleen McGowan
When journalist Maureen Paschal begins the research for a new book, she has no idea that she is stepping into an ancient mystery so secret, so revolutionary, that thousands of people have killed and died for it. Two thousand years ago, Mary Magdalene hid a set of scrolls in the French...  more

Book Votes: 2
219

Gail P. (TinkerPirate) - ,
The Book of Love by Kathleen McGowan
Maureen Paschal thought she might rest and work on her book after discovering the gospel written by Mary Magdalene that revealed Jesus and Mary Magdalene were married. The truth of their story rocked the world and made Maureen a target of those who did not like her discovery and a heroine to...  more

Book Votes: 2
220

ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
The Listener by Taylor Caldwell
Who was the Mysterious Listener? And what strange power did he offer to fifteen people on a desperate quest? John Godfrey, retired lawyer in a large Midwestern city, erects a beautiful marble sanctum as a monument to his late wife. Inside, behind an electronic screen that hides him from each...  more

Book Votes: 2
221

ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
Unless (P.S.) by Carol Shields
Forty-four-year-old Reta Winters, wife, mother, writer, and translator, is living a happy life until one of her three daughters drops out of university to sit on a downtown street corner silent and cross-legged with a begging bowl in her lap and a placard round her neck that says...  more

Book Votes: 2
222

ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
Elizabeth Street by Laurie Fabiano
In Elizabeth Street, Laurie Fabiano tells a remarkable, and previously unheard, story of the Italian immigrant experience at the start of the twentieth century. With stories culled from her own family history, Fabiano paints an entrancing portrait of Giovanna Costa, who, reeling from personal...  more

Book Votes: 2
223

ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
Under This Unbroken Sky (Larger Print) by Shandi Mitchell
Evocative and compelling, rich in imagination and atmosphere, Under This Unbroken Sky is a beautifully wrought debut from a gifted new novelist. Spring 1938. After nearly two years in prison for the crime of stealing his own grain, Ukrainian immigrant Teodor Mykolayenko is a free man. While...  more

Book Votes: 2
224

ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
The Yellow House by Patricia Falvey
THE YELLOW HOUSE delves into the passion and politics of Northern Ireland at the beginning of the 20th Century. Eileen O'Neill's family is torn apart by religious intolerance and secrets from the past. Determined to reclaim her ancestral home and reunite her family, Eileen begins...  more

Book Votes: 2
225

ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
Girl In Translation by Jean Kwok
Introducing a fresh, exciting Chinese-American voice, an inspiring debut about an immigrant girl forced to choose between two worlds and two futures. When Kimberly Chang and her mother emigrate from Hong Kong to Brooklyn squalor, she quickly begins a secret double life: exceptional schoolgirl...  more

Book Votes: 2
226

ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
The Summer Guest by Justin Cronin
Winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award for his radiant novel in stories, Mary and O’Neil, Justin Cronin has already been hailed as a writer of astonishing gifts. Now Cronin’s new novel, The Summer Guest, fulfills that promise—and more. With a rare combination of emotional insight,...  more

Book Votes: 2
227

ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O'Farrell
In the middle of tending to the everyday business at her vintage-clothing shop and sidestepping her married boyfriend’s attempts at commitment, Iris Lockhart receives a stunning phone call: Her great-aunt Esme, whom she never knew existed, is being released from Cauldstone...  more

Book Votes: 2
228

ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
The Death of the Heart by Elizabeth Bowen
The Death of the Heart is perhaps Elizabeth Bowen's best-known book. As she deftly and delicately exposes the cruelty that lurks behind the polished surfaces of conventional society, Bowen reveals herself as a masterful novelist who combines a sense of humor with a devastating gift for divining...  more

Book Votes: 2
229

Ronnie G. (frenchgiant)
Memoir from Antproof Case by Mark Helprin
From Mark Helprin, acclaimed author of A Soldier of the Great War and A Winter's Tale, comes a miraculous song of the twentieth century.In a mountain garden in Brazil, an old American is writing his memoirs, placing the pages carefully in his antproof case. As he reminisces we learn he was a...  more

Book Votes: 2
230

Jeanne G. (IlliniAlum83) - ,
Alex Cross's Trial (Alex Cross, Bk 15) by Richard DiLallo & James Patterson
Separated by time From his grandmother, Alex Cross has heard the story of his great uncle Abraham and his struggles for survival in the era of the Ku Klux Klan. Now, Alex passes the family tale along to his own children in a novel he's written--a novel called Trial. Connected by...  more

Book Votes: 2
231

Jeanne G. (IlliniAlum83) - ,
The Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston & Mario Spezi
In the tradition of John Berendt's Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and Erik Larson's The Devil in the White City, Douglas Preston weaves a captivating account of crime and punishment in the lush hills of Florence, Italy. Douglas Preston fulfilled a lifelong dream when he moved...  more

Book Votes: 2
232

Jeanne G. (IlliniAlum83) - ,
Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana by Anne Rice
Anne Rice's second book in her hugely ambitious and courageous life of Christ begins during his last winter before his baptism in the Jordan and concludes with the miracle at Cana. It is a novel in which we see Jesus--he is called Yeshua bar Joseph--during a winter of no rain, endless dust,...  more

Book Votes: 2
233

ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
Burden of Desire (Harvest Book) by Robert MacNeil
The disastrous 1917 explosion of a munitions ship in Halifax Harbor, Nova Scotia, forms the backdrop to this “rich, abundantly humane love story” (Chicago Tribune)-”a powerful piece of work” (Washington Post Book World) that marks an “auspicious fiction debut for an...  more

Book Votes: 2
234

Ralph W.
What do you say after you say hello by Berne & Eric
A great sequel to the book Games People Play

Book Votes: 2
235

Ralph W.
An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
On one level, An American Tragedy is the story of the corruption and destruction of one man, Clyde Griffiths, who forfeits his life in desperate pursuit of success. On a deeper, more profound level, the novel represents a massive portrayal of the society whose values both shape...  more

Book Votes: 2
236

Cristina H. (gamermom77)
Unwind (Unwind, Bk 1) by Neal Shusterman
In a society where unwanted teens are salvaged for their body parts, three runaways fight the system that would "unwind" them Connor's parents want to be rid of him because he's a troublemaker. Risa has no parents and is being unwound to cut orphanage costs. Lev's...  more

Book Votes: 2
237

Krista K. (Krista0521)
The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
This beautiful and sad first novel, recently adapted for a major motion picture, tells of a band of teenage sleuths who piece together the story of a twenty-year old family tragedy begun by the youngest daughter’s spectacular demise by self-defenstration, which inaugurates “the year...  more

Book Votes: 2
238

Elizabeth S. (flooblover) - ,
Of Bees and Mist by Erick Setiawan
Setiawan's debut novel spans 30 years in this heartfelt magical-realist story of two rival families living in a mystical world that transcends both time and place. Meridia is a lonely child; a mysterious incident when she was an infant has torn apart her parents, leaving them sharing nothing...  more

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The Host by Stephenie Meyer
Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of their human hosts while leaving their bodies intact, and most of humanity has succumbed. Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, knew about the...  more

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ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
Defending Jacob by William Landay
Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than twenty years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town,...  more

Book Votes: 2
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ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
Confessions of a Pagan Nun by Kate Horsley
When we think of the Dark Ages, we often think of a dim, primitive society where people struggled just to stay alive, with no room for spirituality or philosophy. The cool, clear, gemlike precision of Horsley's (Crazy Woman) new novel tells another tale. Gwynneve is born into a world...  more

Book Votes: 1
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Jeff V. (vincent)
Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of Segregation in America by James W. Loewen
The explosive story of racial exclusion in the north, from the American Book Award-winning author of Lies My Teacher Told Me. 'Whites have nicknames for many sundown towns: from "Colonial Whites" for Colonial Heights, near Richmond, Virginia, across the country to "Lily White Lynwood" outside...  more

Book Votes: 1
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Karen E. (thebakerswife) - ,
Benighted by Kit Whitfield
Published as "Bareback" in the UK, and "Benighted" in the US. Biology is destiny. For those born feet-first, life is normal. Civil rights are enshrined in law, the world is a comfortable place, and every full moon night, you lock yourself in a secure room to fur up in peace. But for those...  more

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ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
The English Wife (Next) by Doreen Roberts
The death of Marjorie Maitland's husband reveals secrets -- among them a cottage in England he owned and allowed a woman to live in rent-free. Despite being left with less money than she expected, Marjorie decides to visit England, sell the property and, most of all, find out what this woman...  more

Book Votes: 1
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ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
Jantsen's Gift: A True Story of Grief, Rescue, and Grace by Pam Cope
Nine years ago, Pam Cope owned a cozy hair salon in the tiny town of Neosho, Missouri, and her life revolved around her son's baseball games, her daughter's dance lessons, and family trips to places like Disney World. She had never been out of the country, nor had she any desire to travel far...  more

Book Votes: 1
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Alma H. (almahudso)
Checkered Fences by Alma Hudson
Checkered Fences is not only a novel of remarkable insight, but a tribute to our world?s changing social and political climate. Author Alma Hudson writes with extraordinary vision and clarity, bringing racial issues to the forefront with delicate balance and thoughtful compassion. It?s the late...  more

Book Votes: 1
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Pam C. (PamC)
The Gate To Women's Country by Sheri S. Tepper
For all those who enjoyed THE HANDMAID'S TALE comes a captivating novel set in a frightening future. Human civilization has evolved into a dual society where walls enclose the peaceful women and keep the warrior men out, and yet there is a gate between them for those who dream.

Book Votes: 1
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ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
Bonjour Tristesse by Francoise Sagan
Set against the translucent beauty of France in summer, Bonjour Tristesse is a bittersweet tale narrated by Cécile, a seventeen-year-old girl on the brink of womanhood, whose meddling in her father's love life leads to tragic consequences.Freed from boarding school, Cécile lives in...  more

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ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
About Schmidt by Louis Begley
Proud, traditional, and impeccably organized, Albert Schmidt is a button-down lawyer of the old school.??But now, after years of carefulmanagement, his life is slowly unraveling.??His beloved wife has recently died.??He stumbles--or is he being pushed?--into early retirement.??And his daughter,...  more

Book Votes: 1
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ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
Winter's Bone: A Novel by Daniel Woodrell
Ree Dolly's father has skipped bail on charges that he ran a crystal meth lab, and the Dollys will lose their house if he doesn't show up for his next court date. With two young brothers depending on her, 16-year-old Ree knows she has to bring her father back, dead or alive. Living in the harsh...  more

Book Votes: 1
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ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
The View from Garden City by Carolyn Baugh
Meet the women of Garden City: Huda, who waited desperately for the man she loved until she could wait no longer Karima, who found her husband in a collapsing post-war world Afkar, who paid a dreadful price for her freedom Selwa, who suffered through the deaths of her...  more

Book Votes: 1
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ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
Far Above Rubies by Cynthia Polansky
Based on a true story, a Dutch woman is caught in the nightmare of Hitler's regime when she voluntarily accompanies her six stepdaughters to Auschwitz. What transpires during and after the war exemplifies a rare courage in an extraordinary heroine.

Book Votes: 1
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ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
The Last Town on Earth by Thomas Mullen
Deep in the mist-shrouded forests of the Pacific Northwest is a small mill town called Commonwealth, conceived as a haven for workers weary of exploitation. For Philip Worthy, the adopted son of the town’s founder, it is a haven in another sense–as the first place in his life...  more

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Connie A. (jazzysmom) - ,
Until We Meet Again: a True Story of Love and Survival in the Holocaust by Michael Ko...
1942. A Small town in Poland. Two Jewish families fell to hiding places, hoping to evade deportation by the Nazis. At the last moment, 17-year-old Manya makes the heart-wrenching decision to leave her family and join her sweetheart, Meyer, also 17, with his family. For three long years, Manya...  more

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Connie A. (jazzysmom) - ,
Saints at the River by Ron Rash
A major new Southern voice emerges in this novel about a town divided by the aftermath of a tragic accident--and the woman caught in the middle When a twelve-year-old girl drowns in the Tamassee River and her body is trapped in a deep eddy, the people of the small South Carolina town that...  more

Book Votes: 1
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ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
The Kingdom of This World by Alejo Carpentier
A few years after its liberation from French colonialist rule, Haiti experienced a period of unsurpassed brutality, horror, and superstition under the reign of the black King Henri-Christophe. Through the eyes of the ancient slave Ti-Noel, The Kingdom of This World records the destruction of the...  more

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ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)
The Whole World Over by Julia Glass
From the author of the beloved novel Three Junes comes a rich and commanding story about the accidents, both grand and small, that determine our choices in love and marriage. Greenie Duquette, openhearted yet stubborn, devotes most of her passionate attention to her Greenwich Village bakery and...  more