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Subject: New contemporary classics?
Date Posted: 5/27/2011 10:17 AM ET
Member Since: 11/4/2010
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Check out my bookshelf to find some of the best reads in the past few years.  I'm sure you've heard of them, but whether you get them here or elsewhere, these are books you should definitely add to your "to be read" pile...

Angels & Demons by Dan Brown - This book was written before the DaVinci Code, and in my personal opinion is the better of the two books.  You won't be able to stop turning the pages, it is truly a thriller.

Saving Fish from Drowning by Amy Tan - Written by the author of the Joy Luck Club, Saving Fish from Drowning is set mostly in Myanmar (formerly Burma), with a cast of very memorable characters and a third-party narrator who just happens to be dead.  This book is full of interesting, witty, and sometimes hilarious twists and turns and plenty of adventure...it is an excellent read!

My Friend Leonard by James Frey - This book is James Frey's follow-up to a Million Little Pieces, and while it is not strictly a memoir, the characters are gripping, the writing pulls you into the young man's world, and there is optimism you wouldn't expect to find. 

The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards - The story of how one decision, one moment can change lives in unexpected and lasting ways, this is a moving read and a story that will stick with you.

In Her Shoes by Jennifer Weiner - Sisters.  You can't live with them, you can't live without them.  And the story of these particular sisters is told with humor and honesty.  Excellent summer read.