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Year one

Nora Roberts

FICTION Roberts Nora

"A stunning new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author--an epic of hope and horror, chaos and magic, and a journey that will unite a desperate group of people to fight the battle of their lives... It began on New Year's Eve. The sickness came on suddenly, and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed--and more than half of the world's population was decimated. Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And as the power of science and technology receded, magic rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practicing in the loft apartment she shares with her lover, Max. Some of it is unimaginably evil, and it can lurk anywhere, around a corner, in fetid tunnels beneath the river--or in the ones you know and love the most. As word spreads that neither the immune nor the gifted are safe from the authorities who patrol the ravaged streets, and with nothing left to count on but each other, Lana and Max make their way out of a wrecked New York City. At the same time, other travelers are heading west too, into a new frontier. Chuck, a tech genius trying to hack his way through a world gone offline. Arlys, a journalist who has lost her audience but uses pen and paper to record the truth. Fred, her young colleague, possessed of burgeoning abilities and an optimism that seems out of place in this bleak landscape. And Rachel and Jonah, a resourceful doctor and a paramedic who fend off despair with their determination to keep a young mother and three infants in their care alive"--

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It took me more than 100 pages to get into the story, but once I was in, I was in! I breezed through the second half of the book in a few hours because who needs sleep when a story is that good? -Meredith

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Pride and Prometheus

John Kessel

FICTION Kessel John
Fiction, Science Fiction, Classics

Threatened with destruction unless he fashions a wife for his Creature, Victor Frankenstein travels to England where he meets Mary and Kitty Bennet, the remaining unmarried sisters of the Bennet family from Pride and Prejudice Meanwhile, the awkward Mary hopes that Victor will save her from approaching spinsterhood while wondering what dark secret he is keeping from her. Pride and Prometheus fuses the gothic horror of Mary Shelley with the Regency romance of Jane Austen in an exciting novel that combines two age-old stories in a fresh and startling way.

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A brilliant combination of Pride & Prejudice, and Frankenstein. 13 years after Pride and Prejudice, Mary Bennet meets Victor Frankenstein, who is in the middle of his own novel, and becomes an integral character in his story. Mary is such an incredible character, and Frankenstein's Creature is heartbreakingly human. Victor is awful, which won't come as a surprise if you've read Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. If you like 19th-century novels, adaptations, or sci-fi, read this! You won't regret it! -Amanda

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The Joy Luck Club

Amy Tan


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Amy Tan is an amazing writer. I liked The Kitchen God's Wife even better - but this is also a great book. -Kara

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Gone with the wind

Margaret Mitchell

FICTION Mitchell, Margaret

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The summer after seventh grade I set a goal to read Gone With the Wind before the end of summer. I had never read such a big book before. I loved it. -Kara

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Things fall apart

Chinua Achebe

FICTION Achebe, Chinua

Kara's picture

This book reminds me of my happy undergraduate years with Peter Nazareth at the University of Iowa studying African Literature. -Kara

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Circe : a novel

Madeline Miller

FICTION Miller Madeline
Fiction, Fantasy

Follows Circe, the banished witch daughter of Helios, as she hones her powers and interacts with famous mythological beings before a conflict with one of the most vengeful Olympians forces her to choose between the worlds of the gods and mortals.

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Another great read from Madeline Miller, author of "The Song of Achilles." To me this book goes beyond telling a new side to an old story--it really brings Circe, her back story and motivations--to life. If you enjoy Greek mythology or just looking for a great summer read, pick up "Circe." -Anne M

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Less : a novel

Andrew Sean Greer

FICTION Greer Andrew

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Winner in the Fiction category -Jason

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What you don't know about Charlie Outlaw

Leah Stewart

FICTION Stewart Leah

After a series of missteps in the face of his newfound fame, actor Charlie Outlaw flees to a remote island in search of anonymity and a chance to reevaluate his recent breakup with his girlfriend, actress Josie Lamar. But soon after his arrival on the peaceful island, his solitary hike into the jungle takes him into danger he never anticipated.

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This book successfully weaves together the stories of two actors -- one up-and-coming who is trying to hide from the world after a disastrous Vanity Fair interview and the other, his ex-girlfriend (thanks to said disastrous interview), who is on the downside of fame. He has taken off for the middle of nowhere while she remains in California, booking small roles on TV as she preps for the 20th anniversary of the show that made her famous. Something happens -- I won't ruin it by saying what -- and the story goes back and forth between Charlie and Josie during the same time period. At the same time, we get an idea of what fame is like for those who have it, those who seek it, and those who wish they never got what they wanted. It's a good commentary on our obsession with celebrities. -Meredith

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Clock dance : a novel

Anne Tyler

FICTION/Tyler Anne

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I love Anne Tyler books. There's good character development and a strong sense of place. A great summer read to look forward to! -Kara

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All We Ever Wanted.

Emily Giffin

FICTION/Giffin Emily

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I really enjoy Emily Giffin. She's a bit chick lit and a bit good story with memorable characters. A good summer read! -Kara