Mary Ann’s August Recommendation

Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine

“Narrated by an autistic 10 year old girl whose brother was killed in a school shooting.  We get insights into the thinking of an autistic child—how she reacts to school experiences and how the tragedy affects her family.   Readers  will enjoy  how Caitlin employs  the adaptive strategies taught by her teachers and school therapists.

As fascinating an autistic narrator as the older Christopher in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon.”

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Lisa’s April Recommendation

The Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng
long listed for the 2007 Man Booker Prize

“This story unfolds in Penang, Malaya in 1939. World War II is soon to touch the shores of this land inhabited by its natives, the British, the Chinese, and the Japanese. All of these cultures have co-existed until the Japanese savagely take control. Families, businesses, friends and acquaintances lives are turbulently turned upside down. The ravages and brutality of war rip through Malaya with a vengeance. Themes of love, loss, friendship, courage,morality and loyalty( and their nuances) ebb and flow with every turned page. There is an eloquence that transcends the atrocities as the protagonist must personally come to terms with both, the limits and the expanses of humanity.”

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Hadley’s June Recommendation

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

“This was one that I missed when it was very popular a few years ago, but I’m glad I finally got around to reading it. This book has humor, some romance, tragedy, and a very interesting group of characters. The protagonist, Oscar, is a true underdog, and his ‘brief wondrous life’ is explored through the voices of several witnesses to his trials. A few caveats: there is a good deal of Spanish and Dominican slang in the novel, as well as many references to ‘geek’ culture like The Lord of the Rings books. A resource that helped me immensely in finishing this enjoyable book was the Annotated Oscar Wao website.”

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Kimberly’s November Recommendation

Charles and EmmaCharles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman

“Nominated for a National Book Award for Young People’s Literature (although a very readable, interesting book for all), this biography explores the relationship between Charles Darwin and his wife Emma Wedgewood. While Emma had a strong Christian faith, her beloved husband was struggling to enunciate his theory of the orgin of species. I really enjoyed the personal story detailed here including their courtship, their loving marriage, and their struggles to balance the demands of family, illness, science, and Victorian life.”

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Mary Ann’s November Recommendation

Good ThiefThe Good Thief by Hannah Tinti

“A con man “rescues” a one-handed boy from an orphanage. They have wild, bizarre experiences in 19th century New England.  Characters are coarse, eccentric, and atypical.”

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Megan’s November Recommendation

Tenderness of WolvesThe Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney

“This book takes place in the winter of 1867, in the isolated landscape of Canada.  The book starts off with a murder in the town of Dove River, and follows a number of people who have vested interests in finding the killer. The story takes the reader through the cold, harsh terrain of the Canadian winter, while also dealing with issues of racism, homophobia, and family.  Recommended to be read with a glass of something warm!”

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Margaret’s October Recommendation

Jellicoe RoadJellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

“I loved this book. Jellicoe Road is a complex, dense story set in the Australian bush and told in seventeen year old Taylor Markham’s fresh if sometimes harsh voice.   Marchetta weaves a tale that is part mystery, part romance, part boarding school drama, part coming of age novel.  Ultimately, though, it is much, much more than all of these parts. It’s a story about the ties to the family you are born into and the family that you choose. While this is a teen book and winner of the Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature, Jellicoe Road will resonate with many adult readers.”

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