Hadley’s (and Pat’s!) August Recommendation

Me and You by Niccolo Ammaniti

We had two people recommend this short novel for the month of August.  Here is Hadley’s recommendation:

“I enjoyed this short novel by Italian author Niccolo Ammaniti. The main character Lorenzo is a teenage outsider who has trouble connecting with his peers, and getting a handle on his emotions. Lorenzo lies to his parents about taking a ski trip with friends, and instead intends to spend the week by himself vegging out in a hidden room of his family’s large house. Everything is going according to plan until his troubled half sister Olivia pays a visit. At times funny and sad, Me and You tells the story of a brief, deep connection of two half siblings during an important moment in both of their young lives.”

And here is Pat’s recommendation:

“Niccolo Ammaniti is the author of a little story entitled ME AND YOU, translated from the Italian.  It’s a beautiful little book, a perfect tale, painful and moving.  I read it in one sitting since it’s only 147 pages.”

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3 Similar Reads (Fiction)

1) The Dearly Departed by Elinor Lipman (Access to library catalog here!)

2) Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk (Access to library catalog here!)

3) Snow by Orhan Pamuk (Access to library catalog here!)

3 Similar Reads (Nonfiction)

1) Confessions of a Young Novelist by Umberto Eco (Access to library catalog here!)

2) The Sisters Antipodes by Jane Alison (Access to library catalog here!)

3) Where’s My Wand? by Eric Poole (Access to library catalog here!)

Tara’s July Recommendation

Pure by Julianna Baggott

“This book is one of the weirdest, most imaginative, and visually compelling books I have ever read. The setting is a dystopic, post-apocalyptic version of America.  Years ago a series of nuclear detonations wiped out the face of the planet, leaving all of the surviving humans severely deformed.  After the detonations, people woke up fused to whatever objects they were closest to when the detonations went off.  Some people are even fused to each other.  The only humans who survived unscathed live in what is called “The Dome”.  This is a large city housed within a protective barriere, and no one is supposed to go in or out of it.  Two teenagers, Pressia, who grew up outside the Dome and Partridge, who lives inside, will eventually meet and form a bond with each other.  Whether that bond will stand the tests that this dark world throws at them, that is for the reader to find out”.

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3 Similar Reads (Fiction)

1) The Passage by Justin Cronin (Access to library catalog here)

2) Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick (Access to library catalog here)

3) Aftertime by Sophie Littlefield (Access to library catalog here)

3 Similar Reads (Nonfiction)

1) The World Without Us by Alan Weisman (Access to library catalog here)

2) The Big Thirst by Charles Fishman (Access to library catalog here)

3) The Fate of Nature by Charles Wohlforth (Access to library catalog here)

Laona’s July Recommendation

The Starboard Sea by Amber Dermont

“Here is the book description: ‘Devastated by the suicide of his prep-school roommate and disdaining the trappings of his affluent Manhattan life, Jason transfers to another school and bonds with a troubled classmate whose subsequent death compels Jason to uncover the truth, in a tale set against a backdrop of the 1987 stock market collapse’. This novel is, without doubt, one of the best I have read thus far in 2012.  Starboard Sea is an examination of a young man’s foray into the risks and pleasures of adulthood.  At times tragic, at other times hopeful, Jason’s story is full of poignancy, painful self-discovery, and reminders how complicated this journey to adulthood can be.  Although this novel is most definitely not a ‘beach read’, this haunting novel, complete with unforgettable descriptions of sailing, is not to be missed”.

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3 Similar Reads (Fiction)

1)  The Secret History by Donna Tartt (Access to library catalog here)

2) Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl (Access to library catalog here)

3) A Fatal Inversion by Barbara Vine (Access to library catalog here)

3 Similar Reads (Nonfiction)

1) The Reagan Diaries by Ronald Reagan (Access to library catalog here)

2) The Boys of Winter by Wayne R. Coffey (Access to library catalog here)

3) Our Guys by Bernard Lefkowitz (Access to library catalog here)

Dorothy’s May Recommendation

We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

” Even though you know from the start that the narrator’s 16-year-old son is in prison for a Columbine-like school massacre, the pages practically turn themselves as the chilling story unfolds in a series of letters written by the bewildered mother to her estranged husband.  Publishers Weekly called it “harrowing, psychologically astute, sometimes even darkly humorous.”  A brilliant, albeit disturbing, novel.  It was made into a movie in 2011;  I can’t bring myself to watch it!”

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3 Similar Reads (Fiction)

1) Empire Falls by Richard Russo (Access to library catalog here)

2) The Boy On the Bus by Deborah Schupack (Access to library catalog here)

3) Before and After by Rosellen Brown (Access to library catalog here)

3 Similar Reads (Nonfiction)

1) Ceremonial Violence: A Psychological Explanation of School Shootings by Jonathan Fast (Access to library catalog here)

2) Road To Whatever: Middle-Class Culture and the Crisis of Adolescence by Elliott Currie (Access to library catalog here)

3) Lethal Passage by Erik Larson (Access to library catalog here)

Hadley’s January Recommendation

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Twilight fans, take note: here’s another supernatural romance that you might enjoy. Beautiful Creatures takes place in the South, and has some of the elements of a light southern gothic story. The supernatural beings in this case are witches, and there is a male protagonist, but there’s enough drama here to please Twilight fans despite these key differences. This soon-to-be-series has already been optioned for a movie adaptation, so read it now before it becomes huge!”

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or Find It in the library under TEEN FICTION GARCIA.

Ellen’s November Recommendation

nationNation by Terry Pratchett

“I loved this novel where cultures collide when a tsunami hits a tropical island.  2 youth, native Mau and shipwrecked Brit Daphne, find ways to survive and gather other survivors to create a new nation. When Daphne’s father arrives with his traditional British imperial viewpoint, Daphne struggles to make him understand the culture she’s found on the island.

A couple of favorite quotes:
“Why is it always so, so… northern hemisphere?” said Daphne. “Turn the world upside down” (picture a globe – who says North is up?  We’re just used to thinking of it that way.) Mau – “We cannot be stronger than the Empire – but we can be something it doesn’t dare to be.” Mau’s oft-repeated mantra during his struggles : “does not happen!”

I read this in part because my daughter was doing disaster relief in American Samoa after the tsunami that stuck the islands in September. It gives a sense of the utter destruction, but Pratchett’s great characters, humor and plot twists make this a thoroughly enjoyable

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or Find It in the library under TEEN FICTION PRATCHETT.

Hadley’s November Recommendation

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman


“Neil Gaiman is one of my all time favorite authors, so it’s surprising (to me) that I haven’t gotten around to reading this book until now. The Graveyard Book is a coming of age story about a boy who was raised by ghosts in a graveyard. Gaiman writes a lot of dark fantasy, with subtle humor and allegory in many of his works. This book really showcases him at his best, and I think others especially appreciated this work as well, since this book won the Newbery award for the most distinguished contribution to literature for children. It’s really for all ages though- my father read it and enjoyed it as well.” 

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or Find It in the library under TEEN FICTION GAIMAN.