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A man stands on a balcony, overlooking a city.  The man is dressed in black with white hair, the city is rendered in orange colors.

Vicious

V. E. Schwab
5
Rated by
Bethany T.
Thursday, Jan 2, 2014

Victor Vale and Eli Cardale are brilliant calculating risk-takers and the smartest pre-med students at their prestigious university; they also happen to be best friends. For a class project, Eli decides to research the so-called E.O.'s--extraordinary people who seem to demonstrate abnormal abilities not unlike superpowers. What's more, during his research, Eli realizes that he might be able to synthesize an E.O., and he wants to try it on himself. What happens next leave both him and Victor changed forever.

One black man sitting with white girls on a long bench.

White Girls

Hilton Als
4
Rated by
Melody B.K.
Thursday, Jan 2, 2014

Hilton Als' essays about gender identity, race awareness, African-American gay men and masculinity will give readers severe whiplash. He does indeed discuss several white girls, Flannery O'Connor for one, but then he also explores the white-girlness of Truman Capote, Michael Jackson and Eminem. The chapter on Richard Pryor is my absolute favorite and is followed by a confusing and bizarre fictional rumination about Richard Pryor's sister. Don't try to find a rhyme or reason to White Girls, just enjoy.

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Great House

Nicole Krauss
5
Rated by
Michelle H.
Monday, Dec 30, 2013

A Chilean poet gives a young woman a writing desk full of drawers and cabinets and secret compartments and then disappears under Pinochet’s dictatorship. Later, another woman requests that the desk be returned, and so begins a grand and sorrowful story of the writers who share the desk as it moves from one recipient to another.

Winger by Andrew Smith

Winger

Andrew Smith
3
Tuesday, Dec 24, 2013

Ryan Dean West, Winger to his friends, is determined to take control of his junior year. In the Venn diagram of life, most people overlap, or at least most junior guys at Winger's school, it is that little crescent outside that makes us stand out. For Ryan Dean, it is that he is a 14 year old junior, two years younger than his other classmates. That means he doesn't need to shave, hasn't hit his growth spurt, and has no skill with the ladies.

Wild Comfort

Kathleen Dean Moore
5
Rated by
Hannah Jane C.
Monday, Dec 23, 2013

Perhaps the best essay in Wild Comfort is the piece that launches the collection, The Solace of Snakes. It’s possible that it’s my favorite essay because of her cunning implementation of snake tins (sheets of metal) to give snakes a proper home in a cleared field. Kathleen Dean Moore further explains her recordings each day as she carefully lifts the snake tins and examines the life beneath: “A large vole. . .

A pink flower with a short green stem. The petals and leaves are flyng away from the flower.

The Husband's Secret

Liane Moriarty
4
Rated by
Diane H.
Monday, Dec 23, 2013

In The Husband's Secret the lives of three Australian women are intertwined in ways they would never have thought possible. For years, the tragedy of a teenage daughter’s death has haunted one of the women and unknowingly affected another. The third woman, faced with a marital earthquake, takes her young son to her hometown of Sydney.

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The Language of Flowers

Vanessa Diffenbaugh
4
Rated by
Helen H.
Thursday, Dec 19, 2013

Victoria Jones has just aged out of the foster care system, and her case worker is transporting her to a transitional home. In alternating chapters, the reader watches Victoria make her way in the world while learning about her past. Whether looking forward or back, her past, present, and future are riveting.

Monday, Dec 9, 2013

In the 14th Century, Klaus lives the life of a simple woodcarver who begins to carve toys for all the children of his village after the Black Death strikes his village. In the years to come, his fame spreads through out the region. So much so, that it becomes impossible for him to deliver all the toys on one night. Here begins the magic and whimsy that will influence Klaus for the rest of his natural life...and beyond! Here starts the legend of Santa Claus!

Fortress in the Eye of Time

C. J. Cherryh
5
Rated by
Rachel C.
Friday, Dec 6, 2013

In the mood for detailed, lovingly described, slightly creepy, and very political high fantasy? Have I got a book for you!

(In the mood for a quick, light read? Come back later.)

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

Holly Black
5
Friday, Dec 6, 2013

After years of living in the shadows, being glorified as sparkly lovers and dangerous enemies and on TV, vampires have revealed themselves to humans. After a nasty outbreak of vampirism, thanks to a misplaced act of mercy, the world cannot ignore the lore. Infected cities are walled off from the public, called Coldtowns, these places are exquisite prisons for vampires. Humans, enthralled with the beauty and horror of vampires flock to the Coldtowns to offer their sweet red blood for the chance of being turned.

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