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Sense & Sensibility by Joanna Trollope
Sense & Sensibility

Rachel Coker, October 31, 2014

A modern retelling of Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility?" Yes, please! Joanna Trollope does an excellent job of bringing the Dashwood girls' plight and ultimate triumph into the world of Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. The villains are just as dastardly, the houses just as grand and the women just as obsessed with marriage and money as ever. It's light and frothy and fun, just as the original must have been a hundred years ago. This book is part of a project to update all of Austen's novels, and I'm eagerly awaiting the arrival of "Emma" as retold by Alexander McCall Smith this fall.
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The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
The Language of Flowers

Rachel Coker, October 26, 2014

This is a challenging book with a protagonist who initially is difficult to like. But if you stick with it, you will find a novel that has a lot to say about self-love, motherhood, forgiveness and growing up. Along the way, you will also learn a bit about the Victorian-era language of flowers and about foster children. Highly recommended.
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The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
The Language of Flowers

Rachel Coker, October 26, 2014

This is a challenging book with a protagonist who initially is difficult to like. But if you stick with it, you will find a novel that has a lot to say about self-love, motherhood, forgiveness and growing up. Along the way, you will also learn a bit about the Victorian-era language of flowers and about foster children. Highly recommended.
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Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman and Skottie Young
Fortunately, the Milk

Rachel Coker, October 6, 2014

Such fun! Neil Gaiman gives us a harried father who spins a crazy tale featuring volcanoes, pirates and a time-traveling dinosaur. The ending, believe it or not, may remind you of "The Usual Suspects." This is a wonderful read-aloud book with kids, something beyond a 10-minute picture book but not the same time commitment as "The Secret Garden" and other big classics. We wrapped it up in three nights, and my 7- and 10-year-olds were entirely delighted.
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All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
All the Light We Cannot See

Rachel Coker, September 28, 2014

Once this gorgeous book sucked me in, I found the world around me dissolving and felt a frustration that there was still laundry to be done, dinners to be cooked, phone calls to answer. "All the Light We Cannot See" is a World War II book, a work of historical fiction and a coming-of-age story. But it's so much more. It conjures up worlds not often considered, from the despair of a brilliant orphan who barely escapes life as a miner only to be chewed up by the German war machine to the lives of civilians in Saint-Malo, trapped for years under occupation that threatens to squelch their humanity completely. I've read numerous books set during the war, but I've rarely encountered a story told with such beauty and lyricism. The story unfolds with a dramatically nonlinear timeline, which I know some readers will find difficult, but I found that it added a sense of suspense to the book.
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