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Snow Crash (Bantam Spectra Book)
Snow Crash (Bantam Spectra Book)
by Neal Stephenson
Staff Pick
Snow Crash is one of my favorites. It's an epic cyber-punk tale that contains elements that are both fantastical and very realistic. The characters are richly imagined, even the villains. It is fast paced and well embellished, containing elements of... (read more)

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Peter and the Starcatchers
Peter and the Starcatchers
by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
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Peter and the Starcatchers is a nearly perfect, swashbuckling adventure that's sure to please girls and boys alike. A brilliantly conceived prequel to Peter Pan.... (read more)

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Persepolis 2 : Story of a Return (04 Edition)
Persepolis 2 : Story of a Return (04 Edition)
by Marjane Satrapi
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I must admit I read this, the second installment of Satrapi's illustrated autobiography, before reading the first. Without the full premise of how she left her native country of Iran for Europe, it was easy to think that I had found a interesting... (read more)

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Eldest (Inheritance Cycle #02)
Eldest (Inheritance Cycle #02)
by Christopher Paolini
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In his online newsletter Alagaesia, Christopher Paolini shares, "Writing Eldest was one of the hardest things I've ever done, as was writing Eragon, although in different ways. I pushed myself with Eldest, both in terms of the characters, the story, and... (read more)

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Portrait in Sepia
Portrait in Sepia
by Isabel Allende
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Possible Side Effects
Possible Side Effects
by Augusten Burroughs
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As with other funny memoirists like Laurie Notaro or David Rakoff, Augusten Burroughs finds humor and absurdity in all sorts of mundane events. The twist is that Burroughs life — particularly his childhood — provides the surreal backdrop to a writer... (read more)

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Crescent
Crescent
by Diana Abu-Jaber
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This is a kind of pampering. One enters a woman's world steeped with sensual and lyrical concerns. Psychology is laced with luxurious metaphor. A very insightful and pleasurable read.... (read more)

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Possession: A Romance
Possession: A Romance
by A.S. Byatt
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Byatt's use of language is lyrical and poignant. It drips from the pages like honey from a lover's tongue....Possession is the sheer essence of Byatt's work. She weaves the tale of a pair of literary scholars studying the lives of two Victorian poets. As... (read more)

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The Golden Compass: Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition (His Dark Materials #01)
The Golden Compass: Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition (His Dark Materials #01)
by Philip Pullman
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A gorgeous new edition of a gripping book that's officially for children but adored by adult readers as well. New "document" additions to this edition include letters from Lord Asriel.... (read more)

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The Polar Express
The Polar Express
by Chris Van Allsburg
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Could a bookseller's favorite book really be a children's Christmas picture book? I am often asked to name my favorite book — an impossible question to answer, really — and I find myself mentioning The Polar Express time and again (not without... (read more)

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Fat City (California Fiction)
Fat City (California Fiction)
by Leonard Gardner
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Fat City is the first (and, sadly, only) novel by Leonard Gardner. It is 180 pages of boxing, booze, lousy jobs, poisoned relationships, and flophouse squalor. It perfectly captures the characters' desperation, hopelessness, and faded dreams. If you are... (read more)

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Human Nature: The Shooting Script
Human Nature: The Shooting Script
by Charlie Kaufman
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I don't even know how to begin writing anything in relation to the work of Charlie Kaufman. Is he really the most original voice working in Hollywood — or, just an escaped mental patient who has gone undetected amidst the denizens of LA? In either case... (read more)

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Abarat
Abarat
by Clive Barker
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Wildly imaginitive and superbly illustrated. Barker's snapshot-styled otherworldly adventure is ideal for intermittent reading and intriguing enough to avoid putting down. Highly entertaining.... (read more)

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A Thousand Splendid Suns: A Novel
A Thousand Splendid Suns: A Novel
by Khaled Hosseini
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Never mind the sophomore slump — this book devours that cliché. As well as illuminating the rich history and familial culture behind war-torn Afghanistan, A Thousand Splendid Suns is filled with authentic relationships and characters that are... (read more)

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Push
Push
by Sapphire
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Sapphire pulls no punches with her story of Precious Jones, an illiterate, inner-city 16-year-old who is yet again pregnant with her father's child. Through her eyes, life is indeed precious — even riven as hers is. Raw, angry, bleak, and... (read more)

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The Last True Story I'll Ever Tell: An Accidental Soldier's Account of the War in Iraq
The Last True Story I'll Ever Tell: An Accidental Soldier's Account of the War in Iraq
by John F. Crawford
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John Crawford, like many others, joined the National Guard for college money, not to fight a war. Just short of graduating, he found himself called to active duty to serve in Baghdad during the Iraq invasion. A view of the war not portrayed on national... (read more)

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Cold Mountain
Cold Mountain
by Charles Frazier
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This heartbreaking story of a Confederate soldier is absolutely riveting. Although Inman is gravely wounded, he deserts the army and heads back home on foot, keenly aware that he has the slimmest chance of making it alive. Trying to elude bounty... (read more)

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The History of Love: A Novel
The History of Love: A Novel
by Nicole Krauss
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In this brilliant work on love and loss, two stories, past and present, merge. With compassion and humor, Nicole Krauss writes a beautiful and incredibly imaginative novel, delivering readers through twists and turns to arrive at a wholly satisfying... (read more)

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The Hot Kid: A Novel
The Hot Kid: A Novel
by Elmore Leonard
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I've only read two Elmore Leonard books, so I can't say for certain if The Hot Kid is his best novel — but I almost can't imagine a better one. Leonard is at the top of his game here, packing his period cops-and-robbers tale with vivid characters... (read more)

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Please Don't Kill the Freshman: A Memoir
Please Don't Kill the Freshman: A Memoir
by Zoe Trope
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"This high school memoir by Zoe Trope takes on all the cliched aspects of high school, but its form dissolves the catalogued pop culture references and the near universal alienation felt by high school misanthropes and pulls off a precise critique. Zoe... (read more)

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