Fiction

If you haven’t heard of Scott Pilgrim yet, hit yourself upside the head and pick this up. Scott is 23, with a high school girlfriend, an awful band, no job, and no motivation to take any responsibility for himself. Then comes Ramona Flowers. Interlaced with band battles, skateboard showdowns, and ninjas, are the real questions of who we are and how we get to be these people.  

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Jocelyn
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$11.99
ISBN: 9781932664089
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Published: Oni Press - April 20th, 2010

Separated by time and space, from middle America to the coasts, Becca and Buckley grow up in the 50’s through the 80’s, connected tenuously by the strikes of lightning that changed their lives. This is not a love story, but the search for identity and understanding amongst the strangers that surround us, and the chance events that shape our lives. 

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Jocelyn

Even in a small provincial French town, nothing is quite as simple as it appears. Vianne arrives as a stranger, mysterious and exotic, with a touch of witchcraft. Her presence, her beliefs, and her chocolate threaten to forever change the status quo of this community, as she fights against prejudice and persecution, offering honesty and compassion.  

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Jocelyn
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$16.00
ISBN: 9780140282030
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Published: Penguin Books - January 1st, 2000

In the great tradition of samurai revenge films, Across the Nightingale Floor follows the story of 16-year old Tomasu, known as Takeo, who in feudal Japan is drawn into the complex game of politics and war. Samurai codes, marriage politics, secret ninja heritages, teenage true love and, of course, the over-whelming drive for vengeance for those dead. 

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Jocelyn
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ISBN: 9781573223324
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 3rd, 2003

If there were ever a story about the American dream, this is it. But not perhaps the dream you expect; this is a story of immigration, sweatshops, and desperate poverty, and of one girl’s struggle to rise into a better life using the only asset she has: her miraculous, untrammeled intelligence. I started reading this book in the middle of a move, and I burned through it in two days—it’s really that good!
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Kat
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ISBN: 9781594485152
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 3rd, 2011

The title is a dead giveaway that this isn’t a happy-ending kind of book. It is, however, the kind of book that proves that sad doesn’t mean bad. In a frightening future where books and the written word are now obsolete, Lenny still loves them. He also wants to live forever. Funny and insightful, this is a heartbreaking look at the importance of emotion and the ties that bind us.
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Flannery
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ISBN: 9780812977868
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Published: Random House Trade - May 3rd, 2011

Southern whites’ guilt for not expressing gratitude to the black maids who raised them threatens to become a familiar refrain. But don’t tell Kathryn Stockett, because her first novel is a nuanced variation on the theme that strikes every note with authenticity. In a page-turner that brings new resonance to the moral issues involved, she spins a story of social awakening as seen from both sides of the American racial divide. —The Washington Post
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ISBN: 9780425232200
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Published: Berkley Books - April 5th, 2011

This whip-smart book skips through time, style, and tone with ease, as a dazzling array of complex characters struggle with who they’ve become, and with the violently changed world they find themselves in. Egan’s writing is subtle but has some pointed things to say about life, change, and humanity in general. Funny, melancholy, and captivating, this is a fresh, vibrant story that thrums with the energy of a finely tuned bass. I loved it.
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Flannery
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ISBN: 9780307477477
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Published: Anchor Books - March 22nd, 2011

This book has it all: love, intrigue, espionage, and a bit of history holding it all together. Taking us back to a time when a scraped knee could lead to death, Life photojournalist Claire Shipley is assigned to report on the development of penicillin, a drug that could save the war. If you like historical fiction with a strong female lead, I highly recommend this one.
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Clytia
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ISBN: 9780061252525
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Published: Harper Perennial - March 29th, 2011

When you hear the premise of Room, you may cringe. It’s a dark one. The book centers around a 5-year-old and his mother, who have been imprisoned in a man’s backyard for years. But the voice of Jack, the playful, smart protagonist, lifts the story out of darkness and puts it on par with novels like The Lovely Bones. It’s a staggeringly good read, the sort of book you can fall into for hours and hours.
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Kat
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ISBN: 9780316098328
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Published: Back Bay Books - May 18th, 2011

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