Staff picks tagged "adults"

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The Spectacular Now

4

If you're looking for a good dose of realistic fiction with a Holden Caulfield-esque main character, take a chance on "The Spectacular Now." Read more...

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Astonish Me

4

Ballet takes center stage in this novel that highlights the rigors of professional dance and the challenges of self-acceptance. Read more...

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The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

5

A delightful read with interesting and wonderful characters. I didn't want to put it down! Read more...

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A Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip: A Memoir of Seventh Grade

4

For anyone who's tried a little too hard to forget seventh grade, this memoir suggests it just might be worth remembering, no matter how awkward. Read more...

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The Girl With All the Gifts

4

Sometimes when you open Pandora's box, you get much more than you bargained for. Read more...

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As She Climbed Across the Table

5

Black holes are no match for true love. Read more...

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone

5

A gorgeous, dangerous, magical fantasy that I never want to be done with. Read more...

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Vampires in the Lemon Grove

4

These are stories that strain credulity while endeavoring to delineate exactly those things that make us human. Read more...

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A Hundred Flowers: A Novel

5

You won't regret taking a journey with this ordinary family facing extraordinary times. Read more...

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Plastic Purge: How to Use Less Plastic, Eat Better, Keep Toxins Out of Your Body, and Help Save the Sea Turtles!

4

SanClements has convinced me. Plastic is our frenemy! Read more...

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Half Bad

4

Witches living among humans, in England, undetected. A teen boy with magical powers. Thinking of Harry Potter? Think again. Read more...

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Tyringham Park

4

The most unflinching portrait of aristocratic dysfunction since Goya, "Tyringham Park" puts the "down" in "Downton Abbey." Read more...

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Six-Gun Snow White

4

The fairest of them all is packing heat. Read more...

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Annihilation

4

"Annihilation" is a novel that's as dense, murky and foreboding as the mysterious Area X it seeks to describe. Read more...

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Mastering the Art of French Eating

4

This book will delight the traveling foodie in all of us! Read more...

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The Winter People

3

A bone-chilling read that will have you screaming... DO NOT OPEN THE CLOSET DOOR!! EVER! Read more...

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Crab Monsters, Teenage Cavemen and Candy Stripe Nurses: Roger Corman, King of the B-Movies

4

Never mind the teddy bear and blankie. These are my precious childhood memories. Read more...

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Inside the Dream Palace: The Life and Times of New York's Legendary Chelsea

3

A history of the Chelsea Hotel, also known as the coolest building on Earth. Read more...

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Americanah

5

A beautifully-told story about two people born in Nigeria who fall in love, move apart and have to make unexpected choices about their lives. Read more...

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Pandora's Lunchbox: How Processed Food Took Over the American Meal

4

An interesting, educational and sometimes humorous look at the American diet (from processed cheese to boxed cereal), and how it got that way. Read more...

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Pure

5

I couldn't stop reading this modern sci-fi classic, and I devoured its two sequels as fast as I could. Read more...

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Sea Creatures

4

"Sea Creatures" examines the strength of parental love, and offers proof of our capacity to correct a course and move forward. Read more...

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We Are Water

5

This modern family drama is thought-compelling, well-written and intense. Read more...

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Archetype: A Novel

5

My heart was racing, I could not read this fast enough! I absolutely loved every minute of it. Read more...

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My Beloved World

5

A candid and inspiring memoir of Sonia Sotomayor's journey to the U.S. Supreme Court. Read more...

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The Rosie Project

5

If you like Sheldon in "The Big Bang Theory," you'll love Don in "The Rosie Project." Read more...

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The Sweetheart Bargain

4

This is a sweetheart of a romance about dogs, Coast Guard heroes, girls trying to start over and meddling grandmothers. Read more...

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Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies

4

Thoughtful discourse on topics ranging from football to gun control to songwriting, combined with awesome new and quotable curse words. Read more...

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The Other Typist

4

Who is Odalie Lazar? Intrigue, dark humor and mistaken identitity in this bathtub gin-fueled noir mystery will keep you guessing until the very end! Read more...

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Night Film

4

Fans of Stieg Larsson and Gillian Flynn will enjoy this super-creepy thriller that will keep you up at night! Read more...

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Moosewood Restaurant Favorites: The 250 Most-Requested, Naturally Delicious Recipes from One of America's Best-Loved Restaurants

5

My new favorite cookbook! I've been eating my way through it all winter. Read more...

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Drizzled with Death

4

When town nasty, Alanza Speedwell, keels over dead in a plate of pancakes and syrup, the town of Sugar Grove finds itself in a sticky murder case. Read more...

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Fifty Shames of Earl Grey (Fifty Shames #1)

4

A satisfying, laugh-out-loud parody of E. L. James' bestselling Fifty Shades of Grey series. Read more...

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Smile at Strangers: And Other Lessons in the Art of Living Fearlessly

4

Chicken soup for the soul of anyone who takes personal safety and personal growth seriously. Read more...

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I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp

5

The brilliant/stupid diary of a jerk-genius. Read more...

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Isa Does It: Amazingly Easy, Wildly Delicious Vegan Recipes for Every Day of the Week

4

I am in love with this cookbook! The recipes are so awesome, I am purchasing my own personal copy. Read more...

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Longbourn

4

Longbourn is for fans of Jane Austen, "Pride and Prejudice" or "Downton Abbey." If, like me, you love all three, pick this one up immediately! Read more...

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Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir

5

I've never laughed out loud at a book as much as I did reading this memoir. Recommended for anyone who likes their humor dark and strange. Read more...

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Three Bags Full: A Sheep Detective Story

5

Sheep detectives. What more motivation do you need? Read more...

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This is How: Help for the Self

5

This is why, for you, anything is possible. Because you are made of everything. Read more...

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The Lowland

4

Set in India and America, this is a sweeping novel about two brothers, family tragedy and trying to pick up the pieces. Read more...

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The Ocean at the End of the Lane

5

Listening to this novel reminds you of being a little kid tucked in tight while your favorite grandparent reads you a dark and magical bedtime story. Read more...

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An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace

4

This book will encourage you to take more time in your kitchen as you revel in the simplest of ingredients! Read more...

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The Husband's Secret

4

My jaw literally dropped when Cecilia read the secret letter. Then I got to the end and it dropped some more. I did not see that one coming! Read more...

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The Wicked Girls

4

If psychological thrillers are your bag, pick this up and you'll be creeped out in no time! Read more...

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Craft Activism: People, Ideas, and Projects From the New Community of Handmade and How You Can Join In

5

This is the perfect primer for anyone who loves to craft, create and lend a helping hand to their communities. Read more...

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The Violinist's Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code

5

This book should be mandatory reading for humans. Read more...

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The Shining Girls

5

"The Shining Girls" is a genre-bending thriller that hits every important mark with confidence and swagger. Read more...

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A Curious Man: The Strange and Brilliant Life of Robert "Believe It or Not" Ripley

4

Believe it! You will like this book! Read more...

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Life After Life

5

Beautifully written. Makes me go "hmmm," in the best possible way. Read more...

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Crazy Rich Asians

4

Ever wonder what it's like to be rich? And not just rich rich, but crazy rich? Think "The Bold and the Beautiful" or "Dynasty" set in Singapore. Read more...

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You Are One of Them

3

Elliott Holt's debut novel is a Cold War mystery that addresses themes of friendship, loss and our capacity to forge our own identity. Read more...

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Fin & Lady

4

I cried at the end, partially because I felt all the feels, but mostly because this beautiful coming-of-age story was over. Read more...

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Where'd You Go, Bernadette

4

Maria Semple skewers contemporary Seattle in an epistolary novel that is trenchant, funny and, in the end, surprisingly uplifting. Read more...

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Dead Ever After

3

A quick summer read that wraps up the adventures of everyone's favorite telepath, Sookie Stackhouse. Read more...

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Pink Think: Becoming a Woman in Many Uneasy Lessons

4

Honestly, girls, I don't see what the problem is. Read more...

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Relish: My Life in the Kitchen

5

You know how people eat to live or live to eat? This is for us live-to-eaters. Read more...

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Brick by Brick: How LEGO Rewrote the Rules of Innovation and Conquered the Global Toy Industry

3

Part company history and part turnaround story, "Brick by Brick" tells the engaging tale of innovation inside the LEGO empire. Read more...

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He's Gone

3

Dark and raw, this book of psychological suspense, love, betrayal and truth will haunt you until the very end. Read more...

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Craft-a-Day: 365 Simple Handmade Projects

3

What's not to love about this adorable and inspiring craft book? Read more...

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The Aviator's Wife

4

A glimpse into the private life (and hell) of one of the world's most famous couples. Read more...

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We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

5

How accurate are our memories? This remarkable novel delves deep into that and more as its pages unfold. Read more...

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The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor

4

Fans of Mark Bowden's "Black Hawk Down" will appreciate this dense, detailed and, ultimately, heartbreaking story of modern war. Read more...

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The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls

3

This summer's first buzz-worthy literary debut is smart, scandalous and seductive. Read more...

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Decisive: How to Make Better Decisions in Life and Work

4

We make decisions all the time, but rarely consider how. "Decisive" changes that and offers a window into the decision-making process. Read more...

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Adulting: How to Become a Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps

5

Practical life advice that reads like a hilarious conversation with your best friend? Yes, please! Read more...

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The Dinner

5

Lives are unraveled and madness revealed over dinner. Read more...

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The Rage

5

Expertly plotted and peppered with gritty realism, "The Rage" offers a contemporary crime novel with the perfect blend of street smarts and tension. Read more...

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Reconstructing Amelia

3

A thrilling debut from a writer to watch. Read more...

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The Socialite Who Killed a Nazi With Her Bare Hands and 143 Other Fascinating People Who Died This Past Year: The Best of the New York Times Obituaries

3

It doesn't live up to the greatest title since "The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-up Zombies," but how could it? Read more...

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Gone Girl

4

A psychological thriller that will keep you guessing until the very last page. Read more...

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The Expats

4

Secrets-- how to keep them and who to keep them from-- lie at the heart of Chris Pavone's riveting new spy thriller. Read more...

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Saturday Night Widows: The Adventures of Six Friends Remaking Their Lives

4

Young widows are those unlucky people who have to make second chances for themselves. This is a story of overcoming the unthinkable. Read more...

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The Secret Keeper

4

A wonderful and beautifully written family saga layered with mystery, romance, hidden secrets and more. Read more...

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Pies and Prejudice

4

Forget Lucky Charms-- the pies at the Charmed Pie Shoppe are what's really magically delicious. Read more...

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The Hungry Ear: Poems of Food & Drink

4

This is the perfect antidote for our era of processed foods and artificial additives; a recipe for how to enjoy food's simple pleasures. Read more...

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Spring Fever

4

A funny family drama with a sprinkle of corporate intrigue, Southern-style. Read more...

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You Are the Love of My Life

4

All is not what it first may seem in this heart-wrenching novel of love, loss and family secrets. Read more...

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A Historical Guidebook to Old Columbus

4

Rich in detail and filled with colorful characters, this historical guidebook provides a fascinating account of Columbus history. Read more...

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You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up: A Love Story

4

It's chock-full of stalking, snark and antidepressants. What more could you ask from a classic romance? Read more...

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The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human

4

Are stories an evolutionary adaptation, or are they an evolutionary side effect? Do they mirror reality or shape it? Read on and find out. Read more...

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The Death of Bees

5

A dark, quirky coming-of-age story that starts off with a bang and keeps you turning the pages. Read more...

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The Dog Stars

4

Imagine the editors of "Field and Stream," "Soldier of Fortune" and "Poetry" magazine getting together to write a post-apocalyptic novel. Read more...

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The Painted Girls

5

A story so good I drove an extra block every day just to keep listening. You will never look at Degas' ballet dancers the same way again. Read more...

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The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook

5

True confession: A Rachael Ray book and the Internet taught me how to cook, but it was Smitten Kitchen that sealed the deal. Read more...

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Young House Love: 243 Ways to Paint, Craft, Update, Organize, and Show Your Home Some Love

5

Fun book for a new homeowner or experienced decorator. Great tips and a variety projects for any budget! Read more...

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The Diviners

4

"The Diviners" is nothing if not ambitious, comparing favorably to such supernatural classics as "The Stand" and "American Gods." Read more...

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Oddly Normal: One Family's Struggle to Help Their Teenage Son Come to Terms with His Sexuality

4

An emotional story all parents should read, not just parents of LGBT youth. I wish every LGBT teen could have parents like this. Read more...

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Talking to the Dead

4

Harry Bingham's riveting U.S. debut introduces readers to Fionna Griffiths, a Welsh detective with razor-sharp intelligence and a mysterious past. Read more...

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The Happiness Project or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun

5

If you've ever thought about becoming a happier person-- and let's face it, who hasn't?-- this is the book for you. Read more...

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The Onion Presents: Christmas Exposed

4

Ho, ho, ho? I don't think so. Read more...

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Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety

5

A thoughtful and often hilarious must-read. Read more...

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Back to Blood

4

One of the keenest social observers of our time is back with a blistering look at the cultural clashes that simmer in southern Florida. Read more...

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Graceland: An Interactive Pop-Up Tour

4

Nothing will help you channel your inner Elvis like this pop-up, pop culture extravaganza. Read more...

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Tell the Wolves I'm Home

5

For anyone who has ever felt set apart, odd or like they just didn't fit in the world. Read more...

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11/22/63: A Novel

4

Love, loss, history and time travel collide in this ambitious and, ultimately, likable novel. Read more...

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How to be a Woman

5

This book will change your life for the funnier. No worries, you can thank me later. Read more...

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Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness

5

I’ve been telling anyone who will listen just how amazing this book is. It is an absolutely incredible true story of strength and determination. Read more...

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The Vanishers

4

Beautifully complex, this novel is not at all what it may first seem. Read more...

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Goliath

4

This is a spare and pensive retelling that reminds us that there are two sides to every story, even the most familiar. Read more...

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The Time of Our Lives: A Conversation About America

3

Take a break from election madness and listen to (or read!) this great audiobook about recapturing the American Dream. Read more...

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Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend

5

It will make you laugh, it will make you cry and it will make your heart soar with pride. Read more...

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A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

5

Hands down, one of my favorite books of all time. Read more...

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How to Sharpen Pencils: A Practical and Theoretical Treatise on the Artisanal Craft of Pencil Sharpening

4

Recommended if you like the humor of John Hodgman, Dave Eggers, McSweeney's or Amy Sedaris. Read more...

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Vital Voices: The Power of Women Leading Change Around the World

5

Inspiring stories about women making a difference worldwide! Read more...

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Flashman on the March

5

Horatio Hornblower? Wimp. Richard Sharpe? Peasant. When it comes to fictional British military figures, accept nothing less than Sir Harry Flashman. Read more...

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Rurally Screwed: My Life Off the Grid with the Cowboy I Love

4

I picked this up, giggled at the title and had a hard time putting it down to do anything else over the course of the few days it took me to finish. Read more...

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Bunheads

5

Think "Black Swan," just without all the cray-cray. Read more...

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Mad Women: The Other Side of Life on Madison Avenue in the '60s and Beyond

5

If you like the TV show "Mad Men," but wonder what it was really like to be a woman on Madison Avenue, then this is the book for you! Read more...

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Running Away to Home: Our Family's Journey to Croatia

4

When the American Dream goes horribly wrong, sometimes merely getting out of Dodge isn't enough. Read more...

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Into the Darkest Corner

4

This page-turning thriller will grab you by the pit of your stomach and will never let you go. Read more...

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How Will You Measure Your Life?

4

How Will You Measure Your Life offers a unique perspective on charting life's course. Read more...

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The Baseball: Stunts, Scandals, and Secrets Beneath the Stitches

4

This is perfect reading for a pennant race. Catch it! Read more...

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Pure

4

I read a lot of dystopian and post-apocalyptic books, but this... this was something else. Read more...

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Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots

4

After finishing this book, I could not stop thinking about it-- this memoir is both compelling and horrifying. Read more...

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Roadfood: The Coast-to-Coast Guide to 800 of the Best Barbecue Joints, Lobster Shacks, Ice Cream Parlors, Highway Diners, and Much, Much More

4

It's summer and a middle-aged man's fancy turns to love...of barbecue. And home fries. And enormous stacks of pancakes. Read more...

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Seating Arrangements

4

What you think will be a sweet story about a family wedding quickly turns into a string of complicated, tense and darkly comical mishaps. Read more...

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Girls in White Dresses

5

I can't help but think this would be GREAT for a book club, especially one that is all women who like wine. Read more...

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Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses

4

I've been practicing yoga for a little over a year, but you don't need to practice yoga to enjoy this book. Read more...

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Don't Put Me In, Coach: My Incredible NCAA Journey from the End of the Bench to the End of the Bench

4

This memoir is rambling and child-like and a must-read for OSU hoop fans. Read more...

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Punching Tom Hanks: Dropkicking Gorillas and Pummeling Zombified Ex-Presidents: A Guide to Beating Up Anything

5

Intrigued by the title, I started reading this book. Pretty soon I was hooked (or would that be a jab?). Read more...

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Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game

3

I heart baseball and had fun reading about the back-office side of the sport. Read more...

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InGenius: A Crash Course on Creativity

4

If you only read one book on creativity, make it InGenius. Read more...

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Ready Player One

5

A little romance, a little dystopia, a whole lot of action and adventure, this book was absolutely adorkable! Read more...

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Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

5

Every introvert should read this book. So should everyone who loves an introvert, teaches introverts, works with introverts or raises an introvert. Read more...

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MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search For A New Best Friend

4

Bertsche does a great job of explaining the trials and tribulations of "friend dating" in this fast, fun and enjoyable read. Read more...

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Bossypants

5

I am really sad that Bossypants is over, and to me, that is the mark of a great book! Read more...