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The Penderwicks in Spring

5

This story mixes the modern day family with old fashioned charm and values. Read more...

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Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America

5

Fans of true crime and detective stories would do well to pick up this gripping, deeply-reported account of a South Los Angeles homicide. Read more...

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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

5

Best first line ever: "It's a weirdly subtle conversation. I almost don't notice I'm being blackmailed." Read more...

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The Book of Unknown Americans

5

A beautiful story about familial bonds, overcoming tragedy and the immigrant experience. Read more...

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The Whale in My Swimming Pool

5

Dying for a swim? It's not that simple when there's a whale in your pool! 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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The Bullet

4

This book immediately starts off with a bang. No pun intended. Read more...

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So You've Been Publicly Shamed

4

A breezy book about shame from the always affable and earnest Jon Ronson? Sure, sign me up! Read more...

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The Martian

5

I've never seen such a hilarious suspense story before in my life! I wanted to read it again as soon as I finished. Read more...

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Echo: A Novel

4

A harmonica + four lives = one amazing story Read more...