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Sisterland : a novel book Sisterland : a novel

Sittenfeld, Curtis.

From an early age, Kate and her identical twin sister, Violet, knew that they were unlike everyone else. Kate and Vi were born with peculiar 'senses,' innate psychic abilities concerning future events and other people's secrets. Though Vi embraced her visions, Kate did her best to hide them. A compelling read for those who enjoy examining familial bonds between sisters, spouses, and parents.

Suggested by Liz

The kitchen house book The kitchen house

Grissom, Kathleen.

Orphaned while onboard a ship from Ireland to America, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work. As a white servant girl, Lavinia perilously straddles two very different worlds, bonding both with the kitchen slaves and the plantation's opium addicted mistress. When she is forced to make a choice, loyalties are brought into question, dangerous truths are laid bare, and lives are put at risk.

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Tibetan peach pie : a true account of an imaginative life CD Tibetan peach pie : a true account of an imaginative life

Robbins, Tom, 1932- author.

Fans of Tom Robbins will love this unconventional autobiography. From his Appalachian childhood to his globetrotting adventures, his unique voice combines the sweet and sly, the spiritual and earthy. Written with the big-hearted comedy and mesmerizing linguistic invention for which he is known, Tibetan Peach Pie is an invitation into the private world of a literary legend.

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Lucky us : a novel book Lucky us : a novel

Bloom, Amy, 1953-

Set in pre- and post-WWII Ohio, Los Angeles, New York and Germany, half sisters Eva and Iris journey through 1940s America in search of fame and fortune.

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Natural born charmer book Natural born charmer

Phillips, Susan Elizabeth.

NFL quarterback Dean Robillard has set off on a cross-country trip and when he hits a lonely stretch of Colorado highway, he spies something that will shake up his gilded life in ways he can't imagine. A young woman . . . dressed in a beaver suit. Blue Bailey is on a mission to murder her ex. Or at least inflict serious damage. As for the beaver suit she's wearing . . . Is it her fault that life keeps throwing her curveballs? Full of Phillips' brand of witty banter and cast of crazy characters this book combines heart with a dash of humor to create a unique tale of personal and emotional discovery.

Suggested by Marina

Anansi boys book Anansi boys

Gaiman, Neil.

When Fat Charlie's dad named something, it stuck. Twenty years later, Charlie Nancy can't shake that name, one of the many embarrassing "gifts" his father bestowed -- before he dropped dead on a karaoke stage and ruined Fat Charlie's life. Charlie's dad wasn't just any dad, he was Anansi, the spirit of rebellion, able to overturn the social order, create wealth out of thin air, and baffle the devil. Some said he could cheat even Death himself. With legends included alongside the main story this book will appeal to those that enjoy folk tales, fairy tales and legends re-imagined.

Suggested by Marina

Cabin pressure : one man's desperate attempt to recapture his youth as a camp counselor book Cabin pressure : one man's desperate attempt to recapture his youth as a camp counselor

Wolk, Josh, 1969-
796.54 WOLK

Three months before getting married at age thirty-four, Josh Wolk decides to treat himself to a "farewell to childhood" extravaganza: one last summer working at the beloved Maine boys' camp where he spent most of the eighties. And there he finds out that there's no better way to see how much you've changed than to revisit a place that hasn't changed at all. This is a book for anybody who has gone to summer camp and yearned to go back--and why you can't (or shouldn't).

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I'd like to apologize to every teacher I ever had : my year as a rookie teacher at Northeast High book I'd like to apologize to every teacher I ever had : my year as a rookie teacher at Northeast High

Danza, Tony.
371.1009 DANZA

Entering Northeast’s crowded halls in September of 2009, Tony Danza found his way to a classroom filled with twenty-six students who were determined not to cut him any slack. They cared nothing about “Mr. Danza’s” showbiz credentials, and they immediately put him on the hot seat. This was an extremely honest and poignant account of Danza's period as a first time teacher. He wasn't afraid to share his emotions (good or bad) with either the students he was teaching or the audience he was relating his experiences to.

Suggested by Marina

One summer [America, 1927] CD One summer [America, 1927]

Bryson, Bill.
CD 973.91 BRYSON

One of the most admired nonfiction writers of our time retells the story of one truly fabulous year in the life of his native country; a fascinating and gripping narrative featuring such out-sized American heroes as Charles Lindbergh, Babe Ruth, and yes Herbert Hoover, and a gallery of criminals (Al Capone), eccentrics (Shipwreck Kelly), and close-mouthed politicians (Calvin Coolidge). With this engrossing compilation of characters that shaped much of what happened in the summer of 1927 I was endlessly amused, astonished, aghast and awed by true tales narrated by Bryson himself. A book for history buffs.

Suggested by Marina

Breathe, Annie, breathe Teen Book Breathe, Annie, breathe

Kenneally, Miranda.

Annie hates running. No matter how far she jogs, she can’t escape the guilt that if she hadn’t broken up with Kyle, he might still be alive. So to honor his memory, she starts preparing for the marathon he intended to race. Full of emotional highs and lows this story of overcoming heartache and physical pain is story about bridging the gap between being a teenager and becoming an adult and the decisions and perseverance that requires. I enjoyed the realistic way that the alternating internal turmoil and peace that Annie had while moving forward in her life was dealt with.

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