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"Because Texas. That's why. One of the greatest friendships in all of literary history is laid out in perfection. We are loved as we accept those we love for who they really truly are. Beautiful." - Bosco
"James Baldwin is my soul mate. He so expertly pinpoints human truths that he could be everybody's soul mate. This novel about love and loss was so far ahead of its time, ahead of our time, and will probably be illuminating for generations to come." - Consuelo
"Frankenstein is as timely as ever. It's man versus nature versus machine with implications that are truer now than ever." - Andrew H.
"I'm not sure how to blurb this book. That would be like writing a couple of sentences to blurb my entire self. I get this book. I don't understand it, but it's not there to be understood. But I get it. Self care and mental health are important. So important. It is both illuminating and depressing to read about similar experience. This ambivalence is haunting and discomforting and I feel like both a better and worse person for reading. Both bigger and smaller. Both individual and insignificant." - Jan
"This book. THIS. BOOK. I have a short list of "annuals." These are the books I read every year, and The Giver is at the very top of this list. I have read this book seven times. I have had to replace my worn out copy (although I still have it in a place of reverence on my shelf). I haven't read the sequels because I don't want those unanswered questions answered." - Jan
"An epic fantasy story about a world with dragons. For me, this story was not only the introduction to, but set the bar for awesome dragons. It's also mainly about Harpers -- some of the coolest people in Pern. And, of course, the most coveted "pet" in the world -- fire lizards." - Tomoko
"'A screaming came across the sky' and lit up my cerebral cortex: A cornucopia of knowledge, a kaleidescope of prose. I never knew that one man could know so much and write so well." - Bruce
"C'mon - you want to succeed in life, don't you? Do you feel that its society that is holding you back, its rules and mores and such? Do you ever just want to forge your own path? Take a listen to what Balram Halwai has to say about his rise to fame (or is it infamy?) in modern day India. You'll never forget the conversation and will learn a thing or two about life and death." - Raul
"In this gripping novel, Crummey has created a world rich in mythology and folklore, populated by some of the most memorable characters I've ever been introduced to - from Judah, the man found alive in the belly of a whale beached on the shore of a Newfoundland fishing village, to Devine's Widow, a powerful woman whose first name has been lost to history. The langauge is beautiful, and the stories are compelling. A fascinating and memorable read." - Elizabeth
"There are most certainly better Phillip K. Dick books, but not more
important ones. Part innovative sci-fi mystery, part memoir, and part
hideous warning. A Scanner Darkly stands apart from Dick's other
works." - Thomas W.
"Wonderfully childlike in scope, this small story about a boy, his dog, and the quest to whistle perfectly captures the simple spirit of a very young boy's ambitions and his wondrous delight in achieving a goal." - Meghan
"If I could have any superpower I would choose the ability to end a single sentence with the same quiet catharsis and emotional resonance with which Jeffrey Eugenides ends every story. Middlesex is a genealogical epic that traces the history of a recessive mutation as it dwells within an aegean cottage, narrowly escaping eradication at the hands of Ottomans, to its residence in a developing Detroit, overseeing a family's transition from ostracized bootleggers to middle-class restauranteurs, culminating in its manifestation as a genetic anomaly that incites a child's identity crisis and radical quest for self-discovery. This transcendent novel blows through my brain like the winds of the past." - Steven
"Wallace is razor-sharp in his ability to diagnose the ills of modern U.S. culture. Though as dark as that can be, DFW never loses sight of the goodness in humanity. George Saunders called Wallace a "wake-up artist," and this is his clearest wake-up call." - Andrew B.
"No book has captured my imagination (and continues to) like Charlie Bucket's wild journey through Mr. Wonka's factory. This is also the book that I have read the most number of times - several times staying up all night before school to finish it." - Bryan
Alex chose this book.
"Of all the history books I've read, this one has stuck with me the most. It talks about not only how the bomb was made, but what it has done to society and humanity since." - Thomas W.
"An absolutely BEAUTIFUL novel. Dark, but in the most elegant and romantic way. Obreht has the wisdom of maturity with the sentiment of youth. A must read!" - Nolan
"The impetus behind this book (and the original TV series) is the same thing that motivates me to pursue my career as an information professional: people have questions. Everyday curiosity about where we live and how we got here. Sagan brought the universe down out of the celestial sphere of academia and into the homes and hearts of everyday people. It is this spirit that makes a science book written almost 30 years ago still relevant today." - Jan
"Three sisters sent to San Francisco to build a relationship with their estranged mother land in the middle of the Black Panther movement and the political turmoil of the late 60s. Narrated by the unforgettably forthright Delphine, this moving, multilayered story about family and identity resonates long after the last page has been turned." - Meghan G. <<<Page 1 Page 3>>>