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Currently Reading: The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan


ISBN-13: 9780061766725
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Published: Ecco, 6/2009


In 1979, eleven-year-old Norman Ollestad becomes stranded alone in a blizzard after his plane crashes into the side of a mountain, killing his father and everyone else on board. Part survival story, part memoir, Ollestad recounts his 8,000 foot descent down the icy mountain and his relationship with his adrenaline-junkie father who taught him to push through fear and survive. This true account is told in compelling and quick prose and the book is truly one that I could not put down!

ISBN-13: 9780143115182
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Published: Penguin Books, 4/2009

Insightful and thought-provoking. Told from the perspectives of six, starkly different and remarkably vivid characters, this is a quirky, endearing story about family, love, individuality, and fate. Author Kaya McLaren entertains you from beginning to end with tap-dancing old ladies, guns, rattlesnakes, bagpipes, wildfire, tree house living, manslaughter, childbirth, self-imposed solitary confinement, reincarnation, and tango. A delightful summer read!

ISBN-13: 9781596915787
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Published: Bloomsbury Press, 3/2009

ISBN-13: 9780375725609
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Published: Vintage, 2/2004

The planning of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair and the serial killer Herman Webster Mudgett aka H.H. Holmes are the topics of this nonfiction thriller. The balance of astonishing historic detail with page-turning drama make this a must read.


This is want all nonfiction writers should strive to achieve!

The Trouble with the Alphabet
Model: 9780979685033

Pope Joan (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780345416261
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Published: Ballantine Books, 8/1997
A great book that leaves you wondering where history ends and fiction begins. A story about a woman who lived disguised as a man and rose within the Catholic Church to become Pope John Anglicus. Whether or not this urban legend in true is beside the point, this novel illuminates the hardships of medieval life, the role and obstacles women faced in the 19th century, and the role of the Church. This is an empowering novel that stresses the importance of learning.

The White Tiger (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9781416562603
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Published: Free Press, 10/2008

Aravind Adiga's The White Tiger is the 2008 winner of the Man Booker Prize. This dark novel is a series of 7 letters from Balram Halwai to the Chinese premier. In these letters, Balram tells the story of contemporary India, of caste and class, and of the story of his life - from innocence, to corruption, to murder, to entrepreneur. This book takes you on a trip through the underbelly of an India and highlights many of the problems that plague developing nations.

East of Eden (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780670033041
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Published: Viking Adult, 6/2003


This novel is a modern re-telling of the story of Cain and Abel. It follows two families who struggle with the pull of good and evil in their relationships and within themselves. It also tackles the enduring theme of fate vs. free will. The characters in this book are outstanding; I think Cathy may be the most truly evil character in modern American literature. I am not really a Steinbeck fan, but this book blew me away. I cannot say enough wonderful things about this book!

The River Why (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9781578050840
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Published: Sierra Club Books, 8/2002
ANOTHER FAVORITE! The story begins with Gus Orviston, the son of a bait-fishing mother and a fly-fishing father, who leaves his family to find ultimate happiness. Ultimate happiness he believes is fishing 14.5 hours a day, spending 1.5 hours doing fishing related activities such as fly-tying, and sleeping the remaining 8 hours. Instead of finding fishing nirvana, he becomes increasingly lonely and disheartened by the degradation of the natural world around him. This book is about the search for self: in life, in relationships, and within nature.

ISBN-13: 9780960394623
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Published: Junior League of Denver, 1/1987
Every recipe that I have tried so far has been a gem. I know just trust that a recipe from this is going to be great. Try the creme brulee, use your broiler instead of a torch to caramelize the sugar, it's the best I have ever had!

ISBN-13: 9781416590545
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Published: Atria Books, 12/2008

The Da Vinci Code for foodies! Author Elle Newmark brings to like 1498 Venice with rich descriptions of the aromas, tastes, and sounds of the city. It is a story of a young orphan begger and his struggle to survive in a world of mstery, murder, and intrique. The poverty of the street is balanced by glimpses into the world of the elite and reveals how they both need each other to survive. Luciano's journey out of poverty, aided by a secret society, is a story well told. A page-turning read!

ISBN-13: 9781566891356
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Published: Coffee House Press, 10/2002

The Red Tent (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780312195519
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Published: Picador, 9/1998

Life of Pi (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780156027328
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Published: Mariner Books, 5/2003