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The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes

February 01, 2014

The Girl You Left Behind begins in 1916 France when Sophie Lefevre is left by her husband, Edouard, to go and fight in the war.  Not wanting to be alone, Sophie moves back to her hometown to live with her sister and brother in their family owned and operated hotel.  Not long after her return … Continue reading The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes

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Longbourn by Jo Baker

January 29, 2014

In the novel Longbourn, Jo Baker takes the setting and plot of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and re-imagines the story by focusing in on the lives of the servantry.  Downstairs at Longbourn, the housekeeper, Mrs. Hill, lives with her husband who acts as both butler and chauffeur.   Longbourn also employs Sarah, ladies’ maid to … Continue reading Longbourn by Jo Baker

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Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando

January 19, 2014

As soon as she receives her roommate assignment from UC Berkeley, high school senior Elizabeth shoots off an email to introduce herself to her roommate and figure out all the logistics of rooming together.  While Elizabeth is super excited to converse with her new roommate during the summer months leading up to their freshman year, … Continue reading Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando

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Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

December 29, 2013

Lou Clark leads a somewhat uneventful life. She lives at home with her parents, works at a tea and bun cafe, and has been dating the same man for seven years. Lou is content and does not seek out change or adventure, but her life is turned upside down when she loses her job. She … Continue reading Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

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Panic by Lauren Oliver

November 11, 2013

Heather and Dodge live in a small, dead end town of 12,000.  While Carp may be a boring town throughout the colder months, in the summer it becomes the home of Panic, a game that can only be played by graduating seniors. Heather has no intention of entering the game, until she attends the opening … Continue reading Panic by Lauren Oliver

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Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

October 26, 2013

Violet and her twin brother Luke have been left to fend for themselves in their dilapidated home formerly owned by their deceased grandmother.  Their artist parents live abroad squandering the family money.  In their quiet little town of Citizen Kane, Violet only has two companions, her brother and their neighbor Sunshine, until River West arrives … Continue reading Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

October 05, 2013

Cath is a writer, a writer of fan-fiction that is, and she is obsessed with the Simon Snow series (Simon is a Harry Potter-like character fighting against evil that seeks to destroy his world of magic). Her twin sister, Wren, is also a fan, but has mostly moved on to new things. Cath and Wren … Continue reading Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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The Boy in the Suitcase by Lene Kaaberbol & Agnete Friis

September 04, 2013

Nina Borg, wife and mother of two, has a compulsory addiction to danger.  As a Red Cross employee, Nina and her colleagues work with illegal immigrants by helping them find asylum from oppressors.  Despite her husband’s pleas to live a simpler, more quiet life with her family, Nina finds herself constantly drawn into dangerous situations. … Continue reading The Boy in the Suitcase by Lene Kaaberbol & Agnete Friis

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The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick

August 20, 2013

Thirty-eight year old Bartholomew Neil lived with his mother his entire life.  When she is diagnosed with brain cancer and dies because of it, Bartholomew is left lost and alone.  His assigned grief counselor, Wendy, encourages Bartholomew to set new goals for his life (i.e. having a drink at a bar with someone his own … Continue reading The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick

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Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

August 05, 2013

In addition to the P-38, there are four gifts, one for each of my friends. I want to say good-bye to them properly. I want to give them each something to remember me by. To let them know I really cared about them and I’m sorry I couldn’t be more than I was—that I couldn’t … Continue reading Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

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