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  • Written with charm, wit, and restraint, the novel is about what it means to live in the present. A brilliant math professor, whose traumatic head injury leaves him with only eighty minutes of short-term memory, is reintroduced every morning to his housekeeper. Their strange and beautiful relationship, which includes her ten-year-old son, is one that builds from the mathematical equations still very much alive in his mind, connecting them in powerful ways and drawing them closer, like a family.

    - Linda Kass


  • A sensitive and haunting tale of friendship and love in a reimagined world where certain children exist to donate their organs when they reach early adulthood. Author Kazuo Ishiguro tenderly conveys the cloudy and amorphous reality that all children inhabit, in which there’s sensing without understanding, and clarity about some things, misunderstandings about others.

    - Linda Kass


  • In the hands of Ann Patchett, human connections are forged regardless of the unlikely context: A birthday gathering of international diplomats. A world-renowned soprano. A mansion of the Vice President of an undeveloped South American country. The friendships and compassion discovered by all the characters veil the real world waiting on the other side of the garden wall. Lyrical, profound, and unforgettable Bel Canto is a virtuoso performance, like the best of opera.

    - Linda Kass


  • The epic story of manned flight as only David McCullough can tell. From the backroom of their Dayton, Ohio bicycle shop, two humble brothers shrank our world.

    - John Gaylord


  • At once, a social study of the Appalachian culture and its emigres to the industrial north. At the same time a poignant and inspiring story of young Ohio boy who overcomes the mass dysfunction of his extended family with the love and support of his hardscrabble, hillbilly Mamaw and Papaw.

    - John Gaylord


  • If I could only take one book to a desert island, it would probably be this one. What I want from a novel is first a great story and then nothing short of some insights to the meaning of life.  Irving’s best: it’s about friendship, fate, faith, and has the best first sentence to a novel ever written.

    - Debra Boggs


  • Probably not for everyone, but the only book I have ever read more than once.  About every ten years when life has worn me down, I go back to this one to remind me that it’s supposed to be a great adventure.

    - Debra Boggs


  • I was always waiting for the next Pat Conroy; The Water is Wide, The Lords of Discipline, The Great Santini.  I would save them for my day off because I read every one from cover to cover in one sitting.  His novels are just really great reads.

    - Debra Boggs


  • Everyone goes through a rough patch, a time when they feel alone, misunderstood, and without a friend. In this touching young adult novel, Rainbow Rowell paints a vivid portrait of a young man and young women, both fighting their own battles at home, finding unexpected solace in each other. I laughed, cried, and sighed in contentment at their story, wishing there were infinite pages to turn when I reached the end.

    - Nikki Snyder


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    Watchmen Cover Image
    By Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons (Illustrator)
    $19.99

    In a world when the superheroes who once protected us are now essentially government controlled social pariahs, Alan Moore has created a graphic novel that hits much harder than a glance through the pages would suggest. We follow Rorschach, an anti-hero evading government involvement, as he pieces together a trail of death and cunning misdirection. The last pages left me gripping the book in disbelief, and trying to wrap my head around the conclusion for long after.

    - Nikki Snyder


  • A futuristic Willy Wonka-esque adventure with an appreciation for 80's and 90's pop culture that I couldn't put down! Follow Wade Watts as he hunts for Halliday's coveted Easter egg within the fully immersive virtual reality world Halliday has built, all the while being hunted by the big business corporation IOS, which seeks to monetize the Oasis. This sci-fi fantasy hybrid will have you engrossed, laughing, and feeling the nostalgia till the very last page!

    - Nikki Snyder


  • It's a 68-page monologue; I sat down and read it in like two hours and then just sat for another two hours and thought about EVERYTHING. It fundamentally challenges world views.

    - Amanda Sorrell


  • Vonnegut explores some serious fundamental questions about human nature and why we act the way that we do.

    - Amanda Sorrell


  • A collection of short stories and essays that give you brutal honesty about the world and also the life of a writer.

    - Amanda Sorrell


  • Never have I so quickly devoured a trilogy. Powerful magicians, travel between alternate versions of the world, political intrigue, and power struggles fuel this captivating novel. Schwab expertly weaves together magic with different characters and their realities, creating a story that’s impossible to put down. I consider this a must-read for all fantasy lovers.

    -Mattie Shepard


  • Deviana Morris is a strong-willed, ambitious mercenary who joins a small trade ship with a reputation for getting into more trouble than it should. This rollicking space opera highlights a strong female narrator and offers plenty of action and suspense to go around.

    - Mattie Shepard


  • If you’re looking for a less high-octane science-fiction novel, look no further. This book is filled with a richly developed cast of characters of many different races, cultures, body types, and sexual orientations. The personal relationships of the ship’s members are a breath of fresh air, and despite the crew’s setbacks, the story leaves you feeling good.

    - Mattie Shepard


  • A beautiful compilation of poems that exhibit the hardships and internal struggles that come with mental illness, broken relationships, and moving into adulthood. Kuhn ensures that her readers feel understood, using thoughtful words to capture emotions that may be difficult for one to express on their own.

    - Mariah Mills


  • A classic read with relatable characters, The Outsiders provides reassurance to anyone who has ever felt misunderstood by those around them that they are not alone. Although it is a short read, this book has the power to drastically shift one's perspective on the world.

     - Mariah Mills


  • This book never fails to spark my imagination. It teaches me to never lose a child-like wonder towards life.

    - Carly Briggs


  • Will the Ramsey family ever get to the lighthouse? Maybe. Woolf's use of time and character development makes it one of my all time favorites.

    - Carly Briggs


  • From religion to animal's feelings, Martel's novel covers a wide range of controversial topics. Join Pi Patel on a life-threatening shipwreck that makes him question life itself.

    - Carly Briggs


  • This is an incredibly powerful memoir that I read in one sitting. Gay is vulnerable and honest as she writes about her weight, the assault she experienced, and her value in society.

    - Marcy Ford


  • What would the world look like if men were afraid of women? This novel is smart, readable, and looks at why people abuse power and how long before power corrupts.

    - Marcy Ford


  • This is my favorite Flynn novel. Deeply disturbing and unsettling story with slow reveals and haunting, sinister characters.

    - Marcy Ford


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