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Lois’s best reads of 2013

January 2nd, 2014

Lois’s Best Reads of 2013

*book club ideas

Fiction

Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend, Matthew Dicks. Well-written & compelling, a boy’s imaginary friend helps him out of scrapes. Room meets A Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette? Maria Semple. Funny, smart, quirky, entertaining.

The Art Forger, B.A. Shapiro. Art copier gets drawn into art-theft scheme.

The Aviator’s Wife, Melanie Benjamin. Historical fiction about Anne Morrow Lindbergh.

The Black Box, Michael Connelly. Cop thriller, cold case dating back to L.A. riots of 1992.

*The Roundhouse, Louise Erdrich. 13-year-old Native American boy seeks to avenge his mother’s injury. Well-written with a voice reminiscent of To Kill a Mockingbird.

*I’ll Be Seeing You, Suanne Hayes & Loretta Nyhan. Letters between two American women during WWII. Similar to Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Society. Power of women’s friendships.

*We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler. Two sisters grow up in the 1990’s. Compelling, intense, animal activism, brilliant writing.

W Is for Wasted, Sue Grafton. Classic Kinsey Millhone detective tale, told by the master.

*Wonder, R. J. Palacio. (J) Boy with facial deformity enters middle school. Powerful & touching.

Nonfiction

*The End of Your Life Book Club, Will Schwalbe. Will & his mother share their love of books as she undergoes cancer treatments.

*A Gift of Hope: Helping the Homeless, Danielle Steel. Eleven years of giving warmth to the homeless of San Francisco. A side of Danielle Steel you never knew about.

Help Thanks Wow – The Essential Prayers, Anne Lamott. Warm, humorous, accessible, profound.

*Forward from Here, Reeve Lindbergh. Warm, funny essays from Anne Lindbergh’s daughter.

Carry On Warrior: Thoughts on Life Unarmed, Glennon Doyle Melton. Essays from the creator of Momastery blog. Humorous yet deeply affecting.

*Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion, Father Gregory Boyle. Powerful and moving stories of his work with gang members in L.A. Founder of Homeboy Ministries.

Youth

The Day the Crayons Quit, Drew Daywalt. Playful, imaginative, funny. A must-have for elementary kids.

Eleanor & Park, Rainbow Rowell. Two misfit 10th graders become friends.

Hattie Big Sky, Kirby Larson. 16-year old girl works Montana homestead in days of WWI.

The Tiger Rising, Kate DiCamillo. 12-yr-old boy finds a caged tiger. (Because of Winn-Dixie author).

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