My Bookshelf

I love to read, and I love to share the books I read. Here are some books that climbed inside me.

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Jill

Hunger Games

Hunger Games

Grim and human, Hunger Games is reminiscent of Never Let Me Go, and the Lottery, and Anthem. A ratcheted story of will and rebellion, class and resourcefulness, pity and pageantry. You’ll devour this one, and immediately crave the second.

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Citizen Vince

Citizen Vince

A compelling book about citizenship. Layered and inventive, violent and funny, an urgent and compulsive read.

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Flora & Ulysses

Flora & Ulysses

Kate DiCamillo’s latest Newbury-winning book is about heroism and poetry, about a squirrel who loves donuts with sprinkles on them and the round face of the girl who saves him from a vacuum cleaner. This is a book about love.

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Unless

Unless

A wise, good humored book about feminism, and writing, and language, and goodness. Unless is a novel about the many kinds of otherness.

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The Accidental

The Accidental

The Accidental is circular and complicated, and explores multiple voices and perspectives with disconcerting ease. I was deeply involved with these characters, even when I didn’t want to be.

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Book of Ages

Book of Ages

Benjamin Franklin wrote more letters to his sister Jane than to anyone else. This historical nonfiction by Jill Lepore explores the literary remains of a woman who lived in one of the most turbulent times in America. With actual lives, the book examines Virginia Woolf's provocative treatise: If Shakespeare had had a sister, what would her life have been like?

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Fugitive Pieces

Fugitive Pieces

What is the landscape of survival? Anne Michaels’ book fuses poetry and narrative, and creates a map of earth and soul. A wrenching, tremendously valuable novel. One where you pause, and savor, and are changed.

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Julie & Julia

Julie & Julia

A delightful, unapologetic book.

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Dept of Speculation

Dept of Speculation

Jenny Offill's novel is a rare treat -- lean and lyrical -- a peculiar portrait of a marriage, at once restrained and filled with raw, honest beauty.

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The Queen’s Gambit

The Queen’s Gambit

The best stories are surprising and inevitable. The Queen’s Gambit is such a story. Fragile, and ruthless, and honest — the deep and terrifying mystery of genius.

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Cultural Amnesia

Cultural Amnesia

An astonishing collection of essays: anti-establishment, insightful, tough-minded. When I read Cultural Amnesia I felt tethered to all the world.

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Code Name Verity

Code Name Verity

Elizabeth Wein's novel is such a compelling read that you find yourself enduring situations so taut and subtle that you hold your breath paragraph after paragraph. A pilot and a spy in World War II, the story follows two young women on a mission in occupied France.

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