When You’ll Miss Me
Follow sixteen-year-old Faith Duckle
in this audacious and darkly funny tale as she moves through the difficult
journey from the schoolyard to the harlequin world of the circus. At fifteen,
Faith was lured under the bleachers by a bunch of boys at a football game and
raped. Now, almost a year later, a newly thin Faith is haunted by her past, and
by the cruel, flippant ghost of her formerly fat self, who is bent on revenge.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time HAD
Despite his overwhelming fear of interacting with people, Christopher, a
mathematically-gifted, autistic fifteen-year-old boy, decides to investigate the
murder of a neighbor's dog and uncovers secret information about his mother.
The Kite Runner
The Kite Runner follows the story of Amir, the privileged son of a wealthy
businessman in Kabul, and Hassan, the son of Amir's father's servant. As
children in the relatively stable Afghanistan of the early 1970s, the boys are
inseparable. They spend idyllic days running kites and telling stories of
mystical places and powerful warriors until an unspeakable event changes the
nature of their relationship forever, and eventually cements their bond in ways
neither boy could have ever predicted.
Niffenegger, Audrey. The
Time Traveler’s Wife NIF
This clever and
inventive tale works on three levels: as an intriguing science fiction concept,
a realistic character study and a touching love story. Henry De Tamble is a
Chicago librarian with "Chrono Displacement" disorder; at random
times, he suddenly disappears without warning and finds himself in the past or
future, usually at a time or place of importance in his life. This leads to some
Drinking Coffee Elsewhere
Brownies -- Every tongue shall confess -- Our Lady of Peace --The ant of the
self -- Drinking coffee elsewhere -- Speaking in tongues -- Geese -- Doris is
clear-voiced humanity of Packer's characters, mostly black teenage girls,
resonates unforgettably through the eight stories of this accomplished debut
collection. Several tales are set in black communities in the South and explore
the identity crises of God-fearing, economically disenfranchised teens and young
Stiff: the curious lives of human cadavers
An oddly compelling, often hilarious forensic exploration
of the strange lives of our bodies postmortem.
In this fascinating, ennobling account, Mary Roach visits the good
deeds of cadavers over the centuries—from the anatomy labs and human-sourced
pharmacies of medieval and nineteenth-century Europe to a human decay research
facility in Tennessee, to a plastic surgery practice lab, to a Scandinavian
funeral directors' conference on human composting. In her droll, inimitable
voice, Roach tells the engrossing story of our bodies when we are no longer with
When Mark Salzman is invited to visit a writing class at Central Juvenile
Hall, a lockup for Los Angeles’s most violent teenage offenders, he scrambles
for a polite reason to decline. He goes—expecting the worst—and is so
astonished by what he finds that he becomes a teacher there himself. True
Notebooks is an account of Salzman’s first years teaching at Central.
Through it, we come to know his students as he did: in their own words.
Graphic Novel 741.5 SAT
Originally published to wide critical acclaim in France, where it elicited
comparisons to Art Spiegelman's Maus, Persepolis is Marjane
Satrapi's wise, funny, and heartbreaking memoir of growing up in Iran during the
Islamic Revolution. In powerful black-and-white comic strip images, Satrapi
tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages six to fourteen, years that saw
the overthrow of the Shah's regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, and
the devastating effects of war with Iraq. The intelligent and outspoken only
child of committed Marxists and the great-granddaughter of one of Iran's last
emperors, Marjane bears witness to a childhood uniquely entwined with the
history of her country.
Maisie Dobbs WIN
What do Hercule Poirot and Charlotte Gray have in common? It may be the
wonderful Maisie Dobbs. Lady Rowan
Compton first met Maisie when, at thirteen, she went into service as a maid at
her ladyship’s Belgravia mansion. A suffragette, Lady Rowan took the
remarkably smart youngster under her wing and became her patron. She encouraged
Maisie to study at Cambridge, and was aided in this by Maurice Blanche, a friend
often retained as an investigator by the elite of Europe when discretion and
results were required. It was he who first recognized Maisie’s intuitive
Leave Myself Behind
Noah York is a closeted gay teenager with a foul mouth, a
critical disposition, and plenty of material for his tirades. After his father
dies, Noah's mother, a temperamental poet, takes a teaching job in a small New
Hampshire town, far from Chicago and the only world Noah has known. While Noah
gets along reasonably with his mother, the crumbling house they try to renovate
quickly reveals dark secrets, via dusty Mason jars they discover interred
between walls. The jars contain scraps of letters, poems, and journal entries,
and eventually reconstruct a history of pain and violence that drives a sudden
wedge between Noah and his mother. Fortunately,
Noah finds an unexpected ally in J. D., a teenager down the street who has
family troubles of his own. Rape and other physical violence, alcoholism, and
incest--the novel describes these abuses in a brutal, matter-of-fact way that
may leave some readers uncomfortable. Most of the time, however, Yates
effectively captures the honest, sometimes silly, often tender interactions
between his fragile characters.
Lynda. One Hundred Demons.
Buddhism teaches that each person must
overcome 100 demons in a lifetime. In this collection of 20 comic strips, Lynda
Barry wrestles with some of hers in her signature quirky, irrepressible voice.
Color illustrations throughout.
My Losing Season. 921 CONROY, P., Con
Turning to nonfiction, the bestselling author of "Beach Music" has
written an American classic about young men and the bonds they form, about
losing and the lessons it imparts, and about finding one's self in the midst of
Timothy. Seeing in the Dark: How Backyard Stargazers Are Probing Deep Space
and Guarding Earth from Interplanetary Peril.
Ferris intends his book for the
general reader, but it is best suited for those with at least a slight interest
in and exposure to astronomy. The author has written a number of similar books;
a highlight of this one is a detailed discussion of the different approaches and
experiences of amateur and professional astronomers. He interviews some
individual amateur astronomers--the very knowledgeable ones who use highly
specialized equipment and frequently publish research papers. The more casual
stargazer is thoroughly discussed and appreciated here but not individualized.
The book is well written but contains a few more typos and minor errors than it
should. Figures would help in some places; nonetheless, this book is recommended
for all readers with an interest in science. The author discusses many current
discoveries about the planets, stars, and galaxies in an easy-to-understand
informal style; knowledge of mathematics is not required. Of particular interest
are the new research tools available to amateurs, such as the CCD
(charge-coupled device) image processor, and the worldwide efforts to search for
extraterrestrial intelligent life and to detect comets and asteroids that
threaten to collide with Earth. All levels.
Jasper. The Eyre Affair. FFO
Great Britain circa 1985: time travel
is routine, cloning is a reality (dodas are the resurrected pet of choice), and
literature is taken very, very seriously. Based on an imaginary world where time
and reality bend in the most convincing and original way since The Hitchhiker's
Guide to the Galaxy, The Eyre Affair is a delightful rabbit hole of a read: once
you fall in you may never come back.
England is a virtual police state
where an aunt can get lost (literally) in Wordsworth poems, militant Baconians
roam freely spreading the gospel that Bacon, not Shakespeare, penned those
immortal works. And forging Byronic verse is a punishable offense. This is all
business as usual for brainy, bookish (and heat-packing) Thursday Next, a
renowned Special Operative in literary detection -- that is, until someone
begins murdering characters from works of literature. When this madman plucks
Jane Eyre from the pages of Bronte's novel Thursday faces the challenge of her
career. Aided and abetted by characters that include her time-traveling father,
an executive of the all-powerful Goliath Corporation, and Edward Rochester
himself, Thursday must track down the world's Third Most Wanted criminal and
enter the novel herself to avert a heinous act of literary homicide.
A brilliantly outlandish and
absorbing caper destined to become a classic adventure tale, The Eyre Affair is
an irresistible thriller and the introduction to the imagination of a most
distinctive writer. In Jasper Fforde's singular fictional universe no literary
character is safe from crime. And for Special Operative Thursday Next this is
only the beginning...
Mary. Crow Lake.
For the farming Pye family of
northern Ontario, life is a Greek tragedy where the sins of the fathers are
visited on the sons, and terrible events occur offstage. In this universal drama
of family love and misunderstandings, Lawson ratchets up the tension with
heartbreaking humor and consummate control.
Brian. The Year of Ice.
A gay high school senior
struggles to cope with his father's irresponsibility in Malloy's poignant,
quietly effective debut, set in Minneapolis in the late '70s. From the outside
looking in, protagonist Kevin Doyle seems like a normal, party-happy
17-year-old, but the combination of a troubled family life and his secret crush
on one of his best friends definitely sets him apart from the pack. The family
issues revolve around his dad, Pat, an ordinary 40-something widower with plenty
of romantic prospects as the book opens. But Kevin is furious when he learns
that Pat's infidelity may have contributed to the car accident that took his
mother's life, and his anger increases exponentially when his father impregnates
the woman he had the affair with, then marries her after a brief dalliance with
another woman. Malloy's coming-of-age narrative can be generic, but he handles
the gay angle nicely as he explores Kevin's difficulty in finding an outlet for
his hormonal urges even as he struggles to maintain a relationship with a
classmate named Allison Minczeski, who falls for him. The author also displays a
razor-sharp comic touch in the verbal sparring between father and son as Pat
tries to bring his instant family together, and he balances the comedy with some
touching scenes after Pat messes up his latest domestic venture. Malloy shows
plenty of talent in his gay spin on the genre, and this debut bodes well for his
Julie. When the Emperor Was Divine.
commanding debut novel paints a portrait of the Japanese internment camps unlike
any we have ever seen. With crystalline intensity and precision, Otsuka uses a
single family to evoke the deracination—both physical and emotional—of a
generation of Japanese Americans. In five chapters, each flawlessly executed
from a different point of view—the mother receiving the order to evacuate; the
daughter on the long train ride to the camp; the son in the desert encampment;
the family’s return to their home; and the bitter release of the father after
more than four years in captivity—she has created a small tour de force, a
novel of unrelenting economy and suppressed emotion. Spare, intimate,
arrestingly understated, When the Emperor Was Divine is a haunting
evocation of a family in wartime and an unmistakably resonant lesson for our
times. It heralds the arrival of a singularly gifted new novelist.
The Dive from Clausen’s Pier. PAC
suspenseful, richly layered first novel that asks: How much do people owe the
people they love? "The Dive from Clausen's Pier" will speak to all
those who have ever thought about leaving when they knew they should stay or
felt trapped, not only by circumstance, but by the strength of their own love.
Martha. The Fall of
An absorbing and enlightening novel
by a journalist and former editor at "Essence" about the tensions
inherent in being "the only chip in the cookie" among the white elite.
perfect re-creation of a school year in the life of an endearing teenager is
told with all the comma splices, danglers, run-on sentences--and heroic
fantasies--that typify the normal derangements of adolescence.