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Adult Fiction

Room by Emma Donaghue

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One of the effects of reading a lot is almost everything you read reminds you of something else.

The Privileges by Jonathan Dee

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Adam and Cynthia Morley are just like you and me, only with more beauty, wealth and luck than we could ever imagine.

Swimming by Nicola Keegan

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Full disclosure: I picked up Swimming because I do, in fact, love swimming. To me, it has always been one of the most enjoyable activities, a way to fly and to move, a place where having broad shoulders is actually helpful.

The Little Friend by Donna Tartt

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Don't believe the reviews that say this book is terrible; simply accept that it's completely unsatisfying.

The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman

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If you’re a past or present journalist, The Imperfectionists: A Novel * allows you a chance to say ‘oh I know that person,’ whether it’s the sad sack copy editor eating ice cream for dinner or the brilliant business reporter being taken advantage of by her boyfriend.

The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson

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Forget the Man Booker Prize. Can someone give me an award for finishing this book?

Let the Great World Spin

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The best recommendation that I can give this book is that my fellow book club members read it, liked it, and talked about it at our meeting, which is an event that happens about as often as a lunar eclipse.

Grief

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In an age of big novels with big themes - here's looking at you, Freedom - it's refreshing to spend some time with an understated but moving work.

The Lovers by Vendela Vida

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  Like all children, my younger sister went through a phase where she would dress herself, sometimes preparing for kindergarten by putting on green leggings, a red skirt, and a soccer jersey.

My sister made bold fashion choices that didn’t always work. The Lovers: A Novel is the literary version of this ensemble.

Winter's Bone

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  If I were doing a literary mash-up, I would put Ree Dolly in the Hunger Games, as she is the country cousin of Katniss Everdeen. Neither girl is someone I would try to cross: fiercely protective of their younger siblings, they will stop at little to survive.  They are inspiring, if a little scary.

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