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We the Animals

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A semi-autobiographical work of fiction, We the Animals tells the history of a family and the Boy Who Left.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

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While I appreciate a dystopian universe as much as the next Hunger Games aficionado, I’ve been bothered by the recent trend of violence in young adult fiction.

An Anatomy of Addiction: Sigmund Freud, William Halsted, and the Miracle Drug Cocaine

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While there are plenty of nonfiction books that explore the history of drug addiction, and many specifically on cocaine, Markel explores the addictive drug through the lives of two of its most famous victims: Sigmund Freud and William Halsted.

A Good and Happy Child

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There’s a lot to be said for books that play on the fears of having a child: who hasn’t wondered if their child, instead of being “good and happy” would end up evil?

Mr. Chartwell

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How one feels about depression being personified by a large black dog that plagues Winston Churchill is likely dependent on how one feels about depression, dogs and the famous Prime Minister.

Commencement by J. Courtney Sullivan

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Commencement Commencement (Vintage Contemporaries) is an enjoyable jaunt through life in a women’s college and the years afterwards, until it goes completely off the rails.

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

In as much as The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie has problems – and it does – the verve of its main protagonist and backstory of the author makes up for it.

A Word About #FridayReads

Shortly after Ricky Gervais hosted the Golden Globes last year and roasted his fellow celebrities, there was a disquieting feeling among his fans that maybe he wasn’t as interested in speaking Truth to Power as much as he was a bit of a jerk.

That’s how I’m feeling these days about Jennifer Weiner.

The Mistress Contract

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A pseudo-academic treatise disguised as a conversation between a man and his long-time mistress, The Mistress Contract is a book you'll either love, hate or go "what IS this?"

The Cookbook Collector by Allegra Goodman

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Take two sisters, the setting of Silicon Valley, a handkerchief-twisting “will they or won’t they romance?” and the mystery of a collection of cookbooks. Add a heaping cup of literary references and a dash of Judaism, and you have The Cookbook Collector: A Novel

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