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The Wife by Meg Wolitzer

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There’s no way around the fact that The Wife: A Novel is one of the most depressing books I’ve read. And if you’re familiar with my reading list, that’s no small feat.

I still loved it.

Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

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Take note, all you Rapture-joking posters on Facebook: there are no equals to Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman when humorously writing about the end of the world.

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

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Fun fact: about every other review of young adult literature that you’ll read in our modern era starts with “In a future/dystopian universe…”

The Three Weissmanns of Westport by Cathleen Schine

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If there is an upside to economic downturn, it’s an increasing number of books that recognize many Americans' financial reality, from This Is Where We Live to the The Three Weissmanns of Westport: A Novel .

Q and A With Author Jamie Lynn Braziel

Emma, the heroine of Declaring Spinsterhood , has had it. Fed up with a lousy ex-boyfriend and mixed messages from her male best friend, not to mention being teased by her family, she announces she is going to embrace being a spinster.

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Delirium by Lauren Oliver

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Before I give my thoughts on Delirium , I have to pause for a moment and say:

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

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If there is anything that embarrasses me as a book reviewer (other than how behind I get on reviews), it's when I honestly don't understand a central plot point or theme in a book.

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 Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan

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Of the many sad stories surrounding newspapers over the past decade, one of the saddest is the dismantling of foreign bureaus. Following the Sept. 11 attacks, Chicago Tribune’s Kim Barker spent the next seven years covering Afghanistan and Pakistan, and The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan covers the odd, violent and occasionally funny days of her time there.

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.

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