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Backseat Saints

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In finishing Backseat Saints , I was reminded of the importance of editors. The book appears as if no one gently suggested to Joshilyn Jackson to revisit and revise before publication.

Cutting for Stone

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It speaks to Abraham Verghese's skills as an author that a 500-plus page book of historical fiction, with long graphic descriptions of medical problems like vaginal fistulas, can still become enormously popular.

Mr. Peanut by Adam Ross

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From a talented male white writer comes a tale of a marriage in which the protagonists are miserable,
complete with plenty of dark twists and turns.

No, not that one.

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

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Speak (Platinum Edition) is one of the best modern young adult novels out there, and it's no surprise that Penguin honored it with a tenth anniversary edition. It's no exaggeration to say that Laurie Halse Anderson's debut novel opened up doors for many aspiring authors in tackle hot-button issues,

Still Missing by Chevy Stevens

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Author Chevy Stevens said the genesis of Still Missing started when she was a real estate agent, and scaring herself senseless over all the bad things that could potentially happen at an open house.

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

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Ever feel that you may have set your expectations too high?

Little Bee by Chris Cleave

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If there's ever a book that your book club will be divided about, it's Little Bee: A Novel .

One Day by David Nicholls

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Gentle readers, take note: I have bought two books this year, One Day (Vintage Contemporaries Original) and The Lonely Polygamist: A Novel .  They have both been purchased from Andersons in Naperville. Both have been worth every penny, although I'm glad I bought One Day in paperback.

Imperfect Birds by Anne Lamott

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I'm a big fan of Anne Lamott's non-fiction, from Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son's First Year to Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith .

But oh my goodness, Imperfect Birds: A Novel is dull.

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

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You will occasionally hear book people or librarians sneer at those of us who are big Harry Potter fans, as they say, condescendingly, "well, you should really try Cornelia Funke or Phillip Pullman."

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