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-Recommended by '''Benji''' 
-*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?An+American+Childhood '''An American Childhood'''] by Annie Dillard 
-"What does 'growing up' mean? Annie Dillard attempts to answer this question as she traces her life from early childhood to adolescence. Rich in language. Wonderfully descriptive." 
-*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?Anna+Karenina '''Anna Karenina'''] by Leo Tolstoy 
-"This classic is one of my favorite books, ever. Every time I read it, I'm delighted All over again." 
-*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?book+Thief '''The Book Thief'''] by Markus Zusak 
-"This may be my favorite YA novel, ever. It will make you laugh, cry and want to read it all over again as soon as you finish the last page." 
- 
-*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?brothers+Karamazov '''The Brothers Karamazov'''] by Fyodor Dostoevsky 
-"A masterpiece, from the Golden Age of Russian Literature" 
- 
-*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?East+of+Eden '''East of Eden'''] by John Steinbeck 
-"Steinbeck at his best. A 20th Century retelling of the Cain and Abel story." 
- 
-*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?Jasper+Jones '''Jasper Jones'''] by Craig Silvey 
-"Find out what happens when Charlie Bucktin, bookworm and ideal student, gets mixed up with Jasper Jones, the local outcast. A great read." 
- 
-*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?name+of+the+wind '''The Name of the Wind'''] by Patrick Rothfuss 
-"A great debut fantasy novel. Harry Potter for adults." 
-*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?perilous+gard '''The Perilous Gard'''] by Elizabeth Marie pope+=== Recommended by '''Donna''' ===
-"A great read for kids, teens or adults. This Newbery Honor book will leave you feeling enchanted."+*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search~S9?/Xthe+corner&searchscope=9&SORT=D/Xthe+corner&searchscope=9&SORT=D&SUBKEY=the%20corner/1%2C197%2C197%2CB/frameset&FF=Xthe+corner&searchscope=9&SORT=D&26%2C26%2C '''The Corner''']
- +"Historic pictures of Charlottesville."
-*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?princess+and+the+goblin '''The Princess and the Goblin'''] by George MacDonald+
-"I loved this book as a child. As an adult, I appreciate it even more."+
- +
-*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search~S9?/Xthe+thief+turner&searchscope=9&SORT=DZ/Xthe+thief+turner&searchscope=9&SORT=DZ&extended=0&SUBKEY=the%20thief%20turner/1%2C3%2C3%2CB/frameset&FF=Xthe+thief+turner&searchscope=9&SORT=DZ&2%2C2%2C '''The Thief'''] by Megan Whalen Turner+
-"This is the first book in one of my favorite children's series. Great for kids and gown-ups alike."+
- +
-*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?till+we+have+faces '''Till We have Faces''']by C.S. Lewis+
-"A profound retelling of a classic myth. C.S. Lewis thought this was his best book, and I agree."+
- +
-*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?to+kill+a+Mockingbird '''To Kill a Mockingbird'''] by Harper Lee+
-"Harper Lee's masterpiece will be around forever. If you haven't, you might as well read it. You'll be glad you did."+
- +
-*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search~S9?/tWhite+Cat/twhite+cat/1%2C3%2C6%2CB/frameset&FF=twhite+cat&2%2C%2C4 '''White Cat'''] by Holly Black+
-"This book is perfect for someone looking for a new Young Adult series. Magic and mafia collide, leaving you hungry for Red Glove, the next in the series."+
- +
- +
-Recommended by '''Cathie'''+
-*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?evolution+of+Calpurnia+Tate '''The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate'''] by Jacqueline Kelly+
-"Callie would prefer to spend her time in the woods with her grandfather studying nature rather than prepare for the life her parents have planned for her. A sweet story written with humor."+
-*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?Father+Joe+the+Man+who+saved+my+soul '''Father Joe: the man who saved my soul '''] by Tony Hendra+*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?manchild+in+the+promised+land '''Manchild in the Promised Land'''] by Claud Brown
-"Tony Hendra writes about his life with humor recounting the part Father Joe played. Candid and inspirational."+"Old Urban Drama"
-*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?land+of+the+Blue+flower '''The Land of the Blue Flower'''] by Frances Hodgson Burnett 
-"A story of beauty and hope by the author of the Secret garden." 
-*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?Peter+and+the+starcatchers'''Peter and the Starcatchers'''] by Dave Barry+=== Recommended by '''Glynis''' ===
-"Dave Barry brings his humor to this prequel to Peter Pan that is filled with adventure and magic."+*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?bird+in+a+box '''Bird in a Box'''] by Andrea Davis Pinkney
 +"It is 1937 and the upcoming Joe Louis fight has captured the nation's attention. For three young people it also gievs them something they need - hope."
-*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?Scorched+Earth '''Scorched Earth'''] by David Robbins+*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?drivers+ed+cooney '''Driver's Ed'''] by Caroline Cooney
 +"A seemingly harmless prank has deadly consequences when a group of high school students steal a stop sign."
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?ella+minnow+pea '''Ella Minnow Pea'''] by Mark Dunn
 +"The letter Z falls out of the pangram on the town's memorial statue. The town coucil sees it as a sign to ban "z". As more letters fall from it, trouble ensues. It is up to plucky Ella to fight for words."
-Recommended by '''Donna'''+*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?girl+who+circumnavigated '''The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making'''] by Catherynne Valente
-*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search~S9?/Xthe+corner&searchscope=9&SORT=D/Xthe+corner&searchscope=9&SORT=D&SUBKEY=the%20corner/1%2C197%2C197%2CB/frameset&FF=Xthe+corner&searchscope=9&SORT=D&26%2C26%2C '''The Corner'''] +"An 'Alice in Wonderland'-like trip to a magical world. September, a girl who wants life to be more magical, gets her wish when Green Wind transports her to Fairyland. But all is not easy when she meets up with the Evil Marquess."
-"Historic pictures of Charlottesville."+
- +
-*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?manchild+in+the+promised+land '''Manchild in the Promised Land'''] by Claud Brown+
-"Old Urban Drama"+
- +
-Recommended by '''Glynis''' 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?How+the+ladies+stopped+the+wind '''How the Ladies Stopped the Wind'''] by Bruce McMillan *[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?How+the+ladies+stopped+the+wind '''How the Ladies Stopped the Wind'''] by Bruce McMillan
"A delightful tale of resourceful singing ladies, helpful chickens and hungry sheep." "A delightful tale of resourceful singing ladies, helpful chickens and hungry sheep."
 +
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?jeffersons+sons+bradley '''Jefferson's Sons'''] by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
 +"Told in three parts from points of view of three young slaves, this book imagines what life would have been like as a child of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings. The descriptions of life at Monticello make you feel like you are there."
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?Mercy+Watson+to+the+rescue '''Mercy Watson to the Rescue'''] by Kate DiCamillo *[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?Mercy+Watson+to+the+rescue '''Mercy Watson to the Rescue'''] by Kate DiCamillo
"A porcine romp with a pig with personality. All adventures end with wonderful helpings of hot buttered toast." "A porcine romp with a pig with personality. All adventures end with wonderful helpings of hot buttered toast."
-*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?Once+I+Ate+Pie '''Once I Ate a Pie'''] by Patricia MacLachlan+*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?Nation '''Nation'''] by Terry Pratchett
 +"Two sole survivors from different worlds are brought together and must build a new world. A rich and unique read."
 + 
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?new+way+things+work '''The New Way Things Work'''] by David Macaulay
 +"A book for adults and children alike who ask 'How does it do that?' when talking on the phone, driving a car, listening to a CD, using a scanner, or operating a robot. Terrific illustrations show the nuts and bolts!"
 + 
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?Once+I+Ate+a+Pie '''Once I Ate a Pie'''] by Patricia MacLachlan
"Wonderful free-verse poems bring out the personalities of a motley crew of canines." "Wonderful free-verse poems bring out the personalities of a motley crew of canines."
 +
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?Particular+sadness+of+lemon+cake '''The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake'''] by Aimee Bender
 +"When Rose turns 9, she discovers that she can taste the emotions of the preparer in the food she eats. She also discovers that knowing too much about someone can be painful."
 +
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?rules+of+the+road '''Rules of the Road'''] by Joan Bauer
 +"Jenna just got her driver's license and feels like she would like to drive away from all her problems. So when the elderly and eccentric president of Gladstone Shoes hires her to drive her cross-country, she jumps at it not knowing what she is getting into."
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?Sabriel '''Sabriel'''] by Garth Nix *[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?Sabriel '''Sabriel'''] by Garth Nix
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?search+for+delicious '''The Search for Delicious'''] by Natalie Babbitt *[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?search+for+delicious '''The Search for Delicious'''] by Natalie Babbitt
When the king and queen argue about what is delicious, it is up to a young boy to cross the kingdom asking people what they think and falling into adventure." When the king and queen argue about what is delicious, it is up to a young boy to cross the kingdom asking people what they think and falling into adventure."
 +
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?Shadow+of+the+wind '''The Shadow of the Wind'''] by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
 +"A magical tale swirls around a rare and mysterious book. Made me want to visit Barcelona!"
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?Sophies+masterpiece '''Sophie's Masterpiece: A Spider's Story'''] by Eileen Spinelli *[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?Sophies+masterpiece '''Sophie's Masterpiece: A Spider's Story'''] by Eileen Spinelli
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?tower+the+zoo+and+the+tortoise '''The Tower the Zoo and the Tortoise'''] by Julia Stewart *[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?tower+the+zoo+and+the+tortoise '''The Tower the Zoo and the Tortoise'''] by Julia Stewart
"A quirky cast of characters bring to life this tale of a Beefeater in the tower of London who is reluctantly but in charge of the Queen's exotic animals." "A quirky cast of characters bring to life this tale of a Beefeater in the tower of London who is reluctantly but in charge of the Queen's exotic animals."
 +
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?toys+go+out '''Toys Go Out'''] by Emily Jenkins
 +"'You're not a grown-up until you're at least eight. When you're eight you can drive a limousine.' Look at the world through the eyes of three friends, who happen to be toys."
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?Wildwood '''Wildwood'''] by Colin Meloy *[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?Wildwood '''Wildwood'''] by Colin Meloy
"Meloy, lead singer and songwriter for the Decemberists, has taken on children's fantasy and created a charming tale." "Meloy, lead singer and songwriter for the Decemberists, has taken on children's fantasy and created a charming tale."
 +=== Recommended by '''Hayley'''===
-Recommended by '''Meredith'''+*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?13th+hour+doetsch '''The 13th Hour'''] by Richard Doetsch
 +"This book is a mystery/adventure/thrill ride with time travel. I hope you have a good chunk of time because it's HARD to put down!"
 + 
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?across+the+universe+revis '''Across The Universe'''] by Beth Revis
 +"Sci-fi, adventure, dystopian societies, & space colonization. Hooked yet?."
 + 
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?Beauty+queens '''Beauty Queens'''] by Libba Bray
 +"A laugh-out-loud satire that pokes fun of consumerism, advertising, perceptions of beauty, and current events. Great for older teens and adults alike! -- Also it's a FANTASTIC audiobook - Check it out on CD or Overdrive!"
 + 
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?bury+the+dead+sloan '''Bury the Dead'''] by Christopher Sloan
 +"Awesome book about how people bury their dead, and why different cultures have different customs."
 + 
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?case+of+the+deadly+desperados '''The Case of the Deadly Desperados'''] by Caroline Lawrence
 +"Great Western adventure for older children/young adults. Main character is great at finding TROUBLE and hilarity ensues."
 + 
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?committed+gilbert '''Committed'''] by Elizabeth Gilbert
 +"Gilbert's follow-up to 'Eat, Pray, Love' is an insightful approach to marriage and is both thoughtful and hilarious as she mulls over making the commitment she swore she'd never make again."
 + 
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?disreputable+history+of+frankie+landau+banks '''The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks'''] by E. Lockhart
 +"Smart boarding school mischief ensues when Frankie infiltrates a secret society."
 + 
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?fables+willingham '''Fables: Legends in Exile'''] by Bill Willingham
 +"Fairy tales - all grown up. This hilarious graphic novel series brings fairy tales into the real world with a lot of fun and adult humor."
 + 
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?food+of+love+capella '''The Food of Love'''] by Anthony Capella
 +"Lets you experience Italy through food, love, language, and a delightful comedy of errors."
 + 
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?giants+beware '''Giants Beware!'''] by Jorge Aguirre
 +"Hilarious graphic novel about a girl who wants to prove herself by slaying a giant, and tricks her friends into joining her on her adventure."
 + 
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?how+they+croaked '''How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous'''] by Georgia Bragg
 +"A collective biography that describes the deaths of famous people in history, rather than their lives."
 + 
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?i+coriander '''I, Coriander'''] by Sally Gardner
 +"Beautiful tale of mystery and magic - set in 17th. c. London - and bits of the fairy world shine through."
 + 
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?if+you+lived+here '''If You Lived Here'''] by Giles LaRoche
 +"Young armchair travelers will love seeing different types of houses from around the world and from varying time periods."
 + 
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?jack+blank+and+the+imagine+nation '''Jack Blank and the Imagine Nation'''] by Matt Myklusch
 +"Great fantasy involving comic book worlds that come to life, robozombies and floating islands. Need I say more?"
 + 
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?little+dog+lost+bauer '''Little Dog Lost'''] by Marion Dane Bauer
 +"Told in free verse, this sweet short read follows several characters in a small town and how they are brought together."
 + 
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?mangaman '''Mangaman'''] by Barry Lyga
 +"Mangaman Ryoko falls through a 'rip' into the real world and finds he's definitely the odd man out. Hilarious blend of manga and 'realistic' graphic novel styles."
 + 
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?my+name+is+memory '''My Name is Memory'''] by Ann Brashares
 +"Riveting and interesting - this love story spans the centuries. And the story is partially set in Charlottesville!"
 + 
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?next+thing+on+my+list '''The Next Thing on My List'''] by Jill Smolinski
 +"By the end of this you might want to write your own list! A great book about testing new waters & coming into your own."
 + 
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?okay+for+now '''Okay for Now'''] by Gary Schmidt
 +"The smart aleck Doug Swieteck is one of my all-time favorite characters. This story is all at once funny, sad, and compelling - and you'll be rooting Doug on the whole time."
 + 
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/record=1209216 '''Peter and the Starcatchers'''] by Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson
 +"High action-adventure of how Peter becomes Peter Pan. Great audio for all ages - read by the remarkable Jim Dale! CAR TRIP!"
 + 
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?phineas+gage+a+gruesome '''Phineas Gage: A Gruesome But True Story About Brain Science'''] by John Fleischman
 +"Fun and creepy nonfiction! Can a man live after a railroad spike goes through his brain?! YES. But his personality might be a little bit off afterwards..."
 + 
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?queen+of+kings '''Queen of Kings'''] by Marie Dahvana Headley
 +"A fantastic alternative history and tale of possession that will have you on the edge of your seat."
 + 
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?rowan+hood+outlaw '''Rowan Hood'''] by Nancy Springer
 +"The daughter of Robin Hood stars in her own tale, and has her own abilities to boot! Fantastic and SO MUCH FUN!"
 + 
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?scorpio+races '''The Scorpio Races'''] by Maggie Stiefvater
 +"An adventurous ride - with man-eating horses from the sea and a girl racing for her livelihood, this beautiful tale is not to be missed! Also great on audiobook from Overdrive!"
 + 
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?secret+tree '''The Secret Tree'''] by Natalie Standiford
 +"A wonderful story of secrets, friendship, and summertime fun."
 + 
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?sweet+love+strohmeyer '''Sweet Love'''] by Sarah Strohmeyer
 +"A great light read - with desserts! Food, flirtation, & fun."
 + 
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?trouble+begins+at+eight '''The Trouble Begins at 8: A Life of Mark Twain in the Wild Wild West'''] by Sid Fleischman
 +"A hilarious biography of a truly inspiring & adventurous man. Great pictures & illustrations round it out."
 + 
 +=== Recommended by '''Meredith'''===
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?Amazing+adventures+of+kavalier+and+clay '''The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay'''] by Michael Chabon *[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?Amazing+adventures+of+kavalier+and+clay '''The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay'''] by Michael Chabon
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?Anathem '''Anathem'''] by Neal Stephenson *[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?Anathem '''Anathem'''] by Neal Stephenson
-"A thrilling challenge"+"A thrilling challenge."
 + 
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?angelmaker+harkaway '''Angelmaker'''] by Nick Harkaway
 +"Eloquent criminals, an alternate world, steampunky spies and tones of Indiana Jones meets Neil gaiman. Well-constructed language, dry British humor, and a bit of the weird - fabulous!"
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search~S9/?searchtype=X&searcharg=asleep+yoshimoto&searchscope=9&sortdropdown=-&SORT=+Z&extended=0&SUBMIT=Search&searchlimits=&searchorigarg=Xasleep'''Asleep'''] by Banana Yoshimoto *[http://aries.jmrl.org/search~S9/?searchtype=X&searcharg=asleep+yoshimoto&searchscope=9&sortdropdown=-&SORT=+Z&extended=0&SUBMIT=Search&searchlimits=&searchorigarg=Xasleep'''Asleep'''] by Banana Yoshimoto
-"artful simplicity, atmospheric"+"Artful simplicity, atmospheric."
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?Beginner's+greek '''Beginner's Greek'''] by James Collins *[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?Beginner's+greek '''Beginner's Greek'''] by James Collins
-"A charming romance but also a satirical comedy"+"A charming romance but also a satirical comedy."
 + 
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?blood+bones+and+butter '''Blood, Bones, and Butter: the Inadvertant Education of a Reluctant Chef'''] by Gabrielle Hamilton
 +"A good honest memoir with a strong voice and an interesting life. Something for foodies and also for those interested in domestic balance."
 + 
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?borrower+makkai '''The Borrower'''] by Rebecca Makkai
 +"Lots of literary allusions, compelling central character - and enough whimsy to keep you going on a wandering journey."
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?city+and+the+city '''The City and the City'''] by China Mieville *[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?city+and+the+city '''The City and the City'''] by China Mieville
-"Thrilling, sharp, unique"+"Thrilling, sharp, unique."
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?Citrus+county '''Citrus County'''] by John Brandon *[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?Citrus+county '''Citrus County'''] by John Brandon
"Atmospheric, emotional, character driven. Well-written." "Atmospheric, emotional, character driven. Well-written."
-*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?clothes+they+stood+up+in '''The Clothes They Stood up In'''] by Allan Bennett+*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search~S9?/tCleaning+Nabakov%27s+House/tcleaning+nabakovs+house/-3%2C0%2C0%2CB/frameset&FF=tcleaning+nabokovs+house&1%2C1%2C/indexsort=- '''Cleaning Nabakov's House'''] by Leslie Daniels
 +"Funnier than I thought it would be, with great touching passages as well. A wonderful main character portrayal."
 + 
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?clothes+they+stood+up+in '''The Clothes They Stood up In'''] by Alan Bennett
"Charming little gem. Read anything by him." "Charming little gem. Read anything by him."
 +
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?crossing+places '''The Crossing Places'''] by Elly Griffiths
 +"A British mystery starring Ruth Galloway, an archaeology professor, and Harry Nelson, a dedicated detective - and the Norfolk coast of England, since the bleak, grey coastal setting is a character in itself."
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?Ella+Minnow+Pea'''Ella Minnow Pea'''] by Mark Dunn *[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?Ella+Minnow+Pea'''Ella Minnow Pea'''] by Mark Dunn
"Epistolary style; great fun. Clever wordplay, thoughtful, lightly satirical." "Epistolary style; great fun. Clever wordplay, thoughtful, lightly satirical."
-*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?end+of+the+alphabet '''The End of the Alphabet'''] by CS Richardson+*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?end+of+the+alphabet '''The End of the Alphabet'''] by C. S. Richardson
-"Darling. Someone else called it 'lovably odd.' A gem."+"Darling. Someone else called it 'lovably odd'. A gem."
 + 
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?family+fang '''The Family Fang'''] by Kevin Wilson
 +"An endearing portrait of a bizarre family. Wonderfully crafted."
 + 
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?forgotten+garden '''The Forgotten Garden'''] by Kate Morton
 +""A Secret Garden" for adults - a touch of magical realism, literary mystery and romance - all in this engrossing tale of several generations of women."
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?Garden+Spells '''Garden Spells'''] by Sarah Addison Allen *[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?Garden+Spells '''Garden Spells'''] by Sarah Addison Allen
-"Romantic magical realism. Follow it up with ''Sugar Queen.'+"Romantic magical realism. Follow it up with "Sugar Queen"."
 + 
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?heads+you+lose '''Heads You Lose'''] by Lisa Lutz and David Hayward
 +"Lots of fun. From the creator of the Spellman Files (and a friend)."
 + 
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?her+fearful+symmetry '''Her Fearful Symmetry'''] by Audrey Niffenegger
 +"A tremendous amount of emotion without being cloying. Supernatural elements, interesting relationships."
 + 
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?Homer+&+Langley '''Homer & Langley'''] by E. L. Doctorow
 +"A compassionate, fascinating portrayal of two lives against the decades."
 + 
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?I+Am+the+messenger '''I am the Messenger'''] by Markus Zusak
 +"Emotionally nuanced; clever language. And funny!"
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?I+Capture+the+castle '''I Capture the Castle'''] by Dodie Smith *[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?I+Capture+the+castle '''I Capture the Castle'''] by Dodie Smith
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?imperfectionists '''The Imperfectionists'''] by Tom Rachman *[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?imperfectionists '''The Imperfectionists'''] by Tom Rachman
"A series of linked vignettes, character-driven humor and pathos." "A series of linked vignettes, character-driven humor and pathos."
 +
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?jamrachs+menagerie '''Jamrach's Menagerie'''] by Carol Birch
 +"Excellent writing and a unique tale...heartbreaking in many moments, harrowing in others."
 +
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?Juliet+Naked '''Juliet, Naked'''] by Nick Hornby
 +"Truly human characters with great stories to tell...just the right mix of pathos and humor. Read anything by him!"
 +
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?killer+stuff+and+tons+of+money '''Killer Stuff and Tons of Money: Seeking History and Hidden Gems in Flea-Market America'''] by Maureen Stanton
 +"Likable characters and lots of fun tidbits of information - if you like watching "Antiques Roadshow", like history or design, or picking at flea markets - you'll like this book!"
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?Love+walked+in '''Love Walked In'''] by Marisa De los Santos *[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?Love+walked+in '''Love Walked In'''] by Marisa De los Santos
-"Great Story about relationships,family. Wonderful use of language. Follow up with 'Belong to Me"+"Great story about relationships, family. Wonderful use of language. Follow up with "Belong to Me"."
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?magicians '''The Magicians'''] by Lev Grossman *[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?magicians '''The Magicians'''] by Lev Grossman
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?Maytrees '''The Maytrees'''] by Annie Dillard *[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?Maytrees '''The Maytrees'''] by Annie Dillard
-"Fiction- moving, elegant."+"Fiction - moving, elegant."
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?Mouse+Guard+fall+1152 '''Mouse Guard, Fall 1152'''] by David Petersen *[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?Mouse+Guard+fall+1152 '''Mouse Guard, Fall 1152'''] by David Petersen
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?prodigal+summer '''Prodigal Summer'''] by Barbara Kingsolver *[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?prodigal+summer '''Prodigal Summer'''] by Barbara Kingsolver
-"Three stories inter-wind; sensual; Virginia"+"Three stories intertwined; sensual; Virginia"
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?Rant+an+oral+biography '''Rant: an oral biography of Buster Casey'''] by Chuck Palahniuk *[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?Rant+an+oral+biography '''Rant: an oral biography of Buster Casey'''] by Chuck Palahniuk
-"Not for everyone: Palahnuik is rough around the edges. But I liked the unique structure. great Storytelling. it's ''not''" boring.+"Not for everyone: Palahnuik is rough around the edges. But I liked the unique structure. Great storytelling. It's ''not'' boring."
-*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?shades+of+grey '''Shades of Grey'''] by Jasper FForde+*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?ready+player+one '''Ready Player One'''] by Ernest Cline
-"slightly darker than the series of Thursday Next, but with the same smart wordplay, allusions, banter, satire. Speculative fiction at its most fun."+"Fun virtual reality adventure and real-world intrigue, with lots of fun pop-culture references that make it great for nostalgia if you were young in the 80s."
 + 
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?replacement+yovanoff '''The Replacement'''] by Brenda Yovanoff
 +"An original take on the classic changeling tale. Eerie, imaginative, and thrilling."
 + 
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?rump+shurtliff '''Rump: the True Story of Rumpelstiltskin'''] by Liesl Shurtliff
 +"How much do we really know about the character Rumpelstiltskin? This great retold fairy tale gives us the story from his side - it's funny and charmingly magical."
 + 
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?shades+of+grey '''Shades of Grey'''] by Jasper Fforde
 +"Slightly darker than the series of Thursday Next, but with the same smart wordplay, allusions, banter, satire. Speculative fiction at its most fun."
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?ship+breaker '''Ship Breaker'''] by Paolo Bacigalupi *[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?ship+breaker '''Ship Breaker'''] by Paolo Bacigalupi
-"compelling, exciting, thought-provoking."+"Compelling, exciting, thought-provoking."
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?Special+topics+in+calamity+physics '''Special Topics in Calamity Physics'''] by Marisha Pessl *[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?Special+topics+in+calamity+physics '''Special Topics in Calamity Physics'''] by Marisha Pessl
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search~S9?/Xstitches/Xstitches&sort=r&SUBKEY=stitches/1%2C46%2C46%2CB/frameset&FF=Xstitches&2%2C2%2C'''Stitches'''] by David Small *[http://aries.jmrl.org/search~S9?/Xstitches/Xstitches&sort=r&SUBKEY=stitches/1%2C46%2C46%2CB/frameset&FF=Xstitches&2%2C2%2C'''Stitches'''] by David Small
"A unique story told by an amazing illustrator." "A unique story told by an amazing illustrator."
 +
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?summer+we+read+gatsby '''The Summer We Read Gatsby'''] by Danielle Ganek
 +"Two very different sisters share a cottage in the Hamptons during a season of parties, eccentric characters, and discovery. This light-hearted story is a great summer read!"
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?sweetness+at+the+bottom+of+the+pie '''The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie'''] by Alan Bradley *[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?sweetness+at+the+bottom+of+the+pie '''The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie'''] by Alan Bradley
-"Precious protagonist,funny endearing"+"Precious protagonist, funny, endearing."
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?Thousand+autumns+of+Jacob+de+Zoet '''The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet'''] by David Mitchell *[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?Thousand+autumns+of+Jacob+de+Zoet '''The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet'''] by David Mitchell
-"A convincing recreation of a historical time and place- cultural conflicts in a colonial outpost, with all its inherent eccentricities. Romance, intrigue, humor. "+"A convincing recreation of a historical time and place - cultural conflicts in a colonial outpost, with all its inherent eccentricities. Romance, intrigue, humor."
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?Word+Freak '''Word Freak'''] by Stefan Fatsis *[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?Word+Freak '''Word Freak'''] by Stefan Fatsis
-"Personable non-fiction. You will want to play scrabble. Great Characters."+"Personable non-fiction. You ''will'' want to play Scrabble. Great characters."
- +=== Recommended by '''Yvonne''' ===
-Recommended by '''Yvonne'''+
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?at+home+in+mitford '''At Home in Mitford'''] by Jan Karon *[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?at+home+in+mitford '''At Home in Mitford'''] by Jan Karon
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?Heaven+is+for+real '''Heaven is for Real'''] by Todd Burpo *[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?Heaven+is+for+real '''Heaven is for Real'''] by Todd Burpo
"A little boy's astounding story of his trip to heaven and back." "A little boy's astounding story of his trip to heaven and back."
 +
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?homeplace '''The Homeplace'''] by Gilbert Morris
 +"Depression-era series follows one family through tragedy and trials, yet shows how God meets their needs."
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?miss+julia+speaks+her+mind '''Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind'''] by Ann B. Ross *[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?miss+julia+speaks+her+mind '''Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind'''] by Ann B. Ross
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?One+Summer '''One Summer'''] by David Baldacci *[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?One+Summer '''One Summer'''] by David Baldacci
"Moving Story" "Moving Story"
 +
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?Redemption'''Redemption'''] by Karen Kingsbury
 +"This series follows a family's tragedies and triumphs and shows God at work in each."
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?Roar+of+the+heavens '''Roar of the Heavens'''] by Stefan Betchel *[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?Roar+of+the+heavens '''Roar of the Heavens'''] by Stefan Betchel
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search~S9?/tunlocked/tunlocked/1%2C2%2C3%2CB/exact&FF=tunlocked&1%2C2%2C '''Unlocked'''] by Karen Kingsbury *[http://aries.jmrl.org/search~S9?/tunlocked/tunlocked/1%2C2%2C3%2CB/exact&FF=tunlocked&1%2C2%2C '''Unlocked'''] by Karen Kingsbury
"Moving; Could provide hope for parents of autistic children." "Moving; Could provide hope for parents of autistic children."
 +
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?wedding+ring+richards+sound '''Wedding Ring'''] by Emilie Richards
 +"This is the first in this series, set in the Shenendoah Valley. I recommend the audio version because the narrator really makes the characters come alive."
 +
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?wish+you+well '''Wish You Well'''] by David Baldacci
 +"A warm coming-of-age story of a girl who was transplanted from NYC to the mountains of Virginia in 1940."
 +
 +=== Recommended by Former Staff Members ===
 +
 +Recommended by '''Benji'''
 +
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?An+American+Childhood '''An American Childhood'''] by Annie Dillard
 +"What does 'growing up' mean? Annie Dillard attempts to answer this question as she traces her life from early childhood to adolescence. Rich in language. Wonderfully descriptive."
 +
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?Anna+Karenina '''Anna Karenina'''] by Leo Tolstoy
 +"This classic is one of my favorite books, ever. Every time I read it, I'm delighted All over again."
 +
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?book+Thief '''The Book Thief'''] by Markus Zusak
 +"This may be my favorite YA novel, ever. It will make you laugh, cry and want to read it all over again as soon as you finish the last page."
 +
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?brothers+Karamazov '''The Brothers Karamazov'''] by Fyodor Dostoevsky
 +"A masterpiece, from the Golden Age of Russian Literature"
 +
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?East+of+Eden '''East of Eden'''] by John Steinbeck
 +"Steinbeck at his best. A 20th Century retelling of the Cain and Abel story."
 +
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?graveyard+book '''The Graveyard Book'''] by Neil Gaiman
 +"My absolute favorite Newbery winner. Great for all ages."
 +
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?Ireland+a+novel '''Ireland'''] by Frank Delaney
 +"A history of Ireland told through many different stories, all framed around a central novel. Epic. Wonderful."
 +
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?Jasper+Jones '''Jasper Jones'''] by Craig Silvey
 +"Find out what happens when Charlie Bucktin, bookworm and ideal student, gets mixed up with Jasper Jones, the local outcast. A great read."
 +
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?moon+over+manifest '''Moon Over Manifest'''] by Clare Vanderpool
 +"This book is everything a Newbery winner should be."
 +
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?name+of+the+wind '''The Name of the Wind'''] by Patrick Rothfuss
 +"A great debut fantasy novel. Harry Potter for adults."
 +
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?perilous+gard '''The Perilous Gard'''] by Elizabeth Marie pope
 +"A great read for kids, teens or adults. This Newbery Honor book will leave you feeling enchanted."
 +
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?princess+and+the+goblin '''The Princess and the Goblin'''] by George MacDonald
 +"I loved this book as a child. As an adult, I appreciate it even more."
 +
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search~S9?/Xthe+thief+turner&searchscope=9&SORT=DZ/Xthe+thief+turner&searchscope=9&SORT=DZ&extended=0&SUBKEY=the%20thief%20turner/1%2C3%2C3%2CB/frameset&FF=Xthe+thief+turner&searchscope=9&SORT=DZ&2%2C2%2C '''The Thief'''] by Megan Whalen Turner
 +"This is the first book in one of my favorite children's series. Great for kids and gown-ups alike."
 +
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?till+we+have+faces '''Till We have Faces''']by C.S. Lewis
 +"A profound retelling of a classic myth. C.S. Lewis thought this was his best book, and I agree."
 +
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?to+kill+a+Mockingbird '''To Kill a Mockingbird'''] by Harper Lee
 +"Harper Lee's masterpiece will be around forever. If you haven't, you might as well read it. You'll be glad you did."
 +
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?When+you+Reach+Me '''When You Reach Me'''] by Rebecca Stead
 +"A wonderful story of time-travel and growing up in New York City."
 +
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search~S9?/tWhite+Cat/twhite+cat/1%2C3%2C6%2CB/frameset&FF=twhite+cat&2%2C%2C4 '''White Cat'''] by Holly Black
 +"This book is perfect for someone looking for a new Young Adult series. Magic and mafia collide, leaving you hungry for Red Glove, the next in the series."
 +
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?White+Darkness '''The White Darkness'''] by Geraldine McCaughrean
 +"A wonderful story of Moby Dick-like obsession for teens."
 +
 +
 +
 +Recommended by '''Cathie'''
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?Ahab's+Wife '''Ahab's Wife'''] by Sena Jeter Naslund
 +"I fell in love with Captain Ahab. This book made me want to read Moby Dick."
 +
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?Case+of+the+missing+marquess '''The Case of the Missing Marquess'''] by Nancy Springer
 +"The 1st book in a series of 6 that get better with each book. About Enola Holmes, the much younger sister of Sherlock Holmes. She solves mysteries by cracking codes and using logic and wit."
 +
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?evolution+of+Calpurnia+Tate '''The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate'''] by Jacqueline Kelly
 +"Callie would prefer to spend her time in the woods with her grandfather studying nature rather than prepare for the life her parents have planned for her. A sweet story written with humor."
 +
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?Father+Joe+the+Man+who+saved+my+soul '''Father Joe: the man who saved my soul '''] by Tony Hendra
 +"Tony Hendra writes about his life with humor recounting the part Father Joe played. Candid and inspirational."
 +
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?land+of+the+Blue+flower '''The Land of the Blue Flower'''] by Frances Hodgson Burnett
 +"A story of beauty and hope by the author of the Secret Garden."
 +
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?night+and+the+music '''The Night and the Music (The Matthew Scudder Stories)'''] by Lawrence Block
 +"Matthew Scudder is a real, flawed character. Lawrence Block is a master. I recommend all the Matthew Scudder books."
 +
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?Peter+and+the+starcatchers'''Peter and the Starcatchers'''] by Dave Barry
 +"Dave Barry brings his humor to this prequel to Peter Pan that is filled with adventure and magic."
 +
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?Scorched+Earth '''Scorched Earth'''] by David Robbins
 +
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Recommended by Donna

"Historic pictures of Charlottesville."

"Old Urban Drama"


Recommended by Glynis

"It is 1937 and the upcoming Joe Louis fight has captured the nation's attention. For three young people it also gievs them something they need - hope."

"A seemingly harmless prank has deadly consequences when a group of high school students steal a stop sign."

"The letter Z falls out of the pangram on the town's memorial statue. The town coucil sees it as a sign to ban "z". As more letters fall from it, trouble ensues. It is up to plucky Ella to fight for words."

"An 'Alice in Wonderland'-like trip to a magical world. September, a girl who wants life to be more magical, gets her wish when Green Wind transports her to Fairyland. But all is not easy when she meets up with the Evil Marquess."

"A delightful tale of resourceful singing ladies, helpful chickens and hungry sheep."

"Told in three parts from points of view of three young slaves, this book imagines what life would have been like as a child of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings. The descriptions of life at Monticello make you feel like you are there."

"A porcine romp with a pig with personality. All adventures end with wonderful helpings of hot buttered toast."

"Two sole survivors from different worlds are brought together and must build a new world. A rich and unique read."

"A book for adults and children alike who ask 'How does it do that?' when talking on the phone, driving a car, listening to a CD, using a scanner, or operating a robot. Terrific illustrations show the nuts and bolts!"

"Wonderful free-verse poems bring out the personalities of a motley crew of canines."

"When Rose turns 9, she discovers that she can taste the emotions of the preparer in the food she eats. She also discovers that knowing too much about someone can be painful."

"Jenna just got her driver's license and feels like she would like to drive away from all her problems. So when the elderly and eccentric president of Gladstone Shoes hires her to drive her cross-country, she jumps at it not knowing what she is getting into."

"A fantastic fantasy adventure of a young girl who must step into her father's shoes to defeat the undead. An ancient spirit embodied in the surly cat Mogget is a most memorable character."

When the king and queen argue about what is delicious, it is up to a young boy to cross the kingdom asking people what they think and falling into adventure."

"A magical tale swirls around a rare and mysterious book. Made me want to visit Barcelona!"

"A lovely, warm story of kindness in unexpected places. Jane Dyer's illustrations are magical."

"A quirky cast of characters bring to life this tale of a Beefeater in the tower of London who is reluctantly but in charge of the Queen's exotic animals."

"'You're not a grown-up until you're at least eight. When you're eight you can drive a limousine.' Look at the world through the eyes of three friends, who happen to be toys."

"Meloy, lead singer and songwriter for the Decemberists, has taken on children's fantasy and created a charming tale."

Recommended by Hayley

"This book is a mystery/adventure/thrill ride with time travel. I hope you have a good chunk of time because it's HARD to put down!"

"Sci-fi, adventure, dystopian societies, & space colonization. Hooked yet?."

"A laugh-out-loud satire that pokes fun of consumerism, advertising, perceptions of beauty, and current events. Great for older teens and adults alike! -- Also it's a FANTASTIC audiobook - Check it out on CD or Overdrive!"

"Awesome book about how people bury their dead, and why different cultures have different customs."

"Great Western adventure for older children/young adults. Main character is great at finding TROUBLE and hilarity ensues."

"Gilbert's follow-up to 'Eat, Pray, Love' is an insightful approach to marriage and is both thoughtful and hilarious as she mulls over making the commitment she swore she'd never make again."

"Smart boarding school mischief ensues when Frankie infiltrates a secret society."

"Fairy tales - all grown up. This hilarious graphic novel series brings fairy tales into the real world with a lot of fun and adult humor."

"Lets you experience Italy through food, love, language, and a delightful comedy of errors."

"Hilarious graphic novel about a girl who wants to prove herself by slaying a giant, and tricks her friends into joining her on her adventure."

"A collective biography that describes the deaths of famous people in history, rather than their lives."

"Beautiful tale of mystery and magic - set in 17th. c. London - and bits of the fairy world shine through."

"Young armchair travelers will love seeing different types of houses from around the world and from varying time periods."

"Great fantasy involving comic book worlds that come to life, robozombies and floating islands. Need I say more?"

"Told in free verse, this sweet short read follows several characters in a small town and how they are brought together."

"Mangaman Ryoko falls through a 'rip' into the real world and finds he's definitely the odd man out. Hilarious blend of manga and 'realistic' graphic novel styles."

"Riveting and interesting - this love story spans the centuries. And the story is partially set in Charlottesville!"

"By the end of this you might want to write your own list! A great book about testing new waters & coming into your own."

"The smart aleck Doug Swieteck is one of my all-time favorite characters. This story is all at once funny, sad, and compelling - and you'll be rooting Doug on the whole time."

"High action-adventure of how Peter becomes Peter Pan. Great audio for all ages - read by the remarkable Jim Dale! CAR TRIP!"

"Fun and creepy nonfiction! Can a man live after a railroad spike goes through his brain?! YES. But his personality might be a little bit off afterwards..."

"A fantastic alternative history and tale of possession that will have you on the edge of your seat."

"The daughter of Robin Hood stars in her own tale, and has her own abilities to boot! Fantastic and SO MUCH FUN!"

"An adventurous ride - with man-eating horses from the sea and a girl racing for her livelihood, this beautiful tale is not to be missed! Also great on audiobook from Overdrive!"

"A wonderful story of secrets, friendship, and summertime fun."

"A great light read - with desserts! Food, flirtation, & fun."

"A hilarious biography of a truly inspiring & adventurous man. Great pictures & illustrations round it out."

Recommended by Meredith

"Lots of threads come together. Great writing, entertaining."

"Gaiman is a fantastic storyteller. Just go along for the ride."

"A thrilling challenge."

"Eloquent criminals, an alternate world, steampunky spies and tones of Indiana Jones meets Neil gaiman. Well-constructed language, dry British humor, and a bit of the weird - fabulous!"

"Artful simplicity, atmospheric."

"A charming romance but also a satirical comedy."

"A good honest memoir with a strong voice and an interesting life. Something for foodies and also for those interested in domestic balance."

"Lots of literary allusions, compelling central character - and enough whimsy to keep you going on a wandering journey."

"Thrilling, sharp, unique."

"Atmospheric, emotional, character driven. Well-written."

"Funnier than I thought it would be, with great touching passages as well. A wonderful main character portrayal."

"Charming little gem. Read anything by him."

"A British mystery starring Ruth Galloway, an archaeology professor, and Harry Nelson, a dedicated detective - and the Norfolk coast of England, since the bleak, grey coastal setting is a character in itself."

"Epistolary style; great fun. Clever wordplay, thoughtful, lightly satirical."

"Darling. Someone else called it 'lovably odd'. A gem."

"An endearing portrait of a bizarre family. Wonderfully crafted."

""A Secret Garden" for adults - a touch of magical realism, literary mystery and romance - all in this engrossing tale of several generations of women."

"Romantic magical realism. Follow it up with "Sugar Queen"."

"Lots of fun. From the creator of the Spellman Files (and a friend)."

"A tremendous amount of emotion without being cloying. Supernatural elements, interesting relationships."

"A compassionate, fascinating portrayal of two lives against the decades."

"Emotionally nuanced; clever language. And funny!"

"Poignant, funny coming-of-age. Prepare to be charmed."

"A series of linked vignettes, character-driven humor and pathos."

"Excellent writing and a unique tale...heartbreaking in many moments, harrowing in others."

"Truly human characters with great stories to tell...just the right mix of pathos and humor. Read anything by him!"

"Likable characters and lots of fun tidbits of information - if you like watching "Antiques Roadshow", like history or design, or picking at flea markets - you'll like this book!"

"Great story about relationships, family. Wonderful use of language. Follow up with "Belong to Me"."

"Harry Potter/Narnia but for adults."

"Fiction - moving, elegant."

"All the action and intrigue of the best swashbuckler, with amazing artwork."

"Charming portrayal of human foibles, pitch-perfect pacing and diction."

"Three stories intertwined; sensual; Virginia"

"Not for everyone: Palahnuik is rough around the edges. But I liked the unique structure. Great storytelling. It's not boring."

"Fun virtual reality adventure and real-world intrigue, with lots of fun pop-culture references that make it great for nostalgia if you were young in the 80s."

"An original take on the classic changeling tale. Eerie, imaginative, and thrilling."

"How much do we really know about the character Rumpelstiltskin? This great retold fairy tale gives us the story from his side - it's funny and charmingly magical."

"Slightly darker than the series of Thursday Next, but with the same smart wordplay, allusions, banter, satire. Speculative fiction at its most fun."

"Compelling, exciting, thought-provoking."

"Pick this up if you liked Donna Tartt's A Secret History- Literate intrigue."

"1st in series. Madcap. Has the snappy dialogue and fast pace of a screen play."

"A unique story told by an amazing illustrator."

"Two very different sisters share a cottage in the Hamptons during a season of parties, eccentric characters, and discovery. This light-hearted story is a great summer read!"

"Precious protagonist, funny, endearing."

"A convincing recreation of a historical time and place - cultural conflicts in a colonial outpost, with all its inherent eccentricities. Romance, intrigue, humor."

"Personable non-fiction. You will want to play Scrabble. Great characters."

Recommended by Yvonne

" The first book in the Mitford series. Mitford will feel like your hometown after you learn the characters."

"A little boy's astounding story of his trip to heaven and back."

"Depression-era series follows one family through tragedy and trials, yet shows how God meets their needs."

"First book of the Miss Julia series. Each one is a light, delightful read."

"Moving Story"

"This series follows a family's tragedies and triumphs and shows God at work in each."

"Excellent book on Hurricane Camille."

"Moving; Could provide hope for parents of autistic children."

"This is the first in this series, set in the Shenendoah Valley. I recommend the audio version because the narrator really makes the characters come alive."

"A warm coming-of-age story of a girl who was transplanted from NYC to the mountains of Virginia in 1940."

Recommended by Former Staff Members

Recommended by Benji

"What does 'growing up' mean? Annie Dillard attempts to answer this question as she traces her life from early childhood to adolescence. Rich in language. Wonderfully descriptive."

"This classic is one of my favorite books, ever. Every time I read it, I'm delighted All over again."

"This may be my favorite YA novel, ever. It will make you laugh, cry and want to read it all over again as soon as you finish the last page."

"A masterpiece, from the Golden Age of Russian Literature"

"Steinbeck at his best. A 20th Century retelling of the Cain and Abel story."

"My absolute favorite Newbery winner. Great for all ages."

"A history of Ireland told through many different stories, all framed around a central novel. Epic. Wonderful."

"Find out what happens when Charlie Bucktin, bookworm and ideal student, gets mixed up with Jasper Jones, the local outcast. A great read."

"This book is everything a Newbery winner should be."

"A great debut fantasy novel. Harry Potter for adults."

"A great read for kids, teens or adults. This Newbery Honor book will leave you feeling enchanted."

"I loved this book as a child. As an adult, I appreciate it even more."

"This is the first book in one of my favorite children's series. Great for kids and gown-ups alike."

"A profound retelling of a classic myth. C.S. Lewis thought this was his best book, and I agree."

"Harper Lee's masterpiece will be around forever. If you haven't, you might as well read it. You'll be glad you did."

"A wonderful story of time-travel and growing up in New York City."

"This book is perfect for someone looking for a new Young Adult series. Magic and mafia collide, leaving you hungry for Red Glove, the next in the series."

"A wonderful story of Moby Dick-like obsession for teens."


Recommended by Cathie

"I fell in love with Captain Ahab. This book made me want to read Moby Dick."

"The 1st book in a series of 6 that get better with each book. About Enola Holmes, the much younger sister of Sherlock Holmes. She solves mysteries by cracking codes and using logic and wit."

"Callie would prefer to spend her time in the woods with her grandfather studying nature rather than prepare for the life her parents have planned for her. A sweet story written with humor."

"Tony Hendra writes about his life with humor recounting the part Father Joe played. Candid and inspirational."

"A story of beauty and hope by the author of the Secret Garden."

"Matthew Scudder is a real, flawed character. Lawrence Block is a master. I recommend all the Matthew Scudder books."

"Dave Barry brings his humor to this prequel to Peter Pan that is filled with adventure and magic."

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