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Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt

Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt

Engaging memoir that tells the story of Frank McCourt and his family, who left Depression-era America to "go home" to Ireland after a family tragedy. A powerful, gritty depiction of poverty and the glimpses of hope and humor that can be found in even in the most miserable childhoods.
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

Funny, insightful, and heartwrenching, this is a novel that you won't soon forget. It is narrated by Enzo, a dog with a human soul who wants nothing more than the happiness of his family. That, and to be reincarnated as a race car driver in his next life.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
by Mark Haddon

The simple yet extraordinary story of a 15-year-old autistic boy who investigates the death of a neighbor's dog only to uncover shocking secrets about his own family. Heartbreaking, funny, and remarkably written to convey the workings of an autistic mind.
Emma by Jane Austen

Emma by Jane Austen

A classic comedy of manners centered around Emma Woodhouse, a flawed and self-deluding matchmaker with the best of intentions but little understanding of the people around her.
The Girl With a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier 

The Girl With a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier

Have you ever wondered about the story behind a painting? In this radiant novel, Griet, a sixteen-year-old girl based on the unknown subject of one of Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer's most famous paintings comes to life.
The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti 

The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti

A bright, one-handed orphan with a mysterious past is adopted by a charming conman claiming to be his brother. Set in a wonderfully re-imagined version of 19th-century New England and full of misfit characters, perilous adventures, and a magical energy that never lets up.
In Country by Bobbie Ann Mason 

In Country by Bobbie Ann Mason

A recent high school graduate in a small Kentucky town tries to make sense of her family and the war that killed her father before she was born. Emotionally gripping and subtly humorous as it addresses the challenges of growing up and the lingering consequences of a war long over.
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan 

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

The ultimate book about mother/daughter relationships. Four Chinese immigrant mothers and their Chinese American daughters struggle to understand each other. A poignant and relatable novel about generational and cultural divisions, told in vignettes by seven different characters.
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier 

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

Young and naive, the second Mrs. Maxim de Winter arrives at her new husband's sweeping Cornish estate in a state of awe. There she finds that her life is overshadowed by the beautiful Rebecca, Maxim's first wife, dead but still a source of mystery.
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Last Updated 9/13/12