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About me: The Eden Prairie Library staff includes many voracious readers with diverse interests. We meet regularly to share with each other those titles we've recently enjoyed. We're glad to have this opportunity to share them with you, too.

Eden Prairie Library Staff's Book Lists
What We've Been Reading (June 2014) (27 titles)
Adult, young adult, and children's books we've recently read.
What We've Been Reading (October 2013) (19 titles)
Adult, young adult, and children's books we've recently read.
What We've Been Reading (June 2013) (13 titles)
Adult, young adult, and children's books we've recently read.
Eden Prairie Reads 2013 Read-Alikes (5 titles)
Eden Prairie Reads is an annual program designed to promote reading, encourage discussion among community members and strive for a new level of connection throughout the Eden Prairie, MN community. 2013 marks our tenth year so we decided to experience a different literary genre from our past selections, the short story. Short stories from the 2nd Edition of The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction are the focus of Eden Prairie Reads 2013. Interested in other short story collections? Try one of these…
What We've Been Reading April 2013 (18 titles)
Adult, young adult, and children's books we've recently read.
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Eden Prairie Library Staff's Comments    
Cover ArtThe Scribner anthology of contemporary short fiction : 50 North American stories
The 2013 Eden Prairie Reads selection examined the short story.   posted Apr 9, 2013 at 11:59AM

Cover ArtThe Hunger Games
by Collins, Suzanne
The 2012 Eden Prairie Reads Selection.   posted Mar 11, 2012 at 2:53PM

Cover ArtOutcasts united : an American town, a refugee team, and one woman's quest to mak
by St. John, Warren.
The 2011 Eden Prairie Reads selection.   posted Jan 13, 2011 at 1:07PM

Cover ArtAnimal, vegetable, miracle : a year of food life
by Kingsolver, Barbara.
The 2010 Eden Prairie Reads selection.   posted Jan 13, 2011 at 1:07PM

Cover ArtAnimal, vegetable, miracle : a year of food life
by Kingsolver, Barbara.
The Eden Prairie Reads selection for 2010 (see   posted Jun 9, 2009 at 4:47PM

Cover ArtYou're an animal, Viskovitz!
by Boffa, Alessandro
It's fitting that Roz Chast illustrated the cover of this short, unlike-any-other book; its contents are just as smart and hilarious as her cartoons. Boffa's musings on love in its various forms are sharply observed and hopelessly funny.   posted Nov 12, 2008 at 2:12PM

Cover ArtPurple hibiscus : a novel
by Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi, 1977-
Adichie, who recently won a MacArthur Genius Award, tells this story--set in her native country, Nigeria--in beautiful, crystalline prose.   posted Nov 12, 2008 at 9:36AM

Cover ArtThe giant's house : a romance
by McCracken, Elizabeth
The first sentence in this novel, spoken by a cynical librarian, is "I do not love mankind"--and it just keeps getting better after that.   posted Nov 12, 2008 at 9:36AM

Cover ArtThe Spellman files
by Lutz, Lisa
Full of dry wit, this is the hilarious story of a dysfunctional family of private investigators, who are generally too busy tailing and spying on each other to pay much attention to their clients. A sequel, Curse of the Spellmans, was recently released.   posted Nov 9, 2008 at 11:04AM

Cover ArtPerdido Street Station
by Mieville, China
A steampunk novel full of mystery, set in the wildly diverse and industrial city of New Crobuzon, home to vodyanoi, khepri and human alike. Wonderfully atmospheric and intelligent, a great choice for fans of William Gibson and Neal Stephenson.   posted Nov 9, 2008 at 11:01AM

Cover ArtThe mayor of Casterbridge
by Hardy, Thomas, 1840-1928
Don't let the "classic" status daunt you: this novel is immensely readable and has it all--romance, scandal, politics, self-made men and women, and a protagonist struggling to live down the mistake he makes in the opening scene: drunkenly auctioning off his wife and baby at a village fair.   posted Nov 9, 2008 at 10:57AM

Cover ArtCarter beats the Devil : a novel
by Gold, Glen David, 1964-
Historical fiction set in early 20-century San Francisco, this is the thoroughly entertaining story of a vaudeville magician. Fans of Michael Chabon or E.L. Doctorow will love this one.   posted Nov 9, 2008 at 10:55AM

Cover ArtPopulation, 485 : meeting your neighbors one siren at a time
by Perry, Michael, 1964-
The 2006 Eden Prairie Reads Selection.   posted Nov 9, 2008 at 10:00AM

Cover ArtThe things they carried : a work of fiction
by O'Brien, Tim, 1946-
The 2007 Eden Prairie Reads selection.   posted Nov 9, 2008 at 9:59AM

Cover ArtNeither wolf nor dog : on forgotten roads with an Indian elder
by Nerburn, Kent, 1946-
The 2004 Eden Prairie Reads selection.   posted Nov 9, 2008 at 9:59AM

Cover ArtThree cups of tea : one man's mission to fight terrorism and build nations-- one
by Mortenson, Greg
The 2009 Eden Prairie Reads selection.   posted Nov 9, 2008 at 9:59AM

Cover ArtOrdinary people
by Guest, Judith.
The 2005 Eden Prairie Reads selection.   posted Nov 9, 2008 at 9:58AM

Cover ArtThe weight of all things
by Benitez, Sandra, 1941-
The 2008 Eden Prairie Reads selection by Edina-based author Sandra Benitez.   posted Nov 9, 2008 at 9:58AM

Cover ArtPecking order : a novel
by Tyree, Omar
Tyree is one of the most popular authors of contemporary African-American fiction writing today. His honest portrayal of black life in America in more than a dozen novels has earned a loyal readership. Romantic intrigue is included in his books but not in a traditional way. His writing is laid-back and direct and the straightforward prose helps move events at a quick pace. Author read-alikes include E. Lynn Harris for focus on relationships, Travis Hunter for men’s perspectives in relationships, and Karen E. Quinones Miller for realistic characters and relationships.   posted Nov 9, 2008 at 9:42AM

Cover ArtMonkeewrench
by Tracy, P. J.
Written by a mother/daughter writing team, Tracy's sizzling thrillers focus on four quirky characters that are partners in a Minneapolis based crime-fighting firm called Monkeewrench. These books are guaranteed to keep you reading long into the night. The first book in the series is Monkeewrench, followed by Live Bait, Dead Run, and Snow Blind.   posted Nov 9, 2008 at 9:40AM

Cover ArtBuckingham Palace gardens : a novel
by Perry, Anne
Interested in detail-rich mysteries that explore the harsh underside of Victorian society? Perry offers the reader a wealth of historical information, rich character detail, and social commentary of 19th century England. Start her series when you’re in the mood for a mystery that slowly unfolds. Author read-alikes include Caleb Carr for his late 19th century mysteries set in New York City and Val McDermid for her atmospheric tales set in the present day.   posted Nov 9, 2008 at 9:40AM

Cover ArtThe constant gardener : a novel
by Le Carre, John, 1931-
Considered the master of the serious spy novel, Le Carré writes sophisticated novels full of political and psychological intrigue. His books are thoughtful and character-driven with less emphasis on action. Titles include The Constant Gardener, The Night Manager, The Little Drummer Girl, and The Spy Who Came in from the Cold. Author read-alikes include Graham Greene, Len Deighton, Ward Just, Alan Furst, and Daniel Silva.   posted Nov 9, 2008 at 9:39AM

Cover ArtBig Stone Gap : a novel
by Trigiani, Adriana
Looking for a humorous and heartwarming read featuring strong, intelligent women? Try the Big Stone Gap series (Big Stone Gap, Big Cherry Holler and Milk Glass Moon) or Rococo, The Queen of the Big Time and Lucia, Lucia. Readers who enjoy romance fiction, gentle reads, and works with a strong sense of place should try Trigiani. Author read-alikes include Fannie Flagg, Billie Letts, Jennifer Haigh, and Lorna Landvik.   posted Nov 9, 2008 at 9:38AM

Cover ArtMaster and commander
by O'Brian, Patrick, 1914-2000
Interested in historical naval adventure? O’Brian’s works are full of meticulous research, detailed descriptions, intricate plots, and moral and social issues. Readers interested in naval adventures might also like to try Philip McCutchan, Victor Suthren, C. S. Forester, Richard Woodman, Alexander Kent, Arturo Perez-Reverte, or Dewey Lambdin. Bernard Cornwell may also be of interest with his historical military adventures.   posted Nov 9, 2008 at 9:32AM

Cover ArtThe stupidest angel : a heartwarming tale of Christmas terror
by Moore, Christopher, 1957-
Be careful if you pick up one Christopher Moore book--you may just want to read them all. People nearby will want to know what you’re reading because guaranteed, you’ll be laughing out loud. Moore does not shy away from topics or issues, and although irreverent, all his books are heavily researched. Nicholas Sparks wrote, “Christopher Moore writes novels that are not only hilarious, but fun to read as well. He is an author at the top of his craft.” We at the Eden Prairie Library couldn’t agree more. We recommend starting with “The Stupidest Angel” or “Lamb: the Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal.”   posted Nov 9, 2008 at 9:31AM

Cover ArtMalinche
by Esquivel, Laura, 1950-
Like the romantic and magical writing style of Isabel Allende or Gabriel Garcia-Marquez? Esquivel’s novels are full of passion, fascinating cultural history, and endearing characters.   posted Nov 9, 2008 at 9:30AM

Cover ArtThe new woman
by Hassler, Jon.
Enjoy books with real characters that are quirky and funny yet seem down-to-earth and ambitious? Read everything by John Irving, Alice Hoffman, and Richard Russo? Check out Jon Hassler’s Staggerford series set in a small town in Minnesota.   posted Nov 9, 2008 at 9:29AM

Cover ArtThe Eyre affair : a novel
by Fforde, Jasper
Join literary detective Thursday Next as she romps through some of the greatest fiction ever written. Start with “The Eyre Affair” which Fforde himself describes as "a literary detective thriller with romantic overtones, mad inventor uncles, aunts trapped in Wordsworth poems, global multinationals, scheming evildoers, an excursion inside the novel of Jane Eyre, dodos, knight-errant-time-traveling fathers and the answer to the eternal question: 'Who really wrote Shakespeare's plays?'"   posted Nov 9, 2008 at 9:27AM

Cover ArtUndead and unwed
by Davidson, MaryJanice
Love vampires? Love shoes? Love the Twin Cities? Then Mary Janice Davidson’s “Undead” series is for you. Follow the adventures and mishaps of Betsy Taylor, Queen of the Vampires beginning with Undead and Unwed and continuing on through Undead and Unemployed, Undead and Unappreciated all the way to the sixth book, Undead and Uneasy. Ms. Davidson also writes young adult novels and romantic fiction.   posted Nov 9, 2008 at 9:26AM

Cover ArtThe bonesetter's daughter
by Tan, Amy
Amy Tan gives a unique voice to the generational and cultural hurdles between mothers and daughters.   posted Nov 9, 2008 at 9:20AM

Cover ArtThe passion of Artemisia
by Vreeland, Susan
Susan Vreeland’s stunning novels delve into the themes of art, history and the lives of women. Author read-alikes include Tracy Chevalier, Sarah Dunant, and Harriet Scott Chessman.   posted Nov 9, 2008 at 9:20AM

Cover ArtCat's eye
by Atwood, Margaret, 1939-
Atwood is a virtuoso. Her books are equally riveting and accomplished whether she’s writing historical fiction (Alias Grace, The Blind Assassin), dystopian fiction (Oryx and Crake, The Handmaid’s Tale), realistic fiction, or short stories. Cat’s Eye, a favorite, brilliantly captures the cruelty that is too often part of young girls’ friendships, and the fact that what one girl thinks of another can shape her choices for the rest of her life.   posted Nov 9, 2008 at 9:18AM

Cover ArtFalling boy
by McGhee, Alison, 1960-
Local writer Alison McGhee is the author of several critically acclaimed novels for adults. Known for tackling the deep matters of the soul and the struggles of heart, she often asks, “What joys and sorrows lie beneath the surface of the faces we present to the world?”   posted Nov 9, 2008 at 9:18AM

Cover ArtThe beach house : a novel
by Patterson, James, 1947-
Not to be confused with *The Lake House*, this book unlocks the mystery off a young man’s sudden drowning of the coast of wealthy East Hampton.   posted Nov 8, 2008 at 1:28PM

Cover ArtRash
by Hautman, Pete, 1952-
Between this YA novel, *Life As We Knew It*, and *Unwind*, it seems like writers for young adults are producing the most interesting and challenging novels set in future dystopias these days.   posted Nov 8, 2008 at 1:21PM

Cover ArtThe monster of Florence
by Preston, Douglas J.
A true and gripping account of crime and punishment in Florence, Italy. If you liked *The Devil in the White City*, try this one.   posted Nov 8, 2008 at 1:19PM

Cover ArtThe art of racing in the rain : a novel
by Stein, Garth
This novel, told from the point of view of a sensitive, philosophical dog named Enzo, surprised those of us turned off by the idea of a canine narrator--we loved it. A crowd-pleaser for sure, and a simple but not shallow read.   posted Nov 8, 2008 at 1:17PM

Cover ArtUnwind
by Shusterman, Neal
This YA novel begins during the aftermath of a second civil war in the United States of America: this one not between the North and the South, but between Pro-Life and Pro-Choice factions. Abortion has been made illegal, but parents may now choose to have their children "unwound" when they turn 13...   posted Nov 8, 2008 at 1:14PM

Cover ArtBlindness
by Saramago, Jose
This provocative, chilling novel explores what happens when a large percentage of a city's inhabitants are suddenly struck blind. Reminiscent both of Camus's *The Plague* and Golding's *Lord of the Flies*, but perhaps more immediate for featuring a married couple's (one blinded, one not) struggle at its center.   posted Nov 8, 2008 at 1:12PM

Cover ArtLife as we knew it
by Pfeffer, Susan Beth, 1948-
Pfeffer's tale of a family and their suburb's response when an asteroid hits the moon, knocking it closer to Earth and resulting in a wave of natural disasters and food shortages, had some of us on the Eden Prairie staff taking notes, it was so realistic. Marketed as a YA book, but will also appeal to adult readers.   posted Nov 8, 2008 at 1:08PM

Cover ArtDo not open
by Farndon, John
This irresistibly inviting compendium of "oddities, mysteries, and unexplained phenomena" covers nearly 100 topics and would make a great holiday gift for 3rd-6th graders. Eye-popping illustrations are accented by occasional fold-outs, lift-the-flaps, and vertical pages.   posted Nov 8, 2008 at 1:05PM

Cover ArtBig money
by Wodehouse, P. G. 1881-1975
Like gentle reads about small town life like those by Jan Karon or Fannie Flagg? Try P.G. Wodehouse novels, filled with eccentric English village characters and layers of humorous complications that all lead to a happy ending.   posted Nov 8, 2008 at 10:11AM

Cover ArtGardenias
by Sullivan, Faith.
Sullivan says about her writing, "The novels I write, whether comic or serious, deal with the oftentimes subtle, unconscious, evolving image women have of themselves--women who do not ordinarily or consciously perceive themselves as feminist, but whose perspectives and expectations have been radically, irrevocably altered by feminist politics and the mid-century emergence of the female work force."   posted Nov 8, 2008 at 10:10AM

Cover ArtThe weight of water
by Shreve, Anita
Appreciate stories that delve into women's lives? Shreve writes elegant, haunting tales of passion: provocative stories of characters placed in extreme situations and forced to recover their lives. Also of interest may be the works of Elizabeth Berg, Alice Hoffman, Sue Miller, and Jodi Picoult.   posted Nov 8, 2008 at 10:08AM

Cover ArtThe poisonwood Bible : a novel
by Kingsolver, Barbara.
An exquisite storyteller, Barbara Kingsolver's other books include Animal Dreams, The Bean Trees, Prodigal Summer, and, most recently, the nonfiction work Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.   posted Nov 8, 2008 at 10:02AM

Cover ArtThe girl with no shadow : a novel
by Harris, Joanne, 1964-
Interested in great characters, strong narratives and complex plots? Try one of the "gastroromances" by Harris (Chocolat, Blackberry Wine, Five Quarters of the Orange, and The Girl With No Shadow) or others such as Coastliners, Holy Fools, Jigs & Reels, Gentlemen & Players, and Sleep, Pale Sister.   posted Nov 8, 2008 at 10:00AM

Cover ArtFirefly Lane
by Hannah, Kristin
Kristin Hannah practiced law in Seattle before becoming a full-time writer. She is a gifted author who writes about the tension that women feel in their lives--the pull between work and motherhood, between building a relationship and being strong on their own. This realistic look at the world is part of what draws her readers to her books and her characters.   posted Nov 8, 2008 at 9:58AM

Cover ArtKatharine of Aragon : a novel
by Plaidy, Jean, 1906-1993
Before there was Phillippa Gregory there was Jean Plaidy, one of the best-known authors of historical fiction of the 20th century. If you love the character-rich feel of Gregory's novels, try Plaidy.   posted Nov 7, 2008 at 11:11AM

Cover ArtCaptain Alatriste
by Perez-Reverte, Arturo
Read everything by Patrick O'Brian? Looking for more historical fiction on the high seas? Intrigue, honor, war, and the sword are the subjects of Perez-Reverte's fast-paced "Captain Alatriste" novels, set in 17th century Spain.   posted Nov 7, 2008 at 11:08AM

Cover ArtThe senator's wife
by Miller, Sue, 1943-
If you like the provocative, issue-oriented stories of women as told by Anita Shreve, try Sue Miller. Miller's works also have strong characters, storylines in the past and present, and elegant, evocative prose similar to Shreve's style.   posted Nov 7, 2008 at 10:58AM

Cover ArtEnduring love : a novel
by McEwan, Ian
Ian McEwan writes books that are haunting, eloquent, and precise investigations of how discrete events loom large in the human psyche. His novels are probing and philosophical, featuring suspenseful plot lines and subjects of contemporary relevance that readers will remember and reflect on long after finishing.   posted Nov 7, 2008 at 10:55AM

Cover ArtThe lady and the unicorn
by Chevalier, Tracy
Enjoy fiction steeped in history and art? Chevalier's works contain vibrantly detailed settings, a rich sense of history, the enduring allure of art, and the magic of good storytelling. If you like Chevalier, you can also try Susan Vreeland, Sarah Dunant, Harriet Scott Chessman, Margaret Forster, and Penelope Fitzgerald.   posted Nov 7, 2008 at 10:49AM

Cover ArtThe law of similars : a novel
by Bohjalian, Christopher A.
Like Jodi Picoult? Try Chris Bohjalian, another New England author who favors close examination of hot button issues in small town settings.   posted Nov 7, 2008 at 10:47AM

Cover ArtTalk before sleep : a novel
by Berg, Elizabeth
Interested in reading about women's lives and relationships? Berg's everywoman characters often find themselves in situations which require them to discover their inner strength and self-worth due to challenges like spousal betrayal or terminal illness. If you like Berg, you can also try Ann Hood, Luanne Rice, Elinor Lipman, Anna Quindlen, or Jeanne Ray.   posted Nov 7, 2008 at 10:47AM

Cover ArtThe Romanov prophecy : a novel
by Berry, Steve, 1955-
Did you enjoy The Da Vinci Code? Looking for something similar? In this and other novels, Berry mixes suspense and history to create thrilling, fast-paced reads.   posted Nov 7, 2008 at 10:46AM

Cover ArtTalk before sleep : a novel
by Berg, Elizabeth
Interested in reading about women's lives and relationships? Berg's everywoman characters often find themselves in situations which require them to discovertheir inner strength and self-worth due to challenges like spousal betrayal or terminal illness. If you like Berg, you can also try Ann Hood, Luanne Rice, Elinor Lipman, Anna Quindlen, or Jeanne Ray.   posted Nov 7, 2008 at 10:45AM

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