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Books I Only Recommend To My Friends
This list contains books that have helped me escape my day to day routines and realize maybe the drama of my life is not all that. A lot of memoirs, a few novels, some about family relationships, growing up, finding oneself, facing down addiction, etc. Its a montage. Enjoy.   Print this list Print this list
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Cover Art: Even silence has an end : my six years of captivity in the Colombian jungle /
Even silence has an end : my six years of captivity in the Colombian jungle
Betancourt, Ingrid, 1961-
If you read this, you must also read 'Out of Captivity' by Mark Consalves. I'm also going to read another by Clara Rojas. The lives of all three intersect in the Colombian jungle during 5 years of captivity. Unbelievable conditions and treatment that bring out both the best and worst of humanity. Very interesting to compare and contrast their versions of the events.
Adult Nonfiction Book 921 B4615 2010
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Cover Art: Midwives /
Midwives
Bohjalian, Christopher A.
Adult Fiction BOHJALIAN
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Cover Art: Here if you need me : a true story /
Here if you need me : a true story
Braestrup, Kate.
I was in a memoir rut - reading too many stories of drug addiction and alcoholism. This memoir took me out of that rut and is just a very unique and meaningful story/journey.
Adult Nonfiction Book 289.178 B
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Cover Art: Heaven is for real : a little boy's astounding story of his trip to heaven and b
Heaven is for real : a little boy's astounding story of his trip to heaven and b
Burpo, Todd
As the mother of two young children, and not someone you would call a believer -- I believe, I believe! The book will leave you smiling for this lucky family.
Adult Nonfiction Book 133.9013 B 2010
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Cover Art: My life in France /
My life in France
Child, Julia.
I savored every well written detail of her adventures both in the kitchen and out. Remind yourself while reading that this was the 1950's and what a different path she chose from most women her age. What a woman!
Adult Fiction 921 C4349
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Cover Art: Battle hymn of the tiger mother /
Battle hymn of the tiger mother
Chua, Amy.
You have to read this for yourself to truly assess this much talked about book and style of parenting. I get it, I just don’t think I can do it and believe my children will eventually thank me for it. Call me a coward, or a typical western parent...
Adult Nonfiction Book 306.874 C 2011
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Cover Art: Augusta, gone : a true story /
Augusta, gone : a true story
Dudman, Martha Tod.
I expected much more from this memoir. The mother seems just short of in control of her family, seems a bit naive, almost an enabler? I’d love to hear what others think of this book...
Adult Nonfiction Book 301.427 D
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Cover Art: A stolen life : a memoir /
A stolen life : a memoir
Dugard, Jaycee Lee, 1980-
Jaycee has triumphed by not letting hate or revenge consume her. An amazing story of survival and the power of a mother's love, both Jaycee and Jaycee's mother.
Adult Nonfiction Book
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Cover Art: But enough about me : a Jersey girl's unlikely adventures among the absurdly fam
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Cover Art: Girlbomb : a halfway homeless memoir /
Girlbomb : a halfway homeless memoir
Erlbaum, Janice, 1969-
I give Janice Erlbaum so much credit for taking her life in her own hands, attempting to be honest with herself, and revealing so much of herself in this memoir. Her mom? Too much!!
Adult Nonfiction Book 921 Er52
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Cover Art: You know when the men are gone /
You know when the men are gone
Fallon, Siobhan
Every short story will leave you longing for more. The author is an outstanding writer and the individual and intimate journeys described in the stories were diverse and touching.
Adult Fiction FALLON
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Cover Art: Left neglected : a novel /
Left neglected : a novel
Genova, Lisa.
Adult Fiction GENOVA
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Cover Art: Eat, pray, love : one woman's search for everything across Italy, India and Indo
Eat, pray, love : one woman's search for everything across Italy, India and Indo
Gilbert, Elizabeth, 1969-
I haven't seen the movie so I don't know how it compares. Her time in Italy is my favorite.
Adult Nonfiction Book 910.4 G
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Cover Art: Out of captivity : surviving 1,967 days in the Colombian jungle /
Out of captivity : surviving 1,967 days in the Colombian jungle
Gonsalves, Marc.
Adult Nonfiction Book 303.625 G
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Cover Art: A friend of the family : a novel /
A friend of the family : a novel
Grodstein, Lauren.
I loved this book! The writer alludes to the events that unfold at the end throughout the whole book. It will keep you entertained and intrigued until life unravels with the behavior of the father, the main character. I couldn’t put it down and found myself warming up to Laura as the story went on.
Adult Fiction GRODSTE
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Cover Art: The translator : a tribesman's memoir of Darfur /
The translator : a tribesman's memoir of Darfur
Hari, Daoud.
Adult Nonfiction Book 962.4043 H
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Cover Art: The heights /
The heights
Hedges, Peter.
This book is great. I wanted to read on. I generally don’t like books written from a woman’s perspective, by a man. The author writes in first person for several characters and it works well. The ending is awesome and surprising.
Adult Fiction HEDGES
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Cover Art: Ten thousand sorrows : the extraordinary journey of a Korean War orphan /
Ten thousand sorrows : the extraordinary journey of a Korean War orphan
Kim, Elizabeth.
What a triumph! The author writes with bare honesty, sometimes almost painful to read. In the end she begins to heal. I really enjoyed the excerpts from her daughter’s perspective. I couldn’t put it down.
Adult Nonfiction Book 921 K56
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Cover Art: The poisonwood Bible : a novel /
The poisonwood Bible : a novel
Kingsolver, Barbara.
Adult Fiction KINGSOL
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Cover Art: Girl in translation /
Girl in translation
Kwok, Jean
Adult Fiction KWOK
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Cover Art: The namesake /
The namesake
Lahiri, Jhumpa.
I really enjoyed this book. I don’t know much about Indian culture but my husband is from another country and much of what she describes about the family in this book holds true for other immigrant populations as well.
Adult Fiction LAHIRI
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Cover Art: Somewhere inside : one sister's captivity in North Korea and the other's fight t
Somewhere inside : one sister's captivity in North Korea and the other's fight t
Ling, Laura, 1976-
Adult Nonfiction Book 365.45092 L 2010
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Cover Art: Go the fuck to sleep /
Go the fuck to sleep
Mansbach, Adam, 1976-
If you didn't relate and laugh your a#* off when you read this, you're no friend of mine. lol!
Adult Nonfiction Book 817.6 M3177 2011
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Cover Art: The view from here /
The view from here
McKinlay, Deborah
The ending will surprise you and reward you. I love the parallels between her early twenties and end of life experiences.
Adult Fiction MCKINLA
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Cover Art: The Paris wife : a novel /
The Paris wife : a novel
McLain, Paula.
This book has all the elements of an unforgettable love story - youth, hope, passion, determination, adventure, birth, betrayal, and new beginnings. Set mostly in Paris and Europe in the era of Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Pound, Stein. What I wouldn’t give to have been part of that scene...
Adult Fiction MCLAIN
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Cover Art: Falling apart in one piece : one optimist's journey through the hell of divorce
Falling apart in one piece : one optimist's journey through the hell of divorce
Morrison, Stacy
I thoroughly appreciated the honesty with which Stacy Morrison writes. I related to her in so many ways. If you have been through a bitter divorce, you may not be able to stand the optimism but then again it may help you see another version of divorce and the ultimate outcome, peace.
Adult Nonfiction Book HQ814 .M64 2010b
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Cover Art: I do not come to you by chance /
I do not come to you by chance
Nwaubani, Adaobi.
This book is quite intriguing. If you have ever received an email from a country far far away asking you to send a little money to help someone in distress recover a lot of money, of which you will share, you must read this story. And if you don’t know what a 419 is you will find out there is a name for the email scam I describe...
Adult Fiction NWAUBAN
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Cover Art: Truth & beauty : a friendship /
Truth & beauty : a friendship
Patchett, Ann.
Adult Nonfiction Book 921 P2625
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Cover Art: Julie and Julia : my year of cooking dangerously /
Julie and Julia : my year of cooking dangerously
Powell, Julie.
100 times more satisfying than watching the movie. If you like this I highly recommend also reading Julia Child's "My Life in France".
Adult Nonfiction Book 641.5092 P
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Cover Art: Not without hope /
Not without hope
Schuyler, Nick
Adult Nonfiction Book G530 .S335 2010
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Cover Art: Half in love : surviving the legacy of suicide : a memoir /
Half in love : surviving the legacy of suicide : a memoir
Sexton, Linda Gray, 1953-
Adult Nonfiction Book 921 Se915 2011
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Cover Art: Slow motion : a true story /
Slow motion : a true story
Shapiro, Dani.
Adult Nonfiction Book PS3569.H3387Z47 1998
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Cover Art: Tweak : (growing up on methamphetamines) /
Tweak : (growing up on methamphetamines)
Sheff, Nic.
This book is pretty unbelievable. Unbelievable that he has survived to write another book.
Teen Nonfiction Book 921 Sh436
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Cover Art: We all fall down : living with addiction /
We all fall down : living with addiction
Sheff, Nic.
Teen Nonfiction Book 921 Sh436 2011
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Cover Art: Amen, amen, amen : memoir of a girl who couldn't stop praying (among other thing
Amen, amen, amen : memoir of a girl who couldn't stop praying (among other thing
Sher, Abby
Easy to read, insightful into the struggle with personal loss at a young age and OCD. Good memoir.
Adult Nonfiction Book RC533 .S54 2009b
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Cover Art: Dirty secret : a daughter comes clean about her mother's compulsive hoarding /
Dirty secret : a daughter comes clean about her mother's compulsive hoarding
Sholl, Jessie.
This is a really touching story. Any woman will identify themes in this mother-daughter relationship that are common experience, even without the hoarding. The reader will loose patience with the mother in this book long before the writer does. But, that is what is so revealing about how as daughters of dysfunctional mothers, we never give up hope. I read it in just over 24 hours, neglecting my own daughter while I did. :)
Adult Nonfiction Book 362.25 S 2011
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Cover Art: The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks /
The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks
Skloot, Rebecca, 1972-
Adult Nonfiction Book 616.02774 S 2010
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Cover Art: Slash /
Slash
Slash (Musician)
500 pages, really? But you won’t be able to put it down. Next, I’d like to read Axl’s version of events.
Adult Nonfiction Book 921 SL135
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Cover Art: The help /
The help
Stockett, Kathryn
Adult Fiction STOCKET
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Cover Art: The dressmaker of Khair Khana : five sisters, one remarkable family, and the wom
The dressmaker of Khair Khana : five sisters, one remarkable family, and the wom
Tzemach Lemmon, Gayle.
A story of triumph and true courage. Also a glimpse of how women lived under the Taliban - I can’t even begin to imagine... I was also amazed and envious at the loyalty and cooperation within the family.
Adult Nonfiction Book 921 T999 2011
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Cover Art: The glass castle : a memoir /
The glass castle : a memoir
Walls, Jeannette.
Adult Nonfiction Book 921 W157
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Cover Art: So B. It : a novel /
So B. It : a novel
Weeks, Sarah.
I’d loved this story - a brave and determined girl sets out to find the answers to the questions that matter most to her. Not a happy happy ending but we can imagine a happy new beginning for her.
Children's Fiction WEEKS
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Cover Art: Bonobo handshake : a memoir of love and adventure in the Congo /
Bonobo handshake : a memoir of love and adventure in the Congo
Woods, Vanessa, 1977-
Despite the tragic surroundings, the story is really uplifting, humorous, emotional.
Adult Nonfiction Book 599.88409 W 2010
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On Sep 14, 2011 at 5:09, April Webster wrote:
Thank you for the ideas. You have great taste.
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