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The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Charlie, a modern-day Holden Caulfield, reminds me of myself when I was an uber-angsty adolescent. That’s the good thing about reading Young Adult Fiction as a middle aged adult: you have a broader worldview which allows you to appreciate teenage … Continue reading

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Looking for Alaska by John Green

John Green writes novels for young adults, but you don’t have to be young to enjoy them.  I’m forty-three, and he’s one of my favorite contemporary authors.  I became a fan of Green not by reading his books but by watching videos … Continue reading

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Bad Kitty Meets the Baby by Nick Bruel

Life was good for Bad Kitty when it was just her at home with her human parents.  Then one day they adopt a stupid, disgusting dog.  Bad Kitty eventually learns to tolerate the dog.  Then, Bad Kitty’s human parents bring home … Continue reading

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

Parents: if you’re looking for a few hours of uninterrupted time to yourself, check out Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney–for your kid.  NoveList, an online database the Library subscribes to, is a great resource for books.  It lists the minimum … Continue reading

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This is Spinal Tap (DVD)

When This Is Spinal Tap was released in theaters in 1984, many audience members were convinced they were seeing a documentary of an actual British rock group, Spinal Tap, fumbling its way through one last tour across America despite the fact … Continue reading

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While I’m Falling by Laura Moriarty

Veronica Von Holten’s life is falling apart.  A pre-med student at KU, she normally leans on her mother Natalie for support.  Only problem is, Natalie’s life is spiraling out of control even worse than Veronica’s.  During her marriage to Veronica’s … Continue reading

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Mommy-Track Mystery Series by Ayelet Waldman

I admit: The reason I first picked up a book by Ayelet Waldman is because I have a literary crush on her husband, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Michael Chabon.  I wanted to get into the head of Waldman, to see what … Continue reading

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The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty

When I finally meet Laura Moriarty, I’m going to complain to her about my elbow.  Ever since reading her latest novel, The Chaperone, I’ve got an acute case of reader’s elbow—pain and numbness in an elbow that has been bent … Continue reading

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Digging to America by Anne Tyler

The families of Bitsy and Brad Dickinson-Donaldson and Sami and Ziba Yazdan converge at the Baltimore airport on August 15, 1997.  What brings them together is the arrival of two adopted girls from Korea.  The large, loud, festive Dickinson-Donaldson clan, … Continue reading

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Feynman by Jim Otiaviani, illustrated by Leland Myrick

My husband recently took our daughter to Science City.  I was pleased to hear she loved it, but I had to set my husband straight when he proclaimed, “Everybody loves science.”  Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.  … Continue reading

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