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Longbourn
Longbourn by Jo Baker (Other)
This is Pride & Prejudice (by Jane Austen) told from the servants' point of view. If you liked P&P, I bet you will enjoy this, too. -- Added by Hope on 02/27/2014

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Just One Day
Just One Day by Gayle Forman (Other)
An American girl falls in love with a Dutch boy that she meets while on a European tour in between high school and college. He invites her to leave the group and go with him to Paris for the day. I felt impatient at the beginning of this YA novel because it started slowly and I thought I knew where it was going, but by the end...oh, I just loved it. Although it was improbable in some ways, it was also a satisfying wish fulfillment story. Anything CAN happen in just one day! I still believe that, here in my 50s. Also, Kathleen McInerney does a great job of performing it on the audiobook. -- Added by Hope on 02/21/2014

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Divergent (Divergent, Book 1)
Divergent (Divergent, Book 1) by Veronica Roth (Other)
This is the first in a very popular Young Adult trilogy about a post-apocalyptic world in which every 16-year-old has to chooose one of five possible life paths in order to prevent the return of war. -- Added by Hope on 02/17/2014

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Your Life Calling
Your Life Calling by Jane Pauley (Other)
This book is filled with inspiring stories of people that Jane Pauley interviewed for her Today show series, "Life Reimagined Today," which is about people that reinvented themselves instead of just retiring. It also includes things that Jane has learned during her own life. I like her modest, realistic, attitude of gratitude. -- Added by Hope on 02/12/2014

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The Kingdom of Little Wounds
The Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal (Other)
This was named one of three Printz Honor Books last month by the Young Adult Services Association for its literary quality. I would say it is for the older end of the YA age range because it includes references to rape, torture, disease, and so on, but it is also a rich, satisfying read that would probably also interest adults who like both historical fiction and fairy tales. It is about three women - a seamstress, a slave, and a queen - in the royal court of a Scandanavian town in 1573. -- Added by Hope on 02/06/2014

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Stitches
Stitches by Anne Lamott (Other)
This is a short audiobook - only two CDs - but it is pithy. It had me crying cathartically more than once. The author reads aloud her own work in a way that reminded me of bookstore readings. I.e., self-consciously rather than like a professional audiobook reader, and at first this irritated me, but I soon got used to it and then appreciated it for its personal quality. In any case, the specific, insightful, creative words themselves moved me so much I didn't care. I have put the print version of the book on hold for myself at the library, too. -- Added by Hope on 01/23/2014

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