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Where the Heart Is
Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts (1990s)
A pregnant teenager is abandoned at a small town WalMart by her loser boyfriend, and an interestingly quirky cast of characters comes to her rescue and befriends her. It's a very sweet story. -- Added by Zivah on 02/28/2014

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Morning Glory
Morning Glory by Sarah Jio (1950s)
Two women's stories, one set in the 1950's and one set in the modern day, take place at the same Seattle houseboat and ultimately intertwine. It's quick to get through, and the setting is interesting. -- Added by Zivah on 02/28/2014

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (2000s)
The story centers around the mystery of a missing girl, but the characters, as well as the Swedish village where she was last seen, are even more fascinating than the mystery itself. -- Added by Zivah on 02/06/2014

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Like Dreamers
Like Dreamers by Yossi Klein Halevi (1960s)
This is a non-fiction account of the lives of 7 Israeli paratroopers who participated in the 1967 Six-Day War, but it often feels like reading fiction due to the way the narrative unfolds. I learned more about modern Israel from reading this book than I have from any other work. -- Added by Zivah on 02/06/2014

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Half a Heart
Half a Heart by Rosellen Brown (1980s)
Set in 1980's Houston; a wealthy, white, suburban housewife reconnects with her teenage daughter, fathered and raised by an African American man with whom she had taught at an all-black college in the 1960's. The reunion results in an examination of racial tensions, both blatant and subtle. -- Added by Zivah on 02/06/2014

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The Book Thief
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (1940s)
This is a Holocaust-era story, set in 1940's Germany, intended as a young readers' novel, and recently made into a movie. I found this book particularly interesting because it is narrated by Death, which offers an interesting point of view. I especially liked that Death is able to foreshadow, saying things like, "Don't worry. I'm not here for (character) yet." There was no need to skip ahead to find out if things would end well or badly... the reader already knows. -- Added by Zivah on 02/06/2014

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