Fiction

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Briefs

Rating: 4
Wideman unveils an utterly original voice and structure--hip-hop zen--where each story is a single breath, to be caught, held, shared and savored. Reviewed by IR Staff
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The Day of the Knights

Rating: 3
A multi-layered thriller about a feud between a cop and a serial killer that is much bigger than its plot.
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The Last Cookie Club

Rating: 3
This moving fictional tale is informed by real-life experience about the roots of food addiction.
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Social Climbers

Rating: 3
A illustrated novel and purported how-to guide for the upwardly mobile, Social Climbers features an 8th grade writing style, a plethora of typos, tense mistakes and spelling errors.
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Adam's Daughters

Rating: 3
Part two in The Westward Sagas follows the Mitchell family as it struggles during the time of the Colonial and American Revolution.
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Seven Blackbirds

Rating: 3
By turns humorous, scandalous, and lyrical, Seven Blackbirds is the story of a woman as she struggles along the road toward wholeness in the heart of Oklahoma's Green Country.
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The Doll Brokers

Rating: 2
The violent and sexually graphic story of an independent woman as she stuggles to be successful in the modern toy industry.
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The Shack

Rating: 4
In a world where religion seems to grow increasingly irrelevant The Shack wrestles with the timeless question, Where is God in a world so filled with unspeakable pain?
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A More Obedient Wife

Rating: 3.5
A series of entertaining fictional diary entries by two wives named Hannah, both married to early Supreme Court Justices.
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Vencil

Rating: 4.5
Like Jeannette Walls in her memoir, The Glass Castle, Shima does a fine job of comparing and contrasting city and country life through the eyes of a child.
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The Flower Man's Daughter

Rating: 4.5
A skillfully crafted novel that recounts the C.I.A.-backed violent coup that toppled Chilean President Salvador Allende in 1973.
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Grant's Indian

Rating: 4
A historical novel that brings America's Civil War to life as told through the eyes of Ulysses Grant's aide de camp, a Seneca Indian chief.
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Infinite Exposure

Rating: 3
From stock manipulations to terrorist control of the banking system, to harvesting organs and blood from suspected terrorists, to ambitious white collar types sabotaging co-workers and bosses.
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Wing Walking

Rating: 3.5
In the spirit of Gordon Gekko and the big dogs of Michael Lewis's Liar's Poker, Wing Walking's chief characters are egomaniacal, but with significant depth.
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Eat When You Feel Sad

Rating: 3.5
Twenty-two year-old Zachary German's debut novel, Eat When You Feel Sad, is blowing up all over.
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The Wild Things

Rating: 3
Based loosely on the story by Maurice Sendak about the confusions of a boy, Max, making his way in a world he can't control, and the screenplay cowritten with Spike Jonze.
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Escape from Sunday School

Rating: 3
Four twelve year olds take Manhattan on an action-packed, non-stop adventure.
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That Same Summer

Rating: 3.5
From "capture the flag" game to nighttime commando operations, That Same Summer is a magical and wondrous world of sleep-away camp. from color war to judgment night, Ari takes the reader into
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Summer Sleep Away

Rating: 3.5
Sweet and innocent, Summer Sleep-Away will keep the 10-12 year olds engaged and remind adults what it felt like to be a kid far from away from home for first time.
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Spring House

Rating: 3.5
Historically accurate, Spring House brings the mores and manners of early American history alive while telling the story of Scots-Irish families, struggling to find happiness on the new frontier.
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North of Sunset

Rating: 3
A noir-ish story about two seemingly different characters who are both cold, self-centered, seek fame and—who are in many ways—the same.
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The Deadly Jigsaw Puzzle

Rating: 3.5
Will keep you riveted to the page with a fast moving tale of murder, intrigue and a bit of romance.
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The 19th Element

Rating: 4.5
The 19th Element will speak to fans of a good thriller, to aviation buffs and those interested in the evil possibilities of nuclear power placed in the wrong hands.
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The Missing Element

Rating: 4.5
A breath-stopping journey of intrigue, suspense featuring a cast of quirky and intriguing characters--each with a motive into a larger scheme that could quickly spell disaster.