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World Peace and Other 4th Grade Achievements by John Hunter (2013)
    Reviewed by emilyreads on August 29, 2014 tagged nonfiction
    A veteran teacher shares what he’s learned by having his students play a game to solve the world’s crises.

The Violinist's Thumb And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code by Sam Kean (2012)
    Reviewed by emilyreads on August 22, 2014 tagged science
    An engaging, comprehensive look at DNA.

Still Life With Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen (2014)
    Reviewed by emilyreads on August 15, 2014 tagged literary
    After her life falls apart, art photographer Rebecca Winter tries to adjust to life in upstate New York.

Amy Falls Down by Jincy Willett (2013)
    Reviewed by emilyreads on August 8, 2014 tagged literary
    A one-time writing wunderkind gives a brutally honest interview and becomes a celebrity again.

The Truth by Michael Palin (2012)
    Reviewed by emilyreads on August 1, 2014 tagged literary
    A journalist celebrates an iconoclastic freedom fighter, but his publisher wants a scandal-ridden expose.

The Sister Season by Jennifer Scott (2013)
    Reviewed by emilyreads on July 25, 2014 tagged literary
    The three Yancey sisters' families come together for Christmas to try to shake off decades' worth of hurt.

Turn Around Bright Eyes The Rituals of Love and Karaoke by Rob Sheffield (2013)
    Reviewed by emilyreads on July 4, 2014 tagged biography
    Rob Sheffield gets through grief and finds new love through the magic of karaoke.

This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett (2013)
    Reviewed by emilyreads on June 20, 2014 tagged biographyessays
    Ann Patchett muses on marriage, writing, dogs, and more.

Drama High The Incredible True Story of a Brilliant Teacher, a Struggling Town, and the Magic of Theater by Michael Sokolove (2013)
    Reviewed by emilyreads on June 6, 2014 tagged coming of agenonfiction
    A journalist revisits high school to showcase a drama teacher’s impact on students over a forty-year career.

The Bride Wore Size 12 by Meg Cabot (2013)
    Reviewed by emilyreads on June 6, 2014 tagged mystery
    A former teen pop star tries to solver a murder, figure out why her mother has reappeared, and plan her wedding.

W is for Wasted by Sue Grafton (2013)
    Reviewed by emilyreads on May 30, 2014 tagged mystery
    Two seemingly unrelated deaths open a Pandora’s box in the latest Kinsey Millhone mystery.

David and Goliath Underdog, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell (2013)
    Reviewed by emilyreads on May 16, 2014 tagged essaysnonfiction
    Malcolm Gladwell explains how some people and organizations succeed against impossible odds.

Stitches A Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair by Anne Lamott (2013)
    Reviewed by emilyreads on May 9, 2014 tagged biographyessays
    Essayist Anne Lamott meditates on the ways we manage to keep going when life swats us down.

Mean Moms Rule Why Doing the Hard Stuff Now Creates Good Kids Later by Denise Schipani (2012)
    Reviewed by emilyreads on May 2, 2014 tagged nonfiction
    A manifesto for parents who need to stop catering to their kids’ every whim and relax.

The Honest Toddler A Child's Guide to Parenting by Bunmi Laditan (2013)
    Reviewed by emilyreads on April 25, 2014 tagged humor
    A snarky toddler tells parents how to live with and serve their own kids.

Kings of the Road How Frank Shorter, Bill Rodgers, and Alberto Salazar Made Running Go Boom by Cameron Stracher (2013)
    Reviewed by emilyreads on April 11, 2014 tagged nonfiction
    The story of how running became a national obsession in the U.S.

The Smartest Kids in the World And How They Got That Way by Amanda Ripley (2013)
    Reviewed by emilyreads on April 4, 2014 tagged nonfiction
    An examination of the world’s education superpowers, and a theory on why their students do so well.

Tapestry of Fortunes by Elizabeth Berg (2013)
    Reviewed by emilyreads on March 28, 2014 tagged literary
    A motivational speaker with trouble embracing her authentic self goes on a road trip with three friends.

The Millionaire and the Scrublady and Other Parables by William E. Barton (1990)
    Reviewed by emilyreads on March 14, 2014 tagged literaryshort stories
    Eighty parables penned by “Safed the Sage,” originally published in the early 20th century.

Papadaddy's Book for New Fathers Advice to Dads of All Ages by Clyde Edgerton (2013)
    Reviewed by emilyreads on March 7, 2014 tagged humornonfiction
    A sixty-something novelist raising three kids offers humorous parenting advice.

Imperfect Harmony Finding Happiness Singing with Others by Stacy Horn (2013)
    Reviewed by emilyreads on February 28, 2014 tagged nonfiction
    An amateur choral singer explores the joy of singing together.

Trains and Lovers by Alexander McCall Smith (2013)
    Reviewed by emilyreads on February 28, 2014 tagged literaryromanceshort stories
    Four strangers on a train share stories of love, loss, and missed connections.

'Til Faith Do Us Part How Interfaith Marriage Is Transforming America by Naomi Schaefer Riley (2013)
    Reviewed by emilyreads on February 21, 2014 tagged nonfiction
    An exploration of the ways 45% of Americans are transforming religion because they marry outside their faiths.

Nine Years Under Coming of Age in an Inner-City Funeral Home by Sheri Booker (2013)
    Reviewed by emilyreads on February 7, 2014 tagged biographynonfiction
    Everything Sheri Booker learned about life and business during nine years working at a Baltimore funeral home.

Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld (2013)
    Reviewed by emilyreads on January 31, 2014 tagged paranormal
    Kate’s sister Vi, a famous psychic, predicts a major earthquake. A media frenzy ensues.

The Property by Rutu Modan (2013)
    Reviewed by emilyreads on January 17, 2014 tagged graphic novelliterary
    Mica accompanies her grandmother to Warsaw to reclaim a piece of family real estate.

The Lovely Horrible Stuff by Eddie Campbell (2012)
    Reviewed by emilyreads on January 17, 2014 tagged biographygraphic novelnonfiction
    Eddie Campbell meditates on his personal finances and the huge stone currency once used on Yap.

News from Heaven by Jennifer Haigh (2013)
    Reviewed by emilyreads on January 10, 2014 tagged literaryshort stories
    Intertwining stories across generations tell the story of Bakerton, PA, a mining town in decline.

Raven Girl by Audrey Niffenegger (2013)
    Reviewed by emilyreads on December 27, 2013 tagged fantasygraphic novel
    A postman falls in love with a raven who falls from her nest. Their child is a girl who longs to fly.

The View from Penthouse B by Elinor Lipman (2013)
    Reviewed by emilyreads on December 13, 2013 tagged literary
    Gwen’s husband dies and her sister is divorced and broke. They try to build new lives in New York.

The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds by Alexander McCall Smith (2012)
    Reviewed by emilyreads on November 29, 2013 tagged mystery
    A philosopher and part-time private detective helps an acquaintance recover a stolen painting.

TalkTalk A Children's Book Author Speaks to Grownups by E.L. Konigsburg (1995)
    Reviewed by emilyreads on November 22, 2013 tagged essays
    Speeches and essays by children’s writer E.L. Konigsburg, including her 1968 Newbery acceptance speech.

Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris (2013)
    Reviewed by emilyreads on November 8, 2013 tagged humorshort stories
    Humorous essays and short stories on David Sedaris’ family history, book tour experiences, and other absurdities.

How to Lead a Life of Crime by Kirsten Miller (2013)
    Reviewed by emilyreads on November 1, 2013 tagged coming of agemysterythriller
    A teenage criminal is recruited to a school where classes include embezzlement, terrorism, and cybercrime.

The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer (2013)
    Reviewed by emilyreads on October 4, 2013 tagged coming of agehistorical fiction

Unlucky Charms (Cold Cereal Saga #2) by Adam Rex (2013)
    Reviewed by emilyreads on September 20, 2013 tagged fantasyhumor

The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door by Karen Finneyfrock (2013)
    Reviewed by emilyreads on September 13, 2013 tagged coming of age

The Still Point of the Turning World by Emily Rapp (2013)
    Reviewed by emilyreads on August 23, 2013 tagged biographynonfiction

Benediction by Kent Haruf (2013)
    Reviewed by emilyreads on August 23, 2013 tagged literary

Calling Invisible Women by Jeanne Ray (2013)
    Reviewed by emilyreads on August 23, 2013 tagged literary

Starring Jules (As Herself) by Beth Ain (2013)
    Reviewed by emilyreads on July 26, 2013 tagged chapter book

Hold Fast by Blue Balliett (2013)
    Reviewed by emilyreads on June 28, 2013 tagged coming of agemystery

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made by Stephan Pastis (2013)
    Reviewed by emilyreads on June 14, 2013 tagged chapter bookgraphic novelmystery

What in God's Name by Simon Rich (2012)
    Reviewed by emilyreads on May 31, 2013 tagged humorparanormal
    In 30 days God will destroy the world to open an Asian-fusion restaurant unless Angels can answer one prayer.

The Center of Everything by Linda Urban (2013)
    Reviewed by emilyreads on May 10, 2013 tagged coming of agehumor
    Ruby’s grandmother died and her best friend isn’t talking to her. Her birthday wish: to make things right.

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