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Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, The

Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, The

The tale of the relationship between two Jewish boys, American-born Sam Clay and his Czechoslovakian cousin Joe Kavalier, who meet when Joe escapes to New York during World War II and become life-long best friends and collaborators in the creation of numerous comic book characters. Their most famous creation, The Escapist, is an escape artist who battles Hitler. The book is one part fictional history of Kavalier and Clay and their circle of friends, and one part real world history, taking in Czechoslovakia, World War II, New York City, Jewish lore, Harry Houdini, and the golden age of comic books, with several real life figures, from Salvador Dali to Stan Lee, making appearances. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2001.

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This book is recommended by Meaghan, Holly, and Morgan.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: GLORIOUS BEYOND GLORY
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Barney's Version

Barney's Version

When Barney Panofsky's old rival, Terry McIver, publishes his autobiography and makes many accusations against Barney, Barney decides to tell his own version of his life story.

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This book is recommended by Meaghan.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic Like Whoa
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One for the Money

One for the Money

Stephanie Plum is so smart, so honest, and so funny that her narrative charm could drive a documentary on termites. But this tough gal from New Jersey, an unemployed discount lingerie buyer, has a much more interesting story to tell: She has to say that her Miata has been repossessed and that she's so poor at the moment that she just drank her last bottle of beer for breakfast. She has to say that her only chance out of her present rut is her repugnant cousin Vinnie and his bail-bond business. She has to say that she blackmailed Vinnie into giving her a bail-bond recovery job worth $10,000 (for a murder suspect), even though she doesn't own a gun and has never apprehended a person in her life. And she has to say that the guy she has to get, Joe Morelli, is the same creep who charmed away her teenage virginity behind the pastry case in the Trenton bakery where she worked after school.

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This book is recommended by Chelsea, Julie, and Bonster.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic
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Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

The story of Elizabeth Bennet, the second eldest daughter of a family on the borderline of respectability. When Elizabeth meets snooty Mr. Darcy, she instantly dislikes him. But as the two continue to meet socially their relationship develops over time. That is a bad summary but this novel is impossible to put into a paragraph.

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This book is recommended by Meaghan and Hoppy.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: GLORIOUS BEYOND GLORY
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