Book Recommendations: Fiction

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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Choke

Choke

Victor can no longer afford to pay for his mother's nursing care, so he resorts to faking near-death at restaurants by choking on his food to gain money. The story is told mainly in the present day but flashes back to Victor's childhood in parts, where his mother teaches him to con people and talks about conspiracy theories. Often referred to as Fight Club for sex addicts.

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This book is recommended by Holly.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: GLORIOUS BEYOND GLORY
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Fall On Your Knees

Fall On Your Knees

The very dark story of the Piper family of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, which begins with the troubled marriage of James, a Scottish-Canadian, and Materia, a Lebanese-Canadian, and goes on to tell the tragic story of their daughter Kathleen and her sisters.

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This book is recommended by Meaghan.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

J.K. Rowling's final chapter in the life of Harry Potter finds him on the search for Horcrux with Ron and Hermione. Meanwhile, the war rages on and their friends are in constant danger. Lord Voldemort is gaining power everywhere and in search of something to help him in his rise to power.

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This book is recommended by Morgan, Meaghan, Bonster, and Chelsea.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: GLORIOUS BEYOND GLORY
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His Dark Materials: Amber Spyglass, The

His Dark Materials: Amber Spyglass, The

Will and Lyra continue their journey against evil and learn the true nature of dust.

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This book is recommended by Holly.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: GLORIOUS BEYOND GLORY
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His Dark Materials: Northern Lights/Golden Compass, The

His Dark Materials: Northern Lights/Golden Compass, The

Released as Northern Lights in most of the world, and The Golden Compass in the US. A young girl, Lyra, learns of the existance of Dust which is believed to be part of sin. Lyra must travel to the North to stop her best friend from being experimented on and there she finds the existance of another world.

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This book is recommended by Holly and Bonster.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: GLORIOUS BEYOND GLORY
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His Dark Materials: Subtle Knife, The

His Dark Materials: Subtle Knife, The

Book two of the His Dark Materials trilogy. Lyra, who we met in the previous books, travels to another world and in another version of Oxford, meets a boy called Will. He becomes the bearer of a knife which allows him to cut through realities.

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This book is recommended by Holly and Bonster.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: GLORIOUS BEYOND GLORY
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Invisible Monsters

Invisible Monsters

A beautiful young fashion model is horrible transfigured and is left unable to speak after an accident. During the stay in her hospital she meets Brandy Alexander who encourage her to use the tragedy to change her life.

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This book is recommended by Holly.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: GLORIOUS BEYOND GLORY
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Lovely Bones, The

Lovely Bones, The

When 14-year-old Susie Salmon is murdered, her family and those in her community who have been affected by the tragedy are left with almost no information about what really happened to her. The story is told from Susie's perspective in heaven, watching over the people she knew in life as they deal with the fallout of her mysterious death.

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This book is recommended by Meaghan, Morgan, and Holly.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Magician's Nephew, The

Magician's Nephew, The

Digory and Polly meet and become friends one cold, wet summer in London. Their lives burst into adventure when Digory's Uncle Andrew, who thinks he is a magician, sends them hurtling to ... somewhere else. They find their way to Narnia, newborn from the Lion's song, and encounter the evil sorceress Jadis, before they finally return home. First book in the chronicles in terms of the Narnian timeline, but it was actually the second last book that Lewis wrote for the series.

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This book is recommended by Nicole, Bonster, and Meaghan.
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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Twilight

Twilight

When Isabella Swan moves to the gloomy town of Forks and meets the mysterious, alluring Edward Cullen, her life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. With his porcelain skin, golden eyes, mesmerizing voice, and supernatural gifts, Edward is both irresistible and impenetrable. Up until now, he has managed to keeps his true identity hidden, but Bella is determined to uncover his deep dark secret. What Bella doesn't realize is the closer she gets to him, the more she is putting herself and those around her at risk. And, it might be too late to turn back.

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This book is recommended by Chelsea, Bonster, and Holly.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic Like Whoa
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