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Book Recommendations

Amy Ulmer Let the Great World Spin Book CoverLet the Great World Spin
by Colum McCann
"How lives connect post-9/11-beautifully written."
Anna A. Davis Game of Thrones Book CoverA Game of Thrones
by George R.R. Martin
"This book brings back memories of my youth reading R. A. Salvatore and Anne McCaffey's sci-fi/D&D novels. Totally gruesome read-but that may be why I love it!"
Brian Adler The Madonnas of Echo Park Book CoverThe Madonnas of Echo Park
by Brando Skyhorse
"An exploration of race and identity told through the journey of diverse characters in one of Los Angeles's oldest neighborhoods."
Brian Kennedy Deafening by Frances Itani Book CoverDeafening
by Frances Itani
"I recommend Deafening because its beautiful and complicated narrative style provides a lesson for anyone who aspires to be a novelist."
Dustin Hanvey The Adventures of Kavaliers and Clay by Michael Chabon Book CoverThe Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
by Michael Chabon
"A real-life comic book."
James Click Waiting for the Barbarians Waiting for the Barbarians
by J.M. Coetzee
"A surreal journey through the outskirts of empire."
Kathy Kottaras Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith Book CoverGrasshopper Jungle
by Andrew Smith
"Gigantic grasshoppers attack!"
Michelle Banks Plum Bun by Jessie Fauset Book CoverPlum Bun
by Jessie Fauset
"Female empowerment in the Harlem Renaissance."
Shellie Santani The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri Book CoverThe Namesake
by Jhumpa Lahiri
"A taste of India."
Silvia Villanueva Original Instructions by Melissa Nelson Book CoverOriginal Instructions
by Melissa Nelson
"Original Instructions evokes the rich indigenous storytelling tradition. It depicts how the world’s native leaders and scholars are safeguarding the original instructions and protecting some of the last healthy, biodiverse landscapes on the planet."
Tatyana Surenyan The GivingTree by Shel Silverstein Book CoverThe GivingTree
by Shel Silverstein

“It’s a childhood book with all the life lessons you need to know and should never be forgotten."
Tooktook Thongthiraj The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang Book CoverThe Shadow Hero
by Gene Luen Yang
"Based on the superhero comic book The Green Turtle, the very first Asian American superhero from the 1940s."
Vanitha Swaminathan The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini Book CoverThe Kite Runner
by Khaled Hosseini
"It is a tale of betrayal and redemption that rises above time and place. This book provides a good way for people to learn more about Afghan history and culture."

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"Books are friends for life."

-Terry W. Glaspey