Short Stories

The Best American Short Stories (2002) edited by Sue Miller

Ages 16+

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After reading through all the short stories in The Best American Short Stories (2002) by Sue Miller, the one that stuck out to me the most was “Nobody’s Business” by Jhumpa Lahiri, taken from The New Yorker. It is the story of twenty-something year-old friends, Sang, Paul and Heather, who live together to cut rent costs. Sang constantly has men calling her who want to meet up, and ultimately marry her. Sang starts dating Farouk, and all is well until things get sticky between Farouk and Sang’s housemates. Read this enthralling story to find out what happens in “Nobody’s Business,” and check out the whole The Best American Short Stories series!

Graphic, Memoirs

Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return by Marjane Satrapi

Ages 18+

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From Marjane Satrapi comes the sequel to Persepolis, which, in my opinion, is better than the first. This graphic memoir is about the author’s adolescence. She spends some time in Austria and she is exploring new things like interesting haircuts, drugs and sex for the first time. She goes back to Iran after having experienced life as a “Westerner” and has to deal with life back home. This book is very entertaining and educational as well.

Adult Fiction, Humor, Mystery, Series

Top Secret Twenty One by Janet Evanovich

Ages 18+

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Stephanie Plum is a cool chick. She has a hamster named Rex. A cop boyfriend named Moretti. And a cousin named Vinnie. She normally works for said cousin as a bail bondsman, but this time she’s moonlighting for her friend Carlos Manoso, AKA Ranger. The FTA (failure to appear) is Jimmy Poletti, a used car salesman who sells cars full of contraband. Will Stephanie catch him before it’s too late? This book is Janet Evanovich’s twenty-first installment of the Stephanie Plum series. It’s not your average mystery because it’s funny and not always about gruesome murders…it’s about the chase. Evanovich never disappoints!

Adult Fiction

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

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Cecilia was a normal, happy wife…until she read the letter. The one she wasn’t supposed to read until after her husband had died. But she had gotten her hands on it, and now she had to read it. She wished she hadn’t, because now she knew his secret; and it was a big one. One she now had to carry with her, possibly until her own death. Follow Cecilia as she struggles to keep her husband’s secret from her friends, her family and her community. Will the secret ultimately destroy her? Or will she be able to put her husband’s past behind her?

Middle Grade Fiction, Series

Ten Rules for Living with My Sister by Ann M. Martin

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Ten Rules for Living with My Sister by Ann M. Martin is a book about a 9-year-old girl named Pearl and her 13-year-old sister Lexie. Lexie and Pearl fight like all sisters do, of course. Most recently, Lexie hung a sign on her door that lets Pearl know she’s not welcome. The story is told from Pearl’s perspective. She loves to make lists that compare herself with her sister. Room? Lexie: neat and Pearl: sloppy. Lipstick? Lexie: yes and Pearl: no. Read Ten Rules for Living with My Sister to find out if Pearl and Lexie can ever get along.

Humor, Memoirs

Ruminations on College Life by Aaron Karo

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I loved this book! I read it while I was at the tail end of my college career and just thought that it was so on point with the stuff we have to deal with when going to college. I wasn’t a drinker, so I didn’t relate to those stories as much, but I thought they were hilarious nonetheless. Aaron Karo had an email column from 1997-2012 where he wrote many of these stories for his friends and followers. They are now on his website. I am so glad he made that column into a book that everyone can read. While Karo’s experiences will not be the same for all kids, I recommend this to every college student!

Humor, Memoirs

I Heart My Little A-Holes by Karen Alpert

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This may be, quite honestly, the funniest book I’ve ever read. This book was written by a mother who has young children and loves them very much. However, she uses this book to complain about her kids and highlight all the stuff that sucks about being a parent. I’m not a parent myself, but I thought this book was hilarious! It’s definitely on the raunchy side, please be warned, but if you don’t mind the f-bomb sprinkled here and there, I totally recommend it! Oh, and by the way, the book was born from a blog called Baby Sideburns so feel free to check it out!

Adult Fiction, Romance, Series

Sleeping with Paris by Juliette Sobanet

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This is the first book I read by this author a few years ago and absolutely loved it! It is sexy, fast paced, full of adventure – adventure in Paris, no less. Charlotte and her fiance Jeff are ready to start their new life together in Paris. Then Charlotte finds Jeff’s dating profile…correction: three dating profiles. She heads to Paris alone and heartbroken. She decides to start a blog and teach women how to date like a man in the City of Love. Charlotte’s plan is to sleep around with no commitment. Then she meets a guy she gives the nickname “Half-Naked French Hottie” on her blog, and her mission to stay unattached crumbles. Can Charlotte stay on track? Or does the new man in her life take over?