Gina's Picks

Between the World and Me Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780812993547
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - July 14th, 2015

Read it again.


A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780375725784
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Published: Vintage Books USA - February 13th, 2001

Such a great read! To use every post-modern device in existence to talk about the loss of his parents and his brother's non-removable smelly hat, and have me laughing out loud? Heartbreaking Work qualifies as genius.


Beloved Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781400033416
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Published: Vintage - June 8th, 2004

I'm sure I could read Beloved twenty more times and find something new with each reading.


Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9780465026562
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Published: Basic Books - February 5th, 1999

I gave myself a year to read Godel Escher Bach. It changed my thinking about lthe structure of the universe.


A Humument: A Treated Victorian Novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780500289990
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Published: Thames & Hudson - May 29th, 2012

Phillips paints on pages of a forgotten Victorian novel for several decades, leaving selected words to tell a dreamlike story. Truthfully, I've never read A Humument as a story-- I just open it to any page and get lost in the art.


Lady Audley's Secret Cover Image
$11.95
ISBN: 9780199577033
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - March 2012

I love Lady Audley's Secret. I'd write my dissertation around this novel. A main character traverses three cities a day by train-- because he can. A doctor pulls out his pocket watch to allow no more than seven minutes for his housecall. Characters' perceptions of time convey as well as any document industrialization's impact on the people of Victorian England. My favorite line from maybe any novel: "It was in the time of apples."


You Don't Look Like Anyone I Know: A True Story of Family, Face Blindness, and Forgiveness Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781594485404
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 4th, 2011

Out of print? Dangit. Sellers' story is a great memoir of face-blindness. Throw in a childhood in Florida and you've got a terrific read, worth finding a copy. Or, since it's out of print (dangit), start with Oliver Sack's New Yorker article about his own face blindness...


Sharp Teeth Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780061430244
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Published: Harper Perennial - January 27th, 2009

Verse style provides the driving beat for this energetic novel. Every single dog cliche is here-- a dog's life, dogs playing cards, men are dogs. A unique read.


The First Part Last Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781442403437
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Published: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing - January 5th, 2010

The way Johnson tells this story creates the characters, the heartbreak, your absolute investment in the ending. A decade after reading The First PArt Last, I still find myself thinking about these characters.


God Got a Dog Cover Image
By Cynthia Rylant, Marla Frazee (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781442465183
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Published: Beach Lane Books - October 29th, 2013

This is a very sweet and creative collection of poems, a YA version of What If God Was One of Us.


Catherine, Called Birdy Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780547722184
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - June 19th, 2012

The main character in Catherine, Called Birdy really inspired my interest in YA. She's a great character, full of life.


Geeks, Girls, and Secret Identities Cover Image
By Mike Jung, Mike Maihack (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780545335485
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - October 2012

The writing is funny, the friendships are great, the reveal is excellent! This middle grade novel is a sure thing.


Make Lemonade Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780805080704
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - May 2nd, 2006

The main character's voice in this YA novel-in-verse is what stands out. Read the trilogy. Suitable for adults.


Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall Cover Image
$10.00
ISBN: 9780316058506
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Published: Little, Brown Young Readers - November 2008

The One and Only Ivan Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780061992278
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Published: HarperCollins - January 6th, 2015

I marvel at Applegate's ability to convey quiet and boredom while keeping the reader completely engaged. Just spare enough, while going straight to the heart.


Monster Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780064407311
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Published: Amistad Press - December 14th, 2004

Born Confused Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780545664516
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Published: Push - April 29th, 2014

Hidier has comic timing to spare. This first-person-teen story of growing up should be made into a movie. I'm waiting.


Crashboomlove: A Novel in Verse Cover Image
$23.94
ISBN: 9780826321145
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Published: University of New Mexico Press - September 1999

The most frenetic novel-in-verse I've ever read, and adored. Herrera draws partly from his own childhood to paint the life of a teen, migrant worker, new kid in school. It's all in the title: Crashboomlove.


My Friend Is Sad (an Elephant and Piggie Book) Cover Image
By Mo Willems, Mo Willems (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781423102977
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - April 2007

Elephant and Piggie have set a new standard for learning-to-read books. Parents everywhere are asking their kids, "May we please read Elephant and Piggie?"