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Lawrence Reads: Week of November 11, 2013

Every Sunday, we ask our Facebook fans what they are reading. Each week we’ll be sharing ten featured books mentioned in the comments that are available from our collection. If you’re interested in checking one out, clicking on the title will direct you to the catalog listing for the book.

 

Book CoverCode Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

In 1943, a British fighter plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France and the survivor tells a tale of friendship, war, espionage, and great courage as she relates what she must to survive while keeping secret all that she can.

 

Book CoverNight Film : a novel by Marisha Pessl

When the daughter of a cult horror film director is found dead in an abandoned Manhattan warehouse, investigative journalist Scott McGrath, disbelieving the official suicide ruling, probes into the strange circumstances of the young woman’s death

 

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WONDERBOOK : an Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction by Jeff VanderMeer

This all-new definitive guide to writing imaginative fiction takes a completely novel approach and fully exploits the visual nature of fantasy through original drawings, maps, renderings, and exercises to create a spectacularly beautiful and inspiring object. Employing an accessible, example-rich approach, Wonderbook energizes and motivates while also providing practical, nuts-and-bolts information needed to improve as a writer.

Book CoverJohn’s Story : the Last Eyewitness by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins

John, a once-broken man, was forever changed the moment he met the mysterious stranger from Nazareth, his heart opened by the One whom he discovered to be the Son of God. At ninety years old, John is the last of the original twelve apostles still alive, the only one who was not martyred. Committed to spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ, he is called by God to write a gospel in order to set the record straight-as others were teaching that Jesus wasn’t the Son of God. Recalling his time with Jesus, John brings to life the miracles and messages of the Man who would change the course of history.

Book CoverThe Spymistress : a novel by Jennifer Chiaverini

Pledging her loyalty to the North at the risk of her life when her native Virginia secedes, Quaker-educated aristocrat Elizabeth Van Lew uses her innate skills for gathering military intelligence to help construct the Richmond underground and orchestrate escapes from the infamous Confederate Libby Prison.

 

Book CoverHabibi by Craig Thompson

Sprawling across an epic landscape of deserts, harems, and modern industrial clutter, Habibi tells the tale of Dodola and Zam, refugee child slaves bound to each other by chance, by circumstance, and by the love that grows between them. We follow them as their lives unfold together and apart; as they struggle to make a place for themselves in a world (not unlike our own) fueled by fear, lust, and greed; and as they discover the extraordinary depth– and frailty– of their connection

Book CoverTo the End of June : the Intimate Life of American Foster Care by Cris Beam

An intimate, authoritative look at the foster care system that examines why it is failing the kids it is supposed to protect and what can be done to change it.

 

 

Book CoverParasite by Mira Grant

A decade in the future, humanity thrives in the absence of sickness and disease.  We owe our good health to a humble parasite – a genetically engineered tapeworm developed by the pioneering SymboGen Corporation. When implanted, the Intestinal Bodyguard worm protects us from illness, boosts our immune system – even secretes designer drugs. It’s been successful beyond the scientists’ wildest dreams. Now, years on, almost every human being has a SymboGen tapeworm living within them.  But these parasites are getting restless. They want their own lives . . . and will do anything to get them.

Book CoverThe Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

A young boy in New York City, Theo Decker, miraculously survives an accident that takes the life of his mother. Alone and abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by a friend’s family and struggles to make sense of his new life. In the years that follow, he becomes entranced by one of the few things that reminds him of his mother: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the art underworld.

Book CoverThe Signal and the Noise : Why Most Predictions Fail– but Some Don’t by Nate Silver

Silver built an innovative system for predicting baseball performance, predicted the 2008 election within a hair’s breadth, and became a national sensation as a blogger. Drawing on his own groundbreaking work, Silver examines the world of prediction.

 

 

One Comment

  1. Biailey says:

    Code Name Verity is great. I got to the end and immediately wanted to reread it. I didn’t, so I’ll have to check it out again soon :)

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