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ISBN: 9780143124870
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Published: Penguin Books - December 31st, 2013

Ozeki wrote a beautiful, eloquent story of character, a novel with far-reaching, mind-bending ideas, and a book that is so enjoyable and effortless to read that you can't help but love it.

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ISBN: 9781400078776
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Published: Vintage - March 14th, 2006

Out of all the contemporary literary fiction books to choose from, why is this little book a favorite? I think there is something very great about the hope of souls that know their time on this Earth is limited, that they are here only to serve a great sacrifice.  If you take away the reward of a long life and long love and great achievements, what does it mean to be human?  In some small way, this little book found an answer.

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The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780743298032
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Published: Washington Square Press - October 9th, 2007

One of my all-time favorite books!  It was such a pleasure to read a more modern gothic tale.

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ISBN: 9780316055437
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - October 22nd, 2013

On the surface this book seems to be about two young boys growing up somewhat abandoned and disillusioned.  But really, I think it is about the inherent meaning and value of art.  I have never before read a book that so perfectly captures what it is about art that inspires us, moves us, changes us, saves us.  It doesn’t matter whether it is an art gallery painting, a dusty old piece of furniture, a hand-painted souvenir, or a simple poem we love, it represents something of the beauty and singularity that we all hold inside of us, and it deserves to be treasured.

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ISBN: 9781934137123
Published: Bellevue Literary Press - January 1st, 2009

This book includes the most exquisite, fresh, engaging writing I've read in a very long time.  I could read it over and over just for the prose.

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ISBN: 9781582346298
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - May 1st, 2006

I love books that teach me something in an enjoyable way, and this book is such a favorite to recommend for that reason.  Lynch included so much detail and scientific information about the critters of the Puget Sound, carefully interlaced throughout this delightful, fast-paced, thoughtful, and hysterical coming-of-age story.  I couldn't put it down.

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ISBN: 9781476746586
Published: Scribner - May 6th, 2014

It's been several long months since I've finished a book and wanted to turn it over and start reading again.  I fell in-love with these beautiful characters, pondered and even dreamed of their stories.  I hunted down pictures and maps of their cities and towns. Thank you Doerr for a beautiful read.