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Historical Fiction Novel of Imperial Russia. The Winter Palace: A Novel of Catherine the Great by Eva Stachniak.

The Winter Palace by Eva Stachniak - The Winter Palace tells the epic story of Catherine the Great’s improbable rise to power—as seen through the ever-watchful eyes of an all-but-invisible servant close to the throne.

The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. New York Times best seller. This book masterfully combines the true stories of a serial killer and the 1893 Chicago World's Fair (so many "firsts" and connections to later acheivements of well know men). All spoken words are verified from written sources, but it reads like a fast-paced novel. Larson paints an incredible picture of the time period.

Cold Cases: Icy Books Offer Relief From The Heat

"The Devil in the White City" by Erik Larson - one of my favorite authors and books, amazing!

Such a good book - anyone that has a grumpy man with a heart of gold must read!

A Man Called Ove

A Man Called Ove : a novel by Fredrik Backman. In this bestselling and delightfully quirky debut novel from Sweden, a grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.

“And to all this she must yet add something more substantial, in the improvement of her mind by extensive reading.” - Jane Austen

The Comlete Well-Educated Mind List:These are titles on The Well-Educated Mind list by Susan Wise Bauer.

Our Top Ten Favorite Picture Book Friendships by Jillian Heise & Kim McSorley | Nerdy Book Club ~Many of these I would have chosen myself so I am anxious to check out the few I don't know.

Our Top Ten Favorite Picture Book Friendships by Jillian Heise & Kim McSorley

Eighteen Picture Books Guaranteed To Make You Laugh Out Loud Or At Least Smile by Margie Culver

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Sense And Sensibility

Really good book.  Just be sure to turn the book face down before you go to sleep at night.  You'll thank me later.

Don't Breathe a Word by Jennifer McMahon. On a soft summer night in Vermont, twelve-year-old Lisa went into the woods behind her house and never came out again.

The first in a YA trilogy, rooted in Russian and Slavic myth, in which each new book is better than the one before. During a terrifying encounter on the magically-created Shadow Fold, quiet and passive Alina discovers her remarkable gift: she is a sun summoner. As she studies with the magical elite,

Shadow and Bone

Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom’s magical elite—the Grisha. Could she be the key to unravelling the dark fabric of the Shadow Fold and setting Ravka free?

between shades of gray by RUTA SEPETYS. An aspect of the brutality of WWII that I never new about before reading this book. Sepetys presents a horrendous event in a thoughtful, heartfelt, creative and ultimately uplifting way. A MUST READ for everyone, especially those with an interest in the Holocaust, Stalin and/or Lithuania.

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta year old Lithuanian girl forced to Siberian work camp

Memory Keepers Daughter.

The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards

Fishpond Australia, The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards. Buy Books online: The Memory Keeper's Daughter, ISBN Kim Edwards

Life As We Knew It - Have your teen read this book, and you read it, too! Great concept for them to have to think about having to live without all the "stuff" we have today. The other two books are not as good, but continue the story if you are are really in to the first book!

Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer. Through journal entries sixteen-year-old Miranda describes her family's struggle to survive after a meteor hits the moon, causing worldwide tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions. First in a quartet.

This gorgeous novel can almost be categorized as literary fiction, which too many readers dismiss as inaccessible. Don't make that mistake. This Gatsby-esque novel pulls several shocking plot twists, and I definitely didn’t see that ending coming.

Rules of Civility

Rules of Civility: A Novel by Amor Towles: historical fiction set in New York City where the story gave me a vision of the intersection of working women and the world-weary wealthy! Better than The Great Gatsby!