The Library

Skipping Christmas, John Grisham, Doubleday

Skipping Christmas, John Grisham, Doubleday
John Grisham turns a satirical eye on the overblown ritual of the festive holiday season, and the result is Skipping Christmas, a modest but funny novel about the tyranny of December 25th. The author builds up a funny but increasingly terrifying picture of how tight-knit communities...

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The Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro, Faber & Faber

The Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro, Faber & Faber
The Remains of the Day is a book about a thwarted life. It is about how class conditioning can turn you into your own worst enemy, making you complicit in yoru own subservience. It is a book for anyone who feels they have ever held themselves back when something that truly mattered was within their...

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Nouveau One, Michael Kaiser, CreateSpace Independent Publishing

Nouveau One, Michael Kaiser, CreateSpace Independent Publishing
Nouveau One reads like a mystery/thriller novel. It hits the ground running right at the beginning and its fast pace propels you to the finish. You don't know which of the characters are good or bad. It is difficult to root for someone in particular, but this is in part what makes this novel so...

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The Screwtape Letters, CS Lewis, Harper One

The Screwtape Letters, CS Lewis, Harper One
This is without a doubt an unorthodox look in the world of the devil. There are only two characters - Screwtape, a highly placed assistant to "Our Father Below" and his nephew, Woodworm - who write to each other and through Screwtape’s letters we discover the finer nuances of temptation of...

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The Magic of Ordinary Days, Ann Howard Creel, Penguin Books.

The Magic of Ordinary Days, Ann Howard Creel, Penguin Books.
During World War II, in the quite lands of rural Colorado, an exhilirating flirtation reshapes the life of a studious minister's daughter, pressing her to marry a man she hardly knows. It isn't a typical love story, but the story plot is quite touching. 

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The White Man's Burden, William Easterly, Penguin Books.

The White Man's Burden, William Easterly, Penguin Books.
The full title of this book is "The White Man's Burden : Why the West's Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good" where William Easterly contrasts the approaches proposed by Jefferey Sachs in the book suggestion I made earlier. It is not a smackdown, but the author builds...

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The End of Poverty : Economic Possibilities for Our Time, Jeffrey Sachs, Penguin Books.

The End of Poverty : Economic Possibilities for Our Time, Jeffrey Sachs, Penguin Books.
Celebrated economist Jeffrey Sachs has a plan to eliminate extreme poverty around the world by 2025. This is a very hopeful book. Based on a tremendous amount of data the author makes a strong moral, economic, and political case for why countries should battle poverty with the same...

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Outliers: the Story of Success, Malcolm Gladwell. Back Bay Books.

Outliers: the Story of Success, Malcolm Gladwell. Back Bay Books.
Gladwell presents a fascinating and provocative blueprint for making the most of human potential. Apparently there is a hidden logic to the road to success and not only intelligence and ambition.

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The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett.

The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett.
Considered to be the epitome of children’s literature, The Secret Garden is actually less about the garden to me as an adult, than it was to me as a child. As a child, the garden – this beautiful, safe place that no one else knew about – was the most exciting, magical place, but now, the...

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