The Pearl That Broke Its Shell – Nadia Hashimi

This first novel by Afghan-American author Nadia Hassimir tells the stories of two Afghan women, separated by a century, who shared a common destiny: to live part of their lives as boys (bacha posh). Afghanistan 2009: Rahima/Rahim, one of five daughters, was disguised as a boy for a few years so her father could elevate […]

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In the Woods by Tana French

In the Woods is the first book in Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad series.  In the Woods follows detective Rob Ryan investigating the murder of a 12 year old girl in a Dublin suburb.  The case has striking similarities to a case that police investigated years before in the same area.  That case involved three […]

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The Black Count : glory, revolution, betrayal, and the real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss

Here is the remarkable true story of the real Count of Monte Cristo – a stunning feat of historical sleuthing that brings to life the forgotten hero who inspired such classics as The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers. The real-life protagonist of The Black Count, General Alex Dumas, is a man almost […]

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“A Long Way Home” by Saroo Brierley

This is the fascinating true story of Saroo Brierley, Indian-born Australian, who got lost at the age of 5 years old and found his way back home at the age of 30.  The whole story is captivating: the description of his birth family’s extreme poverty, how he got lost, his survival instincts in the streets […]

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Rachel’s Top Picks of 2014

I don’t know about you guys, but I sure read a lot of great books this year! Here are my Top 10 of 2014 (click on the cover to request it!): 10.  This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki. I loved this graphic novel about a girl’s summer spent on Awago Beach with her family. 9. […]

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