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    Welcome to our first round of book recommendations!

    From Kekul
    I would recommend The Son by Philip Meyer. I enjoyed its allegorical unabashed telling of how the United States evolved via a multigenerational family and its relationship with Texas land, Native Americans, and European immigrants.

    From Kay

    I really love to read fiction books that are fun and carefree.

    Satan's Sisters, by Star Jones - Fiction - an exciting and fun book about women in the workplace, friendship and power. 5 STARS.

    Something Borrowed (book 1)

    Something Blue (book 2)

    by Emily Griffin - Fiction - Both books are fun and carefree. The books are about friendship, love-hate relationships, romance and self discovery. 5 STARS.

    From Rachana

    I would say the books that have completely moved me in the last few years would be Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett - a completely engrossing multigenerational period saga - gripping! A second would be Middlesex by our own Jeffrey Eugenides - an incredibly researched and beautifully written story about an immigrant girl's struggle with identity ... Love!

    From Jenn

    Elizabeth Kostova's The Historian

    Ken Follett's Century Trilogy (Fall of Giants, Winter of the World...) Not so patiently awaiting the third (Edge of Eternity) which is due out in September. The series takes you through the lives of five families across Europe, Russia and the U.S. during the early 20th century (the first book is Russian revolution, World War I, women's suffrage; the second book is World War II). Amazing!

    Jamie Ford's NY Times Bestseller

    Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet a childhood 'love' halted by the Japanese internment during World War II in Seattle. As the title suggests, this read brings forth the range of emotions but well worth it!

    Currently on deck first over spring break (based on recommendations..).. Not my favored genre but should both be fabulous books to start off my vacation reading.

    Maria Semple's Where'd You Go Bernadette

    Sarah Weeks' Pie

    From Melissa:

    The Dinner by Herman Koch: Two brothers and their wives sit down for a formal dinner at a restaurant, and after detailed descriptions of their meals and small talk, they settle in to discuss how they should handle a heinous crime committed by their sons. This is a tense, psychological thriller with plenty of twists!

    The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt: Brothers Eli and Charlie Sisters are assassins hired to kill a man accused of stealing from their boss. This is a dark comedy (think Coen Bros. or Tarantino movie!) set during the 1850s gold rush. Shortlisted for Canada's prestigious Man Booker prize. I am not typically a fan of westerns, but this one was great!

    Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Still reading this one and it's hard to put down. Teenage Ifemelu leaves Lagos, Nigeria to attend university in the US. After many trials and tribulations, she earns a fellowship at Princeton and starts a blog entitled, "Raceteenth or Various Observations about American Blacks by a non-American Black". This one has it all - race, culture, love, humor and grit.

    I also can't forget to mention The Paris Wife by Paula McLain (started me on a Hemingway kick) and Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese (just get it - you won't be disappointed).

    From Arti

    The Elegance of the Hedgehog- by Muriel Barbery. Full of amazing insight, gentle and compassionate prose.

    The Physician, by Noah Gordon.

    Historical fiction- the main character is someone you will be in awe of for his sense of duty and morals.

    Enjoy reading!!

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