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The Book Corner / Re: Books Recommended by our Members (July 2011)
« on: July 15, 2011, 04:35:23 pm »
I think one of the best "Beach Read" books I've read in a long time was The Hunger Games trilogy. Hooks you early on and doesn't stop. (And I'm a 31 year old male, so I'm not even in the target audience.) :)

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Interesting! Would it work if people hadn't read earlier books in the Discworld series?

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The Book Corner / What book do you think a whole city should read?
« on: July 15, 2011, 12:58:21 pm »
Hi all, I'm the chair of Tacoma Reads Together--pretty much the best job in the world for an English major. I get to recommend a book to the Mayor and the whole city to read!

Last year I recommended William Kamkwamba's true story, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. (and I would recommend it to everyone here too! Very inspiring). Link to the Kindle version if you're interested:http://amzn.to/pgsPbE

But I'm looking for some book recommendations for this year (to be read in early 2012).

So here are the qualifications:

Should be short (ish).
Should be readily available in paperback as well as Kindle (no Kindle-only books).
Should be accessible to a young person (but that doesn't mean it has to be YA)

It would also be nice if:

It were fiction, the author were alive, and ideally this year I'm looking for something that would deal with community and/or multi-generational families. Doesn't have to be funny or inspiring, but those are always pluses. Anything you would call "A fun read" is good. No need to have it be "literary" either.

Who knows of something good? Would love to hear your suggestions!

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