Laura

Chicago, Illinois, 1974.  A blizzard rips through this tough, mid-western city; yet its icy fingers cannot touch the warmth of a tiny hospital room where newly made mother and child rest in their cocoon of glowing happiness.
And she shall be named Laura. After much deliberation chain-smoking Winstons and basking in the flickering aura of the television set, the parents decide on this name. They're big fans of the Dick Van Dyke show.
Reading interests: Fiction, linguistics, astronomy, science fiction, art, crafts, cookbooks, travel memoirs, women's studies.

Clariel: The Lost Abhorsen Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061561559
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Published: HarperCollins - October 14th, 2014

This awesome prequel to the Aborsen trilogy is finally here! Clariel and her family have just moved to the capital city Belisaere and she is having a very difficult time adjusting to big city life. Her parents want her to study Charter Magic and socialize with the royal family, but all Clariel want to do is be a ranger in the forests where she grew up. What will the future have in store for her?


Station Eleven Cover Image
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - September 9th, 2014

In this amazingly excellent dystopian novel, the main theme crops up often in the form of a quote from Star Trek:Voyager: Survival is insufficient. Besides the fact that I got the warm and fuzzies figuring the author must be a Star Trek fan, this quote perfectly describes the band of wandering musicians and Shakespearean actors eking out an existence in a world totally ravaged by deadly disease. When the human species is struggling just to survive, do we still need art and beauty? In my mind, the answer is a resounding YES!


Tell the Wolves I'm Home Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812982855
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Published: Dial Press - June 4th, 2013

A beautiful novel set in the mid 1980s: June loves to roam the woods imagining she's a medieval maiden and wants to be a falconer when she grows up. Feeling misunderstood by her sister and parents, she values her time spend with her artist uncle in New York City; the only person that truly "gets" her. When Uncle Finn dies of AIDS, her parents struggle with their prejudices in light of this unknown and frightening disease. June realises the only person who can relate to her grief is Finn's partner, Toby, who was never known to the family before Finn's funeral. --Laura


Glory O'Brien's History of the Future Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316222723
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 14th, 2014

American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143122029
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Published: Penguin Books - September 25th, 2012

The Dinner Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385346856
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Published: Hogarth Press - October 29th, 2013

The Varieties of Scientific Experience: A Personal View of the Search for God Cover Image
By Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan (Editor)
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ISBN: 9780143112624
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Published: Penguin Books - November 1st, 2007

This engrossing book printed posthumously contains Sagan's Gifford Lectures on the relationship between science and religion. My favorite section is the question and answer portion towards the end of the book. Always kind, always diplomatic, Carl Sagan shows us what a truly thoughtful debate about religion can be like. --Laura


Ready Player One Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307887443
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Published: Broadway Books - June 5th, 2012

Hild Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250056092
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Published: Picador USA - October 28th, 2014

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780765356154
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Published: Tor Books - August 1st, 2006

At the dawn of the nineteenth century, two very different magicians emerge to change England's history. In the year 1806, with the Napoleonic Wars raging on land and sea, most people believe magic to be long dead in England--until the reclusive Mr. Norrell reveals his powers, and becomes a celebrity overnight. Soon, another practicing magician comes forth: the young, handsome, and daring Jonathan Strange. He becomes Norrell's student, and they join forces in the war against France. But Strange is increasingly drawn to the wildest, most perilous forms of magic, straining his partnership with Norrell, and putting at risk everything else he holds dear.


Seraphina Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780375866562
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - July 10th, 2012

Sweet Tooth Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345803450
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Published: Anchor Books - July 2nd, 2013

Fieldwork Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312427467
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Published: Picador USA - January 22nd, 2008

The Ocean at the End of the Lane Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062255655
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Published: William Morrow & Company - June 18th, 2013

Where'd You Go, Bernadette Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316204262
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 2nd, 2013

Night Film Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781400067886
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Published: Random House - August 20th, 2013

Hark! A Vagrant Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781770460607
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Published: Drawn & Quarterly - September 27th, 2011

Print Workshop: Hand-Printing Techniques + Truly Original Projects Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307586544
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Published: Potter Craft - December 28th, 2010

The Last Man Standing Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781623658434
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Published: Maclehose Press Quercus - October 7th, 2014