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Claire

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Claire is a left-handed Appalachian, born and raised in West Virginia, two facts of which she is inordinately proud. She is bored by long walks on the beach, but if you put her in the woods with her dog and her mountain bike well, that's bliss. Make no mistake, however! She does love to read, namely slightly surreal stories, often dark, with some mystery and history thrown in. Claire also facilitates the VB Reads book group, Motherhood by the Book so naturally, she loves books that celebrate moms. 


The Vanishing Half: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525536291
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 2nd, 2020

A Children's Bible: A Novel Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393867381
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 16th, 2021

Southernmost Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781616209360
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Published: Algonquin Books - June 4th, 2019

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316453691
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 10th, 2020

Wolf by Wolf: One girl’s mission to win a race and kill Hitler Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780316405089
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 4th, 2016

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The Book of Lost Things: A Novel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780743298902
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Published: Washington Square Press - October 16th, 2007

The perfect book. --Claire


The Belly of Paris (Oxford World's Classics) Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9780199555840
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - September 1st, 2009

The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
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ISBN: 9780062113764
Published: Harper Paperbacks - February 26th, 2013

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The Illustrated Man Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781451678185
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 17th, 2012

I have long been a devotee of Ray Bradbury and this is my favorite, even surpassing Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles. These stories are chilling and so imaginative that they can be re-read time and time again without getting old.


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The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780385720960
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Published: Anchor - April 19th, 2011

It's true. Sometimes I judge a book by its cover AND its title. In this case it paid off because this little book charmed me from page one. It is the haunting story of Rose Edelstein who, on her ninth birthday, discovers that she has an unnerving ability. She can actually taste all of her mother's emotions in every bite of the birthday cake that she lovingly made for her. And they aren't at all the emotions that she would have expected. The rest of the story of Rose and her odd little family is intriguing, puzzling, and thoroughly thought-provoking. A perfect book group candidate. --Claire


Parable of the Sower Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781538732182
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 30th, 2019

Robert E. Lee and Me: A Southerner's Reckoning with the Myth of the Lost Cause Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250239266
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Published: St. Martin's Press - January 26th, 2021

The Bone People: A Novel (Penguin Ink) Cover Image
By Keri Hulme, Pepa Heller (Illustrator)
$17.00
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ISBN: 9780143116455
Published: Penguin Books - June 29th, 2010

Dandelion Wine: A Novel Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780553277531
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Published: Spectra - March 1st, 1985

The Plague (Vintage International) Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780679720218
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Published: Vintage - May 7th, 1991

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Harper Perennial Deluxe Editions) Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780061120077
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - May 30th, 2006

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Of Human Bondage Cover Image
By W. Somerset Maugham, Robert Calder (Introduction by)
$14.00
ISBN: 9780140185225
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Published: Penguin Classics - March 1st, 1992

This is one of those high school assigned reading books that I re-read every few years and of which I never, ever tire. --Claire