Erin's Picks

ISBN-13: 9781451666175
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Published: Touchstone, 10/2013

If you like to laugh, pick up this book! Not only is Allie Brosh's writing great, but it's also paired with cartoons of her misadventures that she draws herself. I've been following Allie's blog for years, so imagine my joy when I saw she scored a book deal. All of her stories are true, from the time she tried to give her dog an intelligence test (it failed) to her feeble attempts at adulthood. She even describes, with incredible prescision, a painful 19-month bout with depression. I love this book.

- Erin

ISBN-13: 9780062079930
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 10/2011

This poetic collection of loosely-connected short stories tells the futuristic tale of the destruction of Earth and subsequent colonization of Mars. Bradbury does a great job of looking at the weakness, destructive nature, and inherent beauty of humanity. I stayed up all night to finish this book.

- Erin

Fangirl (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9781250030955
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin, 9/2013

--Sigh-- Rainbow Rowell does it again. This book is charming, authentic, and everything I want in a good teen novel. Cath, an introverted fanfiction writer who has gained quite the following online, is just about the start her first year in college. Cath's twin sister, Wren, is also going to the same college, but the two are growing apart--both in the real and online world. Can Cath deal with college without her sister? Does she even want to? This is a great contemporary story for young adults struggling to balance their online personas with the real world. I devoured this book.



ISBN-13: 9781594631771
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Published: Riverhead Trade, 9/2013

Yunior, the protagonist and sometimes-narrator of this short story collection, ambles through his previous relationships in detailed, flavorful prose. This book is evidence of the fragility of the human heart. It's a raw chunk of the soul, and every story left me aching.


ISBN-13: 9780375703768
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Published: Pantheon, 3/2000
House of Leaves is enthralling piece of metafiction about Johnny Truant, a tattoo artist who encounters a manuscript written by his recently-deceased neighbor, Zampano. Within the manuscript is the story of the Navidson family's struggle with a strange labyrinth that appears in their new house. Stories are nestled within stories like Russian dolls, and slowly Johnny's world becomes more and more dark and twisted. This book is a cool demonstration of the process of writing and a creepy literary adventure.