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Belong to Me. JDR Note: Blissfully married newly suburban couple meets cul-de-sac Queen Bee and then single mom with 14 year old son, who doesn't know his father, moves to town. Given to me by my favorite coworker, it is beautifully written and the emotions seem spot on, but the story is really contrived and ties up too neatly at the end.

Gabriel García Márquez' Most Influential Works Transformed 20th Century Literature

When I went home this Christmas I was so delighted to come across this old book, which I got shortly after graduating from university. It felt like catching up with an old friend and I wanted to hug Melquiades, Colonel Aureliano and Rebeca with her bones rattling in a bag all over again. / MH

Black Sun Rising (The Coldfire Trilogy, Book 1) by C.S. Friedman http://www.amazon.com/dp/0886775272/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_zI5Avb11N0YE1

White Oleander / Edition 1

A teenaged girls journey through multiple foster homes after her mother is imprisoned for murder, and most notably, her struggle to understand the codependence they share.

...love it ♥ Markus Zusak is Australian. His book is set in deepest Bavaria during World War II, and tells the story of a girl, Liesel, who steals books as a way to cope with the loss of her loved ones - she steals her first book when her younger brothers dies. Markus Zusak's parents are German and Austrian. This is in part their story, which explains why he could write such an intimate account of the Angst in a small German town during the Nazi terror. I read it in the German translation.

New current read. Short Stories about women. I have only read the first one, which was good. The message of that one is kids are cruel.