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The Incendiaries by RO Kwon

The Last Flight by Julie Clark

A Visit From The Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

Wild by Cheryl Strayed:

The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. Beautiful written, provides a good information not only about medical history and tissue research but also about the personal history behind the hela cells. It is good to have the opportunity to get to know the human history behind the cell / tissues medical research and what we can learn from that.

Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing (on Audiobook) - We are all familiar with the basic story of Shackleton - consummate explorer, big adventure goes wrong, leadership and persistence saves lives. However, this story brings to life in incredible detail (thanks to recovered journals of many expedition participants) the daily, prolonged struggle against the elements (for 497 DAYS!) of this team including the unbelievable final rescue. Listened to the abridged version with my teen and tween. The time flew by and we were all amazed and inspired!

The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo

My brilliant friend by Elena Ferrante is a must read to understand the life, struggles, love and misery of two young girls born and raised in a project like neighborhood of Naples, Italy. Lenu and Lila are both very smart girls with a drive who both love to study, but their family not always support the girls. Lenu feels extremely attracted by Lila. At time she feel inferior and incapable to have the same understand of life. The little girl will grow and their adult life follows two different direction. A must read. HBO has also purchased the right for a TV series.

Bellevule by David Oshinsky.

This is How You Loose the Time War: This was a unique and weird book. At times I thought it was way to smart for me. Did I get all the historical and literary references? Two otherworldly agents, Blue of the organic world and Red of the tech world, are pitted against each other and so impressed by their skills to save or destroy all the time strands of different worlds, they become, of all things, pen pals. The taunting and exploration becomes much more. A love develops but how do enemies outsmart those that control you and read your very thoughts in order to be together? Or is one just simply playing the other for the ultimate con? You will either love, hate or not finish this book. It can hardly stand for middle ground.

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