Book Roll 2012


After the Quake by Haruki Murakami РAn interesting collection of short stories set after the 1995 earthquake in Kobe, Japan. It is a quick read that ends on a good note. 


Cheer by Leslie Gordon – A heartfelt story of tragedy and the coping mechanisms one family uses to get through it.


Gap Creek: The Story of a Marriage by Robert Morgan – Married at 17, poor and away from home, a young woman learns what it takes to make her marriage survive


The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein – A story from the dog’s perspective about his family and the things they don’t know due to their humanness.


Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall – This was the single best story to inspire me to run. This one man’s quest to become a better runner and his sheer dedication to the sport was amazing.


The Forever War by Dexter Filkins – This is a great account of one journalists experiences reporting post 9/11 as well as during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.



Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See – A story of two girls who develop a strong friendship after they are deemed “old sames” and the cruel way in which fate alters their lives forever.



Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami РA strange tale of an old man, a 15 year old boy, and a librarian who deal with a life that has been affected (and maybe altered) by memory.



Belong to Me by Marisa de Los Santos – A great story of how three different people adapt to their changing family dynamics and in the process redefine what family means to them.

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