Book Roll 2012

After the Quake by Haruki Murakami - An 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 - A 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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