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What We’re Reading {August 20, 2010}

The Bookshare team reads avidly. In fact, we read a lot of books every week. And so do our children, friends and families. Among those, there are always a handful of standouts — the shortlist, the books with buzz–perfect for children, tweens, teens, college students, and young adults. “What We’re Reading” brings you picks of the most interesting recent reads, along with short descriptions, sometimes we’ll even include candid comments and notes from the team. We’ll be bringing you “What We’re Reading” every Friday, be sure to look for it and download some great books!

The Immortal life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot  – Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells-taken without her knowledge-became one of the most important tools in medicine. {appropriate for grades 9 – 12 and postsecondary}

The Imperfectionists: A Novel by Tom Rachman – Set against the gorgeous backdrop of Rome, Tom Rachman’s wry, vibrant debut follows the topsy-turvy private lives of the reporters, editors, and executives of an international English language newspaper as they struggle to keep it – and themselves – afloat. {appropriate for postsecondary}

Shanghai Girls: A Novel by Lisa See – In 1937, Shanghai is the Paris of Asia, a city of great wealth and glamour, the home of millionaires and beggars, gangsters and gamblers, patriots and revolutionaries, artists and warlords. {appropriate for grades 9 – 12 and postsecondary}

The Passage: A Novel by Justin Cronin – It happened fast. Thirty-two minutes for one world to die, another to be born. First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U. S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. {appropriate for postsecondary}

Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway  – California high school student Audrey Cuttler dumps self-involved Evan, the lead singer of a little band called “The Do-Gooders”. Evan writes, “Audrey, Wait!,” a break-up song that’s so good it rockets up the billboard charts. {appropriate for grades 6 – 9}

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