dysfunctional families

We Were Liars

E. Lockhart
Wednesday, Dec 23, 2015

Let me share a secret with you. I'm ashamed to admit, but I'm a total snob when it comes to wealthy characters. I generally find them unlikable, which I know is awful judgy of me. No matter how great John Green says it is, I wanted to barf all the way through The Great Gatsby.

Dr. Frankenstein's Daughters Cover

Dr. Frankenstein's Daughters

Suzanne Weyn
Rated by
Terri B.
Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014

Dr. Frankenstein’s Daughters by Suzanne Weyn is about Giselle and Ingrid, the identical twin daughters of Dr Frankenstein. In fear for his daughters' lives, Dr Frankenstein abandons them shortly after their birth. To keep them safe from his creation, he tells no one of their existence. Shortly before their 17th birthday, they are informed of their father's existence and to their surprise and excitement he has left them a castle.

Thursday, Dec 6, 2012

Isabel "Izzy" Spellman is a determined, insatiably curious, sarcastic private investigator. Not yet 30, she's already a seasoned pro at detective work. She's also an emotionally closed-off woman with a checkered past who drinks too much and will break the law without a second thought if she thinks it will help her get the information she wants. She refers to any guy she dates "Ex-Boyfriend," assuming the relationship won't last.

Tuesday, Mar 20, 2012

What a strange little book about a strange little family in a strange little town. When the reader meets the Blackwoods, they are reduced to three: Constance, the oldest sister; Merricat the younger; and Uncle Julian, an old invalid. They live in seclusion, ostracized in their once-regal castle minus the family who were all poisoned six years prior.

Tuesday, Oct 25, 2011

Budding cartoonist, Junior (Arnold) Spirit, a 15-year-old Spokane Indian boy, transfers to a white school off the reservation because of his eagerness to learn and frustration over conditions at the “res” school, including 15 year-old science textbooks. This account of his adjustment to a school with a “Redskin” as m

Wednesday, Jul 6, 2011

The Art of Racing in the Rain is the story of a dog named Enzo, who has a very old soul. Enzo believes that if he tries hard enough to think like a man, he will eventually be reincarnated as a man.
He tries his best to help his family stay together despite a custody battle between the grandparents and Denny, Enzo's owner, over Denny's daughter Zoe.

Stay Close by Libby Cataldi

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Robin D.
Friday, Apr 29, 2011

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Tuesday, Oct 12, 2010

Dennis McFarland’s The Music Room is one of those novels that you don’t forget. I first read it 20 years ago. When my aunt recently mentioned it, I immediately knew the book she was talking about. I decided to read it again. Alcoholism, suicide and divorce figure prominently, yet it’s still a lyrical, poetic work of beauty, sensitivity and dark humor.

Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell

Rated by
Melody B.K.
Tuesday, Jun 8, 2010

Author Daniel Woodrell was born in Springfield, Missouri and graduated from KU before heading over to the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He currently lives in the Ozarks and this is his second book to be adapted to film. The main character, Ree Dolly, is a scrappy teenager who works hard to care for her two younger brothers and their mentally ill mother. Her father who cooks meth for a living has dissappeared and if he doesn't show up for his court date the bondsman will own their home.