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Here you'll find reviews and recommendations for books we enjoyed.  If our opinions sway you to read a book, just look it up on the Borders website. We like Borders because they support the UPromise program.

 

 

 

Fiction

 

Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Horror

 

 

The HARRY POTTER Series by J. K. Rowling

Orphaned as a baby, Harry Potter has spent 11 awful years living with his mean aunt, uncle, and cousin Dudley. But everything changes for Harry when an owl delivers a mysterious letter inviting him to attend a school for wizards. At this special school, Harry finds friends, aerial sports, and magic in everything from classes to meals, as well as a great destiny that's been waiting for him...if Harry can survive the encounter. From an author who has been compared to C. S. Lewis and Roald Dahl, this enchanting, funny debut novel won England's National Book Award and the prestigious Smarties Prize.

 

 

The NECROSCOPE Series by Brian Lumley:

When young Harry Keogh discovered that he was a Necroscope - someone who can communicate with the dead - he was astonished. He grew more astonished as the years passed and his dead friends - the world's greatest artists, scientists, inventors, and thinkers, not to mention ordinary folks like Harry's own dear, departed Ma - bestowed on him their knowledge and their love. He also learned how to transport himself instantaneously through time and space, with the power of his mind alone, but not all the gifts he received were so wonderful. There was terrible knowledge to be had. Mankind was being preyed upon by terrible vampires who hunted humans for their blood. Some people became victims of macabre "experiments" that rendered them unrecognizable as human beings. Others were kept as servants or playthings. Harry Keogh swore that he would become man's greatest defender, that he would destroy every last vampire. But the price of this war was high. Many of those Harry loved and respected were corrupted, killed, or lost - including his own wife and son - vanished in the heat of battle.

 

 

The Works of H. P. Lovecraft:

Stephen King wrote that H.P. Lovecraft "has yet to be surpassed as the twentieth century's greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale." Now enthusiasts and newcomers alike have the opportunity to enjoy five of Lovecraft's best tales in a unique package. Included are four short stories of unrivaled terror—"The Rats in the Walls," "Herbert West—Reanimator," "The Colour Out of Space," and "The Dunwich Horror"—as well as the complete text of his eerie novella of ancient alien life in the Arctic, "At the Mountains of Madness."

 

 

THE VAMPIRE CHRONICLES by Anne Rice:

Rice turned the vampire genre on its ear with [Interview With The Vampire], which evolved into one of the most popular series in recent history. Though the quality of the books has declined, this nonetheless is a marvelous, innovative, and literate tale of the longing for love and the search for redemption.

 

 

 

 

General

 

 

BYZANTIUM by Stephen R. Lawhead:

Here, in the story of a great gift and an even greater journey, is summoned all the magic and splendor, the brutality and the innocence of a lost era - the not-so-Dark Age when faith ruled men's hearts.  A valiant Irish monk faces the greatest trial that can confront any man in any age: commanding his own Destiny.

 

 

THE ALIENIST & THE ANGEL OF DARKNESS by Caleb Carr:

 

ALIENIST: "A society-born reporter and an enigmatic abnormal psychologist--the 'alienist' of the title--are recruited in 1896 by New York's reform police commissioner Teddy Roosevelt to track down a serial killer who is slaughtering boy prostitutes. The investigators are opposed at every step by crime bosses and the city's hidden rulers; they distrust the alienist's novel methods and would rather conceal evidence of the murders than court publicity."

 

ANGEL OF DARKNESS: This is a sequel to "The Alienist" The year is 1897, and the United States and Spain are gearing up for war. Someone has clobbered the wife of a senior Spanish diplomat in Central Park and stolen her baby girl. The perpetrator turns out to be one Libby Hatch, an apparently dutiful wife, bereaved mother and dedicated nurse who is, it turns out, a serial child killer, double husband murderer and poisoner."

 

 

ZEN AND THE ART OF MOTORCYCLE MAINTENANCE by Robert M. Pirsig:

A troubled father and son's cross-country motorcycle trip offers us insights into modern ethical dilemmas.  The extraordinary story of a man's quest for truth. It will change the way you think and feel about your life.

 

 

SIDDHARTHA by Hermann Hesse:

In the novel, Siddhartha, a young man, leaves his family for a contemplative life, then, restless, discards it for one of the flesh. He conceives a son, but bored and sickened by lust and greed, moves on again. Near despair, Siddhartha comes to a river where he hears a unique sound. This sound signals the true beginning of his life — the beginning of suffering, rejection, peace, and, finally, wisdom.

 

 

THE METAMORPHOSIS by Franz Kafka:

 "When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous vermin." With this startling, bizarre, yet surprisingly funny first sentence, Kafka begins his masterpiece, The Metamorphosis. It is the story of a young man who, transformed overnight into a giant beetlelike insect, becomes an object of disgrace to his family, an outsider in his own home, a quintessentially alienated man. A harrowing — though absurdly comic — meditation on human feelings of inadequecy, guilt, and isolation.

 

 

ANTHEM by Ayn Rand:

Equality 7-2521 lives in the Dark Ages of the future, when all decisions are made by committee, all people live in collectives, all traces of individualism have been wiped out. But the spark of individual thought and freedom still burns in Equality 7-2521's breast, though he doesn't know what to call his passion to think and choose for himself, other than sinful. In a world where he is punished for being better than his brothers, he finds a tunnel from ancient times where he can be by himself to write and think. He discovers electricity - and the miracle of the love that a man can have for a woman. Equality 7-2521 comes close to losing his life for this because his knowledge was regarded as a treacherous blasphemy. In a world where the crowd is one - a great WE, he has rediscovered the lost and holy word - I.

 

 

ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT by Erich Maria Remarque:

Paul Baumer enlisted with his classmates in the German army of World War I. Youthful, enthusiastic, they become soldiers. But despite what they have learned, they break into pieces under the first bombardment in the trenches. And as horrible war plods on year after year, Paul holds fast to a single vow: to fight against the principles of hate that meaninglessly pits young men of the same generation but different uniforms against each other—if only he can come out of the war alive.

 

 

 

 

Non Fiction

 

 

THE SECRETS OF THE BABY WHISPERER by Tracy Hogg:

Hogg, an English nurse and founder of Baby Technique, a Los Angeles-based newborn and lactation consulting firm, has a way of calming and caring for babies that led one of her clients to dub her "the baby whisperer." In this, her first book, she teaches parents how to decipher "infants' language"--their cries, gestures, and facial expressions. Her E.A.S.Y. (eat, activity, sleep, your time) method offers a relaxed, commonsense approach. Every aspect of care for mom and baby is covered, with interesting charts and clear references.

 

 

JOURNEY INTO DARKNESS & OBSESSION by John E. Douglas:

 

JOURNEY INTO DARKNESS:  Douglas profiles vicious serial killers, rapists, and child molesters. He is straightforward, blunt, often irreverent, and outspoken, but takes pains not to glorify any of these murderers.   

OBSESSION: Douglas once again takes us fascinatingly behind the scenes, focusing his expertise on predatory crimes, primarily against women. With a deep sense of compassion for the victims and an uncanny understanding of the perpetrators, Douglas looks at the obsessions that lead to rape, stalking, and sexual murder.

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THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MALCOLM X by Alex Haley:

Through a life of passion and struggle, Malcolm X became one of the most influential figures of the 20th Century. In this riveting account, he tells of his journey from a prison cell to Mecca, describing his transition from hoodlum to Muslim minister. Here, the man who called himself "the angriest Black man in America" relates how his conversion to true Islam helped him confront his rage and recognize the brotherhood of all mankind. 

 

 

NIGHT by Elie Wiesel:

Night is one of the masterpieces of Holocaust literature. First published in 1960, it is the autobiographical account of an adolescent boy and his father in Aushwitz.  A terrifying account of the Nazi death camp horror that turns a young Jewish boy into an agonized witness to the death of his family...the death of his innocence...and the death of his God. Wiesel writes of their battle for survival, and of his battle with God for a way to understand the wanton cruelty he witnesses each day.

 

 

 

 

Children's Books

 

 

WINNIE-THE-POOH by A. A. Milne:

In 1926, Winnie-the-Pooh, a collection of stories about a rather stout, somewhat confused bear, was published in England and America. The enchanting tales of Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Christopher Robin, and the others were an immediate success, and firmly established A.A. Milne, already an acclaimed dramatist, as a major author of children's books. Winnie-the-Pooh was followed in 1928 by a second collection, The House At Pooh Corner, which continued the adventures from the Hundred Acre Wood and introduced bouncy, lovable Tigger.

 

 

GOODNIGHT MOON by Margaret Wise Brown:

A little rabbit bids goodnight to each familiar thing in his room, in this classic story told with gently lulling words and soothing illustrations.

 

 

GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU by Sam McBratney:

Little Nutbrown Hare is trying to tell Big Nutbrown Hare just how much he loves him, but each time Big Nutbrown Hare's love seems to be bigger. Indeed, there is no way to measure the love, and Little Nutbrown Hare can finally only express it by saying his love is as far as the moon. After Big Nutbrown Hare kisses Little Nutbrown Hare goodnight, he whispers that his love is as far as the moon and back. This loving goodnight book has expressive and lively illustrations.

 

 

OLIVIA by Ian Falconer:

A new and unexpected heroine emerges with the irresistible Olivia. Olivia is a spunky little pig with an abundance of energy and enthusiasm. Her daily activities -- singing the loudest of songs, creating art on walls, and building skyscrapers -- do not tire her in the least. Rather, when it is time for bed, she asks for a plethora of books to be read! Olivia's mom, on the other hand, is drained. Parents and kids alike will marvel at Olivia's abounding energy -- and her mom's abounding patience and love.