Some great reads to get you started:
The Warmth of Other Suns, Isabel Wilkerson, Random House, 2010
This is the engaging and moving story of the Great Migration of African-Americans from the South to the urban North after Reconstruction, as told through the personal histories of three individuals. For: History Buffs (American history, African-American and civil rights history, economic history, & the history of cities), Serious Readers, NPR Junkies, or anyone who loves a captivating story or memoir.
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The Invisible Circus, Jennifer Egan, Anchor, 2007
Jennifer Egan's first novel, a moving and evocative coming-of-age tale that explores family mythology and relationships after the death of a charismatic elder sister. For: Writing Geeks, Serious Readers, Book Clubbers, willing-to-take-it-up-a-notch Chick-Literati, and anyone who has a daughter or a sister.
How To Train Your Dragon (series), Cressida Cowell, Little, Brown, 2010
Explore the books behind the blockbuster movie. Creative, quirky, and very funny. Chapter books with charming illustrations. For: independent readers (and their parents) who appreciate humor, adventure, and a little eccentricity (up through early middle school grades). Lovely to read with your children.
More soon! In the meantime, happy reading!