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Purple Hibiscus - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Call Number: Fic Adichie
A teenaged Nigerian girl and her older brother struggle to cope with life in their tense, stifling household--caused by their father's demands for perfection--after getting a taste of freedom during a visit to their aunt's home.

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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda - Becky Albertalli
Call Number: Fic Albertalli
After a revealing email gets into the wrong hands, sixteen-year-old, not-so-openly-gay, averse-to-change Simon Spier is blackmailed into playing wingman for his classmate or else his sexual identity--and that of his pen pal--will be revealed. Is there a way out of this mess?

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Speak - Laurie Halse Anderson; L. Anderson
Call Number: Fic Anderson
A traumatic event near the end of the summer has a devastating effect on Melinda's freshman year in high school.

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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl - Jesse Andrews
Call Number: Fic Andrews
How do you deal with a new friendship when one of you has cancer? Well, you could make a movie together...

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Go Tell It on the Mountain - James Baldwin
Call Number: Fic Baldwin
One Saturday in March 1935, fourteen-year-old John discovers his true identity as the stepson of the local minister and tells the story of his spiritual, sexual, and moral struggle to come to terms with this new identity. E-book is also available.

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The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake - Aimee Bender
Call Number: Fic Bender
Rose Edelstein, on the eve of her ninth birthday, bites into her mother's lemon-chocolate cake and is immediately aware of the hidden secrets the members of her family hold.

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The House of Tomorrow - Peter Bognanni
Call Number: Fic Bognanni
Sebastian Prendergast, having left the safety of the geodesic dome in which he lived after his grandmother had a stroke, meets sixteen-year-old Jared Whitcomb, and together the boys experience the angst of being teenagers while forming a punk rock band. But when Jared's grandma asks him to return to her home, he is faced with choosing between her dying wish and his newfound life.

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Tell the Wolves I'm Home - Carol Rifka Brunt
Call Number: Fic Brunt
"Her world upended by the death of a beloved artist uncle who was the only person that understood her, fourteen-year-old June is mailed a teapot by her uncle's grieving friend, with whom she forges a poignant relationship"--Provided by publisher.

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Once upon a River - Bonnie Jo Campbell
Call Number: Fic Campbell
After the violent death of her father, sixteen-year-old Margo Crane takes to the Stark River in a rowboat left to her by her grandfather. She is searching for her runaway mother and uses her knowledge of the natural world and her ability to see into the hearts of men and women to survive.

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My Ántonia - Willa Cather; Jessica Hische (Illustrator)
Call Number: Fic Cather
A successful lawyer remembers his boyhood in the endless landscape of Nebraska and his friendship with an immigrant Bohemian girl he meets and the different paths their lives will take. E-book is also available.

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky
Call Number: Fic Chbosky
Charlie, a freshman in high school, explores the dilemmas of growing up through a collection of letters he sends to an unknown receiver. E-book is also available.

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The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho; Alan R. Clarke (Translator)
Call Number: Fic Coelho
Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy, sets out from his home in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of buried treasure, but through his encounters with a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself a king, and an Alchemist, he learns the value of the treasures found within himself.

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Everything Matters! - Ron Currie
Call Number: Fic Currie
Junior Thibodeau comes of age in the 1980s with the knowledge that the world will end upon his thirty-sixth year, a prophecy revealed to him in utero, which forces him to have an existential crisis while dealing with his life and family.

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Nervous Conditions - Tsitsi Dangarembga
Call Number: Fic Dangarembga
Tambu, an adolescent girl living in colonial Rhodesia during the 1960s, tries to overcome her allotted role as a woman in the patriarchal society of Zimbabwe by attending the missionary school run by her wealthy, British-educated uncle.

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The Boston Girl - Anita Diamant
Call Number: Fic Diamant
Addie Baum grows up in the North End of Boston, then a teeming multicultural neighborhood. Her intelligence and curiosity take her to a world her parents can't imagine, a world of short skirts, movies, celebrity culture, and new opportunities for women. Addie wants to finish high school and dreams of going to college. She wants a career and to find true love. Now eighty-five-year-old Addie tells the story of her life to her twenty-two-year-old granddaughter, who has asked her "How did you get to be the woman you are today?"

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The Brothers K - David James Duncan
Call Number: Fic Duncan
Story of the Chance family living in the Pacific Northwest in the early 1960s embattled over the ideals represented by baseball and religion.

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The Brothers K - David James Duncan
Call Number: Fic Duncan
Story of the Chance family living in the Pacific Northwest in the early 1960s embattled over the ideals represented by baseball and religion.

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The Girl Who Fell from the Sky - Heidi W. Durrow
Call Number: Fic Durrow
Rachel, whose mother is Danish and father is African-American, loses both her parents and is forced to move to a new city to live with her strict African-American grandmother. When she is immersed into an African-American community, Rachel struggles with her own uncertainties about her mixed-race identity.

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The Round House - Louise Erdrich
Call Number: Fic Erdrich
After Geraldine Coutts is attacked on the Ojibwe reservation in North Dakota, her husband Bazil, a tribal judge, tries to find justice for his wife, and their teenage son Joe tries to help his mother heal. E-book is also available.

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Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides
Call Number: Fic Eugenides
Three generations of a Greek American family find themselves plagued by a mutant gene which causes bizarre side effects in the family's teenage girls.

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White Oleander - Janet Fitch
Call Number: Fic Fitch
Can Astrid, the daughter of a manipulative, obsessed but brilliant and murderous poet, rise above the life she has been given? After she is taken away from her mother, she experiences a series of foster homes where she confronts heartache and loneliness.

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We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves - Karen Joy Fowler
Call Number: Fic Fowler
Coming of age in middle America, eighteen-year-old Rosemary evaluates how her entire youth was defined by the presence and forced removal of an endearing chimpanzee who was secretly regarded as a family member and who Rosemary loved as a sister.

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The Fault in Our Stars - John Green
Call Number: Fic Green
Sixteen year old Hazel, who has cancer, meets Augustus at Cancer Kids Support Group and as they fall in love they both wonder how they will be remembered.

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An Abundance of Katherines - John Green
Call Number: Fic Green
Having been recently dumped for the nineteenth time by girls all named Katherine, recent high school graduate and former child prodigy Colin sets off on a road trip with his best friend to try to find some new direction in life while also trying to create a mathematical formula to explain his relationships.

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Will Grayson, Will Grayson - John Green; David Levithan
Call Number: Fic Green
When two teens, one gay and one straight, meet accidentally and discover that they share the same name, their lives become intertwined as one begins dating the other's best friend, who produces a play revealing his relationship with them both. E-book is also available.

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The Magicians - Lev Grossman
Call Number: Fic Grossman
High school senior Quentin Coldwater's real world never quite measures up to Fillory, the enchanted land in his favorite fantasy novels, and even an education at the mysterious Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy leaves him without purpose. But when he and his hedonistic friends discover a way into Fillory, life becomes a dangerous adventure and childhood dreams turn into a nightmare with a shocking truth at the heart.

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon
Call Number: Fic Haddon
Despite his overwhelming fear of interacting with people, Christopher, a mathematically-gifted, autistic fifteen-year-old boy, decides to investigate the murder of a neighbor's dog and uncovers secret information about his mother.

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The Art of Fielding - Chad Harbach
Call Number: Fic Harbach
Henry Skirmshander, the star of a baseball team at Westish College on the shores of Lake Michigan, is overcome with self-doubt, which threatens his future; meanwhile, four others--including Henry's best friend and teammate, who realizes he has sacrificed his own dreams for his friend's, Henry's gay roommate, college president Guert Affenlight, and Guert's daughter--also find themselves forced to confront their own secrets.

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Their Eyes Were Watching God - Zora Neale Hurston; Mary Helen Washington (Foreword by); Henry Louis Gates (Afterword by)
Call Number: Fic Hurston
An African-American woman searches for a fulfilling relationship through two loveless marriages and finally finds it in the person of Tea Cake, an itinerant laborer and gambler.

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The Cider House Rules - John Irving
Call Number: Fic Irving
"Set in rural Maine in the first half of this century [20th century], it tells the story of Dr. Wilbur Larch---saint and obstetrician, founder and director of the orphanage in the town of St. Cloud's, ether addict and abortionist. It is also the story of Dr. Larch's favorite orphan, Homer Wells, who is never adopted."---Cover. E-book is also available.

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The Darkness under the Water - Elizabeth L. Dugger; Beth Kanell
Call Number: Fic Kanell
Molly Ballou, an Abenaki-French Canadian girl in 1920s Vermont, is haunted by her dead sister and her family's secrets as the government tries to force the Ballous and their neighbors out of their homes in an attempt to rid the state of its poor citizens.

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On the Road - Jack Kerouac
Call Number: Fic Kerouac
Dean Moriarty and Sal Paradise take off on a cross country adventure to experience America, choosing sex, drugs, and alcohol to enhance the view.

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The Secret Life of Bees - Sue Monk Kidd
Call Number: Fic Kidd
A novel set in the South in 1964, during the Civil Rights era, that tells the story of Lily Owens whose life has been shaped by the death of her mother when Lily was four years old. When, at the age of fourteen, she finds items of clothing that belonged to her mother, hidden in the attic, she sets out to solve the mystery that surrounds her mother's sudden death. E-book is also available.

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The Calligrapher's Daughter - Eugenia Kim
Call Number: Fic Kim
To avoid a marriage forced by her father, Najin Han, the headstrong daughter of a calligrapher in early twentieth-century Korea, is sent by her mother to become a companion to the young princess. When the king is assassinated, Najin faces countless hardships on her quest for education and love.

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Finding Audrey - Sophie Kinsella
Call Number: Fic Kinsella
Fourteen-year-old Audrey is making slow but steady progress dealing with her anxiety disorder when Linus comes into the picture and her recovery gains momentum. E-book is also available.

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Orphan Train - Christina Baker Kline
Call Number: Fic Kline
When seventeen-year-old Molly Ayer is sent to perform community service at elderly Vivian Daly's home in order to avoid juvenile hall, she discovers that the two are very much alike, despite their vast age differences. E-book is also available.

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Girl in Translation - Jean Kwok
Call Number: Fic Kwok
Ah-Kim Chang and her mother immigrate to Brooklyn, where they work for Kim's Aunt Paula in a Chinatown clothing factory earning barely enough to keep them alive; however, Kim's perseverance and hard work earns her a place at an elite private school where she is befriended by Annette, who helps her adjust to American culture.

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She's Come Undone - Wally Lamb
Call Number: Fic Lamb
Meet Dolores Price. She's thirteen, smart but wounded. When she finally comes out of a childhood nourished on potato chips, Pepsi and TV, she's a whopping 257 pounds. This time she is determined to give life one last try. Can she overcome and forgive the trials and tribulations of her childhood and take her place in this world as a young woman?

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A Wizard of Earthsea - Ursula K. Le Guin; Ruth Robbins (Illustrator)
Call Number: Fic Le Guin
A boy grows to manhood while attempting to subdue the evil he unleashed on the world as an apprentice to the master wizard.

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We Were Liars - E. Lockhart
Call Number: Fic Lockhart
Spending the summers on her family's private island off the coast of Massachusetts with her cousins and a special boy named Gat, teenaged Cadence struggles to remember what happened during her fifteenth summer. E-book is also available.

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Eat, Pray, Love - Elizabeth Gilbert
Call Number: 92 Gilbert
Elizabeth Gilbert recounts the experiences she had on her year-long journey around the world, and shares how her self-prescribed trip helped her deal with her divorce and cure the depression that threatened to end her career and her happiness. E-book is also available.

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Between the World and Me - Ta-Nehisi Coates
Call Number: 305.8 Coates
In a letter to his adolescent son, the author shares his story of awakening to the truth about his place in the world and the relevance of American history to that truth. His journey takes him from his childhood home, to Howard University, the Civil War battlefields, the South Side of Chicago, and Paris.

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Wild - Cheryl Strayed
Call Number: 796.5 Strayed
Cheryl Strayed recounts the impact of her mother's death on her life and chronicles her experiences after she made the impulsive decision to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert all the way into Washington State. E-book is also available.

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Brown Girl Dreaming - Jacqueline Woodson
Call Number: 811.6 Woodson
A free verse biography, poignant and powerful, of a young girl growing up in the 1960s and 1970s in both the North and The South, never quite fitting in in either place, but getting by with humor and the love of her family.


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The Ocean at the End of the Lane - Neil Gaiman
Call Number: Fic Gaiman
When a middle-aged man returns to his childhood home in Sussex, England, for a funeral, he remembers frightening childhood memories unleashed by a suicide forty years ago.
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The Namesake - Jhumpa Lahiri
Call Number: Fic Lahiri
A young man born of Indian parents in America struggles with issues of identity from his teens to his thirties.

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Waiting for Teddy Williams - Howard Frank Mosher
Call Number: Fic Mosher
Ethan "E.A." Allen, a boy raised in the remote village of Kingdom Common, Vermont, by his honky-tonk mother and crippled grandmother, shares the town's obsession with baseball and the Boston Red Sox, and with the coaching of Teddy Williams, a mystery man who arrives in town one day, becomes the pitcher who breaks the team's long-time losing streak.

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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage - Haruki Murakami; Philip Gabriel (Translator)
Call Number: Fic Murakam
Tsukuru Tazaki has four best friends at school and all of their names contain a color, but his last name does not. Things only get worse for Tsukuru when his friends announce that they do not want to see him, or talk to him, ever again. Tsukuru cannot form intimate connections with anyone, until he meets Sara, who tells him that the time has come to find out what happened all those years ago.

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Norwegian Wood - Haruki Murakami; Jay Rubin (Translator)
Call Number: Fic Murakami
Toru, a young college student in Tokyo, is devoted to Naoko, but before they can find true love with one another, they must come to terms with the tragic death by suicide of their best friend.

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Kafka on the Shore - Haruki Murakami
Call Number: Fic Murakami
Fifteen-year-old Kafka Tamura, who runs away from home to escape his father and find his long-lost sister and mother, meets an elderly Tokyo man named Nakata, who never recovered from a wartime affliction.

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Dumplin' - Julie Murphy
Call Number: Fic Murphy
Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean "Dumplin' " Dickson is comfortable with how she looks. Bikini? Sure! Then she takes a job at the local fast-food joint and meets hot former jock, Bo who seems to like her. Suddenly she starts to doubt herself, her confidence level plummets. How can she prove she is worthy of his affection? Why does she feel this way?

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I'll Give You the Sun - Jandy Nelson
Call Number: Fic Nelson
Something rocked the close relationship between the twins, Jude and Noah. Now they are barely speaking to each other. Can they find a way back to the brotherly love they had for each other? E-book is also available.

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The Dive from Clausen's Pier - Ann Packer
Call Number: Fic Packer
Twenty-three-year-old Carrie Bell, engaged to her high school sweetheart, is ready to make a break from a life that has become suffocating in its sameness, but her decision is complicated when her fiancee is paralyzed in a diving accident and everyone expects her to stay and care for him.

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Wonder - R. J. Palacio
Call Number: Fic Palacio
Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, enduring the taunts and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student. E-book is also available.

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The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath; Frances McCullough (Foreword by); Lois Ames (Contribution by)
Call Number: Fic Plath
The author presents a first-person narrative that chronicles the mental break-down of Esther Greenwood from the doctor's office to the asylum.

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All American Boys - Jason Reynolds; Brendan Kiely
Call Number: Fic Reynolds
When sixteen-year-old Rashad is mistakenly accused of stealing, classmate Quinn witnesses his brutal beating at the hands of a police officer who happens to be the older brother of his best friend.

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The Name of the Wind - Patrick Rothfuss
Call Number: Fic Rothfuss
Kvothe spends his life fighting hidden and familiar foes while struggling to master his magical powers and battle ancient evils that threaten his world.

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Eleanor and Park - Rainbow Rowell
Call Number: Fic Rowell
"Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits--smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try"--Provided by publisher.

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The God of Small Things - Arundhati Roy
Call Number: Fic Roy
On a December day in 1969 twins Rahel and Estha, born to a wealthy family living in the province of Kerala, India, find their lives changed after the death of their English cousin who was visiting for the holidays.

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe - Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Call Number: Fic Saenz
Fifteen-year-old Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents, and his family that he has never asked before.

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Push - Sapphire
Call Number: Fic Sapphire
Precious Jones, a sixteen-year-old girl who is pregnant with her second child by her father, is pushed by her courageous African-American teacher to learn to read, and discovers the truth about herself and her life.

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The Hired Girl - Laura Amy Schlitz
Call Number: Fic Schlitz
Fourteen-year-old Joan Skraggs, just like the heroines in her beloved novels, yearns for real life and true love. But what hope is there for adventure, beauty, or art, on a hardscrabble farm in Pennsylvania where the work never ends? Over the summer of 1911, Joan pours her heart out into her diary as she seeks a new, better life for herself.

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith
Call Number: Fic Smith
The coming-of-age of young, sensitive, and idealistic Francie Nolan and her bittersweet formative years in the turn-of-the-century Williamsburg slums of Brooklyn...filled with compassion and cruelty, laughter and heartache, crowded with life and people and incident. E-book is also available.

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Winger - Andrew Smith; Sam Bosma (Illustrator)
Call Number: Fic Smith
Two years younger than his classmates at a prestigious boarding school, fourteen-year-old Ryan Dean West grapples with living in the dorm for troublemakers, falling for his female best friend who thinks of him as just a kid, and playing wing on the Varsity rugby team with some of his frightening new dorm-mates. E-book is also available.

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Marcelo in the Real World - Francisco X. Stork
Call Number: Fic Stork
Marcelo Sandoval, a seventeen-year-old boy on the high-functioning end of the autistic spectrum, faces new challenges, including romance and injustice, when he goes to work for his father in the mailroom of a corporate law firm.

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The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt
Call Number: Fic Tartt
"A young boy in New York City, Theo Decker, miraculously survives an accident that takes the life of his mother. Alone and abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by a friend's family and struggles to make sense of his new life. In the years that follow, he becomes entranced by one of the few things that reminds him of his mother, a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the art underworld"--Provided by publisher. E-book is also available.

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Golden Boy - Abigail Tarttelin
Call Number: Fic Tarttelin
The Walker family seems to be the perfect family, but they are hiding a secret about their son Max Walker. Who is Max, really?

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Knights of the Hill Country - Tim Tharp
Call Number: Fic Tharp
In his senior year, high school star linebacker Hampton Greene finally begins to think for himself and discovers that he might be interested in more than just football.

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HomeSpun - Nilita Vachani
Call Number: Fic Vachani
Sweta reflects on her family's history and modern India in general, discussing the unhappy marriage between her grandfather, an Indian independence fighter who is committed to his principles, and her grandmother, who only cares about fashion, and her father's childhood as a film star.

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It's Kind of a Funny Story - Ned Vizzini
Call Number: Fic Vizzini
New York City teenager Craig Gilner succumbs to academic and social pressures at an elite high school and enters a psychiatric hospital after attempting suicide. This is his sometimes funny and poignant story. E-book is also available.

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The Age of Miracles - Karen Thompson Walker
Call Number: Fic Walker
Imagines the coming-of-age story of young Julia, whose world is thrown into upheaval when it is discovered that the Earth's rotation has suddenly begun to slow, posing a catastrophic threat to all life

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The Age of Innocence - Edith Wharton
Call Number: Fic Wharton
A portrayal of New York society in the 1870s where money counted for less than manners and morals.

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Belzhar - Meg Wolitzer
Call Number: Fic Wolitzer
Jam Gallahue, fifteen, unable to cope with the loss of her boyfriend Reeve, is sent to The Wooden Barn, a therapeutic boarding school in Vermont, where a journal-writing assignment for an exclusive, mysterious English class that focuses on the poetry of Sylvia Plath, transports her to the magical realm of Belzhar, where she and Reeve can be together.

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A Little Life - Hanya Yanagihara
Call Number: Fic Yanagihara
Four college friends, Willem, JB, Malcolm, and Jude, move to New York. They're broke, adrift, but held together by their friendship and ambition. Over the years, especially in regards to Jude, their relationships deepen and darken.

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Everything, Everything - Nicola Yoon
Call Number: Fic Yoon
The story of a teenage girl who's literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she's ever known. The narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more. E-book is also available.

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Running with Scissors - Augusten X. Burroughs
Call Number: 92 Burroughs
The author chronicles his life from age twelve to sixteen, living in the bizarre home of his mother's psychiatrist, where he was sexually abused by the doctor's thirty-three-year-old adopted son.

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Man's Search for Meaning - Viktor E. Frankl
Call Number: 92 Frankl
Dr. Frankl recounts details of his experiences in a Nazi death camp and tells how they led to his development of the theory of logotherapy which contends that man has the freedom to transcend suffering and find meaning in his life regardless of his circumstances.

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Stick Figure - Lori Gottlieb
Call Number: 92 Gottlieb
"I wish to be the thinnest girl at school..." So wrote Lori Gottleib in her diary at the age of eleven and she decides to diet to achieve this end. After she becomes the stick figure she's longed for her struggle becomes a painful journey to reclaim both her body and spirit. A powerful cautionary tale about the dangers of living up to society's expectations.

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Smile for the Camera - Kelle James
Call Number: 92 James
The author relates her experiences in New York City after she leaves an abusive home at sixteen. As she pursues a career as a model she is often broke, homeless, and friendless.

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Angela's Ashes - Frank McCourt
Call Number: 92 McCourt
Frank McCourt was born in Depression-era Brooklyn to recent Irish immigrants and raised in the slums of Limerick, Ireland. Frank’s mother, Angela, has no money to feed the children since Frank’s father, Malachy, rarely works, and when he does he drinks his wages. Wearing rags for diapers, begging a pig’s head for Christmas dinner and gathering coal from the roadside to light a fire, Frank endures poverty, near-starvation and the casual cruelty of relatives and neighbors.

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The Glass Castle - Jeannette Walls
Call Number: 92 Walls
The author recalls her life growing up in a dysfunctional family with an alcoholic father and distant mother and describes how she and her siblings had to fend for themselves until they finally found the resources and will to leave home.

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Cartwheels in a Sari - Jayanti Tamm
Call Number: 294.5 Tamm
A memoir chronicling the author's and her family's experience in a cult led by charismatic guru Sri Chinmoy, who declared himself a living god and proclaimed Jayanti Tamm (the author) to be the "Chosen One". Also includes her hard decision to break free and the challenges of building herself a new life.

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A List of Things That Didn't Kill Me - Jason Schmidt
Call Number: 362.82 Schmidt
"When I was sixteen years old I came home from school one day and found my dad crawling around on the kitchen floor in a big pool of blood"-- so begins the memoir of Jason Schmidt, his story of growing up with an abusive father, who contracted HIV and ultimately died of AIDS when Jason was a teenager.

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Prison Baby - Deborah Jiang-Stein
Call Number: 616.86 Stein
Deborah Stein relates how the realizations that she was born to a drug-addicted mother, who was imprisoned, and spent the first year of her life in prison affected her choices in life, including those involving drugs, violence, and crime, and how she was able to heal and find peace with her past.

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When Breath Becomes Air - Paul Kalanithi
Call Number: 616.99 Kalanithi
36-year-old Paul Kalanithi had completed ten years of training as a neurosurgeon when he was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. In this personal narrative, he describes his journey, from shock and denial, to a fight to find a cure, to his eventual acceptance of of his impending death.

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou
Call Number: 811.54 Angelou
In this memoir Angelou explores who at the age of three she and her four-year-old brother Bailey are shipped off by her mother to live their grandmother in Arkansas and settle into a life in the community, and lessons taught by Uncle Willie. Just as suddenly they are scooped up and returned to their mother, and with the resilience of children adapt to city life and school. At the age of eight, while alone in the home with her mother's live-in boyfriend, she is brutally raped. Her rapist is later found beaten to death. Once again the children are sent to live with their grandmother. Maya's trauma, her search for identity, and her confusion about her sexuality continue as she grows to adulthood, and gives birth to a child of her own while in high school.

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A House of My Own - Sandra Cisneros
Call Number: 813.6 Cisneros
A collection of essays spanning the author's career and reflecting upon the various places she has called home around the world, from the Chicago neighborhood she grew up in to her abode in Mexico, the home of her ancestors.

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A Long Way Gone - Ishmael Beah
Call Number: 966.4 Beah
This is how wars are fought now: by children, hopped-up on drugs and wielding AK-47s. Children have become soldiers of choice. In the more than fifty conflicts going on worldwide, it is estimated that there are some 300,000 child soldiers. Child soldiers have been profiled by journalists, and novelists have struggled to imagine their lives. But until now, there has not been a first-person account from someone who came through this hell and survived. Ishmael Beah, now 25 years old, tells how at the age of twelve, he fled attacking rebels and wandered a land rendered unrecognizable by violence. By thirteen, he'd been picked up by the government army, and Beah, at heart a gentle boy, found that he was capable of truly terrible acts.

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