I don't know what usually goes here, so I'm just going to write words and hope that in the long run, with a little help from punctuation, they turn into sentences.
I was asked to pick some books for the dorks who read books on here and I have found 43that are on my list from this past year that I would like to read, and one for the the young adult readers
Have they been on other months lists? Honestly, I don't know and frankly I don't give a damn.
So take a journey with me if you will into the depths of the human psyche, a world were imagination paints the most beautiful pictures you've ever seen, and in this case, without the erotica of 50 shades.
Ben Mezrich - Sex On the Moon
Ben Mezrich has chronicled the high-stakes shenanigans of shady students at elite educational institutions for nearly a decade. His best-sellers include: Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six MIT Students Who Took Vegas for Millions; Ugly Americans: The True Story of the Ivy League Cowboys Who Raided the Asian Markets for Millions;
and The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook.
In his latest book, the precocious protagonist is Thad Roberts, an aspiring astronaut who steals moon rocks from NASA. Allegedly worth millions, the lunar samples are literally priceless, since it’s illegal for anyone to buy, sell, or even own a piece of the moon. Sex on the Moon
is a compelling hybrid of heist thriller, love story, and morality tale. Beneath the page turner plot, the book both celebrates and critiques the American values of self-improvement, prosperity, and recognition. As in his prior work, Mezrich vacillates between elitism and anti-elitism. His portrait of Roberts implies a fine line between striver and criminal, romantic and sociopath.
Gillian Flynn - Gone Girl
On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?
Jeanne Marie Laskas - Hidden America
Five hundred feet underground, Jeanne Marie Laskas asked a coal miner named Smitty, “Do you think it’s weird that people know so little about you?” He replied, “I don’t think people know too much about the way the whole damn country works.”
Hidden America intends to fix that. Like John McPhee and Susan Orlean, Laskas dives deep into her subjects and emerges with character-driven narratives that are gripping, funny, and revelatory. In Hidden America, the stories are about the people who make our lives run every day—and yet we barely think of them.
Laskas spent weeks in an Ohio coal mine and on an Alaskan oil rig; in a Maine migrant labor camp, a Texas beef ranch, the air traffic control tower at New York’s LaGuardia Airport, a California landfill, an Arizona gun shop, the cab of a long-haul truck in Iowa, and the stadium of the Cincinnati Ben-Gals cheerleaders. Cheerleaders? Yes. They, too, are hidden America, and you will be amazed by what Laskas tells you about them: hidden no longer.
Katie McGarry - Pushing The Limits
No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal.But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.
Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again
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