March 2010

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The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
By Haruki Murakami

Fiction 1997

When Toru Okada's cat and then his wife disappears, he encounters an unusual cast of characters that cause him to question his everyday routine. This is one of those books that will confuse you every other chapter, but you'll keep reading to get to the ending. Your mind goes on a roller coaster ride that almost seems to roll to a screeching halt at the end.

Reviewed by Kristi K

The Powerbook
By Jeanette Winterson

Fiction 2000

Fantastical and full of wisdom, Winterson plays on the real and the invented to create stunning characters who kaleidescope through genders, sexual boundaries and other social constructs. Fun, romantic, and poetic, it will make you wonder where dreams end and reality begins.

Reviewed by AKW

Lowboy
By John Wray

Fiction 2009

Sixteen year old Will Heller thinks the world is being destroyed by global warming and the only way to save the world is to cool down his own body. The only way to do that is to find a willing girl to "cool him off." Will is a paranoid schizophrenic who descends into the depths of the New York City subway system, trying to catch his quarry while his mother and a police detective try to locate him before he throws another person onto the subway tracks in his quest to save the world.

Reviewed by Jack

The God Box
By Alex Sanchez

Y Fiction 2007

Paul is a religious teen who has a girlfriend and is active in the Bible Club in his small town high school. His world changes when Manuel, a totally "out" gay teenager, arrives at Paul's school and wants to be his friend and start a Gay-Straight Alliance at their school. A good story for teens dealing with conflicting religious and gay issues.

Reviewed by Jack