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01/01/2007 12:23PM ● By Brandi Barnett

Once Upon A Time

January 2007
By Melissa Gulden

Tired of reading the same old, same old? Sick of wandering the aisles at Barnes and Noble in a disgruntled daze, or maneuvering the mouse aimlessly on Have we got some great titles for you!

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
Justifiably one of the greatest novels of all time, this is a timeless tale of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it. This book became an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning movie, which is also great. Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, Lee’s story will take readers to the roots of human behavior. Go ahead, see for yourself the reason so many dogs (and kids!) are named Scout. Trust me, it’s worth it.

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster.
For Milo, everything’s a bore.When a tollbooth mysteriously appears in his bedroom, he drives through it simply because he has nothing better to do. Take the journey with Milo as he visits the island of Conclusions (you get there by jumping, of course) and learns
about time from a ticking watchdog named Tock. Don’t let the kids have all the fun—this book is a great distraction for adults who seem to have lost their sense of adventure…

A Three Dog Life by Abigail Thomas.
Five years ago, the author’s husband—a retired reporter she met through a personal ad—was struck by a car and suffered traumatic brain injury. As a result, he lives almost entirely in the present moment, occasionally spouting nonsense.Meanwhile, the author draws day-to-day emotional support from her three dogs: beagle Harry, who was present at the accident; Rosie, a dachshund-whippet mix, apparently a union that needs an owner’s manual; and Carolina, a hound she adopted. Thomas crafts keen commentary on dogs, owners, and the way they bond. This book tackles the largest of human subjects—love and loss.

The Slow Moon by Elizabeth Cox.
Fans of Jodi Picoult will love Cox’s new novel about a small Tennessee town coming to grips with a horrific crime committed against a teenage girl. Cox deftly switches points of view in each chapter from the girl’s mother to the town judge to the accused boys, so you find yourself empathizing with certain characters—even when you think you shouldn’t.

Saving Graces by Elizabeth Edwards.
From tragedy to the campaign trail, this cancer survivor, politician’s wife, and mother of three bravely recounts the horrific details of losing her then-teenaged son in a car accident. If you’ve lost someone, this book will give you solace and courage.