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So Big by Edna FerberSo Big by Edna Ferber. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and widely considered to be Edna Ferber’s greatest achievement, So Big is a classic novel of turn-of-the-century Chicago. It is the unforgettable story of Selina Peake DeJong, a gambler’s daughter, and her struggles to stay afloat and maintain her dignity and her sanity in the face of marriage, widowhood, and single parenthood. A brilliant literary masterwork from one of the twentieth century’s most accomplished and admired writers, the remarkable So Big still resonates with its unflinching view of poverty, sexism, and the drive for success.

I read this book so long ago but I loved it. Selina was one of the best heroines and even though her ending was traditionally happy, it was happy. The relationship she had with her son and how everything she sacrificed was rewarded was a satisfactory ending all its own.

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (P.S.)  by Betty SmithA Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith . $ 1.99

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The American classic about a young girl’s coming-of-age at the turn of the century.

This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.

“A profoundly moving novel, and an honest and true one. It cuts right to the heart of life…If you miss A Tree Grows in Brooklyn you will deny yourself a rich experience…It is a poignant and deeply understanding story of childhood and family relationships. The Nolans lived in the Williamsburg slums of Brooklyn from 1902 until 1919…Their daughter Francie and their son Neely knew more than their fair share of the privations and sufferings that are the lot of a great city’s poor. Primarily this is Francie’s book. She is a superb feat of characterization, an imaginative, alert, resourceful child. And Francie’s growing up and beginnings of wisdom are the substance of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.”
—New York Times

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Wild Cards  by Simone ElkelesWild Cards by Simone Elkeles. $ 2.99 at AMZN only

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After getting kicked out of boarding school, bad boy Derek Fitzpatrick has no choice but to live with his ditzy stepmother while his military dad is deployed. Things quickly go from bad to worse when he finds out she plans to move them back to her childhood home in Illinois. Derek’s counting the days before he can be on his own, and the last thing he needs is to get involved with someone else’s family drama.

Ashtyn Parker knows one thing for certain—people you care about leave without a backward glance. So when her older sister comes home after abandoning her ten years earlier, with her hot new stepson in tow, Ashtyn wants nothing to do with either of them. Then she comes up with a plan that would finally give her the chance to leave, but it requires trusting Derek—someone she barely knows, someone born to break the rules. Is she willing to put her heart on the line to try and get the future she wants?

I’ve heard really good things about Elkeles’ books but I’ve never read one.

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why we broke upWhy We Broke Up by Daniel Handler . $ 2.99 at AMZN | Google Play.

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I’m telling you why we broke up, Ed. I’m writing it in this letter, the whole truth of why it happened.

Min Green and Ed Slaterton are breaking up, so Min is writing Ed a letter and giving him a box. Inside the box is why they broke up. Two bottle caps, a movie ticket, a folded note, a box of matches, a protractor, books, a toy truck, a pair of ugly earrings, a comb from a motel room, and every other item collected over the course of a giddy, intimate, heartbreaking relationship. Item after item is illustrated and accounted for, and then the box, like a girlfriend, will be dumped.

A 2012 Michael L. Printz Honor Book

I guess this is a YA book.

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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Sunita
    Nov 19, 2013 @ 14:43:25

    Daniel Handler, who writes the Lemony Snicket books, uses Handler for his adult/YA books. I read The Basic Eight ages ago and really liked it. This one sounds great AND it has Maira Kalman’s illustrations, so it’s a no-brainer for me. This plus Jayne’s great review of the Joshilyn Jackson novel makes this a good/bad day for the credit card.

  2. LeeF
    Nov 19, 2013 @ 18:49:05

    I loved A Tree Grows in Brooklyn when I read it growing up. When I started listening to Recorded Books from the library, this was one of my first selections and I fell in love with Barbara Rosenblatt’s narration.

  3. JessP
    Nov 19, 2013 @ 19:26:39


    LOVE Barbara Rosenblatt! What an amazing voice artist. She absolutely MADE the Amelia Peabody series for me.

  4. LeeF
    Nov 19, 2013 @ 22:14:23

    For me it was the Mrs. Pollifax series. Not to hijack this thread but the list of books that BR has brought to life for me must be close to 100, ranging from Black Rainbow (Barbara Michaels) to Bridgette Jones to Tales of the City.

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