Tunstall Summer Reading A-G

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40 Days and 40 Nights: Darwin, Intelligent Design, God, Oxycontin®, and Other Oddities on Trial in Pennsylvania
1.  40 Days and 40 Nights: Darwin, Intelligent Design, God, Oxycontin®, and Other Oddities on Trial in Pennsylvania by Matthew Chapman
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  "Charles Darwin's great-great grandson and a successful Hollywood screenwriter, describes the 2005 intelligent design (ID) trial in Dover, Pa."
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Absolutely American: Four Years at West Point
2.  Absolutely American: Four Years at West Point by David Lipsky
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  "In 1998, the commandants at West Point offered the author, a Rolling Stone reporter, unfettered access to their students. The result is a sunny portrait of a group of young men and women who, as one of them says, "don't quite fit in.""
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Affluenza
3.  Affluenza by Oliver James
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  "There is currently an epidemic of 'affluenza' throughout the world - an obsessive, envious, keeping-up-with-the-Joneses - that has resulted in huge increases in depression and anxiety among millions. Over a nine-month period, bestselling author Oliver James travelled around the world to try and find out why."
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Along for the Ride
4.  Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
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  "Auden is about to start college in the fall, and decides to escape her control-freak professor mom to spend the summer with her novelist father, his new young wife, and their brand-new baby daughter, Thisbe."
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And Then There Were None
5.  And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
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  "Considered the best mystery novel ever written by many readers, And Then There Were None is the story of 10 strangers, each lured to Indian Island by a mysterious host. Once his guests have arrived, the host accuses each person of murder."
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Angels & Demons - Movie Tie-In: A Novel
6.  Angels & Demons - Movie Tie-In: A Novel by Dan Brown
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  "This novel combines an ancient secret brotherhood, a papal conclave, mysterious ambigrams, a plot against the Vatican, a mad scientist in a wheelchair, particles of antimatter, jets that can travel 15,000 miles per hour, crafty assassins, a beautiful Italian physicist, and a Harvard professor of religious iconology."
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Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life
7.  Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver
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  "This book chronicles the year that Barbara Kingsolver, along with her husband and two daughters, made a commitment to become locavores–those who eat only locally grown foods."
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Anna Karenina
8.  Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
The list author says:
  "There is no doubt that Anna Karenina, generally considered Tolstoy's best book, is definitely one ripping great read. Anna, miserable in her loveless marriage, does the barely thinkable and succumbs to her desires for the dashing Vronsky. I don't want to give away the ending, but I will say that 19th-century Russia doesn't take well to that sort of thing."
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Atlas Shrugged
9.  Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
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  "Atlas Shrugged is the astounding story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world--and did. Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged stretches the boundaries further than any book you have ever read. It is a mystery, not about the murder of a man's body, but about the murder--and rebirth--of man's spirit."
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Atmospheric Disturbances: A Novel
10.  Atmospheric Disturbances: A Novel by Rivka Galchen
The list author says:
  "Imagine what it might be like to realize that the person you love is, in fact, not the person you love but a doppelgänger: or, what Leo Liebenstein coolly terms a "simulacrum" of his wife Rema at the outset of Atmospheric Disturbances. Leo's reaction to this sea change takes unpredictable and dazzlingly plotted turns in the story that follows."
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The Awakening
11.  The Awakening by Kate Chopin
The list author says:
  "First published in 1899, this beautiful, brief novel so disturbed critics and the public that it was banished for decades afterward. This sensuous book tells of a woman's abandonment of her family, her seduction, and her awakening to desires and passions that threated to consumer her."
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Beethoven's Hair: An Extraordinary Historical Odyssey and a Scientific Mystery Solved
12.  Beethoven's Hair: An Extraordinary Historical Odyssey and a Scientific Mystery Solved by Russell Martin
The list author says:
  "A well-publicized 1994 Sotheby's auction listed, among other musical artifacts and ephemera on the block, a lock of Beethoven's hair. The high-bidders of the hair, two Beethoven enthusiasts, were easy enough to identify by their oddball names: one was a doctor named Che Guevara, the other a retired real estate developer named Ira Brilliant."
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Before I Fall
13.  Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
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  "Samantha Kingston has it all. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it turns out to be her last. Then she gets a second chance. Seven chances, in fact. Reliving her last day during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death—and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing."
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The Bell Ringers: A Novel
14.  The Bell Ringers: A Novel by Henry Porter
The list author says:
  "In Porter's outstanding near-future thriller, David Eyam, the former head of Britain's Joint Intelligence Committee, is killed by a bomb in Colombia that was apparently aimed at others."
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The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine
15.  The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis
The list author says:
  "Lewis is a capable guide into the world of CDOs, subprime mortgages, head-in-the-sand investments, inflated egos--and the big short."
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Blue Bloods (Blue Bloods, Book 1)
16.  Blue Bloods (Blue Bloods, Book 1) by Melissa de la Cruz
The list author says:
  "De la Cruz has revamped traditional vampire lore in this story featuring a group of attractive, privileged Manhattan teens who attend a prestigious private school."
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Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon
17.  Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon by Daniel C. Dennett
The list author says:
  "In his characteristically provocative fashion, Dennett, author of Darwin's Dangerous Idea and director of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University, calls for a scientific, rational examination of religion that will lead us to understand what purpose religion serves in our culture."
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The Call of the Wild
18.  The Call of the Wild by Jack London
The list author says:
  "The Call of the Wild is regarded as Jack London's masterpiece. Based on London's experiences as a gold prospector in the Canadian wilderness and his ideas about nature and the struggle for existence, The Call of the Wild is a tale about unbreakable spirit and the fight for survival in the frozen Alaskan Klondike."
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Cloud Atlas: A Novel
19.  Cloud Atlas: A Novel by David Mitchell
The list author says:
  "Mitchell's virtuosic novel presents six narratives that evoke an array of genres, from Melvillean high-seas drama to California noir and dystopian fantasy."
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Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter
20.  Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin
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  "When a girl goes missing after going on a date with Larry, he is permanently marked as dangerous, and he and his best friend go their separate ways. Twenty-five years later, Silas is the local constable, and when another girl disappears, Larry, an auto mechanic with few customers and fewer friends, is once again a person of interest."
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Dancing at the Rascal Fair
21.  Dancing at the Rascal Fair by Ivan Doig
The list author says:
  "The settlement of Montana between 1890 and 1919 is recounted through the quiet but compelling life of Angus McCaskill, a young Scotsman who travels with his friend Rob Barclay to Montana's Two Medicine Country to homestead."
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The Da Vinci Code
22.  The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
The list author says:
  "With The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown masterfully concocts an intelligent and lucid thriller that marries the gusto of an international murder mystery with a collection of fascinating esoteria culled from 2,000 years of Western history."
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Deadline
23.  Deadline by Chris Crutcher
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  "Just before his senior year, Ben Wolf is diagnosed with a rare, incurable leukemia. At 18, he has the legal right to keep the news to himself until he's ready to reveal it. With only his doctor and therapist in on his secret, Ben sets out to live an entire lifetime in a year."
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Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future
24.  Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future by Bill McKibben
The list author says:
  "Challenging the prevailing wisdom that the goal of economies should be unlimited growth, McKibben (The End of Nature) argues that the world doesn't have enough natural resources to sustain endless economic expansion."
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Disgrace: A Novel
25.  Disgrace: A Novel by J. M. Coetzee
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  "Written with austere clarity , Disgrace explores the downfall of one man and dramatizes with unforgettable, almost unbearable vividness the plight of South Africa-a country caught in the chaotic aftermath of the overthrow of Apartheid."
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Doctor Faustus : The Life of the German Composer Adrian Leverkuhn As Told by a Friend
26.  Doctor Faustus : The Life of the German Composer Adrian Leverkuhn As Told by a Friend by John Woods
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  "From the Elizabethan period's second-biggest dramatist comes the story of Faustus, a brilliant scholar who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for limitless knowledge and powerful black magic."
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Dune, 40th Anniversary Edition (Dune Chronicles, Book 1)
27.  Dune, 40th Anniversary Edition (Dune Chronicles, Book 1) by Frank Herbert
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  "This Hugo and Nebula Award winner tells the sweeping tale of a desert planet called Arrakis, the focus of an intricate power struggle in a byzantine interstellar empire. Arrakis is the sole source of Melange, the "spice of spices," which is necessary for interstellar travel and grants psychic powers and longevity."
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Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia
28.  Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert
The list author says:
  "Elizabeth Gilbert tells how she made the difficult choice to leave behind all the trappings of modern American success (marriage, house in the country, career) and find, instead, what she truly wanted from life. She sets out for a year to study three different aspects of her nature amid three different cultures."
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The English Patient
29.  The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
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  "The English Patient tells the story of the entanglement of four damaged lives in an Italian monastery as World War II ends. The exhausted nurse, Hana; the maimed thief, Caravaggio; the wary sapper, Kip: each is haunted by the riddle of the English patient, the nameless, burn victim who lies in an upstairs room."
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Fast Sam, Cool Clyde, and Stuff
30.  Fast Sam, Cool Clyde, and Stuff by Walter Dean Myers
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  "Francis (soon to be nicknamed Stuff) doesn’t know anyone when he first moves to 116th Street in Harlem. But all that changes when he meets Fast Sam, Cool Clyde, and Gloria."
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Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (P.S.)
31.  Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (P.S.) by Steven D. Levitt
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  "Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? How much do parents really matter?

These may not sound like typical questions for an economist to ask. But Steven D. Levitt is not a typical economist. He studies the riddles of everyday life."
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Freedom
32.  Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
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  "Freedom comically and tragically captures the temptations and burdens of liberty: the thrills of teenage lust, the shaken compromises of middle age, the wages of suburban sprawl, the heavy weight of empire."
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Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae
33.  Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae by Steven Pressfield
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  "Xeo, the sole Spartan survivor of Thermopylae, has been captured by the Persians, and Xerxes himself presses his young captive to reveal how his tiny cohort kept more than 100,000 Persians at bay for a week."
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The Glory Field
34.  The Glory Field by Walter Dean Myers
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  "This is the story of one family. A family whose history saw its first ancestor captured, shackled, and brought to this country from Africa. A family who can still see remnants of the shackles that held some of its members captive -- even today. It is a story of pride, determination, struggle, and love."
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Go Ask Alice
35.  Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
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  "It started when she was served a soft drink laced with LSD in a dangerous party game. Within months, she was hooked, trapped in a downward spiral that took her from her comfortable home and loving family to the mean streets of an unforgiving city. It was a journey that would rob her of her innocence, her youth -- and ultimately her life."
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A Good Walk Spoiled: Days and Nights on the PGA Tour
36.  A Good Walk Spoiled: Days and Nights on the PGA Tour by John Feinstein
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  "One of Mark Twain's wryer observations provides the title for this captivating chronicle of a year in the life of one of the best golfers on the planet."
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