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Adult Books You Want to Read

As you may or may not know, our company, The Book Report Network, has a number of websites about books and authors in addition to Teenreads.com. Throughout the year, Teenreads.com features adult books from Bookreporter.com, our site for adult readers, that we think will have definite appeal to a teen audience. In the spirit of sharing, we are now spotlighting a selection of titles each month from Bookreporter.com that we believe are great reads that you might enjoy.

Heat: An Amateur's Adventures As Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany by Bill Buford

August 2006

When the opportunity arose for Bill Buford to train in the kitchen of Mario Batali's three-star New York restaurant, Babbo, he grabbed it. HEAT is the chronicle of his time spent as Batali's "slave" and of his far-flung apprenticeships with culinary masters in Italy.

Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl

August 2006

In her final year of high school at the elite (and unusual) St. Gallway School in Stockton, North Carolina, Blue van Meer falls in with a charismatic group of friends and their captivating teacher, Hannah Schneider. But when the drowning of one of Hannah's friends and the shocking death of Hannah herself lead to a confluence of mysteries, Blue is left to make sense of it all. 

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August 2006

Anne McCaffrey and her son Todd return with their second collaboration, following 2003's DRAGON KIN. As Pern prepares to pass the Red Star and face the fury of Thread once more, the future of the planet is in doubt as a power play threatens to extinguish the flames of the dragons who protect the world. 

The Fourth Bear: A Nursery Crime by Jasper Fforde

August 2006

The Nursery Crime Division is hunting a savage killer, but its top detective is trying to solve a seemingly separate case. Can Jack Spratt, with the help of his assistant Mary Mary, complete both tasks in enough time to save the lives of countless innocents? 

Cockeyed: A Memoir by Ryan Knighton

August 2006

At the age of 18, Ryan Knighton was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP), a congenital, progressive illness that begins with diminished night vision and degenerates into total loss of vision. Currently, he has access to only 1% of his eyesight. Yet, instead of wallowing in his predicament, he has written a pithy, moving and delightfully snarky memoir that chronicles the ups and downs of his 15-year relationship with blindness.

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July 2006

A young Irish girl takes a job at a rundown Scottish manor in the 1860s and finds a perplexing mix of love, fear, madness, mystery --- and possibly a lingering spirit. This powerful story of secrets and suspicions, hidden histories and mysterious disappearances is at once compelling and heartwarming, showing the redemptive power of loyalty and friendship.

Twelve Sharp by Janet Evanovich

July 2006

While chasing down the usual cast of miscreants and weirdoes Stephanie Plum discovers that a crazed woman who has a mysterious connection to the dark and dangerous Ranger is stalking her. And now, both Stephanie and Ranger are working together to find a killer, rescue a missing child, and stop a lunatic from raising the body count.

The Abortionist's Daughter by Elisabeth Hyde

July 2006

Elisabeth Hyde has taken a powerful moral predicament and constructed around it a richly layered, compulsively readable novel about a murder in a small Colorado town, about the choices we make and the way their unintended consequences ripple through our lives.

No Good Deeds: A Tess Monaghan Novel by Laura Lippman

July 2006

P.I. Tess Monaghan is damned if she does and damned if she doesn't when her boyfriend Crow welcomes a homeless teen into their home. Little does Crow know that this kind-hearted act will unleash federal agents with threats of felony charges onto Tess unless she releases the boy's name. She, however, must protect his identity because, while he has information on the unsolved murder of a federal prosecutor, his life is also in danger.

The Cinderella Pact by Sarah Strohmeyer

July 2006

In this funny and big-hearted story by Sarah Strohmeyer, author of THE SECRET LIVES OF FORTUNATE WIVES and the Bubbles Yablonsky mystery series, three best friends make a pact to transform themselves into the glamorous women they've always wanted to be.