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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.

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June 2006

Sy Montgomery, a writer usually more concerned with exotic wildlife (JOURNEY OF THE PINK DOLPHINS), has gifted those of us who did not know Christopher Hogwood with the amusing, remarkable, poignant and revelatory biography of a pig who started life small and influenced the world around him in a big way. 

The Man of My Dreams by Curtis Sittenfeld

June 2006

In her acclaimed debut novel, PREP, Curtis Sittenfeld created a touchstone with her pitch-perfect portrayal of adolescence. Her prose is as intensely realistic and compelling as ever in THE MAN OF MY DREAMS, a disarmingly candid and sympathetic novel about the collision of a young woman's fantasies of family and love with the challenges and realities of adult life. 

Wisdom of Our Fathers: Lessons and Letters From Daughters and Sons by Tim Russert

June 2006

After the publication of Tim Russert's number one New York Times bestseller about his father, BIG RUSS & ME, he received an avalanche of letters from daughters and sons who wanted to tell him about their own fathers. The result of this huge outpouring is WISDOM OF OUR FATHERS, which examines and explains fatherhood from every possible aspect.

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

June 2006

Sara Gruen weaves an evocative and compelling tale of the frenzied, lawless and cruelly beautiful world of the Depression-era traveling circus. From the striking first scene to the unexpected ending, WATER FOR ELEPHANTS will have readers mesmerized. 

The Big Bam: The Life and Times of Babe Ruth by Leigh Montville

June 2006

Leigh Montville, whose recent New York Times bestselling biography of Ted Williams garnered glowing reviews and offered an exceptionally intimate look at Williams's life, brings his trademark touch to this groundbreaking, revelatory portrait of the Babe. 

America's Boy: A Southern Boy's Triumph Over Husky Jeans, Beauty Queens, and Broken Dreams by Wade Rouse

June 2006

Born in 1965 into a small town in the heartland of America, Wade Rouse doesn't quite fit in. As a teenager, he finds comfort with his family until a tragic accident takes his brother's life and, afraid of losing the love of the remaining family, swears that he will never allow them to mourn the loss of their only remaining son. 

Savannah Breeze by Mary Kay Andrews

May 2006

In this eagerly awaited sequel to SAVANNAH BLUES, Southern belle BeBe Loudermilk loses all her worldly possessions thanks to a brief but disastrous relationship with the gorgeous Reddy, an "investment counselor" who turns out to be a con man. All that's left is a ramshackle 1950s motor court on Tybee Island --- an eccentric beach town that calls itself a drinking village with a fishing problem.

The Highest Tide by Jim Lynch

May 2006

Jim Lynch's mesmerizing, allegorical, and beautifully wrought debut novel is about one boy's fascination with the sea during the summer that will change his life, and the lives around him.

Cage of Stars by Jacquelyn Mitchard

May 2006

Twelve-year-old Veronica Swan's idyllic life in a close-knit Mormon community is shattered when her two younger sisters are brutally murdered. Although her parents find the strength to forgive the deranged killer, Veronica cannot do the same. Years later, she sets out alone to avenge her sisters' deaths, dropping her identity and severing ties in the process.

The Girls by Lori Lansens

May 2006

In her second novel, Lori Lansens offers a compelling character study of Rose and Ruby Darlen --- sisters, best friends, confidantes, and conjoined twins. When Rose, the bookish sister, sets out to write her autobiography, it inevitably becomes the story of her short but extraordinary life with Ruby, the beautiful one.