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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 Throughout the year, features adult books from, 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 that we believe are great reads that you might enjoy.

The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan

January 2012

How does one talk about love? Taking a unique approach to this problem, the nameless narrator of this novel has constructed the story of his relationship as a dictionary.

THE LOVER'S DICTIONARY is a recipient of the 2012 Alex Award, which is given to books written for adults that have special appeal to teens.

Death Comes to Pemberley by P. D. James

December 2011

It is 1803, six years since Elizabeth and Darcy embarked on their life together at Pemberley, and preparations are underway for their annual autumn ball. Then, on the eve of the ball, a coach careens up the drive carrying Lydia, Elizabeth’s disgraced sister, who --- with her husband, the very dubious Wickham --- has been banned from Pemberley. She stumbles out of the carriage, shrieking that Wickham has been murdered.

One on One: Behind the Scenes with the Greats in the Game by John Feinstein

December 2011

Well-known sports reporter and interviewer John Feinstein goes behind the scenes of his reporting from The Final Four, Wimbledon, The US Open, the Army/Navy game, the Olympics, and more, opening up sport's most private, closed-door places and sharing exclusive stories from the reporting of his books.

The Dog Who Knew Too Much: A Chet and Bernie Mystery by Spencer Quinn

December 2011

Bernie is invited to give the keynote speech at the Great Western Private Eye Convention, but it’s Chet that the bigshot P.I. in charge has secret plans for. Meanwhile, Chet and Bernie are hired to find a kid who has gone missing from a wilderness camp in the high country. As if that weren’t enough, matters get complicated at home when a stray puppy that looks suspiciously like Chet shows up.

The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks

November 2011

High school students Amanda and Dawson were deeply in love. But after unforeseen events tore them apart, the two followed radically divergent paths and became estranged. Now, 25 years later, the funeral of their beloved mentor, Tuck, brings them both back to Oriental, North Carolina. Following instructions Tuck has left for them, Amanda and Dawson are finally forced to confront their painful past.

Out of Oz: The Final Volume in the Wicked Years by Gregory Maguire

November 2011

Once peaceful and prosperous, the spectacular Land of Oz is knotted with social unrest. Yet amidst all the chaos, Elphaba’s granddaughter, the tiny green baby born at the close of SON OF A WITCH, has come of age. Now it is up to Rain to take up her broom --- and her legacy --- in an Oz wracked by war.

The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel by Anthony Horowitz

November 2011

The Arthur Conan Doyle Estate has authorized a new Sherlock Holmes adventure, and Anthony Horowitz is definitely up to the task. Holmes and Watson embark on a mission to protect their client from a stalker, and soon find themselves chasing the mysterious House of Silk. As they come closer to discovering what they’re pursuing, they realize that it is worse than they could have imagined.

I Am Half-Sick of Shadows: A Flavia de Luce Novel by Alan Bradley

November 2011

A famous actress is starring in a new movie that’s being filmed at the de Luces’ old English estate. When a body is found on set, strangled to death with a length of film, Flavia knows that a gruesome killer is hiding in plain sight, and she’s determined to find out who it is.

Elizabeth and Hazel: Two Women of Little Rock by David Margolick

October 2011

The names Elizabeth Eckford and Hazel Bryan Massery may not be well known, but the image of them from 1957 is: a black high school girl walking stoically in front of Little Rock Central High School, and a white girl screaming at her. This gripping book tells the remarkable story of how the picture came to be taken, its wider significance, and why neither woman has ever escaped from its shadow. 

Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever by Bill O'Reilly

October 2011

KILLING LINCOLN is a suspenseful historical narrative that chronicles events in the spring and summer of 1865 --- prior to, during and after the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth --- events that changed America forever.