Katie's Picks

  Katie is thrilled to be working at The Book Rack!  A student at Northern Essex Community College, she spends her time in theater, dance, and literature classes.  You can find her acting in school and community productions, collecting books at a faster rate than she can read them, and consuming copious amounts of herbal tea (she is particularly fond of peppermint).  Ask her about children's and middle reader books - she would love to help you find the perfect book for your reader!

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ISBN: 9780804172448
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Published: Vintage - June 2nd, 2015

Have you ever considered post-apocalyptic theater? If you have not, you are missing out. This beautifully written book follows a traveling symphony after a virus destroys society as we know it. A completely engrossing page turner, this is the one of the best novels I have ever read.

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ISBN: 9781449474256
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - October 6th, 2015

Tackling subjects such as violence, family, womanhood, and insecurity, Kaur's beautifully wise and honest poetry is both inspirational and heartbreaking.


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ISBN: 9781439140239
Availability: Not Currently Available. Cannot Be Ordered.
Published: Simon & Schuster - October 18th, 2016

This piece of historical fiction covers the end of World War II in Italy, bringing a cast of lovable and not-so-lovable characters together to cope with the changing world. Yes, it's a love story, but it's also a political mystery, a character study, and an engaging read.


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Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307718976
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Published: Broadway Books - January 26th, 2016

This book follows Memorial Medical

Center's struggle to continue operations

during and after hurricane Katrina. Fink's

investigation began after staff members

were accused of giving some patients lethal

drugs, and she spent 6 years digging

through legal documents to reveal what

happened to this medical care system

during a crisis. Asks some interesting

questions about ethics in medical care and

humanity during emergencies.

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ISBN: 9780312626686
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Published: Picador - August 2nd, 2011

Originally published in 2002, this VERY relevant book chronicles a journey into the world of full time jobs that pay below poverty level wages. Ehrenreich, who has a Ph.D. in cellular immunology, traveled around the US, found cheap accommodations, and took whatever job she was offered in order to show that no job is really "unskilled" and that the challenges these workers face are numerous and daunting.

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ISBN: 9781607105541
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Published: Canterbury Classics - September 1st, 2012

You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love this book. The story of spitfire Elizabeth Bennet and her challenging relationship with Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy is romantic, witty, and very entertaining. (Need more? The 1995 BBC miniseries is 6 hours of perfection!)

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ISBN: 9780062385437
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Published: Quill Tree Books - September 20th, 2016

Three sisters, raised separately in the cities of the Poisoners, the Naturalists, and the Elementals, must compete against each other to become queen. The concept is very well thought out, and Blake's world draws you in from the beginning!

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ISBN: 9780439709101
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - June 1st, 2005

Did you ever wish for the characters you were reading about to join you in the real world? This magical book is the first of a trilogy examining the consequences of bringing people (and creatures) from their world to ours. Meggie, the protagonist, is a very relatable 12-year-old book lover.

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ISBN: 9780060012137
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - January 3rd, 2006

I have always been a fan of historical

fiction, and this piece is incredibly well

done. Following a young woman from

Virginia during the Civil War, Annie begins

the story a staunch Confederate, but a

relationship with a Union officer in need of

medical attention allows her to see the war

in a different light.

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ISBN: 9780670445806
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers -

This classic story of the "twelve little girls in two straight lines" was, and continues to be, my favorite children's story. Madeline is a spunky role model for girls (and boys!) of any age. Her other adventures are just as delightful.