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The Library of the Uncommons is a gathering place for those seeking to expand their literary horizons and share in their journey with others. No one genre is favored here in particular; readers are simply encouraged to explore that which excites them.

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Recent Books

Andy Weir: Project Hail Mary (Hardcover, 2021, Ballantine Books) 4 stars

Project Hail Mary

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Ryland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission--and if he fails, humanity and the earth itself will perish.

Except that right now, he doesn't know that. He can't even remember his own name, let alone the nature of his assignment or how to complete it.

All he …

Alex Haley: Roots (Paperback, 2007, Vanguard Press) 4 stars

Roots

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Alex Gino: Melissa (Paperback, 2022, Scholastic) 3 stars

Melissa

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Lisa Cron: Wired for story (2012, Ten Speed Press) 4 stars

Wired for story

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"This guide reveals how writers can take advantage of the brain's hard-wired responses to story to captivate their readers' minds through each plot element"--Provided by publisher.