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Empire Falls

In this Pulitzer Prize-winning book later made into an HBO movie, Empire Falls author Richard Russo demonstrates his knack for nailing human nuance with a touching if unconventional tale of a small-town, downtrodden diner owner and his adolescent daughter, Tick.

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The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls is an account of the author's crazy childhood that is shadowed by her alcoholic, self-involved, self-destructive but brilliant father and the many promises he made that could never be kept. It's short, but heart-wrenching in many places and an interesting look into an unusual father-daughter relationship.
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