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Our 2010 Favorites: La's Orchestra Saves The World

To celebrate the close of this year and the beginning of the next, we’ve decided to take a look back at our reading family’s personal favorites of 2010. Enjoy!

I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect when I first picked up La’s Orchestra Saves the World. Over the years I’ve come to know and love Alexander McCall Smith’s series work (44 Scotland Street and the von Igelfeld novels are my personal favorites), but here was a stand-alone novel that seemed unlike any of his other books — at least on the surface. Sure, this novel is set during a different time (WWII England), but the hallmark of what makes his writing so wonderful is still here. It lies in his ability to take human experience — with all its uncertainty, love, joy, and even fear — and distill it down to its essence…universal and unique all at the same time. La’s story blossoms under his expert touch, and when I finished, I couldn’t resist turning back to the first page and starting to read it all over again.

–Paige S., Online Marketing

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Was there a particular book that you or your reading group couldn’t stop discussing this year? Let us know in the comments!