Amanda Key Chicago, IL

Member since March 26, 2011, Patron since May 2, 2011

I am ink and flesh I bled the words you read A book without a cover So don’t judge me ‘til it’s over ~The Morning Benders

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  • Columbine - Dave Cullen

    ColumbineDave Cullen

    7 ratings

    On April 20, 1999, two boys left an indelible stamp on the American psyche. Their goal was simple: to blow up their school, Oklahoma-City style, and to leave “a lasting impression on the world.” Their bombs failed, but the ensuing shooting … more

    Amanda Key added a soundbite about Columbine 4 years ago
    Everything we thought we knew, shattered & rebuilt in fine detail, w a pace that reads like fiction.
  • Tiger, Tiger: A Memoir - Margaux Fragoso

    Tiger, Tiger: A MemoirMargaux Fragoso

    1 rating

    A Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book for 2011 A Globe and Mail Best Books of the Year 2011 TitleTiger, Tiger is a Publishers Weekly Best Nonfiction title for 2011A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction of 2011 title One summer day, Margaux Fr… more

    Amanda Key added a soundbite about Tiger, Tiger: A Memoir 4 years ago
    Powerful, disturbing, frightening tale of a masterful pedophile & the child he ensnares from age 7.
  • The Sweet Relief of Missing ... - Sarah Braunstein

    The Sweet Relief of Missing ...Sarah Braunstein

    1 rating

    A magnificent debut filled with characters so vivid, strange, and richly imagined, you emerge feeling changed.” —Sarah Shun-lien BynumIn New York City, a girl called Lenora vanishes without a trace. Years earlier and miles upstate, Goldie,… more

    Amanda Key added a soundbite about The Sweet Relief of Missing Children: A Novel 4 years ago
    Fascinating, masterfully woven, full of poignant characters as they navigate through childhood.
  • Mockingjay (Hunger Games Tri... - Suzanne Collins

    Mockingjay (Hunger Games Tri...Suzanne Collins

    482 ratings
    Average wait: 2d, 12h

    The greatly anticipated final book in the New York Times bestselling Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins.The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. Who do they think should pay for the unrest?Katniss Everdeen.The final book in The… more

    Amanda Key added a soundbite about Mockingjay (Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 3) 4 years ago
    Amazing ending to a fantastic series. Couldn't put it down! Collins is brilliant! Heavy but gripping
  • Listen - Rene Gutteridge

    ListenRene Gutteridge

    25 ratings

    Nothing ever happens in the small town of Marlo … until the residents begin seeing their private conversations posted online for everyone to read. Then it’s neighbor against neighbor, friend against friend, as paranoia and violence esca… more

    Amanda Key added a soundbite about Listen 4 years ago
    Is anything ever really private? How much damage can secrets do? Lots to think about here.
  • Fireflies in December - Jennifer Erin Valent

    Fireflies in DecemberJennifer Erin Valent

    49 ratings

    2010 Christy Award winner!Jessilyn Lassiter never knew that hatred could lurk in the human heart until the summer of 1932 when she turned 13. When her best friend, Gemma, loses her parents in a tragic fire, Jessilyn’s father vows to care fo… more

    Amanda Key added a soundbite about Fireflies in December 4 years ago
    Beautiful story of two girls standing strong in a world against them. You won't forget this one.
  • Catching Fire (Hunger Games ... - Suzanne Collins

    Catching Fire (Hunger Games ...Suzanne Collins

    499 ratings
    Average wait: 3d, 18h

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they hav… more

    Amanda Key added a soundbite about Catching Fire (Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 2) 4 years ago
    The characters, settings, plot-nothing is dull in this book, even if the worlds are grey. MUST READ!
  • Dexter in the Dark - Jeff Lindsay

    Dexter in the DarkJeff Lindsay

    1 rating

    In his work as a Miami crime scene investigator, Dexter Morgan is accustomed to seeing evil deeds… particularly because, on occasion, he commits them himself. But Dexter’s happy existence is turned upside down when he is called to an … more

    Amanda Key added a soundbite about Dexter in the Dark 4 years ago
    Dexter only finds more trouble in each book, Lindsay has such a fascinating internal voice for him
  • Dearly Devoted Dexter - Jeff Lindsay

    Dearly Devoted DexterJeff Lindsay

    5 ratings

    Life’s tough for Dexter Morgan. It’s not easy being the world’s only serial killer with a conscience, especially when you work for the Miami police. To avoid suspicion, Dexter’s had to slip deep into his disguise: spending time with his … more

    Amanda Key added a soundbite about Dearly Devoted Dexter 4 years ago
    Completely different than the TV series, but just as amazing, compelling, exciting. Lindsay is great
  • Darkly Dreaming Dexter - Jeff Lindsay

    Darkly Dreaming DexterJeff Lindsay

    9 ratings

    The Basis for a New Showtime® Original Series Starring Michael C. Hall Meet Dexter Morgan, a polite wolf in sheep’s clothing. He’s handsome and charming, but something in his past has made him abide by a different set of rules. He’s a se… more

    Amanda Key added a soundbite about Darkly Dreaming Dexter 4 years ago
    The book that spawned the TV show. The only one even remotely close to the show. Just as good!
  • The Hunger Games (Hunger Gam... - Suzanne Collins

    The Hunger Games (Hunger Gam...Suzanne Collins

    683 ratings
    Average wait: 3d, 6h

    The book no one can stop talking about …In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in l… more

    Amanda Key added a soundbite about The Hunger Games (Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 1) 4 years ago
    Amazing book, great series, masterfully written, carefully thought out, brave, breathless, beautiful
  • The Gift of Fear - Gavin de Becker

    The Gift of FearGavin de Becker

    6 ratings
    Average wait: 64d, 23h

    A Special Kindle Edition of The Gift of Fear, with a new Foreword by the author.A stranger in a deserted parking lot offers to help carry a woman’s groceries. Is he a good Samaritan or is he after something else? A fired employee says “You’… more

    Amanda Key added a soundbite about The Gift of Fear 4 years ago
    My only regret was not reading this sooner. I can't believe how much I've learned from this book!
  • Unwind (Unwind Dystology Book 1) - Neal Shusterman

    Unwind (Unwind Dystology Book 1)Neal Shusterman

    8 ratings

    In a society where unwanted teens are salvaged for their body parts, three runaways fight the system that would “unwind” them Connor’s parents want to be rid of him because he’s a troublemaker. Risa has no parents and is being unwound to … more

    Amanda Key added a soundbite about Unwind (Unwind Dystology Book 1) 4 years ago
    A sad disturbing future, well written characters, and a thrilling plot that will leave you on edge.
  • Unbroken: A World War II Sto... - Laura Hillenbrand

    Unbroken: A World War II Sto...Laura Hillenbrand

    34 ratings

    1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERNOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE • Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader’s Circle for author chats and more.In boyhood, Louis Zamperini was an incorrigible delinquent. As a teenager, he chan… more

    Amanda Key added a soundbite about Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption 4 years ago
    An unbelievable true story that will leave you laughing, crying, angry, cheering. A must read!
  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle (P.S.) - David Wroblewski

    The Story of Edgar Sawtelle (P.S.)David Wroblewski

    2 ratings

    Born mute, speaking only in sign, Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic life with his parents on their farm in remote northern Wisconsin. For generations, the Sawtelles have raised and trained a fictional breed of dog whose thoughtful companionsh… more

    Amanda Key added a soundbite about The Story of Edgar Sawtelle (P.S.) 4 years ago
    Amazing characters, amazing writing, modern day Hamlet - one of the best books I've read in years!
  • The Shack - William P. Young

    The ShackWilliam P. Young

    8 ratings

    Mackenzie Allen Phillips’s youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation, and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later, in this m… more

    Amanda Key added a soundbite about The Shack 4 years ago
    Beautiful, sad, inspiring, will leave you awestruck... A must read!
  • The Hour I First Believed - Wally Lamb

    The Hour I First BelievedWally Lamb

    2 ratings

    When high school teacher Caelum Quirk and his wife, Maureen, a school nurse, move to Littleton, Colorado, they both get jobs at Columbine High School. In April 1999, while Caelum is away, Maureen finds herself in the library at Columbine, c… more

    Amanda Key added a soundbite about The Hour I First Believed 4 years ago
    Lamb is a master craftsman. This book is amazing, the characters and situations so real. Page turner
  • The Help - Kathryn Stockett

    The HelpKathryn Stockett

    67 ratings

    The wildly popular New York Times bestseller and reading group favorite Aibileen is a black maid in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi, who’s always taken orders quietly, but lately she’s unable to hold her bitterness back. Her friend Minny has neve… more

    Amanda Key added a soundbite about The Help 4 years ago
    Fabulous story full of heroines that you want to fight for. An awesome read - funny, sad, beautiful.
  • Sickened: The True Story of ... - Julie Gregory

    Sickened: The True Story of ...Julie Gregory

    1 rating

    A young girl is perched on the cold chrome of yet another doctor’s examining table, missing yet another day of school. Just twelve, she’s tall, skinny, and weak. It’s four o’clock, and she hasn’t been allowed to eat anything all day. Her mo… more

    Amanda Key added a soundbite about Sickened: The True Story of a Lost Childhood 4 years ago
    Sad account of munchausen by proxy, where parent poisons child. Compelling, disturbing, fascinating.
  • Shutter Island - Dennis Lehane

    Shutter IslandDennis Lehane

    8 ratings

    The basis for the blockbuster motion picture directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Shutter Island by New York Times bestselling author Dennis Lehane is a gripping and atmospheric psychological thriller where nothing is… more

    Amanda Key added a soundbite about Shutter Island 4 years ago
    Thrilling and full of twists and turns, it wears you out but leaves you wanting more. Great ending.
  • Sarah's Key - Tatiana de Rosnay

    Sarah's KeyTatiana de Rosnay

    6 ratings

    Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten year-old girl, is brutally arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel’ d’Hiv’ roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family’s apartment, thinking that she will… more

    Amanda Key added a soundbite about Sarah's Key 4 years ago
    Two intersecting stories both during and decades after the Holocaust. Interesting read.
  • Room: A Novel - Emma Donoghue

    Room: A NovelEmma Donoghue

    33 ratings
                NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURETo five-year-old-Jack, Room is the world. . . . It's where he was born, it's where he and his Ma eat and sleep and play and learn. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is mean... <a class="more" href="/books/detail/B003YFIUW8/#editorial-review">more</a>
    Amanda Key added a soundbite about Room: A Novel 4 years ago
    Absolutely brilliant. The world of captivity and post-captivity through a child's eyes. Captivating!
  • Roadwork - Stephen King

    RoadworkStephen King

    2 ratings

    What happens when one good-and-angry man fights back is murder—and then some….Bart Dawes is standing in the way of progress. A new highway extension is being built right over the laundry plant where he works—and right over his home. The hou… more

    Amanda Key added a soundbite about Roadwork 4 years ago
    Not one of King's absolute bests, but an entertaining read. Still, stronger King lies elsewhere.
  • Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro

    Never Let Me GoKazuo Ishiguro

    7 ratings

    From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day comes a devastating new novel of innocence, knowledge, and loss. As children Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy were students at Hailsham, an exclusive boarding school secluded in the Engli… more

    Amanda Key added a soundbite about Never Let Me Go 4 years ago
    Disturbing but beautiful, heartfelt but cold, feelings are as confusing for us as the characters.
  • Just After Sunset - Stephen King

    Just After SunsetStephen King

    6 ratings

    A stunning collection from international bestseller Stephen King that displays his phenomenally broad readership (stories published in The New Yorker, Playboy, and McSweeney’s and including the 25,000 word story “Gingerbread Girl” published… more

    Amanda Key added a soundbite about Just After Sunset 4 years ago
    Perfectly creepy, perfectly King.
  • God Hates Us All - Hank Moody

    God Hates Us AllHank Moody

    1 rating

    The critically acclaimed show, Californication, is one of Showtime’s highest rated programs. Averaging about two million viewers an episode, it is the most successfully rated freshman series in Showtime history. A Golden Globe nominee for B… more

    Amanda Key added a soundbite about God Hates Us All 4 years ago
    The actualization of the fictitious book from Showtime's Californication. Entertaining page turner.
  • Full Dark, No Stars - Stephen King

    Full Dark, No StarsStephen King

    16 ratings

    The acclaimed #1 New York Times and undisputed King of Horror Stephen King delivers five unforgettable short works, two of which will soon be adapted for film, and which Booklist called “raw looks at the limits of greed, revenge, and self-d… more

    Amanda Key added a soundbite about Full Dark, No Stars 4 years ago
    4 perfectly creepy, perfectly King stories, always making us wonder "what if it were me?" Brilliant.
  • Escape - Carolyn Jessop, Laura Palmer

    EscapeCarolyn Jessop, Laura Palmer

    5 ratings

    The dramatic first-person account of life inside an ultra-fundamentalist American religious sect, and one woman’s courageous flight to freedom with her eight children.When she was eighteen years old, Carolyn Jessop was coerced into an arran… more

    Amanda Key added a soundbite about Escape 4 years ago
    Brave, compelling, hard to put down. Carolyn is a hero, still fighting to this day for her rights.
  • Drowning Ruth: A Novel (Opra... - Christina Schwarz

    Drowning Ruth: A Novel (Opra...Christina Schwarz

    1 rating

    Deftly written and emotionally powerful, Drowning Ruth is a stunning portrait of the ties that bind sisters together and the forces that tear them apart, of the dangers of keeping secrets and the explosive repercussions when they are expose… more

    Amanda Key added a soundbite about Drowning Ruth: A Novel (Oprah's Book Club) 4 years ago
    A deep, beautifully penned, poignant story that has you aching to comfort so many of the characters.
  • Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie - Jordan Sonnenblick

    Drums, Girls, and Dangerous PieJordan Sonnenblick

    3 ratings
    Average wait: 251d, 22h

    From first-time novelist Jordan Sonnenblick, a brave and beautiful story that will make readers laugh and break their hearts at the same time.Thirteen-year-old Steven has a totally normal life: he plays drums in the All-Star Jazz band, has … more

    Amanda Key added a soundbite about Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie 4 years ago
    A MUST READ for any child (and parent!) with a sibling w/cancer! Jordan hits the nail on the head!
  • Bitter is the New Black: Con... - Jen Lancaster

    Bitter is the New Black: Con...Jen Lancaster

    5 ratings

    Jen Lancaster was living the sweet life-until real life kicked her to the curb.She had the perfect man, the perfect job-hell, she had the perfect life-and there was no reason to think it wouldn’t last. Or maybe there was, but Jen Lancaster … more

    Amanda Key added a soundbite about Bitter is the New Black: Confessions of a Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smartass, Or, Why You Should Never Carry A Prada Bag to the Unemployment Office 4 years ago
    Lancaster has a wit about her that turns normal life into crazy adventure for tons of laughs!
  • Bossypants - Tina Fey

    BossypantsTina Fey

    46 ratings

    Before Liz Lemon, before “Weekend Update,” before “Sarah Palin,” Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream… more

    Amanda Key added a soundbite about Bossypants 4 years ago
    Loved reading Tina's rise from simple & awkward to what she is now. The SNL backstories are great!
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