Elise Hollinger, Bookseller who Definetly Judges Books by Their Covers

Elise is the newest addition to the RoscoeBooks team and couldn't be happier! She is currently a full time graduate student working towards becoming a librarian (a librarian in what, however, she still isn't sure).  In terms of reading, Elise is willing to try anything once but is actively working to expand her interests beyond general fiction and short stories.  When she's not reading or doing schoolwork Elise enjoys spending time with her alien-looking greyhound, chugging coffee, and napping.

The Count of Monte Cristo Cover Image
By Alexandre Dumas Pere, Robin Buss (Translator), Robin Buss (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780140449266
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Published: Penguin Books - May 27th, 2003

Don't let the approximately 2,000 pages of this Dumas classic intimidate you, let it motivate you!  The Counte of Monte Cristo has all the important characteristics of a 19th century novel,  It is filled with romance, treasure, and most importantly, revenge.  The story follows the life of Edward Dante and how he took a bad situation and made it worthwhile.  I won't give away how he does this but make sure you get the unabridged version, it may be wordy and a tad long-winded but I promise it's worth it!

Slaughterhouse-Five: Or the Children's Crusade, a Duty-Dance with Death Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385333849
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Published: Dial Press - January 11th, 1999

My second classic on my top five list, it doesn't take much to explain one of Vonnegut's most famous pieces.  I have read and reread Slaughterhouse Five more than any other book during my lifetime.  The story of Billy Pilgrim a World War 2 veteran who can time travel, has been a zoo animal on a different planet, and has witnessed his own death hundreds of times continues to entertain me.  If you're looking for a quick read with an absurd, yet fascinating, plot line then this is the book for you.

The Animators Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812989281
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Published: Random House - January 31st, 2017

So far my favorite book of 2017. This is a story of two best friends, Mel Vaught and Sharon Kisses, who met in college and became partners in creating an award-winning animated film.  The film is their first and tells the story of Mel's tumultuous childhood, a childhood that she is coping with through the constant re-tellings, and in a way reliving, at press events.  Now that they have become big shots in the field of animation it is time for their start on their second film, this time focusing on Sharon's hidden past.  The novel follows the journey of these two women and shows the ups and downs of an incredible female friendship.  This book is beautiful and heart-wrenching and will leave you reaching for the phone to call your best friend.

Green Girl Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062322838
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Published: Harper Perennial - June 24th, 2014

Ruth is a young 20-something American living in London who works for Harrids as a perfume spritzer by day and spends her time partying by night.  As a fair warning this book is less about a physical plot line and more about emotional experiences and thoughts.  I love this book because it explores the anxieties, uncertainties, and constant questions that young adults, especially women, may have while teetering on the border of adulthood.  Although Ruth is not particularly likable at certain points throughout the novel her continual mess-ups are understandable for an individual trying to figure out the correct way to navigate through their life

The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories Cover Image
By Marina Keegan, Anne Fadiman (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781476753911
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Published: Scribner Book Company - April 14th, 2015

My favorite thing about books is how they affect you during different times of your life.  The Opposite of Loneliness is to this day one of my favorite books because of the age I was when I initially read it.  This is a collection of short stories and essays written by Marina Keegan.  Sadly, Marina passed away a mere five days after she graduated from Yale at the age of twenty-two.  She had a play being performed at the New York International Fringe Festival and had already been hired by the New Yorker.  This collection of writings were assembled my family members, classmates, and professors.  As I was twenty-two when this book was published and was also a recent college grad the story behind the stories hit close to home.  However you do not need to be a twenty-two year old to appreciate the pure talent that Marina displayed throughout her tales.