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Reader name: Nancy
Hometown: Champaign, Illinois
Favorite genres: contemporary fiction, historical fiction, biographies and suspense
Favorite authors: Audrey Niffenegger, Ann Patchett, Stieg Larsson
Favorite books: Unbroken, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Time Traveler’s Wife, Water for Elephants, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Three Cups of Tea

Based on Nancy’s list of favorite books, I suspect she likes biographies that read like novels—stories that transport the reader to another place, and fully capture a life. In that category, I’d recommend a wonderful biography that is now available in paperback: Cleopatra by Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Stacy Schiff. Cleopatra takes readers to exotic Alexandria, Egypt, and shines a light on one of the most intriguing women in history.

For the story of another remarkable woman, read Robert K. Massie’s Catherine the Great, a beautifully written tale of one of history’s most maligned rulers.

Finally, any fan of The Time Traveler’s Wife and Water for Elephants should get her hands on Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus, a fantastical story of epic love.

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