Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The - (Mark Twain, 2001) This childhood classic relates a small-town boy's pranks and escapades
with timeless humor and wisdom. In addition to his everyday stunts
(searching for buried treasure, trying to impress the adored Becky
Thatcher), Tom experiences a dramatic turn of events when he witnesses a
murder, runs away, and returns to attend his own funeral and testify in
Airman - (Eoin Colfer, 2008) In the 1890s Conor and
his family live on the sovereign Saltee Islands, off the Irish coast.
Conor spends his days studying the science of flight with his tutor and
exploring the castle with the king’s daughter, Princess Isabella. But
the boy’s idyllic life changes forever the day he discovers a deadly
conspiracy against the king. When Conor tries to intervene, he is
branded a traitor and thrown into jail on the prison island of Little
Saltee. There, he has to fight for his life, as he and the other
prisoners are forced to mine for diamonds in inhumane conditions.
Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians - (Brandon Sanderson, 2007) Alcatraz Smedry doesn't
seem destined for anything but disaster. On his 13th birthday he
receives a bag of sand, which is quickly stolen by the cult of evil
Librarians plotting to take over the world. The sand will give the
Librarians the edge they need to achieve world domination. Alcatraz must
stop them by infiltrating the local library.
American Assassin - (Vince Flynn, 2010) Before he was considered a CIA superagent, before he was thought of as a terrorist’s worst nightmare, and before he was both loathed and admired by the politicians on Capitol Hill, Mitch Rapp was a gifted college athlete without a care in the world . . . and then tragedy struck.
- (Philip Roth, 1997) Symbolic of turbulent times of the 1960s, the explosion of a bomb in his own bucolic backyard sweeps away the innocence of Swede Levov, along with everything industriously created by his family over three generations in America.
Among the Hidden - (Margaret Peterson Haddix, 2000) Luke has never been to school. He's never had a birthday party, or gone
to a friend's house for an overnight. In fact, Luke has never had a
friend.Luke is one of the shadow children, a third child forbidden
by the Population Police. He's lived his entire life in hiding, and now,
with a new housing development replacing the woods next to his family's
farm, he is no longer even allowed to go outside.Then, one day
Luke sees a girl's face in the window of a house where he knows two
other children already live. Finally, he's met a shadow child like
Angle of Repose - (Wallace Stegner, 1971) Stegner's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel--the magnificent story of four generations in the life of an American family. A wheelchair-bound retired historian embarks on a monumental quest: to come to know his grandparents, now long dead.
Art of Racing in the Rain, The - ( Garth Stein, 2008) Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively, and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.
Assistant,The – (Bernard Malamud, 2003) The
Assistant is the story of a penniless drifter who befriends a poor
Jewish grocer and falls in love with the grocer's daughter, and finds
himself on a path toward self-knowledge, moral renewal and ultimately
conversion. Published in 1957, this is the work that made Malamud's
reputation as a novelist.
Bean Trees, The – (Barbara Kingsolver, 1988) Taylor Greer grew up poor
in rural Kentucky with the goals of avoiding pregnancy and leaving town
as soon as she could. But when she heads west with high hopes and a
barely functional car, she meets the human condition head on. By the
time Taylor arrives in Tucson, Arizona, she has acquired a completely
unexpected child, a three year old American Indian girl named Turtle,
and must somehow come to terms with both motherhood and the necessity of
putting down roots.
Beautiful Ruins - (Jess Walters, 2012) The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks on over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying.
Bee Season - (Myla Goldberg, 2000)
This bestselling novel about a young girl who stuns her
family—and herself—by winning a spelling bee, sending her family’s life
into a tailspin, is also a masterful portrayal of modern family life.
Eliza wants more than anything to win the praise of her parents, but
in her attempt to shine, she also discovers self-confidence and
Beginner's Goodbye - (Ann Tyler, 2012) Anne Tyler gives us a wise, haunting, and deeply moving new novel in
which she explores how a middle-aged man, ripped apart by the death of
his wife, is gradually restored by her frequent appearances—in their
house, on the roadway, in the market.
Bel Canto - (Patchett, Ann, 2008) Somewhere in South America, at the home of the country's vice president,
a lavish birthday party is being held in honor of the powerful
businessman Mr. Hosokawa. Roxane Coss, opera's most revered soprano, has
mesmerized the international guests with her singing. It is a perfect
evening—until a band of gun-wielding terrorists takes the entire party
Between Shades of Gray - (Ruta Sepetys, 2011) Lina is just like any other fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941. She paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys. Until one night when Soviet officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable life they've known. Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and dirty train car, Lina, her mother, and her young brother slowly make their way north, crossing the Arctic Circle, to a work camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia. Here they are forced, under Stalin's orders, to dig for beets and fight for their lives under the cruelest of conditions.
Blue Water - (A. Manette Ansay, 2006) New York Times
bestselling author A. Manette Ansay delivers the unforgettable story
of two families united by tragedy — and one woman's deeply emotional
journey toward a choice she'd never thought possible. On an ordinary
morning in Fox Harbor, Wisconsin, Meg and Rex Van Dorn's lives are
irrevocably changed when a drunk driver slams into Meg's car, killing
the couple's six-year-old son, Evan.
Bluest Eye, The – (Toni Morrison, 1970) Winner of the Nobel Prize in
Literature, Morrison began her career with this novel, heralded for its
richness of language and boldness of vision. Set in the author’s
girlhood hometown of Lorain, Ohio, it tells the story of Pecola
Breedlove, an African-American girl of eleven. Pecola prays for her eyes
to turn blue so that she will be as beautiful and beloved as all the
blond, blue-eyed children in America.
Book Thief, The - (Markus Zusak, 2007) It’s just a small story really, about among other
things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a
Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery.
Boy in the Striped Pajamas, The - (John Boyne, 2006) When Bruno returns home from
school one day, he discovers that his belongings are being packed in
crates. His father has received a promotion and the family must move
from their home to a new house far far away, where there is no one to
play with and nothing to do. A tall fence running alongside stretches as
far as the eye can see and cuts him off from the strange people he can
see in the distance.
Boy in the Suitcase, The - ( Lene Kaaberbøl, Agnete Friis, 2011) Nina Borg, a Red Cross nurse, wife, and mother of two, is a compulsive do-gooder who can't say no when someone asks for help—even when she knows better. When her estranged friend Karin leaves her a key to a public locker in the Copenhagen train station, Nina gets suckered into her most dangerous project yet. Inside the locker is a suitcase, and inside the suitcase is a three-year-old boy: naked and drugged, but alive. Bread Givers – (Anzia Yezierska, 1925) Sara Smolinsky, the youngest daughter of an
Orthodox rabbi, watches as her father marries off her sisters to men
they don’t love. But Sara rejects this conception of Jewish womanhood.
She wants to live for herself and to marry for love. Set during the
1029’s on New York’s Lower East Side.
Camel Club, The - (David Baldacci, 2005) Existing at the fringes of Washington D.C., the Club consists of four eccentric members. Led by a mysterious man know as "Oliver Stone," they study conspiracy theories, current events, and the machinations of government to discover the "truth" behind the country's actions.
Ceremony – (Leslie Marmon Silko, 1977) Tells the story of how a young mixed-blood Laguna Indian returning from World War II finds his own identity through a rediscovery of Laguna traditions, his relationship with the land, with storytelling, and with American Indian values.
Chocolat – (Joanne Harris, 1999) In tiny Lansquenet, where
nothing much has changed in a hundred years, beautiful newcomer Vianne
Rocher and her exquisite chocolate shop arrive and instantly begin to
play havoc with Lenten vows. Each box of luscious bonbons comes with a
free gift: Vianne's uncanny perception of its buyer's private
discontents and a clever, caring cure for them. Is she a witch? Soon
the parish no longer cares, as it abandons itself to temptation,
happiness, and a dramatic face-off between Easter solemnity and the
pagan gaiety of a chocolate festival.
Chosen, The – (Chaim Potok, 1967) In a world of New York’s East
side, a loving father has not spoken to his son for six years except to
discuss the Talmud. Danny is expected to become the seventh rabbi in his
family and eventually to lead the tightly-knit religious community that
has survived in transplantation to America. But his brilliant intellect
is powerfully drawn to the secular prophets of Darwin and Freud.
Cold Mountain - (Charles Frazier, 1997) An adventure story and love story are
intertwined in this powerful and majestically moving book about a man
who had been fighting at Petersburg and decides to walk back to his home
in the Blue Ridge Mountains where the woman he loves fights to revive
her fathers farm and survive. He encounters slaves, marauders, bounty
hunters and witches either try to help or hurt him. An Authentic
Cold Sassy Tree - (Olive Ann Burns, 1984) On July 5, 1906, scandal breaks in the small town of Cold Sassy, Georgia, when the proprietor of the general store, E. Rucker Blakeslee, elopes with Miss Love Simpson. He is barely three weeks a widower, and she is only half his age and a Yankee to boot. As their marriage inspires a whirlwind of local gossip, fourteen-year-old Will Tweedy suddenly finds himself eyewitness to a family scandal, and that’s where his adventures begin.
Cold Sassy Tree/Leaving Cold Sassy - (Olive Ann Burns, 2011) A classic bestseller, Cold Sassy Tree is the story of Will Tweedy, a fourteen-year-old boy coming of age at the turn of the century in rural Georgia. His grandfather, a recent widower, inspires a whirlwind of gossip in their small town when he marries a woman half his age. Brimming with characters who are wise, unimpeachably pious, and deliciously irreverent, it is a resplendent treasure. The unfinished sequel, Leaving Cold Sassy, follows Will Tweedy into adulthood, as he grapples with the influences of the modern world on his cherished southern hometown.
Crispin: The Cross of Lead - (Avi, 2004) Accused of a crime he did not commit, Crispin has been declared a
""wolf's head."" That means he may be killed on sight, by anyone. If he
wishes to remain alive, he must flee his tiny village.
Christmas Sweater, The - (Glen Beck, 2008) Despite his single mother's financial hardships, 12-year-old Eddie is
certain this Christmas he will receive his much-desired Huffy bike. To
his dismay, what he finds under the tree is "a stupid, handmade, ugly
sweater" that his mother carefully modeled after those she can't afford
Cry, the Beloved Country - (Alan Paton, 1948) The most famous and important novel in South
Africa's history. This story is a deeply moving story of the Zulu pastor
Stephen Kumalo and his son, Absalom, set against the background of a
land and a people riven by racial injustice.
Dancing at the Rascal Fair - (Ivan Doig, 1987) From its opening on the quays of a Scottish port in
1889, to its close on a windswept Montana homestead three decades later,
this story is a passionate and authentic chronicle of an American
Danse Macabre - (Gerald Elias, 2010) Just after his Carnegie Hall swansong and before his imminent departure
for retirement in France, beloved violinist and humanitarian Rene Allard
is brutally murdered with a mysterious weapon. His young African
American rival, crossover artist BTower, is spotted at the scene of the
crime hovering over the contorted body of Allard with blood on his
Davita's Harp - (Chaim Potok, 1985) For Davita Chandal, growing up in the New York of
the 1930s and '40s is an experience of joy and sadness. Her loving
parents, both fervent radicals, fill her with the fiercely bright hope
of a new and better world. But as the deprivations of war and
depression take a ruthless toll, Davita unexpectedly turns to the
Jewish faith that her mother had long ago abandoned.
Day of the Jackal, The - (Frederick Forsyth, 1971) The Jackal. A tall, blond Englishman with opaque, gray eyes. A killer at the top of his profession. A man unknown to any secret service in the world. An assassin with a contract to kill the world's most heavily guarded man.One man with a rifle who can change the course of history. One man whose mission is so secretive not even his employers know his name.
Devil in a Blue Dress – (Walter Mosley, 1990) In 1948 Los
Angeles, Easy Rawlings is a black war veteran just fired from his job at
a defense plant. Easy is drinking in a friend’s bar, wondering how
he’ll meet his mortgage, when a white man in a linen suit walks in,
offering good money if Easy will simply locate Miss Daphne Monet, a
blond beauty known to frequent black jazz clubs.
Divergent - (Veronica Roth, 2011) In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five
factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular
virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the
brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an
appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the
faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice,
the decision is between staying with her family and being who she
really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises
everyone, including herself.
Does my Head Look Big In This? - (Randa Abdel-Fattah, 2005) Sixteen-year-old Amal makes the decision to start wearing the hijab full- time and everyone has a reaction. Her parents, her teachers, her friends, people on the street. But she stands by her decision to embrace her faith and all that it is, even if it does make her a little different from everyone else. Dovekeepers, The - (Alice Hoffman, 2011) In 70 C.E., nine hundred Jews held out for months against armies of Romans on Masada, a mountain in the Judean desert. According to the ancient historian Josephus, two women and five children survived. Based on this tragic and iconic event, Hoffman’s novel is a spellbinding tale of four extraordinarily bold, resourceful, and sensuous women, each of whom has come to Masada by a different path.
Dracula - (Bram Stoker, 2000) A dreary castle, blood-thirsty vampires, open graves at midnight, and other gothic touches fill this chilling tale about a young Englishman's confrontation with the evil Count Dracula. A horror romance as deathless as any vampire, the blood-curdling tale still continues to hold readers spellbound a century later.
Dragonhaven - (Robin McKinley, 2007) Dragons are extinct in the wild, but the Makepeace Institute of
Integrated Dragon Studies in Smokehill National Park is home to about
two hundred of the world’s remaining creatures. Until Jake discovers a
dying dragon that has given birth—and one of the babies is still alive.
Education of Little Tree, The - (Forrest Carter, 1976) The Education of Little Tree
tells of a boy orphaned very young, who is adopted by his Cherokee
grandmother and half-Cherokee grandfather in the Appalachian mountains
of Tennessee during the Great Depression.
End of the Affair, The – (Graham Greene, 1951) This frank, intense account of a love-affair
and its mystical aftermath is set in a suburb of London and told with
the intimate informality of the first person. The story tells of the
strange and callous steps taken by a middle-aged writer to destroy, or
perhaps reclaim, the mistress who had unaccountably left him eighteen
Ender's Game - (Orson Scott Card, 1985) In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race's next
attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as
Enigma - (Robert Harris, 1995) A thriller on the breaking of a secret German radio code during World War II. The protagonists are two British cryptographers, a man and a woman, and their work becomes a race to crack the code in time to save a convoy of U.S. ships from being sunk by U-boats. By the author of The Fatherland.
Epic - (Conor Kostick, 2007) Generations ago,
violence was banned on New Earth. Society is governed and conflicts are
resolved in the arena of a fantasy computer game, Epic. Everyone plays.
If you win, you have the chance to go to university, get more supplies
for your community, and fulfill your dreams; if you lose, your life both
in and out of the game is worth nothing.
Farewell, My Lovely - (Raymond Chandler, 1940) Gritty,
well-plotted and brutally realistic, Raymond Chandler's novels depict
the lowlife of the City of Angels in the 30s and 40s. They feature
tough guy Philip Marlowe, the archetypal private eye who spawned
Farewell to Arms, A - (Ernest Hemingway, 1957) “A story of love and pain,
of loyalty and desertion, A Farewell to Arms.” A story about World War I
and the experiences of an ambulance driver on the Italian front and
“his passion for a beautiful nurse.” Intense, glowing, and descriptive
fit this wonderful work.
Fault in our Stars, The - (John Green, 2012) Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.
Forgotten Garden, The - (Kate Morton, 2009) In 1913 London, a little girl plays hide-and-seek on the deck of a ship
while waiting for the woman who left her there to return. But as
darkness comes, the girl is still alone when the ship pulls out from the
dock and steams away on a long, grueling journey to Australia. Availability
Fever 1793 - (Laurie Halse Anderson, 2002) - During the summer of 1793, Mattie Cook lives above the family coffee shop with her widowed mother and grandfather. Mattie spends her days avoiding chores and making plans to turn the family business into the finest Philadelphia has ever seen. But then the fever breaks out.
For Love of the Game – (Michael Shaara, 1991) Pulitzer prize winning novelist Michael Shaara
(Killer Angels) writes this story of a major league pitcher pitching his
last game, an all out effort to finalize his career and prepare for
life away from sport.
Found - (Margaret Peterson Haddix, 2009) One night a plane appeared out of nowhere, the only passengers aboard:
thirty-six babies. As soon as they were taken off the plane, it
vanished. Now, thirteen years later, two of those children are receiving
sinister messages, and they begin to investigate their past.
Frankenstein: Mary Shelley's Feminist Manifesto – (Mary Shelley, 2009) The original story of Victor Frankenstein
and of the monstrous creature he created. Shelley's classic hints in
part at the possible dangers inherent in the pursuit of pure science;
it also portrays the injustice of a society which persecutes outcasts
such as the "Monster." Disturbing and profoundly moving, Frankenstein has become part of our own mythology.
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Friday Night Knitting Club, The - (Kate Jacobs, 2007) Juggling the demands of her yarn shop and single-handedly raising a
teenage daughter has made Georgia Walker grateful for her Friday Night
Knitting Club. Her friends are happy to escape their lives too, even for
just a few hours. But when Georgia's ex suddenly reappears, demanding a
role in their daughter's life, her whole world is shattered.
Giver, The - (Lois Lowry, 2002) Jonas's world is perfect. There is no war
or fear of pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role
in the community. Jonas lives in a seemingly ideal world.When
Jonas turns 12 he is singled out to receive special training from The
Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure
of life. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver
does Jonas begin to understand the dark secrets behind this fragile
community. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth.
Good Earth, The - (Pearl S. Buck, 2004) Wang Lung, rising from
humble Chinese farmer to wealthy landowner, gloried in the soil he
worked. He held it above his family, even above his gods. But soon,
between Wang Lung and the kindly soil that sustained him, came flood and
drought, pestilence and revolution.
Gone with the Wind – (Margaret Mitchell, 1936) The immortal love story and historic epic
of the old South was published during the deep Depression of 1936.
Goose Girl - (Shannon Hale, 2003) Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee, Crown Princess of Kildenree, spends the
first years of her life under her aunt's guidance learning to
communicate with animals. As she grows up Ani develops the skills of
animal speech, but is never comfortable speaking with people, so when
her silver-tongued lady-in-waiting leads a mutiny during Ani's journey
to be married in a foreign land, Ani is helpless and cannot persuade
anyone to assist her.
Graceling - Kristin Cashore, 2008) The story of the vulnerable yet strong Katsa, a smart, beautiful
teenager who lives in a world where selected people are given a Grace, a
special talent that can be anything from dancing to swimming. Katsa’s
is killing. As the king’s niece, she is forced to use her extreme skills
as his thug.
Grapes of Wrath, The – (John Steinbeck, 1939) An American classic looks at
the effects of economic and political forces on families and small
communities. It is also one of the few works of fiction that explores
how people organize independent familial and community associations to
build the good society. Availability
Graveyard Book, The - (Neil Gaiman, 2010) Nobody Owens, known as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely
normal if he didn't live in a graveyard, being raised by ghosts, with a
guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor the dead.
Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
- (Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, 2008) The letters comprising this small charming novel begin in 1946, when
single, 30-something author Juliet Ashton writes to her publisher to say she is tired of covering the
sunny side of war and its aftermath. When Guernsey farmer Dawsey Adams
finds Juliet's name in a used book and invites articulate—and
not-so-articulate—neighbors to write Juliet with their stories, the
book's epistolary circle widens, putting Juliet back in the path of war
Hatchet - (Gary Paulsen, 1987) Thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson is on his way to visit his father when
the single-engine plane in which he is flying crashes. Suddenly, Brian
finds himself alone in the Canadian wilderness with nothing but a
tattered Windbreaker and the hatchet his mother gave him as a present.
Help, The - (Kathryn Stockett, 2009) 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 never held her tongue but now must somehow
keep secrets about her employer that leave her speechless. White
socialite Skeeter just graduated college. She's full of ambition, but
without a husband, she's considered a failure. Together, these seemingly
different women join together to write a tell-all book about work as a
black maid in the South, that could forever alter their destinies and
the life of a small town.
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The - (Douglas Adams, 1995) Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.
Holes - (Louis Sachar, 2000) Stanley Yelnats
seems set to serve an easy sentence, which is only fair because he is as
innocent as you or me. But Stanley is not going where he thinks he is.
Camp Green Lake is like no other camp anywhere. It is a bizarre, almost
otherworldly place that has no lake and nothing that is green.
Home Front - (Kristin Hannah, 2012) Like many couples, Michael and Jolene have to face the pressures
of everyday life---children, careers, bills, chores---even as their
twelve-year marriage is falling apart. Then an unexpected deployment
sends Jolene deep into harm’s way and leaves defense attorney Michael at
home, unaccustomed to being a single parent to their two girls.
Hope was Here - (Joan Bauer, 2000) When Hope and her aunt move to small-town Wisconsin to take over the
local diner, Hope's not sure what to expect. But what they find is that
the owner, G.T., isn't quite ready to give up yet--in fact, he's decided
to run for mayor against a corrupt candidate.
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet - (Jamie Ford, 2009)
Henry Lee comes upon a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel, once
the gateway to Seattle's Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades,
but now the new owner has made an incredible discovery: the belongings
of Japanese families, left when they were rounded up and sent to
internment camps during World War II. As Henry looks on, the owner opens
a Japanese parasol.
Hourglass Door - (Lisa Mangum, 2010) Abby s senior year of high school is textbook perfect: She has a
handsome and attentive boyfriend, good friends, good grades, and plans
to attend college next year. But when she meets Dante Alexander, a
foreign-exchange student from Italy, her life suddenly takes a different
turn. He s mysterious, and interesting, and unlike anyone she s ever
House on Mango Street, The - (Sandra Cisneros, 1984) A story of harsh realities and beauty unfold
as Cisneros describes the story of the young girl, Esperanza Cordero,
growing up in a latino section of Chicago. Depicted in a series of
vignettes this novel produces a novel about this young girl “coming into
her power, and inventing for herself what she will become.”
Housekeeping – (Marilynne Robinson, 1980) After two teenage girls
lose their mother to suicide (their father long since disappeared), the
girls’ Aunt Sylvie, a 35-year-old interesting misfit, arrives to care
for them. She has a gypsy-like quality which one of the teens, Ruth (the
narrator) is drawn to, however contrary to the expectations of their
1950's society. A beautifully written, haunting story.
Hunger Games - (Suzanne Collins, 2008) 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 line by forcing them all to send one boy and
one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the
annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.
I am the Messenger - (Mark Zusak, 2002) Ed Kennedy is an underage cabdriver without much of a future. He's pathetic at playing cards, hopelessly in love with his best friend, Audrey, and utterly devoted to his coffee-drinking dog, the Doorman. His life is one of peaceful routine and incompetence until he inadvertently stops a bank robbery.
Ishmael : an Adventure of the Mind and Spirit – (Daniel Quinn, 1992) This is the book that corporate leaders, politicians and ordinary citizens credit with changing forever the way they look at human beings’ relationship with the rest of nature. A suspenseful, inventive, and probing dialogue between a teacher and a pupil that may reshape the way you look at your life.
Golden Dream of Carlo Chuchio,The – (Lloyd Alexander, 2007) Out of her memoirs and years of
research, See has constructed a sweeping chronicle of a Chinese-American
family on “Gold Mountain,” the Chinese name for the United States.
Encompassing racism and romance, entrepreneurial genius and domestic
heartache, secret marriages, and sibling rivalries.
Jane Eyre - (Bronte, Charlotte, 2006) Having grown up an orphan in the home of her cruel aunt and at a harsh
charity school, Jane Eyre becomes an independent and spirited
survivor-qualities that serve her well as governess at Thornfield Hall.
But when she finds love with her sardonic employer, Rochester, the
discovery of his terrible secret forces her to make a choice.
Jar of Dreams - (Uchida, Yoshiko, 1981) Growing up in California during the depression isn't easy for eleven-year-old Rinko. She desperately wants to fit in and be like everyone else, but instead she is ridiculed and made to feel different because she is Japanese.
Journey to the end of the Millennium : a Novel of the Middle Ages, A – (A.B. Yehoshua, 1998) In the year 999, the Moroccan Jewish merchant Ben Attar sails for France on his annual trading voyage. But along with the spices that make up the bulk of his lucrative business, this year his ship also carries a rare new treasure -- his second wife. I small Jewish community in rural France, Ben Attar takes his former partners to civil court in order to validate his marital rights.
Kira-Kira - (Cynthia Kadohata, 2004) Glittering. That's how Katie Takeshima's sister, Lynn, makes everything seem. The sky is kira-kira because its color is deep but see-through at the same time. The sea is kira-kira
for the same reason. And so are people's eyes. When Katie and her
family move from a Japanese community in Iowa to the Deep South of
Georgia, it's Lynn who explains to her why people stop on the street to
Knit the Season - (Kate Jacobs, 2009) Knit the Season is a loving, moving, laugh-out-loud celebration of special times with friends and family. The story begins a year after the end of Knit Two, with Dakota Walker's trip to spend the Christmas holidays with her Gran in Scotland-accompanied by her father, her grandparents, and her mother's best friend, Catherine. Together, they share a trove of happy memories about Christmases past with Dakota's mom, Georgia Walker-from Georgia's childhood to her blissful time as a doting new mom. From Thanksgiving through Hanukkah and Christmas to New Year's, Knit the Season is a novel about the richness of family bonds and the joys of friendship.
Knitting Circle, The - (Ann Hood, 2008) After the sudden loss of her only child, Stella, Mary
Baxter joins a knitting circle in Providence, Rhode Island, as a way
to fill the empty hours and lonely days, not knowing that it will
change her life. Alice, Scarlet, Lulu, Beth, Harriet, and Ellen
welcome Mary into their circle despite her reluctance to open her
heart to them. Each woman teaches Mary a new knitting technique, and, as
they do, they reveal to her their own personal stories of loss, love,
Labor Day - (Joyce Maynard, 2009) Relates a story of love, painful adolescence, and devastating betrayal as seen through the eyes of a thirteen-year-old boy--and the man he later becomes--looking back on the events of a single long, hot, and life-altering weekend. Language of Flowers, The: (Vanessa Diffenbaugh, 2012) The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it’s been more useful in communicating mistrust and solitude. After a childhood spent in the foster-care system, she is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings.
Last Book in the Universe, The - (Rodman Philbrick, 2002) This book tells a tale of ancient myths and legends, ghostly phenomena,
black and white magic and the blurring of god and evil. But this is not
fantasy. There is plenty of magic in the real world if you know where to
look. In a land dominated by vicious gangs and mind probe
entertainment, Spaz is alone.
Last Cowgirl, The - (Jana Richman, 2008) Set entirely in Utah (Salt Lake City and Utah’s west desert), Richman’s novel spans time from the 1960s to the present day. The story is that of ranchers in Utah’s west desert and their conflicts and interactions with the federal government at three area Army bases. It is also a story of love for place and people, a story of living with the decisions and choices we make.
Last Knight,The - (Hilari Bell, 2007) Although there hasn't been a knight errant in over two hundred years,
this young noble has decided to revive the trade. He's found himself a
reluctant partner in Fisk, a clever rogue who has been given the choice
of serving as Michael's squire or going to jail for a very long time.
Now Michael and Fisk are on a quest to right wrongs, protect the
innocent, and make the world a happier place.
Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances - (John Green, Lauren Myracle, Maureen Johnson, 2008) Sparkling white snow drifts, beautiful presents wrapped in ribbons, and multicolored lights glittering in the night through the falling snow. A Christmas Eve snowstorm transforms one small town into a romantic haven, the kind you see only in movies. Well, kinda. After all, a cold and wet hike from a stranded train through the middle of nowhere would not normally end with a delicious kiss from a charming stranger. And no one would think that a trip to the Waffle House through four feet of snow would lead to love with an old friend. Or that the way back to true love begins with a painfully early morning shift at Starbucks.
Leviathan - (Scott Westerfeld, 2009) It is the cusp of World
War I. The Austro-Hungarians and Germans have their Clankers,
steam-driven iron machines loaded with guns and ammunition. The British
Darwinists employ genetically fabricated animals as their weaponry.
Their Leviathan is a whale airship, and the most masterful beast in the British fleet.Aleksandar
Ferdinand, a Clanker, and Deryn Sharp, a Darwinist, are on opposite
sides of the war. But their paths cross in the most unexpected way,
taking them both aboard the Leviathan on a fantastical, around-the-world
Life of Pi - (Yann Martel, 2001) A masterful and utterly
original novel that is at once the story of a young castaway who faces
immeasurable hardships on the high seas, and a meditation on religion,
faith, art and life that is as witty as it is profound. Using the
threads of all of our best stories, Yann Martel has woven a glorious
spiritual adventure that makes us question what it means to be alive,
and to believe.
Light Between Oceans, The - (M.L. Stedman, 2012) After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.
Like Water for Chocolate : a Novel in Monthly Installments with Recipes, Romances, and Home Remedies - (Laura Esquivel, 1989) Main character Tita is the youngest of three daughters born to Mama Elena, virago extraordinaire and owner of the de la Garza ranch. Tita falls in love with Pedro, but Mama Elena will not allow them to marry, since family tradition dictates that the youngest daughter remain at home to care for her mother.
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand - (Helen Simonson, 2010) When retired Major
Pettigrew strikes up an unlikely friendship with Mrs. Ali, the Pakistani
village shopkeeper, he is drawn out of his regimented world and forced
to confront the realities of life in the twenty-first century. Brought
together by a shared love of literature and the loss of their respective
spouses, the Major and Mrs. Ali soon find their friendship on the cusp
of blossoming into something more. But although the Major was actually
born in Lahore, and Mrs. Ali was born in Cambridge, village society
insists on embracing him as the quintessential local and her as a
Maltese Falcon, The – (Dashielle Hammett, 1929) A treasure worth killing for. Sam Spade, a
slightly shopworn private eye with his own solitary code of ethics. A
perfumed grifter named Joel Cairo, a fat man named Gutman, and Brigid
O’Shaughnessy, a beautiful and treacherous woman whose loyalties shift
at the drop of a dime. These are the ingredients of Dashiell Hammett’s
coolly glittering gem of detective fiction, a novel that has haunted
three generations of readers.
Maze Runner, The - (James Dashner, 2010)
When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his
first name. When the lift’s
doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to
the Glade—a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.Just
like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade.
All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that
surrounds them have opened.
Mean Spirit – (Linda Hogan, 1990) Brings to life one particularly traumatic moment
in the history of Oklahoma’s Osage Indians, the oil boom years of the
1920s and 30s that followed the allotment period; through the
experiences of Grace Blanket and those of her relatives and friends,
readers are introduced to both the atrocities of that historical period
and to the overwhelmingly powerful strength of traditional culture.
Mexican White Boy - (Matt de la Pena, 2008) Danny's tall and skinny. Even though he’s not built, his arms are long enough to give his
pitch a power so fierce any college scout would sign him on the spot. A
95 mph fastball, but the boy’s not even on a team. Every time he gets
up on the mound he loses it.
Minaret - (Leila Aboulela, 2005) Leila Aboulela's American debut is a provocative, timely, and engaging novel about a young Muslim woman -- once privileged and secular in her native land and now impoverished in London -- gradually embracing her orthodox faith. With her Muslim hijab and down-turned gaze, Najwa is invisible to most eyes, especially to the rich families whose houses she cleans in London. Misery - (Stephen King, 1988) After an automobile accident, novelist Paul Sheldon meets his biggest fan. Annie Wilkes is his nurse-and captor. Now, she wants Paul to write his greatest work-just for her. She has a lot of ways to spur him on. One is a needle. Another is an ax. And if they don't work, she can get really nasty.
Miss Peregrine's Home of Peculiar Children - (Ransom Riggs, 2011) As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.
Mister Pip - (Lloyd James, 2008) On a copper-rich tropical island shattered by
war, where the teachers have fled with most everyone else, only one
white man chooses to stay behind: the eccentric Mr. Watts, object of
much curiosity and scorn, who sweeps out the ruined schoolhouse and
begins to read to the children each day from Charles Dickens’s classic
Mists of Avalon, The – (Marion Zimmer Bradley, 1982) Vividly retold through the eyes and
lives of the women who wielded power from behind the throne, this is the
magical legend of King Arthur.
Moloka'i -- (Alan Brennert, 2004) Rachel Kalama, a spirited seven-year-old Hawaiian girl, dreams of
visiting far-off lands like her father, a merchant seaman. Then one day a
rose-colored mark appears on her skin, and those dreams are stolen from
her. Taken from her home and family, Rachel is sent to Kalaupapa, the
quarantined leprosy settlement on the island of Moloka'i. Here her life
is supposed to end---but instead she discovers it is only just
Monster - (Walter Dean Myers, 2001) Steve
(Voice-Over) Sometimes I feel like I have walked into the middle of a
movie. Maybe I can make my own movie. The film will be the story of my
life. No, not my life, but of this experience. I'll call it what the
lady prosecutor called me ... Monster.
Monster Calls, A - (Patrick Ness, 2013) At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn't the monster Conor's been expecting-- he's been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he's had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. The monster in his backyard is different. It's ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor.
Moon over Manifest - (Claire Vanderpool, 2010) Abilene Tucker feels abandoned. Her father has put her on a train, sending her off to live with an old friend for the summer while he works a railroad job. Armed only with a few possessions and her list of universals, Abilene jumps off the train in Manifest, Kansas, aiming to learn about the boy her father once was.
My Year of Meats - (Ruth L. Ozeki, 1998) An American TV producer meets a beleaguered Japanese housewife in this mesmerizing debut novel that has captivated readers worldwide. Newsweek describes the novel as “a sexy and funny cross-cultural tale of two seemingly disparate women that is a feast that leaves you hungry for whatever Ozeki cooks up next.”
Night Circus - (Erin Morgenstern, 2011)
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is
simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white
striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of
breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.
behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway: a duel between two
young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood
expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst
to them both, this is a game in which only one can be left standing.
Night Flight – (Antoine De Saint-Exupery, 1932) In this gripping, beautifully written
novel, Saint-Exupery tells about the brave men who pilot night mail
planes from Patagonia, Chile, and Paraguay to Argentina in the early
days of commercial aviation. They are impelled to perform their routine
acts of heroism by a steely chief named Riviere, whose extraordinary
character is revealed through the dramatic events of a single night.
Nine Tailors, The – (Dorothy L. Sayers, 1934) The nine strokes from the belfry of an ancient country church toll out the death of an unknown man and call the famous Lord Peter Wimsey to one of his most brilliant cases. Steeped in the atmosphere of a quiet parish in the strange, flat fen-country of East Anglia, this is a tale of suspense, character, and mood by an author the critics' rate as one of the greatest masters of the mystery novel.
O Pioneers! – (Willa Cather, 1931, 1988) Cather brings to life the sights, sounds,
and scents of the windy Nebraska prairie as she tells the story of
Alexandra inheriting her father’s failing farm, raising one brother
alone, and being torn by the emergence of an unexpected passion.
One Hundred Years of Solitude – (Gabriel Garcia Marquez, 1967) This Nobel Prize winning author has
created a multi-generational story using magical realism. The widely
loved novel “is the first piece of literature since the Book of Genesis
that should be required reading for the entire human race,” according to
William Kennedy in The New York Times.
One and Only Ivan, The - (Katherine Applegate, 2012) Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly ever thinks about it at all.Instead, Ivan thinks about TV shows he’s seen and about his friends Stella, an elderly elephant, and Bob, a stray dog. But mostly Ivan thinks about art and how to capture the taste of a mango or the sound of leaves with color and a well-placed line.Then he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family, and she makes Ivan see their home—and his own art—through new eyes.
Orphan Train - (Christine Baker Kline, 2013) The author of Bird in Hand and The Way Life Should Be delivers her most ambitious and powerful novel to date: a captivating story of two very different women who build an unexpected friendship: a 91-year-old woman with a hidden past as an orphan-train rider and the teenage girl whose own troubled adolescence leads her to seek answers to questions no one has ever thought to ask.
Other Side of Truth, The - (Beverley Naidoo, 2000) After the murder of
their mother, twelve-year-old Sade and her younger brother are smuggled
out of Nigeria by their journalist father to escape the corrupt military
government and growing violence. They are sent to their uncle in
London, but when they arrive, he is missing and they are abandoned,
passed between foster homes.
Outsiders, The - (S.E. Hinton, 1967) Written over forty
years ago, S. E. Hinton's classic story of the struggle between the Socs
and the Greasers remains as powerful today as it was the day it was
written, and it is taught in schools nationwide.
Over Sea, Under Stone - (Susan Cooper, 1965) On holiday in Cornwall, the three Drew children discover an ancient map in the attic of the house that they are staying in. They know immediately that it is special. It is even more than that -- the key to finding a grail, a source of power to fight the forces of evil known as the Dark. And in searching for it themselves, the Drews put their very lives in peril.
Paper Towns - (John Green, 2009) - Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently
adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a
window and climbs back into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning
him for an ingenious campaign of revenge— he follows. After their
all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover
that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery.
Peeled - (Joan Bauer, 2008) Hildy Biddle dreams of being a journalist. A reporter for her high school newspaper, The Core,
she's just waiting for a chance to prove herself. Not content to just
cover school issues, Hildy's drawn to the town's big story--the haunted
old Ludlow house. On the surface, Banesville, USA, seems like such a
happy place, but lately, eerie happenings and ghostly sightings are
making Hildy take a deeper look.
Plainsong - (Kent Haruf, 1999)
Flawlessly written, with every emotional note hit just right,
this award-winning novel about a community on the Colorado plains is a
rarity because it is about a community and the interwoven
lives playing out there. This wise and graceful story revolves around a
pregnant high school girl, a lonely teacher, a pair of boys abandoned
by their mother, and a couple of crusty bachelor farmers. It is about
isolation and trust, abandonment and connection, and the unlikely
places people find hope.
Prayers for Sale - (Sandra Dallas, 1997) Hennie Comfort is eighty-six and has lived in the mountains of Middle Swan, Colorado since before it was Colorado. Nit Spindle is just seventeen and newly married. She and her husband have just moved to the high country in search of work. It's 1936 and the depression has ravaged the country and Nit and her husband have suffered greatly. Hennie notices the young woman loitering near the old sign outside of her house that promises "Prayers For Sale". Hennie doesn't sell prayers, never has, but there's something about the young woman that she's drawn to.
Professor's House, The
- (Willa Cather, 1925) A prize-winning historian and professor feels
trapped in his life and tries to authenticate himself by editing a
former student’s western journal.
Rabbit-Proof Fence: The True Story of One of the Greatest Escapes of All Time - (Doris Pilkington, 1996) The remarkable true story of three young
girls who cross the harsh Australian desert on foot to return to their
Following an Australian government edict in 1931, black aboriginal
children and children of mixed marriages were gathered up by whites
and taken to settlements to be assimilated.
Rent Collector, The - (Camron Wright, 2012) Survival for Ki Lim and Sang Ly is a daily battle at Stung Meanchey, the
largest municipal waste dump in all of Cambodia. They make their living
scavenging recyclables from the trash. Life would be hard enough
without the worry for their chronically ill child, Nisay, and the added
expense of medicines that are not working. Just when things seem worst,
Sang Ly learns a secret about the ill-tempered rent collector who comes
demanding money--a secret that sets in motion a tide that will change
the life of everyone it sweeps past.
Reservation Blues – (Sherman Alexie, 1996) Funny, tragic, sometimes raw, Alexie’s novel dispels stereotypes and myths of life on a contemporary Spokane Indian reservation.
Romiette and Julio - (Sharon Draper, 1999) Like Shakespeare's
famous star-crossed lovers, Romiette Cappelle and Julio Montague face
strong opposition to their budding romance. In their case, a dangerous
gang's disapproval of their interracial relationship puts the two in
Return to Sender - (Julio Alvarez, 2009) After Tyler's father is
injured in a tractor accident, his family is forced to hire migrant
Mexican workers to help save their Vermont farm from foreclosure. Tyler
isn’t sure what to make of these workers. Are they undocumented? And
what about the three daughters, particularly Mari, the oldest, who is
proud of her Mexican heritage but also increasingly connected her
American life. Her family lives in constant fear of being discovered by
the authorities and sent back to the poverty they left behind in Mexico.
Same Kind of Different as Me - (Ron Hall, 2006) Meet Denver, a man raised under plantation-style slavery in Louisiana in the 1960s; a man who escaped, hopping a train to wander, homeless, for eighteen years on the streets of Dallas, Texas. No longer a slave, Denver's life was still hopeless-until God moved.
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt - (Beth Hoffman, 2010) Twelve-year-old CeeCee Honeycutt is in trouble. For years, she has been
the caretaker of her psychotic mother, Camille-the tiara-toting,
lipstick-smeared laughingstock of an entire town-a woman trapped in her
long-ago moment of glory as the 1951 Vidalia Onion Queen. But when
Camille is hit by a truck and killed, CeeCee is left to fend for
herself. To the rescue comes her previously unknown great-aunt, Tootie
Scat - (Carl Hiassen, 2009) Bunny Starch, the most
feared biology teacher ever, is missing. She disappeared after a school
field trip to Black Vine Swamp. And, to be honest, the kids in her class
are relieved. But when the principal
tries to tell the students that Mrs. Starch has been called away on a
"family emergency," Nick and Marta just don't buy it. No, they figure
the class delinquent, Smoke, has something to do with her disappearance.
Scorpion's Tail, The - (Silvia Torti, 2005) Sylvia Torti deftly unites disparate elements and voices in this tale of
the Zapatista rebellion of January 1, 1994, in Chiapas, Mexico-one of
the most momentous events of the beginnings of the twenty-first century.
Such personages as Subcomandante Marcos appear in the book, but the
real characters are the nameless rebels, villagers, visitors and
soldiers whose lives collided that fateful day, impacting them forever
as this rebellion reconfigured and changed the face of the post-Cold War
Screwtape Letters, The – (C.S. Lewis, 1942) Set in Great Britain around the time of WWII, this
clever and trenchant little book is cast in the form of letters from a
senior devil to a much junior and far more bumbling devil, assigned to
tempt a recent convert to Anglican Christianity. What would the devil
make of such standard Christian doctrines as free will, faith, and the
temptations of spiritual pride?
Secret Keeper, The - (Kate Morton, 2012) During a summer party at the family farm in the English countryside, sixteen-year-old Laurel Nicolson has escaped to her childhood tree house and is happily dreaming of the future. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and watches as her mother speaks to him. Before the afternoon is over, Laurel will witness a shocking crime. A crime that challenges everything she knows about her family and especially her mother, Dorothy—her vivacious, loving, nearly perfect mother.
Shabanu : Daughter of the Wind - (Suzanne Fisher Staples, 2003) When eleven-year old Shabanu, the daughter of a nomad in the Cholistan
Desert of present-day Pakistan, is pledged in marriage to an older man
whose money will bring prestige to the family, she must either accept
the decision, as is the custom, or risk the consequences of defying her
Shanghai Girls - (Lisa See, 2009) In 1937, Shanghai is the Paris of Asia, a city of great wealth and
glamor, the home of millionaires and beggars, gangsters and gamblers,
patriots and revolutionaries, artists and warlords. Thanks to the
financial security and material comforts provided by their father’s
prosperous rickshaw business, twenty-one-year-old Pearl Chin and her
younger sister, May, are having the time of their lives.Both are beautiful, modern, and
carefree until the day their father tells them that he has gambled
away their wealth and that in order to repay his debts he must sell the
girls as wives to suitors who have traveled from California to find
Shining, The - (Stephen King, 1980) Danny was only five years old but in the words of old Mr Halloran he was a 'shiner', aglow with psychic voltage. When his father became caretaker of the Overlook Hotel his visions grew frighteningly out of control.
Skipping Christmas - (John Grisham, 2001) Luther and Nora Krank are fed up with the chaos of Christmas. The endless shopping lists, the frenzied dashes through the mall, the hassle of decorating the tree... where has all the joy gone? This year, celebrating seems like too much effort. With their only child off in Peru, they decide that just this once, they'll skip the holidays. They spend their Christmas budget on a Caribbean cruise set to sail on December 25, and happily settle in for a restful holiday season free of rooftop snowmen and festive parties. But the Kranks soon learn that their vacation from Christmas isn't much of a vacation at all, and that skipping the holidays has consequences they didn't bargain for...
Sky, the Stars, the Wilderness, The – (Rick Bass, 1998) In three novellas, Rick Bass lets the reader into
characters who describe the world and in doing so tell us a great deal
about themselves. The last, the title story, describes the world as we
would like to see it.
Snow Falling on Cedars - (David Guterson, 1995) In 1954 a local fisherman of San Piedro Island,
north of Puget Sound is found suspiciously drowned. A Japanese American
is charged with his murder and with it brings the memories of a
community Japanese residents sent into exile during WWII while its
Song of Solomon – (Toni Morrison, 1977, 1991) Awarded Best Novel of the Year by the New
York Times Book Review, this novel explores sources of strength in a
multi-generational black American family.
Stargirl - (Jerry Spinelli, 2000) In a moving and highly
engaging tale about the vagaries of adolescent peer pressure, Newbery
Medal winner Jerry Spinelli tells the story of Stargirl, a high school
student who is startlingly different from everyone else. The need to
conform -- and unabashed curiosity about those who don't -- are at the
heart of this touching tale, which aptly demonstrates the peaks and
pitfalls of popularity.
Surfacing – (Margaret Atwood, 1972) When a talented artist sets out for a weekend
trip, she can’t imagine that she’ll find the truth about her own life.
Journeying to a country cabin with her lover and another couple, she
discovers the heights and depths of the human character. But what the
artist really discovers is the truth about her past, her inner fears,
the strengths she never knew she had.
Swindle - (Gordon Korman, 2008) After a mean collector
named Swindle cons him out of his most valuable baseball card, Griffin
Bing must put together a band of misfits to break into Swindle's
compound and recapture the card. There are many things standing in their
way -- a menacing guard dog, a high-tech security system, a very secret
hiding place, and their general inability to drive.
These is My Words - (Nancy Turner, 1999) A moving, exciting, and heartfelt American saga inspired by the author's
own family memoirs, these words belong to Sarah Prine, a woman of
spirit and fire who forges a full and remarkable existence in a harsh,
Their Eyes Were Watching God – (Zora Neale Hurston, 1990) First published in 1937 and now a classic
of black literature, this novel tells with haunting sympathy the story
of Janie Crawford’s evolving selfhood through three marriages.
Thief, The - (Megan Whalen Turner, 1996) After Gen's bragging lands him in the king's prison, the chances of
escape look slim. Then the king's scholar, the magus, needs the thief's
skill for a seemingly impossible task -- to steal a hidden treasure from
Thief of Time, A - (Tony Hillerman, 1988)When two corpses appear amid stolen goods and bones at an ancient
burial site, Leaphorn and Chee must plunge into the past to unearth
the truth. A noted anthropologist vanishes at a moonlit Indian ruin where "thieves of time" ravage sacred ground for profit.
Things Fall Apart – (Chinua Achebe, 1959) This novel
focuses on a confrontation between African tribal life and its first
encounter with colonialism and Christianity at the turn of the last
century. It tells tragic story of a warrior whose manly, fearless
exterior conceals bewilderment, fear, and anger at the breakdown of
Thirteen Reasons Why - (Jay Asher, 2007) Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his
name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers cassette tapes
recorded by Hannah Baker—his classmate and crush—who committed suicide
two weeks earlier.On tape, Hannah explains that there are
thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them.
If he listens, he’ll find out how he made the list.
Thousand Splendid Suns, A - (Khaled Hosseini, 2007) Set against the volatile events of Afghanistan's last thirty years, from the Soviet invasion to the reign of the Taliban to post-Taliban rebuilding, that puts the violence, fear, hope and faith of this country in intimate, human terms. It is a tale of two generations of characters brought jarringly together by the tragic sweep of war, where personal lives, the struggle to survive, raise a family, find happiness, are inextricable from the history playing out around them.
Tiger's Curse - (Colleen Houck, 2011) The last thing Kelsey Hayes thought she'd be doing this summer was trying to break a 300-year-old Indian curse. With a mysterious white tiger named Ren. Halfway around the world. But that's exactly what happened. Face-to-face with dark forces, spellbinding magic, and mystical worlds where nothing is what it seems, Kelsey risks everything to piece together an ancient prophecy that could break the curse forever.
Time to Kill, A - (John Grisham, 1998) In this searing
courtroom drama, best-selling author John Grisham probes the savage
depths of racial violence...as he delivers a compelling tale of
uncertain justice in a small southern town, Clanton, Mississippi. The life of a
ten-year-old girl is shattered by two drunken and remorseless young
man. The mostly white town reacts with shock and horror at the
inhuman crime. Until her black father acquires an assault rifle and
takes justice into his own outraged hands.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - (John Le Carre, 2001) The
man he knew as "Control" is dead, and the young Turks who forced him
out now run the Circus. But George Smiley isn't quite ready for
retirement-especially when a pretty, would-be defector surfaces with a
shocking accusation: a Soviet mole has penetrated the highest level of
British Intelligence. Relying only on his wits and a small, loyal cadre,
Smiley recognizes the hand of Karla—his Moscow Centre nemesis—and sets a
trap to catch the traitor. **
To Dance with the White Dog - (Terry Kay,1990) This brilliantly
realized novel of life, loss, mystery and hope has garnered exceptional
critical praise. An old man (whose wife of 57 years has died) and his
mythic white dog teach a lasting lesson in love, hope and the importance
of believing in yourself to his worried child.
Treasure Island - (Robert Louis Stevenson,1881) An old sea dog comes to this peaceful inn one day, apparently
intending to finish his life there. He hires Jim to keep a watch out for
other sailors, but despite all precautions, he is hunted out and served
with the black spot that means death.
Tree Grows in Brooklyn, A - (Betty Smith, 1943) The beloved American classic about a young girl's coming-of-age at the turn of the century, Betty Smith's A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
is a poignant and moving tale filled with compassion and cruelty,
laughter and heartache, crowded with life and people and incident. The
story of young, sensitive, and idealistic Francie Nolan and her
bittersweet formative years in the slums of Williamsburg has enchanted
and inspired millions of readers for more than sixty years.
Unsuitable Job for a Woman, An - (P.D. James, 1972) This whodunit follows a determined young lady
detective along a trail of aristocratic secrets and sins as she reaches
the conclusion that the nicest people can do the nastiest things. Time
magazine calls P.D. James the “reigning mistress of murder.”
Waiting for Normal - (Leslie Connor, 2008)
Addie is waiting for normal. But Addie's mom
has an all-or-nothing approach to life: a food fiesta or an empty
pantry, jubilation or gloom, her way or no way. All or nothing never adds up to normal. All or nothing can't bring you all to home, which is exactly where Addie longs to be, with her half sisters, every day. In spite of life's twists and turns, Addie remains optimistic. Someday, maybe, she'll find normal.
Whale Rider, The - (Witi Ihimaera, 1987) Eight-year-old Kahu, a member of the Maori tribe
of Whangara, New Zealand, fights to prove her love, her leadership,
and her destiny. Her people claim descent from Kahutia Te Rangi, the
legendary "whale rider." In every generation since Kahutia, a male
heir has inherited the title of chief. But now there is no male heir,
and the aging chief is desperate to find a successor. Kahu is his only
great-grandchild--and Maori tradition has no use for a girl. But when
hundreds of whales beach themselves and threaten the future of the
Maori tribe, it is Kahu who saves the tribe when she reveals that she
has the whale rider's ancient gift of communicating with whales.
Where'd You Go, Bernadette - (Maria Semple, 2012) Bernadette Fox is
notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated
partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace;
to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old
Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom. Then Bernadette
disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her
promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's
intensifying allergy to Seattle--and people in general--has made her so
agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic
errands. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic.
Whistling Season – (Ivan Doig, 2006) Can't cook but doesn't bite." So begins the
newspaper ad offering the services of an "A-1 housekeeper, sound
morals, exceptional disposition" that draws the hungry attention of
widower Oliver Milliron in the fall of 1909. And so begins the
unforgettable season that deposits the noncooking, nonbiting,
ever-whistling Rose Llewellyn and her font-of-knowledge brother, Morris
Morgan, in Marias Coulee along with a stampede of homesteaders drawn by
the promise of the Big Ditch-a gargantuan irrigation project intended
to make the Montana prairie bloom.
Winter Dream, A (Richard Paul Evans, 2012) A new holiday novel about family, fate and forgiveness. Joseph Jacobson is the twelfth of thirteen siblings, all of whom are
employed by their father’s successful Colorado advertising company. But
underneath the success runs a poisonous undercurrent of jealousy; Joseph
is his father’s favorite and the focus of his brothers’ envy and
hatred. When the father seems ready to anoint Joseph as his heir, the
brothers make their move, forcing Joseph from the company and his Denver
home, severing his ties to his parents and ending his relationship with
his soon-to-be fianceé. Alone and lonely, Joseph must start a new life.
Winter's Tale - (Mark Helprin, 1983) Peter Lake--orphan, thief, mechanic extraordinare--and Athansor, a flying Brooklyn milkhorse, establish a reign of love and justice in New York City in the year 2000.
Witch & Wizard - (James Patterson, 2009) The world is changing:
the government has seized control of every aspect of society, and now,
kids are disappearing. For 15-year-old Wisty and her older brother Whit,
life turns upside down when they are torn from their parents one night
and slammed into a secret prison for no reason they can comprehend. The
New Order, as it is known, is clearly trying to suppress Life, Liberty,
and the Pursuit of Being a Normal Teenager. But while trapped in this
totalitarian nightmare, Wisty and Whit discover they have incredible
powers they'd never dreamed of.
Witch of Blackbird Pond, The - (Elizabeth George Spear,1958) Kit Tyler is marked by suspicion and disapproval from the moment she
arrives on the unfamiliar shores of colonial Connecticut in 1867. Alone
and desperate, she has been forced to leave her beloved home on the
island of Barbados and join a family she has never met.
Wonder - (R.J. Palacio, 2012) August Pullman was born with a facial deformity that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. The story begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance.
Year of Pleasures, The - (Elizabeth Berg, 2005) Elizabeth Berg's The Year of Pleasures is about acknowledging the solace found in ordinary things: a warm bath, good food, the beauty of nature, music, and art. Above all, The Year of Pleasures is about the various kindnesses peoplecan share with one another.
84, Charing Cross Road - (Helene Hanff,1970) It all began with a letter inquiring about second-hand books, written by Helene Hanff in New York, and posted to a bookshop at 84, Charing Cross Road in London. As Helene's sarcastic and witty letters are responded to by the stodgy and proper Frank Doel of 84, Charing Cross Road, a relationship blossoms into a warm and charming long-distance friendship lasting many years.
Avenue:a Memoir - (Anne Roiphe, 2000) Growing up in a wealthy Jewish home with a family who
status, culture is everything but happiness. While the nation was at
war abroad, Roiphe, who was coming of age in 1940s New York City, saw
her parents at war in their living room.
1776 - (David McCullough, 2005) America's most acclaimed historian presents the intricate story of the
year of the birth of the United States of America. "1776" tells two
gripping stories: how a group of squabbling, disparate colonies became
the United States, and how the British Empire tried to stop them. A
story with a cast of amazing characters from George III to George
Washington, to soldiers and their families, this exhilarating book is
one of the great pieces of historical narrative.
1791 Mozart's Last Year - (H.C. Robbins Landon, 1999) The last month of the year 1791 witnessed what Robbins Landon calls "the
greatest tragedy in the history of music" - the premature death of the
35-year-old Mozart. The event was surrounded by enigma and intrigue,
allegations of poisoning and sexual scandal. Drawing on his knowledge of
the sources, Professor Landon seeks to cut through the fantasy to
present the facts and to reconstruct the story of the last year of
Alexander Hamilton, American - (Richard Brookhiser, 1999) In these pages, Alexander Hamilton sheds his
skewed image as the "bastard brat of a Scotch peddler," sex scandal
survivor, and notoriously doomed dueling partner of Aaron Burr.
Examined up close, throughout his meteoric and ever-fascinating life, Hamilton can at last be seen as one of the
most crucial of the founders.
Alice B. Toklas Cookbook, The - (Alice B. Toklas, 1954) A collection of stories of meals shared with
famous friends such as Gertrude Stein, Pablo Picasso, and Ernest
Hemingway, with recipes and memories of wartime in Paris. Toklas’s long
association with Gertrude Stein is well known; less well known is her
extraordinary skill with food. James Beard called her “one of the really
great cooks of all time.” A culinary treat!
America's Dream - (Esmeralda Santiago, 1996) This brutal yet sensitive tale of a woman’s
journey from hotel worker in Puerto Rico to nanny and housekeeper in New
York tackles issues of class and power common to many immigrant
America's First Woman Lawyer: The Biography of Myra Bradwell - (Jane M. Friedman, 1993) During her lifetime, Myra Bradwell (1831-1894) - America's "first" woman
lawyer as well as publisher and editor-in-chief of a prestigious legal
newspaper - did more to establish and aid the rights of women and other
legally handicapped people than any other woman of her day.
American Sphinx- (Joseph Ellis, 1996) Thomas Jefferson may be the most important
American president; he is certainly the most elusive. Following his
subject from the drafting of the Declaration of Independence to his
retirement in Monticello, Joseph Ellis unravels the contradictions of
the Jeffersonian character. Winner of the National Book Award.
Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business - (Neil Postman, 1985) Neil Postman’s groundbreaking polemic about the corrosive effects of
television on our politics and public discourse has been hailed as a
twenty-first-century book published in the twentieth century. Now, with
television joined by more sophisticated electronic media—from the
Internet to cell phones to DVDs—it has taken on even greater
And if I Perish : Frontline U. S. Army Nurses in World War II - (Evelyn M. Monahan and Rosemary Neidel-Greenlee, 2003) For more than
half a century these women’s experiences remained untold, almost
without reference in books, historical societies, or military archives.
After years of research and hundreds of hours of interviews, Evelyn M.
Monahan and Rosemary Neidel-Greenlee have created a dramatic narrative
that at last brings to light the critical role that women played
throughout the war.
Annapurna : a Woman's Place - (Arlene Blum, 1980) A book about inspiration and achievement. A
special edition to the original Annapurna: A Woman’s Place announces the
twentieth anniversary of the American Women’s Himalayan Expedition that
ended both in triumph and tragedy. See how the climbers lives were
affected by this tremendously strenuous journey, and apply the spirit
shown to you own life!
Appetite : Food as Metaphor : an Anthology of Women Poets, Vol. 1 - (Phyllis Stowell & Jeanne Foster, 2002) In poems
by Jane Kenyon, Lucille Clifton, and Anne Sexton, food emerges as a
re-occurring and central metaphor in the way women live, in the pulse
of the everyday, and as a vehicle for the exotic. From coffee to
caviar, from potatoes to dandelions-even in hunger and anorexia-the
metaphors of food have worked like yeast in the imagination of these
Angela's Ashes : a Memoir – (Frank McCourt, 1996) McCourt’s account of his
parents’ return to Ireland from New York when he was four chronicles a
childhood through extreme poverty and “swerves flawlessly between aching
sadness and desperate humor…a work of lasting beauty.”
Balm in Gilead : Journey of a Healer – (Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, 1988) The author recounts the extraordinary
life of her mother, Dr. Margaret Morgan Lawrence, one of the first
African-American women to graduate from Cornell University and Columbia
University School of Medicine. This book captures both the life of an
inspiring woman and the social, cultural, historical, and psychological
forces that shaped the destinies of four generations of African-American
women and their families.
Band of Brothers : E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest - (Stephen E. Ambrose, 1992) This is the
story of the men who fought, of the martinet they hated who trained them
well, and of the captain they loved who led them. E Company was a
company of men who went hungry, froze, and died for each other, a
company that took 150 percent casualties, a company where the Purple
Heart was not a medal — it was a badge of office.
Band of Sisters : American Women at War in Iraq - (Kirsten Holmstedt, 2007) In Iraq, the front lines are everywhere . . . and everywhere in Iraq, no
matter what their job descriptions say, women in the U.S. military are
fighting--more than 155,000 of them. A critical and commercial success
in hardcover, Band of Sisters presents a dozen groundbreaking and often
heart-wrenching stories of American women in combat in Iraq, such as the
U.S.s first female pilot to be shot down and survive, the militarys
first black female pilot in combat, a young turret gunner defending
convoys, and a nurse struggling to save lives, including her own.
Becoming Jane Austen – (Jon Spence, 2007) Spence has uncovered tremendous evidence about Jane
Austen and the charming young Irishman Tom Lefroy she fell in love
with and what profound effect the relationship had on her art and on
subsequent choices that she made in her life.
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity - (Katherine Boo, 2012) Tells the dramatic and sometimes heartbreaking story of families striving toward a better life in one of the twenty-first century’s great, unequal cities.Based on three years of uncompromising reporting, a bewildering age of global change and inequality is made human.
Beekeeper's Lament - (Hannah Nordhaus, 2011) Hannah Nordhaus tells the remarkable story of John Miller, one of America’s foremost migratory beekeepers, and the myriad and mysterious epidemics threatening American honeybee populations. In luminous, razor-sharp prose, Nordhaus explores the vital role that honeybees play in American agribusiness, the maintenance of our food chain, and the very future of the nation.
Beowulf - (we have several editions including the graphic novel.)
Black Hawk Down : a Story of Modern War - (Mark Bowden, 1999) On October 3, 1993, about a hundred elite U.S. soldiers were dropped by
helicopter into the teeming market in the heart of Mogadishu, Somalia.
Their mission was to abduct two top lieutenants of a Somali warlord and
return to base. It was supposed to take an hour. Instead, they found themselves pinned
down through a long and terrible night fighting against thousands of
heavily armed Somalis. The following morning, eighteen Americans were
dead and more than seventy had been badly wounded.
Braided Lives, an Anthology of Multicultural American Writing – (Minnesota Humanities Commission, 1991) This anthology brings together
the most powerful stories and poems of some of the best Native
American, Hispanic American, African American, and Asian American
writers. Braided Lives reveals the remarkable diversity that enriches
Brethren, The: Inside the Supreme Court - (Bob Woodward, Scott Armstrong, 1979) The Brethren
is the first detailed behind-the-scenes account of the Supreme Court in
action. Bob Woodward and Scott Armstrong have pierced its secrecy to
give us an unprecedented view of the Chief and Associate Justices --
maneuvering, arguing, politicking, compromising and making decisions
that affect every major area of American life.
Burning the Days : Recollection – (James Salter, 1997) James Salter commemorates his
life with a precision of thought and language that is at once clarifying
and intoxicating. His descriptions of attending a military academy,
flying in the Korean War, learning about the naivete of a mistress,
making movies, or relishing the smile of a girl in a skimpy dress in a
Roman café – they are all made by an incomparable observer and
Canaries on the Rim : Living Downwind in the West – (Chip Ward, 1999) A father recounts how his family
sought neighborliness and safety in a small Utah town and became
enmeshed in a drama involving hazardous waste, industrial pollution, and
the devilish choice between jobs and health.
Catfish & Mandala – (Andrew X. Pham, 1999) In a search for cultural identity and personal
history, Vietnamese-American Pham sets out on a solo bicycle voyage
around the Pacific Rim to Vietnam. **
Changing the Face of Hunger - (Tony Hall, 2006) The story of how liberals,
conservatives, republicans, democrats, and people of faith are joining
forces in a new movement to help the hungry, the poor, and the
Coldest War : a Memoir of Korea, The - (James Brady, 1990) In 1947, seeking to
avoid the draft, nineteen—year—old Jim Brady volunteered for a Marine
Corps program that made him a lieutenant in the reserves on the day he
graduated college. He didn't plan to find himself in command of a rifle
platoon three years later facing a real enemy, but that is exactly
what happened after the Chinese turned a so—called police action into a
Color of Water : a Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother, The – (James McBride, 1996) As an adult,
McBride finally persuaded his mother to tell her story as a rabbi’s
daughter, born in Poland and raised in the South, who fled to Harlem,
married a black man, founded a Baptist church, and put twelve children
through college. McBride’s tribute to his remarkable, eccentric,
determined mother is also an eloquent exploration of what family really
Community and the Politics of Place - (Daniel Kemmis, 2006) Thomas Jefferson envisioned a nation of citizens deeply involved in
public life. Today Americans are lamenting the erosion of his ideal.
Daniel Kemmis argues that
our loss of capacity for public life parallels our loss of a sense of place can shape
politics into a more cooperative and more humanly satisfying enterprise,
producing better people, better communities, and better places.
Composing a Life - (Mary Catherine Bateson, 1990) Bateson's deeply satisfying treatise on
the improvisational lives of five extraordinary women. Using their
personal stories as her framework, Dr. Bateson delves into the creative
potential of the complex lives we live today, where ambitions are
constantly refocused on new goals and possibilities.
Dakota : a Spiritual Geography – (Kathleen Norris, 1993) Norris’s eloquent prose evokes the Great
Plains and its influence on the human spirit. This book describes the
harsh, desolate, yet sublime landscape that embodies the contradictions
of American life as lived in the small towns where history and myth have
Dear America : Letters Home from Vietnam – (Bernard Edelman, 1985) More than twenty-five years after the official end of the Vietnam War, Dear America
allows us to witness the war firsthand through the eyes of the men and
women who served in Vietnam. In this collection of more than 200
letters, they share their first impressions of the rigors of life in
the bush, their longing for home and family, their emotions over the
conduct of the war, and their ache at the loss of a friend in battle.
Death of a salesman – (Arthur Miller, 1949) In two acts and a requiem, this 1949 play shows
how the illusions and false Gods of an aging suburban salesman have
turned his life into a nightmare. A tragic hero of the American theatre,
Willy Loman might be Everyman, his life the chronicle of a broken
Descent into Chaos : the U.S. and the Disaster in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central Asia - (Ahmed Rashid, 2007) After September 11th , Ahmed Rashid's crucial book Taliban
introduced American readers to that now notorious regime. In this new
work, he returns to Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia to review
the catastrophic aftermath of America's failed war on terror. Called
"Pakistan's best and bravest reporter" by Christopher Hitchens, Rashid
has shown himself to be a voice of reason amid the chaos of present-day
Desert Wife – (Hilda Faunce, 1928) In this compelling narrative,
the wife of an Indian trader adjusts to life in the desert of the
Navajos before World War I. A revealing portrayal of the land and the
people, and exploration of the racial differences still confronting us
Devil's Highway, The – (Luis Alberto Urrea, 2004)
Based on a true story, this national bestseller traces twenty-six
men who in May 2001 attempted to cross the Mexican border into the
desert of southern Arizona, through the dry and deadly region known as
the Devil’s Highway. Urrea’s account of their story challenges the
stereotypes we have of illegal immigrants and of the Border Patrol who
search for them and, in many cases, save them. Urrea’s narrative is a
deftly written, searing tale of the tragedy happening along America’s
Dreams from My Father : a Story of Race and Inheritance - (Barack Obama, 2004)
Years before becoming the 44th President-elect of the United
States, Barack Obama published this lyrical, unsentimental, and
powerfully affecting memoir. This book tells the story of Obama’s
struggle to understand the forces that shaped him as the son of a black
African father and white American mother—a struggle that takes him
from the American heartland to the ancestral home of his great-aunt in
the tiny African village of Alego.
Dreams of Trespass : Tales of a Harem Girlhood – (Fatima Mernissi, 1994) In an exotic and rich narrative of a childhood
behind the iron gates of a domestic harem, Mernissi weaves her own
memories with the dreams and memories of the women who surrounded her in
the courtyard of her youth, women who, deprived of access to the world
outside, recreated it from sheer imagination. A provocative story of a
girl confronting the mysteries of time and place, gender and sex in the
recent Muslim world.
Earth in Mind : on Education, Environment and the Human Prospect – (David Orr, 1999) In clear, moving prose, Orr argues for a new
education in what it means to live in a finite world and for “an
ecological intelligence” that does not alienate us from life.
Eat Pray Love - (Elizabeth Gilbert, 2006) An intensely articulate and moving memoir of self-discovery, Eat, Pray, Love
is about what can happen when you claim responsibility for your own
contentment and stop trying to live in imitation of society's ideals. It
is certain to touch anyone who has ever woken up to the unrelenting
need for change.
Eating in America : a History – (Waverly Root & Richard de Rochemont, 1976) The story of American
eating begins and ends with the fact that American food, by most of the
world’s standards, is not very good. This is a rather sad note
considering the “land of plenty” the first American settlers found, and
even sadder considering that with the vast knowledge of food we possess,
we have still managed to create things such as the TV dinner and
“Finger Lickin’ Good” chicken.
Ecology of Commerce : a Declaration of Sustainability - (Paul Hawken, 1993) The bestselling author of Growing a Business
presents a visionary new program which businesses can follow to help
restore the planet.
Einstein : His Life and Universe - (Walter Isaacson, 2007) A century after Albert Einstein began
postulating his "Big Idea" about time, space, and gravity, a new
biography examines the scientist whose public idolization was surpassed
only by his legitimacy as one of humanity's greatest thinkers.
End of Work: The decline of the Global Labor Force and the Dawn of the Post-Market Era, The - (Jeremy Rifkin, 1995) An analysis of the potentially catastrophic implications of the growing
worldwide unemployment crisis explains how we can avoid economic
collapse, create conditions for a new more humane social order, and
redefine the role of the individual in the new society.
Epitaph for a Peach : Four Seasons on My Family Farm – (Davis Mas Masumoto, 1996) An eloquent, humorous memoir of one
critical year in the life of an organic peach farmer. Masumoto reflects
on saving a family and a way of life, and the market values that
threaten both. An author with “a farmer’s calluses and a poet’s soul.”
(Carolyn Jessop, 2007) 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 arranged marriage with a total stranger: a
man thirty-two years her senior.
Ex Libris : Confessions of a Common Reader – (Anne Fadiman, 2000) This witty collection of essays recounts a lifelong love affair with books and language. For Fadiman, as for many passionate readers, the books she loves have become chapters in her own life story.
Faces of Utah – (Shannon Hoskins, 1996) In an inspired centennial project, the
Mountain West Center at USU and the Utah Humanities Council put out a
call around the state: tell us your feelings about living in Utah.
Collected in this volume are entries picked out of over 500,000
responses to represent the diverse voices of the state’s people.
Favored Daughter, The: One Woman's Fight to Leave Afghanistan into the Future - (Fawzia Koofi and Nadene Ghouri, 2012) The nineteenth daughter of a local village leader in rural Afghanistan,
Fawzia Koofi was left to die in the sun after birth by her mother. But
she survived, and perseverance in the face of extreme hardship has
defined her life ever since. Despite the abuse of her family, the
exploitative Russian and Taliban regimes, the murders of her father,
brother, and husband, and numerous attempts on her life, she rose to
become the first Afghani woman Parliament speaker.
FDR's Shadow: Louis Howe, the force that shaped Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt
- (Julie M. Fenster, 2009) A brilliant look at how the indomitable and enlightened Louis Howe became the mega-advisor of the Roosevelt Clan.
Fierce Attachments : a Memoir – (Vivian Gornick, 1987) Gornick “takes her readers deep into that
primitive no-man’s-land where mothers and daughters struggle, separate,
reconcile, try to talk, try to understand and, sometimes, devour one
another alive,” according to The Boston Globe.
Final Salute : a Story of Unfinished Lives - (Jim Sheeler, 2009) Based on his Pulitzer Prize-winning story, Jim
Sheeler's unprecedented look at the way our country honors its dead.
The book follows the individual stories of several military men and
their families (no dead female soldiers are included in the book);
Final Salute is a stunning tribute to the brave troops who have lost
their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan and to the families who continue to
First American : the Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin, The – (Brands, H.W., 2000) Drawing on previously
unpublished letters to and from Franklin, as well as the recollections
and anecdotes of Franklin's contemporaries, H. W. Brands has created a
portrait of the eighteenth-century genius who was in every respect
America's first Renaissance man, and arguably the pivotal figure in
colonial and revolutionary America.
Five Love Languages, The (Chapman, Gary, 1996) Marriage should be based on love, right? But does it seem as though you and your spouse are speaking two different languages? New York Times
bestselling author Dr. Gary Chapman guides couples in identifying,
understanding, and speaking their spouse’s primary love language—quality
time, words of affirmation, gifts, acts of service, or physical touch.
Founding Brothers : the Revolutionary Generation - (Joseph Ellis, 2002) Ellis focuses on six discrete
moments during the 1790’s that exemplify the most crucial issues facing
the fragile new nation: Burr and Hamilton's deadly duel; Hamilton,
Jefferson, and Madison's secret dinner; Franklin's petition to end the
"peculiar institution" of slavery; Washington's precedent-setting
Farewell Address; Adams's difficult term as Washington's successor; and
finally, Adams and Jefferson's renewed correspondence at the end of
Four Agreements, The: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom - (Don Miguel Ruiz, 1997) In The Four Agreements, don Miguel Ruiz reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, the Four Agreements offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love. The Four Agreements are: Be Impeccable With Your Word, Don't Take Anything Personally, Don't Make Assumptions, Always Do Your Best.
Gideon's Trumpet - (Anthony Lewis, 1964) A
history of the landmark case of James Earl Gideon's fight for the right
to legal counsel. Notes, table of cases, index.
Gifted Hands - (Ben Carson, 1990) The inspiring story of Ben Carson, M.D. takes readers into the life of an inner-city youngster who rose above his circumstances to become director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University Hospital.
Glass Castle, The – (Jeannette Walls, 2005)
Gossip columnist Jeanette Walls dishes the dirt on her own
troubled youth in this remarkable story of survival against
overwhelming odds. The child of charismatic vagabonds who left their
offspring to raise themselves, Walls spent decades hiding an
excruciating childhood filled with poverty and shocking neglect. But
this is no pity party.
Great and Peculiar Beauty – (Thomas Lyon / T.T. Williams, 1995) Personal stories and essays of
individuals from a range of perspectives and interests, celebrate Utah’s
Growing Up Empty : How Federal Policies are Starving America's Children - (Loretta Schwartz-Nobel, 2002) Twenty years after Ronald Reagan
declared that hunger was no longer an American problem, Schwartz-Nobel
shows that hunger has reached epic proportions, running rampant through
urban, rural, and suburban communities, affecting blacks, whites,
Asians, Christians and Jews, and nonbelievers alike.
Guests of the Sheik : an Ethnography of an Iraqi Village – (Elizabeth Warnock Fernea, 1965)
A delightful, well-written, and vastly informative ethnographic study,
this is an account of Fernea's two-year stay in a tiny rural village in
Iraq, where she assumed the dress and sheltered life of a harem woman.
Happiness Project, The - (Gretchen Rubin, 2011) In this lively and compelling account, Rubin
chronicles her adventures during the twelve months she spent
test-driving the wisdom of the ages, current scientific research, and
lessons from popular culture about how to be happier.
Harvest for Hope : a Guide to Mindful Eating - (Jane Goodall, 2005)
Dr. Goodall introduces us to inspiring everyday heroes like a
third-generation farmer who battled Monsanto and won; French activists
who protest against genetically modified crops; and John Mackey, the
founder of whole foods, who has vowed to sell only ethically raised
Heart in the Right Place - (Carolyn Jourdan, 2013) Carolyn Jourdan, an attorney on Capitol Hill, thought she had it made. But when her mother has a heart attack, she returns home—to the Tennessee mountains, where her father is a country doctor and her mother works as his receptionist. Jourdan offers to fill in for her mother until she gets better. But days turn into weeks as she trades her suits for scrubs and finds herself following hazmat regulations for cleaning up bodily fluids; maintaining composure when confronted with a splinter the size of a steak knife; and tending to the loquacious Miss Hiawatha, whose daily doctor visits are never billed. Most important, though, she comes to understand what her caring and patient father means to her close-knit community.
Heart of Buddha's Teaching : Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy and Liberation, The – (Thich Nhat Hanh, 1998) The author introduces us to the core
teachings of Buddhism and shows us that the Buddha's teachings are
accessible and applicable to our daily lives. With poetry and clarity,
Nhat Hanh imparts comforting wisdom about the nature of suffering and
its role in creating compassion, love, and joy--all qualities of
Heaven is for Real - (Todd Burpo, 2010) Heaven Is for Real is the true story of the four-year old son of a
small town Nebraska pastor who during emergency surgery slips from
consciousness and enters heaven. He survives and begins talking about
being able to look down and see the doctor operating and his dad praying
in the waiting room. The family didn't know what to believe but soon
the evidence was clear.
Hemingway Book of Kosovo - (Paula Huntly, 2004) One year after the 1999 NATO bombings, an
American woman accompanied her husband to Prishtina, Kosovo. Paula
Huntley ended up teaching English to a group of Kosovo Albanian
refugees and formed an American-style book club with them to study
Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea.
History of Utah's American Indians, A – (Forrest Cuch, ed., 2000) In consultation with local scholars, members
of each of the state’s six official tribes recount their past and
reflect on their present. Brought together for the first time, these
stories allow for new understanding of Utah’s native people.
Home Before Morning : the Story of an Army Nurse in Vietnam - (Lynda Van Devanter, 2001) A suspenseful
autobiography that gives a painfully honest look at war through a
woman’s eyes. Feel the fatigue, rain, mud, heat and personal danger that
Van Devanter felt as she is assigned to an evacuation hospital near the
Hope is the Thing with Feathers : a Personal Chronicle of Vanished Birds - (Christopher Cokinos, 2009) A prizewinning poet and nature writer weaves together natural
history, biology, sociology, and personal narrative to tell the story of
the lives, habitats, and deaths of six extinct bird species.
Hope's Edge : the Next Diet for a Small Planet - (Frances and Anna Lappe, 2002) Follow the author and her daughter as
they travel to Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Europe, where they
discovered answers to one of the most urgent issues of our time:
whether we can transcend the rampant consumerism and capitalism to find
the paths that each of us can follow to heal our lives as well as the
How to Cook a Wolf - (MFK Fisher, 1942) If you love to read and love to
cook, you will relish this book. During the bleak years of World War II, rather than
counsel hungry people on cutting back and making do, Fisher gave her
readers license to dream, to construct adventurous meals, even with
simple ingredients, that would feed the spirit as much as the body.
Hunger : an Unnatural History - (Sharman Apt Russell, 2005)
Every day, we wake up hungry. Every day, we break our fast. Hunger is
both a natural and an unnatural human condition. Step
by step, Russell takes us through the physiology of hunger, from
eighteen hours without food to thirty-six hours to three days to seven
days to thirty days.
I am Malala: the girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban - (Malala Yousafzai &Christina Lamb, 2013) When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday October 9, 2012, she almost paid the ultimate price.
I Married Adventure – (Osa Johnson, 1997) “The essence of this story is that two people,
very much in love, followed their dreams, living a life full of risks
and far from the comforts of home. Yet this story of their adventures
more than sixty years ago will thrill a reader [of today].”—Senator
Nancy Landon Kassebaum.
In Country – (Bobbie Ann Mason, 2005) Explores the legacy of war from the perspective of Sam Hughes, a teenager whose father died in Vietnam before she was born.
Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - (Rebecca Skloot, 2010) Her name was Henrietta
Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco
farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her
cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools
in medicine. The first “immortal” human cells grown in culture, they
are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty
Infidel – (Ayann Hirsi Ali,
2007) Ali tells
her astonishing life story, from her traditional Muslim childhood in
Somalia, Saudi Arabia, and Kenya, to her intellectual awakening and
activism in the Netherlands, and her current life under armed guard in
the West. Raised in a strict Muslim family and extended clan.
Invisible Thread, An - (Laura Schroff, Alex
Tresniowski, and Valerie Salembier, 2011) When Laura Schroff first met
Maurice on a New York City street corner,
she had no idea that she was standing on the brink of an incredible and
unlikely friendship that would inevitably change both their lives. As
one lunch at McDonald’s with Maurice turns into two, then into a weekly
occurrence that is fast growing into an inexplicable connection, Laura
learns heart-wrenching details about Maurice’s horrific childhood.
James Madison and the Struggle for the Bill of Rights - (Richard Labunski, 2006) Today we hold the Constitution in
such high regard that we can hardly imagine how hotly contested was its
adoption. In fact, many of the thirteen states saw fierce debate over
the document, and ratification was by no means certain. Labunski offers
a dramatic account of a time when the entire American experiment hung
in the balance, only to be saved by the most unlikely of heroes--the
diminutive and exceedingly shy Madison.
Joe Hill – (Gibbs M. Smith, 1969) Smith provides a moving account of a labor
activist who worked and fought in Utah prior to his death by a firing
Journey of the Dine, The - (Ellen G. Callister, Robert Maryboy, 2004)
Learn about the Navajo people, the Dine, in this beautifully
presented book. In simple, direct, and lyrical prose, the authors
describe the Dine past, their traditional beliefs, their legends, and
their intimate, mystical relationship with the earth. With full color
illustrations by Dine artist, Robert Maryboy, The Journey of the Dine helps readers understand the complex spirit of Navajo people.
Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever - (Bill O'Reilly, 2012) One of the most
dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country
forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War
finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing
battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's
surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided
nation, with the former Confederates allowed to reintegrate into
Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains, A - ( Isabella L. Bird, introduction by Daniel J. Boorstin, 1960) In the
late nineteenth century it was very rare to see a woman traveling on her
own. Isabella Bird accounts her travels among the Rocky Mountains of
the Colorado area, before heading back to England. The book is
wonderfully written in the first person with spectacular descriptions of
scenery and adventure.
Land of the Burnt Thigh – (Edith Eudora Kohl, 1938) Thousands of single women settled the
American West hoping to gain for themselves a piece of land, and the
money and satisfaction that came with it. First published in 1938, this
is a lively account of two sister homesteaders on the South Dakota
frontier in 1907.
Last Gift of Time : Life Beyond Sixty, The – (Carolyn G. Heilbrun, 1997) At the advent of her seventieth birthday,
Heilbrun realized that her golden years had been full of unforeseen
pleasures. The astute and ever-insightful Heilbrun muses on the
emotional and intellectual insights that brought her “to choose each day
for now, to live.” Even the encroachments of loss, pain, and sadness
that come with age cannot spoil Heilbrun’s moveable feast.
Left to Tell - (Immaculee Ilibagiza, 2006) grew up in a country she loved, surrounded
by a family she cherished. But in 1994 her idyllic world was ripped
apart as Rwanda descended into a bloody genocide. Immaculee’s family
was brutally murdered during a killing spree that lasted three months
and claimed the lives of nearly a million Rwandans.
Incredibly, Immaculee survived the slaughter.
Legacy of Ashes: the history of the CIA - (Tim Weiner, 2007) Here is the hidden history of the CIA: why eleven presidents and three generations of CIA officers have been unable to understand the world; why nearly every CIA director has left the agency in worse shape than he found it; and how these failures have profoundly jeopardized our national security. For sixty years, the CIA has managed to maintain a formidable reputation in spite of its terrible record, burying its blunders in top-secret archives. I
Let Us Eat Cake : Adventures in Food and Friendship – (Sharon Boorstin, 2002) Sometimes, the smallest things – the aroma of
cookies baking, the feel of dough in one’s hands – can trigger poignant
food memories. For food writer and restaurant critic Sharon Boorstin, it
was the discovery of a long lost notebook of recipes she’d collected
from her mother, relatives, and friends that inspired her to reconnect
with the loved ones of her past.
Letters of John and Abigail Adams, The - (Penguin Classics, 2004) Provides an insightful
record of American life before, during, and after the Revolution; the
letters also reveal the intellectually and emotionally fulfilling
relationship between John and Abigail that lasted fifty-four years and
withstood historical upheavals, long periods apart, and personal
Letters of Vincent Van Gogh, The – (Mark Roskill, 2008) This collection of letters, arranged in
chronological order and written to Vincent's closest confidant, his
brother and art dealer, Theo, provide a riveting narrative of van
Gogh's life. The letters expose Vincent's creative process; his joy and
inspiration derived from literature, Japanese art, and nature; as well
as his many romantic disappointments and constant poverty.
Lewis and Clark Among the Indians – (James P. Ronda, 2002) Ronda documents not only the stories that
Meriwether Lewis and William Clark offered about their "road across the
continent," but also the large and important stories by and about the
native peoples whose trails they followed and whose lands they
described in their journals and reports and on their maps.
Life is So Good - (George Dawson and Ricahrd Glaubman, 2000) What makes a happy person, a happy life? In this remarkable book,
George Dawson, a 101-year-old man who learned to read when he was 98,
reflects on the philosophy he learned from his father—a belief that
"life is so good"—as he offers valuable lessons in living and a fresh,
firsthand view of America during the twentieth century.
Lincoln - (David Herbert Donald, 1995) In this beautifully rendered original
portrait of the sixteenth president, Lincoln emerges as both a great
leader and an imperfect human being. It draws extensively from Lincoln's
personal papers and from newly discovered records of Lincoln's legal
Log from the Sea of Cortez, The - (John Steinbeck, 1951) Steinbeck and biologist Edward F. Ricketts
board the Western Flyer, a sardine boat and head out of Monterey,
California, on a 4,000-mile journey into the Sea of Cortez. A great book
that helps understand Steinbeck and his beliefs about man and the
world, combined with adventure, philosophy and science.
Long Distance : a Year of Living Strenuously - (Bill McKibben, 2000) This text documents Bill McKribbens year as an imposter of sorts in the
demanding world of competitive skiing. In his late 30s McKribben decided
to test his body. He decided upon cross-country skiing. He took a year
out and trained full-time - with the help of a coach/guru - putting in
hours and miles typical of an Olympic athlete.
Longitude : the True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time – (Dava Sobel, 1995) Anyone alive in the eighteenth century would
have known that "the longitude problem" was the thorniest scientific
dilemma of the day and had been for centuries. The quest for a solution
has occupied scientists for the better part of two centuries when, in
1714, England's Parliament upped the ante by offering a king's ransom
to anyone whose method or device proved successful.
Lost in Translation : a Memoir - (Eva Hoffman, 1989) This memoir tells the story of a thirteen-year-old
girl immigrating to America from Cracow, Poland in 1959, to settle in
well-manicured, suburban Vancouver. Although this is a classic story
of immigration, it is so beautifully written that it also becomes an
exploration of what it means to change—to incorporate new ways of being
and thinking without compromising the integrity of a former self.
Love Medicine – (Louise Erdrich, 1993) Presents a collection of narratives by the
members of several Chippewa families as they struggle to make sense of
the death of one member of their community by recounting their own
personal struggles for identity.
Making our Democracy Work: A Judge's View - (Stephen Breyer, 2010) The Supreme Court is
one of the most extraordinary institutions in our system of government.
Charged with the responsibility of interpreting the Constitution, the
nine unelected justices of the Court have the awesome power to strike
down laws enacted by our elected representatives.
Martha Washington : an American Life - (Patricia Brady, 2005) Here are the able landowner, the indomitable
patriot (who faithfully joined her husband each winter at Valley
Forge), and the shrewd diplomat and emotional mainstay. And even as it
brings Martha Washington into sharper and more accurate focus, this
sterling life sheds light on her marriage, her society, and the
precedents she established for future First Ladies.
Matter of Interpretation: Federal Courts and the law - (Anthony Scalia, 1997) In exploring the
neglected art of statutory interpretation, Antonin Scalia urges that
judges resist the temptation to use legislative intention and
legislative history. In his view, it is incompatible with democratic
government to allow the meaning of a statute to be determined by what
the judges think the lawgivers meant rather than by what the legislature
Max Perkins : Editor of Genius - (A. Scott Berg, 1978) A meticulously-researched and
engaging portrait of the man who introduced the public to the greatest
literary writers as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and Thomas
Wolfe. Perkins was tirelessly committed to nurturing talent no matter
how young or unproven the writer.
Missing Stories : an Oral History of Ethnic and Minority Groups in Utah – (Leslie Kelen and Eileen Hallet Stone, 1996) This extensive volume
contains oral histories from some of Utah’s oldest and largest cultural
communities: Ute, African-American Jewish, Chinese, Italian, Japanese,
Greek, and Chicano-Hispano.
Mona in the Promised Land - (Gish Jen, 1996) In 1968, the Chang family moves to posh Scarshill, New York, where the rhodendrons are as big as the Chang family's old bathroom, and nobody trims the forsythia into little can shapes. This takes some getting used to--especially since there's also a new social landscape, with a hot line, a mystery caller, and a temple youth group full of radical ideas.
Monuments Men, The: Allied heroes, Nazi thieves, and the greatest treasure hunt in history - (Robert M Edsel; Bret Witter, 2009) The previously untold story of a little-known WWII Allied division whose mission was to track down European art and treasures that had been looted by the Nazis at Hitler's command
Mormon Country – (Wallace Stegner, 1942) A portrait of the subject
done with affection and objectivity, every detail standing forth in the
light of the author’s trenchant memory.
Muhammad: A very short introduction - (Jonathan A. C. Brown, 2011) A superb introduction to the major aspects of Muhammad's life and its importance, providing both Muslim and Western historical perspectives. It explains the prominent roles that Muhammad's persona has played in the Islamic world throughout history, from the medieval to the modern period.
My Story - (Elizabeth Smart, 2013) For the first time, ten years after her abduction from her Salt Lake City bedroom, Elizabeth Smart reveals how she survived and the secret to forging a new life in the wake of a brutal crime.
Naked and the Dead, The - (Norman Mailer, 1948) Written in gritty,
journalistic detail, the story follows a platoon of Marines who are
stationed on the Japanese-held island of Anopopei. Composed in 1948
with the wisdom of a man twice Mailer's age and the raw courage of the
young man he was, The Naked and the Dead is representative of the best in twentieth-century American writing.
Narrative of Frederick Douglass : an American Slave - (Frederick Douglass, 2000 Edition) This book calmly
but dramatically recounts the horrors and the accomplishments of his
early years-the daily, casual brutality of the white masters; his
painful efforts to educate himself; his decision to find freedom or die;
and his harrowing but successful escape.
Neighbors : the Destruction of the Jewish Community of Jedwabne, Poland – (Jan T. Gross, 2002) On a summer day in 1941 in
Nazi-occupied Poland, half of the town of Jedwabne brutally murdered
the other half: 1,600 men, women, and children-all but seven of the
town's Jews. Neighbors tells their story.
New Earth : Awakening to Your Life's Purpose, A - (Eckhart Tolle, 2005) Tolle shows how transcending our ego-based state
of consciousness is not only essential to personal happiness, but also
the key to ending conflict and suffering throughout the world. Tolle
describes how our attachment to the ego creates the dysfunction that
leads to anger, jealousy, and unhappiness, and shows readers how to
awaken to a new state of consciousness and follow the path a truly
New Genesis : a Mormon Reader on Land and Community – (Terry Tempest Williams, William B. Smart, 1998) Members of the LDS
faith relate personal experiences with the natural world, drawing on
scripture and Mormon tradition to develop and environmental ethic and to
practice, in the words of Terry Tempest Williams, the “extraordinary
acts of faith we can exercise on behalf of life.”
Night Thoreau Spent in Jail, The – (Jerome Lawrence / Robert Lee, 1970) Henry David Thoreau, philosopher,
poet, and naturalist, had refused to pay taxes to the government which
was engaged in the Mexican War, condemning the war as unjust. For this
unprecedented act of protest, he was thrown in jail, an act that has had
Nisei Daughter – (Monica Itoi Sone, 1979) Nisei Daughter is a
memoir of a Japanese American girl who was forced to move with her
family to an internment camp in Idaho during World War II.
Nobody's Son : Notes from an American Life – (Luis Alberto Urrea, 1998) Born in Tijuana to a Mexican father and an
Anglo mother from Staten Island, Urrea had a childhood full of
opposites, a clash of cultures and languages. In prose that seethes with
energy and crackles with dark humor, Urrea tells a story that is both
troubling and wildly entertaining.
Nothing to Declare : Memoirs of a Woman Traveling Alone – (Mary Morris, 1988) Morris
begins to hear echoes of her own life and her own sense of deprivation.
And she begins, too, to overcome the struggles of the past that have
held her back personally; as in the very best travel writing, Morris
effectively explores her own soul while exploring new terrain and new
Old Books, Rare Friends : Two Literary Sleuths and Their Shared Passion - (Leona Rostenberg & Madeleine B. Stern, 1998) Here's a
book about two forthright women who share a passion for literature and
who know the true meaning of a lifelong friendship.
On Dupont Circle: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and the progressives who shaped our world - (James Srodes, 2012) On the eve of World War I, twelve young people came together in Washington, D.C.'s tony Dupont Circle neighborhood. They were ambitious for personal and social advancement, and what bound them together was a sheer determination to remake America and the rest of the world in their progressive image. The group mixed cocktails, foreign policy, and bed-mates as they set out to remake the world.
On Gold Mountain : the One-Hundred-Year Odyssey of my Chinese-American Family - (Lisa See, 1995) See uncovered in her
family tree a capsule history of the Sino-American diaspora: her
great-grandfather, Fong See, founded a California business, married a
Caucasian woman and fathered many offspring, and returned periodically
to China to redistribute some of his wealth and launch another family.
On Writing : a Memoir of the Craft – (Stephen King, 2002) Short and snappy as it is, Stephen King's On Writing
really contains two books: a fondly sardonic autobiography and a
tough-love lesson for aspiring novelists. The memoir is terrific stuff,
a vivid description of how a writer grew out of a misbehaving kid.
Our Secret Constitution : How Lincoln Redefined American Democracy
- (George P. Fletcher, 1995) In this perspective-altering new book,
George P. Fletcher asserts that the Civil War was the most significant
event in American legal
history, an event that not only abolished slavery and changed the laws
of the land but also created a new set of principles that continues to
guide our thinking today.
Out of Africa and Shadows on the Grass - (Isak Dinesen, 1960) This one volume contains both Out of Africa, the
well-loved story of Isak Dinesen’s struggle on her coffee plantation in
Kenya and additional stories and reminiscences about Africa gathered
under the title Shadows on the Grass. The author’s poetic images and
language make her book a delight to read.
People of the Book - (Geraldine Brooks, 2008) One of the earliest Jewish religious volumes
to be illuminated with images, the Sarajevo Haggadah survived
centuries of purges and wars thanks to people of all faiths who risked
their lives to safeguard it.
Prairie Reunion - (Barbara J. Scott, 1995) Part memoir, part
social and cultural history, part ecological exploration, Prairie
Reunion takes writer Barbara Scot to Scotch Grove, Iowa, the small
farming community of her childhood where she succeeds in coming to
terms with her parents' legacy, a bittersweet history that involves
love, abandonment, and suicide.
Professor and the Madman : the tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary - (Simon Winchester, 1998) Part homage to the greatest reference work of all time, the Oxford English Dictionary, part mystery, part intellectual history of Victorian England, The Professor and the Madman
tells the parallel stories of the dictionary's genius editor and one
of his most prolific contributors, an insane American doctor committed
to an asylum for murder.
Proust was a Neuroscientist – (Jonah Lehrer, 2008) In this technology-driven age, it’s tempting to
believe that science can solve every mystery. After all, science has
cured countless diseases and even sent humans into space. But as Jonah
Lehrer argues in this sparkling debut, science is not the only path to
knowledge. In fact, when it comes to understanding the brain, art got
Reading Lolita in Tehran – (Axar Nafisi, 2003) Every Thursday morning for two years in the
Islamic Republic of Iran, a bold and inspired teacher named Azar Nafisi
secretly gathered seven of her most committed female students to read
forbidden Western classics. In this extraordinary memoir, their stories
become intertwined with the ones they are reading.
Red Cavalry – (Isaac Babel, 2002) Using his own experiences as a journalist and propagandist
with the Red Army during the war against Poland, Babel brings to life
an astonishing cast of characters from the exuberant, violent era of
early Soviet history.
Reluctant Mr. Darwin : an Intimate Portrait of Charles Darwin and the Making of His Theory of Evolution, The – (David Quammen, 2006) It took Darwin 21 years (and the threat that
someone else might publish first) to publish his theory because almost
all his contemporaries held theological views of nature, and his wife
feared that she and Charles would not be united in heaven. Quammen
explains that the synthesis of Darwin's theory of evolution and Gregor
Mendel's genetic discoveries was essential to establish what now
underpins all modern science.
Reopening the American West - (Hal K. Rothman, 1998) This
book re-examines the relationship between people and the environment in
the American West over five hundred years, from the legacy of
Coronado's search for the Cities of Gold to the social costs of tourism
and gaming inflicted by modern adventurers.
Republic, The – (Plato, 1955) An attempt to apply the principles of his philosophy to
political affairs. Ostensibly a discussion of the nature of Justice, it
lays before us Plato’s vision of the ideal state, covering a wide
range of topics, social, educational, psychological, moral and
River Too Far : the Past and Future of the Arid West, A - (Joseph Finkhouse and Mark Crawford, 1991)
Rule Number Two : Lessons I Learned in a Combat Hospital
- (Dr. Heidi Squier Kraft, 2007) When Lieutenant Commander Heidi
Kraft's twin son and daughter were fifteen months old, she was deployed
A clinical psychologist in the US Navy, Kraft's job was to uncover the
wounds of war that a surgeon would never see.
Sandra Day O'Connor: How the First Woman on the Supreme Court Became Its Most Influential Justice - (Joan Biskupic, 2005) Sandra Day O'Connor,
America's first woman justice, was called the most powerful woman in
America. She became the axis on which the Supreme Court turned, and it
was often said that to gauge the direction of American law, one need
look only to O'Connor's vote.
Savage Beauty : the Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay - (Nancy Milford, 2002) Thomas Hardy once said that America had two great
attractions: the skyscraper and the poetry of Edna St. Vincent Millay.
The most famous poet of the Jazz Age, Millay captivated the nation:
She smoked in public, took many lovers (men and women, single and
married), flouted convention sensationally, and became the embodiment
of the New Woman.
Saving the Soul of Medicine - (Margaret A. Mahony, 2000) Dismayed by the lack of understanding about
the true impact of changes brought on by "managed care," she collected
stories and viewpoints from her patients which dramatically capture
their feelings and opinions about the new healthcare model.
Selected Poems of Langston Hughes - (Langston Hughes, 1959) The selected poems celebrated the experience
of invisible men and women: of slaves who "rushed the boots of
Washington"; of musicians on Lenox Ave; of the poor and the lovesick; of
losers in "the raffle of night."
Shelf Life : Romance, Mystery, Drama, and Other Page-Turning Adventures from a Year in a Bookstore - (Suzanne Stempek Shea, 2004) Two years ago, while recovering from radiation therapy, Shea heard from a
friend who was looking for help at her bookstore. Shea volunteered,
seeing it as nothing more than a way to get out of her pajamas and back
into the world. But over next twelve months, Shea lived and breathed books
in a place she says sells “ideas, stories, encouragement, answers,
solace, validation, the basic ammunition for daily life.
Sisters in War : a Story of Love, Family, and Survival in the New Iraq - (Christina Asquith, 2009) Caught up in a terrifying war, facing choices of life and death, two
Iraqi sisters take us into the hidden world of women’s lives under U.S.
So Many Books, So Little Time : a Year of Passionate Reading - (Sara Nelson, 2003) The interplay between our lives and our books is
the subject of this unique memoir. From Solzhenitsyn to Laura Zigman,
Catherine M. to Captain Underpants, the result is a personal chronicle
of insight, wit, and enough infectious enthusiasm to make a passionate
reader out of anybody.
Something to Declare : Essays – (Julia Alvarez, 1999) As an immigrant from the Dominican Republic,
Alvarez reflects on her life before the United States, her assimilation
to the Americanized culture. Alvarez eloquently depicts her love of
writing and family, and offers insight into what it means to have a
Spy Handler: memoir of a KGB officer: the true story of a man who recruited Robert Hanssen & Aldrich Ames - (Victor Cherkashin with Gregory Feifer, 2005) In his four decades as a KGB officer, Victor Cherkashin was a central player in the shadowy world of Cold War espionage. From his rigorous training in Soviet intelligence in the early 1950s to his prime spot as the KGB's head of counterintelligence at the Soviet embassy in Washington, Cherkashin's career was rich in episode and drama. In a riveting memoir, Cherkashin provides a remarkable insider's view of the KGB's prolonged conflict with the CIA.
Stealing Secrets: How a Few Daring Women Deceived Generals, Impacted Battles, and Altered the Course of the Civil War - (H. Donald Winkler, 2010) During America's most
divisive war, both the Union and Confederacy took advantage of brave and
courageous women willing to adventurously support their causes. These
female spies of the Civil War participated in the world's second-oldest
profession-spying-a profession perilous in the extreme. Stuffed : Adventures of a Restaurant Family – (Patricia Volk, 2001) This delicious memoir lets us into her big, crazy, loving, and infuriating family, where you’re never just hungry – you’re starving to death; and you’re never just full - you’re stuffed. Volk’s family fed New York City for one hundred years, from 1888 when her great-grandfather introduced pastrami to America until 1988, when her father closed his garment center restaurant.
Sum of Our Past : Revisiting Pioneer Women - (Judy Shell Busk, 2004) Pioneer women were as varied as women are
today-strong but now without uncertainties and idiosyncrasies. Busk
examines how pioneer women dealt with personal issues such as
depression, isolation, family planning, and ambition beyond the domestic
Team of Rivals : the Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln - (Dorris Kearns Goodwin, 2005) Centered on Lincoln's mastery of men and how it shaped the most
significant presidency in the nation's history. Lincoln won the
presidential election, Goodwin determines, because he possessed an
extraordinary ability to put himself in the place of other men, to
experience what they were feeling, to understand their motives and
Tender at the Bone - (Ruth Reichl, 1998) Hilarity runs through these
stories about a young woman who discovered at a young age that “food
could be a way of making sense of the world.” From the gourmand Monsieur
du Croix , who served Reichl her first soufflé, to the politically
correct cooks of Berkeley in the 1970s, championing the organic food
movement, Reichl finds humor and poignancy.
Thinking in Pictures, Expanded Edition: My Life With Autism - (Temple Grandin, 2010) In this unprecedented book,
Grandin delivers a report from the country of autism. Writing from the
dual perspectivies of a scientist and an autistic person, she tells us
how that country is experienced by its inhabitants and how she managed
to breach its boundaries to function in the outside world.
Three Cups of Tea - (Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin, 2006) Greg
Mortenson, a homeless mountaineer who, following a 1993 climb of
Pakistan's treacherous K2, was inspired by a chance encounter with
impoverished mountain villagers and promised to build them a school.
Tracks : a Woman's Solo Trek Across 1,700 Miles of Australian Outback – (Robyn Davidson, 1980) When Davidson first set out to make her journey
across the deserts of Australia, alone but for her dog and four camels,
she was called a lunatic, a would-be suicide, and a harmeless publicity
seeker. But this high-spirited, engrossing book reveals that she is
something more: a genuine traveler driven by a love of Australia’s
landscape, an empathy for its indigenous people, and a willingness to
case away the trappings of her former identity.
Travels in West Africa – (Mary Kingsley, 1987) In 1893, defying every convention of Victorian
Womanhood, Mary Kingley set off alone for West Africa to collect
botanical specimens. Unaccompanied except for native guides, she plunged
boldly into forbidding jungle, often the first European – and almost
always the first white woman – ever to arrive. These are her memoirs.
Tuesdays with Morrie : an Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson – (Mitch Albom, 1997) Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher, or a
colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you
were young and searching, helped you see the world as a more profound
place, gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it.
Used and Rare : Travels in the Book World - (Lawrence Goldstone & Nancy Goldstone, 1997) The idea that books
had stories associated with them that had nothing to do with the
stories inside them was new to the Goldstones. Journey into the world
of book collecting where you can begin to appreciate that there is a
history and a world of ideas embodied by the books themselves.
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption - (Laura Hillenbrand, 2010) On a May afternoon in
1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and
disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil,
gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It
was that of a young lieutenant, the plane’s bombardier, who was
struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard.
Universe in a Single Atom : The Convergence of Science and Spirituality, The - (Dalai Lama, 2005) Dalai Lama discusses his vision of science and faith working hand
in hand to alleviate human suffering. Drawing on a lifetime of
scientific study and religious practice, he explores many of the great
debates and makes astonishing connections between seemingly disparate
topics such as evolution and karma.
Upstairs Room, The - (Johanna Reiss, 1972) In Annie de Leeuw was eight-years-old in 1940 when the Germans attacked
Holland and marched into the town of Winterswijk where she lived.
Vietnam War on Trial, The: The My Lai Massacre and the Court-Martial of Lieutenant Calley - (Michal R. Belknap, 2002) The military trial of
William Calley for his role in the slaughter of five hundred or more
Vietnamese civilians at My Lai shocked a nation already sharply divided
over a controversial war. In this superb retelling of the My Lai story
through the prism of the law, Michal Belknap provides new perspectives
and keen insights into core issues about the war that still divide
Visions of Glory: one man's astonishing account of the last days - (John Pontius, 2012) An account of a man named Spencer's out-of-body experiences and visions of the last days.
Voyages : from Tongan Villages to American Suburbs – (Cathy A. Small, 2011) Small uses stories of individuals from one village
and factual information about Tongan society to help readers understand
why Tongans migrate and what they experience in the U.S.
Walden and Civil Disobedience - (Henry David Thoreau, 1960) Meditations on human existence, society, government and other topics.
War Against Parents : What We Can Do for America's Beleaguered Moms and Dads – (Sylvia Anne Hewlett and Cornel West, 1998) This scathing critique of the
social, economic, and political forces that undermine parenting in
America is a must-read in kid-rich, parent-harried, income-poor Utah. It
is packed with data, analysis, and realistic proposals.
War Law - (Michael Byers, 2005) International law governing the use of military force has been the
subject of intense public debate. Under what conditions is it
appropriate, or necessary, for a country to use force when diplomacy has
Washington's Crossing - (David Hackett Fischer, 2004) Even as the
British and Germans spread their troops across New Jersey, the people
of the colony began to rise against them. On Christmas night, as a howling nor'easter
struck the Delaware Valley, George Washington led his men across the river and
attacked the exhausted Hessian garrison at Trenton, killing or
capturing nearly a thousand men.
Washington's Secret War : the Hidden History of Valley Forge - (Thomas Fleming, 2005) The defining moments of the Revolutionary War
did not occur on the battlefield or at the diplomatic table, claims
Thomas Fleming, but at Valley Forge, where the Continental Army wintered
in 1777-78. This book tells the dramatic story of how those several
critical months transformed a beaten, bedraggled group of recruits into a
professional army capable of defeating the world's most formidable
Washington's Spies: The story of America's first spy ring - (Alexander Rose, 2006) Based on remarkable new research, acclaimed historian Alexander Rose
brings to life the true story of the spy ring that helped America win
the Revolutionary War.
West with the Night - (Beryl Markham, 1983)
Story of Beryl Markham--aviator, racehorse trainer, beauty--and her life in the Kenya of the 1920s and '30s.
Who Owns the West? - (William Kittredge, 1996) A sustained meditation on what it means to be a Westerner today. The three
essays in the book compose both a celebration of the new West and an
elegy for an old West that is fading.
Wild Swans : Three Daughters of China, The – (Jung Chang, 1991) A riveting account of
the impact of history on the lives of women. A powerful, moving, at
times shocking story of three generations of Chinese women, as
compelling as Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club.
With Malice Toward None : a Life of Abraham Lincoln - (Stephen B. Oats, 1977) . Lincoln's rise from bitter poverty in America's midwestern
frontier to become a self-made success in business, law, and regional
politics. The second half of the book examines his legendary leadership
on the national stage as president during one of the country's most
tumultuous and bloody periods, the Civil War years.
Women in Utah History : Paradigm or Paradox? - (Patricia Lyn Scott and Linda Thatcher, 2005) -
This collection of historical essays show women in Utah as sharing much
with other American women, particularly in the West. By taking an
historical perspective, these essays capture the process of the social,
religious, political, and economical changes that Utah women
Women's Diaries of the Westward Journey - (Lillian Schlissel,1987) More than a quarter of a million Americans crossed the continental
United States between 1840 and 1870 in one of the greatest migrations of
modern times. Frontiersmen have become part of the legend, but
pioneering was in fact, a family matter, and American women are central to an accurate picture of what life was
like on the frontier.
Year in Provence, A - (Peter Mayle, 1989) A book as much about dreams and seasons as about
place, Peter Mayle’s story of moving into a 200-year old stone farmhouse
in a remote area of Provence is a delight. Follow the movement of the
seasons in a culture that has not forgotten how to live in tune with its
surroundings, relishing truffles in winter, and tarte au citron in
Year of Magical Thinking, The - (Joan Didion, 2006) Story of a year in her life that began with Didion's daughter in a medically
induced coma and her husband unexpectedly dead due to a heart attack.
This powerful and moving work is Didion's "attempt to make sense of the
weeks and then months that cut loose any fixed idea I ever had about
death, illness,marriage and children.