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Book Club in a Bag

Hosting you own Book Club? Each Book Club in a Bag backpack contains six (6) copies of one title, discussion questions, and a book sign-up sheet for the book club leader to keep track of the books. Kits have an extended 6-week loan period.
There are over 400 titles available! Stop by or call any Adult Services desk for more information or to reserve your kit.

Fiction Titles

Hitchhikers's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Chronicles the off-beat and occasionally extraterrestrial journeys, notions, and acquaintances of galactic traveler Arthur Dent.

The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott
Just in time for the centennial anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic comes a vivid, romantic, and relentlessly compelling historical novel about a spirited young woman who survives the disaster only to find herself embroiled in the media frenzy left in the wake of the tragedy.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
It's Christmas Eve in the March household, but this will be a Christmas like no other: their father is away fighting in the American Civil War and the March sisters and their mother must try to make ends meet while their father is at war. Although life can be hard for the family, and times are tough, this is an extraordinary story of triumph over adversity, recounting in exquisite detail, the lives, loves, trials, and triumphs of these four very different sisters. The stories of Jo, Beth, Amy, and Meg have charmed readers over five generations and has earned its place as a classic coming of age novel.

The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen
Returning to the hometown of her youth after a failed marriage, Willa struggles to find her place in a community where she no longer feels like she belongs, uncovers a 60-year family feud and falls for a strangely secretive man.

Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
The story of a young woman's quest for love and fortune during the California Gold Rush in San Francisco.

Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
A young New Mexico boy comes of age.

Best Kept Secret by Jeffrey Archer
Embarking on a shared family life, Harry, Emma, Sebastian, and Jessica find their happiness challenged by Emma's brother's engagement to a fortune-seeker, Sebastian's hedonist pursuits, and a grudge-bearing enemy from the past who would destroy their careers.

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
A novel of the future explores a world that has been devastated by ecological and scientific disasters.

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Two sisters, one practical and conventional and the other emotional and sentimental, set their sights on men who will perfectly match their disparate personalities, with unexpected results.

Three Daughters by Consuelo Saah Baehr
From the fertile hills of a tiny village near Jerusalem to the elegant townhouses of Georgetown,Three Daughters is a historical saga that chronicles the lives, loves, and secrets of three generations of Palestinian Christian women.

Once We Were Brothers by Ronald H. Balson
Once We Were Brothers is Ronald H. Balson's compelling tale of two boys and a family who struggle to survive in war-torn Poland, and a young love that struggles to endure the unspeakable cruelty of the Holocaust. Two lives, two worlds, and sixty years converge in an explosive race to redemption that makes for a moving and powerful tale of love, survival, and ultimately the triumph of the human spirit.

Arthur and George by Julian Barnes
Set against the backdrop of the British Empire, an intriguing novel by the author of Flaubert's Parrot chronicles the lives of two boys--George, the son of a Midlands vicar, and Arthur, growing up in Edinburgh--one who is forgotten by history, and one who becomes the creator of the world's most famous detective, as they pursue their separate destinies until they meet in a remarkable alliance.

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Maybe Adrian was a little more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they all swore to stay friends for life. Now Tony is in middle age. He's had a career and a single marriage, a calm divorce. He's certainly never tried to hurt anybody. Memory, though, is imperfect. It can always throw up surprises, as a lawyer's letter is about to prove.

The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry
Having left her hometown of Salem, Massachusetts, fifteen years ago under troubling circumstances, Towner Whitney relunctantly returns after her eighty-five-year-old great-aunt Eva suddently disappears.

A Highland Christmas by M.C. Beaton
Left alone in chilly Lochdubh, Scotland, while his family spends Christmas in Florida, Constable Hamish Macbeth copes with a missing cat and the disappearance of a town's holiday tree and decorations, while searching for a way to make a little girl's Christmas dreams come true.

The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure
A Parisian architect is paid handsomely to devise secret hiding spaces for Jews in his Nazi-occupied country but struggles with risking his life for a cause he is ambivalent towards, until a personal failure brings home their suffering.

Henderson the Rain King by Saul Bellow
A story of a middle-aged American millionaire who, seeking a new, more rewarding life, descends upon an African tribe. Henderson's awesome feats of strength and his unbridled passion for life earns him the admiration of the tribe - but it is his gift for making rain that turns him from mere hero into messiah.

The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin
A story inspired by the marriage between Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh traces the romance between a handsome young aviator and a shy ambassador's daughter whose relationship is marked by wild international acclaim, history-making flights and the world-shocking abduction of their child.

Billy Boyle by James Benn
What’s a twenty-two-year-old Irish American cop who’s never been out of Massa-chusetts before doing at Beardsley Hall, an English country house, having lunch with King Haakon of Norway? Billy Boyle himself wonders. Back home in Southie, he’d barely made detective when war was declared. Unwilling to fight and perhaps die for England, he was relieved when his mother wangled a job for him on the staff of a general married to her distant cousin. But the general turns out to be Dwight D. Eisenhower, whose headquarters are in London, which is undergoing the Blitz. And Uncle Ike wants Billy to be his personal investigator. Billy doubts his own abilities, with good reason. A theft and two murders test his investigative powers, but Billy proves to be a better detective than he or anyone else expected.

The Romanov Prophecy by Steve Berry
After the Russian people vote to bring back the Tsar, to be chosen from the distant relatives of Nicholas II, attorney Miles Lord heads for Moscow to perform a background check on one of the candidates, but his assignment turns unexpectedly dangerous.

Traps by MacKenzie Bezos
Traces the brief but significant connections between four very different women, including commitment-phobic special operative Dana, betrayed Oscar-winning actress Jessica, prostitute teen mother Vivian and recovering alcoholic Lynn.

Circle of Friends by Maeve Binchy
Portrays the uneasy association between beautiful, greedy jet-setter Nan Mahon and Benny Hogan and Eve Malone, best friends from a small Irish village.

Evening Class by Maeve Binchy
A middle-aged man and woman are the co-teachers of an Italian language class in Dublin, each hoping the class will renew their lives of disappointment.

The Postmistress by Sarah Blake
The stories of a small Cape Cod postmistress and an American radio reporter stationed in London collide on the eve of the United States's entrance into World War II, a meeting that is shaped by a broken promise to deliver a letter.

Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum
For fifty years, Anna Schlemmer has refused to talk about her life in Germany during World War II. Her daughter, Trudy, was only three when she and her mother were liberated by an American soldier and went to live with him in Minnesota. Trudy's sole evidence of the past is an old photograph; a family portrait showing Anna, Trudy, and a Nazi officer, the Obersturmfuumlehrer of Buchenwald.

The Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian
Working at a homeless shelter, student Laurel Estabrook encounters Bobbie Crocker, a man with a history of mental illness and a box of secret photos, but when Bobbie dies suddenly, Laurel embarks on an obsessive search for the truth behind the photos.

The Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalian
1943: Tucked away in the idyllic hills of Tuscany, the Rosatis, an Italian family of noble lineage, believe that the walls of their ancient villa will keep them safe from the war raging across Europe. 1955: Serafina Bettini, an investigator with the Florence Police Department, has successfully hidden her tragic scars from WWII, at least until she’s assigned to a gruesome new case - a serial killer who is targeting the remaining members of the Rosati family one by one.

Midwives by Chris Bohjalian
In the winter of 1981, trapped by unpassable roads, midwife Sibyl Danforth makes a life-altering decision when she performs an emergency cesarean section on a woman she fears has died of a stroke.

The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian
A historical love story inspired by the author's Armenian heritage finds early 20th-century nurse Elizabeth Endicott arriving in Syria to help deliver food and medical aid to genocide refugees, a volunteer service during which she exchanges letters with an Armenian engineer and widower

Her Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen
A penniless twenty-something member of the British nobility, Lady Victoria puts her sleuthing talents to work when an arrogant Frenchman, who is determined to gain control of her family's eight-hundred-year-old estate for himself, ends up dead in her bathtub.

Open Season by C.J. Box
As Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett races against time to save an endangered species, he finds himself plunged into a deadly mystery that soon threatens his family and the life he loves.

The Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle
The story of illegal aliens in California, told through the eyes of two very different couples, one well-off Anglos, the other illegal Mexicans living in a canyon. The novel chronicles their relationship against the background of growing hostility between immigrants and natives.

The Women by T.C. Boyle
Using Frank Lloyd Wright as his muse, T.C. Boyle presents a novel based on the great American architect and the four distinct women that permeated his life, career, and heart.

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
Story of two young boys who begin to encounter evil secrets when a lightning rod salesman gives them one of his contraptions covered with mystical symbols.

Moloka'i by Alan Brennert
Seven-year-old Rachel is forcibly removed from her family's 1890s Honolulu home when she contracts leprosy and is placed in a settlement, where she loses a series of new friends before new medical discoveries enable her to reenter the world.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
In early nineteenth-century England, an orphaned young woman accepts employment as a governess and soon finds herself in love with her employer who has a terrible secret.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Against a background of English moors in the 18th century, the lives of two families become intertwined through marriage, passion, and the dominating force of a man called Heathcliff.

March by Geraldine Brooks
In a story inspired by the father character in "Little Women" and drawn from the journals and letters of Louisa May Alcott's father, a man leaves behind his family to serve in the Civil War and finds his beliefs challenged by his experiences.

Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
Her world upended by the death of a beloved artist uncle who was the only person who understood her, fourteen-year-old June is mailed a teapot by her uncle's grieving friend, with whom June forges a poignant relationship.

War Brides by Helen Bryan
Five women form a bond of friendship in the English village of Crowmarch Priors as they find their lives altered by loss and love during World War II.

Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns
One thing you could depend on in Cold Sassy, Georgia, was that word got around - fast. On July 5, 1906, things took a scandalous turn. That was the day that E. Rucker Blakeslee, proprietor of the general store and barely three weeks a widower, eloped with Miss Love Simpson - a woman half his age and, worse yet, a Yankee! On that day, fourteen-year-old Will Tweedy's adventures began, and an unimpeachably pious town came to life.

Double Indemnity by James M. Cain
An unfaithful and unscrupulous wife exploits a morally inert insurance salesman in a scheme to murder her husband and collect his insurance.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
When a young girl falls down a rabbit hole, she discovers a strange and interesting world with fantastical, mad characters as she tries to find her way back home.

My Antonia by Willa Cather
After the death of her immigrant father, Antonia works as a servant for neighbors in the farmlands of Nebraska. She leaves for an unfortunate affair with an Irish railway conductor, but returns home, eventually marries and raises a large family in true pioneer style.

Journey to the End of the Night by Louis-Ferdinand Celine
Originally published to shocked reviews in 1932 France, a scathing literary critique of what the writer believed to be the poor judgment and hypocrisy of society follows the travels of petit-bourgeois anti-hero Bardamu, from the trenches of World War I and the African jungle to America and Paris.

Bone River by Megan Chance
In the mid-1800s, Leonie Russell finds a mummy along the riverbank and while investigating its origins, her husband's long-lost son shows up, prompting the concern of the native elders for her safety.

The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler
Down-and-out drunk Terry Lennox has a problem: his millionaire wife is dead and he needs to get out of LA fast. So he turns to his only friend in the world: Philip Marlowe, Private Investigator. He's willing to help a man down on his luck, but later, Lennox commits suicide in Mexico and things start to turn nasty.

Three Souls by Janie Chang
The ghost of a young Chinese woman is unable to enter the afterlife until she atones for her sins, but when her daughter, the sole mourner at her funeral, is in danger, she may have to sacrifice her afterlife and remain trapped on Earth to save her.

The Lady and the Unicorn by Tracy Chevalier
Interweaves historical fact with fiction to explore the mystery behind the creation of the remarkable Lady and the Unicorn tapestries, woven at the end of the fifteenth century, which today hang in the Cluny Museum in Paris.

The Awakening by Kate Chopin
Edna Pontellier, a Victorian-era wife and mother, is awakened to the full force of her desire for love and freedom when she becomes enamored with Robert LeBrun, a young man she meets while on vacation.

Little Bee by Chris Cleave
The fates of a 16-year-old Nigerian orphan and a well-to-do British couple seeking to repair their strained marriage with a free holiday are joined when the couple decide to stray beyond the walls of their holiday resort on a Nigerian beach.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
A fable about undauntingly following one's dreams, listening to one's heart, and reading life's omens features dialogue between a boy and an unnamed being.

The Second Time We Met by Leila Cobo
After a life-changing event, Asher Stone, a Columbian adoptee who grew up in the perfect California family, begins to question his identity and travels to Columbia to search for his birth mother.

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
The Woman in White (1859-60) is the first and greatest "Sensation Novel." Walter Hartright's mysterious midnight encounter with the woman in white draws him into a vortex of crime, poison, kidnapping, and international intrigue.

The House Girl by Tara Conklin
A novel of love, family, and justice follows Lina Sparrow, an ambitious first-year associate in a Manhattan law firm, as she searches for the "perfect plaintiff" to lead a historic class-action lawsuit worth trillions of dollars in reparations for descendants of American slaves.

Under Western Eyes by Joseph Conrad
Depicts the struggles of a Russian philosophy student who becomes involved against his will in a revolutionist murder.

Beyond the Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
Obie tries to overcome the power of Archie Costello, the leader of a secret organization of students at Trinity High School.

The Monkey's Raincoat by Robert Crais
When Los Angeles private detective Elvis Cole investigates the disappearance of Ellen Lang's husband and young son, he stumbles into a bizarre nightmare of high-level intrigue, missing drugs, and murder in Hollywood's seamy underworld.

The Great Train Robbery by Michael Crichton
The time is Victorian London with all its lavish wealth and appalling poverty. In the thriving underworld of London, we meet Edward Pierce, a handsome young man of good breeding. Pierce believes he can rob a fast moving train carrying the payroll for Crimean War troops. The train safe is supposed to be uncrackable.

Witch Way to Murder by Shirley Damsgaard
Thirty-something librarian--and psychic--Ophelia Jensen and her grandmother Abby, a practicing witch, set out to uncover the truth about an enigmatic, handsome stranger whose recent arrival in their tranquil Iowa town has apparently triggered an onslaught of disaster, from the theft of bomb-making materials to murder.

The Grilling Season by Diane Mott Davidson
In Colorado, Dr. Korman is arrested for the murder of his new girlfriend. Serves him right, thinks culinary queen Goldy Schulz--the doctor used to be her husband. But there is their son and that sends Goldy sleuthing.

Butterfly's Child by Angela Davis-Gardner
When three-year-old Benji is plucked from the security of his home in Nagasaki to live with his American father, Lt. Benjamin Franklin Pinkerton, and stepmother, Kate, on their farm in Illinois, the family conceals Benji's true identity as a child born from a liaison between an officer and a geisha. But when the truth about Benji surfaces, it will splinter this family's fragile dynamic, sending repercussions spiraling through their close-knit rural community and sending Benji on the journey of a lifetime.

The Kill Room by Jeffery Deaver
Lincoln Rhyme and his partner Amelia Sachs investigate the murder of an anti-American sympathizer in the Bahamas, who may have been taken out by the U.S. government.

Family Tree by Barbara Delinsky
When a white couple gives birth to a baby with distinctly black features, a family is thrown into turmoil.

The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
In a crumbling house in the remote northeastern Himalayas, an embittered, elderly judge finds his peaceful retirement turned upside down by the arrival of his orphaned granddaughter, Sai.

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
The story of Dinah, a tragic character from the Bible whose great love, a prince, is killed by her brother, leaving her alone and pregnant. The novel traces her life from childhood to death, in the process examining sexual and religious practices of the day, and what it meant to be a woman.

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
Living with an old-world mother and rebellious sister, an urban New Jersey misfit dreams of becoming the next J. R. R. Tolkien and believes that a long-standing family curse is thwarting his efforts to find love and happiness.

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
When the starving French masses rise to overthrow a corrupt and decadent government, both the guilty and innocent become victims of their frenzied anger. Soon nothing stands in the way of the chilling figure they enlist for their cause--La Guillotine--the new invention for efficiently chopping off heads.

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Discovering the symbolic meanings of flowers while languishing in the foster-care system, 18-year-old Victoria is hired by a florist when her talent for helping others is discovered, a situation that leads to a romantic prospect and the confrontation of a painful secret from her past.

The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig
Hired as a housekeeper to work on the early 1900s Montana homestead of widower Oliver Milliron, the irreverent Rose and her brother, Morris, endeavor to educate the widower's sons while witnessing local efforts on a massive irrigation project.

Room by Emma Donoghue
A five-year-old narrates a story about his life growing up in a single room where his mother aims to protect him from the man who kidnapped her when she was a teenager and has held her prisoner for seven years.

Slammerkin by Emma Donoghue
Born to poverty in eighteenth-century London, Mary Saunders' love of fine clothes and a dream of a better life take her from the world of prostitution to life as a household seamstress in Monmouth to a search for true freedom.

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
A classic novel of romantic suspense finds the second Mrs. Maxim de Winter entering the home of her mysterious and enigmatic new husband and learning the story of the house's first mistress, to whom the sinister housekeeper is unnaturally devoted.

Death of an Ordinary Man by Glen Duncan
A dead man struggles to learn why he has died by hovering around his wake and funeral, observing his family and friends while he reconstructs the events that shaped three generations of his family, and ultimately, his own demise.

The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff
The story of Ann Eliza Young's crusade against polygamy interwines with a tale of murder involving a polygamist family in present-day Utah.

A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
Working side-by-side for a record label, former punk rocker Bennie Salazar and the passionate Sasha hide illicit secrets from one another while interacting with a motley assortment of equally troubled people from 1970s San Francisco to the post-war future.

So Brave, Young, and Handsome by Leif Enger
In 1915 Minnesota, Monte Becket, a novelist who has lost his sense of purpose, joins Glendon Hale, an outlaw intent on reconciling with his family, which he had abandoned more than two decades earlier, on his journey to California, but he is forced to leave his own family and is pursued by Charles Siringo, a relentless former Pinkerton agent.

The High Divide by Lin Enger
Abandoned by her husband and her two sons who went out to search for him, Gretta Pope must follow her family across the rugged badlands of 1880s Montana.

The Master Butchers Singing Club by Louise Erdrich
Returning to his quiet German village home after World War I, trained killer Fidelis Waldvogel, accompanied by his wife, leaves to start a new life in America and finds his life irrevocably changed by a new relationship.

The Round House by Louise Erdrich
When his mother, a tribal enrollment specialist living on a reservation in North Dakota, slips into an abyss of depression after being brutally attacked, fourteen-year-old Joe Coutz sets out with his three friends to find the person that destroyed his family.

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
Calliope's friendship with a classmate and her sense of identity are compromised by the adolescent discovery that she is a hermaphrodite, a situation with roots in her grandparent's desperate struggle for survival in the 1920s.

Elizabeth Street by Laurie Fabiano
Elizabeth Street is both a fascinating immigrant story and an intimate portrait of how a first-generation American--and the author's own great-grandmother--outwits one of the most brutal crime organizations of the early 20th century.

Death Angel by Linda Fairstein
Discovering the murdered body of a young woman in Central Park, New York Assistant DA Alex Cooper and Detective Mike Chapman uncover disturbing links between the savage crime and a string of cold-case disappearances.

Shelter Me by Juliette Fay
Devastated by her husband's sudden death, Janie LaMarche and her two small children find unexpected support from her ipecac-toting aunt, an "unflinchingly nice" parish priest, and a contractor hired by Janie's late husband.

One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus
A vivid portrait of the American West follows May Dodd as she leaves the East Coast asylum to which she had been committed by her high-society family, heads west, and, with the help of a government program, ends up marrying a chief of the Cheyenne nation.

Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
It is 1925, and Richard Diver is the high priest of the good life on the white sands of the French Riviera. The Beautiful People- film stars, socialites, aristocrats-- gather eagerly and bitchily around him and his wife, Nicole. Beneath the breathtaking glamour, however, is a world of pain, and there is at the core of their lives a brittle hollowness.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?

Fall of Giants by Ken Follett
Follows the fates of five interrelated families--American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh--as they move through the dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
When artifacts from Japanese families sent to internment camps during World War II are uncovered during renovations at a Seattle hotel, Henry Lee embarks on a quest that leads to memories of growing up Chinese in a city rife with anti-Japanese sentiment.

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Fowler
A tale inspired by the marriage of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald follows their union in defiance of her father's opposition and her abandonment of the provincial finery of her upbringing in favor of a scandalous flapper identity that gains her entry into the literary party scenes of New York, Paris and the French Riviera.

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin
Silas Jones and Larry Ott have known each other since their late 1970s childhood when Silas lived with his mother in a cabin on land owned by Larry's father. At school they could barely acknowledge one another, Silas being black and Larry white, but they secretly formed a bond hunting, fishing, and just being boys in the woods. When a girl goes missing after going on a date with Larry, he is permanently marked as dangerous despite the lack of evidence linking him to her disappearance, and the two boys go their separate ways. Twenty-five years later, Silas is the local constable, and when another girl disappears, Larry, an auto mechanic with few customers and fewer friends, is once again a person of interest.

The Polish Officer by Alan Furst
Captain Alexander de Milja changes his disguise as he moves from country to country during World War II, spying on the Germans and working as a cartographer.

The Saving Graces by Patricia Gaffney
A story about true friendship follows the lives of the Saving Graces--Emma, Rudy, Lee, and Isabel--four very different women who find strength in the love, loyalty, and courage they all share.

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
Richard Mayhew's life is forever changed after he rescues a young girl named Door and finds himself living in a city of monsters, saints, murderers, and angels, and he must help Door on her mission to save this strange underworld kingdom from destruction.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Storytelling genius Neil Gaiman delivers a whimsical, imaginative, bittersweet and at times deeply scary modern fantasy about fear, love, magic and sacrifice to reveal and to protect us from the darkness inside a moving, terrifying and elegiac fable.

Love In the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez
Set on the Caribbean coast of South America, this love story brings together Fermina Daza, her distinguished husband, and a man who has secretly loved her for more than fifty years.

Left Neglected by Lisa Genova
Sarah, a career-driven young mother, suffers a traumatic brain injury in a car accident that leaves her unable to perceive left-side information. The disability causes her to struggle through an uncertain recovery as she adapts to her new life.

Still Alice by Lisa Genova
Feeling at the top of her game when she is suddenly diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease, Harvard psychologist Alice Howland struggles to find meaning and purpose in her life as her concept of self gradually slips away.

Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
First published in 1932, this classic satirical novel tells the story of sensible Flora Poste, who is orphaned at age 19. Leaving the city to go live with relatives in deepest Sussex at the aptly named Cold Comfort Farm, she meets the gloomy and eccentric Starkadder family, headed by reclusive Aunt Ada Doom. Flora's penchant for practicality and organization soon shakes things up.

The Thief Taker by Janet Gleeson
Working in the kitchen of a famous mid-eighteenth-century silversmith family, Agnes Meadowes finds her respectable life thrown into a shambles in the wake of a murdered apprentice, a stolen silver cooler, and a missing maid, circumstances that prompt her mistress to enlist Agnes to quietly investigate at a considerable personal risk.

Long Time Coming by Robert Goddard
Astonished to learn that the uncle he believed was killed in the Blitz has been in prison for nearly four decades, Stephen Swan finds himself in the middle of a conspiracy involving forged Picassos and the disinherited family an Antwerp diamond dealer.

Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda
Interweaving the stories of Kavita, Somer, and the child that binds both of their destinies, Secret Daughter poignantly explores the emotional terrain of motherhod, loss, identity, and love, as witnessed through the lives of two families--one Indian, one American-- and the child that indelibly connects them.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith
As a mysterious plague falls upon the village of Meryton and zombies start rising from the dead, Elizabeth Bennett is determined to destroy the evil menace, but becomes distracted by the arrival of the dashing and arrogant Mr. Darcy.

The Yard by Alex Grecian
Suffering public contempt after the Metropolitan Police's failure to capture Jack the Ripper, Walter Day, a member of Victorian London's recently formed "Murder Squad," partners with Scotland Yard's first forensic pathologist to track down a killer who is targeting their colleagues.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Despite the medical miracle that has bought her a few more years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, but when Augustus Waters suddenly appears at the Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be rewritten.

The End of the Affair by Graham Greene
An adulterous love affair turns into a relationship filled with hate and jealousy. Originally published in 1951, The End of the Affair was acclaimed by William Faulkner as "for me one of the best, most true and moving novels of my time, in anybody's language."

Cocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood
After leaving the tedium of 1920s English high society for Melbourne, Australia, Phryne Fisher becomes embroiled in a mystery involving poisoned wives, cocaine smuggling rings, corrupt cops, communism, and erotic encounters with a beautiful Russian dancer.

The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
The daughters of a ruthlessly ambitious family, Mary and Anne Boleyn are sent to the court of Henry VIII to attract the attention of the king, who first takes Mary as his mistress, in which role she bears him an illegitimate son, and then Anne as his wife.

The Secret River by Kate Grenville
After a childhood of poverty and petty crime in the slums of London, William Thornhill is sentenced in 1806 to be transported to New South Wales for the term of his natural life. With his wife, Sal, and children in tow, he arrives in a harsh land that feels at first like a death sentence. But among the convicts there is a whisper that freedom can be bought, an opportunity to start afresh. Away from the infant township of Sydney, up the Hawkesbury River, are white men who have tried to do just that. But, as uninhabited as the island appears at first, Australia is full of native people, and they too claim the land as their own.

Sycamore Row by John Grisham
When a wealthy man hangs himself and leaves his fortune to his black maid, Jake Brigance finds himself embroiled in a controversial trial that will expose old racial tensions and force Ford County to confront its tortured history.

The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
Orphaned during her passage from Ireland, young, white Lavinia arrives on the steps of the kitchen house and is placed, as an indentured servant, under the care of Belle, the master’s illegitimate slave daughter. She attempts to straddle the worlds of the kitchen and big house, but her skin color will forever set her apart from Belle and the other slaves.

Soon I Will be Invincible by Austin Grossman
When Doctor Impossible, an evil genius, mad scientist, time-traveler, and ambitious wannabe world dominator, escapes from prison and launches a new plot to seize control of the world, Fatale, a woman built by the NSA to be the next generation of weaponry, joins a group of misfit superheroes in their quest to destroy Doctor Impossible.

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. There he meets the freaks, grifters, and misfits that populate this world. He introduces us to Marlena, beautiful star of the equestrian act; to August, her charismatic but twisted husband (and the circus's animal trainer); and to Rosie, the seemingly untrainable elephant Jacob cares for. Beautifully written, with a luminous sense of time and place, Water for elephants tells of love in a world in which love's a luxury few can afford.

Starvation Lake by Bryan Gruley
In the dead of a Michigan winter, pieces of a snowmobile wash up near the crumbling, small town of Starvation Lake -- the same snowmobile that went down with Starvation's legendary hockey coach years earlier. But everybody knows Coach Blackburn's accident happened five miles away on a different lake. As rumors buzz about mysterious underground tunnels, the evidence from the snowmobile says one thing: murder.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
Despite his overwhelming fear of interacting with people, Christopher, a mathematically-gifted, autistic fifteen-year-old boy, decides to investigate the murder of a neighbor's dog and uncovers secret information about his mother.

Faith by Jennifer Haigh
When her older brother Art--the popular, dynamic pastor of a large suburban parish--finds himself at the center of the scandal, Sheila McGann, estranged from her family for years, returns to Boston, ready to fight for him and his reputation--until she discovers the truth.

Mrs. Kimble by Jennifer Haigh
Follows twenty-five years in the life of Ken Kimble as seen through the eyes of his three wives, from Birdie, who struggles with his abandonment; to heiress Joan, who is recovering from a personal loss; to Dinah, who suffers from an unhappy past.

The Treason of Mary Louvestre by My Haley
Based on the true story of a seamstress slave from the Confederate town of Norfolk, Virginia. When her owner gets involved with modifications to the ironclad CSS Virginia, Mary copies the plans and sets out to commit treason against the South. Facing certain death as a spy if caught, she treks two hundred miles during the bitter winter of 1862 to reach the office of Union Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles, where she hands over the plans. Mary's act of bravery is ably told by Haley, using a rich narrative and characters drawn from that pinnacle era of American history

North River by Pete Hamill
Tending to his poor and sick neighbors throughout a Depression-era winter, New York City doctor James Delaney is haunted by memories from World War I and the disappearances of his wife and daughter, until his three-year-old grandson is abandoned on his doorstep.

Winter Garden by Kristen Hannah
Reunited when their beloved father falls ill, sisters Meredith and Nina find themselves under the shadow of their disapproving mother, whose painful history is hidden behind her rendition of a Russian fairy tale told to the sisters in childhood.

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford by Ron Hansen
Jesse James was a fabled outlaw, a charismatic, spiritual, larger-than-life bad man whose bloody exploits captured the imagination and admiration of a nation hungry for antiheroes. Robert Ford was a young upstart torn between dedicated worship and murderous jealousy, the "dirty little coward" who coveted Jesse's legend. The story of their interweaving paths-- and twin destinies that would collide in a rain of blood and betrayal.

Dark Road Home by Karen Harper
When a tragic hit-and-run accident turns fatal, attorney Brooke Benton seeks justice.

Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris
A sensual novel follows a woman as she returns to the French village where she lived as a girl during the German occupation.

Plainsong by Kent Haruf
From the unsettled lives of a small-town teacher struggling to raise two boys alone in the face of their mother's retreat from life, a pregnant teenage girl with nowhere to go, and two elderly bachelor farmers emerges a new vision of life and family as their diverse destinies intertwine.

The Pearl That Broke Its Shell by Nadia Hashimi
In Kabul, 2007, with a drug-addicted father and no brothers, Rahima and her sisters can only sporadically attend school and rarely leave the house, and their only hope lies in the ancient custom of bacha posh, which allows young Rahima to dress and be treated as a boy until she is of marriageable age.

Girlchild by Tupelo Hassman
Obsessively following the edicts of the Girl Scouts Handbook in spite of her lack of a troop, young Rory longs to escape the Reno trailer park where she lives with her bartender mother, an effort marked by her fastidious collection of diaries, social worker reports and other family records.

Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
Valentine Michael Smith is a human being raised on Mars, newly returned to Earth. Among his people for the first time, he struggles to understand the social mores and prejudices of human nature that are so alien to him, while teaching them his own fundamental beliefs in grokking, watersharing, and love.

The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman
A tale inspired by the tragic first-century massacre of hundreds of Jewish people at Masada presents the stories of a hated daughter, a baker's wife, a girl disguised as a warrior, and a medicine woman who keep doves and secrets while Roman soldiers drawnear.

The Obituary Writer by Ann Hood
An obituary writer searching for her missing lover at the turn of the 20th century is linked to a woman considering leaving her loveless marriage in 1963 in this literary mystery from the best-selling author of The Red Thread.

Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan
Imagines the love affair of Robert Louis Stevenson and American divorcee Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne, who after meeting in rural France take refuge from their unhappy lives and embark on two shared decades of international turbulence.

A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby
Meeting on New Year's Eve on the roof of Topper's House, a London destination infamous as a last stop for suicidal people, a talk show host, a musician, a teenage girl, and a mother share stories about their circumstances and decisions.

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
Presents a story inspired by human love, how people take care of one another, and how choices resonate through subsequent generations.

The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe
Forced to set aside her Ph.D. research in order to help the settling of her late grandmother's abandoned home, Connie Goodwin discovers a hidden key among her grandmother's possessions that is linked to a darker chapter in Salem witch trial history.

State of the Onion by Julie Hyzy
While going up against her nemesis for the executive chef position, White House Assistant Chef Olivia Paras finds her goose cooked when she becomes the target of a world-class assassin, after witnessing a murder.

True Evil by Greg Iles
The idyllic life of busy Natchez doctor Chris Shepard is turned upside down when undercover FBI agent Alex Morse recruits him for a case involving a local divorce attorney who is suspected of murdering the spouses of his clients.

In One Person by John Irving
A tale inspired by the U.S. AIDS epidemic in the 1980s follows the experiences of individuals—including the bisexual narrator—who are torn by devastating losses and whose perspectives on tolerance and love are shaped by awareness of what might have been.

The Snow Child by Ivey Eowyn
A childless couple working a farm in the brutal landscape of 1920 Alaska discover a little girl living in the wilderness, with a red fox as a companion, and begin to love the strange, almost-supernatural child as their own.

The Europeans by Henry James
Eugenia, an American expatriate brought up in Europe, arrives in rural New England with her charming brother Felix, hoping to find a wealthy second husband after the collapse of her marriage to a German prince. Their exotic, sophisticated airs cause quite a stir with their affluent, God-fearing American cousins, the Wentworths - and provoke the disapproval of their uncle, suspicious of foreign influences. To Gertrude Wentworth, struggling against her sombre Puritan upbringing, the arrival of the handsome Felix is especially enchanting.

The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
When Isabel Archer, a beautiful, spirited American, is brought to Europe by her wealthy Aunt Touchett, it is expected that she will soon marry. But Isabel, resolved to determine her own fate, does not hesitate to turn down two eligible suitors. She then finds herself irresistibly drawn to Gilbert Osmond, who, beneath his veneer of charm and cultivation, is cruelty itself.

What Maisie Knew by Henry James
In the aftermath of an acrimonious divorce, young Maisie Farange finds herself shuttled back and forth between her father and mother and their new spouses. Neglected and exploited by everyone around her, Maisie herself becomes a pretext for sexual intrigue when her stepparents become attracted to each other.

Desert Heat by J. A. Jance
Joanna Brady is the wife of a Cochise County deputy who is mysteriously killed. Joanna suspects the sheriff and tries to prove it.

The Country of the Pointed Firs: And Other Stories by Sarah Orne Jewett
A wandering writer, who boards at an herbalist's house in Maine, finds herself becoming more and more involved in the lives of the villagers.

The First Part Last by Angela Johnson
When his girlfriend Nia announces that she is pregnant, sixteen-year-old Bobby, a typical urban New York City teenager, must cast aside his life of partying to visit obstetricians and social workers, who try to convince them to give their baby up for adoption, until tragedy strikes.

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
After a long and eventful life Allan Karlsson is moved to a nursing home to await the inevitable. But his health refuses to fail and as his 100th birthday looms a huge party is planned. Allan wants no part of it and decides to climb out the window...

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
Harold Fry is convinced that he must deliver a letter to an old love in order to save her, meeting various characters along the way and reminiscing about the events of his past and people he has known, as he tries to find peace and acceptance.

The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
A seemingly typical man wakes up one morning to discover that he has been transformed into a gigantic insect, and must deal with the depression over his new physical alteration, as well as the rejection of his family.

The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent
Young Sarah Carrier tries to cope with life in Salem, Massachusetts, after her mother, Martha Carrier, is accused, tried, and hanged as a witch.

March Violets by Philip Kerr
In 1936 Berlin, Bernhard Gunther is a private investigator who solves a case of theft, murder, and corruption within the new Nazi supporting group, the March Violets.

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
Traces more than three decades in the lives of a wealthy Charleston debutante who longs to break free from the strictures of her household and pursue a meaningful life; and the urban slave, Handful, who is placed in her charge as a child before finding courage and a sense of self.

The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd
Jessie Sullivan is summoned home to tiny Egret Island, where she meets Brother Thomas, a monk who is about to take his final vows, and encounters the legend of a mysterious chair dedicated to a saint who had originally been a mermaid.

The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R. King
When Mary Russell meets famous detective Sherlock Holmes, she discovers that he is also a beekeeper. Soon she finds herself on the trail of kidnappers and discovers a plot to kill both Holmes and herself.

Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
Tired of living on a failing farm and suffering oppressive poverty, bored housewife Dellarobia Turnbow, on the way to meet a potential lover, is detoured by a miraculous event on the Appalachian mountainside that ignites a media and religious firestorm that changes her life forever.

The Walking Dead, vol. 1, Days Gone By by Robert Kirkman
Police officer Rick Grimes is shot on the job and wakes up a month later to find that the world that he knows is gone. Zombies have taken over and are killing and eating those who are still alive. He sets out toward Atlanta in the hope that his family isstill alive and endures many horrors along the way.

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
Close to aging out of the foster care system, Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer takes a community service position helping an elderly woman named Vivian clean out her home and discovers that they are more alike than different as she helps Vivian solve a mystery from her past.

Silent to the Bone by E.L. Konigsburg
When he is wrongly accused of gravely injuring his baby half-sister, thirteen-year-old Branwell loses his power of speech and only his friend Connor is able to reach him and uncover the truth about what really happened.

Iron Lake by William Kent Krueger
Part Irish, part Native American, Corcoran "Cork" O'Connor puts aside his grudge against the small Minnesota town that rejected him as a sheriff to investigate a sinister conspiracy responsible for the murder of the local judge.

Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok
Emigrating with her mother from Hong Kong to Brooklyn, Kimberly Chang begins a secret double life as an exceptional schoolgirl during the day and sweatshop worker at night, an existence also marked by a first crush and the pressure to save her family from poverty.

The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
A portrait of the immigrant experience follows the Ganguli family from their traditional life in India through their arrival in Massachusetts in the late 1960s and their difficult melding into an American way of life.

We Are Water by Wally Lamb
Told in alternating voices, follows Anna Oh, a middle-age wife, mother, and artist, as she, after twenty-seven years of marriage, divorces her husband to marry Vivica, the Manhattan art dealer who orchestrated her professional success.

Defending Jacob by William Landay
Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than twenty years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next. His fourteen-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

Turn of Mind by Alice LaPlante
Implicated in the murder of her best friend, Jennifer White, a brilliant retired surgeon with dementia, struggles with fractured memories of their complex relationship and wonders if she actually committed the crime.

The Constant Gardener by John Le Carré
When the young and beautiful wife of a much older embassy worker and amateur gardener is found murdered near northern Kenya's Lake Turkana, his personal pursuit of the killers not only sets him up as their next target, but as a suspect among his embassy colleagues.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Scout Finch, daughter of the town lawyer, likes to spend her summers building treehouses, swimming, and catching lightning bugs with her big brother Jem. But one summer, when a black man is accused of raping a white woman, Scout's carefree days come to an end. In the county courtroom, she will join her father in a desperate battle against ignorance and prejudice.

The Piano Teacher by Janice Y.K. Lee
Ten years after World War II causes the demise of a love affair between an Englishman and a Eurasian socialite, Claire Pendleton is hired by the wealthy Chen family as a piano instructor, falls in love with the Englishman, and is seduced by the social life of Hong Kong's expatriate community.

Alex: The Commandant Camille Verhoven Trilogy by Pierre Lemaître
Meg and Charles Wallace set out with their friend Calvin in a search for their father. His top secret job as a physicist for the government has taken him away and the children search through time and space to find him.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Meg and Charles Wallace set out with their friend Calvin in a search for their father. His top secret job as a physicist for the government has taken him away and the children search through time and space to find him.

Death at La Fenice by Donna Leon
When renowned opera conductor Helmut Wellauer is found dead in his dressing room, the victim of cyanide poisoning, Guido Brunetti, the Vice Commissario of the Venice police, must sift through several suspects.

Martha Quest by Doris Lessing
Intelligent, sensitive, and fiercely passionate, Martha Quest is a young woman living on a farm in Africa, feeling her way through the torments of adolescence and early womanhood. She is a romantic idealistic in revolt against the puritan snobbery of her parents, trying to live to the full with every nerve, emotion, and instinct laid bare to experience. For her, this is a time of solitary reading daydreams, dancing -- and the first disturbing encounters with sex.

The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis
Two English school children share hair-raising adventures as they go on a search and rescue mission for the missing Prince Rilian, who is held captive in the underground kingdom of the Emerald Witch.

Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis
This reinterpretation of the tale of Cupid and Psyche, combines elements of barbarism and fantasy with an understanding of human nature and psychology.

The Other Child by Charlotte Link
Investigating two murders that occurred months apart in the quiet seaside town of Scarborough, detective Valerie Almond seeks a connection between the two victims and instead discovers a link to the evacuation of children to Scarborough during World War II.

The Giver by Lois Lowry
Living in a "perfect" world without social ills, a boy approaches the time when he will receive a life assignment from the Elders, but his selection leads him to a mysterious man known as the Giver, who reveals the dark secrets behind the utopian facade

Wicked by Gregory Maguire
Set in an Oz where a morose Wizard battles suicidal thoughts, the story of the green-skinned Elphaba, otherwise known as the Wicked Witch of the West, profiles her as an animal rights activist striving to avenge her dear sister's death.

Dreams of My Russian Summers by Andrei Makine
Andrei spends evenings with his grandmother in the Russian village of Saranza, and she tells him of her life in Paris at the beginning of the 20th century before she came to Russia and fell in love with his grandfather who died during World War I.

Wicked Autumn by G.M. Malliet
His tranquility as the established vicar of a New Age village shattered by the murder of an unpopular woman, former MI5 agent Max Tudor struggles with past demons while trying to identify a killer in his peaceful community.

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
Assuming the power recently lost by the disgraced Cardinal Wolsey, Thomas Cromwell counsels a mercurial Henry VIII on the latter's efforts to marry Anne Boleyn against the wishes of Rome and many of his people, a successful endeavor that comes with a dangerous price. By the Hawthornden Prize-winning author of Eight Months on Ghazzah Street

The Bad Seed by William March
A seemingly normal and attractive young girl, Rhoda Penmark uses her strange powers and talent for evil to force others to give her what she wants.

Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War by Karl Marlantes
In a story by a decorated Marine veteran who fought in the Vietnam War, Lieutenant Waino Mellas and his fellow Marines venture into the mountain jungle of Vietnam as boys and fight their way into manhood, meeting not only external obstacles but also those between each other, including racial tension, competing ambitions and underhanded officers.

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
A first novel by a Pushcart Prize-winning writer is set in a rural village in December 2004 Chechnya, where failed doctor Akhmed harbors the traumatized 8-year-old daughter of a father abducted by Russian forces and treats a series of wounded rebels and refugees while exploring the shared past that binds him to the child.

Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Possessing encyclopedia-like intelligence, unusual zookeeper's son Pi Patel sets sail for America, but when the ship sinks, he escapes on a life boat and is lost at sea with a dwindling number of animals until only he and a hungry Bengal tiger remain.

The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis
Traces the story of Great Migration-era mother Hattie Shepherd, who in spite of poverty and a dysfunctional husband uses love and Southern remedies to raise nine children and prepare them for the realities of a harsh world.

Miracle at St. Anna by James McBride
In a historical novel based on a real-life massacre at St. Anna Di Stazzema, a small village in Tuscany, during World War II, four African-American soldiers from the 92nd Division, a band of partisans, and a young Italian boy come together to experience a miracle. By the author of The Color of Water.

We Are Called to Rise by Laura McBride
An immigrant youth struggling to assimilate, a middle-aged housewife with a troubled marriage, a Vegas social worker, and a wounded soldier connect with each other and rescue themselves in the wake of an unthinkable incident.

Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
In 1974 Manhattan, a radical young Irish monk struggles with personal demons while making his home among Bronx prostitutes, a group of mothers shares grief over their lost Vietnam soldier sons, and a young grandmother attempts to prove her worth.

Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight
When her high-achieving 15-year-old daughter Amelia supposedly commits suicide after she is caught cheating, litigation lawyer and single mother Kate Baron, leveled by grief, must reconstruct the pieces of Amelia's life to find the truth and vindicate the memory of the daughter whose life she could not save.

The Doctor and the Diva by Adrienne McDonnell
Building a successful career by helping couples to conceive, an early 20th-century obstetrician makes a risky decision after meeting a talented opera singer whose infertility issues prompt her to leave her husband and pursue a career abroad.

The Birth House by Ami McKay
Practicing midwife Dora Rare works in Scots Bay, Nova Scotia during the early part of the twentieth century, but the midwifery tradition is threatened when medical doctor Gilbert Thomas arrives with promises of fast, painless childbirth.

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
Meeting through mutual friends in Chicago, Hadley is intrigued by brash "beautiful boy" Ernest Hemingway, and after a brief courtship and small wedding, they take off for Paris, where Hadley makes a convincing transformation from an overprotected child to a game and brave young woman who puts up with impoverished living conditions and shattering loneliness to prop up her husband's career.

Jump at the Sun by Kim McLarin
Reveals the complicated relationships of mothers and daughters in the lives of three generations of women, including Grace, a self-made woman determined to avoid the errors of her mother, who had sacrificed her own needs for her children.

Thirteen Hours by Deon Meyer
Detective Benny Griessel has trodden on too many toes ever to reach the top of the promotion ladder, and now he concentrates on staying sober and mentoring young crime fighters. But when an American backpacker disappears in Cape Town, Benny has just thirteen hours to save the girl, save his career, and crack open a conspiracy which threatens the whole country.

Recessional by James A. Michener
A fictional portrait of the challenges, dreams, triumphs, and relationships of older adults and their families follows the residents of the Palms, a Florida retirement center, over the course of a single, unforgettable year.

While I Was Gone by Sue Miller
Having moved on with her life after a friend was brutally murdered, Jo Becker is now married with a grown family, but when an old housemate moves into the neighborhood, Jo rekindles a relationship that takes her back to the past and threatens her future.

The Mirror by Marlys Millhiser
On the eve of her wedding in 1978, Shay Garrett peers into the antique mirror in her family's longtime home, the famous Victorian Gingerbread House on Pearl Street in Boulder, Colorado, and falls unconscious only to wake in the body of her own grandmother Brandy on the eve of her wedding--in 1900. The virginal Brandy, in turn, awakes in Shay's body to discover herself pregnant. What follows is a fascinating look at how two women--and their families--cope with this strange situation.

A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
A portrait of India featuring four characters. Two are tailors who are forcibly sterilized, one is a student who emigrates, and the fourth is a widowed seamstress who decides to hang on. A tale of cruelty, political thuggery and despair by an Indian from Toronto, author of Such a Long Journey.

Watchmen by Alan Moore
Exceptional graphic artwork brings to life the story of the Watchmen as they race against time to find a killer, with the fate of the world hanging in the balance.

A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore
Charlie Asher, a neurotic and anxious hypochondriac who hates change, confronts the challenges of being a widower and a single parent when his wife dies of a freak medical condition on the day his new daughter, Sophie, is born.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
A fierce competition is underway, a contest between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood to compete in "a game," in which each must use their powers of illusion to best the other. Unbeknownst to them, this game is a duel to the death, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will.

The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty
A novel about the friendship between an adolescent, pre-movie-star Louise Brooks, and the 36-year-old woman who chaperones her to New York City for a summer, in 1922, and how it changes both their lives.

The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
Abandoned on a 1913 voyage to Australia, Nell is raised by a dock master and his wife who do not tell her until she is an adult that she is not their child, leading Nell to return to England and eventually hand down her quest for answers to her granddaughter.

The Man In My Basement by Walter Mosley
To save the home that has belonged to his family for generations, Charles Blakey, a young black man whose life is slowly crumbling around him—his parents are dead, he is unemployed, he is drinking too much, and his friends have been deserting him--agrees to rent out his basement for the summer to a mysterious stranger.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Taking a job as an assistant to extreme sports enthusiast Will, who is wheelchair bound after a motorcycle accident, Louisa struggles with her employer's acerbic moods and learns of his shocking plans before demonstrating to him that life is still worth living.

Ahab's Wife: Or, the Star Gazer by Sena Jeter Naslund
A rich epic, drawn from the classic Moby Dick, chronicles the life of Una Spenser, wife of the immortal Captain Ahab, from her Kentucky childhood, through her adventures disguised as a whaling ship cabin boy, to her various marriages.

Suite Francaise by Irène Némirovsky
A story of life in France under the Nazi occupation includes two parts--"Storm in June," set amid the chaotic 1940 exodus from Paris, and "Dolce," set in a German-occupied village rife with resentment, resistance, and collaboration.

Nemesis by Jo Nesbø
Oslo Police Detective Harry Hole is assigned to investigate a series of bank robberies of unparalleled savagery while at the same time absolving himself of the murder of his former girlfriend in a criminal investigation led by his longtime adversary Tom Waaler and Waaler's vigilante police force.

The Sandalwood Tree by Elle Newmark
In 1947, as Britain loses its grip on India, Evie Mitchell and her husband and son are forced to hole up in a small Indian village, where Evie discovers a cache of letters that leads her to the compelling story of two nineteenth-century Englishwomen.

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Passionately in love, Clare and Henry vow to hold onto each other and their marriage as they struggle with the effects of Chrono-Displacement Disorder, a condition that casts Henry involuntarily into the world of time travel.

The Gravedigger's Daughter by Joyce Carol Oates
The daughter of a German high school teacher who was forced to work as a gravedigger after immigrating to upstate New York, Rebecca begins a life-changing pilgrimage throughout America in the wake of a prejudice-motivated tragedy.

Saints and Sinners: Stories by Edna O'Brien
Edna O'Brien introduces us to a vivid new cast of restless, searching people who, whether in the Irish countryside of London or New York, remind us of our own humanity. A librarian waits in the lobby of a posh Dublin hotel, expecting to meet a celebrated poet while reflecting on the great love who disappointed her. Irish workers dream of becoming millionaries in London, but long for their quickly changing homeland, exiles in both places. A searing anatomy of class is seen through a little girl's eyes. In language that is always bold and vital, Edna O'Brien pays tribute to the universal forces that rule our lives.

In the Lake of the Woods by Tim O'Brien
John and Kathy Wade, whose marriage has been built on mutual deception, visit a Minnesota lake to try to sort things out, a difficult process made more so by Kathy's sudden disappearence.

The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer
An unforgettable story of three brothers, of history and love, of marriage tested by disaster, of a Jewish family's struggle against annihilation, and of the dangerous power of art in a time of war.

Animal Farm by George Orwell
A satire on totalitarianism in which farm animals overthrow their human owner and set up their own government.

A Spark of Death by Bernadette Pajer
Seattle in 1901 is a bustling blend of frontier attitude and cosmopolitan swagger. The Snoqualmie Falls Power Plant lights the city, but to most Seattleites, electricity is new-fangled and dangerous. When University of Washington Professor Benjamin Bradshaw discovers a despised colleague dead inside the Faraday Cage of the Electric Machine, his carefully controlled world shatters. The facts don't add up. The police shout murder--and Bradshaw is the lone suspect. To protect his young son and clear his name, he must find the killer. The public wants Bradshaw behind bars; the killer wants him dead.

The Traitor's Wife: The Woman Behind Benedict Arnold and the Plan to Betray America by Allison Pataki
Retells through the perspective of her maid, the story of Peggy Shippen Arnold, the mastermind behind America's most infamous act of treason, as Peggy hatches a plot to deliver West Point to the British.

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
When terrorists seize hostages at an embassy party, an unlikely assortment of people is thrown together, including American opera star Roxanne Coss, and Mr. Hosokawa--a Japanese CEO and her biggest fan.

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
A researcher at a pharmaceutical company, Marina Singh journeys into the heart of the Amazonian delta to check on a field team that has been silent for two years--a dangerous assignment that forces Marina to confront the ghosts of her past.

Exile by Richard North Patterson
David Wolfe's life is approaching an exhilarating peak: he's a successful San Francisco lawyer, he's about to get married, and he's being primed for a run for Congress. But when the phone rings and he hears the voice of Hana Arif, the Palestinian woman with whom he had a secret affair in law school, he begins a completely unexpected journey.

Killer Weekend by Ridley Pearson
Eight years after saving the life of a U.S. attorney general from an assassination attempt, county sheriff Walt Fleming finds himself once again protecting the high-profile politician, now a presidential hopeful, during a billionaire's communications conference.

My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
Conceived to provide a bone marrow match for her leukemia-stricken sister, teenage Anna begins to question her moral obligations in light of countless medical procedures and decides to fight for the right to make decisions about her own body.

Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
In the aftermath of a small-town school shooting, lawyer Jordan McAfee finds himself defending a youth who desperately needs someone on his side, while detective Patrick Ducharme works with a primary witness, the daughter of the judge assigned to the case.

The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher
Set in England between World War II and the present, this epic novel details the connections that bind the Keeling family together over three generations and the family's frailties, strengths, passions and joys.

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Esther Greenwood, a talented and successful writer, finally succumbs to madness when the world around her begins to falter.

The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Writings by Edgar Allan Poe
Presents a selection of the author's prose, poetry, and sixteen of his best-known tales, including "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," "The Fall of the House of Usher," "The Black Cat," "The Pit and the Pendulum," "The Cask of Amontillado," and "The Tell-Tale Heart."

Midnight Cactus by Bella Pollen
Relocating with her two small children to an abandoned Arizona mining town on the border of Mexico in order to escape her claustrophobic marriage, a London woman endeavors to renovate the community, falls in love with a laconic cowboy, and struggles with local immigration politics.

We Always Treat Women Too Well by Raymond Queneau
A darkly humorous satire dramatizes events of the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin, it tells of a nubile beauty who finds herself trapped in the central post office when it is seized by a group of rebels. But Gertie Girdle is no common pushover, and she quickly devises a coolly lascivious strategy by which, in very short order, she saves the day for king and country.

Anthem by Ayn Rand
Equality 7-2521 lives in the Dark Ages of the future, where all decisions are made by committee, all people live in collectives, all traces of individualism have been wiped out. But the spark of individual thought and freedom still burns in Equality 7-2521, a passion which he has been taught to call sinful. In a purely egalitarian world, he dares to stand forth from the herd -- to think and choose for himself, to discover electricity, and to love the woman of his choice. Now he has been marked for death for committing the ultimate sin: in a world where the great "we" reign supreme, he has rediscovered the lost and holy word "I". This provocative book is an anthem sung in praise of man's ego.

The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
Here is the story of an intransigent young architect, Howard Roark, of his violent battle against a mindless status quo, and of his explosive love affair with a beautiful woman who worships him yet struggles to defeat him. In order to build his kind of buildings according to his own standards, Roark must fight against every variant of human corruption.

Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
Jean Rhys's reputation was made upon the publication of this passionate and heartbreaking novel, in which she brings into the light one of fiction's most mysterious characters: the madwoman in the attic from Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. A sensual and protected young woman, Antoinette Cosway grows up in the lush natural world of the Caribbean. She is sold into marriage to the coldhearted and prideful Rochester, who succumbs to his need for money and his lust. Yet he will make her pay for her ancestors' sins of slaveholding, excessive drinking, and nihilistic despair by enslaving her as a prisoner in his bleak English home.

The Midwife of Venice by Roberta Rich
Hannah Levi, a Jewish midwife, must decide if she will accept payment for delivering a countess' baby, as she is torn between breaking a Papal edict forbidding Jews from providing medical care to Christians and her desperate need to ransom her husband from pirates.

The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan
Forced into an overcrowded lifeboat after a mysterious explosion on their trans-Atlantic ocean liner, newly widowed Grace Winter battles the elements and her fellow survivors and remembers her husband, Henry, who set his own safety aside to ensure Grace's.

Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
On the sixtieth anniversary of the 1942 roundup of Jews by the French police in the Vel d'Hiv section of Paris, American journalist Julia Jarmond is asked to write an article on this dark episode during World War II and embarks on investigation that leads her to long-hidden family secrets and to the ordeal of Sarah, a young girl caught up in the raid.

The Plot Against America by Philip Roth
In a novel of alternative history, aviation hero and isolationist Charles A. Lindbergh defeats Franklin Roosevelt in the 1940 presidential election, negotiating a cordial accord with Adolf Hitler, accepting his conquest of Europe and anti-Semitic policies, and igniting a storm of fear for Jewish families throughout America.

Bad Monkeys by Matt Ruff
Confessing that she is a member of a secret organization dedicated to assassinating bad guys, murder suspect Jane Charlotte lands in a psychiatric hospital, where she recounts her increasingly bizarre life as a trained killer.

Set This House in Order by Matt Ruff
Twenty-eight-year-old multiple personality disorder sufferer Andrew Gage struggles to stabilize his life while coming to terms with the events that triggered his disorder and entering into a relationship with Penny Driver.

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
A boy named Daniel selects a novel from a library of rare books, enjoying it so much that he searches for the rest of the author's works, only to discover that someone is destroying every book the author has ever written.

Straight Man by Richard Russo
During one tortuous week, Hank Devereaux, head of the English department at the state university in Railton, Pennsylvania, has his nose slashed by a feminist poet, finds his secretary is a better writer than he is, suspects his wife is having an affair, threatens wild fowl, and confronts his father.

The Other Woman by Hank Phillippi Ryan
Tracking down a candidate's secret mistress days before a pivotal Senate election, reporter Jane Ryland discovers links between her story and a serial killer investigation by detective Jake Brogan, with whom she partners to stop a killer in the face of dirty politics and betrayal.

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
After leaving prep school Holden Caulfield spends three days on his own in New York City.

Conquistadora by Esmeralda Santiago
Drawn to the exotic island of Puerto Rico by the diaries of an ancestor who traveled there with Ponce de Leâon, Ana Cubillas becomes involved with enamored twin brothers Ramâon and Inocente before convincing them to claim a sugar plantation they have inherited.

The Nine Tailors by Dorothy L. Sayers
Tale of suspense in which the famous Lord Peter Wimsey is called upon to solve the murder of an unknown man in East Anglia.

The Singing and Dancing Daughters of God by Timothy Schaffert
Newly divorced and feeling the pain of separation from his family, Hud Smith channels his regret into writing country-western songs, contemplating life on the lam with his 8-year-old daughter, and searching cryptic postcards for news of his teenage son who has run off with The Daughters of God, an alternative Gospel-punk band of growing fame. Then he finds himself inching toward reconciliation with his ex, tossing his whole talent for misery into question as they head off in a borrowed school bus, hoping so very tentatively to bring the entire family together again.

Everywhere that Mary Went by Lisa Scottoline
While trying to become a partner at the cutthroat Philadelphia law firm where she works, Mary DiNunzio receives threatening phone calls from a dangerous stalker.

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
A story of friendship set in nineteenth-century China follows an elderly woman and her companion as they communicate their hopes, dreams, joys, and tragedies through a unique secret language.

The Art Forger by Barbara Shapiro
An artist whose reputation has been tarnished stumbles on a piece of art that disappeared twenty-five years ago and agrees to forge it for a gallery owner, until she realizes that the art she is forging may itself be a forgery.

Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Presents the story of Dr. Frankenstein and his obsessive experiment that leads to the creation of a monstrous and deadly creature.

Please Look After Mom by Kyong-suk Shin
A stunning, deeply moving story of a family's search for their missing mother, and their discovery of the desires, heartaches and secrets they never realized she harbored within.

Body Surfing by Anita Shreve
Struggling to start over again after being divorced and widowed while still in her twenties, Sydney tutors the daughter of a wealthy couple during a New Hampshire summer but finds herself caught up in a bitter family squabble.

We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
The mother of a teenage boy who killed seven fellow students and two adults in a high-school shooting writes a series of letters to her estranged husband on their son's upbringing and questions what she fears may be her own part in the tragedy.

The Fallen Angel by Daniel Silva
When the body of a woman is found beneath Michelangelo's dome, Gabriel Allon is summoned by Monsignor Luigi Donati to secretly investigate this mysterious death that has been ruled a suicide--a case that brings about an unthinkable act of sabotage that will plunge the world into a conflict of apocalyptic proportions.

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
A socially awkward genetics professor who has never been on a second date sets out to find the perfect wife, but instead finds Rosie Jarman, a fiercely independent barmaid who is on a quest to find her biological father.

Some Luck by Jane Smiley
The first volume of an epic trilogy from a beloved writer at the height of her powers,Some Luck starts us on a literary adventure through cycles of birth and death, passion and betrayal that will span a century in America.

Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith
Stalin's Soviet Union is an official paradise, where citizens live free from crime and fear only one thing: the all-powerful state. Defending this system is idealistic security officer Leo Demidov, a war hero who believes in the iron fist of the law. But when a murderer starts to kill at will and Leo dares to investigate, the State's obedient servant finds himself demoted and exiled. Now, with only his wife at his side, Leo must fight to uncover shocking truths about a killer-and a country where "crime" doesn't exist.

The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks
Ira and Ruth. Sophia and Luke. Two couples who have little in common, and who are separated by years and experience. Yet their lives will converge with unexpected poignancy, reminding us all that even the most difficult decisions can yield extraordinary journeys: beyond despair, beyond death, to the farthest reaches of the human heart.

Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History by Art Spiegelman
A story of a Jewish survivor of Hitler's Europe and his son, a cartoonist who tries to come to terms with his father's story and history itself.

Death of the Mantis by Michael Stanley
In the southern Kalahari area of Botswana, three Bushmen are found standing around a ranger who is dying from a severe head wound and Detective David "Kubu" Bengu must figure out, with the help of an old school friend, if the Bushmen were there to help or were the murderers.

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
Moving his young bride to an isolated lighthouse home on Australia's Janus Rock where the couple suffers miscarriages and a stillbirth, Tom allows his wife to claim an infant that has washed up on the shore, a decision with devastating consequences.

The Lion in the Lei Shop by Kaye Starbird
Marty Langsmith is only five years old when a strange thunder rolls across the Hawaiian sky and life as she knows it explodes into flames. With her mother, April, and hundreds of other women and children, Marty is evacuated from the ruins of Pearl Harbor and sent into a brave new world overshadowed by uncertainty and grief. Feeling abandoned by her deployed Army officer father in the wake of the attack, Marty is haunted by nightmares of the lion in the lei shop, a creature that's said to devour happy children. But as the years pass, mother and daughter slowly begin to embrace their new life and make peace with the pain of the past.

All the Little Live Things by Wallace Stegner
Scarred by the senseless death of their son and baffled by the engulfing chaos of the 1960s, Allston and his wife, Ruth, have left the coast for a California retreat. And although their new home looks like Eden, it also has serpents: Jim Peck, a messianic exponent of drugs, yoga, and sex; and Marian Catlin, an attractive young woman whose otherworldly innocence is far more appealing—and far more dangerous.

Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner
Two young couples, Sid and Charity and Larry and Sally, from different backgrounds--East and West, rich and poor--befriend each other in 1937 Madison, Wisconsin.

Cannery Row by John Steinbeck
Vividly depicts the colorful, sometimes disreputable, inhabitants of a run-down area in Monterey, California.

East of Eden by John Steinbeck
The Trasks and the Hamiltons live and work together in Salinas during the early 20th century.

The Moon is Down by John Steinbeck
Depicts the Norwegian people's staunch resistance to the Nazi occupation.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Limited and persecuted by racial divides in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi, three women, including an African-American maid, her sassy and chronically unemployed friend, and a recently graduated white woman, team up for a clandestine project against a backdrop of the budding civil rights era.

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
At the edge of the continent, in the small town of Crosby, Maine, lives Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher who deplores the changes in her town and in the world at large but doesn't always recognize the changes in those around her.

The Death of Vishnu by Manil Suri
In a stirring new novel that incorporates elements of Hindu mythology, an apartment building becomes a metaphor for the divisions and cultural clashes of modern India.

Saving Fish From Drowning by Amy Tan
On an ill-fated art expedition, eleven Americans find themselves deep in the Burmese jungle, where they encounter a tribe awaiting a leader and the mystical book of wisdom that will protect them from the Myanmar military regime.

The Garden of Evening Mists by Twan Eng Tan
Seeking solace in the Malaysian plantations of her childhood after grueling World War II experiences, criminal prosecutor Yun Ling Teoh discovers a Japanese garden and its enigmatic tender, an exiled Japanese royal gardener who reluctantly accepts her as an apprentice.

The Killer Inside Me by Jim Thompson
Lou Ford, an easy-going deputy sheriff in Central City, hides his psychotic nature as he plans a double murder.

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
A chance encounter with a handsome banker in a jazz bar on New Year's Eve 1938 catapults Wall Street secretary Katey Kontent into the upper echelons of New York society, where she befriends a shy multi-millionaire, an Upper East Side ne'er-do-well, and a single-minded widow.

The Language of Threads by Gail Tsukiyama
Pei, the young girl of the popular Woman of the Silk, travels with a young orphan named Ji Shen to 1930s Hong Kong, where they receive help from a British woman, but experience the chaos of the Japanese occupation.

Night of Many Dreams by Gail Tsukiyama
After living through World War II with their parents in Macao, Joan and Emma Lew embark on separate quests to fulfill their disparate dreams, only to return home to their family during times of great sorrow and happiness.

Women of Silk by Gail Tsukiyama
Spanning the years between the world wars, this tale of a young Chinese girl forced to work in a silk factory describes the sisterhood of workers she discovers there.

These Is My Words: The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine, 1881-1901: Arizona Territories by Nancy E. Turner
In 1881, Sarah Agnes Prine, 17, goes from New Mexico to Texas and back, protecting her family with her rifle, and then becoming ranch manager while her second husband serves as a Texas Ranger.

Roughing It by Mark Twain
Twain reminisces about his five years of roaming around the country from 1861 to 1866.

A Patchwork Planet by Anne Tyler
Anne Tyler tells the story of a lovable loser who's trying to get his life in order.

The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar
Captures the delicate balance of class and gender in contemporary India as witnessed through the lives of two women--Sera Dubash, an upper middle-class housewife, and Bhima, an illiterate domestic hardened by a life of loss and despair.

Terrorist by John Updike
Eighteen-year-old Ahmad, the son of an Irish-American mother and long-gone Egyptian father, is contemptuous of the self-indulgent society surrounding him, and devoted to the teachings of Islam, becomes drawn into an insidious terrorist plot.

Exodus by Leon Uris
An American nurse becomes involved in the dramatic events leading to the establishment of the Israeli nation

Bruno, Chief of Police by Martin Walker
When the murdered body of an elderly French army soldier is found with a swastika carved into his chest, Bruno turns his suspicions toward a tortured period of French history when the government turned on its own citizens to help the Germans wage war.

Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls
Presents a novel based on the life of the author's grandmother, Lily Casey Smith, who learned to break horses in childhood, journeyed five hundred miles as a teen to become a teacher, and ran a vast ranch in Arizona with her husband while raising two children.

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
The acclaimed, award-winning author returns with his funniest, most romantic, and most purely enjoyable novel yet: a story of an almost-love affair that begins on the Italian coast in 1962...and is rekindled in Hollywood fifty years later. 

Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware
A graphic novel chronicles four generations of the Corrigan men, from 1893 to 1983.

A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh
From sleepy rural England to decadent London and the jungles of Brazil, Waugh describes the fortunes of Lady Brenda Last and her husband Tony, as her infatuation with the man-about-town John Beaver leads to the break-up of her marriage.

Desert Noir by Betty Webb
After the brutal murder of her friend, art gallery owner Clarice Kobe, investigator Lena Jones decides to track down the killer.

The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
A classic novel of the future follows the Time Traveller as he hurtles one million years into the future and encounters a world populated by two distinct races, the childlike Eloi and the disgusting Morlocks who prey on the Eloi.

The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
The ultimate tale of Earth's invasion, written by one of the fathers of the science fiction genre. They came from a depleted, dying planet. Their target: the riches of a moist, green Earth. With horrifyingly advanced machines of destruction, they began their inexorable conquest. The war for Earth seemed destined to be ... but was it?

The Once and Future King by T.H. White
The Once and Future King takes Arthur from the glorious lyrical phase of his youth through the disillusioning early years of his reign to the mature years in which his vision of the Round Table develops into the search for the Holy Grail and finally to his weary old age.

Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear
Maisie Dobbs entered domestic service in 1910 at thirteen, working for Lady Rowan Compton. When her remarkable intelligence is discovered by her employer, Maisie becomes the pupil of Maurice Blanche, a learned friend of the Comptons. In 1929, following an apprenticship with Blanche, Maisie hangs out her shingle: M. Dobbs, Trade and Personal Investigations.

The Children's Hour by Marcia Willett
Living in the beautiful home where they grew up, sisters Nest and Mina remember their own secrets and hidden passions when their favorite niece suffers a personal crisis.

Winter's Bone by Daniel Woodrell
Reaching her sixteenth year in the harsh Ozarks while caring for her poverty-stricken family, Ree Dolly learns that they will lose their house unless her bail-skipping father can be found and made to appear at an upcoming court date.

The Rent Collector by Camron Wright
Sang Ly struggles to survive by picking through garbage in Cambodia's largest municipal dump. Under threat of eviction by an embittered old drunk who is charged with collecting rents from the poor of Stung Meanchey, Sang Ly embarks on a desperate journeyto save her ailing son from a life of ignorance and poverty.

Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin
After fifteen-year-old Liz Hall is hit by a taxi and killed, she finds herself in a place that is both like and unlike Earth, where she must adjust to her new status and figure out how to "live."

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
A. J. Fikry's life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over--and see everything anew.

Nonfiction Titles

The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story by Diane Ackerman
Documents the true story of Warsaw Zoo keepers and resistance activists Jan and Antonina Zabinski, who in the aftermath of Germany's invasion of Poland saved the lives of hundreds of Jewish citizens by smuggling them into empty cages and their home villa.

In the Land of Invisible Women: A Female Doctor's Journey in the Saudi Kingdom by Qanta Ahmed, M.D.
A female, Pakistani doctor describes her practice treating women in Saudi Arabia, where the harsh code of orthodoxy for women is contradicted by some of the private behavior of wealthy women, but imposes a harsh reality on poor women.

Candyfreak: A Journey Through the Chocolate Underbelly of America by Steve Almond
A self-proclaimed candy fanatic and lifelong chocoholic traces the history of some of the much-loved candies from his youth, describing the business practices and creative candy-making techniques of some of the small companies.

Free: How Today's Smartest Businesses Profit by Giving Something for Nothing by Chris Anderson
The online economy offers challenges to traditional businesses as well as incredible opportunities. Chris Anderson makes the compelling case that in many instances businesses can succeed best by giving away more than they charge for. Known as "Freemium," this combination of free and paid is emerging as one of the most powerful digital business models.

Mary Todd Lincoln: A Biography by Jean H. Baker
Profiles the much-maligned First Lady, a woman who was raised in a world of frontier violence, and who, like the nation her husband led during the Civil War, achieved an incomplete victory over internal discord.

The Roads to Sata: A 2000-Mile Walk Through Japan by Alan Booth
Traveling only along small back roads, Alan Booth traversed Japan's entire length on foot, from Soya at the country's northernmost tip, to Cape Sata in the extreme south, across three islands and some 2,000 miles of rural Japan. The Roads to Sata is his wry, witty, inimitable account of that prodigious trek.

Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior by Ori Brafman
An organizational thinker and a psychologist explores the ongoing dynamic, psychological forces that sabotage rational behavior in our personal and business lives, revealing how such factors as loss aversion, commitment, and the diagnosis bias distort logical thought and explaining how readers can avoid falling victim to them.

The Female Brain by Louann Brizedine
The founder of the first clinic in the country to study women's brain functions provides a comprehensive look at the way women's minds work, combining two decades of research and real-life stories.

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel Brown
Traces the story of an American rowing team from the University of Washington that defeated elite rivals at Hitler's 1936 Berlin Olympics, sharing the experiences of their enigmatic coach, a visionary boat builder, and a homeless teen rower.

In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson
The author takes readers on a tour of the Land Down Under that goes far beyond packaged-tour routes, illustrating adventures with riptides, jellyfish, and Aborigines.

The Life And Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir by Bill Bryson
The best-selling author of A Walk in the Woods and I'm a Stranger Here Myself describes his all-American childhood growing up as a member of the baby boom generation in the heart of Iowa, detailing his rich fantasy life as a superhero known as the Thunderbolt Kid and his his remarkably normal 1950s family life.

Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson
Before returning to America after spending twenty years in Britain, the author decided to tour his second home and presents a look at England's quirks and its endearing qualities.

First, Break All the Rules: What the World's Greatest Managers Do Differently by Marcus Buckingham
Offers intriguing and provocative insights into the attitudes and behavior of the world's greatest managers, explaining how a good manager can select, focus, motivate, and develop their employees in order to transform talent into performance.

The Charge: Activating the 10 Human Drives That Make You Feel Alive by Brendon Burchard
Presents a case for a new approach to human ambition and achievement in today's stressful, technologically driven world, drawing on neuroscience and case studies to profile ten sources of motivation.

Pecked to Death by Ducks by Tim Cahill
A new selection of humorous travelogues chronicles the author's continuing adventures, from beer guzzling in Australia to bear watching in Yellowstone to a tour of the oil-well fires in Kuwait

Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle by the Countess of Carnarvon
Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey tells the story behind Highclere Castle, the real-life inspiration and setting for Julian Fellowes's Emmy Award-winning PBS show Downton Abbey, and the life of one of its most famous inhabitants, Lady Almina, the 5th Countess of Carnarvon.

Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang
A Chinese woman chronicles the struggles of her grandmother, mother, and herself to survive in a China torn apart by wars, invasions, revolution, and continuing upheaval, from 1907 to the present

Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow
A comprehensive account of the life of George Washington negates the stereotype of a stolid, unemotional man and instead reveals a dashing, passionate man of fiery opinions and many moods who fiercely guarded his private life.

My Life in France by Julia Child and Alex Prud'Homme
A memoir begun just months before Child's death describes the legendary food expert's years in Paris, Marseille, and Provence and her journey from a young woman from Pasadena who cannot cook or speak any French to the publication of her legendary Mastering cookbooks and her winning the hearts of America as "The French Chef."

The Secret Knowledge of Water: Discovering the Essence of the American Desert by Craig Childs
Journeys through the American deserts in search of water, exploring its influence on the natural world and its meaning in terms of life and death in these harsh environments.

How Will You Measure Your Life? by Clayton Christensen
In this groundbreaking book, Christensen puts forth a series of questions: How can I be sure that I'll find satisfaction in my career? How can I be sure that my personal relationships become enduring sources of happiness? How can I avoid compromising my integrity and stay out of jail? Using lessons from some of the world's greatest businesses, he provides incredible insights into these challenging questions.

The Pilgrimage: A Contemporary Quest for Ancient Wisdom by Paulo Coelho
Here Paulo Coelho details his journey across Spain along the legendaryroad of San Tiago, which pilgrims have travelled since Middle Ages. On this contemporary quest, he encounters a Chaucerian variety of mysterious guides and devilish opponents and learns to understand the nature of truth through the simplicity of life.

When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present by Gail Collins
Chronicles the revolution of women's civil rights throughout the past half century, drawing on oral history and research in a variety of disciplines while celebrating Hillary Clinton's recent presidential campaign.

How the Mighty Fall: And Why Some Companies Never Give In by James Collins
Discusses signs pointing toward the decline of a business, how far the decline can proceed before failure becomes inevitable, and crucial steps companies can take to reverse course.

The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan
Traces a San Francisco newspaper columnist's life experiences as evaluated during her late thirties, describing her relationships with her husband, children, and Irish-American father before and during her battle with breast cancer and describing her establishment of the CircusOfCancer.org Web site.

The Hare With Amber Eyes by Edmund De Waal
Traces the parallel stories of 19th-century art patron Charles Ephrussi and his unique collection of 360 miniature netsuke Japanese ivory carvings, documenting Ephrussi's relationship with Marcel Proust and the impact of the Holocaust on his cosmopolitan family.

Sunk Without a Sound: The Tragic Colorado River Honeymoon of Glen and Bessie Hyde by Brad Dimrock
The mystery of Glen and Bessie Hyde is whitewater navigation's equivalent to Mallory and Irvine's disappearance on Everest in 1924. Just four years later in October 1928, the Hydes, a bright, attractive, and talented young couple built their own wooden sweep scow and launched on a honeymoon voyage down the Green and Colorado Rivers through Grand Canyon. Bessie was the first woman to ever attempt the river. Halfway through Grand Canyon they talked to the press, then disappeared into the gloomy November depths of the gorge. They were never seen again. For the next seven decades their tale evolved from simple facts to convoluted folklore and myth.

Helen of Pasadena by Lian Dolan
This laugh-out-loud funny novel about a mom reinventing herself was written by Lian Dolan, who is a Satellite Sister, writes the nationally popular blog the Chaos Chronicles, and produces the hot Chaos Chronicles podcast. She's a sharp and funny speaker who is much in demand.

Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America by Firoozeh Dumas
Funny in Farsi chronicles the American journey of Dumas’s wonderfully engaging family: her engineer father, a sweetly quixotic dreamer who first sought riches on Bowling for Dollars and in Las Vegas, and later lost his job during the Iranian revolution; her elegant mother, who never fully mastered English (nor cared to); her uncle, who combated the effects of American fast food with an army of miraculous American weight-loss gadgets; and Firoozeh herself, who as a girl changed her name to Julie, and who encountered a second wave of culture shock when she met and married a Frenchman, becoming part of a one-couple melting pot.

The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America by Timothy Egan
Offers a dramatic account of the largest-ever forest fire in America, which cemented Teddy Roosevelt's legacy because the heroism shown by the forest rangers turned public opinion permanently in favor of the forests, which Roosevelt wanted to conserve, in a book by a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner.

Maggots, Murder, and Men: Memories and Reflections of a Forensic Entomologist by Zakaria Erzinclioglu
One of Britain's leading forensic scientists describes the highly specialized work of a forensic entomologist and the role of such practitioners in unraveling the truth behind a range of high-profile criminal investigations

Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots by Deborah Feldman
Traces the author's upbringing in the Hasidic community of Satmar in Brooklyn's Williamsburg, describing the strict rules that governed every aspect of her life, denial of a traditional education and arranged marriage at 17 to a stranger before the birth of her son led to her plan to escape her cloistered world.

A Time of Gifts: On Foot to Constantinople: From the Hook of Holland to the Middle of of Danube by Patrick Leigh Fermor
At the age of eighteen, Patrick Leigh Fermor set off from the heart of London on an epic journey to walk to Constantinople.A Time of Gifts is the rich account of his adventures as far as Hungary, after which Between the Woods and the Watercontinues the story to the Iron Gates that divide the Carpathian and Balkan mountains.

Among the Islands by Tim Flannery
A scientist credited with discovering more species than Darwin, recounts the first major trips of his career, several expeditions to often remote Pacific Islands, where he discovered amazing animals, harsh weather, strange local taboos, dense jungle and more.

Great Plains by Ian Frazier
With his unique blend of intrepidity, tongue-in-cheek humor, and wide-eyed wonder, Ian Frazier takes us on a journey of more than 25,000 miles up and down and across the vast and myth-inspiring Great Plains.

Travels With Myself and Another: A Memoir by Martha Gellhorn
The noted war correspondent and third wife of Ernest Hemingway describes her adventures, discoveries, rescues, and narrow escapes in such locales as Moscow, Eilat on the Red Sea, and the interior of China during the Sino-Japanese War.

Wild Coast: Travels on South America's Untamed Edge by John Gimlette
Describes the author's visit to South America's lesser-known Guianese coast, where he toured the coastal towns, torrential rivers, and dense forests of Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana, in an account that also describes the region's remarkable wildlife and violent history.

Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
Identifies the qualities of successful people, posing theories about the cultural, family, and idiosyncratic factors that shape high achievers, in a resource that covers such topics as the secrets of software billionaires and why the Beatles earned their fame.

The Lobster Chronicles: Life on a Very Small Island by Linda Greenlaw
The best-selling author of The Hungry Ocean details her return to Isle au Haut, a tiny Maine island with a population of seventy year-round residents, many of whom are her relatives, to describe small-town life in a lobster-fishing village, the colorful inhabitants of the island, and the town's century-old conflict with a neighboring community.

Salaam Brick Lane: A Year in the New East End by Tarquin Hall
After ten years living abroad, Tarquin Hall wanted to return to his native London. Lured by his nostalgia for suburban childhood, he found himself living in a squalid attic in London's Brick Lane. Presenting a journey of discovery by an outsider in his own native city, this book offers a glimpse of the underbelly of London's most infamous quarter.

Motoring With Mohammed: Journeys to Yemen and the Red Sea by Eric Hansen
Ten years after being shipwrecked on North Yemen the author returns to recover the notebooks he buried for safekeeping, rediscovering the rich and exotic culture of Yemen with his guide Mohammed.

Stranger in the Forest: On Foot Across Borneo by Eric Hansen
The author recounts his seven-month, three-thousand-mile walk across Borneo, through untamed jungle where the only inhabitants are the descendants of headhunters, and offers a comparison between life in the jungle and civilization.

Blue Highways: A Journey Into America by William Least Heat Moon
Hailed as a masterpiece of American travel writing, Blue Highways is an unforgettable journey along our nation's backroads.

Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip Heath
A groundbreaking resource for those who need to deliver a memorable message introduces six key principles that help make messages stick--simplicity, unexpectedness, concreteness, credibility, emotions, and stories--and explains how to incorporate each of these factors into the creative thought process.

A Moveable Feast: Sketches from the Author's Life in Paris in the Twenties by Ernest Hemingway
Published posthumously in 1964, A Moveable Feast remains one of Ernest Hemingway's most beloved works. It is his classic memoir of Paris in the 1920s, filled with irreverent portraits of other expatriate luminaries such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein; tender memories of his first wife, Hadley; and insightful recollections of his own early experiments with his craft.

Father Joe: The Man Who Saved My Soul by Tony Hendra
The popular humorist and author of Brotherhood chronicles his forty-year friendship with a Benedictine monk, the unconventional, wise, and compassionate Father Joe, from the first encounter between troubled teen and counselor, through years of perfunctory contact, to the renewal of their relationship at the end of Father Joe's life.

Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats by Kristen Iversen
A narrative report by a woman who grew up near the Rocky Flats nuclear weapon facility describes the dark secrets that dominated her childhood, the strange cancers that afflicted her neighbors, her brief employment at Rocky Flats and the efforts of residents to achieve legal justice.

The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible by A.J. Jacobs
Documents the author's quest to live one year in literal compliance with biblical rules, from being fruitful and multiplying to growing a beard and avoiding mixed-fiber clothing.

Paris in Love: A Memoir by Eloisa James
Chronicles the year that the author and her family lived in Paris, describing her walking tours of the city, her school-age children's attempts to navigate foreign language schools, and her thoughts on the pleasures and eccentricities of French living.

Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner by Dean Karnazes
An extreme marathon runner, one of Outside magazine's "Top 10 Ultimate Athletes," describes his experiences of participating in "ultramarathons"--competitions whose distances extend hundreds of miles--describing the conditions that must be endured during such races as the Badwater Ultramarathon.

The Liars' Club : A Memoir by Mary Karr
A trenchant memoir of a troubled American childhood from the child's point of view describes growing up in a an East Texas refinery town, life in the midst of a turbulent family of drunks and liars, a schoolyard rape, and other dark secrets

The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
The Story of My Life was the first book by Helen Keller. Published when she was twenty-three, as a series in Ladies' Home Journal (1903), the articles were reproduced as a book only a year later. A reflection of Helen's life from an early age till her graduation from Radcliffe College, the early part of the narrative is based on incidents told to the author by her parents and teacher Anne Sullivan.

On the Road by Jack Kerouac
A counterculture classic reveals the escapades of members of the beat generation as they seek pleasure and meaning while traveling coast to coast.

A Sky So Close by Betool Khedairi
In this elegant, incisive debut, a young girl comes of age while aching for a sense of belonging. Daughter of an Iraqi father and an English mother, the unnamed narrator struggles with isolation both in the traditional Iraqi countryside where she’s raised and at the Western school of music and ballet that her mother insists she attend. Though she finds some semblance of solace in dance, her trials increase when her family moves to Baghdad. Then comes the outbreak of war, which compels her to move with her mother to England, where her most pointed heartaches await.

When Religion Becomes Evil by Charles Kimball
An expert on religion and the Middle East seeks to distinguish between "authentic" and "corrupt" forms of religious expression, identifying the ways in which the major religious traditions are vulnerable to corruption and how they can be corrected.

The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story by Lily Koppel
As America's Mercury Seven astronauts were launched on death-defying missions, television cameras focused on the brave smiles of their young wives. Overnight, these women were transformed from military spouses into American royalty. This is the real story of the women who stood beside some of the biggest heroes in American history.

Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer
The author of Into the Wild describes his spring 1996 trek to Mt. Everest, an expedition that ended in disaster, claiming the lives of eight climbers, and explains why he survived, in a definitive, firsthand account of the tragedy.

Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II by Robert Kurson
Recounts the discovery of a sunken German U-boat by two scuba divers, tracing how they devoted the following years to researching the identities of the submarine and its crew, correcting historical texts and breaking new ground in the world of diving.

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson
A compelling account of the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 brings together the divergent stories of two very different men who played a key role in shaping the history of the event--visionary architect Daniel H. Burnham, who coordinated its construction, and Dr. Henry H. Holmes, an insatiable and charming serial killer who lured women to their deaths.

In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin by Erik Larson
Documents the efforts of the first American ambassador to Hitler's Germany, William E. Dodd, to acclimate to a residence in an increasingly violent city where he is forced to associate with the Nazis while his daughter pursues a relationship with Gestapochief Rudolf Diels.

Going Home by Doris Lessing
Going Home is Doris Lessing's account of her first journey back to Africa, the land in which she grew up and in which so much of her emotion and her concern are still invested. Returning to Southern Rhodesia in 1956, she found that her love of Africa had remained as strong as her hatred of the idea of "white supremacy" espoused by its ruling class.

Somewhere Inside: One Sister's Captivity in North Korea and the Other's Fight to Bring Her Home by Laura Ling and Lisa Ling
Presents an account that alternates between Laura Ling's experiences as a captive within the prison system of the North Korea, one of the world's most reclusive nations, and journalist Lisa Ling's efforts to have her sister released.

Absolutely American: Four Years at West Point by David Lipsky
As David Lipsky follows a future generation of army officers from their proving grounds to their barracks, he reveals the range of emotions and desires that propels these men and women forward. From the cadet who struggles with every facet of West Point life to those who are decidedly huah, Lipsky shows people facing challenges so daunting and responsibilities so heavy that their transformations are fascinating to watch

Locust: The Devastating Rise and Mysterious Disappearance of the Insect that Shaped the American Frontier by Jeffrey Lockwood
Carefully retracing a lesser-known American extinction story, a scientist reconstructs the disappearance of the dreaded locust from American shores, diving into the historical record for evidence of the role of early settlers in destroying this legendary creature.

A Night to Remember by Walter Lord
First published in 1955, A Night to Remember remains a completely riveting account of the Titanic's fatal collision and the behavior of the passengers and crew, both noble and ignominious. Some sacrificed their lives, while others fought like animals for their own survival. Wives beseeched husbands to join them in lifeboats; gentlemen went taut-lipped to their deaths in full evening dress; and hundreds of steerage passengers, trapped below decks, sought help in vain.

Without Reservations: How a Family Root Beer Stand Grew into a Global Hotel Company by J.W. Marriott Jr.
Chronicles the history of leading hospitality company Marriott International while revealing J.W. Marriott, Jr.'s thoughts on his health, the impact of 9/11 on the industry, and the 2011 appointment of a CEO from outside of the family.

A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle
In this witty and warm-hearted account, Peter Mayle tells what it is like to realize a long-cherished dream and actually move into a 200-year-old stone farmhouse in the remote country of the Lubéron with his wife and two large dogs. He endures January's frosty mistral as it comes howling down the Rhône Valley, discovers the secrets of goat racing through the middle of town, and delights in the glorious regional cuisine.

Stones of Florence by Mary McCarthy
This is a unique tribute to Florence, combining history, artistic description, and social observation. A memorable portrait of the Florentine spirit and of those figures who exemplify this spirit, such as Dante, Michelangelo, Brunelleschi, Donatello, and Machiavelli.

The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain by Maria Rosa Menocal
Dispelling the myths that the Middle Ages were rife with religious persecution and intellectual stagnation, a mesmerizing glimpse into the world of medieval Spain reveals a culture where literature, science, and tolerance thrived for five hundred years.

Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard
A dramatic narrative account of the 20th President's (James Garfield) political career offers insight into his distinguished background as an impoverished wunderkind scholar and Civil War hero, his battles against the corrupt establishment and Alexander Graham Bell's failed attempt to save him from an assassin's bullet.

The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey by Candice Millard
A stirring narrative of a real-life adventure chronicles the 1914 expedition of Theodore Roosevelt into the unexplored heart of the Amazon basin to explore and map the little-known region surrounding a tributary called the River of Doubt, detailing the dangerous conditions they faced--white-water rapids, starvation, illness, jungle menaces, and Indian attacks--to accomplish their goal.

Wild Nevada: Testimonies On Behalf Of the Desert edited by Roberta Moore
Wild Nevada assembles twenty-nine writers who know and love the Nevada wilderness to testify on its behalf. Contributors include literary artists, scholars, environmental and community activists, politicians, ranchers, scientists, and park rangers, who despite their eclectic backgrounds and their varied perspectives on public policy are united in their devotion to the ecological and aesthetic values of Nevada's threatened wilderness areas and in their belief in the critical role that wild places play in enhancing our human lives and spirit. Their comments offer inspiring , thought-provoking insight into the vital importance of Nevada's back-country.

Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi
Describes growing up in the Islamic Republic of Iran and the group of young women who came together at her home in secret every Thursday to read and discuss great books of Western literature, explaining the influence of Lolita, The Great Gatsby, Pride and Prejudice, and other works on their lives and goals.

A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush by Eric Newby
Feeling restless in the world of London's high-fashion industry, Eric Newby asked a friend to accompany him on a mountain-climbing expedition in the wild and remote Hindu Kush, in north-eastern Afghanistan. And so they went - although they did stop first for four days of climbing lessons in Wales - becoming the first Englishmen to visit this spectacular region for more than half a century. Newby's frank and funny account of their expedition to what is still amongst the world's most isolated areas is one of the classics of travel writing.

Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup
Twelve Years a Slave, a chronicle of the amazing ordeal of a free African-American kidnapped in the north, and impressed into slavery in Louisiana, is one of the most compelling and detailed slave narratives in existence. The text and story were virtually unchallenged by Southern apologists or partisans of the era.

There's a Slight Chance I Might Be Going to Hell by Laurie Notaro
Following her academic husband to a new job in a small college town in Washington, freelance writer Maye is suddenly confronted by the challenges of making new friends and, after a series of missteps, decides to enter the annual Sewer Pipe Queen pageant, a popular local tradition, only to uncover a sinister mystery that has been haunting the town for years.

Beneath the Neon: Life and Death in the Tunnels of Las Vegas by Matthew O'Brien
Chronicles O'Brien's adventures in subterranean Las Vegas. He follows the footsteps of a psycho killer. He braces against a raging flood. He parties with naked crackheads. He learns how to make meth, that art is most beautiful where it's least expected, that in many ways, he prefers underground Las Vegas to aboveground Vegas, and that there are no pots of gold under the neon rainbow.

No Mercy: A Journey to the Heart of the Congo by Redmond O'Hanlon
The author describes his dangerous odyssey into the Congo in search of a dinosaur-like creature, documenting his encounters with Africa's flora and fauna, its fascinating people, and the political and social problems afflicting the region.

Twenty Miles from a Match: Homesteading in Western Nevada by Sarah Olds
Originally published in 1978, this is the autobiography of an indomitable woman and her family's 20 years of adventures and misadventures in a desert wilderness. In 1908, Sarah Olds packed up her brood and went homesteading. Her book tells of their hardships, poverty and tribulations.

Stolen Lives: Twenty Years in a Desert Jail by Malika Oufkir
Malika Oufkir has spent virtually her whole life as a prisoner. Born in 1953, the eldest daughter of General Oufkir, the King of Morocco's closest aide, Malika was adopted by the King at the age of five, and was brought up as the companion to his little daughter. Spending most of her childhood and adolescence in the seclusion of the court harem, Malika was one of the most eligible heiresses in the kingdom, surrounded by luxury and extraordinary privilege.

In-N-Out Burger: A Behind-the-Counter Look at the Fast-Food Chain that Breaks All the Rules by Stacy Perman
An analysis of the untraditional fast-food hamburger chain traces the history of the Snyder family, the company's refusal to franchise or sell, and the ways in which the chain endeavors to preserve car culture and traditional business values.

Cold Burial: A True Story of Endurance and Disaster by Clive Powell-Williams
In the Spring of 1926, Edgar Christian, a young man of eighteen fresh out of public school, joined his dashing cousin, the legendary (if somewhat self-styled) adventurer Jack Hornby, and a friend named Harold Adlard on an expedition into the Barren Lands of the Canadian Northwest Territories. The plan was to hunt caribou and trap for fur. For young Edgar, the Barrens expedition offered a chance to prove himself and to find his direction in life; for Hornby, a veteran of the Great War as well previous forays into the Northwest (he was known in some quarters as "Hornby of the North"), it represented his latest date with disaster. Together they would demonstrate that civilized men could survive, even thrive, in one of the world's most inhospitable regions. They were proved wrong.

The Loyalty Effect: The Hidden Force Behind Growth, Profits, and Lasting Value by Frederick Reichheld
Fred Reichheld's national bestseller The Loyalty Effect shows why companies that ignore these skyrocketing defections face a dismal future of low growth, weak profits, and shortened life expectancy. Reichheld demonstrates the power of loyalty-based management as a highly profitable alternative to the economics of perpetual churn. He makes a powerful economic case for loyalty - and takes you through the numbers to prove it. His startling conclusion: even a small improvement in customer retention can double profits in your company.

Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table by Ruth Reichl
A restaurant critic for "The New York Times" offers a memoir--with recipes--of a life spent as a restaurant owner, chef, and food critic, from California to New York City

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
A look inside the world of forensics examines the use of human cadavers in a wide range of endeavors, including research into new surgical procedures, space exploration, and a Tennessee human decay research facility.

The Last Resort: A Memoir of Zimbabwe by Douglas Rogers
An award-winning journalist traces the story of his family's game farm in war-torn Zimbabwe, where his parents were forced to take increasingly extreme measures to stay alive against the forces of the Mugabe regime and their land-reclamation efforts.

Friendly Fallout 1953 by Ann Ronald
Friendly Fallout 1953 is a hybrid work of literature that combines the actual history of aboveground atomic testing in the Nevada desert in 1953 with fictional vignettes that explore the impact of the tests on the people who participated in them and on civilian "downwinders." The book brings to life a turbulent era when Cold War fears, patriotic enthusiasm, scientific progress, and unacknowledged political agendas often collided with the welfare of ordinary citizens and the environment.

The Burn Journals by Brent Runyon
Brent Runyon was fourteen years old when he set himself on fire and an intense retelling of that suicide attempt followed by a year of physical and psychological recovery conveys with a terrible clarity what it means to want to commit suicide.

Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff
Famous long before she was notorious, Cleopatra has gone down in history for all the wrong reasons. Her supple personality and the drama of her circumstances have been lost. In a masterly return to the classical sources, Stacy Schiff boldly separates fact from fiction to rescue the magnetic queen whose death ushered in a new world order.

The Cockroach Papers: A Compendium of History and Lore by Richard Schweid
In The Cockroach Papers, readers learn more than they ever wanted to know about this nasty little pest. It features a mix of anecdotal material from people who have had memorable (mostly nightmarish) interactions with roaches and facts about the lives of roaches -- from where they live and how they mate to their much-awaited dying days.

Just Kids by Patti Smith
In Just Kids, Patti Smith’s first book of prose, the legendary American artist offers a never-before-seen glimpse of her remarkable relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in the epochal days of New York City and the Chelsea Hotel in the late sixties and seventies.  An honest and moving story of youth and friendship, Smith brings the same unique, lyrical quality to Just Kids as she has to the rest of her formidable body of work-from her influential 1975 album Horses to her visual art and poetry.

Outcasts United: A Refugee Soccer Team, an American Town by Warren St. John
A reporter for The New York Times and author of Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer documents the lives of a wildly diverse group of young kids who miraculously unite as a team, against the backdrop of a fading American town struggling to make a haven for its new arrivals--refugees.

The Sound of Mountain Water by Wallace Earle Stegner
The essays, memoirs, letters, and speeches in this volume were written over a period of twenty-five years, a time in which the West witnessed rapid changes to its cultural and natural heritage, and Wallace Stegner emerged as an important conservationist and novelist.

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
Evaluating his life on the eve of his death, atypical canine Enzo considers the sacrifices his master, Denny Swift, has made in his pursuit of becoming a professional race car driver; the painful custody battle between Denny and his in-laws, and the dog's own efforts to preserve the Swift family.

Travels with Charley: In Search of America by John Steinbeck
Travels with Charley in Search of America, originally published in 1962, provides an intimate and personal look at one of America's most beloved writers in the later years of his life, a self-portrait of a man who never wrote an explicit autobiography. It was written during a time of upheaval and racial tension in the South, which Steinbeck witnessed firsthand, and is a stunning evocation of America on the eve of a tumultuous decade.

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
A personal account by the Pushcart Prize-winning author of Torch traces the personal crisis she endured after the death of her mother and a painful divorce, which prompted her ambition to undertake a dangerous 1,100-mile solo hike that both drove her to rock bottom and helped her to heal.

Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything by Don Tapscott
Explores the phenomenon of mass collaboration demonstrated by MySpace, Second Life, and the Human Genome Project, sharing success stories and describing how businesses can use such open source strategies effectively.

In Siberia by Colin Thubron
In a unique and compelling travel book, the author tours Russian region that has long captured the Western imagination revealing the breathtaking natural beauty, tragic history, and vast spaces that make up Siberia.

The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, And the Heart of the Middle East by Sandy Tolan
Describes how a simple act of faith and the relationship between two families--one Israeli, one Palestinian--represents a personal microcosm of decades of Israeli-Palestinian history and symbolizes the hope for peace in the Middle East.

The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court by Jeffrey Toobin
Drawing on exclusive interviews with the Supreme Court justices and other insiders, a behind-the-scenes look at the powerful, often secretive world of the Supreme Court offers profiles of each justice and how their individual styles affect the way in which they wield their power and discusses how the Court operates, the recent appointments of John Roberts and Samuel Alito, and the Court's influence on American life.

Along the Ganges by Ilija Trojanow
Ilija Trojanow travelled along the Ganges, from the source, where it breaks free from the eternal ice in the Himalayas, to the great cities, by boat, by bus, on overcrowded trains. He visited the great Hindu festivals and talked to those who warn of ecological disasters resulting from gigantic dams. His report describes a country between ancient traditions and astonishing modernity and the holy river that crosses it for hundreds of miles.

Spice: The History of Temptation by Jack Turner
A history of spices notes how voyages of discovery were linked to the spice trade, discussing the role of spices in the relations between Europe and Asia and depicting spices as food enhancers, archaeological clues, and aphrodisiacs.

The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain
In 1867, Mark Twain and a group fellow-Americans toured Europe and the Holy Land, aboard a retired Civil War ship known as Quaker City. Throughout the journey, Twain kept a written record of his experiences. The Innocents Abroad is both a travelogue and a critique of clashing cultures but more importantly, it is an entertaining and insightful work written by one of the great masters of American prose.

The Dressmaker of Khair Khana by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
The incredible true account of Kamila Sidiqi who, when her father and brother were forced to flee Kabul, became the sole breadwinner for her five siblings. Armed only with grit and determination, she picked up a needle and thread and created a thriving business of her own and held her family together.

The Last Founding Father: James Monroe and a Nation's Call to Greatness by Harlow Unger
Recounts the life of the fifth president from his fierce participation in critical Revolutionary War battles through his political contributions, documenting his efforts toward securing the nation's durability and his mentorship under the first four presidents.

The Devil's Highway: A True Story by Luis Alberto Urrea
Describes the harrowing May 2001 attempt of twenty-six men to cross the Mexican border into the desert of southern Arizona, a region know as the Devil's Highway, detailing their harrowing ordeal and battle for survival against impossible odds on a trek that cost fourteen lives.

Southern Lady, Yankee Spy: The True Story of Elizabeth Van Lew, a Union Agent in the Heart of the Confederacy by Elizabeth R. Varon
A portrait of the Union spy leader notes her organization's efforts to gather intelligence, compromise Confederate efforts, and aid Union prisoner escapes, citing her sometimes controversial stands on such issues as slavery and war.

Desert Queen: The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell by Janet Wallach
Recounts the life of Gertrude Bell, an Englishwoman adventurer in the style of Beryl Markham and Isak Dinesen, who explored parts of the Arab world around the time of World War I and helped create the modern Middle East.

Mister Owita's Guide to Gardening by Carol Wall
Describes how a period of transition in the journalist author's life marked by her empty nest, a recent illness and her aging parents led her to forge a deep friendship with a gifted Kenyan gardener with whom she transformed her yard and shared long-buried secrets.

The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls
The second child of a scholarly, alcoholic father and an eccentric artist mother discusses her family's nomadic upbringing from the Arizona desert, to Las Vegas, to an Appalachian mining town, during which her siblings and she fended for themselves while their parents outmaneuvered bill collectors and the authorities.

Night by Elie Wiesel
A terrifying account of the Nazi death camp horror that turns a young Jewish boy into an agonized witness to the death of his family...the death of his innocence...and the death of his God.

Built to Sell: Creating a Business That Can Thrive Without You by John Warrillow
A business parable about how to build a start-up that can operate independently from its creator introduces the fictional character of small business owner Alex, who when he is unable to sell his advertising agency learns from an entrepreneurial friend three defining criteria of a sell-ready company.

The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace Wattles
There exists a science of getting rich -- and it is an exact science, like algebra or arithmetic. There are also certain laws that govern the process of acquiring means, and once these laws are learned and followed, a person will prosper with mathematical certainty. This book carefully provides the explanation of this science and how these laws function.

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
Describes the escapades of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters, a drug-saturated group of hippies who get in and out of trouble with the law.

The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires by Tim Wu
A history of the industrial wars behind the rise and fall of the 20th century's leading information empires traces how such giants as Hollywood, the broadcast networks, and AT&T introduced major new mediums that were eventually centralized in ways that profoundly shaped America's communications practices.

Lost in Shangri-la: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II by Mitchell Zuckoff
In 1945, a sightseeing trip over "Shangri-La" turned deadly when the plane crashed, leaving only three survivors who, battling for their survival, were caught between man-eating headhunters and the enemy Japanese, in this real-life adventure drawn from personal interviews, declassified Army documents and personal photos and mementos.