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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.
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.
Maya's Notebook by Isabel Allende
After the death of her beloved grandfather, nineteen-year-old Maya Vidal, turning to drugs, alcohol, and petty crimes, becomes trapped in a war between assassins, the police, the FBI, and Interpol, until her grandmother helps her escape to a remote island off the coast of Chile where she tries to make sense of her life.
Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
A young New Mexico boy comes of age.
The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson
Provides a chilling account of the four weeks of terror experienced by an Amityville, Long Island, family after moving into a house in which a particularly gruesome mass murder had once been committed.
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.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
In early nineteenth-century England, a spirited young woman copes with the suit of a snobbish gentleman, as well as the romantic entanglements of her four sisters.
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.
Memory Man by David Balducci
A latest thriller by the best-selling author of The Forgotten and King and Maxwell introduces the character of Amos Decker, whose hyperthymesia causes him to remember everything.
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.
Saving Sophie by Ronald H. Balson
The prime suspect in an $88 million embezzlement case, Jack Sommers—hoping to avoid the feds long enough to rescue his daughter, Sophie, from her maternal grandfather, a suspected terrorist in Palestine—finds allies in Liam and Catherine, as well as a new CIA operative who is on a similar mission.
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.
The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
A unicorn, a haphazard wizard, and a spunky scullery woman journey to the dreaded kingdom of Haggaard, an evil ruler who, with the help of a bull-shaped demon, imprisons all the unicorns of the world.
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 Long and Faraway Gone by Louis Berney
A lone survivor of a robbery shooting and the grieving sister of a missing girl forge a passionate relationship and obsessively search for answers when a suspect resurfaces 25 years later. By the Edgar Award-nominated author of Whiplash River.
The 14th Colony by Steve Berry
Shot down over Siberia during what was supposed to be a straightforward mission, ex-Justice Department agent Cotton Malone barely escapes the clutches of a zealous anti-U.S. former KGB officer and learns that a sleeper is plotting a deadly attack during the American presidential inauguration.
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
Dry Bones in the Valley by Tom Bouman
The lone police officer in a rural Northern Pennsylvania town finds trouble on the heels of the gas drilling, which has brought money, crime and heroin and meth into the territory and must investigate a murder that tears at old wounds.
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.
Flight of the Sparrow by Amy Brown
Presents a fictionalized account of the life of Mary Rowlandson, a Puritan woman living in the Massachusetts Bay Colony who was captured by Native Americans in 1675 and who developed empathy for her captors before she was released eight months later.
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.
Storm Front by Jim Butcher
A modern-day mage and consultant to the police finds his stale life suddenly enlivened by the presence of a rival in the black arts.
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 Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
When a case of blackmail involving the daughter of a California millionaire leads to murder, the inimitable Philip Marlowe is stirred into action as he becomes embroiled in a troublesome case of extortion complicated by kidnapping, pornography, seduction, and murder.
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 Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
In a thought-provoking coming-of-age novel, Charlie struggles to cope with complex world of high school as he deals with the confusions of sex and love, the temptations of drugs, and the pain of losing a close friend and a favorite aunt.
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.
Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini
In a life that spanned nearly a century and witnessed some of the most momentous events in American history, Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley was born a slave. A gifted seamstress, she earned her freedom by the skill of her needle, and won the friendship of First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln by her devotion.
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.
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
In nineteenth-century England, all is going well for reclusive Mr Norell, who has regained some of the power of England's magicians from the past, until a rival magician, Jonathan Strange, appears and becomes Mr Norrell's pupil.
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.
Raven Black by Ann Cleeves
When murder strikes a remote hamlet in the Shetland Islands, and the body of a teenage girl turns up in the winter snow, Inspector Jimmy Perez launches an investigation into the killing that takes him into the heart of sinister secrets from the past.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Immersing himself in a mid-twenty-first-century technological virtual utopia to escape an ugly real world of famine, poverty, and disease, Wade Watts joins an increasingly violent effort to solve a series of puzzles by the virtual world's creator.
The Second Time We Met by Leila Cobo
A Columbian adoptee growing up in the perfect California family, Asher Stone, begins to question his identity after a life-changing event and travels to Columbia to search for his birth mother.
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 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.
The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy
Interweaves the events of Tom Wingo's summer in New York and his relationship to Susan Lowenstein, his sister Savannah's beautiful psychiatrist, and the complex history of the South Carolinian Wingo family, from World War II through Vietnam.
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.
Eaters of the Dead by Michael Crichton
An ambassador of the tenth-century Caliph of Bagdad is carried off by the Norsemen to endure, for three years, the harshness of their way of life and the creatures that terrorize them.
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.
Invisible City by Julia Dahl
Investigating the murder of a Hasidic Jewish woman who because of religious laws will be buried without an autopsy, journalist Rebekah Roberts intercedes to prevent the woman's killer from getting away with the crime.
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.
Finding Rebecca by Eoin Dempsy
Nothing could keep Christopher and Rebecca apart: not her abusive parents, or even the fiancé she brought home after running away to England. But when World War II finally strikes the island of Jersey, the Nazi invaders ship Rebecca to Europe as part of Hitler’s Final Solution against the Jewish population.
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 Boston Girl by Anita Diamant
Recounting the story of her life to her granddaughter, octogenarian Addie describes how she was raised in early 20th-century America by suspicious Jewish immigrant parents in a teeming multicultural neighborhood.
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 Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker
A well-respected writer is implicated in the cold case murder of a young teenage girl who disappeared in 1975, motivating the young novelist he is mentoring to begin his own investigation.
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.
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.
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.
America's First Daughter by Stephanie Dray
A carefully researched tale based on thousands of original sources imagines the experiences of third American President's daughter Patsy, who while accompanying her father to Paris struggles with his past affair with a slave and falls in love with his protégé against a backdrop of a growing revolution.
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.
A Quiet Belief in Angels by R. J. Ellory
Growing up in rural Georgia during the 1940's, Joseph Vaughan finds himself at the center of a series of mutilations and killings of young girls.
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 Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse by Louise Erdrich
As a priest nears the end of his life, he is asked to prove or disprove the sainthood of a woman he knows well and struggles to guard his own secret identity in the process.
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.
The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens
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.
Under the Skin by Michel Faber
In a surreal portrait of contemporary society run amok, Isserley spends her life picking up hitchhikers, a diverse array of trailer trash, graduate students, thugs, and philosophers, whose only interest for Isserley is whether they have families and whether they have muscles.
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.
One Second After by William Forstchen
Apocalypse prophecies and terrorist uprisings in a near-future world erupt when all of the planet's technologies abruptly stop working, triggering global looting, food riots and insurrections--a situation that places humanity's fate in the hands of a small mountain village in the American south
A Room With a View by E. M. Forster
This Edwardian social comedy explores love and prim propriety among an eccentric cast of characters assembled in an Italian pensione and in a corner of Surrey, England
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.
The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway
While a cellist plays at the site of a mortar attack to commemorate the deaths of twenty-two friends and neighbors, two other men set out in search of bread and water to keep themselves alive, and a woman sniper secretly protects the life of the cellist as her army becomes increasingly threatening
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 Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
Traces the multi-generational saga of the Whittaker family, whose progenitor makes a fortune in the quinine trade before his daughter, a gifted botanist, researches the mysteries of evolution while falling in love with an artist.
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.
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
The "memoirs" of one of Japan's most celebrated geishas describes how, in 1929, as a little girl, she is sold into slavery; her efforts to learn the arts of the geisha; the impact of World War II; and her struggle to reinvent herself to win the man she loves.
The Princess Bride by William Goldman
A classic swashbuckling romance retells the tale of a drunken swordsman and a gentle giant who come to the aid of Westley, a handsome farm boy, and Buttercup, a princess in dire need of rescue from the evil schemers surrounding her.
Best Boy by Eli Gottlieb
A middle-aged autistic resident of a therapeutic community where he was sent as a young child rebels against changes in his environment by attempting to return to a family home and younger sibling he only partially remembers.
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.Â 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.
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
At age twenty-two, Lotto and Mathilde are tall, glamorous, madly in love, and destined for greatness. A decade later, their marriage is still the envy of their friends, but with an electric thrill we understand that things are even more complicated and remarkable than they have seemed.
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.
The Magicians by Lev Grossman
Haboring secret preoccupations with a magical land he read about in a childhood fantasy series, Quentin Coldwater is unexpectedly admitted into an exclusive college of magic and rigorously educated in modern sorcery.
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 Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin
While a mother's life abruptly stops after receiving an emergency phone call from her son's preschool, a driven former Ivy League professor confronts the realities of his terminal diagnosis and helps a woman whose child has been missing for years.
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.
Past Crimes by Glen Erik Hamilton
When his estranged grandfather is shot and left for dead, Army Ranger Van Shaw plunges into the criminal underworld of his youth to find a murderer and uncovers a shocking family secret.
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.
Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
A senior-aged widow and widower forge a loving bond over shared loneliness and respective histories, provoking local gossip and the disapproval of their grown children in ways that are further complicated by an extended visit by a sad young grandchild.
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.
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Obsessively watching a breakfasting couple every day to escape the pain of her losses, Rachel witnesses a shocking event that inextricably entangles her in the lives of strangers.
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.
Dead Lions by Mick Herron
When a Cold War-era colleague is murdered far from his usual haunts, a team of disgraced MI5 spies under the leadership of irascible Jackson Lamb uncovers a shadowy tangle of secrets to a man who hides his dangerous powers behind a false identity.
Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith
The inspiration for Alfred Hitchcock’s classic 1951 film, the novelthat established Patricia Highsmith as a master of noir fiction.
Ain't That America by Sean Hoade
It was supposed to be so simple. Gordon Mitchell had the good life all planned out—a million and a half in embezzled cash, a plane waiting in Mexico to take him far away, and a sexy little thing named Janey to call his own. All he had to do was stop off on the way and kill his wife, Wanda. Simple. At least it was before an Ivy Leaguer-turned-highway robber named Spike Jones held him up, fell in love with Wanda, and shanghaied his RV.Now it's not so simple. But the way Gordon sees it, the good life is still within his reach. And a little more blood on his hands sure isn't going to stop him from getting it
Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb
As Fitz, an outcast and the bastard son of Prince Chivalry, grows to manhood, a legacy of magical skill and other mysterious talents propels him into the role of protector of the kingdom, if his initial perilous mission does not destroy him first
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 Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman
Dreaming of an exotic life in Paris while coming of age in a St. Thomas refugee community, young Rachel is forced to marry a widower before falling scandalously in love and becoming the mother of Impressionist master Camille Pissarro.
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.
The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz
A year after Holmes's death, Watson--now in a retirement home--narrates a Sherlockian tale that could tear apart the very fabric of society, opening with a train robbery in Boston and moving to the innocuous setting of Wimbledon.
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.
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Traces the unlikely friendship of a wealthy Afghan youth and a servant's son, in a tale that spans the final days of Afghanistan's monarchy through the atrocities of the present day.
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 Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
Dr. Montague, an occult scholar, and his team--Theodora, his assistant; Eleanor, a fragile young woman with a close acquaintance with the paranormal; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House--conduct an unusual research project in a reputedly haunted house.
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.
Milk and Honey by Faye Kellerman
A Los Angeles cop and a Jewish widow team up to solve the sticky murder of a family of beekeepers in California.
Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
The lives of three women converge at the Ravensbruck concentration camp as Caroline Ferriday resolves to help from her post at the French consulate, Kasia Kuzmerick becomes a courier in the Polish resistance, and Herta Oberheuser takes a German government medical position.
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.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
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.
Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King
Months after a crazed hit-and-run driver kills several attendees at a Midwestern job fair, a depressed retired cop and two unlikely allies join forces to find and stop the killer, who has sent a letter threatening another attack.
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.
Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
Wildlife biologist Deanna is caught off guard by an intrusive young hunter, while bookish famer's wife Lusa finds herself facing a difficult identity choice, and elderly neighbors find attraction at the height of a long-standing feud.
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.
A Light in the Wilderness by Jane Kirkpatrick
A former slave makes her way to Oregon Territory in the company of her immigrant husband and a white woman following her husband out west, while a Kalapuya Indian named Betsy's story unfolds in the land where their stories will intersect.
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.
Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
Told from Frank’s perspective forty years after that fateful summer, Ordinary Grace is a brilliantly moving account of a boy standing at the door of his young manhood, trying to understand a world that seems to be falling apart around him. It is an unforgettable novel about discovering the terrible price of wisdom and the enduring grace of God.
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.
I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb
Dominick Birdsey, a forty-year-old housepainter living in Three Rivers, Connecticut, finds his life greatly disturbed when his identical twin brother Thomas, a paranoid schizophrenic, commits a shocking act of self-mutilation.
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.
Japantown by Barry Lancet
In this “sophisticated international thriller” (The New York Times Book Review), an American antiques-dealer-turned-reluctant-private-eye must use his knowledge of Japanese culture to unravel a major murder in San Francisco—before he and his daughter become targets themselves.
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.
Criminal Enterprise by Owen Laukkanen
When a secretly unemployed man begins robbing banks in a desperate struggle to hold onto his once-successful life, FBI Special Agent Carla Windermere and Minnesota state investigator Kirk Stevens reconnect when the robber develops a taste for violence.
Then We Take Berlin by John Lawton
In 1963, freelance private investigator Joe Wilderness, a former MI6 agent and black market con artist, agrees to one last Berlin scam, which involves smuggling people, and brings his World War II gang of accomplices together once again.
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.
Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
Now isolated in a single frail human body, Breq, an artificial intelligence that used to control of a massive starship and its crew of soldiers, tries to adjust to her new humanity while seeking vengeance and answers to her questions.
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 Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories by H. P. Lovecraft
Frequently imitated and widely influential, Howard Philips Lovecraft reinvented the horror genre in the 1920s, discarding ghosts and witches and instead envisioning mankind as a tiny outpost of dwindling sanity in a chaotic and malevolent universe. S. T. Joshi, Lovecraft's preeminent interpreter, presents a selection of the master's fiction, from the early tales of nightmares and madness such as "The Outsider" to the overpowering cosmic terror of "The Call of Cthulhu."
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.
Shadow Moon by George Lucas
The fate of the Great Realms rests on the reluctant shoulders of the Princess Elora Danan, and a stranger named Thorn Drumheller must awaken a sleeping warrior princess in order to save the countryside from war and chaos
Mr. Churchill's Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal
After German Luftwaffe bomb London, Maggie Hope--trained in math and code breaking, but only able to find a job as Winston Churchill's secretary--uses the unfettered access her position demands to try to unravel a plot to assassinate Churchill himself.
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.
A Crown for Cold Silver by Alex Marshall
Twenty years ago feared general Cobalt Zosia conquered an empire, and when there were no more battles to fight she retired, but the unprovoked slaughter of her village leads her back into battle against grudge-bearing enemies.
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.
Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews
Drafted against her will to serve the regime of Vladimir Putin as an intelligence seductress, Dominika Egorova engages in a charged effort of deception and tradecraft with first-tour CIA officer Nathaniel Nash before a forbidden attraction threatens their careers.
The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham
Kitty Fane's affair with Assistant Colonial Secretary Townsend, a married man, is interrupted when she is taken from Hong Kong by her vengeful bacteriologist husband to accompany him to his new post amid a raging cholera epidemic
The Blackhouse by Peter May
When a grisly murder occurs on a Scottish island, Edinburgh detective Fin Macleod must confront his past if he is ever going to discover if the killing has a connection to another one that took place on the mainland.
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.
The Good Lord Bird by James McBride
Fleeing his violent master at the side of legendary abolitionist John Brown at the height of the slavery debate in mid-19th-century Kansas Territory, Henry pretends to be a girl to hide his identity throughout the historic raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859.
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.
Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey
At a time when the number of Dragonriders has fallen too low for safety and only one Weyr trains the creatures and their riders, the Red Star approaches Pern, threatening the planet with disaster.
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 Papers of Tony Veitch by William McIlvanney
Glasgow detective Jack Laidlaw discovers that only young Tony Veitch knows the truth about the death of the alcoholic vagrant, Eck Adamson, and that he is not the only person looking for Veitch.
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.
The Edge of Lost by Kristina McMorris
After leaving 1919 Ireland to find his father in America, Shanley Keagan, caught in a robbery mixup, is sent to Alcatraz and, while working in the greenhouse, is moved by the plight of Sadie, the abused daughter of a guard, who longs to find a way to escape.
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.
Caravans by James A. Michener
Mark Miller, a member of the American Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, is called upon to locate the missing wife, a young American woman, of an Afghan engineer and return her to her distraught family, in the years following World War II.
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.
Norwegian by Night by Derek Miller
After witnessing a murder in Olso, elderly former Marine sniper and watch repairman, Sheldon Horrowitz , flees to safety with the newly orphaned son of the victim and becomes haunted by memories of his own son who died in Vietnam.
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.
The Bell Witch by Brent Monahan
A witness to the only documented incident in which a spirit is credited with killing a human being, Richard Powell relates to his daughter the macabre tale of the Bell Witch that haunted the Bell family of Robertson County, Tennessee.
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.
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Follows three mothers, each at a crossroads, and their potential involvement in a riot at a school trivia night that leaves one parent dead in what appears to be a tragic accident, but which evidence shows might have been premeditated.
The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
Discovering a letter from her husband meant to be opened only in the event of his death, Cecelia is unable to resist reading it, though he is still alive, and discovers a secret that shatters not only her life, but the lives of two other women.
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 Lake House by Kate Morton
Decades after the disappearance of her toddler brother shatters her family, successful author Alice Edevane is approached by a young London police force detective who triggers a series of events that lead to a shocking revelation.
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.
The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes
Rendered an object of obsession by the Kommandant occupying her French town in World War I, Sophie risks everything to reunite with her husband a century before a widowed Liv tests her resolve to claim ownership of Sophie's portrait.
The Ship of Brides by Jojo Moyes
In 1946, despite the Navy's ironclad sanctions aboard the HMS Victoria, which is on route to England from Australia, the men and their war brides, who are journeying across the sea to face their unknown futures, find their lives intertwined.
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.
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
A story of the divisions between cultures and the rifts within a family explores the fallout of the drowning death of Lydia Lee, the favorite daughter of a Chinese-American family in 1970s Ohio.
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.
Vurt by Jeff Noon
In the world of the not-too-distant future, Scribble embarks on a perilous and mythical odyssey into the virtual underworld to rescue his beloved sister, Desdemona, from the drug-induced dreamstate in which she has become trapped.
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.
Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell
This unusual fictional account, in good part autobiographical, narrates without self-pity and often with humor the adventures of a penniless British writer among the down-and-out of two great cities. In the tales of both cities we learn some sobering Orwellian truths about poverty and society.
The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka
Presents the stories of six Japanese mail-order brides whose new lives in early twentieth-century San Francisco are marked by backbreaking migrant work, cultural struggles, children who reject their heritage, and the prospect of wartime internment.
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.
Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
In a confusing world poised on the brink of mayhem, Tyler Durden, a projectionist, waiter, and anarchic genius, comes up with an idea to create clubs in which young men can escape their humdrum existence and prove themselves in barehanded fights.
The Accidental Empress by Allison Pataki
The year is 1853, and the Habsburgs are Europe’s most powerful ruling family. With his empire stretching from Austria to Russia, from Germany to Italy, Emperor Franz Joseph is young, rich, and ready to marry. Fifteen-year-old Elisabeth, “Sisi,” Duchess of Bavaria, travels to the Habsburg Court with her older sister, who is betrothed to the young emperor. But shortly after her arrival at court, Sisi finds herself in an unexpected dilemma: she has inadvertently fallen for and won the heart of her sister’s groom. Franz Joseph reneges on his earlier proposal and declares his intention to marry Sisi instead.
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.
The Magician's Assistant by Ann Patchett
After the death of Parsifal, a homosexual magician, his female assistant and wife journeys from Los Angeles to Nebraska in search of the man's hidden past and discovers his estranged family, as well as the love she has always been denied.
The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick
Finding a mysterious charm bracelet among his late wife's possessions, sixty-nine-year-old Arthur Pepper breaks from his routine life for the first time since her death and embarks on a quest to learn about his wife's life before their marriage, a journey that leads to unexpected self-discoveries.
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.
The Wind is Not a River by Brian Payton
Desperate to understand the war that claimed the life of his brother, journalist John Easley heads to Alaska to investigate the Japanese invasion of the Aleutian Islands, while his wife is forced to reimagine who she is and what she is capable of doing after he disappears.
Inherit the Stars by Tony Peak
Three royal houses ruling three interplanetary systems are on the brink of collapse, and they must either ally together or tear each other apart in order for their people to survive.
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.
Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen
Abandoning her expensive world to move to a small country cabin, a once world-famous photographer bonds with a local man and begins to see the world around her in new, deeper dimensions while evaluating second chances at love, career and self-understanding. By the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Living Out Loud.
The Black Hour by Lori Day-Rader
Chicago sociology professor Amelia Emmet's experience with violence becomes more than academic when a student shoots her and kills himself, and her new teaching assistant hopes to make the incident the topic of his dissertation.
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.
Saints at the River by Ron Rash
Maggie Glenn, a newspaper photographer sent to cover an incident in her hometown, becomes caught in the middle of the conflict, opening old wounds and forcing her to revisit a past she wanted to leave behind.
The Dragon Engine by Andy Remic
Five noble war heroes of Vagandrak get drunk one night and sign a contract – to journey to the Karamakkos in search of the Five Havens where, it is written, there is untold, abandoned wealth and, more importantly, the three Dragon Heads – jewels claimed to give unspeakable power and everlasting life to those who wield them.
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.
Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson
Generations after leaving Earth on humanity's first voyage beyond the solar system, a starship draws near to a planet that may serve as a new home world for those on board, but their best laid plans may not be enough to survive.
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.
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
A hero named Kvothe, now living under an assumed name as the humble proprietor of an inn, recounts his transformation from a magically gifted young man into the most notorious wizard, musician, thief, and assassin in his world.
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.
Bad Blood by John Sandford
When a murder suspect commits suicide after his arrest for killing a soybean farmer, Virgil Flowers uncovers a multi-generation, multi-family conspiracy involving a series of monstrous crimes. By the best-selling author of Rough Country.
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.
Tenth of December: Stories by George Saunders
A collection of stories includes "Home," a wryly whimsical account of a soldier's return from war; "Victory Lap," a tale about an inventive abduction attempt; and the title story, in which a suicidal cancer patient saves the life of a young misfit.
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.
Accused by Lisa Scottoline
New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award-winning author Lisa Scottoline revolutionized crime fiction when she introduced her all-female law firm of Rosato & Associates, thrilling readers with her twisty, fast-paced plots and capturing their hearts with her cast of strong and relatable female characters. Now Bennie Rosato, Mary DiNunzio, Judy Carrier, and Anne Murphy are back with all cylinders firing inAccused.
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.
Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple
When her notorious, hilarious, volatile, talented, troubled and agoraphobic mother goes missing, teenage Bee begins a trip that takes her to the ends of the earth to find her in this new novel from the author of This One is Mine.
The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philippe Sendker
When a successful New York lawyer suddenly disappears without a trace, neither his wife nor his daughter has any idea where he might be--until they find a love letter he wrote many years before, to a Burmese woman who is unknown to them.
A God in Every Stone by Kamila Shamsie
In a U.S. release of an award-winning tale, an Englishwoman falls in love with a fellow archaeologist before the outbreak of World War I separates them, compelling a determined search years later that is assisted by a British Indian army soldier whose wartime experiences have tested his allegiances.
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.
Stella Bain by Anita Shreve
Suffering from shell shock and memory loss from her time spent as a nurse's aide on a French battlefield during World War I, American Stella Bain is taken in by London surgeon August Bridge and his wife.
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.
Mary Coin by Marisa Silver
Imagines the lives of the subject of the photograph, photographer, and a college professor who finds a connection to a family legacy in the image of the iconic "Migrant Mother.
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.
Whiskey and Charlie by Annabel Smith
Twin brothers and polar opposites Whiskey and Charlie realize the importance of their failing relationship after a freak accident puts one brother in a coma and the other contemplates life without the other.
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 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.
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.
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 appealingÃ¢â‚¬”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 History of Us by Leah Stewart
Two decades after the tragic accident that killed their father, Theodora, Josh and Claire return to their childhood home to confront painful realities about their incapable mother and the devoted aunt who raised them.
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.
Abide With Me by Elizabeth Strout
In the wake of the tragic death of his beautiful and independent young wife, Reverend Tyler Caskey, a New England minister, struggles to hold together his own life, his family, and his town, while dealing with his personal anger, grief, and loss of faith.
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.
Dragon Princess by S. Andrew Swann
When he is hired by the Court Wizard of Lendowyn to rescue Princess Lucille from an evil dragon in return for great power and riches, Frank Blackthorne must face down thugs, slavers, knights and an evil Queen when misapplied magic swaps his body with the princess's.
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.
Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont by Elizabeth Taylor
On a rainy Sunday in January, the widowed Mrs Palfrey arrives at the Claremont Hotel where she will spend her remaining days. Her fellow residents are eccentric and curious. They fight off their twin enemies: boredom and the Grim Reaper. Then one day Mrs Palfrey strikes up an unexpected friendship with Ludo, a handsome young writer.
The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro
After receiving a large inheritance from a complete stranger, London socialite and newlywed Grace Monroe searches for the identity of her mysterious benefactor and uncovers the story of a unique woman who inspired one of Paris' greatest perfumers, which transforms her own life
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.
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.
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.
The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls
Abandoned by their artist mother at the age of 12, Bean and her older sister, Liz, are sent to live in the decaying antebellum mansion of their widowed uncle, where they learn the truth about their parents and take odd jobs to earn extra money before an increasingly withdrawn Liz has a life-shattering experience.
My Sunshine Away by M. O. Walsh
man reflects on the summer of his 14th year, where in Baton Rouge he fell in love with a golden-haired girl across the street before an unspeakable crime shattered illusions in his seemingly idyllic neighborhood.
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.
The Same Sky by Amanda Eyre Ward
A childless woman seeking to adopt crosses paths with a thirteen-year-old Honduran girl on a dangerous journey into Texas with her brother.
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.
On Basilisk Station on David Weber
Instead of remaining out of sight during her assignment to a forlorn outpost, spaceship commander Honor Harrington, along with her vessel, the Fearless, performs incredible flying maneuvers to stop a foreign takeover of a major space station.
The Martian by Andy Weir
Stranded on Mars by a dust storm that compromised his space suit and forced his crew to leave him behind, astronaut Watney struggles to survive in spite of minimal supplies and harsh environmental challenges that test his ingenuity in unique ways.
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.
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.
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.
Dirt Music by Tim Winton
After his family is killed in an accident, illegal fisherman Luther Fox tries to forget his pain, but when he meets Georgie Jutland, the wife of West Point, Australia's most prosperous fisherman, Fox begins to dream again.
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.
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
Moving to New York to pursue creative ambitions, four former classmates share decades marked by love, loss, addiction, and haunting elements from a brutal childhood.
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.
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.
Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time by Mark Adams
Traces the author's recreation of Hiram Bingham III's discovery of the ancient citadel, Machu Picchu, in the Andes Mountains of Peru, describing his struggles with rudimentary survival tools and his experiences at the sides of local guides.
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozo Adichie
Separated by differing ambitions after falling in love in occupied Nigeria, beautiful Ifemelu experiences triumph and defeat in America, while Obinze endures an undocumented status in London until the pair is reunited in their homeland fifteen years later.
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.
The Point of Vanishing: A Memois fo Two Years in Solitude by Howard Axelrod
The author discusses his challenges after losing vision in one eye in college, and later retreating to a small house in the Vermont woods, where he lived without human contact for two years.
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.
Get Jiro! by Anthony Bourdain
Graphic Novel. Anthony Bourdain, top chef, acclaimed writer (Kitchen Confidential, Medium Raw) and star of the hit travel show, No Reservations, co-writes with Joel Rose (Kill Kill Faster Faster, The Blackest Bird) this stylized send-up of food culture and society, with detailed and dynamic art by Langdon Foss.
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.
Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight for Justice by Bill Browder
Expelled from Russia after exposing corruption in Russian companies, an investment broker describes how his attorney was detained, tortured and beaten to death for testifying against Russian law enforcement officers who stole millions in taxes paid to the government
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.
Adventures of a Psychic: The Fascinating Inspiring True-Life Story of One of America's Most Successful Clairvoyants by Sylvia Browne
The author reveals how she has developed her paranormal abilities and used them to investigate hauntings and aid police in solving crimes
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.
Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi
The prosecutor of the Tate-LaBianca trials presents the inside story behind the Manson killings, explaining how Charles Manson was able to make his "family" murder for him, chronicling the investigation, and describing the court trial that brought him and his accomplices to justice.
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.
Black Hole by Charles Burns
Graphic Novel. A chilling graphic novel set in suburban Seattle during the mid-1970s describes the lives of the area's teenagers, who are suddenly faced with a devastating, disfiguring, and incurable plague that has descended on the young people of Seattle.
Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back by Todd Burpo
Presents the story of the four-year old son of a Nebraska pastor who during emergency surgery slips from consciousness and enters heaven.
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
The Longest Road: Overland in Search of America, from Key West to the Arctic Ocean by Philip Caputo
Traces the author's 2011 road trip from the southernmost to the northernmost points of the United States to experience firsthand the country's diversity and political tensions in the face of a historic economic recession.
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.
Narrow Dog to Indian River by Terry Darlington
Terry Darlington was raised in Wales. He likes boating but doesn't know much about it. Monica Darlington has run thirty marathons and leaps tall buildings in a single bound. She likes boating. Brynula Great Expectations (Jim) is sprung from a long line of dogs with ridiculous names. Cowardly, thieving, and disrespectful, he hates boating.
Tracks: A Woman's Solo Trek Across 1,700 Miles of Australian Outback by Robyn Davidson
The author recounts her almost two-thousand mile journey across Australia with nothing but a dog and some camels for company..
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.
Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune by Bill Dedman
A cousin of Huguette Clark and a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist trace the life of the reclusive American heiress against a backdrop of the now-infamous W. A. Clark family and include coverage of the internet sensation and elder-abuse investigation that occurred at the end of her life.
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.
Riding in Cars with Boys: Confessions of a Bad Girl Who Makes Good by Beverly Donofrio
A memoir of one young woman's journey from hoodlum to mother to successful writer tells about moving from the working to the middle class, about adult compromise, and about how a teenage mother and her son find regeneration through love.
Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon's Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart by James Doty
The author relates how a chance encounter in a magic shop with a woman who taught him exercises to ease his sufferings and manifest his greatest desires gave him a glimpse of the relationship between the brain and the heart, and drove him to explore the neuroscience of compassion and altruism.
Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit by John Douglas
An expert in criminal profiling, the FBI Special Agent who became the model for Jack Crawford in The Silence of the Lambs recounts some of his most challenging cases, from the Green River Killer to Ted Bundy to the Atlanta child murderer.
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.
A Time to Keep Silence by Patrick Leigh Fermor
While still a teenager, Patrick Leigh Fermor made his way across Europe, as recounted in his classic memoirs, A Time of Gifts and Between the Woods and the Water. During World War II, he fought with local partisans against the Nazi occupiers of Crete. But in A Time to Keep Silence, Leigh Fermor writes about a more inward journey, describing his several sojourns in some of Europe’s oldest and most venerable monasteries. He stays at the Abbey of St. Wandrille, a great repository of art and learning; at Solesmes, famous for its revival of Gregorian chant; and at the deeply ascetic Trappist monastery of La Grande Trappe, where monks take a vow of silence. Finally, he visits the rock monasteries of Cappadocia, hewn from the stony spires of a moonlike landscape, where he seeks some trace of the life of the earliest Christian anchorites.
Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink
A Pulitzer Prize-winning doctor, reporter and author of War Hospital reconstructs five days at Memorial Medical Center after Hurricane Katrina destroyed its generators to reveal how caregivers were forced to make life-and-death decisions without essential resources.
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.
The Wicked + the Divine 1: The Faust Act by Kieron Gillen
Graphic Novel. Every ninety years, twelve gods are incarnated into humans to enjoy a limited two-year lifespan, this time appearing as pop stars, and college student Laura finds herself in her midst as one of the gods is set up for murder.
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 Phantom of Fifth Avenue: The Mysterious Life and Scandalous Death of Heiress Huguette Clark by Meryl Gordon
Describes the sad life of Huguette Clark, heiress to a copper magnate's fortune, who withdrew from society to live in isolation in a huge 5th Avenue apartment before spending the last years of her life in a New York hospital.
Pioneer Doctor: The Story of a Women's Work by Mari Grana
When Mollie Babcock stepped off the train in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1890, she knew she had to start a new life. She'd left her husband and their medical practice in Iowa, and with only a few hundred dollars in her pocket and a great deal of pride, she set out to find a new position as a physician. Due largely to the fact that the mine owner's young wife was expecting their first child, she took a job as doctor to the miners at Bannack, Montana, and thus began her epic adventures in the Rocky Mountain West.
The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann
Interweaves the story of British explorer Percy Fawcett, who vanished during a 1925 expedition into the Amazon to find an ancient civilization, with the author's own adventure-filled quest into the uncharted wilderness to uncover the mysteries surrounding Fawcett's final journey and the secrets of what really lies deep in the Amazon jungle.
Dispatches from Pluto: Lost and Found in the Mississippi Delta by Richard Grant
The author and his girlfriend move into an old plantation house in Mississippi and learn to hunt, fend off varmints, befriend local eccentrics, and learn what makes Mississippi such a special place.
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.
The Impossible Country: A Journey Through the Last Days of Yugoslavia by Brian Hall
Brian Hall relates his encounters with Serbs, Croats, and Muslims— “real people, likeable people” who are now overcome with suspicion and anxiety about one another. Hall takes the standard explanations, the pundits’ predictions, and the evening news footage and inverts our perceptions of the country, its politics, its history, and its seemingly insoluble animosities.
Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall
Meet Denver, raised under plantation-style slavery in Louisiana until he escaped 'da Man'---in the 1960s---by hopping a train. Then, after another 18 homeless years on the streets of Dallas, God moved . . . and a godly woman named Deborah prayed, listened, and obeyed. Mountains began to move, beginning with her husband, Ron, an international art dealer accustomed to the world of Armani suits and art-collecting millionaires.
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.
Blood, Bones, and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef by Gabrielle Hamilton
The chef of New York's East Village Prune restaurant presents an unflinching account of her search for meaning and purpose in the food-central rural New Jersey home of her youth, marked by a first chicken kill, an international backpacking tour and the opening of a first restaurant.
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.
Oracle Bones: A Journey Through Time in China by Peter Hessler
An American journalist living in Beijing offers an intriguing odyssey through twenty-first-century China as seen through the eyes of a handful of ordinary people, including Polat, a member of an ethnic minority seeking freedom in the U.S.; Anne, a migrant factory worker; and Chen Mengjia, a scholar of oracle bone inscriptions.
Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific by Raft by Thor Heyerdahl
Kon-Tiki is the record of an astonishing adventure—a journey of 4,300 nautical miles across the Pacific Ocean by raft. Intrigued by Polynesian folklore, biologist Thor Heyerdahl suspected that the South Sea Islands had been settled by an ancient race from thousands of miles to the east, led by a mythical hero, Kon-Tiki. He decided to prove his theory by duplicating the legendary voyage.
East of West. Vol. 1 by Jonathan Hickman
Graphic Novel. During the End Times, as the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse roam the Earth, the best hope for life lies in Death.
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 Little Girl Who Fought the Great Depression : Shirley Temple and 1930s America by John Kasson
Discusses the optimism and good cheer that surrounded the young, Depression-era box office star whose singing, acting, and charming smile helped revive the American spirit during the 1930s and for many decades after.
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.
The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II by Denise Kiernan
Looks at the contributions of the thousands of women who worked at a secret uranium-enriching facility in Oak Ridge, Tennessee during World War II.
Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed American History by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger
The authors of George Washington's Secret Six present a pop-history narrative that illuminates a lesser-known confrontation between the recently inaugurated third president and Pasha of Tripoli pirates who openly challenged his leadership by attacking American ships
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 Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert
Drawing on the work of geologists, botanists, marine biologists and other researchers, an award-winning writer for The New Yorker discusses the five devastating mass extinctions on earth and predicts the coming of a sixth.
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.Â 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.
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson
From the bestselling author and master of narrative nonfiction comes the enthralling story of the sinking of the Lusitania. It is a story that many of us think we know but don’t, and Erik Larson tells it thrillingly, switching between hunter and hunted while painting a larger portrait of America at the height of the Progressive Era. Full of glamour and suspense,Dead Wake brings to life a cast of evocative characters, from famed Boston bookseller Charles Lauriat to pioneering female architect Theodate Pope to President Woodrow Wilson, a man lost to grief, dreading the widening war but also captivated by the prospect of new love. Gripping and important, Dead Wake captures the sheer drama and emotional power of a disaster whose intimate details and true meaning have long been obscured by history.
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.
Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly
An account of the previously unheralded contributions of NASA's African-American women mathematicians to America's space program describes how they were segregated from their white counterparts by Jim Crow laws in spite of their successes.
The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore
A cultural history of Wonder Woman traces the character's creation and enduring popularity, drawing on interviews and archival research to reveal the pivotal role of feminism in shaping her seven-decade story. By the Pulitzer Prize-finalist author of New York Burning
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.
Mao's Last Dancer by Li Cunxin
In a memoir of life in Maoist China, the author describes how he was taken from his family in rural China to study ballet in Beijing, his rise in the world of Chinese ballet, and his defection at age eighteen to the United States.
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.
On the Noodle Road: From Beijing to Rome, With Love and Pasta by Jen Lin-Liu
A food writer and founder of the Black Sesame Kitchen cooking school in Beijing traces her Silk Road investigation into regional culinary history and tradition, a journey marked by her visits to the kitchens of women from a diverse array of cultures.
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.
Monstress by Marjorie Liu
Graphic Novel. Set in an alternate matriarchal 1900's Asia, in a richly imagined world of art deco-inflected steampunk, MONSTRESS tells the story of a teenage girl who is struggling to survive the trauma of war, and who shares a mysterious psychic link with a monster of tremendous power, a connection that will transform them both.
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.
Life From Scratch: A Memoir of Food, Family, and Forgiveness by Sasha Martin
A memoir by a food writer and blogger details her culinary journey cooking and eating a meal from every country of the world over the course of almost two hundred weeks.
The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen
In 1973, Peter Matthiessen and field biologist George Schaller traveled high into the remote mountains of Nepal to study the Himalayan blue sheep and possibly glimpse the rare and beautiful snow leopard. Matthiessen, a student of Zen Buddhism, was also on a spiritual quest - to find the Lama of Shey at the ancient shrine on Crystal Mountain. As the climb proceeds, Matthiessen charts his inner path as well as his outer one, with a deepening Buddhist understanding of reality, suffering, impermanence, and beauty.
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 Wright Brothers by David McCullough
The #1 New York Times bestseller from David McCullough, two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize—the dramatic story-behind-the-story about the courageous brothers who taught the world how to fly—Wilbur and Orville Wright.
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.
The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore
Traces the parallel lives of two youths with the same name in the same community, describing how the author grew up to be a Rhodes Scholar and promising business leader while his counterpart suffered a life of violence and imprisonment.
Silverland: A Winter Journey Beyond the Urals by Dervla Murphy
Journey through the wind-blown snowscapes of Far Eastern Russia with the septuagenarian globetrotter Dervla Murphy in this engaging travelogue. As Murphy travels deeper into the hinterland, she encounters a strange world of lynx and elks, indigenous tribes and shamanism, reindeer broth and taiga-berry pie. The slow-train takes Murphy into relatively untouched regions where she meets a host of colorful and generous characters who enjoy fireside debates bolstered by steaming samovars of sweet tea. Insightful, warm, and original, this is an amazing account of the secrets of Siberia and beyond.
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.
Radio Shangri-La: What I Discovered on My Accidental Journey to the Happiest Kingdom on Earth by Lisa Napoli
Shares the dramatic story of forefront reptile smugglers Hank Molt and Tommy Crutchfield, describing their illicit operations together and separately while revealing their clandestine relationships with foreign nations and celebrated institutions.
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.
American Ghost: A Family's Haunted Past in the Desert Southwest by Hannah Nordhaus
Traces the life, death, and unsettled afterlife of her great-great-grandmother Julia, who haunts an elegant Sante Fe hotel.
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.
Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family by Amy Ellis Nutt
The inspiring true story of a transgender girl, her identical twin brother, and an ordinary American family’s extraordinary journey to understand, nurture, and celebrate the uniqueness in us all, from the Pulitzer Prize–winning science reporter for The Washington Post.
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.
Last of the Donkey Pilgrims by Kevin O'Hara
Recounts the author's efforts to carry out a promise to his homesick mother to record the Irish countryside by circling the Irish coastline with only a donkey and a cart, in a race against time to reach his grandmother's village by Christmas Eve.
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.
Imagined London: A Tour of the World's Greatest Fictional City by Anna Quindlen
The best-selling author of Blessings offers an entertaining, lively tour of the English capital and its literary significance, tracking the footsteps of some of her favorite fictional characters--including those created by Conan Doyle, Margery Allingham, Dickens, and other notable authors--throughout London.
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.
Deliver Us From Evil: A New York City Cop Investigates the Supernatural by Ralph Sarchie
A decorated former New York Police Department officer and part-time demonologist recounts the true story of his investigations into occult-related crimes in a city that many believed was being targeted by demonic forces.
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.
An Invisible Thread: The True Story of an 11-Year-Old Panhandler, a Busy Sales Executive, and an Unlikely Meeting with Destiny by Laura Schroff
Presents the true story of a friendship that has spanned three decades, recounting how the author, a harried sales executive, befriended an eleven-year-old panhandler, changing both of their lives forever.
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.
The Only Street in Paris: Life on the Rue Des Martyrs by Elaine Sciolino
Offers a tribute to one Paris street, the Rue des Martyrs, exploring its rich history and the varied lives of those who live there.
Revival 1: You're Among Friends by Tim Seeley
Officer Dana Cypress investigates a brutal murder and finds herself dealing with both alive and undead suspects after the dead came back to life in her rural central Wisconsin town.
Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets by David Simon
An account of a year inside a city homicide unit focuses on three detectives investigating murders in Baltimore--a city torn by racial tensions and plagued by drugs and crime, in a new edition of the book that became the basis for the acclaimed television series
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.Â 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.
The Most Dangerous Animal of All: Searching for My Father and Finding the Zodiac Killer by Gary Stewart
A thirty-nine-year-old adoptee describes his discovery that his birthfather is one of the most infamous and still-wanted serial killers in American history, forcing him to reconsider everything he thought he knew about himself.
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.
The Great Railway Bazaar: By Train Through Asia by Paul Theroux
The author relates an account of the landscapes, characters, mishaps, and adventures he encountered on his grand railroad excursion from London to Tokyo and back again on such classic railroads as the Orient, Mandalay, and Trans-Siberian Expresses.
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.
Following the Equator: A Journey Around the World by Mark Twain
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.
Saga. Vol. 1 by Brian Vaughan
Graphic Novel. When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to raise their child in a dangerous world.
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.
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.
Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware
A graphic novel chronicles four generations of the Corrigan men, from 1893 to 1983.
The Haunted by Ed & Lorraine Warren
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 Umbrella Academy. Vol. 1. Apocalypse Suite by Gerard Way
The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner
Queen Rats by Kurtis Wiebe
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.
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.