|Timestamp||Author||Book Title||Synopsis||Length of Book|
Fiction or Non-Fiction
|The solitude of primenumbers||A bestselling international literary sensation about whether a "prime number" can ever truly connect with someone else. A prime number can only be divided by itself or by one--it never truly fits with another. Alice and Mattia, both "primes," are misfits who seem destined to be alone. Haunted by childhood tragedies that mark their lives, they cannot reach out to anyone else. When Alice and Mattia meet as teenagers, they recognize in each other a kindred, damaged spirit' But the mathematically gifted Mattia accepts a research position that takes him thousands of miles away, and the two are forced to separate. Then a chance occurrence reunites them and forces a lifetime of concealed emotion to the surface.||271||Fiction||Penelope Kosinski|
|9/8/2014 13:32:50||Obreht, Tea||The Tiger's Wife||"A mixture of myth, story and memory" describes Obreht's 1st novel about a daughters efforts to unravel the mystery surrounding her father's death.||368||Fiction||Joan Quigley|
Sullivan, J. Courtney
|Maine||A dysfunctional Irish family and their love for their Maine cottage.||358||Fiction||Joan Quigley|
|10/7/2014 17:39:51||Julian barnes||england, england||Visionary tycoon seeks to create an england where all the pubs are quaint, the Windsors behave themselves, the cliffs of dover are actually white, and robin hood's men are merry. The land of make believe gets horribly out of hand, and one of the residents develops her own version of the perfect England. A wonderfully nasty satire.||273||Fiction||lisa weiler|
|Midnight's children||A fascinating family saga and an astonishing evocation of a vast land and its people. (India). Saleem Sinai is born at the very moment of India's independence. His every act is mirrored and magnified in events that swat the course of national affairs.||533||Fiction||lisa weiler|
|10/7/2014 17:49:30||j.k. rowling||the casual vacancy||A big novel about a small town. What lies behind the pretty facade of pagford is a town at war. Rich vs poor, teens vs parents, wives vs husbands, teachers vs students. Vacated seat on town council is catalyst for biggest war in the town. Blackly comic.||503||Fiction||lisa weiler|
|10/12/2014 9:42:10||Jenna Blum||Those Who Save Us||Driven by the guilt of her heritage, Trudy, now a professor of German history, begins investigating the past and finally unearths the dramatic and heartbreaking truth of her mother's life. Combining a passionate, doomed love story, a vivid evocation of life during the war, and a poignant mother/daughter drama, Those Who Save Us is a profound exploration of what we endure to survive and the legacy of shame.||479||Fiction||Ave Rongone|
Joan Steinau Lester
|Mama's Child||A stunning tale about the deeply entrenched conflicts between a white mother and her biracial daughter||320||Fiction||Ave Rongone|
|11/9/2014 13:57:16||Michael Lewis||Money Ball||A small group of undervalued baseball players are rejected as unfit for the big leagues. They came back as winners in M.L.B.||280||Non-Fiction||Dot|
|12/31/2014 9:26:28||Hector Tobar||Deep Down Dark||new book about the Chilean miners' rescue. Ann Patchett picked this one.||320||Non-Fiction||Lisa Weiler|
|The Tender Bar||from Publishers Weekly: "the story of a young man who knows his father only as 'The Voice,' of a single mother trying to make a life for her son, and of a riotously dysfunctional family from Long Island. But more than anything else, Moehringer's book is a homage to the culture of the local pub ... where young J.R. seeks out the companionship of male role models in place of his absent father."||368||Non-Fiction||Lucy Holley|
|The New Jim Crow||Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness||312||Non-Fiction||Kathy Leydon-Conway|
|The Tennis Partner||An unforgettable, illuminating story of how men live and how they survive, from the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of Cutting for Stone. When Abraham Verghese, a physician whose marriage is unraveling, relocates to El Paso, Texas, he hopes to make a fresh start as a staff member at the county hospital. There he meets David Smith, a medical student recovering from drug addiction, and the two men begin a tennis ritual that allows them to shed their inhibitions and find security in the sport they love and with each other. This friendship between doctor and intern grows increasingly rich and complex, more intimate than two men usually allow. Just when it seems nothing can go wrong, the dark beast from David’s past emerges once again—and almost everything Verghese has come to trust and believe in is threatened as David spirals out of control. ||368||Non-Fiction||Lisa Weiler|
Instructions for a Heatwave
|London, 1976. In the thick of a record-breaking heatwave, Gretta Riordan’s newly retired husband has cleaned out his bank account and vanished. Now, for the first time in years, Gretta calls her children home : Michael Francis, a history teacher whose marriage is failing; Monica, whose blighted past has driven a wedge between her and her younger sister; and Aoife, the youngest, whose new life in Manhattan is elaborately arranged to conceal a devastating secret. In a story that stretches from the Upper West Side to a village on the coast of Ireland, Maggie O’Farrell explores the mysteries that inhere within families, and reveals the fault lines over which we build our lives. Instructions for a Heatwave weaves an unforgettable narrative of a family falling apart and coming together with hard-won, life-changing truths about who they really are. ||336||Fiction||Lisa Weiler|
|8/26/2015 23:05:57||Hannah||Kristin||from The Amazon Spotlight Pick for February 2015: "Both a weeper and a thinker, [The Nightingale] tells the story of two French sisters – one in Paris, one in the countryside. During WWII; each is crippled by the death of their beloved mother and cavalier abandonment of their father; each plays a part in the French underground; each finds a way to love and forgive.....combines historical accuracy (Hannah has said her inspiration for Isabelle was the real life story of a woman who led downed Allied soldiers on foot over the Pyrenees) and social/political activism ...The book is narrated by one of the sisters in the present, though you really don’t know until the very end which sister it is. Fast-paced, detailed, and full of romance (both the sexual. /interpersonal kind and the larger, trickier romance of history and war), this novel is destined to land on the top of best sellers lists and night tables everywhere". See my review of The Nightingale at: https://www.amazon.com/review/R337AKG2AYJX4J/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0312577222||448||Fiction||Tracy Marks|
|8/26/2015 23:43:51||Colin Woodard|
American Nations: A History of the 11 Rival Regional Cultures of America
According to award-winning journalist and historian Colin Woodard, North America is made up of eleven distinct nations, each with its own unique historical roots. In American Nations he takes readers on a journey through the history of our fractured continent, offering a revolutionary and revelatory take on American identity, and how the conflicts between them have shaped our past and continue to mold our future. From the Deep South to the Far West, to Yankeedom to El Norte, Woodard reveals how each region continues to uphold its distinguishing ideals and identities today, with results that can be seen in the composition of the U.S. Congress or on the county-by-county election maps of presidential elections.
|8/26/2015 23:46:13||Arundhati Roy|
The God of Small Things
Compared favorably to the works of Faulkner and Dickens, Arundhati Roy’s debut novel is a modern classic that has been read and loved worldwide. Equal parts powerful family saga, forbidden love story, and piercing political drama, it is the story of an affluent Indian family forever changed by one fateful day in 1969. The seven-year-old twins Estha and Rahel see their world shaken irrevokably by the arrival of their beautiful young cousin, Sophie. It is an event that will lead to an illicit liaison and tragedies accidental and intentional, exposing “big things [that] lurk unsaid” in a country drifting dangerously toward unrest. Lush, lyrical, and unnerving, The God of Small Things is an award-winning landmark that started for its author an esteemed career of fiction and political commentary that continues unabated.
The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary
|Hidden within the rituals of the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary is a fascinating mystery. Professor James Murrary was the distinguished editor of the OED project. Dr. William Chester Minor, an American surgeon who had served in the Civil War, was found innocent of murder by reason of insanity after he shot a man in England. He was given a sentence of life at what was then called Broadmoor Asylum. From his cell, Minor began to send in contributions to the OED. The book is his story and about the 42 of his word indexes covering titles from philosophy, economics, art, to medicine. I never thought I would enjoy such a story but I found this one to be fascinating at a number of levels. Goodreads rating 4 stars.||288||Non-Fiction||Jim Leggett|
|9/2/2015 12:59:29||McEwan, Ian||Sweet Tooth||“Sweet Tooth” is sort of a younger sibling to “Atonement,” less epic and grave, with lower stakes, more fun and an apparently happier ending. Tom is a self-consciously autobiographical figure, but one throwaway line of Serena’s — “And feeling clever, I’ve always thought, is just a sigh away from being cheerful” — could be an animating truth for McEwan as a writer. “Sweet Tooth” is extremely clever in both the British and American senses (smart as well as amusingly tricky) and his most cheerful book by far. (NYT)|
Looks like plenty are available in Minuteman
|The Glass Castle||memoir of a dysfunctional family and resilient children in the coalfields of West Virginia||288||Non-Fiction||Lucy Holley|
Robert A. Heinlein
Stranger in a Strange Land
|Science Fiction: expresses Heinlein's social ideas.||525||Fiction||Victor Kava|
|9/7/2015 16:17:19||Dava Sobel||Longitude||The development of the marine chronometer.||186||Non-Fiction||Victor Kava|
|9/23/2015 22:23:30||Erik Larson|
In the Garden of Beasts
|By intertwining the separate stories of two protagonists, Erik Larson's books read like fiction. This is a story about the incremental rise of xenophobic politicians who caused the world to plunge into World War II, raising chilling parallels to our current presidential politics.||464||Non-Fiction||Bernie Carver|
|9/27/2015 12:36:58||Timothy Egan||The Worst Hard Time||The story of the American dust bowl.||340||Non-Fiction||Joan Q.|
Karen Jay Fowler
We Are Completely Beside Ourselves
|A woman finds she needs to confront her past in order to go forward.||320||Fiction||Joan Q.|
The Orphan Master's Son
|Adventure & heartbreak in modern North Korea.||480||Fiction||Joan Q.|
|10/8/2015 16:03:22||Kent Haruf||Plainsong||The interwoven lives of a small town community in Colorado. The story of 8 or so of the residents, young and old, wise and foolish. The book leads the reader quickly through the story.||301||Fiction||Victor Kava|
Between the World and Me
|”a bold and personal literary exploration of America’s racial history." Framed as a letter to his son. A stunning writer and careful journalist who in the last few years has become fascinated by the disconnect between America's ideals and it's history.||176||Non-Fiction||Tim Button|
|10/19/2015 22:42:51||John McPhee||The Control of Nature||Three essays about attempts to control nature: in the Mississippi Delta, the mountains of Los Angeles, and the volcanos of Iceland. Paints a deeply complex and conflicted picture of how we interact with our environment, in his trademark elegant, sharp, clear prose.||272||Non-Fiction||Tim Button|
House of the Seven Gables
|This is a classic tale of a house cursed through the centuries by a man hung for witchcraft, and haunted by the ghosts of its sinful dead, is now available in this special 150th anniversary edition that contains new supplementary material and a new afterword.||300||Fiction||Joan Q.|
|3/3/2016 20:37:45||Hilary Mantel||Wolf hall||England in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years and marry Anne Boleyn. The pope and most of Europe opposes him. Into this impasse steps Thomas Cromwell: a wholly original man, a charmer and a bully, both idealist and opportunist, astute in reading people, and implacable in his ambition. But Henry is volatile: one day tender, one day murderous. Cromwell helps him break the opposition, but what will be the price of his triumph?||604||Fiction||Lisa Weiler|
|Great Expectations||Great Expectations is Charles Dickens's thirteenth novel. It is his second novel, after David Copperfield, to be fully narrated in the first person. Great Expectations is a bildungsroman, or a coming-of-age novel, and it is a classic work of Victorian literature. It depicts the growth and personal development of an orphan named Pip. The novel was first published in serial form in Dickens's weekly periodical All the Year Round, from 1 December 1860 to August 1861. In October 1861, Chapman and Hall published the novel in three volumes. Dickens originally intended Great Expectations to be twice as long, but constraints imposed by the management of All the Year Round limited the novel's length. The novel is collected and dense, with a conciseness unusual for Dickens. According to G. K. Chesterton, Dickens penned Great Expectations in "the afternoon of [his] life and fame." It was the penultimate novel Dickens completed, preceding Our Mutual Friend. It is set among the marshes of Kent and in London in the early to mid-1800s. The novel contains some of Dickens most memorable scenes, including its opening, in a graveyard, when the young orphan Pip is accosted by the escaped convict, Abel Magwitch. Great Expectations is a graphic book, full of extreme imagery, poverty, prison ships ("the hulks"), barriers and chains, and fights to the death. Upon its release, Thomas Carlyle spoke of "All that Pip's nonsense." Later, George Bernard Shaw praised the novel as "All of one piece and consistently truthfull." Dickens felt Great Expectations was his best work, calling it "a very fine idea," and was very sensitive to compliments from his friends: "Bulwer, who has been, as I think you know, extraordinarily taken by the book." Great Expectations has a colourful cast that has entered popular culture: the capricious Miss Havisham, the cold and beautiful Estella, Joe the kind and generous blacksmith, the dry and sycophantic Uncle Pumblechook, Mr. Jaggers, Wemmick with his dual personality, and the eloquent and wise friend, Herbert Pocket. Throughout the narrative, typical Dickensian themes emerge: wealth and poverty, love and rejection, and the eventual triumph of good over evil. Great Expectations has become very popular and is now taught as a classic in many English classes. It has been translated into many languages and adapted many times in film and other media.||284||Fiction||Lisa Weiler|
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
|Half of a Yellow Sun||With effortless grace, celebrated author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie illuminates a seminal moment in modern African history: Biafra's impassioned struggle to establish an independent republic in southeastern Nigeria during the late 1960s. We experience this tumultuous decade alongside five unforgettable characters: Ugwu, a thirteen-year-old houseboy who works for Odenigbo, a university professor full of revolutionary zeal; Olanna, the professor’s beautiful young mistress who has abandoned her life in Lagos for a dusty town and her lover’s charm; and Richard, a shy young Englishman infatuated with Olanna’s willful twin sister Kainene. Half of a Yellow Sun is a tremendously evocative novel of the promise, hope, and disappointment of the Biafran war.||543||Fiction||Lisa Weiler|
|Maus 2||Maus I was the first half of the tale of survival of the author's parents, charting their desperate progress from pre-war Poland Auschwitz. Here is the continuation, in which the father survives the camp and is at last reunited with his wife.||135||Fiction||Victor Kava|
|6/22/2016 22:17:44||Ivan Doig||The Whistling Season||Can't cook but doesn't bite." So begins the newspaper ad offering the services of an "A-1 housekeeper, sound morals, exceptional disposition" that draws the hungry attention of widower Oliver Milliron in the fall of 1909. And so begins the unforgettable season that deposits the noncooking, nonbiting, ever-whistling Rose Llewellyn and her font-of-knowledge brother, Morris Morgan, in Marias Coulee along with a stampede of homesteaders drawn by the promise of the Big Ditch-a gargantuan irrigation project intended to make the Montana prairie bloom. When the schoolmarm runs off with an itinerant preacher, Morris is pressed into service, setting the stage for the "several kinds of education"-none of them of the textbook variety-Morris and Rose will bring to Oliver, his three sons, and the rambunctious students in the region's one-room schoolhouse.|
Ivan Doig's is a Western author compared with Wallace Stegner.
|Abide With Me||In the late 1950s, in the small town of West Annett, Maine, a minister struggles to regain his calling, his family, and his happiness in the wake of profound loss.||320||Fiction||Steve Rothman|
Karen Joy Fowler
We are Completely Beside Ourselves
|Man Booker Prize short list for 2014. College student looks back on her|
unconventional childhood that is filled with losses including a missing
Christina Backer Kline
|Orphan Train||A foster child and elderly woman find similarities in their lives when|
memories of a little known aspect of American history is revealed.
|8/2/2016 15:27:56||Albert Camus||Plague||A classic story about a plague outbreak in Algeria and the devastating|
effect it has on the populace.
|8/2/2016 15:39:45||John Berendt|
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
|By the author of "The City of Falling Angels". This is a witty and sometimes suspenseful narrative about Savannah, Georgia. Includes the|
twists and turns of a landmark murder case as well as many unusual
The Swerve: How the World Became Modern
|In this outstandingly constructed assessment of the birth of philosophical modernity, renowned Shakespeare scholar Greenblatt deftly transports reader to the dawn of the Renaissance...Readers from across the humanities will find this enthralling account irresistible; this book got great review that I remember from NPR some years ago. Winner, 2011 National Book Award, Nonfiction; Winner, 2012 Pulitzer Prize, Nonfiction (64 copies in Minuteman)||368||Non-Fiction||Therese Henderson|
|9/1/2016 12:09:45||Ruth Rendell|
Adam and Eve and Pinch Me
|This is one of the best psychological thrillers from the prolific Rendell, whose honors include three Edgars and a Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America and three Gold Daggers and a Diamond Dagger from the UK's Crime Writers Association. The NYTimes calls Rendell the finest writer of mystery and crime in the English language (I think she's better than P.D. James because Rendell never recycles plots). 35 copies in Minuteman system.||356||Fiction||Therese Henderson|
|The Two Mrs. Grenvilles||Fictional account of the Billy Woodward murder in 1956 by his social-climbing wife.|
|The Glass Castle||Memoir of unconventional upbringing of Walls and her siblings throughout the American landscape by dysfunctional parents.|
|Soul of an Octopus||naturalist adventure into relationship in New England Aquarium with octopus each with own unique personality -she treats them like characters in a novel.Leads one to a new awareness of interactions with others animal and human -expands ones idea of consciousness||273||Non-Fiction||Marcia Nolan|
|American Bloomsbury||brings to life the American literary and philosophic revolultion personages in Concord-like Alcotts,Emerson,Fuller,Thoreau,Hawthorne-often scandalous--showing how they went against social,moral,and literary views at the time--great insight into their personalities you would be surprised to hear aspects of their lives.||252||Non-Fiction||Marcia Nolan|
|9/5/2016 8:54:45||A. S. Byatt||Possession: a romance||Possession is an exhilarating novel of wit and romance, at once an intellectual mystery and triumphant love story. It is the tale of a pair of young scholars researching the lives of two Victorian poets. As they uncover their letters, journals, and poems, and track their movements from London to Yorkshire—from spiritualist séances to the fairy-haunted far west of Brittany—what emerges is an extraordinary counterpoint of passions and ideas.|
Man Booker Prize Winner, 1990
|9/5/2016 9:00:36||Louise Erdrich||The Round House||One Sunday in the spring of 1988, a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked. The details of the crime are slow to surface as Geraldine Coutts is traumatized and reluctant to relive or reveal what happened, either to the police or to her husband, Bazil, and thirteen-year-old son, Joe. In one day, Joe's life is irrevocably transformed.|
National Book Award, 2012
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian
|Bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.|
Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author's own experiences, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live.
National Book Award for Young People's Literature, 2007
I've read and loved; though it's marketed for young adults, it's totally enjoyable to all the adults I know who've read it.
The Orphan Master's Son
|Pak Jun Do is the haunted son of a lost mother—a singer “stolen” to Pyongyang—and an influential father who runs a work camp for orphans. Superiors in the state soon recognize the boy’s loyalty and keen instincts. Considering himself “a humble citizen of the greatest nation in the world,” Jun Do rises in the ranks. He becomes a professional kidnapper who must navigate the shifting rules, arbitrary violence, and baffling demands of his Korean overlords in order to stay alive. Driven to the absolute limit of what any human being could endure, he boldly takes on the treacherous role of rival to Kim Jong Il in an attempt to save the woman he loves, Sun Moon, a legendary actress “so pure, she didn’t know what starving people looked like.”|
Pulitizer Prize, 2013
|9/19/2016 11:08:00||Laura Esquirel|
Like Water for Chocolate
|It is a lively and funny tale of family life in turn-of-the-century Mexico.||246||Fiction||Maggi FitzPatrick|
|9/19/2016 11:12:35||Isabel Allende||Paula||This is a moving memoir of the time she spent with her daughter Paula while she (Paula) was dying.||330||Non-Fiction||Maggi FitzPatrick|
|10/3/2016 14:13:04||Peterson||Per||Two friends meet as adults, recall their friendship as children, experience a life changing event. Trans. from Norwegian.||282||Fiction||Victor Kava|
|10/11/2016 12:26:34||Lorrie Moore||Birds of America||Short Stories about human relationships. 1998 O'Henry award.||291||Fiction||Victor Kava|
|12/9/2016 17:01:47||Stieg Larsson|
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
|Murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue combine into one satisfyingly complex and entertainingly atmospheric novel.|
Harriet Vanger, a scion of one of Sweden's wealthiest families disappeared over forty years ago. All these years later, her aged uncle continues to seek the truth. He hires Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently trapped by a libel conviction, to investigate. He is aided by the pierced and tattooed punk prodigy Lisbeth Salander. Together they tap into a vein of unfathomable iniquity and astonishing corruption.
|12/30/2016 9:59:23||Kate Atkinson||Life After Life|
"What if you could live again and again, until you got it right? On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in a variety of ways, while the young century marches on towards its second cataclysmic world war. Does Ursula's apparently infinite number of lives give her the power to save the world from its inevitable destiny? And if she can -- will she? Darkly comic, startlingly poignant, and utterly original -- this is Kate Atkinson at her absolute best"-- Provided by publisher.
|1/17/2017 18:47:34||J. D. Vance||Hillbilly Elegy|
A Yale Law School graduate looks at the struggles of America's white working class through his own childhood in the Rust Belt.
|7/11/2017 12:02:23||J.D. Vance|
Hillbilly Elegy: a Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
a memoir about the Appalachian values of the author's upbringing and their relation to the social problems of his hometown.
Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging
|How and why close-knit communities are formed||192||Non-Fiction||Dake Henderson|
|7/12/2017 16:15:11||Colm Toibin||Brooklyn|
Set in the 1950's, a young woman must chose between a safe comfortable life in Ireland or risk it all for a life in New York.
Doris Kearns Goodwin
|No Ordinary Time|
An in-depth look at the life of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, and WWII.
|River of Doubt|
Teddy Roosevelt's dangerous exploration of a tributary of the Amazon R thru unknow terrain where he was on brink of suicide
|7/28/2017 18:18:25||Erik Larson|
In The Garden of Beasts
|American family in Berlin right before WWII||448||Non-Fiction||Joan Quigley|
In graphic form, an Iranian woman's childhood during the islamic revolution
|7/28/2017 18:27:57||Stephen King|
On Writing: A memoir of the Craft
Memoir that documents King's experiences as a writer and advice for aspiring writers
|7/28/2017 18:48:10||Louise Erdrich||The Round House|
A coming of age story that takes place on the Ojibwe Reservation in North Dakota
|8/2/2017 12:39:57||Jill Lepore|
The Secret History of Wonder Woman
Dwight Garner, The New York Times
“On the one hand, the story [“The Secret History of Wonder Woman”] relates has more uplift than Wonder Woman’s invisible airplane or her eagle-encrusted red bustier. It’s a yea-saying tale about how this comic book character, created in 1941, remade American feminism and had her roots in the ideas and activism of Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood. On the other hand, “The Secret History of Wonder Woman” is fundamentally a biography of Wonder Woman’s larger-than-life and vaguely creepy male creator, William Moulton Marston…. [Lepore] fully tells Marston’s history for the first time, as well as the complete history of how so many crisp feminist ideas made their way into Wonder Woman comics. It’s complicated material that she capably explores…There are many profitable detours in this book: the history of female cartoonists; the moral panic over comics and juvenile delinquency; a history of the feminist movement.”
|8/7/2017 20:46:31||James Bradley||Flags of our Fathers|
About the 6 marines immortalized by the famous Iwo Jima photo
Lorraine K? (Entered by Steve R)
|9/5/2017 15:30:55||Amor Towles||Rules of Civility|
This rhapsodic tribute to a bygone era conjures up mesmerizing images of 1930s New York. Two worlds collide on New Year's Eve 1937, and three lives will never be the same. For Katey Kontent and Eve Ross, two working gals out on the town, a chance encounter with patrician banker Tinker Grey sets into motion a series of events causing far-reaching consequences. As Towles explores the seemingly random ways in which both choice and chance can impact the future, Katey, Eve, and Tinker each face a dark night of the soul, during which fates are twisted, reshaped, and realigned. Discerning readers will draw parallels between Towles and the ominously ironic Edith Wharton while relishing the fact that the snappy dialogue and descriptive prose are wrapped in a compelling narrative.--Flanagan, Margare. Copyright 2010 Booklist
|9/5/2017 15:42:42||Veddy Ratner|
In the Shadow of the Banyan
Fiction based on true story, surviving the Khmer Rouge Regime in Cambodia during the 1970's
|9/6/2017 11:30:48||Celeste Ng|
Everything I Never Told You
A Chinese American family living in a small town in 1970s Ohio is confronted with a tragedy which threatens to tear them apart.
|9/6/2017 11:38:29||Louise Erdrich||The Round House|
This is a riveting story about a 13-year-old Native American's search for justice after his mother's rape (awarded the National Book Award for Fiction in 2012).
The Underground Railroad
During the 1800s, two slaves escape slavery and travel on an underground railroad, which is an actual subway system (awarded the National Book Award for Fiction in 2016).
|A Man Called Ove|
A grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.
|The Boston Girl|
This is a novel about family ties and values, friendship and feminism told through the eyes of a young Jewish woman growing up in Boston in the early twentieth century. Eighty-five-year-old Addie tells the story of her life to her twenty-two-year-old granddaughter, who has asked her "How did you get to be the woman you are today." She begins in 1915, the year she found her voice and made friends who would help shape the course of her life.
|9/6/2017 22:09:11||Amor Towles|
A Gentleman in Moscow
In 1922 Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal. He is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him a doorway into a much larger world of emotional discovery...
|9/8/2017 16:14:24||A. J. Cronin||The Green Years|
Story of an Irish orphan sent to live with his grandparents during his formative years.
|9/8/2017 16:16:40||Pearl Buck||Peony|
Young girl sold as a bondmaid to Chinese family. Has to come to a resolution regarding her love of the family's son and her devotion to the family.
|10/3/2017 19:23:39||Gish Jen|
The Girl at the Baggage Claim
A child of Chinese immigrants (and award winning author) explains differences in the way Americans and Chinese view themselves vis-a-vis their societies.
|337||Non-Fiction||J Adrian Zimmer|
|2/20/2018 9:53:49||Toni morrison||Beloved||Impact of slavery||321||Fiction||Kathy conway|
Harriet Beecher Stowe
|Uncle tom's cabin||Pre civil war slavery||446||Fiction||Kathy conway|
|2/20/2018 9:56:44||Malcolm x|
Autobiography of malcolm x
|Racism in us||527||Non-Fiction||Kathy conway|
Told by 9-year-old Benjamin, youngest of 4 brothers, is story of a childhood in Nigeria. Many prizes & nominations.
|9/7/2018 8:58:19||Ann Patchett||Commonwealth|
Enthralling story of how an unexpected romantic encounter irrevocably changes two families’ lives.
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
Graphic Novel, child's view of Iran's Islamic Revolution. Can combine with Persepolis 2 Fiction
|10/3/2018 14:42:18||David Gann|
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
True account of a chiling conspiracy to murder Osage tribal members for their oil rich lands. Fiction
Gabrial Garcia Marquez
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Multigenerational story of a family done in the magical realism style. Fiction
David Grann (same author as The Killers of the Flower Moon)
|The Lost City of Z|
True account of explorer, Percy Fawcett's search for a lost civilization in the Amazon and the author's own journey there. Non-fiction (The Killers of the Flower Moon is also Non-fiction - I put fiction by mistake)
|10/8/2018 11:37:57||Lisa Wingate||Before We Were Yours|
A fictional story inspired by true events involving the Tennessee Children's Home Society. Georgia Tann, director of the Society, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families. Told from the POV of one of those children in 1939 and a woman in current times delving into her family's past.
"..the consummate novel of an embattled family in crisis - a suspenseful, character-driven mystery that is also a spellbinding tale of guilt, betrayal, and the terrifying speed at which our lives can spin out of control." A 14 year old boy is charged with the murder of a fellow student and his father, a district attorney, leaves his job to defend him.
1948 communist take over small village in Greece -Elani a mother arranges an escape for her son(the author) and 3 daughters . For that she is tortured ,killed -as adult son returns to take revenge on the man who did this
The Storied Life of A.J.Fikry
Sweet, short "love letter" to independent bookstores and their readers. A. J. Fikry is the widowed owner of Island Books, set on the fictional Alice Island off the coast of Massachusetts. He is slowly drinking himself to death out of grief for his dead wife. One day he finds a toddler left behind in the store, with a note asking him to take in the child because the mother is unable to care for her. And from there this slightly fluffy story takes off. Each chapter begins with a brief review of a book the bookseller has read. Reading it made me feel good, although I wish it had been longer with more character development. Because it is short, it might be good for a month with holidays, like November or December.
|5/18/2019 10:57:08||J.B. Priestley||An Inspector Calls|
a play/detective/drama that revolves around the apparent suicide of a young woman; fate against free will; philosophical play about social conscience and the crumbling of middle class values (first produced in 1946)
|7/4/2019 16:06:51||Celeste Ng||Little Fires Everywhere|
Book explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster. A custody battle between a white couple and the Chinese mother who briefly gave up the baby provides a lot of fodder for discussion. What makes a person worthy to be a mother? Characters are well drawn. Pacing is fast--I couldn't stop reading and finished in 3 days.
|7/9/2019 11:55:34||Angela Davis|
Angela Davis - An Autobiography
The political activist reflects upon the people and incidents that have influenced her life and commitment to global liberation of the oppressed.
|A Man Called Ove|
A grumpy yet lovable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.
|7/15/2019 20:13:15||Susan Orlean||Orchid Thief|
New Yorker’s take on the strange world of Florida orchid thieves. The author’s personal reactions are a big part of the story. https://find.minlib.net/iii/encore/record/C__Rb1860411
|8/19/2019 18:08:39||Yaa Gyasi||Homegoing|
Muli generational story of 2 half-sisters and their descendants. One stays in Africa the other is sold into slavery.
|Please Look After Mom|
Mom is separated from her husband in a Seoul subway station starting a desperate search. Told from the perspectives of daughter, son and husband.