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Secrets of Eden
Secrets of Eden
By Bohjalian, Chris
2011-02 - Broadway Books
9780307394989 CHECK CATALOG


Cold Sassy Tree
Cold Sassy Tree
By Burns, Olive Ann
1984-11 - Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
9780899193090 CHECK CATALOG

The unforgettable characters of Cold Sassy, Georgia, are presented in this heartwarming story of modern times coming to a small Southern town. "Rich with emotion, humor and tenderness".--Washington Post Book World. Received enormous national publicity as a Hallmark Hall of Fame TV-movie starring Faye Dunaway. …More

Peace Like a River
Peace Like a River
By Enger, Leif
2002-08 - Atlantic Monthly Press
9780802139252 CHECK CATALOG

Hailed as one of the year's top five novels by "Time, " and selected as one of the best books of the year by nearly all major newspapers, national bestseller "Peace Like a River" is now available in paperback. In "lyrical, openhearted prose" (Michael Glitz, "The New York Post"), Enger tells the story of 11-year-old Reuben Land, an asthmatic boy who has reason to believe in miracles. …More

Songs of Willow Frost
Songs of Willow Frost
By Ford, Jamie
2013-09 - Ballantine Books
9780345522023 CHECK CATALOG

From Jamie Ford, the "New York Times" bestselling author of the beloved "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, "comes a much-anticipated second novel. Set against the backdrop of Depression-era Seattle, "Songs of Willow Frost" is a powerful tale of two souls--a boy with dreams for his future and a woman escaping her haunted past--both seeking love, hope, and forgiveness. …More

Cold Mountain
Cold Mountain
By Frazier, Charles
2006-09 - Grove Press
9780802142849 CHECK CATALOG

In 1997, Charles Frazier's debut novel "Cold Mountain" made publishing history when it sailed to the top of "The New York Times" best-seller list for sixty-one weeks, won numerous literary awards, including the National Book Award, and went on to sell over three million copies. Now, the beloved American epic returns, reissued by Grove Press to coincide with the publication of Frazier's eagerly-anticipated second novel, "Thirteen Moons." Sorely wounded and fatally disillusioned in the fighting at Petersburg, a Confederate soldier named Inman decides to walk back to his home in the Blue Ridge mountains to Ada, the woman he loves. His trek across the disintegrating South brings him into intimate and sometimes lethal converse with slaves and marauders, bounty hunters and witches, both helpful and malign. At the same time, the intrepid Ada is trying to revive her father's derelict farm and learning to survive in a world where the old certainties have been swept away. As it interweaves their stories, "Cold Mountain" asserts itself as an authentic odyssey, hugely powerful, majestically lovely, and keenly moving. …More

A Lesson Before Dying
A Lesson Before Dying
By Gaines, Ernest J.
1997-09 - Vintage Books USA
9780375702709 CHECK CATALOG

Winner - 1994 ALA Black Caucus Award
Set in a small Cajun community in the late 1940s, "A Lesson Before Dying" is an "enormously moving" ("Los Angeles Times") novel of one man condemned to die for a crime he did not commit and a young man who visits him in his cell. In the end, the two men forge a bond as they both come to understand the simple heroism of resisting--and defying--the expected. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction. …More

On the Occasion of My Last Afternoon
On the Occasion of My Last Afternoon
By Gibbons, Kaye
1998-06 - Putnam Publishing Group
9780399142994 CHECK CATALOG

The author of "Ellen Foster" and "A Virtuous Woman" does it again with a powerful new novel that invites readers to experience a long-gone South, through the life of Emma Garnet, a fascinating woman who lived from 1842 to 1900. …More

Queen of the Underworld
Queen of the Underworld
By Godwin, Gail
2006-01 - Random House
9780345483188 CHECK CATALOG

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In the summer of 1959, Emma Gant escapes overbearing parents to begin her career as a reporter at the Miami Star. Lodged at the colorful Julia Tuttle Hotel, Emma meets a group of Cuban families who've recently fled Fidel Castro. Emma spends her days learning the ropes as a reporter and her nights bantering in broken Spanish with the eclectic group of exiles. …More

Snow Falling on Cedars
Snow Falling on Cedars
By Guterson, David
1995-09 - Vintage Books
9780679764021 CHECK CATALOG

San Piedro Island, north of Puget Sound, is a place so isolated that no one who lives there can afford to make enemies. But in 1954 a local fisherman is found suspiciously drowned, and a Japanese American named Kabuo Miyamoto is charged with his murder.

In the course of the ensuing trial, it becomes clear that what is at stake is more than one man's guilt. For on San Piedro, memory grows as thickly as cedar trees and the fields of ripe strawberries -- memories of a charmed love affair between a white boy and the Japanese girl who grew up to become Kabuo's wife; memories of land desired, paid for, and lost. Above all, San Piedro is haunted by the memory of what happened to its Japanese residents during World War II, when an entire community was sent into exile while its neighbors watched. Gripping, tragic, and densely atmospheric, Snow Falling on Cedars is a masterpiece of suspense -- but one that leaves us shaken and changed. …More

A Map of the World

A Map of the World
By Hamilton, Jane
1999-12 - Anchor Books
9780385720106 CHECK CATALOG

From the author of the widely acclaimed The Book of Ruth comes a harrowing, heartbreaking drama about a rural American family and a disastrous event that forever changes their lives.
The Goodwins, Howard, Alice, and their little girls, Emma and Claire, live on a dairy farm in Wisconsin. Although suspiciously regarded by their neighbors as "that hippie couple" because of their well-educated, urban background, Howard and Alice believe they have found a source of emotional strength in the farm, he tending the barn while Alice works as a nurse in the local elementary school.
But their peaceful life is shattered one day when a neighbor's two-year-old daughter drowns in the Goodwins' pond while under Alice's care. Tormented by the accident, Alice descends even further into darkness when she is accused of sexually abusing of a student at the elementary school. Soon, Alice is arrested, incarcerated, and as good as convicted in the eyes of a suspicious community. As a child, Alice designed her own map of the world to find her bearings. Now, as an adult, she must find her way again, through a maze of lies, doubt and ill will.
A vivid human drama of guilt and betrayal, A Map of the World chronicles the intricate geographies of the human heart and all its mysterious, uncharted terrain. The result is a piercing drama about family bonds and a disappearing rural American life. …More

A Widow for One Year

A Widow for One Year
By Irving, John
1999-03 - Ballantine Books
9780345424716 CHECK CATALOG

Ruth Cole is a complex, often self-contradictory character--a "difficult" woman. By no means is she conventionally "nice," but she will never be forgotten.
Ruth's story is told in three parts, each focusing on a crucial time in her life. When we first meet her--on Long Island, in the summer of 1958--Ruth is only four.
The second window into Ruth's life opens in the fall of 1990, when Ruth is an unmarried woman whose personal life is not nearly as successful as her literary career. She distrusts her judgment in men, for good reason.
A Widow for One Year closes in the autumn of 1995, when Ruth Cole is a forty-one-year-old widow and mother. She's about to fall in love for the first time.
Richly comic, as well as deeply disturbing A Widow for One Year is a multilayered love story of astonishing emotional force. Both ribald and erotic, it is also a brilliant novel about the passage of time and the relentlessness of grief. …More

Lake Wobegon Days
Lake Wobegon Days
By Keillor, Garrison
1985-09 - Viking Books
9780670805143 CHECK CATALOG

Learn about the statue of the Unknown Norwegian and why Lake Wobegon never made it onto the map, and many other small-town stories. …More

I Know This Much Is True
I Know This Much Is True
By Lamb, Wally
1998-06 - ReganBooks
9780060391621 CHECK CATALOG

Dominick Birdsey's entire life has been compromised and constricted by anger and fear, by the paranoid schizophrenic twin brother he both deeply loves and resents, and by the past they shared with their adoptive father, Ray, a spit-and-polish ex-Navy man (the five-foot-six-inch sleeping giant who snoozed upstairs weekdays in the spare room and built submarines at night), and their long-suffering mother, Concettina, a timid woman with a harelip that made her shy and self-conscious. Born in the waning moments of 1949 and the opening minutes of 1950, the twins are physical mirror images who grow into separate yet connected entities: the seemingly strong and protective yet fearful Dominick, his mother's watchful "monkey"; and the seemingly weak and sweet yet noble Thomas, his mother's gentle "bunny". From childhood, Dominick fights for both separation and wholeness - and ultimately self-protection - in a house of fear dominated by Ray, a bully who abuses his power over these stepsons whose biological father is a mystery. But Dominick's talent for survival comes at an enormous cost, including the breakup of his marriage to the warm, beautiful Dessa, whom he still loves. And it will be put to the ultimate test when Thomas, a Bible-spouting zealot, commits an unthinkable act that threatens the tenuous balance of both his and Dominick's lives. Through his grandfather's life, Dominick learns that power, wrongly used, defeats the oppressor as well as the oppressed, and now, picking through the humble shards of his deconstructed life, he will search for the courage and love to forgive, to expiate his and his ancestors' transgressions, and finally to rebuild himself beyond the haunted shadow of histwin. …More

The Thorn Birds
The Thorn Birds
By McCullough, Colleen
2010-05 - Avon A
9780061990472 CHECK CATALOG

Colleen McCullough's sweeping saga of dreams, struggles, dark passions, and forbidden love in the Australian Outback has enthralled readers the world over. This is the chronicle of three generations of Clearys, ranchers carving lives from a beautiful, hard land while contending with the bitterness, frailty, and secrets that penetrate their family. Most of all, it is the story of only daughter Meggie and her lifelong relationship with the haunted priest Father Ralph de Bricassart--an intense joining of two hearts and souls that dangerously oversteps sacred boundaries of ethics and dogma.

A poignant love story, a powerful epic of struggle and sacrifice, a celebration of individuality and spirit, Colleen McCullough's acclaimed masterwork remains a monumental literary achievement--a landmark novel to be cherished and read again and again. …More

Sin Killer
Sin Killer
By McMurtry, Larry
2005-08 - Simon & Schuster
9780743246842 CHECK CATALOG

Now in trade paperback for the first time--McMurtry's' bestselling Berrybender Narratives quartet, which follows the adventures of a noble English family as they travel the Missouri River in 1832 to explore the American frontier. …More

Going After Cacciato
Going After Cacciato
By O'Brien, Tim
1999-09 - Broadway Books
9780767904421 CHECK CATALOG

"To call Going After Cacciato a novel about war is like calling Moby-Dick a novel about whales."
So wrote the "New York Times of Tim O'Brien's now classic novel of Vietnam. Winner of the 1979 National Book Award, Going After Cacciato captures the peculiar mixture of horror and hallucination that marked this strangest of wars.
In a blend of reality and fantasy, this novel tells the story of a young soldier who one day lays down his rifle and sets off on a quixotic journey from the jungles of Indochina to the streets of Paris. In its memorable evocation of men both fleeing from and meeting the demands of battle, Going After Cacciato stands as much more than just a great war novel. Ultimately it's about the forces of fear and heroism that do battle in the hearts of us all. …More

Black and Blue
Black and Blue
By Quindlen, Anna
2010-03 - Random House Trade
9780812980493 CHECK CATALOG

Contains author's "afterthoughts" and a reading group guide. …More

Empire Falls
Empire Falls
By Russo, Richard
2002-04 - Vintage Books
9780375726408 CHECK CATALOG

Winner - 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
In this droll, unsentimental, and occasionally hilarious novel, Richard Russo tells the story of a big-hearted man who becomes the unlikely hero of a small town with a glorious past but a dubious future. …More

By Shreve, Anita
1997-01 - Back Bay Books
9780316789844 CHECK CATALOG

As she has done in her novels Eden Close, Strange Fits of Passion, and Where or When, Anita Shreve once again leads readers into a harrowing world where lives are catastrophically overturned by emotion. Set in a Belgian village amid the wreckage of World War II, Resistance is a powerful exploration of passion, self-discovery, and sacrifice from one of our most accomplished storytellers. Just as the Nazi occupation forces have drained her village of coffee, meat, and chocolate, the war has also depleted whatever joy there may have been in Claire Daussois's marriage. On their small farm in the south of Belgium, Claire and her husband, Henri, shelter refugees - Jews, Allied pilots, and fleeing Belgian soldiers - before passing them along toward France and freedom. Claire nurses the wounded, acts as interpreter, and waits for the war to end - and, in a way she finds difficult to admit even to herself, for her own life to change. And it does, when an American B-17 bomber is downed near their village. The pilot, badly injured, is found by a young boy who turns to Claire for help in saving him. Henri is away on Resistance work. As the pilot heals and recovers in her attic hiding place, Claire begins to awaken to the possibility of love. Over the course of a mere twenty days, closed off from the world and the war in her farmhouse, Claire and Lieutenant Ted Brice experience a life-changing passion that neither has felt before. That their love is also haunted and impossible only makes it more precious. The war recedes in the face of their joy - before imposing itself once more with shocking suddenness and inconceivable horror. Resistance is the story of a young Belgian woman, an American pilot, and the small war-torn village that shelters them. Richly peopled and fearlessly, gorgeously passionate, it is a powerful exploration of emotion at odds with commitment. No reader who has loved - or resisted love - will forget this lucid and moving tale. …More

Outer Banks: An Education in Fishing and Friendship
Outer Banks: An Education in Fishing and Friendship
By Siddons, Anne Rivers
2008-03 - Harper Perennial
9780060538064 CHECK CATALOG

They came together as sorority sisters on a Southern campus is the '60s: Elegant Kate, walking a tightrope over an abyss of lies ... Sensitive, sensible, self-contained Cecie ... Ginger, the sexy, vibrant heiress, richer than sin ... and poor, hopeless, brilliant Fig.

Four young women bound by rare, blinding, early friendship -- they spend two idyllic spring breaks at Nag's Head, North Carolina, the isolated strip of barrier islands where grand old weather-beaten houses perch defiantly on the edge of a storm-tossed sea. Now, thirty years later, they are coming back. They are coming back to recapture the exquisite magic of those early years, to experience again the love, enthusiasm, passion, pain, and cruel betrayal that shaped the four young girls into women and set them all adrift on the ... Outer Banks. …More

A Thousand Acres
A Thousand Acres
By Smiley, Jane
Editor Bristol, Barbara
1991-10 - Alfred A. Knopf
9780394577739 CHECK CATALOG

A prospering Iowa farm in the late 1970s turns suddenly ominous in Jane Smiley's new novel, her most ambitious and compelling to date. Without warning, a land-rich farmer declares his intention to divide his vast holdings among his three daughters, and tremors are set in motion that bring discoveries of the past, after which there is no forgiveness. …More

Digging to America
Digging to America
By Tyler, Anne
2006-05 - Alfred A. Knopf
9780307263940 CHECK CATALOG

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This luminous novel brims with tender observations about what it is to be an American, and about Iranian-born Maryam Yazdam, who after 35 years in this country must finally come to terms with her "outsiderness." …More

The Winds of War
The Winds of War
By Wouk, Herman
2002-02 - Back Bay Books
9780316952668 CHECK CATALOG

"Originally published in hardcover by Little, Brown, November 1971."--T.p.verso. …More

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