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Book Discussion Suggestions


Multiple copies located in the Book Club section.
Also in Large Print (LP), CD, Playaway or eBook as noted. 

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah. CD, eBook
A Nigerian woman emigrates to America where she blogs about race, but she later returns to her newly democratic homeland and finds the man she loved as a teenager.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Half of a Yellow Sun.
In 1960s Nigeria, a houseboy to a radical professor gets caught up in events surrounding the civil war following the secession of Biafra.

Aravind Adiga, White Tiger. LP, CD, Playaway
In India, a man from a poor rural area becomes a chauffeur for a rich man in Delhi and murders his employer.

Ayad Akhtar, American Dervish.   CD
A Pakistani-American boy explores his Muslim identity with the help of a woman who comes to stay with his family, but he feels betrayed when she starts dating a Jewish man.

Robert Alexander, The Kitchen Boy.
The final days of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia seen through the eyes of a kitchen boy.

Monica Ali, Brick Lane. LP, CD
A Bangladeshi woman in an arranged marriage wonders if she has a hand in her own destiny.

Anita Amirrezvani, The Blood of Flowers. LP
In 17th century Persia, a girl is sent to live with her wealthy uncle after her father's death and learns the art of rug-making from him.

Carol Anshaw, Carry the One.  CD
When a car of inebriated guests from a wedding hits and kills a girl on a country road, the people involved in the accident connect, disconnect and reconnect over the next 25 years.

Kate Atkinson, Behind the Scenes at the Museum.
A young girl growing up in Yorkshire can’t quite remember an event that changed her family.

Kate Atkinson, Case Histories. eBook
A detective takes on three unsolved cases that have had a lasting impact on the lives of the survivors.

Paul Auster, The Brooklyn Follies.   LP, CD
A retired insurance salesman looking for a place to die heads to Brooklyn and finds a long-lost nephew.

Muriel Barbery, The Elegance of the Hedgehog. CD, Playaway, eBook
In an elegant Parisian apartment building, the concierge and an adolescent girl each have secrets they hide from the other residents.

Pat Barker, Double Vision.
A journalist becomes involved with the widow of a photographer who was killed in Afghanistan.

Julian Barnes, Arthur and George.  LP, CD, eBook
A half-Indian half-Scottish man is falsely accused of a crime and is helped by Arthur Conan Doyle.

Julian Barnes, The Sense of an Ending.  LP, CD, eBook
A retired man is forced to reexamine events from his youth when he is bequeathed a journal written by a school friend who killed himself.

Sebastian Barry, A Long Long Way.
An Irishman enlists to fight in World War I but is forced to fight against his own people during the Easter uprising of 1916.

Charles Belfoure, The Paris Architect.  CD, eBook
In Occupied Paris, an architect agrees to make hiding places for Jews while also building factories for the Germans.

Saul Bellow, Henderson the Rain King.
A dissatisfied millionaire has a midlife crisis and makes a spiritual journey to Africa.

Saul Bellow, Mr. Sammler’s Planet.
Mr. Sammler—a Holocaust survivor, intellectual, and lecturer at Columbia University in 1960s New York City—reflects on the degradations of city life while looking deep into the sufferings of the human soul and observes how greater luxury and leisure have only led to more human suffering.

David Benioff, City of Thieves. LP, CD, Playaway
During the Siege of Leningrad, two prisoners—a Jewish poet and a Russian soldier—are promised freedom if they perform an impossible task.

Melanie Benjamin, The Aviator's Wife. LP, CD, eBook
Shy ambassador's daughter Anne Morrow marries star aviator Charles Lindbergh and faces an international media onslaught and the shocking abduction of their child.

Sarah Blake, The Postmistress.  LP, CD, Playaway, eBook
In 1940, an American woman’s radio reports on the Blitz are heard back home by the wife of a doctor who goes to war and a Cape Cod postmistress who makes a fateful decision about a letter in
her care.

Stefan Block, The Story of Forgetting.
A teenager’s quest to understand why his mother developed early onset Alzheimer’s is linked to a reclusive farmer burdened by the past.

Jenna Blum, Those Who Save Us.   LP, Playaway, eBook
A professor researching women’s roles in Nazi Germany learns secrets from her mother’s past.

Chris Bohjalian, Before You Know Kindness.   LP
An animal rights activist is seriously injured with a hunting rifle, throwing two families into turmoil.

C.J. Box, Blue Heaven.   LP, CD
Two children who witnessed a murder escape into the Idaho woods, pursued by the killers and a group of dirty cops seeking to prevent them from revealing what they know.

William Boyd, Restless.
An Englishwoman's mother claims that she was a Russian spy during World War II and that her life is now in danger.

T.C. Boyle, East Is East.
A part-Japanese, part-American man flees Japan for the U.S. hoping to fit in.

T.C. Boyle, The Tortilla Curtain.  LP, CD
A wealthy suburban couple and a pair of illegal immigrants cross paths after a car accident.

Alan Bradley, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie.   CD, eBook
A precocious English girl with an interest in chemistry decides to investigate when she discovers the body of a stranger linked to her father and a priceless missing stamp.

Alan Brennert, Moloka’i. CD
In 1890s Honolulu, a girl contracts leprosy and is forcibly removed from her home to a leper colony.

Geraldine Brooks, Caleb’s Crossing.   LP, CD, eBook
In 1665, a preacher’s daughter who yearns for education befriends a young Native American man who goes on to graduate from Harvard College.

Geraldine Brooks, March. LP, CD, eBook
An imagined account of the Civil War experiences of Mr. March, the father from Little Women.

Geraldine Brooks, People of the Book.  LP, CD, Playaway
A rare book conservator traces the history of an illuminated Haggadah through the many people who guarded it since the Middle Ages.

Geraldine Brooks, Year of Wonders.   CD, Playaway, eBook
An English town is quarantined during the Plague, seen through the eyes of a young maid.

Eleanor Brown, The Weird Sisters.  LP, eBook
When their mother is diagnosed with cancer, three adult sisters return to their childhood home beset by their own problems.

Ethan Canin, Carry Me Across the Water.
An old man reflects on his escape from Nazi Germany and his service in the Pacific in WWII.

Alex Capus, Leon and Louise. eBook
A married man in Paris has a chance encounter with a woman he once loved who was presumed dead in World War I.

Peter Carey, Parrot and Olivier in America.  LP, Playaway
A French nobleman whose parents survived the French Revolution is sent for his safety to America accompanied by an English servant.

Michael Chabon, The Yiddish Policeman's Union.   LP, CD, eBook
A cop investigates a murder in an alternate history where a Jewish homeland was established in Alaska after World War II.

Dan Chaon, You Remind Me of Me.  LP
The lives of two brothers separated when one is given up for adoption intersect years later.

Tracy Chevalier, Girl with a Pearl Earring.   LP, CD, Playaway
A servant girl poses for the Dutch painter Vermeer.

Chris Cleave, Little Bee. LP, CD
A British couple hoping to save their marriage take a trip to Nigeria, but a fateful encounter with two sisters has consequences that continue to haunt them after they return home.

Ernest Cline, Ready Player One. CD, Playaway, eBook
Immersing himself in a virtual utopia, Wade Watts joins an increasingly violent effort to solve a series of puzzles by the virtual world's super-wealthy creator, who has promised that the winner will be his heir.

J. M. Coetzee, Disgrace.  LP
After losing his job for sleeping with a student, a college professor in South Africa goes to stay with his daughter on a remote farm, but his refuge is disrupted by an act of violence.

Amanda Coplin, The Orchardist.  CD, Playaway, eBook
A man who has lived alone since his sister disappeared finds his life changed when two pregnant runaway girls seek refuge in his orchard.

Stephanie Cowell, Claude and Camille.  CD, eBook
Struggling Impressionist Claude Monet and the enigmatic Camille Doucieux carve out a life together that is threatened by Camille's dark past.

Justin Cronin, The Summer Guest.   LP
A dying man makes a final visit to a fishing camp owned by a family whose lives are linked to his.

Donna Cross, Pope Joan. eBook
In the Middle Ages, a woman pretends to be her brother to continue her studies and becomes Pope.

Michael Cunningham, The Hours.  LP, CD
The lives of three women are connected by Virginia Woolf’s novel Mrs. Dalloway.

Sijie Dai, Balzac & the Little Chinese Seamstress. LP, CD
Two boys sent to a reeducation camp during the Cultural Revolution discover a cache of Western classics translated into Chinese.

Sandra Dallas, Tallgrass.  LP, CD
During World War II, tensions rise in a small Colorado town when an internment camp for Japanese-Americans is established there and a murder occurs.

Edwidge Danticat, The Dew Breaker. LP, CD
A Haitian immigrant confesses to his daughter that back home he was a prison guard skilled at torture.

Peter Ho Davies, The Welsh Girl.
In Wales during World War II, a young woman is drawn to a German prisoner in a POW camp.

Debra Dean, The Madonnas of Leningrad.
A Russian émigré with Alzheimer’s recalls her time as a docent at the Hermitage during the Siege of Leningrad.

Kiran Desai, The Inheritance of Loss.  LP, CD
A retired judge in India living near the Nepal border finds his tranquil life disrupted by political unrest.

Edmund De Wall, The Hare with the Amber Eyes. CD
The story of 19th-century art patron Charles Ephrussi’s unique collection of Japanese netsuke and the impact of the Holocaust on his cosmopolitan family.

Patrick DeWitt, The Sisters Brothers.
The misadventures of the fabled Sisters brothers, two hired guns in the Old West who try to kill a man who gives them a run for their money.

Anita Diamant, Day after NightLP, CD
Four young women refugees who survived the Holocaust become friends in an internment camp for illegal immigrants run by the British in Palestine.

Junot Diaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. LP, CD, eBook
A Dominican-American boy dreams of becoming a science fiction writer and thinks a family curse is thwarting his efforts to find love and happiness.

Matthew Dicks, Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend.
Budo, the imaginary friend of an autistic boy, is worried about how long he’ll continue to exist, but when a dangerous situation arises, Budo realizes that his friend needs to be able to rely on himself.

Vanessa Diffenbaugh, The Language of Flowers. LP, CD, eBook
On her own after being raised in foster care, a young woman finds work using the knowledge of flowers and their meanings that she learned from the one foster parent who connected with her.

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, One Amazing Thing. LP, CD, Playaway, eBook
When they are trapped together after an earthquake, nine disparate characters take turns telling "one amazing thing" about their lives.

Chitra Divakaruni, Sister of My Heart.
Two cousins born on the day their fathers died share a bond but family secrets tear them apart.

E. L. Doctorow, The March. LP, CD
An account of Sherman's March through Georgia.

Emma Donoghue, Room.   LP, CD, Playaway
A 5-year-old boy has spent his entire life in a room where his mother is being held captive by a man who kidnapped her, but one day she tells her son it’s time to escape.

Heidi Durrow, The Girl Who Fell from the Sky.   CD, eBook
As the sole survivor of a family tragedy, a biracial girl is sent to live in a black neighborhood with her grandmother and feels out of place.

David Ebershoff, The 19th Wife.   LP, CD, eBook
Ann Eliza Young—one of Brigham Young’s many wives—leaves her husband and embarks on a crusade to end polygamy.

Esi Edugyan, Half-Blood Blues. LP
In 1940, a black jazz trumpeter who is a German citizen is arrested by the Gestapo. Over fifty years later, the two remaining band members are reunited at the premiere of a documentary about him, and the only one who witnessed the disappearance breaks his silence.

Kim Edwards, The Memory Keeper’s Daughter.  LP, CD, eBook
A doctor delivers his wife’s twins and gives away the one with Down’s Syndrome without her knowledge.

Jennifer Egan, A Visit from the Goon Squad.   LP, CD, eBook
The past, present and futures lives of a former punk rocker turned record executive and his assistant.

Timothy Egan, The Worst Hard Time. CD
An oral history of the dust storms that devastated the Great Plains during the Depression, following several families and their communities in their struggle to persevere despite the devastation.

Leif Enger, Peace Like a River. LP
A father takes his children on a search for his son, who escaped from prison.

Nathan Englander, What We Talk about When We Talk about Anne Frank. LP, Book
A collection of short stories including the title story about two marriages in which the Holocaust is played out as a devastating parlor game, and a dark story of vigilante justice undertaken by a troop of geriatric campers.

Louise Erdrich, Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse. LP
A priest is sent to an Ojibwa reservation in North Dakota to determine if a nun deserves sainthood.

Louise Erdrich, The Round House. LP, CD, Playaway, eBook
An adolescent Native American boy deals with the aftermath of a brutal attack on his mother. National Book Award winner.

Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex. LP, CD
A girl learns that she is a hermaphrodite.

Jim Fergus, One Thousand White Women. LP
The diary of a pioneer woman married to a Cheyenne.

Joshua Ferris, Then We Came to the End. LP, eBook
Employees at a Chicago ad agency cope in a variety of ways as they face layoffs.

Helen Fielding, Bridget Jones's Diary. LP, CD, eBook
A hilarious journal chronicles a year in the life of Bridget Jones, a single, thirty-something woman on a perpetual quest for self-improvement, as she struggles to cope with relationships, weight control, and the other baffling complexities of modern life.

Richard Flanagan, Wanting.
Sir John Franklin—the new governor of the Australian penal colony—adopts an Aboriginal girl, but a decade later he is lost on an Arctic expedition and Charles Dickens takes an interest in his story.

Gillian Flynn, Sharp Objects. eBook
A reporter goes back to her hometown to cover a murder and ends up unlocking dark family secrets.

Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. CD, eBook
A boy who lost his father in the September 11 attack searches New York for a lock that fits a key found among his father’s possessions.

Jamie Ford, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. LP
A Chinese-American man who lost his wife to cancer recalls his childhood friendship with a Japanese-American girl who was sent to an internment camp during World War II.

Ben Fountain, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.   LP, eBook
After their deadly battle in Iraq is captured on video, the surviving members of Bravo Company are brought home for a “victory tour” and take part in the Dallas Cowboys' halftime show on Thanksgiving.

Tom Franklin, Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter. CD, eBook
When a girl goes missing, a Mississippi cop has to confront an estranged childhood friend who was suspected of a girlfriend’s disappearance as a teen.

Neil Gaiman, Neverwhere. CD, eBook
A London man helps a wounded girl and finds himself trapped in a mystical world beneath the city called London Below.

Cristina Garcia, The Aguero Sisters.
Two estranged Cuban sisters are reluctantly reunited to learn the truth about their parentage.

Lisa Genova, Still Alice. LP, CD
A Harvard psychology professor learns that she has early onset Alzheimer’s and struggles to cope as the disease progresses.

Emily Giffin, Something Borrowed.   LP, eBook
A woman who always does the right thing ends up in bed with her best friend’s fiancé.

Julia Glass, Three Junes. LP
Three fateful summers in the lives of a family.

Mary Glickman, One More River. eBook
A Southern Jewish man sets out to unravel the mystery of his father's past in hopes of proving his pedigree to his girlfriend's disapproving parents.

Myla Goldberg, Bee Season.  LP
A girl ignored by her family becomes the focus of her father's attention when she wins spelling bees.

Allegra Goodman, Kaaterskill Falls.  LP
Three Orthodox families at a summer resort are tugged between religious tradition and the secular world.

Robert Goolrick, A Reliable Wife. LP, Playaway, eBook
In 1907, a mail-order bride with a hidden agenda arrives in a small Wisconsin town to marry a man expecting a different woman.

Nadine Gordimer, The Pickup. LP
A wealthy South African woman has an affair with an Arab man who’s an illegal alien.

Shilpi Somaya Gowda, Secret Daughter. CD, eBook
An American woman agrees to adopt a child from her Indian husband’s homeland.

John Green, The Fault in Our Stars. LP, CD, Playaway, eBook
A 16-year-old thyroid cancer patient has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life.

John Green, Looking for Alaska.   CD, Playaway, eBook
Sixteen-year-old Miles' first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends and great pranks, but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash.

Graham Greene, The Quiet American. LP, CD
In French-controlled Vietnam, a journalist meets a newly arrived American with ideas of his own.

Graham Greene, Travels with My Aunt.
A retired manager volunteers to accompany his aunt on a trip to Istanbul and soon becomes involved with an ill-assorted group of travelers on the Orient Express.

Kathleen Grissom, The Kitchen House.  LP, CD
Working as an indentured servant alongside slaves on a tobacco plantation, Lavinia, a 7-year-old Irish orphan with no memory of her past, finds her light skin and situation puts her between two very different worlds that test her loyalties.

Lauren Groff, Arcadia. CD, eBook
A boy who grows up in a back-to-nature commune in 1970s New York State must come to grips with the outside world when the commune eventually fails.

Sara Gruen, Water for Elephants.  LP, CD, Playaway, eBook
After his parents’ deaths, a man drops out of veterinary school and joins a traveling circus during the Depression.

Bryan Gruley, Starvation Lake.
A disgraced reporter takes a job at the local paper in his Michigan hometown and investigates the suspicious death of his old hockey coach.

Lisa Grunwald, The Irresistible Henry House.  eBook
An orphan who was raised by a series of women as a “practice baby” in a college home economics program grows up learning how to please women while remaining detached from them.

Romesh Gunesekera, Reef.
A chef in Sri Lanka focused on pleasing his master doesn’t notice the growing political turmoil.

Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. LP, CD, Playaway, eBook
An autistic boy discovers his neighbor’s dog dead in the yard and decides to find out who killed it.

Jennifer Haigh, The Condition. LP, CD
A girl’s family falls apart after she is diagnosed with Turner syndrome—a condition which prevents her from going through puberty.

Chad Harbach, The Art of Fielding.  LP, CD, Playaway
A star shortstop at a small college loses confidence after an errant throw nearly kills his roommate—who gets involved in a risky affair with the college president.

Joanne Harris, Gentlemen and Players.  LP, CD, eBook
A teacher at a British boys’ school tries to find the source of a series of malicious incidents.

Ursula Hegi, Stones from the River.  LP, CD
A German librarian who is set apart because of her small stature observes the rise of Nazism.

Peter Heller, The Dog Stars. LP, CD, eBook
After an epidemic wipes out most the population, a man flies sorties in a small plane from a remote Colorado airport where he took refuge with his dog and another survivor.

Libby Fischer Hellmann, Set the Night on Fire.
A mystery that delves into secrets from the turbulent 1960s in Chicago.

Joshua Henkin, The World Without You.   eBook
A family gather at their Berkshires summer home to mourn the loss of youngest sibling and journalist Leo, who was killed while on assignment in Iraq.

Lawrence Hill, Someone Knows My Name.
A woman who was abducted from Africa as a child and enslaved in South Carolina becomes involved in the abolitionist movement and the relocation of former slaves to Sierra Leone.

Beth Hoffman, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt.  LP, CD, eBook
After the death of her unbalanced mother, a girl is sent to live with her great aunt and is surrounded by women who teach her about life.

Tess Holthe, When the Elephants Dance.
During the war in the Philippines, a family hiding in a basement tell tales to take their minds off their fear.

Nancy Horan, Loving Frank. LP, CD, Playaway, eBook
A novel based on the true story of an adulterous love affair between Frank Lloyd Wright and a woman whose house he designed.

Dara Horn, All Other Nights.
A young man from a Jewish merchant family flees home to avoid an arranged marriage and becomes a spy for the Union Army during the Civil War.

Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner. LP, CD, eBook
A man returns to his homeland of Afghanistan to rescue the son of a childhood friend whom he  betrayed.

Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go. LP, CD, eBook
A group of children are raised at an isolated school, unaware of their true purpose in life.

P.D. James, Children of Men. LP, eBook
In the near future, society is on the verge of collapse after humankind becomes infertile.

P.D. James, Death Comes to Pemberley. LP, CD, eBook
Pemberley is thrown into chaos after Elizabeth Bennett's disgraced sister Lydia arrives and announces that her husband Wickham has been murdered.

Beverly Jensen, The Sisters from Hardscrabble Bay. CD, eBook
A sequence of tales chronicling the early 20th-century lives of New Brunswick sisters Idella and Avis Hillock.

Paulette Jiles, Enemy Women.
A girl accused of being a Confederate spy for trying to rescue her father is sent to prison.

Ha Jin, War Trash. LP
A Chinese POW in the Korean War finds his English skills in demand by other prisoners.

Adam Johnson, The Orphan Master's Son.   CD, eBook
In North Korea, the son of a man who runs an orphanage rises to prominence and becomes a professional kidnapper and romantic rival to Kim Jong Il.

Edward Jones, The Known World. LP, CD
A former slave acquires a small plantation and buys slaves of his own, but as rumors of slave rebellions spread things begin to fall apart.

Lloyd Jones, Mister Pip. Playaway
During a period of unrest in 1990s New Guinea, a girl finds escapism at school where an eccentric teacher reads Great Expectations to the class.

Hillary Jordan, Mudbound.  LP, CD, Playaway, eBook
In 1946, a woman tries to adjust after moving with her husband and two children to an isolated cotton farm in the Mississippi Delta.

Rachel Joyce, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry.   CD, eBook
Upon receiving a letter from an old friend who is dying in a hospice, a man burdened with many regrets sets out on foot across England to visit her.

Lesley Kagen, Whistling in the Dark.
A girl and her sister are left to fend for themselves one summer when their mother is hospitalized.

Stephanie Kallos, Broken for You. LP
A woman with a mansion full of antiques takes in a girl in search of her wayward boyfriend.

Marian Keyes, Anybody Out There? CD, eBook
A woman copes after a life-changing accident.

Yasmina Khadra, The Attack.
An Israeli-Arab surgeon learns his wife is suspected of being a suicide bomber.

Julie Kibler, Calling Me Home.
An African-American hairdresser agrees to drive a 90-year-old white customer to a funeral in Cincinnati and learns about her tragic interracial romance back in the 1930s.

Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees. LP, CD, eBook
A girl takes refuge with three sisters who may hold the key to the fate of her mother.

Dave King, The Ha-Ha.
A Vietnam vet mute due to a head injury forms a bond with a boy left in his care by an ex-girlfriend.

Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible. LP, eBook
A domineering missionary takes his family to Africa where they must cope with the climate and culture.

Barbara Kingsolver, Flight Behavior.  LP, CD, eBook
A dissatisfied, impoverished housewife discovers that thousands of butterflies have migrated to Appalachia, bringing scientists, church groups, reporters and tourists to her backyard.

Christina Baker Kline, Orphan Train.  LP, CD, eBook
A girl in foster care is assigned to do community service and helps clean out the attic of an elderly woman who was sent west from New York on the Orphan Train as a child after a fire killed her parents.

Herman Koch, The Dinner.   LP, CD, Playaway, eBook
Dark secrets are revealed when two couples meet at a restaurant to discuss a disturbing incident involving their teenage sons.

Jim Kokoris, The Rich Part of Life.
A man wins the lottery and is besieged by scam artists and family members who want a share.

Nicole Krauss, A History of Love.
The lives of a man who wrote a long-lost book and a girl named after one of the characters are intertwined.

Rachel Kushner, Telex from Cuba. CD
Two children whose parents work for American companies in Cuba find their lives changing as Castro’s revolution begins.

Camilla Lackberg, The Ice Princess. CD
A Swedish woman tries to discover what caused her childhood friend to end up in an ice-cold bath with her wrists slashed.

Lucette Lagnado, The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit.
The daughter of a Jewish boulevardier traces her youth in post-World War II Cairo before and after Nasser’s nationalization of Egyptian industry, which caused her family to lose everything and forced them to flee to America.

Jhumpa Lahiri, The Namesake. LP, CD, eBook
An Indian-American whose parents named him after the Russian writer Gogol feels burdened by his heritage and his odd name.

Jhumpa Lahiri, Unaccustomed Earth.  LP, CD
A collection of short stories focusing on family relationships primarily among Bengali immigrants and their American-born children.

William Landay, Defending Jacob.  LP, CD, Playaway, eBook
An Assistant D.A. takes on the case of a 14-year-old boy’s murder but is shocked to discover his own son is the prime suspect.

Lori Lansens, The Girls.  LP, eBook
Twin girls joined at the head grow to adulthood and each decides to write her own story.

Erik Larson, Devil in the White City.  LP, CD, eBook
An account of the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 relates the stories of two men who shaped the fair’s history--architect Daniel Burnham, who coordinated its construction, and serial killer Herman Mudgett.

Erik Larson, In the Garden of Beasts.  LP, CD, eBook
As the first American ambassador to Hitler's Germany in 1933, William E. Dodd quickly realizes the Nazis' evil intentions, while his daughter Martha is initially smitten by the courteous SS soldiers.

Stieg Larsson, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. LP, CD, Playaway, eBook
A disgraced journalist and a disturbed computer hacker are hired to find out what happened to a teenage heiress who vanished 40 years ago.

Michael Lavigne, Not Me.
A man caring for his father who has Alzheimer’s discovers a secret in his father's journals.

Mary Lawson, Crow Lake.
A boy must abandon his plans for college to care for his siblings after their parents are killed.

Norman Lebrecht, The Song of Names.
A man searches for a violinist he knew as a boy who disappeared on the eve of his debut.

Chang-rae Lee, Aloft. LP
A retired man finds escape in flying a plane, but he must return to earth to deal with family problems.

Chang-rae Lee, A Gesture Life. LP
An Asian-American man is burdened by his past.

Jonathan Lethem, Motherless Brooklyn. eBook
A P.I. with Tourette’s Syndrome investigates the murder of his mentor.

Andrea Levy, Small Island. LP
In postwar England, a woman takes in Jamaican borders, but her husband is not pleased when he returns home.

Penelope Lively, Consequences.  LP, CD, Playaway
The chance meeting of two people in a London park has consequences for several generations.

Penelope Lively, The Photograph.  LP
A man finds a photo that exposes his late wife’s affair.

Margot Livesey, The House on Fortune Street.
A tragedy with roots in the past befalls the inhabitants of a house shared by two friends.

Joan London, The Good Parents.
When Maya's parents come to visit her in Melbourne and discover her missing, a series of clues forces them to revisit their own dark pasts in order to convince their daughter to come home.

Anthony Marra, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena.  Playaway, eBook
In war-torn Chechnya, a girl whose father was taken away by soldiers is brought to a hospital staffed solely by a doctor who returned home from abroad to seek her sister.

Valerie Martin, Trespass. CD
A mother is concerned when her son marries his pregnant girlfriend who is an immigrant from Croatia.

Daniel Mason, The Piano Tuner.   LP, CD
An Englishman is sent to Burma to tune the piano of an eccentric, charismatic British commander.

Simon Mawer, The Glass Room. CD, Playaway, eBook
Czech newlyweds build their dream home but must abandon it when the Nazis rise to power.

Colum McCann, Let the Great World Spin.   LP, CD, Playaway, eBook
In 1974, the lives of a diverse group of people become connected when a French tightrope walker crosses a high wire between the towers of the World Trade Center.

Cormac McCarthy, The Road.  LP, CD, eBook
A father and son travel down a road to the sea in a post-apocalyptic world.

Ian McEwan, Atonement. LP, CD, Playaway, eBook
A girl misunderstands the relationship between her older sister and the housekeeper’s son and makes an accusation that has terrible consequences.

Ian McEwan, Saturday.   CD, eBook
A minor accident threatens to derail the life of a complacent London neurosurgeon.

Paula McLain, The Paris Wife. LP, CD, eBook
In the 1920s, Hadley Richardson marries Ernest Hemingway and accompanies him to Paris, where their whirlwind life puts a strain on their marriage.

Claire Messud, The Emperor’s Children.  LP, eBook
Three college friends in New York find their lives haven’t turned out as they hoped.

Susan Minot, Evening. CD
A woman on her deathbed recalls a summer years ago when she found and lost the love of her life.

Tova Mirvis, The Ladies Auxiliary.   
A free-spirited convert to Judaism is blamed for changes in an Orthodox community.

David Mitchell, Black Swan Green.  LP, eBook
A 13-year-old English boy copes with a speech impediment and the unraveling of his family.

David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas. CD, eBook
An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.

David Mitchell, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet. LP, CD, eBook
In 1799, a Dutchman comes to an island off the coast of Japan to uncover fraud at the Dutch East Indies outpost and falls in love with a Japanese midwife.

Lorrie Moore, A Gate at the Stairs.  LP, eBook
A girl from a farm in the Midwest heads to college and takes a part-time job as a nanny for a couple who have adopted a child.

Richard Morais, The Hundred-Foot Journey. CD
A family of Indian restaurateurs emigrate to a French Alpine village, where their new restaurant provokes the wrath of the local chef.

Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus. LP, CD, eBook
Two young magicians are trained by their mentors to compete against each other but end up unexpectedly falling in love.

Laura Moriarty, The Chaperone.  LP, CD, Playaway, eBook
A dissatisfied married woman accompanies budding silent movie star Louise Brooks to a dance school in New York in hopes of discovering the truth about her own mysterious past.

JoJo Moyes, Me before You.  LP, CD, eBook
When a man has an accident that makes him a quadriplegic, his mother hires a companion to try to teach him that life is still worth living.

Bharati Mukherjee, Desirable Daughters.
Family ties come back to haunt an Indian woman in the US who divorced the man her father chose.

Alice Munro, Dear Life. LP, CD, eBook
A collection of stories by the Nobel Prize winning author described as a "master of the modern short story."

Irene Nemirovsky, Suite Francaise. LP, CD, eBook
A disparate group of Parisians struggle to survive during the Nazi occupation.

Audrey Niffenegger, Time Traveler’s Wife. LP, CD, Playaway
A woman falls in love with a time traveler who is uncontrollably swept backand forth through time.

Edna O’Brien, The Light of Evening.
A woman in the hospital awaits the arrival of her estranged daughter from abroad.

Tim O’Brien, In the Lake of the Woods. LP
A politician whose actions in Vietnam are exposed retreats to a remote cabin where his wife disappears.

Chris Offutt, The Good Brother.
A man tries to avoid avenging his brother's murder but he is haunted by his past.

Yoko Ogawa, The Housekeeper and the Professor.
A relationship blossoms between a brilliant math professor suffering from short-term memory loss and the housekeeper who is hired to care for him.

Linda Olsson, Astrid and Veronika.  Playaway
A writer rents a house in a small Swedish town and befriends a reclusive old woman.

Michael Ondaatje, The Cat’s Table.  LP, CD, eBook
In the 1950s, an 11-year-old boy is sent from Ceylon to England aboard a ship where he meets two other boys and an assortment of stray adults who are seated at the cat’s table as far as possible from the captain’s table.

Julie Orringer, The Invisible Bridge.  LP, CD, eBook
In 1937, three Hungarian Jewish brothers embark on separate paths, but their lives change as World War II begins.

Julie Otsuka, The Buddha in the Attic.  LP, CD, eBook
A group of "picture brides" from Japan arrive in San Francisco to meet their new husbands and struggle with hard work and a new language and culture.

Julie Otsuka, When the Emperor Was Divine. LP
A Japanese-American family is taken to an internment camp when the father is charged with conspiracy.

Orhan Pamuk, Snow.  CD, eBook
An exiled poet returns to his Turkish hometown where ethnic and religious tensions rise during a blizzard.

Ann Patchett, Run.  LP, CD, Playaway
Two young African-American men, adopted as children by the former mayor of Boston, encounter their birth mother and sister.

Chris Pavone, The Expats.  CD, Playaway, eBook
A woman who used to be a CIA agent accompanies her husband when he’s offered a job in Luxembourg but begins to fear her past is catching up to her.

Louise Penny, Still Life. LP, CD, Playaway
An inspector in the Sûreté du Québec investigates the death of an artist in an apparent hunting accident.

Dolen Perkins-Valdez, Wench. eBook
Three slave women whose masters bring them to a resort in the North are encouraged to escape by another slave.

Tom Perrotta, Little Children.   CD
Suburban lives are thrown into upheaval by secrets and the arrival of a child molester in the neighborhood.

Per Petterson, Out Stealing Horses.  LP, CD
A Norwegian widower moves to a remote cabin and recalls a summer of profound changes during his childhood.

Arthur Phillips, The Song Is You.  eBook
A man estranged from his wife after the death of their son becomes obsessed with an up-and-coming Irish singer.

Jayne Anne Phillips, Lark and Termite.  LP, eBook
A severely disabled boy is born while his father is serving in the Korean War, and he is looked after by his older sister as he grows up.

Jodi Picoult, My Sister’s Keeper.  CD, Playaway
A girl conceived as a donor for a sister with leukemia hires a lawyer when a kidney is required of her.

Sharon Pomerantz, Rich Boy.
A man from a working class Jewish neighborhood goes to university and becomes focused on the pursuit of wealth in Manhattan’s high society.

Richard Powers, Generosity. LP, CD
Intrigued by an Algerian woman who is cheerful despite the terrible things she has witnessed, a teacher theorizes that she may have a gene for happiness.

Richard Powers, The Time of Our Singing.
A Jewish scientist and an African-American singer marry and experience changes in the Civil Rights era.

Tim Powers, The Yellow Birds.  CD
A soldier in Iraq rashly promises a comrade’s mother that he’ll look out for her son, but he is unable to control the effect that their combat experiences have on the younger man.

Tom Rachman, The Imperfectionists. LP, CD, eBook
The staff of an English-language newspaper in Rome deal with personal dramas while trying to keep the paper operational.

Alyson Richman, The Lost Wife.  LP
A Jewish couple who marry in Prague in 1936 are separated as one goes to America and the other ends up in a concentration camp, but years later they are reunited at the wedding of their grandchildren.

Marilynne Robinson, Gilead. LP, CD
A preacher writes a letter to his son reflecting on their family history dating back to the Civil War.

Tatiana de Rosnay, Sarah’s Key.  LP, CD
An American writer researching the 1942 roundup of Jews in Paris discovers what happened to the family that lived in an apartment now belonging to her husband’s family.

Adam Ross, Mr. Peanut. eBook
A man who is obsessed by thoughts of his wife’s death becomes a murder suspect when she is found dead with a peanut lodged in her throat.

Philip Roth, American Pastoral.  eBook
A man’s happy life is destroyed when his daughter bombs a post office to protest the Vietnam War.

Philip Roth, The Plot Against America.  CD, eBook
In an alternate America, Charles Lindbergh becomes president 1940, affecting the lives of American Jews.

Philip Roth, The Professor of Desire.
A chronicle of the passion and desire of David Kepesh and of his endeavors, from adolescent accession to middle-aged ebb, to realize and sustain erotic happiness and domestic security.

Carlos Ruiz Zafon, The Shadow of the Wind. CD, Playaway, eBook
A boy in Barcelona receives a book and soon learns that someone is out to destroy every copy in existence.

Karen Russell, Swamplandia!  LP, CD, eBook
After losing their parents, the Bigtree children struggle to protect their alligator-wrestling theme park  in the Florida Everglades from a competitor.

Mary Doria Russell, The Sparrow
A Jesuit is the sole survivor of humanity’s tragic first encounter with extraterrestrial life.


Bernhard Schlink, The Reader.  LP, CD, eBook
A teenage boy in Germany who has an affair with an enigmatic older woman learns she was guilty of an unspeakable crime during the Holocaust.

John Burnham Schwartz, The Commoner.  LP, CD
A fictionalized account of the life of the current Empress of Japan—a commoner who married the Crown Prince but struggled to adapt to royal life.

Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones. LP, CD, Playaway, eBook
A young girl who is murdered is able to observe and touch the lives of those she left behind.

Lisa See, Shanghai Girls.  LP, CD, eBook
When the Japanese attack Shanghai in 1937, two sisters flee to America where the husbands their father arranged for them to marry live.

Lisa See, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. LP, CD, eBook
Two girls in 19th century China become best friends and keep in touch through a secret form of writing.

Maria Semple, Where’d You Go Bernadette?  CD
A girl tries to unravel the events leading to the disappearance of her mother—a once-famous architect who became a recluse.

Jan-Philipp Sendker, The Art of Hearing Heartbeats.  LP, CD, eBook
A successful New York lawyer suddenly disappears without a trace, leaving his wife and his daughter with no knowledge of his fate until they find a love letter he wrote many years before to a woman in Burma.

Diane Setterfield, The Thirteenth Tale.   LP, CD
A reclusive author invites an amateur biographer to her home on the moors in order to reveal the truth of her mysterious past.

Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows, The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society. LP, CD, eBook
In 1946, an author corresponds with the members of a book group that formed during the German occupation of Guernsey in the English Channel.

Meir Shalev, A Pigeon and a Boy.  eBook
A middle-aged Israeli tour guide specializing in bird-watching trips learns that one of his new American clients fought in a clandestine military force in Israel's 1948 war of independence.

B.A. Shapiro, The Art Forger.  LP, CD, eBook
In exchange for an exhibit of her own work, an artist agrees to forge a Degas that was stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston but soon realizes that the stolen painting may also be a forgery.

Carol Shields, Unless. LP, CD, eBook
A writer tries to learn why her daughter dropped out of college and began begging on the street.


Lionel Shriver, We Need to Talk about Kevin. CD, eBook
A mother tries to understand why her son went on a killing spree at his school.

Rebecca Skloot, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. LP, CD, eBook
Documents the story of how scientists took cells from an unsuspecting descendant of freed slaves and created a human cell line that has been kept alive indefinitely, enabling discoveries in such areas as cancer research, in vitro fertilization and gene mapping.

Marisa Silver, Mary Coin.  eBook
During the Depression, a migrant worker struggling to feed her children is immortalized in an iconic photograph.

Rachel Simon, The Story of Beautiful Girl.  LP, CD
In 1968, a developmentally disabled white woman and a deaf African-American man fall in love while they are institutionalized together.

Helen Simonson, Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand.  LP, CD, eBook
In a small English village, a widowed army major forms a friendship with a Pakistani widow who runs the local shop.

Curtis Sittenfeld, American Wife.   LP, CD, eBook
Loosely based on the life of Laura Bush, a small-town librarian marries a man from a wealthy family and becomes First Lady.

Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore.  LP, CD, Playaway
A man who lost his tech job in the Great Recession goes to work at a San Francisco bookstore that’s really a front for a secret society trying to translate an ancient codex to learn the secret of immortality.

Zadie Smith, On Beauty.  LP, CD
The son of a liberal, mixed race couple gets involved with the daughter of a conservative professor.

Dalia Sofer, The Septembers of Shiraz.  CD
A Jewish jeweler is imprisoned during the revolution in Iran while his family is uncertain of his fate.

Patrick Somerville, The Cradle. ;eBook
A man's pregnant wife asks him to find the cradle that disappeared when her mother abandoned her family years earlier, sending him on a journey across the Midwest and through memories of
the past.

M.L. Stedman, The Light Between the Oceans.  LP, CD
After suffering three failed pregnancies, an Australian lighthouse keeper and his wife make a fateful decision to pretend that an infant who washes ashore in a boat is their own.

Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain.  CD, eBook
Evaluating his life on the eve of his death, a dog considers the sacrifices his master has made in his pursuit of becoming a professional race car driver and the dog's own efforts to preserve his family.

Cheryl Strayed, Wild.  CD, eBook
After the death of her mother and a painful divorce, a woman decides to undertake a dangerous 1,100-mile solo hike that both drives her to rock bottom and helps her to heal.

Elizabeth Strout, Olive Kitteridge.   LP, CD, Playaway, eBook
Interlinked stories trace the life of a woman in a small Maine community through her connection to family members and townspeople.

Jeff Talarigo, The Pearl Diver.  CD
A Japanese girl with leprosy is exiled to an island.

Christopher Tilghman, The Right-Hand Shore.
A dying woman decides to leave her Chesapeake Bay estate to the closest descendant of the original owner, but first she wants to tell him the dark history of his family and their land.

Colm Toibin, Brooklyn. LP, CD, Playaway
In the 1950s, an Irish woman is sent by her family to find work in America but a tragedy forces her to choose between her new life and her old one back home.

Amor Towles, Rules of Civility.  LP, CD, eBook
In 1930s New York, two young women who room at a boardinghouse meet a banker in a jazz club and become friends until an accident causes him to choose one of them while the other goes on to
forge a career.

William Trevor, Love and Summer.  LP, CD, Playaway, eBook
In 1950s Ireland, an orphan raised in a convent marries the widowed farmer she works for, but her life changes one summer when she meets a young photographer.

William Trevor, The Story of Lucy Gault. LP
A woman spends her life hoping for forgiveness when an impulsive childhood act tears her family apart.

Jonathan Tropper, This Is Where I Leave You.  eBook
A man who lost his job and his wife is called home to sit shiva for his father with his dysfunctional family.

Gail Tsukiyama, The Samurai's Garden
A Chinese man with tuberculosis goes to Japan where a gardener teaches him about life.

Nancy Turner, These Is My Words.   eBook
Sarah Agnes Prine begins a diary recounting her life on the Arizona frontier in the late 1800s.

Thrity Umrigar, The Space between Us.   LP, eBook
A rich housewife and her servant in Bombay come from different backgrounds but find a common bond.

John Updike, Rabbit, Run.   CD, eBook
A former high school basketball star finds his life and marriage unfulfilling.

Luis Alberto Urrea, Hummingbird’s Daughter.   eBook
A Mexican girl called a saint by the people is accused of being a heretic and rebel by the Church and government.

Abraham Verghese, Cutting for Stone.  LP, CD, eBook
Twin brothers are born to an Indian nun at a mission hospital in Ethiopia and grow up to become doctors but are separated by an act of betrayal.

Amy Waldman, The Submission. LP
Controversy arises when a Muslim artist wins a blind contest to design a Ground Zero memorial.

Karen Thompson Walker, The Age of Miracles. LP, CD, eBook
A young girl’s world is thrown into upheaval when it is discovered that the Earth's rotation has suddenly begun to slow, posing a catastrophic threat to all life.

Jeanette Walls, The Glass Castle.   LP, CD, Playaway
The child of an alcoholic father and an eccentric artist mother discusses her family's nomadic upbringing, during which she and her siblings fended for themselves while their parents
outmaneuvered bill collectors and the authorities.

Jess Walter, Beautiful Ruins.  LP, CD, Playaway, eBook
An Italian man contacts a Hollywood producer hoping to find an actress who came to his village 50 years ago during the filming of Cleopatra.

Amanda Eyre Ward, Sleep Toward Heaven.
The lives of a death row inmate, the widow of one of her victims, and a prison doctor intersect.

Jesmyn Ward, Salvage the Bones. eBook
A motherless teenage girl living in poverty in Mississippi realizes that she is pregnant as she braces for the arrival of Hurricane Katrina along with her alcoholic father and her three brothers.

S.J. Watson, Before I Go to Sleep. LP, eBook
A woman wakes each morning with no memory as a result of a mysterious accident and begins to wonder who she can trust.

Katharine Weber, The Music Lesson.  eBook
A literary thriller about a passionate love affair, a stolen painting, and a splinter group of the IRA.

Katharine Weber, Triangle.
A woman learns the truth of how her grandmother survived the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of 1911.

Marianne Wiggins, Evidence of Things Unseen.
An amateur chemist who runs a photography studio ends up involved in developing the atomic bomb.

Marianne Wiggins, The Shadow Catcher. LP, CD
A photographer's developing relationship with the Native Americans he photographs is interspersed with parallel tales about an unsung soldier, a husband, and a father.

Michelle Wildgen, You're Not You.
An aimless, self-absorbed college student takes a job as a caregiver to a woman with ALS.

Isabel Wilkerson, The Warmth of Other Suns. CD, eBook
An epic history chronicling the migration of African Americans from the South to the North and West through the stories of three families.

Jacqueline Winspear, Maisie Dobbs.  LP, eBook
After World War I, a former nurse opens a private investigations agency a takes a case that uncovers a wartime tragedy.

Tim Winton, The Riders.
When his wife abandons him, a man and his daughter travel through Europe searching for her.

Meg Wolitzer, The Interestings.  LP, CD, eBook
A girl at a summer arts camp gets caught up with a group of talented teens who call themselves "the Interestings" and remains linked with them over the years despite her own failure as an actress and an incident that disrupts the group’s dynamics.

Monica Wood, Any Bitter Thing. LP
A woman thinks she received a visitation from the uncle who raised her until a tragedy tore them apart.

Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway.   LP, CD
A woman reflects as she prepares for a party.

Richard Yates, Revolutionary Road.   CD, eBook
A suburban couple in the ‘50s become disillusioned.

A.B. Yehoshua, A Woman of Jerusalem.
When an immigrant to Israel is killed by terrorists a co-worker takes her body back to her homeland.

Anzia Yezierska, Bread Givers.
In 1920s New York, a Jewish girl works with her mother and sisters to support her father’s studies but wants more out of life for herself.

Markus Zusak, The Book Thief.  LP, CD (YA), Playaway (YA), eBook
In Nazi Germany, Death takes an orphan girl's brother and then continues to observe her as she begins to steal books and learns to read.


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