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Take & Talk for Adults

Take & Talk are book discussion sets (at least 10 copies) of classic/award-winning titles in a convenient tote--complete with discussion questions. Please realize that on rare occasions, a set may consist of fewer titles due to customers checking out single copies.

Anyone may check out an entire set of Take & Talk books. The circulation period is 3 weeks. The person checking out the set is responsible for returning all the books in their tote at the designated due date. Discussion questions are included with each set. These sets are ideal for book club leaders and classroom teachers. The sets are readily available at Central Library, or they may be sent to any branch location. Please allow 2 working days for delivery to another location.

To reserve your set of Take & Talk books, please contact the Popular Materials Center at (812) 428-8246.

Take & Talk for Adults
Say You're One of Them

Akpan, Uwem
Say You're One of Them

A collection of five modern short stories about children in different war-torn African countries.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Angelou, Maya
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Author's memoir of growing up black in the 1930's and 1940's.

Carry the One

Anshaw, Carol
Carry the One

When a car of inebriated guests from Carmen's wedding hits and kills a girl on a country road, Carmen and the people involved in the accident connect, disconnect and reconnect throughout 25 subsequent years of marriage, parenthood, holidays and tragedies.

Northanger Abbey

Austen, Jane
Northanger Abbey

Under the guidance of a sophisticated English couple, a young woman learns to discard her romantic illusions and to appreciate the value of good sense and true affection.

Pride and Prejudice book jacket

Austen, Jane

Pride & Prejudice

 

The heroine's parents attempt to cope in various ways with the problem of marrying off five daughters.

 

The Sense of an Ending

Barnes, Julian
The Sense of an Ending

This intense new novel follows a middle-aged man as he contends with a past he has never much thought about until his oldest friends return with a vengeance, one of them from the grave another maddeningly present. Tony Webster thought he'd left all of this behind as he built a life for himself, and by now his marriage and family and career have fallen into an amicable divorce and retirement. but he is then presented with a mysterious legacy that obliges him to reconsider various things, and to revise his estimation of his own nature and his place in the world.

Friday Night Lights

Bissinger, H.G.
Friday Night Lights

The Permian High School football team gives the residents of economically-depressed Odessa, Texas, something to cheer about.

The Buffalo Soldier

Bohjalian, Chris
The Buffalo Soldier

After losing their children in a flash flood, a couple's marriage is tested by grief, adultery, and the addition of an African American foster boy to their lives.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Boyne, John
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Bored and lonely after his family moves from Berlin to a place called "Out-With" in 1942, Bruno, the nine-year-old son of a Nazi officer, befriends a boy in striped pajamas who lives behind a wire fence.

Fahrenheit 451

Bradbury, Ray
Fahrenheit 451

A fireman whose job is to burn books meets two people who cause him to question his profession and change his ways.

Here If You Need Me

Braestrup, Kate
Here If You Need Me

The author documents her decision to pursue her husband's ambition to become a minister after his tragic accidental death, describing how she eventually became a spiritual counselor for families with missing loved ones during search-and-rescue missions.

Jane Eyre

Bronte, Charlotte
Jane Eyre

A governess's love for the father of her ward is frustrated by the revelation that he is married to an insane woman.

Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman

Buchan, Elizabeth
Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman

When her happy marriage and successful career fall apart after twenty-five years, a middle-aged woman struggles with the prospect of starting over until the reappearance of an old flame.

Running with Scissors

Burroughs, Augusten
Running with Scissors

Both horrifying and hysterical, the true story of a boy whose mother, a delusional poet, gave him away to be raised by her psychiatrist.

American Bloomsbury

Cheever, Susan
American Bloomsbury

Examines Concord, Massachusetts in the middle of the 19th century, and the melodrama that played itself out among the transcendentalist writers and thinkers who lived there.

Final Exam

Chen, Pauline
Final Exam

In a series of reflections on the world of modern medicine, a young doctor describes how physicians must deal with the inescapable reality of death and her personal experiences throughout her education, residency, and practice with mortality.

Things Change

Chopin, Kate
The Awakening

A Victorian-era New Orleans wife and mother experiences desire and attraction to a younger man while on summer vacation with her children.

Dispatches From the Edge

Cooper, Anderson
Dispatches From the Edge

The correspondent and anchor for CNN recounts events from his life and career, offering a behind-the-scenes look at some of the most devastating modern tragedies and their effect on his own life.

The Circus in Winter

Day, Cathy
The Circus in Winter

From 1884 to 1939, a circus winters in a small Indiana town and provides a magical backdrop for the daily lives of the town's inhabitants.

Not My Daughter

Delinsky, Barbara
Not My Daughter

Devastated by her teenage daughter's pregnancy, a single mother and high school principal is targeted by unfair criticism when the pregnancies of additional teens are rumored to be part of a pact.
The Red Tent

Diamant, Anita
The Red Tent

A fictional account of Dinah, daughter of Leah and Jacob, her birth and childhood in Mesopotamia, her years in Canaan, and her death in Egypt.

The Red Tent

Dickens, Charles
A Tale of Two Cities; and Great Expectations

In A tale of two cities, during the French Revolution, a ne'er-do-well goes to the guillotine in place of his look-a-like because of his devotion to the woman that both love. In Great expectations, a young man in 1820s London who expects to be reared by a rich patron and to marry a wealthy young woman finds his hopes dashed.

A Northern Light book jacket

Donnelly, Jennifer

A Northern Light

In 1906, sixteen-year-old Mattie, determined to attend college and be a writer against the wishes of her father and fiance, takes a job at a summer inn where she discovers the truth about the death of a guest. Based on a true story.
The Hound of the Baskervilles

Doyle, Arthur C.
Hound of the Baskervilles

Sherlock Holmes is called upon to solve the mysterious death of Lord Baskerville and attempts on the life of his heir, after rumor suggests that an ancient curse in the form of a vicious supernatural hound is once again at work to destroy the Baskerville line.

House of Sand and Fog

Dubus, Andre III
House of Sand and Fog

An Iranian immigrant buys a bugalow at public auction for his family, but the house's former owner and her lover go to extremes to get her house back.

A Stolen Life

Dugard, Jaycee
A Stolen Life

The memoir of Jaycee Dugard who was kidnapped on June 10, 1991, when she was 11 years old, and was missing for over 18 years before her reappearance in 2009.

Play for a Kingdom

Dyja, Thomas
Play for a Kingdom

In the spring of 1864, during the Civil War battle of Spotsylvania, the 14th Brooklyn company is challenged to a series of baseball games by an Alabama infantry.

The 19th Wife

Ebershoff, David
The 19th Wife

Intertwines the story of Ann Eliza Young, the nineteenth wife of Brigham Young, and a modern mystery in which a polygamous man has been found murdered and one of his wives is accused of the crime.

Resilience

Edwards, Elizabeth
Resilience

The author recounts some of the difficulties she has faced, including the death of her son, cancer, and her husband's public affair, and shares how she has managed to adapt and survive.

Pat Nixon: The Untold Story

Eisenhower, Julie Nixon
Pat Nixon: The Untold Story

A biography of a truly remarkable First Lady: Pat Nixon. From her courtship with the young California lawyer whom she accompanied to the White House, through the horrors of the Vietnam era and Watergate, here is a loving portrait of the gallant woman admired by millions.

Mrs. Ike: Memories & Reflections on the Life of Mamie Eisenhower

Eisenhower, Susan
Mrs. Ike: Memories & Reflections on the Life of Mamie Eisenhower

This is a portrait of a beloved First Lady and an incisive account of a complex marriage. Examines the life of Mamie Eisenhower, a saucy young lady who found her match in handsome Ike Eisenhower, and their adventures, misunderstandings, and glowing triumphs.

Founding Brothers

Ellis, Joseph
Founding Brothers

Examines six moments in the lives of America's founders that helped to determine the course of the nation's history.

The Painted Drum

Erdrich, Louise
The Painted Drum

Discovering a cache of Native American artifacts while appraising an estate in New Hampshire, a woman investigates the history of a ceremonial drum, which possesses spiritual powers and changes the lives of people who encounter it.

Big Woods: The Hunting Stories

Faulkner, William
Big Woods: The Hunting Stories

William Faulkner's most famous stories are collected in this volume--in which he observed, celebrated, and mourned the fragile otherness that is nature, as well as the cruelty and humanity of men.

The Sound and the Fury

Faulkner, William
The Sound and the Fury: the corrected text

The disintegration of a Mississippi plantation family which clings to outworn aristocratic conventions.

Tender Is the Night

Fitzgerald, F. Scott
Tender Is the Night

The tragic romance of an actress and an American couple, with the demise of the husband/psychiatrist as the wife/patient grows stronger.

Before Women Had Wings

Fowler, Connie May
Before Women Had Wings

A young woman attempts to make sense of a family life where fear and retribution are more plentiful than hope and love.

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter

Franklin, Tom
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter

Constable Silas Jones must confront his former friend Larry Ott, who has lived under suspicion for 20 years since a girl disappeared while on a date with him. After another girl disappears again, Larry is blamed once again.

Lesson Before Dying

Gaines, Ernest J.
A Lesson Before Dying

In Louisiana in the 1940s, a school teacher helps a death row inmate prepare for his execution.
Love in the Time of Cholera Garcia Márquez, Gabriel
Love in the Time of Cholera
A patient Colombian waits fifty years for the love of his life.
One Hundred Years of Solitude

Garcia Márquez, Gabriel
One Hundred Years of Solitude

The mysterious history of the Buendia family of the village of Macondo recapitulates the history of Latin America.
The Pursuit of Happyness Gardner, Chris
The Pursuit of Happyness
In a candid, personal memoir, a successful entrepreneur traces his journey from growing up with an abusive stepfather, to life on the streets as a homeless man with a small toddler, to his battle to the top as a self-made millionaire.
Eat Pray Love

Gilbert, Elizabeth
Eat Pray Love

Presents the memoir of a magazine writer's yearlong travels across the world in search of pleasure, guidance, experience and wholeness.
Lord of the Flies book jacket

Golding, William

Lord of the Flies

Schoolboys marooned on a tropical island revert to primitive savagery.
The Heart and the Fist

Greitens, Eric
The Heart and the Fist

The author describes how, after working as a humanitarian around the world, he realized that he could do nothing to stop violence or prevent people from becoming refugees and soon joined the elite Navy SEALs, where he drew on his humanitarian training as he battled injustice.
Replay

Grimwood, Ken
Replay

A fatal heart attack returns forty-three-year-old Jeff Winston to his eighteen-year-old body, in 1963, and with his memory of the next twenty-five years intact and the freedom to change his actions, he begins to live his life over again.
Marley & Me

Grogan, John
Marley & Me

A tribute to Marley, a Labrador retriever, who never fit the mold for normal dogs, but knew how to give unconditional love.
Water for Elephants

Gruen, Sara
Water for Elephants

Looking back on his time in the circus as a young man during the Great Depression, an elderly man reminisces about his friendship with the star of the equestrian act, and an elephant who gave them hope.
Faith - A Novel book jacket

Haigh, Jennifer

Faith

When her older brother Art, a Catholic priest and the popular pastor of a large suburban parish, finds himself at the center of a scandal, Sheila McGann, who has been estranged from her family for years, returns to Boston ready to fight for him and his reputation.
Roots Haley, Alex
Roots
The author shares the saga of an African American family that extends from his ancestor Kunta Kinte, an African brought to mid-eighteenth-century America as a slave, to himself.
Home Front

Hannah, Kristin
Home Front

Struggling with a marital estrangement that is further complicated when one of them is deployed, military couple Michael and Joleen Zarkades are forced to confront their problems while protecting the security of their family in the wake of a brutal tragedy.
True Colors

Hannah, Kristin
True Colors

In a small Washington town, three sisters' once-solid world is broken apart by jealousy, passion, and betrayal until one of their family is arrested and tried for murder.
The Art of Fielding

Harbach, Chad
The Art of Fielding

A baseball star at a small college near Lake Michigan launches a routine throw that goes disastrously off course and inadvertently changes the lives of five people, including the college president, a teammate and the president's daughter.
Plainsong

Haruf, Kent
Plainsong

In an eastern Colorado town, a teacher gets several damaged families to interact and care for one another.
Act Like a Lady Think Like a Man

Harvey, Steve
Act Like a Lady Think Like a Man

"From the host of the popular 'Steve Harvey morning show' comes a funny, honest, and foolproof guide for all women that takes them inside the heads of men and shows how men think about love, sex, and commitment"-Publisher.
The Scarlet Letter Hawthorne, Nathaniel
The Scarlet Letter
In early colonial Massachusetts, a young woman endures the consequences of her sin of adultery and spends the rest of her life in atonement.
The Descendants Hemmings, Kaui Hart
The Descendants
The scion of the last Hawaiian land-owning clan finds his privileged life interrupted by an accident that leaves his wife in a coma and for him to deal with his problem children.
Down the Darkest Road Hoag, Tami
Down the Darkest Road
1980s California FBI agent Vince Leone taps into the powers of science-based forensic techniques to unveil dark secrets and stop a killer who is terrorizing the citizens of Oak Knoll.
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt Hoffman, Beth
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt
Relegated to the care of an eccentric great-aunt after her mentally unbalanced mother's accidental death, a 12-year-old girl is quickly surrounded by the strong women and cultural elements of her new Savannah community.
The Kite Runner

Hosseini, Khaled
The Kite Runner

Traces the unlikely friendship of a wealthy Afghan youth and a servant's son in a story that spans the final days of the nation's monarchy through the atrocities of the present day.
A Thousand Splendid Suns Hosseini, Khaled
A Thousand Splendid Suns
Two women born a generation apart witness the destruction of their home and family in war-torn Kabul and incur losses over the course of thirty years that test the limits of their strength and courage.
Dear Mrs. Lindbergh

Hughes, Kathleen
Dear Mrs. Lindbergh

In the wake of their elderly parents' carefully orchestrated disappearance, the shocked adult children read a series of letters to Anne Morrow Lindbergh by their mother, revealing how their parents finally discovered what was missing in their lives.
The Nativity

Hunt, Angela
The Nativity Story

Presents the story of Jesus' birth and the arrival of the wise men and shepherds at the manger.
Their Eyes Were Watching God

Hurston, Zora Neale
Their Eyes Were Watching God

Follows the fortunes of a woman living in the black town of Eaton, Florida.
Brave New World

Huxley, Aldous
Brave New World

In the world of the future, rapid technolgical progress results in social chaos, rather than social utopia.
The Faith Club

Idliby, Ranya
The Faith Club

Traces how three American women of different faiths worked together to understand one another while identifying the connections between Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, during which they openly discussed the issues that divided them.
Never Let Me Go

Ishiguro, Kazuo
Never Let Me Go

In a dystopian England of the 1990s, a reunion of three friends, raised in a special school because of their uncertain parentage, brings confrontation with their pasts.
Mudbound

Jordan, Hillary
Mudbound

A landowning family and their black sharecroppers struggle with the mores of the Jim Crow South in the postwar Mississippi Delta.
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

Joyce, Rachel

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

Harold Fry is convinced that he must deliver a letter to an old love in order to save her, meeting various characters along the way. He reminisces about the events of his past and people he has known as he tries to find peace and acceptance.
The Secret Life of Bees

Kidd, Sue Monk
The Secret Life of Bees

After her "stand-in mother" insults the three biggest racists in town, a young girl joins her on a journey to Tiburon, South Carolina, where they are taken in by three eccentric African American bee-keeping sisters.
A Girl Named Zippy Kimmel, Haven
A Girl Named Zippy
The author offers a chronicle of growing up in a small town in America's heartland, offering portraits of her family and her encounters with the complexities of the adult world, romance, and small-town life during the 1960s and 1970s.
Animal Dreams

Kingsolver, Barbara
Animal Dreams

A young woman returns to her Arizona hometown to confront her past and ailing father, only to find the town threatened by an environmental catastrophe.
Into Thin Air Krakauer, Jon
Into Thin Air
The author's eyewitness account of what happened during his climb up Mt. Everest, while on assignment to report on the growing commercialization of the planet's highest mountain.
Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons

Landvik, Lorna
Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons

From the initial formation of a book club and over the course of the next thirty years, five women in small-town Minnesota share the events, triumphs, tragedies, hardships, joys, and sorrows of their lives.
To Kill a Mockingbird

Lee, Harper
To Kill a Mockingbird

A young girl growing up in an Alabama town in the 1930s learns of injustice and violence when her father, a widowed lawyer, defends a black man falsely accused of rape.
The Chronicles of Narnia

Lewis, C. S.
The Chronicles of Narnia

A noble lion and the royal leaders of Narnia struggle against the magical forces of evil.
Wicked Maguire, Gregory (7 copies)
Wicked: the Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
The wicked witch of the west from the Wizard of Oz tells her side of the story.
The Bootlegger's Daughter

Maron, Margaret
The Bootlegger's Daughter

While campaigning Deborah seeks out evidence of a murder that happened eighteen years ago.
The Bright Forever Martin, Lee (7 copies)
The Bright Forever
While riding her bicycle to town, the nine-year-old daughter of the most affluent family in a small Indiana town disappears.
Under the Tuscan Sun Mayes, Frances
Under the Tuscan Sun
Explore the fascinating people, landscape, and history of Italy as the author celebrates the tastes and pleasures of Italian life in the Tuscany countryside.
The Road

McCarthy, Cormac
The Road

In an indefinite, futuristic, post-apocalyptic world, a father and his young son make their way through the ruins of a devastated American landscape, struggling to survive and preserve the last remnants of their own humanity.
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

McCullers, Carson
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

An adolescent growing up in Georgia experiences the haunting abyss encountered by human beings in their attempts at love.
The Memory of Running

McLarty, Ron
The Memory of Running

After his parents die in an accident, an overweight and out of shape man uncovers his old Raleigh bicycle and begins a cross-country journey.
In My Mother's House McMullan, Margaret
In My Mother's House
While remembering her uncle's viola lessons and other elements from their Vienna home, a young woman becomes increasingly obsessed with her need to understand why her mother refuses to discuss the family's experiences during World War II.
Destiny of the Republic

Millard, Candice

Destiny of the Republic : a tale of madness, medicine and the murder of a president

A narrative account of the twentieth president's political career. This selection offers insight into his background as a scholar and Civil War hero, his battles against the corrupt establishment, and Alexander Graham Bell's failed attempt to save him from an assassin's bullet.

The Night Circus

Morgenstern, Erin
The Night Circus

Waging a fierce competition for which they have trained since childhood, circus magicians Celia and Marco unexpectedly fall in love with each other and share a fantastical romance that manifests in fateful ways.
The Bluest Eye

Morrison, Toni
The Bluest Eye

An eleven-year-old black girl prays for her eyes to turn blue so people will consider her beautiful.
Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned

Mosley, Walter
Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned

Fourteen stories about Socrates Fortlow, a tough ex-convict who is determined to challenge the violence and anarchy in his world and in himself.
Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World

Myron, Vicki
Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World

Traces the author's discovery of a half-frozen kitten in the drop-box of her small-community Iowa library and the feline's development into an affable library mascot whose intuitive nature prompted hundreds of abiding friendships, in a tale told against a backdrop of the town's struggles with the 1980s farm crisis.
Reading Lolita in Tehran Nafisi, Azar
Reading Lolita in Tehran

A memoir about teaching women Western literature in revolutionary Iran and the author's account of how she defied, and helped others to defy, radical Islam's war against women.

The Time Traveler's Wife

Niffenegger, Audrey
The Time Traveler's Wife

A couple vows to hold onto each other and their marriage as they struggle with the effects of Chrono-Displacement Disorder, a condition that casts the husband involuntarily into the world of time travel.
Black Powder War

Novik, Naomi
Black Powder War

The third book in the Temeraire series. It concerns the further adventures of Temeraire and Captain Laurence. The duo faces conflict with both the Turks, who have failed to produce three dragon eggs purchased by the English, and with Temeraire's new blood enemy, Lien, the albino celestial dragon.
His Majesty's Dragon

Novik, Naomi
His Majesty's Dragon

The first book in a series set in the Napoleonic era of the early nineteenth century. Temeraire introduces a world in which dragons are a well known and accepted part of military life. The formidable flying creatures are controlled by the mysterious Aerial Corps, whose members tame, harness, and ride the dragons as powerful air combat forces.
Throne of Jade

Novik, Naomi
Throne of Jade

The second book in the Temeraire series, Laurence discovers that Temeraire is among the rarest and finest of dragons, a Chinese Celestial, and that the Chinese want the dragon back. Temeraire agrees to go only if accompanied by Laurence, and after an eventful sea voyage, they arrive in China, where they face political pressures and other dangers from the Chinese imperial court.
The Things They Carried

O'Brien, Tim

The Things They Carried

Twenty-two stories of men who fought in Vietnam, whose situations test the limits of the human heart and soul.
The Big Year: a Tale of Man, Nature and Fowl Obsession Obmascik, Mark
The Big Year: a Tale of Man, Nature and Fowl Obsession
Every year on January 1, a quirky crowd of adventurers storms out across North America for a spectacularly competitive event called a Big Year -- a grand, grueling, expensive, and occasionally vicious, "extreme" 365-day marathon of birdwatching.
Cinderella ate my daughter Orenstein, Peggy
Cinderella ate my daughter : dispatches from the front lines of the new girlie-girl culture
Reveals the dark side of pink and pretty in this wake up call to parents, and offers ways to prevent raising daughters who only care about image.
The Orchid Thief Orlean, Susan
The Orchid Thief
A true story of beauty and obsession in Florida which weaves a seductive tale of plant smugglers, swamp explorers, and the strange effects orchids have on the eccentric collectors who must possess them.
1984

Orwell, George
1984

A satire of totalitarian barbarism, with continued warfare as the price of bleak prosperity.
Stolen Lives: Twenty Years in a Desert Oufkir, Malika
Stolen Lives: Twenty Years in a Desert
The eldest daughter of General Oufkir, the King of Morocco's closest aide, Malika Oufkir was adopted by the king at age of five as a companion for his daughter. She spent most of her childhood and adolescence within the gilded walls of the palace, living an extraordinarily privileged yet secluded life.
The Last Lecture

Pausch, Randy
The Last Lecture

The author, a computer science professor diagnosed with terminal cancer, explores his life, the lessons that he has learned, how he has worked to achieve his childhood dreams, and the effect of his diagnosis on him and his family.
The Dante Club

Pearl, Matthew
The Dante Club

In 1865 Boston, a literary club fights to keep Dante's works alive in the New World while a series of murders erupts, threatening to unveil the club's secret.
Tamar book jacket

Peet, Mal

Tamar

In England in 1955, fifteen-year-old Tamar, grief-stricken by the puzzling death of her beloved grandfather, slowly begins to uncover the secrets of his life in the Dutch resistance during the last year of the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, and the climactic events that forever cast a shadow on his life and that of his family.
In the Heart of the Sea Philbrick, Nathaniel
In the Heart of the Sea

A tragic tale of survival of the crew of the whaleship, Essex, which was rammed and sunk by an enraged sperm whale in the South Pacific.

Change of Heart Picoult, Jodi
Change of Heart
Her life shattered by a devastating act of violence, a woman is forced to make a pivotal choice that involves her eleven-year-old daughter and a salvation-seeking criminal.
Handle With Care Picoult, Jodi
Handle With Care
After her daughter contracts a fatal disease, a woman must confront some serious questions that ultimately lead to one final epiphany: what constitutes a valuable life.
Nineteen Minutes Picoult, Jodi
Nineteen Minutes
In the aftermath of a small-town school shooting, a lawyer finds himself defending a youth who desperately needs someone on his side, while a detective works with the primary witness, who is the daughter of the judge assigned to the case.
Sing You Home Picoult, Jodi
Sing You Home
Ten years of infertility issues culminate in the destruction of music therapist Zoe Baxter's marriage, after which she falls in love with another woman and wants to start a family, but her ex-husband, Max, stands in the way.
Vanishing Acts

Picoult, Jodi
Vanishing Acts

Working with a search and rescue bloodhound team to find missing people, a single mother anticipates her upcoming nuptials, until a series of unsettling flashbacks threatens to devastate her life.
The Crying of Lot 49 Pynchon, Thomas
The Crying of Lot 49
A woman finds herself enmeshed in a worldwide conspiracy, meets some interesting characters, and attains a considerable amount of self-knowledge.
I Love You, Ronnie

Reagan, Nancy
I Love You, Ronnie

In more than 40 years of letters to his wife, Nancy -- sometimes written from just across the same room -- Ronald Reagan reveals not only an abiding love but an enduring gift for courtly whimsy.
Flash and Bones

Reichs, Kathy
Flash and Bones

Forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance Brennan investigates a possible FBI cover-up with ties to the disappearance of a NASCAR crew member's sister, a right-wing extremist group, and a secret substance.
Sarah's Key Rosney, Tatiana De
Sarah's Key
On the sixtieth anniversary of the 1942 roundup of Jews by the French police in the Vel d'Hiv section of Paris, an American journalist is asked to write an article on this dark episode during World War II and embarks on investigation that leads her to long-hidden family secrets and to the ordeal of a young girl caught up in the raid.
The Catcher in the Rye

Salinger, J. D.
The Catcher in the Rye

A teenager who knows he is about to be dropped by his school leaves early one day and spends three days and nights in New York city.
Lovely Bones

Sebold, Alice
Lovely Bones

The spirit of a fourteen-year-old girl describes her murder, her surprise at her new home in heaven, and her witness to her family's grief in their efforts to find the killer and come to terms with what has happened.
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan See, Lisa (3 copies)
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
A story of friendship set in nineteenth-century China follows an elderly woman and her companion as they communicate their hopes, dreams, joys, and tragedies through a unique secret language.
The Thirteenth Tale Setterfield, Diane
The Thirteenth Tale

Having spent sixty years creating a series of alternate identities for herself, an enigmatic author chooses a young biographer to finally tell her long-hidden life story and disclose the truth about her secretive birth.

The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society Shaffer, Mary Ann
The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society

As London is emerging from the shadow of World War II, a writer discovers her next subject in a book club on Guernsey--a club born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi after its members are discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island.

Detour: My Bipolar Road Trip in 4-D Simon, Lizzie
Detour: My Bipolar Road Trip in 4-D

What is it like to be "bipolar"? Lizzie Simon, a 23-year-old afflicted with this form of mental ailment, goes on a road trip in search of others like her and tells all in this frank and surprising memoir.

Prep

Sittenfeld, Curtis
Prep

During the late 1980s, a fourteen-year-old leaves her middle-class Indiana family to enroll in an elite New England boarding school, becoming a shrewd observer of the rituals and mores of upper-class Easterners.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Skloot, Rebecca
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
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.
Just Kids Smith, Patti
Just Kids
Patti Smith's evocative, honest and moving coming-of-age story of her extraordinary relationship with the artist Robert Mapplethorpe.
The Best of Me Sparks, Nicholas
The Best of Me
Two former high school sweethearts return to their hometown for the funeral of a mentor and confront the choices they have made since they last met.
Winter Palace

Stachniak, Eva

The Winter Palace: a novel of Catherine the Great

An imaginative retelling of Catherine the Great's improbable rise to power, as seen through the ever-watchful eyes of an all-but-invisible servant close to the throne.
East of Eden

Steinbeck, John
East of Eden

Generations of two Salinas Valley, California, families reinact the fall of Adam and Eve and the rivalry of Cain and Abel.
The Grapes of Wrath

Steinbeck, John
The Grapes of Wrath

The plight of the "Okies" is chronicled in the Joad family's desperate emigration from the dust-bowl to California.
Of Mice and Men

Steinbeck, John
Of Mice and Men

Two laborers work from ranch to ranch in the Salinas Valley of the 1930s, frustrated in their hope of having a place of their own.
Of Mice and Men

Stockett, Kathryn
The Help

In Jackson, Mississippi, in 1962, with the civil rights movement exploding all around them, three women start a movement of their own, forever changing a town and the way women--black and white, mothers and daughters--view one another.
Sun, Stone, & Shadows: 20 Great Mexican Short Stories

Sun, Stone, & Shadows: 20 Great Mexican Short Stories

Presents a collection of twenty stories of extraordinary quality, written by the finest Mexican authors born during the first half of the twentieth century.
The Little Friend

Tartt, Donna
The Little Friend

Growing up in a small Mississippi town in a family haunted by the murder of her brother, a teenage girl decides to find her brother's murderer and exact her revenge.
This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men & Women

This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men & Women

A collection of eighty essays exploring the personal beliefs of a diverse assortment of contributors, both famous and unknown, who reflect on their faith, the evolution of their beliefs, and how they express them.
Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Tolkien, J.R.R.
Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

The tale of the fateful power of the One ring as all the members of the fellowship, hobbits, elves and wizards, are plunged into a clash between good and evil.
Bess W. Truman

Truman, Margaret
Bess W. Truman

Drawing on her personal reminiscences and her parents' voluminous correspondence, the author offers an intimate portrait of her reticent mother.
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn book jacket

Twain, Mark

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

The adventures of a boy and a runaway slave as they travel down the Mississippi River on a raft.

Daughter's Keeper

Waldman, Ayelet
Daughter's Keeper

When her daughter is swept into the maelstrom surrounding the war on drugs, a woman finds herself embroiled in a courtroom drama.
The Age of Innocence

Wharton, Edith
The Age of Innocence

A woman who has incurred scandal is loved by a man lacking the courage to break with the conventions of New York society in the 1870's.
Before Women Had Wings Wiesel, Elie
Night
A chronicle of the holocaust through the eyes of a 14 year old Hungarian Jew who survived Birkenau, Auschwitz, Buna and Buchenwald.
Evidence of Things Unseen

Wiggins, Marianne
Evidence of Things Unseen

An amateur scientist and ex-soldier from World War I and a glassblower's daughter eventually work at the Oak Ridge Laboratory and die from radiation sickness, only to have their son inquire into their lives.
Life on the Color Line: The True Story of a White Boy Who Discovered He Was Black

Williams, Gregory Howard
Life on the Color Line: The True Story of a White Boy Who Discovered He Was Black

It's the story of Gregory Howard Williams who lived in Virginia during the 1950s and had most of the extras and then moved to Indiana to live with his father's people who were dirt poor.
The Shack

Young, William
The Shack

Four years after his daughter was abducted and evidence of her murder was found in an abandoned shack, a man returns to the shack in response to a note claiming to be from God, and has a life-changing experience.
The Book Thief book jacket

Zusak, Markus

The Book Thief

Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesl, a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding.