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Anna Karenina

by Leo Tolstoy and Constance Garnett

Date Added: 05/25/2017


The Deep End of the Ocean

by Jacquelyn Mitchard

Beth Cappadora, smart-mouthed and disorganized, has considered herself a good mother of her three children. Then her three-year-old son Ben disappears from the hotel while the whole family is visiting Chicago for Beth's 15th high-school reunion. Beth descends into depression, growing apart from her baby daughter and her disturbed son Vincent, who was supposed to have been watching Ben when he disappeared. While she continues her photography career and her husband goes about opening a Chicago restaurant, the Cappadoras' family structure implodes. Vincent becomes more and more guilty over the disappearance, the restaurant succeeds, and the family must move to the very city that they have come to dread. Then something unexpected happens.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


House Of Sand And Fog

by Andre Dubus III

In this riveting novel of almost unbearable suspense, three fragile yet determined people become dangerously entangled in a relentlessly escalating crisis. Colonel Behrani, once a wealthy man in Iran, is now a struggling immigrant willing to bet everything he has to resotre his family's dignity. Kathy Nicolo is a troubled young woman whose house is all she has left, and who refuses to let her hard-won stability slip away from her. Sheriff Lester Burdon, a married man who finds himself falling in love with Kathy, becomes obsessed with helping her fight for justice. Drawn by their competing desires to the same small house in the California hills and doomed by their tragic inability to understand one another, the three converge in an explosive collision course. Combining unadorned realism with profound empathy, House of Sand and Fog marks the arrival of a major new voice in American fiction.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


The Rapture of Canaan

by Sheri Reynolds

A young girl, living within an extreme religious group, finds her own salvation, after she falls off of the path of righteousness.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Ellen Foster

by Kaye Gibbons

The story of a redoubtable 11-year-old orphan who overcomes adversity with humor, spunk and determination.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Songs in Ordinary Time

by Mary Mcgarry Morris

Marie is a strong but vulnerable divorced woman, whose ambitions for her chidren and loneliness make her easy prey for a con man.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


A Virtuous Woman: A Novel

by Kaye Gibbons

Two unforgettable characters, Jack Ernest Stokes, known as Blinking Jack, and his wife, Ruby Pitt Woodrow Stokes, tell the story of their years together.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


River, Cross My Heart: A Novel

by Breena Clarke

Six-year-old Clara is drowned in the Potomac. Twelve-year-old Johnnie Mae, must come to terms with the powerful emotions sparked by her sister's death and discover the kind of woman she will become.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Vinegar Hill

by A. Manette Ansay

Dutifully accompanying her newly unemployed husband, Ellen has brought her two children into the home of her in-laws on Vinegar Hill—a loveless house suffused with the dust of bitterness and cruelty.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Open House: A novel

by Elizabeth Berg

Samantha's husband leaves her, and after the divorce, she settles down to reconstruct a life for herself and her eleven-year-old son. To meet her mortgage payments, Sam decides to take in boarders.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Here On Earth

by Alice Hoffman

After twenty years March and her 15 year old daughter returns to the small Massachusetts town where she grew up . And meets Hollis, the boy she loved, the man she can't now seem to stay away from.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Mother of Pearl: A Novel

by Melinda Haynes

The story revolves about twenty-eight-year-old Even, a black man who grew up an orphan, and Valuable Korner, a fifteen-year-old white girl who is the daughter of the town whore and an unknown father.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Gap Creek: The Story of a Marriage

by Robert Morgan

There is a most unusual woman living in Gap Creek. Julie Harmon works hard, "hard as a man" they say, so hard that at times she's not sure she can stop. People depend on her. She is just a teenager when her brother dies in her arms. The following year, she marries Hank and moves down into the valley. Julie and Hank discover that the modern world is complex, grinding ever on without pause or concern for their hard work. To survive, they must find out whether love can keep chaos and madness at bay. With Julie, Robert Morgan has brought to life one of the most memorable women in modern American literature with the skill that led Fred Chappell to say "Gap Creek is the work of a master."

Date Added: 05/25/2017


The Book of Ruth

by Jane Hamilton

This book, Hamilton's first novel, is about Ruth, a girl who while growing up compares poorly to her prodigy brother Matt.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


The Treasure Hunt

by Bill Cosby

"One rainy day, while his father listens to his old records, his mother polishes a silver platter, and his brother enjoys his baseball card collection, Little Bill discovers his own treasures, a loving great-grandmother and a talent for storytelling." This book features descriptions of the pictures. This file should make an excellent embossed braille copy.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


The Meanest Thing to Say

by Bill Cosby

This is another book in the Little Bill Series.

Could Little Bill really find a way to play the name-calling game without any unkind words? Could he really play with just one little word on his lips and a big smile on his face? And what would his classmates think?

This book includes descriptions of the pictures, which adds to its fun.

Other books about Little Bill are available from Bookshare. This file should make an excellent embossed braille copy.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Icy Sparks

by Gwyn Hyman Rubio

from the back cover ... Icy is an orphan who is raised by her grandparents. Life becomes even more difficult for Icy when violent tics and uncontrollable cursing begin—symptoms brought on by a troubling affliction that goes undiagnosed until her adulthood, Icy's adolescence is marred by the humiliation of her illness, and its all-too-visible signs are the source of endless mystery and hilarity as everyone around her offers an opinion about what's troubling the girl. Eventually, Icy finds solace in the company of Miss Emily, an obese woman who knows what it's like to be an outcast in this tightly knit community. Narrated by a now-grown Icy, this novel shimmers with warmth and humor as it recounts a young girl's painful and poignant journey to womanhood—and the many lives she touches and enriches along the way.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Night

by Elie Wiesel and Marion Wiesel

A new translation of Wiesel's landmark book Night, and the text of his 1986 Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Stolen Lives: Twenty Years in a Desert Jail

by Michele Fitoussi and Malika Oufkir and Ros Schwartz

From the book jacket: Malika Oufkir has spent virtually her whole life as a prisoner. Born in 1953, the eldest daughter of General Oufkir, the King of Morocco’s closest aide, Malika was adopted by the King at the age of five, and was brought up as the companion to his little daughter. Spending most of her childhood and adolescence in the seclusion of the court harem, Malika was one of the most eligible heiresses in the kingdom, surrounded by luxury and extraordinary privilege. Then on August 16th, 1972, her father was arrested and executed after an attempt to assassinate the King. Malika, her five siblings, and her mother were immediately imprisoned in a penal colony. After fifteen years, the last ten of which they spent locked up in solitary cells, the Oufkir children managed to dig a tunnel with their bare hands and mare a daring escape...though they were recaptured after only five days of freedom. Malika was finally able to leave Morocco and begin a new life in exile in 1995. Stolen Lives is a heart-rending account of resilience in the face of extreme deprivation, of the courage and even humor with which one family faced their tormented life. A shocking true story, it is hard to comprehend that it could have happened in our own times.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Back Roads

by Tawni O'Dell

Harley Altmyer barely has it together. With his father dead and his mother in prison for murder, he has to work at 2 low-paying jobs and take care of his 3 younger sisters.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


The Corrections

by Jonathan Franzen

After almost fifty years as a wife and mother, Enid Lambert is ready to have some fun. Unfortunately, her husband, Alfred, is losing his sanity to Parkinson's disease, and their children have long since flown the family nest to the catastrophes of their own lives. The oldest, Gary, a once-stable portfolio manager and family man, is trying to convince his wife and himself, despite clear signs to the contrary, that he is not clinically depressed. The middle child, Chip, has lost his seemingly secure academic job and is failing spectacularly at his new line of work. And Denise, the youngest, has escaped a disastrous marriage only to pour her youth and beauty down the drain of an affair with a married man-or so her mother fears. Desperate for some pleasure to look forward to, Enid has set her heart on an elusive goal: bringing her family together for one last Christmas at home.

Winner of the 2001 National Book Award for Fiction

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Love in the Time of Cholera

by Gabriel García Márquez and Edith Grossman

In their youth, Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza fall passionately in love, but she marries another. Will the lovers reunite after more than 50 years apart?

Date Added: 05/25/2017


One Hundred Years of Solitude

by Gabriel García Márquez

One of the 20th century's enduring works, One Hundred Years of Solitude is a widely beloved and acclaimed novel known throughout the world, and the ultimate achievement in a Nobel Prize-winning career.

The novel tells the story of the rise and fall of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendia family.

It is a rich and brilliant chronicle of life and death, and the tragicomedy of humankind. In the noble, ridiculous, beautiful, and tawdry story of the Buendia family, one sees all of humanity, just as in the history, myths, growth, and decay of Macondo, one sees all of Latin America.

Love and lust, war and revolution, riches and poverty, youth and senility -- the variety of life, the endlessness of death, the search for peace and truth -- these universal themes dominate the novel.

Whether he is describing an affair of passion or the voracity of capitalism and the corruption of government, Gabriel Garcia Marquez always writes with the simplicity, ease, and purity that are the mark of a master.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


The Pilot's Wife

by Anita Shreve

Oprah's latest Book Club pick is The Pilot's Wife by Anita Shreve--an engrossing thriller woven between the pages of a stirring meditation on love and betrayal. With one late-night knock on her door, Kathryn Lyons's worst fears as a pilot's wife come true: Her husband, Jack, has died in a mid-air explosion off the coast of Ireland. Later, a phone number found among Jack's papers leads Kathryn to London and the unfathomable truth about her husband's secret other life. A second wife and two young children are just the beginning of what Jack was hiding in England. With each staggering revelation, Kathryn must reconcile her memories of the man she loved with the disturbing portrait unfolding before her.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Black and Blue

by Anna Quindlen

Fran tells of a troubled marriage, why she stayed and why she chose to run away. The story unravels the complex threads of identity and desire that shape her life.

Date Added: 05/25/2017



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