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Call # Title                  Author             Synopsis
K001 The Time Traveler’s      Audrey Niffenegger The love story of Henry and Claire whose lives are
                                                       punctuated by Henry's disappearance to different points
       Wife                                            in time-sometimes even back to visit Claire as a young
                                                       woman. When Henry meets Claire, he is 28, she is 20.
                                                       He's a hip, handsome librarian; she is an art student with
                                                       Botticelli hair. Henry has never met Claire before; Claire
                                                       has known Henry since she was six...
K002   Jack and Rochelle      Jack Sutin               Jack and Rochelle first met at a town dance before the
                                                       war. Jack stepped on her toes, and Rochelle lost interest.
                                                       They did not meet again until the winter of 1942-43,
                                                       when, after separate escapes from Nazi ghetto labor
                                                       camps, they discovered each other in the wooded lands
                                                       of Poland.
K003   Reading Lolita in      Azar Nafisi              Every Thursday morning for two years in the Islamic
                                                       Republic of Iran, a bold and inspired teacher secretly
       Tehran                                          gathered 7 of her most committed female students to
                                                       read forbidden Western classics. As Islamic morality
                                                       squads staged arbitrary raids in Tehran, fundamentalists
                                                       seized hold of the universities…
K004   Tears of the Giraffe   Alexander McCall         The continuing story of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective
                                                       Agency--starring Precious Ramotswe, Botswana's first
                              Smith                    lady detective--finds our wily heroine searching for a
                                                       young man who disappeared into the African plains
                                                       many years ago.
K005   City of Light          Lauren Belfer            It is 1901 and Buffalo, New York, stands at the center of
                                                       the nation's attention as a place of immense wealth and
                                                       sophistication. Against this rich historical backdrop lives
                                                       Louisa Barrett, an attractive, articulate headmistress who
                                                       feels secure in her position, until a mysterious death at
                                                       the power plant triggers a sequence of events that forces
                                                       her to return to a past she has struggled to conceal.
K006   The Delicate Storm     Giles Blunt              In the wake of a dual murder during a freak winter warm
                                                       spell, Algonquin Bay homicide detectives Delorme and
                                                       Cardinal link the killings to other unsolved murders
                                                       spanning back some thirty years.
K007   Open Season            C.J. Box                 With the shot of a rifle, Wyoming game warden Joe
                                                       Pickett is thrust into a race to save not only an
                                                       endangered species, but to unravel a mystery that
                                                       threatens his family and his own life.
K008   The Poet               Michael Connelly         Death is reporter Jack McEvoy's beat. But this time,
                                                       death brings McEvoy the story he never wanted to write
                                                       and the mystery he desperately needs to solve. A serial
                                                       killer of unprecedented savagery and cunning is at large.
                                                       His targets: homicide cops, each haunted by a murder
                                                       case he couldn't crack. His latest victim: McEvoy's own
                                                       brother. And his last may be McEvoy himself.
K009   Middlesex              Jeffrey Eugenides        Spanning eight decades, Eugenides' long-awaited second
                                                       novel is a grand, utterly original fable of crossed
                                                       bloodlines, the intricacies of gender, and the deep,
                                                       untidy promptings of desire. Eugenides was named one
                                                       of America's best young novelists by both "Granta" and
                                                       "The New Yorker."
K010   One For the Money      Janet Evanovich          This explosive debut novel introduces Stephanie Plum,
                                                       bounty hunter. Stephanie's assignment is to nail Joe
                                                       Morelli, a former vice cop charged with murder--and the
                                                       man who took her virginity at age 16. Powerful
                                                       chemistry still exists between the two, making for one of
                                                       the most original mysteries of the season.
K011   Lost in a Good Book    Jasper Fforde      Literary detective heroine Thursday Next returns in this
                                                 follow-up to the acclaimed "The Eyre Affair." To rescue
                                                 the love of her life, Thursday must retrieve a supposedly
                                                 vanquished enemy from the pages of Poe's "The Raven."
                                                 Soon, Thursday finds herself the target of a series of
                                                 potentially lethal coincidences.
K012   Autobiography of a     Lucy Grealy        At age nine, Lucy Grealy was diagnosed with a
                                                 potentially terminal cancer. Returning to school with a
       Face                                      third of her jaw removed, she faced the cruel taunts of
                                                 classmates. In this strikingly candid memoir, Grealy
                                                 tells her story of great suffering and remarkable strength
                                                 without sentimentality and with considerable wit.
                                                 Vividly portraying the pain of peer rejection and the
                                                 guilty pleasure of wanting to be special, Grealy captures
                                                 with unique insight what it is like to be torn between
                                                 two warring impulses: to feel that more than anything
                                                 else we want to be loved for who we are, while wishing
                                                 desperately and secretly to be perfect.
K013   The Queen’s Fool       Philippa Gregory   A young woman caught in the rivalry between Queen
                                                 Mary and her half sister, Elizabeth must find her true
                                                 destiny amid treason, poisonous rivalries, loss of faith,
                                                 and unrequited love.
K014   The Curious Incident   Mark Haddon        Told from the perspective of a 15-year-old autistic
                                                 savant obsessed with Sherlock Holmes, this dazzling
       of the Dog in the                         book weaves together an old-fashioned mystery, a
       Night-time                                contemporary coming-of-age story, and a fascinating
                                                 excursion into a mind incapable of processing emotions.
K015   Benjamin Franklin      Walter Isaacson    This sweeping narrative chronicles the adventures of the
                                                 spunky runaway apprentice who became, during his 84-
                                                 year life, America's best writer, inventor, media baron,
                                                 scientist, diplomat, and business strategist, as well as
                                                 one of its most practical and ingenious political leaders.
K016   Last Days of Summer    Steve Kluger       Told in the literary form of letters, notes, and report
                                                 cards, the story of a boy who lies to a young third
                                                 baseman about his health to win his gratitude unfolds
                                                 into his evolution as his friend's personal role model.
K017   Appetites              Caroline Knapp     The bestselling author of "Drinking: A Love Story" and
                                                 "Pack of Two: The Intricate Bond Between People and
                                                 Dogs" has turned her brilliant eye towards how a
                                                 woman's appetite--for food, for love, for work, and for
                                                 pleasure--is shaped and constrained by culture.
K018   The Devil in the       Erik Larson        The story of two men's obsessions with the Chicago
                                                 World's Fair, one its architect, the other a murderer.
       White City                                "The Devil in the White City" draws the reader into a
                                                 time of magic and majesty, made all the more appealing
                                                 by a supporting cast of real-life characters, including
                                                 Buffalo Bill, Theodore Dreiser, Susan B. Anthony,
                                                 Thomas Edison, Archduke Francis Ferdinand, and
                                                 others.
K019   A Fine Balance         Rohinton Mistry    With a compassionate realism and narrative sweep
                                                 recalling the work of Charles Dickens, this magnificent
                                                 novel captures all the cruelty, corruption, dignity and
                                                 heroism, of India. The time is 1975 in an unnamed city
                                                 by the sea. The government has just declared a State of
                                                 Emergency, in whose upheavals four strangers--a
                                                 spirited widow, a young student, and two tailors who
                                                 have fled the caste violence of their native village--will
                                                 be thrust together, forced to share one cramped
                                                 apartment and an uncertain future. As the characters
                                                 move from distrust to friendship and from friendship to
                                                 love, A Fine Balance creates an enduring panorama of
                                                 the human spirit in an inhuman state..
K020   Love Medicine         Louise Erdrich     The members of the Chippewa Kaspaw and Lamartine
                                                families describe their simple existence as they both
                                                deny and discover their native heritages.
K021   Hadassah: one night   Tommy Tenney       Readers everywhere have been moved and challenged
                                                by the incredible story of a young orphan girl who
       with the King                            became Esther, Queen of Persia. Thoroughly researched
                                                and vividly written, "Hadassah: One Night With the
                                                King" is destined for a long stay on bestseller lists.
K022   East of Eden          John Steinbeck     This sprawling and often brutal novel, set in the rich
                                                farmlands of California's Salinas Valley, follows the
                                                intertwined destinies of two families--the Trasks and the
                                                Hamiltons--whose generations helplessly reenact the fall
                                                of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and
                                                Abel. "A strange and original work of art".--New York
                                                Times Book Review.
K023   Monkeewrench          P.J. Tracy         Haunted by their pasts, Grace McBride and the crew of
                                                her software company, Monkeewrench, create a
                                                computer game in which a serial killer is always caught.
                                                But their game becomes a nightmare when someone
                                                begins duplicating the fictional murders in real life.
K024   Cloud Atlas           Liam Callanan      In a richly inspired debut reminiscent of "Snow Falling
                                                on Cedars" and "The English Patient," this stirring
                                                novel, set against a magnificent Alaskan backdrop,
                                                reveals one of the most closely guarded secrets of World
                                                War II in a tale that is both a heart-quickening mystery
                                                and a unique love story.
K025   The Twentieth Wife    Indu Sundaresan    Based on the life of an actual empress of the Mughal
                                                empire, the woman for whom the Taj Mahal was built,
                                                "The Twentieth Wife" blends historical reality with the
                                                rich imaginings of a fairy tale, providing a fascinating
                                                portrait of one woman's defiant life behind the veil.
K026   The Narrows           Michael Connelly   Former LAPD Detective Harry Bosch returns in this
                                                "New York Times" bestseller. Harry investigates the
                                                death of an old friend who had ties to the hunt for the
                                                infamous serial killer, The Poet. What Harry finds leads
                                                him into the most terrifying situation he has ever
                                                encountered.
K027   The Poisoned Rose     D. Daniel Judson   Caught in the middle of a brutal homicide, part-time
                                                private detective and outsider Declan MacManus is
                                                disturbed to discover that he has been set up and
                                                embarks on a dangerous search for the truth that leads
                                                him to the dark secrets of a prominent East End family.
K028   Emma Brown            Clare Boylan       The author creates a complete narrative around the
                                                twenty pages of unfinished manuscript by Charlotte
                                                Bronte about a mysterious young student, the child of an
                                                apparently wealthy father, who turns a provincial
                                                Victorian school upside down.
K029   Middle of Nowhere     Ridley Pearson     When many of the Seattle police are on a sick-out, Lou
                                                Boldt comes to realize that a series of robberies and
                                                assaults are somehow connected to the strike.
K030   House of Bush,        Craig Unger        In this potentially explosive book, investigative
                                                journalist Unger, pieces together the highly unusual and
       House of Saud                            close personal and financial relationships between the
                                                Bush family and the ruling family of Saudi Arabia—and
                                                questions the implications for Bush's preparedness, or
                                                possible lack thereof, for September 11.
K031   Broken For You       Stephanie Kallos   Margaret Hughes, a septuagenarian living in Seattle,
                                               takes in a series of boarders who help her cope with her
                                               illness, and whose lives become unexpectedly connected
                                               to each other.
K032   Absent Friends       S.J. Rozan         The lives of seven childhood friends are forever altered
                                               by secrets of the past, until a colleague's search for
                                               answers after the September 11th tragedy threatens to
                                               unlock their silence.
K033   The Innocent         Harlan Coben       Years after being released from jail, Matt Hunter's hopes
                                               of moving on with his pregnant wife are shattered when
                                               he becomes the focus of a serial murder investigation.
K034   Lucky Strike         Nancy Zafris       Jean Waterman and her two children join with other
                                               fortune seekers who are mining uranium in the Utah
                                               desert in 1954, and find adventure and friendships.
K035   The Tipping Point    Malcolm Gladwell   The New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell looks at why
                                               major changes in our society so often happen suddenly
                                               and unexpectedly. Ideas, behavior, messages, and
                                               products, he argues, often spread like outbreaks of
                                               infectious disease. These are social epidemics, and the
                                               moment they take off, they reach their critical mass, or,
                                               the Tipping Point. Gladwell introduces us to the
                                               particular personality types who are natural pollinators
                                               of new ideas and trends and the people who create the
                                               phenomenon of the word of mouth.
K036   One Shot             Lee Child          Ex-military investigator Jack Reacher is called in by
                                               James Barr, the man accused of a lethal sniper attack on
                                               a heartland city that leaves five people dead, and teams
                                               up with a young defense attorney to find an unseen
                                               enemy who is manipulating events behind the scenes.
K037   The Count of Monte   Alexandre Dumas    Imprisoned unjustly for supposedly having helped the
                                               exiled Napoleon, Edmond Danté escapes after 15 years,
       Cristo                                  finds funds in the cavern of Monte Cristo, and punishes
                                               his enemies.
K038   Grant and Twain      Mark Perry         "In the spring of 1884, Ulysses S. Grant heeded the
                                               advice of Mark Twain and finally agreed to write his
                                               memoirs. Little did Grant or Twain realize that this
                                               seemingly straightforward decision would profoundly
                                               alter not only both their lives but the course of American
                                               literature. Over the next fifteen months, as the two men
                                               became close friends and intimate collaborators, Grant
                                               raced against the spread of cancer to compose a
                                               triumphant account of his life and times - while Twain
                                               struggled to complete and publish his greatest novel,
                                               Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. In this researched
                                               book, veteran writer Mark Perry reconstructs the heady
                                               months when Grant and Twain inspired and cajoled each
                                               other to create two quintessentially American
                                               masterpieces."
K039   The Mermaid Chair    Sue Monk Kidd      Jessie Sullivan is summoned home to tiny Egret Island,
                                               where she meets Brother Thomas, a monk who is about
                                               to take his final vows, and encounters the legend of a
                                               mysterious chair dedicated to a saint who had originally
                                               been a mermaid.
K040   The Count of Monte   Alexandre Dumas    Imprisoned unjustly for supposedly having helped the
                                               exiled Napoleon, Edmond Danté escapes after 15 years,
       Cristo                                  finds funds in the cavern of Monte Cristo, and punishes
                                               his enemies.
K041   Retribution          Jilliane Hoffman   As prosecutor C.J. Townsend faces the most vile
                                               predator she has ever encountered, she is forced to make
                                               a painful choice between justice and vengeance.
K042   The Fountainhead      Ayn Rand            The story of a gifted architect, his struggle against
                                                 conventional standards, and his violent love affair.
K043   Black Maps            Peter Spiegelman    Manhattan P.I. John March takes on the case of Rick
                                                 Pierro, a successful banker, who is on the verge of
                                                 losing everything to a blackmail attempt that threatens to
                                                 engulf him in a money-laundering scheme under federal
                                                 investigation.
K044   My Sister’s Keeper    Jodi Picoult        Conceived to provide a bone marrow match for her
                                                 leukemia-stricken sister, teenage Anna begins to
                                                 question her moral obligations in light of countless
                                                 medical procedures and decides to fight for the right to
                                                 make decisions about her own body.
K045   The Shadow of the     Carlos Ruiz Zafon   A boy named Daniel selects a novel from a library of
                                                 rare books, enjoying it so much that he searches for the
       Wind                                      rest of the author's works, only to discover that someone
                                                 is destroying every book the author has ever written.
K046   The Kite Runner       Kahled Hosseini     Traces the unlikely friendship of a wealthy Afghan
                                                 youth and a servant's son, in a tale that spans the final
                                                 days of Afghanistan's monarchy through the atrocities of
                                                 the present day.
K047   Northern Light        Jennifer Donnelly   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.
K048   The Historian         Elizabeth Kostova   Discovering a medieval book and a cache of letters, a
                                                 motherless American girl becomes the latest in a series
                                                 of historians, including her late father, who investigate
                                                 the possible surviving legacy of Vlad the Impaler.
K049   Snow Flower and the   Lisa See            A story of friendship set in nineteenth-century China
                                                 follows an elderly woman and her companion as they
       Secret Fan                                communicate their hopes, dreams, joys, and tragedies
                                                 through a unique secret language.
K050   Pearl                 Mary Gordon         Receiving a call from the State Department that her
                                                 daughter Pearl has been protesting global violence by
                                                 chaining herself to a flagpole at the American embassy
                                                 in Dublin and refusing to eat, Maria Meyers heads to
                                                 Ireland to save her daughter.
K051   The Glass Castle      Jeannette Walls     “Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and
                                                 stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their
                                                 salvation. Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four children.
                                                 In the beginning, they lived like nomads, moving among
                                                 Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. As
                                                 the dysfunction of the family escalated, Jeannette and
                                                 her brother and sisters had to fend for themselves,
                                                 supporting one another as they weathered their parents'
                                                 betrayals and, finally, found the resources and will to
                                                 leave home." "What is so astonishing about Jeannette
                                                 Walls is not just that she had the guts and tenacity and
                                                 intelligence to get out, but that she describes her parents
                                                 with such deep affection and generosity.
K052   Wild Swans: three     Jung Chang          Wild Swans is a landmark book, with the intimacy of
                                                 memoir and the panoramic vision of a monumental
       daughters of China                        human saga, which tells of the lives of Jung Chang, her
                                                 mother, her grandmother, and of 20th-century China.
K053   Citizen Vince         Jess Walter         Beginning his witness-protection job at a doughnut
                                                 restaurant in the week before the 1980 presidential
                                                 election, small-time thief Vince Camden finds himself
                                                 unwittingly embroiled in a local politician's troubles.
K054   Caramelo             Sandra Cisneros    During her family's annual car trip from Chicago to
                                               Mexico City, Lala Reyes listens to stories about her
                                               family, including her grandmother, the descendant of a
                                               renowned dynasty of shawl makers, whose magnificent
                                               striped shawl has come into Lala's possession.
K055   Having Our Say       Sarah & A.         Warm, feisty, and intelligent, the Delany sisters speak
                                               their mind in a book that is at once a vital historical
                            Elizabeth Delany   record and a moving portrait of two remarkable women
                                               who continued to love, laugh, and embrace life after
                                               over 100 years of living side by side.
K056   The Dollmaker        Harriette Arnow    Strong-willed, self-reliant Gertie Nevel's peaceful life in
                                               the Kentucky hills was devastated by the brutal winds of
                                               change. Uprooted from their backwoods home, she and
                                               her family were thrust into the confusion and chaos of
                                               wartime Detroit.In a pitiless world of unendurable
                                               poverty, Gertie would battle fiercely and relentlessly to
                                               protect those things she held most precious--her
                                               children, her heritage...and her triumphant ability to
                                               create beauty in the suffocating shadow of ugliness and
                                               despair.
K057   A Death In Belmont   Sebastian Junger   In the spring of 1963, the quiet suburb of Belmont, MA,
                                               is rocked by a shocking sex murder that exactly fits the
                                               pattern of the Boston Strangler. Sensing a break in the
                                               case that has paralyzed the city of Boston, police track
                                               down a black man, Roy Smith, who cleaned the victim's
                                               house that day. Smith is hastily convicted of the
                                               Belmont murder, but the terror of the Strangler
                                               continues. On the day of the murder, Albert DeSalvo--
                                               the man who would eventually confess in lurid detail to
                                               the Strangler's crimes--is also in Belmont, working as a
                                               carpenter at the Jungers' home. In this spare, powerful
                                               narrative, Sebastian Junger chronicles three lives that
                                               collide--and ultimately are destroyed--in the vortex of
                                               one of the first and most controversial serial murder
                                               cases in America.
K058   The Heat of the      Sandra Parshall    When a woman rushes into Rachel Goddards animal
                                               hospital with a dog struck by a car during a
       Moon                                    thunderstorm, it triggers a flashback that leaves Rachel
                                               shaken. She seeks answers to the memories but learns
                                               nothing from her sister or from her loving but
                                               manipulative mother. The heartbreaking truth Rachel
                                               uncovers will shatter her world and force her to make an
                                               unthinkable choice.
K059   Cypress Grove        James Sallis       Turner is a disillusioned former police officer, ex-
                                               convict, and retired psychologist who has sought to
                                               escape the realities of modern life in rural Tennessee.
                                               When local sheriff Lonnie Bates asks him to break his
                                               solitude and assist in a murder case, Turner agrees
                                               reluctantly, persuaded by his admiration for Bates and a
                                               shared bottle of Wild Turkey. The victim is a drifter
                                               whose death might have been easily dismissed had it not
                                               had ritualistic overtones and had he not been carrying
                                               mail addressed to the town's mayor. The investigation
                                               moves slowly, and many of the breaks result from
                                               chance rather than good investigative techniques, but
                                               lulls in the case allow Turner to probe his former life
                                               through flashbacks and reconcile his past with the
                                               present.
K060   The Piano Tuner      Daniel Mason       In 1886 a shy, middle-aged piano tuner named Edgar
                                               Drake receives an unusual commission from the British
                                               War Office: to travel to the remote jungles of northeast
                                               Burma and there repair a rare piano belonging to an
                                               eccentric army surgeon who has proven mysteriously
                                               indispensable to the imperial design. From this
                                               irresistible beginning, The Piano Tuner" "launches its
                                               protagonist into a world of seductive loveliness and
                                               nightmarish intrigue. And as he follows Drake’s
                                               journey, Mason dazzles readers with his erudition,
                                               moves them with his vibrantly rendered characters, and
                                               enmeshes them in the unbreakable spell of his
                                               storytelling.
K061   Year of Wonders      Geraldine Brooks   When an infected bolt of cloth carries plague from
                                               London to an isolated mountain village, a housemaid
                                               named Anna Frith emerges as an unlikely heroine and
                                               healer. Through Anna's eyes, we follow the story of the
                                               plague year, 1666, as her fellow villagers make an
                                               extraordinary choice. Convinced by a visionary young
                                               minister, they elect to quarantine themselves within the
                                               village boundaries to arrest the spread of the disease.
                                               But as death reaches into every household, faith frays.
                                               When villagers turn from prayers and herbal cures to
                                               sorcery and murderous witch-hunting, Anna must
                                               confront the deaths of family, the disintegration of her
                                               community, and the lure of a dangerous and illicit love.
                                               As she struggles to survive, a year of plague becomes,
                                               instead, annus mirabilis, a "year of wonders.' Inspired by
                                               the true story of Eyam, a village in the rugged mountain
                                               spine of England. Year of Wonders is a detailed
                                               evocation of a singular moment in history."
K062   In the Lake of the   Tim O’Brien        On a lake deep in Minnesota's north woods, John and
                                               Kathy Wade are trying to reassemble their lives. John, a
       Woods                                   rising political star, has just suffered a devastating
                                               electoral defeat. Kathy attempts to comfort her husband,
                                               but soon it becomes apparent that something is horribly
                                               wrong between them, that they have hidden too much
                                               from each other. Then one day Kathy vanishes. Their
                                               boat is gone-did she drown or is she lost? Or did she
                                               flee, disappearing into a new life? As a massive search
                                               gets under way, the possibilities multiply in terrifying
                                               directions. Uncovering the truth requires an
                                               investigation of Wade's life, and gradually we come to
                                               see that he is a sorcerer lost inside his own magic, a
                                               Houdini capable of escaping everything but the chains
                                               of his darkest secret.
K063   Snakeskin Shamisen   Naomi Hirahara     Mas Arai, Hiroshima survivor, part-time Los Angeles
                                               gardener, and reluctant detective, goes to a party
                                               honoring the Japanese American winner of $500,000 in
                                               Las Vegas. When Randy Yamashiro is murdered in the
                                               parking lot during the party, Mas must uncover the
                                               reason for his death and why a broken shamisen (a
                                               Japanese stringed instrument) was found next to the
                                               body.
K064   The Speed of Dark    Elizabeth Moon     Journeys inside the mind of Lou Arrendale, an autistic
                                               man, who is asked to undergo a new, experimental
                                               treatment designed to cure autism, as he decides whether
                                               or not he should risk a medical procedure that could
                                               make him "normal.".
K065   Still Life            Louise Penny         Janet Neal is killed by someone using a bow and arrow
                                                  in the woods by her home in Three Pines, Quebec. Since
                                                  it is hunting season, the police do not know if her death
                                                  was accidental or deliberate. Janet, a retired
                                                  schoolteacher, had touched the lives of all the villagers,
                                                  so her death hits them hard, especially her neighbor and
                                                  friend Clara Morrow. Debut novelist Penny writes
                                                  poignantly about life in a small hamlet and how the
                                                  work of an artist can be misunderstood. Three Pines
                                                  harbors a small colony of artists, and Penny uses poetry
                                                  and the creation of art and its acceptance or rejection by
                                                  the world at large as the prime mover of the story. A
                                                  first-rate creator of memorable characters, Penny
                                                  introduces a truly engaging sleuth in Chief Inspector
                                                  Armand Gamache, who is sent to investigate and in the
                                                  process falls in love with Three Pines and its inhabitants.
K066   Sharp Objects         Gillian Flynn        Troubled newspaper reporter Camille Preaker is sent
                                                  back to her Missouri hometown in a bid to get the inside
                                                  scoop on the murders of two preteen girls--both were
                                                  strangled and had their teeth removed. Almost as nasty
                                                  as the brutal crimes are Camille's twisted family
                                                  dynamics. She intends to stay with her zombie-like
                                                  mother, whom she has hardly spoken to in 8 years; her
                                                  cipher of a stepfather; and her twisted, overly precocious
                                                  13-year-old half sister. Wading back into the insular
                                                  social dynamics of the town proves to be a stressful
                                                  experience for Camille, a reformed cutter whose body is
                                                  riddled with the scars of words such as wicked and
                                                  cupcake. In a particularly seductive narrative style,
                                                  Flynn adopts the cynical, knowing pattern of a weary
                                                  reporter, but it is her portraits of the town's
                                                  backstabbing, social-climbing, bored, and bitchy
                                                  females that provoke her sharpest and most entertaining
                                                  writing. A stylish turn on dark crimes and even darker
                                                  psyches.
K067   Cage of Stars         Jacquelyn Mitchard   At the core of his book is an appalling double murder
                                                  committed by a pair of Mormon Fundamentalist
                                                  brothers, Ron and Dan Lafferty, who insist they received
                                                  a revelation from God commanding them to kill their
                                                  blameless victims. Beginning with a meticulously
                                                  researched account of this crime, Krakauer constructs a
                                                  multilayered, bone-chilling narrative of messianic
                                                  delusion, savage violence, and unyielding faith.
K068   The Thirteenth Tale   Diane Setterfield    When her health begins failing, the mysterious author
                                                  Vida Winter decides to let Margaret Lea, a biographer,
                                                  write the truth about her life, but Margaret needs to
                                                  verify the facts since Vida has a history of telling
                                                  outlandish tales.
K069   Under the Banner of   Jon Krakauer         Her Mormon community shattered by the murders of her
                                                  two younger sisters, Veronica Swan severs ties with her
       Heaven                                     family in her inability to forgive their killer, a decision
                                                  that causes her to discover profound truths about sin and
                                                  compassion.
K070   The Observations      Jane Harris          Keeping a journal to record the increasingly unusual
                                                  duties requested of her by her beautiful mistress,
                                                  nineteenth-century Edinburgh scullery maid Bessy
                                                  wonders about her mistress's secret relationship with a
                                                  former maid.
K071   Raven Black       Ann Cleeves         When murder strikes a remote hamlet in the Shetland
                                             Islands, and the body of a teenage girl turns up in the
                                             winter snow, Inspector Jimmy Perez launches an
                                             investigation into the killing that takes him into the heart
                                             of sinister secrets from the past.
K072   Forgive Me        Amanda Eyre Ward    A novel about love, memory, and motherhood. Nadine
                                             Morgan travels the world as a journalist, running from
                                             anything that might tie her down. Since an assignment in
                                             Cape Town ended in tragedy and regret, Nadine has not
                                             returned to South Africa, or opened her heart--until she
                                             hears the story of Jason Irving, an American student
                                             beaten to death by angry youths at the height of the
                                             apartheid era. Years later, his mother is told that Jason's
                                             killers have applied for amnesty. Filled with rage, she
                                             resolves to fight the murderers' pleas for forgiveness. As
                                             Nadine follows the Irvings to beautiful, ghost-filled
                                             South Africa, she is flooded with memories of a time
                                             when the pull toward adventure and intrigue left her
                                             with a broken heart. Hoping to lose herself in her
                                             coverage of the murder trial, Nadine grows closer to
                                             Jason's mother as well as to the mother of one of Jason's
                                             killers--with profound consequences.
K073   Loving Frank      Nancy Horan         Fact and fiction blend in a historical novel that
                                             chronicles the relationship between seminal architect
                                             Frank Lloyd Wright and Mamah Cheney, from their
                                             meeting, when they were each married to another, to the
                                             clandestine affair that shocked Chicago society.
K074   The Zookeeper’s   Diane Ackerman      The true story of how the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo
                                             saved hundreds of people from Nazi hands. When
       Wife                                  Germany invaded Poland, Stuka bombers devastated
                                             Warsaw--and the city's zoo along with it. With most of
                                             their animals dead, zookeepers Jan and Antonina
                                             Zabi*nski began smuggling Jews into empty cages.
K075   Suite Francaise   Irene Nemirovsky    An extraordinary novel of life under Nazi occupation--
                                             discovered and published 62 years after the author's
                                             tragic death at Auschwitz. Subtle, often fiercely ironic,
                                             and deeply compassionate, it is both a piercing record of
                                             its time and a brilliant, profoundly moving work of art.
K076   River of Doubt    Candice Millard     "After his humiliating election defeat in 1912, Roosevelt
                                             set his sights on the most punishing physical challenge
                                             he could find, the first descent of an unmapped, rapids-
                                             choked tributary of the Amazon. Together with his son
                                             Kermit and Brazil's most famous explorer, Candido
                                             Mariano da Silva Rondon, Roosevelt accomplished a
                                             feat so great that many at the time refused to believe it.
                                             In the process, he changed the map of the Western
                                             Hemisphere forever." "Along the way, Roosevelt and his
                                             men faced an unbelievable series of hardships, losing
                                             their canoes and supplies to punishing whitewater
                                             rapids, and enduring starvation, Indian attack, disease,
                                             drowning, and a murder within their own ranks. Three
                                             men died, and Roosevelt was brought to the brink of
                                             suicide. The River of Doubt brings alive these
                                             extraordinary events in a nonfiction narrative thriller that
                                             happens to feature one of the most famous Americans
                                             who ever lived."
K077   Eat, Pray, Love   Elizabeth Gilbert   A celebrated writer pens an irresistible, candid, and
                                             eloquent account of her pursuit of worldly pleasure,
                                             spiritual devotion, and what she really wanted out of
                                             life.
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