Northern Lights by Tim O'Brien by shuifanglj


									Book Club in a Bag Kits                                        something she slipped into even before finishing
                                                               college, when Joe Davitch spotted her at an
Carver County Library                                          engagement party in his family’s crumbling
                                                               nineteenth-century Baltimore row house, where giving
                                                               parties was the family business. Soon this large-
These Book Club in a Bag kits contain 10 copies of the book    spirited older man, a divorcé with three little girls,
and a notebook with discussion questions, author               swept her into his orbit, and before she knew it she
information, etc. They can be checked out for 6 weeks, and
                                                               was embracing his extended family plus a child of
can not be renewed. Find the titles on the catalog searching
under title: Book club in a bag. We also have Youth kits,      their own, and hosting endless parties. Now, some
with Juvenile and Teen titles.                                 thirty years later, after presiding over a disastrous
                                                               family picnic, Rebecca is overwhelmed by the
                                                               question of who she really is. How she answers it is
All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy 301 p.
                                                               the story told in this beguiling, funny, and deeply
All the Pretty Horses is the tale of John Grady Cole,
                                                               moving novel.
who at sixteen finds himself at the end of a long line of
Texas ranchers, cut off from the only life he has ever
imagined for himself. With two companions, he sets             Black Echo by Michael Connelly 482 p.
off for Mexico on a sometimes idyllic, sometimes               Lone LAPD detective Harry Bosch must walk the line
comic journey to a place where dreams are paid for in          between criminals and crooked cops following the
blood.                                                         death of an old war buddy. Billy had been a fellow
                                                               "tunnel rat"--fighting with Bosch in the nightmare
                                                               underground war in Vietnam. But soon Billy's murder
American Nightingale: The story of Frances
                                                               is linked to a bank robbery via complex tunnels
Slanger, Forgotten Heroine of Normandy by Bob
                                                               beneath the bank.
Welch 921 SLANGER 308 p. Of the 350,000
American women in uniform during World War II, none
instilled more hope in American GIs than Frances               Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad 921 SEI
Slanger. She splashed ashore with the first nurses to          287 p. Seierstad lived with the family of a revered
hit the Normandy beach in June 1944. Later she wrote           bookseller in Kabul, and got to know his extended
a letter to Stars and Stripes newspaper that would stir        family well.
the souls of thousands of weary soldiers. Hundreds
wrote heartfelt responses, praising Slanger and her            Cape Ann by Faith Sullivan 342 p. Set in the
fellow nurses and honoring her humility and                    small town of Harvester, Minn., during the Depression,
patriotism. But Francis Slanger never got to read such         the tale features a six-year-old narrator, Lark Ann
praise. She was killed the very next day when German           Erhardt, who recounts a pivotal year in her life.
troops shelled her field hospital, the first American
nurse to die in Europe after the landings in Normandy.         Children of God Go Bowling by Shannon Olson
                                                               292 p. With encore performances by Shannon's
Annie Freeman’s Fabulous Traveling Funeral                     mother, Flo and other indelible characters from
by Kris Radish 331 p. For Katherine Givens and the             Welcome to My Planet, Children of God Go Bowling is
four women about to become her best friends, the               the heroic, heartbreaking, hilarious story of a woman
adventure begins with a UPS package. Inside is a pair          making her life happen when it didn't quite happen for
of red sneakers filled with ashes and a note that will         her. Shannon is from Chaska, and the book is set in
forever change their lives. Katherine's oldest and             the Twin Cities.
dearest friend, the irrepressible Annie Freeman, left
one final request--a traveling funeral--and she wants          The Children’s Blizzard by David Laskin
the most important women in her life as "pallbearers."         978.02 LAS The disastrous blizzard of 1888 took the
       From Sonoma to Manhattan, Katherine, Laura,             lives of hundreds of children on the Dakota –Nebraska
Rebecca, Jill, and Marie will carry Annie's ashes to the       prairie. Terrifying and vivid.
special places in her life.
                                                               A Country Doctor’s Casebook: Tales from the
Back when we were grownups by Anne Tyler 328                   North Woods by Roger A. MacDonald                921
p. Rebecca Davitch is a fifty-three-year-old                   McDonald 190 p. In the years after the Second
grandmother. Is she an impostor in her own life? she           World War, a young doctor took up his post in one of
asks herself. On the surface, Beck, as she is known to         the most remote regions of northern Minnesota. His
the Davitch clan, is outgoing, joyous, a natural               term of service turned into a lifetime of caring for the
celebrator. Giving parties is, after all, her vocation—        people who made this isolated and often lonely place

their home. Because he was the only doctor for miles,       Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen 290 p.
MacDonald traveled to the small towns and remote            In a garden surrounded by a tall fence, tucked away
fishing villages, the logging camps and Indian              behind a small, quiet house in the smallest of towns, is
reservation, the one-room schools and the remote            an apple tree that is rumored to bear a very special
backwoods cabins to practice his craft.                     sort of fruit. In this debut novel, Sarah Addison Allen
                                                            tells the story of that enchanted tree, and the
Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for                     extraordinary people who tend it. The Waverleys
Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia by             have always been a curious family, endowed with
Elizabeth Gilbert 910.4 GIL 334 p. By the time she          peculiar gifts that make them outsiders even in their
turned thirty, Elizabeth Gilbert had everything a           hometown of Bascom, North Carolina. Even their
modern, educated, ambitious American woman was              garden has a reputation, famous for its feisty apple
supposed to want - a husband, a house in the country,       tree that bears prophetic fruit, and its edible flowers,
a successful career. But she was not happy. She was         imbued with special powers. A successful caterer,
consumed with panic, grief and confusion. She went          Claire Waverley prepares dishes made with her
through a divorce, and the complete eradication of          mystical plants. Claire’s sister Sydney returns to
everything she ever thought she was supposed to be.         Bascom with her young daughter and turns Claire’s
To recover from all of this, Gilbert took a radical step;   quiet life upside down.
she got rid of her belongings, quit her job, left her
loved ones behind and undertook a year-long journey         Gardenias by Faith Sullivan 381 p. It is 1942, only
around the world, all alone. Eat, Pray, Love is the         a month after the United States has joined World War
chronicle of that year.                                     II, and everything is in upheaval, including the Erhardt
                                                            family. Lark, her mother Arlene, and Aunt Betty are
Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah 479 p.                       leaving Harvester, Minnesota, breaking away from
In the turbulent summer of 1974, Kate Mularkey has          their Depression-era lives to seek new opportunities in
accepted her place at the bottom of the eighth-grade        California. Arlene has boldly left her gambling
social food chain. Then, to her amazement, the              husband behind. She brings Lark and Betty reluctantly
―coolest girl in the world‖ moves in across the street      in her wake. In San Diego, Arlene settles the family
and wants to be her friend. Tully Hart seems to have it     into a wartime housing project and secures a
all---beauty, brains, ambition. On the surface they are     promising office job at Consolidated Aircraft. Betty
as opposite as two people can be: Kate, doomed to be        finds work at a department store, and Lark, often left
forever uncool, with a loving family who mortifies her      alone, navigates the bare yards of her new
at every turn. Tully, steeped in glamour and mystery,       neighborhood. She avoids the boys who roam in
but with a secret that is destroying her. They make a       threatening packs and meets Shirley, an unkempt girl
pact to be best friends forever. Spanning more than         who latches on to the family.
three decades and playing out across the ever-
changing face of the Pacific Northwest, Firefly Lane is     Giants in the Earth: a saga of the Prairie by O.E.
the poignant, powerful story of two women and the           Rolvaag       531 p.
friendship that becomes the bulkhead of their lives.        The classic story of a Norwegian pioneer family's
                                                            struggles with the land and the elements of the Dakota
Founding Mothers: the Women who raised our                  Territory as they try to make a new life in America.
nation by Cokie Roberts 973.3092 ROB            359 p.
Includes book on CD. In the histories of the                Gilead by Marilynne Robinson NOTE: kit contains
American Revolution, much has been written about            one book on CD 247 p. In 1956, toward the end of
America's founding fathers, those brave men who             Reverend John Ames's life, he begins a letter to his
signed the Declaration of Independence, battled the         young son, an account of himself and his forebears.
British, and framed the Constitution. Yet the wives,        Ames is the son of an Iowa preacher and the
mothers, sisters, and daughters who supported,              grandson of a minister who, as a young man in Maine,
encouraged, and even advised them have been                 saw a vision of Christ bound in chains and came west
virtually ignored. In Founding Mothers, New York            to Kansas to fight for abolition: He "preached men into
Times bestselling author Cokie Roberts brings to light      the Civil War," then, at age fifty, became a chaplain in
the stories of the women who fought the Revolution as       the Union Army, losing his right eye in battle.
valiantly as the men, sometimes even defending their        Reverend Ames writes to his son about the tension
very doorsteps from British occupation.                     between his father - an ardent pacifist - and his

Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls 921 WALLS 288 p.            The Human Stain by Philip Roth 361 p.                It is
Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals          1998 and in a small New England town, an aging
and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and       classics professor, Coleman Silk, is forced to retire
their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four          when his colleagues decree that he is a racist. The
children. In the beginning, they lived like nomads,        charge is a lie, but the real truth about Silk would have
moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in            astonished his most virulent accuser. Coleman's
the mountains. Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man        secret has been kept for fifty years: from his wife, his
who, when sober, captured his children's imagination,      four children, his colleagues, and his friends, including
teaching them physics, geology, and above all, how to      the writer Nathan Zuckerman, who sets out to
embrace life fearlessly. Rose Mary, who painted and        understand how this eminent, upright man, esteemed
wrote and couldn't stand the responsibility of providing   as an educator for nearly all his life, had fabricated his
for her family, called herself an "excitement addict."     identity and how that cannily controlled life came
What is so astonishing about Jeannette Walls is not        unraveled
just that she had the guts and intelligence to get out,
but that she describes her parents with such deep          The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler
affection and generosity.                                  288 p. In California five women and one man join
                                                           together to discuss Jane Austen's novels. Marriages
A Green Journey by John Hassler              292 p.        are tested, affairs begin, unsuitable arrangements
Agatha McGee is following a dream, though it might         become suitable, and love happens.
be late in the game. She's just retired from a career of
teaching and travels to Ireland in search of the           The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini 324 p.
romance she never had time for. And along the way,         Privileged young narrator Amir comes of age during
she not only discovers people she would never have         the last peaceful days of the monarchy in Afghanistan,
let herself know before, but learns through experience,    then must endure revolution, invasion and a country's
at long last, that love is unpredictable, unstoppable,     long struggle to triumph over violent forces. This book
and never appears as we dream it                           traces the unlikely friendship of a wealthy Afghan
                                                           youth and a servant's son, in a tale that spans the final
The Hiawatha by David Treuer 310 p.                        days of Afghanistan's monarchy through the atrocities
Recently widowed and encouraged by the government          of the present day.
to move off of the reservation, Betty takes her four
young children from their Ojibwe roots to begin a new      Last Report of the miracles at Little No Horse by
life in Minneapolis.                                       Louise Erdrich 361 p. For more than a half
                                                           century, Father Damien Modeste has served his
Hiding in the open: A holocaust memoir by Sabina           beloved people, the Ojibwe, on the remote reservation
Zimering 921 ZIMERING                      225 p.          of Little No Horse. Now, nearing the end of his life,
Sabina Zimering, who grew up in Poland, was 16             Father Damien dreads the discovery of his physical
when World War II broke out. In no time, the Germans       identity, for he is a woman who has lived as a man. To
confiscated her father's coal business, stopped her        complicate his fears, his quiet life changes when a
education and forced the family into the ghetto, where     troubled colleague comes to the reservation to
fear, hunger and a typhus epidemic reigned. Catholic       investigate the life of the perplexing, difficult, possibly
friends, risking their own lives, hid Sabina and her       false saint Sister Leopolda. Father Damien alone
sister in their attic and gave them Aryan papers.          knows the strange truth of Sister Leopolda's piety and
Saved from the deportation to the gas chambers of          is faced with the most difficult decision of his life:
Treblinka, the two sisters passed as Catholic Poles in     Should he reveal all he knows and risk everything?
Germany. They worked in a hotel where the high
ranking military and the Gestapo men lived.                The Love Hunter by Jon Hassler 320 p.
                                                           Hassler explores the friendship between two
His Excellency George Washington by Joseph                 colleagues, Chris MacKensie and Larry Quinn, at a
Ellis 921 WASHINGTON 320 p.                                small Minnesota college. Larry is dying from multiple
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author delivers a landmark      sclerosis, and he and Chris go on a hunting trip to
biography that brings to life in all his complexity the    help him forget his pain. Chris has decided to kill Larry
most important and perhaps least understood figure in      during the trip, to end his pain and in order to marry
American history.                                          Larry's wife, with whom he is secretly in love.

The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean 228 p.             A Noble Radiance by Donna Leon 277 p.
In the fall of 1941, the German army began the Siege       Donna Leon has topped European bestseller lists from
of Leningrad. During the ensuing years, the city's         more than a decade with a series of mysteries
inhabitants would brave starvation and the bitter cold,    featuring clever Commissario Guido Brunetti. Always
all while fending off the constant German onslaught.       ready to bend the rules to uncover the threads of a
Marina, then a tour guide at the Hermitage Museum,         crime Brunetti manages to maintain his integrity while
was instructed to take down the museum's priceless         maneuvering through a city rife with politics,
masterpieces for safekeeping. To hold on to sanity         corruption, and intrigue
when the Luftwaffe's bombs began to fall, she burned
to memory, brushstroke by brushstroke, these               Northern Lights by Tim O’Brien 360 p. Tim
exquisite artworks: the nude figures of women, the         O'Brien's debut novel demonstrates the emotional
angels, the serene Madonnas that had so shortly            complexity and enthralling narrative tension that later
before gazed down upon her. She used them to               earned him the National Book Award. At its core is the
furnish a "memory palace," a personal Hermitage in         relationship between two brothers: one who went to
her mind to which she retreated to escape terror,          Vietnam and one who stayed at home. As the two
hunger, and encroaching death. Also set in present         brothers struggle against an unexpected blizzard in
day America, where Marina is an old woman suffering        Minnesota's remote north woods, what they discover
from Alzheimer’s.                                          about themselves and each other will change both of
                                                           them for ever.
March by Geraldine Brooks 280 p. at the
WACONIA Library. As the North reels under a series         Oh My Stars by Lorna Landvik 389 p. Violet
of unexpected defeats during the dark first year of the    Mathers doesn't know the meaning of the word
Civil War, one man leaves behind his family to aid the     discouraged. Physically and emotionally abandoned
Union cause. His experiences will utterly change his       by her parents, Violet comes of age during the
marriage and challenge his most ardently held beliefs.     Depression, learning early on to fend for herself as an
Riveting and elegant as it is meticulously researched,     accomplished seamstress. When a violent factory
March is an extraordinary novel woven out of the lore      accident takes part of one arm, her dreams of
of American history. From Louisa May Alcott’s beloved      becoming a fashion designer die, and Violet wishes
classic Little Women, Geraldine Brooks has taken the       she could, too. Physically recovered but emotionally
character of the absent father, March, who has gone        bereft, Violet hops a bus headed for San Francisco,
off to war, leaving his wife and daughters to make do      planning to commit suicide once she reaches the
in mean times.                                             Golden Gate Bridge. But when the bus breaks down
                                                           outside a small North Dakota town, Violet encounters
The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards                a handsome young musician who changes the course
401 p. This riveting family drama explores every           of her life, and vice versa.
mother's silent fears--losing a child and that the child
grows up without her. In 1964 a blizzard drives Dr.        Our Story: 77 Hours that tested our friendship and
David Henry to deliver his own twins. The first is born    our faith The Quecreek Miners as told to Jeff
healthy, but the second has Down’s syndrome. He            Goodell. 622.80974 OUR 228 p. The entire
decides to ask his nurse to take the baby away to an       nation stopped and held its breath as word spread of
institution; but instead she disappears with the baby      the plight of the nine Pennsylvania coal miners who
and raises it as her own.                                  were trapped underground for 77 hours. Now, for the
                                                           first time, the miners tell their own story -- in a
Michelangleo and the Pope’s Ceiling by Ross King           dramatic, riveting, first-person account of their actions
759.5 KIN 373 p.       The extraordinary story behind      and emotions and how they managed to endure.
Michelangelo's masterpiece in the Sistine Chapel.
King paints a magnificent picture of day-to-day life on    Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson 258 p.
the Sistine scaffolding and outside in the upheaval of     ―We were going out stealing horses. That was what he
early 16th century Rome. 46 illustrations.                 said, standing at the door to the cabin where I was
                                                           spending the summer with my father. I was fifteen. It
My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult 423 p.                  was 1948 and one of the first days of July.‖ Trond's
Written with grace, wisdom, and sensitivity, this novel    friend Jon often appeared at his doorstep with an
is about a teen who was conceived as a bone marrow         adventure in mind for the two of them. But this
match for her sister Kate, and what happens when           morning was different. What began as a joy ride on
she begins to question who she really is.                  "borrowed" horses ends with Jon falling into a strange

trance of grief. Trond soon learns what befell Jon            1896, Murray set out to visit him. It was then that
earlier that day - an incident that marks the beginning       Murray finally learned the truth about Minor--that, in
of a series of vital losses for both boys. At age sixty-      addition to being a masterful wordsmith, Minor was
seven, Trond has settled into a rustic cabin in an            also a murderer, clinically insane--and locked up in
isolated part of eastern Norway to live the rest of his       England's harshest asylum for criminal lunatics.
life with a quiet deliberation. A meeting with his only
neighbor, however, forces him to reflect on that fateful      Purple Hibiscus By Chimanmanda Ngozi Adichie
summer.                                                       307 p. In the city of Enugu, Nigeria, fifteen-year-old
                                                              Kambili and her older brother, Jaja, lead a privileged
Packinghouse Daughter by Cheri Register 921                   life. Their Papa is a wealthy and respected
REGISTER 278 p. Merges personal memoir and                    businessman; they live in a beautiful house; and they
public history to tell a story of family loyalty, small-      attend an exclusive missionary school. But their home
town life, and working-class values in the face of a          life is anything but harmonious. When Kambili's loving
violent labor strike in 1959, weaving memory,                 and outspoken Aunty Ifeoma persuades her brother
historical research, and interviews with participants on      that the children should visit her in Nsukka, Kambili
both sides of the strike into a narrative that is             and Jaja take their first trip away from home. Books
thoughtful and impassioned about the value of blue-           cram the shelves, curry and nutmeg permeate the air,
collar work and the dignity of those who do it.               and their cousins' laughter rings throughout the house.
                                                              When a military coup threatens to destroy the country
Population, 485: meeting your neighbors one siren             and Kambili and Jaja return home changed by their
at a time by Michael Perry. 811.54 PER 234 p.                 newfound freedom, tension within the family
Welcome to New Auburn, Wisconsin (population:                 escalates.
485), where the local vigilante is a farmer's wife armed
with a pistol and a Bible, the most senior member of          Rasputin’s Daughter by Robert Alexander 304 p.
the volunteer fire department is a cross-eyed butcher         This novel delvies into the mysterious life and death of
with one kidney and two ex-wives (both of whom work           the notorious Rasputin. Robert Alexander returns to
at the only gas station in town), and the back roads          revolutionary Russia for the harrowing tale of
are haunted by the ghosts of children and farmers.            Rasputin’s final days as told by his youthful and bold
Michael Perry loves this place. He grew up here, and          daughter, Maria. Interrogated by the provisional
now -- after a decade away -- he has returned. Mike           government on the details of her father’s death, Maria
figures the best way to regain his credibility is to join     vividly recounts a politically tumultuous Russia, where
the volunteer fire department. He tells a frequently          Rasputin’s powerful influence over the throne is
comic tale leavened with moments of heartbreaking             unsettling to all levels of society and the threats to his
delicacy and searing tragedy.                                 life are no secret. With vast conspiracies mounting
                                                              against her father, Maria must struggle with the
The Professor and the Madman; A Tale of murder,               discovery of Rasputin’s true nature: his unbridled
Insanity, and the making of the Oxford English                carnal appetites, mysterious relationship with the
Dictionary. By Simon Winchester             920 WIN           empress, and the rumors of involvement in secret
NOTE: One book on CD is included in this kit.                 religious cults.
242 p The creation of the Oxford English Dictionary
began in 1857, took seventy years to complete, drew           Reading Lolita in Tehran: a Memoir in Books by
from tens of thousands of brilliant minds, and                Asar Nafisi 820.9 NAF 356 p. Every Thursday
organized the sprawling language into 414,825                 morning for two years in the Islamic Republic of Iran, a
precise definitions. But hidden within the rituals of its     bold and inspired teacher named Azar Nafisi secretly
creation is a fascinating and mysterious story--a story       gathered seven of her most committed female
of two remarkable men whose strange twenty-year               students to read forbidden Western classics. As
relationship lies at the core of this historic undertaking.   Islamic morality squads staged arbitrary raids in
Professor James Murray, an astonishingly learned              Tehran, fundamentalists seized hold of the
former schoolmaster and bank clerk, was the                   universities, and a blind censor stifled artistic
distinguished editor of the OED project. Dr. William          expression, the girls in Azar Nafisi's living room risked
Chester Minor was one of thousands of contributors            removing their veils and immersed themselves in the
who submitted illustrative quotations of words to be          worlds of Jane Austen, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Henry
used in the dictionary. But Minor was no ordinary             James, and Vladimir Nabokov.
contributor. He was remarkably prolific, sending in
thousands of neat, handwritten quotations. Finally, in

 River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest                 Shadow Baby by Alson McGhee 243 p. A lone old
Journey by Candice Millard 921 Roosevelt 416                  man, Georg Kominsky moves stealthily among the
p. After his humiliating election defeat in 1912,             shadow world of his hanging, glittering creations.
Roosevelt set his sights on the most punishing                Eleven-year-old Clara is struggling to find the truth
physical challenge he could find, the first descent of        about her missing father and grandfather and her twin
an unmapped, rapids-choked tributary of the Amazon.           sister, dead at birth, but her mother steadfastly
Together with his son Kermit and Brazil's most famous         refuses to talk about these people. When Clara begins
explorer, Candido Mariano da Silva Rondon,                    interviewing Georg Kominsky for a school biography
Roosevelt accomplished a feat so great that many at           assignment, she finds that he is equally reticent about
the time refused to believe it. Along the way,                his own concealed history. Precocious and
Roosevelt and his men faced an unbelievable series            imaginative, the girl invents version upon version of
of hardships, losing their canoes and supplies to             Mr. Kominsky's past, just as she invents lives for the
punishing whitewater rapids, and enduring starvation,         people missing from her own shadowy past.
Indian attack, disease, drowning, and a murder within
their own ranks.                                              Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See 269
                                                              p. With the arrival of a silk fan on which Snow Flower
Romanov Bride by Robert Alexander 306 p.                      has composed for Lily a poem of introduction, their
The drama of a grand duchess and the peasant who              friendship is sealed and they become "old sames" at
determines her fate. As the Russia of Nicholas and            the tender age of seven. As the years pass, through
Alexandra rushes toward catastrophe, the Grand                famine and rebellion, they reflect upon their arranged
Duchess Elisavyeta is ensconced in the lavish and             marriages, loneliness, and the joys and tragedies of
magnificent Romanov court. In the same city, but              motherhood. The two find solace, developing a bond
worlds apart, Pavel is a simple village man in search         that keeps their spirits alive. But when a
of a better life. When his young wife, Shura, is shot         misunderstanding arises, their lifelong friendship
and killed by tsarist soldiers during a political             suddenly threatens to tear apart.
demonstration, Pavel dedicates his life to
overthrowing the Romanovs. Pavel's underground                So Brave, Young, and Handsome by Leif Enger
group assassinates Elisavyeta's husband, the grand            285 p. In 1915 Minnesota, Monte Becket - "a man
duke, changing her life forever. Grief-stricken, the          fading, a disappointer of persons" - has lost his sense
grand duchess gives up her wealth and becomes a               of purpose. His only success long behind him, Monte
nun dedicated to the poor people of Russia. When              lives a simple life with his loving wife and whipsmart
revolution finally sweeps in, Elisavyeta is the last          son. But when he befriends outlaw Glendon Hale, a
Romanov captured, ripped from her abbey in the                new world of opportunity and experience presents
middle of the night and shuttled to Siberia. It is here, in   itself. Glendon has spent years in obscurity, but the
a distant wood on a moonlit night, that Pavel is left to      guilt he harbors for abandoning his wife, Blue, over
decide her fate.                                              two decades ago, has finally lured him from hiding. As
                                                              the modern age marches swiftly forward, Glendon
Saturday by Ian McEwan 289 p. Saturday is a                   aims to travel back into his past - heading out to seek
masterful novel set within a single day in February,          Blue's forgiveness. Beguiled and inspired, Monte soon
2003. Henry Perowne is a contented man — a                    finds himself leaving behind his own family to embark
successful neurosurgeon, happily married to a lawyer,         for the unruly West with his fugitive guide - a journey
and enjoying good relations with his children. Henry          that will test the depth of his loyalties, the inviolability
wakes to the comfort of his large home in central             of his morals, and the strength of his resolve.
London on this, his day off. There is an impending war
against Iraq, and a general darkening and gathering           Sometimes I dream in Italian by Rita Ciresi 209 p
pessimism since the New York and Washington                   The lovingly written story of two sisters, one family,
attacks two years before. After an unusual sighting in        and the memories of childhood that slip away--only to
the early morning sky, he makes his way to his regular        hold us forever. Angel and Lina long to flee their
squash game trying to avoid the hundreds of                   parents' heavy accents and dowdy clothes for the
thousands of marchers filling the streets of London,          glamour of New York and Hollywood.
protesting against the war. A minor accident in his car
brings him into a confrontation with a small-time thug.
                                                              Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon 369 p.
This young man believes the surgeon has humiliated
                                                              In the near future, disease will be a condition of the
him. Henry Perowne must deploy all his skills to keep
                                                              past. Most genetic defects will be removed at birth; the
his family alive.                                             remaining during infancy. Unfortunately, there will be a

generation left behind. For members of that missed        The Tall Pine Polka by Lorna Landvik 440 p.
generation, small advances will be made. Through          In the small town of Tall Pine, Minnesota, at the Cup
various programs, they will be taught to get along in     O'Delight Cafe, the townsfolk gather for what they call
the world despite their differences. Lou Arrendale is a   the Tall Pine Polka, an event in which heavenly
member of that lost generation, born at the wrong time    coffee, good food, and that feeling of being alive
to reap the awards of medical science. Part of a small    among friends inspires both body and soul to dance.
group of high-functioning autistic adults, he has a       The cafe owner, the robust and beautiful Lee O'Leary,
steady job with a pharmaceutical company, a car,          escaped to the northwoods from an abusive husband.
friends, and a passion for fencing. Aside from his        Other characters are Miss Penk and Frau Katt, the
annual visits to his counselor, he lives a low-key,       town's only lesbian couple; and Pete, proprietor of the
independent life. He has learned to shake hands and       Shoe Shack, who spends nights crafting beautiful
make eye contact. He has taught himself to use            shoes to present to Lee, along with his declarations of
―please‖ and ―thank you‖ and other conventions of         love. When Hollywood rolls into Tall Pine to shoot a
conversation because he knows it makes others             movie, and a handsome musician known as Big Bill
comfortable. He does his best to be as normal as          appears on the scene, Lee and her best friend Fenny
possible and not to draw attention to himself. But then   find their friendship put to the test, as events push
his quiet life comes under attack. It starts with an      their hearts in unexplored directions—where endings
experimental treatment that will reverse the effects of   can turn into new beginnings…..
autism in adults. With this treatment Lou would think
and act and be just like everyone else. But if he was     Those who Save Us by Jenna Blum 482 p.
suddenly free of autism, would he still be himself?       Combining a passionate, doomed love story, a vivid
Would he still love the same classical music–with its     evocation of life during World War II, and a poignant
complications and resolutions? Would he still see the     mother/daughter drama, "Those Who Save Us" is a
same colors and patterns in the world–shades and          profound exploration of what we endure to survive and
hues that others cannot see?                              the legacy of shame.

Spilling Clarence by Anne Ursu 280 p. After a             A Thousand Days in Tuscany by Marlena de Blasi
smoky fire at a pharmaceutical factory, the panic-        945.31 DEB 351 p. Much in love with the Italian
stricken townspeople of Clarence fall under the spell     man for whom she left everything, de Blasi embarks
of a strange and powerful drug that unlocks their         on an idyllic, if hardworking, Tuscan life. The couple
memories. Beautifully rendered with a light comic         purchases an old farmhouse and start to fix it up.
touch, this bittersweet first novel introduces the        Their neighbors welcome them to the community with
original talents of an exciting new writer.               a groaning board featuring all manner of Tuscan
                                                          foods. As in her earlier work, most chapters close with
Suite Française by Irène Némirovksy 431 p. at the         recipes, ranging in complexity from braised pork stew
WACONIA Library By the early l940s, when                  that serves as both a pasta sauce and an entree to
Ukrainian-born Irène Némirovsky began working on          simple bruschetta, toasted bread topped with local
what would become Suite Française—the first two           olive oil.
parts of a planned five-part novel—she was already a
highly successful writer living in Paris. But she was     Three cups of tea : one man's mission to fight
also a Jew, and in 1942 she was arrested and              terrorism and build nations-- one school at a time
deported to Auschwitz: a month later she was dead at      by Greg Mortenson 371.82209549 MOR 338 p.
the age of thirty-nine. Two years earlier, living in a    The story of a humanitarian campaign to use
small village in central France—where she, her            education to combat terrorism in the Taliban’s
husband, and their two small daughters had fled in a      backyard led by a young American. Greg Mortenson,
vain attempt to elude the Nazis—she’d begun her           following a 1993 climb of Pakistans treacherous K2,
novel. When she was arrested, she had completed           was inspired by a chance encounter with
two parts of the epic, the handwritten manuscripts of     impoverished mountain villagers and promised to build
which were hidden in a suitcase that her daughters        them a school. Over the next decade he built fifty-five
would take with them into hiding and eventually into      schools especially for girls that offer a balanced
freedom. The first part, ―A Storm in June,‖ opens in      education in one of the most isolated and dangerous
the chaos of the massive 1940 exodus from Paris on        regions on earth.
the eve of the Nazi invasion. In the second part,
―Dolce,‖ we enter the increasingly complex life of a
                                                          Three Junes by Julia Glass 353 p. An
German-occupied provincial village.
                                                          astonishing first novel that traces the lives of a

Scottish family over a decade as they confront the         that are roiling America. Soon thereafter, Charlotte,
joys and longings, fulfillments and betrayals of love in   Fred's precocious eleven-year-old sister, is admitted
all its guises. In prose rich with compassion and wit,     to the hospital with kidney problems.
Three Junes paints a haunting portrait of love's
redemptive powers.                                         When we were orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro 335 p.
                                                           A complex psychological novel built along the lines of
Tin City by David Housewright MYSTERY 323 p.               a detective story. Set in Shanghai in the late 1930s,
―Mac‖ McKenzie returns in Tin City as he seeks             with English detective Christopher Banks bent on
retribution for the murder of a friend's father and the    solving the mystery that has plagued him all his life:
rape of his own lawyer's wife. Once again the situation    the disappearance of his parents when he was eight.
becomes even more complicated when the FBI forces          Believing his parents may still be held captive, he
McKenzie to hide out because of trumped up terrorist       longs to put right as an adult what he was powerless
ties. Partly set in Carver County.                         to change as a child. Banks is trapped in his boyhood
                                                           fantasy, and he follows his obsession at the cost of
Two Old Women: an Alaska Legend of Betrayal,               personal happiness.
Courage and Survival by Velma Wallis 140 p.
398.2089 WAL Wallis's award-winning, bestselling           White Teeth by Zadie Smith 448 p.
novel is about two elderly Native American women           White Teeth is a funny, generous, big-hearted novel
who must fend for themselves during a harsh Alaskan        dealing--among many other things--with friendship,
winter.                                                    love, war, three cultures, three families over three
                                                           generations. It is a life-affirming, riotous, must-read of
Undiscovered Country by Lin Enger 308 p.                   a book.
While hunting in the cold Minnesota woods, 17-year-
old Jesse Matson's life is forever changed when he         Will the Circle be Unbroken: reflections on death,
discovers his father, dead by a self-inflicted gunshot     rebirth, and hunger for a faith.
wound. But would easygoing Harold Matson really kill       by Studs Terkel 128.5 TER 407 p. At the age of
himself? If so, why? And just where was Jesse's uncle      88, Pulitzer Prize winner Studs Terkel has turned to
Clay--always jealous of Harold, and a bit too friendly     the ultimate human experience, that of death and the
with Jesse's mother--that cold afternoon?                  possibility of life afterward. Death is the one
                                                           experience we all share but cannot know. In his
Walking Across Egypt by Clive Edgerton 227 p.              powerful new book, "Will the Circle Be Unbroken?, " a
Mattie Rigsbee is seventy-eight. She lives by herself      wide range of people address that final experience
in Listre, North Carolina. She claims she's "slowing       and its impact on the present in which we live.
down", but she still cuts her own grass and runs the
Lottie Moon missions fund drive at Listre Baptist          Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks 308 pages
Church. She meets and becomes friends with Wesley          at the WACONIA Library When an infected bolt of
Benfield -- adolescent, illegitimate, and delinquent,      cloth carries plague from London to an isolated
with a mouth full of foul language and bad teeth and a     village, a housemaid named Anna Frith emerges as
craving for good food.                                     an unlikely heroine and healer. Through Anna's eyes
                                                           we follow the story of the fateful year of 1666, as she
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen 350 p. Elderly           and her fellow villagers confront the spread of disease
Jacob Jankowski’s memories of his life traveling with      and superstition. As she struggles to survive and
the circus, during the Great Depression, caring for the    grow, a year of catastrophe becomes instead a "year
elephants; both a salvation and a living hell. Rosie the   of wonders." Inspired by the true story of Eyam, a
elephant, the act that was going to save the failing       village in the rugged hill country of England, Year of
circus, and Marlena, the star of the horse act, become     Wonders is a richly detailed evocation of a singular
good friends with Jacob.                                   moment in history.

When Charlotte Comes Home by Maureen Millea                April 2009 klp
Smith 247 p. Fred Holly, the oldest of four children,
begins his senior year in high school while he works
part-time at the local Omaha art museum, a place
where he can get lost for hours in the beauty before
him. At the museum, Fred escapes his father's worries
about the Vietnam War, the draft, and the changes


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