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Have a Little Faith: a true story
Albom, Mitch
Albom discovers how faith matters through two very different men.
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The Beekeeper's Apprentice, or, On the segregation of the queen
King, Laurie R.
Sherlock Holmes, now retired, takes on a young girl as his apprentice.
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The Time Keeper
Albom, Mitch
After being punished for trying to measure God's greatest gift, Father Time returns to Earth along with a magical hourglass and a mission: a chance to redeem himself by teaching two earthly people the true meaning of time.
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Orphan Train
Kline, Christina Baker
A long journey from home and the struggle to find it again form the heart of the intertwined stories that make up this moving novel. Foster teen Molly is performing community-service work for elderly widow Vivian, and as they go through Vivian’s cluttered attic, they discover that their lives have much in common. When Vivian was a girl, she was taken to a new life on an orphan train. These trains carried children to adoptive families for 75 years, from the mid-nineteenth century to the start of the Great Depression.
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The Japanese Lover
Allende, Isabel
In 1939, as Poland falls under the shadow of the Nazis and the world goes to war, young Alma Belasco's parents send her overseas to live with an aunt and uncle in their opulent San Francisco mansion. There she meets Ichimei Fukuda, the son of the family's Japanese gardener, and between them a tender love blossoms, but following Pearl Harbor the two are cruelly pulled apart. Throughout their lifetimes, Alma and Ichimei reunite again and again, but theirs is a love they are forever forced to hide from the world.
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Drinking: a Love Story
Knapp, Caroline
The author shares her story as an alcoholic and her struggle to become sober.
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Angelou, Maya
The author and poet recalls the anguish of her childhood in Arkansas and her adolescence in northern slums.
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Under the Banner of Heaven: a story of violent faith
Krakauer, Jon
A look at a renegade sect of the Mormon religion and their involvement in a murder.
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A Man Called Ove
Backman, Fredrik
A curmudgeon hides a terrible personal loss beneath a cranky and short-tempered exterior while clashing with new neighbors, a boisterous family whose chattiness and habits lead to unexpected friendship.
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Shadow Divers
Kurson, Robert
For John Chatterton and Richie Kohler, deep wreck diving was more than a sport. But in the fall of 1991, not even these courageous divers were prepared for what they found 230 feet below the surface, in the frigid Atlantic waters sixty miles off the coast of New Jersey: a World War II German U-boat.
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The Winner
Baldacci, David
A down on her luck lottery winners has to run for her life.
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Detroit: An American Autopsy
LeDuff, Charlie
In the book LeDuff discusses the present state of Detroit and its economic, social, crime, and political issues.
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If Beale Street Could Talk
Baldwin, James
If Beale Street Could Talk, James Baldwin's fifth novel, is a love story set in Harlem in the early 1970s.
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Annie's Ghosts: A Journey into a Family Secret
Luxenberg, Steve
Traces the author's surprise discovery that his late mother had a sister who was sent away under mysterious circumstances and never mentioned by the family again, his efforts to research his long-lost aunt's story and whereabouts, and his struggles to understand the secrecy of her existence.
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Perfect Peace
Black, Daniel
Perfect Peace is the heartbreaking portrait of a large, rural southern family’s attempt to grapple with their mother’s desperate decision to make her newborn son into the daughter she will never have.
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Plain Secrets: an outsider among the Amish
Mackall, Joe
An inside look at life in an Amish community.
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The Next American Revolution
Boggs, Grace Lee
From her home in Detroit, she reveals how hope and creativity are overcoming despair and decay within the most devastated urban communities.
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Station Eleven
Mandel, Emily St. John
Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.
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Before You Know Kindness
Bohjalian, Chris
On a balmy July night in New Hampshire a shot rings out in a garden, and a man falls to the ground, terribly wounded. The wounded man is Spencer McCullough, the shot that hit him was fired–accidentally?–by his adolescent daughter Charlotte.
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Once in a Great City
Maraniss, David
Detroit in 1963 is on top of the world. The city’s leaders are among the most visionary in America: Grandson of the first Ford; Henry Ford II; Motown’s founder Berry Gordy; the Reverend C.L. Franklin and his daughter, the incredible Aretha; Governor George Romney, Mormon and Civil Rights advocate; car salesman Lee Iacocca; Police Commissioner George Edwards; Martin Luther King. The time was full of promise. The auto industry was selling more cars than ever before. Yet the shadows of collapse were evident even then.
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She Left Me The Gun
Brockes, Emma
When Emma Brockes was ten years old, her mother said 'One day I will tell you the story of my life and you will be amazed.'
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At the Dark End of the Street: black women, rape, and resistance - a new history of the civil rights movement from Rosa Parks to the rise of black power
McGuire, Danielle L.
A history of America's Civil Rights movement.
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Weird Sisters
Brown, Eleanor
The story of three sisters who love each other, but just don't happen to like each other very much...
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A Day Late and a Dollar Short
McMillan, Terry
Viola and Carl and their four grown children face up to the dramas of everyday life.
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Lethal
Brown, Sandra
A woman is on the run with a suspected murderer, trying to clear his name.
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The Inner Circle
Meltzer, Brad
Beecher White, a young archivist, spends his days working with the most important documents of the U.S. government. He has always been the keeper of other people's stories, never a part of the story himself...Until now.
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One Drop: My Father's Hidden Life: a Story of Race and Family Secrets
Broyard, Bliss
A young woman comes to terms learning that her father is African American after believing him to be Caucasian.
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Jazz: a novel
Morrison, Toni
Set in Harlem during the 20’s, Morrison tells of a love affair gone wrong.
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Kindred
Butler, Octavia
A young woman from the 20th century is transported back to the plantation where her ancestors were held as slaves.
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Three Cups of Tea: one man's mission to fight terrorism and build nations -- one school at a time
Mortenson, Greg
The author relates his efforts to create peace by building schools in Afghanistan.
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The Stranger
Camus, Albert
An ordinary man finds himself involved in a murder. A philosophical treatise on how a person relates to society.
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The Audacity of Hope: thoughts on reclaiming the American Dream
Obama, Barack
Obama’s views on the greatness of America's original ideals and a reminder on how vital it is to keep them before us.
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The Lincoln Lawyer
Connelly, Michael
A slightly shady lawyer defends a murder suspect.
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The Love of Impermanent Things: a Threshold Ecology
O'Reilly, Mary Rose
Reflecting on the past and a hard-won sense of self, Mary O’Reilley is determined not to sacrifice or waste herself. At midlife, she writes, she is finally learning to withhold after years of struggle on paths set by her suburban childhood, her Catholic upbringing, and a failed marriage.
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Life is Short But Wide
Cooper, J. California
Several generations of a family are followed from the early 1900’s to the present.
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Gertruda's Oath
Oren, Ram
Trapped in the horrors of World War II, a woman and a child embark on a journey of survival in this page-turning true story that recalls the power and the poignancy of Schindler’s List.
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The Boston Girl
Diamant, Anita
The Boston Girl is a simple and sweet tale of a Jewish girl who grows up in the early years of the 20th century.
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Truth and Beauty
Patchett, Ann
The author describes her twenty-year friendship with Lucy Grealy, tracing their introduction at a writer's workshop, the integral part their friendship played in their writing careers, and her witness to Grealy's medical deterioration.
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Room
Donoghue, Emma
The story is told from the perspective of a five-year-old boy, Jack, who is being held captive in a small room along with his mother.
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Fire and Brimstone: the North Butte mining disaster of 1917
Punke, Michael
A fascinating look at a mining accident in the early 1900’s in Wyoming.
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Black Maestro: The Epic Life of an American Legend
Drape, Joe
The greatest historical events of the twentieth century are brought to life through an unlikely participant.
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Finding My Voice
Rehm, Diane
The PBS talk show host reveals how she found her calling in life.
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The Memory Keepers Daughter
Edwards, Kim
In desperate circumstances, a woman gives birth to twins and her husband gives one of them away.
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Sarah’s Key
De Rosnay, Tatiana
A journalist is writing a story about the dark French secret of the treatment of the Jews during WWII.
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Invisible Man
Ellison, Ralph
The classic novel of an African American man’s quest to be seen by society.
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Horace
Sand, George
Set in France in the 1800’s, we meet Horace, an engaging young man with many faults.
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The Colored Car
Elster, Jean Alicia
In The Colored Car, Jean Alicia Elster, author of the award-winning Who's Jim Hines?, follows another member of the Ford family coming of age in Depression-era Detroit.
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Shanghai Girls
See, Lisa
Two sisters leave Shanghai to find new lives in 1930s Los Angeles in this fresh, fascinating adventure.
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Gateway to Freedom
Foner, Eric
The author relates the dramatic story of fugitive slaves and the antislavery activists who defied the law to help them reach freedom.
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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Shaffer, Mary Ann
As London is emerging from the shadow of World War II, writer Juliet Ashton discovers her next subject in a book club on Guernsey--a club born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi after its members are discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island.
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The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Gaiman, Neil
This novel follows an unnamed man who returns to his hometown for a funeral and remembers events that began forty years earlier.
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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Skloot, Rebecca
Follow the quest to find out more about the woman whose cells have been responsible for many of the advances in modern medicine.
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Old Filth
Gardam, Jane
FILTH is a lawyer with a practice in the Far East. A few remember that his nickname stands for Failed In London Try Hong Kong. But Old Filth is not as pompous as people imagine, and his past contains many secrets and dark hiding places.
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White Teeth
Smith, Zadie
White Teeth focuses on the later lives of two wartime friends—the Bangladeshi Samad Iqbal and the Englishman Archie Jones—and their families in London.
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Cold Comfort Farm
Gibbons, Stella
Told with delightful British humor, a young Londoner has to live with relatives at their run down farm.
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Maus: A Survivor's Tale Pt. 1
Spiegelman, Art
A story of a Jewish survivor of Hitler's Europe and his son, a cartoonist who tries to come to terms with his father's story and history itself.
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Blink
Gladwell, Malcolm
It presents in popular science format research from psychology and behavioral economics on the adaptive unconscious: mental processes that work rapidly and automatically from relatively little information.
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The Art of Racing in the Rain
Stein, Garth
Nearing the end of his life, Enzo, a dog with a philosopher's soul, tries to bring together the family, pulled apart by a three year custody battle between daughter Zoe's maternal grandparents and her father Denny, a race car driver.
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The Senator and The Socialite: The True Story of America's First Black Dynasty
Graham, Laurence
Blanche Kelso Bruce was born a slave in 1841, yet, remarkably, amassed a real-estate fortune and became the first black man to serve a full term in the U.S. Senate.
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Of Mice and Men
Steinbeck, John
The classic story of two drifters trying to find a home.
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The Fault in our Stars
Green, John
Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life.
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Never Knowing
Stevens, Chevy
Struggling with a need for closure, Sara Gallagher attempts to reconnect with her birth parents only to learn that her biological father is an infamous serial killer, a discovery that causes her to fear she has inherited violent tendencies.
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Travels with My Aunt
Greene, Graham
The story of Henry Pulling, a retired and complacent bank manager, who meets his septuagenarian Aunt Augusta for the first time at what he supposes to be his mother's funeral.
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The Help
Stockett, Kathryn
Set in Mississippi in the 1960’s, the story of a young white woman and the African American maids who serve the families of the well to do.
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Taft 2012: a novel
Heller, Jason
After a mysterious disappearance, President Taft arrives in the 21st century and is encouraged to run for office again.
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Wild
Strayed, Cheryl
Traces the personal crisis the author endured after the death of her mother and a painful divorce, which prompted her ambition to undertake a dangerous 1,100-mile solo hike that both drove her to rock bottom and helped her to heal.
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The Nick Adams Stories
Hemingway, Ernest
A collection of short stories, following the life of Nick Adams – from his childhood in Michigan to his life in Europe.
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The Ditchdigger's Daughters: A Black Family's Astonishing Success Story
Thornton, Yvonne
A family of five daughters who have very high standards to meet.
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Hiroshima
Hersey, John
A look at life in Hiroshima before and after the atomic bomb was dropped on the city.
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The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court
Toobin, Jeffrey
Toobin profiles the justices of the United States Supreme Court, the functioning of that institution, and how it has changed over the years.
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The Dovekeepers: a novel
Hoffman, Alice
A tale inspired by the tragic first-century massacre of hundreds of Jewish people at Masada.
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The Language of Threads: a novel
Tsukiyami, Gail
Set in China in the 1930’s, this book explores the daily life of several women, and how it changes when the clouds of war loom.
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Saving Ceecee Honeycutt
Hoffman, Beth
Relegated to the care of an eccentric great-aunt after her mentally unbalanced mother's accidental death, 12-year-old CeeCee is quickly surrounded by the strong women and cultural elements of her new Savannah community.
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Innocent
Turow, Scott
A sequel to Presumed Innocent, set 20 years later, when the same lawyer is now accused of murdering his wife.
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Left to Tell: discovering God Amidst the Rwandan holocaust
Ilibagiza, Immaculée
In 1994, Rwandan native Ilibagiza was 22 years old and home from college to spend Easter with her devout Catholic family, when the death of Rwanda's Hutu president sparked a three-month slaughter of nearly one million ethnic Tutsis in the country. She survived by hiding in a Hutu pastor's tiny bathroom with seven other starving women for 91 cramped, terrifying days.
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Presumed Innocent
Turow, Scott
A lawyer is accused of murdering his mistress and must prove his innocence.
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Mr. Pip
Jones, Lloyd
An Englishman finds himself the sole teacher on an island in the middle of a civil war.
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Cutting for Stone: a novel
Verghese, A.
Two brothers, orphaned in Ethiopia, find their way in the world.
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Silver Sparrow
Jones, Tayari
A story about a man's deception, a family's complicity, and two teenage girls caught in the middle, set in a middle-class neighborhood in Atlanta in the 1980s.
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The Sirens of Titan
Vonnegut, Kurt
The richest man in America manipulates the entire country with an invasion from Mars.
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Orange is the New Black
Kerman, Piper
Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison tells the story of her money laundering and drug trafficking conviction and subsequent year spent in a federal women's prison.
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The Garies and Their Friends
Webb, Frank J.
The Garies and Their Friends tells the story of two families struggling for different sorts of respectability: the Garies, a well-to-do interracial couple who relocate to Philadelphia from the plantation South in order to legalize their marriage, and their friends the Ellises, free black Philadelphians hoping to make the move from the working class into the bourgeoisie.
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Calling Me Home
Kibler, Julie
Interweaving the story of a heartbreaking, forbidden love in 1930s Kentucky with an unlikely modern-day friendship.
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The Memory of Water
White, Karen
Two sisters who haven’t spoken in years find themselves facing their unhappy past together.
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The Cotillion: or one good bull is half the herd
Killens, John Oliver
Beautiful Yoruba of Harlem is invited to the annual cotillion thrown by African American high society of Queens.
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The Shack: a novel
Young, William
A man trying to deal with the horrific death of his young daughter finds himself talking to God.
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