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  Cover Art: The Pregnant Widow : Inside History Amis, Martin
The Pregnant Widow : Inside History
The year is 1970, and it's a long, hot summer. In a castle on a mountainside in Italy, half a dozen young lives are afloat on a sea of change, trapped inside the history of the sexual revolution. The girls are acting like boys, the boys are going on acting like boys, and Keith Nearing - twenty years old, a literature student all clogged up with the English novel - is struggling to twist feminism and women's ascendency toward his own ends. As revolutions go, this one might have been nonviolent, but it wasn't bloodless - and now, in the twenty-first century, the events of 1970 and their repercussions are finally catching up with Keith Nearing.
2010
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Life After Life : a Novel Atkinson, Kate
Life After Life : a Novel
"What if you could live again and again, until you got it right? On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in a variety of ways, while the young century marches on towards its second cataclysmic world war. Does Ursula's apparently infinite number of lives give her the power to save the world from its inevitable destiny? And if she can -- will she? Darkly comic, startlingly poignant, and utterly original -- this is Kate Atkinson at her absolute best" --Provided by publisher.
2013
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: No One is Here Except All of Us Ausubel, Ramona
No One is Here Except All of Us
In 1939, the families in a remote Jewish village in Romania feel the war close in on them. Their tribe has moved and escaped for thousands of years- across oceans, deserts, and mountains-but now, it seems, there is nowhere else to go. Danger is imminent in every direction, yet the territory of imagination and belief is limitless. At the suggestion of an eleven-year-old girl and a mysterious stranger who has washed up on the riverbank, the villagers decide to reinvent the world: deny any relationship with the known and start over from scratch. Destiny is unwritten. Time and history are forgotten. Jobs, husbands, a child, are reassigned. And for years, there is boundless hope. But the real world continues to unfold alongside the imagined one, eventually overtaking it, and soon our narrator-the girl, grown into a young mother-must flee her village, move from one world to the next, to find her husband and save her children, and propel them toward a real and hopeful future.
2012
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Postmistress Blake, Sarah
The Postmistress
In London covering the Blitz with Edward R. Murrow, Frankie Bard meets a Cape Cod doctor in a shelter and promises that she'll deliver a letter for him when she finally returns to the United States. Filled with stunning parallels to today's world, "The Postmistress" is a sweeping novel about the loss of innocence of two extraordinary women--and of two countries torn apart by war.
2010
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Painted Girls Buchanan, Cathy Marie
The Painted Girls
In belle e´poque Paris, the Van Goethem sisters struggle for survival after the sudden death of their father, a situation that prompts young Marie's ballet training and her introduction to a genius painter.
2013
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Parrot and Olivier in America Carey, Peter
Parrot and Olivier in America
Olivier is the traumatized child of aristocratic survivors of the French Revolution. Parrot is the motherless son of an itinerant English printer. They are born on different sides of history, but their lives will be connected in the United States by an enigmatic one-armed marquis.
2010
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Fort : a Novel of the Revolutionary War Cornwell, Bernard
The Fort : a Novel of the Revolutionary War
After the British establish a fort on the Penobscot River, the Massachusetts patriots--among them General Peleg Wadsworth and Colonel Paul Revere--mount an expedition to oust the redcoats.
2010
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Blood and Beauty : the Borgias : a Novel Dunant, Sarah
Blood and Beauty : the Borgias : a Novel
A tale inspired by the lives of Borgia siblings Lucretia and Cesare traces the family's rise in the aftermath of Rodrigo Borgia's rise to the papacy, during which war, a terrifying sexual plague, and the family's notorious reputation forge an intimate bond between brother and sister.
2013
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Age of Desire : a Novel Fields, Jennie
The Age of Desire : a Novel
"They say behind every great man is a woman. Behind Edith Wharton, there was Anna Bahlmann-- her governess turned literary secretary, and her mothering, nurturing friend. When at the age of forty-five, Edith falls passionately in love with a dashing younger journalist, Morton Fullerton, and is at last opened to the world of the sensual, it threatens everything certain in her life but especially her abiding friendship with Anna. As Edith's marriage crumbles and Anna's disapproval threatens to shatter their lifelong bond, the women must face the fragility at the heart of all friendships"--Amazon.com
2012
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Fall of Giants Follett, Ken
Fall of Giants
Follows the fates of five interrelated families -- American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh -- as they move through the dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.
2010
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Mission to Paris Furst, Alan
Mission to Paris
In 1938, Europe is about to explode, and Hollywood film star Fredric Stahl travels to Paris to make a movie. Stahl is drawn into a clandestine world of foreign correspondents, exiled Spanish republicans, and spies of every sort.
2012
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Elizabeth I George, Margaret
Elizabeth I
Elizabeth's rival for the love of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, and mother to the Earl of Essex, the mercurial nobleman who challenged Elizabeth's throne, Lettice Knollys had been intertwined with Elizabeth since childhood. They are both women of fierce intellect and desire: one trying to protect her country, and throne, the other trying to regain power and position for her family and each vying to convince the reader of her own private vision of the truth.
2011
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Stranger's Child Hollinghurst, Alan
The Stranger's Child
"From the Man Booker Prize -- winning author of The Line of Beauty: a magnificent, century-spanning saga about a love triangle that spawns a myth, and a family mystery, across generations. In the late summer of 1913, George Sawle brings his Cambridge schoolmate -- a handsome, aristocratic young poet named Cecil Valance -- to his family's modest home outside London for the weekend. George is enthralled by Cecil, and soon his sixteen-year-old sister, Daphne, is equally besotted by him and the stories he tells about Corley Court, the country estate he is heir to. But what Cecil writes in Daphne's autograph album will change their and their families' lives forever: a poem that, after Cecil is killed in the Great War and his reputation burnished, will become a touchstone for a generation, a work recited by every schoolchild in England. Over time, a tragic love story is spun, even as other secrets lie buried -- until, decades later, an ambitious biographer threatens to unearth them. Rich with Hollinghurst's signature gifts -- haunting sensuality, delicious wit and exquisite lyricism -- The Stranger's Child is a tour de force: a masterly novel about the lingering power of desire, how the heart creates its own history, and how legends are made"--Front flap.
2011
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Equilateral : a Novel Kalfus, Ken
Equilateral : a Novel
"A British astronomer, Thayer, high on Darwin and other progressive scientists of [his] age, has come to believe that beings more highly evolved than us are alive on Mars (he has evidence) and that there will be a perfect moment in which we can signal to them that we are here, too. He gets the support and funding for a massive project to build the Equilateral, a triangle with sides hundreds of miles long, in the desert of Egypt in time for that perfect window. But as work progresses, the Egyptian workers, less evolved than the British, are also less than cooperative, and a bout of malaria that seems to activate at the worst moments makes it all much more confusing and complex than Thayer ever imagined"--Amazon.com.
2013
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: A Quiet Flame : a Bernie Gunther Novel Kerr, Philip
A Quiet Flame : a Bernie Gunther Novel
A Quiet Flame opens in 1950. Falsely fingered a war criminal, Bernie Gunther has booked passage to Buenos Aires, lured, like the Nazis whose company he has always despised, by promises of a new life and a clean passport from the Peron government. But Bernie doesn't have the luxury of settling into his new home and lying low. He is soon pressured by the local police into taking on a case in which a girl has turned up dead, gruesomely mutilated, and another-the daughter of a wealthy German banker-has gone missing. Both crimes seem to connect to an unsolved case Bernie worked on back in Berlin in 1932. It's not so far-fetched that the cases might be linked: after all, the scum of the earth has been washing up on Argentine shores-state-licensed murderers and torturers-so why couldn't a serial killer be among them? But Argentina, just like Germany, holds terrible secrets within its corrupt halls of power. When beautiful Anna Yagubsky seeks Gunther out, desperate for help, to find out what happened to her Jewish aunt and uncle who have disappeared, he is drawn into a horror story that rivals everything he has tried so hard to leave behind half a world away.
2009
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Wolf Hall : a Novel Mantel, Hilary
Wolf Hall : a Novel
England in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his twenty-year marriage and marry Anne Boleyn. The pope and most of Europe oppose him. Into this impasse steps Thomas Cromwell: a wholly original man, a charmer and a bully, both idealist and opportunist, astute in reading people, and implacable in his ambition. But Henry is volatile. Cromwell helps him break the opposition, yet what will be the price of his triumph?
2009
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Jacob's Folly Miller, Rebecca
Jacob's Folly
An eighteenth-century Jewish peddler is reincarnated as a fly in present-day Long Island, and becomes involved in the lives of two residents.
2013
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Pearl of China : a Novel Min, Anchee
Pearl of China : a Novel
In the small southern town of Chin-kiang, in the last days of the nineteenth century, young Willow, a young child of a destitute family, and young Pearl S. Buck, the headstrong daughter of zealous Christian missionaries, bump heads and embark on a friendship that will sustain both of them through one of the most tumultuous periods in Chinese history.
2010
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet Mitchell, David (David Stephen)
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet
In 1799, Jacob de Zoet is a clerk in the Dutch East Indies Company' island trading post in Nagasaki Bay. He falls hopelessly in love with Orito Aibagawa, a Dutch-trained Japanese midwife. Mitchell expores intercultural relations, racial and gender boundaries, and the search for identity in a changing world.
2010
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Black Mamba Boy Mohamed, Nadifa
Black Mamba Boy
Yemen, 1935. Jama is a half-feral child scavenging in the streets of a great seaport. After his mother dies, Jama decides to search for his never-seen father. So begins Jama's extraordinary journey of more than a thousand miles north all the way to Egypt.
2010
Adult Fiction Book
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