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  Cover Art: Life After Life Atkinson, Kate
Life After Life
"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: The Aviator's Wife Benjamin, Melanie
The Aviator's Wife
Despite her own major achievements--she becomes the first licensed female glider pilot in the United States--Anne Morrow Lindbergh is viewed merely as Charles Lindbergh's wife. The fairy-tale life she once longed for will bring heartbreak and hardships, ultimately pushing her to reconcile her need for love and her desire for independence, and to embrace, at last, life's infinite possibilities for change and happiness.
2013
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Light in the Ruins Bohjalian, Chris
The Light in the Ruins
Hoping to safeguard themselves from the ravages of World War II within the walls of their ancient villa in Florence, the noble Rosatis family become prisoners in their home when eighteen-year-old Cristina's courtship by a German lieutenant prompts the Nazis to take over the estate, a situation that leads to a serial murder investigation years later.
2013
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: The Luminaries Catton, Eleanor
The Luminaries
Arriving in New Zealand in 1866 to seek his fortune in the goldfields, Walter Moody finds himself drawn into a series of unsolved crimes and complex mysteries.
2013
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Necessary Lies Chamberlain, Diane
Necessary Lies
Caring for her family on their mid-20th-century tobacco farm after the loss of her parents, 15-year-old Ivy connects with Grace County social worker Jane, who strains her personal and professional relationships with her advocacy of Ivy's family, whose dark secrets test Jane's resolve against racial tensions and state-mandated sterilizations.
2013
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Last Runaway Chevalier, Tracy
The Last Runaway
Forced to leave England and struggling with illness in the wake of a family tragedy, Quaker Honor Bright is forced to rely on strangers in the harsh landscape of 1850 Ohio and is compelled to join the Underground Railroad network to help runaway slaves escape to freedom.
2013
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker Chiaverini, Jennifer
Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker
Presents a fictionalized account of the friendship between Mary Todd Lincoln and her dressmaker Elizabeth Keckley, a former slave.
2013
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The House Girl Conklin, Tara
The House Girl
A novel of love, family, and justice follows Lina Sparrow, an ambitious first-year associate in a Manhattan law firm, as she searches for the "perfect plaintiff" to lead a historic class-action lawsuit worth trillions of dollars in reparations for descendants of American slaves.
2013
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Orchardist Coplin, Amanda
The Orchardist
At the turn of the 20th century in a rural stretch of the Pacific Northwest, a gentle solitary orchardist, Talmadge, tends to apples and apricots. Then two feral, pregnant girls and armed gunmen set Talmadge on an irrevocable course not only to save and protect but to reconcile the ghosts of his own troubled past.
2012
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Whistling Past the Graveyard Crandall, Susan.
Whistling Past the Graveyard
Determined to get to Nashville to find her mother in 1963, nine-year-old spitfire Starla Claudelle runs away from her strict grandmother's Mississippi home, eventually accepting a ride from a Eula, a black woman traveling alone with a white baby.
2013
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Bartender's Tale Doig, Ivan
The Bartender's Tale
Running a venerable bar in 1960 Montana while raising his twelve-year-old son, single father Tom Harry finds his world upended by the arrival of a woman from his past and her beatnik daughter, who claims Tom as her father.
2012
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Hotel On the Corner of Bitter and Sweet Ford, Jamie
Hotel On the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
Set in the ethnic neighborhoods of Seattle during World War II and Japanese American internment camps of the era, this debut novel tells the heartwarming story of widower Henry Lee, his father, and his first love Keiko Okabe.
2009
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Songs of Willow Frost Ford, Jamie
Songs of Willow Frost
With his friend Charlotte, twelve-year-old William Eng, a Chinese-American boy, escapes from a Seattle orphanage determined to find his mother Willow and discover his connection to the exotic film star.
2013
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Z : a Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald Fowler, Therese
Z : a Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald
When beautiful, reckless, seventeen-year-old Zelda Sayre meets Lieutenant Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald at a country club dance, he isn't rich or settled; no one knows his people; and he wants, of all things, to be a writer in New York. After Scott sells his first novel, Zelda defies her parents to marry him in the vestry of St. Patrick's Cathedral. It is the Jazz Age, and for Zelda and Scott the future will be grander and stranger than they could have ever imagined.
2013
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Signature of All Things Gilbert, Elizabeth
The Signature of All Things
"Spanning much of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the novel follows the fortunes of the extraordinary Whittaker family as led by the enterprising Henry Whittaker--a poor-born Englishman who makes a great fortune in the South American quinine trade, eventually becoming the richest man in Philadelphia. Born in 1800, Henry's brilliant daughter, Alma (who inherits both her father's money and his mind), ultimately becomes a botanist of considerable gifts herself. As Alma's research takes her deeper into the mysteries of evolution, she falls in love with a man named Ambrose Pike who makes incomparable paintings of orchids and who draws her in the exact opposite direction--into the realm of the spiritual, the divine, and the magical.
2013
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The White Princess Gregory, Philippa
The White Princess
When Henry Tudor picks up the crown of England from the mud of Bosworth field, he knows he must marry the princess of the enemy house -- Elizabeth of York -- to unify a country divided by years of war. But his bride is still in love with his slain enemy, Richard III -- and her mother and half of England dream of a missing heir, sent into the unknown by the White Queen. While the new monarchy can win power, it cannot win hearts in an England that plots for the return of the House of York. When a young man who would be king leads his army and invades England, Elizabeth has to choose between the new husband she is coming to love and the boy who claims to be her lost brother.
2013
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: In Sunlight and in Shadow Helprin, Mark
In Sunlight and in Shadow
Returning home after serving in World War II to run his family business in New York, paratrooper Harry Copeland falls in love with young singer and heiress Catherine Thomas Hale, who risks everything to break off her engagement to another man.
2012
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Train Dreams Johnson, Denis
Train Dreams
Circa 1900, Robert Grainer is a day laborer working in the Western forests and later building railroads. Grainger’s life story not only details his personal challenges but also the radical changes that transform America in his lifetime including influenza epidemics, the advent of automobiles and airplanes, and a chance meeting with Elvis Presley.
2011
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Burial Rites Kent, Hannah
Burial Rites
Set against Iceland's stark landscape, Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution. Horrified at the prospect of housing a convicted murderer, the family at first avoids Agnes. Only To´ti, a priest Agnes has mysteriously chosen to be her spiritual guardian, seeks to understand her. But as Agnes's death looms, the farmer's wife and their daughters learn there is another side to the sensational story they've heard--Provided by publisher.
2013
Adult Fiction Book
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