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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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time-keeper-bckThe 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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Drinking: a Love Story
Knapp, Caroline
The author shares her story as an alcoholic and her struggle to become sober.
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ikwtcbs-bckI 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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The Winner
Baldacci, David
A down on her luck lottery winners has to run for her life.
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Shadow Divers: the true adventure of two Americans who risked everything to solve one of the last mysteries of World War II
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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ibstct-bckIf Beale Street Could Talk
Baldwin, James
Fonny and Tish are in love and their love protects them from their respective dysfunctional families and the outside world until Fonny is falsely accused of rape. After his imprisonment, Tish finds out she is pregnant and she, her family, and her lawyer race against the clock to find evidence that frees Fonny before the baby is born.
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detroit-bckDetroit: An American Autopsy
LeDuff, Charlie
Back in his broken hometown, LeDuff searches through the ruins for clues to its fate, his family's, and his own. Once the richest city in America, Detroit is now the nation's poorest. It is an eerie and angry place of deserted factories and abandoned homes and forgotten people. LeDuff sets out to uncover what destroyed his city, and shares an unbelievable story of a hard town in a rough time filled with some of the strangest and strongest people our country has to offer.
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tnar-bckThe Next American Revolution
Boggs, Grace Lee
A world dominated by America and driven by cheap oil, easy credit, and conspicuous consumption is unraveling before our eyes. In this powerful, deeply humanistic book, Grace Lee Boggs, a legendary figure in the struggle for justice in America, shrewdly assesses the current crisis—political, economical, and environmental—and shows how to create the radical social change we need to confront new realities.
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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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slmtg-bckShe 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.' Growing up in a tranquil English village, Emma knew very little of her mother's life before her.
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station-eleven-bckStation Eleven
Mandel, Emily St. John
An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, 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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Lethal
Brown, Sandra
A woman is on the run with a suspected murderer, trying to clear his name.
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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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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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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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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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inner-circle-bckThe Inner Circle
Meltzer, Brad
A young archivist working in the National Archives and his childhood crush accidentally happen upon a priceless artifact--a 200-year-old dictionary that once belonged to George Washington--hidden inside a desk chair. Eager to discover why the President is hiding this important national treasure, the two soon find themselves entangled in a web of deception, conspiracy, and murder that will reveal the most well kept secret of the U.S. Presidency.
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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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Jazz: a novel
Morrison, Toni
Set in Harlem during the 20’s, Morrison tells of a love affair gone wrong.
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brothers-bckBrothers
Colt, George Howe
From the bestselling National Book Award finalist, a masterful blend of history and memoir featuring the author’s four brothers and iconic brothers in history—the Thoreaus, the Van Goghs, the Kelloggs, the Marx brothers, and the Booths.
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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 Lincoln Lawyer
Connelly, Michael
A slightly shady lawyer defends a murder suspect.
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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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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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impthingsThe 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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boston-girl-bckThe Boston Girl
Diamant, Anita
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Red Tent and Day After Night, comes an unforgettable coming-of-age novel about family ties and values, friendship and feminism told through the eyes of a young Jewish woman growing up in Boston in the early twentieth century.
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gertrudas-oath-bckGertruda'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 Red Tent
Diamant, Anita
The Biblical story of Jacob and his sons, told through the eyes of the women of the family.
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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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colored-car-bckThe 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-bckShanghai Girls
See, Lisa
Two sisters leave Shanghai to find new lives in 1930s Los Angeles in this fresh, fascinating adventure.
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One Thousand White Women: the journals of May Dodd
Fergus, Jim
An Indian request for white brides to ensure peace is secretly approved by the U.S. government in this alternate-history novel.
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The Thirteenth Tale: a novel
Setterfield, Diane
A writer is invited to the house of one of the world’s most popular – and most mysterious – authors to write her life story.
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gateway-to-freedom-bckGateway 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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oceanThe Ocean at the End of the Lane
Gaiman, Neil
The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a 2013 novel by British author Neil Gaiman. The work was first published on 18 June 2013 through William Morrow and Company and 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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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-bckMaus: A Survivor's Tale Pt. 1
Spiegelman, Art
"In this work 'Spiegelman takes the comic book to a new level of seriousness, portraying Jews as mice and Nazis as cats. Depicting himself being told about the Holocaust by his Polish survivor father, Spiegelman not only explores the concentration-camp experience, but also the guilt, love, and anger between father and son.'" Rochman.
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blink-bckBlink
Gladwell, Malcolm
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking (2005) is Malcolm Gladwell's second book. 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. It considers both the strengths of the adaptive unconscious, for example in expert judgment, and its pitfalls, such as stereotypes.
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art-of-racing-bckThe 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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fault-in-our-stars-bckThe 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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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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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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wild-bckWild
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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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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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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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 Nine: inside the secret world of the Supreme Court
Toobin, Jeffrey
A history of the Court and the politics involved in selecting the jurors, as well as that involved in their decision making.
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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 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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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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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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lefttotellLeft 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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oitnb-bckOrange is the New Black
Kerman, Piper
Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison is a 2010 memoir by Piper Kerman, which 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 Memory of Water
White, Karen
Two sisters who haven’t spoken in years find themselves facing their unhappy past together.
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calling-me-home-bckCalling Me Home
Kibler, Julie
Eighty-nine-year-old Isabelle McAllister has a favor to ask her hairdresser Dorrie Curtis: drop everything and drive from Arlington, Texas, to a funeral in Cincinnati. Tomorrow. Dorrie, fleeing problems of her own, agrees. It's a journey that changes both their lives, as she learns Isabelle's tale of a forbidden relationship and its tragic consequences-- a tale that just might help Dorrie find her own way.
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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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cotillionThe 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. Caught between the indifference of her father, the excitement of her social-climbing mother, and her boyfriend's militancy, Yoruba persuades her sister debutantes to challenge the aging doyennes in one of the most sidesplitting scenes in American literature.
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