While many books focus on a compelling character or family, this novel revolves around a particular place – a tiny, windswept island off the coast of California. Beginning in the 1880s and then shifting to the 1930s, Boyle traces the lives of two families that inhabit San Miguel, people in search of freedom and escape from sometimes troubled pasts. In addition to a stark and captivating place, this memorable tale offers compelling characters, heartbreaking circumstances, and the beautiful storytelling that readers have come to expect of T. C. Boyle.
An award-winning, powerful collection of stories that tackle the many difficult struggles (moral, psychological and physical) our American soldiers faced during deployment and upon their return home post-war. An affecting, strong addition to the unique body of literature centering around the military experience in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Fiction KLAY, P.
Seven-year-old Millie has a slight obsession with death and keeps a list of dead things in her life, one of the recent entries being “my dad.” Unable to deal with Millie, her mother tells her to wait for a moment in the underwear section of a department store and never returns. Millie, desperate to find her mother (she leaves notes saying “IN HERE MUM” everywhere she goes), tugs on the heartstrings of 80-somethings Karl the Touch Typist, a recent nursing home escapee, and Agatha Panthea, her grumpy, recluse neighbor.
Back in 1987, it seems to fourteen-year-old June Elbus that only one person has ever truly understood her -- her uncle, the renowned painter Finn Weiss. Quirky and shy at school, and unwillingly distant from her once close older sister, June only feels like herself in Finn's company; he is her godfather, confidant, and best friend. So when he dies, far too young, of AIDS, the mysterious illness her family will barely talk about, June's world is turned upside down.
In Conn Iggulden’s first book in the War of the Roses series, England and France’s bitter rivalry comes alive in vivid detail. Young Henry VI has just ascended to his English throne, yet he is known to be weak and ineffectual, relying almost completely upon his two advisers, low-born spymaster Derry Brewer and William de la Pole, the Duke of Suffolk. Derry and William secretly plan to unite the young French royal Margaret D’Anjou and Henry in marriage to quell hostilities, but hotheaded nobles like the Plantagenet Duke of York scheme for more war instead of peace.
Teen siblings Ember and Dante have a dangerous secret. They are dragons, trained to act as humans, given one summer to live as regular human teens to test their ability to blend in. Ember wants to spend the 3 months of freedom they have while living as human teens to experience everything a normal human girl would- parties, friendships, love, and more. If they fail, they risk being hunted down and killed and if they succeed, they’re destined to join Talon, the dragon organization set to take over the human world.
Teen Fiction KAGAWA, J.
Malorie and her two children live alone in a dark, desolate world, one in which they can’t open their eyes outdoors or else risk certain death. A glimpse of whatever terrifying being is lurking outside has caused people to become insane, violent killers. To survive, Malorie must attempt to travel a dangerous journey downriver with her family--all while blindfolded.
Fiction MALERMAN, J.
Fifteen year old Oscar Drai has a habit of sneaking out of his boarding school and exploring the city of Barcelona. During one of his excursions, he meets Marina and her eccentric father, Germán. Marina soon shows Oscar one of her favorite mysteries of the city: on the last Sunday each month, at exactly ten o’clock, a woman dressed all in black takes a carriage to a small graveyard and places a rose on an unmarked grave. Oscar and Marina decide to follow the woman and, in the process, make an odd and macabre discovery.
In 1864 Eliza Spooner’s husband Will volunteers to join the Union army leaving her to take care of their Kansas farm and their two children. Eliza awaits his return and sends him a special Christmas quilt to help keep him warm. When one of her neighbors becomes a widow, Eliza opens her home to the young woman and her daughter. The two women help each other and form a special bond when they join other women in a quilting group. When Eliza is asked to hide an escaped slave she finds it in her heart to do the right thing even though it puts her own family in danger.
In Visible City, author Tova Mirvis explores the anonymity and intimacy of life in New York City, juxtaposing the public and private lives of community members in a transitioning neighborhood of pre-war apartments. Recovering attorney Nina, now a stay-at-home mom, uses her son’s toy binoculars to scrutinize the lives of an older couple living opposite her family on the block. When an innocuous meeting at Starbucks leads to a budding friendship with one half of the couple, Nina struggles to reconcile what she once imagined with what she now knows about their lives.