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Current Fiction Titles:Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian  by Sherman Alexie

"This heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written based on the authors own experiences and chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he seems destined to live." 
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Broken for You  by Stephanie Kallos

"The compelling story highlights the losses and disjointedness of life and the many paths back to healing for those who seek the way." Booklist

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A Farewell to Arms  by Ernest Hemingway

"In 1918 Ernest Hemingway went to war, to the 'war to end all wars'. But A Farewell to Arms is not only a novel of war. In it Hemingway has also created a love story of immense drama and uncompromising passion."

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo  by Stieg Larsson*Girl with the Dragon cover

"Once you start The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, there's no turning back. This debut a serious page-turner...little is as it seems in Larsson's novel, but there is at least one constant: you really don't want to mess with the girl with the dragon tattoo."

The Great Gatsby  by F. Scott FitzgeraldThe Great Gatsby book cover

"A portrait of the Jazz Age in all of its decadence and excess, Gatsby captured the spirit of the author's generation and earned itself a permanent place in American mythology."

The Help  by Kathryn Stockett

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"With pitch-perfect tone and an unerring facility for character and setting, Stockett’s richly accomplished debut novel inventively explores the unspoken ways in which the nascent civil rights and feminist movements threatened the southern status quo." Booklist 

The Joy Luck Club  by Amy TanThe Joy Luck Club book cover

"With wit and sensitivity, Amy Tan examines the sometimes painful, often tender, and always deep connection between mothers and daughters." 

Keeping Faith  by Jodi Picoult*Keeping Faith cover

"Picoult blends elements of psychology and spirituality into a mesmerizing morality play, where conventional notions of faith and honesty are put to the test by a seemingly impossible series of extraordinary events." Booklist

The Kite Runner  by Khalid HosseiniCover of book Kite Runner

"...Khaled Hosseini...provide[s] an educational and eye-opening account of a country's political turmoil...while also developing characters whose heartbreaking struggles and emotional triumphs resonate with readers long after the last page has been turned over."

The Lace Reader  by Brunonia Barry*

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"The Lace Reader retains the strange magic of a vivid dream, though Barry's portrayal of modern-day Salem, Massachusetts--with its fascinating cast of eccentrics--is reportedly spot-on. Some of its stranger residents include generations of Whitney women, with a gift for seeing the future in the lace they make."

March  by Geraldine BrooksMarch cover

"Brooks's luminous second novel...imagines the Civil War experiences of Mr. March, the absent father in Louisa May Alcott's Little Women." Publisher's Weekly

Memoirs of a Geisha  by Arthur Golden*Memoirs of a Geisha book cover

"Readers experience the entire life of a geisha, from her origins as an orphaned fishing-village girl in 1929 to her...reminiscent old age as the distinguished mistress of the powerful patron of her dreams."

My Antonia  by Willa CatherMy Antonia book cover

"First published in 1918, and set in Nebraska in the late 19th century, this [is the] tale of the spirited daughter of a Bohemian immigrant family planning to farm on the untamed land....Ántonia, who, even as a grown woman somewhat downtrodden by circumstance and hard work...lies at the center of almost every human condition that Cather's novel effortlessly untangles." Amazon.comMy Sisters Keeper book cover

My Sister's Keeper  by Jodi Picoult*

"The difficult choices a family must make when a child is diagnosed with a serious disease are explored with pathos and understanding...." Publisher's WeeklyCover of book One Thousand White Women

One Thousand White Women  by Jim Fergus

"An American western with a most unusual twist, this is an imaginative fictional account of the participation of May Dodd and others in the controversial 'Brides for Indians' program..." BooklistSnow Flower cover

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan  by Lisa See

"See's engrossing novel set in remote 19th-century China details the deeply affecting story of lifelong, intimate friends (laotong, or "old sames") Lily and Snow Flower, their imprisonment by rigid codes of conduct for women and their betrayal by pride and love." Publisher's Weekly

The Sound and the Fury  by William Faulkner

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"The ostensible subject of The Sound and the Fury is the dissolution of the Compsons, one of those august old Mississippi families that fell on hard times and wild eccentricity after the Civil War. But in fact what William Faulkner is really after in his legendary novel is the kaleidoscope of consciousness--the overwrought mind caught in the act of thought."

The Thirteenth Tale  by Diane Setterfield

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"Contending with ghosts and with a (mostly) scary bunch of living people, Setterfield's sensible heroine is...unprepared for both heartache and romance." Publisher's Weekly

To Kill a Mockingbird  by Harper Lee*

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"Lee's Pulitzer Prize–winning 1960 novel... quietly stands as one of the most powerful statements of the Civil Rights movement." Publisher's Weekly

Welcome to the Monkey House  by Kurt Vonnegut

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"This collection of Vonnegut's short masterpieces share his audacious sense of humor and extraordinary creative vision."

What is the What  by Dave Eggers

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"A fictionalized memoir set during the Sudanese civil war...the result is a horrific account of the Sudanese tragedy, but also an emblematic saga of modernity-of the search for home and self in a world of unending upheaval." Publisher's Weekly

The World According to Garp  by John Irving

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Irving packs wild characters and weird events into [t]his classic...while amazingly maintaining the rough feel of realism in every scene and the pulse of life in every heart.

Year of Wonders  by Geraldine Brooks

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"With...a rigorous regard for period detail...Brooks re-creates a year in the life of a remote British village decimated by the bubonic plague." Publisher's Weekly

*Includes two large print copies