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Amor Towles
Description: "When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: Book Club Kit FIC Tow
Format: Kit
Date Added: Sep 18, 2019
Christina Baker Kline
Description: Imagines the life story of Christina Olson, the subject of Andrew Wyeth's painting "Christina's World," describing the simple life she led on a remote Maine farm, her complicated relationship with her family, and the illness that incapacitated her.
Call Number: Book Club Kit FIC Kli
Format: Kit
Date Added: Sep 18, 2019
Darcey Bell
Description: "It starts with a simple favor--an ordinary kindness mothers do for one another. When her best friend, Emily, asks Stephanie to pick up her son Nicky after school, she happily says yes. Nicky and her son, Miles, are classmates and best friends, and the five-year-olds love being together--just like she and Emily. A widow and stay-at-home mommy blogger living in woodsy suburban Connecticut, Stephanie was lonely until she met Emily, a sophisticated PR executive whose job in Manhattan demands so much of her time. But Emily doesn't come back. She doesn't answer calls or return texts. Stephanie knows something is terribly wrong--Emily would never leave Nicky, no matter what the police say. Terrified, she reaches out to her blog readers for help. She also reaches out to Emily's husband, the handsome, reticent Sean, offering emotional support. It's the least she can do for her best friend. Then, she and Sean receive shocking news. Emily is dead. The nightmare of her disappearance is over. Or is it? Because soon, Stephanie will begin to see that nothing--not friendship, love, or even an ordinary favor--is as simple as it seems."--Page 4 of cover.
Call Number: Book Club Kit FIC Bel
Format: Kit
Date Added: Sep 18, 2019
Catherine Ryan Hyde
Description: Bea has barely been scraping by since her husband died. After falling for a telephone scam, she loses everything and is forced to abandon her trailer. With only two-thirds of a tank in her old van, she heads toward the Pacific Ocean with her cat on a mission to reclaim what's rightfully hers, even if it means making others pay for what she lost. When fifteen-year-old Allie's parents are jailed for tax fraud, she's sent to a group home. But when her life is threatened by another resident, she knows she has to get out. She escapes only to find she has nowhere to go until fate throws Allie in Bea's path. Reluctant to trust each other, much less become friends, the two warily make their way up the Pacific Coast. Yet as their hearts open to friendship and love from the strangers they meet on their journey, they find the courage to forge their own unique family and begin to see an imperfect world with new eyes.
Call Number: Book Club Kit FIC Hyd
Format: Kit
Date Added: Sep 18, 2019
Lisa Wingate
Description: Two families, generations apart, are forever changed by a heartbreaking injustice. Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family's Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge--until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children's Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents--but they quickly realize the dark truth. At the mercy of the facility's cruel director, Rill fights to keep her sisters and brother together in a world of danger and uncertainty. Aiken, South Carolina, present day. Born into wealth and privilege, Avery Stafford seems to have it all: a successful career as a federal prosecutor, a handsome fiance, and a lavish wedding on the horizon. But when Avery returns home to help her father weather a health crisis,a chance encounter leaves her with uncomfortable questions and compels her to take a journey through her family's long-hidden history, on a path that will ultimately lead either to devastation or to redemption. Based on one of America's most notorious real-life scandals--in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: Book Club Kit Win
Format: Kit
Date Added: Sep 18, 2019
Mark T. Sullivan
Description: Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He's a normal Italian teenager -- obsessed with music, food, and girls -- but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior. In an attempt to protect him, Pino's parents force him to enlist as a German soldier -- a move they think will keep him out of combat. But after Pino is injured, he is recruited at the tender age of eighteen to become the personal driver for Adolf Hitler's left hand in Italy, General Hans Leyers, one of the Third Reich's most mysterious and powerful commanders. Now, with the opportunity to spy for the Allies inside the German High Command, Pino endures the horrors of the war and the Nazi occupation by fighting in secret, his courage bolstered by his love for Anna and for the life he dreams they will one day share.
Call Number: Book Club Kit FIC Sul
Format: Kit
Date Added: Sep 18, 2019
Colleen Oakley
Description: A 28-year-old recluse with a unique allergy to physical contact with other people is forced to reenter the world after her mother's death, finding friendship with a 10-year-old troubled boy and love with his adoptive father.
Call Number: Book Club Kit FIC Oak
Format: Kit
Date Added: Sep 18, 2019
Gail Honeyman
Description: "Meet Eleanor Oliphant: she struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. That, combined with her unusual appearance (scarred cheek, tendency to wear the same clothes year in, year out), means that Eleanor has become a creature of habit (to say the least) and a bit of a loner. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kind of friends who rescue each other from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond's big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: Book Club Kit FIC Hon
Format: Kit
Date Added: Sep 18, 2019
Connie Lounsbury
Description: It is fall 1919, and Irene Ross, her husband Sam, and their four children are returning to Minnesota after living in North Dakota for three long, lonely years. Irene's hometown of Kathleen Creek is full of gossip about Irene's past, and it may be too much for Sam to handle. How will she and her family survive if he brings them home and leaves them there?
Call Number: Book Club Kit FIC Lou
Format: Kit
Date Added: Sep 18, 2019
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Description: Presents the story of Dr. Frankenstein and his obsessive experiment that leads to the creation of a monstrous and deadly creature.
Call Number: Book Club Kit FIC She
Format: Kit
Date Added: Sep 18, 2019
Bryan Stevenson
Description: The founder of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama recounts his experiences as a lawyer working to assist those desperately in need, reflecting on his pursuit of the ideal of compassion in American justice.
Call Number: Book Club Kit Ste
Format: Kit
Date Added: Sep 18, 2019
David Grann
Description: In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe. Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. Her relatives were shot and poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more and more members of the tribe began to die under mysterious circumstances. In this last remnant of the Wild West -- where oilmen like J.P. Getty made their fortunes and where desperadoes like Al Spencer, the "Phantom Terror," roamed -- many of those who dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered. As the death toll climbed to more than twenty-four, the FBI took up the case. It was one of the organization's first major homicide investigations and the bureau badly bungled the case. In desperation, the young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White to unravel the mystery. White put together an undercover team, including one of the only American Indian agents in the bureau. The agents infiltrated the region, struggling to adopt the latest techniques of detection. Together with the Osage they began to expose one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.
Call Number: Book Club Kit Gra
Format: Kit
Date Added: Sep 18, 2019
Celeste Ng
Description: In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned - from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. Enter Mia Warren - an enigmatic artist and single mother - who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community. When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town--and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia's past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs.
Call Number: Book Club Kit FIC Ng
Format: Kit
Date Added: Sep 18, 2019
Kent Nerburn
Description: A Native American elder travels through Indian towns, introducing readers to a vivid cast of characters.
Call Number: Book Club Kit Ner
Format: Kit
Date Added: Sep 18, 2019
Fiona Barton
Description: As journalist Kate Waters investigates the discovery of a tiny skeleton in a gentrifying section of London, she unearths connections to a crime that rocked the city decades earlier.
Call Number: Book Club Kit FIC Bar
Format: Kit
Date Added: Sep 18, 2019
Alice Walker
Description: Set in the period between the world wars, this novel tells of two sisters, their trials, and their survival.
Call Number: Book Club Kit FIC Wal
Format: Kit
Date Added: Sep 18, 2019
Leo Tolstoy
Description: As an unusual illness plagues Russian public official Ivan Ilyich, his life is forever changed as he deals with doctors who cannot diagnose or treat him, as well as a certain death sentence.
Call Number: Book Club Kit FIC Tol
Format: Kit
Date Added: Sep 18, 2019
Alice Hoffman
Description: A tale inspired by the tragic first-century massacre of hundreds of Jewish people at Masada presents the stories of a hated daughter, a baker's wife, a girl disguised as a warrior, and a medicine woman who keep doves and secrets while Roman soldiers draw near.
Call Number: Book Club Kit FIC Hof
Format: Kit
Date Added: Sep 18, 2019
Karin Tanabe
Description: Since childhood Anita Hemmings has longed to attend the country's most exclusive school for women, Vassar College. Now a bright, beautiful senior in the class of 1897, she is hiding a secret that should have banned her from admission: Anita is the only African American student ever to attend Vassar. With her olive complexion and dark hair, the daughter of a janitor and descendant of slaves has successfully passed as white and now finds herself rooming with Louise "Lottie" Taylor, the scion of one of New York's most prominent families.
Call Number: Book Club Kit FIC Tan
Format: Kit
Date Added: Sep 18, 2019
Kristin Hannah
Description: Lenora Allbright is 13 when her father convinces her mother, Cora, to forgo their inauspicious existence in Seattle and move to Kaneq, AK. It's 1974, and the former Vietnam POW sees a better future away from the noise and nightmares that plague him. Having been left a homestead by a buddy who died in the war, Ernt is secure in his beliefs, but never was a family less prepared for the reality of Alaska, the long, cold winters and isolation. Locals want to help out, especially classmate Matthew Walker, who likes everything about Leni. Yet the harsh conditions bring out the worst in Ernt, whose paranoia takes over their lives and exacerbates what Leni sees as the toxic relationship between her parents. The Allbrights are as green as greenhorns can be, and even first love must endure unimaginable hardship and tragedy as the wilderness tries to claim more victims.
Call Number: Book Club Kit FIC Han
Format: Kit
Date Added: Sep 18, 2019
Robert Alexander
Description: Drawing from decades of work, travel, and research in Russia, the author recreates the tragic, perennially fascinating story of the final days of Nicholas and Alexandra as seen through the fictional eyes of the Romanovs' young kitchen boy, Leonka. Now an ancient Russian immigrant, Leonka claims to be the last living witness to the Romanovs' brutal murders and sets down the dark secrets of his past with the imperial family.
Call Number: Book Club Kit FIC Ale
Format: Kit
Date Added: Sep 18, 2019
Pam Jenoff
Description: 1946, Manhattan. One morning while passing through Grand Central Terminal on her way to work, Grace Healey finds an abandoned suitcase tucked beneath a bench. Unable to resist her own curiosity, Grace opens the suitcase, where she discovers a dozen photographs--each of a different woman. In a moment of impulse, Grace takes the photographs and quickly leaves the station.Grace soon learns that the suitcase belonged to a woman named Eleanor Trigg, leader of a network of female secret agents who were deployed out of London during the war. Twelve of these women were sent to Occupied Europe as couriers and radio operators to aid the resistance, but they never returned home, their fates a mystery. Setting out to learn the truth behind the women in the photographs, Grace finds herself drawn to a young mother turned agent named Marie, whose daring mission overseas reveals a remarkable story of friendship, valor and betrayal.-- Publisher's description.
Call Number: Book Club Kit FIC Jen
Format: Kit
Date Added: Sep 18, 2019
Homer
Description: A reprint of the ancient Greek epic with an introduction giving the background to the times, viz. "The ceremonies of civilization do not mean much to us today; we tend to see them as insincere ... To Homer they are very beautiful and their violation a more serious matter than we can imagine.""Robert Fitzgerald's translation of Homer's Odyssey is the best and best-loved modern translation of the greatest of all epic poems. Since 1961, this Odyssey has sold more than two million copies, and it is the standard translation for three generations of students and poets. Farrar, Straus and Giroux is delighted to publish a new edition of this classic work. Fitzgerald's supple verse is ideally suited to the story of Odysseus' long journey back to his wife and home after the Trojan War. Homer's tale of love, adventure, food and drink, sensual pleasure, and mortal danger reaches the English-language reader in all its glory." -- Publisher's description
Call Number: Book Club Kit Hom
Format: Kit
Date Added: Sep 18, 2019
Juliette Fay
Description: "In 1919, the four Turner sisters and their parents are barely scraping along. Their father is a low-paid boot stitcher in Johnson City, NY, and the Turners are always one paycheck away from eviction. When their father's hand is crushed and he's forced to quit, their domineering mother decides that the vaudeville stage is their best--and only--chance for salvation. With everything at stake, the Tumbling Turners take to the road and the four young women, teenagers Gert, Winnie, and Kit, and Nell, a 22-year-old new mother and recent widow of the Great War, are soon immersed in the tumultuous world of American Vaudeville on a nine-city tour that will make or break them. Swindlers and ne'er-do-wells await in abundance, but so does kindness, and just maybe a chance at love."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: Book Club Kit FIC Fay
Format: Kit
Date Added: Sep 18, 2019
Rachel Joyce
Description: Harold Fry is convinced that he must deliver a letter to an old love in order to save her, meeting various characters along the way and reminiscing about the events of his past and people he has known, as he tries to find peace and acceptance.
Call Number: Book Club Kit FIC Joy
Format: Kit
Date Added: Sep 18, 2019
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A Gentleman In Moscow [Kit]
Amor Towles
Book Club Kit FIC Tow
Neither Wolf Nor Dog [Kit] : On Forgotten Roads With An Indian Elder
Kent Nerburn
Book Club Kit Ner
A Piece Of The World [Kit] : A Novel
Christina Baker Kline
Book Club Kit FIC Kli
The Child [Kit]
Fiona Barton
Book Club Kit FIC Bar
A Simple Favor [Kit] : A Novel
Darcey Bell
Book Club Kit FIC Bel
The Color Purple [Kit]
Alice Walker
Book Club Kit FIC Wal
Allie And Bea [Kit] : A Novel
Catherine Ryan Hyde
Book Club Kit FIC Hyd
The Death Of Ivan Ilyich And Other Stories [Kit]
Leo Tolstoy
Book Club Kit FIC Tol
Before We Were Yours [Kit] : A Novel
Lisa Wingate
Book Club Kit Win
The Dovekeepers [Kit] : A Novel
Alice Hoffman
Book Club Kit FIC Hof
Beneath A Scarlet Sky [Kit] : A Novel
Mark T. Sullivan
Book Club Kit FIC Sul
The Gilded Years [Kit] : A Novel
Karin Tanabe
Book Club Kit FIC Tan
Close Enough To Touch [Kit]
Colleen Oakley
Book Club Kit FIC Oak
The Great Alone [Kit]
Kristin Hannah
Book Club Kit FIC Han
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine [Kit]
Gail Honeyman
Book Club Kit FIC Hon
The Kitchen Boy [Kit]
Robert Alexander
Book Club Kit FIC Ale
Fatal Flaws [Kit]
Connie Lounsbury
Book Club Kit FIC Lou
The Lost Girls Of Paris [Kit]
Pam Jenoff
Book Club Kit FIC Jen
Frankenstein, Or, The Modern Prometheus [Kit]
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Book Club Kit FIC She
The Odyssey [Kit]
Homer
Book Club Kit Hom
Just Mercy [Kit] : A Story Of Justice And Redemption
Bryan Stevenson
Book Club Kit Ste
The Tumbling Turner Sisters [Kit]
Juliette Fay
Book Club Kit FIC Fay
Killers Of The Flower Moon [Kit] : The Osage Murders And The Birth Of The Fbi
David Grann
Book Club Kit Gra
The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry [Kit] : A Novel
Rachel Joyce
Book Club Kit FIC Joy
Little Fires Everywhere [Kit]
Celeste Ng
Book Club Kit FIC Ng