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George Orwell, Erich Fromm
Description: The classic science fiction story of a society in which "Big Brother" is always watching everyone's actions.
Call Number: Book Club Kit FIC Orw
Format: Kit
Date Added: Mar 17, 2017
Imbolo Mbue
Description: 2007. Jende Jonga, a Cameroonian immigrant living in Harlem, has come to the United States to provide a better life for himself, his wife, Neni, and their six-year-old son.Working as a chauffeur for Clark Edwards, a senior executive at Lehman Brothers, he displays the punctuality, discretion, and loyalty that Edwards demands. Neni temporary work at the Edwardses' summer home in the Hamptons means a brighter future-- until Jende and Neni notice cracks in their employers' façades. As the financial world threatens to collapse, the Jongas become desperate. And as their marriage threatens to fall apart, Jende and Neni are forced to make an impossible choice.
Call Number: Book Club Kit FIC Mbu
Format: Kit
Date Added: Aug 8, 2017
Ta-Nehisi Coates
Description: For Ta-Nehisi Coates, history has always been personal. At every stage of his life, he's sought in his explorations of history answers to the mysteries that surrounded him--most urgently, why he, and other black people he knew, seemed to live in fear. What were they afraid of? In this book. Coates takes readers along on his journey through America's history of race and its contemporary resonances through a series of awakenings--moments when he discovered some new truth about our long, tangled history of race, whether through his myth-busting professors at Howard University, a trip to a Civil War battlefield with a rogue historian, a journey to Chicago's South Side to visit aging survivors of 20th century America's 'long war on black people,' or a visit with the mother of a beloved friend who was shot down by the police. In his trademark style--a mix of lyrical personal narrative, reimagined history, essayistic argument, and reportage--Coates provides readers an illuminating new framework for understanding race: its history, our contemporary dilemma, and where we go from here.
Call Number: Book Club Kit Coa
Format: Kit
Date Added: Dec 15, 2016
Paula McLain
Description: Brought to Kenya from England as a child and then abandoned by her mother, Beryl is raised by both her father and the native Kipsigis tribe who share his estate. Her unconventional upbringing transforms Beryl into a bold young woman with a fierce love of all things wild and an inherent understanding of nature's delicate balance. But even the wild child must grow up, and when everything Beryl knows and trusts dissolves, she is catapulted into a string of disastrous relationships. Beryl forges her own path as a horse trainer, and her uncommon style attracts the eye of the Happy Valley set, a decadent, bohemian community of European expats who also live and love by their own set of rules. But it's the ruggedly charismatic Denys Finch Hatton who ultimately helps Beryl navigate the uncharted territory of her own heart. The intensity of their love reveals Beryl's truest self and her fate: to fly.
Call Number: Book Club Kit FIC McL
Format: Kit
Date Added: Mar 17, 2017
Elizabeth Wein
Description: In 1943, a British fighter plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France and the survivor tells a tale of friendship, war, espionage, and great courage as she relates what she must to survive while keeping secret all that she can.
Call Number: Book Club Kit FIC Wei
Format: Kit
Date Added: Dec 15, 2016
Jane Austen, Fiona J Stafford
Description: Emma, a self-assured young lady in Regency England, is determined to arrange her life and the lives of those around her into a pattern dictated by her romantic fancy.
Call Number: Book Club Kit FIC Aus
Format: Kit
Date Added: Dec 15, 2016
Celeste Ng
Description: Lydia, the middle and favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, inherited her mother's bright blue eyes and her father's jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill dreams they were unable to pursue. In Marilyn's case that her daughter becomes a doctor, in James's that she is popular with a busy social life. When Lydia's body is found in the local lake, the balancing act that has kept the Lee family together tumbles into chaos.
Call Number: Book Club Kit FIC Ng
Format: Kit
Date Added: Dec 15, 2016
Ray Bradbury, Neil Gaiman, Jonathan R. Eller
Description: In a future totalitarian state where books are banned and destroyed by the government, Guy Montag, a fireman in charge of burning books, meets a revolutionary schoolteacher who dares to read and a girl who tells him of a past when people did not live in fear ... This sixtieth-anniversary edition commemorates Ray Bradbury's masterpiece with a new introduction by Neil Gaiman ; personal essays on the genesis of the novel by the author; a wealth of critical essays and reviews by Nelson Algren, Harold Bloom, Margaret Atwood, and others; rare manuscript pages and sketches from Ray Bradbury's personal archive; and much more ...
Call Number: Book Club Kit FIC Bra
Format: Kit
Date Added: Mar 17, 2017
Kara Jorges
Description: Zia Jones is a world-famous acrobat with her name in lights on the Las Vegas Strip. As the headlining star of the ancient Inca Empire-themed Cuzco Resort Hotel & Casino, she performs her aerial ballet five nights a week. Zia is in complete control of her own destiny ... until the night she meets handsome Saudi Prince Faoud and allows him to seduce her. A reality check comes complete with recriminations when she is accused of stealing the priceless necklace she wore to the prince's suite after a glitzy televised banquet, and her unique and furtive exit only makes her look guilty as sin. Things tumble way out of control when the Cuzco's head of security, Latino hottie Juan Carlos Ramirez, enters the picture. She's up against an enemy who will stop at nothing to destroy her, and her only salvation seems to be the man who's supposed to put her away. Though Prince Faoud and Juan Carlos must work together to save her, only one man can win her heart.
Call Number: Book Club Kit FIC Jor
Format: Kit
Date Added: Jul 6, 2017
Lorna Landvik
Description: A comedy about two sisters running a beauty parlor in Minneapolis which they turn into a women's support center. One sister is Patty Jane, whose husband skipped town just before she gave birth. The other is Harriet, whose rich boyfriend was killed in a plane crash before they could marry.
Call Number: Book Club Kit FIC Lan
Format: Kit
Date Added: Dec 15, 2016
Paul Rogat Loeb
Description: A social activist uses stories of ordinary Americans who have found fulfillment in participation to inspire and encourage others to follow the same path.
Call Number: Book Club Kit Loe
Format: Kit
Date Added: Apr 4, 2017
Emily St. John Mandel
Description: One snowy night a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. Moving back and forth in time-from the actor's early days as a film star to fifteen years in the future, when a theater troupe known as the Traveling Symphony roams the wasteland of what remains-- this novel charts the strange twists of fate that connect five people: the actor, the man who tried to save him, the actor's first wife, his oldest friend, and a young actress with the Traveling Symphony, caught in the crosshairs of a dangerous self-proclaimed prophet.
Call Number: Book Club Kit FIC Man
Format: Kit
Date Added: Mar 17, 2017
Louise Penny
Description: Jane Neal--well-loved in her community--does not appear to be a woman anyone would want to harm, let alone murder. But when she turns up dead,l with an arrow wound to her chest, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache can't help but think that Jane died at the hands of someone much more sinister than a careless hunter. Now it's up to Gamache to find a killer who's on the loose...and on his trail.
Call Number: Book Club Kit FIC Pen
Format: Kit
Date Added: Feb 22, 2017
Catherine Ryan Hyde
Description: August Shroeder, a burned-out teacher, has been sober since his 19-year-old son died. Every year he’s spent the summer on the road, but making it to Yellowstone this year means everything. The plan had been to travel there with his son, but now August is making the trip with Philip’s ashes instead. An unexpected twist of fate lands August with two extra passengers for his journey, two half-orphans with nowhere else to go. What none of them could have known was how transformative both the trip—and the bonds that develop between them—would prove, driving each to create a new destiny together.
Call Number: Book Club Kit FIC Hyd
Format: Kit
Date Added: Aug 8, 2017
Charles Portis
Description: The story of Ray Midge tracking down his wife, Norma - who has run off with her first husband - by following credit card receipts (his credit card!). The trail leads from Arkansas down to Mexico, and into Honduras, where Midge gets entangled with Dr. Reo Symes in his broken-down bus, "The dog of the South."
Call Number: Book Club Kit FIC Por
Format: Kit
Date Added: Dec 15, 2016
Will Allen, Charles Wilson
Description: Describes the author's early experiences as a sharecropper's son and a KFC executive before building a preeminent urban farm to feed, educate, and employ thousands of at-risk youths.
Call Number: Book Club Kit All
Format: Kit
Date Added: Jul 6, 2017
Margaret Atwood
Description: Set in the Republic of Gilead, the former United States, during the late twentieth century. The declining birth rates caused by the effects of nuclear fallout and the AIDS epidemic result in a new social structure where all young women who can bear healthy children, are allocated to powerful regime men. This is the story of one of these young women.
Call Number: Book Club Kit FIC Atw
Format: Kit
Date Added: Mar 17, 2017
Kathleen Grissom
Description: Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction. Lavinia finds herself perilously straddling two very different worlds. When she is forced to make a choice, loyalties are brought into question, dangerous truths are laid bare, and lives are put at risk.
Call Number: Book Club Kit FIC Gri
Format: Kit
Date Added: Aug 8, 2017
Allen Eskens
Description: College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, a dying Vietnam veteran--and a convicted murderer, medically paroled to a nursing home, after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder. Unable to reconcile Carl's valor in Vietnam with the despicable acts of the convict, Joe throws himself into uncovering the truth.
Call Number: Book Club Kit FIC Esk
Format: Kit
Date Added: Dec 15, 2016
Erica Bauermeister
Description: Restaurant owner Lillian manages an unexpected challenge while sharing her days with a circle of friends and regulars, including ritual-performing accountant Al, heartbroken chef Chloe, and unobtrusive giant Finnegan.
Call Number: Book Club Kit FIC Bau
Format: Kit
Date Added: Jul 6, 2017
Richard Flanagan
Description: Moving deftly from a Japanese POW camp to present-day Australia, from the experiences of Dorrigo Evans and his fellow prisoners to that of the Japanese guards, this savagely beautiful novel tells a story of the many forms of love and death, of war and truth, as one man comes of age, prospers, only to discover all that he has lost.
Call Number: Book Club Kit FIC Fla
Format: Kit
Date Added: May 16, 2017
Kristin Hannah
Description: Viann and Isabelle have always been close despite their differences. Younger, bolder sister Isabelle lives in Paris while Viann lives a quiet and content life in the French countryside with her husband Antoine and their daughter. When World War II strikes and Antoine is sent off to fight, Viann and Isabelle's father sends Isabelle to help her older sister cope. As the war progresses, it's not only the sisters' relationship that is tested, but also their strength and their individual senses of right and wrong. With life as they know it changing in unbelievably horrific ways, Viann and Isabelle will find themselves facing frightening situations and responding in ways they never thought possible as bravery and resistance take different forms in each of their actions.
Call Number: Book Club Kit FIC Han
Format: Kit
Date Added: Dec 15, 2016
Graeme C Simsion
Description: Don Tillman, a professor of genetics, sets up a project designed to find him the perfect wife, starting with a questionnaire that has to be adjusted a little as he goes along. Then he meets Rosie, who is everything he's not looking for in a wife, but she ends up his friend as he helps her try and find her biological father.
Call Number: Book Club Kit FIC Sim
Format: Kit
Date Added: Jul 11, 2017
Chris Bohjalian
Description: This tale travels between Aleppo, Syria, in 1915 and Bronxville, New York, in 2012, a sweeping historical love story steeped in the author's Armenian heritage. When Elizabeth Endicott arrives in Syria, she has a diploma from Mount Holyoke College, a crash course in nursing, and only the most basic grasp of the Armenian language. The First World War is spreading across Europe, and she has volunteered on behalf of the Boston-based Friends of Armenia to deliver food and medical aid to refugees of the Armenian genocide. There, Elizabeth becomes friendly with Armen, a young Armenian engineer who has already lost his wife and infant daughter. When Armen leaves Aleppo to join the British Army in Egypt, he begins to write Elizabeth letters, and comes to realize that he has fallen in love with the wealthy, young American woman who is so different from the wife he lost. Flash forward to the present, where we meet Laura Petrosian, a novelist living in suburban New York. Laura has never really given her Armenian heritage much thought, but when an old friend calls, claiming to have seen a newspaper photo of Laura's grandmother promoting an exhibit at a Boston museum, Laura embarks on a journey back through her family's history that reveals love, loss, and a wrenching secret that has been buried for generations.
Call Number: Book Club Kit FIC Boh
Format: Kit
Date Added: Dec 15, 2016
Sebastian Barry
Description: Nearing her one-hundredth birthday, Roseanne McNulty faces an uncertain future, as the Roscommon Regional Mental hospital where she's spent the best part of her adult life prepares for closure. Over the weeks leading up to this upheaval, she talks often with her psychiatrist Dr Grene, and their relationship intensifies and complicates. Told through their respective journals, the story that emerges is at once shocking and deeply beautiful. Refracted through the haze of memory and retelling, Roseanne's story becomes an alternative, secret history of Ireland's changing character and the story of a life blighted by terrible mistreatment and ignorance, and yet marked still by love and passion and hope.
Call Number: Book Club Kit FIC Bar
Format: Kit
Date Added: Aug 16, 2017
Karen Joy Fowler
Description: Coming of age in middle America, eighteen-year-old Rosemary evaluates how her entire youth was defined by the presence and forced removal of an endearing chimpanzee who was secretly regarded as a family member and who Rosemary loved as a sister.
Call Number: Book Club Kit FIC Fow
Format: Kit
Date Added: Apr 4, 2017
Peter Geye
Description: The two principal stories at play in Wintering are bound together when the elderly, demented Harry Eide escapes his sickbed and vanishes into the forbidding, northernmost wilderness that surrounds the town of Gunflint, Minnesota - instantly changing the Eide family, and many other lives, forever. He'd done this once before, more than 30 years earlier in 1963, fleeing a crumbling marriage and bringing along Gustav, his 18-year-old son, pitching this audacious, potentially fatal scheme - winter already coming on, in these woods, on these waters - as a reenactment of the ancient voyageurs' journeys of discovery. It's certainly something Gus has never forgotten, nor the Devil's Maw of a river, a variety of beloved (possibly fantastical) maps, the ice floes and waterfalls (neither especially appealing from a canoe), a magnificent bear, the endless portages, a magical abandoned shack, Thanksgiving and Christmas improvised at the far end of the earth, the brutal cold and sheer beauty of it all.
Call Number: Book Club Kit FIC Gey
Format: Kit
Date Added: Aug 8, 2017
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1984 : A Novel
George Orwell, Erich Fromm
Book Club Kit FIC Orw
The Dog Of The South
Charles Portis
Book Club Kit FIC Por
Behold The Dreamers [Kit]
Imbolo Mbue
Book Club Kit FIC Mbu
The Good Food Revolution : Growing Healthy Food, People, And Communities
Will Allen, Charles Wilson
Book Club Kit All
Between The World And Me
Ta-Nehisi Coates
Book Club Kit Coa
The Handmaid's Tale
Margaret Atwood
Book Club Kit FIC Atw
Circling The Sun : A Novel
Paula McLain
Book Club Kit FIC McL
The Kitchen House
Kathleen Grissom
Book Club Kit FIC Gri
Code Name Verity
Elizabeth Wein
Book Club Kit FIC Wei
The Life We Bury : A Novel
Allen Eskens
Book Club Kit FIC Esk
Emma
Jane Austen, Fiona J Stafford
Book Club Kit FIC Aus
The Lost Art Of Mixing
Erica Bauermeister
Book Club Kit FIC Bau
Everything I Never Told You
Celeste Ng
Book Club Kit FIC Ng
The Narrow Road To The Deep North
Richard Flanagan
Book Club Kit FIC Fla
Fahrenheit 451
Ray Bradbury, Neil Gaiman, Jonathan R. Eller
Book Club Kit FIC Bra
The Nightingale
Kristin Hannah
Book Club Kit FIC Han
Nights At The Cuzco
Kara Jorges
Book Club Kit FIC Jor
The Rosie Project [Kit]
Graeme C Simsion
Book Club Kit FIC Sim
Patty Jane's House Of Curl
Lorna Landvik
Book Club Kit FIC Lan
The Sandcastle Girls : A Novel
Chris Bohjalian
Book Club Kit FIC Boh
Soul Of A Citizen : Living With Conviction In A Cynical Time
Paul Rogat Loeb
Book Club Kit Loe
The Secret Scripture
Sebastian Barry
Book Club Kit FIC Bar
Station Eleven : A Novel
Emily St. John Mandel
Book Club Kit FIC Man
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
Karen Joy Fowler
Book Club Kit FIC Fow
Still Life
Louise Penny
Book Club Kit FIC Pen
Wintering
Peter Geye
Book Club Kit FIC Gey
Take Me With You
Catherine Ryan Hyde
Book Club Kit FIC Hyd