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Michel Bussi, Daniel Philpott, Sam Taylor
Description: A night flight from Istanbul bound for Paris, filled with 169 holiday travelers, plummets into the Swiss Alps. The sole survivor is a three-month-old girl--thrown from the plane onto the snowy mountainside before fire rages through the aircraft. But two infants were on board. Is the miracle baby Lyse-Rose or Emilie? Both families step forward to claim the child--one poor, one powerful, wealthy, and dangerous.
Call Number: FIC Bus
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Jan 19, 2018
Jowhor Ile
Description: During the rainy season of 1995, in the bustling town of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, one family's life is disrupted by the sudden disappearance of seventeen-year-old Paul Utu, beloved brother and son. As they grapple with the sudden loss of their darling boy, they embark on a painful and moving journey of immense power which changes their lives forever and shatters the fragile ecosystem of their once ordered family. Ajie, the youngest sibling, is burdened with the guilt of having seen Paul last and convinced that his vanished brother was betrayed long ago. But his search for the truth uncovers hidden family secrets and reawakens old, long forgotten ghosts as rumours of police brutality, oil shortages, and frenzied student protests serve as a backdrop to his pursuit.
Call Number: FIC Ile
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 19, 2018
Stella Rimington
Call Number: LP FIC Rim
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Jan 19, 2018
Alain Mabanckou, Helen (Translator) Stevenson
Description: "It's not easy being Tokumisa Nzambe po Mose yamoyindo abotami namboka ya Bakoko. There's that long name of his for a start, which means, "Let us thank God, the black Moses is born on the lands of the ancestors." Most people just call him Moses. Then there's the orphanage where he lives, run by a malicious political stooge, Dieudonne Ngoulmoumako, and where he's terrorized by two fellow orphans-the twins Songi-Songi and Tala-Tala. But after Moses exacts revenge on the twins by lacing their food with hot pepper, the twins take Moses under their wing, escape the orphanage, and move to the bustling port town of Pointe-Noire, where they form a gang that survives on petty theft. What follows is a funny, moving, larger-than-life tale that chronicles Moses's ultimately tragic journey through the Pointe-Noire underworld and the politically repressive world of Congo-Brazzaville in the 1970s and 80s."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Mab
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 19, 2018
Tim author Winton
Description: "After two separate catastrophes, two very different families leave the country for the bright lights of Perth. The Lambs are industrious, united, and--until God seems to turn His back on their boy Fish--religious. The Pickleses are gamblers, boozers, fractious, and unlikely landlords. Change, hardship, and the war force them to swallow their dignity and share a great, breathing, shuddering house called Cloudstreet. Over the next twenty years, they struggle and strive, laugh and curse, come apart and pull together under the same roof, and try as they can to make their lives"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Win
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 19, 2018
Rabʻ Jbir, Kareem James Abu-Zeid
Description: During the violence and chaos of the Lebanese Civil War, a car pulls up to a roadblock on a narrow side street in Beirut. After a brief and confused exchange, several rounds of bullets are fired into the car, killing everyone inside except for a small boy of four or five. The boy is taken to the hospital, adopted by one of the assassins, and raised in a new family. "My father used to kidnap and kill people..." begins this haunting tale of a child who was raised by the murderer of his real family. The narrator of Confessions doesn't shy away from the horrible truth of his murderous father-instead he confronts his troubled upbringing and seeks to understand the distortions and complexities of his memories, his war-torn country, and the quiet war that rages inside of him.
Call Number: FIC Jab
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 19, 2018
Vladimir Sorokin, Jamey Gambrell
Description: Imagines a New Russia of the near future that is ruled by a reconstituted nobility and which blends draconian codes with modern technology while locking down Western borders, a region in which a twenty-years-older Vladimir Putin has appropriated all free enterprise.
Call Number: FIC Sor
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 19, 2018
Jia Mai, Olivia Milburn, Christopher Payne
Description: Rong Jinzhen, an autistic math genius with a past shrouded in myth, is forced to abandon his academic pursuits when he is recruited into Unit 701. As China's greatest cryptographer, Rong discovers that the mastermind behind the maddeningly difficult Purple Code is his former teacher and best friend, who is now working for China's enemy--but this is only the first of many betrayals.
Call Number: FIC Mai
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 19, 2018
Shyam Selvadurai
Call Number: FIC Sel
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 19, 2018
Rajāʾ ʻAbd Allāh Ṣāniʻ, Marilyn Booth
Call Number: FIC Als
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 19, 2018
Amos Oz, N. R. M. (Nicholas Robert Michael) De Lange
Description: "Jerusalem, 1959. Shmuel Ash, a biblical scholar, is adrift in his young life when he finds work as a caregiver for a brilliant but cantankerous old man named Gershom Wald. There is, however, a third, mysterious presence in his new home. Atalia Abarbanel, the daughter of a deceased Zionist leader, a beautiful woman in her forties, entrances young Shmuel even as she keeps him at a distance. Piece by piece, the old Jerusalem stone house, haunted by tragic history and now home to the three misfits and their intricate relationship, reveals its secrets."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Oz
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 19, 2018
Kyŏng-suk Sin, Chi-Young Kim
Description: After Park So-nyo's disappearance, her grown children and her husband are filled with guilt and remorse at having taken So-nyo for granted and reflect, in a round-robin of narration, on her life and role in their lives.
Call Number: LP FIC Sin
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Jan 19, 2018
Hideo Yokoyama, Jonathan Lloyd-Davies
Description: "For five days in January 1989, the parents of a seven-year-old Tokyo schoolgirl sat and listened to the demands of their daughter's kidnapper. They would never learn his identity. They would never see their daughter again. For the fourteen years that followed, the Japanese public listened to the police's apologies. They would never forget the botched investigation that became known as Six Four. They would never forgive the authorities for their failure. For one week in late 2002, the press officer attached to the police department in question confronted an anomaly in the case. He could never imagine what he would uncover. He would never have looked if he'd known what he would find."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Yok
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 19, 2018
Nele Neuhaus, Steven T. translator Murray
Description: On a rainy November day police detectives Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein are summoned to a mysterious traffic accident: A woman has fallen from a pedestrian bridge onto a car driving underneath. According to a witness, the woman may have been pushed. The investigation leads Pia and Oliver to a small village, and the home of the victim, Rita Cramer. On a September evening eleven years earlier, two seventeen-year-old girls vanished from the village without a trace. In a trial based only on circumstantial evidence, twenty-year-old Tobias Sartorius, Rita Cramer's son, was sentenced to ten years in prison. Bodenstein and Kirchhoff discover that Tobias, after serving his sentence, has now returned to his home town. Did the attack on his mother have something to do with his return? In the village, Pia and Oliver encounter a wall of silence. When another young girl disappears, the events of the past seem to be repeating themselves in a disastrous manner. The investigation turns into a race against time, because for the villagers it is soon clear who the perpetrator is--and this time they are determined to take matters into their own hands. An atmospheric, character-driven and suspenseful mystery set in a small town that could be anywhere, dealing with issues of gossip, power, and keeping up appearances.
Call Number: FIC Neu
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 19, 2018
Alvaro Enrigue, Natasha Wimmer, Robert Fass
Description: Begins with a brutal tennis match that could decide the fate of the world. The bawdy Italian painter Caravaggio and the loutish Spanish poet Quevedo battle it out before a crowd that includes Galileo, Mary Magdalene, and a generation of popes who would throw Europe into the flames. In England, Thomas Cromwell and Henry VIII behead Anne Boleyn, and her crafty executioner transforms her legendary locks into the most sought-after tennis balls of the time. Across the ocean in Mexico, conquistador Hernán Cortés and his Mayan translator and lover, La Malinche, scheme and conquer, not knowing that their domestic comedy will change the world. And in a remote Mexican colony a bishop reads Thomas More's Utopia and thinks that instead of a parody, it's a manual.
Call Number: FIC Enr
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Jan 19, 2018
Sonny Liew
Description: "Meet Charlie Chan Hock Chye. Now in his early 70s as he looks back on his career, Chan has spent a lifetime making comics in his native Singapore since he was a boy of 16, in 1954. The artist doubles here as both the narrator and the subject matter, as his life story parallels the changes in Singapore over five decades since the war. The evolution of his artwork mirrors the evolution of both his homeland and the comic book medium itself. The myriad art styles employed by Liew go beyond deft sleight-of-hand and actually inform the narrative in a thoroughly ingenious and engaging way. While all the detail about the formation of the Singapore government adheres meticulously to the facts, the reader is ultimately left wondering whether or not Charlie Chan Hock Chye himself is real or a construct. And given the subject at hand, that quandary only adds to the themes raised in this enthralling graphic novel"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Lie
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 19, 2018
L︠i︡udmila Uli︠t︡ska︠i︡a, Mary Catherine Gannon
Description: The story of three school friends who meet in Moscow in the 1950s and go on to embody the heroism, folly, compromise, and hope of the Soviet dissident experience. These three boys - an orphaned poet; a gifted, fragile pianist; and a budding photographer with a talent for collecting secrets - struggle to reach adulthood in a society where their heroes have been censored and exiled.
Call Number: FIC Uli
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 19, 2018
Petina Gappah
Description: Memory is an albino woman languishing in Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison in Harare, Zimbabwe, after being sentenced for murder. As part of her appeal, her lawyer insists that she write down what happened as she remembers it. The death penalty is a mandatory sentence for murder, and Memory is, both literally and metaphorically, writing for her life. As her story unfolds, Memory reveals that she has been tried and convicted for the murder of Lloyd Hendricks, her adopted father. But who was Lloyd Hendricks? Why does Memory feel no remorse for his death? And did everything happen exactly as she remembers?
Call Number: FIC Gap
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 19, 2018
Manil Suri
Description: Mumbai has emptied under the threat of imminent nuclear annihilation; gangs of marauding Hindu and Muslim thugs rove the desolate streets; yet Sarita can think of only one thing: buying the last pomegranate that remains in perhaps the entire city. She is convinced that the fruit holds the key to reuniting her with her physicist husband, Karun, who has been mysteriously missing for more than a fortnight.
Call Number: FIC Sur
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 19, 2018
Antonio Skármeta, Mery Botbol
Description: A novel based on the true story of how an advertising campaign caused the fall of Chile’s dictator, General Pinochet.
Call Number: FIC Ska
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 19, 2018
Mario Vargas Llosa, Edith Grossman
Description: "The story follows two fascinating characters whose lives are destined to intersect: neat, endearing Felícito Yanaqué, a small businessman in Piura, Peru, who finds himself the victim of blackmail; and Ismael Carrera, a successful owner of an insurance company in Lima, who cooks up a plan to avenge himself against the two lazy sons who want him dead. Felícito and Ismael are, each in his own way, quiet, discreet rebels: honorable men trying to seize control of their destinies in a social and political climate where all can seem set in stone, predetermined. They are hardly vigilantes, but each is determined to live according to his own personal ideals and desires--which means forcibly rising above the pettiness of their surroundings"--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Var
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 19, 2018
Olga Grushin
Call Number: FIC Gru
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 19, 2018
Elif Batuman
Description: "The year is 1995, and email is new. Selin, the daughter of Turkish immigrants, arrives for her freshman year at Harvard. She signs up for classes in subjects she has never heard of, befriends her charismatic and worldly Serbian classmate, Svetlana, and, almost by accident, begins corresponding with Ivan, an older mathematics student from Hungary. Selin may have barely spoken to Ivan, but with each email they exchange, the act of writing seems to take on new and increasingly mysterious meanings. At the end of the school year, Ivan goes to Budapest for the summer, and Selin heads to the Hungarian countryside, to teach English in a program run by one of Ivan's friends. On the way, she spends two weeks visiting Paris with Svetlana. Selin's summer in Europe does not resonate with anything she has previously heard about the typical experiences of American college students, or indeed of any other kinds of people. For Selin, this is a journey further inside herself: a coming to grips with the ineffable and exhilarating confusion of first love, and with the growing consciousness that she is doomed to become a writer."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Bat
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 19, 2018
Leila Aboulela
Description: It’s 2010 and Natasha, a half Russian, half Sudanese professor of history, is researching the life of Imam Shamil, the 19th century Muslim leader who led the anti-Russian resistance in the Caucasian War. When shy, single Natasha discovers that her star student, Oz, is not only descended from the warrior but also possesses Shamil’s legendary sword, the Imam’s story comes vividly to life. As Natasha’s relationship with Oz and his alluring actress mother intensifies, Natasha is forced to confront issues she had long tried to avoid—that of her Muslim heritage. When Oz is suddenly arrested at his home one morning, Natasha realizes that everything she values stands in jeopardy.
Call Number: FIC Abo
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 19, 2018
Hiromi Kawakami, Allison Markin Powell
Description: In the Nakano Thrift Shop, the young woman who works the register falls for her reserved co-worker and asks her employer's sister for advice in attracting him and soon comes to realize that love requires acceptance of idiosyncrasies and secrets.
Call Number: FIC Kaw
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 19, 2018
Hua Yu, Allan Hepburn Barr
Description: Yang Fei was born on a moving train. Lost by his mother, adopted by a young switchman, raised with simplicity and love, he is utterly unprepared for the tempestuous changes that await him and his country. As a young man, he searches for a place to belong in a nation that is ceaselessly reinventing itself, but he remains on the edges of society. At age forty-one, he meets an accidental and unceremonious death. Lacking the money for a burial plot, he must roam the afterworld aimlessly, without rest. Over the course of seven days, he encounters the souls of the people he's lost.
Call Number: FIC Yu
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 19, 2018
Andrés Neuman, Nick Caistor, Lorenza Garcia
Description: Searching for an inn, the enigmatic traveler Hans stops in a small city on the border between Saxony and Prussia. The next morning, Hans meets an old organ-grinder in the market square and immediately finds himself enmeshed in an intense debate-- on identity and what it is that defines us-- from which he cannot break free. Indefinitely stuck in Wandernburg until his debate with the organ-grinder is concluded, he begins to meet the various characters who populate the town, including a young freethinker named Sophie. Though she is engaged to be married, Sophie and Hans begin a relationship that defies contemporary mores about female sexuality and what can and cannot be said about it.
Call Number: FIC Neu
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 19, 2018
Paul Cleave
Description: "Jerry Grey is known to most of the world by his crime writing pseudonym, Henry Cutter--a name that has been keeping readers at the edge of their seats for more than a decade. Recently diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's at the age of forty-nine, Jerry's crime writing days are coming to an end. His twelve books tell stories of brutal murders committed by bad men, of a world out of balance, of victims finding the darkest forms of justice. As his dementia begins to break down the wall between his life and the lives of the characters he has created, Jerry confesses his worst secret: The stories are real. He knows this because he committed the crimes. Those close to him, including the nurses at the care home where he now lives, insist that it is all in his head, that his memory is being toyed with and manipulated by his unfortunate disease. But if that were true, then why are so many bad things happening?"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Cle
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 19, 2018
Stefan Hertmans, David McKay
Description: "The life of Urbain Martien--artist, soldier, survivor of the incomprehensible--lies contained in two notebooks written before his death in 1981. His grandson, a writer, imagines his way into the locked chambers of Urbain's memory: retouching church paintings as a boy, dodging death in an iron foundry, and, ultimately, fighting the war that altered the course of human history. There is Urbain's father, the lowly church painter; Urbain's wife, Gabrielle, his true love's sister; and Urbain's canvas, the ever-present reminder of the artist he wanted to be and the soldier he was forced to become. Wrestling with this story, the narrator straddles past and present, searching for a place in both. "-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Her
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 19, 2018
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After The Crash: A Novel [Audiobook]
Michel Bussi, Daniel Philpott, Sam Taylor
FIC Bus
The Art Of Charlie Chan Hock Chye
Sonny Liew
FIC Lie
And After Many Days
Jowhor Ile
FIC Ile
The Big Green Tent
L︠i︡udmila Uli︠t︡ska︠i︡a, Mary Catherine Gannon
FIC Uli
At Risk [Large Print]
Stella Rimington
LP FIC Rim
The Book Of Memory
Petina Gappah
FIC Gap
Black Moses
Alain Mabanckou, Helen (Translator) Stevenson
FIC Mab
The City Of Devi
Manil Suri
FIC Sur
Cloudstreet : A Novel
Tim author Winton
FIC Win
The Days Of The Rainbow
Antonio Skármeta, Mery Botbol
FIC Ska
Confessions
Rabʻ Jbir, Kareem James Abu-Zeid
FIC Jab
The Discreet Hero
Mario Vargas Llosa, Edith Grossman
FIC Var
Day Of The Oprichnik
Vladimir Sorokin, Jamey Gambrell
FIC Sor
The Dream Life Of Sukhanov
Olga Grushin
FIC Gru
Decoded
Jia Mai, Olivia Milburn, Christopher Payne
FIC Mai
The Idiot
Elif Batuman
FIC Bat
Funny Boy : A Novel
Shyam Selvadurai
FIC Sel
The Kindness Of Enemies
Leila Aboulela
FIC Abo
Girls Of Riyadh
Rajāʾ ʻAbd Allāh Ṣāniʻ, Marilyn Booth
FIC Als
The Nakano Thrift Shop
Hiromi Kawakami, Allison Markin Powell
FIC Kaw
Judas
Amos Oz, N. R. M. (Nicholas Robert Michael) De Lange
FIC Oz
The Seventh Day : A Novel
Hua Yu, Allan Hepburn Barr
FIC Yu
Please Look After Mom [Large Print]
Kyŏng-suk Sin, Chi-Young Kim
LP FIC Sin
Traveler Of The Century
Andrés Neuman, Nick Caistor, Lorenza Garcia
FIC Neu
Six Four
Hideo Yokoyama, Jonathan Lloyd-Davies
FIC Yok
Trust No One : A Thriller
Paul Cleave
FIC Cle
Snow White Must Die
Nele Neuhaus, Steven T. translator Murray
FIC Neu
War And Turpentine : A Novel
Stefan Hertmans, David McKay
FIC Her
Sudden Death: A Novel [Audiobook]
Alvaro Enrigue, Natasha Wimmer, Robert Fass
FIC Enr