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Leighann Dobbs
Call Number: FIC Dob
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 27, 2017
Joan Frank
Description: Frances Ferguson is a lonely, sharp-tongued widow who lives in the wine country. Oliver Gaffney is a painfully shy gay man who guards a secret and lives out equally lonely days in San Francisco. Friends by default, Fran and Ollie nurse the deep anomie of loss and the creeping, animal betrayal of aging. Each loves routine but is anxious that life might be passing by. To crack open this stalemate, Fran insists the two travel together to Paris. The aftermath of their funny, bittersweet journey suggests those small changes, within our reach, that may help us save ourselves - somewhere toward the end.
Call Number: FIC Fra
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 27, 2017
Brian K. Friesen
Description: "A refreshingly astute portrayal of the many personalities and histories that converge in small communities--in this case a houseboat community along the Columbia River. The hazards and joys of life on the water are revealed through shifting perspectives: a young man whose tragic history with the river both ties him to it and sets him apart from it, an old-timer who's been around long enough to remember the river before it was tamed by dams, a latchkey kid adjusting to his new life living aboard a tiny sailboat with an angry father, a couple who only ever intended to live on the river temporarily, and the woman who sees her neighbors' inner truths and channels them into her paintings. This book portrays the strong, cathartic connection dwellers of the Pacific Northwest have to their land and rivers. It provides a thoughtful meditation on the nature of storytelling and how the stories we tell shape the people we become and affect the world around us."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Fri
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 27, 2017
Diego Zúñiga, Megan McDowell
Description: "A long drive across Chile's Atacama desert, traversing "the worn-out puzzle" of a broken family-a young man's corrosive intimacy with his mother, the obtrusive cheer of his absentee father, his uncle's unexplained death-occupies the heart of this novel. Camanchaca is a low fog pushing in from the sea, its moisture sustaining a near-barren landscape. Camanchaca is the discretion that makes a lifelong grief possible. Sometimes, the silences are what bind us. Diego Zúñiga (born 1987) is a Chilean author and journalist. He is the author of two novels and the recipient of the Juegos Literarios Gabriela Mistral and the Chilean National Book and Reading Council Award. He lives in Santiago de Chile. Megan McDowell's translations include books by Alejandro Zambra, Arturo Fontaine, Lina Meruane, and Mariana Enriquez, and have been published in the New Yorker, the Paris Review, Tin House, and McSweeney's, among others. She lives in Santiago, Chile"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Zun
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 27, 2017
Leonard Gardner
Call Number: FIC Gar
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 27, 2017
André Alexis
Description: A bet between the gods Hermes and Apollo leads them to grant human consciousness and language to a group of dogs overnighting at a Toronto veterinary clinic. Suddenly capable of more complex thought, the pack is torn between those who resist the new ways of thinking, preferring the old 'dog' ways, and those who embrace the change. The gods watch from above as the dogs venture into their newly unfamiliar world, as they become divided among themselves, as each struggles with new thoughts and feelings.
Call Number: FIC Ale
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 26, 2017
1953- author Canxue, Karen Gernant, Zeping Chen
Description: "Frontier opens with the story of Liujin, a young woman heading out on her own to create her own life in Pebble Town, a somewhat surreal place at the base of Snow Mountain where wolves roam the streets and certain enlightened individuals can see and enter a paradisiacal garden. Exploring life in this city (or in the frontier) through the viewpoint of a dozen different characters, some simple, some profound."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Can
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 27, 2017
Benjamin Ludwig
Call Number: FIC Lud
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 27, 2017
Stacy Claflin
Call Number: FIC Cla
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 27, 2017
Courtney Milan
Call Number: FIC Mil
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 27, 2017
Chloe Caldwell
Description: Flailing in jobs, failing at love, getting addicted and un-addicted to people, food, and drugs--I'll Tell You in Person is a frank account of attempts at adulthood and all the less than perfect ways we get there. Caldwell has a knack for looking within and reporting back what's really there, rather than what she'd like you to see.--From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 814 Cal
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 26, 2017
Danielle Dutton
Description: "Margaret the First dramatizes the life of Margaret Cavendish, the shy, gifted, and wildly unconventional 17th-century Duchess. The eccentric Margaret wrote and published volumes of poems, philosophy, feminist plays, and utopian science fiction at a time when 'being a writer' was not an option open to women."--Publisher website.
Call Number: FIC Dut
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 27, 2017
Jane Gardam
Call Number: FIC Gar
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 27, 2017
Jabari Asim
Description: "The lives of a reformed hit man, a crusading doctor, a genteel mobster, and a headstrong college student cross in a sweltering Midwestern city in 1970"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Asi
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 26, 2017
1950- author Pandi, Deborah Smith, 1950- Record of a defection Bandi, 1950- City of specters Bandi, 1950- So near Bandi
Description: "A collection of searing and heart-wrenching stories by an anonymous North Korean writer who is still living in the country, The Accusation was secretly brought to South Korea in order to be published there and abroad. Seventeen publishers around the world are now preparing editions. This deeply moving and eye-opening literary work paints a powerful portrait of life under the North Korean regime. Set during the period of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il's leadership, the seven stories that make up The Accusation give voice to the people living under this most bizarre and horrifying of dictatorships. The characters of these mesmerizing stories come from a wide variety of backgrounds, from a young mother living among the elite in Pyongyang whose son misbehaves during a political rally, to a former Communist war hero who is deeply disillusioned with the intrusion of the Party into everything he holds dear, to a husband and father who is denied a travel permit and sneaks onto a train in order to visit his critically ill mother. In one story a mother attempts to feed her husband during the worst years of North Korea's famine, and in another, a woman in a perilous situation meets the Dear Leader himself. As a whole, the stories offer a testimony of the horrors of the police state, the insidious power of the Party, and the broken ideology that underpins the crimes of the regime. The Accusation is a vivid depiction of life in a dictatorship, and also a hopeful testament to the humanity and rich internal life that persists even in such inhumane conditions."--Jacket.
Call Number: FIC Ban
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 27, 2017
Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein
Description: Once an aspiring writer, Olga traded literary ambition for marriage and motherhood; when Mario dumps her after 15 years, she is utterly unprepared. Though she tells herself that she is a competent woman, nothing like the poverella (poor abandoned wife) that mothers whispered about in her childhood, Olga falls completely apart. Routine chores overwhelm her; she neglects her appearance and forgets her manners; she throws herself at the older musician downstairs; she sees the poverella's ghost. After months of self-pity, anger, doubt, fury, desperation and near madness, her acknowledgments of weaknesses in the marriage feel as earned as they are unsurprising.
Call Number: FIC Fer
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 27, 2017
Melanie Finn, Melanie. Shame Finn
Description: After her husband leaves her and she is involved in a tragic accident, Pilgrim Jones moves to Africa and befriends a series of locals, but when a witch doctor carries a curse into town, Pilgrim cannot shake the feeling she is being watched.
Call Number: FIC Fin
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 27, 2017
Alina Bronsky, Tim Mohr
Description: Rosa's schemes to abort her daughter Sulfia's fetus after learning of the pregnancy, takes her granddaughter Aminat after the baby's birth, and move the family out of the Soviet Union eventually lead to tragedy.
Call Number: FIC Bro
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 26, 2017
Don Waters
Description: With the gothic sensibility of Flannery O'Connor and emotional delicacy of Raymond Carver, these nine contemporary stories deftly explore the lives of characters losing or clinging to a fleeting faith and struggling to find something meaningful to believe in beneath overpowering desert skies. Soldiers, seekers, priests, prisoners, and surfers pursue their fate amid bizarre, sometimes overwhelming circumstances.
Call Number: FIC Wat
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 27, 2017
Russell Hoban, Ed Park
Description: William, a clerk at a used-book store, lives in a rooming house after a divorce that has left him without home or family. Neaera is a successful writer of children's books, who, in her own estimation, "looks like the sort of spinster who doesn't keep cats and is not a vegetarian. Looks... like a man's woman who hasn't got a man." Entirely unknown to each other, they are both drawn to the turtle tank at the London zoo with "minds full of turtle thoughts," wondering how the turtles might be freed. And then comes the day when Neaera walks into William's bookstore, and together they form an unlikely partnership to make what seemed a crazy dream become a reality.
Call Number: FIC Hob
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 27, 2017
Clare Beams
Description: The literary, historic, and fantastic collide in these wise and exquisitely unsettling stories. From bewildering assemblies in a school auditoriums to the murky waters of Depression-era resort, Beam's landscapes are tinged with otherworldliness, and her characters' desires stretch the limits of reality.
Call Number: FIC Bea
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 26, 2017
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A Spirited Tail
Leighann Dobbs
FIC Dob
Margaret The First
Danielle Dutton
FIC Dut
All The News I Need : A Novel
Joan Frank
FIC Fra
Old Filth
Jane Gardam
FIC Gar
At The Waterline : Stories From The Columbia River
Brian K. Friesen
FIC Fri
Only The Strong
Jabari Asim
FIC Asi
Camanchaca
Diego Zúñiga, Megan McDowell
FIC Zun
The Accusation
1950- author Pandi, Deborah Smith, 1950- Record of a defection Bandi, 1950- City of specters Bandi, 1950- So near Bandi
FIC Ban
Fat City
Leonard Gardner
FIC Gar
The Days Of Abandonment
Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein
FIC Fer
Fifteen Dogs : An Apologue
André Alexis
FIC Ale
The Gloaming
Melanie Finn, Melanie. Shame Finn
FIC Fin
Frontier
1953- author Canxue, Karen Gernant, Zeping Chen
FIC Can
The Hottest Dishes Of The Tartar Cuisine
Alina Bronsky, Tim Mohr
FIC Bro
Ginny Moon
Benjamin Ludwig
FIC Lud
The Saints Of Rattlesnake Mountain
Don Waters
FIC Wat
Gone
Stacy Claflin
FIC Cla
Turtle Diary
Russell Hoban, Ed Park
FIC Hob
Hold Me
Courtney Milan
FIC Mil
We Show What We Have Learned And Other Stories
Clare Beams
FIC Bea
I'll Tell You In Person
Chloe Caldwell
814 Cal