October 2020: Family Sagas

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Want a novel that traces families throughout their generations? That focuses in on the intricacies and wonders of family life? Give these a try for our October Year in Reading challenge.


Anne Tyler
Description: The Whitshanks are one of those families that radiate togetherness: an indefinable, enviable kind of specialness. But they are also like all families, in that the stories they tell themselves reveal only part of the picture. Abby and Red and their four grown children have accumulated not only tender moments, laughter, and celebrations, but also jealousies, disappointments, and carefully guarded secrets. Tells a poignant yet unsentimental story in praise of family in all its emotional complexity.
Call Number: LP FIC Tyl
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Sep 29, 2020
Barbara Taylor Bradford
Description: Emma Harte rises from impoverished, pregnant servant to the heights of wealth and power as she parlays a small shop into the world's finest department store, outwitting her enemies, seeking revenge on her betrayers, and realizing her greatest dreams.
Call Number: FIC Bra
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 29, 2020
Kate Atkinson
Description: Ruby Lennox, born above a pet shop in York at the halfway point of the twentieth century, is determined to understand both the family that precedes her and the life that awaits her. Taking her own conception as her starting point, the irrepressible Ruby narrates a story of four generations of women, from her great-grandmother's affair with a French photographer, to her mother's unfulfilled dreams of Hollywood glamour, to her young sister's efforts to upstage the Queen on Coronation Day. Hurtling in and out of both World Wars, economic downfalls, the onset of the permissive '60s, and up to the present day, Ruby paints a rich and vivid portrait of family heartbreak and happiness.
Call Number: FIC Atk
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 29, 2020
Lalita Tademy
Description: Cane River is an isolated community that lies on a small river in central Louisiana. There in the early 19th century, slaves, free people of color, and Creole French planters lived and worked, loved and bore children. And there, 165 years later, Tademy discovers her amazing heritage. Beginning with her great-great-great-great grandmother, a slave owned by a Creole family, Tademy chronicles four generations of strong, determined black women. As she peels back layers of racial and cultural attitudes, Tademy paints a remarkable picture of rural Louisiana and the resilient spirit of one unforgettable family.
Call Number: FIC Tad
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 29, 2020
James A. (James Albert) Michener, Larry McKeever
Description: Saga, spanning four centuries, of seven families living on Maryland's Chesapeake Bay.
Call Number: FIC Mic
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Sep 29, 2020
Cristina García
Call Number: FIC
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 29, 2020
Alison Bechdel
Call Number: B Bec
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 29, 2020
David Grann, Ann Marie Lee, Will Patton, Danny (Narrator) Campbell
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: 976.6 Gra
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Sep 29, 2020
Jeffrey Eugenides
Description: In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry blonde classmate with a gift for acting.
Call Number: FIC Eug
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 29, 2020
Robert K. Massie
Call Number: 920 Mas
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 29, 2020
Najīb Maḥfūẓ
Call Number: FIC Mah
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 29, 2020
Brian K Vaughan, Eric (Graphic novelist) Stephenson, Fiona Staples, Fonografiks
Description: When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe.
Call Number: FIC Vau
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 29, 2020
Julie Otsuka
Description: Presents the stories of six Japanese mail-order brides whose new lives in early twentieth-century San Francisco are marked by backbreaking migrant work, cultural struggles, children who reject their heritage, and the prospect of wartime internment.
Call Number: FIC Ots
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 29, 2020
Grand Duchess Olʹga Nikolaevna, Helen Azar
Description: In August 1914, Russia entered World War I, and with it, the imperial family of Tsar Nicholas II was thrust into a conflict they would not survive. His eldest child, Olga Nikolaevna, great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria, had begun a diary in 1905 when she was ten years old and kept writing her thoughts and impressions of day-to-day life as a grand duchess until abruptly ending her entries when her father abdicated his throne in March 1917. Held at the State Archives of the Russian Federation in Moscow, Olga's diaries during the wartime period have never been translated into English until this volume. At the outset of the war, Olga and her sister Tatiana worked as nurses in a military hospital along with their mother, Tsarina Alexandra. Olga's younger sisters, Maria and Anastasia, visited the infirmaries to help raise the morale of the wounded and sick soldiers. The strain was indeed great, as Olga records her impressions of tending to the officers who had been injured and maimed in the fighting on the Russian front. Concerns about her sickly brother, Aleksei, abound, as well those for her father, who is seen attempting to manage the ongoing war. Gregori Rasputin appears in entries, too, in an affectionate manner as one would expect of a family friend. While the diaries reflect the interests of a young woman, her tone grows increasingly serious as the Russian army suffers setbacks, Rasputin is ultimately murdered, and a popular movement against her family begins to grow.
Call Number: B Olg
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 29, 2020
John Galsworthy, Geoffrey Harvey, John Galsworthy, John Galsworthy, John Galsworthy
Description: The three novels which make up The Forsyte Saga chronicle the ebbing social power of the commercial upper-middle-class Forsyte family betwen 1886 and 1920.
Call Number: FIC Gal
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 29, 2020
Jun'ichirō Tanizaki, Edward Seidensticker
Description: Four sisters of a respected Japanese family find different ways to cope with the harsh realities of life in postwar Japan. Tsuruko, the eldest sister, clings obstinately to the prestige of her family name even as her husband prepares to move their household to Tokyo, where that name means nothing. Sachiko compromises valiantly to secure the future of her younger sisters. The unmarried Yukiko is a hostage to her family’s exacting standards, while the spirited Taeko rebels by flinging herself into scandalous romantic alliances.
Call Number: FIC Tan
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 29, 2020
Jhumpa Lahiri
Description: When his Indian immigrant parents give him an odd name, a boy must struggle towards manhood suffering the burdens of this name as well as the conflicting loyalties of his heritage.
Call Number: FIC Lah
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 29, 2020
Colleen McCullough
Description: Moving from the wild splendor of a sheep farm in Australia, to the opulent corridors of the Vatican, this compelling epic spans nearly 75 years in the lives of two brilliant lovers. The first time young Meggie sees Father Ralph, something electric passes between them. She is destined for a place in society; he has pledged himself to the Church. But their passion, despite all efforts to deny it, will mold and transform their lives like an immutable, irrefutable force of nature.
Call Number: FIC McC
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 28, 2020
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A Spool Of Blue Thread [Large Print]
Anne Tyler
LP FIC Tyl
Nicholas And Alexandra.
Robert K. Massie
920 Mas
A Woman Of Substance
Barbara Taylor Bradford
FIC Bra
Palace Walk
Najīb Maḥfūẓ
FIC Mah
Behind The Scenes At The Museum
Kate Atkinson
FIC Atk
Saga. 01
Brian K Vaughan, Eric (Graphic novelist) Stephenson, Fiona Staples, Fonografiks
FIC Vau
Cane River
Lalita Tademy
FIC Tad
The Buddha In The Attic Julie Otsuka.
Julie Otsuka
FIC Ots
Chesapeake [Audiobook]
James A. (James Albert) Michener, Larry McKeever
FIC Mic
The Diary Of Olga Romanov : Royal Witness To The Russian Revolution : With Excerpts From Family Letters And Memoirs Of The Period
Grand Duchess Olʹga Nikolaevna, Helen Azar
B Olg
Dreaming In Cuban
Cristina García
FIC
The Forsyte Saga
John Galsworthy, Geoffrey Harvey, John Galsworthy, John Galsworthy, John Galsworthy
FIC Gal
Fun Home : A Family Tragicomic
Alison Bechdel
B Bec
The Makioka Sisters
Jun'ichirō Tanizaki, Edward Seidensticker
FIC Tan
Killers Of The Flower Moon [Audiobook] : The Osage Murders And The Birth Of The Fbi
David Grann, Ann Marie Lee, Will Patton, Danny (Narrator) Campbell
976.6 Gra
The Namesake
Jhumpa Lahiri
FIC Lah
Middlesex
Jeffrey Eugenides
FIC Eug
The Thorn Birds
Colleen McCullough
FIC McC