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by: Cameron, W. Bruce.
A dog’s purpose /
Forge, 2010.
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View DescriptionThis is the remarkable story of one endearing dog’s search for his purpose over the course of several lives. More than just another charming dog story, this touches on the universal quest for an answer to life’s most basic question: Why are we here? Surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden haired puppy after a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey’s search for his new life’s meaning leads him into the loving arms of 8 year old Ethan. During their countless adventures Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog. But this life as a beloved family pet is not the end of Bailey’s journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders, will he ever find his purpose? Heartwarming, insightful, and often laugh out loud funny, this book is not only the emotional and hilarious story of a dog’s many lives, but also a dog’s eye commentary on human relationships and the unbreakable bonds between man and man’s best friend. This story teaches us that love never dies, that our true friends are always with us, and that every creature on earth is born with a purpose.
by: Todd, Charles.
A pale horse /
William Morrow, c2008.
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by: Tyler, Anne.
A patchwork planet /
Distributed by Random House, 1998.
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by: Hillerman, Tony.
A thief of time /
Harper Paperbacks, 1990, c1988.
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by: Hosseini, Khaled.
A thousand splendid suns /
Riverhead Books, 2007.
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by: Naslund, Sena Jeter.
Ahabs wife, or, The star-gazer /
William Morrow and Co., c1999.
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by: Atwood, Margaret Eleanor,
Alias Grace /
Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, 1996.
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by: Herriot, James.
All creatures great and small /
St. Martins Griffin, [2004]
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by: Herriot, James.
All things bright and beautiful /
St. Martins Press, c1974.
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by: Hosseini, Khaled,
And the mountains echoed /

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View DescriptionSo, then. You want a story and I will tell you one…Afghanistan, 1952. Abdullah and his sister Pari live with their father and stepmother in the small village of Shadbagh. Their father, Saboor, is constantly in search of work and they struggle together through poverty and brutal winters. To Abdullah, Pari – as beautiful and sweet-natured as the fairy for which she was named – is everything. More like a parent than a brother, Abdullah will do anything for her, even trading his only pair of shoes for a feather for her treasured collection. Each night they sleep together in their cot, their heads touching, their limbs tangled. One day the siblings journey across the desert to Kabul with their father. Pari and Abdullah have no sense of the fate that awaits them there, for the event which unfolds will tear their lives apart; sometimes a finger must be cut to save the hand. Crossing generations and continents, moving from Kabul, to Paris, to San Francisco, to the Greek island of Tinos, with profound wisdom, depth, insight and compassion, Khaled Hosseini writes about the bonds that define us and shape our lives, the ways in which we help our loved ones in need, how the choices we make resonate through history and how we are often surprised by the people closest to us.

by: Hosseini, Khaled,
And the mountains echoed /

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View DescriptionSo, then. You want a story and I will tell you one…Afghanistan, 1952. Abdullah and his sister Pari live with their father and stepmother in the small village of Shadbagh. Their father, Saboor, is constantly in search of work and they struggle together through poverty and brutal winters. To Abdullah, Pari – as beautiful and sweet-natured as the fairy for which she was named – is everything. More like a parent than a brother, Abdullah will do anything for her, even trading his only pair of shoes for a feather for her treasured collection. Each night they sleep together in their cot, their heads touching, their limbs tangled. One day the siblings journey across the desert to Kabul with their father. Pari and Abdullah have no sense of the fate that awaits them there, for the event which unfolds will tear their lives apart; sometimes a finger must be cut to save the hand. Crossing generations and continents, moving from Kabul, to Paris, to San Francisco, to the Greek island of Tinos, with profound wisdom, depth, insight and compassion, Khaled Hosseini writes about the bonds that define us and shape our lives, the ways in which we help our loved ones in need, how the choices we make resonate through history and how we are often surprised by the people closest to us.

by: Kingsolver, Barbara.
Animal, vegetable, miracle : a year of food life /
Harper Collins Publishers, 2007.
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by: Tolstoy, Leo,
Anna Karenina /
Knopf :Distributed by Random House, 1992.
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by: Montgomery, L. M.
Anne of Green Gables : three volumes in one /
Avenel Books :Distributed by Crown Publishers, 1986, c1985.
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by: Winik, Jay,
April 1865 : the month that saved America /
HarperCollins Publishers, c2001.
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by: Anthony, Lawrence.
Babylon’s ark : the incredible wartime rescue of the Baghdad Zoo /
Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Griffin, [2008], c2007.
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View Description“When the Iraq war began, conservationist Lawrence Anthony could think of only one thing: the fate of the Baghdad Zoo, caught in the crossfire at the heart of the city. Once Anthony entered Iraq he discovered that the hostilities and uncontrolled looting had devastated the zoo and its animals. Working with members of the zoo staff and a few compassionate U.S. soldiers, he defended the zoo, bartered for food on war-torn streets, and scoured bombed palaces for desperately needed supplies. Babylon’s Ark chronicles Anthony’s hair-raising efforts to save a pride of Saddam’s lions, close a deplorable black market zoo, run ostriches through shoot-to-kill checkpoints, and rescue the dictator’s personal herd of thoroughbred Arabian horses”–P. [4] of cover.
by: Patchett, Ann.
Bel canto : a novel /
HarperCollins, 2001.
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by: Ansay, A. Manette.
Blue water /
William Morrow, c2006.
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by: Danticat, Edwidge,
Breath, eyes, memory /
Soho Press, c1994.
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by: Tademy, Lalita.
Cane river /
Warner Books, c2002.
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Charlotte Brontes Jane Eyre /
Chelsea House Publishers, 2006.
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by: Harris, Joanne,
Chocolat /
Penguin Books, 2000, c1999.
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by: Gulley, Philip.
Christmas in Harmony /
HarperSanFrancisco, c2002.
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by: Paton, Alan.
Cry, the beloved country /
Scribners, c1976 .
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by: Childs, Laura.
Death by Darjeeling /
Berkley Prime Crime, c2001.
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by: Tyler, Anne.
Digging to America /
Alfred A. Knopf, 2006.
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by: Russo, Richard,
Empire Falls /
Vintage Books, 2002 [i.e. 2005]
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View DescriptionWith Empire Falls Richard Russo cements his reputation as one of Americas most compelling and compassionate storytellers. Miles Roby has been slinging burgers at the Empire Grill for 20 years, a job that cost him his college education and much of his self-respect. What keeps him there It could be his bright, sensitive daughter Tick, who needs all his help surviving the local high school. Or maybe its Janine, Miles soon-to-be ex-wife, whos taken up with a noxiously vain health-club proprietor. Or perhaps its the imperious Francine Whiting, who owns everything in town-and seems to believe that everything includes Miles himself. In Empire Falls Richard Russo delves deep into the blue-collar heart of America in a work that overflows with hilarity, heartache, and grace.
F. Scott Fitzgeralds The great Gatsby /
Chelsea House Publishers, c2004.
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by: Hannah, Kristin.
Firefly Lane /
St. Martin’s Press, 2008.
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by: Weiner, Jennifer.
Fly away home /
Atria Books, 2010.
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by: Chevalier, Tracy.
Girl with a pearl earring /
Dutton, c1999.
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Harper Lees To kill a mockingbird /
Chelsea House, 2006.
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Home again : essays and memoirs from Indiana /
Indiana Historical Society Press, 2006.
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by: Dubus, Andre,
House of sand and fog /
Vintage Contemporaries, 2000, c1999.
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by: Shepherd, Jean.
In God we trust : all others pay cash
Doubleday, 1972, c1966.
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J.D. Salingers The catcher in the rye /
Chelsea House, 2007.
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Jane Austens pride and prejudice /
Blooms Literary Criticism, c2007.
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by: Martel, Yann.
Life of Pi /
Harcourt, c2001.
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by: Stedman, M. L..
Light between oceans
Simon And Schuster, 2012. 2012
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by: Shreve, Anita.
Light on snow /
Little, Brown and Co., c2004.
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by: Gilmore, Susan Gregg.
Looking for salvation at the Dairy Queen /
Shaye Areheart Books, c2008.
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by: Brooks, Geraldine.
March /
Viking, 2005.
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by: Philbrick, Nathaniel.
Mayflower : a story of courage, community, and war /
Viking, 2006.
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by: Golden, Arthur.
Memoirs of a geisha /
Alfred A. Knopf, c1997.
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by: Eugenides, Jeffrey.
Middlesex /
Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2002.
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by: Watson, Larry,
Montana 1948 /
Milkweed Editions, c1993.
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by: Wiesel, Elie,
Night /
Bantam Books, 1982.
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by: Buckley, William F.
Nuremberg : the reckoning /
Harcourt, c2002.
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by: Steinbeck, John,
Of mice and men /
Penguin Books, 1993.
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by: Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr Isaevich,
One day in the life of Ivan Denisovich /
Signet Classic, 1993.
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by: Kline, Christina Baker,
Orphan train /
William Morrow, c2013.
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View Description“Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to ‘aging out’ out of the foster care system. A community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse…. As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance. Molly discovers that she has the power to help Vivian find answers to mysteries that have haunted her for her entire life–answers that will ultimately free them both. Rich in detail and epic in scope, Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline is a powerful novel of upheaval and resilience, of unexpected friendship, and of the secrets we carry that keep us from finding out who we are”–from publisher’s description
by: Kline, Christina Baker,
Orphan train /
William Morrow, c2013.
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View Description“Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to ‘aging out’ out of the foster care system. A community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse…. As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance. Molly discovers that she has the power to help Vivian find answers to mysteries that have haunted her for her entire life–answers that will ultimately free them both. Rich in detail and epic in scope, Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline is a powerful novel of upheaval and resilience, of unexpected friendship, and of the secrets we carry that keep us from finding out who we are”–from publisher’s description
by: Satrapi, Marjane,
Persepolis /
Pantheon Books, c2003.
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by: Follett, Ken.
Pillars of the earth /
Morrow, 1989.
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by: Kingsolver, Barbara.
Prodigal summer /
HarperCollins Publishers, c2000.
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Ralph Ellison’s Invisible man /
Chelsea House Publishers, c1999.
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Ray Bradburys Fahrenheit 451 /
Chelsea House, c2001.
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by: Shreve, Anita.
Sea glass /
Little, Brown, 2002.
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by: Hillenbrand, Laura.
Seabiscuit : an American legend /
Ballantine Books, 2003, c2001.
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by: Carpenter, Londis.
Sketches from life /
PublishAmerica, c2003.
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by: Grisham, John.
Skipping Christmas /
Dell, 2004, c2001.
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by: Hegi, Ursula.
Stones from the river /
Simon & Schuster, 1995.
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by: Smith, Alexander McCall,
Tears of the giraffe /
Anchor Books, 2002.
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by: Stein, Garth.
The art of racing in the rain /
HarperCollins, 2008.
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by: Kingsolver, Barbara.
The bean trees /
Harper & Row, c1988.
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by: Tan, Amy.
The bonesetters daughter /
G.P. Putnams , 2001.
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by: London, Jack,
The call of the wild /
Simon & Brown, c2011.
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by: Lee, Ashton.
The Cherry Cola Book Club /
Kensington Books, c2013.
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View Description“Set in a small town in Mississippi, The Cherry Cola Book Club is the touching and sometimes hilarious story of a young, upbeat librarian who has been given an ultimatum to increase the library’s circulation dramatically–or risk having to close its doors. Maura doesn’t just start a book club; she gets involved in unique and unexpected ways with her library patrons. She entertains and advises them, she has potluck dinners, and life in the town begins to imitate art. The patrons begin to relate their own lives to the work of writers like Margaret Mitchell and Harper Lee. In moving and personal ways, Maura helps them deal with such subjects as long-lost love and a brush with death, offering advice on nearly everything–including romance. No topic is off limits. Along the way, Maura raises the profile of the library–but will it be enough?”– From publisher’s description.
by: Lee, Ashton.
The Cherry Cola Book Club /
Kensington Books, c2013.
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View Description“Set in a small town in Mississippi, The Cherry Cola Book Club is the touching and sometimes hilarious story of a young, upbeat librarian who has been given an ultimatum to increase the library’s circulation dramatically–or risk having to close its doors. Maura doesn’t just start a book club; she gets involved in unique and unexpected ways with her library patrons. She entertains and advises them, she has potluck dinners, and life in the town begins to imitate art. The patrons begin to relate their own lives to the work of writers like Margaret Mitchell and Harper Lee. In moving and personal ways, Maura helps them deal with such subjects as long-lost love and a brush with death, offering advice on nearly everything–including romance. No topic is off limits. Along the way, Maura raises the profile of the library–but will it be enough?”– From publisher’s description.
by: Day, Cathy.
The circus in winter /
Harcourt, c2004.
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by: Bohjalian, Christopher A.
The double bind /
Shaye Areheart Books, c2007.
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by: Albom, Mitch,
The five people you meet in heaven /
Hyperion, 2003.
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by: Larsson, Stieg,
The Girl with the dragon tattoo /
Alfred A. Knopf, 2008.
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View DescriptionThe disappearance forty years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden, gnaws at her octogenarian uncle, Henrik Vanger. He is determined to know the truth about what he believes was her murder. He hires crusading journalist Mikael Blomkvist, recently at the wrong end of a libel case, to get to the bottom of Harriets disappearance. Lisbeth Salander, a twenty-four-year-old, pierced, tattooed genius hacker, possessed of the hard-earned wisdom of someone twice her age–and a terrifying capacity for ruthlessness–assists Blomkvist with the investigation. This unlikely team discovers a vein of nearly unfathomable iniquity running through the Vanger family, an astonishing corruption at the highest echelon of Swedish industrialism–and a surprising connection between themselves.–From publisher description.
by: Buck, Pearl S.
The good earth /
G.K. Hall, 1993.
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by: Angelou, Maya.
The heart of a woman /
Random House, c1981.
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by: Kostova, Elizabeth.
The historian /
Little, Brown, 2005.
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by: Evans, Nicholas,
The horse whisperer /
Dell Pub., 1996, c1995.
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by: Skloot, Rebecca,
The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks /
Crown Publishers, c2010.
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by: Grisham, John.
The innocent man : murder and injustice in a small town /
Doubleday, c2006.
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by: Wolitzer, Meg.
The Interestings /
Riverhead Books, 2013.
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by: Hosseini, Khaled.
The kite runner
Simon & Schuster Audio, p2003.
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by: Tolan, Sandy.
The lemon tree : an Arab, a Jew, and the heart of the Middle East /
Bloomsbury Pub. :Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck Publishers, 2006.
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by: Oram, Hiawyn.
The lion, the witch and the wardrobe /
HarperCollins, c2004.
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View DescriptionFour English schoolchildren find their way through the back of a wardrobe into the magic land of Narnia and assist Aslan, the golden lion, to triumph over the White Witch, who has cursed the land with eternal winter. Annotation. Narnia: a world made by magic from the start of time, full of marvelous creatures, talking beasts, and trees that sometimes get up and dance. And now the door to this magical world is opened to much younger children, with an exciting retelling specially created to introduce C. S. Lewiss enchanting land. Join Peter, Susan, Edmund, and the adventurous Lucy as they step through the wardrobe and meet the noble lion, Aslan, the fearsome White Witch, and of course the lovable Mr. Tumnus. The inspiration for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe first came to C. S. Lewis when he was sixteen. The book began with a picture in his head of a faun carrying an umbrella and parcels in a snowy wood. He waited until he was nearly fifty before writing the story and followed this with six other Chronicles of Narnia. the lion, the witch and the wardrobe has become one of the finest classics in childrens literature, and with this superbly illustrated retelling, younger children can now step into the magic of Narnia.
by: Sebold, Alice.
The lovely bones /
Little, Brown, 2002.
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by: Ward, Annie Nigh,
The making of June /
G.P. Putnams Sons, c2002.
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by: Edwards, Kim,
The memory keepers daughter /
Penguin, 2006.
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by: Kidd, Sue Monk.
The mermaid chair /
Viking, 2005.
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The necklace : thirteen women and the experiment that transformed their lives /
Ballantine Books, 2009, c2008.
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View DescriptionFour years ago, Jonell McLain saw a diamond necklace in a jewelry store window. The necklace aroused desire first, then a provocative question: What if we shared what we desired Several weeks, dozens of phone calls, and a leap of faith later, Jonell bought the necklace with twelve other women. With vastly dissimilar histories and lives, the women transcended their individual personalities and politics to join together in an uncommon journey. Part charm, part metaphor, part mirror, the necklace weaves in and out of each womans life, and comes to mean something dramatically different to each of them. What started as a quirky social experiment became something far richer and deeper, as the women transformed a symbol of exclusivity into a symbol of inclusiveness. They discovered that sharing the necklace was only the beginning: the more they shared with others, the more profound this experience became.–From publisher description.
by: Toobin, Jeffrey.
The nine : inside the secret world of the Supreme Court /
Doubleday, c2007.
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by: Grisham, John.
The rainmaker /
Doubleday, 1995.
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by: Diamant, Anita.
The red tent /
St. Martins Press, 1997.
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by: Duncan, David James.
The river why /
Sierra Club Books ;Distributed by University of California Press, 2002.
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by: Morton, Kate,
The secret keeper /
Atria Books, 2012.
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View DescriptionDuring a party at the family farm in the English countryside, sixteen-year-old Laurel Nicolson has escaped to her childhood tree house and is dreaming of the future. She spies a stranger coming up the road and sees her mother speak to him. Before the afternoon is over, Laurel will witness a shocking crime that challenges everything she knows about her family and especially her mother, Dorothy. Now, fifty years later, Laurel is a successful and well-regarded actress, living in London. She returns to the family farm for Dorothy’s ninetieth birthday and finds herself overwhelmed by questions she has not thought about for decades. From pre-WWII England through the Blitz, to the fifties and beyond, discover the secret history of three strangers from vastly different worlds–Dorothy, Vivien, and Jimmy–who meet by chance in wartime London and whose lives are forever entwined. “The Secret Keeper” explores longings and dreams, the lengths people go to fulfill them, and the consequences they can have. It is a story of lovers, friends, dreamers, and schemers told–in Morton’s signature style–against a backdrop of events that changed the world.
by: Matthews, John T.
The sound and the fury : Faulkner and the lost cause /
Twayne Publishers, 1990.
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by: Picoult, Jodi,
The storyteller : a novel /
Emily Bestler Books/Atria Books, 2013.
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View DescriptionSage Singer becomes friends with an old man who’s particularly beloved in her community after they strike up a conversation at the bakery where she works. Josef Weber is everyone’s favorite retired teacher and Little League coach. One day he asks Sage for a favor: to kill him. Shocked, Sage refuses, but then he tells her he deserves to die. Once he reveals his secret, Sage wonders if he’s right. What do you do when evil lives next door? Can someone who’s committed a truly heinous act ever redeem themselves with good behavior? Should you offer forgiveness to someone if you aren’t the party who was wronged? And most of all–if Sage even considers his request–is it murder, or justice?
by: Lawhon, Ariel.
The wife, the maid, and the mistress /

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by: Didion, Joan.
The year of magical thinking /
Knopf, 2005.
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by: Rawlings, Marjorie Kinnan,
The yearling /
G.K. Hall, 1994.
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by: Mortenson, Greg.
Three cups of tea : one mans mission to promote peace — one school at a time /
Penguin Books, 2007, c2006.
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View DescriptionOne mans campaign to build schools in the most dangerous, remote, and anti-American reaches of Asia: in 1993 Greg Mortenson was an American mountain-climbing bum wandering emaciated and lost through Pakistans Karakoram. After he was taken in and nursed back to health by the people of a Pakistani village, he promised to return one day and build them a school. From that rash, earnest promise grew one of the most incredible humanitarian campaigns of our time–Mortensons one-man mission to counteract extremism by building schools, especially for girls, throughout the breeding ground of the Taliban. In a region where Americans are often feared and hated, he has survived kidnapping, death threats, and wrenching separations from his wife and children. But his success speaks for itself–at last count, his Central Asia Institute had built fifty-five schools.–From publisher description.
by: Steinbeck, John,
Tortilla Flat /
G.K. Hall, 1994, c1963.
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by: Stowe, Harriet Beecher,
Uncle Toms cabin /
Bantam, c1981.
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by: Letts, Billie.
Where the heart is /
Warner Books, 1998.
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by: Baldacci, David.
Wish you well /
Warner Books, c2000.
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