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100 Years of Popular Books on Goodreads
Call Number: FIC JOYCE JAM UL (Adult fiction)
Publication Date: 1992-09-05
Banned in the United States until 1934 on account of its "pornographic" content, this controversial classic transforms a single day in Dublin into an experimental epic. James Joyce's psychological novel vividly re-creates the sights, sounds, smells, and voices of a June day in 1904 within a structure loosely based on Homer's Odyssey. Famed for the stream-of-consciousness technique that marked the beginning of modernist literature, the tale abounds in parodies, riddles, and sparkling wordplay. The long shadow it casts over subsequent novels has raised the suggestion that English-language fiction since 1922 has been a series of footnotes to Joyce's masterpiece.
Ulysses [E-Book] by
Call Number: FIC JOYCE JAM UL Ebook ((OverDrive)
Publication Date: 2012
The Prophet by
Call Number: 811.52 G447p (Adult nonfiction)
Publication Date: 1952-06-27
One of the most important and impactful works of spiritual fiction ever published in the English language, Kahlil Gibran's masterwork, The Prophet, is rooted in the author's experiences as a traveler and immigrant, providing inspiration to us all and particularly all those of us anxious in today's uncertain world. A prophet, soon to return to his homeland after a decade of travel abroad, shares the lessons he's learned with the group of people who gather around to hear his wise words about love, pain, friendship, family, beauty, work, religion, passion, sorrow, money, and death. The Prophet has been translated into more than forty languages and is one of the bestselling books of all time. All deserve to partake of the wisdom of The Prophet, and for many these words are a life-changing experience.
We [Kindle] by
Call Number: FIC ZAMYA YEVI WE Kindle (Request at circulation desk)
Publication Date: 2006, c1924
Translated by Natasha Randall Foreword by Bruce Sterling Written in 1921, We is set in the One State, where all live for the collective good and individual freedom does not exist. The novel takes the form of the diary of mathematician D-503, who, to his shock, experiences the most disruptive emotion imaginable: love. At once satirical and sobering'and now available in a powerful new translation'We is both a rediscovered classic and a work of tremendous relevance to our own times
The Great Gatsby by
Call Number: FIC FITZG FS GR (Adult fiction)
Publication Date: 1996-06-01
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career. First published in 1925, this quintessential novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. The story of the mysteriously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession,” it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s.
The Great Gatsby: a Novel by
Call Number: YA F FIT-FS (Young adult fiction)
Publication Date: 2021-01-05
The Great Gatsby [CD] by
Call Number: CD Fiction FI (Adult CD audiobook collection)
Publication Date: 2007-12-01
The Sun Also Rises by
Call Number: FIC HEMIN ERN SU (Adult Fiction) / YA F HEM-E (Young adult fiction)
Publication Date: 1996-06-10
The Sun Also Rises, a 1926 novel by American Ernest Hemingway, portrays American and British expatriates who travel from Paris to the Festival of San Fermín in Pamplona to watch the running of the bulls and the bullfights.
To the Lighthouse [CD] by
Call Number: CD Fiction WO (Adult CD audiobook collection)
Publication Date: 2005-12-06
At their second home on the Isle of Skye, the Ramsay family surrounds itself with friends and colleagues. They contend with World War I, family deaths, and hardships both spoken and unspoken. All the while, the lighthouse looms in the distance. Six-year-old James asks his father to take him there, but many years will pass before the voyage begins.
The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall
Passing [E-Book] by
Call Number: FIC LARSE NEL PA Ebook (OverDrive)
Publication Date: 2007
Irene Redfield is a Black woman living an affluent, comfortable life with her husband and children in the thriving neighborhood of Harlem in the 1920s. When she reconnects with her childhood friend Clare Kendry, who is similarly light-skinned, Irene discovers that Clare has been passing for a white woman after severing ties to her past—even hiding the truth from her racist husband. Clare finds herself drawn to Irene’s sense of ease and security with her Black identity and longs for the community (and, increasingly, the woman) she lost. Irene is both riveted and repulsed by Clare and her dangerous secret, as Clare begins to insert herself—and her deception—into every part of Irene’s stable existence. First published in 1929, Larsen’s brilliant examination of the various ways in which we all seek to “pass,” is as timely as ever.
As I Lay Dying [Kindle] by
Call Number: FIC FAULK WIL AS Kindle (Request at circulation desk)
Publication Date: 1991-01-30
Faulkner’s harrowing account of the Bundren family’s odyssey across the Mississippi countryside to bury Addie, their wife and mother. Narrated in turn by each of the family members—including Addie herself—as well as others the novel ranges in mood, from dark comedy to the deepest pathos.
The Sound and the Fury & As I Lay Dying by
Call Number: FIC FAULK WIL SOA (Adult Fiction)
Publication Date: 1946
The Sound and the Fury & As I Lay Dying (Modern Library of the World's Best Books, No. 187)
Joy of Cooking [75th anniversary ed.] by
Call Number: 641.5973 R762j (Adult nonfiction)
Publication Date: 2006-10-31
This new edition of Joy is the perfect combination of classic recipes, new dishes, and indispensable reference information for today’s home cooks. Whether it is the only cookbook on your shelf or one of many, Joy is and has been the essential and trusted guide for home cooks for almost a century. This new edition continues that legacy.
Joy of Cooking [2019 ed. fuly rev. and updated] by
Call Number: 641.5973 R762j 2019 (Adult nonfiction)
Publication Date: 2019-11-12
Brave New World by
Call Number: FIC HUXLE ALD BR (Adult fiction)
Publication Date: c1946, c1932
Brave New World is a dystopian novel by English author Aldous Huxley, written in 1931 and published in 1932. Largely set in a futuristic World State, inhabited by genetically modified citizens and an intelligence-based social hierarchy, the novel anticipates huge scientific advancements in reproductive technology, sleep-learning, psychological manipulation and classical conditioning that are combined to make a dystopian society which is challenged by only a single individual: the story's protagonist.
Brave New World by
Call Number: YA F HUX-A (Young Adult Fiction)
Publication Date: 2013-09-24
In Praise of Shadows by Jun'ichirō Tanizaki
Murder on the Orient Express by
Call Number: FIC CHRIS AGA P10 (Adult fiction)
Publication Date: 1985-05-15
Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Edward Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. Without a shred of doubt, one of his fellow passengers is the murderer. Isolated by the storm, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer among a dozen of the dead man's enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again.
Gaudy Night (Lord Peter Wimsey #10) by Dorothy L. Sayers
Absalom, Absalom! [Kindle] by
Call Number: FIC FAULK WIL AB Kindle (Request at circulation desk)
Publication Date: 1972-08-12
Absalom, Absalom! is Faulkner’s epic tale of Thomas Sutpen, an enigmatic stranger who comes to Jefferson, Mississippi, in the early 1830s to wrest his mansion out of the muddy bottoms of the north Mississippi wilderness. He was a man, Faulkner said, “who wanted sons and the sons destroyed him.”
Their Eyes Were Watching God by
Call Number: FIC HURST ZORN TH (Adult fiction)
Publication Date: 1991-10-01
Janie Crawford, a light, long-legged, self-sufficient and eloquent woman. Sets out to be her person. A no common feat for a black woman in the '30s. Janie's journey for identity takes her through three wedlock and into a course back to her roots. A remarkable classic by Zora Neale Hurston that you can't put down. With inspirational insights and encouragement, this book helps you experience a liberated woman’s journey and life. Strong and independent narration of this story has left a mark as a special classic out there for all the readers.
Call Number: FIC DUMA DAP RE (Adult Fiction)
Publication Date: 1938
Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again . . . The novel begins in Monte Carlo, where our heroine is swept off her feet by the dashing widower Maxim de Winter and his sudden proposal of marriage. Orphaned and working as a lady's maid, she can barely believe her luck. It is only when they arrive at his massive country estate that she realizes how large a shadow his late wife will cast over their lives--presenting her with a lingering evil that threatens to destroy their marriage from beyond the grave.
Call Number: YA F DUM-D (Young Adult Fiction)
Publication Date: 2017-02-07
Rebecca [CD] by
Call Number: CD Fiction DUM
Publication Date: 2016
The Grapes of Wrath by
Call Number: FIC STEIN JOH GR (Adult Fiction)
Publication Date: 1986
The story of the Joad family, "Okies" who travel from the Dust Bowl of the American Southwest to California in search of a better life.
The Grapes of Wrath by
Call Number: YA F STE-J (Young Adult Fiction)
Publication Date: 2014-04-10
The Grapes of Wrath [CD] by
Call Number: CD Fiction ST (Adult Audiobook CD)
Publication Date: 2011-06-29
The Grapes of Wrath & Other Writings 1936-1941 by
Call Number: 810 L697sp v.2 (Adult Nonfiction)
Publication Date: 1996-09-01
Contents: The Long Valley--The Grapes of Wrath--The Log from the Sea of Cortez--The Harvest Gypsies.
Native Son by Richard Wright
The Library of Babel by Jorge Luis Borges
The Stranger by
Call Number: FIC CAMUS ALB ST (Adult Fiction)
Publication Date: 1993-02-23
Albert Camus's spare, laconic masterpiece about a Frenchman who murders an Arab in Algeria is famous for having diagnosed, with an almost scientific clarity, that condition of reckless alienation and spiritual exhaustion that characterized so much of twentieth-century life.
The Little Prince [E-Book] by
Call Number: FIC SAINT ANT LI Ebook (OverDrive)
Publication Date: 2017-11-18
An aviator whose plane is forced down in the Sahara Desert encounters a little prince from a small planet who relates his adventures in seeking the secret of what is important in life.
Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges
The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee WIlliams
Tennessee Williams : Plays 1937-1955 by
Call Number: 810 L697wL v.1 (Adult Nonfiction)
Publication Date: 2000-10-01
1937-1955: Spring storm. Not about nightingales. Battle of angels. I rise in flame, cried the phoenix. From 27 wagons full of cotton (1945) .... The glass menagerie. A streetcar named Desire. Summer and smoke. The rose tattoo. Camino Real. From 27 Wagons full of cotton (1953) .... Cat on a hot tin roof
The Member of the Wedding by
Call Number: FIC MCULL CAR ME (Adult fiction)
Publication Date: 1946
Twelve-year-old Frankie is utterly, hopelessly bored with life until she hears about her older brother’s wedding. Bolstered by lively conversations with her family maid, Berenice, and her six-year-old cousin—not to mention her own unbridled imagination—Frankie takes on an overly active role in the wedding, hoping even to go, uninvited, on the honeymoon, so deep is her desire to be a member of something larger, more accepting than herself.
Complete Novels of Carson McCullers by
Call Number: 810 L697mc (Adult nonfiction)
Publication Date: 2001-10-01
CONTENTS: The heart is a lonely hunter -- Reflections in a golden eye -- The ballad of the sad café -- The member of the wedding -- Clock without hands.
No Exit by Jean Paul Sartre
No Exit and The Flies by
Call Number: 842.914 S249n (Adult Nonfiction)
Publication Date: 1965
Jean-Paul Sartre, the great French existentialist, displays his mastery of drama in NO EXIT, an unforgettable portrayal of hell. The play is a depiction of the afterlife in which three deceased characters are punished by being locked into a room together for eternity. It is the source of Sartre's especially famous and often misinterpreted quotation "L'enfer, c'est les autres" or "Hell is other people", a reference to Sartre's ideas about the Look and the perpetual ontological struggle of being caused to see oneself as an object in the world of another consciousness
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
Call Number: FIC ORWEL GEO NI (Adult fiction)
Publication Date: 2003-05-06
Depicts life in a totalitarian regime in the year of 1984.
Nineteen Eighty-Four by
Call Number: YA F ORW-G (Young Adult Fiction)
Publication Date: 1992-11-03
Portrays life in a future time when a totalitarian government watches over all citizens and directs all activities.
Nineteen Eighty-four [Kindle] by
Call Number: FIC ORWEL GEO NI Kindle (Request at Circulation Desk)
Publication Date: 2003-05-06
Nineteen Eighty-four [CD] by
Call Number: CD Fiction OR (Adult Books on CD)
Publication Date: 2007-04-12
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia #1) by
Call Number: Juv F LEW N1 (Juvenile fiction)
Publication Date: 1968-06-01
Four English school children 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.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe [CD] by
Call Number: J-CD Fiction LE N2 (Juvenile Audiobooks on CD)
Publication Date: 2005-10-25
Call Number: YA F ASI-I F3 (Young adult fiction)
Publication Date: 2004-06-01
For twelve thousand years the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme. Now it is dying. But only Hari Seldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, can see into the future—to a dark age of ignorance, barbarism, and warfare that will last thirty thousand years. To preserve knowledge and save humankind, Seldon gathers the best minds in the Empire—both scientists and scholars—and brings them to a bleak planet at the edge of the galaxy to serve as a beacon of hope for future generations. He calls his sanctuary the Foundation.
Call Number: YA F ASI-I- F3 Ebook (OverDrive)
Publication Date: 2004
Invisible Man by
Call Number: FIC ELLIS RAL IN (Adult Fiction)
Publication Date: 1982-03-12
The nameless narrator of the novel describes growing up in a black community in the South, attending a Negro college from which he is expelled, moving to New York and becoming the chief spokesman of the Harlem branch of "the Brotherhood," and retreating amid violence and confusion to the basement lair of the Invisible Man he imagines himself to be.
Fahrenheit 451 by
Call Number: YA F BRA-RD (Young Adult Fiction)
Publication Date: 2012-01-10
In a society in which books are outlawed, Montag, a regimented fireman in charge of burning the forbidden volumes, meets a revolutionary school teacher who dares to read. Suddenly he finds himself a hunted fugitive, forced to choose not only between two women, but between personal safety and intellectual freedom.
Fahrenheit 451 [Kindle] by
Call Number: FIC BRADB RAY F Kindle (Request at Circulation Desk)
Publication Date: 2008-03-01
Fahrenheit 451 [CD] by
Call Number: CD Fiction BR (Adult audiobook CDs)
Publication Date: 2005
The Fellowship of the Ring (Lord of the Rings #1) by
Call Number: FIC TOLK JRR L1 (Adult fiction)
Publication Date: 1988-03-03
The first volume of a trilogy which recounts the War of the Ring, in which the Third Age of Middle-earth arrives.
The Fellowship of the Ring (Lord of the rings #1) by
Call Number: YA F TOL-JR L1 (Young adult fiction)
Publication Date: 1986-08-12
The Fellowship of the Ring [Kindle] by
Call Number: FIC TOLK JRR L1 Kindle (Request at circulation desk)
Publication Date: 1988-03-03
Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin
Doctor Zhivago by
Call Number: FIC PASTE BORL DO (Adult Fiction)
Publication Date: 2010-10-19
First published in Italy in 1957 amid international controversy—the novel was banned in the Soviet Union until 1988, and Pasternak declined the Nobel Prize a year later under intense pressure from Soviet authorities—Doctor Zhivago is the story of the life and loves of a poet-physician during the turmoil of the Russian Revolution. Taking his family from Moscow to what he hopes will be shelter in the Ural Mountains, Zhivago finds himself instead embroiled in the battle between the Whites and the Reds. Set against this backdrop of cruelty and strife is Zhivago’s love for the tender and beautiful Lara: pursued, found, and lost again, Lara is the very embodiment of the pain and chaos of those cataclysmic times.
Things Fall Apart [Kindle] by
Call Number: FIC ACHEB CHI TH Kindle (Request at circulation desk)
Publication Date: 1994-09-01
First published in 1958, this novel tells the story of Okonkwo, the leader of an Igbo (Ibo) community who is banished for accidentally killing a clansman. The novel covers the seven years of his exile to his return, providing an inside view of the intrusion of white missionaries and colonial government into tribal Igbo society in the 1890s.
The Haunting of Hill House by
Call Number: FIC JACKS SHI HA (Adult Fiction)
Publication Date: 1959
First published in 1959, Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House has been hailed as a perfect work of unnerving terror. It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a “haunting”; Theodora, his lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers—and soon it will choose one of them to make its own.
To Kill a Mockingbird by
Call Number: FIC LEE HAR TO (Adult Fiction)
Publication Date: 1995-09-01
Voted America's Best-Loved Novel in PBS's The Great American Read. Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep South—and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred. One of the most cherished stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than forty million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the twentieth century by librarians across the country. A gripping, heart-wrenching, and wholly remarkable tale of coming-of-age in a South poisoned by virulent prejudice, it views a world of great beauty and savage inequities through the eyes of a young girl, as her father—a crusading local lawyer—risks everything to defend a black man unjustly accused of a terrible crime.
To Kill a Mockingbird by
Call Number: YA F LEE-H (Young adult fiction)
Publication Date: 1995-09-01
One of the most cherished stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than forty million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the twentieth century by librarians across the country. A gripping, heart-wrenching, and wholly remarkable tale of coming-of-age in a South poisoned by virulent prejudice, it views a world of great beauty and savage inequities through the eyes of a young girl, as her father—a crusading local lawyer—risks everything to defend a black man unjustly accused of a terrible crime.
To Kill a Mockingbird [CD] by
Call Number: CD Fiction LE (Adult Audiobook CD)
Publication Date: 2006-08-22
Call Number: FIC HELLE JOS CA (Adult fiction)
Publication Date: 2011-04-05
Catch-22 : a novel by
Call Number: Fiction H477bx (Adult Fiction)
Publication Date: 1999-10-05
One of the funniest books ever written, Joseph Heller's masterpiece about a bomber squadron in the Second World War's Italian theater features a gallery of magnificently strange characters seething with comic energy. The malingering hero, Yossarian, is endlessly inventive in his schemes to save his skin from the horrible chances of war, and his story is studded with incidents and devices (including the Glorious Loyalty Oath Crusade and the hilariously sinister bureaucratic rule that gives the book its title) that propel the narrative in a headlong satiric rush.
Silent Spring by
Call Number: 363.735 C321s (Adult Nonfiction)
Publication Date: 1962
Presents facts about the effects of pesticides on the environment, health and genetics.
The Bell Jar by
Call Number: FIC PLATH SYL BE (Adult fiction)
Publication Date: 1971
The Bell Jar chronicles the crack-up of Esther Greenwood: brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under—maybe for the last time. Sylvia Plath masterfully draws the reader into Esther’s breakdown with such intensity that Esther’s neurosis becomes completely real and even rational, as probable and accessible an experience as going to the movies. Such deep penetration into the dark and harrowing corners of the psyche is an extraordinary accomplishment and has made The Bell Jar a haunting American classic.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by
Call Number: Juv F DAH (Juvenile fiction)
Publication Date: 1964-09-12
The adventures of five children who were allowed into Mr. Willy Wonka's chocolate factory.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory [CD] by
Call Number: J-CD Fiction DA (Juvenile CD audiobook collection)
Publication Date: 2002-10-22
Dune (Dune #1) by
Call Number: FIC HERBE FRA D1 (Adult fiction)
Publication Date: 1999-10-01
Dune [CD Audiobook] by
Call Number: CD Fiction HE D1 (Adult CD Audiobooks)
Publication Date: 2007-05-29
Dune [E-Book] by
Call Number: FIC HERBE FRA D1 Ebook (OverDrive)
Publication Date: 2003
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard
Nine Plays of the Modern Theater by
Call Number: 808.82 N714 (Adult nonfiction)
Publication Date: 1994-01-10
CONTENTS: The Caucasian chalk circle by Bertolt Brecht--Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett--The visit by Friedrich Durrenmatt--The balcony by Jean Genet--The birthday party by Harold Pinter--Rhinoceros by Eugene Ionesco--Tango by Slawomir Mrozek--Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead by Tom Stoppard--American buffalo by David Manet
One Hundred Years of Solitude by
Call Number: FIC GARCI GAB ON (Adult fiction)
Publication Date: 1995-10-17
One Hundred Years of Solitude tells the story of the rise and fall, birth and death of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendiá family. Inventive, amusing, magnetic, sad and alive with unforgettable men and women—brimming with truth, compassion, and a lyrical magic that strikes the soul—this novel is a masterpiece in the art of fiction.
Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by
Call Number: BIO ANGEL MAY I (Adult biography)
Publication Date: 1970-01-12
Author's memoir of growing up black in the 1930's and 1940's.
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings [CD] by
Call Number: CD Nonfiction AN (Adult Audiobook CD)
Publication Date: 1996-09-03
The Bluest Eye [E-Book] by
Call Number: FIC MORRI TON BL Ebook (OverDrive)
Publication Date: 2007
In Morrison’s acclaimed first novel, Pecola Breedlove—an 11-year-old Black girl in an America whose love for its blond, blue-eyed children can devastate all others—prays for her eyes to turn blue: so that she will be beautiful, so that people will look at her, so that her world will be different. This is the story of the nightmare at the heart of her yearning, and the tragedy of its fulfillment.
Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone by
Call Number: 070.1 T472f (Adult nonfiction)
Publication Date: 2011-10-25
This cult classic of gonzo journalism is the best chronicle of drug-soaked, addle-brained, rollicking good times ever committed to the printed page. It is also the tale of a long weekend road trip that has gone down in the annals of American pop culture as one of the strangest journeys ever undertaken.
Ways of Seeing by John Berger
The Princess Bride by
Call Number: FIC GOLDM WIL PR (Adult fiction)
Publication Date: 1998-11-17
Anyone who lived through the 1980s may find it impossible—inconceivable, even—to equate The Princess Bride with anything other than the sweet, celluloid romance of Westley and Buttercup, but the film is only a fraction of the ingenious storytelling you'll find in these pages. Rich in character and satire, the novel is set in 1941 and framed cleverly as an “abridged” retelling of a centuries-old tale set in the fabled country of Florin that's home to “Beasts of all natures and descriptions. Pain. Death. Brave men. Coward men. Strongest men. Chases. Escapes. Lies. Truths. Passions.”
Call Number: YA F KIN-S (Young adult fiction)
Publication Date: 1974
An unpopular teenage girl whose mother is a religious fanatic is tormented and teased to the breaking point by her more popular schoolmates and uses her hidden telekinetic powers to inflict a terrifying revenge.
Carrie [E-Book] by
Call Number: YA F KIN-S Ebook (OverDrive)
Publication Date: 2008
Salem's Lot by
Call Number: FIC KING STE SA (Adult Fiction)
Publication Date: 1990-04-01
A stranger with an evil secret harms the lives of many inhabitants of a small New England town.
Salem's Lot [Kindle] by
Call Number: FIC KING STE SA Kindle (Request at Circulation Desk)
Publication Date: 2011-12-27
Salem's Lot [Ebook] by
Call Number: FIC KING STE SA Ebook (OverDrive)
Publication Date: 2008
The Woman Warrior : memoirs of a girlhood among ghosts by
Call Number: BIO KINGS MAXH W (Adult biography)
Publication Date: 1976-08-12
A memoir of the American-born daughter of Chinese immigrants who lived within the traditions and fears of the Chinese past as well as the realities of the alien modern American culture.
Song of Solomon by
Call Number: FIC MORRI TON SO (Adult Fiction)
Publication Date: 1977-08-12
Follows the life of Macon Dead, Jr., the son of the richest black family in a midwestern town, as he leaves home on a quest for personal freedom.
The Westing Game by
Call Number: Juv F RAS (Juvenile Fiction)
Publication Date: 1978-06-01
The mysterious death of an eccentric millionaire brings together an unlikely assortment of heirs who must uncover the circumstances of his death before they can claim their inheritance.
Kindred [Kindle] by
Call Number: FIC BUTLE OCTE KI Kindle (Request at circulation desk)
Publication Date: 1998-01-01
Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana has been summoned to save him. Dana is drawn back repeatedly through time to the slave quarters, and each time the stay grows longer, more arduous, and more dangerous until it is uncertain whether or not Dana's life will end, long before it has a chance to begin.
Kindred [E-Book] by
Call Number: FIC BUTLE OCTE KI Ebook (OverDrive)
Publication Date: 2004
The Name of the Rose by
Call Number: FIC ECO UMB NA (Adult Fiction)
Publication Date: 1983-06-09
Translation of: Il nome della Rosa. Brother William turns detective in medieval Italy when seven bizarre deaths take place in seven days and nights.
Midnight's Children by
Call Number: FIC RUSHD SAL MI (Adult fiction)
Publication Date: 1981-03-12
The story of Saleem Sinal, born precisely at midnight, August 15, 1947, the moment India became independent. Saleem's life parallels the history of his nation.
The Color Purple by
Call Number: FIC WALKE ALI CO (Adult Fiction)
Publication Date: 1992-05-22
Celie has grown up poor in rural Georgia, despised by the society around her and abused by her own family. She strives to protect her sister, Nettie, from a similar fate, and while Nettie escapes to a new life as a missionary in Africa, Celie is left behind without her best friend and confidante, married off to an older suitor, and sentenced to a life alone with a harsh and brutal husband. In an attempt to transcend a life that often seems too much to bear, Celie begins writing letters directly to God. The letters, spanning twenty years, record a journey of self-discovery and empowerment guided by the light of a few strong women. She meets Shug Avery, her husband’s mistress and a jazz singer with a zest for life, and her stepson’s wife, Sophia, who challenges her to fight for independence. And though the many letters from Celie’s sister are hidden by her husband, Nettie’s unwavering support will prove to be the most breathtaking of all.
The Color Purple Collection [OverDrive E-Book] by
Call Number: FIC WALKE ALI COP Ebook (OverDrive)
Publication Date: 2012-09-11
CONTENTS: The Color purple -- The Temple of my familiar -- Possessing the secret of joy.
The Queen's Gambit by
Call Number: FIC TEVIS WALS QU (Adult fiction)
Publication Date: 1983-02-01
Beth Harmon, orphaned at age eight, insists that the janitor teach her how to play chess and from then on her entire life is changed.
The House on Mango Street by
Call Number: FIC CISNE SAN HO (Adult fiction)
Publication Date: 1994-04-26
For Esperanza, a young girl growing up in the Hispanic quarter of Chicago, life is an endless landscape of concrete and run-down tenements, and she tries to rise above the hopelessness.
The House on Mango Street [CD] by
Call Number: CD Fiction CI (Adult CD audiobooks)
Publication Date: 2005-08-30
The Handmaid's Tale by
Call Number: FIC ATWOO MARE H1 (Adult fiction)
Publication Date: 1986-02-01
Set in the near future, America has become a puritanical theocracy and Offred tells her story as a Handmaid under the new social order.
Howl's Moving Castle by
Call Number: Juv F JON W1 (World of Howl #1)
Publication Date: 2001-08-07
Eldest of three sisters in a land where it is considered to be a misfortune, Sophie is resigned to her fate as a hat shop apprentice until a witch turns her into an old woman and she finds herself in the castle of the greatly feared wizard Howl.
Call Number: FIC MOORE ALA WA (Adult fiction)
Publication Date: 1995-04-01
Considered the greatest graphic novel in the history of the medium, the Hugo Award-winning story chronicles the fall from grace of a group of superheroes plagued by all-too-human failings. Along the way, the concept of the superhero is dissected as an unknown assassin stalks the erstwhile heroes.
The Alchemist: a Graphic Novel by
Call Number: FIC COELH PAU AL (Adult fiction)
Publication Date: 2010-11-23
Offers an adaptation in graphic novel format of a modern classic about the globe-trotting spiritual journey of a humble shepherd boy.
The Alchemist [CD] by
Call Number: CD Fiction CO (Adult CD audiobooks)
Publication Date: 2001-03-20
An Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of treasure buried in the pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest ... What starts out as a journey to find worldly goods turns into a meditation on the treasures found within.
The Alchemist [Streaming audiobook] by
Call Number: FIC COELH PAU AL Audiobk (OverDrive)
Publication Date: 2005-10-04
The Pillars of the Earth (Kingsbridge #1) by
Call Number: FIC FOLLE KEN K1 (Adult fiction)
Publication Date: 2007-12-18
The construction of a cathedral involves a story of betrayal, revenge and love in 12th century England.
The Pillars of the Earth [CD] by
Call Number: CD Fiction FO P1-P2 (Adult CD audiobooks)
Publication Date: 2007-10-09
Good Omens : the nice an daccurate prophecies of Agnes Nutter, witch by
Call Number: FIC GAIMA NEI GO (Adult fiction)
Publication Date: 2006-02-28
From two delightful imaginations comes a comic masterpiece in which the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse ride motorcycles, the hound of the devil chases sticks, and the end of the world is subject to Murphy's Law.
Good Omens [E-Book] by
Call Number: FIC GAIMA NEI GO Ebook (OverDrive)
Publication Date: 2011-06-28
Call Number: FIC GABAL DIA O1 (Adult fiction)
Publication Date: 1991-06-01
Scottish Highlands, 1945. Claire Randall, a former British combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach--an "outlander"--in a Scotland torn by war and raiding clans in the year of Our Lord . . . 1743.
Outlander [CD] (Outlander #1) by
Call Number: CD Fiction GA
Publication Date: 2006-03-08
The Secret History [E-Book] by
Call Number: FIC TARTT DON SE Ebook (OverDrive)
Publication Date: 2011
Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality their lives are changed profoundly and forever, and they discover how hard it can be to truly live and how easy it is to kill.
The Virgin Suicides [Kindle] by
Call Number: FIC EUGEN JEF VI Kindle (Request at circulation desk)
Publication Date: 2006-01-01
The five Lisbon sisters are brought up in a strict household, and when the youngest kills herself, the oppression of the remaining sisters intensifies. As Therese, Mary, Bonnie and Lux are pulled deeper into isolation by their domineering mother, a group of neighborhood boys become obsessed with liberating the sisters. But what the boys don't know is, the Lisbon girls are beyond saving.
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle [Kindle] by
Call Number: FIC MURAK HAR WIN Kindle (Request at circulation desk)
Publication Date: 2010
While searching for his missing wife, Japanese lawyer Toru Okada has strange experiences and meets strange characters. A woman wants phone sex, a man describes wartime torture, he finds himself at the bottom of a well. Part detective story, part philosophical meditation.
The Golden Compass (His dark materials #1) by
Call Number: YA F PUL-P H1 (Young adult fiction)
Publication Date: 1996-04-16
Lyra Belacqua sets out to prevent her best friend and other kidnapped children from becoming the subjects of gruesome experiments in the Far North.
The Golden Compass [CD] (His dark materials #1) by
Call Number: YA-CD F PUL-P (Young adult CD audiobooks)
Publication Date: 2004-09-28
A Game of Thrones (Song of ice and fire #1) by
Call Number: FIC MARTI GEOR S1 (Adult Fiction)
Publication Date: 1996-08-01
Winter is coming. Such is the stern motto of House Stark, the northernmost of the fiefdoms that owe allegiance to King Robert Baratheon in far-off King's Landing. There Eddard Stark of Winterfell rules in Robert's name. There his family dwells in peace and comfort: his proud wife, Catelyn; his sons Robb, Brandon, and Rickon; his daughters Sansa and Arya; and his bastard son, Jon Snow. Far to the north, behind the towering Wall, lie savage Wildings and worse--unnatural things relegated to myth during the centuries-long summer, but proving all too real and all too deadly in the turning of the season. Yet a more immediate threat lurks to the south, where Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King, has died under mysterious circumstances. Now Robert is riding north to Winterfell, bringing his queen, the lovely but cold Cersei, his son, the cruel, vainglorious Prince Joffrey, and the queen's brothers Jaime and Tyrion of the powerful and wealthy House Lannister--the first a swordsman without equal, the second a dwarf whose stunted stature belies a brilliant mind. All are heading for Winterfell and a fateful encounter that will change the course of kingdoms. Meanwhile, across the Narrow Sea, Prince Viserys, heir of the fallen House Targaryen, which once ruled all of Westeros, schemes to reclaim the throne with an army of barbarian Dothraki--whose loyalty he will purchase in the only coin left to him: his beautiful yet innocent sister, Daenerys.
A Game of Thrones [CD] by
Call Number: CD Fiction MA S1 (Adult CD audiobooks)
Publication Date: 2011-04-12
Guns, Germs, and Steel : the fates of human societies by
Call Number: 303.4 D537g (Adult Nonfiction)
Publication Date: 1997-03-01
Jared Diamond convincingly argues that geographical and environmental factors shaped the modern world. Societies that had had a head start in food production advanced beyond the hunter-gatherer stage, and then developed religion --as well as nasty germs and potent weapons of war --and adventured on sea and land to conquer and decimate preliterate cultures. A major advance in our understanding of human societies, Guns, Germs, and Steel chronicles the way that the modern world came to be and stunningly dismantles racially based theories of human history.
The Poisonwood Bible by
Call Number: Fiction K556po (Adult Fiction)
Publication Date: 1998-10-07
The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce, evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them everything they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it—from garden seeds to Scripture—is calamitously transformed on African soil. What follows is a suspenseful epic of one family's tragic undoing and remarkable reconstruction over the course of three decades in postcolonial Africa.
Girl with a Pearl Earring by
Call Number: FIC CHEVA TRA GI (Adult fiction)
Publication Date: 2001-01-01
A captivating portrait of a young woman who inspired one of Vermeer's most celebrated paintings.
Girl with a Pearl Earring [Kindle] by
Call Number: FIC CHEVA TRA GI Kindle (Request at circulation desk)
Publication Date: 2000-01-01
House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
The Shadow of the Wind (Cemetery of forgotten books #1) by
Call Number: FIC RUIZ CAR SH (Adult fiction)
Publication Date: 2004-04-12
Barcelona, 1945: A city slowly heals in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, and Daniel, an antiquarian book dealer’s son who mourns the loss of his mother, finds solace in a mysterious book entitled The Shadow of the Wind, by one Julián Carax. But when he sets out to find the author’s other works, he makes a shocking discovery: someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book Carax has written. In fact, Daniel may have the last of Carax’s books in existence. Soon Daniel’s seemingly innocent quest opens a door into one of Barcelona’s darkest secrets--an epic story of murder, madness, and doomed love.
Call Number: Juv F GAI (Juvenile fiction)
Publication Date: 2002-07-02
Looking for excitement, Coraline ventures through a mysterious door into a world that is similar, yet disturbingly different from her own, where she must challenge a gruesome entity in order to save herself, her parents, and the souls of three others.
Coraline [CD] by
Call Number: J-CD Fiction GA (Juvenile Books on CD)
Publication Date: 2002-06-18
Coraline [E-Book] by
Call Number: Juv F GAI Ebook (OverDrive)
Publication Date: 2009-10-06
The Namesake by
Call Number: FIC LAHIR JHU NA (Adult fiction)
Publication Date: 2003-09-16
Meet the Ganguli family, new arrivals from Calcutta, trying their best to become Americans even as they pine for home. The name they bestow on their firstborn, Gogol, betrays all the conflicts of honoring tradition in a new world — conflicts that will haunt Gogol on his own winding path through divided loyalties, comic detours, and wrenching love affairs.
Cloud Atlas by
Call Number: FIC MITCH DAV CL (Adult fiction)
Publication Date: 2012-11-20
Recounts the connected stories of people from the past and the distant future, from a nineteenth-century notary and an investigative journalist in the 1970s to a young man who searches for meaning in a post-apocalyptic world.
Cloud Atlas [E-Book] by
Call Number: FIC MITCH DAV CL Ebook (OverDrive)
Publication Date: 2012-11-20
Never Let Me Go by
Call Number: FIC ISHIG KAZ NE (Adult fiction)
Publication Date: 2005-04-05
From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day and When We Were Orphans, comes an unforgettable edge-of-your-seat mystery that is at once heartbreakingly tender and morally courageous about what it means to be human. Hailsham seems like a pleasant English boarding school, far from the influences of the city. Its students are well tended and supported, trained in art and literature, and become just the sort of people the world wants them to be. But, curiously, they are taught nothing of the outside world and are allowed little contact with it. Within the grounds of Hailsham, Kathy grows from schoolgirl to young woman, but it's only when she and her friends Ruth and Tommy leave the safe grounds of the school (as they always knew they would) that they realize the full truth of what Hailsham is.
The Road by
Call Number: FIC MCART CO RO (Adult fiction)
Publication Date: 2006-09-26
America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst the destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world that is utterly devastated.
The Road [CD] by
Call Number: CD Fiction MC (Adult Audiobook CD)
Publication Date: 2006-08-28
The Road [E-Book] by
Call Number: FIC MCART CO RO Ebook (OverDrive)
Publication Date: 2007
The Book Thief by
Call Number: YA F ZUS-M (Young adult fiction)
Publication Date: 2006-03-14
Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel--a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.
The Book Thief [CD] by
Call Number: YA-CD F ZUS-M (Young adult CD audiobooks)
Publication Date: 2006-09-26
Wolf Hall (Wolf Hall #1) by
Call Number: FIC MANTE HIL W1 (Adult Fiction)
Publication Date: 2009-10-13
England in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years and marry Anne Boleyn. The pope and most of Europe opposes him. Into this impasse steps Thomas Cromwell: a wholly original man, a charmer and a bully, both idealist and opportunist, astute in reading people, and implacable in his ambition. But Henry is volatile: one day tender, one day murderous. Cromwell helps him break the opposition, but what will be the price of his triumph?
Wolf Hall [CD] (Wolf Hall #1) by
Call Number: CD Fiction MA (Adult CD Audiobooks)
Publication Date: 2009-11-24
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by
Call Number: BIO LACKS HEN S (Adult biography)
Publication Date: 2010-02-02
Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools in medicine: The first “immortal” human cells grown in culture, which are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer, viruses, and the atom bomb’s effects; helped lead to important advances like in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions. Yet Henrietta Lacks remains virtually unknown, buried in an unmarked grave. Yet Henrietta’s family did not learn of her “immortality” until more than twenty years after her death, when scientists investigating HeLa began using her husband and children in research without informed consent. And though the cells had launched a multimillion-dollar industry that sells human biological materials, her family never saw any of the profits. As Rebecca Skloot so brilliantly shows, the story of the Lacks family—past and present—is inextricably connected to the dark history of experimentation on African Americans, the birth of bioethics, and the legal battles over whether we control the stuff we are made of.
The Song of Achilles by
Call Number: FIC MILLE MAD SO (Adult fiction)
Publication Date: 2012-03-06
Patroclus, an awkward young prince, follows Achilles into war, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they have learned, everything they hold dear. And that, before he is ready, he will be forced to surrender his friend to the hands of Fate. Set during the Trojan War.
Gone Girl by
Call Number: FIC FLYNN GIL GO (Adult Fiction)
Publication Date: 2012-06-05
Gone Girl's toxic mix of sharp-edged wit with deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds you at every turn.
Gone Girl [CD] by
Call Number: CD Fiction FL (Adult Audiobook CD)
Publication Date: 2012
Gone Girl [E-Book] by
Call Number: FIC FLYNN GIL GO Ebook (OverDrive)
Publication Date: 2012
The Goldfinch by
Call Number: FIC TARTT DON GO (Adult Fiction)
Publication Date: 2013-10-22
A young boy in New York City, Theo Decker, miraculously survives an accident that takes the life of his mother. Alone and abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by a friend's family and struggles to make sense of his new life. In the years that follow, he becomes entranced by one of the few things that reminds him of his mother: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the art underworld.
Everything I Never Told You [Streaming audiobook] : a novel by
Call Number: FIC NG CEL EV Audiobk (OverDrive)
Publication Date: 2014
“Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.” So begins this exquisite novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue. But when Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together is destroyed, tumbling them into chaos. A profoundly moving story of family, secrets, and longing, Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another.
Between the World and Me by
Call Number: 305.8 C652b (Adult Nonfiction)
Publication Date: 2015-07-14
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?
Between the World and Me [Kindle] by
Call Number: 305.8 C652b Kindle (Request at Circulation Desk)
Publication Date: 2015
When Breath Becomes Air by
Call Number: 616.99 K14w (Adult nonfiction)
Publication Date: 2016-01-12
At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade's worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated.
The Hate U Give by
Call Number: YA F THO-A (Young adult fiction)
Publication Date: 2017-02-28
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil's name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr. But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.
The Hate U Give [streaming audiobook] by
Call Number: YA F THO-A Audiobk (OverDrive)
Publication Date: 2017-02-28
Educated : a memoir by
Call Number: BIO WESTO TAR E (Adult biography)
Publication Date: 2018-02-20
Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Her family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara’s older brothers became violent. When another brother got himself into college, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far, if there was still a way home.
Red, White and Royal Blue [E-Book] : a novel by
Call Number: FIC MQUIS CAS RE Ebook (Adult fiction)
Publication Date: 2019-05-14
When his mother became President, Alex Claremont-Diaz was promptly cast as the American equivalent of a young royal. Handsome, charismatic, genius—his image is pure millennial-marketing gold for the White House. There's only one problem: Alex has a beef with the actual prince, Henry, across the pond. And when the tabloids get hold of a photo involving an Alex-Henry altercation, U.S./British relations take a turn for the worse. Heads of family, state, and other handlers devise a plan for damage control: staging a truce between the two rivals. What at first begins as a fake, Instragramable friendship grows deeper, and more dangerous, than either Alex or Henry could have imagined. Soon Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret romance with a surprisingly unstuffy Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations and begs the question: Can love save the world after all? Where do we find the courage, and the power, to be the people we are meant to be? And how can we learn to let our true colors shine through? Casey McQuiston's Red, White & Royal Blue proves: true love isn't always diplomatic.
The Vanishing Half by
Call Number: FIC BENNE BRI V (Adult Fiction)
Publication Date: 2020-06-02
The Vignes twin sisters will always be identical. But after growing up together in a small, southern black community and running away at age sixteen, it's not just the shape of their daily lives that is different as adults, it's everything: their families, their communities, their racial identities. Ten years later, one sister lives with her black daughter in the same southern town she once tried to escape. The other secretly passes for white, and her white husband knows nothing of her past. Still, even separated by so many miles and just as many lies, the fates of the twins remain intertwined. What will happen to the next generation, when their own daughters' storylines intersect?
Malibu Rising by
Call Number: FIC REID TAYJ M (Adult fiction)
Publication Date: 2021-06-01