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Prizewinners & critically acclaimed summer reads
Lawrence in Arabia by
Call Number: D568.4.L45 A66 2013
Publication Date: 2013-08-06
A thrilling and revelatory narrative of one of the most epic and consequential periods in 20th century history - the Arab Revolt and the secret "great game" to control the Middle East
A History of Future Cities by
Every month, five million people move from the past to the future. Pouring into developing-world "instant cities" like Dubai and Shenzhen, these urban newcomers confront a modern world cobbled together from fragments of a West they have never seen.
One Summer by
Call Number: E791 .B79 2013
Publication Date: 2013-10-01
In "One Summer" Bill Bryson, one of our greatest and most beloved nonfiction writers, transports readers on a journey back to one amazing season in American life. Bill Bryson captures its outsized personalities, exciting events, and occasional just plain weirdness with his trademark vividness, eye for telling detail, and delicious humor. In that year America stepped out onto the world stage as the main event, and "One Summer" transforms it all into narrative nonfiction of the highest order.
The Alchemist by
Call Number: PQ9698.13.O3546 A4513 1993
Publication Date: 2003-03-18
The Alchemist is the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure as extravagant as any ever found. From his home in Spain he journeys to the markets of Tangiers and across the Egyptian desert to a fateful encounter with the alchemist. The story of the treasures Santiago finds along the way teaches us, as only a few stories have done, about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, learning to read the omens strewn along life's path, and, above all, following our dreams.
The Beet Queen by
Call Number: PS3555.R42 B4 1986
Publication Date: 1986-09-01
On a spring morning in 1932, young Karl and Mary Adare arrive by boxcar in Argus, North Dakota. After being orphaned in a most peculiar way, they seek refuge in the butcher shop of their aunt Fritzie and her husband, Pete; ordinary Mary, who will cause a miracle, and seductive Karl, who lacks his sister's gift for survival, embark upon an exhilarating life-journey crowded with colorful, unforgettable characters and marked by the extraordinary magic of natural events.
A World on Fire by
Call Number: E469 .F67 2010
Publication Date: 2011-06-28
Acclaimed historian Amanda Foreman follows the phenomenal success of her "New York Times "bestseller "Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire" with her long-awaited second work of nonfiction: the fascinating story of the American Civil War and the major role played by Britain and its citizens in that epic struggle.
Mona in the Promised Land by
Call Number: PS3560.E474 M66 1996
Publication Date: 1996-05-07
Jen introduces us to one of the most charming and sweet-spirited heroines in recent fiction, a girl who can wisecrack with perfect aplomb even when she's organizing the help in her father's pancake house. Gish Jen creates a particular world where dim sum is as American as apple pie.
Water for Elephants by
Call Number: PS3607.R696 W38 2006
Publication Date: 2006-05-26
Surprising, poignant, and funny, Water for Elephants is that rare novel with a story so engrossing, one is reluctant to put it down; with characters so engaging, they continue to live long after the last page has been turned; with a world built of wonder, a world so real, one starts to breathe its air.
Prizewinners & critically acclaimed summer reads
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by
Call Number: PZ7.H1165 Cu 2003
Publication Date: 2003-06-17
Narrated by a 15-year-old autistic savant obsessed with Sherlock Holmes, this dazzling novel weaves together an old-fashioned mystery and a contemporary coming-of-age story.
Oracle Bones by
Call Number: DS712 .H458 2006
Publication Date: 2006-04-25
From the acclaimed author of River Town comes a rare portrait, both intimate and epic, of twenty-first-century China as it opens its doors to the outside world.
And the Mountains Echoed by
Call Number: PS3608.O832 A53 2013
Publication Date: 2013-05-21
An unforgettable novel about finding a lost piece of yourself in someone else.
Cities Are Good for You by
Call Number: HT151 .H633 2013
Publication Date: 2013-07-16
Cities are where the twenty-first century is really going to happen. Leo Hollis presents evidence that cities can deliver a better life and a better world in the future. Combining anecdote, scientific studies, historical portraits, first-hand interviews and observations of some of the most exciting world cities, Hollis upends long-held assumptions with new questions.
The Metropolitan Revolution by
Call Number: HT334.U5 K38 2013
Publication Date: 2013-06-11
Across the US, cities and metropolitan areas are facing huge economic and competitive challenges that Washington won't, or can't, solve.The good news is that networks of metropolitan leaders mayors, business and labor leaders, educators, and philanthropists are stepping up and powering the nation forward.
Orange Is the New Black by
Call Number: HV9474.F66 K47 2010
Publication Date: 2010-04-06
With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money ten years before. But that past has caught up with her.
The Lowland by
Call Number: PS3562.A316 L69 2013
Publication Date: 2013-09-24
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning, best-selling author of The Namesake comes an extraordinary new novel, set in both India and America, that expands the scope and range of one of our most dazzling storytellers: a tale of two brothers bound by tragedy, a fiercely brilliant woman haunted by her past, a country torn by revolution, and a love that lasts long past death.
Wolf Hall by
Call Number: PR6063.A438 W65 2009
Publication Date: 2009-10-13
In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII's court, only one man dares to gamble his life to win the king's favor and ascend to the heights of political power.
Girls Like Us by
Publication Date: 2011-04-05
British-born Rachel Lloyd dropped out of school at 13 and soon found herself spiraling into a life of torment and abuse as a sexually exploited girl. This is a memoir that tells her life story - a harrowing and inspirational tale of suffering, recovery, discovery, and nobility.
Prizewinners & critically acclaimed summer reads
This Is Running for Your Life by
Call Number: PS3615.R28 T47 2013
Publication Date: 2013-02-12
Michelle Orange uses the lens of pop culture to decode the defining characteristics of our media-drenched times In This Is Running for Your Life, Michelle Orange takes us from Beirut to Hawaii to her grandmother's retirement home in Canada in her quest to understand how people behave in a world increasingly mediated--for better and for worse--by images and interactivity.
A Tale for the Time Being by
Call Number: PS3565.Z45 T35 2013
Publication Date: 2013-03-12
A brilliant, unforgettable novel from bestselling author Ruth Ozeki--shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award "A'time being is someone who lives in time, and that means you, and me, and every one of us who is, or was, or ever will be."
St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by
Call Number: PS3618.U755 S7 2006
Publication Date: 2006-09-05
A dazzling debut, a blazingly original voice: the ten stories in St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves introduce a radiant new talent. Russell's stories are beautifully written and exuberantly imagined, but it is the emotional precision behind their wondrous surfaces that makes them unforgettable.
Ordinary Light by
Call Number: PS3619.M5955 Z46 2015
Publication Date: 2015-03-31
Ordinary Light is the story of a young woman struggling to fashion her own understanding of belief, loss, history, and what it means to be black in America. Ordinary Light is a gorgeous kaleidoscope of self and family, one that skillfully combines a child's and teenager's perceptions with adult retrospection.
Hand to Mouth by
Call Number: HC110.P6 T57 2014
Publication Date: 2014-10-02
We in America have certain ideas of what it means to be poor. Linda Tirado, in her signature brutally honest yet personable voice, takes all of these preconceived notions and smashes them to bits.
Smart Cities by
Call Number: HT119 .T65 2013
Publication Date: 2013-10-07
We live in a world defined by urbanization and digital ubiquity, where mobile broadband connections outnumber fixed ones, machines dominate a new "internet of things," and more people live in cities than in the countryside.
The Martian by
Call Number: PS3623.E446 M37 2014
Publication Date: 2014-10-28
Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there.
The Interestings by
Call Number: PS3573.O564 I58 2013
Publication Date: 2013-04-09
The summer that Nixon resigns, six teenagers at a summer camp for the arts become inseparable. Decades later the bond remains powerful, but so much else has changed.
Demonic Males by
Call Number: QL737.P96 W73 1996
Publication Date: 1996-10-03
Whatever their virtues, men are more violent than women. Why do men kill, rape, and wage war, and what can we do about it? Demonic Males offers startling new answers to these questions.
Call Number: HM742 .Z83 2013
Publication Date: 2013-06-17
We live in an age of connection, one that is accelerated by the Internet. This increasingly ubiquitous, immensely powerful technology often leads us to assume that as the number of people online grows, it inevitably leads to a smaller, more cosmopolitan world.