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Author: Iles, Greg.
Title: Cemetery Road : a novel / by Greg Iles.
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, 2019.
ISBN: 9780062824615 :
Pages: 587 p. : pbk.
Subject: Family secrets - Fiction.
Political corruption - Fiction.
Journalists - Fiction.
Secrecy - Fiction.
Homecoming - Fiction.
Subject: Mississippi - Fiction.
Summary: "The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Natchez Burning trilogy returns with an electrifying tale of friendship, betrayal, and shattering secrets that threaten to destroy a small Mississippi town.When Marshall McEwan left his hometown at age eighteen, he vowed never to return. The trauma that drove him away ultimately spurred him to become one of the most successful journalists in Washington D.C. But just as the political chaos in the nation's capital lifts him to new heights, Marshall is forced to return home in spite of his boyhood vow. His father is dying, his mother is struggling to keep the family newspaper from failing, and the town is in the midst of an economic rebirth that might be built upon crimes that reach into the state capitol--and perhaps even to Washington. More disturbing still, Marshall's high school sweetheart, Jet, has married into the family of Max Matheson, patriarch of one of the families that rule Bienville through a shadow organization called the Bienville Poker Club. When archeologist Buck McKibben is murdered at a construction site, Bienville is thrown into chaos. The ensuing homicide investigation is soon derailed by a second crime that rocks the community to its core. Power broker Max Matheson's wife has been shot dead in her own bed, and the only other person in it at the time was her husband, Max. Stranger still, Max demands that his daughter-on-law, Jet, defend him in court. As a journalist, Marshall knows all too well how the corrosive power of money and politics can sabotage investigations. Without telling a soul, he joins forces with Jet, who has lived for fifteen years at the heart of Max Matheson's family, and begins digging into both murders. With Jet walking the dangerous road of an inside informer, they soon uncover a web of criminal schemes that undergird the town's recent success. But these crimes pale in comparison to the secret at the heart of the Matheson family. When those who have remained silent for years dare to speak to Marshall, pressure begins to build like water against a crumbling dam. Marshall loses friends, family members, and finally even Jet, for no one in Bienville seems willing to endure the reckoning that the Poker Club has long deserved. And by the time Marshall grasps the long-buried truth, he would give almost anything not to have to face it"--
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Author: Powers, Richard.
Title: The Overstory : a novel / by Richard Powers.
Publisher: New York, NY : WW Norton & Co, 2019.
ISBN: 9780393356687 :
Pages: 502 p. : pbk.
Subject: Trees - Fiction.
Environmentalism - Fiction.
Summary: An Air Force loadmaster in the Vietnam War is shot out of the sky, then saved by falling into a banyan. An artist inherits a hundred years of photographic portraits, all of the same doomed American chestnut. A hard-partying undergraduate in the late 1980s electrocutes herself, dies, and is sent back into life by creatures of air and light. A hearing- and speech-impaired scientist discovers that trees are communicating with one another. These four, and five other strangers-each summoned in different ways by trees-are brought together in a last and violent stand to save the continent's few remaining acres of virgin forest. In his twelfth novel, National Book Award winner Richard Powers delivers a sweeping, impassioned novel of activism and resistance that is also a stunning evocation of-and paean to-the natural world. From the roots to the crown and back to the seeds, The Overstory unfolds in concentric rings of interlocking fables that range from antebellum New York to the late twentieth-century Timber Wars of the Pacific Northwest and beyond, exploring the essential conflict on this planet: the one taking place between humans and nonhumans. There is a world alongside ours-vast, slow, interconnected, resourceful, magnificently inventive, and almost invisible to us. This is the story of a handful of people who learn how to see that world and who are drawn up into its unfolding catastrophe. The Overstory is a book for all readers who despair of humanity's self-imposed separation from the rest of creation and who hope for the transformative, regenerating possibility of a homecoming. If the trees of this earth could speak, what would they tell us? Listen. There's something you need to hear.
Awards: Pulitzer prize winner, 2019
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Author: Maas, Sharon.
Title: The soldier's girl / by Sharon Maas.
Publisher: London, UK : Bookouture, 2018.
ISBN: 9781786816818 :
Pages: 376 p. : pbk ; cm.
Subject: World War, 1939-1945 - Medical care - England.
Nurses - Fiction.
World War, 1939-1945 - Underground movements - France - Fiction.
Subject: France - History - German occupation, 1940-1945 - Fiction.
Summary: English nurse Sibyl Lake is young but skilled and confident. Resolving to do everything she can to help her country she begins to spy to support the French Resistance. She arrives in Colmar, a French town surrounded by vineyards and swarming with German soldiers, but her fear is dampened by the joy of being reunited with her childhood sweetheart. Jacques is now a French Resistance fighter, risking his life to free his friends and family from German occupation. Sibyl's arrival has not gone unnoticed by Commander Wolfgang von Haagan, the commandant of the Colmar region. She realises letting him get closer is her best chance of learning enemy secrets. Yet despite her best intentions, Sibyl soon finds betrayal does not come easy to her. Commander von Haagen is a soldier who yearns for poetry, music, something beyond the war, and Sibyl begins to enjoy the company of the man she's spying on. Determined to do what is right for her country, Sibyl knows what she must do. But will it put both the men she loves into terrible danger?.
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Author: Fitzgerald, F. Scott.
Title: The great Gatsby / by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Publisher: New York, NY : Scribner, 2018, c1925.
ISBN: 9780743273565 :
Pages: 180 p. ; pbk.
Subject: Traffic accidents - Fiction.
Rich people - Fiction.
First loves - Fiction.
Subject: Long Island (N.Y.) - Fiction.
Summary: Jay Gatsby had once loved beautiful, spoiled Daisy Buchanan, then lost her to a rich boy. Now, mysteriously wealthy, he is ready to risk everything to woo her back.
Audience: 1070 Lexile.
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Author: Owens, Delia.
Title: Where the crawdads sing / by Delia Owens.
Publisher: New York, NY : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2018.
ISBN: 9781472154644 :
Pages: 370 p. ; hardcover.
Subject: Women hermits - Ficiton.
Man-woman relationships - Fiction.
Murder - Investigation - Fiction.
Abandoned children - Fiction.
Subject: North Carolina - Fiction.
Summary: "Fans of Barbara Kingsolver will love this stunning debut novel from a New York Times bestselling nature writer, about an unforgettable young woman determined to make her way in the wilds of North Carolina, and the two men that will break her isolation open. For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. She's barefoot and wild; unfit for polite society. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark. But Kya is not what they say. Abandoned at age ten, she has survived on her own in the marsh that she calls home. A born naturalist with just one day of school, she takes life lessons from the land, learning from the false signals of fireflies the real way of this world. But while she could have lived in solitude forever, the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. Drawn to two young men from town, who are each intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world--until the unthinkable happens. In Where the Crawdads Sing, Owens juxtaposes an exquisite ode to the natural world against a heartbreaking coming of age story and a surprising murder investigation. Thought-provoking, wise, and deeply moving, Owens's debut novel reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps"--
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Author: Backman, Fredrik.
Title: Beartown : a novel / by Fredrik Backman ; translated by Neil Smith.
Publisher: Toronto, ON : Simon & Schuster, 2017.
ISBN: 9781982114350 :
Pages: 418 p. : pbk.
Subject: Hockey teams - Fiction.
Scandals - Fiction.
Subject: Sweden - Fiction.
Add. Entries: Smith, Neil, translator.
Summary: Winning a junior ice hockey championship might not mean a lot to the average person, but it means everything to the residents of Beartown, a community slowly being eaten alive by unemployment and the surrounding wilderness. A victory like this would draw national attention to the ailing town: it could attract government funding and an influx of talented athletes who would choose Beartown over the big nearby cities. A victory like this would certainly mean everything to Amat, a short, scrawny teenager who is treated like an outcast everywhere but on the ice; to Kevin, a star player just on the cusp of securing his golden future in the NHL; and to Peter, their dedicated general manager whose own professional hockey career ended in tragedy. At first, it seems like the team might have a shot at fulfilling the dreams of their entire town. But one night at a drunken celebration following a key win, something happens between Kevin and the general manager's daughter--and the next day everything seems to have changed. Accusations are made and, like ripples on a pond, they travel through all of Beartown, leaving no resident unaffected. With so much riding on the success of the team, the line between loyalty and betrayal becomes difficult to discern. At last, it falls to one young man to find the courage to speak the truth that it seems no one else wants to hear.
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Author: Wells, H. G (Herbert George), 1866-1946.
Title: The time machine / by H.G. Wells ; with an introduction by Greg Bear ; and a new afterword by Simon J. James.
Publisher: New York : Signet Classics, [2014].
ISBN: 9780451470706 :
0451470702 (pbk.)
Pages: xix, 133 pages ; pbk ; 18 cm.
Subject: Time travel -- Fiction.
Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 129-133).
Summary: The Time Traveller journeys 800,000 years into the future and discovers two bizarre races at war on the Earth, the ethereal Eloi and the subterranean Morlocks.
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Author: Salinger, J. D (Jerome David), 1919-.
Title: The catcher in the rye / by J.D. Salinger.
Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown, 2014, c1951.
ISBN: 9780316769488 :
Pages: 234 p. ; pbk ; 18 cm.
Subject: Caulfield, Holden (Fictitious character) - Fiction.
Subject: Runaway teenagers - Fiction.
Teenage boys - Fiction.
Subject: New York (N.Y.) - Fiction.
Summary: The influential and widely acclaimed story details the two days in the life of 16-year-old Holden Caulfield after he has been expelled from prep school. Confused and disillusioned, he searches for truth and rails against the "phoniness" of the adult world. He ends up exhausted and emotionally ill, in a psychiatrist's office. After he recovers from his breakdown, Holden relates his experiences to the reader.
Audience: 790 Lexile.
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Author: Christie, Agatha.
Title: And then there were none / by Agatha Christie.
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, 2011, c1939.
ISBN: 9780062490377 :
Pages: 247 p. : pbk ; 18 cm.
Subject: Murder victims - Fiction.
Millionaires - Fiction.
Mystery and detective stories.
Subject: Devon (England) - Fiction.
Note: "Previously published as Ten Little Indians": T.p. verso.
The Reader's supplement to this Enriched Classics edition appears in the center insert.
Summary: Ten people, strangers to each other, are invited to a lavish estate on an island. The tension mounts as, one by one, they are murdered.
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Author: Christie, Agatha.
Title: Miss Marple : the complete short stories / by Agatha Christie.
Publisher: New York, N.Y : William Morrow an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2011.
ISBN: 9780062073716 :
Pages: 368 p. :pbk ; 20 cm.
Subject: Marple, Jane (Fictitious character) - Fiction.
Subject: Women detectives - Fiction.
Murder investigation - Fiction.
Mystery and detective stories.
Summary: This collection of twenty stories features Miss Jane Marple, the famous amateur sleuth who bases her solutions to crimes on past experiences and on an insistence that human nature is the same everywhere.
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Author: Austen, Jane.
Title: Emma / by Jane Austen.
Publisher: Cambridge, UK : Worth Press Limited, 2008.
ISBN: 9781903025659 :
Pages: 442 p. ; hardcover : col. ill ; 22.5 cm.
Note: First published by Worth Press Ltd. in 2007.
Summary: Emma is a matchmaker - she thinks she knows who should marry whom. But Emmas's matchmaking causes mistakes and unhappiness. And Emma is so busy taking an interest in other's lives that she does not notice her own, growing feelings for a men she believes is just a friend.
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Author: Huxley, Aldous.
Title: Brave new world / by Aldous Huxley ; introduction by Margaret Atwood.
Publisher: [Canada] : Vintage Canada, 2007, [c1932].
ISBN: 9780307356543 :
Pages: 235 p. ; pbk ; 19 cm.
Subject: Control (Psychology) -- Fiction.
Science -- Moral and ethical aspects -- Fiction.
Note: Originally published Chatto & Windus in 1932.
Summary: Far in the future, the World Controllers have created the ideal society. Huxley's ingenious fantasy of the future sheds a blazing light on the present and is considered to be his most enduring masterpiece.
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Author: Steinbeck, John, 1902-1968.
Title: The Grapes of wrath / John Steinbeck ; introduction and notes by Robert DeMott.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2006.
ISBN: 0143039431
9780143039433 :
Pages: lviii, 464 p. ; pbk ; 20 cm.
Subject: Migrant agricultural laborers -- Fiction.
Rural families -- Fiction.
Depressions -- Fiction.
Labor camps -- Fiction.
Subject: California -- Fiction.
Oklahoma -- Fiction.
Note: Originally published: New York : Viking Press, 1939.
Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. [xlvii]-lviii).
Summary: Shocking and controversial when it was first published in 1939, Steinbeck's Pulitzer prize-winning epic remains his undisputed masterpiece. It tells of the Joad family who travel West in search of the promised land, and find only broken dreams.
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Author: Steinbeck, John.
Title: Of mice and men / by John Steinbeck.
Publisher: New York, NY : Penguin, 1993, c1937.
ISBN: 9780140177398 :
Pages: 107 p. : pbk.
Subject: Friendship - Fiction.
Cowboys - California - Salinas River Valley - Fiction.
Summary: This is the story of itinerant farm workers George and Lennie, one of nimble wits and the other of huge physique, whose simple arrangement keeps them in work. However, even his best friend and mentor cannot save Lennie from his own worse enemy - his own strength.
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Author: Lee, Harper.
Title: To kill a mockingbird / by Harper Lee.
Publisher: New York : Warner Books, [1982], c1960.
ISBN: 9780446310789 :
Pages: 281 p. ; pbk ; 18 cm.
Subject: Fathers and daughters -- Fiction.
Race relations -- Fiction.
Trials (Rape) -- Fiction.
Girls -- Fiction.
Subject: Southern States -- Fiction.
Summary: A young girl growing up in an Alabama town in the 1930s learns of injustice and violence when her father, a widowed lawyer, defends a black man falsely accused of rape.
Audience: 870 Lexile.
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Author: Wells, H.G.
Title: The war of the worlds / by H.G. Wells.
Publisher: London, UK : Macmillan Collector's Library, 1898, [2017].
ISBN: 9781909621541 :
Pages: 214 p. : hardcover.
Subject: Extraterrestrial beings - Fiction.
Human-alien encounters - Fiction.
Life on other planets - Fiction.
Summary: Humans battle evil aliens to save Earth and its people from certain doom when the Martians land in England.
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Author: Hugo, Victor, 1802-1885.
Title: The hunchback of Notre Dame / by Victor Hugo.
Publisher: New York : Dover Publications, 1888, c2006.
Pages: 304 p. ; pbk ; 18 cm.
Subject: Notre-Dame de Paris (Cathedral) -- Fiction.
Subject: Physically handicapped -- Fiction.
Subject: France -- History -- Medieval period, 987-1515 -- Fiction.
Paris (France) -- Fiction.
Add. Entries: Hugo, Victor, 1802-1885.
Summary: A retelling of the tale, set in medieval Paris, of Quasimodo, the hunchbacked bellringer of Notre Dame Cathedral, and his struggles to save the beautiful gypsy dancer Esmaralda from being unjustly executed.
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