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To order a set, please call the branch that owns the Book Club Set you are interested in. Staff will be pleased to reserve the set for your book club and arrange for pick-up at any of the six branches as well as Bloor/Gladstone branch.

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The last crossing

Vanderhaeghe, Guy
2002

Two Englishmen travel to the Canadian west to search for their lost brother, hiring the Metis guide, Jerry Potts, to assist them.

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Last man in tower

Adiga, Aravind
2011

Refusing to leave his home when a powerful real-estate developer offers to buy out the residents of a crumbling apartment complex near the infamous Dharavi slums, a retired schoolteacher becomes a target of violence by the developer and his own neighbors.

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The last policeman

Winters, Ben H.
2012

In a few short months the world will be destroyed by an asteroid, so why is Hank Palace the only police officer trying to do his job? Winter's vision of a world with all its civilizing systems about to collapse is unique and richly-detailed.

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Late nights on air

Hay, Elizabeth
2007

Accepting a position at a northern Canadian radio station in 1975, Dido Paris disarms a hard-bitten broadcaster with her beauty and vocal talents before controversy surrounding a proposed gas pipeline triggers call-in-listener debates on the air.

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Letters to my daughter

Koofi, Fawzia
2011

In this courageous memoir, Fawzia Koofi, Afghanistan's most popular female politician, gives us her first-hand account of Afghan history through the rule of the Mujahedeen and Taliban, her experiences of the Afghanistan War, and the effects of these events on the lives of women in Afghanistan.

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Life after life

Atkinson, Kate
2013

What if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right? This story follows Ursula Todd from her birth in 1910 as she re-lives her life over and over again, and experiences the turbulent events of the 20th century many times over, but takes different forks in the road each time she is reborn.

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The Lifeboat

Rogan, Charlotte
2012

An overcrowded boatload of passengers escapes an explosion aboard their ocean liner only to battle the elements and each other.

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Light between oceans

Stedman, M. L.
2012

Tom Sherbourne and his wife Isabel run an isolated lighthouse. They're childless until an infant and a dead man wash ashore in a boat, and their next choices change multiple lives.

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Little bee

Cleave, Chris
2009

The friendship between an illegal Nigerian refugee and a recent widow from suburban London.

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The little stranger

Waters, Sarah
2009

A gripping haunted house tale and a chilling novel of psychological suspense, set in a crumbliing mansion in post-war England.

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Longbourn

Baker, Jo
2013

A below-stairs answer to Pride and Prejudice, the servants of Longbourn estate take centre stage in Jo Baker's novel when Sarah, an orphaned housemaid, begins to chafe against the boundaries of her class.

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A lost lady

Cather, Willa
1923

Mrs. Forrester, the resident aristocrat of Sweet Water, a remote railroad town on the Western frontier, is the lone representative of culture and refinement.

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The lovely bones

Sebold, Alice
2007

Susie, having been raped and murdered, looks down from heaven to keep watch over her grieving family and friends. Oddly affecting.

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Loving Frank : a novel

Horan, Nancy
2007

This debut historical novel centering on the love affair between Frank Lloyd Wright and Mamah Cheney, told fromCheney's feminist, educated perspective, has been lauded as compassionate without being sentimental, intelligent , a brilliant weave of fact and fiction.

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Luck

Barfoot, Joan
2005

A man's sudden death affects the three women in his life (his wife the sculptor, her model and the housekeeper) in surprising ways that bring secrets to light.

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Mme. Proust and the kosher kitchen

Taylor, Kate
2003

Stretching between turn-of-the-century Paris and contemporary Canada, the stories of three women are intertwined: Marcel Proust's mother, a young bilingual Canadian, and the mother of her ex-lover, a Holocaust survivor.

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The Madonna of Excelsior

Mda, Zakes
2004

Twisted mores and personal relationships that cross the colour line feature in this novel of Apartheid-era South Africa. Based on a real story.

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Major Pettigrew's last stand : a novel

Simonson, Helen
2010

When retired Major Pettigrew strikes up an unlikely friendship with Mrs. Ali, the Pakistani village shopkeeper, he is drawn out of his regimented world and forced to confront the realities of life in the twenty-first century.

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The man from Beijing

Mankell, Henning
2010

In the small Swedish hamlet of Hesjövallen, a horrific scene is discovered: nineteen people have been tortured and massacred and the only clue is a red silk ribbon found at the scene.

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The man in the white sharkskin suit: my family's exodus from Old Cairo to the New World

Lagnado, Lucette
2007

An account of the exile of the author's Jewish-Egyptian family from Cairo in 1963 and her father's heroic and tragic struggle to survive his "riches to rags" situation.

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A map of glass

Urquhart, Jane
2005

After the frozen body of Alzheimer patient Andrew Woodman is found, his lover Sylvia and the young man who discovered the body seek to find out what happened.

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March : a novel

Brooks, Geraldine
2005

The father in Louisa May Alcott's Little Women leaves behind his family to aid the Union cause. The experience changes his marriage and shakes his ardently-held beliefs to the core.

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The marriage bureau for rich people

Zama, Farahad
2010

Driving his wife crazy after his retirement, Mr. Ali is persuaded to open a marriage bureau, and when his business becomes a success he decides to hire an assistant, Aruna, who is hiding a tragic past.

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The Massey murder: a maid, her master and the trial that shocked a country

Gray, Charlotte
2013

In February 1915, a member of one of Canada's wealthiest families was shot and killed on the front porch of his home in Toronto. Carrie Davies, an 18-year-old domestic servant, quickly confessed. But who was the victim here? A scandalous crime, a sensational trial, a surprise verdict.

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The Master and Margarita

Bulgakov, Michael
1997

One afternoon the devil,trailing fire and chaos in his wake,weaves himself out of the shadows and into Moscow. A literary phenomenon, this fantastical, very funny satire of Soviet life is set partly in Moscow, partly in Jerusalem.

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The memory keeper's daughter

Edwards, Kim
2005

A doctor delivers his newborn twins and rashly deciding to protect his wife from their baby daughter's affliction with Down Syndrome, turns her over to a nurse, who secretly raises the child.

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Midnight at the Dragon Café

Bates, Judy Fong
2004

A girl growing up in the 1950s finds herself shouldering her mother's hopes and dreams as her immigrant family tries to forge a new life for themselves in a small Ontario town.

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The midwife of Venice

Rich, Roberta
2011

Hannah Levi is known throughout sixteenth-century Venice for her skill in midwifery. When a Christian count appears at Hannah's door in the Jewish ghetto imploring her to attend his labouring wife, who is nearing death, Hannah is forced to make a dangerous decision.

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Mister Pip

Jones, Lloyd
2007

This is a book about the power of reading, set against the rebellion and subsequent blockade of the tiny south Pacific island of Bougainville. Matilda is able to escape the hardships of her life by immersing herself in Victorian England along with Pip of Great Expectations.

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The mistress of nothing

Pullinger, Kate
2009

Based on the true story of Victorian Lady Duff Gordon, but with her maid Sally Naldrett at its center, this is a novel of romance, and biting social commentary, set against the backdrop of Egypt.

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More

Clarke, Austin
2008

Idora Morrison, originally from Barbados, is worried sick about her teenaged son who is missing. Winner of the City of Toronto Book Award, this is a haunting tale of hope and redemption.

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Mr. Penumbra's 24 hour bookshop

Sloan, Robin
2012

A modern-day fantasy adventure set in a strange book shop where mysterious customers come and go, but no one ever seems to buy anything.

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The museum of extraordinary things

Hoffman, Alice
2014

Two worlds collide as Coralie Sardie, daughter of the owner and star attraction of a Coney Island freak show stumbles upon Eddie Cohen, a Russian immigrant and avid photographer. After deserting his post as a tailor's apprentice, he manages to photograph the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, while becoming ensnared in a young woman's disappearance. Amidst the hustlers, bootleggers and heiresses of New York, young love takes root in a spellbinding tale.

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My sister's keeper : a novel

Picoult, Jodi
2004

Created to donate body parts to keep her mortally-ill sister alive, 13-year-old Anna sues her parents for the right to make decisions about her own body. Perspectives from multiple characters reveal the complex, moral consequences of such biological tampering.

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Nanjing requiem

jin, Ha
2011

During the 1937 attack on Nanjing, American missionary and women's college dean Minnie Vautrin decides to remain at her school during a violent Japanese attack that renders the school a refugee center for ten thousand women and children.

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The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

McCall Smith, Alexander
1998

Botswanian sleuth Precious Ramotswe investigates local mysteries, including a missing boy and a clinic doctor with different personalities for different days of the week.

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The ocean at the end of the lane

Gaiman, Neil
2013

A man returns to his childhood home after a 40-year absence and relives the trauma he experienced as a boy when sinister forces are unleashed following a man's suicide in the family car.

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Olive Kitteridge

Strout, Elizabeth
2008

Told in a series of linked stories, this is a deeply penetrating portrait of ordinary people in small town Maine, with a redoubtable school teacher at its center.

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The omnivore's dilemma: a natural history of four meals

Pollan, Michael
2006

An ecological and anthropological study of eating offers insight into food consumption in the twenty-first century, explaining how an abundance of unlimited food varieties reveals the responsibilities of consumers to protect their health and the environment.

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Open city

Cole, Teju
2011

A Nigerian psychiatric intern roams New York City alone, ruminating on the sights he sees and the stories he's told by other immigrants.

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The orenda

Boyden, Joseph
2013

The Orenda weaves together the stories of Snow Falls, a young Iroquois girl, with that of Bird, a Huron warrior who takes Snow Falls prisoner after her family is massacred, and Christophe, an idealistic Jesuit missionary who has come to the New World to try to convert its native peoples.

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Orfeo

Powers, Richard
2014

70-year old composer Peter Els is on the run, marked as a "Bioterrorist Bach" by Homeland Security. After agents uncover his hobby of biohacking musical patterns into a bacterial pathogen, the reader is drawn into a retrospective narrative of the events and his life leading up to his predicament.

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Oryx and Crake

Atwood, Margaret
2003

Atwood's fears of environmental disaster, runaway social inequality, and genetic technology are the catalysts for this dystopia, which features only male protagonists.

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The other side of the bridge

Lawson, Mary
2006

In this follow-up to Crow Lake, the author again explores the moral quandaries of life in the Canadian north during the Depression, WWII and the coming of television.

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The outlander

Adamson, Gil
2007

In 1903 nineteen-year-old Mary Boulton, widowed by her own hand, flees alone across the west, one quick step ahead of the law and her husband's two brothers.

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The painted girls

Buchanan, Cathy Marie
2013

In late nineteenth-century Paris, the Van Goethem sisters struggle for survival after the sudden death of their father. One of the sisters, Marie, is dispatched to the Paris Opera where she will be trained to enter the famous Ballet. Marie throws herself into dance and is soon modelling in the studio of Edgar Degas.

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The paris wife

McLain, Paula
2011

Follows the life of Ernest Hemingway's first wife, Hadley, as she navigates 1920's Paris.

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The particular sadness of lemon cake : a novel

Bender, Aimee
2010

Being able to taste people's emotions in food may at first be horrifying. But young, unassuming Rose Edelstein grows up learning to harness her gift as she becomes aware that there are secrets even her taste buds cannot discern.

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People of the book

Brooks, Geraldine
2008

In 1996, Australian rare-book expert Hanna Heath is asked to restore the legendary Sarajevo Haggadah. Thus begins a fictional history of this Hebrew codex, an extremely precious illuminated manuscript originally from medieval Spain.

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Persepolis

Satrapi, Marjane
2003

An autobiographical graphic novel of a young Iranian girl's life during the Islamic revolution.

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The piano tuner

Mason, Daniel (Daniel Philippe)
2002

A piano tuner leaves London for the jungles of Burma to repair a piano for a British army officer who uses music to help establish peace.

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The places in between

Stewart, Rory
2004

In 2002, the author, accompanied by a large toothless mastiff, walked across Afghanistan, staying in small villages and recording his adventures along the way.

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Plain truth

Picoult, Jodi
2000

The discovery of a dead infant in an Amish barn shakes Lancaster County to its core. But then a greater shock: evidence suggest an 18 year old unmarried Amish woman, believed to be the child's mother, took the child's life. When a big-city attorney comes to Pennsylvania to defend the teen, cultures collide.

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Pope Joan : a novel

Cross, Donna Woolfolk
1996

Berated for being intelligent and scholarly, a 12th century German girl dons her dead brother's clothes, assumes a man's identity, and gains respect and authority as well as the title of Pope.

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The postmistress

Blake, Sarah
2010

It is 1940. France has fallen. Bombs are dropping on London and President Roosevelt is promising he won't send our boys to fight in "foreign wars." American radio gal Frankie Bard, the first woman to report from the Blitz in London, wants nothing more than to bring the war home, imploring listeners to pay attention - as the Nazis bomb London nightly, and Jewish refugees stream across Europe. Frankie is convinced that if she can just get the right story, it will wake Americans to action and they will join the fight.

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The pull of the moon

Berg, Elizabeth
1996

Nan, unhappy with her life and marriage, turns 50 and embarks on a back-road odyssey to discover how her life can be reshaped.

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Purple hibiscus

Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi
2003

Set in Nigeria during a time of political unrest, Kambili's coming-of-age story is a microcosm of the positive and negative effects of colonial rule.

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Quiet: the power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking

Cain, Susan
2012

At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. Although they are often labelled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society - from van Gogh's sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer. Quiet shows how dramatically we undervalue introverts, and how much we lose in doing so.

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The reader

Schlink, Bernhard
1997

A young German man becomes involved with an older woman, later leading him to consider the nature of love, guilt, and moral responsibility.

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Reading Lolita in Tehran : a memoir in books

Nafisi, Azar
2003

A true story of eight women in revolutionary Iran who discover the power and joy of literature when they secretly study the greats of Western literature at their teacher's home.

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The reluctant fundamentalist

Hamid, Mohsin
2007

A young Pakistani-American lives the American dream until the events of September 11 force him to reassess his personal allegiances.

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Remarkable creatures

Chevalier, Tracy
2010

A fictionalized account of the life of Mary Anning whose extraordinary gift for finding fossils led to some of the most important discoveries of the nineteenth century.

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The road home

Tremain, Rose
2007

In the wake of factory closings and his beloved wife's death, Lev makes his way from Eastern Europe to London, seeking work to support his mother and his little daughter. Homesickness dogs Lev -- but can he really go home again?

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Room : a novel

Donoghue, Emma
2010

Through ingenuity and determination, Ma has created a life for herself and her son, but she knows it's not enough for either of them. Jack's curiosity is building alongside Ma's desperation -- and Room can't contain either of them for much longer.

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The Rosie project

Simsion, Graeme
2013

A first-date dud, socially awkward and overly fond of quick-dry clothes, genetics professor Don Tillman has given up on love, until a chance encounter gives him an idea. He will design a questionnaire--a sixteen-page, scientifically researched questionnaire--to uncover the perfect partner. She will most definitely not be a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker or a late-arriver. Rosie is all these things. She is also fiery and intelligent, strangely beguiling, and looking for her biological father a search that a DNA expert might just be able to help her with.

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Ru

Thúy, Kim
2012

A girl and her family escape wartorn Vietnam and settle in Quebec. Now a mother, she reflects on her life as a refugee and a Canadian.

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Rush Home Road

Lansens, Lori
2002

Volunteering to take in five-year-old Sharla for the summer triggers memories for eighty-year-old Adelaide Shadd of her own childhood in Rusholme, a south-western Ontario town settled by fugitive slaves in the mid-1800s.

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Sarah's key

Rosnay, Tatiana de
2007

American journalist Julia Jarmond is asked to write an article on the 60th anniversary of the roundup of Jews in Paris and embarks on investigation that leads her to long-hidden family secrets and to the ordeal of Sarah, a young girl caught up in the raid.

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Secret daughter

Gowda, Shilpi Somaya
2010

Interweaves the stories of a baby girl in India, the American doctor who adopted her, and the Indian mother who gave her up in favor of a son.

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The secret life of bees

Kidd, Sue Monk
2002

A young girl, whose mother has been killed, travels toward healing after being taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters.

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The secret mitzvah of Lucio Burke : a novel

Hayward, Steven
2005

A novel about youth, passion, family, and baseball: a richly imagined chapter of Toronto's history in the 1930s.

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The Sense of an ending

Barnes, Julian
2011

Tony Webster's retirement and average life is thrown into confusion when he comes into possion of a diary of a school friend of his who committed suicide 40 years earlier.

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The Septembers of Shiraz

Sofer, Dalia
2007

A Jewish family in Iran suffers when the father is arrested as a Zionist spy. Family and political issues raised in the book are timely and ripe for discussion.

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Shanghai girls : a novel

See, Lisa
2009

In 1937, Shanghai is the Paris of Asia and thanks to the financial security and material comforts provided by their father's prosperous rickshaw business, twenty-one-year-old Pearl Chin and her younger sister, May, are having the time of their lives ... until the day their father tells them that he has gambled away their wealth and that in order to repay his debts he must sell the girls as wives to suitors who have traveled from California to find Chinese brides.

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Sing you home : a novel

Picoult, Jodi
2011

Ten years of infertility issues culminate in the destruction of music therapist Zoe Baxter's marriage, after which she falls in love with another woman and wants to start a family, but her ex-husband, Max, stands in the way.

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The signature of all things

Gilbert, Elizabeth
2009

Born in 1800, Alma Whittaker is a brilliant botanist. As Alma's research takes her deeper into the mysteries of evolution, she falls in love with a man who draws her into the opposite direction - into the realm of the spiritual, the divine, and the magical.

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Sister: a novel

Lupton, Rosamund
2011

When her younger sister, Tess, is found dead apparently having killed herself, Beatrice is determined to find out the truth of what happened.

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The Sisters brothers

DeWitt, Patrick
2011

Charlie and Eli Sisters are guns-for-hire during the Gold Rush years. Their latest job proves difficult, taking them on adventures which force them to re-think their lives. A brutal, funny and moving novel.

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The sisters from Hardscrabble Bay

Jensen, Beverly
2010

In 1916, Idella and Avis Hillock live on the edge of a chilly bluff in New Brunswick-a hardscrabble world of potato farms and lobster traps, rough men, hard work, and baffling beauty. From "Gone," the heartbreaking story of their mother's medical crisis in childbirth, to the darkly comic "Wake," which follows the grown siblings' catastrophic efforts to escort their father, "Wild Bill" Hillock's body to his funeral, the stories of Idella and Avis offer a compelling and wry vision of two remarkable women.

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Skinner's drift

Fugard, Lisa
2006

Ten years after leaving South Africa,the country of her birth and the place where her mother died, Eva van Rensburg returns to her dying father, a violent man whose terrible secret Eva has kept since she was a child.

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Small island

Levy, Andrea
2004

At the end of World War II the Joseph family arrives in London from Jamaica and Queenie, their white landlady, befriends them, until her racist husband, Bernard, arrives home from the front.

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Someone

McDermott, Alice
2013

The story of an ordinary life--scattered recollections of childhood, adolescence, motherhood, old age--come together in this transformative narrative, stitched into a vibrant whole by McDermott's deft, lyrical and insightful voice.

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Something fierce: memoirs of a revoluntionary daughter

Aguirre, Carmen
2011

A gripping, darkly comic first-hand account of a young underground revolutionary during the Pinochet dictatorship in 1980s Chile.

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Soucouyant

Chariandy, David John
2007

Called Soucouyant after a vampire-like spirit from Caribbean folklore, this book is about a Caribbean-born woman suffering from dementia who associates a soucouyant with a traumatic experience from her childhood. Her Canadian-born son, who had abandonned her, returns to try to recover his mother's half-remembered stories and experiences and bridge the gap between old and new worlds.

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The sound of language : a novel

Malladi, Amulya
2008

Raihana, a young Afghan widow and refugee living in rural Denmark, must try to adapt to her new life. A look at immigration from several points of view.

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The space between us

Umrigar, Thrity N
2005

Joan MacKimmie is on her way to Paris to take up her vocation as a nun. Yet her decision is less a matter of faith than fear, for Joan is plagued by mysterious voices that speak of the future, and by visions that mark those about to die. The sanctuary of the nunnery promises respite from these unwanted visitations . . . or so she prays.

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The sparrow

Russell, Mary Doria
1996

A hand-picked group consisting of professionals travel to the planet of Rakhat, with both enlightening and disastrous results.

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State of wonder

Patchett, Ann
2011

Dr. Marina Singh, a research scientist with a Minnesota pharmaceutical company, is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, who seems to have all but disappeared in the Amazon while working on what is destined to be an extremely valuable new drug.

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Still Alice : a novel

Genova, Lisa
2008

A compelling novel about a 50-year-old woman's sudden descent into early onset Alzheimer's disease.

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The submission

Waldman, Amy
2011

Selected for a jury that must choose an appropriate memorial for September 11 victims, Claire Burwell struggles to navigate a media firestorm when the winning designer is revealed to be Muslim-American.

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Suite française [English ed.]

Némirovsky, Irène
2008

Written mere months after the events they describe, this novel has a rare sense of immediacy about the German invasion of Paris in 1940 and life in occupied France. Nemirovsky's masterful story-telling combines the intimate with the grand.

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The sweetness at the bottom of the pie

Bradley, C. Alan
2009

A delightfully dark English mystery, featuring precocious young sleuth Flavia de Luce and her eccentric family.

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Sweetness in the belly

Gibb, Camilla
2005

Orphaned in Morocco at the age of eight, British-born Lilly studiously devotes her life to the teachings of the Koran. Having later moved to Ethiopia, she must flee to London when unrest develops.

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Swimming home

Levy, Deborah
2011

Life for two couples vacationing in French Riviera will never the same when an alluring stranger is invited to stay at their villa. Shotlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

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Tell the wolves I'm home

Brunt, Carol Rifka
2012

1987. There's only one person who has ever truly understood fourteen-year-old June Elbus, and that's her uncle, the renowned painter Finn Weiss. Shy at school and distant from her older sister, June can only be herself in Finn's company; he is her godfather, confidant, and best friend. So when he dies, far too young, of a mysterious illness her mother can barely speak about, June's world is turned upside down.

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The ten-year nap

Wolitzer, Meg
2008

Ten years after leaving high-powered jobs to raise their children, four New York friends enter their forties struggling with the differences between their past ideals and their present realities.

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Three cups of tea : one man's mission to promote peace-- one school at a time

Mortenson, Greg
2006

Moved by the kindness of Pakistani villagers, the author promises to return to build a school. This is the extraordinary story of the outcome of that promise.

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The time in between

Bergen, David
2005

In search of reconciliation with his past, Charles Boatman returns to Vietnam where he fought 29 years earlier as a young, reluctant soldier.

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The time traveler's wife : a novel

Niffenegger, Audrey
2003

Clare and Henry vow to hold onto each other and their marriage as they struggle with a condition that casts Henry into uncontrollable, spontaneous, time travelling.

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Tinkers

Harding, Paul
2009

On his deathbed, surrounded by his family, George Washington Crosby's thoughts drift back to his childhood and the father who abandoned him when he was twelve.

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To the end of the land

Grossman, David
2009

Set in Israel in recent times, this epic yet intimate novel places side by side the trials of war and the challenges of everyday life. Through a series of powerful, overlapping circles backward in time, it tells the story of Ora's relationship with her husband, from whom she is now separated, as well as the tragedy of their best friend Avram, a former soldier -- and her son's biological father.

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A tree grows in Brooklyn

Smith, Betty
1998

This richly-plotted narrative of three generations in a poor, but proud American family offers a detailed and unsentimental portrait of urban life at the beginning of the century.

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True confections : a novel

Weber, Katharine
2010

The story, told as an affidavit given during a family feud for control of the company Zip's Candy, recounts Alice's marriage into the Ziplinsky family, herefforts to belong, and her devotion to the company.

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Tuesdays with Morrie : an old man, a young man, and life's greatest lesson

Albom, Mitch
1997

Sportswriter Albom has weekly conversations with his former college professor and mentor, Morrie Schwartz, who is dying from Lou Gehrig's disease.

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The twelve tribes of Hattie

Mathis, Ayana
2013

The story of Hattie Shepherd, born in 1923, who gives birth to eleven children, the first when she is 15. Hattie raises the children with grit, mettle, and not an ounce of the tenderness they crave, preparing them for a world that will not be kind. These twelve stories capture the lives of a mother's monumental courage as well as the journey of a nation, and the driving force of the American dream.

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The uncommon reader

Bennett, Alan
2007

This hilarious satire asks: "What if the Queen was struck by the power of literature?" Queen Elizabeth II, chasing after her corgis, accidentally discovers the bookmobile by the palace kitchen. She borrows a book, becomes hooked on reading, and, as any good reader knows, she begins questioning many things.

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The unlikely pilgrimage of Harold Fry

Joyce, Rachel
2012

A retired Englishman walks to the mailbox to post a letter to a dying friend, and then keeps walking. His encounters along the way to the friend's hospice, and the discoveries his abandoned wife makes are the substance of Harold's pilgrimage.

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Unorthodox: the scandalous rejection of my Hasidic roots

Feldman, Deborah
2012

The author describes her upbringing in an insular Hasidic community in Brooklyn. Raised by her grandparents, she was married off at seventeen to a man she had met only once.But, it was after the birth of her child, that she found the strength to escape to the outside world.

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Up and Down

Fallis, Terry
2012

A funny novel about an international PR firm's campaign to send and ordinary citizen to space....and the people who are chosen.

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The very thought of you

Alison, Rosie
2009

This novel chronicles the loves and losses that beset the intertwined lives of residents evacuated to an estate in Yorkshire, northern England, during WWII. The life of eight-year-old Anna Sands changes forever when she leaves London for Ashton Park, the home of Elizabeth and Thomas Ashton.

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The Virgin cure

McKay, Ami
2010

In 19th century New York, a destitute mother sends her 12-year-old daughter, Moth, to become a live-in servant of a wealthy woman. But Moth flees to the streets to escape her employer's cruelty and finds shelter in a brothel.

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A wall of light : a novel

Ravel, Edeet
2005

The conclusion of Ravel's Israeli Trilogy follows three generations of a family living through the stormy political climate of Israel.

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The wasted vigil

Aslam, Nadeem
2008

An elderly doctor mourning the death of his Afghani wife and searching for his missing daughter and grandson, opens his home in Afghanistan to different houseguests with clashing ideologies and dangerous ambitions.

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Water for elephants : a novel

Gruen, Sara
2006

Ninety-something Jacob Jankowski remembers his time in the circus as a young man during the Great Depression, and his friendship with Marlena, the star of the equestrian act, and Rosie, the elephant, who gave them hope.

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We need to talk about Kevin

Shriver, Lionel
2003

In a series of letters to her husband Franklin, from whom she is separated, Eva tries to come to grips with the fact that their 17-year-old son, Kevin, has killed seven students and two adults with his crossbow.

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Wench : a novel

Perkins-Valdez, Dolen
2010

The moral complexities of slavery are examined in this story of four slave women who accompany their masters each year to a resort in the free state of Ohio in the mid-1850s.

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Why be happy when you could be normal?

Winterson, Jeanette
2011

Funny, acute, fierce, and celebratory, this memoir describes the acclaimed author's experience growing up - brilliant, adopted, and gay - in a harsh evangelical home, and the lifelong search for belonging, love, identity, and a mother.

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The white tiger : a novel

Adiga, Aravind
2008

A lower-caste man awakens to the degradation of his servitude. Balram Halwai tells the story of how he came to be a servant, philosopher, entrepreneur and murderer in modern India.

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Wild: from lost to found on the Pacific Crest Trail

Strayed, Cheryl
2012

After the death of her mother, 22 year old Cheryl Strayed makes the impulsive decision to walk more than 1000 miles of the Pacific Coast Trail alone. The journey challenges, strengthens, and ultimately heals her.

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Wildflower Hill

Freeman, Kimberly
2011

Wildflower Hill is a compelling, atmospheric, and romantic novel about taking risks, starting again, and believing in yourself. It's about finding out what you.

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The winter palace

Stachniak, Eva
2011

The story of two young women: Barbara, a servant who will become one of Russia's most cunning royal spies, and Sophia, a pretty, naive German duchess who will become Catherine the Great.

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Wolf Hall

Mantel, Hilary
2009

Thomas Cromwell must advise Henry VIII how he can marry Anne Boleyn in spite of two formidable obstacles - the Church is totally opposed and he is already married.

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The woman upstairs

Messud, Claire
2013

A schoolteacher, friendly neighbour and all around smiling 'good girl' is undone when she is betrayed by the worldly and charming family who moves into her building.

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