by James A. Michener
Account of the Hawaiian Islands from their creation by volcanic process to statehood in 1959. Reconstructs the merging of Hawaii's disparate inhabitants by relating fictional tales of eleventh-century Polynesians, American missionaries including Abner Hale and his wife, and Chinese and Japanese settlers. Some violence and some strong language. 1959.
Dead Man's Folly: A Hercule Poirot Mystery BR17448
by Agatha Christie
2 volumes (Reissue)
Mystery writer Ariadne Oliver hosts a murder hunt at her Devon estate, complete with mock clues, victim, and killer. Suspicious of the players and fearing a real crime will occur, Ariadne summons detective Hercule Poirot to oversee the festivities--and the ensuing murder investigation. 1956.
Dream When You're Feeling Blue BR17718
by Elizabeth Berg
Chicago, 1940s. Kitty and Louise Heaney see their boyfriends off to fight in World War II, while their younger sister Tish has fun dancing and flirting at USO events. Letters to and from loved ones reveal events at home and on the battlefront. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2007.
Five Skies BR17520
by Ron Carlson
Three men share their life stories while working on a construction project in rural Idaho. Carpenter Arthur Key, who left California after a betrayal, and Ronnie Panelli, charming but shiftless, are led by ranch foreman Darwin Gallegos--angry at man, God, and life. Strong language. 2007.
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen BR17588
by Paul Torday
When Sheikh Muhammad ibn Zaidi offers to finance the introduction of salmon into Yemen, British politicians eagerly enlist fisheries scientist Dr. Alfred Jones. Alfred, working closely with affianced land agent Harriet Chetwode-Talbot, finds his life upturned by the improbable project, which unfolds through transcripts and correspondences. 2007.
Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife: Pride and Prejudice Continues BR17461
by Linda Berdoll
Derbyshire, England; 1800s. Elizabeth Bennet Darcy and her husband Fitzwilliam, deeply in love newlyweds, are settling into their household routine at Pemberley. Elizabeth copes with her sisters' complaints while Darcy deals with a vengeful young man who might be his illegitimate son. Some descriptions of sex. 2004.
Thin Woman: An Epicurean Mystery; Ellie Haskell Mystery BR17742
by Dorothy Cannell
Ellie Simons, beautiful but overweight, hires escort Bentley Haskell to pose as her fiancé on a visit to her uncle Merlin's imposing estate. Ellie encounters unexpected romance and a treasure hunt when Merlin suddenly passes away, leaving his fortune to her and Bentley--provided that she shed sixty pounds. 1984.
Far from the Madding Crowd BR17768
by Thomas Hardy
Bathsheba Everdene becomes a woman of means when she inherits her uncle's farm. Her presence attracts three very different suitors: womanizing soldier Francis Troy, shepherd Gabriel Oak, and gentleman-farmer William Boldwood. The attention complicates Bathsheba's life and brings a tragedy that threatens the entire community. First published in 1874. 2000.
Coal Black Horse BR17595
by Robert Olmstead
1863. Fourteen-year-old Robey Childs is sent by his clairvoyant mother to find his father, who is fighting in the Civil War. Robey, riding a stallion, encounters refugees, runaway slaves, deserters, and battle scavengers. At Gettysburg Robey finds his dying father and rescues an abused girl. Violence and strong language. 2007.
Talking to the Enemy: Stories BR17578
by Avner Mandelman
1 volume Nine stories about the Israeli experience. In "Terror" a father beats the son who fails to stand up for his five-year-old brother, thus instilling the precept that, right or wrong, family comes first, even before justice or fear. Strong language and some violence. Sophie Brody Medal. 2005.
Fall from Grace: A Charlie Peace Mystery BR17408
by Robert Barnard
Inspector Charlie Peace, his wife Felicity, and father-in-law Rupert move to the village of Slepton Edge. Rupert, who is fleeing rumors of inappropriate relationships with young girls, becomes involved with teenage drama student Anne Michaels and winds up dead. Charlie investigates the murder suspects--including Felicity herself. Some strong language. 2007.
by John Williams
In the early twentieth century, William Stoner's father, a poor farmer, sends him to study agronomy at the University of Missouri. Instead, the younger Stoner embraces English literature and academe. A destructive marriage, undistinguished career, and doomed love affair with a younger woman send the professor into solitude. 1965.
by Ron Koertge
After his parents are killed in a car accident, sixteen-year-old Ted moves into a foster home with two other boys and transfers to an inner-city school. Ted, whose parents were pet-store owners, can talk to animals but gradually learns to relate to humans. Strong language. For senior high readers. 2007.
by Steven Heighton
When members of the Polaris expedition become stranded on an ice floe off the coast of Greenland in 1872, Lieutenant Tyson takes charge. Initially well supplied, the crew waits for the ship's return and then, for any ship. Morale suffers and discipline erodes as chances for survival dwindle. 2005.
Ironside: A Modern Faery's Tale BR17620
by Holly Black
Sixteen-year-old Kaye, from Tithe (BR 15101), returns to Faeryland to try and complete a nearly impossible quest that will release Roiben from the spell of the faery queen who holds him in thrall. Kaye also confesses to her mother. Strong language and some violence. For senior high readers. 2007.
Tenderness of Wolves BR17574
by Stef Penney
Canadian wilderness, 1860s. The day her adopted seventeen-year-old son Francis disappears, Mrs. Ross discovers her neighbor's murdered corpse. The community suspects Francis of the crime. Mrs. Ross leaves her husband and sets out with half-Indian William Parker to find the teen. Some violence. Costa Book of the Year. 2006.
Ant Farm: And Other Desperate Situations BR17765
by Simon Rich
1 volume More than fifty sketches by the former president of the Harvard Lampoon. In the title piece, an ant complains about digging tunnels and never going anywhere. In "Math Problems," a teacher creates test questions about himself. Some strong language. 2007.
New Year's Quilt: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel BR17646
by Jennifer Chiaverini
During the holidays, late-in-life newlywed Sylvia recalls New Year festivities of her youth as well as the tragic circumstances that distanced her from her sister. Determined not to repeat past mistakes, Sylvia reaches out to her new stepdaughter, Amy, who disapproved of Sylvia's marriage to Amy's father, Andrew. 2007.
by Judy Reene Singer
Thirty-three-year-old New York teacher Judy Van Brunt leaves both job and cheating husband to work on a North Carolina horse farm. Judy finds fulfillment in grooming the animals; enjoys roommates Lenni, Diana, and Patty; and has a brush with romance. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2004.
Horseplay Volume 1
Horseplay Volume 2
Horseplay Volume 3
People of the Book BR17613
by Geraldine Brooks
Australian book conservator Hanna Heath analyzes a Hebrew manuscript created in medieval Spain and saved from destruction in 1990s Sarajevo. Hanna's discoveries--an insect wing, salt crystals, and wine and blood stains--reveal the codex's past and the lives of its guardians. Some descriptions of sex and some violence. Bestseller. 2008.
by Dorothy Garlock
In |Sing Softly to Me| Beth returns to Wyoming when she learns that her sister Sarah has multiple sclerosis--even though Sarah's brother-in-law broke Beth's heart. In Gentle Torment Lindy's estranged husband follows her to Alaska to win her back. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 1981.
Careless in Red BR17786
by Elizabeth George
Grief-stricken over the murder of his wife, Detective Superintendent Thomas Lynley has been walking the coast for weeks on end when he comes upon the body of a teenager. Sequel to What Came before He Shot Her (RC 63865, BR16802). Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2008.
Owning It: Stories about Teens with Disabilities BR17816
by Donald R. Gallo
Ten tales of teens dealing with school, teachers, parents, friends, the opposite sex--and a physical or mental disability. In "See You" two legally blind classmates are bullied. "Brainiac" portrays a girl's return to college after a brain-damaging accident. Some violence and some strong language. For senior high readers. 2008.
Story of Edgar Sawtelle BR17799
by David Wroblewski
Wisconsin, 1970s. Gar and Trudy Sawtelle raise an intuitive and intelligent dog breed on their farm. One dog, Almondine, can communicate with the Sawtelle's mute son Edgar. After Gar's brother arrives, Gar dies and fourteen-year-old Edgar flees into the forest with three of the dogs. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2008.
Lost Duke of Wyndham BR17814
by Julia Quinn
England, 1819. Soldier-turned-highwayman Jack Audley is suspected of being the grandson of the dowager duchess of Wyndham. The duchess's companion, Grace Eversleigh, falls in love with Jack but knows that if he is the legitimate duke, they will never be able to marry. Some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2008.
Love the One You're With BR17797
by Emily Giffin
Ellen has been happily married to her best friend's brother for one hundred days when she encounters Leo, who broke her heart eight years ago because he could not commit. As they get reacquainted, Ellen's desire for Leo resurfaces. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. Bestseller. 2008.
Madonnas of Leningrad BR17815
by Debra Dean
Decades after surviving World War II in the basement of the Hermitage Museum in Leningrad, Marina--now in Seattle--no longer experiences the present. Marina's mind retreats to 1941, when only the love of her future husband and memorizing the paintings kept her alive. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2006.
Someday Soon BR17813
by Debbie Macomber
San Francisco. Widow Linette Collins meets Cain McClellan, a childhood friend of her brother-in-law, at her sister's Christmas party. Linette discovers that Cain owns a company of mercenaries who rescue kidnapping victims. When they fall in love, Linette becomes a target. Some violence and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 1995.
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