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Authors A - G

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Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe
Call Number: FIC CHI
ISBN: 0385474547
Set in an Ibo village in Nigeria, the novel recreates pre-Christian tribal life and shows how the coming the white man led to the breaking up of the old ways.

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The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albin
Call Number: FIC ALB
ISBN: 0786868716
A bitter eighty-three-year-old war veteran who believes his life is meaningless dies while trying to save a little girl's life and finds himself in heaven, where five people from his past--some loved ones, some strangers--explain what his years on Earth really meant, and whether or not he succeeded in saving the child.

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Tuesdays with Morrie - Mitch Albin
Call Number: FIC ALB
ISBN: 0385484518
The author, an alumnus of Brandeis University, tells of his meetings with a former professor suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease and of the lessons he learned about life and death from his college mentor.

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For One More Day - Mitch Albin
Call Number: FIC ALB
ISBN: 1401303277
After years of drinking, being rejected by his wife and daughter, and a suicide attempt, ex-baseball star Charley Benetto returns to his childhood home where he encounters the ghost of his mother, who tells him family secrets and guides him in making his life better.

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Winesberg, Ohio - Sherwood Anderson
Call Number: FIC SHE
ISBN: 0140390596
A unified collection of short stories about life in a small town in the American Midwest.

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Cat's Eye - Margaret Atwood
Call Number: FIC ATW
ISBN: 9780385491020
A feminist painter returns to Toronto for a retrospective of her work and confronts her memories, family, and friends.

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The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
Call Number: FIC ATW
ISBN: 0395404258
Set in the near future, America has become a puritanical theocracy and Offred tells her story as a Handmaid under the new social order.

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Emma - Jane Austen
Call Number: FIC AUS
ISBN: 9780553212730
A novel of Regency England which centers upon a self-assured young lady who is determined to arrange her life and the lives of those around her into a pattern dictated by her romantic fancy

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Go Tell It On The Mountain - James Baldwin
Call Number: FIC BAL
ISBN: 0440330076
Describes a day in the life of several members of a Harlem fundamentalist church. The saga of three generations of people is related through flashbacks.

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A Long Way Gone - Beah Ishmael
Call Number: 92 BEA
ISBN: 0374105235
Ishmael Beah describes his experiences after he was driven from his home by war in Sierra Leone and picked up by the government army at the age of thirteen, serving as a soldier for three years before being removed from fighting by UNICEF and eventually moving to the United States.

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Dandelion Wine - Ray Bradbury
Call Number: FIC BRA
ISBN: 0553277537
In a small town in 1928, a twelve year-old boy savors the magic of childhood and the wonders of summer.

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Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
Call Number: FIC BRA
ISBN: 0345342968
A bookburner official in a future fascist state finds out books are a vital part of a culture he never knew. He clandestinely pursues reading, until he is betrayed.

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The Mists of Avalon - Marion Z. Bradley
Call Number: FIC BRA
ISBN: 0345350499
A re-creation of the Arthurian legend following the clash between Christianity and paganism that led to the demise of Camelot

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Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
Call Number: FIC BRO
ISBN: 0553212583
Forced by a storm to spend the night at the home of Heathcliff, Mr. Lockwood uncovers a tale of terror and hatred on the Yorkshire moors.

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Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee - Dee Alexander Brown
Call Number: 973.004 BRO
ISBN: 9780805066692
Traces the white man's conquest of the Indians of the American West, emphasizing major Indian Wars.

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A Rumor of War - Philip Caputo
Call Number: 92 CAP
ISBN: 9780805046953
The author recounts his experiences during the sixteen months he spent as a Marine infantry officer in the Vietnam war.

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My Antonia - Willia Cather
Call Number: FIC CAT
ISBN: 9780743487696
A New York lawyer remembers his boyhood in Nebraska and his friendship with a pioneer Bohemian girl.

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Canterbury Tales - Geoffrey Chaucer
Call Number: 821 CHA
ISBN: 0553210823
A group of pilgrims tell their stories on the way to Canterbury Cathedral.

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The Awakening - Kate Chopin
Call Number: FIC CHO
ISBN: 0679424695
Tells of a woman's desire for an affair with the son of a Louisiana resort owner whom she meets on vacation.

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The Ox-Bow Incident - Walter Clark
Call Number: FIC CLA
ISBN: 9780812972580
When a rancher is reported murdered by cattle rustlers, the people of Ox-Bow decide to take justice into their own hands and lynch the alleged killers. Includes discussion questions.

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Childhood's End - Arthur C. Clarke
Call Number: FIC CLA
ISBN: 0345444051
When the Overlords first came to Earth, they brought peace and prosperity with them, but it soon became apparent that their purpose was the elimination of the human race.

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The Moonstone - Wilkie Clark
Call Number: FIC COL
ISBN: 0451523946
English police Sergeant Cuff tries to locate a fabulous diamond that might have been stolen by a group of Hindus who regard it as a sacred stone.

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The Prince of Tides - Pat Conroy
Call Number: FIC CON
ISBN: 0395353009
Tom Wingo is a high school football coach whose marriage and career are falling apart, upon learning of his twin sister's suicide attempt he goes to New York to try to help her, and in doing so realizes he also needs to help himself.

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The last of the Mohicans - James Fenimore Cooper
Call Number: FIC COO
ISBN: 0553213296
Hawkeye, a young frontier scout, and Uncas, a Mohican Indian, form an unlikely friendship as they battle against the Iroquois Indians and try to preserve the unspoiled wilderness.

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I Am the Cheese - Robert Cormier
Call Number: FIC COR
ISBN: 0440940605
A young boy desperately tries to unlock his past yet knows he must hide those memories if he is to remain alive.

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The Chocolate War - Robert Cormier
Call Number: FIC COR
ISBN: 0440944597
A high school freshman discovers the devastating consequences of refusing to join in the school's annual fund raising drive and arousing the wrath of the school bullies.

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Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Berbuerues
Call Number: FIC DEB
ISBN: 067976397X
Life changes on the Greek island of Cephalonia as Axis forces invade during World War II, and beautiful Pelagia finds that she must choose between Mandras, a fisherman who joins the resistance and Corelli, a captain with the communist Italian troops.

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Robinson Crusoe - Daniel Defoe
Call Number: FIC DEF
ISBN: 0553213733
After being shipwrecked on a deserted island, Robinson Crusoe endures a lonely struggle for survival.

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A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
Call Number: FIC DIC
ISBN: 019281771X
The classic novel about the French Revolution and its effect upon the lives of several individuals, both French and English.

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Out of Africa - Isak Dinesen
Call Number: 92 DIN
ISBN: 0679600213
Describes the Kenya experiences of Karen Blixen who set out with her husband to manage a coffee plantation close to the Ngong Hills near Nairobi.

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A Yellow Raft ln Blue Water - Michael Dorris
Call Number: FIC DOR
ISBN: 0446387878
A saga of three generations of Indian women, beset by hardship and torn by angry secrets, yet joined together by the bonds of kinship.

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Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Call Number: FIC DOS
ISBN: 0553211757
Describes the resultant physical and mental depletion after a student in St. Petersburg murders an old woman, a money lender, and her sister.

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The Brothers Karamazov - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Call Number: FIC DOS
ISBN: 0140445277
When Fyodor Karamazov, a man of immoral character, is murdered one night, his four sons must contend with the criminal investigation and with their own inner questions about justice and the existence of God.

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Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
Call Number: FIC DUM
ISBN: 0380778556
For months after her death, the memory of Rebecca de Winter continues to dominate everyone at her former home, Manderley, one of the most famous English country houses.

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Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison
Call Number: FIC ELL
ISBN: 0375507914
In the course of his wanderings from a Southern college to New York's Harlem, an African-American man becomes involved in a series of adventures.

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Like Water for Chocolate - Laura Esquivel
Call Number: FIC ESQ
ISBN: 0385420161
A romantic and poignant tale of love and family life in turn-of-the-century Mexico.

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As I Lay Dying - William Faulkner
Call Number: FIC FAU
ISBN: 067973225X
Describes a family's struggle to get their mother properly buried, while they encounter catastrophes of flood and fire, as well as the chaos of their own feelings.

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Tender is the Night - F. Scott Fitzgerald
Call Number: FIC FIT
ISBN: 9780684801544
The tragic and haunting story of Dick Diver, a young psychiatrist whose career is thwarted and his genius numbed through marriage to the exquisite and wealthy Nicole Warren.

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The French Lieutenant's Woman - John Fowles
Call Number: FIC FOW
ISBN: 9780316291163
Charles Smithson, a nineteenth-century English gentleman of traditional values, is engaged to a wealthy, proper young woman but finds himself haunted by the independent and destitute Sarah Woodruff.

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Cold Mountain - Charles Frazier
Call Number: FIC FRA
ISBN: 0375700757
Inman, a wounded Confederate soldier, leaves the hospital where he is being treated and determines to walk home to his sweetheart Ada, only to find the land and the girl he remembers as changed by the war as he.

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The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman - Ernest Gaines
Call Number: FIC GAI
ISBN: 9780553263572
A 110-year-old African American woman reminisces about her life, which has stretched from the days of slavery to the African American militancy and civil rights movements of the 1960's

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Love in the Time of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Call Number: FIC MAR
ISBN: 0140119906
A love story that ranges from the late nineteenth century to the early decades of the twentieth, tracing the lives of three people and their entwined fates.

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Snow Falling on Cedars - David Guterson
Call Number: FIC GUT
ISBN: 0151001006
When a newspaper journalist covers the trial of a Japanese American accused of murder, he must come to terms with his own past.


Authors H - O

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Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
Call Number: FIC HAR
ISBN: 0451525469
The tragic story of Tess, who is victimized by lust, poverty, and Victorian hypocrisy.

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The House of the Seven Gables - Nathaniel Hawthorne
Call Number: FIC HAW
ISBN: 0140390057
The Pyncheons, having lived for generations under the curse of a supposed witch who once occupied the land on which the family mansion was built, gain a new lease on life with the arrival of young Phoebe Pyncheon from the country.

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Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
Call Number: FIC HEL
ISBN: 9780684833392
A bombardier, based in Italy during World War II, repeatedly tries to avoid flying bombing missions while his colonel tries to get him killed by demanding that he fly more and more missions.

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For Whom the Bell Tolls - Ernest Hemingway
Call Number: FIC HEM
ISBN: 9780684803357
The story of Robert Jordan, an American fighting during the Spanish Civil War with the anti-fascist guerillas in the mountains of Spain.

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The Sun also Rises - Ernest Hemingway
Call Number: FIC HEM
ISBN: 0684102501
Focuses on a "lost generation" of Americans who fought in France during World War I and who expatriated themselves from America after the war.

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Dune - Frank Herbert
Call Number: FIC HER
ISBN: 9780441005901
Forced by the Emperor of the known universe to live in exile on a barren planet, Duke Leto Atreides and his son lead the struggle against the Empire.

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All Creatures Great and Small - James Herriot
Call Number: 636.08 HER
ISBN: 0312084986
An English veterinarian reminisces about his life, career, and animal patients in a small village.

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All Things Bright and Beautiful - James Herriot
Call Number: 636.08 HER
ISBN: 0553269704
An English veterinarian reminisces about his life, career, and animal patients in an English village.

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A Bell for Adano - John Hersey
Call Number: FIC HER
ISBN: 0394756959
During World War II an American Major is placed in charge of the Italian village of Adano.

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Hiroshima - John Hersey
Call Number: 940.54 HER
ISBN: 0394548442
"A new edition with a final chapter written forty years after the explosion." The story of six people who lived through the explosion of the atomic bomb in 1945 in Hiroshima.

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Steppenwolf - Herman Hesse
Call Number: FIC HES
ISBN: 9780312278670
Notes: Translated from the German. Harry Haller, a joyless, reclusive intellectual, finally learns to reconcile the warring parts of his personality after meeting Hermine, a woman who knows how to enjoy life.

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The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
Call Number: FIC HOS
ISBN: 1573222453
Amir, haunted by his betrayal of Hassan, the son of his father's servant and a childhood friend, returns to Kabul as an adult after he learns Hassan has been killed, in an attempt to redeem himself by rescuing Hassan's son from a life of slavery to a Taliban official.

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A Thousand Spendid - Khaled Hosseini
Call Number: FIC HOS
ISBN: 9781594489501
A novel set against the three decades of Afghanistan's history shaped by Soviet occupation, civil war, and the Taliban, which tells the stories of two women, Mariam and Laila, who grow close despite their nineteen-year age difference and initial rivalry as they suffer at the hand of a common enemy: their abusive husband

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame - Victor Hugo
Call Number: FIC HUG
ISBN: 9780553213706
Set in medieval Paris Quasimodo, the hunchbacked bellringer of Notre Dame Cathedral, struggles to save the beautiful gypsy dancer Esmeralda from being unjustly executed.

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Their Eyes Were Watching God - Zora Neale Hurston
Call Number: FIC HER
ISBN: 0060916508
Married to a man she did not love, Janie was not yet forty when Joe died. Then she found true happiness.

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A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving
Call Number: FIC IRV
ISBN: 9780345361790
An eleven-year-old boy, Owen Meany, hits a foul ball that kills his best friend's mother during a Little League game in 1953. Owen believes he was God's instrument during the incident.

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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - James Joyce
Call Number: FIC JOY
ISBN: 9780192839985
An autobiographical novel depicting the childhood, adolescence, and early manhood of Stephen Dedalus.

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Metamorphosis - Franz Kafla
Call Number: FIC KAP
ISBN: 0553213695
Insect transformations as a narcissistic metaphor in Kafka's Metamorphosis

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Andersonville - Mackinlay Kantor
Call Number: FIC KAN
ISBN: 0452269563
Captures the glory and shame of America's most tragic conflict, the Civil War, in the crowded world of the infamous prison, Andersonville, and the people who lived outside its barricades.

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kesey
Call Number: FIC KES
ISBN: 0140043128
A rebel named Randle Patrick McMurphy is committed to a mental ward and challenges the authority of its dictatorial head nurse.

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Animal Dreams - Barbara Kingsolver
Call Number: FIC KIN
ISBN: 006016350X
Codi returns to her hometown to confront her past and face her ailing father. What she finds is a town threatened by an environmental catastrophe and a man who could change her life.

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Pigs in Heaven - Barbara Kingsolver
Call Number: FIC KIN
ISBN: 9780060922535
Six-year-old Turtle Green witnesses a freak accident drawing her and her mother into a conflict of historic proportions.

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The Bean Trees - Barbara Kingsolver
Call Number: FIC KIN
ISBN: 0060915544
Taylor, a poor Kentuckian, makes her way west with an abandoned baby girl and stops in Tucson. There she finds friends and discovers resources in apparently empty places.

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The Poisonwood Bible - Barbara Kingsolver
Call Number: FIC KIN
ISBN: 0060930535
Nathan Price and his family move to the Belgian Congo in 1959, and the experiences they have while living in Africa affect each member of the family in a different way.

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Sons and Lovers - D.H. Lawrence
Call Number: FIC LAW
ISBN: 9780679405726
Paul Morel, a painter from a British working-class family, is unable to choose between his possessive mother and two young beautiful women.

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To kill a mockingbird - Harper Lee
Call Number: FIC LEE
ISBN: 9780061120084
When a Southern white woman accuses a black man of rape, the outcome of the trial is a foregone conclusion and no lawyer except Peck will defend him. Peck's defense costs him friendships but earns him the respect of his two children.

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The Prince - Niccolo Machiavelli
Call Number: 320.1 MAC
ISBN: 0553212788
A treatise on leadership written in sixteenth century Italy.

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The Fixer - Bernard Malamud
Call Number: FIC FIX
ISBN: 0140185151
Jewish handyman Yakov Bok, is arrested, imprisoned, and accused for a murder he did not commit.

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Life of Pi - Yann Martel
Call Number: FIC PI
ISBN: 0151008116
Pi Patel, having spent an idyllic childhood in Pondicherry, India, as the son of a zookeeper, sets off with his family at the age of sixteen to start anew in Canada, but his life takes a marvelous turn when their ship sinks in the Pacific, leaving him adrift on a raft with a 450-pound Bengal tiger for company.

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In Country - Bobbie Ann Mason
Call Number: FIC MAS
ISBN: 9780060835170
Sam Hughes lives in Hopewell, Kentucky with her Uncle Emmett who is a Vietnam veteran. Sam's father was killed in Vietnam and she wants to understand about the war, but Emmett and other vets refuse to tell her much

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Of Human Bondage - W. Somerset Maugham
Call Number: FIC MAU
ISBN: 0451525566
Philip Carey, a handicapped orphan, is brought up by a self-indulgent Victorian clergyman. Shedding his religious faith as a young man, he begins to study art in Paris, but finally returns to London to qualify as a doctor.

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The Razor's Edge - W. Somerset Maugham
Call Number: FIC MAU
ISBN: 0140185232
A young American man named Larry Darrell traverses Europe, China, Burma, and India in search of meaning after experiencing the horrors of the First World War.

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All the Pretty Horses - Cormac McCarthy
Call Number: FIC MCC
ISBN: 0679744398
The story of young John Grady Cole, the last of a long line of Texas ranchers, who, along with two companions, sets off on an idyllic, sometimes comic adventure, to a place where dreams are paid for in blood.

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The Road - Cormac McCarthy
Call Number: FIC MCC
ISBN: 9780307265432
Traces the journey of a father and his son as they walk alone after a great fire has consumed the nation and left everything in ashes.

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Angela's Ashes - Frank McCourt
Call Number: 92 MCC
ISBN: 0684874350
The author chronicles his impoverished childhood in Limerick, Ireland, in the 1930s and 1940s, describing his father's alcoholism and talent for storytelling; the challenges and tragedies his mother faced, including the loss of three children; and his early experiences in the Catholic church, and balances painful memories with humor.

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The Heart is a Lonely Hunter - Carson McCullers
Call Number: FIC MCC
ISBN: 9780679424741
A deaf mute who has lost his only friend to a hospital for the insane becomes the recipient of the confidences of several other town residents.

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Moby Dick - Herman Melville
Call Number: FIC MEL
ISBN: 0679600108
Captain Ahab's determination to find and kill the great white whale becomes an obsession driving him to disaster.

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Hawaii - James Michener
Call Number: FIC MIC
ISBN: 9780375760372
A novel that chronicles the history of the Hawaiian people, dramatizing the interactions of Hawaii's original Polynesians, the first missionaries who arrived there, and the Chinese, Japanese, and Filipinos who intermarried with the Hawaiians and helped shape their culture.

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The Bridge of Toko-Ri - James Michener
Call Number: FIC MIC
ISBN: 9780449206515
: Story of the men of a naval task force operating in the icy waters off the Korean shore with a vital mission to perform; to destroy with jet bombers the heavily guarded bridge at Toko-ri and thus to stop essential supplies from moving to the Communist front lines

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Gone with the Wind - Margaret Mitchell
Call Number: FIC MIT
ISBN: 0446365386
After the Civil War sweeps away the genteel life to which she has been accustomed, Scarlett O'Hara sets about to salvage her Georgia plantation home.

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Beloved - Toni Morrison
Call Number: FIC MOR
ISBN: 9781400033416
Sethe, an escaped slave who now lives in post-Civil War Ohio, has borne the unthinkable and works hard at "beating back the past." She struggles to keep Beloved, an intruder, from gaining possession of her present while throwing off the legacy of her past.

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The Bluest Eye - Toni Morrison
Call Number: FIC MOR
ISBN: 9780452273054
An eleven-year-old African-American girl in Ohio, in the early 1940s, prays for her eyes to turn blue so that she will be beautiful.

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Sula - Toni Morrison
Call Number: FIC MOR
ISBN: 0452263492
Childhood friends Sula Peace and Nel Wright part company when Nel chooses to remain in their small Ohio hometown where she marries and raises a family, and Sula leaves for the excitement of college and the big city, but they both must face the consequences of their choices when Sula returns home after an absense of ten years.


Authors O-P

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The Things They Carried - Tim O'Brien
Call Number: FIC OBR
ISBN: 0767902890
Contains a collection related fiction short stories with recurring characters, interwoven plot and themes told by a foot soldier retelling his experiences in the Vietnam War.

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Bel Canto - Ann Patchett
Call Number: FIC PAT
ISBN: 0060188731
A group of international guests, taken hostage by terrorists while attending a birthday party at the home of the vice president of a small South American country, form bonds with their captors and enter into an almost idyllic lifestyle, united by the music of Roxanne Coss, opera's most revered soprano.

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Jacob Have I Loved - Katherine Paterson
Call Number: FIC PAT
ISBN: 9780690040784
Having felt deprived all her life of schooling, friends, mother, and even her name by her twin sister, Louise finally begins to find her identity.

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The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
Call Number: FIC PLA
ISBN: 9780060837020
Chronicles the mental breakdown of Esther Greenwood--a brilliant, beautiful, talented and successful young woman.

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Plain Truth - Jodi Picoult
Call Number: FIC PIC
ISBN: 9780671776138
Philadelphia defense attorney Ellie Hathaway, unsatisfied with the course of her career and personal life, leaves her job for an open-ended stay at her great-aunt's home in Paradise, Pennsylvania, arriving just in time to become embroiled in the case of a young, unmarried Amish woman accused of killing her newborn baby.

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My Sister's Keeper - Jodi Picoult
Call Number: FIC JIC
ISBN: 0743454529
Thirteen-year-old Anna, conceived specifically to provide blood and bone marrow for her sister Kate who was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia at the age of two, decides to sue her parents for control of her body when her mother wants her to donate a kidney to Kate.

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The Chosen - Chaim Potok
Call Number: FIC CHO
ISBN: 9780449213445
Recounts the story of Reuven Malter and Danny Saunders--one an orthodox Jew, the other the son of a Hasidic rabbi--and the course of their friendship as they grow up in Brooklyn.

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The Shipping News - Annie E Prouix
Call Number: FIC PRO
ISBN: 9780671510053
Quoyle and his two emotionally disturbed daughters return to the family ancestral home in Newfoundland to start new lives.

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All Quiet on the Western Front - Erich Remarque
Call Number: FIC REM
ISBN: 0316739928
Depicts the experiences of a group of young German soldiers fighting and suffering during the last days of World War I.

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The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger
Call Number: FIC SAL
ISBN: 9780316769488
An adolescent boy, knowing he is about to be dropped by his school, spends three days and nights in New York City.

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The Human Comedy - William Saroyan
Call Number: FIC SAR
ISBN: 0151423016
Working as a telegraph messenger in California during World War II, fourteen-year-old Homer Macauley gains an understanding of the world and an acceptance of his brother's death.

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The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
Call Number: FIC SEB
ISBN: 0316666343
Fourteen-year-old Susie Salmon, the victim of a sexual assault and murder, looks on from the afterlife as her family deals with their grief, and waits for her killer to be brought to some type of justice.

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A Midsummer Night's Dream - William Shakespeare
Call Number: 822.3 SHA
ISBN: 0521409047
Contains the text of the play, a synopsis of the action, and an explanation of difficult words and activities.

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Macbeth - William Shakespeare
Call Number: 822.3 SHA
ISBN: 0521426219
Contains the text of the play, edited for young adult readers, with a running symposis of the action, explanations of difficult words, and a wide range of classroom-tested activities.

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King Lear - William Shakespeare
Call Number: 822.3 SHA
ISBN: 0198319770
Contains the unabridged text of the drama about King Lear and his three daughters; includes explanations of words and passages, a plot synopsis, scene summaries, and notes on the main characters; and features questions, activities, and biographical information about Shakespeare.

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The Tempest - William Shakespeare
Call Number: 822.3 SHA
ISBN: 9780812036039
Presents the original text of Shakespeare's play side by side with a modern version, discusses the author and the theater of his time, and provides quizzes and other study activities.

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Ceremony - Leslie Marmon Silko
Call Number: FIC SIL
ISBN: 9780140086836
Follows Tayo, a young Native American, after his release from a veteran's hospital following World War II as he searches for meaning and sanity in his life.

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The Jungle - Upton Sinclair
Call Number: FIC SIN
ISBN: 0451524209
Describes the conditions of the Chicago stockyards through the eyes of a young immigrant struggling in America.

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A Thousand Acres - Jane Smiley
Call Number: FIC SMI
ISBN: 0394577736
The story of an Iowa farmer who decides to retire in 1979 and turns over his valuable land to his three daughters.

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A Tree Grows In Brooklyn - Betty Smith
Call Number: FIC SMI
ISBN: 9780060736262
Young Francie Nolan experiences the problems of growing up in a Brooklyn, New York slum.

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Antigone; Oedipus the King; Electra - Sophocles
Call Number: 882 SOP
ISBN: 9780192835888
Contains three of Sophocles' most famous tragedies. Includes introduction, textual note, chronology, and explanatory notes.

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The Art of Racing in the Rain - Garth Stein
Call Number: FIC STE
ISBN: 9780061537967
Enzo, the dog of professional race car driver Denny Swift, recalls the memories of his life and shares his insight into the human condition that he learned from observing his owner.

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The Pearl - John Steinbeck
Call Number: FIC STE
ISBN: 014017737X
In the Pearl terrible events follow the discovery of a magnificent pearl by a poor Mexican fisherman.

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Uncle Tom's Cabin - Harriet Beecher Stowe
Call Number: FIC STO
ISBN: 0553212184
The story of American slavery and Uncle Tom, a black man who never lost his dignity under the most inhumane circumstances.

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Sophie's Choice - William Styron
Call Number: FIC STY
ISBN: 9780679736370
Three friends, Stingo, a twenty-two-year-old writer; Sophie, a survivor of the Nazi camps; and Nathan, her mercurial lover, share magical, heart-warming times until doom overtakes them as Sophie's and Nathan's darkest secrets are revealed.

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Gulliver's Travels - Jonathan Swift
Call Number: FIC SWI
ISBN: 0451522192
An Englishman's voyages carry him to Lilliput, a land of people six inches high, and to Brobdingang, a land of giants.

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The Joy Luck Club - Amy Tan
Call Number: FIC TAN
ISBN: 0399134204
In 1949 four Chinese women began meeting in San Francisco to play mah jong. They called their gathering the Joy Luck Club. Forty years later they look back and remember.

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The Kitchen God's Wife - Amy Tan
Call Number: FIC TAN
ISBN: 080410753X
Winnie and Helen have kept each other's worst secrets for more than fifty years, but now that she believes she is dying, Helen wants to expose everything.

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The Bonesetter's Daughter - Amy Tan
Call Number: FIC TAN
ISBN: 0399146431
San Francisco ghostwriter Ruth Young finally begins to understand her Alzheimer's-afflicted mother LuLing's preoccupation with ghosts and curses when she reads Luling's writings of her dark backwoods childhood in 1920s China--where LuLing's mute, disfigured nursemaid committed suicide, and a nearby cave held what may have been the bones of the lost ancient hominid Peking Man.

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Walden - Henry David Thoreau
Call Number: 818.3 THO
ISBN: 055321246X
"Walden," "Civil disobedience," "Life without principle," and selections from "A week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers," "Cape Cod," "The Maine woods," and "The journal."

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On the Duty of Civil Disobedience - Henry David Thoreau
Call Number: 818 THO
ISBN: 002054720X
Civil disobedience

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Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
Call Number: FIC TOL
ISBN: 9780140440416
In nineteenth-century Russia, the wife of an important government official loses her family and social status when she chooses the love of Count Vronsky over a passionless marriage.

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War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
Call Number: FIC TOL
ISBN: 0451523261
An epic novel featuring the Russian role in the Napoleonic wars and providing a complex panorama of the life of the time.

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Johnny Got His Gun - Dalton Trumbo
Call Number: FIC TRU
ISBN: 0553274325
A young man who was severely wounded in World War One thinks about his life and about the horror and futility of war and its toll on him.

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A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court - Mark Twain
Call Number: FIC TWA
ISBN: 0520051092
A Connecticut Yankee, a nineteenth-century mechanic suffers a blow to the head and wakes up in King Arthur's Britain.

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Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant - Anne Tyler
Call Number: FIC TYL
ISBN: 9780449911594
Cody, Jenny, and Ezra, who were deserted by their father and raised by their angry mother, go their separate ways but meet again for their mother's funeral.

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Saint Maybe - Anne Tyler
Call Number: FIC TYL
ISBN: 9780449911600
In 1965 the Bedloe family lives on a quiet street in Baltimore. Seventeen-year-old Ian has dreams for the future, until the night when he meddles in his older brother's life--and from that careless moment on, nothing can ever be the same.

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Trinity - Leon Uris
Call Number: FIC URI
ISBN: 055325846X
A saga of glories and defeats, triumphs and tragedies, lived by a young Catholic rebel and the beautiful and valiant Protestant girl who defied her heritage to join him.

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Candide - Voltaire
Call Number: FIC VOL
ISBN: 9780553211665
The story of a simple, optimistic man whose travels take him from one disaster to another.

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Cat's Cradle - Kurt Vonnegut
Call Number: FIC VON
ISBN: 0440111498
In the year 2000, a young man discovers ice-nine, which can set off a chain reaction more deadly than a nuclear bomb, and discovers a new prophet whose teachings sweep the world.

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The Color Purple - Alice Walker
Call Number: FIC WAL
ISBN: 0671727796
Tells the story of two sisters: Nettie, a missionary in Africa, and Celie, a child-wife living in the South, in the medium of their letters to each other and in Celie's case, the desperate letters she begins, "Dear God."

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The Age of Innocence - Edith Wharton
Call Number: FIC WHA
ISBN: 0671535560
A portrayal of New York society in the 1870's where money counted for less than manners and morals.

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Fences - August Wilson
Call Number: 812 WIL
ISBN: 0452264014
Troy Maxson, a strong, hard man who has learned how to be Black and proud in the 1950s, finds the changing spirit of the 1960s hard to deal with.

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Native Son - Richard Wright
Call Number: FIC WRI
ISBN: 0060812494
Trapped in the poverty-stricken ghetto of Chicago's South Side, a young black man finds release only in acts of violence.

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Black Boy - Richard Wright
Call Number: 92 WIL
ISBN: 0060812508
The autobiography of an African-American writer, recounting his early years and the harrowing experiences he encountered drifting from Natchez to Chicago to Brooklyn.


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