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Mrs. Dalloway BR 11925
by Virginia Woolf
The events of a single day in June when Clarissa Dalloway, a London society woman, meets a former lover. The author, an early rebel against the traditional rules of novel writing, uses interior monologue and a stream-of-consciousness style to reveal the private lives of Mrs. Dalloway and her family and friends. 1925.
The Human Comedy BR 11931
by William Saroyan
Story of a mother and her four children who live in Ithaca, California, during World War II. Features fourteen-year-old Homer, who is exposed to a lot of sadness in his job as telegraph messenger. 1943.
The Immoralist BR 11937
by Andre Gide
Michel, the protagonist, explains how his personality and attitudes toward life disintegrated under the influence of a tropical climate and illness. In this psychological study, Gide examines the conflict between self-development and self-sacrifice. The author was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1947. 1970.
Catch-22 BR 11980
by Joseph Heller
4 volumes (Reissue)
Bombardier Yossarian desperately tries to stay alive during World War II. Military rules make it impossible for anyone to achieve the combat quota necessary to quit flying. Yossarian and his buddies concoct ways to avoid the ridiculous orders of their officers. Strong language and descriptions of sex. 1955.
Byrne BR 12106
by Anthony Burgess
Novel in verse written just before Burgess died in 1993. Irish artist Michael Byrne struggles for fame in the 1930s, moving from country to country and siring children as he goes. He composes an opera while the Nazi menace rises. Several of his offspring complete the tale. Some strong language. 1995.
Tales of the Night BR 12121
by Peter Hoeg
Eight short stories by the Danish author. The common theme is love--of people, of art, or of a vocation in life--and the circumstances in which love exists. All are set on the night of March 19, 1929. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 1998.
The Tonto Woman and Other Western Stories BR
by Elmore Leonard
A collection of nineteen westerns. In the title story, an exiled wife tattooed by Indians gets her self-esteem back with the help of a cattle rustler. In "The Colonel's Lady," a captive woman rescues herself from the clutches of a lone Apache. Some violence. 1998.
The Coast of Good Intentions: Stories BR 12132
by Michael Byers
Eight tales about ordinary folks living on the Pacific Northwest coast. In "Settled on the Cranberry Coast," a handyman fixes up the house of his high school sweetheart and enjoys the feeling that this time things will work out better between them. Some strong language. 1998.
Transparent Things BR 12133
by Vladimir Nabokov
American Hugh Person retraces an itinerary in Switzerland where he first met Armande Chamar, as if he could find the past shining through the objects he had encountered previously. Person's woeful tale gradually unfolds as his memories are evoked. 1972.
The Desert Crop BR 12155
by Catherine Cookson
1880s England. Young Daniel Stewart's life changes when his widowed father marries a distant Irish cousin, Moira Conelly. Over the years the cheerful Moira has many children while the father squanders their money. When his father dies, Daniel assumes the leadership of the family, falls in love with the wrong girl, and continues farming. 1997.
The Red River BR 12164
by Frederic Bean
Elias McBee and Seth Booker leave the flatboats of the Mississippi to try their luck trapping along the Red River. They find plenty of wildlife but also warring Indian tribes. In time, despite the many hardships and fighting, they decide to stay and live with their native wives. Violence. 1996.
Season of Wishes BR 12165
by Christina Skye
Jamee Night has already been kidnapped once as a teenager when bodyguard Ian McCall, the tenth laird of Glenlyle, is hired to protect her in Scotland. It is Ian's last job before his family's curse overtakes him, and he hadn't planned to fall in love with his charge. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 1997.
Ask Mariah BR 12171
by Barbara Freethy
Michael Ashton is raising his six-year-old twin daughters alone following their mother's death. The girls think she is coming back, and the crystal ball from their grandmother says they can find their mother at school. When they arrive at summer school, they find Joanna Wingate, a look-alike of their mother. Some descriptions of sex. 1997.
Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus BR 12173
by Mary Shelley
3 volumes (Reissue)
A science student, Victor Frankenstein, invents an artificial man using body parts from several corpses. The hideous creature cannot find companionship and becomes violent. Eventually he turns on his creator. 1818.
Death and Restoration: A Jonathan Argyll Mystery BR
by Iain Pears
Flavia di Stefan, of the art theft squad, learns that infamous English art thief Mary Verney is returning to Italy. Flavia enlists the help of her fiancÚ, lecturer Jonathan Argyll, to keep Mary from plundering any more items. They soon realize that the target is an obscure madonna icon of little obvious value. 1996.
The Big Bad City: A Novel of the 87th Precinct BR
by Ed McBain
A nun with breast implants is murdered in a city park. Detective Carella investigates the crime while still fuming at the unexpected release of the man who killed his father. Meanwhile a burglar is canvassing the city leaving chocolate chip cookies at each crime scene. Violence and strong language. 1999.
Ghost Town BR 12183
by Robert Coover
A lone cowboy drifting through the desert is engulfed by a ghost town where the inhabitants engage in violent behavior--gunfights, robberies, gambling, and whoring--almost every day. The rider becomes a sheriff, then an outlaw, and then he falls in love. Strong language and violence. 1998.
A Man in Full BR 12185
by Tom Wolfe
Atlanta's mores--racial, sexual, and political--are undergoing rapid changes from the old southern tradition. And at sixty Charlie Croker, self-made millionaire with a trophy wife, is having difficulty adjusting. Strong language. 1998.
Final Vinyl Days and Other Stories BR 12188
by Jill McCorkle
Nine short stories about slightly offbeat characters. In the title piece, an educated man remains stuck in his job in an obscure record shop rather than reclaim a former girlfriend and adapt to change. In "Paradise," a modern Adam meets Eve and marries her despite their names. Some strong language. 1998.
Last of the Duanes BR 12191
by Zane Grey
At twenty-three Buck Duane realizes he has inherited the killer instinct when he is provoked by a drunken cowboy. This first gunfight makes him an outlaw fugitive, constantly at risk until offered a second chance: to redeem his name as a Texas Ranger. Written in 1913. Some violence. 1996.
Gertrude of Stony Island Avenue BR 12193
by James Purdy
Carrie Kinsella is still mourning her estranged daughter Gertrude, a famous painter who died two years ago. Carrie leaves her husband and immerses herself in Gertrude's bohemian Chicago environment, searching for explanations. With the help of assorted friends, Carrie begins to accept her daughter's life and death. 1997.
Night Gardening BR 12194
by E.L. Swann
Sixty-one-year-old Maggie Welles is recovering from a stroke in her Harvard Square house when she meets Tristan Mallory, a landscape architect working next door. The two are drawn together by their love of gardening. Maggie's son soon intrudes in his quest for money. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1999.
The Partner BR 12204
by John Grisham
Four years ago, attorney Patrick Lanigan faked his own death and ran away with ninety million dollars belonging to his partners and a client. Now he's been found, tortured, sued by numerous parties including his wife, and charged with murder. Strong language and violence. Bestseller 1997.
Bittersweet BR 12213
by Danielle Steel
India Taylor left a successful photojournalism career to settle down as a soccer mom. Seventeen years and four children later, she longs for some excitement. She meets and befriends tycoon Paul Ward, who encourages her to take risks. When Paul is suddenly free, India must make some choices. Bestseller 1999.
The Emperor's General BR 12214
by James Webb
Ambassador Jay Marsh recounts serving as aide-de-camp to General Douglas MacArthur during the final days of World War II. Marsh recalls the roles MacArthur and Emperor Hirohito played and the trial of Japan's general Yamashita. He also reminisces about his mistress and that of MacArthur. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 1999.
Blueback: A Contemporary Fable BR 12218
by Tim Winton
As a child Abel loved diving for abalone near his coastal Australian home. As he grows older and goes off to college, his heart remains there with his mother and the huge blue groper fish he named Blueback. Later, as a marine biologist, Abel returns to help save the bay. 1997.
Love Stories BR 12231
retold by Tana Reiff
Six love stories that originated in different cultures but have been retold in various forms around the world over the centuries. Includes "Cupid and Psyche" from ancient Rome, "Rhodopis and the Golden Shoes" (similar to "Cinderella") from Egypt, and "Beauty and the Beast" from France. Grade 1 braille. 1993.
Burning Up BR 12234
by Caroline B. Cooney
Macey and her friends almost die in a fire while volunteering in an inner-city church and later discover an older incident in 1959 that was aimed at the town's first African American teacher. Macey becomes activated to change her community. Some violence and some strong language. For junior and senior high readers. 1999.
The Color Purple BR 12265
by Alice Walker
2 volumes (Reissue)
Two impoverished sisters have different fates--Nettie travels to Africa with a missionary family while Celie is married off to an abusive older man. Celie writes letters to God discussing events around her. Eventually she begins to take charge of her life. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Pulitzer Prize. 1982.
A New Song: The Mitford Years, Volume 5 BR 12273
by Jan Karon
The Bishop assigns Father Tim, now retired, to fill in as interim priest on North Carolina's coastal island Whitecap. He is reluctant to leave his old friends in Mitford, but does keep in touch. However, he quickly finds his place at St. John's in the Grove. Sequel to Out to Canaan (RC 44958, BR 12272). Bestseller 1999.
Troubled Waters BR 12279
by Carolyn Wheat
Jan Gebhardt surrenders after being a fugitive for fifteen years, accused of killing a federal agent while transporting illegal aliens. Her old acquaintance, attorney Cass Jameson, is worried that Jan may implicate her former boyfriend, a paraplegic veteran who is also Cass's brother. Strong language and violence. 1997.
Broken Chords BR 12283
by Barbara Snow Gilbert
When Clara Lorenzo was only three, her parents--who both excelled in musical careers--recognized her talent at the piano and found her the best teacher. Now seventeen, Clara is poised to win a coveted scholarship competition when she begins to doubt her passion for the piano. For junior and senior high readers. 1998.
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