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Animal, vegetable, miracle [book club kit] : a year of food life
by Kingsolver, Barbara.
Call number BOOK CLUB KIT: ANIMAL
Summary Follows the author’s family’s efforts to live on locally- and home-grown foods, an endeavor through which they learned lighthearted truths about food production and the connection between health and diet.
Call number BOOK CLUB KIT: ANIMAL
A bend in the river [book club kit]
by Naipaul, V. S. (Vidiadhar Surajprasad), 1932-
In an African country that has suffered revolution and civil war and that is headed by a man of almost insane energy and crudity, one restless, reflective, and isolated villager and his friends uneasily submit to the tide of events.
Call number BOOK CLUB KIT: BEND
The book thief [book club kit]
by Zusak, Markus.
Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel–a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.
Call number BOOK CLUB KIT: BOOK THIEF
The dogs of Babel [book club kit]
by Parkhurst, Carolyn, 1971-
Discovering clues that indicate his beloved wife may not have died accidentally, Paul Iverson begins a perilous search for the truth while attempting to teach his dog, who witnessed the crime, to communicate
Call number BOOK CLUB KIT: DOGS OF BABEL
Emma [book club kit]
by Austen, Jane, 1775-1817.
Emma Woodhouse imagines that she dominates those around her in the small town of Highbury, but her inept matchmaking creates problems for herself and others.
Call number BOOK CLUB KIT: EMMA
The heart is a lonely hunter [book club kit]
by McCullers, Carson, 1917-1967.
Deaf-mute John Singer becomes the confidant for all various types of misfits in a Georgia mill town during the 1930s. Each one yearns for escape from small town life. When Singer’s mute companion goes insane, Singer moves into the Kelly house, where Mick Kelly, the book’s heroine (and loosely based on McCullers), finds solace in her music. Wonderfully attune to the spiritual isolation that underlies the human condition, and with a deft sense for racial tensions in the South, McCullers spins a haunting, unforgettable story that gives voice to the rejected, the forgotten, and the mistreated
Call number BOOK CLUB KIT: HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER
The history of love [book club kit]
by Krauss, Nicole.
Fourteen-year-old Alma Singer is trying to find a cure for her mother’s loneliness. Believing that she might discover it in an old book her mother is lovingly translating, she sets out in search of its author. Across New York, an old man named Leo Gursky is trying to survive a little bit longer. He spends his days dreaming of the lost love who, sixty years ago in Poland, inspired him to write a book. And although he doesn’t know it yet, that book also survived: crossing oceans and generations, and changing lives.
Call number BOOK CLUB KIT: HISTORY OF LOVE
House made of dawn [book club kit]
by Momaday, N. Scott, 1934-
He was a young American Indian named Abel, and he lived in two worlds. One was that of his fathers, wedding him to the rhythm of the seasons. The other was the world of the twentieth century, goading him into a compulsive cycle of sexual exploits, dissipation and disgust. Home from a foreign war, he was a man being torn apart, a man descending into a hell.
Call number BOOK CLUB KIT: HOUSE
The hundred-foot journey [book club kit]
by Morais, Richard C., 1960-
Call number BOOK CLUB KIT: HUNDRED FOOT
Story of Hassan Haji, the unlikely gourmand who recounts his life’s journey in this novel. Lively and brimming with the colors, flavors, and scents of the kitchen, it is a succulent treat about family, nationality, and the mysteries of good taste distance between a new Indian kitchen and a traditional French one can represent the gulf between different cultures and desires.
In the belly of Jonah [book club kit] : a Liv Bergen mystery
by Brannan, Sandra.
When a summer intern, the apparent victim of a serial killer, is found brutally murdered at a Colorado mine managed by Liv Bergen, the FBI is called in. Bergen joins in the hunt with FBI agent Streeter Pierce.
Call number BOOK CLUB KIT: IN THE BELLY
Jane Austen – 8 books in 1 [book club kit]
by Austen, Jane, 1775-1817.
Sense and sensibility — / Pride and prejudice — / Mansfield Park — / Emma — / Northanger Abbey — / Persuasion — / Lady Susan — / Love & friendship.
Call number BOOK CLUB KIT: JANE AUSTEN 8 IN ONE
The known world [book club kit]
by Jones, Edward P.
The story of Henry Townsend, a black farmer and former slave who falls under the tutelage of William Robbins, the most powerful man in Manchester County, Virginia. Making certain he never circumvents the law, Townsend runs his affairs with unusual discipline. But when death takes him unexpectedly, his widow, Caldonia, can’t uphold the estate’s order and chaos ensues.
Call number BOOK CLUB KIT: THE KNOWN WORLD
Light on snow [book club kit]
by Shreve, Anita.
What makes a family? That’s what twelve-year-old Nicky Dillon wonders after she and her widowed father discover a wailing abandoned baby in the snow-filled woods near their New Hampshire home. Through the days that follow, the Dillons and an unexpected visitor who soon turns up at their door-a young woman evidently haunted by her own terrible choices-face a thicket of decisions, each seeming to carry equal possibilities of heartbreak and redemption.
Call number BOOK CLUB KIT: LIGHT ON SNOW
Listening Woman [book club kit]
by Hillerman, Tony.
The state police and FBI are baffled when an old man and a teenage girl are brutally murdered. The blind Navajo Listening Woman speaks of ghosts and witches. But Lieutenant Leaphorn of the Navajo Tribal Police knows his people as well as he knows cold-blooded killers. His incredible investigation carries him from a dead man’s secret to a kidnap scheme, to a conspiracy that stretches back more than one hundred years. Leaphorn arrives at the threshold of a solution – and is greeted with the most violent confrontation of his career.
Call number BOOK CLUB KIT: LISTENING
Little rains [book club kit]
by Cherry, Bob.
Eighteen year old JD Mitchell longs to escape the drudgery of his small hometown and becomes a hand on his uncle’s ranch. Like Tru, JD’s dreams for the future are weighted by his past, but reluctantly he learns from the odd assortment of eccentrics on the ranch: Linc, a hard and weathered veteran cowhand; JD’s aunt, the strangely devoted Jesse, haunted by a dark secret that JD may have the power to exorcise; and Santos, a Mestizo, who wades the Rio Grande carrying a broken-down fighting rooster and dreams of fortune. All are caught within the maelstrom of Tru’s obsession, and JD learns that mistakes are sometimes paid for in blood and bruises and the terrible pain of silence.
Call number BOOK CLUB KIT: LITTLE RAINS
Missoula [book club kit] : rape and the justice system in a college town
by Krakauer, Jon.
In Missoula, Krakauer chronicles the searing experiences of several women in Missoula – the nights when they were raped; their fear and self-doubt in the aftermath; the way they were treated by the police, prosecutors, defense attorneys; the public vilification and private anguish; their bravery in pushing forward and what it cost them. Krakauer’s dispassionate, carefully documented account of what these women endured cuts through the abstract ideological debate about campus rape. College-age women are not raped because they are promiscuous, or drunk, or send mixed signals, or feel guilty about casual sex, or seek attention. They are the victims of a terrible crime and deserving of compassion from society and fairness from a justice system that is clearly broken.
Call number BOOK CLUB KIT: MISSOULA
Mourning moon rising [book club kit]
by Cherry, Bob.
“Bob Cherry follows his notable novel, Moving Serafina, with a thoughtful and eloquent sequel, an exploration of life and death in the border area between Presidio and Boquillas. Drug running and family ties move the action along, though the tone here is always measured and violence is offstage.”–Judy Alter, from book jacket.
Call number BOOK CLUB KIT: MOURNING
Moving Serafina [book club kit]
by Cherry, Bob.
Clayton Elliott faces criticism from friends by some decisions he faces. He sold his Texas ranch to water developers. He must bury his recently deceased wife elsewhere in the state. He helps a woman who illegally crossed the border. “Throughout the novel, Clayton struggles with both the internal and external borders of his life.”
Call number BOOK CLUB KIT: MOVING SERAFINA
My life in France [book club kit]
by Child, Julia.
Julia Child’s chronicles the years she spent in France, where she discovered a passion for French cuisine and found her life’s calling as a chef.
Call number BOOK CLUB KIT
The namesake [book club kit]
by Lahiri, Jhumpa
A young man born of Indian parents in America struggles with issues of identity from his teens to his thirties.
Call number BOOK CLUB KIT: NAMESAKE
No god but God [book club kit] : the origins, evolution, and future of Islam
by Aslan, Reza.
Though it is the fastest growing religion in the world, Islam remains shrouded by ignorance and fear. What is the essence of this ancient faith? Is it a religion of peace or war? How does Allah differ from the God of Jews and Christians? Can an Islamic state be founded on democratic values such as pluralism and human rights? A writer and scholar of comparative religions, Reza Aslan has earned international acclaim for the passion and clarity he has brought to these questions. In No god but God, challenging the “clash of civilizations” mentality that has distorted our view of Islam, Aslan explains this critical faith in all its complexity, beauty, and compassion.
Call number BOOK CLUB KIT: (NO GOD BUT GOD)
The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency [book club kit]
by McCall Smith, Alexander, 1948-
First novel in the author’s acclaimed series which tells the story of the delightfully cunning and engaging Precious Ramotswe, who is drawn to her profession as a detective to help people. Upon setting up shop, she is hired to track down a missing husband, uncover a con man, and follow a wayward daughter. But the case that tugs at her heart and lands her in danger, is that of a missing 11-year-old boy who may have been snatched by witch doctors.
Call number BOOK CLUB KIT: #1 LADIES DETECTIVE AGENC
One eyed jacks [book club kit]
by Cherry, Bob.
The novel follows the lives of a group of raucous Texans in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Phineas Farrow enters the lives of Marvin G. Crush and the wealthy local widow, Stella Villard. The three agree to join forces in an outrageous scheme to bring wealth to their isolated, dying railroad community of far West Texas. The scheme ends badly, and they flee to Alaska where they are further tested.
Call number BOOK CLUB KIT: ONE EYED JACKS
One hundred years of solitude [book club kit]
by García Márquez, Gabriel, 1927-2014.
The rise and fall, birth and death of the mythical town of Macondo as told through the history of the Buendía family.
Call number BOOK CLUB KIT: ONE HUNDRED YEARS
The reader [book club kit]
by Schlink, Bernhard.
Schoolboy Michael Berg, 15, meets an older woman and they have an affair, which she breaks off and disappears. Seven years later Berg, now a law student attending a trial, sees her in the dock, accused in a crime dating back to World War II and the death camp at Auschwitz.
Call number BOOK CLUB KIT: THE READER
Refuge [book club kit] : an unnatural history of family and place
by Williams, Terry Tempest.
In the spring of 1983 Terry Tempest Williams learned that her mother was dying of cancer. That same season, The Great Salt Lake began to rise to record heights, threatening the herons, owls, and snowy egrets that Williams, a poet and naturalist, had come to gauge her life by. One event was nature at its most random, the other a by-product of rogue technology: Terry’s mother, and Terry herself, had been exposed to the fallout of atomic bomb tests in the 1950s. As it interweaves these narratives of dying and accommodation, Refuge transforms tragedy into a document of renewal and spiritual grace, resulting in a work that has become a classic.
Call number BOOK CLUB KIT: REFUGE
The sparrow [book club kit]
by Russell, Mary Doria, 1950-
Jesuit priest Emilio Sandoz is the only survivor of a mission to the planet Rakhat where he discovers a civilization which raises questions about humanity. In flashbacks, we learn the story of the ill-fated trip.
Call number BOOK CLUB KIT: THE SPARROW
The thirteenth tale [book club kit]
by Setterfield, Diane.
When her health begins failing, the mysterious author Vida Winter decides to let Margaret Lea, a biographer, write the truth about her life, but Margaret needs to verify the facts since Vida has a history of telling outlandish tales.
Call number BOOK CLUB KIT: THE THIRTEENTH TALE
Unbroken [book club kit] : a World War II story of survival, resilience, and redemption
by Hillenbrand, Laura.
On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared–Lt. Louis Zamperini. Captured by the Japanese and driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity and suffering with hope, resolve, and humor.
Call number BOOK CLUB KIT: UNBROKEN
An unfinished life [book club kit]
by Spragg, Mark, 1952-
Jean Gilkyson hasn’t been back to her hometown of Ishawooa, Wyo., since her husband, Griffin, died in a car accident. Jean was driving, and Griffin’s father, Einar, has never forgiven her for his son’s death. Ten years and four boyfriends later, Jean has run out of money and options. With her precocious nine-year-old daughter, Griff, she escapes boyfriend number four, a smirking brute named Roy. Einar isn’t happy to see mother or daughter, but Griff loves his log house and ranch life. She makes friends right away with Mitch, Einar’s old Vietnam War buddy, who’s been mauled by a grizzly and is horribly scarred, and gradually wins over her grandfather. Meanwhile, Jean is charming the town sheriff, which comes in handy when Roy tracks her down.
Call number BOOK CLUB KIT: AN UNFINISHED LIFE
Winter wheat [book club kit]
by Walker, Mildred, 1905-1998.
This coming-of-age story about a young Montana woman was nominated for a National Book Award when first published in 1944.
Call number BOOK CLUB KIT: WINTER WHEAT
The big sleep [book/movie kit]
Chandler, Raymond. Call number BOOK/MOVIE KIT: BIG SLEEP
The brave cowboy [book/movie kit]
Abbey, Edward. Call number BOOK/MOVIE KIT: BRAVE
Heat and dust [book/movie kit]
Jhabvala, Ruth Prawer. Call number BOOK/MOVIE KIT: HEAT AND DUST
The Milagro beanfield war [book/movie kit]
Nichols, John Treadwell. Call number BOOK/MOVIE KIT: MILAGRO
The Ox-Bow Incident [book/movie kit]
Clark, Walter Van Tilburg. Call number BOOK/MOVIE KIT: OX-BOW
The painted veil [book/movie kit]
Maugham, W. Somerset. Call number BOOK/MOVIE KIT: PAINTED VEIL
The searchers [book/movie kit]
Le May, Alan. Call number BOOK/MOVIE KIT: SEARCHERS
The sun also rises [book/movie kit]
Hemingway, Ernest. Call number BOOK/MOVIE KIT: SUN ALSO RISES
Their eyes were watching God [book/movie kit]
Huston, Zora Neale. All number BOOK/MOVIE KIT: THEIR EYES