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Adams, Douglas. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
“Join Douglas Adams's hapless hero Arthur Dent as he travels the galaxy
with his intrepid pal Ford Prefect, getting into horrible messes and
generally wreaking hilarious havoc. Dent is grabbed from Earth moments before
a cosmic construction team obliterates the planet to build a freeway. You'll
never read funnier science fiction;
Adams, Richard. Watership Down
Taking readers into the
world of a band of
Albom, Mitch. Five People You Meet in Heaven
From the author of the "New York Times" bestseller "Tuesdays with Morrie" comes a novel that explores the unexpected connections of readers' lives and the idea that heaven is more than a place--it's an answer.
Alexie, Sherman. Reservation Blues
The life of Spokane Indian Thomas Builds-the-Fire
irrevocably changes when blues legend Robert Johnson miraculously appears on his
reservation and passes the misfit storyteller his enchanted guitar. Inspired
by this gift, Thomas forms Coyote Springs, an all-Indian Catholic band who
find themselves on a magical tour that leads from reservation bars to
Ambrose, Stephen. Band of Brothers
506th Airborne Division, U.S. Army, was as good a rifle company as any in the
world. From their rigorous training in
"Band of Brothers" is the account of the men of this remarkable unit who fought, went hungry, froze, and died, a company that took 150 percent casualties and considered the Purple Heart a badge of office. Drawing on hours of interviews with survivors as well as the soldiers' journals and letters. Stephen Ambrose tells the stories -- often in the men's own words -- of these American heroes.
Armstrong, Lance. It’s Not About the Bike
World-class hero Lance Armstrong tells his inspiring story, from the dark night of advanced testicular cancer through his dramatic victory in the 1999 Tour de France.
Bellow, Saul. Seize the Day.
This is Bellow's paean to failure, the slow slide of a good-hearted though dumb and self-destructive man. – Amazon.com
Bissinger, H.G. Friday Night Lights
bestselling story of life in the football-driven town of
Bowden, Mark. Black Hawk Down.
This account describes the longest sustained
firefight involving American troops since the Vietnam War. On October 3,
1993, a band of
Bradbury, Ray. The Illustrated Man
Classic Bradbury, this collection of tales offers images that are as keen as a tattooist's needle and as colorful as the inks that stain the body. Featuring a new Introduction, "The Illustrated Man" presents 18 startling visions of humankind's destiny, unfolding across a canvas of decorated skin.
Bradley, James. Flags of our Fathers
The beloved bestseller that honors not only one
battle and one achievement, but the stories of six heroes and one indelible
image: the photograph of the flag raising at
Leo. Leap Into Darkness: Seven Years on the Run in Wartime
A harrowing, action-packed account of the author's series of audacious escapes from the Nazis' final solution
Brown, Claude. Manchild in the Promised Land
This autobiographic novel, in print for more than 30 years, portrays the "lost" generation of African-Americans whose parents left the sharecropping lifestyle of the South for the inner cities of the North.
Brown, Dan. The Da Vinci Code
What if Christ had a tryst with Mary Magdalene, and the interlude produced a child? Such a possibility provides the framework for Brown's latest thriller (after "Angels and Demons"), an exhaustively researched page-turner about secret religious societies, ancient coverups and savage vengeance.
Bulgakov, Mikhail. The Master and Margarita
Written during the darkest, most repressive period of Stalin's reign, this novel gives substance to the notion of artistic and religious freedom. Despite its devastating satire of Soviet life and its audacious portrayals of Christ and Satan, the manuscript had somehow eluded Russian censors, and the enthusiasm of its readers assured the novel immediate and enduring success. "The New York Times Book Review" calls this "one of the truly great Russian novels of this century".
Callanan, Liam. The Cloud Atlas
In a richly inspired debut reminiscent of "Snow Falling on Cedars" and "The English Patient," this stirring novel, set against a magnificent Alaskan backdrop, reveals one of the most closely guarded secrets of World War II in a tale that is both a heart-quickening mystery and a unique love story.
How in the early
1980s did the
Chabon, Michael. The Final Solution: A Story of Detection
In deep retirement in the English countryside, an 89-year-old man, vaguely recollected by the locals as a former detective, is more concerned with his beekeeping than his fellow man. Into his life wanders Linus Steinman, nine years old and mute, who has escaped from Nazi Germany with his sole companion: an African grey parrot. What is the meaning of the mysterious strings of numbers the bird spews out--a top secret SS code? A Swiss bank account? Or do they hold a far more sinister significance? Though the solution to this case may be beyond the reach of the once-famed sleuth, the true story of the boy and his parrot is revealed in a wrenching resolution.
Chbosky, Stephen. The Perks of Being A Wallflower
Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it, Charlie is navigating through the strange worlds of love, drugs, "The Rocky Horror Picture Show", and dealing with the loss of a good friend and his favorite aunt.
Coehlo, Paul. The Alchemist
"To realize one's destiny is a person's only obligation", This quotation taken from "The Alchemist" sums up the focus of the book. The journey that life should be, is lived by a simple shepherd who finds that life's gifts lie within us all.
Coetzee, J.M. Disgrace
Set in post-apartheid
Conroy, Pat. Great Santini
Moving drama of a family torn apart by a headstrong father-- Bull Meecham, a Marine fighter pilot-- who demands loyalty, courage and obedience from his wife and children.
Chrichton, Michael. Timeline
Cisneros, Sandra. Woman Hollering Creek
the author of the widely acclaimed The House on
Crane, Stephen. The Red Badge of Courage
Although he never witnessed warfare before writing this story, Stephen Crane penned this realistic and terrifying account of the Civil War, describing the fear that a young soldier must face on the battlefield as well as within himself.
Cunningham, Michael. The Hours
On a gray morning in 1923, Virginia Woolf is
awakened by a dream which will become Mrs. Dalloway. In present-day
Dalai Lama. Ethics for the New Milennium
The Dalai Lama presents an ethical system that not only is based on common sense and reason, as opposed to religious dogma or punitive legislation, but has as its goal ultimate happiness for every individual. He demonstrates that we human beings are better than we think we are, and that a society and a life that cultivate love and compassion are completely within our reach.
Frank. The Old Ball Game: How John
McGraw, Christy Mathewson, and the
“Deford, expanding on an article he wrote for Sports Illustrated, provides an entertaining string of anecdotes peppered with his own observations, focusing on one player and then looping back to address the other. An NPR Morning Edition weekly commentator, Deford has a thoughtful eye for the details of a century past, but he also points out how much early 1900s baseball culture shares with today's, as when he compares early gambling scandals to the contemporary steroids controversy … this lively volume offers great diversion for any baseball fan.” – Publisher’s Weekly
DeMille, Nelson. The Lion’s Game
Detective John Corey, last seen in "Plum Island", now faces his toughest assignment yet: catching the world's most dangerous terrorist--a young Arab known as "The Lion", whose family was killed by American pilots.
Descartes, Rene. Meditations on First Philosophy
calling everything into doubt, Descartes laid the foundations of modern
philosophy. He deduced that human beings consist of minds and bodies; that
these are totally distinct "substances"; that God exists and that
He ensures we can trust the evidence of our senses. Ushering in the
"scientific revolution" of Galileo and
Dostoyevsky, Fyodor. Crime and Punishment
Struggling to survive in abject poverty, former university student Rodion Raskolnikov finds an outlet in his thoughts and dreams. Over time a particular theory takes shape that leads him to murder an old woman moneylender and her meek sister. His abundant intellect enables him to rationalize the brutal crime to himself, but his conscience dictates otherwise and all-too-soon he is overwhelmed by torturous guilt. In an atmosphere of increasing tension and fear, Raskolnikov desperately struggles to conceal his secret from his friends and family. But there is one man he cannot escape, a man he is convinced knows of his guilt, the cunningly clever policeman Porfiry Petrovich...
Dunant, Sarah. The Birth of Venus
of Venus" is a tour de force from one of
Duncan, Dave. Impossible Odds
The Blades are back and facing their biggest challenge yet in the newest adventure of magic, intrigue, sword fights and romance from Dave Duncan, "one of the leading masters of epic fantasy" ("Publishers Weekly").
Eggers, Dave. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
The literary bestseller that redefines both family and narrative for the 21st century, this moving memoir is the story of a college senior who, in the space of five weeks, loses both of his parents to cancer and inherits his eight-year-old brother. This is an exhilarating debut that manages to be simultaneously hilarious and wildly inventive as well as a deeply heartfelt story of the love that holds a family together.
Ehrenreich, Barbara. Nickle and Dimed
Americans work for poverty-level wages. Social critic Barbara Ehrenreich
joined them, moving into a trailer and working as a waitress, hotel maid, and
Wal-Mart sales clerk. "Nickel and Dimed" reveals low-rent
Esquivel, Laura. Swift as Desire
Esquivel's bestselling story of a telegraph operator who is born with the ability to "hear" people's true feelings and respond to their unspoken desires. When a terrible event shatters his marriage, Jbilo loses his power just when he needs it most.
Feinstein, John. Season on the Brink
Feynman, Richard. Surely you’re joking, Mr. Feynman!
Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard P. Feynman recounts his adventures trading ideas on atomic physics with Einstein and Bohr and ideas on gambling with Nick the Greek, painting a naked female toreador, accompanying a ballet on his bongo drums--and much else of an eyebrow-raising and hilarious nature.
Fitzgerald, Penelope. Means of Escape
In her final
book--published posthumously--Fitzgerald presents several very strange pasts,
her narratives ranging from the 17th century to the late 20th century. The
title tale, set in
F. Scott. This Side of
The story of the
privileged, aimless and self-absorbed Amory Blaine and his journey from prep
Flagg, Fanny. Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man
A detailed and hilarious look at life in the South during the fifties, from the bestselling author of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe.
Foley, Mick. Tietam Brown
galvanizing energy and raw, authentic language give extraordinary life to
Foley's debut novel. Antietam (Andy) Brown, after seven years in reform
school, is presumably free to make a new start at
Follett, Ken. Hornet Flight
novel of the early days of World War II. In June, 1941, the war is not going
Forsyth, Fredrick. Day of the Jackal
The Jackal. A
tall, blond Englishman with opaque, gray eyes. A killer at the top of his profession.
A man unknown to any secret service in the world. An assassin with a contract
to kill the world's most heavily guarded man.
Franzen, Jonathan. The Corrections
A comic, tragic
masterpiece of an American family breaking down in an age of easy fixes,
Franzen's third novel brings an old-time
Frey, Darcy. The Last Shot: City Streets, Basketball Dreams
It ought to be just a game, but basketball on the playgrounds of Coney Island is much more than that -- for many young men it represents their only hope of escape from a life of crime, poverty, and despair. In The Last Shot, Darcy Frey chronicles the aspirations of four of the neighborhood"s most promising players. What they have going for them is athletic talent, grace, and years of dedication. But working against them are woefully inadequate schooling, family circumstances that are often desperate, and the slick, brutal world of college athletic recruitment. Incisively and compassionately written, The Last Shot introduces us to unforgettable characters and takes us into their world with an intimacy seldom seen in contemporary journalism. The result is a startling and poignant expose of inner-city life and the big business of college basketball.
Fuller, Alexandra. Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight
Critics applaud this unflinching memoir of
a child growing up during the 1970s Rhodesian Civil War. Keenly and
evocatively written, it is the remarkable story of a family clinging to a
harsh landscape and the dying tenets of colonialism. The daughter of
hardworking, yet strikingly unconventional, English-bred immigrants, white
Alexandra arrives in black
Gladwell, Malcolm. The Tipping Point
A "New Yorker" writer advances the concept of focused marketing by introducing the "tipping point" theory. The strategy capitalizes on the phenomenon of a small group of consumers tipping the scales by buying a product considered "cool, " thereby triggering national buying trends.
Glassner, Barry. The Culture of Fear
Three out of four Americans say they feel more fearful today than they did 20 years ago. "The Culture of Fear" is about the high costs of living in such a fear-ridden environment where realism has become rarer than doors without deadbolts.
Goldstein, Michael. The Struggle for Modern
autobiography of a Tibetan nationalist with a burning desire to reform and
modernize the "old society" presents for the first time a personal
Goss, Pete. Close to the Wind
In an incredible true-life adventure, one man's heroism during a yacht race shines through in the face of overwhelming odds. This is the story of a former Royal Marine who risked his life in hurricane-force winds to rescue a near-dead man on a raft.
Guterson, David. Snow Falling on Cedars
On San Piedro, an island of spectacular beauty, a Japanese-American fisherman stands trial, charged with murder. Ishmael Chambers is among the journalists covering the trial that brings him close, once again, to Hatsue Miyamoto, the wife of the accused and Ishmael's never-forgotten first love. As a heavy snowfall impedes the trial, the whole community is faced with the ambiguities of justice.
Haddon, Mark. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Narrated by a 15-year-old autistic savant obsessed with Sherlock Holmes, this dazzling novel weaves together an old-fashioned mystery, a contemporary coming-of-age story, and a fascinating excursion into a mind incapable of processing emotions.
Hardy, G.H. A Mathematician’s Apology
G. H. Hardy was one of this century's finest mathematical thinkers, renowned among his contemporaries as a 'real mathematician ... the purest of the pure'. He was also, as C. P. Snow recounts in his Foreword, 'unorthodox, eccentric, radical, ready to talk about anything'. This 'apology', written in 1940 as his mathematical powers were declining, offers a brilliant and engaging account of mathematics as very much more than a science; when it was first published, Graham Greene hailed it alongside Henry James's notebooks as 'the best account of what it was like to be a creative artist'. C. P. Snow's Foreword gives sympathetic and witty insights into Hardy's life, with its rich store of anecdotes concerning his collaboration with the brilliant Indian mathematician Ramanujan, his aphorisms and idiosyncrasies, and his passion for cricket. This is a unique account of the fascination of mathematics and of one of its most compelling exponents in modern times.
Heinlein, Robert. Stranger in a Strange Land
One of the
greatest science fiction novels ever published, Stranger in a
Heller, Joseph. Catch-22
A broad comedy
about a bombardier based in
Hemingway, Ernest. The Sun Also Rises
first bestselling novel, set in the cafes of
Herbert, Frank. Dune
Paul Atreides moves with his family to the planet Dune and is forced into exile when his father's government is overthrown.
Hickam, Homer. October Sky
Originally published as "Rocket
Boys", this bestseller--based on a true story--follows a group of boys
in a small
Hoffman, Paul. The Man Who Loved Only Numbers
Based on a National Magazine Award-winning article, this masterful biography of Hungarian-born Paul Erdos is both a vivid portrait of an eccentric genius and a layman's guide to some of this century's most startling mathematical discoveries.
Hornby, Nick. About a Boy
Inventing a son got Will into a single parents support group, but rather than a fabulous new sex life, he found someone else's very real son--a 12-year-old with a lot to teach about being a grown up.
Hoseeini, Khaled. The Kite Runner
Privileged young narrator Amir comes of age
during the last peaceful days of the monarchy in
Hunter, Molly. A Stranger Came Ashore
Twelve-year-old Robbie becomes convinced that the stranger befriended by his family is one of the Selkie Folk and tries to get help against his magical powers from the local wizard.
Huxley, Aldous. Brave New World
Huxley's terrifying vision of a controlled and emotionless future "Utopian" society is truly startling in its prediction of modern scientific and cultural phenomena, including test-tube babies and rampant drug abuse.
“This critically acclaimed novel takes the
reader on a breathtaking journey from the grandeur of
Irving, John. A Prayer for Owen Meany
In the summer of
1953, two 11-year-old boys--best friends--are playing in a Little League
baseball game in
Joyce, James. Dubliners
This work of art reflects life in
Kanigel, Robert. The Man Who Knew Infinity
This is an inspiring tale of a scholarly pursuit that reads like an adventurous thriller. In 1913 a young, unschooled Indian clerk wrote a letter to G.H. Hardy, begging the preeminent English mathematician's opinion on several ideas he had about numbers and setting in motion one of the most productive collaborations ever chronicled.
King, Stephen. The Dead Zone
A supernatural thriller that plunges the reader into the fate awaiting all mankind.
Kinsella, W.P. Shoeless Joe
The soul-stirring novel on which the movie "Field of Dreams" was based, Shoeless Joe was published to critical acclaim and won several prestigious literary awards.
Knowles, John. A Separate Peace
John Knowles' beloved classic has been a bestseller for more than 30 years and is one of the most moving and accurate novels about the trials and confusions of adolescence ever written. Set at an elite boarding school for boys during World War II, A Separate Peace is the story of friendship and treachery, and how a tragic accident involving two young men forever tarnishes their innocence.
Krakauer, Jon. Into Thin Air
From the author of "Into the Wild"
comes the story of the headline-making and worst disaster on
Kurson, Robert. Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II
weekend scuba divers risk everything to solve a great historical mystery
surrounding the wreckage of a World War II German U-boat off the coast of
Lewis, C.S. The Great Divorce
C.S. Lewis employs his formidable talent for fable and allegory, exploring the question of heaven and hell. Using his extraordinary descriptive powers, the theologian introduces readers to supernatural beings who will change the way they think about good and evil.
Lightman, Alan. Einstein’s Dreams
An imaginary re-creation of Einstein's discovery of the nature of time, this novel takes us through the young patent clerk's many dreams depicting compelling conceptions of time.
London, Jack. Call of the Wild
For 100 years, no other book has shown so well
the fragile separation between tame and wild and between man and beast in the
Lowry, Lois. The Giver
Winner of the Newbery Award and named as an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and ALA Notable Book for Children, Lowry's unforgettable tale introduces 12-year-old Jonas, who is singled out by the Community to be trained by The Giver.
Maguire, Gregory. Wicked
Maguire travels back to Frank L. Baum's land of Oz for this absorbing fantasy that delves into the background if the famed Wicked Witch of the West, a misunderstood creature who challenges the preconceived notions of good and evil.
Martel, Yan. Life of Pi
This brilliant fabulist novel combines the delight of Kipling's "Just So Stories" with the metaphysical adventure of "Jonah and the Whale," as Pi, the son of a zookeeper, is marooned aboard a lifeboat with a hyena, a wounded zebra, an orangutan, and a tiger.
McCourt, Frank. Angela’s Ashes
Born in depression-era
McDonell, Nick. Twelve
Sold to 14 publishers around the world and receiving tremendous critical acclaim, "Twelve" was one of the most significant literary debuts of the year. A chilling novel of urban adolescence that is "both an indictment of excess and a cry of teenage loneliness" ("People"), it has appeared on multiple bestseller lists.
Mlodinow, Leonard. Euclid’s Window
Even the numerically challenged will be entranced by this clear and clever chronicle revealing the role of geometry in scientific revolutions and in the advancement of civilization itself.
Moore, Michael. Stupid White Men
Michael Moore, the award-winning provocateur behind "Roger & Me" and the bestseller "Downsize This!," now returns to size up the new century--and that big, ugly special-interest group that's laying waste to the world as we know it: stupid white men.
Morrison, Toni. Beloved
Toni Morrison's magnificent Pulitzer Prize-winning novel--first published in 1987--brings the unimaginable experience of slavery into the literature of today and into the reader's comprehension.
Murakami, Haruki. Norwegian Wood
"Norwegian Wood" is the story of a young Japanese student devoted to a beautiful young woman, but their mutual passions are marred by the tragic death of their best friend.
Myers, Walter Dean. Fallen Angels
The critically acclaimed story of one young man's
tour of duty in
Naipaul, V.S. Half a Life
“Half a Life" finds the veteran Booker and Nobel Prize-winning author Naipaul on familiar territory, blending autobiography and fiction in an exploration of the "half lives" of individuals brought up in the English colonies and educated in metropolitan cities.
O’Brien, Tim. In the
The author of The Things They Carried offers a riveting novel of love and mystery. When long-hidden secrets about the atrocities he committed in Vietnam come to light, a candidate for the U.S. Senate retreats with his wife to a lakeside cabin in northern Minnesota. Within days of their arrival, his wife mysteriously vanishes into the watery wilderness.
O’Connor, Flannery. Everything that Rises Must Converge
Flannery O'Connor was working on Everything That Rises Must Converge at the time of her death. This collection is an exquisite legacy from a genius of the American short story, in which she scrutinizes territory familiar to her readers: race, faith, and morality. The stories encompass the comic and the tragic, the beautiful and the grotesque; each carries her highly individual stamp and could have been written by no one else. – Amazon.com
Orwell, George. Animal Farm
George Orwell's famous satire of the
Paterniti, Michael. Driving Mr. Albert: A
journalist, an 84-year-old pathologist, and Albert Einstein's brain rocket
across the country through the palpable zeitgeist of contemporary
Payne, C.D. Youth in Revolt
The adventures of angst-ridden teen protagonist Nick Twisp--who starts out an honor student and ends up a fugitive--are chronicled in this uproariously funny epic. Here are the journals of this most precocious diarist, whose ongoing struggles to make sense out of high school, deal with his divorced parents, and lose his virginity result in his transformation from unassuming 14-year-old to modern youth in open revolt.
Pirsig, Robert. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
One of the most influential and provocative books of its generation, "Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" continues to attract and inspire readers of all ages with its intriguing blend of ancient and Eastern philosophy, cultural criticism, and scientific inquiry.
Plath, Sylvia. The Bell Jar
This extraordinary work--echoing Plath's own experiences as a rising writer/editor in the early 1950s--chronicles the nervous breakdown of Esther Greenwood: brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, successful, but slowly going under, and maybe for the last time.
Plato. The Republic
Plato employed his theory of Forms not only in metaphysical speculation about the creation of the everyday world in which people live, but also in showing the way human society should be construed.
Powers, Charles. In the Memory of the
haunting, evocative novel explores the impact of a murder on a community, and
the grim tragedy of history and the fate of Jews in
Pressfield, Steven. Gates of Fire
In 480 B.C., two million Persian invaders come to
the mountain pass of Thermopylae in eastern
Pullman, Philip. The Golden Compass
In a world as convincing as Narnia, Earthsea, and Redwall, a half-wild, half-civilized girl named Lyra Belacqua lives a carefree life among the scholars of Jordan College until her life is shattered by the arrival of two powerful visitors.
Quinn, Daniel. Ishmael
Ishmael is the winner of the Turner Tomorrow Award--a prize for fiction that offers solutions to global problems. When a man in search of truth answers an ad in a local newspaper from a teacher looking for serious students, he finds himself alone in an abandoned office with a gorilla named Ishmael.
Ralston, Aron. Between a Rock and a Hard Place
"Icebound" meets "Into Thin Air" in this astonishing, day-by-day account of Ralston's terrible accident, self-amputation, and subsequent rescue and recovery.
Rand, Ayn. The Fountainhead
Howard Roark is an architect whose genius and integrity will not be comprised. He has ideas that work against conventional standards.
Reilly, Rick. The Life of Reilly
In the last 15 years as a senior writer for "Sports Illustrated, " Reilly has covered every aspect of the sporting life, from tennis moms to Lakers-obsessed Jack Nicholson. This collection presents the best of Reilly: unforgettable sporting moments, favorite columns, and unpublished pieces.
Rose, Reginald. Undelivered Mail
The year: 1937. The setting:
Rowell, John. The Music of Your Life
Moving and insightful, these nine related stories present characters caught at the crossroads of painful crisis and defining experience. While life is often harsh in these tales, it is the bold determination with which Rowell's characters persevere that compels and entertains.
Mr. Rowell is the Tickner Writing Fellow in the
Roy, Travis. Eleven Seconds
In this heartfelt testament to the power of love and the strength of the human spirit, Travis Roy, who suffered a devastating injury eleven seconds into his first college hockey game, reveals how he has managed to cope after the accident and, with the help of family and friends, overcome tremendous barriers to begin a new life.
Sachs, Jessica Snyder. Corpse: Nature, Forensics, and the Struggle to Pinpoint Time of Death
How the hot new science of forensic ecology is cracking some of the world's toughest criminal cases. – Amazon.com
Salinger, J.D. Nine Stories
A collection of nine classic Salinger short stories.
College student Jeff Converse, falsely convicted
of a brutal crime, finds himself beneath the streets of
Schlosser, Eric. Fast Food Nation
To a degree both engrossing and alarming, the
story of fast food is the story of postwar
Scott Card, Orson. Ender’s Shadow
Welcome to Battleschool. Growing up is never
easy. But try living on the mean streets as a child begging for food and
fighting like a dog with ruthless gangs of starving kids who wouldn't
hesitate to pound your skull into pulp for a scrap of apple. If Bean has
learned anything on the streets, it's how to survive. And not with fists. He
is way too small for that. But with brains.
Sebald, W.G. Austerlitz
In this story of an orphan's quest for his
heritage after World War II, Sebald embodies in
Sebold, Alice. The Lovely Bones
From the author of the stunning memoir, "Lucky, " comes a fiction debut narrated from heaven. Starting with the first chapter, 14-year-old Susie Salmon recounts her rape and murder and watches her family as they cope with their grief.
Sedaris, David. Me Talk Pretty One Day
by the New Yorker to Twain and
Hawthorne, David Sedaris has become one of the best-loved humorists of our
time, writing with perfect pitch about the ludicrousness of our age. His new
collection features his strongest work yet. His recent move to
Simon, David. The Corner
From the prize-winning author of
"Homicide" and a former police detective comes the searing true
story of one of
Simpson, Joe. Touching the Void
While climbing in the Peruvian Andes, Joe Simpson and Simon Yates came face to face with disaster. Simpson fell and broke his leg and then was lost. As his partner Yates was starting to break camp four days later, Simpson crawled in through a blizzard. How both men overcame those four harrowing days is an epic chronicle of fear and friendship.
Singh, Simon. The Code Book
It's known as the science of secrecy: cryptography, the encoding and decoding of private information. Singh follows the evolution of secret writing with a clarity that lets the reader enjoy the captivating story while easily absorbing the details of cryptography.
Slater, Kelly. Pipe Dreams
Six-time world surfing champion, actor, and American heartthrob Kelly Slater tells his inspiring story of triumph over adversity.
Smith, Zadie. White Teeth
center of this invigorating and hilarious novel are two unlikely friends,
Archie Jones and Samad Iqbal, hapless veterans of World War II. Set against
Steinbeck, John. Travels with Charley
With his dog Charley, John Steinbeck set out in
his truck to explore and experience
Suskind, Ron. A Hope in the Unseen
As an honor student walking the gauntlet of
sneers and threats at his crime-infested high school in
Swift, Jonathan. Gulliver’s Travels
Swift writes, "I felt something alive moving on my left leg, which advancing gently forward over my breast, came almost up to my chin; I perceived it to be a human creature not six inches high, with a bow and arrow in his hands, and a quiver at his back." Thus we center new worlds in which the very small and the very large both conclude that our hero, Captain Lemuel Gulliver, is a complete moron. Swift's outrageous comedy keeps us superbly entertained while he satirizes civilization.
Thompson, Hunter S. Fear and Loathing in
“Fear and Loathing in
Tolkein, J.R.R. The Hobbit
"In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit", begins J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy classic, introducing readers to the world of Middle-earth, an enchanting land of elves, goblins, trolls and an endearing race of little people called hobbits. From his comfortable hobbit hole, Bilbo Baggins embarks on a great adventure with 13 dwarves and a powerful wizard. It is a journey that takes Bilbo over snowy mountains and through darks forests. Before he can return home again, Bilbo will face down a dragon and fight epic battles. And he will come into possession of a very magical ring ...
Toole, John Kennedy. A Confederacy of Dunces
A spectacular, Pultizer Prize-winning novel by a
master of comedy, beloved by readers and critics alike. The place is the
French Quarter, the characters, denizens of
Sun-Tzu. The Art of War
Sun Tzu's incisive blueprint for battlefield
strategy is as relevant to today's combatants in business, politics, and
everyday life as it once was to the warlords of ancient
Unger, Zac. Working Fire
This remarkable memoir, by turns funny and deeply moving, explores one man's coming into his calling and his transformation from ambivalent Ivy League grad to skilled and dedicated firefighter.
Verne, Jules. Journey to the Center of the Earth
An adventurous geology professor mounts an expedition that descends into a subterranean world of luminous rocks, antediluvian forests, and fantastic marine life--a living past that holds the secrets to the origins of human existence. In addition to the excitement of an action novel, Jules Verne's 19th-century classic has the added appeal of a psychological quest, in which the journey is as significant as the destination.
Wallace, David Foster. The Girl With Curious Hair
This collection could possibly represent the first flowering of post-postmoderism: visions of the world that re-imagine reality as more realistic than we can imagine. A compelling presence of a holograph and the up-to-the-second feeling of the most advanced art.
Weiner, Jonathan. The Beak of the Finch
On a remote outpost of the Galapagos, where Darwin received his first inklings of the theory of evolution, two scientists, Peter and Rosemary Grant, have spent 20 years measuring the beaks of generations of finches--to prove that Darwin did not know the strength of this own theory. "Spark(s) not just the intellect, but the imagination".--Washington Post Book World.
Whitney, Craig. All the Stops
A distinguished "New York Times" editor
explores the history of the pipe organ in
Whyte, Jack. The Skystone
The first book in the Chronicles of Camulod series that retells Arthurian legends as they actually may have happened.
Wilde, Oscar. The Importance of Being Earnest
Wilde's witty and buoyant comedy of manners, filled with some of literature's most famous epigrams.
Will, George. Men at Work
Published to the accolades of critics and
sportswriters and the raves of thousands of readers everywhere, this
phenomenal coast-to-coast bestseller is an incisive, intelligent and always
fascinating analysis of
Wodehouse, P.G. Code of the Woosters
P.G.Wodehouse's best-loved creation by far is the master-servant team of Bertie Wooster, the likable nitwit, and Jeeves, his effortlessly superior valet and protector. This unlikely duo is as famous as Holmes and Watson, Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, and Tracy and Hepburn, but they have their own very special inimitable charm. According to Walter Clemons, Newsweek, "They are at their best in The Code of the Woosters," in which Bertie is rescued from his bumbling escapades time and time again by that gentleman's gentleman: Jeeves.
Wolfe, Tom. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test
Wolfe takes a walk on the wild side with Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters and writes about the 60s hippie culture.
Ramsay family and their friends spend the summer at their holiday home in
Yates, Richard. A
a New England boarding school on the cusp of
Yourcenar, Marguerite. Memoirs of Hadrian
Written in the form of a testamentary letter from the Emperor Hadrian to his successor, the youthful Marcus Aurelius, this work is as extraordinary for its psychological depth as for its accurate reconstruction of the second century of our era. The author describes the book as a meditation upon history, but this meditation is built upon intensive study of the personal and political life of a great and complex character as seen by himself and his contemporaries, both friends and enemies. Marguerite Yourcenar reconstructs Hadrian's arduous early years, his triumphs and reversals, and his gradual reordering of a war-torn world.