Friday, August 21, 2009

Book Discussion Kit Titles: Fiction A - L

22 Britannia Road by Amanda Hodgkinson.
Silvana and Aurek spent the war hiding in the forests of Poland. Wild, almost feral Aurek doesn't know how to tie his own shoes or sleep in a bed. Janusz has become an Englishman and is determined to forget Poland, forget his own ghosts, and to begin a new life as the head of a proper English family. But for Silvana, who cannot escape the painful memory of a shattering wartime act, forgetting is not a possibility.
Host Library: Blaisdell Memorial Library.

The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker.
On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, Julia and her family awake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. The days and nights grow longer and longer, gravity is affected, and the environment, as well as Julia's life, are thrown into disarray.
Host Library: Tracy Memorial Library, New London.

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
A young woman from Nigeria leaves behind her home and her first love to start a new life in America, only to find her dreams are not all she expected.
Host Library: Keene Public Library.

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini.
"You want a story and I will tell you one," the novel begins. Three interwoven stories span 60 years, with characters in Afghanistan, France, Greece, and the U.S. The stories reveal betrayal, cruelty, family ties, secrets, forgiveness, and love.
Sponsor: Chesley M. L. Evening Book Group in Memory of Susan Holden.
Host Library: Chesley Memorial Library, Northwood.

The Art Forger by B. A. Shapiro.
Almost twenty-five years after the infamous art heist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum one of the stolen Degas paintings is delivered to the Boston studio of a young artist. Claire Roth has entered into a Faustian bargain with a powerful gallery owner by agreeing to forge the Degas in exchange for a one-woman show in his renowned gallery.
Sponsor: Windham Woman's Club.
Host Library: Nesmith Library.

The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach.
At Westish College, a small school on the shore of Lake Michigan, baseball star Henry Skrimshander seems destined for big-league stardom. But when a routine throw goes disastrously off course, the fates of five people are upended.
Sponsor: New Hampshire Library Association.
Host Library: Effingham Public Library.

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein.
Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively, and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver. Through Denny, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition, and he sees that life, like racing, isn't simply about going fast. Using the techniques needed on the race track, one can successfully navigate all of life's ordeals.
Host Library: Portsmouth Public Library.

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Sijie Dai.
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress tells the story of two hapless city boys exiled to a remote mountain village for re-education during China’s infamous Cultural Revolution. There the two friends meet the daughter of the local tailor and discover a hidden stash of Western classics in Chinese translation. As they flirt with the seamstress and secretly devour these banned works, the two friends find transit from their grim surroundings to worlds they never imagined.
Host Library: Philip Read Memorial Library, Plainfield.

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter.
On a rocky patch of Italian coastline, circa 1962, a daydreaming young innkeeper looks out over the water and spies a mysterious woman approaching him on a boat.
Sponsor: Friends of the Holderness Library.
Host Library: Holderness Library.

Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson.
An amnesiac who, following a mysterious accident, cannot remember her past or form new memories, desperately tries to uncover the truth about who she is—-and whom she can trust.
Sponsor: New Hampshire Library Association.
Host Library: Baker Free Library, Bow.

Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue.
Jende Jonga, a Cameroonian immigrant living in Harlem, lands a job as a chauffeur for Clark Edwards, a senior executive at Lehman Brothers. Their situation only improves when Jende's wife Neni is hired as household help. But in the course of their work, Jende and Neni begin to witness infidelities, skirmishes, and family secrets. Then, with the 2008 collapse of Lehman Brothers, a tragedy changes their lives forever.
Host Library: Campton Public Library.

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett.
Somewhere in South America, at the home of the country's vice president, a lavish birthday party is being held in honor of Mr. Hosokawa, a powerful Japanese businessman. Roxanne Coss, opera's most revered soprano, has mesmerized the international guests with her singing. It is a perfect evening -- until a band of gun-wielding terrorists breaks in through the air-conditioning vents and takes the entire party hostage. But what begins as a panicked, life-threatening scenario slowly evolves into something quite different, as terrorists and hostages forge unexpected bonds and people from different countries and continents become compatriots.
Host Library: Plaistow Public Library.

The Book of Getting Even by Benjamin Taylor.
Son of a rabbi, budding astronomer Gabriel Geismar is on his way from youth to manhood in the 1970s when he falls in love with the esteemed and beguiling Hundert family, different in every way from his own. Over the course of a decade-long drama unfolding in New Orleans, Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, and the Wisconsin countryside, Gabriel enters more and more passionately and intimately into the world of his elective clan, discovering at the inmost center that he alone must bear the full weight of their tragedies, past and present.
Sponsor: Steerforth Press, Hanover, NH.
Host Library: Nesmith Library, Windham.

The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant.
Addie Baum is born in 1900 to immigrant parents who were unprepared for and suspicious of America and its effect on their three daughters. Growing up in the North End, a teeming multicultural neighborhood, Addie's intelligence and curiosity take her to a world her parents can't imagine.
Sponsor: Woman's Service Club of Windham.
Host Library: Nesmith Library, Windham.

Breakfast with Buddha by Roland Merullo.
When his sister tricks him into taking her guru on a trip to their childhood home, Otto Ringling, a confirmed skeptic, is not amused. Six days on the road with an enigmatic holy man who answers every question with a riddle is not what he'd planned. But in an effort to westernize his passenger—and amuse himself—he decides to show the monk some "American fun" along the way.
Host Library: Thornton Public Library.

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz.
Oscar is a sweet but disastrously overweight ghetto nerd who—from the New Jersey home he shares with his old world mother and rebellious sister—dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien and, most of all, finding love. But Oscar may never get what he wants. Blame the fukú—a curse that has haunted Oscar’s family for generations, following them on their epic journey from Santo Domingo to the USA. Encapsulating Dominican-American history, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao opens our eyes to an astonishing vision of the contemporary American experience and explores the endless human capacity to persevere—and risk it all—in the name of love.
Sponsor: The Friends of the Lee Public Library.
Host Library: Lee Public Library.

Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka.
The story of a group of young women brought over from Japan to San Francisco as "picture brides" nearly a century ago. The novel traces their extraordinary lives, from their arduous journey by boat; to their arrival in San Francisco and their tremulous first nights as new wives; to their backbreaking work; to their struggles to master a new language and a new culture; to their experiences raising children who will ultimately reject their heritage and their history; to the arrival of war.
Sponsor: Olive's Friends.
Host Library: Olive G. Pettis Memorial Library.

The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout.
When their nephew, Zach, is accused of prank that turns into a racially-charged issue, Jim and Bob Burgess, both lawyers, leave New York to return to Maine. Back at home, they are confronted with the issues of their shared past.
Host Library: Hopkinton Town Library.

Burning Marguerite by Elizabeth Inness-Brown.
Waking to the chill of a snow-cloaked morning, carpenter James Jack Wright finds ninety-four-year-old Marguerite Deo lying dead in the woods outside his cabin. As he confronts the mystery of her death--why would Marguerite, his "Tante" since his infancy, walk out into the cold winter night?--an unexpected tale unfolds, moving from the present back to James Jack's childhood, to New Orleans during the Depression and World War II, and finally to a windswept New England island at the turn of the century.
Host Library: Somersworth Public Library.

Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks.
Bethia Mayfield is a restless and curious young woman growing up in Martha's vineyard in the 1660s amid a small band of pioneering English Puritans. At age twelve, she meets Caleb, the young son of a chieftain, and the two forge a secret bond that draws each into the alien world of the other. Bethia's father is a Calvinist minister who seeks to convert the native Wampanoag, and Caleb becomes a prize in the contest between old ways and new, eventually becoming the first Native American graduate of Harvard College.
Host Library: Hooksett Public Library.

The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty.
Only a few years before becoming a famous silent-film star and an icon of her generation, a fifteen-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita, Kansas, to study with the prestigious Denishawn School of Dancing in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone, who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle, a complicated, but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip, has no idea what she’s in for.
Sponsor: Friends of Cook Memorial Library
Host Library: Cook Memorial Library, Tamworth.

Circling the Sun by Paula McLain.
Brought to Kenya from England as a child and then abandoned by her mother, Beryl is raised by both her father and the native Kipsigis tribe who share his estate. Her unconventional upbringing transforms Beryl into a bold young woman with a fierce love of all things wild and an inherent understanding of nature's delicate balance. When everything Beryl knows and trusts dissolves, she is catapulted into a string of disastrous relationships.
Host Library: Hall Memorial Library, Tilton/Northfield.

City of Women by David R. Gillham.
On the surface, Sigrid Schröder is the model German soldier’s wife, but behind this façade is an entirely different Sigrid, a woman of passion who dreams of her former Jewish lover, now lost in the chaos of the second world war.
Host Library: Newmarket Public Library.

Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland.
Clara Driscoll, head of Louis Comfort Tiffany's New York studio's women’s division, conceives of and designs nearly all of the iconic leaded-glass lamps for which Tiffany will long be remembered. Never publicly acknowledged, Clara struggles with her desire for artistic recognition and the seemingly insurmountable challenges that she faces as a professional woman. She also yearns for love and companionship, and is devoted in different ways to five men, including Tiffany, who enforces a strict policy: He does not employ married women.
Sponsor: Hillstown Co-op.
Host Library: Weare Public Library.

Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands by Chris Bohjalian.
Emily Shepard is a homeless teen living in an igloo made of ice and trash bags filled with frozen leaves. Half a year earlier, a nuclear plant in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom had experienced a cataclysmic meltdown, and both of Emily's parents were killed. Devastatingly, her father was in charge of the plant, and the meltdown may have been his fault.
Host Library: Dover Public Library.

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire.
From Gregory Maguire, the acclaimed author of Wicked, comes his much-anticipated second novel, a brilliant and provocative retelling of the timeless Cinderella tale.

Far more than a mere fairy-tale, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister is a novel of beauty and betrayal, illusion and understanding, reminding us that deception can be unearthed--and love unveiled--in the most unexpected of places.
Sponsor: Friends of the Dunbar Free Library.
Host Library: Dunbar Free Library, Grantham.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon.
Christopher Boone is a fifteen and has Asperger's, a form of autism. He knows a great deal about math and very little about human beings. When he finds his neighbor's dog murdered he sets out on a terrifying journey which will turn his world upside down.
Host Library: Bedford Public Library.

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese.
When the past catches up to him—nearly destroying him—Marion Stone must entrust his life to the two men he thought he trusted least in the world: the surgeon father who abandoned him and his twin brother, Shiva, who betrayed him.
Sponsor: Friends of the Minot-Sleeper Library
Host Library: Minot-Sleeper Library, Bristol.

The Distant Hours by Kate Morton.
A long lost letter arrives in the post and Edie Burchill finds herself on a journey to Milderhurst Castle, a great but moldering old house, where the Blythe spinsters live and where her mother was billeted 50 years before as a 13 year old child during WW II.

Inside the decaying castle, Edie begins to unravel her mother’s past. But there are other secrets hidden in the stones of Milderhurst, and Edie is about to learn more than she expected.
Host Library: Lebanon Public Library.

The Dogs of Babel by Carolyn Parkhurst.
When his wife dies in a fall from a tree in their backyard, linguist Paul Iverson is wild with despair. In the days that follow, Paul becomes certain that Lexy's death was no accident. Strange clues have been left behind: unique, personal messages that only she could have left and that he is determined to decipher. So begins Paul's fantastic and even perilous search for the truth, as he abandons his everyday life to embark on a series of experiments designed to teach his dog Lorelei to communicate.
Host Library: North Hampton Public Library.

The Dry Grass of August by Anna Mayhew.
On a scorching day in August 1954, thirteen-year-old Jubie Watts leaves Charlotte, North Carolina, with her family for a Florida vacation. Crammed into the Packard along with Jubie are her three siblings, her mother, and the family's black maid, Mary Luther. She could never have predicted the shocking turn their trip will take.
Host Library: Shedd Free Library, Washington.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman.
Eleanor Oliphant struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. That, combined with her unusual appearance, means that Eleanor has become a creature of habit and a bit of a loner. Everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling IT guy from her office. Raymond's big heart will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.
Sponsor: Woman's Service Club of Windham.
Host Library: Nesmith Library, Windham.

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery.
Life, art, literature, philosophy, culture, class, privilege, and power, seen through the eyes of a 54-year old French concierge and a precocious but troubled 12-year-old girl.
Host Library: Kelley Library, Salem.

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card.
The Earth is under attack and the survival of the human species depends on a military genius who can defeat the alien "buggers." Recruited for military training, Andrew "Ender" Wiggin’s childhood ends the moment he enters his new home: Battle School.
Host Library: Rodgers Memorial Library, Hudson.

Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper.
At 83 years of age, Etta has never seen the ocean. Early one morning she begins walking the 3,232 kilometers from rural Saskatchewan, Canada eastward to the sea. As Etta walks the lines among memory, illusion, and reality blur. Otto wakes to find a note and his memories come crowding in. Their neighbor, Russell, who has spent his whole life trying to keep up with Otto and loving Etta from afar, sets out to find Etta.
Sponsor: Donated by Anonymous in honor of the Woman's Service Club of Windham.
Host Library: Nesmith Library, Windham.

Euphoria by Lily King.
Anthropologist Andrew Bankson has been alone in the field studying the Kiona tribe of Papua New Guinea. Haunted by the memory of his brother’s public suicide, and increasingly infuriated with and isolated by his research, Bankson is on the verge of killing himself when a chance meeting with colleagues, the controversial and consummate Nell Stone and her wry Australian husband Fen, pulls him back from the brink.
Host Library: Amherst Town Library.

Everyone Brave Is Forgiven by Chris Cleave.
The day war is declared, Mary North leaves finishing school unfinished, goes straight to the War Office, and signs up hoping to become a spy. Set in London during the years of 1939–1942, when citizens had slim hope of survival, much less victory; and on the strategic island of Malta, which was daily devastated by the Axis barrage, Everyone Brave Is Forgiven features little-known history and a perfect wartime love story inspired by the real-life love letters between Chris Cleave’s grandparents.
Host Library: Cook Memorial Library.

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid.
When their country is torn apart by civil war, two young people, Nadia and Saeed, forced by circumstance, make the decision to leave their homeland. They chase down rumors of a door that can lead them out of their ravaged country...
Host Library: Manchester city Library.

Eye Contact by Cammie McGovern.
Two children vanish in the woods behind their elementary school. Hours later, nine-year-old Adam is found alive, the sole witness to his playmate's murder. But because Adam has autism, he is a silent witness. Only his mother, Cara, can help decode his behavior for the police. As the suspense ratchets, Eye Contact becomes a heart-stopping exploration of the bond between a mother and a very special child.
Host Library: Franklin Public Library.

Faithful Place by Tana French.
Rosie Daly and Frank Mackey were ready to run away to London together, but Rosie never showed up. Twenty-two years later, the suitcase belonging to Rosie is found behind a fireplace in a run-down house on Faithful Place. Frank Mackey, now a detective, returns to Faithful Place only to become entangled once again...
Sponsor: Friends of the Canaan Town Library.
Host Library: Canaan Town Library.

Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver.
Dellarobia Turnbow walks into something on the mountainside she cannot explain or understand: a forested valley filled with silent red fire that appears to her to be a miracle. After years lived entirely in the confines of one small house, Dellarobia finds her path suddenly opening out, into blunt and confrontational engagement with her family, her church, her town, her continent, and finally the world at large.
Host Library: Abbott Library, Sunapee.

Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen.
The Waverleys have always been a curious family, endowed with peculiar gifts that make them outsiders even in their hometown of Bascom, North Carolina. Even their garden has a reputation, famous for its feisty apple tree that bears prophetic fruit, and its edible flowers, imbued with special powers. Generations of Waverleys tended this garden. Their history was in the soil. But so were their futures.
Sponsor: Exeter Area GFWC.
Host Library: Exeter Public Library.

The Ginger Tree by Oswald Wynd.
In 1903, a young Scotswoman named Mary Mackenzie sets sail for China to marry her betrothed, a military attache in Peking. But soon after her arrival, Mary falls into an adulterous affair with a young Japanese nobleman, scandalizing the British community. Casting her out of the European community, her compatriots tear her away from her small daughter. A woman abandoned and alone, Mary learns to survive over forty tumultuous years in Asia, including two world wars and the cataclysmic Tokyo earthquake of 1923.
Sponsor: Merri-Hill-Rock Co-op.
Host Library: Sandown Public Library.

Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart.
Living in virtual isolation years after the revelation of a painful family secret, Constance Kopp is terrorized by a belligerent silk factory owner and fights back in ways outside the norm for early twentieth-century women.
Sponsor: Woman's Service Club of Windham.
Host Library: Nesmith Library, Windham.

Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson.
Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist, and Lisbeth Salander, a twenty-four-year-old pierced and tattooed genius hacker, form an unlikely team that discovers a vein of nearly unfathomable iniquity running through one of Sweden's wealthiest families, astonishing corruption in the highest echelons of Swedish industrialism, and, an unexpected connection between themselves.
Host Library: Hooksett Public Library.

The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes.
Unwillingly rendered an object of obsession by the Kommandant occupying her small French town in World War I, Sophie risks everything to reunite with her husband a century before a widowed Liv tests her resolve to claim ownership of Sophie's portrait.
Host Library: Dunbar Free Library, Grantham.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.
January 1946: writer Juliet Ashton receives a letter from a stranger, a founding member of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. And so begins a remarkable tale of the island of Guernsey during the German occupation, and of a society as extraordinary as its name.
Host Library: Wilmot Public Library.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett.
Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. Aibileen is a black maid, raising her seventeenth white child. Minny, Aibileen's best friend, is perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. These women come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk.
Sponsor: Manchester City Library Foundation.
Host Library: Manchester City Library.

The Homecoming of Samuel Lake by Jenny Wingfield.
Every first Sunday in June, members of the Moses clan gather for an annual reunion at a sprawling hundred-acre farm in Arkansas. And every year, Samuel Lake, a vibrant and committed young preacher, brings his beloved wife, Willadee Moses, and their three children back for the festivities. In the midst of it all, Samuel and Willadee’s outspoken eleven-year-old daughter, Swan, is a bright light. Her high spirits and fearlessness have alternately seduced and bedeviled three generations of the family. But just as the reunion is getting under way, tragedy strikes, jolting the family to their core and setting the stage for a summer of crisis and profound change.
Host Library: Epsom Public Library.

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi.
Two half-sisters, Effia and Esi, are born into different villages in eighteenth-century Ghana. Effia is married off to an Englishman and lives in comfort in the palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle. Unbeknownst to Effia, her sister, Esi, is imprisoned beneath her in the castle's dungeons, sold with thousands of others into the Gold Coast's booming slave trade, and shipped off to America, where her children and grandchildren will be raised in slavery.
Host Library: Rochester Public Library.

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford.
Henry Lee comes upon a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle’s Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has made an incredible discovery: the belongings of Japanese families,left when they were rounded up and sent to internment camps during World War II. As Henry looks on, the owner opens a Japanese parasol.
Host Library: Bethlehem Public Library.

The House Girl by Tara Conklin.
Lina Sparrow is an ambitious young lawyer working on a historic class-action suit seeking reparations for the descendants of American slaves. Josephine is a seventeen-year-old house slave who tends to the mistress of a Virginia tobacco farm—an aspiring artist named Lu Anne Bell. The House Girl alternates between antebellum Virginia and modern-day New York and makes some surprising connections.
Host Library: Chesley Memorial Library, Northwood.

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware.
When a friend she hasn't seen or spoken to in years unexpectedly invites Nora to a weekend away in an eerie glass house deep in the English countryside, she reluctantly agrees to make the trip. Forty-eight hours later, she wakes up in a hospital bed injured but alive, with the knowledge that someone is dead.
Host Library: Hooksett Public Library.

In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume.
Miri Ammerman is fifteen-years old when a series of airplanes fall from the sky devastating her town, Elizabeth, New Jersey.
Host Library: Keene Public Library.

In the Woods by Tana French.
As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children gripping a tree trunk in terror, wearing blood-filled sneakers, and unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.
Host Library: Portsmouth Public Library.

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd.
The story follows Hetty "Handful" Grimke, a Charleston slave, and Sarah, the daughter of the wealthy Grimke family. The novel begins on Sarah's eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership over Handful, who is to be her handmaid.
Sponsor: Friends of the Richards Free Library
Host Library: Richards Free Library, Newport.

Lake People by Abi Maxwell.
As an infant, Alice Thorton is found abandoned in a canoe. Adopted by a young childless couple, she is raised with no knowledge of her family’s history, especially that of her strong female forebears who hold a special place in the history of their small town of Kettleborough, New Hampshire. Alice grows up aching for an acceptance and feels a mysterious pull to Kettleborough’s lake and the island at its center.
Host Library: Gilford Public Library.

A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash.
For a curious boy like Jess Hall, growing up in Marshall means trouble when your mother catches you spying on grown-ups. Adventurous and precocious, Jess is enormously protective of his older brother, Christopher, a mute whom everyone calls Stump. Though their mother has warned them not to snoop, Stump can't help sneaking a look at something he's not supposed to...
Sponsor: Windham Woman's Club.
Host Library: Nesmith Library.

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh.
After a childhood spent in the foster-care system, Victoria Jones is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings. A local florist discovers Victoria's talents with flowers and offers her a job. A mysterious vendor at the flower market has Victoria questioning what’s been missing in her life, and when she’s forced to confront a painful secret from her past, she must decide whether it’s worth risking everything for a chance at happiness.
Sponsor: Friends of the Bath Public Library.
Host Library: Bath Public Library.

Last Days of Summer by Steve Kluger.
Last Days of Summer is the story of Joey Margolis, neighborhood punching bag, growing up goofy and mostly fatherless in Brooklyn in the early 1940s. A boy looking for a hero, Joey decides to latch on to Charlie Banks, the all-star third baseman for the New York Giants. But Joey's chosen champion doesn't exactly welcome the extreme attention of a persistent young fan with an overactive imagination. Then again, this strange, needy kid might be exactly what Banks needs.
Host Library: Kelley Library, Salem.

The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier.
Forced to leave England and struggling with illness in the wake of a family tragedy, Quaker Honor Bright is forced to rely on strangers in the harsh landscape of 1850 Ohio and is compelled to join the Underground Railroad network to help runaway slaves escape to freedom.
Host Library: Rodgers Memorial Library, Hudson.

The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta.
What if your life was upended in an instant? What if your spouse or your child disappeared right in front of your eyes? Was it the Rapture or something even more difficult to explain? How would you rebuild your life in the wake of such a devastating event? These are the questions confronting the bewildered citizens of Mapleton, a formerly comfortable suburban community that lost over a hundred people in the Sudden Departure.
Sponsor: New Hampshire Library Association.
Host Library: Boscawen Public Library.

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson.
On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in a variety of ways, while the young century marches on towards its second cataclysmic world war.
Host Library: Laconia Public Library.

The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman.
After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock. To this isolated island, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, Isabel hears a babys cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.
Host Library: Tucker Free Library, Henniker.

Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley.
Teddy is unhappily single in L.A. In between sessions with his therapist and dates with men he meets online, Teddy has debates with his dachsund, Lily, who occupies his heart. Unfortunately, he is also able to communicate with the "octupus" attached to Lily's head, which is soon revealed to be a metaphor for Lily's lethal cranial tumor.
Host Library: Langdon Library, Newington.

Little Bee by Chris Cleave.
Little Bee, a young Nigerian refugee, has just been released from the British immigration detention center where she has been held under horrific conditions for the past two years, after narrowly escaping a traumatic fate in her homeland of Nigeria. Alone in a foreign country, without a family member, friend, or pound to call her own, she seeks out the only English person she knows. Sarah is a posh young mother and magazine editor with whom Little Bee shares a dark and tumultuous past.
Host Library: Baker Free Library, Bow.

Loving Frank by Nancy Horan.
In 1903, Mamah and her husband, Edwin Cheney, had commissioned the renowned architect to design a new home for them. During the construction of the house, a powerful attraction developed between Mamah and Frank, and in time the lovers, each married with children, embarked on a course that would shock Chicago society and forever change their lives.
Host Library: Keene Public Library.

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