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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/record=b1322771~S9 '''Black Water Rising'''] by Attica Locke
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*[https://aries.jmrl.org/record=b1359783~S9 '''All Quiet on the Western Front'''] by Erich Maria Remarque
:Fiction, 2009
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:Paul Bäumer is just 19 years old when he and his classmates enlist. They are Germany's Iron Youth who enter the war with high ideals and leave it disillusioned or dead. Paul watches his Second Company --150 men strong-- reduced in a single battle to 32 weary survivors.
  
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*[https://aries.jmrl.org/record=b1359754~S9 '''All the Light We Cannot See'''] by Anthony Doerr
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:Marie-Laure has been blind since the age of six. Her father builds a perfect miniature of their Paris neighbourhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. But when the Nazis invade, father and daughter flee with a dangerous secret. Werner is a German orphan, destined to labour in the same mine that claimed his father's life, until he discovers a knack for engineering. His talent wins him a place at a brutal military academy, but his way out of obscurity is built on suffering. At the same time, far away in a walled city by the sea, an old man discovers new worlds without ever setting foot outside his home. But all around him, impending danger closes in.
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*[https://aries.jmrl.org/record=b1359786~S9 '''Behind the Beautiful Forevers'''] by Katherine Boo
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:The dramatic and sometimes heartbreaking story of families striving toward a better life in one of the twenty-first century's great, unequal cities.
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/record=b1322771~S9 '''Black Water Rising'''] by Attica Locke
 
:When African-American lawyer Jay Porter jumps into the bayou to save a drowning white woman in Houston, Texas, in 1981, he finds his practice and life in danger when he becomes embroiled in a murder investigation involving Houston's elite.
 
:When African-American lawyer Jay Porter jumps into the bayou to save a drowning white woman in Houston, Texas, in 1981, he finds his practice and life in danger when he becomes embroiled in a murder investigation involving Houston's elite.
  
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/record=b1322772~S9 '''Brick Lane'''] by Monica Ali
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/record=b1322772~S9 '''Brick Lane'''] by Monica Ali
 
:Fiction, 2003
 
 
:A young Bangladeshi woman struggling with a loveless, arranged marriage to a middle-aged man in London finds herself drawn to her hotheaded neighbor.  
 
:A young Bangladeshi woman struggling with a loveless, arranged marriage to a middle-aged man in London finds herself drawn to her hotheaded neighbor.  
  
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/record=b1359755~S9 '''Dreaming in Cuba'''] by Cristina Garcia
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/record=b1359755~S9 '''Dreaming in Cuba'''] by Cristina Garcia
:Fiction, 2017
 
 
:This is the poignant, bittersweet story of a family experiencing a country’s revolution and the revelations that follow.
 
:This is the poignant, bittersweet story of a family experiencing a country’s revolution and the revelations that follow.
  
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/record=b1331456~S9 '''Evidence of Things Unseen'''] by Marianne Wiggins
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/record=b1331456~S9 '''Evidence of Things Unseen'''] by Marianne Wiggins
 
:Fiction, 2003
 
 
 
:Falling in love during the Second World War, a soldier and a glassblower's daughter eventually have a son, who in adulthood finds his own love affair affected by fallout of the atomic age.
 
:Falling in love during the Second World War, a soldier and a glassblower's daughter eventually have a son, who in adulthood finds his own love affair affected by fallout of the atomic age.
  
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/record=b1338544~S9 '''The Guns of August'''] by Barbara Tuchman
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*[https://aries.jmrl.org/record=b1371830~S9 '''Fates and Furies'''] by Lauren Groff
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:Every story has two sides. Every relationship has two perspectives. And sometimes, it turns out, the key to a great marriage is not its truths but its secrets.
  
:Nonfiction, 1962
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/record=b1338544~S9 '''The Guns of August'''] by Barbara Tuchman
 
:Tuchman re-creates the first month of World War I: thirty days in the summer of 1914 that determined the course of the conflict, the century, and ultimately our present world.  
 
:Tuchman re-creates the first month of World War I: thirty days in the summer of 1914 that determined the course of the conflict, the century, and ultimately our present world.  
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/record=b1335133~S9 '''The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter'''] by Carson McCullers
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/record=b1335133~S9 '''The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter'''] by Carson McCullers
:Fiction, 1940
 
 
:A quiet, sensitive girl searches for beauty in a small, but damned Southern town.
 
:A quiet, sensitive girl searches for beauty in a small, but damned Southern town.
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/record=b1344403~S9 '''The Hiding Place'''] by Corrie Ten Boom
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/record=b1344403~S9 '''The Hiding Place'''] by Corrie Ten Boom
:Nonfiction, 1985
 
 
:Corrie ten Boom's account of her amazing family's experiences during the German occupation of Holland reveals her indomitable Christian faith.
 
:Corrie ten Boom's account of her amazing family's experiences during the German occupation of Holland reveals her indomitable Christian faith.
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/record=b1324652~S9 '''House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East'''] by Anthony Shadid
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/record=b1324652~S9 '''House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East'''] by Anthony Shadid
:Nonfiction, 2012
 
 
:A journalist traces the story of his family's effort to rebuild an ancestral home in Lebanon amid political strife and how the work enabled a greater understanding of the emotions behind Middle East turbulence.
 
:A journalist traces the story of his family's effort to rebuild an ancestral home in Lebanon amid political strife and how the work enabled a greater understanding of the emotions behind Middle East turbulence.
  
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/record=b1345758~S9 '''In the Country of Men'''] by Hisham Matar
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/record=b1345758~S9 '''In the Country of Men'''] by Hisham Matar
:Fiction, 2006
 
 
:On a hot day in Tripoli in the summer of 1979, nine-year-old Suleiman spots his father, supposedly away on business, across from the market square and wearing dark glasses, the first portent of grave danger in a previously unsuspected world.
 
:On a hot day in Tripoli in the summer of 1979, nine-year-old Suleiman spots his father, supposedly away on business, across from the market square and wearing dark glasses, the first portent of grave danger in a previously unsuspected world.
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*[https://aries.jmrl.org/record=b1359752~S9 '''The Joy Luck Club'''] by Amy Tan
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:In 1949, four Chinese women--drawn together by the shadow of their past--begin meeting in San Francisco to play mah jong, invest in stocks and "say" stories. They call their gathering the Joy Luck Club--and forge a relationship that binds them for more than three decades.
  
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/record=b1345758~S9 '''The Life of Pi'''] by Yann Martel
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/record=b1345758~S9 '''The Life of Pi'''] by Yann Martel
:Fiction, 2012
 
 
:After the sinking of a cargo ship, a solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the wild blue Pacific. The only survivors from the wreck are a sixteen-year-old boy named Pi, a hyena, a wounded zebra, an orangutan, and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger.
 
:After the sinking of a cargo ship, a solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the wild blue Pacific. The only survivors from the wreck are a sixteen-year-old boy named Pi, a hyena, a wounded zebra, an orangutan, and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger.
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/record=b1330499~S9 '''Longbourn'''] by Jo Baker
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/record=b1330499~S9 '''Longbourn'''] by Jo Baker
:Fiction, 2013
 
 
:A reimagining of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" from the perspectives of its below-stairs servants captures the drama of the Bennet household from the sideline viewpoint of Sarah, an orphaned housemaid.  
 
:A reimagining of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" from the perspectives of its below-stairs servants captures the drama of the Bennet household from the sideline viewpoint of Sarah, an orphaned housemaid.  
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*[https://aries.jmrl.org/record=b1371831~S9 '''A Man Called Ove'''] by Fredrik Bachman
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:A grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.
  
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/record=b1345757~S9 '''The Mill on the Floss'''] by George Eliot
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/record=b1345757~S9 '''The Mill on the Floss'''] by George Eliot
:Fiction, 2003
 
 
:Evokes nineteenth-century rural England through the story of Maggie Tulliver, who attempts to adapt to her life until her brother forbids her to see the one person who understands her after she is found in a compromising situation.  
 
:Evokes nineteenth-century rural England through the story of Maggie Tulliver, who attempts to adapt to her life until her brother forbids her to see the one person who understands her after she is found in a compromising situation.  
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/record=b1319801~S1 '''The Namesake'''] by Jhumpa Lahiri
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/record=b1319801~S1 '''The Namesake'''] by Jhumpa Lahiri
:Fiction, 2003
 
 
:A portrait of the immigrant experience follows the Ganguli family from their traditional life in India through their arrival in Massachusetts in the late 1960s and their difficult melding into an American way of life.
 
:A portrait of the immigrant experience follows the Ganguli family from their traditional life in India through their arrival in Massachusetts in the late 1960s and their difficult melding into an American way of life.
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/record=b1330498~S9 '''Radiance of Tomorrow'''] by Ishmael Beah
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/record=b1330498~S9 '''Radiance of Tomorrow'''] by Ishmael Beah
:Fiction, 2014
 
 
:At the center of Radiance of Tomorrow are Benjamin and Bockarie, two longtime friends who return to their hometown, Imperi, after the civil war. The village is in ruins, the ground covered in bones. As more villagers begin to come back, Benjamin and Bockarie try to forge a new community by taking up their former posts as teachers, but they're beset by obstacles: a scarcity of food; a rash of murders, thievery, rape, and retaliation; and the depredations of a foreign mining company intent on sullying the town's water supply and blocking its paths with electric wires. As Benjamin and Bockarie search for a way to restore order, they're forced to reckon with the uncertainty of their past and future alike.
 
:At the center of Radiance of Tomorrow are Benjamin and Bockarie, two longtime friends who return to their hometown, Imperi, after the civil war. The village is in ruins, the ground covered in bones. As more villagers begin to come back, Benjamin and Bockarie try to forge a new community by taking up their former posts as teachers, but they're beset by obstacles: a scarcity of food; a rash of murders, thievery, rape, and retaliation; and the depredations of a foreign mining company intent on sullying the town's water supply and blocking its paths with electric wires. As Benjamin and Bockarie search for a way to restore order, they're forced to reckon with the uncertainty of their past and future alike.
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*[https://aries.jmrl.org/record=b1348852~S9 '''Silver Sparrow'''] by Tayari Jones
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: Set in a middle-class neighborhood in Atlanta in the 1980s, the novel revolves around James Witherspoon's two families: the public one and the secret one. When the daughters from each family meet and form a friendship, only one of them knows they are sisters. It is a relationship destined to explode when secrets are revealed and illusions shattered.
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/record=b1330497~S9 '''State of Wonder'''] by Ann Patchett
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/record=b1330497~S9 '''State of Wonder'''] by Ann Patchett
:Fiction, 2011
 
 
:A researcher at a pharmaceutical company, Marina Singh journeys into the heart of the Amazonian delta to check on a field team that has been silent for two years--a dangerous assignment that forces Marina to confront the ghosts of her past.
 
:A researcher at a pharmaceutical company, Marina Singh journeys into the heart of the Amazonian delta to check on a field team that has been silent for two years--a dangerous assignment that forces Marina to confront the ghosts of her past.
  
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/record=b1345757~S9 '''Still Alice'''] by Lisa Genova
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/record=b1345757~S9 '''Still Alice'''] by Lisa Genova
:Fiction, 2014
 
 
:Feeling at the top of her game when she is suddenly diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease, Harvard psychologist Alice Howland struggles to find meaning and purpose in her life as her concept of self gradually slips away.
 
:Feeling at the top of her game when she is suddenly diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease, Harvard psychologist Alice Howland struggles to find meaning and purpose in her life as her concept of self gradually slips away.
  
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/record=b1330502~S9 '''Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic'''] by Emily Croy Barker
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/record=b1330502~S9 '''Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic'''] by Emily Croy Barker
:Fiction, 2013
 
 
:Only magic will set Nora Fischer free in an alternate fairy tale world that offers anything but 'happily ever after.' Illiterate women roam this world gone wrong, and men's spells hold the world in submission. When a mysterious magician teaches Nora the magic she needs to survive, a sudden doorway back to her world suddenly looks like one she may not want to go through.
 
:Only magic will set Nora Fischer free in an alternate fairy tale world that offers anything but 'happily ever after.' Illiterate women roam this world gone wrong, and men's spells hold the world in submission. When a mysterious magician teaches Nora the magic she needs to survive, a sudden doorway back to her world suddenly looks like one she may not want to go through.
  
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/record=b1324645~S9 '''True Grit'''] by Charles Portis  
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/record=b1324645~S9 '''True Grit'''] by Charles Portis  
:Fiction, 1968
 
 
:Pursuing a murderer who has escaped into Indian Territory, U.S. Marshal Rooster J. Cogburn teams up with a bounty-hunting Texas Ranger and Mattie Ross, a cantankerous young lady who is bent on revenge.
 
:Pursuing a murderer who has escaped into Indian Territory, U.S. Marshal Rooster J. Cogburn teams up with a bounty-hunting Texas Ranger and Mattie Ross, a cantankerous young lady who is bent on revenge.
  
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/record=b1330859~S9 '''Unbroken'''] by Laura Hillenbrand  
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/record=b1330859~S9 '''Unbroken'''] by Laura Hillenbrand  
:Nonfiction, 2010
 
 
:Relates the story of a U.S. airman who survived when his bomber crashed into the sea during World War II, spent forty-seven days adrift in the ocean before being rescued by the Japanese Navy, and was held as a prisoner until the end of the war.
 
:Relates the story of a U.S. airman who survived when his bomber crashed into the sea during World War II, spent forty-seven days adrift in the ocean before being rescued by the Japanese Navy, and was held as a prisoner until the end of the war.
  
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/record=b1321545~S9 '''The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry'''] by Rachel Joyce  
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/record=b1321545~S9 '''The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry'''] by Rachel Joyce  
:Fiction, 2012
 
 
:Harold Fry is convinced that he must deliver a letter to an old love in order to save her, meeting various characters along the way and reminiscing about the events of his past and people he has known, as he tries to find peace and acceptance.
 
:Harold Fry is convinced that he must deliver a letter to an old love in order to save her, meeting various characters along the way and reminiscing about the events of his past and people he has known, as he tries to find peace and acceptance.
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*[https://aries.jmrl.org/record=b1366519~S9 '''What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank'''] by Nathan Englander
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:A collection of short stories.
  
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/record=b1330501~S9 '''The Woman Upstairs'''] by Claire Messud  
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/record=b1330501~S9 '''The Woman Upstairs'''] by Claire Messud  
:Fiction, 2013
 
 
:Relegated to the status of schoolteacher and friendly neighbor after abandoning her dreams of becoming an artist, Nora advocates on behalf of a charismatic Lebanese student and is drawn into the child's family until his artist mother's careless ambition leads to a shattering betrayal.
 
:Relegated to the status of schoolteacher and friendly neighbor after abandoning her dreams of becoming an artist, Nora advocates on behalf of a charismatic Lebanese student and is drawn into the child's family until his artist mother's careless ambition leads to a shattering betrayal.
  
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/record=b1330500~S9 '''The Yellow Birds'''] by Kevin Powers  
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/record=b1330500~S9 '''The Yellow Birds'''] by Kevin Powers  
:Fiction, 2012
 
 
:In the midst of a bloody battle in the Iraq War, two soldiers, bound together since basic training, do everything to protect each other from both outside enemies and the internal struggles that come from constant danger.
 
:In the midst of a bloody battle in the Iraq War, two soldiers, bound together since basic training, do everything to protect each other from both outside enemies and the internal struggles that come from constant danger.

Latest revision as of 20:05, 13 October 2018

Check out a book club in a bag!

Each Book Club Kit includes a tote bag with 10 copies of a title plus discussion questions and background information, such as author biographies, book reviews, and other information.

Available Titles

Paul Bäumer is just 19 years old when he and his classmates enlist. They are Germany's Iron Youth who enter the war with high ideals and leave it disillusioned or dead. Paul watches his Second Company --150 men strong-- reduced in a single battle to 32 weary survivors.
Marie-Laure has been blind since the age of six. Her father builds a perfect miniature of their Paris neighbourhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. But when the Nazis invade, father and daughter flee with a dangerous secret. Werner is a German orphan, destined to labour in the same mine that claimed his father's life, until he discovers a knack for engineering. His talent wins him a place at a brutal military academy, but his way out of obscurity is built on suffering. At the same time, far away in a walled city by the sea, an old man discovers new worlds without ever setting foot outside his home. But all around him, impending danger closes in.
The dramatic and sometimes heartbreaking story of families striving toward a better life in one of the twenty-first century's great, unequal cities.
When African-American lawyer Jay Porter jumps into the bayou to save a drowning white woman in Houston, Texas, in 1981, he finds his practice and life in danger when he becomes embroiled in a murder investigation involving Houston's elite.
A young Bangladeshi woman struggling with a loveless, arranged marriage to a middle-aged man in London finds herself drawn to her hotheaded neighbor.
This is the poignant, bittersweet story of a family experiencing a country’s revolution and the revelations that follow.
Falling in love during the Second World War, a soldier and a glassblower's daughter eventually have a son, who in adulthood finds his own love affair affected by fallout of the atomic age.
Every story has two sides. Every relationship has two perspectives. And sometimes, it turns out, the key to a great marriage is not its truths but its secrets.
Tuchman re-creates the first month of World War I: thirty days in the summer of 1914 that determined the course of the conflict, the century, and ultimately our present world.
A quiet, sensitive girl searches for beauty in a small, but damned Southern town.
Corrie ten Boom's account of her amazing family's experiences during the German occupation of Holland reveals her indomitable Christian faith.
A journalist traces the story of his family's effort to rebuild an ancestral home in Lebanon amid political strife and how the work enabled a greater understanding of the emotions behind Middle East turbulence.
On a hot day in Tripoli in the summer of 1979, nine-year-old Suleiman spots his father, supposedly away on business, across from the market square and wearing dark glasses, the first portent of grave danger in a previously unsuspected world.
In 1949, four Chinese women--drawn together by the shadow of their past--begin meeting in San Francisco to play mah jong, invest in stocks and "say" stories. They call their gathering the Joy Luck Club--and forge a relationship that binds them for more than three decades.
After the sinking of a cargo ship, a solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the wild blue Pacific. The only survivors from the wreck are a sixteen-year-old boy named Pi, a hyena, a wounded zebra, an orangutan, and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger.
A reimagining of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" from the perspectives of its below-stairs servants captures the drama of the Bennet household from the sideline viewpoint of Sarah, an orphaned housemaid.
A grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.
Evokes nineteenth-century rural England through the story of Maggie Tulliver, who attempts to adapt to her life until her brother forbids her to see the one person who understands her after she is found in a compromising situation.
A portrait of the immigrant experience follows the Ganguli family from their traditional life in India through their arrival in Massachusetts in the late 1960s and their difficult melding into an American way of life.
At the center of Radiance of Tomorrow are Benjamin and Bockarie, two longtime friends who return to their hometown, Imperi, after the civil war. The village is in ruins, the ground covered in bones. As more villagers begin to come back, Benjamin and Bockarie try to forge a new community by taking up their former posts as teachers, but they're beset by obstacles: a scarcity of food; a rash of murders, thievery, rape, and retaliation; and the depredations of a foreign mining company intent on sullying the town's water supply and blocking its paths with electric wires. As Benjamin and Bockarie search for a way to restore order, they're forced to reckon with the uncertainty of their past and future alike.
Set in a middle-class neighborhood in Atlanta in the 1980s, the novel revolves around James Witherspoon's two families: the public one and the secret one. When the daughters from each family meet and form a friendship, only one of them knows they are sisters. It is a relationship destined to explode when secrets are revealed and illusions shattered.
A researcher at a pharmaceutical company, Marina Singh journeys into the heart of the Amazonian delta to check on a field team that has been silent for two years--a dangerous assignment that forces Marina to confront the ghosts of her past.
Feeling at the top of her game when she is suddenly diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease, Harvard psychologist Alice Howland struggles to find meaning and purpose in her life as her concept of self gradually slips away.
Only magic will set Nora Fischer free in an alternate fairy tale world that offers anything but 'happily ever after.' Illiterate women roam this world gone wrong, and men's spells hold the world in submission. When a mysterious magician teaches Nora the magic she needs to survive, a sudden doorway back to her world suddenly looks like one she may not want to go through.
Pursuing a murderer who has escaped into Indian Territory, U.S. Marshal Rooster J. Cogburn teams up with a bounty-hunting Texas Ranger and Mattie Ross, a cantankerous young lady who is bent on revenge.
Relates the story of a U.S. airman who survived when his bomber crashed into the sea during World War II, spent forty-seven days adrift in the ocean before being rescued by the Japanese Navy, and was held as a prisoner until the end of the war.
Harold Fry is convinced that he must deliver a letter to an old love in order to save her, meeting various characters along the way and reminiscing about the events of his past and people he has known, as he tries to find peace and acceptance.
A collection of short stories.
Relegated to the status of schoolteacher and friendly neighbor after abandoning her dreams of becoming an artist, Nora advocates on behalf of a charismatic Lebanese student and is drawn into the child's family until his artist mother's careless ambition leads to a shattering betrayal.
In the midst of a bloody battle in the Iraq War, two soldiers, bound together since basic training, do everything to protect each other from both outside enemies and the internal struggles that come from constant danger.