WVLC READING DISCUSSION BOOK COLLECTION DESCRIPTIONS **
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** new book selection
Charing Cross Road by:
- This gem is for the reader who delights in seeing a character revealed, a
friendship grow, and can appreciate a spirited discussion of important but
neglected authors. 97 pages FM 318 pages FM 292 pages FO 216 pages. FM, FO
326 pages FM
357 pages FM 294 pages FM 151 pages FM 440
pages 159 pages 306 pages 218
164 pages 221 pages 434
pages FM, FO
529 pages FM
221 pages FM 238 pages FM, FO 251 pages 330 pages
pgs. 273 pages FO, FM 186 pages FM
FM, FO Young
Adult.129 pages TRAIL
407 pages. FO, FM 192 pages
160 pages FM
Addie by: Mary Lee Settle - An extraordinary autobiography that goes back generations before the celebrated novelist's birth. 237 pages
After the First Death by: Robert Cormier -Events of the hijacking of a bus of children by terrorists seeking the return of their homeland are described from the perspectives of a hostage, a terrorist, & an Army general involved in the rescue operation & his son.
Age of Innocence by: Edith Wharton - Wealthy NY'ers in the 1870s have difficulties breaking free from social codes they hate.
The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream by: Paulo Coelho -"In order to find the treasure, you will have to follow the omens. God has prepared a path for everyone to follow. You just have to read the omens that he left for you." 176 pages FO
**Alice's Tulips by: Sandra Dallas - A Young newlywed left alone on the farm writes lively letters to her sister filled with accounts of local quilting bees, the rigors of farm life, and the customs of small-town America during the civil war. She soon finds herself accused of murder. 256 pages
All the Lost Girls by: Patricia Foster - Foster's memoir details her Southern childhood. Her ambitious mother was haunted by the poverty she escaped by marrying a doctor who provided her access to a middle-class life & a daughter who tried to please her. 308 pages
Anthem by: Ayn Rand - Classic tale of a future Dark Age of the great "we" - a world that deprives individuals of name, independence & values.
The Apprentice: My Life in the Kitchen by: Jacques Pepin - Jacques Pepin's best-selling memoir - the captivating story of his rise from young apprentice in an Old World French kitchen to the world-renowned chef and television superstar that he is today.
**Atonement by: Ian McEwan - An upper-middle-class girl in interwar England, who aspires to be a writer, makes a serious mistake that has life changing effects for many. She spends her life seeking atonement. 368 pages
**The Ballad of Trenchmouth Taggart by: M. Glenn Taylor -Part Rip Van Winkle, part Professor Seagull, part O Brother, Where Art Thou?, part Matewan -The Ballad of Trenchmouth Taggart is picturesque, legendary, epic, and outrageous. 274 pages
Bel Canto by: Ann Patchett - Readers curious about the emotional flow between hostages and their takers should like this novel based on the 1996 Tupac Amaru takeover of the Japanese ambassador's residence in Lima, Peru.
Best American Essays 2005 by: Susan Orlean - 25 writing selections. 292 pages
**The Best of Friends: Two Women, Two Continents, and one Enduring Friendship by: Sara James and Ginger Mauney - Two childhood friends, one in NYC and one in Africa keep childhood promises to each other. 337 pages
**Beautiful Boy by: David Sheff - A father's journey through his son's meth addiction. 336 pages
Big Cherry Holler by: Adriana Trigiani - It has been eight years since town pharmacist and longtime spinster Ave Marie Mulligan married coal miner Jack MacChesney.
Big Stone Gap by: Adriana Trigiani - Trigiani will put Big Stone Gap, VA, on the map with a nice, old-fashioned, feel-good first novel that is set in 1978. Local pharmacist Ave Marie Mulligan is 35 and the verge of a series of life-changing events. 269 pages
Blink by: Malcolm Gladwell - Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in the blink of an eye.469 pages
**The Blue Cotton Gown by: Patricia Harman - A midwife's memoir. A behind the examining room door look - a bittersweet valentine for women.288 pg.
**Breakfast with Buddha by: Roland Merullo - novel of ideas it's not the religion that matters, it's the relationship; it's not the concepts, but the people, & here are 2 intriguing men, one with his eye on the destination & fast speed & the other who knows that we travel farthest when we are still. 323pgs
Cavedweller by: Dorothy Allison - An absorbing story of a family in pieces, pulling itself back together out of one woman's stubborn determination.434pg
The Chosen by: Chaim Potok -A baseball injury precipitates a friendship between two boys from Hasidic and Zionist families.
Clay's Quilt by: Silas House - A heartfelt, well-crafted debut novel set in the Kentucky hills. Clay Sizemore, a young coal miner from a big family and a small town, never doubts that he will live out his life in the place where he was born.
**The Coal Tattoo by: Silas House -Evocative prose and unforgettable characters mark this haunting novel from House, a Kentucky writer who mines the storytelling tradition of Appalachia. Set in the 1960s, the novel functions as a prequel of sorts to House's award-winning book Clay's Quilt. 341 pgs
The Coalwood Way by: Homer Hickam - In this follow-up to his acclaimed Rocket Boys, retired NASA engineer Hickam recounts tensions in his household during his last Christmas before college. 318 pages FO
The Coffin Quilt by: Ann Rinaldi - In the 1880s, young Fanny McCoy witnesses the growth of a terrible and violent feud between her Kentucky family and the WV Hatfield's, complicated by her older sister's romance with a Hatfield. Young Adult. 228 pages. TRAIL, FM
Colored People by: Henry Louis Gates - The man touted as America's most celebrated black scholar reminisces to his daughters about his boyhood in the polluted, dying Allegheny Mountains' papermill town of Piedmont, West Virginia.
The Confessions of Max Tivoli by: Andrew Sean Greer - Max Tivoli has an unusual malady: born with the appearance of an elderly man, he appears younger as he ages. 267 pages
Counting Coup by: Larry Colton - On many Indian reservations, high-school basketball has become a popular venue for expressing the pride of Native Americans. Yet few are able to overcome the negative forces--poverty, alcoholism, teen pregnancy, poor education--that surround them. 420 pages FM
Creeker by: Linda Scott Derosier - In the "creekers and hollers" of eastern KY, Linda Sue grew up with a big head of tangled curls, a lot of special awkwardness, and a web of family and kin that made wonderful stories and pretty good lives.
Cross Creek by: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings - For the millions of readers raised on The Yearling, here is the story of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings's experiences in the remote Florida hamlet of Cross Creek, where she lived for thirteen years.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in Night-Time by: Mark Haddock- 15-year-old Christopher Boone, an autistic math genius has just discovered the dead body of his neighbor's poodle, Wellington.
**Cutting for Stone by: Abraham Verghese, M.D. - involves the trials of a medical family caught up in the turmoil of Ethiopia. 688 pages
A Death in the Family by: James Agee - When Jay Follet dies in a car accident, his Knoxville family gathers during the days before his funeral.
Della Raye by: Gary Penley - The biography of a woman wrongfully confined at a mental institution in the Depression-era South from the age of four until adulthood. 339 pages FO
Dismal Mountain by: John Billheimer - The third Owen Allison mystery, following Contrary Blues (1998) and Highway Robbery (2000), finds the transportation inspector defending his aunt Lizzie against a murder charge. 304 pages FO
Doors by: William Hoffman - The southern landscape pervades William Hoffman's latest collection of short stories.
Down Town by: Ferrol Sams - set in GA after the civil war dealing w/ colorful individual's lives. 309 pages
Dust Tracks on a Road by: Zora Neale Hurston - This is Zora Neale Hurston's unrestrained account of her rise from childhood poverty in the rural South to prominence among the leading artists and intellectuals of the Harlem Renaissance.
East of the Mountains by: David Guterson - In a novel of personal discovery retired heart surgeon Ben Givens, suffering from terminal colon cancer, embarks on one final, epic hunting odyssey through the American West.
East to the Dawn: The Life of Amelia Earhart by: Susan Butler -This biography of Amelia Earhart is a mixed bag. Butler is not overawed by her subject; her text is readable, well documented, and insightful.489 pages FM
Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India & Indonesia by: Elizabeth Gilbert - An exploration of the human psyche through a very personal journey of self-discovery in three countries.334 pages FM
**The Elegance of the Hedgehog by: Muriel Barbery The events in the life of a concierge, Renee Michel, whose deliberately concealed intelligence is uncovered by an unstable but intellectual precocious girl named Paloma Josse. 325 pages.
The Elegant Gathering of White Snows by: Kris Radish -When eight women in rural Wisconsin take off in the middle of the night for a journey of the heart, it touches women everywhere. 321 pages FO
**Ellen Foster by: Kaye Gibbons - After her mother's death, a young girl is separated from her abusive father and is sent between her various friends and relatives, always longing to find a place to call home. 168 pages
**Emily's Ghost: A novel of the Bronte Sisters by: Denise Giardina - biographical novel portraying sisters Anne, Charlotte and Emily as different in temperament but in love with the same man, fighting the same illnesses and withdrawing from the same grim realities to write. 336 pages FO
The Emperors of Chocolate: Inside the Secret World of Hershey & Mars by: Joel Glenn Brenner - Forrest Mars and Milton Hershey built business empires out of chocolate.
Family Tree by Barbara Delinsky - A white New England couple, interior designer Dana and lawyer husband Hugh are excited about becoming first time parents. 358 pages FO
Feast of the Seven Fishes by Robert Tinnell - This graphic novel/cookbook is a fictional account of one Italian-American family's Christmas celebration in north central WV.
Firehouse by: David Halberstam -stories of personal sacrifices of the men who never returned to the fire station from lower Manhattan on 9/11. 201pg
Follow the River by: James Alexander Thom -This powerful captivity narration is the story of Mary Draper Ingles and the other captives from a 1755 Indian raid. 406 pages
Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation by: Cokie Roberts - Since we've heard so much about America's Founding Fathers, the title of this books is irresistible. 359 pages FO
Funny in Farsi by: Firoozeh Dumas - Dumas, who first came to America from Iran as a young girl in 1972, recounts many anecdotes about her family's adjustment to this country.
Gap Creek by: Robert Morgan - The story of a young woman's struggles in early 20th century Appalachia.
The Girls by: Lori Lansens - Lansens has created a totally believable sibling relationship between two small-town girls, Rose & Ruby. 343 pages
The Glass Castle: A Memoir by: Jeannette Walls - The Glass Castle is a remarkable memoir of resilience and redemption, and a revelatory look into a family at once dysfunctional and uniquely vibrant. 288 pages
**The Gold Bug and Other Tales by: Edgar Allen Poe - 9 tales of psychological terror and supernatural including the classics. 121 pages
The Good Earth by: Pearl S. Buck - The Pulitzer Prize winning novel is about peasant life in China in the 1920s & follows the life of Wang Lung, from his beginnings as an impoverished peasant to his eventual position as a prosperous landowner.
Good Grief by: Lolly Winston - Sophie Stanton is 36 years old and too young to be a widow. Widows wear cardigan sweaters, play weekly pinochle and lose their husbands after 50 years of marriage, not after only three years.
Granny D: A Memoir by: Doris Haddock with Dennis Burke - "Granny D" Haddock whose 14-month walk from L.A. to Washington, DC, galvanized the hope of many increasingly dispirited Americans for campaign finance reform.
The Great Fire by: Shirley Hazzard - An extraordinary love story set in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War.
A Grief Observed by: C.S. Lewis - Writing A Grief Observed as "a defense against total collapse, a safety valve," he came to recognize that "bereavement is a universal and integral part of our experience of love."
**The Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Pie Society by: Mary Ann Shaffer - Letters are exchanged between a man living in Guernsey, a town recently liberated from Nazi occupation, and Juliet, an English writer. 278 pages FM, FO
**Half Broke Horses by: Jeannette Walls - Lily Casey Smith is one astonishing woman - a half-broke horse herself who's clearly passed on her best traits to her granddaughter. Told in a natural, offhand voice that is utterly enthralling. By the author of the Glass Castle. 288 pages. FM, FO
**Healing Hearts: by: Kathy Magliato, M.D. - A Memoir of a female heart surgeon. 272 pages
The Heartsong of Charging Elk by: James Welch - Charging Elk, an Oglala Sioux, is recruited by Buffalo Bill Cody to join his Wild West Show which creates a sensation in Europe, until he is left behind in the unfamiliar world of Marseilles.
The Heavenly Village by: Cynthia Rylant - Rylant imagines a stopping place between heaven and earth, a village where those who "have taken one step into heaven and hesitated" can stay and "finish their stories." - 95 pages. Young Adult. TRAIL, FM, FO
**The Help by: Kathryn Stockett - set in Jackson, MS in the early 1960's, this novel adopts the complicated theme of blacks and whites living in a segregated South. 451 pages FO
The Hemmingway Book Club of Kosovo by: Paula Huntley - A moving testimony to the power of literature to bring people together in even the most difficult of circumstances. 236 pages
**Home to Big Stone Gap by: Adriana Trigiani -In this fourth entry, Ave Maria Mulligan MacChesney and her husband, Jack, must come to terms with the absence of daughter Etta, newly married and living in Italy. She finds her longtime friend, glamorous librarian Iva Lou, has been keeping a startling secret for nearly 20 years. 317 pages
**Hot, Flat and Crowded by: Thomas L. Friedman - A fresh and provocative look at two of the biggest challenges we face today: America's surprising loss of focus and national purpose since 9/11 and the global environmental crisis. 421 pages
The Hours by: Michael Cunningham - Cunningham draws inventively on the life and work of Virginia Woolf to tell the story of a group of characters struggling with the conflicting claims of love and inheritance, life and death, creation and destruction. 230 pages
I Heard the Owl Call My Name by: Margaret Craven -A young priest with a short time to live is sent to a parish of Kwakiutl Indians, where he learns not to fear death.
Ice Bound: A Doctor's Incredible Battle for Survival at the South Pole by: Dr. Jerri Nielsen - A woman doctor in Antarctica finds a lump in her breast and after performing her own biopsy realizes that she has a particularly aggressive form of cancer. 362 pages FM
Icy Sparks by: Gwyn Hyman Rubio - An Appalachian girl develops croaks, jerks and spasms which leads to her expulsion from school.
In Their Own Country: An Illustrated Sampler Various - Why should children have all the fun? Your Book Discussion Group can join in the delight. Share the experience of illustrated books. ? pages. Young Adult.
Jacob Have I Loved by: Katharine Paterson - Feeling deprived all her life of schooling, friends, mother, and even her name by her twin sister, Louise finally begins to find her identity. 244 pages. Young Adult. TRAIL
Jane Eyre by: Charlotte Bronte - Jane Eyre becomes a governess in Mr. Rochester's home of Thornfield and falls in love with him before she finds that he has a tragic secret.495 pages FO, FM
The Joy Luck Club by: Amy Tan - a mahjong/storytelling support group is formed by four Chinese women in San. Fran. in 1949. 288 pages.
Kettle Bottom by: Diane Gilliam - collection of poems by one author about the West Virginia coal mine violence in 1920-1921.
**The Killer Angels by: Michael Shaara - This book was the inspiration for Ken Burns' documentary series on the Civil War. This book was also adapted for the screen as the film "Gettysburg" in 1993. 1974 Pulitzer Prize Winner. 344 pages. FM
Kite Runner by: Khaled Hosseini - Amir finds the he can never escape the far-reaching consequences of his actions. 371 pages. FM, FO
**Lacuna by: Barbara Kingsolver - novel about a boy's consequential bonds with Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo and Leon Trotsky, is a call to conscience and connection. 464 pages
The Lady and the Unicorn by: Tracy Chevalier - The author of Girl with a Pearl Earring (2000) and Falling Angels (2001) offers a luminous tale about a set of medieval tapestries known as the Lady and the Unicorn sequence.
**Lark and Termite by: Jayne Anne Phillips - set in 1950's in WV & Korea, a story of the power of love & loss, war, family secrets & unity.304 pgs FM
**The Last Chinese Chef by: Nicole Mones - A paternity claim comes against the estate of Food writer's Maggie McElroy's late husband. She travels to China to investigate and researches an article about a young American born Jewish Chinese chef while there. 278 pages
**The Last Lecture by: Randy Paush - The famous Last Lecture by Randy Paush from Carnegie Mellon Univ. who has since passed away from the terminal cancer he lived with. 306 pages FO
Last Whisper by Carlene Thompson - A killer who knows that true nightmares never end & that the perfect murder is always worth waiting for.
**Letters of A Woman Homesteader by: Elinore Pruitt Stewart In this collection of letters, the author describes her WY ranch hand experiences to her former employer, Mrs. Coney. Pruitt's charming descriptions of work, travels, neighbors, animals, land and sky have an authentic feel. 282 pages.
The Liar's Club by: Mary Karr -The New York Times says "Mary Karr's God-awful childhood has a calamitous appeal"...the choice in the book is between howling misery and howling laughter, and mostly laughter." 320 pages FM
Like Sisters On the Homefront by: Rita Williams-Garcia - Troubled fourteen-year-old Gayle is sent down South to live with her uncle and aunt, where her life begins to change as she experiences the healing power of the family. Young Adult. 165 pages FM
Like Water for Chocolate by: Laura Esquivel - Take 1 part Whitney Otto's How To Make an American Quilt , add a smidgen of magical realism a la Garcia Marquez, follow up with several quixotic characters, garnish w/ love, & you'll have Like Water for Chocolate.
**Look Again by: Lisa Scottoline - Pennsylvania reporter Ellen Gleeson is living an ordinary life with her son and cat until she receives a "Have You Seen This Child?" flyer in the mail. The boy photographed in the flyer bears a striking resemblance to her three-year-old adopted son, Will. 341 pages
London 1849: A Victorian Murder Story by: Michael Alpers - 1849 murder of a well-to-do man by his former lover & husband. 216 pages
Love in the time of Cholera by: Gabriel Garcia Marquez - A 50 year love story by correspondence. 348 pages
**Loving Frank by: Nancy Horan - Historical fiction - The scandalous lives of Frank Lloyd Wright & an owner of his designed home. 359 pages FM
Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper by: Harriet Scott Chessman - Lydia Cassatt was the elder sister of American Impressionist painter Mary Cassatt; she was also one of Mary's favorite models.
The Madonna's of Leningrad by Donna Dean - A novel in which the 900-day siege of Leningrad during World War II is echoed by the destructive siege against the mind and memory of an elderly Russian woman suffering from Alzheimer's.
**The Maltese Falcon by: Dashiell Hammett - Sets the standard for detective fiction. Story covers a 6 day period in San. Fran. 217 pages FO
Man's Search for Meaning by: Viktor E. Frankl - The chilling yet inspirational story of Frankl's struggle to hold on to hope during his three years as a prisoner in Nazi concentration camps, is a true classic.
Marley & Me by: John Grogan - Labrador retrievers are generally considered even-tempered, calm and reliable-and then there's Marley, the subject of this delightful tribute to one Lab who doesn't fit the mold.
Mary McGreevy by: Walter Keady After her father's death, Sister Mary Thomas leaves her convent to return to the family farm in the Irish village of Creevagh, where her status as ex-nun scandalizes the women of the village & her beauty attracts the eligible men.263 pages FO
Memoirs of a Geisha by: Arthur Golden - How nine-year-old Chiyo, sold with her sister into slavery by their father, becomes Sayuri, the beautiful geisha accomplished in the art of entertaining men, is the focus of this fascinating first novel.
**The Memory of Old Jack by: Wendell Berry - recounts the last days in the life of 92-year-old farmer Jack Beechum in the fall of 1952, as the self-sufficient man of the soil contemplates both his heartaches and triumphs.170 pages
Memphis Tennessee Garrison edited by: Ancella Bickley and Lynda Ewen - In 1968, Bernard Cleveland of Marshall University did an oral history interview with then 78-year-old Memphis Tennessee Garrison of West Virginia. 30 years later, sociologist Ewen found the interview transcript & English professor Bickley edited it.
**A Mercy: A Novel by: Toni Morrison - The story of a slave giving up her daughter for a less fearsome owner. A story of love and sacrifice. 167 pages
Middlesex: A Novel by: Jeffrey Eugenides - Spanning three generations and two continents, the story winds from the small Greek village of Smyrna to the smoggy, crime-riddled streets of Detroit, past historical events, and through family secrets.
A Mighty Heart: The Brave Life & Death of my Husband, Danny Pearl by: Mariane Pearl - When Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was kidnapped by terrorists in Pakistan in 2002, his pregnant wife, Mariane, was left to manage the search effort.
**Milk Glass Moon by: Adriana Trigiani - Readers who have followed Ave through her marriage now witness her struggle to let go as she acknowledges her growing daughter's need for independence. 265 pages.
The Milkweed Ladies by: Louise McNeill - Poetically and magically, McNeill unfolds her memories of the farm at Swago Crick, WV, which has existed in her family for nine generations over 200 years. 122 pages
The Miner's Daughter by: Gretchen Moran Laskas - Surrounded by the stark poverty of WV Depression-era coal mining life, 16 yr. old Willa leaves school to keep house for her father, sister, two brothers & pregnant mother. 250 pages. Young Adult. FM, FO, TRAIL
**Mother to Mother by: Sindiwe Magona - The senseless killing of Amy Biehl, a young Fulbright scholar who had gone to South Africa to help residents prepare for the first democratic elections in the history of that country, is the basis for this novel. 210 pages
My Antonia by: Willa Cather -Antonia works as a servant for her neighbors after her father's death, elopes & then returns.
My Last Days as Roy Rogers by: Pat Cunningham Devoto - Writing as if she were the literary love child of Harper Lee and Mark Twain, Devoto gives us small-town Bainbridge, Alabama, in summer 1954.
Nickel and Dimed by: Barbara Ehrenreich - A close observer and astute analyzer of American life Ehrenreich turns her attention to what it is like trying to subsist while working in low-paying jobs.
The Night of the Hunter by: Davis Grubb -When Ben Harper is taken to the gallows for a bank robbery killing, he leaves his young children to hide the stolen money.
No Greater Glory by: Dan Kurzman - The 4 immortal chaplains & the sinking of the Dorchester in WWII. 250 pages
Not Buying it by: Judith Levine - follows the award winning journalist's year of nonspending. 267 pages.
Nothing to Do But Stay by: Carrie Young - Readers are treated to history at its liveliest in these essays. Young tells of her pioneer mother's early westerly experiences and those of herself and her five siblings.
Old Yeller by: Fred Gipson - About a Texas pioneer family in the 1860s and the big yellow stray dog that affects their lives.
**Olive Kitteridge by: Elizabeth Strout - set of linked stories about a gruff, 60-something school teacher in a coastal town in Maine. 288 pages
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by: Stephen King -Part memoir, part master class by one of the bestselling authors of all time.
One Thousand White Women by: Jim Fergus - An American western with a most unusual twist, this is an imaginative fictional account of the participation of May Dodd and others in the controversial "Brides for Indians" program. 304 pages FM, FO
One Writer's Beginnings by: Eudora Welty - In a "continuous thread of revelation" she sketches her autobiography and tells us how her family and her surroundings contributed to the shaping not only of her personality but of her writing.
Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son's First Year by: Anne Lamott - Lamott, a 35-year-old novelist, recovering alcoholic, and single parent, here shares her humor, faith, friendships, and irreverence.
An Ordinary Man by: Paul Rusesabagina - An autobiography of the man who inspired "Hotel Rwanda" 207 pages
**Parchment of Leaves by: Silas House - 1917 rural Kentucky, a young Cherokee woman named Vine, rumored to cast spells on unsuspecting men, falls in love with local Irishman Saul Sullivan, whom she eventually marries. 293 pages
**Passion of Mary-Margaret by: Lisa Samson -Mary-Margaret accepts a calling that surpasses her dreams & challenges her deep faith.320 pages
Paula by: Isabel Allende - As she nursed Paula daily in a hospital in Madrid, Allende kept a journal in which she told her daughter her life story.
Peace Like a River by: Leif Enger Dead for 10 minutes before his father orders him to breathe in the name of the living God, Reuben Land is living proof that the world is full of miracles.
The Plot against America by: Phillip Roth - A novel of how Charles Lindbergh, an American Hero, defeats FDR in 1940. According to some reliable sources, he was also a rabid isolationist, Nazi sympathizer, and a crypto-fascist. 390 copies
The Poisonwood Bible by: Barbara Kingsolver - In 1959, evangelical preacher Nathan Price moves his wife and four daughters from Georgia to a village in the Belgian Congo, later Zaire.
Pope Joan by: Donna Woolfolk Cross - based on the controversial historical figure Pope Joan. 422 pages FO
Pride and Prejudice by: Jane Austen - Wealthy Mr. Darcy and spirited Elizabeth Bennett dislike each other at first sight, and each must contend with their pride and prejudices while Elizabeth's mother plots economically advantageous marriages for all her daughters. 333 pages
**The Prince of Frogtown by: Rick Bragg - an unforgettable rumination about fathers and sons dedicated to his stepson. 288 pages
The Problem with Murmur Lee by: Connie May Fowler -about the strong bonds among a group of friends that loses its quirkiest member.
Property by: Valerie Martin - Martin re-creates antebellum New Orleans, examining how slavery affects owners as well as slaves.
**Rebecca by: Daphne Du Maurier - Classic tale of mystery, horror, romance and suspense with a helpless heroine, strong-willed hero and an imposing house with secrets.410 pages FM
River of Earth by: James Still - A 1940 classic is both a poignant & heartbreaking look at hard times in the Eastern Kentucky hills. 245 pages
The Romance Reader by: Pearl Abraham -As the oldest child of Rabbi Benjamin, Rachel, 12, is expected to follow the traditions of her ultra-Orthodox Chassidic family & to set a good example for her six siblings.
Saving Grace by: Lee Smith - Florida Grace Shepherd is another of Smith's spirited Southern women of humble background who are destined to endure difficult and often tragic times.
Seabiscuit by: Laura Hillenbrand - A small bay horse built more like a stocky cow pony than a thoroughbred becomes one of the most famous race horses in American history. 399 pages FM
Security Breach by: Janet Bailey McQuaid - The author's happy life is shattered when she learns that her adult son is missing & might be dead. 197 pgs
Seven Dials by: Anne Perry - a typical blend of Victorian social history, political intrigue, and exemplary detective work. 330 pages FO
**She Walks These Hills by Sharyn McCrumb - mystery involving 4 people retracing the trail of 1779 Shawnee escapee, Katie Wyler. 447 pages.
The Shipping News by: Annie Proulx - A miserable family opts to start a new life in a miserable Newfoundland fishing village that has an enchanted quality, despite its harrowing details of abuses.
**The Soloist: A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship and the Redemptive Power of Music by: Steve Lopez - A musical prodigy is discovered amongst the cast-offs on skid row. A portrait of mental illness, of social neglect and the struggle to resurrect a fallen prodigy. 273 pages
The Spiral Staircase: My Climb Out of Darkness by: Karen Armstrong - Armstrong speaks to the troubling years following her decision, in 1969, to walk away from the life of a Roman Catholic nun, after failing to find God.
Standing Alone in Mecca by: Asra Q. Nomani - this memoir chronicles the author's pilgrimage to Mecca, or hajj, in 2003. 304 pages
Stardust by: Neil Gaiman - Gaiman has created an original and well-written fairy tale.
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by: Mary Roach -Cadavers have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings, from testing France's first guillotines to solving the mystery of TWA Flight 800. 437 pages
Stolen Lives: Twenty Years in a Desert Jail by: Malika Oufkir and Michele Fitoussi -Oufkir, a general's child, was adopted at the age of 5 by King Mohammed and brought up as a companion to his daughter. 394 pages FO
Stories of Breece D'J Pancake by: Breece D'J Pancake -12 stories written during a promising, abruptly ended career illuminate the lives of doomed and despairing brawlers, murderers, drunkards, & demented husbands and wives in WV.
**The Story of Forgetting by: Stefan Merrill Block - A boy's quest to find his family and the truth of his mother's genetic history after she is diagnosed with a rare disease. 313 pages
Storming Heaven by: Denise Giardina -This well-written novel is an earnest recreation of the turbulent events in the West Virginia coal fields during the early decades of this century. 293 pages
Strange as This Weather Has Been by: Ann Pancake - One woman's fight against the Coal Industry. 360 pages
The Summer of the Swans by: Betsy Byars -A teenage girl gains new insight into herself and her family when her mentally handicapped brother gets lost. 1971 Newberry Medal Winner.
Three Cups of Tea by: By: Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin - The astonishing story of a real-life hero & his humanitarian campaign to use education to combat terrorism in the Taliban's backyard. 337 pages FM
Thunderstruck by: Erik Larsen - Intertwines the tale of Marconi & the invention of the telegraph w/a doctor who murdered his wife.463 pg. FO, FM
Tidewater Blood by: William Hoffman - The abused, outcast youngest son of an arrogant Tidewater, Va., patriarch becomes the unwitting fall guy for the macabre bombing assassination of his oldest brother's entire family on the occasion of the clan's 250th anniversary celebration. 383 pages
**Time is A River by: Mary Alice Monroe - A broken woman rediscovers her sense of self-worth. 369 pages
The Time Traveler's Wife by: Audrey Niffenegger - Henry De Tamble is a Chicago librarian with "Chrono Displacement" disorder; at random times, he suddenly disappears without warning and finds himself in the past or future, usually at a time or place of importance in his life 546 pages FO
To Kill a Mockingbird by: Harper Lee -A Southern novel of unusual narrative charm, eight-year-old Scout tells about growing up as the daughter of a widowed lawyer, Atticus Finch, in the small town of Maycomb, Alabama during the 1930's.
Town Smokes by: Pinckney Benedict -these 9 stories deal with the mountainmen, sheepfarmers, and hograisers of rural West Virginia. 168 pages.
The Trees by: Conrad Richter - oldest Luckett family daughter, Sayward, is determined that the family will survive in the wilderness of Ohio.
Tuesdays with Morrie by: Mitch Alborn -the best-selling inspirational true story of Albom and the discussions he had with his dying sociology professor and mentor, Morrie Schwartz.
The Uncommon Reader by: Alan Bennett - The British Queen learns how to enjoy reading.120 pages
Under the Banner of Heaven by: John Krakauer - Veteran reporter Krakauer's insider look at the Mormon church. 399 pages FO, FM
A Walk in the Woods by: Bill Bryson - Leisurely walks in the Cotswold's during a 20-year sojourn in England hardly prepared Bryson for the rigors of the Appalachian Trail. Humorous! 276 pages. FO, FM
The Wars of Heaven by: Richard Currey - Short stories that evoke the loneliness & despair of his native WV during the depression.
Water for Elephants by: Sara Gruen - Circuses showcase human beings at their silliest & most sublime, & many unlikely literary figures have been drawn to their glitzy pageantry, soaring pretensions and metaphorical potential.
The Way West by: A.B. Guthrie - Dick Summers and others travel the Oregon Trail from Independence, Missouri, to Oregon in the sequel to The Big Sky. Pulitzer Prize Winner.
**We Brought a Zoo: The Amazing True Story of a Young Family, a Broken Down Zoo and the 200 Wild Animals that Change their Lives Forever by: Benjamin Mee - True story of the Dartmoor Zoological Park that now attracts thousands of visitors annually. 261 pages.
**The Well and the Mine by: Gin Phillips -story of one Depression-era family in an Alabama coal-mining town, and the single night that forever changes their view of the world around them. 264 pages.
When Madeline was Young by: Jane Hamilton - When Aaron MacIver's beautiful young wife, Madeline, suffers brain damage in a bike accident, she is left with the intellectual powers of a six-year-old. 274 pages.
While they're at War by: Kristen Henderson - By the time Beth Pratt's husband returned from Iraq, they had been apart longer than they had known each other.
Wild Sweet Notes edited by: Barbara Smith & Kirk Judd - The voices, lore, and landscape of W. Va. resound distinctively in these works, though the editors have not restricted the poems' subject matter to the local.
**Witches, Ghosts and Signs: Folklore of the Southern Appalachians by: Patrick Ward Gaines - stories collected from fifty years of research of stories from West Virginia. 177 pages.
**Witness at Hawk's Nest by: Dwight Harshbarger -Dwight Harshbarger captures the destruction during the digging of Hawks Nest tunnel of well over 700 lives workers who fell victim to undiagnosed silicosis and the cover-up of the tragedy by Union Carbide. 267 pages
Wuthering Heights by: Emily Bronte -When Mr. Lockwood has an encounter with the spirit of Catherine Linton at the home of the unsociable Heathcliff, he hears the story of the tempestuous love affair between Catherine and Heathcliff. 326 pages.
Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague by: Geraldine Brooks - Brooks re-creates a year in the life of a remote British village decimated by the bubonic plague. 308 pages. FM
The Yiddish Policemen's Union by: Michael Chabon - An alternate history novel that succeeds both as a hardboiled detective story and a soft hearted romance. 414 pages. FM
**You've got to Read This Book: 55 People Tell the Story of the Book that Changed Their Life edited by: Jack Canfield & Gay Hendricks -Essays from 55 leaders in the worlds of business, motivation, entertainment about the book that transformed their lives and helped shape them into who they are today. 304 pages.
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