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Brooks Geraldine  Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague

Chabon, Michael  The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

Two cousins, one an American and the other, a Jewish refugee from a Nazi-occupied Prague, teem up to create a comic book superhero called the Escapist. Life takes a dramatic twist when Joe, guilty over the loss of his family in Prague abandons his cousin and her girl friend to join the navy.

Clarke, Breena  River, Cross My Heart

This book is about a close African American family in 1925 Georgetown.

Enger, Leif  Peace like a River

About a family in search of an outlaw son, who had escaped from jail in 1962 Minnesota.

Gaiman, Neil  Stardust

A wonderful fantasy from the Author of Coraline and American Gods.  Gaiman writes of a young man, Tritran who crosses into the faerie realm to retrieve a fallen star for his love.

Gilstrap, John  At All Costs

The Brightons have been on the run for 17 years because of an environmental accident that happened in New Jersey. But there is more to this than meets the eye, including corrupt governmental officials and the FBI. The Brightons are determined to prove their innocence.

Hamill, Pete  Snow in August

In 1940s Brooklyn an unexpected friendship develops between an Irish catholic boy and an elderly Rabbi.  It is a world where the old world influences everyone’s choices.

Haruf, Kent  Plainsong

A quiet novel about the intersections of several unlikely people’s lives, a teacher, who’s wife won’t get out of bed, a pregnant 17 year old and two bachelor brothers.

Odom, Mel  The Rover

Edgewick Lamplighter is a librarian and not a very good one.  He dreams of adventure and finally he gets caught up in one. This fantasy might bring author Terry Brooks to mind for readers.

Sherwood, Ben  The Man Who Ate the 747

J.J. has traveled the world for his job at the Book of Records.  He has met all sorts of people with odd talents and such.  One day he finds a man trying to eat a Boeing 747 to prove his love to a woman. J. J. falls in love with her too.

Strauss, Darin  Chang And Eng

Grounded in fact, this book is about the 19th century conjoined twins Chang and Eng.

Legends: short novels by the masters of modern fantasy Ed. by Robert Silverberg.

This collection of short stories is a collection of whos who in the fantasy world including Anne McCaffrey, Orson Scott Card, George R.R. Martin, Steven King, Robert Jordan, Terry Pratchet and many more.

Williams, Tad  Tailchaser’s Song

This is the story of Fritti Tailchaser, a young tom cat in a world full of cats, heroes and villains and odd creatures that have no hair called M’an.

Willis, Connie  To Say Nothing of the Dog; or, How We Found the Bishop's Bird Stump at Last

This book is about time travel, full of dry British humor and people trying to catch a cat in order to save history

NONFICTION

Bragg, Rick All Over but the Shoutin'

This is the story of Rick Bragg, who grew up poor in Alabama, and his drunk father and his hardworking mother.

Kruger, Kobie  The Wilderness Family: At Home with Africa's Wildlife

This is Kruger’s account of living in Kruger National park, the adventures and the misadventures.

Greenlaw, Linda  The Hungry Ocean: A Swordboat Captain's Journey

Greenlaw tells her story of being the world’s only swordfish boat captain.

Krakauer, Jon  Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster

Recounts the disastrous expedition up Mt. Everest and analyzes the events that led to 8 people dying.

Philbrick, Nathaniel  In The Heart of The Sea: The Tragedy Of The Whaleship Essex

This is a tale of the whaling industry and the huge sperm whale that sank the Essex.

Alexander, Caroline  The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition

This is a tale of survival, one of the greatest tales.  During the early part of the 20th century Shackleton sets out to be the first to cross Antarctica.

Bradley, James  Flags of Our Fathers

This is the story of the men/boys in the famous picture of the flag being raised on Iwo Jima.

Walker, Rebecca  Black, White, and Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self

Walker, growing up, had been torn between two worlds, the black world, and the white world never really fitting in.  In this book she explains she is not a symbol of a biracial person but soul.

Junger, Sebastian  The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men against the Sea

This is the book that the movie “Perfect Storm” was based upon.  It is the story of the end of the Andrea Gail.

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