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Things fall apart: authoritative text, contexts and criticism
(Achebe, Chinua.)
[This book is] a simple story of a "strong man" whose life is dominated by fear and anger ... Uniquely ... African, at the same time it reveals [the author's] ... awareness of the human qualities common to men of all times and places.
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Thousand Autumns Of Jacob De Zoet, The
(David Mitchell)
Dispatched to the influential Japanese port of Dejima in 1799, ambitious clerk Jacob de Zoet resolves to earn enough money to deserve his wealthy fiancee, an effort that is challenged by his relationship with the midwife daughter of a samurai. [Fiction 479 pages] [Added December 2011] [39093070009055]
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479 p

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Thousand splendid suns, A
(Hosseini, Khaled.)
Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them-in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul—they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation. With heart-wrenching power and suspense, Hosseini shows how a woman's love for her family can move her to shocking and heroic acts of self-sacrifice, and that in the end it is love, or even the memory of love, that is often the key to survival.
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Families -- Fiction
Afghanistan Fiction


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Three Weissmanns Of Westport
(Cathleen Schine)
A modern tale inspired by "Sense and Sensibility" finds financially strapped literary sisters Miranda and Annie moving in with divorc?ee Betty in a run-down Connecticut beach cottage, where they find love among the suburban aristocracy. [Fiction 292 pages] [Added September 2011] [39093070002407]
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Fiction

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292 p

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Time Is a River
(Mary Alice Monroe)
While recovering from breast cancer in a remote cabin in North Carolina, Mia Landan finds the journal of Kate Watkins, a 1920s fly fisher, and, inspired by Kate's example, learns to fish and uncovers many secrets around her. [Fiction 369 pages] [Added July 2011] [39093068908102]
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Fiction

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Tree Grows In Brooklyn, A
(Betty Smith)
Young Francie Nolan, having inherited both her father's romantic and her mother's practical nature, struggles to survive and thrive growing up in the slums of Brooklyn in the early twentieth century. [Fiction 493 Pages] [39093074789470] [Added 1/13]
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Fiction

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Truck: A Love Story
(Michael Perry)
"All I wanted to do was fix my old pickup truck," says Michael Perry. "That, and plant my garden. Then I met this woman. . . ." Truck: A Love Story recounts a year in which Perry struggles to grow his own food, live peaceably with his neighbors, and sort out his love life. But along the way, he sets his hair on fire, is attacked by wild turkeys, takes a date to the fire department chicken dinner, and proposes marriage to a woman in New Orleans. [Nonfiction 277 pages] [Added ] [39093063350243]
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Nonfiction

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Truth like the sun
(Lynch, Jim, )
Roger Morgan, the promoter responsible for bring the World's Fair to Seattle in 1962, runs for mayor in 2001, right after the tech bubble bursts, while budding reporter Helen Gulanos probes his secretive past
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Twelve tribes of Hattie
(Ayana Mathis.)
In 1923, fifteen-year-old Hattie Shepherd flees Georgia and settles in Philadelphia, hoping for a chance at a better life. Instead, she marries a man who will bring her nothing but disappointment and watches helplessly as her firstborn twins succumb to an illness a few pennies could have prevented. Hattie gives birth to nine more children whom she raises with grit and mettle and not an ounce of the tenderness they crave. She vows to prepare them for the calamitous difficulty they are sure to face in their later lives, to meet a world that will not love them, a world that will not be kind. Captured here in twelve luminous narrative threads, their lives tell the story of a mother's monumental courage and the journey of a nation.
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Fiction - African American Women, Migrations, Historical Fiction

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299

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