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It Can't Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis
LEWIS 12/15
Written during the Great Depression, when the country was largely oblivious to Hitler’s aggression, it juxtaposes sharp political satire with the chillingly realistic rise of a president who becomes a dictator to save the nation from welfare cheats, sex, crime, and a liberal press.
Flight Behavior: A Novel by Barbara Kingsolver
KINGSOLVER 11/12
Flight Behavior is a brilliant and suspenseful novel set in present day Appalachia; a breathtaking parable of catastrophe and denial that explores how the complexities we inevitably encounter in life lead us to believe in our particular chosen truths.
Daughter of Fortune: A Novel (P.S.) by Isabel Allende
OPRAH ALLENDE 12/15
Orphaned at birth, Eliza Sommers is raised in the British colony of Valparaíso, Chile, by the well-intentioned Victorian spinster Miss Rose and her more rigid brother Jeremy. Just as she meets and falls in love with the wildly inappropriate Joaquín Andieta, a lowly clerk who works for Jeremy, gold is discovered in the hills of northern California. By 1849, Chileans of every stripe have fallen prey to feverish dreams of wealth. Joaquín takes off for San Francisco to seek his fortune, and Eliza, pregnant with his child, decides to follow him.
A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn
HISTORY US ZIN 06/15
Almost 700 pages long, this completely revised and updated edition brings a populist classic kicking and screaming into the 21st century. Written by an activist historian, A People's History presents dimensions of American history formerly glossed over in the high textbooks.
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance
SOCSCI VANC 08/16
Shares the story of the author's family and upbringing, describing how they moved from poverty to an upwardly mobile clan that included the author, a Yale Law School graduate, while navigating the demands of middle class life and the collective demons of the past.
The Book of Speculation: A Novel by Erika Swyler
SWYLER 12/15
"As Simon, a lonely research librarian, searches frantically for the key to a curse that might be killing the women in his family, he learns strange and fascinating secrets about their past. A tale full of magic and family mystery, The Book of Speculation will keep you up all night reading."
Vanishing Acts (Wsp Readers Club) by Jodi Picoult
PB PICOULT 03/15
Life is going well for Delia Hopkins. She has a daughter and a fiancé, and with her search-and-rescue bloodhound, she helps find missing persons. But as she plans for her wedding, she is haunted by inexplicable flashbacks to a devastating time she cannot recall.
Huck Out West: A Novel by Robert Coover
COOVER 01/17
Our leading postmodernist novelist turns his iconoclastic eye to a great American classic in this sequel to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
Barkskins: A Novel by Annie Proulx
PROULX 06/16
From Annie Proulx—the Pulitzer Prize-­ and National Book Award-­winning author of The Shipping News and “Brokeback Mountain,” comes her masterwork: an epic, dazzling, violent, magnificently dramatic novel about the taking down of the world’s forests.
The Girls by Emma Cline
CLINE 06/16
An indelible portrait of girls, the women they become, and that moment in life when everything can go horribly wrong.
American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst by Jeffrey Toobin
TCRIME TOO 08/16
An account of the sensational 1974 kidnapping and trial of Patty Hearst describes the efforts of her family to secure her release, Hearst's baffling participation in a bank robbery, and the psychological insights that prompted modern understandings about Stockholm syndrome.
The Book That Matters Most: A Novel by Ann Hood
HOOD 08/16
An enthralling novel about love, loss, secrets, friendship, and the healing power of literature, by the bestselling author of The Knitting Circle.
The Left Hand of Darkness (Ace Science Fiction) by Ursula K. Le Guin
SF LE GUIN 03/14
A groundbreaking work of science fiction, The Left Hand of Darkness tells the story of a lone human emissary’s mission to Winter, an unknown alien world whose inhabitants can choose—and change—their gender.
The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race by Jesmyn Ward
SOCSCI FIRE 08/16
A surprise New York Times bestseller, these groundbreaking essays and poems about race—collected by National Book Award-winner Jesmyn Ward and written by the most important voices of her generation—are “thoughtful, searing, and at times, hopeful.