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September 9, 2014 - Transatlantic by Colum McCann. Spanning more than 150 years of American and Irish history, Transatlantic tells how dreams, ambitions, and loss can be handed down generation to generation, as seen through one family of remarkable women. The story begins when Lily Duggan, a penniless Irish maid, hears the words of Frederick Douglass and decides to travel to America. Lily's family story plays out against a backdrop of history, which includes the first nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean by two British gentleman aviators. McCann won the National Book Award for his novel, Let the Great World Spin.
October 14, 2014 - The Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Them Home by Connor Grennan. Grennan, 29-years-old, begins a trip around the world by volunteering at the Little Princes Children’s Home in war ravaged Nepal. He is won over by the spirit of the remarkable young orphans, who have survived slavery and abandonment. Then he discovers his “orphans” have parents, who paid unscrupulous child traffickers to keep their children safe from civil war. Conor vows to return the children to their parents, whatever it takes. This memoir was a 2011 Dayton Literary Peace Prize finalist.
November 11, 2014 -The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway. This story of the lost generation tells of a frustrated love between Jake Barnes, impotent due to a war wound, and the promiscuous divorcee, Lady Brett Ashley. Travelling from Paris café society to Pamplona, Spain during the running of the bulls, Lady Ashley picks up lovers as the story adds complications. The reader is introduced in turn to her rejected Jewish lover, the abandoned Scottish fiancé, and the young matador in danger of ruining his career. Hemingway’s first novel, The Sun Also Rises is considered an iconic modernist novel.
December 9, 2014 – The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver Kingsolver’s beloved debut novel, The Bean Trees, tells the story of Taylor Greer, a young Kentuckian who has worked hard to flee her rural home without becoming pregnant. Driving westward in a dilapidated VW, she makes it to the middle of the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma before her car breaks down. No sooner does she stop, than a woman leaves a tiny American Indian girl in her care. Taylor names her small charge “Turtle” and begins to build a new life with her child, facing a blue-collar world that alternates between desperation and compassion.
January 13, 2015 -- Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls Author of The Glass Castle, Walls turns to fiction to tell the story of her extraordinary grandmother, Lily Casey Smith. Lily spent her early years living in a dirt dugout and learning to break horses. By age 15, she traveled 500 miles alone on horseback to teach in a frontier town. Lily was plain spoken but fiercely outspoken against hypocrisy and prejudice. Assailed by floods, tornados and drought, she met each challenge and found time to marry, run a large ranch, birth two children, learn to drive a car and fly a plane.
- Home by Marilynne Robinson
- Kabul Beauty School by Deborah Rodriguez
- My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor
- The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler
- Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder
- Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
- The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
- O Pioneers! by Willa Cather
- Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
- The Liar's Club by Mary Karr
- Strength in What Remains by Tracy Kidder
- All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
- Abide with Me by Elizabeth Strout
- Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck
- Wild by Cheryl Strayed
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
- The World We Found by Thrity Umrigar
- The Dry Grass of August by Anna Jean Mayhew
- People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks