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127 Hours: Between a Rock and a Hard Place / Aron Ralston --- GV199.42.U82 B587 2004
The powerfully uplifting true story of one man’s struggle to survive against mountainous odds. Aron Ralston has a passion for all things outdoors. But when a falling boulder traps him in a remote Utah canyon, a thrill-seeker's adventure becomes the challenge of a lifetime. Over the next five days, Ralston embarks on a remarkable personal journey in which he relies on the memories of family and friends as well as his own courage and ingenuity to turn adversity into triumph!

1984 / George Orwell --- PR6029.R8 N49 1992
A story of love and tragic betrayal set in the dystopian world of England in 1984. While the totalitarianism that provoked George Orwell into writing 1984 seems to be passing into oblivion, his harrowing, cautionary tale of a man trapped in a political nightmare has had the opposite fate, and its relevance and power to disturb our complacency seem to grow decade by decade.

2001: A Space Odyssey / Arthur C. Clark --- PR6005.L36 T86 1999 Library has the movie
Allegory about humanity's exploration of the universe, and the universe's reaction to humanity.

About a Boy / Nick Hornby --- PR6058.O689 A64 1998
Will Freeman, a 30-something Londoner, is vaguely in search of a wife, but is simultaneously turned off by the responsibilities that a real life might entail. He befriends young Marcus, son of a single mother with problems, and finds himself being drawn against his will into a tumultuous set of circumstances. Finally he is able, after all, to engage with life in a normal way.

Adaptation / Orchid Thief / Susan Orlean --- SB63.L315 O75 1998 Library has the movie
The author follows the story-line of John Laroche, an orchid thief, through the swamps of south Florida. His plans for cloning rare orchids and selling them to collectors have brought him to the attention of the Federal Government, environmentalists, Native Americans, and "devoted orchid collectors."

Age of Innocence / Edith Wharton --- PS3545 .H16 A35 1948 library owns movie
This is Newland Archer's world as he prepares to marry the beautiful but conventional May Welland. But when the mysterious Countess Ellen Olenska returns to New York after a disastrous marriage, Archer falls deeply in love with her. Torn between duty and passion, Archer struggles to make a decision that will either courageously define his life—or mercilessly destroy it.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day / Judith Viorst --- PZ7.V816 Al 1987
On a day when everything goes wrong for him, Alexander is consoled by the thought that other people have bad days too.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland / Lewis Carroll --- PZ7.C234937 Al 1999
A little girl falls down a rabbit hole and discovers a world of nonsensical and amusing characters.

All the King's Men / Robert Penn Warren --- PS3545.A748 A7 2001 library owns movie
"The fictionalized account of Louisiana's colorful—and notorious—governor Huey Piere "Kingfisher" Long. All the King's Men follows the startling rise and fall of Willie Stark, a country lawyer in the Deep South of the 1930s. Beset by political enemies, Stark seeks aid from his right-hand man Jack Burden, who will bear witness to the cataclysmic unfolding of this very American tragedy."

All the President's Men / Carl Bernstein --- E860 .B47 library owns movie
The true story of how Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein uncovered the White House involvement in the Watergate break in.

Angela's Ashes: A Memoir / Frank McCourt --- E184.I6 M117 1999
Let's face it, a bad childhood is more interesting and McCourt had it in spades. He was born in Brooklyn, but his family went back to Ireland where he grew up on the dole exacerbated by alcoholism (his father's), near starvation, beatings by the schoolmasters, and a brief respite in clinic where he discovered Shakespeare.

American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History / Chris Kyle --- DS79.76 .K95 2012 Library Has Film
The astonishing autobiography of SEAL Chief Chris Kyle, whose record 150 confirmed kills make him the most deadly sniper in U.S. military history.

Angels and Demons / Dan Brown --- PS3552.R685434 A82 2003
A Harvard symbologist analyzes a mysterious symbol seared to the chest of murdered physicist and discovers evidence of the resurgence of an ancient secret brotherhood to carry out its vendetta against the Catholic Church.

Atonement / Ian McEwan --- PR6063.C4 A88 2002
On the hottest day of the summer of 1935, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis sees her sister, Cecilia, strip off her clothes and plunge into the fountain in the garden of their country house. Watching her is Robbie Turner, her childhood friend who, like Cecilia, has recently come down from Cambridge. By the end of that day, the lives of all three will have been changed forever.

Bastard Out of Carolina / Dorothy Allision --- PS3551 .L453 B37 1992
Greenville County, South Carolina, a wild, lush place, is home to the Boatwright family-rough-hewn men who drink hard and shoot up each other's trucks, and indomitable women who marry young and age all too quickly. At the heart of this astonishing novel is Ruth Anne Boatwright, known simply as Bone, a South Carolina bastard with an annotated birth certificate to tell the tale.

A Beautiful Mind / Sylvia Nasar --- QA29.N25 N37 2001 library owns movie
Th true story of John Nash, the mathematical genius who was a legend by age thirty when he slipped into madness, and who -- thanks to the selflessness of a beautiful woman and the loyalty of the mathematics community -- emerged after decades of ghostlike existence to win a Nobel Prize and world acclaim.

Because of Winn-Dixie / Kate DiCamillo --- PZ7.D5455 Be 2000
Ten-year-old India Opal Buloni describes her first summer in the town of Naomi, Florida, and all the good things that happen to her because of her big ugly dog Winn-Dixie.

Bee Season: A Novel / Maya Goldberg --- PS3557.O35819 B44 2000
Eliza Naumann, a seemingly unremarkable nine-year-old, expects never to fit into her gifted family: her autodidact father, Saul, absorbed in his study of Jewish mysticism; her brother, Aaron, the vessel of his father's spiritual ambitions; and her brilliant but distant lawyer-mom, Miriam. But when Eliza sweeps her school and district spelling bees in quick succession, Saul takes it as a sign that she is destined for greatness.

Before I Go to Sleep / S. J. Watson --- PR6123.A884 B44 2011
An amnesiac attempts to reconstruct her past by keeping a journal and discovers the dangerous inconsistencies in the stories of her husband and her secret doctor.

Ben Hur: A Tale of Christ / Lew Wallace --- PS3134 .B4 1960 library owns movie
Jewish nobleman Judah Ben-Hur opposes the Roman tyranny in the times of Christ, and through his opposition brings tragedy to himself and his family. Follows his descent to slavery, back into the ruling class through finding favor with the master of a ship on which he was a slave. Culminates with the famous chariot race and the death of Christ.

Big Fish: A Novel of Mystic Proportions / Daniel Wallace --- PS3573.A4256348 B53 2003
He could outrun anybody, and he never missed a day of school. He saved lives, tamed giants. Animals loved him. People loved him. Women loved him (and he loved them back). And he knew more jokes than any man alive. Now, as he lies dying, Edward Bloom can't seem to stop telling jokes -- or the tall tales that have made him, in his son's eyes, an extraordinary man. Big Fish is the story of this man's life, told as a series of legends and myths inspired by the few facts his son, William, knows. Through these tales -- hilarious and wrenching, tender and outrageous -- William begins to understand his elusive father's great feats, and his great failings.

Black Dahlia / James Ellroy --- PS3555 .L6274 B53 1987 
Using the basic facts concerning the 1940s notorious and yet unsolved Black Dahlia case, Ellroy creates a kaleidoscope of human passion and dark obsession. A young woman's mutilated body is found in a Los Angeles vacant lot. The story is seen through the eyes of Bucky Bleichert, ex-prize fighter and something of a boy wonder on the police force. There is no relief or humor as Bleichert arrives at a grisly discovery. Ellroy's powerful rendering of the long-reaching effects of murder gives the case new meaning.

Blade Runner / Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? / Philip K. Dick --- PS3554.I3 D6 1982 Library also has movie
By 2021, the World War had killed millions, driving entire species into extinction and sending mankind off-planet. Those who remained coveted any living creature, and for people who couldn't afford one, companies built incredibly realistic simulacra: horses, birds, cats, sheep. . . They even built humans.

The Book Thief / Markus Zusak -- PZ7.Z837 Boo 2007
Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel—a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding.

Born on the Fourth of July / Ron Kovic --- DS559.5 .K68 1977 library owns movie
A true story of innocence lost and courage found. Ron Kovic a young volunteer for the Vietnam War changed from being a zealous teen to an embittered veteran, paralyzed from the mid-chest down. He returned to an environment vastly different from the one he left and struggled before emerging as a brave new voice for the disenchanted.

The Bourne Identity / Robert Ludlum --- PS3562 .U26 B6 1988
Jason Bourne. He has no past. And he may have no future. His memory is blank. He only knows that he was flushed out of the Mediterranean Sea, his body riddled with bullets. There are a few clues. A frame of microfilm surgically implanted beneath the flesh of his hip. Evidence that plastic surgery has altered his face. Strange things that he says in his delirium -- maybe code words. Initial: "J.B." And a number on the film negative that leads to a Swiss bank account, a fortune of four million dollars, and, at last, a name: Jason Bourne.

The Bourne Ultimatum / Robert Ludlum --- PS3562 .U26 B685 1990
The world's two deadliest spies in the ultimate showdown. At a small-town carnival two men, each mysteriously summoned by telegram, witness a bizarre killing. The telegrams are signed Jason Bourne. Only they know Bourne's true identity and understand the telegram is really a message from Bourne's mortal enemy, Carlos, known also as the Jackal, the world's deadliest and most elusive terrorist.

Bridge Over the River Kwai / Pierre Boulle --- PQ2603 .O754 P6 1964 Library has movie
British soldiers captured by the Japanese during World War II are forced to construct a strategic railroad bridge which a commando team is instructed by the British High Command to destroy.

Bridge to Terabithia / Katherine Paterson --- PZ7.P273 Br 1977
The life of a ten-year-old boy in rural Virginia expands when he becomes friends with a newcomer who subsequently meets an untimely death trying to reach their hideaway, Terabithia, during a storm.

Bridges of Madison County / Robert Waller --- PS3573 .A4347 B75 1992
When Robert Kincaid drives through the heat and dust of an Iowa summer and turns into Francesca Johnson's farm lane looking for directions, the world-class photographer and the Iowa farm wife are joined in an experience of uncommon truth and stunning beauty that will haunt them forever.

Brooklyn / Colm Toibin --- PR6070.O455B76 2009
Colm Toibin's sixth novel, Brooklyn, is set in Brooklyn and Ireland in the early 1950s, when one young woman crosses the ocean to make a new life for herself.

Carrie / Stephen King --- PS3561.I483 C3 1975
Carrie White is a mousy, shy, repressed girl who is mercilessly teased by her fellow classmates. Her mother is a religious fanatic who walks around in a black cape and imposes her rigid restrictions on Carrie. After Carrie unexpectedly has her first period in the school showers, she is teased by the girls more ruthlessly than before. The gym teacher punishes the girls that were involved and one of them, Sue Snell, feels sorry for what she did and asks her boyfriend to take Carrie to the prom instead of her. But another girl that has been banned from the prom, Chris Hargenson, isn't so forgiving and hatches an evil plan with her boyfriend that involves Carrie and a bucket full of pig's blood. But what none of the students realize is that Carrie has the power of telekinesis, the power to move things with your mind, and that when you make her mad, she transforms from an innocent girl to a rage-filled monster. And this is going to be a prom no one will ever forget.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory / Roald Dahl --- PZ7.D1515 Ch 2004
Each of five children lucky enough to discover an entry ticket into Mr. Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory takes advantage of the situation in his own way. Young Charlie Bucket can't believe his luck when he finds the very last of Mr. Willy Wonka's Golden Tickets inside his chocolate bar. He wins the trip of a lifetime, a magical tour around Mr. Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory. Once inside, Charlie and the other four winners—Augustus Gloop, Veruca Salt, Violet Beauregarde, and Mike Teavee—witness amazing wonders: rainbow drops, lickable wallpaper, and even a chocolate waterfall. But what happens when the children, one by one, disobey Mr. Wonka?

Charlie Wilson's War / George Crile --- DS371.2 .C75 2003 Library has movie
In the early 1980s, Charlie Wilson was best known as a womanizing US congressional representative from Texas. He seemed to be in the minor leagues, except for the fact that he was a member of two major foreign policy and covert-ops committees. However, once Charlie is prodded by his major conservative supporter, Joanne Herring, Wilson learns about the plight of the people who are suffering from the effects of the brutal Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. With the help of the maverick CIA agent, Gust Avrakotos, Wilson dedicates his canny political efforts to supply the Afghan mujahideen with the weapons and support needed to defeat the Soviet Union.

Charlotte's Web / E.B. White --- PZ7 .W58277 Ch 1980
Wilbur, the pig, is desolate when he discovers that he is destined to be the farmer's Christmas dinner until his spider friend, Charlotte, decides to help him.

Children of Men / P.D. James --- PR6060 .A467 C48 1993
In 2021, with the human race becoming extinct because of the infertility of all males, Oxford historian Theodore Faron is drawn into the schemes of an unlikely group of revolutionaries out to save society.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe / C.S. Lewis --- PZ7.L58474 Ch 1994
Four English schoolchildren find their way through the back of a wardrobe into the magic land of Narnia and assist its ruler, the golden lion Aslan, to triumph over the White Witch, who has cursed the land with eternal winter.

Cider House Rules: A Novel / John Irving --- PS3559.R8 C5 1985 Library has movie
Tells a compelling and heartwarming story about how far a young man must travel to find the place where he truly belongs. Homer has lived nearly his entire life within the walls of an orphanage in rural Maine and has been groomed by its proprietor to be his successor. But Homer falls in love and strikes out on his own.

The Circle / Dave Eggars --- PS3605.G48C57 2013 
Mae Holland’s dream job at the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, is not what she expected.

Circle of Friends / Maeve Binchey --- PR6052 .I7728 C57 1991
It began with Benny Hogan and Eve Malone, growing up, inseparable, in the village of Knockglen. Benny--the only child, yearning to break free from her adoring parents...Eve--the orphaned offspring of a convent handyman and a rebellious blueblood, abandoned by her mother's wealthy family to be raised by nuns. Eve and Benny--they knew the sins and secrets behind every villager's lace curtains...except their own.

A Clockwork Orange / Anthony Burgess --- PR6052 .U638 C5 1987 library owns movie
A vicious fifteen-year-old "droog" is the central character of this 1963 classic, whose stark terror was captured in Stanley Kubrick's magnificent film of the same title. In Anthony Burgess's nightmare vision of the future, where criminals take over after dark, the story is told by the central character, Alex, who talks in a brutal invented slang that brilliantly renders his and his friends' social pathology.

Cloud Atlas / David Mitchell --- PR6063.I785 C58 2004
Recounts the connected stories of people from the past and the distant future, from a nineteenth-century notary and an investigative journalist in the 1970s to a young man who searches for meaning in a post-apocalyptic world.

Cold Mountain / Charles Frazier --- PS3556 .R3599 C6 1997 Library has movie
The impact of the Civil War on lovers. Inman is not the man he used to be, as wounded in battle he slowly makes his way home to North Carolina. His sweetheart, Ada, too has changed, no longer a flighty belle but a hard-working farm woman. Will love be the same?

The Color Purple / Alice Walker --- PS3573.A425 C6 1992 Library has movie
An uneducated woman living in the rural American south who was raped by her father, deprived of the children she bore him and forced to marry a brutal man she calls "Mister" is transformed by the friendship of two remarkable women, acquiring self-worth and the strength to forgive.

Confessions of a Shopaholic / Sophie Kinsella --- PR6061.I54 C6 2001
Rebecca Bloomwood just hit rock bottom. But she's never looked better.... Becky Bloomwood has a fabulous flat in London's trendiest neighborhood, a troupe of glamorous socialite friends, and a closet brimming with the season's must-haves. The only trouble is that she can't actually afford it - not any of it.

The Constant Gardener / John le Carre --- PR6062.E33 C66 2001
Tessa Quayle, wife of mild-mannered, seemingly ineffectual diplomat Justin Quayle, may be dead through the course of this disturbing book, but her spirit is omnipresent, as various foreign-service flunkies, corrupt government officials, and corporate honchos hustle to cover up not only her murder but also the crusade that led to her death--exposing the multinational pharmaceutical companies that foisted an untested, potentially deadly TB drug on Kenya's unsuspecting poor. Her naive husband, the constant gardener of the title, rises from his lethargy to follow Tessa's trail, from Africa to Italy to Canada and back again to Africa, where the inevitable climax awaits.

Contact / Carl Sagan --- PS3569.A287 C6 1986
In December, 1999, a multinational team journeys out to the stars, to the most awesome encounter in human history. Who — or what — is out there?

Coraline / Neil Gaiman; P. Craig Russell --- PN6727.B378 R87 C67 2008
When Coraline steps through a door in her family's new house, she finds another house strangely similar to her own (only better). At first, things seem marvelous. The food is better than at home, and the toy box is filled with fluttering wind-up angels and dinosaur skulls that crawl and rattle their teeth. But there's another mother and another father, and they want her to stay and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go. Coraline will have to fight with all her wit and all the tools she can find if she is to save herself and return to her ordinary life.

Cross Creek / Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings --- PS 3535 .A845 C7 1987 Library also owns movie
After ten years as a frustrated newspaper reporter and unsuccessful author of fiction, Marjorie Rawlings turns her back on financial security and takes up residence in the Florida Everglades.

The Da Vinci Code / Dan Brown --- PS3552.R685434 D3 2003
While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call: the elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum. Near the body, police have found a baffling cipher. While working to solve the enigmatic riddle, Langdon is stunned to discover it leads to a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci--clues visible for all to see--yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

Dark Places / Gillian Flynn ---- PS3606.L935D37 2010
After witnessing the murder of her mother and sisters, seven-year-old Libby Day testifies against her brother Ben, but twenty-five years later she tries to profit from her tragic history and admit that her story might not have been accurate.

The Dark Tower / Stephen King --- PS3561.I483D379 2004
The story of Roland of Gilead: The Last Gunslinger. He is a haunting figure, a loner on a spellbinding journey into good and evil. In his desolate world, which mirrors our own in frightening ways, Roland tracks The Man in Black, encounters an enticing woman named Alice, and begins a friendship with the boy from New York named Jake.

Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States / Helen Prejean --- HV 8699 .U5 P74 1993 Library also owns movie
In 1982, Sister Helen Prejean became the spiritual advisor to Patrick Sonnier, a convicted killer sentenced to die in Louisiana's electric chair.

The Devil Wears Prada / Lauren Weisberger --- PS3623.E453 D485 2003
A small-town girl fresh out of an Ivy League college lands a job at a prestigious fashion magazine, but wonders if the glamorous perks are worth working for the editor from hell.

Divergent / Veronica Roth --- PZ7.R7375 Di 2011
In a future Chicago, sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly / Jean-Dominique Bauby --- RC388.5 .B39513 1998
The author, the former editor of French Elle magazine, describes surviving the rare stroke to the brain stem that left with locked-in syndrome, his mind intact in a nearly totally paralyzed body, able to communicate only with his left eye.

Dolores Claiborne / Stephen King --- PS 3561 .I483 D65 1993
Suspected of killing Vera Donovan, her wealthy employer, Dolores Claiborne tells police the story of her life, harkening back to her violent husband, disintegrating marriage and the suspicious death of Joe Claiborne thirty years earlier. 

Disclosure / Michael Crichton --- PS 3553 .R48 D57 1994
An electrifying thriller in which a shocking accusation of sexual harassment triggers a gripping psychological game of cat and mouse and threatens to derail a brilliant career.

Divergent / Veronica Roth -- PZ7.R7375 Di 2011
In a future Chicago, sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.

Donnie Brasco / Joseph Pistone --- HV7911 .P468 A3 1988
Posing as jewel thief "Donnie Brasco," FBI agent Joseph D. Pistone carried out the most audacious sting operation ever, working undercover for six years to infiltrate the flamboyant community of mafia soldiers, "connected guys," captains, and godfathers.

Dr. Zhivago / Boris Pasternak --- PG3476 .P27 D687 1989 Library also owns film
Yuri Zhivago, doctor and poet, lives and loves during the first three decades of 20th-century Russia.

Eaters of the Dead / 13th Warrior / Michael Crichton --- PS3553 .R48 E37 1976 Library has the movie
It is 922 A.D. The refined Arab courtier Ibn Fadlan is accompanying a party of Viking warriors back to the north. Fadlan belatedly discovers that his job is to combat the terrors in the night that come to slaughter the Vikings—but just how he will do it, Fadlan has no idea.

Eat Pray Love / Elizabeth Gilbert --- G154.5.G55 A3 2006
In her early thirties, [the author] had everything a modern American woman was supposed to want - husband, country home, successful career - but instead of feeling happy and fulfilled, she felt consumed by panic and confusion. This ... is the story of how she left behind all these outward marks of success, and of what she found in their place. Presents the memoir of a magazine writer' yearlong travels across the world in search of pleasure, guidance, experience, and meaning.

Elegy for Iris / Irish / John Bayley --- PR6063.U7 Z583 1999
A tribute to author Iris Murdoch, now stricken with Alzheimer's disease, written by her husband of over forty years, in which he discusses their passionate love relationship and traces the progression of her affliction.

Emma / Jane Austen --- PR4031 .C5 1933 Library also has movie
Emma Woodhouse is a young woman who, having engineered the marriage of her companion, turns her attention toward making a match for the local vicar and her new protégée, Harriet Smith.

Ender's Game / Orson Scott Card --- PS3553.A655 E5 1991
Child-hero Ender Wiggin must fight a desperate battle against a deadly alien race if mankind is to survive.

The English Patient / Michael Ondaatje --- PR9199.3 .O5 E54 1993 Library has the movie
After a badly burned pilot is pulled from the wreckage of his plane in the Sahara Desert, he's placed in the care of an army nurse and identified only as "the English patient". As his memory slowly returns, a passionate and consuming love affair with a married woman is unveiled, and lives from both the past and the present become inextricably altered.

Eragon / Christopher Paolini --- PZ7.P19535 Er 2003
In Alagaesia, a fifteen-year-old boy of unknown lineage called Eragon finds a mysterious stone that weaves his life into an intricate tapestry of destiny, magic, and power, peopled with dragons, elves, and monsters.

Evening / Susan Minot --- PS3563 .I4755 E84 1998
A woman dying of cancer relives a weekend with the man of her dreams. For Ann Lord, who subsequently married three times, nothing equalled the passion she felt for her first love, a doctor from the Korean War whom she lost to another woman.

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close / Jonathan Safran Foer --- PS3606.O38 E97 2005
Oskar Schell, 9, must find a lock that matches a key that belonged to his father, who died in the World Trade Center on 9/11.

Far from the Madding Crowd / Thomas Hardy -- PR 4745 .A1 1912 Library has the movie
A headstrong young heiress is pursued by three suitors: a strapping farmer, a dashing soldier & a prosperous older bachelor.

The Fault in Our Stars / John Green --- PZ7.G8233 Fau 2012
Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas  / Hunter S. Thompson --- PN4874.T444 A3 1998b
Records the experiences of a free-lance writer who embarked on a zany journey into the drug culture.

The Firm / John Grisham --- PS3557.R5355 F57 1991 Library has the movie
At the top of his class at Harvard Law, he had his choice of the best in America. He made a deadly mistake.

The Fifth Wave / Rick Yancey --- PZ7.Y19197Aah 2015
Cassie Sullivan, the survivor of an alien invasion, must rescue her young brother from the enemy with help from a boy who may be one of them.

The Freedom Writer's Diary / Erin Gruwell --- HQ796 .F76355 1999
As an idealistic twenty-three-year-old English teacher at Wilson High School in Long Beach, California. Erin Gruwell confronted a room of "unteachable, at-risk" students. One day she intercepted a note with an ugly racial caricature, and angrily declared that this was precisely the sort of thing that led to the Holocaust—only to be met by uncomprehending looks ... With powerful entries from the students' own diaries and a narrative text by [her, this book] is an uplifting, unforgettable example of how hard work, courage, and the spirit of determination changed the lives of a teacher and her students.

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Café / Fannie Flagg --- PS3556 .L26 F7 1988
Mrs. Threadgoode's tale of two high-spirited women of the 1930s, Idgie and Ruth, helps Evelyn, a 1980s woman in a sad slump of middle age, to begin to rejuvenate her own life.

From Hell / Alan Moore --- PN6727.B378 M66 F76 2006
Legendary comics writer Alan Moore and artist Eddie Campbell have created a gripping, hallucinatory piece of crime fiction about Jack the Ripper. Detailing the events that led up to the Whitechapel murders and the cover-up that followed, From Hell has become a modern masterpiece of crime noir and historical fiction.

A Game of Thrones / George R. R. Martin --- PS3563.A7239 G36 2011
Trouble and coldness descend on a kingdom where the seasons are out of balance.

Girl, Interrupted / Susanna Kaysen --- RC464.K36 A3 1994
Kaysen writes of her experiences, augmented by pages from her medical record, in a psychiatric hospital and of the social and emotional assumptions that divide people into deviant or normal.

Girl on the Train / Paula Hawkins --- PR6108.A963 G57 2015
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning, flashing past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stopping at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. Their life, as she sees it, is perfect ... until she sees something shocking.

Girl With a Pearl Earring / Tracy Chevalier --- PS3553.H4367 G57 2000 Library has the movie
A maid becomes a model for the 17th century Dutch painter, Vermeer. The woman, an artisan's daughter with a strong power of observation, describes his manner of work, his household and life of the day, including the rigid class system and religious bigotry

Girl With the Dragon Tattoo / Stieg Larrson --- PT9876.22.A6933 M3613 2008 Library has the movie (Swedish version)
The disappearance forty years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden, gnaws at her octogenarian uncle, Henrik Vanger. He is determined to know the truth about what he believes was her murder. He hires crusading journalist Mikael Blomkvist, recently at the wrong end of a libel case, to get to the bottom of Harriet's disappearance. Lisbeth Salander, a twenty-four-year-old, pierced, tattooed genius hacker, possessed of the hard-earned wisdom of someone twice her age—and a terrifying capacity for ruthlessness—assists Blomkvist with the investigation. This unlikely team discovers a vein of nearly unfathomable iniquity running through the Vanger family, an astonishing corruption at the highest echelon of Swedish industrialism—and a surprising connection between themselves.

The Giver / Lois Lowry --- PZ7.L9673 Gi 1993
Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.

The Godfather / by Mario Puzo --- PS 3566 .U9 G6 1969 Library has the movie
Novel delves into the operation of the Cosa Nostre by focusing on Mafia leader Vito Corleone and his underworld domain.

The Golden Compass / Philip Pullman --- PZ7 .P968 Go 1996
Accompanied by her daemon, Lyra Belacqua sets out to prevent her best friend and other kidnapped children from becoming the subject of gruesome experiments in the Far North.

Gone Girl / Gillian Flynn --- PS3606.L935 G66 2012 Library has the movie
On the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick's wife Amy suddenly disappears.

Gone With the Wind / Margaret Mitchell --- PS3525 .I972 G6 1964 Library has the movie
After the Civil War sweeps away the genteel life to which she has been accustomed, Scarlett O'Hara sets about to salvage her plantation home.

The Grapes of Wrath / John Steinbeck --- PS3537.T3234 G8 2002 Library has the movie
Depicts the hardships and suffering endured by the Joads as they journey from Oklahoma to California during the Depression.

The Great Gatsby / F. Scott Fitzgerald --- PS3511 .I9 G7 1991 Library has the movie
Jay Gatsby had once loved beautiful, spoiled Daisy Buchanan, then lost her to a rich boy. Now, mysteriously wealthy, he is ready to risk everything to woo her back. Bathtub gin, flappers and house parties that last all week enliven Fitzgerald's classic tale, a startling portrait of Gatsby's search for meaning in his opulent world.

The Handmaid's Tale / Margaret Atwood --- PR 9199.3 .A8 H3 1986
The story of a handmaid named Offred who lives in the repressive Republic of Gilead

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone / J.K. Rowling --- PZ7.R79835 Har 1998 Library has the movie
Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry.

The Haunting of Hill House / Shirley Jackson --- PS3519.A392 H3 1999
The story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a "haunting"; Theodora, his lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers-and soon it will choose one of them to make its own.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy / Douglas Adams --- PR6051.D3352 H5 1989
After Earth is demolished to make way for a new hyperspatial expressway, Arthur Dent begins to hitch-hike through space.

The Hobbit, or, There and Back Again / J.R.R. Tolkien --- PR6039.O32 H6 2001
Bilbo Baggins, a respectable, well-to-do hobbit, lives comfortably in his hobbit-hole until the day the wandering wizard Gandalf chooses him to take part in an adventure from which he may never return.

Holes / Louis Sachar --- PZ7.S1185 Ho 1998
As further evidence of his family's bad fortune which they attribute to a curse on a distant relative, Stanley Yelnats is sent to a hellish correctional camp in the Texas desert where he finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself.

The Host / Stephanie Meyer --- PZ7.M5717515 Ho 2008
The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of their human hosts while leaving their bodies intact, and most of humanity has succumbed. But Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away.

The Hours / Michael Cunningham --- PS3553.U484 H68 1998 Library has the movie
A trio of stories around the writer, Virginia Woolf. In the first, set in 1923, Woolf is writing her novel, Mrs. Dalloway. The second story is on a woman reading the novel in 1949 Los Angeles, while the third is on a woman in present-day New York who has been nicknamed Mrs. Dalloway by her boyfriend.

House of Sand and Fog / Andre Dubus --- PS3554.U265 H68 1999 Library has the movie
Opportunity knocks for an Iranian immigrant in California when the county offers for sale a seized house at a bargain price. It will serve as a launching pad for his real-estate business. When the county discovers it made an error, the drug-addicted woman who owned the house demands its return, but the Iranian refuses.

How to Make an American Quilt / Whitney Otto --- PS3565.T795 H6 2001
an exploration of women of yesterday and today, who join together in a uniquely female experience. As they gather year after year, their stories, their wisdom, their lives, form the pattern from which all of us draw warmth and comfort for ourselves.

Howards End / EM Forester --- PR6011 .O58 H6 1984 Library has the movie
Tells the story of the idealistic, independent and highly educated Schlegel sisters and their tangled relationships with a rich businessman and his family, and with an unhappily married young bank clerk.

The Hunger Games / Suzanne Collins ---  PZ7.C6837 Hun 2008
In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place.

I Am Legend / Richard Matheson --- PS3563.A8355 I18 2007
Robert Neville is the last living man on Earth...but he is not alone. Every other man, woman, and child on Earth has become a vampire, and they are all hungry for Neville's blood.

I Am Number Four / Pittacus Lore --- PZ7.L87855 Iae 2010
In rural Ohio, friendships and a beautiful girl prove distracting to a fifteen-year-old who has hidden on Earth for ten years waiting to develop the Legacies, or powers, he will need to rejoin the other six surviving Garde members and fight the Mogadorians who destroyed their planet, Lorien.

I Know What You Did Last Summer / Lois Duncan --- PZ7 .D9117 Iak 1999
Four teenagers who have desperately tried to conceal their responsibility for a hit-and-run accident are pursued by a mystery figure seeking revenge.

I, Robot / Isaac Asimov --- PS 3551 .S5 I2a
Asimov chronicles the development of the robot through a series of interlinked stories: from its primitive origins in the present to its ultimate perfection in the not-so-distant future--a future in which humanity itself may be rendered obsolete.

If I Stay / Gayle Forman --- PZ7.F75876 If 2009
While in a coma following an automobile accident that killed her parents and younger brother, seventeen-year-old Mia, a gifted cellist, weights whether to live with her grief or join her family in death.

The Imitation Game / Alan Turing: Enigma / Andrew Hodges --- QA 29 .T8 H63 1983
The story of British mathematician Alan Turing, who helped crack Nazi codes for the Allies during World War II.

In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex / Nathaniel Philbrick --- G530.E76 2000
In 1819, the 238-ton Essex set sail from Nantucket on a routine voyage for whales. Fifteen months later, the unthinkable happened: in the farthest reaches of the South Pacific, the Essex was rammed and sunk by an enraged sperm whale. Its twenty-man crew, fearing cannibals on the islands to the west, decided instead to sail their three tiny boats for the distant South American coast.

Interview with the Vampire / Anne Rice --- PS3568 .I265 I57
We are in a small room with the vampire, face to face, as he speaks—as he pours out the hypnotic, shocking, moving, and erotically charged confessions of his first two hundred years as one of the living dead.

Into the Wild / John Krakauer --- CT 9971 .M35 K73 1996
In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter...

Iris / Elegy for Iris / John Bayley --- PR6063.U7 Z583 1999
John Bayley recreates his passionate love affair with Iris Murdoch—world-renowned writer and philosopher, and his wife of forty-two years—and poignantly describes the dimming of her brilliance due to Alzheimer's disease.

It's Kind of a Funny Story / Ned Vizzini --- PZ7.V853 It 2006
A humorous account of a New York City teenager's battle with depression and his time spent in a psychiatric hospital.

Jane Eyre / Charlott Bronte--- PR4167 .J3 1942 library owns movie
Jane Eyre, a mistreated orphan, becomes a governess and learns to survive by relying on her independence and intelligence.

Jaws / Peter Benchley --- PS3552.E537 J39 2005 library owns movie
Story of a killer shark that has taken over the waters near a seaside community, and the three men who set out to kill it.

The Joy Luck Club / Amy Tan --- PS 3570 .A48 J6 1989
In 1949, four Chinese women--drawn together by the shadow of their past--begin meeting in San Francisco to play mah jong, invest in stocks and "say" stories. They call their gathering the Joy Luck Club--and forge a relationship that binds them for more than three decades.

Jumanji / Chris Van Allsburg --- PZ7 .V266 Ju
Left on their own for an afternoon, two bored and restless children find more excitement than they bargained for in a mysterious and mystical jungle adventure board game.

Jurassic Park / Michael Crichton --- PS3553 .R48 J87 1991
A wealthy entrepreneur secretly creates a theme park featuring living dinosaurs drawn from prehistoric DNA. Before opening the attraction to the public, he invites some scientists to experience the park and help calm anxious investors; but, during the visit, the security system breaks down and prehistoric creatures break out.

Killshot / Elmore Leonard --- PS3562 .E55 K55 1989
Carmen saw the scam. And now she and Wayne, her ironworker husband, have to pay. Because Blackbird kills smart and deadly. Richie kills stupid and crazy. Both are out to erase any living evidence -- and when these lethal partners take up the chase, a safe place from killing is awfully hard to find.

The Kite Runner / Khaled Hosseini --- PS3608.O832 K58 2004
Traces the unlikely friendship of a wealthy Afghan youth and a servant's son in a tale that spans the final days of Afghanistan's monarchy through the atrocities of the present day.

The Last of the Mohicans / James Fennimore Cooper --- PS1408 .A1 1986b Library has the movie
The tale of a Mohican brave's struggle to protect two English girls from an evil Huron.

Last Picture Show / Larry McMurtry --- PS3563 .A319 L37 1979 Library has the movie
The youth of a small town in mid-twentieth-century Texas search for ways to escape boredom and experience life and love.

Last Temptation of Christ / Nikos Kazantzakis --- PA5610 .K39 T413 1960 Library has the movie
In this story, Jesus is presented as both fully human and fully divine, free of sin but subject to all temptations.

Le Divorce / Diane Johnson --- PS3560.O3746 D58 2003
A witty look at French and American cultures. It begins when an American woman arrives in Paris to help her sister divorce an aristocratic husband who has taken off with another woman. The couple have a child and the two families, French and American, clash over its future.

Life of Pi / Yann Martel --- PR9199.3.M3855 L54 2003Library has the movie
Redemptive story of a boy, 16, and a 450-pound tiger; Booker Prize winner.

Like Water for Chocolate / Laura Esquivel --- PQ7298.15.S638 C6613 1992 Library has the movie
Despite the fact that she has fallen in love with a young man, Tita, the youngest of three daughters born to a tyrannical rancher, must obey tradition and remain single and at home to care for her mother.

Lincoln / Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln / Doris Kearns Goodwin --- E457.45 .G66 2005 Library has the movie
This multiple biography is centered on Lincoln's mastery of men and how it shaped the most significant presidency in the nation's history. Historian Goodwin illuminates Lincoln's political genius, as the one-term congressman rises from obscurity to prevail over three gifted rivals to become president.

Little Women / Louisa Mae Alcott --- PS1017 .L5 2005 Library has the movie
Chronicles the joys and sorrows of the four March sisters as they grow into young women in mid-nineteenth-century New England.

Long Way Down / Nick Hornby ---- PR6058.O689 L66 2005
Meet Martin, JJ, Jess, and Maureen. Four people who come together on New Year's Eve: a former TV talk show host, a musician, a teenage girl, and a mother all with the intention of killing themselves.

The Lorax / Dr. Seuss --- PZ8.3.G276 Lo 2009
The Once-ler describes the results of the local pollution problem.

The Lovely Bones / Alice Seabold --- PS3619.E26 L68 2002
This is the tale of family, memory, love, and living told by 14-year-old Susie Salmon, who is already in heaven. Through the voice of a precocious teenage girl, Susie relates the awful events of her death and builds out of her family's grief a hopeful and joyful story.

The Man in the Iron Mask / Alexandre Dumas --- PQ 2227 .H6813 1944
A mysterious prisoner in an iron mask wastes away deep inside the Bastille. When the destinies of king and prisoner converge, the Three Musketeers and D’Artagnan find themselves caught between conflicting loyalties.

Man Without a Face / Isabelle Holland ---PZ7 .H7083 Man
A fatherless fourteen-year-old boy develops an unusual relationship with the man living near his summer home who helps him prepare his entrance exams to boarding school.

The Martian / Andy Weir --- PS3623.E432449M37 2014 Library has the movie
Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there.

Mary Reilly / Valerie Martin --- PS 3563 .A7295 M37 1990
a fresh twist on the classic Jekyll and Hyde story, a novel told from the perspective of Mary Reilly, Dr. Jekyll's dutiful and intelligent housemaid.

Master and Commander / Patrick O'Brian --- PS1017 .L5 2005
Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin form a friendship in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars. Life aboard a man-of-war in Nelson's navy is described.

Me Before You / Jo Jo Moyes --- PR6113.O94M4 2012
An unlikely love story set in a small English village, where a young local woman helps care for a 35-year-old quadriplegic

Mean Girls / Queen Bees and Wannabes / Rosiland Wiseman --- HQ798.W544 2002
Parent's guide to helping your daughter survive cliques, gossip, boyfriends, and other realities of adolescence

Memoirs of a Geisha / Arthur Golden --- PS3557.O35926 M45 2005 Library has the movie
A fisherman's daughter in 1930s Japan rises to become a famous geisha. After training, Sayuri's virginity is sold to the highest bidder, then the school finds her a general for a patron. When he dies, she is reunited with the only man she loved.

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil / John Berendt --- F294 .S2 B48 1994 Library has the movie
Shots rang out in Savannah's grandest mansion in the misty, early morning hours of May 2, 1981. Was it murder or self-defense? For nearly a decade, the shooting and its aftermath reverberated throughout this hauntingly beautiful city of moss-hung oaks and shaded squares. John Berendt's sharply observed, suspenseful, and witty narrative reads like a thoroughly engrossing novel, and yet it is a work of nonfiction....

A Mighty Heart / Mariane Pearl --- PN4874.P37 P43 2003
The widow of reporter Daniel Pearl, who was kidnapped and murdered in Pakistan, discusses his commitment to responsible journalism and her own role as a negotiator between the FBI and Pakistani police.

Misery / Stephen King --- PS3561 .I483 M5 1987 Library has the movie
After an almost fatal car crash, novelist Paul Sheldon finds himself being nursed by a deranged fan who holds him captive.

Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game / Michael Lewis --- GV880 .L49 2004
This book explains how Billy Beene, the general manager of the Oakland Athletics, is using a new kind of thinking to build a successful and winning baseball team without spending enormous sums of money.

The Monuments Men: Allied Heros, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History / Robert M. Edsel with Bret Witter --- D810.A7 E23 2009
The previously untold story of a little-known WWII Allied division whose mission was to track down European art and treasures that had been looted by the Nazis at Hitler's command.

My Sister's Keeper / Jodie Picoult -- PS3566.I372 M9 2004
Conceived to provide a bone marrow match for her leukemia-stricken sister, teenage Kate begins to question her moral obligations in light of countless medical procedures and decides to fight for the right to make decisions about her own body.

Munich / Vengeance: The True Story of an Israeli Counter-Terrorist Team / George Jonas --- DS119.7 .J55 2005
Vengeance is a true story that reads like a novel. It is the account of five ordinary Israelis, selected to vanish into "the cold" of espionage secrecy -- their mission to hunt down and kill the PLO terrorists responsible for the massacre of eleven Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics in 1972.

The Name of the Rose / Umberto Eco --- PQ4865 .C6 N613 1983 Library has the movie
The year is 1327. Franciscans in a wealthy Italian abbey are suspected of heresy, and Brother William of Baskerville arrives to investigate. His delicate mission is suddenly overshadowed by seven bizarre deaths that take place in seven days and night of apocalyptic terror. The body of one monk is found in a cask of pigs' blood, another is floating in a bathhouse, still another is crushed at the foot of a cliff.

The Natural / Bernard Malamud --- PS3563 .A4 N3 2003
Inspiring fable of a baseball player's major league dreams and the mysterious woman who shatters them.

No Country for Old Men / Cormac McCarty --- PS3563.C337 N6 2005 Library has the movie
Llewelyn Moss is hunting antelope near the Texas/Mexico border when he stumbles upon several dead men, a big stash of heroin, and more than two million dollars in cash. He takes off with the money--and the hunter becomes the hunted. A drug cartel hires a former Special Forces agent to track down the loot, and a ruthless killer joins the chase as well....

Notes on a Scandal / What Was She Thinking? Notes on a Scandal / Zoe Heller --- PR6058.E483W48 2003
Barbara Covett is a lonely teacher who finds friendship in a fellow instructor, Sheba Hart. But when Barbara uncovers Sheba's illicit affair with a teenage student, her jealousy and rage spiral out of control.

Odd Thomas / Dean Koontz --- PS3561.O55 O33 2003
"The dead don't talk. I don't know why." But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant.

Of Mice and Men / John Steinbeck --- PS3537.T3234 O2 2002 Library has the movie
In depression-era California, two migrant workers dream of better days on a spread of their own until an act of unintentional violence leads to tragic consequences.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest / Ken Kesey --- PS3561 .E667 O5 1996 Library has the movie
The story of a man whose rebelliousness pits him against the head nurse of a mental ward and the full spectrum of institutional repression.

Out of Africa / Isak Dinesen --- DT433.54 .D56 1985 Library has the movie
Dinesen, whose real name is Karen Blixen, tells her story of the 17 years she ran a coffee farm in Kenya, Africa.

The Outsiders / S. E. Hinton --- PZ7 .H5976 Ou 1982 Library has the movie
The struggle of three brothers to stay together after their parent's death and their quest for identity among the conflicting values of their adolescent society.

Paper Towns / John Green - PZ7.G8233Pap 2008
One month before graduating from his Central Florida high school, Quentin "Q" Jacobsen basks in the predictable boringness of his life until the beautiful and exciting Margo Roth Spiegelman, Q's neighbor and classmate, takes him on a midnight adventure and then mysteriously disappears.

A Passage to India / E. M. Forster --- PR6011 .O58 P3 1984 Library has the movie
Adela Quested and her fellow British travelers, eager to experience the "real" India, develop a friendship with the urbane Dr. Aziz. While on a group outing, Adela and Dr. Aziz visit the Marabar caves together. As they emerge, Adela accuses the doctor of assaulting her. While Adela never actually claims she was raped, the decisions she makes ostracize her from both her countrymen and the natives, setting off a complex chain of events that forever changes the lives of all involved.

Patriot Games / Tom Clancy --- PS3553.L245P38 1987
While vacationing in London, CIA analyst Jack Ryan saves the Prince and Princess of Wales from a terrorist attack and gains the gratitude of a nation and the enmity of its most dangerous ment.

The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea / Sebastian Junger --- QC945 .J66 1997
In October 1991, three weather systems collided off the coast of Nova Scotia to create a storm of singular fury, boasting waves over one hundred feet high. Among its victims was the Gloucester, Massachusetts-based swordfishing boat the Andrea Gail, which vanished with all six crew members aboard.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower / Stephen Chbosky -- Kindle Fire
Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it, Charlie must learn to navigate those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.

The Pelican Brief / John Grisham --- PS3557 .R5355 P4 1992
In suburban Georgetown a killer's Reeboks whisper on the floor of a posh home ... in a seedy D.C. porno house a patron is swiftly garroted to death ... The next day America learns that two of its Supreme Court justices have been assassinated.

The Polar Express / Chris Van Allsburg --- PZ7 .V266 Po 1985
A magical train ride on Christmas Eve takes a boy to the North Pole to receive a special gift from Santa Claus.

The Postman Always Rings Twice / James Cain --- PS3505 .A3113 P6 1992
The sultry young wife of a diner owner conspires with an aimless drifter to murder her husband

Practical Magic / Alice Hoffman --- PS 3558 .O3447 P73 1995
Orphaned at an early age, Gillian and Sally Owen are raised by an aunt who deals in sorcery. The girls long for the normal life and leave home as soon as they can. Years later tragedy strikes and it is then they realize that magic is their gift, not their affliction

Pride and Prejudice / Jane Austen --- PR4034 .P7 1993 Library has the movie
In early nineteenth-century England, a spirited young woman copes with the suit of a snobbish gentleman, as well as the romantic entanglements of her four sisters.

The Prince of Tides / Pat Conroy --- PS3553.O5198 P7 1986
In his most brilliant and powerful novel, Pat Conroy tells the story of Tom Wingo, his twin sister, Savannah, and the dark and violent past of the family into which they were born.

The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure / William Goldman --- PS3557.O384 P75 2003
Heartbroken over the death of her beloved Westley, beautiful Buttercup finally succumbs to the advances of the wicked Prince Humperdinck. Yet, when she's suddenly kidnapped by a motley band of deviants, what gallant hero comes to the rescue? None other than Westley-- alive, well and as wonderful as ever. But before these two can live happily ever after, they must first overcome formidable odds...

The Princess Diaries / Meg Cabot --- PZ7.C11165 Pr 2001
Fourteen-year-old Mia, who is trying to lead a normal life as a teenage girl in New York City, is shocked to learn that her father is the Prince of Genovia, a small European principality, and that she is a princess and the heir to the throne.

Precious / Push: A Novel / Sapphire ---- PS3569.A63 P87 1997 Library has the movie
A self-portrait of a black teenage girl, big, fat, unloved, with a father who rapes her and a jealous mother who screams abuse. For Precious, as she is called, hope appears when a courageous teacher, a young black woman, bullies, cajoles and inspires her to learn to read.

Ragtime / E.L. Doctorow--- PS3554 .O3 R3 1975
Three remarkable families lives' become entwined with Henry Ford, Harry Houdini, J.P. Morgan, Theodore Dreiser, Sigmund Freud, and Emiliano Zapata at the turn of the century.

The Rats of NIMH / Robert C. O'Brien --- PZ10.3 .O19 Mi
Having no one to help her with her problems, a widowed mouse visits the rats whose former imprisonment in a laboratory made them wise.

The Reader / Bernhard Schlink --- PT2680 .L54 V6713 1998
At the age of fifteen, Michael Berg falls in love with a woman who disappears, and while observing a trial as a law student years later, he is shocked to discover the same woman as the defendant in a horrible crime.

Rebecca / Daphne DuMarier -- PR6007 .U47 R4 1938 Library has the movie
A vacationing young lady meets, falls in love with, and marries handsome and wealthy widower Maxim de Winter. He takes his new bride home to his estate, Manderley. But the new Mrs. de Winter finds her married life dominated by the sinister, almost spectral influence of Maxim's late wife, Rebecca, who still rules from beyond the grave.

Red Dragon / Thomas Harris ---  PS 3558 .A6558 R4 1981 
A second family has been massacred by the terrifying serial killer the press has christened "The Tooth Fairy." Special Agent Jack Crawford turns to the one man who can help restart a failed investigation? Will Graham. 

Remains of the Day / Kazuo Ishiguro --- PR6059 .S5 R46 1989
A compelling portrait of the perfect English butler, who, at the end of his career in postwar England, reviews his life and secretly questions the "greatness" of the nobleman he served.

The Right Stuff / Tom Wolfe -- TL 789.8 .U5 W64 1980 Library has the movie
The Right Stuff. It's the quality beyond bravery, beyond courage. It's men like Chuck Yeager, the greatest test pilot of all and the fastest man on earth. Pete Conrad, who almost laughed himself out of the running. Gus Grissom, who almost lost it when his capsule sank. John Glenn, the only space traveler whose apple-pie image wasn't a lie.

A River Runs Though It / Norman Maclean --- PS3563 .A317993 R58 1989
Two brothers rebel against their stern father and become men in the majesty of the Montana wilderness.

Room / Emma Donoghue --- PR6054.O547R66 2010 Library has the movie
Narrator Jack and his mother, who was kidnapped seven years earlier when she was a 19-year-old college student, celebrate his fifth birthday. They live in a tiny, 11-foot-square soundproofed cell in a converted shed in the kidnapper's yard.

A Room With a View / E. M. Forster --- PR6011 .O58 R6 1986 Library has the movie
Tells the story of the coming of age of Lucy Honeychurch. Longing to burst free from the repression of British upper class manners and mores, she must wrestle with her inner romantic longings to choose between the passionate George and the priggish but socially suitable Cecil.

Roots / Alex Haley --- E 185.97 .H24 A33 Library has the movie
This poignant and powerful narrative tells the dramatic story of Kunta Kinte, snatched from freedom in Africa and brought by ship to America and slavery, and his descendants. Drawing on the oral traditions handed down in his family for generations, the author traces his origins back to the seventeen-year-old Kunta Kinte, who was abducted from his home in Gambia and transported as a slave to colonial America. In this account Haley provides an imaginative rendering of the lives of seven generations of black men and women.

Schindler's List / Thomas Keneally --- PR9619.3 .K46 S3 1983 Library has the movie
Recreates the remarkable activities and courage of Oskar Schindler, a Catholic German industrialist who gambled everything to save as many Jews as possible from the Nazi death camps.

Seabiscuit: An American Legend / Laura Hillenbrand --- SF355.S4 H55 2001
Seabiscuit was one of the most electrifying and popular attractions in sports history and the single biggest newsmaker in the world in 1938, receiving more coverage than FDR, Hitler, or Mussolini. But his success was a surprise to the racing establishment, which had written off the crooked-legged racehorse with the sad tail.

The Secret Life of Bees / Sue Monk Kidd --- PS3611 .I44 S38 2003
A remarkable story about mothers and daughters and the women in our lives who become our true mothers.

Sense and Sensibility / Jane Austen --- PR4034 .S4 1996 Library has the movie
With Mr. Dashwood's death, his wife and two daughters, Elinor and Marianne, must accustom themselves to genteel poverty. When Marianne meets the man of her dreams, everyone expects a marriage; unaccountably, he rejects her, with devastating effect. It falls to Elinor, the sensible elder sister, to pick up the pieces, while harboring a secret longing of her own....

A Series of Unfortunate Events (series) / Lemony Snicket --- PZ7.S6795 Bad 1999
After the sudden death of their parents, the three Baudelaire children must depend on each other and their wits when it turns out that the distant relative who is appointed their guardian is determined to use any means necessary to get their fortune.

Seven Years in Tibet / Heinrich Harrier --- DS 785 .H273 1954 Library has the movie
Heinrich Harrer is an Austrian national and a Nazi sympathizer. He leaves Austria in 1939 to climb a mountain in the Himalayas. Through a series of circumstances, including POW camp, he and fellow climber Peter Aufschnaiter become the only two foreigners in the Tibetan holy city of Lhasa. There, Heinrich's life changes forever as he becomes a close confidant to the Dalai Lama.

Shawshank Redemption / In Different Seasons / Stephen King --- PS3561 .I483 D5 Library has the movie
City banker Andy Dufresne arrived at Shawshank Prison in 1947. Convicted of two brutal murders, he received a double life sentence. Within the confines of the prison, Andy forms an unlikely friendship with the prison "fixer" Red.

The Shining / Stephen King --- PS3561.I483 S5 1977 Library has the movie
This tale of a troubled man hired to care for a remote mountain resort over the winter, his loyal wife, and their uniquely gifted son slowly but steadily unfolds as secrets from the Overlook Hotel's past are revealed, and the hotel itself attempts to claim the very souls of the Torrence family.

The Shipping News / Annie Proulx --- PS3566 .R697 S4 1993
Quoyle, a third-rate newspaper hack, with a "head shaped like a crenshaw, no neck, reddish hair...features as bunched as kissed fingertips," is wrenched violently out of his workaday life when his two-timing wife meets her just deserts. An aunt convinces Quoyle and his two emotionally disturbed daughters to return with her to the starkly beautiful coastal landscape of their ancestral home in Newfoundland.

The Silence of the Lambs / Thomas Harris --- PS3558 .A6558 S5 1989 Library has the movie
A serial murderer known by a grotesquely apt nickname--Buffalo Bill-is stalking particular women. A young F.B.I. trainee is assigned to interview a mental patient--a brilliant psychiatrist and killer, for insights into the crime.

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants / Ann Brashares --- PZ7.B653 Sis 2001
Once there was a pair of pants. Just an ordinary pair of jeans. But these pants, the Traveling Pants, went on to do great things. This is the story of the four friends who made it possible.

Slaughterhouse Five / Kurt Vonnegut --- PS3572 .O5 S6 1998
Kurt Vonnegut's absurdist classic Slaughterhouse-Five introduces us to Billy Pilgrim, a man who becomes unstuck in time after he is abducted by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore. In a plot-scrambling display of virtuosity, we follow Pilgrim simultaneously through all phases of his life, concentrating on his (and Vonnegut's) shattering experience as an American prisoner of war who witnesses the firebombing of Dresden.

Snow Falling on Cedars / David Guterson --- PS 3557 .U846 S65 1994 Library has the movie
Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award American Booksellers Association Book of the Year Award San Piedro Island, north of Puget Sound, is a place so isolated that no one who lives there can afford to make enemies. But in 1954 a local fisherman is found suspiciously drowned, and a Japanese American named Kabuo Miyamoto is charged with his murder.

The Social Network / The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook: A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal / Ben Mezrich --- HM742 .M49 2010
Relates the story behind the founding of Facebook by Harvard University undergraduates, and describes how conflicting ideas for the future of the site destroyed the friendship of co-founders Mark Zuckerberg and Eduardo Saverin.

Sophie's Choice / William Styron --- PS3569.T9 S67 Library has the movie
A drama set in post-World War II Brooklyn revolves around Sophie, a Polish Catholic beauty who survived Auschwitz, her lover, Nathan, and Stingo, a would-be writer. As the three grow closer, Stingo discovers the captivating and moving truths that each harbors.

Sounder / William Howard Armstrong --- PZ7 .A73394 So Library has the movie
Angry and humiliated when his sharecropper father is jailed for stealing food for his family, a young black boy grows in courage and understanding by learning to read and through his relationship with his devoted dog Sounder.

Spartacus / Howard Fast --- PS3511 .A784 S6 1996 Library has the movie
The story of Spartacus, born a slave, trained as a gladiator, who led a slave revolt that was eventually put down by Crassus

Stand by Me / From "The Body" in Different Seasons / Stephen King --- PS3561 .I483 D5
A writer named Gordie retells a boyhood journey where he, Chris, and their best friends, Teddy, and Vern go on a quest to find the body of a missing boy.

Starship Troopers / Robert Heinlein --- PS3515 .E288 S76 1987
A recruit of the future goes through the toughest boot camp in the Universe--and into battle with the Terran Mobile Infantry against mankind's most frightening enemy.

Sum of all Fears / Tom Clancy --- PS 3553 .L245 S8 1991
One terrible act plunges the world into an instant nuclear crisis, and, with the American president accused of incompetence, Jack Ryan calls on FBI head Dan Murray to help him avert disaster.

The Taking of Pelham 123 / John Godey --- PS3513 .O155 T3 1973
New York Metropolitan Transit Authority train dispatcher Walter Garber's day is turned upside down when he must face-off against Ryder, the criminal mind that has hijacked the passengers of subway train, Pelham 1-2-3.

Tailor of Panama / John Le Carre --- PS3569.T9 S67
An English tailor working in Panama is hired by the British government as a spy because of his contacts at the highest level. He proceeds to tailor his reports the way he creates his suits, giving the client what he wants, and the result is tragicomedy.

Terms of Endearment / Larry McMurtry --- PS3563 .A319 T47 1983 Library has the movie
A comedy-drama about the evolving 30+ year relationship between a mother and daughter.

There Will Be Blood / Oil / Upton Sinclair --- PS3537 .I85 O35 1927 Library has the movie
After writing The Jungle, his scathing indictment of the meatpacking industry, Sinclair turned his sights on the early days of the California oil industry in a highly entertaining story featuring a cavalcade of characters including senators, oil magnets, Hollywood film starlets, and a crusading evangelist.

The Thin Red Line / James Jones --- PS3560.O49 T5 1975
They are the men of C-for-Charlie Company. "Mad" 1st Sgt. Eddie Welsh, SSgt. Don Doll, Pvt. John Bell, Capt. James Stein, Cpl. Fife, and dozens more just like them, infantrymen in "this man's army" who are about to land grim and white-faced on an atoll in the Pacific called Guadalcanal. This is their story, a shatteringly realistic walk into hell and back....

This Boy's Life / Tobias Wolff --- PS 3573 .O558 Z477 1989
Wolff's account of his boyhood and the process of growing up includes paper routes, whiskey, scouting, fistfights, friendship, and betrayal in 1950s America.

The Time Traveler's Wife / Audrey Niffenegger -- PS3564.I362 T56 2003
The love story of Henry and Claire whose lives are punctuated by Henry's disappearance to different points in time--sometimes even back to visit Claire as a young woman.

Thirteen Reasons Why / James Asher --- PZ7.A8155 Th 2011
When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah's voice recounting the events leading up to her death.

To Kill a Mockingbird / Harper Lee ---PS3562.E353T6 1982 Library has the movie
The explosion of racial hate in an Alabama town is viewed by a little girl whose father defends a black man accused of rape.

True Grit / Portis, Charles --- PS3566.O663 T78 2010
Following the murder of her father by hired hand Tom Chaney, 14-year-old farm girl Mattie Ross sets out to capture the killer. To aid her, she hires the toughest U.S. marshal she can find, a man with "true grit," Reuben J. "Rooster" Cogburn.

Tuck Everlasting / Natalie Babbitt --- PZ7.B1135 Tu 2000
The Tuck family is confronted with an agonizing situation when they discover that a ten-year-old girl and a malicious stranger now share their secret about a spring whose water prevents one from ever growing any older.

Twelve Years a Slave / Solomon Northup --- E444 .N87 2000 Library has the movie
The story of Solomon Northup is a bizarre and incredible one. Born a free black in New York State in 1808, he was kidnapped in Washington, D.C., in 1841, and spent most of the next 12 years as a slave on a Louisiana cotton plantation.

Twilight / Stephenie Meyer --- PS3563.E883 T841 2005
When seventeen-year-old Bella leaves Phoenix to live with her father in Forks, Washington, she meets an exquisitely handsome boy at school for whom she feels an overwhelming attraction and who she comes to realize is not wholly human

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption / Laura Hillenbrand --- D805.J3 Z364 2010
The true story of World War II hero Louis "Louie" Zamperini, an Olympic-runner-turned-army-pilot and prisoner of war.

Waiting to Exhale / Terry McMillan --- PS3563.C3868 W35 1992
From the critically acclaimed author of Mama and Disappearing Acts, a wise, earthy story of a friendship between four African American women who lean on each other while "waiting to exhale," waiting for that man who will take their breath away.

A Walk in the Woods / Bill Bryson --- F106.B92 1999 
Stretching from Georgia to Maine, the Appalachian Trail offers some of America's most breathtaking scenery. It also offers an irresistible, amusingly ill-conceived adventure to Bryson & his out-of-shape walking companion, Stephen Katz.

Watchmen / Alan Moore --- PN6727.B378 M66 W38 1987c Bottom shelf
This stunning graphic novel chronicles the fall from grace of a group of superheroes plagued by all too human failings.

Water for Elephants / Sara Gruen --- PS3607 .R696 W38 2006
When Jacob Jankowski, recently orphaned and suddenly adrift, jumps onto a passing train, he enters a world of freaks, grifters, and misfits, a second-rate circus struggling to survive during the Great Depression, making one-night stands in town after endless town.

We Need to Talk About Kevin / Lionel Shriver --- PS3569.H742 W4 2003
Focusing on a boy who kills seven of his fellow students, Shriver tells a resonant story while framing the horrifying tableaux of teenage carnage as metaphors for the larger tragedy—the tragedy of a country where everything works, nobody starves, and anything can be bought but a sense of purpose.

We Were Soldiers Once -- and Young / Harold G. Moore --- DS557.8.I18 M663 1993 Library has the movie
Lt. Col. Hal Moore is the commander of the First Battalion, Seventh Cavalry. As part of the Pleiku Campaign of late 1965, Moore is assigned to action at Landing Zone X-Ray in the Ia Drang Valley, an area known to be overrun by North Vietnamese troops and nicknamed "The Valley of Death."

Where the Heart Is / Billie Letts --- PS3562.E856 W48 1998
A pregnant girl abandoned by her boyfriend hides in a Wal-Mart store, gives birth and becomes a celebrity as the mother of the Wal-Mart Baby. Help flows from everywhere as people jump on the publicity bandwagon, then the baby is kidnapped.

Where the Wild Things Are / Maurice Sendak --- PZ7 .S47Wh 2002
Max is sent to bed without any dinner. He sails off to a world inhabited by weird creatures. The nutshell kids: Poems set to music. Dance through the alphabet, good manners, numbers and the months of the year

White Oleander / Janet Fitch --- PS3556.I8155 W47 2000
A Los Angeles girl whose mother goes to jail is taken in hand by the city's foster-care program and the novel describes her experience in a series of homes, each a new adventure.

Witches of Eastwick / John Updike --- PS3571.P4W5 1984
The "witches" are three modern-day women yearning for Mr. Right in a quaint New England town full of Mr. Uptights.

Winter's Bone / Daniel Woodrell --- PS3573.O6263 W56 2007 Library has the movie
Ree Dolly's father has skipped bail on charges that he ran a crystal meth lab, and the Dollys will lose their house if he doesn't show up for his next court date.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz / L. Frank Baum --- PS3503.A723 W593 1999 Library has the movie
After a cyclone transports her to the land of Oz, Dorothy must seek out the great Wizard in order to return to Kansas.

The World According to Garp / John Irving --- PS 3559 .R8 W6 1978 Library has the movie
This is the life and times of T. S. Garp, the bastard son of Jenny Fields--a feminist leader ahead of her times.

World War Z / Max Brooks --- PN6231.W28 B76 2006
An account of the decade-long conflict between humankind and hordes of the predatory undead is told from the perspective of dozens of survivors who describe in their own words the epic human battle for survival.

Wuthering Heights / Emily Bronte --- PR4172 .W8 1950 Library has the movie
The tragic story of Catherine and Heathcliff, the star-crossed lovers, creates a rare fusion of yearning and anger, beauty and violence.

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