Weekly Book List: Week 12 (Weather/Seasons in Title)

House of Sand and Fog / Andre Dubus 

Three fragile yet determined people are drawn by their competing desires to the same small house in the California hills and become dangerously entangled in a relentlessly escalating crisis. (FIC DUBUS)

 

Fall of Giants / Ken Follett

Follows the fates of five interrelated families–American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh–as they move through the dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women’s suffrage. (FIC FOLLETT)

 

Cold Mountain / Charles Frazier

After Inman escapes from a war hospital in 1864 and starts walking to Cold Mountain, Ada struggles to save her mountain farm with the help of Ruby, an illiterate but efficient farmer. (FIC FRAZIER)

 

Drums of Autumn / Diana Gabaldon

Twice, Claire has used an ancient stone circle to travel back to the 18th century. The first time she found love with a Scottish warrior but had to return to the 1940s to save their unborn child. The second time, twenty years later, she reunited with her lost love but had to leave behind the daughter that he would never see. Now Brianna, from her 1960s vantage point, has found a disturbing obituary and will risk everything in an attempt to change history. (FIC GABALDON)

The Sun Also Rises / Ernest Hemingway

The story of a group of Americans and English on a sojourn from Paris to Paloma, evokes in poignant detail, life among the expatriates on Paris’s Left Bank, during the 1920s and conveys in brutally realistic descriptions the power and danger of bullfighting in Spain. (FIC HEMINGWAY)

 

The Snow Child / Eowyn Ivey

Alaska in the 1920s is a difficult place for Jack and Mabel. Drifting apart, the childless couple discover Faina, a young girl living alone in the wilderness. Soon, Jack and Mabel come to love Faina as their own. But when they learn a surprising truth about the girl, their lives change in profound ways. (FIC IVEY)

Prodigal Summer / Barbara Kingsolver

Wildlife biologist Deanna is caught off guard by an intrusive young hunter, while bookish city wife Lusa finds herself facing a difficult identity choice, and elderly neighbors find attraction at the height of a long-standing feud. (FIC KINGSOLVER)

 

Cloud Atlas / David Mitchell

Many characters live out their lives from 1850 to a postapocalyptic Iron Age Hawaii and eventually their disparate lives intertwine. (FIC MITCHELL)

 

A Train in Winter: An Extraordinary Story of Women, Friendship, and Resistance in Occupied France / Caroline Moorehead

In January 1943, the Gestapo hunted down 230 women of the French Resistance and sent them to Auschwitz. This is their story, told in full for the first time–a searing and unforgettable chronicle of terror, courage, defiance, survival, and the power of friendship to transcend evil that is an essential addition to the history of World War II. (940.5344 MOO)

The Winter of Our Discontent / John Steinbeck

A New Englander learns the bitter lesson that it is not possible to be a little dishonest. (FIC STEINBECK)

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