Books about Connections

  1. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love

    by Raymond Carver
    Exploration of relationships, revealing the complexities of love and its many forms.

    Alternate-cover edition can be found, here, In his second collection, Carver establishes his reputation as one of the most celebrated and beloved short-story writers in American literature—a haunting ... (Goodreads)

  2. Case Histories

    by Kate Atkinson
    A series of intertwining stories of people whose lives are changed by an unexpected event.

    'Case Histories' tells the story of Jackson Brodie, a private investigator who tries to find out the truth of some cases. Brodie meets some people who reclaims his help to solve their cases Kirkus ... (Wikipedia)

  3. 84, Charing Cross Road

    by Helene Hanff
    A 20-year correspondence between an American book lover and a London bookseller.

    This charming classic, first published in 1970, brings together twenty years of correspondence between Helene Hanff, a freelance writer living in New York City, and a used-book dealer in London. ... (Goodreads)

  4. The Nest

    by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
    A dysfunctional family navigates the consequences of their recklessness, brought together by their inheritance.

    An instant Globe and Mail bestseller. On a wintry afternoon in New York City, Melody, Beatrice and Jack Plumb gather to confront their charismatic and reckless older brother, Leo, who has just been ... (Goodreads)

  5. Station Eleven

    by Emily St. John Mandel
    Post-apocalyptic exploration of a world drastically changed after a pandemic.

    An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse,, Station Eleven, tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of ... (Barnes & Noble)

  6. Rules of Civility

    by Amor Towles
    An ambitious young woman looks to make her mark in 1930s New York, learning the complex rules of high society.

    This sophisticated and entertaining first novel presents the story of a young woman whose life is on the brink of transformation. On the last night of 1937, twenty-five-year-old Katey Kontent is in a ... (Goodreads)

  7. Cutting for Stone

    by Abraham Verghese
    A sweeping journey of two twin brothers and their search for identity, belonging and family.

    The story is told by the protagonist, Marion Stone. He and his conjoined twin Shiva are born at Mission Hospital (called "Missing" in accordance with the local pronunciation), Addis Ababa , in ... (Wikipedia)

  8. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

    by Karen Joy Fowler
    A family's secrets and a girl's quest for the truth about her own identity.

    The, New York Times, bestselling author of, The Jane Austen Book Club, introduces a middle-class American family that is ordinary in every way but one in this novel that won the PEN/Faulkner Award ... (Barnes & Noble)

  9. The Solitude of Prime Numbers

    by Paolo Giordano
    A poignant story of two strangers struggling to find a connection in a world of loneliness.

    As a seven-year-old girl, Alice Della Rocca is forced by her father to take skiing lessons, although she hates the ski school and has no particular aptitude for the sport. One morning, Alice is ... (Wikipedia)

  10. Lily and the Octopus

    by Steven Rowley
    A man's journey with his beloved dog, exploring the bond between humans and animals.

    A 42-year-old writer finds that a small octopus has attached itself to the head of his aging dachshund , Lily. Rowley, a 43-year-old paralegal and screenwriter, had sold several unproduced ... (Wikipedia)

  11. How to Win Friends and Influence People

    by Dale Carnegie
    A guide to building relationships, leveraging psychology to gain influence and create lasting connections.

    You can go after the job you want...and get it! You can take the job you have...and improve it! You can take any situation you're in...and make it work for you! Since its release in 1936, How to Win ... (Goodreads)

  12. Great House

    by Nicole Krauss
    A woman's exploration of the past, uncovering secrets of a mysterious desk and its owners.

    For twenty-five years, a reclusive American novelist has been writing at the desk she inherited from a young Chilean poet who disappeared at the hands of Pinochet's secret police, one day a girl ... (Goodreads)

  13. Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair

    by Pablo Neruda
    Collection of poems exploring love, heartache, and the complexities of relationships.

    When it appeared in 1924, this work launched into the international spotlight a young and unknown poet whose writings would ignite a generation. W. S. Merwin's incomparable translation faces the ... (Goodreads)

  14. White Oleander

    by Janet Fitch
    A young girl's struggles to survive in a series of foster homes, finding strength in her resilience.

    Astrid Magnussen is a 12-year-old girl living in Los Angeles , California with her mother, Ingrid Magnussen, a self-centered and eccentric poet. Astrid's father, Klaus Anders, left before Astrid was ... (Wikipedia)

  15. Commonwealth

    by Ann Patchett
    Intertwining story of two families across multiple generations, and how their lives become intertwined.

    It started at Franny Keating’s christening party. Bert Cousins wasn’t even invited, but looking for an excuse to get out of the house, away from his three noisy children and pregnant wife for a few ... (Wikipedia)

  16. The History of Love

    by Nicole Krauss
    A journey through a web of intertwining stories, searching for the meaning of love.

    Approximately 70 years before the present, the 10-year-old Polish-Jewish Leopold (Leo) Gursky falls in love with his neighbor Alma Mereminski. The two begin a relationship that develops over the ... (Wikipedia)

  17. The Bonesetter's Daughter

    by Amy Tan
    A Chinese-American woman rediscovers her heritage, uncovering her family's deep past.

    Ruth is a self-sufficient woman who makes her living as a ghostwriter for self-help books . She lives with her boyfriend, Art Kamen, and acts as a stepmother to Art's two teenage daughters, Dory and ... (Wikipedia)

  18. River of Smoke

    by Amitav Ghosh
    Set in 19th century Canton, the novel follows the opium trade and its impact on various characters.

    In September 1838, a storm blows up on the Indian Ocean and the Ibis , a ship carrying a consignment of convicts and indentured laborers from Calcutta to Mauritius, is caught up in the whirlwind. ... (Goodreads)

  19. How It All Began

    by Penelope Lively
    A chain of events is set off when a retired teacher is mugged, leading to a series of interconnected stories about love, loss, and the unpredictability of life.

    When Charlotte is mugged and breaks her hip, her daughter Rose cannot accompany her employer Lord Peters to Manchester, which means his niece Marion has to go instead, which means she sends a text to ... (Goodreads)

  20. More All-of-a-Kind Family

    by Sydney Taylor
    Follow the adventures of a Jewish family in early 20th century New York City.

    Ella, Henny, Sarah, Charlotte, and Gertrude are five sisters growing up on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in 1912. The book follows them through a year of their childhood, as they deal with mundane ... (Wikipedia)

  21. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

    by Malcolm Gladwell
    Examining how small changes can produce dramatic effects and how ideas spread through society.

    An alternate cover edition exists, here,. The tipping point is that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire. Just as a single sick ... (Goodreads)

  22. I Know This Much Is True

    by Wally Lamb
    A man's journey of self-discovery, coming to terms with family trauma and understanding his identity.

    The novel takes place in Three Rivers, Connecticut in the early 1990s. Dominick Birdsey's identical twin , Thomas Birdsey, suffers from paranoid schizophrenia . With medication, Thomas is able to ... (Wikipedia)

  23. Echo

    by Pam Muñoz Ryan
    A magical story of courage, hope and friendship, connecting three different generations.

    The framing story is set in Germany circa 1889; , while playing hide-and-seek with his friends, Otto becomes absorbed in a book he had purchased from a Gypsy entitled The Thirteenth Harmonica of Otto ... (Wikipedia)

  24. The School of Essential Ingredients

    by Erica Bauermeister
    A cooking class helps its students find personal growth and explore the power of food in their lives.

    Reminiscent of, Chocolat, and, Like Water for Chocolate, a gorgeously written novel about life, love, and the magic of food. The School of Essential Ingredients follows the lives of eight students ... (Goodreads)

  25. A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog

    by Dean Koontz
    A touching tribute to a beloved pet and the lessons of living a life full of joy and love.

    In a profound, funny, and beautifully rendered portrait of a beloved companion, bestselling novelist Dean Koontz remembers the golden retriever who changed his life. A retired service dog, Trixie was ... (Goodreads)

  26. Three Junes

    by Julia Glass
    A story of interconnected lives, spanning three summers of joy, sadness and self-discovery.

    A luminous first novel, set in Greece, Scotland, Greenwich Village, and Long Island, that traces the members of a Scottish family as they confront the joys and longings, fulfillments and betrayals of ... (Goodreads)

  27. The Partly Cloudy Patriot

    by Sarah Vowell
    An exploration of American nationalism and identity, weaving in personal stories and reflections.

    Sarah Vowell travels through the American past and, in doing so, investigates the dusty, bumpy roads of her own life. In this insightful and funny collection of personal stories Vowell—widely hailed ... (Goodreads)

  28. Fugitive Pieces

    by Anne Michaels
    A poetic exploration of the trauma of displacement and the power of memory.

    The novel is split into two sections: Book I and Book II. Jakob Beer is a 7-year-old child of a Jewish family living in Poland . His house is stormed by Nazis; he escapes the fate of his parents and ... (Wikipedia)

  29. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life

    by Barbara Kingsolver
    A family's journey to eat locally grown, sustainable food.

    Author Barbara Kingsolver and her family abandoned the industrial-food pipeline to live a rural life—vowing that, for one year, they'd only buy food raised in their own neighborhood, grow it ... (Goodreads)

  30. The Gathering

    by Anne Enright
    A family reunites for the funeral of the patriarch, and secrets are revealed.

    Anne Enright is a dazzling writer of international stature and one of Ireland’s most singular voices. Now she delivers The Gathering , a moving, evocative portrait of a large Irish family and a shot ... (Goodreads)

  31. The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley

    by Hannah Tinti
    A father-daughter journey of healing, as they confront the secrets of the past.

    A father protects his daughter from the legacy of his past and the truth about her mother's death in this thrilling new novel from the prize-winning author of, The Good Thief., After years spent ... (Goodreads)

  32. When You Are Engulfed in Flames

    by David Sedaris
    Humorous reflections on everyday life, navigating the absurdities of the human condition.

    It's early autumn 1964. Two straight-A students head off to school, and when only one of them returns home Chesney Yelverton is coaxed from retirement and assigned to what proves to be the most ... (Goodreads)

  33. Message in a Bottle

    by Nicholas Sparks
    An unlikely romance develops between two strangers after a heartfelt message in a bottle is discovered.

    Divorced and disillusioned about romantic relationships, Theresa Osborne is jogging when she finds a bottle on the beach. Inside is a letter of love and belonging to "Catherine," signed simply ... (Wikipedia)

  34. Nights of Rain and Stars

    by Maeve Binchy
    A group of strangers on holiday in a small Greek village, coming together through tragedy and joy.

    In a small town in Greece , a group of people witness a boating accident and subsequently become tangled in each other's lives. Thomas is a California university professor escaping from a tense ... (Wikipedia)

  35. Garden Spells

    by Sarah Addison Allen
    A tale of family secrets and magical powers, set in a small Southern town.

    Claire Waverley lives alone in small Bascom, North Carolina. The only person she's close to is an elderly relative named Evanelle, who has the gift of giving people exactly what they need before they ... (Wikipedia)

  36. The Crow Road

    by Iain Banks
    A young man's journey of self-discovery and family secrets, set in Scotland.

    This Bildungsroman is set in the fictional Argyll town of Gallanach (by its description, reminiscent of Oban but on the north east shore of Loch Crinan ), the real village of Lochgair , and in ... (Wikipedia)

  37. Life Expectancy

    by Dean Koontz
    A man's dark journey of revenge, seeking justice against those who wronged him.

    James Tock was born in Snow County Hospital in Colorado and at the exact moment his grandfather, Josef Tock, a pastry chef, dies of a stroke . Though crippled by a stroke earlier in the week, moments ... (Wikipedia)

  38. The Green Road

    by Anne Enright
    A family's journey through life, with each member reflecting on their individual paths.

    The first half of the novel concerns each family member individually and goes chronologically from 1980 to 2005. Each of the four Madigan children and their mother Rosaleen receive a chapter of their ... (Wikipedia)

  39. After Dark

    by Haruki Murakami
    A night in Tokyo filled with mysterious events and surreal encounters.

    Set in metropolitan Tokyo over the course of one night, characters include Mari Asai, a 19-year-old student, who is spending the night reading in a Denny's . There she meets Takahashi Tetsuya, a ... (Wikipedia)

  40. Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader

    by Anne Fadiman
    A collection of essays about the joy and significance of reading, exploring the impact of books on everyday life.

    Anne Fadiman is—by her own admission—the sort of person who learned about sex from her father's copy of, Fanny Hill, whose husband buys her 19 pounds of dusty books for her birthday, and who once ... (Barnes & Noble)

  41. Go Ask Alice

    by Beatrice Sparks
    A teenage girl's diary chronicling her journey into drug addiction and eventual redemption.

    In 1968, a 15-year-old girl begins keeping a diary, in which she records her thoughts and concerns about issues such as crushes, weight loss, sexuality, social acceptance, and relating to her ... (Wikipedia)

  42. The Festival of Insignificance

    by Milan Kundera
    A philosophical novel exploring the meaning of life through the mundane experiences of four Parisian men.

    Alain is strolling down a Paris street, examining women and he comes up with an explanation for their thighs, buttocks, and breasts, he fails to grasp the mystery behind the seductive power of their ... (Wikipedia)

  43. The House of Unexpected Sisters

    by Alexander McCall Smith
    A woman's journey of self-discovery, as she uncovers secrets and finds new connections.

    Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi are approached by their part-time colleague, Mr. Polopetsi, with a troubling story: A woman, accused of being rude to a valued customer, has been wrongly dismissed from ... (Goodreads)

  44. One Good Turn

    by Kate Atkinson
    A series of interconnected events that slowly unfold the truth of an unsolved crime.

    Reviews were mostly positive. Justine Jordan of, The Guardian, enjoyed the novel, saying Liesl Schillinger of the, New York Times, said, "Kate Atkinson shows again, in her inimitable bleakly funny ... (Wikipedia)

  45. Brown Girl Dreaming

    by Jacqueline Woodson
    A poetic memoir of a young girl's coming-of-age in the Civil Rights era.

    Jacqueline Woodson, one of today's finest writers, tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse. Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. ... (Goodreads)

  46. My Name Is Memory

    by Ann Brashares
    A romantic story of two star-crossed lovers, connected through past lives.

    Daniel can remember things from his past lives going back to a life that started near Antioch in 520 A.D. In that early life he joins his brother to raid a village in North Africa. During the raid ... (Wikipedia)

  47. Let the Right One In

    by John Ajvide Lindqvist
    A vampire and preteen boy form an unlikely bond while struggling against loneliness and persecution.

    It is autumn 1981 when the inconceivable comes to Blackeberg, a suburb in Sweden. The body of a teenage boy is found, emptied of blood, the murder rumored to be part of a ritual killing. ... (Goodreads)

  48. The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot

    by Robert Macfarlane
    A poetic exploration of ancient paths and the landscapes they traverse, revealing the deep connections between people and place.

    Robert Macfarlane travels Britain's ancient paths and discovers the secrets of our beautiful, underappreciated landscape. Following the tracks, holloways, drove-roads and sea paths that form part of ... (Goodreads)

  49. Love in the Afternoon

    by Lisa Kleypas
    A young woman struggling to reconcile her ambitions with the conventions of society finds solace and passion in an unexpected romance.

    Love in the Afternoon, continues the Hathaways series by Victorian romance author Lisa Kleypas., As a lover of animals and nature, Beatrix Hathaway has always been more comfortable outdoors than in ... (Barnes & Noble)

  50. Strange Pilgrims

    by Gabriel García Márquez
    Collection of stories about Latin American travelers, exploring the depths of human experience.

    In Barcelona, an aging Brazilian prostitute trains her dog to weep at the grave she has chosen for herself. In Vienna, a woman parlays her gift for seeing the future into a fortunetelling position ... (Goodreads)

  51. Caucasia

    by Danzy Senna
    A biracial girl and her sister navigate racial identity and family secrets in 1970s America.

    The novel's narrator is Birdie Lee, a multiracial child who has a white mother and a black father. She and her sister Cole are very close yet differ in appearance. Her sister is described as ... (Wikipedia)

  52. The Shell Seekers

    by Rosamunde Pilcher
    A family explores their past, present, and future while examining the importance of treasured objects.

    Shifting in time, the novel tells the story of Penelope Keeling, the daughter of unconventional parents (an artist father and his much-younger French wife), examining her past and her relationships ... (Wikipedia)

  53. The Distant Hours

    by Kate Morton
    A woman unravels the secrets of a distant castle, uncovering a family mystery.

    A long lost letter arrives in the post and Edie Burchill finds herself on a journey to Milderhurst Castle, a great but moldering old house, where the Blythe spinsters live and where her mother was ... (Goodreads)

  54. The Nix

    by Nathan Hill
    A middle-aged man's quest to discover the truth about his mother and his own identity.

    The Nix is an American epic novel in 10 parts that follows community college professor of English, Samuel Andresen-Anderson who is struggling to find meaning in his life in the years following his ... (Wikipedia)

  55. The Happiest Refugee

    by Anh Do
    A memoir of an immigrant family's struggles and triumphs as they seek a better life in Australia.

    Anh Do nearly didn't make it to Australia. His entire family came close to losing their lives on the sea as they escaped from war-torn Vietnam in an overcrowded boat. But nothing - not murderous ... (Goodreads)

  56. Is It Just Me?

    by Miranda Hart
    An exploration of the joys, challenges and complexities of everyday life.

    10th Anniversary of hit TV show. A Sunday Times Number One Bestseller, Miranda Hart will carry you along with the sheer force of her charm, bumbling cheer and charisma. -, Sunday Express, Well hello ... (Barnes & Noble)

  57. A Spool of Blue Thread

    by Anne Tyler
    A family's history is revealed through the stories of four generations of its members.

    A freshly observed, joyful and wrenching, funny and true new novel from Anne Tyler "It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon." This is how Abby Whitshank always begins the story of how ... (Goodreads)

  58. The Pact

    by Jodi Picoult
    A tragic story of teenage friends struggling with a tragic lapse in judgment.

    In the fall of 1979, the Golds, consisting of a recently pregnant Melanie Gold and her husband Michael Gold, moved into the small town of Bainbridge, New Hampshire . They moved in next door to the ... (Wikipedia)

  59. P.S. I Still Love You

    by Jenny Han
    A young woman's struggle to choose between two lovers, and find her own path in life.

    After the fight between Lara Jean, Josh and Peter at the Coveys' Christmas party, Lara Jean realizes that she has fallen for Peter. Hoping to reconcile, Lara Jean heads over to Peter's house with a ... (Wikipedia)

  60. Mom & Me & Mom

    by Maya Angelou
    A powerful memoir of a daughter's journey to understand her complex relationship with her mother.

    For the first time, Angelou reveals the triumphs and struggles of being the daughter of Vivian Baxter, an indomitable spirit whose petite size belied her larger-than-life presence—a presence absent ... (Goodreads)

  61. The Solace of Open Spaces

    by Gretel Ehrlich
    A collection of essays exploring the beauty and harshness of the American West, and the people who call it home.

    A stunning collection of personal observations that uses images of the American West to probe larger concerns in lyrical, evocative prose that is a true celebration of the region. ... (Goodreads)

  62. More Tales of the City

    by Armistead Maupin
    A group of colorful characters navigate life and love in 1970s San Francisco.

    The story begins about a couple months from where Tales of the City ended. Michael ("Mouse") Tolliver and Mary Ann Singleton go on a cruise, thanks to money given to her by her former boss, Edgar ... (Wikipedia)

  63. The Orchardist

    by Amanda Coplin
    A story of a reclusive orchardist and his unlikely friendships that help him find redemption.

    Set in the untamed American West, a highly original and haunting debut novel about a makeshift family whose dramatic lives are shaped by violence, love, and an indelible connection to the land. You ... (Goodreads)

  64. Bellwether

    by Connie Willis
    A humorous and light-hearted tale of a scientist's quest to uncover the secrets behind a mysterious phenomenon.

    Connie Willis has won more Hugo and Nebula awards than any other science fiction author. Now, with her trademark wit and inventiveness, she explores the intimate relationship between science, pop ... (Goodreads)

  65. Waiting to Exhale

    by Terry McMillan
    Four African American women navigate the complexities of life and relationships.

    The story of 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. ... (Goodreads)

  66. The Post-Birthday World

    by Lionel Shriver
    A woman's choice between two men, and its consequences, explored in two parallel universes.

    In this eagerly awaited new novel, Lionel Shriver, the Orange Prize-winning author of the international bestseller We Need to Talk About Kevin, delivers an imaginative and entertaining look at the ... (Goodreads)

  67. Amsterdam

    by Ian McEwan
    Interconnected stories of love and morality among a small group of characters in Amsterdam.

    At the funeral of photographer and writer Molly Lane, three of Molly's former lovers converge. They include newspaper editor Vernon Halliday and composer Clive Linley who are old friends, and British ... (Wikipedia)

  68. The Shepherd's Life: A People's History of the Lake District

    by James Rebanks
    A chronicle of life in the Lake District of England, exploring the traditional way of life of shepherds.

    Some people's lives are entirely their own creations. James Rebanks' isn't. The first son of a shepherd, who was the first son of a shepherd himself, he and his family have lived and worked in and ... (Goodreads)

  69. Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time

    by Keith Ferrazzi
    Guide to building successful relationships through networking, collaboration, and mentorship.

    Do you want to get ahead in life? Climb the ladder to personal success? The secret, master networker Keith Ferrazzi claims, is in reaching out to other people. As Ferrazzi discovered early in life, ... (Goodreads)

  70. A Piece of the World

    by Christina Baker Kline
    A woman's journey of self-discovery as she comes to terms with a painting that made her famous.

    A New York Times bestseller. "Exquisite. A must-read.” —Kristin Hannah From the #1, New York Times, bestselling author of the smash bestseller, Orphan Train, a stunning and atmospheric novel of ... (Barnes & Noble)

  71. Effortless

    by S.C. Stephens
    A young woman's journey of self-discovery, learning to overcome her past and take control of her future.

    After being caught in the middle of a love triangle that led to a devastating betrayal, Kiera pledged to learn from the mistakes she made. She was determined to never again inflict that kind of pain ... (Goodreads)

  72. Looking for Me

    by Beth Hoffman
    After her brother's disappearance, Teddi Overman leaves her hometown to pursue her passion for antiques. She discovers herself and uncovers family secrets along the way.

    A Southern novel of family and antiques from the bestselling author of the beloved, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, Beth Hoffman’s bestselling debut, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt , won admirers and acclaim with ... (Goodreads)

  73. Little Altars Everywhere

    by Rebecca Wells
    A Southern family struggles to find connection and understanding amidst their chaotic lives.

    Little Altars Everywhere is a national best-seller, a companion to Rebecca Wells' celebrated novel Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. Originally published in 1992, Little Altars introduces ... (Goodreads)

  74. The Seven Sisters

    by Lucinda Riley
    An epic family saga spanning generations, exploring secrets and mysteries of the past.

    Maia D’Apliese and her five sisters gather together at their childhood home, “Atlantis”—a fabulous, secluded castle situated on the shores of Lake Geneva—having been told that their beloved father, ... (Goodreads)

  75. Shame

    by Salman Rushdie
    Exploring the intricacies of identity and belonging in an ever-changing world.

    This story takes place in a town called "Q" which is actually a fictitious version of Quetta, Pakistan . In Q, one of the three sisters (Chunni, Munnee, and Bunny Shakil) gives birth to Omar Khayyám ... (Wikipedia)

  76. How to Save a Life

    by Sara Zarr
    Two girls from different worlds come together after a tragedy and learn to navigate grief, forgiveness, and the complexities of family.

    Jill MacSweeney just wishes everything could go back to normal. But ever since her dad died, she’s been isolating herself from her boyfriend, her best friends—everyone who wants to support her. And ... (Goodreads)

  77. Tin Man

    by Sarah Winman
    A story of friendship, love, and loss as three characters navigate life-altering decisions.

    This is almost a love story. Ellis and Michael are twelve when they first become friends, and for a long time it is just the two of them, cycling the streets of Oxford, teaching themselves how to ... (Goodreads)

  78. Last Bus to Wisdom

    by Ivan Doig
    A young boy embarks on an eventful journey of self-discovery, learning about life along the way.

    The final novel from a great American storyteller., Donal Cameron is being raised by his grandmother, the cook at the legendary Double W ranch in Ivan Doig’s beloved Two Medicine Country of the ... (Goodreads)

  79. Evening Class

    by Maeve Binchy
    A group of strangers come together to learn Italian, forging relationships, finding love and understanding.

    Among the many evening classes starting all over Dublin is an 'Introduction to Italian'. On the surface it could be just one of hundreds in which some students will succeed and some will fall along ... (Goodreads)

  80. The Elephant Whisperer

    by Lawrence Anthony
    A story of the unlikely bond between a conservationist and a herd of wild elephants.

    When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of 'rogue' elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in South Africa, his commonsense told him to refuse. But he was the ... (Goodreads)

  81. By Nightfall

    by Michael Cunningham
    Peter and Rebecca's marriage is tested when her younger brother, Mizzy, comes to stay with them in New York City.

    Peter and his wife, Rebecca—who edits a mid-level art magazine—have settled into a comfortable life in Manhattan's art world, but their staid existence is disrupted by the arrival of Rebecca's much ... (Wikipedia)

  82. If Only It Were True

    by Marc Levy
    A fantastical journey of love, blurring the boundaries between fantasy and reality.

    What do you do when you find a stranger in your closet; particularly when she's surprised that you can even see her – and she can disappear and reappear at whim? What if she then tells you that her ... (Goodreads)

  83. The Hand That First Held Mine

    by Maggie O'Farrell
    An interweaving of two stories, exploring the complexities of love, friendship, and family.

    The story progresses in two different timelines. It tells the story of Lexie Sinclair, a young English woman who falls in love with magazine editor Innes Kent, after escaping from her stifling family ... (Wikipedia)

  84. Teacher Man

    by Frank McCourt
    A memoir of the author's 30-year career as an English teacher in New York City.

    McCourt's long-awaited book about how his thirty-year teaching career shaped his second act as a writer. Nearly a decade ago Frank McCourt became an unlikely star when, at the age of sixty-six, he ... (Goodreads)

  85. The Inexplicable Logic of My Life

    by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
    A young man's journey to understanding his identity, culture, and family.

    A “mesmerizing, poetic exploration of family, friendship, love and loss” from the acclaimed author of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe . ( New York Times Book Review ) Sal ... (Barnes & Noble)

  86. Samarkand

    by Amin Maalouf
    Epic tale of a man's journey to discover his identity and the truths of his ancestry.

    The first half of the story is set in Persia (present day Iran ) and Central Asia in the 11th century, and revolves around the scientist, philosopher, and poet Omar Khayyám . It recounts the creation ... (Wikipedia)

  87. Ms. Bixby's Last Day

    by John David Anderson
    Three students embark on a mission to give their beloved teacher, Ms. Bixby, the perfect last day before she leaves for cancer treatment.

    Everyone knows there are different kinds of teachers. The good ones. The not-so-good ones. The boring ones, the mean ones, the ones who try too hard. The ones you’ll never remember, and the ones you ... (Goodreads)

  88. Home

    by Toni Morrison
    A family's struggle to find and maintain a sense of identity in an ever-changing world.

    America's most celebrated novelist, Nobel Prize-winner Toni Morrison extends her profound take on our history with this twentieth-century tale of redemption: a taut and tortured story about one man's ... (Goodreads)

  89. كخه يا بابا

    by عبدالله المغلوث
    A story of a family's search for a missing father, and the secrets it reveals.

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