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Books 181 to 190 of 196 total found for Adults
Harper Lee

Two children in a small southern town in the l930s are thrust into an adult world of racial bigotry and hatred when their lawyer father chooses to defend a black man charged with raping a white girl.

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Too Close to the Falls
Catherine Gildniner

Gildiner tells of her childhood in 1950s Lewiston, N.Y., a small town near Niagara Falls, in this hilarious and moving coming-of-age memoir. Deemed hyperactive by the town's pediatrician, at age four Gildiner was put to work at her father's pharmacy in an effort to harness her energy. Her stories of delivering prescriptions with her father's black deliveryman, Roy, are the most affecting parts of this book, with young Cathy serving as map reader for the illiterate but streetwise fellow, who acted as both protector and fellow adventurer. By book's end, Cathy, too, gets her share, as beloved Roy mysteriously exits and an entanglement with a confused young priest brings her literally and figuratively "too close to the falls."

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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
Laura Hillenbrand

On a May afternoon in 1943 an Olympic runner turned Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean. Driven to the limits of endurance by leaping sharks, a foundering raft, thirst and starvation, and enemy aircraft, the bomber would answer desperation with ingenuity, suffering with hope, and human brutality with rebellion. The book is a testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit.

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Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, The: A Novel
Rachel Joyce

Recently retired, sweet, emotionally numb Harold Fry is jolted out of his passivity by a letter from Queenie Hennessy, an old friend, who he hasn't heard from in twenty years. She has written to say she is in hospice and wants to say goodbye. Leaving his tense, bitter wife Maureen to her chores, Harold intends a quick walk to the corner mailbox to post his reply but instead, inspired by a chance encounter, he becomes convinced he must deliver his message in person to Queenie--who is 600 miles away.

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Up and Down: A Novel
Terry Fallis

David Stewart has left his job on Parliament Hill to join the team at a dog-eat-dog international PR firm in Toronto. Within his first few moments on the job he is assigned to a major project with the Canadian Space Agency and NASA to revitalize the public's interest in the CSA and NASA. David suggests the most out-of-this-world idea imaginable: hold a contest where two regular, Joe-Blow civilians accompany a shuttle mission for an orbit around the Earth.

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Water for Elephants
Sarah Gruen

An orphan unwittingly runs away with the circus and uses his veterinary skills to help with the animals but his love for one of the horse riders puts him in conflict with her husband, the animal trainer.

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Water Man's Daughter, The
Emma Ruby-Sachs

A Canadian water company executive is killed in a black township of Johannesburg. His death brings together three women who will seek to either investigate, cover up or justify the death of this executive.

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Wave: A Memoir
Sonali Deraniyagala

The author writes about her life with a particular focus on her experiences during the Indian Ocean Tsunami of 2004.

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White Mary, The: A Novel
Kira Salak

A war reporter recovering from capture and torture is in the process of writing a biography of the hero who recently committed suicide when she receives news that he has recently been seen in the jungles of Papua New Guinea.

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White Tiger, The
Aravind Adiga

Balram Halwai is many things: escapee, chauffeur, keen observer and "social entrepreneur." He is also a loquacious correspondent, telling his tale in a series of letters to Wen Jiabao, the Chinese Premier who is planning a state visit to India. He paints a harsh picture of a modern India, one in which there are but two castes - Big Bellies and Small Bellies.

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