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Books 61 to 70 of 219 total found for Adults
Elegance of the Hedgehog
Muriel Barbery

The book follows events in the life of a concierge, Renee Michel, whose deliberately concealed intelligence is uncovered by an unstable but intellectually precocious girl named Paloma Josse.

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Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters
Dunn, Mark

Ella lives on the Isle of Nollop, home to Nevin Nollop - originator of that fine sentence "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" - you know, the sentence with all the letters of the alphabet in it. All is right on the Isle of Nollop until the letters begin to fall from Nevin Nollop's memorial statue. The governing council of the Isle decides that the loosening letters should not be reattached to the monument - rather, citizens of Nollop should no longer use the letters that have released their hold. Told in increasingly cryptic and phonetically written notes and letters, Ella Minnow Pea is a delightful romp through the political landscape of totalitarianism.

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Eternal Life
Horn, Dara

What would it really mean to live forever? Rachel is a woman with a problem: she can't die. Her recent troubles--widowhood, a failing business, an unemployed middle-aged son--are only the latest in a litany spanning dozens of countries, scores of marriages, and hundreds of children. In the 2,000 years since she made a spiritual bargain to save the life of her first son back in Roman-occupied Jerusalem, she's tried everything to free herself, and only one other person in the world understands: a man she once loved passionately, who has been stalking her through the centuries, convinced they belong together forever. But as the twenty-first century begins and her children and grandchildren--consumed with immortality in their own ways, from the frontiers of digital currency to genetic engineering--develop new technologies that could change her fate and theirs, Rachel knows she must find a way out. Gripping, hilarious, and profoundly moving. Eternal Life celebrates the bonds between generations, the power of faith, the purpose of death, and the reasons for being alive.

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Every Lost Country
Steven Heighton

Dr. Lewis Book and his daughter Sophie are on a climbing expedition when they see a group of Tibetan refugees fleeing Chinese soldiers. When the surviving Tibetans are captured, Book and the film-maker recording the ascent are taken away with them. The expedition leader continues his climb and the fugitives are caught in a deadly pursuit.

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Everything I Never Told You
Celeste Ng

Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee; the middle child of a Chinese American family in 1970s small-town Ohio. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue. When Lydia's body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together tumbles into chaos, forcing them to confront the long-kept secrets that have been slowly pulling them apart.

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Far Side of the Sky: A Novel of Love and Death in Shanghai
Daniel Kalla

On the eve of World War II, Dr. Franz Adler, an Austrian Jew and renowned surgeon, is swept up in the wave of anti-Semitic violence washing over Vienna and flees to Shanghai with his daughter. There, at a Shanghai refugee hospital, Franz meets and falls in love with an enigmatic nurse, Soon Yi "Sunny" Mah. When the Japanese ally themselves militarily with Germany and overrun Shanghai, Adler struggles to keep the refugee hospital open while protecting his own family and trying to save the city's Jewish community from a terrible fate.

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Fine Balance, A
Mistry, Rohinton

India in 1975 is in social and political chaos. The corrupt and brutal government has just declared a State of Emergency and within this environment four unforgettable characters from different backgrounds form an unlikely friendship. Through the dramatic and often shocking turns of their lives, we get a close up view of not only their world but of India itself.

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Flee, Fly, Flown: A Novel
Janet Hepburn

Lillian and Audrey hatch a plot to escape from Tranquil Meadows Nursing Home, "borrow" a car, and spend their hastily planned vacation time driving to destinations west. They set out on their journey having forgotten that their memory problems might make driving and following directions difficult. Then they meet up with the unsuspecting Rayne, a young man also heading west in hope of reconciling with his family. Without minimizing the realities of old age, dementia, and frailty, Lillian and Audrey's story is rich with laughter, adventure, and hope.

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Frankenstein
Shelley, Mary

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is a classic tale of a man-made monster seeking acceptance from society in light of his ghastly appearance and strange upbringing.

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Gathering
Enright, Mary

Koesler investigates while attending a reunion where one member dies.

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