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Books 1 to 9 of 9 total found for Adults  titles starting with letter O
Of Human Bondage
W. Somerset Maugham

A semi-autobiographical work about Phillip Carey, a crippled orphan, who searches for love and the meaning of life and is brought down by the low class waitress he loves when he tries to transform her.

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Oliver Twist
Charles Dickens

The adventures of an orphan boy who lives in the squalid surroundings of a 19th century English workhouse until he becomes involved with a gang of thieves.

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One Step Too Far
Tina Seskis

Emily Coleman apparently has a happy marriage, a beautiful son, and a lovely home. So what makes her get up one morning and walk right out of her life to start all over again? Has she had a breakdown? Was it to escape her dysfunctional family, especially her flawed twin sister Caroline who always seemed to hate her? And what is the date that looms, threatening to force her to confront her past?

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Operation Paperclip new book icon
Jacobsen, Annie

In the chaos following WWII, many of Germany's remaining resources were divvied up among allied forces. Some of the greatest spoils were the Third Reich's scientific minds--the minds that made their programs in aerospace and rocketry the best in the world. The United States secretly decided that the value of these former Nazis' forbidden knowledge outweighed their crimes, and the government formed a covert organization called Operation Paperclip to allow them to work without the knowledge of the American public. Drawing on exclusive interviews with dozens of Paperclip family members, with access to German archival documents (including, notably, papers available only to direct descendants of the former Third Reich's ranking members), files obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, and lost dossiers she recently discovered at the National Archives, Annie Jacobsen will follow more than a dozen German scientists through their postwar lives and into one of the most complex, nefarious, and jealously guarded government secrets of the 20th century.

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Orenda, The
Joseph Boyden

An epic story of first contact between radically different worlds, steeped in the natural beauty and brutality of our country's formative years.

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Orphan Master's Son, The
Adam Johnson

Pak Jun Do is the haunted son of a lost mother and an influential father who runs a work camp for orphans. Superiors in the North Korean state soon recognize the boy's loyalty and keen instincts. He becomes a professional kidnapper who must navigate the shifting rules, arbitrary violence, and baffling demands of his overlords in order to stay alive. Driven to the absolute limit of what any human being could endure, he boldly takes on the treacherous role of rival to Kim Jong Il to save the woman he loves.

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Orphan Train: A Novel
Christina Baker Kline

Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to aging out of the foster care system. A community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvenile hall. As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren't as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance. Molly discovers that she has the power to help Vivian find answers to mysteries that have haunted her for her entire life--answers that will ultimately free them both.

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Outliers:The Story of Success
Gladwell,Malcolm

From Malcolm Gladwell's website ""Outlier" is a scientific term to describe things or phenomena that lie outside normal experience. In the summer, in Paris, we expect most days to be somewhere between warm and very hot. But imagine if you had a day in the middle of August where the temperature fell below freezing. That day would be outlier. And while we have a very good understanding of why summer days in Paris are warm or hot, we know a good deal less about why a summer day in Paris might be freezing cold. In this book I'm interested in people who are outliers—in men and women who, for one reason or another, are so accomplished and so extraordinary and so outside of ordinary experience that they are as puzzling to the rest of us as a cold day in August."

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Outwitting History
Lansky, Aaron

In 1980, a twenty-three-year-old student named Aaron Lansky set out to rescue the world's abandoned Yiddish books before it was too late. Twenty-five years and one and a half million books later, he's still in the midst of a great adventure. Filled with poignant and often laugh-out-loud tales from Lansky's travels across the country as he collected books from older Jewish immigrants--books their own children had no use for-- Outwitting History also explores brilliant Yiddish writers and enables us to see how an almost-lost culture is the bridge between the Old World and the future.

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