The Woman in the Green Dress by Tea Cooper
After a whirlwind romance, London teashop waitress Fleur Richards can’t wait for her new husband, Hugh, to return from the Great War. But when word of his death arrives on Armistice Day, Fleur learns he has left her a sizable family fortune. Refusing to accept the inheritance, she heads to his beloved home country of Australia in search of the relatives who deserve it more.
Crossings by Alex Landragin
On the brink of the Nazi occupation of Paris, a German-Jewish bookbinder stumbles across a manuscript called Crossings. It has three narratives, each as unlikely as the next. And the narratives can be read one of two ways: either straight through or according to an alternate chapter sequence. With each new chapter, the stunning connections between seemingly disparate people grow clearer and more extraordinary.
Crooked Hallelujah by Kelli Jo Ford
It’s 1974 in the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and 15-year-old Justine grows up in a family of tough, complicated and loyal women presided over by her mother, Lula, and Granny. After Justine’s father abandoned the family, Lula became a devout member of the Holiness Church — a community that Justine at times finds stifling and terrifying. But Justine does her best as a devoted daughter until an act of violence sends her on a different path forever.
The Archer by Paulo Coelho
Meet Tetsuya, a man once famous for his prodigious gift with a bow and arrow but who has since retired from public life, and the boy who comes searching for him. The boy has many questions, and in answering them Tetsuya illustrates the way of the bow and the tenets of a meaningful life. Paulo Coelho’s story suggests that living without a connection between action and soul cannot fulfill, that a life constricted by fear of rejection or failure is not a life worth living.
The Girl and the Bombardier: A True Story of Resistance and Rescue in Nazi-Occupied France by Susan Tate Ankeny
Susan Tate Ankeny was sorting through the belongings of her late father — a World War II bombardier who had bailed from a burning B-17 over Nazi-occupied France in 1944 — when she found two boxes. One contained her dad’s Air Force uniform, and the other an unfinished memoir, stacks of envelopes, black-and-white photographs, mission reports, dog tags and the fake identity cards he used in his escape.
Singular Sensation: The Triumph of Broadway by Michael Riedel
The 1990s was a decade of profound change on Broadway. At the dawn of the nineties, the British invasion of Broadway was in full swing. But Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Sunset Boulevard” soon spelled the end of this era and ushered in a new wave of American musicals, beginning with the ascendance of an unlikely show by a struggling writer who reimagined Puccini’s opera “La Bohème” as the smash Broadway show “Rent.” American musical comedy made its grand return.
Fossil Men: The Quest for the Oldest Skeleton and the Origins of Humankind by Kermit Pattison
It is the ultimate mystery: where do we come from? In 1994, a team led by fossil-hunting legend Tim White uncovered a set of ancient bones in Ethiopia’s Afar region. Radiometric dating of nearby rocks indicated the resulting skeleton, classified as Ardipithecus ramidus — nicknamed “Ardi” — was an astounding 4.4 million years old, more than a million years older than the world-famous “Lucy.”
The Secret Life of Groceries: The Dark Miracle of the American Supermarket by Benjamin Lorr
The miracle of the supermarket has never been more apparent. Like the doctors and nurses who care for the sick, suddenly the men and women who stock our shelves and operate our warehouses are understood as “essential” workers, providing a quality of life we all too easily take for granted. But the sad truth is that the grocery industry has been failing these workers for decades.
Spellhacker by M.K. England
M.K. England is back with another dysfunctional but motivated group. In Kyrkarta magic, known as maz, was once a free resource, but ever since the maz plague, the Maz Management Corporation closely regulates it. Diz and her crew are running one last siphoning gig when they discover that MMC has been lying for years and setting them all up for destruction in the process.
Ages: 15 and up