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Par Simon Mawer. 2009
High on a Czechoslovak hill, the Landauer House shines as a wonder of steel and glass and onyx built specially… for newlyweds Viktor and Liesel Landauer, a Jew married to a gentile. But the radiant honesty of 1930 that the house, with its unique Glass Room, seems to engender quickly tarnishes as the storm clouds of WW2 gather, and eventually the family must flee, accompanied by Viktor's lover and her child. But the house's story is far from over, and as it passes from hand to hand, from Czech to Russian. 2009.
Par James McClure. 1974
A South African lieutenant and his Bantu detective sergeant investigate the murder of a pious but hypocritical young man, who… is stabbed to death with a steak knife during a Christmas heat wave. 1974. (Kramer and Zondi novel)
Par Belva Plain. 1986
The vivacity of turn of the century New York to the trenches of the First World War form the background… to the stormy marriage of Hennie De Rivera to Daniel Roth, a radical young scientist. Their happiness and tribulations are passionately unfolded as they struggle to build their lives together against the diversity of their personalities. Some descriptions of sex. Sequel to "Evergreen" (DC02137). Followed by "Tapestry" (DC08149). 1986. (Werner family saga ; 2)
Par Shirley Streshinsky. 1988
Par Sebastian Faulks. 1989
The mid 1930s. Anne Louvet arrives in Janvilliers to take the job of waitress at the seedy "Hotel du Lion… d'Or". She brings with her a past of undisclosed menace and grief. Also at the hotel are Mme Bouin, the steely hotel manageress; Bruno, the irascible chef; and Christine Hartmann, who watches in silence as her husband and Anne are drawn inexorably together. Descriptions of sex. 1989.
Par Karen X Tulchinsky. 2003
In 2003, a mild-mannered historian named Moses Lapinsky begins to write a biography of his father, a famous Jewish-Canadian boxer… named Sonny. His research takes him from the 1930's to the 1950's, as he describes the fortunes of the Lapinsky family. In particular, it was the events of August 1933, at the riot at Christie Pits Park, which changed the lives of all four Lapinsky brothers forever. Some strong language and descriptions of violence. 2003.
Par Na An. 2008
Korean American high school student Joyce Kim feels like a nonentity compared to her beautiful older sister, and when her… aunt offers to pay for plastic surgery on her eyes, she jumps at the chance, thinking it will change her life for the better. Grades 5-8. 2008.
Par Dagoberto Gilb. 2008
Sonny Bravo is a tender, unusually smart fifteen-year-old who is living with his vivacious mother in a large city where… intense prejudice is not just white against black, but also brown. When his mother, Silvia, suddenly marries an Okie building contractor named Cloyd Longpre, they are uprooted to a small apartment building, Los Flores - the Flowers. As Sonny sweeps its sidewalks, he meets his neighbours and becomes ensnared in their lives. 2008.
Par David Bezmozgis. 2011
Summer, 1978. Brezhnev sits in the Kremlin, Israel and Egypt are inching toward peace, and in the streets of Rome,… strange new creatures have appeared: thousands of Soviet Jews who have escaped to freedom through a crack in the Iron Curtain. Among them are the Krasnansky family: Samuil, an old communist and Red Army veteran; Karl, his eldest son, a man eager to embrace the opportunities emigration affords; his younger son, Alec, a carefree playboy for whom life has always been a game; and Polina, Alec's new wife, who has risked the most by breaking with her old family to join this new one. Some descriptions of sex and violence, some strong language. 2011.
Par Mildred D Taylor. 1987
Cassie and her brothers usually avoid the country store because the owner, John Wallace, is unkind to blacks. One day,… they witness a tense confrontation between Old Mr. Tom Bee and Wallace. Grades 3-6. 1987.
Par Michael Wex. 2010
The Frumkiss family doesn't look much different from any of the others in Toronto's Bathurst Manor: Grandpa survived the Holocaust;… Grandma the Second came from Poland at the age of five; Dad's a foot doctor; Mom is dead; and her mother - Grandma Number One - died while giving birth to her in Kazakhstan. As far as the Frumkisses know, all that distinguishes them from anybody else is that Grandpa is a famous Yiddish writer who ended up working for the CBC. But Grandpa's death sets off a chain of events that force the Frumkisses to see how different their family is from all the others. Some descriptions of sex, explicit strong language. 2010.
Par Angela Johnson. 2003
Sixteen-year-old Bobby's carefree teenage life changes forever when he becomes a father. After tragedy strikes, he must care for his… adored baby daughter, Feather, by himself. Despite mistakes, Bobby's courage and love enable him to carry on with the aid of supportive adults and friends. Strong language. For senior high readers. 2003.
Par Elie Wiesel. 1992
Elhanan Rosenbaum has Alzheimer's disease and wants to bequeath his important memories to his son while he can still recall… them. He tells Malkiel about his own father's martyrdom, army life, and his love for Talia, who died at Malkiel's birth. But Elhanan, a Holocaust survivor, is haunted by a crime in a Romanian village, a crime that sends Malkiel on a search for truth. Includes violence, strong language and sex. c1992. Uniform title: Oublié.
Par John Miller. 2002
When Anna and Sadie discover the diaries of their mother, Rebecca, after her death, they learn that her life was… far more complex than either of them knew. She was a garment worker in early-1900s New York, the reluctant wife in an arranged marriage to an ailing and abusive husband, and the improbable friend of a pregnant prostitute. The diaries also point to a family secret - and questions about Sadie's parentage. Some strong language. 2002.
Par Ben Okri. 1991
Azaro, a spirit child who has promised to return from the world of the living, is reluctantly born again and… again. Wanting to experience life, he breaks his pact and is tormented by his fellow spirits. 1991 Booker Prize winner. Prequel to "Songs of enchantment". 1991.
Par V. S Naipaul. 2018
This novel tells the story of a writer's singular journey from the British colony of Trinidad to the ancient countryside… of England, and from one state of mind to another. 2018.
Par Salvatore Scibona. 2009
It is August 15, 1953, the day of a street carnival in the Italian enclave of Elephant Park, Ohio, when… Rocco LaGrassa receives an excruciating piece of news: his son has died in a POW camp in Korea. Against the background of immigration, broken loyalties, and racial hostility, the story presents everything Rocco sees through the eyes of various characters in the crowd. 2009.
This story ranges from 1939 in the shadows of Nazi Europe to the present in the deceptive calm of a… Toronto campus. Danny's story is the whole sorrowful history of East and West since the war. Winner of the 1984 Governor General's Award for Fiction. Strong language.
Par Jen Sookfong Lee. 2007
Sammy Chan was sure she'd escaped her family obligations when she fled Vancouver six years ago, but with her sister's… upcoming marriage, her turn has come to care for their aging mother. Sammy finds herself cobbling together a makeshift family history and delving into stories that began in 1913, when her grandfather, Seid Quan, then eighteen years old, first stepped on Canadian soil. Descriptions of sex, some strong language, and some descriptions of violence. c2007.
Par Sheila Garrigue. 1985
During her evacuation to Canada, teenager Sara befriends Mr. Ito and his family. When the Ito family is sent to… an internment camp following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Sara realizes the cruelties of war. For junior and senior high readers. c1985.