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Par Carl Weber, Eric Pete. 2015
Travel back to a small Southern town where, before there was Duncan Motors, there were the Duncan brothers: Louis, aka…Sweet Lou, a lover of ladies and life--and a man you did not want to cross; Lawrence, aka Larry, a screw-up as attracted to trouble as it was to him; and Lavernius, better known as LC, the soft-spoken college boy who simply wanted to sell cars. But the Duncan brothers weren't alone at the crossroads. There was also the mysterious and seductive Chippy, a woman who saw a way out of her circumstances and dared to take it. Witness what changed the course of their lives when ambitions intersected with opportunity that came calling one day in the form of a man named Alejandro Zuniga. Welcome to the familiar, but as you've never seen it before. 2015.
Par Carla Buckley. 2016
Two cousins, Rory and Arden, lie unconscious in a hospital burn unit. The fire, which broke out in their shared…college dorm room, killed another student, and the police want answers. Tension between Rory and Arden's parents was already at an all-time high before the fire, owing to a recent financial crisis and the decline of the family business. As the parents huddle anxiously in the waiting room, carefully avoiding the subject of their own unravelling relationships, disturbing truths come to light. 2016.
Par Lucinda Riley. 2012
Presents the emotionally affecting tale of a young woman, Grania, who flees heartbreak in New York for her family home…on the coast of Ireland. Wandering along a cliff edge in the middle of a storm, Grania meets Aurora, a girl fated to profoundly change Grania's life. 2012.
Par Sarah Bird. 2011
Par Millenia Black. 2007
Leslie Cavanaugh enjoys the perfect life in West Palm, Florida. She has the best husband, daughter, and career anyone could…ask for. Yet when her shameful past is exposed, she and everyone she holds dear are soon caught in a dramatic maelstrom. 2007.
Par Susan Richards Shreve. 1997
Julie’s mother died when Julie was three and her sister just a baby. Since then Julie, now in sixth grade,…has made it a point to be the one her father depends on. When he begins dating the mother of a new boy in her class, Julie feels her world begin to crumble. The boy is even competing with her to be goalie on the soccer team. Grades 4-7. 1997.
Par Chelsea Bolan. 2016
Just shy of her fifteenth birthday, Gabriela is cast out of the house for tarnishing the family honour. Furious at…her father and desperate to find Gabriela, her older sister Lucy leaves their small Mexican town, coming face to face with the dark underbelly of Mexico City. Back home, Lucy's parents, brothers, and devious brother-in-law struggle with their own complicity in Gabi's fate. Winner of the HarperCollins/UBC Prize for Best New Fiction. 2016.
Par Kristin Hannah. 2018
Lenora Allbright is 13 when her father convinces her mother, Cora, to forgo their inauspicious existence in Seattle and move…to Kaneq, Alaska. It's 1974, and the former Vietnam POW sees a better future away from the noise and nightmares that plague him. Having been left a homestead by a buddy who died in the war, Ernt is secure in his beliefs, but never was a family less prepared for the reality of Alaska, the long, cold winters and isolation. Locals want to help out, especially classmate Matthew Walker, who likes everything about Leni. Yet the harsh conditions bring out the worst in Ernt, whose paranoia takes over their lives and exacerbates what Leni sees as the toxic relationship between her parents. Bestseller. 2018.
Par Pearl S Buck. 2005
When O-lan, a servant girl, marries the peasant Wang Lung, she toils tirelessly through four pregnancies for their family's survival.…Reward at first is meagre, but there is sustenance in the land - until the famine comes. Half-starved, the family joins thousands of peasants to beg on the city streets. It seems that all is lost, until O-lan's desperate will to survive returns them home with undreamt of wealth. But they have betrayed the earth from which true wealth springs, and the family's money breeds only mistrust, deception - and heartbreak for the woman who had saved them. Followed by "Sons". Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Originally published in 1931, 2005. (Good earth trilogy ; 1)
Par Peter Carver, Teresa Toten. 2001
Dani Webster had played the Game with her sister Kelly for as long as she could remember - they had…been on a quest to vanquish evil. But everything is hazy now as she recovers from substance abuse at a psychiatric hospital for 'teens with problems'. Dani must confront a deeper emotional trauma - one which she can neither explain nor recognize - to face her family's deep dysfunctions and eliminate the Game for her life forever. For senior high students. Some strong language. 2003.
Par Pamela Oldfield. 1993
She was called the "Gooding Girl" because she resembled her grandmother, but her name was Julia Coulsden, born the day…the family fishing boat "Silver Lady" was launched in July 1910. Prosperous and hardworking, the Coulsdens owned a boatyard and fishing business in Rye and Hastings. Against a background of middle class prosperity and social ambition, the story of Julia unfolds. The fears of childhood, dreams of adolescence, unexpected death, unwanted pregnancy, controversial marriages and sudden inheritance are all part of this eventful story. 1993.
Par Maria Katzenbach. 1977
Par Lori Lansens. 2006
Conjoined twins Rose and Ruby Darlen, born in the midst of a tornado and abandoned by their mother, are raised…by Aunt Lovey, who refuses to see them as deformed. At age 29, Rose, the more verbal and bookish twin, begins writing their story. Rose shares her darkest memory and her deepest regret, while Ruby, the prettier, more practical twin, offers critical details, such as what prompted Rose to write their life story. Descriptions of sex and violence, some strong language. 2006.
Par Amitav Ghosh. 2001
Rajkumar, an orphaned Indian boat boy, is only eleven when he is stranded in Burma as the British invade in…1885. His meeting with ten-year-old Dolly, one of the queen's attendants, in the Glass Palace is so memorable that it dominates his life. Some descriptions of sex. Winner of the 2002 CNIB Torgi Award. 2001.
Par Catherine Cookson. 1993
The gift of a golden straw hat influences the destiny of Emily Pearson, her children and grandchildren, in this portrait…of English life from late Victorian times to the middle of the 20th century. 1993.
Par Walter Dean Myers. 1994
Follows the two-hundred-fifty-year history of a family through the lives of six teenagers. The story begins in 1753 when Muhammad…Bilal is brought to the states as a slave and begins work on Curry Island, South Carolina. The story continues with Lizzy in 1864, Elijah in 1900, Luvenia in 1930, Tommy in 1964, and finally Malcolm in 1994, as each does her or his part to sustain the eight acres of land the family calls the Glory Field. Grades 5-8. 1994.
Par Doris Lessing. 1989
Set in Rhodesia, this is the story of Dick, a failed white farmer and his wife, Mary, dependent and disappointed.…Both are trapped by poverty, and in the heat of the brick and tin house, hemmed in by the bush, Mary finds herself seeking solace in the arms of the houseboy. 1989.
Par Erma Bombeck. 1976
Humourist Erma Bombeck takes us on a guided tour of the suburbs. With her own family as the model, she…describes the bizarre experiences every family will face when moving to the suburbs, beginning with jumping in the station wagon. 1988, c1976.
Par Sheree Fitch. 2005
When 12-year-old Minn has to spend a summer with her sour grandmother, she soon gets caught up in an old…mystery of a tragic shipwreck, and plans to preserve the graves of the victims. While discovering romance and some intriguing information about her grandmother, Minn's plan for the graves unleashes some shocking events. And much depends on her finding the courage to face a terrible secret of her own. For junior high readers. 2005.
Par Mike Thaler, Laura Driscoll, Sara London. 2000
In "The good luck glasses", Nomi has some bad luck when she turns seven - she can't see the blackboard…at school, gets in trouble for squinting at her brother, and trips over the cat. A trip to the eye doctor, and a pair of funky orange glasses, solves everything. Grades K-3. 2000. Taped with: "Name that Ed" by Laura Driscoll. Ed goes to a family reunion full of other Eds, like Red Ed and Well-fed Ed. Can Ed get himself a nickname too? Grades K-3. 2002. Taped with: "Cinderella bigfoot" by Mike Thaler. Poor Cinderella's feet are so big that she's considered a safety hazard and isn't invited to the ball! Grades K-3. 1997. Stories for the 2003 CNIB Summer Reading Club.