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Par Danielle Steel. 2018
Against the electrifying backdrop of the 1960s, Danielle Steel unveils the gripping chronicle of a young woman discovering a passion…for justice and of the unsung heroes she encounters on her quest to fight the good fight. The daughter and granddaughter of prominent Manhattan lawyers, Meredith McKenzie is destined for the best of everything: top schools, elite social circles, the perfect marriage. Spending her childhood in Germany as her father prosecutes Nazi war criminals at the Nuremberg trials, Meredith soaks up the conflict between good and evil as it plays out in real time. When her family returns to the United States, she begins blazing her own trail, swimming against the tides, spurred on by her freethinking liberal grandfather, determined to become a lawyer despite her traditional, conservative father's objections. She forges a lifelong friendship with a young German Jewish woman whose family died in the concentration camps. And while her grandfather rises to the Supreme Court, Meredith enlists in the most pressing causes of her time, fighting for civil rights and an end to the Vietnam War. From the bright morning of JFK's inauguration, through the tumultuous years that follow as America hurtles toward the twin assassinations of Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy, Meredith joins the vanguard of a new generation of women, breaking boundaries socially, politically, and professionally. But when the violence of the era strikes too close to home, her once tightly knit family must survive a devastating loss, and rethink their own values and traditions in light of the times. Encompassing the remarkable people Meredith meets, the historic events she witnesses, and the sacrifices she must make, this is the story of a woman changing her world as she herself is changed by it. Beautifully told, brimming with unforgettable moments and characters, The Good Fight is an inspiring, uplifting novel with resonance for our own times. 2018.
Par Twan Eng Tan. 2012
Malaya, 1949. After studying law at Cambridge and time spent helping to prosecute Japanese war criminals, Yun Ling Teoh seeks…solace among the jungle-fringed plantations of Northern Malaya where she grew up as a child. There she discovers Yugiri, the only Japanese garden in Malaya, and its owner and creator, the enigmatic Aritomo. 2012.
Par Shirley Hazzard. 2004
In war-torn Asia and stricken Europe, men and women, still young but veterans of harsh experience, must reinvent their lives…and expectations, and learn, from their past, to dream again. Some will fulfill their destinies, others will falter. At the centre of the story, a brave and brilliant soldier finds that survival and worldly achievement are not enough. His counterpart, a young girl living in occupied Japan and tending her dying brother, falls in love, and in the process discovers herself. 2004
Par Beryl Bainbridge. 2011
In the summer of 1968, Rose sets off for the United States to meet a man she knows as Washington…Harold. In a country rocked by rising violence, they join forces in search of the elusive Dr Wheeler - oracle, guru and redeemer - whom Rose credits with rescuing her from a terrible childhood, and against whom Harold nurses a silent grudge. Includes strong language. 2011.
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 Mary Ann Gibbs. 1973
Victorian romance set in England in 1854. Treated as a poor relation rather than as an adopted daughter, Tabbie accidentally…finds out about her true parents when she meets a wounded soldier while a nurse in the Crimean war. 1975, c1973.
Par Ellen Howard. 1999
In Victorian England ten-year-old orphan Emma Deane has already spent three years working in a silk factory when she stumbles…upon a job on a canal boat--a job that supplies her with food, fresh air, and love. Grades 4-7. 1999.
Par Dennis Lehane. 2008
Boston, early twentieth century. Policeman Danny Coughlin goes undercover to infiltrate Bolsheviks and anarchists who are recruiting immigrants and workers…to cause civil strife. Soon Danny sympathizes with their plight, befriending his family's Irish maid and an African American fugitive. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2008.
Par Colleen McCullough. 1991
Amid conspiracy, assassinations and civil war, Marius, Roman consul for the sixth time, battles with his former friend, Sulla, for…control. Set in the 1st century B.C. Sequel to "First man in Rome" (DC30886). Descriptions of violence. Bestseller 1991. c1991.
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 Philippa Carr. 1992
In this work of English historical romantic suspense, happy-go-lucky Dorabella dies after marrying a man from a family that has…a rumoured reputation for blood feuds and mysterious deaths. Dorabella's twin sister, Violetta, moves in to look after her nephew and unmasks the insanity that has plagued the family for years. Sequel to "A time for silence" (DC13280). Followed by "We'll meet again". 1992. (Daughters of England ; 19)
Par Patrick O'Brian. 1956
Originally published in 1956, O'Brian's first sea novel. In England in 1740, Peter Palafox, the son of an Irish minister,…and his friend, Sean, have signed onto the Centurion for a four-year trip around the world. Unfortunately, Peter has never been on a ship in his life. But he adjusts to shipboard routines and enjoys longed-for adventures, such as the capture of a Spanish galleon. 1994, c1956.
Par Gore Vidal. 2000
Fictional coverage of the American cultural and political scene from 1939, when the U.S. debated entering World War II, until…1954 after the Korean War. Caroline Sanford, producer-actress and Washington newspaper publisher, and her journalist nephew provide insider views on Franklin Delano Roosevelt's and Harry Truman's terms of office. Bestseller. 2000.
Par Rosalind Laker. 1991
During her apprenticeship with Vermeer, Francesca Visser becomes an accomplished artist and meets tulip-grower Pieter. When her father gambles himself…into debt, he agrees to marry Francesca to the villainous Ludolf van Deventer. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 1991.
Par Catherine Cookson. 1970
The story opens the day before Anabella's 7th birthday, against a setting of the north-east of England during the Industrial…Revolution, and continues through early womanhood, her first love and her discovery of the contrast between the wealth she enjoys and the poverty all around. 1970.
Par Annabel Lyon. 2009
342 B.C. Aristotle is reluctant to set aside his own ambitions in order to tutor Alexander, the rebellious son of…his boyhood friend Philip of Macedon. But the philosopher soon comes to realize that teaching this charming, surprising, sometimes horrifying teenager, heir to the Macedonian throne, forced onto the battlefield before his time, is a desperate necessity amid the ever more sinister intrigues of Philip's court. Some strong language, explicit descriptions of violence and explicit descriptions of sex. c2009.
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 Catherine Cookson. 1992
In rural Victorian England, common law marriages are definitely scorned. Yet in Heap Hollow Cottage, Anna is the child of…just such a marriage. She is determined to overcome the challenges given to her by the circumstances of birth, but her journey will not be easy. 1992.
Par Carol Matas. 1997
After leading a group of Jewish refugees to Israel after World War II, sixteen-year-old Ruth joins the Haganah, the Jewish…Army, and helps her people fight to keep the land granted to them by the United Nations. Grades 5-8. 1997.