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Adams, Lorraine - Harbor
Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Adult
Aziz Arkoun arrives in America cold, broke, scared, and hoping for a new start, but he soon finds himself drawn into a world of violence and terrorism as he is taken in by a group of Arab Muslims.
Albom, Mitch - For One More Day
© 2006.Fiction, Adult
After years of drinking, being rejected by his wife and daughter, and a suicide attempt, ex-baseball star Charley Benetto returns to his childhood home where he encounters the ghost of his mother, who tells him family secrets and guides him in making his life better.
Beah, Ishmael - A Long Way Gone : Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
What is war like for a child soldier? How does one become a killer? How does one stop? Ishmael Beah tells of his harrowing journey fleeing the rebels at age 12, picked up by the government army at age 13, and serving as a soldier for three years. Beal was transformed from a fun loving child to someone addicted to killing and cocaine, until he was removed from fighting and brought to a rehabilitation center by UNICEF.
Grisham, John - Playing for Pizza
After losing an important game for his team, NFL backup quarterback Rick Dockery is fired, but his agent finds him an opportunity to play for the Panthers of Parma, and even though he has never been to Europe, he moves to Italy hoping for a second chance.
Larson, Erik - The Devil in the White City : Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America
Tells the parallel stories of Daniel Burnham, the main architect of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, and serial killer Henry H. Holmes, discussing the challenges Burnham faced in creating the hugely successful White City, and looking at how Holmes used the opportunities afforded by the fair to lure victims to their death.
Picoult, Jodi - Nineteen Minutes
© 2007Fiction, Adult
Sterling is an ordinary New Hampshire town where nothing ever happens--until the day its complacency is shattered by an act of violence. This book is about the people of that town,forever changed after a shooting at the high school leaves ten people dead, and the judge presiding over the trial tries to remain unbiased, even though her daughter witnessed the events and was friends with the assailant.
Sebold, Alice - Lucky
The author tells the story of her violent rape at the age of eighteen, her accidental sighting of her attacker six months later, the resulting trial and conviction of the man, and the trauma she suffered for years afterwards.
*Outstanding Books for the College Bound - 2004
Walls, Jeannette - The Glass Castle
The author recalls her life growing up in a dysfunctional family with an alcohol father and distant mother, and describes how she and her siblings had to fend for themselves until they finally found the resources and will to leave home.