Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain Requirements: .ePUB, .MOBI/.AZW reader, 1.52 MB Overview: After losing her parents, fifteen-year-old Ivy Hart is left to care for her grandmother, older sister and nephew as tenants on a small tobacco farm. As she struggles with her grandmother’s aging, her sister’s mental illness and her own epilepsy, she realizes they might need more than she can give.
When Jane Forrester takes a position as Grace County’s newest social worker, she doesn’t realize just how much her help is needed. She quickly becomes emotionally invested in her clients’ lives, causing tension with her boss and her new husband. But as Jane is drawn in by the Hart women, she begins to discover the secrets of the small farm—secrets much darker than she would have guessed. Soon, she must decide whether to take drastic action to help them, or risk losing the battle against everything she believes is wrong.
Set in rural Grace County, North Carolina in a time of state-mandated sterilizations and racial tension, Necessary Lies tells the story of these two young women, seemingly worlds apart, but both haunted by tragedy. Jane and Ivy are thrown together and must ask themselves: how can you know what you believe is right, when everyone is telling you it’s wrong? Genre: Fiction > General Fiction/Classics
One Thousand White Women series by Jim Fergus (#1-2) Requirements: .ePUB reader, 3.99 MB Overview: Jim Fergus was born in Chicago on March 23, 1950. He attended high school in Massachusetts and graduated as an English major from Colorado College in 1971. He is the author of six novels, and two books of nonfiction. His bestselling novel, ONE THOUSAND WHITE WOMEN, won the Mountain and Plains Booksellers Association Fiction of the Year Award, and continues to be a favorite selection of book clubs and reading groups across the country. Genre: Fiction » General Fiction/Classics
1. One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd Based on an actual historical event but told through fictional diaries, this is the story of May Dodd—a remarkable woman who, in 1875, travels through the American West to marry the chief of the Cheyenne Nation.
One Thousand White Women begins with May Dodd’s journey into an unknown world. Having been committed to an insane asylum by her blue-blood family for the crime of loving a man beneath her station, May finds that her only hope for freedom and redemption is to participate in a secret government program whereby women from “civilized” society become the brides of Cheyenne warriors. What follows is a series of breathtaking adventures—May’s brief, passionate romance with the gallant young army captain John Bourke; her marriage to the great chief Little Wolf; and her conflict of being caught between loving two men and living two completely different lives.
2. The Vengeance of Mothers 9 March 1876 My name is Meggie Kelly and I take up this pencil with my twin sister, Susie. We have nothing left, less than nothing. The village of our People has been destroyed, all our possessions burned, our friends butchered by the soldiers, our baby daughters gone, frozen to death on an ungodly trek across these rocky mountains. Empty of human feeling, half-dead ourselves, all that remains of us intact are hearts turned to stone. We curse the U.S. government, we curse the Army, we curse the savagery of mankind, white and Indian alike. We curse God in his heaven. Do not underestimate the power of a mother’s vengeance…
So begins the Journal of Margaret Kelly, a woman who participated in the U.S. government’s "Brides for Indians" program in 1873, a program whose conceit was that the way to peace between the United States and the Cheyenne Nation was for One Thousand White Woman to be given as brides in exchange for three hundred horses. These "brides" were mostly fallen women; women in prison, prostitutes, the occasional adventurer, or those incarcerated in asylums. No one expected this program to work. And the brides themselves thought of it simply as a chance at freedom. But many of them fell in love with their Cheyenne spouses and had children with them…and became Cheyenne themselves.
The Vengeance of Mothers explores what happens to the bonds between wives and husbands, children and mothers, when society sees them as "unspeakable." What does it mean to be white, to be Cheyenne, and how far will these women go to avenge the ones they love? With vivid detail and keen emotional depth, Jim Fergus brings to light a time and place in American history and fills it with unforgettable characters who live and breathe with a passion we can relate to even today.
Hush Hush: Stories by Steven Barthelme Requirements: .ePUB reader, 1.8 MB Overview: If you’re up $16,000 at the casino and missing dinner with the woman you love, how do you find the strength to drive away? If you give up your career and your beautiful wife and find yourself drinking vodka and fixing cars for a living, is that necessarily a step down? In Hush Hush, Steven Barthelme gives us a simultaneously twisted, heartbreaking, and hilarious account of learning to quit when you’re ahead.
The collection, which includes the Pushcart Prize-winning “Claire,” exposes the surprising dignity in lying on your belly in the pouring rain, in ringing your ex-girlfriend’s doorbell at 4 A.M., in sleeping with your dead wife’s best friend. Co-author with his brother Frederick of the brilliant and devastating casino memoir, Double Down: Reflections on Gambling and Loss, Steven Barthelme seems to cast an eye at his own history and the characters he’s known. These are men and women who are down — but stirringly, not quite out. An unmissable, arresting book from one of the most seminal short story writers of the last twenty years. Genre: Fiction > General Fiction/Classics
The Runes Have Been Cast by Robert Irwin Requirements: .ePUB reader, 372kb Overview: The Runes Have Been Cast is a black comedy of darkest hue about academic and literary life set in Oxford and St Andrews in the early 60s. A tin of alphabet spaghetti brought about Lancelyn’s first encounter with the apparently supernatural. Unfortunately it was not to be his last. Runes, ghosts and spaghetti apart, there is much for Lancelyn to be afraid of: the future, women, Critical Theory, sex romps, The Times’ crossword puzzle, succubi and creative writing classes. The pages of The Runes Have Been Cast are haunted by M.R. James, Thomas de Quincey, Mr. Raven, St. Ignatius of Loyola, Iron Foot Jack, J.R.R. Tolkien and an anonymous tramp.
“I do not think that I can have read a novel which makes so many references to actual works that I have never heard off. With a fairly complex plot, ghosts popping in and out, strange but colourful academics, much mirth and mockery, two young men too full of themselves, a rampaging sex goddess, lots of interesting books and authors, intertextuality galore, the idea of God as a novelist, immersive literature and Tolkien and his bloody elves, this book is a thoroughly enjoyable read.” -John Alvey in The Modern Novel Genre: Fiction > General Fiction/Classics
Birmingham series by Annie Murray (#1-3) Requirements: ePUB Reader, 1.4 MB Overview: Annie Murray was born in Wallingford in Berkshire, a stone’s throw away from the Thames. Her father had been a soldier in North Africa and Italy in World War Two. His enthusiasm for going back there took us travelling every year in a caravan, where they had all sorts of adventures, most of them not life threatening. She remember my Dad teaching her arithmetic under a palm tree on the edge of the Sahara desert. After training unenthusiastically as a journalist she found a job with a charity in Birmingham. Soon after, she got married and had four gorgeous babies who are now much bigger than this but still smiling heroically! The first of her regional sagas, Birmingham Rose, was published in 1995. She has now published thirteen books with Pan Macmillan, and there are more on the way. Genre: Fiction> General Fiction/Classics
1. Birmingham Rose
A heartfelt Birmingham saga, Birmingham Rose is Annie Murray’s debut novel and was a Sunday Times bestseller.
Life is bleak for Rose Lucas, a spirited, intelligent girl, born into a large family in the slums of pre-war Birmingham. But her friendship with Diana, daughter of a vicar from middle-class Moseley, gives her hope. She learns to aspire to a different kind of existence, vowing never to become a child-bearing drudge like her mother.
Life, however, never follows the way of dreams. After a childhood marked by tragedy, Rose eventually finds and loses the love for which she has striven so hard. From Italy, where she has travelled during the Second World War, she is forced to return to Birmingham and an unhappy marriage, her hopes and illusions shattered. But Rose will not be defeated and she, too, is determined to rise once again above the devastation of her life . . .
2. Birmingham Friends A remarkable, stirring novel, Birmingham Friends perfectly captures the complicated intimacy of female relationships.
Anna has always been exceptionally close to her mother, Kate and as a child, was captivated by the stories her mother would tell of her childhood in Birmingham with her best friend, Olivia. Olivia and Kate seemed to have a magical friendship.
But when Kate dies, she leaves her daughter a final story, one that this time tells the whole truth of her life with Olivia Kemp. As Anna reads, she is shocked to discover how little she really knew about the mother she felt so close to. With Kate’s words of caution ringing in her head, she goes in search of the one woman who can answer urgent questions about her mother’s life, and about her own . . .
3. Birmingham Blitz An unmissable and much-loved favourite, Birmingham Blitz by Annie Murray is the tale of everyday courage and determination in wartime Britain.
August 1939. Genie Watkins, a Birmingham kid, would love to have a proper happy family like her Italian friend, Teresa. But Genie hasn’t reckoned with the outbreak of war, her already rocky family being split up and the strangely liberating effect it all has on her mother . . .
Under Birmingham skies darkened by blackout Genie shares her fears and hopes with Teresa, keeps her spirits up with her nan and glamorous auntie Lil, and tries to hold her family together. And amid it all, she discovers love . . .
2 Novels by Kate Grenville Requirements: ePUB reader, 969 KB Overview: Kate Grenville was born in Sydney, Australia. After completing an Arts degree at Sydney University she worked in the film industry (mainly as an editor) before living in the UK and Europe for several years and starting to write.
In 1980 she went to the USA and completed an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Colorado, where her teachers included Ron Sukenick, Robert Steiner and Steve Katz.
On her return to Australia in 1983 she worked at the Subtitling Unit for SBS Television. In 1984 her first book, a collection of stories – Bearded Ladies – was published.Since then she’s published eight novels and four books about the writing process (one co-written with Sue Woolfe). In 2006 she was awarded a Doctorate of Creative Arts from UTS, Sydney. Genre: Fiction, General Fiction/Classics
Sarah Thornhill Winner of the Australian Book Industry Awards, General Fiction Book of the Year and shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Fiction, 2012.
This is the story of Sarah Thornhill, youngest child of the family at the heart of Kate Grenville’s multi-award-winning novel The Secret River.
Her stepmother calls her wilful, but handsome Jack Langland loves her and she loves him. Me and Jack, she thinks, what could go wrong?
But there’s an ugly secret in Sarah’s family. That secret takes her into the darkness of the past, and across the ocean to the wild coasts of New Zealand. Among the strangers of that other place, she can begin to understand.
Sarah Thornhill, a novel by one of our greatest writers, is about love lost and found, tangled histories, and how it matters to keep stories alive.
Joan Makes History Kate Grenville’s wonderfully irreverent novel rewrites 200-odd years of Australia’s past. Joan is a wife and mother of no great distinction, but in the life of her imagination she is in the front line of events, effortlessly subverting the solemnity of momentous occasions and cheerfully altering the course of history.
The Derby Man: Omnibus by Gary McCarthy Requirements: .ePUB reader, 1.7mb Overview: FROM SPUR AWARD WINNER GARY MCCARTHY COMES AN UNLIKELY HERO IN THE DERBY MAN SERIES…
Darby Buckingham was an unlikely candidate for western frontier life. From his round-toed shoes to his derby hat, he was a man of culture, a creature of comfort, who liked his gourmet restaurants and expensive cigars.
The short, stocky New Yorker made a fortune writing dime novels about the old west. Now he was out west to do some research for his next novel, little suspecting that he would be learning firsthand about frontier justice and frontier heroism.
Darby Buckingham quickly became the West’s hardest hitting, toughest fighting, fastest thinking hero! Genre: Fiction > General Fiction/Classics
Included : I. The Derby Man II. Showdown at Snakegrass Junction III. Mustang Fever IV. The Pony Express War V. Silver Shot VI. Explosion At Donner Pass VII. North Chase VIII. Whiskey Creek IX. The Rebel of Bodie X. The Rail Warriors XI. The Comstock Camels
Revolution (The Dorset Boy #14) by Christopher C Tubbs Requirements: .ePUB reader, 307 KB Overview: It is 1820 George III is dead and George the IV is King. George Canning consolidates the various independent Intelligence groups under one umbrella. Marty’s ships are deemed surplus to the Navy. The world is more or less at peace but in Greece the rumblings of discontent with Ottoman rule are turning into the growls of revolution. The British want Cyprus which means Marty has to keep his promise to the Felicia Eteria, but as usual it turns out to be not quite so simple and to complicate things Portugal is experiencing an uprising of constitutionalists. Espionage, land and sea battles, heroes and villains. A romp through history with all the usual suspects. Genre: Fiction > General Fiction/Classics Historical
Found in a Bookshop by Stephanie Butland Requirements: .ePUB reader, 663kb Overview: Dear Lost for Words,
We are trying to stay at home . . . I am enclosing a cheque and I hope that you will use it to send us some books. Please choose books that we might think are wonderful.
Loveday Cardew’s beloved Lost for Words bookshop, along with the rest of York, has fallen quiet. At the very time when people most need books to widen their horizons, or escape from their fears, or enhance their lives, the doors are closed. Then the first letter comes.
Rosemary and George have been married for fifty years. Now their time is running out. They have decided to set out on their last journey together, without ever leaving the bench at the bottom of their garden in Whitby. All they need is someone who shares their love of books.
Suddenly it’s clear to Loveday that she and her team can do something useful in a crisis. They can recommend books to help with the situations their customers find themselves in: fear, boredom, loneliness, the desire for laughter and escape.
And so it begins. Genre: Fiction > General Fiction/Classics
Becoming Ted by Matt Cain Requirements: .ePUB reader, 689kb Overview: A charming, joyful and surprising story about love, friendship and learning to be true to yourself, Becoming Ted will steal your heart.
Ted Ainsworth has always worked at his family’s ice-cream business in the quiet Lancashire town of St Luke’s-on-Sea.
But the truth is, he’s never wanted to work for the family firm – he doesn’t even like ice-cream, though he’s never told his parents that. When Ted’s husband suddenly leaves him, the bottom falls out of his world.
But what if this could be an opportunity to put what he wants first? This could be the chance to finally follow his secret dream: something Ted has never told anyone … Genre: Fiction > General Fiction/Classics