Multcolib Gresham: Pageturners 2014-2015
Annotation:Join the discussion on Sept. 4, 2014. Shortly before World War II, a Chinese man, sent to Japan to recover from tuberculosis, meets a lovely Japanese girl and four older residents, in a story of passion and sacrifice.
Annotation:Join the discussion on Oct. 2, 2014. The true story of 26 Army nurses and medics -- part of the 807th Medical Air Evacuation Transport Squadron -- who crash-landed in Nazi-occupied Albania and their months-long struggle to survive, aided by courageous villagers who risked death at Nazi hands to help them.
Annotation:Meet the author and join the discussion on Nov. 6, 2014. Fifteen linked stories chart a true course through the lives of families, farmers, loggers, former classmates, and the occasional stripper in the richly imagined town of Renata, Oregon. Allred’s stunning debut deftly navigates the stubborn geography of the human heart.
Annotation:Join the discussion on Jan. 8, 2015. Coplin evokes a powerful sense of place, mixing tenderness and violence as she spins an engrossing tale of a solitary orchardist who provides shelter to two runaway teenage girls in the untamed American West.
Annotation:Join us for Everybody Reads, Multnomah County Library’s annual community reading project, on Feb. 5, 2015. Set in 1990s Portland, The Residue Years is Jackson’s semi-autobiographical account of a family’s struggles in a neglected black neighborhood of a predominantly white city.
Annotation:Meet the author and join the discussion on March 5, 2015. The story of the only slavery case ever adjudicated in Oregon courts told against the background of the national controversy over slavery.
Annotation:Join the discussion on April 2, 2015. In 1996, Hanna Heath, a young Australian book conservator, is called to analyze the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, a priceless 600-year-old Jewish prayer book that has been salvaged from a destroyed Bosnian library. When Hanna discovers a series of artifacts in the centuries-old book, she unwittingly exposes an international coverup.
Annotation:Join us for a planning meeting on May 7, 2015, and help choose next year's books.
Annotation:Join the discussion on June 4, 2015. Acclaimed historian Collins' remarkable true account of a stunning turn-of-the-19th-century murder and the trial that ensued -- a showdown in which iconic political rivals Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr joined forces to make sure justice was done.
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