Multcolib Hollywood: Pageturners 2014-2015
Annotation:Join the discussion on Sept. 18, 2014. The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying.
Annotation:Meet the author and join the discussion on Oct. 16, 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 Nov. 20, 2014. On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born, the third child of a wealthy English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual.
Annotation:Join the discussion on Dec. 18, 2014. Abdullah and his sister Pari live with their father and step-mother in the small village of Shadbagh, Afghanistan, 1952. Their father, Saboor, is constantly in search of work and they struggle together through poverty and brutal winters.
Annotation:Join the discussion on Jan. 15, 2015. A city is hit by an epidemic of "white blindness" that spares no one. Authorities confine the blind to an empty mental hospital, but there the criminal element holds everyone captive. One eyewitness to this nightmare guides seven strangers through the barren streets, and the procession becomes as uncanny as the surroundings are harrowing.
Annotation:Join us for Everybody Reads, Multnomah County Library’s annual community reading project, on Feb. 19, 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:Join the discussion on March 19, 2015. A naive young secretary forsakes Cleveland for San Francisco, tumbling headlong into a brave new world of laundromat lotharios and cutthroat debutantes.
Annotation:Join the discussion on April 16, 2015. One of the most famous travel books ever written by an American, Twain's hilarious satire impales with sharp wit both the chauvinist and the cosmopolitan. It made Twain a star.
Annotation:Join the discussion on May 21, 2015. A painter rediscovers a red purse that she had used as a child, and as she looks through it, she regains all the memories she had lost — including ones about the dried cat eye she carried in the purse.
Annotation:Join the discussion on June 18, 2015. As a minister approaches the end of his life, he writes a letter to his son chronicling three previous generations of his family, a story that stretches back to the Civil War and reveals uncomfortable secrets.
Annotation:Join the discussion on Aug. 20, 2015. From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Empire Falls" comes a new story that expands on all the details of small-town existence and the claims of family, especially the ties that bind fathers and sons.