Multcolib Picks: Vailey with a V: 9 books our director loves
Annotation:In the midst of a bloody battle in the Iraq War, two soldiers, bound together since basic training, do everything to protect each other from both outside enemies and the internal struggles that come from constant danger.
Annotation:When a successful New York lawyer suddenly disappears without a trace, neither his wife nor his daughter Julia has any idea where he might be--until they find a love letter he wrote many years ago to a Burmese woman they have never heard of.
Annotation:The family of a Baptist missionary begins to unravel after they embark on a 1959 mission to the Belgian Congo, where they find their lives transformed over the course of three decades.
Annotation:In this story about a clerk who spends his days filing certificates of birth, marriage, divorce, and death, Saramago explores the loneliness of people's lives, the effects of chance and moments of recognition, and the discovery of love, however tentative.
Annotation:Sepha, who fled the Ethiopian revolution and landed in the United States, has resigned himself to a life of isolation. Hope comes in the form of new neighbors-Judith and Naomi, a white woman and her biracial daughter-who become his friends and remind him of what having a family is like for the first time in years. But when the neighborhood's newfound calm is disturbed by a series of racial incidents, Sepha may lose everything all over again.
Annotation:Harold Fry is convinced that he must deliver a letter to an old love in order to save her, meeting various characters along the way and reminiscing about the events of his past and people he has known, as he tries to find peace and acceptance.
Annotation:In a rural village in December 2004 Chechnya, a failed doctor Akhmed harbors the traumatized 8-year-old daughter of a father abducted by Russian forces and treats a series of wounded rebels and refugees while exploring the shared past that binds him to the child.
Annotation:In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys--best friends--are playing in a Little League baseball game in New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills his best friend's mother. Owen Meany believes he didn't hit the ball by accident. He believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after 1953 is extraordinary and terrifying.
Annotation:In a small Southern town, Mick Kelly, a strange young girl, observes the people around her - the damned, the voiceless and the rejected, while on her own intense personal search for beauty.
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Multnomah County Library Director Vailey Oehlke is a reader of challenging, intense and sometimes deeply sad books about people struggling with the chaos of life. Here are 9 of her favorites.