[]
[]

Multcolib Picks: Vailey with a V: 9 books our director loves

The Yellow Birds
The Yellow Birds A Novel By Powers, Kevin (Book - 2012 ) FICTION POWERS 2012 Available in some locations

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.

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats
The Art of Hearing Heartbeats A Novel By Sendker, Jan-Philipp (Book - 2012 ) FICTION SENDKER 2012 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 12 on 5 copies

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.

The Poisonwood Bible
The Poisonwood Bible A Novel By Kingsolver, Barbara (Book - 2005 ) FICTION KINGSOLVE Available in some locations

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.

All the Names
All the Names By Saramago, José (Book - 2000 ) FICTION SARAMAGO Available in some locations

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.

The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears
The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears By Mengestu, Dinaw (Book - 2007 ) FICTION MENGESTU Available in some locations

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.

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry A Novel By Joyce, Rachel (Book - 2012 ) FICTION JOYCE 2012 Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 18 copies

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.

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena A Novel By Marra, Anthony (Book - 2013 ) FICTION MARRA 2013 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 36 on 16 copies

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.

A Prayer for Owen Meany
A Prayer for Owen Meany [a Novel] By Irving, John (Book - 2012 ) FICTION IRVING 2012 Available in some locations Holds: 3 on 14 copies

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.

The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter
The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter By McCullers, Carson (Book - 1993 ) FICTION MCCULLERS Available in some locations

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.

A Shared List by multcolib

Member of Multnomah County Library

Send multcolib a Message FollowFollow IgnoreIgnore Report This List

Description

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.


English
Genre Guide

Powered by BiblioCommons.
app03 Version gurli Last updated 2014/12/09 10:52