Multcolib My Librarian Darcee: Sweeping fiction to carry you away
Annotation: To fuel their courage and sustain their hope while holed up in a basement as U.S. forces advance on Manila, the Karangalans and their neighbors spend time telling magical tales based on Filipino myth and legend tales that teach important lessons about life, love, and responsibility.
Annotation:The evolution and eventual decadence of a small South American town is mirrored in the family history of the Buendias. If Sometimes A Great Notion is essential reading for all Oregon residents, this book is essential reading for all residents of planet Earth.
Annotation:The emotional story of the Biafran War as seen through the eyes of two wealthy Igbo sisters, a shy British expat and a thirteen year old peasant houseboy.
Annotation:An exotic tale of greed, madness, and a dispute between two powerful families over land on the cocoa-rich coast of Bahia. This book inspired my trip to Ilheus, Brazil with the sole purpose of seeing the land Jorge Amado writes about, with my own eyes.
Annotation:Seven-year-old Rachel is forcibly removed from her family's 1890s Honolulu home when she contracts leprosy and is placed in a settlement, where she loses a series of new friends before new medical discoveries enable her to reenter the world. You did get the tissues out right?
Annotation:A historical epic that tells an unusual love story, The News from Paraguay offers a kaleidoscopic portrait of nineteenth-century Paraguay, a largely untouched wilderness where Europeans and North Americans intermingle with both the old Spanish aristocracy and native Guarani Indians.
Annotation:If you like funny with your heartbreak: The tumultuous life of Oscar and his family at large, is also a story of the Dominican-American experience and, ultimately, the endless human capacity to persevere in the face of heartbreak and loss.
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. I've yet to meet the person who has read and not completely fallen under the spell of this book.
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Wide-ranging and emotional stories of heartbreak, love, loss, resilience and war. Break out the tissues, silence your phone and make sure you didn't leave the oven on before starting one of these epic stories.