Multcolib My Librarian Karen E: These are a few of my favorite books. . .

Burial Rites
Burial Rites A Novel By Kent, Hannah Book - 2013 FICTION KENT 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:Set against Iceland's stark landscape, Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution. Horrified at the prospect of housing a convicted murderer, the family at first avoids Agnes. Only Tóti, a priest Agnes has mysteriously chosen to be her spiritual guardian, seeks to understand her. But as Agnes's death looms, the farmer's wife and their daughters learn there is another side to the sensational story they've heard.

Me Before You
Me Before You A Novel By Moyes, Jojo Book - 2012 FICTION MOYES 2012 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 42 on 31 copies

Annotation:Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life--steady boyfriend, close family--who has never been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after a motorcycle accident. This is more than a love story; it's a heartbreakingly beautiful story about family, relationships, and the wrenching choices some must make between life and death.

State of Wonder
State of Wonder By Patchett, Ann Book - 2011 FICTION PATCHETT 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:This book has it all: fascinating plot, vivid characters, fabulous writing, interesting setting. A researcher at a pharmaceutical company, Marina Singh journeys into the heart of the Amazonian delta to check on a field team that has been silent for two years--a dangerous assignment that forces Marina to confront the ghosts of her past.

Shadow Tag
Shadow Tag By Erdrich, Louise Book - 2010 FICTION ERDRICH 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:The story of a marriage and family imploding. Irene discovers her husband has been reading her diary so she begins a new one just for him - one that will push him over the edge.

Little Bee
Little Bee By Cleave, Chris Book - 2009 FICTION CLEAVE 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:A haunting novel about the tenuous friendship that blooms between two disparate strangers--one an illegal Nigerian refugee, the other a recent widow from suburban London. A sad, wrenching book. Cleave's captures the voices of the main characters beautifully.

People of the Book
People of the Book A Novel By Brooks, Geraldine Book - 2008 FICTION BROOKS All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:In 1996, Hanna Heath, a young Australian book conservator is called to analyze the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, a priceless six-hundred-year-old Jewish prayer book that has been salvaged from a destroyed Bosnian library. The story traces the history of the Haggadah backwards and forwards to periods of major religious strife and persecution, from the 1940 German occupation of Yugoslavia, to 1894 Vienna, to 1609 Venice, to 1492 Barcelona, and, finally, 1480 Seville.

The Keep
The Keep By Egan, Jennifer Book - 2007 FICTION EGAN 2007 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 1 on 4 copies

Annotation:This was my go-to-recommendation in 2007! It's a truly suspenseful, story within a story that will keep you turning those pages! Two cousins, irreversibly damaged by a childhood prank whose devastating consequences changed both their lives, reunite twenty years later to renovate a medieval castle in Eastern Europe, a castle steeped in blood lore and family pride.

The Book Thief
The Book Thief By Zusak, Markus Book - 2006 y ZUSAK Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 55 copies

Annotation:Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel--a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors. It's a beautifully written book within a book.

The Poisonwood Bible
The Poisonwood Bible A Novel By Kingsolver, Barbara Book - 2005 FICTION KINGSOLVE Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 25 copies

Annotation:A masterpiece! The language! The characters! The setting! The story! 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.

Drop City
Drop City By Boyle, T. Coraghessan Book - 2004 FICTION BOYLE 2004 Available in some locations

Annotation:I always thought I was meant to live on a commune, but the reality of commune-life can be far from idyllic. Set in 1970, Drop City, a California commune, decides to relocate to Alaska, where tensions rise between the commune and a group of homesteaders.

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There are so many fantastic contemporary fiction books out there and I find myself recommending some over and over again! Here's some of them - one for each of the last ten years.