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Seattle Picks: Book Group Best Bets--Fiction

Lost Memory of Skin
Lost Memory of Skin By Banks, Russell (Book - 2011 ) FIC BANKS 2011 Available in some locations Holds: 8 on 25 copies

Annotation:Online, he’s a monster. On the streets, he’s a pariah. And in reality, he’s just a kid. A provocative look at our estranged virtual and physical selves.

Caleb's Crossing
Caleb's Crossing By Brooks, Geraldine (Book - 2011 ) FIC BROOKS 2011 Available in some locations Holds: 6 on 30 copies

Annotation:In 1665, Wampanoag Indian Caleb is the first Native American graduate of Harvard College. His friend, Bethia, the daughter of a Martha’s Vineyard preacher, narrates his coming-of-age and his educational and spiritual journey.

Once Upon A River
Once Upon A River A Novel By Campbell, Bonnie Jo (Book - 2011 ) FIC CAMPBEL 2011 Available in some locations Holds: 4 on 28 copies

Annotation:Abused and abandoned at sixteen, Margo Crane, sharpshooter and river princess, takes off down Michigan’s Stark River on a Huckleberry Finn coming-of-age journey in her grandfather’s teak boat.

Hard Rain Falling
Hard Rain Falling By Carpenter, Don (Book - 2009 ) FIC CARPENT 2009 Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 6 copies

Annotation:On the gritty streets of Portland, Oregon, Jack Levitt escapes an orphanage for the city’s pool halls and brothels until time in prison opens him up to life’s possibilities in this thought-provoking reprint.

A Land More Kind Than Home
A Land More Kind Than Home By Cash, Wiley (Book - 2012 ) FIC CASH 2012 Available in some locations Holds: 12 on 15 copies

Annotation:A church “healing” session for a 13-year-old autistic boy goes terribly wrong, tearing apart a small town in the mountains of western North Carolina in this Southern gothic novel.

The Sisters Brothers
The Sisters Brothers By deWitt, Patrick (Book - 2011 ) FIC DEWITT 2011 Available in some locations Holds: 9 on 24 copies

Annotation:A bloody Western romp that follows two hired assassins, Eli and Charlie, from Oregon City to California’s gold territory in 1851.

The Forgotten Waltz
The Forgotten Waltz By Enright, Anne (Book - 2011 ) FIC ENRIGHT 2011 Available in some locations Holds: 7 on 28 copies

Annotation:This revelatory Irish novel of belonging, betrayal and misspent passion deftly calculates the depreciation of houses, and of home. Inaugural winner of the American Library Association’s Carnegie Medal.

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter By Franklin, Tom (Book - 2010 ) FIC FRANKLI 2010 Available in some locations Holds: 6 on 18 copies

Annotation:Set in small-town Mississippi, this mystery tells the story of a friendship broken by suspicion and misunderstanding as a police officer must investigate his childhood friend, who is suspected as a serial killer.

The Art of Fielding
The Art of Fielding A Novel By Harbach, Chad (Book - 2011 ) FIC HARBACH 2011 Available in some locations Holds: 11 on 26 copies

Annotation:At Westish College, a baseball prodigy’s star rises and falls, the esteemed college president has his first love affair with a young man, and the president’s daughter returns home after a failed marriage.

Silver Sparrow
Silver Sparrow A Novel By Jones, Tayari (Book - 2011 ) FIC JONES 2011 Available in some locations Holds: 4 on 19 copies

Annotation:Dana Yarboro and her mother are James Witherspoon’s secret family, whom his other wife and daughter know nothing about. When the two girls meet accidently and become friends, the bigamist’s secret is threatened.

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry A Novel By Joyce, Rachel (Book - 2012 ) FIC JOYCE 2012 Available in some locations Holds: 12 on 33 copies

Annotation:A letter from an old, ailing colleague spurs Harold to do the unexpected: walk 600 miles across rural England to hand deliver his reply in the hopes that it might keep Queenie Hennessy alive.

Turn of Mind
Turn of Mind By LaPlante, Alice (Book - 2011 ) FIC LAPLANT 2011 Available in some locations Holds: 8 on 27 copies

Annotation:Suffering from Alzheimer’s, retired surgeon Jennifer White cannot remember killing her best friend as the police suspect, nor can she fully rule out the possibility of her guilt.

The Paris Wife
The Paris Wife A Novel By McLain, Paula (Book - 2011 ) FIC MCLAIN 2011 Available in some locations Holds: 13 on 29 copies
Embassytown
Embassytown By Miéville, China (Book - 2011 ) SCI-FIC MIEVILL 2011 Available in some locations Holds: 4 on 21 copies

Annotation:If language is reality, what will become of a naturally candid extraterrestrial race when they suddenly adopt that bizarre earthling behavior: telling lies?

The Tiger's Wife
The Tiger's Wife A Novel By Obreht, Téa (Book - 2011 ) FIC OBREHT 2011 Available in some locations Holds: 9 on 28 copies

Annotation:Three complex storylines come together as Dr. Natalia Stefanovi travels to an unnamed Balkan country to solve the mystery of her grandfather’s death far from his beloved home.

The Healing
The Healing A Novel By Odell, Jonathan (Book - 2012 ) FIC ODELL 2012 Available in some locations Holds: 3 on 8 copies

Annotation:Now an old woman, Granada remembers her life as a slave as she comforts a young girl with stories about the mysterious Polly Shine and other slaves who were important to her own healing.

Emily, Alone
Emily, Alone By O'Nan, Stewart (Book - 2011 ) FIC ONAN 2011 Available in some locations Holds: 5 on 25 copies

Annotation:Emily Maxwell, a Pittsburgh widow, gets new wheels and a new lease on life in this quiet, contemplative novel about one woman’s daily thoughts and hopes.

State of Wonder
State of Wonder By Patchett, Ann (Book - 2011 ) FIC PATCHET 2011 Available in some locations Holds: 12 on 30 copies

Annotation:A Conradian mystery takes Marina Singh to the heart of the Amazon on an investigation of a pharmaceutical research station that’s been silent far too long.

Perla
Perla By Robertis, Carolina de (Book - 2012 ) FIC ROBERTI 2012 Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 8 copies

Annotation:Perla lives with implied guilt from her father’s complicity in the disappearance of political dissidents during Argentina’s troubled 1970s and 80s, until one day a stranger relates a magical, strange tale.

The World We Found
The World We Found A Novel By Umrigar, Thrity N. (Book - 2012 ) FIC UMRIGAR 2012 Available in some locations Holds: 6 on 10 copies

Annotation:Four women who met in college in the 1970s in Bombay reconnect when one is diagnosed with brain cancer in this novel about the idealism of youth, friendship and the exigencies of time.

Queen of America
Queen of America A Novel By Urrea, Luis Alberto (Book - 2011 ) FIC URREA 2011 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 26 copies

Annotation:This leisurely historical novel, the sequel to The Hummingbird’s Daughter, traces the American journeys of Teresita Urrea as pilgrims still beg for her healing and sinister forces try to exploit her talents.

The Family Fang
The Family Fang By Wilson, Kevin (Book - 2011 ) FIC WILSON 2011 Available in some locations Holds: 3 on 23 copies

Annotation:Treated like little social experiments all their lives, Annie and Buster have sometimes wished their performance artist parents would just grow up. Now mom and dad have vanished, or is this just their latest stunt?

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