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Seattle Picks: Book Group Mainstays

Case Histories
Case Histories A Novel By Atkinson, Kate (Book - 2004 ) FIC ATKINSO 2004 Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 8 copies

Annotation:Empathetic private detective Jackson Brodie reopens several cold cases when compelled by the grief of families who have lost loved ones under chillingly inexplicable circumstances.

The Blind Assassin
The Blind Assassin By Atwood, Margaret (Book - 2001 ) FIC ATWOOD 2001 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 8 on 5 copies

Annotation:Interweaving mystery, science fiction and love story, this Booker Prize-winning novel-within-a-novel explores the relationship of two Canadian sisters across time and mortality.

The Elegance of the Hedgehog
The Elegance of the Hedgehog By Barbery, Muriel (Book - 2008 ) FIC BARBERY 2008 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 17 on 24 copies

Annotation:Paris hotel concierge Renée Michel, who is adept at hiding her intellectual pursuits, and suicidal teen resident, Paloma, find their world views changed by the arrival of Japanese businessman Kakuro Ozu.

People of the Book
People of the Book A Novel By Brooks, Geraldine (Book - 2008 ) FIC BROOKS 2008 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 4 on 11 copies

Annotation:Stories of persecution and upheaval of the Jews throughout history is seen through the eyes of a rare book restorer as she identifies tiny artifacts in the ancient Sarajevo Haggadah.

The Day the Falls Stood Still
The Day the Falls Stood Still A Novel By Buchanan, Cathy Marie (Book - 2009 ) FIC BUCHANA 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:Against her family’s wishes, Bess Heath falls in love with rough around the edges, daredevil Tom Cole in 1915 Niagara Falls in this story of a world and a life on the cusp of change.

Await your Reply
Await your Reply A Novel By Chaon, Dan (Book - 2009 ) FIC CHAON 2009 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 10 copies

Annotation:Three cleverly connected characters, magnetically drawn by intrigue, find themselves adrift on the edges of society questioning their identities and their definition of reality.

Kings of the Earth
Kings of the Earth A Novel By Clinch, Jon (Book - 2010 ) FIC CLINCH 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Troubling and surprisingly uplifting, this story of a brother’s death on a farm in upstate New York, with its many points of view, buried motives and entwined storylines, is based on actual events.

Middlesex
Middlesex By Eugenides, Jeffrey (Book - 2002 ) FIC EUGENID 2002 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 36 on 24 copies

Annotation:Cal - or is it Calliope? - stars in this original, mesmerizing Pulitzer Prize-winning novel that tells the story of a hermaphrodite's coming-of-age and one Greek immigrant family's tangled history.

The False Friend
The False Friend A Novel By Goldberg, Myla (Book - 2010 ) FIC GOLDBER 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Twenty years after tragically losing her friend Djuna, Celia’s memory of what happened finally returns. When she goes home to tell people what really happened, no one believes her.

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close By Foer, Jonathan Safran (Book - 2005 ) FIC FOER 2005 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 1 on 2 copies

Annotation:Precocious nine-year-old Oskar Schell, whose father died in the World Trade Center attacks, finds a mysterious key that belonged to his father and explores New York City to unlock the key's secret.

Bloodroot
Bloodroot A Novel By Greene, Amy (Book - 2010 ) FIC GREENE 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:In lovely, lyrical Appalachian cadence, family members take turns narrating the life of a willful, heartbreaking and bewitching woman, Myra, from the Great Depression to the present time.

All Other Nights
All Other Nights A Novel By Horn, Dara (Book - 2009 ) FIC HORN 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:The Civil War forms a violent backdrop to the story of Union spy, Jacob Rappaport, a young Jewish man straddling the Mason-Dixon Line in his personal life and forced to perform his clandestine duty.

The Kite Runner
The Kite Runner By Hosseini, Khaled (Book - 2003 ) FIC HOSSEIN Available in some locations Holds: 7 on 17 copies

Annotation:Friendship and betrayal loom large in this tale set in Afghanistan. Amir, son of a wealthy merchant, and his best friend and servant, Hassan, find their lives forever changed in one tragic moment.

Father of the Rain
Father of the Rain By King, Lily (Book - 2010 ) FIC KING 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Daley will do almost anything to win approval and love from her father, who is an unregenerate, self-absorbed alcoholic in this ultimately uplifting portrait of a classic dysfunctional family.

Little Boy Lost
Little Boy Lost By Laski, Marghanita (Book - 2008 ) FIC LASKI 2008 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 2 copies

Annotation:During World War II, Hilary Wainwright lost everything: his wife was killed and his son disappeared. Years later, at an orphanage in France, Hilary must decide if he even wants to find his son.

The Long Song
The Long Song By Levy, Andrea (Book - 2010 ) FIC LEVY 2010 Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 10 copies

Annotation:Jamaica’s history of slavery, as narrated by house slave Miss July, sets the scene for a novel about the country’s traumatic post-emancipation transition from this Orange Prize-winning author.

The Vagrants
The Vagrants A Novel By Li, Yiyun (Book - 2009 ) FIC LI 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:Set in 1970s China, this is a luminous and unforgettable portrayal of people put in the impossibly difficult position of choosing between moral rectitude and death.

Atonement
Atonement A Novel By McEwan, Ian (Book - 2002 ) FIC MCEWAN Available in some locations Holds: 5 on 16 copies

Annotation:On an English country estate in 1935, a fleeting moment changes one family forever. This masterful, multi-layered novel expores childhood innocence and the perspective that time provides.

The Hand That First Held Mine
The Hand That First Held Mine By O'Farrell, Maggie (Book - 2010 ) FIC OFARREL 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:In parallel stories of motherhood and family secrets, Lexie finds love and a career in post-war London, while artist Elina struggles with her husband’s odd reaction to their son’s birth in present-day London.

The Invisible Bridge
The Invisible Bridge By Orringer, Julie (Book - 2010 ) FIC ORRINGE 2010 Available in some locations Holds: 5 on 18 copies

Annotation:Andras Levi’s architectural studies in Paris grind to a halt during World War II when he and his family are forced to return home to Budapest – a grim and dangerous place for Jews.

Bel Canto
Bel Canto A Novel By Patchett, Ann (Book - 2005 ) FIC PATCHET 2005 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 39 on 20 copies

Annotation:In an unnamed South American country, terrorists take an American opera star and Japanese and European tourists hostage. Their time in exile together provides an intense, fascinating look at human relationships.

The Crying Tree
The Crying Tree By Rakha, Naseem (Book - 2009 ) FIC RAKHA 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:After her teenage son’s murder, Irene’s depression and grief can only be alleviated through a correspondence with the killer on death row and gradual forgiveness.

Gilead
Gilead By Robinson, Marilynne (Book - 2004 ) FIC ROBINSO 2004 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 147 on 13 copies

Annotation:Nearing death, Rev. John Ames recounts his family's history and the lessons he learned from his father and as a pastor in a rural Iowa community, in an epistle to his small son who will grow up without him.

A Thread of Grace
A Thread of Grace A Novel By Russell, Mary Doria (Book - 2005 ) FIC RUSSELL 2005 Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 3 copies

Annotation:In a complex and moving historical novel, powerfully portrayed characters, both Jewish and Christian, protect Jewish refugees at great cost to themselves during the World War II German occupation of Italy.

Shanghai Girls
Shanghai Girls A Novel By See, Lisa (Book - 2009 ) FIC SEE 2009 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 6 on 7 copies

Annotation:After the invasion of Shanghai by Japan in the mid 1930’s, two sisters leave a glamorous life for arranged marriages in Los Angeles. There they are met with humiliating treatment and difficult choices.

On Beauty
On Beauty By Smith, Zadie (Book - 2005 ) FIC SMITH 2005 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 4 on 8 copies

Annotation:This comic novel and contemporary reworking of E. M. Forster's Howard's End focuses on class differences, race and the feud between two families in a fictional New England college town.

The Lotus Eaters
The Lotus Eaters By Soli, Tatjana (Book - 2010 ) FIC SOLI 2010 Available in some locations Holds: 5 on 17 copies

Annotation:At the end of the Vietnam War, an American female combat photographer experiences the harsh realities of war and conflicted love in this unique and stunning novel of passion and duty.

The Help
The Help By Stockett, Kathryn (Book - 2009 ) FIC STOCKET 2009 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 5 on 20 copies

Annotation:Hopeful journalist “Skeeter” Phelan decides to interview black maids in 1960s Mississippi and finds herself embroiled in race politics as the women’s stories reveal the unsavory side of her community.

Olive Kitteridge
Olive Kitteridge By Strout, Elizabeth (Book - 2008 ) FIC STROUT 2008 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 23 on 14 copies

Annotation:The psychological damage we hide beneath the surface of our everyday lives is the subject of this novel-in-stories about the people in small-town Maine and one woman, Olive Kitteridge, with a cold exterior.

Cutting for Stone
Cutting for Stone A Novel By Verghese, A. (Book - 2009 ) FIC VERGHES 2009 Available in some locations Holds: 18 on 25 copies

Annotation:Twin brothers born in Ethiopia to an Indian nun and a British surgeon conflict over love, politics, and family secrets, but still share a devotion to healing others.

The Financial Lives of the Poets
The Financial Lives of the Poets A Novel By Walter, Jess (Book - 2009 ) FIC WALTER 2009 Available in some locations Holds: 4 on 13 copies

Annotation:Matt Prior left his job at a newspaper to start a financial poetry website that tanks. Matt lays out his whole financial nightmare and his zany attempts to climb out of it with humor and heart.

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle A Novel By Wroblewski, David (Book - 2008 ) FIC WROBLEW 2008 Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 13 copies

Annotation:Set in the insolated Northern Wisconsin woods, a mute young man with a special bond to his dog tries to prove that his evil uncle was responsible for his father’s death.

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