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Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas." As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived-and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who've long forgotten her. The Kill Club is a macabre secret society obsessed with notorious crimes. When they locate Libby and pump her for details-proof they hope may free Ben-Libby hatches a plan to profit off her tragic history. For a fee, she'll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club . . . and maybe she'll admit her testimony wasn't so solid after all. As Libby's search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the narrative flashes back to January 2, 1985.
||Daughter of Fortune
A Chilean orphan raised by a Victorian spinster and her rigid brother, vivacious Eliza Sommers follows her lover to California during the Gold Rush of 1849 to discover a new life of freedom, independence, and a love greater than any ever dreamed.
Hemmings, Kaui Hart
Narrated in a bold, fearless, hilarious voice and set against the lush, panoramic backdrop of Hawaii, The Descendants is a stunning debut novel about an unconventional family forced to come together and re-create its own legacy...Before honoring Joanie's living will, [her husband] Matt must gather her friends and family to say their final goodbyes, a difficult situation made worse by the sudden discovery that there is one person who hasn't been told: the man with whom Joanie had been having an affair, quite possibly the one man she ever truly loved. Forced to examine what he owes not only to the living but to the dead, Matt takes to the road with his daughters to find his wife's lover, a memorable journey that leads to both painful revelations and unforeseen humor and growth.
||Destiny of the Republic
A narrative account of the twentieth president's political career offers insight into his background as a scholar and Civil War hero, his battles against the corrupt establishment, and Alexander Graham Bell's failed attempt to save him from an assassin'sbullet.
||Devil in the White City
The true stories of two men are intertwined in Larson's tale set in the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago. Larson is a Washington author.
One of the best and most popular of Kerouac's autobiographical novels, The Dharma Bums is based on experiences the writer had during the mid-1950s while living in California, after he'd become interested in Buddhism's spiritual mode of understanding. One of the book's main characters, Japhy Ryder, is based on the real poet Gary Snyder, who was a close friend and whose interest in Buddhism influenced Kerouac.
||Diary of a Bad Year
Coetzee, J. M.
Diary of a Bad Year takes on the world of politics and explores the role of the writer in our times with an extraordinary moral compass. At the center of the book is Senor C, an aging author who has been asked to write his thoughts on the state of the world. These thoughts, called "Strong Opinions," address a wide range of subjects. Meanwhile, someone new enters the writer's life - Anya, the beautiful young woman he hires to type his manuscript. The relationship that develops between Senor C and Anya has a profound effect on both of them.
||Don't Kill the Birthday Girl
A beautifully written and darkly funny journey through the world of the allergic. Like twelve million other Americans, Sandra Beasley suffers from food allergies. Her allergies--severe and lifelong--include dairy, egg, soy, beef, shrimp, pine nuts, cucumbers, cantaloupe, honeydew, mango, macadamias, pistachios, cashews, swordfish, and mustard. Add to that mold, dust, grass and tree pollen, cigarette smoke, dogs, rabbits, horses, and wool, and it's no wonder Sandra felt she had to live her life as "Allergy Girl."...With candor, wit, and a journalist's curiosity, Sandra draws on her own experiences while covering the scientific, cultural, and sociological terrain of allergies...From the Hardcover edition.
||Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood
This is a riveting memoir of a white African girl's childhood in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) during the civil war and unrest of the 1970s.
||Down the Nile: Alone in a Fisherman's Skiff
Documents the author's danger-ridden voyage by seven-foot skiff down the Egyptian Nile, an endeavor that is challenged by civil unrest, local disapproval about women traveling alone, wild animals, harsh climate, and the unlikely assistance of a kind Muslim sailor.
||Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance
In this lyrical, unsentimental, and compelling memoir, the son of a black African father and a white American mother searches for a workable meaning to his life as a black American. It begins in New York, where Barack Obama learns that his father— a figure he knows more as a myth than as a man— has been killed in a car accident. This sudden death inspires an emotional odyssey— first to a small town in Kansas, from which he retraces the migration of his mother’ s family to Hawaii, and then to Kenya, where he meets the African side of his family, confronts the bitter truth of his father’ s life, and at last reconciles his divided inheritance.
||Dreams of Joy
A continuation of "Shanghai Girls" finds a devastated Joy fleeing to China to search for her real father while her mother, Pearl, desperately pursues her, a dual quest marked by their encounters with the nation's intolerant Communist culture.
A spirited woman survives the sinking of the Titanic only to find herself embroiled in the tumultuous aftermath of that great tragedy. Tess is one of the last people to escape into a lifeboat. When an enterprising reporter turns her employer, Lady Duff Gordon, into an object of scorn, Tess is torn between loyalty and the truth.
||Driving Mr. Albert
Follow the adventures of an unlikely threesome; a freelance writer, an elderly pathologist, and Albert Einstein's brain; on a cross-country trip.