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agrees to help a cantankerous old woman in exchange for quilt
lessons. As the two
women become friends, they find they have many things to teach
each other. This is the first book in the Elm Creek Quilt
/ Dori Sanders
her father dies within hours of being married to a white woman,
a ten-year-old black girl learns with her new mother to overcome
grief and to adjust to a new place in their rural black South
/ Diana Evans.
Georgia and Bessi create a private fantasy universe to escape a
father who drinks too much and a mother who pines for her
Nigerian childhood. As
the twins grow older, the real world intrudes and threatens the
bond between them.
Cake/J. Lynne Hinton
five women from the Hope Springs Community Church form a
committee to create a cookbook, they embark on a project more
meaningful than they could ever have imagined
hot as it was you ought to thank me/Nancy Kincaid
the summer after her father's abandonment, thirteen-year-old
Berry witnesses her mother's pursuit of the local preacher and
the arrival of a handsome convict who helps repair
hurricane-damaged roads in her conservative Florida hometown.
days there’s pie/Catherine Landis
the stories of Rose, who is in denial of her terminal illness,
and Ruth, who has run away from her life.
Kill a Mockingbird/Harper Lee
the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with
rich humor and unswerving honesty the irrationality of adult
attitudes toward race and class in the Deep South of the 1930s
Sparks/Gwyn Hyman Rubio
the age of ten, an Appalachian girl develops croaks, jerks and
spasms, which leads to her explusion from school. After
treatment--she has Tourette's syndrome--she learns to control
herself, attends college and there is a happy ending.
secrets of the YaYa sisterhood/Rebecca Wells
sends her daughter a scrapbook of her lifelong friendship with
"the Ya-Ya's," From Sidda's response to it, a story
unfolds regarding a dark period in Vivi and Sidda's past that
plagues their present relationship
bitter thing/Monica Wood
Mitchell was raised from the age of two by her uncle, a Catholic
priest. She has never understood why she was taken from him and
sent away to boarding school at age nine. Her search and what
she discovers completely shatters her understanding of herself.
of Pi : a novel / Yann Martel.
finds himself alone in a lifeboat, his only companions a hyena,
an orangutan, a wounded zebra, and Richard Parker, a 450-pound
Bengal tiger. Soon the tiger has dispatched all but Pi, whose
fear, knowledge, and cunning allow him to coexist with Richard
Parker for 227 days lost at sea.
like a river / Leif Enger.
was an adolescent in Minnesota in the 1960s, when his brother,
Davy, shot and killed two young men who were harassing the
family. It is a story of relationships and a look at the
possibility of magic in the everyday world.
/ by Kent Haruf.
unlikely extended family is formed when a high school teacher
helps a pregnant student make a home with two elderly bachelor
awake / Mark Salzman.
John experiences a series of visions, accompanied by severe
headaches. Her doctor's diagnosis is that her visions may be
merely the result of these headaches and may have disastrous
consequences to her health. As Sister John struggles with the
decision of stopping her headaches (and possibly the visions),
she also deals with questions of divine will.
season : a novel / Myla Goldberg.
Eliza sweeps her school and district spelling bees in quick
succession, Saul takes it as a sign that she is destined for
greatness. He lavishes upon her the attention previously
reserved for her brother Aaron, who in his displacement embarks
upon a lone quest for spiritual fulfillment.
/ Gail Godwin.
poised, and ardent, Margaret has earned the affection and
respect of her parishioners, including those skeptical about a
woman pastor, an accomplishment that will stand her in good
stead when her life and marriage are threatened by the arrival
of several colorful and demanding individuals
cake : a novel / by Jeanne Ray.
loves to bake cakes. When she is alone, she dreams up variations
on recipes. When she meditates, she imagines herself in the
warm, comforting center of a gigantic bundt cake. If there is a
crisis, she bakes a cake; if there is a reason to celebrate, she
bakes a cake. Ruth sees it as an outward manifestation of an
inner need to nurture her family-which is a good thing, because
all of a sudden that family is rapidly expanding.
home in Mitford / Jan Karon.
heartwarming book introduces readers to a small, charming North
Carolina town and its equally charming denizens.
The first book in the Mitford Years series.
No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency / Alexander McCall Smith.
No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency tells the story of Precious
Ramotswe, a delightfully cunning and a profoundly moral woman
who is drawn to her profession to "help people with
problems in their lives."
The first book in a series.
is my words : the diary of Sarah Agnes Prine, 1881-1901 :
Arizona territories : a novel / Nancy E. Turner.
Prine struggles in the Arizona Territory of the late 1800’s
but ultimately finds love and joy in creating a home.
River / Lalita Tademy.
River" is an epic novel based on the lives of four
generations of African-American women, sweeping from the early
days of slavery through the Civil War and into a pre-Civil