|The Last Runaway||Tracy Chevalier||
THE LAST RUNAWAY tells of a young Quaker woman who arrives in the American Midwest in the 1850s to find life very different from her home across the Atlantic. She is drawn into helping slaves escape on the Underground Railway and discovers principles count for little, even within a religious community famed for...
|New Boy||Tracy Chevalier||
NEW BOY is Tracy Chevalier's retelling of Shakespeare's Othello on an elementary school playground of the 1970s. The Hogarth series and the world class authors chosen for the task, translate the Bard's work into stories all readers will appreciate.
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|At the Edge of the Orchard||Tracy Chevalier||
AT THE EDGE OF THE ORCHARD is a riveting family drama with settings ranging from Connecticut through Ohio to California, in the middle of the nineteenth century. A harsh theme is discovered understanding different types of apple trees and the fruit they produce. This title has been selected as a Booksmith...
|A Single Thread||Tracy Chevalier||
A SINGLE THREAD takes place in 1932, where Violet has become a "surplus woman" after the deaths of both her brother and her fiance in World War I. She saves up enough money to move away from her cold mother, and finds a community in a group of women who sew the kneelers for the grand cathedral in town. However, she...
|Everyone Brave is Forgiven||Chris Cleave||
EVERYONE BRAVE IS FORGIVEN is set in London at the beginning of World War II, and tells the little known story of teachers sending their pupils to rural areas to protect them from Nazi air raids in London - the light skin children, that is. There is also a wartime story of romance and loss. The book is inspired by the...
DADDY is a brilliant collection of dark stories praised by critics around the country. These literary treasures run the gamit from an absentee father collecting his son from boarding school to a young woman selling her underwear to a stranger to a notorious guest arriving in the Southwest for rehab. Fans of The...
|Water Dancer||Ta-Nehisi Coates||
THE WATER DANCER is a gorgeously written work of magical realism that balances the horrors of slavery against the fantastical. The protagonist Hiram escapes and joins a guerilla cell planning to return to the plantation and liberate his family still in bondage. This character could have been imagined from the minds of...
|The Snow Queen||Michael Cunningham||
THE SNOW QUEEN follows two brothers, one of whom is soon to marry, and the struggles they face in the serious illness of the future bride, drug use, and the different path each takes.
THIS COPY (shown below) was signed by Michael Cunningham on the title page at his office. It is a new,...
|Boy Swallows Universe||Trent Dalton||
BOY SWALLOWS UNIVERSE is about a young boy in 1980s Brisbane, Australia trying to make it through...
|The Book of Jonas||Stephen Dau||
THE BOOK OF JONAS is the tense account of a young boy from an unnamed Middle Eastern country who is relocated to America. He tells a counselor of the U.S. soldier who saved his life and meets the soldier's mother when a shocking secret emerges.
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