Far From the Madding Crowd
By Thomas Hardy
DB 81604, LT 5024, BR 17768, DVD 1292, Available as BARD download
Strong-willed and independent, Bathsheba Everdene attracts the attentions of three men of rural nineteenth-century Wessex: young farmer Gabriel Oak, dashing soldier Frank Troy, and lonely landowner William Boldwood. Hardy explores issues of social strata and romantic love in this classic novel. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 1874.
Far From the Madding Crowd
By Tom Ryan
DB 74367, Available as BARD download
Newspaperman examines his unique relationship with his hiking partner, miniature schnauzer Atticus M. Finch. Explains how a fund-raising effort after a friend's death started man and dog's years of climbing in New Hampshire's White Mountains--188 peaks over three winters. Some strong language. 2011.
A Gentleman in Moscow
By Amor Towles
DB 85533, LT 20851, Available as BARD download
1922. Count Alexander Rostov has been judged by a Bolshevik tribunal and found to be an unrepentant aristocrat. Sentenced to house arrest for life, he joins the community in the luxurious Hotel Metropol. He tries to enjoy life and befriends a young girl who wants to be a princess. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.
Gone With the Wind
By Margaret Mitchell
DB 33082, LT 6575, BR 11427, DVD 497, Available as BARD download
A romantic Civil War epic in which Scarlet O' Hara, a forceful and ruthless heroine, and Rhett Butler, a war profiteer, play out their tempestuous love affair against the background of the war-torn South. Pulitzer Prize.
The Great Alone
By Kristin Hannah
DB 90090, LT 23502, Available as BARD download
1974. Former Vietnam prisoner of war Ernt Allbright moves his family, including wife Cora and thirteen-year-old daughter Leni, north to Alaska. While the weather is temperate, the family survives on the generosity of locals. But when winter descends, Ernt's mental health fractures. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2018.
The Haunting of Hill House
By Shirley Jackson
DB 21679, Available as BARD download
During his scientific investigation of the ghosts in an old abandoned house, Dr. Montague invites a young man and two women to participate in his experiments.
The House on Mango Street
By Sandra Cisneros
DB 35608, Available as BARD download
A series of vignettes introduces the friends and family of the narrator, Esperanza, who lives on Mango Street in the Puerto Rican section of Chicago. In this transient neighborhood of people speaking a mixture of Spanish and English, Esperanza, whose name means "hope," learns to cope with being an out-of-step girl by telling stories.
By Jhumpa Lahiri
DB 77581, BR 20304, Available as BARD download
Brothers Udayan and Subhash grow up on the outskirts of Calcutta. In the 1960s Udayan falls in with a radical movement and helps plot revolution. Subhash disapproves, but begins a new life in America--until he's called back home. Some violence and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2013.
By Andy Weir
DB 78389, LT 18075, BR 21144, Available as BARD download
Six days after becoming the first man to walk on Mars, astronaut Mark Watney is caught in a windstorm. Though his support crew thinks he died, Mark survived and now faces abandonment, failed machinery, and a hostile environment. Strong language. Bestseller. 2011.