In the Fall
By Jeffrey Lent
DB 50270, Available as BARD Download
After serving in the Civil War, Norman Pelham returns home to Vermont with his African American bride, Leah. Some time later, following a visit to her North Carolina home, Leah hangs herself. Eventually, Leah’s grandson sets out to uncover the story of her tragic end. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2000.
In the Fall
By Elizabeth Strout
DB 97052, BR 22872, LT 27072, Available as BARD Download
This collection of linked stories follows the cantankerous Olive Kitteridge as she struggles to understand not only herself and her own life, but the lives of those around her in her Maine hometown. Sequel to Olive Kitteridge (DB 67392). Some strong language. Commercial audiobook. 2019.
The Secret History
By Donna Tartt
DB 35868, Available as BARD Download
When Richard Papen is accepted at a small Vermont college, he gladly leaves his boring California identity behind. After he makes up an appropriate past, Richard is allowed to join an elite group of students who take all of their classes from one professor. Richard learns that the clique is hiding some odd secrets--and one deadly one. The members trust Richard, but they’re not so sure of one of their own. Strong language and violence. Bestseller. 1992.
The Witch Elm
By Tana French
DB 92756, BR 22544, LT 24800, Available as BARD Download
Happy-go-lucky charmer Toby surprises two burglars, who beat him and leave him for dead. Struggling to recover, he takes refuge at his family’s ancestral home to care for his dying uncle. When a skull is found in the trunk of an elm tree, Toby begins to question his past. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2018.
Mr. Dickens and His Carol
By Samantha Silva
DB 87973, LT 23173, Available as BARD Download
Depressed about the failure of his most recent book, feeling pressured by his publisher to write a Christmas book, and worried over his family’s financial stability, Charles Dickens seeks refuge in nightly walks. On one, he meets Eleanor Lovejoy, who takes him on a Scrooge-like journey. Commercial audiobook. 2017.
Smilla’s Sense of Snow
By Peter Hoeg
DB 37499, Available as BARD Download
When Isaiah, a six-year-old Inuit boy, is killed falling off the roof of a warehouse, his neighbor Smilla, a young woman who is generally misanthropic yet inclined to look out for Isaiah, refuses to believe it is an accident. Smilla begins her investigation in Copenhagen, where her powers of observation-sharpened by her fascination with mathematics--help her to solve the mystery. Violence and some strong language. 1993.
By Orhan Pamuk
DB 58863, Available as BARD Download
Poet Ka returns to Turkey after years of exile in Germany. While trying to rekindle romance with a childhood friend he investigates the suicide of several religious "head-scarf" girls. Meanwhile a blizzard cuts off the town and a military coup occurs. Some descriptions of sex and some violence. Bestseller. 2002.
Snow Falling on Cedars
By David Guterson
DB 40688, BR 11904, Available as a BARD download
Set on an island in Puget Sound shortly after World War II. Carl Heine has drowned, and Kabuo Miyomoto, a fellow fisherman, is charged with Heine’s murder. Covering the trial for the local newspaper is Ishmael Chambers, who was the first love of Hatsue, the defendant’s wife. As the trial gets under way, the courtroom and the entire once peaceful community are tense with suspicion and prejudice. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 1994.
By Kristin Hannah
DB 70583, LT 10522, Available as BARD Download
Sisters Meredith, a homebody, and Nina, a world-traveling photojournalist, reunite at their father’s deathbed along with Anya, their cold-hearted Russian mother. Anya promises her husband that she will tell the girls the story of her past in war- torn Leningrad. Strong language, some violence, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2010.