Absent in Spring
By Mary Westmacott (Agatha Christie)
DB 31775, Available as BARD Download
An Englishwoman is stranded for a week at a rest house in the desert. A remembered conversation with an old school friend starts her on an exploration of her past, and she experiences a vision of the truth that her "happy family life and successful career" were smug, hollow lies. 1944.
Absent in Spring
April in Paris
By Michael Wallner
BR 17540, Available as BARD Download
World War II, occupied France. Roth, a twenty-two-year-old German soldier, translates for the SS during interrogations of Resistance fighters. Off duty he roams Paris as "Antoine" and falls in love with bookseller’s daughter Chantal. Ignorance of each other’s true identity brings tragedy. Violence and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2006.
The Beginning of Spring
By Penelope Fitzgerald
DB 30345, Available as BARD Download
A comedy of manners set in Russia in 1913. Frank Reid comes home one day to find that his wife and three children have left. The next day the children return, but not his wife. That is not the only curiosity in Reid’s life--a drunken bear cub gets loose in his house, and there is a break-in at his printing business. In the meantime he must find someone to care for his children. Enter Lisa Ivanovna, who may become more than a governess. 1988.
The Enchanted April
By Elizabeth Von Arnim
DB 46007, Available as BARD Download
On a rainy February day in London, Mrs. Lotty Wilkins notices an ad in the Times for a small medieval Italian castle on the shores of the Mediterranean to be let for the month of April. A seed is planted in her mind, and soon she, along with three other women, find themselves on a holiday in Italy that will ultimately affect the lives of each one. 1922.
The Language of Flowers: A Novel
By Vanessa Diffenbaugh
DB 74148, Available as BARD Download
Eighteen-year-old Victoria Jones, abandoned as an infant, ages out of California’s foster-home system. Victoria’s only decent home was with Elizabeth, who taught Victoria to care for flowers. Victoria eventually finds work with a florist and meets Elizabeth’s nephew, Grant, who also speaks through flowers. Some strong language. 2011.
By Geraldine Brooks
DB 64617, Available as BARD Download
Reverend March, the husband and father from Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women (DB 58830) leaves Connecticut to become an army chaplain during the Civil War. An assignment to teach freed slaves on a plantation changes March’s view of humanity while hardship hurts his family. Pulitzer Prize winner. Strong language and some violence. 2005.
The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone
By Tennessee Williams
DB 37632, BR 11585, Available as BARD Download
Mrs. Stone, former American actress, wealthy, middle-aged, and widowed, is biding her time in Rome when the Contessa, a female pimp, introduces her to Paolo, a handsome young gigolo. As the novel begins, Mrs. Stone laments her fading beauty and the end of her stage career. In part two she muses on the demise of her way of life and of her husband and enjoys her current affair. Finally, Mrs. Stone must deal with her attempt to replace real life with fantasy. 1950.
By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
DB 77188, LT 19816, Available as BARD Download
After studying in the United States for thirteen years, Ifemelu, a Nigerian woman who blogs about race, returns home to Lagos. She has endured enough cultural issues and misses her first love. But the Nigerians label her an "Americanah." Some strong language. 2013.
The Autobiography of Malcolm X
By Malcolm X
DB 65510, BR 22651, Available as BARD Download
This title focuses on the life of African American religious leader Malcolm X (1925-1965). The author describes his boyhood in Lansing, Michigan, street life in Harlem, conversion to the Black Muslim movement while imprisoned for robbery, and evolution into a high-profile spokesman for black dignity, power, and separatism. Foreword by Alex Haley. 1964.