By Madeline Miller
DB 90711, LT 24623, Available as a BARD Download
“When I was born, the word for what I was did not exist.” Circe grows up in the court of her father, the sun god Helios. Despised by her parents and others, she falls in love with a mortal who shuns her. When she takes revenge, she is banished. Those who wish her and others harm are transformed into pigs. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2018.
Educated: A Memoir
By Tara Westover
DB 90188, LT 23667, Available as a BARD Download
“My strongest memory is not a memory.” Memoir exploring the author's path from being raised in a fundamentalist, paranoiac Mormon family where she was homeschooled to eventually working her way to graduate degrees at Cambridge and Harvard. Discusses hardships faced by the family, abuse at the hands of a sibling, and more. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2018.
A Fatal Grace
By Louise Penny
DB 67293, BR 20546, LT 14345, Available as a BARD Download
“Had CC de Poitiers known she was going to be murdered she might have bought her husband, Richard, a Christmas gift.” Quebec. Much-disliked businesswoman and writer CC de Poitiers is electrocuted in the middle of a frozen lake during a curling tournament in the village of Three Pines. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, from Still Life (DB 66731), arrives from Montreal and discovers links to another unsolved crime. Some strong language. 2006.
The Flight Attendant
By Chris Bohjalian
DB 90515, LT 23624, Available as a BARD Download
“She was aware first of the scent of the hotel shampoo, a Middle Eastern aroma reminiscent of anise, and then—when she opened her eyes—the way the light from the window was different from the light in the rooms in the hotel where the crew usually stayed.” Binge-drinking flight attendant Cassandra Bowden has the occasional blackout. Waking up in a Dubai hotel room trying to piece together the previous night, she looks at the man she spent the night with. She sees his utter stillness and still wet blood, and begins to lie. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2018.
I Capture the Castle
By Dodie Smith
DB 47004, Available as a BARD Download
“I write this sitting in the kitchen sink.” Aspiring author Cassandra Mortmain, seventeen, tells how she, her sister Rose--nearly twenty-one--their eccentric author-father, and their stepmother, Topaz, survive life in a crumbling fifteenth-century English castle. When Simon and Neil Cotton inherit the estate, both Cassandra and Rose plot marriages, amid hilarious confusion.
The Library Book
By Susan Orlean
DB 92869, LT 24838, Available as a BARD Download
“Even in Los Angeles, where there is no shortage of remarkable hairdos, Harry Peak attracted attention.” The author re-opens the unsolved mystery of the most catastrophic library fire in US history. On April 29, 1986, fire broke out at the Los Angeles Public Library and destroyed or damaged more than a million books. Examines the evolution of public libraries while celebrating their value in society. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2018.
The Little Paris Bookshop
By Nina George
DB 81928, LT 18927, Available as a BARD Download
“How on earth could I have let them talk me into it?” Parisian bookseller Jean Perdu prescribes particular books to cure emotional ills, but he himself is haunted by his lost love, Manon. New neighbor Catherine convinces him to read a letter Manon left behind twenty years ago, setting him on a journey to make peace with his past. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2015.
Live by Night
By Dennis Lehane
DB 75625, DVD 1493, LT 14411, Available as a BARD Download
“Some years later, on a tugboat in the Gulf of Mexico, Joe Coughlin’s feet were placed in a tub of cement.” Joe Coughlin's dad is a Boston cop, but Prohibition turns Joe into a small-time hood. He survives prison and becomes a crime boss in Florida and Cuba--but his fate is shaped by his choice in women. Violence, explicit descriptions of sex, and some strong language. 2012.
The Mars Room: A Novel
By Rachel Kushner
DB 91555, Available as a BARD Download
“Chain Night happens once a week on Thursdays.” It's 2003 and Romy Hall is at the start of two consecutive life sentences at Stanville Women's Correctional Facility, deep in California's Central Valley. Outside is the San Francisco of her youth and her young son. Inside is her new reality: thousands of women hustling for the bare essentials needed to survive. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2018.