The Wisdom of Perversity
By Rafael Yglesias
DB 81750, Available as BARD Download
Best friends Brian and Jeff went their separate ways when they were both abused at age nine by Jeff's cousin Richard Klein. Forty years later, Klein has been publicly accused of molestation, and the two must decide whether to speak out. Strong language, explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2015.
The Wisdom of Perversity
By Gregory Maguire
BR 21408, DB 83521, LT 19595, Available as BARD Download
Ada, a friend of Alice's from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (DB 50842), falls down the same hole Alice has recently disappeared into. As she searches for her friend, Ada encounters many of the same inhabitants of Wonderland, including the Cheshire Cat, the March Hare, and the Mad Hatter. 2015
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass
By Lewis Carroll
BR 1412, DB 50842, Available as BARD Download
Extraordinary things happen when a little girl falls down a rabbit hole and encounters the White Rabbit, the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter, and other unusual characters. Alice's second adventure takes her to a land with a peculiar back-to-front order in which everything is reversed. For grades 3-6 and older readers. 1865.
By Iain Pears
DB 83748, Available as BARD Download
In 1960, Oxford scholar and sometime British spy Henry Lytten spends much of his time inventing stories of a fantasy world. Unbeknownst to him, his lover, Angela, has left behind a portal to other times and worlds in his cellar. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.
By Toni Morrison
BR 16707, DB 26026, LT 00757, Available as BARD Download
Related in kaleidoscopic fashion and set in rural Ohio during the period immediately following the Civil War, this chronicle of slavery and its aftermath traces the life of Sethe, a former slave. Sethe has a secret in her past so horrific that it has alienated the community, driven off her two sons, isolated her surviving daughter, and threatened her new, loving relationship with Paul D., also a former slave. Some violence. 1987.
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood
By Trevor Noah
DB 86608, Available as BARD Download
The host of TV's The Daily Show shares his coming-of-age story as the child of a white father and black mother in South Africa. Their very union was considered a crime, and when the author was born during apartheid, his biracial status made him an outcast. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
By Daniel James Brown
BR 21495, DB 77138, LT 15619, Available as BARD Download
Recounts the accomplishments of nine working-class athletes from the University of Washington who beat elite teams at home and abroad and won the gold medal for rowing at the 1936 Nazi-orchestrated Berlin Olympics. Bestseller. 2013.
By Geraldine Brooks
DB 73473, LT 12093, Available as BARD Download
Bethia Mayfield secretly befriends Caleb, a Martha's Vineyard Wampanoag Indian. After smallpox kills Caleb's family, Bethia's minister father takes him in to be educated. Bethia follows Caleb and her brother Makepeace to Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1660 as an indentured servant while the boys prepare to attend Harvard College. Bestseller. 2011.
Educated: A Memoir
By Tara Westover
DB 90188, LT 23960, Available as BARD Download
Educated is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalty, and of the grief that comes from severing one’s closest ties. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education is and what it offers: the perspective to see one’s life through new eyes, and the will to change it. 2018.