Exit West: A Novel
By Mohsin Hamid
DB 87691, LT 22023, BR 22136, Available as BARD download
Reading time: 4 hours, 44 minutes Set in an unnamed city with a strict social code, atheist Nadia rebels against the strictures put upon her. She falls in love with the gentle, religious-minded Saeed as their city falls into chaos and militias seize control, forcing the pair to flee together. Violence, strong language, and descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2017.
Exit West: A Novel
By Lauren Groff
DB 91297, LT 24138, Available as BARD download
Reading time: 8 hours, 1 minute Collection of short stories from the author of Fates and Furies (DB 82476). The stories range across characters and time periods, but share a sense of place. The tales communicate the landscape, climate, history, and state of mind of the state of Florida. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2018.
The Girls in the Garden: A Novel
By Lisa Jewell
DB 86047, LT 20710, Available as BARD download
Reading time: 9 hours, 9 minutes Clare Wild has recently moved to a new apartment with her two daughters, Pip and Grace. They are thrilled by the communal garden space until one midsummer evening, when thirteen-year-old Grace is found unconscious and bloody among the roses. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2015.
The Great Gatsby
By F. Scott Fitzgerald
DB 16147, BR 11057, Available as BARD download
Reading time: 4 hours, 56 minutes The glitter and recklessness of the Jazz Age is the backdrop for this novel about Jay Gatsby's desperate attempt to recapture the past, and along with it, the love of Daisy Buchanan. Amid extravagant parties at Gatsby's palatial estate, his neighbor narrates the story of his obsession with the American dream. 1925.
The Last Summer (Of You and Me)
By Ann Brashares
DB 64944, LT 7929, Available as BARD download
Reading time: 6 hours, 59 minutes Alice and her tomboy older sister Riley, both in their twenties, spend the summer at their parents' modest beach house on Fire Island. Along with their wealthy friend Paul, they experience romance, illness, and a secret that thrusts them into adulthood. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2007.
By Andrew Sean Greer
DB 88794, LT 24327, BR 22198 (in process), Available as BARD download
Reading time: 8 hours, 19 minutes A failed novelist turning fifty is invited to his ex-boyfriend's wedding. Instead of attending, he decides to accept every other invitation he has received, even if it means traveling the world for random, odd literary events. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.
The Lone Pilgrim: Stories
By Laurie Colwin
DB 17032, BR 4806, Available as BARD download
Reading time: 6 hours, 29 minutes Collection of thirteen stories, most about women in their 30s. The title story tells of the perennial house guest, the lone pilgrim--housepet to several families: friendly, cheerful, good with children--and what happens when she meets Gilbert Seigh. 1981.
Look Alive Out There: Essays
By Sloane Crosley
DB 91222, Available as BARD download
Reading time: 6 hours, 15 minutes Humorous personal essays from the author of I Was Told There'd Be Cake (DBC 1326). This collection shares her experiences scaling a volcano, crashing a shiva, investigating chupacabra sightings in Vermont, and more. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2018.
Lord of the Flies: A Novel
By William Golding
DB 48388, BR 9480, Available as BARD download
Reading time: 7 hours, 18 minutes With horrifying implications, a group of English boys are wrecked on a desert island and have to establish their own system of government. For senior high and older readers. 1954.