By Edith Wharton
DB 17455, LT 5191, BR 22115, Available as BARD download
Reading time: 3 hours, 20 minutes A tale of retribution about a discouraged New England farmer and his hypochondriac wife. Their empty lives are suddenly changed when her cousin, a young girl who still finds joy in life, comes to live with them. 1911.
Etta and Otto and Russell and James
By Emma Hooper
DB 81286, LT 18405, Available as BARD download
Reading time: 8 hours, 45 minutes Octogenarian Etta has never seen the ocean, so one day she leaves her Saskatchewan home intending to walk all the way to the Atlantic. Her husband is left behind, writing Etta letters he never sends and making papier-mache animals, while neighbor Russell sets off after her. Some strong language. 2015.
Everything I Never Told You
By Celeste Ng
DB 80393, LT 17376, Available as BARD download
Reading time: 9 hours, 14 minutes Examines the secrets of the Chinese-American Lee family of Ohio before and immediately after the 1977 drowning death of their middle child--high school sophomore Lydia. History professor James and his wife Marilyn--whose medical school plans were aborted by pregnancies--had high hopes for her. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2014.
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.
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.