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.
The Lone Pilgrim: Stories
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.
Lost & Found
By Brooke Davis
DB 80899, LT 18490, Available as BARD download
Reading time: 7 hours, 17 minutes After the death of her father, seven-year-old Millie is abandoned by her mother in a department store and meets two octogenarians who are also grieving the loss of loved ones. The unlikely trio set off on a road trip across the Australian desert to bring Millie home. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2015.
The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror
By Mallory Ortberg
DB 90991, Available as BARD download
Reading time: 5 hours, 13 minutes A collection of eleven darkly humorous stories from the cocreator of the website The Toast, inspired by classic children's tales. Includes "The Rabbit," inspired by The Velveteen Rabbit (DB 41681), in which a stuffed animal appears to draw the life force from a boy. Some violence. 2018.
Miller's Valley: A Novel
By Anna Quindlen
DB 84596, BR 21489, Available as BARD download
Reading time: 7 hours, 13 minutes A girl comes of age in the Pennsylvania valley her family has farmed for generations. Begins in the 1960s, when Mimi is a young girl and her family is divided by the news of government plans to flood the valley. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2016.
Motherhood: A Novel
By Sheila Heti
DB 91079, Available as BARD download
Reading time: 5 hours, 18 minutes In her late thirties, when her friends are discussing when they will become mothers, one woman debates whether she wants motherhood at all. Wanting to make a wise choice, she seeks guidance from philosophy, mysticism, chance, and her own body. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2018.
My Mrs. Brown
By William D. Norwich
DB 85060, LT 20676, Available as BARD download
Reading time: 7 hours, 42 minutes Quiet, contained Mrs. Brown is helping inventory the estate of the wealthy and fashionable Mrs. Groton. She falls in love with a beautiful, tasteful black dress and decides she must buy something just like it for herself. She will need help from some new friends to make it happen. 2015.
By John Steinbeck
DB 50037, BR 12570, Available as BARD download
Reading time: 3 hours, 1 minute A folktale of lower California is the basis for this narrative about Kino, a simple fisherman, who finds an enormous pearl that promises to provide for all his family's needs. When it brings nothing but misfortune, Kino throws it back to the sea and resumes his difficult way of life. 1945.