Emma: A Modern Retelling
By Alexander McCall Smith
DB 81464, LT 18300, Available on BARD
McCall Smith’s modern retelling of Jane Austen’s Emma (DB 23490) updates the story of well-meaning meddler Emma Woodhouse, her protégé Harriet Smith, and handsome neighbor George Knightley in the age of cell phones and social media. 2014
Emma: A Modern Retelling
By Jon Clinch
DB 64736, LT 7279, Available on BARD
A novel about Huckleberry Finn’s (DB 57349) ne’er-do-well, alcoholic father, Finn. Finn lives in a shack along the Mississippi River with his mistress, ex-slave Mary, and their son, Huck. Finn’s ways eventually lead to murder and his own demise. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2007.
Gertrude and Claudius
By John Updike
DB 49516, Available on BARD
Recounts events that transpire before the beginning of Shakespeare’s Hamlet (BR 17783, DB 24285). Focuses on Hamlet’s mother, Gertrude, as the long-suffering wife in an arranged marriage, who falls calamitously in love with her brother-in-law Claudius. When Gertrude’s husband learns of the affair, Claudius takes his own course of action. Some descriptions of sex. 2000.
By Libba Bray
DB 72565, Available on BARD
After sixteen-year-old Cameron Smith is diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob, aka mad cow, disease, he sets off in search of a cure with a death-obsessed, video-gaming dwarf he meets in the hospital. Strong language. For senior high and older readers. His quest can be compared to that of Don Quixote. Michael L. Printz Award. 2009.
By Lyndsay Faye
DB 84049, LT 20601, Available on BARD
In a reimagining of Jane Eyre (BR 10514, DB 47868), orphaned Jane Steele escapes to London, leaving the corpses of her tormentors behind her. After years of hiding from the law, Jane discovers her childhood home has a new master who seeks a governess, and she takes the position incognito. Violence, strong language, and descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2016.
By Michael Cunningham
DB 47310, LT 6738, Available on BARD
The spirit of Virginia Woolf permeates the lives of several American readers as evidenced in this trio of tales about the author Woolf, a New Yorker planning a party to honor a writer, and a young mother reading Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway (BR 11925, DB 21624). Some strong language. Bestseller. 1998.
By Jo Baker
BR 20385, DB 77776, LT 16055, Available on BARD
Regency England. In this reimagined tale of the Bennet family, from Pride and Prejudice (DB 50549), the joys and crises of the servants take center stage. The world of orphaned housemaid Sarah changes when a new footman is hired. 2013.
By Geraldine Brooks
DB 64617, Available on BARD
Reverend March, the husband and father from Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women (DB 58830) leaves Connecticut to become an army chaplain during the Civil War. An assignment to teach freed slaves on a plantation changes March’s view of humanity while hardship hurts his family. Pulitzer Prize winner. Strong language and some violence. 2005.
By John Banville
DB 89583, Available on BARD
Man Booker Prize-winning author extends the story of Isabel Archer, from Henry James’s Portrait of a Lady (DB 51264). After Isabel discovers the dispiriting truth about her new husband, Gilbert, she returns to London to sort out her feelings. There, she begins a grand tour to evaluate her options. Commercial audiobook. 2017.