Welcome to Braggsville
By T. Geronimo Johnson
DB 81504, Available on BARD
Going away to school at liberal UC Berkeley creates culture shock for D'aron Davenport, a misfit from the small Georgia town of Braggsville. He makes new friends who learn Braggsville has an annual Civil War reenactment and decides to head there with them to stage a protest. Some strong language. 2015.
Welcome to Braggsville
What We Have Done: An Oral History of the Disability Rights Movement
By Fred Pelka
DB 74570, Available on BARD
Twentieth-century disability activists describe their political struggles for basic human rights, which led to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. They discuss landmark campaigns, including the demand for a deaf president at Gallaudet University and ADAPT's struggle for accessible public transit. 2012.
Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of your Fist
By Sunil Yapa
DB 83385, Available on BARD
A young man sets out to sell marijuana to the participants of Seattle's 1999 WTO protests. Over the course of one afternoon, seven lives--including that of Victor's estranged police-chief father, two protestors, and two police officers--are forever altered as the city descends into chaos. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.
Ahab’s Wife; or, The Star Gazer
By Sena Jeter Naslund
DB 48867, Available on BARD
Una recounts her life story in mid-nineteenth-century America when whaling and slavery were prevalent. She has firsthand adventures at sea disguised as a boy before her second marriage to Ahab, captain of the whaler Pequod. As a widow, she finds a new role for herself in New England. A novel inspired by Herman Melville’s Moby Dick (BR 14641, DB 34184). Bestseller. 1999.
Boy, Snow, Bird
By Helen Oyeyemi
DB 78650, LT 17017, Available on BARD
1950s. A woman named Boy Novak flees Manhattan for suburban Massachusetts. There, she falls in love and marries Arturo Whitman, father to six-year-old Snow. When Boy and Arturo’s own daughter, Bird, is born, it is revealed that Arturo and Snow are African Americans passing for white. Some violence. 2014. (Inspired by Snow White).
Bridget Jones’s Diary
By Helen Fielding
DB 46267, DVD 543, Available on BARD
Despite a long list of resolutions, British Bridget Jones’s year gets off to "an exceptionally bad start" when her parents try to fix up their thirtyish dateless daughter with their friends’ unappealing divorced son. But all is not lost--it appears that Bridget’s crush on her boss is developing into a two-sided flirtation. Strong language. Bestseller. 1998. (Reimagining of Pride and Prejudice, DB 50549),
East of Eden
By John Steinbeck
BR 12565, DB 49676, Available on BARD
This saga of two California families spans from the post-Civil War era to the end of World War I. The Trasks, a mixture of gentleness and brutality, contrast with the Hamiltons, the author’s own forebears, a well-adjusted, more tranquil family. 1952. (Retelling of biblical story of Caine and Abel).
By Curtis Sittenfeld
DB 84222, LT 20473, Available on BARD
Contemporary retelling of Pride and Prejudice (DB 50549) that moves the action to Cincinnati. Sisters Liz and Jane return from New York to help with their ill father. Liz has been having an affair with married man John Wick, when she meets handsome neurosurgeon Fitzwilliam Darcy. Commercial audiobook. 2016.
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