By Margaret Atwood
BR 16454, DB 63014, Available on BARD
Penelope is in Hades recalling the events of her life in this contemporary retelling of the ancient Greek tale of the faithful wife of Odysseus and her twelve hanged maids. 2005.
The Sixteenth of June
By Maya Lang
DB 86819, LT 18443, Available on BARD
On the hundredth anniversary of the happenings in James Joyce’s Ulysses (BR 10287, DB 19994), June and Michael Portman begin their yearly celebration with a funeral. Their children, Leo and Stephen, are dealing with their own stalled lives. Nora, Leo’s fiance and Stephen’s best friend, grieves her own mother. Some strong language. 2014.
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle: A Novel
By David Wroblewski
DB 66656, BR 17799, LT 8972, Available on BARD
Wisconsin, 1970s. Gar and Trudy Sawtelle raise an intuitive and intelligent dog breed on their farm. One dog, Almondine, can communicate with the Sawtelle’s mute son Edgar. After Gar’s brother arrives, Gar dies and fourteen-year-old Edgar flees into the forest with three of the dogs. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2008. (Reimagining of Hamlet, BR 17783, DB 24285).
A Thousand Acres
By Jane Smiley
DB 33926, Available on BARD
Larry Cook owns a thousand acres of Iowa farmland that is unmortgaged and some of the richest soil around. At a party given in celebration of the return of Jess Clark, a local man, after an absence of thirteen years, Cook announces that he is retiring and dividing the land among his three daughters. But the gift soon begins to tear the family apart, and secrets, long hidden, begin to surface. Some strong language. 1991. (Retelling of King Lear, BR 9396, DB 29214).
Vinegar Girl: A Novel
By Anne Tyler
DB 84781, Available on BARD
A modern take on Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew (DB 35793). Prickly Kate Battista looks after her father and pretty younger sister, Bunny, while working in a preschool. Her father wants her to marry his lab assistant, Pyotr, to keep him from being deported. Commercial audiobook. 2016.
Warm Bodies: A Novel
By Marion Isaac
DB 76132, Available on BARD
After the zombie apocalypse, R lives in an airport with his fellow undead. During a search for fresh meat, R snacks on the brains of a teenage boy--and takes on his victim’s memories and feelings, including his love for his girlfriend Julie. Violence and some strong language. Bestseller. Commercial audiobook. 2011. (Reimagining of Romeo and Juliet, BR 10925, DB 44353).
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West: A Novel
By Gregory Maguire
DB 55810, LT 8784, Available on BARD
Traces the life of the witch Elphaba from the Wizard of Oz (DB 51047), both before and after Dorothy arrives. After attending a university with her roommate Glinda, Elphaba learns that a despotic Wizard is threatening animal rights in Oz. Some explicit descriptions of sex. For senior high and older readers. 1995.
Wide Sargasso Sea
By Jean Rhys
DB 23148, BRC 784, Available on BARD
Fascinated with the character of Bertha, the madwoman in Jane Eyre (DB 47868), Jean Rhys has imagined her as a carefree girl and an attractive young woman in the days before she came to England. Rhys creates a romantic, colorful, and thought-provoking past for this enigmatic woman. 1966.
By Sarah Price
DB 86039, Available as BARD Download
Three novels retelling Jane Austen's stories in an Amish setting, written between 2014 and 2015. Includes First Impressions (based on Pride and Prejudice), The Matchmaker (based on Emma), and Second Chances (based on Persuasion). 2015.