By Andy Weir
DB 78389, LT 18075, BR 21144, Available as BARD download
Six days after becoming the first man to walk on Mars, astronaut Mark Watney is caught in a windstorm. Though his support crew thinks he died, Mark survived and now faces abandonment, failed machinery, and a hostile environment. Strong language. Bestseller. 2011.
By Willa Cather
DB 13491, LT 6921, BR 11320, Available as BARD download
A lawyer recalls his Nebraska boyhood and the girl who was a strong influence on his life in this novel about pioneering conditions and the assimilation of the immigrant.
My Brilliant Friend
By Elena Ferrante
DB 80509, LT 20583, Available as BARD download
Beginning in the 1950s Elena and Lila grow up in Naples, Italy, mirroring two different aspects of their nation.
By Elizabeth Strout
DB 67392, LT 11914, BR 21164, Available as BARD download
Thirteen stories set in a small community on the Maine coast are linked by the presence of Olive Kitteridge, retired teacher and pharmacist's wife. In "Tulips" Olive struggles in the aftermath of her husband's stroke and with their son's response to his father's nursing-home confinement. Some strong language. Pulitzer Prize. 2008.
By Diana Gabaldon
DB 36535, Available as BARD download
It is 1945. Frank and Claire Randall are on a second honeymoon in the Scottish Highlands, where Claire is studying rare plants and Frank is researching family origins. One day Claire steps into an ancient stone circle and is hurled back in time to 1743. She is nearly raped by one of Frank's ancestors before being rescued and forced into marriage. Violence, strong language, and explicit descriptions of sex.
The Paying Guests
By Sarah Waters
DB 79918, LT 17965, Available as BARD download
1922. Twenty-seven-year-old spinster Frances Wray struggles with the fact that she and her mother must take in lodgers to deal with her father's debt. When Frances develops a romantic relationship with the married Lily, events spiral out of their control. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2014.
The Poisonwood Bible
By Barbara Kingsolver
DB 46882, BR 11745, Available as BARD download
An American missionary family lands in the village of Kilanga in the Congo in 1959, and the cultural confrontation begins immediately. The mother and four daughters react to their new environment, the villagers respond to their new preacher, and the family dynamics change. All of this is intensified by the Congo's own political turmoil. Bestseller.
The Rules of Magic
By Alice Hoffman
DB 89446, BR 22098, LT 23229, Available as BARD download
In 1960s New York City, siblings Franny, Jet, and Vincent cannot deny their magical heritage, despite the best efforts of their mother. Each is determined to lift the curse that rests on their family. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2017.
By Stephanie Danler
DB 84510, LT 20881, Available as BARD download
Tess is twenty-two when she arrives in Manhattan from the Midwest. She gets a job at an upscale restaurant, where she experiences drink, drugs, love, and heartache, and finds fellowship among the ranks of overworked wait staff. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.