Tocqueville's Discovery of America
By Leopold Damrosch
BR 19179, Available on BARD
Prizewinning biographer reconstructs French historian Alexis de Tocqueville and his friend Beaumont's nine-month journey through the United States in 1831-1832. Captures the young nation's mood through letters and documents reflecting Tocqueville's perspective. 2010.
Tocqueville's Discovery of America
Trip: Andy Warhol's Plastic Fantastic Cross-Country Adventure
By Deborah Davis
DB 83356, Available on BARD
Profile of artist Andy Warhol (1928-1987) and an account of the road trip he took from New York to California. Describes artistic and business influences of Warhol, his personal relationships, and the works he accomplished. Argues that this trip was a pivotal point in his career progression. 2015
A Turn in the Road
By Debbie Macomber
DB 73225, BR 19392, LT 12196, Available on BARD
Bethanne, from A Good Yarn (BR 16187), and her daughter join Bethanne's former mother-in-law Ruth on a cross-country road trip to Florida. Ruth heads for her fiftieth high school reunion while Bethanne considers her ex-husband's wish to reunite. Along the way Bethanne falls in love. 2011.
The Wangs vs. the World
By Jade Chang
DB 88322, LT 21897, Available on BARD
Charles Wang has built a cosmetics empire. When it comes crashing down around him, he plucks his children, Andrew and Grace, from their exclusive schools and, with his second wife, Barbra, sets out on a cross-country road trip to pick up oldest daughter, Saina. Challenges await them all. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.
By George Orwell
DB 73474, BR 1614, LT 629, Available as a BARD Download
“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.” Satire about an alternate London under a totalitarian regime overseen by the omnipresent Big Brother. Winston Smith, a Ministry of Truth bureaucrat, attempts an intellectual rebellion against the Party while he pursues an illicit romance. His actions lead to his imprisonment, torture, and reeducation by the Thought Police. 1949.
By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
DB 77188, LT 19816, Available as a BARD Download
“Princeton, in the summer, smelled of nothing, and although Ifemelu liked the tranquil greenness of the many trees, the clean streets and stately homes, the delicately overpriced shops, and the quiet, abiding air of earned grace, it was this, the lack of a smell, that most appealed to her, perhaps because the other American cities she knew well had all smelled distinctly.” After studying in the United States for thirteen years, Ifemelu, a Nigerian woman who blogs about race, returns home to Lagos. She has endured enough cultural issues and misses her first love. But the Nigerians label her an "Americanah." Some strong language. 2013.
The Bell Jar
By Sylvia Plath
DB 21558, BR 16452, LT 2396, Available as a BARD Download
"It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn't know what I was doing in New York." In this autobiographical novel by the late poet, events parallel the author's twentieth year when she experienced a mental breakdown and attempted suicide. 1963.
The Changeling: A Novel
By Victor D. LaValle
DB 88330, Available as a BARD Download
“This fairy tale begins in 1968 during a garbage strike.” Apollo Kagwa believes he and his wife Emma are suffering the normal stresses of new parents, until Emma's erratic behavior turns horrifyingly violent. After committing a terrible act, Emma disappears, and his search for her sends Apollo on a journey to places he never imagined. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.
By Madeline Miller
DB 90711, LT 24623, Available as a BARD Download
“When I was born, the word for what I was did not exist.” Circe grows up in the court of her father, the sun god Helios. Despised by her parents and others, she falls in love with a mortal who shuns her. When she takes revenge, she is banished. Those who wish her and others harm are transformed into pigs. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2018.