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Books 111 to 120 of 194 total found for Adults
My Brilliant Friend
Elena Ferrante

Beginning in the 1950s in a poor but vibrant neighborhood on the outskirts of Naples, book one in this series follows Lila and Elena from their first fateful meeting as ten-year-olds through their school years and adolescence. Through the lives of these two women, Ferrante tells the story of a neighborhood, a city, and a country as it is transformed in ways that, in turn, also transform the relationship between her protagonists

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My Mother's Daughter: A Memoir
Rona Maynard

came to see that her family was not an ordinary one. Her father, Max, was an artist and an alcoholic. Her mother was Fredelle Maynard, a brilliant academic who could not get a teaching job because she was a woman. Instead she became a writer and, above all, a driving, loving, ambitious, overpowering mother. In her shadow (and that of younger sister Joyce) Rona took time to blossom as a writer and editor in Toronto. This book takes us through her career, including the miseries of being accused by her son's teachers -- and her own mother -- of being a bad mother, overly concerned with her own career.

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Never Let Me Go
Kazuo Ishiguro

As children Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy were students at Hailsham, an exclusive boarding school secluded in the English countryside. It was a place of mercurial cliques and mysterious rules where teachers were constantly reminding their charges of how special they were. Now, years later, Kathy is a young woman. Ruth and Tommy have re-entered her life. And for the first time she is beginning to look back at their shared past and understand just what it is that makes them special and how that gift will shape the rest of their time together. It is a gripping mystery, a beautiful love story, and also a scathing critique of human arrogance and a moral examination of how we treat the vulnerable and different in our society.

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Next Person You Meet in Heaven, The
Albom, Mitch

In this sequel to 'The Five People You Meet in Heaven', Mitch Albom tells the story of Annie -- the little girl Eddie saved on Ruby Pier -- and the five people she meets in heaven, where she is reunited with Eddie in a surprising and unforgettable novel of how our lives and losses intersect.

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Nickel Boys, The
Whitehead, Colson

The story of two black boys sentenced to a hellish reformatory in Jim Crow-era Tallahassee, Florida and the atrocious conditions they are forced to endure. Based on a real reform school in Florida that operated for 111 years, scarring and damaging the lives of thousands of children.

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Nightingale, The
Kristin Hannah

In love we find out who we want to be. In war we find out who we are. The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France.

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Of Human Bondage
W. Somerset Maugham

A semi-autobiographical work about Phillip Carey, a crippled orphan, who searches for love and the meaning of life and is brought down by the low class waitress he loves when he tries to transform her.

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Oliver Twist
Charles Dickens

The adventures of an orphan boy who lives in the squalid surroundings of a 19th century English workhouse until he becomes involved with a gang of thieves.

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One Step Too Far
Tina Seskis

Emily Coleman apparently has a happy marriage, a beautiful son, and a lovely home. So what makes her get up one morning and walk right out of her life to start all over again? Has she had a breakdown? Was it to escape her dysfunctional family, especially her flawed twin sister Caroline who always seemed to hate her? And what is the date that looms, threatening to force her to confront her past?

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Operation Paperclip
Jacobsen, Annie

In the chaos following WWII, many of Germany's remaining resources were divvied up among allied forces. Some of the greatest spoils were the Third Reich's scientific minds--the minds that made their programs in aerospace and rocketry the best in the world. The United States secretly decided that the value of these former Nazis' forbidden knowledge outweighed their crimes, and the government formed a covert organization called Operation Paperclip to allow them to work without the knowledge of the American public. Drawing on exclusive interviews with dozens of Paperclip family members, with access to German archival documents (including, notably, papers available only to direct descendants of the former Third Reich's ranking members), files obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, and lost dossiers she recently discovered at the National Archives, Annie Jacobsen will follow more than a dozen German scientists through their postwar lives and into one of the most complex, nefarious, and jealously guarded government secrets of the 20th century.

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