2009 NCHS Faculty Book Club Archives

Dec. 2009

Astrid & Veronika

Call Number: F O477l 2005

Astrid & Veronika, by Linda Olsson
A lyrical study of friendship, love, and loss chronicles the evolving relationship between Veronika, a young New Zealand writer struggling with a recent tragedy and trying to finish her novel, and Astrid, an older, reclusive neighbor who offers comfort in the form of companionship and home-cooked meals, in a debut novel set against the backdrop of small-town Sweden.
Nov. 2009 The 19th Wife: A Novel The 19th Wife: A Novel, by David Ebershoff
The NCHS Library does not own this item. Please see the librarian if you want to request it from another library.
Oct. 2009

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle: A Novel

Call Number: F W763d 2009

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle: A Novel, by David Wroblewski
A tale reminiscent of “Hamlet” that also celebrates the alliance between humans and dogs follows speech-disabled Wisconsin youth Edgar, who bonds with three yearling canines and struggles to prove that his sinister uncle is responsible for his father’s death. [Description from WorldCat.org]
Sept. 2009 My Sister's Keeper: A Novel My Sister’s Keeper: A Novel, by Jodi Picoult
The NCHS Library does not own this item. Please see the librarian if you want to request it from another library.
Aug. 2009 Three Junes Three Junes, by Julia Glass
The NCHS Library does not own this item. Please see the librarian if you want to request it from another library.
July 2009

The Russian Concubine

Call Number: F F876k 2007

The Russian Concubine, by Kate Furnivall
In a city full of thieves and Communists, danger and death, spirited young Lydia Ivanova has lived a hard life. Always looking over her shoulder, the sixteen-year-old must steal to feed herself and her mother, Valentina, who numbered among the Russian elite until Bolsheviks murdered most of them, including her husband. As exiles, Lydia and Valentina have learned to survive in a foreign land. Often, Lydia steals away to meet with the handsome young freedom fighter Chang An Lo. But they face danger: Chiang Kai Shek’s troops are headed toward Junchow to kill Reds like Chang, who has in his possession the jewels of a tsarina, meant as a gift for the despot’s wife.
June 2009

People of the Book: A Novel

Call Number: F B766g 2008

People of the Book: A Novel, by Geraldine Brooks
A fictionalized account of the turbulent history of the Sarajevo Haggadah, an illuminated manuscript which has survived into the twentieth century thanks to people of various faiths who risked their lives to safeguard it. Hanna Heath, a manuscript conservator hired to restore the manuscript in 1996 Sarajevo, finds and pursues clues to crucial moments in the book’s history. [Description from WorldCat.org]
May 2009

Sarah's Key

Call Number: F R676t 2007

Sarah’s Key, by Tatiana de Rosnay
On the sixtieth anniversary of the 1942 roundup of Jews by the French police in the Vel d’Hiv section of Paris, American journalist Julia Jarmond is asked to write an article on this dark episode during World War II and embarks on an investigation that leads her to long-hidden family secrets and to the ordeal of Sarah, a young girl caught up in the raid. [Description from WorldCat.org]
April 2009 Still Alice: A Novel Still Alice: A Novel, by Lisa Genova
The NCHS Library does not own this item. Please see the librarian if you want to request it from another library.
March 2009

Amsterdam: A Novel

Call Number: F M349i 1998

Amsterdam: A Novel, by Ian McEwan
In the affairs of his dead wife, a British publisher discovers compromising pictures of the foreign secretary who was her lover. An opportunity for revenge on both the political and personal level. [Description from WorldCat.org]
Feb. 2009

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas: A Fable

Call Number: F B696j 2006

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas: A Fable, by John Boyne
Bored and lonely after his family moves from Berlin to a place called “Out-With” in 1942, Bruno, the son of a Nazi officer, befriends a boy in striped pajamas who lives behind a wire fence. [Description from WorldCat.org]
Jan. 2009

Water for Elephants: A Novel

Call Number: F G784s 2006

Water for Elephants: A Novel, by Sara Gruen
A novel of star-crossed lovers, set in the circus world circa 1932. When Jacob Jankowski, recently orphaned and suddenly adrift, jumps onto a passing train, he enters a world of freaks, grifters, and misfits, a second-rate circus struggling to survive during the Great Depression, making one-night stands in town after endless town. A veterinary student who almost earned his degree, Jacob is put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie. It is there that he meets Marlena, the beautiful young star of the equestrian act, who is married to August, the charismatic but twisted animal trainer. He also meets Rosie, an elephant who seems untrainable until he discovers a way to reach her. [Description from WorldCat.org]


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