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In Caleb’s Crossing, by Geraldine Brooks, a Puritan colonist yearns for an education
that is closed to her because of her gender. At 12 she forges a secret friendship with
an island native that draws each into the alien world of the other. This work of historical
fiction is based on the young man from Martha's Vineyard who became the first Native
American to graduate from Harvard College in 1665.
A secondary theme, the struggle to retain tribal lands, comes to the forefront in
I Am A Man: Chief Standing Bear’s Journey for Justice by Joe Starita (970.00497 Sta).
In The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier (New Fiction Che), another young woman struggles
to find her identity in a tightly-knit religious society—this time among Quakers in 1850 Ohio.
If you liked The Warmth of Other Suns, by Isabel Wilkerson, (304.873 Wil)
try Standing at the Scratch Line, a fictional, yet brutally honest, depiction of the
Black experience during the first half of the 1900s, by the son of Dr. Maya Angelou,
Have you read the classic gothic tale, Rebecca,
by Daphne Du Maurier? Check out the DVD based on the novel,
or sample a modern day story, The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Sutterfield.
If you enjoyed The Round House: A Novel by Louise Erdrich,
try The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (Teen Ale).
Based on personal experience, the author presents contemporary adolescence
through a Native American boy attempting to break away from life on the “rez.”
Remember Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: A Novel by Jamie Ford?
Beautiful Ruins: A Novel by Jess Walter (New Fiction Wal) contains another
“almost” love affair that survives ensuing decades.
Jamie Ford’s new release, Songs of Willow Frost, is similar to
Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende. Both novels offer moving
accounts of marginalized women, struggling to survive—be it
1930s Seattle or 1840s California.
If you liked Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (New Fiction Moy), try
Talk Before Sleep: A Novel by Elizabeth Berg. Both confront the issue
of mortality head-on, without sentimentality.
If you enjoyed The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman (New Fiction Ste),
try The Orchardist: A Novel by Amanda Coplin. Both offer vividly rendered
landscapes where attempts to provide aid lead to unimaginable consequences.
Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri and Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok are
character-driven novels that deal with cultural assimilation in New York City.
Add The Mango Season by Amulya Malladi, and you have three stories
about individual desires versus parental and cultural expectations.
All three adult books are suitable for teens.
Fans of game warden Joe Pickett, the mystery series by C. J. Box,
can linger in the mountains of Wyoming with Craig Johnson’s
Sheriff Walt Longmire. The crime-solving begins with The Cold Dish (Mystery Joh).
Glimpse into the lives of rich eccentrics with
A Curious Man: The Strange and Brilliant Life of Robert "Believe it or not" Ripley
by Neal Thompson. (New Nonfiction 921 Riple,R Tho) or
Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune
by Bill Dedman (New Nonfiction 328.73092 Ded).
One life is a fairy tale come true; the other, a fairy tale in reverse.