Fiction Books on Oakton’s Nightstands (pt. 1 of 2)

Posted on August 27, 2010. Filed under: Fiction |

These are half of the fiction books discussed at the “What’s On Your Nightstand” orientation program held at the Des Plaines Library. Next week I will post the rest of this list. There were so many great suggestions that the blog just couldn’t contain them all. 🙂

Archangel by Sharon Shinn

This science fiction novel tells of a planet Samaria where angels and humans live together,  and the god who answers the angels’ prayers for help is actually a space ship circling the planet named Jovah.

Back Home by Julia Keller

This is a young adult novel about what a family goes through after the father comes back from serving in Iraq.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

This book is a young adult novel about a German girl during the WWII Holocaust, narrated by Death himself.

Collection by Gioia Diliberto

This novel set in post WWII Paris follows the life of a seamstress who takes a job working for Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel.

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

This story tells the tale of twin Ethiopian brothers born of an illicit affair between a nun and a surgeon and bound together by both a mystical connection and a love of medicine.

Death of La Fenice by Donna Leon

This mystery investigates the death of an opera singer during the second act intermission of La Traviata in Venice.

Deep End of the Ocean by Jacquelyn Mitchard

This book deals with the kidnapping of a three year old and how such an incident impacts the family.

Dragon Keeper by Carole Wilkinson

This young adult novel set in ancient China is about a slave girl who ends up rescuing and being rescued by a Chinese dragon.

Driftless by David Rhodes

This sequel to Rock Island Line follows the surprisingly dramatic lives inside a small community in Words, Wisconsin.

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

This French novel is about an unassuming concierge with a hidden intellectual and cultural personal life and a genius 12-year-old contemplating suicide.

English by Wang Gang

This Chinese novel is about a man teaching English to children in Mao’s China.

Face by Sherman Alexie

A collection of Native American poetry where humor and stark reality intertwine to tell touching, dark, and inspiring stories.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

A discredited reported seeks to solve a 40 year old kidnapping case with the help of a tattooed female super hacker.

Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Marie Ann Shaffer

This novel written as letters back and forth between book lovers tells the story of German occupation of an English island during WWII.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

This novel explores life as an African American maid in Mississippi during the civil rights movement.

The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

A heartfelt novel that tells from a Chinese American perspective what was done to Japanese Americans during World War II.

-posted by Gretchen Schneider

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