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

Posted on September 9, 2010. Filed under: Fiction |

These are the second 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 list from the RHC campus.

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (available in the library by the end of the month)

This young adult novel is set in a post apocalyptic United States where each year children are selected from each province to be entered into a televised fight to the death. One girl takes her sister’s place in the games because she knows that she has a better chance of surviving.

A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines

Set in 1940’s Louisiana, this novel covers the trial of a black man accused of murdering a white shop keeper during a botched robbery.

Letters for Emily by Camron Wright

A man with Alzheimer’s writes a collection of poems before his mind goes for his favorite granddaughter. When the poems are later studied, what is thought to be the ramblings of a man losing his mind is later found to contain hidden stories and secrets.

Little Bee by Chris Cleave

The front flap of this books says that this is an amazing story that shouldn’t be given away by explanation. So, to be brief, this book is said to be sometimes funny, but has some horrific scenes. It starts with a horrible choice, and unfolds from there.

The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards

A doctor helps his wife give birth to twins. The boy is fine, but the girl has Down’s Syndrome. The wife is told by her husband that the girl died, and the nurse steals the girl and raises her as her own instead of putting her in a mental institution.

New Orleans Stories: Great Writers on the City edited by John Miller

This is a collection of short stories about New Orleans by authors who lived there (from Mark Twain to Anne Rice).

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

A retired schoolteacher who deplores change is at first unaware of the changes in the lives around her until she comes to a deeper understanding of herself while opening her mind to the situations of others.

Onyx by Jaqueline Briskin

This is a dynastic historical tale set in America during the early 1900s that tells the dramatic tale of the life of an automotive tycoon.

People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

This novel traces the history of a book of Jewish prayers as it is being restored while also telling of the life of the restorer herself.

Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

A woman investigates what happened to a Jewish family that was deported from Paris to Auschwitz during WWII.

South of Broad by Pat Conroy

This book cycles back and forth between the past and the present as it tells an emotional tale of friends and family in Charleston.

Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson

A Japanese-American fisherman is put on trial for the murder of a white fisherman who drowns suspiciously. The story also explores this suspects history serving in the U.S. military during WWII while his family and friends were rounded up and put in internment camps.

Suite Française by Irene Nemirovsky

This novel penned just weeks before the Jewish author was sent to Auschwitz focuses on the unique and emotional aspects of daily life in Nazi occupied France.

Tinkers by Paul Harding

A tinker and restorer of clocks reflects on being raised by a father who is an epileptic salesman and how his life turned out while lying on his deathbed.

War Dances by Sherman Alexie

This collection of poems and stories blend humor and anger while reflecting on topics such as fatherhood and artistic integrity.

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

This historical novel is about a veterinarian student who drops out of school and ends up getting a job working for a circus taking care of the animals during the Depression.

-Posted by Gretchen Schneider

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