DP Nightstand Event (pt. 1)

Posted on August 31, 2011. Filed under: Fiction |

This Fall during orientation many faculty, staff, and administrators met to discuss what they are reading or have recently read at our “What’s On Your Nightstand or Kindle” event. Here are the fiction titles discussed at DP’s event. In the next few weeks I will also post the nonfiction titles from the DP event and the titles from the RHC event.

book cover for The Adventure of Augie MarchThe Adventures of Augie March
by Saul Bellow

“A penniless and parentless Chicago boy growing up in the Great Depression, Augie March drifts through life latching on to a wild succession of occupations, including butler, thief, dog-washer, sailor and salesman. He is a ‘born recruit’, easily influenced by others who try to mould his destiny. Not until he tangles with the glamorous Thea, a huntress with a trained eagle, can he attempt to break free” (Enriched Content Provided by Syndetics).

This book is the new pick for the “One Book, One Chicago” program.

book cover for Eye of the NeedleEye of the Needle
by Ken Follet

“One enemy spy knows the secret of the Allies’ greatest deception, a brilliant aristocrat and ruthless assassin–code name: “The Needle”–who holds the key to the ultimate Nazi victory. Only one person stands in his way: a lonely Englishwoman on an isolated island, who is coming to love the killer who has mysteriously entered her life”  (Enriched Content Provided by Syndetics).

Also recommended from the same author: Man from St. Petersburg & Hornet Flight

fanfic.net Hans von Hozel Collected Stories
by Hans von Hozel

This website has various stories written in the style of a German writing stories to practice his English – English that he hasn’t quite got the hang of yet.

book cover for The German WomanGerman Woman
by Paul Griner

“This riveting war story introduces us to beautiful Kate Zweig, the English widow of a German surgeon, and Claus Murphy, an exiled American with German roots—two lovers with complicated loyalties. In 1918, Kate and her husband, Horst, are taken for spies by Russian soldiers and forced to flee their field hospital on the eastern front, barely escaping with their lives. Years later, in London during the Nazis’ V-1 reign of terror, Claus spends his days making propaganda films and his nights as a British spy, worn down by the war and his own many secrets. When Claus meets the intriguing Kate Zweig, he finds himself powerfully drawn to her—even after evidence surfaces that she might not be exactly who she seems. As the war hurtles to a violent end, Claus must define where his own loyalties lie, whether he can make a difference in the war—and what might be gained by taking a leap of faith with Kate” (Enriched Content Provided by Syndetics).

The Girl Who Played with Fire
-Steig Larson

“On the eve of publisher Mikael Blomkvist’s story about sex trafficking between Eastern Europe and Sweden, two investigating reporters are murdered. And even more shocking for Mikael Blomkvist: the fingerprints found on the murder weapon belong to Lisbeth Salander–the troubled, wise-beyond-her-years genius hacker who came to his aid years before”  (Enriched Content Provided by Syndetics).

This book is the sequel to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Green Witchbook cover for Green Witch
-Alice Hoffman

“A year after her world was nearly destroyed, sixteen-year-old Green has become the one villagers turn to for aid, especially to record their stories, but Green will need the help of other women who, like herself, are believed to be witches if she is to find her best friend and her one true love.

In this powerful, lovely sequel to Green Angel, Green must learn the stories of a number of “witches” and free her true soul mate from a prison as she grapples with life, love, and loss in a post-disaster world” (Enriched Content Provided by Syndetics).

Also recommended from same series: Green Angel

Ham on Rye
by Charles Brokowsky

“In what is widely hailed as the best of his many novels, Charles Bukowski details the long, lonely years of his own hardscrabble youth in the raw voice of alter ego Henry Chinaski. From a harrowingly cheerless childhood in Germany through acne-riddled high school years and his adolescent discoveries of alcohol, women, and the Los Angeles Public Library’s collection of D. H. Lawrence, Ham on Rye offers a crude, brutal, and savagely funny portrait of an outcast’s coming-of-age during the desperate days of the Great Depression”  (Enriched Content Provided by Syndetics).

book cover for The Hunger GamesThe Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins

“In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before – and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love”  (Enriched Content Provided by Syndetics).

book cover for Joy for BeginnersJoy for Beginners
by Rica Bauermeister

Six women gather to celebrate their friend surviving cancer. To celebrate her cancer-free life, Kate decides to do something she always wanted to do, but was too afraid to accomplish. She decides to go white-water rafting. She challenges her friends to complete their own challenges that she picks so that they, too, can improve their lives and/or expand their horizons.

This book is the sequel to The School of Essential Ingredients.

book cover for La MuseLa Muse:  A Graphic Novel
By Adi Tantimedh
Illustrated by Hugo Petrus with colors by -3-

“When a video of political activist Susan La Muse foiling a terrorist act hits the media and the internet, she becomes the most famous woman in the world. Everybody wants a piece of her. With a major makeover and guidance from her sister and agent Libby, Susan cements her newfound celebrity status. Now Susan has an agenda: she’s going to use her fame [and her super powers from her alien heritage] to save the world — whether you like it or not” (Enriched Content Provided by Syndetics).

The Paris Wife
by Paula McLain

“Meeting through mutual friends in Chicago, Hadley is intrigued by brash “beautiful boy” Ernest Hemingway, and after a brief courtship and small wedding, they take off for Paris, where Hadley makes a convincing transformation from an overprotected child to a game and brave young woman who puts up with impoverished living conditions and shattering loneliness to prop up her husband’s career” (Enriched Content Provided by Syndetics).

Also recommended A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway. It covers much the same story but from his perspective.

The Peach Keeper
by Sarah Addison Allen

“Willa Jackson of Walls of Water, North Carolina, has lately learned that an old classmate–socialite do-gooder Paxton Osgood–of the very prominent Osgood family, has restored her family’s Blue Ridge Madam home to its former glory, with plans to open a top-flight inn. But when a skeleton, found buried beneath the lone peach tree on the property is found, Willa and Paxton must confront the dangerous passions and tragic betrayals that once bound their families  (Enriched Content Provided by Syndetics).

Also recommended from same author: Garden Spells

book cover for RoomThe Room
by Emma Donoghue

“To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it’s where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it’s not enough…not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son’s bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work. Told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five-year-old Jack, ROOM is a celebration of resilience and the limitless bond between parent and child, a brilliantly executed novel about what it means to journey from one world to another” (Enriched Content Provided by Syndetics).

book cover for Snow CrashSnow Crash
by Neal Stephenson

“Snow Crash… [weaves] virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility to bring us the gigathriller of the information age. In reality, Hiro Protagonist delivers pizza for Uncle Enzo’s CosoNostra Pizza Inc., but in the Metaverse he’s a warrior prince. Plunging headlong into the enigma of a new computer virus that’s striking down hackers everywhere, he races along the neon-lit streets on a search-and-destroy mission for the shadowy virtual villain threatening to bring about infocalypse. Snow Crash is a mind-altering romp through a future America so bizarre, so outrageous…you’ll recognize it immediately”  (Enriched Content Provided by Syndetics).

book cover for You Know When the Men Are GoneYou Know When the Men Are Gone
by Siobhan Fallon

“A collection of interconnected stories relate the experiences of Fort Hood military wives who share a poignant vigil during which they raise children while waiting for their husbands to return” (Enriched Content Provided by Syndetics).

-posted by Gretchen Schneider

Next week: DP’s “What’s on Your Nightstand or Kindle” non-fiction titles.

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Thanks Gretchen. This is great. Trudy

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