The New York Tiems has published their list of the top 100 books in fiction and in nonfiction. I always look forward to the list to see how many I have read. I'm just going to list some of the fiction works that we have that I think might interest you along with short phrase descriptions. Many, I have spoken of before but no room for pictures for this post - too many books.
An American Spy by Olen Steinhauer - one word description - espionage
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter - straight literary novel of a long lost love.
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain - coming of age; Iraq War; Dallas Cowboys - combined in one book.
Blasphemy by Sherman Alexie - short stories by a superb short story author about the current day plight of Native Americans.
Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel - second in the series of Thomas Cromwell's England
Canada by Richard Ford - coming of age and innocence lost.
Carry the One by Carol Anshaw - how a devastating drunken accident affects the lives of a group of friends.
Dear Life by Alice Munro - short stories about an ordinary life.
Enchantments by Kathryn Harrison - Rasputin's daughter and Prince Alyosha dream up a world that will never be.
Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver - Applachia environment - climate change is the focus in novel format.
Fobbit by David Abrams - More on the Iraqi War with satire as the format - think M*A*S*H* and Catch 22.
Gathering of Waters by Bernice L. McFadden - Money, Mississippi and Emmett Till. Historical realism with some magic thrown in.
HHhH by Laurent Binet - Prague - 1942 - the Gestapo and two men assigned to kill it's head, Reinhard Heydrich.
A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers - a struggling salesman trying to pay his duaghter's college tuition in a Saudi Arabian city.
Home by Toni Morrison - a Korean War veteran is forced to return to his hometown, a small town in Georgia.
In One Person by John Irving - a story of unfulfilled love and trying to make yourself whole featuring a bisexual.
A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash - the love between two brothers, one of whom is mute.
NW by Zadie Smith - a look at London through the eyes of 4 neighbors.
Pure by Julianna Baggott -a wide range of opinions on this dystopian novel that is not for YAs.
The Round House by Louise Erdrich - a tale of injustice in a community where Ojibwe and white live uneasily together
Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward - a story of rural poverty and motherless children that help each other survive.
Shine Shine Shine by Lydia Netzer - A woman born without hair; her astronaut husband with Ausberger Sydrome and an autistic child and THEN the trouble starts.
The Starboard Sea by Amber Dermont - a coming of age story that is filled with melancholy. A young rebellious prep school student with a desire to sail.
Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan - a young, beautiful, female Cambridge graduate is recruited into the British Intelligence Service.
Swimming Home by Deborah Levy - short listed for the Booker prize but beaten by Bring Up the Bodies, a book of 4 dysfunctional tourists on the French Riviera and another depressed acquaintence.
Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon - a used record store in Oakland, CA run by two friends; a major new music store threatening to move in down the block; a midwivery service run byt he friends wifves which is threaten with legal proceeding on an at home birth gone bad - sounds depressing but Chabon writes with humor.
The Testament of Mary by Colm Toibin - gives Mary a voice but she present a very different picture.
This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz - stories of love, longing and the weakness of the human heart.
Watergate by Thomas Mallon - a retelling of the Watergae scandal in novel format.
The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers - Once again the Iraqi War and a story of what war does to young men.
How many of these have you read? I've only read about 10 of the 30 I have listed. All are available from the library. Take a look at a few.