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Literally Speaking 2015

Literally Speaking Titles Archive 2004-2011 | 2012 Titles | 2013 Titles | 2014 Titles | 2015 Titles

All the Light We Cannot See : a novel by Anthony DoerrJanuary 19
All the Light We Cannot See : a novel

by Anthony Doerr
Fiction 2014

The alternating, parallel stories of a German orphan boy and a blind French girl collide in war-torn France, as they both struggle to survive the indignities and devastation of World War II.

 

 

Boys in the Boat : Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel BrownJuly 19

Boys in the Boat : Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
by Non-Fiction 2013
GV791 .B844 2013

This fast-paced dramatic story describes how an underdog American rowing team stunned the world when they defeated the field of elite international rivals at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.

 

Go Tell It On the Mountain by James Baldwin February 16
Go Tell It On the Mountain

by James Baldwin
Fiction 1980

This classic novel is Baldwin’s first major work.  With lyrical precision, psychological directness, and resonating symbolic power, Baldwin chronicles a fourteen-year-old boy's discovery of the terms of his identity as the stepson of the minister of a storefront Pentecostal church in Harlem one Saturday in March of 1935.

 

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas JonassonAugust 16
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

by Jonas Jonasson
Fiction 2012
 

On his 100th birthday, Allan Karlsson bolts from his retirement home.  No ordinary retiree, Allan is a former explosives expert, whose life has bumped up against some of the most famous figures of the 20th century, with consequences both unintended and hilarious.  This book was a bestseller in Europe before reaching the U.S.

Girl Waits With Gun by Amy StewartMarch 15
Girl Waits With Gun

by Amy Stewart
Fiction 2015

onstance Kopp doesn’t quite fit the mold. She towers over most men, has no interest in marriage or domestic affairs, and has been isolated from the world since a family secret sent her and her sisters into hiding fifteen years ago. One day a belligerent and powerful silk factory owner runs down their buggy, and a dispute over damages turns into a war of bricks, bullets.  When the sheriff enlists her help in convicting the men responsible, Constance is forced to confront her past and defend her family — and she does it in a way that few women of 1914 would have dared.

Speak by Louisa HallSeptember 20
Speak

by Louisa Hall 
Fiction 2015

Five voices, spanning four centuries--a young puritan woman, mathematician Alan Turing, a Jewish refugee, an isolated young girl, and an Artificial Intelligence mastermind--are linked by a need for companionship and connection.   Their stories weave together in an exploration of technology, communication, and what it means to be human.

 

 

Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth KolbertApril 19
Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
     
by  Elizabeth Kolbert
Nonfiction 2014

"Over the last half a billion years, there have been five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. This time around, the cataclysm is us."  Winner of the 2015 Pulitzer for General Non-Fiction, Sixth Extinction... examines how and why human beings have altered life on earth in a way no species has before.

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz ZafónOctober 18
The Shadow of the Wind

by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Fiction 2004

Barcelona, 1945 -- Daniel awakes on his eleventh birthday to find that he can no longer remember his mother’s face. To console him, Daniel’s father, initiates him into the secret of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a repository for books forgotten by the world. Daniel selects a novel, The Shadow of the Wind by Julian Carax, and sets out to find the rest of Carax’s works. To his shock, Daniel discovers that someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book Carax has written and he has opened a door into one of Barcelona’s darkest secrets.

The Golem and the Jinni : a novel by Helene WeckerMay 17
The Golem and the Jinni : a novel

by Helene Wecker
Fiction 2013

Finding themselves unexpectedly in New York's turn-of-the -19th-century immigrant community, a golem from a Polish shtetl and  a centuries old jinni  from the  Syrian Desert become unlikely soul mates while risking discovery and destruction for their unique supernatural powers.

 

 

 

The Light Between Oceans : a novel by M. L. StedmanNovember 15
The Light Between Oceans : a novel

by M. L. Stedman
Fiction 2012

In 1918, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia taking a job as the lighthouse keeper on a remote island, where the supply boat comes only four times a year. Tom’s young wife, Isabel suffers two miscarriages and one stillbirth. After years of grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat washed up on shore carrying a dead man and a living baby. Against Tom’s judgment, they claim the child as their own, but a rift begins to grow. Upon returning to the mainland they are reminded that there are other people in the world…and one of them is desperate to find her lost baby.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness	June 21
A Monster Calls

by Patrick Ness   
Y Fiction 2011

The monster showed up after midnight. As they do. This monster, though, is something different. Something ancient, something wild.  And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth. From the final story idea of Siobhan Dowd, whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself, Patrick Ness spins a nuanced and moving tale.

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