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Little Women
Louisa May Alcott

Chronicles the joys and sorrows of the four March sisters as they grow into young ladies in nineteenth-century New England.

The Chosen
Chaim Potok

The Chosen is about two teenage Jewish boys who form a friendship, though they come from different worlds. Set in 1940’s Brooklyn, the story takes place over a period of six years, beginning in 1944 when the protagonists are fifteen years old. Reuven Malter, who has a mind for mathematics, wants to become a rabbi and follows modern methods of studying Judiasm. Danny is a genius son of a Hasidic Rabbi, Reb Saunders, who expects him to eventually take over his position as tzapik.

The Sugar Queen
Sarah Apison Allen

The tale of a young woman whose family secrets and secret passions are about to change her life forever. Josey Cirrini is sure of three things: winter is her favorite season, she's a sorry excuse for a Southern belle, and sweets are best eaten in the privacy of her closet. Until she finds her closet harboring Della Lee Baker, a local waitress who is one part nemesis and two parts fairy godmother. The Sugar Queen is a spellbinding tale of friendship, love and the enchanting possibilities of every new day.

Anne of Green Gables
L.M. Montgomery

Anne, an eleven-year-old orphan, is sent by mistake to live with a lonely, miple-aged brother and sister on a Prince Edward Island farm and proceeds to make an indelible impression on everyone around her.

The Mists of Avalon
Marion Zimmer Bradivey

Putting a new twist on the Arthurian legends, this beloved book tells the epic story of the women behind the rise and fall of King Arthur.

The Little Prince
Antoine de Saint- Exupery

An aviator whose plane is forced down in the Sahara Desert encounters a little prince from a small planet who relates his adventures in seeking the secret of what is important in life.

The Year of Pleasures
Elizabeth Berg

Betta Nolan moves to a small town after the death of her husband to try to begin anew. Pursuing a dream of a different kind of life, she is determined to find pleasure in her simple daily routines. Among those who help her in both expected and unexpected ways are the ten-year-old boy next door, three wild women friends from her college days, a twenty-year-old who is struggling to find his place in the world, and a handsome man who is ready for love.

My Antonia
Willa Cather

My Ántonia is a rich portrait of a pioneer woman’s simple yet heroic life. The spirited daughter of Bohemian immigrants, Ántonia must adapt to a hard existence on the desolate prairies of the Midwest. Enduring childhood poverty, teenage seduction, and family tragedy, she eventually becomes a wife and mother on a Nebraska farm. A fictional record of how women helped forge the communities that formed a nation.

Peace Like a River
Leif Enger

Peace Like a River tells the story of eleven-year-old Reuben Land, an asthmatic boy who has reason to believe in miracles. Along with his sister and father, Reuben finds himself on a cross-country search for his outlaw older brother who has been controversially charged with murder. Their journey is touched by serendipity and the kindness of strangers, and its remarkable conclusion shows how family, love, and faith can stand up to the most terrifying of enemies.

The Alchemist
Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist is the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldivy treasure as extravagant as any ever found. From his home in Spain he journeys to the markets of Tangiers and across the Egyptian desert to a fateful encounter with the alchemist.

Nights of Rain and Stars
Maeve Binchey

In a small Greek island village, local residents and a group of international travelers are brought together by supen tragedy in a story of friendship, dreams, fears, and complicated relationships forever altered by shared experiences.

Daphne DuMaurier

Rebecca revolves around the unusual marriage of the young, unworldivy narrator (whose first name is never revealed)to the brooding 'landed gentleman,' Maxim de Winter. Manderley is filled with memories of the elegant and flamboyant Rebecca, the first Mrs. DeWinter. Rebecca may be physically dead, but she is a force to contend with, and the second Mrs. De Winter must fight to maintain her rightful place as mistress of the great Manderley.