Cahalan pieces together the month she descended into violent and psychotic episodes of which she has no memory. She was saved at the last minute by the diagnosis of a newly discovered autoimmune disease doctors now think explain reports of demonic possession throughout history.
A novel about the friendship between the pre-movie star Louise Brooks and the 36 year old married chaperone who accompanies her to New York City the summer of 1922, and how their lives are changed by it.
In a rural village in December 2004 Chechnya, a failed doctor harbors the traumatized 8-year-old daughter of a father abducted by Russian forces. While taking refuge at the local hospital, he helps treats wounded rebels and refugees, all the while exploring the shared past that binds him to the child.
A return to the characters of To Kill a Mockingbird twenty years later. Scout returns home to Maycomb to visit her father and struggles with personal and political issues as her small Alabama town adjusts to the turbulent events beginning to transform the United States in the mid-1950s.
Two half-brothers and one love interest results in a love triangle more complicated than mere jealousy. A terrible secret threatens to surface and shatter the peaceful ivy-league campus life at Abbots Boarding School.
A three generation saga set in the Virgin Islands just as Danish rule is transitioning to American. Orphaned by a shipwreck, two sisters and their half-brother navigate survival, each with the help of magical gift.
Solimar Castro Valdez is uncertain of her future after slipping across the border and landing at a cousin's in Berkeley, but she clings to her baby boy. When she is detained, the baby's care falls to Kavya Reddy, who's desperate to have a child. That puts the two women tragically in conflict. An absolute heartbreaking tale of a woman detained for wanting a better life, and her fight to get her son back after he is taken from her.
A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Eastern Oklahoma, 1928. Eighteen-year-old Maud Nail lives with her rogue father and sensitive brother on one of the allotments parceled out by the U.S. government to the Cherokees when their land was confiscated for Oklahoma's statehood. Her prospects for a better life are slim, but when a newcomer with good looks and books rides down her section line, she takes notice.
A tale inspired by the marriage of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald follows their union in defiance of her father's opposition and her abandonment of the provincial finery of her upbringing in favor of a scandalous flapper identity that gains her entry into the literary party scenes of New York, Paris and the French Riviera.
Florent Quenu, a wrongly accused man escapes imprisonment on Devil's Island and returns to a Paris he barely recognizes, with its working classes displaced to make way for broad boulevards and bourgeois flats. Living with his brother's family in the newly rebuilt Les Halles market, Florent is soon caught up in a dangerous maelstrom of food and politics.
Booker Prize winning author Lively presents a tale of the mugging of a retired schoolteacher on a London street with unexpected repercussions for her friends and neighbors. The chance encounter inadvertently reveals an illicit love affair, leads to a business partnership, and helps an immigrant to reinvent his life.
In this honest and stunning novel, James Baldwin has given America a moving story of love in the face of injustice. In a story that evokes the blues, where passion and sadness are inevitably intertwined, Baldwin has created two characters so alive and profoundly realized that they are unforgettably ingrained in the American psyche.
Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer, yet her cells--taken without her knowledge--became one of the most important tools in medicine. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer and viruses; helped lead to in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions. Yet Henrietta Lacks is buried in an unmarked grave. The story of the Lacks family is inextricably connected to the dark history of experimentation on African Americans, the birth of bioethics, and the legal battles over whether we control the stuff we are made of.
When his mother, a tribal enrollment specialist living on a reservation in North Dakota, slips into an abyss of depression after being brutally attacked, 14-year-old Joe Coutz sets out with his three friends to find the person that destroyed his family.
The story of Alma Whittaker, who--born in the Age of Enlightenment, but living well into the Industrial Revolution--bears witness to that extraordinary moment in human history when all the old assumptions about science, religion, commerce, and class were exploding into dangerous new ideas.
An apocalyptic tale of a movie star who's decided to pound the boards as King Lear. During a show, he suddenly collapses and dies mid-performance, and shortly thereafter civilization collapses and starts dying as well.
Recruited into MI5 against a backdrop of the Cold War in 1972, Cambridge student Serena Frome, a compulsive reader, is assigned to infiltrate the literary circle of a promising young writer whose politics align with those of the government, a situation that is compromised when she falls in love with him.
Remembering childhood stories her grandfather once told her, young physician Natalia becomes convinced that he spent his last days searching for "the deathless man," a vagabond who claimed to be immortal. As Natalia struggles to understand why her grandfather, a deeply rational man would go on such a far-fetched journey, she stumbles across a clue that leads her to the extraordinary story of the tiger's wife.
A million-dollar Chagall is stolen from a museum during a singles' cocktail hour. The unlikely thief, former child prodigy Benjamin Ziskind, is convinced that the painting once hung in his parents' living room. This work of art opens a door through which we discover his family's startling history—from an orphanage in Soviet Russia where Chagall taught to suburban New Jersey and the jungles of Vietnam.
Ghetto geek Oscar dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien. But his family labors under a fukú, the type of curse unleashed when Europeans arrived on Hispaniola that delivers prison, tragic accidents, and, worst of all, bad luck in love. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Literature.
Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics, that will ultimately tear them apart.
Two families meet by chance at the Baltimore airport awaiting their adopted babies from Korea – the Donaldsons, a very American couple, and the Yazdans, an Iranian-American couple. Values and traditions for both couples are tested as the families become intertwined.
Daughter of a poisoned prince and a crafty noblewoman, quiet, bright-minded Hild arrives at the court of King Edwin of Northumbria, where the six-year-old takes on the role of seer/consiglieri for a monarch troubled by shifting allegiances and Roman emissaries attempting to spread their new religion. Based on true events.
When Lee Lien returns home with her doctorate but no job, she starts looking for her vanished brother by investigating something he left behind: a gold-leaf brooch reputedly belonging to Laura Ingalls Wilder in turn left behind in 1965 Saigon by an American reporter.
Gorokhova moves to the US in her twenties to join her American husband and to break away from her mother, a mirror image of her Soviet Motherland: overbearing, protective, and difficult to leave. Before the birth of Elena’s daughter, her mother comes to help care for the baby and stays for twenty-four years, ordering everyone to eat soup and wear a hat, just as she did in Leningrad.
Marina Singh, who's given up her medical practice for the relative quiet of pharmaceutical research, finds her world upturned when she's suddenly sent to the Amazon. A field team there, working on a new drug, has been unresponsive for two years, and Marina's colleague Anders, who has gone to investigate, is reported dead.
A tale reminiscent of "Hamlet" that also celebrates the alliance between humans and dogs follows speech-disabled Wisconsin youth Edgar, who bonds with three yearling canines and struggles to prove that his sinister uncle is responsible for his father's death.
The extraordinary true story of Deo, a young man who arrives in America from Burundi after surviving a civil war and genocide, he ekes out a precarious existence delivering groceries, living in Central Park, and learning English by reading dictionaries in bookstores until he begins to meet the strangers who will change his life, pointing him eventually in the direction of Columbia University, medical school, and a life devoted to healing.
On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, but pilot Lt. Louis Zamperini survived to be captured by the Japanese. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor.