Weekly Book List: Week 30 (More than 500 pages)

The Passage / Justin Cronin

The latest test subject in a covert government experiment, abandoned six-year-old Amy is rescued by an FBI agent who hides them in the Oregon hills, from which Amy emerges a century later to save the human race from a terrifying virus. (FIC CRONIN)

 

Up Country / Nelson DeMille

Retired Army investigator Paul Brenner is called back into service to investigate the death of a soldier thirty years earlier in Vietnam–a case that stirs up many unpleasant memories. (FIC DEMILLE)

 

Here I Am / Jonathan Safran Foer

Three sons watch as their parents’ marriage falter and their family home falls apart, while at the same time a massive earthquake devastates the Middle East, sparking a pan-Arab invasion of Israel. (FIC FOER)

 

City on Fire / Garth Risk Hallberg

New York City, 1976. Meet Regan and William Hamilton-Sweeney, estranged heirs to one of the city’s great fortunes; Keith and Mercer, the men who, for better or worse, love them; Charlie and Samantha, two suburban teenagers seduced by downtown’s punk scene; an obsessive magazine reporter and his idealistic neighbor—and the detective trying to figure out what any of them have to do with a shooting in Central Park on New Year’s Eve. (FIC HALLBERG)

The Book of Life / Deborah Harkness

Diana and Matthew time-travel back from Elizabethan London to make a dramatic return to the present—facing new crises and old enemies (FIC HARKNESS)

 

Jerusalem / Alan Moore

A novel employing a kaleidoscope of literary forms and styles provides a rich cast of characters includes the living, the dead, the celestial, and the infernal in an intricately woven tapestry that presents a vision of an absolute and timeless human reality in all of its exquisite, comical and heartbreaking splendor. (FIC MOORE)

Thomas Jefferson Dreams of Sally Flemmings / Stephen O’Connor

A vibrant historical tale inspired by the decades-long relationship between the third President and Sally Hemings details their first encounters in late-18th-century Paris and the inconsistent values that shaped their affair. (FIC O’CONNOR)

 

Atlas Shrugged / Ayn Rand

Set in a near-future U.S.A. whose economy is collapsing as a result of the mysterious disappearance of leading innovators and industrialists, this novel presents an astounding panorama of human life-from the productive genius who becomes a worthless playboy…to the great steel industrialist who does not know that he is working for his own destruction…to the philosopher who becomes a pirate…to the woman who runs a transcontinental railroad…to the lowest track worker in her train tunnels. (FIC RAND)

Cutting for Stone / Abraham Verghese

Marion and Shiva Stone, twin brothers born from a secret love affair between an Indian nun and a British surgeon in Addis Ababa, come of age in an Ethiopia on the brink of revolution, where their love for the same woman drives them apart. (FIC VERGHESE)

 

A Little Life / Hanya Yanagihara

Moving to New York to pursue creative ambitions, four former classmates share decades marked by love, loss, addiction and haunting elements from a brutal childhood. (FIC YANAGIHARA)

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