Weekly Book List: Week 37 (Number in Title)

The Five People You Meet in Heaven / Mitch Albom

Killed in a tragic accident, Eddie, an elderly man who believes that he had an uninspired life, awakens in the afterlife, where he discovers that heaven consists of having five people explain the meaning of one’s life. (FIC ALBOM)

 

A Tale of Two Cities / Charles Dickens

When the starving French masses rise to overthrow a corrupt and decadent government, both the guilty and innocent become victims of their frenzied anger. Soon nothing stands in the way of the chilling figure they enlist for their cause–La Guillotine–the new invention for efficiently chopping off heads. (FIC DICKENS)

The Three Musketeers / Alexandre Dumas

In seventeenth-century France, young d’Artagnan initially quarrels with, then befriends, three musketeers and joins them in trying to outwit the enemies of the king and queen. (FIC DUMAS)

 

The 19th Wife / David Ebershoff

The story of Ann Eliza Young’s crusade against polygamy interwines with a tale of murder involving a polygamist family in present-day Utah. (FIC EBERSHOFF)

 

A Thousand Splendid Suns / Khaled Hosseini

A breathtaking story set against the volatile events of Afghanistan’s last thirty years-from the Soviet invasion to the reign of the Taliban to post-Taliban rebuilding that puts the violence, fear, hope and faith of this country in intimate, human terms. It is a tale of two generations of characters brought jarringly together by the tragic sweep of war, where personal lives-the struggle to survive, raise a family, find happiness-are inextricable from the history playing out around them. (FIC HOSSEINI)

One Hundred Years of Solitude / Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Tells the story of the Buendia family, set against the background of the evolution and eventual decadence of a small South American town. (FIC GARCIA MARQUEZ)

 

The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency / Alexander McCall Smith

Working in Gaborone, Botswana, Precious Ramotswe investigates several local mysteries, including a search for a missing boy and the case of the clinic doctor with different personalities for different days of the week. (FIC MCCALL SMITH)

 

1984 / George Orwell

Portrays life in a future time when a totalitarian government watches over all citizens and directs all activities. (FIC ORWELL)

 

1st to Die / James Patterson

Four women friends–a homicide detective, a medical examiner, an assistant DA, and a crime desk reporter–form a Women’s Murder Club to stop a killer who has been stalking newlyweds in San Francisco. (PBK PATTERSON)

 

Nineteen Minutes / Jodi Piccoult

In the aftermath of a small-town school shooting, lawyer Jordan McAfee finds himself defending a youth who desperately needs someone on his side, while detective Patrick Ducharme works with a primary witness, the daughter of the judge assigned to the case. (FIC PICCOULT)

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