Weekly Book List: Week 7 (Love Triangles)

littleLittle Women / Louisa May Alcott

Chronicles the joys and sorrows of the four March sisters as they grow into young women in nineteenth-century New England. (J FIC ALCOTT)


selectionThe Selection / Kiera Cass

Sixteen-year-old America Singer is living in the caste-divided nation of Illea, which formed after the war that destroyed the United States. America is chosen to compete in the Selection–a contest to see which girl can win the heart of Illea’s prince–but all she really wants is a chance for a future with her secret love, Aspen, who is a caste below her. (TEEN FIC CASS)

hungerThe Hunger Games / Suzanne Collins

In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss’s skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister’s place. (TEEN FIC COLLINS)

diaryBridget Jones’s Diary / Helen Fielding

The daily chronicle of a 30-something single English woman who is convinced her life would be perfect if she could lose weight, stop smoking and develop “Inner Poise.” (FIC FIELDING)


pillarsThe Pillars of the Earth / Ken Follett

Set in twelfth-century England, this epic of kings and peasants juxtaposes the building of a magnificent church with the violence and treachery that often characterized the Middle Ages. (FIC FOLLETT)


wivesWives and Daughters / Elizabeth Gaskell

Molly Gibson’s mother dies when she was young, and she is close to her father. When she is 17 years old, her father marries again, causing unhappiness for Molly ; she slowly begins to realize that her father is aware that he has made a poor choice — and he is unhappy, too. (FIC GASKELL)


boleynThe Other Boleyn Girl / Philippa Gregory

The daughters of a ruthlessly ambitious family, Mary and Anne Boleyn are sent to the court of Henry VIII to attract the attention of the king, who first takes Mary as his mistress, in which role she bears him an illegitimate son, and then Anne as his wife. (FIC GREGORY)


doveThe Wings of the Dove / Henry James

Beautiful Kate Croy may have been left penniless by her relatives, but her bold, ambitious nature ensures she will not succumb meekly to a life of poverty. If the financial circumstances of Merton Densher, the man she is passionately in love with, are not sufficient to secure her future, perhaps her cunning will. Her scheming is flawed, though, for it fails to take into account the inconstancies of the human heart. (FIC JAMES, HENRY)

notebookThe Notebook / Nicholas Sparks

An elderly man reads a story from a notebook to a woman who does not know him; the story is of young lovers kept apart by disapproving parents. (FIC SPARKS)


madisonThe Bridges of Madison County / Robert James Waller

A quietly powerful novel about the profound love between a photographer and an Iowa farmer’s wife. They spend only four days together while he is on location to photograph covered bridges for National Geographic magazine, yet they never lose their feelings for each other. (FIC WALLER)

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