New Reading for the New Year

If you made a New Year’s resolution to read more in 2011, you’re in luck! The SMUS library recently acquired three Kindles (for eBooks) and a bunch of new titles. From fact to fiction, the library has an array of new titles on travel, science, sports and more. Below are some of the electronic books available for download and a selection of fiction. For more titles, visit the Barker Library.

Kindle eBOOKs

  • American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld
  • Ape House by Sarah Gruen
  • Beatrice and Virgil by Yann Martell
  • Champlain’s Dream by David Hackett
  • China by Frank Ching
  • Crossroads Café – Deborah Smith
  • Doors Open – Ian Rankin
  • Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
  • Heaven’s Net is Wide – Liam Hearn
  • Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
  • The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
  • Murder in the Marais – Cara Black
  • One Day – David Nicholls
  • Ordinary Thunderstorms – William Boyd
  • The Outcast – Sadie Jones
  • The Postmistress – Sarah Blake
  • Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  • Sanctuary line – Jane Urquhart
  • The Shack – William Young
  • Shanghai Girls – Lisa See
  • Solar – Ian McEwan
  • To the End of the Land – David Grossman

General Fiction

Let the Great World Spin – Colum McCann
A rich vision of the pain, loveliness, mystery, and promise of New York City in the 1970s. A radical young Irish monk struggles with his own demons as he lives among the prostitutes in the middle of the burning Bronx.
The Finkler Question – Howard Jacobson
The Finkler Question is a scorching story of friendship and loss, exclusion and belonging, and of the wisdom and humanity of maturity. Winner of the 2010 Man Booker Prize.
Parrot and Olivier in America – Peter Carey
Olivier is the traumatized child of aristocratic survivors of the French Revolution. Parrot is the motherless son of an itinerant English printer. They are born on different sides of history, but their lives will be connected in the United States by an enigmatic one-armed marquis.Peter Carey has won the Book Prize twice).
Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand – Helen Simonson
Major Pettigrew leads a quiet life in the village of St. Mary, England, until his brother’s death sparks an unexpected friendship with Mrs. Jasmina Ali, the Pakistani shopkeeper from the village. Drawn together by their shared love of literature and the loss of their respective spouses, their friendship blossoms.
False Impression – Jeffrey Archer
A breathtaking journey of twists and turns from New York to London, from Bucharest and on to Tokyo ends up in a sleepy English village where the mystery surrounding Van Gogh’s last painting will finally be resolved.
Cool Water – Dianne Warren
Situated on the edge of the Little Snake sand hills, Juliet and its inhabitants are caught in limbo between a century-old promise of prosperity and whatever lies ahead. But the heart of the town beats in the rich and overlapping stories of its people. Their stories bring the prairie desert and the town of Juliet to vivid and enduring life. Winner of the Governor General’s Award in 2010.
Mr. Shakespeare’s Bastard – Richard B. Wright
In a manor house in Oxfordshire, an ailing housekeeper by the name of Aerlene Ward feels the time has come to confess the great secret that has shaped her life, she is the illegitimate daughter of William Shakespeare. A story of the lovely Elizabeth seduced by a struggling young writer from Stratford and her plain but clever daughter.
The Rising Tide: a Novel of World War ll – Jeff Shaara
This is a poignant chronicle of World War II. Through unforgettable battle scenes in the unforgiving deserts of North Africa, into the “soft underbelly” of Hitler’s Fortress Europa, and as battles rage along the coasts of the Mediterranean, The The Rising Tide is a vivid gallery of characters.
This Cake is for the Party – Sarah Selecky
These stories take aim at a young generation of men and women who often set out with the best of intentions, only to have plans thwarted or hopes betrayed – stories about friendships and relationships confused by unsettling tensions bubbling beneath the surface.
Tinkers – Paul Harding.
Tinkers meticulously examines life and death, its precision often mirroring that of the protagonist as he performs his vocation of repairing clocks, pinpointing the intricate wheels that keep memories turning in people’s minds. Winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize
Light Lifting – Alexander McLeod
A collection of moving short stories. Giller finalist in 2010.


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