2017 BCIB Booklet FINAL (2).pdf
The Wright Brothers by David McCullough
On a winter day in 1903, two unknown brothers from Ohio changed
history. But it would take the world some time to believe what had
happened: the age of flight had begun, with the first heavier-than-air,
powered machine carrying a pilot. Who were these men and how was
it that they achieved what they did?
Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks
When plague comes to an isolated British village in the year 1666, a
housemaid named Anna Frith emerges as an unlikely heroine and
healer, as she and her fellow villages confront the spread of disease
and superstition, even as prayers turn to murderous witch-hunting.
HISTORICAL FICTION; DRAMATIC; LUSH
The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers
Bound together since basic training, two young soldiers, Privates
Murphy and Bartle, have been dropped in Iraq, into a war neither is
prepared for. As reality begins to blur into hazy nightmare, Murphy
becomes increasingly unmoored from the world around him and
Bartle takes impossible actions.
LITERARY FICTION; LYRICAL; DARK; REFLECTIVE
Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler
When Southern belle Zelda Sayre meets F. Scott Fitzgerald she is 17
years old and he is a young army lieutenant. Before long, Zelda has
fallen for him despite his unsuitability.What follows is the story of
their passionate, troubled marriage in the heart of the Jazz Age.
BIOGRAPHICAL NOVEL; DRAMATIC; WITTY
The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman
When Germany invaded Poland, Stuka bombers leveled most of
Warsaw, including the zoo. With most of their cages empty,
zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski began smuggling Jews and
Polish resisters into the empty cages and their villa.
NON-FICTION; INSPIRING; SUSPENSEFUL
The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff
In 1875 Utah, Ann Eliza Young has just left her powerful husband,
Brigham Young, the leader and prophet of the Mormon Church.
Expelled from the religion and an outcast, Ann Eliza crusades against
polygamy in the United States. In the present day, a murder
involving a polygamist family unfolds, as Jordan Scott, a young man
cast out of his fundamentalist sect years ago tries to determine the
truth of his father’s death.
HISTORICAL FICTION; PARALLEL NARRATIVES
22 Britannia Road by Amanda Hodgkinson
At the end of World War II, Silvana and her eight-year-old son Aurek
board the ship that will take them from Poland to England. After
living wild in the forests for years, carrying a terrible secret, all
Silvana knows is that she and Aurek are survivors. Everything else is
lost. Waiting in England for them is her husband Janusz, who has
not seem his wife or son in six years. He has reinvented himself as an
Englishman in hopes of forgetting the past. But the six years apart
have changed them all.
HISTORICAL FICTION; ENGAGING
The Accidental by Ali Smith
Amber, thirty-something and barefoot, shows up at the door of the
Norfolk cottage that the Smarts are renting for the summer. She talks
her way in. She tells nothing but lies. She stays for dinner. As she
insinuates herself into the family, the questions of who she is and
how she’s come to be there drop away. Instead, dazzled by her
seeming exoticism, the Smarts begin to examine the accidents of
their lives through the searing lens of Amber’s perceptions.
LITERARY FICTION; EXPERIMENTAL; FAMILY LIFE
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Mark Twain’s classic stories of a young boy coming of age along the
Mississippi River, surrounded by an unforgettable cast of characters,
including Huck Finn.
CLASSIC FICTION; FUNNY; COMING OF AGE