2017 BCIB Booklet FINAL (2).pdf
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
Enzo knows he’s different from other dogs: a philosopher with a
nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he’s
educated himself through television and the words of his master,
Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver. Through Denny,
Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition, and
he sees that life, like racing, isn’t simply about going fast. On the eve
of his death, Enzo takes stock of his life and all that he and his family
have been through.
CONTEMPORARY FICTION; MOVING; THOUGHT-PROVOKING
The Ashford Affair by Lauren Willig
As a lawyer in a large Manhattan firm, Clementine Evans has finally
achieved almost everything she’s been working toward—but now
she’s not sure it’s enough. After a broken engagement, a relative lets
slip hints about a long-buried family secret, leading Clementine on a
journey into the past that could change everything.
CONTEMPORARY FICTION; FAMILY SAGAS; ROMANTIC
The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel
As America’s Mercury Seven astronauts were launched on deathdefying missions, television cameras focused on their young wives.
Overnight, these women were transformed into American royalty. As
their celebrity rose and tragedy began to touch their lives, the women
formed a friendship and special bonds that would withstand the tests
What is the What by Dave Eggers
In a heartrending and astonishing novel, Eggers illuminates the
history of the civil war in Sudan through the eyes of Valentino Achak
Deng, a refugee now living in the U.S. Readers follow his life as he’s
driven from his home as a boy and walks, with thousands of orphans,
to Ethiopia, where he finds safety—for a time.
LITERARY FICTION; INSPIRING; DARK; MOVING
What Was Mine by Helen Klein Ross
Lucy Wakefield is a seemingly ordinary woman who does something
extraordinary in a desperate moment: she takes a baby from a
shopping cart and raises her as her own. It’s a secret she manages to
hide from everyone in her life for over two decades. When her grown
daughter, Mia, discovers the awful truth of her origins, it causes a
ripple effect that alters many lives.
PYSCHOLOGICAL FICTION; SUSPENSEFUL
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s worthy
of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with
Stage IV lung cancer. What makes life worth living in the face of
death? What do you do when the future, no longer a ladder toward
your goals in life, flattens out into a perpetual present? What does it
mean to have a child, to nurture a new life as another fades away?
These are some of the questions Kalanithi wrestles with in this
profoundly moving, exquisitely observed memoir.
NON-FICTION; WOMEN IN HISTORY; FRIENDSHIPS
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil DeGrasse Tyson
What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the
universe? How does the universe fit within us? There’s no better
guide through these mind-expanding questions than our most
celebrated and beloved astrophysicist. But today, few of us have time
to contemplate the cosmos; so Neil DeGrasse Tyson brings the
universe down to Earth.
Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
When her hilarious, volatile, talented, and agoraphobic mother goes
missing, teenage Bee begins a trip that takes her to the ends of the
earth to find her. Told mostly in emails, official correspondence, and
secret correspondence, this is a compulsively readable and touching
novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter’s role in an
CONTEMPORARY FICTION; FUNNY; ENGAGING;