This guide provides reading suggestions as well as opportunity for discussion of selected novels.
Last Updated: Jan 2, 2015
Call Number: PS3603 O647 O73 2012
Publication Date: 2012-08-21
At the turn of the twentieth century, in a rural stretch of the Pacific Northwest, a reclusive orchardist, William Talmadge, tends to apples and apricots as if they were loved ones. A gentle man, he's found solace in the sweetness of the fruit he grows and the quiet, beating heart of the land he cultivates. One day, two teenage girls appear and steal his fruit from the market; they later return to the outskirts of his orchard to see the man who gave them no chase. Feral, scared, and very pregnant, the girls take up on Talmadge's land and indulge in his deep reservoir of compassion. Just as the girls begin to trust him, men arrive in the orchard with guns, and the shattering tragedy that follows will set Talmadge on an irrevocable course not only to save and protect but also to reconcile the ghosts of his own troubled past. Transcribing America as it once was before railways and roads connected its corners, Amanda Coplin weaves a tapestry of solitary souls who come together in the wake of unspeakable cruelty and misfortune. She writes with breathtaking precision and empathy, and in The Orchardist she crafts an astonishing debut novel about a man who disrupts the lonely harmony of an ordered life when he opens his heart and lets the world in.
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A Journey of Discovery
Call Number: R154 H36 A3 2013
Publication Date: 2013-08-01
Over twenty years practicing medicine, Dr. Minh Han has collected over a hundred stories of people and situations that have intersected his life. These stories range from short and funny vignettes to more extensive recountings of patients' life challenges and struggles. From the Tibetan plateau, to the towns in Connecticut, the stories give a snapshot of people across cultures, classes, and generations, all doing their best to find their path through this journey of life.
People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading.
SMITH, Logan Pearsall (1865–1946)
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