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Literally Speaking Titles Archive 2004-2011 | 2012 Titles | 2013 Titles | 2014 Titles

January 21

Tale for the Time Being
by Ruth L. Ozeki
Fiction 2013   

Ruth, a writer, discovers a Hello Kitty lunchbox washed ashore in British Columbia.  Inside is a diary, the hopes and dreams of a young Japanese girl. She suspects it arrived on a drift of debris from the 2011 tsunami, and with every turn of the page, is pulled deeper into an enchanting mystery.  The acts of reading and writing connect two people who will never meet, in a story of the infinite possibilities of time.

Round HouseJuly 15

Round House   
Louise Erdrich             
Fiction 2012

On an Ojibwe reservation in North Dakota in 1988, 13-year-old Joe must deal with his feelings of anger and helplessness as he tries to cope with the brutality of his mother’s rape. In an attempt to help his family heal, Joe and his friends embark upon their own investigation, confronting the complicated limitations of tribal law, jurisdiction, and justice.

 Twelve years a slaveFebruary 18

Twelve Years a Slave
by Solomon Northup               Non-Fiction [1853]

Born a free man in New York, Solomon Northup was abducted in Washington, D.C., in 1841 and spent the next twelve years of his life in captivity as a slave on a Louisiana cotton plantation. His memoirs became an immediate bestseller and today is recognized for its unusual insight and eloquence as one of the very few portraits of American slavery produced by someone as educated as Solomon Northup, or by someone with the dual perspective of having been both a free man and a slave

The SparrowAugust 19

The Sparrow               
By Maria Doria Russell
Fiction 1996

In a complex and absorbing tale, a Jesuit re-examines his four decade long expedition to explore an extraterrestrial civilization, and his return as sole survivor.   His mind altering account challenges the very idea of what it means to be human.



 Life after lifeMarch 18

Life After Life
by Kate Atkinson
Fiction 2013 

Each time Ursula Todd is born in 1910 England, her life unfolds differently.  Atkinson’s plot device is deployed with great imagination as the unflinching Ursula reveals the 20th century in ways both personal and universal.

Before You Know Kindness September 16

Before You Know Kindness
by Christopher J. Bohjalian      
Fiction 2004

After a decade of spending a delightful summer week at their country house in New Hampshire, the members of the extended Seton family are confronted by a terrible accident, testing the values and relationships that hold them together.



 I kill giantsApril 15

I Kill Giants       
by  Joe Kelly
Graphic Novel  2009

Fifth grader Barbara Thorson has a sharp tongue, no friends, and says she is a giant killer. It is her way of dealing with the problems in her life, particularly her mother's terminal cancer, but her insistence that the giants are coming threatens the relationships she has wanted for so long. Includes an illustration gallery and a look at the creation of the comic.

Alias Grace 	October 21

Alias Grace
by Margaret Atwood    
Fiction 1996

Grace Marks is serving a life sentence in for murders she claims she can’t remember. Some believe her innocent, engaging a doctor in the fledgling mental health field to seek her pardon.  Based on sensational murders committed in Toronto in the 1840s, Alias Grace examines the life and mind of the accused and, in true Atwood fashion, probes the social conditions that could make such a crime possible.

 The heart is a lonely hunterMay 20

The Heart is A Lonely Hunter
By Carson McCullers
Fiction 1940

John Singer is a deaf mute living in a small town in the south. He is befriended by four distinctively different people who in turn, pour out their souls to Mr. Singer, feeling uniquely understood. But Singer is all alone himself – isolated by his deafness – and ultimately pays the price for being everyone’s confidant.

WoolNovember 18

By Hugh Howey
Fiction 2012

In a ruined and toxic landscape, a community exists in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep. Juliette, a well known mechanic, is entrusted with fixing her silo, and she will soon learn just how badly her world is broken. The silo is about to confront what its history has only hinted about and its inhabitants have never dared to whisper – uprising.

 The man who loved books too muchJune 17

The Man Who Loved Books Too Much
Allison H. Bartlett 
Non-Fiction 2009 

A compelling narrative set within the strange and genteel world of rare-book collecting: the true story of an infamous book thief, his victims, and the man determined to catch him. Authorand journalist Allison Hoover Bartlett befriends the thief and the book sleuth for the full story. She immersed herself in the world of book lust and discovered just how dangerous it can be.

December - No Program!