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The Zookeeper’s War

The Zookeeper’s War
  • Author(s): Steven Conte
  • Location(s): Berlin
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): WW2

It is 1943 and each night in a bomb shelter beneath the Berlin Zoo an Australian woman, Vera, shelters with her German husband, Axel, the zoo’s director. Together, they struggle to look after the animals through the air raids...

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • Author(s): Zora Neale Hurston
  • Location(s): Everglades
  • Genre(s): Historical
  • Era(s): 1928

Their Eyes Were Watching God tells the story of Janie, an African-American woman who was raised by her ex-slave grandmother, and who wanted life and living, not riches and sitting idle on a porch. It is a deeply moving...

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Them

Them
  • Author(s): Joyce Carol Oates
  • Location(s): Detroit
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1930s to 1967

Joyce Carol Oates’ Wonderland Quartet comprises four remarkable novels that explore social class in America and the inner lives of young Americans. As powerful and relevant today as it on its initial publication, them chronicles the tumultuous lives of...

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Themis

Themis
  • Author(s): Paul Weil
  • Location(s): London
  • Genre(s): Fantasy
  • Era(s): Modern

SARAH CASTLE is a young celebrity reporter from London who stumbles upon the mystery of twelve extraordinary teenagers. One of them is HENRY BAXTER, an eighteen year-old unknown runner who just won The London Marathon. She accepts a position...

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Then Like The Blind Man: Orbie’s Story

Then Like The Blind Man: Orbie’s Story
  • Author(s): Freddie Owens
  • Location(s): Kentucky
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1950s

A storm is brewing in the all-but-forgotten back country of Kentucky. And, for young Orbie Ray, the swirling heavens may just have the power to tear open his family’s darkest secrets. Then Like the Blind Man: Orbie’s Story is...

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Then. Now. Always.

Then. Now. Always.
  • Author(s): Isabelle Broom
  • Location(s): Mojacar
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Romance
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Twenty-eight year old Hannah is ready for an adventure. She and her colleagues are in Spain for a month to film a documentary, and it’s a dream come true. Not least because Hannah will get to spend long summer...

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There is No Me without You

There is No Me without You
  • Author(s): Melissa Fay Greene
  • Location(s): Ethiopia
  • Genre(s): Nonfiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

In a dusty tin-walled compound on the outskirts of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, a middle-class woman named Haregewoin Teferra suffered back-to-back losses: first her husband died of a heart attack; then her beloved 23-year-old daughter was consumed by an unnamed...

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There There

There There
  • Author(s): Tommy Orange
  • Location(s): Oakland
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Jacquie Red Feather and her sister Opal grew up together, relying on each other during their unsettled childhood. As adults they were driven apart, but Jacquie is newly sober and trying to make it back to the family she...

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There Was a Country

There Was a Country
  • Author(s): Chinua Achebe
  • Location(s): Nigeria
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs, Nonfiction
  • Era(s): 1967-1970

The defining experience of Chinua Achebe’s life was the Nigerian civil war, also known as the Biafran War, of 1967–1970. The conflict was infamous for its savage impact on the Biafran people, Chinua Achebe’s people, many of whom were...

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There’s a Centipede in My Pyjamas: An English Family in Seychelles

There’s a Centipede in My Pyjamas: An English Family in Seychelles
  • Author(s): Martin Varley
  • Location(s): Seychelles
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): 2011

t’s February 2011, the recession is in full swing and jobs are harder to come by than honest politicians. Things are looking grim for unemployed conservationist Martin Varley until he lands a dream job in the Seychelles. He, his...

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