By: Lin Enger
In 1886, Ulysses Pope abruptly leaves his family in Minnesota without explanation. His sons Danny and Eli soon follow his trail which ultimately takes them to Montana. Ulysses' wife Gretta is convinced that he has left her for another woman. Ulysses, however, has been tormented for years by his part in the massacre of Native American women and children while he was serving in the Seventh Cavalry. He hopes to atone for his sins by seeking the father of one of the boys he killed.
By: Brando Skyhorse
Brando's mother is a pathological liar who tells him his father is an imprisoned Native American political activist when, in reality, he is a Mexican immigrant who lives a few miles away from their home. Maria marries five times, providing a rotating cast of surrogate fathers for her son. Brando attends Stanford University against his mother's and grandmother's wishes. As an adult, he finally locates his biological father and three half-sisters.
By: Charles M. Blow
This is a story of a successful man overcoming an impoverished childhood marked by sexual cruelty. Bullied from an early age and escaping through college by enduring brutal hazing, his intelligence and unending determination allowed him to reach his professional goal. Now a champion of children and individual dignity, his writing is an eloquent example of the wounded healer.
By: Amy Belding Brown
This novel takes place during King Philip's War on the Massachusetts frontier. Mary Rowlandson's town is attacked by the local Native Americans, and many of the settlers are taken as slaves. Some are adopted into the Native American tribes. Mary and two of her children are eventually ransomed back to her husband, a bigoted Puritan minister. The three former captives struggle to adapt to "white" life. Most of the surviving Native Americans are sold into slavery in the Caribbean. This novel will appeal to fans of historical fiction.
By: Jojo Moyes
Single mom Jess Thomas works two jobs to support her daughter and stepson, but she still can't make ends meet. Her brilliant daughter, Tanzie, has been offered a 90% paid scholarship to an exclusive private school, but Jess can't afford to pay the remainder of the bill. Their one chance is if Tanzie can win first place in a math Olympiad in Scotland. Getting to Scotland, however, is a problem. Ed Nicholls is a self-centered tech millionaire who is being investigated for insider trading. He offers, Jess, his cleaning lady, and her family, including Norman the dog, a ride to the Olympiad in his fancy Audi. Many adventures ensue. The audio version of this book is an absolute delight!