Story of a group of soldiers making their way through occupied Germany post WWII. Much humanity has already been stripped away from the place and the people, and the sad tales of how one can sink to new lows can be surprising.
Delightful story of a hostage crisis in which South American, American and Japanese visitors all learn to survive together, and the surprising relationaships that form in this vacuum without normal cultural barriers. Very suspenseful and emotional. Different from anything else you will read.
Novel of the unlikely situation in which a baby is dropped on the doorstep of a rich old lady, and is found and cared for by her servant. Defies all reality of how adoptions take place in this country, but very heart-warming.
very detailed "love story" of a Hamptons-area woman's cultivating her very special garden, and how it consoles and heals in times of loss, as well as delights in happy times. very different, non-fiction.
Very engrossing. Involves a child-napping and its effects on the victim-family, especially the mother, whose depression is truly a mental illness. The family's adjustment years later when the child is ultimately found is no easier than its original adjustment to his loss.
Emotionally raw, but hard to stay with, the story of a soldier who has trouble coming home and being a father. Conroy does not spare the hard details, and there will be overlap with his other books. Perfectly manages though to convey how abused children can still feel love for the parent.
Very diffrent, realistic look at the world of 20-somethings, out of college, without the traditional moorings of family. The main character takes custody of his pre-teen brother after the deaths of both parents and tries to give both their lives some normalcy. While doing this, he tries vainly to accomplish something (anything) that could be called noteworthy or meaningful.
Memoir of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, who admits his arrogance and missteps with no apologies. Insider's look into the "underbelly" of professional restaurant chefs and their world. Has a hard edge, but is ultimately a very rewarding read.
Funny tales of Bill Bryson's visits to numerous small towns across the country, with all their peculiarities. Sad too as de enlightens the reader on the decline of true towns in the face of rising strip malls and freeways.
detailed and interesting story of the amazing racehorse, his unlikely rise to fame against long odds, and the equally unlikely coming together of a number of different personalities, who all became rather devoted to this horse. The story also includes much background on the depression, and on the history of racing.