Books & More for Santa Cruz Readers...
"Literature is my Utopia. Here I am not disenfranchised. No barrier of the senses shuts me out from the sweet, gracious discourse of my book-friends. They talk to me without embarrassment or awkwardness."
— Helen Keller
Books YOU say you love to read again and again!
by Orwell, George
Classic dystopian fiction.
by Gaiman, Neil
Love Neil Gaiman. 'Nuff said!
Ann of Green Gables
by Montgomery, L. M.
J Fiction MON
Adults and kids alike won't be able to stop themselves from falling in love with Anne of Green Gables!
by Tolstoy, Leo
A tragic tale set in nineteenth century Russia exploring society, love, happiness, and despair.
The Bell Jar
by Plath, Sylvia
One woman's descent into insanity.
Blood meridian, or, The evening redness in the West
by McCarthy, Cormac
Based on incidents that took place in the southwestern United States and Mexico around 1850, this novel chronicles the crimes of a band of desperados, with a particular focus on one, "the kid," a boy of fourteen.
The Boat Who Wouldn't Float
by Mowat, Farley
LARGE TYPE 797.124 M87
An all-ages hilarious account of how Farley and his wife managed to get the worst boat ever to sail from Newfoundland to Lake Ontario.
Catcher in the Rye
by Salinger, J. D.
PBC CLASSICS SAL
The eternal experience of teen angst and alienation.
Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats
by Yeats, W. B.
A Confederacy of Dunces
by Toole, John Kennedy
A comical American masterpiece set in New Orleans.
by Stephenson, Neal
The Confusion, Quicksilver, and the System of the World make up the Baroque cycle. Adventuresome mystery science theater!
The Dog Who Wouldn't Be
by Mowat, Farley
LARGE TYPE 818 MOW
A tale of a boy and his dog.
Series Title: Stephanie Plum Mysteries
by Evanovich, Janet
Just for fun! Bounty Hunter Stephanie Plum has a life of hilarious excitement. You'll want to read the whole "By the Numbers" series, now at 18.
The Gap Into Conflict: the Real Story
Series Title: The Gap Cycle
by Donaldson, Stephen R.
Stephen R. Donaldson is best known for his fantasy. But this space opera spanning 5 books is an epic adventure!
by Lowry, Lois
J Fiction DAH LOW
Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.
The Heart of the World
by Baker, Ian
A heady melange of history, wilderness exploration and Tibetan Buddhism.
The Hounds of Morrigan
by O'Shea, Pat
J Fiction OSH
A favorite childhood adventure based in Irish Mythology.
If the creek don't rise : my life out West with the last Black widow of the Civil War
by Williams, Rita
Great memoir of a black woman raised by her grandmother in the 1950's -1960's era in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
by Bach, Richard
A mystical adventure about the illusions that make up reality.
To Kill a Mockingbird
by Lee, Harper
YOUNG ADULT FICTION LEE
A must read American Classic exploring race, human nature, and the loss of innocence.
by Hugo, Victor
Victor Hugo's towering novel of Jean Valjean, his unjust imprisonment, and his lifelong flight from a relentless police officer.
by Dahl, Roald
J Fiction DAH
Matilda applies her untapped mental powers to rid the school of the evil, child-hating headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, and restore her nice teacher, Miss Honey, to financial security.
The Monkey Wrench Gang
by Abbey, Edward
An environmental adventure of comic proportions.
My Family and Other Animals
by Durrell, Gerald
Durrell's autobiography of a few years spent on Corfu as a child and the process of learning to be a naturalist. It's also hilarious!
Pride and Prejudice
by Austen, Jane
Prisoner of Zenda
by Hope, Anthony
Originally published in 1894, this tale of political intrigue in a fictional country stands the test of time.
by Drake, David
SCIENCE FICTION DRA
Military SciFi at its best!
Shadow of the Wind
by Ruiz Zafón, Carlos
A book lover's novel of intrigue. Gothic biblio-conspiracy at its best!
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace One School at a Time
by Mortenson, Greg
In 1993 Greg Mortenson was an American mountain-climbing bum wandering emaciated and lost through Pakistan's Karakoram. After he was taken in and nursed back to health by the people of a Pakistani village, he promised to return one day and build them a school. From that rash, earnest promise grew one of the most incredible humanitarian campaigns of our time.