balanceBalance: A Story of Faith, Family, and Life on the Line by Nik Wallenda

Nik Wallenda, “King of the High Wire,” doesn’t know fear. As a seventh generation of the legendary Wallenda family, he grew up performing, entertaining, and pushing the boundaries of gravity and balance. When Nik was four years old, he watched a video from 1978 of his great grandfather, Karl Wallenda, walking between the towers of the Condado Plaza Hotel in Puerto Rico, stumbling, and falling to his death because of improper rigging.

Recommended by: Jon.

 

anne greenAnne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

Anne, an eleven-year-old orphan, is sent by mistake to live with a lonely, middle-aged brother and sister on a Prince Edward Island farm and proceeds to make an indelible impression on everyone around her.

Recommended by Heather.

 

samuras gardenThe Samurai’s Garden by Gail Tsukiyama

The daughter of a Chinese mother and a Japanese father, Tsukiyama uses the Japanese invasion of China during the late 1930s as a somber backdrop for her unusual story about a 20-year-old Chinese painter named Stephen who is sent to his family’s summer home in a Japanese coastal village to recover from a bout with tuberculosis.

Recommended by Adam.

 

Changes_Hardcover_106-300Changes: a novel of the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher

In the twelfth book of the series, Harry finds out he has a daughter and has to work with his former lover, Susan Rodriguez, to protect them both

Recommended by Dione.

 

InterpreterInterpreter of Maladies: stories by Jhumpa Lahiri

Interpreter of Maladies is a book collection of nine short stories by Indian American author Jhumpa Lahiri published in 1999.

Recommended by Anita