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Popular Novels in the Library


Popular Novels in the Library

Since the PCC Library is currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most of our popular collection is inaccessible at this time.  However, we have some recommendations from Overdrive, an online collection of ebooks and audiobooks you can use with an internet browser or mobile devices like Kindle. Just sign in with your MyPCC username and password and you’re good to go!

 

Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

From the publisher: “Klara and the Sun, the first novel by Kazuo Ishiguro since he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, tells the story of Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, who, from her place in the store, watches carefully the behavior of those who come in to browse, and of those who pass on the street outside. She remains hopeful that a customer will soon choose her. This book explores the fundamental question: what does it mean to love?


Whereabouts by Jhumpa Lahiri

Exuberance and dread, attachment and estrangement: in this novel, an unnamed narrator in an unnamed city, in the middle of her life’s journey, realizes that she’s lost her way. The city she calls home acts as a companion and interlocutor: traversing the streets around her house, and in parks, piazzas, museums, stores, and coffee bars, she feels less alone. One day at the sea, both overwhelmed and replenished by the sun’s vital heat, her perspective will abruptly change.


Everyone Knows Your Mother is a Witch by Rivka Galchen

The year is 1619, in the German duchy of Württemberg. Plague is spreading. The Thirty Years War has begun, and fear and suspicion are in the air throughout the Holy Roman Empire. In the small town of Leonberg, Katherina Kepler is accused of being a witch. This bold novel illuminates a society undone by superstition and the moral convulsions of history.


The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

Somewhere out beyond the edge of the universe there is a library that contains an infinite number of books, each one the story of another reality. One tells the story of your life as it is, along with another book for the other life you could have lived if you had made a different choice at any point in your life. While we all wonder how our lives might have been, what if you had the chance to go to the library and see for yourself? Would any of these other lives truly be better?



The Truths We Hold: An American Journey by Kamala Harris

Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris’s is the daughter of immigrants who was raised in an Oakland, California community that cared deeply about social justice. Harris herself never hid her passion for justice, and she quickly established herself as one of the most innovative change agents in America. Being smart about crime means learning the truths that can make us better as a community, and supporting those truths with all our might.


Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts by Maxine Hong Kingston

As a girl, Kingston lives in two confounding worlds: the California to which her parents have immigrated and the China of her mother’s “talk stories.” The fierce and wily women warriors of her mother’s tales clash jarringly with the harsh reality of female oppression out of which they come. A warrior of words, she forges fractured myths and memories into an incandescent whole, achieving a new understanding of her family’s past and her own present.