Young Vivian is one of many to board the orphan trains heading west to an uncertain future. Now 91, Vivian meets 17-year-old Molly and though decades apart in age, they find a common bond in their turbulent childhoods. From turn of the century Ireland and New York City to the Midwest and onto contemporary Maine, author Christina Baker Kline's moving novel highlights a period of history largely forgotten.
Long or short, unexpected or planned, spiritual or physical, journeys of all kind are often remembered as Two Steps Forward, One Step Back. Join Chapters in March, April, May and June for a series of titles that are sure to put a spring in your step!
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
In 1995, determined and alone, 26-year-old Cheryl Strayed impulsively set off to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. Unprepared, even by novice standars, the author overcame physical and emotional challenges leading not only to triumph, but transformation. Since its 2012 publication, Strayed's journey of self-discovery has been a constant on The New York Times Best Seller list.
Sweet Summer: Growing Up With and Without My Dad
In this heartfelt memoir published in 1989, former teacher and journalist Bebe Moore Campbell shares her story of growing up in bittersweet 1960s America. Following her parents' marital separation, she spends the school year in Philadelphia with her mother, grandmother, and aunts and southern summers with her father in North Carolina.
The Barbarian Nurseries
Summer vacation has begun for the southern California Torres-Thompson family; however, finances have forced parents Maureen and Scott to make difficult lifestyle changes. Consequences quickly unfold for the Torres-Thompson children, as well as for their live-in housekeeper Araceli Ramirez in Héctor Tobar's contemporary novel.
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