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Orphan Train

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Orphan Train: A Novel
by: Christina Baker Kline

Moving between contemporary Maine and Depression-era Minnesota, the Orphan Train is a powerful tale of upheaval and resilience, of second chances, and unexpected friendship.

... try these stories of Orphan Train riders, children in foster care, second chances, rural Depression-era childhood, makeshift families, and New York City immigrants.

 

Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival, and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II

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Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival, and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II
by: Mitchell Zuckoff

Drawing on intensive research and a firsthand account of the dangerous 2012 expedition, this thrilling true story of survival, which moves between World War II and today, follows the survivors of a U.S. cargo plane crash in 1942 and their 148 days spent fighting for their lives during a brutal Arctic winter.

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David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants - Gladwell

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David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
by: Malcolm Gladwell

Drawing upon examples from around the world, the author looks at the complex and surprising ways in which the weak can defeat the strong, the small can fight the giant, and how our goals (often culturally determined) make a difference in our sense of success.

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Instructions for a Heatwave - O'Farrell

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Instructions for a Heatwave
by: Maggie O'Farrell

When a recently retired family patriarch clears out his bank account and disappears during a sweltering summer in 1976, his three children converge on their mother's home for the first time in years and track clues to an ancestral village in Ireland, uncovering family secrets along the way.

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Beautiful Ruins - Walter

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Beautiful Ruins
by: Walter, Jess

The almost love affair between a young Italian innkeeper and a beautiful American starlet in 1962 is rekindled in Hollywood fifty years later.

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