High school life is complicated for senior Jack Duncan. Not only does he have to juggle normal schoolwork, the occasional job driving tractors for others in town, and playing varsity baseball for his high school, he also has to take care of his financially struggling mother. Years ago, Jack and his parents owned one of the biggest, most successful farms in Delano. Selling the bountiful harvest grown on their four thousand acres allowed them to prosper greatly. That’s all gone now, and he and his mother struggle to hold on to the one remaining acre they have left.
In Smack in the Middle: My Turbulent Time Treating Heroin Addicts at Odyssey House, psychoanalyst Dr. Gibbs Williams recounts his 17 months working as an assistant director at New York’s infamous Odyssey House, a facility that treated recovering heroin addicts in the late 1960s. Led by founder Dr. Judianne Densen-Gerber, Odyssey House employed some controversial techniques to keep its residents clean and put them on a solid path to recovery.
The Ride by Nancy Demme is a book all about the morals of life and about the different people you can meet along the way. Diego, the main character, is just a young man running from the life that was shoved upon him, trying to go anywhere but home. The way that Diego travels is by walking along the road and hitchhiking whenever possible. The people he travels with along the way all reflect the different kinds of people there are in the world, from punks driving huge trucks, to accountants that are happy to talk and share a donut.
When Charles and Marie fall in love, they have a beautiful baby, Ella. When Ella turns five, her mother Marie becomes terribly sick. When Marie passes, Charles and Ella are by themselves until Charles has an idea of marrying another woman. The woman he marries has two daughters. Ella is excited to have a mother again and two sisters, but her heart is crushed when they are terrible and mean to her. When the handsome Prince Andrew is looking for a bride, her stepmother doesn't allow her to go to the ball that Prince Andrew is hosting.
When We Were Brave follows three separate but similar stories of victims of the horrors of the Holocaust during World War II. There’s William Falk, a rogue SS officer seeking to disclose the horrors of the concentration camps to the U.S. so that they can infiltrate them and free the prisoners inside. Then, there’s Izaak Tauber, a young Jewish boy who is shuffled from camp to camp with his mother while separated from his father.
It's the 1840s, and Lara can't imagine any life except the one she has where she is surrounded by her big Irish family. That is, until one day, when tragedy strikes. Lara's world is turned upside down. Desperate, afraid, and alone, with no choice but indentured servitude, Lara does something that will haunt her the rest of her life. When it seems that all hope is lost, Lara is discovered by an American couple. Whisked away to a new world, Lara's world changes yet again, but her past won't go away. Will her past ever stop haunting her?
The Truth Keeper is set during the Holocaust, and Fritz, a young Nazi boy is very passionate about being a good Aryan, but internally he thinks killing Jews and Communists is wrong; however, he has never told anyone that.