Most widely held works by Alexandra O'Karma
The awakening by Kate Chopin ( Recording )
19 editions published between 1986 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,101 libraries worldwide
A young matron living in New Orleans in the late 1880's has conflicts within her family, her social circle, and within herself that disturb her seemingly pleasant life.
The last empress by Anchee Min ( Recording )
10 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in English and held by 1,084 libraries worldwide
Late 19th-century China is a tumultuous land beset by warring enemies--both from beyond its borders and within the fabled walls of the Forbidden City. When her son and adopted son each succumb to early deaths, Orchid reluctantly assumes greater power. While foreign nations like Japan, Russia, France, and England fight for their share of the Chinese spoils, Orchid sees her nation divide into opposing factions. Struggling against sexism and insurgence, only she can keep China from tearing itself apart.
Empress Orchid by Anchee Min ( Recording )
9 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in English and held by 882 libraries worldwide
Seventeen-year-old Orchid belongs to an aristocratic family that has fallen on hard times. Unexpectedly, she is chosen as one of the emperor's lesser concubines. Within the Forbidden City are thousands of women hoping to bear the emperor a son and become his empress. Orchid, determined and resourceful, schemes her way into the royal bed and seduces the emperor. But as the opium trade erodes the might of the Ch'ing dynasty, Orchid find herself at the center of a crumbling nation.
Emily Dickinson, poems & letters ( Recording )
3 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 860 libraries worldwide
A collection of 75 poems with commentary and some of Dickinson's letters.
Firefly beach by Luanne Rice ( Recording )
7 editions published between 2001 and 2011 in English and held by 804 libraries worldwide
"A poignant story of two people struggling to move beyond the tragedy that links their lives. As a child, Caroline Renwick watches, horrified, while a desperate man kills himself. After she learns that the man has a young son, Joe, Caroline begins writing to him, and they become close pen pals. But several years later, when Joe is told the reason for his father's death, he turns away from her. Now, meeting as adults at Caroline's ancestral home, they have a chance to confront and heal that old wound. But what will be the emotional cost? Set on the picturesque New England coast, Firefly Beach captures the magic of a summer that changes a woman and her family forever. Narrator Alexandra O'Karma infuses this novel with a special glow, enhancing each fateful mood and moment"--Publisher's web site.
More than you know by Beth Richardson Gutcheon ( Recording )
5 editions published between 2001 and 2011 in English and held by 785 libraries worldwide
Reminiscing about the fateful summer when she was 17, the aged Hannah remembers the joy, astonishment, and, most of all, the terror of her first love. The Maine beach house her family rented that year was haunted by a vengeful ghost. If only Hannah and her beloved Conary could have guessed who the spirit was and what it wanted, they might have escaped the unspeakable tragedy that Hannah can never forget.
Secret, silent screams by Joan Lowery Nixon ( Recording )
7 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 724 libraries worldwide
A high school senior is convinced her friend Barry did not commit suicide but was a murder victim, and she endangers her own life to prove it.
A perfect arrangement by Suzanne Berne ( Recording )
4 editions published between 2002 and 2011 in English and held by 684 libraries worldwide
When the Cook-Goldman's hire Randi, as a nanny, they fail to check her references. The convenient arrangement soon leads to a string of troubling events.
Day by day by Sandra Steffen ( Recording )
7 editions published between 2002 and 2011 in English and held by 662 libraries worldwide
Maggie MacKenzie has everything that matters most. She has Spence, the husband she adores. She has two beautiful daughters. She has her sister Jackie, her best friend and confidant. Then Maggie's life and the lives of her loved ones are shattered when a car accident leaves her in a deep coma. By her bedside, day after day, are Spence and Jackie, who refuse to give up. Yet each day that Maggie lies lost to the world, Spence and Jackie die a little more inside. In a moment of pure despair, they reach out blindly for one another. But just as all hope seems lost, Maggie awakens. And everything has changed.
Amethyst by Lauraine Snelling ( Recording )
5 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and held by 626 libraries worldwide
Responsibility for her father's Pennsylvania farm weighs heavily on Amethyst O'Shaunasy's shoulders. Since her overworked mother died, her father has done little but drink up the money Amethyst earns from selling eggs and cheese. When he sends her west to locate his only heir, the young woman is reluctant to leave. After she reaches the tiny town of Medora, an unusally brutal winter underscores the fragility of life. Yet the residents' sturdy faith in the Lord teaches Amethyst even more valuable lessons. Now, with prayers in her heart and a growing interest in a handsome rancher, she wonders if she want to return home again.
The true confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi ( Recording )
13 editions published between 1992 and 2007 in English and held by 620 libraries worldwide
As the lone "young lady" on a transatlantic voyage in 1832, Charlotte learns that the captain is murderous and the crew rebellious.
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier ( Recording )
8 editions published between 1988 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 453 libraries worldwide
Everywhere Maxim de Winter's young and frightened second wife turns, there are memories of Rebecca, his first wife. Hard as she tries to live her own life with Maxim at Manderley, it seems that the memory of Rebecca is there to live it for her.
Where you belong by Barbara Taylor Bradford ( Recording )
5 editions published between 1999 and 2009 in English and held by 413 libraries worldwide
Photojournalist Val Denning tries to rebuild her life after her lover is killed in Kosovo.
To the power of three by Laura Lippman ( Recording )
5 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and held by 389 libraries worldwide
High school girls Kat, Josie and Perri have been best friends since third grade, but gunfire in a school bathroom brings their frienship to a tragic end. Kat is killed, Perri nearly dies, and Josie is shot in the foot. With Kat dead and Perri in a coma, Josie is the only witness to the terrible events. She claims Perri was the shooter, but homicide detective Harold Lenhardt feels there is far more to the story.
Breathing lessons by Anne Tyler ( Recording )
6 editions published between 1992 and 2008 in English and held by 327 libraries worldwide
During a ninety-mile drive to her best friend's husband's funeral, Maggie and her husband, Ira, recall and revaluate the details of their twenty-eight-year marriage.
The diary of Ellen Rimbauer my life at Rose Red ( Recording )
2 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 296 libraries worldwide
When Ellen Rimbauer's oil baron husband builds Rose Red in early 1900s Seattle, he stubbornly does so directly atop an Indian burial ground. The house itself may be a living spirit. For at Rose Red, women tend to disappear without a trace--while men have a habit of dying. Allegedly culled from Ellen's personal writings by a supposed professor of paranormal studies, The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer has become a national phenomenon.
The diary of Ellen Rimbauer [my life at Rose Red ( Recording )
1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 268 libraries worldwide
When Ellen Rimbauer's oil baron husband builds Rose Red in early 1900s Seattle, he stubbornly does so directly atop an ancient Indian burial ground. It quickly becomes apparent that the mansion is overrun with tormented souls, or worse still, that the house itself may be a living spirit. For at Rose Red, women tend to disappear without a trace--while men have a habit of dying.
Sarah's song by Karen Kingsbury ( Recording )
3 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in English and held by 238 libraries worldwide
For years Sarah Lindeman, now in her 80s, has carried out a special tradition over the 12 days of Christmas. On her small plastic Yuletide tree she hangs an ornament each day. Then she sings her song and reflects on her life's true love. This year, Sarah notices a young nurse listening, and in her recognizes pain and longing. Sarah prays that through her story, she can ease this young woman's sorrow and help her realize the importance of God's gift of love.
Emily Dickinson: poems & letters by Emily Dickinson ( Recording )
6 editions published between 1989 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 238 libraries worldwide
A collection of 75 poems with commentary and some of Dickinson's letters.
Night flying by Rita Murphy ( Recording )
4 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 223 libraries worldwide
As the time for her solo flight on the sixteenth birthday approaches, Georgia begins to question the course of her life and her relationships with the other women in her unusual family.
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