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Moline Public Library (Ill.)

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Works: 108 works in 109 publications in 1 language and 331 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Biography  Psychological fiction  Personal narratives  Case studies  Domestic fiction  History  Creative nonfiction  Historical fiction  Romance fiction 
Classifications: PS3503.U198, B
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Most widely held works about Moline Public Library (Ill.)
 
Most widely held works by Moline Public Library (Ill.)
The good earth by Pearl S Buck( Book )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pearl S. Buck's epic Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of a China that was -- now in a Contemporary Classics edition. Though more than sixty years have passed since this remarkable novel won the Pulitzer Prize, it has retained its popularity and become one of the great modern classics. "I can only write what I know, and I know nothing but China, having always lived there," wrote Pearl Buck. In The Good Earth she presents a graphic view of a China when the last emperor reigned and the vast political and social upheavals of the twentieth century were but distant rumblings for the ordinary people. This moving, classic story of the honest farmer Wang Lung and his selfless wife O-lan is must reading for those who would fully appreciate the sweeping changes that have occurred in the lives of the Chinese people during this century. Nobel Prize winner Pearl S. Buck traces the whole cycle of life: its terrors, its passions, its ambitions and rewards. Her brilliant novel -- beloved by millions of readers -- is a universal tale of the destiny of man
Water for elephants : a novel by Sara Gruen( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novel of star-crossed lovers, set in the circus world circa 1932. When Jacob Jankowski, recently orphaned and suddenly adrift, jumps onto a passing train, he enters a world of freaks, grifters, and misfits, a second-rate circus struggling to survive during the Great Depression, making one-night stands in town after endless town. A veterinary student who almost earned his degree, Jacob is put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie. It is there that he meets Marlena, the beautiful young star of the equestrian act, who is married to August, the charismatic but twisted animal trainer. He also meets Rosie, an elephant who seems untrainable until he discovers a way to reach her.--From publisher description
Special topics in calamity physics by Marisha Pessl( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A darkly funny coming-of-age novel and a richly plotted suspense tale told through the distinctive voice of its heroine, Blue van Meer. After a childhood moving from one academic outpost to another with her father (a man prone to aphorisms and meteoric affairs), Blue is clever, deadpan, and possessed of a vast lexicon of literary, political, philosophical, and scientific knowledge--and is quite the cinéaste to boot. In her final year of high school at the élite (and unusual) St. Gallway School in Stockton, North Carolina, Blue falls in with a charismatic group of friends and their captivating teacher, Hannah Schneider. But when the drowning of one of Hannah's friends and the shocking death of Hannah herself lead to a confluence of mysteries, Blue is left to make sense of it all with only her gimlet-eyed instincts and cultural references to guide--or misguide--her.--From publisher description
The glass castle : a memoir by Jeannette Walls( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Journalist Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary and their four children lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man who, when sober, captured his children's imagination, teaching them how to embrace life fearlessly. Rose Mary painted and wrote and couldn't stand the responsibility of providing for her family. When the money ran out, the Walls retreated to the dismal West Virginia mining town Rex had tried to escape. As the dysfunction escalated, the children had to fend for themselves, supporting one another as they found the resources and will to leave home. Yet Walls describes her parents with deep affection in this tale of unconditional love in a family that, despite its profound flaws, gave her the fiery determination to carve out a successful life. -- From publisher description
Night by Elie Wiesel( Book )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Born in the town of Sighet, Transylvania, Elie Wiesel was a teenager when he and his family were taken from their home in 1944 to the Auschwitz concentration camp, and then to Buchenwald. Night is the terrfying record of Elie Wiesel's memories of the death of his family, the death of his own innocence, and his despair as a deeply odservant jew confronting the absolute evil man
Loving Frank : a novel by Nancy Horan( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Publisher description: I have been standing on the side of life, watching it float by. I want to swim in the river. I want to feel the current. So writes Mamah Borthwick Cheney in her diary as she struggles to justify her clandestine love affair with Frank Lloyd Wright. Four years earlier, in 1903, Mamah and her husband, Edwin, had commissioned the renowned architect to design a new home for them. During the construction of the house, a powerful attraction developed between Mamah and Frank, and in time the lovers, each married with children, embarked on a course that would shock Chicago society and forever change their lives. In this ambitious debut novel, fact and fiction blend together brilliantly. While scholars have largely relegated Mamah to a footnote in the life of America's greatest architect, author Nancy Horan gives full weight to their dramatic love story and illuminates Cheney's profound influence on Wright. Drawing on years of research, Horan weaves little-known facts into a compelling narrative, vividly portraying the conflicts and struggles of a woman forced to choose between the roles of mother, wife, lover, and intellectual. Horan's Mamah is a woman seeking to find her own place, her own creative calling in the world. Mamah's is an unforgettable journey marked by choices that reshape her notions of love and responsibility, leading inexorably ultimately lead to this novel's stunning conclusion
Say you're one of them by Uwem Akpan( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection of five stories set in various African countries reveals the harsh consequences for children of life in Africa
My Jim : a novel by Nancy Rawles( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a poignant meditation on love and loss, Sadie, the abandoned wife of the slave Jim from Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn details her romance with Jim, an ambitious young slave, his decision to run away with a young white boy named Huck Finn, and the bleak repercussions of that decision for her and their children
The history of love by Nicole Krauss( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sixty years after a book's publication, its author remembers his lost love and missing son, while a teenage girl named for one of the book's characters seeks her namesake, as well as a cure for her widowed mother's loneliness
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë( Book )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jane, a plain and penniless orphan in nineteenth-century England, accepts employment as a governess at Thornfield Hall and soon finds herself in love with her melancholy employer, Mr. Edward Rochester, a man with a terrible secret
The life and times of the thunderbolt kid : a memoir by Bill Bryson( Book )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bill Bryson was born in the middle of the American century--1951--in the middle of the United States--Des Moines, Iowa--in the middle of the largest generation in American history--the baby boomers. As one of the funniest writers alive, he is perfectly positioned to mine his all-American childhood for memoir gold. Like millions of his generational peers, Bill Bryson grew up with a rich fantasy life as a superhero. In his case, he ran around his house and neighborhood wearing a jersey with a thunderbolt on it and a towel about his neck, vanquishing evildoers--in his head--as "The Thunderbolt Kid." Using his fantasy-life persona as a springboard, Bryson re-creates the life of his family in the 1950s in all its transcendent normality--a life at once familiar to us all and as far away and unreachable as another galaxy.--From publisher description
Teacher man : a memoir by Frank McCourt( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author describes his coming of age as a teacher, storyteller, and writer, a personal journey during which he spent fifteen years finding his voice in the classroom and came to terms with the undervalued importance of teaching
The Maltese falcon by Dashiell Hammett( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A murder involves Sam Spade in a dangerous search for a valuable statue
Dreams from my father : a story of race and inheritance by Barack Obama( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this lyrical, unsentimental, and compelling memoir, the son of a black African father and a white American mother searches for a workable meaning to his life as a black American. It begins in New York, where Barack Obama learns that his father, a figure he knows more as a myth than as a man, has been killed in a car accident. This sudden death inspires an emotional odyssey, first to a small town in Kansas, from which he retraces the migration of his mother's family to Hawaii, and then to Kenya, where he meets the African side of his family, confronts the bitter truth of his father's life, and at last reconciles his divided inheritance
Harry Potter and the chamber of secrets by J. K Rowling( Visual )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When the Chamber of Secrets is opened again at the Hogswarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, second-year student Harry Potter finds himself in danger from a dark power that has once more been released on the school
Death of a thousand cuts by Barbara D'Amato( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A gala reunion of the former staff and residents of a pioneering autistic children's school turns violent when the institution's revered founder, Dr. Jack Schermerhorn, is found tortured to death
Fast food nation : the dark side of the all-American meal by Eric Schlosser( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An exploration of the fast food industry in the United States, from its roots to its long-term consequences
Garlic and sapphires : the secret life of a critic in disguise by Ruth Reichl( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The editor-in-chief of "Gourmet" recounts her visits to some of the world's most acclaimed restaurants, both as herself and as an anonymous diner in disguise, to offer insight into the differences in her dining experiences
Never let me go by Kazuo Ishiguro( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day and When We Were Orphans, comes an unforgettable edge-of-your-seat mystery that is at once heartbreakingly tender and morally courageous about what it means to be human. Hailsham seems like a pleasant English boarding school, far from the influences of the city. Its students are well tended and supported, trained in art and literature, and become just the sort of people the world wants them to be. But, curiously, they are taught nothing of the outside world and are allowed little contact with it. Within the grounds of Hailsham, Kathy grows from schoolgirl to young woman, but it's only when she and her friends Ruth and Tommy leave the safe grounds of the school (as they always knew they would) that they realize the full truth of what Hailsham is
An arsonist's guide to writers' homes in New England : a novel by Brock Clarke( Book )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sam Pulsifer is determined to put his past behind him after serving a prison term for torching an American literary landmark and killing two people in the blaze, but when the homes of notable American writers begin to go up in smoke, his history makes him the prime suspect
 
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Water for elephants : a novelSpecial topics in calamity physicsThe glass castle : a memoirNightLoving Frank : a novelSay you're one of themMy Jim : a novelThe history of love