Friday, December 30, 2011

In the Queue

Running the Rift by Naomi Benaron

Jean Patrick Nkuba, a Rwandan boy, dreams of becoming his country's first Olympic medal contender in track, but when the Hutu-Tutsi tensions explode, he must run to save his life.

Lost Saints of Tennessee by Amy Franklin-Willis

This story of a Southern working-class family follows Ezekiel, 42, and his mother, Lillian, from the 1940s to the 1980s as Ezekiel goes from anointed son to unhinged middle-aged man. His decline begins with the mysterious drowning death of his twin brother and the subsequent divorce from his wife.

The Volkswagen came to symbolize American freedom and the power of thinking small. This is the story of the ungainly little car that began with the vision of a group of men who designed the car in 1923. Despite all odds, it became the most profitable and most beloved automobile in the world.

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