Sweetbitter: A novel by Stephanie Danler A lush, raw, thrilling novel of the senses about a year in the life of a uniquely beguiling young woman, set in the wild, seductive world of a famous New York City restaurant.
Returning to her hometown of Catawissa, Pennsylvania, in 1867 to marry a man she has never met, seventeen-year-old Verity Boone gets caught up in the mystery surrounding the graves of her mother and aunt and a dangerous hunt for Revolutionary-era gold.
The Poisonwood Bible - Barbara Kingsolver. "The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce, evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in (Harper Perennial)
The Great Santini by Pat Conroy: Eighteen-year-old Ben's attempts to stand up for himself, his mother, and his sister are resisted by his intolerant father, a fighter pilot and inflexible disciplinarian. Recommended by: John Shea, Library Page
A Farewell to Arms - Ernest Hemingway. A story of a wounded American lieutenant in the ambulance corps during the Italian campaigns of WWI. It is semi-autobiographical, capturing some of Hemingway's own relationship with nurse Agnes Von Kurowsky.