The ultimate romance/adventure story! Colorful and stirring account of one englishman, who becomes a Japanese prisoner of war in a strange land. He befriends the warlord, falls in love with a beautiful Japanese courtesan, and becomes in his own right a powerful lord in a land that is not his own. Its an epic tale and one that you never want to end. James Clavell is a fantastic writer. His characters are beautifully drawn and moving.
"Night," Elie Wiesel, winner of the 1986 Nobel Peace Prize, "A slim volume of terrifying power," The New York Times. When Wiesel and his family were rounded up they had never heard the word "Auschwitz". 4 years later Weisel was the only one to survive and his book was rejected by 15 publishers before it was picked up by a small press. 8 weeks later it made the New York Times Best seller list.
A classic coming-of-age story hailed as “one of the best portraits of small-town Southern life ever written” by Pat Conroy. After Will’s grandmother dies, his grandfather’s scandalous elopement with Miss Love Simpson rocks the town of Cold Sassy, Georgia. “Rich with emotion, humor, and tenderness” (The Washington Post) ($2.99)
A gentle introduction to Science Fiction Fantasy. I picked this for my book club. Premise: What if our weather is controlled by those with special abilities to decrease the risk to human life. These special people have control over water, wind, fire and earth. Members were initially skeptical, but ended up loving it. Several have read the whole series now. It's not over the top, but quite a nice way to start reading SF fantasy.
HAWAII: "Hawaii" by James Michener. The first of Michener's mammoth sagas, "Hawaii" tells the Islands' history — from its creation by volcanic activity to its evolving identity as the most recent of the 50 U.S. states. Michener sought to show how Hawaii harmonizes different cultures and races, as a template that would benefit the rest of the country. However, he and his wife, the daughter of Japanese immigrants, faced harsh discrimination while living there.