Oscar-worthy reads

Several of the recent Oscar nominees began life as novels.  You still have time to read a few before the awards are announced on February 26th.

The descendants : a novel / Kaui Hart Hemmings

The descendants : a novel / Kaui Hart Hemmings

A descendant of royalty and one of the largest landowners in Hawaii, Matthew King struggles to deal with his out-of-control daughters, ten-year-old Scottie and seventeen-year-old Alex, as well as his comatose wife, whom they are about to remove from lifesupport.

Tinker, tailor, soldier, spy / John le Carré

Tinker, tailor, soldier, spy / John le Carré

British agent George Smiley hunts for a mole in the Secret Service and begins his epic game of international chess with his Soviet counterpart, an agent named Karla.

Extremely loud & incredibly close / Jonathan Safran Foer

Extremely loud & incredibly close / Jonathan Safran Foer

Oskar Schell, the nine-year-old son of a man killed in the World Trade Center attacks, searches the five boroughs of New York City for a lock that fits a black key his father left behind.

E-book

Albert Nobbs / by George Moore

Albert Nobbs / George Moore

While working at a hotel as a waiter, Albert Nobbs must share his bed with an out-of-town laborer who discovers his secret.

The help / Kathryn Stockett

The help / Kathryn Stockett

In Jackson, Mississippi, in 1962, there are lines that are not crossed. With the civil rights movement exploding all around them, three women start a movement of their own, forever changing a town and the way women--black and white, mothers and daughters--view one another.

Audiobook

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo / Stieg Larsson

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo / Stieg Larsson

Forty years after the disappearance of Harriet Vanger from the secluded island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger family, her octogenarian uncle hires journalist Mikael Blomqvist and Lisbeth Salander, an unconventional young hacker, to investigate.

Audiobook

 

Summaries from publisher materials

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