Let’s look at more top books published and released in 2009.
Brooklyn: A Novel (Colm Toibin)
Set in the 1950s, Brooklyn is the story of Eilis Lacey, a 15-year-old from Enniscorthy, Ireland, who travels to the US after World War II as an immigrant. Sponsored by Father Flood, a priest who travels from Ireland to America and back to help other immigrants find jobs in New York, Eilis left her older sister and mother behind to start a new life in Brooklyn. She has luck finding a job as an employee at a high-end department store, where she meets Tony, an Italian from a big family. But, all of a sudden, Eilis receives bad news from home, forcing her to go back and confront her old life.
Beautiful Creatures (Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl)
On the outside, other teenagers would have been jealous of Ethan Wate’s “perfect” life. But Ethan cannot wait to get out of the town of Gatlin, South Carolina. He is suddenly haunted by dreams of a beautiful woman, a woman he’s never met, until the day Lena Duchannes moves to Gatlin. Lena struggles to keep her life a secre,t but it’s not easy with Ethan wanting to know everything about her. Designed as series of five books, Beautiful Creatures has been optioned by Warner Bros.
Crazy For The Storm: A Memoir Of Survival (Norman Ollestad)
As a boy, Norman Ollestad, Jr., was full of adventures, courtesy of his father, Norman Ollestad, Sr. Papa Ollestad always took Little Norm on ski trips, surfing adventures and other outdoor adventures and always left him to care for himself. Tired from their ski trips, Papa Ollestad would give Little Norm the keys to the car to drive them back home. Little Norm yearned for “birthday parties and chocolate cake” but his dad always kept him on his toes.
But this fact proved essential in 1979, when he was in a plane crash in the snowy mountains with his father, his father’s girlfriend and the pilot. He was 11. His father and the pilot instantly died, but he survived along with his father’s girlfriend. And all those “adventures” proved to have a purpose. He used the skills he learned from them to survive and climb down the mountains.
Be sure to run to your nearest bookstore or library to get these books.