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Contemporary Books: A Decade of Reading

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1990

THE JOY LUCK CLUB
Amy Tan

COLD SASSY TREE
Olive Ann Burns

A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY
John Irving


1991

THE BONFIRE OF THE VANITIES
Tom Wolfe

BAD DESIRE
Gary Devon

OLDEST LIVING CONFEDERATE
WIDOW TELLS ALL

Allan Gurganus

THE TEMPLE OF MY FAMILIAR
Alice Walker

LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA
Gabriel Garcia Marquez

DANDELION WINE
Ray Bradbury

ANGLE OF REPOSE
Wallace Earle Stegner

POSSESSION
A.S. Byatt

ONE DAY IN THE LIFE OF IVAN DENISOVICH
Alexander Solzhenitsyn

FROM HERE TO ETERNITY
James Jones

THE RAZOR'S EDGE
Somerset Maugham


1992

THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING
Milan Kundera

TWO GIRLS, FAT AND THIN
Mary Gaitskill

WHISKEY RIVER
Loren Estleman

MY NAME IS ASHER LEV
Chaim Potok

PASSING ON
Penelope Lively

THE STORYTELLER
Mario Vargas Llosa

REMAINS OF THE DAY
Kazuo Ishiguro

CELIA, A SLAVE (may be interloaned)
Melton A. McLaurin

THERE ARE NO CHILDREN HERE
Alex Kotlowitz

WISE CHILDREN
Angela Carter

THE COLOR PURPLE
Alice Walker


1993

THE PRINCE OF TIDES
Pat Conroy

THE MAN IN THE WINDOW (may be interloaned)
Jon Cohen

THE RECTOR OF JUSTIN
Louis Auchincloss

BEFORE AND AFTER
Rosellen Brown

MRS. BRIDGE, MR. BRIDGE
Evan S. Connell

FATHERLAND
Robert Harris

A THOUSAND ACRES
Jane Smiley

HOWARDS END
E.M. Forster

ALL THE PRETTY HORSES
Cormac McCarthy

FIRST LIGHT (may be interloaned)
Charles Baxter

THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY
Robert James Waller


1994

A SEASON IN PURGATORY
Dominick Dunne

WAITING TO EXHALE
Terry McMillan

TWO LIVES, ONE RUSSIA (may be interloaned)
Nicholas Daniloff

AT WEDDINGS AND WAKES
Alice McDermott

A SUMMONS TO MEMPHIS
Peter Taylor

PALACE WALK
Naguib Mahfouz

BLACK CHERRY BLUES
James Lee Burke

THE WAY THROUGH THE WOODS
Colin Dexter

CROSSING TO SAFETY
Wallace Earle Stegner

BALKAN GHOSTS (may be interloaned)
Robert D. Kaplan

LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE
Laura Esquivel


1995

THE SHIPPING NEWS
E. Annie Proulx

THE CHILDREN OF MEN
P.D. James

THE LAST PANDA (may be interloaned)
George B. Schaller

DANCE DANCE DANCE
Haruki Murakami

A MAP OF THE WORLD
Jane Hamilton

1995 cont.

THE CROSSING
Cormac McCarthy

DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS
Walter Mosley

THE STONE DIARIES
Carol Shields

MASTER AND COMMANDER
Patrick O'Brian

THE ALIENIST
Caleb Carr

THE GIVER
Lois Lowry


1996

SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS
David Guterson

THE LOST DIARIES OF FRANS HALS (may be interloaned)
Michael Kernan

THE BIRTHDAY BOYS (may be interloaned) 
Beryl Bainbridge

OPEN SECRETS
Alice Munro

MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN
OF GOOD AND EVIL

John Berendt

THE ROAD FROM COORAIN
Jill Ker Conway

WHITE JAZZ
James Ellroy

SENSE AND SENSIBILITY
Jane Austen

SMILLA'S SENSE OF SNOW
Peter Hoeg

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
Harper Lee

CONSIDER THIS, SENORA (may be interloaned)
Harriet Doerr


1997

A CIVIL ACTION
Jonathan Harr

LADDER OF YEARS
Anne Tyler

THE SPORTSWRITER (may be interloaned) 
Richard Ford

THE BEAN TREES
PIGS IN HEAVEN
Barbara Kingsolver

THE BOOK OF RUTH (may be interloaned)
Jane Hamilton

SHE WALKS THESE HILLS
Sharyn McCrumb

THE EIGHT
Katherine Neville

ST. BURL'S OBITUARY (may be interloaned) 
Daniel Akst

LAST ORDERS
Graham Swift

THE COLOR OF WATER (may be interloaned)
James McBride

THE GIANT'S HOUSE
Elizabeth McCracken


1998

SHE'S COME UNDONE
Wally Lamb

ERRANDS
Judith Guest

BIRDSONG
Sebastian Faulks

ANGELA'S ASHES
Frank McCourt

KITCHEN
Banana Yoshimoto

ALIAS GRACE
Margaret Atwood

RUINED BY READING
Lynne Sharon Schwartz

MIDWIVES
Chris Bohjalian

THE GOD OF SMALL THINGS
Arundhati Roy

THE BLUE FLOWER (may be interloaned)
Penelope Fitzgerald

COLD MOUNTAIN
Charles Frazier

WHITE RABBIT
Kate Phillips


1999

STONES FROM THE RIVER
Ursula Hegi

PARADISE
Toni Morrison

OUT OF AMERICA (may be interloaned)
Keith B. Richburg

PARADISE OF THE BLIND (may be interloaned)
Thu Huong Duong

MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA
Arthur Golden

POPE JOAN
Donna Woolfolk Cross

CHARMING BILLY
Alice McDermott

THE HUNDRED SECRET SENSES
Amy Tan

THE SHORT HISTORY OF A PRINCE
Jane Hamilton

KAATERSKILL FALLS
Allegra Goodman

EINSTEIN'S DREAMS
Alan Lightman