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Updated: June 23, 2016

Coelho, Paulo.
Call Number: Ed.b

Coelho, a Brazilian author, tell the mystically inspiring tale of an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of worldly treasure. This book has become a bestselling modern classic. Translated from Portuguese. 

Tolstoy, Leo, graf, 1828-1910.
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Sagan, Francoise, 1935-2004.
Call Number: Ed.b

This French coming-of-age story written in the 1950’s was considered scandalous when it came out. With author barely older than her teenage protagonist, the story ably explores emotional matters and life-changing experiences. Translated from French.

Koch, Herman, 1953-

An international bestseller set at the table of a fashionable restaurant, where two sets of parents
conduct thinly veiled polite discourse while underneath they grapple with a horrific act perpetrated by their two teenage sons. Translated from Dutch.

Barbery, Muriel, 1969-

Narrated from the perspective of 12-year-old Paloma, we see the hypocrisy and arrogance of the residents of a bourgeois Parisian apartment building. Exquisitely written (even in translation!), this book explores love, expectations, and the secrets we keep. Translated from French.

Larsson, Stieg, 1954-2004.
Call Number: Ed.a

The first installment in Larsson’s “Millenium Trilogy” introduces us to Lisbeth Salandar and Mikael Blomkvist as they investigate a murder mystery, family saga, and financial intrigue. Translated from Swedish.

Esquivel, Laura, 1950-

Thwarted love, magic, family traditions and recipes are part of this best-selling lovely novel set in turn of the century Mexico.  As the youngest daughter of tyrannical Mama Elena, Tita cannot marry before her older sisters do. Tita and Pedro are madly in love, but Mama Elena has another plan--for Pedro to marry Rosaura, and Tita is to prepare the wedding dinner.

Flaubert, Gustave, 1821-1880.
Call Number: Ed.s

This classic novel tells the story of one of the most compelling heroines in literature--Emma Bovary—who, disenchanted with her mundane life and marriage, embarks on an affair that leads her downfall. Translated from French.

Ferrante, Elena.

This work of literary fiction is the story of two Neapolitan friends, Elena and Lila, and through the lens of their lives, it is also the story of the transformation of a neighborhood, a city, and a country. Translated from Italian.

Eco, Umberto.
Call Number: Ed.a

Eco’s first novel, which sold 50 million copies worldwide, is a medieval mystery set in a Benedictine monastary library in the year 1327. Translated from Italian.

Murakami, Haruki, 1949-

A romantic coming-of-age story from Japan of a college student's first great love. Translated from Japanese.

Garcia Marquez, Gabriel, 1927-2014.
Call Number: Ed.f

This multi-layered story follows 100 years in the life of the Buendia family in the jungle settlement of Macondo. Translated from Spanish.

Suskind, Patrick.
Call Number: Ed.c

In 18th-century France, a child named Jean-Baptiste Grenouille is born with a sublime gift, the supernatural ability to capture the smells of people and objects. He is driven to murder in order to create the perfect perfume. Translated from German.

Ruiz Zafon, Carlos, 1964-

Zafón's storytelling skill transports you into a world of remarkable visions and events, with memorable characters and just a little bit of magic. Translated from Spanish

Pamuk, Orhan, 1952-
Call Number: Ed.a

An exiled poet returns to Turkey and travels to the isolated town of Kars to connect with an old friend and also investigate a rash of suicides by young religious women. Translated from Turkish.