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by Boris Pasternak
The story of a Russian physician and poet after the Bolshevik revolution. Yurii Zhivago, an individualist and something of an outsider, is separated from his wife by the political upheaval. He falls in love with Lara, the wife of another man. Pasternak's portrait of Russian life includes an epilogue expressing hope for liberation and freedom in the future. Nobel Prize 1958.
Like Water for Chocolate
by Laura Esquivel
This charming, imaginative, and just plain fun novel of family life in turn-of-the-century Mexico includes unique recipes at the beginning of each chapter for a variety of traditional dishes. As the youngest daughter in a matriarchial turn-of-the century Mexican family, Tia relinquishes love in order to serve her mother and finds her passion is an ingredient in the food she prepares.
by Diana Gabaldon
It is 1945. Frank and Claire Randall are on a second honeymoon in the Scottish Highlands, where Claire is studying rare plants and Frank is researching family origins. One day Claire steps into an ancient stone circle and is hurled back in time to 1743. She is nearly raped by one of Frank's ancestors before being rescued and forced into marriage.
Sundays at Tiffany's
by James Patterson
As a little girl, Jane has no one. Her mother, the powerful head of a Broadway theater company, has no time for her. She does have one friend-a handsome, comforting, funny man named Michael-but only she can see him. Years later, Jane is in her thirties and just as alone as ever. Then she meets Michael again-as handsome, smart and perfect as she remembers him to be. But not even Michael knows the reason they've really been reunited.
The Last Time They Met
by Anita Shreve
In a novel about love and forgiveness, a man and a woman sustain a lifelong passionate relationship even though they have been together only three times.