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Big Read 2018

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A Canticle for Leibowitz
by Walter M. Miller
A monk struggles to preserve spiritual life and wisdom in the years following a nuclear holocaust.
On Such a Full Sea
by Chang-rae Lee
The acclaimed story of a girl's legendary quest to comprehend the life into which she was born set in a vividly imagined future.
Parable of the Sower
by Octavia E Butler
In 2025 California, an eighteen-year-old African American woman, suffering from a hereditary trait that causes her to feel others' pain as well as her own, flees northward from her small community and its desperate savages.
The Age of Miracles : A Novel
by Karen Thompson Walker
Imagines the coming-of-age story of young Julia, whose world is thrown into upheaval when it is discovered that the Earth's rotation has suddenly begun to slow, posing a catastrophic threat to all life.
The Dog Stars
by Peter Heller
A post-apocalyptic fiction novel set in Colorado. A man lives a lonesome existence in an airplane hangar with his dog and dour gunman he has befriended.
The End of the World Running Club
by Adrian J. (Suspense fiction writer) Walker
Follows the experiences of a man stranded on the wrong side of the country who pushes his limits to traverse more than five hundred miles of devastated wasteland to return to his family.
The Road
by Cormac McCarthy
A father and his young son walk alone through burned America, heading slowly for the coast. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. They have nothing but a pistol to defend themselves against the men who stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food - and each other.
The Stand : A Novel
After a virus kills most of the people in the world, a handful of survivors choose sides -- a world of good led by 108-year-old Mother Abigail -- or evil led by a man with a lethal smile and unspeakable powers: Randall Flagg, the dark man.


Cults [Videorecording] : Dangerous Devotion
by Sandya Viswanathan
Uses interviews with world-renowned scholars and the survivors of cultic tragedy to unmask the mystery of cults. Originally broadcast on the History Channel.
Deadly Outbreaks : How Medical Detectives Save Lives Threatened by Killer Pandemics, Exotic Viruses, and Drug-Resistant Parasites
by Alexandra M Levitt
Recounts the scientific adventures of a special group of intrepid individuals who investigate these outbreaks around the world and figure out how to stop them. Part homicide detective, part physician, these medical investigators must view the problem from every angle, exhausting every possible source of contamination. Any data gathered in the field must be stripped of human sorrows and carefully analyzed into hard statistics.
Everyday Survival Kits : Exactly What You Need for Constant Preparedness
by Mark Puhaly
The keys to your everyday survival are: situational awareness, knowledge, and practiced preparedness skills. Sure, it's important to have trustworthy survival gear, but possessing the mindset that you are prepared for anything, and that you will survive no matter what happens, is your secret weapon that will help you to stay alive in an emergency.
Spillover : Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic
by David Quammen
A masterpiece of science reporting that tracks the animal origins of emerging human diseases.
The Great Influenza : The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History
by John M. Barry
At the height of WWI, history's most lethal influenza virus erupted in an army camp in Kansas, moved east with American troops, then exploded, killing as many as 100 million people worldwide. It killed more people in twenty-four months than AIDS killed in twenty-four years, more in a year than the Black Death killed in a century. But this was not the Middle Ages, and 1918 marked the first collision of science and epidemic disease. Revised to reflect the growing danger of the avian flu, this is ultimately a tale of triumph amid tragedy, providing us with a precise and sobering model as we confront the epidemics looming on our own horizon.--From publisher description.
The Knowledge : How to Rebuild Our World From Scratch
by Lewis Dartnell
A quick-start guide to restarting civilization following a global catastrophe.
The Tragedy of King Lear
by William Shakespeare
The play tells us about families struggling between greed and cruelty, on the one hand, and support and consolation, on the other. Emotions are extreme, magnified to gigantic proportions. We also see old age portrayed in all its vulnerability, pride, and, perhaps, wisdom - one reason this most devastating of Shakespeare's tragedies is also perhaps his most moving.
Worlds Elsewhere : Journeys Around Shakespeare's Globe
by Andrew Dickson
Describes how the works of William Shakespeare went global, from troupes of English actors traveling through Europe in the 1600s performing Hamlet, to Nazi Germany and even Bollywood, where the Bard's works have inspired countless Indian movies.