成人暑期閱讀 - 2013
All her father’s guns 
James Warner
Cal Lyte, a gun-loving venture capitalist, is tired of paying alimony to his ex-wife Tabytha. He plots to blackmail her and derail her campaign for Congress by enlisting the help of their daughter's boyfriend to unearth some Lyte family secrets. However, the results turn out to be more than anyone bargained for.
Blue shoe
Anne Lamott
When she stumbles upon a small blue shoe and other small items left behind in her deceased father's car, Mattie Ryder, a divorced mother of two, and her brother struggle to uncover the truth about their dysfunctional upbringing.
The bonesetter’s daughter
Amy Tan
At the beginning of Amy Tan's fourth novel, two packets of papers written in Chinese calligraphy fall into the hands of Ruth Young. One bundle is titled Things I Know Are True and the other, Things I Must Not Forget. The author? That would be the protagonist's mother, LuLing, who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.
The Buddha in the attic 
Julie Otsuka
A gorgeous novel that tells the story of a group of young women brought from Japan to San Francisco as “picture brides” nearly a century ago. In eight unforgettable sections, The Buddha in the Attic traces the extraordinary lives of these women, from their arduous journeys by boat, to their arrival in San Francisco and their tremulous first nights as new wives, from their experiences raising children who would later reject their culture and language, to the deracinating arrival of war.
Crown of dust
Mary Volmer
In the small settlement of Motherlode, a group of disparate characters have set up a community, held together by the formidable Emaline, hostess of the Wayside Inn. It is there that Alex, on the run from something and disguised as a teenage boy, finds refuge. But once she strikes gold, buried secrets are revealed and danger surrounds her.
The descendants
Kaui Hart Hemmings
Matthew King has an unusual lineage-he is the royal descendant of one of Hawaii's largest landowners. His beautiful young wife is in a life-threatening coma. A model who lived life fearlessly, she was thrown overboard while racing in a motorboat. Now he suddenly finds himself in charge of feisty ten-year-old Scottie and incorrigible 17-year-old Alex. Confronting tragedy brings this family unit together in surprising ways, and Hemmings has created an endearing yet humorous portrait.
Divine comedy of Carlo Tresca
F. S. Rosa
A splendid, rowdy romp in the netherworld of revolutionaries--the Rebel Girl, Big Bill Haywood, multitudes of rebels and victims--all seen through the eyes of recently murdered anarchist Carlo Tresca finding his way through the very rambunctious world of the dead.
The dog park club
Cynthia Robinson
Max Bravo, a wise-cracking gay opera singer, and his best friend, advertising whiz Claudia Fantini, enjoy hanging out with their fellow dog friends at the local Berkeley, California, dog park. But when one of their friends--pregnant Amy Carter--disappears, Max and his visiting German boyfriend stake out Amy's house because they suspect her husband has killed her.
Drake's bay
T. A. Roberts
On a whim professor Ethan Storey, an expert on California history, and his younger girlfriend, Kay O'Toole, visit the Williams Institute, located in the Berkeley Hills. Ethan ends up with an unusual job offer-to catalogue a book collection of mostly 15th- through 17th-century first editions that the institute plans to sell off. The assignment becomes even more intriguing after a fellow academic tells Ethan that the library may include Sir Francis Drake's personal logbooks from his time commanding the Golden Hinde.
In the lap of the gods
Li Miao Lovett
  A dam rises on the Yangtze, uprooting a million lives in a government-made, modern environmental and human rights disaster, and a poor salvager who has lost everything finds an abandoned baby girl. A tale of defiance, of a lost man finding his place, a new kind of love—in modern China, and of a rich man reclaiming his soul and the woman he loved, before the revolution tore them apart.
A lesson before dying
Earnest Gaines
Set in a small Cajun community in the late 1940s, Jefferson, a young black man, is an unwitting party to a liquor store shoot out in which three men are killed. Grant Wiggins, who left his hometown for the university, has returned to the plantation school to teach. In the end, the two men forge a bond as they both come to understand the simple heroism of resisting—and defying—the expected.
Love and shame and love
Peter Orner
Alexander Popper can't stop remembering. Four years old when his father tossed him into Lake Michigan, he was told, Sink or swim, kid. In his mind, he's still bobbing in that frigid water. The rest of this novel's vivid cast of characters also struggle to remain afloat. Covering four generations of the Popper family, Peter Orner illuminates the countless ways that love both makes us whole and completely unravels us.
Michael Tolliver Lives
Armistead Maupin
Michael Tolliver, the sweet-spirited Southerner in Armistead Maupin's classic Tales of the City series, lives on in this novel about growing older joyfully. Almost twenty years after ending his saga of San Francisco life, author Maupin revisits his all-too-human hero, letting the 55-year-old gardener tell his own story.
My father in the night
Terence Clarke
This coming-of-age tale, set in San Francisco in the 1950s follows 11-year-old Patrick Pearse as he swings emotionally between the comforting rituals of Catholicism and the anarchic appeal of the city's beatnik culture. Complicating this internal struggle is the tug-of-war between the two people most important in his life. His grandfather, feeling guilt about his criminal life with the Irish Republican Brotherhood decades earlier, condemns his father's support of the modern IRA.
The sound of blue
Holly Payne
Sara Foster has left America for the adventure of a lifetime—teaching English to the sons and daughters of statesmen in Hungary—but her idyllic adventure instead reveals a dark world of pain and redemption when she ends up teaching in a refugee camp. Sara discovers that one of her students is a celebrated composer and soon finds herself crossing the border to his war-torn homeland, determined to exonerate him for the death of his brother.
The Spellman files
Lisa Lutz
Isabel "Izzy" Spellman is a private detective whose story has a twist—the agency she works for is owned by her parents and is located in their home. However, the Spellman’s' cheerful, idiosyncratic existence is shadowed by the younger daughter, Rae's sudden disappearance.
The strange files of Fremont Jones
Dianne Day
Adventurous Fremont (née Caroline) Jones is a woman ahead of her time. Hungry for independence, she's traded in her conventional life in Boston for a career as a "type-writer" in turn-of-the-century San Francisco. But Fremont soon discovers that her clients aren't always what they appear to be, and that in doing her job she's transcribing her way into a wealth of mystery--and mortal danger. First in a series featuring the title character.
The story of a marriage
Andrew Sean Greer
San Francisco in the 1950s may have seemed like a simpler time, but for African American wife and mother Pearlie Cook, it is anything but. Settled in the city’s Sunset District with her African American husband, Holland, she is wholly unprepared for the news imparted by a stranger who appears one Saturday morning at her door.
Michelle Tea
The rough-and-tumble world of San Francisco's radical lesbian underground is laid bare in this action-packed novel, which follows a young gay woman down into the often dangerous world inhabited by the city's "dyke" community.
Why We Broke Up
Daniel Handler
Daniel Handler weaves this heartrending story of first love as Min reveals, item by item, what's in the box she's leaving on Ed's doorstep. As readers learn why these two unforgettable characters broke up, the significance of these simple love tokens charmingly unfolds. With illustrations by Maira Kalman.