Adult Book Lists

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Ashley, Kristen
Baxter, Nancy
Bentz, Joseph
Bill, Frank
Cabot, Meg
Cambron, Kristy
Carie, Jamie
Cecil, Ramona K.
Choi, Susan
Coake, Christopher
Coble, Colleen
Crandall, Susan
Darnielle, John
Day, Cathy
Douglas, Lloyd C.
Dreiser, Theodore
Dunlevy, Nate
Eggleston, Edward
Emmons, Sherri Wood
Fowler, Karen Joy
Gass, William
Gerkensmeyer, Sarah
Green, John
Gulley, Philip
Guthrie, A.B.
Hall, Baynard Rush
Henley, Patricia
Hunt, Laird
Hunter, Denise
Huston, James W.
Kauggman, Christmas Carol
Kellner, Esther
Kimberling, Brian
Kimmel, Haven
Lancaster, Jen
Laugheed, K. B.
Lockridge, Ross
Lottes, David A.
Maher, Jan
Major, Charles
Martone, Michael
McCutcheon, George Barr
McCutcheon, John T.
Moore, Edward Kelsey
Neville, Susan
Nicholson, Meredith
Niven, Jennifer
Owen, Robert Dale
Phillips, David Graham
Rader-Day, Lori
Reynolds, Marjorie
Ryan, Hank Phillippi
Sanders, Scott
SeRine, Kate
Schwipps, Greg
Shepherd, Jean
Simmons, Suzanne
Shoup, Barbara
Stratton-Porter, Gene
Tarkington, Booth
Thon, James Alexander
Tucker, Todd
Vonnegut, Kurt
Wallace, Lew
Wangerin, Walter
West, Jessamyn


Alexander, Tasha
Collins, Kate
Dams, Jeanne
Farmer, Philip
Kennedy, Deborah Elaine
Kortya, Michael
McInerny, Ralph
Perona, Tony
Stout, Rex
Tierney, Ronald
Willis, Wanda Lou
Winters, Ben


Brooks, Bill
Cotton, Ralph
Dunlap, Phil
Sweazy, Larry D.

Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Gellis, Roberta
Rardin, Jennifer
Williamson, Michael Z.


Carter, Jared
Ehrmann, Max
Krapf, Norbert
Riley, James Whitcomb
Stratton-Porter, Gene


Ade, George
Baker, Ronald L.
Baxter, Nancy Niblack
Benfey, Christopher
Benson, Ragnar
Bierce, Ambrose
Bill, J. Brent
Blount Jr., Roy
Boomhower, Ray
Bowers, Claude
Davidson, Donald
Davis, Jim
Deam, Charles C.
Dreiser, Theodore
Dunn, Jacob Piatt
Edgerton, Leslie
Foley, Mick
Gugin, Linda C.
Jackson, La Toya
Jackson, Michael
Kimbrough, Emily
Kimmel, Haven
Klink, Angela R.
Kovacik, Karen
Letterman, David
Lockridge, Ross F.
Madison, James H.
Matejka, Adrian
Merrill, Catharine
Neville, Susan
Nicholson, Meredith
Niven, Jennifer
Palm, Angela
Pyle, Ernie
Quayle, Dan
Sanders, Scott R.
Sasso, Sandy Eisenberg
Scheeres, Julia
Schoon, Kenneth
Shelden, Michael
Shepherd, Jean
Shoup, Barbara
Silver, Peter
Smiley, Travis
Stiglitz, Joseph
Thom, Dark Rain
Thompson, Maurice
Thornbrough, Emma Lou
Vonnegut, Kurt
Wakefield, Dan
Wangerin, Walter
Wilkerson, David

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1943) — Betty Smith
The story of an immigrant family living in Brooklyn in the first two decades of the 20th century.

The Adventures of Augie March (1953) — Saul Bellow
Born out of wedlock, brought up in the poverty of Chicago, Augie takes life as it comes and wherever he can get it.

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884) —Mark Twain
A Missouri boy tells of adventure on the Mississippi.

An American Tragedy (1925) —Theodore Dreiser
Ambitious Clyde Griffiths has an affair with Roberta, but her pregnancy does not fit into his plan for success…

The Awakening (1899) —Kate Chopin
Edna Pontellier, an unhappy wife and mother, discovers new qualities in herself when she visits New Orleans.

The Bell Jar (1963) —Sylvia Plath
This semi-autobiographical novel details the psychological downturn of a privileged east coast student.

Beloved (1987) —Toni Morrison
Preferring death over slavery for her children, Sethe murders her infant daughter who later mysteriously returns…

Bless Me, Ultima (1972) —Rudolfo Anaya
Ultima, a wise old mystic, helps a young Hispanic boy resolve personal dilemmas caused by his parents and society.

The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1927) —Thornton Wilder
The story of five travelers who are victims of the collapse of a bridge built over a deep chasm in Peru.

Call of the Wild (1903) —Jack London
Stolen from his life as a beloved pet, Buck learns to adapt as a Klondike sled dog, then as leader of a pack in the wild.

Catch-22 (1961) —Joseph Heller
In this satirical novel, Captain Yossarian confronts the hypocrisy of war and bureaucracy in frantic attempts to survive.

The Catcher in the Rye (1951) —J.D. Salinger
A ribald, hilarious, and touching tale of a sixteen-year-old’s wanderings in New York after he is dropped from school.

The Color Purple (1982) —Alice Walker
In a series of letters to God and her sister, Celie reveals her struggle to overcome violence and brutality.

The Complete Tales & Poems (1809-1849) —Edgar Allan Poe
Outstanding tales of mystery and suspense from the pen of one of our greatest mystery writers.

Death Comes for the Archbishop (1927) —Willa Cather
Bishop Latour and Father Vaillant are on a mission to New Mexico, but a death leaves their mark on the landscape.

Ender’s Game (1985) —Orson Scott Card
In a world decimated by aliens, the government trains young geniuses in military strategy with complex computer games.

Fahrenheit 451 (1953) —Ray Bradbury
Books are for burning in this future society in which thinking and reading are crimes.

A Farewell to Arms (1929) —Ernest Hemingway
World War I is the setting for this love story of an English nurse and a wounded American ambulance officer.

Go Tell It On the Mountain (1953) —James Baldwin
14 year-old John struggles against the sins of his forefathers and the sensuous evils of Harlem to attain a religious conversion that reflects man’s inner battle.

Gone With the Wind (1936) —Margaret Mitchell
Scheming, beautiful Scarlett O’Hara and unscrupulous Rhett Butler make this story of the Civil War unforgettable.

The Grapes of Wrath (1939) —John Steinbeck
An Oklahoma farmer and his family leave the Dust Bowl during the Great Depression to go to California.

The Great Gatsby (1925) —F. Scott Fitzgerald
Lives of wealthy persons in the New York are during the “roaring twenties” are carefully portrayed.

Grendel (1971) —John Gardner
In this reworking of Beowulf, the monster Grendel struggles to understand the ugliness in himself and mankind.

The Handmaid’s Tale (1985) —Margaret Atwood
In a Christian fundamentalist dystopia, fertile lower-class women serve as birthmothers for the upper class.

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (1940) —Carson McCullers
Deaf-mute John Singer becomes the talisman for the yearnings of four people in a small Southern town.

Little Women (1868) —Louisa May Alcott
This semiautobiographical novel tells the story of sisters trying to survive in New England during the Civil War.

The Magnificent Ambersons (1918) —Booth Tarkington
The declining fortunes of the Ambersons is traced through three generations .

The Maltese Falcon (1929) —Dashiell Hammett
A shopworn private eye stumbles on a mystery of a treasure, and falls for the woman who begs for his help.

Of Mice and Men (1937) —John Steinbeck
Lennie, a mentally challenged migrant worker, is protected by his friend George as they wander for work.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1962) —Ken Kesey
An irrepressible rebel leads fellow inmates of a mental hospital in a struggle with tyrannical Head Nurse Ratched.

On the Road (1957) —Jack Kerouac
Sal Paradise hitchhikes across the United States in a cross-country adventure that helped define the Beat Generation.

A Prayer for Owen Meany (1989) —John Irving
After a boy hits a foul ball that kills another’s mother, Owen believes he is God’s instrument.

The Postman Always Rings Twice (1934) —James M. Cain
A beautiful, sullen woman with an inconvenient husband. A problem with one grisly solution, and a tangled web.

The Scarlet Letter (1850) —Nathaniel Hawthorne
Hester Prynne and her lover feel the effects of sin in Puritan New England.

Slaughterhouse Five (1969) —Kurt Vonnegut
An optometrist from New York shuttles between Dresden cellars, smoldering from Allied bombardment, and a luxurious zoo on the planet Tralfamadore.

The Sound and the Fury (1929) —William Faulkner
The tragic life of a degenerate Southern family, as described by a thirty-three-year-old mentally challenged man.

To Kill A Mockingbird (1960) —Harper Lee
A young girl tells of her lawyer father’s defense of an African American rape suspect in 1930’s small-town Alabama.

Winesburg, Ohio (1919) —Sherwood Anderson
The denizens of Winesburg struggle to find their place in the transition from agrarianism to industrialization.

Adventures of Sherlock Holmes — Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Sherlock Holmes and his friend, Dr. Watson, put Scotland Yard to shame as they outwit the villainous Moriarty.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland — Lewis Carroll
Young and imaginative Alice follows a hasty hare underground, and comes face-to-face with the strangest adventures.

Animal Farm — George Orwell
A satire on communism and totalitarianism, Orwell employs his animal species allegorically.

Brave New World — Aldous Huxley
In a chilling vision of the future, babies produced in bottles exist in a mechanized world without soul.

Brideshead Revisited — Evelyn Waugh
In the golden age before World War II, Charles Ryder is infatuated with the Marchmains and their rapidly-disappearing world of privilege.

A Clockwork Orange —Anthony Burgess
In a nightmarish vision of the future where criminals rule after dark, Alex and his friends’ social pathology rises.

Dracula — Bram Stoker
Count Dracula’s vampiric designs for England meet resistance from Professor Van Helsing and his friends.

Dubliners — James Joyce
Reflecting life in Ireland at the turn of the last century, Joyce reveals to the Irish their unromantic reality.

Frankenstein — Mary Shelley
Committed science student Victor Frankenstein bestows life upon lifeless matter with disastrous results.

Gulliver’s Travels — Jonathan Swift
Adventures of miniature inhabitants of Lilliput, giants of Brobdingnag, and more form a masterful satire on man.

Great Expectations — Charles Dickens
Young Pip comes of age among a cast of eccentric characters, and a mysterious benefactor.

Heart of Darkness — Joseph Conrad
Dark allegory describes the narrator’s journey up the Congo River to meet a mysterious personage.

Ivanhoe — Sir Walter Scott
The days of Robin Hood and of Saxon and Norman feuds come alive in this story of Medieval England.

Jane Eyre — Charlotte Bronte
An unassuming English orphan becomes a governess and falls in love with her employer.

Kidnapped — Robert Louis Stevenson
A young man is treacherously kidnapped aboard a ship in this thrilling historical romance.

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe — C.S. Lewis
Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy step into the world behind the magic wardrobe, where adventures await.

Lord of the Flies — William Golding
Innocence ends and savagery begins when English school boys are marooned on an ocean island.

Lucky Jim — Kingsley Amis
In this send-up of academia, graduate student Jim clashes humorously with his professors and colleagues.

1984 — George Orwell
In the future, privacy is invaded as the Thought Police persuade the people that “War is Peace – Freedom is Slavery – Ignorance is Strength.”

Of Human Bondage — William Somerset Maugham
Struggling for self-realization, Philip Carey begins a destructive love affair with a waitress, highlighting the complexities of human relationships.

Oliver Twist — Charles Dickens
An orphan living on the streets of London falls into a street gang to try and flee poverty.

The Once and Future King — T.H. White
King Arthur learns from Merlin, creates Camelot, and the Knights of the Round Table, and loves and loses Guinevere.

Passage to India — E.M. Forster
East and West clash in India when an English woman accuses an Indian man of attacking her.

Picture of Dorian Gray — Oscar Wilde
A handsome young man’s portrait becomes a mirror, increasingly grotesque, of his true inner self.

Pride and Prejudice — Jane Austen
The romances of the Bennett girls and the ardent desire of their mother to have them all well married.

The Secret Garden — Frances Hodgson Burnett
An orphan comes to a lonely house on the Yorkshire moors with an invalid cousin and the mysteries of a locked garden.

Silas Marner — George Eliot
A young orphan transforms the life of a lonely, embittered man in this novel about faith and society set in nineteenth-century rural England.

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde — Robert Louis Stevenson
Dr. Jekyll discovers a drug that will create a separate personality that will absorb all of his evil characteristics: Mr. Hyde.

Tess of the D’Urbervilles — Thomas Hardy
A young peasant woman discovers that she is a descendant of the noble family of d’Urbervilles.

The Time Machine — H.G. Wells
The Time Traveler journeys 800,000 years into the future and discovers two bizarre races at war on the Earth.

To the Lighthouse — Virginia Woolf
On vacation on a Scottish Isle, The Ramsay family and guests are faced with loss, conflict, and tension.

The Turn of the Screw — Henry James
A governess suspects that evil spirits have cast a hideous spell over the two innocent children in her care.

Vanity Fair — William Makepeace Thackeray
The alluring and ruthless Becky Sharp defies her impoverished background to clamber up the class ladder.

Wide Sargasso Sea — Jean Rhys
A Creole heiress meets a young Englishman who is drawn to her innocent sensuality and beauty. But rumors of madness poison his mind against her.

Wuthering Heights — Emily Brontë
A story of intense and frustrated love, of hate and revenge, takes place in the wild moors of England.


The Kite Runner
Khaled Hosseini
Father-son story of guilt and redemption, set against the backdrop of tumultuous events in Afghanistan, from the fall of the country’s monarchy to the rise of the Taliban regime.


A Town Like Alice
Nevile Shute
Post World-War II, a young English woman emigrates to Australia to join the man she loves and generate economic prosperity.

The Book Thief
Markus Zusak
Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel–a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding.


Life of Pi
Yann Martel
Pi survives a shipwreck with a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan, and a tiger. With intelligence, daring, and fear, Pi manages to keep his wits about him as the animals begin to assert their places in the food chain.


Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (ebook)
Dai Sijie
During Mao’s infamous Cultural Revolution, two boys are among thousands exiled to the countryside for “re-education.”  But the boys have a violin to distract them—as well as a beautiful young tailor’s daughter and a stash of Western classics.


The Count of Monte Cristo
Alexandre Dumas
A thriller set in post-Bonaparte France. Edmond Dantes seeks revenge against those who wrongfully engineered his imprisonment years before.

Les Miserables
Victor Hugo
This story explores the themes of law and grace through the story of ex-convict Jean Valjean, who becomes a force for good but cannot escape his criminal past.


The Metamorphosis
Franz Kafka
Narrates the experiences and reactions of a respectable bank functionary after his abrupt arrest on an undisclosed charge.

All Quiet on the Western Front (ebook)
Erich Remarque
The physical and mental stress experienced by German soldiers during WWI, and their difficulty in fitting into society after the war.


Midnight’s Children
Salman Rushdie
This book follows the life of Saleem Sinai, who was born at the stroke of midnight when India became independent, and finds himself sharing telepathic powers with his country’s other midnight children.


James Joyce
A modernist novel that chronicles an ordinary day in the life of Leopold Bloom in Dublin, the book parallels Homer’s Odyssey in structure and through its characters.

The Picture of Dorian Gray
Oscar Wilde
An exquisitely beautiful young man in Victorian England retains his youthful and innocent appearance over the years while his portrait reflects both his age and evil soul.


The Name of the Rose
Umberto Eco
A historical murder mystery set in an Italian monastery in the year 1327.


Like Water for Chocolate
Laura Esquivel
This tale of family life in turn-of-the-century Mexico became a best-selling phenomenon with its winning blend of poignant romance and bittersweet wit.

The House on Mango Street
Sandra Cisneros
For Esperanza, a young girl growing up in the Hispanic quarter of Chicago, life is an endless landscape of concrete and run-down tenements, and she tries to rise above the hopelessness.


Things Fall Apart (ebook)
Chinua Achebe
Pre-and post-colonial late-19th century Nigeria through the life of an Igbo leader and local wrestling champion.


The Brothers Karamazov
Fyodor Dostoevsky
This masterful psychological novel shows the horror and remorse of a student after he has killed an old woman for her money.

South Africa

Cry, The Beloved Country
Alan Paton
A social protest against the structures of South African society, this novel shows many of its problems, such as the degrading of native lands, the decline of tribal communities, and the flight to urban areas.

J.M. Coetzee
A South African English professor loses his moral compass, and innocents suffer. This story tackles themes of political and social violence in a deeply divided country.

South America

The House of the Spirits
Isabel Allende
Epic story of the Trueba family—their loves, ambitions, spiritual quests, relations with one another, and their participation in the history of their times that becomes destiny and overtakes them all.


Don Quixote
Miguel Cervantes
Alonso Quixano has read so many chivalric romances that he loses his sanity and sets out to right all the wrongs of the world, under the name Don Quixote de la Mancha.

One Hundred Years of Solitude
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
This classic of magical realism tells the story of the Buendia family, whose patriarch founds the town of Macondo.

Alan, Isabella
Beckstrand, Jennifer
Bender, Carrie
Borntrager, Mary
Bradford, Laura
Brunstetter, Wanda
Byler, Linda
Cameron, Barbara
Carlson, Melody
Castillo, Linda
Chapman, Vannetta
Christner, Dianne
Clipston, Amy
Coble, Colleen
Copeland, Lori
Craig, Patrick
Cramer, W. Dale
Davids, Patricia
Dobson, Melanie
Eicher, Jerry S
Ellis, Leanna
Ellis, Marianne
Ellis, Mary
Fisher, Suzanne Woods
Flower, Amanda
Fuller, Kathleen
Gabhart, Ann H
Gould, Leslie
Goyer, Tricia
Gray, Shelley Shepard
Harper, Karen S
Hilton, Laura
Hoff, B J
Hubbard, Charlotte
Irvin, Kelly
Jebber, Molly
Keller, Cynthia
King, Naomi
Lauer, Rosalind
Lewis, Beverly
Lewis, David
Liggett, Cathy
Lillard, Amy
Lloyd, Kate
Lodge, Hillary Manton
Long, Kelly
Mehl, Nancy
Miller, Emma
Miller, Judith
Miller, Serena
Myers, Tamar
Newport, Olivia
Perry, Marta
Price, Sarah
Pura, Murray
Reid, Ruth
Roper, Gayle
Sawyer, Kim Vogel
Schmidt, Anna
Senft, Adina
Simpson, Susan Lantz
Smith, Virginia
Stuart, Kimberly
Wise, Virginia
Wiseman, Beth
Wisler, Alice
Woodsmall, Cindy
Yoder, Joseph

Nonfiction Books About the Amish

289.7 – General Amish books
641.5 – Amish cookbooks
IND CIRC 977.279 P913S 2004 – Indiana Amish community


Alexander, Tamera
Alexander, Hannah
Andrews, Mesu
Austin, Lynn
Beckstrand, Jennifer
Bergren, Lisa Tawn
Bischof, Joanne
Boeshaar, Andrea
Brendan, Maggie
Brunstetter, Wanda
Bunn, T. Davis
Cabot, Amanda
Calvert, Candace
Camden, Elizabeth
Chapman, Vannetta
Clopton, Debra
Copeland, Lori
Cote, Lyn
Dunn, Scarlett
Evans, Sara
Frantz, Laura
Ganshert, Katie
Gray, Shelley Shepard
Griep, Michelle
Hatcher, Robin Lee
Heitzmann, Kristen
Henderson, Dee
Hunt, Angela Elwell
Irvin, Kelly
Johnson, Liz
Kilpatrick, Sally
Kingsbury, Karen
Klassen, Julie
Lauer, Rosalind
Lillard, Amy
Lodge, Hillary Manton
Long, Kelly
MacLaren, Sharlene
Miller, Emma
Nichols, Phyllis Clark
Palmer, Catherine
Peterson, Tracie
Pittman, Allison
Putman, Cara
Rivers, Francine
Snelling, Lauraine
Sawyer, Kim Vogel
Turano, Jen
Wade, Becky
Warren, Susan
White, Roseanna
Wick, Lori
Wingate, Lisa

General Fiction

Alcorn, Randy
Bartels, Erin
Bender, Carrie
Borntrager, Mary Christner
Bostwick, Marie
Byler, Linda
Carlson, Melody
Everson, Eva Marie
Fabry, Chris
Gulley, Philip
Henderson, Dee
Hoff, B.J.
Jackson, Neta
Jenkins, Jerry B
Karon, Jan
Martin, Charles
McCusker, Paul
Samson, Lisa
Stokes, Penelope J
Tatlock, Ann
Walsh, Courtney

Historical Fiction

Afshar, Tessa
Brooks, Geraldine
Brouwer, Sigmund
Cambron, Kristy
Foster, Sharon Ewell
Gabhart, Ann
Green, Jocelyn
Hawthorne, Nathaniel
Higgs, Liz Curtis
Kirkpatrick, Jane
MacLaren, Sharlene
Musser, Elizabeth
Rivers, Francine
Smith, Jill Eileen
Thoene, Bodie and Brock
Whitson, Stephanie

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Dekker, Ted
Ingermanson, Randall Scott
LaHaye, Tim
Lee, Tosca
Lewis, C.S.
MacDonald, George
Peretti, Frank E
Tolkien, J.R.R.


Blackstock, Terri
Chapman, Vannetta
Clark, Mindy Starns
Coble, Colleen
Collins, Brandilyn
Downs, Tim
Flower, Amanda
Gabhart, Ann
Giorello, Sibella
Gray, Shelley Shepard
Orchard, Sandra
Roper, Gayle G
Viguié, Debbie


Alexander, Hannah
Bell, James Scott
Bradley, Patricia
Dellosso, Mike
Dylan, Rachel
Eason, Lynette
Goddard, Elizabeth
Gutteridge, Rene
Hannon, Irene
Harris, Lisa
Kendig, Ronie
Kerr, Philip
Leman, Kevin
Mehl, Nancy
Mills, DiAnn
Pettrey, Dani
Rosenberg, Joel C
Rubart, James L
Singer, Randy D
Whitlow, Robert
Yttrup, Ginny L


Bly, Stephen A
Lacy, Al
Morris, Gilbert

Gentle reads offer relaxing, clean entertainment. They often focus on domestic life, family, and community. Characterization and complex relationships abound. While tragedy may occur, and even the occasional murder in the mysteries, it is not graphic and there is no explicit sex, violence, or profanity.

General Fiction

Allen, Sarah Addison
Andrews, Mary Kay
Backman, Fredrik
Binchy, Maeve
Cadell, Elizabeth
Carr, Robyn
Chiaverini, Jennifer
Colgan, Jenny
Dallas, Sandra
DuLong, Terri
Evans, Richard Paul
Flagg, Fannie
Glass, Julia
Hannah, Kristin
Hilderbrand, Elin
Jackson, Joshilyn
Jacobs, Kate
Jonasson, Jonas
Joyce, Rachel
Kidd, Sue Monk
Kinkade, Thomas
Landvik, Lorna
Lee, Ashton
Medlicott, Joan
Miller, Louise
Monroe, Mary Alice
Moore, Edward Kelsey
Moyes, Jojo
Patrick, Phaedra
Pilcher, Rosamunde
Rice, Luanne
Richards, Emilie
Ross, Ann B.
Shaffer, Mary Ann
Sparks, Nicholas
Taylor, Patrick
Thayer, Nancy
Trenow, Liz
Trigiani, Adriana
Trollope, Joanna
Zevin, Gabrielle


Balogh, Mary
Copeland, Lori
Deveraux, Jude
Isaac, Kara
Klassen, Julie
Macomber, Debbie
Reichert, Amy E.
Roberts, Nora
Spencer, LaVyrle
Stewart, Mary
Veryan, Patricia
Wick, Lori
Wiggs, Susan


Bly, Stephen A.
Kelton, Elmer
L’Amour, Louis
Lacy, Al
Miller, Linda Lael
Morris, Gilbert
Nesbitt, John D.

Cozy Mysteries

Albert, Susan Wittig
Atherton, Nancy
Barrett, Lorna
Beaton, M. C.
Berenson, Laurien
Bolin, Janet
Braun, Lilian Jackson
Brown, Rita Mae
Cannell, Dorothy
Carlisle, Kate
Casey, Elizabeth Lynn
Chesney, Marion
Childs, Laura
Christie, Agatha
Churchill, Jill
Collins, Kate
Daheim, Mary
Dams, Jeanne M.
Davidson, Diane Mott
Duncan, Elizabeth J.
Ferris, Monica
Fletcher, Jessica
Fluke, Joanne
Fowler, Earlene
Frazer, Margaret
George, Anne
Gilman, Dorothy
Goldenbaum, Sally
Haddam, Jane
Hart, Carolyn G.
Meier, Leslie
McCall Smith, Alexander
McKevett, G. A.
Myers, Tamar
O’Donohue, Clare
Page, Katherine Hall
Penny, Louise
Ripley, Ann
Viets, Elaine


Alcott, Louisa May
Austen, Jane
Heyer, Georgette
Marshall, Catherine
Montgomery, L. M.
Stevenson, D. E.
Wodehouse, P. G.

Christian / Inspirational

Alcorn, Randy C.
Alexander, Tamera
Bender, Carrie
Borntrager, Mary Christner
Brownley, Margaret
Brunstetter, Wanda E.
Carlson, Melody
Clark, Mindy Starns
Clipston, Amy
Everson, Eva Marie
Fisher, Suzanne Woods
Gulley, Philip
Hoff, B. J.
Jackson, Neta
Karon, Jan
Kingsbury, Karen
Kirkpatrick, Jane
Lewis, Beverly
Martin, Charles
Oke, Janette
Peterson, Tracie
Rivers, Francine
Sawyer, Kim Vogel
Snelling, Lauraine
Tatlock, Ann
Woodsmall, Cindy

  • Eisner Awards: selected by academics, retailers, librarians, and comics experts
  • Harvey Awards: selected exclusively by creators in the comics field
  • Ignatz Awards: honor challenging, small-press works outside the mainstream

Shelved by title (unless noted)

Adult Graphic Novels

Eisner – Best Writer – King

Batman: The Killing Joke
Eisner – Best Writer – Moore

Black Bolt (Inhumans)
Eisner – Best New Series

Black Hammer
Eisner – Best New Series

Black Hole (Burns)
Harvey – Best Graphic Album

Harvey – Best Writer – Waid

Hot Dog Taste Test (Hanawalt)
Ignatz – Outstanding Graphic Novel

Love and Rockets
Ignatz – Outstanding Artist

Mister Miracle
Eisner – Best Writer – King

Eisner – Best Writer, Best Continuing Series, Best for Teens 13-17
Harvey – Book of the Year

My Favorite Thing is Monsters (Farris)
Ignatz – Outstanding Artist, Outstanding Graphic Novel

My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness (Nagata)
Harvey – Best Manga

100 Bullets
Eisner – Best Continuing Series

Paper Girls
Eisner – Best Writer, Best New Series
Harvey – Best New Series

Eisner – Best Writer, Best Continuing Series
Harvey – Best Writer, Best Continuing Series

Eisner – Best Continuing Series

Sex Criminals
Eisner – Best New Series
Harvey – Best New Series

Southern Bastards
Eisner – Best Writer, Best Continuing Series
Harvey – Best New Series

Super Mutant Magic Academy (Tamaki)
Eisner – Best for Teens 13-17

Star Wars
Eisner – Best Writer – Aaron

Eisner – Best Writer – Aaron

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl (Squirrel Girl)
Eisner – Best for Teens 13-17

The Walking Dead
Eisner – Best Continuing Series

Watchmen (Moore)
Eisner – Best Writer

Why Art? (Davis)
Ignatz – Outstanding Graphic Novel

YA Graphic Novels

Eisner – Best New Series, Best for Teens 13-17
Harvey – Best for Young Readers

The Prince and the Dressmaker (Wang)
Eisner – Best for Teens 13-17, Best Writer/Artist
Harvey – Best Children’s/YA Book

The Shadow Hero (Yang)
Eisner – Best Writer

Through the Woods (Carroll)
Ignatz – Outstanding Artist

Looking for fiction featuring LGBTQ themes or characters? Check out the list below for novels and search terms to use in the catalog.

Printable Version


Lucky in the Corner – Anshaw, Carol
The Revelation of Beatrice Darby – Copeland, Jean
Fresh Tracks – Beers, Georgia
First Position – Brayden, Melissa
Pages for You – Brownrigg, Sylvia
Ordinary Mayhem – Brownworth, Victoria A
Hysterical: Anna Freud’s Story – Coffey, Rebecca
Perfect Partners – Cummings, Maggie
Cantoras – De Robertis, Carolina
The Ghost Network – Disabato, Catie
21 Questions – Dixon, Mason
Wavering Convictions – Dutton, Erin
Willa & Hesper – Feltman, Amy
A Royal Romance – Frame, Jenny
The Mercies – Hargrave, Kiran Millwood
Maybe Next Time – Kallmaker, Karin
Under the Rainbow – Laskey, Celia
Confucius Jane – Lynch, Katie
Some Girls – McCloy, Kristin
Adult Onset – MacDonald, Ann M
Camp Rewind – O’Brien, Meghan
Under the Udala Trees – Okparanta, Chinelo
White is for Witching – Oyeyemi, Helen
Built to Last – Rey, Aurora
Lightning Strikes – Sellars, Cass
Art on Fire – Sloin, Hilary
Rush – Taite, Carsen
Black Wave – Tea, Michelle
I Met Someone – Wagner, Bruce
The Color Purple – Walker, Alice
Something to Talk About – Wilsner, Meryl
She Wolf – Wohl, Sheri Lewis
Coils – Wright, Barbara Ann


Call Me By Your Name – Aciman, Andre
The Edge of Grace – Allan, Christa
Go Tell It On the Mountain – Baldwin, James
Days Without End – Barry, Sebastian
Lie With Me – Besson, Philippe
The Absolutist – Boyne, John
Shameless – Burston, Paul
Holding the Man – Conigrave, Timothy
Unfortunate Son – Connor, Shae
Dodging and Burning – Copenhaver, John
The Sky Below – D’Erasmo, Stacey
Every Kind of Wanting – Frangello, Gina
All I Love and Know – Frank, Judith
Silver Lake – Gadol, Peter
What Belongs To You – Greenwell, Garth
Less – Greer, Andrew Sean
Hide – Griffin, Matthew
Hanging Loose – Harper, Lou
Running – Hoffman, Cara
The Sparsholt Affair – Hollinghurst, Alan
Southernmost – House, Silas
A Single Man – Isherwood, Christopher
Names Can Never Hurt Me – Kelly, Wade
Michael Tolliver Lives – Maupin, Armistead
No Other World – Mehta, Rahul
Into? – Morgan, North
Some Hell – Nathan, Patrick
Brokeback Mountain – Proulx, Annie
Mark of Cain – Sherwood, Kate
Still Life Las Vegas – Sie, James
My Cat Yugoslavia – Statovic, Pajtim
Coming Out – Steel, Danielle
Real Life – Taylor, Brandon
On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous – Vuong, Ocean


The Dream Lover – Berg, Elizabeth
One Small Step – Binfield, M A
Give It to Me – Castillo, Ana
The Mysteries of Pittsburgh – Chabon, Michael
When Watched – Core, Leopoldine
The Hours – Cunningham, Michael
Disoriental – Djavadi, Negar
The Corrections – Franzen, Jonathan
Hild – Griffith, Nicola
The Stranger’s Child – Hollinghurst, Alan
In One Person – Irving, John
Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl – Lawlor, Andrea
Beautiful You – Palahniuk, Chuck
All the Better Part of Me – Ringle, Molly
Gemma – Tilly, Meg
The Uncoupling – Wolitzer, Meg
Create a Life to Love – Zak, Erin

Transgender / Queer +

Nevada – Binnie, Imogen
The House of Impossible Beauties-Cassara, Joseph
Freshwater – Emezi, Akwaeke
Middlesex – Eugenides, Jeffrey
This is How It Always Is – Frankle, Laurie
Earth As It Is – Maher, Jan
The Antidote for Everything – Martin, Kimmery
Little Fish – Plett, Casey
Confessions of the Fox – Rosenberg, Jordy
Golden Boy – Tarttelin, Abigail
The Lauras – Taylor, Sara
Bad Boy – Wake, Elliot
A Boy Called Cin – Wilde, Cecil

Science Fiction

Vorkosigan series – Bujold, Lois McMaster
Compass Rose – Burke, Anna
Upright Women Wanted – Gailey, Sarah
The Tiger Flu – Lai, Larissa
The Left Hand of Darkness – LeGuin, Ursula K
Bonds of Brass – Skrutskie, Emily
Docile – Szpara, K M
Taste of Honey – Wilson, Kai Ashante


Royal Street Reveillon – Herren, Greg
Alias – Hunter, Cari
The Dime – Kent, Kathleen
Idyll Threats – Gayle, Stephanie
Night Terrors – Pitt, J A
The Next One Will Kill You – Plakcy, Neil S
The Tiger’s Daughter – Rivera, K Arsenault
A Kind of Justice – James, Renee

Graphic Novels

Gender: A Graphic Guide – Barker, Meg-John
My Favorite Thing is Monsters – Ferris, Emil
Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me – Forney, Ellen
Tonta – Hernandez, Jaime
Our Dreams at Dusk – Kamatani, Yuhki
Gender Queer – Kobabe, Maia
Luisa: Now and Then – Maurel, Carole
My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness – Nagata, Kabi
Gumballs – Nations, Erin
Henry & Glenn Forever & Ever – Neely, Tom
On Loving Women – Obomsawin, Diane
First Year Out – Symington, Sabrina
Kim & Kim: Love is a Battlefield – Visalberghi, Marco

Subject Headings For Searching

Asexuality (Sexual orientation)
Bisexuality — Fiction
Coming out (Sexual orientation) — Fiction
Gay men — Fiction
Gay teenagers — Fiction
Gender identity
Intersexuality — Fiction
Lesbians — Fiction.
Transgender people — Fiction.

Looking for a thrilling read? Try out one of the novels below.

Printable Version


Don’t Turn Around (2020) — Barry, Jessica

The Request (2020) — Bell, David

The Other Sister (2016) — Dixon, Dianne

Near Dark (2020) — Thor, Brad

Nothing Short of Dying (2016)                       — Storey, Erik



Blue Moon (2019) — Child, Lee

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2008) — Larsson, Steig

Just Watch Me (2019) — Lindsay, Jeffry P

Bearskin (2018) — McLaughlin, James A


The Firm (1991) — Grisham, John

Miracle Creek (2019) — Kim, Angie

A Reasonable Doubt (2020) — Margolin, Phillip

After Anna (2018) – Scottoline, Lisa

The Last Trial (2020) — Turow, Scott


The Patient (2020) DeWitt, Jasper

Waking Lions (2016) — Gundar-Goshen, Ayelet

Saving Meghan (2019) — Palmer, DJ

The End of October (2020) — Wright, Lawrence


Genesis (2019) — Cook, Robin

Chaos (2016) — Cornwell, Patricia

I Know a Secret (2017) — Gerritson, Tess

First Cut (2020) — Melinek, Judy

Déjà Dead (1997) — Reichs, Kathy


Thin Girls (2020) — Clarke, Diana

Nothing Can Hurt You (2020) — Goldberg, Nicola Maye

Out (2005) — Kirino, Natsuo

The Shadow of the Wind (2004) — Ruiz Zafon, Carlos


The Alienist (1994) — Carr, Caleb

Mistress of the Art of Death (2007) — Franklin, Ariana

The Pursuit of William Abbey (2019) — North, Claire

Execution (2020) — Parris, S J

Close Up (2020) — Quick, Amanda


Double Indemnity (1936) — Cain, James M

Blacktop Wasteland (2020) — Cosby, S A

Y is for Yesterday (2017) — Grafton, Sue

The Maltese Falcon (1930) — Hammett, Dashiell

The Good Detective (2019) — McMahon, John


The Hollow Ones (2020) — Del Toro, Guillermo

The Secret History of Twin Peaks (2016) — Frost, Mark

The Shining (1977) — King, Stephen

Home Before Dark (2020) — Sager, Riley


Never Ask Me (2020) — Abbott, Jeff

Gone Girl (2012) — Flynn, Gillian

The Swap (2020) — Harding, Robyn

The Dead Girls Club (2019) — Walters, Damien Angelica

Before I Go To Sleep (2011) — Watson, S.J

Serial Killer

You Can Go Home Now (2020) — Elias, Michael

The Silence of the White City (2020) — Garcia Saenz, Eva

Seeing Darkness (2020) — Graham, Heather

Red Dragon (1981) — Harris, Thomas

The Whisper Man (2019) — North, Alex


The Wildlands (2018) — Geni, Abby

Sea Change (2020) — Kress, Nancy

The Ruins (2006) — Smith, Scott

Annihilation (2014) — VanderMeer, Jeff


The Girl Behind the Red Rope (2019) — Dekker, Ted

The Rook (2008) — James, Steven

The Visitation (1999) — Peretti, Frank

Flight Risk (2020) — Putman, Cara C


The Wife Who Knew Too Much (2020) — Campbell, Michele

The Persuasion (2020) — Johansen, Iris

The Obsession (2016) – Roberts, Nora

88 Names (2020) — Ruff, Matt


Secret Service (2019) — Bradby, Tom

The Paladin (2020) — Ignatius, David

Agent Running in the Field (2019)    — Le Carre, John

The Bourne Identity (1980)  — Ludlum, Robert

The Secrets We Kept (2019) — Prescott, Lara



Clean Hands (2020) — Hoffman, Patrick

Native Speaker (1995) — Lee, Chang-rae

A Burning (2020) — Majumdar, Megha

Ghosts of War (2016) — Taylor, Brad


The Third to Dies (2020) — Brennan, Allison

Deadlock (2020) — Coulter, Catherine

First Kill (2019) — Hagberg, David

Defectors (2017) — Kanon, Joseph

Lost Creed (2018) — Kava, Alex


A Shadow Intelligence (2020) — Harris, Oliver

Enemy of the State (2017) — Mills, Kyle

Rogue Strike (2019) — Ricciardi, David

The Black Widow (2016) — Silva, Daniel


48 Hours (2018) — Forstchen, William R

Agency (2020) — Gibson, William

Black Sun (2020) — Matthews, Owen

36 Righteous Men (2020) — Pressfield, Steven


And Then There Were None (1939) — Christie, Agatha

Rebecca (1938) — Du Maurier, Daphne

The Third Man (1950) — Greene, Graham

The Talented Mr. Ripley (1955) — Highsmith, Patricia

We Have Always Lived in the Castle (1962) — Jackson, Shirley


In Cold Blood (1965) — Capote, Truman

Killers of the Flower Moon (2017) — Grann, David

The Devil in the White City (2003) — Larson, Erik

Who Killed These Girls? (2016) — Lowry, Beverly

The Good Assassin (2020) — Talty, Stephan


Ashley Antoinette
Bentley, Tyrone
Brown, Tracy
Bryant, Niobia
Burgess, Ben
De Leon, Aya
Diamond, De’nesha
Dickey, Eric Jerome
Frumkin, Rebekah
George, Boston
Grant, Michele
Hampton, Brenda
Hernandez, Treasure
Hickman, Trice
Hunt, La Jill
Hobbs, Allison
Holmes, Brittney
Iceberg Slim
Jackson, Mitchell
Johnson, Carrie H.
Johnson, Lisa Renee
Karrington, Blake
King, Camryn
Malian, Treasure
Moore, Michel
Moore, Niyah
Morrison, Mary B.
Ojikutu, Bayo
Rax, Cydney
Sherri, Johnni
Snoop Dogg
Souljah, Sister
Swinson, Kiki
Tucker, Pat
Weber, Carl
Williams, Karen

YA Fiction

Alexander, Kwame
McKinney, L.L.
Myers, Walter Dean
Reynolds, Jason
Thomas, Angie
Waltman, Kevin


Burgess, Matt
Coleman, JaQuavis
Dickey, Eric Jerome
Flake, Sharon
Genovese, Ni’chelle
Ritz, David
Turner, Nikki

For more popular books featuring African-American characters, check out these authors:

Bowen, Michele Andrea
Cheekes, Shonda
Jenkins, Beverly
Jones, Tayari
McFadden, Bernice L.
Monroe, Mary
Morrison, Toni
Roby, Kimberla Lawson
Stephens, Sylvester
Whitehead, Colson
Ward, Jesmyn
Warren, Tiffany

Western Authors

▲ = Large Type Available

Ballard, Todhunter ▲
Best, James D. ▲
Blevins, Winfred
Boggs, Johnny D. ▲
Brand, Max ▲
Brandt, Lyle
Brandvold, Peter ▲
Braun, Matt
Brooks, Bill ▲
Brown, Dee
Bowers, Terrell L.
Champlin, Tim ▲
Clark, Walter Van Tilburg ▲
Cogburn, Brett ▲
Colter, Eli ▲
Compton, Ralph ▲
Conley, Robert J.
Coolidge, Dane ▲
Cotton, Ralph ▲
Crownover, James D.
Dawson, Peter ▲
DeWitt, Patrick
Drake, Jerry S
Dunlap, Phil ▲
Elston, Allan Vaughan ▲
Estleman, Loren D. ▲
Evans, Tabor
Everett, Wade ▲
Gooden, Arthur Henry ▲
Grey, Zane ▲
Grove, Fred ▲
Hackman, Gene
Halleran, Eugene E. ▲
Henry, Will ▲
Hogan, Ray
Holmes, L. P. ▲
Horton, Robert J. ▲
Johnstone, J.A. ▲
Johnstone, William W. ▲
Judd, Cameron
Kelton, Elmer ▲
L’Amour, Louis ▲
Leonard, Elmore ▲
Leslie, Frank ▲
Logan, Jake
Lutz, Giles ▲
Lynde, Stan ▲
MacDonald, William Colt ▲
Matheson, Richard
Mayo, Matthew P.
McCarthy, Cormac
McCoy, Max ▲
McMurtry, Larry
Meyer, Philipp
Mulford, Clarence E.
Nesbitt, John D. ▲
Nye, Nelson C. ▲
Olmstead, Robert
Overholser, Stephen ▲
Overholser, Wayne D. ▲
Paine, Lauran ▲
Patten, Lewis B. ▲
Portis, Charles ▲
Pronzini, Bill ▲
Raine, William MacLeod ▲
Randisi, Robert
Richards, Dusty ▲
Roberts, J.R.
Savage, Les ▲
Schaefer, Jack
Sharpe, Jon ▲
Short, Luke
Sherman, Jory ▲
Smith, Cotton
Spillane, Mickey
Stone, Wallace ▲
Sweazy, Larry D.
Tippette, Giles ▲
West, Joseph A. ▲
West, Charles ▲
Wheeler, Richard S. ▲
Wolfe, Ethan
Wyman, Willard
Zahler, S. Craig
Zimmer, Michael ▲

Spur Award Winners


Boggs, J       Camp Ford

Cogburn, B   Panhandle

Dallas, S       The Last Midwife

Dearen, P     The Big Drift

Estleman, L  The Undertaker’s Wife

Gear, W        This Scorched Earth

Harrigan, S   The Gates of the Alamo

Lansdale, J   Paradise Sky

Mayo, M Tucker’s Reckoning

Pufahl, S On Swift Horses

Thom, J Panther in the Sky

Verble, M Cherokee America


781.642 D911C Country Music

920.997 B627J Black Elk

970.3 A639H The Apache Wars