Most widely held works by Wanda McCaddon
The secret scripture by Sebastian Barry ( Recording )
10 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 573 libraries worldwide
Roseanne McNulty, once one of the most beautiful and beguiling girls in County Sligo, Ireland, is now an elderly patient at Roscommon Regional Mental Hospital. As her hundredth year draws near, she decides to record the events of her life, hiding the manuscript beneath the floorboards. Meanwhile, the hospital is preparing to close and is evaluating its patients to determine whether they can return to society. Dr. Grene, Roseanne's caretaker, takes a special interest in her case. In his research, he discovers a document written by a local priest that tells a very different story of Roseanne's life than what she recalls. As doctor and patient attempt to understand each other, they begin to uncover long-buried secrets about themselves.
Wuthering heights by Emily Brontë ( Recording )
16 editions published between 1981 and 2007 in English and held by 408 libraries worldwide
The story of the stormy relationship between the mysterious Heathcliff, the beautiful and stubborn Cathy, and the people who live at Wuthering Heights.
The secret garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett ( Recording )
7 editions published between 1997 and 2006 in English and held by 373 libraries worldwide
Mary, an orphan, is sent to England to live with her uncle and his son, Colin. While there, she becomes aware of a secret garden no one has seen for ten years.
Sense and sensibility by Jane Austen ( Recording )
9 editions published between 1996 and 2010 in English and held by 343 libraries worldwide
Sisters Elinor and Marianne Dashwood set their sights on men who will perfectly match their disparate personalities, with unexpected results.
Cleopatra's daughter a novel by Michelle Moran ( Recording )
9 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 269 libraries worldwide
Transport to the colorful and dangerous court of imperial Rome and into the remarkable lives of two young captives-- the children of Cleopatra, Egypt's most powerful and notorious ruler, and her lover Marc Antony. Taken in chains to Rome as ten-year-olds, twins Selene and Alexander cling to each other, and to the hope of one day returning to their rightful place on the throne of Egypt.
Vanity fair by William Makepeace Thackeray ( Recording )
7 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 269 libraries worldwide
Originally published in 1848, this social satire is about greed and corruption, told through the story of two girls: one a social climber who lives beyond her means and the other who is honest, but poor.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë ( Recording )
11 editions published between 1995 and 2008 in English and held by 254 libraries worldwide
In early nineteenth-century England, an orphaned young woman accepts employment as a governess and soon finds herself in love with her employer, who has a terrible secret.
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen ( Recording )
8 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 242 libraries worldwide
Mansfield Park is the study of three families: the Bertrams, the Crawfords, and the Prices. At its center is Fanny Price, a poor relation adopted into the family of her rich uncle Thomas Bertram, and condescendingly treated. Only her cousin Edmund, a young clergyman, appreciates her fine qualities, and Fanny falls in love with him. Unfortunately, he is drawn to the shallow and worldly Mary Crawford. Fanny's quiet passivity, steadfast loyalty, and natural goodness are matched against the wit and brilliance of her lovely rival. Jane Austen skillfully uses her characters' emotional relationships to explore the social and moral values by which they attempt to order their lives.
Lady Macbeth a novel by Susan King ( Recording )
9 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 222 libraries worldwide
Lady Gruadh, called Rue, is the last female descendant of Scotland's most royal line. Married to a northern lord, she is widowed while still carrying his child and forced to marry his murderer: a rising warlord named Macbeth. Encountering danger from Vikings, Saxons, and treacherous Scots, Rue comes to respect the man she once despised--then realizes that Macbeth's complex ambitions extend beyond the borders of the vast northern region. Among powerful warlords and their steel-games, only Macbeth can unite Scotland--and his wife's royal blood is the key to his ultimate success.
Emma by Jane Austen ( Recording )
9 editions published between 1996 and 2010 in English and held by 202 libraries worldwide
Emma Woodhouse imagines that she dominates those around her in the small town of Highbury, but her inept matchmaking creates problems for herself and others.
Jane's fame how Jane Austen conquered the world by Claire Harman ( Recording )
5 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 196 libraries worldwide
Mention Jane Austen and you'll likely incite a slew of fervent opinions from anyone within earshot. Regarded as a brilliant social satirist by scholars, Austen also enjoys the sort of popular affection usually reserved for girl-next-door movie stars, leading to the paradox of an academically revered author who has served as the inspiration for chick lit (The Jane Austen Book Club) and modern blockbusters (Becoming Jane)...
The duchess by Amanda Foreman ( Recording )
5 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 194 libraries worldwide
Amanda Foreman, a Londoner, freelance journalist, and Oxford graduate, presents the captivating story of Lady Georgiana Spencer, the Duchess of Devonshire. In 1774, Georgiana married wealthy aristocrat and fifth duke of Devonshire, William Cavendish. The marriage spoiled immediately, and Georgiana, noted for her style and political involvement, yet limited as a woman by law, dealt with her adulterous and cold husband through secret substance and gambling addictions as well as illicit romances.
A room with a view by E. M Forster ( Recording )
9 editions published between 1997 and 2007 in English and held by 190 libraries worldwide
A Room With a View portrays the love of a British woman for an expatriate living in Italy, a country which to Forster represents the forces of true passion. Caught up in a world of social snobbery, Forster's heroine, Lucy Honeychurch, finds herself constrained by the claustrophobic influence of her British guardians, who encourage her to take up with a well-connected boor. When she regrets that her hotel room has no view, a member of the lower class offers to trade rooms with her.
The sisters who would be queen [Mary, Katherine, and Lady Jane Grey, a Tudor tragedy by Leanda De Lisle ( Recording )
3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 152 libraries worldwide
Examines the life of Lady Jane Grey while offering insight into the parallel experiences of her sisters and the broader Grey family, detailing Jane's short reign and the royal bloodline that exposed all three to the enmity of Elizabeth I.
Anna's book by Barbara Vine ( Recording )
4 editions published between 1995 and 2001 in English and held by 147 libraries worldwide
Anna, a Danish immigrant living in London, kept a secret diary for most of her life. Translated and published after her death, her granddaughter inherits the original manuscripts, which might help to unravel an unsolved murder and answer questions about the background of Anna's daughter.
Instruments of darkness a novel by Imogen Robertson ( Recording )
5 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 141 libraries worldwide
An intricate historical novel about a forbidding country estate and the unlikely forensic duo who set out to uncover its deadly secrets.
Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen ( Recording )
3 editions published between 1983 and 1986 in English and Undetermined and held by 139 libraries worldwide
SUMMARY: In 1921 Baroness Karen Blixen found herself stranded by her divorce on a Kenyan mountain farm. Instead of returning to her native Denmark, the 35-year-old Blixen stayed on and ran the farm. In 1931 she was forced to return to Denmark, where she wrote of her life in Africa and published it under the pseudonym of Isak Dinesen.
The scarlet contessa a novel of the Italian Renaissance by Jeanne Kalogridis ( Recording )
6 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 135 libraries worldwide
Historical fiction author Jeanne Kalogridis tells the remarkable story of Caterina Sforza, daughter of the Duke of Milan and the bravest warrior Renaissance Italy ever knew.
The portrait of a lady by Henry James ( Recording )
6 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 132 libraries worldwide
Henry James' 1881 romantic classic, The Portrait of a Lady, unfolds the story of Isabel Archer, a spritely young American, who visits her aunt in London, subsequently receives two marriage proposals, and declines them both. However, when she receives a large inheritance and meets Gilbert Osmond in her travels to Florence, Isabel accepts his hand in marriage. Once married, their relationship sours quickly, forcing Isabel to confront the choices she's made and the consequences she faces.
On Canaan's side by Sebastian Barry ( Recording )
6 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 47 libraries worldwide
Forced to flee from Ireland and the wrath of the IRA, Lilly Bere and her teenage son start anew in America. However, tragedy strikes when her fiance is murdered in Chicago and, years later, her husband mysteriously vanishes from their Washington, DC home. After settling in Bridgehampton, her son Ed disappears after returning home from Vietnam, prompting Mr. Nolan, a family friend, to locate him. However, Nolan returns with Bill, Ed's young son, who Lilly raises as her own.
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