Family Sagas

Allende, Isabel. House of the Spirits. FIC ALL
The story tells of the three generations of the supernaturally gifted Trueba family; starting with telekinetic Clara, who marries the wealthy and abusive Esteban and ending with Alba, the last clairvoyant descendant who ends up in a concentration camp during the Pinochet regime.

Budnitz, Judy. If I Told You Once. FIC BUD
The story begins with 16-year-old Elena, who flees Eastern Europe to America, leaving behind her mother and several siblings. History seems to repeat itself within the three generations; the women experience the same problems with their daughters as their mothers did with them. When Mara, Elena’s granddaughter gives birth to a son, the three women learn they must reconcile with one another.

Eve, Nomi. The Family Orchard. FIC EVE
A nearly 200-year-old saga of a Jewish family in Jerusalem, told from two points-of-view: the narrator’s father, who compiles the family’s history, and the narrator, Nomi Eve, who brings the history to life. Together, they capture the generations of family legends, loves, losses, triumphs and tragedies.

García Márquez, Gabriel. One Hundred Years of Solitude. FIC GAR
The founding and the decay of the small, mythical South American village of Macondo, told through the history of the Buendía family. For over the course of a century, the family faces disasters, and the same struggles occur generation after generation after the original patriarch commits the original sin.

Gurley-Highgate, Hilda. Sapphire’s Grave. FIC GUR
Sapphire is an African woman who was sold into slavery in 18th Century America. Through her strength and courage, she rises above oppression and poverty, qualities which she passes down to future generations.

Haley, Alex. Roots. 305.8 HAL
Kunta Kinte, a tribal prince in Africa, is captured and becomes a slave. Over several generations, his descendants eventually survive to regain their freedom.

Hoeg, Peter. The History of Danish Dreams. FIC HOE
Covering four centuries, the history of Denmark is captured within the stories and dreams of the Laurids family, starting from a 16th Century landowner who wants to stop time to the 20th Century marriage of a golden boy to a rebellious young girl.

MacDonald, Ann-Marie. Fall On Your Knees. FIC MAC
Spanning five generations in the early 20th Century and moving from Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, the Piper family is steeped in secrets, lies, and unspoken truths. At the eye of the storm is one secret that threatens to shake their lives—even destroy them.

Mann, Thomas. Buddenbrooks. FIC MANN
Follow four-generations of an affluent German family and their rise and fall from wealth after giving into the seduction of modernity.

McCullough, Colleen. The Thorn Birds. FIC/PBK MAC
The Cleary family saga begins in the 1900s with a New Zealand farmer who relocates his family to the Australian Outback and follows three generations through secrets and loves.

Meacham, Leila. Roses. FIC MEA
A multigenerational Texan family, whose story spans most of the 20th Century, begins with Mary Toliver, a young cotton plantation heiress whose brother goes off to fight in World War I and their alcoholic mother who hangs herself. As a terminally-ill older woman, Mary recalls her regrets in life and how she gave up the love of her life to marry a rich man to save her family’s plantation.

Puzo, Mario. The Godfather. PBK P
The gangster novel classic chronicles the life of Don Corleone, the patriarch of a New York mafia family, who struggles to rule the underground world of organized crime and to hold his family together.

Schulman, Audrey. A House Named Brazil. FIC SCH
Fran’s mother abandoned her at the age of fourteen to fend for herself in the family’s isolated Ontario farmhouse. Years later, Fran receives phone calls from her mother every night at 6pm, to tell Fran family stories of colorful ancestors.

Waugh, Evelyn. Brideshead Revisited. BDC WAU
Captain Charles Ryder fondly recalls the time he spent between the two World Wars with the Marchmains, an eccentric aristocratic family, and the decline of the world of privilege that they knew.

Sequels to some of your favorite books

Did you know that these sequels have just been recently published?

Nanny Returns – a sequel to The Nanny Diaries by Emma Mclaughlin and Nicola Kraus
A sequel to “The Nanny Diaries” finds Nan returning to New York after 10 years abroad and getting approached by a drunken 16-year-old Grayer X, who describes
his parents’ brutal divorce and prompts her re-entry into child care for the elite.

Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage – a sequel to Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
The author of the best-selling Eat, Pray, Love chronicles how the U.S. government gave her and her Brazilian-born lover, Felipe, an ultimatum–marry or Felipe cannot enter the country again–and how she tackled her fears of marriage by trying to discover through historical research, interviews and personal reflection what this stubbornly enduring old institution actually is.

Stones into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan – a sequel to Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson
A follow-up to “Three Cups of Tea” continues the author’s story of his humanitarian efforts to bring education into disadvantaged Middle East regions, describing such events as the 2005 earthquake and a tense eight-day abduction by the Taliban.

Knit the Season: A Friday Night Knitting Club Novel (Friday Night Knitting Club Novels) – by Kate Jacobs
Dakota Walker spends the Christmas holidays with her Gran in Scotland–accompanied by her father, her grandparents, and her mother’s best friend, Catherine. Join them as they share a trove of happy memories about Christmases past with Dakota’s mom, Georgia Walker–from Georgia’s childhood to her blissful time as a doting new mom.

SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance – a sequel to Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt
In a follow-up to the best-selling Freakonomics, the authors offer a new analysis that is bigger, more provocative, and sure to challenge the way readers think all over again.

Marriage and Other Acts of Charity: A Memoir – a sequel to Here if You Need Me by Kate Braestrup
A Maine minister shares her insights into marriage as a twice-married widow who has performed numerous weddings, discussing such topics as the institution of marriage as it is experienced today and the role of God in modern relationships. By the author of the best-selling Here If You Need Me.

The Lost Symbol – a sequel to The da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
The discovery of a mysterious object in the U.S. Capitol building and a subsequent kidnapping lead Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into a web of mysterious codes, secret locations, and hidden knowledge.

Lit – a sequel to The Liar’s Club by Marry Karr
The author reveals how, shortly after giving birth to a child she adored, she drank herself into the same numbness that nearly devoured her charismatic but troubled mother, reaching the brink of suicide before a spiritual awakening led her to sobriety.

Books of Note: try one of these award winning titles

Pleasure Palace by Kate Emerson As Jane Popyncourt is tutoring the princess daughters of Henry VIII she catches the eye of the Duke of Longueville, an association that leads the king to enlist her as a spy.

Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory
A fictional portrait of Henry VIII’s first wife, Katherine of Aragon.

Secret Bride: In the Court of Henry VIII by Diane Haeger
Discovering that her brother has promised her in marriage to the elderly and ailing King Louis of France, a grieving Mary Tudor agrees to the marriage.

Poyson Garden: an Elizabethan Mystery by Karen Harper
Released from the Tower of London by an insurrection against Queen Mary, her half sister, Princess Elizabeth puts herself back into harm’s way by investigating a multiple poisoning.

Woman of Passion by Virginia Henley
Elizabeth Hardwick takes a position in the home of a London aristocrat and is plunged into an exciting world where she rises to the position of lady-in-waiting to Queen Elizabeth I.

Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn by Robin Maxwell
The young queen Elizabeth is given the journal of Anne Boleyn, the disgraced mother that Elizabeth never knew.

Virgin: Prelude to the Throne by Robin Maxwell
Young Princess Elizabeth becomes a pawn in the ambitious schemes of Thomas Seymour, the fourth husband of her father’s sixth wife.

Innocent Traitor by Alison Weir
A fictional portrait of Lady Jane Grey, the great-niece of Henry VIII.