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Less (Winner of the Pulitzer Prize): A Novel
by Andrew Sean Greer

Language

English

Pages

273

Publication Date

July 18, 2017

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<b><b>A struggling novelist travels the world to avoid an awkward wedding in this hilarious Pulitzer Prize-winning novel full of "arresting lyricism and beauty" (<em>The </em><i>New York Times Book Review).</i></b></b><b><b><i></i></b></b></br></br><strong >WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE<br /></strong><strong >National Bestseller<br /></strong><strong >A<i> New York Times</i> Notable Book of 2017<br /></strong><b >A <i>Washington Post </i>Top Ten Book of 2017<br /></b><b >A <i>San Francisco Chronicle</i> Top Ten Book of 2017<br /></b><b ><b><b><b>Longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence, the Lambda Award, and the California Book Award</b></b></b></b></br></br><b><i></i></b><i></i></br></br>Who says you can't run away from your problems? You are a failed novelist about to turn fifty. A wedding invitation arrives in the mail: your boyfriend of the past nine years is engaged to someone else. You can't say yes--it would be too awkward--and you can't say no--it would look like defeat. On your desk are a series of invitations to half-baked literary events around the world.</br></br><b >QUESTION</b>: How do you arrange to skip town?</br></br><b>ANSWER</b>: You accept them all.</br></br><i >What would possibly go wrong? </i>Arthur Less will almost fall in love in Paris, almost fall to his death in Berlin, barely escape to a Moroccan ski chalet from a Saharan sandstorm, accidentally book himself as the (only) writer-in-residence at a Christian Retreat Center in Southern India, and encounter, on a desert island in the Arabian Sea, the last person on Earth he wants to face. Somewhere in there: he will turn fifty. Through it all, there is his first love. And there is his last.</br></br>Because, despite all these mishaps, missteps, misunderstandings and mistakes, <i>Less</i> is, above all, a love story.</br></br>A scintillating satire of the American abroad, a rumination on time and the human heart, a bittersweet romance of chances lost, by an author <i>The New York Times</i> has hailed as "inspired, lyrical," "elegiac," "ingenious," as well as "too sappy by half," <i>Less </i>shows a writer at the peak of his talents raising the curtain on our shared human comedy.<i></i></br></br><b >"I could not love LESS more."--Ron Charles, <em>The </em></b><i ><b>Washington Post</b></i></br></br><b >"Andrew Sean Greer's<i> Less</i> is excellent company. It's no less than bedazzling, bewitching and be-wonderful."-<i>-</i>Christopher Buckley<i>, The New York Times Book Review</i></b></br></br>
Pachinko (National Book Award Finalist)
by Min Jin Lee

Language

English

Pages

496

Publication Date

February 07, 2017

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<div><b>NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST * A N<i>EW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW</i> TOP TEN OF THE YEAR * <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> NOTABLE BOOK OF 2017 *A <i>USA TODAY</i> TOP TEN OF 2017 * </b><b>JULY PICK FOR THE <i>PBS NEWSHOUR-NEW YORK TIMES</i> BOOK CLUB <i>NOW READ THIS * </i>FINALIST FOR THE 2018 DAYTON LITERARY PEACE PRIZE </b></div><div><b><i><br /></i></b></div><div><b>Roxane Gay's Favorite Book of 2017, <i>Washington Post</i></b></div><div><b><i><br /></i></b></div><div><b><i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER<i> * #1 BOSTON GLOBE </i>BESTSELLER<i> * USA TODAY </i>BESTSELLER * <i>WALL STREET JOURNAL</i> BESTSELLER * <i>WASHINGTON POST</i> BESTSELLER<br /></b></div><div><br /></div><strong>In this gorgeous, page-turning saga, four generations of a poor Korean immigrant family fight to control their destiny in 20th-century Japan, exiled from a home they never knew.</strong><br /><br /><em>"There could only be a few winners, and a lot of losers. And yet we played on, because we had hope that we might be the lucky ones."</em><br /><br />In the early 1900s, teenaged Sunja, the adored daughter of a crippled fisherman, falls for a wealthy stranger at the seashore near her home in Korea. He promises her the world, but when she discovers she is pregnant--and that her lover is married--she refuses to be bought. Instead, she accepts an offer of marriage from a gentle, sickly minister passing through on his way to Japan. But her decision to abandon her home, and to reject her son's powerful father, sets off a dramatic saga that will echo down through the generations.<br /><br />Richly told and profoundly moving, <em>Pachinko</em> is a story of love, sacrifice, ambition, and loyalty. From bustling street markets to the halls of Japan's finest universities to the pachinko parlors of the criminal underworld, Lee's complex and passionate characters--strong, stubborn women, devoted sisters and sons, fathers shaken by moral crisis--survive and thrive against the indifferent arc of history.<br /> <div><br /></div><div> <style type="text/css"> p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 11.0px Helvetica; color: #1f4e79} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} </style> <i>*Includes reading group guide</i>*<br /><br /><br /></div> <style type="text/css"> p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 11.0px Helvetica} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} </style> <style type="text/css"> p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 11.0px Helvetica} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} </style>
This Is How It Always Is: A Novel
by Laurie Frankel

Language

English

Pages

338

Publication Date

January 24, 2017

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<p><b>The Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick</b><br /><b></b><br /><b>“Every once in a while, I read a book that opens my eyes in a way I never expected.” </b><b>—Reese Witherspoon (Reese’s Book Club x Hello Sunshine book pick)</b></p><br /><p><b><i>People Magazine</i></b><b>’s Top 10 Books of 2017</b><br /><b>Amazon’s Best Books of 2017: Top 20</b><br /><b>Amazon’s Best Literature and Fiction of 2017</b><br /><b>Bustle’s 17 Books Every Woman Should Read From 2017</b><br /><b>PopSugar’s Our Favorite Books of the Year (So Far)</b><br /><b>Refinery29's Best Books of the Year So Far</b><br /><b>BookBrowse’s The 20 Best Books of 2017</b><br /><b>Pacific Northwest Book Awards Finalist</b><br /><b><i>The Globe and Mail</i>'s Top 100 Books of 2017</b><br /><b></b><br /><b>“It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me think.” —Liane Moriarty, #1 <i>New York Times </i>bestselling author of <i>Big Little Lies</i></b><br /><i></i><br /><i>This is how</i> a family keeps a secret…and how that secret ends up keeping them.</p><p><i>This is</i> <i>how</i> a family lives happily ever after…until happily ever after becomes complicated.</p><p><i>This is</i> <i>how</i> children change…and then change the world.</p><p>This is Claude. He’s five years old, the youngest of five brothers, and loves peanut butter sandwiches. He also loves wearing a dress, and dreams of being a princess.</p><p>When he grows up, Claude says, he wants to be a girl.</p><p>Rosie and Penn want Claude to be whoever Claude wants to be. They’re just not sure they’re ready to share that with the world. Soon the entire family is keeping Claude’s secret. Until one day it explodes. </p><p>Laurie Frankel's<i> This Is How It Always Is </i>is a novel about revelations, transformations, fairy tales, and family. And it’s about the ways this is how it always is: Change is always hard and miraculous and hard again, parenting is always a leap into the unknown with crossed fingers and full hearts, children grow but not always according to plan. And families with secrets don’t get to keep them forever.</p>
The Chaperone
by Laura Moriarty

Language

English

Pages

377

Publication Date

June 05, 2012

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<b>Soon to be a feature film from the creators of <i>Downton Abbey </i><b>starring Elizabeth McGovern</b>, <i>The Chaperone </i>is a <i>New York Times</i>-bestselling novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in the 1920s and the summer that would change them both.</b><br />  <br /> Only a few years before becoming a famous silent-film star and an icon of her generation, a fifteen-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita, Kansas, to study with the prestigious Denishawn School of Dancing in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone, who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle, a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip, has no idea what she’s in for. Young Louise, already stunningly beautiful and sporting her famous black bob with blunt bangs, is known for her arrogance and her lack of respect for convention. Ultimately, the five weeks they spend together will transform their lives forever.<br />  <br /> For Cora, the city holds the promise of discovery that might answer the question at the core of her being, and even as she does her best to watch over Louise in this strange and bustling place she embarks on a mission of her own. And while what she finds isn’t what she anticipated, she is liberated in a way she could not have imagined. Over the course of Cora’s relationship with Louise, her eyes are opened to the promise of the twentieth century and a new understanding of the possibilities for being fully alive.<br />  <br /> Drawing on the rich history of the 1920s, ’30s, and beyond—from the orphan trains to Prohibition, flappers,  and the onset of the Great Depression to the burgeoning movement for equal rights and new opportunities for women—Laura Moriarty’s The Chaperone illustrates how rapidly everything, from fashion and hemlines to values and attitudes, was changing at this time and what a vast difference it all made for Louise Brooks, Cora Carlisle, and others like them.
Band Sinister
by KJ Charles

Language

English

Pages

224

Publication Date

October 11, 2018

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Sir Philip Rookwood is the disgrace of the county. He’s a rake and an atheist, and the rumours about his hellfire club, the Murder, can only be spoken in whispers. (Orgies. It’s orgies.)<br /><br />Guy Frisby and his sister Amanda live in rural seclusion after a family scandal. But when Amanda breaks her leg in a riding accident, she’s forced to recuperate at Rookwood Hall, where Sir Philip is hosting the Murder.<br />Guy rushes to protect her, but the Murder aren’t what he expects. They’re educated, fascinating people, and the notorious Sir Philip turns out to be charming, kind—and dangerously attractive.<br /><br />In this private space where anything goes, the longings Guy has stifled all his life are impossible to resist...and so is Philip. But all too soon the rural rumour mill threatens both Guy and Amanda. The innocent country gentleman has lost his heart to the bastard baronet—but does he dare lose his reputation too?
Bound by Blood: A Cloverleah Pack series spin-off story
by Lisa Oliver

Language

English

Pages

165

Publication Date

September 27, 2018

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Maximillian "Max" Lipovsky has been Regent of the Atlanta coven for the past six months. His days are full of meetings and paperwork as he does his best to straighten out the mess left during the disastrous reign of Vadim's brother Ermine. With Vadim now happily living in Cloverleah with his mate Josh, it's up to Max to keep his friend's coven happy and safe. Easier said than done. When it is pointed out to him it'd been more than six months since he'd fed from a willing donor, Max decides a night out is exactly what's needed. <br /><br />Lyle Roberts is tired of being scared, tiny, and alone. But mostly he's tired. When a tall, strong man with flashing red eyes stops him getting beaten up in an alley, he thought he might have found a momentary reprieve from his rotten life. Finding out the man was a vampire, something he'd only seen in movies, Lyle decides to take a chance and asks the man to remove his curse. Only, it turns out Lyle isn't cursed after all - unless you consider having a workaholic mate as a curse. <br /><br />Lyle's arrival at the coven seems to have brought out the worst in people. As soon as one threat's dealt with, another one rears its ugly head. With the Alpha of the Atlanta pack pushing for a meeting, and vampires turning rogue within the coven itself, Max has his hands full. The only problem is, with his hands full, he doesn't have anything to hold his beloved with. Will Max and Lyle ever find their HEA or will the mating curse strike its cruelest blow of all?<br /><br />Bound by Blood is a complete standalone spin off story from the Cloverleah pack. Regular Lisa Oliver readers will remember Max from Watching Out for Fangs (The Cloverleah series #7) but it's not necessary to have read that book, to understand this one. Intimate situations and some violence means this book is suitable for adults only.<br /><br />#MMPNR #MMRomance #MMTrueMates
Alpha's Pride: An MMM Mpreg romance (Irresistible Omegas Book 4)
by Nora Phoenix

Language

English

Pages

303

Publication Date

October 13, 2018

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Bray knows what he wants: a sweet, pliant omega who will bear him an alpha heir. But he doesn’t want one now. He’s too young to settle down and just wants to have fun and play. That’s why hooking up with Kean is perfect, even if the beta doesn’t come close to what Bray is usually attracted to. <br /><br />Kean thought he could keep things casual with Bray, but when he starts yearning for more, Bray makes it clear he’s not interested. When Ruari, a single-dad omega, arrives on the ranch with his baby, Kean instantly connects with him. He breaks things off with Bray to pursue Ruari, leaving the alpha confused and angry. But even though Ruari reciprocates his feelings, Kean can’t get Bray out of his mind.<br />Ruari doesn’t hesitate when he and his baby are offered a safe place at the PTP ranch. He’s in desperate need of support, especially after he finds out he has the Melloni gene. Meeting Kean makes him want to stay, even though he’s scared his father will find him. But when Ruari runs into the alpha-father of his baby, things get complicated fast.<br /><br />Bray, Kean, and Ruari try to figure out where they each fit as sparks fly, tempers rise, and a stubborn beta and an equally sassy omega prove to be more than a match for a slightly arrogant alpha. Meanwhile, they and their fellow pack members have to take a stand against a rising threat to the pack. When trouble comes, the pack fights back, but it won’t come without a cost.<br /><br />Alpha’s Pride is an MMM mpreg romance and the fourth book in the continuing Irresistible Omegas series. All books need to be read in order and are not stand alones. The love story between Bray, Kean, and Ruari ends on a soft cliffhanger in this book and will continue in the next book.
The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells: A Novel
by Andrew Sean Greer

Language

English

Pages

307

Publication Date

June 25, 2013

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<p>From the critically acclaimed author of the <em>New York Times </em>bestseller <em>The Confessions of Max Tivoli</em> comes <em>The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells</em>, a rapturously romantic story of a woman who finds herself transported to the “other lives” she might have lived.</p><p>After the death of her beloved twin brother and the abandonment of her long-time lover, Greta Wells undergoes electroshock therapy. Over the course of the treatment, Greta finds herself repeatedly sent to 1918, 1941, and back to the present. Whisked from the gas-lit streets and horse-drawn carriages of the West Village to a martini-fueled lunch at the Oak Room, in these other worlds, Greta finds her brother alive and well—though fearfully masking his true personality. And her former lover is now her devoted husband…but will he be unfaithful to her in this life as well? Greta Wells is fascinated by her alter egos: in 1941, she is a devoted mother; in 1918, she is a bohemian adulteress.</p><p>In this spellbinding novel by Andrew Sean Greer, each reality has its own losses, its own rewards; each extracts a different price. Which life will she choose as she wrestles with the unpredictability of love and the consequences of even her most carefully considered choices?</p>
The Scottish Prisoner: A Novel (Lord John Grey Book 4)
by Diana Gabaldon

Language

English

Pages

561

Publication Date

November 29, 2011

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<b>“This could be the worthy Lord John Grey’s breakout novel, as readers are treated to large dollops of Outlander hero Jamie Fraser.”—<i>Booklist</i></b><br /> <b> </b><br /> A captivating return to the world Diana Gabaldon created in her Outlander and Lord John series, <i>The Scottish Prisoner</i> is a masterpiece of epic history, wicked deceit, and scores that can only be settled in blood.<br />  <br /> London, 1760. For Jamie Fraser, paroled prisoner-of-war, life is coming apart at the seams. In the remote Lake District, where he’s close enough to the son he cannot claim as his own, Jamie’s quiet existence is interrupted first by dreams of his lost wife, then by the appearance of an erstwhile comrade still fighting to rally the Irish. But Jamie has sworn off politics, fighting, and war. Until Lord John Grey shows up with a summons that will take him away from everything he loves—again. Lord John is in possession of explosive documents that expose a damning case of corruption against a British officer. But they also hint at a more insidious danger. Soon Lord John and Jamie are unwilling companions on the road to Ireland, a country whose dark castles hold dreadful secrets, and whose bogs hide the bones of the dead.<br />  <br /> <b>Praise for <i>The Scottish Prisoner</i></b><br />  <br /> “Call it what you will—historical adventure, conspiracy thriller—it’s an engrossing story, masterfully paced, with exciting plot twists, swift reversals, and robust characterizations.”<b>—<i>The Globe and Mail</i></b><br />  <br /> “As always, Gabaldon goes above and beyond. . . . If you love historical fiction, this book could be a good entrance point into the Outlander world.”<b>—<i>Bookreporter</i></b>
Kindred Spirits (The Castaways Series Book 1)
by Alexa Land

Language

English

Pages

282

Publication Date

October 12, 2018

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Elijah Everett knows he should feel good about the progress he’s made over the last four years, ever since he ran away from a terrible situation at age sixteen. With the support of his loving, adopted family, he recently graduated from college and has a good job and an exciting new life waiting for him on Catalina Island. But his past has left him with little confidence and a list of fears a mile long, and Elijah wonders if he’ll ever fully heal. <br /><br />Cassidy Juric doesn’t talk about his past. He doesn’t talk about much at all, actually. And yet, Elijah thinks he recognizes a kindred spirit in the gorgeous young ranch hand. The two are undeniably drawn to each other, and a tentative relationship starts to develop. But when the devastating truth about Cassidy’s past is revealed, Elijah wonders if asking Cassidy to trust him might be asking the impossible.<br /><br />Can two broken men learn to open their hearts and take a chance on love? Or will the ghosts of their past prevent them from building a future together?<br /><br />Kindred Spirits bridges Alexa Land’s best-selling Firsts and Forever Series and its all-new spinoff, The Castaways Series. Long-time readers will recognize some familiar faces, along with a new setting and several new characters. This book can be read as a stand-alone. <br />

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