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Evvie Drake Starts Over: A Novel
by Linda Holmes

Language

English

Pages

287

Publication Date

June 25, 2019

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<b><b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER • <b>#ReadWithJenna Book Club Pick as Featured on <i>Today</i> • </b></b>“Everything a romantic comedy should be: witty, relatable, and a little complicated.”—<i>People</i><b><br /><br />From the host of NPR’s <i>Pop Culture Happy Hour</i> podcast comes a heartfelt debut about the unlikely relationship between a young woman who’s lost her husband and a major league pitcher who’s lost his game.</b></b><br /><br /> In a sleepy seaside town in Maine, recently widowed Eveleth “Evvie” Drake rarely leaves her large, painfully empty house nearly a year after her husband’s death in a car crash. Everyone in town, even her best friend, Andy, thinks grief keeps her locked inside, and Evvie doesn’t correct them.<br /><br /> Meanwhile, in New York City, Dean Tenney, former Major League pitcher and Andy’s childhood best friend, is wrestling with what miserable athletes living out their worst nightmares call the “yips”: he can’t throw straight anymore, and, even worse, he can’t figure out why. As the media storm heats up, an invitation from Andy to stay in Maine seems like the perfect chance to hit the reset button on Dean’s future.<br /><br /> When he moves into an apartment at the back of Evvie’s house, the two make a deal: Dean won’t ask about Evvie’s late husband, and Evvie won’t ask about Dean’s baseball career. Rules, though, have a funny way of being broken—and what starts as an unexpected friendship soon turns into something more. To move forward, Evvie and Dean will have to reckon with their pasts—the friendships they’ve damaged, the secrets they’ve kept—but in life, as in baseball, there’s always a chance—up until the last out.<br /><br /> A joyful, hilarious, and hope-filled debut, <i>Evvie Drake Starts Over </i>will have you cheering for the two most unlikely comebacks of the year—and will leave you wanting more from Linda Holmes.<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>Evvie Drake Starts Over</i></b><br /><br />“A quirky, sweet, and splendid story of a woman coming into her own.”<b>—Taylor Jenkins Reid, <i>New York Times </i>bestselling author of <i>Daisy Jones & The Six</i></b> <br /><br />“Effortlessly enjoyable . . . [a] pitch-perfect . . . adult love story that is as romantic as it is real.”<b>–<i>USA Today<br /><br /></i></b>“Charming, hopeful, and gently romantic . . . Evvie Drake is great company.”<b>—Rainbow Rowell, #1 <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of <i>Eleanor & Park</i></b>
The Art of Racing in the Rain: A Novel
by Garth Stein

Language

English

Pages

338

Publication Date

March 17, 2009

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<p><strong>NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE FROM FOX 2000 STARRING MILO VENTIMIGLIA, AMANDA SEYFRIED, AND KEVIN COSTNER</strong></p><p><strong>MEET THE DOG </strong></p><p><strong>WHO WILL SHOW THE WORLD </strong></p><p><strong>HOW TO BE HUMAN</strong><strong></strong></p><p>The <em>New York Times </em>bestselling novel from Garth Stein—a heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope—a captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life . . . as only a dog could tell it.</p><p>“Splendid.” —<em>People</em></p><p>“The perfect book for anyone who knows that compassion isn’t only for humans, and that the relationship between two souls who are meant for each other never really comes to an end. Every now and then I’m lucky enough to read a novel I can’t stop thinking about: this is one of them.” —Jodi Picoult </p><p>“It’s impossible not to love Enzo.” —<em>Minneapolis Star Tribune </em></p><p>“This old soul of a dog has much to teach us about being human. I loved this book.” —Sara Gruen</p>
Cajun Fried Felony (A Miss Fortune Mystery Book 15)
by Jana DeLeon

Language

English

Pages

302

Publication Date

July 21, 2019

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Venus Thibodeaux had a reputation for being trouble. Some said she started at birth. When she finally left Sinful shortly after turning eighteen, everyone breathed a sigh of relief. When she blew back into town four years later, no one was happy about her return. She immediately launched into her same old scams, picking off Sinful residents with ease before disappearing again as quickly as she’d appeared.<br /><br />Everyone assumed she’d headed back to New Orleans.<br /><br />But when an accident at the annual Thanksgiving Turkey Run uncovers her body, everyone Venus took for a ride becomes a suspect. The man at the top of that list sees the writing on the wall and hires Fortune to figure out who killed Venus, before he goes to prison for a murder he didn’t commit. Fortune, Ida Belle, and Gertie start poking around into Venus’s complicated life, hoping to find the killer. And to solve their first official case.<br />
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine: A Novel
by Gail Honeyman

Language

English

Pages

331

Publication Date

May 09, 2017

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<b>#1 <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER AND <b>THE PERFECT HOLIDAY GIFT </b><br /><br />A Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick<br /><br />“Beautifully written and incredibly funny, <i>Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine</i> is about the importance of friendship and human connection. I fell in love with Eleanor, an eccentric and regimented loner whose life beautifully unfolds after a chance encounter with a stranger; I think you will fall in love, too!” <b>—Reese Witherspoon</b><br /></b><br /><b>No one’s ever told Eleanor that life should be better than fine. </b><br /><br />Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. <br /><br /> But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond’s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.<br /><br />Soon to be a major motion picture produced by Reese Witherspoon, <i>Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine</i> is the smart, warm, and uplifting story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes. . . <br />  <br /><b> The only way to survive is to open your heart. </b>
Fleishman Is in Trouble: A Novel
by Taffy Brodesser-Akner

Language

English

Pages

376

Publication Date

June 18, 2019

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER • “Just the sort of thing that Philip Roth or John Updike might have produced in their prime (except, of course, that the author understands women).”—Elizabeth Gilbert </b><br /><br /><b>“This is a remarkable debut from one of the most distinctive writers around.”—Tom Perrotta</b><br /><b> </b><br /><b>A finely observed, timely exploration of marriage, divorce, and the bewildering dynamics of ambition from one of the most exciting writers working today</b><br /><br /> Toby Fleishman thought he knew what to expect when he and his wife of almost fifteen years separated: weekends and every other holiday with the kids, some residual bitterness, the occasional moment of tension in their co-parenting negotiations. He could not have predicted that one day, in the middle of his summer of sexual emancipation, Rachel would just drop their two children off at his place and simply not return. He had been working so hard to find equilibrium in his single life. The winds of his optimism, long dormant, had finally begun to pick up. Now this.<br /><br /> As Toby tries to figure out where Rachel went, all while juggling his patients at the hospital, his never-ending parental duties, and his new app-assisted sexual popularity, his tidy narrative of the spurned husband with the too-ambitious wife is his sole consolation. But if Toby ever wants to truly understand what happened to Rachel and what happened to his marriage, he is going to have to consider that he might not have seen things all that clearly in the first place.<br /><br /> A searing, utterly unvarnished debut, <i>Fleishman Is in Trouble </i>is an insightful, unsettling, often hilarious exploration of a culture trying to navigate the fault lines of an institution that has proven to be worthy of our great wariness and our great hope.<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>Fleishman Is in Trouble</i></b><br /> <b><br /></b>“Blisteringly funny, feverishly smart, heartbreaking, and true, <i>Fleishman Is in Trouble</i> is an essential read for anyone who’s wondered how to navigate loving (and hating) the people we choose.”<b>—Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, author of <i>The Nest</i></b><br /><br />“From its opening pages, <i>Fleishman Is in Trouble</i> is shrewdly observed, brimming with wisdom, and utterly of this moment. Not until its explosive final pages are you fully aware of its cunning ferocity. Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s debut is that rare and delicious treat: a page-turner with heft.”<b>—Maria Semple</b>
Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel
by Maria Semple

Language

English

Pages

335

Publication Date

August 14, 2012

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<b>A misanthropic matriarch leaves her eccentric family in crisis when she mysteriously disappears in this whip-smart and "divinely funny" novel that inspired the movie starring Cate Blanchett (<i>New York Times</i>).</b><br /> Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect; and to 15-year-old Bee, she is her best friend and, simply, Mom.<br /><br />Then Bernadette vanishes. It all began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle--and people in general--has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic.<br /><br />To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, and secret correspondence--creating a compulsively readable and surprisingly touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter's role in an absurd world.
Never Have I Ever: A Novel
by Joshilyn Jackson

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English

Pages

357

Publication Date

July 30, 2019

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<p><strong>“Wonderful—suspense and surprises, real characters, and a scary, ominous backbeat.  This feels like the book Jackson was born to write.” —Lee Child, <em>New York Times </em>bestselling author</strong></p><p><strong>Named a Best Book by <em>USA Today</em> </strong><em><strong>•</strong></em><strong> <em>People</em> </strong><em><strong>•</strong></em><strong> <em>Wall Street Journal</em> </strong><em><strong>• </strong></em><strong><em>Time</em> </strong><em><strong>• </strong></em><strong><em>Entertainment Weekly</em> </strong><em><strong>•</strong></em><strong> <em>Bustle</em> </strong><em><strong>• </strong></em><em><strong>and many more!</strong></em><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>From<em> New York Times</em> bestselling author Joshilyn Jackson, a twisting novel of domestic suspense in which a group of women play a harmless drinking game that escalates into a war of dark pasts</strong></p><p><em>In this game, even winning can be deadly...</em></p><p>Amy Whey is proud of her ordinary life and the simple pleasures that come with it—teaching diving lessons, baking cookies for new neighbors, helping her best friend, Charlotte, run their local book club. Her greatest joy is her family: her devoted professor husband, her spirited fifteen-year-old stepdaughter, her adorable infant son. And, of course, the steadfast and supportive Charlotte. But Amy’s sweet, uncomplicated life begins to unravel when the mysterious and alluring Angelica Roux arrives on her doorstep one book club night.</p><p>Sultry and magnetic, Roux beguiles the group with her feral charm. She keeps the wine flowing and lures them into a game of spilling secrets. Everyone thinks it’s naughty, harmless fun. Only Amy knows better. Something wicked has come her way—a she-devil in a pricey red sports car who seems to know the terrible truth about who she is and what she once did. </p><p>When they’re alone, Roux tells her that if she doesn’t give her what she asks for, what she deserves, she’s going to make Amy pay for her sins. One way or another.</p><p>To protect herself and her family and save the life she’s built, Amy must beat the devil at her own clever game, matching wits with Roux in an escalating war of hidden pasts and unearthed secrets. Amy knows the consequences if she can’t beat Roux. What terrifies her is everything she could lose if she wins. </p><p>A diabolically entertaining tale of betrayal, deception, temptation, and love filled with dark twists leavened by Joshilyn Jackson’s trademark humor, <em>Never Have I Ever</em> explores what happens when the transgressions of our past come back with a vengeance.</p>
The Overdue Life of Amy Byler
by Kelly Harms

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English

Pages

328

Publication Date

May 01, 2019

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<p><b>An Amazon Charts and <i>Washington Post</i> bestseller.</b></p><p><b>“A laugh-out-loud funny, pitch-perfect novel that will have readers rooting for this unlikely, relatable, and totally lovable heroine, <i>The Overdue Life of Amy Byler</i> is the ultimate escape—and will leave moms everywhere questioning whether it isn’t time for a #momspringa of their own.” —New York Journal of Books</b></p><p>Overworked and underappreciated, single mom Amy Byler needs a break. So when the guilt-ridden husband who abandoned her shows up and offers to take care of their kids for the summer, she accepts his offer and escapes rural Pennsylvania for New York City.</p><p>Usually grounded and mild mannered, Amy finally lets her hair down in the city that never sleeps. She discovers a life filled with culture, sophistication, and—with a little encouragement from her friends—a few blind dates. When one man in particular makes quick work of Amy’s heart, she risks losing herself completely in the unexpected escape, and as the summer comes to an end, Amy realizes too late that she must make an impossible decision: stay in this exciting new chapter of her life, or return to the life she left behind.</p><p>But before she can choose, a crisis forces the two worlds together, and Amy must stare down a future where she could lose both sides of herself, and every dream she’s ever nurtured, in the beat of a heart.</p>
The Gifted School: A Novel
by Bruce Holsinger

Language

English

Pages

462

Publication Date

July 02, 2019

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<b><b>"Wise and addictive... </b><b><i>The Gifted School</i></b><b> is the juiciest novel I've read in ages... a suspenseful, laugh-out-loud page-turner and an incisive inspection of privilege, race and class."--J. Courtney Sullivan in </b><b><i>The New York Times</i></b><b></b><br /><b></b><br /><b>"The summer read that predicted the college-admissions scandal." -</b><b><i>The Wall Street Journal </i></b><br /><br /><b>Smart and juicy, a compulsively readable novel about a previously happy group of friends and parents that is nearly destroyed by their own competitiveness when an exclusive school for gifted children opens in the community</b></b><br /><br />This deliciously sharp novel captures the relentless ambitions and fears that animate parents and their children in modern America, exploring the conflicts between achievement and potential, talent and privilege. <br /><br />Set in the fictional town of Crystal, Colorado, <i>The Gifted School</i> is a keenly entertaining novel that observes the drama within a community of friends and parents as good intentions and high ambitions collide in a pile-up with long-held secrets and lies. Seen through the lens of four families who've been a part of one another's lives since their kids were born over a decade ago, the story reveals not only the lengths that some adults are willing to go to get ahead, but the effect on the group's children, sibling relationships, marriages, and careers, as simmering resentments come to a boil and long-buried, explosive secrets surface and detonate. It's a humorous, keenly observed, timely take on ambitious parents, willful kids, and the pursuit of prestige, no matter the cost.
Look Alive Twenty-Five: A Stephanie Plum Novel
by Janet Evanovich

Language

English

Pages

317

Publication Date

November 13, 2018

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<b><b>Stephanie Plum faces the toughest puzzle of her career in the twenty-fifth entry in Janet Evanovich's #1 </b><b><i>New York Times</i></b><b>-bestselling series. </b></b><br /><br />There's nothing like a good deli, and the Red River Deli in Trenton is one of the best. World-famous for its pastrami, cole slaw, and for its disappearing managers. Over the last month, three have vanished from the face of the earth, and the only clue in each case is one shoe that's been left behind. The police are baffled. Lula is convinced that it's a case of alien abduction. Whatever it is, they'd better figure out what's going on before they lose their new manager, Ms. Stephanie Plum.

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