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Such a Fun Age
by Kiley Reid

Language

English

Pages

320

Publication Date

December 31, 2019

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<b>AN INSTANT <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER <br /><br />A REESE'S BOOK CLUB x HELLO SUNSHINE BOOK PICK <br /><br />"The most provocative page-turner of the year." <i>--Entertainment Weekly </i><br /><br />"A great way to kick off 2020." <i>--Washington Post</i><br /><br />"I urge you to read <i>Such a Fun Age</i>." --<i>NPR</i><br /><br />A striking and surprising debut novel from an exhilarating new voice, <i>Such a Fun Age </i>is a page-turning and big-hearted story about race and privilege, set around a young black babysitter, her well-intentioned employer, and a surprising connection that threatens to undo them both.</b><br /><br />Alix Chamberlain is a woman who gets what she wants and has made a living, with her confidence-driven brand, showing other women how to do the same. So she is shocked when her babysitter, Emira Tucker, is confronted while watching the Chamberlains' toddler one night, walking the aisles of their local high-end supermarket. The store's security guard, seeing a young black woman out late with a white child, accuses Emira of kidnapping two-year-old Briar. A small crowd gathers, a bystander films everything, and Emira is furious and humiliated. Alix resolves to make things right.<br /><br />But Emira herself is aimless, broke, and wary of Alix's desire to help. At twenty-five, she is about to lose her health insurance and has no idea what to do with her life. When the video of Emira unearths someone from Alix's past, both women find themselves on a crash course that will upend everything they think they know about themselves, and each other. <br /><br />With empathy and piercing social commentary, <i>Such a Fun Age</i> explores the stickiness of transactional relationships, what it means to make someone "family," and the complicated reality of being a grown up. It is a searing debut for our times.
Twisted Twenty-Six (Stephanie Plum Book 26)
by Janet Evanovich

Language

English

Pages

312

Publication Date

November 12, 2019

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<b>This isn't just another case. This is family.</b><br /><br /><b>How far will Stephanie Plum go to protect the one person who means the most to her? The stakes have never been higher in this #1 <i>New York Times</i> bestseller from Janet Evanovich.</b><br /><br />Grandma Mazur has decided to get married again - this time to a local gangster named Jimmy Rosolli. If Stephanie has her doubts about this marriage, she doesn't have to worry for long, because the groom drops dead of a heart attack 45 minutes after saying, "I do."    <br /><br />A sad day for Grandma Mazur turns into something far more dangerous when Jimmy's former "business partners" are convinced that his new widow is keeping the keys to a financial windfall all to herself. But the one thing these wise guys didn't count on was the widow's bounty hunter granddaughter, who'll do anything to save her.
Olive, Again (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel
by Elizabeth Strout

Language

English

Pages

293

Publication Date

October 15, 2019

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER • OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB PICK • Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout continues the life of her beloved Olive Kitteridge, a character who has captured the imaginations of millions.<br /><br /><b>“Strout managed to make me love this strange woman I’d never met, who I knew nothing about. What a terrific writer she is.”—Zadie Smith, <i>The Guardian</i></b></b><br /><br /><b>“Just as wonderful as the original . . . <i>Olive, Again</i> poignantly reminds us that empathy, a requirement for love, helps make life ‘not unhappy.’”—NPR</b> <br /><br /><b>NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY <i>PEOPLE </i>AND ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY <i>Time </i>• <i>Vogue</i> • NPR • <i>The Washington Post</i> <i>• Chicago Tribune </i>• <i>Vanity Fair</i> • <i>Entertainment Weekly </i>• <i>BuzzFeed </i>•<i> Esquire </i>• <i>Real Simple</i> • <i>Good Housekeeping</i> • The New York Public Library • <i>The Guardian </i>• <i>Evening Standard </i>• <i>Kirkus Reviews </i>• <i>Publishers Weekly </i>• <i>BookPage</i></b><br /> <br />Prickly, wry, resistant to change yet ruthlessly honest and deeply empathetic, Olive Kitteridge is “a compelling life force” (<i>San Francisco Chronicle</i>). <i>The</i> <i>New Yorker </i>has said that Elizabeth Strout “animates the ordinary with an astonishing force,” and she has never done so more clearly than in these pages, where the iconic Olive struggles to understand not only herself and her own life but the lives of those around her in the town of Crosby, Maine. Whether with a teenager coming to terms with the loss of her father, a young woman about to give birth during a hilariously inopportune moment, a nurse who confesses a secret high school crush, or a lawyer who struggles with an inheritance she does not want to accept, the unforgettable Olive will continue to startle us, to move us, and to inspire us—in Strout’s words—“to bear the burden of the mystery with as much grace as we can.”<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>Olive, Again</i></b><br /><br />“Olive is a brilliant creation not only because of her eternal cantankerousness but because she’s as brutally candid with herself about her shortcomings as she is with others. Her honesty makes people strangely willing to confide in her, and the raw power of Ms. Strout’s writing comes from these unvarnished exchanges, in which characters reveal themselves in all of their sadness and badness and confusion. . . . The great, terrible mess of living is spilled out across the pages of this moving book. Ms. Strout may not have any answers for it, but she isn’t afraid of it either.”<b>—<i>The Wall Street Journal</i></b>
Nothing to See Here
by Kevin Wilson

Language

English

Pages

277

Publication Date

October 29, 2019

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<p><strong>A <em>New York Times</em> Bestseller  •  A Read with Jenna Today Show Book Club Pick!</strong></p><p><strong>Named a Best Book of the Year by <em>The</em> <em>New York Times Book Review</em>, <em>The</em> <em>Washington Post</em>, <em>People</em>, <em>Entertainment Weekly</em>, <em>USA Today</em>, <em>TIME, The A.V. Club,</em><em> Buzzfeed, </em>and <em>PopSugar</em></strong></p><p><strong>“I can’t believe how good this book is.... It’s wholly original. It’s also perfect.... Wilson writes with such a light touch.... The brilliance of the novel [is] that it distracts you with these weirdo characters and mesmerizing and funny sentences and then hits you in a way you didn’t see coming. You’re laughing so hard you don’t even realize that you’ve suddenly caught fire.” —Taffy Brodesser-Akner, author of <em>Fleishman is in Trouble</em>, <em>New York Times Book Review</em></strong></p><p>From the <em>New York Times</em> bestselling author of <em>The Family Fang</em>, a moving and uproarious novel about a woman who finds meaning in her life when she begins caring for two children with a remarkable ability.</p><p>Lillian and Madison were unlikely roommates and yet inseparable friends at their elite boarding school. But then Lillian had to leave the school unexpectedly in the wake of a scandal and they’ve barely spoken since. Until now, when Lillian gets a letter from Madison pleading for her help.</p><p>Madison’s twin stepkids are moving in with her family and she wants Lillian to be their caretaker. However, there’s a catch: the twins spontaneously combust when they get agitated, flames igniting from their skin in a startling but beautiful way. Lillian is convinced Madison is pulling her leg, but it’s the truth.</p><p>Thinking of her dead-end life at home, the life that has consistently disappointed her, Lillian figures she has nothing to lose. Over the course of one humid, demanding summer, Lillian and the twins learn to trust each other—and stay cool—while also staying out of the way of Madison’s buttoned-up politician husband. Surprised by her own ingenuity yet unused to the intense feelings of protectiveness she feels for them, Lillian ultimately begins to accept that she needs these strange children as much as they need her—urgently and fiercely. Couldn’t this be the start of the amazing life she’d always hoped for?</p><p>With white-hot wit and a big, tender heart, Kevin Wilson has written his best book yet—a most unusual story of parental love.</p>
The Likely Resolutions of Oliver Clock
by Jane Riley

Language

English

Pages

308

Publication Date

February 01, 2020

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<p><b>His life is perfectly regimented. Is there really room for something as unpredictable as love?</b></p><p>Oliver Clock has everything arranged just so. A steady job running the family funeral parlour. A fridge stocked with ready meals. A drawer full of colour-coded socks. A plan (of sorts) to stay trim enough for a standard-sized coffin. And in florist Marie, he’s even found the love of his life—not that she’s aware of it.</p><p>When a terrible tragedy takes Marie out of his life but leaves him with her private journal, he discovers too late that she secretly loved him back. Faced now with an empty love life, a family funeral business in trouble, a fast-approaching fortieth birthday and a notebook of resolutions he’s never achieved, Oliver resolves to open himself up to love—and all the mess that comes along with it.</p><p>But, with a habit of burying his feelings, can he learn to embrace his lovability and find the woman who will make him feel whole?</p>
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>
The Bookish Life of Nina Hill
by Abbi Waxman

Language

English

Pages

351

Publication Date

July 09, 2019

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<b>Instant <i>USA Today</i> bestseller!<br /><br />“Abbi Waxman is both irreverent and thoughtful.”—#1 <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author Emily Giffin<br /><br />“Meet our bookish millennial heroine—a modern-day Elizabeth Bennet, if you will… Waxman’s wit and wry humor stand out. She is funny and imaginative, and “Bookish” lands a step above run-of-the-mill romantic comedy fare.”—<i>The Washington Post</i><br /><br />“Abbi Waxman offers up a quirky, eccentric romance that will charm any bookworm…. For anyone who’s ever wondered if their greatest romance might come between the pages of books they read, Waxman offers a heartwarming tribute to that possibility.”--<i>Entertainment Weekly</i><br /><br />The author of <i>Other People’s Houses</i> and <i>The Garden of Small Beginnings</i> delivers a quirky and charming novel chronicling the life of confirmed introvert Nina Hill as she does her best to fly under everyone's radar.</b><br /> <b> </b><br /> <b>Meet Nina Hill: A young woman supremely confident in her own...shell.</b><br />  <br /> The only child of a single mother, Nina has her life just as she wants it: a job in a bookstore, a kick-butt trivia team, a world-class planner and a cat named Phil. If she sometimes suspects there might be more to life than reading, she just shrugs and picks up a new book. <br /> <i> </i><br /> When the father Nina never knew existed suddenly dies, leaving behind innumerable sisters, brothers, nieces, and nephews, Nina is horrified. They all live close by! They're all—or mostly all—excited to meet her! She'll have to Speak. To. Strangers. It's a disaster! And as if that wasn't enough, Tom, her trivia nemesis, has turned out to be cute, funny, and deeply interested in getting to know her. Doesn't he realize what a terrible idea that is?<br />  <br /> Nina considers her options.<br /> 1. Completely change her name and appearance. (Too drastic, plus she <i>likes</i> her hair.) <br /> 2. Flee to a deserted island. (Hard pass, see: coffee). <br /> 3. Hide in a corner of her apartment and rock back and forth. (Already doing it.)<br />  <br /> It's time for Nina to come out of her comfortable shell, but she isn't convinced real life could ever live up to fiction. It's going to take a brand-new family, a persistent suitor, and the combined effects of ice cream and trivia to make her turn her own fresh page.
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 • NATIONAL BOOK AWARD LONGLIST • “A feminist jeremiad nested inside a brilliant comic novel—a book that makes you laugh so hard you don’t notice till later that your eyebrows have been singed off.”—Ron Charles, <i>The Washington Post<br /></i></b> <br /><b><b><b><b><b>FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE’S JOHN LEONARD PRIZE FOR BEST FIRST BOOK • </b></b></b>NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY <i>ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY </i>AND THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY AND ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY <i>The New York Times Book Review </i>• <i>Time </i>• <i>The Washington Post </i>• <i>Vanity Fair</i> • <i>Vogue</i> • NPR • <i>Chicago Tribune</i> • <i>GQ</i> • <i>Vox</i> • <i>Refinery29 </i>• <i>Elle</i> • <i>The Guardian </i>• <i>Real Simple</i> • <i>Parade</i> • <i>Good Housekeeping </i>• <i>Marie Claire</i> • <i>Town & Country </i>• <i>Evening Standard </i>• <i>Kirkus Reviews </i>• <i>BookPage </i>• <i>BookRiot </i>• <i>Shelf Awareness</i></b><br /><br /></b> <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><i>Alma</i>’s Best Jewish Novel of the Year</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>
This Is How It Always Is: A Novel
by Laurie Frankel

Language

English

Pages

337

Publication Date

January 24, 2017

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<p><b><i>New York Times</i> Bestseller</b><br /><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>Longlisted for 2019 International DUBLIN Literary Award</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>
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.

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