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Not Perfect: A Novel
by Elizabeth LaBan

Language

English

Pages

301

Publication Date

February 01, 2018

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<p><b>From Elizabeth LaBan, the acclaimed author of <i>The Restaurant Critic’s Wife</i>, comes a captivating and very funny novel about a wife and mother’s fall from grace, and why keeping up appearances is <i>not</i> her biggest secret.</b></p><p>Tabitha Brewer wakes up one morning to find her husband gone, leaving her no way to support herself and their two children, never mind their upscale Philadelphia lifestyle. She’d confess her situation to her friends—if it wasn’t for those dreadful words of warning in his goodbye note: <i>“I’ll tell them what you did.”</i></p><p>Instead, she does her best to keep up appearances, even as months pass and she can barely put food on the table—much less replace a light bulb. While she looks for a job, she lives in fear that someone will see her stuffing toilet paper into her handbag or pinching basil from a neighbor’s window box.</p><p>Soon, blindsided by catastrophe, surprised by romance, and stunned by the kindness of a stranger, Tabitha realizes she can’t keep her secrets forever. Sooner or later, someone is bound to figure out that her life is far from perfect.</p>
Surprise Me: A Novel
by Sophie Kinsella

Language

English

Pages

433

Publication Date

February 13, 2018

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<b>A witty and emotionally charged novel that delves into the heart of a marriage, and how those we love and think we know best can sometimes surprise us the most—from #1 <i>New York Times </i>bestselling author Sophie Kinsella</b><br />  <br /> After ten years together, Sylvie and Dan have a comfortable home, fulfilling jobs, and beautiful twin girls, and they communicate so seamlessly they finish each other’s sentences. They have a happy marriage and believe they know everything there is to know about each other. Until it’s casually mentioned to them that they could be together for another sixty-eight years . . . and panic sets in. <br />             <br /> They decide to bring surprises into their marriage to keep it fresh and fun. But in their pursuit of Project Surprise Me—from unexpected gifts to restaurant dates to sexy photo shoots—mishaps arise, with disastrous and comical results. Gradually, surprises turn to shocking truths. And when a scandal from the past is uncovered, they begin to wonder if they ever really knew each other at all.<br />             <br /> With a colorful cast of eccentric characters, razor-sharp observations, and her signature wit and charm, Sophie Kinsella presents a humorous yet moving portrait of a marriage—its intricacies, comforts, and complications. <i>Surprise Me</i> reveals that hidden layers in a close relationship are often yet to be discovered.<br /><br /><b>Advance praise for <i>Surprise Me</i></b><br /><br />“In her signature fashion, Sophie Kinsella brings a cast of quirky, funny characters to this new work. [She] keeps the laughs coming. . . . Readers will follow the story with bated breath as the couple struggle to make their marriage right after everything they thought they knew about each other proves wrong.”<b>—<i>Library Journal</i></b><br />  <br /> “Heartfelt . . . What at first seems like a light novel about familiar woes turns into a deeper story about trust, family, and perception.”<b>—<i>Publishers Weekly</i></b><br /> <b><i>  </i></b><br /> “Winsome and zesty, Kinsella’s latest delivers all the hallmarks her many fans have come to expect.”<b>—<i>Booklist</i></b>
A Time of Love and Tartan (44 Scotland Street Series)
by Alexander McCall Smith

Language

English

Pages

272

Publication Date

February 06, 2018

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<b>The latest installment of Alexander McCall Smith's perennially popular and irresistibly charming 44 Scotland Street series.</b><br /><br />When Pat accepts her narcissistic ex-boyfriend Bruce's invitation for coffee, she has no idea of the complications in her romantic and professional life that will follow. Meanwhile, Matthew, her boss at the art gallery, attracts the attention of the police after a misunderstanding at the local bookstore.<br /><br />Whether caused by small things such as a cup of coffee and a book, or major events such as Stuart's application for promotion and his wife Irene's decision to pursue a PhD in Aberdeen, change is coming to Scotland Street. But for three seven-year-old boys--Bertie Pollock, Ranald, and Big Lou's foster son, Finlay--it also means getting a glimpse of perfect happiness.<br /><br />Alexander McCall Smith's delightfully witty, wise and sometimes surreal comedy spirals out in surprising ways in this new installment, but its heart remains where it has always been, at the center of life in Edinburgh's New Town.
The Pope of Palm Beach: A Novel (Serge Storms)
by Tim Dorsey

Language

English

Pages

357

Publication Date

January 30, 2018

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<p>From Florida’s king of mayhem—"compulsively irreverent and shockingly funny" (<em>Boston Globe</em>) <em>New York Times</em> bestselling author Tim Dorsey—comes a diabolically madcap adventure featuring the indomitable Serge A. Storms.</p><p>No one worships the Sunshine State as much as Serge A. Storms. Perpetually hunting Floridian arcana and lore, he and his permanently baked sidekick, Coleman, are on the road again. This time they’re on a frenzied literary pilgrimage that leads them back to Riviera Beach, the cozy seaside town where the boys spent their formative years.</p><p>Growing up, Serge was enthralled by the Legend of Riviera Beach, aka Darby, a welder at the port who surfed the local waves long before the hot spots were hot. A god on the water, the big-hearted surfer was a friend to everyone—the younger surfers, cops, politicians, wealthy businessmen and ordinary Joes—a generosity of spirit that earned him the admiration of all. Meanwhile, there was a much murkier legend that made the rounds of the schoolyards from Serge’s youth—that of the crazy hermit living in a makeshift jungle compound farther up the mysterious Loxahatchee River than anyone dared to venture.</p><p>Then Serge moved away. But never forgot.</p><p>Now he’s back, with those legends looming larger than ever in the rearview mirror of his memory. As his literary odyssey moves north from Key West, closer and closer to his old stomping grounds, Serge digs into the past as only Serge can. Along the way, he unintentionally disturbs some long-forgotten ground, attracting the attention of a cast of villains that only Florida can produce.</p><p>As the body count grows, so does the list of questions:</p><p>Why are the guys in the hard hats worried about the monkeys? When do you hack a motel air-conditioner? How does Coleman get high with cat toys? Who is expecting the dildo? And will book tours ever be the same after Serge decides to check one out?</p><p>Told in alternating flashbacks between Serge and Coleman’s childhoods and the present day, <em>The Pope of Palm Beach</em> is a witty and deliciously violent delight from the twisted imagination of Tim Dorsey.</p>
The Château: A Novel
by Paul Goldberg

Language

English

Pages

364

Publication Date

February 13, 2018

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<p><b><i>"We have proverb in Florida...You know why it's good to be on beach?"</i></b><br /><b><i></i></b><br /><b><i>Bill smiles, but says nothing. He wants the guy to keep talking.</i></b><br /><b><i></i></b><br /><b><i>"Because on beach you are surrounded by idiots on only three sides."</i></b><br /><b><i></i></b><br /><b><i>"And on the remaining side you have what?" asks Bill.</i></b><br /><b><i></i></b><br /><b><i>"Sharks..."</i></b><br /><b></b><br /><b>Paul Goldberg, the acclaimed author of <i>The Yid</i>, takes us behind the scenes of a Florida condo board election, delivering a wild spin on Miami Beach, petty crime, Jewish identity, and life in Trump's America.</b></p><p>It is January 2017 and Bill has hit rock bottom. Yesterday, he was William M. Katzenelenbogen, successful science reporter at <i>The Washington Post</i>. But things have taken a turn. Fired from his job, aimless, with exactly $1,219.37 in his checking account, he learns that his college roommate, a plastic surgeon known far and wide as the “Butt God of Miami Beach,” has fallen to his death under salacious circumstances. With nothing to lose, Bill boards a flight for Florida’s Gold Coast, ready to begin his own investigation—a last ditch attempt to revive his career. </p><p>There’s just one catch: Bill’s father, Melsor.</p><p>Melsor Yakovlevich Katzenelenbogen—poet, literary scholar, political dissident, small-time-crook—is angling for control of the condo board at the Château Sedan Neuve, a crumbling high-rise in Hollywood, Florida, populated mostly by Russian Jewish immigrants. The current board is filled with fraudsters levying “special assessments” on residents, and Melsor will use any means necessary to win the board election. And who better to help him than his estranged son?</p><p>As he did in <i>The Yid</i>, Paul Goldberg has taken something we think we know and turned it on its ear. Featuring a colorful cast of characters, <i>The Château</i> guarantees that you will never look at condo boards, crime, kleptocracy, vodka, Fascism, or Florida the same way again.</p>
Duty and the Beast (An Eat, Pray, Die Humorous Mystery Book 5)
by Chelsea Field

Language

English

Pages

328

Publication Date

January 31, 2018

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Isobel Avery’s first six months as an undercover poison taster haven’t exactly been easy. But this week will be worse.<br /><br />Two people with nothing in common are found dead. Apparently poisoned by an artificial intelligence security system. Now Izzy needs to find out whether robots are taking over the world or if there's a geeky murderer on the loose.<br /><br />Oh, and she also needs to juggle the demands of her personal life—playing along with Etta's latest deception, rehoming a mysteriously acquired stray dog, cheering up her mopey housemate, and helping Harper cut ties with her worst boyfriend yet.<br /><br />But Izzy's biggest challenge of all will be helping Connor face the demons of his past. And if she can’t do it, she might lose him forever.
Lucky Score (The Lucky O'Toole Vegas Adventure Series Book 9)
by Deborah Coonts

Language

English

Pages

382

Publication Date

February 07, 2018

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If Lucky O’Toole, chief problem solver for the Babylon, Vegas’ primo Strip property, knows one thing—where money goes, trouble follows.<br /><br />So, when the NFL announces it’s moving a team to Vegas, Lucky is left on the fence until the trouble she feared lands in her lap.<br /><br />Nolan Ponder, one of the key players in the negotiations to get the NFL to Sin City, staggers into the Babylon covered in blood and holding a knife.<br /><br />With the mountains of money and careers on the line, Lucky figured someone would try to kill the deal.<br /><br />But murder?<br /><br />Chasing down a murderer is the last thing she needs.<br /><br />Teddie, her former live-in lover is exploiting every angle to get back into her heart.<br /><br />Jean-Charles, her fiancé, is planning a trip to France to introduce Lucky to his family.<br /><br />Mona, her mother, still hasn’t named her twins.<br /><br />Lucky’s life is quickly becoming a game of murder and mayhem.<br /><br />She just hopes this game won’t go into overtime. <br /><br /><br /><b>READING ORDER </b><br /><br /><i>Wanna Get Lucky?</i> (The Lucky O'Toole Vegas Adventure Series Book 1)<br /><i>Lucky Stiff </i>(The Lucky O'Toole Vegas Adventure Series Book 2)<br /><i>Lucky in Love</i> (A Lucky O'Toole Original Novella 1)<br /><i>So Damn Lucky</i> (The Lucky O'Toole Vegas Adventure Series Book 3)<br /><i>Lucky Bang</i> (A Lucky O'Toole Original Novella 2)<br /><i>Lucky Now and Then</i> (A Lucky O'Toole Original Novella 3)<br /><i>Lucky Bastard</i> (The Lucky O'Toole Vegas Adventure Series Book 4)<br /><i>Lucky Catch</i> (The Lucky O'Toole Vegas Adventure Series Book 5)<br /><i>Lucky Flash</i> (A Lucky O'Toole Original Novella 4)<br /><i>Lucky Break</i> (The Lucky O'Toole Vegas Adventure Series Book 6)<br /><i>Lucky the Hard Way</i> (The Lucky O'Toole Vegas Adventure Series Book 7)<br /><i>Lucky Ride </i>(The Lucky O'Toole Vegas Adventure Series Book 8)<br /><i>Lucky Score </i>(The Lucky O'Toole Vegas Adventure Series Book 9)<br /><br /><br /><b>AN INTERVIEW WITH DEBORAH COONTS</b><br /><br /><b>Why did you decide to write humor? </b><br /><br />I’m not sure I decided to add snark to the Lucky, books, specifically to Lucky’s own voice, it just happened that way. When I was a kid, my mouth always got me into trouble. Finally, I’ve found a way to harness the sarcasm for the Forces of Good—or at least in a way not to anger my grandmother. And when Lucky started talking to me, she had a strong dose of sass in her.<br /><br /><b>The Lucky O'Toole Vegas Adventure series is hard to categorize. Is that by design? </b><br /><br />When I set out to write <i>Wanna Get Lucky?</i>, I knew I wanted to write a romp through Las Vegas. I had the characters and the setting but no real understanding of narrative drive. So, I threw a young woman out of a tour helicopter into the middle of the Pirate Show and let the story unfold. A bit of murder to keep the plot moving, some wisecracking and Vegas mischief to make you laugh, and some romance to keep it interesting. A bit of a mash up, but it works.<br /><br /><br /><b>PRAISE FOR THE LUCKY O’TOOLE VEGAS ADVENTURE SERIES </b><br /><br />“Lucky’s story is funny, <b>fast-paced, exuberant and brilliantly realized</b>.” - <i>Susan Wiggs, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Family Tree</i><br /><br />“Get ready to <b>win big--with a novel that will keep you glued to the pages</b> all the way to the end.” - <i>Brenda Novak, New York Times bestselling author of Trust Me, Stop Me, and Watch Me</i><br /><br />"<b>More fun than a winning streak in Vegas</b>. Lucky O’Toole is a character with brains, beauty, and a wry sense of humor. Readers will want to meet her again—and soon." - <i>Diane Mott Davidson, author of Fatally Flakey</i><br /><br />"Deborah Coonts...<b>entrusts the sleuthing to a brainy beauty who sees the lighter side of human folly</b>." - <i>New York Times Book Review</i>
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
by Douglas Adams

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English

Pages

208

Publication Date

December 18, 2007

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<b>“Extremely funny . . . inspired lunacy . . . [and] over much too soon.”—<i>The Washington Post Book World</i></b><br /><br />Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of <i>The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy</i> who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.<br /><br />Together this dynamic pair begin a journey through space aided by quotes from The Hitchhiker’s Guide (“A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have”) and a galaxy-full of fellow travelers: Zaphod Beeblebrox—the two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch president of the galaxy; Trillian, Zaphod’s girlfriend (formally Tricia McMillan), whom Arthur tried to pick up at a cocktail party once upon a time zone; Marvin, a paranoid, brilliant, and chronically depressed robot; Veet Voojagig, a former graduate student who is obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he bought over the years. <br /><br />Where are these pens? Why are we born? Why do we die? Why do we spend so much time between wearing digital watches? For all the answers stick your thumb to the stars. And don't forget to bring a towel!<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy</i></b><br /><br />“A whimsical oddyssey . . . Characters frolic through the galaxy with infectious joy.”<b>—<i>Publishers Weekly</i></b><br /><br />“Irresistable!”<b>—</b><i><b>The Boston Globe</b></i>
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society: A Novel
by , Mary Ann Shaffer

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English

Pages

322

Publication Date

July 29, 2008

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<b>#1 <i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER<br /></b><br /><i>“I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there is some sort of secret homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers.” </i>January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb….<br /> <br /> As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends—and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society—born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island—boasts a charming, funny, deeply human cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all.<br /> <br /> Juliet begins a remarkable correspondence with the society’s members, learning about their island, their taste in books, and the impact the recent German occupation has had on their lives. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever.<br /> <br /> Written with warmth and humor as a series of letters, this novel is a celebration of the written word in all its guises, and of finding connection in the most surprising ways.<br /><br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>
A Man Called Ove: A Novel
by Fredrik Backman

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English

Pages

353

Publication Date

July 15, 2014

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<b>Read the<i> New York Times </i>bestseller that has taken the world by storm!</b><BR><BR>Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon—the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him “the bitter neighbor from hell.” But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?<BR> <BR>Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations.<BR> <BR> A feel-good story in the spirit of <i>The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry</i> and <i>Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand</i>, Fredrik Backman’s novel about the angry old man next door is a thoughtful exploration of the profound impact one life has on countless others. “If there was an award for ‘Most Charming Book of the Year,’ this first novel by a Swedish blogger-turned-overnight-sensation would win hands down” (<i>Booklist</i>, starred review).

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