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Where the Crawdads Sing
by Delia Owens

Language

English

Pages

379

Publication Date

August 14, 2018

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<b>#1 <i>New York Times</i> Bestseller<br />More than 4 million copies sold<br />A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick<br /><br />"I can't even express how much I love this book! I didn't want this story to end!"--Reese Witherspoon<br /><br />"Painfully beautiful."--<i>The New York Times Book Review<br /></i></b><br />For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life--until the unthinkable happens.<br /><br /><i>Where the Crawdads Sing</i> is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. Owens reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.
The Dutch House: A Novel
by Ann Patchett

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English

Pages

352

Publication Date

September 24, 2019

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<p><strong>A Read with Jenna <em>Today</em> Show Book Club Pick!</strong></p><p><strong>From the </strong><em><strong>New York Times</strong></em><strong> bestselling author of </strong><em><strong>Commonwealth</strong></em><strong> and </strong><em><strong>State of Wonder</strong></em><strong>, comes Ann Patchett’s most powerful novel to date: a richly moving story that explores the indelible bond between two siblings, the house of their childhood, and a past that will not let them go. </strong><em><strong>The Dutch House</strong></em><strong> is the story of a paradise lost, a tour de force that digs deeply into questions of inheritance, love and forgiveness, of how we want to see ourselves and of who we really are.</strong></p><p>At the end of the Second World War, Cyril Conroy combines luck and a single canny investment to begin an enormous real estate empire, propelling his family from poverty to enormous wealth. His first order of business is to buy the Dutch House, a lavish estate in the suburbs outside of Philadelphia. Meant as a surprise for his wife, the house sets in motion the undoing of everyone he loves.</p><p>The story is told by Cyril’s son Danny, as he and his older sister, the brilliantly acerbic and self-assured Maeve, are exiled from the house where they grew up by their stepmother. The two wealthy siblings are thrown back into the poverty their parents had escaped from and find that all they have to count on is one another. It is this unshakeable bond between them that both saves their lives and thwarts their futures.</p><p>Set over the course of five decades, <em>The Dutch House</em> is a dark fairy tale about two smart people who cannot overcome their past. Despite every outward sign of success, Danny and Maeve are only truly comfortable when they’re together. Throughout their lives they return to the well-worn story of what they’ve lost with humor and rage. But when at last they’re forced to confront the people who left them behind, the relationship between an indulged brother and his ever-protective sister is finally tested.</p>
Inappropriate
by Vi Keeland

Language

English

Pages

366

Publication Date

January 18, 2020

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<b>A new, sexy standalone novel from #1<i> New York Times</i> Bestseller, Vi Keeland.</b><p></p><p>Terminated for inappropriate behavior.</p><p>I couldn’t believe the letter in my hands.</p><p>Nine years. <i>Nine damn years</i> I’d worked my butt off for one of the largest companies in America, and I was fired with a form letter when I returned home from a week in Aruba. </p><p>All because of a video taken when I was on vacation with my friends—a <i>private </i> video made on my <i>private</i> time. <i>Or so I thought…</i></p><p>Pissed off, I cracked open a bottle of wine and wrote my own letter to the gazillionaire CEO telling him what I thought of his company and its practices.</p><p>I didn’t think he’d actually respond.</p><p>I certainly never thought I’d suddenly become pen pals with the rich jerk. </p><p>Eventually, he realized I’d been wronged and made sure I got my job back.</p><p>Only…it wasn’t the only thing Grant Lexington wanted to do for me. </p><p>But there was no way I was getting involved with my boss’s boss’s boss. Even if he was ridiculously gorgeous, confident, and charming.</p><p>It would be completely wrong, inappropriate even.</p><p>Sort of like the video that got me into trouble to begin with.</p><p>Two wrongs don’t make a right.</p><p>But sometimes it’s twice as fun.</p>
When We Believed in Mermaids: A Novel
by Barbara O'Neal

Language

English

Pages

348

Publication Date

July 16, 2019

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<p><b>An Amazon Charts and <i>Washington Post</i> bestseller.</b></p><p><b>From the author of <i>The Art of Inheriting Secrets</i> comes an emotional new tale of two sisters, an ocean of lies, and a search for the truth.</b></p><p><i>Her sister has been dead for fifteen years when she sees her on the TV news…</i></p><p>Josie Bianci was killed years ago on a train during a terrorist attack. Gone forever. It’s what her sister, Kit, an ER doctor in Santa Cruz, has always believed. Yet all it takes is a few heart-wrenching seconds to upend Kit’s world. Live coverage of a club fire in Auckland has captured the image of a woman stumbling through the smoke and debris. Her resemblance to Josie is unbelievable. And unmistakable. With it comes a flood of emotions—grief, loss, and anger—that Kit finally has a chance to put to rest: by finding the sister who’s been living a lie.</p><p>After arriving in New Zealand, Kit begins her journey with the memories of the past: of days spent on the beach with Josie. Of a lost teenage boy who’d become part of their family. And of a trauma that has haunted Kit and Josie their entire lives.</p><p>Now, if two sisters are to reunite, it can only be by unearthing long-buried secrets and facing a devastating truth that has kept them apart far too long. To regain their relationship, they may have to lose everything.</p>
The Island of Sea Women: A Novel
by Lisa See

Language

English

Pages

385

Publication Date

March 05, 2019

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<b>A new novel from Lisa See, the <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of <i>The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane</i>, about female friendship and family secrets on a small Korean island.</b><br /><br />Mi-ja and Young-sook, two girls living on the Korean island of Jeju, are best friends that come from very different backgrounds. When they are old enough, they begin working in the sea with their village’s all-female diving collective, led by Young-sook’s mother. As the girls take up their positions as baby divers, they know they are beginning a life of excitement and responsibility but also danger.<br /> <br />Despite their love for each other, Mi-ja and Young-sook’s differences are impossible to ignore. <i>The Island of Sea Women </i>is an epoch set over many decades, beginning during a period of Japanese colonialism in the 1930s and 1940s, followed by World War II, the Korean War and its aftermath, through the era of cell phones and wet suits for the women divers. Throughout this time, the residents of Jeju find themselves caught between warring empires. Mi-ja is the daughter of a Japanese collaborator, and she will forever be marked by this association. Young-sook was born into a long line of <i>haenyeo </i>and will inherit her mother’s position leading the divers in their village. Little do the two friends know that after surviving hundreds of dives and developing the closest of bonds, forces outside their control will push their friendship to the breaking point.<br /> <br />This beautiful, thoughtful novel illuminates a world turned upside down, one where the women are in charge, engaging in dangerous physical work, and the men take care of the children. A classic Lisa See story—one of women’s friendships and the larger forces that shape them—<i>The Island of Sea Women</i> introduces readers to the fierce and unforgettable female divers of Jeju Island and the dramatic history that shaped their lives.
The Night Fire (Renée Ballard Book 3)
by Michael Connelly

Language

English

Pages

417

Publication Date

October 22, 2019

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<b>A<i> NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW</i> BEST CRIME NOVEL OF THE YEAR</b><b><br /></b><b>A<i> CrimeReads </i>Best Crime Novel Notable selection </b><b><i></i><i></i><i></i><i></i><i></i><br /></b><b>Harry Bosch and LAPD Detective </b><b>Renée Ballard come together again on the murder case that obsessed Bosch's mentor, the man who trained him---new from #1 <i>New York Times </i>bestselling author Michael Connelly</b> <b><br /></b> <br />Back when Harry Bosch was just a rookie homicide detective, he had an inspiring mentor who taught him to take the work personally and light the fire of relentlessness for every case. Now that mentor, John Jack Thompson, is dead, and his widow gives Bosch a murder book, one that Thompson took with him when he left the LAPD twenty years before -- the unsolved killing of a troubled young man.<br /><br />Bosch takes the murder book to Detective Renée Ballard and asks her to help him discover what about this crime lit Thompson's fire all those years ago. As she begins her inqueries -- while still working her own cases on the midnight shift -- Ballad finds aspects of the initial investigation that just don't add up.<br /><br />The bond between Bosch and Ballard tightens as they become a formidable investigation team. And they soon arrive at a disturbing question: Did Thompson steal the murder book to work the case in retirement, or to make sure it never got solved? <br />Written with the intense pacing and masterful suspense that have made Michael Connelly "the hard-boiled fiction master of our time" (NPR),<i> The Night Fire</i> continues the unofficial partnership of two fierce detectives determined not to let the fire with burn out.
This Tender Land: A Novel
by William Kent Krueger

Language

English

Pages

465

Publication Date

September 03, 2019

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<b>INSTANT <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER!</b><br /> <br /><b>“If you liked <i>Where the Crawdads Sing,</i> you’ll love <i>This Tender Land</i>...This story is as big-hearted as they come.” —<i>Parade</i></b><br /> <br /><b>A magnificent novel about four orphans on a life-changing odyssey during the Great Depression, from the bestselling author of <i>Ordinary Grace</i>.</b><br /><br />1932, Minnesota—the Lincoln School is a pitiless place where hundreds of Native American children, forcibly separated from their parents, are sent to be educated. It is also home to an orphan named Odie O’Banion, a lively boy whose exploits earn him the superintendent’s wrath. Forced to flee, he and his brother Albert, their best friend Mose, and a brokenhearted little girl named Emmy steal away in a canoe, heading for the mighty Mississippi and a place to call their own.<br /> <br />Over the course of one unforgettable summer, these four orphans will journey into the unknown and cross paths with others who are adrift, from struggling farmers and traveling faith healers to displaced families and lost souls of all kinds. With the feel of a modern classic, <i>This Tender Land </i>is an en­thralling, big-hearted epic that shows how the magnificent American landscape connects us all, haunts our dreams, and makes us whole.
Olive, Again: A Novel
by Elizabeth Strout

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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>
The Overstory: A Novel
by Richard Powers

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English

Pages

502

Publication Date

April 03, 2018

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<p><strong>Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction<br /><br />#1 <em>New York Times</em> Bestseller<br /><br />Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize<br /><br />A <em>New York Times</em> Notable Book and a <em>Washington Post</em>, <em>Time</em>, <em>Oprah Magazine</em>, <em>Newsweek</em>, <em>Chicago Tribune</em>, and <em>Kirkus Reviews</em> Best Book of the Year<br /><br /><br /><br />"The best novel ever written about trees, and really just one of the best novels, period." —Ann Patchett</strong></p><br /><p><em>The Overstory</em>, winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, is a sweeping, impassioned work of activism and resistance that is also a stunning evocation of—and paean to—the natural world. From the roots to the crown and back to the seeds, Richard Powers’s twelfth novel unfolds in concentric rings of interlocking fables that range from antebellum New York to the late twentieth-century Timber Wars of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. There is a world alongside ours—vast, slow, interconnected, resourceful, magnificently inventive, and almost invisible to us. This is the story of a handful of people who learn how to see that world and who are drawn up into its unfolding catastrophe.</p>
Before We Were Yours: A Novel
by Lisa Wingate

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English

Pages

352

Publication Date

June 06, 2017

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<b><b>THE BLOCKBUSTER HIT—Over two million copies sold! A <i>New York Times</i>, <i>USA Today,</i> <i>Wall Street Journal,</i> and <i>Publishers Weekly </i>Bestseller<br /><br /></b>“Poignant, engrossing.”—<i>People </i>• “Lisa Wingate takes an almost unthinkable chapter in our nation’s history and weaves a tale of enduring power.”—Paula McLain</b> <br /><b><br />Memphis, 1939. </b>Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family’s Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge—until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents—but they quickly realize the dark truth. At the mercy of the facility’s cruel director, Rill fights to keep her sisters and brother together in a world of danger and uncertainty.<br /><br /><b> Aiken, South Carolina, present day.</b> Born into wealth and privilege, Avery Stafford seems to have it all: a successful career as a federal prosecutor, a handsome fiancé, and a lavish wedding on the horizon. But when Avery returns home to help her father weather a health crisis, a chance encounter leaves her with uncomfortable questions and compels her to take a journey through her family’s long-hidden history, on a path that will ultimately lead either to devastation or to redemption.<br /><br /> Based on one of America’s most notorious real-life scandals—in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country—Lisa Wingate’s riveting, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting tale reminds us how, even though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets where we belong.<br /><br /><b><i>Publishers Weekly’s</i> #3 Longest-Running Bestseller of 2017 </b>•<b> Winner of the Southern Book Prize </b>•<b> If All Arkansas Read the Same Book Selection</b><br /><br />“Sure to be one of the most compelling books you pick up this year. . . . Wingate is a master-storyteller, and you’ll find yourself pulled along as she reveals the wake of terror and heartache that is Georgia Tann’s legacy.”<b>—</b><i><b>Parade</b></i>

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