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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 />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</i><br /><br />"Perfect for fans of Barbara Kingsolver."--<i>Bustle</i></b><br /><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 />Perfect for fans of Barbara Kingsolver and Karen Russell, <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.
Elevation
by Stephen King

Language

English

Pages

160

Publication Date

October 30, 2018

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<b>#1 <i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER</b><BR> <BR> <b>The latest from legendary master storyteller Stephen King, a riveting, extraordinarily eerie, and moving story about a man whose mysterious affliction brings a small town together—a timely, upbeat tale about finding common ground despite deep-rooted differences. </b><BR><BR>Although Scott Carey doesn’t look any different, he’s been steadily losing weight. There are a couple of other odd things, too. He weighs the same in his clothes and out of them, no matter how heavy they are. Scott doesn’t want to be poked and prodded. He mostly just wants someone else to know, and he trusts Doctor Bob Ellis.<BR> <BR>In the small town of Castle Rock, the setting of many of King’s most iconic stories, Scott is engaged in a low grade—but escalating—battle with the lesbians next door whose dog regularly drops his business on Scott’s lawn. One of the women is friendly; the other, cold as ice. Both are trying to launch a new restaurant, but the people of Castle Rock want no part of a gay married couple, and the place is in trouble. When Scott finally understands the prejudices they face–including his own—he tries to help. Unlikely alliances, the annual foot race, and the mystery of Scott’s affliction bring out the best in people who have indulged the worst in themselves and others.<BR> <BR>From Stephen King, our “most precious renewable resource, like Shakespeare in the malleability of his work” (<i>The Guardian</i>), <i>Elevation</i> is an antidote to our divisive culture, as gloriously joyful (with a twinge of deep sadness) as “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
A Spark of Light: A Novel
by Jodi Picoult

Language

English

Pages

356

Publication Date

October 02, 2018

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<b>#1 <i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER </b>• <b>The author of <i>Small Great Things</i> returns with a powerful and provocative new novel about ordinary lives that intersect during a heart-stopping crisis.</b><br /><br /><b>“Picoult at her fearless best . . . Timely, balanced and certain to inspire debate.”—<i>The Washington Post</i></b><br /><br /> The warm fall day starts like any other at the Center—a women’s reproductive health services clinic—its staff offering care to anyone who passes through its doors. Then, in late morning, a desperate and distraught gunman bursts in and opens fire, taking all inside hostage.<br /><br /> After rushing to the scene, Hugh McElroy, a police hostage negotiator, sets up a perimeter and begins making a plan to communicate with the gunman. As his phone vibrates with incoming text messages he glances at it and, to his horror, finds out that his fifteen-year-old daughter, Wren, is inside the clinic.<br /><br />But Wren is not alone. She will share the next and tensest few hours of her young life with a cast of unforgettable characters: A nurse who calms her own panic in order to save the life of a wounded woman. A doctor who does his work not in spite of his faith but because of it, and who will find that faith tested as never before. A pro-life protester, disguised as a patient, who now stands in the crosshairs of the same rage she herself has felt. A young woman who has come to terminate her pregnancy. And the disturbed individual himself, vowing to be heard.<br /><br />Told in a daring and enthralling narrative structure that counts backward through the hours of the standoff, this is a story that traces its way back to what brought each of these very different individuals to the same place on this fateful day.<br /><br /> One of the most fearless writers of our time, Jodi Picoult tackles a complicated issue in this gripping and nuanced novel. How do we balance the rights of pregnant women with the rights of the unborn they carry? What does it mean to be a good parent? <i>A Spark of Light</i> will inspire debate, conversation . . . and, hopefully, understanding.<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>A Spark of Light</i></b><br /><br />“This is Jodi Picoult at her best: tackling an emotional hot-button issue and putting a human face on it.”<b>—</b><i><b>People</b></i><br /> <b> </b><br />“Told backward and hour by hour, Jodi Picoult’s compelling narrative deftly explores controversial social issues.”<b>—<i>Us Weekly</i></b>
The Witch Elm: A Novel
by Tana French

Language

English

Pages

526

Publication Date

October 09, 2018

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<b>"Tana French's best and most intricately nuanced novel yet. . . Get ready for the whiplash brought on by its final twists and turns." -<i>The New York Times</i><br /><br />A brilliant new work of suspense from "the most important crime novelist to emerge in the past 10 years" (<i>Washington Post</i>) and an excellent holiday gift.</b><br /><br />From the writer who "inspires cultic devotion in readers" (<i>The New Yorker</i>) and has been called "incandescent" by Stephen King, "absolutely mesmerizing" by Gillian Flynn, and "unputdownable" (<i>People</i>), comes a gripping new novel that turns a crime story inside out.<br /><br />Toby is a happy-go-lucky charmer who's dodged a scrape at work and is celebrating with friends when the night takes a turn that will change his life - he surprises two burglars who beat him and leave him for dead. Struggling to recover from his injuries, beginning to understand that he might never be the same man again, he takes refuge at his family's ancestral home to care for his dying uncle Hugo. Then a skull is found in the trunk of an elm tree in the garden - and as detectives close in, Toby is forced to face the possibility that his past may not be what he has always believed.<br /><br />A spellbinding standalone from one of the best suspense writers working today, <i>The Witch Elm</i> asks what we become, and what we're capable of, when we no longer know who we are.
Unsheltered: A Novel
by Barbara Kingsolver

Language

English

Pages

480

Publication Date

October 16, 2018

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<p><strong><em>New York Times</em> bestseller</strong></p><p>The <em>New York Times</em> bestselling author of <em>Flight Behavior, The Lacuna,</em> and <em>The Poisonwood Bible</em> and recipient of numerous literary awards—including the National Humanities Medal, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and the Orange Prize—returns with a timely novel that interweaves past and present to explore the human capacity for resiliency and compassion in times of great upheaval.</p><p><em>How could two hardworking people do everything right in life,</em> a woman asks, <em>and end up destitute?</em> Willa Knox and her husband followed all the rules as responsible parents and professionals, and have nothing to show for it but debts and an inherited brick house that is falling apart. The magazine where Willa worked has folded; the college where her husband had tenure has closed. Their dubious shelter is also the only option for a disabled father-in-law and an exasperating, free-spirited daughter. When the family’s one success story, an Ivy-educated son, is uprooted by tragedy he seems likely to join them, with dark complications of his own.</p><p>In another time, a troubled husband and public servant asks, <em>How can a man tell the truth, and be reviled for it?</em> A science teacher with a passion for honest investigation, Thatcher Greenwood finds himself under siege: his employer forbids him to speak of the exciting work just published by Charles Darwin. His young bride and social-climbing mother-in-law bristle at the risk of scandal, and dismiss his worries that their elegant house is unsound. In a village ostensibly founded as a benevolent Utopia, Thatcher wants only to honor his duties, but his friendships with a woman scientist and a renegade newspaper editor threaten to draw him into a vendetta with the town’s powerful men.</p><p><em>Unsheltered</em> is the compulsively readable story of two families, in two centuries, who live at the corner of Sixth and Plum in Vineland, New Jersey, navigating what seems to be the end of the world as they know it. With history as their tantalizing canvas, these characters paint a startlingly relevant portrait of life in precarious times when the foundations of the past have failed to prepare us for the future.</p>
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine: A Novel
by Gail Honeyman

Language

English

Pages

332

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>
Lethal White (A Cormoran Strike Novel Book 4)
by Robert Galbraith

Language

English

Pages

656

Publication Date

September 18, 2018

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<div><b>"Rowling's wizardry as a writer is on fulsome display" (<i>USA Today</i>) in this #1 <i>New York Times</i> bestseller. <i>Lethal White</i> is the fourth book in the Cormoran Strike series from the international bestselling author Robert Galbraith.</b></div><div><br /><div>"I seen a kid killed...He strangled it, up by the horse."</div><div><br /></div><div>When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed, and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic.</div><div><br /></div><div>Trying to get to the bottom of Billy's story, Strike and Robin Ellacott-once his assistant, now a partner in the agency-set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London, into a secretive inner sanctum within Parliament, and to a beautiful but sinister manor house deep in the countryside.</div><div><br /></div><div>And during this labyrinthine investigation, Strike's own life is far from straightforward: his newfound fame as a private eye means he can no longer operate behind the scenes as he once did. Plus, his relationship with his former assistant is more fraught than it ever has been-Robin is now invaluable to Strike in the business, but their personal relationship is much, much trickier than that.</div><div><br /></div><div>The most epic Robert Galbraith novel yet, <i>Lethal White</i> is both a gripping mystery and a page-turning next instalment in the ongoing story of Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott.</div><div><br /></div> </div>
The Storyteller's Secret: A Novel
by Sejal Badani

Language

English

Pages

370

Publication Date

September 01, 2018

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<p><b>An Amazon Charts and <i>Washington Post</i> bestseller.</b></p><p><b>From the bestselling author of <i>Trail of Broken Wings</i> comes an epic story of the unrelenting force of love, the power of healing, and the invincible desire to dream.</b></p><p>Nothing prepares Jaya, a New York journalist, for the heartbreak of her third miscarriage and the slow unraveling of her marriage in its wake. Desperate to assuage her deep anguish, she decides to go to India to uncover answers to her family’s past.</p><p>Intoxicated by the sights, smells, and sounds she experiences, Jaya becomes an eager student of the culture. But it is Ravi—her grandmother’s former servant and trusted confidant—who reveals the resilience, struggles, secret love, and tragic fall of Jaya’s pioneering grandmother during the British occupation. Through her courageous grandmother’s arrestingly romantic and heart-wrenching story, Jaya discovers the legacy bequeathed to her and a strength that, until now, she never knew was possible.</p>
The River Widow
by Ann Howard Creel

Language

English

Pages

256

Publication Date

December 01, 2018

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<p><b>From the bestselling author of <i>The Whiskey Sea</i> comes a stirring novel of a young woman’s survival and liberation during the Great Depression.</b></p><p>In 1937, with flood waters approaching, Adah Branch accidentally kills her abusive husband, Lester, and surrenders his body to the raging river, only to be swept away herself.</p><p>So begins her story of survival, return to civilization, defense against accusations of murder, and the fight to save herself and her stepdaughter, Daisy, from the clutches of her husband’s notoriously cruel family, who have their sights set on revenge for Lester’s death. Essentially trapped, Adah must plan an escape.</p><p>But when she develops feelings for the one person essential to her plan’s success, she faces a painful choice: Will she choose to risk everything saving Daisy or take the new life offered by a loving man?</p>
Before We Were Yours: A Novel
by Lisa Wingate

Language

English

Pages

345

Publication Date

June 06, 2017

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<b><b>THE BLOCKBUSTER HIT—A <i>New York Times</i>, <i>USA Today,</i> <i>Wall Street Journal,</i> and <i>Publishers Weekly </i>Bestseller</b><br /><br />For readers of <i>Orphan Train </i>and <i>The Nightingale </i>comes a “thought-provoking [and] complex tale about two families, two generations apart . . . based on a notorious true-life scandal.”*</b><br /><br />Memphis, 1939. 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 /> Aiken, South Carolina, present day. 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 />*<i>Library Journal</i><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 />“A [story] of a family lost and found . . . a poignant, engrossing tale about sibling love and the toll of secrets.”<b>—<i>People</i></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><br /></i><br />“One of the year’s best books . . . It is impossible not to get swept up in this near-perfect novel.”<b>—<i>The Huffington Post</i></b>

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