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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.
Under Currents: A Novel
by Nora Roberts

Language

English

Pages

440

Publication Date

July 09, 2019

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<p><b>For both Zane and Darby, their small town roots hold a terrible secret. Now, decades later, they've come together to build a new life. But will the past set them free or pull them under?</b></p><p>Zane Bigelow grew up in a beautiful, perfectly kept house in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Strangers and even Zane’s own aunt across the lake see his parents as a successful surgeon and his stylish wife, making appearances at their children’s ballet recitals and baseball games. Only Zane and his sister know the truth, until one brutal night finally reveals cracks in the facade, and Zane escapes for college without a thought of looking back...</p><p>Years later, Zane returns to his hometown determined to reconnect with the place and people that mean so much to him, despite the painful memories. As he resumes life in the colorful town, he meets a gifted landscape artist named Darby, who is on the run from ghosts of her own. </p><p>Together they will have to teach each other what it means to face the past, and stand up for the ones they love.</p>
City of Girls: A Novel
by Elizabeth Gilbert

Language

English

Pages

480

Publication Date

June 04, 2019

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<b><b>AN INSTANT </b><b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i></b><b> BESTSELLER!</b><br /><b></b><br /><b>From the # 1 </b><b><i>New York Times</i></b><b> bestselling author of </b><b><i>Eat Pray Love</i></b><b> and </b><b><i>The Signature of All Things</i></b><b>, a delicious novel of glamour, sex, and adventure, about a young woman discovering that you don't have to be a </b><b><i>good girl</i></b><b> to be a good person.</b><br /><br /><b>"A spellbinding novel about love, freedom, and finding your own happiness." - PopSugar</b><br /><br /><b>"Intimate and richly sensual, razzle-dazzle with a hint of danger." -</b><b><i>USA Today</i></b><br /><br /><b>"Pairs well with a cocktail...or two." -</b><b><i>TheSkimm</i></b></b><br /><br />"Life is both fleeting and dangerous, and there is no point in denying yourself pleasure, or being anything other than what you are."<br /><br />Beloved author Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction with a unique love story set in the New York City theater world during the 1940s. Told from the perspective of an older woman as she looks back on her youth with both pleasure and regret (but mostly pleasure), <i>City of Girls</i> explores themes of female sexuality and promiscuity, as well as the idiosyncrasies of true love. <br /><br />In 1940, nineteen-year-old Vivian Morris has just been kicked out of Vassar College, owing to her lackluster freshman-year performance. Her affluent parents send her to Manhattan to live with her Aunt Peg, who owns a flamboyant, crumbling midtown theater called the Lily Playhouse. There Vivian is introduced to an entire cosmos of unconventional and charismatic characters, from the fun-chasing showgirls to a sexy male actor, a grand-dame actress, a lady-killer writer, and no-nonsense stage manager. But when Vivian makes a personal mistake that results in professional scandal, it turns her new world upside down in ways that it will take her years to fully understand. Ultimately, though, it leads her to a new understanding of the kind of life she craves - and the kind of freedom it takes to pursue it. It will also lead to the love of her life, a love that stands out from all the rest. <br /><br />Now eighty-nine years old and telling her story at last, Vivian recalls how the events of those years altered the course of her life - and the gusto and autonomy with which she approached it. "At some point in a woman's life, she just gets tired of being ashamed all the time," she muses. "After that, she is free to become whoever she truly is." Written with a powerful wisdom about human desire and connection, <i>City of Girls</i> is a love story like no other.
Mrs. Everything: A Novel
by Jennifer Weiner

Language

English

Pages

481

Publication Date

June 11, 2019

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<b>An instant <i>New York Times </i>bestseller </b><BR> <BR><b>“A multigenerational narrative that’s nothing short of brilliant.” —<i>People</i></b><BR> <b>“Simply unputdownable.” —<i>Good Housekeeping</i></b><BR> <b>“The perfect book club pick.” —<i>SheReads</i></b><BR> <BR> <b>Named a Best Book of Summer by <i>Entertainment Weekly</i>, <i>Cosmopolitan</i>, <i>Woman’s Day</i>, <i>PopSugar</i>, <i>HelloGiggles</i>, and Refinery29</b><BR> <BR> <b>From Jennifer Weiner, the #1 <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of <i>Who Do You Love</i> and <i>In Her Shoes</i> comes a smart, thoughtful, and timely exploration of two sisters’ lives from the 1950s to the present as they struggle to find their places—and be true to themselves—in a rapidly evolving world. </b><BR><BR>Do we change or does the world change us?<BR> <BR> Jo and Bethie Kaufman were born into a world full of promise.<BR> <BR> Growing up in 1950s Detroit, they live in a perfect “Dick and Jane” house, where their roles in the family are clearly defined. Jo is the tomboy, the bookish rebel with a passion to make the world more fair; Bethie is the pretty, feminine good girl, a would-be star who enjoys the power her beauty confers and dreams of a traditional life.<BR> <BR> But the truth ends up looking different from what the girls imagined. Jo and Bethie survive traumas and tragedies. As their lives unfold against the background of free love and Vietnam, Woodstock and women’s lib, Bethie becomes an adventure-loving wild child who dives headlong into the counterculture and is up for anything (except settling down). Meanwhile, Jo becomes a proper young mother in Connecticut, a witness to the changing world instead of a participant. Neither woman inhabits the world she dreams of, nor has a life that feels authentic or brings her joy. Is it too late for the women to finally stake a claim on happily ever after?<BR> <BR> In her most ambitious novel yet, Jennifer Weiner tells a story of two sisters who, with their different dreams and different paths, offer answers to the question: <i>How should a woman be in the world?</i>
The Overstory: A Novel
by Richard Powers

Language

English

Pages

502

Publication Date

April 03, 2018

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<p><strong>Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction<br /><br />Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize<br /><br /><em>New York Times</em> Bestseller<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 2018<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

Language

English

Pages

352

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>
Little Fires Everywhere: A Novel
by Celeste Ng

Language

English

Pages

347

Publication Date

September 12, 2017

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<b>Soon to be a Hulu limited series, starring Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington</b><br /><br /><b>eBook includes special materials for book clubs: a Q&A with Celeste Ng and John Green, a letter from Celeste Ng, and book club discussion questions. </b><br /><br />Named a Best Book of the Year by: <br /><i>People, The Washington Post, Bustle, Esquire, Southern Living, The Daily Beast, GQ, Entertainment Weekly, </i>NPR, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Audible, Goodreads, Library Reads, Book of the Month, <i>Paste</i>, <i>Kirkus Reviews</i>, <i>St. Louis Post-Dispatch, </i>and many more!<br />  <br /> "I read <i>Little Fires Everywhere</i> in a single, breathless sitting." –Jodi Picoult<br /><br />“To say I love this book is an understatement. It’s a deep psychological mystery about the power of motherhood, the intensity of teenage love, and the danger of perfection. It moved me to tears.” - Reese Witherspoon<br /><br />“I am loving <i>Little Fires Everywhere</i>. Maybe my favorite novel I've read this year.”—John Green<br /><br />"Witty, wise, and tender. It's a marvel." – Paula Hawkins<br /><br />From the bestselling author of <i>Everything I Never Told You</i>, a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives.<br /><br /> In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.<br /><br /> Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist and single mother – who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.<br /><br />When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town--and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides.  Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia's past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs. <br /><br /> <i>Little Fires Everywhere</i> explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood – and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.<br /><br />Perfect for book clubs! Visit celesteng.com for discussion guides and more.
Then She Was Gone: A Novel
by Lisa Jewell

Language

English

Pages

369

Publication Date

April 17, 2018

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<b>A 2018 Goodreads Choice Award Finalist—Top 5 Best Mystery & Thriller * A <i>Suspense Magazine</i> “Best of 2018” Thriller/Suspense Pick</b><BR> <BR><b>“An acutely observed family drama with bone-chilling suspense.” —<i>People</i></b><BR> <BR><b>“Jewell teases out her twisty plot at just the right pace, leaving readers on the edge of their seats. Her multilayered characters are sheer perfection, and even the most astute thriller reader won’t see where everything is going until the final threads are unknotted.” —<i>Booklist</i>, starred review</b><BR> <BR><b>“Sharply written with twists and turns, Jewell’s latest will please fans of <i>Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train</i>, or <i>Luckiest Girl Alive</i>." —<i>Library Journal</i></b><BR><BR>Ellie Mack was the perfect daughter. She was fifteen, the youngest of three. She was beloved by her parents, friends, and teachers. She and her boyfriend made a teenaged golden couple. She was days away from an idyllic post-exams summer vacation, with her whole life ahead of her.<BR> <BR> And then she was gone.<BR> <BR> Now, her mother Laurel Mack is trying to put her life back together. It’s been ten years since her daughter disappeared, seven years since her marriage ended, and only months since the last clue in Ellie’s case was unearthed. So when she meets an unexpectedly charming man in a café, no one is more surprised than Laurel at how quickly their flirtation develops into something deeper. Before she knows it, she’s meeting Floyd’s daughters—and his youngest, Poppy, takes Laurel’s breath away.<BR> <BR> Because looking at Poppy is like looking at Ellie. And now, the unanswered questions she’s tried so hard to put to rest begin to haunt Laurel anew. Where did Ellie go? Did she really run away from home, as the police have long suspected, or was there a more sinister reason for her disappearance? Who is Floyd, really? And why does his daughter remind Laurel so viscerally of her own missing girl?
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 /><b> </b><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>

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