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An American Marriage: A Novel (Oprah's Book Club 2018 Selection)
by Tayari Jones

Language

English

Pages

321

Publication Date

February 06, 2018

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<DIV><B>THE INSTANT <I>NEW YORK TIMES</I> BESTSELLER!<BR /><BR /> OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB 2018 SELECTION<BR /><BR /> “One of my favorite parts of summer is deciding what to read when things slow down just a bit, whether it’s on a vacation with family or just a quiet afternoon . . . <I>An American Marriage</I> by Tayari Jones is a moving portrayal of the effects of a wrongful conviction on a young African-American couple.” —Barack Obama<BR /><BR /> “Haunting . . . Beautifully written.” —<I>The New York Times Book Review</I><BR />  <BR /> “Brilliant and heartbreaking . . . Unforgettable.” —<I>USA Today</I><BR />  <BR /> “A tense and timely love story . . . Packed with brave questions about race and class.” —<I>People</I><BR />  <BR /> “Compelling.” —<I>The Washington Post</I><BR />  <BR /> “Epic . . . Transcendent . . . Triumphant.” —<I>Elle</I></B><BR /><BR /> Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn’t commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding. As Roy’s time in prison passes, she is unable to hold on to the love that has been her center. After five years, Roy’s conviction is suddenly overturned, and he returns to Atlanta ready to resume their life together.<BR />  <BR /> This stirring love story is a profoundly insightful look into the hearts and minds of three people who are at once bound and separated by forces beyond their control. <I>An American Marriage</I> is a masterpiece of storytelling, an intimate look deep into the souls of people who must reckon with the past while moving forward<B>—</B>with hope and pain<B>—</B>into the future.</DIV>
The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth Book 1)
by N. K. Jemisin

Language

English

Pages

500

Publication Date

August 04, 2015

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"Intricate and extraordinary." - <i>New York Times </i>on<i> The Fifth Season </i>(A <i>New York Times</i> Notable Book of 2015)<br /><br /> <b>WINNER OF THE HUGO AWARD FOR BEST NOVEL 2016</b><div><b><br /></b><br /><b><i>This is the way the world ends...for the last time.</i></b></div><div><b><i><br /></i></b> A season of endings has begun. <br /><br /> It starts with the great red rift across the heart of the world's sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun. <br /><br /> It starts with death, with a murdered son and a missing daughter. <br /><br /> It starts with betrayal, and long dormant wounds rising up to fester. <br /><br /> This is the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the earth is wielded as a weapon. And where there is no mercy. <br /> <br /><br /> For more from N. K. Jemisin, check out:<br /><br /> <b>The Inheritance Trilogy </b><br /> <i>The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms</i><br /> <i>The Broken Kingdoms</i><br /> <i>The Kingdom of Gods</i><br /><br /> <i>The Inheritance Trilogy </i>(omnibus edition) <br /> <i>Shades in Shadow: An Inheritance Triptych</i> (e-only short fiction) <br /> <i>The Awakened Kingdom </i>(e-only novella) <br /><br /> <b>Dreamblood Duology</b><br /> <i>The Killing Moon</i><br /> <i>The Shadowed Sun</i><br /><div> </div> </div><div><i><br /></i></div><div><b>The Broken Earth</b></div><div><i>The Fifth Season</i></div><div><i>The Obelisk Gate</i></div>
Washington Black: A novel
by Esi Edugyan

Language

English

Pages

332

Publication Date

September 18, 2018

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<b>TOP TEN BOOK OF THE YEAR: <i>Washington Post, TIME magazine</i><br /><br />FINALIST FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE, THE SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE, THE ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE, THE ROGERS WRITERS' TRUST PRIZE<br /><b><br />"Enthralling" --<i>Boston Globe</i>  "Extraordinary" --<i>Seattle Times</i>  "A rip-roaring tale" --<i>Washington Post</i></b><br /><br />From the author of the award-winning international best seller <i>Half-Blood Blues</i> comes a dazzling adventure story, about a boy who rises from the ashes of slavery to become a free man of the world.</b><br /><br />George Washington Black, or "Wash," an eleven-year-old field slave on a Barbados sugar plantation, is terrified to be chosen by his master's brother as his manservant. To his surprise, the eccentric Christopher Wilde turns out to be a naturalist, explorer, inventor, and abolitionist. Soon Wash is initiated into a world where a flying machine can carry a man across the sky, where even a boy born in chains may embrace a life of dignity and meaning--and where two people, separated by an impossible divide, can begin to see each other as human. But when a man is killed and a bounty is placed on Wash's head, Christopher and Wash must abandon everything. What follows is their flight along the eastern coast of America, and, finally, to a remote outpost in the Arctic. What brings Christopher and Wash together will tear them apart, propelling Wash even further across the globe in search of his true self. From the blistering cane fields of the Caribbean to the frozen Far North, from the earliest aquariums of London to the eerie deserts of Morocco, <i>Washington Black</i> tells a story of self-invention and betrayal, of love and redemption, of a world destroyed and made whole again, and asks the question, What is true freedom?
Love in Catalina Cove
by Brenda Jackson

Language

English

Pages

480

Publication Date

October 30, 2018

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<em>In her brand-new series, Brenda Jackson welcomes you to Catalina Cove, where even the biggest heartbreaks can be healed…</em><Br><Br>In the wake of a devastating teen pregnancy that left her childless and heartbroken, Vashti Alcindor left Catalina Cove, Louisiana, with no plans to return. Now, over a decade later, Vashti reluctantly finds herself back in her hometown after inheriting her aunt’s B and B. Her homecoming gets off to a rocky start when the new sheriff, Sawyer Grisham, pulls her over for speeding, and things go downhill from there.<Br><Br>The B and B, a place she’d always found refuge in when it seemed like the whole world was against her, has fallen into disrepair. When a surprising benefactor encourages Vashti to reopen the B and B, Vashti embraces a fresh start, and soon old hurts begin to fade as she makes new memories with the town—and its handsome sheriff…<Br><Br>But some pasts are too big to escape, and when a bombshell of a secret changes everything she thought was true, Vashti is left reeling. With Sawyer and his teenage daughter determined to see her through the storm, though, she’s learning family isn’t always a matter of blood—sometimes it’s a matter of heart.
Secrets of the South
by B.M. Hardin

Language

English

Pages

254

Publication Date

November 16, 2018

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    Who are you pretending to be?<br />    Savannah thought that running away from her past would change her life. And for about fifteen years, she was right. Until her happy marriage goes down the drain and she's left with no one but herself to blame. On a quest to become the world's next best-selling author, to find her voice, Savannah makes a difficult choice.<br />   She has to run—again.<br />   She quits her job and packs a bag. And then she sets out to find the inspiration that she's never had. Only she finds herself in the one place she never expected to be. Home—in the South; reminded of pain and secrecy. A sin is still a sin, even if no one knows. And a secret is still a secret even if no one told. Bonds are broken, truths are spoken, and no one around her can be trusted.<br />   Who killed her mother? <br />   Who is her father? <br />   Who knows the truth about the small-town barber?<br />   Savannah discovers that 'Southern Charm' is just for show. What really matters in the South are the lies you tell and the secrets you know!
Ethic 2
by Ashley Antoinette

Language

English

Pages

211

Publication Date

October 15, 2018

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Love should burn slow, but with Ezra "Ethic" Okafor it is always fast and fleeting. After an accidental killing affects Alani, the woman he loves, she thinks he's a monster. Separated by tragedy, the pair endure a loss like nothing they have ever felt and their connection is impossible to repair. <br /><br />Ethic is reduced to misery and raising his children alone once again. With Morgan in the throes of a passionate love affair and Bella in need of guidance that he can't provide, Ethic is in turmoil. He's failing as a man and the fingerprint he is leaving on the world is a bloody one. <br /><br />In this second installment of this epic love story, Ashley Antoinette taps into the soul of her readers as she explores the limits of love and forgiveness. Is anything truly unforgivable? Or is Ethic the one man who can love a woman back from the edge of madness. <br /><br />Ashley Antoinette is one of the most prolific and successful writers of her generation. The feminine half of the popular duo (Ashley and JaQuavis) she has co-written over forty novels. She is most widely regarded for her racy, New York Times Best Selling series, The Prada Plan. To stay updated on all things Ashley follow her on social media. <br />Instagram: @AshleyAntoinette <br />Facebook: facebook.com/authorashleyantoinette<br />Twitter: @Novelista
Americanah (Ala Notable Books for Adults)
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Language

English

Pages

610

Publication Date

May 14, 2013

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<p><b>The bestselling novel—and one of Barack Obama’s summer reading picks—from the award-winning author of <i>We Should All Be Feminists</i> and <i>Dear Ijeawele</i>.<br /></b><br /> <b>“From one of the world’s great contemporary writers comes the story of two Nigerians making their way in the U.S. and the UK, raising universal questions of race and belonging, the overseas experience for the African diaspora, and the search for identity and a home.” —Barack Obama<br /></b><br /> <i>Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read</i><br /><br />Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. Beautiful, self-assured Ifemelu heads for America, where despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black for the first time. Quiet, thoughtful Obinze had hoped to join her, but with post-9/11 America closed to him, he instead plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, they reunite in a newly democratic Nigeria, and reignite their passion—for each other and for their homeland. </p>
Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel
by Jesmyn Ward

Language

English

Pages

305

Publication Date

September 05, 2017

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<b>WINNER of the NATIONAL BOOK AWARD and A <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> TOP 10 BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR</b><BR> <BR> A finalist for the Kirkus Prize, Andrew Carnegie Medal, Aspen Words Literary Prize, and a <i>New York Times </i>bestseller, this majestic, stirring, and widely praised novel from two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward, the story of a family on a journey through rural Mississippi, is a “tour de force” (<i>O, the Oprah Magazine</i>) and a timeless work of fiction that is destined to become a classic.<BR><BR>Jesmyn Ward’s historic second National Book Award–winner is “perfectly poised for the moment” (<i>The New York Times</i>), an intimate portrait of three generations of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle. “Ward’s writing throbs with life, grief, and love… this book is the kind that makes you ache to return to it” (<i>Buzzfeed</i>).<BR> <BR>Jojo is thirteen years old and trying to understand what it means to be a man. He doesn’t lack in fathers to study, chief among them his Black grandfather, Pop. But there are other men who complicate his understanding: his absent White father, Michael, who is being released from prison; his absent White grandfather, Big Joseph, who won’t acknowledge his existence; and the memories of his dead uncle, Given, who died as a teenager.<BR> <BR>His mother, Leonie, is an inconsistent presence in his and his toddler sister’s lives. She is an imperfect mother in constant conflict with herself and those around her. She is Black and her children’s father is White. She wants to be a better mother but can’t put her children above her own needs, especially her drug use. Simultaneously tormented and comforted by visions of her dead brother, which only come to her when she’s high, Leonie is embattled in ways that reflect the brutal reality of her circumstances.<BR> <BR>When the children’s father is released from prison, Leonie packs her kids and a friend into her car and drives north to the heart of Mississippi and Parchman Farm, the State Penitentiary. At Parchman, there is another thirteen-year-old boy, the ghost of a dead inmate who carries all of the ugly history of the South with him in his wandering. He too has something to teach Jojo about fathers and sons, about legacies, about violence, about love.<BR> <BR>Rich with Ward’s distinctive, lyrical language, <i>Sing, Unburied, Sing </i>is a majestic and unforgettable family story and “an odyssey through rural Mississippi’s past and present” (<i>The Philadelphia Inquirer</i>).
As Good as the First Time (Sugar Lake Book 1)
by K.M. Jackson

Language

English

Pages

336

Publication Date

October 30, 2018

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<b><i>True to its name, the small southern town of Sugar Lake is a sweet place to visit—and you might even want to live there . . .</i></b><br />  <br /> With her big-city career and relationship in sudden free fall, Olivia Gale isn’t sure where she belongs. So when her help is needed at Goode ʼN Sweet, the family bakery in Sugar Lake, she jumps at the chance to indulge her pie-making hobby while getting her life back on track. Olivia’s not looking for any distractions. Even if the boy who once left her without a word is now a grown man with intriguing secrets—and the same tempting hold on her heart . . .<br />  <br /> A firefighter and single dad, Clayton Morris is trying hard to fix his past mistakes. He thought he was doing the right thing by leaving Olivia—and now he’s sure he has nothing to offer the accomplished woman she’s become. But ignoring the sparks between them is impossible. And as unexpected surprises and hard choices endanger their fragile reunion, they’ll have to decide which direction to take if they want to find the road back to love . . .<br /> <b> </b><br /> <b>“A wonderful, heartwarming romance.” </b><br /> <b>—Rochelle Alers, author of The Innkeepers Series</b><br /> <b> </b><br /> <b>“A damn-near perfect story of family, starting over, and second chances.” </b><br /> <b>—Kristan Higgins, <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author</b><br /> <b> </b><br /> <b>“K.M. Jackson gets right to the heart of family, to the heart of relationships, to the heart of love. She’ll get right to your heart, too!” </b><br /> <b>—Donna Kauffman, <i>Wall Street Journal</i> & <i>USA Today</i> bestselling author</b>
Wrecked (An IQ Novel)
by Joe Ide

Language

English

Pages

352

Publication Date

October 09, 2018

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<div><div><b>In this outrageous novel from Joe Ide, "the best thing to happen to mystery writing in a very long time" (<i>New York Times</i>), the case of a young artist's missing mother sets IQ on a collision course with his own Moriarty.</b></div></div><div><br /></div><div>Isaiah Quintabe--IQ for short--has never been more successful, or felt more alone. A series of high-profile wins in his hometown of East Long Beach have made him so notorious that he can hardly go to the corner store without being recognized. Dodson, once his sidekick, is now his full-fledged partner, hell-bent on giving IQ's PI business some real legitimacy: a Facebook page, and IQ's promise to stop accepting Christmas sweaters and carpet cleanings in exchange for PI services.</div><div><br /></div><div>So when a young painter approaches IQ for help tracking down her missing mother, it's not just the case Isaiah's looking for, but the human connection. And when his new confidant turns out to be connected to a dangerous paramilitary operation, IQ falls victim to a threat even a genius can't see coming.</div><div><br /></div><div>Waiting for Isaiah around every corner is Seb, the Oxford-educated African gangster who was responsible for the death of his brother, Marcus. Only, this time, Isaiah's not alone. Joined by a new love interest and his familiar band of accomplices, IQ is back--and the adventures are better than ever.</div>

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