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Little Fires Everywhere
by Celeste Ng

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English

Pages

348

Publication Date

September 12, 2017

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<b>The runaway </b><i>New York Times </i><b>bestseller!</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.
The High Tide Club: A Novel
by Mary Kay Andrews

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English

Pages

465

Publication Date

May 08, 2018

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<p><b>From the <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of <i>The Weekenders </i>comes a delightful new novel about new love, old secrets, and the kind of friendship that transcends generations.</b></p><p>When ninety-nine-year-old heiress Josephine Bettendorf Warrick summons Brooke Trappnell to Talisa Island, her 20,000 acre remote barrier island home, Brooke is puzzled. Everybody in the South has heard about the eccentric millionaire mistress of Talisa, but Brooke has never met her. Josephine’s cryptic note says she wants to discuss an important legal matter with Brooke, who is an attorney, but Brooke knows that Mrs. Warrick has long been a client of a prestigious Atlanta law firm.</p><p>Over a few meetings, the ailing Josephine spins a tale of old friendships, secrets, betrayal and a long-unsolved murder. She tells Brooke she is hiring her for two reasons: to protect her island and legacy from those who would despoil her land, and secondly, to help her make amends with the heirs of the long dead women who were her closest friends, the girls of The High Tide Club—so named because of their youthful skinny dipping escapades—Millie, Ruth and Varina. When Josephine dies with her secrets intact, Brooke is charged with contacting Josephine’s friends’ descendants and bringing them together on Talisa for a reunion of women who’ve actually never met.</p><p><i>The High Tide Club</i> is Mary Kay Andrews at her Queen of the Beach Reads best, a compelling and witty tale of romance thwarted, friendships renewed, justice delivered, and true love found.</p><p><b>Praise for <i>The Weekenders</i>:</b></p><p>“This book has <b>all the makings of a beach read</b>...The perfect blend of <b>drama, humor, intrigue,</b> and just a touch of murder.” —<i>Bustle </i></p><p>“Andrews has this ‘perfect beach read’ label down pat—and then some. <i>The Weekenders</i> is <b>not just good, it is beyond good</b>…<b> Summer doesn’t truly begin without a Mary Kay Andrews book in your beach bag,</b>so here is another winner and Top Pick just for you.” —<i>RT Book Reviews </i>(Top Pick)</p><p>“Andrews’ novels...are <b>the epitome of relaxing yet involving summer reads</b>, and her latest is no exception.” —<i>Booklist</i></p>
Warlight: A novel
by Michael Ondaatje

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Language

English

Pages

305

Publication Date

May 08, 2018

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<b>NATIONAL BEST SELLER<br /><br />From the internationally acclaimed, best-selling author of <i>The English Patient:</i> a mesmerizing new novel that tells a dramatic story set in the decade after World War II through the lives of a small group of unexpected characters and two teenagers whose lives are indelibly shaped by their unwitting involvement.</b><br /><br />In a narrative as beguiling and mysterious as memory itself--shadowed and luminous at once--we read the story of fourteen-year-old Nathaniel, and his older sister, Rachel. In 1945, just after World War II, they stay behind in London when their parents move to Singapore, leaving them in the care of a mysterious figure named The Moth. They suspect he might be a criminal, and they grow both more convinced and less concerned as they come to know his eccentric crew of friends: men and women joined by a shared history of unspecified service during the war, all of whom seem, in some way, determined now to protect, and educate (in rather unusual ways) Rachel and Nathaniel. But are they really what and who they claim to be? And what does it mean when the siblings' mother returns after months of silence without their father, explaining nothing, excusing nothing? A dozen years later, Nathaniel begins to uncover all that he didn't know and understand in that time, and it is this journey--through facts, recollection, and imagination--that he narrates in this masterwork from one of the great writers of our time.
The Great Alone: A Novel
by Kristin Hannah

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English

Pages

435

Publication Date

February 06, 2018

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<p><b>An instant #1 <i>New York Times </i>bestseller (February 2018)! </b><br /><b></b><br /><b>"A TOUR DE FORCE." —<i>Kirkus</i> (starred review)</b><br /><b><i></i></b><br /><b><i>Alaska, 1974.</i></b><br /><b><i>Unpredictable. Unforgiving. Untamed.</i></b><br /><b><i>For a family in crisis, the ultimate test of survival.</i></b></p><p>Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: he will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier. </p><p>Thirteen-year-old Leni, a girl coming of age in a tumultuous time, caught in the riptide of her parents’ passionate, stormy relationship, dares to hope that a new land will lead to a better future for her family. She is desperate for a place to belong. Her mother, Cora, will do anything and go anywhere for the man she loves, even if means following him into the unknown. </p><p>At first, Alaska seems to be the answer to their prayers. In a wild, remote corner of the state, they find a fiercely independent community of strong men and even stronger women. The long, sunlit days and the generosity of the locals make up for the Allbrights’ lack of preparation and dwindling resources. </p><p>But as winter approaches and darkness descends on Alaska, Ernt’s fragile mental state deteriorates and the family begins to fracture. Soon the perils outside pale in comparison to threats from within. In their small cabin, covered in snow, blanketed in eighteen hours of night, Leni and her mother learn the terrible truth: they are on their own. In the wild, there is no one to save them but themselves. </p><p>In this unforgettable portrait of human frailty and resilience, Kristin Hannah reveals the indomitable character of the modern American pioneer and the spirit of a vanishing Alaska—a place of incomparable beauty and danger. <i>The Great Alone</i> is a daring, beautiful, stay-up-all-night story about love and loss, the fight for survival, and the wildness that lives in both man and nature.</p>
Before We Were Yours: A Novel
by Lisa Wingate

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English

Pages

339

Publication Date

June 06, 2017

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER • 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>Praise for <i>Before We Were Yours</i></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>—<i>Parade<br /></i></b><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><br /><br />“Lisa Wingate takes an almost unthinkable chapter in our nation’s history and weaves a tale of enduring power.”<b>—Paula McLain, <i>New York Times </i>bestselling author of <i>Circling the Sun</i></b>
The Perfect Mother: A Novel
by Aimee Molloy

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English

Pages

336

Publication Date

May 01, 2018

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<p><strong>THE INSTANT <em>NEW YORK TIMES </em>BESTSELLER AND MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK OF THE SUMMER—SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING <em>SCANDAL</em>’S KERRY WASHINGTON</strong></p><p><strong>An addictive psychological thriller about a group of women whose lives become </strong><strong>unexpectedly</strong> <strong>connected when one of their newborns goes missing.</strong></p><p><em>A night out. A few hours of fun.<strong> </strong>That’s all it was meant to be.</em></p><p>They call themselves the May Mothers—a group of new moms whose babies were born in the same month. Twice a week, they get together in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park for some much-needed adult time.</p><p>When the women go out for drinks at the hip neighborhood bar, they want a fun break from their daily routine. But on this hot Fourth of July night, something goes terrifyingly wrong: one of the babies is taken from his crib. Winnie, a single mom, was reluctant to leave six-week-old Midas with a babysitter, but her fellow May Mothers insisted everything would be fine. Now he is missing. What follows is a heart-pounding race to find Midas, during which secrets are exposed, marriages are tested, and friendships are destroyed. </p><p>Thirteen days. An unexpected twist. <em>The Perfect Mother </em>is<em> </em>a "true page turner." —B.A. Paris, author of <em>Behind Closed Doors</em>  </p>
Last Stories
by William Trevor

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English

Pages

220

Publication Date

May 15, 2018

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<b>The beloved and acclaimed William Trevor's last ten stories<br /></b><br />With a career that spanned more than half a century, William Trevor is regarded as one of the best writers of short stories in the English language. Now, in <i>Last Stories</i>, the master storyteller delivers ten exquisitely rendered tales—nine of which have never been published in book form--that illuminate the human condition and will surely linger in the reader's mind long after closing the book. Subtle yet powerful, Trevor gives us insights into the lives of ordinary people. We encounter a tutor and his pupil, whose lives are thrown into turmoil when they meet again years later; a young girl who discovers the mother she believed dead is alive and well; and a piano-teacher who accepts her pupil's theft in exchange for his beautiful music. This final and special collection is a gift to lovers of literature and Trevor's many admirers, and affirms his place as one of the world's greatest storytellers.
How to Walk Away: A Novel
by Katherine Center

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English

Pages

320

Publication Date

May 15, 2018

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<p><b>From the author of <i>Happiness for Beginner</i>s comes an unforgettable love story about finding joy even in the darkest of circumstances. </b></p><p>Margaret Jacobsen is just about to step into the bright future she’s worked for so hard and so long: a new dream job, a fiancé she adores, and the promise of a picture-perfect life just around the corner. Then, suddenly, on what should have been one of the happiest days of her life, everything she worked for is taken away in a brief, tumultuous moment. </p><p>In the hospital and forced to face the possibility that nothing will ever be the same again, Maggie must confront the unthinkable. First there is her fiancé, Chip, who wallows in self-pity while simultaneously expecting to be forgiven. Then, there's her sister Kit, who shows up after pulling a three-year vanishing act. Finally, there's Ian, her physical therapist, the one the nurses said was too tough for her. Ian, who won't let her give in to her pity, and who sees her like no one has seen her before. Sometimes the last thing you want is the one thing you need. Sometimes we all need someone to catch us when we fall. And sometimes love can find us in the least likely place we would ever expect. </p><p><i>How to Walk Away</i> is Katherine Center at her very best—a masterpiece of a novel that is both hopeful and hilarious; truthful and wise; tender and brave.</p><p><b>Praise for <i>How to Walk Away</i>:</b></p><p>"A heartbreak of a novel that<b> celebrates resilience and strength.</b>" —Jill Santopolo, bestselling author of <i>The Light We Lost</i></p><p><b>"If you just read one book this year,</b> read <i>How to Walk Away</i>." —Nina George,<i> New York Times </i>bestselling author of <i>The Little Paris Bookshop</i></p><p><b>"Warm, witty</b>, and wonderfully observed." —Emily Giffin, <i>New York Times </i>bestselling author of <i>First Comes Love</i></p><p>"Sympathetic and<b> refreshing</b>!" —Elinor Lipman, bestselling author of <i>The Family Man</i></p><p>"I can't think of a blurb good enough for this novel...<b>poignant, funny, heartbreaking.</b>" —Jenny Lawson, bestselling author of<i> Furiously Happy</i></p>
My Ex-Life: A Novel
by Stephen McCauley

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English

Pages

328

Publication Date

May 08, 2018

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<p>“With <i>My Ex-Life</i>, a heartwarming comedy of manners about second chances and starting afresh, he has pretty much outdone himself…McCauley fires off witticisms like a tennis ace practicing serves…In the vein of inveterate beguilers like Laurie Colwin, Elinor Lipman, and Maria Semple, McCauley is warm but snappy, light but smart—and just plain enjoyable.” —<b>NPR.org</b></p><p>David Hedges’s life is coming apart at the seams. His job helping San Francisco rich kids get into the colleges of their (parents’) choice is exasperating; his younger boyfriend has left him; and the beloved carriage house he rents is being sold. His solace is a Thai takeout joint that delivers 24/7.</p><p>The last person he expects to hear from is Julie Fiske. It’s been decades since they’ve spoken, and he’s relieved to hear she’s recovered from her brief, misguided first marriage. To him.</p><p>Julie definitely doesn’t have a problem with marijuana (she’s given it up completely, so it doesn’t matter if she gets stoned almost daily) and the Airbnb she’s running out of her seaside house north of Boston is neither shabby nor illegal. And she has two whole months to come up with the money to buy said house from her second husband before their divorce is finalized. She’d just like David’s help organizing college plans for her 17-year-old daughter.</p><p>That would be Mandy. To quote Barry Manilow, <i>Oh Mandy</i>. While she knows she’s smarter than most of the kids in her school, she can’t figure out why she’s making so many incredibly dumb and increasingly dangerous choices?</p><p>When David flies east, they find themselves living under the same roof (one David needs to repair). David and Julie pick up exactly where they left off thirty years ago—they’re still best friends who can finish each other’s sentences. But there’s one broken bit between them that no amount of home renovations will fix.</p><p>In prose filled with hilarious and heartbreakingly accurate one-liners, Stephen McCauley has written a novel that examines how we define home, family, and love. Be prepared to laugh, shed a few tears, and have thoughts of your own ex-life triggered. (Throw pillows optional.)</p>
That Kind of Mother: A Novel
by Rumaan Alam

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English

Pages

304

Publication Date

May 08, 2018

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<p><strong>NAMED A MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK OF 2018 BY <em>Buzzfeed • The Boston Globe •  The Millions • InStyle • Southern Living • Vogue • Popsugar</em></strong></p><p><strong>“With his unerring eye for nuance and unsparing sense of irony, Rumaan Alam’s second novel is both heartfelt and thought-provoking.”<br /></strong><strong>   — Celeste Ng, author of <em>Little Fires Everywhere</em></strong></p><p><p><strong>From the celebrated author of <em>Rich and Pretty</em>, a novel about the families we fight to build and those we fight to keep</strong></p><p>Like many first-time mothers, Rebecca Stone finds herself both deeply in love with her newborn son and deeply overwhelmed. Struggling to juggle the demands of motherhood with her own aspirations and feeling utterly alone in the process, she reaches out to the only person at the hospital who offers her any real help—Priscilla Johnson—and begs her to come home with them as her son’s nanny.</p><p><br />Priscilla’s presence quickly does as much to shake up Rebecca’s perception of the world as it does to stabilize her life. Rebecca is white, and Priscilla is black, and through their relationship, Rebecca finds herself confronting, for the first time, the blind spots of her own privilege. She feels profoundly connected to the woman who essentially taught her what it means to be a mother. When Priscilla dies unexpectedly in childbirth, Rebecca steps forward to adopt the baby. But she is unprepared for what it means to be a white mother with a black son. As she soon learns, navigating motherhood for her is a matter of learning how to raise two children whom she loves with equal ferocity, but whom the world is determined to treat differently.</p><p><br />Written with the warmth and psychological acuity that defined his debut, Rumaan Alam has crafted a remarkable novel about the lives we choose, and the lives that are chosen for us.</p><p></p>

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