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NYT Bestseller2002-02-03209Da_leYJBdyICMattie J. T. StepanekJourney Through Heartsongs78686942997807868694281/21/200280Poetry / Subjects & Themes / Inspirational & Religious;Poetry / General;Juvenile Nonfiction / Poetry / General;Fiction / General4.516http://books.google.com/books/about/Journey_Through_Heartsongs.html?hl=&id=Da_leYJBdyICJourney Through Heartsongs Mattie J. T. StepanekMattie J.T. Stepanek takes us on a Journey Through Heartsongs with more of his moving poems. These poems share the rare wisdom that Mattie has acquired through his struggle with a rare form of muscular dystrophy and the death of his three siblings from the same disease. His life view is one of love and generosity and as a poet and a peacemaker, his desire is to bring his message of peace to as many people as possible.
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NYT Bestseller2005-07-31269myUX1hXEbKACJames Patterson;Andrew GrossLifeguard75951428397807595142877/1/2005250Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General;Fiction / Suspense4.52http://books.google.com/books/about/Lifeguard.html?hl=&id=myUX1hXEbKACLifeguard James Patterson and Andrew GrossThe danger isn't in the water. Working as a lifeguard at a Florida resort, Ned Kelly meets a woman he is wild about, the woman of his dreams. It feels perfect in every way - except that she is used to caviar and Manolo Blahniks, and he is used to burgers and flip-flops. She is a guest at the luxurious hotel - he lives above a garage. So when Ned's cousin offers to cut him in on a rich deal he's been commissioned to execute, Ned can't turn him down. The plan is simple, just a fast break-and-enter. The risk is high, and the reward is even greater--$5 million. But on the night of the heist, something goes devastatingly wrong. Who will save the lifeguard? Ned walks away from his job, his town, and the woman he's fallen in love with. Runs away, actually, knowing that only velocity and secrecy can save his life. But who is pursuing him? The FBI? Whoever sabotaged the heist? Or is it all somehow tied into his new love - and his oldest enemies?
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NYT Bestseller2008-06-0869w6hK_tF_1RICDean KoontzOdd Hours2008-05-20267Fiction / Thrillers;Fiction / Fantasy / General;Fiction / Horror;Fiction / Suspense4.54http://books.google.com/books/about/Odd_Hours.html?hl=&id=w6hK_tF_1RICOdd Hours Dean R. Koontz#1 "NEW YORK TIMES. Only a handful of fictional characters are recognized by first name alone. Dean Koontz's Odd Thomas is one such literary hero, who has come alive in readers' imaginations as he explores the greatest mysteries of this world and the next with his inimitable wit, heart, and quiet gallantry. Now Koontz follows Odd as he is drawn onward, to a destiny he cannot imagine. Haunted by dreams of an all-encompassing red tide, Odd is pulled inexorably to the sea, to a small California coastal town where nothing is as it seems.
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NYT Bestseller2010-04-1883xHWgnMsz8UICPatricia BriggsSilver Borne110118611997811011861142010-03-30304Fiction / Fantasy / Contemporary4.549http://books.google.com/books/about/Silver_Borne.html?hl=&id=xHWgnMsz8UICSilver Borne Patricia BriggsMechanic and shapeshifter Mercy Thompson never knows what the next day (or night) may bring. After all, her world is inhabited by witches, werewolves, and vampires. But now a book of fae secrets has come to light, and Mercy's about to find out just how implacable-and dangerous- the fae can be.
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NYT Bestseller2008-11-30103KfM-lLvo88wCGlenn Beck;Kevin Balfe;Jason WrightThe Christmas Sweater144242697797814424269792010-11-0940Juvenile Fiction / Boys & Men;Juvenile Fiction / Family / General;Juvenile Fiction / Holidays & Celebrations / Christmas & Advent4.0181http://books.google.com/books/about/The_Christmas_Sweater.html?hl=&id=KfM-lLvo88wCThe Christmas Sweater Glenn Beck with Kevin Balfe and Jason WrightAdapted from the bestselling adult novel, "The Christmas Sweater: A Picture Book" is the story of a young boy who finds the true meaning of Christmas in the most unlikely of places. Eddie wants a bicycle for Christmas, but his mother knits him a homemade sweater instead. His disappointment is obvious, but a magical journey with his whimsical grandfather makes Eddie realize that the sweater is far more than it seems. He ultimately learns that the greatest gift of all is one that is given with love..
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NYT Bestseller2008-01-2771oUwkWC0ZH_oCJanet EvanovichPlum Lucky142991620697814299162022010-04-01176Fiction / Humorous;Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths4.048http://books.google.com/books/about/Plum_Lucky.html?hl=&id=oUwkWC0ZH_oCPlum Lucky Janet EvanovichLooking to get lucky? Stephanie Plum is back between-the-numbers and she's looking to get lucky in an Atlantic City hotel room, in a Winnebago, and with a brown-eyed stud who has stolen her heart. Stephanie Plum has a way of attracting danger, lunatics, oddballs, bad luck . . . and mystery men. And no one is more mysterious than the unmentionable Diesel. He's back and hot on the trail of a little man in green pants who's lost a giant bag of money. Problem is, the money isn't exactly lost. Stephanie's Grandma Mazur has found it, and like any good Jersey senior citizen, she's hightailed it in a Winnebago to Atlantic City and hit the slots. With Lula and Connie in tow, Stephanie attempts to bring Grandma home, but the luck of the Irish is rubbing off on everyone: Lula's found a job modeling plus-size lingerie. Connie's found a guy. Diesel's found Stephanie. And Stephanie has found herself in over her head with a caper involving thrice-stolen money, a racehorse, a car chase, and a bad case of hives. Plum Lucky is an all-you-can-eat buffet of thrills, chills, shrimp cocktail, plus-size underwear, and scorching hot men. It's a between-the-numbers treat no Evanovich fan will want to miss!
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NYT Bestseller2005-07-10268ZiPO2ilpe-8CJanet EvanovichEleven On Top075538847X978075538847910/13/2011200Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General;Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths428http://books.google.com/books/about/Eleven_On_Top.html?hl=&id=ZiPO2ilpe-8CEleven On Top Janet EvanovichTrouble seems to find Stephanie everywhere she goes, and once again she's struggling with her tangled love life, chaotic family, and her God-given gift for destroying every car she drives. This time, Plum has decided to quit her job as a bounty hunter. She's tired of creeps, weirdos and stalkers. But just when she thinks she's out, they pull her back in! So fasten you seatbelt and hang on - Stephanie's back in town.
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NYT Bestseller2003-08-032402VRUz1duE5UCJanet EvanovichTo The Nines755388437978075538843110/27/2011208Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General;Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths417http://books.google.com/books/about/To_The_Nines.html?hl=&id=2VRUz1duE5UCTo the Nines Janet EvanovichStephanie Plum's got rent to pay, people shooting at her, and psychos wanting her dead every day of the week. An ordinary person would cave under the pressure. But hey, she's from Jersey. She may not be the best bounty hunter in beautiful downtown Trenton, but Stephanie's pretty damn good at turning situations her way... and she always gets her man. Her cousin Vinnie (who's also her boss) has posted bail on Samuel Singh, who mysteriously disappears just as his work visa is running out. And Stephanie is on the case to ensure the elusive Mr Singh doesn't make his disappearance more permanent. But what she uncovers is far more sinister than anyone imagines and leads to a group of killers who give a whole new meaning to the word ' hunter'. Stephanie Plum is on the chase of her life.
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NYT Bestseller2003-10-12243474i590BF20CMitch AlbomThe Five People You Meet in Heaven140138888497814013888814/1/2007208Fiction / General4724http://books.google.com/books/about/The_Five_People_You_Meet_in_Heaven.html?hl=&id=474i590BF20CThe Five People You Meet In Heaven Mitch AlbomThe phenomenal #1New York Timesbestseller, that has sold more than eight million copies Eddie is a grizzled war veteran who feels trapped in a meaningless life of fixing rides at a seaside amusement park. His days are a dull routine of work, loneliness, and regret. Then, on his 83rd birthday, Eddie dies in a tragic accident, trying to save a little girl from a falling cart. He awakens in the afterlife, where he learns that heaven is not a lush Garden of Eden, but a place where your earthly life is explained to you by five people. These people may have been loved ones or distant strangers. Yet each of them changed your path forever. One by one, Eddie's five people illuminate the unseen connections of his earthly life. As the story builds to its stunning conclusion, Eddie desperately seeks redemption in the still-unknown last act of his life: Was it a heroic success or a devastating failure The answer, which comes from the most unlikely of sources, is as inspirational as a glimpse of heaven itself. InThe Five People You Meet in Heaven, Mitch Albom gives us an astoundingly original story that will change everything you've ever thought about the afterlife -- and the meaning of our lives here on earth. With a timeless tale, appealing to all, this is a book that readers of fine fiction, and those who lovedTuesdays with Morrie, will treasure. This edition ofThe Five People You Meet in Heavenincludes an excerpt ofThe Time Keeper, the new novel by Mitch Albom, available in September 2012.
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NYT Bestseller2006-10-15298ciViAFL-OXwCMitch AlbomFor One More Day140138889297814013888984/1/2007208Fiction / Psychological;Fiction / General4567http://books.google.com/books/about/For_One_More_Day.html?hl=&id=ciViAFL-OXwCFor One More Day Mitch AlbomEvery family is a ghost story . . . Mitch Albom mesmerized readers around the world with his number oneNew York Timesbestsellers,The Five People You Meet in HeavenandTuesdays with Morrie. Now he returns with a beautiful, haunting novel about the family we love and the chances we miss. For One More Dayis the story of a mother and a son, and a relationship that covers a lifetime and beyond. It explores the question: What would you do if you could spend one more day with a lost loved one As a child, Charley "Chick" Benetto was told by his father, "You can be a mama's boy or a daddy's boy, but you can't be both." So he chooses his father, only to see the man disappear when Charley is on the verge of adolescence. Decades later, Charley is a broken man. His life has been crumbled by alcohol and regret. He loses his job. He leaves his family. He hits bottom after discovering his only daughter has shut him out of her wedding. And he decides to take his own life. He makes a midnight ride to his small hometown, with plans to do himself in. But upon failing even to do that, he staggers back to his old house, only to make an astonishing discovery. His mother--who died eight years earlier--is still living there, and welcomes him home as if nothing ever happened. What follows is the one "ordinary" day so many of us yearn for, a chance to make good with a lost parent, to explain the family secrets, and to seek forgiveness. Somewhere between this life and the next, Charley learns the astonishing things he never knew about his mother and her sacrifices. And he tries, with her tender guidance, to put the crumbled pieces of his life back together. Through Albom's inspiring characters and masterful storytelling, readers will newly appreciate those whom they love--and may have thought they'd lost--in their own lives.For One More Dayis a book for anyone in a family, and will be cherished by Albom's millions of fans worldwide.
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Good Reads Book Club Reco78JHxxM6mOAAQCEmma DonoghueRoom031612911997803161291142010-09-13244Fiction / General4.076http://books.google.com/books/about/Room.html?hl=&id=JHxxM6mOAAQCRoom Emma DonoghueTo five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son's bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work. Told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five-year-old Jack, ROOM is a celebration of resilience and the limitless bond between parent and child, a brilliantly executed novel about what it means to journey from one world to another.
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NYT Bestseller2001-08-05199lnzvxOHw_pUCJames PattersonSuzanne's Diary for Nicholas75952521897807595252147/16/2001266Fiction / General43101http://books.google.com/books/about/Suzanne_s_Diary_for_Nicholas.html?hl=&id=lnzvxOHw_pUCSuzanne's Diary for Nicholas James PattersonJames Patterson has written a love story! -a powerfully moving and suspenseful novel about families, loss, new love, and hope. Katie Wilkinson has found her perfect man at last. He's a writer, a house painter, an original thinker-everything she's imagined she wanted in a partner. But one day, without explanation, he disappears from her life, leaving behind only a diary for her to read. This diary is a love letter written by a new mother named Suzanne for her baby son, Nicholas. In it she pours out her heart about how she and the boy's father met, about her hopes for marriage and family, and about the unparalleled joy that having a baby has brought into her life. As Katie reads this touching document, it becomes clear that the lover who has just left her is the husband and father in this young family. She reads on, filled with terror and hope, as she struggles to understand what has happened-and whether her new love has a prayer of surviving. Written with James Patterson's perfect pitch for emotion and suspense, Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas captures beautifully the joys of a new family even as it builds to an overwhelmingly moving climax. This is an unforgettable love story, at once heartbreaking and full of hope.
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NYT Bestseller2010-10-037975wK9z3wQfICNicholas SparksSafe Haven145554497397814555449742012-12-18269Fiction / Literary4.090http://books.google.com/books/about/Safe_Haven.html?hl=&id=75wK9z3wQfICSafe Haven Nicolas SparksThe #1 New York Times bestseller and soon-to-be major motion picture is now available as an enhanced ebook and features a behind-the-scenes look at the movie. When a mysterious young woman named Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex, a widowed store owner with a kind heart and two young children; and another with her plainspoken single neighbor, Jo. Despite her reservations, Katie slowly begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community and becoming increasingly attached to Alex and his family. But even as Katie begins to fall in love, she struggles with the dark secret that still haunts and terrifies her . . . a past that set her on a fearful, shattering journey across the country, to the sheltered oasis of Southport. With Jo's empathic and stubborn support, Katie eventually realizes that she must choose between a life of transient safety and one of riskier rewards . . . and that in the darkest hour, love is the only true safe haven. (The enhanced ebook includes video clips from the movie, interviews with Nicholas Sparks, Julianne Hough, Josh Duhamel, and Lasse Holstrom, stills from the set, costume design sketches, b-roll, a video tour of the set narrated by Nicholas Sparks, and an intereview with Nicholas Sparks and Lasse Holstrom about translating books-to-film).
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Amazon Book Club Reco1199r-nff8qK2ECMary Ann Shaffer;Annie BarrowsThe Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society044033797697804403379732008-07-29277Fiction / Historical;Fiction / Literary;Fiction / Contemporary Women4.0353http://books.google.com/books/about/The_Guernsey_Literary_and_Potato_Peel_Pi.html?hl=&id=9r-nff8qK2ECThe Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Annie Barrows I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there is some sort of secret homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers. January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb.... As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends-and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society-born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island-boasts a charming, funny, deeply human cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all. Juliet begins a remarkable correspondence with the society's members, learning about their island, their taste in books, and the impact the recent German occupation has had on their lives. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever. Written with warmth and humor as a series of letters, this novel is a celebration of the written word in all its guises, and of finding connection in the most surprising ways. From the Hardcover edition.
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Good Reads Book Club Reco1199r-nff8qK2ECMary Ann Shaffer;Annie BarrowsThe Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society044033797697804403379732008-07-29277Fiction / Historical;Fiction / Literary;Fiction / Contemporary Women4.0353http://books.google.com/books/about/The_Guernsey_Literary_and_Potato_Peel_Pi.html?hl=&id=9r-nff8qK2ECThe Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Mary Ann Shaffer I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there is some sort of secret homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers. January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb.... As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends-and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society-born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island-boasts a charming, funny, deeply human cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all. Juliet begins a remarkable correspondence with the society's members, learning about their island, their taste in books, and the impact the recent German occupation has had on their lives. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever. Written with warmth and humor as a series of letters, this novel is a celebration of the written word in all its guises, and of finding connection in the most surprising ways. From the Hardcover edition.
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NYT Bestseller2008-11-23338tha6mtCbBsCDavid BaldacciDivine Justice044654515597804465451502008-11-04285Fiction / General4.065http://books.google.com/books/about/Divine_Justice.html?hl=&id=8tha6mtCbBsCDivine Justice David BaldacciFollowing the instant # 1 New York Times bestseller Stone Cold, Oliver Stone and the Camel Club return in David Baldacci's most surprising thriller yet . . . Known by his alias, "Oliver Stone," John Carr is the most wanted man in America. With two pulls of the trigger, the men who destroyed Stone's life and kept him in the shadows were finally silenced. But his freedom comes at a steep price: The assassinations he carried out prompt the highest levels of the U.S. government to unleash a massive manhunt. Behind the scenes, master spy Macklin Hayes is playing a very personal game of cat and mouse. He, more than anyone, wants Stone dead. With their friend and unofficial leader in hiding, the members of the Camel Club risk everything to save him. Now, as the hunters close in, Stone's flight from the demons of his past will take him from the power corridors of Washington, D.C., to the small, isolated coal-mining town of Divine, Virginia-and into a world every bit as lethal as the one he left behind.
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NYT Bestseller2003-04-27236LBN5i8kgka0CTim LaHaye;Jerry B. JenkinsArmageddon141434130X97814143413093/16/2011285Fiction / Religious;Fiction / Christian / Futuristic4119http://books.google.com/books/about/Armageddon.html?hl=&id=LBN5i8kgka0CArmageddon Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. JenkinsThe scattered Tribulation Force is drawn toward the Middle East, as are all the armies of the world, when human history culminates in the battle of the ages. During the last year of the Great Tribulation, safe houses are no longer safe and the world has become a powder keg of danger. Except for those already in Petra, everyone has been forced to relocate as the Antichrist ratchets up the pressure in the world's most treacherous game. As the Trib Force waits for the coming of Christ, Chloe Williams is drawn out of the safe house to investigate something suspicious. Buck and Tsion travel to Jerusalem while Nicolae Carpathia orders an attack on the city, and Rayford becomes seriously injured outside Petra. Who will survive Armageddon? A repackage of the eleventh book in the New York Times best-selling Left Behind series.
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NYT Bestseller2010-09-05140RNmeL_6s3OsCJames Patterson;Liza MarklundThe Postcard Killers031612771X97803161277142010-08-16286Fiction / Thrillers4.034http://books.google.com/books/about/The_Postcard_Killers.html?hl=&id=RNmeL_6s3OsCThe Postcard Killers James Patterson and Liza MarklundParis is stunning in the summer NYPD detective Jacob Kanon is on a tour of Europe's most gorgeous cities. But the sights aren't what draw him--he sees each museum, each cathedral, and each cafe through the eyes of his daughter's killer. The killing is simply marvelous Kanon's daughter, Kimmy, and her boyfriend were murdered while on vacation in Rome. Since then, young couples in Paris, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, and Stockholm have been found dead. Little connects the murders, other than a postcard to the local newspaper that precedes each new victim. Wish you were here Now Kanon teams up with the Swedish reporter, Dessie Larsson, who has just received a postcard in Stockholm--and they think they know where the next victims will be. With relentless logic and unstoppable action, The Postcard Killers may be James Patterson's most vivid and compelling thriller yet.
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NYT Bestseller2000-08-201800zwnXaBbM8QCRosamunde PilcherWinter Solstice31227771797803122777104/1/2011289Fiction / Sagas431http://books.google.com/books/about/Winter_Solstice.html?hl=&id=0zwnXaBbM8QCWinter Solstice Rosamunde PilcherIn Winter Solstice Rosamunde Pilcher brings her readers into the lives of five very different people.... Elfrida Phipps, once of London's stage, moved to the English village of Dibton in hopes of making a new life for herself. Gradually she settled into the comfortable familiarity of village life -- shopkeepers knowing her tastes, neighbors calling her by name -- still she finds herself lonely. Oscar Blundell gave up his life as a musician in order to marry Gloria. They have a beautiful daughter, Francesca, and it is only because of their little girl that Oscar views his sacrificed career as worthwhile. Carrie returns from Australia at the end of an ill-fated affair with a married man to find her mother and aunt sharing a home and squabbling endlessly. With Christmas approaching, Carrie agrees to look after her aunt's awkward and quiet teenage daughter, Lucy, so that her mother might enjoy a romantic fling in America. Sam Howard is trying to pull his life back together after his wife has left him for another. He is without home and without roots, all he has is his job. Business takes him to northern Scotland, where he falls in love with the lush, craggy landscape and set his sights on a house. It is the strange rippling effects of a tragedy that will bring these five characters together in a large, neglected estate house near the Scottish fishing town of Creagan. It is in this house, on the shortest day of the year, that the lives of five people will come together and be forever changed. Rosamunde Pilcher's long-awaited return to the page will warm the hearts of readers both old and new. Winter Solstice is a novel of love, loyalty and rebirth.
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Good Reads Book Club Reco54u5CQpfaElJYCJamie FordHotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet034551250297803455125052009-01-27290Fiction / Sagas;Fiction / Historical;Fiction / Literary4.053http://books.google.com/books/about/Hotel_on_the_Corner_of_Bitter_and_Sweet.html?hl=&id=u5CQpfaElJYCHotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet Jamie FordSentimental, heartfelt....the exploration of Henry's changing relationship with his family and with Keiko will keep most readers turning pages...A timely debut that not only reminds readers of a shameful episode in American history, but cautions us to examine the present and take heed we don't repeat those injustices.-- Kirkus Reviews "A tender and satisfying novel set in a time and a place lost forever, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet gives us a glimpse of the damage that is caused by war--not the sweeping damage of the battlefield, but the cold, cruel damage to the hearts and humanity of individual people. Especially relevant in today's world, this is a beautifully written book that will make you think. And, more importantly, it will make you feel." -- Garth Stein, New York Times bestselling author of The Art of Racing in the Rain "Jamie Ford's first novel explores the age-old conflicts between father and son, the beauty and sadness of what happened to Japanese Americans in the Seattle area during World War II, and the depths and longing of deep-heart love. An impressive, bitter, and sweet debut." -- Lisa See, bestselling author of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan In the opening pages of Jamie Ford's stunning debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Henry Lee comes upon a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle's Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has made an incredible discovery: the belongings of Japanese families, left when they were rounded up and sent to internment camps during World War II. As Henry looks on, the owner opens a Japanese parasol. This simple act takes old Henry Lee back to the 1940s, at the height of the war, when young Henry's world is a jumble of confusion and excitement, and to his father, who is obsessed with the war in China and having Henry grow up American. While "scholarshipping" at the exclusive Rainier Elementary, where the white kids ignore him, Henry meets Keiko Okabe, a young Japanese American student. Amid the chaos of blackouts, curfews, and FBI raids, Henry and Keiko forge a bond of friendship-and innocent love-that transcends the long-standing prejudices of their Old World ancestors. And after Keiko and her family are swept up in the evacuations to the internment camps, she and Henry are left only with the hope that the war will end, and that their promise to each other will be kept. Forty years later, Henry Lee is certain that the parasol belonged to Keiko. In the hotel's dark dusty basement he begins looking for signs of the Okabe family's belongings and for a long-lost object whose value he cannot begin to measure. Now a widower, Henry is still trying to find his voice-words that might explain the actions of his nationalistic father; words that might bridge the gap between him and his modern, Chinese American son; words that might help him confront the choices he made many years ago. Set during one of the most conflicted and volatile times in American history, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is an extraordinary story of commitment and enduring hope. In Henry and Keiko, Jamie Ford has created an unforgettable duo whose story teaches us of the power of forgiveness and the human heart.
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Amazon Book Club Reco118Qp1Qg8ihXxYCJeannette WallsThe Glass Castle143915696497814391569642009-10-06304Self-Help / Adult Children of Substance Abusers;Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs;Biography & Autobiography / Literary;Biography & Autobiography / General;Biography & Autobiography / Women;Biography & Autobiography / Editors, Journalists, Publishers;Family & Relationships / Family Relationships;Social Science / Poverty & Homelessness4.04631http://books.google.com/books/about/The_Glass_Castle.html?hl=&id=Qp1Qg8ihXxYCThe Glass Castle: A Memoir Jeannette WallsJeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four children. In the beginning, they lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man who, when sober, captured his children's imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and above all, how to embrace life fearlessly. Rose Mary, who painted and wrote and couldn't stand the responsibility of providing for her family, called herself an "excitement addict." Cooking a meal that would be consumed in fifteen minutes had no appeal when she could make a painting that might last forever. Later, when the money ran out, or the romance of the wandering life faded, the Walls retreated to the dismal West Virginia mining town-and the family-Rex Walls had done everything he could to escape. He drank. He stole the grocery money and disappeared for days. As the dysfunction of the family escalated, Jeannette and her brother and sisters had to fend for themselves, supporting one another as they weathered their parents' betrayals and, finally, found the resources and will to leave home. What is so astonishing about Jeannette Walls is not just that she had the guts and tenacity and intelligence to get out, but that she describes her parents with such deep affection and generosity. Hers is a story of triumph against all odds, but also a tender, moving tale of unconditional love in a family that despite its profound flaws gave her the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms. For two decades, Jeannette Walls hid her roots. Now she tells her own story. A regular contributor to MSNBC.com, she lives in New York and Long Island and is married to the writer John Taylor.
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NYT Bestseller2000-07-09178jnq1O4ZXb0sCJanet EvanovichHot Six142997145297814299714544/1/2010304Fiction / Humorous;Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths4103http://books.google.com/books/about/Hot_Six.html?hl=&id=jnq1O4ZXb0sCHot Six Janet EvanovichBounty hunter Stephanie Plum and Trenton vice cop Joe Morelli join forces to find the madman killer who shot and barbecued the youngest son of international black-market arms dealer Alexander Ramos. Carlos Manoso, street name Ranger, is caught on video just minutes before the crime occurs. He's at the scene, he's with the victim, and he's the number-one suspect. Ranger is former special forces turned soldier of fortune. He has a blue-chip stock portfolio and no known address. He moves in mysterious circles. He's Stephanie's mentor--the man who taught her everything she knows about fugitive apprehension. And he's more than her friend. Now he's the hunted and Stephanie's the hunter, and it's time for her to test her skills against the master. But if she does catch him...what then? Can she bring herself to turn him in? Plus there are other things keeping Stephanie awake at night. Her maternal grandmother has set up housekeeping in Stephanie's apartment, a homicidal maniac has selected Stephanie as his next victim, her love life is in the toilet, she's adopted a dog with an eating disorder, and she can't button the top snap on her Levi's. Experience the world of Plum--in Janet Evanovich's new thriller. It's surreal, it's frenetic, it's incendiary. Hot Six. It's the best yet.
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NYT Bestseller2010-10-24143FbTQFXdYCMMCMichael ConnellyThe Reversal031606946997803160694652010-10-05310Fiction / Thrillers4.0105http://books.google.com/books/about/The_Reversal.html?hl=&id=FbTQFXdYCMMCThe Reversal Michael ConnellyLongtime defense attorney Mickey Haller is recruited to change stripes and prosecute the high-profile retrial of a brutal child murder. After 24 years in prison, convicted killer Jason Jessup has been exonerated by new DNA evidence. Haller is convinced Jessup is guilty, and he takes the case on the condition that he gets to choose his investigator, LAPD Detective Harry Bosch. Together, Bosch and Haller set off on a case fraught with political and personal danger. Opposing them is Jessup, now out on bail, a defense attorney who excels at manipulating the media, and a runaway eyewitness reluctant to testify after so many years. With the odds and the evidence against them, Bosch and Haller must nail a sadistic killer once and for all. If Bosch is sure of anything, it is that Jason Jessup plans to kill again.
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Good Reads Book Club Reco912Pk6AWA0cJoCLisa GenovaStill Alice143915703097814391570392009-01-06320Fiction / General;Fiction / Literary;Fiction / Contemporary Women4.080http://books.google.com/books/about/Still_Alice.html?hl=&id=2Pk6AWA0cJoCStill Alice Lisa GenovaStill Alice is a compelling debut novel about a 50-year-old woman's sudden descent into early onset Alzheimer's disease, written by first-time author Lisa Genova, who holds a Ph. D in neuroscience from Harvard University. Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children and a house on the Cape, is a celebrated Harvard professor at the height of her career when she notices a forgetfulness creeping into her life. As confusion starts to cloud her thinking and her memory begins to fail her, she receives a devastating diagnosis: early onset Alzheimer's disease. Fiercely independent, Alice struggles to maintain her lifestyle and live in the moment, even as her sense of self is being stripped away. In turns heartbreaking, inspiring and terrifying, Still Alice captures in remarkable detail what's it's like to literally lose your mind... Reminiscent of A Beautiful Mind, Ordinary People and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Still Alice packs a powerful emotional punch and marks the arrival of a strong new voice in fiction.
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NYT Bestseller2007-05-06308SSDxnx-ozrUCJ.R.R. TolkienThe Children of Hurin54795210497805479521092/15/2012320Fiction / Fantasy / General4366http://books.google.com/books/about/The_Children_of_Hurin.html?hl=&id=SSDxnx-ozrUCThe Children of the Hurin J.R.R. TolkeinThe Children of Hurin is the first complete book by J.R.R.Tolkien since the 1977 publication of The Silmarillion. Six thousand years before the One Ring is destroyed, Middle-earth lies under the shadow of the Dark Lord Morgoth. The greatest warriors among elves and men have perished, and all is in darkness and despair. But a deadly new leader rises, Turin, son of Hurin, and with his grim band of outlaws begins to turn the tide in the war for Middle-earth -- awaiting the day he confronts his destiny and the deadly curse laid upon him. The paperback edition of The Children of Hurin includes eight color paintings by Alan Lee and a black-and-white map.
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NYT Bestseller2007-07-08312QiIITzhbbkcCJanet EvanovichLean Mean Thirteen142992622897814299262256/17/2009320Fiction / Humorous;Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths494http://books.google.com/books/about/Lean_Mean_Thirteen.html?hl=&id=QiIITzhbbkcCLean Mean Thirteen Janet EvanovichNew secrets, old flames, and hidden agendas are about to send bounty hunter Stephanie Plum on her most outrageous adventure yet! MISTAKE #1 Dickie Orr Stephanie was married to him for about fifteen minutes before she caught him cheating on her with her archnemesis, Joyce Barnhardt. Another fifteen minutes after that, Stephanie filed for divorce, hoping never to see either one of them again. MISTAKE #2 Doing favors for super bounty hunter Carlos Manoso (aka Ranger) Ranger needs Stephanie to meet with Dickie and find out if he's doing something shady. Turns out, he is. Turns out, Dickie's also back to doing Joyce Barnhardt. And it turns out Ranger's favors always come with a price. . . . MISTAKE #3 Going completely nutso while doing the favor for Ranger, and trying to apply bodily injury to Dickie in front of the entire office Now Dickie has disappeared, and Stephanie is the natural suspect in his disappearance. Is Dickie dead? Can he be found? And can Stephanie Plum stay one step ahead in this new, dangerous game? Joe Morelli, the hottest cop in Trenton, New Jersey, is also keeping Stephanie on her toes---and he may know more than he's saying about many things in Stephanie's life. It's a cat-and-mouse game for Stephanie Plum wherein the ultimate prize might be her life. With Janet Evanovich's flair for hilarious situations, breathtaking action, and unforgettable characters, Lean Mean Thirteen shows why no one can beat Evanovich for blockbuster entertainment.
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NYT Bestseller2007-10-14315-M_2TvpqCmUCJohn GrishamPlaying for Pizza30757611697803075761183/16/2010320Fiction / Literary469http://books.google.com/books/about/Playing_for_Pizza.html?hl=&id=-M_2TvpqCmUCPlaying For Pizza John Grisham#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Rick Dockery is the third-string quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. In the AFC Championship game, to the surprise and dismay of virtually everyone, Rick actually gets into the game. With a seventeen-point lead and just minutes to go, Rick provides what is arguably the worst single performance in the history of the NFL. Overnight, he becomes a national laughingstock-and is immediately cut by the Browns and shunned by all other teams. But all Rick knows is football, and he insists that his agent find a team that needs him. Against enormous odds, Rick finally gets a job-as the starting quarterback for the Mighty Panthers . . . of Parma, Italy. The Parma Panthers desperately want a former NFL player-any former NFL player-at their helm. And now they've got Rick, who knows nothing about Parma (not even where it is) and doesn't speak a word of Italian. To say that Italy-the land of fine wines, extremely small cars, and football americano-holds a few surprises for Rick Dockery would be something of an understatement.
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Good Reads Book Club Reco105W_O5wKqohjwCMark HaddonThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time140817336097814081733672012-08-23112Drama / General3.5894http://books.google.com/books/about/The_Curious_Incident_of_the_Dog_in_the_N.html?hl=&id=W_O5wKqohjwCThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Mark HaddonMy name is Christopher John Francis Boone. I know all the countries of the world and the capital cities. And every prime number up to 7507. Christopher, fifteen years old, stands beside Mrs Shears's dead dog. It has been speared with a garden fork, it is seven minutes after midnight, and Christopher is under suspicion. He records each fact in the book he is writing to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington. He has an extraordinary brain and is exceptional at maths, but he is ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and he distrusts strangers. But Christopher's detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that turns his world upside-down. Simon Stephens's adaptation of Mark Haddon's bestselling, award-winning novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time offers a richly theatrical exploration of this touching and bleakly humorous tale.
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NYT Bestseller2006-11-19300vJ4L75X8OUwCNicholas SparksDear John759568995978075956899010/30/2006120Fiction / General3.5914http://books.google.com/books/about/Dear_John.html?hl=&id=vJ4L75X8OUwCDear John Nicholas SparksAn angry rebel, John dropped out of school and enlisted in the Army, not knowing what else to do with his life--until he meets the girl of his dreams, Savannah. Their mutual attraction quickly grows into the kind of love that leaves Savannah waiting for John to finish his tour of duty, and John wanting to settle down with the woman who captured his heart. But 9/11 changes everything. John feels it is his duty to re-enlist. And sadly, the long separation finds Savannah falling in love with someone else. "Dear John," the letter read...and with those two words, a heart was broken and two lives were changed forever. Returning home, John must come to grips with the fact that Savannah, now married, is still his true love--and face the hardest decision of his life.
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NYT Bestseller2010-04-2521bjqPZwEACAAJJim Butcher;Mark Powers;Chase ConleyFool Moon160690210597816069021032011-11-01128Comics & Graphic Novels / General;Comics & Graphic Novels / Crime & Mystery;Comics & Graphic Novels / Fantasy;Comics & Graphic Novels / Manga / Crime & Mystery;Comics & Graphic Novels / Manga / Fantasy3.57http://books.google.com/books/about/Fool_Moon.html?hl=&id=bjqPZwEACAAJChanges Jim ButcherHarry Dresden`s life is a mess. His top client (and close friend), Lt. Karrin Murphy, no longer trusts him. Chicago`s underworld and the cops alike think he''s mobster Johnny Marcone''s supernatural enforcer. And the enigmatic White Council continues to view him with suspicion. If all that weren''t enough, a pack of werewolves have unleashed a wave of terror on the Windy City. But as is always the case when it comes to the creatures of the Nevernever, there''s far more going on than meets the eye. Before it''s all over, Harry will find himself caught between friends, enemies, and arcane forces bent on his destruction. Is it any wonder he can''t find a date? Expanding on Book Two of Jim Butcher''s New York Times bestselling saga, and featuring writer Mark Powers and artist Chase Conley, Fool Moon collects the first half of the 8-issue series in one volume.
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NYT Bestseller2001-12-09207wFVpT3msHPQCJohn GrishamSkipping Christmas30757607897803075760713/16/2010133Fiction / Humorous3.544http://books.google.com/books/about/Skipping_Christmas.html?hl=&id=wFVpT3msHPQCSkipping Christmas John GrishamLuther and Nora Krank are fed up with the chaos of Christmas. The endless shopping lists, the frenzied dashes through the mall, the hassle of decorating the tree... where has all the joy gone? This year, celebrating seems like too much effort. With their only child off in Peru, they decide that just this once, they'll skip the holidays. They spend their Christmas budget on a Caribbean cruise set to sail on December 25, and happily settle in for a restful holiday season free of rooftop snowmen and festive parties. But the Kranks soon learn that their vacation from Christmas isn't much of a vacation at all, and that skipping the holidays has consequences they didn't bargain for... A modern Christmas classic, Skipping Christmas is a charming and hilarious look at the mayhem and madness that have become ingrained in our holiday tradition.
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NYT Bestseller2004-07-18250tCv4NqIvrRYCJames PattersonSam's Letters to Jennifer75951116097807595111636/28/2004150Fiction / General3.530http://books.google.com/books/about/Sam_s_Letters_to_Jennifer.html?hl=&id=tCv4NqIvrRYCSam's Letters to Jennifer James PattersonHave you ever gotten a letter that changed your life completely? Sam's Letters to Jennifer is a novel about that kind of drama. In it, a woman is summoned back to the town where she grew up. And in the house where she spent her most magical years she finds a series of letters addressed to her. Each of those letters is a piece of a story that will upend completely the world she thought she knew - and throw her into a love more powerful than she ever imagined could be possible. Two extraordinary love stories are entwined here, full of hope and pain and emotions that never die down.
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NYT Bestseller2009-09-137VYMshHfserwCJames Patterson;Richard DiLalloAlex Cross's TRIAL031607262197803160726252009-08-24173Fiction / Historical;Fiction / Thrillers3.5771http://books.google.com/books/about/Alex_Cross_s_TRIAL.html?hl=&id=VYMshHfserwCAlex Cross's Trial James Patterson and Richard DiLalloSeparated by time From his grandmother, Alex Cross has heard the story of his great uncle Abraham and his struggles for survival in the era of the Ku Klux Klan. Now, Alex passes the family tale along to his own children in a novel he's written--a novel called Trial. Connected by blood As a lawyer in turn-of-the-century Washington D.C., Ben Corbett represents the toughest cases. Fighting against oppression and racism, he risks his family and his life in the process. When President Roosevelt asks Ben to return to his home town to investigate rumors of the resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan there, he cannot refuse. United by bravery When he arrives in Eudora, Mississippi, Ben meets the wise Abraham Cross and his beautiful granddaughter, Moody. Ben enlists their help, and the two Crosses introduce him to the hidden side of the idyllic Southern town. Lynchings have become commonplace and residents of the town's black quarter live in constant fear. Ben aims to break the reign of terror--but the truth of who is really behind it could break his heart. Written in the fearless voice of Detective Alex Cross, Alex Cross's Trial is a gripping story of murder, love, and, above all, bravery.
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NYT Bestseller2001-07-08196MDMhxk0hSsoCJanet EvanovichSeven Up755388399978075538839410/27/2011192Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General;Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths3.592http://books.google.com/books/about/Seven_Up.html?hl=&id=MDMhxk0hSsoCSeven Up Janet EvanovichBounty hunter Stephanie Plum thinks she's going after an easy FTA: a senior citizen charged with smuggling contraband cigarettes. But when she and Lula show up at his house, they get more than they bargained for - a corpse in the woodshed and an old man on the lam. Stephanie's mind is on other matters, however, because she has two proposals to consider: vice cop Joe Morelli is proposing marriage, and fellow bounty hunter Ranger is proposing a single perfect night...
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NYT Bestseller2004-07-11249AERcveXYGV8CJanet EvanovichTen Big Ones755388461978075538846210/13/2011196Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General;Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths3.5871http://books.google.com/books/about/Ten_Big_Ones.html?hl=&id=AERcveXYGV8CTen Big Ones Janet EvanovichStephanie Plum and her partner, Lula, are clearly in the wrong place at the wrong time. A robbery leads to an explosion, which leads to the destruction of yet another car. It would be just another day in the life of Stephanie Plum...except that she becomes the target of a gang. And the target of an even scarier, more dangerous force that comes to Trenton. With super bounty hunter Ranger acting more mysteriously than ever (and the tension with vice cop Joe Morelli getting hotter), Stephanie is racing against the clock...
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NYT Bestseller2010-02-21171KyYHVPJfJsECJames Patterson;Michael LedwidgeWorst Case031612702797803161270282010-04-02203Fiction / Suspense;Fiction / Thrillers3.558http://books.google.com/books/about/Worst_Case.html?hl=&id=KyYHVPJfJsECWorst Case James Patterson and Michael LedwidgeBest case: survival The son of one of New York's wealthiest families is snatched off the street and held hostage. His parents can't save him, because this kidnapper isn't demanding money. Instead, he quizzes his prisoner on the price others pay for his life of luxury. In this exam, wrong answers are fatal. Worst case: death Detective Michael Bennett leads the investigation. With ten kids of his own, he can't begin to understand what could lead someone to target anyone's children. As another student disappears, one powerful family after another uses their leverage and connections to turn the heat up on the mayor, the press--anyone who will listen--to stop this killer. Their reach extends all the way to the FBI, who send their top Abduction Specialist, Agent Emily Parker. Bennett's life--and love life--suddenly get even more complicated. This case: Detective Michael Bennett is on it Before Bennett has a chance to protest the FBI's intrusion on his case, the mastermind changes his routine. His plan leads up to the most devastating demonstration yet--one that could bring cataclysmic devastation to every inch of New York. From the shocking first page to the last exhilarating scene, Worst Case is a non-stop thriller from "America's #1 storyteller" (Forbes). The eBook Special Edition includes: A profile of Michael Bennett A list of the Michael Bennett series with descriptions of all the cases Addresses of the locations of the main scenes in the book
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Good Reads Book Club Reco97FEL8DlqjYEkCPaulo CoelhoThe Alchemist - 10th Anniversary Edition006174124897800617412412009-10-13208Fiction / Literary;Body, Mind & Spirit / Inspiration & Personal Growth;Body, Mind & Spirit / Spirituality / General3.54503http://books.google.com/books/about/The_Alchemist_10th_Anniversary_Edition.html?hl=&id=FEL8DlqjYEkCThe Alchemist Paulo CoelhoMy heart is afraid that it will have to suffer, the boy told the alchemist one night as they looked up at the moonless sky." Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams." Every few decades a book is published that changes the lives of its readers forever. The Alchemist is such a book. With over a million and a half copies sold around the world, The Alchemist has already established itself as a modern classic, universally admired. Paulo Coelho's charming fable, now available in English for the first time, will enchant and inspire an even wider audience of readers for generations to come. The Alchemist is the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure as extravagant as any ever found. From his home in Spain he journeys to the markets of Tangiers and across the Egyptian desert to a fateful encounter with the alchemist. The story of the treasures Santiago finds along the way teaches us, as only a few stories have done, about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, learning to read the omens strewn along life's path, and, above all, following our dreams.
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Amazon Book Club Reco168GwEiIuGL9ioCAlice Eve CohenWhat I Thought I Knew110105093497811010509342009-07-09208Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs3.535http://books.google.com/books/about/What_I_Thought_I_Knew.html?hl=&id=GwEiIuGL9ioCWhat I Thought I Knew: A Memoir Alice Eve CohenDarkly hilarious...an unexpected bundle of joy. -O, The Oprah Magazine Alice Cohen was happy for the first time in years. After a difficult divorce, she had a new love in her life, she was raising a beloved adopted daughter, and her career was blossoming. Then she started experiencing mysterious symptoms. After months of tests, x-rays, and inconclusive diagnoses, Alice underwent a CAT scan that revealed the truth: she was six months pregnant. At age forty-four, with no prenatal care and no insurance coverage for a high-risk pregnancy, Alice was besieged by opinions from doctors and friends about what was ethical, what was loving, what was right. With the intimacy of a diary and the suspense of a thriller, What I Thought I Knew is a ruefully funny, wickedly candid tale; a story of hope and renewal that turns all of the "knowns" upside down.
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NYT Bestseller2001-04-29192_s16QfWfnA8CJan KaronA Common Life110154848797811015484863/26/2002208Fiction / Sagas3.537http://books.google.com/books/about/A_Common_Life.html?hl=&id=_s16QfWfnA8CA Common Life Jan KaronLaughter and wedding bells ring as Jan Karon takes her millions of fans back in time to the most cherished event in Mitford! Mitford's Lord's Chapel seats barely two hundred souls, yet millions of Jan Karon's fans will be there for the most joyful event in years: the wedding of Father Tim Kavanagh and Cynthia Coppersmith. Here at last is A Common Life, and the long-awaited answers to these deeply probing questions: Will Father Tim fall apart when he takes his vows? Will Cynthia make it to the church on time? Who'll arrange the flowers and bake the wedding cake? And will Uncle Billy's prayers for a great joke be answered in time for the reception? All the beloved Mitford characters will be there: Dooley Barlowe, Miss Sadie and Louella, Emma Newland, the mayor; in short, everybody who's anybody in the little town with the big heart. A Common Life is the perfect gift for Mother's Day, Father's Day, anniversaries, and for a bride or groom to give to his or her beloved. In truth, it's perfect for anyone who believes in laughter, relies on hope, and celebrates love.
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Good Reads Book Club Reco156cVUgKxnYvSkCGreg Mortenson;Sarah L. Thomson;David Oliver Relin3 Cups of Tea014241412397801424141252009-01-22209Juvenile Nonfiction / School & Education;Juvenile Nonfiction / People & Places / Middle East;Juvenile Nonfiction / Biography & Autobiography / General;Juvenile Nonfiction / People & Places / United States / Asian American;Juvenile Nonfiction / Biography & Autobiography / Social Activists;Juvenile Nonfiction / People & Places / Asia3.51965http://books.google.com/books/about/3_Cups_of_Tea.html?hl=&id=cVUgKxnYvSkCThree Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace ... One School at a Time Greg MortensonThis young readers edition of the worldwide bestseller Three Cups of Teahas been specially adapted for younger readers and updated by Greg Mortenson to bring his remarkable story of humanitarianism up to date for the present. Includes new photos and illustrations, as well as a special interview by Greg's twelve-year-old daughter, Amira, who has traveled with her father as an advocate for the Pennies for Peace program for children.Amira Mortenson is the twelve-year-old daughter of Greg Mortenson. She has traveled around the world with her father and works with Pennies for Peace, a program specifically geared to getting kids involved in charitable works by donating pennies. David Oliver Relin is a contributing editor for Parademagazine and Skiingmagazine. He has won more than forty national awards for his work as a writer and editor.
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NYT Bestseller2009-06-14145NbJwIXRut9QCMichael ConnellyThe Scarecrow031607345897803160734552009-05-26212Fiction / Thrillers3.531http://books.google.com/books/about/The_Scarecrow.html?hl=&id=NbJwIXRut9QCThe Scarecrow Michael ConnellyForced out of the Los Angeles Times amid the latest budget cuts, newspaperman Jack McEvoy decides to go out with a bang, using his final days at the paper to write the definitive murder story of his career. He focuses on Alonzo Winslow, a 16-year-old drug dealer in jail after confessing to a brutal murder. But as he delves into the story, Jack realizes that Winslow's so-called confession is bogus. The kid might actually be innocent. Jack is soon running with his biggest story since The Poet made his career years ago. He is tracking a killer who operates completely below police radar--and with perfect knowledge of any move against him. Including Jack's.
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NYT Bestseller2007-07-22313tnE2Ax8shHICJames Patterson;Michael LedwidgeThe Quickie031600720X97803160072077/2/2007213Fiction / Thrillers3.5110http://books.google.com/books/about/The_Quickie.html?hl=&id=tnE2Ax8shHICThe Quickie James Patterson and Michael LedwidgeLauren Stillwell is not your average damsel in distress. When the NYPD cop discovers her husband leaving a hotel with another woman, she decides to beat him at his own game. But her revenge goes dangerously awry, and she finds her world spiraling into a hell that becomes more terrifying by the hour. In a further twist of fate, Lauren must take on a job that threatens everything she stands for. Now, she's paralyzed by a deadly secret that could tear her life apart. With her job and marriage on the line, Lauren's desire for retribution becomes a lethal inferno as she fights to save her livelihood--and her life. Patterson takes us on a twisting roller-coaster ride of thrills in his most gripping novel yet. This story of love, lust and dangerous secrets will have readers' hearts pounding to the very last page.
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NYT Bestseller2003-03-23233mdI8f-XtpUICJames PattersonThe Jester75952783097807595278363/3/2003216Fiction / Historical3.584http://books.google.com/books/about/The_Jester.html?hl=&id=mdI8f-XtpUICThe Jester James Patterson and Andrew GrossHugh De Luc returns from the Crusades to discover that his terrifying nightmare has just begun. Merciless killers have slain his young son, kidnapped his wife, Sophie, and destroyed his town in their search for a priceless relic from the Crucifixion. Hugh's quest to find Sophie is one of the most pulse-pounding adventures, mysteries, and unforgettable love stories in all of fiction.
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Good Reads Book Club Reco132GKc2mPfcZ8ACAlice SeboldThe Lovely Bones075952773397807595277372002-08-07220Fiction / Psychological3.51072http://books.google.com/books/about/The_Lovely_Bones.html?hl=&id=GKc2mPfcZ8ACThe Lovely Bones Alice SeboldThis deluxe trade paperback edition of Alice Sebold's modern classic features French flaps and rough-cut pages. Once in a generation a novel comes along that taps a vein of universal human experience, resonating with readers of all ages. The Lovely Bones is such a book - a phenomenal #1 bestseller celebrated at once for its narrative artistry, its luminous clarity of emotion, and its astoniishing power to lay claim to the hearts of millions of readers around the world. "My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973." So begins the story of Susie Salmon, who is adjusting to her new home in heaven, a place that is not at all what she expected, even as she is watching life on eath continue without her - her friends trading rumors about her disappearance, her killer trying to cover his tracks, her grief-stricken family unraveling. Out of unspeakable traged and loss, The Lovely Bones succeeds, miraculously, in building a tale filled with hope, humor, suspense, even joy "A stunning achievement." -The New Yorker "Deeply affecting. . . . A keenly observed portrait of familial love and how it endures and changes over time." -New York Times "A triumphant novel. . . . It's a knockout." -Time "Destined to become a classic in the vein of To Kill a Mockingbird. . . . I loved it." -Anna Quindlen "A novel that is painfully fine and accomplished." -Los Angeles Times "The Lovely Bones seems to be saying there are more important things in life on earth than retribution. Like forgiveness, like love." -Chicago Tribune
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NYT Bestseller2002-08-18222GKc2mPfcZ8ACAlice SeboldThe Lovely Bones75952773397807595277378/7/2002220Fiction / Psychological3.51072http://books.google.com/books/about/The_Lovely_Bones.html?hl=&id=GKc2mPfcZ8ACThe Lovely Bones Alice SeboldThis deluxe trade paperback edition of Alice Sebold's modern classic features French flaps and rough-cut pages. Once in a generation a novel comes along that taps a vein of universal human experience, resonating with readers of all ages. The Lovely Bones is such a book - a phenomenal #1 bestseller celebrated at once for its narrative artistry, its luminous clarity of emotion, and its astoniishing power to lay claim to the hearts of millions of readers around the world. "My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973." So begins the story of Susie Salmon, who is adjusting to her new home in heaven, a place that is not at all what she expected, even as she is watching life on eath continue without her - her friends trading rumors about her disappearance, her killer trying to cover his tracks, her grief-stricken family unraveling. Out of unspeakable traged and loss, The Lovely Bones succeeds, miraculously, in building a tale filled with hope, humor, suspense, even joy "A stunning achievement." -The New Yorker "Deeply affecting. . . . A keenly observed portrait of familial love and how it endures and changes over time." -New York Times "A triumphant novel. . . . It's a knockout." -Time "Destined to become a classic in the vein of To Kill a Mockingbird. . . . I loved it." -Anna Quindlen "A novel that is painfully fine and accomplished." -Los Angeles Times "The Lovely Bones seems to be saying there are more important things in life on earth than retribution. Like forgiveness, like love." -Chicago Tribune
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Good Reads Book Club Reco138uork43wTXUwCPaula McLainThe Paris Wife034552132397803455213232011-02-22224Fiction / Historical;Fiction / Literary;Fiction / Contemporary Women3.53321http://books.google.com/books/about/The_Paris_Wife.html?hl=&id=uork43wTXUwCThe Paris Wife Paula McLainA beautiful portrait of being in Paris in the glittering 1920s-as a wife and as one's own woman.-Entertainment Weekly A deeply evocative story of ambition and betrayal, The Paris Wife captures the love affair between two unforgettable people: Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley. Chicago, 1920: Hadley Richardson is a quiet twenty-eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness-until she meets Ernest Hemingway. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple in a lively and volatile group-the fabled "Lost Generation"-that includes Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Though deeply in love, the Hemingways are ill prepared for the hard-drinking, fast-living, and free-loving life of Jazz Age Paris. As Ernest struggles to find the voice that will earn him a place in history and pours himself into the novel that will become The Sun Also Rises, Hadley strives to hold on to her sense of self as her roles as wife, friend, and muse become more challenging. Eventually they find themselves facing the ultimate crisis of their marriage-a deception that will lead to the unraveling of everything they've fought so hard for. A heartbreaking portrayal of love and torn loyalty, The Paris Wife is all the more poignant because we know that, in the end, Hemingway wrote that he would rather have died than fallen in love with anyone but Hadley. NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER WINNER-BEST HISTORICAL FICTION-GOODREADS CHOICE AWARDS NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY People * Chicago Tribune * NPR * The Philadelphia Inquirer * Kirkus Reviews * The Toronto Sun * BookPage Look for special features inside. Join the Circle for author chats and more.
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NYT Bestseller2002-10-06224LWevXkVOTBgCNicholas SparksNights in Rodanthe44653133297804465313379/17/2002224Fiction / Romance / General;Fiction / Romance / Suspense;Fiction / Suspense3.594http://books.google.com/books/about/Nights_in_Rodanthe.html?hl=&id=LWevXkVOTBgCNights in Rodanthe Nicholas SparksAt forty-five, Adrienne Willis must rethink her entire life when her husband abandons her for a younger woman. Reeling with heartache andin search of a respite, she flees to the small coastal town of Rodanthe, North Carolina, to tend to a friend's inn for the weekend. But when a major storm starts moving in, it appears that Adrienne's perfect getaway will be ruined - until a guest named Paul Flanner arrives. At fifty-four, Paul has just sold his medical practice and come to Rodanthe to escape his own shattered past. Now, with the storm closing in, two wounded people will turn to each other for comfort - and in one weekend set in motion feelings that will resonate throughout the rest of their lives.
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NYT Bestseller2003-07-20239Nopjao460IsCDanielle SteelJohnny Angel30756655297803075665532/25/2009224Fiction / Sagas;Fiction / Romance / Contemporary;Fiction / Contemporary Women3.532http://books.google.com/books/about/Johnny_Angel.html?hl=&id=Nopjao460IsCJohnny Angel Danielle SteelIn her fifty-eighth bestselling novel, Danielle Steel tells the breathtaking story of a mother's love and a son's gift, of the tragedy that nearly destroyed a family...and the miracle that saved them. Johnny Angel With a word or a smile, seventeen-year-old Johnny Peterson could light up a room, fill his mother's heart with pride, and inspire the best in those around him. A star athlete and class valedictorian, tall, lanky Johnny had a future filled with promise--until he stepped into a car on prom night, dazzling in his rented tux, and in an instant, it was all taken away. In the months that follow, Johnny's family and high school sweetheart, Becky, struggle to put together the pieces of their shattered lives. No one is more devastated than Johnny's mother, Alice, whose oldest son owned her heart from the day he was born. But amid the heartache, something miraculous is about to happen to the Peterson family, something that will alter the course of each of their lives. When a sudden illness sends Alice to the hospital, a glorious vision comes to her in her dreams. There, standing before her, is Johnny himself, with that familiar twinkle in his eye, gently urging his bewildered mother to be strong for her splintered family. For Alice, seeing her marvelous lost boy is a miracle she can't quite believe but is more than willing to embrace. In the weeks to come, Johnny will appear in the most unlikely places, visible only to the two people who need him most: his nine-year-old brother, locked in a silent world, whose special needs Johnny always seemed to understand...and his mother, who has always nurtured her family, but who now needs a guardian angel of her own. Through a season of hope and healing, Johnny will walk by his mother's side, leaving miracles in his wake, leading his parents, his girlfriend, his sister, and his brother out of their grief. But as Alice is about to discover, Johnny has returned not just to help those he loves, but to uncover a purpose even he cannot comprehend--one that will change them all forever. An unforgettable story of loving and letting go, of mixed blessings and second chances, Johnny Angel is a celebration of life, hope, and forgiveness. It will make you laugh and cry...and hold your loved ones just a little bit closer. From the Hardcover edition.
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Amazon Book Club Reco144PfmjWho_zOACCormac McCarthyThe Road030726745897803072674502007-03-20245Fiction / Literary3.53689http://books.google.com/books/about/The_Road.html?hl=&id=PfmjWho_zOACThe Road Cormac McCarthyNATIONAL BESTSELLER PULITZER PRIZE WINNER National Book Critic's Circle Award Finalist A New York Times Notable Book One of the Best Books of the Year The Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor, The Denver Post, The Kansas City Star, Los Angeles Times, New York, People, Rocky Mountain News, Time, The Village Voice, The Washington Post The searing, postapocalyptic novel destined to become Cormac McCarthy's masterpiece. A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don't know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food-and each other. The Road is the profoundly moving story of a journey. It boldly imagines a future in which no hope remains, but in which the father and his son, "each the other's world entire," are sustained by love. Awesome in the totality of its vision, it is an unflinching meditation on the worst and the best that we are capable of: ultimate destructiveness, desperate tenacity, and the tenderness that keeps two people alive in the face of total devastation. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Amazon Book Club Reco151aQ_-zZXzfPoCErnest HemingwayThe Sun Also Rises144341454997814434145482012-02-14247Fiction / General;Fiction / Classics;Fiction / Literary3.5283http://books.google.com/books/about/The_Sun_Also_Rises.html?hl=&id=aQ_-zZXzfPoCThe Sun Also Rises Ernest HemingwayThe most popular of Ernest Hemingway' s books, The Sun Also Rises is an elegant showcase for Hemingway' s powerful prose, memorable characters, and biting social commentary on love and society post WWI. The New York Times called it " An absorbing, beautifully and tenderly absurd, heart-breaking narrative..." Following American and British expatriates from the lights of Paris to the bloody bullfights of Pamplona, The Sun Also Rises tells the haunting story of Jake Barnes and Lady Brett Ashley, inextricably in love with each other despite Jake' s devastating war wounds and Brett' s entanglements with a bankrupt English noble and a flamboyant Spanish bullfighter. Published in 1926, The Sun Also Rises captured the moral and spiritual decay endemic to Europe in the post-war period, and the resiliency that allowed the Lost Generation to rebuild their lives. HarperPerennial Classics brings great works of literature to life in digital format, upholding the highest standards in ebook production and celebrating reading in all its forms. Look for more titles in the HarperPerennial Classics collection to build your digital library.
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NYT Bestseller2009-07-1993DMA63zMS7lACJames Patterson;Maxine PaetroSwimsuit031605264797803160526412009-06-29252Fiction / Suspense;Fiction / Thrillers3.517http://books.google.com/books/about/Swimsuit.html?hl=&id=DMA63zMS7lACSwimsuit James Patterson and Maxine PaetroTHE BEACH... A breathtakingly beautiful supermodel disappears from a swimsuit photo shoot at the most glamorous hotel in Hawaii. Only hours after she goes missing, Kim McDaniels's parents receive a terrifying phone call. Fearing the worst, they board the first flight to Maui and begin the hunt for their daughter. ...WILL NEVER BE... Ex-cop Ben Hawkins, now a reporter for the L.A. Times, gets the McDaniels assignment. The ineptitude of the local police force defies belief--Ben has to start his own investigation for Kim McDaniels to have a prayer. And for Ben to have the story of his life. ...THE SAME FOR YOU AGAIN. All the while, the killer sets the stage for his next production. His audience expects the best--and they won't be disappointed. Swimsuit is a heart-pounding story of fear and desire, transporting you to a place where beauty and murder collide and unspeakable horrors are hidden within paradise.
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NYT Bestseller2007-01-28302ZUXXwSQ6OnoCJanet EvanovichPlum Lovin'142992718697814299271851/8/2008256Fiction / Humorous;Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths3.538http://books.google.com/books/about/Plum_Lovin.html?hl=&id=ZUXXwSQ6OnoCPlum Lovin' Janet EvanovichFrom #1 blockbuster bestselling author Janet Evanovich comes a Stephanie Plum novel that takes adventure, action, suspense (and maybe even true love?) to new heights. WATCH YOUR BACK . . . LOOK BOTH WAYS . . . BECAUSE LOVE IS IN THE AIR . . . AND THAT MEANS BIG TROUBLE! Mysterious men have a way of showing up in Stephanie Plum's apartment. When the shadowy Diesel appears, he has a task for Stephanie--and he's not taking no for an answer. Annie Hart is a "relationship expert" who is wanted for armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon. Stephanie needs to find her, fast. Diesel knows where she is. So they make a deal: He'll help her get Annie if Stephanie plays matchmaker to several of Annie's most difficult clients. But someone wants to find Annie even more than Diesel and Stephanie. Someone with a nasty temper. And someone with "unmentionable" skills. Does Diesel know more than he's saying about Annie Hart? Does Diesel have secrets he's keeping from Stephanie and the two men in her life--Ranger and Morelli? With Stephanie Plum in over her head, things are sure to get a little dicey and a little explosive, Jersey style!
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Good Reads Book Club Reco87SjNjTyG47vECLisa SeeSnow Flower and the Secret Fan158836474797815883647462005-06-28258Fiction / Historical;Fiction / Literary3.53317http://books.google.com/books/about/Snow_Flower_and_the_Secret_Fan.html?hl=&id=SjNjTyG47vECSnow Flower and the Secret Fan Lisa SeeLily is haunted by memories-of who she once was, and of a person, long gone, who defined her existence. She has nothing but time now, as she recounts the tale of Snow Flower, and asks the gods for forgiveness. In nineteenth-century China, when wives and daughters were foot-bound and lived in almost total seclusion, the women in one remote Hunan county developed their own secret code for communication: nu shu ("women's writing"). Some girls were paired with laotongs, "old sames," in emotional matches that lasted throughout their lives. They painted letters on fans, embroidered messages on handkerchiefs, and composed stories, thereby reaching out of their isolation to share their hopes, dreams, and accomplishments. With the arrival of a silk fan on which Snow Flower has composed for Lily a poem of introduction in nu shu, their friendship is sealed and they become "old sames" at the tender age of seven. As the years pass, through famine and rebellion, they reflect upon their arranged marriages, loneliness, and the joys and tragedies of motherhood. The two find solace, developing a bond that keeps their spirits alive. But when a misunderstanding arises, their lifelong friendship suddenly threatens to tear apart. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is a brilliantly realistic journey back to an era of Chinese history that is as deeply moving as it is sorrowful. With the period detail and deep resonance of Memoirs of a Geisha, this lyrical and emotionally charged novel delves into one of the most mysterious of human relationships: female friendship.
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Amazon Book Club Reco87SjNjTyG47vECLisa SeeSnow Flower and the Secret Fan158836474797815883647462005-06-28258Fiction / Historical;Fiction / Literary3.53317http://books.google.com/books/about/Snow_Flower_and_the_Secret_Fan.html?hl=&id=SjNjTyG47vECSnow Flower and the Secret Fan: A Novel Lisa SeeLily is haunted by memories-of who she once was, and of a person, long gone, who defined her existence. She has nothing but time now, as she recounts the tale of Snow Flower, and asks the gods for forgiveness. In nineteenth-century China, when wives and daughters were foot-bound and lived in almost total seclusion, the women in one remote Hunan county developed their own secret code for communication: nu shu ("women's writing"). Some girls were paired with laotongs, "old sames," in emotional matches that lasted throughout their lives. They painted letters on fans, embroidered messages on handkerchiefs, and composed stories, thereby reaching out of their isolation to share their hopes, dreams, and accomplishments. With the arrival of a silk fan on which Snow Flower has composed for Lily a poem of introduction in nu shu, their friendship is sealed and they become "old sames" at the tender age of seven. As the years pass, through famine and rebellion, they reflect upon their arranged marriages, loneliness, and the joys and tragedies of motherhood. The two find solace, developing a bond that keeps their spirits alive. But when a misunderstanding arises, their lifelong friendship suddenly threatens to tear apart. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is a brilliantly realistic journey back to an era of Chinese history that is as deeply moving as it is sorrowful. With the period detail and deep resonance of Memoirs of a Geisha, this lyrical and emotionally charged novel delves into one of the most mysterious of human relationships: female friendship.
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Good Reads Book Club Reco48nikRUi7nUj8CGillian FlynnSharp Objects030735148397803073514872006-09-26272Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths;Fiction / Suspense;Fiction / Thrillers3.53511http://books.google.com/books/about/Sharp_Objects.html?hl=&id=nikRUi7nUj8CGone Girl Gillian FlynnWICKED above her hipbone, GIRL across her heart Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker's troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, Camille's first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. NASTY on her kneecap, BABYDOLL on her leg Since she left town eight years ago, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed again in her family's Victorian mansion, Camille is haunted by the childhood tragedy she has spent her whole life trying to cut from her memory. HARMFUL on her wrist, WHORE on her ankle As Camille works to uncover the truth about these violent crimes, she finds herself identifying with the young victims-a bit too strongly. Clues keep leading to dead ends, forcing Camille to unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past to get at the story. Dogged by her own demons, Camille will have to confront what happened to her years before if she wants to survive this homecoming. With its taut, crafted writing, Sharp Objects is addictive, haunting, and unforgettable. From the Hardcover edition.
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Good Reads Book Club Reco56SvM3Dw2fC4ACLac SuI Love Yous Are for White People006187436197800618743692009-05-12272Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs3.556http://books.google.com/books/about/I_Love_Yous_Are_for_White_People.html?hl=&id=SvM3Dw2fC4ACI Love Yous Are for White People Lac SuAs a young child, Lac Su made a harrowing escape from the Communists in Vietnam. With a price on his father's head, Lac, with his family, was forced to immigrate in 1979 to seedy West Los Angeles where squalid living conditions and a cultural fabric that refused to thread them in effectively squashed their American Dream. Lac's search for love and acceptance amid poverty-not to mention the psychological turmoil created by a harsh and unrelenting father-turned his young life into a comedy of errors and led him to a dangerous gang experience that threatened to tear his life apart. Heart-wrenching, irreverent, and ultimately uplifting, I Love Yous Are for White People is memoir at its most affecting, depicting the struggles that countless individuals have faced in their quest to belong and that even more have endured in pursuit of a father's fleeting affection.
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Good Reads Book Club Reco16gszyGuchgQkCTina FeyBossypants031617586297803161758692011-04-05277Humor / Form / Essays3.5823http://books.google.com/books/about/Bossypants.html?hl=&id=gszyGuchgQkCBossypants Tina FeyBefore Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told. From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon -- from the beginning of this paragraph to this final sentence. Tina Fey reveals all, and proves what we've all suspected: you're no one until someone calls you bossy. (Includes Special, Never-Before-Solicited Opinions on Breastfeeding, Princesses, Photoshop, the Electoral Process, and Italian Rum Cake!)
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Good Reads Book Club Reco70ZV9hUfQ_ssUCElizabeth StroutOlive Kitteridge081297183397808129718352008-09-30286Fiction / Short Stories (single author);Fiction / General;Fiction / Literary;Fiction / Family Life;Fiction / Fantasy / Short Stories3.5898http://books.google.com/books/about/Olive_Kitteridge.html?hl=&id=ZV9hUfQ_ssUCOlive Kitteridge Elizabeth StroutAt times stern, at other times patient, at times perceptive, at other times in sad denial, Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher, deplores the changes in her little town of Crosby, Maine, and in the world at large, but she doesn't always recognize the changes in those around her: a lounge musician haunted by a past romance; a former student who has lost the will to live; Olive's own adult child, who feels tyrannized by her irrational sensitivities; and her husband, Henry, who finds his loyalty to his marriage both a blessing and a curse. As the townspeople grapple with their problems, mild and dire, Olive is brought to a deeper understanding of herself and her life-sometimes painfully, but always with ruthless honesty. Olive Kitteridge offers profound insights into the human condition-its conflicts, its tragedies and joys, and the endurance it requires. Praise for Olive Kitteridge: "Perceptive, deeply empathetic . . . Olive is the axis around which these thirteen complex, relentlessly human narratives spin themselves into Elizabeth Strout's unforgettable novel in stories." -O: The Oprah Magazine "Fiction lovers, remember this name: Olive Kitteridge. . . . You'll never forget her. . . . [Elizabeth Strout] constructs her stories with rich irony and moments of genuine surprise and intense emotion. . . . Glorious, powerful stuff." -USA Today "Funny, wicked and remorseful, Mrs. Kitteridge is a compelling life force, a red-blooded original. When she's not onstage, we look forward to her return. The book is a page-turner because of her." -San Francisco Chronicle "Olive Kitteridge still lingers in memory like a treasured photograph." -Seattle Post-Intelligencer "Rarely does a story collection pack such a gutsy emotional punch." -Entertainment Weekly "Strout animates the ordinary with astonishing force. . . . [She] makes us experience not only the terrors of change but also the terrifying hope that change can bring: she plunges us into these churning waters and we come up gasping for air." -The New Yorker
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NYT Bestseller2002-02-17210ADGlAX3CJ-ECJoyce ReardonThe Diary of Ellen Rimbauer78689043697807868904395/1/2002288Fiction / Historical;Fiction / Psychological;Fiction / Literary;Biography & Autobiography / Historical;Fiction / Horror;Fiction / General3.5200http://books.google.com/books/about/The_Diary_of_Ellen_Rimbauer.html?hl=&id=ADGlAX3CJ-ECThe Diary of Ellen Rimbauer Joyce ReardonAt the turn of the twentieth century, Ellen Rimbauer became the young bride of Seattle industrialist John Rimbauer, and began keeping a remarkable diary. This diary became the secret place where Ellen could confess her fears of the new marriage, her confusion over her emerging sexuality, and the nightmare that her life would become. The diary not only follows the development of a girl into womanhood, it follows the construction of the Rimbauer mansioncalled Rose Redan enormous home that would be the site of so many horrific and inexplicable tragedies in the years ahead. The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer: My Life at Rose Red is a rare document, one that gives us an unusual view of daily life among the aristocracy in the early 1900s, a window into one womans hidden emotional torment, and a record of the mysterious events at Rose Red that scandalized Seattle society at the timeevents that can only be fully understood now that the diary has come to light. Edited by Joyce Reardon, Ph.D. as part of her research, the diary is being published as preparations are being made by Dr. Reardon to enter Rose Red and fully investigate its disturbing history.
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NYT Bestseller2002-10-13225DXisiatCAu0CStephen KingFrom a Buick 8184894100597818489410073/22/2010300Fiction / Suspense;Fiction / Thrillers3.530http://books.google.com/books/about/From_a_Buick_8.html?hl=&id=DXisiatCAu0CFrom a Buick 8 Stephen KingCome close, children, and see the living crocodile. A vintage '54 Buick Roadmaster. At least, that's what it looks like... There is a secret hidden in Shed B in the state police barracks in Statler, Pennsylvania. A secret that has drawn troopers for twenty years - terrified yet irresistibly tempted to look at its chrome fenders, silver grille and exotic exhaust system. Young Ned Wilcox has started coming by the barracks: mowing the lawn, washing the windows, shovelling snow; it's a boy's way of holding on to his father - recently killed in a strange road accident by another Buick. And one day Ned peers through the windows of Shed B and discovers the family secret. Like his father, Ned wants answers. He deserves answers. And the secret begins to stir...
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Amazon Book Club Reco59q9XVV-F9YyYCEdward HardyKeeper and Kid142996934297814299693452008-01-08304Fiction / Humorous;Fiction / Family Life3.532http://books.google.com/books/about/Keeper_and_Kid.html?hl=&id=q9XVV-F9YyYCKeeper and Kid Edward HardyKeeper and Kid is a marvel. I dare you. Open this book and try to put it down. ---Ann Hood, author of The Knitting Room Eight years ago, James Keeper fell in love with his upstairs neighbor in Boston, a sassy pastry chef with gray eyes and a fierce attitude. They got married, found a dog, and shopped for cilantro. But conflicting schedules and a real estate deal gone bad took its toll on the twenty-somethings in love. One divorce later, the hand-me-down chairs were separated, the potato masher custody settled, and Keeper moved to Providence to work with his best friend selling antiques at a quirky shop called Love and Death. A new job, a new love, and a new life now in place, Keeper is in a comfortable situation. Business is steady, Leah (the new love) is intriguing and passionate, and Keeper's friends always turn up for Sunday evening Card Night. But one phone call from his former mother-in-law changes everything. And so days later, Keeper comes away with a son he never knew he had, and life all of a sudden takes on a new meaning. Leo, the precocious three-year-old who sports Keeper's square chin, is more than a handful---he eats only round foods, refuses to bathe, thinks he's a bear, and refers to Leah as "that man." For a guy who never thought he'd be a parent, Keeper is thrown headfirst into fatherhood---and has no idea what to do. As Keeper and Leo adjust to the shock of each other and their suddenly very different lives, Keeper begins to let the people in his life in, in turns strange and heartwarming, funny and painful. But some, like Leah, aren't so eager for change. In this humorous and poignant novel, Edward Hardy explores the depths of modern love, parenthood, and compromise. Keeper and Kid is the story of how a normal guy receives an unexpected gift and in turn must learn to ask more of others and himself. A coming-of-age story for the guy who thought he had already grown up, Keeper and Kid is a sharp and witty account of what we do for love. Advance Praise for Keeper and Kid "A fine, fetching novel with a good heart. Keeper is nimble and affecting, a tribute to the author's endless comic inventiveness."---Stewart O'Nan, author of The Good Wife "At once immensely engaging and about the things that matter most: how we love, how we move on, how the past moves with us. Lovely, wise, and surprising."---Elizabeth Graver, author of The Honey Thief "Ed Hardy's voice in Keeper and Kid grabs you and won't let you go until the very last page. Full of local color, bittersweet characters, and a story we can all relate to---the day your past arrives on the doorstep of your present life."---Ann Hood, author of The Knitting Room
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Good Reads Book Club Reco61zA8bwB84U4wCChris CleaveLittle Bee141658964397814165896482010-02-16304Fiction / Literary;Fiction / Psychological;Fiction / Contemporary Women;Fiction / General3.534http://books.google.com/books/about/Little_Bee.html?hl=&id=zA8bwB84U4wCLittle Bee Chris CleaveWE DON'T WANT TO TELL YOU TOO MUCH ABOUT THIS BOOK. It is a truly special story and we don't want to spoil it. Nevertheless, you need to know something, so we will just say this: It is extremely funny, but the African beach scene is horrific. The story starts there, but the book doesn't. And it's what happens afterward that is most important. Once you have read it, you'll want to tell everyone about it. When you do, please don't tell them what happens either. The magic is in how it unfolds.
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Good Reads Book Club Reco81HQwZYSf8x-8CTatiana de RosnaySarah's Key142998521697814299852152007-06-12304Fiction / Historical;Fiction / Contemporary Women;Fiction / Jewish3.5682http://books.google.com/books/about/Sarah_s_Key.html?hl=&id=HQwZYSf8x-8CSarah's Key Tatiana de RosnayParis, July 1942: Sarah, a ten year-old girl, is brutally arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel' d'Hiv' roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family's apartment, thinking that she will be back within a few hours. Paris, May 2002: On Vel' d'Hiv's 60th anniversary, journalist Julia Jarmond is asked to write an article about this black day in France's past. Through her contemporary investigation, she stumbles onto a trail of long-hidden family secrets that connect her to Sarah. Julia finds herself compelled to retrace the girl's ordeal, from that terrible term in the Vel d'Hiv', to the camps, and beyond. As she probes into Sarah's past, she begins to question her own place in France, and to reevaluate her marriage and her life. Tatiana de Rosnay offers us a brilliantly subtle, compelling portrait of France under occupation and reveals the taboos and silence that surround this painful episode.
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NYT Bestseller2010-11-07172XRibZnxTAmkCLee ChildWorth Dying For044033934097804403393422010-10-19304Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General;Fiction / Suspense;Fiction / Thrillers3.533http://books.google.com/books/about/Worth_Dying_For.html?hl=&id=XRibZnxTAmkCWorth Dying For Lee Child#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "Compulsively readable."-The Wall Street Journal "Don't pick up [this] Jack Reacher novel if you don't have some time on your hands, because Worth Dying For is difficult to put down. . . . Child manages to get an amazing amount of suspense into the novel."-Associated Press There's deadly trouble in the corn county of Nebraska . . . and Jack Reacher walks right into it. First he falls foul of the Duncans, a local clan that has terrified an entire county into submission. But it's the unsolved, decades-old case of a missing child that Reacher can't let go. The Duncans want Reacher gone-and it's not just past secrets they're trying to hide. For as dangerous as the Duncans are, they're just the bottom of a criminal food chain stretching halfway around the world. For Reacher, it would have made much more sense to put some distance between himself and the hard-core trouble that's bearing down on him. For Reacher, that was also impossible. "A model of suspenseful storytelling and an outstanding addition to a series that stands in the front rank of modern thrillers."-The Washington Post "Still the thinking man's action hero, supreme butt-kicker and smartest guy in the room."-The Seattle Times "This series is about as good as pop fiction gets."-The Miami Herald
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Amazon Book Club Reco166m3SVUCC6y-ICSusan Jane GilmanUndress Me in the Temple of Heaven044657892497804465789292009-03-24306Travel / Special Interest / Adventure;Biography & Autobiography / General;Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs;Travel / Asia / China;Travel / Essays & Travelogues;Biography & Autobiography / Literary;Education / Student Life & Student Affairs;Social Science / Customs & Traditions3.558http://books.google.com/books/about/Undress_Me_in_the_Temple_of_Heaven.html?hl=&id=m3SVUCC6y-ICUndress Me in the Temple of Heaven Susan Jane GilmanThey were young, brilliant, and bold. They set out to conquer the world. But the world had other plans for them. Bestselling author Susan Jane Gilman's new memoir is a hilarious and harrowing journey, a modern heart of darkness filled with Communist operatives, backpackers, and pancakes. In 1986, fresh out of college, Gilman and her friend Claire yearned to do something daring and original that did not involve getting a job. Inspired by a place mat at the International House of Pancakes, they decided to embark on an ambitious trip around the globe, starting in the People's Republic of China. At that point, China had been open to independent travelers for roughly ten minutes. Armed only with the collected works of Nietzsche, an astrological love guide, and an arsenal of bravado, the two friends plunged into the dusty streets of Shanghai. Unsurprisingly, they quickly found themselves in over their heads. As they ventured off the map deep into Chinese territory, they were stripped of everything familiar and forced to confront their limitations amid culture shock and government surveillance. What began as a journey full of humor, eroticism, and enlightenment grew increasingly sinister-becoming a real-life international thriller that transformed them forever. Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven is a flat-out page-turner, an astonishing true story of hubris and redemption told with Gilman's trademark compassion, lyricism, and wit.
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NYT Bestseller2009-07-1242PObA_2u4ZAACJanet EvanovichFinger Lickin' Fifteen031238328297803123832822009-06-23308Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths;Fiction / Humorous;Fiction / General3.549http://books.google.com/books/about/Finger_Lickin_Fifteen.html?hl=&id=PObA_2u4ZAACFinger Lickin' Fifteen Janet EvanovichRecipe for disaster:Celebrity chef Stanley Chipotle comes to Trenton to participate in a barbecue cook-off and loses his head - literally. Throw in some spice:Bail bonds office worker Lula is witness to the crime, and the only one she'll talk to is Trenton cop, Joe Morelli. Pump up the heat:Chipotle's sponsor is offering a million-dollar reward to anyone who can provide information leading to the capture of the killers. Stir the pot:Lula recruits bounty hunter Stephanie Plum to help her find the killers and collect the moolah. Add a secret ingredient:Stephanie's Grandma Mazur. Enough said. Bring to a boil:Can Stephanie hunt down two killers, a traitor, five skips, keep her grandmother out of the sauce, solve Ranger's problems and not jump his bones? Warning:Janet Evanovich'sFinger Lickin' Fifteenis habanero hot. So good you'll want seconds.
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NYT Bestseller2009-05-2428JrFa0V82h_kCCharlaine HarrisDead and Gone044101715097804410171572009-05-05312Fiction / Romance / Paranormal;Fiction / Fantasy / Paranormal;Fiction / Fantasy / General;Fiction / Fantasy / Contemporary;Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths;Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General;Fiction / Occult & Supernatural3.5233http://books.google.com/books/about/Dead_and_Gone.html?hl=&id=JrFa0V82h_kCDead and Gone Charlaine HarrisVisit our Sookie Stackhouse series feature page. Now an HBO original series, True Blood-the New York Times bestselling Sookie Stackhouse series continues. Except for Sookie Stackhouse, folks in Bon Temps, Louisiana, know little about vamps-and nothing about weres. Until now. The weres and shifters have finally decided to reveal their existence to the ordinary world. At first all goes well. Then the mutilated body of a were-panther is found near the bar where Sookie works-and she feels compelled to discover who, human or otherwise, did it. But there's a far greater danger threatening Bon Temps. A race of unhuman beings-older, more powerful, and more secretive than vampires or werewolves-is preparing for war. And Sookie finds herself an all-too human pawn in their battle.
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NYT Bestseller2009-11-2245QwptKz0-wL8CJohn GrishamFord County: Stories030757620597803075762002010-03-16320Fiction / Short Stories (single author)3.584http://books.google.com/books/about/Ford_County_Stories.html?hl=&id=QwptKz0-wL8CFord County John Grisham#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER New York Times bestselling author John Grisham takes us back to Ford County, Mississippi, the setting of his first novel, A Time to Kill. This riveting collection of short stories features an unforgettable cast of characters: Wheelchair-bound Inez Graney and her two older sons embark on a bizarre road trip through the Mississippi Delta to visit Inez's youngest son, Raymond-on death row. A hard-drinking, low-grossing divorce lawyer fed up with his wife, his life, and the law plans a drastic escape after an unexpected phone call. A quiet, unassuming data collector sets out to bring down a flashy casino owner with his skill at blackjack-as payback for the theft of his wife. A stalker hunts victims in a retirement home, a lawyer confronts a vengeful adversary from the past, and a young man from a prominent family is driven off by scandal and fear-but finds unexpected redemption on the wrong side of the tracks. Often hilarious, frequently moving, and always entertaining, this collection makes it abundantly clear why John Grisham is our most popular storyteller.
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NYT Bestseller2009-01-2572_ALvS8AzgTACJanet EvanovichPlum Spooky142999088097814299908822009-01-06320Fiction / Humorous;Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths3.555http://books.google.com/books/about/Plum_Spooky.html?hl=&id=_ALvS8AzgTACPlum Spooky Janet EvanovichThe First Full Length Stephanie Plum Between-the-Numbers Novel from #1 Bestselling Author Janet Evanovich. Turn on all the lights and check under your bed. Things are about to get spooky in Trenton, New Jersey. According to legend, the Jersey Devil prowls the Pine Barrens and soars above the treetops in the dark of night. As eerie as this might seem, there are things in the Barrens that are even more frightening and dangerous. And there are monkeys. Lots of monkeys. Wulf Grimoire is a world wanderer and an opportunist who can kill without remorse and disappear like smoke. He's chosen Martin Munch, boy genius, as his new business partner, and he's chosen the Barrens as his new playground. Munch received his doctorate degree in quantum physics when he was twenty-two. He's now twenty-four, and while his brain is large, his body hasn't made it out of the boys' department at Macy's. Anyone who says good things come in small packages hasn't met Munch. Wulf Grimoire is looking for world domination. Martin Munch would be happy if he could just get a woman naked and tied to a tree. Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum has Munch on her most-wanted list for failure to appear in court. Plum is the all-American girl stuck in an uncomfortable job, succeeding on luck and tenacity. Usually she gets her man. This time she gets a monkey. She also gets a big guy named Diesel. Diesel pops in and out of Plum's life like birthday cake - delicious to look at and taste, not especially healthy as a steady diet, gone by the end of the week if not sooner. He's an uber bounty hunter with special skills when it comes to tracking men and pleasing women. He's after Grimoire, and now he's also after Munch. And if truth were told, he wouldn't mind setting Stephanie Plum in his crosshairs. Diesel and Plum hunt down Munch and Grimoire, following them into the Barrens, surviving cranberry bogs, the Jersey Devil, a hair-raising experience, sand in their underwear, and, of course . . . monkeys.
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NYT Bestseller2008-05-18920zH113trrXICJames Patterson;Gabrielle CharbonnetSundays at Tiffany's044653631897804465363182009-06-01320Fiction / Romance / Contemporary3.542http://books.google.com/books/about/Sundays_at_Tiffany_s.html?hl=&id=0zH113trrXICSundays At Tiffany's James Patterson and Gabrielle CharbonnetJane Margaux is a lonely little girl. Her mother, a powerful Broadway producer, makes time for her only once a week, for their Sunday trip to admire jewelry at Tiffany's. Jane has only one friend: a handsome, comforting, funny man named Michael. He's perfect. But only she can see him. Michael can't stay forever, though. On Jane's ninth birthday he leaves, promising her that she'll soon forget him. Years later, in her thirties, Jane is just as alone as she was as a child. And despite her own success as a playwright, she is even more trapped by her overbearing mother. Then she meets someone-a handsome, comforting, funny man. He's perfect. His name is Michael . . .
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NYT Bestseller2003-06-292382uKks5TSAbMCJames PattersonThe Lake House75952784997807595278436/1/2003234Fiction / Suspense313http://books.google.com/books/about/The_Lake_House.html?hl=&id=2uKks5TSAbMCThe Lake House James PattersonThe memorable story begun in When the Wind Blows continues in this thrilling novel, and it's one that really soars! Frannie O'Neil, a Colorado veterinarian, knows a terrible secret that will change the history of the world. Kit Harrison, an FBI agent under suspension has seen things that no one in his right mind would believe. A twelve-year-old girl named Max and five other incredible children have powers we can only dream of. These children can fly. And the only place they will be safe is the Lake House. Or so they believe..
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NYT Bestseller2007-09-30314G-m6rm1RkasCJames Patterson;Howard RoughanYou've Been Warned31601979897803160197989/10/2007239Fiction / Suspense;Fiction / Thrillers345http://books.google.com/books/about/You_ve_Been_Warned.html?hl=&id=G-m6rm1RkasCYou've Been Warned James Patterson and Howard RoughanKristin Burns has lived her life by the philosophy "Don't think, just shoot"--pictures, that is. Struggling to make ends meet, she works full-time as the nanny for the fabulously wealthy Turnbull family, looking after their two wonderful children and waiting for her glamorous life as a New York photographer to begin. When her photographs are considered by an elite Manhattan art gallery, it seems she might finally get the chance that will start her career. But Kristin has a major distraction: forbidden love. The man of her dreams is almost hers for keeps. Breathless with an inexhaustible passion and the excitement of being within reach of her goals, Kristen ignores all signs of catastrophe brewing. Fear exists for a reason. And Kristin can only dismiss the warnings for so long. Searching desperately for the truth through the lens of her camera, she can only hope that it's not too late. This novel of psychological suspense is a stunning achievement for thriller master James Patterson, "one of the bestselling writers in history" (New York Sun).
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NYT Bestseller2005-03-06260WxJKoLhTtzsCJames Patterson;Howard RoughanHoneymoon75951322897807595132282/1/2005243Fiction / General363http://books.google.com/books/about/Honeymoon.html?hl=&id=WxJKoLhTtzsCHoneymoon James Patterson and Howard RoughanHow does it feel to be desired by every man and envied by every woman? Wonderful. This is the life Nora Sinclair has dreamed about, the life she's worked hard for, the life she will never give up. Meet Nora Sinclair. When FBI agent John O'Hara first sees her, she seems perfect. She has the looks. The career. The clothes. The wit. The sophistication. The tantalizing sex appeal. The whole extraordinary package - and men fall in line to court her. She doesn't just attract men, she enthralls them. If you dare. So why is the FBI so interested in Nora Sinclair? Mysterious things keep happening to people around her, especially the men. And there is something dangerous about Nora when Agent O'Hara looks closer - something that lures him at the same time that it fills him with fear. Is there something dark hidden among the unexplained gaps in her past? And as he spends more and more time getting to know her, is he pursuing justice? Or his own fatal obsession? With the irresistible attraction of the greatest Hitchcock thrillers, Honeymoon is a sizzling, twisting tale of a woman with a deadly appetite and the men who dare to fall for her. In his sexiest, scariest novel yet, James Patterson deftly confirms that he always "takes thrills to the next level" (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review).
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NYT Bestseller2001-07-15197lrXf3b8IGNICDanielle SteelLeap of Faith30756658797803075665842/25/2009256Fiction / Sagas;Fiction / Romance / Contemporary;Fiction / Contemporary Women329http://books.google.com/books/about/Leap_of_Faith.html?hl=&id=lrXf3b8IGNICLeap of Faith Danielle SteelIn her fifty-second bestselling novel, Danielle Steel weaves a compelling story of the power of lies, the misuse of trust - and of one woman's triumph over a devastating betrayal. Marie-Ange Hawkins has the kind of childhood that most people dream of. Freedom, love, security in a beautiful old French chateau. But when Marie-Ange is just eleven, a tragic accident marks the end of her idyllic life. Orphaned and alone, she is sent to America, to live with her great-aunt on a farm in Iowa. Bitterly resented by the old woman, cut off from everything she has known and loved, Marie-Ange is forced to work tirelessly on the farm, dreaming only of the day she can return to her beloved Chateau de Marmouton. In Marie-Ange's isolated existence, only the friendship of a local boy, Billy Parker, offers comfort and hope. But her only wish is to gain an education - and escape. Then, just after her twenty-first birthday, an unexpected visitor brings startling news and an extraordinary gift: the freedom to return to France, to Chateau de Marmouton. When she arrives in France, Marie-Ange learns that the chateau's new owner is Comte Bernard de Beauchamp, a dashing young widower who invites her into his home, then into his heart. But their magical life together, which soon includes marriage, children, and lavish homes, slowly takes an ominous turn. A mysterious woman tells Marie-Ange a shocking story, a story so chilling she doesn't want to believe it. Not even her dear friend Billy can help her now. He is thousands of miles away. And as the darkness gathers around her, Marie-Ange must find the faith and courage to take one, last desperate step to save her loved ones ... and herself. Danielle Steel's powerful new novel is about being pulled into a place where nothing is what it seems. It is about being seduced and lied to and turned around, and wanting to believe the lies - until the moment comes, in one blinding instant, when survival and salvation depend on a final Leap of Faith: the only path to freedom, and life. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Good Reads Book Club Reco67OBwDg13MGkMCKazuo IshiguroNever Let Me Go030737133697803073713312009-03-19272Fiction / Literary;Fiction / Science Fiction / General3.0701http://books.google.com/books/about/Never_Let_Me_Go.html?hl=&id=OBwDg13MGkMCNever Let Me Go Kazuo IshiguroFrom the Booker Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day and When We Were Orphans, comes an unforgettable edge-of-your-seat mystery that is at once heartbreakingly tender and morally courageous about what it means to be human. Hailsham seems like a pleasant English boarding school, far from the influences of the city. Its students are well tended and supported, trained in art and literature, and become just the sort of people the world wants them to be. But, curiously, they are taught nothing of the outside world and are allowed little contact with it. Within the grounds of Hailsham, Kathy grows from schoolgirl to young woman, but it's only when she and her friends Ruth and Tommy leave the safe grounds of the school (as they always knew they would) that they realize the full truth of what Hailsham is. Never Let Me Go breaks through the boundaries of the literary novel. It is a gripping mystery, a beautiful love story, and also a scathing critique of human arrogance and a moral examination of how we treat the vulnerable and different in our society. In exploring the themes of memory and the impact of the past, Ishiguro takes on the idea of a possible future to create his most moving and powerful book to date.
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NYT Bestseller2005-11-06277DXm6a5U6oa4CNicholas SparksAt First Sight759514380978075951438610/1/2005277Fiction / General3402http://books.google.com/books/about/At_First_Sight.html?hl=&id=DXm6a5U6oa4CAt First Sight Nicholas SparksThere are a few things Jeremy Marsh was sure he'd never do: he'd never leave New York City; never give his heart away again after barely surviving one failed marriage; and, most of all, never become a parent. Now, Jeremy is living in the tiny town of Boone Creek, North Carolina, married to Lexie Darnell, the love of his life, and anticipating the birth of their daughter. But just as his life seems to be settling into a blissful pattern, an unsettling and mysterious message re-opens old wounds and sets off a chain of events that will forever change the course of this young couple's marriage. Dramatic, heartbreaking and surprising, this is a story about the love between a man and a woman and between a parent and a child. More than that, it is a story that beautifully portrays how the same emotion that can break your heart is also the one that will ultimately heal it. While the novel picks up the tale of Lexie Darnell and Jeremy Marsh that started in True Believer and will delight fans of that novel, it stands on its own as one of Nicholas Sparks's most deeply moving love stories.
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Amazon Book Club Reco1b63PnmUcOQQCAdena Halpern29143917113097814391711342010-06-15288Fiction / General;Fiction / Humorous;Fiction / Contemporary Women3.030http://books.google.com/books/about/29.html?hl=&id=b63PnmUcOQQC29: A Novel Adena HalpernWhat if you closed your eyes, blew out the candles, and your wish came true? Ellie Jerome is a young-at-heart seventy-five-year-old who feels she has more in common with her twenty-nine-year-old granddaughter, Lucy, than her fifty-five-year-old daughter, Barbara. Ellie's done everything she can to stay young, and the last thing she wants is to celebrate another birthday. So when she finds herself confronted with a cake full of candles, Ellie wishes more than anything that she could be twenty-nine again, just for one day. But who expects a wish like that to come true? 29 is the story of three generations of women and how one magical day shakes up everything they know about each other. While Ellie finds that the life of a twenty-something is not as carefree as she expected, the sheer joy of being young again prompts her to consider living her life all over. Does she dare stay young for more than this day, even if it means leaving everyone she loves behind? Fresh, funny, and delightful, 29 is an enchanting adventure about families, love, and the real lessons of youth.
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NYT Bestseller2008-06-2268QWyd8MlbpfkCLee ChildNothing to Lose044033780197804403378052008-06-03304Fiction / Thrillers3.031http://books.google.com/books/about/Nothing_to_Lose.html?hl=&id=QWyd8MlbpfkCNothing to Lose Lee ChildTwo lonely towns in Colorado: Hope and Despair. Between them, twelve miles of empty road. Jack Reacher never turns back. It's not in his nature. All he wants is a cup of coffee. What he gets is big trouble. So in Lee Child's electrifying new novel, Reacher-a man with no fear, no illusions, and nothing to lose-goes to war against a town that not only wants him gone, it wants him dead. It wasn't the welcome Reacher expected. He was just passing through, minding his own business. But within minutes of his arrival a deputy is in the hospital and Reacher is back in Hope, setting up a base of operations against Despair, where a huge, seething walled-off industrial site does something nobody is supposed to see . . . where a small plane takes off every night and returns seven hours later . . . where a garrison of well-trained and well-armed military cops-the kind of soldiers Reacher once commanded-waits and watches . . . where above all two young men have disappeared and two frightened young women wait and hope for their return. Joining forces with a beautiful cop who runs Hope with a cool hand, Reacher goes up against Despair-against the deputies who try to break him and the rich man who tries to scare him-and starts to crack open the secrets, starts to expose the terrifying connection to a distant war that's killing Americans by the thousand. Now, between a town and the man who owns it, between Reacher and his conscience, something has to give. And Reacher never gives an inch.
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NYT Bestseller2001-06-24195ccMjqU4yqWECSue GraftonP Is for Peril144063407697814406340796/4/2001304Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General;Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths3228http://books.google.com/books/about/P_Is_for_Peril.html?hl=&id=ccMjqU4yqWECP Is For Peril Sue GraftonShe's every lover's feisty girlfriend. She's every father's courageous daughter. She's every woman's tough, vulnerable, and spirited alter ego. She's Kinsey Millhone, familiar to millions of readers around the globe, and she's back in full stride in P is for Peril, her latest venture into the darker side of the human soul. Mordant, mocking, and deceptively low-key, hers is a voice we know we can trust, from a character we've come to love. Through fifteen novels, Sue Grafton has gone from strength to strength, never writing the same book twice. So it's no surprise that she has taken on new territory in her sixteenth, this time entering the world of noir. It's a world cast in shades of black amid shafts of steel and silver, a shadow land in which the mysterious disappearance of a prominent physician leads Kinsey into a danger-filled maze of duplicity and double-dealing as she taps into the intricacies of a cunning Medicare fraud. P is for Peril: the novel in which Millhone stakes her life on a thin thread of intuition because the facts glint elusively out of reach and only guesses offer any shot at the truth. "Unlike many detective series, Grafton's seems only to get better each time out," wrote Entertainment Weekly, and P is for Peril is a case in point. Pushing herself, reaching further with each new book, Sue Grafton delivers every time.
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NYT Bestseller2004-11-21256LjxfUM9zNbcCJanet EvanovichMetro Girl60584009978006058400911/2/2004304Fiction / Thrillers332http://books.google.com/books/about/Metro_Girl.html?hl=&id=LjxfUM9zNbcCMetro Girl Janet EvanovichBuckle your seat belts. Number one New York Times bestselling author, Janet Evanovich, is moving into the fast lane with Metro Girl, a thrilling, high-octane misadventure with high stakes, hot nights, cold-blooded murder, sunken treasure, a woman with a chassis built for speed, and one very good, very sexy NASCAR driver who's along for the ride. "Wild" Bill Barnaby's dropped off the face of the earth and big sister Alex heads for Miami, Bill's last known sighting, on a harrowing hunt to save her brother ... and maybe the world. Truth is, Alex has been bailing her brother out of trouble since they were kids. Not that Bill's a bad sort. More that he acts first and thinks later. Unfortunately, this time around, Wild Bill will be Dead Bill if Alex doesn't find him in time. Alex blasts through the bars of South Beach and points her search to Key West and Cuba, laying waste to Miami hit men, dodging Palmetto bugs big enough to eat her alive, and putting the pedal to the metal with NASCAR driver Sam Hooker. Engaged in a deadly race, Wild Bill's "borrowed" Hooker's sixty-five foot Hatteras and sailed off into the sunset ... just when Hooker has plans for the boat. Hooker figures he'll attach himself to Alex and maybe run into Bill. Maybe Hooker can salvage what's left of his vacation. And maybe Hooker'll get lucky in love with Bill's sweetie pie sister. After all, Hooker is NASCAR Guy. And NASCAR Guy is good at revving a woman's engine. The race to the finish is hot and hard, taking Alex and Hooker into international waters, exposing a plot to grab Cuban gold and a sinister relic of the Cuban missile crises. Creative cussing and sexual innuendo included.
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NYT Bestseller2007-05-133091jBZ_hyhe5wCDavid BaldacciSimple Genius44619434497804461943414/24/2007309Fiction / Thrillers337http://books.google.com/books/about/Simple_Genius.html?hl=&id=1jBZ_hyhe5wCSimple Genius David BaldacciIn a world of secrets, human genius is power. And sometimes it is simply deadly... A three-hour drive from Washington, D.C., two clandestine institutions face each other across a heavily guarded river. One is the world's most unusual laboratory, whose goals and funding are a mystery. The other is an elite CIA training camp shrouded in secrecy. Now a man and a woman are about to run a gauntlet between these two puzzle factories, straight into a furious struggle to exploit a potentially world-shattering discovery--and keep some other secrets underwraps forever... Former secret service agents turned private investigators Sean King and Michelle Maxwell have seen their lives splinter around them. Michelle lies unconscious ina hospital bed after a night of suicidal violence. And Sean is forced to take on a thankless investigation into the mutder of a scientist just inside the CIA's razor-wire fence near Williamsburg, Virginia. Soon he is uncovering layer after layer of disinformation that shields a stunning world filled with elite mathematics, physicists, war heroes, spies, and deadly field agents. Amid more murder, a seemingly autistic girl's extraordinary genius, and a powerful breakthrough in the realm of classified codes, Sean soon learns enough to put his life at risk. Now more than ever, he needs Michelle--at her best--to help stop a conspiracy of traitors operating in the shadow of the White House itself. From Michelle's courageous struggle to defeat her long-buried personal demons to a centuries-old secret that surfaces in the heat of action, SIMPLE GENIUS pulses with stunning, high-intensity suspense. The heroes of Split Second and Hour Game, David Baldacci's #1 New York Times bestsellers, are back--as you've never seen them before.
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Amazon Book Club Reco3q1EPx-ceN78CRobert GoolrickA Reliable Wife161620000697816162000082010-01-05320Fiction / Family Life;Fiction / Historical3.0398http://books.google.com/books/about/A_Reliable_Wife.html?hl=&id=q1EPx-ceN78CA Reliable Wife Robert GoolrickHe placed a notice in a Chicago paper, an advertisement for "a reliable wife." She responded, saying that she was "a simple, honest woman." She was, of course, anything but honest, and the only simple thing about her was her single-minded determination to marry this man and then kill him, slowly and carefully, leaving her a wealthy widow, able to take care of the one she truly loved. What Catherine Land did not realize was that the enigmatic and lonely Ralph Truitt had a plan of his own. And what neither anticipated was that they would fall so completely in love. Filled with unforgettable characters, and shimmering with color and atmosphere, A Reliable Wife is an enthralling tale of love and madness, of longing and murder.
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NYT Bestseller2008-07-06406u_VRZHH4GICJanet EvanovichFearless Fourteen142999077597814299907762008-06-17320Fiction / Humorous;Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths3.0456http://books.google.com/books/about/Fearless_Fourteen.html?hl=&id=6u_VRZHH4GICFearless Fourteen Janet EvanovichPersonal vendettas, hidden treasure, and a monkey named Carl will send bounty hunter Stephanie Plum on her most explosive adventure yet. The Crime: Armed robbery to the tune of nine million dollars Dom Rizzi robbed a bank, stashed the money, and did the time. His family couldn't be more proud. He always was the smart one. The Cousin: Joe Morelli Joe Morelli, Dom Rizzi, and Dom's sister, Loretta, are cousins. Morelli is a cop, Rizzi robs banks, and Loretta is a single mother waiting tables at the firehouse. The all-American family. The Complications: Murder, kidnapping, destruction of personal property, and acid reflux Less than a week after Dom's release from prison, Joe Morelli has shadowy figures breaking into his house and dying in his basement. He's getting threatening messages, Loretta is kidnapped, and Dom is missing. The Catastrophe: Moonman Morelli hires Walter "Mooner" Dunphy, stoner and "inventor" turned crime fighter, to protect his house. Morelli can't afford a lot on a cop's salary, and Mooner will work for potatoes. The Cupcake: Stephanie Plum Stephanie and Morelli have a long-standing relationship that involves sex, affection, and driving each other nuts. She's a bond enforcement agent with more luck than talent, and she's involved in this bank-robbery-gone-bad disaster from day one. The Crisis: A favor for Ranger Security expert Carlos Manoso, street name Ranger, has a job for Stephanie that will involve night work. Morelli has his own ideas regarding Stephanie's evening activities. The Conclusion: Only the fearless should read Fourteen. Thrills, chills, and incontinence may result.
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NYT Bestseller2001-05-06193b2Dtjz627zQCMary Higgins ClarkOn the Street Where You Live74320631297807432063104/17/2001320Fiction / General;Fiction / Suspense341http://books.google.com/books/about/On_the_Street_Where_You_Live.html?hl=&id=b2Dtjz627zQCOn the Street Where You Live Mary Higgins ClarkIn the gripping new novel from America's Queen of Suspense, a young woman is haunted by two murders that are closely linked -- despite the one hundred and ten years that separate them. Following the acrimonious breakup of her marriage and the searing experience of being pursued by an obsessed stalker, criminal defense attorney Emily Graham accepts an offer to leave Albany and work in a major law firm in Manhattan. Feeling a need for roots, she buys her ancestral home, a restored Victorian house in the historic New Jersey seaside resort town of Spring Lake. Her family had sold the house in 1892, after one of Emily's forebears, Madeline Shapley, then still a young girl, disappeared. Now, more than a century later, as the house is being renovated and the backyard excavated for a pool, the skeleton of a young woman is found. She is identified as Martha Lawrence, who had disappeared from Spring Lake over four year ago. Within her skeletal hand is the finger bone of another woman with a ring still on it -- a Shapley family heirloom. In seeking to find the link between her family's past and the recent murder, Emily becomes a threat to a devious and seductive killer, who has chosen her as the next victim.
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NYT Bestseller2002-04-28215nIySEePf2l8CEmma Mclaughlin;Nicola KrausThe Nanny Diaries142995365997814299536582/6/2007320Fiction / Contemporary Women32663http://books.google.com/books/about/The_Nanny_Diaries.html?hl=&id=nIySEePf2l8CThe Nannie Diaries Emma McLaughlin and Nicola KrausWanted: One young woman to take care of four-year-old boy. Must be cheerful, enthusiastic and selfless--bordering on masochistic. Must relish sixteen-hour shifts with a deliberately nap-deprived preschooler. Must love getting thrown up on, literally and figuratively, by everyone in his family. Must enjoy the delicious anticipation of ridiculously erratic pay. Mostly, must love being treated like fungus found growing out of employers Hermes bag. Those who take it personally need not apply. Who wouldn't want this job? Struggling to graduate from NYU and afford her microscopic studio apartment, Nanny takes a position caring for the only son of the wealthy X family. She rapidly learns the insane amount of juggling involved to ensure that a Park Avenue wife who doesn't work, cook, clean, or raise her own child has a smooth day. When the Xs' marriage begins to disintegrate, Nanny ends up involved way beyond the bounds of human decency or good taste. Her tenure with the X family becomes a nearly impossible mission to maintain the mental health of their four-year-old, her own integrity and, most importantly, her sense of humor. Over nine tense months, Mrs. X and Nanny perform the age-old dance of decorum and power as they test the limits of modern-day servitude. Written by two former nannies, The Nanny Diaries deftly punctures the glamour of Manhattan's upper class.
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NYT Bestseller2002-07-072206V9JX8TNysICJanet EvanovichHard Eight142997137197814299713794/1/2010320Fiction / Humorous;Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths3123http://books.google.com/books/about/Hard_Eight.html?hl=&id=6V9JX8TNysICHard Eight Janet EvanovichThe #1 bestselling phenomenon continues in the eighth Stephanie Plum novel. The stakes get higher, the crimes get nastier, the chases get faster, and the men get hotter. This time Stephanie, Morelli, Ranger. Lula, Valerie, and Grandma Mazur are strapped in for the ride of their lives. Stephanie is hired to find a missing child. But things aren't always as they seem and Stephanie must determine if she's working for the right side of the law. Plus, there's the Morelli question: can a Jersey girl keep her head on straight when more than just bullets are aimed for her heart? And with the Plum and Morelli relationship looking rocky, is it time for Ranger to move in for the kill? Janet Evanovich's latest thriller proves that Hard Eight will never be enough.
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NYT Bestseller2003-09-28242ZDdSl7_TC9ICJohn GrishamBleachers345532031978034553203912/27/2011229Fiction / Sports;Fiction / Literary;Fiction / General;Fiction / Psychological2.546http://books.google.com/books/about/Bleachers.html?hl=&id=ZDdSl7_TC9ICBleachers John Grisham#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER High school all-American Neely Crenshaw was probably the best quarterback ever to play for the legendary Messina Spartans. Fifteen years have gone by since those glory days, and Neely has come home to Messina to bury Coach Eddie Rake, the man who molded the Spartans into an unbeatable football dynasty. Now, as Coach Rake's "boys" sit in the bleachers waiting for the dimming field lights to signal his passing, they replay the old games, relive the old glories, and try to decide once and for all whether they love Eddie Rake-or hate him. For Neely Crenshaw, a man who must finally forgive his coach-and himself-before he can get on with life, the stakes are especially high.
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NYT Bestseller2008-06-2980btShr0VGv6wCJames Patterson;Howard RoughanSail031603250697803160325062008-06-09251Fiction / Suspense;Fiction / Thrillers2.578http://books.google.com/books/about/Sail.html?hl=&id=btShr0VGv6wCSail James Patterson and Howard RoughanSince the death of her husband, Anne Dunne and her three children have struggled in every way. In a last ditch effort to save the family, Anne plans an elaborate sailing vacation to bring everyone together once again. But only an hour out of port, everything is going wrong. The teenage daughter, Carrie, is planning to drown herself. The teenage son, Mark, is high on drugs and ten-year-old Ernie is nearly catatonic. This is the worst vacation ever. Anne manages to pull things together bit by bit, but just as they begin feeling like a family again, something catastrophic happens. Survival may be the least of their concerns. Written with the blistering pace and shocking twists that only James Patterson can master, SAIL takes "Lost" and "Survivor" to a new level of terror.
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NYT Bestseller2006-06-11289pFMmpX3_4ysCPatricia CornwellAt Risk110120578497811012057855/23/2006304Fiction / Thrillers2.526http://books.google.com/books/about/At_Risk.html?hl=&id=pFMmpX3_4ysCAt Risk Patricia CornwellA Massachusetts state investigator is called home from Knoxville, Tennessee, where he is completing a course at the National Forensic Academy. His boss, the district attorney, attractive but hard-charging, is planning to run for governor, and as a showcase she's planning to use a new crime initiative called At Risk-its motto: "Any crime, any time." In particular, she's been looking for a way to employ cutting-edge DNA technology, and she thinks she's found the perfect subject in an unsolved twenty-year-old murder-in Tennessee. If her office solves the case, it ought to make them all look pretty good, right? Her investigator is not so sure-not sure about anything to do with this woman, really-but before he can open his mouth, a shocking piece of violence intervenes, an act that shakes up not only both their lives but the lives of everyone around them. It's not a random event. Is it personal? Is it professional? Whatever it is, the implications are very, very bad indeed . . . and they're about to get much worse. Sparks fly, traps spring, twists abound-this is the master working at the top of her game. View the trailer for "Patricia Cornwell's At Risk", premiering on Lifetime on April 10, 2010.
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Good Reads Book Club Reco127tkgZlOqeRAsCJoshua DoneThe Ashen Path161339073497816133907332011-06-0627Fiction / Science Fiction / General;Fiction / Action & Adventurehttp://books.google.com/books/about/The_Ashen_Path.html?hl=&id=tkgZlOqeRAsCThe Kitchen House Kathleen GrissomPox War Runners is a science fiction story set in the Hyperion Universe. Successful merchant, privateer, and gunslinger Vince Grumman finds himself in a vary wrong place at a vary wrong time. With more than his own life on the line Grumman must go through hell and high water to save lives and fight a war he never expected. Follow the story as Grumman exhibits the true mettle of an Imperial Citizen. In today's episode it all begins!
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Good Reads Book Club Reco64R9UmAAAACAAJSimon HarwinMiddlesex075433636097807543363652002-01-01266http://books.google.com/books/about/Middlesex.html?hl=&id=R9UmAAAACAAJMiddlesex Jeffrey Eugenides
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NYT Bestseller2008-09-07109ZqziIAAACAAJSean WilliamsThe Force Unleashed184576756X97818457675632008-08-07304Comics & Graphic Novels / Science Fiction;Fiction / Science Fiction / Space Operahttp://books.google.com/books/about/The_Force_Unleashed.html?hl=&id=ZqziIAAACAAJThe Force Unleashed Sean Williams
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NYT Bestseller2000-07-16179bTkXaZFVxDACDanielle SteelThe House on Hope Street30756692797803075669282/25/2009304Fiction / Sagas;Fiction / Romance / Contemporary;Fiction / Contemporary Womenhttp://books.google.com/books/about/The_House_on_Hope_Street.html?hl=&id=bTkXaZFVxDACThe House on Hope Street Danielle SteelLife was good for Liz and Jack Sutherland. In 18 years of marriage, they had built a family, a successful law practice, and a warm, happy home near San Francisco, in a house on Hope Street. Then, in an instant, it all fell apart. It began like any other Christmas morning, with joy and children's laughter. But for Jack Sutherland, a five-minute errand ends in tragedy. And suddenly, Liz is alone, facing painful questions in the wake of an unbearable loss. How can she go on without her husband, her partner, her best friend? How can she grieve when she must console five devastated children, including one with special needs of his own? Powered by her children's love, Liz finds the strength to return to work, to become both mother and 'daddy', coaching her youngest son for the Special Olympics. And one by one the holidays come and go before her eyes: Valentine's Day without flowers and without Jack...Easter...July 4th...Then, just weeks before Labor Day, a devastating accident sends her oldest son to the hospital-and brings a doctor named Bill Webster into her life. Bill becomes a friend to Liz as he slowly heals her shattered son. And as long as the days of summer blend into fall, a new relationship offers new hope, and Liz reflects on what she has, on what she's lost, on the little blessings that give strength when nothing else is left. Then, with the first anniversary of her husband's death approaching, and with it another Christmas in the house on Hope Street, Liz will face one more crisis before she can look back at a year of mourning and change-and ahead to the beginning of a new life. THE HOUSE ON HOPE STREET is about learning to live again after you think life is over, about gettting up when you have been knocked down, again and again. It is about cherishing small miracles, and believing in big ones. It is above all about hope. From the Hardcover edition.
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