Spanning 30 years, stories of the Madigan Family culminate at a Christmas gathering in 2005. Complicated, sometimes frustrating, always thought-provoking, the characters are memorable and stay with you after you finish the book. Nominated for the Man Booker Prize in 2015.
In the 17th century, Sara deals with heartbreak by painting a haunting picture. In the 1950s, Ellie paints a forgery of it while it's owner deals with his own heartbreak. Fast forward to 2000 when Ellie's crime comes back to haunt her. This is a beautiful story of dealing with loss combined with suspense.
The Bennet Family, Mr. Darcy, and the other Pride and Prejudice characters are transported to modern day Cincinnati, where Mrs. Bennet is still worried about the marriage prospects of her five unwed daughters. Sittenfeld's very funny retelling of the classic reminds us how humorous and bold (for the time) Austen's original was. Sittenfeld's modern tweaks will delight any Austen fan.
The Plumb siblings rely on the promise of a future inheritance as they make decisions and build their lives. When one of them makes a big mistake, the inheritance is drastically reduced and they must figure out how to live without it. Dysfunctional, darkly funny, yet oddly heartwarming and hopeful.
The first chapter of this book hooks you. Frank Mercy loses his wife and unborn child in a tsunami. Within days, he "adopts" a boy he rescues from the flood and the mystery begins. Part heart-warming story of building a family, part suspenseful thriller, the feeling of danger builds slowly.
Three friends struggle to move past heartbreaking experiences and build meaningful lives. Set in an atmospheric and beautifully described New York City, this novel is engrossing and emotional.
Anil is the first in his family to leave his rural village in India, going to college and then moving to the US. Childhood friend Leena marries a man in an arranged marriage and moves to a distant village. This book follows their very different struggles as Anil feels pulled between two cultures and Leena tries to survive in a difficult marriage.
Three American expats living in Hong Kong, all struggling with grief. Margaret is living every mother's absolute worst nightmare. Mercy is buried under a burden of guilt. Hilary is facing infertility and a broken marriage. Janice Lee provides insightful social commentary about expat life while telling a story about motherhood and moving forward when life does not turn out the way you expect.
In this psychological thriller, a professor pieces together the life of his recently killed former student through emails, blogs, diaries, tweets, and police reports. I could not guess what actually happened to Alice Salmon until the end of the book.
Margaret is trapped in her car after an accident when she is saved by a mysterious stranger. Over the next few weeks, she begins to remember upsetting events from her childhood. I could not put this book down!
Months before he died, Hemingway reminisced about his early love life, including the affair that ended his first marriage to Hadley Richardson. Fascinating stories, including the marital advice given to him by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Parallel stories of two children during World War II. Marie-Laure is a blind girl living in France; Werner is an orphan in Germany. Great stories, and beautifully written.
An inspiring story about Harrison, a boy who overcomes many challenges to play football. “My favorite book in the world”, says my 11 year-old son. Perfect for kids who love sports.
This book tells the story of Peter Mayle’s first year living in a village in Provence. Interesting characters, descriptions of food and Provençal life. It makes you want to visit.
The true story of the Camorra, the organized crime network in Naples. Shocking, interesting, and heartbreaking. Provides a different view of life in Italy.
A reassuring and positive book about raising children. Focuses on connection, play, practice, mastery, and recognition.
Trying to do the holidays gluten-free? Every recipe in this book - from breads and breakfast foods to cookies and desert - is free of gluten. Includes helpful information on the fundamentals of gluten-free baking.
From the author of Under the Tuscan Sun, this beautiful cookbook captures the passion and joy of preparing food that is inherent in the Italian culture. The pictures and stories will inspire you to cook; the delicious and simple recipes will ensure your success.
Fans of Wonder will love this series about seven students and their beloved teacher. In this latest book the students face new challenges as they enter middle school. They turn to Mr Terupt, only to learn that he needs their help too. This book contains information about Type 1 Diabetes, as one of the characters is diagnosed with it.
After over-indulging during the holidays, are you ready to hit the reset button? The Whole 30 lays out a plan for healthy eating for 30 days. Follow the plan and feel your energy levels increase and your overall health improve. After 30 days, you decide which foods to add back in to your diet - and then see if they have an effect on how you feel.