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On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel
by Ocean Vuong

Language

English

Pages

256

Publication Date

June 04, 2019

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<p><strong>Named one of the most anticipated books of 2019 by <em>Vulture</em>, <em>Entertainment Weekly</em>, Buzzfeed, <em>Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe</em>, Oprah.com,<em> Huffington Post,</em> The A.V. Club, <em>Nylon,</em> The Week, The Rumpus, The Millions, <em>The Guardian, Publishers Weekly,</em> and more<br /><br />Poet Ocean Vuong鈥檚 debut novel is a shattering portrait of a family, a first love, and the redemptive power of storytelling</strong><br /><br /><em>On Earth We鈥檙e Briefly Gorgeous</em> is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. Written when the speaker, Little Dog, is in his late twenties, the letter unearths a family鈥檚 history that began before he was born 鈥?a history whose epicenter is rooted in Vietnam 鈥?and serves as a doorway into parts of his life his mother has never known, all of it leading to an unforgettable revelation. At once a witness to the fraught yet undeniable love between a single mother and her son, it is also a brutally honest exploration of race, class, and masculinity. Asking questions central to our American moment, immersed as we are in addiction, violence, and trauma, but undergirded by compassion and tenderness, <em>On Earth We鈥檙e Briefly Gorgeous</em> is as much about the power of telling one鈥檚 own story as it is about the obliterating silence of not being heard. <br /><br />With stunning urgency and grace, Ocean Vuong writes of people caught between disparate worlds, and asks how we heal and rescue one another without forsaking who we are. The question of how to survive, and how to make of it a kind of joy, powers the most important debut novel of many years.</p>
This Is How It Always Is: A Novel
by Laurie Frankel

Language

English

Pages

337

Publication Date

January 24, 2017

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Customer Reviews
<p><b><i>New York Times</i> Bestseller</b><br /><b>The Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick</b><br /><b></b><br /><b>鈥淓very once in a while, I read a book that opens my eyes in a way I never expected.鈥?</b><b>鈥擱eese Witherspoon (Reese鈥檚 Book Club x Hello Sunshine book pick)</b></p><br /><p><b><i>People Magazine</i></b><b>鈥檚 Top 10 Books of 2017</b><br /><b>Amazon鈥檚 Best Books of 2017: Top 20</b><br /><b>Amazon鈥檚 Best Literature and Fiction of 2017</b><br /><b>Bustle鈥檚 17 Books Every Woman Should Read From 2017</b><br /><b>PopSugar鈥檚 Our Favorite Books of the Year (So Far)</b><br /><b>Refinery29's Best Books of the Year So Far</b><br /><b>BookBrowse鈥檚 The 20 Best Books of 2017</b><br /><b>Pacific Northwest Book Awards Finalist</b><br /><b><i>The Globe and Mail</i>'s Top 100 Books of 2017</b><br /><b>Longlisted for 2019 International DUBLIN Literary Award</b><br /><b></b><br /><b>鈥淚t made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me think.鈥?鈥擫iane Moriarty, #1 <i>New York Times </i>bestselling author of <i>Big Little Lies</i></b><br /><i></i><br /><i>This is how</i> a family keeps a secret鈥nd how that secret ends up keeping them.</p><p><i>This is</i> <i>how</i> a family lives happily ever after鈥ntil happily ever after becomes complicated.</p><p><i>This is</i> <i>how</i> children change鈥nd then change the world.</p><p>This is Claude. He鈥檚 five years old, the youngest of five brothers, and loves peanut butter sandwiches. He also loves wearing a dress, and dreams of being a princess.</p><p>When he grows up, Claude says, he wants to be a girl.</p><p>Rosie and Penn want Claude to be whoever Claude wants to be. They鈥檙e just not sure they鈥檙e ready to share that with the world. Soon the entire family is keeping Claude鈥檚 secret. Until one day it explodes. </p><p>Laurie Frankel's<i> This Is How It Always Is </i>is a novel about revelations, transformations, fairy tales, and family. And it鈥檚 about the ways this is how it always is: Change is always hard and miraculous and hard again, parenting is always a leap into the unknown with crossed fingers and full hearts, children grow but not always according to plan. And families with secrets don鈥檛 get to keep them forever.</p>
Nothing Special VII: EX Meridian
by A.E. Via

Language

English

Pages

237

Publication Date

February 26, 2020

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<i>Police Lieutenants, God and Day are under intense pressure from the chief to take back control of Atlanta鈥檚 streets.</i> <i>The last thing their task force needs is a pair of trained killers in town with a personal score to settle.</i> <br /><br />Take a man and strip him of his ability to feel compassion, empathy, remorse, or any of the emotions that make him human, but leave the ones that ignite rage and aggression and you have the perfect killing machine鈥攏ow imagine two of them. <br /><br />Code names Ex and Meridian are synonymous for <i>鈥榞uaranteed death鈥?lt;/i> to international terrorists. Two broken men from the same crooked streets, recruited into an unsanctioned government program that few know about. Trained to operate most efficiently鈥攍ethally鈥攖ogether. <br /><br />When Ex returns from an op in Bolivia to learn his little brother has been accidentally killed in a feud between drug gangs, he鈥檚 stateside before he can consider the rules he鈥檒l be breaking, and of course Meridian is right beside him. There鈥檚 mayhem on the streets of Atlanta and the police are losing control. If Godfrey and his elite team of detectives can鈥檛 get the job done then they鈥檇 be happy to lighten their caseloads for them. And Ex nor Meridian care about doing it quietly. <br /><br /><i>鈥淚 know who you are.鈥?lt;/i> <i>The man grunted when Ex turned to leave.</i> <i>鈥淵ou鈥檙e the fucking devil.鈥?lt;/i><br /><i>Meridian walked past, glaring one final time.</i> <i>鈥淪ay that loud enough鈥?maybe God will save you.鈥?lt;/i><br /><br />But after their first run-in with the big lieutenant and his protective husband, Day, Ex and Meridian start to reevaluate their own relationship. Wondering if they could be even deadlier if they let loose the feelings for each other that they鈥檝e been forced to suppress for years. <br /><br /><i>Meridian鈥檚 dark eyes stayed locked on his, 鈥淎 man who can fight beside the one he loves doesn鈥檛 make him weaker, Ex鈥攊t makes him more dangerous.鈥?lt;/i><br /><br /><i>No multiple pairings.</i> <i>No cliffhangers.</i> <i>Ends with a HEA.</i> <br /><br />Note: <i>This title focuses on two new characters in the series. And while it can standalone, there are appearences from prior main characters</i><br />Note: <i>This is a partners-to-lovers, out-for-you, action romance.</i> <br />Note: <i>There are depictions of violence in this novel.</i><br />
Girl, Woman, Other: A Novel (Booker Prize Winner)
by Bernardine Evaristo

Language

English

Pages

464

Publication Date

November 05, 2019

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<b>NATIONAL BESTSELLER<br />WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE</b><p></p><p><b>鈥淎 must-read about modern Britain and womanhood . . . An impressive, fierce novel about the lives of black British families, their struggles, pains, laughter, longings and loves . . . Her style is passionate, razor-sharp, brimming with energy and humor. There is never a single moment of dullness in this book and the pace does not allow you to turn away from its momentum.鈥濃€擝ooker Prize Judges</b></p><p>Bernardine Evaristo is the winner of the 2019 Booker Prize and the first black woman to receive this highest literary honor in the English language. <i>Girl, Woman, Other</i> is a magnificent portrayal of the intersections of identity and a moving and hopeful story of an interconnected group of Black British women that paints a vivid portrait of the state of contemporary Britain and looks back to the legacy of Britain鈥檚 colonial history in Africa and the Caribbean.</p><p>The twelve central characters of this multi-voiced novel lead vastly different lives: Amma is a newly acclaimed playwright whose work often explores her Black lesbian identity; her old friend Shirley is a teacher, jaded after decades of work in London鈥檚 funding-deprived schools; Carole, one of Shirley鈥檚 former students, is a successful investment banker; Carole鈥檚 mother Bummi works as a cleaner and worries about her daughter鈥檚 lack of rootedness despite her obvious achievements. From a nonbinary social media influencer to a 93-year-old woman living on a farm in Northern England, these unforgettable characters also intersect in shared aspects of their identities, from age to race to sexuality to class.</p><p>Sparklingly witty and filled with emotion, centering voices we often see othered, and written in an innovative fast-moving form that borrows technique from poetry, <i>Girl, Woman, Other</i> is a polyphonic and richly textured social novel that shows a side of Britain we rarely see, one that reminds us of all that connects us to our neighbors, even in times when we are encouraged to be split apart.</p>
The Secrets We Kept: A novel
by Lara Prescott

Language

English

Pages

325

Publication Date

September 03, 2019

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<b><b>INSTANT <i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER聽<br />A HELLO SUNSHINE x REESE WITHERSPOON BOOK CLUB PICK</b><br /><br />A thrilling tale of secretaries turned spies, of love and duty, and of sacrifice--inspired by the true story of the CIA plot to infiltrate the hearts and minds of Soviet Russia, not with propaganda, but with the greatest love story of the twentieth century: <i>Doctor Zhivago</i>.</b><br /><br />At the height of the Cold War, two secretaries are pulled out of the typing pool at the CIA and given the assignment of a lifetime. Their mission: to smuggle <i>Doctor Zhivago</i> out of the USSR, where no one dare publish it, and help Pasternak's magnum opus make its way into print around the world. Glamorous and sophisticated Sally Forrester is a seasoned spy who has honed her gift for deceit all over the world--using her magnetism and charm to pry secrets out of powerful men. Irina is a complete novice, and under Sally's tutelage quickly learns how to blend in, make drops, and invisibly ferry classified documents.<br /><br /><i>The Secrets We Kept </i>combines a legendary literary love story--the decades-long affair between Pasternak and his mistress and muse, Olga Ivinskaya, who was sent to the Gulag and inspired Zhivago's heroine, Lara--with a narrative about two women empowered to lead lives of extraordinary intrigue and risk. From Pasternak's country estate outside Moscow to the brutalities of the Gulag, from Washington, D.C. to Paris and Milan,<i> The Secrets We Kept</i> captures a watershed moment in the history of literature--told with soaring emotional intensity and captivating historical detail. And at the center of this unforgettable debut is the powerful belief that a piece of art can change the world.
Pachinko (National Book Award Finalist)
by Min Jin Lee

Language

English

Pages

496

Publication Date

February 07, 2017

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<b>A <i>New York Times</i> Top Ten Book of the Year and National Book Award finalist, <i>Pachinko</i> is an "extraordinary epic" of four generations of a poor Korean immigrant family as they fight to control their destiny in 20th-century Japan (<i>San Francisco Chronicle</i>).<br /> <br /><i> NEW YORK TIMES</i> NOTABLE BOOK OF 2017 * A <i>USA TODAY</i> TOP TEN OF 2017 * JULY PICK FOR THE <i>PBS NEWSHOUR-NEW YORK TIMES </i>BOOK CLUB <i>NOW READ THIS </i>* FINALIST FOR THE 2018<u> </u>DAYTON LITERARY PEACE PRIZE* WINNER OF THE MEDICI BOOK CLUB PRIZE<br /> <br /> Roxane Gay's Favorite Book of 2017, <i>Washington Post</i><br /> <br /><i> NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER * #1 <i>BOSTON GLOBE</i> BESTSELLER * <i>USA TODAY</i> BESTSELLER * <i>WALL STREET JOURNAL </i>BESTSELLER * <i>WASHINGTON POST </i>BESTSELLER</b><br /> <br /><i> "There could only be a few winners, and a lot of losers. And yet we played on, because we had hope that we might be the lucky ones."</i><br /> <br /> In the early 1900s, teenaged Sunja, the adored daughter of a crippled fisherman, falls for a wealthy stranger at the seashore near her home in Korea. He promises her the world, but when she discovers she is pregnant--and that her lover is married--she refuses to be bought. Instead, she accepts an offer of marriage from a gentle, sickly minister passing through on his way to Japan. But her decision to abandon her home, and to reject her son's powerful father, sets off a dramatic saga that will echo down through the generations.<br /> <br /> Richly told and profoundly moving, Pachinko is a story of love, sacrifice, ambition, and loyalty. From bustling street markets to the halls of Japan's finest universities to the pachinko parlors of the criminal underworld, Lee's complex and passionate characters--strong, stubborn women, devoted sisters and sons, fathers shaken by moral crisis--survive and thrive against the indifferent arc of history.<br /><br /><i>*Includes reading group guide*</i><br />
The Goldfinch: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction)
by Donna Tartt

Language

English

Pages

760

Publication Date

October 22, 2013

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Customer Reviews
<b>A young New Yorker grieving his mother's death is pulled into a gritty underworld of art and wealth in this "extraordinary" and beloved Pulitzer Prize winner that "connects with the heart as well as the mind" (Stephen King, <i>New York Times Book Review</i>).</b><br />Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by a longing for his mother, he clings to the one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into a wealthy and insular art community.<br />As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love -- and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.<br /><i>The Goldfinch</i> is a mesmerizing, stay-up-all-night and tell-all-your-friends triumph, an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention. From the streets of New York to the dark corners of the art underworld, this "soaring masterpiece" examines the devastating impact of grief and the ruthless machinations of fate (Ron Charles, <i>Washington Post</i>).<br />
Home is Where the Heart Is (Cloverleah Pack Series Book 15)
by Lisa Oliver

Language

English

Pages

214

Publication Date

February 25, 2020

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Customer Reviews
Home is Where the Heart Is... The final book in the Cloverleah Pack series. <br /><br />All Cloverleah Pack Enforcer Wesley (Wes) wanted the night he went out, was to have a few drinks, maybe find some company, and try and forget his worries and insecurities for few hours. The drinks flowed and he found the company; a gorgeous man with a mysterious scent, who seemed to completely understand the anger, shame, and jealousy Wes was hiding from his pack mates. Unfortunately, Wesley didn't understand how badly he'd been conned until he woke up the next morning alone in a cave. <br /><br />Fast forward months later and Wes discovered the wards that had held him captive from day one had suddenly disappeared. Not one to dither when a chance to escape presented itself, Wesley set off, sometimes on two feet and sometimes on four... looking for a way out of a barren realm that held nothing but red sand and black rocks. <br /><br />Cass enjoyed being a demon from a large family. The Underworld was good to him; he had a job, a house, and he didn't lack for company. Unfortunately, his carefree attitude tended to get him into trouble at times and when his brother Myka insisted on him paying back a "favor" he鈥檇 incurred through a badly placed bet, Cass had no choice but to agree. It sounded simple enough. Meet with the snobby and reclusive members of the Cloverleah Pack, find out about a missing wolf, and then search for that wolf in the Underworld. Cass figured he could be home in time for his mama's Sunday dinner. <br /><br />Finding Wes wasn't the problem, but Wesley had stumbled onto a situation of his own he couldn't leave. What was worse, was when Cass was forced to tell Wesley about why no one from his pack had been looking for him before, Wes knew he had no way of ever going back to the life he had. The fact that Cass and Wesley were fated mates was hard to celebrate as Wes tried to cope with the loss of his pack status and the implications of his current situation.<br /> <br />Meanwhile, the men from Cloverleah were coming to terms with some home truths of their own. The thought of having to see Wesley again, and actually apologize for thinking he'd sunk so low as to try and destroy a mating, was too hard for some pack members to face. This in turn causes issues between those who struggled and those who believed in the bonds of a pack. Serious soul searching was needed if the men were ever going to understand that the only powers worth trusting were unconditional love and acceptance. <br /><br />This book is not a standalone. It is the fifteenth and final book in the series (Thirteen full novels and two compilations of short stories). It is recommended that you have read at least the last three books before reading this one.<br /><br /><br />The Cloverleah Pack Series<br />Book 1 鈥?The Reluctant Wolf 鈥?Kane and Shawn<br />Book 2 鈥?The Runaway Cat 鈥?Griff and Diablo<br />Book 3 鈥?When No Doesn鈥檛 Cut It 鈥?Damien and Scott<br />Book 3.5 鈥?Never Go Back 鈥?Scott and Damien鈥檚 Trip and a free story about Malacai and Elijah<br />Book 4 鈥?Calming the Enforcer 鈥?Troy and Anton<br />Book 5 鈥?Getting Close to the Omega 鈥?Dean and Matthew<br />Book 6 鈥?Fae for All 鈥?Jax, Aelfric and Fafnir (M/M/M)<br />Book 7 鈥?Watching Out for Fangs 鈥揓osh and Vadim <br />Book 8 鈥?Tangling with Bears 鈥?Tobias, Luke and Kurt (M/M/M)<br />Book 9 鈥?Angel in Black Leather 鈥?Adair and Vassago <br />Book 9.5 鈥?Scenes from Cloverleah 鈥?four short stories featuring the men we鈥檝e come to love <br />Book 10 鈥?On the Brink 鈥?Teilo, Raff and Nereus (M/M/M) <br />Book 11 鈥?Don鈥檛 Tempt Fate 鈥?Marius and Cathair <br />Book 12 鈥?My Treasure to Keep 鈥?Thomas and Ivan
Giovanni's Room (Vintage International)
by James Baldwin

Language

English

Pages

178

Publication Date

September 17, 2013

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Customer Reviews
Set in the 1950s Paris of American expatriates, liaisons, and violence, a young man finds himself caught between desire and conventional morality. With a sharp, probing imagination, James Baldwin's now-classic narrative delves into the mystery of loving and creates a moving, highly controversial story of death and passion that reveals the unspoken complexities of the human heart.
A Beautiful Crime: A Novel
by Christopher Bollen

Language

English

Pages

400

Publication Date

January 28, 2020

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Customer Reviews
<p><strong>From the author of <em>The Destroyers</em> comes a twisty story of deception, set in contemporary Venice and featuring a young American couple who have set their sights on a high-stakes con.</strong></p><p><strong>鈥淪tylish鈥?a compelling take on the eternal question of how good people morph into criminals. Terrific.鈥?lt;/strong><strong>鈥?lt;em>People, </em>Book of the Week</strong></p><p> When Nick Brink and his boyfriend Clay Guillory meet up on the Grand Canal in Venice, they have a plan in mind鈥攁nd it doesn鈥檛 involve a vacation. Nick and Clay are running away from their turbulent lives in New York City, each desperate for a happier, freer future someplace else. Their method of escape? Selling a collection of counterfeit antiques to a brash, unsuspecting American living out his retirement years in a grand palazzo. With Clay鈥檚 smarts and Nick鈥檚 charm, their scheme is sure to succeed. </p><p>As it turns out, tricking a millionaire out of money isn鈥檛 as easy as it seems, especially when Clay and Nick let greed get the best of them. As Nick falls under the spell of the city鈥檚 decrepit magic, Clay comes to terms with personal loss and the price of letting go of the past. Their future awaits, but it is built on disastrous deceits, and more than one life stands in the way of their dreams. </p><p><em>A Beautiful Crime</em> is a twisty grifter novel with a thriller running through its veins. But it is also a meditation on love, class, race, sexuality, and the legacy of bohemian culture. Tacking between Venice鈥檚 soaring aesthetic beauty and its imminent tourist-riddled collapse, Bollen delivers another 鈥渟eductive and richly atmospheric literary thriller鈥?(<em>New York Times Book Review</em>). </p>

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