Alice Munro just won the 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature. With clarity and ease, Munro renders complex, difficult events and emotions into stories that shed light on the unpredictable ways in which men and women accommodate and often transcend what happens in their lives. "Profound and beautiful." (Francine Prose)
It is 1970 in a small town in California. Bean Holladay is twelve and her sister, Liz, is fifteen when their artistic mother, Charlotte takes off to find herself, leaving her girls enough money to last a month or two. Bean and Liz decide to take the bus to Virginia, where their Uncle Tinsley lives in the decaying mansion that's been in Charlotte's family for generations. Walls has written a deeply moving novel about triumph over adversity and about people who find a way to love each other and the world, despite its flaws and injustice.
When Cryptessa Muldoon, a Hollywood has-been who spends her days making enemies with everyone on the street, is found murdered on Halloween night, Jaine Austen, to prove her own innocence, must unmask a killer among a neighborhood filled with suspects. "Levine's latest finds her at her witty and wacky best." (Kirkus Reviews)
Determined to get to Nashville to find her mother in 1963, nine-year-old spitfire Starla Claudelle runs away from her strict grandmother's Mississippi home, eventually accepting a ride from a Eula, a black woman traveling alone with a white baby. "Crandall delivers big with a coming-of-age story set in Mississippi in 1963 and narrated by precocious 9-year-old Starla, an endearing character whose spirited observations propel this nicely crafted story." (KIRKUS)
Kohen assembles America's most prominent comediennes to piece together an oral history about the revolution that happened to (and by) women in American comedy. There were battles to fight and preconceptions to shake before we could arrive in a world in which women like Chelsea Handler, Sarah Silverman, and Tina Fey can be smart, attractive, sexually confident--and, most of all, flat-out funny.
Crissa Stone is a career criminal who has pulled a number of impressive heists by knowing how to keep her mouth shut and her temper in check. Still, as good as she is, she wants to get out of the life. All she needs is one last big score, enough to bribe her lover's way out on parole, set up a safe and stable new life, and get her daughter back. "This one offers plenty of excitement and plot twists, a solid body count, and vividly drawn characters. Crissa is crime fiction's best career criminal since Richard Stark's Parker. . ." (Booklist)
Yearning for adventure, the well-bred Sarah Clarke-Townsend impulsively takes the place of her pregnant twin sister. However, the move puts her own life at risk. If the kidnappers after her sister discover they've abducted Sarah instead, she will surely pay with her life. " Both elegant and swashbuckling, romantic and rollicking--an entertaining, satisfying romance" (Kirkus)
Dan gets a minivan : life at the intersection of dude and dad
Oct 6, 2013 - Oct 9, 2013
Just announced as this year's winner of the Thurber Prize for American Humor, Zevin chronicles a man's inevitable transition into mid-life and fatherhood." Zevin is one hilarious house-husband--like Seinfeld for the stay-at-home-dad set. Raise a sippy cup and cheer him on." (People)
Two remarkable women, separated by more than a century, whose lives unexpectedly intertwine . . .2004: Lina Sparrow is an ambitious young lawyer working on a historic class-action lawsuit seeking reparations for the descendants of American slaves.1852: Josephine is a seventeen-year-old house slave who tends to the mistress of a Virginia tobacco farm--an aspiring artist named Lu Anne Bell. "Infused with ominous atmosphere and evocative detail...a dramatic montage of narrative and personal testimonies that depicts the grotesque routines of the slave trade, the deadly risks of the Underground Railroad and the impossible choices that slaves and abolitionists faced."-(Washington Post)
In this stunningly moving novel told in photographs, pictures, and words, it's up to the reader to decide what is real, what is imagined, and what has been madness all along.... "A provocative tale of forbidden love and madness. Eerie and edgy - and effective as Poe." (Kirkus)
The case of the missing servant : a Vish Puri mystery
Oct 2, 2013 - Oct 5, 2013
The first in an irresistible detective series introduces Vish Puri, who styles himself as the best private investigator in India. His main gig is running background checks, but bigger, more sensational cases are coming his way.
Lottie just knows that her boyfriend is going to propose during lunch at one of London's fanciest restaurants. But when the big question involves a trip abroad, not a trip down the aisle, she's completely crushed. When Ben, an old flame, calls her and reminds Lottie of their pact to get married if they were both still single at 30, she jumps at the chance
On her 17th birthday, everything will change for Violet Eden. The boy she loves will betray her. Her enemy will save her. And she will have to make a choice that could cost not only her life, but her eternity. "The angel mythology's in-depth description adds complexity to the novel . . . Fans of romantic fantasy with a paranormal twist will find Violet and her adventures captivating." (VOYA Magazine)
A funny and moving debut novel that follows four generations of a singularly weird American family, all living under one roof, as each member confronts a moment of crisis in a narrative told through a quirky, charming and unforgettable voice.