Callie Smith's quest for success far from her Iowa roots has caused a rift with her hardworking family. And with neither her Wall Street career nor her marriage going as planned, she starts to question the choices she's made. But when charismatic network president Jason Kane pursues her to save a failing soap opera, her life is soon full of more twists than a TV story line. "Sherryl Woods gives her characters depth, intensity and the right amount of humor." "(RT Book Reviews)
Odd girl out : the hidden culture of aggression in girls
Sep 13, 2013 - Sep 16, 2013
"Peels away the smiley surfaces of adolescent female society to expose one of girlhood's dark secrets: the vicious psychological warfare waged every day in the halls of our . . . schools." (San Francisco Chronicle )
"[Rosin's] thorough research and engaging writing style form a solid foundation for a thoughtful dialogue that has only just begun... It's not the final word on gender roles in the 21st century, but it's a notable starting point for a fascinating conversation." (The Minneapolis Star-Tribune)
With this award-winning first novel, Penny introduces Inspector Armand Gamache, who commands his forces with integrity and quiet courage. Locals are convinced a murder is no more than a tragic hunting accident, but Gamache uncovers something more sinister.
Pirsig has written an unforgettable narration of a summer motorcycle trip across America's Northwest, undertaken by a father and his young son. A story of love and fear -- of growth, discovery, and acceptance -- that becomes a profound personal and philosophical odyssey into life's fundamental questions.
Sam is a mouse who lives in a library and loves to make up and write his own stories. When he leaves his stories in different parts of the library, humans find the stories and want to know who the writer is.
Envisioning emancipation : Black Americans and the end of slavery
Sep 9, 2013 - Sep 12, 2013
By examining images of African American from the 1850s, when many were slaves, to the 1930s, Willis and Krauthamer capture several generations of change. "The result is a gem: haunting, touching, troubling, inspiring, and informative. The subjects are ordinary people, unsung in anonymity. The escaped slave Dolly pictured on a reward notice, a group gathered for a 1916 slave reunion, Emancipation Day celebrations, fugitives fording a river, chimney sweeps, family groups, and penal slavery crews are all part of this rich, diverse cornucopia." (Publishers Weekly)
"Maniac Magee is an orphan and a runaway. He ends up in a small Pennsylvania town torn apart by racial strife and astounds everyone with his extraordinary athletic feats as he works to heal the painful divide between the town's black and white citizens." (NPR)
A captivating debut that imagines a passionate friendship between Florence Nightingale and Gustave Flaubert, when they were young and exploring the Nile in 1850.
"This clever, funny story of Florence Nightingale--English, earnest to a fault, virginal--and Gustave Flaubert--hedonist, sexual gourmet, and cynic--is brilliant. Every sentence, every paragraph shimmers with the color and heat of the Nile and the intelligence of the characters." (Robert Rich)
Headstrong and beautiful, the young housemaid Sally Jupp is put rudely in her place, strangled in her bed behind a bolted door. Coolly brilliant policeman Adam Dalgliesh of Scotland Yard must find her killer among a houseful of suspects, most of whom had very good reason to wish her ill. Cover Her Face is P. D. James's electric debut novel, an ingeniously plotted mystery that immediately placed her among the masters of suspense.
This is the life and times of T. S. Garp, the bastard son of Jenny Fields, a feminist leader ahead of her time. This is the life and death of a famous mother and her almost-famous son; theirs is a world of sexual extremes, even of sexual assassinations. It is a novel rich with lunacy and sorrow, yet the dark, violent events of the story do not undermine a comedy both ribald and robust.
Oddly normal : one family's struggle to help their teenage son come to terms with his sexuality
Sep 5, 2013 - Sep 8, 2013
"[A] moving account of a family's journey to raise and protect their gay son... Equally humorous and heartrending, this memoir reveals just what it takes to raise children who are different in a world still resistant." (Publishers Weekly)
Alexie's National Book Award winner chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he thought he was destined to live. Includes poignant drawings that reflect the character's art.
In this funny, uncannily wise portrait of the dynamics of a sixth-grade class and of the greatness that sometimes comes in unlikely packages, Dwight, a loser, talks to his classmates via an origami finger puppet of Yoda.