Eight-year-old EllRay Jakes is sick of getting picked on. But every time he tries to defend himself against class bully Jared Matthews, EllRay is the one who winds up in trouble. This humorous and true-to-life story kicks off the EllRay Jakes series which is just right for boys or girls who are beginning to read chapter books.
Winner of the Bellwether Prize, Benaron follows Jean Patrick Nkuba, a gifted Rwandan boy, from the day he knows that running will be his life to the moment he must run to save his life, a 10-year span in which his country is undone by the Hutu-Tutsi tensions.
Southgate tells the story of a family pushed to its limits by addiction over the course of two generations. Josie Henderson loves the water and is fulfilled by her position as the only senior-level black scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. In Cleveland, her brother Tick is coming apart and demands to be heard. Weaving four voices into a beautiful tapestry, Southgate charts the lives of the Hendersons from the parents first charmed meeting to Josie 's realization that the ways of the human heart are incredibly complex.
With characteristic poetry and pluck, Barbara Kingsolver and her family sweep readers along on their journey away from the industrial-food pipeline to a rural life in which they vow to buy only food raised in their own neighborhood, grow it themselves, or learn to live without it. Their good-humored search yields surprising discoveries about turkey sex life and overly zealous zucchini plants. Part memoir, part journalistic investigation, Kingsolver makes a passionate case for putting the kitchen back at the center of family life and diversified farms at the center of the American diet.
If the conscious mind accounts for only a tiny fraction of the brain's function, what is all the rest doing? This is the question that Eagleman, a renowned neuroscientist, answers in a book as accessible and entertaining as it is deeply informed by startling, up-to-the-minute research.
No one ever really paid close attention to the faces of the missing children on the milk cartons. But as Janie Johnson glances at the face of the ordinary little girl--a three-year-old who had been kidnapped 12 years before from a shopping mall in New Jersey--she feels overcome with shock. She recognizes that little girl--it is her.
In the summer after her freshman year of college, Abby Hansen embarks on what might be a final vacation with her parents to a historic resort in northern New Hampshire. The Presidential Hotel seems almost unbearably stuffy to Abby, but the young, free-spirited hotel staff offers her the chance for new friendships, and maybe even romance. Heartbreaking and luminous, Chenoweth deftly explores a family's struggle with love and loss, as a summer vacation becomes an occasion for awakening.
When Emma Sharpe is summoned to a convent on the Maine coast, it's partly for her art crimes work with the FBI, partly because of her past with the religious order. At issue is a mysterious painting depicting scenes of Irish lore and Viking legends, and her family's connection to the work. But when the nun who contacted her is murdered, it seems legend is becoming deadly reality.
"History and horror are balanced perfectly in this original take on the vampire canon; it will appeal not only to the bloodthirsty but to the bookish as well." (Library Journal) It is 1888; Dracula has married Queen Victoria and turned a large percentage of the population into the undead. Following vampire Genevieve Dieudonne and explorer Charles Beauregard on the trail of the Ripper murders, this panoramic novel of altered history brilliantly reinvents the world of late Victorian melodrama.
With a tenacious reporter's curiosity, Orlean digs behind her childhood TV infatuation to find the long and convoluted saga of a show business dog and his trainer--a story that begins with a puppy in the battlefields of World War I and continues with an 11th generation Rin Tin Tin in Claremore, Oklahoma. It is a story of dogs and their human companions, war, Hollywood, fortunes both made and lost and, finally, prolonged courtroom "brand" battles and no-bid eBay auctions of memorabilia.
"Filled with superb puzzles, a breakneck plot, and wondrous settings and descriptions of artwork, this fascinating story will feed thriller readers' appetites for riddles, conspiracies, and unlikely heroes. (Library Journal)
A heartwarming yet heart-wrenching portrait of three far-flung sisters who come home to Martha's Vineyard one last time. Their mother's beach house is the only place any of them ever found true happiness and they need to begin the difficult process of letting go.
The week of her tenth birthday, Alice and her parents go to Sanibel Island, Florida, just as they do every year, but this time some of the people who are always there are missing and some new people have come, which unsettles Alice, who wants things to be exactly the same as they alway are. "Henkes knows that Alice, like many girls her age, carries plenty of things in her mind--and her heart--that she seldom speaks of. She mulls them over privately, and in Henkes's hands, eloquently." (New York Times)
From one of the world's foremost physicians and researchers comes a monumental work that radically redefines conventional conceptions of health and illness to offer new methods for living a long, healthy life. " Dr. David Agus presents a brilliant new model of health based on the body as a complex system with an emphasis on prevention. "The End of Illness "may reframe everything you thought you knew about health. It is both provocative and inspiring. Highly recommended." ( Dean Ornish)