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The Water Dancer (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel
by Ta-Nehisi Coates

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English

Pages

401

Publication Date

September 24, 2019

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<b><b>#1 <i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER 鈥?OPRAH鈥橲 BOOK CLUB PICK 鈥⒙?lt;/b>From the National Book Award鈥搘inning author of <i>Between the World and Me, </i>a boldly conjured debut novel about a magical gift, a devastating loss, and an underground war for freedom.<br /><br />鈥淭his potent book about America鈥檚 most disgraceful sin establishes [Ta-Nehisi Coates] as a first-rate novelist.鈥濃€?lt;i>San Francisco Chronicle</i><br /><br />鈥淣early every paragraph is laced through with dense, gorgeously evocative descriptions of a vanished world and steeped in its own vivid vocabulary.鈥濃€?lt;i>Entertainment Weekly</i></b><br /> <br />Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage. When his mother was sold away, Hiram was robbed of all memory of her鈥攂ut was gifted with a mysterious power. Years later, when Hiram almost drowns in a river, that same power saves his life. This brush with death births an urgency in Hiram and a daring scheme: to escape from the only home he鈥檚 ever known.<br /><br /> So begins an unexpected journey that takes Hiram from the corrupt grandeur of Virginia鈥檚 proud plantations to desperate guerrilla cells in the wilderness, from the coffin of the Deep South to dangerously idealistic movements in the North. Even as he鈥檚 enlisted in the underground war between slavers and the enslaved, Hiram鈥檚 resolve to rescue the family he left behind endures.<br /><br /> This is the dramatic story of an atrocity inflicted on generations of women, men, and children鈥攖he violent and capricious separation of families鈥攁nd the war they waged to simply make lives with the people they loved. Written by one of today鈥檚 most exciting thinkers and writers, <i>The Water Dancer </i>is<i> </i>a propulsive, transcendent work that restores the humanity of those from whom everything was stolen.<br /><br /><b>Praise for聽<i>The Water Dancer</i></b><br /><br />鈥淚n prose that聽sings聽and imagination that聽soars, Coates further cements himself as one of this generation鈥檚 most important writers, tackling one of America鈥檚 oldest and darkest periods with聽grace聽and聽inventiveness.聽This is bold, dazzling, and not to be missed.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>Publishers Weekly聽</i>(starred review)<br /><br /></b>鈥淐oates brings his considerable talent for racial and social analysis to his debut novel, which captures the brutality of slavery and explores the underlying truth that slaveholders could not dehumanize the enslaved without also dehumanizing themselves. Beautifully written, this is a deeply and soulfully imagined look at slavery and human aspirations.鈥?lt;b><i>鈥擝ooklist聽</i>(starred review)</b>
This Tender Land: A Novel
by William Kent Krueger

Language

English

Pages

464

Publication Date

September 03, 2019

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<b>INSTANT <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER!</b><br /> <br /><b>鈥淚f you liked <i>Where the Crawdads Sing,</i> you鈥檒l love <i>This Tender Land</i>...This story is as big-hearted as they come.鈥?鈥?lt;i>Parade</i></b><br /> <br /><b>A magnificent novel about four orphans on a life-changing odyssey during the Great Depression, from the bestselling author of <i>Ordinary Grace</i>.</b><br /><br />1932, Minnesota鈥攖he Lincoln School is a pitiless place where hundreds of Native American children, forcibly separated from their parents, are sent to be educated. It is also home to an orphan named Odie O鈥橞anion, a lively boy whose exploits earn him the superintendent鈥檚 wrath. Forced to flee, he and his brother Albert, their best friend Mose, and a brokenhearted little girl named Emmy steal away in a canoe, heading for the mighty Mississippi and a place to call their own.<br /> <br />Over the course of one unforgettable summer, these four orphans will journey into the unknown and cross paths with others who are adrift, from struggling farmers and traveling faith healers to displaced families and lost souls of all kinds. With the feel of a modern classic, <i>This Tender Land </i>is an en顱thralling, big-hearted epic that shows how the magnificent American landscape connects us all, haunts our dreams, and makes us whole.
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.
Room to Breathe
by Liz Talley

Language

English

Pages

332

Publication Date

November 01, 2019

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<p><b>A funny, emotional novel full of southern charm about a mother and daughter ready to start over.</b></p><p><b>鈥淟iz Talley delivers. Her dialogue is crisp and smart, her characters are vivid and real, her stories are unputdownable.鈥?鈥擱obyn Carr, <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author</b></p><p>For a good part of Daphne Witt鈥檚 life, she was a supportive wife and dutiful mother. Now that she鈥檚 divorced and her daughter, Ellery, is all grown up, Daphne鈥檚 celebrating the <i>best</i> part of her life, a successful career, and a flirtation with an attentive hunk fifteen years her junior鈥ho happens to be her daughter鈥檚 ex-boyfriend.</p><p>Ellery is starting over, too. She鈥檚 fresh out of college. Her job prospects are dim. And to support her fianc茅 in med school, she鈥檚 returned home as her mother鈥檚 new assistant. Ellery never expected her own life plan to take such a detour. With no outlet for her frustration, she lets an online flirtation go a little too far, especially considering her pen pal thinks he鈥檚 corresponding with her mother.</p><p>As love lives tangle, secrets spill, and indiscretions are betrayed, mother and daughter will have a lot to learn鈥攏ot only about the mistakes they鈥檝e made but also about the men in their lives and the women they are each hoping to become.</p>
Before We Were Yours: A Novel
by Lisa Wingate

Language

English

Pages

352

Publication Date

June 06, 2017

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<b><b>THE BLOCKBUSTER HIT鈥擜聽<i>New York Times</i>,聽<i>USA Today,</i>聽<i>Wall Street Journal,</i>聽and聽<i>Publishers Weekly聽</i>Bestseller</b><br /><br />For readers of <i>Orphan Train </i>and <i>The Nightingale </i>comes a 鈥渢hought-provoking [and] complex tale about two families, two generations apart . . . based on a notorious true-life scandal.鈥?</b><br /><br />Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family鈥檚 Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge鈥攗ntil strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children鈥檚 Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents鈥攂ut they quickly realize the dark truth. At the mercy of the facility鈥檚 cruel director, Rill fights to keep her sisters and brother together in a world of danger and uncertainty.<br /><br /> Aiken, South Carolina, present day. Born into wealth and privilege, Avery Stafford seems to have it all: a successful career as a federal prosecutor, a handsome fianc茅, and a lavish wedding on the horizon. But when Avery returns home to help her father weather a health crisis,聽a chance encounter leaves her with uncomfortable questions and compels her to take a journey through her family鈥檚 long-hidden history, on a path that will ultimately lead either to devastation or to redemption.<br /><br /> Based on one of America鈥檚 most notorious real-life scandals鈥攊n which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country鈥擫isa Wingate鈥檚 riveting, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting tale reminds us how, even though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets where we belong.<br /><br />*<i>Library Journal</i><br /><br /><b><i>Publishers Weekly鈥檚</i>聽#3 Longest-Running Bestseller of 2017聽</b>鈥?lt;b>聽Winner of the Southern Book Prize聽</b>鈥?lt;b>聽If All Arkansas Read the Same Book Selection聽</b><br /><br />鈥淎 [story] of a family lost and found . . . a poignant, engrossing tale about sibling love and the toll of secrets.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>People</i></b><br /><br />鈥淪ure to be one of the most compelling books you pick up this year. . . . Wingate is a master-storyteller, and you鈥檒l find yourself pulled along as she reveals the wake of terror and heartache that is Georgia Tann鈥檚 legacy.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;/b><i><b>Parade</b><br /></i><br />鈥淥ne of the year鈥檚 best books . . . It is impossible not to get swept up in this near-perfect novel.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>The Huffington Post</i></b>
The Titanic Secret (An Isaac Bell Adventure Book 11)
by , Jack Du Brul

Language

English

Pages

400

Publication Date

September 10, 2019

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<b>When Isaac Bell attempts to decipher the forbidding deaths of nine men, he encounters a secret so powerful it could dictate the fate of the world in this riveting thriller by the #1 <i>New York Times</i>-bestselling author.</b><br /><br />A century apart, NUMA Director Dirk Pitt and detective Isaac Bell team up to unlock the truth about the most famous maritime disaster of all time.<br /><br />In the present day, Pitt makes a daring rescue from inside an antiquated submersible in the waters off New York City. His reward afterwards is a document left behind a century earlier by legendary detective Isaac Bell--a document that re-opens a historical mystery...<br /><br />In 1911, in Colorado, Isaac Bell is asked to look into an unexplained tragedy at Little Angel Mine, in which nine people died. His dangerous quest to answer the riddle leads to a larger puzzle centered on byzanium, a rare element with extraordinary powers and of virtually incalculable value. As he discovers that there are people who will do anything to control the substance, Isaac Bell will find out just how far he'll go to stop them.
City of Girls: A Novel
by Elizabeth Gilbert

Language

English

Pages

480

Publication Date

June 04, 2019

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<b><b>AN INSTANT </b><b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i></b><b> BESTSELLER!</b><br /><br /><b>From the # 1 </b><b><i>New York Times</i></b><b> bestselling author of </b><b><i>Eat Pray Love</i></b><b> and </b><b><i>The Signature of All Things</i></b><b>, a delicious novel of glamour, sex, and adventure, about a young woman discovering that you don't have to be a </b><b><i>good girl</i></b><b> to be a good person.</b><br /><br /><b>"A spellbinding novel about love, freedom, and finding your own happiness." - PopSugar</b><br /><br /><b>"Intimate and richly sensual, razzle-dazzle with a hint of danger." -</b><b><i>USA Today</i></b><br /><br /><b>"Pairs well with a cocktail...or two." -</b><b><i>TheSkimm</i></b></b><br /><br />"Life is both fleeting and dangerous, and there is no point in denying yourself pleasure, or being anything other than what you are."<br /><br />Beloved author Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction with a unique love story set in the New York City theater world during the 1940s. Told from the perspective of an older woman as she looks back on her youth with both pleasure and regret (but mostly pleasure), <i>City of Girls</i> explores themes of female sexuality and promiscuity, as well as the idiosyncrasies of true love. <br /><br />In 1940, nineteen-year-old Vivian Morris has just been kicked out of Vassar College, owing to her lackluster freshman-year performance. Her affluent parents send her to Manhattan to live with her Aunt Peg, who owns a flamboyant, crumbling midtown theater called the Lily Playhouse. There Vivian is introduced to an entire cosmos of unconventional and charismatic characters, from the fun-chasing showgirls to a sexy male actor, a grand-dame actress, a lady-killer writer, and no-nonsense stage manager. But when Vivian makes a personal mistake that results in professional scandal, it turns her new world upside down in ways that it will take her years to fully understand. Ultimately, though, it leads her to a new understanding of the kind of life she craves - and the kind of freedom it takes to pursue it. It will also lead to the love of her life, a love that stands out from all the rest. <br /><br />Now eighty-nine years old and telling her story at last, Vivian recalls how the events of those years altered the course of her life - and the gusto and autonomy with which she approached it. "At some point in a woman's life, she just gets tired of being ashamed all the time," she muses. "After that, she is free to become whoever she truly is." Written with a powerful wisdom about human desire and connection, <i>City of Girls</i> is a love story like no other.
One Good Deed
by David Baldacci

Language

English

Pages

433

Publication Date

July 23, 2019

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<b>The #1 <i>New York Times </i>bestselling author David Baldacci introduces an unforgettable new character: Archer, a straight-talking former World War II soldier fresh out of prison for a crime he didn't commit.</b><br /><br />It's 1949. When war veteran Aloysius Archer is released from Carderock Prison, he is sent to Poca City on parole with a short list of <i>do</i>'s and a much longer list of <i>don't</i>s: <i>do</i> report regularly to his parole officer, <i>don't </i>go to bars, certainly <i>don't </i>drink alcohol, <i>do</i> get a job--and <i>don't </i>ever associate with loose women.<br /><br />The small town quickly proves more complicated and dangerous than Archer's years serving in the war or his time in jail. Within a single night, his search for gainful employment--and a stiff drink--leads him to a local bar, where he is hired for what seems like a simple job: to collect a debt owed to a powerful local businessman, Hank Pittleman.<br /><br />Soon Archer discovers that recovering the debt won't be so easy. The indebted man has a furious grudge against Hank and refuses to pay; Hank's clever mistress has her own designs on Archer; and both Hank and Archer's stern parole officer, Miss Crabtree, are keeping a sharp eye on him.<br /><br />When a murder takes place right under Archer's nose, police suspicions rise against the ex-convict, and Archer realizes that the crime could send him right back to prison . . . if he doesn't use every skill in his arsenal to track down the real killer.
Little Fires Everywhere: A Novel
by Celeste Ng

Language

English

Pages

347

Publication Date

September 12, 2017

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<b>Soon to be a Hulu limited series, starring Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington</b><br /><br /><b>eBook includes special materials for book clubs: a Q&A with Celeste Ng and John Green, a letter from Celeste Ng, and book club discussion questions.聽</b><br /><br />Named a Best Book of the Year by:聽<br /><i>People, The Washington Post, Bustle, Esquire, Southern Living, The Daily Beast, GQ, Entertainment Weekly, </i>NPR, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Audible, Goodreads, Library Reads,聽Book of the Month,聽<i>Paste</i>,聽<i>Kirkus Reviews</i>,聽<i>St. Louis Post-Dispatch,聽</i>and many more!<br /> 聽<br /> "I read聽<i>Little Fires Everywhere</i>聽in a single, breathless sitting."聽鈥揓odi Picoult<br /><br />鈥淭o say I love this book is an understatement. It鈥檚 a deep psychological mystery about the power of motherhood, the intensity of teenage love, and the danger of perfection. It moved me to tears.鈥?- Reese Witherspoon<br /><br />鈥淚 am loving聽<i>Little Fires Everywhere</i>. Maybe my favorite novel I've read this year.鈥濃€擩ohn Green<br /><br />"Witty, wise, and tender. It's a marvel."聽鈥?Paula Hawkins<br /><br />From the bestselling author of聽<i>Everything I Never Told You</i>,聽a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives.<br /><br /> In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned 鈥?from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.<br /><br /> Enter Mia Warren 鈥?an enigmatic artist and single mother 鈥?who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.<br /><br />When old family friends of the Richardsons聽attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town--and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides.聽 Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia's past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs. <br /><br /> <i>Little Fires Everywhere</i> explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood 鈥?and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.<br /><br />Perfect for book clubs! Visit celesteng.com for discussion guides and more.
Land of Wolves (Walt Longmire Mysteries Book 15)
by Craig Johnson

Language

English

Pages

336

Publication Date

September 17, 2019

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<b>The new novel in Craig Johnson's beloved <i>New York Times</i> bestselling Longmire series.<br /><br /><b>"It's the scenery<b>鈥?lt;/b>and the big guy standing in front of the scenery<b>鈥?lt;/b>that keeps us coming back to Craig Johnson's lean and leathery mysteries."聽<br />鈥?lt;i>The New York Times Book Review</i></b></b><br /><br />Recovering from his harrowing experiences in Mexico, Sheriff Walt Longmire returns to Absaroka County, Wyoming, to lick his wounds and try once again to maintain justice in a place with grudges that go back generations. When a shepherd is found dead, Longmire suspects it could be suicide. But the shepherd's connection to the Extepares, a powerful family of Basque ranchers with a history of violence, leads the sheriff into an intricate investigation of a possible murder.<br /><br />As Walt searches for information about the shepherd, he comes across strange carvings on trees, as well as play money coupons from inside Mallo Cup candies, which he interprets as messages from his spiritual guide, Virgil White Buffalo. Longmire doesn't know how these little blue cards are appearing, but Virgil usually reaches out if a child is in danger. So when a young boy with ties to the Extepare clan arrives in town, the stakes grow even higher. <br /><br />Even more complicating, a renegade wolf has been haunting the Bighorn Mountains, and the townspeople are out for blood. With both a wolf and a killer on the loose, Longmire follows a twisting trail of evidence, leading to dark and shocking conclusions.

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