Do you remember hearing about Christopher Knight, the hermit who was caught in the Maine woods after living outdoors for twenty-two years? It turns out he was only a few miles from home and a few yards from the very cabins he was raiding for supplies! This book tells the incredible story of why he chose to disappear from the world, how he survived on his own for so long, and what has happened to him since. I couldn't put it down!
The author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist delivers another compelling twist on life in the Middle East. This time, a desperate young couple abandons home and family, escaping a war-torn city by way of hidden doors that rumors promise will lead to a better life.
When Flora and Nan return to their childhood home to tend to their elderly father, hidden letters from their long-vanished mother reveal a very different family from the one they thought they knew. Fuller spins a gorgeous tale of suspense, deceit, duty, guilt, forgiveness, and love.
This sharply-observed debut novel about family and friendship is narrated Greek chorus-style in the single voice of elderly church women. They wisely observe the triangle of relationships between three unforgettable young people in their community, two of whom are grieving the loss of their own mothers. Brit Bennett is an exciting new storyteller!
When Eva and Jim have a chance encounter in Cambridge, do they meet and fall in love, barely notice each other, or become intrigued but feel duty bound to honor prior commitments? Each outcome produces a vastly different story but with some intriguing similarities. As Barnett plays with fate, destiny and choice in this effortless journey in three simultaneous versions of Eva and Jim's lives, we are completely drawn in to each story and the inescapable results of choices made along the way.
The patriarch of a wacky Greek family believes he has ten days to live and sets about instructing his family how to improve themselves. they are not amused, but you will be!
Wonderful musings from a restless journalist who answered a Craigslist ad for a female carpenter's apprentice and found beauty in building things by hand.
Absolutely wonderful! This whimsical collection of poems by Sox announcer Dick Flavin will move baseball fans of all ages to laughter and tears. Be sure to recite them out loud!
I got completely caught up in this unnerving, lyrically-written story of imperfect people coping with unimaginable circumastances.
I loved this charming account of Kelly Corrigan's post-college stint as a nanny in Australia. As she struggled to care for her spirited young charges, she was surprised to find herself channeling the voice of her own opinionated mother. Her candid musings on the sometimes complicated relationships between mothers and daughters are a delight to read.
J.K. Rowling tells a gritty, modern story of very ordinary people in a very ordinary place under very ordinary circumstances. An unexpected death creates a "casual vacancy" on the parish council, and the local townsfolk jockey to fill it in order to serve their own interests. In the process, Rowling's intricately interrelated cast of characters, who for the most part behave very badly, win our affection if not our admiration, and make us care deeply about their modest lives.
Grace is one of 39 passengers who escape a sinking ocean-liner onto an overcrowded lifeboat. On trial for murder as a result of her own choices, Grace describes the best and worst of human behavior under desperate conditions.
A middle-aged couple longing for a child of their own hope for a fresh start on the Alaskan frontier. The reader shares the couple's doubts and wonder when a wild but delicate child emerges from the wilderness and into their lives.
"How did she ever think of that?" I kept asking myself, as I luxuriated in the author's extraordinary descriptions of an enchanted traveling circus, crafted entirely in black and white, and open only from dusk to dawn. Amid tarot card readers, contortionists and acrobatic kittens, rival magicians engage in a deadly competition, leaving circus goers and readers unsure whether they are witnessing magic or merely magic tricks.
The Tiger's Wife is an exquisitely written first novel about a young female doctor in the Balkans, and the stories she learns from and about her beloved grandfather.
Free-spirited philosophy student Jess is at home among the used bookstores and tree-huggers of Berkeley. Her capable older sister, Emily, has made a fortune in the high-tech world of Menlo Park and Cambridge. Allegra Goodman draws a warm, astute portrayal of the tension and affection between them as the internet-bubble begins to burst.
A searing, clear-eyed look at life inside a women’s federal prison. The author describes in detail the relationships and code of behavior among the female prisoners, none of whom have had her own advantages in life.