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New Arrivals - Fiction
Graciela Jones moves to Florida with her fiancé to open an art gallery where she inadvertently becomes the number one enemy of a group of mean old ladies.
When Animal returns to Harlem and learns of the attempt on his soul mate's life, he wages a personal war against those responsible, only to discover the frightening truth in the process.
"A black veteran of the war in Afghanistan searches for his lost brother amid the chaos of Hurricane Katrina."--P.  of cover.
Contains eleven short stories written by author Hugh Sheehy.
After years of being a TV ratings juggernaut but now taking a hit in viewership, Project Icon keeps assistant producer Sasha King hopping, what with its diva judges, foul-mouthed contestants, and muckracking gossip columnists.
After her B-15 Flying Fortress is shot down over Normandy, Velva Jean Hart becomes Clementine Roux and works as a spy with the Resistance, during which time she falls in love with a fellow agent and ends up in a brutal prison.
"In these ten stories, linked frequently by the sharing of food, Sarah Selecky reaffirms the life of everyday situations with startling significance. For fiction readers who seek stories that reflect the joys and pitfalls of marriage, fidelity, fertility, and relationship woes, this collection is a conversation starter. This cake is for the party reminds us that the best parts of our lives are often the least flashy"--P.  of cover.
"In southern Australia, the Valley View Motel has been run by the Quinlans for years?and nobody adores the place more than Lola, the family?s mischievous Irish-born matriarch. Lola has a knack for clever schemes; after all, she once slyly reunited her three feuding granddaughters, whom she nicknamed the Alphabet Sisters. Now Lola insists that her relatives spend their Christmas elsewhere, which leaves the close-knit bunch a bit curious, needless to say. Plotting in secret and online, Lola thinks it would be fun to invite a select group of strangers to stay at the motel for the holiday. Will these guests become friends, ignite sparks, fall in love? Soon Lola?s own family dramas threaten to upend her best-laid plans. Yet amid moments of humor, heartache, and unexpected twists of fate, Lola finds that she?s the one who?s in for the biggest surprise of all"--P.  of cover.
Presents a collection of short stories about contradiction and conflict in the lives of those who reside on the border lands around the Rio Grande.
Ellie Andrews is finally getting married. Or she will be if she drinks enough champagne to pluck up the courage for her trip down the aisle. The problem is that after months spent bickering over menus and table placements, Ellie's never felt more distant from the man she's supposed to be spending the rest of her life with. As last minute nerves take hold, a night of soul-searching sees Ellie reflecting back on old flames in a bid to reassure herself she's making the right decision.
Her sister and her husband have been killed in a tragic accident, and Eloise must return home to Cincinnati to take her sister's three children, Theodora, Josh, and Claire, out of the hands of her own incapable mother. Nearly two decades later, Eloise is still in that house, still thinking about what she left behind. But when her mother makes a competition out of who inherits the house, and Claire reveals a life-changing secret, their makeshift family begins to fall apart.
Beth Lowe receives a scrapbook from her long-estranged mother entitled The Book of Summers which is filled with photographs and mementos recording the seven glorious childhood summers Beth spent in rural Hungary before it all came brutally to an end when she turned sixteen.
Two worlds of wealth and passion call to Nora Sutherlin. One is inhabited by Wes Railey, the object of Nora's tamest yet most maddening fantasies and the one man she can't forget. He's young. He's wonderful. He's also thoroughbred royalty and, reuniting with him in Kentucky, she's in his world now. But this infamous New York dominatrix is no simpering southern belle, and Nora's dream of fitting into Wesley's world is perpetually at odds with the relentlessly seductive pull of Soren: her owner, her lover, the forever she cannot have. Meanwhile, Nora's associate Kingsley Edge is only too happy to take her place at Soren's feet during her hiatus. Soren is the only man Kingsley has ever loved, and their dark, shared history has forged a bond that neither they years -- nor Soren's love for Nora -- can break. But a new threat from an old adversary is forcing Kingsley to confront the past, reminding him that he must keep his friends close, and his enemies closer.
When a conference brings ghost hunters Amber, Drew, and Trevor to Exeter, the most haunted town in America, the ghouls grow restless. The team must stop the bloodbath, but they also must decide whether to trust the spirit of an old teammate or to finally put a stake through his heart.
America in 1953 seems hell-bent on squandering the flood tide of international goodwill earned in WWII. Senator Joe McCarthy is on a red-hunting rampage in Washington, and the fledgling CIA under Allen Dulles is starting to dabble in nation-building. Into this moment of history wander Nick Carraway and Jake Barnes, refugees from Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby and Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises. Nick and Jake must do their best to save their country from itself while affairs of the heart change both of their lives and teach them lessons about life and love. Nick & Jake find the uproarious comic potential in a chilling period of American history that has alarming echoes in our own.
Collects short stories about faith, family, grief, love, temptation, and redemption, and includes a tale about a father trying to reconnect with his newly-religious son over a family secret and a businessman who has a forbidden affair over the holidays.
Struggling with encroaching middle age and a broken engagement, advertising agent Finbar Dolan is forced to cancel his Christmas plans to tackle a last-minute work assignment only to learn that his estranged and abusive father has taken ill and that his siblings are unwilling to help, a situation that forces Fin to re-evaluate his choices.
There was never any question that Deirdre and Desmond Doyle would celebrate a gala twenty-fifth anniversary. But as family and friends gather, the question is: will that celebration expose hurts and lies or bring them together with love?
When Vera decides to travel to an old house in the New England countryside for a month-long escape from some devastating news about her daughter, Cassie, she has no idea her life is about to change forever. It begins innocently enough?peeling the old wallpaper from the walls as a favor to the house?s owner. What she discovers underneath?written in India ink on the very walls of the house by a woman named Beth, in 1919?is the beginning of the reader?s unsettling crossing into the unknown world underneath the paper.
David Starr lives with his parents in a three-bedroom semi in 1970s' East Dulwich. He is fifteen years old, cheeky, boisterous, passionate about drama and music, and in love with his friend, Maxie Boswell. But that can't be right, can it? Because that would mean David would be..gay!
Hildy Good lives in a small town on Boston's North Shore. She is a successful real-estate broker, good neighbor, mother and grandmother. She's also a raging alcoholic. She has also fooled herself into thinking that moderation is the key to her drinking problem. As if battling her demons wasn't enough to keep her busy, Hildy soon finds herself embroiled in the underbelly of her New England town, a craggy little place that harbors secrets.
Fresh from cooking school, Tom Feather and Cathy Scarlet are hot additions to the Dublin scene with their new catering company, but some people in the city, including their families, are not so keen on the idea of their success.
Appearing to his family and teachers as a dutiful youth but secretly hating his drab and ordered world, Edward all but destroys his home to build a trapeze and tortures his muscles with training before getting in his car at the age of 40 to follow and join the circus.