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By Sigal Samuel. 2015
Four distinct voices weave together the tale of a dysfunctional Montreal family obsessed with climbing the Kabbalah’s Tree of Life.…This literary debut by Jewish Daily Forward editor Sigal Samuel is reminiscent of Nicole Krauss’s The History of Love and Myla Goldberg’s Bee Season. The Meyer family lives in Mile End, home to a mashup of hipsters and Hasidic Jews, where down the street crazy Mr. Katz is building a tree out of plucked leaves, toilet paper rolls, and dental floss. When David, a skeptical professor of religion, is diagnosed with an unusual heart murmur, he becomes convinced that his heart is whispering divine secrets. But when David’s frenzied attempts to ascend the Tree of Life lead to tragedy, his daughter Samara, who abruptly abandoned religion years earlier, believes it is up to her to finish what she started. As Samara’s brother documents her increasingly strange behaviour, it falls to next-door neighbour and Holocaust survivor Chaim Glassman to shatter the silence that divides the members of the Meyer family. But can he break through to them in time? Long-held family secrets square off against faith and secularity in this remarkable debut novel, written with extraordinary heart and intelligence.
By Lois-Ann Yamanaka. 1996
Her name is Lovey Nariyoshi, and her Hawai'i is not the one of leis, pineapple, and Magnum P.I. In the…blue collar town of Hilo, on the Big Island, Lovey and her eccentric Japanese-American family are at the margins of poverty, in the midst of a tropical paradise. With her endearing, effeminate best friend Jerry, Lovey suffers schoolyard bullies, class warfare, Singer sewing classes, and the surprisingly painful work of picking on a macadamia nut plantation, all while trying to find an identity of her own. At once a bitingly funny satire of haole happiness and a moving meditation on what is real, if ugly at times, but true, Wild Meat and the Bully Burgers crackles with the language of pidgin--Hawai'i Creole English--distinguishing one of the most vibrant voices in contemporary culture. Stories from this enduring novel have been adapted into the film Fishbowl, by groundbreaking director Kayo Hatta.
By Beverly Jenkins. 2008
Belle Palmer is finally free! Separated from her father on the harrowing escape, Belle is lost and alone until she…finds shelter with the Bests, the first free family she’s ever known. For the first time in her sixteen years, Belle can speak her mind—except for her feelings for a certain dark-eyed young man—The Beau.Educated and handsome, at eighteen, Daniel Best is engaged to the prettiest (if a little spoiled) girl around. So when the bedraggled girl his parents take under their wing suddenly turns into a vibrant, lovely young woman, his attraction to her is a complete—and complicated—surprise.That the two belong together is undeniable, but caught between conscience and attraction, could it possibly happen?“Beverly Jenkins has reached romance superstardom.”—Detroit Free Press“Beverly Jenkins writes a captivating novel with the right combination of romance, history, action, and a dash of quick-witted humor. With well-sculpted characters and well-drawn setting, this is a perfect novel to interest teens into reading other romances.”—Romantic Times
By Beverly Jenkins. 2009
Josephine ‘Jojo’ Best has it all figured out. Just seventeen, she's been to college, she has her own hairdressing shop…and nothing will distract her from her goals. That is, until handsome George Brooks begins to pursue her. Then the return of her childhood nemesis complicates her life even further! <P><P>No girl is immune to Adam Morgan’s charm. But when a wound brings him home from the War Between the States, it’s a girl he used to call “Pest” who’s turning the tables. All grown up, Jojo is being courted by another soldier, and Adam knows it would be foolish to play with her heart; but he just can’t get the ugly duckling turned swan off his mind. <P><P>Jojo, too, can't deny her growing feelings for Adam. But he's always been such a flirt—how can she take him seriously? He can't possibly be serious about her. Besides, she has George falling all over himself to please her. As the war rages on, Adam's feelings for Jojo grow stronger, but Jojo's determination to resist him does, too. One thing is clear, though: Jojo is a girl who always gets what she wants, even when she doesn’t know what it is!
By Monica Kulling. 2017
Mary Anning, considered the world’s greatest fossilist, discovered her first big find at the age of twelve. This novel is…an imaginative recreation of her childhood in early nineteenth-century Lyme Regis.
By Mary Monroe. 2018
In this moving, unforgettable novel from New York Times bestselling author Mary Monroe, a successful, happily married mother suddenly finds…herself feeling far from joyful. But Christmas brings an unexpected chance to rediscover herself, and what happiness really means . . . For Beatrice Powell, the holidays are usually an extra-special time to celebrate. Between her twenty-year-plus marriage, gorgeous Berkeley, California, home, and three wonderful adult children, she has everything she could desire. But change-of-life doubts are making Beatrice a stranger to herself and her bewildered family. She only finds peace volunteering at the local soup kitchen, especially helping out homeless Charles Davenport. And his sensitivity and honesty soon comfort her in ways she never imagined . . . Charles thought he had it all—until a devastating betrayal and the shattering loss of his family drove him to living on the streets. Beatrice is the first person who’s truly cared about him in a long time. And little by little, he’s finding reasons to care about rebuilding his life—and risking a sudden, courageous choice . . . Drawn to Charles and the temptation of a second chance, Beatrice is faced with the hardest of decisions. But his insight, secrets—and the reminder of a profound past encounter—will give her unexpected inspiration, gratitude, and the strength she needs to find her way—perhaps in time for Christmas.
By Avi. 2001
It's the 1880s, Noah works hard on the family farm and roams free on the Colorado prairie. One day his…Aunt Dora arrives to give him some schooling. Noah doesn't think he needs it. What use is reading on the prairie? But what Noah discovers will change his life forever.
By Charlotte Emerson, Louisa Alcott. 1998
As Christmas approaches, Jo March finds herself unable to control her quick temper even though it causes strife in the…family and threatens the publication of her first story in the newspaper.
By Kathy Wang. 2018
Some of us are more equal than others....Meet Stanley Huang: father, husband, ex-husband, man of unpredictable tastes and temper, aficionado…of all-inclusive vacations and bargain luxury goods, newly diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. For years, Stanley has claimed that he’s worth a small fortune. But the time is now coming when the details of his estate will finally be revealed, and Stanley’s family is nervous.For his son Fred, the inheritance Stanley has long alluded to would soothe the pain caused by years of professional disappointment. By now, the Harvard Business School graduate had expected to be a financial tech god – not a minor investor at a middling corporate firm, where he isn’t even allowed to fly business class. Stanley’s daughter, Kate, is a middle manager with one of Silicon Valley’s most prestigious tech companies. She manages the capricious demands of her world-famous boss and the needs of her two young children all while supporting her would-be entrepreneur husband (just until his startup gets off the ground, which will surely be soon). But lately, Kate has been sensing something amiss; just because you say you have it all, it doesn’t mean that you actually do. Stanley’s second wife, Mary Zhu, twenty-eight years his junior, has devoted herself to making her husband comfortable in every way—rubbing his feet, cooking his favorite dishes, massaging his ego. But lately, her commitment has waned; caring for a dying old man is far more difficult than she expected.Linda Liang, Stanley’s first wife, knows her ex better than anyone. She worked hard for decades to ensure their financial security, and is determined to see her children get their due. Single for nearly a decade, she might finally be ready for some romantic companionship. But where does a seventy-two year old Chinese woman in California go to find an appropriate boyfriend? As Stanley’s death approaches, the Huangs are faced with unexpected challenges that upend them and eventually lead them to discover what they most value. A compelling tale of cultural expectations, career ambitions and our relationships with the people who know us best, Family Trust skewers the ambition and desires that drive Silicon Valley and draws a sharply loving portrait of modern American family life.
&“I just couldn't resist how beautiful it is… a beautiful summer romance read which I have absolutely adored… filled with…moments to make you laugh out loud… a perfect, light and easy read to devour whilst sat in the sun… so highly deserving of five stars.&” Little Miss Book Lover 87 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐A heart-warming romance about embracing the unexpected, Summer at Orchard House will make you laugh, make you cry, and remind you that it&’s never too late to start again. For fans of Robyn Carr, Carolyn Brown and Debbie Macomber.Carmen Alvarez is the reliable one. When her vulnerable father&’s livelihood is threatened, she&’s the person her sisters call. Abandoning her job in Seattle, Carmen races home to the family vineyard her dad built up from nothing to set things straight. But soon she&’s fallen back in love with the dusty sage hills, the turquoise blue lake, the fragrant June orchards… Maybe she&’s not just home for the summer?Standing in the way of Carmen&’s happiness is one very attractive obstacle: new neighbor Evan Hollister, who&’s after her dad&’s land. He&’s arrogant, entitled and spoiled—everything Carmen hates—and she is all set to have a bit of fun driving him out of town so things can get back to normal. She isn&’t ready for their relationship to get complicated…But Evan is the least of Carmen&’s worries. The business is falling apart and it starts to look like Carmen might lose much more than just her pride: employees have quit, the bank keeps calling and everything her father worked so hard for is slipping away. As she is pushed to breaking point, Carmen will learn that her true family are the people who will see her through the worst of times, and that love can be found in the most unlikely of places.Readers are falling in love with Summer at Orchard House… &“Wine? Romance? Beautifully written romantic tension, high personal stakes, and charming characters on every page? SIGN. ME. UP. This was my first read from Ellyn Oaksmith and I adored every word. I am already dreaming about the sequel. 5 Stars! Highly recommended.&” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐&“Woohoo loved this book! I&’ve found a new author to love. Her writing was so full of life, so descriptive… so many laugh out loud moments… I can&’t wait for Ellyn Oaksmith&’s next book!&” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐&“What a great start to a new series… I could feel the warmth on my skin, smell the dusty earth and the sun kissed grapes and wished I had a clear blue lake to dive into too. A lovely heart-warming summer story… I am very curious to find out what will happen next…
By Ellyn Oaksmith. 2021
&“I adored it… Made my eyes well up and my heart melt. Great ingredients mixed into a wonderful story… Sit…back and enjoy this fabulous book. You will not regret it, believe me.&” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Indigo Bay may be Stella&’s perfect home, but it has always been tinged with sadness. The waters of the lake, deepest blue and visible from every window, are a constant reminder of her biggest mistake—and the reason she has always promised never to let anyone into her heart. But everything changes when dark, handsome Paolo arrives in town.As a whirlwind romance develops quickly into something deeper and stronger, Stella starts to wonder if maybe—just maybe—she might deserve some happiness after all. If Paolo has found something to love in her, can she learn to love—and forgive—herself?But then Paolo asks her the biggest question of her life, and what should be a moment of joy turns into one of panic. She can&’t marry Paolo while keeping her biggest secret from him. But if she tells him the truth, she is sure she&’ll lose him forever.Maybe true love is worth risking everything for. Is it time for Stella to leave her past behind—and make new promises?A heart-breaking and hopeful story about learning to trust in yourself and the people you love, Promises at Indigo Bay will show you that it&’s never too late to try for your happy ending. Perfect for fans of Robyn Carr, Carolyn Brown and Debbie Macomber.Readers are falling in love with Ellyn Oaksmith:&“Beautifully written romantic tension, high personal stakes, and charming characters on every page? SIGN. ME. UP. This was my first read from Ellyn Oaksmith and I adored every word. I am already dreaming about the sequel. 5 Stars! Highly recommended.&” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐&“I loved this book. It was my first Ellyn Oaksmith read and it won't be my last. This book has some laugh out loud moments and some that make you cry!&” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐&“I really enjoyed reading this book… wonderfully told… Fall in love with this story as you relax with a glass of wine. Enjoy!&” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐&“The writing in this book is so picturesque… A perfect beach and vacation read. There is much here to make you want to keep reading until the end… this is truly a great read.&” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
1936, Nazi-ruled Berlin. A heartbreaking and stunningly powerful novel of friendship, courage and betrayal, about two girls whose lives collide…in war-torn Berlin, and whose friendship is the only thing that might get them out alive.They sat together on the roof, watching Berlin burn, as traces of smoke and cloud floated through the air. &“I just want to be free,&” Rosa said quietly, &“Even if only for a few minutes. It might be the last chance I have.&”From her beautiful new home in Berlin, a young woman named Liesel Scholz barely notices the changes to the city around her. Her life is one of privilege and safety thanks to her father&’s job working for the new government.But a chance encounter with Rosa, the daughter of their Jewish housekeeper, confirms Liesel&’s fears that something isn&’t right. That the Nazi government&’s brutal rules are cruel and dangerous, and that others aren&’t as safe as she is. When Rosa begs Liesel to help—pressing her grandfather&’s gold pocket watch into Liesel&’s hand—Liesel recklessly agrees.She will help hide Rosa and her loved ones—in the dusty, unused rooms at the top of their house—even if it means putting everyone she loves in danger. Even if it means risking her own life.Frankfurt, 1946: An idealistic American captain, Sam Houghton, arrives in Germany to interrogate prominent Nazis on trial and to help rebuild a battered country. When he hires an enigmatic, damaged interpreter named Anna, he doesn&’t expect sparks to fly between them. Perhaps there is a chance of love for both of them. But then the question of what happened to Anna in the war raises its head.Because Anna has secrets—ones that link her to Berlin, the Nazi party, and the story of one gold pocket watch and two young women who became friends, even when they were told it was impossible…A compelling and haunting story about courage, love and betrayal set in war-torn Berlin. Fans of The Alice Network, All the Light We Cannot See and The Nightingale will be not be able to put this down.Readers are loving The Girl from Berlin:&“Beautiful, strong and absorbing… I confess to shedding tears… This is a powerhouse of emotions, activity and full of heart… An absorbing read, intelligently written, pacey and a real page turner. It gripped me from the very beginning.&” Reviewing Recommended Reads, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐&“I was utterly engrossed from the start… so haunting and raw, it hits you deep into your very core… Aheartbreaking and yet powerful novel… utterly amazing… I devoured it and felt so upset when I finished it… I cannot praise it enough… [A] raw and heart wrenching novel that pulls at your heart strings but it&’s hard not to adore it for its power…
By Armando Lucas Correa. 2016
AN INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER Featured in Entertainment Weekly , People, The Millions, and USA TODAY "An unforgettable and resplendent novel which…will take its place among the great historical fiction written about World War II." —Adriana Trigiani, bestselling author of The Shoemaker's Wife A young girl flees Nazi-occupied Germany with her family and best friend, only to discover that the overseas refuge they had been promised is an illusion in this " engrossing and heartbreaking" ( Library Journal , starred review) debut novel, perfect for fans of The Nightingale , Lilac Girls , and We Were the Lucky Ones . Berlin, 1939. Before everything changed, Hannah Rosenthal lived a charmed life. But now the streets of Berlin are draped in ominous flags; her family's fine possessions are hauled away; and they are no longer welcome in the places they once considered home. A glimmer of hope appears in the shape of the St. Louis , a transatlantic ocean liner promising Jews safe passage to Cuba. At first, the liner feels like a luxury, but as they travel, the circumstances of war change, and the ship that was to be their salvation seems likely to become their doom. New York, 2014. On her twelfth birthday, Anna Rosen receives a mysterious package from an unknown relative in Cuba, her great-aunt Hannah. Its contents inspire Anna and her mother to travel to Havana to learn the truth about their family's mysterious and tragic past. Weaving dual time frames, and based on a true story, The German Girl is a beautifully written and deeply poignant story about generations of exiles seeking a place to call home
By Robert Jones, Jr.. 2021
A singular and stunning debut novel about the forbidden union between two enslaved young men on a Deep South plantation,…the refuge they find in each other, and a betrayal that threatens their existence. <P><P>Isaiah was Samuel's and Samuel was Isaiah's. That was the way it was since the beginning, and the way it was to be until the end. In the barn they tended to the animals, but also to each other, transforming the hollowed-out shed into a place of human refuge, a source of intimacy and hope in a world ruled by vicious masters. But when an older man--a fellow slave--seeks to gain favor by preaching the master's gospel on the plantation, the enslaved begin to turn on their own. Isaiah and Samuel's love, which was once so simple, is seen as sinful and a clear danger to the plantation's harmony. With a lyricism reminiscent of Toni Morrison, Robert Jones, Jr., fiercely summons the voices of slaver and enslaved alike, from Isaiah and Samuel to the calculating slave master to the long line of women that surround them, women who have carried the soul of the plantation on their shoulders. As tensions build and the weight of centuries--of ancestors and future generations to come--culminates in a climactic reckoning, The Prophets masterfully reveals the pain and suffering of inheritance, but is also shot through with hope, beauty, and truth, portraying the enormous, heroic power of love. <P><P><b>A New York Times Bestseller</b>
By Mateo Askaripour. 2021
There’s nothing like a Black salesman on a mission. <p><p> An unambitious twenty-two-year-old, Darren lives in a Bed-Stuy brownstone with…his mother, who wants nothing more than to see him live up to his potential as the valedictorian of Bronx Science. But Darren is content working at Starbucks in the lobby of a Midtown office building, hanging out with his girlfriend, Soraya, and eating his mother’s home-cooked meals. All that changes when a chance encounter with Rhett Daniels, the silver-tongued CEO of Sumwun, NYC’s hottest tech startup, results in an exclusive invitation for Darren to join an elite sales team on the thirty-sixth floor. <p> After enduring a “hell week” of training, Darren, the only Black person in the company, reimagines himself as “Buck,” a ruthless salesman unrecognizable to his friends and family. But when things turn tragic at home and Buck feels he’s hit rock bottom, he begins to hatch a plan to help young people of color infiltrate America’s sales force, setting off a chain of events that forever changes the game. <p> Black Buck is a hilarious, razor-sharp skewering of America’s workforce; it is a propulsive, crackling debut that explores ambition and race, and makes way for a necessary new vision of the American dream. <p> <b>A New York Times Bestseller</b>
By Kaitlyn Greenidge. 2016
This shattering novel is filled with storytelling sleight of hand. What appears to be a story of mothers and daughters,…of sisterhood put to the test, of adolescent love and grown-up misconduct, and of history’s long reach, becomes a provocative and compelling exploration of America’s failure to find a language to talk about race.
By Gail Tsukiyama. 2020
PARADE’s Best Books to Read this SummerFrom the New York Times bestselling author of Women of the Silk and The…Samurai's Garden comes a gorgeous and evocative historical novel about a Japanese-American family set against the backdrop of Hawai’i's sugar plantations.Daniel Abe, a young doctor in Chicago, is finally coming back to Hawai'i. He has his own reason for returning to his childhood home, but it is not to revisit the past, unlike his Uncle Koji. Koji lives with the memories of Daniel’s mother, Mariko, the love of his life, and the scars of a life hard-lived. He can’t wait to see Daniel, who he’s always thought of as a son, but he knows the time has come to tell him the truth about his mother, and his father. But Daniel’s arrival coincides with the awakening of the Mauna Loa volcano, and its dangerous path toward their village stirs both new and long ago passions in their community.Alternating between past and present—from the day of the volcano eruption in 1935 to decades prior—The Color of Air interweaves the stories of Daniel, Koji, and Mariko to create a rich, vibrant, bittersweet chorus that celebrates their lifelong bond to one other and to their immigrant community. As Mauna Loa threatens their lives and livelihoods, it also unearths long held secrets simmering below the surface that meld past and present, revealing a path forward for them all.
By Christopher Paul Curtis. 2017
The Newbery and Coretta Scott King Honoree about the Weird Watsons of Flint, Michigan—from Christopher Paul Curtis, author of Bud,…Not Buddy, a Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott Award Winner.Enter the hilarious world of ten-year-old Kenny and his family, the Weird Watsons of Flint, Michigan. There's Momma, Dad, little sister Joetta, and brother Byron, who's thirteen and an "official juvenile delinquent."When Byron gets to be too much trouble, they head South to Birmingham to visit Grandma, the one person who can shape him up. And they happen to be in Birmingham when Grandma's church is blown up.AN ALA TOP TEN BEST BOOKAN ALA NOTABLE CHILDREN'S BOOKAN IRA YOUNG ADULT'S CHOICEA NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW BEST BOOKNAMED TO MULTIPLE STATE AWARD LISTS"Every so often a book becomes a modern classic almost as soon as it arrives on bookshelves. That happened in the mid-'90s when Christopher Paul Curtis released his first book, The Watsons Go to Birmingham — 1963." —NPRFrom the Hardcover edition.
By Afia Atakora. 2020
<P><P>Conjure Women is a sweeping story that brings the world of the South before and after the Civil War vividly…to life. Spanning eras and generations, it tells of the lives of three unforgettable women: Miss May Belle, a wise healing woman; her precocious and observant daughter Rue, who is reluctant to follow in her mother’s footsteps as a midwife; and their master’s daughter Varina. <P><P>The secrets and bonds among these women and their community come to a head at the beginning of a war and at the birth of an accursed child, who sets the townspeople alight with fear and a spreading superstition that threatens their newly won, tenuous freedom. <P><P>Magnificently written, brilliantly researched, richly imagined, Conjure Women moves back and forth in time to tell the haunting story of Rue, Varina, and May Belle, their passions and friendships, and the lengths they will go to save themselves and those they love.
By Amanda Roberts. 2020
Quand la soeur de Lady Li est assassinée dans la Cité Interdite, peut-elle faire confiance à l’homme ordonné pour résoudre…le crime? Lorsqu’une des dames d’honneur de l’impératrice est tuée dans la Cité Interdite, elle ordonne à l’inspecteur Gong de trouver le tueur. Malheureusment, en tant qu’homme, il lui est interdit d’entrer dans la Cour Intérieure. Comment est-il supposé résoudre le meurtre quand il ne peut pas visiter la scène du crime où parler aux femmes de la vie de la victime? Il ne sera pas capable de résoudre le crime seul. La veuve Lady Li est dévastée lorsqu-elle découvre que le meurtier de sa belle-soeur, qui a servi comme dame d’honneur de l’impératrice. Elle est déterminée à découvrir qui l’a tuée, même si cela signifie assister l’inspecteur Gong impoli et odieux et se cachant dans la Cité Interdite. Ensemble, Lady Li et l’inspecteur Gong seront capable de découvrir le meurtrier avant qu’il – où qu’elle – frappent encore?