A PENGUIN BOOK CLUB PICK "Homegoing is an inspiration." —Ta-Nehisi Coates An unforgettable New York Times bestseller of exceptional scope and sweeping vision that traces the descendants of two sisters across three hundred years in Ghana and America. A riveting kaleidoscopic debut novel and the beginning of a major career: Yaa Gyasi's Homegoing is a novel about race, history, ancestry, love and time, charting the course of two sisters torn apart in 18th century Africa through to the present day. Two half sisters, Effia and Esi, unknown to each other, are born into two different tribal villages in 18th century Ghana. Effia will be married off to an English colonist, and will live in comfort in the sprawling, palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle, raising "half-caste" children who will be sent abroad to be educated in England before returning to the Gold Coast to serve as administrators of the Empire. Her sister, Esi, will be imprisoned beneath Effia in the Castle's women's dungeon, before being shipped off on a boat bound for America, where she will be sold into slavery. Stretching from the tribal wars of Ghana to slavery and Civil War in America, from the coal mines in the north to the Great Migration to the streets of 20th century Harlem, Yaa Gyasi has written a modern masterpiece, a novel that moves through histories and geographies and—with outstanding economy and force—captures the intricacies of the troubled yet hopeful human spirit.

Author Yaa Gyasi
Isbn 0385686145
Genre Fiction
Year 2016-06-07
Pages 304
Language English
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Yaa Gyasi's stunning follow-up to her acclaimed national bestseller Homegoing is a powerful, raw, intimate, deeply layered novel about a Ghanaian family in Alabama. Gifty is a fifth year candidate in neuroscience at Stanford University's School of Medicine studying reward-seeking behaviour in mice and the neural circuits of depression and addiction. Her brother, Nana, was a gifted high school athlete who died of a heroin overdose after a knee injury left him hooked on OxyContin. Her suicidal mother is living in her bed. Gifty is determined to discover the scientific basis for the suffering she sees all around her. But even as she turns to hard science to unlock the mystery of her family's loss, she finds herself hungering for her childhood faith, and grappling with the evangelical church in which she was raised, whose promise of salvation remains as tantalizing as it is elusive. Transcendent Kingdom is a deeply moving portrait of a family of Ghanaian immigrants ravaged by depression and addiction and grief--a novel about faith, science, religion, love. Exquisitely written and emotionally searing, this is an exceptionally powerful follow-up to Gyasi's phenomenal debut.

Author Yaa Gyasi
Isbn 0385695187
Genre Fiction
Year 2020-09-08
Pages 256
Language English
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"Blazingly original, wry, and perfectly attuned to the oddness—and the profundity—of life” (Cristina Henríquez), Claire Luchette's debut, Agatha of Little Neon, is a novel about yearning and sisterhood, figuring out how you fit in (or don’t), and the unexpected friends who help you find your truest self Agatha has lived every day of the last nine years with her sisters: they work together, laugh together, pray together. Their world is contained within the little house they share. The four of them are devoted to Mother Roberta and to their quiet, purposeful life. But when the parish goes broke, the sisters are forced to move. They land in Woonsocket, a former mill town now dotted with wind turbines. They take over the care of a halfway house, where they live alongside their charges, such as the jawless Tim Gary and the headstrong Lawnmower Jill. Agatha is forced to venture out into the world alone to teach math at a local all-girls high school, where for the first time in years she has to reckon all on her own with what she sees and feels. Who will she be if she isn’t with her sisters? These women, the church, have been her home. Or has she just been hiding? Disarming, delightfully deadpan, and full of searching, Claire Luchette’s Agatha of Little Neon offers a view into the lives of women and the choices they make.

Author Claire Luchette
Isbn 0374721300
Genre Fiction
Year 2021-08-03
Pages 288
Language English
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An overworked CPA becomes exponentially smarter and more efficient after consuming homemade salsa from a local Mexican restaurant but with disastrous results. Something sinister may be going on in the background of a jovial housewarming party. The owner of a diner in the remote desert shows mercy in different ways to both his irascible long-time employee and to a mysterious new trainee. Terror reigns on a trip to the grocery store in post-apocalyptic South Dakota. A death row inmate contemplates the little things on his way to the execution chamber. A lonely elderly lady also faces death many decades after being forcibly taken from her family. A bereaved young woman continues to experience support and protection from her mother from beyond the grave. These stories, poems and dreams will take you on a journey along the spectrum of human existence. Kindness and mercy coexist with bullying, malice and even darker evil. Let us explore together the mystery of what it means to be human.

Author Susan Knier
Isbn 1663215189
Genre Poetry
Year 2020-12-21
Pages 92
Language English
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A new, emotional novel from Stacie Ramey, the author of The Sister Pact They say you can never go home-and John's about to find out just how true that is. John's mother kicked him out of the house when she couldn't handle his anger, and John's spent the last few years bouncing between relatives. But after his last scrape with the law, there's nowhere for him to go but home. Starting senior year at a new high school and fitting into the family that shut him out is a challenge. And it's all that John can do to keep from turning back to bad habits. Lacrosse training helps him focus. As does Emily, the girl next door. She's sweet and smart, and makes him think his heart may finally be healing. Maybe he's ready to trust again. But tragedy has a way of finding John, and he must decide between saving his family or saving himself. "A powerful story of redemption, forgiveness, love, and the ability to persevere."-VOYA on The Sister Pact

Author Stacie Ramey
Isbn 1492635898
Genre Young Adult Fiction
Year 2016-11-01
Pages 320
Language English
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Winner of the National Book Award for Fiction "Redeployment is hilarious, biting, whipsawing and sad. It’s the best thing written so far on what the war did to people’s souls.” —Dexter Filkins, The New York Times Book Review Selected as one of the best books of the year by The New York Times Book Review, Time, Newsweek, The Washington Post Book World, Amazon, and more Phil Klay's Redeployment takes readers to the frontlines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, asking us to understand what happened there, and what happened to the soldiers who returned. Interwoven with themes of brutality and faith, guilt and fear, helplessness and survival, the characters in these stories struggle to make meaning out of chaos. In "Redeployment", a soldier who has had to shoot dogs because they were eating human corpses must learn what it is like to return to domestic life in suburbia, surrounded by people "who have no idea where Fallujah is, where three members of your platoon died." In "After Action Report", a Lance Corporal seeks expiation for a killing he didn't commit, in order that his best friend will be unburdened. A Morturary Affairs Marine tells about his experiences collecting remains—of U.S. and Iraqi soldiers both. A chaplain sees his understanding of Christianity, and his ability to provide solace through religion, tested by the actions of a ferocious Colonel. And in the darkly comic "Money as a Weapons System", a young Foreign Service Officer is given the absurd task of helping Iraqis improve their lives by teaching them to play baseball. These stories reveal the intricate combination of monotony, bureaucracy, comradeship and violence that make up a soldier's daily life at war, and the isolation, remorse, and despair that can accompany a soldier's homecoming. Redeployment has become a classic in the tradition of war writing. Across nations and continents, Klay sets in devastating relief the two worlds a soldier inhabits: one of extremes and one of loss. Written with a hard-eyed realism and stunning emotional depth, this work marks Phil Klay as one of the most talented new voices of his generation.

Author Phil Klay
Isbn 069815164X
Genre Fiction
Year 2014-03-04
Pages 304
Language English
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“Powerfully magnetic. . . . In the lineage of great works by Chinua Achebe and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. . . . A thoroughly contemporary—and deeply moving—portrait of a marriage.” —The New York Times Book Review Ilesa, Nigeria. Ever since they first met and fell in love at university, Yejide and Akin have agreed: polygamy is not for them. But four years into their marriage—after consulting fertility doctors and healers, and trying strange teas and unlikely cures—Yejide is still not pregnant. She assumes she still has time—until her in-laws arrive on her doorstep with a young woman they introduce as Akin’s second wife. Furious, shocked, and livid with jealousy, Yejide knows the only way to save her marriage is to get pregnant. Which, finally, she does—but at a cost far greater than she could have dared to imagine. The unforgettable story of a marriage as seen through the eyes of both husband and wife, Stay With Me asks how much we can sacrifice for the sake of family. A New York Times Notable Book One of the Best Books of the Year: NPR, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Chicago Tribune, BuzzFeed, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Post, Southern Living, The Skimm A 2017 BEA Buzz Panel Selection A Belletrist Book-of-the-Month A Sarah Jessica Parker Book Club Selection Shortlisted for the 2017 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction Shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize and the 9mobile Prize for Literature Longlisted for the International Dylan Thomas Prize

Author Ayobami Adebayo
Isbn 045149461X
Genre Fiction
Year 2017-08-22
Pages 272
Language English
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Growing up with his mother in Germany, Peter Debauer knows little about his father, an apparent victim of the Second World War. But when he stumbles upon a few pages from a long-lost novel, Peter embarks on a quest that leads him across Europe to the United States, chasing fragments of a story within a story and a master of disguises who may or may not exist. Homecoming is a tale of fathers and sons, men and women, war and peace. It reveals the humanity that survives the trauma of war and the ongoing possibility for redemption.

Author Bernhard Schlink
Isbn 0307377156
Genre Fiction
Year 2008-01-08
Pages 272
Language English
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For most, it's the safest place on earth. For Gracie, it's the last place she wants to be...and the one place she must return. With nothing but five dollars and the wedding dress she's wearing, Gracie Lister flees with her daughter by train to West Texas, to the town she ran away from so long ago. There they find refuge in the home of Michael Wayne--devoted single father, seasoned soldier--who gives Gracie a job caring for his two children and the hiding place she needs from her former fiancé. Michael and Gracie aren't looking for love, but it finds them right away. And then trouble comes to call in the form of Gracie's ex-fiancé who is now on the FBI's most-wanted list. Together, Michael and Gracie must find the strength they need to protect their newly forged family. "Colleen weaves intrigue and God's love into a story full of carefully crafted characters. If you're looking for an awesome writer, I highly recommend her!" --Tracie Peterson, best-selling author of Dawn's Prelude, Song of Alaska Series "Colleen is a master storyteller." --Karen Kingsbury, best-selling author of Shades of Blue

Author Colleen Coble
Isbn 1418551961
Genre Fiction
Year 2010-04-11
Pages 336
Language English
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Unlock the more straightforward side of Homegoing with this concise and insightful summary and analysis! This engaging summary presents an analysis of Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, which tells the story of two branches of the same family across several generations. Although Effia and Esi are sisters, they never meet, and their paths are irrevocably forced apart when Esi is sold into slavery and transported to America while Effia remains in their native Ghana. The effects of the slave trade reverberate through the generations as we are introduced to each of their descendants in turn and witness the ways that colonialism and racism shape their lives. Homegoing is Yaa Gyasi's debut novel. It quickly became an international bestseller and won the National Book Critics’ Circle John Leonard Prize for best first book. Find out everything you need to know about Homegoing in a fraction of the time! This in-depth and informative reading guide brings you: • A complete plot summary • Character studies • Key themes and symbols • Questions for further reflection Why choose BrightSummaries.com? Available in print and digital format, our publications are designed to accompany you on your reading journey. The clear and concise style makes for easy understanding, providing the perfect opportunity to improve your literary knowledge in no time. See the very best of literature in a whole new light with BrightSummaries.com!

Author Bright Summaries
Isbn 2808018797
Genre Literary Criticism
Year 2019-04-08
Pages 52
Language English
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At last, the capstone to Krasznahorkai’s four-part masterwork Set in contemporary times, Baron Wenckheim’s Homecoming tells the story of a Prince Myshkin–like figure, Baron Béla Wenckheim, who returns at the end of his life to his provincial Hungarian hometown. Having escaped from his many casino debts in Buenos Aires, where he was living in exile, he longs to be reunited with his high-school sweetheart Marika. Confusions abound, and what follows is an endless storm of gossip, con men, and local politicians, vividly evoking the small town’s alternately drab and absurd existence. All along, the Professor—a world-famous natural scientist who studies mosses and inhabits a bizarre Zen-like shack in a desolate area outside of town—offers long rants and disquisitions on his attempts to immunize himself from thought. Spectacular actions are staged as death and the abyss loom over the unsuspecting townfolk.

Author László Krasznahorkai
Isbn 0811226654
Genre Fiction
Year 2019-09-24
Pages 576
Language English
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The American Civil Liberties Union partners with award-winning authors Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman in this “forceful, beautifully written” (Associated Press) collection that brings together many of our greatest living writers, each contributing an original piece inspired by a historic ACLU case. On January 19, 1920, a small group of idealists and visionaries, including Helen Keller, Jane Addams, Roger Baldwin, and Crystal Eastman, founded the American Civil Liberties Union. A century after its creation, the ACLU remains the nation’s premier defender of the rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution. In collaboration with the ACLU, authors Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman have curated an anthology of essays “full of struggle, emotion, fear, resilience, hope, and triumph” (Los Angeles Review of Books) about landmark cases in the organization’s one-hundred-year history. Fight of the Century takes you inside the trials and the stories that have shaped modern life. Some of the most prominent cases that the ACLU has been involved in—Brown v. Board of Education, Roe v. Wade, Miranda v. Arizona—need little introduction. Others you may never even have heard of, yet their outcomes quietly defined the world we live in now. Familiar or little-known, each case springs to vivid life in the hands of the acclaimed writers who dive into the history, narrate their personal experiences, and debate the questions at the heart of each issue. Hector Tobar introduces us to Ernesto Miranda, the felon whose wrongful conviction inspired the now-iconic Miranda rights—which the police would later read to the man suspected of killing him. Yaa Gyasi confronts the legacy of Brown v. Board of Education, in which the ACLU submitted a friend of- the-court brief questioning why a nation that has sent men to the moon still has public schools so unequal that they may as well be on different planets. True to the ACLU’s spirit of principled dissent, Scott Turow offers a blistering critique of the ACLU’s stance on campaign finance. These powerful stories, along with essays from Neil Gaiman, Meg Wolitzer, Salman Rushdie, Ann Patchett, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Louise Erdrich, George Saunders, and many more, remind us that the issues the ACLU has engaged over the past one hundred years remain as vital as ever today, and that we can never take our liberties for granted. Chabon and Waldman are donating their advance to the ACLU and the contributors are forgoing payment.

Author Viet Thanh Nguyen,Jacqueline woodson,Ann Patchett,Brit Bennett,Steven Okazaki,David Handler,Geraldine Brooks,Yaa Gyasi,Sergio De La Pava,Dave Eggers,Timothy Egan,Li Yiyun,Meg Wolitzer,Hector Tobar,Aleksandar Hemon,Elizabeth Strout,Rabih Alameddine,Moriel Rothman-Zecher,Jonathan Lethem,Salman Rushdie,Lauren Groff,Jennifer Egan,Scott Turow,Morgan Parker,Victor Lavalle,Michael Cunningham,Neil Gaiman,Jesmyn Ward,Moses Sumney,George Saunders,Marlon James,William Finnegan,Anthony Doerr,C.J. Anders,Brenda J. Childs,Andrew Sean Greer,Louise Erdrich,Adrian Nicole LeBlanc
Isbn 1501190423
Genre Literary Collections
Year 2020-01-21
Pages 336
Language English
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We live in a culture of collective fear over climate change and mass migration, and we experience increasing intense personal anxiety and despair. How might the Bible’s themes of homecoming and homemaking address our physical, emotional, and spiritual displacement? This collection of essays honors the academic and community work of Brian J. Walsh upon his retirement as Campus Minister at the University of Toronto Christian Reformed Campus Ministry. The collection is a stunning mosaic at once academic and personal—representing the many elements of Brian's life as pastor, theologian, professor, farmer, mentor, and friend. In an age when “home” feels physically and spiritually elusive for so many, this volume reawakens our imaginations to the foundational biblical themes of homecoming and homemaking. Academic, pastoral, personal, and timely, this volume honors Brian’s career and equips readers to engage the fear and anxiety of our age with the hope of the gospel.

Author Marcia Boniferro,Amanda Jagt,Andrew Stephens-Rennie
Isbn 1532683553
Genre Religion
Year 2020-08-04
Pages 288
Language English
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Sebastian Junger, the bestselling author of War and The Perfect Storm, takes a critical look at post-traumatic stress disorder and the many challenges today’s returning veterans face in modern society. There are ancient tribal human behaviors-loyalty, inter-reliance, cooperation-that flare up in communities during times of turmoil and suffering. These are the very same behaviors that typify good soldiering and foster a sense of belonging among troops, whether they’re fighting on the front lines or engaged in non-combat activities away from the action. Drawing from history, psychology, and anthropology, bestselling author Sebastian Junger shows us just how at odds the structure of modern society is with our tribal instincts, arguing that the difficulties many veterans face upon returning home from war do not stem entirely from the trauma they’ve suffered, but also from the individualist societies they must reintegrate into. A 2011 study by the Canadian Forces and Statistics Canada reveals that 78 percent of military suicides from 1972 to the end of 2006 involved veterans. Though these numbers present an implicit call to action, the government is only just taking steps now to address the problems veterans face when they return home. But can the government ever truly eliminate the challenges faced by returning veterans? Or is the problem deeper, woven into the very fabric of our modern existence? Perhaps our circumstances are not so bleak, and simply understanding that beneath our modern guises we all belong to one tribe or another would help us face not just the problems of our nation but of our individual lives as well. Well-researched and compellingly written, this timely look at how veterans react to coming home will reconceive our approach to veteran’s affairs and help us to repair our current social dynamic.

Author Sebastian Junger
Isbn 1443449601
Genre Social Science
Year 2016-05-24
Pages 192
Language English
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Celebrate the season with your favorite dragons and Vikings from the How to Train Your Dragon trilogy with this storybook inspired by the all-new special coming to your screen this holiday! Snoggletog is the best time of the year! It’s been ten years since the dragons moved to the Hidden World, and even though Toothless doesn’t live in New Berk anymore, Hiccup continues the holiday traditions he once shared with his best friend. But the Vikings of New Berk were beginning to forget about their friendship with dragons. Hiccup, Astrid, and Gobber know just what to do to keep the dragons in the villagers’ hearts. And across the sea, the dragons have a plan of their own… How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World © 2019 DreamWorks Animation LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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Isbn 1534452362
Genre Juvenile Fiction
Year 2019-11-05
Pages 24
Language English
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From the author of the National Book Award finalist Black Leopard, Red Wolf and the WINNER of the 2015 Man Booker Prize for A Brief History of Seven Killings "An undeniable success.” — The New York Times Book Review A true triumph of voice and storytelling, The Book of Night Women rings with both profound authenticity and a distinctly contemporary energy. It is the story of Lilith, born into slavery on a Jamaican sugar plantation at the end of the eighteenth century. Even at her birth, the slave women around her recognize a dark power that they- and she-will come to both revere and fear. The Night Women, as they call themselves, have long been plotting a slave revolt, and as Lilith comes of age they see her as the key to their plans. But when she begins to understand her own feelings, desires, and identity, Lilith starts to push at the edges of what is imaginable for the life of a slave woman, and risks becoming the conspiracy's weak link. But the real revelation of the book-the secret to the stirring imagery and insistent prose-is Marlon James himself, a young writer at once breath­takingly daring and wholly in command of his craft.

Author Marlon James
Isbn 1101011319
Genre Fiction
Year 2009-02-19
Pages 448
Language English
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In Niceville, a pleasant Southern town where evil lurks just beneath the surface, two back-to-back airplane crashes set off a spellbinding chain reaction of murder, inadvertent kidnapping, and double-dealing. Detective Nick Kavanaugh must balance his investigation into the accidents with family concerns and a long-buried mystery. He and his wife Kate, a family lawyer, have taken in Kate’s sister and her two children, escaping their abusive father Byron Deitz. The Kavanaughs are also caring for the orphaned Rainey Teague, who recently survived a strange kidnapping and has come back a very different child. Rainey was not the last person to vanish from a Niceville street; most recently, an administrator from Rainey’s school, and—even worse—Kate’s father, a local historian, have gone missing. Using her father’s files, Kate and Nick start to unearth their town’s bloodstained past, trying to discover the truth behind generations of disappearances. But a sinister someone—or something—stands in their way.

Author Carsten Stroud
Isbn 0385349637
Genre Fiction
Year 2013-07-16
Pages 432
Language English
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A powerful tragedy distilled into a small masterpiece by the Nobel Prize-winning author of Beloved and, almost like a prelude to that story, set two centuries earlier. Jacob is an Anglo-Dutch trader in 1680s United States, when the slave trade is still in its infancy. Reluctantly he takes a small slave girl in part payment from a plantation owner for a bad debt. Feeling rejected by her slave mother, 14-year-old Florens can read and write and might be useful on his farm. Florens looks for love, first from Lina, an older servant woman at her new master's house, but later from the handsome blacksmith, an African, never enslaved, who comes riding into their lives . . . At the novel's heart, like Beloved, it is the ambivalent, disturbing story of a mother and a daughter – a mother who casts off her daughter in order to save her, and a daughter who may never exorcise that abandonment.

Author Toni Morrison
Isbn 030737307X
Genre Fiction
Year 2009-08-11
Pages 224
Language English
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INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A REESE'S BOOK CLUB PICK A BELLETRIST BOOK CLUB PICK AMAZON BEST OF THE YEAR "A masterpiece." - R.O. Kwon The Crucible meets True Grit in this riveting adventure story of a fugitive girl, a mysterious gang of robbers, and their dangerous mission to transform the Wild West. In the year of our Lord 1894, I became an outlaw. The day of her wedding, 17 year old Ada's life looks good; she loves her husband, and she loves working as an apprentice to her mother, a respected midwife. But after a year of marriage and no pregnancy, in a town where barren women are routinely hanged as witches, her survival depends on leaving behind everything she knows. She joins up with the notorious Hole in the Wall Gang, a band of outlaws led by a preacher-turned-robber known to all as the Kid. Charismatic, grandiose, and mercurial, the Kid is determined to create a safe haven for outcast women. But to make this dream a reality, the Gang hatches a treacherous plan that may get them all killed. And Ada must decide whether she's willing to risk her life for the possibility of a new kind of future for them all. Featuring an irresistibly no-nonsense, courageous, and determined heroine, Outlawed dusts off the myth of the old West and reignites the glimmering promise of the frontier with an entirely new set of feminist stakes. Anna North has crafted a pulse-racing, page-turning saga about the search for hope in the wake of death, and for truth in a climate of small-mindedness and fear.

Author Anna North
Isbn 1635575435
Genre Fiction
Year 2021-01-05
Pages 272
Language English
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Winner of the Library of Virginia's Emyl Jenkins Sexton Literary Award for Fiction! "A brilliantly moving and unforgettable novel." - Jill McCorkle, author of Life After Life Janet Peery’s first novel, The River Beyond the World, was a National Book Award finalist in 1996. Acclaimed for her gorgeous writing and clear-eyed gaze into the hearts of people, Peery now returns with her second novel, The Exact Nature of Our Wrongs. On a summer evening in the blue-collar town of Amicus, Kansas, the Campbell family gathers for a birthday dinner for their ailing patriarch, retired judge Abel Campbell, prepared and hosted by their still-hale mother Hattie. But when Billy, the youngest sibling—with a history of addiction, grand ideas, and misdemeanors—passes out in his devil’s food cake, the family takes up the unfinished business of Billy’s sobriety. Billy’s wayward adventures have too long consumed their lives, in particular Hattie’s, who has enabled his transgressions while trying to save him from Abel’s disappointment. As the older children—Doro, Jesse, ClairBell, and Gideon—contend with their own troubles, they compete for the approval of the elderly parents they adore, but can’t quite forgive. With knowing humor and sure-handed storytelling, Janet Peery reveals a family at its best and worst, with old wounds and new, its fractures and feuds, and yet its unbreakable bonds.

Author Janet Peery
Isbn 125012509X
Genre Fiction
Year 2017-09-19
Pages 288
Language English
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The Critter Club meets Animal Planet’s Amanda to the Rescue in this tale of three furry friends living at an animal shelter in this sweet, fun-to-read Aladdin QUIX chapter book that’s perfect for emerging readers! Mitzy is so excited to have a weekend away from Whiskers Down the Lane Animal Shelter! That is, until she leaves her purple ball behind, and her three best buddies, Luna, Gus, and Buttons, make it their mission to reunite Mitzy with her favorite toy. Will the pet pals succeed in bringing Mitzy and her ball—and their friend group—together again?

Author Allison Gutknecht
Isbn 1534474005
Genre Juvenile Fiction
Year 2021-05-11
Pages 80
Language English
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“Lively and evocative, Mother Land is a deftly crafted exploration of identity and culture, with memorable and deeply human characters who highlight how that which makes us different can ultimately unite us.”—Amy Myerson, author of The Bookshop of Yesterdays and The Imperfects From the critically acclaimed author of America for Beginners, a wonderfully insightful, witty, and heart-piercing novel, set in Mumbai, about an impulsive American woman, her headstrong Indian mother-in-law, and the unexpected twists and turns of life that bond them. When Rachel Meyer, a thirtysomething foodie from New York, agrees to move to Mumbai with her Indian-born husband, Dhruv, she knows some culture shock is inevitable. Blessed with a curious mind and an independent spirit, Rachel is determined to learn her way around the hot, noisy, seemingly infinite metropolis she now calls home. But the ex-pat American’s sense of adventure is sorely tested when her mother-in-law, Swati, suddenly arrives from Kolkata—a thousand miles away—alone, with an even more shocking announcement: she’s left her husband of more than forty years and moving in with them. Nothing the newlyweds say can budge the steadfast Swati, and as the days pass, it becomes clear she is here to stay—an uneasy situation that becomes more difficult when Dhruv is called away on business. Suddenly these two strong-willed women from such very different backgrounds, who see life so differently, are alone together in a home that each is determined to run in her own way—a situation that ultimately brings into question the very things in their lives that had seemed perfect and permanent . . . with results neither of them expect. Heartfelt, charming, deeply insightful and wise, Mother Land introduces us to two very different women from very different cultures . . . who maybe aren’t so different after all.

Author Leah Franqui
Isbn 006293886X
Genre Fiction
Year 2020-07-14
Pages 384
Language English
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***2019 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST*** Winner of the Arab American Book Award in Fiction Finalist for the Kirkus Prize in Fiction Finalist for the California Book Award Longlisted for the Aspen Words Literary Prize A Los Angeles Times bestseller Named a Best Book of the Year by The Washington Post, Time, NPR, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Dallas Morning News, The Guardian, Variety, and Kirkus Reviews Late one spring night in California, Driss Guerraoui—father, husband, business owner, Moroccan immigrant—is hit and killed by a speeding car. The aftermath of his death brings together a diverse cast of characters: Guerraoui's daughter Nora, a jazz composer returning to the small town in the Mojave she thought she'd left for good; her mother, Maryam, who still pines for her life in the old country; Efraín, an undocumented witness whose fear of deportation prevents him from coming forward; Jeremy, an old friend of Nora’s and an Iraqi War veteran; Coleman, a detective who is slowly discovering her son’s secrets; Anderson, a neighbor trying to reconnect with his family; and the murdered man himself. As the characters—deeply divided by race, religion, and class—tell their stories, each in their own voice, connections among them emerge. Driss’s family confronts its secrets, a town faces its hypocrisies, and love—messy and unpredictable—is born. Timely, riveting, and unforgettable, The Other Americans is at once a family saga, a murder mystery, and a love story informed by the treacherous fault lines of American culture.

Author Laila Lalami
Isbn 1524747157
Genre Fiction
Year 2019-03-26
Pages 320
Language English
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The long-awaited follow up to Annabel and Kathleen Winter’s first work of narrative nonfiction. In 2010, bestselling author Kathleen Winter took a journey across the storied Northwest Passage, among marine scientists, historians, archaeologists, anthropologists, and curious passengers. From Greenland to Baffin Island and all along the passage, Winter bears witness to the new math of the melting North — where polar bears mate with grizzlies, creating a new hybrid species; where the earth is on the cusp of yielding so much buried treasure that five nations stand poised to claim sovereignty of the land; and where the local Inuit population struggles to navigate the tension between taking part in the new global economy and defending their traditional way of life. Throughout the journey she also learns from fellow passengers Aaju Peter and Bernadette Dean, who teach her about Inuit society, past and present. She bonds with Nathan Rogers, son of the late Canadian icon Stan Rogers, who died in a plane crash when Nathan was nearly four years old. Nathan’s quest is to take the route his father never travelled, except in his beloved song “The Northwest Passage,” which he performs both as anthem and lament at sea. And she guides us through her own personal odyssey, emigrating from England to Canada as a child and discovering both what was lost and what was gained as a result of that journey. In breathtaking prose charged with vivid descriptions of the land and its people, Kathleen Winter’s Boundless is a haunting and powerful story, and a homage to the ever-evolving and magnetic power of the North.

Author Kathleen Winter
Isbn 1770894004
Genre Biography & Autobiography
Year 2014-08-29
Pages 280
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Virgin River series, book 6 in her beloved Thunder Point novels: a young man return home to a small Oregon town to face his mistakes—the first step in claiming the life he was meant to live. At the age of nineteen, Seth Sileski had everything. A superb athlete and scholar, handsome and popular, he was the pride of Thunder Point. Destined for greatness, he lost it all in a terrible accident that put an end to his professional football career when it had barely begun. The people in his hometown have never forgotten what might have been. Seth has come to terms with the turns his life has taken. But now he’s been presented with an opportunity to return home and show his father—and the people of Thunder Point—he’s become a better, humbler version of his former self. Winning over his father isn’t the only challenge. Seth must also find a way to convince his childhood neighbor and best friend, Iris McKinley, to forgive him for breaking her heart. With his homecoming, will Seth be able to convince the town, his family and especially Iris that he’s finally ready to be the man who will make them all proud? Originally published in 2014

Author Robyn Carr
Isbn 1488064709
Genre Fiction
Year 2019-11-11
Pages 400
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A black man is coming home. He sits on a bus and he thinks over what he will tell his child. It's a journey back to Africa. All the problems he has to face but he will not give up.

Author Karl Hannauer
Isbn 3748714963
Genre Fiction
Year 2019-09-09
Pages 72
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The iconic start to the timeless, Newbery-winning series from Cynthia Voigt. “It’s still true.” That’s the first thing James Tillerman says to his older sister, Dicey, every morning. It’s still true that their mother has abandoned the four Tillermans in a mall parking lot somewhere in the middle of Connecticut. It’s still true that they have to find their own way to Great-aunt Cilla’s house in Bridgeport. It’s still true that they need to spend as little as possible on food and seek shelter anywhere that is out of view of the authorities. It’s still true that the only way they can hope to all stay together is to just keep moving forward. Deep down, Dicey hopes they can find someone to trust, someone who will take them in and love them. But she’s afraid it’s just too much to hope for....

Author Cynthia Voigt
Isbn 1439132070
Genre Young Adult Fiction
Year 2013-01-15
Pages 400
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This story is about the children of Altonan and Stephanie Arkonan, Altonan the Third, and Sara Elizabeth. After bringing them up on the Wyoming ranch where Stephanie grew up, the Lord of the Earth decides he's had enough of the constant turmoil produced by the denizens of that planet, and convinces his wife to move to Novu Ang Heloca, the place where the remnants of his own people are flourishing. Unfortunately, trouble followed him and he and his whole family have to solve a few interstellar incidents. Altonan and Stephanie allow their offspring to take the reins as they try to ease into retirement.

Author William Hyde
Isbn 1664174621
Genre Fiction
Year 2021-05-17
Pages 274
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Freed from her miserable marriage by widowhood, Henrietta is at last able to marry her beloved Jerome Compton, but his divorced state means that they have to make their home away from Yorkshire. Settling in London Henrietta finds she takes to urban life with great enjoyment, as does her daughter Lizzie. Soon their home is full of visitors from the best of the city's artistic and scientific circles, and she also makes contact with her cousin Lady Venetia - now a qualified doctor and married at long last to 'Beauty' Haselmere. Venetia's marriage has redeemed her reputation and they find themselves guests at Sandringham and Hatfield. Healthy children are born to both women and it seems as though the comfortable tenor of their lives will never be disturbed again, but clouds are gathering on the horizon and when the deluge comes one of them is forced out of society. Yet it proves more of a homecoming than an exile. Another absorbing piece of English history, deftly told with a rich and colourful background.

Author Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
Isbn 0748133119
Genre Fiction
Year 2011-08-25
Pages 528
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Delilah O’Reilly and Nicholas Borado fell in love, married and planned to spend a life together full of dreams, joy, and endless possibilities. Until lies and betrayal tore them apart. Six years later, they’ll meet up again in a most unlikely place—Magdalena, New York, Delilah’s hometown. Hurt and accusations will resurface, but they won’t stop the sparks from flying, or the town from wondering about this couple’s secret past...wondering too if Delilah and Nick might just have a chance for a future together... Stay tuned as we get ready to head back to Magdalena, where family is always about more than blood. BONUS: Included with this ebook is an excerpt from Mary's Pulling Home, Book 1 of That Second Chance series where strong women battle heartache and loss with courage and determination to find new paths and true love. Truth In Lies Series: Book One: A Family Affair Book Two: A Family Affair: Spring Book Three: A Family Affair: Summer Book Four: A Family Affair: Fall Book Five: A Family Affair: Christmas, a novella Book Six: A Family Affair: Winter Book Seven: A Family Affair: The Promise Book Eight: A Family Affair: The Secret Book Nine: A Family Affair: The Wish Book Ten: A Family Affair: The Gift Book Eleven: A Family Affair: The Weddings Book Twelve: A Family Affair: The Cabin,a novella Book Thirteen: A Family Affair: The Return Book Fourteen: A Family Affair: The Choice Book Fifteen: A Family Affair: The Proposal Book Sixteen: A Family Affair: Bonus Scenes Book Seventeen: A Family Affair: The Homecoming Meals From Magdalena, A Family Affair Cookbook

Author Mary Campisi
Isbn 194215870X
Genre Fiction
Year 2019-07-19
Pages 210
Language English
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Even wizards in the U.S. armed forces have to go home some time. First Magus Brent Rogers of the US Army stationed in Afghanistan is ordered to return home on furlough. Considered a war mage, he is trained to find enemies at a distance, to blow up their bombs, and to alert his men of danger. None of this is needed in the city of Worcester, his hometown. Brent has to learn to relax, to not see threats in every corner, and to let his family welcome him home. But if he relaxes his vigilance for even a second, who knows what could happen …

Author Jake Logan
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Genre Fiction
Year 2016-02-01
Pages 185
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A young man searches for his missing father on Christmas Eve in this sequel to Spencer’s Mountain, the novel that inspired The Waltons. It’s the night before Christmas, but Clay Spencer has failed to return home. Leaving his worried family to keep watch at the homestead, his son, Clay-Boy, takes to the snowy Virginia hills in search of his father. Along the way, he will meet an irate deer, a threatening county sheriff, a congregation of African American churchgoers, and two elderly women who happen to be bootleggers—in this tale filled with warmth, humor, and emotion. Along with Spencer’s Mountain, The Homecoming was the inspiration for the popular television show The Waltons, which starred Richard Thomas, Andrew Duggan, and Patricia Neal, and ran for nine years between 1972 and 1981. Decades after its original publication, this tale still has the power to move and inspire.

Author Earl Hamner
Isbn 0795339496
Genre Fiction
Year 2014-04-28
Pages 77
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All She Wanted was Family. Now She Wants the Truth. Stephanie Cortez finds her life turned upside down after the sudden death of her mother. Thrust into the ultra-wealthy world of her South American father, she discovers he has a family who does not want her there any more than her father does. Daniel Hernan is struggling to save the newspaper that his stepfather has built from an enemy just as determined to crush it. Daniel will do whatever it takes to protect both the man who has been a father to him and the empire he's built. Two adversaries unite to uncover the secrets that threaten what they both care the most about—family. Jealousy, greed, lies, and emeralds ignite into a firestorm as family feuds and old rivalries rise up to tear their world apart. Can they discover the truth in time to save what they hold dear? Or will the truth be just as destructive? More books from USA Today bestselling author Chris Keniston: Aloha Series Aloha Texas Almost Paradise Mai Tai Marriage Dive Into You Shell Game Look of Love Love by Design Love Walks In Waikiki Wedding Surf's Up Flirts (Aloha Series Companions) Shall We Dance Love on Tap Head Over Heels Perfect Match Just One Kiss It Had to Be You Honeymoon Series Honeymoon for One Honeymoon for Three Family Secrets Novels Champagne Sisterhood Hope's Corner Farraday Country Series Adam - Book 1 - FREE Brooks - Book 2 Connor - Book 3 Declan - Book 4 - Coming November 2016 Ethan - Book 5 - Coming December 2016 Finn - Book 6 - Coming January 2017 Grace - Book 7 - Coming February 2017 For more information about Chris Keniston, check out www.chriskeniston.com/books.html

Author Chris Keniston
Isbn 0989360806
Genre Fiction
Year 2015-02-02
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Life in the Pennsylvania colonies in the early 1760s meant new beginnings for many, brought to the land in search of freedom, adventure, and the chance for new beginnings. Everything good that they were traveled with most of them, while everything bad and petty, cruelly ambitious and greedy, came along packed in the baggage of others. Lord Dominick Crown hadn't so much emigrated to New Eden than he had fled there to escape his past. Byrna Cassidy had left Ireland with high hopes for a new life with her father's family. For both, the future seemed bright. But that was before the worlds of the Lenni Lenape and the colonists collided. "Using wit and romance with a master's skill, Kasey Michaels aims for the heart and never misses." -- #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Nora Roberts Thanks for reading! Book Categories: Early America Historical Fiction Colonial America Historical Fiction Historical Romantic Fiction Romantic Historical Novels

Author Kasey Michaels
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Genre Fiction
Year 2018-10-11
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What secrets are hidden in post-war Swansea? The war is over, and life seems simple for Lydia: working at the Swansea market and waiting for her sweetheart, Glyn, to come home and marry her. But when Glyn returns, he leaves Lydia for another woman. Soon after, the mysterious Matthew reappears after sixteen years away. Is he a dangerous stranger, or the perfect cure for a broken heart? Meanwhile, a body is found buried in the grounds of the castle, and the community is thrown into disarray. Who amongst them would stoop to murder? And why? Can the people of Swansea trust each other? Everyone seems to have something to hide, and Lydia is determined to get to the bottom of the mystery. But she has no idea how far the killer will go to keep their secret, and next time the victim could be even closer to home... From Grace Thompson, author of the Holidays at Home, Badgers Brook, and Valley sagas, The Homecoming is a thrilling cosy crime mystery set in Wales.

Author Grace Thompson
Isbn 1911591029
Genre Fiction
Year 2017-05-01
Pages 300
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An invitation to reclaim our worth as persons created in the image of God. Both scholarly and personal, Curtiss Paul DeYoung's profound public journey has intersected again and again with social realities of injustice and alienation. He graciously shares here his compelling story of hope and reconciliation. New insights and new challenges arise as he encounters Desmond Tutu, Malaak Shabazz, Rabbi Menachem Froman, Sojourner Truth, Samuel Ruiz Garcia, Lani Guinier, Cain Hope Felder, James Earl Massey, Mary McLeod Bethune, Ronald Takaki, Samuel Hines, Howard Thurman, and many others. The hallmarks of DeYoung's engaging narrative are spiritual transformation, innovative leadership, and creative courage.

Author Curtiss Paul DeYoung
Isbn 1498225187
Genre Biography & Autobiography
Year 2015-04-09
Pages 160
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Alanna is surprised by the return of her step-brother and former lover, Kyle, when he shows up to work at the newspaper she writes for as the new head photographer. Unbeknownst to him, they have a daughter from the night before they last saw each other eight years previous. Can they forgive each other and rekindle the trust and love they once shared?

Author Heather Justesen
Isbn 0988629208
Genre Drama
Year 2012-04-01
Pages 119
Language English
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It's homecoming week, but everything is going wrong.

Author Diana G. Gallagher
Isbn 9781434265401
Genre Juvenile Fiction
Year
Pages 144
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With unerring insight and emotional power, Belva Plain, in her extraordinary novel, tells the story of a family divided and of the proud matriarch who takes a bold last stand to unite her warring children in what may be their last Homecoming. It is a crisp December day when Annette Byrne walks to the end of her long, curving driveway and drops five sealed envelopes into the mailbox, quickly, before second thoughts stay her hand. Shortly thereafter, with the holidays approaching, her estranged family will be gathered at her country estate for the first time in years. The sons. . . two brothers embittered by a breach of ethics, honor, and trust. The grandchildren. . . one young couple on the verge of divorce; another, lovingly united against the parents who have tarnished their lives. As the ill-fated meeting hurtles toward a bitter and abrupt conclusion, not even Annette Byrne's indomitable will can heal the rift--until a shattering event alters the landscape forever.

Author Belva Plain
Isbn 0307805387
Genre Fiction
Year 2011-08-24
Pages 304
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Homecoming is the sixth book of this captivating historical romance series, The Clan MacLaren. The MacLaren family leaves their home in the American colonies to travel back to Glenhaven in Scotland. Secrets will be exposed, and intrigue is right around the corner. Accompanied by his two sisters, wife and children, Ross MacLaren has no idea what to expect when they reach his homeland. Yet, one thing always remains constant. Juliet and Ross’ love for each other.

Author Nancy Pennick
Isbn 1953735096
Genre Fiction
Year 2020-10-20
Pages N.A
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