SISTERLAND

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SISTERLAND WAS A FUN READ ABOUT A SET OF TWINS WHO GREW UP WITH PSYCHIC ABILITIES.  KATE SUPPRESSES HER “SENSES” WHILE HER SISTER VIOLET (VI) MAKES A LIVING FROM DOING READINGS FOR PEOPLE.  VI GAINS NATIONAL FAME WHEN SHE PREDICTS A DEVASTATING EARTHQUAKE WILL BEFALL ST. LOUIS.  SOME PEOPLE THINK VI IS A QUACK AND IGNORE HER, OTHERS PREPARE FOR THE DISASTER AND STILL OTHERS LEAVE THE AREA.  IT IS ENTERTAINING TO READ ABOUT THE EVENTS LEADING UP TO THE PREDICTION DATE AND WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE DAY FINALLY ARRIVES.

PUBLISHER’S BLURB:

Curtis Sittenfeld, author of American Wife and Prep, returns with a mesmerizing novel of family and identity, loyalty and deception, and the delicate line between truth and belief.

From an early age, Kate and her identical twin sister, Violet, knew that they were unlike everyone else. Kate and Vi were born with peculiar “senses”–innate psychic abilities concerning future events and other people’s secrets. Though Vi embraced her visions, Kate did her best to hide them.

Now, years later, their different paths have led them both back to their hometown of St. Louis. Vi has pursued an eccentric career as a psychic medium, while Kate, a devoted wife and mother, has settled down in the suburbs to raise her two young children. But when a minor earthquake hits in the middle of the night, the normal life Kate has always wished for begins to shift. After Vi goes on television to share a premonition that another, more devastating earthquake will soon hit the St. Louis area, Kate is mortified. Equally troubling, however, is her fear that Vi may be right. As the date of the predicted earthquake quickly approaches, Kate is forced to reconcile her fraught relationship with her sister and to face truths about herself she’s long tried to deny.

Funny, haunting, and thought-provoking, Sisterland is a beautifully written novel of the obligation we have toward others, and the responsibility we take for ourselves. With her deep empathy, keen wisdom, and unerring talent for finding the extraordinary moments in our everyday lives, Curtis Sittenfeld is one of the most exceptional voices in literary fiction today.

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WHERE WE BELONG

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WHERE WE BELONG IS A VERY TOUCHING TALE ABOUT LIVING AND DEALING WITH AN AUTISTIC CHILD.  THERE ARE TIMES WHEN ANGIE AND HER MOM ARE AT THE END OF THEIR ROPE AND FEEL THEY MUST PLACE SOPHIE IN A HOME BUT THEY NEVER WANT TO GIVE UP HOPE.  BECAUSE OF SOPHIE’S SHRIEKING, THEY ARE THROWN OUT ON THE STREET BY THEIR AUNT WHO JUST CAN’T TAKE IT ANY LONGER.  THEY ARE LITERALLY HOMELESS UNTIL ANGIE BEFRIENDS A NEIGHBOR, PAUL WHO OWNS A HUGE GREAT DANE THAT PACIFIES SOPHIE’S SHRIEKING!  ANGIE CONVINCES HER MOM TO FOLLOW PAUL TO THE MOUNTAINS WHERE HE MOVES IN HIS RETIREMENT.  PAUL ENDS UP NEEDING ANGIE’S HELP WITH WALKING THE DOG WHICH ALLOWS SOPHIE TO BE WITH THE DOG AND REMAIN PACIFIED.  THEN PAUL’S BROTHER FALLS ILL AND ANGIE IS ASKED TO CARE FOR THE DOG AND WATCH THE HOUSE.  PAUL COMES OUT OF HIS GRUMPY SHELL AND EVENTUALLY ALLOWS ANGIE AND HER FAMILY TO LIVE IN HIS GARAGE APARTMENT WHERE THERE ARE STILL OBSTACLES TO OVERCOME BUT THEY FINALLY SETTLE INTO A ROUTINEYOU’LL LOVE THIS STORY.

PUBLISHER’S EXCERPT:

Hyde is a remarkable, insightful storyteller, creating full-bodied characters whose dialogue rings true, with not a word to spare.”
-Library Journal

Fourteen-year-old Angie and her mom are poised at the edge of homelessness… again. The problem is her little sister, Sophie. Sophie has an autism-like disorder, and a tendency to shriek. No matter where they live, home never seems to last long.

Until they move in with Aunt Vi, across the fence from a huge black Great Dane who changes everything. Sophie falls in love immediately, and begins to imitate the “inside of the dog,” which, fortunately, is a calm place. The shrieking stops. Everybody begins to breathe again. Until Paul Inverness, the dog’s grumpy, socially isolated owner, moves to the mountains, and it all begins again.

Much to Angie’s humiliation, when they’re thrown out of Aunt Vi’s house, Angie’s mom moves the family to the mountains after Paul and his dog. There, despite a fifty-year difference in their ages, Angie and Paul form a deep friendship, the only close friendship either has known. Angie is able to talk to him about growing up gay, and Paul trusts Angie with his greatest secret, his one dream. When the opportunity arrives, Angie decides to risk everything to help Paul’s dream come true, even their friendship and her one chance at a real home—the only thing she’s dreamed of since her father was killed. A place she can never be thrown out. A place she can feel she belongs.

By the bestselling author of DON’T LET ME GO, WHEN I FOUND YOU, and WALK ME HOME, WHERE WE BELONG is a poignant, heartfelt, and uplifting story about finding your place in the world, no matter how impossible it seems.

“Hyde has a sure touch with affairs of the heart.”
-Publishers Weekly

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UNDER THE ICE

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WHAT A GREAT MURDER MYSTERYONE DEATH UNDER THE ICE IS BY ACCIDENT.  THE SECOND A MURDER TO SEND A MESSAGE AND THE THIRD IN SELF DEFENSE AGAINST AN ABUSIVE PARENT TRYING TO GAIN REVENGE ON THE MAN WHO ULTIMATELY WON HIS EX-WIFE’S HEART.  HE WAS ONLY IMPRISONED FOR 5 YEARS FOR THE ABUSE OF HIS WIFE.  WHEN HE IS RELEASED FROM JAIL HIS FIRST MISSION IS TO TAKE HIS DAUGHTER TO WREAK HAVOC ON HIS EX AND HER NEW HUSBAND.  THE DAUGHTER IS AT THE AGE OF WANTING TO BE AN ADULT AND HAVE INDEPENDENCE BUT HER CHOICES ARE POOR AS A TRUE ADOLESCENT.  SEE HOW HER CHOICE TO BE WITH HER BIOLOGICAL FATHER, WHO IS “CHANGED”, BECOMES DEADLY.

PUBLISHER’S EXCERPT:

What do you do when your past comes back to kill you?

After escaping her abusive husband, life is finally good for Camille LeGarde and her daughter, Shelby. She has a great relationship with her new husband, Gus, who also loves Shelby like his own child. But the LeGarde family’s fragile oasis is shattered when the man of Camille’s nightmares is released from prison.

Greg Robinson never wanted to be a father. But he’s playing the biological card for all it’s worth to get close to Shelby, so he can realize his true goal—revenge against Gus LeGarde, the man who “stole” his wife and daughter.

Lured by the promise of connecting with her real dad, Shelby vanishes, sending Gus and Camille on a desperate race through the worst ice storm of the century to find her before Robinson can act on his chilling threat…

If I can’t have them, neither can you.

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HOW TO KNOCK A BRAVEBIRD FROM HER PERCH

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PECAN IS JUST A NAIVE CHILD HERSELF WHEN HER FATHER DIES AND SHE MARRIES RICKY WHO IS TRAINING TO BECOME A PRIZE FIGHTER.  WITH FOUR CHILDREN, THEY MOVE INTO A DUMP OF AN APARTMENT IN CHICAGO WHERE RICKY HOPES TO MAKE IT BIG.  THEN THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE BEGINS AND PECAN DECIDES SHE MUST TAKE EVERYTHING SHE CAN CARRY AND RUN AWAY WITH THE CHILDREN ONLY TO BE CAUGHT IT THE ACT WHICH BRINGS MUCH MORE ABUSE.  RICKY HAS HIS AUNT COME TO STAY WITH THEM TO HELP OUT AND SHE BECOMES A GOOD FRIEND AND PROTECTOR FOR PECAN SUGGESTING THINGS LIKE GIRLS NIGHT OUT!  PECAN EVEN BEFRIENDS A GENTLEMAN WHO SHE MEETS AFTERNOONS IN THE PARK WITH HER CHILDREN. THIS EVENTUALLY BLOOMS INTO ROMANCE WHICH RICKY DISCOVERS AND HE GOES INTO A WILD RAGE – SOMEONE WILL WIND UP VERY DEAD…A GREAT READ!

PUBLISHER’S BLURB:

In the wake of her father’s sudden death Pecan marries the up-and-coming boxing sensation Ricky Morrow. When she begins to doubt that desperate decision she finds herself on the receiving end of Ricky’s violent temper. Scared for her life, she hunkers down in this marriage of convenience as the babies and fists keep coming. Will the abuse ever stop? Will Pecan and her girls live happily ever after?

Literary fiction that packs a punch and plenty of surprises.

It’s not the typical domestic abuse storyline. In How to Knock a Bravebird from Her Perch, you will find the story of a girl who grows into a woman before your very eyes.

A story so moving, it will stay with you long after you put it down.
This true to life story walks a careful line between fiction and reality. With characters as real as you and me, it will break and mend your heart a hundred time because it has just the right amount of honesty and love. And anyone who wants a true underdog story will be captivated until the very end!

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RED CLOVER

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RED CLOVER WAS A GOOD STORY ABOUT A MAN FINDING HIMSELF AFTER LEARNING HIS FATHER IS NOT THE MAN WHO BROUGHT HIM UP.  LEE WINEKOOP BECAME A GOOD MAN DESPITE BEING RAISED BY A MAN WITH NO COMPASSION AND A MOTHER WHO IS MORE CONCERNED WITH HER CHARITY WORK THAN RAISING CHILDREN.  WHEN HIS “UNCLE” NELSON DIES LEE IS CONFUSED WHY HIS INHERITANCE IS LARGER THAN HIS SIBLINGS BUT EVENTUALLY LEARNS THE REASON.  HE USES HIS INHERITANCE TO HELP OTHERS LIKE HIS FORMER JAMAICAN NANNY/COOK WHOM HIS PARENTS LET GO AND A RESEARCHER WHO COULD NOT GET FUNDING TO CONTINUE HIS PROJECTS.  AS IT TURNS OUT RED CLOVER IS A VERY HEALING PLANTRESEARCH THRIVES, LOVE GROWS, LEE MAKES A DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD!

PUBLISHER’S BLURB:

Imagine feeling like an outsider. Now imagine feeling like an outsider in your own family.

The troubled son of a callous father and socialite mother determines his own meaning of success after learning shocking family secrets that cause him to rethink who he is and where heʼs going. In Lee Winekoop’s reinvention of himself he discovers that lifeʾs bitter circumstances can actually give rise to meaningful consequences.

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THE WATCHER

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THIS WAS A GOOD MURDER MYSTERY WITH A LITTLE ROMANCE THROWN IN FOR GOOD MEASURE.  THE FORENSIC PSYCHIATRIST HAS BEEN TRACKING THIS KILLER FOR OVER FIFTEEN YEARS WHEN HE MURDERED HER TWIN SISTER.  HER PERSONAL INVOLVEMENT IN THE INVESTIGATION GIVES  HER EXTRA INCENTIVE TO FINALLY TRACK THE KILLER DOWN.

PUBLISHER’S EXCERPT:

This psychological suspense follows forensic psychiatrist Kate Myers who believes the killer of two teenage girls in Bigler County, California, is the same man who savagely murdered her twin sister over fifteen years ago. Working with a single-minded tenacity, she sets out to prove it.

Deputy Sheriff Ben Slater hides his personal pain behind the job, but Kate’s arrival in his county knocks his world on its axis and makes him believe in romance again. He wants to believe her wild theory, but the idea of a serial killer with the kind of pathology she proposes is too bizarre.

Together they work to find a killer whose roots began in a small town in Bigler County, but whose violence spread across the nation. A Janus-like killer, more monster than man, he fixates on Kate and wants nothing more than to kill the “purple-eyed girl again.”

As this crime thriller builds to a conclusion, Kate finds herself in grave danger, while Slater uses his forensics skills to discover who the madman is and where he’s taken her.

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THE LAKE OF DREAMS

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THE LAKE OF DREAMS WAS A GREAT STORY ABOUT LUCY JARRETT WHO IS LIVING IN JAPAN WITH HER BOYFRIEND YOSHI.  SHE RECEIVES NEWS THAT HER MOTHER HAS BEEN INJURED IN A CAR ACCIDENT AND SHE  FEELS COMPELLED TO RETURN HOME.  HER MOTHER IS NOT INJURED BADLY SO THEY HAVE TIME TO CATCH UP WITH THE FAMILY.  MUCH DRAMA ENSUES BETWEEN HER MOTHER, BROTHER AND UNCLE REGARDING HER MOTHER’S LAND AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE LAND WHERE THE OLD MILITARY DEPOT HAD BEEN. LUCY RUNS ACROSS AN OLD BOYFRIEND WHO STIRS UP OLD FEELINGS IN HER.  SHE ALSO STUMBLES UPON SOME VERY OLD FLYERS FROM THE EARLY 1900’S ABOUT SOME SUFFRAGETTE ACTIVITIES AND A LETTER THAT LEAD HER IN SEARCH OF A FAMILY MEMBER WHO NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD OF.  THE FAMILY HISTORY LUCY UNCOVERS HAS SOME DARK SECRETS BUT ALSO SOME EXCITING CONNECTIONS TO A STAINED GLASS ARTIST.   THE STORY IS WELL WRITTEN AND ENGAGING – ENJOY!

PUBLISHER’S BLURB:

From Kim Edwards, the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, an arresting novel of one family’s secret history.

Imbued with all the lyricism, compassion, and suspense of her bestselling novel, The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, Kim Edwards’s The Lake of Dreams is a powerful family drama and an unforgettable story of love lost and found.

Lucy Jarrett is at a crossroads in her life, still haunted by her father’s unresolved death a decade earlier. She returns to her hometown in Upstate New York, The Lake of Dreams, and, late one night, she cracks the lock of a window seat and discovers a collection of objects. They appear to be idle curiosities, but soon Lucy realizes that she has stumbled across a dark secret from her family’s past, one that will radically change her—and the future of her family—forever.

The Lake of Dreams will delight those who loved The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, as well as fans of Anna Quindlen and Sue Miller.

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REGARDING ANNA

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GRACE IS A PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR WHO REMINDS ME A BIT OF KINSEY MALONE IN  SUE GRAFTON’S NOVELS.  GRACE IS NOT VERY GOOD AT DISGUISING HERSELF OR TAILING OTHERS AND SHE GETS HERSELF INTO SOME TIGHT SPOTS BUT SHE HAS A TOUGH GUY FOR WHEN THE GOING GETS ROUGH.  PERHAPS HER MOST CHALLENGING CASE IS SEARCHING FOR THE IDENTITY OF HER TRUE MOTHER AND FATHER WHOM SHE BELIEVED WERE KILLED IN AN ACCIDENT.  GRACE MEETS SEVERAL CHARACTERS (MINNIE, TYMON, ELMER, FERN, ESSIE) ALONG THE WAY AND EACH REVEALS A BIT MORE ABOUT HER PARENTS.  THE TRUTH IS SHOCKING AND A BIT FAR-FETCHED BUT IT IS A FUN READ.

PUBLISHER’S BLURB:

Things that happen to you in the past can mold you into someone you’re not.

After recovering from the shock of her parents perishing in a tragic accident, Grace Lindroth discovers clues in their attic that cause her to believe the people she called Mom and Dad her whole life may not have been her real parents.

In her search for the truth, Grace encounters people whose actions cause her to be distrustful of just about everyone, making her mission that much more difficult but heightening her determination to uncover what she believes is essential for her to go on with her life.

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IT ISN’T CHEATING IF HE’S DEAD

IT ISN’T CHEATING IF HE’S DEAD WAS A GREAT STORY ABOUT JEMIMA STONE WHO IS A TRUE “JEM”.  WHILE MOURNING THE LOSS OF HER MENTALLY ILL FIANCE SHE STILL FINDS TIME TO GO OUT AND FEED THE HOMELESS EACH DAY.  BUT SHE GIVES MORE THAN FOOD, SHE IS A COMPANION AND PROVIDES SUSTENANCE, CARE AND SOMEONE TO TALK TO.  SHE PROVIDES SPECIAL CARE TO ONE YOUNG MAN WHO IS NEW TO THE PARK.  SHE FEARS HE HAS RUN FROM HIS FAMILY AND DOES NOT WANT HIM TO END UP LIKE HER FIANCE.  SHE TALKS TO JOE AND TELLS HIM HER STORY AND TRIES TO MAKE HIM SEE THAT THERE IS SOMEONE WAITING FOR HIM TO COME HOME; SOMEONE WHO IS MISSING HIM.  AS SHE WORKS TO HELP JOE RETURN HOME, SHE FINDS SOME ROMANCE ALONG THE WAY AS WELL AS MANY FRIENDS.  IT IS A TOUCHING STORY THAT YOU WILL LOVE!

PUBLISHER’S EXCERPT:

It Isn’t Cheating if He’s Dead is the BigAl’s Books and Pals 2014 Reader’s Choice Award winner for women’s fiction.

Jemima Stone waited four long years for her missing fiancé to come home, burying herself in her job and feeding the homeless. When Gerald is found dead halfway across the country, she is devastated. Detective Finn Wight promises to uncover the truth behind Gerald’s mysterious death.

Delivering sandwiches to her homeless friends, she discovers a newcomer. Though he refuses to speak, his haunted eyes tell Jemima that he is in trouble — hiding from someone or something. Jemima turns to Detective Wight in hopes of helping the man. But uncovering his true identity leads to the discovery of secrets none of them could have imagined.

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SAVING GRACIE

 

 

A BIT DIFFERENT PICTURE OF HEAVEN THAN THAT PAINTED IN HEAVEN IS FOR REAL (WHICH I THINK IS A TOTAL HOAX).  THIS WAS A FUN READ ABOUT A CONTROLLING MOTHER WHO DIES AND GOES TO HEAVEN WHERE SHE CANNOT REST BECAUSE SHE JUST KNOWS HER DAUGHTER, GRACIE,  CANNOT SURVIVE ANOTHER DAY WITHOUT HER HELP.  SHE BREAKS ALL THE HEAVENLY RULES AND GOES TO THE EARTH WEBSITE TO FIND OUT HOW GRACIE IS DOING.  SHE GOES TO THE LIBRARY AND RESEARCHES ALL THE BOOKS ABOUT GETTING MESSAGES TO THE “OTHER SIDE“.  FINALLY, SHE REQUESTS SPECIAL DISPENSATION FOR A RETURN VISIT BACK TO EARTH SO SHE CAN SAVE GRACIE AND HER REQUEST IS GRANTED.  SHE RETURNS VIA PARACHUTE (SERIOUSLY) DESPITE HER FEAR OF HEIGHTS!  ONLY SHE FINDS THAT GRACIE IS ACTUALLY DOING OK WITHOUT HER.  GRACIE VOLUNTEERS WITH DEAF STUDENTS AND WINS AN AWARD FOR HER WORK WITH ONE PARTICULARLY DIFFICULT CHILD.  GRACIE RETURNS TO SCHOOL FOR HER MASTERS DEGREE AND SHE MAINTAINS THE HOUSE AND THE KIDS WHILE HER HUSBAND IS AWAY ON A LENGTHY BUSINESS TRIP!  GRACIE’S LIFE IS ON TRACK SO HER MOTHER CAN RETURN TO HEAVEN AND REST IN PEACE! 

THE CHARACTERS ARE BRIGHT AND WITTY AND FUN AND HEAVEN IS NOT A PLACE WITH PEARLY GATES AND ANGELS.  A GREAT TALE ABOUT A DYSFUNCTIONAL MOTHER AND DAUGHTER RELATIONSHIP AND HOW A PERSON CAN SURVIVE, GROW AND THRIVE GIVEN TIMEENJOY THIS QUICK AND EASY READ!

WHAT THE PUBLISHER SAYS:

Kathryn Broussard has managed her life with dignity and an I-know-you-have-feelings-but-I’m-coming-through-anyway attitude. She exudes confidence and control over the land much as a queen rules her court. Her main focus-Grace, her daughter. Although grown, Grace depends on her mother’s razor sharp decision-making ability for everything. All is well in the land of dysfunctional mother-daughterhood until the unthinkable happens. Kathryn dies. With her mother now gone, Grace is forced to manage her own life for the first time. And Kathryn must find a way to maintain control of her daughter, even though unusual circumstances from the “Other Side” present a fair share of obstacles to overcome.

Saving Gracie is a story about a relationship, while strained in life, found a way to blossom in death.

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