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Twain And Stanley Enter Paradise

By Oscar Hijuelos
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Oscar Hijuelos
TWAIN AND STANLEY ENTER PARADISE follows famed 19th century journalist-explorer Henry Stanley, his wife, the painter Dorothy Tennant, and Stanley's long friendship with Mark Twain, as they venture to Cuba in search of Stanley's father. Told through a fictitious manuscript and imagined correspondence between Stanley, Tennant, and Twain, Hijuelos captures not only the general style of educated 19th century, but manages to pull off the seemingly impossible task of channelling Mark Twain himself. The manuscript--in the works for decades--was found, whole and finished, by Hijuelos's widow after his death.
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Trouble In Prior's Ford

By Eve Houston
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Eve Houston
Taking advantage of recent tourist interest, the residents of Prior's Ford plan a summer festival. But someone is determined to sabotage the event, and it takes all the villagers' detective skills to stop the vandals in their tracks.Meanwhile, at Tarbethill Farm, things are going from bad to worse. In dire financial straits, Victor, the eldest son, is tempted by a developer's offer on their land. But if his father finds out it promises to tear their family apart. And at the big house, Lewis remains absolutely besotted by his baby daughter, while his family still secretly wonder if she really is his. And as Molly starts to take advantage of Lewis' good nature, can Ginny bear to keep silent about her feelings for him?
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Take Me Home

By Dorothy Garlock
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Dorothy Garlock
Life in the small town of Miller's Creek, Wisconsin in 1945 is focused entirely on the war in Germany. Olivia Marsten is doing everything she can to support the troops: working in the local hardware store while the owner's son is serving, collecting recyclables for the war effort, and offering support to Billy, her childhood best friend who's leaving in a month for Navy training. When Billy pulls her aside, desperate to talk, she doesn't think anything of it...until he confesses he's been in love with her for years and proposes marriage. Stunned and unable to hurt his feelings, she accepts. But in her heart she knows it isn't right. How do you break your best friend's heart, especially when you think you might secretly be in love with the stranger who literally saved your life? From the moment Peter Becker lays eyes on Olivia, she took his breath away. They had only just been introduced when a car careened out of nowhere, and he pulled her out of the way, saving her life. When he comes to, he's recovering in Olivia's parents' home and slowly falling in love with Olivia. But Peter Becker isn't who he says he is. He's a German soldier whose infantry was taken prisoner by American soldiers and brought to the United States, their final destination an internment camp. But while headed there, a massive train accident occurred and both he and Otto, the prisoner chained to him, survived. As the son of an American WWI veteran, Peter has grown up loving baseball and apple pie--he never wanted to serve in the Nazi party and hates what they stand for. He knows he must turn himself in, but he can't bring himself to do it, especially knowing that it he might lose Olivia forever. But when mysterious accidents start to befall the town and Olivia's family in particular, it's clear to Peter that Otto is responsible. Can he save the woman he's come to love from a madmen hellbent on revenge?
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This Bright River

By Patrick Somerville
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Patrick Somerville
Lauren Sheehan's career in medicine came to a halt after a sequence of violent events abroad. Now she's back in the safest place she knows--St. Helens, Wisconsin--cut off from career, friendship, and romance.Ben Hanson's aimless life bottomed out when he went to prison. But after his release, a surprising offer from his father draws him home. In Wisconsin, he finds his family fractured, still unable to face the truth behind his troubled cousin's death a decade earlier.As Lauren cautiously expands her world and Ben tries to unravel the mysteries of his family and himself, their paths intersect. Could each be exactly what the other needs? A compelling family drama and a surprising love story, THIS BRIGHT RIVER confirms Patrick Somerville's status as one of the most exciting young writers at work today.
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Thunder and Rain

By Charles Martin
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Charles Martin
Third generation Texas Ranger Tyler Steele is the last of a dying breed - a modern day cowboy hero living in a world that doesn't quite understand his powerful sense of right and wrong and instinct to defend those who can't defend themselves. Despite his strong moral compass, Ty has trouble seeing his greatest weakness. His hard outer shell, the one essential to his work, made him incapable of forging the emotional connection his wife Andie so desperately needed.Now retired, rasing their son Brodie on his own and at risk of losing his ranch, Ty does not know how to rebuild from the rubble of his life. The answer comes in the form of Samantha and her daughter Hope, on the run from a seemingly inescapable situation. They are in danger, desperate, and alone. Though they are strangers, Ty knows he can help - protecting the innocent is what he does best. As his relationship with Sam and Hope unfolds, Ty realizes he must confront his true weaknesses if he wants to become the man he needs to be.

They Eat Puppies, Don't They?

By Christopher Buckley
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Christopher Buckley
In an attempt to gain Congressional approval for a top secret weapons system, Washington lobbyist "Bird" McIntyre and sexy Neo-Con wonkette Angel Templeton start a rumour that the Chinese secret service is trying to assassinate the Dalai Lama. Their outrageous scheme provokes a series of crises involving the White House, the CIA, and a strangely sympathetic and vulnerable Chinese president, with both countries veering perilously towards war.Buckley has drawn his most convincing and outrageous characters to date: Bird, failed novelist of amusingly awful Clancy-esque thrillers; Angel, combination Anne Coulter and Ayn Rand; Bird's demanding, equestrian wife, Myndi; Bewks, his feckless but endearing Civil War re-enactor brother; the mild-mannered Chinese President Fa and his devoted aide Gang, manoeuvring desperately against sinister Politburo hard-liners Minister Lo and General Han. Blending the skewering genius of Thank You For Smoking with Dr. Strangelove's dark comedy, They Eat Puppies Don't They? has something to offend -- and amuse -- everyone.Praise for Christopher Buckely: "One of the funniest writers in the English language." Tom Wolfe."A Benchley with WordPerfect." John Updike."An effervescent joy." Joseph Heller.
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  • The Tempted Soul

    By Adina Senft
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    Adina Senft
    Carrie longs for children, but after 10 years of marriage, that blessing eludes her. Her husband Melvin struggles with his own feeling of failure. Into this troubled marriage comes Joshua, recently returned to the fold after banishment for wild behavior, and determined to mend his ways.Carrie befriends Joshua, grateful for his help around the homestead. But when rumors about Joshua start to circulate, Carrie is torn by issues of faith - whether to stand by Joshua or obey her husband. Then a neighbor becomes pregnant out of wedlock and Carrie longs to adopt the baby. Can she attain her heart's desire, or will her friendship with Joshua derail any chance of future happiness?

    The Things We Cherished

    By Pam Jenoff
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    Pam Jenoff
    Roger Dykmans, a university student, is living with his brother Hans, an international emissary who's secretly working against the Nazis. As time goes by, Roger finds himself increasingly drawn to Magda, Hans' Jewish wife. But their secret world is turned upside down when Magda and her young daughter, Anna, are arrested by the Nazis. The Gestapo make a deal with Roger: if he hands over information about Hans' operations, they'll set Magda and Anna free. Suddenly, Roger is faced with an impossible decision: should he betray his brother to save the woman they both love?Spanning decades and continents, The Things We Cherished explores the strength of true love under the worst of circumstances.
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    This One Is Mine

    By Maria Semple
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    Maria Semple
    Violet Parry is living the quintessential life of luxury in the Hollywood Hills with David, her rock-and-roll manager husband, and her darling toddler, Dot. She has the perfect life - except that she's deeply unhappy. David expects the world of Violet but gives little of himself in return. When she meets Teddy, a roguish small-time bass player, Violet comes alive, and soon she's risking everything for the chance to find herself again. Also in the picture are David's hilariously high-strung sister, Sally, on the prowl for a successful husband, and Jeremy, the ESPN sportscaster savant who falls into her trap. For all their recklessness, Violet and Sally will discover that David and Jeremy have a few surprises of their own. THIS ONE IS MINE is a compassionate and wickedly funny satire about our need for more - and the often disastrous choices we make in the name of happiness.

    Trouble For Lucia

    By E. F. Benson, Miriam Margolyes
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    E. F. Benson
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    Miriam Margolyes
    Taking the position of mayor in the town of Tilling brings much delight to Lucia. However, with her local rival Miss Mapp around, trouble is never far away.Lucia is elevated to her new position with Georgie Pilson as her sidekick, confidant, and escort. Lucia and Georgie renew their acquaintance with the opera diva Olga Braceley and the composer Cortese, but nobody in Tilling believes Lucia when she claims to have entertained a duchess.
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    The Truth About Love

    By Josephine Hart
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    Josephine Hart
    It's dangerous . . . and that's the truth about love . . . A young man shields his terrible wounds from his mother; a husband believes he can love his grief-stricken wife back to life; a young girl puts her own life on hold until her family can find their way back from blinding pain; a man surrenders to the helplessness of obsessive love. Set in Ireland, this brilliant, intense story is about a family named O'Hara who chose to remain in the place of their loss, and the stranger from Germany who has run from his. It's about love - for another, for a country, for family - and survival, and it's remarkable.
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    That Mad Ache

    By Douglas R. Hofstadter, Françoise Sagan
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    Douglas R. Hofstadter, Françoise Sagan
    That Mad Ache , set in high-society Paris in the mid-1960's, recounts the emotional battle unleashed in the heart of Lucile, a sensitive but rootless young woman who finds herself caught between her carefree, tranquil love for 50-year-old Charles, a gentle, reflective, and well-off businessman, and her sudden wild passion for 30-year-old Antoine, a hot-blooded, impulsive, and struggling editor. As Lucile explores these two versions of love, she vacillates in confusion, but in the end she must choose, and her heart's instinct is surprising and poignant. Originally published under the title La Chamade , this new translation by Douglas Hofstadter returns a forgotten classic to English. In Translator, Trader , Douglas Hofstadter reflects on his personal act of devotion in rewriting Françoise Sagan's novel La Chamade in English, and on the paradoxes that constantly plague any literary translator on all scales, ranging from the humblest of commas to entire chapters. Flatly rejecting the common wisdom that translators are inevitably traitors, Hofstadter proposes instead that translators are traders, and that translation, like musical performance, deserves high respect as a creative act. In his view, literary translation is the art of making subtle trades in which one sometimes loses and sometimes gains, often both losing and gaining at the same time. This view implies that there is no reason a translation cannot be as good as the original work, and that the result inevitably bears the stamp of the translator, much as a musical performance inevitably bears the stamp of its artists. Both a companion to the beloved Sagan novel and a singular meditation on translation, Translator, Trader is a witty and intimate exploration of words, ideas, communication, creation, and faithfulness.
  • Too Far Gone

    By Marliss Melton
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    Marliss Melton
    Ellie Stuart finally has second chance at her life. At fifteen, she fell in love with the high school quarterback who promised to love her forever. Now, ten years, three sons, one ugly divorce, and a broken heart later, Ellie is finally starting again in a new city. But one day when she's driving her kids to the store, a van forces her to stop on the road and armed men drag her out of the car, kidnapping her children. Little does she know her ex-husband Carl is in league with the Centurions, a group of politically powerful and wealthy man hell-bent on getting what they want, the law be damned. And the Centurions have no intention of letting one woman's love for her children interfere with their plans... Navy SEAL chief Sean Harlan has a soft spot for Ellie. Watching her struggle to raise and support these three children alone while attending night classes to give her family a better life has really touched his heart. Enamoured with this determined and beautiful woman, there's nothing he wouldn't do for her. The night he discovers her children have been kidnapped, he vows to do anything and everything to get them back.

    Tall Tales And Wedding Veils

    By Jane Graves
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    Jane Graves
    Accountant Heather Montgomery is a planner. So never in her wildest dreams did she think she'd run into sexy charmer Tony McCaffrey in Vegas, play lady luck and celebrate his jackpot with a champagne-soaked night. And she certainly never expected to wake up the next morning married! How could this good girl pick a man whose fridge is empty and whose apartment is a disaster zone, yet still drive her so crazy she can't see straight? Heather's family is thrilled their no-nonsense daughter is finally in love. But Tony can't wait to get back to his playboy ways. However, Heather is more than he bargained for - a sharp-witted, passionate woman who just might turn his life into wedded bliss!
  • To Taste Temptation

    By Elizabeth Hoyt
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    Elizabeth Hoyt
    The ton loves nothing more than a good scandal, and they're giddy with the appearance of wealthy Samuel Hartley. Not only is he self-made, American, and in the habit of wearing moccasins, but he is also notorious for fleeing a battle in which several English gentlemen lost their lives. What the ton doesn't know, though, is that Samuel is in London because of this massacre. He believes his regiment was given up to the enemy and won't rest until he finds the traitor.Lady Emeline Gordon is captivated with Samuel. Not only does he defy convention with his unusual dress, his sensual smile, and his forthright manner, but he survived the battle that killed her beloved brother. Samuel suspects that the person responsible for her brother's death is Jasper Renshaw, Viscount Vale, a family friend since childhood - and Emeline's fiancé. Despite Emeline's belief in Vale's innocence and her refusal to break off her betrothal, she and Samuel begin a passionate affair. But can their relationship survive the fallout from Samuel's investigation?

    Traveller

    By Ron McLarty
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    Ron McLarty
    Jono Riley is an aging bartender and part-time actor struggling to make ends meet in Manhattan. But news of the sudden death of his childhood friend and first true love, Marie D'Agostino, compels Jono to return home for her funeral. As he journeys to Rhode Island, Jono revisits his shadowy past - his three best friends and a series of mysterious shootings that occurred all that time ago.Once home, Jono finds himself drawn into an attempt to find the person responsible for the shootings. Slowly he discovers his childhood friends are not who he thought they were . . .
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  • This Heart Of Mine

    By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
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    Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    'I love Susan Elizabeth Phillips' books. This is women's fiction at its best' Jayne Ann KrentzMolly Somerville has grown up in the shadow of her beautiful and glamorous big sister. Phoebe is beautiful, blissfully married, and the owner of the most successful professional football team in America. Molly is a struggling children's writer who earned her reputation for trouble even before she gave away her fifteen million dollar inheritance. And Molly's long term crush on her sister's star player, Kevin Tucker doesn't help matters- especially as the gorgeous, model-chasing hunk can't even remember her name.But one fateful weekend sees Molly and Kevin marooned together at a remote cabin. The experience is life-changing but the results are disastrous. Before the dust settles, Kevin's in trouble with his boss. And Molly's in even deeper trouble with her heart . . .'First Star I See Tonight is Susan Elizabeth Phillips at her best - funny, charming and un-put-downable' Susan Mallery'Fall into the addictive voice of Susan Elizabeth Phillips - compulsively readable and deeply satisfying!' Robyn Carr'I always laugh my head off when I read Susan Elizabeth Phillips' novels. She never fails to leave a smile on my face' Catherine Coulter'I love Susan Elizabeth Phillips' books. Her writing is infused with intense emotion, sharp characterization, subtle wit and a rare energy that is absolutely irresistible. When I open one of her books I know I'm in for an exhilarating ride. This is women's fiction at its best' Jayne Ann Krentz
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  • Tears Of The Moon

    By Nora Roberts
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    Nora Roberts
    A talented songwriter, Shawn Gallagher spends his days lost in reverie and wonder, oblivious to the wiles of women and the ways of the world. He claims that he's content with his life, but his music tells a different story - one of loneliness and desperate longing. No one understands why Shawn doesn't put his musical gift to profitable use - least of all Brenna O'Toole, a fiercely independent tomboy who has been secretly in love with him for years. But it is only when Shawn gives into the mysteries of magic that he gets the chance to fulfill his destiny as a man and a musician.
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    Ten Seconds From The Sun

    By Russell Celyn Jones
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    Russell Celyn Jones
    Ray Greenland is an exemplary family man and Thames River pilot who can navigate people safely in the here and now, while his wife Lily, in her capacity as a director of a dating agency, arranges their happy futures. But what none of those around him know, including Lily and their children, is that Ray's life is not his own; he is mortgaged to a past that might, at any time, come to claim him back.When Ray was twelve he did something so wrong he must live under a false identity for the rest of his life. He tries to atone by loving his family, while protecting them against the pernicious truth; telling stories from other people's happier lives and claiming them as his own. The only safe place for him is on the lower reaches of the Thames. But it's on land where Ray's past resurfaces and a lifetime of caution may not be enough to save him.TEN SECONDS FROM THE SUN has the pace and hallmark of a classic tragedy, reaching back into the mythology of childhood and revealing it as an avenging nemesis.
  • Time To Run

    By Marliss Melton
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    Marliss Melton
    One ChanceSara Garret thought the military lawyer she married would be the perfect husband and father. But he has become her worst nightmare. Now, one vicious act has driven Sara to take their young son and flee. And she discovers that the only thing more frightening than running away... is trusting a stranger.One ShotChase McCaffrey is a damn good sniper, and an even better SEAL- but he's no knight in shining armour. Still, he can't refuse Sara's plea for help. Nor can he control the attraction he starts to feel. What grows between Sara and Chase is electrifying and irresistable. What they must face is terrifying: an explosive combination of sinister calculation and murderous rage.