One Good Friend Deserves Another
By Lisa Verge Higgins
Dhara, Kelly, Marta & Wendy have been the closest of friends since college. So close, in fact, that after a series of romantic disasters, they bond together to create rules of relationships meant to keep their hearts safe. Now, at the far side of thirty-five, those rules seem to have worked for them: Wendy, a curator of a local museum, is due to marry a longtime boyfriend in an over-the-top society wedding; Marta, a high-powered Latina partner in a white-shoe law firm, is living with a sexy Cuban entrepreneur; Kelly, the tech-geek computer programmer, seems happy in her introverted singlehood. Only Dhara, an Indian-American cardiologist, is struggling after the abrupt end of a long-term relationship. When she suddenly agrees to a traditional arranged marriage, her girlfriends gather for an intervention in the hopes of stopping her from making a terrible mistake. There's one problem: Dhara is convinced this marriage to a stranger can work.In the face of Dhara's determination, the girls are forced to examine every assumption they'd ever held about love. And as old relationships crumble and dangerous new ones emerge, the girls realize that the rules that they made to keep their hearts safe have shielded them from the riskier possibilities of true love. In the end, love is a blind leap off a steep cliff-and the best your friends can do is cradle you as you fall.
On Hummingbird Wings
By Lauraine Snelling
But Mother is always dying,' is Gillian Ormsby's sarcastic response when her younger, favoured sister tells her she has to go take care of their hypochondriac mother. Much against her will, since she and her mother never have gotten along, Gillian arrives in California to find the garden and yard dead, the blinds all drawn and her mother indeed in bed - waiting to die. But when Gillian talks with the doctor, he assures her there's no medical reason behind her mother's state. Now on a mission to restore her mother to health, Gillian insists Mother get out of bed, eat, exercise and hopefully, choose to live. She also sets about reviving the garden to its former glory, enlisting the help of Adam, a handsome man who owns a family gardening business with his father. Gillian is delighted when a pair of hummingbirds appear and her friendship with Adam grows. Soon, Mother's health improves and one day she announces she and her friend Enzio are going on a cruise. Before Gillian has time to turn around, her mother is gone and she is left high and dry again and wondering, what is she going to do with the rest of her own life.
Old Border Road
By Susan Froderberg
Katherine is 17, living alone in the beautiful, desolate landscape of southern Arizona. Her mother is feckless, her father busy with his new family. Meeting Son, the scion of a local rancher, seems like deliverance. They marry and live as a family in his parents' venerable adobe house, but it soon becomes clear that Son is a man who, as his father says, has a 'young heart near withered beneath the breastbone.'Katherine must find her own way during a dangerous months-long drought, when everything seems to be disintegrating around her. Susan Froderberg's incantatory language-and her deep knowledge of both the complexities of a small, deeply-rooted place and the human heart-make OLD BORDER ROAD soar.
By Daniel Lyons
Welcome to the mind- to the world- of Fake Steve Jobs. Fake Steve the counterintuitive management guru:"Obviously we can't literally put our employees' lives at risk. But we have to make them feel that way.&rdquo Fake Steve the celebrity hobnobber:"I like Bono. He's the only person I know who's more self-absorbed than I am.&rdquo Options is the book that had the critics howling- with laughter: "A voice for our own digital age....Mac-slappingly funny.&rdquo- Newsweek.com"Hilarious.&rdquo- New York Times "There's a laugh-out-loud moment on nearly each one of the book's pages.&rdquo- Wall Street Journal "Wickedly funny.&rdquo- San Francisco Chronicle
Ooh La La!
By Franck Spengler, Maxim Jakubowski
People say the French stay slim thanks to their good wine and regular meals. This might prove to be the case, but the hottest erotica currently being written flows from the sexy pens of French women of letters. On the basis that writers of erotica are often known to find inspiration in their own lives and experiences, one can only draw certain conclusions! Dominique Aury under the penname Pauline Réage wrote The Story of O in 1954 and opened the floodgates for a whole new, sulphurous tradition of female erotica, since appropriated by female writers all over the world, including Anne Rice in the USA writing as A.N. Roquelaure. But the wonderfully perverse imagination of French authors has continued unabated ever since, and the daughters of O are now legions, including leading lights like Catherine Millet, Regine Deforges, Francoise Rey, Vanessa Duries, Florence Dugas, Alina Reyes, and the famous fashion designer Sonia Rykiel, all of whom contributed to this collection. French literary sex is hot, elegant, gently perverse, quietly shocking, and always arousing , and these twenty-nine stories will leave no reader indifferent.
The Oyster, Volumes 3 and 4
By Bill Adler
Blue Moon Books proudly reissues the classic Victorian erotica series that has sold collectively over one-half million copies. "The Oyster" was a journal published in Victorian England that celebrated, rather than vilified, the pleasures of the flesh. Displaying a totally uninhibited and delightfully erotic style, it had to be written anonymously and privately distributed. The journal was largely forgotten until an obscure edition was rediscovered in the 1980s,the result was a literary sensation. Here, we continue our relaunch of the series, with volumes three and four. The style is fun and funny, and with descriptions so frank they still have the power to shock.
Ode To Joy
By Shifra Horn
Following a terrorist explosion on a bus in Jerusalem, Yael, a married mother who narrowly escaped the attack, is haunted by the last image she recalls before the horror: a little blonde child waving to her from the window of the bus, and the sound of Beethoven's Ode to Joy, which was playing on her car radio. Yael's husband, Nachum, seems unable, or unwilling to understand what she has been through, and although her friends and colleagues are sympathetic, they cannot share her pain. Still traumatised, she feels compelled to seek out the blonde child's grieving father, the enigmatic and mysterious Avshalom. Drawn to him through their mutual suffering and fascinated by his unusual background, Yael begins to fall helplessly in love with him. Avshalom too, cannot deny his own feelings, but his belief that the loss of his wife and child is divine punishment for past sins overshadows any glimmer of hope for their future.
On Moral Fiction
By John Gardner
A genuine classic of literary criticism, On Moral Fiction argues that "true art is by its nature moral."