Syracuse University professor and one-time geological engineer George Saunders delivers a collection of fantasticalstories, including "Home," a wryly whimsical account of a soldier's return from war; "Victory Lap," a tale about an inventive abduction attempt; and the title story, in which a suicidal cancer patient saves the life of a young misfit.
After a woman disappears on her fifth wedding anniversary, her diary reveals hidden turmoil in her marriage. Her husband is desperate to clear himself of suspicion and soon discovers that the truth about what happened is even more disturbing than murder.
Bored housewife Dellarobia Turnbow is tired of living in poverty on a failing farm, and she's frustrated by her marriage to the boy who got her pregnant in high school. Then one day, as she's hiking through rural Tennessee on her way to meet a lover, she witnesses a miraculous event on an Appalachian mountainside. The beautiful, ominous vision ignites a media and religious firestorm that changes her life forever. Barbara Kingsolver addresses rural life, climate change and environmental stewardship in this story of personal awakening.
After a brutal attack on his mother, 13-year-old Joe Coutts pursues the truth — and a sense of justice, separate from law enforcement. In this National Book Award-winning novel, Louise Erdrich unspools a mystery that has upturned both a North Dakota reservation and the family that Coutts hopes to save.
In the conclusion to the Wheel of Time series, all of humanity is in peril as Rand al'Thor moves forward to break the seals on the Dark One's prison, and the Last Battle will determine the fate of the world.
Flavia de Luce, an 11-year-old genius and chemistry whiz, has found yet another homicide to solve. When Flavia's town opens the crypt of its patron saint, it finds a body that's far from ancient: the disturbingly masked corpse of the church organist. Who would have killed him, and why would the killer hide him there? Flavia's on the case.
Two novellas provide insight on the human condition as a 60-year-old art history academic embarks on an unexpected journey of discovery, and a young farm boy is drawn to the water of Lake Michigan as an escape.
In 1923, 15-year-old Hattie Shepherd flees Georgia, hoping for a chance at a better life. Instead, she marries a man who will bring her nothing but disappointment, and watches helplessly as her firstborn twins succumb to an illness a few pennies could have prevented. Hattie gives birth to nine more children, whom she raises with grit and mettle and not an ounce of the tenderness they crave. Their lives tell the story of a mother's monumental courage and the journey of a nation.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh was often overshadowed by her famous husband, Charles. But Melanie Benjamin's historical novel brings Anne to the forefront, illuminating both her independent accomplishments as an aviator and the heartbreak and triumph of her personal life.
Serena Frome isn't much of a spy. She got recruited into MI5 by her Cambridge history tutor and winds up on the clerical side of the operation, cross-filing schemes and plots to stop terrorists. Then one day, in the middle of the Cold War, she's handed her first secret mission: to cultivate and fund British intellectuals whose politics align with those of the government. Its code name is "Sweet Tooth."
Seth Weinstein is on his way to his destination wedding in Florida. He has survived an airport prank by his groomsmen, and he thinks it's going to be smooth sailing from now on. Little does he know what's in store: Russian gangsters, angry strippers, a pimp as big as the Death Star, a desperate Haitian refugee and her two children on the run from some very bad men, and an 11-foot albino Burmese python named Blossom.
Jilted by her fiance, Quaker Honor Bright leaves the comfort of her native England for the harsh frontier farmland of 1850 Ohio. Among strangers and feeling the pressures of an alien world, Honor struggles to ford a cultural divide wider than the Atlantic she just crossed. And soon a new urgency takes hold: Honor joins the Underground Railroad, aiding runaway slaves in their escape to freedom.
Mary Oliver returns to the imagery that has come to define her life's work, transporting us to the marshland and coastline of her beloved home, Provincetown, Mass. She shares the wonder of dawn, the grace of animals and the transformative power of attention. Whether studying the leaves of a tree or mourning her adored dog Percy, she patiently observes the teachings contained in the smallest of moments.
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