To emigrate or not? That’s the question facing pregnant Signe and her family. They go... then wish they hadn't. After a difficult trip from Norway to Minnesota, they're met with demanding relatives who force them into harsh labor to repay their passage. With fascinating insight into early-1900s' life and the trials immigrants faced, this is the first of the series.
An epic historical military fantasy, inspired by the violent history of China's 20th century, follows the efforts of an unexpected, dark-skinned war orphan to obtain an education at Nikan's most elite military school in spite of prejudice and the challenges of her lethal shaman skills, which raise her awareness about the existence of gods and the imminence of war.
As we learn the reasons that each person is attending the Big Oakland Powwow momentum builds toward a shocking yet inevitable conclusion that changes everything. This large cast of interwoven characters depicts the experience of Native Americans living in urban settings. A wondrous and shattering portrait of an America few of us have ever seen.
Framed by enemies within the NYPD and forced to serve a decade in prison, private detective Joe King Oliver receives a confession from a woman who helped set him up, a situation that compels him to investigate his own case at the same time he assists a black radical journalist who has been wrongly accused of murdering two corrupt cops.
Meet one of the most pragmatic protagonists in history. Alexia Tarabotti has no soul, which means she can turn supernatural creatures mortal again, and has no time for the social etiquette of aristocratic Victorian London. Both of these traits get her into trouble when unexpected vampires enter the city, and the dreadful werewolf, Lord Maccon, is tasked to investigate in this steampunk comedy of manners. – Sarah L.
Feeling transient at twenty-nine, Hannah goes out with friends one night and runs into an old boyfriend, but when she is given the choice between leaving the bar and staying, two concurrent storylines follow the outcomes of both decisions.
Florida is an American state and a state of mind in Groff's stunning story collection, where her human characters face elemental dangers from all sides – hurricanes, panthers, gators, swamps and starvation – as they navigate their own fears and anxieties of the world and their place in it. The writing is wrapped in metaphor, and at times approaches magical realism – but each story is so lyrical and suffocating you can almost feel the humidity and smell the rot.
A collection of entertaining personal essays that are self-deprecating, honest, heartbreaking and heartwarming (I highly recommend the audio version). Irby tackles everything from her complicated childhood to mental health to modern dating. I especially enjoyed her essays on falling in love and how surprisingly predictable and boring it can be – and should be?
In this pioneering work, readers will find engaging scientific research and stories from historical geniuses and everyday individuals who have not only made the most of their conditions, but who have flourished because of them.
Is there a secret to happiness? Offering herself up as a human guinea pig in a series of thoroughly unscientific experiments, Poundstone tries out a different get-happy hypothesis in each chapter of her data-driven search. Does any of it work? You may be laughing too hard to care.
An eminent sociologist explains how the resilience of communities can be found not only in shared values but in such shared spaces as libraries, child-care centers, and gardens that enable life-transforming human connections. Offers an inspiring blueprint for rebuilding our fractured society – and safeguarding democracy.
This series opener is a sweet, funny, food-centered romance that follows chef Rachel Bishop as she tries to rebuild her career by joining forces with the man who inadvertently set the disaster in motion. A repentant Alex Kanin helps her host an exclusive pop-up dinner party for Denver foodies. A charmingly written tale of faith, love, friendship, and food, this will leave you hungry for the next installment.
When Fiona comes home to find strangers moving into her house, she's sure there's been a mistake. She and her estranged husband, Bram, have a modern coparenting arrangement, where each parent spends a few nights a week with their two sons. But the system built to protect their family ends up putting them in terrible jeopardy. Now Bram and the children have disappeared. As events spiral, Fiona will discover just how many lies her husband was weaving. But Bram's not the only one with things to hide, and some secrets are best kept to oneself, safe as houses.
Maisie Dobbs was a WWI nurse and has become a ‘psychologist and investigator’ in London. Now in the spring of 1940, while investigating the disappearance of a young apprentice working on a secret government contract she’s discovered suspicious links to the London underworld and another boy close to her heart. A complex and admirable character you’ll want to get to know.
I heard this author interviewed on NPR just as I was starting to read it. It’s such a good book, and not just for teens or graphic novel fans. Anyone who’s lived in or witnessed a dysfunctional family will appreciate what a great job the author does at capturing the tragic, comic, and emotional life he lived as a young person.
Irene is a professional spy for the mysterious Library, a shadowy organization that collects important works of fiction from many alternative realities. She is soon caught in a puzzling web of deadly danger, conflicting clues, and sinister secret societies. And failure is not an option--because it isn't just Irene's reputation at stake, it's the nature of reality itself...
Hayden and her best friend Del must confront the secrets of Hayden's past in a house that holds all the mysteries of her childhood--and might be the last protection against the dark powers in the surrounding woods.
When an unlikely friendship is sparked between relatively popular Kit Lowell and socially isolated David Drucker, Kit asks David for his help figuring out the how and why of her father's tragic car accident
Sensitive Molly tries to support her once-cynical twin Cassie when Cassie falls head over heels with a cute new girl. If Molly can win over the girl’s hipster boy-sidekick, her life will be made, but an unexpected love triangle and twin dynamics complicate things.
When Chris joins the staff at her local record store, she's surprised to find out that her co-workers share a secret: they're all members of a secret fight club that take on the patriarchy and fight crime!
When seventeen-year-old Abby Turner is rejected from an art show because her work “has no heart” she gives herself one month to do ten things, ranging from face a fear (#3) to learn a stranger's story (#5) to fall in love (#8). Funny and romantic, this effervescent story about family, friendship, and finding yourself is perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen and Jenny Han.
When Marjorie, who’s in charge of her family's laundry business, encounters Wendell, a ghost seeking purpose in the forbidden human world, the pair must find a solution to Wendell's hauntings that are causing chaos in Marjorie's life.
Separated from her detained mother after moving from Haiti to America, Fabiola struggles to navigate the home of her loud cousins and a new school on Detroit's gritty west side, where a surprising romance and a dangerous proposition challenge her ideas about freedom.
In 1917 Kent, England, eighteen-year-old Imogene Chively's father has chosen Ernest Steeple as her future husband, but his younger brother, Benjamin, wins her heart while she is giving him drawing lessons, all while someone seeks to do them harm.
When the murals painted on the walls of her Brooklyn neighborhood start to change and fade in front of her, Sierra Santiago realizes that something strange is going on--then she discovers her Puerto Rican family are shadowshapers and finds herself in a battle with an evil anthropologist for the lives of her family and friends.
A fresh, charming rom-com about Nathan Bird, an aspiring screenwriter who has sworn off happy endings but is sorely tested when his former best friend, Ollie, moves back to town. After a painful mix-up when they were little, Nate finally has the chance to tell Ollie the truth about his feelings. But can Nate find the courage to pursue his own happily ever after?
Future investigative reporter Sabrina, fourteen, researches a popular website where people post horror videos, hoping to prove they are not as real as they seem until her sister, a big fan of the site, disappears.
Henry Denton has spent years being periodically abducted by aliens. Then the aliens give him an ultimatum: The world will end in 144 days, and all Henry has to do to stop it is push a big red button.Only he isn't sure he wants to.
A counting book full of numbers, words, and beautiful objects to discover .In this clever lift-the-flap book, each page appears to have only one object on it. But lift the flaps and look again to discover what is really going on.
The Greystone kids thought they knew. They've been a happy family, just the three of them and their mom. But everything changes when reports of three kidnapped children reach the Greystone kids, and they're shocked by the startling similarities between themselves and these complete strangers?
Join Kat, the musical kitten, and Bird, her kind-hearted pal, as they learn to count and keep the beat. Sure to have readers clapping, counting, and cheering for more as they learn about rhythm and how to count in this inventive board book that shows the power of song.
When Stephen Hawking was a little boy, he used to stare up at the stars and wonder about the universe. His curiosity took him to the best universities in England and led him to make one of the biggest scientific discoveries of the 20th century: Hawking radiation.
A novel in verse prequel to The Crossover, in which Chuck Bell takes center stage. Readers get a glimpse of his childhood and how he became the jazz music worshiping, basketball star his sons look up to.
A world of being new is waiting for little ones and the grown-ups who love them in this warm and funny book perfect for baby showers. From napping to crying, cuddling to playing, this book introduces the world with humor, honesty, and unmitigated sweetness.
Pink is for boys . . . and girls . . . and everyone! This timely and beautiful picture book rethinks and reframes the stereotypical blue/pink gender binary and empowers kids-and their grown-ups-to express themselves in every color of the rainbow.
8-year old Drake is snatched up by King Roland's soldier and taken to be trained as a Dragon Master. He is joined by three other young Dragon Masters-in-training: Ana, Rori, and Bo who must learn how to connect with and train their dragons. They must also uncover their dragons' special powers
Cookie has woken up on the wrong side of the bed and is very angry. You want to know why? Well, you'd have to keep reading to find out, but now Cookie's calling you annoying and telling you to mind your own business.
Everyone feels worried at times, and young children are no exception. Friendly and reassuring, this book geared to preschool and primary children explains what worries are and how it feels to be worried.