New Arrivals - Fiction
Set in the closing months of World War II in an American bomber squadron off the coast of Italy, Catch-22 is the story of a bombardier named Yossarian who is frantic and furious because thousands of people he has never even met keep trying to kill him.
Following years of catastrophic hurricanes, the Gulf Coast--stretching from the Florida panhandle to the western Louisiana border--has been brought to its knees. The region is so punished and depleted that the government has drawn a new boundary ninety miles north of the coastline. Life below the Line offers no services, no electricity, and no resources, and those who stay behind live by their own rules. Cohen is one who stayed.
Nearing the end of his life, financier Harry Wainwright journeys to a rustic fishing camp in Maine and leaves a profound legacy for a haunted young man, a Vietnam draft evader, a woman Harry loved for three decades, and a spirited young woman who holds a key to the past.
Agreeing to help a young woman who has been abducted and traumatized, Jenny Rowan finds long-buried memories coming to the surface, which sets in motion an unexpected chain of events in a world of political turmoil.
Lila and Elena are now in their twenties. Marriage appears to have imprisoned Lila. Meanwhile, Elena continues her journey of self-discovery. The two young women share a complex and evolving bond that brings them close at times, and drives them apart at others. Each vacillates between hurtful disregard and profound love for the other. With this complicated and meticulously portrayed friendship at the center of their emotional lives, the two girls mature into women, paying the cruel price that this passage exacts.
In an instant, Bea felt almost normal with Beck, and as if she could fall in love again, but things change when the psychotherapist who has been helping her deal with past romantic relationships puts her in a group with Beck--a group for teens with obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Romance is supposed to be the spice of life. But Maxie Pierce is so done with bad relationships--well, almost. She just has to get rid of the latest loser, Roberto. Besides, she has more important things to worry about. Her daddy, Texas Jack Pierce, king of the chili cook-off circuit, has been missing for nearly six weeks now. In his place, she must team up with her irritating half sister, Sylvia, to promote the family business at the Taos Chili Showdown, to be judged by celebrity chef Carter Donnelly. But when Maxie discovers Roberto's body in the chef's trailer--only hours after publicly breaking up with him while wearing a giant red chili pepper costume--she suddenly finds she's the one in the spotlight as the police pepper her with questions. Now this Chili Chick needs to kick up the search to catch the real killer and get back to finding her father"--Page 4 of cover.
"Victor and Eli started out as college roommates-- brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong. Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find-- aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge-- but who will be left alive at the end?" -- from publisher's web site.
"One final Christmas wish could change their lives forever. . . Nora Connors Rainer has returned to her hometown, Linden Corners, to tend to her elderly but spunky mother--and to nurse a broken heart. To keep busy, Nora opens "A Doll's Attic," a consignment shop where locals can unload their unwanted heirlooms--or search for new treasures. And eighty-five year old Thomas Van Diver hands Nora her first challenge: track down a rare, vintage item that holds powerful childhood memories of his father and their very last Christmas together. Soon, with the help of new friend Brian Duncan, and his irrepressible young charge, Janey, they'll uncover the mysteries of Christmas past--and create a Christmas present that just might restore their hope, and fulfill everyone's deepest wishes. . . Praise for Joseph Pittman's Linden Corners novels
After she meets Andrew, Livvi Gray hopes to break free from her past and to escape a recurring nightmare, but there may be too many secrets to overcome.
After being struck by lightning, pediatric psychiatrist Dr. Owen Lerner only wants to barbecue and his patients and family, who rely on him to make sense of their world, must find a way to deal with this life-changing event.
Returning to his mythological Falls, North Carolina home of Widow, the author presents three novellas set in today's South, a place revolutionized around freer sexuality, looser family ties and superior telecommunications.
It hasn't been easy for Joe Harris to live down his not-so-honorable past, but the military made him a better man. He's determined to make up for past mistakes, starting with coming home to care for his ailing father. Things are going as planned until his best friend's little sister comes barreling into his life. Funny, quick talking, smart, beautiful, she's a temptation he tries and fails to resist.
A collection of stories focuses on suburban nuclear families, including "Senior Season," "Nine Inches" and "The Smile on Happy Chang's Face."
Devoted to the husband whose family took her in as an orphan, Ruth wonders about her choices and the life they will share when her husband retires as the head of a private boys' school to which the couple has given everything they have.
An accomplished poet tries his hand at songwriting, Quaker meetings, and tobacco experiments while he copes with his ex-girlfriend's new relationship with a local NPR radio host.
When her grown son, his wife and their young son move in with her, successful Manhattan psychologist Myra hires Eva, a Peruvian immigrant newly arrived in New York, as a nanny, and as Eva insinsuates herself into the family, the household reaches a disastrous boiling point.
The disturbing fate of a runaway older sister is gradually revealed in a tale told from the perspectives of the Hurst family, including a teen girl whose hallucinogen use has landed her in a mental ward, an autistic youth who is regressing into his own world, a workaholic and alcoholic father and an insidiously manipulative mother.
Lady Serena Carlow's eccentric father has left her guardianship to the Marquis of Rotherham, who has complete control over her. She is displeased to say the least, but when she spends time with the Marquis, she can't help but wonder if her feelings are those of sheer aggravation or if they are of a more tender nature.
Hope Tantry and her friends, Anna Page and Julie, discover astonishing secrets about Hope's identity while perusing coded journals, puzzle boxes, and other artifacts in a Lake District cabin Hope's mother used as a literary retreat.