The House Guest by Mark Edwards

The House Guest by Mark  EdwardsA perfect summer. A perfect stranger. A perfect nightmare.

When British twenty-somethings Ruth and Adam are offered the chance to spend the summer housesitting in New York, they can’t say no. Young, in love and on the cusp of professional success, they feel as if luck is finally on their side.

So the moment that Eden turns up on the doorstep, drenched from a summer storm, it seems only right to share a bit of that good fortune. Beautiful and charismatic, Eden claims to be a friend of the homeowners, who told her she could stay whenever she was in New York.

They know you’re not supposed to talk to strangers—let alone invite them into your home—but after all, Eden’s only a stranger until they get to know her.

As suspicions creep in that Eden may not be who she claims to be, they begin to wonder if they’ve made a terrible mistake…

The House Guest is the chilling new psychological thriller from the three million copy bestselling author of Here to Stay and Follow You Home.

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Categories: money

If You Must Know by Jamie Beck

If You Must Know by Jamie BeckLife turns upside down for two sisters in Wall Street Journal bestselling author Jamie Beck’s emotional novel about how secrets and differences can break—or bind—a family.

Sisters Amanda Foster and Erin Turner have little in common except the childhood bedroom they once shared and the certainty each feels that her way of life is best. Amanda follows the rules—at the school where she works; in her community; and as a picture-perfect daughter, wife, and mother-to-be. Erin follows her heart—in love and otherwise—living a bohemian lifestyle on a shoestring budget and honoring her late father’s memory with a passion for music and her fledgling bath-products business.

The sisters are content leading separate but happy lives in their hometown of Potomac Point until everything is upended by lies that force them to confront unsettling truths about their family, themselves, and each other. For sisters as different as these two, building trust doesn’t come easily—especially with one secret still between them—but it may be the only way to save their family.

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Categories: zimbabwe

Driftwood by Marya Layth

Driftwood by Marya LaythMarya Layth uses poetry as a lifeline into the most light-deprived places of the past. Ghosts are reawakened and their features are conjured with achingly honest detail—a reminder that "abuse has no expiration date".

'Driftwood' is a current that pulls you into the deep sea where daylight becomes a myth. And yet there is breath in the water. Layth proclaims "sink as the victim, emerge as the survivor" as much to herself as she does to the reader.

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Categories: theology

The Pleasure Plan by Laura Zam

The Pleasure Plan by Laura  ZamAUTOGRAPHED COPY
Has the virus left you stressed? Time for some pleasure! Based on award-winning author Laura Zam's essay in New York Times Modern Love, THE PLEASURE PLAN is a memoir, sexual healing guide, and love story⎯all in one. This wild ride features 30 pleasure-enhancing methods, including Tantra with a geriatric mistress, hypnosis with a bawdy therapist, and cutting-edge workshops in erotic (and everyday) delight.

"Zam is funny, smart and one hell of an educator. All women need a Pleasure Plan.” -Betty Dodson, PhD, sexologist, Netflix sex educator, bestselling author of Sex for One

“Laura Zam’s work is passionate, witty, psychologically astute, filled with wisdom and good healing karma" -Susan Shapiro, New York Times bestselling author of Unhooked and Five Men Who Broke My Heart

“The Pleasure Plan is a fiercely empowering tale, an intimate portrait of a couple that is also a map for greater enjoyment of sex and connection. Brave and inspiring!” — Aspen Matis, bestselling author of Girl in the Woods and Your Blue Is Not My Blue: A Missing Person Memoir

Zam coverage: NPR, PBS, The Washington Post, HuffPost, The Guardian UK

Zam Awards:
*National Endowment for the Arts, panelist
*DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Fellowship, 5 X winner
*Amiri Baraka Literary Prize, 1st place
*Tennessee Williams Fellowship, The University
*Open Society Fund grant

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Categories: chivalry

The Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall

The Dearly Beloved by Cara WallCharles has his life path planned. A brilliant young man, heir to a hefty Boston fortune, son of a Harvard professor, his destiny is to be a professor of history. But he eschews that career to pursue divinity studies. When he meets Lily in the Radcliffe library, she is quick to inform him she doesn’t believe in God. But Charles can’t let her go. Their marriage is predicated on a deep love – and a deep understanding of the chasm between them.

James grew up in a hardscrabble Irish Catholic family in Chicago – and spent much of his youth attending to his alcoholic father and fearful mother. He sees his future change when a relative leaves him enough money to attend college. Here he develops his moral outrage, and civic-mindedness. When he meets Nan, he knows she is too good for him. The devout and beloved daughter of a minister and a debutante from Mississippi, Nan’s life was supposed to be predictable: Ole Miss and a hometown husband. But then her father insists she leave Mississippi for college. And then she meets James.

In THE DEARLY BELOVED, we follow these two couples through courtship and marriage, to their inevitable connection in New York City in 1963. When Charles and James are appointed co-pastors at the storied Third Presbyterian Church, the couples’ fates become entwined – uncomfortably.

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Categories: young-adult-contemporary

Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane

Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth KeaneEnter for a chance to win one of 100 digital copies of ASK AGAIN, YES! ”This is one beautiful book. I was wowed by Keane’s writing and narrative skill—and by what she knows about trouble.” --Stephen King

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Categories: fostering

A Decent Family by Rosa Ventrella

A Decent Family by Rosa VentrellaFor fans of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan series comes a captivating family saga focused on a willful young woman’s struggles against her oppressive small town by acclaimed Italian author Rosa Ventrella.

In old Bari, everyone knows Maria De Santis as “Malacarne,” the bad seed. Nicknamed for her dark features, volcanic temperament, and resistance to rules, the headstrong girl can only imagine the possibilities that lie outside her poverty-stricken neighborhood.

Growing up with her mother, two brothers, and a tyrannical father, Maria must abide. She does—amid the squalid life to which she was born, the cruelties of her small-minded neighbors, and violence in a constant threat of eruption. As she reconciles her need for escape with the allegiance she feels toward her family, Maria has her salvations: her secret friend, Michele, son of a rival family and every bit the outsider she is, and her passion for books, which may someday take her far, far away.

In this exquisitely rendered and sensory-rich novel, Rosa Ventrella explores the limits of loyalty, the redeeming power of friendship and love, and the fire in the soul of one woman who was born to break free.

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Categories: fables

Aftershocks by Nadia Owusu

Aftershocks by Nadia OwusuThis poetic, genre-bending work—blending memoir with cultural history—from Whiting Award winner Nadia Owusu grapples with the fault lines of identity, the meaning of home, black womanhood, and the ripple effects, both personal and generational, of emotional trauma.

Nadia Owusu grew up all over the world—from Rome and London to Dar-es-Salaam and Kampala. When her mother abandoned her when she was two years old, the rejection caused Nadia to be confused about her identity. Even after her father died when she was thirteen and she was raised by her stepmother, she was unable to come to terms with who she was since she still felt motherless and alone.

When Nadia went to university in America when she was eighteen she still felt as if she had so many competing personas that she couldn’t keep track of them all without cracking under the pressure of trying to hold herself together. A powerful coming-of-age story that explores timely and universal themes of identity, Aftershocks follows Nadia’s life as she hauls herself out of the wreckage and begins to understand that the only ground firm enough to count on is the one she writes into existence.

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Categories: wonder-woman