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Peter Taylor - A Summons to Memphis

One of the most celebrated novels of its time, the Pulitzer Prize winner A Summons to Memphis introduces the Carver family, natives of Nashville, residents, with the exception of Phillip, of Memphis, Tennessee.During the twilight of a Sunday afternoon in March, New York book editor Phillip Carvermore...One of the most celebrated novels of its time, the Pulitzer Prize winner A Summons to Memphis introduces the Carver family, natives of Nashville, residents, with the exception of Phillip, of Memphis, Tennessee.During the twilight of a Sunday afternoon in March, New York book editor Phillip Carver receives an urgent phone call from each of his older, unmarried sisters. They plead with Phillip to help avert their widower father's impending remarriage to a younger woman. Hesitant to get embroiled in a family drama, he reluctantly agrees to go back south, only to discover the true motivation behing his sisters' concern. While there, Phillip is forced to confront his domineering siblings, a controlling patriarch, and flood of memories from this troubled past.Peter Taylor is one of the masters of Southern literature, whose work stands in the company of Eudora Walty, James Agee, and Walker Percy. In A Summons to Memphis, he composed a richly evocative story of revenge, resolution, and redemption, and gave us a classic work of American literature.

Publisher: Vintage
Published: Jun 29, 1999
Pages: 209
ISBN: 9780375701177

Kelly Gardiner - Swashbuckler Trilogy: Pirate's Revenge bk. 2

The story of Lily Swan and the pirate ship Mermaid continues: As Napoleon's fleet descends on Malta, Lily and her crew begin a new career, smuggling food into Malta under the order of their friend Hussein Reis. In the course of one such visit, Lily learns that her long lost father may in factmore...The story of Lily Swan and the pirate ship Mermaid continues: As Napoleon's fleet descends on Malta, Lily and her crew begin a new career, smuggling food into Malta under the order of their friend Hussein Reis. In the course of one such visit, Lily learns that her long lost father may in fact still be alive. Unexpectedly Lily again encounters the vile Captain Diablo, who forces Lily to reveal the location of the famed Golden Grotto, seeking its fabled wealth but when he finds it empty he abandons her in the darkness. As she digs her way out Lily discovers the true treasure of the grotto - dozens of pearls in a hidden cavern. Rescued by the faithful Jem and her loyal crew, Lily's silver sword is soon put to the test ? but once again Diablo intervenes and Lily is cast adrift with Hussein Reis in a tiny boat without oars, sails, food or water - the traditional pirate's revenge. As they struggle to survive death, Reis reveals his true identity as Lily's father - and her anger at his deception isn't appeased by their eventual rescue. A stirring continuation of the Swashbuckler Trilogy, The Pirate's Revenge is another exciting adventure on the high seas and a fitting sequel to Ocean Without End.

Publisher: HarperCollins New Zealand
Published: Oct 1, 2006
ISBN: 1869505867

Frances Hodgson Burnett - The Secret Garden By Frances Hodgson Burnett

Nine-year-old Mary Lennox's transformation from a petulant, spoiled child to care-free lass on the moors of England opens as the girl finds herself suddenly orphaned in India. Sent to live with her self-absorbed uncle on his huge estate in Yorkshire, Mary is charmed against her will by themore...Nine-year-old Mary Lennox's transformation from a petulant, spoiled child to care-free lass on the moors of England opens as the girl finds herself suddenly orphaned in India. Sent to live with her self-absorbed uncle on his huge estate in Yorkshire, Mary is charmed against her will by the cheerful Dickon, a boy who can charm wild animals. She also discovers Colin, the hidden invalid son of her uncle, who is just as spoiled as she. After Mary finds an intriguing walled garden that had not been taken care of for 10 years, the children immerse themselves in secretly tending it, and through the joy of nurturing living things, grow in health

Publisher: Harper Trophy
Published: Jan 1, 1900

Holly Lisle - Gods Old and Dark (The World Gates, Book 3)

The spellbinding conclusion to the magnificent epic of fantastic adventure and worlds within worlds. Live magic has returned to the Earth -- as the demons of every universe gather to destroy it ... The World Gates offer passage into countless realms, dimensions, and nightmares, changing forever thosemore...The spellbinding conclusion to the magnificent epic of fantastic adventure and worlds within worlds. Live magic has returned to the Earth -- as the demons of every universe gather to destroy it ... The World Gates offer passage into countless realms, dimensions, and nightmares, changing forever those few with the courage to cross over. Lauren Dane and Molly McColl, two sisters transformed, now hold the future of all living things in their hands -- for Lauren's mission to bring life-giving magic back to Earth and other dying worlds has not gone unnoticed. And Molly's power to protect her will not hold against the countless ancient evils that are closing in. For the maelstrom is coming to drag down gods and humans alike. And darkness will surely prevail unless a last, desperate stand is made against the dreaded Night Watch, eater of worlds.

Publisher: Harper Voyager
Published: Mar 30, 2004
Pages: 336
ISBN: 0380818396

Holly Lisle - The Wreck of Heaven (The World Gates, Book 2)

There are doors into other worlds -- and those who cross over are changed forever ...Two women have discovered the way into a new reality -- one so close to Earth that events there have shattering repercussions here. On Oria -- a wondrous paradise and nightmare both -- Molly McColl has powers she nevermore...There are doors into other worlds -- and those who cross over are changed forever ...Two women have discovered the way into a new reality -- one so close to Earth that events there have shattering repercussions here. On Oria -- a wondrous paradise and nightmare both -- Molly McColl has powers she never imagined ... and a destiny that threatens her life, her love, and her soul. While Lauren Dane must use an extraordinary, newfound magic to protect her young son -- and to join with her sister on a quest that will shake the foundations of Heaven itself. For a serpentine evil now threatens the worldchain -- a soulless, immortal enemy who feeds on the death of worlds, and who is now turning its hungry, malevolent gaze on Oria ... and Earth.

Publisher: Harper Voyager
Published: Mar 25, 2003
Pages: 352
ISBN: 0380818388

Holly Lisle - Memory of Fire (The World Gates, Book 1)

Lauren Dane discovers a doorway to another reality in Cat Creek, North Carolina -- and she crosses over, driven by a strange compulsion she can neither resist nor comprehend. Molly McColl is brought there against her will -- kidnapped from her trailer and carried into a realm that traps her, terrifiesmore...Lauren Dane discovers a doorway to another reality in Cat Creek, North Carolina -- and she crosses over, driven by a strange compulsion she can neither resist nor comprehend. Molly McColl is brought there against her will -- kidnapped from her trailer and carried into a realm that traps her, terrifies her...yet offers her a strange and wondrous escape.In an extraordinary universe of magic and monsters, two strangers sharing only pain and loss must now pursue the destiny that has united them. Because worlds are suddenly threatened by an evil beyond imagining -- the world they have entered...and the one the have left behind.

Publisher: Harper Voyager
Published: Jan 1, 1900
Pages: 384
ISBN: 038081837X

Holly Lisle - Born From Fire (Tales from the Longview Book 1)

When love is crime, who will save the guilty?MEET THE LONGVIEW - An Ancient Spaceship Resurrected To Transport ConspiracyInhabited by a crew of misfits fleeing nightmare pasts, with a cargo of Condemned slated to die at the hands of the highest bidders, and with a passenger roster made up exclusivelymore...When love is crime, who will save the guilty?MEET THE LONGVIEW - An Ancient Spaceship Resurrected To Transport ConspiracyInhabited by a crew of misfits fleeing nightmare pasts, with a cargo of Condemned slated to die at the hands of the highest bidders, and with a passenger roster made up exclusively of people NOT who they claim to be, The Longview serves the hidden agenda of an eccentric recluse bent on playing puppetmaster to all of Settled Space.Author's note: This story was previously published as ENTER THE DEATH CIRCUS.EPISODE 1: When love is crime, who will save the guilty?After falling in love and fathering a child, a young criminal refuses to voluntarily throw himself into a lake of fire to gain his community's forgiveness. So he's sentenced to death and sold to the owner of a spaceship that buys criminals like him. But the ship and its crew are not quite what they appear to be.

Publisher: OneMoreWord Books
Published:
Pages: 62

Shirley Jackson - We Have Always Lived in the Castle (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

Taking readers deep into a labyrinth of dark neurosis, We Have Always Lived in the Castle is a deliciously unsettling novel about a perverse, isolated, and possibly murderous family and the struggle that ensues when a cousin arrives at their estate.

Publisher: Penguin Classics
Published: Oct 31, 2006
Pages: 160
ISBN: 0143039970

Alex Kava - A Perfect Evil

'Somewhere out there is a monster and he's even more hideous than me.' On July 17 convicted serial killer Ronald Jeffreys was executed for the murders of three innocent boys. Three months after his death, the body of a boy is found butchered in the same style as Jeffrey's victims.more...'Somewhere out there is a monster and he's even more hideous than me.' On July 17 convicted serial killer Ronald Jeffreys was executed for the murders of three innocent boys. Three months after his death, the body of a boy is found butchered in the same style as Jeffrey's victims. While the small town is paralyzed with fear, Sheriff Nick Morrelli calls in one of the FBI's best special agents, Maggie O'Dell. Together they start to uncover the gruesome picture of a killer. The dark picture of someone who has already been executed for his crimes. Cold-blooded copy-cat or the real thing - there's a killer on the loose and someone will atone for his sins...

Publisher: Mira Books
Published: Mar 2, 2012
Pages: 400
ISBN: 1848451253

George Pelecanos - The Big Blowdown

For Joey Recevo and Pete Karras, two kids from one of Washington's rougher neighborhoods, the easiest work to find after the War is all criminal---providing a little muscle for a local boss. But Karris is soft on his fellow immigrants, and the boss can't let his mob get soft, so one of hismore...For Joey Recevo and Pete Karras, two kids from one of Washington's rougher neighborhoods, the easiest work to find after the War is all criminal---providing a little muscle for a local boss. But Karris is soft on his fellow immigrants, and the boss can't let his mob get soft, so one of his boys gives Karras a painful lesson. Three years later, it's the same mob that figures big Nick Stefanos's grill needs protection---and this decision will once again bring Joey and Pete face-to-face. In this final confrontation, the two of them will find the meaning of friendship, the heart of honor, and the cost of both.Powerfully told, elegantly wrought, The Big Blowdown is a knockout.

Publisher: Minotaur Books
Published: Sep 24, 1999
Pages: 320
ISBN: 0312242913

Chrissie Manby - Just In Case

Praise for Chrissie Manby (-)

'Manby's novels are made for holidays - light enough to pick up and put down, but entertaining enough to keep you happy by the pool.' (Glamour)

'Smart and entertaining, beach reading doesn't get much better than
more...Praise for Chrissie Manby (-)

'Manby's novels are made for holidays - light enough to pick up and put down, but entertaining enough to keep you happy by the pool.' (Glamour)

'Smart and entertaining, beach reading doesn't get much better than this!' **** (Closer)

'A gloriously delicious read! ... Packed with warm characters and hilarious situations' (www.handwrittengirl.com)

An absolute beaut for the deckchair . . . Manby's writing is effortlessly funny, but it's the warmth behind the comedy that kept me glued (Saga)

'The perfect summer escapist read' (www.chicklitcentral.com)

Book Description (-)

Never were there two less similar identical twins than Clare and Rosie Marwood. Though they were born within three minutes of each other and spent their childhoods dressed in matching outfits, they’ve grown up to have less in common than Kim Kardashian and the Duchess of Cambridge.

So both women are horrified when a luggage mix-up means that sensible Clare must attend a company conference in the United States with Rosie’s suitcase full of pink, frills and stripper heels, while flamboyant Rosie heads for a friend’s destination wedding in Italy's Tuscany with Clare’s case full of suiting and sensible courts. Both believe wearing the other’s clothes is going to ruin their chances: Clare’s of getting a promotion and Rosie’s of getting a snog. But as three days of literally having to walk in each other’s shoes unfold, will the sisters discover they should try to be more like each other after all?

This exclusive new novella (short novel at around 100 pages) by Chrissie Manby explores sisterhood, identity and love in a thoroughly summery way.


Publisher: Notting Hill Press
Published: May 6, 2014
Pages: 94

Chrissie Manby - What I Did On My Holidays.

Sophie Sturgeon can't wait for her annual summer holiday. Not only will it be a week away from work, it will be a chance to reconnect with her boyfriend Callum. So this upcoming trip to Majorca is a big deal. Sophie's spent a lot of time getting ready. She's bought a new wardrobe.more...Sophie Sturgeon can't wait for her annual summer holiday. Not only will it be a week away from work, it will be a chance to reconnect with her boyfriend Callum. So this upcoming trip to Majorca is a big deal. Sophie's spent a lot of time getting ready. She's bought a new wardrobe. She's been waxed to within an inch of her life. She's determined she and Callum will have the best time ever. Then Callum dumps her, the night before they're due to leave.

In a show of bravery and independence, Sophie says she'll go to Majorca alone - but in fact, she hides in her London flat. But when her friends, family, and even Callum seem so surprised and delighted at her single girl courage, Sophie decides to go all out and recreate the ultimate 'fake break' . . . with hilarious results.

Praise for Chrissie Manby (: )

'Be prepared to get completely lost in this deliciously funny read' *****

(Heat on CRAZY IN LOVE )

'Destined to keep you up until the small hours' ****

(Daily Mirror on CRAZY IN LOVE )

'Smartly written, extremely readable, and gives us a fascinating and funny glimpse into the dark side of love' (Heat )

'Dry wit that sits just beneath the surface . . . A delicious read'

(Daily Mail )

'Nothing short of brilliant'

(Marie Claire )


Publisher: Notting Hill Press
Published: May 13, 2013
Pages: 324

Chrissie Manby - The Snow Baby - A Christmas Novella

The Snow Baby is an exclusive festive novella from the author of 'A Proper Family Holiday' and 'A Proper Family Christmas'.

Christmas is no holiday for Kate Farley. As assistant manager of The Stables, a luxury hotel in the Cotswolds, she spends every December 25th on
more...The Snow Baby is an exclusive festive novella from the author of 'A Proper Family Holiday' and 'A Proper Family Christmas'.

Christmas is no holiday for Kate Farley. As assistant manager of The Stables, a luxury hotel in the Cotswolds, she spends every December 25th on duty. But Kate loves working in the beautiful country house with its fabulous decorations and roaring log fires and she enjoys the company of the loyal guests who return year after year for three days of festive fun and over-indulgence. Making sure they have the best possible time gives Kate a great sense of pride However this year, The Stables has some unexpected visitors who need more than mince pies, a big dinner and champagne. Will Kate be able to give them the Christmas they deserve or will a good turn lead to a festive fiasco?


About the Author

Chrissie Manby is the author of eighteen romantic comedies including A PROPER FAMILY HOLIDAY, THE MATCHBREAKER and SEVEN SUNNY DAYS. She has had several Sunday Times bestsellers and her recent novel about behaving badly after a break-up, GETTING OVER MR RIGHT, was nominated for the 2011 Melissa Nathan Award.

Chrissie was raised in Gloucester, in the west of England, and now lives in London. Contrary to the popular conception of chick-lit writers, she is such a bad home-baker that her own father threatened to put her last creation on www.cakewrecks.com. She is, however, partial to white wine and shoes she can't walk in.

You can follow her on Twitter @chrissiemanby, or visit her website www.chrissiemanby.co.uk to find out more.

Praise for Chrissie Manby (:)

Deliciously funny (Heat)

Hilarious . . . I loved it. Six stars, hurrah! (Daily Mail)

This sassy and addictive read will make you laugh - a lot! (Closer)

Manby's novels are made for holidays. (Glamour)

Nothing short of brilliant (Marie Claire)

A gloriously delicious read! . . . Packed with warm characters and hilarious situations (www.handwrittengirl.com)


Publisher: Notting Hill Press
Published: Nov 20, 2014
Pages: 91

Allan Metcalf - OK: The Improbable Story of America's Greatest Word

It is said to be the most frequently spoken (or typed) word on the planet, more common than an infant's first word ma or the ever-present beverage Coke. It was even the first word spoken on the moon. It is "OK"--the most ubiquitous and invisible of American expressions, one usedmore...It is said to be the most frequently spoken (or typed) word on the planet, more common than an infant's first word ma or the ever-present beverage Coke. It was even the first word spoken on the moon. It is "OK"--the most ubiquitous and invisible of American expressions, one used countless times every day. Yet few of us know the hidden history of OK--how it was coined, what it stood for, and the amazing extent of its influence. Allan Metcalf, a renowned popular writer on language, here traces the evolution of America's most popular word, writing with brevity and wit, and ranging across American history with colorful portraits of the nooks and crannies in which OK survived and prospered. He describes how OK was born as a lame joke in a newspaper article in 1839--used as a supposedly humorous abbreviation for "oll korrect" (ie, "all correct")--but should have died a quick death, as most clever coinages do. But OK was swept along in a nineteenth-century fad for abbreviations, was appropriated by a presidential campaign (one of the candidates being called "Old Kinderhook"), and finally was picked up by operators of the telegraph. Over the next century and a half, it established a firm toehold in the American lexicon, and eventually became embedded in pop culture, from the "I'm OK, You're OK" of 1970's transactional analysis, to Ned Flanders' absurd "Okeley Dokeley!" Indeed, OK became emblematic of a uniquely American attitude, and is one of our most successful global exports. "An appealing and informative history of OK."--Washington Post Book World"After reading Metcalf's book, it's easy to accept his claim that OK is 'America's greatest word.'"--Erin McKean, Boston Globe"Entertaininga treat for logophiles." --Kirkus Reviews"Metcalf makes you acutely aware of how ubiquitous and vital the word has become."--Jeremy McCarter, Newsweek

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Published: Apr 1, 2012
Pages: 240
ISBN: 0199892539

Matthew FitzSimmons - The Short Drop

A decade ago, fourteen-year-old Suzanne Lombard, the daughter of Benjamin Lombard—then a senator, now a powerful vice president running for the presidency—disappeared in the most sensational missing-person case in the nation’s history. Still unsolved, the mystery remains a nationalmore...A decade ago, fourteen-year-old Suzanne Lombard, the daughter of Benjamin Lombard—then a senator, now a powerful vice president running for the presidency—disappeared in the most sensational missing-person case in the nation’s history. Still unsolved, the mystery remains a national obsession.For legendary hacker and marine Gibson Vaughn, the case is personal—Suzanne Lombard had been like a sister to him. On the tenth anniversary of her disappearance, the former head of Benjamin Lombard’s security asks for Gibson’s help in a covert investigation of the case, with new evidence in hand.Haunted by tragic memories, he jumps at the chance to uncover what happened all those years ago. Using his military and technical prowess, he soon discovers multiple conspiracies surrounding the Lombard family—and he encounters powerful, ruthless political players who will do anything to silence him and his team. With new information surfacing that could threaten Lombard’s bid for the presidency, Gibson must stay one step ahead as he navigates a dangerous web to get to the truth.

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Published: Dec 1, 2015
Pages: 397
ISBN: 1503950255

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