The Good Byline: A Riley Ellison Mystery (Riley Ellison Mysteries)
Meet Riley Ellison, a smart, quirky, young library assistant who’s become known in her hometown of Tuttle Corner, Virginia, as Riley Bless-Her-Heart. Ever since her beloved granddaddy died and her longtime boyfriend broke up with her, Riley has been withdrawing from life. In an effort to rejoin the living, she signs up for an online dating service and tries to reconnect with her childhood best friend, Jordan James, a reporter at the Tuttle Times. But when she learns that Jordan committed suicide, Riley is shaken to the core.
Riley agrees to write Jordan’s obituary as a way to learn more about why a young woman with so much to live for would suddenly opt out.
The Folks at Fifty-Eight
Gerald Hammond is the exception to the rule; an honorable spy, whose lofty principles have brought him nothing but loneliness and isolation.
With the war in Europe at an end, Hammond returns to Washington only to find his unit disbanded and his wife moved out of the marital home.
Ostracized by the Washington elite, publicly humiliated by an unfaithful wife, and scorned by former friends and colleagues, he is forced to take a mundane job with an insurance company. . . But then comes the call.
The State Department wants him to rescue a young woman, trapped in Soviet East Germany. Should he succeed a plum job at The State Department awaits.
The Dead Of Winter
A kidnapped baby! A runaway teenager! A neighbourhood on the brink of being unmasked!
When a six month old baby disappears from his cot, a community is thrown into turmoil. The finger of blame is cast so easily, but one house on Golf Road conceals a secret that is about to blow the truth wide open.
Gripping, suspenseful and chilling to the bone, the families in this small community are about to find their lives changed forever.
The Missing Children (DI Kayli Bright Trilogy Book 1)
“Please… help me.”
The whisper seems to echo through the rooms of the abandoned house. DI Kayli Bright and her partner, DS Dave Chaplin, aren’t strangers to dealing with bad cases, but no one can prepare for the emotional and mental anguish caused by the discovery of a child’s remains.
Determined to find the responsible culprit, several of the dead child’s family members surface on their radar of suspects…until they learn of another child’s abduction.
The investigation leads Kayli to the shocking conclusion that even more children in the area have been abducted. A race against time ensues to find the children before they get lost in a sinister, evil world.
Breakdown: Season One (Episodes 1-5) (A Post-Apocalyptic Serial Adventure)
How far would you go to survive?
When Thomas Monroe’s car breaks down on the side of the road, he’s sure the day can’t get any worse… until he receives a mysterious call warning him of impending doom. Seconds later, the United States is his by what appears to be an electromagnetic pulse, knocking the power grid almost completely offline. Millions will die in the coming weeks, and Thom, like most of the country, is unprepared. Worst of all, his daughter, the only family he has left, is halfway across the state at college.
Darcy Daniels works hard for her perfect portrayal of success. She sells designer eye wear, her fashion is flawless, as well as her high-class social connections. Her apartment is shabby, however the zip code signifies status: Houston’s Uptown Galleria. On the outside, her lifestyle supports chic and exciting, but things are not always as they seem.
Underneath, Darcy shares a connection with those suffocating from insecurities and low self-esteem. Her world appears to be shrinking and is taking its toll. And Prince Charming? Where is he? The natural ending to all she has worked toward.
Shooting Victoria: Madness, Mayhem, and the Rebirth of the British Monarchy
During Queen Victoria’s sixty-four years on the British throne, no fewer than eight attempts were made on her life. Seven teenage boys and one man attempted to kill her. Far from letting it inhibit her reign over the empire, Victoria used the notoriety of the attacks to her advantage. Regardless of the traitorous motives—delusions of grandeur, revenge, paranoia, petty grievances, or a preference of prison to the streets—they were a golden opportunity for the queen to revitalize the British crown, strengthen the monarchy, push through favored acts of legislation, and prove her pluck in the face of newfound public support. “It is worth being shot at,” she said, “to see how much one is loved.”
War Dances: Stories and Poems
Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, War Dances blends short stories, poems, call-and-response, and more into something that only Sherman Alexie could have written. Ordinary men stand at the threshold of profound change, from a story about a famous writer caring for a dying but still willful father, to the tale of a young Indian boy who learns to value his own life by appreciating the deaths of others. Perceptions change, too, as “Another Proclamation” casts a shadow over Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, and “Invisible Dog on a Leash” limns the heartbreak of shattered childhood illusions.
Washed Away: How the Great Flood of 1913 Terrorized a Nation and Changed It Forever
This is the incredible account of a flood of near-Biblical proportions in early twentieth-century America—its destruction, its heroes, its victims, and how it shaped natural-disaster policies in the United States for the next hundred years.
The storm began March 23, 1913, with a series of tornadoes that killed 150 people and injured 400. Then the freezing rains started and the flooding began. It continued for days. Some people drowned in their attics, others on the roads when they tried to flee. It was the nation’s most widespread flood ever—more than 700 people died, hundreds of thousands of houses and buildings were destroyed, and millions were left homeless.
The Surgeons: Life and Death in a Top Heart Center
Hailed as “an astute book of enormous importance” (Sherwin Nuland), The Surgeons follows the team at one of the world’s premier cardiac surgery and transplant centers. Given unprecedented access, Charles R. Morris recounts in thrilling detail a late-night against-the-clock “harvest run” to secure a precious transplantable organ, the heartbreaking story of a child’s failed transplant, and more. Along the way, Morris reflects on how doctors really think, rising health care costs, and the future of health care in America.
The View from Here
The View from Here focuses on the beauties and hardships of marriage; the betrayals and promises made between husbands and wives; and the grief of one woman haunted by secrets.
Nicole Baxter has always tried to control every element of her life, but that control is slipping away. She has issues. Abandonment issues. Marital issues. Conception issues. And she thinks her house in the hills is haunted. It doesn’t help that her husband Truman spleunks and climbs, making her worry more with each adventure he takes.
The National Book Award-winning novel about one remarkable young woman who dares to defy fate, perfect for readers who enjoyed A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park or Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai.
Like many girls her age in India, thirteen-year-old Koly faces her arranged marriage with hope and courage. But Koly’s story takes a terrible turn when in the wake of the ceremony, she discovers she’s been horribly misled—her life has been sold for a dowry. Can she forge her own future, even in the face of time-worn tradition?
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