By Jen Lancaster
This is a wickedly funny novel about sibling rivalry. Reagan Bishop’s life is quite satisfactory, thank you. As a psychologist, she helps others to overcome bad behavior on a cable TV show. Despite her professional success, her family doesn’t seem to appreciate Reagan and her efforts to help them improve their lives. Not to mention her sister Geri, obviously her parents’ favorite child, and the bane of Reagan’s existence. The call comes to put the “I Need a Push” show on network, kicking up the pressure. Will Reagan fail in front of millions (including her family)? Or will she listen to the show’s New Age healer about some unconventional methods they might employ to help their guests, possibly going too far over the line? This is highly recommended “chick lit”. (Formats: Print; e-audiobook).
Fourth of July Creek
By Smith Henderson
Struggling alcoholic and social worker, Pete Snow, strives to win the trust of a backwoods boy and his paranoid, survivalist father. Meanwhile, Pete’s own family is in crisis; his teenage daughter has vanished, and his ex-wife can’t do much more than drink and pray. (Format: Print).
I Was Amelia Earhart
By Jane Mendelsohn
This slender volume of fiction is “written” by Amelia Earhart, the famous aviator who was lost during an attempt to make a circumnavigational flight of the globe in 1937. Also lost was her navigator Fred Noonan, a man Earhart detested. In the novel, Earhart tells the reader about herself, her dreams and her marriage to G.P. Putnam. The book intersperses Earhart’s memories with the reality of the present, after crash-landing on a small Pacific island. (Format: Print).
Written in My Own Heart’s Blood
By Diana Gabaldon
Hurtled back through time more than two hundred years to 1743 Scotland, Claire Randall finds herself caught in the midst of an unfamiliar world torn apart by violence, pestilence, and revolution and haunted by her growing feelings for a young soldier, James Fraser. Book #8 in the Outlander Saga. (Formats: Print; Book-on-CD; e-audiobook).
Pillars of the Earth
By Ken Follett
12th-century saga of bishops and kings, politics and family ties, and a stonemason who dreams of building a great cathedral. Also made into a TV miniseries. Sequel: World Without End. (Formats: Print; e-book; DVD)
Love and Lament
By John Milliken Thompson
Mary Bet is the youngest of nine children in the Reconstruction Era South. Though her life begins happily enough, she becomes all too familiar with sorrow, as tragedy befalls her family multiple times. As an adult, she makes the difficult decision to leave her home behind to make the most of her life, enabling her to experience opportunities she would never otherwise have known - including an opportunity at finding love. (Formats: Print; downloadable audio book)
By Lauren Oliver
This is a novel about regret, choices, and secrets. It’s a ghost story, but the reader is also drawn into the family dynamics of the late Richard Walker clan. His alienated relatives descend upon Richard’s country house to finalize arrangements. But they are not alone. Restless ghosts Alice and Sandra are observing the Walkers. And they are experts because both of the ghosts were in the house when the Walkers all lived there, before the divorce. Alice and Sandra know all the Walker secrets, but they both have unspoken secrets of their own. Family drama meets ghostly tale for a suspenseful story. (Format: Print)
The Geometry of Love
By Jessica Levine
Julia is torn. She wants the stability that life with Ben can offer. But she is also drawn to another man, whose wild past and passionate nature might be too much for her. As Julia compares and contrasts these two men, she clearly wants to do the right thing for herself. But does she even know what that might be? Romantic love vs. practical love is Julia’s dilemma. Her story unfolds, taking the reader on an exhilarating journey through Julia’s head and her heart. (Format: Print)
I Am Pilgrim
By Terry Hayes
Scott Murdoch, aka the Pilgrim, goes by many names. Former top-secret black ops agent and writer of an obscure textbook on criminal investigation, he’s called back to service to hunt down a man known only to the reader as the Saracen. The action never lets up as the Pilgrim attempts to stop Saracen’s bioterrorist plot guaranteed to destroy the United States. (Formats: Print; Large Type)
By Kathleen Kent
A thrilling western story that follows a newly deputized Texas State policeman teamed with two grizzled Texas Rangers on the hunt for a ruthless killer and a woman, escaped from a brothel, who is determined to make a new life for herself in Gulf Coast Texas. Before their violent paths meet in Reconstruction Era New Orleans they will encounter pirate gold, greed, betrayal, vengeance and death. (Format: Print)
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