NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER ; A heartwarming novel about secrets of youth rediscovered, hometown memories, and the magical moments in ordinary lives, from the beloved author of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe “A gift, a blessing and a triumph ... celebrates the bonds of family and friends—and the possibilities of recovery and renewal.”— The Free Lance–Star Bud Threadgoode grew up in the bustling little railroad town of Whistle Stop with his mother, Ruth, church-going and proper, and his Aunt Idgie, the fun-loving hell-raiser. Together they ran the town’s popular Whistle Stop Cafe, known far and wide for its fun and famous fried green tomatoes. And as Bud often said of his childhood to his daughter Ruthie, “How lucky can you get?” But sadly, as the railroad yards shut down and Whistle Stop became a ghost town, nothing was left but boarded-up buildings and memories of a happier time. Then one day, Bud decides to take one last trip, just to see what has become of his beloved Whistle Stop. In so doing, he discovers new friends, as well as surprises about Idgie’s life, about Ninny Threadgoode and other beloved Fannie Flagg characters, and about the town itself. He also sets off a series of events, both touching and inspiring, which change his life and the lives of his daughter and many others. Could these events all be just coincidences? Or something else? And can you really go home again?
- Author:Flagg, FannieSummary:
- Author:Handey, JackSummary:
The reliably unreliable narrator Jack Handey and his friend, Don--who might be familiar to fans of "Deep Thoughts"--go on a quest for the Golden Monkey that takes them into the mysterious and stinky foreign land of Honolulu. There, they meet with untold dangers, strange natives, and the ruins of ancient civilizations.
- Author:Hofmann, JenniferSummary:
On the day the Berlin Wall falls, Stasi officer Bernd Zeiger's betrayal of his onetime friend has come back to haunt Zeiger. Was Lara the naïf she presented herself to be, or did she know more about him than she admitted? As the surveiller becomes the surveilled, all will be revealed, with shocking consequences.
- Author:Jonasson, JonasSummary:
On June 14, 2007, the king and prime minister of Sweden went missing. Later it was said that both had fallen ill. The truth is different. The real story begins much earlier, with the birth of Nombeko Mayeki in a shack in South Africa, a woman who will hold the fate of the world in the palm of her hands.
- Author:Campbell, MelodieSummary:
Follow along as reluctant mob goddaughter Gina Gallo gets dragged into one wild scheme after another by her bumbling mob family that never gets it right. This digital bundle includes the entire Gina Gallo Mystery series: The Goddaughter, The Goddaughter's Revenge (winner of the Arthur Ellis and Derringer Awards), The Artful Goddaughter, The Goddaughter Caper, The Bootlegger's Goddaughter and The Goddaughter Does Vegas."Campbell's comic caper is just right for Janet Evanovich fans. Wacky family connections and snappy dialog make it impossible not to laugh." —Library Journal"The finest compact mystery series out there. The writing is polished, the funny bits sneak up on you and you've been had then had again before there's time to recover...A miniature gem, the work of an author at the absolute top of her game." —Canadian Mystery Reviews"Delivers a lot of tongue-in-cheek one-liners and a type of slapstick comedy one might expect in some mobster movies...Give this to readers who enjoy a deliciously funny tale." —VOYA
- Author:Andrews, DonnaSummary:
** An AudioFile Earphones Award-winning production. ** New York Times bestselling author Donna Andrews returns with another Meg Langslow mystery written "firmly in the grand tradition of Agatha Christie's Christmas books" ( Toronto Globe and Mail ). The 28th audiobook and the seventh Christmas mystery in the Meg Langslow series, The Gift of the Magpie is yet another wonderfully merry and funny book from New York Times bestselling author Donna Andrews. Meg's running Caerphilly's Helping Hands for the Holidays project, in which neighbors help each other with things they can't do and can't afford to have done. Her hopes for a relatively peaceful (if busy) Christmas vanish when someone murders Harvey the Hoarder, whose house the Helping Hands were decluttering. Was there any truth to the rumor that he had something valuable hidden beneath all his junk? Was one of his friends, neighbors, or relatives greedy enough to murder him for the rumored treasure? And what about the magpie that has been bringing her family bits of tinsel and costume jewelry—does the bird's latest gift hold a clue to solving the crime? Full of intrigue, this Christmas mystery will take readers home to Caerphilly, where the suspense falls as thick as the snow. A Macmillan Audio production from Minotaur Books
- Author:Andrews, DonnaSummary:
A new side-splitting Meg Langslow mystery from award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of Terns of Endearment. When Meg's grandmother Cordelia hosts a Renaissance Faire at her craft center, the whole family is put to work: Meg handles the blacksmithing, Michael and the boys will be performing, and no one misses the opportunity to dress up in full regalia. More exciting to Grandfather is the pair of rare falcons he discovers breeding at the fairgrounds. Concerned for their well-being amid all the activity, he appoints himself their protector. When one of the actors performing at the fair is found dead—an actor suspected of mistreating one of the falcons, among other sins—Grandfather is a prime suspect. Donna Andrews's long-running Meg Langslow series continues to be beloved by its fans, who loyally read—or listento—every new installment. The Falcon Always Wings Twice is a perfect new addition, full of laughter, adventure, and Andrews's wonderful cast of wacky characters.
- Author:Harbison, Elizabeth M.Summary:
A story about the secrets we keep, the friends we make, and the food we cook.
- Author:Mcdonald, GregorySummary:
Someone is looking to wreck the nation's economy, and they're spending a lot of money to do it. With every lead going nowhere, Flynn's most dizzying logic is put to the test.
- Author:Kwan, KevinSummary:
A GOOD MORNING AMERICA Book Club Pick! "Kevin Kwan's new book is his most decadent yet." — Entertainment Weekly The iconic author of the bestselling phenomenon Crazy Rich Asians returns with the glittering tale of a young woman who finds herself torn between two men: the WASPY fiancé of her family's dreams and George Zao, the man she is desperately trying to avoid falling in love with. On her very first morning on the jewel-like island of Capri, Lucie Churchill sets eyes on George Zao and she instantly can't stand him. She can't stand it when he gallantly offers to trade hotel rooms with her so that she can have a view of the Tyrrhenian Sea, she can't stand that he knows more about Casa Malaparte than she does, and she really can't stand it when he kisses her in the darkness of the ancient ruins of a Roman villa and they are caught by her snobbish, disapproving cousin Charlotte. "Your mother is Chinese so it's no surprise you'd be attracted to someone like him," Charlotte teases. The daughter of an American-born Chinese mother and a blue-blooded New York father, Lucie has always sublimated the Asian side of herself in favor of the white side, and she adamantly denies having feelings for George. But several years later, when George unexpectedly appears in East Hampton, where Lucie is weekending with her new fiancé, Lucie finds herself drawn to George again. Soon, Lucie is spinning a web of deceit that involves her family, her fiancé, the co-op board of her Fifth Avenue apartment building, and ultimately herself as she tries mightily to deny George entry into her world—and her heart. Moving between summer playgrounds of privilege, peppered with decadent food and extravagant fashion, Sex and Vanity is a truly modern love story, a daring homage to A Room with a View, and a brilliantly funny comedy of manners set between two cultures.
- Author:Cole, TrevorSummary:
In his first two, Governor General-shortlisted novels, Trevor Cole proved himself a master of drawing us into the shadowy side of human nature with sharp observation and warm wit. In PRACTICAL JEAN, he goes a step further: this is a deeply humorous and revelatory tale of an ordinary, small-town woman with the usual challenges of middle age - a do-nothing husband, a family that refuses to understand her - who realizes her fondest wish is to protect her dearest friends from the indignities of aging and illness. And that's when she decides to kill them!
- Author:Henry, KatieSummary:
Ellis Kimball is prepared for every way the world could end. What she doesn't expect is meeting Hannah Marks, the only girl who knows how it's going to happen. Despite Ellis's anxiety, the two girls become fast friends. But time is ticking down, and as Ellis tries to help Hannah decipher the details of her doomsday premonition, their search for answers only raises more questions. When does it happen? Who will believe them? How do you prepare for the end of the world when it feels like your life is just getting started?
- Author:Hale, ShannonSummary:
From bestselling author Shannon Hale comes Kind of a Big Deal : a hilarious, delicious YA novel that will suck you in—literally. There's nothing worse than peaking in high school. Nobody knows that better than Josie Pie. She was kind of a big deal—she dropped out of high school to be a star! But the bigger you are, the harder you fall. And Josie fell. Hard. Ouch. Broadway dream: dead. Meanwhile, her life keeps imploding. Best friend: distant. Boyfriend: busy. Mom: not playing with a full deck? Desperate to escape, Josie gets into reading. Literally. She reads a book and suddenly she's inside it. And with each book, she's a different character: a post-apocalyptic heroine, the lead in a YA rom-com, a 17th century wench in a corset. It's alarming. But also ... kind of amazing? It's the perfect way to live out her fantasies. Book after book, Josie the failed star finds a new way to shine. But the longer she stays in a story, the harder it becomes to escape. Will Josie find a story so good that she just stays forever? A Macmillan Audio production from Roaring Brook Press
- Author:Jonasson, JonasSummary:
In a former brothel turned low-rent hotel, the lives of three unusual strangers accidentally collide with darkly hilarious results. The unlikely trio forms an unusual new business which quickly becomes successful, but when Killer-Anders begins asking deeper questions, his curiosity leads him to an unexpected discovery.
- Author:Evanovich, JanetSummary:
The twenty-seventh entry in the #1 New York Times bestselling series isn't just the biggest case of Stephanie Plum's career. It's the adventure of a lifetime. When Stephanie's beloved Grandma Mazur's new husband died on their wedding night, the only thing he left her was a beat-up old easy chair...and the keys to a life-changing fortune. But as Stephanie and Grandma Mazur search for Jimmy Rosolli's treasure, they discover that they're not the only ones on the hunt. Two dangerous enemies from the past stand in their way—along with a new adversary who's even more formidable: Gabriela Rose, a dark-eyed beauty from Little Havana with a taste for designer clothes. She's also a soldier of fortune, a gourmet cook, an expert in firearms and mixed martial arts—and someone who's about to give Stephanie a real run for her money. Stephanie may be in over her head, but she's got two things that Gabriela doesn't: an unbreakable bond with her family and a stubborn streak that will never let her quit. She'll need both to survive because this search for "fortune and glory" will turn into a desperate race against time with more on the line than ever before. Because even as she searches for the treasure and fights to protect her Grandma Mazur, her own deepest feelings will be tested—as Stephanie could finally be forced to choose between Joe Morelli and Ranger.
Here are eleven radio episodes featuring Lucille Ball in different series from the golden age of radio.
- Author:Byrski, LizSummary:
Gayle and Sonya are a study in contrasts: one reserved and cautious, the other confident and outspoken. But their very different lives will be turned upside down when they impulsively join a belly dancing class. Marissa, their teacher, is sixty, sexy, and very much her own person, and as Gayle and Sonya learn about the origins and meaning of the dance, much more than their muscle tone begins to change. Gayle, crippled by the secrets at the heart of her marriage, is forced to face who and what she has become; the seriously single Sonya begins to explore her isolation from her family; and even Marissa, accustomed to seeing other women changed by the dance, must finally confront a horrifying event from her own past.
- Author:Moore, LorrieSummary:
A collection of eight stories that explore the passage of time and summon up its inevitable sorrows and hilarious pitfalls.
- Author:DeWoskin, RachelSummary:
Samantha Baxter has a full, sane life--creative job, lovely family, and all the trappings of middle-age happiness. But when she gets a diagnosis that terrifies her, a lifetime of polite pleasing and putting others first ignites in her a surprising, pure rage. Maybe Sam will survive the surgery, and maybe not, but either way, she'll spend the next three weeks burning her life down: sleeping with a student her daughter's age, speaking every truth she's ever swallowed, and refusing to apologize for her wildest, most essential self.
- Author:Barclay, LinwoodSummary:
Back on the job as a features writer for the city paper, Zack Walker stumbles into a murder that may be linked to a gang that has been terrorizing the city's high-end shopping district, finds himself on a path to confrontation with ruthless criminal "Barbie" Bullock, and must protect his daughter from a possible stalker.