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The messy lives of book people

The messy lives of book people

by Patrick, Phaedra

Liv Green barely scrapes by to make ends meet, often finding escape in a good book. She can't believe her luck when she lands a job housekeeping for her hero, bestselling author Essie Starling. The last thing Liv expected was to be the only person Essie talks to, which leads to a tenuous friendship. When Essie passes away suddenly, Liv is astonished to learn that her dying wish was for Liv to complete her final novel. To do so, Liv will have to step into Essie's shoes. As Liv begins to write, she uncovers secrets from the past that reveal a surprising connection between the two women that will change Liv's own life story forever. Back cover.

Point last seen

Point last seen

by Dodd, Christina

When Adam Ramsdell pulls Elle's half-frozen body from the surf on a lonely California beach, she has no memory of what her full name is and how she got those bruises ringing her throat. Elle finds refuge in Adam's home on the edge of Gothic, a remote village located between the steep lonely mountains and the raging Pacific Ocean. As flashes of her memory return, Elle faces a terrible truth--buried in her mind lurks a secret so dark it could get her killed. Everyone in Gothic seems to hide a dark past. Even Adam knows more than he will admit. Until Elle can unravel the truth, she doesn't know who to trust, when to run, and who else might be hurt when the killer who stalks her nightmares appears to finish what he started.

Cold, cold bones

Cold, cold bones

by Reichs, Kathy

Winter has come to North Carolina and, with it, a drop in crime. Freed from a heavy work schedule, Tempe Brennan is content to dote on her daughter Katy, finally returned to civilian life from the army. But when mother and daughter meet at Tempe's place one night, they find a box on the back porch. Inside: a very fresh human eyeball.

Tracy Flick can't win

Tracy Flick can't win

by Perrotta, Tom

Now a hardworking assistant principal at a public high school in suburban New Jersey, Tracy Flick is still ambitious but feeling stuck and underappreciated in midlife. Then longtime principal Jack Weede announces his retirement. Tracy throws herself into her work with renewed zeal, determined to prove her worth to the students, faculty, and School Board, while also managing her personal life: a ten-year-old daughter, a needy doctor boyfriend, and a burgeoning meditation practice. When Tracy is enlisted to serve on the Selection Committee for the brand-new Green Meadow High School Hall of Fame, her male colleagues' determination to honor Vito Falcone-- star quarterback of dubious character who had a brief, undistinguished career in the NFL-- triggers bad memories for Tracy.

Clive Cussler's dark vector

Clive Cussler's dark vector

by Brown, Graham

A freighter carrying top-secret computers disappears in the Western Pacific. While searching for a lost treasure that once belonged to the famous Chinese pirate queen, Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala are redirected to look for the missing vessel. Discovering that the sinking of the ship is just part of an intricate web of deception, they find themselves in the middle of a cyber-war between rival groups of hackers, both of whom want to control the flow of data around the world. With no allies except a group of pirates who operate under their own crude laws, Kurt and Joe must rescue a colleague held hostage--while keeping the computers out of Russian or Chinese hands and the world's digital information safe from the hackers. Back cover.

The latecomer

The latecomer

by Korelitz, Jean Hanff

The Oppenheimer triplets have been reared with every advantage: wealth, education, and the determined attention of at least one of their parents. But neither Harrison (the smart one), Lewyn (the weird one) nor Sally (the girl) suspects the devastating event that first set their family in motion, or understands how fully it has already formed them. On the verge of their departure for college and desperate to escape one another at last, the triplets are forced to contend with an unexpected complication: a fourth Oppenheimer sibling, formerly a leftover embryo from their own long ago in vitro genesis, has just been born. What has possessed their parents to make such an unfathomable decision? What impact will this unwanted latecomer have on their lives? Back cover.

Nightwork

Nightwork

by Roberts, Nora

Harry Booth started stealing at nine to keep a roof over his ailing mother's head, slipping into empty homes to find items he could trade for cash. When his mother finally succumbed to cancer, he left Chicago, but kept up his nightwork. Wandering from the Outer Banks to Savannah to New Orleans, he dons new identities and stays careful, observant, distant. He can't afford to attract attention or get attached. After Harry takes a job commissioned by Carter LaPorte, LaPorte decides he wants to own Harry. No matter what name he uses or where he goes, LaPorte casts a shadow over Harry's life. To truly free himself, he must face down his enemy once and for all. Back cover.

Nora goes off script

Nora goes off script

by Monaghan, Annabel

As a romance channel screenwriter, Nora Hamilton knows the formula for love better than anyone. When her too-good-to work husband leaves her and their two kids, Nora turns her marriage's collapse into cash and writes the best script of her life; it's picked up for the big screen and set to film on location at her 100-year-old-home. The morning after shooting wraps and the crew leaves, Nora finds actor Leo Vance, who played her husband, on her porch with a half-empty bottle of tequila and a proposition. He'll pay a thousand dollars a day to stay for a week. Nora's life is about to get a rewrite, because sometimes love is bigger than the big screen.

The Boardwalk Bookshop

The Boardwalk Bookshop

by Mallery, Susan

When fate brings three strangers to a charming space for lease on the California coast, the Boardwalk Bookshop is born. Part bookstore, part gift shop, part bakery, it's a dream come true for Bree, Mikki and Ashley. But while their business is thriving, their personal lives are...not. Bree, wounded by brilliant but cold parents and her late husband's ultimate betrayal, has sworn to protect her heart at all costs. Even from Ashley's brother, a writer and adventurer who has inspired millions. He's the first man to see past Bree's barricades to her true self, which terrifies her. Mikki has this divorce thing all figured out--somehow, she's stayed friends with her ex and her in-laws...until a new man changes how everyone looks at her, and how she sees herself. Meanwhile, Ashley discovers that the love of her life never intends to marry. Can she live without being a wife if it means she can have everything else she's ever wanted? At sunset every Friday on the beach in front of the Boardwalk Bookshop, the three friends share a champagne toast. As their bond grows closer, they challenge one another to become the best versions of themselves in this heartachingly beautiful story of friendship, sisterhood and the transformative power of love. Provided by publisher.

The 1619 Project : a new origin story

The 1619 Project : a new origin story

edited by Hannah-Jones, Nikole

"The animating idea of The 1619 Project is that our national narrative is more accurately told if we begin not on July 4, 1776, but in late August of 1619, when a ship arrived in Jamestown bearing a cargo of twenty to thirty enslaved people from Africa. Their arrival inaugurated a barbaric and unprecedented system of chattel slavery that would last for the next 250 years. This is sometimes referred to as the country's original sin, but it is more than that: It is the country's very origin. The 1619 Project tells this new origin story, placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of Black Americans at the center of the story we tell ourselves about who we are as a country. Orchestrated by the editors of The New York Times Magazine, led by MacArthur "genius" and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, this collection of essays and historical vignettes includes some of the most outstanding journalists, thinkers, and scholars of American history and culture--including Linda Villarosa, Jamelle Bouie, Jeneen Interlandi, Matthew Desmond, Wesley Morris, and Bryan Stevenson. Together, their work shows how the tendrils of 1619--of slavery and resistance to slavery--reach into every part of our contemporary culutre, from voting, housing and healthcare, to the way we sing and dance, the way we tell stories, and the way we worship. Interstitial works of flash fiction and poetry bring the history to life through the imaginative interpretations of some of our greatest writers. The 1619 Project ultimately sends a very strong message: We must have a clear vision of this history if we are to understand our present dilemmas. Only by reckoning with this difficult history and trying as hard as we can to undersand its powerful influence on our present, can we prepare ourselves for a more just future"