Calypso

Author: David Sedaris

Publisher: Little, Brown

ISBN: 0316392359

Category: Humor

Page: 272

View: 1537

David Sedaris returns with his most deeply personal and darkly hilarious book. If you've ever laughed your way through David Sedaris's cheerfully misanthropic stories, you might think you know what you're getting with Calypso. You'd be wrong. When he buys a beach house on the Carolina coast, Sedaris envisions long, relaxing vacations spent playing board games and lounging in the sun with those he loves most. And life at the Sea Section, as he names the vacation home, is exactly as idyllic as he imagined, except for one tiny, vexing realization: it's impossible to take a vacation from yourself. With Calypso, Sedaris sets his formidable powers of observation toward middle age and mortality. Make no mistake: these stories are very, very funny--it's a book that can make you laugh 'til you snort, the way only family can. Sedaris's powers of observation have never been sharper, and his ability to shock readers into laughter unparalleled. But much of the comedy here is born out of that vertiginous moment when your own body betrays you and you realize that the story of your life is made up of more past than future. This is beach reading for people who detest beaches, required reading for those who loathe small talk and love a good tumor joke. Calypso is simultaneously Sedaris's darkest and warmest book yet--and it just might be his very best.
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Take Mum Out

Author: Fiona Gibson

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0007469381

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

View: 7568

“What do you need a boyfriend for? You’re a mum.” Fiona Gibson’s eagerly awaited new novel is full of dating disasters. Sharply observed and laugh-out-loud funny, its perfect for fans of Tracy Bloom, Kate Long and Tess Stimson.
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The Glass Castle

A Memoir

Author: Jeannette Walls

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439156964

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

View: 4690

The child of an alcoholic father and an eccentric artist mother discusses her family's nomadic upbringing, during which she and her siblings fended for themselves while their parents outmaneuvered bill collectors and the authorities.
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As Good As It Gets?

Author: Fiona Gibson

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 000746939X

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

View: 2172

A warm, funny read for fans of Outnumbered and the novels of Fern Britton, Fiona writes about life as it really is.
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The Woman Who Met Her Match

Author: Fiona Gibson

Publisher: Avon Books

ISBN: 9780008252328

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

View: 7109

What if your first love came back on the scene . . . 30 years later? After yet another disaster, Lorrie is calling time on online dating. She might be single in her forties, but she's got a good job, wonderful children and she's happy. This, Lorrie decides, is going to have to be enough. That is, until she receives a very unexpected request from France. Antoine Rousseau, who had once turned a lonely French exchange trip into a summer of romance, wants to see her - after thirty years. But Lorrie is a responsible woman. She can't exactly run off to Nice with the man who broke her teenage heart . . . can she? A wonderfully funny novel, perfect for fans of Jill Mansell, Joanna Bolouri and Milly Johnson.
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Whatever Makes You Happy

A Novel

Author: Lisa Grunwald

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1588364593

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

View: 7103

What does it take to be happy? How happy is happy enough? And what does “happy” mean, anyway? So asks Sally Farber–wife, mother, daughter, friend, working woman, and lover–in this wise and funny novel about a woman’s search for happiness in some of the right, and a few of the wrong, places. Summer in the city looms long for Sally Farber when she sends her two daughters off to camp for the first time. Suddenly freed of her usual patterns in a city that becomes a grown-up’s playground,, she embarks on a journey unlike any she’s ever had–filled with guilty pleasures and guilty pains. Caught between the past (cleaning out her childhood apartment as her demanding mother offers edicts from South Carolina) and the future (facing her first semi-empty nest), Sally finds herself unexpectedly involved with a powerful, unpredictable man. And as she researches a book whose very topic is happiness, she must weigh the relative merits of prescriptions for its attainment offered by Aristotle and the Dalai Lama, Freud and Charles Schulz, scented candles and Zoloft, her mother and her best friend. The answer comes, in the end, from a surprising discovery, in this rich and original novel about how we can find, and ultimately embrace, both happiness and love. From the Hardcover edition.
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My Sister's Wedding

For better or worse, two families are about to become one . . .

Author: Vicky Pattison

Publisher: Sphere

ISBN: 0751565512

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

View: 3082

For better or worse, two families are about to become one . . . 'Sassy and romantic' Heat 'The perfect summer read' OK! The Ashworth sisters couldn't be more different. Becky is focused, driven and about to marry her lovely fiancé, Daniel Balfour. Lizzie, on the other hand, bounces from one temp job to another, keeps falling for the wrong man and is a whirlwind of chaos in Becky's otherwise well-ordered life. But they love each other fiercely and the Ashworth way has always been family comes first. As preparations for Becky and Daniel's wedding get underway, it soon becomes clear that the Ashworth way is not the Balfour way. Daniel's family have never thought Becky was good enough for him but he loves her and that's always been enough for the happy couple. But when Lizzie gets caught in the crossfire between Becky and the Balfours, Becky and Lizzie find themselves drifting apart at a time when they need each other the most. Will they be able to repair the damage before Becky walks down the aisle? Warm-hearted, fun, witty and romantic, My Sister's Wedding will have you crying with laughter one second, and then crying with emotion the next. A story of sisters, family, love and romance - perfect for fans of Lindsey Kelk and Sarah Morgan.
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A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again: Essays and Arguments

Author: David Foster Wallace

Publisher: Back Bay Books

ISBN: 9780316090520

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 368

View: 9504

In this exuberantly praised book - a collection of seven pieces on subjects ranging from television to tennis, from the Illinois State Fair to the films of David Lynch, from postmodern literary theory to the supposed fun of traveling aboard a Caribbean luxury cruiseliner - David Foster Wallace brings to nonfiction the same curiosity, hilarity, and exhilarating verbal facility that has delighted readers of his fiction, including the bestselling Infinite Jest.
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Georgia Sweethearts

Author: Missy Tippens

Publisher: Harlequin

ISBN: 1460310659

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

View: 8876

A Pattern for Love After inheriting her great-aunt's failing yarn shop, Lilly Barnes is determined to make it a success. All she wants is stability, something she doesn't think possible in the small town of Corinthia, Georgia. Then Pastor Daniel Foreman rents space in her store to hold meetings for his growing congregation, and this proves to be her lifeline. At first Lilly wants nothing to do with Daniel's big dreams, but she soon finds herself starting to share his goals. Yet trouble between her customers and his congregation make them both doubt the path they're on. That is, until practical Lilly shows him that love is a risk worth taking.
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The Woman at Number 24

Author: Juliet Ashton

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 147115890X

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

View: 9700

'This brilliantly written and captivating story instantly drew us in and refused to let go. Fresh, funny and utterly fabulous, it’s the perfect holiday read' Heat Meet the residents of number 24 in the warm, witty and wonderful new novel from bestselling author Juliet Ashton. When your marriage falls apart, the last place you'd want your husband to move to is downstairs. Unfortunately for Sarah, up in the eaves at number 24, her ex-husband now lives one floor beneath her with his new wife. Their happiness floats up through the floorboards, taunting her. A child psychologist, Sarah has picked up great sadness from the little girl, Una, who lives with her careworn mother three floors below, but is Sarah emotionally equipped to reach out? The Spring brings a new couple to the house. Jane and Tom's zest for life revives the flagging spirits, and Sarah can't deny the instant attraction to handsome Tom. Having seen at first hand what infidelity does to people, she'll never act on it ... but the air fizzes with potential. The sunshine doesn't reach every corner of number 24, however. Elderly Mavis, tucked away in the basement, has kept the world at bay for decades. She's about to find out that she can't hide forever. Juliet Ashton weaves a story of love, friendship and community that will move you to laughter and to tears. Think Cold Feet meets David Nicholls, with a dash of the joy of Jill Mansell added for good measure. What people are saying about The Woman At Number 24: 'Emotion, laughs and mystery, I simply adored every minute of reading it' Netgalley reviewer 'Loved it. Feels fresh and new and exciting hearing about the different lives of 24. I'm intrigued and fascinated by the characters' Natalie Ross, Netgalley reviewer 'Wow! Just a beautiful read, like a breath of fresh air. Very heart warming and easy to read. A great 5 Stars from me!' Netgalley reviewer 'This is a great book with a varied ensemble cast of characters and many inter-twining story lines' Netgalley reviewer 'An absorbing story full of wonderful moments ...This was my first Juliet Ashton book to read and I really fell in love with her accurate, vivid and flowing writing' Netgalley reviewer 'Fun read with captivating characters. I did not expect the plot twist involved and really enjoyed reading this overall. Read it in one evening' Netgalley reviewer 'We watch as friendships blossom, a romance evolves and there is a good, unexpected twist towards the end. A lovely, heartwarming read' 5*, Netgalley reviewer 'A wonderful book that I would highly recommend' Netgalley reviewer 'Fantastic ... great characters who live in one big house. You will absolutely love this book' Netgalley reviewer 'This book is like wrapping yourself up in a blanket on the sofa and watching your favourite film. Warm, heart-felt and witty' Netgalley reviewer
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The Kicking the Bucket List

Author: Cathy Hopkins

Publisher: Harper

ISBN: 9780008200671

Category:

Page: 400

View: 1935

Mum always knows best... The stunning debut for fans of Celia Imrie and Dawn French. Meet the daughters of Iris Parker. Dee; sensitive and big-hearted; Rose uptight and controlled and Fleur the reckless free spirit. At the reading of their mother's will, the three estranged women are aghast to discover that their inheritance comes with very tricky strings attached. If they are to inherit her wealth, they must spend a series of weekends together over the course of a year and carry out their mother's 'bucket list'. But one year doesn't seem like nearly enough time for them to move past the decades-old layers of squabbles and misunderstandings. Can they grow up for once and see that Iris's bucket list was about so much more than money...
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The Good Girlfriend's Guide to Getting Even

The brilliant new laugh-out-loud love story

Author: Anna Bell

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1499861656

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 3625

Clever, funny and romantic too, with a story any sporting widow will relate to, The Good Girlfriend's Guide to Getting Even is Anna Bell's brilliant follow-up to the bestselling and much-loved The Bucket List to Mend a Broken Heart A hilarious new romantic comedy from the author of It Started With A Tweet and The Bucket List to Mend a Broken Heart, for fans of Lucy Diamond and Sophie Kinsella When Lexi's sport-mad boyfriend Will skips her friend's wedding to watch football - after pretending to have food poisoning - it might just be the final whistle for their relationship. But fed up of just getting mad, Lexi decides to even the score. And, when a couple of lost tickets and an 'accidentally' broken television lead to them spending extra time together, she's delighted to realise that revenge might be the best thing that's happened to their relationship. And if her clever acts of sabotage prove to be a popular subject for her blog, what harm can that do? It's not as if he'll ever find out . . . ----- 'Romantic and refreshing' Mhairi McFarlane 'A fun, bouncy, brilliant tale' Heat 'Funny, relatable and fabulously written' Daily Express
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Mum on the Run

Author: Fiona Gibson

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 1847562493

Category: Chick lit

Page: 374

View: 5487

Sports Day at her children's school is a nightmare for Laura because of the event she dreads - the Mums' Race. She knows the other mothers have been in training for months. Laura's vowed never to take part, but on the morning of Sports Day she makes a fatal error and promises her daughter that if she eats her Rice Crispies, she will run.
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Mummy Said the F-Word

Author: Fiona Gibson

Publisher: Hodder

ISBN: 1444740709

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 3420

When Cait, a chaotic single mother, becomes the agony aunt for a glossy parenting magazine, she thinks she might be the single worst person to do the job. But despite her early unwillingness, she gradually realises that the women writing might really need her help. Perhaps mothers need to realise that they're not actually expected to be perfect, after all? Then Cait gets an email from a mysterious reader - a single dad who simply signs his name R...
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Spoiled Brats

Stories

Author: Simon Rich

Publisher: Little, Brown

ISBN: 0316368636

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

View: 6243

Twenty years ago, Barney the Dinosaur told the nation's children they were special. We're still paying the price. From "one of the funniest writers in America"* comes a collection of stories culled from the front lines of the millennial culture wars. Rife with failing rock bands, student loans, and participation trophies, Spoiled Brats is about a generation of narcissists-and the well-meaning boomers who made them that way. A hardworking immigrant is preserved for a century in pickle brine. A helicopter mom strives to educate her demon son. And a family of hamsters struggles to survive in a private-school homeroom. Surreal, shrewd, and surprisingly warm, these stories are as resonant as they are hilarious. *Jimmy So, Daily Beast
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Pedigree Mum

Author: Fiona Gibson

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0007478437

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

View: 1492

The e-book bestselling author, Fiona Gibson is back. Laugh-out-loud funny from the author that bought you Mum On The Run. Fiona’s writing deals with the real life cringe-worthy moments we all know so well...
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Chains

Author: Laurie Halse Anderson

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781416998617

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 336

View: 3415

If an entire nation could seek its freedom, why not a girl? As the Revolutionary War begins, thirteen-year-old Isabel wages her own fight...for freedom. Promised freedom upon the death of their owner, she and her sister, Ruth, in a cruel twist of fate become the property of a malicious New York City couple, the Locktons, who have no sympathy for the American Revolution and even less for Ruth and Isabel. When Isabel meets Curzon, a slave with ties to the Patriots, he encourages her to spy on her owners, who know details of British plans for invasion. She is reluctant at first, but when the unthinkable happens to Ruth, Isabel realizes her loyalty is available to the bidder who can provide her with freedom. From acclaimed author Laurie Halse Anderson comes this compelling, impeccably researched novel that shows the lengths we can go to cast off our chains, both physical and spiritual.
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The Fall and Rise of the Amir Sisters

Author: Nadiya Hussain

Publisher: HQ

ISBN: 9780008192310

Category:

Page: 384

View: 8234

The second instalment in future national treasure Nadiya Hussain's Amir Sisters series which is a British Muslim take on Little Women meets Marian Keyes' Walsh family series. The four Amir Sisters - Fatima, Farah, Bubblee and Mae - are back, and this time they are facing the ups and downs of motherhood. Becoming a mother has always been Farah's dream so when older sister Fatima struggles with a tough pregnancy whilst Farah has trouble conceiving she cant help but be jealous. Until a plan to break a huge cultural taboo in her family, and use a surrogate gives her a renewed hope. But nothing is ever that easy in this warm, witty look at a modern British family.
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These Days of Ours

Author: Juliet Ashton

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1471155064

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

View: 7665

A beautiful novel about what happens when the person you love cannot be yours, from the internationally bestselling author of The Valentine's Card and The Woman at Number 24 … Perfect for fans of Rowan Coleman, Jane Green and David Nicholls. Kate and Becca are cousins and best friends. They have grown up together and shared all the most important milestones in their lives: childhood birthday parties, eighteenth birthdays, and now a wedding day as they each marry their childhood sweethearts, Charlie and Julian. Kate has always loved Charlie - they were meant to be. Then she discovers that life never turns out quite how you expect it to. And love doesn't always follow the journey it should. But best friends are forever, and true love will find a way, won't it…? Praise for Juliet Ashton ‘Gloriously and irresistibly romantic, I devoured These Days of Ours in a single sitting. There's not just one compelling love story here but two; the twenty-year love story of Kate and Charlie, and also the lifelong friendship between Kate and her cousin Becca. It's like One Day with all the additional trials and tribulations of female friendship’ HANNAH BECKERMAN ‘Juliet Ashton dramatises the landmarks of a young woman’s life with an irresistible lightness of touch. Warm, witty and surprising’ LOUISE CANDLISH ‘A delicious story of love and loss that had me utterly entranced. It made me laugh and it made me weep, but most of all it made me relish the warmth of the human heart’ KATE FURNIVALL 'Funny, original and wise' KATIE FFORDE 'Cecelia Ahern fans will love this poignant yet witty romance' SUNDAY MIRROR 'You'll laugh and cry your way through this original and touching love story' CLOSER
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