Beautiful Ruins

Author: Jess Walter
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0241963001
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The No. 1 New York Times Bestseller Jess Walter's Beautiful Ruins is a gorgeous, glamorous novel set in 1960s Italy and a modern Hollywood studio. The story begins in 1962. Somewhere on a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and views an apparition: a beautiful woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an American starlet, he soon learns, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away in Hollywood, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot searching for the woman he last saw at his hotel fifty years before. Gloriously inventive, funny, tender and constantly surprising, Beautiful Ruins is a novel full of fabulous and yet very flawed people, all of them striving towards another sort of life, a future that is both delightful and yet, tantalizingly, seems just out of reach. 'Magic...A monument to crazy love with a deeply romantic heart' New York Times 'A novel shot in sparkly Technicolor' Booklist 'Hilarious and compelling' Esquire

Chubby Charming

Author: Mary E. Thompson
Publisher: Blueyed Press
ISBN: 9781944090081
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A charming man could be the icing on one chubby woman's cupcake. Mandy likes her life. She's happy. She has great friends, a good job, a happy life. She has it all, even if it comes with a few extra pounds. But Mandy doesn't mind. She knows who she is and she likes cupcakes too much to worry about the weight. But a stroke of luck, and a phone call to her customer service job, brings Xander Carlson into her life. He's everything she's not. Attractive, built, and sexy as all hell. And for some reason he wants to meet Mandy. In person. In real life. Mandy isn't sure what to make of Xander's insistence that he wants her, but she drops her guard and lets him in. Juggling her new relationship, a possible promotion, and the coworker from hell, Mandy knows it can't all end up happily ever after. Especially if Xander ends up being the man she feared he was - someone who judges her by her weight.

John Derian Picture Book

Author: John Derian
Publisher: Artisan Books
ISBN: 1579656471
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John Derian s home goods empire reaches far and wide in addition to the four John Derian stores he owns in New York and Massachussetts, his products are sold by more than 600 retailers worldwide, including Neiman Marcus, ABC, and Gump s in the United States; Conran and Liberty in the UK; and Astier de Villatte in Paris. It all started with his now-iconic collectible plates decoupaged with 19th-century artwork sourced from old and rare books, a process that credited him with elevating the decoupage technique into fine art. Over the past 25 years, the brand has expanded greatly to include home and general design gifts and products. Now, for the first time ever, comes the book John Derian fans have been waiting for. Culled from the thousands of images that have appeared in his biannual collections, here is an astoundingly beautiful assortment of more than 400 full-bleed images in their original form. From intensely colored flowers and birds to curious portraits, hand-drawn letters, and breathtaking landscapes, the best of John Derian is here. The result is an oversized object of desire, a work of art in and of itself, that brilliantly walks the line between commerce and art, and that is destined to become "the "gift book of the season."

Lowdown and Lush

Author: Selena Laurence
Publisher: EverAfter Romance
ISBN: 163576016X
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An opposites attract romance for fans of Kylie Scott and Olivia Cunning: The devil of rock meets an angel of country and sparks fly.

On Meadowview Street

Author: Henry Cole
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0060564814
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Caroline lives on Meadowview Street. But where's the meadow? Where's the view? There's nothing growing in her front yard except grass. Then she spots a flower and a butterfly and a bird and Caroline realizes that with her help, maybe Meadowview Street can have a meadow after all.

Everything Here is Beautiful

Author: Mira T. Lee
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0735221960
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Two sisters-Miranda, the older, responsible one, always her younger sister's protector; Lucia, the headstrong, unpredictable one, whose impulses are huge and, often, life changing. When their mother dies and Lucia starts hearing voices, it is Miranda who must find a way to reach her sister. But Lucia impetuously plows ahead, marrying a big-hearted, older man only to leave him, suddenly, to have a baby with a young Latino immigrant. She moves her new family from the States to Ecuador and back again, but the bitter constant is that she is, in fact, mentally ill. Lucia lives life on a grand scale, until, inevitably, she crashes to earth. Miranda leaves her own self-contained life in Switzerland to rescue her sister again-but only Lucia can decide whether she wants to be saved. The bonds of sisterly devotion stretch across oceans-but what does it take to break them? Told in alternating points of view, Everything Here Is Beautifulis, at its heart, the story of a young woman's quest to find fulfillment and a life unconstrained by her illness. But it's also an unforgettable, gut-wrenching story of the sacrifices we make to truly love someone-and when loyalty to one's self must prevail over all.

Mortal Love

Author: Elizabeth Hand
Publisher: Small Beer Press
ISBN: 1618730835
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Swirling between eras and continents, Mortal Love is an intense novel of unforgettable characters caught in a whirlwind of art, love, and intrigue. Mercurial Larkin Meade may hold the key to lost artistic masterpieces, and to secrets too devastating to imagine. Is there an undying moment? An immortal muse? Is there ... an angel of death? Cover illustration by Lindsay Carr.

Hot Shade

Author: Tamara Lush
Publisher: Tamara Lush
ISBN:
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A man who won’t trust anyone… Luca Rossi is a wanted man, waiting for justice. On the run from the mafia and hiding out in his uncle’s palatial Florida mansion, the celebrated Italian journalist has turned into a recluse, fearful that the next person he sees may also be the last. Waiting in isolation, he counts the days until he can breathe freely again and trusts no one, friend or foe. A reporter determined to get to the bottom of the story… Skylar Shaw is an ambitious young reporter determined to make her name with a scoop – no matter what it takes. Beautiful, curvaceous, and fiery, her outward confidence masks hidden insecurities that push her to investigate – no matter what. When a plane spirals out of control and plows deep into the beach opposite Luca’s hideout, he rushes out to help a victim. Gone before the authorities can take his name, Skylar soon tracks him down. H er intense curiosity about the mysterious rescuer may lead her down a path from which there is no return. Sparks fly as Skylar falls for Luca’s exotic Italian accent and chiseled, tattooed body – and Luca finds his natural caution and reserves disarmed by the beautiful reporter. The two soon find themselves entangled in each other’s arms – and while Luca tries to keep his secret covered up, Skylar’s instincts lead her to dig deeper. What she uncovers brings them both to the attention of dangerous forces Surrounded by threats in the shadows, the two journalists must work together in the blazing heat to survive – and that may mean splitting up forever… or worse. "Fans of romantic suspense and New Adult will be enthralled" - RT Book Reviews

Plant Life

Author: Pamela Duncan
Publisher: Delacorte Press
ISBN: 9780440334187
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Her luminous first novel, Moon Women, won the hearts of both readers and critics, who called it “richly textured...a pleasure to be savored by a writer to watch.” (Kirkus Reviews) Now Pamela Duncan returns to the rich landscape of the human heart with a lush, resonant novel about mothers and daughters, about family and friendship, about a woman at a turning point in her life and the extraordinary world she discovers in a place called home… Plant Life It’s Christmastime in Russell, North Carolina. For Laurel Granger, the holiday can’t pass quickly enough. With her fifteen-year marriage ending, the visit to her hometown is bound to be even more painful than usual. And the worst part will be looking at the lives of her mother, Pansy, and Pansy’s gossipy group of friends, for whom life revolves around the plant, the aging textile mill where for decades they have found companionship, a modest livelihood, and a purpose. But with her own marriage disintegrating--the full scope of the disaster hasn’t become clear to her yet--Laurel has nowhere else to turn except Russell, and to the women of the plant. And soon what Laurel begins to see is not the stifling town she couldn’t wait to leave, nor women whose lives seem petty and plain, but a place where powerful secrets have been kept...where hearts and lives have been broken...and where a group of extraordinary women may have a thing or two to teach her about life. Most of all, as Laurel starts to live and even love a little again, she is faced with her mother, and her mother before her, and what their complex relationship has meant for Laurel all these years. Weaving together the voices of several remarkable women across generations, Pamela Duncan tells a story of faith and forgiveness, acts of love and acts of betrayal. With the same artful brushstrokes that made Moon Women a wonder, Duncan paints a masterful portrait of seemingly ordinary lives, and of what it means to grow a life and a future--in the rich soil of the past. From the Hardcover edition.

This Is Sadie

Author: Sara O'Leary
Publisher: Tundra Books (NY)
ISBN: 0735263248
Format: PDF
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Now in board book, the beloved story about a little girl with a big imagination from the award-winning team of Sara O'Leary and Julie Morstad. Sadie is a little girl with a big imagination. She has been a girl who lived under the sea and a boy raised by wolves. She has had adventures in wonderland and visited the world of fairytales. She whispers to the dresses in her closet and talks to birds in the treetops. She has wings that take her anywhere she wants to go, but that always bring her home again. She likes to make things -- boats out of boxes and castles out of cushions. But more than anything Sadie likes stories, because you can make them from nothing at all. For Sadie, the world is so full of wonderful possibilities...This is Sadie, and this is her story.