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For readers of Crying in H Mart and Wintering, an unforgettable memoir about a family secret revealed by a DNA test, the lessons learned in its aftermath, and the indelible power of love.
Three months after Kyo Maclear’s father dies in December 2018, she gets the results of a DNA test showing that she and the father who raised her are not biologically related. Suddenly Maclear becomes a detective in her own life, unravelling a family mystery piece by piece, and assembling the story of her biological father. Along the way, larger questions arise: what exactly is kinship? And what does it mean to be a family?
Thoughtful in its reflections on race and lineage, unflinching in its insights on grief and loyalty, Unearthing is a captivating and propulsive story of inheritance that goes beyond heredity.
What gets planted, and what gets buried? What role does storytelling play in unearthing the past and making sense of a life? Can the humble act of tending a garden provide common ground for an inquisitive daughter and her complicated mother? As it seeks to answer these questions, Unearthing bursts with the very love it seeks to understand.
The Six Who Came to Dinner
The village cleaning lady who holds everyone's house-keys opens a boot to find some unexpectedly dead contents; a vengeful dinner party host serves more than just a roast to her six guests; and driven to distraction by his new young wife, a man resorts to two grisly acts, in a gripping re-imagining of a famous Irish ballad.
Ripping away the polite façade of small communities, these stories of love, lies and revenge reveal the roiling emotions and frustration that can lead seemingly good people to do bad things. Rich in compassion, pathos and humour, Anne Youngson offers us her dark take on human foibles, pettiness and rivalry in this sparkling, unputdownable collection.
Blurb Your Enthusiasm
A dazzling dictionary of book blurbs, filled with writing tips, literary folklore and publishing secrets
A TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR
'A small masterpiece. There is something funny, notable or awe-inspiring on every single page’ Jenny Colgan, Spectator
A joyful celebration of books – the perfect gift for bibliophiles, word lovers and anyone who’s ever wondered, should you judge a book by its cover?
We love the words in books – but what about the words on them? How do they work their magic? Here is a book about the ways books entice us to read them: their titles, quotes, covers and, above all, blurbs – via authors from Jane Austen to Zadie Smith, writing tricks, classic literature, bonkbusters, plot spoilers and publishing secrets. It’s nothing less than the inside story of the outside of books.
And it answers questions like:
- Why do some authors hate blurbs so much they burn their own books?
- Should all adjectives be murdered?
- Is blurbing sometimes maybe lying?
- Is it true that (checks jacket) you need an animal on a book’s cover to make it a bestseller?
- What are the most terrible blurbs of all time?
Join Penguin publishing word wizard Louise Willder – five thousand blurbs written, mostly avoiding the phrase ‘unputdownable tour-de-force’ – to discover why we should judge a book by its cover. Even this one. (It’s an unputdownable tour-de-force.)
‘The bookiest book about books you’ll ever read – I loved it’ Lucy Mangan
‘Truly delightful...I couldn’t have had more fun’ Benjamin Dreyer
‘Very funny, erudite and profound. A delight!’ Nina Stibbe
The Story of Love
They come from different backgrounds . . . But are they destined to write a new chapter together?
With little left to tie her to her home state of Texas and yearning for a slower life, Yvonne Wilson jumps at the chance to shake things up with a move to Montgomery, Indiana. A dream job awaits her--managing an Amish bookstore for her good friends Jake and Eva. Besides the slow-paced setting and the comfort of beloved books, Yvonne hopes the change will help distract her from the emptiness she feels after the death of her fiancé.
No longer a part of the Amish community but still a resident of Montgomery, Abraham Byler finds himself in over his head with his job as a police officer combined with a new but fast-moving relationship with the wealthy and aggressive New York native Brianna Stone. When Abraham realizes that his old crush Yvonne is back in town, he's not just in over his head--he suddenly finds himself head over heels for Yvonne--and in hot water with Brianna.
When the violence of police work comes up against his pacifist upbringing, Abraham is forced to question his original decision to leave the Amish faith for his career. Meanwhile, Yvonne is asking her own questions about why she feels such a deep peace in Montgomery--and how much that feeling has to do with Abraham and how much has to do with the workings of her own heart.
"This compelling unpredictable romance between two strong characters with complicated lives plays out beautifully, one unexpected turn after another." --Patricia Davids, USA TODAY bestselling author of Amish romance
- Sweet contemporary Amish romance
- Book 1: The Bookseller's Promise; Book 2: The Story of Love; Book 3: Hopefully Ever After
- Book length: 80,000 words
- Includes discussion questions for book clubs
La légende des Dragons-Thé
In this lyrical picture book, world-renowned poet, New York Times bestselling author, and Coretta Scott King Honor winner Nikki Giovanni and fine artist Erin Robinson craft an ode to the magic of a library as a place not only for knowledge but also for imagination, exploration, and escape.
In what other place can a child "sail their dreams" and "surf the rainbow" without ever leaving the room? This ode to libraries is a celebration for everyone who loves stories, from seasoned readers to those just learning to love words, and it will have kids and parents alike imagining where their library can take them.
This inspiring read-aloud includes stunning illustrations and a note from Nikki Giovanni about the importance of libraries in her own childhood.
A gentle, cozy story following a family's bleary-eyed wake-up routine, a little one who's eager to start the day, and the quiet magic of early mornings
I wake up very early.
Good morning, Sun, on your way at last. You don't wake up nearly as early as I do.
Now the wind is waking.
Tickle tickle on my cheeks,
rustle rustle through the leaves.
Birds untuck and start to coo,
Whooo whooo, you wake up too early, yes you doooo . . .
In sweet, melodic verse written from the perspective of the earliest riser, Too Early follows a family's morning routine, exploring both the groggy haze and the everyday magic inherent in the predawn hours of a loving household.
Libérer la motivation : avec la théorie de l'autodétermination
"Elle. Toute nouvelle vendeuse Suppercare, Florence--qui loge chez son amie, le temps de faire assez de sous pour dénicher le condo de ses rêves--vient de vivre une année plutôt difficile. Mais le temps est venu de mettre tout ça derrière elle et de foncer. Voilà pourquoi elle tient mordicus à participer à ce congrès de représentantes qui doit avoir lieu à plusieurs heures de route de son domicile. Lui. Avec le décès de son père le mois dernier, Christophe se trouve à la croisée des chemins. Normalement, il aurait dû reprendre les rênes de la compagnie familiale, mais les choses ne se sont pas déroulées comme il l'aurait cru. Il doit encore faire ses preuves, ce qui ne lui plaît guère. En mauvais termes avec le reste de sa famille, il enfourche tout de même sa bécane, direction sa ville natale, pour l'enterrement de son paternel. Plusieurs obstacles se dresseront toutefois sur leur chemin : orage, panne d'électricité, mauvaise réservation de chambre, accident sur la route, et peut-être aussi... coup de foudre, qui sait? Florence et Christophe seront-ils prêts à se dévoiler l'un à l'autre afin de survivre à ce week-end infernal? Étincelles et fous rires à l'horizon..."--Back cover.
Death of an Eye
'Outstanding' Washington Post. ALEXANDRIA, 47 BC. For three centuries, the House of Ptolemy has governed the Kingdom of Egypt. Cleopatra - seventh of her name - rules from Alexandria, that beacon of commerce and learning that stands between the burning sands of the desert and the dark waters of the Middle Sea. But her realm is beset by ethnic rivalries, aristocratic feuds and courtly intrigues. Not only that, she must contend with the insatiable appetite of Julius Caesar who needs Egyptian grain and Egyptian gold to further his ambitions. The world is watching the young Queen, waiting for a misstep... And now her most trusted servant - her Eye - has been murdered and a vast shipment of newly minted coin stolen. Cleopatra cannot afford for the coins to go unrecovered or the murderers unpunished, so she asks childhood friend, Tetisheri Nebenteru, to retrace the dead Eye's footsteps. Tetisheri will find herself plunged into the shadowy heart of Alexandria. As she sifts her way through a tangle of lies and deceit, she will discover that nothing can be taken at face value, that she can't trust anyone - not even the Queen herself.
Teach Yourself to Sleep
PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS FOR QUALITY SLEEP
'In her brilliant new book Mikhail delivers accessible science to help you take back control of your bedtime and your sleep' Psychologies
Are you suffering from chronic insomnia, an erratic sleep pattern or do you simply feel that your sleep isn't as deep and restorative as it should be? Then struggle no more. Teach Yourself to Sleep is the new, sustainable solution that you have been waiting for.
After decades of trying traditional methods to cure her poor sleep, the chance reading of a book by her great-great uncle, a pioneer in cognitive therapy and clinical hypnosis, led chronic insomniac Kate Mikhail to research the science of sleep and the mind-body loop, and develop the tried-and-tested methods that have finally enabled her to take control of her sleep and wake up feeling rested and energised.
In Teach Yourself to Sleep, Kate shares her approach, blending first-person experience with accessible sleep science and interviews with leading doctors, scientists and academics, as well as highly effective sleep 'scripts' provided exclusively for this book by sleep experts.
Teach Yourself to Sleep will help you to view sleep in a wider, deeper context by revealing that its quality is inseparably woven into the way you spend your day - not an add-on that comes out of nowhere as night descends. Considering sleep from every angle - from the role of biology-based self-talk in reinforcing better sleep habits, to fixing your sleep-wake cycle through the right balance of light and darkness, and when, what and how to eat for the best sleep possible - this book will help you to understand your sleep better and give you the tools to take control and finally begin to get the sleep you need.
A GOOD MORNING AMERICA BOOK CLUB PICK * A BOOK OF THE MONTH CLUB PICK * A LIBRARYREADS PICK
"If you are someone who gravitates toward emotional gut punch reads, allow me to introduce you to this spectacular debut..."--BuzzFeed
Here are three things you should know about my husband:
- He was the great love of my life despite his penchant for going incommunicado.
- He was, as far as I and everyone else could tell, perfectly happy. Which is significant because...
- On New Year's Eve, he died.
And here is one thing you should know about me:
- I found him.
Bonus fact: No. I am not okay.
Someday, Maybe is a stunning, witty debut novel about a young woman's emotional journey through unimaginable loss, pulled along by her tight-knit Nigerian family, a posse of friends, and the love and laughter she shared with her husband.
"Incisive and witty. I couldn't put it down."--Lolá Ákínmádé Åkerström, internationally bestselling author of In Every Mirror She's Black
"A masterfully woven exposition on love and loss. Nwabineli is magic with words."--Bolu Babalola, internationally bestselling author of Honey and Spice
- He was the great love of my life despite his penchant for going incommunicado.
Theft of an Idol
When Cleopatra's most beloved actress disappears, her new Eye of Isis must solve a case that will lead to the darkest corners of Alexandria.
From the palaces of Alexandria reigns Cleopatra - seventh of her name, avatar of the goddess Isis, ruler of the Kingdom of Egypt - surrounded by riches untold. Through the streets of her great city bustle scholars and sailors, politicians and priests. For those with the means, it is a comfortable life.
But not all are invited to share in the wealth of Egypt's first city. For the peasants and farmers, their lives lie in the hands of the gods and the harvest. Unless, that is, they can find other methods to feed their families. Other, less savory methods.
When Herminia, one of Alexandria's most beloved actresses, disappears on the eve of a great performance, Cleopatra sets Tetisheri, her Eye, to investigate. In her search for the truth, Tetisheri will uncover a mystery that will take her to the city's darkest corners...
The third act: reinventing your next chapter