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The Lake of Dead Languages

By Carol Goodman
  • ISBN Code: : 0345490916
  • Publisher : Ballantine Books
  • Pages : 432
  • Category : Fiction
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“A gothic and elegant page-turner.”—The Boston Globe Twenty years ago, Jane Hudson fled the Heart Lake School for Girls in the Adirondacks after a terrible tragedy. The week before her graduation, in that sheltered wonderland, three lives were taken, all victims of suicide. Only Jane was left to carry the burden of a mystery that has stayed hidden in the depths of Heart Lake for more than two decades. Now Jane has returned to the school as a Latin teacher, recently separated and hoping to make a fresh start with her young daughter. But ominous messages from the past dredge up forgotten memories. And young, troubled girls are beginning to die again–as piece by piece the shattering truth slowly floats to the surface. . . .

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A can’t-miss read for fans of Deborah Harkness and Karen Marie Moning, The Angel Stone weaves a tale of ancient folklore and thrilling fantasy with a passionate love story that transcends time. For Callie McFay, a half-witch/half-fey professor of folklore and Gothic literature, the fight to save the enchanted town of Fairwick, New York, is far from over. After a hostile takeover by the Grove—a sinister group of witches and their cohorts—many of the local fey have been banished or killed, including Callie’s one true love. And in place of the spirit of tolerance and harmony, the new administration at Fairwick College has fostered an air of danger and distrust. With her unique magical abilities, Callie is the only one who can rescue her friends from exile and restore order to the school—a task that requires her to find the Angel Stone, a legendary talisman of immense power. Propelled on an extraordinary quest back to seventeenth-century Scotland, Callie risks her life to obtain the stone. Yet when she encounters a sexy incarnation of her lost love, she finds the greater risk is to her heart. As the fate of Fairwick hangs in the balance, Callie must make a wrenching choice: reclaim a chance for eternal passion or save everything she holds dear. Praise for The Angel Stone “Intelligently written and visually appealing . . . This story is a sheer delight.”—RT Book Reviews “Dark skillfully entwines the past and present, the mundane and magical, love and loss, to spin a beautifully nuanced and sensuous tale rooted in legend and lore.”—Booklist Praise for Juliet Dark “Dark’s letter-perfect gothic style is a satisfying tribute to previous gothic novels, and the paranormal elements, including incubi, fae, vampires, and witches, make this a stellar romance.”—Booklist, on The Demon Lover “Fast moving . . . should appeal to readers of Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse novels.”—New York Journal of Books, on The Water Witch

Ravencliffe

By Carol Goodman
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Book Code : 0698156366
  • Total of Pages : 432
  • Category : Young Adult Fiction
  • Members : 113
  • Pdf File: ravencliffe.pdf

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Avaline Hall is no ordinary girl. She’s a student at Blythewood Academy, an elite boarding school that trains young women to defend human society from the shadowy forces that live among us. After the devastating events of her first year at Blythewood, Ava is eager to reunite with her friends—and with Raven, the compelling but elusive winged boy who makes her pulse race. She soon discovers, though, that the sinister Judicus van Drood hasn’t finished wreaking havoc on Blythewood—and wants to use Ava and her classmates to attack a much bigger target. Ava’s the only one with any hope of stopping van Drood. But to scuttle his plans, she must reveal her deepest secret to everyone at Blythewood. What’s she willing to sacrifice to do what’s right—her school? Her love? Or her life?

The Metropolitans

By Carol Goodman
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Book Code : 1101997672
  • Total of Pages : 368
  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Members : 766
  • Pdf File: the-metropolitans.pdf

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From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler meets The Apothecary in this time-bending mystery from bestselling author Carol Goodman! The day Japan bombs Pearl Harbor, four thirteen-year-olds converge at the Metropolitan Museum of Art where an eccentric curator is seeking four uncommonly brave souls to track down the hidden pages of the Kelmsbury Manuscript, an ancient book of Arthurian legends that lies scattered within the museum's collection, and that holds the key to preventing a second attack on American soil. When Madge, Joe, Kiku, and Walt agree to help, they have no idea that the Kelmsbury is already working its magic on them. But they begin to develop extraordinary powers and experience the feelings of King Arthur, Queen Guinevere, Morgan le Fay, and Lancelot: courage, friendship, love...and betrayal. Are they playing out a legend that's already been lived, over and over, across the ages? Or can the Metropolitans forge their own story?

Heart and Soul

By Liza Gyllenhaal
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Diversion Books
  • Book Code : 1626812519
  • Total of Pages : 294
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 996
  • Pdf File: heart-and-soul.pdf

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A woman envies her sister’s glamorous world—until she becomes part of it—in a novel of loss and self-discovery by the author of Local Knowledge. After a lifetime in the shadow of the incomparable Miranda, Cassie believes she can never measure up to her sister. Rather than compete, she withdraws, and the two remain estranged—until a phone call from Miranda changes everything. At Miranda’s insistence, Cassie flies to New York City for a visit, where she is instead offered a new home and a new job. But when Miranda dies suddenly, Cassie is thrust into a whole new life altogether—Miranda’s. As Cassie lives in her sister’s house, works at her job, and even wears her clothes, the hidden truths behind Miranda’s seemingly perfect existence begin to claw their way forward. Suddenly Cassie finds herself on the verge of losing herself to the world she thought she envied, and her heart to the man she isn’t supposed to love. “One of our finest novelists of the heart.” —Carol Goodman, author of The Lake of Dead Languages and The Widow’s House “Gyllenhaal has x-ray vision into the human heart and a sharp eye for contemporary mores and social maneuvering.” —Ellen Feldman, author of Terrible Virtue and The Unwitting

The Stranger Behind You

By Carol Goodman
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Book Code : 006302067X
  • Total of Pages : 336
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 540
  • Pdf File: the-stranger-behind-you.pdf

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Two-time Mary Higgins Clark Award-Winning Author! A chilling story set in a former Magdalen Laundry in Manhattan that explores today’s #MeToo complexities. "In a twisting, mesmerizing story that is as beautifully written as it is utterly propulsive, Goodman keeps us breathlessly turning the pages right to the shocking and poignant end. I absolutely loved this layered and moving novel!” —Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author You’re never really alone Journalist Joan Lurie has written a seething article exposing a notorious newspaper tycoon as a sexual predator. But the night it goes live, she is brutally attacked. Traumatized and suffering the effects of a concussion, she moves into a highly secure apartment in Manhattan called the Refuge, which was at one time a Magdalen Laundry. Joan should be safe here, so how can she explain the cryptic incidents that are happening? Lillian Day is Joan’s new 96-year-old neighbor at the Refuge. In 1941, Lillian witnessed a mysterious murder that sent her into hiding at the Magdalen Laundry, and she hasn’t come out since. As she relates to Joan her harrowing story, Joan sees striking similarities to her own past. Melissa Osgood, newly widowed and revengeful, has burning questions about her husband’s recent death. When she discovers a suspicious paper trail that he left behind, she realizes how little she knew about her marriage. But it seems Joan Lurie might be the one who has the answers. As these three lives intersect, each woman must stay one step ahead of those who are desperate to make sure the truth is never uncovered.

The Year of the Gadfly

By Jennifer Miller
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : HMH
  • Book Code : 0547569661
  • Total of Pages : 384
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 197
  • Pdf File: the-year-of-the-gadfly.pdf

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A darkly witty mystery set at a New England prep school: “Part Dead Poets Society. Part Heathers. Entirely addictive” (Glamour). “Do you know what it took for Socrates’ enemies to make him stop pursuing the truth?” “Hemlock.” The fiercely competitive Mariana Academy was founded with a serious honor code; its reputation has been unsullied for decades. But now, a long-dormant secret society called Prisom’s Party seems to have reemerged, threatening the school’s placid halls with vigilante justice, exposing students and teachers alike for even the most minor infraction. Iris Dupont, a budding journalist whose only confidant is the chain-smoking specter of Edward R. Murrow, feels sure she can break into the ranks of the Devil’s Advocate, the Party’s underground newspaper, and there uncover the source of its blackmail schemes and vilifying rumors. Some involve the school’s new science teacher, who also seems to be investigating the Party. Others point to an albino student who left school abruptly ten years before, never to return. And everything connects to a rare book called Marvelous Species. But the truth comes with its own dangers, and Iris is torn between her allegiances, her reporter’s instinct, and her own troubled past, in this “darkly comic romp” filled with double-crosses and deeply buried secrets (The Washington Post).

The Ghost Orchid

By Carol Goodman
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Ballantine Books
  • Book Code : 0345490908
  • Total of Pages : 352
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 834
  • Pdf File: the-ghost-orchid.pdf

Book Short Summary:

In her enthralling novels of literary suspense, Carol Goodman writes stories that resonate with emotion set in lush landscapes that entice the senses. Now, with The Ghost Orchid, a narrative that seamlessly weaves together the past and the present, Goodman creates her most lyrical and haunting work to date. For more than one hundred years, creative souls have traveled to Upstate New York to work under the captivating spell of the Bosco estate. Cradled in silence, inspired by the rough beauty of overgrown gardens and crumbling statuary, these chosen few fashion masterworks–and have cemented Bosco’s reputation as a premier artists’ colony. This season, five talented artists-in-residence find themselves drawn to the history of Bosco, from the extensive network of fountains that were once its centerpiece but have long since run dry to the story of its enigmatic founder, Aurora Latham, and the series of tragic events that occurred more than a century ago. Ellis Brooks, a first-time novelist, has come to Bosco to write a book based on Aurora and the infamous summer of 1893, when wealthy, powerful Milo Latham brought the notorious medium Corinth Blackwell to the estate to help his wife contact three of the couple’s children, lost the winter before in a diphtheria epidemic. But when a séance turned deadly, Corinth and her alleged accomplice, Tom Quinn, disappeared, taking with them the Lathams’ only surviving child. The more time she spends at Bosco, the more Ellis becomes convinced that there is an even darker, more sinister end to the story. And she’s not alone: biographer Bethesda Graham uncovers stunning revelations about Milo and Corinth; landscape architect David Fox discovers a series of hidden tunnels underneath the gardens; poet Zalman Bronsky hears the long-dry fountain’s waters beckoning him; and novelist Nat Loomis feels something lingering just out of reach. After a bizarre series of accidents befalls them, the group cannot deny the connections between the long ago and now, the living and the dead . . . as Ellis realizes that the tangled truth may ensnare them all in its cool embrace.

The Water Witch

By Juliet Dark
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Ballantine Books
  • Book Code : 0345542428
  • Total of Pages : 352
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 591
  • Pdf File: the-water-witch.pdf

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Perfect for fans of Deborah Harkness and Elizabeth Kostova, The Water Watch is a breathtakingly sexy and atmospheric new novel of ancient folklore, passionate love, and thrilling magic. After casting out a dark spirit, Callie McFay, a professor of gothic literature, has at last restored a semblance of calm to her rambling Victorian house. But in the nearby thicket of the honeysuckle forest, and in the currents of the rushing Undine stream, more trouble is stirring. . . . The enchanted town of Fairwick’s dazzling mix of mythical creatures has come under siege from the Grove: a sinister group of witches determined to banish the fey back to their ancestral land. With factions turning on one another, all are cruelly forced to take sides. Callie’s grandmother, a prominent Grove member, demands her granddaughter’s compliance, but half-witch/half-fey Callie can hardly betray her friends and colleagues at the college. To stave off disaster, Callie enlists Duncan Laird, an alluring seductive academic who cultivates her vast magical potential, but to what end? Deeply conflicted, Callie struggles to save her beloved Fairwick, dangerously pushing her extraordinary powers to the limit—risking all, even the needs of her own passionate heart. Includes a preview of Book Three of The Fairwick Trilogy: The Angel Stone Praise for The Water Witch “A lighthearted, fast moving fantasy . . . The Water Witch should appeal to readers of Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse novels.”—New York Journal of Books “Dark has an exquisite and clear voice. . . . One is aware of being in the hands of a mistress of the fine arts of storytelling and characterization. . . . It’s all just great fun.”—Albany Chronogram “An intriguing story that will keep readers guessing.”—Romance Reviews Today “Readers are sure to enjoy being back in the atmospheric Fairwick. The cliffhanger ending will only leave readers clamoring for the last installment in this interesting trilogy.”—SheKnows Praise for Book One of The Fairwick Trilogy: The Demon Lover “Dark’s letter-perfect gothic style is a satisfying tribute to previous gothic novels, and the paranormal elements, including incubi, fae, vampires, and witches, make this a stellar romance.”—Booklist, included in its list of the year’s “Top 10 SF/Fantasy Titles” “Steamy and nuanced.”—Kirkus Reviews

100 Must-read Prize-Winning Novels

By Nick Rennison
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Book Code : 140813599X
  • Total of Pages : 192
  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Members : 148
  • Pdf File: 100-must-read-prize-winning-novels.pdf

Book Short Summary:

A large number of people each year make their reading decisions on the basis of prizes like the Booker and Orange Guide to Fiction. This new title in the successful Must-Read series provides an overview of prize-winning fiction over the decades. With 100 titles fully featured and over 500 read-on recommendations, this unique survey of literature incorporates some of the finest contemporary fiction ever produced including Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children (Booker), Jonathan Coe's What a Carve Up (John Llewellyn Rhys), Andrea Levy's Small Island (Orange), Louis de Bernieres's Captain Corelli's Mandolin (Commonwealth Writers' Prize), Zadie Smith's White Teeth (Guardian First Book Award), Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things (Booker). As well as Booker and Pullitzer prize-winners the book also finds room for those that have triumphed in less familiar prizes, such as the Betty Trask and the John Lewellyn Rhys. It looks at prize winners in certain genres such as crime and science fiction, as well as prize winners from other countries: the French Prix de Goncourt and the Australian Miles Franklin award. Because of the sheer range of prizes across countries and genres - this is a diverse and rich list that no book worm would want to be without.

Bleeding Heart

By Liza Gyllenhaal
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Book Code : 0698137558
  • Total of Pages : 352
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 839
  • Pdf File: bleeding-heart.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Liza Gyllenhaal has charmed readers with her “gripping and deeply perceptive” (Ben Sherwood, Author of Charlie St. Cloud) novels. Now the author of A Place for Us brings us a captivating new story about a woman’s struggle to rebuild her life after scandal destroys her marriage.... After her accountant husband disappears with millions of dollars stolen from his company’s clients, Alice Hyatt flees New York City and moves to her family’s longtime summer home in a small town in western Massachusetts. There she begins to make a new start, reconnecting with old friends and finding peace—and a growing sense of pride—as a landscape architect. When extremely wealthy newcomer Graham Mackenzie asks her to design an elaborate garden for him, she can’t turn down the opportunity despite misgivings about Mackenzie’s energy company, which specializes in the controversial practice of fracking. But just as the project nears completion, she learns Mackenzie’s offer is not all that it seems. Once again, Alice finds herself embroiled in someone else’s crimes, this time putting her newfound success—and possibly her life—in jeopardy.... CONVERSATION GUIDE INCLUDED

Read On...Audiobooks: Reading Lists for Every Taste

By Joyce G. Saricks
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : ABC-CLIO
  • Book Code : 1591588073
  • Total of Pages : 145
  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Members : 106
  • Pdf File: read-on-audiobooks.pdf

Book Short Summary:

With more than 300 original annotations in some 60 thematic lists, this one-of-a kind compilation opens the world of audiobooks to listeners and librarians alike. • More than 300 original annotations that speak to why listeners might enjoy the selected audiobooks • Over 60 thematic lists that will entice audiobook fans, as well as those unfamiliar with the format • Indexes by author, title, narrator, and genre

Three Queens in Erin

By Douglas Nicholas
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Book Code : 1476756031
  • Total of Pages : 304
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 653
  • Pdf File: three-queens-in-erin.pdf

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In the fourth "hauntingly affecting historical novel with a touch of magic" (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) from acclaimed author Douglas Nicholas, exiled Irish queen Maeve and her family battle an otherworldly and deadly evil. Maeve and her family—her granddaughter Nemain, Nemain's husband Hob, their six-year-old daughter Macha Redmane, and Maeve's lover Jack Brown—have decided it is time to return to Ireland and reclaim her tribal lands. Journeying over the sea, the family finally learns the secrets behind their long exile: a clan of Viking/Scots known as the Norse Gaels, slew the chief warriors and leaders of Maeve's clan through cunning black magic. But in returning to Ireland, Maeve and her family must face the three leaders of the Norse Gaels. These three queens, dark versions of Celtic goddesses, are evil sisters whose powers rival Maeve's own. When a monster is unleashed upon the countryside, Maeve and Nemain must create a beast of their own, at cost of great sorcerous effort to themselves. With his signature blend of historical adventure and supernatural fantasy, Nicholas' fans will love this rich addition to the series.