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From the bestselling author of the MaddAddam trilogy here is the 1 New York Times bestseller and seminal work of speculative fiction from the Booker Prize-winning author Now a Hulu series starring Elizabeth Moss Samira Wiley and Joseph Fiennes Includes a new introduction by Margaret Atwood Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant because in an age of declining births Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable Offred can remember the days before when she lived and made love with her husband Luke when she played with and protected her daughter when she had a job money of her own and access to knowledge But all of that is gone now Funny unexpected horrifying and altogether convincing The Handmaid s Tale is at once scathing satire dire warning and literary tour de force
1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERAn addictive new novel of psychological suspense from the author of 1 New York Times bestseller and global phenomenon The Girl on the Train Hawkins is at the forefront of a group of female authors think Gillian Flynn and Megan Abbott who have reinvigorated the literary suspense novel by tapping a rich vein of psychological menace and social unease there s a certain solace to a dark escape in the promise of submerged truths coming to light Vogue A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town Earlier in the summer a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate They are not the first women lost to these dark waters but their deaths disturb the river and its history dredging up secrets long submerged Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl Parentless and friendless she now finds herself in the care of her mother s sister a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from a place to which she vowed she d never return With the same propulsive writing and acute understanding of human instincts that captivated millions of readers around the world in her explosive debut thriller The Girl on the Train Paula Hawkins delivers an urgent twisting... deeply satisfying read that hinges on the deceptiveness of emotion and memory as well as the devastating ways that the past can reach a long arm into the present Beware a calm surface you never know what lies beneath more
1 New York Times bestseller Milk and Honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival About the experience of violence abuse love loss and femininity The book is divided into four chapters and each chapter serves a different purpose Deals with a different pain Heals a different heartache Milk and Honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look
A New York Times bestseller Chosen as a best book of the year by NPR The Washington Post The Chicago Tribune The San Francisco Chronicle and The Philadelphia Inquirer The same gorgeous layered richness that marked Towles debut Rules of Civility shapes A Gentleman in Moscow Entertainment Weekly The Grand Budapest Hotel and Eloise meets all the Bond villains TheSkimm Irresistible an elegant period piece as lavishly filigreed as a Faberge egg O the Oprah Magazine He can t leave his hotel You won t want to From the New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Civility a transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel In 1922 Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin Rostov an indomitable man of erudition and wit has never worked a day in his life and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel s doors Unexpectedly his reduced circumstances provide him entry into a much larger world of emotional discovery Brimming with humor a glittering cast of characters and one... beautifully rendered scene after another this singular novel casts a spell as it relates the count s endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose And the intrigue A Gentleman in Moscow is laced with sparkling threads they will tie up and tokens they will matter special keys secret compartments gold coins vials of coveted liquid old-fashioned pistols duels and scars hidden assignations discreet and smoky stolen passports a ruby necklace mysterious letters on elegant hotel stationery a luscious stage set backdrop for a downright Casablanca-like drama The San Francisco Chroniclemore
Read the New York Times bestseller that has taken the world by storm Meet Ove He s a curmudgeon the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window He has staunch principles strict routines and a short fuse People call him the bitter neighbor from hell But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove s mailbox it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats unexpected friendship and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents association to their very foundations A feel-good story in the spirit of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and Major Pettigrew s Last Stand Fredrik Backman s novel about the angry old man next door is a thoughtful exploration of the profound impact one life has on countless others If there was an award for Most Charming Book of the Year this first novel by a Swedish blogger-turned-overnight-sensation would win hands down... Booklist starred review more
A gang of thieves stage a daring heist from a secure vault deep below Princeton University s Firestone Library Their loot is priceless but Princeton has insured it for twenty-five million dollars Bruce Cable owns a popular bookstore in the sleepy resort town of Santa Rosa on Camino Island in Florida He makes his real money though as a prominent dealer in rare books Very few people know that he occasionally dabbles in the black market of stolen books and manuscripts Mercer Mann is a young novelist with a severe case of writer s block who has recently been laid off from her teaching position She is approached by an elegant mysterious woman working for an even more mysterious company A generous offer of money convinces Mercer to go undercover and infiltrate Bruce Cable s circle of literary friends ideally getting close enough to him to learn his secrets But eventually Mercer learns far too much and there s trouble in paradise as only John Grisham can deliver it
The little town of Castle Rock Maine has witnessed some strange events and unusual visitors over the years but there is one story that has never been told until now There are three ways up to Castle View from the town of Castle Rock Route 117 Pleasant Road and the Suicide Stairs Every day in the summer of 1974 twelve-year-old Gwendy Peterson has taken the stairs which are held by strong if time-rusted iron bolts and zig-zag up the cliffside At the top of the stairs Gwendy catches her breath and listens to the shouts of the kids on the playground From a bit farther away comes the chink of an aluminum bat hitting a baseball as the Senior League kids practice for the Labor Day charity game One day a stranger calls to Gwendy Hey girl Come on over here for a bit We ought to palaver you and me On a bench in the shade sits a man in black jeans a black coat like for a suit and a white shirt unbuttoned at the top On his head is a small neat black hat The time will come when Gwendy has nightmares about that hat Journey back to Castle Rock again in this chilling new novella by Stephen King bestselling author of The Bazaar of Bad Dreams and Richard Chizmar award-winning author of A Long December This book will be a Cemetery Dance... Publications exclusive with no other editions currently planned anywhere in the world more
The 1 New York Times bestseller that Entertainment Weekly called a surefire hit NOW AN HBO LIMITED SERIES STARRING REESE WITHERSPOON NICOLE KIDMAN SHAILENE WOODLEY ALEXANDER SKARSG RD LAURA DERN ADAM SCOTT AND ZO KRAVITZ FROM THE DIRECTOR OF WILD AND DALLAS BUYERS CLUB JEAN-MARC VALL E AND WRITER DAVID E KELLEY Sometimes it s the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal A murder a tragic accident or just parents behaving badly What s indisputable is that someone is dead But who did what Big Little Lies follows three women each at a crossroads Madeline is a force to be reckoned with She s funny and biting passionate she remembers everything and forgives no one Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline s youngest how is this possible And to top it all off Madeline s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline s ex-husband over her How Is This Possible Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare While she may seem a bit flustered at times who wouldn t be with those rambunctious twin boys Now that the boys are starting school Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen... of the school parent body But royalty often comes at a price and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay New to town single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son But why While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives mothers and daughters schoolyard scandal and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive more
The Instant 1 New York Times and USA Today BestsellerDetective Lindsay Boxer investigates the most explosive case of her career Lindsay Boxer is learning to love again After the picture-perfect world she shared with her husband Joe and their beautiful young daughter shattered under the weight of Joe s double life Lindsay is determined to put the pieces back together But before she can welcome Joe back with open arms their beloved hometown of San Francisco faces a threat unlike any the city--or the country--has ever seen When the danger hits even closer to home Lindsay and Joe find a common cause and spring into action with quick results But what at first seems like an open-and-shut case quickly turns into anything but when the suspect threatens everything that Lindsay has worked a lifetime to build As Lindsay s investigation is scrutinized and undermined by a criminal as brilliant as any high-powered defense lawyer and her motives are called into question by everyone she thought had her back not even the truth may be enough to save her In a desperate fight for her career--and her life--Lindsay must connect the dots of a deadly conspiracy before a fiendish enemy puts her on trial-and walks free with blood on his hands Filled with... the trademark suspense and emotion that have made James Patterson the world s 1 bestselling writer 16th Seduction is the Women s Murder Club s toughest case yet--and an exhilarating thrill ride from start to finish more
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER For readers of The Nightingale and Sarah s Key inspired by the life of a real World War II heroine this remarkable debut novel reveals the power of unsung women to change history in their quest for love freedom and second chances New York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon But Caroline s world is forever changed when Hitler s army invades Poland in September 1939 and then sets its sights on France An ocean away from Caroline Kasia Kuzmerick a Polish teenager senses her carefree youth disappearing as she is drawn deeper into her role as courier for the underground resistance movement In a tense atmosphere of watchful eyes and suspecting neighbors one false move can have dire consequences For the ambitious young German doctor Herta Oberheuser an ad for a government medical position seems her ticket out of a desolate life Once hired though she finds herself trapped in a male-dominated realm of Nazi secrets and power The lives of these three women are set on a collision course when the unthinkable happens and Kasia is sent to Ravensbr ck the notorious Nazi concentration camp for women Their stories cross continents from New York... to Paris Germany and Poland as Caroline and Kasia strive to bring justice to those whom history has forgotten USA Today New and Noteworthy Book LibraryReads Top Ten Pick Harrowing Lilac illuminates People A compelling page-turning narrative Lilac Girls falls squarely into the groundbreaking category of fiction that re-examines history from a fresh female point of view It s smart thoughtful and also just an old-fashioned good read Fort Worth Star-Telegram A powerful story for readers everywhere Martha Hall Kelly has brought readers a firsthand glimpse into one of history s most frightening memories A novel that brings to life what these women and many others suffered I was moved to tears San Francisco Book Review Extremely moving and memorable This impressive debut should appeal strongly to historical fiction readers and to book clubs that adored Kristin Hannah s The Nightingale and Anthony Doerr s All the Light We Cannot See Library Journal starred review A compelling first novel This is a page-turner demonstrating the tests and triumphs civilians faced during war complemented by Kelly s vivid depiction of history and excellent characters Publishers Weekly Kelly vividly re-creates the world of Ravensbr ck Kirkus Reviews Inspired by actual events and real people Martha Hall Kelly has woven together the stories of three women during World War II that reveal the bravery cowardice and cruelty of those days This is a part of history women s history that should never be forgotten Lisa See New York Times bestselling author of China Dolls Profound unsettling and thoroughly the best book I ve read all year Jamie Ford New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweetmore