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The Eighth Story Nineteen Years Later Based on an original new story by J K Rowling Jack Thorne and John Tiffany a new play by Jack Thorne Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage The play will receive its world premiere in London s West End on July 30 2016 It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic a husband and father of three school-age children While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted As past and present fuse ominously both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth sometimes darkness comes from unexpected places
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
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
The National Book Award Winner and 1 New York Times bestseller from Colson Whitehead a magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave s adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia Life is hell for all the slaves but especially bad for Cora an outcast even among her fellow Africans she is coming into womanhood where even greater pain awaits When Caesar a recent arrival from Virginia tells her about the Underground Railroad they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape Matters do not go as planned Cora kills a young white boy who tries to capture her Though they manage to find a station and head north they are being hunted In Whitehead s ingenious conception the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor engineers and conductors operate a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil Cora and Caesar s first stop is South Carolina in a city that initially seems like a haven But the city s placid surface masks an insidious scheme designed for its black denizens And even worse Ridgeway the relentless slave catcher is close on their heels Forced to flee again Cora embarks on a harrowing flight state by state seeking true freedom... Like the protagonist of Gulliver s Travels Cora encounters different worlds at each stage of her journey hers is an odyssey through time as well as space As Whitehead brilliantly re-creates the unique terrors for black people in the pre Civil War era his narrative seamlessly weaves the saga of America from the brutal importation of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of the present day The Underground Railroad is at once a kinetic adventure tale of one woman s ferocious will to escape the horrors of bondage and a shattering powerful meditation on the history we all share more
1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER With richly layered characters and a gripping moral dilemma that will lead readers to question everything they know about privilege power and race Small Great Things is the stunning new page-turner from Jodi Picoult Picoult offers a thought-provoking examination of racism in America today both overt and subtle Her many readers will find much to discuss in the pages of this topical moving book Booklist starred review Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years experience During her shift Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn only to be told a few minutes later that she s been reassigned to another patient The parents are white supremacists and don t want Ruth who is African American to touch their child The hospital complies with their request but the next day the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery Does she obey orders or does she intervene Ruth hesitates before performing CPR and as a result is charged with a serious crime Kennedy McQuarrie a white public defender takes her case but gives unexpected advice Kennedy insists that mentioning race in the courtroom is not a winning strategy Conflicted by Kennedy s... counsel Ruth tries to keep life as normal as possible for her family especially her teenage son as the case becomes a media sensation As the trial moves forward Ruth and Kennedy must gain each other s trust and come to see that what they ve been taught their whole lives about others and themselves might be wrong With incredible empathy intelligence and candor Jodi Picoult tackles race privilege prejudice justice and compassion and doesn t offer easy answers Small Great Things is a remarkable achievement from a writer at the top of her game Praise for Small Great Things Small Great Things is the most important novel Jodi Picoult has ever written It will challenge her readers and expand our cultural conversation about race and prejudice The Washington Post A novel that puts its finger on the very pulse of the nation that we live in today a fantastic read from beginning to end as can always be expected from Picoult this novel maintains a steady page-turning pace that makes it hard for readers to put down San Francisco Book Review A gripping courtroom drama Given the current political climate it is quite prescient and worthwhile This is a writer who understands her characters inside and out Roxane Gay The New York Times Book Review I couldn t put it down Her best yet New York Times bestselling author Alice Hoffman A compelling can t-put-it-down drama with a trademark Jodi Picoult twist Good Housekeeping It s Jodi Picoult the prime provider of literary soul food This riveting drama is sure to be supremely satisfying and a bravely thought-provoking tale on the dangers of prejudice Redbook Jodi Picoult is never afraid to take on hot topics and in Small Great Things she tackles race and discrimination in a way that will grab hold of you and refuse to let you go This page-turner is perfect for book clubs Popsugar more
1 New York Times bestselling author Nicholas Sparks returns with an emotionally powerful story of unconditional love its challenges its risks and most of all its rewards At 32 Russell Green has it all a stunning wife a lovable six year-old daughter a successful career as an advertising executive and an expansive home in Charlotte He is living the dream and his marriage to the bewitching Vivian is the center of that But underneath the shiny surface of this perfect existence fault lines are beginning to appear and no one is more surprised than Russ when he finds every aspect of the life he took for granted turned upside down In a matter of months Russ finds himself without a job or wife caring for his young daughter while struggling to adapt to a new and baffling reality Throwing himself into the wilderness of single parenting Russ embarks on a journey at once terrifying and rewarding-one that will test his abilities and his emotional resources beyond anything he ever imagined
In all of Alex Cross s years with Homicide Washington DC has never been more dangerous After shots pierce the tranquil nighttime calm of Rock Creek Park a man is dead what looks at first like road rage might be something much more sinister But Alex has only just begun asking questions when he s called across town to investigate a new murder one that hits close to home Washington s own chief of detectives And Alex s former boss beloved mentor of Alex s wife Bree Now there s a killer on the loose a long list of possible suspects a city in panic and nobody in charge of the besieged police force Until Bree gets tapped for the job As Bree scrambles to find her footing and close two high-profile cases new violence stuns the capital What should be a time for her to rely on Alex for support and cooperation is instead a moment of crisis in their marriage as well as their city when their investigative instincts clash and their relationship reaches a breaking point And the fiendish mind behind all the violence has appointed himself judge jury and executioner with a terrifying master plan he s only begun to put in motion To beat him at his own game Alex and Bree must take the law back into their own hands before he puts them both out of... commission permanently more
1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The incomparable hero of Jack Reacher Never Go Back takes readers to school in his most explosive novel yet After eleven straight global 1 bestsellers discover the thrillers that The New York Times calls utterly addictive It s 1996 and Reacher is still in the army In the morning they give him a medal and in the afternoon they send him back to school That night he s off the grid Out of sight out of mind Two other men are in the classroom an FBI agent and a CIA analyst Each is a first-rate operator each is fresh off a big win and each is wondering what the hell they are doing there Then they find out A Jihadist sleeper cell in Hamburg Germany has received an unexpected visitor a Saudi courier seeking safe haven while waiting to rendezvous with persons unknown A CIA asset undercover inside the cell has overheard the courier whisper a chilling message The American wants a hundred million dollars For what And who from Reacher and his two new friends are told to find the American Reacher recruits the best soldier he has ever worked with Sergeant Frances Neagley Their mission heats up in more ways than one while always keeping their eyes on the prize If they don t get their man the world will suffer an epic... act of terrorism From Langley to Hamburg Jalalabad to Kiev Night School moves like a bullet through a treacherous landscape of double crosses faked identities and new and terrible enemies as Reacher maneuvers inside the game and outside the law Praise for 1 bestselling author Lee Child and his Jack Reacher series Reacher is one of this century s most original tantalizing pop-fiction heroes The Washington Postmore
1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER In the heart of Trenton N J a killer is out to make sure someone gets his just desserts Larry Virgil skipped out on his latest court date after he was arrested for hijacking an eighteen-wheeler full of premium bourbon Fortunately for bounty hunter Stephanie Plum Larry is just stupid enough to attempt almost the exact same crime again Only this time he flees the scene leaving behind a freezer truck loaded with Bogart ice cream and a dead body frozen solid and covered in chocolate and chopped pecans As fate would have it Stephanie s mentor and occasional employer Ranger needs her to go undercover at the Bogart factory to find out who s putting their employees on ice and sabotaging the business It s going to be hard for Stephanie to keep her hands off all that ice cream and even harder for her to keep her hands off Ranger It s also going to be hard to explain to Trenton s hottest cop Joe Morelli why she is spending late nights with Ranger late nights with Lula and Randy Briggs who are naked and afraid and late nights keeping tabs on Grandma Mazur and her new fella Stephanie Plum has a lot on her plate but for a girl who claims to have virtually no marketable skills these are the kinds of sweet... assignments she does best more
The 1 New York Times Bestseller USA Today Book of the Year now a major motion picture starring Emily Blunt The debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people s lives Nothing is more addicting than The Girl on the Train Vanity Fair The Girl on the Train has more fun with unreliable narration than any chiller since Gone Girl It is liable to draw a large bedazzled readership The New York Times Marries movie noir with novelistic trickery hang on tight You ll be surprised by what horrors lurk around the bend USA Today Like its train the story blasts through the stagnation of these lives in suburban London and the reader cannot help but turn pages The Boston Globe Gone Girl fans will devour this psychological thriller People EVERY DAY THE SAME Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night Every day she rattles down the track flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck She s even started to feel like she knows them Jess and Jason she calls them Their life as she sees it is perfect Not unlike the life she recently lost UNTIL TODAY And then she sees something shocking It s only a minute... until the train moves on but it s enough Now everything s changed Unable to keep it to herself Rachel goes to the police But is she really as unreliable as they say Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved Has she done more harm than good more
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