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Book Description: n 1970, Violet Hawkins’ only wish at eighteen is to escape her life in the Dayton, Ohio, foster-care system and make her way to the west coast to enjoy a mellow life and find the love she’s been missing all her life. She makes it to San Francisco, but soon learns she needs a job if she’s to live properly. A kind, young man named Kenton Chandler offers her a sandwich and a job at his father’s inn and vineyards. With nothing to lose, Lettie takes him up on his offer and begins a whole new life in the Willamette Valley, Oregon. She immediately falls in love with the land and is fascinated with the idea of growing grapes in order to make wines. She, Kenton, and Rafe Lopez become friends as she learns about running the small inn on the property.
At the same time she marries Kenton, a stroke kills his father. And then before she can tell Kenton she’s pregnant, he dies in an automobile accident. Heartbroken and burdened with the gift of the Chandler Hill Inn and Winery, she’s left with the task of making them a success. Struggling to raise a child alone while working to grow the business, Lettie makes a shocking discovery that changes everything.
by Author Judith Keim
There are prophets and then there are profits. Both apply to the Amos and Cisco families who migrate from the rugged hills of Missouri and the rural popcorn fields of Iowa to sunny southern California and dusty Las Vegas, Nevada during the 1920s farm crisis and the Great Depression of the 1930s. Seeking prosperity and a life without snow shovels, the visionary Cisco brothers invest in desert wilderness property while engaging in corruption to achieve their financial goals. The Amos women, highly skilled tailors, triumph over prejudice and poverty despite overwhelming hardships and roadblocks. World War II, the Holocaust, the civil rights movement, the Vietnam conflict, and women’s liberation confront the families with challenges and opportunities. Later generations are captivated by the cotton fields and kudzu-draped meadows of rural Alabama. Combining genres of historical family saga and some elements of picaresque comedy, unconventional family dynamics and love without conditions are common themes as the characters traverse eight decades of adventure, passion, mishaps, success, and heartbreak. A blended family consisting of stepparents, stepchildren, adoptees, close family friends, a loving lesbian aunt, and a famous celebrity, Desert Prophets challenges stereotypes and misconceptions of Roman Catholicism, gender and role expectations, addiction, attractiveness, social status, forgiveness, and starting over.
by Author Lucky Ringwood
Finding Mrs. Ford
On a sunny summer morning by the sea in Rhode Island, the FBI visits Susan Ford. They have come to ask her about an Iraqi Chaldean named Sammy Fakhouri, but Mrs. Ford denies knowing him. Flashback to the summer of 1979 when a much-younger Susan meets wild and charismatic Annie Nelson, who lures her to work at a shabby discothèque on the crumbling edge of Detroit. Frankie\’s Disco is populated by Italian-American men, Iraqi Chaldean men, and pretty girls whose parents don\’t care what their daughters do on sultry summer nights. Finding Mrs. Ford is a riveting work of literary suspense that builds up steadily and ominously—like a roller coaster chugging up a track—until the chilling moment midway when it begins its shocking and thrilling descent.
by Author Deborah Goodrich Royce
“An absolutely gorgeous historical novel about ambition, culture clash, love, atonement, and one silent boy, set against the backdrop of a tribe in the Andamans struggling with British rule. So blisteringly alive you feel the swampy heat and the bugs, so emotionally true, it grips at every page. Just magnificent and not to be missed.” —Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Cruel Beautiful World
by Author Aimee Liu
“…skillful and clever and funny. I highly recommend this book.” — Elin Hilderbrand, New York Times Bestselling Author
“An enchanting novel of a woman finding her way out of a midlife (and mid-death) crisis.” — Kirkus
If Tipsy Collins learned one thing from her divorce, it’s that everyone in Charleston is a little crazy—even if they’re already dead.
Tipsy, a gifted artist, cannot ignore her nutty friends or her vindictive ex-husband, but as a lifelong reluctant clairvoyant, she’s always avoided dead people. When Tipsy and her three children move into the house on Bennett Street, she realizes some ghosts won’t be ignored.
Till death do us part didn’t pan out for Jane and Henry Mott, who’ve haunted the house for nearly a century. Tipsy’s marriage was downright felicitous when compared to Jane and Henry’s ill-fated union. Jane believes Henry killed her and then himself, and Henry vehemently denies both accusations. Unfortunately, neither phantom remembers that afternoon in 1923. Tipsy doesn’t know whether to side with Jane, who seems to be hiding something under her southern belle charm, or Henry, a mercurial creative genius. Jane and Henry draw Tipsy into their conundrum, and she uncovers secrets long concealed under layers of good manners, broken promises and soupy Lowcountry air. Living with ghosts, however, takes a toll on her health, and possibly even her sanity. As she struggles to forge a new path for herself and her children, Tipsy has a chance to set Jane and Henry free, and release the ghosts of her own past.
by Author Stephanie Alexander
From the Summer of Love to the Valley of the Moon
San Francisco, 1967. A teenager comes of age during the Summer of Love at her rock & roll wedding. Her story relates the saga of life and relationships from then until the present through many lessons learned the hard way, until when, in 2005 she transitioned into yet another challenging marriage to the founder of an iconic winery in the Valley of the Moon.
An inspirational narrative of one woman’s perseverance, creativity and stamina to overcome the cultural norms of patriarchy through years of controlling abuse and moving on through the learning curve of personal growth.
The publication of this story was inspired and encouraged by the now prominent #MeToo Movement.
by Author Nancy J. Martin
No Thanks: Black, Female, and Living in the Martyr-Free Zone
Through eight humorous essays, Keturah Kendrick chronicles her journey to freedom. She shares the stories of other women who have freed themselves from the narrow definition of what makes a “proper woman.” Spotlighting the cultural bullying that dictates women must become mothers to the expectation that one’s spiritual path follow the traditions of previous generations, Kendrick imagines a world where black women make life choices that center on their needs and desires. She also examines the rising trend of women choosing to remain single and explores how such a choice is the antithesis to the trope of the sorrowful black woman who cannot find a man to grant her the prize of legal partnership. A mixture of memoir and cultural critique, No Thanks uses wit and insight to paint a picture of the twenty-first-century black woman who has unchained herself from what she is supposed to be. A black woman who has given herself permission to be whomever she wants to be.
by Author Keturah Kendrick
How the Deer Moon Hungers
When she finally decides to take her first hit of pot, sixteen-year-old MacKenzie Fraser witnesses a drunk driver mow down Tessa, her seven-year-old sister. And when authorities trump up a charge for criminal possession of an opiate-laced drug, Mac is spirited away to spend no fewer than eighteen months in juvenile detention. Dealing, not only with the death of her sister but a grizzly incarceration, Mac experiences moments of escape by wishing away to fantastical realms
of consciousness. If that’s not enough, her mother blames Mac for Tessa’s death and gives away her cat, April, to someone she doesn’t know. So, when Mac’s fantasies turn dark, she tries to stop the gouging pain of grief from her sister’s death, from her parents path toward divorce, and ultimately from crimes committed against her while inside juvie. HOW THE DEER MOON HUNGERS is a story of one girl’s struggle—to understand how life can go careening out of control into an abyss when all you want is for life to simply stop.
by Author Susan Wingate
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