Eventually she shares her fears with Cobb—that she may be carrying the gene for a devastating, incurable illness that runs in her family. Also a teacher, mary is flirtatious and beguiling, and deft adventurist, avid bird-watcher, and the two soon become inseparable. Kayaking to the last known spot where the American writer and philosopher camped four years before he died, he encounters the beautiful free-spirited Mary.
Cobb, a devoted teacher and nature-lover, takes a sabbatical from his New England boys prep school seeking to experience what Henry David Thoreau and the transcendentalists did in the early nineteenth century. Finding strength in their commitment to one another, anguish, hope, the two embark on a journey that is filled with joy, and most importantly, unending love.
Set against the sweeping natural backdrops of maine’s rugged backcountry, the exotic islands of Indonesia, scenic Yellowstone National Park, and rural New England, Tender River is a timeless and poignant love story that will captivate readers everywhere. Mary is like no one cobb has ever met before, but he gets the feeling that she is harboring a secret.
The World As We Know It
Though their paths diverge through the years, the connection between the three endures until a heartbreaking tragedy in the remote mountains of Wyoming forces Sarah and Allard to confront the unthinkable. A lifetime of friendship begins the day brothers Ed and Allard save Sarah from drowning in an icy river near their rural New Hampshire home.
In their grief, they find themselves on separate journeys that test the enduring bonds of their relationship and time’s unremitting power to heal. Poignant and transformative, nature, the World as We Know It is subtle and heartrending—a love story of friendship, and the surprising twists that can alter our destinies forever.
Two girls: best friends hattie and Delores feel that life in their small New Hampshire town is a dead end. One horse: old and about to be put down, Speed gets a reprieve when Hattie and Delores decide to save him. A road trip: determined to set Speed free, Hattie and Delores drive him west in search of rangeland.
But the road takes some unexpected turns as the girls get their own taste of freedom—and as they confront the reasons they left home.
Whippoorwill is a deeply poignant story about the virulent nature of abuse and the power of human empathy. Two new hampshire teenagers fall into an unlikely relationship as they come together to save a mistreated dog.
The Which Way Tree
As the members of this unlikely posse hunt the panther, they are in turn pursued by a hapless but sadistic Confederate soldier with troubled family ties to the preacher and a score to settle. Narrated in benjamin's beguilingly plainspoken voice, The Which Way Tree is the story of Samantha's unshakeable resolve to stalk and kill the infamous panther, rumored across the Rio Grande to be a demon, and avenge her mother's death.
Samantha and her half brother, survive, Benjamin, but she is left traumatized, her face horribly scarred. In the tradition of the great pursuit narratives, The Which Way Tree is a breathtaking saga of one steadfast girl's revenge against an implacable and unknowable beast. A ripping adventure with a show-stopping finale.
Wall street Journal "The stuff of legends. Attica locke"Powerful, sly, and often charming. Daniel woodrella new york times editors' choice pickthe poignant odyssey of a tenacious young girl who braves the dangers of the Texas frontier to avenge her mother's deathEarly one morning in the remote hill country of Texas, mauling a young girl named Samantha and killing her mother, a panther savagely attacks a family of homesteaders, whose final act is to save her daughter's life.
Yet with the comedic undertones of benjamin's storytelling, it is also a timeless tale full of warmth and humor, and a testament to the enduring love that carries a sister and brother through a perilous adventure with all the dimensions of a legend. In their quest she and benjamin, enlist a charismatic Tejano outlaw and a haunted, now orphaned, compassionate preacher with an aging but relentless tracking dog.
Henry, Himself: A Novel
Now, seventy-five and retired, he feels the world has passed him by. His children are distant, their unhappiness a mystery. A native pittsburgher and engineer, sacrifice, he's always believed in logic, and hard work. Soldier, lover, son, breadwinner, churchgoer, husband, Henry Maxwell has spent his whole life trying to live with honor.
Only his wife Emily and dog Rufus stand by him. It's 1998, the american century is ending, and nothing is simple anymore. Once so confident, he weighs his dreams against his regrets and is left with questions he can't answer: is he a good man? Has he done right by the people he loves? And with time running out, what, can he hope for?Like Emily, realistically, Alone, Himself is a wry, O'Nan's beloved portrait of Henry's wife, as Henry's strength and memory desert him, Henry, warmhearted portrait of an American original--a man who believes he's reached a dead end only to discover life is full of surprises.
In henry, himself he offers an unsentimental, moving story of a twentieth-century everyman. A member of the greatest generation looks back on the loves and losses of his past and comes to treasure the present anew in this poignant and thoughtful new novel from a modern masterStewart O'Nan is renowned for illuminating the unexpected grace of everyday life and the resilience of ordinary people with humor, intelligence, and compassion.
Unbeknownst to him, caroline—on her own journey of cultural reckoning—is doing the same. A people magazine pick and winner of the miles franklin book awardFunny, Josephine Wilson’s award-winning novel explores many kinds of extinction—natural, racial, and galvanizing by turns, national, poignant, and personal—and what we might do to prevent them.
Professor frederick lothian, retired engineer, has quarantined himself in a place he hates: a retirement village. At the age of 69, he has to confront his most complex emotional relationships and the haunting questions he’s avoided all his life. His adopted daughter caroline has cut ties, and his son Callum is lost to him in his own way.
His headstrong wife Martha, adored by all, is dead. As father and daughter fight in their own ways to save what’s lost, they might finally find a way toward each other. A masterful portrait of a man caught by history, survival, and identity, love, and a sweeping meditation on the meaning of family, Extinctions asks an urgent question: can we find the courage to change? .
And though frederick knows, logically, that a structural engineer can devise a bridge for any situation, somehow his own troubled family—fractured by years of secrets and lies—is always just out of his reach. When a series of unfortunate incidents brings him and his spirited next-door neighbor Jan together, Frederick gets a chance to build something new in the life he has left.
Women in Sunlight: A Novel
Who are they, is working on a biography of her close friend, an american writer living in Tuscany, and what brings them to this Tuscan village so far from home? An expat herself and with her own unfinished story, she can’t help but question: will they find what they came for? Kit Raine, a complex woman who continues to cast a shadow on Kit’s own life.
Though novices in a foreign culture, their renewed sense of adventure imbues each of them with a bright sense of bravery, a gusto for life, and a fierce determination to thrive. Susan, the most adventurous of the three, has enticed them to subvert expectations of staid retirement by taking a lease on a big, beautiful house in Tuscany.
But how? with kit’s friendship and guidance, the three friends launch themselves into Italian life, pursuing passions long-forgotten—and with drastic and unforeseeable results. Her work is waylaid by the arrival of three women—Julia, Camille, and Susan—all of whom have launched a recent and spontaneous friendship that will uproot them completely and redirect their lives.
. The story of four american strangers who bond in Italy and change their lives over the course of an exceptional year, from the bestselling author of Under the Tuscan Sun. Don’t miss frances mayes in pbs’s dream of italy: Tuscan Sun Special! She watches from her terrazza as the three American women carry their luggage into the stone villa down the hill.
The Map That Leads to You: A Novel
Romantic and unforgettable. Nicholas sparksTwo strangers take the road less traveled. Heather mulgrew’s world is already mapped out: she is going to travel abroad with her friends after college, come back to a great career in September, and head into a life where not much is left to chance. Throwing heather's careful itinerary to the wind, they follow Jack's grandfather's journal through post-World War II era Europe: Vienna, Budapest, Turkey—exotic places that serve only to heighten their feelings.
Monniger's the map that leads to You is a breathtaking novel about love, loss, and the best-laid plans that are meant to be broken. And heather’s world is about to be shaken to the core. J. P. As september looms, jack urges heather to stay with him, to keep traveling, to give in to the romance of their experience; Heather convinces him to return to the United States.
Jack has a secret that could change everything. But that was before an encounter on an overnight train introduces her to Jack, a passionate adventurer who changes the course of her journey and her life.
The Bookshop of Yesterdays
She doesn’t hear from him again until sixteen years later when she receives unexpected news: Billy has died and left her Prospero Books, which is teetering on bankruptcy—and one final scavenger hunt. When miranda returns home to los angeles and to prospero books—now as its owner—she finds clues that Billy has hidden for her inside novels on the store’s shelves, in locked drawers of his apartment upstairs, in the name of the store itself.
. Miranda becomes determined to save Prospero Books and to solve Billy’s last scavenger hunt. But on miranda’s twelfth birthday, Billy has a mysterious falling-out with her mother and suddenly disappears from Miranda’s life. The international bestsellerbest books of summer 2018 selection by philadelphia inquirer and Library Journal“Part mystery and part drama, Meyerson uses a complex family dynamic in The Bookshop of Yesterdays to spotlight the importance of truth and our need for forgiveness.
Associated pressa woman inherits a beloved bookstore and sets forth on a journey of self-discovery in this poignant debut about family, forgiveness and a love of reading. Miranda brooks grew up in the stacks of her eccentric Uncle Billy’s bookstore, solving the inventive scavenger hunts he created just for her.
She soon finds herself drawn into a journey where she meets people from Billy’s past, people whose stories reveal a history that Miranda’s mother has kept hidden—and the terrible secret that tore her family apart. Bighearted and trenchantly observant, The Bookshop of Yesterdays is a lyrical story of family, love and the healing power of community.
It’s a love letter to reading and bookstores, and a testament to how our histories shape who we become.
The Glovemaker: A Novel
Compelling historical fiction…. The man, is on the run from the US government, a devout Mormon, which has ruled the practice of polygamy to be a felony. It is now the depths of winter, Samuel is weeks overdue, and Deborah is getting worried. Deborah lives in junction, a tiny town of seven Mormon families scattered along the floor of a canyon, and she earns her living by tending orchards and making work gloves.
Although deborah is not devout and doesn’t subscribe to polygamy, she is distrustful of non-Mormons with their long tradition of persecuting believers of her wider faith. But all is not what it seems, and when the marshal is critically injured, Deborah and her husband’s best friend, Nels Anderson, humanity, are faced with life and death decisions that question their faith, and both of their futures.
Part love story, part religious explication, part mystery…. A journey you won’t forget. Houston chroniclein the inhospitable lands of the Utah Territory, during the winter of 1888, thirty-seven-year-old Deborah Tyler waits for her husband, Samuel, to return home from his travels as a wheelwright. Isolated by the red-rock cliffs that surround the town, she and her neighbors live apart from the outside world, even regarded with suspicion by the Mormon faithful who question the depth of their belief.
When a desperate stranger who is pursued by a Federal Marshal shows up on her doorstep seeking refuge, it sets in motion a chain of events that will turn her life upside down.