The first novel from the new york times bestselling author of The Idiot Girls’ Action-Adventure Club is a rollicking tale of small-town peculiarity, dark secrets, and one extraordinary beauty pageant. While she loves the odd little town, there is one thing she didn’t anticipate: just how heartbreaking it would be leaving her friends behind.
There's a Slight Chance I Might Be Going to Hell: A Novel of Sewer Pipes, Pageant Queens, and Big Trouble #ad - And when you’re a childless thirtysomething freelance writer who works at home, making new friends can be quite a challenge. Aided by a deranged former pageant queen with one eyebrow, Maye doesn’t just make a splash, she uncovers a sinister mystery that has haunted the town for decades. Laurie notaro may be the funniest writer in this solar system.
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Rococo: A NovelRandom House #ad - Humor, lust, and family dynamics. The hartford courant “an artfully designed tale with characters so lively they bounce off the page and wit so subtle that even the best jokes seem effortless. People. So when the renovation of the local church is scheduled, he assumes there is only one man to oversee the job.
. Recruiting an artist and a stained-glass artisan to help with the project— two handsome men who create romantic mayhem among Bartolomeo’s sister, his erstwhile fiancée, and all the other lovelorn ladies of OLOF—Bartolomeo struggles to create art while remaining the steadfast linchpin of the volatile di Crespi clan.
Rococo: A Novel #ad - . A hilarious mix of. Together, bartolomeo and his team will do more than blow the dust off the old Fatima frescoes—they will turn the town upside down, challenge the faithful, and restore hope where there once was none. Praise for rococo“A veritable crazy quilt of quirky Italian Americans. From the dazzling shores of the garden state to the legendary fabric houses of New York City, from the prickly purveyors of fine art in London to the Mediterranean coast of Italy, Bartolomeo is on a mission to bring talent, sophistication, and his aesthetic vision to his hometown.
American Pop: A NovelWilliam Morrow #ad - Their brother harold, is slowed by a mental disability—and later generations seem equally plagued by misfortune, as gentle and caring as the twins can be cruel, forcing Houghton to seriously consider who should control the company after he’s gone. An irresistible tour de force of original storytelling, “families are always rising and falling in America, the mundane and the mythical, American Pop blends fact and fiction, and utilizes techniques of historical reportage to capture how, in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s words, ” and to explore the many ways in which nostalgia can manipulate cultural memory—and the stories we choose to tell about ourselves.
The child of immigrants, a true southern belle of aristocratic lineage; to his invention of the delicious fizzy drink that would transform him from tiller boy into the founder of an empire, Annabelle Teague, Houghton Forster has always wanted more—from his time as a young boy in Mississippi, and entice a youthful, working twelve-hour days at his father’s drugstore; to the moment he first laid eyes on his future wife, the Panola Cola Company, enterprising nation entering a hopeful new age.
Now the heads of a preeminent american family spoken about in the same breath as the Hearsts and the Rockefellers, Houghton and Annabelle raise their four children with the expectation they’ll one day become world leaders. His younger siblings ramsey and lance, known as the “infernal twins, ” are rivals not only in wit and beauty, but in their utter carelessness with the lives and hearts of others.
American Pop: A Novel #ad - The story of a nation. Moving from mississippi to paris to new york and back again, a saga of family, ambition, passion, and tragedy that brings to life one unforgettable Southern dynasty—the Forsters, founders of the world’s first major soft-drink company—against the backdrop of more than a century of American cultural history.
The burden of greatness falls early on eldest son Montgomery, a handsome and successful politician who has never recovered from the horrors and heartbreak of the Great War.
The Call: A NovelHarper Perennial #ad - Yannick murphy, while being one of our most daring andoriginal writers, is first and foremost an exquisitely attuned observer ofhuman behavior. . . . Murphy’s work provides pretty much unexceededreading pleasure. Dave eggersthewarm, hope, wry, and patient voice of a veterinarian father tells the heartfelt storyof his young New England family enduring a moving trial of loyalty, andfaith after they are confronted with an unthinkable crisis.
Acclaimed author yannick murphy’s intimate narrative style and lovely prosewill enthrall readers of Rivka Galchen, and Murphy’s own Signed, Padgett Powell, Mata Hari. The call is a “triumph of quiet humorand understated beauty” Publishers Weekly, starred review from anauthor that the New York Times Book Review calls “an extraordinarilygifted fabulist.
You Can't Iron a Wrinkled Birthday SuitBQB Publishing #ad - Naturally, wattles and all, undergo all sorts of trials, our intrepid characters, but it's the compassion and generosity they exhibit that endears the reader. Sam sanders, via netgalleyzany families, eccentric friends, and ne-er-do-well neighbors inhabit the labyrinthine lives of three women friends as they grapple with real world events in one "Golden Year.
You Can't Iron a Wrinkled Birthday Suit #ad - An unwelcome visit from local law enforcement, a younger friend's romantic chaos, and the death of a parent combine with daily mundanities-laundry, scones, and senior sex-to create a walloping, raucous read. Opinionated pets-critics and alter egos-offer a rich counterpoint to the human dramas affecting their lives.
Unfiltered and compelling, this entertaining sago provides readers of all ages with a new and positive view of growing older. When i get old, I hope to have friends as awesome as these. This is an absolutely feel good novel.
Ellie Dwyer's Great Escape#ad - Along the way to nowhere in particular, she buys a camper, becomes friends with a remarkable octogenarian, and starts to believe that good luck might also come in threes. Or does it? that depends on how she defines good luck. How many people have to flee not one, but two natural disasters? And in between the wildfire and the hurricane, her husband of nearly forty years suddenly up and left her for no reason she could fathom, disappearing from her life without a clue to his whereabouts.
Determined to reinvent her life, Ellie sets out on a journey across the country. Bonus: includes a preview of book 2 of the series - ellie dwyer's big MistakeYou're never too old to run away from homeEllie Dwyer, 61, is convinced bad luck comes in threes, and not just garden-variety, oh-well bad luck.
The Senator's WifeVintage #ad - Soon delia and meri find themselves leading strangely parallel lives, as they both reckon with the contours and mysteries of marriage: one refined and abraded by years of complicated intimacy, the other barely begun. Delia—wife of the two-term liberal senator Tom Naughton—is Meri's new neighbor in the adjacent New England town house.
The Senator's Wife #ad - With precision and a rich vitality, sue Miller—beloved and bestselling author of While I Was Gone—brings us a highly charged, superlative novel about marriage and forgiveness. Tom's chronic infidelity has been an open secret in Washington circles, but despite the complexity of their relationship, the bond between them remains strong.
. Meri is newly married, pregnant, and standing on the cusp of her life as a wife and mother, recognizing with some terror the gap between reality and expectation.
The Idiot Girl and the Flaming Tantrum of Death: Reflections on Revenge, Germophobia, and Laser Hair RemovalVillard #ad - The plain dealer says that laurie notaro is “a scream, the freak-magnet of a girlfriend you can’t wait to meet for a drink to hear her latest story. With the idiot girl and the flaming tantrum of Death, Notaro proves she’s not only funny but resigned to the fact that you can’t look bad ass in a Prius.
One must always check the hotel bathroom for hobo hairs and consciously remember not to stare at old men with giant man-boobies. And then there are the lessons she has learned the hard way: Though it may seem like a good idea, it’s best not to hire a tweaked-out homeless guy to clean up your yard.
The Idiot Girl and the Flaming Tantrum of Death: Reflections on Revenge, Germophobia, and Laser Hair Removal #ad - . In notaro’s world, strangers are stranger than fiction. Don’t even try. Join notaro as she experiences the popular phenomenon of laser hair removal because at least one of her chins should be stubble-free; bemoans the scourge of the Open Mouth Coughers on America’s airplanes and in similarly congested areas; welcomes the newest ex-con yay, against her own better judgment, a sex offender! to her neighborhood; and watches, every Discovery Health Channel special on parasites and tapeworms that has ever aired—resulting in an overwhelming fear that a worm the size of a python will soon come a-knocking on her back door.
Need proof? check out the idiot Girl and the Flaming Tantrum of Death and try not to bust a gut. New york times bestseller • laurie notaro has an uncanny ability to attract insanity—and leave readers doubled over with laughter.
Vintage: A NovelWilliam Morrow #ad - . Vintage is susan gloss's sparkling debut novel in the vein of The Friday Night Knitting Club, centered around a Midwestern vintage clothing shop and and a group of women who eventually transform the store and each others' lives. At hourglass vintage in Madison, Wisconsin, every item in the boutique has a story to tell.
After decades of housekeeping and parenting a daughter who rejects her traditional ways, she fears she has nothing more ahead for her. An engaging story that beautifully captures the essence of women's friendship and love, Vintage is a charming tale of possibility, of finding renewal and hope when we least expect it.
Vintage: A Novel #ad - When she returns the perfect 1950s wedding dress, she discovers unexpected possibilities and friends who won't let her give up on her dreams. Betrayed by her husband, Amithi Singh begins selling off her old clothes, remnants of her past life. When she is faced with the possibility of losing it, as much as she wants to, she realizes that, she cannot save it alone.
Eighteen-year-old april Morgan is nearly five months along in an unplanned pregnancy when her hasty engagement is broken. And so do the women who are drawn there. Violet turner has always dreamed of owning a shop like Hourglass Vintage.
Quite a Year for Plums: A NovelVintage #ad - Meet roger's ex-mother-in-law, louise, who teams up with an ardent typographer in an attempt to attract outer-space invaders with specific combinations of letters and numbers. Meet serious, studious Roger, the peanut pathologist and unlikely love object of half the town's women. Now, in her stunningly accomplished first novel, she introduces us to the peculiar yet lovable people who inhabit a small town in south Georgia.
Anyone who has read the best-selling mama Makes Up Her Mind or listened to Bailey White's commentaries on NPR knows that she is a storyteller of inimitable wit and charm. And meet della, the bird artist who captivates Roger with the sensible but enigmatic notes she leaves on things she throws away at the Dumpster "This fan works, but makes a clicking sound and will not oscillate".
Quite a Year for Plums: A Novel #ad - Heartbreakingly tender, often hilarious, Quite a Year for Plums is a delectable treat from a writer who has been called a national treasure.
The Windfall: A NovelBroadway Books #ad - Charming. Even the rich, it turns out, need to belong somewhere. Praise for the Windfall“A delightful comedy of errors. Npr, weekend Edition“Ultra-charming. Vogue“i almost fell out of bed laughing. Kevin kwan, author of crazy Rich Asians “A fun and heartfelt comedy of manners. Rolling stone“though money doesn’t necessarily buy the Jhas happiness, it delivers readers plenty of laughs and more.
Esquire “Endearing, astute. Christian Science Monitor. What kevin kwan did for rich-people problems, Diksha Basu does for trying-to-be-rich-people problems. Peoplenamed one of the best books of the year by esquire • a people pick • a time pick the Jhas are moving up. But when Mr. Jha comes into an enormous sum of money—the result of an unexpectedly successful internet venture—he moves his reluctant wife from their housing complex in East Delhi to the super-rich side of town, and their son, ultimately forcing them, to reckon with who they are and what really matters to them.
The Windfall: A Novel #ad - Hilarious and wise, the fragility of pride, and, above all, The Windfall illuminates with warmth and heart the precariousness of social status, the human drive to build and share a home. For the past thirty years, their lives have been defined by cramped spaces and gossipy neighbors.