White Oleander

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Little, Brown and Company #ad - Deranged by rejection, Ingrid murders the man, and is sentenced to life in prison. With determination and humor, Astrid confronts the challenges of loneliness and poverty, and strives to learn who a motherless child in an indifferent world can become. The unforgettable story of a young woman's odyssey through a series of Los Angeles foster homes on her journey to redemption.

Astrid is the only child of a single mother, Ingrid, a brilliant, obsessed poet who wields her luminous beauty to intimidate and manipulate men. Astrid worships her mother and cherishes their private world full of ritual and mystery - but their idyll is shattered when Astrid's mother falls apart over a lover.

White Oleander #ad - White oleander is the unforgettable story of Astrid's journey through a series of foster homes and her efforts to find a place for herself in impossible circumstances. Oprah winfrey enjoyed this gripping first novel so much that she not only made it her book club pick, she asked if she could narrate the audio release.

Each home is its own universe, with a new set of laws and lessons to be learned.

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Paint It Black: A Novel

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Little, Brown and Company #ad - With the luxurious prose and emotional intensity that are her hallmarks, Janet Fitch has written a spellbinding new novel about love, betrayal, and the possibility of transcendence. Passionate, fiercely alive, wounded, Josie Tyrell walks the brink of her own destruction as she fights to discover the meaning of Michael's death.

What happens to a dream when the dreamer is gone?" is the central question of PAINT IT BLACK, the story of the aftermath of Michael's death, and Josie's struggle to hold onto the true world he shared with her. But when she receives a call from the Los Angeles County Coroner, asking her to identify her lover's dead body, her bright dreams all turn to black.

As josie searches for the key to understanding his death, Meredith, she finds herself both repelled and attracted to Michael's pianist mother, who holds Josie responsible for her son's torment. From the bestselling author of white Oleander, a powerful story of passion, first love, and a young woman's search for a true world in the aftermath of loss.

Paint It Black: A Novel #ad - Soon, the two women find themselves drawn into a twisted relationship reflecting equal parts distrust and blind need. Copyright 2007 by hachette book group USA- and - Info | Privacy Policy/Your Privacy Rights. Josie tyrell, art model, and denizen of LA's 1980 punk rock scene, teen runaway, finds a chance at real love with art student Michael Faraday.

A harvard dropout and son of a renowned pianist, Michael introduces her to his spiritual quest and a world of sophistication she had never dreamed existed.

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What's Eating Gilbert Grape

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RosettaBooks #ad - With no one else to care for arnie, gilbert becomes his brother’s main parent, and all four siblings must tend to the needs of their helpless, grieving mother. Gilbert grape is a twenty-four-year-old grocery store clerk stuck in Endora, Iowa, where the population is 1, 091 and shrinking. Once the town beauty queen, gilbert’s mother is now morbidly obese and planted eternally in front of the TV; his younger sister has recently turned both boy-crazy and God-fearing, while his older sister sacrifices everything for her family.

Sometimes funny, sometimes sad, and always engaging. The atlantic   “by the book’s exhilaratingly luminous ending .  .  . This distinctive first novel goes down like a chocolate milkshake but boasts the sharpness and finesse of a complex wine” Publishers Weekly. And then there’s Arnie, Gilbert’s younger brother with special needs.

What's Eating Gilbert Grape #ad - We have already been mesmerized. The philadelphia inquirer   “a funny, touching, caring first novel whose characters are familiar and moving in spite of or perhaps because of their peculiarities. Booklist. After the suicide of Gilbert’s father, his family never fully recovered. This “completely original” portrait of a family the new york times, “charged with sardonic intelligence” The Washington Post Book World, was the basis for a film starring Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio, and stands as one of the most memorable novels of recent decades.

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Nightwoods: A Novel

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Random House #ad - But the coming of the children changes everything, hopeful, cracking open her solitary life in difficult, dangerous ways. Impossible to shake. Entertainment Weekly   “Fantastic. The washington Post   “Astute and compassionate. The boston Globe. Before the children, luce was content with the reimbursements of the rich Appalachian landscape, choosing to live apart from the small community around her.

New york times bestseller   charles frazier, the acclaimed author of Cold Mountain and Thirteen Moons, returns with a dazzling novel set in small-town North Carolina in the early 1960s. In a lean, tight narrative, Nightwoods resonates with the timelessness of a great work of art. With his brilliant portrait of luce, a young woman who inherits her murdered sister’s troubled twins, Frazier has created his most memorable heroine.

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One True Thing: A Novel

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Random House #ad - New york times bestseller • “anna quindlen writes passionately. This is a book of catharsis. The denver post   “Fiercely compassionate and frank. Elle. Painstakingly uncovering all the intensity, suspicion and primitive love that bonds mothers and daughters. The boston globe   ellen gulden is enjoying her career as a successful magazine writer in New York City when she learns that her mother, Kate, is dying of cancer.

A high-powered career woman, Ellen has never felt she had much in common with her mother, a homemaker and the heart of their family. Praise for one true Thing   “A triumph. San francisco chronicle   “We leave One True Thing stimulated and challenged, more thoughtful than when we began. Los angeles times   “like a brush with mortality, wide awake, One True Thing leaves the reader feeling grateful, lucky to be alive.

One True Thing: A Novel #ad - Michael chabon   “It calls you back for another read. Ellen’s father insists that she quit her job and return home to become a caregiver. Yet as ellen begins to spend time with Kate, she discovers many surprising truths, not only about herself, but also about the woman she thought she knew so well. Later, when ellen is accused of the mercy killing of her mother, she must not only defend her own life but make a difficult choice—either accept responsibility for an act she did not commit or divulge the name of the person she believes committed a painful act of love.

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The Revolution of Marina M. A Novel

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Little, Brown and Company #ad - Marina makarova is a young woman of privilege who aches to break free of the constraints of her genteel life, a life about to be violently upended by the vast forces of history. This is the epic, mesmerizing story of one indomitable woman's journey through some of the most dramatic events of the last century.

Petersburg, new Year's Eve, 1916. From the mega-bestselling author of white Oleander and Paint It Black, a sweeping historical saga of the Russian Revolution, as seen through the eyes of one young womanSt. Swept up on these tides, and betray everything she holds dear, fall in love with a radical young poet, Marina will join the marches for workers' rights, before being betrayed in turn.

The Revolution of Marina M. A Novel #ad - As her country goes through almost unimaginable upheaval, marked by deep passion and devastating loss, Marina's own coming-of-age unfolds, and the private heroism of an ordinary woman living through extraordinary times.

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Ellen Foster

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Play It as It Lays: A Novel

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Open Road Media #ad - It is a searing masterpiece “from one of the very few writers of our time who approaches her terrible subject with absolute seriousness, with fear and humility and awe” Joyce Carol Oates, The New York Times Book Review. Her daughter, kate, was born with an “aberrant chemical in her brain. Her long-troubled marriage has slipped beyond repair, and her disastrous love affairs and strained friendships provide little comfort.

But in the spiritual desert of 1960s Los Angeles, Maria has lost the plot of her own life. Spare, and terrifying, elegant, Play It as It Lays is the unforgettable story of a woman and a society come undone. Raised in the ghost town of silver wells, Nevada, Maria Wyeth is an ex-model and the star of two films directed by her estranged husband, Carter Lang.

A “scathing novel” of one woman’s path of self-destruction in 1960s Hollywood—by the New York Times–bestselling author of The White Album The Washington Post Book World. Told with profound economy of style and a “vision as bleak and precise as Eliot’s in ‘The Wasteland’, ” Play It as It Lays ruthlessly dissects the dark heart of the American dream The New York Times.

Play It as It Lays: A Novel #ad -  . Her only escape is to get in her car and drive the freeway—in the fast lane with the radio turned up high—until it runs out “somewhere no place at all where the flawless burning concrete just stopped. But every ride to nowhere, every sleepless night numbed by pills and booze and sex, makes it harder for Maria to find the meaning in another day.

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In the Country We Love: My Family Divided

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Henry Holt and Co. #ad - Born in the U. S. Depending on the kindness of family friends who took her in and helped her build a life and a successful acting career for herself, Guerrero was able to remain in the country and continue her education, without the support system of her family. There are over 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the US, many of whom have citizen children, whose lives here are just as precarious, and whose stories haven't been told.

The star of orange is the new black and jane the virgin presents her personal story of the real plight of undocumented immigrants in this country Diane Guerrero, the television actress from the megahit Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin, was just fourteen years old on the day her parents were detained and deported while she was at school.

In the Country We Love: My Family Divided #ad - . Written with bestselling author michelle burford, this memoir is a tale of personal triumph that also casts a much-needed light on the fears that haunt the daily existence of families likes the author's and on a system that fails them over and over. In the country we love is a moving, heartbreaking story of one woman's extraordinary resilience in the face of the nightmarish struggles of undocumented residents in this country.

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Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China

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Touchstone #ad - As the story of each generation unfolds, chang captures in gripping, moving—and ultimately uplifting—detail the cycles of violent drama visited on her own family and millions of others caught in the whirlwind of history. The story of three generations in twentieth-century China that blends the intimacy of memoir and the panoramic sweep of eyewitness history—a bestselling classic in thirty languages with more than ten million copies sold around the world, now with a new introduction from the author.

An engrossing record of mao’s impact on china, and an inspiring tale of courage and love, jung Chang describes the extraordinary lives and experiences of her family members: her grandmother, an unusual window on the female experience in the modern world, a warlord’s concubine; her mother’s struggles as a young idealistic Communist; and her parents’ experience as members of the Communist elite and their ordeal during the Cultural Revolution.

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Object Lessons: A Novel Ballantine Reader's Circle

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Ballantine Books #ad - In the summer of her twelfth year, Maggie is despertately trying to master the object lessons her grandfather fills her head with. But there is too much going on to concentrate. Maggie and her family, are in the thrall of her powerful grandfather Jack Scanlan. A new york times notable book of the year"elaborate and playful.

. Honest and deeply felt. Here is the quindlen wit, the sharp eye for the details of class and manners, and the ardent reading of domestic lives. The new york timesit is the 1960s, in suburban New York City. Everything at home is in upheaval, her grandfather is changing, and Maggie is unsure if what she wants is worth having.

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