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Friends and Strangers
Title Friends and Strangers
Author
Publisher Knopf
Release DateJune 30, 2020
Category Literature & Fiction
Total Pages 417 pages
ISBN B0818YFS4L
Book Rating 4.2 out of 5 from 1.156 reviews
Language EN, ES, BE, DA ,DE , NL and FR
Book Review & Summary:

A TODAY SHOW #ReadWithJenna BOOK CLUB PICK! An insightful, hilarious, and compulsively readable novel about a complicated friendship between two women who are at two very different stages in life, from the best-selling author of Maine and Saints for All Occasions (named one of the Washington Post's Ten Best Books of the Year and a New York Times Critics' Pick). Elisabeth, an accomplished journalist and new mother, is struggling to adjust to life in a small town after nearly twenty years in New York City. Alone in the house with her infant son all day (and awake with him much of the night), she feels uneasy, adrift. She neglects her work, losing untold hours to her Brooklyn moms' Facebook group, her "influencer" sister's Instagram feed, and text messages with the best friend she never sees anymore. Enter Sam, a senior at the local women's college, whom Elisabeth hires to babysit. Sam is struggling to decide between the path she's always planned on and a romantic entanglement that threatens her ambition. She's worried about student loan debt and what the future holds. In short order, they grow close. But when Sam finds an unlikely kindred spirit in Elisabeth's father-in-law, the true differences between the women's lives become starkly revealed and a betrayal has devastating consequences. A masterful exploration of motherhood, power dynamics, and privilege in its many forms, Friends and Strangers reveals how a single year can shape the course of a life.

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Friends And Strangers by J. Courtney Sullivan

Title Friends and Strangers
Author J. Courtney Sullivan
Publisher Vintage
Release Date 2021-04-27
Category FICTION
Total Pages 496
ISBN 9780525436478
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"From the best-selling author of Maine, a gorgeous, compulsively-readable novel that tells the story of the complex relationship between two women, Elisabeth, a privileged new mother and writer attempting to find her footing after childbirth, and Sam, the idealistic, working-class college student she hires to nanny her young son"--

Friends And Strangers by J. Courtney Sullivan

Title Friends and Strangers
Author J. Courtney Sullivan
Publisher Vintage
Release Date 2020-06-30
Category Fiction
Total Pages 416
ISBN 9780525520603
Language English, Spanish, and French
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A TODAY SHOW #ReadWithJenna BOOK CLUB PICK An insightful, hilarious, and compulsively readable novel about a complicated friendship between two women who are at two very different stages in life, from the bestselling author of Maine and Saints for All Occasions. Elisabeth, an accomplished journalist and new mother, is struggling to adjust to life in a small town after nearly twenty years in New York City. Alone in the house with her infant son all day (and awake with him much of the night), she feels uneasy, adrift. She neglects her work, losing untold hours to her Brooklyn moms' Facebook group, her "influencer" sister's Instagram feed, and text messages with the best friend she never sees anymore. Enter Sam, a senior at the local women's college, whom Elisabeth hires to babysit. Sam is struggling to decide between the path she's always planned on and a romantic entanglement that threatens her ambition. She's worried about student loan debt and what the future holds. In short order, they grow close. But when Sam finds an unlikely kindred spirit in Elisabeth's father-in-law, the true differences between the women's lives become starkly revealed and a betrayal has devastating consequences. A masterful exploration of motherhood, power dynamics, and privilege in its many forms, Friends and Strangers reveals how a single year can shape the course of a life.

Friends And Strangers by J. Courtney Sullivan

Title Friends and Strangers
Author J. Courtney Sullivan
Publisher Hachette UK
Release Date 2020-06-30
Category Fiction
Total Pages 416
ISBN 9781529349436
Language English, Spanish, and French
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THE PERFECT BOOK GROUP SUMMER READ FROM BEST-SELLING AUTHOR OF THE ENGAGEMENTS AND MAINE 'I LOVED IT' Meg Wolitzer, author of The Female Persuasion 'HER BEST YET' Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of Daisy Jones & The Six 'A SMART AND DEEPLY COMPELLING EXPLORATION OF FEMALE FRIENDSHIP' Tom Perrotta, author of The Leftovers 'CAPTIVATING, WISE AND LAUGH-OUT-LOUD FUNNY' Ann Napolitano, author of Dear Edward Elisabeth, an accomplished journalist and new mother, is struggling to adjust to life in a small town after nearly twenty years in New York City. Alone in the house with her infant son all day (and awake with him much of the night), she feels uneasy, adrift. She neglects her work, losing untold hours to her Brooklyn moms' Facebook group, her "influencer" sister's Instagram feed, and text messages with the best friend she never sees anymore. Enter Sam, a senior at the local women's college, whom Elisabeth hires to babysit. Sam is struggling to decide between the path she's always planned on and a romantic entanglement that threatens her ambition. She's worried about student loan debt and what the future holds. In short, they grow close. But when Sam finds an unlikely kindred spirit in Elisabeth's father-in-law, the true differences between the women's lives become starkly revealed and a betrayal has devastating consequences. A masterful exploration of motherhood, power dynamics, and privilege in its many forms, Friends and Strangers reveals how a single year can shape the course of a life.

Title All My Friends Are Going to Be Strangers A Novel
Author Larry McMurtry
Publisher Liveright Publishing
Release Date 2018-05-29
Category Fiction
Total Pages 336
ISBN 9781631493584
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A young writer hits the dusty Texas highway for the California coast in this “brilliant . . . funny and dangerously tender” (Time) tale of art and sacrifice. Hailed as one of “the best novels ever set in America’s fourth largest city” (Douglas Brinkley, New York Times Book Review), All My Friends Are Going to Be Strangers is a powerful demonstration of Larry McMurtry’s “comic genius, his ability to render a sense of landscape, and interior intellection tension” (Jim Harrison, New York Times Book Review). Desperate to break from the “mundane happiness” of Houston, budding writer Danny Deck hops in his car, “El Chevy,” bound for the West Coast on a road trip filled with broken hearts and bleak realities of the artistic life. A cast of unforgettable characters joins the naive troubadour’s pilgrimage to California and back to Texas, including a cruel, long-legged beauty; an appealing screenwriter; a randy college professor; and a genuine if painfully “normal” friend. Since the novel’s publication in 1972, Danny Deck has “been far more successful at getting loved by readers than he ever was at getting loved by the women in his life” (McMurtry), a testament to the author’s incomparable talent for capturing the essential tragicomedy of the human experience.

Saints For All Occasions by J. Courtney Sullivan

Title Saints for All Occasions
Author J. Courtney Sullivan
Publisher Vintage
Release Date 2017-05-09
Category Fiction
Total Pages 352
ISBN 9780307959584
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A NATIONAL BESTSELLER A New York Times Critics’ Top Book of 2017 "This year’s best book about family." —Ron Charles, The Washington Post A sweeping, unforgettable novel from The New York Times best-selling author of Maine, about the hope, sacrifice, and love between two sisters and the secret that drives them apart. Nora and Theresa Flynn are twenty-one and seventeen when they leave their small village in Ireland and journey to America. Nora is the responsible sister; she's shy and serious and engaged to a man she isn't sure that she loves. Theresa is gregarious; she is thrilled by their new life in Boston and besotted with the fashionable dresses and dance halls on Dudley Street. But when Theresa ends up pregnant, Nora is forced to come up with a plan—a decision with repercussions they are both far too young to understand. Fifty years later, Nora is the matriarch of a big Catholic family with four grown children: John, a successful, if opportunistic, political consultant; Bridget, quietly preparing to have a baby with her girlfriend; Brian, at loose ends after a failed baseball career; and Patrick, Nora's favorite, the beautiful boy who gives her no end of heartache. Estranged from her sister, Theresa is a cloistered nun, living in an abbey in rural Vermont. Until, after decades of silence, a sudden death forces Nora and Theresa to confront the choices they made so long ago. A graceful, supremely moving novel from one of our most beloved writers, Saints for All Occasions explores the fascinating, funny, and sometimes achingly sad ways a secret at the heart of one family both breaks them and binds them together.

Title How to Make Friends With Strangers and Stay Friends Until You Die
Author Chris (Simpsons Artist)
Publisher Trapeze
Release Date 2020-10-15
Category Humor
Total Pages 128
ISBN 9781409197423
Language English, Spanish, and French
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have you ever wanted to have a friend of your very own if your answer to this is yes then this is the book for you. there is more than 9 million people in the world right now so there is a good chance that 1 of them will want to be your friend. so to help you on your friendship journey i have made this book to teach you how to be the best friend that the world has ever known. inside of this book you will learn about: being alone making friends with strangers and animals how to make friends with people at your work or at your school popular friendship clubs that you can join how to stay friends with friends fun things to do with your friend eating with friends not eating friends online friends films about friendship caring for friends random acts of kindness losing friends and much more so pick up this book and follow me as we walk on this magical journey of friendship together and who knows with my help you might even meet your best friend who will be a part of your life for the rest of your days or until one of you dies love from your friend Chris (Simpsons artist) xox

Talking To Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell

Title Talking to Strangers
Author Malcolm Gladwell
Publisher Little, Brown
Release Date 2019-09-10
Category Social Science
Total Pages 400
ISBN 9780316535625
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Malcolm Gladwell, host of the podcast Revisionist History and author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Outliers, offers a powerful examination of our interactions with strangers—and why they often go wrong. A Best Book of the Year: The Financial Times, Bloomberg, Chicago Tribune, and Detroit Free Press How did Fidel Castro fool the CIA for a generation? Why did Neville Chamberlain think he could trust Adolf Hitler? Why are campus sexual assaults on the rise? Do television sitcoms teach us something about the way we relate to one another that isn’t true? Talking to Strangers is a classically Gladwellian intellectual adventure, a challenging and controversial excursion through history, psychology, and scandals taken straight from the news. He revisits the deceptions of Bernie Madoff, the trial of Amanda Knox, the suicide of Sylvia Plath, the Jerry Sandusky pedophilia scandal at Penn State University, and the death of Sandra Bland—throwing our understanding of these and other stories into doubt. Something is very wrong, Gladwell argues, with the tools and strategies we use to make sense of people we don’t know. And because we don’t know how to talk to strangers, we are inviting conflict and misunderstanding in ways that have a profound effect on our lives and our world. In his first book since his #1 bestseller David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell has written a gripping guidebook for troubled times.

I Want To Be Her by Andrea Linett

Title I Want to Be Her
Author Andrea Linett
Publisher Abrams
Release Date 2012-09-15
Category Design
Total Pages 160
ISBN 9781613123881
Language English, Spanish, and French
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I Want to Be Her! is part memoir and part illustrated fashion guide, written by one of fashion’s most accessible, trusted, and inspiring writers. Andrea Linett, the cofounder of Lucky magazine, shares her personal story of growing up and finding her way to fashion, and the figures who guided her along the way. Through short descriptions and memories, we meet 50 women across five eras of her life—some passing strangers, some casual friends, some close confidantes—who each made a lasting impression and helped her form her own personal style. In addition, each woman is captured in an illustration by Linett’s longtime collaborator, Anne Johnston Albert, and fashion tips accompany each entry. Praise for I Want to Be Her!: “The book is beautiful. Who would expect anything less?” —The New York Post “Andrea Linett . . . is no stranger to noticing great style: In her new book, I Want to Be Her!, she recalls in amazing detail the well-dressed ladies who have helped shape her personal fashion sense.” —Time Out New York “If you've ever fallen in love with a stranger’s cool, je ne sais quoi style or subtly copied the way your girlfriend dressed on your last girls’ night out, you’ll love Andrea Linett’s new book, I Want to Be Her! How Friends & Strangers Helped Shape My Style.” —Glamour.com “You’ll walk away with handy tips to help define your style, too.” —The Plain Dealer “From her addictive and captivating site, I Want To Be Her, Linett now presents a beautiful, printed tome of the same name.” —Refinery29

Saving Graces by Elizabeth Edwards

Title Saving Graces
Author Elizabeth Edwards
Publisher Random House Digital, Inc.
Release Date 2007
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 368
ISBN 9780767925389
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Describes the role of community in the author's life, from her experiences on the campaign trail with her husband, presidential candidate John Edwards, to the 1996 death of their teenage son and her battle with breast cancer.

Friends And Strangers by John Smolenski

Title Friends and Strangers
Author John Smolenski
Publisher University of Pennsylvania Press
Release Date 2011-12-30
Category History
Total Pages 416
ISBN 9780812207248
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In its early years, William Penn's "Peaceable Kingdom" was anything but. Pennsylvania's governing institutions were faced with daunting challenges: Native Americans proved far less docile than Penn had hoped, the colony's non-English settlers were loath to accept Quaker authority, and Friends themselves were divided by grievous factional struggles. Yet out of this chaos emerged a colony hailed by contemporary and modern observers alike as the most liberal, tolerant, and harmonious in British America. In Friends and Strangers, John Smolenski argues that Pennsylvania's early history can best be understood through the lens of creolization—the process by which Old World habits, values, and practices were transformed in a New World setting. Unable simply to transplant English political and legal traditions across the Atlantic, Quaker leaders gradually forged a creole civic culture that secured Quaker authority in an increasingly diverse colony. By mythologizing the colony's early settlement and casting Friends as the ideal guardians of its uniquely free and peaceful society, they succeeded in establishing a shared civic culture in which Quaker dominance seemed natural and just. The first history of Pennsylvania's founding in more than forty years, Friends and Strangers offers a provocative new look at the transfer of English culture to North America. Setting Pennsylvania in the context of the broader Atlantic phenomenon of creolization, Smolenski's account of the Quaker colony's origins reveals the vital role this process played in creating early American society.

Commencement by J. Courtney Sullivan

Title Commencement
Author J. Courtney Sullivan
Publisher Vintage
Release Date 2010
Category Fiction
Total Pages 419
ISBN 9780307454966
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Celia, Bree, Sally, and April first meet as college freshmen and over a period of six years experience both happiness and disappointment as they to find fulfilling love relationships, deal with changes within their families, and pursue successful careers.

Talking To Strangers by Marianne Boucher

Title Talking to Strangers
Author Marianne Boucher
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2020-04-07
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 176
ISBN 9780385677332
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In 1980, Marianne Boucher felt like a misfit. To the world, she was a high school student with a bright future as a powerhouse figure skater. But she always felt like she was performing - both on the ice and off. And then she found her people. Talking to Strangers is the true story of Marianne Boucher's experiences in a cult that brainwashed her and took over her life. Told in stunning graphic memoir form, with vivid text and art alike, Marianne shares how she fell in with devotees of a frightening spiritual abuser, and how she eventually, painfully, pulled herself out.

The Engagements by J. Courtney Sullivan

Title The Engagements
Author J. Courtney Sullivan
Publisher Vintage
Release Date 2014-05-20
Category Fiction
Total Pages 516
ISBN 9780307949226
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Explores the marital foibles of four couples while following the creation the famous advertising campaign that turned diamonds into a symbol of the hope for everlasting love.

Title Never Talk to Strangers
Author Irma Joyce
Publisher Golden Books
Release Date 2009
Category Juvenile Fiction
Total Pages 24
ISBN 9780375849640
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Discusses different situations to help make important distinctions between people who are "safe" and people to avoid.

Talking To Strangers by Danielle Allen

Title Talking to Strangers
Author Danielle Allen
Publisher University of Chicago Press
Release Date 2009-08-01
Category Political Science
Total Pages 286
ISBN 9780226014685
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"Don't talk to strangers" is the advice long given to children by parents of all classes and races. Today it has blossomed into a fundamental precept of civic education, reflecting interracial distrust, personal and political alienation, and a profound suspicion of others. In this powerful and eloquent essay, Danielle Allen, a 2002 MacArthur Fellow, takes this maxim back to Little Rock, rooting out the seeds of distrust to replace them with "a citizenship of political friendship." Returning to the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision of 1954 and to the famous photograph of Elizabeth Eckford, one of the Little Rock Nine, being cursed by fellow "citizen" Hazel Bryan, Allen argues that we have yet to complete the transition to political friendship that this moment offered. By combining brief readings of philosophers and political theorists with personal reflections on race politics in Chicago, Allen proposes strikingly practical techniques of citizenship. These tools of political friendship, Allen contends, can help us become more trustworthy to others and overcome the fossilized distrust among us. Sacrifice is the key concept that bridges citizenship and trust, according to Allen. She uncovers the ordinary, daily sacrifices citizens make to keep democracy working—and offers methods for recognizing and reciprocating those sacrifices. Trenchant, incisive, and ultimately hopeful, Talking to Strangers is nothing less than a manifesto for a revitalized democratic citizenry.

How To Talk To Strangers by Curious Pavel

Title How To Talk To Strangers
Author Curious Pavel
Publisher Curious Pavel
Release Date 2020-06-14
Category Education
Total Pages 22
ISBN 9203456XXXX
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In this book, I'll show you the step-by-step Formula that I've been using whenever I change my environment (e.g. move to a different city, change a job, start University, etc) If you want to: Make more friends... but just don't know-how Be able to start conversations... but you often don't have the courage Find people with the same interests as you... but not sure where to start then this will means that... I Wrote This Book For You. After having a childhood mainly around computer games, from the age of 18, I started taking jobs in the customer service industry. Slowly starting as working on a parking lot and on an anchored ship in Alaska, I then took a job that demanded from me to talk to STRANGERS: Hotel Entertainment (show host). For 6 years I was entertaining people from all over the world in hotels in Bulgaria, Greece, and Spain. That helped build a system that I can follow whenever I speak to somebody for the very first time. I'll show you communication techniques that you can start implementing straight away. If you are looking for techniques on HOW TO SUCCESSFULLY FLIRT, then this might not be the right book for you. Although there are tips that might help you with communication in those situations, this is not the main subject of this book. Here's are some points that we will cover: How to deal with rejection Who are the right people for you What to talk about with strangers How to break the silence Body language techniques How to keep newly built relationships What to avoid when speaking to strangers How to join a conversation in a group of people And much, much more... I can help you start talking to strangers instantly. So get the book and let's get started. To your success, Curious Pavel

Strangers To Friends by Kelvin Dwight

Title Strangers to Friends
Author Kelvin Dwight
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2021-02-26
Category
Total Pages 36
ISBN 9798714129964
Language English, Spanish, and French
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DO YOU WANT TO TURN THAT STRANGER TO A FRIEND? THEN READ THIS! Love is a beautiful thing, everyone wants to love and also wished to be loved. Love can be found anywhere, everywhere and at any time even from that you little closet. Sometimes we find love where we least expected, many find theirs around their vicinity, why greater percentage found theirs in a stranger. It is actually possible to find love in a stranger. The question now is, how can one make that stranger a friend and a lover? KELVIN DWIGHT is a relationship coach and counselor, a writer of great repute and international recognition who has through many of his works help mends broken homes and reawaken the love of a dying relationship. KELVIN DWIGHT in his book STRANGERS TO FRIENDS(Discover how to turn a stranger to friend) poured out his heart completely to his readers without withholding any. He gave out the secrets you need to turn that stranger you meet every day to a friend, not just a friend but a lover, only if you can go through his step by step tips on how to make it work, and how he won the heart of his wife who happens to be one of the stranger he met in one of his travels. STRANGERS TO FRIENDS(Discover how to turn a stranger to friend) is a must read for everyone especially youths aspiring to start up a relationship in high schools that will lead to marriage. Through this book you will know how to go about it and get started. Through this book you will learn how to connect with the stranger and know those magical words you need to make him or her all yours without wasting time. The tips here are tested and trusted and has never failed. If you want to see and know this secret tips then click on the BUY button and get a copy of the book STRANGER TO FRIEND(Discover how to turn a stranger to friend), you will be glad you did. Have a nice read.

Before We Were Strangers by Renée Carlino

Title Before We Were Strangers
Author Renée Carlino
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Release Date 2015-08-18
Category Fiction
Total Pages 320
ISBN 9781501105784
Language English, Spanish, and French
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From the USA TODAY bestselling author of Sweet Thing and Nowhere But Here comes a love story about a Craigslist “missed connection” post that gives two people a second chance at love fifteen years after they were separated in New York City. To the Green-eyed Lovebird: We met fifteen years ago, almost to the day, when I moved my stuff into the NYU dorm room next to yours at Senior House. You called us fast friends. I like to think it was more. We lived on nothing but the excitement of finding ourselves through music (you were obsessed with Jeff Buckley), photography (I couldn’t stop taking pictures of you), hanging out in Washington Square Park, and all the weird things we did to make money. I learned more about myself that year than any other. Yet, somehow, it all fell apart. We lost touch the summer after graduation when I went to South America to work for National Geographic. When I came back, you were gone. A part of me still wonders if I pushed you too hard after the wedding… I didn’t see you again until a month ago. It was a Wednesday. You were rocking back on your heels, balancing on that thick yellow line that runs along the subway platform, waiting for the F train. I didn’t know it was you until it was too late, and then you were gone. Again. You said my name; I saw it on your lips. I tried to will the train to stop, just so I could say hello. After seeing you, all of the youthful feelings and memories came flooding back to me, and now I’ve spent the better part of a month wondering what your life is like. I might be totally out of my mind, but would you like to get a drink with me and catch up on the last decade and a half? M

Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan

Title Maine
Author J. Courtney Sullivan
Publisher Vintage
Release Date 2012
Category Fiction
Total Pages 528
ISBN 9780307742216
Language English, Spanish, and French
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As three generations of Kelleher women descend on their family's Maine beach property one summer, each brings her own hopes and fears. By turns wickedly funny and achingly sad, this novel unveils sibling rivalry, alcoholism, social climbing, and Catholic guilt at the center of one family.

Strangers And Cousins by Leah Hager Cohen

Title Strangers and Cousins
Author Leah Hager Cohen
Publisher Penguin
Release Date 2019-05-14
Category Fiction
Total Pages 320
ISBN 9780698409644
Language English, Spanish, and French
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ONE OF THE WASHINGTON POST'S TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR One of Christian Science Monitor's BEST FICTION OF 2019 "Funny and tender but also provocative and wise. . . One of the most hopeful and insightful novels I've read in years." - Ron Charles, The Washington Post "Serious yet joyous comedy, reminiscent of the Pultizer-winning Less" - Out Magazine A novel about what happens when an already sprawling family hosts an even larger and more chaotic wedding: an entertaining story about family, culture, memory, and community. In the seemingly idyllic town of Rundle Junction, Bennie and Walter are preparing to host the wedding of their eldest daughter Clem. A marriage ceremony at their beloved, rambling home should be the happiest of occasions, but Walter and Bennie have a secret. A new community has moved to Rundle Junction, threatening the social order and forcing Bennie and Walter to confront uncomfortable truths about the lengths they would go to to maintain harmony. Meanwhile, Aunt Glad, the oldest member of the family, arrives for the wedding plagued by long-buried memories of a scarring event that occurred when she was a girl in Rundle Junction. As she uncovers details about her role in this event, the family begins to realize that Clem's wedding may not be exactly what it seemed. Clever, passionate, artistic Clem has her own agenda. What she doesn't know is that by the end, everyone will have roles to play in this richly imagined ceremony of familial connection-a brood of quirky relatives, effervescent college friends, ghosts emerging from the past, a determined little mouse, and even the very group of new neighbors whose presence has shaken Rundle Junction to its core. With Strangers and Cousins, Leah Hager Cohen delivers a story of pageantry and performance, hopefulness and growth, and introduces a winsome, unforgettable cast of characters whose lives are forever changed by events that unfold and reverberate across generations.

The Book Of Lost Friends by Lisa Wingate

Title The Book of Lost Friends
Author Lisa Wingate
Publisher Ballantine Books
Release Date 2020-04-07
Category Fiction
Total Pages 416
ISBN 9781984819895
Language English, Spanish, and French
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the bestselling author of Before We Were Yours comes a new historical novel: the dramatic story of three young women searching for family amid the destruction of the post–Civil War South, and of a modern-day teacher who learns of their story and its vital connection to her students’ lives. Bestselling author Lisa Wingate brings to life startling stories from actual “Lost Friends” advertisements that appeared in Southern newspapers after the Civil War, as newly freed slaves desperately searched for loved ones who had been sold away. Louisiana, 1875: In the tumultuous era of Reconstruction, three young women set off as unwilling companions on a perilous quest: Hannie, a freed slave; Lavinia, the pampered heir to a now destitute plantation; and Juneau Jane, Lavinia’s Creole half sister. Each carries private wounds and powerful secrets as they head for Texas, following roads rife with vigilantes and soldiers still fighting a war lost a decade before. For Lavinia and Juneau Jane, the journey is one of stolen inheritance and financial desperation, but for Hannie, torn from her mother and siblings before slavery’s end, the pilgrimage west reignites an agonizing question: Could her long-lost family still be out there? Beyond the swamps lie the limitless frontiers of Texas and, improbably, hope. Louisiana, 1987: For first-year teacher Benedetta Silva, a subsidized job at a poor rural school seems like the ticket to canceling her hefty student debt—until she lands in a tiny, out-of-step Mississippi River town. Augustine, Louisiana, is suspicious of new ideas and new people, and Benny can scarcely comprehend the lives of her poverty-stricken students. But amid the gnarled live oaks and run-down plantation homes lie the century-old history of three young women, a long-ago journey, and a hidden book that could change everything.

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