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What Happened To Sophie Wilder by Christopher Beha

Title What Happened to Sophie Wilder
Author Christopher Beha
Publisher Tin House Books
Release Date 2012-05-29
Category Fiction
Total Pages 256
ISBN 9781935639312
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Charlie Blakeman, an aspiring novelist, reunites with his old college girlfriend, Sophie Wilder, who fills him in on the intervening 10 years she spent caring for a dying man and making a difficult choice before abruptly disappearing again. Original.

What Happened To Sophie Wilder by Christopher Beha

Title What Happened to Sophie Wilder
Author Christopher Beha
Publisher Tin House Books
Release Date 2012-05-29
Category Fiction
Total Pages 256
ISBN 9781935639329
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A heartfelt exploration of faith and love and friendship, What Happened To Sophie Wilder is a beautiful, absorbing work about the redemptive power of storytelling: a literary love story. Charlie Blakeman has just published his first novel, to almost no acclaim. He's living on New York's Washington Square, struggling with his follow-up, and floundering within his pseudointellectual coterie when his college love, Sophie Wilder, returns to his life. Sophie is also struggling, though Charlie isn't sure why, since they've barely spoke, after falling out a decade before. Now Sophie begins to tell Charlie the story of her life since then, particularly the story of the days she spent taking care of a dying man with his own terrible past and of the difficult decision he forced her to make. When she disappears once again, Charlie sets out to discover what happened to Sophie Wilder. Christopher Beha's debut novel explores faith, love, friendship, and, ultimately, the redemptive power of storytelling.

Title The Index of Self Destructive Acts
Author Christopher Beha
Publisher Tin House Books
Release Date 2020-05-05
Category Fiction
Total Pages 86
ISBN 9781947793927
Language English, Spanish, and French
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“A significant novel, beautifully crafted and deeply felt. Beha creates a high bonfire of our era's vanities. . . .This is a novel to savor.”- Colum McCann Through baseball, finance, media, and religion, Beha traces the passing of the torch from the old establishment to the new meritocracy, exploring how each generation’s failure helped land us where we are today. What makes a life, Sam Waxworth sometimes wondered—self or circumstance? On the day Sam Waxworth arrives in New York to write for the Interviewer, a street-corner preacher declares that the world is coming to an end. A data journalist and recent media celebrity—he correctly forecast every outcome of the 2008 election—Sam knows a few things about predicting the future. But when projection meets reality, life gets complicated. His first assignment for the Interviewer is a profile of disgraced political columnist Frank Doyle, known to Sam for the sentimental works of baseball lore that first sparked his love of the game. When Sam meets Frank at Citi Field for the Mets’ home opener, he finds himself unexpectedly ushered into Doyle’s crumbling family empire. Kit, the matriarch, lost her investment bank to the financial crisis; Eddie, their son, hasn’t been the same since his second combat tour in Iraq; Eddie’s best friend from childhood, the fantastically successful hedge funder Justin Price, is starting to see cracks in his spotless public image. And then there’s Frank’s daughter, Margo, with whom Sam becomes involved—just as his wife, Lucy, arrives from Wisconsin. While their lives seem inextricable, none of them know how close they are to losing everything, including each other. Sweeping in scope yet meticulous in its construction, The Index of Self-Destructive Acts is a remarkable family portrait and a masterful evocation of New York City and its institutions. Over the course of a single baseball season, Christopher Beha traces the passing of the torch from the old establishment to the new meritocracy, exploring how each generation’s failure helped land us where we are today. Whether or not the world is ending, Beha’s characters are all headed to apocalypses of their own making.

The Whole Five Feet by Christopher R. Beha

Title The Whole Five Feet
Author Christopher R. Beha
Publisher Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
Release Date 2010-05-11
Category Literary Collections
Total Pages 272
ISBN 9780802199904
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This unique memoir of reading the classics to find strength and wisdom “makes an elegant case for literature as an everyday companion” (The New York Times Book Review). While undergoing a series of personal and family crises, Christopher Beha discovered that his grandmother had used the Harvard Classics—the renowned “five foot shelf” of great world literature compiled in the early twentieth century by Charles William Eliot—to educate herself during the Great Depression. He decided to follow her example and turn to this series of great books for answers—and recounts the experience here, in a smart, big-hearted, and inspirational mix of memoir and intellectual excursion that “deftly illustrates how books can save one’s life” (Helen Schulman). “As he grapples with the death of his beloved aunt, a debilitating case of Lyme disease, and other major and minor calamities, Beha finds that writers as diverse as Wordsworth, Pascal, Kant, and Mill had been there before, and that the results of their struggles to find meaning in life could inform his own.” —The Seattle Times “An important book [and] a sheer blast to read.” —Heidi Julavits

Arts Entertainments by Christopher Beha

Title Arts Entertainments
Author Christopher Beha
Publisher Harper Collins
Release Date 2014-07-01
Category Fiction
Total Pages 288
ISBN 9780062322470
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Christopher Beha delivers a cutting send-up of our cultural obsession with celebrity—a deliciously witty, and ultimately tender, novel about the absurdity of fame and the complexity of love sure to appeal to fans of Maria Semple and Jess Walter. A sharp-edged satire with heart, Arts & Entertainments is the story of Handsome Eddie Hartley who, at thirty-three, has forgone dreams of an acting career for the reality of life as a drama teacher at a boys’ prep school. But when Eddie and his wife, Susan, discover they cannot have children, it is one disappointment too many. Weighted down with debt, his wife’s mounting unhappiness, and his own deepening sense of failure, Eddie is confronted with an alluring solution when an old friend-turned-web-impresario suggests Eddie sell a sex tape he made with an ex-girlfriend, now a wildly popular television star. Overcoming his initial moral qualms, Eddie figures that in an era when any publicity is good publicity, the tape won’t cause any harm—a decision that will have disastrous consequences and propel him straight into the glaring spotlight he once thought he craved. A hilariously biting and incisive take-down of our culture’s monstrous obsession with fame, Arts & Entertainments is also a poignant and humane portrait of a young man’s belated coming-of-age, the complications of love, and the surprising ways in which the most meaningful lives often turn out to be the ones we least expected to lead.

90 Days Of Different by Eric Walters

Title 90 Days of Different
Author Eric Walters
Publisher Orca Book Publishers
Release Date 2017-10-03
Category Young Adult Fiction
Total Pages 312
ISBN 9781459816756
Language English, Spanish, and French
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On the last day of high school, Sophie's boyfriend breaks up with her. It turns out he thinks she is too predictable, too responsible, too mature...too boring. When Sophie turns to her best friend, Ella, for comfort and reassurance, Ella just confirms what her boyfriend has said. And that hurts even more. Then Ella comes up with a plan to help Sophie find her wilder side. In the ninety days between the end of high school and the start of university, she is going to arrange for Sophie to do amazing, new, different and sometimes scary things. The deal is Sophie has to agree to everything, no matter what. And she has to share her adventures through social media. Can ninety days of different create a different life? Can stepping outside your comfort zone help you find yourself?

Last Bus To Everland by Sophie Cameron

Title Last Bus to Everland
Author Sophie Cameron
Publisher Roaring Brook Press
Release Date 2019-06-18
Category Young Adult Fiction
Total Pages 336
ISBN 9781250149923
Language English, Spanish, and French
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From Sophie Cameron, the author of Out of the Blue, comes a novel of magic, adventure, and what it means to truly belong. Brody Fair feels like nobody gets him: not his overworked parents, not his genius older brother, and definitely not the girls in the projects set on making his life miserable. Then he meets Nico, an art student who takes Brody to Everland, a “knock-off Narnia" that opens its door at 11:21pm each Thursday for Nico and his band of present-day misfits and miscreants. Here Brody finds his tribe and a weekly respite from a world where he feels out of place. But when the doors to Everland begin to disappear, Brody is forced to make a decision: He can say goodbye to Everland and to Nico, or stay there and risk never seeing his family again. Will Nico take the last bus to Everland?

Room by Emma Donoghue

Title Room
Author Emma Donoghue
Publisher Oberon Books
Release Date 2017-05-07
Category Drama
Total Pages 96
ISBN 9781786821775
Language English, Spanish, and French
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‘I wait for his boots to drop. They fall on Floor, one thump, two thumps, that’s how I know he’s going to get into Bed with Ma now and make it squeak. I count the squeaks because I’m excellent at numbers. I have to count, I can’t lose count, if I lose count I don’t know what. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10...’ Kidnapped as a teenage girl, Ma has been locked inside a purpose built room in her captor’s garden for seven years. Her five-year-old son, Jack, has no concept of the world outside and happily exists inside Room with the help of Ma’s games and his vivid imagination where objects like Rug, Lamp and TV are his only friends. But for Ma the time has come to escape and face their biggest challenge to date: the world outside Room.

Scarpia by Piers Paul Read

Title Scarpia
Author Piers Paul Read
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Release Date 2016-03-01
Category Fiction
Total Pages 384
ISBN 9781632863256
Language English, Spanish, and French
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It is the late 18th century and Sicilian nobleman Vitello Scarpia finds himself penniless and in disgrace on the streets of Rome. After leaving his home in pursuit of a military career, his fiery passion has seen him expelled from the Spanish royal guard and left to seek his fortune in Italy; a fortune inseparably bound to the Pope, whose rule is put in question by the French Revolution. Scarpia enrolls in the papal army and is soon taken up by a countess eager to have a handsome young officer at her side. She introduces Scarpia into Roman society, and he is both enthralled and agitated by its mix of religiosity, sophistication, decadence, and intrigue. Then, on a mission to Venice, he meets the gifted, beautiful singer Floria Tosca. And as the armies of revolutionary France advance into Italy, and war and revolution engulf the whole peninsula, these two lives become entwined. Steeped in factual detail and exploring the lives--part historical, part fictional--of figures from Puccini's famous opera, Scarpia shines a light into dusty corridors of history and dark corners of the human soul.

An Enlarged Heart by Cynthia Zarin

Title An Enlarged Heart
Author Cynthia Zarin
Publisher Alfred a Knopf Incorporated
Release Date 2013-02-12
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 221
ISBN 9781400042715
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A New York City writer shares episodes from her life that reflect the cyclical nature of the past and her relationships with a range of people and places, from an energetic tailor and a twice-married mom to literary co-workers and the patrons of vanishedrestaurants.

Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell

Title Rooftoppers
Author Katherine Rundell
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing
Release Date 2020-05-28
Category Juvenile Fiction
Total Pages 288
ISBN 9781526624796
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Go on an adventure with Katherine Rundell ... Winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize | Winner of the Blue Peter Book Award Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal | From the winner of the Costa Children's Book Prize 'A writer with an utterly distinctive voice and a wild imagination' – Philip Pullman 'Read everything she writes' – Daily Mail Everyone tells Sophie that she was orphaned in a shipwreck – found floating in a cello case on the English Channel on her first birthday. But Sophie is convinced her mother also survived. When the Welfare Agency threatens to separate her from her guardian and send her to an orphanage, Sophie takes matters into her own hands, starting with the only clue she has – the address of a cello-maker in Paris. On the run from the authorities, Sophie finds Matteo and his network of rooftoppers – urchins who walk tightropes and live in the sky. In a race across the rooftops of Paris, will they be able to find her mother before it's too late? Hopeful, inspiring and thrilling in equal measure, this is a classic adventure story about pursuing your dreams and never ignoring a possible.

A Pimp S Notes by Giorgio Faletti

Title A Pimp s Notes
Author Giorgio Faletti
Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Release Date 2012-07-17
Category Fiction
Total Pages 336
ISBN 9781466820173
Language English, Spanish, and French
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From a bestselling Italian author comes a sharply observed new mystery set in the seedy underworld of 1970s Milan Giorgio Faletti's first thriller, I Kill, took Europe by storm, selling over five million copies. The Corriere della Sera, Italy's leading newspaper, crowned him "the greatest Italian writer." In 2010, with the explosive publication of A Pimp's Notes, Faletti won international celebrity as a writer of world-class, tightly wound, psychologically nuanced thrillers. It's 1978. Italy has just been shocked by the kidnapping of the politician Aldo Moro by the left-leaning terrorist group the Red Brigades. In Milan, the upper class continues to amuse itself in luxury restaurants, underground clubs, and cabarets. This is Bravo's milieu. Enigmatic and cynical, Bravo makes his living catering to the tastes, fantasies, and fetishes of the wealthy and depraved. When the mysterious Carla enters his life, what begins as a clandestine romance quickly becomes a nightmare that will transform Bravo into a man wanted by the police, by organized crime, and even by the Red Brigades. As the web around him tightens, Bravo will be forced to confront the violence of the times in which he lives as well as his own connections to the political and criminal networks that control contemporary Italy.

The Orphan Master S Son by Adam Johnson

Title The Orphan Master s Son
Author Adam Johnson
Publisher Random House Incorporated
Release Date 2012
Category Fiction
Total Pages 443
ISBN 9780812992793
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The son of a singer mother whose career forcibly separated her from her family and an influential father who runs an orphan work camp, Pak Jun Do rises to prominence using instinctive talents and eventually becomes a professional kidnapper and romantic rival to Kim Jong Il. By the author of Parasites Like Us.

Title The Writer s Notebook II Craft Essays from Tin House
Author Christopher Beha
Publisher Tin House Books
Release Date 2012-10-23
Category Language Arts & Disciplines
Total Pages 272
ISBN 9781935639473
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Writer's Notebook II offers aspiring authors sixteen insightful essays about the craft of writing by Tin House authors and summer workshop faculty members, including Aimee Bender, Steve Almond, Maggie Nelson, Karen Russell, Benjamin Percy, and others. The Writer's Notebook II continues in the tradition of The Writer's Notebook, featuring essays based on craft seminars from the Tin House Summer Writer's Workshop, as well as a variety of craft essays from Tin House magazine contributors and Tin House Books authors. The collection includes essays that not only examine important craft aspects such as humor, suspense, and research but that also explore creating fractured and nonrealist narratives and the role of dream in fiction. An engaging and enlightening read, The Writer's Notebook II is both a toolkit and an inspiration for any writer. The Writer’s Notebook II offers aspiring authors sixteen insightful essays about the craft of writing by Tin House authors and summer workshop faculty members, including Aimee Bender, Steve Almond, Maggie Nelson, Karen Russell, Benjamin Percy, and others.

The Courage Tree by Diane Chamberlain

Title The Courage Tree
Author Diane Chamberlain
Publisher Harlequin
Release Date 2012-08-15
Category Fiction
Total Pages 400
ISBN 9781459248090
Language English, Spanish, and French
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It is Every Mother's Nightmare…Only Worse Eight-year-old Sophie Donohue just wanted to be like every other little girl. Which is why her mother, Janine, reluctantly agreed to let her go on the weekend camping trip with her Brownie troop. But when Janine arrives to pick up Sophie after the trip, her daughter is not with the others. Somehow, along the forested route from West Virginia, Sophie has disappeared. But Sophie is no ordinary eight-year-old. She suffers from a rare disease, and Janine has recently enrolled her in an experimental treatment as a last effort to save her life—despite the vehement objections of her ex-husband, Joe. Without her medication, Sophie cannot survive long. All her mother's instincts tell Janine that Sophie is alive, but time is running out. Deep in the Virginia forest, another drama unfolds. Sophie finds refuge in a remote cabin inhabited by Zoe, a woman who wants nothing to do with the child. Zoe is struggling to save her own daughter from the law, and Sophie's presence jeopardizes any chance of that happening. She is as determined to save her daughter as Janine is to save Sophie…and only one of them can succeed.

White Noise by Don DeLillo

Title White Noise
Author Don DeLillo
Publisher Penguin
Release Date 1999-06-01
Category Fiction
Total Pages 336
ISBN 9781440674471
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A brilliant satire of mass culture and the numbing effects of technology, White Noise tells the story of Jack Gladney, a teacher of Hitler studies at a liberal arts college in Middle America. Jack and his fourth wife, Babette, bound by their love, fear of death, and four ultramodern offspring, navigate the rocky passages of family life to the background babble of brand-name consumerism. Then a lethal black chemical cloud, unleashed by an industrial accident, floats over there lives, an "airborne toxic event" that is a more urgent and visible version of the white noise engulfing the Gladneys—the radio transmissions, sirens, microwaves, and TV murmurings that constitute the music of American magic and dread.

Little Bandaged Days by Kyra Wilder

Title Little Bandaged Days
Author Kyra Wilder
Publisher Abrams
Release Date 2021-04-20
Category Fiction
Total Pages 256
ISBN 9781647001988
Language English, Spanish, and French
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An emotionally charged, tautly composed debut thriller about motherhood, madness, and the myth of the perfect life A mother moves to Geneva with her husband and their two young children. In their beautiful new rented apartment, surrounded by their rented furniture, and several Swiss instructions to maintain quiet, she finds herself totally isolated. Her husband’s job means he is almost never present, and her entire world is caring for her children—making sure they are happy and fed and comfortable, and that they can be seen as the happy, well-fed, comfortable family they should be. Everything is perfect. But, of course, it’s not. The isolation, the sleeplessness, the demands of two people under two are getting to Erika. She has never been so alone, and once the children are asleep, there are just too many hours to fill until morning . . . Kyra Wilder’s Little Bandaged Days is a beautifully written, painfully claustrophobic story about a woman’s descent into madness. Unpredictable, frighteningly compelling, and brutally honest, it grapples with the harsh conditions of motherhood and this mother’s own identity, and as the novel continues, we begin to wonder just what exactly Erika might be driven to do.

The Wild Way Home by Sophie Kirtley

Title The Wild Way Home
Author Sophie Kirtley
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing
Release Date 2020-07-01
Category Juvenile Fiction
Total Pages 256
ISBN 9781526616272
Language English, Spanish, and French
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'So good I read it twice' - Hilary McKay, author of The Skylarks' War 'This thrilling time-slip adventure oozes magic and heart' - Bookseller EDITOR'S CHOICE When Charlie's longed-for brother is born with a serious heart condition, Charlie's world is turned upside down. Upset and afraid, Charlie flees the hospital and makes for the ancient forest on the edge of town. There Charlie finds a boy floating face-down in the stream, injured, but alive. But when Charlie sets off back to the hospital to fetch help, it seems the forest has changed. It's become a place as strange and wild as the boy dressed in deerskins. For Charlie has unwittingly fled into the Stone Age, with no way to help the boy or return to the present day. Or is there? What follows is a wild, big-hearted adventure as Charlie and the Stone Age boy set out together to find what they have lost – their courage, their hope, their family and their way home. Fans of Piers Torday and Stig of the Dump will love this wild, wise and heartfelt debut adventure.

Nobody But You by Jill Shalvis

Title Nobody But You
Author Jill Shalvis
Publisher Grand Central Publishing
Release Date 2016-03-29
Category Fiction
Total Pages 368
ISBN 9781455586790
Language English, Spanish, and French
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From the New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis comes an emotional and heartwarming women's fiction read about two wayward souls who find peace and home in each other. Sophie Marren spent her entire life trying to please everyone, from her distant father to her demanding husband, nearly losing herself in the process. But after discovering she was the only person in her marriage to have taken their vows seriously, Sophie walks away with nothing except for the boat she got in the divorce settlement -- hardly the ideal living arrangement for a woman who gets seasick in a bathtub. She knows she should sell it, move, and leave the whole mess behind her, but . . . Sophie loves living in tiny Cedar Ridge, Colorado, and she's not about to let anyone take that from her, too. Especially not the handsome, intense former soldier who keeps trying to kick her off the dock of his lakeside cabin. As much as she wants to tell Jacob Kincaid to stick it where the sun don't shine, she senses he's dealing with struggles of his own, and she can't help being drawn in. But when secrets from her past resurface, will she be able to hold on to the life she's so carefully built?

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Title The Color Purple
Author Alice Walker
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release Date 2003
Category Fiction
Total Pages 288
ISBN 0156028352
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel that tells the story of two sisters through their correspondence. With a new Preface by the author.