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The underground railroad
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Whitehead, Colson - Whitehead, Colson

The underground railroad : a novel / Colson Whitehead

New York[etc] : Doubleday, 2016

Abstract: Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves, but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood—where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Matters do not go as planned—Cora kills a young white boy who tries to capture her. Though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted. In Whitehead’s ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor—engineers and conductors operate a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Cora and Caesar’s first stop is South Carolina, in a city that initially seems like a haven. But the city’s placid surface masks an insidious scheme designed for its black denizens. And even worse: Ridgeway, the relentless slave catcher, is close on their heels. Forced to flee again, Cora embarks on a harrowing flight, state by state, seeking true freedom. Like the protagonist of Gulliver’s Travels, Cora encounters different worlds at each stage of her journey—hers is an odyssey through time as well as space. As Whitehead brilliantly re-creates the unique terrors for black people in the pre–Civil War era, his narrative seamlessly weaves the saga of America from the brutal importation of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of the present day. The Underground Railroad is at once a kinetic adventure tale of one woman’s ferocious will to escape the horrors of bondage and a shattering, powerful meditation on the history we all share.

Here I am
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Foer, Jonathan Safran - Foer, Jonathan Safran

Here I am / Jonathan Safran Foer

New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016

Abstract: In the book of Genesis, when God calls out, "Abraham!" before ordering him to sacrifice his son, Isaac, Abraham responds, "Here I am." Later, when Isaac calls out, "My father!" before asking him why there is no animal to slaughter, Abraham responds, "Here I am." How do we fulfill our conflicting duties as father, husband, and son; wife and mother; child and adult? Jew and American? How can we claim our own identities when our lives are linked so closely to others? These are the questions at the heart of Jonathan Safran Foer's first novel in eleven years - a work of extraordinary scope and heartbreaking intimacy. Unfolding over four tumultuous weeks in present-day Washington, D.C., Here I Am is the story of a fracturing family in a moment of crisis. As Jacob and Julia Bloch and their three sons are forced to confront the distances between the lives they think they want and the lives they are living, a catastrophic earthquake sets in motion a quickly escalating conflict in the Middle East. At stake is the meaning of home - and the fundamental question of how much aliveness one can bear. Showcasing the same high-energy inventiveness, hilarious irreverence, and emotional urgency that readers loved in his earlier work, Here I Am is Foer's most searching, hard-hitting, and grandly entertaining novel yet. It not only confirms Foer's stature as a dazzling literary talent but reveals a novelist who has fully come into his own as one of our most important writers.

Press here
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Tullet, Herve

Press here / Hervé Tullet

Phaidon, 2015

Me before you
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Moyes, Jojo

Me before you / Jojo Moyes

New York : Penguin books, 2016

Abstract: A ventisei anni, Louisa Clark sa tante cose. Sa esattamente quanti passi ci sono tra la fermata dell'autobus e casa sua. Sa che le piace fare la cameriera in un locale senza troppe pretese nella piccola località turistica dove è nata e da cui non si è mai mossa, e probabilmente, nel profondo del suo cuore, sa anche di non essere davvero innamorata di Patrick, il ragazzo con cui è fidanzata da quasi sette anni. Quello che invece ignora è che sta per perdere il lavoro e che, per la prima volta, tutte le sue certezze saranno messe in discussione. A trentacinque anni, Will Traynor sa che il terribile incidente di cui è rimasto vittima gli ha tolto la voglia di vivere. Sa che niente può più essere come prima, e sa esattamente come porre fine a questa sofferenza. Quello che invece ignora è che Lou sta per irrompere prepotentemente nella sua vita portando con sé un'esplosione di giovinezza, stravaganza e abiti variopinti. E nessuno dei due sa che sta per cambiare l'altro per sempre. Io prima di te è la storia di un incontro. L'incontro fra una ragazza che ha scelto di vivere in un mondo piccolo, sicuro, senza sorprese e senza rischi, e un uomo che ha conosciuto il successo, la ricchezza e la felicità, e all'improvviso li ha visti dissolversi, ritrovandosi inchiodato su una sedia a rotelle. Due persone profondamente diverse, che imparano a conoscersi senza però rinunciare a se stesse, insegnando l'una all'altra a mettersi in gioco.

The hopefuls
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Close, Jennifer

The hopefuls / Jennifer Close

New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2016

Abstract: A brilliantly funny novel about ambition and marriage from the best selling author of Girls in White Dresses, The Better Half tells the story of a young wife who follows her husband and his political dreams to D.C., a city of idealism, gossip, and complicated friendships among young Washington's aspiring elite. When Beth arrives in Washington, D.C., she hates everything about it: the confusing traffic circles, the ubiquitous Ann Taylor suits, the humidity that descends each summer. At dinner parties, guests compare their security clearance levels. They leave their BlackBerrys on the table. They speak in acronyms. And once they realize Beth doesn't work in politics, they smile blandly and turn away. Soon Beth and her husband, Matt, meet a charismatic White House staffer named Jimmy and his wife, Ashleigh, and the four become inseparable, coordinating brunch, birthdays, and long weekends away. But as Jimmy's star rises higher and higher, their friendship--and Beth's relationship with Matt--is threatened by jealousy, competition and rumors.

The Raven King
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Stiefvater, Maggie

The Raven King / Maggie Stiefvater

New York : Scholastic, 2016

Raven cycle ; 4

Abstract: Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love's death. She doesn't believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she's not so sure anymore.

Nine women, one dress
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Rosen, Jane L.

Nine women, one dress : a novel / Jane L. Rosen

New York : Doubleday, 2016

Abstract: Natalie is a Bloomingdale's salesgirl mooning over her lawyer ex-boyfriend who's engaged to someone else after just two months. Felicia has been quietly in love with her boss for seventeen years and has one night to finally make the feeling mutual. Andie is a private detective who specializes in gathering evidence on cheating husbands—a skill she unfortunately learned from her own life - and lands a case that may restore her faith in true love. For these three women, as well as half a dozen others in sparkling supporting roles - a young model fresh from rural Alabama, a diva Hollywood star making her Broadway debut, an overachieving, unemployed Brown grad who starts faking a fabulous life on social media, to name just a few - everything is about to change, thanks to the dress of the season, the perfect little black number everyone wants to get their hands on . . .

Pool
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Hyeon Lee, Ji

Pool / by JiHyeon Lee

San Francisco : Chronicle Books, 2015

Abstract: What happens when two shy children meet at a very crowded pool? Dive in to find out!

Festive in death
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Roberts, Nora

Festive in death / J. D. Robb

Berkley books, 2015

Die again
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Gerritsen, Tess

Die again : Rizzoli & Isles : a novel / Tess Gerritsen

New York : Ballantine books, 2015

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Tyler, Anne

A spool of blue thread : a novel / Anne Tyler

New York : Ballantine books, c2015

Abstract: It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon. . . This is how Abby Whitshank always begins the story of how she fell in love with Red that day in July 1959. The Whitshanks are one of those families that radiate togetherness: an indefinable, enviable kind of specialness. But they are also like all families, in that the stories they tell themselves reveal only part of the picture. Abby and Red and their four grown children have accumulated not only tender moments, laughter, and celebrations, but also jealousies, disappointments, and carefully guarded secrets. From Red s father and mother, newly arrived in Baltimore in the 1920s, to Abby and Red s grandchildren carrying the family legacy boisterously into the twenty-first century, here are four generations of Whitshanks, their lives unfolding in and around the sprawling, lovingly worn Baltimore house that has always been their anchor. Brimming with all the insight, humor, and generosity of spirit that are the hallmarks of Anne Tyler s work, A Spool of Blue Thread tells a poignant yet unsentimental story in praise of family in all its emotional complexity. It is a novel to cherish.

Perfect touch
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Lowell, Elizabeth

Perfect touch / Elizabeth Lowell

New York : Harper Collins, [2015]

Abstract: A heart-racing tale in which a former soldier turned rancher and a beautiful designer race to stop a vicious killer--a battle for survival that threatens to explode in an intense and irresistible passion.

Adrift
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Griffin, Paul <1966->

Adrift / Paul Griffin

First edition

New York : Scholastic Press, 2015

Abstract: Matt and Mike are best friends, just two working-class guys trying to earn some money in Montauk for the summer. When they meet Driana, JoJo, and Stef, three friends who live a much different life of privilege, Matt and Mike find themselves in a sticky situation where temptation rivals sensibility. Worlds collide when the group ventures out to sea aboard a small boat that Stef sneaks out from her dad's dock. As the waves rise and the fragile vessel weakens, things go horribly wrong. Adrift at sea for days, who will have what it takes to survive?

The target
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Baldacci, David - Baldacci, David

The target / David Baldacci

New York ; Boston : Grand Central publishing, 2014

The best of me
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Sparks, Nicholas

The best of me / Nicholas Sparks

New York ; Boston : Grand central publishing, 2014

Abstract: In the spring of 1984, high school students Amanda Collier and Dawson Cole fell deeply, irrevocably in love. Though they were from opposite sides of the tracks, their love for one another seemed to defy the realities of life in the small town of Oriental, North Carolina. But as the summer of their senior year came to a close, unforeseen events would tear the young couple apart, setting them on radically divergent paths. Now, twenty-five years later, Amanda and Dawson are summoned back to Oriental for the funeral of Tuck Hostetler, the mentor who once gave shelter to their high school romance. Neither has lived the life they imagined . . . and neither can forget the passionate first love that forever changed their lives. As Amanda and Dawson carry out the instructions Tuck left behind for them, they realize that everything they thought they knew -- about Tuck, about themselves, and about the dreams they held dear -- was not as it seemed. Forced to confront painful memories, the two former lovers will discover undeniable truths about the choices they have made. And in the course of a single, searing weekend, they will ask of the living, and the dead: Can love truly rewrite the past?

Big and small
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Big and small

Parragon, 2014

Little learners

Abstract: Learn opposites with this book that has a smaller book cut into it. Turn each page of the big book to discover a new word - then turn the page of the little book to discover its opposite!

Frozen
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Disney <Walt Disney productions>

Frozen / Disney ; adapted by Sarah Nathan and Sela Roman

Special ed. junior novelization

Random House, 2014

Divergent
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Roth, Veronica

Divergent / Veronica Roth

1. ristampa

New York : Katherine Tegen Books, 2014

Abstract: This first book in Veronica Roth's #1New York Timesbestselling Divergent trilogy is the novel that inspired the major motion picture starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, and Kate Winslet. This dystopian series set in a futuristic Chicago has captured the hearts of millions of teen and adult readers.Perfect for fans of the Hunger Games and Maze Runner series, Divergentand its sequels, InsurgentandAllegiant plus Four: A Divergent Collection, four stories told from the perspective of the character Tobias are the gripping story of a dystopian world transformed by courage, self-sacrifice, and love. Fans of the Divergent movie will find the book packed with just as much emotional depth and exhilarating action as the film, all told in beautiful, rich language.The paperback edition includes bonus materials created by Veronica Roth, including her essays on Utopian worlds and how she named the factions, writing tips, a Q&A, a Divergent playlist, faction manifestos, and an excerpt from Insurgent.One choice can transform you.Beatrice Prior's society is divided into five factions Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). Beatrice must choose between staying with her Abnegation family and transferring factions. Her choice will shock her community and herself. But the newly christened Tris also has a secret, one she's determined to keep hidden, because in this world, what makes you different makes you dangerous.Supports the Common Core State Standards"

Winnie the Pooh. Let's bounce!
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Winnie the Pooh. Let's bounce!

Disney press, 2014

Winnie the Pooh. Eeyore's gloomy day
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Winnie the Pooh. Eeyore's gloomy day

Disney press, 2014