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Lea and Ava travel from Paris, where Lea meets her soulmate, to a convent in western France known for its silver roses; from a school in a mountaintop village where three thousand Jews were saved. What does it mean to lose your mother? How much can one person sacrifice for love? In a world where evil can be found at every turn, we meet remarkable characters that take us on a stunning journey of loss and resistance, the fantastical and the mortal, in a place where all roads lead past the Angel of Death and love is never ending.
She lives near Boston. Now that her father is on his deathbed, Alex—a strong-headed lawyer, devoted mother, and loving sister--feels she can finally unearth the secrets of who Victor is and what he did over the course of his life and career. A power-hungry real estate developer, he is, by all accounts, a bad man. She travels to New Orleans to be with her family, but mostly to interrogate her tightlipped mother, Barbra.
Dysfunction is at its peak. She lives in New Orleans. Julie Orringer is the author of two award-winning books: The Invisible Bridge, a New York Times bestselling novel, and How to Breathe Underwater, a collection of stories; her new novel, The Flight Portfolio, tells the story of Varian Fry, the New York journalist who went to Marseille in to save writers and artists blacklisted by the Gestapo.
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Just as Martha Stewart introduced a generation to entertaining nearly forty years ago, so now Alison Roman reinvents the dinner party as a relaxed gathering for our current culture where dining out is increasingly expensive and everyone is craving down time connecting with friends. In Nothing Fancy, Alison brings her signature laid-back, approachable style and visually stunning recipes that are high on wow factors and low on effort to dishes designed to be enjoyed with others, whether for an impromptu Tuesday dinner with a neighbor or a Saturday-night hang with the gang.
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She will talk to you endlessly about the TV show Girls, even though she hates it. Lauren Evans is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in Jezebel, Atlas Obscura, VICE, the late Village Voice and many others, on subjects ranging from gender equality to climate change to travel. So the shortest day came, and the year died… As the sun set on the shortest day of the year, early people would gather to prepare for the long night ahead.
They built fires and lit candles. They played music, bringing their own light to the darkness, while wondering if the sun would ever rise again. Richly illustrated by Carson Ellis with a universality that spans the centuries, this beautiful book evokes the joy and community found in the ongoing mystery of life when we celebrate light, thankfulness, and festivity at a time of rebirth.
Welcome Yule! White Read Aloud Award. She's also an occasional maker of editorial illustration, having worked for The New York Times, Poetry Magazine, and The New Yorker, among many others, and an even more occasional fine artist represented by Nationale in Portland. Carson lives on a farm in Oregon with Colin, their two sons, one cat, two llamas, two goats, one sheep, ten chickens, a family of barn owls and an unfathomable multitude of tree frogs.
In Good Husbandry, she reveals what happened over the next five years at Essex Farm.
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Farming has many ups and downs, and the middle years were hard for the Kimballs. Mark got injured, the weather turned against them, and the farm faced financial pressures. Meanwhile, they had two small children to care for. How does one traverse the terrain of a maturing marriage and the transition from being a couple to being a family? How will the farm survive? What does a family need in order to be happy? Kristin had chosen Mark and farm life after having a good look around the world, with a fair understanding of what her choices meant.
She knew she had traded the possibility of a steady paycheck, of wide open weekends and spontaneous vacations, for a life and work that was challenging but beautiful and fulfilling. So with grit and grace and a good sense of humor, she chose to dig in deeper. Kristin Kimball is a farmer and a writer living in northern New York.
Prior to farming, Kimball worked as a freelance writer, writing teacher, and as an assistant to a literary agent in New York City. Tamar Adler is a contributing editor to Vogue. Her new podcast, Food Actually, will launch on Luminary on November 1. She lives in Hudson, New York.
Little one, so calm and so happy, the darkness of the night is yours like the darkness of your skin. This lyrical text, narrated to a young girl named Amani by her father, follows her as she plays an evening game of hide-and-seek with friends at her apartment complex. This is a gorgeous bedtime read-aloud about joy and family love and community, and most of all about feeling great in your own skin.
Abdul-Razak Zachariah grew up in West Haven, Connecticut, and based the story's apartment complex and community on his own. A graduate of Yale College, he was deeply involved in diversity and inclusion advocacy while there, and he received the Mellon Mays Research Fellowship and the Nakanishi Prize. He is currently working in college student recruitment and community partnerships at LEAP, a New Haven literacy organization. The Night Is Yours is his first book. Carmen Maria Machado describes her growing pains as she learned to feed and care for herself during her twenties.
She lives in a town outside Washington, D. Lev Grossman is the author of five novels, including the international bestseller Codex and the 1 New York Times bestselling Magicians trilogy.
The Magicians books have been published in twenty-five countries, and a Syfy series based on the trilogy premiered in early A widely published journalist, Grossman spent 15 years as the book critic and lead technology writer for Time magazine. Born and raised in Lexington, MA, he lives in Brooklyn with his wife, two daughters, and one son. He and his husband live in Brooklyn. Elio soon moves to Paris, where he, too, has a consequential affair, while Oliver, now a New England college professor with a family, suddenly finds himself contemplating a return trip across the Atlantic.
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