Description : You're asking me to hold your hand. And now you're turning away from me. You are saying something but I can't hear you. It's too windy. You're crying now. Now you're smiling. I'm done. I love you . . .' It's been two years since Raghu left his first love, Brahmi, on the edge of the roof one fateful night. He couldn't save her; he couldn't be with her. Having lost everything, Raghu now wants to stay hidden from the world. However, the annoyingly persistent Advaita finds his elusiveness very attractive. And the more he ignores her, the more she's drawn to him till she bulldozes her way into an unlikely friendship. What attracts at first, begins to grate. Advaita can't help but want to know what Raghu has left behind, what he's hiding, and who broke his heart. She wants to love him back to life, but for that she needs to know what wrecked him in the first place. After all, the antidote to heartache is love.
Description : In 1983, Ace's small, five-year-old world consisted mostly of Michael Jackson songs coming in full of static on a small kitchen radio as his mother cooked. He assumed that the frequent beatings meted out to him and his mother by his father-a man who was all vodka and venom-were all part of a normal, picture-perfect family. Labeled a sissy by his father, Ace was a prime target for the frequent tirades. Trapped: A Child with a Broken Heart shares gut-wrenching stories of Ace's family, which included his domineering and drunk father; his mother, who was too afraid to leave; and a little sister who somehow escaped the torment. Left to do battle with real-life monsters, Ace made his way through school stumbling two steps behind as he navigated a never-ending barrage of bullies, questions, and sexual uncertainty. Still, he dreamed about getting ahead. Far from a traditional hero, he attempted to save himself. In this personal narrative, one man recalls his powerful journey from boy to not-quite man. It is a story about hope and about how the choices one makes can help make life better.
Description : In Milwaukee, Isabelle Day had a house. And she had a father. This year, on Halloween, she has half of a house in Minneapolis, a mother at least as sad as she is, and a loss that’s too hard to think—let alone talk—about. It’s the Midwest in the early 1960s, and dads just don’t die . . . like that. Hovering over Isabelle’s new world are the duplex’s too-attentive landladies, Miss Flora (“a lovely dried flower”) and her sister Miss Dora (“grim as roadkill”), who dwell in a sea of memories and doilies; the gleefully demonic Sister Mary Mercy, who rules a school awash in cigarette smoke; and classmates steady Margaret and edgy Grace, who hold out some hope of friendship. As Isabelle’s first tentative steps carry her through unfamiliar territory—classroom debacles and misadventures at home and beyond, time trapped in a storm-tossed cemetery and investigating an inhospitable hospital—she begins to discover that, when it comes to pain and loss, she might actually be in good company. In light of the elderly sisters’ lives, Grace and Margaret’s friendship, and her father’s memory, she just might find the heart and humor to save herself. With characteristic sensitivity and wit, Jane St. Anthony reveals how a girl’s life clouded with grief can also hold a world of promise.
Description : A beautiful, widowed Native American woman, Marlo Wren Wright, is found tortured and brutally murdered in the den of her Cave Creek ranch in Arizona. Because of the horrendous manner in which she was tortured, the detective in charge of the investigation, Keith Haines, speculates that the woman may have been involved in drug dealing. For months, law enforcement had been conducting surveillance in that immediate location working to expose a drug cartel that was headquartered in Mexico. However, Beth Wright, the murdered woman's sister-in-law, an interior designer from a prestigious firm in Chicago, Illinois, vehemently disputes the detective's theory. Along with the help of Auntie Haines, a feisty, pipe smoking, octogenarian, who operates the finest bed and breakfast in Cave Creek, Beth seeks to uncover the secret past of her murdered sister-in-law. Their journey has many twists and turns as the two women follow a dangerous path that takes them from Phoenix to Sedona, ending at an abandoned cabin hidden in the woods near Show Low. It is here that Beth must face her own mortality and fight for her life as she discovers the meaning of The Other Half Of A Broken Heart.
Description : Praise for Love at Second Sight: "Stands out from the romance novel shelves... it's hard not to be swept along and root for Jo" Kiss "Fun, reassuring and beautifully engaging" Books for Keeps "Perfect summer read... a fantastic, romatic and light read" Chicklish "Lighthearted, romantic, girly fun" The Bookbag Praise for the Million Dollar Mates series: "If you and your mates have ever discussed how weird boys can be, then this is just for you…There's plenty of laughs and bits that'll make you groan: 'That's so true!'" Mizz Magazine "A fun, flighty read… with great attitude… perfect" Wondrous Reads "Engaging and witty" LoveReading4Kids "It's writers like Cathy Hopkins that lift your soul and make you feel...like you can do anything if you set your mind to it and if you have the right kind of friends on your side." My Favourite Books When Paige finds an old mix CD in a local charity shop, she can't help but wonder about the boy who made it and the girl he was thinking of when he chose the songs. The tracks tell the story of a boy looking for his perfect girl, a girl to understand him, a story of being alone, being let down, misunderstood and not knowing where to turn. Following the clues of the music, Paige sets out to find the mysterious boy, going from gig to gig and band to band, hoping to track him down. But will who she finds at the end of the trail, be the boy she's imagined? Another perfect girly read from Queen of Teen nominee Cathy Hopkins!
Description : Struggling to find his place in a new town after tragedy intersects with his once peaceful existence, Daniel must navigate friendship, obsession and finding himself before an interaction changes his life forever.
Description : Mainstream society has its share of tragedy, violence, heartbreak, and greed. And then there are the dark shadows beyond society, where criminals and the incarcerated dwell, where a hard life can be twisted into something far worseor where a man can rediscover himself. In A Tragedy of a Broken Heart, author Willie Pilgrim (aka Woody) retraces his path from the depths of his lifes tragic beginnings to the mending of his heart and finding God. The youngest of eight children, Woody was only one when his father left their familys home in rural South Carolina, never to return. A harsh winter storm arrived the next day, and Woodys large family narrowly escaped starvation. As Woody grew older, he became the target of his older siblings aggression and had to become a survivor. His vivid, passionate narration recalls his adolescent experiences with drugs, women, and the working life, as well as his young adulthood, where he faced the enormous challenges of raising children and keeping a family together while surrounded by the devils of depression, isolation, rage, drugs, and addiction. In the darkness of his cell and prison life, where Woody found himself after snapping from years of confusion and betrayal, Woody realized he had a choice. He could choose to go insane like those around him, or he could choose to live for the love of his children and carry forgiveness in his heart for his lifes burden and pain.
Description : Sherri Mandell, an American immigrant to Israel, offers this hauntingly beautiful memoir of a year of grief following the horrific murder of her 13-year-old son, Koby, found stoned to death along with a friend by Palestinian terrorists near his Tekoa home in 2001. This profoundly moving prose-poem laces together Jewish tradition, memory, love and faith as the writer-mother recounts her transformation from shock to grief and compassion. Singular in its honesty and depth of emotion, it will leave you forever changed. Winner of the National Jewish Book Award.
Description : So who is Omar Eby? A retired English professor (tenderhearted and cynical) who looks with affection and severity upon the young man he once was in Somalia. Ebys first chapter Learning My Name quickly and playfully sets the tone for this fascinating memoir, The Boy and the Old Man. Identifying with one Omar after another, Eby skips from a Taliban terrorist and a four-star general to a translator of Somali tales and an Old Testament duke; then recalls an English student in Mogadiscio and an Epicurean Persian poet; meets a Chilean Anabaptist and finally names the close friend of Prophet Muhammad, Omar ibn al Khattab. You think this an exercise in narcissism? Of course notthe author finds too many ties linking a nave Mennonite missionary boy to Muslim society and the incredible beauty of the natural worldshows too well the tensions between documented facts and dramatic memory. On the horn of Africa, Somali pirates seize tankers. On the mainland, clans fire rockets into each others quarters of Mogadishu, once the capital of the Somali Republic. But Omar Eby remembers another Somalia, when he taught there 50 years ago. Through the grid of accumulated years, Eby studies that missionary boy. The reader hears two voices: the 23-year old boy and the 73-year old man. Often the old man loves the boy; often the boy embarrasses him. The Somalis, Eby remembers as beautiful and exasperating, then, in 1959, as now, in 2009. The chapters are like a series of transparencies laid down one on top of the other. The boys views overlaid by the mans two visits to Somalia in his thirties and then memory laid over everything. With more details, everything should be clearer. Yet, Eby writes in the Introduction, we are pleasantly surprised to find that the historically reconstructed self is still blurred, as muddy as the Shebelli River which flows through Somalia from the Ethiopian highlands.
Description : A woman struggles to be accepted by her family and her struggles carry over into her adult life. As a young child she felt out of place and often wondered if her family loved her. She tried hard to fit into her family and even attempted to buy love. She spent much of her life trying understanding why she was the only child adopted out of three other siblings and she wondered if there was something wrong with her. She goes a search for love and later finds history repeating itself in her relationships with men.