Sisters Elin and Kate fought mercilessly in childhood and have avoided each other for years. Elin seems like the last person to watch her sister convalesce after an attempted suicide. But Elin has her own reasons for coming to Kate's side and will soon discover Kateâ€™s own staggering needs.
College student Rosemary Cooke is haunted by her unique childhood in this novel of nature, nurture, and the far-reaching effects of loss. Raised alongside chimpanzee Fern as part of her father's academic research until Fern's abrupt removal from the household, Rosemary's struggle with the past becomes acute when her long-absent brother, who departed soon after Fern, comes back into her life. -- Julia S., DC Public Library staff
Lydia is dead. But they donâ€™t know this yet . . . So begins the story of this exquisite debut novel, about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee; their middle daughter, a girl who inherited her motherâ€™s bright blue eyes and her fatherâ€™s jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursueâ€”in Marilynâ€™s case that her daughter become a doctor rather than a homemaker, in Jamesâ€™s case that Lydia be popular at school, a girl with a busy social life and the center of every party.
Since opening the Rose Harbor Inn, Jo Marie Rose has grown close to her handyman, Mark Taylor. Jo Marie and Mark are good friendsâ€”and are becoming something moreâ€”yet he still wonâ€™t reveal anything about his past. When Mark tells her that heâ€™s moving out of town, Jo Marie is baffled.
Growing up on her familyâ€™s Sonoma vineyard, Georgia Ford learned some important secrets. The secret number of grapes it takes to make a bottle of wine: eight hundred. The secret ingredient in her motherâ€™s lasagna: chocolate. The secret behind ending a fight: hold hands. But just a week before her wedding, thirty-year-old Georgia discovers her beloved fiancĂ© has been keeping a secret so explosive, it will change their lives forever.
"I devoured this book - it was delicious! Mystery, romance, history and a glimpse into culinary publishing and an iconic cheese shop combined with letters written by a 12 year old to the famous chef, James Beard, and a puzzle/treasure hunt kept my interest even though I'm not a foodie. Written by a well known food writer and chef." - Schlow Library Staff
A Boston lawyer, Eli has weathered an intense year of public scrutiny and police investigations after being accused ofâ€”but never arrested forâ€”the murder of his soon-to-be-ex wife.
Stephanie Adams is a devoted stay-at-home mother, married to a successful lawyer in northern California, in a dead marriage sheâ€™s stayed in for years for the sake of her children. Then, on a ski trip in Squaw Valley, her fifty-two-year-old husband dies suddenly and all bets are off.