The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants author delivers her first novel for adults, a treacly tale about the tribulations a trio of longtime friends encounter. For as long as she can remember, 21-year-old Alice has spent summers on Fire Island with her parents and older sister, Riley. Riley, 24, is a beach lifeguard, more boyish in both looks and spirit than sweet, feminine Alice. An island neighbor and Riley’s best friend, Paul, whose father is dead and mother mostly absent, returns to the island after two years away and must decide whether to sell his family’s house there. More importantly, he and Alice finally act on an attraction they’ve felt for years, but they keep their frequent nuzzling quiet so as not to hurt Riley. Riley, meanwhile, has her own problems that could ruin Alice and Paul’s clandestine romance and just about everything else. Brashares’s YA roots are on display: the girls and Paul act like high school kids (Riley threatens to move out of the house unless everyone butts out; Paul and Alice are stricken with the most saccharine of puppy love), and anything below the surface is left untouched. It’s a beach read, for sure, but a mediocre one.
James Bowen - A Street Cat Named Bob
The moving, uplifiting true story of an unlikely friendship between a man on the streets and the ginger cat who adopts him and helps him heal his life. When James Bowen found an injured, ginger street cat curled up in the hallway of his sheltered accommodation, he had no idea just how much his life was about to change. James was living hand to mouth on the streets of London and the last thing he needed was a pet. Yet James couldn't resist helping the strikingly intelligent tom cat, whom he quickly christened Bob. He slowly nursed Bob back to health and then sent the cat on his way, imagining he would never see him again. But Bob had other ideas. Soon the two were inseparable and their diverse, comic and occasionally dangerous adventures would transform both their lives, slowly healing the scars of each other's troubled pasts. A Street Cat Named Bob is a moving and uplifting story that will touch the heart of anyone who reads it.
Henry James - Washington Square
A Washington Square magával ragadó dráma, egy apa és lánya elszánt küzdelme, mely tökéletes képet fest az 1850-es évek New York-i szalonjainak világáról Henry James egyik legnagyszerűbb művében. Dr. Sloper, a neves New York-i orvos családi élete nem mondható szerencsésnek: elveszti fiát, majd feleségét. Lányát, Catherine-t nem tudja igazán szeretni. A tapasztalatlan és könnyen elbűvölhető Catherine őszintén beleszeret egy jó fellépésű, csinos fiatalemberbe, Morris Townsendbe. A lány apja felismeri a hozományvadászt a férfiban, s ezért minden követ megmozgat, hogy megakadályozza a házasságot. Hiába azonban az apai tiltás, a lány nem enged. Nem így Morris, aki elunja a várást, és távozik...
Dan Brown - Inferno (angol)
Dan Brown's new novel, Inferno, features renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon and is set in the heart of Europe, where Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centred around one of history's most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces. As Dan Brown comments: "Although I studied Dante's Inferno as a student, it wasn't until recently, while researching in Florence, that I came to appreciate the enduring influence of Dante's work on the modern world. With this new novel, I am excited to take readers on a journey deep into this mysterious realm.a landscape of codes, symbols, and more than a few secret passageways."
Cecelia Ahern - One Hundred Names
The thoughtful and unique new novel from the phenomenally popular author. Kitty Logan is a journalist who has just made a colossal mistake on a story, which puts her career on the line and sends her personal life into turmoil. Feeling at an all time low and in need of some guidance, she visits her terminally ill mentor, editor and friend, Constance. Kitty asks her friend what story has she always wanted to write but never had the opportunity to? Constance instructs Kitty to retrieve a file from her office and bring it back to her in hospital. However, when Kitty returns with the envelope, it’s too late. Constance has passed away. Opening the envelope, Kitty finds a list of names: one hundred names. There is no synopsis, no explanation, nothing else to explain what the story is or who these people are. The list is simply a mystery. Kitty embarks on the biggest story of her life, seeking out and meeting as many people on the list as she can to hear their stories, uncover Constance’s own story, and, importantly, rediscover herself.
Ann Brashares - Keep in touch
You didn't think the only time we wrote down our thoughts was when we shipped off the Pants, now, did you? Here's a peek at the letters and notes we wrote during this amazing summer and the (lame!) notes we sent to each other - when we were twelve! At the end of the book, there's a special section that tells how YOU can write the most amazing notes to your friends. Love, Bridget, Carmen Lena and Tibby
Ann Brashares - Sisterhood Everlasting
Return to the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants . . . ten years later. From #1 New York Times bestselling author Ann Brashares comes the welcome return of the characters whose friendship became a touchstone for a generation. Now Tibby, Lena, Carmen, and Bridget have grown up, starting their lives on their own. And though the jeans they shared are long gone, the sisterhood is everlasting. Despite having jobs and men that they love, each knows that something is missing: the closeness that once sustained them. Carmen is a successful actress in New York, engaged to be married, but misses her friends. Lena finds solace in her art, teaching in Rhode Island, but still thinks of Kostos and the road she didn’t take. Bridget lives with her longtime boyfriend, Eric, in San Francisco, and though a part of her wants to settle down, a bigger part can’t seem to shed her old restlessness. Then Tibby reaches out to bridge the distance, sending the others plane tickets for a reunion that they all breathlessly await. And indeed, it will change their lives forever—but in ways that none of them could ever have expected. As moving and life-changing as an encounter with long-lost best friends, Sisterhood Everlasting is a powerful story about growing up, losing your way, and finding the courage to create a new one.
Ann Brashares - Girls in Pants
Since publication of The Second Summer of the Sisterhood in 2003, readers have waited with bated breath for the third uplifting installment of Ann Brashares' blockbuster series. At last, the Traveling Pants are back! Filled with changes, surprises, and -- of course -- friendship, this appealing page-turner follows the four friends through the last eventful summer before they head off to college. Beginning with the ceremonial unfolding-of-the-Pants, Brashares dives headfirst into the complicated lives of the four girls: Carmen, who is now taking care of Lena's grandmother and dealing with a new development at home; Lena, whose plans for art school might be thwarted by her father; Bridget, who finds an unexpected surprise at the soccer camp where she is working; and insecure Tibby, who discovers in herself untapped reserves of strength. In this touching and heartfelt story, Brashares sends her likable characters off in several directions; but, as always, she ultimately brings them together in an affirmation of friendship. And, while it remains to be seen what further adventures await the girls as they leave for their different schools, one thing is sure: Fans of the Traveling Pants will continue to savor every twist and turn in this inspiring series.
Sarah Dessen - Lock and Key
Ruby Cooper likes to expect the worst. That way, she's never disappointed. Abandoned by her mother and forced to leave the house she calls home, Ruby is facing too many changes. Her lonely world has been transformed into a life of luxury by her long lost sister, but all Ruby wants to do is leave - she can make it on her own. Even Nate, the gorgeous boy-next-door can't seem to change her mind. Will Ruby realize first impressions don't always count? Because people can suprise you...
Sarah Dessen - Along for the Ride
Dessen has built a well-deserved reputation for delicately depicting teen girls in turmoil. Her latest title showcases a socially awkward young woman who seeks solace in the comforting rigidity of academic success. Auden is about to start college in the fall, and decides to escape her control-freak professor mom to spend the summer with her novelist father, his new young wife, and their brand-new baby daughter, Thisbe. Over the course of the summer, Auden tackles many new projects: learning to ride a bike, making real connections with peers, facing the emotional fallout of her parents’ divorce, distancing herself from her mother, and falling in love with Eli, a fellow insomniac bicyclist recovering from his own traumas. The cover may mislead readers, as despite the body language of the girl in pink and the hunky blue-jeaned boy balanced on a bike, this is no slight romance: there’s real substance here.
Agatha Christie - One, Two, Buckle My Shoe
Even the great Poirot harbours a deep and abiding fear of the dentist, so it is with trepidation that he arrives at the celebrated Dr Morley’s surgery for an examination. Yet even Poirot couldn’t have guessed that only hours later he would be examining the dentist, dead in his surgery – an apparent suicide. Why would a successful dentist choose to kill himself on such a busy day? Poirot turns to the other patients for answers – but only finds other, darker questions. ‘A swift course of unflagging suspense leads to complete surprise.’ New York Times
Sarah Dessen - That Summer
Haven feels tall and lost; at 15, she's 5 feet 11 and counting; it feels as if her body has betrayed her and made her a giant--unlike her sister, Ashley, who seems "to live a life just like Barbie's; popular and perfect, always with a handsome boyfriend and the cool crowd." Now Ashley is THE BRIDE. As the wedding hysteria mounts, Haven feels too huge for the pretty pink bridesmaid dress. She imagines herself as Frankenstein, spreading chaos and revenge in the mall where she works. Only Ashley's attractive first boyfriend seems to understand Haven. Why did Ashley ever break up with him? The resolution is too complete: in the end Haven accepts her body; she stands tall and beautiful and confident and wise. But readers won't mind. This first novel is written with such easy grace that you want to quote sentence after sentence. Haven's funny, desperate voice draws you right into every scene: from the rituals of the shopping mall to the rage of family quarrels and the sudden tenderness between sisters. Girls will recognize how it feels when your childhood friend is suddenly boy crazy, and you can't understand the language; how it hurts to break the "tether" with your mother and to be disappointed by a charming boy. It's hard to be the one left out of the wedding.
J. K. Rowling - The Casual Vacancy
When Barry Fairbrother dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils... Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?
Cecelia Ahern - Mrs Whippy
Emelda is a forty-six year old, two hundred and twenty pound, mother of five, struggling to cope with life after her husband left her for a twenty-three year old dancer. It’s summertime and as she eats her way through another tub of ice-cream mourning all that she’s lost, she hears the gentle tinkling sound that sends children rushing outside. The soothing sounds of a Mr. Whippy van arrive at just the right time for Emelda, only now it’s not just the ice-cream that is her only true friend...
Lionel Shriver - Beszélnünk kell Kevinről
Eva soha nem akart igazán anya lenni. Egy olyan fiú anyja semmiképpen, aki hét iskolatársát, egy menzai alkalmazottat és egy tanárt gyilkol meg két nappal a tizenhatodik születésnapja előtt. Most, két évvel a történtek után, elérkezett az idő Eva számára, hogy egy ijesztően egyenes és őszinte levélsorozatban szembenézzen házassággal, karrierrel, családdal, szülőséggel és Kevin szörnyűséges tombolásával. A regény egy magával ragadó, érdekfeszítő és visszhangokat keltő történetet mesél el, amely robbanásszerű, kísérteties végkifejletbe torkollik.
John Grogan - Marley & Me
John and Jenny were young and deeply in love, with a perfect little house and not a care in the world. Then they brought home Marley, a wiggly yellow furball of a puppy. Life would never be the same. Marley quickly grew into an uncontrollable ninety-seven pound steamroller of a Labrador retriever. Expelled from obedience school, even the tranquilisers prescribed by the vet couldn't stop him. Yet throught the caos and the hilarity he won hearts and remained a steadfast model of devotion to his family, even when they were at ther wits' end. Unconditional love, they would learn, comes in many forms.
Melissa Hill - Wishful Thinking
Louise wishes she could be slim, pretty, and popular. So she can’t believe it when it seems her wish is coming true. If only it didn't all cost so much. Dara wishes she could go back in time, and change everything. But she's married now, and nothing can change that. Can it? Rosie wishes she knew how to make her children happy. Even though they're both grown up with their own lives, they seem to need her more than ever. Three very different women, about to make a journey that will change their lives forever. You should be careful what you wish for.
Melissa Hill - Never Say Never
Sometimes hopes and dreams don't go according to plan - sometimes, real life gets in the way... It's the late nineties and seven friends finishing college together in Dublin make a pact to meet up in five years and find out whether their predicted futures came true. Who wants to be an environmentalist, and who dreams of being a famous sports star? Will Leah be a chef, Robin an accountant and Olivia the one who holds it all together? But when we meet the gang years later it's clear that life has not gone to plan. Why is Robin in New York and determined never to return to Dublin? Why is Olivia grieving over a lost love? What happened to Andrew's rugby career? And why does Leah feel so left out as she heads towards the big three-o? When Robin is eventually forced to return home, the friends find themselves face to face with the past and nothing will ever be the same again. Sometimes it's best to never say never....
Cecelia Ahern - The Book of Tomorrow
"Tamara Goodwin has always got everything she′s ever wanted. Born into a family of wealth, she grew up in a mansion with its own private beach, a wardrobe full of designer clothes, a large four poster bed complete with a luxurious bathroom en-suite. She′s always lived in the here and now, never giving a second thought to tomorrow. But then suddenly her dad is gone and life for Tamara and her mother changes forever. Left with a mountain of debt, they have no choice but to sell everything they own and move to the country to live with Tamara′s Uncle and Aunt. Nestled next to Kilsaney Castle, their gate house is a world away from Tamara′s childhood. With her mother shut away with grief, and her aunt busy tending to her, Tamara is lonely and bored and longs to return to Dublin. When a travelling library passes through Kilsaney Demesne, Tamara is intrigued. She needs a distraction. Her eyes rest on a mysterious large leather bound tome locked with a gold clasp and padlock. With some help, Tamara finally manages to open the book. What she discovers within the pages takes her breath away and shakes her world to its core."
Hunter S. Thompson - The Rum Diary
Packed with all the self-destructive excess his fans have come to expect, Thompson's long-lost semiautobiographical first novel is a tangled love story of jealousy, treachery, and alcoholic lust set in the 1950s boomtown of San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Jonathan Safran Foer - Rém hangosan és irtó közel
Mit tegyen az ember, ha Manhattanben él, kilencéves, és feltaláló, ékszertervező, ékszerkészítő, amatőr entomológus, frankomán, vega, origamista, pacifista, dobos, amatőr csillagász, számítógép-tanácsadó, amatőr régész, továbbá ritka pénzérmék, természetes halált halt pillangók, miniatűr kaktuszok, Beatles-kegytárgyak, féldrágakövek és egyebek gyűjtője? Mit tegyen az ember, ha kilencéves, és 2001. szeptember 11-e óta nem látta az apját? Ha nincs más fogódzója, csak a régi holmik, és az üzenetrögzítő magnószalagja apja utolsó telefonhívásaival, amit el kell rejtenie az anyja elől? Mit tegyen, ha talál egy titokzatos borítékot az apja szekrényében, amelyben csak egy kulcs lapul, és a papíron egyetlen szó: Black? Viszonylag egyszerű: fel kell keresni az összes Black nevű embert New Yorkban, és megtudakolni, hogy milyen zárat nyit a kulcs. Ami 216 lakáscím. Vagy megkeresni a zárat, bár minden 2777-ik másodpercben egy újabb zár születik New Yorkban. Kissé bonyolítja a dolgot, hogy hősünk betegesen retteg a tömegközlekedéstől, ezért mindenhova gyalog megy. És persze számos más megválaszolandó kérdés akad. Vajon szerelmes lesz-e még egyszer a mama? Ki a titokzatos bérlő, aki beköltözött a nagyihoz? Mit rejt a magnószalag, amin a papa utolsó üzenetei vannak? Erre ad választ Jonathan Safran Foer, a világsikert aratott Minden vilángol írójának új, több nemzedéken átívelő családtörténete, amelyből megtudhatjuk, hogy néha még az se segít, ha az ember feltalál "egy spéci vízelvezetőt, amelyik végigmegy minden New York-i párna alatt, és a víztározóba vezet. Amikor az emberek álomba sírják magukat, a sok könny mind ugyanoda folyik, és reggel az időjárás-jelentésben bemondhatják, hogy a Könnyek Vízgyűjtőjében csökkent vagy nőtt a vízszint, és akkor mindenki tudná, hogy New Yorkban az emberek milyen szomorúak." Megrendítő történet, egy elképesztő intelligenciájú és képzelőerejű kisfiú odisszeiája, aki a World Trade Center összeomlásakor eltűnt papáját keresi.