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In 1951, a storyteller, the last of a centuries-old tradition, arrives Ronan O'Mara, 9, in the Irish countryside. The old gentleman enthralls his local audience with narratives of foolish kings, fabled saints, and Ireland's accomplishments before moving on. Then the boy sets off on a years-long pursuit of the itinerant storyteller.
Winnie and Helen have kept each other's worst secrets for more than fifty years. Now, because she believes she is dying, Helen wants to expose everything. And Winnie angrily determines that she must be the one to tell her daughter, Pearl, about the past—including the terrible truth even Helen does not know.
Stephen King’s apocalyptic vision of a world blasted by plague and tangled in an elemental struggle between good and evil remains as riveting—eerily plausible—as when it was first published. The New York Times called it "the book that has everything. Adventure. Romance. Prophecy. Allegory. Satire. Fantasy. Realism. Apocalypse. Great!"
On a dim winter afternoon, a young Irish immigrant opens the gas taps in his Brooklyn tenement. He is determined to prove―to the subway bosses who have recently fired him, to his pregnant wife―“that the hours of his life belong to himself alone.” In the aftermath of the fire that follows, Sister St. Savior, unbidden, directs the way forward for his widow.
Grace Winter, 22, is both a newlywed and a widow. She is also on trial for her life. In 1914, the elegant ocean liner carrying her and husband Henry across the Atlantic suffers a mysterious explosion. Setting aside his own safety, Henry secures Grace a place in a lifeboat, which the survivors quickly realize is over capacity. For any to live, some must die.
A young Irish immigrant opens the gas taps in his Brooklyn tenement. He is determined to prove—to the subway bosses who have recently fired him, to his pregnant wife—“that the hours of his life belong to himself alone.” In the aftermath of the fire that follows, Sister St. Savior, an aging nun, appears, unbidden, to direct the way forward for his widow and his unborn child.
Nine people gather at a remote health resort. Some are here to lose weight, some are here to get a reboot on life, some are here for reasons they can’t even admit to themselves. Amidst all of the luxury and pampering, the mindfulness and meditation, they know these ten days might involve some real work. But none of them could imagine just how challenging the next ten days are going to be.
The story of Hen and her husband Lloyd as they meet their new neighbors, Matthew and his wife---with Hen quickly becoming convinced that Matthew had something to do with an unsolved murder of a young man after she notices his old sports trophy in Matthew's office. She soon becomes obsessed with proving it.
Futuristic: anyone who is intentionally killed comes back. Tony Valdez is a Dispatcher - a licensed, bonded professional who humanely dispatches those put in death's crosshairs, so they can have a second chance to avoid the reaper. But when a fellow Dispatcher and former friend is apparently kidnapped, it's a race against time before not even a Dispatcher can save him.
A man crashes his car, landing him in a hospital burn unit. There the mysterious sculptress Marianne Engel insists they were lovers in medieval Germany, when he was a mercenary and she was a monastery scribe. As she spins the story of their past lives, his disbelief falters; soon, even the impossible can no longer be dismissed.
By Robert Fulgrum. The third wish is the last one left when the first wish was foolish, and the second wish was used to undo the first wish. It must be used wisely with the help of co-conspirators. The story begins at a terrace table on the Greek Island of Crete, winds its way through Greece, Japan, France, England, and Seattle. Its main characters are Alice, Max-Pol, Aleko, Wonko, Zenkichi, Polydora, Alice-Alice, and Dog. Woven into the fabric of the novel are cultural history, art, philosophy, archeology, poetry, theater and music. These people love life and will go to great lengths to find a flourishing Way onward. I LOVED this two-book set.
A man is brought to an insane asylum in contemporary Spain, claiming to be the legendary navigator Christopher Columbus. Found in the treacherous Straight of Gibraltar, he is clearly delusional and has suffered a trauma so severe that he has turned away from reality. As he spins the tall tales of adventure and romance of someone who existed in the late fifteenth century, one nurse can’t help but be enchanted by his spirit. Who is Columbus? Where did he come from? This dazzling story about one man’s painstaking search for truth and loyalty is a very compelling and memorable read. LOVED it.