Anthoni and her mother are spending the summer at The Showboat after skipping out on their landlord and unpaid rent. Mom has been doing great selling Beauty and the Bee cosmetics but seems to be in a real slump. Anthoni is determined to make a True Blue Friend and has set her sites on Maddy who she met years ago even though Maddy doesn't seem like she wants to be friends with Anthoni. Meanwhile Anthoni starts spending time with DJ and they discover all kinds of interesting things about the Showboat and its owner Charlotte Boulay.
This starts out with the story of King Midas and his wish to turn everything he touches to gold. Of course that wish goes sideways and he turns the entire earth and everything on it to gold. Fast forward hundreds of years into the future when the story and location of Earth have been erased from the records by the Federation. Three young rebels learn of its location and are determined to find the weapon they can use against the Federation. Of course the Federation is not going to let them get away with that. Everyone is very surprised to find the weapon is a man and not a machine.
Darius was named after Darius the Great but he doesn't feel great. He is bullied at school and medicated for depression. He feels less than his little sister because mom taught Lelah Farsi to communicate with their grandparents in Iran but he was never taught. He thinks he is a disappointment to his father because he is not sporty and is depressed even though his dad is also on depression medication. When they find out that grandpa is sick the family heads to Iran to visit him. This is Darius first trip to Iran and he is concerned about how he will communicate with his family there.
Southern California has run out of water; the taps have run dry and it is only a matter of time before chaos consumes the entire region. Alyssa and her family are your normal suburban, middle class family who are as surprised by the Tap Out as everyone. Luckily, they do live next door to Kelvin and his prepper family who are actually prepared for this eventuality. Alyssa and her brother Garret are struck by one tragedy after another as bad decisions and chaotic times work against them. They team up with Kelvin and Jackie to try and find water and survive the Tap Out.
When a vicious attack leaves 25-year-old Clementine Johns with no memory, she's forced to start over. Now she has to figure out who she was and why she made the choices she did - which includes leaving the supposed love of her life, tattoo artist Ed Larsen, only a month before.
Special Agent Macy Crow is a survivor. After a vicious hit-and-run nearly kills her, she gets right back to work, and now she’s gunning for a spot on the FBI’s elite profiling team. As an audition, she offers to investigate the recently discovered bones of Tobi Turner, a high school girl who disappeared fifteen years ago.
Told with Susan Mallery's trademark heart and humor, this is a charming tale about the problem with secrets, the power of love and the unbreakable bond between sisters.
Eleven-year-old Lorenzo Ventura knows heroes are rare - like his father, who died in the war, or his friend Paloma Lee, who fearlessly pursues her dream of being a famous musician. Renzo would never describe himself as a hero, but his chance comes when he adopts Marty, a runt piglet.
Puddin' is a companion book to the popular book, Dumplin'. It focuses on the characters of Millie Michalchuk and Callie Reyes. Milly is a happy-go-lucky girl who is trying to adapt the self-love philosophy despite her mother's constant harping about her weight. Callie is the "popular" girl who seemingly has it all, looks, dance team and the perfect athlete boyfriend. Callie and Millie are about as opposite as opposite can be and needless to say, don't run in the same circles at school.
Sil (short for Silver) is a runt among her pack as well as crippled. When her male partner Ronan is exiled from the pack, her position worsens as she becomes servant to the alpha pair in her troupe. Then, a dying stranger wanders into their territory. If she wants to pair with him, and then if the pack accepts him, she could raise her status, or she could be exiled if they reject the newcomer.
In book 2 of the Fair Folk series, Jude has placed Prince Cardan on the throne and has gotten him to promise to obey her for a year. Machinations ensue.
Warning! don't read this book until book 3 comes out. REALLY!
Jude and her twin sister Taryn have been raised in fairy land, after their father kills their parents and brings them to fairy land. Taryn tries to fit in by being nice and invisible. Jude on the other hand fights back when the haughty fairies demean her for being human. She wants to become a knight (or some such position) which her father refuses. Then one of the kings sons offers her a secret position as a spy....
I really enjoyed this book.
This book, claims author Rick Reilly, is not political -- it is about sports and his love of golf, a game of honor. When he read the ludicrous claim that Donald Trump had won 18 club championships, it inspired this book. The president is an excellent golfer and an engaging partner (as Reilly knows first-hand), yet is widely known for cheating and wild claims because "everyone does it" and "it sounds better." Much of Trump's life -- his upbringing, his business dealings, his penchant for lawsuits, and his inability to lose or let go of a grudge -- is examined, using golf as a lens.
When the author visits the Los Angeles Public Library, she rekindles a passion for libraries from her childhood. Then she discovers the mystery of the library's fire in 1986 that burned for seven hours, destroyed more than 400,000 books and damaged thousands more, but many feel had never been solved. Susan Orlean investigates the fire itself, while considering book burnings throughout history, and the feel of actually burning a book herself.
The law firm of Rosato & DiNunzio is blindsided by a reverse discrimination suit brought by a past nemesis, Nick Machiavelli; then they are shocked that their one male associate's public comments bolster the case. The firm wants to fight back against the public relations beating they are taking, but the firm's defense attorney urges them a more "Zen" approach. Mary DiNunzio is fighting pregnancy complications and the firm is scrambling to keep clients in a story filled with revelations, twists, and both unlikely sources and South Philly connections bringing help ...and danger.