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The Path: What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us About the Good Life

The Path: What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us About the Good Life

by Michael Puett
ISBN: 9781476777832

A Harvard professor shares his popular course on classical Chinese philosophy to demonstrate how ancient, counterintuitive wisdom can offer guidance to a good life in the modern world.

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Did You Ever Have a Family

by Bill Clegg
ISBN:9781476798172

On the eve of her daughter's wedding, June Reid's life is completely devastated when a shocking disaster takes the lives of her daughter, her daughter's fiancé, her ex-husband, and her boyfriend, Luke -- her entire family, all gone in a moment. And June is the only survivor. Alone and directionless, June drives across the country, away from her small Connecticut town. In her wake, a community emerges, weaving a beautiful and surprising web of connections through shared heartbreak. From the couple running a motel on the Pacific Ocean where June eventually settles into a quiet half-life, to the wedding's caterer whose bill has been forgotten, to Luke's mother, the shattered outcast of the town -- everyone touched by the tragedy is changed as truths about their near and far histories finally come to light.

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The Women in the Castle

by Jessica Shattuck
ISBN:9780062563668

 
Set at the end of World War II, in a crumbling Bavarian castle that once played host to all of German high society, a powerful and propulsive story of three widows whose lives and fates become intertwined.

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Where They Found Her

by Kimberly McCreight
ISBN:9780062225467

 At the end of a long winter in well-to-do Ridgedale, New Jersey, the body of an infant is discovered in the woods near the town's prestigious university campus. No one knows who the baby is, or how her body endedup out there. But there is no shortage of opinions. When freelance journalist, and recent Ridgedale transplant, Molly Sanderson is unexpectedly called upon to cover the story for the Ridgedale Reader, it's a risk, given the severe depression that followed the loss of her own baby. But the bigger threat comes when Molly unearths some of Ridgedale's darkest secrets, including a string of unreported sexual assaults going back twenty years. women have far more in common than they realized. That the very worst crimes are committed against those we love. And that--sooner or later--the past catches up to all of us.

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The Daylight Marriage

by Heidi Pitlor
ISBN:9781616203689

Hannah was tall and graceful, naturally pretty, spirited and impulsive, the upper-class young woman who picked, of all men, Lovell---the introverted climate scientist who thought he could change the world if he could just get everyone to listen to reason. After a magical honeymoon, they settled in the suburbs to raise their two children. But over the years, Lovell and Hannah's conversations have become charged with resentments and unspoken desires. She has become withdrawn. His work affords him a convenient distraction. And then, after one explosive argument, Hannah vanishes.For the first time, Lovell is forced to examine the trajectory of his marriage through the lens of memory. As he tries to piece together what happened to his wife--and to their life together--readers follow Hannah on that single day when a hasty decision proves irrevocable.

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Pieces of My Mother

by Melissa Cistaro
ISBN:9781492615385

Why would a mother ever abandon her child? And is an abandoned child destined to grow up and make the same mistake? These were some of Melissa Cistaro's questions after her mother drove off without explanation one summer. Decades later Melissa finds herself at her dying mother's bedside with 6 days to find answers, fearful that she could do the same to her own little girl. Then she discovers a cache of letters her mother wrote but never sent and stumbles on the answers she'd been seeking. Haunting and ultimately uplifting, Pieces of My Mother is about the choices we make and their repercussions on others

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The Given World

by Marian Palaia
ISBN:9781476777931

Withdrawing and taking drugs to cope when her brother goes missing in Vietnam, Riley falls in love with a reservation youth who also goes to war, compelling a journey to Vietnam that introduces her to others affected by wartime losses.

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Hammer Head: The Making of a Carpenter

by Nina MacLaughlin
ISBN:9780393239133

Combining sage advice from Ovid and Mary Oliver with practical descriptions of tools and varieties of wood, the author, who quit her desk job to become a carpenter, shares the joys and frustrations of learning to make things by hand in an occupation thatis 99% male.

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The Jaguar's Children

by John Vaillant
ISBN:9780544315495

Héctor is trapped. The water truck, sealed to hide its human cargo, has broken down. The coyotes have taken all the passengers money for a mechanic and have not returned. Those left behind have no choice but to wait.
Over four days, as water and food run low, Héctor tells how he came to this desperate place. His story takes us from Oaxaca ? its rich culture, its rapid change ? to the dangers of the border. It exposes the tangled ties between Mexico and el Norte ? land of promise and opportunity, home wrecker and unreliable friend. And it reminds us of the power of storytelling and the power of hope, as Héctor fights to ensure his message makes it out of the truck and into the world.The Jaguar?s Children is a gripping survival story and an arresting window into the relationship between two great cultures, showing us clearly how deeply interconnected all of us, always, are.
  

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Before I Go

by Colleen Oakley
ISBN:9781476761664

On the eve of what was supposed to be a triumphant 'Cancerversary' with her husband Jack to celebrate three years of being cancer-free, Daisy suffers a devastating blow: her doctor tells her that the cancer is back, but this time it's an aggressive stage four diagnosis. She may have as few as four months left to live. She's terrified of what will happen to her helpless husband when she's no longer there to take care of him. She has to find him another wife.

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