I’m Trying to Love Spiders
by: Viking Books for Young Readers
Product rating: 4.5 with 2 reviews
The Official Spider Test.
What do you do when you see a spider?
a. Lay on a BIG spidey smoocheroo.
b. Smile, but back away slowly.
c. Grab the closest object, wind up, and let it fly.
d. Run away screaming.
If you chose b, c, or d, then this book is for you! (If you chose a, you might be crazy.)
I’m Trying to Love Spiders will help you see these amazing arachnids in a whole new light, from their awesomely excessive eight eyes, to the seventy-five pounds of bugs a spider can eat in a single year! And you’re sure to feel better knowing you have a better chance of being struck by lightning than being fatally bit by a spider. Comforting, right? No? Either way, there’s heaps more information in here to help you forget your fears . . . or at least laugh a lot!
Posted in Bugs & Spiders Tagged with: Love, Spider's, Trying, Viking Books for Young Readers
Land of Love and Drowning: A Novel
by: Riverhead Books
Product rating: 3.8 with 122 reviews
A critically acclaimed debut from an award-winning writer—an epic family saga set against the magic and the rhythms of the Virgin Islands.
In the early 1900s, the Virgin Islands are transferred from Danish to American rule, and an important ship sinks into the Caribbean Sea. Orphaned by the shipwreck are two sisters and their half brother, now faced with an uncertain identity and future. Each of them is unusually beautiful, and each is in possession of a particular magic that will either sink or save them.
Chronicling three generations of an island family from 1916 to the 1970s, Land of Love and Drowning is a novel of love and magic, set against the emergence of Saint Thomas into the modern world. Uniquely imagined, with echoes of Toni Morrison, Gabriel García Márquez, and the author’s own Caribbean family history, the story is told in a language and rhythm that evoke an entire world and way of life and love. Following the Bradshaw family through sixty years of fathers and daughters, mothers and sons, love affairs, curses, magical gifts, loyalties, births, deaths, and triumphs, Land of Love and Drowning is a gorgeous, vibrant debut by an exciting, prizewinning young writer.
Posted in Family Saga Tagged with: Drowning, Land, Love, Novel, Riverhead Books
This Is Not a Love Story: A Memoir
by: Little, Brown and Company
Product rating: 4.0 with 3 reviews
A razor-sharp, hilarious, and poignant memoir about growing up in the closed world of the ultraorthodox Jewish community.
The third of six children in a family that harks back to a gloried Hassidic dynasty, Judy Brown grew up with the legacy of centuries of religious teaching, and the faith and lore that sustained her people for generations.
But her carefully constructed world begins to crumble when her “crazy” brother Nachum returns home after a year in Israel living with relatives. Though supposedly “cured,” he is still prone to retreating into his own mind or erupting in wordless rages. The adults’ inability to make him better – or even to give his affliction a name – forces Judy to ask larger questions: If God could perform miracles for her sainted ancestors, why can’t He cure Nachum? And what of the other stories her family treasured?
Judy starts to negotiate with God, swinging from holy tenets to absurdly hilarious conclusions faster than a Talmudic scholar: she goes on a fast to nab coveted earrings; she fights with her siblings at the dinner table for the ultimate badge of honor (“Who will survive the next Holocaust?”); and she adamantly defends her family’s reputation when, scandalously, her parents are accused of having fallen in love—which is absolutely not what pious people do.
For all its brutal honesty about this insular community, This Is Not a Love Story is ultimately a story of a family like so many others, whose fierce love for each other and devotion to their faith pulled them through the darkest time in their lives.
Posted in Jewish Tagged with: Brown and Company, Little, Love, Memoir, Story, this
Among the Fair Magnolias: Four Southern Love Stories
by: Thomas Nelson
Product rating: 4.3 with 59 reviews
In the most turbulent decade of our nation’s history, four Southern women–destinies forged by birth, hearts steeled by war–face near impossible choices on their journeys in life . . . and in love.
To Mend a Dream by Tamera Alexander
Savannah Darby would do almost anything to revisit her family home. So when new owner, Aidan Bedford, a Boston attorney and former Union soldier, seeks to redecorate the house for his fiancée, Savannah jumps at the opportunity. But the clock is ticking. Can she find the box her father supposedly hid there during the war before her assignment is completed? And before she sees yet another battle lost on the home front. This time, one of the heart.
An Outlaw’s Heart by Shelley Gray
When Russell Stark returns to Fort Worth, he’s determined to begin a new life. But when he arrives at his mother’s homestead, he discovers she’s very ill, and the woman he loved is still as beautiful and sweet as he remembered. With time running out, Russell must come to terms with both his future and his past.
A Heart So True by Dorothy Love
Abigail knows all too well what is expected of her: to marry her distant cousin Charles and take her place in society. But her heart belongs to another. A terrible incident forces Abby to choose between love and duty.
Love Beyond Limits by Elizabeth Musser
Emily has a secret: She’s in love with one of the freedmen on her family’s plantation. Meanwhile, another man declares his love for her. Emily realizes some things are not as they seem and secrets must be kept in order to keep those she loves safe.
Each novella includes a scrumptious Southern recipe that’s inherent to each author’s story and that will suit your book club meeting to a T!
Posted in Historical Tagged with: Among, Fair, Four, Love, Magnolias, Southern, Stories, Thomas Nelson
by: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Product rating: 4.7 with 388 reviews
I’ve loved once. I gave everything that I had to that love. Blindly believing that nothing could ever take that feeling away from me. Away from us. And when my little world of happiness was ripped from my fingers, I felt a loss that still haunts me to this day.
Now I use that lingering grief as a shield to keep my heart from loving again. It’s that fear that keeps me from letting anyone, except my daughter, get close enough to make it hurt. To make my heart bleed when I inevitably lose again.
Until the day I met Liam Beckett and everything I thought I had protected myself from was shoved back in my face. He’s on a mission to prove to me that a love worth having is a love worth fighting for.
*Bleeding Love is the second book in the Hope Town series. Each book in the series is a HEA and can be read as a standalone.*
Posted in Contemporary Tagged with: Bleeding, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, Love
Nisekoi: False Love, Vol. 10
by: VIZ Media LLC
Product rating: 4.8 with 4 reviews
Love triangle! Comedic antics!! Gang warfare?! You won’t want to miss out on Shonen Jump’s laugh-out-loud feel-good manga series! It’s hate at first sight when Raku Ichijo first meets Chitoge Kirisaki. But much to their chagrin, the two are forced into a false love relationship to keep the peace between their feuding gangster families.
Raku notices that his good friend, Shu, is behaving strangely… Could it be that Shu’s in love?! And should Raku, perhaps the most clueless guy to ever exist, really be the one doling out love advice? Meanwhile, Chitoge’s upcoming birthday brings unexpected trouble!
Posted in Romance Tagged with: False, Love, Nisekoi, VIZ Media LLC, Vol.
Love Lies Beneath: A Novel
by: Atria Books
Product rating: 4.2 with 16 reviews
From the #1 New York Times
bestselling author of Collateral
comes a gripping novel about a woman caught in a love affair that could be her salvation…or her undoing.
Tara is gorgeous, affluent, and forty. She lives in an impeccably restored Russian Hill mansion in San Francisco. Once a widow, twice divorced, she’s a woman with a past she prefers keeping to herself.
Enter Cavin Lattimore. He’s handsome, kind, charming, and the surgeon assigned to Tara following a ski accident in Lake Tahoe. In the weeks it takes her to recover, Cavin sweeps her off her feet and their relationship blossoms into something Tara had never imagined possible. But then she begins to notice some strange things: a van parked outside her home at odd times, a break-in, threatening text messages and emails. She also starts to notice cracks in Cavin’s seemingly perfect personality, like the suppressed rage his conniving teenage son brings out in him, and the discovery that Cavin hired a detective to investigate her immediately after they met.
Now on crutches and housebound, Tara finds herself dependent on the new man in her life—perhaps too much so. She’s handling rocky relationships with her sister and best friend, who are envious of her glamour and freedom; her prickly brother-in-law, who is intimidated by her wealth and power; and her estranged mother. However perfect Tara’s life appears, things are beginning to get messy.
Writing in beautiful prose, Ellen Hopkins unveils a new style while evoking her signature poetic form that readers fell in love with in Collateral
Posted in Contemporary Women Tagged with: Atria Books, Beneath, Lies, Love, Novel
My Love Story!!, Vol. 5
by: VIZ Media LLC
Product rating: 5.0 with 4 reviews
Takeo Goda is a giant guy with a giant heart. Too bad the girls don’t want him! (They want his good-looking best friend, Sunakawa.) Used to being on the sidelines, Takeo simply stands tall and accepts his fate. But one day when he saves a girl named Yamato from a harasser on the train, his (love!) life suddenly takes an incredible turn!
Takeo and Mariya are chosen to participate in the relay race for the athletic meet. While practicing together, Mariya ends up falling in love with him… Yamato is unsure of what to do about her new rival! Will Takeo and Yamato be able to overcome this crisis?!
Posted in Romance Tagged with: Love, Story, VIZ Media LLC, Vol.
Girl in Glass: How My “Distressed Baby” Defied the Odds, Shamed a CEO, and Taught Me the Essence of Love, Heartbreak, and Miracles
by: Bloomsbury USA
Product rating: 4.4 with 17 reviews
Deanna Fei was just five-and-a-half months pregnant when she inexplicably went into labor. Minutes later, she met her tiny baby who clung to life support inside a glass box. Fei was forced to confront terrifying questions: How to be the mother of a child she could lose at any moment. Whether her daughter would survive another day–and whether she should. But as she watched her daughter fight for her life, Fei discovered the power of the mother-child bond at its most elemental.
A year after she brought her daughter home from the hospital, the CEO of AOL–her husband’s employer–blamed the beautiful, miraculously healthy little girl for a cut in employee benefits and attached a price tag to her life, using a phrase, “distressed babies,” that set off a national firestorm.
Girl in Glass is the riveting story of one child’s harrowing journey and a powerful distillation of parenthood. With incandescent prose and an unflinching eye, Fei explores the value of a human life: from the spreadsheets wielded by cost-cutting executives to the insidious notions of risk surrounding modern pregnancy; from the wondrous history of medical innovation in the care of premature infants to contemporary analyses of what their lives are worth; and finally, to the depths of her own struggle to make sense of her daughter’s arrival in the world. Above all, Girl in Glass is a luminous testament to how love takes hold when a birth defies our fundamental beliefs about how life is supposed to begin.
Posted in Memoirs Tagged with: "Distressed, Baby, Bloomsbury USA, Defied, Essence, Girl, Glass, Heartbreak, Love, Miracles, Odds, Shamed, Taught
Love Stage!!, Vol. 2
Product rating: 4.7 with 3 reviews
Izumi Sena is an average guy born into a family of famous celebrities. A college student and total otaku, he works hard every day with the goal of someday becoming a manga creator.
Izumi Sena is an average guy born into a family of famous celebrities. A college student and total otaku, he works hard every day with the goal of someday becoming a manga creator. But right now, he’s somehow found himself stuck doing a commercial with popular actor Ryoma Ichijo. To make matters worse, Ryoma makes the situation even more awkward by professing his undying love. Izumi tries to convince him they should first start out as friends, but somehow things get more intimate. Has the romance flag finally been raised?
Posted in Yaoi, Gay & Lesbian Tagged with: Love, Stage!!, SuBLime, Vol.
Lasting Love: How to Avoid Marital Failure
by: Moody Publishers
Product rating: 4.8 with 17 reviews
God created marriages to last. Will yours?
While no-rules-just-freedom approaches to marriage may seem good and fun, the state of marital disarray in society proves otherwise. We need an approach that leads to true freedom.
Lasting Love: How to Avoid Marital Failure is biblically-grounded, time-tested advice for how to have a marriage that flourishes.
Closing the gap between principles and practice, Alistair Begg begins with theological foundations and then builds levels of practical application, showing how God’s guidelines are for our good.
In this comprehensive yet concise book on marriage, you will learn:
- God’s design for marriage
- What to look for in a potential spouse
- What marriage vows entail
- The role of husbands, wives, and parents
- How to cure and prevent marital decay
Heed the advice of this happily married pastor who has seen more than his fair share of marriages come and go. Let your marriage be one that lasts.
Includes a study guide for spouse and group discussion to help you practically apply the book’s principles to your marriage.
Posted in Marriage Tagged with: Avoid, Failure, Lasting, Love, Marital, Moody Publishers
Secret Indiscretions (Dangerous Love Novels)
Product rating: 4.8 with 12 reviews
“I can’t wait to see what Trice Hickman does next!”—Mary Monroe, New York Times
bestselling author Two couples, two unhappy spouses—one shocking solution…
Five years into her happy marriage, Geneva Mayfield is devastated to find that things have taken a turn for the worse. Her husband, Johnny, is suddenly hard to reach, distant, and works late too often for Geneva not to be suspicious. Is it because she’s been pressuring him about having a baby? Feeling lonely and neglected, Geneva bonds with Samuel Owens, a colleague who is having marital trouble of his own. Soon, their relationship blossoms into an uncontrollable affair.
Bored with her husband, Samuel, and dead set against having a child with him, Vivana Owens is biding her time until she’s ready to leave—and she’s spending it with Johnny Mayfield. It’s just a fling—until Vivana becomes obsessed with Johnny, especially once he tries to win back his wife. But affairs don’t end easy—and soon one of the unfaithfuls will end up dead, one will end up in jail, and one just might get away with murder… Praise for Playing the Hand You’re Dealt
“Will keep you guessing straight through to the explosive ending.”—Victoria Christopher Murray
“Unforgettable characters and a page-turning storyline.”—Lutishia Lovely
Posted in Contemporary Women Tagged with: Dafina, Dangerous, Indiscretions, Love, novels, Secret
Love Puppies Coloring Book for Adults
by: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Product rating: 5.0 with 2 reviews
Who does not love Puppies? This book has 20 coloring pages which will steal your heart. 15 puppies who are the State Dogs of 15 states. Even if you do not live in the United States you will love these puppies. The page itself does not have any words that identify it as a “state dog.” From the small pups to the large pups. 5 pages devoted to Dog Wisdom and ready to color. No matter where you live you will be captivated by these pups. Breeds in this book: Catahoula, Plott Hound, Boston Terrier, American Water Spaniel, Boykin Spaniel, Foxhound, Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Malamute, Siberian Husky, Great Dane, Blue Lucy, Cairn Terrier, Pitbull, Chinook, and Golden Retriever. Each Dog has a Story and I tell it in Color. When I hand draw each dog I love to think to myself – what is their story. There is no digital process in any of my art. All hand drawn with love and details that are fun and sometimes surprising.
Posted in Coloring Books for Grown-Ups Tagged with: Adults, Book, Coloring, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, Love, Puppies