Summary: In the summer of 1942, twenty-one-year-old Anne Calloway, newly engaged, sets....+
In the summer of 1942, twenty-one-year-old Anne Calloway, newly engaged, sets off to serve in the Army Nurse Corps on the Pacific island of Bora-Bora. More exhilarated by the adventure of a lifetime than she ever was by her predictable fiancé, she is drawn to a mysterious soldier named Westry, and their friendship soon blossoms into hues as deep as the hibiscus flowers native to the island. Under the thatched roof of an abandoned beach bungalow, the two share a private world-until they witness a gruesome crime, Westry is suddenly redeployed, and the idyll vanishes into the winds of war. A timeless story of enduring passion, The Bungalow chronicles Anne's determination to discover the truth about the twin losses-of life, and of love-that have haunted her for seventy years. About the Author: Sarah Jio is the author of "The Violets of March," her debut novel. Based in Seattle, she's been the health and fitness blogger for Glamour.com and a contributor to major magazines, including Real Simple, Redbook, O, The Oprah Magazine, Cooking Light, Glamour, SELF, Health, American Baby and many others. She has also appeared as a commentator on NPR's Morning Edition. Her website is www.sarahjio.com. About the Narrator: Gin Hammond received her MFA from the A.R.T. at Harvard University/Moscow Art Theatre. She has performed on national and international stage and her voice can be heard on Jim French's Imagination Theatre, many video games, a wide range of industrials, and audiobooks. She currently resides in Seattle with her husband, where she writes, directs, teaches and performs.
Summary: Cassie Madison has it all: a high-powered advertising career, a stylish Manhattan....+
Cassie Madison has it all: a high-powered advertising career, a stylish Manhattan apartment, and a sophisticated, rich, and gorgeous fiance. It's a far cry from her childhood in Walton, Georgia, home of the annual Kudzu Festival and hot, sticky summers. And then there are all the bad memories, the heartache. When Cassie's estranged sister calls to say that her father is dying, Cassie knows it's time to set aside her feelings and go home and face the sister she hasn't seen in 15 years. When her father dies, he leaves the family home to Cassie, who can't wait to get rid of it and get back to New York, her job, and her fiance, even if it means having a developer tear down the house. But something keeps her in Walton, and she doesn't know if it's her mending relationship with her sister; the irresistible, aggravating Sam Parker, who wants her to preserve her house; or the feeling of finally being home. About the Author: Karen White, author of ten award-winning novels, is a graduate of Tulane University and the American School in London. She currently lives in Georgia with her husband and two children. When not writing, she spends her time reading, singing, scrapbooking, carpooling children and avoiding cooking. About the Narrator: Lyssa Browne makes her home in Seattle where she works as a voice actor, performs in regional theatre companies, as well as acts for TV and film. Her voice can be heard as many different characters in a variety of video games and audiobooks, and as the narrator of documentaries for the Discovery Channel and others.
Summary: What if the one person you can’t bear to be with is also the one person you....+
What if the one person you can’t bear to be with is also the one person you can’t bear to be without? Jamie McClintock is a free-spirited artist and single mother who has at last found peace and freedom sharing a farmhouse with an elderly man and his young grandson. But when the old man dies suddenly, her idyllic country life comes to a halt, as the old man's estranged son, Nate, return's to claim the house and his child. Jamie can't stand Nate's sick, arrogant, salesman-like approach to parenthood, and Nate is irritated by her laid-back, earth mother view of life, not to mention her fondness for artsy knitted vests. This is definitely not love at first sight. But as they try to work out the logistics of raising their two little boys-reluctantly enduring everything from games of hide-and-seek with Daddy’s BlackBerry to breakfast of headless teddy bear pancakes-their lives become hopelessly intertwined. It's not until they've gone their separate ways that they both realize that sometimes love sneaks through the door you were sure you'd slammed long ago, and that rescue from the past can come from unlikeliest places. About the Author: An acclaimed author, Sandi Kahn Shelton has been on Wall Street Journal Radio Network, All Things Considered, CBS Evening News, NBC Today Show, Good Day New York, and The O’Reilly Report to promote her two previous books, Sleeping Through the Night. . . And Other Lies and You Might as Well Laugh. She is a feature writer for the New Haven Register and used to write the monthly “Wit’s End” column for Working Mother magazine. She is a frequent contributor to several women’s magazines, including Women’s Day, Family Circle, Redbook, and Ladies’ Home Journal. About the Narrator: Myra Platt is a professional theatre artist and the Founding Co-Artistic Director of Book-It Repertory Theatre in Seattle, Washington. Since its inception in 1990, she has helped produce over 55 world-premiere adaptations of literature for the stage, featuring works by such authors as Isabel Allende, Maya Angelou, Jane Austen, Amy Bloom, John Irving, James Joyce, Tom Robbins, Ann Tyler, Edith Wharton, and Eudora Welty. Myra composes music, acts, directs, and adapts for Book-It productions and has performed in numerous theatres in Seattle and regionally.
Summary: A smart, laugh-out-loud debut novel about a deeply flawed but endearing stay-at-home....+
A smart, laugh-out-loud debut novel about a deeply flawed but endearing stay-at-home mom, a book for anyone who took Bridget Jones to heart a decade ago-and now has kids. Lucy Sweeney has three sons, a husband on a short fuse, and a tendency toward domestic disaster. It has been years since the dirty laundry pile was less than three feet high, months since she remembered to have sex, and weeks since her toddler started using the trash can as a toilet. Lucy is living in a constant state of emergency, caught between perfectionist Yummy Mummy No. 1 and competitive Alpha Mum, making it hard for her to remember exactly why she exchanged her career and sanity for less than blissful domesticity. When she begins a flirtation with Sexy Domesticated Dad, a father from the school car-pool lane, the string of white lies to cover up the trail of chaos and illicit desire starts to unravel and disaster looms. Slummy Mummy: The Secret Life of Lucy Sweeney is a hilarious novel about the dilemmas of modern marriage and motherhood for those who never discovered their inner domestic goddess. Pitch-perfect and satisfyingly smart, it does for the stay-at-home mother what Allison Pearson's blockbuster bestseller I Don't Know How She Does It did for the working mom: It offers a lovable, flawed character who resonates, entertains, and undoubtedly has it worse than you do. About the Author: Fiona Neill is a features writer for the London Times Magazine in which her wildly popular weekly "Slummy Mummy" column appears. Previously she was the features editor for Marie Claire and an assistant editor of the London Times Magazine. About the Narrator: Katherine Kellgren has appeared onstage in London, New York and Frankfurt. Her recent work includes everything from the role of Laura in a regional production of The Glass Menagerie, to appearances on Comedy Central. She has recorded numerous plays and dramatizations of novels for the radio, including winners of the AudioFile Earphones Award and the Peabody Award. She is a graduate of The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
Summary: For fans of The Birth of Venus, Girl with a Pearl Earring, and The Other Boleyn....+
For fans of The Birth of Venus, Girl with a Pearl Earring, and The Other Boleyn Girl, Amy Hassinger, author of Nina: Adolescence, delivers this historically lush, lyrical and thoroughly enthralling novel about the forbidden love between a woman and a holy man, and about the moral and spiritual struggles of faith. In 1896, the priest in a small village in southern France suddenly came into possession of immense wealth. This much is true. What no one knows for sure is where his money came from. The history of the region suggests that he may have stumbled upon clues to a hidden treasure of the Knights Templar. An even more tantalizing possibility is that he discovered coded documents hidden in the structure of his church, documents so threatening to the Catholic Church that he was paid to keep silent. At his death under mysterious circumstances in 1917, his secrets died with him. Yet there is one other person who may have known all--Marie Dernanaud, the priest’s housekeeper and, some say, his lover. Interweaving the history of France at the turn of the twentieth century, scenes of ancient Judea, and the romantic and religious journey of a spirited and intense heroine, The Priest’s Madonna gives Marie a chance to tell her version of what transpired--as well as her own story of belief, doubt, and illicit passions. About the Author: Amy Hassinger grew up in Newton, Massachusetts and attended Barnard College (1994 Grad), and later, the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop. She has studied ballet, and modern and jazz dance, which formed the basis for much of the dance material in Nina: Adolescence. Hassinger has also lived in New York City, San Francisco, Maine, Iowa, and now in Michigan with her husband and daughter. She has taught writing at the University of Iowa and Iowa State University, as well as, has taught English to both middle school and undergraduate students, worked as an educational consultant and technical editor, and written a Maine studies textbook for middle and secondary school students. Her work has also been published in Blithe House Quarterly and MsFit Magazine. In 1994, she received the Peter S. Prescott Prize for Writing, and, at the Writers’ Workshop, she was awarded the Joseph E. and Ursil I. Callen Scholarship as well as a Teaching-Writing Fellowship. About the Narrator: Anna Fields has been a professional narrator for nearly a decade, lending her voice to over 200 audiobooks. She has been honored with numerous Audie Awards and Earphones Awards. Living in Seattle, she owns Cedar House Audio, an audiobook production company. Anna Fields is the narrating names for Kate Fleming. She chose this name to honor her great-grandmother, an actress at the turn of the 20th century.
Summary: Muldoon’s Tea Rooms, beloved for the cozy atmosphere and luscious desserts,....+
Muldoon’s Tea Rooms, beloved for the cozy atmosphere and luscious desserts, has started looking a bit outdated--and the same could be said about the proprietors, Penny and Daniel Stanley.
After seventeen years, their marriage has started to fade and wear a little thin, even as their old shop bustles with the energy of the customers who seek refuge from their particular dilemmas: Housewife Sadie Smith comes to escape her diet and her husband’s stick-thin mistress. Struggling artist Brenda Brown sits and pens love letters to the actor Nicolas Cage. And Clare Fitzgerald returns after twenty years abroad to search for a long-lost someone.
Behind the cherry cheesecakes, vanilla ice creams, and chocolate cappuccinos are the stirrings of a revolution that will define lives, heal troubled hearts, and rock the very foundation of the humble teahouse. And through it all, Penny and Daniel manage to discover what truly matters in life and love. Rich with wit, bursting with charm, The Tea House On Mulberry Street is a vibrant debut of tenderness, imagination--and delicious pastries. About the Author: A bestselling author in Ireland, Sharon Owens lives in Belfast. The Irish Independent described her writing as, “Maeve Binchy meets Joanna Trollope... Gives you a warm glow like a nice cup of tea.” About the Narrator: Caroline Winterson, an experienced narrator, has performed on stage, television and film in both the United States and Ireland. Her off-Broadway credits include Colleen Bawn, Maiden Voyages, Angel, Down The Flats, and Layboy of the Western World.
Summary: On the heels of her charming debut, The Tea House On Mulberry Street, comes....+
On the heels of her charming debut, The Tea House On Mulberry Street, comes bestselling Irish author Sharon Owens's new novel of passion, romance, and regret--and the winding paths to falling in love. About the Author: A bestselling author in Ireland, Sharon Owens lives in Belfast. The Irish Independent described her writing as, “Maeve Binchy meets Joanna Trollope… Gives you a warm glow like a nice cup of tea.” About the Narrator: Caroline Winterson, an experienced narrator, has performed on stage, television and film in both the United States and Ireland. Her off-Broadway credits include Colleen Bawn, Maiden Voyages, Angel, Down The Flats, and Layboy of the Western World.
Summary: A sublime comedy of contemporary manners, this is the novel Jane Austen might....+
A sublime comedy of contemporary manners, this is the novel Jane Austen might well have written had she lived in twenty-first- century California.
Nothing ever moves in a straight line in Karen Joy Fowler's fiction, and in her latest, the complex dance of modern love has never been so devious or so much fun. Six Californians join to discuss Jane Austen's novels. Over the six months they meet, marriages are tested, affairs begin, unsuitable arrangements become suitable, and love happens. With her finely sighted eye for the frailties of human behavior and her finely tuned ear for the absurdities of social intercourse, Fowler has never been wittier nor her characters more appealing.
The result is a delicious dissection of modern relationships. Dedicated Austenites will delight in unearthing the echoes of Austen that run through the novel, but most readers will simply enjoy the vision and voice that, despite two centuries of separation, unite two great writers of brilliant social comedy. About the Author: Karen Joy Fowler, A PEN/Faulkner and Dublin IMPAC nominee, is the author of Sarah Canary, The Sweetheart Season, Black Glass: Short Fictions, and Sister Noon. About the Narrator: Kimberly Schraf has been recording acclaimed audiobooks for twelve years and has acted professionally in theaters ranging from Arena Stage and the Kennedy Center, to Scotland’s Deinburgh Festival. She is a graduate of St. John’s College in Annapolis.
Summary: "Night Connections 3," a soulful follow-up to Night Connections 1 & 2, is a....+
"Night Connections 3," a soulful follow-up to Night Connections 1 & 2, is a collection of stories, mostly collected from listeners to Dick Summer's middle of the night radio program on NBC Radio. They are very short connections, but they will stay with you for as long as you stay with them. Connections are fragile. It is only touching you that gives them life. About the Author: Dick Summer has one of America's most familiar voices. He's heard every day on national television commercials, and he spent years as a radio personality in New York and Boston. He's also a poet, a pilot, and a hypnotist.
Summary: "Night Connections 2," a soulful follow-up to "Night Connections," is a collection....+
"Night Connections 2," a soulful follow-up to "Night Connections," is a collection of stories, mostly collected from listeners to Dick Summer's middle of the night radio program on NBC Radio. They are very short connections, but they will stay with you for as long as you stay with them. Connections are fragile. It is only touching you that gives them life. About the Author: Dick Summer has one of America's most familiar voices. He's heard every day on national television commercials, and he spent years as a radio personality in New York and Boston. He's also a poet, a pilot, and a hypnotist.
Summary: The night is full of staring faces, strange sounds, and unprotected touches.....+
The night is full of staring faces, strange sounds, and unprotected touches. "Night Connections" is a collection of sixteen stories, mostly collected from listeners to Dick Summer's middle of the night radio program on NBC Radio. They are very short connections, but they will stay with you for as long as you stay with them. Connections are fragile. It is only touching you that gives them life. About the Author: Dick Summer has one of America's most familiar voices. He's heard every day on national television commercials, and he spent years as a radio personality in New York and Boston. He's also a poet, a pilot, and a hypnotist.
Summary: Madame Butterfly is the story of the young Japanese girl Cho-Cho San, who marries....+
Madame Butterfly is the story of the young Japanese girl Cho-Cho San, who marries a flighty American naval officer, and is thenceforth outcast from her relatives. Anxiously she awaits the return of her beloved husband, but when he finally anchors in the harbour, Cho-Cho San does not get the happy ending she was hoping for. This short story by John Luther Long has inspired Giacomo Puccini to write the opera of the same name. (Introduction by Availle)
Summary: The Rainbow is a 1915 novel by British author D.H. Lawrence. It follows three....+
The Rainbow is a 1915 novel by British author D.H. Lawrence. It follows three generations of the Brangwen family, particularly focusing on the sexual dynamics of, and relations between, the characters.
(Summary from Wikipedia)
Summary: Brief Encounter meets Tristan und Isolde – on the Isle of Wight, under a....+
Brief Encounter meets Tristan und Isolde – on the Isle of Wight, under a vast sky florid with stars. The consequence is tragic indeed for one of the parties, Siegmund, when he sacrifices family life for a few days’ transcendent rapture. His lover, the self-contained Helena, is strong enough to bear a return to the scruffy suburbs. Redemption of a kind is granted to the deserted wife, Beatrice. But between these robust Lawrentian women Siegmund is cancelled out. His love-death is no cosmic swoon but a sordid exit in an unkempt box-room.
In this very British romance, there is no earthly escape from outworn attachments and life’s deadening routine… (Summary by Martin Geeson)
Summary: Women in Love is a novel by British author D. H. Lawrence published in 1920.....+
Women in Love is a novel by British author D. H. Lawrence published in 1920. It is a sequel to his earlier novel The Rainbow (1915), and follows the continuing loves and lives of the Brangwen sisters, Gudrun and Ursula. Gudrun Brangwen, an artist, pursues a destructive relationship with Gerald Crich, an industrialist. Lawrence contrasts this pair with the love that develops between Ursula and Rupert Birkin, an alienated intellectual who articulates many opinions associated with the author. The emotional relationships thus established are given further depth and tension by an unadmitted homoerotic attraction between Gerald and Rupert. The novel ranges over the whole of British society at the time of the First World War and eventually ends high up in the snows of the Swiss Alps. (Summary by Wikipedia)
Summary: The curious Case of Benjamin Button, a 1921 short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald,....+
The curious Case of Benjamin Button, a 1921 short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, now a major motion picture, features Benjamin Button, who, born as an old man much to the dismay and chagrin of his father and family Doctor, ages backwards until he leaves this world as a newborn. (Summary by Mike Vendetti)
Summary: The Country Beyond, subtitled A Romance In the Wilderness, is a story of “Jolly”....+
The Country Beyond, subtitled A Romance In the Wilderness, is a story of “Jolly” Roger McKay, an outcast on the run from the law; Nada, the girl he falls in love with; and Peter, the devoted mixed-breed dog who links the two together as no human could, as action, adventure, and romance take them through the Northwest Canadian wilderness in search of The Country Beyond. (Summary by Roger Melin)
Summary: Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure (1749) was the first widely-read....+
Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure (1749) was the first widely-read English novel in the genre “Erotica.” It was written by John Cleland as he was serving hard time at a debtor’s prison in London. Over the centuries, the novel has been repeatedly banned by authorities, assuring its preeminent role in the history of the ongoing struggle against censorship of free expression.
Until Fanny Hill, previous heroines had conducted their amorous liaisons “off-stage.” Any erotic misadventures were described euphemistically. As women who had gone astray, they always repented, which made even their most outrageous dalliances somehow suitable for a moralistic readership. The protagonist of Fanny Hill, however, never repented a single moment of her sexual exploits … quite the contrary! And with Fanny, the devil is in the details, realistically described. (Summary by Denny Mike)
Summary: This is the Arthurian legend of Tristan and Iseult. It is a tale of love, honour,....+
This is the Arthurian legend of Tristan and Iseult. It is a tale of love, honour, intrigue, betrayal and jealousy, ending ultimately in tragedy. This story predates that of Lancelot and Guinevere, and is one of the most influential romances of the medieval period, inspiring many artists, from story-tellers to painters to composers.
(Summary by Joy Chan)