The House on the Gulf

The House on the Gulf
Author: Margaret Peterson Haddix
Pages: 208
ISBN: 1442430206
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Release: 2011-01-04
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

[If only] Bran would stop acting weird....Probably he had a perfectly reasonable explanation for everything. I just couldn't imagine what it would be. When Britt's older brother, Bran, lands a summer job house-sitting for the Marquises, an elderly couple, it seems like a great opportunity. Britt and Bran have moved to Florida so their mother can finish college, and the house-sitting income will allow their mom to quit her job and take classes full-time. Having never lived in a real house before, Britt is thrilled. There's only one problem: Britt starts to suspect her family isn't supposed to be there. She's been noticing that Bran is acting weird and defensive -- he hides the Marquises' mail, won't let anyone touch the thermostat, and discourages Britt from meeting any of the neighbors. Determined to get to the bottom of things, Britt starts investigating and makes a startling discovery -- the Marquises aren't who Bran has led her and their mom to believe. So whose house are they staying in, and why has Bran brought them there? With unexpected twists and turns, award winner Margaret Peterson Haddix has again crafted a thriller that will grip readers until its stunning conclusion.

The House on the Gulf

The House on the Gulf
Author: Margaret Peterson Haddix
Pages: 201
ISBN: 9780689854224
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Release: 2004-09-01
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A sixteen-year-old boy arranges a housesitting job for the summer, but he starts acting strangely after his family moves in, and his sister begins to suspect they are not supposed to be there.

The House of Deep Water

The House of Deep Water
Author: Jeni McFarland
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9780525542377
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Release: 2020-04-21
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Perfect for fans of The Mothers and Olive Kitteridge, in this stunning and perceptive debut novel three women learn what it means to come home--and to make peace with the family, love affairs, and memories they'd once left behind. "Here are voices from the heartland rendered real, raw, and aching. . . . Reminiscent of Celeste Ng's Little Fires Everywhere, this novel announces Jeni McFarland as a writer of our generation." --Aja Gabel, author of The Ensemble River Bend, Michigan, is the kind of small town most can't imagine leaving, but three women couldn't wait to escape. When each must return--Linda Williams, never sure what she wants; her mother, Paula, always too sure; and Beth DeWitt, one of River Bend's only black daughters, now a mother of two who'd planned to raise her own children anywhere else--their paths collide under Beth's father's roof. As one town struggles to contain all of their love affairs and secrets, a local scandal forces Beth to confront her own devastating past. Filled with the voices of mothers and daughters, husbands, lovers, and fathers, The House of Deep Water explores motherhood, trauma, love, loss, and new beginnings found in a most unlikely place: home.

The House on Mermaid Point

The House on Mermaid Point
Author: Wendy Wax
Pages: 416
ISBN: 9781101599402
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Release: 2014-07-01
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In this new novel from the author of Ten Beach Road and Ocean Beach, three unlikely friends who were thrown together by disaster get a do-over on life, love, and happiness . . . Maddie, Avery, and Nikki first got to know one another—perhaps all too well—while desperately restoring a beachfront mansion to its former grandeur. Now they’re putting that experience to professional use. But their latest project has presented some challenges they couldn’t have dreamed up in their wildest fantasies—although the house does belong to a man who actually was Maddie’s wildest fantasy once . . . Rock-and-roll legend “William the Wild” Hightower may be past his prime, estranged from his family, and creatively blocked, but he’s still worshiped by fans—which is why he guards his privacy on his own island in the Florida Keys. He’s not thrilled about letting this crew turn his piece of paradise into a bed-and-breakfast for a reality show . . . though he is intrigued by Maddie. Hard as that is for her to believe as a newly single woman who can barely manage a dog paddle in the dating pool. But whether it’s an unexpected flirtation with a bona fide rock star, a strained mother-daughter relationship, or a sudden tragedy, these women are in it together. The only thing that might drive them apart is being trapped on a houseboat with one bathroom . . .

Running Out of Time

Running Out of Time
Author: Margaret Peterson Haddix
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9781442461291
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Release: 2012-02-28
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Jessie lives with her family in the frontier village of Clifton, Indiana, in 1840...or so she believes. When diphtheria strikes the village and the children of Clifton start dying, Jessie's mother reveals a shocking secret -- it's actually 1996, and they are living in a reconstructed village that serves as a tourist site. In the world outside, medicine exists that can cure the dread disease, and Jessie's mother is sending her on a dangerous mission to bring back help. But beyond the walls of Clifton, Jessie discovers a world even more alien and threatening than she could have imagined, and soon she finds her own life in jeopardy. Can she get help before the children of Clifton, and Jessie herself, run out of time?

Turnabout

Turnabout
Author: Thorne Smith
Pages: 295
ISBN: 9781776529650
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Release: 2014-02-01
Editor: The Floating Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Though Thorne Smith's most popular works involve elements of fantasy and science fiction, the clever novel Turnabout takes his penchant for incorporating supernatural and magical themes in his work and puts one such plot twist to use as a comedic tool. An ancient Egyptian idol grows weary of the seemingly never-ending spats between the Willows, a young married couple, and forces them to switch bodies. As you might expect, hilarious hijinks ensue.

The House on the Lake

The House on the Lake
Author: Nuala Ellwood
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9780241985168
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Release: 2020-01-24
Editor: Penguin UK
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

No matter how far you run . . . He's never far behind 'Gripping, poignant' Rosamund Lupton 'Eerily haunting' Jane Corry 'I literally couldn't put it down' Emma Curtis __________________________________________ Lisa needs to disappear. And her friend's rambling old home in the wilds of Yorkshire seems like the perfect place. It's miles away from the closest town, and no one there knows her or her little boy, Joe. But when a woman from the local village comes to visit them, Lisa realizes that she and Joe aren't as safe as she thought. What secrets have Rowan Isle House - and her friend - kept hidden all these years? And what will Lisa have to do to survive, when her past finally catches up with her? **BUY THE NEW SPELLBINDING THRILLER FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF DAY OF THE ACCIDENT AND MY SISTER'S BONES** __________________________________________ WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ABOUT NUALA ELLWOOD 'Creepy and deliciously atmospheric, this page-turner has it all - twists and turns and a powerful emotional punch' Teresa Driscoll 'What a great book! It's got everything a good thriller needs, a creepy old house, a remote location, some great complex characters and lots of perfectly timed twists and turns' Netgalley Reader 'Makes you question everything you thought you knew' Emma Kavanagh 'Brilliantly compulsive and with one hell of a twist!' Claire Douglas

The Gulf Between

The Gulf Between
Author: Maxine Alterio
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9780143773320
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Release: 2019-04-02
Editor: Penguin Random House New Zealand Limited
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Under the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, love, lies and disenchantment lead to a menacing showdown in this suspense-filled novel. A foreigner is seriously injured not far from Julia's safe Queenstown hideaway. Why does he have her name in his wallet? His unexpected arrival takes Julia back forty-five years to London, where as an impulsive young woman she first met Benito Moretti - a meeting that was to change her life, taking her to the glittering Gulf of Naples. There Julia found herself pitted against her belligerent mother-in-law and Benito’s sinister brother in a lethal battle for her husband and children. Julia remembered her father saying, We’re all as sick as our secrets. Words that still haunt her.

Escape from Memory

Escape from Memory
Author: Margaret Peterson Haddix
Pages: 249
ISBN: 9781442446021
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Release: 2012-11-13
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Allowing herself to be hypnotized, fifteen-year-old Kira reveals memories of another time and place that may eventually cost her and her mother their lives.

The Gulf

The Gulf
Author: Anna Spargo-Ryan
Pages: 329
ISBN: 9781760554026
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Release: 2017-05-30
Editor: Picador Australia
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"A literary star is born." Australian Women's Weekly 'He found an egg at the park so he incubated it and this tortoise hatched out.' Skye's sixteen, and her mum's got yet another new boyfriend. Trouble is, Jason's bad news. Really bad. Now mum's quit her job and they're all moving north to Port Flinders, population nobody. 'That's a Southern Right Whale. They have the largest balls of any animal in the world.' She'd do anything to keep her ten-year-old brother safe. Things she can't even say out loud. And when Jason gets violent, Skye knows she has to take control. She's got to get Ben out and their mum's useless as. The train home to Adelaide leaves first thing each morning and they both need to be on it. Everything else can wait. 'Ladybirds bleed from their knees when they're stressed.' The Gulf is an acute, moving and uplifting story from the inimitable, alchemical imagination of Anna Spargo-Ryan. MORE PRAISE FOR THE PAPER HOUSE "Magical ... In a novel singularly about loss, The Paper House dances through its subject, dealing intelligently with tragedy without becoming grim itself. Wildly imaginative." Sydney Morning Herald "Equally heartbreaking, uplifting and insightful." Sunday Herald Sun PRAISE FOR THE GULF "Anna Spargo-Ryan is a rising star." Jo Case "Just a year after her debut novel The Paper House was released to enthusiastic reviews, Anna Spargo-Ryan returns with another impressive novel that will have readers feeling every emotion experienced by the beautifully written characters." Books+Publishing, 4 STARS "The brilliance in this novel is in the humour and believability of these characters combined with the tension as their lives unravel." The Australian

Among the Free

Among the Free
Author: Margaret Peterson Haddix
Pages: 194
ISBN: 9780689857997
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Release: 2007-07-24
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

When thirteen-year-old Luke Garner unwittingly sets off a rebellion which sweeps the country and ousts the Population Police from power, he quickly realizes that the new regime is corrupt and he may hold the only key to true freedom.

Looking for The Gulf Motel

Looking for The Gulf Motel
Author: Richard Blanco
Pages: 96
ISBN: 9780822978398
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Release: 2012-02-12
Editor: University of Pittsburgh Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Family continues to be a wellspring of inspiration and learning for Blanco. His third book of poetry, Looking for The Gulf Motel, is a genealogy of the heart, exploring how his family’s emotion legacy has shaped—and continues shaping—his perspectives. The collection is presented in three movements, each one chronicling his understanding of a particular facet of life from childhood into adulthood. As a child born into the milieu of his Cuban exiled familia, the first movement delves into early questions of cultural identity and their evolution into his unrelenting sense of displacement and quest for the elusive meaning of home. The second, begins with poems peering back into family again, examining the blurred lines of gender, the frailty of his father-son relationship, and the intersection of his cultural and sexual identities as a Cuban-American gay man living in rural Maine. In the last movement, poems focused on his mother’s life shaped by exile, his father’s death, and the passing of a generation of relatives, all provide lessons about his own impermanence in the world and the permanence of loss. Looking for the Gulf Motel is looking for the beauty of that which we cannot hold onto, be it country, family, or love.

Takeoffs and Landings

Takeoffs and Landings
Author: Margaret Peterson Haddix
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9781442457799
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Release: 2012-06-12
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A journey to the center of their hearts. Ever since their father's sudden death eight years ago, Chuck and Lori's mom has spent most of her time on the road as a motivational speaker, leaving them and their younger siblings in the care of their grandparents. But this trip is different; this time, their mother has invited Chuck and Lori along in an attempt to reconnect with her eldest--and now most distant--children. Lori is so angry with her mother for her constant absence she can barely look at her, and Chuck, as usual, tries to make himself invisible. From the start the trip seems doomed. But slowly, walls built up over the years begin to show cracks. Laser-sharp glares are finally and painfully turned inward. And in the end secrets are finally revealed--secrets that will change all of their lives forever..

Ten Beach Road

Ten Beach Road
Author: Wendy Wax
Pages: 423
ISBN: 9780425240861
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Release: 2011
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Three strangers discover their life savings and their trusted financial advisor have vanished, leaving them with co-ownership of a ramshackle beachfront house they decide to restore in this new novel from the author of The Accidental Bestseller. Original.

The Yellow House

The Yellow House
Author: Sarah M. Broom
Pages: 329
ISBN: 9780802146540
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Release: 2019-08-13
Editor: Grove Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER WINNER OF THE 2019 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR NONFICTION A brilliant, haunting and unforgettable memoir from a stunning new talent about the inexorable pull of home and family, set in a shotgun house in New Orleans East. In 1961, Sarah M. Broom’s mother Ivory Mae bought a shotgun house in the then-promising neighborhood of New Orleans East and built her world inside of it. It was the height of the Space Race and the neighborhood was home to a major NASA plant—the postwar optimism seemed assured. Widowed, Ivory Mae remarried Sarah’s father Simon Broom; their combined family would eventually number twelve children. But after Simon died, six months after Sarah’s birth, the Yellow House would become Ivory Mae’s thirteenth and most unruly child. A book of great ambition, Sarah M. Broom’s The Yellow House tells a hundred years of her family and their relationship to home in a neglected area of one of America’s most mythologized cities. This is the story of a mother’s struggle against a house's entropy, and that of a prodigal daughter who left home only to reckon with the pull that home exerts, even after the Yellow House was wiped off the map after Hurricane Katrina. The Yellow House expands the map of New Orleans to include the stories of its lesser known natives, guided deftly by one of its native daughters, to demonstrate how enduring drives of clan, pride, and familial love resist and defy erasure. Located in the gap between the “Big Easy” of tourist guides and the New Orleans in which Broom was raised, The Yellow House is a brilliant memoir of place, class, race, the seeping rot of inequality, and the internalized shame that often follows. It is a transformative, deeply moving story from an unparalleled new voice of startling clarity, authority, and power.

The Gulf

The Gulf
Author: Belle Boggs
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781555978822
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Release: 2019-04-02
Editor: Graywolf Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A hilarious send-up of writing workshops, for-profit education, and the gulf between believers and nonbelievers Marianne is in a slump: barely able to support herself by teaching, not making progress on her poetry, about to lose her Brooklyn apartment. When her novelist ex-fiancé, Eric, and his venture capitalist brother, Mark, offer her a job directing a low-residency school for Christian writers at a motel they’ve inherited on Florida’s Gulf Coast, she can’t come up with a reason to say no. The Genesis Inspirational Writing Ranch is born, and liberal, atheist Marianne is soon knee-deep in applications from writers whose political and religious beliefs she has always opposed but whose money she’s glad to take. Janine is a schoolteacher whose heartfelt poems explore the final days of Terri Schiavo’s life. Davonte is a former R&B superstar who hopes to reboot his career with a bestselling tale of excess and redemption. Lorraine and Tom, eccentric writers in need of paying jobs, join the Ranch as instructors. Mark finds an investor in God’s Word God’s World, a business that develops for-profit schools for the Christian market, but the conditions that come along with their support become increasingly problematic, especially as Marianne grows closer to the students. As unsavory allegations mount, a hurricane bears down on the Ranch, and Marianne is faced with the consequences of her decisions. With sharp humor and deep empathy, The Gulf is a memorable debut novel in which Belle Boggs plumbs the troubled waters dividing America.

Gulf Islands Alphabet

Gulf Islands Alphabet
Author: Bronwyn Preece,Alex Walton
Pages: 56
ISBN: 1897476299
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Release: 2012-10-01
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Uses verse and illustrations of the British Columbian Gulf Islands in order to teach the alphabet.

Just Ella

Just Ella
Author: Margaret Peterson Haddix
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9781481420211
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Release: 2015-04-07
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This retelling of the beloved fairy tale finds 15-year-old Ella discovering that accepting the Prince's proposal ensnares her in a suffocating tangle of palace rules and royal etiquette.

Among the Enemy

Among the Enemy
Author: Margaret Peterson Haddix
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9781439106723
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Release: 2010-05-11
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

HIDE OR FIGHT? Matthias, an illegal third child, is caught in the cross fire between rebels and the Population Police. When he unwittingly saves a Population Police officer, Matthias is brought to Population Police headquarters to train as an officer himself. There he meets Nina, another third-born who enlists his help in a plot to undermine the Population Police. But Matthias is under constant scrutiny, and he has no idea whom he can trust. What can one boy do against a wicked bureaucracy?

The Big House

The Big House
Author: George Howe Colt
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9781439124918
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Release: 2012-08-07
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Faced with the sale of the century-old family summer house on Cape Cod where he had spent forty-two summers, George Howe Colt recounts returning for one last stay with his wife and children in this stunning memoir that was a National Book Award Finalist and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. This poignant tribute to the eleven-bedroom jumble of gables, bays, and dormers that watched over weddings, divorces, deaths, anniversaries, birthdays, breakdowns, and love affairs for five generations interweaves Colt’s final visit with memories of a lifetime of summers. Run-down yet romantic, The Big House stands not only as a cherished reminder of summer’s ephemeral pleasures but also as a powerful symbol of a vanishing way of life.