When the speech of children becomes toxic to adults, Sam and his wife Claire face the difficult choice of whether to abandon their spoiled teenage daughter Esther, as government scientists try to find a safe form of speech.
When Edward Schuyler, a modest and bookish sixty-two-year-old science teacher, is widowed, he finds himself ambushed by female attention. Author Hilma Wolitzer mines the unpredictable fallout of suddenly becoming single later in life, and the chaos and joys of falling in love the second time around.
One night in 1969, Richie Palumbo gets lost while driving home with his family and finds himself in Norumbega — a hidden, remote and gorgeous town at the far edges of Boston's western suburbs. He sees an old house and, without quite knowing why, decides he must have it. The repercussions of Richie's dream to own the house in Norumbega lead to a 40-year odyssey for his family, involving his promiscuous son's unrequited love, his daughter's pursuit of a contemplative life and his wife's spiritual and sexual growth.
The mugging of a retired schoolteacher on a London street has unexpected repercussions for her friends and neighbors when it inadvertently reveals an illicit love affair, leads to a business partnership and helps an immigrant to reinvent his life.
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few more years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at the Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.
Ten-year-old Kenny and his family, "the Weird Watsons" of Flint, Mich., go to visit their grandmother in Alabama as racial tensions are peaking. They arrive in Birmingham in time to see the deadly bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in this elegant blending of fact and fiction.
A poignant tale of bullies and bystanders, The Hundred Dresses tells the story of Wanda Petronski, a Polish schoolgirl whose classmates tease her for wearing tattered clothes. The story, which is illustrated by Louis Slobodkin, was inspired by a little girl author Eleanor Estes remembered from her own childhood who was picked on by other kids.
Escaping from Taliban-controlled Afghanistan in the summer of 2001, eleven-year-old Fadi and his family immigrate to the San Francisco Bay Area, where Fadi schemes to return to the Pakistani refugee camp where his little sister was accidentally left behind.
The complete Amber series in one volume for the first time follows Corwin, Merlin, and a cast of wizards, magicians and warriors on a series of adventures that carry them from Amber, to Earth, to the Courts of Chaos.
As a young Jewish girl growing up in Mattapan, Mass., Miriam Bluestein yearned to leave her humdrum existence behind for the glamorous life of a Broadway musical star. But an early marriage and three children made sure her name wouldn't grace any marquees. When her son Ethan reveals some theatrical inclinations, Miriam sees an opportunity to fulfill her dreams vicariously through him.
Published to coincide with the 75th anniversary of Dr. Seuss' first book release for children, a foil-covered, commemorative edition of the classic story follows the story of Marco, who imaginatively recounts to his father what he sees on his way to school.