The Joy Luck Club - Amy Tan In 1949 four Chinese women-drawn together by the shadow of their past-begin meeting in San Francisco to play mah jong, invest in stocks, eat dim sum, and "say" stories. They call their gathering the Joy Luck Club. Nearly forty years later, one of the members has died, and her daughter has come to take her place, only to learn of her mother's lifelong wish-and the tragic way in which it has come true.
The revelation of this secret unleashes an urgent need among the women to reach back and remember…
Bitter with Baggage Seeks Same: The Life and Times of Some Chickens - Sloane Tanen With more personality than most people have to spare, New York artist Sloane Tanen's tiny yellow chickens negotiate the tricky modern world, filled with three-headed blind dates, menacing KFCs, playground popularity battles, and annoyingly crowded yoga classes. They perch amid doll furniture, in scenes photographed in glorious color and brilliantly captioned- and their lives will strike you as strangely familiar... Charming, spiky with off-kilter wit (or waxing jobs gone terribly wrong), and somehow larger than life, these chickens win the hearts of all who behold them.
Going for the Bronze: Still Bitter, More Baggage - Sloane Tanen They're back! Sloane Tanen treats us to a second installment of her hilarious chicken dioramas in this sequel to her immensely popular Bitter with Baggage Seeks Same.
Join these fluffy, yellow, surprisingly human protagonists as they face a new series of dilemmas in their exquisitely crafted, miniature settings. Whether playing the online dating game, trying couples therapy, dealing with uncooperative children, discovering the melancholy of middle age, dreaming of a better life, or finally grasping the golden (or at least bronze) ring, these chickens encounter everyday troubles and triumphs as painfully recognizable as they are hilarious. Clever, charming, and endlessly entertaining, Going for the Bronze is a brilliant follow-up to a wholly unique bestseller.
The Littlest Angel - Charles Tazewell One of the best-selling children's books of all time, The Littlest Angel is presented with the award-winning artistry of Paul Micich. This is the tale of a little angel who just cannot stay out of trouble in the celestial city. When the Christ child is born, the mischievous angel learns a timeless lesson that has long endured as the true spirit of giving. First introduced on the radio by Helen Hayes, The Littlest Angel was originally published in 1946. With over five million copies sold, it has become a children's classic.
The Beguilers - Kate Thompson In Rilka's village, it isn't safe to go out after dark. That's when the beguilers drift through the streets, tempting people to follow them. Everyone knows their power-they hypnotize their victims and ultimately drive them to their death. When Rilka decides to capture a beguiler, her family and friends mourn her as though she is already dead. In the course of her lonely, danger-filled journey, Rilka struggles to keep her strength and her sanity. She is ultimately rewarded with knowledge that will change life in the village forever. Rilka's fierce independence will resonate with teens as they become mesmerized by this utterly unique quest story.
How to Talk to a Widower - Jonathan Tropper Doug Parker is a widower at age twenty-nine, and in his quiet suburban town, that makes him something of a celebrity—the object of sympathy, curiosity, and, in some cases, unbridled desire. But Doug has other things on his mind. First there's his sixteen year-old stepson, Russ: a once-sweet kid who now is getting into increasingly serious trouble on a daily basis. Then there are Doug's sisters: his bossy twin, Clair, who's just left he husband and moved in with Doug, determined to rouse him from his Grieving stupor. And Debbie, who's engaged to Doug's ex-best friend and manically determined to pull off the perfect wedding at any cost.
Soon Doug's entire nuclear family is in his face. And when he starts dipping his toes into the shark-infested waters of the second-time around dating scene, it isn't long before his new life is spinning hopelessly out of control, cutting a harrowing and often hilarious swath of sexual missteps and escalating chaos across the suburban landscape.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Mark Twain Tom Sawyer is sure to find trouble wherever the river leads him… On the banks of the Mississippi River, Tom Sawyer and his friends seek out adventure at every turn. Then one fateful night in the graveyard they witness a murder. The boys make a blood oath never to reveal the secret, and they run away to be pirates in search of hidden treasure. But when Tom gets trapped in a cave with scary Injun Joe, can he escape unharmed?
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain Of all the contenders for the title of The Great American Novel, none has a better claim than "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." Intended at first as a simple story of a boy's adventures in the Mississippi Valley - a sequel to "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" - the book grew and matured under Twain's hand into a work of immeasurable richness and complexity. More than a century after its publication, the critical debate over the symbolic significance of Huck's and Jim's voyage is still fresh, and it remains a major work that can be enjoyed at many levels: as an incomparable adventure story and as a classic of American humor.
Tom Sawyer Abroad - Mark Twain Tom Sawyer Abroad features Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn in a parody of adventure stories like those of Jules Verne.
Tom Sawyer, Detective - Mark Twain Tom Sawyer attempts to solve a mysterious murder in this burlesque of the immensely popular detective novels of the time. Like Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the story is told using the first-person narrative voice of Huck Finn.