But william is further weakened by the death of his mother, and his irrepressible crush on his new step-sister, the arrival of a new step-mother, Lulu. Weakness has always been a concern for William Miller: growing up vegetarian in a family of bodybuilders will do that to a person. This debut novel explores the fundamental difference between where we come from — and the endless possibilities of where we may go.
All About Lulu #ad - As lulu faces down her own challenges, William watches his life shift into tumult and despair.
Lawn BoyAlgonquin Books #ad - That’s the birthright for all americans, then what is mike muñoz’s problem? Though he tries time and again to get his foot on the first rung of that ladder to success, isn’t it? If so, he can’t seem to get a break. It's a journey you won't want to miss, with an ending you won't forget. Kristin hannah, a young chicano living in Washington State, author of The NightingaleFor Mike Muñoz, life has been a whole lot of waiting for something to happen.
. And it’s looking really good. Not too many years out of high school and still doing menial work—and just fired from his latest gig as a lawn boy on a landscaping crew—he knows that he’s got to be the one to shake things up if he’s ever going to change his life. But how? in this funny, angry, bestselling author jonathan evison takes the reader into the heart and mind of a young man on a journey to discover himself, touching, and ultimately deeply inspiring novel, a search to find the secret to achieving the American dream of happiness and prosperity.
Lawn Boy #ad - In lawn boy, at once a vibrant coming-of-age novel and a sharp social commentary on class, Evison offers a painfully honest portrait of one young man's struggle to overcome the hand he's been dealt in life and reach for his dreams. Lawn boy is an important, about overcoming cultural discrimination, entertaining, and completely winning novel about social class distinctions, and about standing up for oneself.
But then things start to change for Mike, and after a raucous, and challenging trip, jarring, he finds he can finally see the future and his place in it. Jonathan Evison's voice is pure magic.
The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving: A NovelAlgonquin Books #ad - Over time, which had begun with mutual misgivings, evolves into a close friendship, the relationship between Ben and Trev, and the traditional boundaries between patient and caregiver begin to blur. For ben benjamin, all has been lost--his wife, his home, his family, his livelihood. Hoping to find a new direction, he enrolls in a night class called The Fundamentals of Caregiving, where he will learn to take care of people with disabilities.
In the revised fundamentals of caregiving releasing june 24, has crafted a novel of the heart, starring paul Rudd and Selena Gomez, 2016 as a Netflix Original Film titled The Fundamentals of Caring, author of the new novel This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance! and the New York Times bestseller West of Here, Jonathan Evison, a story of unlikely heroes in a grand American landscape.
. Bursting with energy and filled with moments of absolute beauty, this big-hearted and inspired novel ponders life’s terrible surprises as well as what it takes to truly care for another human being. By the end of that journey, Trev has had his first taste of love, and Ben has found a new reason to love life.
The bond between them strengthens as they embark on a road trip to visit Trev’s ailing father--a journey rerouted by a series of bizarre roadside attractions that propel them into an impulsive adventure disrupted by one birth, two arrests, a freakish dust storm, and a six-hundred-mile cat-and-mouse pursuit by a mysterious brown Buick Skylark.
The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving: A Novel #ad - He is instructed about professionalism, about how to keep an emotional distance between client and provider, and about the art of inserting catheters while avoiding liability. But when ben is assigned his first client--a tyrannical nineteen-year-old boy named Trevor, who is in the advanced stages of Duchenne muscular dystrophy--he soon discovers that the endless service checklists have done nothing to prepare him for the reality of caring for a fiercely stubborn, sexually frustrated teenager who has an ax to grind with the whole world.
This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance!: A NovelAlgonquin Books #ad - . But what she hoped would be a voyage leading to a new lease on life becomes a surprising and revelatory journey into Harriet’s past. Jonathan evison has crafted a bighearted novel with an endearing heroine at the helm. Evison is a ridiculously gifted storyteller. Jami attenberg, told with evison’s trademark verve and charisma, This Is Your Life, author of The Middlesteins “A generous and wise tale, Harriet Chance! is a deeply felt and deeply comforting novel.
Patrick dewitt, harriet chance! has all the wonderful snap and sizzle we’ve come to expect from Jonathan Evison’s work, author of The Sisters Brothers “This Is Your Life, and as much heart as any novel I’ve read in recent years. Ben fountain, funny and thought-provoking, author of Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk “Both uplifting and melancholy, this entertaining read speaks directly to the importance of acceptance and healing.
This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance!: A Novel #ad - Booklist. Insightful, richly entertaining. A lovely, forgiving character study that’s a pleasure to read. Kirkus reviews, her husband of fifty-five years, starred review With Bernard, now in the grave, seventy-eight-year-old Harriet Chance impulsively sets sail on an ill-conceived Alaskan cruise that her late husband had planned.
Jonathan evison’s writing crackles on the page. Jess walter, profound as it is hilarious, harriet Chance! is as sweet as it is inventive, author of Beautiful Ruins “This Is Your Life, unflinching as it is bighearted.
West of HereAlgonquin Books #ad - West of here is a grand and playful odyssey, that chronicles the life of one small town, a multilayered saga of destiny and greed, turning America’s history into myth, adventure and passion, and myth into a nation’s shared experience. A failed accountant by the name of Ethan Thornburgh has just arrived in Port Bonita to reclaim the woman he loves and start a family.
West of Here #ad - Ethan’s obsession with a brighter future impels the damming of the mighty Elwha to harness its power and put Port Bonita on the map. More than a century later, is destined to oversee the undoing of that vision, a middle manager at a failing fish- packing plant, his great-great grandson, as the great Thornburgh dam is marked for demolition, having blocked the very lifeline that could have sustained the town.
At the foot of the elwha river, the muddy outpost of Port Bonita is about to boom, fueled by a ragtag band of dizzyingly disparate men and women unified only in their visions of a more prosperous future.
The Lager Queen of Minnesota: A NovelPamela Dorman Books #ad - If it's not too late. Meanwhile, edith's granddaughter, Diana, grows up knowing that the real world requires a tougher constitution than her grandmother possesses. In this deeply affecting family saga, but when it finally comes, resolution can take generations, we're surprised, moved, and delighted. The perfect pick-me-up on a hot summer day.
Washington post "A charmer of a tale. With the proceeds from the farm, Helen builds one of the most successful light breweries in the country, and makes their company motto ubiquitous: "Drink lots. Yet one day, helen will find she needs some help herself, and she could find a potential savior close to home.
. It's Blotz. Where edith has a heart as big as Minnesota, Helen's is as rigid as a steel keg. So she can't help wondering what her life would have been like with even a portion of the farm money her sister kept for herself. A family is split when their father leaves their shared inheritance entirely to Helen, his younger daughter.
The Lager Queen of Minnesota: A Novel #ad - Despite baking award-winning pies at the local nursing home, her older sister, Edith, struggles to make what most people would call a living. She earns a shot at learning the ipa business from the ground up--will that change their fortunes forever, funny, and perhaps reunite her splintered family?Here we meet a cast of lovable, quintessentially American characters eager to make their mark in a world that's often stacked against them.
Redhead by the Side of the Road: A novelKnopf #ad - An intimate look into the heart and mind of a man who finds those around him just out of reach, deeply compassionate story about seeing the world through new eyes, Redhead by the Side of the Road is a triumph, and a funny, joyful, filled with Anne Tyler's signature wit and gimlet-eyed observation. A self-employed tech expert, superintendent of his Baltimore apartment building, he seems content leading a steady, cautious to a fault behind the steering wheel, circumscribed life.
From the beloved and best-selling Anne Tyler, second chances, a sparkling new novel about misperception, and the sometimes elusive power of human connection. Micah mortimer is a creature of habit. But one day his routines are blown apart when his woman friend he refuses to call anyone in her late thirties a "girlfriend" tells him she's facing eviction, and a teenager shows up at Micah's door claiming to be his son.
Redhead by the Side of the Road: A novel #ad - These surprises, and the ways they throw Micah's meticulously organized life off-kilter, risk changing him forever.
A Beginner's Guide to Free FallLake Union Publishing #ad - Nothing fatal—except to his career. And she’s a journalist whose deeply personal columns about mothers and daughters are forcing her to confront the truth about her own mother, who abandoned Molly and Davis years ago and disappeared. For these two siblings, it’s just a matter of bracing themselves for one turbulent summer in this redemptive and painfully funny family drama about making the best of the sharp turns in life—those we choose to take and those beyond our control.
A Beginner's Guide to Free Fall #ad - A respected engineer who designs roller coasters in theme parks across the country, he is deeply in love with his wife and has a beautiful young daughter and a happy home. She’s coasting through a dire relationship with an incompatible man-child. After their lives fly off the rails, getting back on track takes everything they have left.
Davis Winger has it all. In one cosmically bad day, Davis loses it all. His sister, Molly, is at a crossroads herself. Until an accident strikes on one of his rides. And to his marriage, when a betrayal from his past inadvertently comes to light.
Everything Matters!: A NovelPenguin Books #ad - He survives the inevitable, apt comparisons to Kurt Vonnegut and writes in a tenderly mordant voice all his own. Janet maslin, baseball cards, the new york times In this novel rich in character, pop Catholicism, Junior Thibodeau grows up in rural Maine in a time of Atari, and cocaine. While junior searches for meaning in a doomed world, blinding romance, his loved ones tell an all-American family saga of fathers and sons, lost love, and reconciliation-culminating in one final triumph that reconfigures the universe.
. He also knows something no one else knows-neither his exalted parents, nor his baseball-savant brother, nor the love of his life she doesn't believe him anyway: The world will end when he is thirty-six. A tour de force of storytelling, everything Matters! is a genre-bending potpourri of alternative history, sci-fi, and the great American tale in the tradition of John Irving and Margaret Atwood.
Everything Matters!: A Novel #ad - . Startlingly talented.
Kitchens of the Great Midwest: A NovelPenguin Books #ad - By turns quirky, and vividly sensory, hilarious, Kitchens of the Great Midwest is an unexpected mother-daughter story about the bittersweet nature of life—its missed opportunities and its joyful surprises. A sweet and savory treat. People“an impressive feat of narrative jujitsu. From scandinavian lutefisk to hydroponic chocolate habaneros, each ingredient represents one part of Eva’s journey as she becomes the star chef behind a legendary and secretive pop-up supper club, culminating in an opulent and emotional feast that’s a testament to her spirit and resilience.
That keeps readers turning the pages too fast to realize just how ingenious they are. The new york times book review, editor’s pickfrom the new york times bestselling author of The Lager Queen of Minnesota, Kitchens of the Great Midwest is a novel about a young woman with a once-in-a-generation palate who becomes the iconic chef behind the country’s most coveted dinner reservation.
Kitchens of the Great Midwest: A Novel #ad - When lars thorvald’s wife, falls in love with wine—and a dashing sommelier—he’s left to raise their baby, Cynthia, Eva, on his own. Ryan stradal’s startlingly original debut tells the story of a single dish and character, at once capturing the zeitgeist of the Midwest, the rise of foodie culture, and delving into the ways food creates community and a sense of identity.
As eva grows, she finds her solace and salvation in the flavors of her native Minnesota. He’s determined to pass on his love of food to his daughter—starting with puréed pork shoulder. It marks the entry of a brilliant new talent.
My Ex-Life: A NovelFlatiron Books #ad - It’s been decades since they’ve spoken, and he’s relieved to hear she’s recovered from her brief, misguided first marriage. While she knows she’s smarter than most of the kids in her school, she can’t figure out why she’s making so many incredibly dumb and increasingly dangerous choices?When David flies east, they find themselves living under the same roof one David needs to repair.
To him. Julie definitely doesn’t have a problem with marijuana she’s given it up completely, so it doesn’t matter if she gets stoned almost daily and the Airbnb she’s running out of her seaside house north of Boston is neither shabby nor illegal. But there’s one broken bit between them that no amount of home renovations will fix.
My Ex-Life: A Novel #ad - In prose filled with hilarious and heartbreakingly accurate one-liners, Stephen McCauley has written a novel that examines how we define home, family, and love. Throw pillows optional. Be prepared to laugh, shed a few tears, and have thoughts of your own ex-life triggered. And she has two whole months to come up with the money to buy said house from her second husband before their divorce is finalized.
She’d just like david’s help organizing college plans for her seventeen-year-old daughter. That would be Mandy.