Inyo County Free Library - New Acquisitions

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The homecoming party

By Abate, Carmine

Publishing Date: 2010

Classification: FIC

Call Number: FIC

It is Christmas Eve. Sitting on the steps of the village church, a father and son exchange stories. The father speaks of life as an emigrant from Italy, in perpetual limbo between his departure and return home. The son tells of an idyllic childhood spent in a vivid, enchanting land marred only by his father's long absences. Each hides an awful secret concerning the fate of a mysterious man whose affair with the boy's older sister changed their lives. On this night of nights, as the long-buried details seep through each man's story, a shared truth will finally emerge.

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The king of trees

By Acheng

Publishing Date: 2010

Classification: FIC

Call Number: FIC

When the three novellas in The King of Trees were published separately in China in the 1980s, Ah Cheng fever spread across the country. Never before had a fiction writer dealt with the Cultural Revolution in such Daoist-Confucian terms, discarding Mao-speak, and mixing both traditional and vernacular elements with an aesthetic that emphasized not the hardships and miseries of those years, but the joys of close, meaningful friendships. In The King of Chess, a student's obsession with finding worthy chess opponents symbolizes his pursuit of the dao; in The King of Children-made into an award-winning film by Chen Kaige, the director of Farewell My Concubine-an educated youth is sent to teach at an impoverished village school where one boy's devotion to learning is so great he is ready to spend 500 days copying his teacher's dictionary; and in the title novella a peasant's innate connection to a giant primeval tree takes a tragic turn when a group of educated youth arrive to clear the mountain forest. As moving and enduring as the best of Jack London or Knut Hamsun, The King of Trees is as relevant today as it will be tomorrow.

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Dangerous to know

By Alexander, Tasha

Publishing Date: 2010

Classification: FIC

Call Number: FIC

Recovering at her mother-in-law's estate in Normandy after a brush with death, Lady Emily Hargreaves discovers a murder victim whose death looks like the act of Jack the Ripper, a killing that compels her to follow clues to the medieval city of Rouen in search of a lost child.

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Sunset Park

By Auster, Paul

Publishing Date: 2010

Classification: FIC

Call Number: FIC

After falling in love with an underage girl and stirring the wrath of her older sister, New York native Miles Heller flees to Brooklyn and shacks up with a group of artists squatting in the borough's Sunset Park neighborhood.

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Eucalyptus: a novel

By Bail, Murray

Publishing Date: 1998

Classification: FIC

Call Number: FIC

In order to marry Ellen Holland, a suitor must identify every species of the five hundred trees on her family's property in Australia, a test set by her possessive father. To Ellen's alarm--she is attracted to a young man- -an aging suitor has nearly succeeded. By the author of Homesickness.

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The pages: a novel

By Bail, Murray

Publishing Date: 2010

Classification: FIC

Call Number: FIC

On a family sheep farm in the interior of Australia, a brother and sister work the land while their reclusive brother, Wesley Antill, spends years toiling away in one of the sheds, writing his philosophy. Having forsaken the family business to travel through European cities in search of a foundation,Wesley returned home to spend his days holed up to write his magnum opus, trying to invent a new philosophy, a "theory of the emotions." But after his untimely death, his papers are left untouched in his study, to be handled posthumously by his siblings. They call on Erica Hazlehurst, a philosopher, to travel from Sydney to appraise Wesley's work to see if it is publishable. Accompanying her is her sexy and passionate friend, Sophie, a psychoanalyst who needs a distraction from a string of failed relationships. These two women, each with different views of the world and counter approaches to life, face a situation they have never experienced before, with surprising results. What begins as a spontaneous, brief sojourn will end up changing their lives. The Pages is a beguiling meditation on friendship and love, on men and women, on landscape and the difficulties of thought itself, by one of Australia's greatest novelists, the author of the much-loved Eucalyptus .

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Keeping the house: a novel

By Baker, Ellen

Publishing Date: c2007

Classification: FIC

Call Number: FIC

Lonely, restless, and bored with her life as a housewife in 1950s Pine Rapids, Wisconsin, Dolly Magnuson becomes fascinated by the abandoned grand old house on the hill overlooking the town and sets out to unravel the dark secrets of the family that had once owned it.

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Miss Hargreaves: a novel

By Baker, Frank

Publishing Date: 2009

Classification: FIC

Call Number: FIC

When Norman Huntley, and his friend, Henry, invent an 83 year old woman, called Mrs. Hargreaves, they are inspired to write to their fictional friend. The silly, harmless, game turns out not to be such, when she arrives on their doorstep, in Buckinghamshire, exactly as he imagined her.

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The hit

By Baldacci, David

Publishing Date: 2013

Classification: FIC

Call Number: FIC

Skilled assassin Will Robie is asked by the U.S. government to track down fellow assassin Jessica Reel, who has gone rogue, but during his pursuit of Reel, Robie realizes that her betrayal may be concealing a larger threat that could impact the whole world.

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The breaking point: a novel

By Ball, Karen

Publishing Date: c2003

Classification: FIC

Call Number: FIC

"Gabe and Renee Roman are on the edge -- relationally and spiritually. Both consider themselves followers of Christ. But after years of struggling in their marriage, their greatest test comes in the most unexpected of forms: a blizzard in the Oregon mountains. Their truck hurtles over the side of a mountain, and each encounters the realities of suffering, sacrifice, and service in Christ's name. It isn't until they surrender their last defenses that their surface understandings are torn away and all that's left is truth: only through obedience to God's call can they find true joy." - Publisher's description.

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The vaults

By Ball, Toby

Publishing Date: 2010

Classification: FIC

Call Number: FIC

In a dystopian 1930s America, a chilling series of events leads three men down a path to uncover their city's darkest secret. A mysterious duplicate file is discovered deep within the Vaults, and their investigations call into question whether their most basic beliefs can be maintained in a climate of overwhelming corruption and conspiracy.

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Sweet addiction

By Banks, Maya

Publishing Date: 2013

Classification: FIC

Call Number: FIC

Cole is successful beyond his dreams. He can have any woman he wants, but there's only one he can't stop thinking about. His childhood sweetheart, Ren. He's never forgotten his first taste of innocent love and the desire that consumed them--or the pain he brought upon her... Her long ago brush with submission awakened a longing in Ren that drove her to walk the darker edge of desire. She's become a beautiful woman at ease with her sexuality and unapologetic about her need for a dominant man. When Cole finds her again, he's gutted that she belongs to another. Ren's current master agrees to give her to Cole for a short time, but then she must return to his keeping. And though Cole agrees to this bargain, he knows he will never be able to let Ren go again. -- From publisher's description.

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Nashville chrome

By Bass, Rick

Publishing Date: 2010

Classification: FIC

Call Number: FIC

A richly imagined story of the Browns, real-life singers who were once the biggest thing on the American country music scene. A wrenching meditation on the complexities of fame and of one forgotten family who experienced them firsthand.

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The school of night: a novel

By Bayard, Louis

Publishing Date: 2010

Classification: FIC

Call Number: FIC

Centuries after the founding of a scholarly organization that covertly discussed religion, science, and the black arts, disgraced Elizabethan scholar Henry Cavendish searches for a missing letter than may prove the group's existence and contain the formula for alchemy.

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Running the rift: a novel

By Benaron, Naomi

Publishing Date: 2012

Classification: FIC

Call Number: FIC

Rwandan runner Jean Patrick Nkuba dreams of winning an Olympic gold medal and uniting his ethnically divided country, only to be driven from everyone he loves when the violence starts, after which he must find a way back to a better life.

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Mr. Darcy takes a wife: pride and prejudice continues

By Berdoll, Linda

Publishing Date: c2004

Classification: FIC

Call Number: FIC

This sexy, epic, hilarious, poignant and romantic sequel to Pride and Prejudice goes far beyond being a Jane Austen sequel. Every woman wants to be Elizabeth Bennet Darcy-beautiful, gracious, universally admired, strong, daring and outspoken-a thoroughly modern woman in crinolines. And every woman will fall madly in love with Mr. Darcy-tall, dark and handsome, a nobleman and a heart-throb whose virility is matched only by his utter devotion to his wife. Their passion is consuming and idyllic through a sweeping tale of adventure and misadventure, human folly and numerous mysteries of parentage.

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Jesse's ghost: a novel

By Bergon, Frank

Publishing Date: c2011

Classification: FIC

Call Number: FIC

Told without nostalgia or sentimentality, Jesse's Ghost is a powerful novel about a man haunted by the crime he committed decades ago and the realization that the ghosts of his past will always haunt him. These are the sons and daughters of the people portrayed in Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath--the generation who came of age when toughness, hard work, and loyalty defined what it meant to be a man in America. Through the chaos that surrounded him, the risks he took, and despite the mistakes he made, Jesse pursued the American Dream. His best friend Sonny, through the moving, funny, and tragic story he narrates in Jesse's Ghost, seeks a new life and redemption.

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Five days apart: a novel

By Binchy, Chris

Publishing Date: c2010

Classification: FIC

Call Number: FIC

David loses the girl of his dreams to his charming best friend and leaves home only to find that neither time nor distance can erase her from his memory.

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Delicious

By Black, Shayla

Publishing Date: c2010

Classification: FIC

Call Number: FIC

"He can<U+2019>t control his desire. And that<U+2019>s just the way she wants it. Luc Traverson<U+2019>s entire future is planned out<U+2014>but there is one very sexy obstacle in his path: Alyssa Devereaux . She<U+2019>s a former exotic dancer turned strip club owner and restaurateur. Recently, Alyssa and Luc shared one night of wild abandon that left Luc terrified by his loss of self-control<U+2014>and Alyssa desperate for more. Fulfilling a promise, Luc is the guest chef for Alyssa<U+2019>s restaurant debut. The sight of her makes Luc wild, so how can he survive a week without letting loose and ravaging her<U+2014>especially when she<U+2019>s begging for it? Luc<U+2019>s desire for her explodes when he realizes he isn<U+2019>t the only man desperate to have her. But one of the others is deadly. And that<U+2019>s not the end of Alyssa<U+2019>s secrets...which are as dark and mysterious and enticing as her fantasies."--p. [4] of cover

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Marching to Valhalla: a novel of Custer's last days

By Blake, Michael

Publishing Date: 1997, c1996

Classification: FIC

Call Number: FIC

The author of Dances With Wolves turns his creativity and imagination toward America's doomed romantic hero, George Armstrong Custer--the youngest general of the Civil War, trailblazer, Indian hunter, passionate lover, obsessive husband, and tormented, guilt-ridden soul. A wonderful merger of fact and fiction, Marching to Valhalla is soon to be a major motion picture starring Brad Pitt.

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