by Salvatore Pane (Goodreads Author)
It’s the eve of the Obama election. Change is in the air and hope is running high. And for twenty-five-year-old, self-proclaimed cool man Michael Bishop, so is the alcohol and the bluster. Working a dead-end job proofing subtitles on third-rate videos, Michael has kept his future at bay through a stream of boozy nights or by blowing time in front of his Nintendo. That is, until he meets Ivy Chase, the smart, pretty pastor’s daughter whose innocent charm takes his breath away. But Ivy turns out to be much more than Michael bargained for, and in a moment that surprises even him, he makes the decision of his life.
Smart, funny, poignant, and very, very timely, Last Call in the City of Bridges is a Bright Lights, Big City for the new millennium. With its memorable characters and unforgettable scenes, this insightful look into twenty-first-century America is a book you won’t want to put down. [close]
by Michal Ann McArthur (Goodreads Author)
Alex Ferguson has a saint's heart and a skeptic's brain. When her atheist brother is killed in an accident,…more
Alex Ferguson has a saint's heart and a skeptic's brain. When her atheist brother is killed in an accident, she's slammed by the horror of what her religion actually teaches: God ordained the accident and sent her beloved brother to hell. She wrestles with the God she wants to love but maybe hates and definitely doesn't understand.
As she fights for understanding, temptation strikes where she's most needy and vulnerable.
Choking on a Camel is not a typical Christian inspirational novel. If that's what you want, please don't sign up for this book. This is a literary novel that wrestles with the issue of faith and doubt, the problem of evil, and the question of how to think independently in a community that demands conformity. [close]
by Maria Semple (Goodreads Author)
When her daughter Bee claims a family trip to Antarctica as a reward for perfect grades, Bernadette, a fiercely intelligen…more
When her daughter Bee claims a family trip to Antarctica as a reward for perfect grades, Bernadette, a fiercely intelligent shut-in, throws herself into preparations for the trip. But worn down by years of trying to live the Seattle life she never wanted, Bernadette is on the brink of a meltdown. And after a school fundraiser goes disastrously awry in her hands, she disappears, leaving her family to pick up the pieces.
Which is exactly what Bee does, weaving together an elaborate web of emails, invoices, and school memos that reveals the secret past Bernadette has been hiding for decades. Where'd You Go Bernadette is an ingenious and unabashedly entertaining novel about a family coming to terms with who they are, and the power of a daughter's love for her mother. [close]
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