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Lisa Verge Higgins

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Lisa Verge Higgins is the RITA-nominated author of eighteen novels that have been published worldwide and translated into as many languages--quite a switch for this former PhD candidate in chemistry. A mother of three, this five-time RT Book Awards finalist has won the Golden Leaf, The Bean Pot, and twice has been anointed by Barnes & Noble's General Fiction Forum for their top twenty novels-of-the-year. Her stories about women’s lives and women’s friendships have been described by critics as “joyous,” “uplifting,” “full of humor, love and life lessons,” and “inspire us to focus on what’s really important in our lives.” When not writing stories, Lisa is reading them as a reviewer for The New York Journal of Books. She currently lives in New ...more

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Description: Tess has a secret: For fifteen years she has been furtively following the life of the daughter she gave up as an infant for adoption. But when Sadie runs away from home determined to find her birth mother, Tess has no choice but to hunt down the desperate girl in the one place she dreads—Pine Lake, where a terrible, buried secret threatens to destroy them both.
RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: With the remnants of her past rattling in the trunk of her Chevy, Jenna Elliott abandons her Seattle home determined to start life anew. Her journey compels her to the door of two friends: Claire, an ex-Buddhist nun and cancer survivor, eager to escape her overbearing family for what may be her last chance to fulfill a dream; and Nicole, a professional Life Coach who can’t even control her own teenage son. But what starts out as an impulsive road trip soon becomes an inexorable journey to their past, as the women grapple with who they were, who they are, and the strange twists that have now set them on the road to their hometown of Pine Lake. There, Jenna discovers that her random act of kindness has rippled out into the world like a stone dropped into a deep pond, coming back to rock her life—and those of her friends—in ways they never expected.
Friendship Makes The Heart Grow Fonder (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: Lenny left his wife, Monique, a bucket list of things they'd dreamed of doing together before cancer took his life. For four years, she ignored it, too busy raising their daughter to consider the painful task of resurrecting shattered dreams. But when her next-door neighbor, Judy, starts a slow slide into a personal crisis, and another friend, Becky, receives shocking news about her future, Monique realizes that Lenny's legacy could be a gift to three women in desperate need of a new perspective. Whisking away her friends on adventures from London to Paris, from Monaco to Milan, she is determined to follow the bucket list to the letter--until one eventful evening knocks the three friends off the beaten path. Caught up in adventures of their own making, they begin to understand: Sometimes getting lost is the only way to find what you're looking for.
One Good Friend Deserves Another (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: Dhara, Kelly, Marta and Wendy have been the closest of friends since college, so close, that after a series of romantic disasters, they bond together to create rules of relationships meant to keep their hearts safe. Those rules seemed to have worked, until Marta discovers that her hot boyfriend is married, Kelly begins a risky love affair, Wendy inches closer to a pre-marital infidelity, and, most shocking of all, Indian-American Dhara suddenly agrees to an arranged marriage. As old relationships crumble and dangerous new ones emerge, each women must decide how much she’d risk—for love, for happiness, and most importantly, for each another.
The Proper Care and Maintenance of Friendship (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: When three women each receive a letter from a dying friend, old loyalties drive them to fulfill her last wishes. But those last wishes turn out to be world-rocking tasks that threaten to upend their ordinary lives. With a career at risk, a marriage in jeopardy, and a heart in terrible danger of breaking, these three women discover an essential truth: The only thing that can save them is friendship.
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As with all Ann Patchett's novels, I was utterly absorbed. Her characters are so real I expect to bump into them at the grocery store. I enjoyed THE DUTCH HOUSE, but was left with a vague, nagging feeling ...what, exactly, was this book about...?
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I'm still reeling, having just finished Native Son. Why the heck wasn't I forced to read this in high school or college? It may take months to collect my thoughts. What a gripping, emotionally dense, deeply provocative story. It's a mind-bending nove ...more
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“there's this thing about rainbows. they're perfect from afar. but when you get real close to them, they just disappear.”
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“We rush, rush, rush to get things done, and in the process, our lives rush past us.
Life isn't supposed to rush past you like that. You're supposed to live it. Moment by moment. Mile by mile. Day by day.”
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“Any fool could see that you're at the reeling end of a long, strong rope - soon enough, It'll be tugging you back.”
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