Lost Found

  • Filename: lost-found.
  • ISBN: 9780061748684
  • Release Date: 2009-10-13
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Author: Jacqueline Sheehan
  • Publisher: Harper Collins



A poignant and unforgettable tale of love, loss, and moving on . . . with the help of one not-so-little dog Rocky's husband Bob was just forty-two when she discovered him lying cold and lifeless on the bathroom floor . . . and Rocky's world changed forever. Quitting her job, chopping off all her hair, she leaves Massachusetts—reinventing her past and taking a job as Animal Control Warden on Peak's Island, a tiny speck off the coast of Maine and a million miles away from everything she's lost. She leaves her career as a psychologist behind, only to find friendship with a woman whose brain misfires in the most wonderful way and a young girl who is trying to disappear. Rocky, a quirky and fallible character, discovers the healing process to be agonizingly slow. But then she meets Lloyd. A large black Labrador retriever, Lloyd enters Rocky's world with a primitive arrow sticking out of his shoulder. And so begins a remarkable friendship between a wounded woman and a wounded, lovable beast. As the unraveling mystery of Lloyd's accident and missing owner leads Rocky to an archery instructor who draws her in even as she finds every reason to mistrust him, she discovers the life-altering revelation that grief can be transformed . . . and joy does exist in unexpected places.

Picture This

  • Filename: picture-this.
  • ISBN: 9780062101532
  • Release Date: 2012-05-22
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Author: Jacqueline Sheehan
  • Publisher: Harper Collins



Jacqueline Sheehan made serious waves with her much beloved runaway bestseller, Lost and Found (“The best book I’ve read in a long time” —Susan Elizabeth Phillips). Now she treats readers to a sequel, Picture This—a story of rebirth and personal redemption that is as moving, funny, and heart-soaring as its predecessor. Whip-smart contemporary women’s fiction with heart and soul, in Picture This, Rocky Pelligrino is back on Peaks Island off the coast of Maine, along with Cooper the dog, the beautiful black Labrador retriever who gave her a new “leash” on life. But this time a new wrinkle warps the fabric of her world when a young girl shows up on Rocky’s doorstep claiming to be the long-lost daughter of her late husband.

An Unexpected Grace

  • Filename: an-unexpected-grace.
  • ISBN: 9780758291950
  • Release Date: 2013-12-31
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Author: Kristin von Kreisler
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp.



From bestselling author Kristin von Kreisler comes a poignant, uplifting novel of one woman's journey to healing, and the surprising soul mate that helps guide her there. Lila Elliot knows she's lucky. A shooting rampage at her office left several colleagues dead and others seriously wounded. Lila's injuries will heal in time. Yet though she gratefully retreats to her best friend's house to recuperate, Lila can't quite move past her fear and anger. Being drafted into caring for Grace--a shaggy, formerly abused golden retriever--only adds to her stress. Lila has been terrified of dogs since childhood. But Grace, like Lila, needs time and space to recover. Grace keeps her distance, sensing Lila's wariness, and only perks up for Adam, the neighbor who rescued her. Though struggling to make sense of her recent tragedy, Lila, an accomplished artist, begins to see beauty in Grace's wisps of fur and haunted eyes. As Adam points out, Grace, too, has suffered through no fault of her own. And in helping Grace to trust, Lila is being gently nudged toward the courage she needs to do the same. Rich in warmth and humor, An Unexpected Grace is a story of compassion and connection, and of finding that what truly makes us whole again may be the love we give away. Includes Reading Group Guide

The Center of the World

  • Filename: the-center-of-the-world.
  • ISBN: 9781617738975
  • Release Date: 2015-12-29
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Author: Jacqueline Sheehan
  • Publisher: Kensington



“An epic story of war and peace, love and fear, family and friendship.”—Lori Nelson Spielman In New York Times bestselling author Jacqueline Sheehan’s evocative and emotionally compelling novel, a mother and her adopted daughter each embark on a journey of self-discovery in the wake of a stunning revelation. How do you keep a secret so huge that it could devastate everyone you care about? For Kate Malloy, the answer is simple: one lie at a time. That’s how she has protected her daughter for more than a dozen years, shielding her from a terrible truth. Sofia, a fifteen-year-old soccer star living in New England, believes she was born in Mexico and legally adopted by Kate. But a posthumous letter from her stepfather tells Sofia a different story—one of civil unrest and bloodshed, death-defying heroism and child-smuggling, harrowing sacrifice and desperate decisions. Sofia’s trust in her mother is shattered. At last Kate must do what she knows is right—accompany Sofia back to Guatemala, the place where Kate found horror and heartache but also the greatest joy of her life. As mother and daughter confront the damage done by years of dangerous yet necessary deceptions, they discover how much love, hope, and happiness may still remain—if they have the courage to face their past. “A searing tale of love and desperate acts set against a backdrop of surreal beauty and unspeakable cruelty. Enthralling, exhilarating.”—Suzanne Chazin “Page-turning storytelling . . . a deeply satisfying read. I loved this book.”—Randy Susan Meyers “Sheehan’s writing is lively and vivid and her feel for historical detail is fine.”—The New York Times “Sheehan uses her skills as both a psychologist and a writer to create a solid, insightful story.” —Kirkus Reviews

The Tiger in the House

  • Filename: the-tiger-in-the-house.
  • ISBN: 1617738980
  • Release Date: 2017-02-28
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Author: Jacqueline Sheehan
  • Publisher:



Love and resentment, fear and hope intersect for two sisters as their desire to help an abandoned child forces them to face their past and decide their future . . . Delia Lamont has had it. Though she loves her job at Portland, Maine's child services agency, its frustrations have left her feeling burned out and restless. She's ready to join her carefree sister Juniper and start a seaside bakery, celebrating and serving life's sweetness for a change. Then the call comes- a five-year-old girl has been found at the side of the road, streaked with someone else's blood. She may have witnessed a ghastly crime. And the only clues to her identity point to a shadowy web of danger that reaches closer to Delia herself than she would ever guess. As she seeks to discover where the child belongs, Delia is forced to reexamine her own painful history. With no guide but her own flawed instincts, Delia must decide how deep to venture into the unknown, whether in shaping the destiny of the child who has no one else to turn to-or in exploring the fierce dark corners of her own soul. Praise for The Center of the World 'Breathtaking . . . Sheehan's enthralling novel, through tales of grief and happiness, offers readers a strong sense of catharsis. Readers who enjoy family dramas, romance, and have a sense of wanderlust will easily fall for this captivating read.'-Library Journal 'An epic story of war and peace, love and fear, family and friendship.' -Lori Nelson Spielman 'A searing tale of love and desperate acts set against a backdrop of surreal beauty and unspeakable cruelty. Enthralling, exhilarating.' -Suzanne Chazin 'Page-turning storytelling . . . a deeply satisfying read. I loved this book.' -Randy Susan Meyers 'Sheehan uses her skills as both a psychologist and a writer to create a solid, insightful story.' -Kirkus Reviews

Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts

  • Filename: lost-dogs-and-lonely-hearts.
  • ISBN: 9781848945357
  • Release Date: 2009-11-26
  • Number of pages: 300
  • Author: Lucy Dillon
  • Publisher: Hachette UK



ROMANTIC NOVEL OF THE YEAR 2010. When the abandoned strays from a local dogs' home are matched with brand new owners, it turns out it might not just be the dogs who need rescuing. Rachel's aunt has left her a house, a Border Collie and, despite knowing nothing about dogs, a crowded kennels. But since her life has collapsed she's not sure she can deal with any more lost souls. Zoe's ex-husband has given their children a puppy. The kids are in love, but she's the one stuck training Toffee the impossible Labrador. She's nearly at the end of her tether - until Toffee leads her to a handsome doctor... Meanwhile Natalie and Johnny's marriage hasn't been easy since they started trying for a baby. But is a fridge-raiding, sofa-stealing Basset hound like Bertie really the child substitute they're looking for? As the new owners' paths cross on the town's dog-walking circuits, their lives become interwoven. And they - and their dogs - learn some important lessons about loyalty, companionship and unconditional love . . .

The Lost World of Socotra

  • Filename: the-lost-world-of-socotra.
  • ISBN: STANFORD:36105124124046
  • Release Date: 2009
  • Number of pages: 163
  • Author: Richard Boggs
  • Publisher: Stacey International Publishers



Like a lesser Galapagos, these islands boast flora and fauna found nowhere else on Earth. Moreover, the Socotran people have their own language (which lacks a script) and distinctive culture, cuisine and architecture: neither Arabian nor African, yet strongly and distinctively Socotran. Richard Boggs spent many months in this remote and other-worldly archipelago, mixing with the Socotran peoples and capturing in world class photographs the uniqueness of the land and its life. The Lost World of Socotra brings this remarkable location to a new audience and is, truly, a journey through lands like no other. It is a beautifully produced photographic book, which will hold strong appeal to all those with an interest in foreign places, world geography and ethnology, natural history, photography and travel.

White Dog Fell from the Sky

  • Filename: white-dog-fell-from-the-sky.
  • ISBN: 9781101606209
  • Release Date: 2013-01-03
  • Number of pages: 368
  • Author: Eleanor Morse
  • Publisher: Penguin



An extraordinary novel of love, friendship, and betrayal for admirers of Abraham Verghese and Edwidge Danticat Eleanor Morse’s rich and intimate portrait of Botswana, and of three people whose intertwined lives are at once tragic and remarkable, is an absorbing and deeply moving story. In apartheid South Africa in 1977, medical student Isaac Muthethe is forced to flee his country after witnessing a friend murdered by white members of the South African Defense Force. He is smuggled into Botswana, where he is hired as a gardener by a young American woman, Alice Mendelssohn, who has abandoned her Ph.D. studies to follow her husband to Africa. When Isaac goes missing and Alice goes searching for him, what she finds will change her life and inextricably bind her to this sunburned, beautiful land. Like the African terrain that Alice loves, Morse’s novel is alternately austere and lush, spare and lyrical. She is a writer of great and wide-ranging gifts.

The Devil s Teeth

  • Filename: the-devil-s-teeth.
  • ISBN: 9780099555247
  • Release Date: 2010-09-01
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Author: Susan Casey
  • Publisher: Random House



Great white sharks are enigmas. They ruled the oceans long before dinosaurs inhabited the earth. Yet we know nothing about them. Scientists speculate they can live for 60 years and grow to a massive 20 feet long. They heal miraculously from severe injuries and can sense a heartbeat from miles. There is one place on earth where it is possible to study great whites in the wild: a spooky outcrop of jagged rocks off the coast of San Francisco. This wretched place plays home to a handful of shark-obsessed scientists. One man dives with the sharks, another plans to surf there. This is the riveting adventure about great white sharks, and men so obsessed that they will endanger their lives to get close.

Freedom Found

  • Filename: freedom-found.
  • ISBN: 0963614460
  • Release Date: 2016-08-01
  • Number of pages: 512
  • Author: Regent's Professor of Political Science Warren Miller, PH.
  • Publisher:



The autobiography of Warren Miller, beginning with his dysfunctional, Depression-era childhood in Hollywood and chronicling his 55-years as a ski and action sports filmmaker.

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit

  • Filename: when-hitler-stole-pink-rabbit.
  • ISBN: 9780007240715
  • Release Date: 2006-04
  • Number of pages: 240
  • Author: Judith Kerr
  • Publisher: HarperCollins UK



Partly autobiographical, this is first of the internationally acclaimed trilogy by Judith Kerr telling the unforgettable story of a Jewish family fleeing from Germany at the start of the Second World War

The Three Year Swim Club

  • Filename: the-three-year-swim-club.
  • ISBN: 9781455523436
  • Release Date: 2015-10-27
  • Number of pages: 448
  • Author: Julie Checkoway
  • Publisher: Hachette UK



For readers of Unbroken and The Boys in the Boat comes the inspirational, untold story of impoverished children who transformed themselves into world-class swimmers. In 1937, a schoolteacher on the island of Maui challenged a group of poverty-stricken sugar plantation kids to swim upstream against the current of their circumstance. The goal? To become Olympians. They faced seemingly insurmountable obstacles. The children were Japanese-American, were malnourished and barefoot and had no pool; they trained in the filthy irrigation ditches that snaked down from the mountains into the sugarcane fields. Their future was in those same fields, working alongside their parents in virtual slavery, known not by their names but by numbered tags that hung around their necks. Their teacher, Soichi Sakamoto, was an ordinary man whose swimming ability didn't extend much beyond treading water. In spite of everything, including the virulent anti-Japanese sentiment of the late 1930s, in their first year the children outraced Olympic athletes twice their size; in their second year, they were national and international champs, shattering American and world records and making headlines from L.A. to Nazi Germany. In their third year, they'd be declared the greatest swimmers in the world, but they'd also face their greatest obstacle: the dawning of a world war and the cancellation of the Games. Still, on the battlefield, they'd become the 20th century's most celebrated heroes, and in 1948, they'd have one last chance for Olympic glory. They were the Three-Year Swim Club. This is their story.

Barbarian Days

  • Filename: barbarian-days.
  • ISBN: 9780698163744
  • Release Date: 2015-07-21
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Author: William Finnegan
  • Publisher: Penguin



**Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Autobiography** *Included in President Obama’s 2016 Summer Reading List* A deeply rendered self-portrait of a lifelong surfer by the acclaimed New Yorker writer Barbarian Days is William Finnegan’s memoir of an obsession, a complex enchantment. Surfing only looks like a sport. To initiates, it is something else entirely: a beautiful addiction, a demanding course of study, a morally dangerous pastime, a way of life. Raised in California and Hawaii, Finnegan started surfing as a child. He has chased waves all over the world, wandering for years through the South Pacific, Australia, Asia, Africa. A bookish boy, and then an excessively adventurous young man, he went on to become a distinguished writer and war reporter. Barbarian Days takes us deep into unfamiliar worlds, some of them right under our noses—off the coasts of New York and San Francisco. It immerses the reader in the edgy camaraderie of close male friendships annealed in challenging waves. Finnegan shares stories of life in a whitesonly gang in a tough school in Honolulu even while his closest friend was a Hawaiian surfer. He shows us a world turned upside down for kids and adults alike by the social upheavals of the 1960s. He details the intricacies of famous waves and his own apprenticeships to them. Youthful folly—he drops LSD while riding huge Honolua Bay, on Maui—is served up with rueful humor. He and a buddy, their knapsacks crammed with reef charts, bushwhack through Polynesia. They discover, while camping on an uninhabited island in Fiji, one of the world’s greatest waves. As Finnegan’s travels take him ever farther afield, he becomes an improbable anthropologist: unpicking the picturesque simplicity of a Samoan fishing village, dissecting the sexual politics of Tongan interactions with Americans and Japanese, navigating the Indonesian black market while nearly succumbing to malaria. Throughout, he surfs, carrying readers with him on rides of harrowing, unprecedented lucidity. Barbarian Days is an old-school adventure story, an intellectual autobiography, a social history, a literary road movie, and an extraordinary exploration of the gradual mastering of an exacting, little understood art. Today, Finnegan’s surfing life is undiminished. Frantically juggling work and family, he chases his enchantment through Long Island ice storms and obscure corners of Madagascar.

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