Author: Lori Lansens
Publisher: Little, Brown
On the eve of their Silver Anniversary, Mary Gooch is waiting for her husband Jimmy--still every inch the handsome star athlete he was in high school--to come home. As night turns to day, it becomes frighteningly clear to Mary that he is gone. Through the years, disappointment and worry have brought Mary's life to a standstill, and she has let her universe shrink to the well-worn path from the bedroom to the refrigerator. But her husband's disappearance startles her out of her inertia, and she begins a desperate search. For the first time in her life, she boards a plane and flies across the country to find her lost husband. So used to hiding from the world, Mary finds that in the bright sun and broad vistas of California, she is forced to look up from the pavement. And what she finds fills her with inner strength she's never felt before. Through it all, Mary not only finds kindred spirits, but reunites with a more intimate stranger no longer sequestered by fear and habit: herself.
Author: Aida Edemariam
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
The extraordinary story of an indomitable 95-year-old woman – and of the most extraordinary century in Ethiopia’s history. A new Wild Swans
Author: Marion McGilvary
Publisher: Harper Collins
“Suspenseful and gripping.” —Sunday Telegraph (UK) A woman abandons her past—and the best friend with whom she was once inseparable—in Marion McGilvary’s startling novel, A Lost Wife’s Tale. A riveting story of love, betrayal, and living in a strange city under the shadow of an impossible choice, this provocative novel is certain to inspire strong emotions and heated discussions—not unlike The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, We Need to Talk About Kevin, and other novels known for their “talkability.” Already highly acclaimed in Great Britain, the American edition of A Lost Wife’s Tale is set in New York City—and author McGilvary brilliant captures Manhattan’s unique color and atmosphere for a U.S. audience.
Author: Christine Wells
Publisher: Penguin Group Australia
An unforgettable novel that transports the reader from modern-day Australia to the windswept Isle of Wight and the courtrooms of London in the 1780s. With her marriage on the rocks, workaholic lawyer Liz Jones agrees to visit Seagrove, a stately home on the Isle of Wight, while she quietly investigates its provenance on behalf of a client. When she discovers Seagrove is linked to a notorious eighteenth-century court case, Liz becomes fascinated - not only by the house and its history, but also by its current owners. In the winter of 1789, the infamous Delany Nash scandalised London when details of her alleged affair with her husband's brother were aired in a public courtroom. Yet her journals reveal an extraordinary woman's tale of passion, betrayal and heartbreak. Captivated by Delany's story, Liz delves into her research but the more she uncovers, the more she risks jeopardising the future of everyone at Seagrove. For there are dark secrets that surround the house, and when the truth emerges the repercussions will echo down through the centuries. The Wife's Tale is a mesmerising story of love, loyalty and sacrifice.
Author: Julia Miles
Publisher: Eye Books (US&CA)
A memoir of life as a British ambassador's wife amid the upheavals of the late 1960sThe year that Julia Miles got married and so became part of the British government's Foreign Office machine was a seminal year in world politics. 1968 saw the murders of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr., the USSR invasion of Czechoslovakia, the Baader-Meinhof gang introducing modern terrorism to Europe, and three hijackings launching a spate of terror in the air. Civil unrest by students in Paris and massive general strikes almost brought down the French government and a protest outside the U.S. Embassy in London against the Vietnam War ended in violence and injury. Her book is set against this background of insecurity and upheaval which has endured until the present. She describes some previously unknown terrorist incidents in such unlikely places as Luxembourg as well as documenting the breakdown in diplomatic relations and evacuation of Embassy staff from Libya following the shooting of British police officer Yvonne Fletcher. What is it like to produce and raise a family against a background of threat in Cyprus or privation in Saudi Arabia? How much does the Foreign Office do to protect its staff? Julia entertains and informs with a series of vignettes which throw light into previously unseen corners of Embassy life.
Author: Anne Maree Spencer
Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing
Lies, Deceit, Adultery and my Husband's Boyfriend is the moving autobiography of Anne Maree Spencer, as she encounters the heartbreaking news that the love of her life has not only been cheating on her and lying for over two years, but his new partner is a man. Her once loving heterosexual partner and the father of her two children has " changed his sexual preference" after 30 years of marriage. Anne Maree's pursuit of getting her life back on track with the support of her children and friends is a touching book about the power and determination of one woman's fight against feeling unloved and worthless to that of re-inventing herself. This autobiography tells it like it is, with no apologies for its descriptive language. You will be inspired by the author's rise in self-esteem and self-worth as she divorces her cheating husband, who left her for "Boo Boo," a man 30-plus years his junior. This book not only opens "a can of worms" of lies, deceit and adultery but puts into perspective what quite a few women are experiencing in their daily lives. Anne Maree opens her soul to give other women the courage and strength to grow beyond these harsh realities to become a better, stronger empowered woman. About the Author Anne Maree Spencer grew up in Melbourne, Australia. "I have been through hell and back in my discovery of my unfaithful husband. I have dragged myself up from the depths of depression. My friends encouraged me to write about it as not only therapy, but also as a way to help other women who find themselves in a similar situation." Publisher's website: http: //sbprabooks.com/AnneMareeSpencer
Author: Margaret Atwood
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Now a Hulu Original Series The Handmaid’s Tale is a novel of such power that the reader will be unable to forget its images and its forecast. Set in the near future, it describes life in what was once the United States and is now called the Republic of Gilead, a monotheocracy that has reacted to social unrest and a sharply declining birthrate by reverting to, and going beyond, the repressive intolerance of the original Puritans. The regime takes the Book of Genesis absolutely at its word, with bizarre consequences for the women and men in its population. The story is told through the eyes of Offred, one of the unfortunate Handmaids under the new social order. In condensed but eloquent prose, by turns cool-eyed, tender, despairing, passionate, and wry, she reveals to us the dark corners behind the establishment’s calm facade, as certain tendencies now in existence are carried to their logical conclusions. The Handmaid’s Tale is funny, unexpected, horrifying, and altogether convincing. It is at once scathing satire, dire warning, and a tour de force. It is Margaret Atwood at her best.
Author: Oliver Sacks
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Presents a series of stories about men and women who, representing both medical and literary oddities, raise fundamental questions about the nature of reality
Author: Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE Drawing on the diaries of one woman in eighteenth-century Maine, this intimate history illuminates the medical practices, household economies, religious rivalries, and sexual mores of the New England frontier. Between 1785 and 1812 a midwife and healer named Martha Ballard kept a diary that recorded her arduous work (in 27 years she attended 816 births) as well as her domestic life in Hallowell, Maine. On the basis of that diary, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich gives us an intimate and densely imagined portrait, not only of the industrious and reticent Martha Ballard but of her society. At once lively and impeccably scholarly, A Midwife's Tale is a triumph of history on a human scale. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Author: Kimberly Carol Williams Davis
Publisher: Blue Line Pub
Fictional story based on true events surrounding the obstacles a couple face as the husbnad enforces the law as a police officer.
Author: Midge Decter
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
An outspoken opponent of ideological feminism dissects the changing roles of women over the last fifty years in this energetic, pithy memoir. Over the past few years, young voices from Katie Roiphe to Wendy Shalit have started to question the assumptions of women's lives since the advent of feminism and the sexual revolution. But how did we get from there to here? A well-known essayist, editor, and lecturer, Midge Decter's conservative stands on modern social issues have historically raised controversy. An Old Wife's Tale is her thoughtful, pointed examination of the role of women over the last sixty years, as viewed through the lens of her own life. From stories of her youth during after World War II to wry observations about the supposedly oppressed housewives who were her peers in suburban Long Island, to analysis of her later roles as single mother, publishing executive, happily married woman, and doting grandmother, Decter takes unstinting aim at those who in her view have completely reordered the roles and expectations of both men and women--with confusion and misery the result for both.
Author: Geoffrey Chaucer
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
This well-established series is now being updated with new scholarly introductions and attractive new covers. Texts are in the original Middle English throughout, and each has an introduction, detailed notes and a glossary.
Author: Shaun Walker
Publisher: Oxford University Press
In The Long Hangover, Shaun Walker provides a deeply reported, bottom-up explanation of Russia's resurgence under Putin. By cleverly exploiting the memory of the Soviet victory over fascism in World War II, Putin's regime has made ordinary Russians feel that their country is great again. Shaun Walker provides new insight into contemporary Russia and its search for a new identity, telling the story through the country's troubled relationship with its Soviet past. Walker not only explains Vladimir Putin's goals and the government's official manipulations of history, but also focuses on ordinary Russians and their motivations. He charts how Putin raised victory in World War II to the status of a national founding myth in the search for a unifying force to heal a divided country, and shows how dangerous the ramifications of this have been. The book explores why Russia, unlike Germany, has failed to come to terms with the darkest pages of its past: Stalin's purges, the Gulag, and the war deportations. The narrative roams from the corridors of the Kremlin to the wilds of the Gulags and the trenches of East Ukraine. It puts the annexation of Crimea and the newly assertive Russia in the context of the delayed fallout of the Soviet collapse. The Long Hangover is a book about a lost generation: the millions of Russians who lost their country and the subsequent attempts to restore to them a sense of purpose. Packed with analysis but told mainly through vibrant reportage, it is a thoughtful exploration of the legacy of the Soviet collapse and how it has affected life in Russia and Putin's policies.