Lily And The Octopus
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📒Lily And The Octopus ✍ Steven Rowley
✏Lily and the Octopus Book Summary : A national bestseller combining the emotional depth of The Art of Racing in the Rain with the magical spirit of The Life of Pi, “Lily and the Octopus is the dog book you must read this summer” (The Washington Post). Ted—a gay, single, struggling writer is stuck: unable to open himself up to intimacy except through the steadfast companionship of Lily, his elderly dachshund. When Lily’s health is compromised, Ted vows to save her by any means necessary. By turns hilarious and poignant, an adventure with spins into magic realism and beautifully evoked truths of loss and longing, Lily and the Octopus reminds us how it feels to love fiercely, how difficult it can be to let go, and how the fight for those we love is the greatest fight of all. Introducing a dazzling and completely original new voice in fiction and an unforgettable hound that will break your heart—and put it back together again. Remember the last book you told someone they had to read? Lily and the Octopus is the next one. “Startlingly imaginative...this love story is sure to assert its place in the canine lit pack...Be prepared for outright laughs and searing or silly moments of canine and human recognition. And grab a tissue: “THERE! WILL! BE! EYE! RAIN!” (New York Newsday).
📒The Editor ✍ Steven Rowley
✏The Editor Book Summary : From the bestselling author of Lily and the Octopus comes a novel about a struggling writer who gets his big break, with a little help from the most famous woman in America. After years of trying to make it as a writer in 1990s New York City, James Smale finally sells his novel to an editor at a major publishing house: none other than Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Jackie--or Mrs. Onassis, as she's known in the office--has fallen in love with James's candidly autobiographical novel, one that exposes his own dysfunctional family. But when the book's forthcoming publication threatens to unravel already fragile relationships, both within his family and with his partner, James finds that he can't bring himself to finish the manuscript. Jackie and James develop an unexpected friendship, and she pushes him to write an authentic ending, encouraging him to head home to confront the truth about his relationship with his mother. Then a long-held family secret is revealed, and he realizes his editor may have had a larger plan that goes beyond the page... From the bestselling author of Lily and the Octopus comes a funny, poignant, and highly original novel about an author whose relationship with his very famous book editor will change him forever--both as a writer and a son.
📒The Bookshop Of The Broken Hearted ✍ Robert Hillman
✏The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted Book Summary : In this tender and wise novel about love and forgiveness in 1960s Australia, a lonely farmer finds his life turned upside down by the arrival of a vibrant bookseller. "Beautifully written. . . . Full of insight into the nature of tragedy, love, and redemption." --Garth Stein "What a brave and beautiful book this is, about all the human ways to heal a broken heart--through unexpected love, resilient family, and, of course, timeless books." --Liam Callanan Can one unlikely bookshop heal two broken souls? It is 1968 in rural Australia and lonely Tom Hope can't make heads or tails of Hannah Babel. Newly arrived from Hungary, Hannah is unlike anyone he's ever met--she's passionate, brilliant, and fiercely determined to open sleepy Hometown's first bookshop. Despite the fact that Tom has only read only one book in his life, when Hannah hires him to install shelving for the shop, the two discover an astonishing spark. Recently abandoned by an unfaithful wife--and still missing her sweet son, Peter--Tom dares to believe that he might make Hannah happy. But Hannah is a haunted woman. Twenty-four years earlier, she had been marched to the gates of Auschwitz. Perfect for fans of The Little Paris Bookshop and The Light Between Oceans, The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted cherishes the power of love, literature, and forgiveness to transform our lives, and--if we dare allow them--to mend our broken hearts.
📒The Lustre Of Lost Things ✍ Sophie Chen Keller
✏The Lustre of Lost Things Book Summary : The unexpected is waiting to be discovered . . . Life can be lonely for Walter Lavender. Struggling with a communication disorder that renders him speechless, his refuge is his mother’s unusual New York bakery. When the mysterious Book at the heart of the shop’s charm and success vanishes and the landlord threatens closure, it is up to Walter to find the Book and save the shop. Thankfully, Walter’s affinity for things that have gone astray starts him on a quest across New York City with Milton, his overweight golden retriever, beside him. Down into the subway and soaring over Central Park, Walter meets some extraordinary people, discovers his voice and learns what it truly means to be found. ‘A buoyant, surprising, deeply human novel . . . a charming debut’ Steven Rowley, author of Lily and the Octopus
📒Traditional Chinese Medicine ✍ Henry C. Lu
✏Traditional Chinese Medicine Book Summary : "In clear and practical language ... Dr. Henry C. Lu provides techniques and treatments for a number of chronic conditions"--Cover.
📒Gilded Lily ✍ Delphine Dryden
✏Gilded Lily Book Summary : HIDDEN IDENTITIES, SCANDALOUS SECRETS… DEADLY ATTRACTION. Frederique Murcheson’s introduction into society hasn’t gone smoothly—some would even call it a disaster. Only Freddie considers her debut a success. Her scheme to become a makesmith has gone off flawlessly. The only thing that could upset her plans now would be if someone discovered that brilliant tinker Fred Merchant is, in fact, a lady in disguise. Wooing a spoiled heiress is not exactly Barnabas Smith-Grenville’s idea of high espionage. However, considering his brother disappeared on the job, supposedly into the most iniquitous of opium dens, he cannot expect much better. At least the assignment will afford him time to search for his brother, whom he suspects is in spy-related trouble rather than a drug-addled haze. But when Freddie proves to be both irresistible and the key to the answers he seeks, Barnabas finds himself not only entwined in a scandalous mystery involving lethal submersibles and deranged dirigibles, but also in a dangerous game of the heart…
📒After The Octopus ✍ Mark Spitzer
✏After the Octopus Book Summary : After the Octopus is the action-packed, stand-on-its-own, laugh-riot sequel to After the Orange Glow. It s also the final installment in Mark Spitzer s four-part series about living the life of an outlaw poet forty years too late. It s the age of Grunge and the setting is underground Seattle, where our narrator discovers that MIA thieving nympho who blew his mind in Literary France, scrambled his brain with hash in Morocco, and sent him packing to the Abyss. Adventures ensue with Lily again, danger again, lots and lots of sex again. Madness, death, weirdos, fear! But this time our femme fatale is way more human, and so is our protagonist who remembers what she did to him, so refuses to be whipped again. Meanwhile, earthquake omens erupt from the crust, llamas abound, and addicts clash. Gangs, abortions, porn and angst! Till fighting the sultry suck of her spell, our hero retreats to the fabled Mountain Palace, where things have changed. Especially when Lily, down and out, shows up in the Rockies. Spitzer, however, makes a shocking decision, which leads to the Ultimate Revelation."
📒Calling Dolores ✍ Alma de la Melena Cox
✏Calling Dolores Book Summary : EVERYONE HAS AWE INSPIRING CREATIVITY to give the world, including you. Dolores Del Leon didn't believe she had anything to give anyone. A down-on-her-luck artist, Dolores suffers from scarcity thinking that keeps her creativity buried and her bank account dwindling. Insecurity holds her back from her long-held dream to write a novel. One day, everything changes. Dolores meets a mysterious, wise woman in a pink sari on her walking trail who says, "Hi, I'm Maya-your soul. I'm here to blow your mind." With Maya's help, Dolores lands a highly creative, six-figure job in San Francisco. As Dolores sees the truth of the limiting stories of her past: her mother's violent discipline and growing up in the shadow of her father's devastating depression from PTSD, she harnesses an untapped creative power within. Maya reimagines Dolores' life into the fearless and amazing expression it's meant to be, complete with miracles-and she can do the same for you. CALLING DOLORES is a story about creation. Dolores becomes a powerful creator in this world when she adores her dark side and cherishes her wild child imagination-even when it's terrifying. This is one magical realism journey you won't want to miss. Books like CALLING DOLORES: Similar to THE ALCHEMIST, by Paolo Coelho, a wise guide helps Dolores realize her true self by following the call of her heart. Vivid descriptions about spiritual growth and creative process are found in CALLING DOLORES-as in MEN, MONEY AND CHOCOLATE, by Menna Van Praag. Like, FAITHFUL, by Alice Hoffman, CALLING DOLORES captures the desire to save the world despite great losses. CALLING DOLORES has the emotional depth of LILY AND THE OCTOPUS, by Steven Rowley. If you enjoy meditation, spiritual symbols and talismans to invoke magic as in THE MAGIC MALA, by Bob Olsen, you'll enjoy CALLING DOLORES.
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📒Dear Doctor Lily ✍ Monica Dickens
✏Dear Doctor Lily Book Summary : When Lily and Ida meet on a flight to America, they embark on a relationship that is to see them through two very different marriages. Lily wants passionately to help people, and to experience romance and adventure at the same time. Falling in love with a married man was not part of the plan. In order to escape her abusive father, Ida flees to America to marry Buddy, looking forward to a clean slate with her new husband. But is having a house and being Mrs. Someone enough for her? Married life will bring them comfort, distress, joy and tragedy in equal measure as the years unfold. Only their friendship can carry them through. First published in 1988, Dear Doctor Lily follows two women as they navigate the complexities of love, family, and friendship.