Love and Laughter

An Ex to Grind

By Jane Heller

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"The battle of the sexes rages on in this smart, witty, and extremely timely new comedy by the phenomenally popular Jane Heller! This time she poses a provocative question: While it's common for deadbeat husbands to dodge their alimony payments by nefarious means, what happens when a woman plays by the same fast-and-loose rules? Manhattan financial planner Melanie Banks likes being on top. She's addicted to the money, the power, and the success only hard work and long hours can bring. When she first meets and falls in love with pro football player Dan Swain, she admires his work ethic too. But then they get married and his career comes to a screeching halt, and suddenly she's the one bringing home the bacon -- and falling out of love with him. In the years -- years! -- since he last held a job, he's become a paycheck-devouring, couch-sitting mooch, and he likes it that way. And Melanie decides it's time to lose the loser. Divorce, however, isn't all it's cracked up to be."
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As She Climbed Across the Table

By Jonathan Lethem

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"The best boy-meets-girl-meets-void story ever written. Professor Philip Engstrom is in love with Alice Coombs, a particle physicist who, unfortunately has fallen in love with Lack, an artificially created nothingness, a rift in the universe that absorbs some things and disdains others. For this reason, Alice finds Lack an irresistibly mysterious personality--something that makes it an unbeatable rival for Philip."
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Borrower of the Night

By Elizabeth Peters

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"Meet art historian Vicky Bliss, She is as beautiful as she is brainy--with unassailable courage, insatiable curiosity, and an expertise in lost museum treasures that often leads her into the most dangerous of situations. A missing masterwork in wood, the last creation of a master carver who died in the violent tumult of the sixteenth century, may be hidden in a medieval German castle in the town of Rothenburg. The prize has called to Vicky Bliss, drawing her and an arrogant male colleague into the forbidding citadel and its dark secrets. But the treasure hunt soon turns deadly. Here, where the blood of the long forgotten damned stains ancient stones, Vicky must face two equally perilous possibilities. Either a powerful supernatural evil inhabits this place. . .or someone frighteningly real is willing to kill for what Vicky is determined to find."
First of a series.

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Can You Keep a Secret?

By Sophie Kinsella

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"With the same wicked humor, buoyant charm, and optimism that have made her Shopaholic novels beloved international bestsellers, Sophie Kinsella delivers a hilarious new novel and an unforgettable new character. Meet Emma Corrigan, a young woman with a huge heart, an irrepressible spirit, and a few little secrets.... until she spills them all to a handsome stranger on a plane. At least, she thought he was a stranger.  But come Monday morning, Emma’s office is abuzz about the arrival of Jack Harper, the company’s elusive CEO. Suddenly Emma is face-to-face with the stranger from the plane, a man who knows every single humiliating detail about her. Things couldn’t possibly get worse—until they do."

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Cupid and Diana

By Christina Bartolomeo

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""Diana Campanella has been feeling a little panicky lately - and with good reason. Her vintage clothing store is on the verge of going bust and her engagement to her lawyer fiance has lasted longer than most people's marriages. What's a girl to do?
"Struggling to make ends meet while keeping the peace in her boisterous family, Diana feels caught between one sister who makes her living as a lingerie model and another who is a devout Catholic housewife. But just when all seems lost, hope arrives in the form of a rumpled New York lawyer named Harry - a soul mate whose generous supply of warmth and compassion more than make up for his shortage of designer duds."
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Emma

By Jane Austen

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"EMMA WOODHOUSE, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly twenty-one years in the world with very little to distress or vex her."

What follows in Austen's classic distresses and vexes Emma very much indeed--and in such a funny way--making her one of the author's most memorable and beloved characters.

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Forever

By Jude Deveraux

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Adam Montgomery wants the truth: the truth of what really happened to his family. His only hope is psychic Darci Monroe. But his quest and his growing feelings for her will put both of their lives in danger.

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Four Blondes

By Candace Bushnell

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"...tells the stories of four women facing up to the limitations of their rapidly approaching middle age in an era that worships youth. From the former 'It-girl' heroine of 'Nice N'Easy,' who each summer looks for a rich man who'll provide her with a house in the Hamptons, to the writer-narrator of 'Single Process,' who goes to London on a hunt for love and a good magazine story, Bushnell brings to life contemporary women in search of something more -- when the world is pushing for them to settle for less. Sexy, funny, and wonderfully lush with gossep and scandal..."
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Just Friends

By Robyn Sisman

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"After her break-up with Michael, Freya crashes at her friend Jack's place. But when Jack wants to be alone with his new girlfriend, Candace, Freya is there. Truth be told, Jack doesn't really want Freya to leave. It doesn't take long for Michael to bounce back with a new girl--Freya's best friend Cat. Set in London and New York, this story asks, will everyone remain friends?"
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Love, Stars, and All That

By Kirin Narayan

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For Gita, a shy Indian graduate student at Berkeley, life is a complex whirl of new friends, culture shock, creative survival on a graduate stipend, and, of course, romance. Gita's beloved Aunty has consulted her astronumerologist and, according to the stars, Gita is soon destined to meet her jori--or, as they say in America, "Mr. Right."
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