Love and Laughter

Jane Heller
"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."
Jonathan Lethem
"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."
Elizabeth Peters

"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.

Sophie Kinsella

"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."

Christina Bartolomeo
""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."
Jane Austen
"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.

Jude Deveraux

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.

Candace Bushnell
"...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..."
Robyn Sisman
"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?"
Kirin Narayan
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."
Denise Chavez

Teresina Avila is a divorced, thirty-something Chicana working in Cabritoville, New Mexico. Her lover will never leave his wife and ties Tere's heart in knots. Her diversions center around her best friend, Irma, and her membership in the Pedro Infante Fan Club. A hilarious and heartrending story about the fictions women weave to justify loving the wrong mate.

Mameve Medwed
"Katinka O'Toole has discovered that a degree from Harvard does not always lead to fame and fortune. Divorced and struggling to make a living as a writer, the highlight of her day has become the arrival of the mail. Or, more precisely, the mailman. Yes, she hopes for an acceptance letter, but she also has a fierce crush on Louie Capetti, her gorgeous postal carrier, who she hopes will carry her away to romantic bliss. So while she has taken to receiving her mail in 'discount Dior,' she also has to deal with her pretentious ex-husband (a noted Joycean scholar), her class-conscious mother, the unwanted affections of a corporate lawyer, and various other roadblocks to true love that plague smart women in today's society."
Amanda Quick
"When the independent Imogen Waterstone convinces infamous explorer Matthias Marshall, Earl of Colchester, to help her lure a ruthless enemy to ruin by posing as her suitor, the result is scandalous passion and sinister threats."
Joseph Ashby Porter

"In the mid-seventies three women and a man from beyond their national borders find themselves marooned in Charlottesville, Virginia. Resident Aliens culminates in a festive weekend of comical blunders, shifting allegiances, and maturing love."

Jennifer Crusie

Maddie Faraday’s life would be perfect—-if it weren’t for

 

  • her cheating husband
  • her suspicious daughter
  • her gossipy mother
  • her secretive best friend
  • her nosy neighbors,
  • and that guy she lost her virginity to twenty years ago who is suddenly back in town. . . .

     

Suddenly, life in southern Ohio just got a little more scandalous.

Josephine Carr
"A proper librarian finds passion in this witty new novel. Behind a French twist and sensible clothes, 40-year-old librarian Alison Sheffield hides an extravagant nature. But after last night, even her most proper attire can't disguise the signs--Alison Sheffield is in love."
Melissa Bank

"Follows the life lessons of Jane, from defiant teenager to reluctant career girl, as she makes her way through love, sex, relationships, and workplace perils, prompted by dubious advice from a pop-psych guide to life."

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde's brilliant play makes fun of the English upper classes with light-hearted satire and dazzling humor. The play focuses on Jack and Algernon, two young men in love with girls both determined to marry someone named Ernest.

Carol Shields

"With a viewpoint that shifts as crisply as cards in the hands of a blackjack dealer, Carol Shields introduces us to two shell-shocked veterans of the wars of the heart. There's Fay, a folklorist whose passion for mermaids has kept her from focusing on any one man. And right across the street there's Tom, a popular radio talk-show host who has focused a little too intently, having married and divorced three times. Can Fay believe in lasting love with such a man? Will romantic love conquer all rational expectations?"

Dorothy Cannell

Reluctant to show up at her family reunion carrying so many extra pounds, unmarried, overweight Ellie Simons hires Bentley T. Haskell to pose as her fiance, thus beginning a weekend of romance, jealousy, and murder.

Richard Condon
Undercover to nab a ring of Sino-Albanian spies operating out of a Hollywood talent agency, Iraqi-American lawyer Leila Aluja falls in love with her prey, in a satire of suspense novels.
Tim O'Brien

"A wildly funny, brilliantly inventive novel about a man torn between two obsessions: the desperate need to win back his former wife and a craving to test his erotic charms on every woman he meets.

"He is 6'6" tall, a cross between Ichabod Crane and Abe Lincoln. He is a professor of linguistics, bewitched by language, deluded about his ability to win the hearts of women with his erudition and physical appeal. He is Thomas H. Chippering, a.k.a. Tomcat, a masterly addition to the pantheon of unforgettable characters in American fiction."