And Emma quickly notices this. Also in the story Jonah has a disabled younger brother who cannot walk but is very good with technology. I'm looking for two children's books from the s One involves a young couple in their first home suddenly inundated with cats Happy ending The man builds backyard homes for them. The second takes us through the day from morning to noon early afternoon, afternoon, dusk finally night. Both are about the size of golden books. The first is a book about a young woman who works in an office with her boyfriend and friend.
She is being stalked by someone who works with her and eventually her boyfriend breaks up with her. The stalker attacks her in the stairwell of her office building and her boss comes to her rescue. In the end she finds out her boss has always loved her because he remembers her from when she was a little girl and her family vacationed at his families place.
He got her in trouble when she was small and her mother slapped her. He carried around that guilt with him and always wanted to find her and make sure she turned out ok. Her stalker attempts to attack her again until he is finally caught. The second one is another romance about a guy, who I think is pro football player, who hires a nanny to care for his baby. Anyway, the girl takes the position because she wants out of her trailer park home where alcoholic father is abusive.
Long story short they end up falling in love. I thinks she takes college courses too and drive a beat up clunker. I'm looking for a pre-teen fiction book I read in the 60's about an orphan girl who discovers she can ride horses and resurrects an almost forgotten early childhood with equestrian parents in the circus, she falls in love with an almost mythical boy Ponyboy not the more modern Ponyboy character.
Hi, I'm looking for a nonfiction book that starts out by the author telling an story about how her whole college class was brought into an auditorium and shown a short film about these two basketball teams passing balls then a gorilla shows up randomly and starts jumping around in the middle of them.
This is in reference to a study that was done in by Simon Charbis and Daniel Simmons. The book is actually a critique about our education system and talks about how it needs to account for the difference in individual attention spans that people have. It was published sometime in the early s. Ruthm, was the first book Behind the Attic Wall? I'm looking for two books ; Ther first, an orphan girl or foster girl; I believe it was made into an after school special.
Set in the 70s or early 80s. She was sent to live worth an older women. All I remember is she didn't want to be there and as time went on she grew to love the old women and didn't want to leave when authorities came back for her. The second is a kids chapter book. The front had an older women with an eye patch and holding a cat. It was about a family moved into a new town and the locals claimed the old woman was a witch. The family kids got to know the old lady and became friends.
Hello, I'm looking for a romance novel that my grandmother use to love to read back to back. I can't seem to recall the name but it was about a woman who took over her husband's P. Over time she calls him "superman" because he resembles Clark Kent in appearance. But the P. Basically, they both re trying to chase down a person who is harassing woman with short hair, and a boyish frame. I really want to get this novel for my grandmother since she lost hers, but I can't seem to rememeber the title or the author. We had a poetry book in the 60s that had a mix of grown up and children poetry.
The Fly by Theodore Tilton was in it. Only one I am certain of. I know that is slim info. I think it was green and about one and a half inch thick. I am looking for a children's book possibly set in Australia or New Zealand about a vagabond brother who visits his nearsighted sister. She disapproves of his lifestyle. She has a disgruntled cat. When the brother leaves, he mixes up his fur hat with the cat and ends up taking the cat on vagabonding adventures.
The sister believes her cat the brother's hat is a now a much happier cat, content to lie in her lap. I really can't find this book : When i was in primary school over 11 years ago I read this book and here's what it's about: A princess lives in a castle and gets a box with three wishing seeds for her birthday, among other gifts. She then uses the seeds to wish for her prince.
The book progresses as she waits for her prince wondering when he's coming and what he's doing right now. In the end it turns out her wish comes true, however the guy she falls in love with is actually her servant who has been there from the beginning. I am looking for a fantasy book that came out in the eighties that involved a reluctant hero, sort a homebody, who loved making cheeses. He got pulled into a quest and it involved an elven airship and all he wanted to go was get home to smoke his pipe and make different cheeses.
Sorry for the vagueness. I would appreciate any help. If memory served it came out around the same time as Requiem for a Ruler of Worlds by Brian Daley, or it may have had cover art by the same artist. She marries an older, rich man named Warner but runs off with a bullfighter due to her sex addiction. There is also a gay best friend and an Anna Wintour type woman as her mentor. The name of the novel is making me crazy! Please help. When her father dies she contacts her dads friends who tries to set the girls up with marriage.
Does anyone know a picture book I read when I was in college 30 years ago? I forgot the title but it began like this; Once upon a time there was a man and a woman. The man said yes. The woman said yes. They fell in love and got together. But as life went on the woman said No. Then the man said No. Then the woman said NO NO. Then the man said NO NO.
I went something like that. It was simple. It was easy to understand. So I gave it to my parents. They weren't speaking together at that time. Anyway, I hope someone knows what I'm talking about. I gave that book away to a friend and I regret it. Thank you so much for reading this. I'm trying to remember the author or the name of a romance novel about a divorced woman and her son moving to a small town in Alaska to her childhood home that her deceased father left to her. When she gets there she finds her high school sweetheart living next door with his daughter and son. Looking for a s circa book, about a boy and a deer.
I am looking for a book I read as a child in the s about children that lost both parents and an older child in the family raised them. I think it was called something and then Palace bubblegum29 comcast. I think it is a YA book but it could be an adult fiction. They have to sleep in the same bed for some reason, and because the friend likes the singer, he starts thinking about her sexually while sleeping next to her.
As if reading his mind, the girl turns to him in bed, takes his penis and starts to jerk him off. Im looking for a book I read about a girl reluctantly goes with her friends to a cabin in the poconos for the weekend for her friends birthday. The story starts to unfold with something about a mental hospital near the cabin and an escaped patient from that night. I'm looking for a book that is about a girl who was in an accident.
I think her parents are scientists. She is saved and made of blue or green goo now. Her memory is saved on a computer that she ends up finding. There is something about butterflies I think. Orange Coast College or Goldenwest College courses. I'm looking for a thriller about a woman who slowly transforms herself into a man by buiking up her body mass and changing her appearance and her sex.
I read this book when I was in high school and I cannot remember the name of it. It was a fantasy book. The main characters brother is sick and I think died in the hospital. I work in a public library and a patron just requested a copy of a book about a young boy who journeys to Alaska in search of a male relative dad?
She thinks the boy's name was "Lincoln" and he ends up living with the local native people, hunting with them and learning their ways.
She thinks the title had the words "water" and "sky" in them maybe? Any help would be appreciated, because her grandson is going to Alaska soon and she thought he might enjoy reading it on the trip. I'm looking for a book I read when I was in elementary school in the 's. I used to check this book out a lot. All I can remember is the book had a dark blue fabric cover over hardback. It was about a young girl, possibly 12 or 13, who went to stay with an elderly, sick relative in California on the coast.
The household was made up of the elderly relative, housekeeper, maids, cook and the child. It is not the Secret Garden, nor is it Heidi. I want to say the title had something about Candle in it Not sure when it was written. I loved this book and have been wracking my brain for years to try and remember it. He gathers his friends and they all go search for it. Looing for a book that has orange cover and about teens in high school the main character has an enemy and a best friend the book is small in size and is a series.
I'm looking for a s book with a cabin that basically when you stayed in time stood still and the outside world kept going at an accelerated speed. It was two brothers. One stayed and the other went outside. Searching for a book that I read in the early 's about 12 children known as the Big Six older kids and the Little Six at summer camp. There was a ' Fairy Ring' in a clearing in the woods. The children cooked and took care of themselves. Assassin type series Author "Eisen??? I read that around and remember some similarities to what you describe.
But it was not precisely what you described. Looking for a romance book about a girl who meets a guy that was kicked out of his old school. He saves her from getting hit by a car. He rides a motorcycle. They fall in love. He is protecting her from something. She gets weird things sent to her. Looking for a book about a kid in London who is maybe part of a detective agency with his older brother not sure about this? I know he deals with gangs or something and is almost thrown into the thames with cement shoes.
There's a scene in the book where he's in a train yard or something and he's tied up, but when he's tied up he remembers to tense his muscles beforehand so he can escape the ropes later. This is very vague, but I just remember it being a good, kinda funny book. Looking for a book I read years ago. I can't really remember what it was about but it was something like a son or grandson retelling the story of his dad or grandpa who designed the nuke or something?
Since every time she wears it good things happen. The strike up a Summer romance. And since I never finished the book, due to my sister snagging it, I have no idea how it ends. Looking for short story, supposedly an English class book about a young boy who travels on a bus then meets a punk looking girl in a bar waiting for the bus to be fixed so he can travel home.
I'm looking for a sci fi series I read as a kid. The main character is an enhanced super soldier who's turned against his compatriots, but his enhanced abilities are only activated by proximity to his former comrades. Looking for a book about 2 boys who travel through history as famous historical figures. Lincoln and Grant, Marc Antony and Cesar. I remember the book being sort of old looking with a green hard cover. I want to say it was written in the 50s or 60s but can't be sure.
The title had something to do with Lost, Forgotten, or Time but not sure about that either. I've come across the typical Land that Time Forgot but that is not it.
It was children stuck in this other world and I think they arrived by some sort of door through the brush. Thank you!! Looking for a book where a young boy climbs a waterfall and then he makes friends with a young girl. After many years he climbs the waterfall to win her hands.
I read a story once, the catlike woman whose tribe fed on dreams was kept by a worker on a mine planet. Her kind was forbidden, the dream feed caused eventual death but was pleasant to both in the dreary world. Have been trying to find that short story for almost 40 years now. Sound familiar to anyone?
I want to read it again. Looking for an old Penguin book about some half-dozen historical social reforms in Britain. Each chapter was about some social ill that was finally ended or mitigated. Three I dimly recall are the abolition of man-traps to catch poachers, some safety improvements in large sailing ships, The title was something along the lines of "They'll never fix this one". I think it's A Spring to Remember. Childrens book with many stories that were illustrated one was about poor man who meets a witch and she gives him a horse who she says he can't feed he gets rich off the horse and one day feeds him the horse turns into a man and spares him for the crumb he gave him but burns his house down and takes his riches the witch comes back and turns the man into a horse.
Looking for a book my mom 88 read as a child. True storyThe story was about a young boy who was lost in the woods of Maine. He fell a lot as he was trying to find his way out. He was cold at night. His shoes wore out and so he was barefoot. He walked through creeks and froze his toes. He ate berries to survive He prayed a lot. He finally came to a lake, he had fallen and could not get up. He felt someone pick him up He saw a light across the lake and wanted to swim towards it.
He was so exhausted he could not and again he felt someone helping him Anyone have any clue as to what the title of this book is??? He even gets someone to deliver his newspaper to his bedroom lol. He is in the music industry, possibly a jingle writer and he plays the piano and taught his daughter. The author may have an Irish sounding name? Please help me find it again!
I am looking for a book my boyfriend read 4 years ago. The book is written in the first person, published before The protagonist is an American professor visiting England and begins on his journey back to the airport in a taxi. All the other tenants in the guesthouse are strange with their own stories to tell. You, as the reader, are lead to believe the other guests are either entirely mad or dead. The protagonist spends a good portion of the middle of the book trying to distance himself from other guests to find signal on his phone but can't to call his girlfriend.
At the end of the book it's heavily hinted that the protagonist actually died in a plane crash and has been dead the whole time. The book was billed as a thriller but had rather humourous moments if you like dark humour. The author of the book seemed to be English and possibly had a double barrelled surname.
The cover may have been yellow on the hardback edition. I am looking for a children't book I used to read as a child. It was a short read about a young girl who wanted to purchase a black stallion but couldn't afford it. So she ended up purchasing a beat up old black horse instead. Essentially, this book is the ugly duckling book about a horse. It would have been published prior to the early 's. That is when I remember reading it.
Hi everyone, I'm looking for a book that is about a Havard student. When he passed away, his friends came to his funeral and they decided to have a speical sign for their children. His son grew up and he got the help from his father's friends to take revenge for him. Please let me know if you know any information about this book. Thank you so much. I appreciate it. He then set out to find his family along the way he comes across a man and a women in a house and he uses the words full of spunk to describe her. He also uses a bike mask to be protected from the air. And he has a picture of his daughter in his pocket.
Along the way they come accross a hospital where a nurse and a child have been hiding in an X-ray room where they were protected from radiation. The kid was wheeled around in a wheel barrow I do believe. Looking for a book about a girl who lives in california who is goth but carries around a doll and falls in love with a surfer who works at a juice bar and her mom and boyfriend send her to her father on NY an she meets her half siblings. The cover is pink and yellow-orange stripes with a combat boot and a doll. One is about a man who proposes to his girlfriend with a green ring, next to a dock or some water, and a sea monster like pops out and steals the ring.
The man jumps in after it. He eventually gets it back and returns. He gives the ring to his girlfriend and she says she'd like it better if it was blue or some other color. Might be called Suburbia? Looking for a book from the s I think, about a girl whose teacher stays with her while her parents are away. I don't remember much except she had a party and the teacher made a "cake" with tuna in the middle of a loaf of bread and frosted it with cream cheese.
I know it's odd but that's the main thing I remember to this day lol. Published prior to One leader eventually disappears when not a diamond using magic. Underground cult uses magic to overthrow system and a leader eventually achieves lifetime ambition of disappearing into a diamond. In looking for a book i read to teens.
It's about a young girl camp counselor that took misfit teens camping. They had a volunteer grandma with them. Along the bike they encountered a group of motorcycle guys that followed them and caused trouble. If I remember right, it's categorized as a Young Adult book. It's about this girl and boy who I think they used to date, but for some reason they split and part their own ways, but they keep writing letters to each other that's how the book is narrated; with the letters i can't remember but i think the girl stops writing and the guy is struggling to keep up with growing up and becoming a responsible adult.
I think the girl goes of to college and finds someone else. I am looking for a play theather play that I watched many years ago. It is about two boys raised by their parents in very different ways. Like a psychological experiment. The parents or one of them is a psychologist.
One is raised in the attic, locked and isolated. And the other is raised freely, regularly registered at the school. I am looking for an illustrated children's book I read 30 years back. The publisher was "Treasure Press". The title had the words "The Golden Monkey" I forget whether it was Legend of the Golden Monkey or Tales of the golden monkey or legend of the golden monkey.
Any clues? I am looking for a book that i used to read when i was very young. A male assasin partners up with a female assasin and they start to save people instead. One novel involved an Eastern European police officer who the mob killed and sold the young ballet dancing daughter into sex slavery for revenge and fear to the village. The daughter ends up being trafficked to Las Vegas and main characters save her.
I am looking for a book from the 90's. It was a young adult book. There's a girl who loses her virginity to the town bad boy then runs away. She hitchhikes to California and works as a waitress or maybe in a resort. She meets a guy and they fall in love. She finds out she can't have kids because of some STD the bad boy gave her. In the end she uses a payphone to call her mother. The cover had a backpack, postcards, and a red bra in sand on it. I am looking for an anthology of sci-fi short stories.
One story I remember is about a girl who rides her bike beyond her block and discovers a gas station. Later she can't find it. It turns out the town is just an elaborate facade. Her parents aren't her parents. Something dealing with a pumpkin shows a glitch in the false reality.
Looking for a girl born given to her sister. Has two ballerina outfits on it and a person hugging the girl. Am looking for a children's book I read in the s. Great aunt Jane was going to the airport and had a flat tyre. I remember the phrase "as flat as a pancake". Hi im looking for a book who had the drawing of a crocodile on front on the french version anyway I think it was an american teen novel but with mystery and murder. Two bad? A tree house where a kid witnessed a murder, a cleaning lady. Its all a big blur i tking i read it in bit it might be older. The main character gains abilities from small figures that he found, all i can remember is that one of the figures was a necromancer.
It was only one novel not part of a series of novels. Looking for a children's book about two sisters who are at the beach when the beach is evacuated but they are left stranded. An old woman who lives at the beach beckons them to come out of the oncoming storm. Hello, I am looking for a children's picture book about a boy who was trying to find a friend.
He tried to make a friend out of a tumbleweed, and out of a cactus. Finally he rode across a rainbow, and at the end found a friend. This was from the late 70's, early 80's. Thanks for the help! Christine Amaryllis. Hi, my son is trying to find a book he read about 5 years ago but cannot remember the name or the author. It's about game hunters in Africa that get stopped by 2 children. Not much to go on I appreciate this but it is worth a shot. Thanks Gaz. Cutbytheshell22 If you're still looking for the crow book it might be Trickster's Choice by Tamora Pierce. Gypsiegately The book you're looking for is Haunted by Meg Cabot.
It's the 5th book in the mediator series. I used to love it and really want to find it so my kids can read it. I'm looking for book that is a series. It was about a girl who is human AMD half sky spirit. She meets a boy who turns in a loupe which is the french word for wolf. I cant remember the name of the 1st book but I remember that if the wolf gets touched by sun or transforms during the day he stays that way forever. Help I loved the series. I was reading it when I was in middle school. I cant remember the name of a childhood book I've read! It has a girl character that never wanted to bathe and she was so dirty, flowers began growing out of her skin.
I'm looking for a book I read from the older young adult section when I was in elementary school. For some reason, white tennis shoes seem really relevant to this book. Trying to find a book about a boy set in a medieval time period who finds out he has illegal powers where he can control an invisible force. He leaves his home on a journey to find his traitorous brother who is like the advisor to the king. The brother is also an illegal mage who tries to kill the king but the boy saves the king.
I'm trying to remember a romance book I read about 7 years ago or so. It takes place in the modern day, and went back and forth for main characters by a vampire and a human woman who was a vet. She had a birthmark that when the vampire saw it know she was his soul mate but only saw it after he attacked her when he needed blood. She also had a power to heal at will but tried to keep it hidden except for one time she healed a dog who was going to die. Later in the story she met other vampires with their mates who also had the same birthmark as her and they each had different powers too.
He ended up at a small cottage on the ocean. Swam a lot, layed in the sun a lot, and began to heal. At some point he began to keep some special kind of bees. Any thought on the name? I read a book in that was about an elderly man who took his money out of the bank - bought a car perhaps a Cadillac and drive off.
It was quite amusing. I would love to know the name of the book.
Thank you. One day the boy was driving the car down a country road and he either hit a little girl on her bicycle or swerved to miss her. The boy ended up on crutches and the grandpa was not seriously injured, but I think the little girl was. The grandfather claimed it had been him who was driving the truck, and he was arrested for reckless driving or something like that.
The rest of the book revolves around the main character, the grandson, struggling to decide whether to tell the truth that he was the one driving or let his grandfather take the fall for him. I remember some minor details such as the main character begins dating a popular girl named Maxine, Justine, or Georgina, something like that. I also know there was a certain country song that was playing when the car accident happened and the main character hears it on the radio several times throughout the book.
I remember that his dad has been a firefighter and was killed trying to save a little boy who had fallen from the ice. I have spent years trying to Google the name of the book based off details I remember, but have come up with nothing. If anyone recognizes the book, please let me know. There's a book I remeber reading in the beginning of highschool. It was about a vampire that had bitten this boy? Anyways the plot I remember is that he resists biting someone and its a really big struggle. There's a specific scene I really remember it's when the family is cooking a steak dinner.
He asks for his steak rare and his older brother is grossed out. I remember it ending on an ambiguous ending, where he shuts himself in his room. He struggling a lot and I'm pretty sure he was getting weaker and weaker as he wouldn't drink human blood. The cover was black and had a yellow smile face, I think there was fangs and it had blood on the fangs. Please help? I read a book a long time ago in middle school and a very important theme was the main girl wears purple lipstick and always blotches them on a napkin.
She and this girl have been competing for ever and I think at some point the main girl figures out her boyfriend was cheating with the other girl. So the boyfriend ends up dead with a purple lipstick mark on his cheek and everyone thinks it's the main girl. She fights to prove she's innocent and shows the other girl was keeping her purple lipstick blotches napkins in a drawer and convinced people she used the napkin to frame her.
The other girl ends up in a psych ward, main girl ends up with her male best friend and confesses she truly did murder her boyfriend and framed the other girl. In the 's or early 's I read a book about a teenage girl who lives with her single mother and younger sister.
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Both the mother and sister seems to look to the teenage girl to take care of them emotionally. The teenage girl meets a boy and develops a relationship while the younger sister is promiscuous and ends up pregnant. The younger sister lies about how far along she is so a nice boy thinks it's his and married her.
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The younger sister husband leaves after discovering baby isnt his, younger sister baby is removed and they expect teenage girl to fix it for them. Girl decides to leave for art school and let her family and her clingy boyfriend to care for themselves. Anyone remember this book? Its driving me crazy trying to remember the name of the book and the character names.
They try to go into the city by jumping onto a train and they end up finding they need to get her on a boat to get home, so they have to either swim across a ocean or pay to cross the bridge. There is also this beast who I believe left his master, he ends up fighting an alligator and winning, but just barely, after he accepts death. I can't remember the name of the book I read about a girl in a dystopian world may have had a mother and Brother die in very beginning, don't remember but she comes across a group of men and to protect her from a severe rape and possible death, one of the men "gently" rapes her and she either escapes or the men just leave since they successfully got her; and she ends up pregnant and has a baby girl.
Years later she is living in a cave society and ends up meeting the father of her daughter and learns h e had done what he did to try and save her from worse, and they end up falling in love, though there is more to the actual book story. The book was the first in a series. I cant remember the name of this book I read. Its about a girl who is in art school, her dean tells her shes failing. She goes to look for this like retired artist who could mentor her. Hes an alcoholic. He lives with this younger guy whos like a bad boy. And the mentor had been in a relationship with her mom before her mom died and she found letters in the mentors house.
I think the girl had a really unique name and went by a shorter version. I think she had drawn the bad boy the first time she met him and he kept that drawing. They I think started like dating and she got jealous of some girl who I think was his step mom or sister or something. Looking for a young adult book I read around It had 2 plots, one that took place during the present day and another during an s type time period. It was a conservative rural family and the baby conceived out of wedlock - so consequences from the abusive father were dire and the stakes were high.
In the end the older sister ended up having the baby but it died and she put it in the river. Im searching for a book about this little boy who gets abducted while waiting for his mom. This female detective moves into town and tries to find him. She finds a dairy of maybe the abductor and in it the person describes how they watched a grown police man throw up at the sight of the dead body. So its also about a group of people who have been killing since they were kids. Looking for a book about a women whom travels into a new neighborhood that is run by a mafia.
She has caught the eye of the mafia boss and he protects her sometimes when he see her. IN this book, I believe they have powers in the mafia that allows the mafia gang to shadow creep into places that normal people can not. I'm searching for two books. The first is a book about a group of college women and their lives after graduation.
Not a movie. May have Club in the title. May be by Jeanne Dixon. Looking for a book that the cover is a theme of purple and butterflies. The boy spends his whole life trying to get her out and succeeds in the end. Looking for the title of a novel about a black funeral home director who must find a wife. The wife he is advised to choose should be submissive, dark-skinned, the perfect color, in order to carry on the tradition as his father did. I believe that the story is set in the late 19th or early 20th C. Would love to find this book--thanks! Plot was angel torn between Heaven and Hell, not feeling worthy Monks take bad men to a monastery and basically torture them?
In it, an angel fell to earth from his cloud and landed on earth, in a big city. He explored a department store, and was taken home by an old woman who gave him a bath. It was regularly read aloud by Captain Kangaroo, on his TV show. I am looking for a book that I believe is only a picture book or at least very few sentences, about two gorilla families.
The illustrations are marvelous but also contain some weird elements like trees turning into light poles, bowler hat clouds etc. From what I remember the main characters are two child gorillas from very different households one being rich and distant parents, the other being poor but very loving parents. They meet at a park and play together. Looking for adult book about characters Blue and Pink in kids book. Spider weaving web on porch.
Old woman fies. Settling estate. I'm looking for a book that was about this boy with his father not having a good relationship his father is a doctor I believe and is rich. The father has a bodyguard and the son I believe has is taking summer classes due to his father. They own a house near the beach and the boy plans a party with his group of friends not knowing that the word of having a party started to go around like wildfire.
Then later on in the book he and his girlfriend and guy friend go on an airplane trip to France to find more about his father or the bodyguard secret. When they arrive there the main character the guy goes into a car dealership he tries to get a car but fails after being a minor in France. Even though in America he isn't a minor. They then bribe the worker to file fake documents in order to get a car. They go to this hotel near a beach that you can go to fully nude at the beach But it appears that they are being followed by somebody.
The main character tries to get more information about the one specific man. Says who are you looking for and the main character lies that he was eager to find his dad after years of trying to find him. Looking for a second chance mc romance about a female realtor who gets beaten up by a potential client. She then runs into her biker ex and his club , she knows his club, at a wings restaurant on bike night. This is a very remote chance and I dont have a lot of info but Im looking for the names of a trilogy written about a girl growing up in a religious school and coming to grips with her catholism???
Have a feeling the names of the books were something to do with the seasons but could be wrong. Looking for a book about a teenage girl who if I remember correctly was called either Deliah or Delilah. She had an older brother who ran away from home due to her finding out he had a drug addiction.
Her best friend was this Indian girl who ended up sleeping with her boyfriend Adam, the son of a police officer. Her mother was a clown and the book was within a series all focusing on Delilah and her brother. The first book ended with her brother calling her to tell her that he was alive. Please help, have been searching for literally years x.
I'm looking for a book about a motorcycle president and a woman hiding her past. She was raised in a group home that her father sold her to when she was a very young child after her moms death. The group home is abusive and the heroine protects the younger children. The lady running the home beats the heroine or locks her in the dark basement for says. A young girl shows up with no memory and the heroine protects her.
The woman that runs the home son attacked the young girl and the heroine attached him and together they ran. Now the heroines friend was on the way to work and was kidnapped. The heroine is looking for her at a strip club where she heard she might be. Bikers show up at the motel room of heroine saying the president of the club wants to talk to her.
She says fine she will dress and follow them. They grab her and she tells them she doesn't like to be touched. They don't listen and she kicks their booty. She paints rufus on Mc clubhouse wall. Her list uncle comes back and sees it. He knows his sister always had rufus. Heroine is also interloped with the homeless vets. It had copies published in Cortez Colorado by Beaver publishing in I have befriended the author, and would like to read futher adventures of his horse trading days.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. I am searching for a book that I think was called "The Promise". It is about reincarnation with an actress and writer discovering they had lived and loved in another lifetime. Others from this past life have also been reincarnated and are now closely involved in their current lives as well.
I don't recall all details, but seem to remember the actress's mother in the past interfering in her life and manipulates people and events until she ultimately and accidentally kills her daughter I read this book back in the 70's, so it is rather old. I can't remember the title or author. I read this book back in the 90s. The book is about an English woman who inherits a mansion but only if she goes on a quest to return a dragon egg within 1 years time.
The woman was a teacher in London. When she leaves on the quest, she takes a street-wise London boy with her. The egg is from the union of a dragon and human woman and is watched over and accompanied by an oriental unicorn creature. I think it was called a Ki-lin or Ky-rin maybe Qylin, not sure.
The creature starts off as a small statue and he can shrink to tiny size or grow to the size of a horse. And he never harms anything, not even a blade of grass. At the end of the book, the woman returns home to open an orphanage. When the egg hatches, there are twins inside. A perfect little dragon and a human baby. My friend thinks there might be a fox in the story also. I'm searching for a book that I was assigned to read for a college class in or It probably fits under the category of Intermediate Reader or possibly YA.
Definitely historical fiction. It's the best book I've ever read, so I can't believe I don't remember the author or even the title. The story is set during the time when white people are leary of their Japanese neighbors. The story centers around a girl and her family who have a farm I think on one of the San Juan Islands.
Relatives come to stay with the girl's family and she is not happy about it because the female cousin is spoiled and tries to get her in trouble. The girl likes to go out sailing in her sailboat. One night she is out in her sailboat with her friend and it is foggy and they hear another boat nearby and they hear voices and the sound of a body being thrown overboard.
When the boat leaves, the girl and her friend retrieve the body from the water and bring it back to shore. The body turns out to be a Japanese man and they hide him and nurse him back to health. The would-be murderers of the Japanese man discover that he is still alive and chase the girl and her friend and cousin and the Japanese man across Puget Sound in their sailboats to Friday Harbor. It is an intense chase. Wish I could remember more of the book. Does anyone know the title of the book I'm thinking of?
They get him on board and the chief engineer poisons him and takes money. The characters are, Lt. Commander Cordeau, Lt. Beech, Zola the stoker can't remember any more!! The rogue engineer shoots Cordeau and takes Beech prisoner and then lets him go as he has run out of bullets.
I think the book was called "Dead Mans Chest". Thanks in advance John. I can't for the life of me remember the rest of the book or what it is called! Can anyone see if they know! I am looking for a novel about a girl whose tree in her back yard has a world within where her parent go and get balloons of life that keep them young. Cover I believe depicted a tree and red ballon of some sort.
It was about a female inmate who was in a horse training program. I think a guy adopted the horse she was working with, but I remember she ended up going to his house to help train the horse. His child had special needs. And of course like all good books they fell in love in end. Horses name was something like Wildfire Its about some boys and a girl all working as detectives with sherlock holmes. There at a circus and some people perform tricks in code. I want to learn the tricks but i dont know the book.
Any ideas? I am looking for a book that I read in 5th grade. I am pretty sure the title was something like The Family. It was essentially about a family with 5 or 6 children, mostly boys, and their antics. This book was stuck in my mind because one of the sons dies after riding his bike down a hill and then crashing into the side of a car at the bottom. There was also another kid that really like to eat butter and was caught eating a whole stick of it and later got sent to the hospital with a really high fever, like The family's first Easter after the son's death was really hard.
The end of the book had the family go to Thanksgiving with their famous pudding and as they are about to leave the car one of the younger boys accidentally stepped in it and the mom was devastated that the pudding was ruined but the dad was like no it's fine the shoe was clean we don't need to tell anyone. When dessert came around the parents were told that the pudding tasted better than ever so the mom and dad went to the kitchen to laugh really hard, the first time that they had laughed so hard since their son had died.
This book is about a girl who met a guy while on vacation and decided to go back with him to his country and meet his family They first met with his brother who didn't seem to fond of her. A novel about a confused woman she sees shadows in a mirror, and she loses time. They are chased and watched and end up in an alternate universe where there is a backwards ticking clock. A countdown of some sort that she has on her to accomplish a task.
The driver can help, but it diminishes his life immensely to do this and she feels as though she has done this before. Can anyone help? Book is about a boy whose father was murdered in his childhood by a thief, he waits all his life with a knife to avenge his father's death. The boy later grows up to be teacher in his own village and finds out that his favourite students father was the murderer of his father.
At first he plans to seek revenge but after seeing his health condition he leaves him to his fate. Book about a boy whose family moves into a new house; he rides a bike to school I remember reading that he had to remember to go in a different direction than usual to get to his new house, otherwise he would've been at his old one. I thought it could've been Time For Andrew, but it wasn't; there was no aunt in this book. YA paperback, read before Book about a guy, bitten by a snake, wakes to find humanity gone. All the people in town think they are crazy too.
The mother has a miscarriage and stays locked up in her room, and the brother is a drunk who Runs over his younger brothers cat, clementine. You feel awkward reading it, uncomfortable, it makes you cringe. I found all of her stories to be astonishing, they were banal and yet disturbing; the American South in the mid-twentieth century a strange dusty backwater of poverty, religion and cruelty.
Why does she hold a place in your heart and when you use her name in your short fiction, does this illustrate a bond between you and the characters within the narrative? Both are thinking their affair was a mistake and they want to finish it as soon as possible. This is often the view of Plath, she is seen as dangerous, her suicide contagious. In this story therefore Plath functions as herself, because I wanted to put this kind of male judgement of her and the women who read her under scrutiny, but she also figures as a sign of the rapid breakdown of their fairly nascent relationship, the sense that the two barely know each other at all.
I think Plath also gets a mention in my novel, but more in passing. In the group of stories it is one of her poems that figures most prominently, but there are other poets the English teacher thinks about including Larkin, Ted Hughes and Walter de la Mare to name a few. Plath stands out from the landscape of poetry in the first half of the twentieth century because she was a woman, and there were so few women poets, and her work was so strong, so dangerous and at times full of rage.
It was not polite, not well mannered, it mentioned taboo subjects. Hearing these had a huge impact on me and so did the classroom debate that followed where I found myself defending her. Then perhaps a year later, when my world had fallen apart, I read The Bell Jar and shortly after that her collection of short stories Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams. She had apparently written them with a view to the commercial market so perhaps that was what made them feel stilted to me.
I should perhaps try reading them again to see if my first impression was right. Do you think this had a positive effect on you as a writer? Do you think school and universities are now too restricting in their canon-centric approach? It definitely had a positive effect for me, although as I later, at the age of thirty-six, did a degree and then a Masters in literature with all the proscribed reading and essays and literary theories such study entailed, I am perhaps not the same creature I was before.
However my stories and non-fiction were published in magazines long before my degree. I am aware too that I trusted my own opinions very strongly and found the books I eventually came to love via some sort of personal magic radar. Despite working in several libraries in the late 70s I always wanted to possess the books, to have them at hand. I think I came to love the books I loved in a quite self-absorbed way — they were emotionally as well as physically mine and so were the writers. Before I went to college I never had to read Moby Dick at speed in just a few days because I had an essay deadline, I never had to read Jane Austen from a post-colonial perspective, or beat up Charles Dickens with a Marxist perspective, or poke Frankenstein with Queer Theory.
But I did have huge gaps in my knowledge; Chaucer and Shakespeare and Milton for example. I probably had a bit of a chip on my shoulder and more crucially had no proof, no certificate to advance my life. On the other hand in terms of writing I had absolutely nothing to lose, no reputation to risk. On the other hand it seems that rules about what can and cannot be done in fiction are becoming a feature of some creative writing courses. You now read a diverse range of non-fiction books. Why the turn away from fiction?
Of course the danger with research is that you can get carried away and drown in it. Does this affect the collection in any way and should a reader be aware if this fact? A little time before I left London in I put together a manuscript for a first short story collection and paid for it to be ring bound — which I think was a pathetic stab at some sort of permanence. The nine stories in it must have been written between and Three of the stories ended up in either my first or second published collections, five are probably really bad, but I think the ninth is going to be published by The Lonely Crowd later this year.
One of the stories was accepted to appear in a Virago Christmas themed short story collection but then after about six months or longer the decision was made to bump off some of the less well known writers and add some famous ones, so out went my story. A few years after returning to Wales, in I approached the women only publishing collective, Honno and they were really keen to take the book, the trouble was they relied on a publishing grant from The Welsh Arts Council.
The manuscript was sent to the Arts Council who sent it to two readers, one of whom loved it, while the other only liked half the stories. Rejection of the grant; end of all hope. Twelve of the stories in that book were eventually published six years later alongside some newer work in Diving Girls which was shortlisted for Commonwealth Best First Book and Welsh Book of the Year. It was like short story table tennis with work flying back and forth at top speed — I kept stubbornly at it for sometime but then I thought, sod this and gave up for good. When I first read collections of stories I noticed early on that there was usually a list outlining where each story had first appeared often alongside the date.
So looking at the edition of E. Similarly, a long time over ten years has passed between your first collection Diving Girls and your newest collection released this year, Ritual, Has your writing changed much over these years? If you were to go back and start all over again, what would you do differently? It would be far easier to answer this question if there was any sense of planning involved — or rather if things had gone more to plan.
I would do so many things differently if I could. On the other hand I might not have liked being guided in what I wrote and how I wrote. Your new collection, Ritual, is in many ways a dark, gothic experience with elements of the supernatural. Does this presence reassert itself to some extent in these short stories? I think the first things that really move us stay with us forever; they become enmeshed in the DNA. As a child I tried reading Enid Blyton but she bored me to death and I hated some of her smug moralising.
So a certain sort of dark tale has always attracted me, but the darkness is often very banal rather than supernatural. I wrote a couple of these stories in response to calls for work for anthologies of Gothic or uncanny tales but I think it always sits slightly uneasily with me. I like work where there is a degree of uncertainty or openness as to what is really going on. At the point my editor and I were deciding which stories to include I was uncertain whether the realist stories would sit comfortably alongside the ones that dabble with the supernatural but I hope that can all be read as examples of the real strangeness of the world and the distorting psychological effects it can have on the mind.
Some bad, mad, sad and tragic things happen in those stories but at least a few can be read as accidents. Or resign from her job. Does this reflect upon your feminism in any way? This was reflected in what girls were taught and how they were treated.
Girls had to do needlework and cookery, boys did metalwork and carpentry — this was a completely rigid rule. Girls played netball and rounders, boys had soccer, rugby and cricket. The teacher in the story is trapped and unhappy to the point of raging, but in part this is due to the fact that she has bought into certain illusions about the world and her place in it.
Be aware than most men still consider women to be inferior and ruled by their hormones. Be aware that if your husband kills you the judge may look sympathetically on him because you nagged. But laws and attitudes were slowly changed and absorbed into society. What on earth were the girls reading and seeing this meant to think? Does the sentiment things could have been different resonate with you?
I think that this is getting back to the idea of fate or chance or the way a whole series of events can be set in play by a very insignificant choice or idea. So half the information on the murder stone itself is hidden by weeds. While the tone was fitting for an uncanny story about Siamese Welsh girls, I found the shift of focus from the twins to the boy unsettling and unexpected. What can you tell us about this last line and, more generally, last lines in shorts stories… are they all-important, as so many writers make out? His sudden feelings are dangerous — or could be — he might become ensnared, deceived, found out.
Nothing can be taken at face value and there are a number of deceptions going on here; as much by Edna who pretends to be more injured than she really is in order to get his attention as by the twins who have been born into the circus life but they are not really Siamese or conjoined twins at all — it is only their clothes which are stitched together just as they stitch their voices together to give the impression that is natural for them to speak and say the same thing at the same time.
Their old fashioned dresses and ribbons and curls are all symbols of a more genteel age suggesting Victorian rigidity and values, but this is only part of their costume. So they are not Siamese twins, nor are they Welsh. The story is set in Wales but the Circus has travelled there from somewhere else. As you know some of these stories are directly linked — the obvious ones are those with titles ending with the year The less obvious ones are Mechanics, Mrs Dundridge and The Moon and the Broomstick — these were all part of a larger sequence of stories set in the years between the two World Wars that I was writing before I set it aside to work on Significance.
It was really difficult to know how much of a risk it was to separate all these stories from each other and surround them by stories which were not connected in anyway. In a sense this was an act that furthered the overall theme of withheld knowledge. There are also quite a few references in the book to birds; birds that fly away and birds that are dead and stuffed, or turned to stone.
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I think last lines are important and quite tricky but should emerge somehow — naturally almost — from the workings and the logic of the story. I used to have ideas for first and last sentences in isolation from any definite plot. I would write them down then sometimes use them, sometimes not. These strange enigmatic sentences might be in notebooks or on bus tickets or the backs of envelopes or even in the blank pages of whatever book I happened to be reading.
Each beginning is a sort of exposition, a setting up of intent along with an enticing crumb. Maybe a story is like that; crumbs set along a path to draw the reader on, bigger crumbs and perhaps the odd cherry along the way. Then a reviewer made a very negative criticism of this element of my writing and this affected me badly, I became self-conscious and self-hating and I no longer quite trusted my instincts.
So I think I struggle with endings now more than before. That particular coat-stand comes from a variety of sources but what I had in mind were Black Forest Carvings. These were wood carvings produced in the 19th century from linden wood, they were very elaborate, very Victorian. I also had in mind the ceramic work known as Palissy ware — plates and dishes with snakes and insects crawling on them. I think there are probably bits of gothic church carving and Japanese netsuke in there too. It had to be a strange object, the fully furnished house had to be imbued with something threatening, something to suggest that evil had somehow seeped into every object, every brick, every mattress and even the plumbing.
Or thinks she sees. There again the footprints may be intimately connected to her like manifestations of the ego and id, tiny and impulsive and potentially dangerous. Another theme which appears frequently is clothing; both seem connected to the knottiness of identity. When I was growing up in the 70s clothes had become important signifiers of identity particularly for youth subcultures.
It sounds almost archaic now but there were skinheads, greasers, hippies and a few teddy boys, as well as followers of fashion who wore whatever the style of the season was. The older generation tended to dress as they had done in the 40s and 50s. Prior to this there had been mods and rockers and beatniks. What you wore defined you as a member of a tribe or at least gave that illusion. Clothes were also far more expensive compared to wages so each item of clothing had far more importance.
Animal prints were in all the shops and on many bodies at the time I wrote it and in a sense it was an inquiry into the relationship between animals and people, sex and the marketplace. It also suggests something about the multilayered nature of identity and the mirror as the site of self. Another equally important theme that rears its hydra-head is the relationship, the transition, between innocence and experience.
What draws you to this theme? In a writer like Dickens, goodness usually shines through and is rewarded — Oliver Twist is a prime example of this — while with Thomas Hardy there is a usually a darker more tragic result. Blake, besides being a bit of a mystic was also very much a realist in terms of the human condition under capitalism. Innocence and experience are directly linked to the idea of knowledge and how that is manipulated by individuals, the media and institutions.
I suppose a phenomenon like snow brings its own set of connections and associations and writers will respond to and use those in similar ways. If there was an influence I think it was far more banal — it was snowing when I wrote it. I find those lyrics curiously reminiscent of Blake or they seem so on reflection.
Past, present and future
How do writers work with, escape, surpass even, those defining short stories and literature in general which everyone knows so well? I try not to think about it too much when I am writing as it would be too disabling. Some stories pop into my mind almost fully formed and when that happens there is always the worry the idea has another source. I would be horrified if I discovered I had unconsciously plagiarised another writer. The artist can be so consumed by the art that they forget that others are outside that way of thinking.
The transformation of the material in those instances is less important than that the transformation in the mind of the viewer. A lot of people got furious because Emin took her literal bed and sheets etc and put them in a gallery. If she had instead reconstructed her bed out of matchsticks or marble or hand-spun silk the art work would have been better received because of the labour and skill involved.
People might have said, in awe and wonder, why it looks just like the real thing! But the interesting part of this is that they would be looking at the same object — the difference lies in the information they are given. When I was an eighteen-year-old art student I went to an exhibition of conceptual art in London and I found it so dull and sterile I made my own piece of protest art; I took a broken pencil from my bag and stuck it to the wall with a sticking plaster and left it there for someone else to figure out.
I later tried to write a poem about this; happily finding that the brand name Elastoplast rhymed with iconoclast. It is the process of discovery, the chipping away at a block of stone in order to reveal the figure beneath. Some writers have no more idea of where a story is going to go. Other writers are detailed planners. Why do you think these two different approaches have emerged and do you think they result in different kinds of literature? Even writers who plan carefully must be to open to new and developing ideas that flow from the work in hand. Sometimes stories just come, other times they have to be nudged along.
This is why it is hard to explain to new writers how they might proceed, it is not a science, there are no rules. Laing looks at six writers: F. A block of stone is as much a blank as a sheet of white paper, there is often the sensation that something must be made almost out of thin air, so it always easier to start with sketches, with notes, with the vague sensation that there is potential. The consolation comes from the realisation that other writers feel all the self-doubt, all the loneliness, all the negative emotions no matter how successful they seem. That someone besides me had suffered from these ambiguities and had seen light on their far side … felt akin to an instance of religious grace.
Intrigued by what the student said about this book I decided to read it. Both of these books were concerned with fertility and writing, but most acutely in The Unit as the main character has chosen to be a writer rather than a mother. The author Ninni Holmqvist makes clear in several places how her character had sacrificed many things in order to write, financial security, children, relationships and also awareness of the changes going on around her in society and politics.
I think this was partly on my mind at the time I gave that interview, but it had been on my mind for years and years. I never became a writer because I wanted to earn a load of money from it, nor did I have any romantic notions about starving in a garret. Yet it seems too late to change now. Besides which I want to write, despite the fact it feels at times like absolute madness to continue. This is true for many of your interviews. Do you consciously construct such fulsome answers? If I say yes, it gives the impression I spend hours writing and rewriting to create a sort of good but artificial effect, if I say no, this stuff just comes to me as I go along then that also somehow seems a lie of some sort.
I had some qualifications in art but aside from that I was self-taught. It was the art; or rather graphic design that allowed me to begin working for magazines and that in turn led me to writing interviews and articles, but more importantly meeting and taking photographs of some well known figures in the arts like Nan Goldin, Tilda Swinton and Margaret Atwood.
So I find that when I am asked serious questions about my work I am answering as much to understand myself for myself as for the questioner or any audience. I find that working on autobiographical material is a useful way of exercising my writing practice when fiction fails me.
The story describes how I was attacked by two other girls while on a school trip to Italy.
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