Slaves in the Family

Slaves in the Family

Name - Slaves in the Family

Reviews - 4.3/5

Pages - 496

By - Edward Ball


About Book Slaves in the Family

Fifteen years {after its|following its|as a result of its} hardcover debut, the FSG Classics reissue of the celebrated work of narrative nonfiction that won the National Book Award and changed the American conversation about race, with {a new|a brand new|a fresh} preface by {the author|the writer|mcdougal}

The Ball family hails from South Carolina—Charleston and thereabouts. Their plantations were {among the|one of the|on the list of} oldest and longest-standing plantations in the South. Between 1698 and 1865, {close to|near to|near} four thousand black {people were|everyone was|individuals were} born into slavery {under the|underneath the|beneath the} Balls or were bought by them. In Slaves in the Family, Edward Ball recounts his efforts to track down and {meet the|meet up with the|meet with the} descendants of his family's slaves. Part historical narrative, part oral history, part personal story of investigation and catharsis, Slaves in the Family is, in {the words|what|the language} of Pat Conroy, "a work of breathtaking generosity and courage, a magnificent study of the complexity and strangeness and beauty of {the word|the term|the phrase} ‘family.'"

 Editorial Reviews 

Powerful.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Gripping.” —The Boston Globe

“Brilliant.” —The New Yorker

“A landmark book.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“Everyone should read and learn from this luminous book...[Slaves in the Family] is not only honest in its scrupulous reporting but also personal narrative at its finest.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“Outside Faulkner, it will be hard to find a more poignant, powerful account of a white man struggling with his and his nation's past.” —The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“Much more than bare history...It's the human encounters, and the live, breathing juxtaposition of past and present, that give [Edward Ball's] book its vibrancy and importance.” —Detroit Free Press

“A masterpiece . . . It is a work about slaves in the family. But it is also a large omnium-gatherum of enchanting fireside anecdotes, secrets teased out of reluctant fragments from the remote past, the real lives of blacks and whites whose stories had been lost in the disintegrating churn of time until Edward Ball's patient reconstructions.” —The Raleigh News & Observer

“[An] unblinking history not only of [Edward Ball's] ancestors but also of the people they held as slaves . . . It reminds us of our common humanity and of the ties that still bind us, no matter what the wounds of the past.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer

From the Publisher

About the Author

Edward Ball is the author of four works of nonfiction, including Slaves in the Family. Born and raised in the South, he attended Brown University and received his MFA from the University of Iowa before coming to New York and working as an art critic for The Village Voice. He lives in Connecticut and teaches writing at Yale University.

Edward Ball's previous books include The Inventor and the Tycoon, about the birth of moving pictures in California, and Slaves in the Family, an account of his family’s history as slaveholders in South Carolina, which received the National Book Award for Nonfiction. He has taught at Yale University and has been awarded fellowships by the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard and the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center. He is also the recipient of a Public Scholar Award from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Such a Quiet Place: A Novel

Such a Quiet Place: A Novel

Such a Quiet Place: A Novel

Name - Such a Quiet Place: A Novel

Reviews - 4.2/5

Pages - 352

By - Megan Miranda


About Book Such a Quiet Place: A Novel

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Last House Guest—a Reese Witherspoon Book Club selection—comes {a new|a brand new|a fresh} riveting suspense novel about {a mysterious|a mystical|a strange} murder {in an|within an|in a} idyllic and close-knit neighborhood.

Welcome to Hollow's Edge, {where you can|where you are able to|where you could} find secrets, scandal, and a suspected killer—all {on one|on a single|using one} street.

Hollow's Edge {used to be|was previously|was once} {a quiet|a peaceful} place. {A private|A personal|An exclusive} and idyllic neighborhood where neighbors dropped in on neighbors, celebrated graduation and holiday parties together, and looked out {for one|for just one|for starters} another. {But then|However|But} came the murder of Brandon and Fiona Truett. {A year|Annually|Per year} and a half later, Hollow's Edge is simmering. The residents are trapped, {unable to|struggling to} sell their homes, confronted daily by the empty Truett house, and suffocated by their trial testimonies that implicated {one of|among|certainly one of} their own. Ruby Fletcher. And now, Ruby's back.

With her conviction overturned, Ruby waltzes right {back to|back once again to|back again to} Hollow's Edge, and into {the home|the house|your home} she once {shared with|distributed to} Harper Nash. Harper, five years older, has always treated Ruby {like a|such as for instance a|just like a|such as a} wayward younger sister. {But now|However now|Nevertheless now} she's terrified. What possible good could come of Ruby {returning to|time for} the scene of the crime? And {how can|just how can|how do} she possibly turn her away, when she knows Ruby has nowhere to go?

Within days, suspicion spreads like {a virus|a disease} across Hollow's Edge. It's increasingly clear that {not everyone|not everybody} told {the truth|the reality|the facts} {about the|concerning the|in regards to the} {night of|nights} the Truetts'murders. And when Harper begins receiving threatening notes, she realizes she {has to|needs to|must} uncover {the truth|the reality|the facts} before {someone else|another person|somebody else} becomes the killer's next victim.

Pulsating with suspense and with the shocking twists {that are|which are|which can be} Megan Miranda's trademark, {Such a|This type of|This kind of} Quiet Place is Megan Miranda's best novel yet—a twisty locked-box thriller {that will|that'll|which will|that may} {keep you|stop you} turning pages late into {the night|the night time}

 Editorial Reviews 

At the start of this disquieting suspense novel from bestseller Miranda (The Girl from Widow Hills), longtime Hollow’s Edge resident Ruby Fletcher, who was convicted of the double murder of Brandon and Fiona Truett a year and a half earlier, returns after her conviction is overturned to the tight-knit lakeside community. Ruby allegedly sneaked into the couple’s house one night, turned on the car in the garage, and opened an interior door, ensuring their death from carbon monoxide poisoning. Ruby assumes her old roommate, Harper Nash, will welcome her return, even after she tells Harper, “Someone’s going to pay.” Harper doesn’t know whether Ruby is directing this threat at her, but after allowing Ruby to move back in, she begins to wonder: If Ruby isn’t guilty, who is? What other secrets are the residents of Hollow’s Edge hiding—and would they go so far as murder to protect them? The twists keep coming until the very last page. Agatha Christie fans will welcome this 21st-century update on the classic golden age village mystery. Agent: Sarah Davies, Greenhouse Literary. (July)

Publishers Weekly
Miranda, who makes the setting, where everyone knows one another and ends up fearing one another, all the more chilling for its seeming normality, is a master of misdirection and sudden plot twists, leading up to a wallop of an ending. A powerful, paranoid thriller.” – Booklist (Starred Review)

“A claustrophobic and suspenseful whodunit...that ponders the eternal question of how well we really know those closest to us.” – BookPage (Starred Review)

“At the start of this disquieting suspense novel from bestseller Miranda (The Girl from Widow Hills), longtime Hollow’s Edge resident Ruby Fletcher, who was convicted of the double murder of Brandon and Fiona Truett a year and a half earlier, returns after her conviction is overturned to the tight-knit lakeside community... If Ruby isn’t guilty, who is? What other secrets are the residents of Hollow’s Edge hiding—and would they go so far as murder to protect them? The twists keep coming until the very last page. Agatha Christie fans will welcome this 21st-century update on the classic golden age village mystery.” – Publishers Weekly

“The perfect suburban setting; the secretive, quirky neighbors; three unsolved murders; and an Agatha Christie vibe make this whodunit an excellent beach read.” – Library Journal


"Sleepwalking is creepy. You’re asleep, but you're walking through the night—like the living dead. I knew when I started The Girl from Widow Hills I was in for some shivers. But I had no idea the terrors that were in store.”—R. L. STINE, bestselling author of Goosebumps and Fear Street

“A hauntingly atmospheric and gorgeously written page-turner, The Girl from Widow Hills is a deeply thought-provoking, riveting mystery about the complex weight of history and the dangerous power of the lies we tell ourselves.”—KIMBERLY McCREIGHT, New York Times bestselling author of Reconstructing Amelia and A Good Marriage


“The perfect summer thriller . . . with a pace that made my heart race.” —Riley Sager, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Time I Lied

“Oh boy, does she ever know how to write a twisty-turny ending (or two, or more).” —Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

“This searing small-town thriller from bestseller Miranda explores the complexities of female friendship and the picturesque fictions that money can buy. . . . Sharply drawn characters both ground and elevate the bombshell-laden plot, while evocative prose heightens tension and conjures place. Miranda delivers a clever, stylish mystery that will seize readers like a riptide.”—PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (starred review)

“A lightning-fast mystery . . . that will have readers on the edge of their seats.”—MARY KUBICA, New York Times bestselling author of The Good Girl


"In All the Missing Girls Megan Miranda leads readers back through the past of a small southern town, enfolding them in a slow, tense nightmare of suspicion, menace, and tangled motives. A twisty, compulsive read—I loved it." — Ruth Ware, author of IN A DARK, DARK WOOD

From the Publisher


Once peaceful Hollow's Edge is on edge after the murder of Brandon and Fiona Truett, especially when Ruby Fletcher's conviction for their killing is overturned and she moves back into the house she shared with Harper Nash. Then understandably anxious Harper starts getting notes suggesting that someone in town is lying about what really happened. With a 200,000-copy first printing.

Library Journal

About the Author

Megan Miranda is the New York Times bestselling author of All the Missing Girls, The Perfect Stranger, The Last House Guest, a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick, and The Girl from Widow Hills. She has also written several books for young adults, including Come Find Me, Fragments of the Lost, and The Safest Lies. She grew up in New Jersey, graduated from MIT, and lives in North Carolina with her husband and two children. Follow @MeganLMiranda on Twitter and Instagram, @AuthorMeganMiranda on Facebook, or visit

Anxious People: A Novel

Anxious People: A Novel

Name - Anxious People: A Novel

Reviews - 4.7/5

Pages - 352

By - Fredrik Backman


About Book Anxious People: A Novel

People Book of the Week, Book of the Month Club selection, and Best of Fall in Good HousekeepingPopSugarThe Washington PostNew York Post, Shondaland, CNN, and more!

[A] quirky, big-hearted novel…Wry, wise, and often laugh-out-loud funny, {it's a|it is a} wholly original story {that delivers|that gives|that offers|that generates} pure pleasure.” —People

From the #1 New York Times bestselling {author of|writer of|composer of} A Man Called Ove comes {a charming|a wonderful}, poignant novel about {a crime|an offense} that never took place, a would-be bank robber who disappears into {thin air|nothing}, and eight extremely anxious strangers who find {they have|they've} more {in common|in keeping|in accordance} than they ever imagined.

{Looking at|Taking a look at|Considering} {real estate|property|real-estate} isn't usually a life-or-death situation, but {an apartment|a flat|a condo} open house becomes just {that when|that after|that whenever} {a failed|an unsuccessful} bank robber bursts in and takes {a group of|several|a small grouping of} strangers hostage. The captives {include a|incorporate a|add a} recently retired couple who relentlessly {hunt down|search for|look for} fixer-uppers to {avoid the|steer clear of the|prevent the} painful truth {that they|they|which they} can't fix {their own|their very own|their particular} marriage. There's {a wealthy|a rich} bank director who has been too busy to {care about|worry about|value} {anyone else|other people|someone else} and {a young|a|a new} couple {who are|who're|that are} about {to have|to possess|to own} their first child but can't {seem to|appear to} {agree on|agree with|acknowledge} anything, from where {they want to|they would like to|they wish to} live to how they met in {the first|the very first|the initial} place. {Add to the|Increase the|Enhance the} mix an eighty-seven-year-old woman who has lived {long enough|good enough} {not to|to not|never to} {be afraid|hesitate|forget} of someone waving {a gun|a weapon|a rifle} in her face, a flustered but still-ready-to-make-a-deal {real estate agent|realtor|agent}, and {a mystery|a secret|a puzzle} man who has locked himself in the apartment's only bathroom, and you've got the worst {group of|number of|band of} hostages in the world.

{Each of them|All of them} {carries a|posesses|has a} {lifetime of|duration of|time of} grievances, hurts, secrets, and passions {that are|which are|which can be} {ready to|prepared to|willing to} boil over. {None of them|Not one of them|Do not require} is entirely who they {appear to|seem to} be. And {all of|all|most of|every one of|each of} them—{the bank|the financial institution|the lender} robber included—desperately crave {some sort of|some kind of|some type of} rescue. {As the|Whilst the|Because the|Since the|While the} authorities and the media surround the premises these reluctant allies will reveal surprising truths about themselves and {set in|occur|emerge} motion {a chain|a string|a sequence} of events so unexpected that even {they can|they are able to|they could} hardly explain {what happens|what goes on|what are the results} next.

Rich with Fredrik Backman's “pitch-perfect dialogue and an unparalleled {understanding of|knowledge of|comprehension of} human nature” (Shelf Awareness), Anxious People is {an ingeniously|an admirably|an excellently|a cleverly} constructed story {about the|concerning the|in regards to the} enduring power of friendship, forgiveness, and hope—{the things that|things that|what} save us, {even in|even yet in} {the most|the absolute most|probably the most} anxious times.

 Editorial Reviews 

A diverse assortment of Swedes gets caught in an unlikely hostage situation in Backman’s witty, lighthearted romp (after Us Against You). On the day before New Year’s Eve, in a “not particularly large or noteworthy town,” a desperate parent attempts to rob a bank in order to provide for two young children. After the police arrive, the amateur stickup artist flees and stumbles into an apartment’s open house. The attendees, including a heavily pregnant, first-time home-buying lesbian couple; an apartment-flipping older couple; and Zara, an executive at another bank, become hostages. Meanwhile, father and son police officers Jim and Jack scramble into action. The appearance of a man wearing nothing but underwear and a bunny mask, hired by the flippers to sabotage the open house, adds to the drama. Backman layers the hostage scene with threads of backstory on Zara’s regret for denying a loan to a man ten years earlier, along with developments in Jack and Jim’s investigation. While the prose is chockablock with odd metaphors (“Our hearts are bars of soap that we keep losing hold of”) and a plot twist leans on societal assumptions, Backman charms with his empathetic description of the robber, who gradually earns sympathy from the hostages. This amusing send-up of contemporary Swedish society is worth a look. Agent: Tor Jonasson, Salomonsson Agency. (Sept.)

Publishers Weekly

"Marin Ireland uses her many theatrical gifts in her fine narration of this bittersweet novel. The listener is treated to an exceptional audio experience in which the narrator plays all the parts with nuance and wit. She modulates her pace and tone as she brings this human comedy to life. At once a send-up of Swedish mores and a deeply humane story of contemporary struggles, this novel has characters galore—a banker with a guilty conscience, a father-and-son police team, an inept bank robber who just wants to make rent, an endearing 87-year-old woman who loves books, among others. Often laugh-out-loud funny, the set piece revolves around the taking of 'the worst group of hostages ever.' This is an audiobook to savor."

AudioFile Magazine Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
Backman again captures the messy essence of being human...It’s clever and affecting, as likely to make you laugh out loud as it is to make you cry.” —Washington Post

“Backman’s latest novel hits the sweet spot between profoundly insightful and preposterously funny....I hugged this book tightly with a smile on my face and tears in my eyes.” –USA Today

“The perfect balance of heartwarming and heart-wrenching, and Fredrik Backman has a way of simply yet elegantly describing relationships. We can all be idiots, but we’re still all human beings worthy of connection and love.” –NPR

“A brilliant and comforting read.” —Matt Haig, bestselling author of The Midnight Library

“An endlessly entertaining mood booster.” —Real Simple

"This book examines how a shared event can change the course of many lives at once. And if you like strongly drawn characters and a mix of humor and heartbreak, this one's for you.” –The Skimm

"[A] witty, lighthearted romp...Backman charms." —Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Fredrik Backman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove, My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, Britt-Marie Was Here, Beartown, Us Against You, and Anxious People, as well as two novellas and one work of nonfiction. His books are published in more than forty countries. He lives in Stockholm, Sweden, with his wife and two children. Connect with him on Facebook and Twitter @BackmanLand and on Instagram @Backmansk.

The Sweetness of Water

The Sweetness of Water

Name - The Sweetness of Water

Reviews - 4.9/5

Pages - 368

By - Nathan Harris


About Book The Sweetness of Water


Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize

In the spirit of The Known World and The Underground Railroad“a miraculous debut” (Washington Post)​ and “a towering achievement of imagination” (CBS This Morning)about the unlikely bond between two freedmen {who are|who're|that are} brothers and the Georgia farmer whose alliance will alter their lives, and his, forever—from “a storyteller with bountiful insight and assurance” (Kirkus)

A New York Times Book Review Editors'Choice
A July Indie Next Pick

In the waning days of the Civil War, brothers Prentiss and Landry—freed by the Emancipation Proclamation—seek refuge on the homestead of George Walker and his wife, Isabelle. The Walkers, wracked by {the loss of|the increasing loss of|the increased loss of} their only son to the war, hire the brothers to work their farm, hoping {through an|via an} unexpected friendship to stanch their grief. Prentiss and Landry, meanwhile, plan {to save|to truly save|to save lots of} money for the journey north and {a chance to|an opportunity to|to be able to} reunite {with their|using their|making use of their} mother, {who was|who had been|who was simply} sold away when {they were|they certainly were|these were} boys.
Parallel {to their|for their|with their} story runs a forbidden romance between two Confederate soldiers. The {young men|teenagers|teenage boys}, recently returned from the war to {the town|the city|town} of Old Ox, hold their trysts in the woods. {But when|Nevertheless when|However when} their secret is discovered, the resulting chaos, including a murder, unleashes convulsive repercussions on {the entire|the whole} community. In the aftermath of so much turmoil, {it is|it's} Isabelle who emerges {as an|being an} unlikely leader, proffering a healing vision for the land and for the newly free citizens of Old Ox.
With candor and sympathy, debut novelist Nathan Harris creates an unforgettable cast of characters, depicting Georgia in the violent crucible of Reconstruction. Equal parts beauty and terror, as gripping {as it|because it|since it} is moving, The Sweetness of Water {is an|is definitely an|can be an} epic whose grandeur locates humanity and love amid {the most|the absolute most|probably the most} harrowing circumstances.

 Editorial Reviews 

“As I read this masterful novel I kept thinking—this young 29-year-old is a first-time author, so how did he do this?... As the best writers can do, Nathan takes us back in time, and helps us to feel we are right there with Prentiss and Landry as they get their first taste of freedom. I rooted for them, and feared for them too."—Oprah Winfrey, Oprah Daily

“Rich prose and such a beautifully imagined time and place… Amazing book by any account and that it’s a first novel makes it even more to be treasured.”—Bill Goldstein, NBC New York

“This is a debut novel, but the writing is so strong and gorgeous and assured, and the characters have so many layers to them, you'll keep reading just to see what's revealed next.”—Petra Mayer, NPR “Here & Now”

“A fine, lyrical novel, impressive at the level of the sentence, and in its complex interweaving of the grand and the intimate, of the personal and political.”—Alex Preston, The Guardian

“An extraordinary debut novel... Harris expertly introduces explosive plot twists across parallel threads... There’s an elegant interplay among all facets of the narrative that at once raises the stakes for all the characters while gesturing toward a larger world outside Old Ox. The overall effect is a dazzling world-building that makes the relatively compact novel feel much larger... Harris manages to weave emotion into the smallest of moments... The novel asks us to consider white-supremacist ideology not as a uniquely Southern phenomenon, but as an uncomfortable truth and feature of the entire American endeavor, especially of the criminal justice system. Old Ox is in Georgia, but it is also everywhere today. Harris writes with the confidence and command of a seasoned master of the craft. And, of course, the magic of his sentences is in the details—everything is historically accurate and painstakingly researched, whether he’s describing the reprieve of a fresh tick mattress or the complexity of growing peanuts in Georgia soil. This novel is simply the best I have read in years.”—Daniel Peña, Texas Monthly

“What a gifted, assured writer Nathan Harris is. He does what all novelists are supposed to do—give birth to vivid characters, people worth caring about, and then get out of their way. The result is better than any debut novel has a right to be. With The Sweetness of Water, Harris has, in a sense, unwritten Gone With the Wind, detonating its phony romanticism, its unearned sympathies, its wretched racism.”—Richard Russo, Pulitzer Prize-winning and New York Times bestselling author of Bridge of Sighs

About the Author

Nathan Harris holds an MFA from the Michener Center at the University of Texas. He is a recipient of the University of Oregon's Kidd Prize and was a finalist for the Tennessee Williams Fiction Prize. He lives in Austin, Texas. The Sweetness of Water is his first novel.