Description : It's 1987 and Joseph Pullman and his parents have just moved to Maritime, Maryland. This is white-picket-fence America, but for fifteen-year-old Joseph the threat of violence at home is as unrelenting as the punishment he receives at school, and his mother is slowly slipping away from reality. Joseph forms an uneasy friendship with the awkward Dean Gillespie and the boys occupy themselves burying animal corpses at the Killing Tree. This is the summer the cicadas are due to come out of their seventeen-year hibernation and Joseph becomes convinced that their arrival will bring his salvation. Meanwhile, Mother is gone and Joseph's father has retreated to his basement workshop. When a local boy goes missing and is finally found unconscious in the woods, Maritime is shaken. Then a second boy disappears and the residents of the town are forced to confront the secrets of the Pullmans' house.
Description : In this moving, witty novel, author Maureen Leurck explores the intricacies and joys of renovation and rediscovery—as one woman’s improvement project promises to transform much more than a home . . . People keep a house alive, not the other way around. Alex Proctor has seen the truth of this in every empty, rundown property she’s bought and renovated since her divorce almost three years ago. She’s also experienced the thrill of making each one into a home. Her newest project is a dilapidated, century-old house just a few blocks from Geneva Lake, Wisconsin. Time and neglect, along with rats and raccoons, have ravaged it inside and out. Only Alex can see the beauty of what it once was and might become again. In just a few weeks—by the time the cicadas make their scheduled reappearance after seventeen years underground—the house should be ready to sell. In the meantime, there are construction disasters, and surprises, to contend with. Amid overgrown grounds and rooms brimming with debris, Alex finds treasures—pocket doors, hardwood floors hidden beneath layers of linoleum and grime—and carved initials that reveal a long-ago love story involving Alex’s elderly neighbor, Elsie, and another cicada summer. At the same time, Alex finds herself searching for a way to reconcile her new life with lingering feelings for her ex-husband. For so long she felt sure that moving on was the only option, but maybe this house, and everything she’s learning in it, could give Alex room for a second chance . . . “A captivating novel about the power of redemption.” —Jen Lancaster, New York Times bestselling author
Description : Is it real love when you can’t eat, can’t sleep, can’t catch your breath while watching Will practice his high dive at the pool, and are suspicious of your own quirky grandmother’s advice? The summer has been mystical. Will, one of the handsomest boys in town, has been dating Dani and she prays every night that he’ll ask her to go steady before he heads off to college. Her parents are skeptical because Will is older than Dani, but Grandma Livvy is full of advice. “Boys like their kissing. If you want to hold him you got to give him plenty of....” “Olivia!” Dad’s voice boomed through the night. “That’s enough!” Grandma Livvy whispered, “You listen to me. I know how to handle men.” But Grandma had gone through four men and was on the lookout for the fifth. Dani didn’t want to go through boy after boy. She just wanted Will. He said he loved her, but did he really? By the time Will left for college, Grandma Livvy had solved her problem. Dani goes to bed at night listening to the cicadas sing, remembering the happy summer and hoping Will’s love would stand the test of being apart. Surprisingly she solves her own dilemma in a way she’d never have thought possible.
Description : Somewhere in the willow tree a little creature called cicada sings its heart out by sending its love call to its female counterpart in a lingering, low-pitched song; it is soothing and passionate, it lulled me to sleep like a lullaby in my mother’s arms when I was little.
Description : Twelve-year-old Lily mourns her brother, and has not spoken since the accident she feels she could of prevented but the summer Tinny comes to town she is the only one who realizes Lily's secret. 15,000 first printing.
Description : "To read East Wind Melts the Ice is to slip into a time stream that is both as long and sinuous as history and as ephemeral as the present moment. Drawing inspiration from the thousand year old history of Japanese poetic diaries, and form from the ancient Chinese almanac that she uses to contain her musings, Liza Dalby has accomplished the seemingly impossible task of translating the sensibility of the Heian Court of 11th century Japan into the context of contemporary America. The result is a stunning chronicle of the beauty of time passing and an evocation of the transient and whimsical nature of all things."--Ruth Ozeki, author of My Year of Meats and All Over Creation "I imagine Liza Dalby writing this book in an ancient library, a lion sleeping at her side, as in the paintings of Saint Jerome. As she collects and layers arcane and fascinating pieces of knowledge, she builds her own very personal almanac packed with the wonder of loving two cultures, the intense inner life of each season, and boundless curiosity of the scholar/child. This is a book to dip in and out of throughout the year."--Frances Mayes, author of Under the Tuscan Sun "Liza Dalby's memoir of the seasons is as fresh and captivating as springtime. A very special book."--Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore's Dilemma "This beautiful book awakens the senses. A journal, an almanac of the seasons, and a series of reflections on ancient Eastern Chinese and Japanese cultures, here you will find subtle observations of rain and heat, tangerines, mulberries and paulownia trees, crickets and doves forming a rich tapestry as they are woven with evocative fragments of history--stories of geishas, of salesmen who sold bulk fireflies, of the wood that was used for kimono chests, of emptiness in the tea ceremony. Like a lush garden, this book is meant to savor."--Susan Griffin, author of The Book of the Courtesans
Description : Here we have over one hundred and fifty translations of haiku verses, largely composed by the five most famous of haiku poets. All use insects as seasonal topics to set the scene in spring, summer or autumn. But the definition of insects in complicated because in the Sino-Japanese tradition the insect genus includes frogs as well as bees, spiders as well as silverfish, angleworms as well as gnats, and snakes as well as ants. This expanded category is here called creeping things, reflecting a similar division of fauna in the Bible. It seems appropriate that the Japanese would use what is surely the world's shortest poetic form consisting of a mere seventeen syllables arranged in lines of 5,7,5 to describe the miniscule world of creeping things. In so doing, they expressed kernels of poetic inspiration in a few simple words, eschewing the doggerel that so often has followed a brilliant line and leaving to the imagination place and time, for the beauty of the haiku often lies in what is only hunted and left unsaid.
Description : What if you were given a second chance at life-and all it took was a little nudge to see the world anew? Natty Hogue came to the desert seeking change but finds the harsh landscape as immutable as the past she hopes to escape. As director of nurses, she oversees the daily routine at "the San," a remote, Southern California tuberculosis sanitarium in the 1960s. Her no-nonsense, by-the-book style brings her into conflict with a combative young nurse-in-training who is bent on undermining her authority at every turn. At the same time, Natty reluctantly finds herself drawn to the sanitarium's handyman, an inventive Mexican national who is determined to make his mark in the "gringo" north. It is the arrival of new patient Adam Cheatwood, a strong-willed, seven-year-old boy, that begins a year-long process of transforming not only Natty's life but the lives of those around her. From his position at the center of the escalating adult drama, Adam draws a parallel between human existence and that of the cicada, an insect that lives for years underground until one day it emerges to finally and irrevocably sing its song.
Description : Middleton Corner is a non-descript crossroads on Ohio U.S. 68 south of Xenia and north of Wilmington. Even the crossroads is a bit unorthodox because Spring Valley Paintersville Road intersects U.S. 68 and then jogs a short distance on U.S. 68 before continuing its meandering path between Spring Valley and Paintersville. I am not sure why there is a highway sign posted or why it is listed on the Ohio map, but it is. At first glance it would appear that there is nothing special about Middleton Corner. There are a thousand such little hamlets throughout the United States. This little book is a salute to Middleton Corner and all the other small settlements out there. The point is that there is beauty and excitement everywhere. Sometimes you just have to slow down and take the time to see the beauty and the adventure that surrounds us all the time. It is a lot like the Field of Dreams. You build it and they will come. In the case of Middleton Corner all you have to do is look for the excitement, the grandeur, and the beauty in the simple things and it will be revealed to you. The author, through a series of one-page vignettes and photos has captured the essence of seeing God in all of creation, even at a place like Middleton Corner.