The Identicals (Elin Hilderbrand)

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The Identicals

“Identical twin sisters who couldn’t look more alike… or live more differently.

Harper Frost is laid-back, easygoing. She doesn’t care what anyone thinks of her. She likes a beer and a shot and wouldn’t be caught dead wearing anything fashionable. She’s inherited her father’s rundown house on Martha’s Vineyard, but she can’t hold down a job, and her latest romantic disaster has the entire island talking.

Two beautiful islands only eleven miles apart.

Tabitha Frost is dignified, refined. She prefers a fine wine and has inherited the impeccable taste of her mother, the iconic fashion designer Eleanor Roxie-Frost. Continue reading…

Camino Island (John Grisham)

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Camino Island

“A gang of thieves stage a daring heist from a secure vault deep below Princeton University’s Firestone Library. Their loot is priceless, but Princeton has insured it for twenty-five million dollars.

Bruce Cable owns a popular bookstore in the sleepy resort town of Santa Rosa on Camino Island in Florida. He makes his real money, though, as a prominent dealer in rare books. Very few people know that he occasionally dabbles in the black market of stolen books and manuscripts.

Mercer Mann is a young novelist with a severe case of writer’s block who has recently been laid off from her teaching position. Continue reading…

On Desire: Why We Want What We Want (William B. Irvine)

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On Desire: Why We Want What We Want

“A married person falls deeply in love with someone else. A man of average income feels he cannot be truly happy unless he owns an expensive luxury car. A dieter has an irresistible craving for ice cream. Desires often come to us unbidden and unwanted, and they can have a dramatic impact, sometimes changing the course of our lives.

In On Desire, William B. Irvine takes us on a wide-ranging tour of our impulses, wants, and needs, showing us where these feelings come from and how we can try to rein them in. Continue reading…

Journey of J.: Around the World in 557 Days, 1,017 Photos, and 291 Personal Notes (Jens Oliver Meiert)

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Journey of J.: Around the World in 557 Days, 1,017 Photos, and 291 Personal Notes

Journey of J. is a unique blend of photo journal and introspective diary, an unusual testament to 557 days of travel around the world. In this report, Jens Oliver Meiert shares 1,017 photographic impressions, and juxtaposes 291 personal observations. From simplified to deep, the result is a particular perspective at what happened in the traveler’s and adventurer’s life and in the 48 countries visited from 2013 to 2015.”

New Books Playground says: Journey of J.: Around the World in 557 Days, 1,017 Photos, and 291 Personal Notes is also one we don’t want to comment on as it’s the travel diary from one of ours ✨ Continue reading…

The Behavior of Crowds (Everett Dean Martin)

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The Behavior of Crowds

“Since the publication of Le Bons book, The Crowd, little has been added to our knowledge of the mechanisms of crowd-behavior. As a practical problem, the habit of crowd-making is daily becoming a more serious menace to civilization. Events are making it more and more clear that, pressing as are certain economic questions, the forces which threaten society are really psychological.

Interest in the economic struggle has to a large extent diverted attention from the significance of the problems of social psychology. Continue reading…

No Contest: The Case Against Competition (Alfie Kohn)

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No Contest: The Case Against Competition

No Contest stands as the definitive critique of competition. Contrary to accepted wisdom, competition is not basic to human nature; it poisons our relationships and holds us back from doing our best. In this new edition, Alfie Kohn argues that the race to win turns all of us into losers.”

New Books Playground says: No Contest: The Case Against Competition is one of the most important books we know, because we have this vague idea that competition was normal or that we’d need to compete—but, no. Continue reading…

Wonder (R.J. Palacio)

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Wonder

“’I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.’

August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. Wonder, now a #1 New York Times bestseller and included on the Texas Bluebonnet Award master list, begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. Continue reading…

Indecent Exposure (A Stone Barrington Novel) (Stuart Woods)

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Indecent Exposure (A Stone Barrington Novel)

“As an eligible bachelor, man-about-town, and mover in the highest social echelons, Stone Barrington has always been the subject of interest and gossip. But when he’s unwittingly thrust into the limelight, he finds himself scrambling to take cover. Before too long Stone’s fending off pesky nuisances left and right, and making personal arrangements so surreptitiously it would take a covert operative to unearth them. Unfortunately, Stone soon discovers that these efforts only increase the persistence of the most troublesome pests… and when he runs afoul of a particularly tenacious lady, he’ll be struggling to protect not just his reputation, but his life.”

New Books Playground says: Indecent Exposure (A Stone Barrington Novel) we could barely put down. Continue reading…

Sophie’s World: A Novel About the History of Philosophy (Jostein Gaarder)

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Sophie’s World: A Novel About the History of Philosophy

“One day Sophie comes home from school to find two questions in her mail: ‘Who are you?’ and ‘Where does the world come from?’ Before she knows it she is enrolled in a correspondence course with a mysterious philosopher. Thus begins Jostein Gaarder’s unique novel, which is not only a mystery, but also a complete and entertaining history of philosophy.”

New Books Playground says: Sophie’s World: A Novel About the History of Philosophy, one of the most beautiful philosophy books we know. Continue reading…

Love Story (The Baxter Family Book 1) (Karen Kingsbury)

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Love Story (The Baxter Family Book 1)

“From #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury comes a new book featuring everyone’s favorite family—the Baxters, which tells the story of how John and Elizabeth first fell in love.

From the day they met, John and Elizabeth were destined to fall in love. Their whirlwind romance started when they were young college students and lasted nearly thirty years—until Elizabeth died of cancer.

So when John Baxter is asked to relive his long-ago love story with Elizabeth for his grandson Cole’s heritage project, he’s not sure he can do it. Continue reading…