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Match Made in Manhattan
Author: Amanda Stauffer
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.
ISBN: 1510728104
Year: 2018-01-23
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After two intense, dead-end relationships, serial monogamist Alison finds herself confused, lonely, and drastically out of touch with the world of modern dating. Refusing to wallow, she signs up for a popular dating app and resolves to remain open-minded and optimistic as she explores the New York City singles' scene. With the click of a button, her adventures begin: On one date, she's dumped before the first kiss; on another, she dons full HAZMAT gear; she meets a tattooed folk singer turned investment banker, an undercover agent who tracks illegal exotic animals, and dozens of other colorful, captivating personalities. Giving them each her signature "pants speech"—her pants aren't coming off unless she has a real connection with someone—she desperately wants to push past the awkward small-talk phase to find true love, but finding "the one" is starting to feel impossible. That is, until she meets Luke, who is sophisticated, funny, and not to mention, hot. Alison finds herself falling for Luke harder than any guy she's dated and finally letting her walls down, but will he stick around or move on to his next match? Match Made in Manhattan is a fast-paced, contemporary story about the struggles of dating in the digital age. Replete with online profiles, witty dialogue, and a super-supportive group of female friends, this all-too-real and relatable debut novel will have readers laughing, crying, and rooting for Alison all the way to the end.
Match Made in Manhattan
Author: Amanda Stauffer
ISBN: 1510728090
Pages: 352
Year: 2018-01-02
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For fans of The Bachelorette and Bridget Jones, a story about the awkward, romantic, and cringe-worthy struggles of trying to find The One in the digital dating age.
Playing with Matches
Author: Hannah Orenstein
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1501178504
Pages: 320
Year: 2018-06-26
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Named a Best Book of Summer by Refinery 29, Bustle, and PopSugar “The best rom-com of the season…overflowing with charm and heart.”—Bustle “The perfect Summer read—smart, funny, escapist, and bursting with charm.”—PopSugar In the tradition of Good in Bed and The Assistants comes a funny and smart comedy about a young matchmaker balancing her messy personal life and the demands of her eccentric clients. Sasha Goldberg has a lot going for her: a recent journalism degree from NYU, an apartment with her best friend Caroline, and a relationship that would be amazing if her finance-bro boyfriend Jonathan would ever look up from his BlackBerry. But when her dream career falls through, she uses her family’s darkest secret to land a job as a matchmaker for New York City’s elite at the dating service Bliss. Despite her inexperience, Sasha throws herself into her new career, trolling for catches on Tinder, coaching her clients through rejection, and dishing out dating advice to people twice her age. She sets up a TV exec who wanted kids five years ago, a forty-year-old baseball-loving virgin, and a consultant with a rigorous five-page checklist for her ideal match. Sasha hopes to find her clients The One, like she did. But when Jonathan betrays her, she spirals out of control—and right into the arms of a writer with a charming Southern drawl, who she had previously set up with one of her clients. He’s strictly off-limits, but with her relationship on the rocks, all bets are off. Fresh, sweet, and laugh-out-loud funny, Playing with Matches is the addictive story about dating in today’s swipe-heavy society, and a young woman trying to find her own place in the world.
The Empire State Series
Author: Louise Bay
Publisher: Louise Bay
ISBN: 1910747025
Pages: 440
Year: 2015-01-13
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It started with a week's vacation in New York. Anna was trying to distract herself from her most recent break-up, meet a stranger, and have one night of uncomplicated fun. Super-successful serial seducer Ethan doesn't date, he doesn't stay the night, and he doesn't make any promises. It should have been one weekend...
A Match Made in High School
Author: Kristin Walker
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101574852
Pages: 288
Year: 2010-02-04
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When the principal announces that every senior must participate in a mandatory year-long Marriage Education program, Fiona Sheehan believes that her life can?t get any worse. Then she marries her ?husband?: jerky jock Todd, whose cheerleader girlfriend, Amanda, has had it in for Fiona since day one of second grade. Even worse? Amanda is paired with Fiona?s long-term crush, Gabe. At least Fiona is doing better than her best friend, Marcie, who is paired up with the very quiet, very mysterious Johnny Mercer. Pranks, fights, misunderstandings, and reconciliations ensue in an almost Shakespearean comedy of errors about mistaken first impressions, convoluted coupling, and hidden crushes.
Three Bedrooms in Manhattan
Author: Georges Simenon
Publisher: New York Review of Books
ISBN: 1590175611
Pages: 176
Year: 2011-11-23
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An actor, recently divorced, at loose ends in New York; a woman, no less lonely, perhaps even more desperate than the man: they meet by chance in an all-night diner and are drawn to each other on the spot. Roaming the city streets, hitting its late-night dives, dropping another coin into yet another jukebox, these two lost souls struggle to understand what it is that has brought them, almost in spite of themselves, together. They are driven—from moment to moment, from bedroom to bedroom—to improvise the most unexpected of love stories, a tale of suspense where risk alone offers salvation. Georges Simenon was the most popular and prolific of the twentieth century’s great novelists. Three Bedrooms in Manhattan—closely based on the story of his own meeting with his second wife—is his most passionate and revealing work.
Balancing the Scales
Author: Laura Carter
Publisher: Lyrical Caress
ISBN: 1516106067
Pages: 368
Year: 2017-11-21
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“Carter's writing style is absolutely brilliant.” —The Romance Reviews A Hotshot Manhattan Attorney. Drew Harrington knows exactly who he is—a legal shark with a love ‘em and leave ‘em attitude that works just fine in his cutthroat world. He’s on the cusp of being named a partner in his firm, but only if he can prove to his colleagues that he has a more human side. A Sweetheart of a British Patisserie Chef. Becky Fletcher is running from her past, so the last thing she’s looking for is love. What she does want is a friendly face in a cold city. Her sunny outlook is the sweetness Drew never knew was missing from his life. One fateful meeting at a bagel cart. They sound like a match made in heaven—or is it a car crash? If they have any chance of finding happiness, Drew and Becky are going to have to rethink their life plans. Until then, is there really any harm in having some fun between the sheets? All’s fair in love and lox!
Manhattan Monologues
Author: Louis Auchincloss
Publisher: HMH
ISBN: 054779049X
Pages: 240
Year: 2002-07-10
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From a New York Times–bestselling author, short stories of the privileged class, spanning a century of New York history:“Urbane, humorous . . . a treat to read.” —Library Journal Sublime master of manners, exquisite critic of the upper crust, and beloved American author Louis Auchincloss is at his wry, brilliant best with this collection of ten short stories about New York aristocracy. Drawing on a century of Manhattan high society, Auchincloss weaves a set of perfectly crafted, intimate portrayals of the struggles and dramas of the elite. From a woman faced with choosing love or prestige when marrying to a man torn between loyalty to his family and country when called to war to a matchmaker handling a rogue romance, these glamorous yet all-too-human tales present a remarkable tableau of the American upper class. A series of “finely etched portraits of the kind of men we’ve become used to meeting in [Auchincloss’s] fiction,” Manhattan Monologues stands as a remarkable achievement of short fiction, a legend of American letters at his insightful best (The New York Times Book Review). “For the sheer elegance of his prose, Louis Auchincloss deserves a large and enthusiastic following.” —The Baltimore Sun
Modern Loss
Author: Rebecca Soffer, Gabrielle Birkner
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 006249922X
Pages: 384
Year: 2018-01-23
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Inspired by the website that the New York Times hailed as "redefining mourning," this book is a fresh and irreverent examination into navigating grief and resilience in the age of social media, offering comfort and community for coping with the mess of loss through candid original essays from a variety of voices, accompanied by gorgeous two-color illustrations and wry infographics. At a time when we mourn public figures and national tragedies with hashtags, where intimate posts about loss go viral and we receive automated birthday reminders for dead friends, it’s clear we are navigating new terrain without a road map. Let’s face it: most of us have always had a difficult time talking about death and sharing our grief. We’re awkward and uncertain; we avoid, ignore, or even deny feelings of sadness; we offer platitudes; we send sympathy bouquets whittled out of fruit. Enter Rebecca Soffer and Gabrielle Birkner, who can help us do better. Each having lost parents as young adults, they co-founded Modern Loss, responding to a need to change the dialogue around the messy experience of grief. Now, in this wise and often funny book, they offer the insights of the Modern Loss community to help us cry, laugh, grieve, identify, and—above all—empathize. Soffer and Birkner, along with forty guest contributors including Lucy Kalanithi, singer Amanda Palmer, and CNN’s Brian Stelter, reveal their own stories on a wide range of topics including triggers, sex, secrets, and inheritance. Accompanied by beautiful hand-drawn illustrations and witty "how to" cartoons, each contribution provides a unique perspective on loss as well as a remarkable life-affirming message. Brutally honest and inspiring, Modern Loss invites us to talk intimately and humorously about grief, helping us confront the humanity (and mortality) we all share. Beginners welcome.
Unexpectedly His
Author: Maggie Kelley
Publisher: Entangled: Lovestruck
ISBN: 1633754162
Pages: 207
Year: 2015-08-17
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By-the-book Marianne McBride wants to prove she's more than a computer geek in a pair of horn-rimmed glasses. But how did she end up hiding in a cake, waiting to sing "Happy Birthday" to Nick Wright, a sexy and arrogant serial-dater? Not exactly part of her plan. Especially when she finds herself kissing the birthday boy, and then running like hell... Nick falls for no woman. No strings, no commitments, and no relationships. Not even with the sweetly curvaceous bombshell from his birthday. But then he's hit by a bombshell of his own. He needs to find the perfect faux fiancée, or kiss his key to the executive washroom goodbye. Fortunately, his matchmaker sister has the perfect girl in mind. Now Nick and Marianne have to pretend they're in love for six weeks. No dating. No sex. And definitely no acting on the wickedly-hot chemistry that could ruin everything... Each book in the Smart Cupid series is a standalone story that can be enjoyed out of order. Series Order: Book #1 Breaking the Bachelor Book #2 Unexpectedly His Book #3 One Little Kiss
Manhattan Affair
Author: Jack Sussek
ISBN: 0615580076
Pages: 342
Year: 2012-02-01
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A tale of New York City nostalgia mixed with murder, conspiracy, and sex, Manhattan Affair portrays a world of secrets and lies which entwine the lives of three former New England college classmates: Jed Chase, Steve Cahill, and Morris Bergman. Jed Chase is good-looking and easy-going, and has a secure job. He's lived a charmed, upper middle class and anchored life; that is until he falls for Katherine Cahill, a seductive and dangerous beauty whose dark secrets threaten to destroy Jed's dreams, his career, ultimately his life. Katherine is married to financial tycoon Steve Cahill who has secrets of his own: he and his business partner, Arthur Barrett are suspected not only working for the U.S. government but also laundering money from them. Katherine seduces Jed into helping her plot Cahill's murder in order to acquire his tens of millions of dollars. It is when Katherine's plan unravels that the story weaves its yarn and no one is who they seem. In an attempt to preserve his freedom, Jed delves into the secret world of Katherine and Steve Cahill and discovers a world of sex, espionage and lies. Helped by his buddy, Mickey Thompson and his former college roommate and now his lawyer Morris Bergman, Jed begins to piece the real story behind the story one frame at a time. All while under the watchful eye of both the NYPD and the CIA; Jed struggles to discover the real truth while fighting for his life. In the tradition of Pete Hamill meets John Grisham, Jack Sussek has crafted an exciting first novel, rich in New York City detail and ambience, that showcases the power of human goodness and how both greed and love, in its many forms, can drive people to commit unthinkable crimes of passion. Manhattan Affair spellbinds us with the author's thoughtful and convincing nostalgia for his city and the thoroughly unsuspecting but dramatic twists and turns that sex, betrayal, and conspiracy take Jed Chase through. "A smart, thrilling medley of twisted relationships, unrequited love and closely guarded secrets. A wickedly suspenseful thriller." - Kirkus Reviews
The Principles Behind Flotation
Author: Alexandra Teague
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 1510717293
Pages: 328
Year: 2017-03-07
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A lighthearted coming-of-age debut echoing novels like Karen Russell’s Swamplandia! and Carol Rifka Brunt’s Tell the Wolves I’m Home. A.Z. McKinney is on the shores of greatness. Now all she needs is a boat. When the Sea of Santiago appears overnight in a cow pasture in Arkansas, it seems, to some, a religious miracle. But to high school sophomore A.Z. McKinney, it marks her chance to make history—as its first oceanographer. All she needs is to get out on the water. And when a cute, conceptual artist named Kristoff moves to town, A.Z. realizes she may have found a first mate. Together, they make a plan to build a boat and study the Sea in secret. But from fighting with her best friend to searching for a tourist-terrorizing alligator (that may or may not be a crocodile), distractions are everywhere . . . With her self-determined oceanic destiny on the line, A.Z. finds herself at odds with everything she thought she knew about life, love, and the sea. To get what she wants, she’ll have to decide whether to sink or float . . . But which one comes first? “Beautifully written, equal parts hilarious and poignant, this insightful, and stunningly imaginative, novel is a miracle in itself.” —Skip Horack, author of The Other Joseph, The Eden Hunter, and The Southern Cross “Teague’s debut novel masterfully chronicles the friction, contradictions, and emotional tsunamis of being an intelligent 14-year-old girl.” —Booklist, starred review
Playing With Matches
Author: Suri Rosen
Publisher: ECW Press
ISBN: 1770905936
Pages: 248
Year: 2014-09-01
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A comic tale of what can go wrong when you try to make things right When 16-year-old Raina Resnick is expelled from her Manhattan private school, she's sent to live with her strict aunt -- but Raina feels like she's persona non grata no matter where she goes. Her sister, Leah, blames her for her broken engagement, and she's a social pariah at her new school. In the tight-knit Jewish community, Raina finds she is good at one thing: matchmaking! As the anonymous "Match-Maven," Raina sets up hopeless singles desperate to find the One. A cross between Jane Austen's Emma, Dear Abby, and Yenta the matchmaker, Raina's double life soon has her barely staying awake in class. Can she find the perfect match for her sister and get back on her good side, or will her tanking grades mean a second expulsion? In her debut novel, Suri Rosen creates a comic and heartwarming story of one girl trying to find happiness for others, and redemption for herself.
Author: Alice E. Harrison
Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub
ISBN: 1480187941
Pages: 222
Year: 2013-03-21
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Mid-Manhattan is the story of Jerry and Amanda who meet there, at a concert on the lawn in Central Park through the accident of a spilt bottle of wine. Their futures are entwined forever after. He is an artist in scientist's clothes and she an English teacher and food critic on the side. The story unravels around the special, but largely unobserved, events that happen every day in Mid-Manhattan. It is paralleled by that of Jerry's sister Lisa and her French boyfriend. Moreover it is punctuated with paragraphs called philosophies that separate the chapters and reflect personal thoughts of the author on as many topics as there are different aspects to the story. The author has thus created a new genre in novel recounting. It is gentle and soothing, quite the opposite of current novels, with their need for the action and violence of computer games. It is reminiscent of the best of 19th century novels, where human relationships were the essence of the story telling. Mid-Manhattan is both the backdrop and the basis for the book. All manner of places in New York are examined, from the windows of Fifth Avenue shops to the Metropolitan Museum. As such the book is attractive to both residents and foreigners alike, who want a taste of what they thought unattainable, but now know where to look for it.
Impossible Saints: A Novel
Author: Clarissa Harwood
Publisher: Pegasus Books
ISBN: 1681776944
Pages: 304
Year: 2018-01-02
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Set in England in 1907, Impossible Saints is a novel that burns as brightly as the suffrage movement it depicts, with the emotional resonance of Tracy Chevalier and Jennifer Robson. Escaping the constraints of life as a village schoolmistress, Lilia Brooke bursts into London and into Paul Harris’s orderly life, shattering his belief that women are gentle creatures who need protection. Lilia wants to change women’s lives by advocating for the vote, free unions, and contraception. Paul, an Anglican priest, has a big ambition of his own: to become the youngest dean of St. John’s Cathedral. Lilia doesn’t believe in God, but she’s attracted to Paul’s intellect, ethics, and dazzling smile. As Lilia finds her calling in the militant Women’s Social and Political Union, Paul is increasingly driven to rise in the church. They can’t deny their attraction, but they know they don’t belong in each other’s worlds. Lilia would rather destroy property and serve time in prison than see her spirit destroyed and imprisoned by marriage to a clergyman, while Paul wants nothing more than to settle down and keep Lilia out of harm’s way. Paul and Lilia must reach their breaking points before they can decide whether their love is worth fighting for.