Vinegar Girl Book
Score: 3.5
From 1,339 Ratings

Vinegar Girl


  • Author : Anne Tyler
  • Publisher : Knopf Canada
  • Release Date : 2016-06-21
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9780345809162

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Vinegar Girl Excerpt :

Could the taming of Shakespeare's shrew, Katherina, happen today? Find out in this funny, off-beat version from one of our most beloved novelists. "You can't get around Kate Battista as easily as all that." Kate Battista is feeling stuck. How did she end up running house and home for her eccentric scientist father and uppity, pretty younger sister Bunny? Plus, she's always in trouble at work--her preschool charges adore her, but the adults don't always appreciate her unusual opinions and forthright manner. Dr. Battista has other problems. After years out in the academic wilderness, he is on the verge of a breakthrough. His research could help millions. There's only one problem: his brilliant young lab assistant, Pyotr, is about to be deported. And without Pyotr.... When Dr. Battista cooks up an outrageous plan that will enable Pyotr to stay in the country, he's relying--as usual--on Kate to help him. Kate is furious: this time he's really asking too much. But will she be able to resist the two men's touchingly ludicrous campaign to win her round? Anne Tyler's retelling of The Taming of the Shrew asks whether a thoroughly modern, independent woman like Kate would ever sacrifice herself for a man. Its answer is as individual, off-beat, and funny as Kate herself.

Vinegar Girl Book
Score: 3.5
From 1,341 Ratings

Vinegar Girl


  • Author : Anne Tyler
  • Publisher : Hogarth
  • Release Date : 2016-06-21
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9780804141277

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Vinegar Girl Excerpt :

Pulitzer Prize winner and American master Anne Tyler brings us an inspired, witty and irresistible contemporary take on one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies. Kate Battista feels stuck. How did she end up running house and home for her eccentric scientist father and uppity, pretty younger sister Bunny? Plus, she’s always in trouble at work – her pre-school charges adore her, but their parents don’t always appreciate her unusual opinions and forthright manner. Dr. Battista has other problems. After years out in the academic wilderness, he is on the verge of a breakthrough. His research could help millions. There’s only one problem: his brilliant young lab assistant, Pyotr, is about to be deported. And without Pyotr, all would be lost. When Dr. Battista cooks up an outrageous plan that will enable Pyotr to stay in the country, he’s relying – as usual – on Kate to help him. Kate is furious: this time he’s really asking too much. But will she be able to resist the two men’s touchingly ludicrous campaign to bring her around?

Vinegar Girl Book
Score: 3.5
From 1,340 Ratings

Vinegar Girl


  • Author : Anne Tyler
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2016-06-16
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9781448190171

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Vinegar Girl Excerpt :

'A thoroughly modern love story' Guardian Kate Battista is stuck. How did she end up running house and home for her eccentric scientist father and infuriating younger sister Bunny? Dr Battista has other problems. His brilliant young lab assistant, Pyotr, is about to be deported. And without Pyotr, his new scientific breakthrough will fall through... When Dr Battista cooks up an outrageous plan that will enable Pyotr to stay in the country, he's relying - as usual - on Kate to help him. Will Kate be able to resist the two men's touchingly ludicrous campaign to win her round? Anne Tyler's brilliant retelling of The Taming of the Shrew asks whether a thoroughly modern woman like Kate would ever sacrifice herself for a man. The answer is as surprising as Kate herself. **ANNE TYLER HAS SOLD OVER 1 MILLION BOOKS WORLDWIDE** 'One of my favourite authors' Liane Moriarty 'She spins gold' Elizabeth Buchan 'Anne Tyler has no peer' Anita Shreve 'A masterly author' Sebastian Faulks

Vinegar Girl Book

Vinegar Girl


  • Author : Instaread
  • Publisher : Instaread
  • Release Date : 2016-07-15
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 38
  • ISBN 10 : 9781683784081

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Vinegar Girl Excerpt :

Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler | Summary & Analysis Preview: Vinegar Girl, a novel by Anne Tyler, is a loose retelling of William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. Set in modern-day Baltimore, it follows twenty-somethings Kate and Pyotr as they plan a marriage of convenience. Pyotr needs a green card so he can continue working with Kate’s father on a scientific breakthrough. Kate needs a life beyond caring for her father and sister. As the couple sort through the logistics of their sham wedding, the line between fact and fiction starts to blur. Hijinks ensue. Kate Battista is gardening when she receives a call from her father. It’s Sunday but he’s at work in his lab as usual. He asks her to bring him the lunch he accidentally left at home, which Kate finds odd. He’s never cared much about lunch or food in general. She agrees to the errand in spite of her irritation and puzzlement. Kate abandons… PLEASE NOTE: This is summary and analysis of the book and NOT the original book. Inside this Instaread Summary of Vinegar Girl: · Summary of the Book · Important People · Character Analysis · Analysis of the Themes and Author’s Style About the Author With Instaread, you can get the key takeaways, summary and analysis of a book in 15 minutes. We read every chapter, identify the key takeaways and analyze them for your convenience.

Redhead by the Side of the Road Book
Score: 3.5
From 49 Ratings

Redhead by the Side of the Road


  • Author : Anne Tyler
  • Publisher : Bond Street Books
  • Release Date : 2020-04-07
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN 10 : 9780385694865

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Redhead by the Side of the Road Excerpt :

From the beloved and bestselling Anne Tyler, a sparkling new novel about misperception, second chances and the sometimes elusive power of human connection. Micah Mortimer is a creature of habit. A self-employed tech expert, superintendent of his Baltimore apartment building, cautious to a fault behind the steering wheel, he seems content leading a steady, circumscribed life. But one day his routines are blown apart when his woman friend (he refuses to call anyone in her late thirties a "girlfriend") tells him she's facing eviction, and a teenager shows up at Micah's door claiming to be his son. These surprises, and the ways they throw Micah's meticulously organized life off-kilter, risk changing him forever. An intimate look into the heart and mind of a man who finds those around him just out of reach, and a funny, joyful, deeply compassionate story about seeing the world through new eyes, Redhead by the Side of the Road is a triumph, filled with Anne Tyler's signature wit and gimlet-eyed observation.

New Boy Book
Score: 3.5
From 54 Ratings

New Boy


  • Author : Tracy Chevalier
  • Publisher : Knopf Canada
  • Release Date : 2017-05-16
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9780345809940

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New Boy Excerpt :

"O felt her presence behind him like a fire at his back.” Arriving at his fourth school in six years, diplomat’s son Osei Kokote—“O” for short—knows he needs an ally if he is to survive his first day, so he is lucky to hit it off with Dee, the most popular girl in school. But one boy, used to holding sway in the world of the school­yard, can’t stand to witness the budding relationship. When Ian decides to destroy the friendship between the black boy and the golden girl, the school and its key players—teachers and pupils alike—will never be the same again. The tragedy of Othello is vividly transposed to a 1970s suburban Washington school, where kids fall in and out of love with each other before lunchtime, and practice a casual racism picked up from their parents and teachers. The world of preadolescents is as passionate and intense, if not more so, as that of adults. Drawing us into the lives and emotions of four eleven-year-olds—Osei, Dee, Ian and his reluctant girlfriend Mimi—Tracy Chevalier’s powerful drama of friends torn apart by love and jealousy, bullying and betrayal, is as moving as it is enthralling. It is an unfor­gettable novel.

Shylock Is My Name Book
Score: 3
From 56 Ratings

Shylock Is My Name


  • Author : Howard Jacobson
  • Publisher : Knopf Canada
  • Release Date : 2016-02-09
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9780345809254

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Shylock Is My Name Excerpt :

The second book in the Hogarth Shakespeare series heralds the full-on 2016 anniversary celebration of Shakespeare: Man Booker Prize winner and our great chronicler of Jewish life retells the powerful, controversial story of Shylock. In The Merchant of Venice, the merchant Antonio borrows from the Jewish moneylender Shylock, whom he openly despises, to help fund his friend Bassanio's wooing of the beautiful, prized Portia. Shylock agrees--but on the condition that Antonio promise in return a pound of flesh should he be unable to repay the debt. When Antonio's ships are lost at sea and it becomes clear he cannot, the case goes to court: Antonio must honour his promise--until an unknown lawyer (Portia herself, dressed as a man) arrives and brilliantly picks the case apart. Jacobson takes the great tale of vengeance and cruelty and propels it through space and time to the shiny modern world of Cheshire's Golden Triangle, where we meet a funny, love-driven, vindictive cast of characters very much from our world, confronting Shakespeare's timelessly urgent questions in the 21st century.

French Braid Book
Score: 4
From 26 Ratings

French Braid


  • Author : Anne Tyler
  • Publisher : Bond Street Books
  • Release Date : 2022-03-22
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 9780385698702

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French Braid Excerpt :

NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER A funny, joyful, brilliantly perceptive journey deep into one family's foibles, from the 1950s up to our pandemic present. The Garretts take their first and last family vacation in the summer of 1959. They hardly ever venture beyond Baltimore, but in some ways they have never been farther apart. Mercy has trouble resisting the siren call of her aspirations to be a painter, which means less time keeping house for her husband, Robin. Their teenage daughters, steady Alice and boy-crazy Lily, could not have less in common. Their youngest, David, is already intent on escaping his family's orbit, for reasons none of them understands. Yet, as these lives advance across decades, the Garretts' influences on one another ripple ineffably but unmistakably through each generation. Full of heartbreak and hilarity, French Braid is classic Anne Tyler: a stirring, uncannily insightful novel of tremendous warmth and humour that illuminates the kindnesses and cruelties of our daily lives, the impossibility of breaking free from those who love us, and how close—yet how unknowable—every family is to itself.

The Weight of Silence Book
Score: 4
From 110 Ratings

The Weight of Silence


  • Author : Heather Gudenkauf
  • Publisher : Harlequin
  • Release Date : 2016-01-26
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN 10 : 9780778319375

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The Weight of Silence Excerpt :

The runaway New York Times bestseller--over half a million copies in print It happens quietly one hot August morning in Iowa: two families awaken to find their little girls have gone missing in the night. Seven-year-old Calli Clark suffers from selective mutism brought on by a tragedy when she was a toddler. Petra Gregory is Calli's best friend--and her voice. But neither girl has been heard from since they vanished. Now, Calli and Petra's parents are tied by the question of what happened to their children. And the answer is trapped in the silence of unspoken family secrets.

Speak Easy  Speak Love Book
Score: 4.5
From 2 Ratings

Speak Easy Speak Love


  • Author : McKelle George
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release Date : 2017-09-19
  • Genre: Young Adult Fiction
  • Pages : 432
  • ISBN 10 : 9780062560940

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Speak Easy Speak Love Excerpt :

Six teenagers’ lives intertwine during one thrilling summer full of romantic misunderstandings and dangerous deals in this sparkling retelling of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. After she gets kicked out of boarding school, seventeen-year-old Beatrice goes to her uncle’s estate on Long Island. But Hey Nonny Nonny is more than just a rundown old mansion. Beatrice’s cousin, Hero, runs a struggling speakeasy out of the basement—one that might not survive the summer. Along with Prince, a poor young man determined to prove his worth; his brother, John, a dark and dangerous agent of the local mob; Benedick, a handsome trust-fund kid trying to become a writer; and Maggie, a beautiful and talented singer; Beatrice and Hero throw all their efforts into planning a massive party to save the speakeasy. Despite all their worries, the summer is beautiful, love is in the air, and Beatrice and Benedick are caught up in a romantic battle of wits that their friends might be quietly orchestrating in the background. Hilariously clever and utterly charming, McKelle George’s debut novel is full of intrigue and 1920s charm. For fans of Jenny Han, Stephanie Perkins, and Anna Godbersen.

Salt  Fat  Acid  Heat Book
Score: 4
From 7 Ratings

Salt Fat Acid Heat


  • Author : Samin Nosrat
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2017-04-25
  • Genre: Cooking
  • Pages : 469
  • ISBN 10 : 9781476753836

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Salt Fat Acid Heat Excerpt :

Whether you've never picked up a knife or you're an accomplished chef, there are only four basic factors that determine how good your food will taste. Salt, Fat, Acid, and Heat are the four cardinal directions of cooking, and they will guide you as you choose which ingredients to use and how to cook them, and they will tell you why last minute adjustments will ensure that food tastes exactly as it should. This book will change the way you think about cooking and eating, and help you find your bearings in any kitchen, with any ingredients, while cooking any meal. --

The Clock Winder Book
Score: 3
From 11 Ratings

The Clock Winder


  • Author : Anne Tyler
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2011-01-26
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307788443

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The Clock Winder Excerpt :

"Anne Tyler is a magical writer." —Los Angeles Times Mrs. Emerson, widowed with seven adult children, lives alone in crumbling Victorian mansion outside Baltimore with only a collection of antique clocks to keep her company. Elizabeth Abbott—twenty-three years old, aimless, bohemian, and beautiful—leads a vagabond lifestyle until she happens upon Mrs. Emerson’s home and convinces the older woman to hire her as a handyman. When three of the strange, idiosyncratic Emerson children return to their childhood home for a visit, they are irresistibly drawn to Elizabeth. With wondrous observations and bittersweet humor, Tyler shows how this unsuspecting young woman becomes the North star that helps a stumbling, dysfunctional family find its footing.

Trouble Girls Book

Trouble Girls


  • Author : Julia Lynn Rubin
  • Publisher : Wednesday Books
  • Release Date : 2021-06-01
  • Genre: Young Adult Fiction
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9781250757234

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Trouble Girls Excerpt :

"A fiery thriller." —Kikrus "Breathless." —School Library Journal A queer YA reimagining of Thelma & Louise with the aesthetic of Riverdale, for fans of Mindy McGinnis and Rory Power. Love on the dark side of freedom When Trixie picks up her best friend Lux for their weekend getaway, they’re looking to forget the despair of being trapped in their dead-end rustbelt town. The girls are packing light: a supply of Diet Coke and an ‘89 Canon to help Lux frame the world in a sunnier light; half a pack of cigarettes that Trixie doesn’t really smoke, and a knife she’s hanging on to for a friend that she’s never used before. But a single night of violence derails their trip, and the girls go from ordinary high schoolers to wanted fugitives. Trying to stay ahead of the cops and a hellscape of media attention, Trixie and Lux grapple with an unforgiving landscape, rapidly diminishing supplies, and disastrous decisions at every turn. As they are transformed by the media into the face of a #MeToo movement they didn’t ask to lead, Trixie and Lux realize that they can only rely on each other, and that the love they find together is the one thing that truly makes them free. Julia Lynn Rubin takes readers on “a blistering, unapologetic thrill ride” (Emma Berquis) that will leave them haunted and reeling. Trouble Girls is a “a powerful, beautifully-written gut punch” (Sophie Gonzales).

The Beginner s Goodbye Book
Score: 3.5
From 62 Ratings

The Beginner s Goodbye


  • Author : Anne Tyler
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2012-04-03
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307958228

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The Beginner s Goodbye Excerpt :

Pulitzer Prize–winning author Anne Tyler gives us a wise, haunting, and deeply moving new novel about loss and recovery, pierced throughout with her humor, wisdom, and always penetrating look at human foibles. Crippled in his right arm and leg, Aaron grew up fending off a sister who constantly wanted to manage him. So when he meets Dorothy, an outspoken, independent young woman, she’s like a breath of fresh air. He marries her without hesitation, and they have a relatively happy, unremarkable marriage. Aaron works at his family’s vanity-publishing business, turning out titles that presume to guide beginners through the trials of life. But when a tree crashes into their house and Dorothy is killed, Aaron feels as though he has been erased forever. Only Dorothy’s unexpected appearances from the dead—in their house, on the roadway, in the market—help him to live in the moment and to find some peace. Gradually, Aaron discovers that maybe for this beginner there is indeed a way to say goodbye. “Like a modern Jane Austen, Tyler creates small worlds [depicting] the intimate bonds of friendship and family.”—USA Today “An absolute charmer of a novel . . . With sparkling prose . . . [Anne] Tyler gets at the beating heart of what it means to lose someone, to say goodbye.”—The Boston Globe “Classic Tyler . . . The wonder of Anne Tyler is how consistently clear-eyed and truthful she remains about the nature of families and especially marriage.”—Los Angeles Times “Beautifully intricate . . . By the exquisitely romantic emotional climax [an] ordinary life has bloomed into an opera.”—Entertainment Weekly

Vinegar Street Book

Vinegar Street


  • Author : Philip Ridley
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2000
  • Genre: Children's stories
  • Pages : 210
  • ISBN 10 : 0140385096

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Vinegar Street Excerpt :

Poppy Popplesticks loves her life on Vinegar Street. And everybody who lives there loves Poppy. But, one day, a tingling voice inside Poppy's head warns her that change is on the way. A change that will threaten Poppy's whole world. Suggested level: intermediate, junior secondary.