The Joy Luck Club is a group of Chinese women who banded together as they navigated a new country, coming together to share their life experiences and help one another through new ones. After one of the members passes away, her daughter June is invited to be a member in her mother’s spot. Upon her first meeting, June is greeted with a truth from her mother’s friends that she wasn’t prepared for: she must go to China to meet her twin half-sisters, the very sisters her mother believed had died long ago before she fled the country.
In this novel, Stephen King introduces us to The Institute, a secret operation in the middle of a wooded area in northern Maine. Here there are children who can move things with their minds, and also read the minds of others. But hidden behind the fake smiles from the orderlies and the tests and shots being given to them, what purpose does it all serve? According to the children, it isn't good and they want out.
Deja and Josiah are about as different as two people can be. She's flirty and extroverted, and he's shy and hard-working. But both of them love fall, and both of them love their local pumpkin patch, and so for two months each year, they are best friends, coworkers, and succotash experts together. But this is their last year working at the pumpkin patch before they both go off to college, and there's so much left undone and unsaid. So on this, their last night working together, they go on an epic quest all across the pumpkin patch, to make the most of their last chance.
Even though sixteen years have passed, Cassie has never gotten over the disappearance of her younger sister. Olive ran off while they were watching a solar eclipse in their grandmother's hometown and was never seen or heard from again. Now an investigative journalist, Cassie returns to the small town to care for her Alzheimer's-stricken grandmother. But another eclipse is coming up, and another girl has disappeared. Cassie knows in her heart that the two must be connected, but will anyone believe her when the evidence doesn't seem to agree?
Kid Gloves is a memoir about Lucy Knisley’s journey from just before pregnancy to just after. She highlights some tough and personal issues she personally went through trying to conceive "Pal," the nickname she gives her son in the comic, as well as the awful medical emergency she endured at the end of her pregnancy/birth of her son. In between her chapters, marked by what trimesters she was entering, she offered up amazing facts and history about contraception, conception, pregnancy, births, babies, mothers, etc.