The Scale

Author: Mika Jolie
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781517577025
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Twenty-seven year old, African-American, Minka Greene has to endure watching her twin sister marry the man she loves. Her weight is up, and her confidence is down. Not exactly the ideal time to meet the real man of her dreams. The Scale opens in Martha's Vineyard with Minka attending Keely and Blake's engagement party at Martha's Way, the beautiful inn owned and operated by the tall, blond, tattooed man with the piercing blue eyes. It just so happens Jason Montgomery is also Blake's childhood friend and the best man. Dealing with a whirl of emotions, Minka faints in Jason's arms. When she wakes up naked in Jason's bed after a night of passion, the Vineyard confirmed bachelor struggling with his own demons and the woman filled with self-doubt and pining for another man are joined in an experience that will change their lives.

The Emperor of Ocean Park

Author: Stephen L. Carter
Publisher: Vintage Books USA
ISBN: 0307279936
Format: PDF
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After the death of his father, the flamboyant and controversial Judge Oliver Garland, Talcott must unravel the truth about his father's life, a quest that brings him face to face with old scandals and family secrets.

To the New Owners

Author: Madeleine Blais
Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press
ISBN: 0802189091
Format: PDF, ePub
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In the 1970s, Madeleine Blais’ in-laws purchased a vacation house on Martha’s Vineyard for the exorbitant sum of $80,000. 2.2 miles down a poorly marked, one lane dirt road, the house was better termed a shack—it had no electricity, no modern plumbing, the roof leaked, and mice had invaded the walls. It was perfect. Sitting on Tisbury Great Pond—well-stocked with oysters and crab for foraged dinners—the house faced the ocean and the sky, and though it was eventually replaced by a sturdier structure, the ethos remained the same: no heat, no TV, and no telephone. Instead, there were countless hours at the beach, meals cooked and savored with friends, nights talking under the stars, until at last, the house was sold in 2014. To the New Owners is Madeleine Blais’ charming, evocative memoir of this house, and of the Vineyard itself—from the history of the island and its famous visitors to the ferry, the pie shops, the quirky charms and customs, and the abundant natural beauty. But more than that, this is an elegy for a special place. Many of us have one place that anchors our most powerful memories. For Blais, it was the Vineyard house—a retreat and a dependable pleasure that also measured changes in her family. As children were born and grew up, as loved ones aged and passed away, the house was a constant. And now, the house lives on in the hearts of those who cherished it.

Martha s Vineyard

Author: Keith Moskow
Publisher: Monacelli Press
ISBN: 9781580932721
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Each year the pristine beaches, lush pine forests, and picturesque New England towns of Martha’s Vineyard draw tens of thousands of admirers to this beautiful island. Some of these visitors have become part-time residents, building contemporary homes alongside the traditional Victorian cottages, sea captains’ mansions, and colonial farmhouses that comprise the island’s cultural and architectural heritage. Rarely does one find such a concentration of outstanding contemporary design. Authors Keith Moskow and Robert Linn expand their 2005 survey of Vineyard residential design to present twenty-five new houses that extend the traditional Vineyard vernacular of shingled houses and cottages. Each of the architects has described the goals for the project and the source of the design. Some reference nautical themes, others environmental concerns, and still others appropriateness of materials and scale. A significant number rely on a plan strategy based on a series of pavilions to minimize intrusion in the landscape while still taking advantage of views and prevailing breezes. What links the houses is that they are all built to stand the test of time in the sometimes extreme marine environment and they respectfully break with tradition.

Love Anthony

Author: Lisa Genova
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 143916469X
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Two women in Nantucket, dealing with their own separate issues of death and heartbreak, find solace in each other's friendship.

The Wolf Keepers

Author: Elise Broach
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company (BYR)
ISBN: 1250113040
Format: PDF, Docs
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A high-stakes middle grade historical adventure through Yosemite National Park by the New York Times-bestselling author of Masterpiece. Twelve-year-old Lizzie Durango and her dad have always had a zoo to call their home. Lizzie spends her days watching the animals and taking note of their various behaviors. Though the zoo makes for a unique home, it's a hard place for Lizzie to make lasting friends. But all this changes one afternoon when she finds Tyler Briggs, a runaway who has secretly made the zoo his makeshift home. The two become friends and, just as quickly, stumble into a covert investigation involving the zoo wolves who are suddenly dying. Little do they know, this mystery will draw them into a high-stakes historical adventure involving the legend of John Muir as they try to navigate safely while lost in Yosemite National Park. A Christy Ottaviano Book

The Wedding

Author: Dorothy West
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 9780307575708
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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In her final novel, Dorothy West offers an intimate glimpse into African American middle class. Set on bucolic Martha's Vineyard in the 1950s, The Wedding tells the story of life in the Oval, a proud, insular community made up of the best and brightest of the East Coast's black bourgeoisie. Within this inner circle of "blue-vein society," we witness the prominent Coles family gather for the wedding of the loveliest daughter, Shelby, who could have chosen from "a whole area of eligible men of the right colors and the right professions." Instead, she has fallen in love with and is about to be married to Meade Wyler, a white jazz musician from New York. A shock wave breaks over the Oval as its longtime members grapple with the changing face of its community. With elegant, luminous prose, Dorothy West crowns her literary career by illustrating one family's struggle to break the shackles of race and class.

Martha s Entertaining

Author: Martha Stewart
Publisher: Clarkson Potter Publishers
ISBN: 0307396460
Format: PDF, Mobi
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An elegant treasury of recipes and entertaining advice by the forefront lifestyle maven features seasonally inspired entries and organizational guidelines while sharing instructions for such options as a Sunday blueberry breakfast, an onboard New England lobster picnic and a summer cocktail party benefit.

Explicitly Yours

Author: Mika Jolie
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781978190252
Format: PDF, Docs
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Marriage. The final frontier. The end of dating. The number one cause of divorce. I bet you every man who is about to take the plunge experiences a wide range of feelings. As a guy, whose wedding day is only seven days away, I know this. Anxiety-Nerves are kicking in. Yeah, even confident, cocky guys like me are bound to face nuptial stage fright. Let's face it, forever is kind of a long time, right? Excitement-Coriander and I are going to make it official. I'm marrying my best friend, the one I laugh with, live for, dream with. Nothing can top this moment. That is until I got the biggest surprise of my life...