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11 of Our Best Weekend Reads

So much great journalism, so little time. It’s a modern problem, but this is the weekend. Sit back, relax, get another cup of coffee and lose yourself in one, two or 11 great stories.‘The Lion King’ EffectPhotoCredit Brinkhoff MogenburOver 20 years, hundreds of South African performers have joined the musical in cities around the globe, The New York Times theater reporter Michael Paulson writes. Many play Rafiki, often learning to sing in languages not their own. Here are some of their stories, laced with hope, tragedy, homesickness and triumph. Arts & LeisureMother Knows BestPhotoCredit Eric YahnkerThe Vanity Fair columnist James Wolcott looks at two portraits of modern matriarchy, reviewing Ivana Trump’s new book “Raising Trump” and “The Kardashians: An American Dream” by Jerry Oppenheimer. Book ReviewThe UncountedPhotoCredit Giles Price for The New York TimesAn on-the-ground investigation reveals that the United States-led battle against ISIS — hailed as the most precise air campaign in history — is killing far more Iraqi civilians than the coalition has acknowledged. The New York Times MagazineContinue reading the main storyBattlefield New YorkPhotoCredit De Agostini Picture Library/Getty ImagesWith old maps in one hand and Google Maps in the other, the author Russell Shorto roams across the city’s five boroughs, searching for remnants of the American Revolution. TravelContinue reading the main story […]

At a Luxury Complex in India, the Maids and the Madams Go to War

India’s vast disparity between rich and poor means members of a newly moneyed class are able to hire domestic help for low pay, with no contracts and few legal obligations.Continue reading the main storyThough they may resent their treatment, maids are typically afraid to lose their jobs, and of the “pull their employers may have with the authorities,” said Tripti Lahiri, the author of “Maid in India: Stories of Inequality and Opportunity Inside Our Homes.”Conflicts between domestic workers and employers are a regular feature of Indian crime logs, but mass violence is almost unheard-of, Ms. Lahiri said. That is partly because in Indian cities, many maids live in their employers’ homes, giving them little opportunity to build networks and compare notes.That has changed, however, as luxury high-rises proliferated in farmlands on the outskirts of New Delhi, and slum neighborhoods appeared beside them, in what Ms. Lahiri called “a perfect setup for an us vs. them clash.”In the case of Harshu Sethi and her maid, Johra Bibi, in Noida on Wednesday, the clash was Alfred Hitchcock-grade, awakening subterranean anxieties about the true relationship between the rich and the poor.On Tuesday, Ms. Sethi accused Ms. Bibi of stealing 17,000 rupees, or about $265, from a safe in her apartment. She said Ms. Bibi had admitted taking 10,000 rupees in back wages, and then disappeared […]

An Astonishing Match – Barbara Dunlop

An Astonishing Match Barbara Dunlop Genre: Contemporary Publish Date: May 1, 2016 Publisher: Tule Publishing Seller: Tule Publishing Group, LLC Book #4 in The March Series – from USA Today Bestselling Author Barbara Dunlop, a comedic, contemporary romance series featuring the high-tech antics of matchmaking senior citizens unleashed on their unsuspecting heirs.  Construction boss Hunter Vashon owes a huge debt to his grandmother Daisy for keeping his teenage secrets. When she asks for his help playing “Henry Higgins” to match-make his older brother, he can’t possibly say no.  Machinist Kalie Gray has never been one for dresses and frills. She spends her days crafting state-of-the-art robotic parts and her weekends at dusty, off-road race-tracks. So she’s confused when handsome, sexy Hunter Vashon shows an interest in her.  Kalie might be his brother’s perfect match, but Hunter can’t seem to stop himself from falling for her. She’s smart, funny and down to earth. And after her makeover, she’s drop dead gorgeous. He wants her for himself and tries desperately to reason with his grandmother. But Daisy stands her ground, and Hunter is torn between family loyalty and the woman he loves. […]

Saving Grace – Michele Paige Holmes

Saving Grace Michele Paige Holmes Genre: Historical Publish Date: October 15, 2014 Publisher: Mirror Press, LLC Seller: Draft2Digital, LLC From Whitney Award Winning Author, Michele Paige Holmes, comes SAVING GRACE, a regency romance in the Hearthfire Romance series: After the death of Grace Thatcher’s grandfather, the Duke of Salisbury, Grace wants nothing more than to live quietly in the country with her younger siblings. But her father’s debts thwart those plans, and to protect her sister, Helen, Grace must marry a man of her father’s choosing. As each suitor proves less than desirable, Grace comes up with clever schemes, causing each to reject her. While staying at the mysterious Sutherland Hall, a middle-of-the-night mishap sends Grace into the arms of a stranger, Nicholas Sutherland—and provides inspiration for her grandest plan yet—one that will leave her reputation in tatters yet free both her and Helen from all possibility of marriage. But when Grace meets Mr. Samuel Preston, a true gentlemen and sworn enemy of Nicholas Sutherland, instead of being free, Grace is caught between two men—each with his own agenda. […]

Wicked Beautiful – J.T. Geissinger

Wicked Beautiful J.T. Geissinger Genre: Suspense Publish Date: July 11, 2016 Publisher: Jack’s House Publishing LLC Seller: Jacks House Publishing LLC “Page-turning suspense. HOT. SEXY. WICKED! What to read next.”—Marie Force, New York Times Bestselling Author A ruthless businesswoman and the playboy who dumped her long ago find themselves embroiled in a high stakes game of love, lies and revenge. Life coach and best-selling author Victoria Price has it all: a successful career, fabulous friends, a fantastic penthouse in Manhattan. What she doesn’t have—and doesn’t want—is a husband. Fifteen years ago her high school flame broke her heart so badly she swore she’d never love again. Now she makes millions teaching other women how to be just like her: a ruthless bitch. Drop-dead sexy restaurant tycoon and infamous playboy Parker Maxwell has only three rules for the women he dates: no questions about his past, no expectations for the future and no spending the night. When he meets Victoria, however, he’s willing to break his own rules if it means sating the explosive desire she arouses in him. What he doesn’t know is that the alluring Victoria Price used to be the mousy Isabel Diaz, the girl he deflowered and dumped long ago. Presented with a perfect opportunity for revenge, Victoria decides the game is on. But when her connection with Parker proves more than just skin deep, she has to make a choice—continue with her plan for payback, or risk her career, her reputation and her heart by taking a second chance on love? […]

After You Left (Unabridged) – Carol Mason

After You Left (Unabridged)
Carol Mason
Genre: Fiction
Price: $9.95
Publish Date: April 1, 2017 © ? © 2017 Brilliance Audio […]

Two-Hour Truce – Clare James

Two-Hour Truce Clare James Genre: Contemporary Publish Date: July 28, 2016 Publisher: Clare James Seller: Draft2Digital, LLC It's an offer she can't refuse… He was her best friend. He is her current enemy. Still, he wants her and she wants him. And they're both stuck in their hometown…unattached. So she agrees to a truce. Two hours, once a week, no strings attached.    Yes, each day they give themselves to those who need them. Every day—except for a few stolen hours on Wednesday. That’s when they take what they need from each other. But what sounds like the perfect arrangement, turns into so much more.  Two-Hour Truce  is a gritty and intoxicating stand-alone romance from Clare James that will keep you turning the pages no matter when you choose to indulge! Author’s Note: This novel was previously published under the title Wednesday .   […]