Rags to Riches

The tea rose

Jennifer Donnelly.

Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction

East London, 1888-a city apart. A place of shadow and light where thieves, whores, and dreamers mingle, where children play in the cobbled streets by day and a killer stalks at night, where bright hopes meet the darkest truths. Here, by the whispering waters of the Thames, a bright and defiant young woman dares to dream of a life beyond tumbledown wharves, gaslit alleys, and the grim and crumbling dwellings of the poor. Fiona Finnegan, a worker i...

Martin Dressler : the tale of an American dreamer

Steven Millhauser.

Literary Fiction

Young Martin Dressler begins his career as an industrious helper in his father's cigar store.  In the course of his restless young manhood, he makes a swift and eventful rise to the top, accompanied  by two sisters--one a dreamlike shadow, the other a worldly business partner. As the eponymous Martin's vision becomes bolder and bolder he walks a haunted line between fantasy and reality, madness and ambition, art and industry, ...

The touch

Colleen McCullough.

Literary Fiction

A New York Times Bestseller. From the bestselling author of The Thorn Birds comes a family saga replete with tragedy, pathos, history and passion. At its center are Alexander, who fled poverty in Scotland to make his fortune in the American and Australian gold fields; his wife Elizabeth, a sixteen-year-old cousin sent from Scotland; and his mistress, Ruby, who is unknown to Elizabeth and is a partner in Alexander's rapidly growing company.


Money can't buy love

Connie Briscoe.

African American

Lenora Stone used to say if she didn't have bad luck, she wouldn't have any luck at all. At age thirty-eight, instead of socializing with Baltimore's A-list, she photographs them for Baltimore Scene , a glossy magazine filled with beautiful people who, unlike Lenora, never have to worry about car trouble and overdue bills. As much as she'd love to slam the door on her overbearing boss, quitting isn't an option. She's barely making her mortgage pa...

A place to call home

Deborah Smith.

Literary Fiction

Deborah Smith's is one of the most imaginative and appealing new voices in Southern fiction.  In the tradition ofFried Green Tomatoes,the nationally bestselling author offers a deliciously original new novel that will make you laugh one moment and then move you to tears--an irresistible Southern saga that chronicles a love as innocent as a child's and as powerful as that of two star-crossed lovers can be. "I planned to be the kind of ol...

Sin city

Harold Robbins.


For more than five decades, bestselling author Harold Robbins has thrilled millions with tales heavy in action, ruthless characters, international intrigue, and the sexiest people ever captured in print.Now, in Sin City, he takes us to a town famous for all of these: Las Vegas.Jack Lucky Riordan is anything but. The illegitimate son of Howard Hughes, both he and his mother are cast out of Las Vegas when Hughes learns of the pregnancy, only to ret...

Madame Bovary's daughter : a novel

Linda Urbach.

Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction

Emma Bovary is one of literature's most beloved and debated heroines. But little discussed is the daughter, Berthe, that Emma left behind. Now, in an epic tale of perseverance and pluck, Urbach picks up where Flaubert left off.


Louise Bagshawe.

Chick Lit

The Perfect Royal Mistress

Diane Haeger.

Historical Fiction

Born into poverty and raised in a brothel, Nell Gwynne sells oranges in the pit at London's King's Theater, newly reopened after the plague and the Great Fire devastated the city. Soon, her quick sense of humor and natural charm get her noticed by those who have the means to make her life easier. But the street-smart Nell knows a woman doesn't get ahead by selling her body. Through talent, charm, intelligence, and sheer determination--as well as ...


Danielle Steel.


Young, innocent and strikingly beautiful Crystal Wyatt was an outcast, envied and resented by all but her devoted father, with whom she shared a deep love for their remote California ranch. When her father dies, Crystal is alone and unprotected. Devastating events shake the once peaceful valley. With nothing but her dreams, her beauty, and her awe-inspiring voice, Crystal escapes to embark on the career that will ultimately make her a star. But s...

Memoirs of a geisha : a novel

by Arthur Golden.

Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction

"Captivating, minutely imagined . . . a novel that refuses to stay shut" ("Newsweek"), "Memoirs of a Geisha" is now released in a movie tie-in edition.