Family Affair Season One
An "exuberant" ("El Mundo") debut novel of a family bound by searing passions, an earthy magic, and a very unusual curse The Laguna women suffer from an odd affliction: each generation is condemned to tragic love affairs and to give birth only to girls who are unable to escape the cruel fate of their mothers. One fateful hunting season in their small Castilian town, a young landowner arrives and begins a passionate affair with Clara Laguna, the latest in the family line, daughter of a one-eyed woman known as "the Laguna witch.
The Quinn family gathers for one last holiday at the Winter Street Inn in the heartwarming conclusion to Elin Hilderbrand's bestselling trilogy. Preparing for another holiday season in Nantucket, the Quinns are optimistic that despite a health scare for Kelley, this year's celebration will be their best in ages. After a year apart, and an ill-fated affair with the Inn's old Santa Claus, Mitzi has returned to rule the roost; there is hopeful news about Bart, who has been MIA in Afghanistan; and love is in the air as Kevin and Isabelle are preparing to get married.
A love affair unfolds as crisis hits a family farm on the High Plains. Julene Bair has inherited part of a farming empire and fallen in love with a rancher from Kansas' beautiful Smoky Valley. A single mother, she means to provide her son with the father he longs for and preserve the Bair farm for the next generation, honoring her own father's wish and commandment, "Hang on to your land!" But part of her legacy is a share of the ecological harm the Bair farm has done: each growing season her family-like other irrigators-pumps over two hundred million gallons out of the Ogallala aquifer.
The definitive account of North Korea, its veiled past and uncertain future, from the former Director for Asian Affairs at the National Security CouncilThough it is much discussed and often maligned, precious little is known or understood about North Korea, the world's most controversial and isolated country. In The Impossible State, seasoned international-policy expert and lauded scholar Victor Cha pulls back the curtain, providing the best look yet at North Korea's history, the rise of the Kim family dynasty, and the obsessive personality cult that empowers them.