A funny, bracing, poignant YA romance and coming-of-age for fans of Huntley Fitzpatrick, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, and The Beginning of Everything lake effect | n. 1. The effect of any lake, especially the Great Lakes, in modifying the weather in nearby areas 2. The effect of elderly ladies, mysterious girls, and countless funerals, in upending your life, one summer at the beach It’s the summer after senior year, and Briggs Henry is out the door. He's leaving behind his ex-girlfriend and his parents’ money troubles for Lake Michigan and its miles of sandy beaches, working a summer job as a personal assistant, and living in a gorgeous Victorian on the shore. It's the kind of house Briggs plans to buy his parents one day when he’s a multi-millionaire. But then he gets there. And his eighty-four-year-old boss tells him to put on a suit for her funeral. So begins a summer of social gaffes, stomach cramps, fraught beach volleyball games, moonlit epiphanies, and a drawer full of funeral programs. Add to this Abigail, the mystifying girl next door on whom Briggs's charms just won’t work, and “the lake effect” is taking on a whole new meaning. Smart, funny, and honest, The Lake Effect is about realizing that playing along is playing it safe, and that you can only become who you truly are if you’re willing to take the risk. "Vibrant and smart . . . Perfect to tote around on vacation." —Bustle “Every word glows with brilliance." —Francisco X. Stork, author of Marcelo in the Real World "Dazzlingly hilarious . . . Erin McCahan is the reigning queen of summer YA reads." —PopSugar “Observant, sarcastic, compelling, and very funny.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review) “Summer romance at its best." —HelloGiggles “The perfect smart, beachside read. . . . Unforgettable.” —Stephanie Elliot, author of Sad Perfect "Elegant and touching." —Publishers Weekly “Refreshingly honest and real. . . . An absolute must-read.” —Elise Allen, co-author of Elixir “Funny and poignant." —PureWow "Thought provoking—and at times hilarious . . . A great summer read." —SLJ
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A New York Times Notable Book Winner of the Great Lakes Book Award and the 21st Century Award from the Chicago Public Library Raised in an affluent suburb on the North Shore of Chicago, Rich Cohen had a cluster of interesting friends, but none more interesting than Jamie Drew. Fatherless, reckless, and lower middle class in a place that wasn’t, Jamie possessed such an irresistible insouciance and charm that even the teachers called him Drew-licious. Through the high school years of parties and Cub games and girls, of summer nights on the beach and forbidden forays into the blues bars of Chicago’s notorious South Side, the two formed an inseparable bond. Even after Cohen went to college in New Orleans (Jamie went to Kansas) and then moved to New York, where he had a memorable interlude with the legendary New Yorker writer Joseph Mitchell, Jamie remained oddly crucial to his life. Exquisite and taut, Lake Effect is a bittersweet coming-of-age story that quietly bores to the essence of friendship and how it survives even as it is destined to change. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Alphonse "Dave" Davecki, Superior Wisconsin's celebrated detective, is recovered from his tangle with a mad arsonist and the challenge of solving the riddle of the infamous "mystery barrels" dumped in Lake Superior back in the '50s and '60s. Now, instead of getting a rest, he finds the body of his friend Little Willie Horton floating in the icy water. With help from the lake herself, Davecki solves the murder and saves the Big lake from being sold to the highest bidder.
On her deathbed, Sue asked her sister for one thing: to write about the connection between the industrial pollution in their hometown and the rare cancer that was killing her. Fulfilling that promise has been Nancy Nichols’ mission for more than a decade. Lake Effect is the story of her investigation. It reaches back to their childhood in Waukegan, Illinois, an industrial town on Lake Michigan once known for good factory jobs and great fishing. Now Waukegan is famous for its Superfund sites: as one resident put it, asbestos to the north, PCBs to the south. Drawing on her experience as a journalist, Nichols interviewed dozens of scientists, doctors, and environmentalists to determine if these pollutants could have played a role in her sister’s death. While researching Sue’s cancer, she discovered her own: a vicious though treatable form of pancreatic cancer. Doctors and even family urged her to forget causes and concentrate on cures, but Nichols knew that it was relentless questioning that had led to her diagnosis. And that it is questioning—by government as well as individuals—that could save other lives. Lake Effect challenges us to ask why. It is the fulfillment of a sister’s promise. And it is a call to stop the pollution that is endangering the health of all our families.
A tale of lake freighters as told through the eyes of 26-year-old Nicholette Strickland.
Renowned international news correspondent Annie T. Booker has covered Iraq for over three years when a friend and colleague is killed, and Annie is injured in Baghdad. Exhausted, she returns stateside to recover. However, life at home is not the sanctuary it has always been. Her name is on an Iraqi hit list, her partner of ten years has left, she is betrayed by a friend, and her TV network wants the FBI in her life full time. When the danger escalates, senior FBI agent Sarah Moore is assigned to her case. Annie and Sarah struggle to stay one step ahead of disaster as Annie's life becomes the war zone she once reported on.
When moisture gathers over a large lake, the snow seems to cover every sin and crime. Milan Jacovich knows better. He's off to the Cleveland suburb of Lake Erie Shores to guard mayoral candidate Barbara Corns. When her opponent's wife is killed, Jacovich is led into a stew of organized crime, a child porno ring, a vengeful cop, and a jealous lover. Martin's Press.
Pitcher-turned-sleuth Peter Boone finds that rural Vermont can be as mean and gritty as the city streets when Arthur Cole hires him to investigate the disappearance of his manic-depressive wife, with her latest project, a biography of an enigmatic Beat poet, the only lead. Original.