Birthday Girl

Sixteen-year-old Tracey Burns has been confined to a single room for two years. One night, amid chaotic spring winds, she slips freedom and inadvertently sets herself on journey that takes her further away from the one thing wants most: find mother who left behind. Determined but starkly naïve, plunges into harsh confusing world where is no more than headline, case file, another ragged face side of California highway asking change. It’s only when stumbles upon an enclave irrepressible epicureans tucked in flatlands Mojave begins uncover truth world, herself, missing mother.

In the thrilling, suspenseful new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz, all of Ellie Florent-Stinson’s secrets come to light in one eventful evening full twists, turns, and surprises. Before she became a glamorous fashion designer, Florent-Stinson was trailer-park teen about turn sixteen. But night birthday celebration doesn’t go exactly as planned descends into she’ll never be able forget. Now, on cusp her fortieth birthday, it appears has everything ever wanted: handsome husband; an accomplished, college-age stepdaughter; beautiful ten-year-old girl; adorable rambunctious six-year-old twin boys; lush, well-appointed homes Los Angeles, Park City, Palm Springs; thriving career; dazzling circle friends. Except is not quite perfect looks outside—Ellie keeping many secrets. hiding those skeletons cost, comes head fabulous party desert—where everyone who matters life shows up, invited or not. Old friends frenemies, stepdaughters business partners, ex-wives ex-husbands congregate, glittering facade Ellie’s begins crumble. Beautifully paced surprises, The Birthday Girl enthralling tale lived shadow its unavoidable consequences.

A beautifully written and darkly funny journey through the world of allergic. Like twelve million other Americans, Sandra Beasley suffers from food allergies. Her allergies—severe lifelong—include dairy, egg, soy, beef, shrimp, pine nuts, cucumbers, cantaloupe, honeydew, mango, macadamias, pistachios, cashews, swordfish, mustard. Add to that mold, dust, grass tree pollen, cigarette smoke, dogs, rabbits, horses, wool, it’s no wonder felt she had live her life as “Allergy Girl.” When butter is deadly eggs can make your throat swell shut, cupcakes treats childhood are out question—and so Sandra’s mother used warn guests against a toxic, frosting-tinged kiss with “Don’t kill birthday girl!” It may seem such person “not really designed survive,” one blunt nutritionist declared while visiting fourth-grade class. But has not only survived, she’s thrived—now an essayist, editor, award-winning poet, learned navigate in which danger lurk unassuming corn chip. Don’t Kill Birthday Girl story. With candor, wit, journalist’s curiosity, draws on own experiences covering scientific, cultural, sociological terrain She explains exactly what allergy is, describes surviving family reunion heart-of-Texas beef country vegetarian sister, delves into how being allergic affected romantic relationships, exposes dark side Benadryl, parents work schools protect their children, details people allergies should advocate for themselves restaurant. compelling mix memoir, cultural history, science, mandatory reading millions families navigating allergies—and not-to-be-missed literary treat rest us.