WorldCat Identities

Sands, Xe

Overview
Works: 275 works in 1,495 publications in 1 language and 21,832 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Thrillers (Fiction)  Historical fiction  History  Psychological fiction  Domestic fiction  Medical fiction  Novellas  Sources 
Roles: Narrator, Performer, Author
Classifications: PS3602.U755, 813.6
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Xe Sands
The wife : a novel by Alafair Burke( Recording )

21 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 739 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For Angela, her marriage to Jason Powell was a chance to reboot her life. But when two women make troubling accusations against Jason, their perfect life begins to unravel
The ex : a novel by Alafair Burke( Recording )

17 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 665 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Widower Jack Harris has resisted the dating scene ever since the shooting of his wife Molly by a fifteen-year-old boy three years ago. An early morning run along the Hudson River changes that when he spots a woman in last night₂s party dress, barefoot, enjoying a champagne picnic alone, reading his favorite novel. Everything about her reminds him of what he used to have with Molly. Eager to help Jack find love again, his best friend posts a message on a popular website after he mentions the encounter. Days later, that same beautiful stranger responds and invites Jack to meet her in person at the waterfront. That's when Jack's world falls apart
The art forger : a novel by Barbara A Shapiro( Recording )

8 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 651 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Claire is lured into a Faustian bargain with Aiden Markel, a powerful gallery owner. She agrees to forge a painting, a Degas masterpiece stolen from the Gardner Museum, in exchange for a one-woman show in his renowned gallery. But when that very same long-missing Degas painting is delivered to Claire's studio, she begins to suspect that it may itself be a forgery
Trauma : a novel by Michael Palmer( Recording )

4 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and held by 517 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dr. Carrie Bryant's four years as a neurosurgical resident at White Memorial Hospital have earned her the respect and admiration of peers and staff alike. When given the chance to perform her first unsupervised brain surgery, Carrie jumps at the opportunity. What should have been a routine, hours-long operation turns horribly wrong and jeopardizes her patient's life. Emotionally and physically drained, Carrie is rushed back to the OR to assist in a second surgery
Lillian Boxfish takes a walk : a novel by Kathleen Rooney( Recording )

15 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 511 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A love letter to city life in all its guts and grandeur, Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk... paints a portrait of a remarkable woman across the canvas of a changing America: from the Jazz Age to the onset of the AIDS epidemic; the Great Depression to the birth of hip-hop. Lillian figures she might as well take her time. For now, after all, the night is still young."--
The muralist by B. A Shapiro( )

12 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 418 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alizée Benoit, an American painter working for the Works Progress Administration (WPA), vanishes in New York City in 1940 amid personal and political turmoil. No one knows what happened to her. Not her Jewish family living in German-occupied France. Not her artistic patron and political compatriot, Eleanor Roosevelt. Not her close-knit group of friends, including Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, and Lee Krasner. And, some seventy years later, not her great-niece, Danielle Abrams, who while working at Christie's auction house uncovers enigmatic paintings hidden behind recently found works by those now famous Abstract Expressionist artists. Do they hold answers to the questions surrounding her missing aunt? Entwining the lives of both historical and fictional characters, and moving between the past and the present, The Muralist plunges readers into the divisiveness of prewar politics and the largely forgotten plight of European refugees refused entrance to the United States. It captures both the inner workings of today's New York art scene and the beginnings of the vibrant and quintessentially American school of Abstract Expressionism. B.A. Shapiro is a master at telling a gripping story while exploring provocative themes. In Alizée and Danielle she has created two unforgettable women, artists both, who compel us to ask, What happens when luminous talent collides with inexorable historical forces? Does great art have the power to change the world? And to what lengths should a person go to thwart evil?
Objects of my affection : a novel by Jill Smolinski( )

13 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 416 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the humorous, heartfelt new novel by the author of The Next Thing on My List, a personal organizer must somehow convince a reclusive artist to give up her hoarding ways and let go of the stuff she's hung onto for decades. Lucy Bloom is broke, has been dumped by her boyfriend, and had to sell her house to send her nineteen-year-old son to drug rehab. Although she's lost it all, she's determined to start over. So when she's offered a high-paying gig helping clear the clutter from the home of reclusive and eccentric painter Marva Meier Rios, Lucy grabs it. Armed with the organizing expertise she gained while writing her book, Things Are Not People, and fueled by a burning desire to get her life back on track, Lucy rolls up her sleeves to take on the mess that fills every room of Marva's huge home. Lucy soon learns that the real challenge may be taking on Marva, who seems to love the objects in her home too much to let go of any of them. While trying to stay on course toward a strict deadline--and with an ex-boyfriend back in the picture, a new romance on the scene, and her son's rehab not going as planned--Lucy discovers that Marva isn't just hoarding: she is also hiding a big secret. The two form an unlikely bond, as each learns from the other that there are those things in life we keep and those we need to let go--but it's not always easy to know the difference
Descent by Tim Johnston( Recording )

10 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 401 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the day Caitlin vanishes the lives of her family members are irrevocably altered, each assuming blame for that day's tragic events. As the initial days of hope are replaced by weeks of anxiety and despair, they find themselves increasingly isolated, each wondering: Is she still alive? Will we ever know what happened? Pursuing every angle and refusing to surrender the belief that his daughter is still alive, Caitlin's father struggles through the mountainous terrain, prodding both his son and the local authorities to keep up the search. It is through a most unlikely source, however, that they finally find an answer, in a climax that is stunning in both its execution and resolution. Written with precision and elegance, Johnston captures characters' emotions, divergent thoughts, and moments of bleak loneliness as they search for answers. Descent is both a taut and gripping thriller and a work of outstanding literary merit, a combination of great story and beautiful writing that is certain to garner comparisons with the work of such bestselling writers as Cormac McCarthy and Dennis Lehane
The Atomic City girls by Janet Beard( Recording )

11 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 395 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In November 1944, eighteen-year-old June Walker boards an unmarked bus, destined for a city that doesn't officially exist. Oak Ridge, Tennessee has sprung up in a matter of months, a town of trailers and segregated houses, 24-hour cafeterias and constant security checks. There, June joins hundreds of other young girls operating massive machines whose purpose is never explained. They know they are helping to win the war, but must ask no questions and reveal nothing to outsiders. When the bombing of Hiroshima brings the truth about Oak Ridge into devastating focus, June must confront her ideals about loyalty, patriotism, and war itself
The ancient minstrel : novellas by Jim Harrison( Recording )

10 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 378 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

New York Times bestselling author Jim Harrison is one of our most beloved and acclaimed writers, adored by both readers and critics. In The Ancient Minstrel, Harrison delivers three novellas that highlight his phenomenal range as a writer, shot through with his trademark wit and keen insight into the human condition. Harrison has tremendous fun with his own reputation in the title novella, about an aging writer in Montana who spars with his estranged wife, with whom he still shares a home; weathers the slings and arrows of literary success; and tries to cope with the sow he buys on a whim and the unplanned litter of piglets that follow soon after. In "Eggs," a Montana woman reminisces about staying in London with her grandparents and collecting eggs at their country house. Years later, having never had a child, she attempts to do so. And in "The Case of the Howling Buddhas," retired Detective Sunderson-a recurring character from Harrison's New York Times bestsellers The Great Leader and The Big Seven-is hired as a private investigator to look into a bizarre cult that achieves satori by howling along with howler monkeys at the zoo. Fresh, incisive, and endlessly entertaining, with moments of both profound wisdom and sublime humor, The Ancient Minstrel is an exceptional reminder of why Jim Harrison is one of the most cherished and important writers at work today
American ghost : a family's haunted past in the desert Southwest by Hannah Nordhaus( Recording )

15 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 323 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The award-winning journalist and author attempts to uncover the truth about her great-great-grandmother, Julia--whose ghost is said to haunt an elegant hotel in Santa Fe--in this spellbinding exploration of myth, family history, and the American West"--
The bird sisters by Rebecca Rasmussen( Recording )

12 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 317 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As elderly women, sisters Twiss and Milly live alone in the house where they grew up in Spring Green, Wis. They spend their days tending to injured birds and roaming their land, lost in memories. For Milly, there is the constant reminder of what could have been. Twiss spent her childhood happily trailing behind their golf-pro father, but Milly dreamed about a family and children that never happened. There was hope for a young Milly, until an accident strips their father of his golfing abilities and sets in motion a series of events that rips apart the already unstable family
The prayer box : a novel by Lisa Wingate( Recording )

18 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 301 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A young woman, an old woman, and the story of a lifetime? When Iola Anne Poole, an old-timer on Hatteras Island, passes away in her bed at ninety-one, the struggling young mother in her rental cottage, Tandi Jo Reese, finds herself charged with the task of cleaning out Iola's rambling Victorian house. Running from a messy, dangerous past, Tandi never expects to find more than a temporary hiding place within Iola's walls, but everything changes with the discovery of eighty-one carefully decorated prayer boxes, one for each year, dating from Iola's youth to her last days. Hidden in the boxes is the story of a lifetime, written on random bits of paper--the hopes and wishes, fears and thoughts of an unassuming but complex woman passing through the seasons of an extraordinary, unsung life filled with journeys of faith, observations on love, and one final lesson that could change everything
The Romanov sisters : the lost lives of the daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra by Helen Rappaport( Recording )

9 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 279 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The four captivating Russian Grand Duchesses, Olga, Tatiana, Maria, and Anastasia Romanov, were admired for their dispositions, looks, the clothes they wore, and their privileged lifestyle. With many diaries and letters from the grand duchesses to their friends and family, they were intelligent, sensitive, and perceptive witnesses to the turmoil within their family and the ominous approach of the Russian Revolution, the nightmare that would sweep their world away, and them along with it
Euphoria : a novel by Lily King( Recording )

9 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 278 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

English anthropologist Andrew Bankson has been alone in the field for several years, studying the Kiona river tribe in the territory of New Guinea. Haunted by the memory of his brothers' deaths and increasingly frustrated and isolated by his research, Bankson is on the verge of suicide when a chance encounter with colleagues, the controversial Nell Stone and her wry and mercurial Australian husband Fen, pulls him back from the brink. Nell and Fen have just fled the bloodthirsty Mumbanyo and, in spite of Nell's poor health, are hungry for a new discovery. When Bankson finds them a new tribe nearby--the artistic, female-dominated Tam--he ignites an intellectual and romantic firestorm between the three of them that burns out of anyone's control
The vanishers : a novel by Heidi Julavits( )

12 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 271 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Julia Severn is a student at an elite institute for psychics. Her mentor, the legendary Madame Ackermann, afflicted by jealousy, subjects Julia to the humiliation of reliving her mother's suicide when Julia was an infant. As the two lock horns, and Julia gains power, Madame Ackermann launches a desperate psychic attack that leaves Julia the victim of a crippling ailment. But others have noted Julia's emerging gifts, and soon she's recruited to track down an elusive missing person who might have a connection to her mother. As Julia sifts through ghosts and astral clues, everything she thought she knew of her mother is called into question, and she discovers that her ability to know the minds of others goes far deeper than she ever imagined
A simple favor by Darcey Bell( Recording )

7 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 246 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When her best friend, Emily, asks Stephanie to pick up her son Nicky after school, she happily says yes. Nicky and her son, Miles, are classmates and best friends, and the five-year-olds love being together, just like she and Emily. A widow and stay-at-home mommy blogger living in woodsy suburban Connecticut, Stephanie was lonely until she met Emily, a sophisticated PR executive. But Emily doesn't come back. She doesn't answer calls or return texts. Stephanie knows something is terribly wrong, Emily would never leave Nicky, no matter what the police say. Terrified, she reaches out to her blog readers for help. She also reaches out to Emily's husband, the handsome, reticent Sean, offering emotional support. It's the least she can do for her best friend. Then, she and Sean receive shocking news. Emily is dead. The nightmare of her disappearance is over. Or is it? Because soon, Stephanie will begin to see that nothing is as simple as it seems
Survival lessons by Alice Hoffman( Recording )

5 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 242 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fifteen years ago, Alice Hoffman received a diagnosis that changed everything about the life she'd been living. Most significant--aside from the grueling physical ordeal she underwent--was the way it changed how she felt inside and what she thought she ought to be doing with her days. Now she has written the book that she needed to read then. In this honest, wise, and upbeat guide, Alice Hoffman provides a road map for the making of one's life into the very best it can be. As she says, In many ways I wrote this book to remind myself of the beauty of life, something that's all too easy to overlook during the crisis of illness or loss. There were many times when I forgot about roses and starry nights. I forgot that our lives are made up of equal parts sorrow and joy, and that it's impossible to have one without the other. ... I wrote to remind myself that in the darkest hour the roses still bloom, the stars still come out at night. And to remind myself that, despite everything t
Acceptance by Jeff VanderMeer( Recording )

7 editions published between 2014 and 2018 in English and held by 237 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It is winter in Area X. A new team embarks across the border on a mission to find a member of a previous expedition who may have been left behind. As they press deeper into the unknown--navigating new terrain and new challenges--the threat to the outside world becomes only more daunting. In the final installment of the Southern Reach Trilogy, the mysteries of Area X may have been solved, but their consequences and implications are no less profound--or terrifying
A crack in everything : a Susan Callisto mystery by Angela Gerst( )

13 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 227 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Politics can be deadly--when there are toxic secrets to hide. Susan Callisto is nearly thirty and taking stock since her boyfriend, Police Lieutenant Michael Benedict, left her without a goodbye. Susan, with her own political consulting firm, is too busy to think about love anyway--except on lonely summer nights. Political novice Charles Renfrow asks Susan to help him run for mayor. But a friend says Renfrow's biotech company is dumping deadly toxic waste, and Susan decides to find out the truth before committing herself. Instead of the truth, she finds a corpse
 
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