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Short Stories in Esperanto
by Myrtis Smith

Language

English

Pages

130

Publication Date

April 13, 2018

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Esperanto is a fun and interesting language to learn. It can open the door to a whole new world. But once you know the basics, then what? <br /><br />“Short Stories in Esperanto” features a collection of short stories written in Esperanto and followed by their English translation. They are more entertaining than a textbook and easier to get through than a novel. The stories will help you apply what you’ve learned, pick up some new vocabulary and enjoy the language at the same time.
Granger: Not Dead Yet
by L. T. McDuff

Language

English

Pages

150

Publication Date

April 17, 2018

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Martin Granger is back from the dead. Dead drunk since the death of his wife and daughter. A favor is asked of him. In return, a name. The name of the man who ordered his house to be burned. Can he trust this person? He has nothing to lose. Absolutely nothing to lose.
Cloudbursts: Collected and New Stories
by Thomas McGuane

Language

English

Pages

556

Publication Date

March 06, 2018

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<b>From one of our most acclaimed writers, a sumptuous gathering of his singular work in the short form--forty-five stories, including seven entirely new pieces appearing for the first time in book form.</b><br /><br />For more than four decades, Thomas McGuane has been heralded as an unrivaled master of the short story. Now the arc of that achievement appears in one definitive volume. Set in the seedy corners of Key West, the remote shore towns of the Bahamas, and McGuane's hallmark Big Sky country, with its vast and unforgiving landscape, these are stories of people on the fringes of society, whose twisted pasts meddle with their chances for companionship. Moving from the hilarious to the tragic and back again, McGuane writes about familial dysfunction, emotional failure, and American loneliness, celebrating the human ability to persist through life's absurdities.
Laura & Emma
by Kate Greathead

Language

English

Pages

353

Publication Date

March 13, 2018

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*<b>BELLETRIST BOOK CLUB SELECTION</b>*<BR> <BR><b>*ONE OF <i>ESQUIRE</i>’S BEST BOOKS OF 2018 SO FAR*</b><BR> <BR><b>*MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF SPRING 2018 SELECTION BY * <i>NYLON</i> * <i>SOUTHERN LIVING</i> *</b><BR> <BR><b>“[A] sly, charming debut…Laura and Emma’s struggles are real, and their saga makes for a beguiling, addictive read.”—<i>People</i> (Book of the Week)</b><BR> <BR> Laura hails from the Upper East Side of Manhattan, born into old money, drifting aimlessly into her early thirties. One weekend in 1981 she meets Jefferson. The two sleep together. He vanishes. And Laura realizes she’s pregnant.<BR> <BR>Enter: Emma.<BR><BR>Despite her progressive values, Laura raises Emma by herself in the same blue-blood world of private schools and summer homes she grew up in, buoyed by a host of indelible characters, including her eccentric mother, who informs her society friends and Emma herself that she was fathered by a Swedish sperm donor; her brother, whose childhood stutter reappears in the presence of their forbidding father; an exceptionally kind male pediatrician; and her overbearing best friend, whose life has followed the Park Avenue script in every way except for childbearing. Meanwhile, the apple falls far from the tree with Emma, who begins to question her environment in a way her mother never could.<BR> <BR> Told in vignettes that mine the profound from the mundane, with meditations on everything from sex and death to insomnia and the catharsis of crying on the subway, a textured portrait emerges of a woman struggling to understand herself, her daughter, and the changing landscape of New York City in the eighties and nineties. <i>Laura & Emma</i> is an acutely insightful exploration of class and family warfare from a new author whose offbeat sensibility, understated wit, and stylish prose celebrate the comedy and pathos that make us human.
All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel
by Anthony Doerr

Language

English

Pages

545

Publication Date

May 06, 2014

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<b>WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE</b><BR> From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant <i>New York Times</i> bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.<BR><BR>Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.<BR> <BR>In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge.<BR> <BR>Doerr’s “stunning sense of physical detail and gorgeous metaphors” (<i>San Francisco Chronicle</i>) are dazzling. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, he illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another. Ten years in the writing, a National Book Award finalist, <i>All the Light We Cannot See</i> is a magnificent, deeply moving novel from a writer “whose sentences never fail to thrill” (<i>Los Angeles Times</i>).
Cheeky Royal (Royals Undercover Book 1)
by Nana Malone

Language

English

Pages

246

Publication Date

April 02, 2018

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All they want is everything they can’t have.<br /><br />Penny…<br /><br />Yes, yes, I've heard the rumors.<br />The prince is royal, and cocky and has a—well never mind about all that.<br />The problem is, he's also my job.<br /><br />When the King called on me to retrieve the wayward prince, I was ready to walk away.<br /><br />Then I caught my boyfriend cheating—and suddenly leaving never felt like a better idea.<br /><br />Sebastian…<br /><br />I never wanted the throne.<br /><br />When I left behind my gilded cage of a palace, it all sounded so simple: find my long-lost brother & make him the prince so I don't have to rule the kingdom like my father expects.<br /><br />Then I meet my new neighbor, and quickly realize I’ve found the queen of my heart—and bed.<br /><br />Just one problem, I can’t let her find out who I really am.<br />
Improvement: A Novel
by Joan Silber

Language

English

Pages

256

Publication Date

November 01, 2017

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<b>WINNER FOR THE 2018 PEN/FAULKNER AWARD FOR FICTION<br /><BR><BR><br />WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FOR FICTION<br /><BR><BR><br />Named 1 of 50 Notable Works of Fiction in 2017 by <i>The Washington Post</i> <br /><br />Named 1 of 10 Top Fiction Titles of 2017 by the <i>Wall Street Journal</i><br /><br />A <i>Newsday</i> Best Book of 2017 <br /><br />A <i>Kirkus</i> Best Book of 2017<br /><br />A <i>New York Times Book Review</i> Editor's Choice</b><br /><br /><br /><br />One of our most gifted writers of fiction returns with a bold and piercing novel about a young single mother living in New York, her eccentric aunt, and the decisions they make that have unexpected implications for the world around them. <br /><br /> Reyna knows her relationship with Boyd isn’t perfect, yet as she visits him throughout his three-month stint at Rikers Island, their bond grows tighter. Kiki, now settled in the East Village after a journey that took her to Turkey and around the world, admires her niece’s spirit but worries that she always picks the wrong man. Little does she know that the otherwise honorable Boyd is pulling Reyna into a cigarette smuggling scheme, across state lines, where he could risk violating probation. When Reyna ultimately decides to remove herself for the sake of her four-year-old child, her small act of resistance sets into motion a tapestry of events that affect the lives of loved ones and strangers around them. <br /><br /> A novel that examines conviction, connection, and the possibility of generosity in the face of loss, <i>Improvement</i> is as intricately woven together as Kiki’s beloved Turkish rugs, as colorful as the tattoos decorating Reyna’s body, with narrative twists and turns as surprising and unexpected as the lives all around us. The <i>Boston Globe</i> says of Joan Silber: "No other writer can make a few small decisions ripple across the globe, and across time, with more subtlety and power." <i>Improvement</i> is Silber’s most shining achievement yet. <br /><br /><br /><b>"Without fuss or flourishes, Joan Silber weaves a remarkably patterned tapestry connecting strangers from around the world to a central tragic car accident. The writing here is funny and down-to-earth, the characters are recognizably fallible, and the message is quietly profound: We are not ever really alone, however lonely we feel." —<i>The Wall Street Journal</i>, 1 of 10 top fiction titles of 2017</b> <br /><br /><br /> <b>"[I]t feels vital to love Silber’s work. . . Now is the moment to appreciate that she is here, in our midst: our country’s own Alice Munro. Silber’s great theme as a writer is the way in which humans are separated from their intentions, by desires, ideas, time. . . Like Grace Paley and Lucia Berlin, she’s a master of talking a story past its easiest meaning; like Munro, a master of the compression and dilation of time, what time and nothing else can reveal to people about themselves." —<i>Washington Post</i></b>
A Piece of the World: A Novel
by Christina Baker Kline

Language

English

Pages

325

Publication Date

February 21, 2017

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<p><strong><em>INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER</em></strong></p><p><strong>"A must-read for anyone who loves history and art.” </strong></p><p><strong>--Kristin Hannah</strong></p><p>From the #1 <em>New York Times</em> bestselling author of the smash bestseller <em>Orphan Train,</em> a stunning and atmospheric novel of friendship, passion, and art, inspired by Andrew Wyeth’s mysterious and iconic painting <em>Christina’s World.</em> </p><p><em>"Later he told me that he’d been afraid to show me the painting. He thought I wouldn’t like the way he portrayed me: dragging myself across the field, fingers clutching dirt, my legs twisted behind. The arid moonscape of wheatgrass and timothy. That dilapidated house in the distance, looming up like a secret that won’t stay hidden." </em></p><p>To Christina Olson, the entire world was her family’s remote farm in the small coastal town of Cushing, Maine. Born in the home her family had lived in for generations, and increasingly incapacitated by illness, Christina seemed destined for a small life. Instead, for more than twenty years, she was host and inspiration for the artist Andrew Wyeth, and became the subject of one of the best known American paintings of the twentieth century. </p><p>As she did in her beloved smash bestseller <em>Orphan Train</em>, Christina Baker Kline interweaves fact and fiction in a powerful novel that illuminates a little-known part of America’s history. Bringing into focus the flesh-and-blood woman behind the portrait, she vividly imagines the life of a woman with a complicated relationship to her family and her past, and a special bond with one of our greatest modern artists. </p><p>Told in evocative and lucid prose, <em>A Piece of the World</em> is a story about the burdens and blessings of family history, and how artist and muse can come together to forge a new and timeless legacy.</p>
And Then There Were None
by Agatha Christie

Language

English

Pages

257

Publication Date

March 17, 2009

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<p><strong>One of the most famous and beloved mysteries from the queen of suspense, Agatha Christie!  More than 100 million copies sold and now a Lifetime TV movie.</strong></p><p><br />Ten people, each with something to hide and something to fear, are invited to a isolated mansion on Indian Island by a host who, surprisingly, fails to appear. On the island they are cut off from everything but each other and the inescapable shadows of their own past lives. One by one, the guests share the darkest secrets of their wicked pasts. And one by one, they die…</p><p> </p>Which among them is the killer and will any of them survive?
Murder on the Orient Express: A Hercule Poirot Mystery (Hercule P...
by Agatha Christie

Language

English

Pages

256

Publication Date

October 28, 2003

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<p><strong>THE MOST WIDELY READ MYSTERY OF ALL TIME</strong>—<strong>NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE DIRECTED BY KENNETH BRANAGH AND PRODUCED BY RIDLEY SCOTT!</strong></p><p> </p><p>“The murderer is with us—on the train now . . .”</p><p> </p><p>Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Edward Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. Without a shred of doubt, one of his fellow passengers is the murderer.</p><p> </p><p>Isolated by the storm, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer among a dozen of the dead man's enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again.</p><p> </p><p><strong>“What more . . . can a mystery addict desire?”—</strong><em><strong>New York Times</strong></em></p>

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