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My Family and Other Animals (The Corfu Trilogy Book 1)
by Gerald Durrell

Language

English

Pages

292

Publication Date

October 11, 2016

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<b>The inspiration for <i>The Durrells in Corfu</i>, a Masterpiece production on public television: A naturalist’s account of his childhood on the exotic Greek island.</b><br />  <br /> When the Durrells could no longer endure the gray English climate, they did what any sensible family would do: sold their house and relocated to the sun-soaked island of Corfu.<br />  <br /> As they settled into their new home, hilarious mishaps ensued as a ten-year-old Gerald Durrell pursued his interest in natural history and explored the island’s fauna. Soon, toads and tortoises, bats and butterflies—as well as scorpions, geckos, ladybugs, praying mantises, octopuses, pigeons, and gulls—became a common sight in the Durrell villa.<br />  <br /> Uproarious tales of the island’s animals and Durrell’s fond reflections on his family bring this delightful memoir to life. Capturing the joyous chaos of growing up in an unconventional household, <i>My Family and Other Animals</i> will transport you to a place you won’t want to leave.<br />  <br /><i>This ebook features an illustrated biography of Gerald Durrell including rare photos from the author’s estate.</i><br />  
Tell Me Who I Am: The Story Behind the Netflix Documentary: Now ...
by , Marcus Lewis

Language

English

Pages

353

Publication Date

July 04, 2013

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<p>Imagine waking up one day to discover that you have forgotten everything about your life. Your only link with the past, your only hope for the future, is your identical twin.</p><p>Now imagine, years later, discovering that your twin had not told you the whole truth about your childhood, your family, and the forces that had shaped you. Why the secrets? Why the silences? You have no choice but to begin again.</p><p>This has been Alex's reality: a world where memories are just the stories people tell you, where fact and fiction are impossible to distinguish. With dogged courage he has spent years hunting for the truth about his hidden past and his remarkable family. His quest to understand his true identity has revealed shocking betrayals and a secret tragedy, extraordinary triumph over crippling adversity and, above all, redemption founded on brotherly love.</p><p>Marcus his twin brother has sometimes been a reluctant companion on this journey, but for him too it has led to staggering revelations and ultimately the shedding of impossible burdens. </p><p>Their story spans continents and eras, from 1950s debutantes and high society in the Home Counties to a remote island in the Pacific and 90s raves. Disturbing, funny, heart-breaking and affirming, Alex and Marcus's determination to rebuild their lives makes us look afresh at how we choose to tell our stories.</p>
The Corfu Trilogy: My Family and Other Animals; Birds, Beasts and...
by Gerald Durrell

Language

English

Pages

768

Publication Date

November 29, 2016

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<b>National Bestseller: The complete trilogy that inspired Masterpiece production <i>The Durrells in Corfu</i> in one volume.</b><br /><br /> The tales of a naturalist and his family, who left England for the Greek island of Corfu—where they interacted with fascinating locals of both human and animal varieties—these memoirs have become beloved bestsellers and inspired the delightful series that aired on PBS television.<br />  <br /> Included in this three-book collection are:<br />  <br /><i>My Family and Other Animals</i>: Ten-year-old Gerald Durrell arrives on sun-drenched Corfu with this family and pursues his interest in natural history, making friends with the island’s fauna—from toads and tortoises to scorpions and geckos—while reveling in the joyous chaos of growing up in an unconventional household.<br />  <br /><i>Birds, Beasts and Relatives</i>: Written after a boyhood spent studying zoology, this memoir is part nature guide, part coming-of-age tale, and all charmingly funny memoir.<br />  <br /><i>The Garden of the Gods</i>: In the conclusion of the trilogy, Durrell shares more tales of wild animals and his even wilder family, including his mother, Louisa, and his siblings Lawrence, Leslie, and Margo, in the years before World War II.<br />  <br /> “[Durrell’s] books have an unfailing charm. . . . It is a tribute to his skill that one never tires of his accounts” (<i>Chicago Tribune</i>).<br />  <br /><i>This ebook features an illustrated biography of Gerald Durrell including rare photos from the author’s estate.</i><br />  
The Seine: The River that Made Paris
by Elaine Sciolino

Language

English

Pages

380

Publication Date

October 29, 2019

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<p><strong>A vibrant, enchanting tour of the Seine from longtime <em>New York Times</em> foreign correspondent and best-selling author Elaine Sciolino.</strong></p><br /><p>Elaine Sciolino came to Paris as a young foreign correspondent and was seduced by a river. In <em>The Seine</em>, she tells the story of that river from its source on a remote plateau of Burgundy to the wide estuary where its waters meet the sea, and the cities, tributaries, islands, ports, and bridges in between.</p><br /><p>Sciolino explores the Seine through its rich history and lively characters: a bargewoman, a riverbank bookseller, a houseboat dweller, a famous cinematographer known for capturing the river’s light. She discovers the story of Sequana—the Gallo-Roman healing goddess who gave the Seine its name—and follows the river through Paris, where it determined the city’s destiny and now snakes through all aspects of daily life. She patrols with river police, rows with a restorer of antique boats, sips champagne at a vineyard along the river, and even dares to go for a swim. She finds the Seine in art, literature, music, and movies from Renoir and <em>Les Misérables</em> to Puccini and <em>La La Land</em>. Along the way, she reveals how the river that created Paris has touched her own life. A powerful afterword tells the dramatic story of how water from the depths of the Seine saved Notre-Dame from destruction during the devastating fire in April 2019.</p><br /><p>A “storyteller at heart” (June Sawyers, <em>Chicago Tribune</em>) with a “sumptuous eye for detail” (Sinclair McKay, <em>Daily Telegraph</em>), Sciolino braids memoir, travelogue, and history through the Seine’s winding route. <em>The Seine</em> offers a love letter to Paris and the most romantic river in the world, and invites readers to explore its magic for themselves.</p>
From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home
by Tembi Locke

Language

English

Pages

353

Publication Date

April 30, 2019

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<b>A REESE WITHERSPOON x HELLO SUNSHINE BOOK CLUB PICK</b><br /> <br /><b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER</b><br /> <b>A poignant and transporting cross-cultural love story set against the lush backdrop of the Sicilian countryside, where one woman discovers the healing powers of food, family, and unexpected grace in her darkest hour.</b><br /><br />It was love at first sight when Tembi met professional chef, Saro, on a street in Florence. There was just one problem: Saro’s traditional Sicilian family did not approve of him marrying a black American woman, an actress no less. However, the couple, heartbroken but undeterred, forges on. They build a happy life in Los Angeles, with fulfilling careers, deep friendships and the love of their lives: a baby girl they adopt at birth. Eventually, they reconcile with Saro’s family just as he faces a formidable cancer that will consume all their dreams.<br /> <br /> <i>From Scratch </i>chronicles three summers Tembi spends in Sicily with her daughter, Zoela, as she begins to piece together a life without her husband in his tiny hometown hamlet of farmers. Where once Tembi was estranged from Saro’s family and his origins, now she finds solace and nourishment—literally and spiritually—at her mother in law’s table. In the Sicilian countryside, she discovers the healing gifts of simple fresh food, the embrace of a close knit community, and timeless traditions and wisdom that light a path forward. All along the way she reflects on her and Saro’s incredible romance—an indelible love story that leaps off the pages.<br /> <br /> In Sicily, it is said that every story begins with a marriage or a death—in Tembi Locke’s case, it is both. Her story is about loss, but it’s really about love found. Her story is about travel, but it’s really about finding a home. It is about food, but it’s really about chasing flavor as an act of remembrance. <i>From Scratch </i>is for anyone who has dared to reach for big love, fought for what mattered most, and needed a powerful reminder that life is…delicious.
The Durrells of Corfu
by Michael Haag

Language

English

Pages

225

Publication Date

April 20, 2017

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<p>The Durrell family are immortalised in Gerald Durrell's <i>My Family and Other Animals</i> and its ITV adaptation, <i>The Durrells</i>. But what of the real life Durrells? Why did they go to Corfu in the first place - and what happened to them after they left?</p><p>The real story of the Durrells is as surprising and fascinating as anything in Gerry's books, and Michael Haag, with his first hand knowledge of the family, is the ideal narrator, drawing on diaries, letters and unpublished autobiographical fragments. </p><p><i>The Durrells of Corfu</i> describes the family's upbringing in India and the crisis that brought them to England and then Greece. It recalls the genuine characters they encountered on Corfu - Theodore the biologist, the taxi driver Spiro Halikiopoulos and the prisoner Kosti - as well as the visit of American writer Henry Miller. And Haag has unearthed the story of how the Durrells left Corfu, including Margo's and Larry's last-minute escapes before the War. An extended epilogue looks at the emergence of Larry as a world famous novelist, and Gerry as a naturalist and champion of endangered species, as well as the lives of the rest of the family, their friends and other animals. </p><p>The book is illustrated with family photos from the Gerald Durrell Archive, many of them reproduced here for the first time.</p>
The Innocents Abroad
by Mark Twain

Language

English

Pages

617

Publication Date

December 22, 2015

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<b>The book that made Mark Twain famous and introduced the</b><b>world to that obnoxious and ubiquitous character: the American tourist</b><br /><br /> Based on a series of letters first published in American newspapers, <i>The Innocents Abroad </i>is Mark Twain’s hilarious and insightful account of an organized tour of Europe and the Holy Land undertaken in 1867.<br />  <br /> With his trademark blend of skepticism and sincerity, Twain casts New World eyes on the people and places of the Old World, including London, Paris, Rome, Odessa, Constantinople, Damascus, and Jerusalem. He skewers the idiosyncrasies and pretensions of Americans abroad and delights in tormenting the local tour guides. In Lake Como, he insists that Lake Tahoe is nicer. In Genoa, he and his fellow travelers claim they’ve never heard of Christopher Columbus.<br />  <br /> First published in 1869, <i>The Innocents Abroad </i>made Mark Twain a national celebrity. For the rest of the author’s life, it outsold all his other books, and remains one of the bestselling travelogues of all time. Part satire, part guidebook, it’s a must-read for fans of this inimitable author and anyone who has experienced the pleasure and the pain of being a tourist.<br />  <br /> This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.
(Not Quite) Mastering the Art of French Living
by Mark Greenside

Language

English

Pages

276

Publication Date

May 08, 2018

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<b><i>WALL STREET JOURNAL </i>BESTSELLER</b><br /><br /> Every year upon arriving in Plobien, the small Breton town where he spends his summers, American writer Mark Greenside picks back up where he left off with his faux-pas–filled Francophile life. Mellowed and humbled, but not daunted (OK, <i>slightly</i> daunted), he faces imminent concerns: What does he cook for a French person? Who has the right-of-way when entering or exiting a roundabout? Where does he pay for a parking ticket? And most dauntingly of all, when can he touch the tomatoes?<br /><br /> Despite the two decades that have passed since Greenside’s snap decision to buy a house in Brittany and begin a bi-continental life, the quirks of French living still manage to confound him. Continuing the journey begun in his 2009 memoir about beginning life in France, <i>(Not Quite) Mastering the Art of French Living</i> details Greenside’s daily adventures in his adopted French home, where the simplest tasks are never straightforward but always end in a great story. Through some hits and lots of misses, he learns the rules of engagement, how he gets what he needs—which is not necessarily what he thinks he wants—and how to be grateful and thankful when (especially when) he fails, which is more often than he can believe.<br /><br /> Introducing the English-speaking world to the region of Brittany in the tradition of Peter Mayle’s homage to Provence, Mark Greenside’s first book, <i>I’ll Never Be French</i>, continues to be among the bestselling books about the region today. Experienced Francophiles and armchair travelers alike will delight in this new chapter exploring the practical and philosophical questions of French life, vividly brought to life by Greenside’s humor and affection for his community.
Rick Steves Spain 2020 (Rick Steves Travel Guide)
by Rick Steves

Language

English

Pages

1048

Publication Date

September 03, 2019

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<b><b>Savor authentic paella,</b> run with the bulls in Pamplona, or relax on Barcelona's beaches: experience Spain with Rick Steves! Inside <i>Rick Steves Spain 2020</i> you'll find:</b><ul><li><b>Comprehensive coverage</b> for planning a <b>multi-week trip </b>to Spain</li><li><b>Rick's strategic advice</b> on how to get the most out of your time and money, with rankings of his must-see favorites</li><li><b>Top sights and hidden gems, </b>from El Escorial and the great mosque of Córdoba to medieval bars serving house-made madroño liqueur</li><li><b>How to connect with local culture: </b>Enjoy a flamenco show in Madrid, chat with fans about the latest <i>fútbol</i> match, or meander down winding streets in search of the best tapas</li><li><b>Beat the crowds, skip the lines, and avoid tourist traps </b>with Rick's candid, humorous insight</li><li><b>The best places to eat, sleep, and relax</b> with a glass of sangria</li><li><b>Self-guided walking tours</b> of lively neighborhoods and incredible museums</li><li><b>Vital trip-planning tools,</b> like how to link destinations, build your itinerary, and get from place to place</li><li><b>Detailed maps,</b> plus a <b>fold-out map </b>for exploring on the go</li><li><b>Useful resources</b> including a packing list, Spanish phrase book, a historical overview, and recommended reading</li><li><b>Over 1,000 bible-thin pages </b>include everything worth seeing without weighing you down</li><li><b>Annually updated information </b>on Barcelona, Basque Country, Bilbao, Santiago de Compostela, León, Salamanca, Madrid, El Escorial, the Valley of the Fallen, Segovia, Toledo, Granada, Sevilla, Córdoba, Andalucía, Spain's Southern Coast, Gibraltar, Morocco, and more</li></ul><b>Make the most of every day and every dollar with <i>Rick Steves Spain 2020</i>.</b><br />Planning a one- to two-week trip? Check out <i>Rick Steves Best of Spain</i>.
Rick Steves Paris 2020 (Rick Steves Travel Guide)
by , Gene Openshaw

Language

English

Pages

713

Publication Date

October 01, 2019

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<b>From the top of the Eiffel Tower to the ancient catacombs below the city, explore Paris at every level with Rick Steves! Inside <i>Rick Steves Paris 2020</i> you'll find:</b><ul><li><b>Comprehensive coverage</b> for spending<b> a week or more</b> in Paris</li><li><b>Rick's strategic advice</b> on how to get the most out of your time and money, with rankings of his must-see favorites</li><li><b>Top sights and hidden gems, </b>from Notre-Dame, the Louvre, and the Palace of Versailles to where to find the perfect croissant</li><li><b>How to connect with culture:</b> Stroll down Rue Cler for fresh, local goods to build the ultimate French picnic, marvel at the works of Degas and Monet, and sip <i>café au lait</i> at a streetside café</li><li><b>Beat the crowds, skip the lines, and avoid tourist traps</b> with Rick's candid, humorous insight</li><li><b>The best places to eat, sleep, and relax</b> with a glass of <i>vin rouge</i></li><li><b>Self-guided walking tours</b> of lively neighborhoods and incredible museums and churches</li><li><b>Detailed maps, including a fold-out map</b> for exploring on the go</li><li><b>Useful resources</b> including a packing list, French phrase book, a historical overview, and recommended reading</li><li><b>Over 700 bible-thin pages </b>include everything worth seeing without weighing you down</li><li><b>Annually updated information </b>on the best <i>arrondissements</i> in Paris, including Champs-Elysees, the Marais, Montmartre, and more, plus <b>day trips</b> to Versailles, Chartres, Giverny, and Auvers-sur-Oise</li></ul><b>Make the most of every day and every dollar with <i>Rick Steves Paris 2020</i>.</b><br />Spending just a few days in the city? Try <i>Rick Steves Pocket Paris</i>.

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