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Names mean everything in this world, but Rump was only given half a name at birth. On top of that, he can turn straw into gold -- which isn't the great talent he hoped it would be. A fun retelling of the Rumpelstiltskin tale.
This collection brings together some of the best newspaper columns from the last 150 years, from famous names like H.L. Mencken and Dave Barry to brilliant unknowns who understand the power of a well-written sentence.
In a sequel to his last collection, The Rural Life, Klinkenborg once again collects his best pieces from his New York Times column published during the last eleven years. When not otherwise teaching writing in other locales, Klinkenborg lives on a small farm in upstate New York. His keen observations about life there is matched only by the magic of his prose.
Bad boy of the Veneto Giorgio Pellegrini has been living the quiet life running a restaurant with his beautiful wife after killing and robbing his way to respectability 11 years ago. But now his crooked lawyer is cheating him and serving him up cold to the Mob, and Giorgio doesn’t like it one bit. To get revenge, he’s back to his old tricks- killing, robbing and more killing. This book is the definition of Mediterranean noir, with a character who gives “mad, bad and dangerous to know” a whole new set of wheels.
Can you imagine a better combination; dogs, and E.B. White’s writings about them? Essays from Harper’s Magazine and The New Yorker, poems, and personal letters make up this delight collection. Each piece contains White’s gentle humor, distinctive style and his unquestioning love of dogs.
neighbors building outlandish houses, is there no end to it? Yes. In
the meanwhile enjoy the drawings and delightful quips that bring this
story to its very funny conclusion. Make sure to check out his childrens books as well, Little Bird and Line 135.
What if, after 22 years, you find out that the person you've loved isn't the man you thought he was? When Sabine's magician husband dies, she discovers how he was most adept at making his past disappear. Wonderful characters, breathtaking prose. Patchett's writing is at its best here --my favorite book by her so far.
Ruby's new baby brother Oliver is taking up all of Mom's time --plus he's BORING. So Ruby devises several different ways to get rid of him, only to find that her perfect plan will be one that brings them together. A joy to read aloud, with fun illustrations!
Bestselling author (Mystic River, The Given Day) Dennis Lehane’s latest novel about those who “live by night and dance fast” – this book tells the riveting story of the epic rise and fall of Boston gangster Joe Coughlin during the Roaring Twenties and Prohibition.
Bickle's vampires are the stuff of nightmares--enthralling, deadly, and downright terrifying. Luckily, her unbreakable heroine Katie is more than a match for them. Thrilling and action-packed, The Hallowed Ones is perfect for readers seeking an antidote to the fluffy vampires of Twilight fame.
Corelli’s Mandolin is historical fiction of the old school, a sweeping story to get lost in and fall in love with. Set on the Greek isle of Cephalonia during the Italian occupation of World War II, the book follows a panoply of unforgettable characters- beautiful Pelagia, her father the doctor, Captain Corelli, Mandras the rebel, Carlo the soldier and more- each with his or her own heartbreaking, beautiful arc. This is a wonderful summer read, a book to linger over, smile over, cry over, a book that will leave its mark on your heart forever.
Carolyn Cassady, Edie Parker, Joyce Johnson and other women in the Beat sphere have published memoirs, but never Lu Anne Henderson, Dean Moriarty's girl Marylou in On the Road. Kerouac biographer Nicosia (Memory Babe) interviewed Lu Anne towards the end of her life and together with her daughter has built a frankly astonishing narrative portrait and Beat myth addition/corrective.Gary
Renata Adler’s funny, wise, insightful novel accumulates through a series of vignettes; each one acting as both a brilliant portrait in its own right and a tile in the mosaic of the novel. Politics, journalism, class, wealth, sex, singing Happy Birthday, money, parties, and lovers, Speedboat reads like the Facebook feed of the most interesting person you know.
Philbrick’s clear and entertaining prose brings an old story to life. Live with our patriots and marvel at their heroism and foibles. Washington, Warren, Knox, Bunker Hill, Breed’s Hill and Battle Road. Loyalists, Generals, Admirals, and mad King George. Boston occupied and under siege! Enjoy and marvel at the exploits as Philbrick enthralls us – again!
This pair of hundred-year-old novels could almost have been written yesterday. In Daddy Long-Legs, an anonymous benefactor sends orphan Judy Abbott to college, and she sends him monthly updates on university life. In Dear Enemy, Judy's former classmate becomes an unwilling orphanage superintendent and surrogate mother to an ever-changing brood.