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22 Britannia Road

By Amanda Hodgkinson
  • ISBN Code: : 1101514086
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Pages : 336
  • Category : Fiction
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A tour de force that echoes modern classics like Suite Francaise and The Postmistress. "Housekeeper or housewife?" the soldier asks Silvana as she and eight- year-old Aurek board the ship that will take them from Poland to England at the end of World War II. There her husband, Janusz, is already waiting for them at the little house at 22 Britannia Road. But the war has changed them all so utterly that they'll barely recognize one another when they are reunited. "Survivor," she answers. Silvana and Aurek spent the war hiding in the forests of Poland. Wild, almost feral Aurek doesn't know how to tie his own shoes or sleep in a bed. Janusz is an Englishman now-determined to forget Poland, forget his own ghosts from the way, and begin a new life as a proper English family. But for Silvana, who cannot escape the painful memory of a shattering wartime act, forgetting is not a possibility. One of the most searing debuts to come along in years, 22 Britannia Road. is the wrenching chronicle of how these damaged people try to become, once again, a true family. An unforgettable novel that cries out for discussion, it is a powerful story of primal maternal love, overcoming hardship, and, ultimately, acceptance-one that will pierce your heart.

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Based on the acclaimed HBO documentary, the astonishing true story of how one American couple transported fifty Jewish children from Nazi-occupied Austria to America in 1939—the single largest group of unaccompanied refugee children allowed into the United States—for readers of In the Garden of Beasts and A Train in Winter. In early 1939, America's rigid immigration laws made it virtually impossible for European Jews to seek safe haven in the United States. As deep-seated anti-Semitism and isolationism gripped much of the country, neither President Roosevelt nor Congress rallied to their aid. Yet one brave Jewish couple from Philadelphia refused to silently stand by. Risking their own safety, Gilbert Kraus, a successful lawyer, and his stylish wife, Eleanor, traveled to Nazi-controlled Vienna and Berlin to save fifty Jewish children. Steven Pressman brought the Kraus's rescue mission to life in his acclaimed HBO documentary, 50 Children. In this book, he expands upon the story related in the hour-long film, offering additional historical detail and context to offer a rich, full portrait of this ordinary couple and their extraordinary actions. Drawing from Eleanor Kraus's unpublished memoir, rare historical documents, and interviews with more than a dozen of the surviving children, and illustrated with period photographs, archival materials, and memorabilia, 50 Children is a remarkable tale of personal courage and triumphant heroism that offers a fresh, unique insight into a critical period of history.

Wartime Lies

By Louis Begley
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  • Publisher : Ballantine Books
  • Book Code : 0307761932
  • Total of Pages : 240
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 484
  • Pdf File: wartime-lies.pdf

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"Extraordinary...Rich in irony and regret...[the] people and settings are vividly realized and his prose [is] compelling in its simplicity." THE WALL STREET JOURNAL As the world slips into the throes of war in 1939, young Maciek's once closetted existence outside Warsaw is no more. When Warsaw falls, Maciek escapes with his aunt Tania. Together they endure the war, running, hiding, changing their names, forging documents to secure their temporary lives—as the insistent drum of the Nazi march moves ever closer to them and to their secret wartime lies.

Skeletons at the Feast

By Chris Bohjalian
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  • Publisher : Crown
  • Book Code : 0307449556
  • Total of Pages : 384
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 824
  • Pdf File: skeletons-at-the-feast.pdf

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In January 1945, in the waning months of World War II, a small group of people begin the longest journey of their lives: an attempt to cross the remnants of the Third Reich, from Warsaw to the Rhine if necessary, to reach the British and American lines. Among the group is eighteen-year-old Anna Emmerich, the daughter of Prussian aristocrats. There is her lover, Callum Finella, a twenty-year-old Scottish prisoner of war who was brought from the stalag to her family’s farm as forced labor. And there is a twenty-six-year-old Wehrmacht corporal, who the pair know as Manfred–who is, in reality, Uri Singer, a Jew from Germany who managed to escape a train bound for Auschwitz. As they work their way west, they encounter a countryside ravaged by war. Their flight will test both Anna’s and Callum’s love, as well as their friendship with Manfred–assuming any of them even survive. Perhaps not since The English Patient has a novel so deftly captured both the power and poignancy of romance and the terror and tragedy of war. Skillfully portraying the flesh and blood of history, Chris Bohjalian has crafted a rich tapestry that puts a face on one of the twentieth century’s greatest tragedies–while creating, perhaps, a masterpiece that will haunt readers for generations.

The Senecans

By Peter Stothard
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  • Publisher : Abrams
  • Book Code : 1468313436
  • Total of Pages : 240
  • Category : History
  • Members : 488
  • Pdf File: the-senecans.pdf

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A year after the death of Margaret Thatcher, a young historian arrives to ask Peter Stothard, Editor of the Time Literary Supplement and former editor of The Time, some sharp questions about his memories of the Thatcher era. During the interview the offices from where he long observed British politics are being systematically flattened by wrecking balls. From the dust and destruction of a collapsing newspaper plant emerge portraits of the Senecans, four of the men who made the Thatcher court so different from that of her successors. As well as love of Britain's first female Prime Minister they shared strange Latin lessons in a crumbling riverside bar. They took their name from their taste for the work of Lucius Annaeus Seneca, a pioneer writer from Cordoba in Roman Spain, a philosopher, courtier and acquirer of massive wealth from the age of the Emperor Nero.Blending memoir with ancient and modern politics in the manner of his acclaimed diaries, Spartacus Road and Alexandria, Peter Stothard sheds a sideways light on Margaret Thatcher's "believing age", a personal picture of our recent history. In finally identifying his interviewer he also answers questions about his own literary and political journey.

Map of the Invisible World

By Tash Aw
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  • Publisher : Emblem Editions
  • Book Code : 0771009038
  • Total of Pages : 352
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 924
  • Pdf File: map-of-the-invisible-world.pdf

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Set during the tumultuous “Year of Living Dangerously” in post-colonial Indonesia, a stunning follow-up to the international debut literary sensation The Harmony Silk Factory. Tash Aw burst onto the international literary scene in 2005 with his highly acclaimed, award-winning debut novel. Now, with the same lyrical evocation of an exotic yet tumultuous world that made The Harmony Silk Factory so beloved, Map of the Invisible World is masterful, psychologically rich, and deeply rewarding. Sixteen-year-old Adam is an orphan three times over. He and his older brother, Johan, were abandoned by their mother as children; then Adam watched as Johan was taken away by a wealthy couple; and now Karl, the artist who raised Adam, has been arrested by soldiers during Sukarno’s drive to purge 1960s Indonesia of its colonial past. All Adam has to guide him in his quest to find Karl are some old photos and letters — one of which sends him to the colourful, dangerous capital, Jakarta, and to Margaret, an American whose own past is bound up with Karl’s. Soon, both have embarked on journeys of discovery that seem destined to turn tragic. Woven hauntingly into this page-turning story is the voice of Johan, who is living a seemingly carefree, privileged life in Malaysia, but who is careening out of control as he cannot forget his long-ago betrayal of his helpless, trusting brother. Map of the Invisible World confirms Tash Aw as one of the most exciting young voices on the international stage.

Annelies

By David R. Gillham
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  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Book Code : 1101601280
  • Total of Pages : 432
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 884
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“Gillham is a powerful storyteller, and Annelies is marbled with spare eloquence that captures the absurdity of life after the camps. . . . A novel that reminds the world to remember Anne Frank is most welcome.” —USA Today “A haunting what-if.” —Georgia Hunter, New York Times bestselling author of We Were the Lucky Ones “Not only a poignant reminder of all that was lost during the war, but a vivid, searching exploration of what it meant to exist in the aftermath.” —Jessica Shattuck, New York Times bestselling author of The Women in the Castle From the author of City of Women, a powerful new novel that asks the question: What if Anne Frank survived the Holocaust? Anne Frank is a cultural icon whose diary painted a vivid picture of the Holocaust and made her an image of humanity in one of history’s darkest moments. But she was also a person—a precocious young girl with a rich inner life and tremendous skill as a writer. In this masterful new novel, David R. Gillham explores with breathtaking empathy the woman—and the writer—she might have become.

The Lion Wakes (The Kingdom Series)

By Robert Low
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  • Publisher : HarperCollins UK
  • Book Code : 0007337930
  • Total of Pages : 432
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 502
  • Pdf File: the-lion-wakes.pdf

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The first novel in The Kingdom Series as Robert Low moves from the Vikings to the making of Scotland.

Britannia Road 22

By Amanda Hodgkinsonová
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  • Publisher : Kniha Zlín
  • Book Code : 8074730794
  • Total of Pages : 367
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 987
  • Pdf File: britannia-road-22.pdf

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Silvana s osmiletým synkem míří po hrůzných letech živoření a skrývání v lese z válkou zničeného Polska do Anglie, kde už na něčeká její manžel Janusz, který proti Hitlerovi bojoval jako člen polských perutí Královského letectva. Ze všech sil se snaží přichystat své dávno ztracené rodině nový a šťastnější začátek. Ale šestileté odloučení a temná tajemství nedávné minulosti všechny změnila. Dokážou se ti dva smířit sami se sebou a svými prožitky, přijmout vzájemné rozdíly a udělat za minulostí tlustou čáru? A dokáže se divoký chlapec podělit o matku s tím cizím mužem, který se náhle zjevil v jeho životě a nárokuje si právo jednat s ním jako se svým synem?

Britannia Road

By Amanda Hodgkinson
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  • Publisher : Svenska Historiska Media Förlag AB
  • Book Code : 9175452324
  • Total of Pages : 400
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 142
  • Pdf File: britannia-road.pdf

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Kritikerrosad debutroman om mörka hemligheter och hoppets styrka! Silvana och Janusz är förälskade och nygifta när andra världskriget bryter ut. Silvana och den nyfödde sonen Aurek flyr till de stora skogarna i östra Europa. Janusz tvingas ut i kriget som soldat. Efter sex långa år återförenas den lilla familjen och slår sig ned i den engelska staden Ipswich. Nu ska livet starta om på nytt, men kriget visar sig ha satt djupa spår. Britannia Road är Amanda Hodgkinsons kritikerrosade debutroman. Det är en gripande skildring om svåra umbäranden och mörka hemligheter men också om försoningens och hoppets styrka. »Det är alltid en ren fröjd att läsa välskrivna historiska romaner och Brittania Road av Amanda Hodgkinson är inget undantag … Amanda Hodgkinson väver elegant samman det privata med ett större historiskt sammanhang som skapar en djupare förståelse för krigets konsekvenser.« Bibliotekstjänst »En stark skildring av andra världskrigets härjningar i Polen och jag rekommenderar den verkligen, den lämnar ingen oberörd. En riktigt stark debut.« Cattis bokblogg »Karaktärerna är oerhört övertygande … En beundransvärd debut.« Daily Mail »En gripande historia, väldigt väl berättad.« The Times

Similes Dictionary

By Elyse Sommer
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  • Publisher : Visible Ink Press
  • Book Code : 1578594693
  • Total of Pages : 660
  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Members : 635
  • Pdf File: similes-dictionary.pdf

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Whether it invokes hard work or merely a hen-house, a good simile is like a good picture—it's worth a thousand words. Packed with more than 16,000 imaginative, colorful phrases—from “abandoned as a used Kleenex” to “quiet as an eel swimming in oil”—the Similes Dictionary will help any politician, writer, or lover of language find just the right saying, be it original or banal, verbose or succinct. Your thoughts will never be "as tedious as a twice-told tale" or "dry as the Congressional Record." Choose from elegant turns of phrases “as useful as a Swiss army knife” and “varied as expressions of the human face”. Citing more than 2,000 sources—from the Bible, Socrates, Shakespeare, Mark Twain, and H. L. Mencken to popular movies, music, and television shows—the Similes Dictionary covers hundreds of subjects broken into thematic categories that include topics such as virtue, anger, age, ambition, importance, and youth, helping you find the fitting phrase quickly and easily. Perfect for setting the atmosphere, making a point, or helping spin a tale with economy, intelligence, and ingenuity, the vivid comparisons found in this collection will inspire anyone.

The Confidant

By Helene Gremillon
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  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Book Code : 1101603623
  • Total of Pages : 256
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 114
  • Pdf File: the-confidant.pdf

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"A gripping first novel" (Le Figaro Littéraire) and an award-winning international sensation as haunting and unforgettable as Suite Française Paris, 1975. Camille sifts through letters of condolence after her mother's death when a strange, handwritten missive stops her short. At first she believes she received it by mistake. But then, a new letter arrives each week from a mysterious stranger, Louis, who seems intent on recounting the story of his first love, Annie. They were separated in the years before World War II when Annie befriended a wealthy, barren couple and fell victim to a merciless plot just as German troops arrive in Paris. But also awaiting Camille's discovery is the other side of the story, which will call into question Annie's innocence and reveal the devastating consequences of jealousy and revenge. As Camille reads on, she begins to realize that her own life may be the next chapter in this tragic story.

When It's Over

By Barbara Ridley
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  • Publisher : She Writes Press
  • Book Code : 1631522973
  • Total of Pages : 336
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 561
  • Pdf File: when-it-s-over.pdf

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Coming of age in Prague in the 1930s, Lena Kulkova is inspired by the left-wing activists who resist the rise of fascism. She meets Otto, a refugee from Hitler’s Germany, and follows him to Paris to work for the Republican side in the Spanish Civil War. As the war in Spain ends and a far greater war engulfs the continent, Lena gets stuck in Paris with no news from her Jewish family, including her beloved baby sister, left behind in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. Otto, meanwhile, has fled to a village in England, and urges Lena to join him, but she can’t obtain a visa. When Lena and Otto are finally reunited, the safe haven Lena has hoped for doesn’t last long. Their relationship becomes strained, and Lena is torn between her loyalty to Otto and her growing attraction to Milton, the son of the eccentric Lady of the Manor. As the war continues, she yearns to be reunited with her sister, while Milton is preoccupied with the political turmoil that leads to the landslide defeat of Churchill in the 1945 election. Based on a true story, When It’s Over is a moving, resonant, and timely read about the lives of war refugees, dramatic political changes, and the importance of family, love, and hope.