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Thunderstruck

By Erik Larson
  • ISBN Code: : 0307351920
  • Publisher : Crown
  • Pages : 480
  • Category : History
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A true story of love, murder, and the end of the world’s “great hush.” In Thunderstruck, Erik Larson tells the interwoven stories of two men—Hawley Crippen, a very unlikely murderer, and Guglielmo Marconi, the obsessive creator of a seemingly supernatural means of communication—whose lives intersect during one of the greatest criminal chases of all time. Set in Edwardian London and on the stormy coasts of Cornwall, Cape Cod, and Nova Scotia, Thunderstruck evokes the dynamism of those years when great shipping companies competed to build the biggest, fastest ocean liners; scientific advances dazzled the public with visions of a world transformed; and the rich outdid one another with ostentatious displays of wealth. Against this background, Marconi races against incredible odds and relentless skepticism to perfect his invention: the wireless, a prime catalyst for the emergence of the world we know today. Meanwhile, Crippen, “the kindest of men,” nearly commits the perfect murder. With his unparalleled narrative skills, Erik Larson guides us through a relentlessly suspenseful chase over the waters of the North Atlantic. Along the way, he tells of a sad and tragic love affair that was described on the front pages of newspapers around the world, a chief inspector who found himself strangely sympathetic to the killer and his lover, and a driven and compelling inventor who transformed the way we communicate.

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Bowlaway

By Elizabeth McCracken
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  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Book Code : 0062862871
  • Total of Pages : 384
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 372
  • Pdf File: bowlaway.pdf

Book Short Summary:

A sweeping and enchanting new novel from the widely beloved, award-winning author Elizabeth McCracken about three generations of an unconventional New England family who own and operate a candlepin bowling alley From the day she is discovered unconscious in a New England cemetery at the turn of the twentieth century—nothing but a bowling ball, a candlepin, and fifteen pounds of gold on her person—Bertha Truitt is an enigma to everyone in Salford, Massachusetts. She has no past to speak of, or at least none she is willing to reveal, and her mysterious origin scandalizes and intrigues the townspeople, as does her choice to marry and start a family with Leviticus Sprague, the doctor who revived her. But Bertha is plucky, tenacious, and entrepreneurial, and the bowling alley she opens quickly becomes Salford’s most defining landmark—with Bertha its most notable resident. When Bertha dies in a freak accident, her past resurfaces in the form of a heretofore-unheard-of son, who arrives in Salford claiming he is heir apparent to Truitt Alleys. Soon it becomes clear that, even in her death, Bertha’s defining spirit and the implications of her obfuscations live on, infecting and affecting future generations through inheritance battles, murky paternities, and hidden wills. In a voice laced with insight and her signature sharp humor, Elizabeth McCracken has written an epic family saga set against the backdrop of twentieth-century America. Bowlaway is both a stunning feat of language and a brilliant unraveling of a family’s myths and secrets, its passions and betrayals, and the ties that bind and the rifts that divide.

Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch

By Rivka Galchen
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  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Book Code : 1443425966
  • Total of Pages : 288
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 99
  • Pdf File: everyone-knows-your-mother-is-a-witch.pdf

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The startling, witty, highly anticipated second novel from the critically acclaimed author of Atmospheric Disturbances It is 1618 in the German duchy of Württemberg. Plague is spreading, the Thirty Years’ War has begun, and fear and suspicion are in the air throughout the Holy Roman Empire. In the small town of Leonberg, Katharina Kepler, an illiterate widow, is accused of being a witch. Katharina is known for her herbal remedies and the success of her children. Her eldest, Johannes, is the Imperial Mathematician and the renowned author of the laws of planetary motion. It’s enough to make anyone envious, and Katharina has done herself no favours by going out and about and being in everyone’s business. So when the deranged and insipid Ursula Reinbold (or as Katharina calls her, the Werewolf) accuses Katharina of making her ill by offering her a bitter, witchy drink, Katharina is in trouble. Her scientist son must turn his attention from the music of the spheres to the job of defending his mother. Facing the threat of financial ruin, torture and even execution, Katharina tells her side of the story to her friend and neighbour Simon, a reclusive widower imperiled by his own secrets. Drawing on real historical documents but infused with the intensity of imagination, sly humour and intellectual fire for which Rivka Galchen is known, Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch will both provoke and entertain. The story of how a community becomes implicated in collective aggression and hysterical fear is a tale for our time. Galchen’s bold new novel touchingly illuminates a family and a society undone by superstition, the state and the mortal convulsions of history.

Bad Feminist

By Roxane Gay
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  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Book Code : 0062282727
  • Total of Pages : 336
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 130
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Book Short Summary:

“Roxane Gay is so great at weaving the intimate and personal with what is most bewildering and upsetting at this moment in culture. She is always looking, always thinking, always passionate, always careful, always right there.” — Sheila Heti, author of How Should a Person Be? A New York Times Bestseller Best Book of the Year: NPR • Boston Globe • Newsweek • Time Out New York • Oprah.com • Miami Herald • Book Riot • Buzz Feed • Globe and Mail (Toronto) • The Root • Shelf Awareness A collection of essays spanning politics, criticism, and feminism from one of the most-watched cultural observers of her generation In these funny and insightful essays, Gay takes us through the journey of her evolution as a woman (Sweet Valley High) of color (The Help) while also taking readers on a ride through culture of the last few years (Girls, Django in Chains) and commenting on the state of feminism today (abortion, Chris Brown). The portrait that emerges is not only one of an incredibly insightful woman continually growing to understand herself and our society, but also one of our culture. Bad Feminist is a sharp, funny, and spot-on look at the ways in which the culture we consume becomes who we are, and an inspiring call-to-arms of all the ways we still need to do better, coming from one of our most interesting and important cultural critics.

The Souvenir Museum

By Elizabeth McCracken
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  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Book Code : 0062971263
  • Total of Pages : 256
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 237
  • Pdf File: the-souvenir-museum.pdf

Book Short Summary:

LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD AND THE STORY PRIZE Award-winning author Elizabeth McCracken is an undisputed virtuoso of the short story, and this new collection features her most vibrant and heartrending work to date In these stories, the mysterious bonds of family are tested, transformed, fractured, and fortified. A recent widower and his adult son ferry to a craggy Scottish island in search of puffins. An actress who plays a children’s game-show villainess ushers in the New Year with her deadbeat half brother. A mother, pining for her children, feasts on loaves of challah to fill the void. A new couple navigates a tightrope walk toward love. And on a trip to a Texas water park with their son, two fathers each confront a personal fear. With sentences that crackle and spark and showcase her trademark wit, McCracken traces how our closely held desires—for intimacy, atonement, comfort—bloom and wither against the indifferent passing of time. Her characters embark on journeys that leave them indelibly changed—and so do her readers. The Souvenir Museum showcases the talents of one of our finest contemporary writers as she tenderly takes the pulse of our collective and individual lives.

Broadway Yearbook, 1999-2000

By Steven Suskin
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  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Book Code : 0195349970
  • Total of Pages : 368
  • Category : Performing Arts
  • Members : 872
  • Pdf File: broadway-yearbook-1999-2000.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Broadway Season 1999-2000 is a unique and detailed guide to the theatrical year presenting 46 different shows. The volume features a comprehensive discussion of every show that opened on Broadway during the 1999-2000 season as well as several non-Broadway productions of importance or general interest. Each entry is accompanied by credits and cast lists, scorecards summarizing overall critical reception for each show, and a recap of each show's financial performance. A new kind of theatre annual, this distinctive volume discusses what the shows are actually like (instead of merely relying on plot synopses or photographs). It is an interpretive record, featuring not only dates and names but also the stories behind the statistics. Opening night title pages illustrate each show discussion. Appendices include a roundup of the season's major awards, memorable performances of the year, obituaries, long run leaders, shows still running from prior seasons, scheduled shows that never reached Broadway, and a comprehensive index. Steven Suskin has provided a relevant and irreverent record of the year's memorable high points (and low points). Written from an insider's perspective, the book is knowledgeable, intriguing, provocative, and entertaining.

Vimana

By David Hatcher Childress
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  • Publisher : SCB Distributors
  • Book Code : 1939149231
  • Total of Pages : 314
  • Category : Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Members : 522
  • Pdf File: vimana.pdf

Book Short Summary:

According to early Sanskrit texts the ancients had several types of airships called vimanas. Like aircraft of today, vimanas were used to fly through the air from city to city; to conduct aerial surveys of uncharted lands; and as delivery vehicles for awesome weapons. David Hatcher Childress, popular Lost Cities author and star of the History Channel’s long-running show Ancient Aliens, takes us on an astounding investigation into tales of ancient flying machines. In his new book, packed with photos and diagrams, he consults ancient texts and modern stories and presents astonishing evidence that aircraft, similar to the ones we use today, were used thousands of years ago in India, Sumeria, China and other countries. This means that these ancient civilizations had advanced metal technology, electricity and the engineering knowledge of flight many thousands of years before our own era of flight technology. Childress discusses ancient UFO sightings, the fascinating lore of ancient flight and the technology allegedly used in the flying machines of the ancients.

Strayapedia

By Dominic Knight
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  • Publisher : Allen & Unwin
  • Book Code : 1760633801
  • Total of Pages : 240
  • Category : Humor
  • Members : 615
  • Pdf File: strayapedia.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Patriotically basted in the goon trough of Australian values, this book is as fundamentally Strayan as bowling your final over underarm, not asking awkward questions about what's in your meat pie, and naming a swimming pool after Harold Holt. Conveniently omitting all areas not relating to Australia, Strayapedia provides definitive alternative facts about Tony Abbott, AC/DC, Canberra, Kylie Minogue, the Hills hoist, Bob Hawke, Hey Hey It's Saturday, Ned Kelly, koalas, Akubras and Shane Warne - among many other certified dinky-di topics. If you want to pass a citizenship test, or win a trivia night hosted by Cory Bernardi, Strayapedia is as valuable as a tiny apartment in Sydney. What they said about Strayapedia* *These quotes are as factual as the rest of this book. 'Sorry, I cannot recall reading it.' Cardinal George Pell 'This is a disgusting, defamatory book which unfortunately doesn't mention me.' Rebel Wilson 'I wanted to endorse Strayapedia, but my backbench thought otherwise.' Malcolm Turnbull 'Buy this book, unless CBS buys it first.' Lachlan Murdoch 'This book contains wrecking, undermining and sniping.' Tony Abbott 'This book should be covered up at all times.' Pauline Hanson 'This book made me wish I'd renounced my Australian citizenship instead.' Barnaby Joyce 'I have empirical evidence that this book does not exist.' Senator* Malcolm Roberts *at the time of writing

Coordinating Information and Communications Technology Across the Primary School

By Connor Ferris
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1317894146
  • Total of Pages : 248
  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Members : 759
  • Pdf File: coordinating-information-and-communications-technology-across-the-primary-school.pdf

Book Short Summary:

This book adopts a new approach to a major area of syntax - the way in which adjectives are bound together with other words in phrases or sentences.

I Do Not Sleep

By Ihsan Abdel Kouddous
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  • Publisher : American University in Cairo Press
  • Book Code : 1649030991
  • Total of Pages : 364
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 927
  • Pdf File: i-do-not-sleep.pdf

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A story of betrayal, desire, and family drama, written by a giant of Egyptian popular fiction who shocked readers in the 1950s when this Lolita-esque novel first appeared and whose work has never before been available in English Sixteen-year-old Nadia had been raised by her father, after her parents divorced when she was only a baby. Indulged and petulant, she remained the only female in her father’s life. But when she returns from boarding school to find that he has remarried without her knowledge, she conspires to restore her rightful place, creating misery, confusion, and a flood of unexpected consequences in her wake. Written as a letter, a confession, by now twenty-one-year old Nadia, Ihsan Abdel Kouddous’s classic novel of revenge and betrayal challenges patriarchal norms with its strong female characters and brazen sexuality, and continues to speak to the complex human condition. It dives into middle-class life, and lays bare the repressed desires, seething jealousies, and complicated dramas of family. Abdel Kouddous’s masterpiece I Do Not Sleep was adapted into a classic of Egyptian cinema in 1957, and its publication for the first time in English is an international publishing event.

Words of Eternity

By Vincent Arthur De Luca
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  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Book Code : 1400861780
  • Total of Pages : 256
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 964
  • Pdf File: words-of-eternity.pdf

Book Short Summary:

William Blake called himself a "sublime Artist" and acknowledged his own power to create "the Most Sublime Poetry." Words of Eternity reveals the fundamental importance of the term "sublime" in a defining of Blake's poetic achievement. This first full-length study of Blake and the sublime demonstrates that a sophisticated theory of sublimity permeates his writings, serving him as a personal poetics, a framework in which the difficulties and unusual strategies of the works find their rationale. Vincent De Luca combines historically grounded source study with insights from modern critical theories of textuality to identify Blake's two opposing conceptions of sublimity--a sublime of obscurity, terror, and material power and one of determinate, concentrated intellectual design. De Luca examines the interplay between these two modes from differing perspectives--theoretical, stylistic, and thematic. As the perspectives widen, they embrace many of the speculative systems of Blake's time and reveal these systems as various displaced modalities of an underlying sublime discourse. "Words of Eternity is one of the dozen or so most important books ever written about Blake's poetry. De Luca provides a wealth of new insights on every page."--Robert N. Essick, University of California, Riverside "With the context that this book supplies, we take a quantum leap in the sense we can make of Blake's project. De Luca opens our eyes to a Blake, and a sublime, that will never again be the same for us."--Nelson Hilton, University of Georgia Originally published in 1991. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

Billionaire Biker

By Claire Adams
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  • Publisher : Ownit Publishing LLC
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages :
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 734
  • Pdf File: billionaire-biker.pdf

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Cigarette Girl

By Carol Wolper
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  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Book Code : 1451677022
  • Total of Pages : 352
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 279
  • Pdf File: cigarette-girl.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Carol Wolper's witty bestselling novel The Cigarette Girl, now available as an eBook for the first time ever, is the hilarious and refreshing story of a Hollywood screenwriter's search for Mr. Right in a city where men traffic in bimbos.

The Boy I Left Behind Me

By Stephen Leacock
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  • Publisher : Read Books Ltd
  • Book Code : 1447494199
  • Total of Pages : 226
  • Category : History
  • Members : 848
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Book Short Summary:

Stephen Leacock is regarded as one of Canada's finest writers, known for his wit and humour, at one point becoming the best known humorist in the English-speaking world. This collection of articles was published posthumously by his niece. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. Hesperides Press are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.

Told in the Coffee House: Turkish Tales

By Allan Ramsay,Cyrus Adler
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  • Publisher : Good Press
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 200
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 744
  • Pdf File: told-in-the-coffee-house.pdf

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"Told in the Coffee House: Turkish Tales" by Allan Ramsay, Cyrus Adler. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.