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All Our Worldly Goods by Irène Némirovsky

Title All Our Worldly Goods
Author Irène Némirovsky
Publisher Vintage
Release Date 2011
Category Fiction
Total Pages 264
ISBN 9780307743299
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Pierre Hardelot breaks off his engagement to a wealthy heiress to marry Agnes Florent, the daughter of the local brewer, setting off a family feud which lasts for thirty years, as their village is first destroyed by World War I and then threatened again with the coming of World War II.

Worldly Goods by Lisa Jardine

Title Worldly Goods
Author Lisa Jardine
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
Release Date 1998
Category History
Total Pages 470
ISBN 0393318664
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Explores significant business dealings between artists and patrons in a historical tour through the Renaissance that posits that the period's fabulous advances in culture were tied to the creation of wealth

Unquiet Lives by Joanne Bailey

Title Unquiet Lives
Author Joanne Bailey
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Release Date 2003-07-17
Category History
Total Pages 86
ISBN 1139439936
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Based on vivid court records and newspaper advertisements, this 2003 book is a pioneering account of the expectations and experiences of married life among the middle and labouring ranks in the long eighteenth century. Its original methodology draws attention to the material life of marriage, which has long been dominated by theories of emotional shifts or fashionable accounts of spouses' gendered, oppositional lives. Thus it challenges preconceptions about authority in the household, by showing the extent to which husbands depended upon their wives' vital economic activities: household management and child care. Not only did this forge co-dependency between spouses, it undermined men's autonomy. The power balance within marriage is further revised by evidence that the sexual double standard was not rigidly applied in everyday life. The book also shows that ideas about adultery and domestic violence evolved in the eighteenth century, influenced by new models of masculinity and femininity.

All Our Worldly Goods by Irène Némirovsky

Title All Our Worldly Goods
Author Irène Némirovsky
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2011
Category Conduct of life
Total Pages 264
ISBN 1451731841
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In the northern village of Saint-Elme, early in the 20th century, Pierre, the scion of the Hardelot Paper Mill family, marries Agnès Florent, whose mother is a Parisian widow of the lower middle class. The union defies Pierre's redoubtable grandfather, and the newlyweds are cast out of the village. Yet together they thrive and have a son before Pierre is called to fight in WWI. He didn't think he would be saved, he alone among thousands of men, yet he is, returning from the front a wounded man. The villagers in tiny Saint-Elme flee the encroaching Germans, lose their husbands and sons in battle, and watch their children grow up only to face another world war.

All My Worldly Goods by Anne Weale

Title All My Worldly Goods
Author Anne Weale
Publisher St Martins Press
Release Date 1989-12-01
Category Fiction
Total Pages 542
ISBN 0312039654
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The crumbling edifice of an English country estate serves as the stage for the lives of four aristocratic women, including a Boston heiress and a lady biographer, and their men--among them, an Italian painter and a poor Cockney chap

Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky

Title Suite Francaise
Author Irene Nemirovsky
Publisher Vintage Canada
Release Date 2009-03-18
Category Fiction
Total Pages 448
ISBN 9780307371201
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Suite Française is both a brilliant novel of wartime and an extraordinary historical document. An unmatched evocation of the exodus from Paris after the German invasion of 1940, and of life under the Nazi occupation, it was written by the esteemed French novelist Irène Némirovsky as events unfolded around her. This haunting masterpiece has been hailed by European critics as a War and Peace for the Second World War. Though she conceived the book as a five-part work (based on the form of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony), Irène Némirovsky was able to write only the first two parts, Storm in June and Dolce, before she was arrested in July 1942. She died in Auschwitz the following month. The manuscript was saved by her young daughter Denise; it was only decades later that Denise learned that what she had imagined was her mother’s journal was in fact an invaluable work of art. Storm in June takes place in the tumult of the evacuation from Paris in 1940, just before the arrival of the invading German army. It moves vividly between different levels of society–from the wealthy Péricand family, whose servants pack up their possessions for them, to a group of orphans from the 16th arrondissement escaping in a military truck. Némirovsky’s immense canvas includes deserting soldiers and terrified secretaries, cynical bank directors and hapless priests, egotistical writers and hardscrabble prostitutes–all thrown together in a chaotic attempt to escape the capital. Moving between them chapter by chapter, this thrilling novel describes a journey hampered and in some cases abandoned because of confusion, shelling, rumour, lack of supplies, bad luck and ordinary human weakness. Cars break down or are stolen; relatives are forgotten; friends are divided; but there are also moments of love and charity. Throughout, whether depicting saintly forbearance or the basest selfishness, Storm in June neither sweetens nor demonizes its characters; unsentimentally, with stunning perceptiveness, Némirovsky shows the complexities that mean no-one is simply a hero or villain. The second volume, Dolce, is set in the German-occupied village of Bussy. Again, Némirovsky switches seamlessly between social strata, from tenant farmers to the local aristocracy. The focus, however, is on the delicate, secret love affair between a German soldier and the French woman in whose house he has been billeted; the passion, doubts and deceits of their burgeoning relationship echo the complex mixture of hostility and acceptance felt by the occupied community as a whole. Némirovsky is amazingly sensitive in her depiction of changing, often contradictory emotions, but her attention to the personal is matched by her sharp-eyed discussion of small-town life and the politics of occupation. In this myth-dissolving book, the French villagers see the Germans as oppressive warriors, but also as handsome young men, and occupation does nothing to remedy the condescension and envy that bedevil relations between rich and poor. Quite apart from the astonishing story of its survival, Suite Française is a novel of genius and lasting artistic value. Subtle, often fiercely ironic, and deeply compassionate, it is both a piercing record of its time and a humane, profoundly moving novel.

Material World by Peter Menzel

Title Material World
Author Peter Menzel
Publisher Univ of California Press
Release Date 1994
Category Photography
Total Pages 255
ISBN 0871564300
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Photographs show the homes and possessions of average families in thirty countries around the world and document each family's lifestyle

Worldly Goods by Alice Petersen

Title Worldly Goods
Author Alice Petersen
Publisher Biblioasis
Release Date 2016-05-16
Category Fiction
Total Pages 176
ISBN 9781771960816
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"Assured and stylistically confident ... Petersen's knowledge of and precise language for subjects such as natural history, the domestic arts, and music add to the classical feel of these stories, set all around the English-speaking Commonwealth. Crisp sentences and slightly old-fashioned vocabulary combine gratifyingly with evocative visual imagery to make this collection a pleasure to read."—Publishers Weekly, starred review "Worldly Goods is a multi-faceted diamond: its carbon base is the stuff of life, and its reflective power is dazzling. Petersen can take a small event and in a few pages create an entire world ... a writer this good needs to be read."—Quill & Quire, starred review “What a thrill to follow a writer from promise to fulfillment. Alice Petersen’s debut collection of short stories … marked her as a young writer to watch. [This] collection, Worldly Goods, more than delivers.”—Montreal Review of Books "Alice Petersen writes as eloquently about the natural world as she does about the world of human emotion and desire."—David Bezmozgis, author of The Free World These lyrical, open-eyed stories are set in North America, England, and the author's native New Zealand. With a focus on marriage, family, and the moral complexities that arise from these relationships, Alice Peterson's fiction evokes the best of Katherine Mansfield and Alice Munro. Alice Petersen's first book, All the Voices Cry, won the QWF Award for Best First Book. Born in New Zealand, she now lives and works in Montreal, Quebec.

Man S Worldly Goods by Leo Huberman

Title Man s Worldly Goods
Author Leo Huberman
Publisher NYU Press
Release Date 1968
Category Business & Economics
Total Pages 348
ISBN 9780853450702
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Jezebel by Irène Némirovsky

Title Jezebel
Author Irène Némirovsky
Publisher Random House
Release Date 2013-12-19
Category Fiction
Total Pages 208
ISBN 9781407063782
Language English, Spanish, and French
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From the author of the bestselling Suite Française. In a French courtroom, the trial of a woman is taking place. Gladys Eysenach is no longer young, but she is still beautiful, elegant, cold. She is accused of shooting dead her much-younger lover. As the witnesses take the stand and the case unfolds, Gladys relives fragments of her past: her childhood, her absent father, her marriage, her turbulent relationship with her daughter, her decline, and then the final irrevocable act. With the depth of insight and pitiless compassion we have come to expect from the author of Suite Française, Irène Némirovsky shows us the soul of a desperate woman obsessed with her lost youth.

The Wine Of Solitude by Irène Némirovsky

Title The Wine of Solitude
Author Irène Némirovsky
Publisher Random House
Release Date 2013-12-19
Category Fiction
Total Pages 256
ISBN 9781409019954
Language English, Spanish, and French
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From the author of the bestselling Suite Française. Hélène is a troubled young girl. Neglected by her self-absorbed mother and her adored but distant father, she longs for love and for freedom. As first the Great War and then the Russian Revolution rage in the background, she grows from a lonely, melancholy child to an angry young woman intent on destruction. The Wine of Solitude is a powerful tale of an unhappy family in difficult times and a woman prepared to wreak a shattering revenge.

David Golder by Irene Nemirovsky

Title David Golder
Author Irene Nemirovsky
Publisher Vintage Canada
Release Date 2010-11-05
Category Fiction
Total Pages 176
ISBN 9780307370709
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In 1929, 26-year-old Irène Némirovsky shot to fame in France with the publication of her first novel David Golder. At the time, only the most prescient would have predicted the events that led to her extraordinary final novel Suite Française and her death at Auschwitz. Yet the clues are there in this astonishingly mature story of an elderly Jewish businessman who has sold his soul. Golder is a superb creation. Born into poverty on the Black Sea, he has clawed his way to fabulous wealth by speculating on gold and oil. When the novel opens, he is at work in his magnificent Parisian apartment while his wife and beloved daughter, Joy, spend his money at their villa in Biarritz. But Golder’s security is fragile. For years he has defended his business interests from cut-throat competitors. Now his health is beginning to show the strain. As his body betrays him, so too do his wife and child, leaving him to decide which to pursue: revenge or altruism? Available for the first time since 1930, David Golder is a page-turningly chilling and brilliant portrait of the frenzied capitalism of the 1920s and a universal parable about the mirage of wealth.

And The Rat Laughed by Nava Semel

Title And the Rat Laughed
Author Nava Semel
Publisher ReadHowYouWant.com
Release Date 2009-05-11
Category Fiction
Total Pages 300
ISBN 9781442973695
Language English, Spanish, and French
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On the last day of 1999, a survivor grandmother in Tel Aviv shares with her granddaughter her tragic life story as a child hidden in a pit, with only a rat for company. The granddaughter tells the legend of ''Girl and Rat'' to her teacher; in 2009 those who heard it through her classmates establish an internet website with poems. From now on this memory is spread all over the world and becomes a myth. A future anthropologist, researching its mysterious roots in 2099, discovers Father Stanislaw's personal journal documenting his rescue of that little Jewish girl, and so the chain of remembearers moves from the present to the future and back to the past.

Safe Passage by Ida Cook

Title Safe Passage
Author Ida Cook
Publisher Harlequin
Release Date 2008-11-01
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 304
ISBN 9781426823862
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A remarkable memoir about two sisters and their brave acts of resistance and heroism during World War II Ida and Louise Cook are two ordinary Englishwomen, seemingly destined never to stray from their quiet London suburb and comfortable civil service jobs. But in 1923, a chance encounter sparked a determination to rescue of dozens of Jews facing persecution and death. Even when Ida began to earn thousands as a successful romance novelist, the sisters never departed from their homespun virtues of thrift, hard work, self-sacrifice and unwavering moral conviction. Through ingenuity, bottomless goodwill, and incredible bravery, the Cook sisters embark on dangerous undercover missions into the heart of Nazi Germany. They directed every spare resource toward saving as many people as they could from Hitler’s death camps, and coordinated networks of satellite families in safe nations for displaced Jews. No one would have predicted such glamorous and daring lives for Ida and Louise Cook—but saving people became their greatest happiness. First published in 1950, Ida’s memoir of the adventures she and Louise shared remains as fresh, vital and entertaining as the woman who wrote it, and is a moving testament to the extraordinary acts of courage by two everyday heroes. “Safe Passage is well worth reading.” —The New Yorker

We The People by Leo Huberman

Title We the People
Author Leo Huberman
Publisher NYU Press
Release Date 1970
Category History
Total Pages 371
ISBN 9780853451341
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Le Bal by Irène Némirovsky

Title Le Bal
Author Irène Némirovsky
Publisher Random House
Release Date 2007
Category Family
Total Pages 106
ISBN 9780099493976
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"Two lost classics from the Ukranian-born, French-educated writer gathered together in one volume. Le Bal depicts the life of the Kampfs who, having recently gone up in the world thanks to luck with the stockmarket decide to throw a ball in order to launch themselves into society. Their daughter Antoinette, who has just turned fourteen, dreams of attending. But Madame Kampf is resolved not to present her daughter, already so grown up, to her admirers. Instead, Antoinette is forced to sleep in the laundry, as her bedroom is used as coatroom. In an unpremeditated fury of revolt and despair, Antoinette takes her revenge. It is swift and it is horrible. A cruel, funny and tender examination of class differences, of the dynamic between mother and daughter, Le bal is ultimately dedicated to the torments of childhood. Snow in Autumn pays homage to Nemirovsky's beloved Chekhov and chronicles the life of a devoted servant following her masters as they flee Revolutionary Moscow and emigrate to a life of hardship in Paris."

The Dogs And The Wolves by Irène Némirovsky

Title The Dogs and the Wolves
Author Irène Némirovsky
Publisher Random House
Release Date 2010-02-23
Category Fiction
Total Pages 224
ISBN 9781407065397
Language English, Spanish, and French
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From the author of the bestselling Suite Française. Ada grows up motherless in the Jewish pogroms of a Ukrainian city in the early years of the twentieth century. In the same city, Harry Sinner, the cosseted son of a city financier, belongs to a very different world. Eventually, in search of a brighter future, Ada moves to Paris and makes a living painting scenes from the world she has left behind. Harry Sinner also comes to Paris to mingle in exclusive circles, until one day he buys two paintings which remind him of his past and the course of Ada's life changes once more...

Borrowed Goods by Nell Christianson

Title Borrowed Goods
Author Nell Christianson
Publisher BrownBooks.ORM
Release Date 2014-11-03
Category Religion
Total Pages 168
ISBN 9781612542386
Language English, Spanish, and French
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An exploration of spiritual growth and untapped potential blending personal history, heartfelt insights, biblical analysis, and a great deal of humor. In this inspirational work, Nell Christianson reminds us that everything we possess—our strengths, our intelligence, and our worldly goods—comes directly from God, and if we utilize our talents, our lives will have eternal purpose. She builds much of her discussion around Matthew 25: 14-30, the Parable of the Talents, and challenges us to make good choices and use our gifts and talents wisely. The book speaks of reward and responsibility. Borrowed Goods takes you on a prodigal’s journey aboard a cruise ship called “Earth.” As a passenger you arrive at your final destination to meet a loving God who wants a personal relationship with you. And God, a righteous Judge, requires accountability when you dock on the other shore. “Read this to your benefit. Learn to deal with life without casting blame or excuses. In these pages, you will find yourself on every page—and be pointed to the only One who can get you through, the Lord Jesus Christ.”—Dr. Jimmy & Carol Ann Draper, president emeritus of LifeWay & his wife “One of the best books I have ever read . . . I believe Borrowed Goods will touch the heart of every reader. It will be a wonderful Bible study for small groups. Reading it gave me a new vision for prayer in my life.”—Sandy Weeks, president, Stuffing Strut, Inc.

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Title The Road
Author Cormac McCarthy
Publisher Vintage
Release Date 2007-03-20
Category Fiction
Total Pages 256
ISBN 9780307267450
Language English, Spanish, and French
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NATIONAL BESTSELLER WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE The searing, post-apocalyptic novel about a father and son's fight to survive. A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don't know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food—and each other. The Road is the profoundly moving story of a journey. It boldly imagines a future in which no hope remains, but in which the father and his son, "each the other's world entire," are sustained by love. Awesome in the totality of its vision, it is an unflinching meditation on the worst and the best that we are capable of: ultimate destructiveness, desperate tenacity, and the tenderness that keeps two people alive in the face of total devastation. A New York Times Notable Book One of the Best Books of the Year The Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor, The Denver Post, The Kansas City Star, Los Angeles Times, New York, People, Rocky Mountain News, Time, The Village Voice, The Washington Post

Title The Confessions of Saint Augustine
Author Augustine
Publisher Modern Library
Release Date 2000-11-01
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 400
ISBN 9780679641940
Language English, Spanish, and French
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'The reader who has never met Augustine before ought to go first of all to the Confessions,' reflected the Trappist monk and scholar Thomas Merton. 'Augustine lived the theology that he wrote. . . . He experienced the reality of Christ living in his own soul.' Saint Augustine, the celebrated theologian who served as Bishop of Hippo from A.D. 396 until his death in A.D. 430, is widely regarded as one of the most influential thinkers in the Western world. Written in the form of a long prayer addressed directly to God, Augustine's Confessions, the remarkable chronicle of his conversion to Christianity, endures as the greatest spiritual autobiography of all time. 'Augustine possessed a strong, capacious, argumentative mind,' wrote Edward Gibbon. 'He boldly sounded the dark abyss of grace, predestination, free-will, and original sin.' And the eminent historian Jaroslav Pelikan remarked: 'There has, quite literally, been no century of the sixteen centuries since the conversion of Augustine in which he has not been a major intellectual, spiritual, and cultural force.'