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The Book Of Ebenezer Le Page by Gerald Basil Edwards

Title The Book of Ebenezer Le Page
Author Gerald Basil Edwards
Publisher New York Review of Books
Release Date 2007
Category Fiction
Total Pages 400
ISBN 1590172337
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Ebenezer Le Page, cantankerous, opinionated, and charming, is one of the most compelling literary creations of the late twentieth century. Eighty years old, Ebenezer has lived his whole life on the Channel Island of Guernsey, a stony speck of a place caught between the coasts of England and France yet a world apart from either. Ebenezer himself is fiercely independent, but as he reaches the end of his life he is determined to tell his own story and the stories of those he has known. He writes of family secrets and feuds, unforgettable friendships and friendships betrayed, love glimpsed and lost.The Book of Ebenezer Le Page is a beautifully detailed chronicle of a life, but it is equally an oblique reckoning with the traumas of the twentieth century, as Ebenezer recalls both the men lost to the Great War and the German Occupation of Guernsey during World War II, and looks with despair at the encroachments of commerce and tourism on his beloved island. G. B. Edwards labored in obscurity all his life and completed The Book of Ebenezer Le Page shortly before his death. Published posthumously, the book is a triumph of the storyteller's art that conjures up the extraordinary voice of a living man. "Imagine a weekend spent in deep conversation with a superb old man, a crusty, intelligent, passionate and individualistic character at the peak of his powers as a raconteur, and you will have a very good ideas of the impact ofThe Book of Ebenezer Le Page...It amuses, it entertains, it moves us...” –The Washington Post "A true epic, as sexy as it is hilarious, it seems drenched with the harsh tidal beauties of its setting...For every person nearing retirement, every latent writer who hopes to leave his island and find the literary mainland, its author–quiet, self-sufficient, tidy Homeric–remains a patron saint." –Allan Gurganus, O Magazine

Book Of Ebenezer Le Page by G. B. Edwards

Title Book of Ebenezer Le Page
Author G. B. Edwards
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2006-11-01
Category Fiction
Total Pages 416
ISBN 1559213612
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Title The Book of Ebenezer le Page
Author G.B. Edwards
Publisher New York Review of Books
Release Date 2012-03-07
Category Fiction
Total Pages 432
ISBN 9781590176115
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Ebenezer Le Page, cantankerous, opinionated, and charming, is one of the most compelling literary creations of the late twentieth century. Eighty years old, Ebenezer has lived his whole life on the Channel Island of Guernsey, a stony speck of a place caught between the coasts of England and France yet a world apart from either. Ebenezer himself is fiercely independent, but as he reaches the end of his life he is determined to tell his own story and the stories of those he has known. He writes of family secrets and feuds, unforgettable friendships and friendships betrayed, love glimpsed and lost. The Book of Ebenezer Le Page is a beautifully detailed chronicle of a life, but it is equally an oblique reckoning with the traumas of the twentieth century, as Ebenezer recalls both the men lost to the Great War and the German Occupation of Guernsey during World War II, and looks with despair at the encroachments of commerce and tourism on his beloved island. G. B. Edwards labored in obscurity all his life and completed The Book of Ebenezer Le Page shortly before his death. Published posthumously, the book is a triumph of the storyteller’s art that conjures up the extraordinary voice of a living man.

Genius Friend by Edward Chaney

Title Genius Friend
Author Edward Chaney
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2015
Category
Total Pages 408
ISBN 0992879108
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Belchamber by Howard Overing Sturgis

Title Belchamber
Author Howard Overing Sturgis
Publisher Mondial
Release Date 2015-02-22
Category Fiction
Total Pages 252
ISBN 9781595691316
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In his remarkably interesting novel, Howard Sturgis, with a skilful touch, describes life in the rich and self-indulgent aristocratic society. It traces the career of a young man, Sainty, brought up in the midst of great luxury. Indecision of character is the weakness of Sainty. He allows himself to become the prey of a scheming mother and her worthless daughter, and, in spite of the tremendous advantage of his wealth and position, and a strong desire to benefit his fellow-men, he never accomplishes anything. Sainty is the victim of his surroundings; he makes a few ineffectual struggles before the waters of adverse circumstance close over him. Most of the men and women described in "Belchamber" are hard and grasping if not distinctly vicious, and yet the variety shown is endless. The book is extremely well written, showing marked skill in the delineation of character.---Mary K. Ford

Title The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Author Mary Ann Shaffer
Publisher A&C Black
Release Date 2009-05-10
Category Fiction
Total Pages 256
ISBN 9781408803318
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The beloved, life-affirming international bestseller which has sold over 5 million copies worldwide - now a major film starring Lily James, Matthew Goode, Jessica Brown Findlay, Tom Courtenay and Penelope Wilton To give them hope she must tell their story. It's 1946. The war is over, and Juliet Ashton has writer's block. But when she receives a letter from Dawsey Adams of Guernsey – a total stranger living halfway across the Channel, who has come across her name written in a second hand book – she enters into a correspondence with him, and in time with all the members of the extraordinary Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Through their letters, the society tell Juliet about life on the island, their love of books – and the long shadow cast by their time living under German occupation. Drawn into their irresistible world, Juliet sets sail for the island, changing her life forever.

Wish Her Safe At Home by Stephen Benatar

Title Wish Her Safe At Home
Author Stephen Benatar
Publisher New York Review of Books
Release Date 2010-05-05
Category Fiction
Total Pages 280
ISBN 9781590173725
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Rachel Waring is deliriously happy. Out of nowhere, a great-aunt leaves her a Georgian mansion in another city—and she sheds her old life without delay. Gone is her dull administrative job, her mousy wardrobe, her downer of a roommate. She will live as a woman of leisure, devoted to beauty, creativity, expression, and love. Once installed in her new quarters, Rachel plants a garden, takes up writing, and impresses everyone she meets with her extraordinary optimism. But as Rachel sings and jokes the days away, her new neighbors begin to wonder if she might be taking her transformation just a bit too far. In Wish Her Safe at Home, Stephen Benatar finds humor and horror in the shifting region between elation and mania. His heroine could be the next-door neighbor of the Beales of Grey Gardens or a sister to Jane Gardam’s oddball protagonists, but she has an ebullient charm all her own.

The Toilers Of The Sea by Victor Hugo

Title The Toilers of the Sea
Author Victor Hugo
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 1866
Category Adventure stories
Total Pages 370
ISBN GENT:900000032213
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A tale of high adventure on the seas, along with a touching love story.

Boston Adventure by Jean Stafford

Title Boston Adventure
Author Jean Stafford
Publisher New York Review of Books
Release Date 2021
Category
Total Pages 86
ISBN 1681375370
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"Sonie Marburg gazes across the bay at Boston's gleaming State House and dreams of escaping form her childhood home, a cobbler's shack echoing with the recriminations of her beautiful Russian mother. All her hopes seem to come true when a summer visitor, Miss Pride, whisks her off to the shadowy libraries and gilded salons of Beacon Hill. But Sonie finds that she is doomed to remain forever an outsider, hovering on the fringes of a privileged world"--

Title A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings
Author Charles Dickens
Publisher Penguin UK
Release Date 2003-10-30
Category Fiction
Total Pages 336
ISBN 9780141934730
Language English, Spanish, and French
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'Every idiot who goes about with "Merry Christmas" on his lips, should be boiled with his own pudding' Dickens's story of solitary miser Ebenezer Scrooge, who is taught the true meaning of Christmas by a series of ghostly visitors, has had an enduring influence on the way we think about the season. Dickens's other Christmas writings collected here include 'The Story of the Goblins who Stole a Sexton'; 'The Haunted Man'; and shorter pieces, some drawn from the 'Christmas Stories' that Dickens wrote annually for his weekly journals. In all of them Dickens celebrates Christmas as a time of geniality, charity and remembrance. Edited with an introduction by MICHAEL SLATER

Title Glint of Light on Broken Glass
Author Jason Monaghan
Publisher Troubador Publishing Ltd
Release Date 2016-06-02
Category Fiction
Total Pages 352
ISBN 9781785891946
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Jason Monaghan’s historical novel Glint of Light on Broken Glass begins when sixteen year-old George is called up for the island of Guernsey’s militia, just before the Great War. Guernsey is poor, backward and haunted by superstition, and when George attempts to step up, he is quickly rejected as lame. However, will anything change for him, when out of the chipped corner of his glasses, he sees a beautiful woman following him, which makes him believe that she can tell him his future…? More than a story of the Great War, Glint of Light on Broken Glass explores a new relationship that George cannot escape. With the beautiful Edith by his side, things could be perfect, but she only has eyes for his tough, ambitious brother, Artie. As the world beyond the island is engulfed in turmoil, life for the three young people quickly becomes complicated. George’s obsession with both Edith and the mysterious woman who predicts the future threatens to tear the family apart. Will tragedy or good fortune surface for his family? Glint of Light on Broken Glass will appeal to those who enjoy historical, romantic fiction with a twist of the mysterious. “This story is one of the very few that reflects the unique language and character of the island people, with a true sense of place. It weaves folklore and superstition, giving the novel an edge of magical realism”, comments Jason.

Blood Dark by Louis Guilloux

Title Blood Dark
Author Louis Guilloux
Publisher New York Review of Books
Release Date 2017-10-17
Category Fiction
Total Pages 544
ISBN 9781681371467
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Set during World War I, this monumental philosophical novel about human despair inspired Albert Camus' own writing and prefigured the greater existential movement. Blood Dark tells the story of a brilliant philosopher trapped in a provincial town and of his spiraling descent into self-destruction. Cripure, as his students call him—the name a mocking contraction of Critique of Pure Reason—despises his colleagues, despairs of his charges, and is at odds with his family. The year is 1917, and the slaughter of the First World War goes on and on, with French soldiers not only dying in droves but also beginning to rise up in protest. Still haunted by the memory of the wife who left him long ago, Cripure turns his fury and scathing wit on everyone around him. Before he knows it, a trivial dispute with a complacently patriotic colleague has embroiled him in a duel.

Last Man Who Knew Everything by Andrew Robinson

Title Last Man Who Knew Everything
Author Andrew Robinson
Publisher Oneworld Publications
Release Date 2007-10-01
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 304
ISBN 1851685529
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This is the extraordinary story of the polymath Thomas Young, who cared less about what others thought of him than for the unbridled pursuit of knowledge.

The Burning Of The World by Bela Zombory-Moldovan

Title The Burning of the World
Author Bela Zombory-Moldovan
Publisher New York Review of Books
Release Date 2014-08-05
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 184
ISBN 9781590178102
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Publishing during the 100th Anniversary of the First World War An NYRB Classics Original The budding young Hungarian artist Béla Zombory-Moldován was on holiday when the First World War broke out in July 1914. Called up by the army, he soon found himself hundreds of miles away, advancing on Russian lines and facing relentless rifle and artillery fire. Badly wounded, he returned to normal life, which now struck him as unspeakably strange. He had witnessed, he realized, the end of a way of life, of a whole world. Published here for the first time in any language, this extraordinary reminiscence is a powerful addition to the literature of the war that defined the shape of the twentieth century.

Hard Rain Falling by Don Carpenter

Title Hard Rain Falling
Author Don Carpenter
Publisher New York Review of Books
Release Date 2010-06-23
Category Fiction
Total Pages 336
ISBN 9781590173909
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Don Carpenter’s Hard Rain Falling is a tough-as-nails account of being down and out, but never down for good—a Dostoyevskian tale of crime, punishment, and the pursuit of an ever-elusive redemption. The novel follows the adventures of Jack Levitt, an orphaned teenager living off his wits in the fleabag hotels and seedy pool halls of Portland, Oregon. Jack befriends Billy Lancing, a young black runaway and pool hustler extraordinaire. A heist gone wrong gets Jack sent to reform school, from which he emerges embittered by abuse and solitary confinement. In the meantime Billy has joined the middle class—married, fathered a son, acquired a business and a mistress. But neither Jack nor Billy can escape their troubled pasts, and they will meet again in San Quentin before their strange double drama comes to a violent and revelatory end.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Title A Christmas Carol
Author Charles Dickens
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2010-09-01
Category Juvenile Fiction
Total Pages 64
ISBN 1603035052
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

This Graphic Novel Series features classic tales retold with attractive color illustrations. Educatiors using the Dale-Chall vocabulary system adapted each title. Each 70 page, softcover book retains key phrases and quotations from the original classics. Introduce literature to reluctant readers and motivate struggling readers. Students build confidence through reading practice. Motivation makes all the difference. What's more motivation then the expectation of success?

The Mangan Inheritance by Brian Moore

Title The Mangan Inheritance
Author Brian Moore
Publisher New York Review of Books
Release Date 2011-08-09
Category Fiction
Total Pages 368
ISBN 9781590174692
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Not so long ago James Mangan was a brilliant young poet. These days, however, he toils as a journalist and shivers in the shadow of his glamorous movie-star wife. And now she has left him for her lover. Adrift and depressed, Jamie takes refuge with his father, in whose house he turns up a 19th-century daguerreotype bearing the initials “J.M.” and depicting a man who, as it happens, is Jamie’s spitting image. Could this be the only existing photograph of his purported ancestor, the legendarily dissolute Irish poet James Clarence Mangan? Obsessed by this strange resemblance—and aided by an unexpected financial windfall—Jamie heads to Ireland thinking at last to discover that elusive entity: himself. Instead, in the dreary coastal village of Drishane, he meets the Mangans: derelict Eileen, sullen Dinny, drunken (and shrunken) Conor, and the sexy and very available Kathleen. They know something, for sure—something to do with Jamie, and something they don’t want him to find out. The Mangan Inheritance is melodrama at its most inventive and suggestive, an inquiry into the problem of identity and the nature of ancestry that beguiles the reader with dark deeds, wild humor, and weird goings-on, on its way towards a shocking and terrifying—and utterly satisfying—conclusion.

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Title The Graveyard Book
Author Neil Gaiman
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2009-04-01
Category Juvenile Fiction
Total Pages 373
ISBN 1410414418
Language English, Spanish, and French
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After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own.

The Shutter Of Snow by Emily Holmes Coleman

Title The Shutter of Snow
Author Emily Holmes Coleman
Publisher Dalkey Archive Press
Release Date 1997
Category Fiction
Total Pages 125
ISBN 156478147X
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In a prose form as startling as its content, The Shutter of Snow portrays the post-partum psychosis of Marthe Gail, who after giving birth to her son, is committed to an insane asylum. Believing herself to be God, she maneuvers through an institutional world that is both sad and terrifying, echoing the worlds of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and The Snake Pit. Based upon the author's own experience after the birth of her son in 1924, The Shutter of Snow retains all the energy it had when first published in 1930.

Title The Vision of William Concerning Piers Plowman
Author William Langland
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 1885
Category Christian pilgrims and pilgrimages
Total Pages 4
ISBN UVA:X030552355
Language English, Spanish, and French
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