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The Swan Book by Alexis Wright

Title The Swan Book
Author Alexis Wright
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Release Date 2016-06-28
Category Fiction
Total Pages 320
ISBN 9781501124785
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Originally published: Australia: Giramondo, 2013.

The Swan Book by Alexis Wright

Title The Swan Book
Author Alexis Wright
Publisher Constable
Release Date 2015-03-26
Category Fiction
Total Pages 352
ISBN 9781472120564
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Swan Book is set in the future, with Aboriginals still living under the Intervention in the north, in an environment fundamentally altered by climate change. It follows the life of a mute teenager called Oblivia, the victim of gang-rape by petrol-sniffing youths, from the displaced community where she lives in a hulk, in a swamp filled with rusting boats, and thousands of black swans driven from other parts of the country, to her marriage to Warren Finch, the first Aboriginal president of Australia, and her elevation to the position of First Lady, confined to a tower in a flooded and lawless southern city. The Swan Book has all the qualities which made Wright's previous novel, Carpentaria, a prize-winning bestseller. It offers an intimate awareness of the realities facing Aboriginal people; the wild energy and humour in her writing finds hope in the bleakest situations; and the remarkable combination of storytelling elements, drawn from myth and legend and fairy tale, has Oblivia Ethylene in the company of amazing characters like Aunty Bella Donna of the Champions, the Harbour Master, Big Red and the Mechanic, a talking monkey called Rigoletto, three genies with doctorates, and throughout, the guiding presence of swans.

The Swan Book by Alexis Wright

Title The Swan Book
Author Alexis Wright
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Release Date 2016-06-28
Category Fiction
Total Pages 320
ISBN 9781501124808
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A hypnotic and “astonishingly inventive” (O, The Oprah Magazine) novel about an Aboriginal girl living in a future world turned upside down—where ancient myths exist side-by-side with present-day realities. Oblivia Ethelyne was given her name by an old woman who found her deep in the bowels of a gum tree, tattered and fragile, the victim of a brutal assault by wayward local youths. These are the years leading up to Australia’s third centenary, and the woman who finds her, Bella Donna of the Champions, is a refugee from climate change wars that devastated her country in the northern hemisphere. Bella Donna takes Oblivia to live with her on an old warship in a polluted dry swamp and there she fills Oblivia’s head with story upon story of swans. Fenced off from the rest of Australia by the Army, its traditional custodians left destitute, the swamp has become “the world’s most unknown detention camp” for Indigenous Australians. When Warren Finch, the first Aboriginal president of Australia invades the swamp with his charismatic persona and the promise of salvation, Oblivia agrees to marry him, becoming First Lady, a role that has her confined to a tower in a flooded and lawless southern city. In this multilayered novel, winner of the Australian Literature Society's Gold Medal, Wright toys with the edges of the world we live in and “deftly highlights the racial and cultural politics facing Australia's indigenous people in a story that defies genre. It is a challenging and heartbreaking story that illuminates the culture and struggles of an often overlooked people” (Publishers Weekly).

Title The Trumpet of the Swan
Author E. B. White
Publisher HarperCollins
Release Date 2015-03-17
Category Juvenile Fiction
Total Pages 272
ISBN 9780062406804
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The delightful classic by E. B. White, author of Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little, about overcoming obstacles and the joy of music. Now available for the first time as an ebook! Illustrations in this ebook appear in vibrant full color on a full-color device and in rich black-and-white on all other devices. Like the rest of his family, Louis is a trumpeter swan. But unlike his four brothers and sisters, Louis can't trumpet joyfully. In fact, he can't even make a sound. And since he can't trumpet his love, the beautiful swan Serena pays absolutely no attention to him. Louis tries everything he can think of to win Serena's affection—he even goes to school to learn to read and write. But nothing seems to work. Then his father steals him a real brass trumpet. Is a musical instrument the key to winning Louis his love? "We, and our children, are lucky to have this book." —John Updike The Trumpet of the Swan joins E. B. White favorites Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little as classic illustrated novels that continue to speak to today's readers. Whether you curl up with your young reader to share these books or hand them off for independent reading, you are helping to create what are likely to be all-time favorite reading memories.

Leda And The Swan by Anna Caritj

Title Leda and the Swan
Author Anna Caritj
Publisher Penguin
Release Date 2021
Category Fiction
Total Pages 352
ISBN 9780525540144
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"It's Halloween, Saturday night, on a pastoral East coast college campus. Scantily-costumed students ride the fine line between adolescence and adulthood as they prepare for a night of debauchery. Alcohol is flowing. Sex is in the air. Expectations are high as Leda flirts with her thrilling new crush, Ian, and he flirts back. But by the end of the night things will have taken a turn. When Leda later wakes up in Ian's room, she is unsure exactly what happened between them. Meanwhile, the young woman that Leda last spoke to upon leaving the party is now missing. As the campus rouses itself to respond to Charlotte's disappearance, rumors swirl, suspicious facts pile up, and Leda's obsession with her missing classmate grows. Is it just a coincidence that Leda's slightly scary new boyfriend and the missing woman used to be a couple? Is Leda herself in danger? Or only in danger of falling in love? How are you supposed to tell the difference, anyway, if you're a twenty-year-old alone in the world and have never felt any of this before? As Leda becomes more and more dangerously consumed with the mystery of Charlotte and questions about Ian, her motivations begin to blur. Is Leda looking for Charlotte, or trying to find herself?"--

Nemesis And The Swan by Lindsay K. Bandy

Title Nemesis and the Swan
Author Lindsay K. Bandy
Publisher Blackstone Publishing
Release Date 2020-10-27
Category Young Adult Fiction
Total Pages 288
ISBN 9781094059730
Language English, Spanish, and French
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From her prison cell in revolutionary Paris, nineteen-year-old aristocrat Hélène d’Aubign recalls the events that led her to choose between following in her parents’ unforgivable footsteps or abandoning the man she loves. Despite her world of privilege, Hélène is inspired early on by the radical ideas of her progressive governess. Though her family tries to intervene, the seeds of revolution have already been planted in Hélène’s heart, as are the seeds of love from an unlikely friendship with a young jeweler’s apprentice. Hélène’s determination to find true love is as revolutionary as her attempt to unravel the truth behind a concealed murder that tore her family apart. As violence erupts in Paris, Hélène is forced into hiding with her estranged family, where the tangled secrets of their past become entwined with her own. When she finally returns to the blood-stained streets of Paris, she finds everything—and everyone—very much changed. In a city where alliances shift overnight, no one knows whom to trust. Faced with looming war, the mystery of her family’s past, and the man she loves near death, Hélène will soon find out if doing one wrong thing will make everything right, or if it will simply push her closer to the guillotine.

The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova

Title The Swan Thieves
Author Elizabeth Kostova
Publisher Little, Brown
Release Date 2010-04-01
Category Fiction
Total Pages 576
ISBN 9780316071642
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Psychiatrist Andrew Marlow, devoted to his profession and the painting hobby he loves, has a solitary but ordered life. When renowned painter Robert Oliver attacks a canvas in the National Gallery of Art and becomes his patient, Marlow finds that order destroyed. Desperate to understand the secret that torments the genius, he embarks on a journey that leads him into the lives of the women closest to Oliver and a tragedy at the heart of French Impressionism. Kostova's masterful new novel travels from American cities to the coast of Normandy, from the late 19th century to the late 20th, from young love to last love. The Swan Theives is a story of obsession, history's losses, and the power of art to preserve human hope.

The Swan Kingdom by Zoe Marriott

Title The Swan Kingdom
Author Zoe Marriott
Publisher Candlewick Press
Release Date 2016-02-09
Category Young Adult Fiction
Total Pages 272
ISBN 9780763687984
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A new voice in fantasy weaves a rich, entrancing tale of a girl with powerful healing gifts — and the courage to use them to save her ailing kingdom. Shadows fall across the beautiful, lush kingdom after the queen is attacked by an unnatural beast, and the healing skills of her daughter, Alexandra, cannot save her. Too soon the widowed king is spellbound by a frightening stranger, a woman whose eyes reflect no light. In a terrifying moment, all Alexandra knows disappears, including her beloved brothers, leaving her banished to a barren land. But Alexandra has more gifts than she realizes as she confronts magic, murder, and the strongest of evil forces, and is unflinchingly brave as she struggles to reclaim what is rightfully hers. Fantasy lovers will be held in thrall by this tale full of visual detail, peppered with a formidable destructive force and sweetened with familial and romantic love.

Wild Swans by Jung Chang

Title Wild Swans
Author Jung Chang
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Release Date 2008-06-20
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 544
ISBN 9781439106495
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The story of three generations in twentieth-century China that blends the intimacy of memoir and the panoramic sweep of eyewitness history—a bestselling classic in thirty languages with more than ten million copies sold around the world, now with a new introduction from the author. An engrossing record of Mao’s impact on China, an unusual window on the female experience in the modern world, and an inspiring tale of courage and love, Jung Chang describes the extraordinary lives and experiences of her family members: her grandmother, a warlord’s concubine; her mother’s struggles as a young idealistic Communist; and her parents’ experience as members of the Communist elite and their ordeal during the Cultural Revolution. Chang was a Red Guard briefly at the age of fourteen, then worked as a peasant, a “barefoot doctor,” a steelworker, and an electrician. As the story of each generation unfolds, Chang captures in gripping, moving—and ultimately uplifting—detail the cycles of violent drama visited on her own family and millions of others caught in the whirlwind of history.

The Swan House by Elizabeth Musser

Title The Swan House
Author Elizabeth Musser
Publisher Bethany House
Release Date 2001-07-01
Category Fiction
Total Pages 448
ISBN 1441207163
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Mary Swan Middleton has always taken for granted the advantages of her family's wealth. But a tragedy that touches all of Atlanta sends her reeling in grief. When the family maid challenges her to reach out to the less fortunate as a way to ease her own pain, Mary Swan meets Carl--and everything changes. For although Carl is her opposite in nearly every way, he has something her privileged life could not give her. And when she seeks his help to uncover a mystery, she learns far more than she ever could have imagined.

The Swan Riders by Erin Bow

Title The Swan Riders
Author Erin Bow
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Release Date 2016-09-20
Category Juvenile Fiction
Total Pages 384
ISBN 9781481442749
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Greta Stuart has become an AI. New transmitters have silvered her fingerprints. New receptors have transformed her vision. And the whole of her memory has become one book in a vast library of instant knowledge. She's ready to rule the world. But the new technology is also killing her: Greta is only sixteen years old, and her new enhancements are burning through her mortal body at an alarming rate. Of course the leader of the AIs, an ancient and compelling artificial intelligence named Talis, has a plan.

A Wild Winter Swan by Gregory Maguire

Title A Wild Winter Swan
Author Gregory Maguire
Publisher HarperCollins
Release Date 2020-10-06
Category Fiction
Total Pages 240
ISBN 9780062980809
Language English, Spanish, and French
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After brilliantly reimagining the worlds of Oz, Wonderland, Dickensian London, and the Nutcracker, the New York Times bestselling author of Wicked turns his unconventional genius to Hans Christian Andersen's "The Wild Swans," transforming this classic tale into an Italian-American girl's poignant coming-of-age story, set amid the magic of Christmas in 1960s New York. Following her brother's death and her mother's emotional breakdown, Laura now lives on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, in a lonely townhouse she shares with her old-world, strict, often querulous grandparents. But the arrangement may be temporary. The quiet, awkward teenager has been getting into trouble at home and has been expelled from her high school for throwing a record album at a popular girl who bullied her. When Christmas is over and the new year begins, Laura may find herself at boarding school in Montreal. Nearly unmoored from reality through her panic and submerged grief, Laura is startled when a handsome swan boy with only one wing lands on her roof. Hiding him from her ever-bickering grandparents, Laura tries to build the swan boy a wing so he can fly home. But the task is too difficult to accomplish herself. Little does Laura know that her struggle to find help for her new friend parallels that of her grandparents, who are desperate for a distant relative’s financial aid to save the family store. As he explores themes of class, isolation, family, and the dangerous yearning to be saved by a power greater than ourselves, Gregory Maguire conjures a haunting, beautiful tale of magical realism that illuminates one young woman’s heartbreak and hope as she begins the inevitable journey to adulthood.

Count Down by Shanna H. Swan

Title Count Down
Author Shanna H. Swan
Publisher Scribner
Release Date 2021-02-23
Category Health & Fitness
Total Pages 304
ISBN 9781982113667
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In the tradition of Silent Spring and The Sixth Extinction, an urgent, meticulously researched, and groundbreaking book about the ways in which chemicals in the modern environment are changing—and endangering—human sexuality and fertility on the grandest scale, from renowned epidemiologist Shanna Swan. In 2017, author Shanna Swan and her team of researchers completed a major study. They found that over the past four decades, sperm levels among men in Western countries have dropped by more than 50 percent. They came to this conclusion after examining 185 studies involving close to 45,000 healthy men. The result sent shockwaves around the globe—but the story didn’t end there. It turns out our sexual development is changing in broader ways, for both men and women and even other species, and that the modern world is on pace to become an infertile one. How and why could this happen? What is hijacking our fertility and our health? Count Down unpacks these questions, revealing what Swan and other researchers have learned about how both lifestyle and chemical exposures are affecting our fertility, sexual development—potentially including the increase in gender fluidity—and general health as a species. Engagingly explaining the science and repercussions of these worldwide threats and providing simple and practical guidelines for effectively avoiding chemical goods (from water bottles to shaving cream) both as individuals and societies, Count Down is at once an urgent wake-up call, an illuminating read, and a vital tool for the protection of our future.

Carpentaria by Alexis Wright

Title Carpentaria
Author Alexis Wright
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Release Date 2015-04-27
Category Fiction
Total Pages 528
ISBN 9781501122347
Language English, Spanish, and French
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IN the sparsely populated northern Queensland town of Desperance, battle lines have been drawn in the disputes among the powerful Phantom family of the Westend Pricklebush, Joseph Midnight’s renegade Eastend mob, and the white officials of neighboring towns. Trapped between politics and principle, past and present, the indigenous tribes fight to protect their natural resources, sacred sites, and, above all, their people. Steeped in myth and magical realism, Wright’s hypnotic storytelling exposes the heartbreaking realities of Aboriginal life. Carpentaria teems with extraordinary, larger-than-life characters who transcend their circumstances and challenge assumptions about the downtrodden "other." The novel "bursts with life" (Daily Telegraph) as Alexis Wright re-creates the land and its people with mysticism, stark reality, and pointed imagination.

Swan Song by Robert McCammon

Title Swan Song
Author Robert McCammon
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Release Date 2016-07-26
Category Fiction
Total Pages 928
ISBN 9781501131424
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In a nightmarish, post-holocaust world, an ancient evil roams a devastated America, gathering the forces of human greed and madness, searching for a child named Swan who possesses the gift of life.

Swan by Frances Mayes

Title Swan
Author Frances Mayes
Publisher Crown Publishing Group (NY)
Release Date 2002
Category Fiction
Total Pages 319
ISBN 9780767902861
Language English, Spanish, and French
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When the body of her mother, a suicide nineteen years earlier, is mysteriously exhumed, Ginger Mason returns to her small Georgia hometown and is reunited with her reclusive brother as dark secrets about their family begin to surface.

The Swan Gondola by Timothy Schaffert

Title The Swan Gondola
Author Timothy Schaffert
Publisher Penguin
Release Date 2014-02-06
Category Fiction
Total Pages 464
ISBN 9780698152724
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A lush and thrilling romantic fable about two lovers set against the scandalous burlesques, midnight séances, and aerial ballets of the 1898 Omaha World’s Fair. On the eve of the 1898 Omaha World’s Fair, Ferret Skerritt, ventriloquist by trade, con man by birth, isn’t quite sure how it will change him or his city. Omaha still has the marks of a filthy Wild West town, even as it attempts to achieve the grandeur and respectability of nearby Chicago. But when he crosses paths with the beautiful and enigmatic Cecily, his whole purpose shifts and the fair becomes the backdrop to their love affair. One of a traveling troupe of actors that has descended on the city, Cecily works in the Midway’s Chamber of Horrors, where she loses her head hourly on a guillotine playing Marie Antoinette. And after closing, she rushes off, clinging protectively to a mysterious carpetbag, never giving Ferret a second glance. But a moonlit ride on the swan gondola, a boat on the lagoon of the New White City, changes everything, and the fair’s magic begins to take its effect. From the critically acclaimed author of The Coffins of Little Hope, The Swan Gondola is a transporting read, reminiscent of Water for Elephants or The Night Circus.

Title The Swan Study Book for Cello
Author Cassia Harvey
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2018-07-12
Category
Total Pages 46
ISBN 1635230446
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Swan Study Book for Cello helps you learn and perfect every measure of the famous piece. The Swan is broken down into short sections and taught through carefully graded exercises. Skills that would otherwise be difficult, such as shifts and fast scale patterns, can now be mastered. You can be free to concentrate on artistic expression by solidifying your cello technique. The Swan Study Book gives you essential tools to be a better cellist. This book is appropriate for intermediate level cellists who can play up through eighth position and know some tenor clef. An overview of tenor clef is included, as well as a section on producing better tone. If needed, preparatory exercises for The Swan are in the back of the book. The entire cello part to Camille Saint-Saens' The Swan is presented at the end of the book (the piano accompaniment is not included).

Moons Of The Swan by Jackson Burrows

Title Moons of the Swan
Author Jackson Burrows
Publisher Page Publishing Inc
Release Date 2020-11-11
Category Fiction
Total Pages 562
ISBN 9781645446910
Language English, Spanish, and French
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E.V.A.IN.E., the ancestors ghost and guide of the old makers colony, stood before the artificial intelligent remake of her creator's figure. "There was one before me. The one who created me. The power to be whole was made for me. I heard his mind's voice before anything else. The spoken mandate, the wished for... the command! All the life, all the means, all his gifts make up this image of me... I am here to confirm his beauty. Before the breaking of every morning, of every night's caress to its arrival, I am called upon to flight. I dance the purpose of his sight. His knowledge resides in me...that no other may know. That which can make another to transcend! E.V.A.IN.E. the ancestors ghost and guide of the bonded ones.

Title Not For All The Gold In Ireland
Author John James
Publisher Gateway
Release Date 2014-06-12
Category Fiction
Total Pages 240
ISBN 9780575105812
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The hard years on the Amber Road had changed Photinus the Greek. He had won a fortune and lost an eye and married various wives and become a God. His cousin Philebus had played the game of the pea and the three cups; now, reluctantly, Photinus - Votan - set off to retrieve the Deed of Monopoly to all the Gold of Ireland. Sequel to the remarkable VOTAN, NOT FOR ALL THE GOLD IN IRELAND continues the adventures of John James' reluctant hero Photinus. One of the forgotten classics of fantasy, the duology is ripe for rediscovery. Fans include Neil Gaiman, who has provided a new introduction to the Fantasy Masterwork collection.