The Japanese Lover

The Japanese Lover
Author: Isabel Allende
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2015-11-03
ISBN 10: 1501117009
ISBN 13: 9781501117008
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


The Japanese Lover Book Review:

From New York Times bestselling author Isabel Allende, “a magical and sweeping” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) love story and multigenerational epic that stretches from San Francisco in the present-day to Poland and the United States during World War II. In 1939, as Poland falls under the shadow of the Nazis, young Alma Belasco’s parents send her away to live in safety with an aunt and uncle in their opulent mansion in San Francisco. There, as the rest of the world goes to war, she encounters Ichimei Fukuda, the quiet and gentle son of the family’s Japanese gardener. Unnoticed by those around them, a tender love affair begins to blossom. Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the two are cruelly pulled apart as Ichimei and his family—like thousands of other Japanese Americans—are declared enemies and forcibly relocated to internment camps run by the United States government. Throughout their lifetimes, Alma and Ichimei reunite again and again, but theirs is a love that they are forever forced to hide from the world. Decades later, Alma is nearing the end of her long and eventful life. Irina Bazili, a care worker struggling to come to terms with her own troubled past, meets the elderly woman and her grandson, Seth, at San Francisco’s charmingly eccentric Lark House nursing home. As Irina and Seth forge a friendship, they become intrigued by a series of mysterious gifts and letters sent to Alma, eventually learning about Ichimei and this extraordinary secret passion that has endured for nearly seventy years. Sweeping through time and spanning generations and continents, The Japanese Lover is written with the same keen understanding of her characters that Isabel Allende has been known for since her landmark first novel The House of the Spirits. The Japanese Lover is a moving tribute to the constancy of the human heart in a world of unceasing change.

The Japanese Lover

The Japanese Lover
Author: Rani Manicka
Publsiher: Hodder & Stoughton
Total Pages: 300
Release: 2010-09-02
ISBN 10: 1848946112
ISBN 13: 9781848946118
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


The Japanese Lover Book Review:

A breathtaking and absorbing novel set in Malaysia propelled by the superb storytelling instinct of the author of THE RICE MOTHER. Parvathi leaves her native Ceylon for Malaya and an arranged marriage to a wealthy businessman. But her father has cheated, supplying a different girl's photograph, and Kasu Marimuthu, furious, threatens to send her home in disgrace. Gradually husband and wife reach an accommodation and the naïve young girl learns to assume the air of sophisticated mistress of a luxurious estate. She even adopts his love child and treats Rubini as her own daughter - a generous act which is rewarded by a long-wished-for son. But it is a life without passion and Parvathi dreams of loving - and being loved - with complete abandon. When the Japanese invade Malaya in WW2, they requisition the estate. Marimuthu dies and Parvathi is forced to accept the protection of the Japanese general who has robbed her of her home. For the first time she experiences sexual ecstasy. And gradually, her sworn enemy becomes the lover she has always yearned for . . .

The Rice Mother

The Rice Mother
Author: Rani Manicka
Publsiher: Hodder & Stoughton
Total Pages: 300
Release: 2010-05-13
ISBN 10: 1444712195
ISBN 13: 9781444712193
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


The Rice Mother Book Review:

A compelling glimpse into a captivatingly exotic world of myth and magic. Beguiled by promises of wealth, fourteen-year-old Lakshmi leaves her native Ceylon for Malaya and marriage to a man many years her senior. But Ayah has lied to her and her family about his circumstances and in fact he lives in poverty. A woman of formidable energy and intelligence, Lakshmi provides security, if not luxury, for her family, though at a considerable emotional cost. Then the Japanese army invades during WWII. The family bears deep scars and inflicts those wounds on the next generation. But in Nisha, Lakshmi's great-granddaughter, it is as if Fate has come full circle . . .

Touching Earth

Touching Earth
Author: Rani Manicka
Publsiher: Hodder & Stoughton
Total Pages: 448
Release: 2011-10-13
ISBN 10: 1444737198
ISBN 13: 9781444737196
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Touching Earth Book Review:

THE BALINESE TWINS - Beautiful and exotic, they exchange an island paradise for the shabby squalor of London, and innocence for corruption. THE SICILIAN - Ricky Delgado strikes a devil's bargain with a blood goddess: 'Build my temple and bring me the souls of damaged people, and you will see what rewards I give.' THE COURTESAN - Elizabeth makes her living from men's desire. With a flick of the switch in her head, she feels nothing: no pain, no hate, no sorrow, no joy. THE ARTIST - Anis takes to painting as an outlet for his rage. His artist's eye knows his subjects before they know themselves, and he paints them all, a gallery of broken people. Can they escape the deadly web of decadence and sin?

City of the Beasts

City of the Beasts
Author: Isabel Allende
Publsiher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 448
Release: 2014-04-01
ISBN 10: 0062254472
ISBN 13: 9780062254474
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


City of the Beasts Book Review:

When Alexander Cold's mother falls ill, the fifteen-year-old is sent to stay with his eccentric grandmother in New York. A tough and prickly magazine reporter, Kate Cold takes Alex along with her on an expedition to the Amazon to verify the existence of the fierce, gigantic, legendary creature known as the Beast. Joining them on their adventure are a celebrated anthropologist; a local guide and his daughter, Nadia; a doctor; and a local entrepreneur. But not everyone's intentions are pure—and dangerous discoveries await Alex and Nadia as they embark, with the aid of a jungle shaman, on an epic journey into the realm of the mythical Beasts of the Amazon. City of the Beasts is the first book in an extraordinary trilogy by Isabel Allende, one of the world's most acclaimed authors.

Confessions of a Mask

Confessions of a Mask
Author: Yukio Mishima
Publsiher: New Directions Publishing
Total Pages: 255
Release: 1958
ISBN 10: 9780811201186
ISBN 13: 081120118X
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Confessions of a Mask Book Review:

When a Japanese youth discovers he has homosexual tendencies he hides himself behind conventional behavior

The Ringmaster

The Ringmaster
Author: Morris West
Publsiher: Allen & Unwin
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2017-08-23
ISBN 10: 176063848X
ISBN 13: 9781760638481
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


The Ringmaster Book Review:

Autumn 1990. The world is teetering on the edge of war in the Gulf, Germany is reunited and a crumbling USSR stares ruin in the face. In Japan, a group of powerful men and women gather to create a rescue plan that will bring all three countries together for the first time in fifty years. Polyglot international publisher Gill Langton is mediator-in-chief. Treading the highest wire of global power-broking, he alone can balance politics with intrigue, manoeuvre with counter-manoeuvre. But his love for the beautiful, enigmatic Martha could bring it all tumbling down. 'Morris West is a remarkably consistent exponent of a dying art-the production of literate and intelligent bestsellers.' The Sunday Times 'The Ringmaster, a political thriller set in post-Cold War Asia, is certainly one of West's best.' Goodreads review

In the Midst of Winter

In the Midst of Winter
Author: Isabel Allende
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2017-10-31
ISBN 10: 1501183265
ISBN 13: 9781501183263
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


In the Midst of Winter Book Review:

New York Times and worldwide bestselling “dazzling storyteller” (Associated Press) Isabel Allende returns with a sweeping novel about three very different people who are brought together in a mesmerizing story that journeys from present-day Brooklyn to Guatemala in the recent past to 1970s Chile and Brazil. In the Midst of Winter begins with a minor traffic accident—which becomes the catalyst for an unexpected and moving love story between two people who thought they were deep into the winter of their lives. Richard Bowmaster—a 60-year-old human rights scholar—hits the car of Evelyn Ortega—a young, undocumented immigrant from Guatemala—in the middle of a snowstorm in Brooklyn. What at first seems just a small inconvenience takes an unforeseen and far more serious turn when Evelyn turns up at the professor’s house seeking help. At a loss, the professor asks his tenant Lucia Maraz—a 62-year-old lecturer from Chile—for her advice. These three very different people are brought together in a mesmerizing story that moves from present-day Brooklyn to Guatemala in the recent past to 1970s Chile and Brazil, sparking the beginning of a long overdue love story between Richard and Lucia. Exploring the timely issues of human rights and the plight of immigrants and refugees, the book recalls Allende’s landmark novel The House of the Spirits in the way it embraces the cause of “humanity, and it does so with passion, humor, and wisdom that transcend politics” (Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post). In the Midst of Winter will stay with you long after you turn the final page.

Hallelujah Anyway

Hallelujah Anyway
Author: Anne Lamott
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 192
Release: 2017-04-04
ISBN 10: 0735213593
ISBN 13: 9780735213593
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Hallelujah Anyway Book Review:

From the bestselling author of Help, Thanks, Wow and Stitches comes a powerful exploration of mercy, its limitless (if sometimes hidden) presence, why we ignore it, and how we can embrace it. "Mercy is radical kindness," Anne Lamott writes in her enthralling and heartening book, Hallelujah Anyway. It's the permission you give others—and yourself—to forgive a debt, to absolve the unabsolvable, to let go of the judgment and pain that make life so difficult. In Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy Lamott ventures to explore where to find meaning in life. We should begin, she suggests, by "facing a great big mess, especially the great big mess of ourselves." It's up to each of us to recognize the presence and importance of mercy everywhere—"within us and outside us, all around us"—and to use it to forge a deeper understanding of ourselves and more honest connections with each other. While that can be difficult to do, Lamott argues that it's crucial, as "kindness towards others, beginning with myself, buys us a shot at a warm and generous heart, the greatest prize of all." Full of Lamott’s trademark honesty, humor and forthrightness, Hallelujah Anyway is profound and caring, funny and wise—a hopeful book of hands-on spirituality. From the Hardcover edition.

Breakfast of Champions

Breakfast of Champions
Author: Kurt Vonnegut
Publsiher: Dial Press
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2009-09-23
ISBN 10: 9780307567239
ISBN 13: 0307567230
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Breakfast of Champions Book Review:

In Breakfast of Champions, one of Kurt Vonnegut’s most beloved characters, the aging writer Kilgore Trout, finds to his horror that a Midwest car dealer is taking his fiction as truth. What follows is murderously funny satire, as Vonnegut looks at war, sex, racism, success, politics, and pollution in America and reminds us how to see the truth. From the Trade Paperback edition.

An Assassin's Guide to Love and Treason

An Assassin's Guide to Love and Treason
Author: Virginia Boecker
Publsiher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2018-10-23
ISBN 10: 031632728X
ISBN 13: 9780316327282
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


An Assassin's Guide to Love and Treason Book Review:

A Kirkus 2018 Best Book of the Year! Shakespeare in Love meets Philippa Gregory in this witty and thrilling story of star-crossed assassins in Elizabeth England, perfect for fans of My Lady Jane and The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue! When Lady Katherine's father is killed for being an illegally practicing Catholic, she discovers treason wasn't the only secret he's been hiding -- he was also involved in a murder plot against the reigning Queen Elizabeth I. With nothing left to lose, Katherine disguises herself as a boy and travels to London to fulfill her father's mission, and to take it one step further -- kill the queen herself. Katherine's opportunity comes in the form of William Shakespeare's newest play, which is to be performed in front of Her Majesty. But what she doesn't know is that the play is not just a play. It's a plot to root out insurrectionists and destroy the rebellion once and for all. The mastermind behind this ruse is Toby Ellis, a young spy for the queen with secrets of his own. When Toby and Katherine are cast opposite each other as the play's leads, they find themselves inexplicably drawn to one another. But the closer they grow, the more precarious their positions become. And soon they learn that star-crossed love, mistaken identity, and betrayal are far more dangerous off the stage than on.

Zorro

Zorro
Author: Isabel Allende
Publsiher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 416
Release: 2006-04-25
ISBN 10: 0060779004
ISBN 13: 9780060779009
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Zorro Book Review:

A child of two worlds -- the son of an aristocratic Spanish military man turned landowner and a Shoshone warrior woman -- young Diego de la Vega cannot silently bear the brutal injustices visited upon the helpless in late-eighteenth-century California. And so a great hero is born -- skilled in athleticism and dazzling swordplay, his persona formed between the Old World and the New -- the legend known as Zorro.

Present Company

Present Company
Author: W. S. Merwin
Publsiher: Copper Canyon Press
Total Pages: 152
Release: 2007-06-01
ISBN 10: 1556592337
ISBN 13: 9781556592331
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Present Company Book Review:

Paperback of WS Merwin's most recent volume, a book infused with "buoyancy and light." (Booklist)

Mémoires, Plaidoiries Et Documents

Mémoires, Plaidoiries Et Documents
Author: Henry Miller
Publsiher: New Directions Publishing
Total Pages: 316
Release: 1969
ISBN 10: 9780811201087
ISBN 13: 0811201082
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Mémoires, Plaidoiries Et Documents Book Review:

Some writers attempt to conceal the literary influences which have shaped their thinking - but not Henry Miller. In The Books in My Life he shares the thrills of discovery that many kinds of books have brought to a keenly curious and questioning mind. Some of Miller's favorite writers are the giants whom most of us revere - authors such as Dostoeyvsky, Boccaccio, Walt Whitman, James Joyce, Thomas Mann, Lao-Tse. To them he brings fresh and penetrating insights. But many are lesser-known figures: Krishnamurti, the prophet-sage; the French contemporaries Blaise Cendrars and Jean Giono; Richard Jeffries, who wrote The Story of My Heart ; the Welshman John Cowper Powys; and scores of others. The Books in My Life contains some fine autobiographical chapters, too. Miller describes his boyhood in Brooklyn, when he devoured the historical stories of G. A. Henty and the romances of Rider Haggard. He tells of the men and women whom he regards as living books": Lou Jacobs, W. E. B. DuBois, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, and others. He offers his reminiscences of the New York Theatre in the early 1900's - including plays such as Alias Jimmy Valentine and Nellie, the Beautiful Cloak Model . And finally, in Miller's best vein of humor, he provides a satiric chapter on bathroom reading. In an appendix, Miller lists the hundred books that have influenced him most. "

The Sum of Our Days

The Sum of Our Days
Author: Isabel Allende
Publsiher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 448
Release: 2020-09-29
ISBN 10: 0063049694
ISBN 13: 9780063049697
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


The Sum of Our Days Book Review:

Narrated with warmth, humor, exceptional candor and wisdom, The Sum of Our Days is a portrait of a contemporary family, tied together by the love, strong will, and stubborn determination of a beloved matriarch, the indomitable New York Times bestselling author of The House of the Spirits, Isabel Allende. "An inspiring and thought-provoking work." –Denver Post Isabel Allende reconstructs the painful reality of her own life in the wake of the tragic death of her daughter, Paula. Narrated with warmth, humor, exceptional candor, and wisdom, this remarkable memoir is as exuberant and as full of life as its creator. Allende bares her soul while sharing her thoughts on love, marriage, motherhood, spirituality and religion, infidelity, addiction, and memory—and recounts stories of the wildly eccentric, strong-minded, and eclectic tribe she gathers around her and lovingly embraces as a new kind of family.

The Key to Personal Peace

The Key to Personal Peace
Author: Billy Graham
Publsiher: Thomas Nelson
Total Pages: 64
Release: 2006-01-28
ISBN 10: 141855569X
ISBN 13: 9781418555696
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


The Key to Personal Peace Book Review:

People are seeking the answer to the confusion, the moral sickness, the spiritual emptiness that oppresses the world. We are all crying out for guidance. For comfort. For peace. Is there a way out of our dilemma? Can we really find personal peace with God? Yes! But only if we look in the right place. The Key to Personal Peace not only includes trusted Biblical insights from renowned evangelist Dr. Billy Graham, but also includes the full gospel of John, making the book a perfect gift for evangelism or outreach. The Key to Personal Peace offers a look into how to live life in the fullness of God. Sections include: The Great Quest Our Dilemma What is God Like What Did Jesus Do for Us? Finding the Way Back Peace at Last Heaven, Our Hope Note: Must be ordered in multiples of 50.

The German Girl

The German Girl
Author: Armando Lucas Correa
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2016-10-18
ISBN 10: 1501121243
ISBN 13: 9781501121241
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


The German Girl Book Review:

AN INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER Featured in Entertainment Weekly, People, The Millions, and USA TODAY “An unforgettable and resplendent novel which will take its place among the great historical fiction written about World War II.” —Adriana Trigiani, bestselling author of The Shoemaker's Wife A young girl flees Nazi-occupied Germany with her family and best friend, only to discover that the overseas refuge they had been promised is an illusion in this “engrossing and heartbreaking” (Library Journal, starred review) debut novel, perfect for fans of The Nightingale, Lilac Girls, and We Were the Lucky Ones. Berlin, 1939. Before everything changed, Hannah Rosenthal lived a charmed life. But now the streets of Berlin are draped in ominous flags; her family’s fine possessions are hauled away; and they are no longer welcome in the places they once considered home. A glimmer of hope appears in the shape of the St. Louis, a transatlantic ocean liner promising Jews safe passage to Cuba. At first, the liner feels like a luxury, but as they travel, the circumstances of war change, and the ship that was to be their salvation seems likely to become their doom. New York, 2014. On her twelfth birthday, Anna Rosen receives a mysterious package from an unknown relative in Cuba, her great-aunt Hannah. Its contents inspire Anna and her mother to travel to Havana to learn the truth about their family’s mysterious and tragic past. Weaving dual time frames, and based on a true story, The German Girl is a beautifully written and deeply poignant story about generations of exiles seeking a place to call home.

Aztec

Aztec
Author: Gary Jennings
Publsiher: Forge Books
Total Pages: 768
Release: 2016-04-12
ISBN 10: 0765392178
ISBN 13: 9780765392176
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Aztec Book Review:

Gary Jennings's Aztec is the extraordinary story of the last and greatest native civilization of North America. Told in the words of one of the most robust and memorable characters in modern fiction, Mixtli-Dark Cloud, Aztec reveals the very depths of Aztec civilization from the peak and feather-banner splendor of the Aztec Capital of Tenochtitlan to the arrival of Hernán Cortás and his conquistadores, and their destruction of the Aztec empire. The story of Mixtli is the story of the Aztecs themselves---a compelling, epic tale of heroic dignity and a colossal civilization's rise and fall. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

The Satanic Verses

The Satanic Verses
Author: Salman Rushdie
Publsiher: Macmillan
Total Pages: 561
Release: 2000-12
ISBN 10: 9780312270827
ISBN 13: 0312270828
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


The Satanic Verses Book Review:

The explosion of a jetliner over India triggers an Apocalyptic battle that sweeps across the subcontinent. Reprint.

What the Scarecrow Said

What the Scarecrow Said
Author: Stewart D. Ikeda
Publsiher: Regan Books
Total Pages: 445
Release: 1996-06-05
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: UOM:39015037480335
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


What the Scarecrow Said Book Review:

Sent to an internment camp during WWII, Japanese-American horticulturalist William Fujita is taken in by widow Margaret Kelly and war widow Livvie and her son, Garvin, to create a working farm, and forms a lasting friendship with the troubled Garvin. A first novel. $35,000 ad/promo. Tour.