Haven

Haven
Author: Emma Donoghue
Publsiher: Little, Brown
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2022-08-23
ISBN 10: 0316414034
ISBN 13: 9780316414036
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Haven Book Review:

In this beautiful story of adventure and survival from the New York Times bestselling author of Room, three men vow to leave the world behind them as they set out in a small boat for an island their leader has seen in a dream, with only faith to guide them. In seventh-century Ireland, a scholar and priest called Artt has a dream telling him to leave the sinful world behind. Taking two monks—young Trian and old Cormac—he rows down the river Shannon in search of an isolated spot on which to found a monastery. Drifting out into the Atlantic, the three men find an impossibly steep, bare island inhabited by tens of thousands of birds, and claim it for God. In such a place, what will survival mean?

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Author: Roald Dahl
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 176
Release: 2007-08-16
ISBN 10: 1101653671
ISBN 13: 9781101653678
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Book Review:

Willy Wonka's famous chocolate factory is opening at last! But only five lucky children will be allowed inside. And the winners are: Augustus Gloop, an enormously fat boy whose hobby is eating; Veruca Salt, a spoiled-rotten brat whose parents are wrapped around her little finger; Violet Beauregarde, a dim-witted gum-chewer with the fastest jaws around; Mike Teavee, a toy pistol-toting gangster-in-training who is obsessed with television; and Charlie Bucket, Our Hero, a boy who is honest and kind, brave and true, and good and ready for the wildest time of his life!

Terra Firma

Terra Firma
Author: Katie Kitamura
Publsiher: Jonathan Cape
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2021-07-20
ISBN 10: 9781787332003
ISBN 13: 1787332004
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Terra Firma Book Review:

The Everlasting Story of Nory

The Everlasting Story of Nory
Author: Nicholson Baker
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2011-08-24
ISBN 10: 0307807525
ISBN 13: 9780307807526
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Everlasting Story of Nory Book Review:

Our supreme fabulist of the ordinary now turns his attention on a 9-year-old American girl and produces a novel as enchantingly idiosyncratic as any he has written. Nory Winslow wants to be a dentist or a designer of pop-up books. She likes telling stories and inventing dolls. She has nightmares about teeth, which may explain her career choice. She is going to school in England, where she is mocked for her accent and her friendship with an unpopular girl, and she has made it through the year without crying. Nicholson Baker follows Nory as she interacts with her parents and peers, thinks about God and death-watch beetles, and dreams of cows with pointed teeth. In this precocious child he gives us a heroine as canny and as whimsical as Lewis Carroll's Alice and evokes childhood in all its luminous weirdness.

Home and Other Hiding Places

Home and Other Hiding Places
Author: Jack Ellis
Publsiher: Hardie Grant Publishing
Total Pages: 266
Release: 2022-02-02
ISBN 10: 1761150383
ISBN 13: 9781761150388
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Home and Other Hiding Places Book Review:

When eight-year-old Fin and his mum Lindy travel to spend Christmas with his Gran in Sydney, Fin assumes they’ll return to their isolated country property – the only home he’s ever known. But he soon discovers that this large and crumbling riverside house, surrounded by bush and unwelcoming neighbours, is his home now. As Lindy’s fragile emotions fracture under the weight of Gran’s disapproval and the pressure of old memories, Fin holds onto a tenderness of spirit and the simple clarity he has learnt from his isolation on the farm – an insight that hasn’t yet been clouded by the secret codes of adulthood. But as the life he has known crumbles around him, Fin learns that no-one is coming to his rescue, and he sets off on a journey to find his way home. ‘I loved this wise, tender, funny novel. Fin, having won my heart, will live there forever.’ – Fiona McFarlane ‘Home and Other Hiding Places is an astoundingly deep dive into the hearts and heartbreaks of one family – sharply observed, poignant and unputdownable.’ – Felicity Castagna, author of No More Boats

Summary of Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam

Summary of Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam
Author: Peter Cuomo
Publsiher: Peter Cuomo
Total Pages: 51
Release: 2022
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: 9182736450XXX
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Summary of Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam Book Review:

A high-quality summary of Rumaan Alam´s book Leave the World Behind including chapter details and analysis of the main themes of the original book. About the original book: Clay, Amanda, and their teenage children Rose and Archie are on vacation when Leave the World Behind begins. The family is going from New York to a well-appointed property on Long Island that they have rented for the week, and they are looking forward to getting away. Amanda and the kids stare at their phones while Clay drives, knowing that their connections will become poor or non-existent once they arrive at the house. The family relaxes by the pool and settles in for the first night and day, enjoying one other's company. Amanda, on the other hand, is troubled by the idea that someone is watching her, and on their second night together, after the kids have gone to bed, Amanda and Clay are startled by a knock at the door. The elderly Black couple that owns the rental house, G. H. and Ruth, are at the door. G. H. and Ruth have driven in from the Bronx, visibly terrified, after experiencing a city-wide blackout and knew they wouldn't be able to return.

Liquid Fear

Liquid Fear
Author: Zygmunt Bauman
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 200
Release: 2013-05-08
ISBN 10: 0745654495
ISBN 13: 9780745654492
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Liquid Fear Book Review:

Modernity was supposed to be the period in human history when the fears that pervaded social life in the past could be left behind and human beings could at last take control of their lives and tame the uncontrolled forces of the social and natural worlds. And yet, at the dawn of the twenty-first century, we live again in a time of fear. Whether its the fear of natural disasters, the fear of environmental catastrophes or the fear of indiscriminate terrorist attacks, we live today in a state of constant anxiety about the dangers that could strike unannounced and at any moment. Fear is the name we give to our uncertainty in the face of the dangers that characterize our liquid modern age, to our ignorance of what the threat is and our incapacity to determine what can and can't be done to counter it. This new book by Zygmunt Bauman one of the foremost social thinkers of our time is an inventory of liquid modern fears. It is also an attempt to uncover their common sources, to analyse the obstacles that pile up on the road to their discovery and to examine the ways of putting them out of action or rendering them harmless. Through his brilliant account of the fears and anxieties that weigh on us today, Bauman alerts us to the scale of the task which we shall have to confront through most of the current century if we wish our fellow humans to emerge at its end feeling more secure and self-confident than we feel at its beginning.

Out of Body Experiences

Out of Body Experiences
Author: Robert Peterson
Publsiher: Hampton Roads Publishing
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2013-05-01
ISBN 10: 1612833152
ISBN 13: 9781612833156
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Out of Body Experiences Book Review:

Throughout history, people have reported spiritual experiences that we now identify as out-of-body experiences or OBEs. In recent times, modern researchers like Robert Monroe have pioneered the scientific study and practice of OBEs. Increasingly, people are remembering spontaneous OBEs, especially from early childhood. Also, OBEs are a typical feature of near-death experiences and have been described as beautiful, painless, and ecstatic. This is the comprehensive manual for inducing out of body experiences and managing the experience. Peterson not only explores the stages of his own development, but also concludes each chapter with a specific exercise that takes you to the next level. From wiggling out of your body for the first time (the author did a back flip his first time) to traveling through other realms and dealing with your "encounters,", this is one of the most practical, step-by-step guides to OBEs available. He clearly demonstrates how this consciousness-expanding experience is accessible to anyone willing to make the leap into the great beyond. This is the ultimate manual on how to leave home alone....

Mark Z Danielewski s House of Leaves

Mark Z  Danielewski s House of Leaves
Author: Mark Z. Danielewski,Zampanò
Publsiher: Pantheon
Total Pages: 709
Release: 2000
ISBN 10: 0375420525
ISBN 13: 9780375420528
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Mark Z Danielewski s House of Leaves Book Review:

A family relocates to a small house on Ash Tree Lane and discovers that the inside of their new home seems to be without boundaries

What Should We Do Instead of Killing Ourselves

What Should We Do Instead of Killing Ourselves
Author: Elizabeth Gordon
Publsiher: Jarvis Publishers
Total Pages: 340
Release: 2021-12
ISBN 10: 9781956681017
ISBN 13: 1956681019
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

What Should We Do Instead of Killing Ourselves Book Review:

It's New York City, in the first half of 2018, and Liz, a professional reader in a midsize publishing house has just received a disturbing submission-sender unkown. It's a handwritten journal detailing its author's struggle to find a reason to keep living. Shocked and enthralled by the dark philosophies of the journal, Liz knows what she must do: Find its author. But where to start?Liz struggles to balance her growing obsession with the journal's author with her ever increasing work load, and fails to keep her new mission hidden from Marcus, her boss. Worse than being upset, Marcus actually wants to publish the journal, and he thinks he's figured out the author. Only, Marcus's theory is one Liz absolutely despises. Desperate to prove him wrong, she leaves for Pittsburgh on her own dark journey in search of the truth.In this profound and timely novel, Liz finds more than she is looking for; she finds a purpose.

No One Is Talking About This

No One Is Talking About This
Author: Patricia Lockwood
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2021-02-16
ISBN 10: 0593189604
ISBN 13: 9780593189603
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

No One Is Talking About This Book Review:

FINALIST FOR THE 2021 BOOKER PRIZE & A NEW YORK TIMES TOP 10 BOOK OF 2021 WINNER OF THE DYLAN THOMAS PRIZE “A book that reads like a prose poem, at once sublime, profane, intimate, philosophical, witty and, eventually, deeply moving.” —New York Times Book Review, Editors’ Choice “Wow. I can’t remember the last time I laughed so much reading a book. What an inventive and startling writer…I’m so glad I read this. I really think this book is remarkable.” —David Sedaris From "a formidably gifted writer" (The New York Times Book Review), a book that asks: Is there life after the internet? As this urgent, genre-defying book opens, a woman who has recently been elevated to prominence for her social media posts travels around the world to meet her adoring fans. She is overwhelmed by navigating the new language and etiquette of what she terms "the portal," where she grapples with an unshakable conviction that a vast chorus of voices is now dictating her thoughts. When existential threats--from climate change and economic precariousness to the rise of an unnamed dictator and an epidemic of loneliness--begin to loom, she posts her way deeper into the portal's void. An avalanche of images, details, and references accumulate to form a landscape that is post-sense, post-irony, post-everything. "Are we in hell?" the people of the portal ask themselves. "Are we all just going to keep doing this until we die?" Suddenly, two texts from her mother pierce the fray: "Something has gone wrong," and "How soon can you get here?" As real life and its stakes collide with the increasingly absurd antics of the portal, the woman confronts a world that seems to contain both an abundance of proof that there is goodness, empathy, and justice in the universe, and a deluge of evidence to the contrary. Fragmentary and omniscient, incisive and sincere, No One Is Talking About This is at once a love letter to the endless scroll and a profound, modern meditation on love, language, and human connection from a singular voice in American literature.

A Mirror Above the Abyss

A Mirror Above the Abyss
Author: Oleg Lurye
Publsiher: Oleg Lurye
Total Pages: 414
Release: 2021-07-15
ISBN 10: 9789655996951
ISBN 13: 9655996956
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Mirror Above the Abyss Book Review:

A Mirror Above the Abyss by Oleg Lurye. From the Kennedy assassination to September 11 attacks... The novel A Mirror Above the Abyss is a political thriller based on real and well-known tragic events and refuting the official versions. The intelligent action filled with facts and evidence appears to You. It proves that global events did not happen at all like it is generally understood. So, Kennedy wasn't killed by Oswald, who had been framed in advance, but by a woman - a professional sniper who worked on an unusual order. The man who planned and carried out the September 11 attacks in New York was just one kilometer from crumbling skyscrapers. The assassination attempt on Pope John Paul was being prepared to hide billion bank scams, and the pontiff knew about it. These and other significant events of the last 60 years turn out to be interconnected, leaving the trail to a criminal syndicate ... from one person, and from him to the highest establishment and intelligence services of the United States and other countries. In these times already, the "disappeared" archives belonging to those who died because of paying too much attention to the tragic events of September 11 end up with the American journalist Max Malin. Exciting events and mysterious coincidences, which many choose to forget about forever, lead the hero to dark shadows from the past. As a result of a complex and risky investigation, Malin discovers the perpetrators and mandators in the most remembered political assassination of the 20th century, the September 11 terrorist attack in New York, the assassination attempt on John Paul II, and the murder of a world-known banker. The novel is set in our time, and in parallel, it takes place in the days of the above horrific events - in 1963, 1981, 1999, and 2001. The book's ending is entirely unpredictable and shocking. The characters and protagonists of the novel are real and recognizable persons - from great politicians, billionaires, ministers of the Vatican to leaders of national and world crime syndicates. Most are acting under their real names. Of course, there are fantasy characters, but they are the connecting links in the chain of events. Some of the names are encrypted and easy to guess.

Queen of Madness

Queen of Madness
Author: Lee Jacquot
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2021-12-31
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: 9798985547702
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Queen of Madness Book Review:

To the Friend Who Did Not Save My Life

To the Friend Who Did Not Save My Life
Author: Herve Guibert
Publsiher: MIT Press
Total Pages: 273
Release: 2020-05-19
ISBN 10: 1635901235
ISBN 13: 9781635901238
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

To the Friend Who Did Not Save My Life Book Review:

A novel that describes, with devastating, darkly comic clarity, its narrator's experience of being diagnosed with AIDS. First published by Gallimard in 1990, To the Friend Who Did Not Save My Life describes, with devastating, darkly comic clarity, its narrator's experience of being diagnosed with AIDS. Guibert chronicles three months in the penultimate year of the narrator's life as, in the wake of his friend Muzil's death, he goes from one quack doctor to another, describing the progression of the disease and recording the reactions of his many friends. The novel scandalized the French media, which quickly identified Muzil as Guibert's close friend Michel Foucault. To the Friend became a bestseller, and Guibert a celebrity. Guibert continued to document the daily experiences of his body in a series of novels and diaries, mostly published posthumously. To the Friend has since attained a cult following for its intimate and candid tone, its fragmented and slippery form. As Edmund White observed, “[Guibert's] very taste for the grotesque, this compulsion to offend, finally affords him the necessary rhetorical panache to convey the full, exhilarating horror of his predicament.” In his struggle to piece together a language suited to his suffering, Hervé Guibert catapulted himself into notoriety and sealed his reputation for uncompromising, transgressive prose.

Blood Before Sunrise

Blood Before Sunrise
Author: Brenna Harlow
Publsiher: Independently Published
Total Pages: 232
Release: 2021-12-29
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: 9798790135545
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Blood Before Sunrise Book Review:

What once was lost... Maggie told me to leave, and I did. But that doesn't mean I'll let her keep me at a distance forever. If I have to make another deal with the Novians to get her back, then so be it. I'll not be rejected by the one person who truly knows my heart. She may hate me now, but I'll make her understand. *** Jacel did something stupid, again. Now I'm shitting bricks out in the wilderness, surrounded by monsters who want to drink me dry. But having his protection out here could be a good thing... Can I find my mother and sister? Is it possible they survived the attack, after all this time? Maybe not, but my heart won't let me rest until I find out the truth. Besides, Jacel has a lot to make up for... and he'll be doing so in more ways than one. Now is found.

When We Let Go

When We Let Go
Author: Rochelle B. Weinstein
Publsiher: Lake Union Publishing
Total Pages: 316
Release: 2022-05-17
ISBN 10: 9781662501036
ISBN 13: 166250103X
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

When We Let Go Book Review:

A moving novel of family and forgiveness and of hope and healing by Rochelle B. Weinstein, the USA Today bestselling author of This Is Not How It Ends. When Avery Beckett is proposed to by Jude Masters, a widowed father and the man she loves, it should be a time of great joy. Instead, Avery is on edge. She's wary of the idea of family, doubtful of happy endings, and too afraid to take the leap. It's the kind of fear that comes from having secrets. Before Avery commits to a new life, she must reconcile with the one she left behind. When Avery returns to her childhood farm in the North Carolina mountains, she's surprised to be saddled with a companion: Jude's teenage daughter, Elle, who's grappling with the loss of her mother and the complicated emotions of first love. On a path of mending wounds and breaking down walls, Avery and Elle form an unexpected alliance. It's giving them the courage to move forward. And for Avery, everything she needs to confront the past. An emotional tale of mothers and daughters, loss and acceptance, When We Let Go is about the lessons that come from heartbreak and the healing it takes to embrace the joy of a second chance.

People Like Them

People Like Them
Author: Samira Sedira
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 192
Release: 2021-07-08
ISBN 10: 1526638584
ISBN 13: 9781526638588
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

People Like Them Book Review:

'Disturbing and powerful ... I loved it' - Leïla Slimani, author of Lullaby 'Icy and chilling... In sharply drawn sentences, Sedira summons the beauty of a small French village, and the shocking acts of the people inside it' - Flynn Berry, author of the Reese Whitherspoon Book Club pick, Northern Spy You sprinted all the way to the river. What were you running from? Anna and Constant Guillot and their two daughters live in the peaceful, remote mountain village of Carmac. Everyone in Carmac knows each other, leading simple lives mostly unaffected by the outside world – that is until Bakary and Sylvia Langlois arrive with their three children. The new family's impressive chalet and expensive cars are in stark contrast with the modesty of those of their neighbours, yet despite their initial differences, the Langlois and the Guillots form an uneasy friendship. But when both families come under financial strain, the underlying class and racial tensions of their relationship reach breaking point, culminating in act of abhorrent violence. With piercing psychological insight and gripping storytelling, People Like Them asks the questions: How could a seemingly ordinary person commit the most extraordinary crime? And how could their loved ones ever come to terms with what they'd done? Lullaby meets Little Fires Everywhere, this intense, suspenseful prize-winning novel explores the darker side of human nature - and the terrible things people are capable of. *Winner of the Prix Eugène Dabit*

The Stranger in the Lifeboat

The Stranger in the Lifeboat
Author: Mitch Albom
Publsiher: Sphere
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2022-11-03
ISBN 10: 9780751584561
ISBN 13: 0751584568
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Stranger in the Lifeboat Book Review:

The Christie Affair

The Christie Affair
Author: Nina de Gramont
Publsiher: St. Martin's Press
Total Pages: 331
Release: 2022-02-01
ISBN 10: 1250274621
ISBN 13: 9781250274625
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Christie Affair Book Review:

Why would the world's most famous mystery writer disappear for eleven days? What makes a woman desperate enough to destroy another woman's marriage? How deeply can a person crave revenge? "Sizzles from its first sentence." - The Wall Street Journal A Reese's Book Club Pick In 1925, Miss Nan O’Dea infiltrated the wealthy, rarefied world of author Agatha Christie and her husband, Archie. In every way, she became a part of their life––first, both Christies. Then, just Archie. Soon, Nan became Archie’s mistress, luring him away from his devoted wife, desperate to marry him. Nan’s plot didn’t begin the day she met Archie and Agatha. It began decades before, in Ireland, when Nan was a young girl. She and the man she loved were a star-crossed couple who were destined to be together––until the Great War, a pandemic, and shameful secrets tore them apart. Then acts of unspeakable cruelty kept them separated. What drives someone to murder? What will someone do in the name of love? What kind of crime can someone never forgive? Nina de Gramont’s brilliant, unforgettable novel explores these questions and more.

Upgrade

Upgrade
Author: Blake Crouch
Publsiher: Ballantine Books
Total Pages: 353
Release: 2022-07-12
ISBN 10: 0593157516
ISBN 13: 9780593157510
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Upgrade Book Review:

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “If Michael Crichton had written a superhero novel, it would look a lot like Upgrade.”—The New York Times Book Review “You don’t so much sympathize with the main character as live inside his skin.”—DIANA GABALDON, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Outlander series “Mysterious, fascinating, and deeply moving—exploring the very nature of what it means to be human.”—ALEX MICHAELIDES, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Silent Patient and The Maiden The mind-blowing new thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of Dark Matter and Recursion—currently in development as a motion picture at Steven Spielberg's Amblin Partners “You are the next step in human evolution.” At first, Logan Ramsay isn’t sure if anything’s different. He just feels a little . . . sharper. Better able to concentrate. Better at multitasking. Reading a bit faster, memorizing better, needing less sleep. But before long, he can’t deny it: Something’s happening to his brain. To his body. He’s starting to see the world, and those around him—even those he loves most—in whole new ways. The truth is, Logan’s genome has been hacked. And there’s a reason he’s been targeted for this upgrade. A reason that goes back decades to the darkest part of his past, and a horrific family legacy. Worse still, what’s happening to him is just the first step in a much larger plan, one that will inflict the same changes on humanity at large—at a terrifying cost. Because of his new abilities, Logan’s the one person in the world capable of stopping what’s been set in motion. But to have a chance at winning this war, he’ll have to become something other than himself. Maybe even something other than human. And even as he’s fighting, he can’t help wondering: what if humanity’s only hope for a future really does lie in engineering our own evolution? Intimate in scale yet epic in scope, Upgrade is an intricately plotted, lightning-fast tale that charts one man’s thrilling transformation, even as it asks us to ponder the limits of our humanity—and our boundless potential.