The House of the Spirits

The House of the Spirits
Author: Isabel Allende
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 560
Release: 2015-10-27
ISBN 10: 1501117033
ISBN 13: 9781501117039
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The House of the Spirits Book Review:

“Spectacular...An absorbing and distinguished work...The House of the Spirits with its all-informing, generous, and humane sensibility, is a unique achievement, both personal witness and possible allegory of the past, present, and future of Latin America.” —The New York Times Book Review The House of the Spirits, the unforgettable first novel that established Isabel Allende as one of the world’s most gifted storytellers, brings to life the triumphs and tragedies of three generations of the Trueba family. The patriarch Esteban is a volatile, proud man whose voracious pursuit of political power is tempered only by his love for his delicate wife Clara, a woman with a mystical connection to the spirit world. When their daughter Blanca embarks on a forbidden love affair in defiance of her implacable father, the result is an unexpected gift to Esteban: his adored granddaughter Alba, a beautiful and strong-willed child who will lead her family and her country into a revolutionary future. One of the most important novels of the twentieth century, The House of the Spirits is an enthralling epic that spans decades and lives, weaving the personal and the political into a universal story of love, magic, and fate.

The House of the Spirits

The House of the Spirits
Author: Isabel Allende
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 481
Release: 2015-12-15
ISBN 10: 1501117017
ISBN 13: 9781501117015
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The House of the Spirits Book Review:

The Trueba family embodies strong feelings. This family saga starts at the beginning of the 20th century and continues through the assassination of Allende in 1973.

The House of the Spirits

The House of the Spirits
Author: Isabel Allende
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 490
Release: 2011
ISBN 10: 0099528568
ISBN 13: 9780099528562
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The House of the Spirits Book Review:

As a girl, Clara del Valle can read fortunes, make objects move as if they had lives of their own, and predict the future. Following the mysterious death of her sister, Rosa the Beautiful, Clara is mute for nine years. When she breaks her silence, it is to announce that she will be married soon to the stern and volatile landowner Esteban Trueba. Set in an unnamed Latin American country over three generations, The House of the Spirits is a magnificent epic of a proud and passionate family, secret loves and violent revolution.

Isabel Allende s House of the Spirits Trilogy

Isabel Allende s House of the Spirits Trilogy
Author: Karen Wooley Martin
Publsiher: Boydell & Brewer
Total Pages: 194
Release: 2010
ISBN 10: 1855662000
ISBN 13: 9781855662001
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Isabel Allende s House of the Spirits Trilogy Book Review:

The source of the narrative energy that creates such absorbing stories.

The Cambridge Companion to the Latin American Novel

The Cambridge Companion to the Latin American Novel
Author: Efraín Kristal
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2005-05-26
ISBN 10: 9780521532198
ISBN 13: 0521532191
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Cambridge Companion to the Latin American Novel Book Review:

A stimulating collection of new essays on the development of the novel in Latin America.

Daughter of Fortune

Daughter of Fortune
Author: Isabel Allende
Publsiher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 496
Release: 2020-06-30
ISBN 10: 0063049635
ISBN 13: 9780063049635
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Daughter of Fortune Book Review:

From the New York Times bestselling author of The House of the Spirits, Isabelle Allende, comes a passionate tale of one young woman's quest to save her lover set against the chaos of the 1849 California Gold Rush. Orphaned at birth, Eliza Sommers is raised in the British colony of Valparaíso, Chile, by the well-intentioned Victorian spinster Miss Rose and her more rigid brother Jeremy. Just as she meets and falls in love with the wildly inappropriate Joaquín Andieta, a lowly clerk who works for Jeremy, gold is discovered in the hills of northern California. By 1849, Chileans of every stripe have fallen prey to feverish dreams of wealth. Joaquín takes off for San Francisco to seek his fortune, and Eliza, pregnant with his child, decides to follow him. As Eliza embarks on her perilous journey north in the hold of a ship and arrives in the rough-and-tumble world of San Francisco, she must navigate a society dominated by greedy men. But Eliza soon catches on with the help of her natural spirit and a good friend, the Chinese doctor Tao Chi’en. What began as a search for love ends up as the conquest of personal freedom. A marvel of storytelling, Daughter of Fortune confirms once again Isabel Allende's extraordinary gift for fiction and her place as one of the world's leading writers.

The Tradition of Household Spirits

The Tradition of Household Spirits
Author: Claude Lecouteux
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 248
Release: 2013-07-21
ISBN 10: 1620551446
ISBN 13: 9781620551448
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Tradition of Household Spirits Book Review:

Examines how the ancient customs of constructing and keeping a house formed a sacred bond between homes and their inhabitants • Shares many tales of house spirits, from cajoling the local land spirit into becoming one’s house spirit to the good and bad luck bestowed by mischievous house elves • Explains the meaning behind door and window placement, house orientation, horsehead gables, the fireplace or hearth, and the threshold • Reveals the charms, chants, prayers, and building practices used by our ancestors to bestow happiness and prosperity upon their homes and their occupants Why do we hang horseshoes for good luck or place wreaths on our doors? Why does the groom carry his new bride over the threshold? These customs represent the last vestiges from a long, rich history of honoring the spirits of our homes. They show that a house is more than a building: it is a living being with a body and soul. Examining the extensive traditions surrounding houses from medieval times to the present, Claude Lecouteux reveals that, before we entered the current era of frequent moves and modular housing, moving largely from the countryside into cities, humanity had an extremely sacred relationship with their homes and all the spirits who lived there alongside them--from the spirit of the house itself to the mischievous elves, fairies, and imps who visited, invited or not. He shows how every aspect of constructing and keeping a house involved rites, ceremony, customs, and taboos to appease the spirits, including the choice of a building lot and the very materials with which it was built. Uncovering the lost meaning behind door and window placement, the hearth, and the threshold, Lecouteux shares many tales of house spirits, from the offerings used to cajole the local land spirit into becoming the domestic house spirit to the good and bad luck bestowed upon those who seek the help of the “Little Money Man.” He draws on studies and classic literature from old Europe--from Celtic lands and Scandinavia to France and Germany to the far eastern borders of Europe and into Russia--to explain the pagan roots behind many of these traditions. Revealing our ancestors’ charms, prayers, and practices to bestow happiness and prosperity upon their homes, Lecouteux shows that we can invite the spirits back into our houses, old or new, and restore the sacred bond between home and inhabitant.

The House of the Spirits

The House of the Spirits
Author: Isabel Allende
Publsiher: Bantam
Total Pages: 433
Release: 1986
ISBN 10: 0553273914
ISBN 13: 9780553273915
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The House of the Spirits Book Review:

Traces the lives of the Truebas family, starting with clairvoyant Clara de Valle's summoning of the man she intends to marry, ambitious Esteban Trueba, and following their lives through which they suffer and triumph.

The House the Spirit Builds

The House the Spirit Builds
Author: Lorna Crozier
Publsiher: Douglas & McIntyre
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2019-09-21
ISBN 10: 1771622423
ISBN 13: 9781771622424
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The House the Spirit Builds Book Review:

Renowned poet Lorna Crozier offers a masterful collection of poems inspired by Diane Laundy and Peter Coffman’s photographs taken in the Frontenac Arch Biosphere in Southwestern Ontario. Beginning in this setting, The House the Spirit Builds extends to include any region, any place that ignites the human mind and heart. Something astonishing happens when the poems and photos sit side by side and speak to one another in a language that is timeless, lucid and precise: they bring us to a wisdom that might mitigate the damage we do to others and the natural world. While acknowledging the loss and suffering that infuse our days, the poems and photographs invite us to expand our sense of wonder, our sense that all things are connected, no matter where we live. An image of a slice of light falling across a tablecloth, a black beetle on a leaf: these poems speak of moments “when the dragonfly lands and grips the skin / on the back of your hand” or “rain stops falling / but / hangs around / like the shape of lust / in bedsheets.” The impressions and expressions vary, but remind us that if we pay attention, even the smallest things can bring us joy and remind us we are not alone in our brief sojourn on this earth.

Between Extremes

Between Extremes
Author: Brian Keenan,John McCarthy
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 416
Release: 2011-02-28
ISBN 10: 1446422119
ISBN 13: 9781446422113
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Between Extremes Book Review:

In 1986 Brian Keenan and John McCarthy were forced to take a journey without maps. For the next four years they were incarcerated in a Lebanese dungeon. From the blank outlook of a tiny cell, with only each other and a few volumes of an ancient American encyclopaedia to sustain them, they could only wander the wide open spaces of their imagination. To displace the ugly confines of their existence, they envisaged walking in the High Andes and across the wastes of Patagonia. Five years after their return Brian and John chose to travel together again to see how the reality of Chile matched their imagination and to revisit their past experiences. They journeyed by every means available through vast empty deserts, verdant plains and barren tundra. Between Extremes is the story of that journey which once more found them far from home, in an unfamiliar landscape, but which for the first time allowed them to live by their own rules.

A House of Ghosts

A House of Ghosts
Author: W. C. Ryan
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 432
Release: 2019-10-01
ISBN 10: 1948924722
ISBN 13: 9781948924726
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A House of Ghosts Book Review:

Finalist for the Irish Book Award for Crime Fiction Book of the Year, a Classic Cozy Big-House Mystery Haunted by the Specters of World War One—For Readers of Agatha Christie and Simone St. James Winter 1917. As the First World War enters its most brutal phase, back home in England, everyone is seeking answers to the darkness that has seeped into their lives. At Blackwater Abbey, on an island off the Devon coast, armaments manufacturer Lord Highmount has arranged a spiritualist gathering to contact his two sons, both of whom died at the front. Among the guests, two have been secretly dispatched from the intelligence service: Kate Cartwright, a friend of the family who lost her beloved brother at the Somme and who, in the realm of the spiritual, has her own special gift; and the mysterious Captain Donovan, recently returned from Europe. Top secret plans for weapons developed by Lord Highmount’s company have turned up in Berlin, and there is reason to believe enemy spies will be in attendance. As the guests arrive, it becomes clear that each has something they would rather keep hidden. Then, when a storm descends, they find themselves trapped on the island. Soon one of their number will die. For Blackwater Abbey is haunted in more ways than one . . . . An unrelenting, gripping mystery, packed with twists and turns and a kindling of romance, A House of Ghosts is the perfect cold-weather read.

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.

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol
Author: Charles Dickens
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 64
Release: 2010-09-01
ISBN 10: 9781603035057
ISBN 13: 1603035052
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Christmas Carol Book Review:

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 House of Happy Spirits

The House of Happy Spirits
Author: Géraldine Elschner
Publsiher: Prestel Junior
Total Pages: 32
Release: 2020-02-10
ISBN 10: 9783791374543
ISBN 13: 3791374540
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The House of Happy Spirits Book Review:

In this fairy tale-like story a beloved tree is saved and children learn how architecture can co-exist with nature. The Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser believed that humanity and nature shared a harmonious partnership, a philosophy that he demonstrated with his architectural creations. Filled with color-saturated illustrations that echo Hundertwasser's bold style, this story introduces young readers to the idea of environmentally conscious and playful architecture. When construction starts on a new building in Lea's neighborhood, she fears that her favorite tree will be chopped down. For days she watches anxiously as the tree is covered up and surrounded by bricks. Finally, she learns that the tree has been spared and made the centerpiece of a fantastic new building, where it will live a long and healthy life. Lucie Vandevelde's joyful drawings convey a kid's-eye view of city life, complete with people, pets, automobiles, and machinery. As the new building emerges, readers will come to learn about some of Hundertwasser's celebrated and offbeat principles--such as the rights of tenants to paint the walls outside of their windows, that trees should be given their own rooms, and that "straight lines lead to the downfall of humanity." A brief biography of Hundertwasser at the end of the book fills readers in on the work of this pioneering artist whose ideas were once radical but are now integrated into many architectural concepts.

Don t Call Them Ghosts

Don t Call Them Ghosts
Author: Kathleen McConnell
Publsiher: Llewellyn Worldwide
Total Pages: 255
Release: 2004
ISBN 10: 9780738705330
ISBN 13: 0738705330
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Don t Call Them Ghosts Book Review:

In 1971, the author and her family moved into a historic home known as the Fontaine Manse. Two days after moving in, she and her husband had an extraordinary experience that left them with no doubt that unseen residents occupied the house, too. This is the true story of how Kathleen McConnell came to know and care for the spirit children who lived in the attic of the mansion: Angel Girl, Buddy, and Baby. From playing ball with Kathleen, to saving her son Duncan from drowning, the spirit children became part of the McConnell family in ways big and small. Finally, a heart-wrenching dilemma triggered an unexpected and dramatic resolution to the spirit children's plight. Don't Call Them Ghosts is an inspiring story of the transcendent and lasting power of a mother's love. Coalition of Visionary Resources (COVR) 2nd Runner Up for Biographical/Self Help category

Down a Dark Hall

Down a Dark Hall
Author: Lois Duncan
Publsiher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2011-04-19
ISBN 10: 031613435X
ISBN 13: 9780316134354
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Down a Dark Hall Book Review:

A paranormal rollercoaster ride with goosebumps at every turn--now a motion picture starring Uma Thurman and Anna Sophia Robb! Kit Gordy sees Blackwood Hall towering over black iron gates, and she can't help thinking, This place is evil. The imposing mansion sends a shiver of fear through her. But Kit settles into a routine, trying to ignore the rumors that the highly exclusive boarding school is haunted. Then her classmates begin to show extraordinary and unknown talents. The strange dreams, the voices, the lost letters to family and friends, all become overshadowed by the magic around them. When Kit and her friends realize that Blackwood isn't what it claims to be, it might be too late.

House of Darkness House of Light

House of Darkness House of Light
Author: Andrea Perron
Publsiher: AuthorHouse
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2014-08-11
ISBN 10: 1491829885
ISBN 13: 9781491829882
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

House of Darkness House of Light Book Review:

Roger and Carolyn Perron purchased the home of their dreams and eventual nightmares in December of 1970. The Arnold Estate, located just beyond the village of Harrisville, Rhode Island seemed the idyllic setting in which to raise a family. The couple unwittingly moved their five young daughters into the ancient and mysterious farmhouse. Secrets were kept and then revealed within a space shared by mortal and immortal alike. Time suddenly became irrelevant; fractured by spirits making their presence known then dispersing into the ether. The house is a portal to the past and a passage to the future. This is a sacred story of spiritual enlightenment, told some thirty years hence. The family is now somewhat less reticent to divulge a closely-guarded experience. Their odyssey is chronicled by the eldest sibling and is an unabridged account of a supernatural excursion. Ed and Lorraine Warren investigated this haunting in a futile attempt to intervene on their behalf. They consider the Perron family saga to be one of the most compelling and significant of a famously ghost-storied career as paranormal researchers. During a seance gone horribly wrong, they unleashed an unholy hostess; the spirit called Bathsheba; a God-forsaken soul. Perceiving herself to be the mistress of the house, she did not appreciate the competition. Carolyn had long been under siege; overt threats issued in the form of fire…a mother's greatest fear. It transformed the woman in unimaginable ways. After nearly a decade the family left a once beloved home behind though it will never leave them, as each remains haunted by a memory. This tale is an inspiring testament to the resilience of the human spirit on a pathway of discovery: an eternal journey for the living and the dead.

Jack Reacher One Shot

Jack Reacher  One Shot
Author: Lee Child
Publsiher: Delacorte Press
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2005-06-14
ISBN 10: 0440335477
ISBN 13: 9780440335474
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Jack Reacher One Shot Book Review:

NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE • “Pure, escapist gold . . . Mr. Child’s tough talk and thoughtful plotting make an ingenious combination.”—The New York Times Six shots. Five dead. One heartland city thrown into a state of terror. But within hours the cops have it solved: a slam-dunk case. Except for one thing. The accused man says: You got the wrong guy. Then he says: Get Reacher for me. And sure enough, ex—military investigator Jack Reacher is coming. He knows this shooter–a trained military sniper who never should have missed a shot. Reacher is certain something is not right–and soon the slam-dunk case explodes. Now Reacher is teamed with a beautiful young defense lawyer, moving closer to the unseen enemy who is pulling the strings. Reacher knows that no two opponents are created equal. This one has come to the heartland from his own kind of hell. And Reacher knows that the only way to take him down is to match his ruthlessness and cunning–and then beat him shot for shot.

Paula

Paula
Author: Isabel Allende
Publsiher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 480
Release: 2020-09-29
ISBN 10: 0063049708
ISBN 13: 9780063049703
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Paula Book Review:

Newly Reissued New York Times Bestselling Author “Beautiful and heartrending. . . . Memoir, autobiography, epicedium, perhaps even some fiction: they are all here, and they are all quite wonderful.” —Los Angeles Times When Isabel Allende’s daughter, Paula, became gravely ill and fell into a coma, the author began to write the story of her family for her unconscious child. In the telling, bizarre ancestors appear before our eyes; we hear both delightful and bitter childhood memories, amazing anecdotes of youthful years, the most intimate secrets passed along in whispers. With Paula, Allende has written a powerful autobiography whose straightforward acceptance of the magical and spiritual worlds will remind readers of her first book, The House of the Spirits.

The Mixquiahuala Letters

The Mixquiahuala Letters
Author: Ana Castillo
Publsiher: Anchor
Total Pages: 138
Release: 1992
ISBN 10: 0385420137
ISBN 13: 9780385420136
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Mixquiahuala Letters Book Review:

A series of letters focuses on the relationship between two strong and independent Latina women and traces the changes in their lives from their travels together in Mexico during their youth to their lives in the United States as they reach middle age