This Magnificent Dappled Sea

This Magnificent Dappled Sea
Author: David Biro
Publsiher: Lake Union Publishing
Total Pages: 270
Release: 2020-11
ISBN 10: 9781542019811
ISBN 13: 1542019818
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

This Magnificent Dappled Sea Book Review:

Two strangers--generations and oceans apart--have a chance to save each other in this moving and suspenseful novel about family secrets and the ineffable connections that attach us. In a small Northern Italian village, nine-year-old Luca Taviano catches a stubborn cold and is subsequently diagnosed with leukemia. His only hope for survival is a bone marrow transplant. After an exhaustive search, a match turns up three thousand miles away in the form of a most unlikely donor: Joseph Neiman, a rabbi in Brooklyn, New York, who is suffering from a debilitating crisis of faith. As Luca's young nurse, Nina Vocelli, risks her career and races against time to help save the spirited redheaded boy, she uncovers terrible secrets from World War II--secrets that reveal how a Catholic child could have Jewish genes. Can inheritance be transcended by accidents of love? That is the question at the heart of This Magnificent Dappled Sea, a novel that challenges the idea of identity and celebrates the ties that bind us together.

One Hundred Days

One Hundred Days
Author: David Biro
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2007-12-18
ISBN 10: 0307427110
ISBN 13: 9780307427113
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

One Hundred Days Book Review:

It is a situation we all fear and none of us can imagine: a life-threatening diagnosis. But what if the person receiving the diagnosis--young, physically fit, poised for a bright future--is himself a doctor? At thirty-one David biro has just completed his residency and joined his father's successful dermatology practice. Struck with a rare blood disease that eventually necessitates a bone marrow transplant, Biro relates with honesty and courage the story of his most transforming journey. He is forthright about the advantages that his status as a physician may have afforded him; and yet no such advantage can protect him from the anxiety and doubt brought on by his debilitating therapies. The pressures that Biro's wild "one hundred days" brings to bear on his heretofore well-established identity as a caregiver are enormous--as is the power of this riveting story of survival.

Beyond the Sand and Sea

Beyond the Sand and Sea
Author: Ty McCormick
Publsiher: St. Martin's Press
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2021-03-30
ISBN 10: 1250240611
ISBN 13: 9781250240613
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Beyond the Sand and Sea Book Review:

From Ty McCormick, winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, an epic and timeless story of a family in search of safety, security, and a place to call home. When Asad Hussein was growing up in the world’s largest refugee camp, nearly every aspect of life revolved around getting to America—a distant land where anything was possible. Thousands of displaced families like his were whisked away to the United States in the mid-2000s, leaving the dusty encampment in northeastern Kenya for new lives in suburban America. When Asad was nine, his older sister Maryan was resettled in Arizona, but Asad, his parents, and his other siblings were left behind. In the years they waited to join her, Asad found refuge in dog-eared novels donated by American charities, many of them written by immigrants who had come to the United States from poor and war-torn countries. Maryan nourished his dreams of someday writing such novels, but it would be another fourteen years before he set foot in America. The story of Asad, Maryan, and their family’s escape from Dadaab refugee camp is one of perseverance in the face of overwhelming adversity. It is also a story of happenstance, of long odds and impossibly good luck, and of uncommon generosity. In a world where too many young men are forced to make dangerous sea crossings in search of work, are recruited into extremist groups, and die at the hands of brutal security forces, Asad not only made it to the United States to join Maryan, but won a scholarship to study literature at Princeton—the first person born in Dadaab ever admitted to the prestigious university. Beyond the Sand and Sea is an extraordinary and inspiring book for anyone searching for pinpricks of light in the darkness. Meticulously reported over three years, it reveals the strength of a family of Somali refugees who never lost faith in America—and exposes the broken refugee resettlement system that kept that family trapped for more than two decades and has turned millions into permanent exiles.

Lights on the Sea

Lights on the Sea
Author: Miquel Reina
Publsiher: AmazonCrossing
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2018-09-25
ISBN 10: 9781503903203
ISBN 13: 1503903206
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Lights on the Sea Book Review:

In this riveting debut, prize-winning artist and filmmaker Miquel Reina maps out ambitious and fantastical new territory in a novel about a couple holding on for dear life as their world takes an extraordinary fall... On the highest point of an island, in a house clinging to the edge of a cliff, live Mary Rose and Harold Grapes, a retired couple still mourning the death of their son thirty-five years before. Weighed down by decades of grief and memories, the Grapeses have never moved past the tragedy. Then, on the eve of eviction from the most beautiful and dangerously unstable perch in the area, they're uprooted by a violent storm. The disbelieving Grapeses and their home take a free-fall slide into the whitecapped sea and float away. As the past that once moored them recedes and disappears, Mary Rose and Harold are delivered from decades of sorrow by the ebb and flow of the waves. Ahead of them, a light shimmers on the horizon, guiding them toward a revelatory and cathartic new engagement with life, and all its wonder. Wildly imaginative, deeply poignant, and entirely unexpected, Lights on the Sea sweeps readers away on a journey of fate, acceptance, redemption, and survival against the most rewarding of odds.

Mathew s Tale

Mathew  s Tale
Author: Quintin Jardine
Publsiher: Headline
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2014-10-01
ISBN 10: 0755385632
ISBN 13: 9780755385638
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Mathew s Tale Book Review:

No better friend, no deadlier enemy... In Mathew''s Tale, his landmark fortieth novel, Quintin Jardine tells the remarkable story of a man''s quest for justice - at any cost. Perfect for fans of C.J. Sansom and Paul Doherty. ''Once I picked it up, I couldn''t let it go'' - Michael Jecks 1818, Carluke, Lanarkshire. Mathew Fleming returns home to Scotland following heroic service at the Battle of Waterloo. After seven years away, he is a ghostly presence to those he left behind. But Mathew is ambitious and soon becomes a man of influence in his county and beyond. Yet through all his success, he still hides the loss of his one true love. When a terrible act of murder occurs, Mathew must choose between the rule of blood and the rule of law. And as a man of honour with a warrior''s instincts, he embarks on a journey of vengeance that will test every sinew of his faith in mankind... What readers are saying about Mathew''s Tale: ''The quality of the prose, which feels authentically early 19th-century and has such a skilled lightness about it, sucks the reader in and [this book] becomes an addictive read'' ''Mathew''s Tale is full of colour,immersing the reader in a bygoneagewith deceptive ease. It is such a pleasure to read'' ''This is a highly accomplished, sensitive novel, enriched by great storytelling, characterisation and historical setting and mood''

Where the Desert Meets the Sea

Where the Desert Meets the Sea
Author: Werner Sonne
Publsiher: AmazonCrossing
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2019-05
ISBN 10: 9781542043908
ISBN 13: 1542043905
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Where the Desert Meets the Sea Book Review:

An illuminating and heart-stirring historical novel set in post-WWII Palestine, where the boundaries of love and friendship are challenged by the intractable conflicts of war. Jerusalem, 1947: Judith, a young Jewish survivor of the Dachau concentration camp, arrives in Mandatory Palestine, seeking refuge with her only remaining relative, her uncle. When she learns that he has died, she tries to take her own life in despair. After awakening in the hospital, Judith learns that Hana, a Muslim Arab nurse, has saved her life by donating her own blood. While the two women develop a fragile bond, each can't help but be drawn deeper into the political machinations tearing the country apart. After witnessing the repeated attacks inflicted on the Jews, Judith makes the life-changing decision to join the Zionist fight for Jerusalem. And Hana's star-crossed love for Dr. David Cohen, an American Jew out of his element and working only to save lives, will put her own life in danger. Then the political situation worsens. When tensions erupt, a shocking act of violence threatens Judith and Hana's friendship--and the destinies of everyone they love.

Greenwood

Greenwood
Author: Michael Christie
Publsiher: McClelland & Stewart
Total Pages: 512
Release: 2019-09-24
ISBN 10: 0771024460
ISBN 13: 9780771024467
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Greenwood Book Review:

WINNER OF THE ARTHUR ELLIS AWARD LONGLISTED FOR THE 2019 SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE A CBC BOOKS "BEST CANADIAN FICTION" TITLE OF THE YEAR NATIONAL BESTSELLER From the award-winning author of If I Fall, If I Die comes a propulsive, multigenerational family story, in which the unexpected legacies of a remote island off the coast of British Columbia will link the fates of five people over a hundred years. Cloud Atlas meets The Overstory in this ingenious nested-ring epic set against the devastation of the natural world. They come for the trees. It's 2038 and Jacinda (Jake) Greenwood is a storyteller and a liar, an overqualified tour guide babysitting ultra-rich-eco-tourists in one of the world's last remaining forests. It's 2008 and Liam Greenwood is a carpenter, sprawled on his back after a workplace fall and facing the possibility of his own death. It's 1974 and Willow Greenwood is just out of jail for one of her environmental protests: attempts at atonement for the sins of her father's once vast and rapacious timber empire. It's 1934 and Everett Greenwood is a Depression-era drifter who saves an abandoned infant, only to find himself tangled up in the web of a crime, secrets, and betrayal that will cling to his family for decades. And throughout, there are trees: a steady, silent pulse thrumming beneath Christie's effortless sentences, working as a guiding metaphor for withering, weathering, and survival. Transporting, beautifully written, and brilliantly structured like the nested growth rings of a tree, Greenwood reveals the knot of lies, omissions, and half-truths that exists at the root of every family's origin story. It is a magnificent novel of greed, sacrifice, love, and the ties that bind--and the hopeful, impossible task of growing toward the light.

Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay
Author: Jonathan Kellerman,Jesse Kellerman
Publsiher: Ballantine Books
Total Pages: 432
Release: 2021-06-29
ISBN 10: 0525620109
ISBN 13: 9780525620105
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Half Moon Bay Book Review:

Deputy Coroner Clay Edison discovers that buried secrets can be deadly in this riveting thriller from a father-son team of bestselling authors who write "brilliant, page-turning fiction" (Stephen King). An ID Book Club Selection Clay Edison has his hands full. He's got a new baby who won't sleep. He's working the graveyard shift. And he's trying, for once, to mind his own business. Then comes the first call. Workers demolishing a local park have made a haunting discovery: the decades-old skeleton of a child. But whose? And how did it get there? No sooner has Clay begun to investigate than he receives a second call--this one from a local businessman, wondering if the body could belong to his sister. She went missing fifty years ago, the man says. Or at least I think she did. It's a little complicated. And things only get stranger from there. Clay's relentless search for answers will unearth a history of violence and secrets, revolution and betrayal. Because in this town, the past isn't dead. It's very much alive. And it can be murderous.

The Weight of Water

The Weight of Water
Author: Anita Shreve
Publsiher: Little Brown & Company
Total Pages: 246
Release: 1997
ISBN 10: 0316789976
ISBN 13: 9780316789974
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Weight of Water Book Review:

A tale of marital intrigue. The protagonist is a woman photographer sent to investigate an old murder on an island. She takes along her husband, the husband's brother and the brother's girlfriend. Problems arise when the husband develops an interest in the other woman. By the author of Resistance.

And the Bridge Is Love

And the Bridge Is Love
Author: David Biro
Publsiher: Lake Union Publishing
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2021-10-12
ISBN 10: 9781542027229
ISBN 13: 1542027225
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

And the Bridge Is Love Book Review:

Three old friends, two secrets, one love--and a whole new beginning. Every week for twenty years, three friends meet in a leafy enclosure under the Verrazzano Bridge: Gertie, a feisty Norwegian divorcée and former athlete; Maria, a family-obsessed Italian American widow; and Corinna, a book-loving, hash-smoking eccentric. Together they sit and watch the sea as the ships--and the last years of their lives--sail by. On the eve of Gertie's eightieth birthday, they realize that time is running out. Gertie decides she wants to travel the world. Maria secretly plots to reunite Gertie and Corinna with their estranged families. And Corinna falls in love. As the three women strike out in different directions, a series of events unfolds that threatens to destroy the most precious thing of all: their friendship. Heartfelt and humorous, And the Bridge Is Love invites readers to travel alongside these dynamic women on the journey of a lifetime in this inspiring novel about love, family, and forgiveness.

Listening to Pain Finding Words Compassion and Relief

Listening to Pain  Finding Words  Compassion  and Relief
Author: David Biro
Publsiher: W. W. Norton & Company
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2011-06-13
ISBN 10: 0393340252
ISBN 13: 9780393340259
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Listening to Pain Finding Words Compassion and Relief Book Review:

Pain regularly accompanies illness, as Dr. David Biro knows too well. When he was still in medical training, he needed to have a stem-cell transplant for a rare blood disease. He thought he would be able to take notes on the issue of pain for use as a doctor. What he found was such agony that it could not be communicated to even his wife and family, making him feel isolated in his own separate world. Now an accomplished New York doctor, Biro has discovered a way to break through the silent wall of suffering - physical and psychological - and wants to share it with others. In this new book, which is both a practical and philosophical look at how to put the inexpressibility of pain into language, he weaves together compelling stories and artwork from patients along with insights from some of our greatest thinkers, writers, and artists. Biro's groundbreaking work is sure to help patients' families understand what they are going through, enable doctors to appreciate the needs of their patients, and transform our understanding of and ability to communicate pain.

Until the Real Thing Comes Along

Until the Real Thing Comes Along
Author: Elizabeth Berg
Publsiher: Ballantine Books
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2011-01-12
ISBN 10: 0307763420
ISBN 13: 9780307763426
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Until the Real Thing Comes Along Book Review:

What do you do when your life isn't living up to your dreams? When the man you love is unavailable, and yet you long for a family, a home? What is the cost of compromising until the real thing comes along? Reading Elizabeth Berg is like having a friend sit down and talk with you about the deepest truths and most perplexing issues in life, and in this exquisite new novel the bestselling author of Talk Before Sleep and The Pull of the Moon once again gives us superb fiction about a passionate woman who solves life's problems in a way that is far from traditional, but close to the wise dictums of the heart. Patty Ann Murphy says she's "Ms. Runner-Up" in life. Rarely the bridesmaid, never mind the bride, Patty sells houses for a living (well, she's sold one house so far), longs to be married and have a family, but is irresistibly drawn to the wrong man. Ethan seems perfect for Patty--handsome, generous, and sensitive--but he's hopelessly unavailable. Patty's frustration leads her to feelings she doesn't admire--jealousy of her beautiful best friend, Elaine, for instance, about whom she says, "Find me one woman who doesn't withhold just a bit from another woman who looks like that." She's also worried about her mother, with whom she's very close but who is beginning to act strangely. Patty longs more and more for the consolation of loving and being loved, but for the moment feels she must content herself with waiting--until she can wait no more. Andre Dubus said about Elizabeth Berg's Durable Goods, "Elizabeth Berg writes with humor and a big heart about resilience, loneliness, love and hope. And the transcendence that redeems." And the same will be said about Until the Real Thing Comes Along.

Missing in the Tropics

Missing in the Tropics
Author: Valérie Lieko
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 280
Release: 2020-11-12
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: 9798560669737
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Missing in the Tropics Book Review:

A dream vacation turns into a nightmare... Harmony Flynt and Max Rousseau have been happily married for two years, but during a trip to the Caribbean, Max disappears without a trace from St Barts. The local police carry out a fruitless search of the waters surrounding the island. But perhaps it is the enigmatic past of this tightly-knit "perfect" couple that has finally risen to the surface. For as we all know, secrets are like boomerangs -- they always come back to those who try to hide them. A plot with many layers, and suspense without (or hardly...) a drop of blood!

Who We Were Before

Who We Were Before
Author: Leah Mercer
Publsiher: Lake Union Publishing
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2016-10-01
ISBN 10: 9781503938151
ISBN 13: 1503938158
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Who We Were Before Book Review:

Zoe knows that it wasn't really her fault. Of course it wasn't. But if she'd just grasped harder, run faster, lunged quicker, she might have saved him. And Edward doesn't really blame her, though his bitter words at the time still haunt her, and he can no more take them back than she can halt the car that killed their son. Two years on, every day is a tragedy. Edward knows they should take healing steps together, but he's tired of being shut out. For Zoe, it just seems easier to let grief lead the way. A weekend in Paris might be their last hope for reconciliation, but mischance sees them separated before they've even left Gare du Nord. Lost and alone, Edward and Zoe must try to find their way back to each other--and find their way back to the people they were before. But is that even possible?

The Language of Pain

The Language of Pain
Author: David Biro
Publsiher: W W Norton & Company Incorporated
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2010-01
ISBN 10: 9780393070637
ISBN 13: 0393070638
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Language of Pain Book Review:

A doctor who himself suffered through an excruciating bone-marrow transplant aims to transform our understanding of and ability to communicate pain through his deft mixture of compelling personal stories and artwork from patients, along with insights from some of our greatest thinkers, writers and artists.

A Time and a Place

A Time and a Place
Author: Joe Mahoney
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 314
Release: 2020-10
ISBN 10: 9781999431105
ISBN 13: 1999431103
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Time and a Place Book Review:

Barnabus's nephew is behaving oddly. Calling upon Doctor Humphrey for assistance has not been particularly helpful, because the good doctor's diagnosis of demonic possession is clearly preposterous. Even the demon currently ensconced on the front room couch agrees it's preposterous. But then, how else to explain the portal to another world through which his nephew and Humphrey have just now disappeared? Barnabus knows their only chance of rescue is for Barnabus J. Wildebear himself to step up and go through that portal. Thus begins an existential romp across space and time, trampling on Barnabus' assumptions about causality, freewill, identity, good and evil. Can Barnabus save his nephew--and incidentally, all of humanity? "Mahoney's work is great for those who like their speculative fiction thoughtful, eloquent, and messy" -Publisher's Weekly "An intricate plot laced with Mahoney humour and excellent writing makes this a must read for all lovers of good books." Goodreads

Meet Me Under the Ombu Tree

Meet Me Under the Ombu Tree
Author: Santa Montefiore
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 608
Release: 2014-01-02
ISBN 10: 1471132137
ISBN 13: 9781471132131
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Meet Me Under the Ombu Tree Book Review:

An extraordinary tale of love, desire and forgiveness from the number one bestselling author of Songs of love and War. Sofia Solanas grows up on a beautiful ranch in the middle of the Argentine pampa. In a world of old-fashioned values, she carves out a place as a rebellious and passionate young woman. But eventually, her stubborn nature leads her to trouble … When Sofia’s mother Anna discovers that Sofia has embarked on a forbidden love affair, she must act in order to save the family from shame. She sends Sofia to Europe – away from her friends and family and the man Sofia loves. But then, more than twenty years later, a family tragedy calls Sofia home, and she must discover if her passion still lives on …

Perestroika in Paris

Perestroika in Paris
Author: Jane Smiley
Publsiher: Anchor
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2021-11-02
ISBN 10: 052543609X
ISBN 13: 9780525436096
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Perestroika in Paris Book Review:

NATIONAL BEST SELLER * From the Pulitzer Prize-winning and best-selling author: a captivating, brilliantly imaginative story of three extraordinary animals--and a young boy--whose lives intersect in Paris in this "feel-good escape" (The New York Times). Paras, short for "Perestroika," is a spirited racehorse at a racetrack west of Paris. One afternoon at dusk, she finds the door of her stall open and--she's a curious filly--wanders all the way to the City of Light. She's dazzled and often mystified by the sights, sounds, and smells around her, but she isn't afraid. Soon she meets an elegant dog, a German shorthaired pointer named Frida, who knows how to get by without attracting the attention of suspicious Parisians. Paras and Frida coexist for a time in the city's lush green spaces, nourished by Frida's strategic trips to the vegetable market. They keep company with two irrepressible ducks and an opinionated raven. But then Paras meets a human boy, Etienne, and discovers a new, otherworldly part of Paris: the ivy-walled house where the boy and his nearly-one-hundred-year-old great-grandmother live in seclusion. As the cold weather nears, the unlikeliest of friendships bloom. But how long can a runaway horse stay undiscovered in Paris? How long can a boy keep her hidden and all to himself? Jane Smiley's beguiling new novel is itself an adventure that celebrates curiosity, ingenuity, and the desire of all creatures for true love and freedom.

Into the Up

Into the Up
Author: Wren Morrison
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 274
Release: 2020-10-15
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: 9798683548131
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Into the Up Book Review:

Story Synopsis: Maggie was sleeping peacefully when her father woke her up, stuffed her into a rocket and shot her into space. Alone and confused, she sets off on an epic adventure to find a way home and rescue what has been lost. Along the way, Maggie discovers strange creatures, dangerous enemies and finds out more about herself than she ever thought possible. Every new planet brings peril and now she must confront the greatest challenge of her young life to save herself, Earth, and perhaps even the entire universe. About "Into the Up": Created by a ten year old and her dad, "Into the Up" is a remarkable, exciting and deeply moving story extracted directly from the imagination of youth. Written over the course of two years and finished during the pandemic quarantine of 2020, it tells the story of a young girl, separated from her family and suddenly plunged into a magical adventure overflowing with fantastic characters, quirky humor, and very real danger. The Whole Story (from Wren's father): The story of how "Into the Up" became a book is an interesting one. My eight year old bookworm of a daughter started coming home from school with pages of writing. This wasn't entirely unusual, as her mother is a voracious reader and books have always been a big part of her life. But this wasn't just writing. It was a story. So I began typing it out, intending to make something she could share with her own children one day. As time passed, the story continued to gain structure and relate to her everyday life. Bullies became monsters and toys became allies. This led to the most wonderfully odd conversations about story structure, string theory and multidimensional space travel (you know, the normal father-daughter stuff). It was especially fascinating to watch her developing creativity as a tool to express herself. And so it went, for a year or more as the story grew, day by day, page by page. Then the pandemic of 2020 happened. We suddenly found ourselves in quarantine with time on our hands. A father with a background in computer art, a brilliant bookworm of a mother and an incredibly creative kid. Isolated together. Day after day. So we got to work... editing, polishing and creating what became "Into the Up". It was very much a team effort in the end, but most of it remains Wren's creation. We sincerely hope that you like it and find something meaningful within its pages. My hope is that my daughter has learned the importance of applied creativity and the possibility of the difficult. The time we spent creating it will truly be a highlight of my life as the fantastically lucky father of one fantastically creative, remarkable kid.

Tears of Salt A Doctor s Story

Tears of Salt  A Doctor s Story
Author: Pietro Bartolo,Lidia Tilotta
Publsiher: W. W. Norton & Company
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2018-01-09
ISBN 10: 0393651290
ISBN 13: 9780393651294
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Tears of Salt A Doctor s Story Book Review:

“Tears of Salt… reveals the human side of suffering through the life of one man.” —Adele Annesi, Washington Independent Review of Books Situated more than one hundred miles off Italy’s southern coast, the rocky island of Lampedusa has hit world headlines in recent years as the first port of call for hundreds of thousands of African and Middle Eastern refugees fleeing civil war and terrorism and hoping to make a new life in Europe. Dr. Pietro Bartolo, who runs the lone medical clinic on the island, has been caring for many of them—both the living and the dead—for a quarter century. Tears of Salt is Dr. Bartolo’s moving account of his life and work set against one of the signal crises of our time. With quiet dignity and an unshakable moral center, he tells unforgettable tales of pain and hope, stories of those who didn’t make it and those who did.