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.

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.

We are All Made of Stars

We are All Made of Stars
Author: Rowan Coleman
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2016
ISBN 10: 0553394142
ISBN 13: 9780553394146
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

We are All Made of Stars Book Review:

"From the author of The Day We Met ("As with Me Before You, by Jojo Moyes, I couldn't put this book down."--Katie Fforde) comes a beautiful, life-affirming novel that sparkles with love and wonder. We Are All Made of Stars is an unforgettable story about second chances, the power of words, and the resilience of the heart"--

We Are All Welcome Here

We Are All Welcome Here
Author: Elizabeth Berg
Publsiher: Ballantine Books
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2007-04-17
ISBN 10: 0345500067
ISBN 13: 9780345500069
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

We Are All Welcome Here Book Review:

Elizabeth Berg, bestselling author of The Art of Mending and The Year of Pleasures, has a rare talent for revealing her characters’ hearts and minds in a manner that makes us empathize completely. We Are All Welcome Here features three women, each struggling against overwhelming odds for her own kind of freedom. It is the summer of 1964. In Tupelo, Mississippi, the town of Elvis’s birth, tensions are mounting over civil-rights demonstrations occurring ever more frequently–and violently–across the state. But in Paige Dunn’s small, ramshackle house, there are more immediate concerns. Challenged by the effects of the polio she contracted during her last month of pregnancy, Paige is nonetheless determined to live as normal a life as possible and to raise her daughter, Diana, in the way she sees fit–with the support of her tough-talking black caregiver, Peacie. Diana is trying in her own fashion to live a normal life. As a fourteen-year-old, she wants to make money for clothes and magazines, to slough off the authority of her mother and Peacie, to figure out the puzzle that is boys, and to escape the oppressiveness she sees everywhere in her small town. What she can never escape, however, is the way her life is markedly different from others’. Nor can she escape her ongoing responsibility to assist in caring for her mother. Paige Dunn is attractive, charming, intelligent, and lively, but her needs are great–and relentless. As the summer unfolds, hate and adversity will visit this modest home. Despite the difficulties thrust upon them, each of the women will find her own path to independence, understanding, and peace. And Diana’ s mother, so mightily compromised, will end up giving her daughter an extraordinary gift few parents could match.

Where the Desert Meets the Sea

Where the Desert Meets the Sea
Author: Werner Sonne
Publsiher: AmazonCrossing
Total Pages: 329
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.

Untamed

Untamed
Author: Will Harlan
Publsiher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2014-05-06
ISBN 10: 0802192629
ISBN 13: 9780802192622
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Untamed Book Review:

An inspiring, thought-provoking, and adventurous biography of one woman’s fearless crusade to save an island from greed and environmental disaster. In a “moving homage and an adventure story that artfully articulates the ferocities of nature and humanity,” Harlan captures the larger-than-life story of Carol Ruckdeschel, the wildest woman in America (Kirkus Reviews). She wrestles alligators, eats roadkill, rides horses bareback, and lives in a ramshackle cabin that she built by hand in an island wilderness. A combination of Henry David Thoreau and Jane Goodall, Carol is a self-taught scientist who has become a tireless defender of sea turtles on Cumberland Island, a national park off the coast of Georgia. Cumberland, the country’s largest and most biologically diverse barrier island, is celebrated for its windswept dunes and feral horses. Steel magnate Thomas Carnegie once owned much of the island, and in recent years, Carnegie heirs and the National Park Service have clashed with Carol over the island’s future. What happens when a dirt-poor naturalist with only a high school diploma becomes an outspoken advocate on a celebrated but divisive island? Untamed is the story of an American original standing her ground and fighting for what she believes in, no matter the cost, “an environmental classic that belongs on the shelf alongside Carson, Leopold, Muir, and Thoreau” (Thomas Rain Crowe). “Vivid. . . . Ms. Ruckdeschel’s biography, and the way this wandering soul came to settle for so many decades on Cumberland Island, is big enough on its own, but Mr. Harlan hints at bigger questions.”—Wall Street Journal “Wild country produces wild people, who sometimes are just what’s needed to keep that wild cycle going. This is a memorable portrait.” —Bill McKibben “Deliciously engrossing. . . . Readers are in for a wild ride.” —Citizen-Times

Bettyville

Bettyville
Author: George Hodgman
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2015-03-10
ISBN 10: 0698158458
ISBN 13: 9780698158450
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Bettyville Book Review:

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD “A beautifully crafted memoir, rich with humor and wisdom.” —Will Schwalbe, author of The End of Your Life Book Club “The idea of a cultured gay man leaving New York City to care for his aging mother in Paris, Missouri, is already funny, and George Hodgman reaps that humor with great charm. But then he plunges deep, examining the warm yet fraught relationship between mother and son with profound insight and understanding.” —Alison Bechdel, author of Fun Home When George Hodgman leaves Manhattan for his hometown of Paris, Missouri, he finds himself—an unlikely caretaker and near-lethal cook—in a head-on collision with his aging mother, Betty, a woman of wit and will. Will George lure her into assisted living? When hell freezes over. He can’t bring himself to force her from the home both treasure—the place where his father’s voice lingers, the scene of shared jokes, skirmishes, and, behind the dusty antiques, a rarely acknowledged conflict: Betty, who speaks her mind but cannot quite reveal her heart, has never really accepted the fact that her son is gay. As these two unforgettable characters try to bring their different worlds together, Hodgman reveals the challenges of Betty’s life and his own struggle for self-respect, moving readers from their small town—crumbling but still colorful—to the star-studded corridors of Vanity Fair. Evocative of The End of Your Life Book Club and The Tender Bar, Hodgman’s New York Times bestselling debut is both an indelible portrait of a family and an exquisitely told tale of a prodigal son’s return.

The View from Penthouse B

The View from Penthouse B
Author: Elinor Lipman
Publsiher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2013-04-16
ISBN 10: 0547840624
ISBN 13: 9780547840628
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The View from Penthouse B Book Review:

Two sisters recover from widowhood, divorce, and Bernie Madoff as unexpected roommates in a Manhattan apartment Unexpectedly widowed Gwen-Laura Schmidt is still mourning her husband, Edwin, when her older sister Margot invites her to join forces as roommates in Margot’s luxurious Village apartment. For Margot, divorced amid scandal (hint: her husband was a fertility doctor) and then made Ponzi-poor, it’s a chance to shake Gwen out of her grief and help make ends meet. To further this effort she enlists a third boarder, the handsome, cupcake-baking Anthony. As the three swap money-making schemes and timid Gwen ventures back out into the dating world, the arrival of Margot’s paroled ex in the efficiency apartment downstairs creates not just complications but the chance for all sorts of unexpected forgiveness. A sister story about love, loneliness, and new life in middle age, this is a cracklingly witty, deeply sweet novel from one of our finest comic writers. “Her worldview? Her enthusiasm, her effortless wit? Just a few of the reasons we love Elinor Lipman.”–Boston Globe

The Waiting Room

The Waiting Room
Author: Laura Markovitch
Publsiher: CreateSpace
Total Pages: 264
Release: 2015-03-13
ISBN 10: 9781508720485
ISBN 13: 1508720487
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Waiting Room Book Review:

The Waiting Room is an adult-YA crossover about a woman coming of age in high school, college, and young adulthood, then coming of age again at thirty, when hitting rock bottom prompts her to revisit the choices that shaped her life.Taylor Collier has never faced her past-the distant past or the recent past. As a result, she's spiraled into a life fueled by alcohol and drugs. After her worried mother and best friend confront her, Taylor is given a choice-rehab or therapy. And so, intent on only a single session with Dr. Modos Marks, she enters his waiting room, planning to get in and get out. After all, she has successfully kept her most terrifying secret for fifteen years, so getting through one session with a shrink should be a piece of cake. But she's not prepared for what the doctor has in store for her. Session after session, he peels away the layers of her life, revealing that all is not as it seems-and unraveling a series of surprises that will leave both Taylor and the reader breathless.

Arms from the Sea

Arms from the Sea
Author: Rich Shapero
Publsiher: Rich Shapero
Total Pages: 195
Release: 2016-04-01
ISBN 10: 0971880174
ISBN 13: 9780971880177
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Arms from the Sea Book Review:

Escape with a disaffected young sculptor from a desert dystopia to “heaven,” a blue ocean realm ruled by a perverse, tentacled god with a mysterious purpose. Your trust may be outraged, but dive deeper and you’ll uncover clues to the creative sea change in our ideals that could redeem a desolate world.

Mathew s Tale

Mathew s Tale
Author: Quintin Jardine
Publsiher: Hachette UK
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 bygone age with 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'

Jewel Sea

Jewel Sea
Author: Kim Kelly
Publsiher: Pantera Press
Total Pages: 200
Release: 2016-09-17
ISBN 10: 1925700178
ISBN 13: 9781925700176
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Jewel Sea Book Review:

The whole of the harbour was touched with gold – the tops of the quiet waves, warehouse roofs, the bulging folds of sails at rest, the tips of seagull wings – giving him one sweeping glimpse of beauty just as he was leaving, a vision of things as they ought always to be just as they were not... March, 1912. A sultry Indian summer hangs over the west coast of Australia and aboard the luxury steamship SS Koombana, three tales entwine. Irene Everley longs to leave her first-class fishbowl existence, secretly penning a gossip column as her life spirals out of control into soulless liaisons and alcohol, the long shadow of a tragedy clouding her view. James Sinclair, an investor on his way to Broome is not the man he says he is but can he be trusted? Abraham Davis, a wealthy dealer whose scandalous divorce is being dragged through the press, prepares to take the gamble of his life: to purchase an infamous, stolen pearl along the journey north. Perfectly round, perfectly pink, this pearl comes with a curse and with a warning – destroying all who keep it from returning to the sea.

A Splendid Ruin

A Splendid Ruin
Author: Megan Chance
Publsiher: Lake Union Publishing
Total Pages: 347
Release: 2021
ISBN 10: 9781542022392
ISBN 13: 1542022398
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Splendid Ruin Book Review:

A spellbinding novel of dark family secrets and a young woman's rise and revenge set against the backdrop of the devastating 1906 San Francisco earthquake. The eve of destruction. After her mother's death, penniless May Kimble lives a lonely life until an aunt she didn't know existed summons her to San Francisco. There she's welcomed into the wealthy Sullivan family and their social circle. Initially overwhelmed by the opulence of her new life, May soon senses that dark mysteries lurk in the shadows of the Sullivan mansion. Her glamorous cousin often disappears in the night. Her aunt wanders about in a laudanum fog. And a maid keeps hinting that May is in danger. Trapped by betrayal, madness, and murder, May stands to lose everything, including her freedom, at the hands of those she trusts most. Then, on an early April morning, San Francisco comes tumbling down. Out of the smoldering ruins, May embarks on a harrowing road to reclaim what is hers. This tragic twist of fate, along with the help of an intrepid and charismatic journalist, puts vengeance within May's reach. But will she take it?

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

Perfectly Impossible

Perfectly Impossible
Author: Elizabeth Topp
Publsiher: Little A
Total Pages: 314
Release: 2020-11
ISBN 10: 9781542018678
ISBN 13: 1542018676
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Perfectly Impossible Book Review:

In this witty debut novel, Elizabeth Topp crafts a story that ventures behind the fanciful facade of Park Avenue and into the life of one lovable type A assistant. Anna's job is simple: prevent the unexpected from happening and do everything better than perfectly. An artist at heart, Anna works a day job as a private assistant for Bambi Von Bizmark, a megarich Upper East Side matriarch who's about to be honored at the illustrious Opera Ball. Caught between the staid world of great wealth and her unconventional life as an artist, Anna struggles with her true calling. If she's supposed to be a painter, why is she so much more successful as a personal assistant? When her boyfriend lands a fancy new job, it throws their future as a couple into doubt and intensifies Anna's identity crisis. All she has to do is ensure everything runs smoothly and hold herself together until the Opera Ball is over. How hard could that be? Featuring a vibrant array of characters from the powerful to the proletarian, Perfectly Impossible offers a glimpse into a world you'll never want to leave.

Find Layla

Find Layla
Author: Meg Elison
Publsiher: Skyscape
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2020-09
ISBN 10: 9781542019781
ISBN 13: 1542019788
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Find Layla Book Review:

A neglected girl's chaotic coming-of-age becomes a trending new hashtag in a novel about growing up and getting away by an award-winning author. Underprivileged and keenly self-aware, SoCal fourteen-year-old Layla Bailey isn't used to being noticed. Except by mean girls who tweet about her ragged appearance. All she wants to do is indulge in her love of science, protect her vulnerable younger brother, and steer clear of her unstable mother. Then a school competition calls for a biome. Layla chooses her own home, a hostile ecosystem of indoor fungi and secret shame. With a borrowed video camera, she captures it all. The mushrooms growing in her brother's dresser. The black mold blooming up the apartment walls. The unmentionable things living in the dead fridge. All the inevitable exotic toxins that are Layla's life. Then the video goes viral. When Child Protective Services comes to call, Layla loses her family and her home. Defiant, she must face her bullies and friends alike, on her own. Unafraid at last of being seen, Layla accepts the mortifying reality of visibility. Now she has to figure out how to stay whole and stand behind the truth she has shown the world.

Millicent Glenn s Last Wish

Millicent Glenn s Last Wish
Author: Tori Whitaker
Publsiher: Lake Union Publishing
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2020-10
ISBN 10: 9781542023313
ISBN 13: 1542023319
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Millicent Glenn s Last Wish Book Review:

Three generations of women--and the love, loss, sacrifice, and secrets that can bind them forever or tear them apart. Millicent Glenn is self-sufficient and contentedly alone in the Cincinnati suburbs. As she nears her ninety-first birthday, her daughter Jane, with whom she's weathered a shaky relationship, suddenly moves back home. Then Millie's granddaughter shares the thrilling surprise that she's pregnant. But for Millie, the news stirs heartbreaking memories of a past she's kept hidden for too long. Maybe it's time she shared something, too. Millie's last wish? For Jane to forgive her. Sixty years ago Millie was living a dream. She had a husband she adored, a job of her own, a precious baby girl, and another child on the way. They were the perfect family. All it took was one irreversible moment to shatter everything, reshaping Millie's life and the lives of generations to come. As Millie's old wounds are exposed, so are the secrets she's kept for so long. Finally revealing them to her daughter might be the greatest risk a mother could take in the name of love.

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
Author: Jules Verne
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 349
Release: 1887
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: HARVARD:HN1INV
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea Book Review:

Life of Pi Illustrated

Life of Pi  Illustrated
Author: Yann Martel
Publsiher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2007-02-01
ISBN 10: 9780156035811
ISBN 13: 0156035812
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Life of Pi Illustrated Book Review:

“Will the tiger be menacing; will the ocean be threatening; will the island be something out of Frankenstein or will it be an Eden?”—Yann Martel Life of Pi, first published in 2002, became an international bestseller and remains one of the most extraordinary and popular works of contemporary fiction. In 2005 an international competition was held to find the perfect artist to illustrate Yann Martel’s Man Booker Prize–winning novel. From thousands of entrants, Croatian artist Tomislav Torjanac was chosen. This lavishly produced edition features forty of Torjanac’s beautiful four-color illustrations, bringing Life of Pi to splendid, eye-popping life. Tomislav Torjanac says of his illustrations: “My vision of the illustrated edition of Life of Pi is based on paintings from a first person’s perspective—Pi’s perspective. The interpretation of what Pi sees is intermeshed with what he feels and it is shown through [the] use of colors, perspective, symbols, hand gestures, etc.”