The Book Smugglers of Timbuktu: The Quest for this Storied City and the Race to Save Its Treasures: Charlie English
Set in Samrat Upadhyay´s signature and timeless Nepal, The City Son offers a vivid portrait of a scorned woman´s lifelong obsession with revenge and the devastating ramifications for an impressionable young man. Acclaimed and award-winning author Samrat Upadhyay-the first Nepali-born novelist writing in English to be published in the West-has crafted a spare, understated work examining a taboo subject: a wife´s obsession with her husband´s illegitimate son. When Didi discovers that her husband, the Masterji, has been hiding his beautiful lover and their young son, Tarun, in a nearby city, she takes the Masterji back into her grasp and expels his second family. Tarun´s mother, heartsick and devastated, slowly begins to lose her mind, and Tarun turns to Didi for the mothering he longs for. But as Tarun gets older, Didi´s domination of the boy turns from the emotional to the physical, and the damages she inflicts spiral outward, threatening to destroy Tarun´s one chance at true happiness. Potent, disturbing, and gorgeously stark in its execution, The City Son is a novel not soon forgotten. From the Hardcover edition.
A SUNDAY TIMES TOP TEN BESTSELLER Selected as a summer read by the Independent , Grazia , Vogue , Cosmopolitan and ES Magazine ´Glamorous, sexy, compelling ... Ad dictive ... Radical and refreshing to read´ DOLLY ALDERTON, SUNDAY TIMES ´A masterpiece´ Evening Standard It is the summer of 1940. Nineteen-year-old Vivian Morris arrives in New York with her suitcase and sewing machine, exiled by her despairing parents. Although her quicksilver talents with a needle and commitment to mastering the perfect hair roll have been deemed insufficient for her to pass into her sophomore year of Vassar, she soon finds gainful employment as the self-appointed seamstress at the Lily Playhouse, her unconventional Aunt Peg´s charmingly disreputable Manhattan revue theatre. There, Vivian quickly becomes the toast of the showgirls, transforming the trash and tinsel only fit for the cheap seats into creations for goddesses. Exile in New York is no exile at all: here in this strange wartime city of girls, Vivian and her girlfriends mean to drink the heady highball of life itself to the last drop. And when the legendary English actress Edna Watson comes to the Lily to star in the company´s most ambitious show ever, Vivian is entranced by the magic that follows in her wake. But there are hard lessons to be learned, and bitterly regrettable mistakes to be made. Vivian learns that to live the life she wants, she must live many lives, ceaselessly and ingeniously making them new. ´At some point in a woman´s life, she just gets tired of being ashamed all the time. After that, she is free to become whoever she truly is,´ she confides. And so Vivian sets forth her story, and that of the women around her - women who have lived as they truly are, out of step with a century that could never quite keep up with them.
Original and terrifying fiction presented by Jason Blum, the award-winning producer behind the groundbreaking Paranormal Activity, The Purge, Insidious, and Sinister franchises. Jason Blum invited 16 cutting-edge collaborators, filmmakers, and writers to envision a city of their choosing and let their demons run wild. The Blumhouse Book of Nightmares: The Haunted City brings together all-new, boundary-breaking stories from such artists as Ethan Hawke (Boyhood), Eli Roth (Hostel), Scott Derrickson (Sinister), C. Robert Cargill (Sinister), James DeMonaco (The Purge), and many others. ´´Geist´´ by Les Bohem... ´´Procedure´´ by James DeMonaco...´´ Hellhole´´ by Christopher Denham... ´´A Clean White Room´´ by Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill... ´´Novel Fifteen´´ by Steve Faber... ´´Eyes´´ by George Gallo... ´´1987´´ by Ethan Hawke...´´ Donations´´ by William Joselyn... ´´The Old Jail´´ by Sarah Langan... ´´The Darkish Man´´ by Nissar Modi... ´´Meat Maker´´ by Mark Neveldine... ´´Dreamland´´ by Michael Olson...´´ Valdivia´´ by Eli Roth... ´´Golden Hour´´ by Jeremy Slater... ´´The Leap´´ by Dana Stevens... ´´The Words´´ by Scott Stewart... ´´Gentholme´´ by Simon Kurt Unsworth 1. Language: English. Narrator: full cast. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/004233/bk_rand_004233_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Big City is the third audiobook of the Until the Night series and is set in November 1943. The Until the Night series is about Bomber Command in the winter of 1943 to ´44 and follows the experience of Adam Chantrey, a 25-year-old veteran of the Bombing War sent to Ansham Wolds in Lincolnshire to rebuild a shattered Lancaster squadron. Exhausted and tormented by his own demons, he discovers, amidst the chaos of war and loss, love and an unlikely inner peace up on the high wold of Lincolnshire while all around him the world is enveloped in madness. It was in November 1943 that Bomber Command commenced a campaign to level Berlin from end to end; at stake was the tantalizing prospect of knocking Germany out of the war by the spring of 1944. The fabled ´´main aim´´ of the bomber war briefly beckoned, and like a siren´s call, it began to lure the Main Force to its doom. But all that was in an unknown and an unknowable future; in the beginning hope died hard. For Adam Chantrey, this is just the latest battle, and he is not alone in having to come to terms with the new realities of a cruel world. Please be aware - this audiobook is also available in an omnibus edition titled Until the Night, a revised second edition of a previously published title of the same name. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Andrew Calverley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/117154/bk_acx0_117154_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A fiercely ambitious TV talk show host finds she must choose between national stardom in New York and a husband and child in San Francisco. Caught in the middle is their longtime friend, a gay man whose own future is even more uncertain. Wistful and compassionate, yet subversively funny, Sure of You could only come from Armistead Maupin. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Eric McCormack. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/003336/bk_harp_003336_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When an ordinary househusband and his ambitious wife decide to start a family, they discover there´s more to making a baby then meets the eye. Help arrives in the form of a grieving gay neighbor, a visiting monarch, and the dashing young lieutenant who defects from her yacht. Bittersweet and profoundly affecting, Babycakes was the first work of fiction to acknowledge the arrival of AIDS. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Alan Cumming. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/003325/bk_harp_003325_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
For more than three decades Armistead Maupin´s Tales of the City has blazed its own trail through popular culture...from a groundbreaking newspaper serial, to a classic novel, to a television event that entranced millions around the world. The first of six novels about the denizens of the mythic apartment house at 28 Barbary Lane, Tales of the City is both a sparkling comedy of manners and an indelible portrait of an era that changed forever the way we live. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Frances McDormand. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/003337/bk_harp_003337_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The calamity-prone residents of 28 Barbary Lane are at it again in this deliciously dark novel of romance and betrayal. While Anna Madrigal imprisons an anchorwoman in her basement, Michael Tolliver looks for love at the National Gay Rodeo, DeDe Halcyon Day and Mary Ann Singleton track a charismatic psychopath across Alaska, and society columnist Prue Giroux loses her heart to a derelict living in San Francisco park. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Frances McDormand. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/003327/bk_harp_003327_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.