One of the twentieth century's most extraordinary Americans, Pearl Buck was the first person to make China accessible to the West. She recreated the lives of ordinary Chinese people in The Good Earth, an overnight worldwide bestseller in 1932, later a blockbuster movie. Buck went on to become the first American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. Long before anyone else, she foresaw China's future as a superpower, and she recognized the crucial importance for both countries of China's building a relationship with the United States. As a teenager she had witnessed the first stirrings of Chinese revolution, and as a young woman she narrowly escaped being killed in the deadly struggle between Chinese Nationalists and the newly formed Communist Party. Pearl grew up in an imperial China unchanged for thousands of years. She was the child of American missionaries, but she spoke Chinese before she learned English, and her friends were the children of Chinese farmers. She took it for granted that she was Chinese herself until she was eight years old, when the terrorist uprising known as the Boxer Rebellion forced her family to flee for their lives. It was the first of many desperate flights. Flood, famine, drought, bandits, and war formed the background of Pearl's life in China. 'Asia was the real, the actual world,' she said, 'and my own country became the dreamworld.' Pearl wrote about the realities of the only world she knew in The Good Earth. It was one of the last things she did before being finally forced out of China to settle for the first time in the United States. She was unknown and penniless with a failed marriage behind her, a disabled child to support, no prospects, and no way of telling that The Good Earth would sell tens of millions of copies. It transfixed a whole generation of readers just as Jung Chang's Wild Swans would do more than half a century later. No Westerner had ever written anything like this before, and no Chinese had either. Buck was the forerunner of a wave of Chinese Americans from Maxine Hong Kingston to Amy Tan. Until their books began coming out in the last few decades, her novels were unique in that they spoke for ordinary Asian people&#8212; 'translating my parents to me,' said Hong Kingston, 'and giving me our ancestry and our habitation.' As a phenomenally successful writer and civil-rights campaigner, Buck did more than anyone else in her lifetime to change Western perceptions of China. In a world with its eyes trained on China today, she has much to tell us about what lies behind its astonishing reawakening.
How to Sell More Nonfiction E-books on Kindle is your guide to success within your authoring and self-publishing business. The keys to improving success involve providing you with the right perspective on writing and selling books. Success on the Amazon website is not an overnight process, but with the right tools you should possess the ability of successfully marketing yourself and increasing your book sales. In attaining your goals of selling books and reaching out to your readers the process can be time staking and requires your hard work and research. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Steven G. Carley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/014789/bk_acx0_014789_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Bookish Hero Fenster and heir to a duke Arthur Watterly share a common passion: the Legend of King Arthur. When the pursuit of the original manuscript of Malory's Le Morte d'Artur leads them to be trapped overnight in a bookshop attic, they find themselves unexpectedly married. They might be happy. If only they'd admit their biggest secret: they love each other even more than they love books. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Leah Frederick. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/005683/bk_acx0_005683_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Because 25 Perfect Days wasn't enough, here comes 5 More. 5 More Perfect Days is the companion to 25 Perfect Days, which was named one of IndieReader's Best Indie Books for 2013. Five interlinked stories, each written from a different character's point of view, 5 More Perfect Days continues the dystopian nightmare of 25 Perfect Days, with more tales of the sacrifice, courage, and love needed to survive and overcome this nightmare. A totalitarian state doesn't just happen overnight. It's a slow, dangerous slide. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Anthony Davis. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/049144/bk_acx0_049144_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When the worst writer in history self-publishes his books, the world of literature is decimated overnight. Illiteracy becomes something to aspire to and book burnings become rife. The publishing industry is left hemorrhaging credibility and verges on collapse. But its recovery not a matter of removing said books, or even destroying them, the same must be done to the mind responsible. Thomas may be the worst writer to have ever lived, but if he's not careful, he won't be doing much of that, either. Written with little regard for spelling, punctuation or even words, this is the story of one writer against the entire publishing industry. There's lots of swearing and temper tantrums, as well as a brand new psychiatric illness. There's also an excellent café scene, which although short, is worth mentioning. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Thomas Corfield. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/071469/bk_acx0_071469_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
What Nazi Germany did to the Jews did not happen overnight. Although the historians differ on the origin, some argue that the foundation for it was built by the writings and deeds of perhaps the most influential reformer of the millennium, Martin Luther. This screenplay is a journey through his life to give us historical facts as well as insights into his reformation. Whether or not the events of his lifetime could have influenced the Holocaust is left for the listener to decide. The monologues are verbatim copies from Luther's books, articles, and sermons. Preserving historical accuracy has been the chief goal in formulating conversations missing from recorded history. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joseph Bevilacqua. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/134479/bk_acx0_134479_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
With 150 books to his name and decades of being in the spotlight, Colin Wilson is a legend of the literary world. His books have explored everything from the infamous Moors Murders and Jack the Ripper to Nostradamus, the occult, and life after death. His science-fiction novels have inspired Hollywood films and his circle of friends included such people as Marilyn Monroe, Sir Laurence Olivier, and Roald Dahl. Many have said that this incredibly prolific author, who shot to overnight fame with his book, The Outsider, is the last of the greats. In this unique and exclusive interview, we go inside the home and mind of Colin Wilson to discover what makes him tick and get his insider story on time spent amongst the rich and famous. We hear about his amazing research and conclusions on the peak experience and life after death. This audio program also includes a special interview with the woman behind the man: Colin's wife, Joy. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Colin Wilson, Joy Wilson, Philip Gardiner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/real/000191/rt_real_000191_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Colin Wilson was a popular author and philosopher who wrote well over a hundred books on subjects as diverse as mysticism, crime and serial killers, existentialism, the occult and the paranormal, history, art, and literature. His first book The Outsider (1956), which made him famous overnight, was an examination of the social "outsider" found in the works of Sartre, Camus, Dosteyevsky, William James, T.E. Lawrence, Hesse, Van Gogh, Nijinsky, and others. In both his nonfiction and the many novels that followed this success, he continued to expand and develop a philosophy of the inner powers that human beings possess. This study by Tim Dalgleish of Wilson's New Existentialism uses Sartre and Freud as a lens through which to examine Wilson's ideas. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tim Dalgleish. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/092371/bk_acx0_092371_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Ghost Writer introduces Nathan Zuckerman in the 1950s, a budding writer infatuated with the great books, discovering the contradictory claims of literature and experience while an overnight guest in the secluded New England farmhouse of his idol, E. I. Lonoff. At Lonoff's, Zuckerman meets Amy Bellette, a haunting young woman of indeterminate foreign background who turns out to be a former student of Lonoff's and who may also have been his mistress. Zuckerman, with his active, youthful imagination, wonders if she could be the paradigmatic victim of Nazi persecution. If she were, it might change his life. The first volume in the Zuckerman Bound trilogy and epilogue, The Ghost Writer is about the tensions between literature and life, artistic truthfulness and conventional decency - and about those implacable practitioners who live with the consequences of sacrificing one for the other. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Malcolm Hillgartner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/008734/bk_blak_008734_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.