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The Kite Runner

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ISBN10 : 0307371557

Publisher : Anchor Canada

Number of Pages : 400

Category : Fiction

Viewed : 1685

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Book Summary: The #1 New York Times bestselling debut novel that introduced Khaled Hosseini to millions of readers the world over. Amir and Hassan are childhood friends in the alleys and orchards of Kabul in the sunny days before the invasion of the Soviet army and Afghanistan’s decent into fanaticism. Both motherless, they grow up as close as brothers, but their fates, they know, are to be different. Amir’s father is a wealthy merchant; Hassan’ s father is his manservant. Amir belongs to the ruling caste of Pashtuns, Hassan to the despised Hazaras. This fragile idyll is broken by the mounting ethnic, religious, and political tensions that begin to tear Afghanistan apart. An unspeakable assault on Hassan by a gang of local boys tears the friends apart; Amir has witnessed his friend’s torment, but is too afraid to intercede. Plunged into self-loathing, Amir conspires to have Hassan and his father turned out of the household. When the Soviets invade Afghanistan, Amir and his father flee to San Francisco, leaving Hassan and his father to a pitiless fate. Only years later will Amir have an opportunity to redeem himself by returning to Afghanistan to begin to repay the debt long owed to the man who should have been his brother. Compelling, heartrending, and etched with details of a history never before told in fiction, The Kite Runner is a story of the ways in which we’re damned by our moral failures, and of the extravagant cost of redemption.

The Kites

Author : Romain Gary

ISBN10 : 0811226557

Publisher : New Directions Publishing

Number of Pages : 320

Category : Fiction

Viewed : 439

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Book Summary: Romain Gary’s bittersweet final masterpiece is “epic and empathetic” (BBC) and “one of his best” (The New York Times) The Kites begins with a young boy, Ludo, coming of age on a small farm in Normandy under the care of his eccentric kite-making Uncle Ambrose. Ludo’s life changes the day he meets Lila, a girl from the aristocratic Polish family that owns the estate next door. In a single glance, Ludo falls in love forever; Lila, on the other hand, disappears back into the woods. And so begins Ludo’s adventure of longing, passion, and love for the elusive Lila, who begins to reciprocate his feelings just as Europe descends into World War II. After Germany invades Poland, Lila and her family go missing, and Ludo’s devotion to saving her from the Nazis becomes a journey to save his love, his loved ones, his country, and ultimately himself. Filled with unforgettable characters who fling all they have into the fight to keep their hopes—and themselves—alive, The Kites is Romain Gary’s poetic call for resistance in whatever form it takes. A war hero himself, Gary embraced and fought for humanity in all its nuanced complexities, in the belief that a hero might be anyone who has the courage to love and hope.

Sea Prayer

Author : Khaled Hosseini

ISBN10 : 0735236801

Publisher : Penguin

Number of Pages : 40

Category : Fiction

Viewed : 304

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Book Summary: NEW YORK TIMES bestseller The #1 New York Times-bestselling author of The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns, and And the Mountains Echoed responds to the heartbreak of the current refugee crisis with this deeply moving, beautifully illustrated short work of fiction for people of all ages, all over the world. On a moonlit beach, a father cradles his sleeping son as they wait for dawn to break and a boat to arrive. He speaks to his boy of the long summers of his childhood, recalling his grandfather's house in Syria, the stirring of olive trees in the breeze, the bleating of his grandmother's goat, the clanking of the cooking pots. And he remembers, too, the bustling city of Homs, with its crowded lanes, its mosque and grand souk, in the days before the sky spat bombs and they had to flee. When the sun rises, they and those around them will gather their possessions and embark on a perilous sea journey in search of a new home. Khaled Hosseini will donate author proceeds from this book to UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and to The Khaled Hosseini Foundation to help fund life-saving relief efforts to help refugees around the globe. To learn more about UNHCR, please visit: unhcr.org/Khaled-hosseini To learn more about The Khaled Hosseini Foundation, please visit: khaledhosseinifoundation.org

The Power of the Dog

Author : Thomas Savage,Annie Proulx

ISBN10 : 9780316082709

Publisher : Little, Brown

Number of Pages : 304

Category : Fiction

Viewed : 400

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Book Summary: First published in 1967, Thomas Savage's western novel about two brothers and the competition between them when one marries now includes an afterword by Annie Proulx.

The Wake of Forgiveness

Author : Bruce Machart

ISBN10 : 054750442X

Publisher : HMH

Number of Pages : 320

Category : Fiction

Viewed : 864

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Book Summary: “A mesmerizing, mythic saga” of a Texas family damaged by a dark past, and a son driven by a need for redemption (The New York Times Book Review). On a moonless Texas night in 1895, an ambitious young landowner suffers the loss of his wife—“the only woman he’s ever been fond of”—when she dies giving birth to their fourth son, Karel. The boy is forever haunted by thoughts of the mother he never knew and the bloodshot blame in his father’s eyes, and is permanently marked by the yoke he and his brothers are forced to wear to plow the family fields. But from an early age, Karel proves remarkably talented on horseback, and his father enlists him to ride in horseraces against his neighbors, with acreage as the prize. Now, Karel prepares for a high-stakes race against a powerful Spanish patriarch and his alluring daughters—and hanging in the balance are his father’s fortune, his brothers’ futures, and his own fate—in this “powerful story of familial love, anguish, and hatred” (The Dallas Morning News). “[A] luminous and wrenching tale of four motherless brothers.” —Entertainment Weekly “This intense, fast-paced debut novel is hard to put down. Machart’s hard-hitting style is sure to capture fans of Cormac McCarthy and Jim Harrison.” —Library Journal, starred review “A gripping American drama.” —Tim O’Brien, author of The Things They Carried

Miss Mole

Author : E.H. Young

ISBN10 : 0349014124

Publisher : Virago

Number of Pages : 304

Category : Fiction

Viewed : 1009

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Book Summary: 'Who would suspect her sense of fun and irony, of a passionate love for beauty and the power to drag it from its hidden places? Who would imagine that Miss Mole had pictured herself, at different times, as an explorer in strange lands, as a lady wrapped in luxury and delicate garments?' Miss Hannah Mole has for twenty years earned her living precariously as a governess or companion to a succession of difficult old women.Now, aged forty, a thin and shabby figure, she returns to Radstowe, the lovely city of her youth. Here she is, if not exactly welcomed, at least employed as housekeeper by the pompous Reverend Robert Corder, whose daughters are sorely in need of guidance. But even the dreariest situation can be transformed into an adventure by the indomitable Miss Mole. Blessed with imagination, wit and intelligence, she wins the affection of Ethel and her nervous sister Ruth. But her past holds a secret that, if brought to life, would jeopardise everything.

The Lonely Witness: A Novel

Author : William Boyle

ISBN10 : 1681778157

Publisher : Simon and Schuster

Number of Pages : 272

Category : Fiction

Viewed : 490

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Book Summary: When a young woman with a sordid past witnesses a murder, she finds herself fascinated by the killer and decides to track him down herself. Amy was once a party girl, but she now lives a lonely life, helping the house-bound to receive communion in the Gravesend neighborhood of Brooklyn. She stops in at one of the apartments on her route, where Mrs. Epifanio, the elderly woman who lives there, says she hasn’t seen her usual caretaker, Diane, in a few days. Supposedly, Diane has the flu—or so Diane’s son Vincent said when he first dropped by and vanished into Mrs. E’s bedroom to do no-one-knows-what. Amy’s brief interaction with Vincent in the apartment that day sets off warning bells, so she assures Mrs. E that she’ll find out what’s really going on with both him and his mother. She tails Vincent through Brooklyn, eventually following him and a mysterious man out of a local dive bar. At first, the men are only talking as they walk, but then, almost before Amy can register what has happened, Vincent is dead. For reasons she can’t quite understand, Amy finds herself captivated by both the crime she witnessed and the murderer himself. She doesn’t call the cops to report what she’s seen. Instead, she collects the murder weapon from the sidewalk and soon finds herself on the trail of a killer. Character-driven and evocative, The Lonely Witness brings Brooklyn to life in a way only a native can, and opens readers’ eyes to the harsh realities of crime and punishment on the city streets.

L'homme aux cerfs-volants

Author : Erik Minghini

ISBN10 : 1507152175

Publisher : Babelcube Inc.

Number of Pages : 98

Category : Fiction

Viewed : 1272

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Book Summary: Un livre de croissance intérieure pour alimenter le courage de vivre Isaac est un adolescent très sensible qui se sent souvent différent de ses copains et en marge de la société dans laquelle il vit. Il parvient difficilement à se conformer et a l’impression de ne pas vivre pleinement. Il fera la connaissance de Luis, l’homme aux cerfs‐volants, un loup de mer solitaire, qui vit dans une modeste cabane. Exclu de la société, tous le redoutent et l’évitent en raison de son mode de vie. Pour Isaac, Luis sera un ami, puis un mentor, un modèle à suivre. Grâce aux enseignements de l’homme aux cerfs‐volants, Isaac gagnera peu à peu confiance en lui et puisera, dans le comportement et dans la façon de penser du pêcheur, la sérénité et la force pour affronter ses problèmes quotidiens et vivre en paix.

The After Party

Author : Anton DiSclafani

ISBN10 : 0698161238

Publisher : Penguin

Number of Pages : 384

Category : Fiction

Viewed : 1761

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Book Summary: "A vintage version of 'Gossip Girl' meets bigger hair." —The Skimm "DiSclafani’s story sparkles like the jumbo diamonds her characters wear to one-up each other. Historical fiction lovers will linger over every lush detail." —People From the bestselling author of The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls comes a story of lifelong female friendship – in all its intimate agony and joy – set within a world of wealth, beauty, and expectation. Joan Fortier is the epitome of Texas glamour and the center of the 1950s Houston social scene. Tall, blonde, beautiful, and strong, she dominates the room and the gossip columns. Every man wants her; every woman wants to be her. Devoted to Joan since childhood, Cece Buchanan is either her chaperone or her partner in crime, depending on whom you ask. But when Joan’s radical behavior escalates the summer they are twenty-five, Cece considers it her responsibility to bring her back to the fold, ultimately forcing one provocative choice to appear the only one there is. A thrilling glimpse into the sphere of the rich and beautiful at a memorable moment in history, The After Party unfurls a story of friendship as obsessive, euphoric, consuming, and complicated as any romance.

The Signal

Author : Ron Carlson

ISBN10 : 1101052686

Publisher : Penguin

Number of Pages : 192

Category : Fiction

Viewed : 389

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Book Summary: "The Signal accelerates like an avalanche...If men can't be brought back to fiction by books as fine as this one, it's their own damn fault." -The Washington Post Ron Carlson, author of the critically acclaimed Five Skies, is an award-winning writer beloved by booksellers, reviewers, and readers alike. His most thrilling book to date, The Signal follows the story of Mack and Vonnie, a married couple who, after ten years together, are taking their last hike in the mountains of Wyoming to say goodbye to their relationship and to each other. As the troubled and tragic elements of their past gradually come to light over the course of their journey, Mack keeps a secret: he is tracking a signal, sent via a beacon that has fallen from the sky, that will lead them both into a wood far darker than they have ever imagined.

Hard Rain Falling

Author : Don Carpenter

ISBN10 : 1590173902

Publisher : New York Review of Books

Number of Pages : 336

Category : Fiction

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Book Summary: Don Carpenter’s Hard Rain Falling is a tough-as-nails account of being down and out, but never down for good—a Dostoyevskian tale of crime, punishment, and the pursuit of an ever-elusive redemption. The novel follows the adventures of Jack Levitt, an orphaned teenager living off his wits in the fleabag hotels and seedy pool halls of Portland, Oregon. Jack befriends Billy Lancing, a young black runaway and pool hustler extraordinaire. A heist gone wrong gets Jack sent to reform school, from which he emerges embittered by abuse and solitary confinement. In the meantime Billy has joined the middle class—married, fathered a son, acquired a business and a mistress. But neither Jack nor Billy can escape their troubled pasts, and they will meet again in San Quentin before their strange double drama comes to a violent and revelatory end.

Le cerf-volant

Author : Laetitia Colombani

ISBN10 : 2246828813

Publisher : Grasset

Number of Pages : 208

Category : Fiction

Viewed : 551

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Book Summary: Après le drame qui a fait basculer sa vie, Léna décide de tout quitter. Elle entreprend un voyage en Inde, au bord du Golfe du Bengale, pour tenter de se reconstruire. Hantée par les fantômes du passé, elle ne connait de répit qu'à l'aube, lorsqu'elle descend nager dans l’océan indien. Sur la plage encore déserte, elle aperçoit chaque matin une petite fille, seule, qui joue au cerf-volant. Un jour, emportée par le courant, Léna manque de se noyer. La voyant sombrer, la fillette donne l'alerte. Léna est miraculeusement secourue par la Red Brigade, un groupe d'autodéfense féminine, qui s'entraînait tout près. Léna veut remercier l'enfant. Elle découvre que la petite travaille sans relâche dans le restaurant d’un cousin, qui l'a recueillie et l'exploite. Elle n'a jamais été à l'école et s’est murée dans un mutisme complet. Que cache donc son silence ? Et quelle est son histoire ? ... Aidée de Preeti, la jeune cheffe de brigade au caractère explosif, Léna va tenter de percer son secret. Jadis enseignante, elle se met en tête de lui apprendre à lire et à écrire. Au cœur de ce monde dont elle ignore tout, commence alors une incroyable aventure où se mêlent l’espoir et la colère, la volonté face aux traditions, et le rêve de changer la vie par l’éducation... La rencontre inoubliable et réparatrice entre une femme, une jeune fille et une enfant au milieu d'une Inde tourmentée.

The Case of Lisandra P.

Author : Helene Gremillon

ISBN10 : 0698165039

Publisher : Penguin

Number of Pages : 304

Category : Fiction

Viewed : 1907

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Book Summary: “A cunningly plotted tale that is by turns cerebral, suspenseful—and ultimately shocking.” –Publishers Weekly A gripping psychological thriller for fans of The Girl on the Train and The Silent Wife about a wife’s secrets, a husband accused of murder, and a marriage gone terribly wrong Buenos Aires, 1987. When a beautiful young woman named Lisandra is found dead at the foot of a six-story building, her husband, a psychoanalyst, is immediately arrested for her murder. Convinced of Vittorio’s innocence, one of his patients, Eva Maria, is drawn into the investigation seemingly by chance. As she combs through secret recordings of Vittorio’s therapy sessions in search of the killer—could it be the powerful government figure? the jealous woman? the musician who’s lost his reason to live?—Eva Maria must confront her most painful memories, and some of the darkest moments in Argentinian history. In breathless prose that captures the desperate spinning of a frantic mind, Hélène Grémillon blurs the lines of past and present, personal and political, reality and paranoia in this daring and compulsively readable novel.

Billie

Author : Anna Gavalda

ISBN10 : 1609452593

Publisher : Europa Editions

Number of Pages : 192

Category : Fiction

Viewed : 653

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Book Summary: Two Parisians recount the story of their friendship while trapped in the Cévennes Mountains in this #1 international bestselling novel. When we meet Billie, she is trapped in a gorge in the Cévennes National Park of France. There with her, injured and delirious with pain, is her best friend Franck. The two have relied on each other since they met years ago in Paris. As darkness encroaches, Billie recounts stories from their lives to stave off panic. Alternating between recollections of their childhoods and their dire present predicament, what unfolds is a moving tale of friendship and resilience. A bright kid, Franck’s future was menaced at every turn by his judgmental father and the bigotry surrounding him. As for Billie, she was willing to do anything and everything to escape from her abusive and alcohol-addled family. From the moment they met, Billie and Franck watched out for each other. Soon they became each other’s chosen family through the best and worst moments of growing up in the City of Light. Translated into more than twenty-five languages, Billie is a beautifully crafted novel that conveys a positive message about overcoming life’s trials.

Journal d'un amoureux des mots

Author : Jean Pruvost

ISBN10 : 2035901162

Publisher : Larousse

Number of Pages : 256

Category : Reference

Viewed : 1273

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Book Summary: Sous la forme d'un almanach, 230 promenades linguistiques écrites par un amoureux des mots reviennent sur l’étymologie d'un mot, et narrent avec fraîcheur l’évolution de son sens et de son utilisation. Un livre où se mêlent érudition, culture populaire et plaisir de la découverte, à feuilleter et à parcourir au gré de sa curiosité.

Les voleurs de voeux, Tome 02

Author : Jacqueline West,Sébastien Pelon,Leslie Damant-Jeandel

ISBN10 : 2408022606

Publisher : Editions Milan

Number of Pages : 352

Category : Juvenile Fiction

Viewed : 1999

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Book Summary: MON SEUL SOUHAIT : QUE TU SOIS LÀ Depuis que Bricole a disparu, Van refuse de faire le moindre voeu. Il se méfie des bougies d'anniversaire, se tient éloigné des fontaines et ne dit plus rien quand quelqu'un éternue ! Pourtant, il n'a qu'un seul "souhait" : retrouver son amie ! Pourra-t-il compter sur les mystérieux Collectionneurs ? Ou bien sur Lemmy, son gigantesque gobe-voeux ? Ce que Van ignore, c'est qu'une tempête d'étoiles filantes se profile à l'horizon et qu'elle n'a rien d'un hasard. Pour y faire face, il aura besoin de Bricole et de tous les alliés possibles...

Dictionnaire minangkabau

Author : Gérard Moussay

ISBN10 : 229630057X

Publisher : Editions L\'Harmattan

Number of Pages : 1328

Category : Reference

Viewed : 1608

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Book Summary: La langue présentée dans ce dictionnaire est la langue parlée par l'une des nombreuses ethnies d'Indonésie, les Minangkabau. Cette ethnie réside dans la province actuelle de Sumatera Barat, sur la côte ouest de Sumatra, mais l'aire de parler minangkabau déborde largement sur les provinces voisines de Riau, Jambi et Bengkulu. Beaucoup de locuteurs minangkabau résident aussi dans les grandes villes d'Indonésie et de Malaisie : qu'ils soient émigrés anciens ou récents, ils pratiquent encore la langue de leurs ancêtres. L'ethnie minangkabau compte environ 7 millions d'individus, dont la moitié vit en diaspora. Le minangkabau est classé dans le sous-groupe nousantarien qui constitue avec les langues polynésiennes et mélanésiennes le grand ensemble austronésien. Dans l'aire nousantarienne proprement dite, le minangkabau apparaît comme une langue malaise archaïque, à laquelle l'indonésien et le malais contemporains se réfèrent volontiers et où ils puisent une abondante terminologie. Il n'existait jusqu'à ce jour que deux dictionnaires de la langue minangkabau : celui de J.L. van der Toorn, Minangkabausch-Maleish Nederlandsch Woordenbock ('s Gravenhage, 1891), et celui de Thaib St. Pamoentjak, Kamus Bahasa Minangkabau Bahasa Melajoe Riau (Batavia, 1935). Le nouveau Dictionnaire Minangkabau-Indonésien-Français n'est pas une compilation des dictionnaires précédents. Dans cet ouvrage, l'auteur a voulu présenter la langue minangkabau telle qu'on la parle aujourd'hui. A cette fin, tous les textes en minangkabau parus dans les journaux locaux entre 1965 et 1990 ont été dépouillés de façon systématique. De nombreuses références sont faites aussi à la littérature : proverbes, pantuns, discours traditionnels et contes populaires (kaba).

Philibert Duféal

Author : Juliette Sméralda

ISBN10 : 2296507611

Publisher : Editions L\'Harmattan

Number of Pages : 388

Category : Political Science

Viewed : 502

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Book Summary: La période couverte par l'histoire de vie de Philibert Duféal est d'importance pour qui veut comprendre les mentalités martiniquaises. C'est bien la dramatique situation sociale des Antilles qui a poussé les communistes - qui ont occupé le devant de la scène politique pendant près d'un demi-siècle - à rechercher dans le surréalisme et le communisme les instruments critiques qui leur faisait défaut.