Download E-books Prospect Park West: A Novel PDF

By Amy Sohn

In Amy Sohn’s clever, attractive, satirical peek into the bedrooms and hearts of Prospect Park West, the lives of for ladies come jointly in the course of one lengthy, sizzling Brooklyn summer time. pissed off Oscar-winning actress Melora Leigh wanting to relieve the pressures of elevating her followed infant, feels the seductive pull of kleptomania; Rebecca Rose, lacking her previously powerful intercourse lifestyles, starts off a deadly flirtation with good-looking local famous person Lizzi O’Donnell, former lesbian (or "hasbian"), wonders what attracts her to girls regardless of her attractive husband and lovable child; and Karen Bryan Shapiro consumes herself with a strong obsession—snagging the final word three-bedroom house in a well-maintained, P.S. 321–zoned co-op construction. because the women’s paths intertwined (an occasionally collide), every one needs to fight to maintain her guy, her sanity . . and her playdates.

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By Tim Sandlin

"What propels Western Swing is a cheerfully retro conviction that during spite of earlier blunders, misplaced hopes, and emotional soreness, those humans belong together." -New York instances publication Review

Lana Sue has had too many husbands and too little good fortune as a country-western singer. Loren Paul's a semi-successful author almost immediately sitting on most sensible of a western Wyoming mountain expecting Cosmic answers.

Together or aside, Loren Paul and Lana Sue are smooth people heroes in this deliciously ribald saga of the hot Wild West-a lively story of affection and loss, of nation track and coming home.

"The humor of Western Swing is the main to Tim Sandlin's memorable characters...a fabulous and pleasing experience." -Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"Sandlin's is a booklet approximately operating into the sunlight and protecting on, with humor, ardour, and religion, irrespective of the way you burn or mess up." -Los Angeles occasions e-book Review

"Tim Sandlin writes approximately loopy humans. now not frightening crazies, however the form of attention-grabbing, humorous eccentrics with whom the reader wish to spend a night consuming beer...Western Swing is humorous, clever and a effervescent pleasure to read." -Kansas urban Star

"Ongoing lifestyles is what this publication is all about...Sandlin's voice is a wry mixture of cynicism and innocence. upload to good built experience of the weird, and you've got a e-book that is enjoyable to learn, brimming with high-spirited zaniness."-St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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Download E-books Gilles Deleuze (Routledge Critical Thinkers) PDF

By Claire Colebrook

Why imagine? now not, based on Gilles Deleuze, as a way to be shrewdpermanent, yet simply because pondering transforms existence. Why learn literature? now not for natural leisure, Deleuze tells us, yet simply because literature can recreate the limits of lifestyles. together with his emphasis on production, the longer term and the enhancement of lifestyles, with his campaign opposed to 'common sense', Deleuze deals essentially the most releasing, exhilarating rules in twentieth-century suggestion. This publication deals a fashion in to Deleuzean suggestion via such subject matters as:
* 'becoming'
* time and the stream of life
* the ethics of thinking
* 'major' and 'minor' literature
* distinction and repetition
* hope, the picture and ideology.
Written with literature scholars in brain, this is often the proper advisor for college students wishing to imagine another way approximately existence and literature and during this method to create their very own new readings of literary texts.

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Download E-books King, Queen, Knave PDF

By Vladimir Nabokov, Dmitri Nabokov

The radical is the tale of Dreyer, a prosperous and boisterous owner of a men's garments emporium store.  Ruddy, self-satisfied, and carefully masculine, he's completely repugnant to his beautiful yet chilly middle-class spouse Martha.  Attracted to his cash yet repelled by means of his oblivious ardour, she longs for his or her nephew as an alternative, the myopic Franz. Newly arrived in Berlin, Franz quickly repays his uncle's condescension in his aunt's mattress.

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Download E-books Memoirs of a Geisha: A Novel PDF

By Arthur Golden

A literary sensation and runaway bestseller, this outstanding debut novel tells with seamless authenticity and beautiful lyricism the real confessions of 1 of Japan's such a lot celebrated geisha.

Speaking to us with the knowledge of age and in a voice right away haunting and startlingly speedy, Nitta Sayuri tells the tale of her existence as a geisha. It starts in a bad fishing village in 1929, while, as a nine-year-old lady with strange blue-gray eyes, she is taken from her domestic and offered into slavery to a well known geisha apartment. We witness her transformation as she learns the rigorous arts of the geisha: dance and track; donning kimono, complicated make-up, and hair; pouring sake to bare only a contact of internal wrist; competing with a jealous rival for men's solicitude and the money that is going with it.

In Memoirs of a Geisha, we input a global the place appearances are paramount; the place a girl's virginity is auctioned to the top bidder; the place girls are expert to beguile the main robust males; and the place love is scorned as phantasm. it's a designated and successful paintings of fiction—at as soon as romantic, erotic, suspenseful—and thoroughly unforgettable.

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By China Miéville

With this outrageous new novel, China Miéville has written one of many strangest, funniest, and flat-out scariest books you are going to learn this—or any other—year. The London that involves existence in Kraken is a unusual city awash in mystery currents of fable and magic, the place criminals, police, cultists, and wizards are locked in a conflict to carry about—or prevent—the finish of All Things.

In the Darwin Centre at London’s traditional background Museum, Billy Harrow, a cephalopod professional, is engaging in a travel whose climax is intended to be the Centre’s prize specimen of an extraordinary Architeuthis duxbetter referred to as the large Squid. yet Billy’s journey takes an unforeseen flip whilst the squid without notice and impossibly vanishes into skinny air.

As Billy quickly discovers, this is often the precipitating act in a fight to the dying among mysterious yet strong forces in a London whose lifestyles he has been blissfully unaware of previously, a urban whose denizens—human and otherwise—are adept in magic and murder.

There is the Congregation of God Kraken, a sect of squid worshippers whose roots return to the sunrise of humanity—and past. there's the legal mastermind often called the Tattoo, a cruel maniac inked onto the flesh of a hapless sufferer. there's the FSRC—the Fundamentalist and Sect-Related Crime Unit—a department of London’s best that fights sorcery

with sorcery. there's Wati, a spirit from old Egypt who leads a ragtag union of magical familiars. There are the Londonmancers, who learn the long run within the city’s entrails. there's Grisamentum, London’s maximum wizard, whose shadow lingers lengthy after his dying. after which there's Goss and Subby, an ageless previous guy and a cretinous boy who, jointly, represent a terrifying—yet darkly charismatic—demonic duo.

All of them—and others—are in pursuit of Billy, who inadvertently holds the major to the lacking squid, an embryonic god whose powers, effectively harnessed, can ruin all that's, was once, and ever shall be.
 

From the Hardcover edition.

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Download E-books Lord of Misrule (Vintage Contemporaries) PDF

By Jaimy Gordon

A brilliant novel that captures the dusty, darkish, and gorgeous international of small-time horse racing, the place running shoes, jockeys, grooms and grifters vie for what little good fortune is on the market at a run-down West Virginia tune .
 
Tommy Hansel has a plan: run 4 horses, all higher than they appear on paper, at lengthy odds at Indian Mound Downs, then seize the handbag -- or money a raffle -- and run ahead of anyone’s the wiser. At his part is Maggie Koderer, who reveals herself powerfully interested in the attractive, used up animals of the inexpensive song. She additionally lands within the cross-hairs of major coach Joe Dale Bigg. yet as information of Tommy’s plan spreads, from veteran groom drugs Ed, to mortgage shark Two-Tie, to Kidstuff the blacksmith, it’s Maggie, now not Tommy or the handlers of mythical stakes horse Lord of Misrule, who will locate what is important in a global the place every thing has a price.  
 

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Download E-books The Unpossessed: A Novel of the Thirties (New York Review Books Classics Series) PDF

By Tess Slesinger

Tess Slesinger's 1934 novel, The Unpossessed information the fine details and ups and downs of left-wing manhattan highbrow lifestyles and contours a solid of litterateurs, layabouts, lotharios, educational activists, and fur-clad consumers of protest and the humanities. This slicing comedy approximately not easy instances, undesirable jobs, awful marriages, little magazines, excessive ideas, and the morning after bears comparability with the easiest paintings of sunrise Powell and Mary McCarthy.

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Download E-books The Science of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials PDF

By Mary Gribbin, John Gribbin

Philip Pullman’s His darkish fabrics trilogy is well known for its secret and magic. What’s the reality at the back of all of it? Is the golden compass really dependent in technological know-how? How does the sophisticated knife lower via something? may well there be a bomb just like the one made with Lyra’s hair? How do the Gallivespians’ lodestone resonators rather paintings? And, after all, what are the darkish fabrics? Drawing on string conception and spacetime, quantum physics and chaos thought, award-winning technology writers Mary and John Gribbin display the genuine technological know-how in the back of Philip Pullman’s bestselling delusion trilogy in unique and crystal-clear prose.

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Download E-books The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction PDF

By Alan Jacobs

In recent times, cultural commentators have sounded the alarm in regards to the dire country of examining in the United States. american citizens will not be analyzing adequate, they are saying, or interpreting the precise books, within the correct means.
In this e-book, Alan Jacobs argues that, opposite to the doomsayers, interpreting is alive and good in the US. there are thousands of committed readers helping 1000's of large bookstores and on-line booksellers. Oprah's booklet membership is highly influential, and a up to date NEA survey finds an exact uptick within the examining of literary fiction. Jacobs's interactions together with his scholars and the readers of his personal books, although, recommend that many readers lack self assurance; they wonder if they're studying good, with right concentration and attentiveness, with due discretion and discernment. Many have absorbed the puritanical message that analyzing is, at the start, strong for you--the highbrow identical of consuming your Brussels sprouts. For such humans, certainly for all readers, Jacobs deals a few easy, robust, and lots more and plenty wanted suggestion: learn at whim, learn what can provide satisfaction, and accomplish that with no disgrace, even if or not it's Stephen King or the King James model of the Bible. not like the extra methodical strategy of Mortimer Adler's vintage How to learn a Book (1940), Jacobs deals an insightful, obtainable, and playfully irreverent advisor for aspiring readers. each one bankruptcy specializes in one element of forthcoming literary fiction, poetry, or nonfiction, and the ebook explores every thing from the discovery of silent analyzing, interpreting responsively, rereading, and analyzing on digital units.
Invitingly written, with equivalent measures of wit and erudition, The Pleasures of interpreting in an Age of Distraction will entice all readers, whether or not they be beginners searching for path or previous fingers looking to recapture the pleasures of analyzing they first skilled as children.

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