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Country of OriginUnited States of America (USA)
AuthorAnna Katharine Green
LanguageEnglish
PublisherNabu Press
Publication Date28-Feb-12
About the AuthorAnna Katharine Green (November 11, 1846 – April 11, 1935) was an American poet and novelist. She was one of the first writers of detective fiction in America and distinguished herself by writing well plotted, legally accurate stories. Green has been called "the mother of the detective novel. ~~164~~~~~~~~~~ N25611563A~~~~~~Rudolf Baumbach (28 September 1840 – 21 September 1905) was a German poet. He was a poet of the breezy, vagabond school and wrote, in imitation of his greater compatriot, Joseph Viktor von Scheffel, many excellent drinking songs, among which Die Lindenwirtin ("The Linden Hostess") has endeared him to the German student world. But his real strength lay in narrative verse, especially when he had the opportunity of describing the scenery and life of his native Thuringia. Special mention may be made of Frau Holde (1881), Spielmannslieder (1882), Von der Landstraße (1882), Thüringer Lieder (1891) and his prose, Sommermärchen[2] ("Summer legends", 1881). ~~166~~~~~~~~~~ N25611564A~~~~~~Carlo Varese ( Tortona 13 January 1793 - Rovezzano, 15 September 1866 ) was a doctor, writer and Italian historian, deputy of the Kingdom of Sardinia and of the Kingdom of Italy. The novels, created with patriotic intent, were well received by the bourgeois public of pre-unified Italy. The most significant of these was Sibilla Odaleta (published in Milan in 1827), followed by the prisoners of Pizzighettone, Folchetto Malaspina, between 1829 and 1840 Precious of Sanluri, Torriani and Visconti . ~~160~~~~~~~~~~ N25611565A~~~~~~~~150~~~~~~~~~~ N25611566A~~~~~~Annie Shepherd Swan (8 July 1859 – 17 June 1943) was a Scottish journalist, novelist and story writer, who wrote mainly under her maiden name, but also as David Lyall and later Mrs Burnett Smith. ~~150~~~~~~~~~~ N25611567A~~~~~~Samuel Taylor Coleridge (21 October 1772 – 25 July 1834) was an English poet, literary critic, philosopher and theologian who, with his friend William Wordsworth, was a founder of the Romantic Movement in England and a member of the Lake Poets. He also shared volumes and collaborated with Charles Lamb, Robert Southey, and Charles Lloyd. He wrote the poems The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Kubla Khan, as well as the major prose work Biographia Literaria. His critical work, especially on William Shakespeare, was highly influential, and he helped introduce German idealist philosophy to English-speaking culture. ~~156~~~~~~~~~~ N25611568A~~~~~~Friedrich Schiller (German: [ 10 November 1759 – 9 May 1805) was a German poet, philosopher, physician, historian, and playwright. During the last seventeen years of his life (1788–1805), Schiller struck up a productive, if complicated, friendship with the already famous and influential Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. They frequently discussed issues concerning aesthetics, and Schiller encouraged Goethe to finish works he left as sketches. This relationship and these discussions led to a period now referred to as Weimar Classicism. They also worked together on Xenien, a collection of short satirical poems in which both Schiller and Goethe challenge opponents of their philosophical vision. ~~154~~~~~~~~~~ N25611569A~~~~~~~~144~~~~~~~~~~ N25611570A~~~~~~Carlo Varese ( Tortona 13 January 1793 - Rovezzano, 15 September 1866 ) was a doctor, writer and Italian historian, deputy of the Kingdom of Sardinia and of the Kingdom of Italy. The novels, created with patriotic intent, were well received by the bourgeois public of pre-unified Italy. The most significant of these was Sibilla Odaleta (published in Milan in 1827), followed by the prisoners of Pizzighettone, Folchetto Malaspina, between 1829 and 1840 Precious of Sanluri, Torriani and Visconti. ~~170~~~~~~~~~~ N25611571A~~~~~~George Sand (born July 1, 1804, Paris, France—died June 8, 1876, Nohant), French Romantic writer known primarily for her so-called rustic novels. She found her true form in her rustic novels, which drew their chief inspiration from her lifelong love of the countryside and sympathy for the poor. In The Mare with the Devil (1846),François le Champi (1848), andLa Petite Fadette (1849), the familiar theme of George Sand’s work—love transcending the obstacles of convention and class—in the familiar setting of the Berry countryside, regained pride of place. These rustic tales are probably her finest works. She subsequently produced a series of novels and plays of impeccable morality and conservatism. Among her later works are the autobiography Histoire de ma vie (1854–55; “Story of My Life”) and Contes d’une grand’mère (1873; “Tales of a Grandmother”), a collection of stories she wrote for her grandchildren. ~~160~~~~~~~~~~ N25611572A~~~~~~James De Mille (23 August 1833 – 28 January 1880) was a professor at Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, and an early Canadian novelist who published numerous works of popular fiction from the late 1860s through the 1870s. ~~152~~~~~~~~~~ N25611573A~~~~~~Rex Beach was born in Atwood, Michigan, but moved to Tampa, Florida, with his family where his father was growing fruit trees. Beach was educated at Rollins College, Florida (1891–1896), the Chicago College of Law (1896-97), and Kent College of Law, Chicago (1899–1900). [1] In 1900 he was drawn to Alaska at the time of the Klondike Gold Rush. [2] After five years of unsuccessful prospecting, he turned to writing. His second novel The Spoilers (1906) was based on a true story of corrupt government officials stealing gold mines from prospectors, which he witnessed while he was prospecting in Nome, Alaska. [3] The Spoilers became one of the best selling novels of 1906. ~~144~~~~~~~~~~ N25611574A~~~~~~Friedrich Schiller (German: [ 10 November 1759 – 9 May 1805) was a German poet, philosopher, physician, historian, and playwright. During the last seventeen years of his life (1788–1805), Schiller struck up a productive, if complicated, friendship with the already famous and influential Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. They frequently discussed issues concerning aesthetics, and Schiller encouraged Goethe to finish works he left as sketches. This relationship and these discussions led to a period now referred to as Weimar Classicism. They also worked together on Xenien, a collection of short satirical poems in which both Schiller and Goethe challenge opponents of their philosophical vision. ~~168~~~~~~~~~~ N25611575A~~~~~~Jules Romains, born Louis Henri Jean Farigoule (August 26, 1885 - August 14, 1972), was a French poet and writer and the founder of the Unanimism literary movement. His works include the play Knock ou le Triomphe de la médecine, and a cycle of works called Les Hommes de bonne volonte (Men of Good Will). ~~170~~~~~~~~~~ N25611576A~~~~~~Field, Roswell Martin. An American journalist and writer; born in St. Louis, MO, Sept. 1, 1851; died in 1919. He wrote: ‘In Sunflower Land’ (1892); ‘The Romance of an Old Fool’ (1902); ‘The Bondage of Ballinger’ (1903); ‘Little Miss Dee’ (1904); ‘Madeline’ (1906). In ‘Echoes from the Sabine Farm’ he collaborated with his brother, Eugene Field~~158~~~~~~~~~~ N25611577A~~~~~~Rudolf Baumbach (28 September 1840 – 21 September 1905) was a German poet. He was a poet of the breezy, vagabond school and wrote, in imitation of his greater compatriot, Joseph Viktor von Scheffel, many excellent drinking songs, among which Die Lindenwirtin ("The Linden Hostess") has endeared him to the German student world. But his real strength lay in narrative verse, especially when he had the opportunity of describing the scenery and life of his native Thuringia. Special mention may be made of Frau Holde (1881), Spielmannslieder (1882), Von der Landstraße (1882), Thüringer Lieder (1891) and his prose, Sommermärchen[2] ("Summer legends", 1881). ~~164~~~~~~~~~~ N25611578A~~~~~~Richard Brinsley Sheridan was born in Dublin, Ireland, on Oct. 30, 1751. His father, Thomas, was an actor and theater manager; his mother, Frances, was the author of novels and plays. The family moved to London in 1758, and Sheridan was educated at Harrow (1762-1768). He is known for his plays such as The Rivals, The School for Scandal, The Duenna, and A Trip to Scarborough. He was also a Whig MP for 32 years in the British House of Commons for Stafford (1780–1806), Westminster (1806–1807), and Ilchester (1807–1812). He is buried at Poets' Corner in Westminster Abbey. His plays remain a central part of the canon and are regularly performed worldwide. ~~170~~~~~~~~~~ N25611579A~~~~~~William Wycherley, (born 1641—died Jan. 1, 1716, London), English dramatist who attempted to reconcile in his plays a personal conflict between deep-seated puritanism and an ardent physical nature. ~~144~~~~~~~~~~ N25611580A~~~~~~William Makepeace Thackeray (18 July 1811 – 24 December 1863) was a British novelist and author. He is known for his satirical works, particularly Vanity Fair, a panoramic portrait of English society. He primarily worked for Fraser's Magazine, a sharp-witted and sharp-tongued conservative publication for which he produced art criticism, short fictional sketches, and two longer fictional works, Catherine and The Luck of Barry Lyndon. Between 1837 and 1840 he also reviewed books for The Times. [6] He was also a regular contributor to The Morning Chronicle and The Foreign Quarterly Review. ~~166~~~~~~~~~~ N25611581A~~~~~~Matthew Gregory Lewis, byname Monk Lewis, (born July 9, 1775, London, Eng. —died May 14, 1818, at sea), English novelist and dramatist who became famous overnight after the sensational success of his Gothic novel The Monk (1796). Thereafter he was known as “Monk” Lewis. ~~154~~~~~~~~~~ N25611582A~~~~~~William Shakespeare (bapt. 26 April 1564 – 23 April 1616) was an English poet, playwright and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's greatest dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon". His extant works, including collaborations, consist of approximately 39 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and a few other verses, some of uncertain authorship. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright. ~~158~~~~~~~~~~ N25611583A~~~~~~George Henry Moore was born April 20, 1823, in Concord, New Hampshire. He moved to New York City in 1839 and in 1843 graduated at New York University. Before leaving college, he had become connected with the New-York Historical Society, as an assistant to his father, Jacob Bailey Moore, the librarian, and in 1849 succeeded him as its librarian. In this position he remained until 1872, when, on the opening of the Lenox Library (now a part of the New York Public Library), he became its first superintendent. Here he remained until his death. He was a frequent contributor to historical magazines and to the proceedings of historical societies. The University of New York gave him the degree of LL. D. Moore was elected a member of the American Antiquarian Society in 1880. ~~144~~~~~~~~~~ N25611584A~~~~~~James Raine (1791–1858) was an English antiquarian and topographer. A Church of England clergyman from the 1810s, he held a variety of positions, including librarian to the dean and chapter of Durham and rector of Meldon in Northumberland. In 1827 he had performed a similar service for his friend Hodgson, having edited vol. iii. of part 2 of the History of Northumberland during the absence of the author abroad. In 1828 Raine published his first independent work of importance—a monograph dealing with the position of the burial-place of St Cuthbert. It established his position as an antiquarian. In 1830 the first part of his History of North Durham appeared; the second part, completing the volume, was not published until 1852. This important work, undertaken at the suggestion of Surtees, and begun shortly after the appearance of Surtees's first volume, is the complement of the latter's History of Durham. It embraces the history of certain outlying and detached districts, including Norhamshire and Holy Island, which, when the book was first undertaken, formed a part of the county of Durham, but some of which were subsequently annexed by statute to the county of Northumberland. ~~150~~~~~~~~~~ N25611585A~~~~~~George Barr McCutcheon (July 26, 1866 – October 23, 1928) was an American popular novelist and playwright. His best known works include the series of novels set in Graustark, a fictional East European country, and the novel Brewster's Millions, which was adapted into a play and several films. ~~152~~~~~~~~~~ N25611586A~~~~~~Mrs. Humphry Ward, née Mary Augusta Arnold, (born June 11, 1851, Tasmania, Australia - died March 24, 1920, London, England), English novelist whose best-known work, Robert Elsmere, created a sensation in its day by advocating a Christianity based on social concern rather than theology. ~~152~~~~~~~~~~ N25611587A~~~~~~George Barr McCutcheon (July 26, 1866 – October 23, 1928) was an American popular novelist and playwright. His best known works include the series of novels set in Graustark, a fictional East European country, and the novel Brewster's Millions, which was adapted into a play and several films. ~~146~~~~~~~~~~ N25611588A~~~~~~Rabindranath Tagore FRAS Born 7 May 1861 – 7 August 1941) and also known by his sobriquets Gurudev, Kabiguru, and Biswakabi, was a Bengali polymath, poet, musician, and artist from the Indian subcontinent. He reshaped Bengali literature and music, as well as Indian art with Contextual Modernism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Author of the "profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse" of Gitanjali, he became in 1913 the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. Tagore's poetic songs were viewed as spiritual and mercurial; however, his "elegant prose and magical poetry" remain largely unknown outside Bengal. He is sometimes referred to as "the Bard of Bengal". ~~150~~~~~~~~~~ N25611589A~~~~~~Mark Twain (1835–1910) he wrote the classic American novels under the pen name Mark Twain and went on to author several novels, including two major classics of American literature: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. ~~158~~~~~~~~~~ N25611590A~~~~~~Maria Thompson Daviess (November 25, 1872 – September 3, 1924) was an American novelist and artist, best known for her popular novels written with a "Pollyanna" outlook. Daviess was born in Harrodsburg, Kentucky in 1872. After her father died when she was eight, her family relocated to Nashville, Tennessee. She studied one year at Wellesley College, and then went to Paris to study art. Returning to Nashville, she continued to paint and also took up writing. Her first novel, Miss Selina Lue and the Soap-box Babies was published in 1909. The Melting of Molly, published in 1912, was one of the top best-selling books for the year. She published sixteen novels between 1909 and 1920. ~~150~~~~~~~~~~ N25611591A~~~~~~~~158~~~~~~~~~~ N25611592A~~~~~~Conrad Aiken (Conrad Potter Aiken, born August 5, 1889, Savannah, Georgia, U. S. - died August 17, 1973, Savannah), American Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, short-story writer, novelist, and critic whose works, influenced by early psychoanalytic theory, are concerned largely with the human need for self-awareness and a sense of identity. Aiken himself faced considerable trauma in his childhood when he found the bodies of his parents after his father had killed his mother and committed suicide. He later wrote of this in his autobiography Ushant (1952). ~~154~~~~~~~~~~ N25611593A~~~~~~George Barr McCutcheon (July 26, 1866 – October 23, 1928) was an American popular novelist and playwright. His best known works include the series of novels set in Graustark, a fictional East European country, and the novel Brewster's Millions, which was adapted into a play and several films. ~~158~~~~~~~~~~ N25611594A~~~~~~~~168~~~~~~~~~~ N25611595A~~~~~~Ethel Cook Eliot the grandmother of T. S. Eliot (a sixth cousin of author Winslow Eliot an American writer, known as both Winslow Eliot and Ellie Winslow), wrote children's books (The House Above the Trees, The Wind Boy), teenage mysteries, and adult novels (Ariel Dances, Green Doors). Many of Winslow Eliot's ancestors were also writers: she is the daughter of Alexander Eliot, former Art Editor of Time magazine, and the writer Jane Winslow Eliot. Her great-great-grandfather, Charles W. Eliot, was president of Harvard University for fifty years and revamped the American college Liberal Arts curriculum. He was also famous for establishing the Harvard Classics, a still-utilized "Five Foot Shelf" of essential books. Her great-great grandmother, Ada Davenport Kendall[17] was a leading journalist who spent several months in prison for protesting in support of women's suffrage; she is a direct descendant of Edward Winslow, who came to America on the Mayflower. Another direct ancestor, John Eliot, translated the Bible into Algonquin in the seventeenth century. T. S. Eliot is a sixth cousin. The Ethel Cook Eliot died in 1972, so her works in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 30 years or less. Works by this author may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works. ~~144~~~~~~~~~~ N25611596A~~~~~~William Froude (28 November 1810 in Devon[2] – 4 May 1879 in Simonstown, South Africa) was an English engineer, hydrodynamicist and naval architect. He was the first to formulate reliable laws for the resistance that water offers to ships (such as the hull speed equation) and for predicting their stability. ~~142~~~~~~~~~~ N25611597A~~~~~~~~158~~~~~~~~~~ N25611598A~~~~~~Charles Dickens (February 7, 1812 to June 9, 1870) was a British novelist, journalist, editor, illustrator and social commentator who wrote such beloved classic novels as Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol, Nicholas Nickleby, David Copperfield, A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations. ~~170~~~~~~~~~~ N25611599A~~~~~~~~150~~~~~~~~~~ N25611600A~~~~~~~~170~~~~~~~~~~ N25611601A~~~~~~Confucius ( 551–479 BC)[2][3] was a Chinese philosopher and politician of the Zhou dynasty. The philosophy of Confucius, also known as Confucianism, emphasized personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationships, justice and sincerity. His followers competed successfully with many other schools during the Hundred Schools of Thought era only to be suppressed in favor of the Legalists during the Qin dynasty. Following the victory of Han over Chu after the collapse of Qin, Confucius's thoughts received official sanction and were further developed into a system known in the West as Neo-Confucianism, and later New Confucianism (Modern Neo-Confucianism)~~150~~~~~~~~~~ N25611602A~~~~~~Susan Langstaff Mitchell (5 December 1866[1] – 4 March 1926) was an Irish writer and poet, known for her satirical verse. She contributed essays, reviews, drama notes and poems, many pseudonymously. Her poems first appeared in the holiday feature of the Homestead each year, entitled "A Celtic Christmas. " Some of her lyrics were contained in New Songs (1904), a collection edited by Russell which also contained pieces by Padraic Colum and Alice Milligan. ~~158~~~~~~~~~~ N25611603A~~~~~~William Makepeace Thackeray (18 July 1811 – 24 December 1863) was a British novelist and author. He is known for his satirical works, particularly Vanity Fair, a panoramic portrait of English society. He primarily worked for Fraser's Magazine, a sharp-witted and sharp-tongued conservative publication for which he produced art criticism, short fictional sketches, and two longer fictional works, Catherine and The Luck of Barry Lyndon. Between 1837 and 1840 he also reviewed books for The Times. [6] He was also a regular contributor to The Morning Chronicle and The Foreign Quarterly Review. ~~156~~~~~~~~~~ N25611604A~~~~~~M. Joseph Bedier was born in Paris, France to Adolphe Bédier, a lawyer of Breton origin, and spent his childhood in Réunion. He was a professor of medieval French literature at the Université de Fribourg, Switzerland (1889–1891) and the Collège de France, Paris (c. 1893). ~~152~~~~~~~~~~ N25611605A~~~~~~Johannes Hertel (13 March 1872, Zwickau – 27 October 1955, Leipzig) was a German Indologist. Hertel wrote numerous essays and books on Indological topics. His research focus was Indian narrative literature and the Vedas. ~~170~~~~~~~~~~ N25611606A~~~~~~George V. Hobart was born on January 16, 1867 in Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia, Canada as George Vere Hobart Philpott. He was a writer, known for The White Sister (1923), Bad Company (1925) and The Jungle Trail (1919). He was married to Sarah H. De Vries. He died on January 31, 1926 in Cumberland, Maryland, USA. ~~146~~~~~~~~~~ N25611607A~~~~~~Guy de Maupassant (5 August 1850 – 6 July 1893) was a French writer, remembered as a master of the short story form, and as a representative of the naturalist school of writers, who depicted human lives and destinies and social forces in disillusioned and often pessimistic terms. Maupassant was a protege of Gustave Flaubert and his stories are characterized by economy of style and efficient, effortless denouements (outcomes). Many are set during the Franco-Prussian War of the 1870s, describing the futility of war and the innocent civilians who, caught up in events beyond their control, are permanently changed by their experiences. He wrote some 300 short stories, six novels, three travel books, and one volume of verse. His first published story, "Boule de Suif" ("Ball of Suet", 1880), is often considered his masterpiece. ~~150~~~~~~~~~~ N25611608A~~~~~~Johann Tobias Beck (22 February 1804 in Balingen, Württemberg – 28 December 1878 in Tübingen) was a German theologian. He was known as a critic of both left and right wing Christian groups in Germany in the 19th century. His polemical style centered around "biblical realism," which considered the scriptures as an integrated system in and of themselves, an unconditional authority over both Enlightenment-style reasoning and ecclesiastical confessions. ~~166~~~~~~~~~~ N25611609A~~~~~~William Shakespeare (bapt. 26 April 1564 – 23 April 1616) was an English poet, playwright and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's greatest dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon". His extant works, including collaborations, consist of approximately 39 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and a few other verses, some of uncertain authorship. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright. ~~164~~~~~~~~~~ N25611611A~~The author is a retired cartographer and graphic artist from the Government of British Columbia. He left Canada in his Jeep, Silver Bullet, to live for a time in the tropics of Mexico. There and on his return he wrote the book Jonathan Owen, Silver Bullet and Bank Robber. The Mexican people, black volcanoes, jungle landscape, torrid climate and a 25 year old woman who robbed banks in North Africa, inspired him to write. On his return from Mexico the author embarked on the book A Dead Artist Can Make a Good Living. The author fictionalizes the stories of his experiences into those of his character Jonathan Owen. In A Dead Artist Can Make a Good Living Jonathan Owen commits a crime in the Muskwa Kitchika district of Northern British Columbia and flees to Portugal, Spain, Gibraltar and Morocco. In pursuit of him is Constable Jack Garland from the North West Mounted Police Detachment, Fort Nelson, British Columbia.~~~~~~190~~~~~~~~~~ N25611612A~~~~~~~~286~~~~~~~~~~ N25611613A~~~~~~~~319~~~~~~~~~~ N25611614A~~Bestselling author Cecelia Ahern follows The Gift and P. S. I Love You with the mesmerizing story of a teenaged girl coming face-to-face with grief, growth, and magic in the Irish countryside, after a mysterious book begins to reveal her own memories from one day in the future. Perfect for long-time fans of Ahern, as well as for younger readers coming to her for the first time, The Book of Tomorrow's strong voice and sophisticated storytelling mark an instant new classic from this already beloved author. ~~~~Cecelia Ahern, daughter of the Irish Prime Minister, studied journalism and media communication before embarking on her writing career. She made her debut at the age of 22 with the novel PS: Ik hou van je, which was nominated for the best newcomer 2004/2005 at the British Book Awards. The book grew into a true bestseller: it has been published in 55 countries and the book has since been filmed with Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler in the lead. Cecelia also has as producer (and creator) of the American television series Samantha. ~~432~~~~~~~~~~ N25611615A~~Sparks fly when a black television anchorman looking for "real life" (and higher ratings) hooks up with a spunky young woman from the inner city in this "touching and wickedly funny novel" (Publishers Weekly) by one of Granta's Best Young american Novelists. ~~~~~~288~~~~~~~~~~ N25611616A~~What's an attractive, successful, all-around-together girl to do when she's dumped at sixty-five miles per hour on the way to a romantic getaway? If you're Deneen Wilkerson, "college-educated, hardworking advertising phenom, friend of the earth, and owner of major appliances," you retreat to rethink - in Deneens' case, in the basement of her mother's house in St. Louis for a solitary orgy of talk shows and mental hygiene. Deneen's crash and her wildly funny rebirth are chronicled in this beguiling new novel of relationships. When her younger sister becomes a serious contender in the All American Dream Dolls preteen beauty pageant, Deneen finds herself caught up in a universe of handsome promoters, bad Whitney Houston soundalikes, and wicked hot-oil treatments. Deneen needs both her wit and her wisdom to decide what's real and what is fool's gold as she threads the maze of a contemporary wonderland of hype, seeking compassion not only for the women and men in her life but for herself. ~~~~~~288~~~~~~~~~~ N25611617A~~A year has passed since the closing of Finbar's Hotel, a down-on-its-heels hotel on the Dublin quays. Now, with a rock star as its new owner, it has once more opened its doors-and Finbar's has become an ultra-chic gathering spot. Ladies' Night at Finbar's Hotel describes one night in its newly illustrious surroundings-a night filled with adventure and comic romp. In one room a man surreptitiously helps his wife's friend get pregnant, while next door a businesswoman battles her father. And down the hall, a nun struggles with the most important mission of her life. A fabulous mix of pathos and high humour, this is a sardonic tour of the gamut of human experience told by Ireland's finest modern storytellers. Maeve Binchy has written numerous bestsellers, most recently Tara Road. Dermot Bolger is the author of six novels and edited The Vintage Book of Contemporary Irish Fiction. Clare Boylan has written six novels and several nonfiction works, including The Literary Companion to Cats. ~~~~Dermot Bolger (born 1959) is an Irish novelist, playwright and poet born in Finglas, a suburb of Dublin. His work is often concerned with the articulation of the experiences of working-class characters who, for various reasons, feel alienated from society. Bolger questions the relevance of traditional nationalist concepts of Irishness, arguing for a more plural and inclusive society. [citation needed] In 1977 Bolger set up Raven Arts Press, which he ran until 1992, when he co-founded New Island Books. ~~276~~~~~~~~~~ N25611619A~~This anthology of thirty works by some of our best contemporary American writers looks at our perennial American obsession: fat. It's everywhere, all around you, and maybe even on you. Now, America's consuming passion at last has its own anthology. From Andre Dubus's delicious story of a young woman more comfortable in her fat body than her thin one. ("The Fat Girl"), to Tobias Wolff's tale of bonding over pancakes ("Hunters in the Snow"), Dorothy Allison's poem about food and love ("Dumpling Child"), Peter Carey's surreal tale of a fat-man revolution ("The Fat Man in History"), Wesley McNair's poetic celebration "Fat Heaven", and George Saunders's "The 400-pound CEO," this bountiful feast of fiction and poetry will ensure no reader ever looks at fat quite the same way again. ~~~~~~288~~~~~~~~~~ N25611620A~~Isaac and Nora haven't seen each other in five years, yet when Nora phones Isaac late one night, he knows who it is before she's spoken a word. Isaac, a photographer, is relinquishing his artistic career, while Nora, a writer, is seeking to rededicate herself to hers. Fueled by their rediscovered love, Nora is soon on fire with the best work she's ever done, until she realizes that the story she's writing has turned into a fictionalized portrait of Isaac, exposing his frailties and compromises and sure to be viewed by him as a betrayal. How do we remain faithful to our calling if it estranges us from the people we love? How do we remain in love after we have seen the very worst of our loved ones? These are some of the questions explored in a novel that critics are calling "an absolute pleasure" (The Seattle Times). ~~~~Brian Morton (born 1955) is an American author, born in New York City. He graduated from Sarah Lawrence College. He has worked for Dissent, where he became executive editor in 1995. He currently teaches at Sarah Lawrence College, New York University and The Bennington Writing Seminars. Morton grew up in Teaneck, New Jersey. [1] Morton's 1998 novel Starting Out in the Evening was adapted into the 2007 film of the same name. His 2006 novel Breakable You was adapted into the 2017 film of the same name. ~~300~~~~~~~~~~ N25611621A~~In this sequel to Gibbons's beloved classic Ellen Foster, Ellen, now fifteen, is settled into a permanent home with a new mother. Strengthened by adversity and blessed with enough intelligence to design a salvation for herself, she still feels ill at ease. But while she holds fast to the shreds of her child-hood--humoring her best friend, Stuart, who is determined to marry her; and protecting her old neighbour, slow-witted Starletta--she begins to negotiate her way into a larger world. With a singular mix of perspicacity, naïveté, and compas-sion, Ellen draws us into her life and makes us fall in love with her all over again. ~~~~Kaye Gibbons (born May 5, 1960) is an American novelist. Her first novel, Ellen Foster (1987), received the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, a Special Citation from the Ernest Hemingway Foundation and the Louis D. Rubin, Jr. Prize in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Gibbons is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers and two of her books, Ellen Foster and A Virtuous Woman, were selected for Oprah's Book Club in 1998. ~~240~~~~~~~~~~ N25611622A~~Bestselling novelist and memoirist Dani Shapiro brings her expertise to this year's volume of Best New American Voices. Now in its eleventh year, this series gathers the best fiction from hundreds of nominations submitted by writing programs such as the Iowa Writers' Workshop and Johns Hopkins, and from summer conferences such as Sewanee and Bread Loaf. Joshua Ferris, Julie Orringer, Adam Johnson, William Gay, Lauren Groff, Rattawut Lapcharoensap, Maile Meloy, Amanda Davis, and Nam Le are just some of the acclaimed authors whose early work has appeared in this series since its launch in 2000. Discover for yourself the dazzling variety of great fiction being produced in the top writers' worships - with a complete list of contact information included - and find the best new American voices here first. ~~~~~~368~~~~~~~~~~ N25611623A~~From one of Spain's most celebrated writers, an extraordinary, inspired book--at once fiction, history, and memoir--that draws on the Sephardic diaspora, the Holocaust, and Stalin's purges to tell a twentieth-century story. Shifting seamlessly from the past to the present and following the routes of escape across countries and continents, Munoz Molina evokes people real and imagined who come together in a richly allusive pattern--from Eugenia Ginsburg to Grete Buber-Neumann, the one on a train to the gulag, the other heading toward a Nazi concentration camp; from a shoemaker and a nun who become lovers in a small Spanish town to Primo Levi bound for Auschwitz. From the well known to the virtually unknown--all of Molina's characters are voices of separation, nostalgia, love, and endless waiting. Written with clarity of vision and passion, in a style both lyrical and accessible, Sepharad makes the experience our own. A brilliant achievement. ~~~~Antonio Munoz Molina (born 10 January 1956) is a Spanish writer and, since 8 June 1995, a full member of the Royal Spanish Academy. In 2013 he received the Prince of Asturias Award for literature. ~~385~~~~~~~~~~ N25611624A~~Set in North Carolina, these are stories about blacks and whites, young and old, rural and sophisticated, the real and fantastical. Named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, nominated for the 1992 National Book Critics Circle Award, and given the Lambda Award. ~~~~Randall Kenan (born March 12, 1963) is an American author of fiction and non-fiction. Raised in a rural community in North Carolina, Kenan has focused his fiction on what it means to be black and gay in the southern United States. Among his books is the collection of short stories Let the Dead Bury Their Dead, which was named a New York Times Notable Book in 1992. Kenan is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Award and the John Dos Passos Prize. ~~348~~~~~~~~~~ N25611625A~~Grass received her as a gift one Christmas. She was sitting under the tree in her gift-wrapped cage, amid fleece-lined slippers, and hand-coloured map, a handsome engraving. That's how the rat came into Grass's life and imagination. Dream alternates with reality in this story within a story within a story. Of Grass and his Christmas rat. Of a group of liberated women on a research ship in the Baltic Sea, complaining, lamenting, to the clatter of their knitting needles. Of our old friend the tin drummer, Oscar Matzerath, now sixty, balding, plagued by prostate troubles, and head of a major video corporation whose motto is: "We are creating the future. "~~~~Gunter Wilhelm Grass (German 16 October 1927 – 13 April 2015) was a German novelist, poet, playwright, illustrator, graphic artist, sculptor, and recipient of the 1999 Nobel Prize in Literature. He was born in the Free City of Danzig (now Gdańsk, Poland). Grass is best known for his first novel, The Tin Drum (1959), a key text in European magic realism. It was the first book of his Danzig Trilogy, the other two being Cat and Mouse and Dog Years. His works are frequently considered to have a left-wing political dimension, and Grass was an active supporter of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD). The Tin Drum was adapted as a film of the same name, which won both the 1979 Palme d'Or and the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. In 1999, the Swedish Academy awarded him the Nobel Prize in Literature, praising him as a writer "whose frolicsome black fables portray the forgotten face of history". ~~384~~~~~~~~~~ N25611626A~~Van der Post's incomparable knowledge of Africa illuminates this epic novel, set near the Kalahari Desert, about a boy on the verge of manhood, his experiences with the wonder and mystery of a still-primitive land, and his secret friendship with the Bushman whose life he saves. The narrative of A Story like the Wind continues in A Far-Off Place. ~~~~Sir Laurens Jan van der Post, CBE (13 December 1906 – 16 December 1996), was a 20th-century Afrikaner author, farmer, war hero, political adviser to British heads of government, close friend of Prince Charles, godfather of Prince William, educator, journalist, humanitarian, philosopher, explorer and conservationist. ~~384~~~~~~~~~~ N25611627A~~When it was first published in 1944, this novel with a curious title - taken from a Billie Holiday song about a lynching - sparked immediate controversy: It horrified some critics, prompted booksellers in Boston and Detroit to ban its sale, caused the U. S. postal service to seize copies, and tempted the public enough to make it the years' No. 1 fiction best-seller. ~~~~Lillian Eugenia Smith (December 12, 1897 – September 28, 1966) was a writer and social critic of the Southern United States, known most prominently for her best-selling novel Strange Fruit (1944). A white woman who openly embraced controversial positions on matters of race and gender equality, she was a southern liberal unafraid to criticize segregation and work toward the dismantling of Jim Crow laws, at a time when such actions virtually guaranteed social ostracism. ~~371~~~~~~~~~~ N25611629A~~~~~~Roberto González Echevarría (born 28 November 1943, Sagua La Grande, Cuba) is a Cuban-born critic of Latin American literature and culture. He is the Sterling Professor of Hispanic and Comparative Literature at Yale University. His Myth and Archive won the 1989-90 MLA’s Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize and the Latin American Studies Association’s 1992 Bryce Wood Book Award, and The Pride of Havana received the Dave Moore Award for the Best Baseball Book of 2002. His Love and the Law in Cervantes (2005) had its origin in his 2002 DeVane Lectures at Yale. His Lecturas y relecturas won the 2014 Premio Anual de la Crítica (Book Prize in Criticism) in Cuba. ~~481~~~~~~~~~~ N25611630A~~This anthology of foundational sixteenth-century Spanish-language texts presents the European side of the discovery and colonization of the New World. Otto Olivera has chosen representative selections from the works of eighteen authors, including Garcilaso de la Vega, Bartolome de Las Casas, Bernal Diaz del Castillo, Hernan Cortes, and Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca. Their writings present an impressive panorama of the first years of a real New World that could compete with any portrayed in European novels of chivalry or travel.~~~~~~184~~~~~~~~~~ N25611631A~~Best of the West: New Stories from the Wide Side of the Missouri, an annual anthology of exceptional short fiction rooted in the western United States, debuted in 1988 and continued publication until 1992. Recognizing that the West remains rewarding territory for literary explorations, James Thomas and D. Seth Horton revived the series in 2009. Best of the West 2011: New Stories from the Wide Side of the Missouri is the latest volume in what has become one of the nation's most important anthologies. Editors Horton and Thomas have chosen twenty stories by writers including Rick. ~~~~~~295~~~~~~~~~~ N25611632A~~Filled with Curt Leviant's signature blend of humour and drama, these two enchanting and original novellas lure readers into a dazzling storybook world. "Ladies and Gentlemen, the Original Music of the Hebrew Alphabet" is set in Budapest during the Communist era. The story focuses on the tenuous seesaw between Dr. Isaac Gantz, a musicologist, and engineer Ferdinand Friedman, a Holocaust survivor who believes that he possesses one of the greatest manuscripts of the ages, a Rosetta Stone of Judaica. Friedman is willing to share it but there is a "but. " In pursuing this prize, Gantz enters a world of strange human relationships filled with doubts and surprises. ~~~~Curt Leviant (born 1932, Vienna) is a retired Jewish Studies professor, as well as a novelist and translator. He came to the United States in 1938. His 1957 master's thesis was on Lamed Shapiro. ~~127~~~~~~~~~~ N25611633A~~The Deaf-Mute Boy - equal parts travel story, love story, and a resonant confrontation with the Muslim world - is the tale of a gay American professor immersed in a North African society. Maurice Burke, an archaeologist, is invited to speak at a conference in the bustling port town of Sousse, Tunisia. At first disillusioned by its rampant tourism and squalid commercialism, Maurice becomes intrigued by his surroundings after meeting a local deaf-mute boy. While exploring a vibrant souk, Maurice encounters a religious leader who guides him on a fateful introduction to the boy's family. As Maurice's involvement with the deaf-mute boy intensifies, he finds himself drawn into a maze of Tunisian politics, culture, and religion. ~~~~Joseph Geraci, an American writer living in the Netherlands, earned his place in the pantheon of sexual scholarship as the editor, and one of the founders, of Paidika: The Journal of Paedophilia. He also edited Dares To Speak: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on Boy-Love, a book that drew together and extended selected aspects of Paidikas work. He is the author of four novels and is also a dealer in archives, books, and vintage photographs. ~~196~~~~~~~~~~ N25611634A~~Catina's Haircut: A Novel in Stories spans four generations of a peasant family in the brutal poverty of post-Unification southern Italy and in an immigrant's United States. The women in these tales dare to cross boundaries by discovering magical leaps inherent in the landscape, in themselves, and in the stories they tell and retell of family tragedy at a time of political unrest. Through an oral tradition embedded in the stone of memory and the flow of its reinvention, their passionate tale of resistance and transformation courses forward into new generations in a new world. A woman threatens to join the land reform struggle in her Calabrian hill town, against her husband's will, during a call for revolution in 1919. ~~~~Paola Corso (May 28, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an American fiction writer, poet, and essayist. Corso is a New York Foundation for the Arts Poetry Fellow and Sherwood Anderson Fiction Award Winner,[citation needed] and is the author of Catina’s Haircut: A Novel in Stories (2010) on Library Journal’s notable list of first novels, Giovanna’s 86 Circles And Other Stories (2005), a Binghamton University's John Gardner Fiction Book Award Finalist,[3] a book of poems, Death by Renaissance (2004), and newly released poetry collections, The Laundress Catches Her Breath and Once I Was Told the Air Was Not for Breathing (2012), about Pittsburgh steelworkers and garment workers in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. ~~112~~~~~~~~~~ N25611637A~~Travis McKinley's life has drifted sideways. His job, his marriage, even his children all feel disconnected and distant. Has he really accomplished nothing of consequence in his life? One Christmas Day, Travis plays a round of golf and finds himself for the first time in the zone--playing like a pro. In astonishingly short order, Travis is catapulted into the PGA Senior Open at Pebble Beach, where he advances to the final round. And while his wife, his children, and a live television audience watch, a miracle takes place that changes Travis, and his family, forever. ~~~~James Brendan Patterson (born March 22, 1947) is an American author and philanthropist. Among his works are the Alex Cross, Michael Bennett, Women's Murder Club, Maximum Ride, Daniel X, NYPD Red, Witch and Wizard, and Private series, as well as many stand-alone thrillers, non-fiction and romance novels. His books have sold more than 300 million copies and he was the first person to sell 1 million e-books. In 2016, Patterson topped Forbes's list of highest-paid authors for the third consecutive year, with an income of $95 million. His total income over a decade is estimated at $700 million. ~~240~~~~~~~~~~ N25611638A~~The trade paperback edition of David Bowman's prizewinning first novel, Let the Dog Drive, has developed a cult following. Now Bowman's exuberantly praised second novel -- a hard-boiled comedy about love, abduction, and child care, set in a future where electricity has disappeared and fertility is on the wane, but human passions are as messy as ever -- is also in trade paperback. ~~~~ David Bowman Born in Racine, Wisconsin on December 8, 1957, David Bowman's interest in writing first emerged while studying music at the Interlochen Arts Academy High School. He briefly attended Putney College in Vermont, before moving to New York to write while working as a bartender and as a clerk at a bookstore. His works include Let the Dog Drive, Bunny Modern, and This Must Be the Place. ~~224~~~~~~~~~~ N25611639A~~Set in a world on the brink of destruction--Iran before the revolution--this haunting and passionate novel tells the story of a doomed love affair. Mahastee grew up in the privileged inner circles of Tehran's aristocracy. Reza, whose father once worked for Manatee's family, has become a revolutionary leading clandestine meetings in the city's shadowy underworld. When they come together for the first time in 20 years, their volatile love assumes new and threatening implications as the political situation in Tehran becomes increasingly explosive. A novel that richly evokes a complex, exotic, and alluring culture largely unknown to readers in the West. ~~~~~~368~~~~~~~~~~ N25611640A~~~~~~Amy Jenkins (born 1966, in London) is an English novelist and screenwriter. She is the daughter of political journalist Peter Jenkins and the stepdaughter of The Guardian columnist and author Polly Toynbee. ~~304~~~~~~~~~~ N25611641A~~~~~~Alice Sebold (born September 6, 1963) is an American writer. She has published three books: Lucky (1999), The Lovely Bones (2002), and The Almost Moon (2007). ~~328~~~~~~~~~~ N25611642A~~~~~~Shirley Hardie Jackson (December 14, 1916 – August 8, 1965) was an American writer, known primarily for her works of horror and mystery. Over the duration of her writing career, which spanned over two decades, she composed six novels, two memoirs, and over 200 short stories. ~~276~~~~~~~~~~ N25611643A~~Rick Dockery was the third-string quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. In the AFC Championship game against Denver, to the surprise and dismay of virtually everyone, Rick actually got into the game. With a 17-point lead and just minutes to go, Rick provided what was arguably the worst single performance in the history of the NFL. Overnight, he became a national laughingstock and, of course, was immediately cut by the Browns and shunned by all other teams. But all Rick knows is football, and he insists that his agent, Arnie, find a team that needs him. Against enormous odds Arnie finally locates just such a team and informs Rick that, miraculously, he can in fact now be a starting quarterback. ~~~~John Ray Grisham Jr. (Born February 8, 1955) is an American novelist, attorney, politician, and activist, best known for his popular legal thrillers. His books have been translated into 42 languages and published worldwide. His first novel, A Time to Kill, was published in June 1989, four years after he began writing it. As of 2012, his books have sold over 275 million copies worldwide. A Galaxy British Book Awards winner, Grisham is one of only three authors to sell two million copies on a first printing, the other two being Tom Clancy and J. K. Rowling. ~~262~~~~~~~~~~ N25611644A~~Jos Rizal has a good claim to being the first Asian nationalist. An extremely talented Malay born a hundred years ago in a small town near Manila, educated partly in the Philippines and partly in Europe, Rizal inspired the Filipinos by his writing and example to make the first nationalist revolution in Asia in 1896. Today the Philippines revere Rizal as their national hero, and they regard his two books, The Lost Eden (Noli Me Tangere) and The Subversive (El Filibusterismo) as the gospel of their nationalism.~~~~Jose Rizal, in full Jose Protasio Rizal Mercado y Alonso Realonda, (born June 19, 1861, Calamba, Philippines—died December 30, 1896, Manila), patriot, physician, and man of letters who was an inspiration to the Philippine nationalist movement. ~~320~~~~~~~~~~ N25611645A~~In this electric on-the-road novel, orphan-hero Matt hitchhikes across the surreal landscape of America in the `80s. Searching for the lost bliss of childhood he falls in with-and longs for-the dangerously beautiful but amoral Jimmy, a fellow orphan. As they crisscross the country, encountering homeless rock stars, suicidal teenagers, Jesus freaks, and other souls on the edge, Matt moves toward adulthood and his own sexual identity. Stephen Beachy, awarded a James Michener Grant from the Iowa Writers Workshop, now lives in San Francisco and is at work on another novel. ~~~~Stephen Beachy (born 1965) is an American writer his first novel, The Whistling Song with cover illustrations by Curt Kirkwood was published in 1991 and his second novel, Distortion in 2000. Two novellas, Some Phantom and No Time Flat were published in 2006 and have been described as a cross between The Turn of the Screw and Herk Harvey's Carnival of Souls. ~~416~~~~~~~~~~ N25611646A~~It's World War II, and young Wendall Oler has been sent to stay will his father's family in rural Stebbinsville, Vermont. Using this opportunity to act out his resentment for the death of his mother and his father's leaving to fight in the war he does all he can to tyrannize his new family. Yet, thrown into the warmth of this country family, Wendall finds his resolve softening. ~~~~John Treadwell Nichols (born July 23, 1940, Berkeley, California) is an American novelist. Nichols is the author of the "New Mexico trilogy", a series about the complex relationship among history, race and ethnicity, and land and water rights in the fictional town of Chamisaville, New Mexico. The trilogy consists of The Milagro Beanfield War (which was adapted into a movie of the same title directed by Robert Redford), The Magic Journey, and The Nirvana Blues. ~~320~~~~~~~~~~ N25611647A~~~~~~Charles Perry (1924–1969) was an African American author whose only published novel was Portrait of a Young Man Drowning. He was born in Savannah, Georgia, but moved to Brooklyn when he was still in grade school. During the 1940s, he was a co-star of the hit radio series New World A-Coming. ~~336~~~~~~~~~~ N25611648A~~~~~~May Sarton (May 3, 1912 – July 16, 1995), a prolific American poet, novelist and memoirist. She is considered an important contemporary figure in American literature, as well as a "poet's poet", and is lauded by literary and feminist critics for her works addressing themes in gender, sexuality, and universality. Despite her physical difficulties, she always maintained a sense of her independence. Endgame was followed by the journal Encore: A Journal of the Eightieth Year (1993). Encore is a celebration of Sarton's life, with or without the limitations of old age. She won the Levinson Prize for Poetry in 1993. Sarton's final book, Coming Into Eighty (1995), published after her death, covers the year from July, 1993 to August, 1994. ~~288~~~~~~~~~~ N25611649A~~Ever since sixteen-year-old Gabe Strickland can remember, his father, Roman, has believed in the sale: that magical moment on the customer's porch, the deal about to close. But with each dizzying success comes an equally memorable failure, and Gabe's mother, Gladys, has grown tired of waiting for a life of financial stability. So in the summer of 1975 she leaves Roman and goes to live with his dependable brother Dutch. Confident he can win Gladys back, Roman pins all his hopes on a barnstorming tour of Southern carnivals, hawking tickets for "Death Cars of Celebrities. " Gabe finds his own truth somewhere between Roman's quixotic dreaming and Gladys's newfound stability, and he learns that love is, ultimately, the one thing that can't be bought or so. ~~~~Brad Barkley is an American short fiction writer, novelist, young adult novelist and a professor at Frostburg State University in Maryland. He has received four Individual Artist Awards from the Maryland State Arts Council, and a creative writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He is the author of the novels Money, Love (Norton) and Alison's Automotive Repair Manual (St. Martins), as well as two short-story collections and three Young Adult novels. His short fiction has appeared in such magazines as Glimmer Train, the Southern Review, and The Oxford American. He also writes and publishes on the sport of hang gliding. ~~336~~~~~~~~~~ N25611650A~~~~~~Paula Fox (April 22, 1923 – March 1, 2017) was an American author of novels for adults and children and of two memoirs. For her contributions as a children's writer she won the biennial, international Hans Christian Andersen Award in 1978, the highest international recognition for a creator of children's books. Frederick Busch (August 1, 1941 – February 23, 2006) was an American writer. Busch was a master of the short story and one of America's most prolific writers of fiction long and short. Busch was born in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated from Muhlenberg College and earned a master's degree from Columbia. He was professor emeritus of literature at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York from 1966 to 2003. He won numerous awards, including the American Academy of Arts and Letters Fiction Award in 1986 and the PEN/Malamud Award in 1991. ~~336~~~~~~~~~~ N25611651A~~Meet Mississippi teenager Noel Weatherspoon: ghost-seeing insomniac, endearing dope head, wanna-be erotic photographer, and possible Baptist faith healer. Noel, who prefers The Exorcist to Ecclesiastes, must navigate a world of Bible-thumpers, born-again Christians, and a stepfather who bears an uncanny resemblance to Billy Graham. Darkly comic and lyrically moving, Rides of the Midway introduces a formidable new talent in contemporary fiction. ~~~~Lee Durkee lives mostly on the roads of North Mississippi. He is the author of a novel, Rides of the Midway, and his stories and essays have appeared in Harper’s Magazine, The Oxford American, and Tin House. His essay in this issue is part of a memoir about driving a taxi and being the worst Buddhist in the world. ~~320~~~~~~~~~~ N25611652A~~Lili is the intimate story of a passionate woman poised against twentieth-century Paris. Coming of age prior to the First World War, Lili loses her first love and her brother in that conflagration. She finds herself reawakened by a former soldier. Their uneasy relationship, the caring for their disabled son, and the flowering of friendship with a beautiful Jewish woman leave her inner resources tested during the next war. Yet Lili emerges as her own woman, deeply reflective, spirited, and still fervent. Reading group guide included. ~~~~Abigail Dewitt Is The Author of Three Novels: Lili (Ww Norton), Dogs (Lorimer Press), and News of Our Loved Ones (Due Out From Harper In October, 2018). Her Short Fiction Has Appeared In Five Points, Witness, The Alaska Quarterly Review, The Carolina Quarterly, And Elsewhere. She Has Been Cited In Best American Short Stories, Nominated for a Pushcart, and Has Received Grants And Fellowships From The North Carolina Arts Council, The Tyrone Guthrie Center, The Mccoll Center for The Arts, and The Michener Society. ~~320~~~~~~~~~~ N25611653A~~Every family has its secrets. But toward the end of his life, George decides to tell his daughter the story of his mother and the Turk. This initial revelation leads to a narrative tour de force that follows a family through four generations and around the world-through love, marriage, and betrayal, through illness, death, and war. Mary Helen Stefaniak's charming and flawed characters and the warmth of her prose will stay with readers long after they close the book. Reading group guide included. ~~~~Mary Helen Stefaniak is an American writer. She comes from the family of Croats from Hungary, that originates from Novo Selo (Tótújfalu) in Hungary, being thus a part of the indigenous Croatian minority in that country. She is the author of the books Self Storage and Other Stories, The Turk and My Mother, and The Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia. Her collection of short stories Self Storage and Other Stories, received the Banta Award from the Wisconsin Library Association for the best book (fiction or non-fiction) published by a Wisconsin author in 1997. She is also the winner of the Binghamton University John Gardner Fiction Book Award for her first novel, The Turk and My Mother, which has been translated into several languages. Stefaniak has been featured twice in the anthology New Stories from the South: The Year's Best, (2000 and 2006). In September 2010, independent publishers rated her novel The Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia as an Indie-Next "Great Read". ~~320~~~~~~~~~~ N25611654A~~With subtle brilliance, Masters' new novel re-creates the mood of small town life in 1935. The Depression is a difficult time, and love is at a premium in the day-to-day struggle to maintain respectability. ~~~~Olga Masters. Olga Masters née Lawler (28 May 1919 – 27 September 1986) was an Australian writer, journalist, novelist and short story writer. Masters' children went on to be notable figures in journalism, media and film making. Masters wrote as a journalist for most of her life, and supplemented the family income by writing for local newspapers in the towns she lived in with her husband. On their return to Sydney, she wrote for papers such as The Manly Daily and The Sydney Morning Herald. ~~348~~~~~~~~~~ N25611655A~~After a life spent in a successful writing career that has left him bereft of creativity and worn in body and spirit, George Adamson goes to Greece on a journey of self-discovery and renewal. ~~~~William J. Lederer, a writer and career naval officer who, with Eugene Burdick, wrote “The Ugly American,” a novel that was among the first books to deal with American involvement in Southeast Asia and that barely veiled a blistering critique of the nation’s foreign policy there, died on Dec. 5 in Baltimore. He had written several books, including two volumes of droll, though not entirely comic, somewhat fictionalized recollections of his Navy service — “All the Ship's at Sea” and “Ensign O’Toole and Me” — that in 1962 became the basis for a short-lived television series, “Ensign O’Toole,” starring Dean Jones. ~~292~~~~~~~~~~ N25611656A~~Many tens of thousands of copies of Sarkhan were in the bookstores on publication day. Suddenly it seemed to vanish. Mr. Lederer and the late Mr. Burdick were convinced that the book had been suppressed by agencies of the government, and certainly it contains much that might make such agencies unhappy. In a highly dramatic narrative, it tells of blundering by our intelligence community in Southeast Asia, of error and incompetence-as well as heroics by Americans who understood Asia. Today, brought back to life after twelve years in limbo, ironically retitled The Deceptive American, and given a new, explanatory introduction, it is still relevant. The prescience of its message has been proved by events. ~~~~William J. Lederer, a writer and career naval officer who, with Eugene Burdick, wrote “The Ugly American,” a novel that was among the first books to deal with American involvement in Southeast Asia and that barely veiled a blistering critique of the nation’s foreign policy there, died on Dec. 5 in Baltimore. He had written several books, including two volumes of droll, though not entirely comic, somewhat fictionalized recollections of his Navy service — “All the Ship's at Sea” and “Ensign O’Toole and Me” — that in 1962 became the basis for a short-lived television series, “Ensign O’Toole,” starring Dean Jones. ~~324~~~~~~~~~~ N25611657A~~~~~~Gary Jennings (September 20, 1928 – February 13, 1999) was an American author who wrote children's and adult novels. In 1980, after the successful novel Aztec, he specialized in writing adult historical fiction novels. His novels were known for their historical detail and occasionally graphic content. Jennings' novels are well-researched: he lived for 12 years in Mexico to research the Aztec novels, traveled the Balkans while researching Raptor, and joined nine circus troupes during the writing of Spangle. He also produced a number of novels for younger readers, such as A Rope in the Jungle and a history of the occult Black Magic, White Magic. ~~288~~~~~~~~~~ N25611658A~~~~~~Herbert M. Mason, Jr. , (Born: 24-Oct-1927 Lockney, TX Died: 16-Jan-2013) He wrote his first book with Random House when he was just 36 years old. It was "The Lafayette Escadrille" (1964) which remains a respected work on that subject today. Herbert Mason, Jr. , spent one year as a radio news reporter in San Antonio after graduating from college before getting on a bus which took him to New York. There he eventually became the aviation editor for TRUE, a popular men's magazine, met and married his Norwegian wife and lived in Greenwich Village for 10 years, where they had a daughter. After landing his first book contract, they moved to Norway. They then lived in Florida, San Antonio and Europe, for the research and writing of his books before settling down in San Antonio. ~~324~~~~~~~~~~ N25611659A~~This hard-hitting police procedural--told from a female perspective--recalls the early days of Joseph Wambaugh in its crackling authenticity. With a rush of adrenaline, the novel plunges you into the life of police officer Abigail Fitzpatrick and the seamy world of North Florida as she matures from untested rookie into street-smart veteran. Along the way, Abby comes up against a panoply of crack-heads, domestic batterers, burned-out paramedics, low-life's, and the everyday stress, danger, and harassment that come with being a cop--especially a female cop. ~~~~Catherine Lewis (6 May 1956 ) Her first novel, "Dry Fire," was for adults; "Postcards to Father Abraham" is her debut young adult novel. She worked as an emergency medical technician and police officer while honing her writing skills. ~~280~~~~~~~~~~ N25611660A~~In the central Yucatan a group of Maya Indian workers revolt against the corrupt oligarchy of government, business, the official union, and the press. Two young men--a traditional Maya leader and a Mexican-American lawyer--are drawn into ever deeper commitment to the struggle. When they are caught in a trap and thrown into jail, the lawyer declares a hunger strike. The story of the Maya workers, and of their village, is narrated in a series of vivid flashbacks that alternate with the grim deprivations and interrogations in the prison. ~~~~Earl Shorris (Chicago, 25 June 1936 – New York City, 27 May 2012) was an American writer and social critic. He is best known for establishing the Clemente Course in the Humanities, named after baseball great and humanitarian Roberto Clemente. The Clemente Course is an "educational institution founded in 1995 to teach the humanities at the college level to people living in economic distress. " He was critical of Western culture as "sliding towards plutocracy and materialism. "[2] Shorris published extensively on Mexico and Mexican history. Shorris made the acquaintance of Miguel León-Portilla, who published a widely-read anthology of accounts of the conquest of Mexico from Aztec viewpoints, The Broken Spears. The two subsequently published an important anthology of Mesoamerican literature, bringing to a mass market the existence of significant body of writings by indigenous Mexicans. ~~266~~~~~~~~~~ N25611661A~~Amid the crises of the summer of 1968, two teenagers become lovers. Emily is a good Catholic girl, for whom an incarnate God means joy and contentment in the life of the body. William is preoccupied, in a vague sort of way, with politics and the evils of the System. Together, impelled by physical passion and the idealistic notion that "all our life is some form of religion, and all our action some belief," they run away to create a new life in the wilderness. In their absence, their parents' predictable lives take an entirely different course, and America itself seems to lose its innocence, never to be quite the same again. ~~~~Robert Clark (born April 9, 1952[1]) is a novelist and writer of nonfiction. He received the Edgar Award for his novel Mr. White's Confession in 1999. Clark's books touch on several genres but often return to questions centered in God: "Is there a God? Does he love us? Is he even paying attention?"~~336~~~~~~~~~~ N25611662A~~~~~~Millicent Dillon (Gerson; born May 24, 1925) is an American writer. She was born in New York City and studied physics at Hunter College. She also worked variously at Princeton University, Standard Oil Company, Nuclear Energy for the Propulsion of Aircraft, and Northrup Aircraft. In 1965, at the age of 40, Dillon enrolled in the creative writing program at San Francisco State University. Subsequently, she taught at Foothill College in Los Altos, California. She also worked at Stanford University for nearly a decade. She became a full-time writer in 1983. She is best known for her scholarly works on the American writers Jane Bowles and Paul Bowles. These include a couple of biographies and a collection of letters, as well as The Viking Portable Paul and Jane Bowles (1994) which Dillon edited. Besides the
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