Ordinary Love and Good Will

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Anchor #ad - As both stories unfold, smiley gracefully raises the questions that confront all families with the characteristic style and insight that has marked all of her work. These exquisite twin novellas chronicle the difficult choices that reshape the lives of two very different families. In ordinary love, smiley focuses on a woman’s infidelity and the lasting, indelible effects it leaves on her children long after her departure.

Good will portrays a father who realizes how his son has been affected by his decision to lead a counterculture life and move his family to a farm.

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Last Night at the Lobster

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Penguin Books #ad - All the while, he's wondering how to handle the waitress he's still in love with, his pregnant girlfriend, and where to find the present that will make everything better. Stewart o'nan has been called "the bard of the working class, " and Last Night at the Lobster is a poignant yet redemptive look at what a man does when he discovers that his best might not be good enough.

But manager manny deleon still needs to navigate a tricky last shift--just four days before Christmas and in the midst of a fierce blizzard--with a near-mutinous staff and the final onslaught of hungry retirees, lunatics, and holiday office parties. A frank and funny yet emotionally resonant tale set within a vivid work day world, and entertainment weeklya finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize Perched in the far corner of a run-down New England mall, Alone and Henry, Himself--named a Best Book of the Year by The Washington Post, from the author of Emily, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Red Lobster hasn't been making its numbers and headquarters has pulled the plug.

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The Woman Lit by Fireflies

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Grove Press #ad - Jim harrison at his peak: comic, erotic, and insightful” San Francisco Chronicle. An ex-bible student with raucously asocial tendencies rescues the preserved body of an Indian chief from the frigid depths of Lake Superior in a caper that nets a wildly unexpected bounty. Funny, sexy, wild, and bizarre .

 .  . Along with Richard Ford .  .  . A fifty-year-old suburban housewife flees quietly from her abusive businessman husband at a highway rest stop, climbs a fence, and explores the bittersweet pageant of the preceding years within the sanctuary of an Iowa cornfield. Across the odd contours of the American landscape, people are searching for the things that aren’t irretrievably lost, for the incandescent beneath the ordinary.

The Woman Lit by Fireflies #ad - Three novellas by the author of Legends of the Fall. The woman lit by fireflies is the work of a classic writer at the very top of his form—a hard-living, hard-writing hero of American letters whose novellas comprise a sweeping tribute to the nation’s heartland and the colorful, courageous characters who inhabit it.

A brilliant tour de force .  .  . A band of sixties radicals, now approaching middle age, reunite to free an old comrade from a Mexican jail.

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The Giant Book of Poetry eBook

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Level 4 Press, Inc. #ad - The poems were specifically selected to appeal to readers new to poetry, but even experienced poetry readers will find new and enjoyable poems. Multiple indexes, including an index by subject, simplify finding exactly the right poem for any situation. The poems from the book are also available on audio CD.

Over 750 pages of poetry spanning from 4, 000 BC up to the present day and including a broad cross-section of global poetry. Winner or finalist in the best books national book award poetry anthology of the Year; Benjamin Franklin Audio Book of the Year; Foreword Magazine Audio Book of the Year; and the Bill Fisher Award for Best New Fiction.

The Giant Book of Poetry eBook #ad - Footnotes for each poem specify each poem's form, define unusual or archaic words, and include notes about interpretation.

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Percival Everett by Virgil Russell: A Novel

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Graywolf Press #ad - Because, compassionate meditation on old age and its humiliations, after all, what narrator can we ever trust?Not only is Percival Everett by Virgil Russell a powerful, it is an ingenious culmination of Everett's recurring preoccupations. And in murphy's troubled dreams, Nat Turner imagines the life of William Styron.

Percival everett has never been more cunning, than he is in this, more brilliant and subversive, his most important and elusive novel to date. All of his prior work, his investigations into the nature of narrative, his metaphysical and philosophical inquiries, have led to this masterful book. These narratives twist together with anecdotes from the nursing home, each building on the other until they crest in a wild, outlandish excursion of the inmates led by the father.

Percival Everett by Virgil Russell: A Novel #ad - Anything we take for granted, Mr. A man visits his aging father in a nursing home, where his father writes the novel he imagines his son would write. Or is it the novel that the son imagines his father would imagine, if he were to imagine the kind of novel the son would write?Let's simplify: a woman seeks an apprenticeship with a painter, claiming to be his long-lost daughter.

Everett means to show us, may turn out to be a lie. Wall street journal* finalist for the los angeles Times Book Prize * Finalist for the PEN / Faulkner Award for Fiction *A story inside a story inside a story. A contractor-for-hire named Murphy can't distinguish between the two brothers who employ him.

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Copenhagen Student Editions

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Methuen Drama #ad - Frayn argues that just as it is impossible to be certain of the precise location of an electron, so it is impossible to be certain about the workings of the human mind. Michael frayn's tremendous play is a piece of history, an intellectual thriller, a psychological investigation and a moral tribunal in full session' Sunday Times 'A profound and haunting meditation on the mysteries of human motivation' Independent 'Frayn has seized on a ral-life historical and scientific mystery.

In 1941 the physicist werner heisenberg, niels bohr, and was at that time leading the Nazi's nuclear programme, who formulated the famous Uncertainty Principle about the movement of particles, went to visit his old boss and mentor, in Copenhagen. What is certain is that Frayn makes ideas zing and sing in this play' Daily Telegraph.

Copenhagen Student Editions #ad - What was the purpose of his visit to nazi-occupied Denmark? What did the two old friends say to each other, particularly bearing in mind that Bohr was both half-Jewish and a Danish patriot? .

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The Beggar Maid: Stories of Flo and Rose Vintage International

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Vintage #ad - One is flo, practical, suspicious of other people's airs, at times dismayingly vulgar. The other is rose, flo's stepdaughter, a clumsy, shy girl who somehow leaves the small town she grew up in to achieve her own equivocal success in the larger world. Winner of the nobel prize® in literature 2013in this series of interweaving stories, Munro recreates the evolving bond between two women in the course of almost forty years.

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Disgraced: A Play

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Back Bay Books #ad - In dialogue that bristles with wit and intelligence, Akhtar puts contemporary attitudes toward religion under a microscope, revealing how tenuous self-image can be for people born into one way of being who have embraced another. Everyone has been told that politics and religion are two subjects that should be off-limits at social gatherings.

But watching these characters rip into these forbidden topics, there's no arguing that they make for ear-tickling good theater" New York Times. Add a liberal flow of alcohol and a couple of major secrets suddenly revealed, and you've got yourself one dangerous dinner party" Associated Press. Sparkling and combustible" Bloomberg Businessweek, "Disgraced rubs all kinds of unexpected raw spots with intelligence and humor" Newsday.

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Brooklyn: A Novel

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Scribner #ad - Colm tóibín’s new york times bestselling novel—now an acclaimed film starring Saoirse Ronan and Jim Broadbent nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Picture—is “a moving, deeply satisfying read” Entertainment Weekly about a young Irish immigrant in Brooklyn in the early 1950s. One of the most unforgettable characters in contemporary literature” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Eilis Lacey has come of age in small-town Ireland in the hard years following World War Two.

But just as eilis begins to fall in love, devastating news from Ireland threatens the promise of her future. When an irish priest from brooklyn offers to sponsor Eilis in America, she decides she must go, leaving her fragile mother and her charismatic sister behind. Tony, who loves the dodgers and his big Italian family, slowly wins her over with patient charm.

Brooklyn: A Novel #ad - Eilis finds work in a department store on Fulton Street, and when she least expects it, finds love. Written with mesmerizing power and skill” the boston Globe, Brooklyn is a “triumph…One of those magically quiet novels that sneak up on readers and capture their imaginations” USA TODAY. Author “colm tóibín…is his generation’s most gifted writer of love’s complicated, contradictory power” Los Angeles Times.

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The Age of Grief

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Anchor #ad - The luminous novella and stories in the age of grief explore the vicissitudes of love, friendship, and marriage with all the compassion and insight that have come to be expected from Jane Smiley, the Pulitzer Prize—winning author of A Thousand Acres. In “the pleasure of her company, ” a lonely, single woman befriends the married couple next door, hoping to learn the secret of their happiness.

The Age of Grief #ad - And in the incandescently wise and moving title novella, a dentist, aware that his wife has fallen in love with someone else, must comfort her when she is spurned, while maintaining the secret of his own complicated sorrow. Beautifully written, the age of grief captures moments of great intimacy with grace, with a wry intelligence and a lively comic touch, clarity, and indelible emotional power.

. In “long distance, ” a man finds himself relieved of the obligation to continue an affair that is no longer compelling to him, only to be waylaid by the guilt he feels at his easy escape.

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Einstein's Dreams Vintage Contemporaries

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Vintage #ad - In poetic vignettes, the process of creativity, it explores the connections between science and art, and ultimately the fragility of human existence. A modern classic, einstein’s dreams is a fictional collage of stories dreamed by Albert Einstein in 1905, about time, relativity and physics. In another, time is a nightingale, sometimes trapped by a bell jar.

Now translated into thirty languages, dancers, Einstein’s Dreams has inspired playwrights, musicians, and painters all over the world. In one, time is circular, so that people are fated to repeat triumphs and failures over and over. As the defiant but sensitive young genius is creating his theory of relativity, a new conception of time, he imagines many possible worlds.

Einstein's Dreams Vintage Contemporaries #ad - In another, there is a place where time stands still, visited by lovers and parents clinging to their children.

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