Author: Anna Godbersen
Publisher: Harper Collins
Gossip Girl meets the Gilded Age in this delicious and compelling novel, the second in the New York Times bestselling series from author Anna Godbersen. As old friends become rivals, Manhattan’s most dazzling socialites find their futures threatened by whispers from the past. In this delicious sequel to the New York Times bestselling The Luxe, nothing is more dangerous than a scandal...or more precious than a secret. True love. False friends. Scandalous gossip. This is Manhattan, 1899. After bidding good-bye to New York’s brightest star, Elizabeth Holland, rumors continue to fly about her untimely demise. All eyes are on those closest to the dearly departed: her mischievous sister, Diana, now the family’s only hope for redemption; New York’s most notorious cad, Henry Schoonmaker, the flame Elizabeth never extinguished; the seductive Penelope Hayes, poised to claim all that her best friend left behind—including Henry; even Elizabeth’s scheming former maid, Lina Broud, who discovers that while money matters and breeding counts, gossip is the new currency. “Mystery, romance, jealousy, betrayal, humor, and gorgeous, historically accurate details. I couldn’t put The Luxe down!” —Cecily von Ziegesar, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Gossip Girl series
Envy: A Luxe Novel
Author: Anna Godbersen
Publisher: Harper Collins
It's Manhattan, 1899, and all of society is eagerly watching the Hollands, the Hayeses, and the Schoonmakers to see what kind of drama the great families' sons and daughters will stir up next.
A charmingly exuberant comic debut from an exciting new literary voice, and a “quirky, hilarious, elegantly written farce” (The Daily Telegraph), The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe is the globetrotting story of a trickster from rural India and his adventure of a lifetime. When the fakir—a professional con artist—arrives in Paris, he has just one goal: to get to Ikea. Armed with only a counterfeit hundred-euro note in the pocket of his silk trousers, he is confident that he has all he needs to thrive. But his plan goes horribly awry when he hides inside a wardrobe at the iconic Swedish retailer—the first in a series of accidents that will send him on a whirlwind tour across Europe. Pursued across the continent by a swindled taxi driver dead set on revenge, our fakir soon finds unlikely friends—from movie stars to illegal immigrants—in even unlikelier places. And, much to his own surprise, his heart begins to open to those around him as he comes to understand the universal desire to seek a better life in an often dangerous world. Channeling the manic energy of the Marx Brothers and the biting social commentary of Candide, Romain Puértolas has crafted an unforgettable comic romp around Europe that is propelled by laughter, love, and, ultimately, redemption. (Meatballs not included but highly recommended.)
Fatima's Good Fortune
Author: Joanne Dryansky, Gerry Dryansky
"The sun shone intensely on the island of Djerba in Tunisia. The beige earth refracted heat with the dry odour of ripe fennel and thyme.' Rachida has been lucky all her life: a beautiful Tunisian from the island of Djerba, she escapes to Paris to make a new life. Her sister Fatima has been unlucky all her life: 'There was no way to ignore that she was on first sight quite plain, had just turned forty and had neither children nor a husband. So there was no question that Fatima was the unluckiest woman in her village of Batouine.' freak accident in Paris means that Fatima is summoned to take her sister's place working for an elderly, difficult French woman, the Countess Poulais du Roc. The countess believes that Fatima's arrival will ensure the smooth running of her household. As soon as Fatima arrives, things immediately begin to go not quite according to plan and the little community in the countess' apartment block are drawn into Fatima's life.
The Book of Ivy
Author: Amy Engel
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
What would you kill for? After a brutal nuclear war, the United States was left decimated. A small group of survivors eventually banded together, but only after more conflict over which family would govern the new nation. The Westfalls lost. Fifty years later, peace and control are maintained by marrying the daughters of the losing side to the sons of the winning group in a yearly ritual. This year, it is my turn. My name is Ivy Westfall, and my mission is simple: to kill the president's son—my soon-to-be husband—and return the Westfall family to power. But Bishop Lattimer is either a very skilled actor or he's not the cruel, heartless boy my family warned me to expect. He might even be the one person in this world who truly understands me. But there is no escape from my fate. I am the only one who can restore the Westfall legacy. Because Bishop must die. And I must be the one to kill him...
The French Resistance
Author: Olivier Wieviorka
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Olivier Wieviorka’s history of the French Resistance debunks lingering myths and offers fresh insight into social, political, and military aspects of its operation. He reveals not one but many interlocking homegrown groups often at odds over goals, methods, and leadership. Yet, despite a lack of unity, these fighters braved Nazism without blinking.
Author: Ferdinand von Schirach
On a sweltering day in August, a small town drunkenly celebrates its six-hundredth anniversary with a funfair when an anonymous tip leads police to find a young woman brutally beaten, raped, and thrown under the floorboards of the very stage on which her attackers had just played a polka. An eight-member brass band composed of respectable family men with respectable day jobs is charged with the crime. A neophyte defense lawyer, still wet behind the ears and breaking in his attaché case, takes on the trial, only to lose his innocence in the process. So begins Guilt, Ferdinand von Schirach’s tense, riveting collection of stories based on real crimes he has known. In these brief, succinct tales, von Schirach calls into question the nature of guilt and the toll it takes—or fails to take—on ordinary people. In “The Illuminati,” the popular mean crowd at an all-boys’ boarding school wages a vicious attack against an outsider schoolmate, and ends up accidentally killing the boy’s beloved teacher. Attempting to hurdle through a midlife crisis, a housewife begins to steal trivial things no one will miss, an act that gives her a rush and staves off depression in “Desire.” And in “Snow,” an old man whose home is used as a way station for a heroin ring agrees to protect the identity of the lead drug runner, who receives his comeuppance in due course. Compassionate and seen with the same cool, controlled eye that propelled Ferdinand von Schirach’s debut collection, Crime, onto best-seller lists, Guilt is a stunning follow-up from one of Germany’s finest new writers.
Ego Trip's Book of Rap Lists
Author: Sacha Jenkins, Elliott Wilson, Jeff Mao, Gabe Alvarez, Brent Rollins
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Ego Trip's Book of Rap Lists is more popular than racism! Hip hop is huge, and it's time someone wrote it all down. And got it all right. With over 25 aggregate years of interviews, and virtually every hip hop single, remix and album ever recorded at their disposal, the highly respected Ego Trip staff are the ones to do it. The Book of Rap Lists runs the gamut of hip hop information. This is an exhaustive, indispensable and completely irreverent bible of true hip hip knowledge.
The Little Prince
Author: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Publisher: Babelcube Inc.
The Little Prince is a work in French language, the most famous by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Published in 1943 in New York simultaneously in English and French, it’s a poetic and philosophical tale in the guise of a children's story. It has simple and uncluttered language, because it is intended to be understood by children, and, in fact, for the narrator, it is the preferred vehicle of a symbolic conception of life. Each chapter talks about a meeting of the little prince who leaves him perplexed about the absurd behavior of grown-ups. Each of these meetings can be read as an allegory. The watercolor paintings are part of the text and participate in this purity of language: simplicity and deepness are the key qualities of the work. You can read an invitation from the author to find the child in yourself, because all grown-ups were first children (but few of them remember). The book is dedicated to Léon Werth, but when he was a little boy.
Author: Aurelie Venem
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Young librarian Samantha Watkins has always been perfectly content with her humdrum existence. Never easily fitting in with anyone anywhere, she feels most at ease in silence, among stacks of books. Sam believes in leaving fantasy and drama to the characters in her beloved novels. But one night when she leaves work late, she finds herself center stage in a tale of vengeance and terror. Samantha is rescued from a gang of vampires by Phoenix, a mysterious and otherworldly man. Suddenly her paranormal adventures take a far more extraordinary turn than any story she's ever read. Phoenix, her savior, is actually a vampire as well, tasked with stopping his peers from killing. With no possibility of returning to her former life, Sam becomes his assistant. Together they investigate a series of mysterious disappearances and attempt to save the human race from a horrible fate. Battling vampires thrills and empowers Sam, but where does she stand with supernatural Phoenix? Could Phoenix, through their work together, become a different man?
Le doigt sur la Lumière
Author: Gilles Charles Vuille
L’homme qui nie l’existence d’un Dieu-Créateur de toutes choses ne risque-t-il pas de se prendre pour Dieu ? Les écrits sur l’athéisme sont légion, font recette aujourd’hui ! Question : comment reconnaître le bon grain de l’ivraie ? L’intérêt de ce Contre-chant à l’athéisme de Richard Dawkins réside d’abord dans sa conception, son approche, son style; il se trouve ensuite être révélateur et savamment éclairant. Son auteur, Gilles Charles Vuille, n’a pas cherché, comme Richard Dawkins, à transmettre sa pensée personnelle, mais tout son contraire : on ressent, en effet, cette préoccupation à distiller, au fil des pages, des paroles fortes émanant d’une multitude d’hommes et de femmes notoires, ayant fait l’expérience de l’Amour de Dieu. Cette recherche minutieuse, à travers les millénaires, amène progressivement à vider de sa substance les thèses sur l’athéisme. Voilà une lecture qui pourrait bien nous mener à la Lumière ! Luc Claessens
The Memory Book
Author: Lara Avery
They tell me that my memory will never be the same, that I'll start forgetting things. At first just a little, and then a lot. So I'm writing to remember. Sammie McCoy is a girl with a plan: graduate at the top of her class and get out of her small town as soon as possible. Nothing will stand in her way--not even the rare genetic disorder the doctors say will slowly steal her memories and then her health. So the memory book is born: a journal written to Sammie's future self, so she can remember everything from where she stashed her study guides to just how great it feels to have a best friend again. It's where she'll record every perfect detail of her first date with longtime-crush Stuart, a gifted young writer home for the summer. And where she'll admit how much she's missed her childhood friend Cooper, and the ridiculous lengths he will go to make her laugh. The memory book will ensure Sammie never forgets the most important parts of her life--the people who have broken her heart, those who have mended it--and most of all, that if she's going to die, she's going to die living. This moving and remarkable novel introduces an inspiring character you're sure to remember, long after the last page.
Aux États-Unis, un enfant de deux ans se souvient d'avoir été un pilote abattu au-dessus de l'océan Pacifique pendant la seconde guerre mondiale. Il donne quantité de détails qui sont confirmés plus tard, une fois le pilote identifié et ses anciens compagnons d'armes ainsi que sa soeur retrouvés. En Oklahoma, un petit garçon se rappelle avoir été un acteur à Hollywood. Sa description de la vie du défunt est confirmée à la suite de recherches poussées. En Californie, un jeune prodige du golf affirme avoir été le célèbre golfeur Bobby Jones. Et si la preuve de la réincarnation sortait de la bouche des enfants ? Depuis plusieurs décennies, Jim Tucker, professeur en psychiatrie, parcourt le monde pour rencontrer les enfants ayant des souvenirs de vie antérieure et tenter de vérifier leurs récits par des enquêtes approfondies. Minutieusement, il reconstitue une chronologie des événements et cherche ensuite à savoir si les détails mentionnés par l'enfant correspondent à la vie d'un défunt. Dans cet ouvrage, il nous présente de nombreuses histoires extraordinaires défiant l'imagination. Confrontées à la réalité, elles apportent la preuve que tout ne s'arrête pas avec la mort. Jim Tucker étoffe son récit des dernières recherches scientifiques sur la conscience. Histoires extraordinaires invite le lecteur à réfléchir à la vie après la mort. C'est un ouvrage d'avant-garde qui bouscule les croyances et la science en place. « Dans ce livre qui sort véritablement de l'ordinaire, le Dr Tucker apporte les preuves scientifiques les plus convaincantes de la survie de la conscience à la mort physique. Le modèle proposé par le Dr Tucker ouvre une nouvelle vision de ce que nous sommes, des êtres illimités dans l'espace et le temps.» Deepak Chopra, auteur du Fabuleux Pouvoir de votre cerveau. « Par cet ouvrage, le Dr Jim Tucker plante un clou solide dans le cercueil du matérialisme. Il apporte une contribution importante aux nombreuses preuves déjà existantes que la conscience survit à la mort du cerveau et du corps. La peur de la mort et de l'annihilation a provoqué plus de souffrance dans l'histoire humaine que toutes les maladies physiques réunies. Ce livre constitue un puissant antidote à cette angoisse.» Larry Dossey, auteur du Surprenant Pouvoir de la prière.