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The President's Hat

The President's Hat

Author: Antoine Laurain
Publisher: Gallic Books
ISBN: 1908313579
Pages: 208
Year: 2013-03-28
A charming fable about the power of a hat that takes the reader on a roller-coaster ride through French life during the Mitterrand years. Dining alone in an elegant Parisian brasserie, accountant Daniel Mercier can hardly believe his eyes when President François Mitterrand sits down to eat at the table next to him. After the presidential party has gone, Daniel discovers that Mitterrand's black felt hat has been left behind. After a few moments' soul-searching, Daniel decides to keep the hat as a souvenir of an extraordinary evening. It's a perfect fit, and as he leaves the restaurant Daniel begins to feel somehow ... different.
French Rhapsody

French Rhapsody

Author: Antoine Laurain
Publisher: Gallic Books
ISBN: 1910477389
Pages: 300
Year: 2016-09-26
The arrival of a letter delayed by 33 years sparks off a quest that leads both on a nostalgic journey back to the 1980s and right to the heart of France today. Middle-aged doctor Alain Massoulier has received a life-changing letter – thirty-three years too late. Lost in the Paris postal system for decades, the letter from Polydor, dated 1983, offers a recording contract to The Holograms, in which Alain played lead guitar. Overcome by nostalgia, Alain is tempted to track down the members of the group. But in a world where everything and everyone has changed...where could his quest possibly take him?
I Wish Someone Were Waiting for Me Somewhere

I Wish Someone Were Waiting for Me Somewhere

Author: Anna Gavalda
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 110121564X
Pages: 208
Year: 2003-12-02
Winner of the 200 Grand Prix RTL-Lire and the Academie Francaise Short Story Award (2000) “Gavalda sees through ordinary appearances to people’s hidden longings. The characters in I Wish Someone Were Waiting for Me Somewhere . . . are graced (as is their author) with the Gallic virtues of dry wit and almost involuntary elegance . . . crystalline portraits of diverse human types, united in their solitude, fear of death, and search of love.” –Vogue “This collection of short stories is a pure diamond. Cutting humor . . . revealing an inner truth which makes them suddenly essential. What makes Gavalda so good is that she writes with both feet firmly planted in reality and yet hers is a sideways, caustic look at thing.” –Le Soir
The Red Notebook

The Red Notebook

Author: Antoine Laurain
Publisher: Gallic Books
ISBN: 1908313870
Pages: 160
Year: 2015-03-02
Bookseller Laurent Letellier comes across an abandoned handbag on a Parisian street and feels impelled to return it to its owner. The bag contains no money, phone or contact information. But a small red notebook with handwritten thoughts and jottings reveals a person that Laurent would very much like to meet. Without even a name to go on, and only a few of her possessions to help him, how is he to find one woman in a city of millions?
From the Land of the Moon

From the Land of the Moon

Author: Milena Agus
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1609450582
Pages: 114
Year: 2010-12-28
But what do we really know about other people? Set against the stunning Sardinian landscape of rugged mountains and villages lost in time, this internationally bestselling novel is a multi-generational family saga about love, lust and country. An young unnamed woman reflects the life of her grandmother, a bewitching and eccentric figure whose abiding search for love spans much of the twentieth century. In 1943, as American bombs fall on the city of Cagliari, the young woman’s grandmother is thirty and already considered an old maid, unmarried and still living at home with her parents. But when the bombing ceases, and despite her protests, her father forces her to marry the first man to propose, an older widower she doesn’t love. After suffering several miscarriages, she is sent for treatment at a spa on the mainland, where she falls in love with an injured Italian army veteran and nine months later gives birth to a son. Attributing the pregnancy to her spa treatment, she returns to her husband and never reveals the affair. Decades later, she returns to the mainland and travels to her former lover’s hometown of Milan. Dressed in her finest coat and shoes, she wanders the streets in search of the elusive veteran. A bittersweet story of love and loss and a moving tribute to the power of storytelling, From the Land of the Moon is the powerful English debut of one of Italy’s most important new literary talents.
Out of Sorts

Out of Sorts

Author: Aurelie Valognes
Publisher: AmazonCrossing
ISBN: 1503950379
Pages:
Year: 2016-01-01

The Portrait

The Portrait

Author: Antoine Laurain
Publisher: Gallic Books
ISBN: 1910477435
Pages: 112
Year: 2017-06-27
Pierre-Francois finds himself in a case of mistaken identity when he discovers a likeness to the figure in a portrait."
A Brief History of the Future

A Brief History of the Future

Author: Jacques Attali
Publisher: Skyhorse
ISBN: 1628721332
Pages: 312
Year: 2011-07-01
What will planet Earth be like in twenty years? At mid-century? In the year 2100? Prescient and convincing, this book is a must-read for anyone concerned about the future. Never has the world offered more promise for the future and been more fraught with dangers. Attali anticipates an unraveling of American hegemony as transnational corporations sever the ties linking free enterprise to democracy. World tensions will be primed for horrific warfare for resources and dominance. The ultimate question is: Will we leave our children and grandchildren a world that is not only viable but better, or in this nuclear world bequeath to them a planet that will be a living hell? Either way, he warns, the time to act is now.
Smoking Kills

Smoking Kills

Author: Antoine Laurain
Publisher: Gallic Books
ISBN: 1910477559
Pages:
Year: 2018-06-19
How far would you go to enjoy a cigarette? When headhunter Fabrice Valentine faces a smoking ban at work, he decides to undertake a course of hypnotherapy to rid himself of the habit. At first the treatment works, but his stress levels begin to rise when he is passed over for an important promotion and he finds himself lighting up again - but with none of his previous enjoyment. Then he discovers something terrible: he accidentally causes a mans death, and needing a cigarette to calm his nerves, he enjoys it more than any other previous smoke. What if he now needs to kill someone every time he wants to properly appreciate his next Benson and Hedges? An original and totally French black comedy from bestselling author, Antoine Laurain.
The Meaning of Sunglasses

The Meaning of Sunglasses

Author: Hadley Freeman
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0670018678
Pages: 234
Year: 2008-01
A deputy fashion editor at The Guardian examines the modern world's obsession with fashion, in an encyclopedic volume of instructional and philosophical mini-essays that celebrates fashion's joys and foibles.
Sketches of Korea

Sketches of Korea

Author: Benjamin Joinau, Elodie Dornand de Rouville
Publisher: Seoul Selection
ISBN: 1624120512
Pages: 205
Year: 2015-11-05
How Much Do You Think You Know about Korea? Get a glimpse of the many faces of Korea in illustration form Kimchi, K-pop, taekwondo, Samsung—the images that most people get when they think of Korea don’t stray much beyond the usual ones. But there are so many more fascinating sides to Korea. A cultural anthropologist with over 20 years of personal experience in Korea, author Benjamin Joinau introduces readers to the various faces of Korea outside those that Koreans typically like to present, guided by Elodie Dornand de Rouville’s refreshingly original and detailed illustrations—Korean society through the eyes of two foreigners. Grab a copy and let's take a look at the real faces of Korea, past and present.
The Edge of the Light

The Edge of the Light

Author: Elizabeth George
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0147513960
Pages: 416
Year: 2017-08
The climactic final installment of New York Times bestseller Elizabeth George's award-winning saga. Seth Darrow is a straightforward guy, and he likes life to be simple. Lately, it's been anything but. Since his beloved grandfather's stroke, Seth has been focused on getting Grand home again, before his aunt can take advantage of the situation to get her hands on Grand's valuable real estate. Seth would also like to get his relationship with Prynne on solid ground. He loves her, but can he believe she has her drug use under control? Meanwhile, things are complicated for the other Whidbey Island friends. Derric has found Rejoice, the sister he left behind in Uganda, but no one - including Rejoice - knows she is his sister. Jenn is discovering feelings for her teammate Cynthia, feelings her born-again Christian mother would never find acceptable. And Becca, hiding under a false identity since her arrival on the island, is concealing the biggest secret of all. In the final book of the Whidbey Island saga, events build to an astonishing climax as secrets are revealed, hearts are broken, and lives are changed forever.
French for Beginners (Facon de Parler)

French for Beginners (Facon de Parler)

Author: Angela Aries, Dominique Debney
Publisher: Hodder Education
ISBN: 034091310X
Pages: 80
Year: 2006-06-01
Is this the right French course for me? Façon de Parler 1 is a lively, highly illustrative and communicative French course designed to take adult beginners to GCSE level or equivalent. Whether you are learning for holiday, business or exam purposes, Façon de Parler 1 will guide you step by step through all the basic language skills and there is plenty of opportunity to practise what you have learnt. What's in the Audio pack? This audio pack contains the three CDs which include dialogues, passages and exercises from the fourth edition Student Book, plus a Support Book with answers to the exercises in the coursebook and recording transcripts.
Viviane

Viviane

Author: Julia Deck
Publisher: New Press, The
ISBN: 1595589716
Pages: 160
Year: 2014-04-01
Les Éditions de Minuit, publisher of Marguerite Duras and Alain Robbe-Grillet, rarely publishes a debut novel. Jean Echenoz, current star of this revered French literary house and enthusiastic fan of Julia Deck, confesses that he didn’t send his first novel to Minuit because the publisher is “too demanding…too good for me.” Yet thirty years later, a first novel published by Minuit has gripped French readers and taken the literary world by storm. Viviane is both an engrossing murder mystery and a gripping exploration of madness, a narrative that tests the shifting boundaries of language and the self. For inspiration, Deck read the work of another Minuit star, Samuel Beckett, because, as she says, “he positions himself within chaos and gives it coherence.” This breakthrough novel, nominated for the Prix Femina, the Prix France Inter, and the Prix du Premier Roman, is sure to become a contemporary classic. Linda Coverdale, one of the most celebrated French translators working today, has created a faithful and propulsive English text that has been revised and approved by the author.
Villa Triste

Villa Triste

Author: Patrick Modiano
Publisher: Other Press, LLC
ISBN: 1590517679
Pages: 170
Year: 2016
The narrator of Villa Triste, an anxious, roving, stateless young man of eighteen, arrives in a small French lakeside town near Switzerland in the early 1960s. The young man hides among the other summer visitors until he meets a beautiful young actress named Yvonne Jacquet, and a strange doctor, Ren Meinthe. These two invite him into their world of soirees and late-night debauchery. But when real life beckons once again, he finds no sympathy from his new companions. Modiano has written a haunting novel that captures lost youth and the search for identity.