Author: Michele Mari
Publisher: Open Road Media
An award-winning work of epic alternative history tracing the rise of one of the twentieth century’s most beloved bands: Pink Floyd Hailed in Italy as an ingenious, genre-bending fictional account of the rise of Pink Floyd, Michele Mari’s Red Floyd follows the illustrious rock band from infancy to world renown through the eyes of an incredible array of witnesses—real and imaginary, dead and alive. Blending the true with the apocryphal, Red Floyd takes readers into the wild and rowdy world of English progressive rock and into the minds of such legendary figures as David Bowie, Stanley Kubrick, and Alan Parsons. Mari’s narration opens a mesmerizing window onto Pink Floyd’s most intense periods of creativity, its tawdry secrets, and its hidden inspirations, creating a rich tapestry that tells one of the most inventive stories in recent fiction.
Author: Gianfranco Baruchello, Michele Mari
Let's Talk About Love
Author: Carl Wilson
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
For his 2007 critically acclaimed 33 1/3 series title, Let's Talk About Love, Carl Wilson went on a quest to find his inner CÃ©line Dion fan and explore how we define ourselves by what we call good and bad, what we love and what we hate. At once among the most widely beloved and most reviled and lampooned pop stars of the past few decades, CÃ©line Dion's critics call her mawkish and overblown while millions of fans around the world adore her "huge pipes?? and even bigger feelings. How can anyone say which side is right? This new, expanded edition goes even further, calling on thirteen prominent writers and musicians to respond to themes ranging from sentiment and kitsch to cultural capital and musical snobbery. The original text is followed by lively arguments and stories from Nick Hornby, Krist Novoselic, Ann Powers, Mary Gaitskill, James Franco, Sheila Heti and others. In a new afterword, Carl Wilson examines recent cultural changes in love and hate, including the impact of technology and social media on how taste works (or doesn't) in the 21st century.
Author: Andrew Motion
This ebook includes a copy of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island! A rip-roaring sequel to Treasure Island—Robert Louis Stevenson’s beloved classic—about two young friends and their high-seas adventure with dangerous pirates and long-lost treasure. It's almost forty years after the events of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island: Jim Hawkins now runs an inn called the Hispaniola on the English coast with his son, Jim, and Long John Silver has returned to England to live in obscurity with his daughter, Natty. Their lives are quiet and unremarkable; their adventures have seemingly ended. But for Jim and Natty, the adventure is just beginning. One night, Natty approaches young Jim with a proposition: return to Treasure Island and find the remaining treasure that their fathers left behind so many years before. As Jim and Natty set sail in their fathers' footsteps, they quickly learn that this journey will not be easy. Immediately, they come up against murderous pirates, long-held grudges, and greed and deception lurking in every corner. And when they arrive on Treasure Island, they find terrible scenes awaiting them—difficulties which require all their wit as well as their courage. Nor does the adventure end there, since they have to sail homeward again... Andrew Motion’s sequel—rollicking, heartfelt, and utterly brilliant—would make Robert Louis Stevenson proud.
Author: Sarah Churchwell
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Originally published: London: Virago, 2013
Author: Fabrice Moireau, Dominique Fernandez
Publisher: Editions Didier Millet
Rome Sketchbook transports the reader to the magnificent centre of ancient Europe, the home of breathtaking cityscapes and inspiring architecture such as the Trevi Fountain and St Peters Basilica. Inspired by this hub of art and historical heritage, Fabrice Moireau, the artist behind some of the other books in this acclaimed series which has covered such cities as Paris, London,Venice and Amsterdam presents a timeless collection of watercolour paintings and sketches that will be equally delightful to those already familiar with the city as well as visitors discovering it for the very first time. From glorious monuments to intimate street scenes, Moireaus deft brushstrokes beautifully capture the atmosphere of the eclectic, romantic and vibrant Italian capital.
A magical fantasy by one of Britain's finest writers in any genre.
Author: Fabrizia Ramondino
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Author: Kerry Christiani, Vesna Maric
A guide to Sardinia that provides information on the region's history, villages, resorts, beaches, crafts, wildlife, landscape, churches, and historical sites.
Styles of Radical Will
Author: Susan Sontag
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Styles of Radical Will, Susan Sontag's second collection of essays, extends the investigations she undertook in Against Interpretation with essays on film, literature, politics, and a groundbreaking study of pornography.
Sniper: A Novel
Author: Nicolai Lilin
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Poised to stand among the great war novels, the harrowing chronicle of a sniper during the Chechen War. “The saboteurs? Holy Christ, what happened? What did you do to deserve that?” a fellow soldier responds when he hears that Nicolai Lilin has been assigned to an unconventional, ultra-high-risk paramilitary unit of the Russian army. Also nicknamed the “para-bats” for the black parachutes that dropped them behind enemy lines at night, Lilin and his fellow “saboteurs” soon find themselves fighting Islamic insurgents armed with American weaponry in the breakaway province of Chechnya. In vivid, harrowing detail, Lilin relays how, under the mind-bending dangers of heavy fire, on unknown terrain, in unpredictable small villages, the only goal is survival. Under the leadership of corrupt generals profiting from the war, his unit develops a camaraderie that is their best hope for staying alive—and staying human. Ultimately, the return to the bland normality of an impersonal society at “peace” might be the hardest struggle of all. Writing with unhindered directness and power, Lilin combines his own experiences as a sniper in Chechnya together with the stories of those he fought beside to forge an autobiographical novel unique in the literature of war. A bestseller in Europe, this novel will remain an unforgettable account of one of the ugliest conflicts of our time.
Author: Alexandre Dumas
Publisher: Sovereign via PublishDrive
Should you ever go to Rome and visit the villa Pamphili, no doubt, after having sought under its tall pines and along its canals the shade and freshness so rare in the capital of the Christian world, you will descend towards the Janiculum Hill by a charming road, in the middle of which you will find the Pauline fountain.
Author: Antonio Tabucchi
It is a sultry August at the very end of the twentieth century, and Tristano is dying. A hero of the Italian Resistance, Tristano has called a writer to his bedside to listen to his life story, though, really, “you don’t tell a life…you live a life, and while you’re living it, it’s already lost, has slipped away.” Tristano Dies, one of Antonio Tabucchi’s major novels, is a vibrant consideration of love, war, devotion, betrayal, and the instability of the past, of storytelling, and what it means to be a hero. From the Trade Paperback edition.
In an unnamed country, in an unnamed year sometime in the future, Chief Inspector Jensen of the Sixteenth Division is called in after the publishers controlling the entire country's newspapers and magazines receive a threat to blow up their building, in retaliation for a murder they are accused of committing. The building is evacuated, but the bomb fails to explode and Jensen is given seven days in which to track down the letter writer. Jensen has never had a case he could not solve before, but as his investigation into the identity of the letter writer begins it soon becomes clear that the directors of the publishers have their own secrets, not least the identity of the 'Special Department' on the thirty first floor; the only department not permitted to be evacuated after the bomb threat.
Author: Elmore Leonard
Publisher: Harper Collins
“Elmore Leonard is in a class of one….The greatest crime writer who ever lived.” —Dennis Lehane “Elmore Leonard is our greatest crime novelist…the best in the business.” —Washington Post 44 novels and still going strong! The incomparable Elmore Leonard—“The reigning King Daddy of crime writers” (Seattle Times)—is back with Djibouti, a gripping, twisting, playful, and always surprising tale of modern-day piracy. Djibouti sparkles with the trademark Leonard style, wit, and crackling dialogue that have made novels like Get Shorty, Out of Sight, and The Hot Kid crime fiction classics. This time Elmore’s taking us to the Horn of Africa for an unforgettable confrontation with con men, crooked diplomats, documentary filmmakers, and pirates…and it’s going to be a wild ride!