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Close Your Eyes Hold Hands

Author : Chris Bohjalian
ISBN : 9780385534840
Genre : Fiction
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A heartbreaking, wildly inventive, and moving novel narrated by a teenage runaway, from the bestselling author of Midwives and The Sandcastle Girls. Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands is the story of Emily Shepard, a homeless teen living in an igloo made of ice and trash bags filled with frozen leaves. Half a year earlier, a nuclear plant in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom had experienced a cataclysmic meltdown, and both of Emily's parents were killed. Devastatingly, her father was in charge of the plant, and the meltdown may have been his fault. Was he drunk when it happened? Thousands of people are forced to flee their homes in the Kingdom; rivers and forests are destroyed; and Emily feels certain that as the daughter of the most hated man in America, she is in danger. So instead of following the social workers and her classmates after the meltdown, Emily takes off on her own for Burlington, where she survives by stealing, sleeping on the floor of a drug dealer's apartment, and inventing a new identity for herself -- an identity inspired by her favorite poet, Emily Dickinson. When Emily befriends a young homeless boy named Cameron, she protects him with a ferocity she didn't know she had. But she still can't outrun her past, can't escape her grief, can't hide forever—and so she comes up with the only plan that she can. A story of loss, adventure, and the search for friendship in the wake of catastrophe, Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands is one of Chris Bohjalian’s finest novels to date—breathtaking, wise, and utterly transporting.

Midwives

Author : Chris Bohjalian
ISBN : 1400032970
Genre : Fiction
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A contemporary classic that has sold more than two million copies and was a selection of Oprah's original Book Club, Midwives is a compulsively readable novel that explores questions of human responsibility that are as fundamental to our society now as they were when the book was first published twenty years ago. On an icy winter night in an isolated house in rural Vermont, a seasoned midwife named Sibyl Danforth takes desperate measures to save a baby’s life. She performs an emergency cesarean section on a mother she believes has died of stroke. But what if—as Sibyl's assistant later charges—the patient wasn't already dead? The ensuing trial bears the earmarks of a witch hunt, forcing Sibyl to face the antagonism of the law, the hostility of traditional doctors, and the accusations of her own conscience. Exploring the complex and emotional decisions surrounding childbirth, Midwives engages, moves, and transfixes us as only the very best novels ever do.

Was Vom Tage Brig Blieb

Author : Kazuo Ishiguro
ISBN : 9783641202156
Genre : Fiction
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Stevens dient als Butler in Darlington Hall. Er sorgt für einen tadellosen Haushalt und ist die Verschwiegenheit in Person: Niemals würde er auch nur ein Wort über die merkwürdigen Vorgänge im Herrenhaus verlieren. Er stellt sein Leben voll und ganz in den Dienst seines Herrn. Auch die vorsichtigen Annäherungsversuche von Miss Kenton, der Haushälterin, weist er brüsk zurück. Viele Jahre lang lebt ergeben in seiner Welt, bis ihn eines Tages die Vergangenheit einholt. Das kritische Portrait einer von Klasse und Hierarchien geprägten Gesellschaft und eine bittersüße Liebesgeschichte, erzählt von einem, der seinen Stand nie hinterfragt und der nie auch nur geahnt hat, dass er liebte. Zum Literaturnobelpreis 2017 jetzt als bibliophlie Sonderausgabe.

The Law Of Similars

Author : Chris Bohjalian
ISBN : 9781400032969
Genre : Fiction
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" The Law of Similars is fast-paced and absorbing. Few writers can manipulate a plot with Bohjalian's grace and power."-The New York Times Book Review From the number one bestselling author of Midwives comes this riveting medical thriller about a lawyer, a homeopath, and a tragic death. When one of homeopath Carissa Lake's patients falls into an allergy-induced coma, possibly due to her prescribed remedy, Leland Fowler's office starts investigating the case. But Leland is also one of Carissa's patients, and he is begining to realize that he has fallen in love with her. As love and legal obligations collide, Leland comes face-to-face with an ethical dilemma of enormous proportions. Graceful, intelligent, and suspenseful, The Law of Similars is a powerful examination of the links between hope and hubris, love and deception. BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Chris Bohjalian's The Light in the Ruins.

The Sandcastle Girls

Author : Chris Bohjalian
ISBN : 9780385534802
Genre : Fiction
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Over the course of his career, New York Times bestselling novelist Chris Bohjalian has taken readers on a spectacular array of journeys. Midwives brought us to an isolated Vermont farmhouse on an icy winter’s night and a home birth gone tragically wrong. The Double Bind perfectly conjured the Roaring Twenties on Long Island—and a young social worker’s descent into madness. And Skeletons at the Feast chronicled the last six months of World War Two in Poland and Germany with nail-biting authenticity. As The Washington Post Book World has noted, Bohjalian writes “the sorts of books people stay awake all night to finish.” In his fifteenth book, The Sandcastle Girls, he brings us on a very different kind of journey. This spellbinding tale travels between Aleppo, Syria, in 1915 and Bronxville, New York, in 2012—a sweeping historical love story steeped in the author’s Armenian heritage, making it his most personal novel to date. When Elizabeth Endicott arrives in Syria, she has a diploma from Mount Holyoke College, a crash course in nursing, and only the most basic grasp of the Armenian language. The First World War is spreading across Europe, and she has volunteered on behalf of the Boston-based Friends of Armenia to deliver food and medical aid to refugees of the Armenian genocide. There, Elizabeth becomes friendly with Armen, a young Armenian engineer who has already lost his wife and infant daughter. When Armen leaves Aleppo to join the British Army in Egypt, he begins to write Elizabeth letters, and comes to realize that he has fallen in love with the wealthy, young American woman who is so different from the wife he lost.Flash forward to the present, where we meet Laura Petrosian, a novelist living in suburban New York. Although her grandparents’ ornate Pelham home was affectionately nicknamed the “Ottoman Annex,” Laura has never really given her Armenian heritage much thought. But when an old friend calls, claiming to have seen a newspaper photo of Laura’s grandmother promoting an exhibit at a Boston museum, Laura embarks on a journey back through her family’s history that reveals love, loss—and a wrenching secret that has been buried for generations. BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Chris Bohjalian's The Light in the Ruins.

Einstein S Dreams

Author : Alan Lightman
ISBN : 9783426424810
Genre : Fiction
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Albert Einstein träumt. Von der Zeit, wovon sonst? Dreißig Mal nickt er ein, und jedes Mal erscheint vor seinem geistigen Auge eine neue Vision jenes sonderbaren Phänomens, in das unsere Existenz gebettet ist. Alan Lightman ist mit seinem Roman ein Faszinosum gelungen: Mit spielerischer Leichtigkeit begleiten wir das Jahrhundertgenie Einstein auf wundersam erhellenden Traumreisen durch die Zeit. »Dreißig kleine, federleichte Gedankenspiele ... ein wunderschöner, anrührender und saukomischer Erstling.« (Stern)

Eine Kurze Geschichte Der Menschheit

Author : Yuval Noah Harari
ISBN : 9783641104986
Genre : History
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Krone der Schöpfung? Vor 100 000 Jahren war der Homo sapiens noch ein unbedeutendes Tier, das unauffällig in einem abgelegenen Winkel des afrikanischen Kontinents lebte. Unsere Vorfahren teilten sich den Planeten mit mindestens fünf weiteren menschlichen Spezies, und die Rolle, die sie im Ökosystem spielten, war nicht größer als die von Gorillas, Libellen oder Quallen. Vor 70 000 Jahren dann vollzog sich ein mysteriöser und rascher Wandel mit dem Homo sapiens, und es war vor allem die Beschaffenheit seines Gehirns, die ihn zum Herren des Planeten und zum Schrecken des Ökosystems werden ließ. Bis heute hat sich diese Vorherrschaft stetig zugespitzt: Der Mensch hat die Fähigkeit zu schöpferischem und zu zerstörerischem Handeln wie kein anderes Lebewesen. Anschaulich, unterhaltsam und stellenweise hochkomisch zeichnet Yuval Harari die Geschichte des Menschen nach und zeigt alle großen, aber auch alle ambivalenten Momente unserer Menschwerdung.

Unter Wasser Atmen

Author : Julie Orringer
ISBN : 9783462305111
Genre : Fiction
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Wir müssen alle erwachsen werden »Von den Demütigungen, Grausamkeiten und Passionen der Kindheit erzählt Julie Orringer in einer prickelnden frischen Prosa. Sie ist eine Schriftstellerin mit einem großen Herzen und einem genauen Gespür für die kleinen Dinge, die in unserem Leben eine so große Bedeutung haben.« Monica Ali Es ist jener Moment, in dem das Leben einen zwingt, erwachsen zu werden. Von ihm erzählen die Geschichten der jungen amerikanischen Autorin Julie Orringer. Nichts hat die Mädchen und jungen Frauen darin auf die Umbrüche vorbereitet, die ihr Leben für immer verändern werden: Aus einem Kinderspiel wird Ernst, der Besuch in Disneyland gerät zum Abschied von der Mutter. Und die 14-jährige Maddy stellt sich ihren Ängsten, nachdem sie bei einem Unfall beinahe ertrunken wäre, in einem Tauchkurs. Orringers Heldinnen erleben die verwirrenden Gefühle von Sehnsucht, erster Liebe und Kummer. Sie straucheln und finden doch ihren Weg in die fremde Welt der Erwachsenen. Denn alle lernen, unter Wasser zu atmen. Mit diesen Geschichten von hoher literarischer Qualität sorgte Julie Orringer international für Aufsehen. Ihr gelingt es, in einer außergewöhnlich klaren Sprache, eindringlich und voller Ideenreichtum vom Heranwachsen junger Frauen zu erzählen.

La Casa En Mango Street

Author : Sandra Cisneros
ISBN : 3464202976
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Todo moreno por todos lados, estamos seguros. Pero en un barrio de otro color nuestras rodillas comienzan a temblar traca traca y subimos las ventanillas de nuestros carros hasta arriba y nuestros ojos miran al frente. Sí. Así es.

The Double Bind

Author : Chris Bohjalian
ISBN : 0307389413
Genre : Fiction
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When Laurel Estabrook is attacked while riding her bicycle through Vermont’s back roads, her life is forever changed. Formerly outgoing, Laurel withdraws into her photography, spending all her free time at a homeless shelter. There she meets Bobbie Crocker, a man with a history of mental illness and a box of photographs that he won’t let anyone see. When Bobbie dies, Laurel discovers a deeply hidden secret–a story that leads her far from her old life, and into a cat-and-mouse game with pursuers who claim they want to save her. In a tale that travels between the Roaring Twenties and the twenty-first century, between Jay Gatsby’s Long Island and rural New England, bestselling author Chris Bohjalian has written his most extraordinary novel yet. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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