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Forty Rooms

Author : Olga Grushin
ISBN : 9781101983096
Genre : Fiction
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The internationally acclaimed author of The Dream Life of Sukhanov now returns to gift us with Forty Rooms, which outshines even that prizewinning novel. Totally original in conception and magnificently executed, Forty Rooms is mysterious, withholding, and ultimately emotionally devastating. Olga Grushin is dealing with issues of women’s identity, of women’s choices, that no modern novel has explored so deeply. “Forty rooms” is a conceit: it proposes that a modern woman will inhabit forty rooms in her lifetime. They form her biography, from childhood to death. For our protagonist, the much-loved child of a late marriage, the first rooms she is aware of as she nears the age of five are those that make up her family’s Moscow apartment. We follow this child as she reaches adolescence, leaves home to study in America, and slowly discovers sexual happiness and love. But her hunger for adventure and her longing to be a great poet conspire to kill the affair. She seems to have made her choice. But one day she runs into a college classmate. He is sure of his path through life, and he is protective of her. (He is also a great cook.) They drift into an affair and marriage. What follows are the decades of births and deaths, the celebrations, material accumulations, and home comforts—until one day, her children grown and gone, her husband absent, she finds herself alone except for the ghosts of her youth, who have come back to haunt and even taunt her. Compelling and complex, Forty Rooms is also profoundly affecting, its ending shattering but true. We know that Mrs. Caldwell (for that is the only name by which we know her) has died. Was it a life well lived? Quite likely. Was it a life complete? Does such a life ever really exist? Life is, after all, full of trade-offs and choices. Who is to say her path was not well taken? It is this ambiguity that is at the heart of this provocative novel.

Complete Guide To The National Park Lodges

Author : Kay L. Scott
ISBN : 9780762783892
Genre : Travel
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The definitive guide to memorable staysin America’s most beautiful places.

Earth Air Fire And Water

Author : Jean Rikhoff
ISBN : 9781462009381
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Author Jean Rikhoff’s life often reads as if it were fiction instead of an actual catalog of facts. She’s had no interest in settling down into what would be described as a normal life. In this memoir, she recaps her life’s out-of-the ordinary adventures against the backdrop of water, earth, fire, and air. Earth, Air, Fire, and Water is Rickhoff’s account of growing up in the 1950s. She tells about trying many roles, such as writer, wife, mother, professor, friend, with her real role in life always seeming to evade her. Her adventures include several years spent in Europe and numerous visits to Africa and India as well as remote locations such as Cambodia and the Easter Islands. Among her many experiences are a doomed love affair with a Spanish count, an extraordinary encounter with a Masai chieftain in Kenya, and an intense and humorous friendship with the famous American sculptor David Smith. With anecdotes and photographs, this memoir shows that through all of Rikhoff’s many exploits, she is searching for who she is—not an appendage to someone else, but as a woman who wants to carve out a life that is uniquely her own. Best Memoir of 2011 from the Adirondack Center for Writing

Henry S Attic

Author : Ford R. Bryan
ISBN : 9780814336175
Genre : History
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Henry's Attic provides fascinating documentation of some of the one million artifacts in the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village.

The Estate In The Woods

Author : Luci
ISBN : 9781465355430
Genre : Fiction
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A wealthy family lives in large mansion in the Northern Adirondack Mountains. A girl of 13 and a boy of ten moves there with their mother after the death of their father. They discover their uncle Arthur has been abusing his wife, dealing in drugs, and wanting a gambling chip that the girls father had, but where is it now? Sara has found paranormal happenings are on the estate. Murder,betrayal, and mystery hit the family on the Sommers estate. A journal is found and Sara, found secret rooms behind walls where a ghost walks the walls. What does she want with Sara? Time will tell. Will her brother and cousins help her discover the truth behind the mystries?

I Served The King Of England New Directions Classic

Author : Bohumil Hrabal
ISBN : 9780811220088
Genre : Fiction
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In a comic masterpiece following the misadventures of a simple but hugely ambitious waiter in pre-World War II Prague, who rises to wealth only to lose everything with the onset of Communism, Bohumil Hrabal takes us on a tremendously funny and satirical trip through 20th-century Czechoslovakia. First published in 1971 in a typewritten edition, then finally printed in book form in 1989, I Served the King of England is "an extraordinary and subtly tragicomic novel" (The New York Times), telling the tale of Ditie, a hugely ambitious but simple waiter in a deluxe Prague hotel in the years before World War II. Ditie is called upon to serve not the King of England, but Haile Selassie. It is one of the great moments in his life. Eventually, he falls in love with a Nazi woman athlete as the Germans are invading Czechoslovakia. After the war, through the sale of valuable stamps confiscated from the Jews, he reaches the heights of his ambition, building a hotel. He becomes a millionaire, but with the institution of communism, he loses everything and is sent to inspect mountain roads. Living in dreary circumstances, Ditie comes to terms with the inevitability of his death, and with his place in history.

Between The Cartwheels

Author : Lawrence Winkler
ISBN : 9780991694129
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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In the summer of 1980, a maverick young doctor gave it all up, to hitchhike around the world. The first part of his odyssey took him down through South America and up through Africa, accompanied by his mythical hunter companion, Orion. Between the Cartwheels is the sequel to that cartwheel, his vision quest continuing now, on the European Grand Tour adventure of a lifetime.

The Unfaithful Queen

Author : Carolly Erickson
ISBN : 9781250011022
Genre : Fiction
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From New York Times bestselling author of The Last Wife of Henry VIII, a novel about Catherine Howard, wife of Henry's later years Amid the turbulent, faction-ridden late reign of the fearsome Henry, eager high-spirited Catherine Howard caught the king's eye—but not before she had been the sensual plaything of at least three other men. Ignorant of her past, seeing only her youthful exuberance and believing that she could make him happy, he married her—only to discover, too late, that her heart belonged to his gentleman usher Tom Culpeper. As the net of court intrigue tightens around her, and with the Tudor succession yet again in peril because of Prince Edward's severe illness, Queen Catherine struggles to give the angry, bloated and impotent king a son. But when her relations turn against her, she finds herself doomed, just as her cousin Anne Boleyn was, to face the executioner. The Unfaithful Queen lays bare the dark underbelly of the Tudor court, with its sugared rivalries and bitter struggles for power, where a girl of noble family could find herself sent to labor among the turnspits in the kitchens or—should fortune favor her—be exalted to the throne.

No I Don T Need Reading Glasses

Author : Virginia Ironside
ISBN : 9781780878591
Genre : Fiction
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Marie may be 'getting on a bit' but it's certainly not getting her down. Her family around her and a man who loves her means that life is good - but nothing stays the same for long. Marie's golden years are filled with as much drama - love, laughter and tears - as ever. Which just goes to show that getting on a bit does not mean giving up - or even growing up.

Austria Rough Guides Snapshot Europe

Author : Rough Guides
ISBN : 9781409371953
Genre : Travel
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The Rough Guides Snapshot Austria is the ultimate budget guide to this beautiful part of Europe. It leads you through the country with reliable information and comprehensive coverage of all the top sights and attractions, from Vienna to adventure sports hub Innsbruck, alongside cash-saving tips and suggestions for when you feel like treating yourself. Detailed full-colour maps and up-to-date listings pinpoint the best cafes, restaurants, hotels, shops, bars and nightlife, ensuring you make the most of your trip, however long you're planning to stay. Also included is the Basics section from The Rough Guide to Europe on a Budget, with all the practical information you need for travelling in and around the region, including transport, food, drink, costs, health, sports and outdoor activities. Now available in ePub format.

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