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The Secret Piano

Author : Xiao-Mei Zhu
ISBN : 1611090776
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Recounts the experiences of the author, a musical prodigy who started playing piano at the age of three, during China's Cultural Revolution which saw the closure of art schools and the deportation of Zhu and her family.

A Romance On Three Legs

Author : Katie Hafner
ISBN : 1608190455
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Glenn Gould was famous for his obsessions: the scarves, sweaters and fingerless gloves that he wore even on the hottest summer days; his deep fear of germs and illness; the odd wooden "pygmy" chair that he carried with him wherever he performed; and his sudden withdrawal from the public stage at the peak of his career. But perhaps Gould's greatest obsession of all was for a particular piano, a Steinway concert grand known as CD318 (C, meaning for the use of Steinway Concert Artists only, and D, denoting it as the largest that Steinway built). A Romance on Three Legs is the story of Gould's love for this piano, from the first moment of discovery, in a Toronto dept. store, to the tragic moment when the piano was dropped and seriously damaged while being transported from a concert overseas. Hafner also introduces us to the world and art of piano tuning, including a central character in Gould's life, the blind tuner Verne Edquist, who lovingly attended to CD318 for more than two decades. We learn how a concert grand is built, and the fascinating story of how Steinway & Sons weathered the war years by supplying materials for the military effort. Indeed, CD318 came very close to ending up as a series of glider parts or, worse, a casket. The book has already been lauded by Kevin Bazzana, author of the definitive Gould biography, who notes that Hafner "has clarified some old mysteries and turned up many fresh details."

The Distant Land Of My Father

Author : Bo Caldwell
ISBN : 0811875210
Genre : Fiction
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For Anna, the narrator of Bo Caldwell's richly lyrical and vivid first novel, growing up in the magical world of Shanghai in the 1930s and 1940s creates a special bond between her and her father. He is the son of missionaries, a smuggler, and a millionaire who leads a charmed but secretive life. When the family flees to Los Angeles in the face of the Japanese occupation, he chooses to remain, believing his connections and luck will keep him safe. He's wrong. He survives, only to again choose Shanghai over his family during the Second World War. Anna and her father reconnect late in his life, when she finally has a family of her own, but it is only when she discovers his extensive journals that she is able to fully understand him and the reasons for his absences. With the intensity and appeal of When We Were Orphans, also set in Shanghai at the same time, The Distant Land of My Father tells a moving and unforgettable story about a most unusual father-daughter relationship.

The White Fire Of Time

Author : Ellen Hinsey
ISBN : 0819565571
Genre : Poetry
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A stunning new work by a profound poetic talent.

The Red Piano

Author : Andre Leblanc
ISBN : 0980607019
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Examines the life of the renowned pianist Zhu Xiao-Mei, who grew up in China during the Cultural Revolution.

Call The Nurse

Author : Mary J MacLeod
ISBN : 9781611459173
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Tired of the pace and noise of life near London and longing for a better place to raise their young children, Mary J. MacLeod and her husband encountered their dream while vacationing on a remote island in the Scottish Hebrides. Enthralled by its windswept beauty, they soon were the proud owners of a near-derelict croft house—a farmer’s stone cottage—on “a small acre” of land. Mary assumed duties as the island’s district nurse. Call the Nurse is her account of the enchanted years she and her family spent there, coming to know its folk as both patients and friends. In anecdotes that are by turns funny, sad, moving, and tragic, she recalls them all, the crofters and their laird, the boatmen and tradesmen, young lovers and forbidding churchmen. Against the old-fashioned island culture and the grandeur of mountain and sea unfold indelible stories: a young woman carried through snow for airlift to the hospital; a rescue by boat; the marriage of a gentle giant and the island beauty; a ghostly encounter; the shocking discovery of a woman in chains; the flames of a heather fire at night; an unexploded bomb from World War II; and the joyful, tipsy celebration of a ceilidh. Gaelic fortitude meets a nurse’s compassion in these wonderful true stories from rural Scotland.

The Secret War Between Downloading And Uploading

Author : Peter Lunenfeld
ISBN : 9780262015479
Genre : Computers
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As we hurtle into the twenty-first century, will we be passive downloaders of content or active uploaders of meaning?

Prague Winter

Author : Madeleine Albright
ISBN : 9780062030368
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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“A remarkable story of adventure and passion, tragedy and courage set against the backdrop of occupied Czechoslovakia and World War II.” —Václav Havel From former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright comes a moving and thoughtful memoir of her formative years in Czechoslovakia during the tumult of Nazi occupation, World War II, fascism, and the onset of the Cold War. An intensely personal journey into the past that offers vital lessons for the future, Prague Winter combines the intimacy of an autobiography with the drama of an exciting and well-told story—all underpinned by the gravity and intelligence of a serious work of history. The result is a highly readable and incisive work filled with tragedy and triumph, a resonant narrative informed by Albright’s remarkable life experience and her characteristic candor in speaking hard truths.

Old Town

Author : Lin Zhe
ISBN : 1611090075
Genre : Fiction
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A family living in a small town in China experiences nearly a century of Chinese history and all the struggles that accompany it.

Sipping From The Nile

Author : Jean Naggar
ISBN : 1612181414
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The author describes her life growing up as a priviledged, protected child in 1950s Egypt.

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