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    • Teaching, Language & Reference
      January 2009

      Sorbonne Confidential

      by Laurel Zuckerman

      After losing her high tech job in Paris, Alice Wunderland dreams of a new, unemployment-proof career as English teacher and decides to dedicate a year to training for France's prestigious competitive exam; After all, she reasons, how hard can it be for an educated American to pass a test in English? She enrolls at the Sorbonne, but her Arizona English fails to impress. Even Shakespeare's English falls short. Only one English will do: Sorbonne English! Even while learning this new language, Alice vows to investigate: Why devise an English exam that few native speakers can pass ? Could this explain why French schoolchildren rank last for English skills in Europe? Is it true that Frenchness is a question of formatting? If so, can a foreigner even one with French nationality ever become truly French? As riots break out in France among the children of immigrants, Alice cannot help but wonder: could there be any connection between her bewildering experience and theirs? A hilarious, hair-raising insider's look at the esoteric world of French Education. (Harriet Welty Rochefort --author of French Toast).

    • Fiction
      September 2017

      Invisible Scars

      by Peter Sykes

      Whilst Paul and Kate work alongside each other as doctor and nurse on the surgical ward, strains in their relationship emerge. And when Kate's baby dies and Paul's inexperience costs lives, doubt and despair hang in the air and their marriage appears to be doomed. However, in a dramatic turn of events, Paul saves the life of a critically ill patient and Kate is finally able to bid an emotional farewell to the child she has lost. Will their marriage survive the stresses of their hospital work and their past traumas?

    • Fiction
      January 2016

      Bonds of Love and Blood

      by Marylee Macdonald

      Whether far from home or longing to escape, the people in these stories find themselves displaced from their normal routines. They misread the signals and wind up stranded on lonely beaches or seizing the moment before happiness flits away. "MacDonald applies insight, power, and delicacy to create characters between whom the psychic space virtually sizzles." —FOREWORD REVIEWS "engrossing"—MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW "With elegant prose enlivened by shards of mean humor, MacDonald captures how hard it is to love and/or trust abroad or at home."—KIRKUS REVIEWS "Author Marylee MacDonald has done an absolutely masterful job of presenting her readers with short stories so beautifully written that the characters will stay in your mind long after the story, and indeed the book, is done."—READERS’ FAVORITE "In her collection of twelve brilliantly-written short stories, MacDonald explores the pain and beauty of human relationships. MacDonald’s writing is raw and visceral, creating a strong emotional connection between her characters and the reader."—US REVIEW OF BOOKS "Bonds of Love and Blood is brilliantly written and nothing less than emotive."—HOLLYWOOD BOOK REVIEWS "Poignant, honest,and compelling... Highly recommended."—PACIFIC BOOK REVIEW "MacDonald dares to question which is the greater, more unsettling risk: the alluring intimacy of foreign terrains, or the intimate dangers of domesticity?" —Tara Ison, author of Reeling Through Life and Child out of Alcatraz "Her characters remind us of our universal and contradictory longing for solitude and for connection. Savor this book. Enjoy being in the hands of a generous and visionary writer." —Eileen Favorite, author of The Heroines "These elegantly crafted stories brim with emotional wisdom and eloquence. Bearing you around the world, they will imprint themselves, deeply, indelibly, upon your heart." —Melissa Pritchard, author of Palmerino

    • Fiction
      July 2017

      The Curious Ones

      by Eliza Granville

      For more than fifteen years, Isabelle has been tormented by guilt over the disappearance of her youngest daughter. If only she’d been at the school gate to meet her. If only she hadn’t been so engrossed in her painting. If only … But now there’s a granddaughter. In the hope that this new baby may heal what time, drugs and doctors never could, Isabelle drives the length of France to meet her. On the way she stops in a quiet patch of woodland and comes across a small child who looks like, but surely can’t be, her lost daughter. The girl vanishes. Perhaps. And Isabelle gradually becomes convinced that unknown forces are at work, in which case her granddaughter may also be in danger.

    • Fiction
      July 2018

      Gorgeous May

      by C T Karlsson

      Maj Carrén finds herself sitting at her kitchen table one bleak October morning. She has taken a few knock-backs recently. Self-pity, lethargy and the end of the world as we know it is occupying most of her mind. Her body has swelled over the last few years, her knees suffer when they have to climb the stairs up and down to her flat every day and her desire to do things is simply not there anymore. Not even a spot of gardening can tempt her out of her hole. Iréne is Maj's neighbour and utterly determined to not let her perish with grief. Her plan is to get Maj out of the house and give the fifty-something lass a bit of a makeover. They have known each other all their lives and have always lived next door to one another, but it will soon become apparent that Maj does not know all there is to know about Iréne. The autumn proves to be intensely hectic. Maj gets to grip with the magical world of online technology and starts internet dating. Maj begins to blossom, but secrets are piling up and before she knows it, Maj is tangled up in a bunch of revelations that bring things to a head. Champagne, exclusive wines and delicious food enjoyed in the company of one's nearest and dearest, what more can a woman ask for?

    • Fiction
      June 2017

      Joyous Beauty

      by Sara H Olsson

      In the book Joyous Beauty the reader gets to meet twowomen that both face various challenges in life. Nina has everything she could ever dream of; living in the lap ofluxury in the capital with limitless funds, a husband thatworships her and a hot lover on the side too. Everythingis running along just nicely until one day a stupid slip upturns her whole life upside down. Nina seeks refuge inher home town of Hallavik, where she is forced to movein with her mum and her mum's wife. Life is pretty lousyright now. At least until she meets Johanna; a wild, liberated chef, who likes both herself and her appearance. She is down-to-earth and independent, have a lot of fun with younger guys and will do everything and more toavoid getting new neighbours. Amazing what you can achieve with some dead mice and a thong-clad, wobbly bottoms! Joyous Beauty is a light-hearted, amusing and thrillingromcom about love, emotions, lies, betrayal and sex.

    • Fiction
      November 2017

      December Heat

      by Sara H Olsson

      Christmas is approaching and the easygoing life in Hallavik isabout to enter a new phase for Nina Becker and Johanna Seger. One of them is now voluntarily divorced and happy to put herlife as a married lady of leisure behind her. The other findsherself involuntarily co-habiting and is also told there herworkplace will undergo a reorganisation process. Roles arereversed and the two women try to adapt to their new situation. To celebrate her return to the little town on the west coast ofSweden, Nina decides to throw a glühwein party and a familiar face pops up when she least expects it and Nina doesn't know how to react. He is both pleasant and handsome, but Nina knows all about his secret. Johanna can't seem to let go of her personal issues, which leadsto her celebrating a little bit too much and ends up in an intimate situation with the wrong man. December Heat is a charming and witty novel about life's ups and downs, and the sequel to Joyous Beauty, the first book in the Hallavikseries.

    • Fiction
      January 2016

      Three Ladies in Cairo

      by Ann Edelstam

      Three Ladies in Cairo takes the reader through an original and very personal story of three generations of Swedish women through which the evolution and the transformation of Egypt during three vital decades is apparent. The bookunfolds through three intertwined destinies of three ladies the grandmother whose husband worked asjudge at the Mixed Courts, the daughter who was married to the Swedish Ambassador to Egypt and, finally, the granddaughter who was educated in Cairo and is the author of this work.Through those three ladies, crucial stages in contemporaryEgyptian history is reflected and three contrasting snapshots of this country ‘in movement’ areshown. The grandmother Hilda reflects the colonial Egypt when people were still searching for their independence. At this time, Cairo was a refined and cosmopolitan city, where, despite its two million inhabitants, it remained a charmingplace to live in. The mother Ingrid who grew up amongst Cairo’s magnificent Europeanmansions, gives an inside view of the political revolution that transformed Egyptfrom a monarchy into an authoritarian socialist state. Finally, the author, Anne, describes thedemographic revolution that gradually turned Cairo into today’s sprawling mega-poleof 20 million inhabitants who suffer from noise and misery.The originality of this book lies not only in its fragmented vision of Egyptian history, but also in the stark contrast between the harsh reality of today that the author discovers after years of absence, and the magical memories of the past that was transmitted toher from the previous generations of her family. She gives us a documented andmoving testimony that allows us to share the passion that these three generations of Swedish women have held to Egypt.

    • Fiction

      The Jacobite's Wife

      by Morag Edwards

      Lady Winifred had a troubled childhood. Her mother, father and brother were all imprisoned for treason due to their support for the Catholic king. When she falls in love with a handsome young Scottish nobleman, the marriage brings happiness. However, she is forced to rebel when her husband takes up the Jacobite cause and vows to restore the Catholic king to the throne. While Winifred wants to be loyal to her husband, she also wants to protect him from imprisonment – and worse, the scaffold! Just how far will she go to save him?

    • Fiction

      The Water and the Wine

      by Tamar Hodes

      Leonard Cohen is at the start of his career and in love with Marianne Jensen, who is also a muse to her ex-husband, Axel. Australian authors George Johnston and Charmian Clift write, drink and fight. It is a hedonistic time of love, sex and new ideas on the Greek island of Hydra. As the island hums with creativity, Jack and Frieda join the artistic community, hoping to mend their broken marriage. However, Greece is overtaken by a military junta and the artists’ idyll is over. In this fictional account of real events, Tamar Hodes explores the destructive side of creativity and the price that we pay for our dreams.

    • Fiction
      October 2018

      All Good and All Evil

      by Care Santos

      True love hides the biggest secret. Care Santos is back with a story that goes straight to the heart. Reina is a strong, independent woman, a respected professional whose career is based on her uncanny ability to sniff out who is who and to know when people are lying to her. During a business trip, she receives the news that her one son, a teenager she had always thought was happy, has attempted suicide. Overwhelmed by panic and the need to be by his side, she tries to make it back home, but a terrible winter storm leaves her stranded in Bucharest overnight. She is forced to wait it out, with nothing but her cellphone and her memories to help her try and understand what might have pushed her son to take such a choice. Her thoughts put her on the road to the truth, recollecting the people her son knew and the places he frequented, only to discover how little she really knows about him. In this journey inside herself, she will reconstruct not only Alberto’s life, but also her own, interwoven with recollections of her ex-partner and her current husband, and in this way, we will come to know the fragile web of relationships that underpins her life.

    • Fiction
      November 2018

      30 Ways to Doff your Hat

      by Elvira Lindo

      30 Ways to Doff Your Hat is a selection of thirty literary pieces in which Elvira Lindo portrays female artists, painters, writers, actresses, and photographers who pursue their work at the margins of the conventional male canon that looms over society, and who have managed to make their mark doing so. Elvira Lindo, one of the most distinguished figures on the contemporary Spanish scene, retraces her path in life and in art, incorporating her own self-portrait into this pantheon of female artists. The author’s voice is the guiding thread that runs through each of these essays: through her experience, through her gaze, Elvira Lindo invites the reader to analyze the era and the accomplishments of these pioneering women whose brilliance, tenacity, and free spirit led them to blaze new trails for future generations. Throughout history, many women have felt obliged to doff their hat before rules imposed by a society that has isolated them from the male-dominated intellectual community. In this narrative mosaic, Elvira Lindo’s astonishing prose reveals her boundless empathy, erudition, and eclectic and inquisitive spirit. Portrayed artists: Astrid Lindgren, Anna Frank, Concepción Josefa Pantaleona, María Guerrero, Elena Fortún, Gloria Fuertes, Adelaida García Morales, Tristana, Louisa May Alcott, Carson McMullers, Patricia Highsmith, Victoria Kent, Alice Munro, Mary Beard, Monica Zgustova, Chimamanda Adichie Ngozie, Margaret Atwood, Edna O’Brien, Joan Didion, Lucia Berlin, Dorothy Parker, Angelika Schrobsdorff, Sally Mann, Joyce Maynard, Marjorie Eliot, Vivian Gornick, Olivia Laing, Nelle Harper Lee, Grace Paley, Elvira Lindo.

    • Literary Fiction
      December 2018

      Once Upon a Time in Paris

      by Eliza Granville

      Like her last novel, Gretel and the Dark, Once Upon a Time in Paris cleverly combines a fairy-tale element with magic realism: in this case, an account of events in the life of Charles Perrault. Set in Paris in 1695, intertwining historical fact with multiple layers of fiction, Once Upon a Time in Paris invites readers to consider the possibility that the Tales of Mother Goose were not written by Charles Perrault (nor by his son, Pierre Darmancourt, as originally claimed), but by a reclusive figure almost entirely overlooked by history. The novel is set at that point where the tradition of oral story-telling is fast being absorbed by the written tale, and our mysterious recluse is caught between the two practices. Once Upon a Time in Paris offers a dazzling new insight into the connection between the ogre of folklore and fairy-tale and the post-Enlightenment feminist struggle.

    • Fiction
      2017

      HARVEST MOON HOMECOMING

      Sweet Haven Farm, Novella #1

      by Jessie Gussman

      Frustrations and tensions fly amid adversaries turned partners in this fun and sweet romance. When the high school’s float explodes five days before the National Farmer’s Day parade, Principal Calvin Finkenbinder sees his chance at the promotion to Superintendent disintegrate. Unless he enlists the help of Ellie Bright, the most annoying, disorganized and kissable woman he knows. Standing in Principal Fink’s office, again, for driving her daughter to school late, again, Ellie is given two odious choices. Either her straight A daughter receives detention for another tardy that’s not her fault, or Ellie uses her artistic skills and helps the uptight, stringent principal build a new float. As they scramble to construct the float in time, Ellie’s chaotic life collides with Fink’s methodical plans. A tangle of arguments and decorations leads to a stolen kiss. Underneath their long established animosity is an unexpected passion that threatens to ruin more than just a school float.

    • Fiction
      2020

      HEART OF SHADOWS

      Alice Worth, #5

      by Lisa Edmonds

      Trust Alice. Private Investigator of the Supernatural. Mage private investigator Alice Worth must solve the most difficult case of her career—her own. A magic-induced bloodbath during a Vampire Court gala leaves Alice and her boyfriend, alpha werewolf Sean Maclin, wounded. Alice and her ghost sidekick Malcolm reluctantly agree to investigate the deadly supernatural attack. When they vanish without a trace, Sean, his pack, and the Court form an uneasy alliance to locate them. Days later, Sean finds Alice on the side of the road far from home, with no memory and no magic—and no sign of Malcolm. For Sean, Alice’s condition means starting over with the woman he loves. For Alice, it’s a chance to escape painful memories of her violent past, but she knows she needs her power back before her enemies learn she’s vulnerable. To find Malcolm and her stolen magic, she and Sean team up with his pack, a white witch, the Court, and a pair of dangerous black witches. Their investigation unearths an ancient vendetta and a shadowy enemy so powerful and ruthless, no one involved—most of all Alice—will ever be the same.

    • Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
      May 2020

      The Mushroom Effect

      by Michael Connor

      From the food and travel writer, Michael Connor, author of the much acclaimed The Soho Don, May All Your Names Be Forgotten and The Cleansing comes this powerful portrayal of egos, betrayal, torment, resilience & resolution.

    • Women's Fiction
      July 2020

      War Toys

      by Carolina Pobla

      A woman struggles to bring up her family while love and friendship break through in times of war. One autumn afternoon in Barcelona, ​​Violeta, the author's mother, is told about the death of her brother Victor. And the great revelation comes with more news: Victor was adopted. In 1942, Elsa, widow of a Luftwaffe aviator and mother of six children, including Violeta, returns to the village of Bavaria where she spent the summers of her childhood. She wants to take her children away from the war, but upon her arrival she finds out the family mansion is now a military hospital and she has to accommodate her family in a humble cottage on the mountain. While the country crumbles, her children grow up and live experiences that will make them mature quickly. Elsa, a struggling mother and an efficient worker, uses her knowledge as a midwife to help in the hospital, but is also a young woman who, despite the prevailing chaos, will through herself into an intense love story.

    • Fiction
      July 2020

      Las batallas silenciadas

      by Nives Muñoz

      MUCHAS VIDAS SE PERDIERON. PERO TAMBI & Eacute; N MUCHAS ALMAS PERMANECERON EN SUSPENSI & Oacute; N ... Verdun, 1916. Cuando comienza la Guerra Mundial, Ir & egrave; ne Curie toma una decisi & oacute; n: estar & aacute; lo m & aacute; s cerca posible del frente. Convencido de que puede ayudar a salvar muchas vidas, pasar & aacute; su & uacute; ltimo aliento ense & ntilde; ando radiolog & iacute; aa cirujanos en hospitales de campa & ntilde; a, gracias a los dispositivos port & aacute; tiles dise & ntilde; ados por su madre, Marie Curie. Pero ella quedarse en Barleduc se convertirá en una lucha para ganarse el respeto de los soldados e incluso del resto del personal de la guardería y el infierno; Y, de repente, estalla la batalla. Alemania bombardea a Verdun, y luego todo será una carrera contra el tiempo para quitar la mayor cantidad de vidas posible de la muerte. Junto con Berthe y Shirley, Ir & egrave; ne se enfrentará al infierno durante la batalla más sangrienta y prolongada de la guerra. Y no solo lucharán por su propia supervivencia. El cielo y la tierra arden ... y están en medio de la batalla. span style = "vertical-align: heredar;"> Llenas de conciencia y feminidad y escritas en una prosa vibrante y literaria, las Batallas silenciadas nos muestran la Batalla de Verdún como nunca antes la hab & iacute; amos visto. Nieves Mu & ntilde; oz describe las vidas de todos los que participaron, porque no solo los soldados estaban todos & iacute ;, y todos podemos verlos y sentirlos: desde las trincheras, en las aldeas, en el aire, en los hospitales de campa & ntilde; a ... Porque como, En cualquier guerra, hubo vencedores y perdedores, pero todos ten & iacute; an un alma, y ​​en esta primera novela Nieves Mu & ntilde; oz abre su propio molde y lo transfiere a sus personajes para darnos un bien eterno: la esperanza. Llenas de conciencia y feminidad y escritas en una prosa vibrante y literaria, las Batallas silenciadas nos muestran la Batalla de Verdún como nunca antes la hab & iacute; amos visto. Nieves Mu & ntilde; oz describe las vidas de todos los que participaron, porque no solo los soldados estaban todos & iacute ;, y todos podemos verlos y sentirlos: desde las trincheras, en las aldeas, en el aire, en los hospitales de campa & ntilde; a ... Porque como, En cualquier guerra, hubo vencedores y perdedores, pero todos ten & iacute; an un alma, y ​​en esta primera novela Nieves Mu & ntilde; oz abre su propio molde y lo transfiere a sus personajes para darnos un bien eterno: la esperanza. Llenas de conciencia y feminidad y escritas en una prosa vibrante y literaria, las Batallas silenciadas nos muestran la Batalla de Verdún como nunca antes la hab & iacute; amos visto. Nieves Mu & ntilde; oz describe las vidas de todos los que participaron, porque no solo los soldados estaban todos & iacute ;, y todos podemos verlos y sentirlos: desde las trincheras, en las aldeas, en el aire, en los hospitales de campa & ntilde; a ... Porque como, En cualquier guerra, hubo vencedores y perdedores, pero todos ten & iacute; an un alma, y ​​en esta primera novela Nieves Mu & ntilde; oz abre su propio molde y lo transfiere a sus personajes para darnos un bien eterno: la esperanza.

    • Fiction

      A Pair of Sharp Eyes

      by Kat Armstrong

      In a brutal slave port, a servant girl uncovers secrets. But does she understand the danger she is in? Coronation hears of the murders before she even reaches the slave port of Bristol – six boys found with their throats slit. The locals blame the killings on Red John, a travelling-man few have actually seen. Coronation yearns to know more about the mystery. But first she has to outsmart the bawds, thieves and rakes who prey on young girls like her. fresh from the countryside and desperate for work. When the murderer strikes shockingly close to Coronation, she schemes, eavesdrops and spies on all around her until the shameful truth is out.

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