Parisian teenager Lou has an IQ of 160, OCD tendencies, and a mother who has suffered from depression for years. But Lou is about to change her life-and that of her parents-all because of a school project about homeless teens. While doing research, Lou meets No, a teenage girl living on the streets. As their friendship grows, Lou bravely asks her parents if No can live with them, and is astonished when they agree. No's presence forces Lou's family to come to terms with a secret tragedy. But can this shaky, newfound family continue to live together when No's own past comes back to haunt her? Winner of the prestigious Booksellers' Prize in France, No and Me is a timely and thought-provoking novel about homelessness that has far-reaching appeal.

Author Delphine de Vigan
Isbn 9781599905785
Genre Juvenile Fiction
Year 2010-10-01
Pages 256
Language English
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Everyday Mathilde takes the Metro, then the commuter train to the office of a large multi-national where she works in the marketing department. Every day, the same routine, the same trains. But something happened a while ago - she dared to voice a different opinion from her moody boss, Jacques. Bit by bit she finds herself frozen out of everything, with no work to do. Thibault is a paramedic. Every day he drives to the addresses he receives from his controller. The city spares him no grief: traffic jams, elusive parking spaces, delivery trucks blocking his route. He is well aware that he may be the only human being many of the people he visits will see for the entire day and is well acquainted with the symptomatic illnesses, the major disasters, the hustle and bustle and, of course, the immense, pervading loneliness of the city. Before one day in May, Mathilde and Thibault had never met. They were just two anonymous figures in a crowd, pushed and shoved and pressured continuously by the loveless, urban world. Underground Time is a novel of quiet violence - the violence of office-bullying, the violence of the brutality of the city - in which our two characters move towards an inevitable meeting. 'Two solitary existences cross paths in this poignant chronicle, a new testimony to de Vigan's superb eloquence' Lire

Author Delphine de Vigan
Isbn 1608197395
Genre
Year 2011-12-01
Pages 272
Language English
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Exam Board: AQA, Edexcel, Eduqas & CCEA Level: AS/A-level Subject: Modern Languages First Teaching: September 2016 First Exam: June 2017 Literature analysis made easy. Build your students' confidence in their language abilities and help them develop the skills needed to critique their chosen work: putting it into context, understanding the themes and narrative technique, as well as specialist terminology. Breaking down each scene, character and theme in No et moi (No and Me), this accessible guide will enable your students to understand the historical and social context of the novel and give them the critical and language skills needed to write a successful essay. - Strengthen language skills with relevant grammar, vocab and writing exercises throughout - Aim for top marks by building a bank of textual examples and quotes to enhance exam response - Build confidence with knowledge-check questions at the end of every chapter - Revise effectively with pages of essential vocabulary and key mind maps throughout - Feel prepared for exams with advice on how to write an essay, plus sample essay questions, two levels of model answers and examiner commentary

Author Karine Harrington
Isbn 1471890090
Genre Foreign Language Study
Year 2017-10-31
Pages 96
Language English
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Lou Bertignac a 13 ans, un QI de 160 et des questions plein la tête. Les yeux grand ouverts, elle observe les gens, collectionne les mots, se livre à des expériences domestiques et dévore les encyclopédies. Enfant unique d’une famille en déséquilibre, entre une mère brisée et un père champion de la bonne humeur feinte, dans l’obscurité d’un appartement dont les rideaux restent tirés, Lou invente des théories pour apprivoiser le monde. A la gare d’Austerlitz, elle rencontre No, une jeune fille SDF à peine plus âgée qu’elle. No, son visage fatigué, ses vêtements sales, son silence. No, privée d’amour, rebelle, sauvage. No dont l’errance et la solitude questionnent le monde. Des hommes et des femmes dorment dans la rue, font la queue pour un repas chaud, marchent pour ne pas mourir de froid. « Les choses sont ce qu’elles sont ». Voilà ce dont il faudrait se contenter pour expliquer la violence qui nous entoure. Ce qu’il faudrait admettre. Mais Lou voudrait que les choses soient autrement. Que la terre change de sens, que la réalité ressemble aux affiches du métro, que chacun trouve sa place. Alors elle décide de sauver No, de lui donner un toit, une famille, se lance dans une expérience de grande envergure menée contre le destin. Envers et contre tous. Roman d’apprentissage, No et moi est un rêve d’adolescence soumis à l’épreuve du réel. Un regard d’enfant précoce, naïf et lucide, posé sur la misère du monde. Un regard de petite fille grandie trop vite, sombre et fantaisiste.Un regard sur ce qui nous porte et ce qui nous manque, à jamais.

Author Delphine de Vigan
Isbn 2709631199
Genre Fiction
Year 2007-08-22
Pages 286
Language English
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From the author of the Richard and Judy Book Club Pick No and Me. Adults are as lost as the children they should be protecting, in this compelling exploration of the destructive secrets and loyalties that are kept behind closed doors 'Packs a hefty emotional punch. It reminded me of Leila Slimani's terrific Lullaby' Bookseller 'Narrated with punch and pace. You're kept reading helplessly to the desperate cliffhanger finish' Daily Mail Thirteen-year-old Théo and his friend Mathis have a secret. Their teacher, Hélène, suspects something is not right with Théo and becomes obsessed with rescuing him, casting aside her professionalism to the point of no return. Cécile, mother of Mathis, discovers something horrifying on her husband's computer that makes her question whether she has ever truly known him. Respectable facades are peeled away as the four stories wind tighter and tighter together, pulling into a lean and darkly gripping novel of loneliness, lies and loyalties.

Author Delphine de Vigan
Isbn 1526602008
Genre Fiction
Year 2019-01-10
Pages 192
Language English
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Only a teenager when Delphine was born, Lucile raised two daughters largely alone. She was a former child model from a Bohemian family, younger and more glamorous than the other mothers: always in lipstick, wayward and wonderful. But as Delphine grew up, Lucile's occasional sadness gave way to overwhelming despair and delusion. She became convinced she was telepathic, in control of the Paris metro system; she gave away all her money; she was hospitalized, medicated, and released in a kind of trance. Young Delphine was left to wonder: What changed her, or what shaped her all along? In this brilliant investigation into her own family history, Delphine de Vigan attempts to "write her mother," seeking out something essential as she interviews aging relatives, listens to recordings, and reads Lucile's own writings. It is a history of luminous beauty and rambunctious joy, of dark secrets and silences. There are untimely deaths and failures of memory. There are revelations and there is the ultimately unknowable. And in the face of the unknowable, personal history becomes fiction: De Vigan must choose from differing accounts and fill in important gaps, using her writer's imagination to reconstruct a life. De Vigan writes her most expansive novel yet with acute self-awareness and marvelous sympathy. Nothing Holds Back the Night is a remarkable work, universally recognizable and singularly heartbreaking.

Author Delphine de Vigan
Isbn 1620400839
Genre Fiction
Year 2014-03-25
Pages 352
Language English
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Le Divorce meets The Elegance of the Hedgehog in this hilariously entertaining mega-bestseller from France When her chronically unemployed husband runs off to start a crocodile farm in Kenya with his mistress, Joséphine Cortès is left in an unhappy state of affairs. The mother of two—confident, beautiful teenage Hortense and shy, babyish Zoé—is forced to maintain a stable family life while making ends meet on her meager salary as a medieval history scholar. Meanwhile, Joséphine’s charismatic sister Iris seems to have it all—a wealthy husband, gorgeous looks, and a très chic Paris address—but she dreams of bringing meaning back into her life. When Iris charms a famous publisher into offering her a lucrative deal for a twelfth-century romance, she offers her sister a deal of her own: Joséphine will write the novel and pocket all the proceeds, but the book will be published under Iris’s name. All is well—that is, until the book becomes the literary sensation of the season.

Author Katherine Pancol
Isbn 1101613874
Genre Fiction
Year 2013-12-31
Pages 464
Language English
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The international sensation that sold half a million copies in France and the subject of a new film by Roman Polanski: a chilling story about a friendship gone terrifyingly toxic. Winner of Le Prix Renaudot 2015 Winner of Le Prix Goncourt des Lycéens 2015 Overwhelmed by the huge success of her latest novel, exhausted and suffering from a crippling inability to write, Delphine meets L., who embodies everything Delphine has always secretly admired; she is a glittering image of feminine sophistication and spontaneity and she has an uncanny knack of always saying the right thing. Unusually intuitive, L. senses Delphine's vulnerability and slowly but deliberately carves herself a niche in the writer's life. However, as L. makes herself indispensable to Delphine, the intensity of this unexpected friendship manifests itself in increasingly sinister ways. As their lives become more and more entwined, L. threatens Delphine's identity, both as a writer and as an individual. This sophisticated psychological thriller skillfully blurs the line between fact and fiction, reality and artifice. Delphine de Vigan has crafted a terrifying, insidious, metafictional thriller; a haunting vision of seduction and betrayal; a book which in its hungering for truth implicates the reader, too-even as it holds us in its thrall.

Author Delphine de Vigan
Isbn 1632868865
Genre Fiction
Year 2017-05-09
Pages 384
Language English
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In the past fifty years, more than $1 trillion in development-related aid has been transferred from rich countries to Africa. Has this assistance improved the lives of Africans? No. In fact, across the continent, the recipients of this aid are not better off as a result of it, but worse—much worse. In Dead Aid, Dambisa Moyo describes the state of postwar development policy in Africa today and unflinchingly confronts one of the greatest myths of our time: that billions of dollars in aid sent from wealthy countries to developing African nations has helped to reduce poverty and increase growth. In fact, poverty levels continue to escalate and growth rates have steadily declined—and millions continue to suffer. Provocatively drawing a sharp contrast between African countries that have rejected the aid route and prospered and others that have become aid-dependent and seen poverty increase, Moyo illuminates the way in which overreliance on aid has trapped developing nations in a vicious circle of aid dependency, corruption, market distortion, and further poverty, leaving them with nothing but the "need" for more aid. Debunking the current model of international aid promoted by both Hollywood celebrities and policy makers, Moyo offers a bold new road map for financing development of the world's poorest countries that guarantees economic growth and a significant decline in poverty—without reliance on foreign aid or aid-related assistance. Dead Aid is an unsettling yet optimistic work, a powerful challenge to the assumptions and arguments that support a profoundly misguided development policy in Africa. And it is a clarion call to a new, more hopeful vision of how to address the desperate poverty that plagues millions.

Author Dambisa Moyo
Isbn 9781429954259
Genre Political Science
Year 2009-03-17
Pages 208
Language English
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It's the BIGGEST day in Violet's life. She is finally TALL enough to ride Plunger, the scariest rollercoaster around. But just as Violet is about to climb on, she shrinks! She never wants to shrink again... But then Granny is accused of stealing, and tiny Violet is the only one who can catch the thief.

Author Lou Kuenzler
Isbn 1407146688
Genre Juvenile Fiction
Year 2014-09-04
Pages 240
Language English
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A New York Times Best Illustrated Book Hélène has been inexplicably ostracized by the girls who were once her friends. Her school life is full of whispers and lies - Hélène weighs 216; she smells like BO. Her loving mother is too tired to be any help. Fortunately, Hélène has one consolation, Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre. Hélène identifies strongly with Jane's tribulations, and when she is lost in the pages of this wonderful book, she is able to ignore her tormentors. But when Hélène is humiliated on a class trip in front of her entire grade, she needs more than a fictional character to see herself as a person deserving of laughter and friendship. Leaving the outcasts' tent one night, Hélène encounters a fox, a beautiful creature with whom she shares a moment of connection. But when Suzanne Lipsky frightens the fox away, insisting that it must be rabid, Hélène's despair becomes even more pronounced: now she believes that only a diseased and dangerous creature would ever voluntarily approach her. But then a new girl joins the outcasts' circle, Géraldine, who does not even appear to notice that she is in danger of becoming an outcast herself. And before long Hélène realizes that the less time she spends worrying about what the other girls say is wrong with her, the more able she is to believe that there is nothing wrong at all. This emotionally honest and visually stunning graphic novel reveals the casual brutality of which children are capable, but also assures readers that redemption can be found through connecting with another, whether the other is a friend, a fictional character or even, amazingly, a fox.

Author Isabelle Arsenault,Fanny Britt
Isbn 1554983614
Genre Juvenile Fiction
Year 2013-10-10
Pages 101
Language English
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The author's first novel, based on her own experience. A romantic young woman is trapped in a cold marriage and finds a lover.

Author George Sand
Isbn 0897338510
Genre Fiction
Year 2000-03-01
Pages 327
Language English
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Five days. Four hikers. Three survivors. From Lori Lansens, author of the national bestsellers Rush Home Road, The Girls and The Wife's Tale comes a gripping tale of adventure, sacrifice and survival in the unforgiving wilderness of a legendary mountain. On his 18th birthday, Wolf Truly takes the tramway to the top of the mountain that looms over Palm Springs, intending to jump to his death. Instead he encounters strangers wandering in the mountain wilderness, three women who will change the course of his life. Through a series of missteps he and the women wind up stranded, in view of the city below, but without a way down. They endure five days in freezing temperatures without food or water or shelter, and somehow find the courage to carry on. Wolf, now a grown man, has never told his son, or anyone, what happened on the mountain during those five days, but he can't put it off any longer. And in telling the story to his only child, Daniel, he at last explores the nature of the ties that bind and the sacrifices people will make for love. The mountain still has a hold on Wolf, composed of equal parts beauty and terror.

Author Lori Lansens
Isbn 0345809041
Genre Fiction
Year 2015-04-14
Pages 400
Language English
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An international bestseller and finalist for the Prix Goncourt, France’s most prestigious literary award, The Age of Reinvention is a "suspenseful...Gatsby-esque odyssey...laced with provocative observations of prejudice, politics, and sexism" (Publishers Weekly, starred review). Top Manhattan criminal defense attorney Sam Tahar seems to have it all: fame, fortune, an enviable marriage to a prominent socialite, and two wonderful children. But his success is built on a lie—he isn’t the person he pretends to be. Growing up a poor Muslim immigrant inside a grimy Paris apartment tower, Samir Tahar seemed destined for a life on the margins—until he decided “he was going to cut through the bars of his social jail cell, even if he had to do it with his teeth.” At law school in Montpelier, France, he became fast friends with Jewish student Samuel Baron. The two were inseparable until the irresistible Nina, torn between the men, ultimately chose Samuel. Samir fled to America, where he assumed Samuel’s identity and background while his former friend remained stuck in a French suburb, a failed, neurotic writer seething at Samir’s overseas triumphs. Decades later, the three meet again in this dark, powerful story of a deeply tangled love triangle that becomes subsumed by the war on terror. Called “a masterful novel” (Paris Match) and “a work of great magnitude” (Le Figaro), The Age of Reinvention is an intriguing tale about the wonderful possibilities and terrible costs of remaking oneself.

Author Karine Tuil
Isbn 1476776350
Genre Fiction
Year 2015-12-01
Pages 416
Language English
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A lonely young woman gets too close to her charismatic female student in this propulsive debut, culminating in a dangerously debauched Midsommar’s Eve. LONGLISTED FOR THE CENTER FOR FICTION FIRST NOVEL PRIZE • “Memorable and meaningful.”—Claire Messud, New York Times bestselling author of The Burning Girl Lauren Cress teaches writing at a small college outside of Washington, DC. In the classroom, she is poised, smart, and kind, well liked by her students and colleagues. But in her personal life, Lauren is troubled and isolated, still grappling with the sudden death of her parents ten years earlier. She seems to exist at a remove from everyone around her until a new student joins her class: charming, magnetic Siri, who appears to be everything Lauren wishes she could be. They fall headlong into an all-consuming friendship that makes Lauren feel as though she is reclaiming her lost adolescence. When Siri invites her on a trip home to Sweden for the summer, Lauren impulsively accepts, intrigued by how Siri describes it: green, fresh, and new, everything just thawing out. But once there, Lauren finds herself drawn to Siri’s enigmatic, brooding brother, Magnus. Siri is resentful, and Lauren starts to see a new side of her friend: selfish, reckless, self-destructive, even cruel. On their last night together, Lauren accompanies Siri and her friends on a seaside camping trip to celebrate Midsommar’s Eve, a night when no one sleeps, boundaries blur, and under the light of the unsetting sun, things take a dark turn. Ultimately, Lauren must acknowledge the truth of what happened with Siri and come to terms with her own tragic past in this gorgeously written, deeply felt debut about the transformative relationships that often come to us when things feel darkest. Praise for The All-Night Sun “Inventive and luminous . . . ­­­­­Zinna’s intimate debut dazzles with original language, emotional sentience, and Swedish folklore as it plumbs the depths of grief, loss, and friendship . . . Zinna reaches an inspired emotional depth that, as the title signifies, never stops blazing.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Author Diane Zinna
Isbn 1984854178
Genre Fiction
Year 2020-07-14
Pages 352
Language English
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Is it possible for humans to discover the key to happiness through a bigger-than-life, bad-boy dog? Just ask the Grogans. John and Jenny were just beginning their life together. They were young and in love, with not a care in the world. Then they brought home Marley, a wiggly yellow furball of a puppy. Life would never be the same. Marley grew into a barreling, ninety-seven-pound streamroller of a Labrador retriever. He crashed through screen doors, gouged through drywall, and stole women's undergarments. Obedience school did no good -- Marley was expelled. But just as Marley joyfully refused any limits on his behavior, his love and loyalty were boundless, too. Marley remained a model of devotion, even when his family was at its wit's end. Unconditional love, they would learn, comes in many forms. Marley & Me is John Grogan's funny, unforgettable tribute to this wonderful, wildly neurotic Lab and the meaning he brought to their lives.

Author John Grogan
Isbn 9780061793554
Genre Pets
Year 2009-03-17
Pages 320
Language English
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« Je suis orthophoniste. Je travaille avec les mots et avec le silence. Les non-dits. Je travaille avec la honte, le secret, les regrets. Je travaille avec l’absence, les souvenirs disparus, et ceux qui ressurgissent, au détour d’un prénom, d’une image, d’un mot. Je travaille avec les douleurs d’hier et celles d’aujourd’hui. Les confidences. Et la peur de mourir. Cela fait partie de mon métier. Mais ce qui continue de m’étonner, ce qui me sidère même, ce qui encore aujourd’hui, après plus de dix ans de pratique, me coupe parfois littéralement le souffle, c’est la pérennité des douleurs d’enfance. Une empreinte ardente, incandescente, malgré les années. Qui ne s’efface pas. » Michka est en train de perdre peu à peu l’usage de la parole. Autour d’elles, deux personnes se retrouvent : Marie, une jeune femme dont elle est très proche, et Jérôme, l’orthophoniste chargé de la suivre.

Author Delphine de Vigan
Isbn 2709663724
Genre Fiction
Year 2019-03-06
Pages 192
Language English
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Emma est une grande fille aux jambes longues, douce et fantasque, habillée comme l’as de pique, qui a lu trop de livres et vu trop de films. Elle aime l’amour avant tout, l’amour qui se rêve et s’invente autant qu’il se vit. Entre recueil de nouvelles et roman, Les jolis garçons est composé de trois textes : trois hommes, trois moments dans la vie d’Emma. Le premier, Marc Stevenson est un avocat célèbre lisse, ponctuel, parfait jusqu'à en être désincarné. La passion qu'il suscite est dévorante, obsessionnelle et emmène Emma aux limites de la folie. Quelques années plus tard, Emma rencontre Ethan Castor, un écrivain, marié, sombre et charmeur, qui vit dans le silence et cherche un échappatoire. Leur rencontre, à la fois trouble, joyeuse et érotique, dure trois jours et résonnera longtemps. Le troisième amant, Milan Mikaev est un animateur de télévision égocentrique, imprévisible, désarmant d'irresponsabilité et de narcissisme. Pour la première fois Emma est emportée dans la fiction d’un autre et la rencontre bascule dans une aventure médiatique hallucinée où l’invraisemblable prend le pas sur les sentiments. Combien de fois faut-il rejouer la fable, pour être capable de s’en défaire ? Sommes-nous condamnés à ça, reproduire inlassablement la même illusion, le même désenchantement ? La rencontre de l’autre n’est-elle que pure fiction ?

Author Delphine de Vigan
Isbn 2709631792
Genre Fiction
Year 2005-01-05
Pages 150
Language English
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This book provides essential support and advice on using literature in the A level modern languages classroom, addressing key concerns such as ways to approach this task and how to maximise the benefit to students. There are strategies for understanding works of different genres as well as ways to analyse plot, characterisation, themes and style, all presented in a logical way that allows existing teaching methods to be built upon. Including a step-by-step approach to all aspects of planning, resourcing and teaching literature in modern languages at advanced levels, this book covers essential topics such as: Why teaching and studying literature is important How to choose the text Preparing and introducing the literary text Understanding the characters, themes, style and structure Writing examination essays Ways to spark creative language use before and beyond the set text Based on the latest A level modern languages syllabus, this practical book will help both new and experienced teachers approach teaching literature with more confidence, which will enrich their students' language learning and inspire their creativity beyond examination requirements.

Author Katherine Raithby,Alison Taylor
Isbn 1351399039
Genre Education
Year 2019-07-02
Pages 250
Language English
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« La douleur de Lucile, ma mère, a fait partie de notre enfance et plus tard de notre vie d’adulte, la douleur de Lucile sans doute nous constitue, ma sœur et moi, mais toute tentative d’explication est vouée à l’échec. L’écriture n’y peut rien, tout au plus me permet-elle de poser les questions et d’interroger la mémoire. La famille de Lucile, la nôtre par conséquent, a suscité tout au long de son histoire de nombreux hypothèses et commentaires. Les gens que j’ai croisés au cours de mes recherches parlent de fascination ; je l’ai souvent entendu dire dans mon enfance. Ma famille incarne ce que la joie a de plus bruyant, de plus spectaculaire, l’écho inlassable des morts, et le retentissement du désastre. Aujourd’hui je sais aussi qu’elle illustre, comme tant d’autres familles, le pouvoir de destruction du Verbe, et celui du silence. Le livre, peut-être, ne serait rien d’autre que ça, le récit de cette quête, contiendrait en lui-même sa propre genèse, ses errances narratives, ses tentatives inachevées. Mais il serait cet élan, de moi vers elle, hésitant et inabouti. » Dans cette enquête éblouissante au cœur de la mémoire familiale, où les souvenirs les plus lumineux côtoient les secrets les plus enfouis, ce sont toutes nos vies, nos failles et nos propres blessures que Delphine de Vigan déroule avec force.

Author Delphine de Vigan
Isbn 2709637669
Genre Fiction
Year 2011-08-17
Pages 400
Language English
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