Set against the backdrop of Europe's slide into Fascism, Blue of Noon is a blackly compelling account of depravity and violence. As its narrator lurches despairingly from city to city in a surreal sexual and mental nightmare of squalor, sadism and drunken encounters, his internal collapse mirrors the fighting and marching on the streets outside. Exploring the dark forces beneath the surface of civilization, this is a novel torn between identifying with history's victims and being seduced by the monstrous glamour of its terrible victors, and is one of the twentieth century's great nihilist works.

Author ,
Isbn 0241215390
Genre Fiction
Year 2015-05-07
Pages 128
Language English
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Wren Fraser can think of better times to go into labor. Say, when she's not on the run, or when there's a hospital nearby. Better yet, when there's not a major flood trapping her in an abandoned house. She needs a rescue…now! It arrives in one Alec Harper. Strong, competent and good-looking, the detective keeps her safe and doesn't leave her side. He even takes in Wren and the baby when they have no place to go. For a woman wanting her independence, it's shocking how quickly she settles in with Alec. The situation seems a bit too domestic. And the sizzling attraction between them is making things worse. She keeps telling herself to walk away, yet she can't. Or should that be, she doesn't want to?

Author Janice Kay Johnson
Isbn 1459214676
Genre Fiction
Year 2011-10-01
Pages 288
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Vite, trouver un abri, un refuge pour que son bébé ne naisse pas dans cette voiture... Alors qu’elle roule loin d’un homme dont elle ne veut plus, Wren est prise dans la crue d’une rivière. Les premiers signes de l’accouchement se font déjà sentir. Elle ne peut plus rester au volant et sous ces pluies torrentielles. Enfin, elle repère une maison dont le premier étage a été épargné par les eaux et elle s’y hisse comme elle peut. Mais la maison est au milieu de nulle part : quel sauveteur ira imaginer qu’une femme enceinte s’est réfugiée là ? Et tandis que les contractions se rapprochent, et que Wren n’ose plus croire à l’impossible, elle aperçoit soudain des secours. Un homme dans un Zodiac. Une éclaircie inespérée dans le ciel ...

Author Janice Kay Johnson
Isbn 228025073X
Genre Fiction
Year 2012-08-01
Pages 288
Language English
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Petitesannonces.fr : Jeune homme de 26 ans, condamné à une espérance de vie de deux ans par un Alzheimer précoce, souhaite prendre le large pour un ultime voyage. Recherche compagnon(ne) pour partager avec moi ce dernier périple. Émile a décidé de fuir l’hôpital, la compassion de sa famille et de ses amis. À son propre étonnement, il reçoit une réponse à cette annonce. Trois jours plus tard, devant le camping-car acheté secrètement, il retrouve Joanne, une jeune femme coiffée d’un grand chapeau noir qui a pour seul bagage un sac à dos, et qui ne donne aucune explication sur sa présence. Ainsi commence un voyage stupéfiant de beauté. À chaque détour de ce périple naissent, à travers la rencontre avec les autres et la découverte de soi, la joie, la peur, l’amitié, l’amour qui peu à peu percent la carapace de douleurs d’Émile. Un livre aux dialogues impeccables et aux personnages touchants d’humanité. Psychologies magazine. Bouleversant. Version femina.

Author Mélissa Da Costa
Isbn 2253102474
Genre Fiction
Year 2020-02-12
Pages 840
Language English
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Wuthering Heights is Emily Brontë's only novel. Written between October 1845 and June 1846, Wuthering Heights was published in 1847 under the pseudonym "Ellis Bell"; Brontë died the following year, aged 30. Wuthering Heights and Anne Brontë's Agnes Grey were accepted by publisher Thomas Newby before the success of their sister Charlotte's novel, Jane Eyre. After Emily's death, Charlotte edited the manuscript of Wuthering Heights, and arranged for the edited version to be published as a posthumous second edition in 1850. Although Wuthering Heights is now widely regarded as a classic of English literature, contemporary reviews for the novel were deeply polarised; it was considered controversial because its depiction of mental and physical cruelty was unusually stark, and it challenged strict Victorian ideals of the day regarding religious hypocrisy, morality, social classes and gender inequality. The English poet and painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti, although an admirer of the book, referred to it as "A fiend of a book – an incredible monster [...] The action is laid in hell, – only it seems places and people have English names there."

Author Brontë, Emily
Isbn 1773138960
Genre Fiction
Year 2018-01-15
Pages 316
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At Mia's Mercy… As the leader of the Blackpaw werewolf pack, Nick Jenner had spent years protecting his people from dark outside forces. When the victim of a feral drifter turns up on Blackpaw territory, he thinks nothing of bringing her home while her attacker is hunted down and destroyed. But Jenner soon finds that nothing about his alluring new houseguest is what it seems. Mia D'Alessandro, a dark beauty with abilities she would rather forget, was mortified to find herself the victim of a man she thought she could trust. As the full moon approaches, his bite will unleash an inner wolf that can destroy her unless she bonds with a pack. But the darkness now stalking her threatens to destroy far more, including her strong, silent guardian.

Author Kendra Leigh Castle
Isbn 146030697X
Genre Fiction
Year 2013-03-01
Pages 304
Language English
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The #1 New York Times bestseller! Now a Hulu original series starring Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington. “I read Little Fires Everywhere in a single, breathless sitting.” —Jodi Picoult “To say I love this book is an understatement. It’s a deep psychological mystery about the power of motherhood, the intensity of teenage love, and the danger of perfection. It moved me to tears.” —Reese Witherspoon “Extraordinary . . . books like Little Fires Everywhere don't come along often.” —John Green From the bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You, a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives. In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned—from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. Enter Mia Warren—an enigmatic artist and single mother—who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community. When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town—and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs. Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood—and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster. Named a Best Book of the Year by: People, The Washington Post, Bustle, Esquire, Southern Living, The Daily Beast, GQ, Entertainment Weekly, NPR, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Audible, Goodreads, Library Reads, Book of the Month, Paste, Kirkus Reviews, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and many more... Perfect for book clubs! Visit celesteng.com for discussion guides and more.

Author Celeste Ng
Isbn 0735224307
Genre Fiction
Year 2017-09-12
Pages 368
Language English
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A CBC CANADA READS 2015 SELECTION! FINALIST FOR THE 2013 GOVERNOR GENERAL'S LITERARY AWARD FOR FRENCH-TO-ENGLISH TRANSLATION Tom and Charlie have decided to live out the remainder of their lives on their own terms, hidden away in a remote forest, their only connection to the outside world a couple of pot growers who deliver whatever they can’t eke out for themselves. But one summer two women arrive. One is a young photographer documenting a a series of catastrophic forest fires that swept Northern Ontario early in the century; she’s on the trail of the recently deceased Ted Boychuck, a survivor of the blaze. And then the elderly aunt of the one of the pot growers appears, fleeing one of the psychiatric institutions that have been her home since she was sixteen. She joins the men in the woods and begins a new life as Marie-Desneige. With the photographer’s help, they find Ted’s series of paintings about the fire, and begin to decipher the dead man’s history. A haunting meditation on aging and self-determination, And the Birds Rained Down, originally published in French as Il pleuvait des oiseaux, was the winner of the Prix des Cinq Continents de la Francophonie, the first Canadian title to win this honour. It was winner of the Prix des lecteurs Radio-Canada, the Prix des collégiens du Québec, the Prix Ringuet 2012 and a finalist for the Grand Prix de la ville de Montréal. 'Nostalgic and beautifully grotesque, this novel is delightfully baroque and, although short, so striking it will simply never leave you.' – The Coast Jocelyne Saucier's novels have received countless prizes, including the Prix des Cinq Continents de la Francophonie. Rhonda Mullins's translation of Saucier's novel Jeanne's Road was nominated for the Governor General's Award.

Author Jocelyne Saucier
Isbn 1770563334
Genre Fiction
Year 2013-03-22
Pages 176
Language English
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“One of the loveliest, most exquisitely beautiful books I’ve read in a very long time. . . . I didn’t just read the pages, I lived in them.” —Jennifer Niven, New York Times bestselling author of All the Bright Places A beautiful love story for fans of Jandy Nelson and Nicola Yoon: two teens find their way back to each other in a bookstore full of secrets and crushes, grief and hope—and letters hidden between the pages. Years ago, Rachel had a crush on Henry Jones. The day before she moved away, she tucked a love letter into his favorite book in his family’s bookshop. She waited. But Henry never came. Now Rachel has returned to the city—and to the bookshop—to work alongside the boy she’d rather not see, if at all possible, for the rest of her life. But Rachel needs the distraction. Her brother drowned months ago, and she can’t feel anything anymore. As Henry and Rachel work side by side—surrounded by books, watching love stories unfold, exchanging letters between the pages—they find hope in each other. Because life may be uncontrollable, even unbearable sometimes. But it’s possible that words, and love, and second chances are enough.

Author Cath Crowley
Isbn 1101937661
Genre Young Adult Fiction
Year 2017-06-06
Pages 288
Language English
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A special 25th anniversary edition of the extraordinary international bestseller, including a new Foreword by Paulo Coelho. Combining magic, mysticism, wisdom and wonder into an inspiring tale of self-discovery, The Alchemist has become a modern classic, selling millions of copies around the world and transforming the lives of countless readers across generations. Paulo Coelho's masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different—and far more satisfying—than he ever imagined. Santiago's journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life's path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams.

Author Paulo Coelho
Isbn 0062416219
Genre Fiction
Year 2015-02-24
Pages 208
Language English
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Reminiscent of novels by Nick Hornby, Muriel Barbery, and Jonathan Tropper,internationally acclaimed novelist David Foenkinosdelivers a heartfelt and deftly comedic tale of new love brightening the darkaftermath of loss—and of wounded hearts finding refuge in the strangest ofplaces. After her husband’s unexpected death, Natalie has erected a fortressaround her emotions—and Markus, clumsy and unassuming, will never be her knightin shining armor. Yet slowly but surely, an offbeat romance begins betweenthese two mismatched, complex souls, and contrary to everything Natalie knowsof affection, her perfect suitor may turn out to be love’s most unlikelycandidate—the fool, not the hero, who is finally able to reach her heart.

Author David Foenkinos
Isbn 0062101617
Genre Fiction
Year 2012-02-14
Pages 256
Language English
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Meet the Wynns—a hockey dynasty built on family, money, and drama. From USA Today bestselling author Kelly Jamieson, the first novel in a new series is a total win-win. “Kelly Jamieson is an auto-buy for me.”—Carly Phillips After an injury forced Théo Wynn to give up professional hockey, he turned to his second love: numbers. Now, as the general manager of his grandfather’s NHL team, the Los Angeles Condors, Théo is dying to prove to the rest of his family—especially the brother who betrayed him—that he’s just as successful as the rest of them. If only Théo had a gorgeous woman on his arm to complete the picture. . . . Lacey Olson needs to get out of Las Vegas right now, thanks to her no-good, crooked brother. When a handsome stranger who’s out partying with friends comes to her rescue in the cocktail lounge where she works, they strike up a conversation that leads to a crazy plan: her leaving with Théo for L.A. tomorrow. A few drinks later, the idea gets even crazier: a quickie marriage that works for both of them. But back in California, Lacey immediately turns Théo’s precise, well-ordered life into one big beach party. And before long, she’s tempting him with her smart mouth, sexy body, and sunny charm. The last thing Théo needs is a real relationship to distract him. Because he only plays to win. . . . USA Today bestselling author Kelly Jamieson’s epic Wynn Hockey series can be read together or separately: PLAY TO WIN IN IT TO WIN IT WIN BIG FOR THE WIN Don’t miss any of Kelly’s captivating reads: The Aces Hockey series: MAJOR MISCONDUCT • OFF LIMITS • ICING • TOP SHELF • BACK CHECK • SLAP SHOT • PLAYING HURT • BIG STICK • GAME ON The Bayard Hockey series: SHUT OUT • CROSS CHECK The Last Shot series: BODY SHOT • HOT SHOT • LONG SHOT The standalone novel: DANCING IN THE RAIN This ebook includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title. Praise for Play to Win “Play to Win gave me all the feels! Theo and Lacey are a couple you’ll root for!”—USA Today bestselling author Stacey Kennedy

Author Kelly Jamieson
Isbn 110196944X
Genre Fiction
Year 2019-03-19
Pages 248
Language English
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Sometimes she wished she was an only child . . . "She's lovely! Look at those curls. Those blue eyes. She's just beautiful!" Berta was used to hearing comments like that. But they were not about her. . . . Whenever ladies came to the house or met her mother on the street, they exclaimed over Berta's little sister, Glenna. Somewhere along the way, Berta decided that whatever Glenna was, she would not be. Whatever Glenna did, she would not do. Whatever Glenna liked, she would not like. She would be the opposite. Sure enough, Glenna is sparkling, vivacious, outgoing, and adored, while Berta is serious, dependable, and prim. Their relationship grows more and more distant until, finally, Berta must look into her heart and discover what truly has caused the rift between them.

Author Janette Oke
Isbn 1585587362
Genre Fiction
Year 2006-08-01
Pages 256
Language English
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Adrift after her sister Bailey's sudden death, Lennie finds herself torn between quiet, seductive Toby—Bailey's boyfriend who shares her grief—and Joe, the new boy in town who bursts with life and musical genius. Each offers Lennie something she desperately needs... though she knows if the two of them collide her whole world will explode. Join Lennie on this heartbreaking and hilarious journey of profound sorrow and mad love, as she makes colossal mistakes and colossal discoveries, as she traipses through band rooms and forest bedrooms and ultimately right into your heart. As much a celebration of love as a poignant portrait of loss, Lennie's struggle to sort her own melody out of the noise around her is always honest, often uproarious, and absolutely unforgettable.

Author Jandy Nelson
Isbn 1101222867
Genre Young Adult Fiction
Year 2010-03-09
Pages 304
Language English
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING PHENOMENON More than 6 million copies sold A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick A Business Insider Defining Book of the Decade "I can't even express how much I love this book! I didn't want this story to end!"--Reese Witherspoon "Painfully beautiful."--The New York Times Book Review For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life--until the unthinkable happens. Where the Crawdads Sing is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. Owens reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.

Author Delia Owens
Isbn 0735219117
Genre Fiction
Year 2018-08-14
Pages 384
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Le verbe vivre n'est pas tellement bien vu puisque les mots viveur et faire la vie sont péjoratifs. Si l'on veut être moral, il vaut mieux éviter tout ce qui est vif, car choisir la vie au lieu de se contenter de rester en vie n'est que débauche et gaspillage. A son niveau le plus simple, le Bleu du ciel inverse cette morale prudente en décrivant un personnage qui se dépense jusqu'à toucher la mort à force de beuveries, de nuits blanches et de coucheries. Cette dépense, volontaire et systématique, est une méthode qui transforme la perdition en connaissance et découvre le ciel dans le bas. Face à la mort, et sachant que rien ne lui échappe, il ne saurait être sérieusement question de " salut ", aussi la volonté de se perdre est-elle la seule éclairante _ la seule d'où puisse surgir une nouvelle souveraineté. Le Bleu du ciel en décrit l'apprentissage en dénudant au fond de chacun de nous cette fente, qui est la présence toujours latente de notre propre mort. Et ce qui apparaît à travers la fente, c'est le bleu d'un ciel dont la profondeur " impossible " nous appelle et nous refuse aussi vertigineusement que notre vie appelle et refuse sa mort.

Author Georges Bataille
Isbn 2720216275
Genre Fiction
Year 2014-04-01
Pages 224
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Cet ouvrage porte son regard sur certains mouvements d'outre-Atlantique : monochronisme, hyperréalisme, expressionnisme abstrait, pop art, sans omettre Malévitch et Yves Klein. Les paradoxes dominants sont ceux du "mouvement immobile", de l' « intérieur-extérieur », de la « surface-profondeur », du « cadre hors-cadre », de la « mort de l'art » soulevée par A. Danto. La « mort de l'art » est l'institution du communisme utopique en termes esthétiques, réalisée par un dernier paradoxe selon l'essor du capitalisme financier et industriel.

Author Edmundo Morim De Carvalho
Isbn 2336399903
Genre Art
Year 2016-01-01
Pages 380
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L'abondance est-elle d'abord et essentiellement celle de l'eau ? Et, s'il en est ainsi, d'où vient la surabondance ? De l'eau elle-même ? Du désir qui la porte ? Du réveil désordonné d'un passé qui ne veut pas être celé avant de connaître l'apaisement ? Du vertige des mots affolés par l'approche de la mort ? D'un flot d'images, de pensées et de correspondances nourri de réminiscences littéraires ? Ou la surabondance est-elle l'expérience d'« un plus fin silence » qui fait surgir, dans son sillage, un ouragan de voix ? Elisabeth, l'héroïne de ce récit, tente de résoudre cette énigme, de la décrire, de la chérir et, finalement, de s'en détacher. Avec son dernier souffle, elle abandonnera l'eau à sa liberté d'eau et ses mots à leur destin de signes dans des carnets que le hasard, l'élection ou le devoir, mettront entre les mains d'inconnus plongés dans un « sommeil surnaturel ».

Author Nicole Hatem
Isbn 2296491626
Genre Fiction
Year 2012-05-01
Pages 172
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Édition enrichie (Préface, notes, dossier sur l'œuvre et bibliographie) « Monsieur, quand je vins m'établir ici, je trouvai dans cette partie du canton une douzaine de crétins, dit le médecin en se retournant pour montrer à l'officier les maisons ruinées. La situation de ce hameau dans un fond sans courant d'air, près du torrent dont l'eau provient des neiges fondues, privé des bienfaits du soleil, qui n'éclaire que le sommet de la montagne, tout y favorise la propagation de cette affreuse maladie. Les lois ne défendent pas l'accouplement de ces malheureux, protégés ici par une superstition dont la puissance m'était inconnue, que j'ai d'abord condamnée, puis admirée. Le crétinisme se serait donc étendu depuis cet endroit jusqu'à la vallée. N'était-ce pas rendre un grand service au pays que d'arrêter cette contagion physique et intellectuelle ? Malgré son urgence, ce bienfait pouvait coûter la vie à celui qui entreprendrait de l'opérer. Ici, comme dans les autres sphères sociales, pour accomplir le bien, il fallait froisser, non pas des intérêts, mais, chose plus dangereuse à manier, des idées religieuses converties en superstition, la forme la plus indestructible des idées humaines. Je ne m'effrayai de rien. » Mais ce roman de 1833 n'est pas simplement le récit d'un homme qui consacre sa vie au bonheur d'un village, un rénovateur qui donne à Balzac l'occasion d'analyser le développement rural et d'inscrire en son livre une certaine utopie. Le Médecin de campagne est aussi une histoire privée, celle précisément du docteur Benassis, prise entre un début malheureux et une fin prématurée. Edition de Pierre Barbéris.

Author Honoré de Balzac
Isbn 225309370X
Genre Fiction
Year 2011-08-08
Pages 383
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Un jeune couple, Bertrand et Léonore, quitte la ferme familiale pour s'installer en ville (Besançon). Ils logeront au rez-de-chaussée de la tour Bel Golame. Plus on monte dans les étages de cette tour, plus les appartements sont grands. Les locataires peuvent accéder aux logements des étages supérieurs selon leur ancienneté. Mystérieusement, des bruits bizarres se font entendre mais Bernard n'arrive pas à en trouver l'origine. Il a cependant remarqué qu'ils surviennent à chaque fois qu'un locataire âgé est transporté à l'hôpital ou dans une maison de retraite...

Author Luigi De Poli
Isbn 2296155871
Genre Fiction
Year 2006-09-01
Pages 166
Language English
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