The House of Broken Angels
By Luis Alberto Urrea
Prizewinning and bestselling writer Luis Urrea has written his Mexican coming-to-America story, his masterpiece. Destined to sit alongside other classic immigrant novels, THE HOUSE OF BROKEN ANGELS is a sprawling and epic family saga helmed by patriarch Big Angel that takes place over the weekend of the final birthday party he is throwing for himself at home in San Diego, occasioned by his imminent death at the hands of that familiar killer cancer.But when Big Angel's mother Mama America passes as the party nears, he must plan her funeral as well, and so decides to throw two family affairs in one weekend: a farewell double-header. Among the attendants is his namesake Little Angel, who flies in from Seattle to pay his respects and say his goodbyes, and comes face to face with the people with whom he shared a parent but as the weekend proceeds to remind him, not a life. This is the story of Big Angel and Little Angel, of what it means to be a Mexican in America, to have lived two lives across one border - and about the ravaging power of death to shore up the bits of life you have forgotten, whether by choice or not. A finely wrought portrait of this deeply complex family, THE HOUSE OF BROKEN ANGELS is purely Urrean: teeming with brilliance and humor, authentic at every turn - this novel cements Urrea as a master truth-teller of the Mexican-American experience.
The Home That Was Our Country
By Alia Malek
At the Arab Spring's hopeful start, Alia Malek returned to Damascus to reclaim her grandmother's apartment, which had been lost to her family since Hafez al-Assad came to power in 1970. Its loss was central to her parent's decision to make their lives in America. In chronicling the people who lived in the Tahaan building, past and present, Alia portrays the Syrians-the Muslims, Christians, Jews, Armenians, and Kurds-who worked, loved, and suffered in close quarters, mirroring the political shifts in their country. Restoring her family's home as the country comes apart, she learns how to speak the coded language of oppression that exists in a dictatorship, while privately confronting her own fears about Syria's future.The Home That Was Our Country is a deeply researched, personal journey that shines a delicate but piercing light on Syrian history, society, and politics. Teeming with insights, the narrative weaves acute political analysis with a century of intimate family history, ultimately delivering an unforgettable portrait of the Syria that is being erased.
Healing Back Pain (Reissue Edition)
By John E. Sarno M.D.
Dr. John E. Sarno's groundbreaking research on Tension Myositis Syndrome reveals how stress and other psychological factors can cause back pain-and how you can be pain free without drugs, exercise, or surgery.Dr. Sarno is a medical pioneer whose program has helped thousands of people find relief from chronic back conditions without drugs, physical therapy, or dangerous surgery. In this bestselling guide to overcoming back pain, you'll find out:* Why self-motivated and successful people are prone to Tension Myositis Syndrome (TMS)* How anxiety and repressed anger trigger muscle spasmsHow people "train themselves" to experience back pain* How you may get relief from back pain within two to six weeks by recognizing TMS and its causesWith case histories and the results of in-depth mind-body research, Dr. Sarno describes how patients recognize the emotional roots of their TMS and sever the connections between mental and physical pain... and how, just by reading this book, you may start recovering from back pain today.
Hoax: A History of Deception
By Ian Tattersall, Peter Névraumont
An enthralling exploration of the most audacious and underhanded deceptions in the history of mankind, from sacred relics to financial schemes to fake art, music, and identities.World history is littered with tall tales and those who have fallen for them. Ian Tattersall, a curator emeritus at the American Museum of Natural History, and Peter Névraumont, an award-winning book producer, have teamed up to create this anti-history of the world, in which Michelangelo fakes a cupid; the holy foreskin is venerated; arctic explorers search for an entrance into a hollow Earth; a woman is elected Pope; and people can survive on only air and sunshine. Told chronologically, HOAX begins with the first documented announcement of the end of the world from 365 AD and winds its way through controversial tales such as the Loch Ness Monster and the Shroud of Turin, past proven fakes such as the Thomas Jefferson's ancient wine and the Davenport Tablets built by a lost race, and explores bald-faced lies in the art world, journalism, and archeology.
Her Mother's Secret
By Natasha Lester
1918, England. Armistice Day should bring peace into Leonora East's life. Rather than secretly making cosmetics in her father's chemist shop, Leo hopes to now display her wares openly. Instead, Spanish flu arrives in the village, claiming her father's life.Determined to start over, she boards a ship to New York City. On the way she meets debonair department store heir Everett Forsyth . . . In Manhattan, Leo works hard to make her cosmetics dream come true, but she's a woman alone with a small salary and a society that deems make-up scandalous.1939, New York City. Everett's daughter, Alice, a promising ballerina, receives a mysterious letter inviting her to star in a series of advertisements for a cosmetics line. If she accepts she will be immortalized like dancers such as Zelda Fitzgerald, Josephine Baker and Ginger Rogers. Why, then, are her parents so quick to forbid it?HER MOTHER'S SECRET is the story of a brave young woman chasing a dream in the face of society's disapproval.
By Simona Ahrnstedt
Fate has other plans for them . . . Ambra Vinter is a reporter for one of the county's biggest evening newspapers. She is clever, cocky and idealistic. She has been sent to cover a story in the cold and snowy eternal darkness that is Kiruna in December. Haunted by a past threatening to catch up with her she quickly discovers that the easy job nobody wanted to take has hidden depths.Tom Lexington is a security expert and elite soldier who has come back from captivity and torture in Tchad. Traumatized by his experiences, Tom is hiding out in a friend's luxury cabin in the wintry woods. He is also in Kiruna to win back the woman he loves.The last thing Tom needs is an arrogant big city reporter to complicate matters and the furthest thing from Ambra's mind is getting mixed up with a gruff, chauvinistic caveman like Tom . . .But like two magnets, they are inexorably drawn to one another . . . Will what happens north of the Arctic Circle stay north of the Arctic Circle?Praise for All In"Everything a reader could want!"- New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James"Sexy, smart, and completely unputdownable. Breathtaking, from start to finish." - New York Times bestselling author Tessa Dare"I've been searching for this feeling all year: this book left me absolutely breathless." - New York Times bestselling author Christina Lauren
How to be Happy
By Eva Woods
'So likeable, smart and wise. A bittersweet read about love, life and friendship that makes you stop and think long after you've finished reading the last page.' - bestselling author Tasmina Perry'Entertaining, funny and full of wisdom, I loved this book.' - bestselling author Katie Fforde'I read this recently and loved it SO much. I cried buckets, but it's ultimately a really positive, uplifting book about making every day count.' - bestselling author Clare MackintoshThe smallest things can make the biggest difference.Annie has been sad for so long that she's forgotten how to be any other way. Until she meets Polly.Polly is everything that Annie is not. She's colourful, joyful, happy. Because if recent events have taught Polly anything, it's that your time is too short to waste a single day.Polly has one hundred days to help Annie find happiness. Annie's convinced it's impossible, but so is saying no to Polly. And on an unforgettable journey, Annie begins to realise that maybe, just maybe, there's still colour to be found in the world. But then it becomes clear that Polly's about to need her new friend more than ever...and Annie will have to decide once and for all whether letting others in is a risk worth taking.If you liked Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine or The Keeper of Lost Things, you'll love How to Be Happy'A joyful, wise read' - Rosie Blake'It's a gorgeous book - funny, touching, sweet, sad and profound.' - Daisy Buchanan'You'll laugh and cry . . . heartwarming' - Best 'Uplifting' - Independent 'Will make you laugh while it tugs at your heart strings' - The People
His First Lie
By Mark Hill
'A fantastic debut: dark, addictive and original. I couldn't put it down'Robert Bryndza, author of The Girl in the IceDo you want a thriller that grips from the first line?Do you want a thriller to leave you gasping for air?Connor Laird frightens people: he's intense, he's fearless, and he seems to be willing to do anything to protect himself and those he loves. He arrives in the Longacre Children's Home seemingly from nowhere, and instantly becomes hero and villain to every other child there. Thirty years later, someone is killing all of those who grew up in the Longacre, one at a time. Each of them has secrets, not least investigating cop DI Ray Drake.One by one the mysteries of the past are revealed as Drake finds himself in a race against time before the killer gets to him.Who is killing to hide their secret?And can YOU guess the ending?'Grips from the start and never lets up'The Times'Wreaks havoc with your assumptions. Hill has a hell of a career ahead of him'Alex Marwood, author of The Wicked Girls and The Darkest Secret'A cracking debut. I can't wait to see more of Ray Drake.'Mark Billingham, #1 bestselling author of Love Like Blood and In The Dark'Utterly gripping, packed with unforgettable characters - and SO well-written. The twists had me reeling!'Louise Voss**THE GRIPPING THRILLER PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED AS TWO O'CLOCK BOY**
Hunter of Stories
By Eduardo Galeano
'Not since Guy de Maupasant has the short literary form been imbued with such grace, elegance and poignancy . . . these quintessential and often poetic pearls astonish, inspire reflection and entertain' Morning StarThe internationally acclaimed last work by the bestselling Latin American writerMaster storyteller Eduardo Galeano was unique among his contemporaries (Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Mario Vargas Llosa among them) for his commitment to retelling our many histories, including the stories of those who were disenfranchised. A philosopher poet, his nonfiction is infused with such passion and imagination that it matches the intensity and the appeal of Latin America's very best fiction.Published here for the first time in an elegant English translation by long-time collaborator Mark Fried, Hunter of Stories is a deeply considered collection of Galeano's final musings on history, memory, humour, tragedy and loss.Written in his signature style - vignettes that fluidly combine dialogue, fables, and anecdotes - every page displays the original thinking and compassion that made Galeano one of the most original and beloved voices in world literature.
The Hand Of Justice
By Susanna Gregory
In February 1355, amid the worst snows in living memory, two well-born murderers return to Cambridge after receiving the King's pardon - but they show no remorse, and are in fact ready to confront those who helped convict them. When Matthew Bartholomew is called to the local mill to examine two corpses, he and Brother Michael know who to question, but in the fledgling university city, nothing is ever as straightforward as it seems...
How to Draw Absolutely Anything Activity Book
There's no great secret to drawing. Anybody can draw. One thing that most people will say, however, is 'I can't draw.' That simply isn't true. What they really mean is, 'I don't draw.'This is a creative, encouraging book that takes all the mystery out of the art and practice of drawing. It shows readers from age 8 to 80 how drawing works, giving invaluable yet simple hints, tips and personal as well as professional pointers across a wide range of drawing styles, tools and techniques. Simple lessons are delivered via step-by-step practical exercises, giving a comprehensive, stylish, inclusive and inside perspective on the not-so-mysterious art of drawing. By the last page, readers will come away willing and able to draw absolutely anything.Anything and everything is possible, from realistic sketches through to taking a line for a walk - or letting a line take you for a walk. Learn for yourself or rediscover the confidence-building joys of free creative expression - plus the handy ability to get your thoughts, feelings and ideas down quickly and easily in a form that anyone, anywhere can appreciate and understand.
The Hidden Lives of London Streets
By James Morton
London's streets have always worn a variety of influences, reflecting the diverse crowds who live and work on them. Take a walk down any number of historic streets and an abundance of tales exist in the bricks and mortar, waiting to be told. The Hidden Lives of London's Streets takes the reader on a journey through Soho, Piccadilly, Mayfair, Knightsbridge, Chelsea, Kensington, Fitzrovia and Clerkenwell. A street map is provided for each area, marking out the streets and buildings in which the various activities - some forgotten, others well-remembered - took place.Stories include those of courtesans such as the notorious Lola Montez and Theresa de Cornelys, who gave lavish balls at their home in Soho Square which were little more than orgies, during which a man playing the violin while on roller skates crashed through her plate glass window; Casanova and his quarrel with Marianne Charpillon after he taught a parrot to say she was a 'whore'; clubs - great (the Gargoyle), the artistic (Muriel Belcher's Colony), and the small (Royston Smith's club for dwarves); the police; robberies; murder and executions; the nightclubs; cinemas and theatres; the villains and prostitution. Beyond mere gangs and criminality, the book will trace the social changes that have gradually unfolded on any given street. For example the metamorphosis of Old Compton Street as home to race gangs in the 1920s, to becoming an essentially Italian street, to being part of the gay community.
By Lisa Kleypas
New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas delivers a scintillating tale of an unconventional beauty who finds passion with the spy who can't resist her'Witty, often hilarious, and delightfully passionate, this compelling, thrill-laced Victorian romance is another superb series entry' Library Journal, starred review'Unforgettable, beautifully etched characters; a flawless sense of pacing; and a perfectly executed plot imbued with an abundance of desire and danger are the outstanding literary hallmarks of the latest splendid addition to Kleypas' Ravenels series' BooklistA woman who defies her timeDr. Garrett Gibson, the only female physician in England, is as daring and independent as any man-why not take her pleasures like one? Yet she has never been tempted to embark on an affair, until now. Ethan Ransom, a former detective for Scotland Yard, is as gallant as he is secretive, a rumored assassin whose true loyalties are a mystery. For one exhilarating night, they give in to their potent attraction before becoming strangers again.A man who breaks every ruleAs a Ravenel by-blow spurned by his father, Ethan has little interest in polite society, yet he is captivated by the bold and beautiful Garrett. Despite their vow to resist each other after that sublime night, she is soon drawn into his most dangerous assignment yet. When the mission goes wrong, it will take all of Garrett's skill and courage to save him. As they face the menace of a treacherous government plot, Ethan is willing to take any risk for the love of the most extraordinary woman he's ever known.