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By James Greer. 2010
The Failure is a picaresque novel set in Los Angeles about two guys who conceive and badly execute a plan… to rob a Korean check-cashing store in order to finance the prototype for an impossibly ridiculous Internet application James Greer one of the nimblest and most multilayered American fiction writers has with his latest novel The Failure pulled off a sublime and shivery-smooth literary hat-trick-cum-emotional-gotcha I defy anyone to come up with an equation to explain how this book s first impression as a ridiculously clever funny crime story can gradually disclose a metanovel built from far more encyclopedic scratch only to reveal upon its conclusion a central overriding thought so heartfelt literally it trembles your lower lip This is one stunning piece of work --Dennis Cooper author of Ugly Man James Greer s The Failure is such an unqualified success both in conception and execution that I have grave doubts he actually wrote it --Steven SoderberghJames Greer is the author of the novel Artificial Light Akashic Books which won a California Book Award for Best Debut Novel and the nonfiction book Guided By Voices A Brief History Grove Press a biography of the band for which he once played bass guitar He is currently working with director Steven Soderbergh on a rock musical about Cleopatra starring Catherine Zeta-Jones He lives in Los Angeles
By Joe Meno. 2005
A wonderful accomplishment The power is in the writing Mr Meno… is a superb craftsman -Hubert Selby Jr The author moves the story along at a surprisingly fast and easy pace The evil eyes of small-town America seem to peer from every page of Meno s claustrophobic noir where the good and the bad are forced down the same violent paths -Kirkus Reviews Joe Meno writes with the energy honesty and emotional impact of the best punk rock -Jim DeRogatis pop music critic Chicago Sun-Times A likable winner that should bolster Meno s reputation -Publishers Weekly Joe Meno writes with the energy honesty and emotional impact of the best punk rock -Jim DeRogatis Chicago Sun-Times Fans of hard-boiled pulp fiction will particularly enjoy this novel -BooklistA young ex-con in a small Illinois town A lonely giant with a haunted past A beautiful girl with a troubled heart Strange and darkly magical How the Hula Girl Sings begins exactly where most pulp fiction usually ends with the vivid episode of the terrible crime itself Three years later Luce Lemay out on parole for the awful tragedy does his best to finds hope in a new job at the local Gas-N-Go in his companion and fellow ex-con Junior Breen who spells out puzzling messages to the unquiet ghosts of his past and finally in the arms of the lovely but reckless Charlene How the Hula Girl Sings is a suspenseful exploration of a country bright with the far-off stars of forgiveness and dark with the still-looming shadow of the death penalty
By Dennis Cooper, Trinie Dalton. 2005
Trinie Dalton s voice is so charming in these stories and they fly right by so it takes a… little time to realize how deftly she is talking about death and sex and fear and love and fur and slumber parties how lightly she touches upon heaviness making an imprint so gentle you don t know it s there until later when the story floats back up in your memory light as a butterfly or a blood-oil lilypad in the bath --Aimee Bender Trinie Dalton is as radically original a young writer as I ve ever come across a post-punk post-apocalyptic post-everything sensibility casting spells of willed innocence against the powers of darkness she knows terrifyingly well --David Gates These charming stories vibrate with innocence and awe Trinie Dalton is an effortless purveyor of wonder strangeness and love She is a writer of high spirits and unguarded vision and this debut collection is an absolute pleasure to read --Ben Marcus In Wide Eyed a wonderfully eccentric and vibrant collection Trinie Dalton showcases her ability to put a fresh spin on the world leading the reader into places never explored--sometimes dreamlike sometimes nightmarish always riveting Her vision is wholly unique and memorable --Jill McCorkleIn Trinie Dalton s tweaked vision of reality psychic communications between herself and Mick Jagger The Flaming Lips Marc Bolan Lou Reed and Pavement are daily occurrences Animals also populate this book beavers hamsters salamanders black widows owls llamas bats and many more are characters who befriend the narrator This collection of stories is told by a woman compelled to divulge her secrets fantasies and obsessions with native Californian animals glam rock icons and horror movies among other things With a setting rooted in urban Los Angeles but colored by mythic tales of beauty borrowed from medieval times Shakespeare and Grimm s fairy tales Wide Eyed makes the difficulties of surviving in a contemporary American city more palatable by showing the reader that magic and escape is always possible Stories include Hummingbird Moonshine in which the narrator s frustrated hunt for authentic religion in botanicas and science books culminates in a spiritual connection made with a hummingbird In Oceanic she resolves to marry a manatee after a drunken pre-party for her best friend s wedding In Tiles four vignettes about bloody accidents in tiled bathrooms intermingle with scenes from Dalton s favorite scary movies Featuring oddball prose in the traditions of Dalton s literary heroes--Denton Welch Robert Walser and Jane Bowles--these stories have a dreamy imaginative quality that reveal a peculiar state of mental ecstasy To be inside the mind of Trinie Dalton is to be escorted into bliss
By Carla Scotta. 2017
Mientras Jack pesca sentado a la orilla de uno de los diez mil lagos de Minnesota se cuestiona cosas… y entonces su mente viaja con cada pez que atrapa El lucio come dos veces al d a a la ma ana y al atardecer Nunca se le hab a ocurrido eso antes aunque no suele ir a pescar solo pero todos sus amigos ten an otras cosas que hacer hoy Comer por la ma ana Desayuno S hay que desayunar Esto es lo curioso cuando desayuna como esos raros domingos en que va a desayunar con la familia despu s de la primera misa del d a se siente satisfecho y entonces no vuelve a comer hasta el final del d a y entonces come algo liviano como una ensalada de pechuga de pollo Quiz s debiera comer as todos los d as y bajar a la barriga cervecera Hablando de barrigas cerveceras Son puras mentiras Y de mentiras pasamos al crappie de d nde proviene ese nombre Aunque casi todos los que conoce lo pronuncian cropi Los crappies se alimentan de piscardos de otros peces peque os y de insectos que tienen aspecto de excremento que en ingl s se dice crap Quiz s por eso le pusieron ese nombre Como el grandote Bill que asusta bastante con sus modos hoscos quiz s la gente piensa que se los va a comer Aunque podr a hacerlo y luego escupirlos si tuviera la oportunidad Como el devorador morado Hablando de eso es cierto que usa muchas camisetas de color morado camisetas morado oscuro y camisas morado claro Y verde Jack contin a comparando a cada una de las personas importantes de su vida con los peces del agua y al hacerlo tiene una revelaci n
By Shutta Crum. 2003
Twelve-year-old Jessie K. Bovey has a lot to worry about. She doesn't know who her father is; her old biddy… of a grandmother keeps interfering in her life; her best friend, Robert, desperately needs new glasses that his family can't afford; and mean Dickie Whitten teases Robert until Jessie has no choice but to punch him out.When some New York City reporters show up in Beulah County to research a story about the War on Poverty, Jessie sees a way to solve one of her problems. She can charge money for showing the reporters around town so they can take pictures of the "local color" and use it to help pay for Robert's glasses. But her plan backfires spectacularly, and Jessie learns some big lessons--and some big secrets as well.A small Kentucky town and its quirky inhabitants are vividly evoked in Shutta Crum's warm, atmospheric coming-of-age story, which handles multiple serious themes with a light touch.
By Jon Stollberg, Duopress Labs Staff. 2016
Millions of kids around the world know Lionel Messi, and they all know he is really good. But do they… know how good he really is? To answer this question, this engaging book goes beyond a traditional biography and describes Messi's life and record-breaking career through the use of fun graphics, comparisons with past and present players, playful reader challenges, and pages chock-full of interesting facts.<P><P> <i>Advisory: Bookshare has learned that this book offers only partial accessibility. We have kept it in the collection because it is useful for some of our members. To explore further access options with us, please contact us through the Book Quality link on the right sidebar. Benetech is actively working on projects to improve accessibility issues such as these. </i>
By Joe Meno. 2004
<P>Hairstyles of the Damned is an honest, true-life depiction of growing up punk on Chicago's south side: a study in… the demons of racial intolerance, Catholic school conformism, and class repression. <P>It is the story of the riotous exploits of Brian, a high school burnout, and his best friend, Gretchen, a punk rock girl fond of brawling. <P>Based on the actual events surrounding a Chicago high school's segregated prom, this work of fiction unflinchingly pursues the truth in discovering what it means to be your own person.
By Iran Mendoza Cardenas, Marlayna Glynn Brown. 2015
Ambientada en la glamorosa ciudad de Las Vegas de 1970, Suerte a Favor es la historia de lucha para alcanzar… la madurez de una niña fuerte nacida en un continuo ciclo de alcoholismo y abandono. Marlayna desarrolla un poderoso sentido de autopreservación en contraste con los derrotados adultos encargados de su cuidado. Su profunda historia explora los personajes y eventos que pueblan su vida mientras se muda de casa en casa, de un padre al otro, de familia en familia, quedándose finalmente sin hogar a la edad de catorce. De los recursos de su extraordinaria infancia emerge una fuerza interna que encantará y cautivará a los lectores y permanecerá en sus consciencias mucho después de haber dado vuelta a la última página. *Ganadora del Next Generation Indie Book Award en 2013.
By Larry Dane Brimner. 1998
By Conchín Fernández. 2015
Yo me enamoré en África. He estado allí, en esos mismos bosques, en ese mismo río, bajo ese mismo sol,… empapándome bajo esa misma lluvia cálida torrencial que acompaña la caída del sol. Por eso te escribo, hijo mío, para que conozcas tu historia, que comienza con la mía. Cuando el Padre Amable propone a una joven presentadora de TVE viajar al Congo para rodar un documental sobre su misión, ella no puede imaginar que su vida va a dar un giro radical. En aquel poblado conoce el sufrimiento de una sociedad ancestral condenada al olvido, pero también comienza su particular romance con un río, una selva y una tierra: África. A su vuelta a Madrid, el reportaje se emite en el Canal 24 Horas y provoca una oleada de donativos. Pero ella ya no es la misma persona. Las aguas del inmenso y misterioso río Congo se han adentrado en sus venas y siente que no puede seguir con su vida acomodada. Decide abandonar los focos de la actualidad diaria y regresa de nuevo al África negra, aunque esta vez a la orilla opuesta, a Kinshasa, donde lo último que espera es encontrar al amor de su vida. Basada en la experiencia real de la autora, Querido Noah es un relato cautivador que nos sumerge en un mundo desconocido y apasionante, con una conmovedora historia de amor que tiene a las orillas del río Congo como testigos de excepción.
By Bruno Mazza, Marlayna Glynn Brown. 2015
Ambientato nell'affascinante Las Vegas degli anni Settanta, Overlay è la storia di una bambina nata in un contesto di violenza… e abbandono. Mentre gli adulti che dovrebbero occuparsi di lei si sbriciolano via via, vittime delle proprie dipendenze e debolezze, Marlayna sviluppa un forte senso di autoconservazione, che le permette di superare le avversità con forza e determinazione. I personaggi con cui entra in contatto e le situazioni entro cui si muove la protagonista, vengono esplorati in profondità, mentre è costretta a vagare di casa in casa e di famiglia in famiglia, finché non diventa una senzatetto all'età di quattordici anni. L'infanzia travagliata dell'autrice rivela una forza interiore che affascinerà il lettore, e che rimarrà nella sua coscienza per molto tempo dopo aver letto l'ultima riga del libro. Nel 2013 il romanzo si è aggiudicato il Premio per il Miglior Libro Indipendente della Nuova Generazione.
By Bernard Wolf. 1976
Through his sensitive text and photographs, Bernard Wolf tells the of Connie and Blythe. He shows how a Seeing Eye… puppy is raised Connie and Blythe are trained to work together, then follows of Connie's life in her first year of teaching at a school for icapped children in Iowa. This is the inspiring story of a young woman copes successfully not only with the challenges any sighted face, but with the special problems caused by her blindness.
By Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. 1984
A recollection of the shattering days during World War II when, though the fall of France was imminent, a handful… of French pilots continued to fight on against the Germans. Translated by Lewis Galantière.
By Jordan Bone. 2017
<P>Aged 15, Jordan Bone got into a car with friends. She would never walk again. Paralysed from the chest down,… her life was changed forever. Becoming depressed and feeling like life wasn't worth living, these weren't the teenage years that Jordan had envisaged. <P>However, slowly but surely, she began to get herself out of the darkness. With a little help from the internet, Jordan started to embrace positive thinking and embarked on a personal journey to get her confidence - and her life - back. Eleven years on from the accident, Jordan creates her own beauty tutorials on YouTube and has a range of successful brand partnerships. She has reclaimed her life and her independence and now wants to share her inspirational story with others and is telling it through different aspects of beauty. This isn't a book about looking good on the surface, this is a story of inner strength, believing in yourself and finding motivation when you feel like all hope is gone.
By Gisela Fernández, Paola Ferrero. 2016
Los momentos en que Dios es música está narrado en primera persona por una joven de diecisiete años que vive… en la provincia de Turín en la década de los ochenta. Su vida viaja por dos vías. Por una parte, está la rutina de una familia rota, con una madre abandonada y una hermana que parece una extraña; trabajan mucho para saldar deudas y pagar a los usureros, perdidas en la niebla de la llanura rural y esclavas de una tienda de comestibles que les proporciona lo mínimo indispensable. Por otra parte, están su sueño de ser bailarina y de llevar una vida diferente y su trayecto diario en tren hasta Turín, donde estudia y da sus primeros pasos hacia una carrera difícil y efímera. En su historia están presentes los amigos con quienes comparte su viaje cotidiano, las personas con las que sueña con triunfar y otras con las que teje relaciones solo en parte sentimentales. Lo que cuenta son la música y la transformación que experimenta sobre el escenario. La audición para su primer espectáculo importante, la fatiga de los ensayos y la magia del debut son instantes de su vida que ella fotografía con esmero. Los capítulos no tienen título, solo números que buscan subrayar «la instantánea» de cada momento pasado en esta aventura. Muchas polaroid que retratan un mundo en el que la protagonista tiene que vivir su adolescencia y que componen su sueño en un momento en el que la vida le permite por lo menos intentar que este se haga realidad. Una banda sonora acompaña su aventura, veinte canciones que transportan a aquellos años.
By Ann Bannon. 1959
Lauded as the “Queen of Lesbian Pulp” for her landmark novels of the 1950s, Ann Bannon defined lesbian fiction for… the pre-Stonewall generation. Following the release of Cleis Press’s new editions of Beebo Brinker and Odd Girl Out, I Am a Woman finds sorority sister Laura Landon leaving college heartbreak behind and embracing Greenwich Village’s lesbian bohemia. This edition includes a new introduction by the author.
By Charles Margerison. 2012
As the world becomes smaller and air travel more commonplace, do we always remember those amazing people whose bravery and… vision has made it possible for us to travel around to the far ends of the earth? In this unique collection of inspirational stories from The Amazing People Club®, take a fascinating flight through the lives of some of the world's most celebrated aviators!From the great dreams of Joseph Montgolfier, inventor of the hot-air balloon, to the incredible innovations of the Wright Brothers, whose work on bicycles inspired them to invent a system of controlling aircraft; the principle of which is still used today. From the bravery and pioneering spirit of Amelia Earhart to the tenacious spirit of Yuri Gagarin, there is much to be learnt from the lives of these amazing people who all played key roles in the history of aviation. Experience the excitement of great aviation breakthroughs in this unique collection of amazing stories. Travel with Frank Whittle, who developed the jet engine. Learn how Igor Sikorsky created the helicopter. Find our how aviation engineers and brave pilots created the airline industry. These stories all come alive through BioViews®.A BioView® is a short biographical story, similar to an interview, about an amazing person. These stories offer an inspirational way of learning about people who made major contributions to our world. The unique format and flow enables each person's story to come alive, as if it is being personally told to you, and reflects their interests, emotions and passions.
By Charles Margerison. 2012
When problems crop up, we need solutions. When something needs to be improved, or made more efficient, we need innovative… ideas and positive action. Take inspiration from some of the world's most celebrated engineers whose inspirational life stories are celebrated in this new collection from The Amazing People Club®.Find out how Charles Babbage invented the first computer and discover life story of the man behind the invention. Make the connection between Peter Henlein's pocket watch invention and the wristwatches of today. Marvel at the incredible accomplishments of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, whose innovations helped solve many longstanding engineering problems. Discover the genius of Alexander Graham Bell, whose invention of the telephone changed our world forever. Each story comes alive through BioViews®.A BioView® is a short biographical story, similar to an interview, about an amazing person. These stories offer an inspirational way of learning about people who made major contributions to our world. The unique format and flow enables each person's story to come alive, as if it is being personally told to you, and reflects their interests, emotions and passions.
By Charles Margerison. 2012
What makes an inventor amazing is the courage and perseverance needed to fly in the face of failure. In this… unique collection of inspirational stories from The Amazing People Club®, you have the opportunity to explore the incredible lives, failures and successes of our greatest inventors, as if you are meeting to them face to face. Find out how Charles Babbage invented the first computer and discover the man behind the invention. Make the connection between Peter Henlein's pocket watch invention and the wrist watches of today. Better understand the important role that Johannes Gutenberg played in the spread of ideas and the publishing world. Meet Beulah Henry, or 'Lady Edison' as she was called, who defied convention and invented tirelessly. Finally meet amazing James Harrison who travelled the world and invented, among other things, the refrigerator which ultimately changed how people ate. Delve into these amazing lives in a completely unique way through BioViews®. BioViews® are short biographical narratives, similar to interviews. These inspirational stories from The Amazing People Club® provide a new way of learning about amazing people who made major contributions and changed our world.
By Charles Margerison. 2011
Meet, and be inspired by, Christopher Columbus; the great explorer, colonizer and navigator, as he reveals his own incredible story.… Christopher Columbus crossed the Atlantic Ocean four times for the Spanish Monarchy, opening the American continents, which would become the 'New World' of colonization for Europe. These voyages spread Christian religion, enabled great leaps forwards in the field of navigation and played a major role in shaping the world we know today.Christopher Columbus' story comes to life through BioViews® which are short biographical narratives, similar to interviews. These inspirational stories from The Amazing People Club® provide a new way of learning about amazing people who made major contributions and changed our world.