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The best-loved building in Australia nearly didn't get off the drawing board. When it did, the lives of everyone involved…in its construction were utterly changed: some for the better, many for the worse. Helen Pitt tells the stories of the people behind the magnificent white sails of the Sydney Opera House. From the famous conductor and state premier who conceived the project; to the two architects whose lives were so tragically intertwined; to the workers and engineers; to the people of Sydney, who were alternately beguiled and horrified as the drama unfolded over two decades. With access to diaries, letters, and classified records, as well as her own interviews with people involved in the project, Helen Pitt reveals the intimate back story of the building that turned Sydney into an international city. It is a tale worthy of Shakespeare himself.
By Guylaine Massoutre. 2019
Meurtries, bafouées, assassinées. Susana Romano Sued est l'une de ces femmes, et elle écrit. Ses mots brisés sont irrésistibles, dévoilant…un temps historique à l'envers de la culture et de la civilisation. Quelles que soient les idéologies qui mènent le monde, l'exigence politique de justice sociale demeure légitime. Le sort fait aux femmes d'Argentine sous la dictature (1976-1983) n'est pas unique. Mais on ne peut taire leur histoire, ni celle de leur entourage, en raison des gestes posés sur leur corps. Des mots intimes résonnent hors de tout contrôle. Une lecture attentive, à la parole libérée de la fureur politique, trace en ces pages l'élan de la liberté, le droit de vivre et de penser. Avec des images de Eva Quintas, photographe.
By Camille Bouchard. 2020
Dans ce dernier tome de la saga « Le Siècle des malheurs », Camille Bouchard fait montre d'une remarquable ambition.…Tout en mettant en lumière les tensions raciales qui ont continué de secouer le sud des États-Unis bien après la guerre de Sécession, l'auteur dresse le portrait d'un siècle entier. Grâce à une narration étonnante, il fait le pari que la cime d'un grand chêne est l'endroit parfait d'où observer la bêtise humaine.
By Christina Myers. 2020
Pop culture stereotypes, shopping frustrations, fat jokes and misconceptions about health are all ways society systemically rejects large bodies. BIG…is a collection of personal and intimate experiences of plus-sized women, non-binary and trans people in a society obsessed with thinness. Revealing insights that are both funny and traumatic, surprising and challenging, familiar and unexpected, 26 writers explore themes as diverse as self perception, body image, fashion, fat activism, food, sexuality, diet culture, motherhood and more. These stories offer a closer look at what it means to navigate a world designed to fit bodies of a certain size (sometimes literally) and, in turn, invite readers to ask questions about?and ultimately reconsider?our collective and individual obsession with women?s bodies. Contributors include Dr. Rohini Bannerjee, Amanda Scriver, Cassie Stocks, Jo Jefferson, Layla Cameron, Rabbit Richards, Sonja Boon, Simone Blais, Tracy Manrell and other writers from across Canada, the US, and the UK.
By Magali Laurent. 2019
En route pour retrouver son ex-copine, avec laquelle il veut renouer, Nathan trouve sa petite voisine cachée sous la banquette…de sa voiture. Les marques que porte la fillette laissent croire qu'elle s'est enfuie pour échapper à la violence qu'elle subit chez elle. Partagé entre le désir de lui venir en aide et la peur d'être soupçonné d'enlèvement, l'adolescent décide de l'emmener avec lui. Ce qui devait être un week-end de rêve se transforme très vite en course contre la montre pour sauver la fillette.
By Pierre-Luc Bélanger. 2021
Dany est un jeune homme qui se cherche. Franco-Ontarien par son père et Haïtien par sa mère, il se trouve…trop noir pour les Blancs, trop clean pour les drogués... et pas assez comme les autres. Il va trouver une façon de s'affirmer dans le tatouage, puis dans la voile.
By Michael Hutchinson. 2020
The Mighty Muskrats are off to the city to have fun at the Exhibition Fair. But when Chickadee learns about…Grandpa's little sister, who was scooped up by the government and adopted out to strangers without her parents' permission many years ago, the Mighty Muskrats have a new mystery to solve. Once in the bright lights of the big city, the cousins get distracted, face off with bullies, meet some heroes and unlikely teachers, and learn many of the difficulties of life in the city, as well as hard truths about their country’s treatment of First Nations people.
By Michael Lewis. 2010
Featuring an Exclusive Audio Interview with Michael Lewis When the crash of the U.S. stock market became public knowledge in…the fall of 2008, it was already old news. The real crash, the silent crash, had taken place over the previous year, in bizarre feeder markets where the sun doesn't shine, and the SEC doesn't dare, or bother, to tread: the bond and real estate derivative markets where geeks invent impenetrable securities to profit from the misery of lower and middle-class Americans who can't pay their debts. The smart people who understood what was or might be happening were paralyzed by hope and fear; in any case, they weren't talking. The crucial question is this: Who understood the risk inherent in the assumption of ever-rising real estate prices, a risk compounded daily by the creation of those arcane, artificial securities loosely based on piles of doubtful mortgages? Michael Lewis turns the inquiry on its head to create a fresh, character-driven narrative brimming with indignation and dark humor, a fitting sequel to his #1 bestselling Liar's Poker. Who got it right? he asks. Who saw the ever-rising real estate market for the black hole it would become, and eventually made billions of dollars from that perception? And what qualities of character made those few persist when their peers and colleagues dismissed them as Chicken Littles? Out of this handful of unlikely--really unlikely--heroes, Lewis fashions a story as compelling and unusual as any of his earlier bestsellers, proving yet again that he is the finest and funniest chronicler of our times. Michael Lewis, "is the finest storyteller of our generation." --Malcolm Gladwell
By Anne Michaels. 2009
In 1964, a newly married Canadian couple settle into a houseboat on the Nile just below Abu Simbel. Avery is…one of the engineers responsible for the dismantling and reconstruction of the temple, a "machine-worshipper" who is nonetheless sensitive to their destructive power. Jean is a botanist by vocation, passionately interested in everything that grows. They met on the banks of the St. Lawrence River, witnessing the construction of the Seaway as it swallowed towns, homes, and lives. Now, at the edge of another world about to be inundated, they create their own world, exchanging "the innocent memories we don't know we hold until given the gift of the eagerness of another." But when tragedy strikes, they return to separate lives in Toronto: Avery to school to study architecture; and Jean into the orbit of Lucjan, a Polish émigré artist whose haunting tales of occupied Warsaw pull her further from Avery but offer her the chance to assume her most essential life. Stunning in its explorations of both the physical and emotional worlds of its characters, intensely moving and lyrical, The Winter Vault is a radiant work of fiction
By Diane Setterfield. 2006
Winner of the 2007 Audie Award for Literary Fiction and Finalist for Multi-Voiced Performance Instant #1 New York Times bestseller…"Readers will feel the magnetic pull of this paean to words, books and the magical power of story."— People "Eerie and fascinating."— USA TODAY Sometimes, when you open the door to the past, what you confront is your destiny. Reclusive author Vida Winter, famous for her collection of twelve enchanting stories, has spent the past six decades penning a series of alternate lives for herself. Now old and ailing, she is ready to reveal the truth about her extraordinary existence and the violent and tragic past she has kept secret for so long. Calling on Margaret Lea, a young biographer troubled by her own painful history, Vida disinters the life she meant to bury for good. Margaret is mesmerized by the author's tale of gothic strangeness—featuring the beautiful and willful Isabelle, the feral twins Adeline and Emmeline, a ghost, a governess, a topiary garden and a devastating fire. Together, Margaret and Vida confront the ghosts that have haunted them while becoming, finally, transformed by the truth themselves
By Dale Carnegie. 2004
Learn the proven, time-tested principles to breaking your worry habits—now and forever—with Dale Carnegie's expert advice so you can start…living your best carefree life today. With Dale Carnegie's timeless advice in hand, more than six million people have learned how to eliminate debilitating fear and worry from their lives and to embrace a worry-free future. In this classic work , How to Stop Worrying and Start Living , Carnegie offers a set of practical formulas that you can put to work today. It is a book packed with lessons that will last a lifetime and make that lifetime happier! Discover how to: -Eliminate fifty percent of business worries immediately -Reduce financial worries -Avoid fatigue—and keep looking young -Add one hour a day to your waking life -Find yourself and be yourself—remember there is no one else on earth like you! Fascinating to read and easy to apply, How to Stop Worrying and Start Living deals with fundamental emotions and life-changing ideas. There's no need to live with worry and anxiety that keep you from enjoying a full, active life!
By Jagmeet Singh. 2019
Le chef du Nouveau Parti démocratique du Canada, Jagmeet Singh, nous livre le récit fascinant et bouleversant de sa famille…: une histoire de courage et de résilience face à l'adversité.En octobre 2017, Jagmeet Singh est devenu le premier membre d’une minorité visible à diriger un parti politique majeur au Canada. Cet événement marquant a été célébré à travers le pays. Un mois plus tôt, durant la course à la chefferie du NPD, Jagmeet a tenu des assemblées publiques partout au pays. Durant l’un de ces événements, une perturbatrice dans la foule l’a interrompu avec des accusations racistes. Jagmeet lui a répondu calmement, appelant les Canadiens et Canadiennes à répondre à la haine avec « l’amour et le courage ». Cette réponse est immédiatement devenue virale, et les gens à travers le pays sont devenus curieux. Qui est Jagmeet Singh? Et pourquoi « amour et courage » ? Dans ce récit personnel et touchant, Jagmeet répond à ces questions. Il nous invite à revivre avec lui son passage de l’enfance à l’âge adulte, alors qu’il apprend des leçons importantes et parfois traumatisantes sur les hauts et les bas de la vie, la dépendance, et l’impact de ne pas se sentir à sa place. Nous découvrons sa courageuse famille, notamment sa mère, qui lui enseigne que « nous ne faisons qu’un, nous sommes tous connectés », une leçon inestimable qui a considérablement influencé la personne qu’il est devenu. Il ne s’agit pas de mémoires politiques. C’est l’histoire d’une famille, un récit sur l’amour et le courage, un vibrant rappel que renforcer les liens qui nous unissent est la première étape dans l’édification d’un monde meilleur.
By Peter Ward. 2019
How often did our ancestors bathe? How often did they wash their clothes and change them? What did they understand…cleanliness to be? Why have our hygienic habits changed so dramatically over time? In short, how have we come to be so clean? The Clean Body explores one of the most fundamental and pervasive cultural changes in Western history since the seventeenth century: the personal hygiene revolution. In the age of Louis XIV bathing was rare and hygiene was mainly a matter of wearing clean underclothes. By the late twentieth century frequent - often daily - bathing had become the norm and wearing freshly laundered clothing the general practice. Cleanliness, once simply a requirement for good health, became an essential element of beauty. Beneath this transformation lay a sea change in understandings, motives, ideologies, technologies, and practices, all of which shaped popular habits over time. Peter Ward explains that what began as an urban bourgeois phenomenon in the later eighteenth century became a universal condition by the end of the twentieth, touching young and old, rich and poor, city dwellers and country residents alike. Based on a wealth of sources in English, French, German, and Italian, The Clean Body surveys the great hygienic transformation that took place across Europe and North America over the course of four centuries.
By Raina Telgemeier. 2019
A true story from Raina Telgemeier, the #1 New York Times bestselling, multiple Eisner Award-winning author of Smile, Sisters, Drama,…and Ghosts! Raina wakes up one night with a terrible upset stomach. Her mom has one, too, so it's probably just a bug. Raina eventually returns to school, where she's dealing with the usual highs and lows: friends, not-friends, and classmates who think the school year is just one long gross-out session. It soon becomes clear that Raina's tummy trouble isn't going away... and it coincides with her worries about food, school, and changing friendships. What's going on? Raina Telgemeier once again brings us a thoughtful, charming, and funny true story about growing up and gathering the courage to face -- and conquer -- her fears.
By Alistair Moffat. 2019
In To the Island of Tides , Alistair Moffat travels to—and through the history of—the fated island of Lindisfarne. Walking…from his home in the Borders, through the historical landscape of Scotland and northern England, he takes us on a pilgrimage in the footsteps of saints and scholars, before arriving for a secular retreat on the Holy Isle. Lindisfarne, famous for its monastery, has long been a place of sanctuary. It is an island rich in history: the Romans knew it as 'Insula Medicata'; it reached the height of its fame in the dark ages, even survived Viking raids, before ultimately being abandoned after Henry VIII's dissolution of the monasteries. Today the isle maintains its position as a space for retreat and spiritual renewal. To the Island of Tides is a meditation on the power of place, but also a more personal journey; a chance for a personal stocktaking and a reflection on where life leads us
By Karin Nordin. 2021
'A delicious slice of Scandi noir – such a dark, atmospheric and compelling story! And ahh, if only those ravens…could talk...' Jackie Kabler, author of The Perfect Couple In a small town full of secrets, anyone could be a killer. Detective Kjeld Nygaard wants nothing more than to forget his family and Varsund, the small mining town he once called home, even exist. But while on suspension after his last case went disastrously wrong, his estranged father Stenar leaves a message on Kjeld's phone claiming he's seen a murder. But with no evidence and Stenar suffering from Alzheimer's, the local police think he must have imagined it. Kjeld can't stop himself from investigating what actually happened, and soon discovers a body. But when the police start to suspect Stenar, it's a race against time to discover the truth before it's lost forever. But will uncovering the truth expose family secrets that are best left buried? Atmospheric and addictive, Where Ravens Roost is a gripping crime thriller perfect for fans of J M Dalgliesh, Angela Marsons and Jo Nesbo. Readers are OBSESSED with Where Ravens Roost! 'I LOVED THIS BOOK!' NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars 'A great gripping debut set in a small town where there are secrets, family disputes and gossip galore!' NetGalley reviewer 'Be ready to stay up at night until you're done!' NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars 'A real page turner. Kept me engrossed from start to finish. Loved it' NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars 'As soon as I started I had a Jo Nesbo feeling and was hooked' NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars 'A fantastic start to what should be a promising series!' NetGalley reviewer 'A stunning debut novel from Karin Nordin that keeps you on the edge of your seat' NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars 'Brooding and atmospheric – full of mystery and twists where nothing is quite as it seems' Catherine Cooper, author of The Chalet 'Such a dark, atmospheric and compelling story!' Jackie Kabler, author of The Perfect Couple
By Nell Pattison. 2021
A FIRE. A MURDER. A SILENT SUSPECT... On a quiet street, one house is burning to the ground... By the…time sign language interpreter Paige Northwood arrives, flames have engulfed her client's home. Though Lukas is safe, his wife is still inside. But she was dead before the fire started... Lukas signs to Paige that he knows who killed his wife. But then he goes silent – even when the police charge him with murder. Is he guilty, or afraid? Only Paige can help him now... A taut, gripping mystery perfect for fans of The Silent Patient and The Family Upstairs. 'I was immediately gripped ... full of twists and red herrings, and I devoured the book within 48 hours!' Philippa East, author of Little White Lies Praise for Nell Pattison: 'A unique, chilling, fast-paced read that plunges you into a world of silence that has so much to say' Deborah Masson 'A superb innovation for the crime genre . . . a brilliantly terrifying premise and a twisty, gripping tale' Philippa East 'Sinister, layered, atmospheric ... I couldn't turn the pages quickly enough' Debbie Howells 'A nail-biting page-turner of a thriller ... The sense of a community isolated, and all the conflicts and tensions that brings, adds satisfying layers of complexity' James Oswald
By Collins Dictionaries. 2021
Listen to everyday words and phrases in Thai, then repeat, practise and refine! A relaxing way to pick up the…language. Follow the words using the free booklet, also available at: collinsdictionary.com/resources#3000-words Covers the words you need for modern life in Thailand with topics on home life, work and school environments, shopping, food and drink, sport and leisure, transport, technology, and the environment. Great care has been given to represent modern Thai culture and enhance your experience of Thailand and its people, including food and drink, customs, celebrations, and festivals
By Collins Dictionaries. 2021
Listen to everyday words and phrases in Vietnamese, then repeat, practise and refine! A relaxing way to pick up the…language. Follow the words using the free booklet, also available at: collinsdictionary.com/resources#3000-words Covers the words you need for modern life in Vietnam with topics on home life, work and school environments, shopping, food and drink, sport and leisure, transport, technology, and the environment. Great care has been given to represent modern Vietnamese culture and enhance your experience of Vietnam and its people, including food and drink, customs, celebrations, and festivals
By Collins Dictionaries. 2021
Listen to everyday words and phrases in Korean, then repeat, practise and refine! A relaxing way to pick up the…language. Follow the words using the free booklet, also available at: collinsdictionary.com/resources#3000-words Covers the words you need for modern life in Korea with topics on home life, work and school environments, shopping, food and drink, sport and leisure, transport, technology, and the environment. Great care has been given to represent modern Korean culture and enhance your experience of Korea and its people, including food and drink, customs, celebrations, and festivals