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By Susan Fish. 2013
As a boy, Melchior is fascinated by stars but has rigid obligations to apprentice with his rug-making father. When his… life is radically changed, he is propelled onto a new path full of danger and glory in pursuit of a special star. The journey leads Melchior to reflect on life and death, dreams and duty, and to find unusual reconciliation within his family and with the God he never knew he sought. Destined to become a classic, Seeker of Stars offers a fresh retelling of the story of the magi, and will appeal to people of all ages and faiths.
By Barbara K. Richardson. 2012
"Tributary is a novel whose characters and time are so well inhabited, whose landscapes are so lovingly evoked, we wonder… if Richardson is not speaking to us directly from the late 19th century, from a high bench above the Great Salt Lake. The language and writing are surefooted and fresh and often startling the way the best poetry can be startling. Richardson is a new American voice worth listening to."-Peter Heller, author of The Painter and The Dog StarsWinner of the 2013 WILLA Literary Finalist AwardWilla Cather and Sandra Dallas resonate in Barbara K. Richardson's fearless portrait of 1870s Mormon Utah. This smart and lively novel tracks the extraordinary life of one woman who dares resist communal salvation in order to find her own."Richardson takes readers back to 1870 Utah for this tale of strength and survival. Raised as a Mormon, our hero Clair Martin travels to the American South, through Shoshone country, and back to Utah."-The Denver Post"Richardson, whose Mormon ancestors settled in the northern Salt Lake Valley, offers a complete portrait of life in the American West by exploring the struggles of a woman living outside the centers of power. Engaging and beautifully written, Tributary is a welcome addition to the current conversation."-5280 Magazine"As wild and isolating as the determined, defiant Clair, the prairies and mountain ranges seduce both narrator and reader. Richardson has created rich, memorable characters."-High Country News"A quest to belong is the theme of this novel from Richardson, whose lyrical prose and heartfelt characters shine through. This novel has much to offer, including a balanced perspective on a controversial time in Mormon history, but its greatest gift is its wisdom about finding one's own path."-Publishers Weekly"This is a gorgeous novel. This book does what art should do, which is to show us our lives with renewed clarity and better insight. Tributary takes the incomplete history and mythos of the West to task, and instead shows us some of the far more interesting and unexplored stories of the American West-Mormonism, racism, women who don't need marriage or men. Beautifully written and engaging, this is a story of one woman and her refusal to cave into societal norms in order to seek her own difficult and inspired path."-Laura Pritchett, author of Stars Go Blue"You'll love resolute Clair Martin, the equal of any man-or religion. Clair's strength and survival are the heritage of western women."-Sandra Dallas, author of True Sisters."Tributary is a remarkable odyssey of the American West, told in one of the most clear-sighted, unjudging, and original voices I've come across in years."-Molly Gloss, author of The Jump-Off Creek"Seldom does a novel come along that is as beautifully written and emotionally honest as Tributary. Barbara K. Richardson captures the grandeur and harshness of the Old West in a young woman's struggle to find a home and a family without losing herself. A lyrical and haunting story not to be missed."-Margaret Coel, author of Buffalo Bill's Dead Now"From polygamist Mormon desert settlements to the yellow fever-plagued Gulf to an Idaho sheep ranch, Richardson evokes the 19th Century West and the human heart in all their complexity."-Barbara Wright, author of the Spur Award-winning novel Plain Language
By Jacques Chessex, Donald Wilson. 1973
"Silky prose in this harrowing account of crime and punishment."--Kirkus Reviews "Using spare, effective prose, Chessex brilliantly renders both the… inhospitable winter landscape of the mountains and the harshness of a society that makes monsters of its victims.'--London Review of Books"A superb novel, hard as a winter in these landscapes of dark forests, where an atmosphere of prejudice and violence envelops the reader."--L'Express"It's beautiful; it's pure, like a blue sky over a black forest. Giono without garlic and olives."--Le Point"Far from just telling us a simple story Chessex has had the intelligence to integrate a dose of poetry, of the aesthetics of sin, and of the metaphysics of the monster."--LireJacques Chessex, winner of the prestigious Goncourt prize, takes a true story and weaves it into a lyrical tale of fear and cruelty.1903, Ropraz, a small village near the Jura Mountains of Switzerland. On a howling December day, a lone walker discovers a recently opened tomb, the body of a young woman violated, her left hand cut off, genitals mutilated, and heart carved out. There is horror in the nearby villages: the return of atavistic superstitions and mutual suspicions. Then two more bodies are violated. A suspect must be found. Favez, a stableboy with bloodshot eyes, is arrested and placed in psychiatric care. He escapes, enlists in the Foreign Legion as the First World War begins, and is sent into battle in the trenches of the Somme.Jacques Chessex, born in 1934, won the Prix Goncourt, France's most prestigious literary prize for his novel A Father's Love. He is considered one of Switzerland's greatest living authors. He lives in Ropraz.
By Roma Downey, Mark Burnett. 2014
From the Last Supper in the upper room to the celebration of finding an empty tomb, this beautiful full color… book chronicles the journey of Christ's death and resurrection in a way the Easter story has never before been "told." Containing extraordinary images from the Emmy-nominated TV series watched by over 100 million people, The Bible, A STORY OF EASTER AND ALL OF US is a book that will take a deserved place among the finest celebrations of Easter.
By Christoph Werner. 2015
In celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, an enthralling and original novel that brings to life one of… Christianity's most significant figures, Martin Luther, and the tumultuous world of late medieval Germany that shaped—and was reshaped by—him, told through the fictional letters and diary entries of his youngest son, Paul.Growing up in the shadow of his strict and pious father, Paul Luther rejected Martin’s singular devotion. Unwilling to join his father's fanatical disciples, Paul became critical of his famous father's critiques, and instead turned his interest and intellect to science and medicine. Yet Martin Luther remained a presence that haunted Paul’s life and transformed his world.Shadows of My Father paints a vivid and atmospheric picture of Martin Luther, including his day-to-day life, his break with the Catholic Church, and his singular dedication in sustaining the Reformation. It is also a portrait of a rebellious son raised in a harsh religious household who turns his faith to saving lives instead of souls, eventually becoming a royal doctor. Christoph Werner vividly recreates the world of sixteenth-century Germany, a time of wars and famines when a Kaiser battles to keep an empire together, and faith and tradition clash with education and reason—giving birth to superstition and shaking the foundations of a Catholic Church already riven by internal conflict. A thoughtful, insightful lens into one of the most famous figures, one of the most profound historical events, and one of the most turbulent periods in our past, Shadows of My Father reveals an intriguing, historically accurate, and all-too-human side of Martin Luther and his lasting legacy.
By Édouard Louis. 2015
Una rebelión contra el mundo, contra su familia y contra la sociedad. «Excepcional.»Livres Hebdo Salí corriendo de repente. Sólo me… dio tiempo a oír a mi madre, que decía Pero ¿qué hace ese idiota? No quería estar con ellos, me negaba a compartir con ellos ese momento. Yo estaba ya lejos, había dejado de pertenecer a su mundo, la carta lo decía. Salí al campo y estuve andando gran parte de la noche: el ambiente fresco del norte, los caminos de tierra, el olor de la colza, muy intenso en esa época del año. Dediqué toda la noche a elaborar mi nueva vida, lejos de allí. «La verdad es que la rebelión contra mis padres, contra la pobreza, contra mi clase social, su racismo, su violencia, sus atavismos, fue algo secundario. Porque, antes de que me alzara contra el mundo de mi infancia, el mundo de mi infancia se había alzado contra mí. Para mi familia y los demás, me había convertido en una fuente de vergüenza, incluso de repulsión. No tuve otra opción que la huida. Este libro es un intento de comprenderla.»Édouard Louis La crítica ha dicho...«Un lenguaje contenido y a la vez brutal, sin victimismos ni exaltaciones líricas [...]. A su escritura clásica, el autor opone la lengua de su entorno, que mezcla jerga local y sintaxis rota. Efectivamente, la violencia social se ejerce con el lenguaje.»Les Inrockuptibles «Magnífico [...]. Es el anuncio de una liberación y de un renacimiento a través de las palabras para escapar de la fatalidad del determinismo social.»Le Point «Tejer un texto uniendo dos registros lingüísticos tan opuestos es más que una proeza. El éxito literario es innegable.»Le Nouvel Observateur «Una narración asombrosa, a causa de la historia personal del autor, pero también de su talento.»Madame Figaro «Excepcional. Un cóctel de Zola y Dickens. Dura, a veces casi insoportable, pero también tragicómica, en cierta medida distante, pero en absoluto maniquea.»Livres Hebdo «Es el grito de cólera de un joven que expresa su asco frente al mito tenaz que convierte al proletariado en una bestia valiente, de buen corazón y amante de la vida.»Catherine Simon, Le Monde des Livres «La escritura de Édouard Louis, con su obstinación en hablar de la vergüenza, demuestra que su libro, que cae como un mazo sobre personas concretas, revela un escándalo universal de primera magnitud.»Jean Birnbaum, Le Monde des Livres
By Lili Hayward. 2016
A magical tale of Christmas and cats, perfect for everyone who loves A Street Cat Named Bob and Alfie the… Doorstep Cat.It's nearly Christmas, and Jessamine Pike needs a serious life overhaul.Jess moves into Enysyule, a centuries-old cottage in Cornwall, and begins the process of renovating the rundown house by day and finishing her novel by night, planning to have both finished in time for the holidays. She's got good company: a beautiful, arrogant tomcat stalks around like he owns the place, and seems very skeptical of Jess' tenancy. But there's magic in the air... Local legends tell of a spirit that inhabits the area, and an ancient standing stone that keeps watch over the valley. As Christmas comes closer and closer, Jess uncovers treasures from Enysyule's past, and becomes involved in a fight for its future. For Jess has stumbled into a story that's been going on for five hundred years. A story about land, love, friendship, the Yuletide... and one remarkable cat.