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The Art of Joy Book by

The Art of Joy Book
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  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Release Date : 2013-07-04
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN Code: 0141972866
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Summary: Goliarda Sapienza's The Art of Joy was written over a nine year span, from 1967 to 1976. At the time of her death in 1996, Sapienza had published nothing in a decade, having been unable to find a publisher for what was to become her most celebrated work, due to its perceived immorality. One publisher's rejection letter exclaimed: 'It's a pile of iniquity.' The manuscript lay for decades in a chest finally being proclaimed a "forgotten masterpiece" when it was eventually published in 2005. This epic Sicilian novel, which begins in the year 1900 and follows its main character, Modesta, through nearly the entire span of the 20th century, is at once a coming-of-age novel, a tale of sexual adventure and discovery, a fictional autobiography, and a sketch of Italy's moral, political and social past. Born in a small Sicilian village and orphaned at age nine, Modesta spends her childhood in a convent raised by nuns.Through sheer cunning, she manages to escape, and eventually becomes a princess. Sensual, proud, and determined, Modesta wants to discover the infinite richness of life and sets about destroying all social barriers that impede her quest for the fulfilment of her desires. She seduces both men and women, and even murder becomes acceptable as a means of removing an obstacle to happiness and self-discovery. Goliarda Sapienza (1924-1996) was born in Catania, Sicily in 1924, in an anarchist socialist family. At sixteen, she entered the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Rome and worked under the direction of Luchino Visconti, Alessandro Blasetti and Francesco Maselli. She is the author of several novels published during her lifetime: Lettera Aperta (1967), Il Filo Di Mezzogiorno (1969), L'Università di Reibbia (1983), Le Certezze Del Dubbio (1987). L'Arte Della Gioia is considered her masterpiece.

This Little Family Book by Inès Bayard

This Little Family Book
  • Author : Inès Bayard
  • Publisher : Other Press, LLC
  • Release Date : 2020-04-28
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN Code: 1892746670
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Summary: AN ASTONISHING DEBUT. THE NEXT BEST READ FOR FANS OF MY DARK VANESSA. This striking debut novel inhabits the mind of a young married woman driven to extremes by disgust and dread in the aftermath of a rape. Marie and Laurent, a young, affluent couple, have settled into their large Paris apartment and decide to start trying for a baby. This picture-perfect existence is shattered when Marie is assaulted by her new boss. Deeply shaken by the attack, she discovers she is pregnant, and is convinced her rapist is the father. Marie closes herself off in a destructive silence, ultimately leading her to commit an irreparable act. In a first novel of extraordinary power and depth, Inès Bayard exposes disturbing truths about how society sees women and how women see themselves in turn.

Broken Glass Book by Alain Mabanckou

Broken Glass Book
  • Author : Alain Mabanckou
  • Publisher : Catapult
  • Release Date : 2018-10-09
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 176
  • ISBN Code: 1593763085
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Summary: An irreverent, allusive, scatalogical, tragicomic masterpiece that centers on the patrons of a run-down bar as they try to document the details of their lives in a country that appears to have forgotten the importance of remembering. In Republic of the Congo, in the town of Trois-Cents, in a bar called Credit Gone West, a former schoolteacher known as Broken Glass drinks red wine and records the stories of the bar and its regulars for posterity: Stubborn Snail, the owner, who must battle church people, ex-alcoholics, tribal leaders, and thugs set on destroying him and his business; the Printer, who had his respectable life in France ruined by a white woman, his wife; Robinette, who could outdrink and outpiss any man; and Broken Glass himself, whose own tale involves as much heartbreak, squalor, disappointment, and delusion. But Broken Glass fails spectacularly at staying out of trouble as one denizen after another wants to rewrite history in an attempt at making sure his portrayal will properly reflect their exciting and dynamic lives. Despondent over this apparent triumph of self-delusion over self-awareness, Broken Glass drowns his sorrows and riffs on the great books of Africa and the West. Brimming with life, death, and literary allusions, Broken Glass is Mabanckou's finest novel--a mocking satire of the dangers of artistic integrity.

Our Riches Book by Kaouther Adimi

Our Riches Book
  • Author : Kaouther Adimi
  • Publisher : New Directions Publishing
  • Release Date : 2020-04-28
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 160
  • ISBN Code: 0811228169
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Summary: The powerful English debut of a rising young French star, Our Riches is a marvelous, surprising, hybrid novel about a beloved Algerian bookshop Our Riches celebrates quixotic devotion and the love of books in the person of Edmond Charlot, who at the age of twenty founded Les Vraies Richesses (Our True Wealth), the famous Algerian bookstore/publishing house/lending library. He more than fulfilled its motto “by the young, for the young,” discovering the twenty-four-year-old Albert Camus in 1937. His entire archive was twice destroyed by the French colonial forces, but despite financial difficulties (he was hopelessly generous) and the vicissitudes of wars and revolutions, Charlot (often compared to the legendary bookseller Sylvia Beach) carried forward Les Vraies Richesses as a cultural hub of Algiers. Our Riches interweaves Charlot’s story with that of another twenty-year-old, Ryad (dispatched in 2017 to empty the old shop and repaint it). Ryad’s no booklover, but old Abdallah, the bookshop’s self-appointed, nearly illiterate guardian, opens the young man’s mind. Cutting brilliantly from Charlot to Ryad, from the 1930s to current times, from WWII to the bloody 1961 Free Algeria demonstrations in Paris, Adimi delicately packs a monumental history of intense political drama into her swift and poignant novel. But most of all, it’s a hymn to the book and to the love of books.

Older Brother Book by Mahir Guven

Older Brother Book
  • Author : Mahir Guven
  • Publisher : Europa Editions
  • Release Date : 2019-10-08
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 222
  • ISBN Code: 1609455509
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Summary: Prix Goncourt Winner: A “superb” novel of a Syrian immigrant in France and his two sons (The New York Times Book Review). Older Brother is the poignant story of a Franco-Syrian family whose father and two sons try to integrate themselves into a society that doesn’t offer them many opportunities. The father, an atheist communist who moved from Syria to France for his studies and stayed for love, has worked for decades driving a taxi to support his family. The eldest son is a driver for an app-based car service, which comically puts him at odds with his father, whose very livelihood is threatened by this new generation of disruptors. The younger son, shy and serious, works as a nurse in a French hospital. Jaded by the regular rejections he encounters in French society, he decides to join a Muslim humanitarian organization to help wounded civilians in the war in Syria. But when he stops sending news home, the silence begins to eat away at his father and brother, who wonder what his real motivations were. And when the younger brother returns home, he has changed . . . “A masterpiece of a first novel.” ?The Guardian “A striking debut that reveals the breadth of emotional disconnection that prejudice can stoke within a family.” ?Kirkus Reviews

The Meursault Investigation Book by Kamel Daoud

The Meursault Investigation Book
  • Author : Kamel Daoud
  • Publisher : Other Press, LLC
  • Release Date : 2015-06-02
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 160
  • ISBN Code: 1590517520
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Summary: A New York Times Notable Book of 2015 “A tour-de-force reimagining of Camus’s The Stranger, from the point of view of the mute Arab victims.” —The New Yorker He was the brother of “the Arab” killed by the infamous Meursault, the antihero of Camus’s classic novel. Seventy years after that event, Harun, who has lived since childhood in the shadow of his sibling’s memory, refuses to let him remain anonymous: he gives his brother a story and a name—Musa—and describes the events that led to Musa’s casual murder on a dazzlingly sunny beach. In a bar in Oran, night after night, he ruminates on his solitude, on his broken heart, on his anger with men desperate for a god, and on his disarray when faced with a country that has so disappointed him. A stranger among his own people, he wants to be granted, finally, the right to die. The Stranger is of course central to Daoud’s story, in which he both endorses and criticizes one of the most famous novels in the world. A worthy complement to its great predecessor, The Meursault Investigation is not only a profound meditation on Arab identity and the disastrous effects of colonialism in Algeria, but also a stunning work of literature in its own right, told in a unique and affecting voice.

In the Company of Men Book by Véronique Tadjo

In the Company of Men Book
  • Author : Véronique Tadjo
  • Publisher : Other Press, LLC
  • Release Date : 2021-02-23
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 176
  • ISBN Code: 1635420962
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Summary: Drawing on real accounts of the Ebola outbreak that devastated West Africa, this poignant, timely fable reflects on both the strength and the fragility of life and humanity’s place in the world. Two boys venture from their village to hunt in a nearby forest, where they shoot down bats with glee, and cook their prey over an open fire. Within a month, they are dead, bodies ravaged by an insidious disease that neither the local healer’s potions nor the medical team’s treatments could cure. Compounding the family’s grief, experts warn against touching the sick. But this caution comes too late: the virus spreads rapidly, and the boys’ father is barely able to send his eldest daughter away for a chance at survival. In a series of moving snapshots, Véronique Tadjo illustrates the terrible extent of the Ebola epidemic, through the eyes of those affected in myriad ways: the doctor who tirelessly treats patients day after day in a sweltering tent, protected from the virus only by a plastic suit; the student who volunteers to work as a gravedigger while universities are closed, helping the teams overwhelmed by the sheer number of bodies; the grandmother who agrees to take in an orphaned boy cast out of his village for fear of infection. And watching over them all is the ancient and wise Baobab tree, mourning the dire state of the earth yet providing a sense of hope for the future. Acutely relevant to our times in light of the coronavirus pandemic, In the Company of Men explores critical questions about how we cope with a global crisis and how we can combat fear and prejudice.

Where I Left My Soul Book by Jérôme Ferrari

Where I Left My Soul Book
  • Author : Jérôme Ferrari
  • Publisher : MacLehose Press
  • Release Date : 2012-09-27
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 176
  • ISBN Code: 0857051326
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Summary: He was interned at Buchenwald during the German occupation and imprisoned by the Vietnamese when France's armies in the Far East collapsed. Now Capitaine Degorce is an interrogator himself, and the only peace he can find is in the presence of Tahar, a captive commander in the very organization he is charged with eliminating. But his confessor is no saint: Tahar stands accused of indiscriminate murder. Lieutenant Andreani - who served with Degorce in Vietnam and revels in his new role as executioner - is determined to see a noose around his neck. This is Algeria, 1957. Blood, sand, dust, heat - perhaps the bitterest colonial conflict of the last century. Degorce will learn that in times of war, no matter what a man has suffered in his past, there is no limit to the cruelty he is capable of.

Aquarium Book by David Vann

Aquarium Book
  • Author : David Vann
  • Publisher : Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
  • Release Date : 2015-03-03
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN Code: 0802191754
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Summary: From the award-winning author of Legend of a Suicide: “A kind of modern fairy tail . . . Vann’s novels are striking, uncompromising portraits of American life” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review). David Vann’s dazzling debut Legend of a Suicide was reviewed in over a 150 major global publications, won eleven prizes worldwide, was on forty “best books of the year” lists, and established its author as a literary master. Now, in crystalline, chiseled yet graceful prose, Aquarium takes us into the heart of a brave young girl whose longing for love and capacity for forgiveness transforms the damaged people around her . . . Twelve-year-old Caitlin lives alone with her mother—a docker at the local container port—in subsidized housing next to an airport in Seattle. Each day, while she waits to be picked up after school, Caitlin visits the local aquarium to study the fish. Gazing at the creatures within the watery depths, Caitlin accesses a shimmering universe beyond her own. When she befriends an old man at the tanks one day, who seems as enamored by the fish as she, Caitlin cracks open a dark family secret and propels her once-blissful relationship with her mother toward a precipice of terrifying consequence. “A blue-collar parable . . . [The character] looks back on her life as a child looks into a tank, hoping to make sense of the world inside—a theme Vann develops beautifully, creating a mysterious realm of the wintry American city.” —The Guardian

Vie Francaise Book by Jean-Paul Dubois

Vie Francaise Book
  • Author : Jean-Paul Dubois
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2009-04-02
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN Code: 0307498530
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Summary: Meet Paul Blick: born in France (but not Paris); son of a car dealer; provincial sociology student-cum-theoretical revolutionary; briefly employed (by his father-in-law); married and soon to discover adultery and other satisfactions of a desperate househusband as consort of a high-flying wife who conquers the world as CEO of a Jacuzzi-manufacturing company. This not-so-extraordinary Frenchman is delivered to the not-so-extraordinary awareness of having arrived in middle age more a product of his times, his country, and blind chance than a creature of his own free will. Jean-Paul Dubois gives us a man whose life reflects the story – the mind and the heart – of a society coming belatedly, poignantly, and often hilariously to grips with the abiding pain and intermittent beauty of what living has become.

A Theory of Literary Production Book by Pierre Macherey

A Theory of Literary Production Book
  • Author : Pierre Macherey
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2015-10-08
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN Code: 1136805001
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Summary: Who is more important: the reader, or the writer? Originally published in French in 1966, Pierre Machereys first and most famous work, A Theory of Literary Production dared to challenge perceived wisdom, and quickly established him as a pivotal figure in literary theory. The reissue of this work as a Routledge Classic brings some radical ideas to

The Boy Book Book by E. Lockhart

The Boy Book Book
  • Author : E. Lockhart
  • Publisher : Delacorte Press
  • Release Date : 2008-04-22
  • Category: Young Adult Fiction
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN Code: 0375848800
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Summary: From E. Lockhart, author of the highly acclaimed, New York Times bestseller We Were Liars, which John Green called "utterly unforgettable," comes The Boy Book, the second book in the uproarious and heartwarming Ruby Oliver novels. Here is how things stand at the beginning of newly-licensed driver Ruby Oliver's junior year at Tate Prep: • Kim: Not speaking. But far away in Tokyo. • Cricket: Not speaking. • Nora: Speaking--sort of. Chatted a couple times this summer when they bumped into each other outside of school--once shopping in the U District, and once in the Elliot Bay Bookstore. But she hadn't called Ruby, or anything. • Noel: Didn't care what anyone thinks. • Meghan: Didn't have any other friends. • Dr. Z: Speaking. • And Jackson. The big one. Not speaking. But, by Winter Break, a new job, an unlikely but satisfying friend combo, additional entries to The Boy Book and many difficult decisions help Ruby to see that there is, indeed, life outside the Tate Universe.

France, Story of a Childhood Book by Zahia Rahmani

France, Story of a Childhood Book
  • Author : Zahia Rahmani
  • Publisher : Yale University Press
  • Release Date : 2016-05-24
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 216
  • ISBN Code: 0300224184
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Summary: This moving tale of imprisonment and escape, persecution and loss, is narrated by the daughter of an alleged Harki, an Algerian soldier who fought for the French during the Algerian War for Independence. It was the fate of such men to be twice exiled, first in their homeland after the war, and later in France, where fleeing Harki families sought refuge but instead faced contempt, discrimination, and exclusion. Zahia Rahmani blends reality and imagination in her writing, offering a fictionalized version of her own family’s struggle. Lara Vergnaud’s beautiful translation from the French perfectly captures the voices and emotions of Rahmani’s childhood in a foreign land. While the author delves deeply into the past, she also indicts present-day France and Algeria. From the unique perspective of the daughter of an accused Harki, she examines France’s complex and controversial history with its former colony and offers new insight into the French civil riots of 2005. She makes a stirring plea for understanding between generations and cultures, and especially for an end to the destructive practice of condemning children for their fathers’ actions and beliefs.

The Lightkeepers Book by Abby Geni

The Lightkeepers Book
  • Author : Abby Geni
  • Publisher : Catapult
  • Release Date : 2016-01-01
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 340
  • ISBN Code: 1619027496
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Summary: Winner of the 2016 B&N Discover Great New Writers Award for Fiction In The Lightkeepers, we follow Miranda, a nature photographer who travels to the Farallon Islands, an exotic and dangerous archipelago off the coast of California, for a one–year residency capturing the landscape. Her only companions are the scientists studying there, odd and quirky refugees from the mainland living in rustic conditions; they document the fish populations around the island, the bold trio of sharks called the Sisters that hunt the surrounding waters, and the overwhelming bird population who, at times, create the need to wear hard hats as protection from their attacks. Shortly after her arrival, Miranda is assaulted by one of the inhabitants of the islands. A few days later, her assailant is found dead, perhaps the result of an accident. As the novel unfolds, Miranda gives witness to the natural wonders of this special place as she grapples with what has happened to her and deepens her connection (and her suspicions) to her companions, while falling under the thrall of the legends of the place nicknamed ""the Islands of the Dead."" And when more violence occurs, each member of this strange community falls under suspicion.

Learning to Lose Book by David Trueba

Learning to Lose Book
  • Author : David Trueba
  • Publisher : Other Press, LLC
  • Release Date : 2010-06-22
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 520
  • ISBN Code: 1590513886
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Summary: It is Sylvia’s sixteenth birthday, and her life as an adult is about to begin—not with the party she had been planning, but with a car accident and a broken leg. Behind the wheel is a talented young soccer player, just arrived from Buenos Aires and set for stardom on and off the field. As their destinies collide and a young romance is set in motion, across town, Sylvia’s father and grandfather are finding their own lives suddenly derailed by a violent murder and a secret affair with a prostitute. Set against the maze of Madrid’s congested and contested streets, Learning to Lose follows these four individuals as they swerve off course in unexpected directions. Each of them is dodging guilt and the fear of failure, but their shared search for happiness, love, purity, redemption, and, above all, a way to survive, forms a taut narrative web that binds the characters together. From one of Spain’s most celebrated contemporary writers, Learning to Lose is a lucid and gripping view into the complexities of lives overturned and into the capriciousness of modern life, with its intoxicating highs and devastating lows.

Consent Book by Vanessa Springora

Consent Book
  • Author : Vanessa Springora
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release Date : 2021-02-16
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN Code: 0063047918
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Summary: Already an international literary sensation, an intimate and powerful memoir of a young French teenage girl’s relationship with a famous, much older male writer—a universal #MeToo story of power, manipulation, trauma, recovery, and resiliency that exposes the hypocrisy of a culture that has allowed the sexual abuse of minors to occur unchecked. Sometimes, all it takes is a single voice to shatter the silence of complicity. Thirty years ago, Vanessa Springora was the teenage muse of one of the country’s most celebrated writers, a footnote in the narrative of a very influential man in the French literary world. At the end of 2019, as women around the world began to speak out, Vanessa, now in her forties and the director of one of France’s leading publishing houses, decided to reclaim her own story, offering her perspective of those events sharply known. Consent is the story of one precocious young girl’s stolen adolescence. Devastating in its honesty, Vanessa’s painstakingly memoir lays bare the cultural attitudes and circumstances that made it possible for a thirteen-year-old girl to become involved with a fifty-year-old man who happened to be a notable writer. As she recalls the events of her childhood and her seduction by one of her country’s most notable writers, Vanessa reflects on the ways in which this disturbing relationship changed and affected her as she grew older. Drawing parallels between children’s fairy tales and French history and her personal life, Vanessa offers an intimate and absorbing look at the meaning of love and consent and the toll of trauma and the power of healing in women’s lives. Ultimately, she offers a forceful indictment of a chauvinistic literary world that has for too long accepted and helped perpetuate gender inequality and the exploitation and sexual abuse of children. Translated from the French by Natasha Lehrer

Philosopher ou l'art de clouer le bec aux femmes Book by Frédéric Pagès

Philosopher ou l'art de clouer le bec aux femmes Book
  • Author : Frédéric Pagès
  • Publisher : Fayard/Mille et une nuits
  • Release Date : 2006-11-15
  • Category: Social Science
  • Pages : 80
  • ISBN Code: 275550210X
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Summary: « Où sont les femmes philosophes ? », ose formuler haut et fort, à la fin des années 1920, un philosophe méconnu de tradition orale, Jean-Baptiste Botul. À balayer toute l'histoire de la philosophie, on les compte sur les doigts des deux mains... Philosopher serait-il une activité exclusivement masculine ? Serait-ce l'art de clouer le bec aux femmes ? Comme l'ont voulu Schopenhauer et Nietzsche ? Frédéric Pagès revisite l'épineuse question.

La Poudre -Tome 1 - Ecrivaines & Musiciennes Book by Lauren Bastide

La Poudre -Tome 1 - Ecrivaines & Musiciennes Book
  • Author : Lauren Bastide
  • Publisher : Marabout
  • Release Date : 2020-11-25
  • Category: Self-Help
  • Pages : 500
  • ISBN Code: 2501159411
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Summary: Voici enfin le livre tant attendu issu du podcast LA POUDRE dans lequel Lauren Bastide reçoit dans une chambre d’hôtel une femme inspirante, artiste, activiste, politique pour une conversation intime et profonde qui déconstruit les préjugés et inégalités femme-homme. A travers trois tomes très complets, retrouvez les meilleurs extraits des interviews des 70 femmes exceptionnelles qui font bouger le 21ème siècle. Tome 2 : Actrices et réalisatrices (parution mars 2021) Tome 3 : Activistes et politiques (parution septembre 2021)

L'art d'accueillir la ménopause avec le Dr Vautmieux Henrire Book by Johanne Fournier

L'art d'accueillir la ménopause avec le Dr Vautmieux Henrire Book
  • Author : Johanne Fournier
  • Publisher : Édition Option Santé
  • Release Date : 2013-03-15T11:13:14-04:00
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN Code: 2922598780
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Summary: Humoristique et philosophique, ce livre est une véritable bouffée de fraîcheur à l’heure où notre système de santé est plutôt mal en point. Des patientes impatientes veulent prendre une pause de leur ménopause. Elles ont pris rendez-vous avec le généreux Dr Vautmieux Henrire, un médecin exceptionnel qui les écoute et les aide à guérir. Son secret : dédramatiser les malaises causés par ce passage obligatoire et stimuler en elles leur propre pouvoir de guérison. Ce livre s’adresse aux femmes ménopausées ou en voie de le devenir, à leurs filles qui hériteront de cette soi-disant pause, ainsi qu’aux hommes qui veulent mieux comprendre la femme de leur vie afin de mieux l’aimer.