What can you do in New York? Everything! You can go to some of the world’s most famous shops, watch a baseball game, go to the top of a skyscraper, see a concert in Central Park, eat a sandwich in a New York deli, see a show in a Broadway theatre. New York is big, noisy, and exciting, and it’s waiting for you. Open the book and come with us to this wonderful city.
Donna Tartt - The Goldfinch
Aged thirteen, Theo Decker, son of a devoted mother and a reckless, largely absent father, survives an accident that otherwise tears his life apart. Alone and rudderless in New York, he is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. He is tormented by an unbearable longing for his mother, and down the years clings to the thing that most reminds him of her: a small, strangely captivating painting that ultimately draws him into the criminal underworld. As he grows up, Theo learns to glide between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love - and his talisman, the painting, places him at the centre of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle. The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling power. Combining unforgettably vivid characters and thrilling suspense, it is a beautiful, addictive triumph - a sweeping story of loss and obsession, of survival and self-invention, of the deepest mysteries of love, identity and fate.
Paul Ingrassia - Joseph B. White - Comeback
This is the biggest story of the eighties and nineties, brought to life with the narrative drive of the best fiction and the kind of brilliant reporting that made books like Barbarians at the Gate and Indecent Exposure major bestsellers: the collapse and astonishing comeback of America's automobile industry. Detroit's vulnerability was dramatized during the Iranian oil embargo in 1979, when American car buyers began rejecting America's gas-thirsty models for Japan's cheap, efficient four-cylinder engines. By the mid-1980s, when the Big Three tried to produce smaller cars and couldn't match Japan in price or quality, the crisis was full-blown. Barely a few years ago it seemed inconceivable, even to insiders, that Detroit could recover, with its bloated management, outdated products, wasteful methods, and careless quality. Pulitzer Prize-winners Paul Ingrassia and Joseph B. White take us into the boardrooms, the executive offices, and the shop floors of the auto business to reconstruct, in riveting detail, how America's premier industry stumbled, fell, and picked itself up again. Bigger-than-life characters - Lee Iacocca, Henry Ford II, Don Petersen, Roger Smith, Bob Lutz, among many others - leap off the pages. It is a story propelled by greed, by stubborn pride, and by sheer refusal to face facts, but it is also a story full of dedicated, unlikely heroes who struggled to make the Big Three change before it was too late, and triumphantly succeded. Here is the truth about Chrysler's remarkable recovery - a real business miracle; about the boardroom coup that revolutionized GM, the industry's ailing giant; about the way in which a small group of middle managers, intent on saving the Mustang, ended up reinventing Ford. This is a story of upheaval, renewal, fierce competition, and triumph, which begins in 1982, when Honda started to build cars in Marysville, Ohio, and the entire U.S. car industry seemed to be on the brink of extinction, and ends just over a decade later with a remarkable role reversal, as the Japanese car industry falters and America's Big Three emerge as winners on a global scale.
Edward N. Kearny - Mary Ann Kearny - Jo Ann Crandall - The American Ways
The protestan heritage...The family...Government and politics...American values at the crossroads... These are but a few chapter headings in this provocative introduction to the basic American cultural values and how they influence American behavior and intstitutions.
Fred Kaplan - The Insurgents
_The Insurgents_ is the inside story of the small group of soldier-scholars, led by General David Petraeus, who plotted to revolutionize one of the largest, oldest, and most hidebound institutions—the United States military. Their aim was to build a new Army that could fight the new kind of war in the post–Cold War age: not massive wars on vast battlefields, but “small wars” in cities and villages, against insurgents and terrorists. These would be wars not only of fighting but of “nation building,” often not of necessity but of choice. Based on secret documents, private emails, and interviews with more than one hundred key characters, including Petraeus, the tale unfolds against the backdrop of the wars against insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan. But the main insurgency is the one mounted at home by ambitious, self-consciously intellectual officers—Petraeus, John Nagl, H. R. McMaster, and others—many of them classmates or colleagues in West Point’s Social Science Department who rose through the ranks, seized with an idea of how to fight these wars better. Amid the crisis, they forged a community (some of them called it a cabal or mafia) and adapted their enemies’ techniques to overhaul the culture and institutions of their own Army. Fred Kaplan describes how these men and women maneuvered the idea through the bureaucracy and made it official policy. This is a story of power, politics, ideas, and personalities—and how they converged to reshape the twenty-first-century American military. But it is also a cautionary tale about how creative doctrine can harden into dogma, how smart strategists—today’s “best and brightest”—can win the battles at home but not the wars abroad. Petraeus and his fellow insurgents made the US military more adaptive to the conflicts of the modern era, but they also created the tools—and made it more tempting—for political leaders to wade into wars that they would be wise to avoid.
John Escott - England (Oxford Bookworms)
Every year millions of people visit England from all over the world. Why? Read about the History of the country and some of the things you can see and do there today - the cities, national parks, sports, the cinema and the theatre, pubs and music. All the things that make England a beutiful and exciting place to visit!
M. Stanton Evans - Clear and Present Dangers
There is no point, I suppose, in beating around the bush. The discussion that follows is an exercise in civil heresy. It is a challenge to the ruling orthodoxy of our times, and as such invites the reader to reverse conceptions that are widely held in American politics. The ideas advanced may therefore seem, on first inspection, a triffle odd.
Heidi McLaughlin - Forever My Girl
I was never supposed to be a rock star. I had my life all planned out for me. Play football in college. Go to the NFL. Marry my high school sweetheart and live happily ever after. I broke both our hearts that day when I told her I was leaving. I was young. I made the right decision for me, but the wrong decision for us. I’ve poured my soul into my music, but I’ve never forgotten her. Her smell, her smile. And now I’m going back. After ten years. I hope I can explain that after all this time. I still want her to be my forever girl.
Lauren Conrad - The Fame Game
In the new series by television star and fashion designer Lauren Conrad, fame can be found behind any door. You just have to know where to look for it. Nineteen-year-old Madison Parker made a name for herself as best frenemy of girl-next-door Jane Robert on the hot reality show _L.A. Candy._ Now Madison's ready for her turn in the spotlight and she'll stop at nothing to get it. Sure, she's the star of a new show, but with backstabbing friends and suspicious family members trying to bring her down, Madison has her work cut out for her. Plus, there's a new nice girl in "reality" town - aspiring actress Carmen Curtis, the daughter of Hollywood royalty - and she's a lot more experienced at playing the fame game. . . . When the cameras start rolling, whose star will shine brighter?
Paulo Coelho - The Fifth Mountain
Fleeing his home from persecution, 23-year-old Elijah takes refuge with a young widow and her son in the beautiful town of Akbar, and is forced to choose between his new-found love, and his overwhelming sense of duty. Evoking all the drama and intrigue of the colourful, chaotic Middle East, Paulo Coelho turns the trials of Elijah into an inspiring story of how faith and love can ultimately triumph over suffering. A gripping and moving story of how one man can surmount tragedy, and inspire a war-torn city to rebuild itself.
Sandra Cisneros - The House on Mango Street
Here is Sandra Cisnero's greatly admired and best-selling novel of a young girl growing up in the Latino section of Chicago. Acclaimed by critics, beloved by children and their parents and grandparents, taught everywhere from inner-city grade schools to universities across the country, and translated all over the world, The House on Mango Street has entered the canon of coming-of-age classics even as it depicts a new American landscape. Sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous, The House on Mango Street tells the story of Esperanza Cordero, whose neighborhood is one of harsh realities and harsh beauty. Esperanza doesn't want to belong - not to her run-down neighborhood, and not to the low expectations the world has for her. Esperanza's story is that of a young girl coming into her power, and inventing for herself what she will become. The San Francisco Chronicle has called The House on Mango Street "marvelous... spare yet luminous. The subtle power of Cisnero's storytelling is evident. She communicates all the rapture and rage of growing up in a modern world." It is an extraordinary achievement that will live on for years to come.
Cecily von Ziegesar - You Know You Love Me
In You Know You Love Me, the sequel to Gossip Girl, it's brunette vixen Blair Waldorf's seventeenth birthday, and she knows exactly what she wants--Nate, her studly troubles boyfriend of three years. But Blair's been too busy filling out Ivy League college applications to notice that Nate has found himself another playmate. Author Biography: Cecily von Ziegesar has always lived in New York City. This is her second novel, and she's already working on her next Gossip Girl book.
Guillaume Musso - Where Would I Be Without You?
Parisian cop Martin Beaumont has never really got over his first love, Gabrielle. Their brief, intense affair in San Francisco and the pain of her rejection still haunt him years later. Now, however, he's a successful detective - and tonight he's going to arrest the legendary art thief, Archibald Maclean, when he raids the Musee d'Orsay for a priceless Van Gogh. But the enigmatic Archibald has other plans. Martin's pursuit of the master criminal across Paris is the first step in an adventure that will take him back to San Francisco, and to the edge of love and life itself.
Rhonda Byrne - The Secret
Once known only by an elite who were unwilling to share their knowledge of the power, 'the secret' of obtaining anything you desire is now revealed by prominent physicists, authors and philosophers as being based in the universal Law of Attraction. And the good news is that anyone can access its power to bring themselves health, wealth and happiness. Fragments of The Secret have been found in oral traditions, literature, religions and philosophies throughout the centuries. A number of the exceptional people who discovered its power went on to become regarded as the greatest human beings who ever lived. Among them: Plato, Leonardo, Galileo and Einstein. Now 'the secret' is being shared with the world. Beautiful in its simplicity, and mind-dazzling in its ability to really work, The Secret reveals the mystery of the hidden potential within us all. By unifying leading-edge scientific thought with ancient wisdom and spirituality, the riveting, practical knowledge will lead readers to a greater understanding of how they can be the masters of their own lives.
Karen Rose - Die for Me
COME TO ME. SCREAM FOR ME. DIE FOR ME. The first victim is found in a snow-covered Philadelphia field. Detective Vito Ciccotelli enlists the aid of archaeologist Sophie Johannsen to determine exactly what lies beneath the frozen ground. Despite years of unearthing things long buried, nothing can prepare Sophie for the matrix of graves dug with chilling precision. The victims buried there haunt her. But the empty graves terrify her--the killer isn't done yet. He is cold and calculating, the master of a twisted game. Even with Vito and Sophie hot on his trail, he will not stop. One more empty grave must be filled, and one last scream must be heard--the scream of an archaeologist who is too close for comfort and too near to resist....
Edgar Rice Burroughs - A Princess of Mars
A world to conquer Suddenly projected to Mars, John Carter found himself Captive of the savage green men of Thark. With him was Deljah Thoris, lovely Princess of Helium. And between them and rescue lay a thousand miles of deadly enemies and unknown dangers.
Charlaine Harris - Definitely Dead
Sookie doesn't have that many relations, so she hated to lose one - but of all the people to go, she didn't expect it to be her cousin Hadley, a consort of New Orleans' vampire queen - after all, Hadley was technically already dead. But she is gone, beyond recall, and she's left Sookie an inheritance - one that comes with a bit of a risk - not least because someone doesn't want Sookie digging too deep into Hadley's past - or her possessions. Sookie's life is once again on the line, and this time the suspects range from the rogue werewolves who have rejected Sookie as a friend of the pack to her first love, the vampire Bill. Sookie's got a lot to do if she's going to keep herself alive . . . The Sookie Stackhouse books are delightful Southern Gothic supernatural mysteries, starring Sookie, the telepathic cocktail waitress, and a cast of increasingly colourful characters, including vampires, werewolves and things that really do go bump in the night.
Szabó Szilvia - Michael Collins - ECL - Examination Topics - English Level B2
Angol nyelvi gyakorlókönyv CD-vel, amely segítséget nyújt minden kedves nyelvtanulónak, aki az ECL B2 szintű angol nyelvvizsgáját szeretné letenni.
Michael McCarthy - Felicity O'Dell - English Phrasal Verbs in Use Intermediate
English Phrasal Verbs in Use is a comprehensive reference and practice book suitable for students from good intermediate level onwards. Over 1000 of the most useful and frequent phrasal verbs are clearly explained and practised in typical contexts. The material is designed for self-study, as well as classroom use, and has a student-friendly answer key. The book has 70 two-page units. The verbs are presented on the left-hand page and are practised on the facing right-hand page. The verbs are divided into units by topic, function, concept, particle and verb. The language is presented in various ways, often in tables, showing the phrasal verbs in a range of natural contexts such as everyday dialogues, e-mails, cartoons and newspaper extracts. The book includes an invaluable mini dictionary, listing each verb with an easy-to-understand definition. This book is particularly useful for students preparing for a range of examinations.
Lawrence Hill - Someone Knows My Name
Abducted from Africa as a child and enslaved in South Carolina, Aminata Diallo thinks only of freedom—and of the knowledge she needs to get home. Sold to an indigo trader who recognizes her intelligence, Aminata is torn from her husband and child and thrown into the chaos of the Revolutionary War. In Manhattan, Aminata helps pen the Book of Negroes, a list of blacks rewarded for service to the king with safe passage to Nova Scotia. There Aminata finds a life of hardship and stinging prejudice. When the British abolitionists come looking for "adventurers" to create a new colony in Sierra Leone, Aminata assists in moving 1,200 Nova Scotians to Africa and aiding the abolitionist cause by revealing the realities of slavery to the British public. This captivating story of one woman's remarkable experience spans six decades and three continents and brings to life a crucial chapter in world history.