Doris Lessing is – with America’s Mary McCarthy and France’s Simone de Beauvoir – one of the three living writers whose works have illuminated, and profoundly influenced, the role of women in our time.
Her most famous novel, The Golden Notebook, moved and astonished readers by its outpouring of image and feeling, by its courage, by its honesty. In A Man and Two Women, the same powerful artistry deepens the story form – giving it unexpected emotional force.
Brilliant and daring, these nineteen stories lay bare the dilemmas and contradictions of contemporary life – the ugly confusion os sex and status in sophisticated society, the bedrock realities of marriage, the aspirations and the fate of modern women.
Thomas Pynchon - Mason & Dixon
Charles Mason (1728-1786) and Jeremiah Dixon (1733-1779) were the British surveyors best remembered for running the boundary between Pennsylvania and Maryland that we know today as the Mason-Dixon Line. Here is their story as re-imagined by Thomas Pynchon, featuring Native Americans and frontier folk, ripped bodices, naval warfare, conspiracies erotic and political, and major caffeine abuse. We follow the mismatched pair--one rollicking, the other depressive; one Gothic, the other pre-Romantic--from their first journey together to the Cape of Good Hope, to pre-Revolutionary America and back, through the strange yet redemptive turns of fortune in their later lives, on a grand tour of the Enlightenment's dark hemisphere, as they observe and participate in the many opportunities for insanity presented them by the Age of Reason.
Thornton Wilder - Our Town
Thornton Wilder’s 1938 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama “Our Town” is set in the fictional small town of Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire. Narrated by the character of the Stage Manager — which, in the Wagner College version, is played by a three-actor ensemble — it follows the daily lives of the Gibbs and Webb families and their neighbors in three acts. (Wilder himself played the Stage Manager on Broadway for two weeks and later in summer stock productions.) In the final act, Emily Webb — who has died in childbirth — looks back upon one very ordinary day in her life from the perspective of the grave, remarking, “We don't even have time to look at one another. … Doesn't anyone ever realize life while they live it? Every, every minute?” The Stage Manager replies, “No. Saints and poets, maybe; they do some.” Don't miss Wagner College's excellent staging of this extraordinary American classic about ordinary people living ordinary lives in an ordinary New England town.
Booth Tarkington - The Magnificent Ambersons
Largely overshadowed by Orson Welles’s famous 1941 screen version, Booth Tarkington’s novel The Magnificent Ambersons was not only a best-seller when it first appeared in 1918—it also won the Pulitzer Prize. Set in the Midwest in the early twentieth century—the dawn of the automobile age—the novel beginsby introducing the richest family in town, the Ambersons. Exemplifying aristocratic excess, the Ambersons have everything money can buy—and more. But George Amberson Minafer—the spoiled grandson of the family patriarch—is unable to see that great societal changes are taking place, and that business tycoons, industrialists, and real estate developers will soon surpass him in wealth and prestige. Rather than join the new mechanical age, George prefers to remain a gentleman, believing that “being things” is superior to “doing things.” But as his town becomes a city, and the family palace is enveloped in a cloud of soot, George’s protectors disappear one by one, and the elegant, cloistered lifestyle of the Ambersons fades from view, and finally vanishes altogether. A brilliant portrayal of the changing landscape of the American dream, The Magnificent Ambersons is a timeless classic that deserves a wider modern audience.
Walter Dean Myers - The Glory Field
An exciting, eye-catching repackage of acclaimed author Walter Dean Myers' bestselling paperbacks, to coincide with the publication of SUNRISE OVER FALLUJA in hardcover. "Those shackles didn't rob us of being black, son, they robbed us of being human." This is the story of one family. A family whose history saw its first ancestor captured, shackled, and brought to this country from Africa. A family who can still see remnants of the shackles that held some of its members captive -- even today. It is a story of pride, determination, struggle, and love. And of the piece of the land that holds them together throughout it all.
Walter Dean Myers - Monster
Steve Harmon is black. He's in jail, maybe forever. He's on trial for murder. And he's sixteen years old. A Harlem drugstore owner was shot and killed in his store, and the word is that Steve served as the lookout. Was he involved, or was he simply in the wrong place at the wrong time?
Walter Dean Myers - Jazz
This smash-hit picture book of jazz music poems, from award-winning father-don team Walter Dean Myers and Christopher Myers, is now available in paperback. There's a crazy syncopation /and it's tearing through the nation / and it's bringing sweet elation / to every single tune./ It's Jazz/ From bebop to New Orleans, from ragtime to boogie, and every style in between, this collection of Walter Dean Myers's energetic and engaging poems, accompanied by Christopher Myers's bright and exhilarating paintings, celebrates different styles of the American art form, jazz. "JAZZ" takes readers on a musical journey from jazz's beginnings to the present day. Includes time line and jazz glossary
Pamela Hornsby - The Ricky Gervais Handbook
Ricky Dene Gervais (born 25 June 1961) is a British comedian, actor, director, producer, musician and writer. Gervais achieved mainstream fame with his television series The Office and the subsequent series Extras, both of which he co-wrote and co-directed with friend and frequent collaborator Stephen Merchant. In addition to writing and directing the shows, Gervais also played the lead roles of David Brent in The Office and Andy Millman in Extras. Gervais has also starred in a number of Hollywood films, assuming leading roles in Ghost Town and The Invention of Lying. He has performed on four sell-out stand-up comedy tours, written the best-selling Flanimals book series and starred with Merchant and Karl Pilkington in the most downloaded podcast in the world as of March 2009, The Ricky Gervais Show. He has won a multitude of awards and honours, including seven BAFTA Awards, two British Comedy Awards, two Emmy Awards, one Golden Globe Award and the 2006 Rose d'Or, as well as a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination. In 2007 he was voted the 11th greatest stand-up comic on Channel 4's 100 Greatest Stand-Ups and again in the updated 2010 list as the 3rd greatest stand-up comic. In 2010, he was named on the Time 100 list of the world's most influential people. Gervais hosted both the 2010 and 2011 Golden Globe Awards. This book is your ultimate resource for Ricky Gervais. Here you will find the most up-to-date information, photos, and much more. In easy to read chapters, with extensive references and links to get you to know all there is to know about his Early life, Career and Personal life right away: The Ricky Gervais Show, List of The Ricky Gervais Show episodes, The Office (UK TV series), Dog Eat Dog (film), Valiant (2005 film), For Your Consideration (film), Night at the Museum, Stardust (2007 film), Ghost Town (film), Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, The Invention of Lying, SpongeBob's Truth or Square, Cemetery Junction (film), Flanimals, The Muppets (film), The 11 O'Clock Show, Comedy Lab, Bruiser (TV series), Meet Ricky Gervais, The Sketch Show, Alias (TV series), Extras, Homer Simpson, This Is Your Wife, Louie (TV series), An Idiot Abroad, Conan (TV series), Life's Too Short Contains selected content from the highest rated entries, typeset, printed and shipped, combining the advantages of up-to-date and in-depth knowledge with the convenience of printed books. A portion of the proceeds of each book will be donated to the Wikimedia Foundation to support their mission.
Michael Heatley - Ricky Gervais
It's been an unorthodox road to the top for Gervais, who was brought up the youngest of four brothers on a rough and ready Reading housing estate in the early 1960s. He studied philosophy at London University and, after graduation, worked for the university as entertainments manager, before embarking on several other short-lived jobs that included managing nascent Brit-pop stars Suede. He had already tried his own pop luck as singer with new romantics Seona Dancing, two-single wonders who were big only in the Philippines. Undeterred, Gervais became a presenter on London alternative radio station XFM in 1996, where he met his writing partner and long-term collaborator, Stephen Merchant. Televisual rungs on the stepladder to fame included Channel 4's "Comedy Lab" and "The 11 O'Clock Show", plus an unsuccessful chat show, "Meet Ricky Gervais", all in the late 1990s. "The Office" became the talk of the water cooler in offices all over Britain in 2001. "Extras" followed in 2005, and attracted guest stars of the calibre of Ben Stiller, Samuel L. Jackson, Patrick Stewart and Kate Winslet. In addition to his TV and stand-up comedy work, Gervais has also created a series of wacky children's books called "Flanimals". "Ricky Gervais: The Unauthorized Biography" is a must read for all fans of the man and his work, and the comedy book of 2006.
Roddy Doyle - The Commitments
Barrytown, Dublin, has something to sing about. The Commitments are spreading the gospel of the soul. Ably managed by Jimmy Rabitte, brilliantly coached by Joel 'The Lips' Fagan, their twin assault on Motown and Barrytown takes them by leaps and bounds from Paris Hall to immortality on vinyl. But can The Commitments live up to their name?
John Banville - Prague Pictures
Prague is the magic capital of Europe. Since the days of Emperor Rudolf II, "devotee of the stars and cultivator of the spagyric art", who in the late 1500s summoned alchemists and magicians from all over the world to his castle on Hradcany hill, it has been a place of mystery and intrigue. Wars, revolutions, floods, the imposition of Soviet communism, and even the depredations of the tourist boom after the Velvet Revolution of 1989 could not destroy the unique atmosphere of this beautiful, proud, and melancholy city on the Vltava. John Banville traces Prague's often tragic history and portrays the people who made it: the emperors and princes, geniuses and charlatans, heroes and scoundrels. He also paints a portrait of the Prague of today, reveling in its newfound freedoms, eager to join the European Community and at the same time suspicious of what many Praguers see as yet another totalitarian takeover. He writes of his first visit to the city, in the depths of the Cold War, and of subsequent trips there, of the people he met, the friends he made, the places he came to know.
John Banville - The Book of Evidence
The first in a trilogy with "Ghosts" and "Athena". Freddie Montgomery is a gentleman first and a murderer second. He committed two crimes - he stole a painting from a wealthy family friend and he killed a chambermaid who caught him in the act. Here he tells his story.
Bruce Chatwin - The Songlines
The songlines are the invisible pathways that criss-cross Australia, ancient tracks connecting communities and following ancient boundaries. Along these lines Aboriginals passed the songs which revealed the creation of the land and the secrets of its past. In this magical account, Chatwin recalls his travels across the length and breadth of Australia seeking to find the truth about the songs and unravel the mysteries of their stories.
Bruce Chatwin - Utz
Bruce Chatwin's bestselling novel traces the fortunes of Kaspar Utz, an enigmatic collector of Meissen porcelain living in Cold War Czechoslovakia. Although Utz is allowed to leave the country each year, and considers defecting each time, he always returns to his Czech home, a prisoner of the Communist state and of his precious collection.
Anita Brookner - The Next Big Thing
'Herz wondered if the people he passed on the street ruminated on lost causes, as he did. Try as he might to divert himself, he could never escape the suspicion that he should be elsewhere.' Herz is seventy-three and facing the difficult question: what is he going to do with the rest of his life? How is it all going to end? He could propose marriage to an old friend he hasn't seen for thirty years; he could travel, he could make a trip to Paris to see a favourite painting; he could sell his flat, move, start afresh. He must do something with the time left but what?
Anita Brookner - Hotel du Lac
In the novel that won her the Booker Prize and established her international reputation, Anita Brookner finds a new vocabulary for framing the eternal question "Why love?" It tells the story of Edith Hope, who writes romance novels under a psudonym. When her life begins to resemble the plots of her own novels, however, Edith flees to Switzerland, where the quiet luxury of the Hotel du Lac promises to resore her to her senses. But instead of peace and rest, Edith finds herself sequestered at the hotel with an assortment of love's casualties and exiles. She also attracts the attention of a worldly man determined to release her unused capacity for mischief and pleasure. Beautifully observed, witheringly funny, Hotel du Lac is Brookner at her most stylish and potently subversive.
Graham Swift - Shuttlecock
Alienated from his wife and children, and obsessed by his father, a wartime hero, now the inmate of a mental hospital, Prentis feels increasingly unsettled as his enigmatic boss, Mr Quinn, turns his investigations towards himself - and his father.
Graham Swift - The Sweet Shop Owner
A novel about a bargain struck between a quiet man who runs a sweet shop and his emotionally damaged wife who has to accept life's deprivations. But it is a bargain that is threatened by their clever, angry and unforgiving daughter.