The Crown of Thorns

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Publisher:Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN:1526602008

Total Pages:192

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From the author of the Richard and Judy Book Club Pick No and Me. Adults are as lost as the children they should be protecting, in this compelling exploration of the destructive secrets and loyalties that are kept behind closed doors 'Packs a hefty emotional punch. It reminded me of Leila Slimani's terrific Lullaby' Bookseller 'Narrated with punch and pace. You're kept reading helplessly to the desperate cliffhanger finish' Daily Mail Thirteen-year-old Théo and his friend Mathis have a secret. Their teacher, Hélène, suspects something is not right with Théo and becomes obsessed with rescuing him, casting aside her professionalism to the point of no return. Cécile, mother of Mathis, discovers something horrifying on her husband's computer that makes her question whether she has ever truly known him. Respectable facades are peeled away as the four stories wind tighter and tighter together, pulling into a lean and darkly gripping novel of loneliness, lies and loyalties.

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Older Brother

Author:Mahir Guven

Publisher:Europa Editions

ISBN:1609455509

Total Pages:222

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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

Inside the Mind of Vladimir Putin

Author:Michel Eltchaninoff

Publisher:Oxford University Press

ISBN:1787380009

Total Pages:205

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The Russian president's landmark speeches, interviews and policies borrow heavily from great Russian thinkers past and present, from Peter the Great to Dostoevsky and Solzhenitsyn. They offer powerful visions of strong leaders and the Russian nation: they value conservatism and the Slavic spirit. They root morality in Orthodoxy, and Russian identity in the historic struggle with the West. Today, Putin manages and manipulates those same ideas in his 'defense' of 130 million ethnic Russians against the world. With the annexation of Crimea, the war in Syria and shock election results across the West, the challenge of decrypting his worldview has become more pressing than ever. From a Eurasian Union to a new Russian Empire, this is a revealing tour of Kremlin doctrine and strategy, viewed through its philosophical roots.

Small Country

Author:Gaël Faye

Publisher:Hogarth

ISBN:1524759899

Total Pages:192

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Already an international sensation and prize-winning bestseller in France, an evocative coming-of-age story of a young boy, a lost childhood and a shattered homeland. SHORTLISTED FOR THE ALBERTINE PRIZE • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY ESQUIRE • LONGLISTED FOR THE ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE IN FICTION • LONGLISTED FOR THE ASPEN WORDS LITERARY PRIZE Burundi, 1992. For ten-year-old Gabriel, life in his comfortable expatriate neighborhood of Bujumbura with his French father, Rwandan mother and little sister Ana, is something close to paradise. These are carefree days of laughter and adventure – sneaking Supermatch cigarettes and gorging on stolen mangoes – as he and his mischievous gang of friends transform their tiny cul-de-sac into their kingdom. But dark clouds are gathering over this small country, and soon their peaceful existence will shatter when Burundi, and neighboring Rwanda, are brutally hit by civil war and genocide. A novel of extraordinary power and beauty, Small Country describes an end of innocence as seen through the eyes of a child caught in the maelstrom of history. Shot through with shadows and light, tragedy and humor, it is a stirring tribute not only to a dark chapter in Africa’s past, but also to the bright days that preceded it.

Bakhita

Author:Véronique Olmi

Publisher:Other Press, LLC

ISBN:1590519787

Total Pages:464

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Inspired by the true story of a former slave who became a saint, this poignant novel explores how a human being can survive the obliteration of her identity, and how kindness and generosity can be born out of profound trauma. She recalls little of her childhood, not even her own name. She was barely seven years old when she was snatched by slave raiders from her village in the Darfur region of southern Sudan. In a cruel twist, they gave her the name that she will carry for the rest of her life: Bakhita, "the Lucky One" in Arabic. Sold and resold along the slave trade routes, Bakhita endures years of unspeakable abuse and terror. At age thirteen, at last, her life takes a turn when the Italian consul in Khartoum purchases her. A few years later, as chaos engulfs the capital, the consul returns to Italy, taking Bakhita with him. In this new land, another long and arduous journey begins--one that leads her onto a spiritual path for which she is still revered today. With rich, evocative language, Véronique Olmi immerses the reader in Bakhita's world--her unfathomable resilience, her stubborn desire to live, and her ability to turn toward the pain of others in spite of the terrible sufferings that she too must endure.

This Little Family

Author:Inès Bayard

Publisher:Other Press, LLC

ISBN:1892746670

Total Pages:272

Viewed:1956

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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.

A Theory of Literary Production

Author:Pierre Macherey

Publisher:Routledge

ISBN:1136805001

Total Pages:400

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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

Our Riches

Author:Kaouther Adimi

Publisher:New Directions Publishing

ISBN:0811228169

Total Pages:160

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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.

The Art of Joy

Author:Goliarda Sapienza

Publisher:Penguin UK

ISBN:0141972866

Total Pages:400

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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.

And Their Children After Them

Author:Nicolas Mathieu

Publisher:Other Press, LLC

ISBN:1892746530

Total Pages:416

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Named a Best Book of the Year by The Times (UK) and the Los Angeles Public Library Winner of the 2018 Prix Goncourt, this poignant coming-of-age tale captures the distinct feeling of summer in a region left behind by global progress. August 1992. One afternoon during a heatwave in a desolate valley somewhere in eastern France, with its dormant blast furnaces and its lake, fourteen-year-old Anthony and his cousin decide to steal a canoe to explore the famous nude beach across the water. The trip ultimately takes Anthony to his first love and a summer that will determine everything that happens afterward. Nicolas Mathieu conjures up a valley, an era, and the political journey of a young generation that has to forge its own path in a dying world. Four summers and four defining moments, from “Smells Like Teen Spirit” to the 1998 World Cup, encapsulate the hectic lives of the inhabitants of a France far removed from the centers of globalization, torn between decency and rage.

Learning to Lose

Author:David Trueba

Publisher:Other Press, LLC

ISBN:1590513886

Total Pages:520

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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.

Tomorrow They Won't Dare to Murder Us

Author:Joseph Andras

Publisher:Verso Books

ISBN:1788738721

Total Pages:144

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Lyrical and radical, a debut novel that created a sensation in France Winner of the Prix Goncourt for first novel, one of the most prestigious literary awards in France A young revolutionary plants a bomb in a factory on the outskirts of Algiers during the Algerian War. The bomb is timed to explode after work hours, so no one will be hurt. But the authorities have been watching. He is caught, the bomb is defused, and he is tortured, tried in a day, condemned to death, and thrown into a cell to await the guillotine. A routine event, perhaps, in a brutal conflict that ended the lives of more than a million Muslim Algerians. But what if the militant is a “pied-noir”? What if his lover was a member of the French Resistance? What happens to a “European” who chooses the side of anti-colonialism? By turns lyrical, meditative, and heart-stoppingly suspenseful, this novel by Joseph Andras, based on a true story, was a literary and political sensation in France, winning the Prix Goncourt for First Novel and being acclaimed by Le Monde as “vibrantly lyrical and somber” and by the journal La Croix as a “masterpiece”.

The Boy Book

Author:E. Lockhart

Publisher:Delacorte Press

ISBN:0375848800

Total Pages:224

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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.

Philosopher ou l'art de clouer le bec aux femmes

Author:Frédéric Pagès

Publisher:Fayard/Mille et une nuits

ISBN:275550210X

Total Pages:80

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« 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

Author:Lauren Bastide

Publisher:Marabout

ISBN:2501159411

Total Pages:500

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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)

One dollar bill

Author:Linem B. O’BRIEN

Publisher:Éditions Hélène Jacob

ISBN:2370113634

Total Pages:340

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Enzo, la trentaine débutante, a posé ses valises et son appareil photo à Washington. Loin de sa famille, de la plupart de ses amis, et surtout, de son passé. Quand, au détour d’une réunion, il retombe sur Léa, ce sont des tonnes de souvenirs, des années, des cicatrices et des sentiments qui lui explosent à la tête. Qu’est-ce qui fait l’amour ? Qu’est-ce qui le défait ? Deux héros, trois points de vue, deux époques… Comment en trois jours, en un regard, la vie peut-elle chambouler ce qu’elle a mis des années à construire ?

L'art d'accueillir la ménopause avec le Dr Vautmieux Henrire

Author:Johanne Fournier

Publisher:Édition Option Santé

ISBN:2922598780

Total Pages:240

Viewed:1982

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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.

L'art de déléguer

Author:Jean-Ange Lallican

Publisher:Dunod

ISBN:2100725394

Total Pages:176

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Et si la délégation, souvent évoquée mais rarement mise en oeuvre, était la clé d’un management réussi ? Chaque manager est différent, chaque collaborateur l’est tout autant. C’est dans cette richesse et cette complexité que l’art de déléguer prend tout son sens. Cet ouvrage vous propose de comprendre et cerner votre personnalité de manager ainsi que celle de vos collaborateurs, puis de construire un « mapping de responsabilité ». En vous fournissant des clés managériales concrètes et des outils de coaching, il vous permet de mettre en oeuvre une délégation réussie ; mieux, une « délég’action » ! En s’appuyant sur une vaste enquête de terrain auprès de DRH et sur de nombreux témoignages de managers et dirigeants, l’auteur propose une vision bienveillante de la délégation, permettant aux talents de s’exprimer et à l’entreprise de gagner en efficacité et en créativité.