By Christine Schutt

Finalist for the 2004 nationwide e-book Award

Florida is the portrait of the artist as a tender lady, an orphan's tale jam-packed with loss and beauty, a well-known story advised in unique language. Alice Fivey, fatherless at age seven, is left within the care of her kin at ten while her love-wearied mom loses custody of her and submits to the sanitarium and years of psychiatric care. A namesake daughter locked within the orphan's move-around existence, she needs to carry nonetheless whereas the seamstress pins her into anyone now not her mom. yet they proportion an analogous identify, so she is her mom, isn't really she?

Alice reveals comfort in books and she or he herself is a storyteller who needs to construct a house for herself notice by means of correct be aware. Florida is her tale, recalled in short scenes of spare good looks and strangeness as Alice strikes from condominium to accommodate, ever farther from the desolation of her mother's activities, ever toward the which means of her event. during this such a lot elegiac and luminous novel, Schutt provides voice to the dinner party of reminiscence, the secret of the mad and lacking, and particularly, the life-giving strength of language.

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Miss Wyoming

By Douglas Coupland

From the bestselling writer of iteration X and Microserfs,comes the absurd and gentle tale of a hard-living motion picture manufacturer and a former baby good looks festival contender who purely locate one another via wasting themselves.

Waking up in an L.A. health facility, John Johnson is surprised that it was once the flu and never an overdose of 5 assorted medicines combined with cognac that just about killed him. As a manufacturer of high-adrenaline motion flicks, he is led a decadent and unsafe lifestyles, procuring his means via each a possibility version of intercourse. yet every one version turns out to take him one notch clear of a capability for romance, and whereas movie-making used to be a manner for him to create worlds of sensation, it now bores him. After his near-death event, John makes a decision to stroll clear of his life.

Susan Colgate is an unbankable former television big name and baby attractiveness competition contender. pressured to marry a heavy steel singer short of a eco-friendly Card after her mom and dad squander her sitcom profits, she turns into the alpha street rat. but if the band's recognition dwindles, the wedding dissolves. Flying again to la in economic climate, Susan's aircraft crashes   and in simple terms she survives. As she walks clear of the catastrophe almost unscathed, Susan, too, comes to a decision to disappear.

John and Susan are souls looking for love around the weird and wonderful, celebrity-obsessed panorama of los angeles, and are pushed, nearly fatefully, towards one another. Hilarious, fast paced and eventually heart-wrenching, omit Wyoming is set those that, after throwing off their self-made identities, start the anxious look for a love that exposes all vulnerabilities.

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The Wild Geese

Written in 1913, this contemporary vintage was once the resource for the hugely acclaimed movie, The Mistress

In The Wild Geese, admired jap novelist Ogai Mori deals a poignant tale of unfulfilled love, set opposed to the historical past of the dizzying social switch accompanying the autumn of the Meiji regime. The younger heroine, Otama, is compelled through poverty to develop into a moneylender's mistress. She is surrounded via skillfully-drawn characters—her weak-willed father, her virile and calculating lover (and his suspicious wife), and the good-looking pupil who's either the item of her hope and the emblem of her rescue—as good as a colourful procession of Meiji period figures—geisha, scholars, entertainers, unscrupulous matchmakers, shopkeepers, and grasping landladies.

Like these round her, and prefer the wild ducks of the titles, Otama yearns for the liberty of flight. Her dawning cognizance of her problem brings the unconventional to a touching climax.

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The Glass Bead Game: (Magister Ludi) A Novel

By Hermann Hesse, Richard Winston

The ultimate novel of Hermann Hesse, for which he received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1946, The Glass Bead Game is an engaging story of the complexity of recent lifestyles in addition to a vintage of recent literature

Set within the twenty third century, The Glass Bead Game is the tale of Joseph Knecht, who has been raised in Castalia, the distant position his society has supplied for the highbrow elite to develop and flourish. on the grounds that formative years, Knecht has been ate up with studying the Glass Bead online game, which calls for a synthesis of aesthetics and clinical arts, equivalent to arithmetic, track, good judgment, and philosophy, which he achieves in maturity, turning into a Magister Ludi (Master of the Game).

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Western Swing: A Novel

By Tim Sandlin

"What propels Western Swing is a cheerfully retro conviction that during spite of prior error, misplaced hopes, and emotional discomfort, those humans belong together." -New York instances e-book Review

Lana Sue has had too many husbands and too little good fortune as a country-western singer. Loren Paul's a semi-successful author almost immediately sitting on best of a western Wyoming mountain anticipating Cosmic answers.

Together or aside, Loren Paul and Lana Sue are sleek people heroes in this deliciously ribald saga of the recent Wild West-a lively story of affection and loss, of state track and coming home.

"The humor of Western Swing is the foremost to Tim Sandlin's memorable characters...a terrific and fulfilling experience." -Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"Sandlin's is a booklet approximately operating into the solar and holding on, with humor, ardour, and religion, regardless of the way you burn or mess up." -Los Angeles occasions publication Review

"Tim Sandlin writes approximately loopy humans. no longer frightening crazies, however the form of attention-grabbing, humorous eccentrics with whom the reader wish to spend a night ingesting beer...Western Swing is humorous, clever and a effervescent pleasure to read." -Kansas urban Star

"Ongoing lifestyles is what this e-book is all about...Sandlin's voice is a wry mixture of cynicism and innocence. upload to good built feel of the weird, and you have got a e-book that is enjoyable to learn, brimming with high-spirited zaniness."-St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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Now in paperback, a bewitching selection of tales and novellas which are “suspenseful, thought-provoking, mystical, and haunting” (Publishers Weekly)

starting from the 17th century to the current, and crossing a number of continents, Counternarratives attracts upon memoirs, newspaper debts, detective tales, and interrogation transcripts to create new and weird views on our previous and current. “An Outtake” chronicles an escaped slave’s tackle liberty and the yankee Revolution; “The unusual heritage of Our girl of the Sorrows” provides a strange sequence of occasions that spread in Haiti and a nineteenth-century Kentucky convent; “The Aeronauts” soars among bustling Philadelphia, still-rustic Washington, and the theater of the U. S. Civil struggle; “Rivers” portrays a loose Jim assembly up many years later together with his former raftmate Huckleberry Finn; and in “Acrobatique,” the topic of a well-known Edgar Degas portray talks again.

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Zbinden's Progress

By Christoph Simon

"Zbinden invitations comparability with Leo Tolstoy's Ivan Ilych."—Alexander Starritt, The instances Literary Supplement

Lukas Zbinden leans at the arm of his carer in an previous people's domestic. step-by-step, the dedicated walker recounts his lifestyles along with his overdue spouse and his son. She enjoyed nature walks; he enjoyed urban streets. What was once the key in their lifelong love? And why is it so not easy for him to speak to his son? A life-affirming novel approximately love.

Christoph Simon was once born in 1972 in Switzerland. After travels in the course of the center East, Poland, South the US, London, and big apple, he settled in Bern, Switzerland.

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All Families are Psychotic

At the eve of the subsequent house trip undertaking, a divided relatives comes together...Warm, witty and clever, 'All households Are Psychotic' is Coupland on the very most sensible of his shape. In an inexpensive lodge an hour from Cape Canaveral, Janet Drummond takes her drugs, and does a swift tally of the whereabouts of her teenagers. Wade has spent the evening in penal complex; suicidal Bryan is because of arrive at any second along with his vowel-free female friend, Shw; after which there's Sarah, 'a bolt of lightning frozen in midflash' - right here in Orlando to be the famous person of Friday's go back and forth challenge. With Janet's ex-husband and his trophy spouse additionally on the town, Janet spends a second considering her relatives, and the place all of it went mistaken. Or did it?

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De Vulgari Eloquentia: Dante's Book of Exile (Regents Studies in Medieval Culture)

By Marianne Shapiro

Written in 1303-05, whilst Dante was once in political exile from his local Florence, De vulgari eloquentia addresses the matter of ways to elevate the Italian language to the prestige of Latin within the esteem of the literate public. it's the fullest and most vital record bearing on vernacular writing within the heart Ages—indeed, the earliest paintings of literary feedback facing a vernacular language. Marianne Shapiro bargains the main special dialogue in English of De vulgari eloquentia, whose shape and spirit replicate Dante's political unrest and alienation. Hers is the 1st paintings in any language to investigate and clarify the that means of the grammatical and rhetorical terminology that Dante utilized in his treatise. and since her translation—included here—is in accordance with an intensive exegesis of that terminology, will probably be famous as definitive.

Shapiro’s translation may be of exact curiosity to medievalists and to severe readers of The Divine Comedy. In a later part, she considers the fewer precursors of Dante as a author of the “Romance idiom” and their effect on him. Then she concentrates at the least studied facets of the treatise in an effort to exhibit its profound affiliations with overdue medieval grammatical investigations—it is feasible to work out in Dante “a grammarian underneath the poet.” Her end summarizes the plain textual contradictions and the importance. therefore, this booklet presents an intensive ancient, philosophical, and rhetorical context for De vulgari eloquentia and a brand new English translation that's enriched via that scholarship.

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