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In this eye-opening, authoritative biography, Adam Begley offers a captivating portrait of John Updike, the author who saw himself as a literary spy in small-town and suburban America, and who dedicated himself to the task of transcribing "middleness with all its grits, bumps, and anonymities."Updike explores the stages of the writer's pilgrim's progress: his beloved home turf of Berks County, Pennsylvania; his escape to Harvard; his brief, busy working life as the golden boy at The New Yorker; his family years in suburban Ipswich, Massachusetts; his extensive travel abroad; and his retreat to another Massachusetts town, Beverly Farms, where he remained until his death in 2009. Drawing on in-depth archival research as well as interviews with the writer's family, friends, and colleagues, Begley explores how Updike's fiction was shaped by his tumultuous personal life--including his enduring religious faith, his two marriages, and his firsthand experience of the "adulterous society" he was credited with exposing in the bestselling novel Couples.With a sharp critical sensibility, Begley probes Updike's best-loved works--from Pigeon Feathers to The Witches of Eastwick to the Rabbit tetralogy--and reveals a surprising and deeply complex character fraught with contradictions: a kind man with a vicious wit, a gregarious charmer who was ruthlessly competitive, a private person compelled to spill his secrets on the printed page.Candid, intimate, and utterly absorbing, Updike is a masterful biography of a national treasure whose writing continues to resonate like no one else's.
This exciting new novel, inspired by John Dillinger's life, rages with the raw power of a Kansas tornado. This is the legendary Johnnie, driven by crazy dreams, explosive violence, and a thousand hungry desires. This is the wild young man who lived a lifetime in a few short months of glory, a life filled with fat bank accounts and blazing guns - till the woman in red betrayed him.Powerful in language, towering in scope, this is Johnnie at his zenith - the stuff of legends and the soul of the American Dream.
The story of two dead entertainers and their tour of Europe.
The story of a lesbian trapped in a man's body and his/her search for real love.
Larry Land started his European trek with the idea of seeing as much of the continent and its way of life as he could in a year. To pay his way, he photographed celebrities.That's how he met the notorious Countessa di Loraine - or Marcy, to her intimates. And Larry quickly became one of her intimates.Life moved into high gear when Marcy introduced him to The Jet Set, - wild parties, yacht cruises, champagne and beef bourguignon, weekends in Spain, nights in Paris, and the insatiable demands of movie queen Loretta Alsace.Larry was living it up - until he met Dorry Malloy and fell in love. That was the beginning of the end, for no one could dump The Jet Set and escape their vicious revenge.
There were things about Rome that Max Fielding would always remember: the titles ladies who acted like tramps, the tramps who acted like ladies, and the movie starlets intent on parlaying a big chest and a small talent in stardom.He could never forget the movie studios of Rome where, for a few months, he became part of the inner circle and learned to play the internationally famous games called Musical Beds.That's how he met elfin Nadine Barney, a bundle of energy, who learned that sometimes you can catch up with a man by not running after him.This was Rome, City of Eternal Lust, where Bacchanalia was a morning, noon, and night proposition.
She had coolly planned a campaign to settle her difficulties. A trip to the French Riviera. A stranger - an attractive man without strings. One who would welcome an affair with an American girl.The first man she ran into was expatriate Steve Cogswell. Good! Just right, thought Nadine.Until Gerald Silletoe followed her from the States and tried to force her to marry him, using every method from blackmail to mayhem . . .Until Steve's luscious ex-wife, Fay, showed up. And Mart Gunther, his ex-business partner . . .Until Steve was robbed of the money he needed to pay off gambler Constantin Kamiros . . .And until Nadine got into Steve's bed and begged for what she didn't want . . .
Here is a saucy, realistic ovel of a group of pleasure-seeking expatriates living it up in the Paris that few tourists see . . .Shelley Halliday, who made a living showing the seamy side of Parisian night life to Americans . . .Felicity Patterson, twice wed and many times brought to bed, who wanted Shelley but would marry only . . .Michael Brett-James, a titles Englishman, who preferred "men" but was willing to settle for a mere woman if she had money . . .Bigelow Warren, who could be virile with a "bad" woman but was always impotent with a "good" one until he met . . .Connie Lockwood, Shelley's childhood sweetheart, still a virgin, but dying to start living.Paris was a powerful experience to all of them, adding salt to their wounds, balm to their spirits and spice to their lives.
The author, a top science fiction writer who proves equally adept in the mystery field, says of this novel: "The detective isn't tough and he isn't even smart and he doesn't prove the case against the killer. And the boy doesn't get the girl, either. Otherwise, this story is just about like a good many others you've read. At least it starts to read the same way . . . We can't help it if it dissolves into men from Mars, people who believe in spaceships and flying saucers, murders without motive, and heat rays fired by little green men (or were they?)."The publishers disagree about its being and ordinary baffler, even at the outset. Rather, they are of the opinion that its humor, colorful characterizations, fast tempo and sustained suspense make it a must for murder addicts, science fiction fen (the plural of fan in science fictionese), and any other men or Martians with a taste for homicide-cum-fantasy.
He climbed high and hard and fast, this Dean Holt, this ruthless young man ina hurry to conquer a world - and not caring whom he ruined on the way. And he was almost up thee, almost on the top run, the dizzying heights where a man could stand with and empire at his feet - the whole Salinas Valley, the rich, turbulent young lettuce industry, bought and paid for and his.He had the most beautiful women, the biggest cars, the most lavish home - but the top rung of the ladder was just out of Dean Holt's reach.He set out to make it, with the same hungry toughness that had driven him so far.Then, for the first time in his life, Dean Holt fell in love.With the girl who occupied the ladder's top rung - and would destroy Dean Holt rather than let him reach it.
"Will you walk into my parlour?" said the Spider to the Fly. "'Tis the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy; The way into my parlour is up a winding stair, And I have many curious things to show when you are there." "Oh, no," said the little Fly, "to ask me is in vain, For who goes up your winding stair can ne'er come down again."They walked in, the women, beautiful women, rich women - greedy women. And Clark Holt took them - for money, for laughs and for everything they had.Then Ione came, beautiful and willful, and it was the fly who trapped the spider in a web that was silken - and strangling, too.
Abducted and sold into slavery, Chantelle Burke has been brought to the palace of the mighty Pasha. Vowing never to bow to this ruthless master's will, the young Englishwoman weakens within the silken splendor of his chambers, and after on glance into his piercing emerald eyes. The stunningly handsome Pasha is a powerful, muscular figure yet he caresses the lovely addition to his harem with a fond tenderness that only succeeds in driving her wild. But beneath his exotic eastern garb, the cryptic Pasha shrouds his true identity -- one that he finds difficult to conceal when he wants so much to surrender his hearty and soul to the irresistible Chantelle.
I fell in love with William Ashe at gunpoint, in a Circle KFor single mom Shandi Pierce, life is a juggling act. She's finishing college; raising her delightful three-year-old genius son, Nathan, aka Natty Bumppo; and keeping the peace between her eternally warring, long-divorced Christian mother and Jewish father. She's got enough to deal with before she gets caught in the middle of a stickup in a gas station mini-mart and falls in love with a great wall of a man named William Ashe, who steps between the armed robber and her son to shield the child from danger.Shandi doesn't know that her blond god has his own baggage. When he looked down the barrel of the gun in the gas station he believed it was destiny: it's been exactly one year since a tragic act of physics shattered his universe. But William doesn't define destiny the way other people do. A brilliant geneticist who believes in science and numbers, destiny to him is about choice.Now, William and Shandi are about to meet their so-called destinies head-on, making choices that will reveal unexpected truths about love, life, and the world they think they know.Someone Else's Love Story is Joshilyn Jackson's funny, charming, and poignant novel about science and miracles, secrets and truths, faith and forgiveness; about falling in love and learning that things aren't always what they seem--or what we hope they will be. It's a story about discovering what we want and ultimately finding what we need.
Follow Barbara Brown Taylor on her journey to understand darkness, which takes her spelunking in unlit caves, learning to eat and cross the street as a blind person, discovering how "dark emotions" are prevented from seeing light from a psychiatrist, and rereading scripture to see all the times God shows up at night. With her characteristic charm and wisdom, Taylor is our guide through a spirituality of the nighttime, teaching us how to find God even in darkness, and giving us a way to let darkness teach us what we need to know.de through a spirituality of the nighttime, teaching us how to find our footing in times of uncertainty and giving us strength and hope to face all of life's challenging moments.
Royden Napier, Baron Saint-Bryce, is tall, dark, and ruthless--and on the hunt for a dangerous beauty . . . On the eve of her escape to the Continent, bold, beautiful Lisette Colburne accepts a proposal she dare not refuse: masquerade as the future bride of the steely-eyed Royden Napier and help him solve his most dangerous case. Soon Lisette is in even greater danger--of losing her heart to the one man with the power to destroy her . . . Estranged from his aristocratic family, the enigmatic Napier has forged a reputation as Scotland Yard's most relentless police commissioner. He's vowed to bring Lisette to justice--but with every forbidden kiss and every tantalizing touch, he finds himself becoming less convinced of her guilt . . . and more certain he must have her. But when danger touches Lisette, can he save her?
In the grand style of Studs Terkel and Dave Isay, an epic oral portrait of today's London that is as rich and lively as the city itself Five years in the making, Londoners is a fresh and compulsively readable view of one of the world's most fascinating cities-a vibrant narrative portrait of the London of our own time, featuring unforgettable stories told by the real people who make the city hum. Acclaimed writer and editor Craig Taylor has spent years traversing every corner of the city, getting to know the most interesting Londoners, including the voice of the London Underground, a West End rickshaw driver, an East End nightclub doorperson, a mounted soldier of the Queen's Life Guard at Buckingham Palace, and a couple who fell in love at the Tower of London-and now live there. With candor and humor, this diverse cast-rich and poor, old and young, native and immigrant, men and women (and even a Sarah who used to be a George)-shares indelible tales that capture the city as never before. Together, these voices paint a vivid, epic, and wholly original portrait of twenty-first-century London in all its breadth, from Notting Hill to Brixton, from Piccadilly Circus to Canary Wharf, from an airliner flying into London Heathrow Airport to Big Ben and Tower Bridge, and down to the deepest tunnels of the London Underground. Londoners is the autobiography of one of the world's greatest cities.
From one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people in the world, a rousing defense of the role of science in our livesThe latest developments in physics have the potential to radically revise our understanding of the world: its makeup, its evolution, and the fundamental forces that drive its operation. Knocking on Heaven's Door is an exhilarating and accessible overview of these developments and an impassioned argument for the significance of science.There could be no better guide than Lisa Randall. The bestselling author of Warped Passages is an expert in both particle physics (the study of the smallest objects we know of) and cosmology (the study of the largest). In Knocking on Heaven's Door, she explores how we decide which scientific questions to study and how we go about answering them. She examines the role of risk, creativity, uncertainty, beauty, and truth in scientific thinking through provocative conversations with leading figures in other fields (such as the chef David Chang, the forecaster Nate Silver, and the screenwriter Scott Derrickson), and she explains with wit and clarity the latest ideas in physics and cosmology. Randall describes the nature and goals of the largest machine ever built: the Large Hadron Collider, the enormous particle accelerator below the border of France and Switzerland--as well as recent ideas underlying cosmology and current dark matter experiments.The most sweeping and exciting science book in years, Knocking on Heaven's Door makes clear the biggest scientific questions we face and reveals how answering them could ultimately tell us who we are and where we came from.
Azalea is trapped. Just when she should feel that everything is before her . . . beautiful gowns, dashing suitors, balls filled with dancing . . . it's taken away. All of it. The Keeper understands. He's trapped, too, held for centuries within the walls of the palace. And so he extends an invitation. Every night, Azalea and her eleven sisters may step through the enchanted passage in their room to dance in his silver forest. But there is a cost. The Keeper likes to keep things. Azalea may not realize how tangled she is in his web until it is too late.
Acclaimed internationally bestselling author Peter Robinson delivers a fast-paced, nail-biting thriller in which Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks must face his most challenging and personal case yetA distraught woman arrives at the Eastvale police station desperate to speak to Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks. But since Banks is away on holiday, his partner, Annie Cabbot, steps in. The woman tells Annie that she's found a loaded gun hidden in the bedroom of her daughter, Erin--a punishable offense under English law. When an armed response team breaks into the house to retrieve the weapon, the seemingly straightforward procedure quickly spirals out of control.But trouble is only beginning for Annie, the Eastvale force, and Banks, and this time, the fallout may finally do the iconoclastic inspector in. For it turns out that Erin's best friend and roommate is none other than Tracy Banks, the DCI's daughter, who was last seen racing off to warn the owner of the gun, a very bad boy indeed.Thrust into a complicated and dangerous case intertwining the personal and the professional as never before, Annie and Banks--a bit of a bad boy himself--must risk everything to outsmart a smooth and devious psychopath. Both Annie and Banks understand that it's not just his career hanging in the balance, it's also his daughter's life.
New York Times bestselling author Neal Shusterman delivers a suspenseful and thrilling novel that's perfect for fans of Unwind and UnWholly.Tennyson is not surprised, really, when his family begins to fall apart, or when his twin sister, Brontë, starts dating the misunderstood bully, Brewster (or The Bruiser, as the entire high school calls him). Tennyson is determined to get to the bottom of The Bruiser's reputation, even if it means gearing up for a fight. Brontë, on the other hand, thinks there's something special underneath that tough exterior. And she's right...but neither she nor Tennyson is prepared for the truth of what lies below the surface. Told through Tennyson, Brontë, and Bruiser's points of view, this dark, twisting novel explores friendship, family, and the sacrifices we make for the people we love.Bruiser was named to the Texas Lone Star Reading List, among many other state lists, and was selected as a Book Page Top Ten Book of the Year, a Bank Street College of Education Best Book of the Year, and a Cooperative Children's Book Center Choice.Supports the Common Core State Standards
October 5Wednesday, 1 a.m.Tonight I have bruises on my arm. Jeff has just left me. I no longer believe he is the same man I married.The brother is locked in his study, drinking. His face is the twin of Jeff's, and sometimes I catch him watching me with the eyes of the man I love. But I cannot tell surely.Someone in this great cliff house is playing a hideous game with me. I begin to think it is more than a game.I begin to think of insanity.
The beautiful, aristocratic Karen Stannard had married Marty Lee. Too late she found, under his polished manner and his easy smile, a cold-blooded, calculating assassin. She found a man hunted by the women he had ruined and by the police he had defied.How trust can turn to terror, how love can turn into hate, is the theme of this new, powerful novel by H. Vernor Dixon, author of To Hell Together.
A holy man in an unholy bindWilliam Kaspar was not your everday sinner. Quite the reverse.William had renounced the pleasures of the flesh. He had quelled his ambitions and appetites. He had donned the robes of a Buddhist monk to search for Nirvana in the human jungle of New York.But when a beautiful woman led him all the way into temptation . . . when a goatish sailor became his guide through the lower depths of depravity . . . when the Evil One Himself gave William one diabolical change to save the entire earth from destruction . . .William had to say yes . . .
Benjamin Appel is of that rare species, a native New Yorker. Born in 1907, he was raised in the tough, Hell's-kitchen district of the West 50's. Like any other kid in a tough city neighborhood, he had to fight for his self-respect as a human being. At De Witt Clinton high school he was a football, crew, and track star. After graduation, he entered the University of Pennsylvania but later transferred to New York University and then Lafayette. He took a post-graduate course at Columbia. While at Lafayette, he published his first book, a volume of verse. Since then he has written five books and has had more than one hundred short stories published. His books are a study of American crime and lawlessness, beginning with small-time holdups, going on to crime as an organized monopoly, emphasizing it in prostitution, labor racketeering, and finally, crime organized into native fascism. He has held a variety of jobs - bank clerk, factory hand, farm hand, lumberjack, tenement house inspector, professional fisherman. Until recently, when he was called to Washington, D.C. to take a position with the OCD, he was employed as a workman in the plant of the Republic Aviation Corporation on Long Island. He is married and has one daughter.His best-known books are Brain Guy, People Talk, Run Around, and Power House. (1943)
It's coming . . . the pleasure state!In this biting and satiric novel, a major American writer looks forward to the day - surely not far away - when machines have taken over all productive work, the government consists of a battery of Thinking Machines, and the people are turned loose on a perpetual spree.Visit Atomic Amusement Park (and don't miss the Proton-Neutron Tunnel of Love!) . . . try Russo-Playo, the spy game played with real bullets! . . . See Paris and Tokyo, the exotic "fun cities" built in Miami, Florida.For this is the America of the Future, a whole country transformed into one gigantic playland. Everybody calls it "The Funhouse" - and why not?It's Heaven on Earth . . .Isn't it?
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