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At The Heart Of The Universe

Author: Samuel Shem
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
ISBN: 1609806425
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The story of two mothers and a father in love with the same daughter, Samuel Shem's At the Heart of the Universe is an epic novel set deep in rural China against the backdrop of an ancient mountain monastery during the time of the one-child-per-family policy. Inspired by the author's experiences as parent of an adopted child, it describes the drama of adoption and the journey of loss and rebirth that can happen when a daughter brings together her adopted mother and father with her birth mother high on a mountaintop. Set in 1991 in Changsha, capital of Hunan province, as a Chinese woman abandons her one-month-old daughter in a pile of celery in a busy market, and then shifting to Changsha ten years later as the daughter returns with her adopted American parents, the story moves across southern China until, high atop Emei San, one of China's "sacred mountains" with a Buddhist temple, the four are brought together in the wilderness—a perilous and explosive time that unleashes their heartbreak and suffering and, remarkably, transcends it to shared compassion, and new beginnings. From the Hardcover edition.

A Match To The Heart

Author: Gretel Ehrlich
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781440621086
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A powerful chronicle of a wounded woman’s exploration of nature and self After nature writer Gretel Ehrlich was struck by lightning near her Wyoming ranch and almost died, she embarked on a painstaking and visionary journey back to the land of the living. With the help of an extraordinary cardiologist and the companionship of her beloved dog Sam, she avidly explores the natural and spiritual world to make sense of what happened to her. We follow as she combs every inch of her new home on the California coast, attends a convention of lightning-strike victims, and goes on a seal watch in Alaska. Ehrlich then turns her focus inward, exploring the tiny but equally fascinating ecosystem of the human heart, and culminated in a stunningly beautiful description of open-heart surgery.

Das Leben Das Universum Und Der Ganze Rest

Author: Douglas Adams
Publisher: Kein & Aber AG
ISBN: 3036993592
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Infolge einer Reihe von atemberaubenden Katastrophen findet sich Arthur Dent überraschenderweise in einer schrecklich primitiven Höhle auf der prähistorischen Erde wieder. Am richtigen Ort, nur leider zur falschen Zeit, und die Zeit ist schließlich der ungeeignetste Ort, an dem man verloren gehen kann. Um wieder zurück in die Weiten der Galaxis zu gelangen, sind er und Ford Prefect angewiesen auf Slartibartfass. Doch als Arthur einen intergalaktischen Krieg unterbinden soll und den Freunden allmählich klar wird, in welche Abenteuer sie sich da gestürzt haben, wünschen sie sich wieder zurück in ihre Steinzeithöhle. Der dritte Band der inter-galaktischen Kult-Serie »Per Anhalter durch die Galaxis«.

Mount Misery

Author: Samuel Shem
Publisher: Knaur eBook
ISBN: 3426414384
Size: 22.14 MB
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Der engagierte Roy Basch beendet seine Ausbildung in der renommierten psychiatrischen Klinik Mount Misery. Schnell gerät er in die Mühlen skrupelloser Ärzte, die die Patienten als Versuchsobjekte für ihre Experimente missbrauchen. Und bald werden ihm die Gesetze der Klinik klar: die Irren sind immer die anderen.

Stadt Aus Wind Und Knochen

Author: Fran Wilde
Publisher: Knaur eBook
ISBN: 3426442426
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Mit »Stadt aus Wind und Knochen« hat die amerikanische Debüt-Autorin Fran Wilde einen epischen High-Fantasy-Roman vor einer atemberaubenden Kulisse geschaffen Mit der Magie ihrer Stimmen haben die Sänger vor langer Zeit Chaos und Krieg beendet. Seitdem herrschen sie unangefochten in der Stadt der beinernen Türme hoch über den Wolken. Sie sind Hüter des Gesetzes, Bewahrer der Traditionen und die Einzigen, die die Knochentürme weiterwachsen lassen können. Als die junge Kirit die Aufforderung erhält, sich den Sängern anzuschließen, ahnt sie nicht, dass im Inneren der geheimnisvollen Knochennadel ihr Weltbild ins Wanken geraten wird – und mit ihm alles, was der Stadt der beinernen Türme Frieden und Sicherheit garantiert. Die faszinierende Geschichte der jungen Sängerin Kirit in der »Stadt aus Wind und Knochen« wurde 2015 mit dem Andre Norton Award ausgezeichnet. Das faszinierende High Fantasy-Debut einer vielversprechenden neuen Autorin - Publisher's Weekly

Handbuch F R Zeitreisende

Author: Charles Yu
Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH
ISBN: 3644901619
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Charles Yu ist Reparateur für Zeitmaschinen im Kleinuniversum 31. Stets an seiner Seite: Tammy, ein weibliches Betriebssystem mit Minderwertigkeitskomplexen, und sein Hund Ed, der ontologisch existiert, aber nicht real ist. Dass die Zeitreisenden stets nur den schlimmsten Moment in ihrem Leben ansteuern, wundert Yu schon lange nicht mehr. Er greift bloß dann ein, wenn jemand versucht, die Vergangenheit zu verändern – obwohl er das manchmal am lieb¬sten selbst täte. Denn Yu würde alles dafür geben, seinen Vater wiederzusehen. Eines Tages stößt er auf etwas, das ihm dabei helfen könnte: ein «Handbuch für Zeitreisende», das er selbst in der Zukunft geschrieben hat. Yu ist, genau wie Douglas Adams, ungeheuer witzig. (New York Times Book Review) Ein großer Spaß, jenseits von Raum und Zeit. (Audrey Niffenegger) Ein faszinierender, philosophischer und überraschender Thriller über das Leben und die Zusammenhänge, die ihm Sinn verleihen. (Kirkus Review) Man muss es immer wieder lesen. Großartig! (Los Angeles Times) Geschichten wie die vorliegende sind eine Rarität, die man nicht alle Tage entdeckt und die deshalb umso schöner zu erleben ist ... Einfach unwiderstehlich! (www.literaturmarkt.info) Extrem witzig! (Joy) Hypnotisch und schrill ... ein schwindelerregender Raum-Zeit-Spass. Eine schillernde Reverenz an Douglas Adams! (annabelle) Das Handbuch für Zeitreisende gehört zu den cleversten Romanen, die ich in den letzten Jahren gelesen habe. (popkulturschock.wordpress.com) Fazit: Lesen! Intelligente, bittere, witzige, versöhnliche Unterhaltung aus dem Bereich der leicht gebeugten Naturwissenschaften. Top! (suite101.de)

Thomas Hardy S Novel Universe

Author: Pamela Gossin
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1351879251
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In this, the first book-length study of astronomy in Hardy's writing, historian of science and literary scholar Pamela Gossin brings the analytical tools of both disciplines to bear as she offers unexpected and sophisticated readings of seven novels that enrich Darwinian and feminist perspectives on his work, extend formalist evaluations of his achievement as a writer, and provide fresh interpretations of enigmatic passages and scenes. In an elegantly crafted introduction, Gossin draws together the shared critical values and methods of literary studies and the history of science to articulate a hybrid model of scholarly interpretation and analysis that promotes cross-disciplinary compassion and understanding within the current contention of the science/culture wars. She then situates Hardy's own deeply interdisciplinary knowledge of astronomy and cosmology within both literary and scientific traditions, from the ancient world through the Victorian era. Gossin offers insightful new assessments of A Pair of Blue Eyes, Far from the Madding Crowd, The Return of the Native, Two on a Tower, The Woodlanders, Tess of the D'Urbervilles, and Jude the Obscure, arguing that Hardy's personal synthesis of ancient and modern astronomy with mythopoetic and scientific cosmologies enabled him to write as a literary cosmologist for the post-Darwinian world. The profound new myths that comprise Hardy's novel universe can be read as a sustained set of literary thought-experiments by which he critiques the possibilities, limitations, and dangers of living out the storylines that such imaginative cosmologies project for his time - and ours.

The Architect S Apprentice

Author: Elif Shafak
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0698182626
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From the acclaimed author of The Bastard of Istanbul, a colorful, magical tale set during the height of the Ottoman Empire In her latest novel, Turkey’s preeminent female writer spins an epic tale spanning nearly a century in the life of the Ottoman Empire. In 1540, twelve-year-old Jahan arrives in Istanbul. As an animal tamer in the sultan’s menagerie, he looks after the exceptionally smart elephant Chota and befriends (and falls for) the sultan’s beautiful daughter, Princess Mihrimah. A palace education leads Jahan to Mimar Sinan, the empire’s chief architect, who takes Jahan under his wing as they construct (with Chota’s help) some of the most magnificent buildings in history. Yet even as they build Sinan’s triumphant masterpieces—the incredible Suleymaniye and Selimiye mosques—dangerous undercurrents begin to emerge, with jealousy erupting among Sinan’s four apprentices. A memorable story of artistic freedom, creativity, and the clash between science and fundamentalism, Shafak’s intricate novel brims with vibrant characters, intriguing adventure, and the lavish backdrop of the Ottoman court, where love and loyalty are no match for raw power. From the Hardcover edition.

How To Live Safely In A Science Fictional Universe Enhanced Edition

Author: Charles Yu
Publisher: Knopf
ISBN: 0307379884
Size: 55.22 MB
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This enhanced eBook includes video, audio, photographic, and linked content, as well as a bonus short story. Hear TAMMY talk. Learn the origins of Minor Universe 31. See the TM-31. Take a trip in it. Photos and illustrations appear as hyperlinked endnotes. Video and audio are embedded directly in text. *Video and audio may not play on all readers. Check your user manual for details. National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 Award winner Charles Yu delivers his debut novel, a razor-sharp, ridiculously funny, and utterly touching story of a son searching for his father . . . through quantum space–time. Minor Universe 31 is a vast story-space on the outskirts of fiction, where paradox fluctuates like the stock market, lonely sexbots beckon failed protagonists, and time travel is serious business. Every day, people get into time machines and try to do the one thing they should never do: change the past. That’s where Charles Yu, time travel technician—part counselor, part gadget repair man—steps in. He helps save people from themselves. Literally. When he’s not taking client calls or consoling his boss, Phil, who could really use an upgrade, Yu visits his mother (stuck in a one-hour cycle of time, she makes dinner over and over and over) and searches for his father, who invented time travel and then vanished. Accompanied by TAMMY, an operating system with low self-esteem, and Ed, a nonexistent but ontologically valid dog, Yu sets out, and back, and beyond, in order to find the one day where he and his father can meet in memory. He learns that the key may be found in a book he got from his future self. It’s called How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, and he’s the author. And somewhere inside it is the information that could help him—in fact it may even save his life. Wildly new and adventurous, Yu’s debut is certain to send shock waves of wonder through literary space–time.