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The Last Days Of Dogtown

Author: Anita Diamant
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1416556834
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“An excellent novel. A lovely and moving portrait of society’s outcasts…affirms the essential humanity of its poor and stubborn residents, for whom each day of survival is a victory” (The New York Times Book Review). Set on the high ground at the heart of Cape Ann, the village of Dogtown is peopled by widows, orphans, spinsters, scoundrels, whores, free Africans, and “witches.” Among the inhabitants of this hamlet are Black Ruth, who dresses as a man and works as a stonemason; Mrs. Stanley, an imperious madam whose grandson, Sammy, comes of age in her brothel; Oliver Younger, who survives a miserable childhood at the hands of his aunt; and Cornelius Finson, a freed slave. At the center of it all is Judy Rhines, a fiercely independent soul, deeply lonely, who nonetheless builds a life for herself against all imaginable odds. Rendered in stunning, haunting detail, with Anita Diamant’s keen ear for language and profound compassion for her characters, The Last Days of Dogtown is an extraordinary retelling of a long-forgotten chapter of early American life.

Eine Hochzeit Im Dezember

Author: Anita Shreve
Publisher: Piper Verlag
ISBN: 3492957943
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Die winterlichen Berkshire Hills in Neuengland sind der Schauplatz einer besonderen Begegnung: Nach 27Jahren treffen sich sieben alte Schulfreunde wieder, um die späte Hochzeit von Bill und Bridget zu feiern. Doch statt Ausgelassenheit herrscht angespannte Nervosität. Denn nun wird in ihnen allen das tragische Ereignis wieder lebendig, das sie seit ihrer Schulzeit auf schicksalhafte Weise miteinander verbindet und ihr Leben für immer verändert hat.

Day After Night

Author: Anita Diamant
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0743299841
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A tale inspired by the post-Holocaust experience is set in an immigrant holding camp in 1945 Palestine, where four women, refugees from Nazi Europe, find healing in the bonds of friendship that are forged while recounting their losses.

The Red Tent 20th Anniversary Edition

Author: Anita Diamant
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 9781429903639
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Her name is Dinah. In the Bible, her life is only hinted at in a brief and violent detour within the more familiar chapters of the Book of Genesis that are about her father, Jacob, and his dozen sons. Told in Dinah's voice, this novel reveals the traditions and turmoils of ancient womanhood-the world of the red tent. It begins with the story of her mothers-Leah, Rachel, Zilpah, and Bilhah-the four wives of Jacob. They love Dinah and give her gifts that are to sustain her through a damaged youth, a calling to midwifery, and a new home in a foreign land. Dinah's story reaches out from a remarkable period of early history and creates an intimate, immediate connection. Deeply affecting, The Red Tent combines rich storytelling with a valuable achievement in modern fiction: a new view of Biblical women's society.

Good Harbor

Author: Anita Diamant
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0743229762
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Anita Diamant's international bestseller The Red Tent brilliantly re-created the ancient world of womanhood, exploring the passions, traditions, and turmoil of a family of mothers and daughters from the Book of Genesis. In Good Harbor, she brings her remarkable storytelling skills and emotional insight to the lives of modern women, considering the precarious balance of marriage and career, motherhood and friendship. The seaside town of Gloucester, on Cape Ann, Massachusetts, is a place where the smell of the ocean lingers in the air. Fifty-nine-year-old Kathleen Levine, a longtime resident, is graceful, maternal, and steady, a devoted children's librarian, a convert to Judaism, the mother of two grown sons. But when she is diagnosed with breast cancer -- which killed her sister fifteen years earlier -- her life is thrown into turmoil. Frightened, lonesome for a woman to talk to, burdened by secrets, she meets Joyce Tabachnik and a once-in-a-lifetime friendship is born. Forty-two-year-old Joyce, restless and funny, a freelance writer with literary aspirations, has just bought a small house in Gloucester, where she hopes to write as well as vacation with her family. Like Kathleen, Joyce is at a fragile place in her life: with her twelve-year-old daughter becoming increasingly testy and distant, she's also feeling a distinct lack of connection to her husband. A mutual appreciation of books, humor, and the beauty of the natural world brings the two women together for long walks along Good Harbor beach. Slowly, they begin to share their personal histories and to realize how much they can learn from each other. Ultimately they wrestle with some startling secrets, and help each other to confront scars left by old emotional wounds. With her own trademark wisdom and humor, Diamant considers the nature, strength, and necessity of adult female friendship. Good Harbor is a rich and moving book about the tragedy of loss, the insidious nature of family secrets, and, ultimately, the redemptive power of friendship.

The Virginian

Author: Owen Wister
Publisher: BookRix
ISBN: 3955008320
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The Virginian ist die Geschichte eines einzelgängerischen Cowboys in Wyoming um 1880, der sich trotz des im Westen vorherrschenden Faustrechts an seinen persönlichen Ehrenkodex hält und so allerlei Unbilden übersteht. Owen Wister war der Sohn von Sarah und Owen Wister Sr. einer Patrizierfamilie aus Philadelphia und genoss so eine privilegierte Kindheit. Seine Großmutter war die britische Bühnenschauspielerin Fanny Kemble. Nach Schulaufenthalten in der Schweiz und in England studierte er an der renommierten St. Paul's School in Concord (New Hampshire) sowie später an der Harvard University. Dort begann er mit Beiträgen für die studentische Satirezeitschrift The Harvard Lampoon seine schriftstellerische Laufbahn und lernte seinen langjährigen Freund und späteren Präsidenten der USA, Theodore Roosevelt, kennen. 1882–1884 verbrachte er zwei Jahre in Paris. Nach seiner Rückkehr ließ er sich zunächst in New York nieder, wo er in einer Bank Anstellung fand. 1885 begann er ein Zweitstudium an der Harvard Law School. Seine Approbation als Rechtsanwalt erhielt er 1888. In dieser Zeit begann sich Wister verstärkt mit dem amerikanischen Westen zu beschäftigen. Dieses Thema entsprach ganz dem Zeitgeist; der Historiker Frederick Jackson Turner verklärte in dem einflussreichen Aufsatz The Significance of the Frontier in American History (1893) die Frontier, also die weiße Siedlungrenze im Westen, zum Geburtsort des amerikanischen Gemüts und des ihm angeblich eigenen Freiheits- und Selbstbehauptungswillens. Roosevelt legte in seinem Werk The Winning of the West (1889-96) die Bedeutung der Westexpansion für das Wohl der amerikanischen Nation dar. Während die "Zivilisierung" des Westens voranschritt, also die Vertreibung der indianischen Ureinwohner, die Besiedlung durch Weiße, und die politische Organisation der Westterritorien in US-Bundesstaaten, machte sich Wister an die Verklärung dieser verschwindenden Welt und prägte mit seinem ersten Roman The Virginian (1902; dt. Der Virginier, 1955)) den in dieser Zeit entstehenden Mythos vom "Wilden Westen" entscheidend mit.

Slam

Author: Nick Hornby
Publisher: Kiepenheuer & Witsch
ISBN: 3462306537
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»Rührend und durch und durch überzeugend.« The GuardianSam, 15, kann kaum glauben, dass Alicia, die eigentlich eine Nummer zu groß für ihn ist, sich tatsächlich für ihn interessiert. Doch nach einer kurzen Zeit des Glücks kommt es knüppeldick: Könnte es sein, dass sie schwanger ist? »Eigentlich lief alles gerade ziemlich gut. Ich würde sogar sagen, dass die Entwicklungen der letzten sechs Monate durchgängig positiv gewesen waren. Zum Beispiel hatte Mum sich von Steve getrennt, ihrem bescheuerten Freund. Zum Beispiel konnte ich plötzlich zwei neue Skatingtricks, nachdem ich mich wochenlang öffentlich blamiert hatte. Das alles, und außerdem hatte ich noch Alicia kennengelernt.« Sam, selbst Sohn einer 32-jährigen Mutter, ist ein besessener Skateboardfahrer. Seine Bibel ist die Autobiographie des berühmten Skateboarders Tony Hawk, die für alle Lebensfragen das richtige Zitat bietet. Selbst als sich Sam in Alicia verliebt, läuft alles wie am Schnürchen und die beiden kommen tatsächlich zusammen. Doch dann droht die Glückssträhne zu reißen, denn Sam muss Angst haben, dass Alicia schwanger ist: Da mit der Angst zu leben immer noch besser ist, als zu wissen, dass die schlimmsten Befürchtungen Wirklichkeit geworden sind, nimmt Sam erstmal Reißaus. Mit wunderbarer Ironie schildert Nick Hornby in seinem neuen Roman Sams Sprung ins Erwachsensein. Das ist erbarmungslos ehrlich, rührend und saukomisch.

The Book That Changed My Life

Author: Roxanne J. Coady
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101043466
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Now in paperback, a delightful collection of essays on the transformative power of reading In The Book That Changed My Life, our most admired writers, doctors, professors, religious leaders, politicians, chefs, and CEO s share the books that mean the most to them. For Doris Kearns Goodwin it was Barbara Tuchman's The Guns of August, which inspired her to enter a field, history writing, traditionally reserved for men. For Jacques Pépin it was The Myth of Sisyphus, which taught him the importance of personal responsibility, dignity, and goodness in the midst of existentialist France. A testament to the life-altering importance of literature, this book inspires us to return to old favorites and seek out new treasures. All proceeds go to The Read to Grow Foundation, which partners with urban hospitals to provide books and literacy information to newborns and their families.

The Boston Girl

Author: Anita Diamant
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0857208926
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When Addie Baum's 22-year old granddaughter asks her about her childhood, Addie realises the moment has come to relive the full history that shaped her. Addie Baum was a Boston Girl, born in 1900 to immigrant Jewish parents who lived a very modest life. But Addie's intelligence and curiosity propelled her to a more modern path. Addie wanted to finish high school and to go to college. She wanted a career, to find true love. She wanted to escape the confines of her family. And she did. Told against the backdrop of World War I, and written with the same immense emotional impact that has made Diamant's previous novels bestsellers, The Boston Girl is a moving portrait of one woman's complicated life in the early 20th Century, and a window into the lives of all women seeking to understand the world around them.