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A Son of the Circus

By John Irving
  • ISBN Code: : 0307362000
  • Publisher : Vintage Canada
  • Pages : 672
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 706
  • Book Compatibility : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Pdf : a-son-of-the-circus.pdf

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A Hindi film star and an American missionary are twins separated at birth; a dwarf — a former circus clown — mistakes the missionary for the movie star. And stalking one of them is a serial killer...

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Emeline at the Circus

By Marjorie Priceman
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  • Publisher : Knopf Books for Young Readers
  • Book Code : 0307792951
  • Total of Pages : 40
  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Members : 588
  • Pdf File: emeline-at-the-circus.pdf

Book Short Summary:

From Caldecott Honor artist and author of the best-selling How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World comes a hilarious picture book romp about the things you can learn and the fun you can have at the circus. When Emeline's teacher, Miss Splinter, takes the second grade on a field trip to the circus, she's careful to make sure it's a learning experience. While she reads -- the text of the book consists of her "lessons" -- the pictures show Emeline getting mixed up in the performances in the circus ring. She becomes a lion tamer, an acrobat, a trapeze artist, and more, before Miss Splinter realizes what's going on. Marjorie Priceman's vibrant, saturated paintings make this dazzling sight gag a feast for the eye. Children will applaud Emeline, laugh out loud at Miss Splinter, and painlessly soak up a few facts about animals, acrobats, and circuses along the way.

A Widow For One Year

By John Irving
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  • Publisher : Random House
  • Book Code : 1448111854
  • Total of Pages : 656
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 277
  • Pdf File: a-widow-for-one-year.pdf

Book Short Summary:

'One night when she was four and sleeping in the bottom bunk of her bunk bed, Ruth Cole awoke to the sound of lovemaking - it was coming from her parents' bedroom.' This is the story of Ruth Cole. It is told in three parts: on Long Island, in the summer of 1958, when she is only four; in 1990, when she is an unmarried woman whose personal life is not nearly as successful as her literary career; and in the autumn of 1995, when Ruth Cole is a forty-one-year-old widow and mother. She's also about to fall in love for the first time...

After the Circus

By Patrick Modiano
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Yale University Press
  • Book Code : 0300218915
  • Total of Pages : 216
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 625
  • Pdf File: after-the-circus.pdf

Book Short Summary:

One of the hallmarks of French author Patrick Modiano’s writing is a singular ability to revisit particular motifs and episodes, infusing each telling with new detail and emotional nuance. In this evocative novel the internationally acclaimed author takes up one of his most compelling themes: a love affair with a woman who disappears, and a narrator grappling with the mystery of a relationship stopped short. Set in mid-sixties Paris, After the Circus traces the relationship between the narrator, a young man not quite of legal age, and the slightly older, enigmatic woman he first glimpses at a police interrogation. The two lovers make their uncertain way into each other’s hearts, but the narrator soon finds himself in the unsettling, ominous presence of others. Who are these people? Are they real, or simply evoked? Part romance, part detective story, this mesmerizing book fully demonstrates Modiano’s signature use of atmosphere and suggestion as he investigates the perils and the exhilaration of young love.

Morris and Boris at the Circus

By B. Wiseman
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Book Code : 0062037226
  • Total of Pages : 64
  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Members : 395
  • Pdf File: morris-and-boris-at-the-circus.pdf

Book Short Summary:

This classic story about a mixed-up moose and his exasperated friend Boris is perfect for fans of Amelia Bedelia, Danny and the Dinosaur, and anyone who loves silly stories and fun word play. Morris the Moose has never been to the circus, so his friend Boris takes him there. When the ringmaster invites Morris to be part of the show, the fun begins for everyone—except poor Boris! This classic silly Level One I Can Read is perfect for shared reading with a child.

If I Ran the Circus

By Dr. Seuss
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : RH Childrens Books
  • Book Code : 0385379374
  • Total of Pages : 64
  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Members : 744
  • Pdf File: if-i-ran-the-circus.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Dr. Seuss's classic celebration of youthful imagination! The Circus McGurkus! The World's Greatest Show On the face of the earth, or wherever you go! Young Morris McGurk's has a BIG imagination. He wants to turn the vacant lot behind Sneelock's Store into the Circus McGurkus—the most colossal, stupendous, tremendous show in the world! Here you'll be entertained by bizarre creatures like the Drum-Tummied Snum, the Juggling Jott, and the Harp-Twanging Snarp, and fantastic circus acts performed by Sneelock—a sleepy shop keeper whom Morris images as the daredevil star of his big top! This is Dr. Seuss at his best, celebrating youthful imagination and creating a fantasy world that will delight and transport readers of all ages.

Song of the Circus

By Lois Duncan
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : StarWalk Kids Media
  • Book Code : 1623347394
  • Total of Pages : 32
  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Members : 252
  • Pdf File: song-of-the-circus.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Little does that jungle cat know you don't play rough with the kind of kids who are raised in the world of the circus! They're brave, they're spirited, and they're not about to become tiger food.

Ghost Boy

By Iain Lawrence
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Laurel Leaf
  • Book Code : 0375890068
  • Total of Pages : 352
  • Category : Young Adult Fiction
  • Members : 444
  • Pdf File: ghost-boy.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Harold Kline is an albino--an outcast. Folks stare and taunt, calling him Ghost Boy. It's been that way all of his 14 years. So when the circus comes to town, Harold runs off to join it. Full of colorful performers, the circus seems like the answer to Harold's loneliness. He's eager to meet the Cannibal King, a sideshow attraction who's an albino too. He's touched that Princess Minikin and the Fossil Man, two other sideshow curiosities, embrace him like a son. He's in love with Flip, the beguiling horse trainer, and awed by the all-knowing Gypsy Magda. Most of all, Harold is proud of training the elephants, and of earning respect and a sense of normality. Even at the circus, though, two groups exist--the freaks, and everyone else. Harold straddles both groups. But fitting in with those who are "normal" comes at a price, and sometimes it's recognizing the truth beneath what's apparent that ultimately leads to happiness . . . and turns a boy into a man.

Voices 3: Son of the Circus: A Victorian Story

By E.L. Norry
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Scholastic UK
  • Book Code : 1407193872
  • Total of Pages : 208
  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Members : 932
  • Pdf File: voices-3.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Voices: Son of the Circus - A Victorian Story explores the life of a young mixed-race boy, Ted, living with his mother and poorly older brother in Victorian Bradfield. When a stranger, a man the boys don't remember ever seeing before, appears in their kitchen, Ted is hit with a shocking revelation. This man is his father - the first black circus owner in Victorian Britain, Pablo Fanque. Before Ted can recover from his shock, he is sent away with Pablo to learn the tricks of the circus trade. Pablo is determined for Ted to follow in his footsteps. But can Ted adapt to this terrifying new life amongst strangers? And will he ever see his beloved mother and brother again? Fresh new voice, E. L. Norry, continues this exciting new series that explores authentic and moving accounts of the life of British immigrants throughout history. Norry shows us a fascinating and rarely seen world that's sure to hook young readers.

Flea Circus

By Mónica Carretero
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Cuento de Luz
  • Book Code : 8415241380
  • Total of Pages : 32
  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Members : 967
  • Pdf File: flea-circus.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Small, seemingly insignificant insects decide to change their lives in this story about believing in ourselves and developing the artist in all of us. Guided Reading Level: N, Lexile Level: 930L

The Circus Fire

By Stewart O'Nan
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Anchor
  • Book Code : 0307482987
  • Total of Pages : 384
  • Category : Performing Arts
  • Members : 781
  • Pdf File: the-circus-fire.pdf

Book Short Summary:

The acclaimed author of Emily, Alone and Henry, Himself brings all his narrative gifts to bear on this gripping account of tragedy and heroism—the great Hartford circus fire of 1944. It was a midsummer afternoon, halfway through a Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus performance, when the big top caught fire. The tent had been waterproofed with a mixture of paraffin and gasoline; in seconds it was burning out of control. More than 8,000 people were trapped inside, and the ensuing disaster would eventually take 167 lives. Steward O'Nan brings all his narrative gifts to bear on this gripping account of the great Hartford circus fire of 1944. Drawing on interviews with hundreds of survivors, O'Nan skillfully re-creates the horrific events and illuminates the psychological oddities of human behavior under stress: the mad scramble for the exits; the perilous effort to maneuver animals out of danger; the hero who tossed dozens of children to safety before being trampled to death. Brilliantly constructed and exceptionally moving, The Circus Fire is history at its most compelling.

Long Road to the Circus

By Betsy Bird
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Knopf Books for Young Readers
  • Book Code : 0593303997
  • Total of Pages : 256
  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Members : 770
  • Pdf File: long-road-to-the-circus.pdf

Book Short Summary:

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST CHILDREN’S BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES The story of a girl who rides an ostrich straight to her dreams from the award-winning writer and librarian Betsy Bird, illustrated by Caldecott Medalist David Small. "[A] charming, wacky novel." —The New York Times Twelve-year-old Suzy Bowles is tired of summers filled with chores on her family farm in Burr Oak, Michigan, and desperate to see the world. When her wayward uncle moves back home to the farm, only to skip his chores every morning for mysterious reasons, Suzy decides to find out what he's up to once and for all. And that's when she meets legendary former circus queen Madame Marantette and her ostriches. Before long, Suzy finds herself caught-up in the fast-paced, hilarious world of ostrich riding, a rollicking adventure that just might be her ticket out of Burr Oak. “Beautifully told by one of our best librarians.” —Jon Scieszka, First National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature

Last Night in Twisted River

By John Irving
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Knopf Canada
  • Book Code : 0307373037
  • Total of Pages : 576
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 140
  • Pdf File: last-night-in-twisted-river.pdf

Book Short Summary:

From the author of A Widow for One Year, A Prayer for Owen Meany and other acclaimed novels, comes a story of a father and a son - fugitives in 20th-century North America. In 1954, in the cookhouse of a logging and sawmill settlement in northern New Hampshire, a twelve-year-old boy mistakes the local constable's girlfriend for a bear. Both the twelve-year-old and his father become fugitives, pursued by the constable. Their lone protector is a fiercely libertarian logger, once a river driver, who befriends them. In a story spanning five decades, Last Night in Twisted River - John Irving's twelfth novel - depicts the recent half-century in the United States as a world "where lethal hatreds were generally permitted to run their course." From the novel's taut opening sentence - "The young Canadian, who could not have been more than fifteen, had hesitated too long." - to its elegiac final chapter, what distinguishes Last Night in Twisted River is the author's unmistakable voice, the inimitable voice of an accomplished storyteller.

Water For Elephants

By Sara Gruen
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : HarperCollins Canada
  • Book Code : 1443406430
  • Total of Pages : 352
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 733
  • Pdf File: water-for-elephants.pdf

Book Short Summary:

The runaway international bestseller and beloved fiction classic Orphaned and penniless at the height of the Depression, Jacob Jankowski escapes everything he knows by jumping on a passing train—and inadvertently runs away with the circus. So begins Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen’s darkly beautiful tale about the characters who inhabit the less-than-greatest show on earth. Jacob finds a place tending the circus animals, including a seemingly untrainable elephant named Rosie. He also comes to know Marlena, the star of the equestrian act—and wife of August, a charismatic but cruel animal trainer. Caught between his love for Marlena and his need to belong in the crazy family of travelling performers, Jacob is freed only by a murderous secret that will bring the big top down. Water for Elephants is an enchanting page-turner, the kind of book that creates a world that engulfs you from the first page to the last.

In One Person

By John Irving
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Knopf Canada
  • Book Code : 0307361802
  • Total of Pages : 576
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 903
  • Pdf File: in-one-person.pdf

Book Short Summary:

“My dear boy, please don’t put a label on me – don’t make me a category before you get to know me!” John Irving’s new novel is a glorious ode to sexual difference, a poignant story of a life that no reader will be able to forget, a book that no one else could have written. Told with the panache and assurance of a master storyteller, In One Person takes the reader along a dizzying path: from a private school in Vermont in the 1950s to the gay bars of Madrid’s Chueca district, from the Vienna State Opera to the wrestling mat at the New York Athletic Club. It takes in the ways that cross-dressing passes from one generation to the next in a family, the trouble with amateur performances of Ibsen, and what happens if you fall in love at first sight while reading Madame Bovary on a troop transport ship, in the middle of an Atlantic storm. For the sheer pleasure of the tale, there is no writer alive as entertaining and enthralling as John Irving at his best. But this is also a heartfelt, intimate book about one person, a novelist named William Francis Dean. By his side as he tells his own story, we follow Billy on a fifty-year journey toward himself, meeting some uniquely unconventional characters along the way. For all his long and short relationships with both men and women, Billy remains somehow alone, never quite able to fit into society’s neat categories. And as Billy searches for the truth about himself, In One Person grows into an unforgettable call for compassion in a world marked by failures of love and failures of understanding. Utterly contemporary and topical in its themes, In One Person is one of John Irving’s most political novels. It is a book that grapples with the mysteries of identity and the multiple tragedies of the AIDS epidemic, a book about everything that has changed in our sexual life over the last fifty years and everything that still needs to. It’s also one of Irving’s most sincere and human novels, a book imbued on every page with a spirit of openness that expands and challenges the reader’s world. A brand new story in a grand old tradition, In One Person stands out as one of John Irving’s finest works – and as such, one of the best and most important American books of the last four decades.

No Promises in the Wind (DIGEST)

By Irene Hunt
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  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Book Code : 1101142200
  • Total of Pages : 192
  • Category : Young Adult Fiction
  • Members : 550
  • Pdf File: no-promises-in-the-wind.pdf

Book Short Summary:

From the Newbery Award-winning author of Across Five Aprils and Up a Road Slowly comes a tale of a brave young man’s struggle to find his own strength during the Great Depression. “A powerfully moving story.”—Chicago Daily News In 1932, American's dreams were simple: a job, food to eat, a place to sleep, and shoes without holes. But for millions of people these simple needs were nothing more than dreams. At fifteen years of age, Josh has to make his own way through a country of angry and frightened people. This is the story of a young man’s struggle to find a life for himself in the most turbulent of times.

Life Expectancy

By Dean Koontz
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Bantam
  • Book Code : 0307414299
  • Total of Pages : 496
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 492
  • Pdf File: life-expectancy.pdf

Book Short Summary:

With his bestselling blend of nail-biting intensity, daring artistry, and storytelling magic, Dean Koontz returns with an emotional roller coaster of a tale filled with enough twists, turns, shocks, and surprises for ten ordinary novels. Here is the story of five days in the life of an ordinary man born to an extraordinary legacy—a story that will challenge the way you look at good and evil, life and death, and everything in between. Jimmy Tock comes into the world on the very night his grandfather leaves it. As a violent storm rages outside the hospital, Rudy Tock spends long hours walking the corridors between the expectant fathers' waiting room and his dying father's bedside. It's a strange vigil made all the stranger when, at the very height of the storm's fury, Josef Tock suddenly sits up in bed and speaks coherently for the frist and last time since his stroke. What he says before he dies is that there will be five dark days in the life of his grandson—five dates whose terrible events Jimmy will have to prepare himself to face. The first is to occur in his twentieth year; the second in his twent-third year; the third in his twenty-eighth; the fourth in his twenty-ninth; the fifth in his thirtieth. Rudy is all too ready to discount his father's last words as a dying man's delusional rambling. But then he discovers that Josef also predicted the time of his grandson's birth to the minute, as well as his exact height and weight, and the fact that Jimmy would be born with syndactyly—the unexplained anomal of fused digits—on his left foot. Suddenly the old man's predictions take on a chilling significance. What terrifying events await Jimmy on these five dark days? What nightmares will he face? What challenges must he survive? As the novel unfolds, picking up Jimmy's story at each of these crisis points, the path he must follow will defy every expectation. And with each crisis he faces, he will move closer to a fate he could never have imagined. For who Jimmy Tock is and what he must accomplish on the five days when his world turns is a mystery as dangerous as it is wondrous—a struggle against an evil so dark and pervasive, only the most extraordinary of human spirits can shine through. This ebook edition contains an excerpt of Dean Koontz’s The Silent Corner.

The Graveyard Book

By Neil Gaiman
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  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Book Code : 0061972657
  • Total of Pages : 368
  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Members : 306
  • Pdf File: the-graveyard-book.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Neil Gaiman's perennial favorite, The Graveyard Book, has sold more than one million copies and is the only novel to win both the Newbery Medal and the Carnegie Medal. Bod is an unusual boy who inhabits an unusual place—he's the only living resident of a graveyard. Raised from infancy by the ghosts, werewolves, and other cemetery denizens, Bod has learned the antiquated customs of his guardians' time as well as their ghostly teachings—such as the ability to Fade so mere mortals cannot see him. Can a boy raised by ghosts face the wonders and terrors of the worlds of both the living and the dead? The Graveyard Book is the winner of the Newbery Medal, the Carnegie Medal, the Hugo Award for best novel, the Locus Award for Young Adult novel, the American Bookseller Association’s “Best Indie Young Adult Buzz Book,” a Horn Book Honor, and Audio Book of the Year. Don't miss this modern classic—whether shared as a read-aloud or read independently, it's sure to appeal to readers ages 8 and up.

Trying To Save Piggy Sneed

By John Irving
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Book Code : 1448111951
  • Total of Pages : 224
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 919
  • Pdf File: trying-to-save-piggy-sneed.pdf

Book Short Summary:

In a spirited opening piece, John Irving explains how he became a writer. There follow six scintillating stories written over the past twenty years, inlcuding The Pension Grillparzer, previously only to be found inside The World According to Garp, and now given its first independent airing.

My Movie Business

By John Irving
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Vintage Canada
  • Book Code : 0307361993
  • Total of Pages : 192
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 134
  • Pdf File: my-movie-business.pdf

Book Short Summary:

John Irving's memoir describes the author's involvement (and lack thereof) in five of the films that have (and have not) been made from his nine novels. My Movie Business focuses primarily on the thirteen years Mr. Irving spent writing and rewriting his screenplay of The Cider House Rules, for four different directors. A Miramax production, the film was finally shot in the fall of 1998 directed by the Swedish director Lasse Hallström (My Life as a Dog), with Michael Caine in the role of Dr. Larch. The Cider House Rules is a November 1999 release. Mr. Irving also writes about the failed effort to make his first novel, Setting Free the Bears, into a movie; about two of the films that were made from his novels (but not from his screenplays), The World According to Garp and The Hotel New Hampshire; and about his ongoing struggle to shepherd his screenplay of A Son of the Circus into production. In addition to its qualities as a memoir - anecdotal, comic, affectionate, and candid - My Movie Business is an insightful essay on the essential differences between writing a novel and writing a screenplay. Never have the two forms of storytelling been so lucidly compared and contrasted; the details are memorable, the examples clarifying. My Movie Business includes photos by Stephen Vaughan, the still photographer on the film set of The Cider House Rules.

Son of Pink Flamingo

By Grant Hurlburt
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : FriesenPress
  • Book Code : 1460290534
  • Total of Pages : 46
  • Category : Humor
  • Members : 816
  • Pdf File: son-of-pink-flamingo.pdf

Book Short Summary:

The hero of this humourous book is the son of a circus-owning lawn flamingo. The young plastic pink flamingo runs away from the circus to the big city, attracted by its superficial pleasures, and joins a gang of car-stealing lawn gnomes. For him at least, crime does pay and he finds financial stability. But wealth is not enough and he yearns for meaning in a hollow world. He joins a cult, hoping to meet movie stars, and seeks to discover himself as a bird. Nothing satisfies until he meets a group of artists in a bowling league and becomes an abstract expressionist. He flees to the north, painting wanted posters, is discovered, and achieves the recognition he craves. He sails off into the sunset seeking the remains of the lost civilization of Lemuria.

The Circus Ship

By Chris Van Dusen
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Candlewick Press
  • Book Code : 0763661902
  • Total of Pages : 40
  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Members : 938
  • Pdf File: the-circus-ship.pdf

Book Short Summary:

“The verse is sprightly, but the pictures are the true stunners.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review) When a circus ship runs aground off the coast of Maine, the poor animals are left on their own, but they soon win over the wary townspeople with their kind, courageous ways. So well do the critters blend in that when the greedy circus owner returns to claim them, villagers of all species conspire to outsmart the bloated blowhard. With buoyant rhymes and brilliantly caricatured illustrations evoking the early nineteenth century, Chris Van Dusen presents a hugely entertaining tale about the bonds of community?—?and a hidden-pictures spread for eagle-eyed readers of all ages.

A Son of the Middle Border

By Hamlin Garland
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Litres
  • Book Code : 5040463316
  • Total of Pages :
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 700
  • Pdf File: a-son-of-the-middle-border.pdf

Book Short Summary:

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The Trickster Figure in American Literature

By Winifred Morgan
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Book Code : 1137344725
  • Total of Pages : 256
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 485
  • Pdf File: the-trickster-figure-in-american-literature.pdf

Book Short Summary:

This book analyzes and offers fresh insights into the trickster tradition including African American, American Indian, Euro-American, Asian American, and Latino/a stories, Morgan examines the oral roots of each racial/ethnic group to reveal how each group's history, frustrations, and aspirations have molded the tradition in contemporary literature.

John Irving and Cultural Mourning

By Bouchra Belgaid
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Lexington Books
  • Book Code : 0739137956
  • Total of Pages : 198
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 986
  • Pdf File: john-irving-and-cultural-mourning.pdf

Book Short Summary:

John Irving and Cultural Mourning offers a chronological survey of his eleven novels, examining his prose via thematically focused chapters on postmodernism, the sixties, fatherhood, narcissism, mourning and finally self-redemption.

The Circus Rose

By Betsy Cornwell
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Book Code : 0358164435
  • Total of Pages : 288
  • Category : Young Adult Fiction
  • Members : 762
  • Pdf File: the-circus-rose.pdf

Book Short Summary:

From a New York Times best-selling author, a queer retelling of “Snow White and Rose Red” in which teenage twins battle evil religious extremists to save their loves and their circus family. YA fantasy perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo, Mackenzi Lee, and Laini Taylor. Twins Rosie and Ivory have grown up at their ringmaster mother’s knee, and after years on the road, they’re returning to Port End, the closest place to home they know. Yet something has changed in the bustling city: fundamentalist flyers paper the walls and preachers fill the squares, warning of shadows falling over the land. The circus prepares a triumphant homecoming show, full of lights and spectacle that could chase away even the darkest shadow. But during Rosie’s tightrope act, disaster strikes. In this lush, sensuous novel interwoven with themes of social justice and found family, it’s up to Ivory and her magician love—with the help of a dancing bear—to track down an evil priest and save their circus family before it’s too late.

Contemporary Fiction and Christianity

By Andrew Tate
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Book Code : 1441164960
  • Total of Pages : 168
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 805
  • Pdf File: contemporary-fiction-and-christianity.pdf

Book Short Summary:

This book provides a detailed exploration of the spiritual and religious contexts and subtexts of contemporary fiction.

A Son of War

By Melvyn Bragg
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Sceptre
  • Book Code : 184894263X
  • Total of Pages : 432
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 574
  • Pdf File: a-son-of-war.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Longlisted for the Booker Prize After the upheavals of the Second World War, the Richardson family - Sam, Ellen and their young son Joe - settle back to working-class life in the Cumbrian town of Wigton. Yet for them, as for so many, life will never be the same again. As the old order begins to be challenged and new vistas open, Sam and Ellen forge their future together with differing needs and desires - and conflicting expectations of Joe, who grows up with his own demons to confront.

Show Stopper

By Hayley Barker
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  • Publisher : Scholastic UK
  • Book Code : 1407180932
  • Total of Pages : 400
  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Members : 447
  • Pdf File: show-stopper.pdf

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Set in a near-future England where the poorest people in the land must watch their children be taken by a travelling circus - to perform at the mercy of hungry lions, sabotaged high wires and a demonic ringmaster. The ruling class visit the circus as an escape from their structured, high-achieving lives - pure entertainment with a bloodthirsty edge. Ben, the teenage son of a draconian government minister, visits the circus for the first time and falls instantly in love with Hoshiko, a young performer. They come from harshly different worlds - but must join together to escape the circus and put an end to its brutal sport.

Memoirs of a Polar Bear

By Yoko Tawada
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  • Publisher : New Directions Publishing
  • Book Code : 0811225798
  • Total of Pages : 288
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 237
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Book Short Summary:

The Memoirs of a Polar Bear stars three generations of talented writers and performers—who happen to be polar bears The Memoirs of a Polar Bear has in spades what Rivka Galchen hailed in the New Yorker as “Yoko Tawada’s magnificent strangeness”—Tawada is an author like no other. Three generations (grandmother, mother, son) of polar bears are famous as both circus performers and writers in East Germany: they are polar bears who move in human society, stars of the ring and of the literary world. In chapter one, the grandmother matriarch in the Soviet Union accidentally writes a bestselling autobiography. In chapter two, Tosca, her daughter (born in Canada, where her mother had emigrated) moves to the DDR and takes a job in the circus. Her son—the last of their line—is Knut, born in chapter three in a Leipzig zoo but raised by a human keeper in relatively happy circumstances in the Berlin zoo, until his keeper, Matthias, is taken away... Happy or sad, each bear writes a story, enjoying both celebrity and “the intimacy of being alone with my pen.”

The Life of D. L. Moody by His Son

By William R. Moody
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  • Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • Book Code : 1725240424
  • Total of Pages : 594
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 493
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“The preparation of my Father’s biography has been undertaken as a sacred trust. Early in the spring of 1894 he was asked by an old friend for permission to issue a biography with his approval. This my Father declined to do, and, on that occasion, expressed the wish that I should assume the task when his life-work was ended. In reply to my objection that such an undertaking demanded a literary experience that I did not possess, he said: ‘I don’t care anything about that. What I want is that you should correct inaccuracies and misstatements that it would be difficult to straighten out during my life. You are the one to do this. All my friends will unite on you and give you their assistance. There are many who think they know me better than any one else, and would feel themselves best able to interpret my life. IF you do not do this work there will be many inaccurate and conflicting ‘Lives.’” —From the Introduction

Stepparenting

By Stanley H. Cath,Moisy Shopper
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 113582780X
  • Total of Pages : 362
  • Category : Psychology
  • Members : 122
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Book Short Summary:

In an era when teachers commonly report that up to half of the children in their classes come from multiple homes and have multiple caretakers, the special psychological challenges of stepparenting have never been in greater need of examination. As thoughtful clinicians have long known, stepparenting is among the most complicated of psychological projects: it may simultaneously be a multifaceted burden and a spur to personal autonomy, deepened sensitivity to others, and newfound competence as a nurturer. Among the thousands of divorced people who remarry each year, most - despite their best resolve to live in the present - persist in reassessing the price of separation, especially as they come to appreciate the fact that divorce is seldom a total break for their children. Stepparenting is a comprehensive exploration of the process of reconstructing families. More specifically, it is a book about the perils and promise of stepparenting, a caretaking role that may be more challenging than biologically given child rearing. Contributors follow people as they try to reevaluate past misunderstandings and acclimate to new parenting contexts and obligations. Editors Cath and Shopper have taken pains to offer a balanced purview that includes both successful and maladaptive instances of stepparenting. Of special note are the clincal examples throughout the book that chart the extended periods of slow, creative learning experienced by parents and children, biological and step, as they test the waters of new family systems and try to elicit newly attuned responses from each other.