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Teatime for the Firefly

By Shona Patel
  • ISBN Code: : 146031929X
  • Publisher : Harlequin
  • Pages : 432
  • Category : Fiction
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My name is Layla and I was born under an unlucky star. For a young girl growing up in India, this is bad news. But everything began to change for me one spring day in 1943, when three unconnected incidents, like tiny droplets on a lily leaf, tipped and rolled into one. It was that tiny shift in the cosmos, I believe, that tipped us together—me and Manik Deb. Layla Roy has defied the fates. Despite being born under an inauspicious horoscope, she is raised to be educated and independent by her eccentric grandfather, Dadamoshai. And, by cleverly manipulating the hand fortune has dealt her, she has even found love with Manik Deb—a man betrothed to another. All were minor miracles in India that spring of 1943, when young women's lives were predetermined—if not by the stars, then by centuries of family tradition and social order. Layla's life as a newly married woman takes her away from home and into the jungles of Assam, where the world's finest tea thrives on plantations run by native labor and British efficiency. Fascinated by this culture of whiskey-soaked expats who seem fazed by neither earthquakes nor man-eating leopards, she struggles to find her place among the prickly English wives with whom she is expected to socialize, and the peculiar servants she now finds under her charge. But navigating the tea-garden set will hardly be her biggest challenge. Layla's remote home is not safe from the powerful changes sweeping India on the heels of the Second World War. Their colonial society is at a tipping point, and Layla and Manik find themselves caught in a perilous racial divide that threatens their very lives.

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What would you do to bring back someone you love? After the unexpected loss of his girlfriend, a boy suffering from delusions believes he can travel through time to save her in this gripping new novel from New York Times bestselling author Beth Revis. "A story that’s both heartbreaking and hopeful." —Publishers Weekly, starred review “Revis’s account of grief, loss, first love, and anguish, presented through a lens of mental illness, is a must-read.” —VOYA, starred review “A heartrending, beautifully complex look at mental illness, life, and loss. I tore through the pages, and, days later, this story still has a hold on me.” —Alexandra Bracken, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Darkest Minds series and Passenger Seventeen-year-old Bo has always had delusions that he can travel through time. When he was ten, Bo claimed to have witnessed the Titanic hit an iceberg, and at fifteen, he found himself on a Civil War battlefield, horrified by the bodies surrounding him. So when his concerned parents send him to a school for troubled youth, Bo assumes he knows the truth: that he’s actually attending Berkshire Academy, a school for kids who, like Bo, have "superpowers." At Berkshire, Bo falls in love with Sofia, a quiet girl with a tragic past and the superpower of invisibility. Sofia helps Bo open up in a way he never has before. In turn, Bo provides comfort to Sofia, who lost her mother and two sisters at a very young age. But even the strength of their love isn’t enough to help Sofia escape her deep depression. After she commits suicide, Bo is convinced that she's not actually dead. He believes that she's stuck somewhere in time — that he somehow left her in the past, and now it's his job to save her. Not since Ned Vizzini’s It’s Kind of a Funny Story has there been such a heartrending depiction of mental illness. In her first contemporary novel, Beth Revis guides readers through the mind of a young man struggling to process his grief as he fights his way through his delusions. As Bo becomes more and more determined to save Sofia, he has to decide whether to face his demons head-on, or succumb to a psychosis that will let him be with the girl he loves.

The Queen of Paris

By Pamela Binnings Ewen
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  • Publisher : Blackstone Publishing
  • Book Code : 1982546948
  • Total of Pages : 416
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 991
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Legendary fashion designer Coco Chanel is revered for her sophisticated style—the iconic little black dress—and famed for her intoxicating perfume Chanel No. 5. Yet behind the public persona is a complicated woman of intrigue, shadowed by mysterious rumors. The Queen of Paris, the new novel from award-winning author Pamela Binnings Ewen, vividly imagines the hidden life of Chanel during the four years of Nazi occupation in Paris in the midst of WWII—as discovered in recently unearthed wartime files. Coco Chanel could be cheerful, lighthearted, and generous; she also could be ruthless, manipulative, even cruel. Against the winds of war, with the Wehrmacht marching down the Champs-Élysées, Chanel finds herself residing alongside the Reich’s High Command in the Hotel Ritz. Surrounded by the enemy, Chanel wages a private war of her own to wrestle full control of her perfume company from the hands of her Jewish business partner, Pierre Wertheimer. With anti-Semitism on the rise, he has escaped to the United States with the confidential formula for Chanel No. 5. Distrustful of his intentions to set up production on the outskirts of New York City, Chanel fights to seize ownership. The House of Chanel shall not fall. While Chanel struggles to keep her livelihood intact, Paris sinks under the iron fist of German rule. Chanel—a woman made of sparkling granite—will do anything to survive. She will even agree to collaborate with the Nazis in order to protect her darkest secrets. When she is covertly recruited by Germany to spy for the Reich, she becomes Agent F-7124, code name: Westminster. But why? And to what lengths will she go to keep her stormy past from haunting her future?

Tiny Sunbirds, Far Away

By Christie Watson
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  • Publisher : Other Press, LLC
  • Book Code : 159051467X
  • Total of Pages : 448
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 520
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Winner of the 2011 Costa First Novel Award When their mother catches their father with another woman, twelve year-old Blessing and her fourteen-year-old brother, Ezikiel, are forced to leave their comfortable home in Lagos for a village in the Niger Delta, to live with their mother’s family. Without running water or electricity, Warri is at first a nightmare for Blessing. Her mother is gone all day and works suspiciously late into the night to pay the children’s school fees. Her brother, once a promising student, seems to be falling increasingly under the influence of the local group of violent teenage boys calling themselves Freedom Fighters. Her grandfather, a kind if misguided man, is trying on Islam as his new religion of choice, and is even considering the possibility of bringing in a second wife. But Blessing’s grandmother, wise and practical, soon becomes a beloved mentor, teaching Blessing the ways of the midwife in rural Nigeria. Blessing is exposed to the horrors of genital mutilation and the devastation wrought on the environment by British and American oil companies. As Warri comes to feel like home, Blessing becomes increasingly aware of the threats to its safety, both from its unshakable but dangerous traditions and the relentless carelessness of the modern world. Tiny Sunbirds, Far Away is the witty and beautifully written story of one family’s attempt to survive a new life they could never have imagined, struggling to find a deeper sense of identity along the way.

The Color of Our Sky

By Amita Trasi
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  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Book Code : 0062474081
  • Total of Pages : 416
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 229
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In the spirit of Khaled Hosseini, Nadia Hashimi and Shilpi Somaya Gowda comes this powerful debut from a talented new voice—a sweeping, emotional journey of two childhood friends in Mumbai, India, whose lives converge only to change forever one fateful night. India, 1986: Mukta, a ten-year-old village girl from the lower caste Yellama cult has come of age and must fulfill her destiny of becoming a temple prostitute, as her mother and grandmother did before her. In an attempt to escape her fate, Mukta is sent to be a house girl for an upper-middle class family in Mumbai. There she discovers a friend in the daughter of the family, high spirited eight-year-old Tara, who helps her recover from the wounds of her past. Tara introduces Mukta to an entirely different world—one of ice cream, reading, and a friendship that soon becomes a sisterhood. But one night in 1993, Mukta is kidnapped from Tara’s family home and disappears. Shortly thereafter, Tara and her father move to America. A new life in Los Angeles awaits them but Tara never recovers from the loss of her best friend, or stops wondering if she was somehow responsible for Mukta's abduction. Eleven years later, Tara, now an adult, returns to India determined to find Mukta. As her search takes her into the brutal underground world of human trafficking, Tara begins to uncover long-buried secrets in her own family that might explain what happened to Mukta—and why she came to live with Tara’s family in the first place. Moving from a traditional Indian village to the bustling modern metropolis of Mumbai, to Los Angeles and back again, this is a heartbreaking and beautiful portrait of an unlikely friendship—a story of love, betrayal, and, ultimately, redemption.

The Kommandant's Girl Collection

By Pam Jenoff
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  • Publisher : MIRA
  • Book Code : 1488038929
  • Total of Pages : 400
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 747
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Don’t miss these three remarkable novels of sacrifice, survival and the unimaginable choices women had to make in a time of war, from the New York Times bestselling author of The Orphan’s Tale. THE AMBASSADOR’S DAUGHTER Paris, 1919. The world’s leaders have gathered to rebuild from the ashes of the Great War. But for one woman, the City of Light harbors dark secrets and dangerous liaisons, for which many could pay dearly. Brought to the peace conference by her father, a German diplomat, Margot Rosenthal initially resents being trapped in the congested French capital, where she is still looked upon as the enemy. But Margot strikes up unlikely alliances: with Krysia, an accomplished musician with radical acquaintances and a secret to protect; and with Georg, the handsome, damaged naval officer who gives Margot a job—and also a reason to question everything she thought she knew about where her true loyalties should lie. THE KOMMANDANT’S GIRL In this groundbreaking debut novel, nineteen-year-old Emma Bau is forced to disappear underground when Nazi tanks thunder into her native Poland, leaving her imprisoned within the city’s decrepit Jewish ghetto. But then, in the dead of night, the resistance smuggles her out to live in Krakow, where she takes on a new identity as Anna Lipowski, a gentile. Emma’s already precarious situation is complicated when Kommandant Richwalder, a high-ranking Nazi official, hires her to work as his assistant. At the urging of the resistance, she begins to use her position to access details of the Nazi occupation. As the atrocities of war intensify, Emma takes increasing risks to help the resistance, building to a climax that will risk not only her double life, but also the lives of those she loves. THE DIPLOMAT’S WIFE 1945. Surviving the brutality of a Nazi prison camp, Marta Nederman is lucky to have escaped with her life. Recovering from the horror, she meets Paul, an American soldier who gives her hope of a happier future. But their plans to meet in London are dashed when Paul’s plane crashes. Devastated and pregnant, Marta marries Simon, a caring British diplomat, and glimpses the joy that home and family can bring. But her happiness is threatened when she learns of a Communist spy in British intelligence, and that the one person who can expose the traitor is connected to her past.

Search for a Wife

By Barbara Cartland
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  • Publisher : Barbara Cartland Ebooks Ltd
  • Book Code : 1782131132
  • Total of Pages : 234
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 549
  • Pdf File: search-for-a-wife.pdf

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The Marquis of Milverton strides into White's Club in a high state of irritation as he is being pestered by his family to take a 'suitable' girl for his wife. He is not surprised to find that his aristocratic friends are suffering the same pressure and theygather together to complain about their plight. They are all having affaires-de-coeurs with seductive married ladies and the Marquis himself is very much involved with a glamorous Countess. However they all recognise that they will have to marry eventually to carry on their ancestral titlesand family legacy. Listening to their grumbling is the Duke of Sandelford and he challenges them to go out into the countryside in disguise and find a beautiful girl to be their dream wife.If after three months, they failed they were to admit failure and accept their family's suggestions. He also offers a one thousand pounds prize to those who succeed. He left them feeling it was at least a sporting chance and the Marquis was the first to accept the Duke's challenge.Disguising himself as John Milton he sets out alone on his horse and has a number of unlikely adventures with people he would normally have never encountered. He helps some of them to happiness, then becomes bored and decides to returnhome, but will give one more village a last chance. How the Marquis becomes involved with a ruthless gang of horse thieves and then unexpectedly finds all he is seeking and can claim the Duke's prize is told in this exciting and different tale by BARBARA CARTLAND.

Age of Alpine Awe - Book One

By Mike Culligan
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  • Publisher : Lulu Press, Inc
  • Book Code : 1291733558
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  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 488
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The old kingdom of Koblanza was stable for hundreds of years under the rule of the Olbstein family. The lure of mineral wealth, however, caused tensions among rival baronial factions. With the coming of industrialisation in this rural alpine kingdom, the whole structure of the monarchy has now been overthrown by the new kings of commerce. King Dominitz and his grandchildren Prince Albsthar and Princess Leitz cling on only in name and ceremony. There seems little resistance to the destruction of a traditional way of life. However, Koblanza is more than just an old kingdom. There are elves and water-fairies who also inhabit remote regions. Set in the middle of this boiling cauldron of change are the Weltheims. Alpine farming is in their blood. Market trading by the creation of handicrafts and fine foods is their mainstay. Can the Weltheims survive in the new Silver Federation that has all but enveloped their way of life? Bruno Weltheim has to rely on the ingenuity and bravery of his own family to fight back.

Curse of the Firefly

By S. A. Cornwell
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  • Publisher : Lulu Press, Inc
  • Book Code : 1291677917
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  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Members : 812
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This story is from the Robin Goodfellow series, as told by the enigmatic Traveller. Curse of the Firefly is a magical fantasy adventure set in the fictional Dwerger Mountain valley in rural England. Sixteen year old college student Faye, a ‘gifted’ artist, bears the ‘mark’ and is estranged from her superstitious village community and her own stepmother, due to a tragic childhood ‘incident’. A deadly foe has been unleashed in the valley...who are the mysterious Alterterraneans? Follow Faye’s heart wrenching journey of empowerment, aided by the arrival of a mystical Rider. A lively cast of colourful characters contribute humour and intrigue to this tale, which is packed full of enchantments, transformations, dilemmas and dangers... will Faye and those who help her manage to vanquish the evil? The odds are stacked against her...!

THE INDIAN LISTENER

By All India Radio (AIR),New Delhi
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  • Publisher : All India Radio (AIR),New Delhi
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 116
  • Category : Antiques & Collectibles
  • Members : 328
  • Pdf File: the-indian-listener.pdf

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The Indian Listener (fortnightly programme journal of AIR in English) published by The Indian State Broadcasting Service,Bombay ,started on 22 December, 1935 and was the successor to the Indian Radio Times in english, which was published beginning in July 16 of 1927. From 22 August ,1937 onwards, it was published by All India Radio,New Delhi.In 1950,it was turned into a weekly journal. Later,The Indian listener became "Akashvani" in January 5, 1958. It was made a fortnightly again on July 1,1983. It used to serve the listener as a bradshaw of broadcasting ,and give listener the useful information in an interesting manner about programmes,who writes them,take part in them and produce them along with photographs of performing artists. It also contains the information of major changes in the policy and service of the organisation. NAME OF THE JOURNAL: The Indian Listener LANGUAGE OF THE JOURNAL: English DATE,MONTH & YEAR OF PUBLICATION: 22-03-1947 PERIODICITY OF THE JOURNAL: Fortnightly NUMBER OF PAGES: 116 VOLUME NUMBER: Vol. XII, No. 7 BROADCAST PROGRAMME SCHEDULE PUBLISHED(PAGE NOS): 44-103 ARTICLE: 1. Scientific Research in India 2. The Universities of Today AUTHOR: 1. Sir C. V. Raman 2. Sir A. Lakshmanaswami Mudaliar KEYWORDS: 1. National Laboratories, Scientific renaissance, Philospohy, Natural science 2. Taxila, Nalanda, Technological studies, Scientific advance Document ID: INL-1947 (J-J) Vol-I (06)

出國留學英語閱讀強化教程.入門

By 王東昇
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  • Publisher : 清文華泉
  • Book Code : 9865552957
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  • Category : Foreign Language Study
  • Members : 227
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本套教材共四冊,是面向高中英語水準以上的學生而編寫的強化閱讀教程。本套書的詞彙量起點為最基礎的3000個單字,透過電腦程式篩選,以英國國家語料庫最常用詞彙列表的前11部分為基準,每冊書增加2000個新詞,四冊書的詞彙覆蓋量達到11000。每冊各包含十個單元,每單元由Focus on、Text A和Text B三部分組成。 本書幫助學生掌握第5000~7000的兩千詞彙量;Focus on板塊主要聚焦閱讀基本技巧,提高學生的課文理解能力。

The Selected Works of Abdullah the Cossack

By H.M. Naqvi
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  • Publisher : Grove Press
  • Book Code : 0802146864
  • Total of Pages : 320
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 169
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The winner of the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature follows his debut Home Boy with“an unforgettable romp across love, life, and everything else” (Akhil Sharma, author of Family Life). Abdullah, bachelor and scion of a once prominent family, awakes on the morning of his seventieth birthday and considers launching himself over the balcony. Having spent years attempting to compile a “mythopoetic legacy” of his beloved Karachi, the cosmopolitan heart of Pakistan, Abdullah has lost his zeal. A surprise invitation for a night out from his old friend Felix Pinto snaps Abdullah out of his funk and saddles him with a ward—Pinto’s adolescent grandson Bosco. As Abdullah plays mentor to Bosco, he also attracts the romantic attentions of Jugnu, an enigmatic siren with links to the mob. All the while Abdullah’s brothers’ plot to evict him from the family estate. Now he must to try to save his home—or face losing his last connection to his familial past. Anarchic, erudite, and rollicking, with a septuagenarian protagonist like no other, The Selected Works of Abdullah the Cossack is a joyride of a story set against a kaleidoscopic portrait of one of the world’s most vibrant cities. “H.M. Naqvi’s remarkable Cossack is the Pakistani Falstaff, the Tristram Shandy of ‘Currachee,’ spinning yarns inside yarns, allusive, affirming, and grandly comic.”—Joshua Ferris, author of To Rise Again at a Decent Hour “Wild, wise, and tender . . . Every page in this book is a playground, and each sentence an absolute thrill and joy to read.”—Patricia Engel, author of The Veins of the Ocean “Completely original in form and sensibility.”—Ha Jin, winner of the National Book Award

After Freedom

By Mary VanderGoot
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  • Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • Book Code : 162032198X
  • Total of Pages : 180
  • Category : History
  • Members : 175
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The youngest Boomers are not quite fifty; the oldest have already turned sixty-five. A generation that started out in the 1960s, determined to be young forever, is now asking what the point is of growing old. Convinced they were special, Boomers discounted authority and charted their own course. They believed they could make the world better by pursuing freedom. The legacy of the Boomer experiment is becoming evident. Freedoms that were new when Boomers were young are now taken for granted, and we are living "after freedom." Are our freedoms real or illusory? Can we count on anything to be certain? Do virtue and character matter? In a secular age can we recover respect for the sacred? The time is ripe for Boomers to reconsider those good things in the past they refused to honor, to voice their blessings for generations who will shape the future, and to reclaim conviction as they stand firm and dare to say, "This is what I believe." Table of Contents: Part One Baby Boomer Dilemma How Did We Get So Socially Alienated and Spiritually Lonely? Chapter One - The Stories Chapter Two - Boomer Legacy Chapter Three - Forever Young Chapter Four - Liberty to License Chapter Five - Is Freedom an Illusion? Chapter Six - Free Opinions Chapter Seven - Tangled in Freedom Part Two Rethinking Freedom, Reclaiming Virtue, and Searching for Meaning Chapter Eight - Daring to Face the Truth About Ourselves Chapter Nine - Gratitude Makes a Difference Chapter Ten - Offloading Anger Chapter Eleven - Recovering Attachments Chapter Twelve - Seasoned by Care Chapter Thirteen - Reclaiming the Sacred Circle Chapter Fourteen - A Last Chapter Notes

Living with Hitler

By Herbert Döhring,Karl Wilhelm Krause,Anna Plaim
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  • Publisher : Greenhill Books
  • Book Code : 1784382981
  • Total of Pages : 240
  • Category : History
  • Members : 242
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This collection paints a picture of Hitler from members of his household in the unique position of being “seemingly ever-present, yet totally unconnected to events.” The reader is introduced to Hitler's Bodyguard Karl Krause (1934-39), his house administrator Herbert Döhring (1935-43) and chambermaid Anna Plaim (1941-43). From these accounts we get a deeper sense of Hitler in close proximity. These accounts massively add to our understanding of Hitler as a three dimensional character, especially from subjects like Plaim who only knew Hitler's home life, having rarely left Berghof. The series is able to shed light on his likes and dislikes from foods to his hobbies, creating a strange sense of humanity. This collection also provides the reader with fresh anecdotes, observations and portraits of Hitler's entourage and relatives. Plaim's images of Eva Braun come from finding torn fragments in the bin, whilst Döhring sheds light on Martin Bormann's demeanour.