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The Golem and the Jinni

By Helene Wecker
  • ISBN Code: : 0062110853
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Pages : 512
  • Category : Fiction
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“An intoxicating fusion of fantasy and historical fiction. . . . Wecker’s storytelling skills dazzle." —Entertainment Weekly A marvelous and absorbing debut novel about a chance meeting between two supernatural creatures in turn-of-the-century immigrant New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay by a disgraced rabbi knowledgeable in the ways of dark Kabbalistic magic. She serves as the wife to a Polish merchant who dies at sea on the voyage to America. As the ship arrives in New York in 1899, Chava is unmoored and adrift until a rabbi on the Lower East Side recognizes her for the creature she is and takes her in. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire born in the ancient Syrian desert and trapped centuries ago in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard. Released by a Syrian tinsmith in a Manhattan shop, Ahmad appears in human form but is still not free. An iron band around his wrist binds him to the wizard and to the physical world. Chava and Ahmad meet accidentally and become friends and soul mates despite their opposing natures. But when the golem’s violent nature overtakes her one evening, their bond is challenged. An even more powerful threat will emerge, however, and bring Chava and Ahmad together again, challenging their very existence and forcing them to make a fateful choice. Compulsively readable, The Golem and the Jinni weaves strands of Yiddish and Middle Eastern literature, historical fiction and magical fable, in a wondrously inventive tale that is mesmerizing and unforgettable.

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Where Theodora went, trouble followed…. In sixth-century Constantinople, one woman, Theodora, defied every convention and all the odds and rose from common theater tart to empress of a great kingdom, the most powerful woman the Roman Empire would ever know. The woman whose image was later immortalized in glittering mosaic was a scrappy, clever, conniving, flesh-and-blood woman full of sensuality and spirit whose real story is as surprising as any ever told…. After her father dies suddenly, Theodora and her sisters face starvation and a life on the streets. Determined to survive, Theodora makes a living any way she can—first on her back with every man who will have her, then on the stage in a scandalous dramatization of her own invention. When her daring performance grants her a backdoor entry into the halls of power, she seizes the chance to win a wealthy protector—only to face heartbreak and betrayal. Ever resilient, Theodora rises above such trials and, by a twist of fate, meets her most passionate admirer yet: the emperor’s nephew. She thrives as his confidant and courtesan, but many challenges lie ahead. For one day this man will hand her a crown. And all the empire will wonder—is she bold enough, shrewd enough, and strong enough to keep it? READERS GUIDE INCLUDED

The Wicked Ways of a Duke

By Laura Lee Guhrke
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  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Book Code : 0061756342
  • Total of Pages : 384
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 309
  • Pdf File: the-wicked-ways-of-a-duke.pdf

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She thought she was the luckiest woman in London . . . Surviving on a seamstress' income and a steady stream of fantasies, Prudence Bosworth has always longed for love and romance. Then she inherits a fortune from the father she's never seen, with the stipulation that she wed in one year. Prudence is determined to marry for true love, and after seeing firsthand the splendid chivalry of a certain duke, only one man will do . . . Rhys de Winter, the Duke of St. Cyres, hides his cynicism behind a quick wit and an even quicker smile. He must marry an heiress, and as luck would have it, the pretty little seamstress-turned-heiress is exactly what he needs. But he never expected to fall for Prudence, and when his shocking deception is revealed, he will stop at nothing to win her back . . . even if it means renouncing every last one of his wicked ways.

The Golem of Paris

By Jonathan Kellerman,Jesse Kellerman
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  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Book Code : 0698169050
  • Total of Pages : 512
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 804
  • Pdf File: the-golem-of-paris.pdf

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From two #1 bestselling masters of crime fiction comes an extraordinary thriller about family, murder, and secrets. It’s been more than a year since LAPD detective Jacob Lev learned the remarkable truth about his family, and he’s not coping well. He’s back to drinking, the LAPD Special Projects Department continues to shadow him, and the memory of a woman named Mai haunts him. And while Jacob has tried to build a bridge to his mother, she remains imprisoned inside her own tattered mind. Then he comes across the file for a gruesome unsolved murder that brings the two halves of his life into startling collision. Finding the killer will take him halfway around the world, to Paris. It’s a dangerous search for truth that plunges him into the past. And for Jacob Lev, there is no place more frightening.

Golden Boy

By Abigail Tarttelin
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  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Book Code : 1476705836
  • Total of Pages : 352
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 738
  • Pdf File: golden-boy.pdf

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"This is a gripping and fully-realized novel." —Emily St. John Mandel, National Book Award-nominated author of Station Eleven 2014 LAMBDA LITERARY AWARD FINALIST WINNER OF THE 2014 ALEX AWARD BOOKLIST TOP 10 FIRST NOVEL OF 2013 SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL BEST BOOK OF 2013 Max Walker is a golden boy. Attractive, intelligent, and athletic, he’s the perfect son, the perfect friend, and the perfect crush for the girls in his school. He’s even really nice to his little brother. Karen, Max’s mother, is determined to maintain the façade of effortless excellence she has constructed through the years, but now that the boys are getting older, she worries that the façade might soon begin to crumble. Adding to the tension, her husband Steve has chosen this moment to stand for election to Parliament. The spotlight of the media is about to encircle their lives. The Walkers are hiding something, you see. Max is special. Max is different. Max is intersex. When an enigmatic childhood friend named Hunter steps out of his past and abuses his trust in the worst possible way, Max is forced to consider the nature of his well-kept secret. Why won’t his parents talk about it? What else are they hiding from Max about his condition and from each other? The deeper Max goes, the more questions emerge about where it all leaves him and what his future holds, especially now that he’s starting to fall head over heels for someone for the first time in his life. Will his friends accept him if he is no longer the Golden Boy? Will anyone ever want him—desire him—once they know? And the biggest one of all, the question he has to look inside himself to answer: Who is Max Walker, really? Golden Boy is a novel you’ll read in one sitting but will never forget; at once a riveting tale of a family in crisis, a fascinating exploration of identity, and a coming-of-age story like no other.

The Golden Dreidel

By Ellen Kushner
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  • Publisher : Charlesbridge Publishing
  • Book Code : 1632899205
  • Total of Pages : 112
  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Members : 697
  • Pdf File: the-golden-dreidel.pdf

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From award-winning fantasy author Ellen Kushner comes an unforgettable adventure inspired by Jewish folklore and tradition. Sara wishes her family celebrated Christmas or at least had one of the pretty trees she sees at her friends' houses. But at her family's big Chanukah party, mysterious guest Tante Miriam gives Sara a one-of-a-kind gift: an enormous, golden dreidel. Miriam warns her to be careful, for when she spins it, she's spinning miracles. Sara soon discovers there's much more to the dreidel than meets the eye, and before long she's spun herself into a whole new world--one of magical princesses, riddles, and demons. Can Sara discover her wisdom and rely on her courage to help a new friend and to find her way back home? The perfect Chanukah read!

I See London

By Chanel Cleeton
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Harlequin
  • Book Code : 145925547X
  • Total of Pages : 384
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 583
  • Pdf File: i-see-london.pdf

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Maggie Carpenter is ready for a change—and to leave her ordinary life in South Carolina behind. But when she accepts a scholarship to the International School in London, a university attended by the privileged offspring of diplomats and world leaders, Maggie might get more than she bargained for. When Maggie meets Hugh, a twentysomething British guy, she finds herself living the life she has always wanted. Suddenly she's riding around the city in a Ferrari, wearing borrowed designer clothes and going to the hottest clubs. The only problem? Another guy, the one she can't seem to keep her hands off of. Half French, half Lebanese and ridiculously wealthy, Samir Khouri has made it clear he doesn't do relationships. He's the opposite of everything Maggie thought she wanted…and he's everything she can't resist. Torn between her dream guy and the boy haunting her dreams, Maggie has to fight for her own happy ending. In a city like London, you never know where you stand, and everything can change in the blink of an eye. This is a New Adult romance recommended for readers 17 and up. "I See London is fun, sexy, and kept me completely absorbed." —Katie McGarry, author of Crash Into You

Before We Disappear

By Shaun David Hutchinson
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  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Book Code : 0063025256
  • Total of Pages : 512
  • Category : Young Adult Fiction
  • Members : 283
  • Pdf File: before-we-disappear.pdf

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A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection! It’s a new star-crossed romance about the magic of first love from the acclaimed author of We Are the Ants and Brave Face, Shaun David Hutchinson. Jack Nevin’s clever trickery and moral flexibility make him the perfect assistant to the Enchantress, one of the most well-known stage magicians in turn-of-the-nineteenth-century Europe. Without Jack’s steady supply of stolen tricks, the Enchantress’s fame would have burned out long ago. But when Jack’s thievery catches up to them, they’re forced to flee to America to find their fortune. Luckily, the Enchantress is able to arrange a set of sold-out shows at Seattle’s Alaska–Yukon–Pacific World’s Fair Exposition. She’s convinced they’re going to rich and famous until a new magician arrives on the scene. Performing tricks that defy the imagination, Laszlo’s show overshadows the Enchantress, leaving Jack no choice but to hunt for the secrets to his otherworldly illusions. But what Jack uncovers isn’t at all what he expected. Behind Laszlo’s tricks is Wilhelm—a boy that can seemingly perform real magic. Jack and Wilhelm have an instant connection, and as the rivalry between the Enchantress and Laszlo grows, so too does Jack and Wilhelm’s affection. But can Jack choose between the woman who gave him a life and the boy who is offering him everything? It’s a stirring tale about the magic of love from award-winning author Shaun David Hutchinson.

I Know This Much Is True

By Wally Lamb
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  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Book Code : 0061745790
  • Total of Pages : 928
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 430
  • Pdf File: i-know-this-much-is-true.pdf

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#1 New York Times Bestseller and Oprah Book Club selection "Thoughtful . . . heart-wrenching . . . . An exercise in soul-baring storytelling—with the soul belonging to 20th-century America itself. It's hard to read and to stop reading, and impossible to forget." — USA Today Dominick Birdsey, a forty-year-old housepainter living in Three Rivers, Connecticut, finds his subdued life greatly disturbed when his identical twin brother Thomas, a paranoid schizophrenic, commits a shocking act of self-mutilation. Dominick is forced to care for his brother as well as confront dark secrets and pain he has buried deep within himself—a journey of the soul that takes him beyond his blue-collar New England town to Sicily’s Mount Etna, the birthplace of his grandfather and namesake. Coming to terms with his life and lineage, Dominick struggles to find forgiveness and finally rebuild himself beyond the haunted shadow of his troubled twin. I Know This Much Is True is a masterfully told story of alienation and connection, power and abuse, devastation and renewal—an unforgettable masterpiece.

Into the Broken Lands

By Tanya Huff
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  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Book Code : 075641525X
  • Total of Pages : 464
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 323
  • Pdf File: into-the-broken-lands.pdf

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From sci-fi and fantasy master Tanya Huff comes a new epic fantasy saga set in a land of dangers and mysteries Shattered by mage wars, the Broken Lands will test the bonds of family and friendship, strength and sanity. To save their people, the Heirs of Marsan have no choice but to enter, trusting their lives and the lives of everyone they Protect, to someone who shouldn't exist, who can't be controlled, and who will challenge everything they believe about themselves.

The Golem and The Jinni - Sang Golem dan Sang Jin

By Helena Wecker
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  • Publisher : Gramedia Pustaka Utama
  • Book Code : 6020314251
  • Total of Pages : 664
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 272
  • Pdf File: the-golem-and-the-jinni-sang-golem-dan-sang-jin.pdf

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Chava: golem, terbuat dari tanah liat, dihidupkan oleh rabi yang terlibat ilmu sihir hitam. Ketika majikan Chava, sang suami yang memesan pembuatan dirinya, tewas dalam perjalanan laut dari Polandia, sang golem pun bagai layang-layang putus ketika tiba di New York pada tahun 1899. Ahmad: jin, terbuat dari api, lahir di padang pasir Suriah. Ia dijebak penyihir Beduin sehingga terkurung dalam guci tembaga berabad-abad lamanya,sampai tak sengaja dibebaskan di Lower Manhattan. Meskipun tidak lagi terpenjara, Ahmad tak sepenuhnya bebas––gelang besi mengikatnya ke dunia fisik. Kedua makhluk ini, dengan kisah masing-masing yang tak terlupakan, membentuk jalinan persahabatan––sampai pada suatu malam, insiden mengerikan membuat mereka terpaksa kembali ke dunia masing-masing. Namun, ancaman dahsyat akan menyatukan Chava dan Ahmad kembali, menantang keberadaan mereka dan memaksa mereka untuk mengambil keputusan luar biasa.

Marion's 25

By Marion Hill
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  • Publisher : Red Mango Publishing via PublishDrive
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 60
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 520
  • Pdf File: marion-s-25.pdf

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The book you need to read when you don’t know what books to read! Reading is one of life’s great pleasures, and every time you discover a new book it brings a world of excitement and a new emotional journey into your life. It also creates a unique connection between you, the author, and the other readers who have experienced the book for themselves. But with so many books to choose from, how do you decide what to read? The amount of choice can be overwhelming for seasoned readers and those who are new to books alike. Marion’s 25 solves the problem by offering numerous ideas for great reads, all in one convenient place. Marion Hill, author of the popular Kammbia series of fantasy novels, brings you reviews of 25 of his favorite novels in a wide variety of genres, helping you to decide what to read next, no matter your literary tastes. Marion has reviewed over 160 novels of all genres in his career as a book review blogger since 2011, and here he offers a diverse selection of those he has enjoyed most. You will find reviews of award-winning novels including Bel Canto by Ann Patchett (winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction and the PEN / Faulkner Award for Fiction, 2002) and Emily St John Mantel’s Station Eleven, which received the Arthur C Clarke Award in 2015; popular fantasy novels including Helene Wecker’s debut novel The Golem and the Jinni and The Name of the Wind, first novel in Patrick Rothfuss’s popular Kingkiller Trilogy; the critically acclaimed science fiction novel Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson; and mystery novels including The Long Way Home by New York Times #1 bestselling author Louise Penny plus many more. Whatever types of books you enjoy, you can find something here to expand your reading repertoire and enable you to discover a whole world of exciting books and new authors. Since his early days as a bookstore assistant, Marion Hill has been a passionate reader. He loves the connection that recommending different books to other readers can bring. Now, as a successful author and book reviewer in his own right, he wants to share his love of books with you so you can experience the same joy he feels whenever he enters the world of a new book. Marion’s 25 is the book you need to read so you never again need to wonder what books to read!

Golem

By Maya Barzilai
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : NYU Press
  • Book Code : 1479811556
  • Total of Pages : 288
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 200
  • Pdf File: golem.pdf

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2017 Jordan Schnitzer Book Award in Jewish Literature and Linguistics Honorable Mention, 2016 Baron Book Prize presented by AAJR A monster tour of the Golem narrative across various cultural and historical landscapes In the 1910s and 1920s, a “golem cult” swept across Europe and the U.S., later surfacing in Israel. Why did this story of a powerful clay monster molded and animated by a rabbi to protect his community become so popular and pervasive? The golem has appeared in a remarkable range of popular media: from the Yiddish theater to American comic books, from German silent film to Quentin Tarantino movies. This book showcases how the golem was remolded, throughout the war-torn twentieth century, as a muscular protector, injured combatant, and even murderous avenger. This evolution of the golem narrative is made comprehensible by, and also helps us to better understand, one of the defining aspects of the last one hundred years: mass warfare and its ancillary technologies. In the twentieth century the golem became a figure of war. It represented the chaos of warfare, the automation of war technologies, and the devastation wrought upon soldiers’ bodies and psyches. Golem: Modern Wars and Their Monsters draws on some of the most popular and significant renditions of this story in order to unravel the paradoxical coincidence of wartime destruction and the fantasy of artificial creation. Due to its aggressive and rebellious sides, the golem became a means for reflection about how technological progress has altered human lives, as well as an avenue for experimentation with the media and art forms capable of expressing the monstrosity of war. New Books Network interview with Maya Barzilai on Golem