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The Border Of Paradise

Author : Esme Weijun Wang
ISBN : 1939419697
Genre : Fiction
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In booming postwar Brooklyn, the Nowak Piano Company is an American success story. There is just one problem: the Nowak’s only son, David. A handsome kid and shy like his mother, David struggles with neuroses. If not for his only friend, Marianne, David’s life would be intolerable. When David inherits the piano company at just 18 and Marianne breaks things off, David sells the company and travels around the world. In Taiwan, his life changes when he meets the daughter of a local madame -- the sharp-tongued, intelligent Daisy. Returning to the United States, the couple (and newborn son) buy an isolated country house in Northern California’s Polk Valley. As David's health deteriorates, he has a brief affair with Marianne, producing a daughter. It’s Daisy's solution for the future of her two children, inspired by the old Chinese tradition of raising girls as sisterly wives for adoptive brothers, that exposes Daisy’s traumatic life, and the terrible inheritance her children must receive. Framed by two suicide attempts, The Border of Paradise is told from multiple perspectives, culminating in heartrending fashion as the young heirs to the Nowak fortune confront their past and their isolation.
Category: Fiction

Borders In Paradise

Author : James White
ISBN : 194918045X
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"In Borders in Paradise, James White takes us first to depression-era Southern California, where we are quickly plunged into a setting of palm trees and wealth versus the trials and tribulations of a displaced Texas family. Next, it's on to the blistering heat of Arizona's southern border. White has researched both areas and the era well, especially the history of the U.S. Border Patrol and the pre-WWII U.S. Army. And he has brought us a cast of original and believably flawed characters." (Toni Morgan, author of 'Patrimony, ' 'Two-Hearted Crossing' and many other books) James White has written a story that sets the stage to capture the myth and glamour of the American West in the years leading up to World War II. Then, with sleight of hand, he lifts the curtain and shows the unvarnished truth behind his characters' motives and actions. In Borders in Paradise, the reader is treated to memorable scenes that appear to secure us in the nostalgia of a bygone era, yet time and again sets us loose in real life, which is often messy, unpleasant and even violent. Under the surface, the glitz of Hollywood, the grit of the U.S. Border Patrol, and the grind of the U.S. Army on the verge of war are revealed to be more alike than we might imagine.

The Language Of Paradise A Novel

Author : Barbara Klein Moss
ISBN : 9780393247091
Genre : Fiction
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Set in nineteenth-century New England, this exquisite novel tests a woman’s love against her husband’s utopian quest. Sophy Hedge, the artistic daughter of the town's minister, falls in love with Gideon Birdsall, a driven theology student assisting her father with a Hebrew lexicon. Sophy is drawn to Gideon's intellect, passion, and spiritual nature, while Gideon glimpses in her a free soul unbound by convention. Yet Gideon's restlessness after they wed worries Sophy, and she finds his friendship with Leander Solloway, the charismatic new schoolmaster, a cause for anxiety. As the men immerse themselves in Gideon’s mystical theories, Sophy translates her fears into secret paintings. When Sophy becomes pregnant, Gideon and Leander construct a faux Eden in a greenhouse as part of a daring experiment to discover the language of paradise—the tongue Adam spoke when he named the creatures of the earth. Sophy must decide whether to live and paint in the world her husband has made or escape to save her child and herself. Addressing the timeless issues of faith, art, and the elusive dream of perfection, Barbara Klein Moss has captured the fragility of human longing.
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The Ladies Paradise A Realistic Novel

Author : Émile Zola
ISBN : 9781312715578
Genre : Performing Arts
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The Ladies Paradise, originally "Au Bonheur des Dames," is the eleventh novel of the famous Rougon-Macquart (1871-1893) series of twenty novels written by Émile Zola. It tells a rags-to-riches story about Denise Baudu, a poor young girl from the provinces, and Octave Mouret, the wealthy owner of the department store where Denise comes to work. The rise of the modern department store in late nineteenth-century Paris, the store as a symbol of capitalism of the modern city, and the bourgeois revolution tell us a fascinating story of love and ambition, while depicting a rich texture of Parisian society. Part of the project Immortal Literature Series of classic literature, this is a new edition of the classic work published in 1886 - not a facsimile reprint. Obvious typographical errors have been carefully corrected and the entire text has been reset and redesigned to enhance readability. The eBook edition was designed in an elegant style and set to take full advantage of the readers' features.
Category: Performing Arts

Infernal Paradise

Author : Ronald G. Walker
ISBN : 0520031970
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Paradise Lost

Author : Jeremy Burchardt
ISBN : 1860645143
Genre : History
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In this remarkable book Jeremy Burchardt traces the influence that attitudes toward the countryside have had on the evolution of modern British life. In the "town versus country" debate, Burchardt looks at the idealization of the countryside by artists and writers, the development of anti-urban and anti-industrial values, rural-urban commuting, environmentalist criticism of industrial farming, and the effect on government policy, social structure, and economic dynamism.
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Soldier In Paradise

Author : Steven S. Cullen
ISBN : 9781463439620
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Soldier In Paradise is a novel depicting the human experience of life through the eyes of war. Th is fi ctional autobiography follows the trials and tribulations of one young man’s journey out of childhood adolescence and into the prison of memories inescapable by any means. Th e struggle to forget the pain, wrestle with guilt, and relish the good that comes with moving on and starting a new life is one battle that continues to be fought by Veterans everyday. Steven S. Cullen’s evocative and vibrant writing leaves the reader poised to truly grasp the physical and emotional passage through life during and after Vietnam. "Let each man hear his own music and live by it. Th e drums roll one way for one man, I guess, and another way for another. You have to listen to your own."- Audie Murphy
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South Of Paradise

Author : Douglas V. Maurer
ISBN : 9781469102702
Genre : Fiction
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On the verge of a break-up with his wife, and a break-down at the office, super salesman, Christopher Miles is invited on a corporate trip to Tahiti by his business partner. Almost immediately events begin spinning out of control, sliding, at if by some unseen fate, into the bazaar and the surreal. The novel opens with a near-fatal car accident, which occurs after a meeting with the private detective that has been investigating his wifes infidelities. A few days later hes on route to the South Seas. Following a week of sleeplessness, tour mania, over-consumption of alcohol, jet-lag and the curse of a Voodoo tribesman hanging over his head, Christopher Miles disappears in the upper mountains of Moorea after becoming disoriented A post-modem love story turns into a psychedelic nightmare when he is abducted by a primitive cult of upper mountain tribesman, known as the Songmen, and is held by their chief as a captive. Back at the resort in Moorea. the tour guides and other members of the group, which totaled some sixty people, become hysterical Their trip to paradise is ruined when after days of searching, they cant locate him , their protocol demands they leave him behind. Months later, after being given up for dead by his business associates, and certain members of his family, Christopher Miles frees himself from captivity during a raging category five hurricane and begins his perilous descent back to reality, where on the verge of death he is transformed by a very unexpected ending.
Category: Fiction

This Vacant Paradise

Author : Victoria Patterson
ISBN : 9781582438726
Genre : Fiction
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“Patterson beautifully parses the consequences of one woman’s fall in this memorable, penetrating, fully achieved novel.” —The New York Times Book Review Story Prize and California Book Award finalist Victoria Patterson revisits Newport Beach in This Vacant Paradise, examining the intersections of economics, class, race, sex, and family expectations during the mid-1990s. Esther lives with her grandmother, a virulent matriarch who controls her family through her wealth. Esther knows that an advantageous marriage replete with social standing, familial and peer approval, and financial rewards will alleviate her struggles. But she has been known to self-sabotage, and her loved ones are rooting for her not to blow it with her latest beau, especially since she’s at the ripe old age of thirty-three. All is well until she begins a tumultuous love affair with Charlie, a local college professor known for his unconventional ideals as much as for his golf game and good looks. He sets a fire inside Esther, sparking and delivering her—whether by choice or not—from the insular, safe, and stifling confines of societal expectations to an alternate, unglamorous, and indefinable course. The result is a stunning debut novel: a powerful work of fiction sure to provoke and engage. “Patterson writes with the exuberance of a natural storyteller. Her cast is rich, her narrative sinuous and masterfully structured.” —San Francisco Chronicle “Considering the subject matter—the real housewives of Orange County—Patterson’s debut novel (after story collection Drift) is surprisingly sophisticated and nuanced.” —Publishers Weekly
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