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The Most Beautiful Woman In Town Other Stories

Author : Charles Bukowski
ISBN : 9780753513774
Genre : United States
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Surfacing from the literary underground, Bukowski's wild and immortal stories have become cult favourites. This collection of anecdotal short stories demonstrates Bukowski's compelling semi-autobiographical style and his mastery of visceral language and the depiction of seamy underworlds. Focusing on themes that recur throughout his work, from Los Angeles and bar culture to alcoholism, gambling, sex and violence, these pieces also introduce unexpected elements of fantasy and surrealism.
Category: United States

The Most Beautiful Woman In Town

Author : Charles Bukowski
ISBN : 9780872866362
Genre : Fiction
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These mad immortal stories, now surfaced from the literary underground, have addicted legions of American readers, even though the high literary establishment continues to ignore them. In Europe, however (particularly in Germany, Italy, and France where he is published by the great publishing houses), he is critically recognized as one of America's greatest realist writers. "Collections such as The Most Beautiful Woman in Town (1983) . . . showcase Bukowski's impressive narrative and creative abilities in stories that most often take place in bars and dingy apartments but are not simply about sex and alcohol. They're about staying alive in a world where the only choice for the majority of us is to face a firing squad in an office every day—the post office, in Bukowski's case—or maintain a commitment to creativity as we struggle to pay for food and a meager place to live." —Adam Perry, Santa Fe Reporter Charles Bukowski was born in Andernach, Germany on August 16, 1920, the only child of an American soldier and a German mother. At the age of three, he came with his family to the United States and grew up in Los Angeles. He attended Los Angeles City College from 1939 to 1941, then left school and moved to New York City to become a writer. His lack of publishing success at this time caused him to give up writing in 1946 and spurred a ten-year stint of heavy drinking. After he developed a bleeding ulcer, he decided to take up writing again. He worked a wide range of jobs to support his writing, including dishwasher, truck driver and loader, mail carrier, guard, gas station attendant, stock boy, warehouse worker, shipping clerk, post office clerk, parking lot attendant, Red Cross orderly, and elevator operator. He also worked in a dog biscuit factory, a slaughterhouse, a cake and cookie factory, and he hung posters in New York City subways. Bukowski published his first story when he was twenty-four and began writing poetry at the age of thirty-five. His first book of poetry was published in 1959; he went on to publish more than forty-five books of poetry and prose, including Pulp (Black Sparrow, 1994), Screams from the Balcony: Selected Letters 1960-1970 (1993), and The Last Night of the Earth Poems (1992). City Lights Publishers have published more of his works including Absence of a the Hero, Portions of a Wine-Stained Notebook, Notes of a Dirty Old Man, Tales of Ordinary Madness, and The Bell Tolls for No One. He died of leukemia in San Pedro on March 9, 1994.
Category: Fiction

Rhyme And Reason

Author : Jo Ann Ferguson
ISBN : 9781504009058
Genre : Fiction
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Emily Talcott has a sister to fire off into the season and a father whose gambling debts are threatening to bring the whole family to bankruptcy, and is secretly the author of the immensely popular books of poetry supposedly written by the French Marquis de la Cour. Damon, Lord Wentworth’s arrival in her life creates another complication—a very dangerous one, for she quickly realizes why the devilishly handsome viscount has gained the name of “Demon Wentworth.” He has a reputation for liking games of cards with high stakes and women with low morals. Now her father owes him for gambling losses. If only her newest book could earn enough to pay them off . . . Everything gets complicated when an imposter claims to be the French poet. How can Emily denounce him? What if he takes her profits? What if his plan to marry her sister under false pretenses succeeds? Her only ally, though she cannot tell him the truth of her deception, is Damon. Like her, he is interested in halting the false marquis. He will not explain why, halting her questions with heated kisses. Suddenly Emily begins to realize how silly her poetry is, because it cannot compare with truly falling in love. Can she trust Damon to help her save her sister and not break her own heart?
Category: Fiction

The Innkeeper S Wife

Author : Lynn A. Coleman
ISBN : 9781460342497
Genre : Fiction
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Richard Arman Isn't Looking for a Wife The innkeeper's gentle laundress-turned-cook, Grace Martin, is more than his employee—she's his friend. So when the lovely widow needs a place to stay, Richard is happy to help. But the confirmed bachelor surprises even himself when he proposes marriage. Grace has never considered marrying any man, even one as steadfast as Richard. But the chemistry that sparks between them belies a straightforward business arrangement. Could a mere marriage of convenience lead the way to a love match…for life?
Category: Fiction

More Notes Of A Dirty Old Man

Author : Charles Bukowski
ISBN : 9780872865433
Genre : Fiction
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This collection gathers previously uncollected entries from the author's autobiographical column.
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Dark Secret

Author : Christine Feehan
ISBN : 1101146729
Genre : Fiction
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Christine Feehan has thrilled legions of fans with her seductive, sensual Carpathian tales. Now, she presents the enthralling story of Rafael, a savage hunter from the darkest jungles, and the beautiful prey he would never let escape.
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May All Your News Be Good News

Author : Diana joyce Ingram
ISBN : 9781468537772
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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For nineteen years Diana Ingram has written a local column that she closes the same way each week: Until next time may all your news be good news. Through her column, Ingram insight fully reflects for her readers many of lifes joys and altering events and discusses such subjects as faith, hope, death, love and human nature. With unusual candor, warmth, and often humor, Ingram shares her life stories, her beliefs, and her own unique slant on it all. In "MAY ALL YOUR NEWS BE GOODS NEWS" she invites readers to join with her in a review of nineteen years of life, laughter, joy and tears. Read stories about family and holidays, friendship and faith, Franastan and purple rabbits, and the long painful passage of her husbands death. Inside are tears, laughs, and wise lessons to be learned.
Category: Biography & Autobiography


Author : Victor Serge
ISBN : 0872862259
Genre : Poetry
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Victor Serge, an authentic witness of the political and cultural struggles of this century, wrote these poems of Resistancein Orenburg in Central Asia, where he was sent into exile by Stalin in 1933. He eulogizes close friends and comrades and movingly records and shares the lives of the people he lived among on the steppe, far from the centers of power, intrigue, and history. Richard Greeman writes in his introduction that Serge "spoke the truth aloud and perpetuated the spiritual tradition of the Russian revolutionary intelligentsia at the very moment when the voices of his colleagues were forced into silence (so that) this collection of poems, written in deportation on the Ural, represents a unique strand of continuity between a lost generation and what one hopes will be a new beginning, 'with no blank pages,' in Soviet literature."
Category: Poetry

Digging To China

Author : Louise Corum
ISBN : 9781938107221
Genre : Fiction
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Sometimes the ties that bind are also the ties that can break a person. John Cashman lives a double life. By day, he is the prominent owner of a successful factory. By night, he is the caretaker of his invalid and, quite literally, insane sister, Elka. In other words, John Cashman is a very miserable man. However, hope arrives in the form of a new secretary, Kathleen Meredith. Soon, John is in love and begins to envision a future that includes happiness and a family. A future that, perhaps, does not include his sister. Digging to China is a Southern Gothic story of suspense that details what happens when one man's newfound happiness is threatened by secrets that are better left buried. It is the second novel from Louise Corum.
Category: Fiction

Spilt Milk

Author : Chico Buarque
ISBN : 9780802194855
Genre : Fiction
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From world-renowned Brazilian writer Chico Buarque comes a stylish, imaginative tale of love, loss, and longing, played out across multiple generations of one Brazilian family. At once jubilant and painfully nostalgic, playful and devastatingly urgent, Spilt Milk cements Chico Buarque’s reputation as a masterful storyteller. As Eulálio Assumpção lies dying in a Brazilian public hospital, his daughter and the attending nurses are treated—whether they like it or not—to his last, rambling monologue. Ribald, hectoring, and occasionally delusional, Eulálio reflects on his past, present, and future—on his privileged, plantation-owning family; his father’s philandering with beautiful French whores; his own half-hearted career as a weapons dealer; the eventual decline of the family fortune; and his passionate courtship of the wife who would later abandon him. As Eulálio wanders the sinuous twists and turns of his own fragmented memories, Buarque conjures up a brilliantly evocative portrait of a man’s life and love, set in the broad sweep of vivid Brazilian history.
Category: Fiction

Born Whole

Author : Mr. G.
ISBN : 1453550259
Genre : Fiction
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Abolishment of an old mafia tradition, a person must be born 100% Sicilian or Italian to be a member of the mafia. The book is about two nearly identical bi-racial brothers, their father is a black American. One brother is an black-Sicilian, born and raised in Sicily by his Sicilian mother and a Mafiosi member. The other brother, Senator Joseph Cicero, is a black Italian-American, a son of an Italian-American woman. U.S. Senator Cicero became president on November 4, 2008 and was inaugurated on the 20th day of January, 2009. He was sworn in as the 44th president of the United States of America, becoming the first black Italian-American to assume the position in the White House. The New York agents and my Italian co-workers said that I wouldn’t live to see an black American elected to become a president in the United States and I, Mr. G., truly believed them. They rejected my book in the spring of 2005 because of having unusual characters, one, an black American president and two, a mafia member. I was told that the American people wouldn’t believe that my fictional story was true because there never was and there will never be a U.S. black American president. Italian members of the Italian and Sicilian Cosa Nostras Mafiosi, from the Bronx to Kenosha-Wisconsin said to me that my character, the Sicilian could not have been a member of the mafia because he has black blood following through his veins, he wasn’t born whole. My readers tell me that Joseph Cicero, my fictional black American-Italian character resembles President Barack Obama, the 44th president of the United States of America. I started writing this book, “Born Whole” in 1998 it was finished on January 2004. I am now 72 years old.
Category: Fiction


Author : Katie Schickel
ISBN : 9781466854871
Genre : Fiction
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Allison Darling, former foster child, now a stay-at-home mom of three, desperately wants to fit in with the organic latte drinking, hundred-dollar-yoga-pants-wearing moms who run Monrovia, her charming seaside village. Constantly feeling like an outsider, Allison dreams of more for her children. When the Glamour Girls, a soap-selling company run by the most charismatic and powerful women in town, recruits Allison, she jumps at the invitation. The Glamor Girls have a hand in everything in Monrovia, from bake sales to business deals. This is what Allison's wanted her whole life—to be liked. To be popular. To belong. After Allison's estranged mother passes away, she learns her family's heartbreaking legacy and the secret Allison's been fighting to suppress all her life emerges: she's a witch. What's more, she's not the only one in town. There's more to the Glamour Girls then it seems... and once you're a Glamour Girl, there's no going back. Allison must use her rediscovered magic to defend Monrovia, protect her marriage and her children, and reclaim her legacy. Fighting tooth and nail for her family is easy, but what about for herself? Is it too late to confront her own demons and become the woman she dreams of being? "Katie Schickel's debut entertains while delightfully skewering our culture's obsession with domestic perfection. In the spirit of John Updike's Witches of Eastwick and Alice Hoffman's Practical Magic, Schickel casts a spell all her own. Housewitch takes us deep inside the dark arts of 21st century motherhood and sparkles with unexpected magic." —Amber Dermont, New York Times bestselling author of The Starboard Sea At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
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The First Assistant

Author : Clare Naylor
ISBN : 9781101213438
Genre : Fiction
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For readers of The Devil Wears Prada and The Nanny Diaries, the further fortunes of everyone's favorite assistant as she struggles to keep her footing on Hollywood's slippery slope In the bestselling The Second Assistant, readers fell in love with smart, witty East Coast girl Elizabeth Miller. Now that Lizzie has been promoted, can she still keep her pumps firmly on the ground in the city of stars? With a viperish subordinate after her job, the world's hottest teen starlet to keep out of trouble and a boyfriend on location with a beautiful actress, she certainly has her hands full. The satire is sharper than ever as Naylor and Hare take another wry and hilarious look at the wheeling, dealing, schmoozing, and snubbing that make Hollywood the cutthroat capital of the world. The First Assistant is a lesson in how to survive in a town where tonight's Oscar frock is tomorrow's laughing stock.
Category: Fiction

Beautiful Town

Author : Sato Haruo
ISBN : 9780824861582
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Sato Haruo has been called one of the most representative writers of the Taisho era (1912-1926), a transitional period following Japan's monumental push toward modernization. Although he never identified himself as a modernist, Sato exhibited what some writers have identified as a characteristic of modernism: a complex net of contradictory impulses that embrace both the revolutionary and the conservative, revealing both an optimistic looking to the future and a pessimistic nostalgia for the past. Six stories of amazing diversity and two critical essays revealing the understated Japanese ideals of beauty make up this volume, all translated into English for the first time. Forming a sequel to the three stories published in Sato's The Sick Rose, these stories exhibit an extraordinary variety of themes and styles, ranging from poetic fairy tales to psychological portraits to who-done-it crime stories. The title story is a utopian dream of a better city, populated by ideal people, that vanishes in a mirage. Another tale portrays the loneliness of a man unsuccessful with women. A third embellishes a bare Basho haiku about the man next door. Here too are the dream ballad of a Chinese prince, the imaginary world of a mad Japanese artist in Paris, and the probing search for an opium-drugged murderer. Sato's critical essays that conclude this volume have their themes in an exploration of the sad beauty of impermanence, the nature of enlightenment, the awareness of self, the merging of the instant and the eternal, and the "self-indulgent, unrestrained beauty" of the Japanese language. This collection not only affords insights into the complexity of the work of a gifted writer, but also significantly broadens the perspective of the literary world of the Taisho period.
Category: Literary Criticism

Make Him Look Good

Author : Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez
ISBN : 9781429919197
Genre : Fiction
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The "him" in Make Him Look Good is Ricky Biscayne, sexy Latin singing sensation who has taken the pop world by storm. But it takes more than swiveling hips and dreamy eyes to get to the top of the charts. The women who orbit Ricky are: -- Milan, Ricky's new publicist, and her sister Geneva whose Club G promises to have Miami's hottest opening ever -- Jill Sanchez, a media-manic Latina star who has crossed over from CDs to perfume, clothes and movies -- Jasminka, Ricky's gorgeous Croatian model wife -- Irene, a firefighter whose high school romance with Ricky was the last love in her life, eking out an existence for herself and her daughter Sophia, who is beginning to suspect that she and Ricky Biscayne look a little too much alike With several satisfying romances set against Miami's music, club and modeling scenes, Make Him Look Goodis irresistible fiction from one of America's most original voices.
Category: Fiction

Prairie Woman

Author : L D Tames
ISBN : 1462818056
Genre : Fiction
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The Most Beautiful Woman In Florence

Author : Alyssa Palombo
ISBN : 9781466882645
Genre : Fiction
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"In the tradition of Tracy Chevalier’s Girl with a Pearl Earring, Palombo has married fine art with romantic historical fiction in this lush and sensual interpretation of Medici Florence, artist Sandro Botticelli, and the muse that inspired them all." - Booklist A girl as beautiful as Simonetta Cattaneo never wants for marriage proposals in 15th Century Italy, but she jumps at the chance to marry Marco Vespucci. Marco is young, handsome and well-educated. Not to mention he is one of the powerful Medici family’s favored circle. Even before her marriage with Marco is set, Simonetta is swept up into Lorenzo and Giuliano de’ Medici’s glittering circle of politicians, poets, artists, and philosophers. The men of Florence—most notably the rakish Giuliano de’ Medici—become enthralled with her beauty. That she is educated and an ardent reader of poetry makes her more desirable and fashionable still. But it is her acquaintance with a young painter, Sandro Botticelli, which strikes her heart most. Botticelli immediately invites Simonetta, newly proclaimed the most beautiful woman in Florence, to pose for him. As Simonetta learns to navigate her marriage, her place in Florentine society, and the politics of beauty and desire, she and Botticelli develop a passionate intimacy, one that leads to her immortalization in his masterpiece, The Birth of Venus. Alyssa Palombo’s The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence vividly captures the dangerous allure of the artist and muse bond with candor and unforgettable passion.
Category: Fiction

Big Stone Gap

Author : Adriana Trigiani
ISBN : 0345463617
Genre : Fiction
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE • Features behind-the-scenes bonus material from the film—including photos, excerpts from the script, and favorite recipes from on the set Millions of readers around the world have fallen in love with the small town of Big Stone Gap, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, and the story of its self-proclaimed spinster, Ave Maria Mulligan. In the series’ enchanting debut, Ave Maria reaches her thirty-fifth year and resigns herself to the single life, filling her days with hard work, fun friends, and good books. Then, one fateful day, Ave Maria’s past opens wide with the revelation of a long-buried secret that will alter the course of her life. Before she knows it, Ave Maria is fielding marriage proposals, trying to claim her rightful inheritance, and planning the trip of a lifetime to Italy—one that will change her view of the world and her own place in it forever. Full of wit and wonder, hilarity and heart, Big Stone Gap is a gem of a book, and one that you will share with friends and family for years to come. Praise for Big Stone Gap “Charming . . . Readers would do well to fall into the nearest easy chair and savor the story.”—USA Today “Delightfully quirky . . . chock-full of engaging, oddball characters and unexpected plot twists.”—People “[A] heartfelt tale . . . In an anecdotal style reminiscent of Fannie Flagg, Adriana Trigiani engagingly captures a slice of small-town America.”—San Jose Mercury News
Category: Fiction

The Bald Boy And The Most Beautiful Girl In The World

Author : H. B. Paksoy
Genre : History
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I have been enjoying teaching for the past three decades. Prior to joining the Baker College family, I served as a faculty member at Ohio State University, Franklin University, Central Connecticut State, University of Massachusetts. Over the same period, my research papers have appeared in more than sixty periodic journals and scholarly collections, in over thirty-five countries situated on all inhabited continents. I also published (as author or editor) fifteen books. I earned my D. Phil. at Oxford university (England) (with a Grant from the Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals of the Universities of the United Kingdom), M.A. at the University of Texas at Dallas (with a National Science Foundation Project Grant Assistantship) and B.S. at Trinity University (with Bostwick Scholarship).
Category: History