La Rilegatrice Dei Libri Proibiti

Autore: Belinda Starling
Editore: Neri Pozza Editore
ISBN: 8854511846
Grandezza: 63,91 MB
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È il 1859 a Londra e davanti alla legatoria Damage si è appena fermata una carrozza con le ruote di un rosso fiammante, i fanali dorati e uno stemma sulla portiera. Dalla carrozza è sceso un uomo alto, abbronzato, elegantissimo con la sua redingote nera, il foulard scarlatto, gli occhiali d’oro e il bastone da passeggio sormontato da un enorme rubino. È sir Jocelyn Knightley che, con la sua cerchia di amici, aristocratici come lui, coltiva il sogno di liberare la società dalle «pastoie del ritegno» e della morale. Da quando la legge ha stabilito che è illegale pubblicare e diffondere opere letterarie di genere immorale ma non possederle, sir Knightley e i suoi amici collezionano quei libri proibiti che i puritani dell’epoca vorrebbero bruciare tra le fiamme dell’inferno: il Decamerone, il Satyricon di Petronio, l’Ars Amatoria di Ovidio... A rilegare quei libri con preziose pelli e fodere scarlatte è Dora Damage, la moglie di Peter Damage. L’artrite reumatica sta deformando e immobilizzando le mani del marito e, in barba a tutte le leggi della corporazione dei legatori che vietano il lavoro alle donne, Dora è stata costretta a prenderne il posto. Le sue originali rilegature, così morbide e seducenti, suscitano l’entusiasmo di sir Knightley e dei suoi amici, i «Sauvages Nobles». Dora comincia così a rilegare tutte le opere proibite e galanti del gruppo con l’aiuto di Jack, un giovane apprendista, e di Din, uno schiavo nero americano condotto nel laboratorio dalla filantropica e ambigua Lady Sylvia, la moglie di sir Knightley. Ma non finisce forse puntualmente nei guai chi entra in una «società del vizio»? Romanzo storico, che ci restituisce perfettamente i conflitti di sesso, razza e classe dell’età vittoriana, La rilegatrice dei libri proibiti ci offre, con Dora Damage, un’eroina moderna che non esita a infrangere le regole e i tabù della Londra del XIX secolo, la città più grande del mondo, in cui gli ideali più nobili si accompagnano alle miserie più sordide. Londra, 1859: può una passione diventare ossessione? «Siamo nella Londra vittoriana e Dora, la protagonista non esita a infrangere regole e tabù». il Sole 24 ore «Eroi e pervertiti, vittime e sadici, popolano una Londra raccontata meticolosamente». Ttl, supplemento de La Stampa «Il romanzo di Belinda Starling pone una questione non molto diversa da quella del Profumo di Süskind: può una passione diventare ossessione? [...] Storia sui tanti tipi di amore, verso persone o cose, che possono rendere liberi oppure schiavi, il libro intreccia i temi della libertà sessuale, della condizione della donna e dell’abolizione della schiavitù, denudando la falsità morale dell’amore come volontà di possesso». Nicola Manuppelli, D, la Repubblica delle Donne «Uno splendido romanzo storico, che ricostruisce quell'età vittoriana, regno dell'ipocrisia, i cui temi della libertà sessuale, della condizione della donna, dell'abolizione della schiavitù si intrecciarono sullo sfondo di una nazione ancora dominata da falsità morali e tabù di ogni tipo». Il Turismo Culturale

The Journal Of Dora Damage

Autore: Belinda Starling
Editore: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 9781608196043
Grandezza: 26,55 MB
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London, 1860: On the brink of destitution, Dora Damage illicitly takes over her ailing husband's bookbinding business, only to find herself lured into binding expensive volumes of pornography commissioned by aristocratic roués. Dora's charm and indefatigable spirit carry her through this rude awakening as she contends with violent debt collectors, an epileptic daughter, evil doctors, a rheumatic husband, errant workmen, nosy neighbors, and a constant stream of wealthy dilettantes. When she suddenly finds herself forced to offer an internship to a mysterious, fugitive American slave, Dora realizes she has been pulled into in an illegal trade of sex, money, and deceit. The Journal of Dora Damage conjures a vision of London when it was the largest city in the world, grappling with the filth produced by a swollen population. Against a backdrop of power and politics, work and idleness, conservatism and abolitionism, Belinda Starling explores the restrictions of gender, class, and race, the ties of family and love, and the price of freedom in this wholly engrossing debut novel. REVIEWS: "Unfortunately, Starling's debut novel will be her last; she died prematurely last year at the age of 34. Although the plot is a bit too crowded and overworked-a common novice mistake-this historical melodrama artfully evokes the contradictions inherent in Victorian society. When Dora Damage is forced by circumstances-an invalid husband and an epileptic daughter-to take over the family bookbinding business, she is inexorably drawn into a London netherworld she barely knew existed. As if binding pornographic books for a circle of aristocratic clients isn't bad enough, she is also compelled to harbor Din Nelson, a fugitive American slave. Unable to suppress her emotional and physical attraction for Din, she gives into desire and her real education begins."- Booklist

Florence Grace

Autore: Tracy Rees
Editore: Quercus Publishing
ISBN: 1787471829
Grandezza: 30,39 MB
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'Possibly the most wonderful book I've ever read. A complete joy' Amazon reviewer. Florrie Buckley is an orphan, living on the wind-blasted moors of Cornwall. It's a hard existence but Florrie is content. But when she is fourteen, she inherits a never-imagined secret: she is related to a wealthy and notorious London family, the Graces. Overnight, Florrie's life changes and she moves from country to city, from poverty to wealth. Cut off from everyone she has ever known, Florrie struggles to learn the rules of this strange new world. And then she must try to fathom her destructive pull towards the enigmatic and troubled Turlington Grace, a man with many dark secrets of his own. What readers are saying about Tracy Rees: "Tracy Rees writes from the heart" Kathryn Hughes, bestselling author of The Letter "Tracy Rees is the most outstanding new voice in historical fiction" Lucinda Riley "A beautifully crafted story with added romance" Isabelle Broom "Tracy's writing is so fresh, original and authentic" Rosanna Ley

Denton Little S Deathdate

Autore: Lance Rubin
Editore: Knopf Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 0553496980
Grandezza: 18,85 MB
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**WINNER of the ILA Young Adult Book Award!** Get ready to die laughing: this is an outrageously funny ride through the last hours of a teenager’s life as he searches for love, meaning, answers, and (just maybe) a way to live on. Denton Little’s Deathdate takes place in a world exactly like our own except that everyone knows the day on which they will die. For Denton, that’s in just two days—the day of his senior prom. Despite his early deathdate, Denton has always wanted to live a normal life, but his final days are filled with dramatic firsts. First hangover. First sex. First love triangle—as the first sex seems to have happened not with his adoring girlfriend, but with his best friend’s hostile sister. (Though he’s not totally sure—see, first hangover.) His anxiety builds when he discovers a strange purple rash making its way up his body. Is this what will kill him? And then a strange man shows up at his funeral, claiming to have known Denton’s long-deceased mother, and warning him to beware of suspicious government characters. . . . Suddenly Denton’s life is filled with mysterious questions and precious little time to find the answers. Fall in love with Denton Little! "Rubin is really funny but like John Green, he manages to be poignant at the same time. You'll laugh out loud while you read this, but you're probably going to tear up a bit too." --Bustle "The dialogue is witty and raunchy, the plot is uniquely twisted, and the ending is to die for. This book will fly off the shelves."--VOYA “Lance Rubin creates a world in which (almost) everyone can answer the question, ‘What would you do if you knew when you were going to die?’ and holy s*#! the answers are hilarious. I don’t think I’ve laughed at death so much in a long, long time. Read this book, it’ll have you dying.” —Isabel Quintero, Morris Award-winning author of Gabi, A Girl in Pieces "Hilarious, thought-provoking, irreverent, unforgettable. . . . Live your own death, Dent. We love you." --Catherine Gilbert Murdock, author of Dairy Queen “If Six Feet Under had been created by John Hughes: that’s Denton Little’s Deathdate.” —Tim Federle, author of The Great American Whatever “Wildly funny, brilliantly weird, and achingly heartfelt.” —Becky Albertalli, Morris Award–winning author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda "Highly original, fantastically entertaining, and laugh-out-loud funny, Denton Little's Deathdate is a wild romp through a night like no other." --Jennifer E. Smith, author of The Geography of You and Me "An utterly enjoyable, engrossing page-turner." -- Bulletin "The tweaked contemporary setting, irreverent end-of-life humor, and big, existential questions make this a good pick for fans of John Corey Whaley’s Noggin." -- Publishers Weekly

The Secret Ways Of Perfume

Autore: Cristina Caboni
Editore: Random House
ISBN: 1473510813
Grandezza: 13,67 MB
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From Florence to Paris, a scent like no other can take you unexpected places . . . Ten-year-old Elena lives in Florence with her cold and distant perfumier grandmother. Only when enveloped in aromas does Elena feel at home, and she has nurtured a unique gift: the ability to decipher the ingredients of a perfume, and experience the feelings it evokes. Years later, Elena’s talent leads her to the cobbled streets of Paris. There she rediscovers an old, secret family perfume recipe that no other perfumier has been able to replicate. As Elena begins to open her heart to new adventures she meets a man who is guarding his own secrets. From France’s sun-drenched lavender fields to the ancient heart of Italy, together they will follow a path of secret scents, distant memories and new hopes . . . 'Sensuous, evocative, intriguing and emotional - and like all good perfumes it lingered long after. An absolute treat' Veronica Henry 'Evocative, atmospheric and engaging' Daily Mail 'A beautiful and well-constructed tale' Elle 'A stunning story' Vanity Fair

Alfie The Doorstep Cat

Autore: Rachel Wells
Editore: HarperCollins UK
ISBN: 0008101612
Grandezza: 52,18 MB
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For all fans of A Street Cat Named Bob, this Sunday Times bestseller is truly a cat to be reckoned with.

Noi Non Ci Lasceremo Mai La Mia Vita Con Bovo

Autore: Anna Cherubini
Editore:
ISBN: 9788804648338
Grandezza: 48,86 MB
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Vista: 1859
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Middle School Big Fat Liar

Autore: James Patterson
Editore: jimmy patterson
ISBN: 0316376280
Grandezza: 38,20 MB
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Previously published as Middle School: My Brother is a Big Fat Liar. From blockbuster author James Patterson comes the third installment in the #1 New York Times bestselling Middle School series! Georgia Khatchadorian--the sister of the star of the first two Middle School books, Rafe Khatchadorian--plans to excel at Hills Village Middle School in all the places her troublemaking brother failed. She's even bet him that she'll quickly become one of the most popular girls in school. But Rafe left a big mark at HVMS, and no one will give Georgia a chance! Even worse, Rafe has sneakily set her up to embarrass herself in front of the snooty "Princesses" who run the school and the boy who's caught her eye. Will she be able to overcome her fears and win her bet with Rafe? Find out THE TRUTH about Rafe Khatchadorian's sister in the first Middle School story from the point of view of the hilarious Georgia--a girl who's ready to speak her mind!

The Hidden Diary Of Marie Antoinette

Autore: Carolly Erickson
Editore: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 9781429904063
Grandezza: 74,92 MB
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Vista: 9987
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Imagine that, on the night before she is to die under the blade of the guillotine, Marie Antoinette leaves behind in her prison cell a diary telling the story of her life—from her privileged childhood as Austrian Archduchess to her years as glamorous mistress of Versailles to the heartbreak of imprisonment and humiliation during the French Revolution. Carolly Erickson takes the reader deep into the psyche of France's doomed queen: her love affair with handsome Swedish diplomat Count Axel Fersen, who risked his life to save her; her fears on the terrifying night the Parisian mob broke into her palace bedroom intent on murdering her and her family; her harrowing attempted flight from France in disguise; her recapture and the grim months of harsh captivity; her agony when her beloved husband was guillotined and her young son was torn from her arms, never to be seen again. Erickson brilliantly captures the queen's voice, her hopes, her dreads, and her suffering. We follow, mesmerized, as she reveals every detail of her remarkable, eventful life—from her teenage years when she began keeping a diary to her final days when she awaited her own bloody appointment with the guillotine.

Barney S Version

Autore: Mordecai Richler
Editore: Vintage
ISBN: 0307813479
Grandezza: 43,57 MB
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Charged with comic energy and a steely disregard for any pieties whatsoever, Barney's Version is a major Richler novel, the most personal and feeling book of a long and distinguished career. Told in the first person, it gives us the life (and what a life!) of Barney Panofsky--whose trashy TV company, Totally Useless Productions, has made him a small fortune; whose three wives include a martyred feminist icon, a quintessential JCP (Jewish-Canadian Princess), and the incomparable Miriam, the perfect wife, lover, and mother--alas, now married to another man; who recalls with nostalgia and pain his young manhood in the Paris of the early fifties, and his lifelong passion for wine, women, and the Montreal Canadiens; who either did or didn't murder his best friend, Boogie, after discovering him in bed with The Second Mrs. Panofsky; whose satirical eye for the idiocies of today's Quebec separatists (as well as for every other kind of political correctness) manages to offend his entire acquaintanceship (and will soon be offending readers everywhere); and whose memory--though not his bile--is, in his sixty-seventh year, definitely slipping . . . From the Hardcover edition.