Charlie St Cloud

Autore: Ben Sherwood
Editore: Bantam
ISBN: 0345527178
Grandezza: 68,13 MB
Formato: PDF, Kindle
Vista: 9916
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In a snug New England fishing village, Charlie St. Cloud tends the lawns and monuments of an ancient cemetery where his younger brother, Sam, is buried. After surviving the car accident that claimed his brother's life, Charlie is graced with an extraordinary gift: He can see, talk to, and even play catch with Sam's spirit. Into this magical world comes Tess Carroll, a captivating woman training for a solo sailing trip around the globe. Fate steers her boat into a treacherous storm that propels her into Charlie's life. Their beautiful and uncommon connection leads to a race against time and a choice between death and life, between the past and the future, between holding on and letting go — and the discovery that miracles can happen if we simply open our hearts.

The Death And Life Of Charlie St Cloud

Autore: Ben Sherwood
Editore: Bantam
ISBN: 0553898744
Grandezza: 75,77 MB
Formato: PDF, Kindle
Vista: 7963
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The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud tells the haunting story of a young man who narrowly survives a terrible car wreck that kills his little brother. Years later, the brothers’ bond remains so strong that it transcends the normal boundaries separating life and death. Charlie St. Cloud lives in a snug New England fishing village. By day he tends the lawns and monuments of the ancient cemetery where his younger brother, Sam, is buried. Graced with an extraordinary gift after surviving the accident, he can still see, talk, and even play catch with Sam’s spirit. But townsfolk whisper that Charlie has never recovered from his loss. Into his carefully ordered life comes Tess Carroll, a captivating, adventuresome woman training for a solo sailing trip around the globe. Fate steers her boat into a treacherous storm that blows her back to harbor, to a charged encounter with Charlie, and to a surprise more overwhelming than the violent sea itself. Charlie and Tess discover a beautiful and uncommon connection that leads to a race against time and a desperate choice between death and life, between the past and the future, between holding on and letting go. Luminous, soulful, and filled with unforgettable characters, The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud is one of those rare, wise books that reveal the mysteries of the unseen world around us, gently transforming the worst pain of loss into hope, healing, and even laughter. Suspenseful and deeply moving, its startling climax reminds us that sometimes tragedies can bring about miracles if we simply open our hearts. From the Hardcover edition.

The Man Who Ate The 747

Autore: Ben Sherwood
Editore: Bantam
ISBN: 0307428567
Grandezza: 50,35 MB
Formato: PDF
Vista: 9774
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This is the story of the greatest love, ever.... J. J. Smith, Keeper of the Records for The Book of Records, is an ordinary man searching for the extraordinary. J.J. has clocked the world’s longest continuous kiss. He has verified the lengthiest single unbroken apple peel. He has tasted the world’s largest menu item. But J.J. has never witnessed great love. That is, until he comes to a tiny town in the American heartland. Here J.J. discovers a world record attempt like no other. Piece by piece, a farmer is eating a Boeing 747 to prove his love for a woman. But when J.J. unexpectedly falls in love with the same woman, a woman as outwardly cynical as he is, J.J. learns why records are made to be broken...and why the greatest wonders in life can never be measured. From the Paperback edition.

Why Knot

Autore: Philippe Petit
Editore: Abrams
ISBN: 1613124686
Grandezza: 52,44 MB
Formato: PDF
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On August 7, 1974, Philippe Petit stepped out on a wire illegally rigged between the New York World Trade Center’s twin towers, where he performed for nearly an hour. During this history-making walk, and many others throughout his celebrated career, knots have always been indispensable components—the guardian angels protecting his life in the sky. After years of hands-on research, Philippe presents Why Knot?, a guide to tying his essential knots. Philippe’s own practical sketches illustrate original methods and clear, clever tying instructions. Photographs in which special knots were used during spectacular high-wire walks, quirky knot trivia, personal anecdotes, helpful tips, magic tricks, and special tying challenges ensure that, if you’re not already nuts for knots, Petit will transform you into a knot aficionado. Praise for Why Knot?: “In reading Philippe’s book we are cogently reminded that without the ability to secure a rope, or tether a goat, or make fast the sheets of a galley, much of the civilization that we take for granted would disappear as easily as a slipknot in the hands of a Vegas conjuror.†? —Sting “Philippe Petit is an artist of knots: We get taken and sprung free at the same time. This is a dynamic book, eclectic, fun, and practical. From Nabokov to the World Trade Center to improvised handcuffs! Wonderful.†? —Colum McCann “Read this book and pop it in your pocket. . . . One day it may save your life!†? —Melissa Leo “This is not your normal book for Boy Scouts. This is for those with a sense of poetry—the poetry and the mystery of the Bowline in the Bight, the Highwayman’s Hitch, and the Monkey’s Fist—revealed to us by a man whose life depends on ropes and knots.†? —Werner Herzog “Petit’s distinct and deeply insightful philosophy through the guise of mere knots forever binds us to surprising new joys.†? —Elizabeth Streb “The book describes, among other things, the kind of knots that held fast when was high up without a net—the ‘locked constrictor’ he used at the trade center, the ‘farmer’s loop’ he fastened to the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Australia in 1973, the ‘jug sling’ he cast before he walked between Avery Fisher Hall and what was then the New York State Theater in Lincoln Center in 1987.†? —The New York Times “Petit’s illustrated guide to some of his favorites, like the slipped clove hitch he used to anchor the wire on which he walked across New York’s Grand Central Terminal.... [He] carried a length of rope in his pocket in order to perform tricks at a moment’s notice. The book comes equipped with a section of cord so readers can do the same.†? —WIRED “In explaining the purpose and creation of knots, Mr. Petit earns perfect marks. Thanks to those flawless drawings, I relearned the bowline in record time.†? —Wall Street Journal “Petit, who knows how to tie 200 knots and has a knot library of 200 volumes, is a poetic and passionate instructor.†? —Boston Globe “His newest book celebrates the unsung heroes of his work: knots. This beautifully packaged hardcover comes complete with a practice rope coiled in the title’s O.†? †“ Mental Floss “Thank you for this very smart book, everyone needs one!†? —Charlie Rose “Mr. Petit is the perfect teacher. His descriptions are clear, he deploys humor frequently and he makes his points with anecdotes that are colorful and memorable. Explaining the purpose and creation of knots and thanks to those flawless drawings Mr. Petit earns perfect marks.†? —Wall Street Journal “For famed high-wire walker Philippe Petit, a well-tied knot is more than a thing of beauty—it’s a matter of life and death. The punning title of Philippe Petit’s latest book could just as easily be the maxim by which he ha

The Storied Life Of A J Fikry

Autore: Gabrielle Zevin
Editore: Algonquin Books
ISBN: 1616203943
Grandezza: 18,76 MB
Formato: PDF, Mobi
Vista: 462
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“Funny, tender, and moving, The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry reminds us all exactly why we read and why we love.”* A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over--and see everything anew. “This novel has humor, romance, a touch of suspense, but most of all love--love of books and bookish people and, really, all of humanity in its imperfect glory.” —Eowyn Ivey, author of The Snow Child “Marvelously optimistic about the future of books and bookstores and the people who love both.” —The Washington Post “You won’t want it to end.” —Family Circle “A natural for book groups.” —Richmond Times-Dispatch “A reader’s paradise of the first order.” —The Buffalo News “A fun, page-turning delight.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune “Captures the joy of connecting people and books . . . Irresistible.” —Booklist “A wonderful, moving, endearing story of redemption and transformation that will sing in your heart for a very, very long time.” —Garth Stein, author of The Art of Racing in the Rain “Readers who delighted in The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, and Letters from Skye will be equally captivated by this novel.” —*Library Journal, starred review

A Charlie Brown Religion

Autore: Stephen J. Lind
Editore: Univ. Press of Mississippi
ISBN: 1496804694
Grandezza: 44,99 MB
Formato: PDF, ePub, Mobi
Vista: 2056
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Charles M. Schulz’s Peanuts comic strip franchise, the most successful of all time, forever changed the industry. For more than half a century, the endearing, witty insights brought to life by Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, and Lucy have caused newspaper readers and television viewers across the globe to laugh, sigh, gasp, and ponder. A Charlie Brown Religion explores one of the most provocative topics Schulz broached in his heartwarming work—religion. Based on new archival research and original interviews with Schulz’s family, friends, and colleagues, author Stephen J. Lind offers a new spiritual biography of the life and work of the great comic strip artist. In his lifetime, aficionados and detractors both labeled Schulz as a fundamentalist Christian or as an atheist. Yet his deeply personal views on faith have eluded journalists and biographers for decades. Previously unpublished writings from Schulz will move fans as they begin to see the nuances of the humorist’s own complex, intense journey toward understanding God and faith. “There are three things that I’ve learned never to discuss with people,” Linus says, “Religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin.” Yet with the support of religious communities, Schulz bravely defied convention and dared to express spiritual thought in the “funny pages,” a secular, mainstream entertainment medium. This insightful, thorough study of the 17,897 Peanuts newspaper strips, seventy-five animated titles, and global merchandising empire will delight and intrigue as Schulz considers what it means to believe, what it means to doubt, and what it means to share faith with the world.

Tree Of Smoke

Autore: Denis Johnson
Editore: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 1509829997
Grandezza: 26,63 MB
Formato: PDF, ePub
Vista: 2297
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Tree of Smoke – the name given to a ‘psy op’ that might or might not be hypothetical and might or might not be officially sanctioned – is Denis Johnson’s most gripping, visionary and ambitious work to date. Set in south-east Asia and the US, and spanning two decades, it ostensibly tells the story of Skip Sands, a CIA spy who may or may not be engaged in psychological operations against the Viet Cong -- but also takes the reader on a surreal yet vivid journey, dipping in and out of characters’ lives to reveal fundamental truths at the heart of the human condition. ‘A Catch-22 for our times’ Alan Warner, Books of the Year, Observer 'The God I want to believe in has a voice and a sense of humour like Denis Johnson's' Jonathan Franzen ‘An epic of drenched sensuality and absurdly chewable dialogue, as though Don DeLillo and Joseph Heller had collaborated on a Vietnam war novel’ Steven Poole, Books of the Year, New Statesman

Duke

Autore: Terry Teachout
Editore: Penguin
ISBN: 0698138589
Grandezza: 21,62 MB
Formato: PDF, ePub, Docs
Vista: 7481
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A major new biography of Duke Ellington from the acclaimed author of Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington was the greatest jazz composer of the twentieth century—and an impenetrably enigmatic personality whom no one, not even his closest friends, claimed to understand. The grandson of a slave, he dropped out of high school to become one of the world’s most famous musicians, a showman of incomparable suavity who was as comfortable in Carnegie Hall as in the nightclubs where he honed his style. He wrote some fifteen hundred compositions, many of which, like “Mood Indigo” and “Sophisticated Lady,” remain beloved standards, and he sought inspiration in an endless string of transient lovers, concealing his inner self behind a smiling mask of flowery language and ironic charm. As the biographer of Louis Armstrong, Terry Teachout is uniquely qualified to tell the story of the public and private lives of Duke Ellington. A semi-finalist for the National Book Award, Duke peels away countless layers of Ellington’s evasion and public deception to tell the unvarnished truth about the creative genius who inspired Miles Davis to say, “All the musicians should get together one certain day and get down on their knees and thank Duke.”

Shadows Before The Sun

Autore: Kelly Gay
Editore: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1451625502
Grandezza: 36,83 MB
Formato: PDF
Vista: 2140
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Between life and death lies a chasm of pain beyond imagining. . . . Elysia may be a heavenly off-world destination, but beyond it, in the siren city of Fiallan, the Circe have punished Charlie Madigan’s partner, Hank, into a torturous state between life and death. With all the proper legal channels cleared, Charlie heads to Elysia, not knowing what she’ll find, or if she’ll ever see the siren again . . . while at home, jinn crime boss Grigori Tennin has begun an all-out hunt for the divine being Ahkneri. Tennin’s tactics set off a chain reaction that puts Charlie in the crosshairs of the shadowy creature known as Death, and stirs Ahkneri from her long sleep—and if Vengeance awakes, Atlanta will never be the same.

Dawn Of The Dead

Autore: George A. Romero
Editore: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 147679183X
Grandezza: 80,55 MB
Formato: PDF, Kindle
Vista: 9205
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A handful of survivors find refuge at a local mall. They realize that a mall is the perfect place to sit out the end of the world and even begin to enjoy themselves. But before long, the zombies start to find their way in.