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All the Light We Cannot See

By Anthony Doerr
  • ISBN Code: : 1476746605
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Pages : 544
  • Category : Fiction
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*Winner of the Pulitzer Prize* A New York Times Book Review Top Ten Book* A National Book Award Finalist* From Anthony Doerr, the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning author of Cloud Cuckoo Land, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II. *Soon to be a Netflix limited series from the producers of Stranger Things* Marie-Laure lives in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where her father works. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel. In a mining town in Germany, Werner Pfennig, an orphan, grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find that brings them news and stories from places they have never seen or imagined. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments and is enlisted to use his talent to track down the resistance. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doerr illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another. Doerr’s “stunning sense of physical detail and gorgeous metaphors” (San Francisco Chronicle) are dazzling. Ten years in the writing, a National Book Award finalist, All the Light We Cannot See is a magnificent, deeply moving novel from a writer “whose sentences never fail to thrill” (Los Angeles Times).

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It might look like a pebble from the beach, but Eliza knows this is an egg. And one night when she hears cracking, she discovers the Stone Bird. It might still look like a stone to her mom, but Eliza knows it's alive. Step into the magical world of one child's imagination in this stunning debut by exciting new author Jenny McCartney, illustrated by luminary of children's books Patrick Benson.

Rumpelstiltskin Returns

By Maggie Pearson
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  • Publisher : Triangle Interactive, Inc.
  • Book Code : 1684446384
  • Total of Pages :
  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Members : 686
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Read Along or Enhanced eBook: One day after school, Rumpelstiltskin makes a surprise appearance in front of a young school girl. Although Rumpelstiltskin is a reformed character, he still ends up causing lots of trouble...

Blood from a Stone

By Donna Leon
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  • Publisher : Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Book Code : 1555848966
  • Total of Pages : 288
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 460
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When an immigrant dies on a Venice street, it will take a determined detective to pursue the case to its shocking end: “[An] outstanding series.” —Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review On a cold Venetian night shortly before Christmas, a street vendor is killed in a scuffle in Campo San Stefano. The closest witnesses to the event are the tourists who had been browsing the man’s wares before his death—fake handbags of every designer label. The dead man was one of the many African immigrants purveying goods outside normal shop hours and trading without a work permit. Once Commissario Guido Brunetti begins to investigate this unfamiliar Venetian underworld, he discovers that matters of great value are at stake within the secretive society. And his boss’s warning to avoid getting involved only makes Brunetti more determined to unearth the truth behind this mysterious killing. “[A] stunning novel . . . an engrossing, complex plot.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review “The appeal of Guido Brunetti, the hero of Donna Leon’s long-running Venetian crime series, comes not from his shrewdness, though he is plenty shrewd, nor from his quick wit. It comes, instead, from his role as an Everyman . . . [his life is] not so different from our own days at the office or nights around the dinner table. Crime fiction for those willing to grapple with, rather than escape, the uncertainties of daily life.” —Booklist

The Writing of the Gods

By Edward Dolnick
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  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Book Code : 1501198955
  • Total of Pages : 336
  • Category : History
  • Members : 879
  • Pdf File: the-writing-of-the-gods.pdf

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The surprising and compelling story of two rival geniuses in an all-out race to decode one of the world’s most famous documents—the Rosetta Stone—and their twenty-year-long battle to solve the mystery of ancient Egypt’s hieroglyphs. The Rosetta Stone is one of the most famous objects in the world, attracting millions of visitors to the British museum ever year, and yet most people don’t really know what it is. Discovered in a pile of rubble in 1799, this slab of stone proved to be the key to unlocking a lost language that baffled scholars for centuries. Carved in ancient Egypt, the Rosetta Stone carried the same message in different languages—in Greek using Greek letters, and in Egyptian using picture-writing called hieroglyphs. Until its discovery, no one in the world knew how to read the hieroglyphs that covered every temple and text and statue in Egypt. Dominating the world for thirty centuries, ancient Egypt was the mightiest empire the world had ever known, yet everything about it—the pyramids, mummies, the Sphinx—was shrouded in mystery. Whoever was able to decipher the Rosetta Stone, and learn how to read hieroglyphs, would solve that mystery and fling open a door that had been locked for two thousand years. Two brilliant rivals set out to win that prize. One was English, the other French, at a time when England and France were enemies and the world’s two great superpowers. The Writing of the Gods chronicles this high-stakes intellectual race in which the winner would win glory for both himself and his nation. A riveting portrait of empires both ancient and modern, this is an unparalleled look at the culture and history of ancient Egypt and a fascinating, fast-paced story of human folly and discovery unlike any other.

Magics of Slavic women

By Olga Kryuchkova,Elena Kryuchkova
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  • Publisher : Babelcube Inc.
  • Book Code : 1547566124
  • Total of Pages : 851
  • Category : Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Members : 817
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Spells and charms (originally, from the word to protect, [оберегать], which have remained till our days from the ages are nothing, but particles of ancient pagan prayers. With the adoption of Christianity in Ancient Russia, texts of canonical and apocryphal prayers were included in a number of spells, while the rest of them remained almost unchanged. However, all of them are the strongest carrier of spiritual energy. There is a lot of unclarity and inexplicability from the point of view of the modern human being. This heritage comes from the distant past. Spells are the secret knowledge of healers, wizards, fortune-tellers. Our ancestors asked them for help in cases of illnesses or some daily household needs. In this book, a set of “tools” is collected for all occasions. It is intended, first of all, for women. In ancient times of matriarchy, a woman was the one who protected her family from degeneration, evil spirits, danger. Her spells helped to raise the prosperity of a family, successful hunting, fishing. They also helped both the old and the young; helped with the family, love, protected the cattle from diseases, made soldiers invulnerable in fights. Women were the guides-healers. They knew the prophetic word creating a spell. Since it was a woman giving life to a child, she felt involved in the supernatural world, unearthly forces. Witchcraft passed from generation to generation: from grandmothers to young women by holding a special ritual.

Conceited Saint Breaking the Heaven

By San PaoLian
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  • Publisher : Funstory
  • Book Code : 1649485956
  • Total of Pages :
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 337
  • Pdf File: conceited-saint-breaking-the-heaven.pdf

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Those who dare to bully my brothers, kill! The godly fish gave him a second life, and also taught him a supreme Divine Art. As long as you practice it, I, your father, am still better than you. Everyone said that the Azure Dragon, White Tiger, Vermillion Bird, and Black Tortoise were the four great Saint Beasts. In truth, they were all wrong. The true Saint Beast was only the Kun Peng! Close]

Stone in a Landslide

By Maria Barbal
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  • Publisher : Peirene Press
  • Book Code : 1908670002
  • Total of Pages : 128
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 831
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The Catalan modern classic, first published in 1985, now in its 50th edition, for the first time in English. The beginning of the 20th century: 13-year-old Conxa leaves her home village in the Pyrenees to work for her childless aunt. After years of hardship she finds love with Jaume - a love that will be thwarted by the Spanish Civil War. Approaching her own death, Conxa looks back on a life in which she has lost everything except her own indomitable spirit. Why Peirene chose to publish this book: ‘I fell in love with Conxa's narrative voice, its stoic calmness and the complete lack of anger and bitterness. It's a timeless voice, down to earth and full of human contradictory nuances. It's the expression of someone who searches for understanding in a changing world but senses that ultimately there may be no such thing.’ Meike Ziervogel ‘Sparse and haunting.’ Katy Guest, Independent ‘The compression is so deft, the young narrator's voice so strong, so particular, her straightforward evocation of the hard labour and rare pleasures of mountain life . . . so vibrant, that it makes me want to take scissors to everything else I read.’ Richard Lea, Guardian ‘A Pyrenean life told in a quietly effective voice.’ Daniel Hahn, Independent ‘There is an understated power in Barbal’s depiction of how the forces of history can shape the life of the powerless.’ Adrian Turpin, Financial Times ‘A masterpiece of world literature and a shining example of the virtuosity of elegant and concise prose.’ Pam Norfolk, Lancashire Evening Post ‘Air-tight believability.’ Matthew Tree, Times Literary Supplement ​ INDEPENDENT BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2010 FOYLES BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2010

The Keys to the Temple

By Penny Billington,Ian Rees
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  • Publisher : Aeon Books
  • Book Code : 1801520313
  • Total of Pages : 254
  • Category : Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Members : 152
  • Pdf File: the-keys-to-the-temple.pdf

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Dion Fortune's esoteric novels were written as guides to magic and inner development to be used along with her great nonfiction work The Mystical Qabalah. This book shows how to work with her most popular fictions, exploring how the stories and characters can help you integrate the secrets of the Tree of Life and discover what Fortune called "the keys to the temple."Authors Penny Billington and Ian Rees show how to use Fortune's brilliant insights to gain a direct sense of being present in your body, master the art of the embodied imagination, discover your vitality, and open up to the clarity and love that arise from the root of your being. With an exploration of Fortune's writings, experiential practices, and a hands-on workbook section, you will learn to utilize the wealth of esoteric wisdom found in The Mystical Qabalah, The Goat-Foot God, The Sea Priestess, The Winged Bull, and Moon Magic'."This wonderful evocation of Dion Fortune's esoteric novels offers initiatory and practical pathways to the neophyte and reader!" - Caitlin & John Matthews, authors of The Lost Book of the Grail

A Countess for Christmas

By Anthea Lawson
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  • Publisher : Fiddlehead Press
  • Book Code : 131085176X
  • Total of Pages : 50
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 585
  • Pdf File: a-countess-for-christmas.pdf

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A heartwarming Christmas tale from USA Today bestseller Anthea Lawson, perfect for anyone who has ever felt overwhelmed by the season... Miss Cecilia Fairfax dreads the upcoming holidays. Between caring for her elderly father and managing a household barely out of mourning, she has no time for the softer things in life. Liam Barrett, the Earl of Tarrick, is certain he will not accept Marcus Fairfax’s invitation to spend Christmas at the Fairfax family’s estate – and the man’s tales of a family ghost have nothing to do with his decision. Of all the blessings of the season, sometimes the most unexpected is love… Heat level: SWEET Originally published in the anthology Christmas Ghosts, A Countess for Christmas is a Regency-set story of 13,000 words (approximately 50 pages). “A perfect Regency Christmas Story.” – Award-winning author/editor Kristine Grayson “Among the standouts.” – Publisher’s Weekly on Christmas Ghosts Keywords: Regency Historical Romance, Christmas Holiday Romance, Love Letters, Sweet Romance, Epistolary, Clean, Holidays, Mistletoe, Sherry Thomas, Meredith Duran, Courtney Milan, Julia Quinn, Bridgerton, Sweet, Heartwarming Romance, Victorian Romance, English Nobility, Erica Ridley, Duke and I, Eva Devon, Christi Caldwell, Alexa Aston, Scarlett Scott