French Dirt

  • Filename: french-dirt.
  • ISBN: 9781565127401
  • Release Date: 2012-02-13
  • Number of pages: 203
  • Author: Richard Goodman
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books

A story about dirt--and about sun, water, work, elation, and defeat. And about the sublime pleasure of having a little piece of French land all to oneself to till. Richard Goodman saw the ad in the paper: "SOUTHERN FRANCE: Stone house in Village near Nimes/Avignon/Uzes. 4 BR, 2 baths, fireplace, books, desk, bikes. Perfect for writing, painting, exploring & experiencing la France profonde. $450 mo. plus utilities." And, with his girlfriend, he left New York City to spend a year in Southern France. The village was small--no shops, no gas station, no post office, only a café and a school. St. Sebastien de Caisson was home to farmers and vintners. Every evening Goodman watched the villagers congregate and longed to be a part of their camaraderie. But they weren't interested in him: he was just another American, come to visit and soon to leave. So Goodman laced up his work boots and ventured out into the vineyards to work among them. He met them first as a hired worker, and then as a farmer of his own small plot of land. French Dirt is a love story between a man and his garden. It's about plowing, planting, watering, and tending. It's about cabbage, tomatoes, parsley, and eggplant. Most of all, it's about the growing friendship between an American outsider and a close-knit community of French farmers. "There's a genuine sweetness about the way the cucumbers and tomatoes bridge the divide of nationality."--The New York Times Book Review "One of the most charming, perceptive and subtle books ever written about the French by an American."--San Francisco Chronicle

The Autobiography Of Henry VIII

  • Filename: the-autobiography-of-henry-viii.
  • ISBN: 9781447217312
  • Release Date: 2011-12-12
  • Number of pages: 944
  • Author: Margaret George
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan

This is the story of England’s most famous, and notorious, king. The facts of Henry VIII’s life and reign were more astonishing, poignant and outlandish than the plot twists of most fiction. Henry’s character was complex: he was a charismatic, ardent – and brash – young lover who married six times; a scholar with a deep love of poetry and music; an energetic hunter who loved the outdoors; a monarch whose lack of a male heir haunted him incessantly; and a ruthless leader who would stop at nothing to achieve his desires. His monumental decision to split from Rome and the Catholic Church was one that would forever shape the religious and political landscape of Britain. Combining magnificent storytelling with an extraordinary grasp of the pleasures and perils of power, Margaret George delivers a vivid portrait of Henry VIII and Tudor England and the powerhouse of players on its stage: Thomas Cromwell, Cardinal Wolsey, Thomas More and Anne Boleyn. It is also a narrative told from an original perspective: Margaret George writes from the King’s point of view, injecting irreverent comments from Will Somers – Henry’s jester and confidant.

Annie s Journey

  • Filename: annie-s-journey.
  • ISBN: 9781622120826
  • Release Date: 2012-04-01
  • Number of pages: 310
  • Author: Joyce Dorsey Ostlund
  • Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing

In this dramatic historical novel, a sequel to author Joyce Dorsey Ostlund's Love's Gift,17 year-old Annie faces a shocking and stark future when her father sells the family farm and leaves Annie and her mother to work as servants for the new owner and his son. Annie's life becomes miserable, especially due to the sexual advances of her bosses, but she finds solace in friendship with other workers on the farm, and at the local church. When she continues to encounter abuse, the priest helps Annie move to the city, and then to London. Five years later, Annie returns to the farm and finds it has been left to her. After falling in love with the grandson of people she worked with in the past, Annie finds a letter from her mother, now deceased, which holds a great mystery. Anne sets out on a quest which takes her out of the country, once again, in order to uncover the truth of the past. Can she and her new love conquer the obstacles that threaten to keep them apart? Will Annie be able to keep the farm and live out her dreams?

The Best Travel Writing 2010

  • Filename: the-best-travel-writing-2010.
  • ISBN: 9781932361896
  • Release Date: 2010-05-25
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Author: James O'Reilly
  • Publisher: Travelers' Tales

The Best Travel Writing 2010 is the seventh volume in the annual Travelers' Tales series launched in 2004 to celebrate the world's best travel writing — from Nobel Prize winners to emerging new writers. The points of view and perspectives are global, and themes encompass high adventure, spiritual growth, romance, hilarity and misadventure, service to humanity, and encounters with exotic cuisine. In The Best Travel Writing 2010 readers will explore the mysteries of superstition in Cameroon, discover the meaning of life with an Irish carpenter on a long flight, take adopted children to Korea on a Homeland Tour, delve deep into a sacred Japanese pilgrimage, travel solo in Panama's forbidding Darien jungle, comprehend the nuances of bargaining in Senegal...and much more.

A Fable

  • Filename: a-fable.
  • ISBN: 9780307792136
  • Release Date: 2011-05-18
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Author: William Faulkner
  • Publisher: Vintage

This novel won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award in 195. An allegorical story of World War I, set in the trenches in France and dealing ostensibly with a mutiny in a French regiment, it was originally considered a sharp departure for Faulkner. Recently it has come to be recognized as one of his major works and an essential part of the Faulkner oeuvre. Faulkner himself fought in the war, and his descriptions of it "rise to magnificence," according to The New York Times, and include, in Malcolm Cowley's words, "some of the most powerful scenes he ever conceived."

The Mentor

  • Filename: the-mentor.
  • ISBN: UCAL:B3064989
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Charles Kingsley His Letters and Memories of His Life

  • Filename: charles-kingsley-his-letters-and-memories-of-his-life.
  • ISBN: 9781108034845
  • Release Date: 2011-11-10
  • Number of pages: 522
  • Author: Charles Kingsley
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

A biography of the priest, historian and supporter of social reform, now remembered as the author of The Water Babies.

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