Author: Luis Sepúlveda
A Cat, A Seagull, An Impossible Task...Caught up in an oil spill, a dying seagull scrambles ashore to lay her final egg and lands on a balcony, where she meets Zorba, a big black cat from the port of Hamburg. The cat promises the seagull to look after the egg, not to eat the chick once it's hatched and - most difficult of all - to teach the baby gull to fly. Will Zorba and his feline friends honour the promise and give Lucky, the adopted little seagull, the strength to discover her true nature?
Author: Luis Sepúlveda, Peter Bush
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Antonio Jose Boliva Proano, an old man who has lived in peace with the Shuar Indians in Ecuador's jungle for over 40 years, takes part in a hunt for an ocelot whose cubs were killed by a gringo and who now kills men
Author: Luis Sepúlveda
This "engrossing, thoughtful noir novel" (Publishers Weekly) pits a former South american Marxist guerrilla against an ex-Stasi agent in a race to uncover the truth about a cache of medieval coins stolen during World War II. Translated by Suzanne Ruta.
Author: Maria Helena Guedes
Publisher: Clube de Autores
A primeira parte do livro mostra o jovem Fernão Capelo Gaivota frustrado com o materialismo e o significado da conformidade e da limitação da vida de uma gaivota. Ele é confrontado com paixão pelos voos de todos os tipos, e a sua alma descola com as suas experiencias e emocionantes triunfos de ousadia e feitos aéreos. Eventualmente, a sua falta de conformismo à limitada vida de gaivota leva-o a entrar em conflito com o seu bando e virarem-se contra ele.
Author: Mai Neng Moua
Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press
In this groundbreaking anthology, first- and second-generation Hmong Americans -- the first to write creatively in English -- share their perspectives on being Hmong in America. In stories, poetry, essays, and drama, these writers address the common challenges of immigrants adapting to a new homeland: preserving ethnic identity and traditions, assimilating to and battling with the dominant culture, negotiating generational conflicts exacerbated by the clash of cultures, and developing new identities in multiracial America. Many pieces examine Hmong history and culture and the authors' experiences as Americans. Others comment on issues significant to the community: the role of women in a traditionally patriarchal culture, the effects of violence and abuse, the stories of Hmong military action in Laos during the Vietnam War. These writers don't pretend to provide a single story of the Hmong; instead, a multitude of voices emerge, some wrapped up in the past, others looking toward the future, where the notion of 'Hmong American' continues to evolve.
Author: Danielle Steel
Publisher: Delacorte Press
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Ginny Carter was once a rising star in TV news, married to a top anchorman, with a three-year-old son and a full and happy life in Beverly Hills—until her whole world dissolved in a single instant on the freeway two days before Christmas. In the aftermath, she pieces her life back together and tries to find meaning in her existence as a human rights worker in the worst areas around the globe. Then, on the anniversary of the fateful accident—and wrestling with the lure of death herself—she meets a boy who will cause her life to change forever yet again. Thirteen-year-old Blue Williams has been living on the streets, abandoned by his family, rarely attending school, and utterly alone. Following her instincts, Ginny reaches out to him. Leery of everyone, he runs from her again and again. But he always returns, and each time, their friendship grows. Blue glows with outsized spirit and an irresistible mix of innocence and wisdom beyond his years. Ginny offers him respect as they form an unusual bond and become the family they each lost. But just as Blue is truly beginning to trust her, she learns of a shocking betrayal that he has been hiding. Is it a wound too deep to heal, or will she be able to fight the battle that will make them both whole again? Blue is #1 New York Times bestselling author Danielle Steel at her finest, a probing and emotionally gripping story of dark secrets revealed, second chances, and the power of love and courage to overcome life’s greatest challenges.
Author: James Dashner
Publisher: Cedar Fort
From Duluth, Georgia, fourteen-year-old Jimmy Fincher sets off on a quest that takes him across the country and to other, sometimes terrifying, worlds, armed with a powerful gift and a mission: to prevent the evil Stompers from destroying Earth.
Author: Charles Bukowski
Publisher: City Lights Books
“Genius could be the ability to say a profound thing in a simple way, or even to say a simple thing in a simpler way.”—Charles Bukowski In The Mathematics of the Breath and the Way, Charles Bukowski considers the art of writing, and the art of living as a writer. Bringing together a variety of previously uncollected stories, columns, reviews, introductions, and interviews, this book finds him approaching the dynamics of his chosen profession with cynical aplomb, deflating pretensions and tearing down idols armed with only a typewriter and a bottle of beer. Beginning with the title piece—a serious manifesto disguised as off-handed remarks en route to the racetrack—The Mathematics of the Breath and the Way runs through numerous tales following the author’s adventures at poetry readings, parties, film sets, and bars, and also features an unprecedented gathering of Bukowski’s singular literary criticism. From classic authors like Hemingway to underground legends like d.a. levy to his own stable of obscure favorites, Bukowski uses each occasion to expound on the larger issues around literary production. The book closes with a handful of interviews in which he discusses his writing practices and his influences, making this a perfect guide to the man behind the myth and the disciplined artist behind the boozing brawler. Born in Andernach, Germany, and raised in Los Angeles, Charles Bukowski (1920–1994) is the author of over forty-five books of poetry and prose. David Stephen Calonne has written several books and edited four previous volumes of uncollected Bukowski for City Lights.
Author: Luis Sepúlveda
Publisher: Alma Books
Rebelde the snail can't stop asking his fellow molluscs awkward questions, starting with: why are we so slow? When he is finally banished from the snail community because of this, he is forced to travel the world alone. As he explores in his slow snail-like way, Rebelde makes new friends and goes on plenty of adventures, gaining wisdom from every new encounter. But when he finds out his friends are in danger, he decides to rush home to warn them. Will he get there in time to save them? Luis Sepúlveda's bestselling The Story of a Snail Who Discovered the Importance of Being Slow is a wonderful ode to diversity and unity, celebrating the importance of being slow in a world obsessed with speed.
Author: António Lobo Antunes
Publisher: Grove Press
Set in Lisbon in the 1970s during the dissolution of Portugal's African colonies, a stunning novel combines Portuguese history with the unforgettable tale of Vasco da Gama who, along with his band of fellow heroes, starts to reclaim Lisbon by winning it, piece by piece, in fixed card games. Reprint.