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Battleborn

By Claire Vaye Watkins
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  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Isbn : 1101596759
  • Pages : 304
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 606
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The extraordinary debut collection from the Guggenheim Award-winning author of the forthcoming Gold Fame Citrus Winner of the 2012 Story Prize Recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters 2013 Rosenthal Family Foundation Award Named one of the National Book Foundation's "5 Under 35" fiction writers of 2012 Winner of New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award NPR Best Short Story Collections of 2012 A Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, and Time Out New York Best Book of the year, and more . . . Like the work of Cormac McCarthy, Denis Johnson, Richard Ford, and Annie Proulx, Battleborn represents a near-perfect confluence of sensibility and setting, and the introduction of an exceptionally powerful and original literary voice. In each of these ten unforgettable stories, Claire Vaye Watkins writes her way fearlessly into the mythology of the American West, utterly reimagining it. Her characters orbit around the region's vast spaces, winning redemption despite - and often because of - the hardship and violence they endure. The arrival of a foreigner transforms the exchange of eroticism and emotion at a prostitution ranch. A prospecting hermit discovers the limits of his rugged individualism when he tries to rescue an abused teenager. Decades after she led her best friend into a degrading encounter in a Vegas hotel room, a woman feels the aftershock. Most bravely of all, Watkins takes on – and reinvents – her own troubled legacy in a story that emerges from the mayhem and destruction of Helter Skelter. Arcing from the sweeping and sublime to the minute and personal, from Gold Rush to ghost town to desert to brothel, the collection echoes not only in its title but also in its fierce, undefeated spirit the motto of her home state.

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By Joy Williams
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  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Isbn : 030776382X
  • Pages : 320
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 474
  • File Pdf: the-quick-and-the-dead.pdf

Book Summary:

A Pulitzer Prize Finalist from one of our most heralded writers—the “poetic, disturbing, yet very funny” (The Washington Post Book World) life-and-death adventures of three misfit teenagers in the American desert Alice, Corvus, and Annabel, each a motherless child, are an unlikely circle of friends. One filled with convictions, another with loss, the third with a worldly pragmatism, they traverse an air-conditioned landscape eccentric with signs and portents—from the preservation of the living dead in a nursing home to the presentation of the dead as living in a wildlife museum—accompanied by restless, confounded adults. A father lusts after his handsome gardener even as he's haunted (literally) by his dead wife; a heartbroken dog runs afoul of an angry neighbor; a young stroke victim drifts westward, his luck running from worse to awful; a sickly musician for whom Alice develops an attraction is drawn instead toward darker imaginings and solutions; and an aging big-game hunter finds spiritual renewal through his infatuation with an eight-year-old—the formidable Emily Bliss Pickless. With nature thoroughly routed and the ambiguities of existence on full display, life and death continue in directions both invisible and apparent. Gloriously funny and wonderfully serious, The Quick and the Dead limns the vagaries of love, the thirst for meaning, and the peculiar paths by which all creatures are led to their destiny. A panorama of contemporary life and an endlessly surprising tour de force: penetrating and magical, ominous and comic, this is the most astonishing book yet in Joy Williams's illustrious career. Joy Williams belongs, James Salter has written, "in the company of Céline, Flannery O'Connor, and Margaret Atwood."

The Bartender's Tale

By Ivan Doig
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Isbn : 110159683X
  • Pages : 432
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 564
  • File Pdf: the-bartender-s-tale.pdf

Book Summary:

From a great American storyteller, a one-of-a-kind father and his precocious son, rocked by a time of change. Tom Harry has a streak of frost in his black pompadour and a venerable bar called The Medicine Lodge, the chief watering hole and last refuge of the town of Gros Ventre, in northern Montana. Tom also has a son named Rusty, an “accident between the sheets” whose mother deserted them both years ago.The pair make an odd kind of family, with the bar their true home, but they manage just fine. Until the summer of 1960, that is, when Rusty turns twelve. Change arrives with gale force, in the person of Proxy, a taxi dancer Tom knew back when, and her beatnik daughter, Francine. Is Francine, as Proxy claims, the unsuspected legacy of her and Tom’s past? Without a doubt she is an unsettling gust of the future, upending every certainty in Rusty’s life and generating a mist of passion and pretense that seems to obscure everyone’s vision but his own. As Rusty struggles to decipher the oddities of adult behavior and the mysteries build toward a reckoning, Ivan Doig wonderfully captures how the world becomes bigger and the past becomes more complex in the last moments of childhood.

Young Skins

By Colin Barrett
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
  • Isbn : 0802192106
  • Pages : 196
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 359
  • File Pdf: young-skins.pdf

Book Summary:

A blockbuster collection from one of Ireland’s most exciting young voices. “Sharp and lively . . . a rough, charged, and surprisingly fun read.” (Interview) A National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 Honoree * Winner of the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award * Winner of the Guardian First Book Award * Winner of the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature Enter the small, rural town of Glanbeigh, a place whose fate took a downturn with the Celtic Tiger, a desolate spot where buffoonery and tension simmer and erupt, and booze-sodden boredom fills the corners of every pub and nightclub. Here, and in the towns beyond, the young live hard and wear the scars. Amongst them, there’s jilted Jimmy, whose best friend Tug is the terror of the town and Jimmy’s sole company in his search for the missing Clancy kid; Bat, a lovesick soul with a face like “a bowl of mashed up spuds” even before Nubbin Tansey’s boot kicked it in; and Arm, a young and desperate criminal whose destiny is shaped when he and his partner, Dympna, fail to carry out a job. In each story, a local voice delineates the grittiness of post boom Irish society. These are unforgettable characters rendered through silence, humor, and violence. “Lyrical and tough and smart . . . What seems to be about sorrow and foreboding turns into an adventure, instead, in the tender art of the unexpected.” —Anne Enright, Man Booker Prize Award–winning author “Sometimes comic, sometimes melancholy, Young Skins touches the heart, as well as the mind.” —Irish American Post

You Came Back

By Christopher Coake
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Grand Central Publishing
  • Isbn : 1455506680
  • Pages : 432
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 961
  • File Pdf: you-came-back.pdf

Book Summary:

Thirty-something midwesterner Mark Fife believes he has successfully moved past the accidental death of his young son Brendan, as well as his subsequent divorce from his college sweetheart Chloe. He's successful, he's in love again, and he believes he's mastered his own memories. But then he is contacted by a strange woman who tells him not only that she owns his old house, but that she believes it to be haunted by Brendan's ghost. Will Mark--who does not believe in ghosts--come to accept the mounting evidence that Brendan's is real? Will his engagement to his new love Allison be threatened by the reappearance in Mark's life of Chloe--who does believe? If the ghost is real, what can these two wounded parents do to help their son? YOU CAME BACK examines the beauty and danger of belief in all its forms--not only belief in the supernatural, but in the love that binds parents and children, husbands and wives.

A Manual for Cleaning Women

By Lucia Berlin
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Isbn : 0374712867
  • Pages : 432
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 133
  • File Pdf: a-manual-for-cleaning-women.pdf

Book Summary:

"I have always had faith that the best writers will rise to the top, like cream, sooner or later, and will become exactly as well-known as they should be-their work talked about, quoted, taught, performed, filmed, set to music, anthologized. Perhaps, with the present collection, Lucia Berlin will begin to gain the attention she deserves." -Lydia Davis A MANUAL FOR CLEANING WOMEN compiles the best work of the legendary short-story writer Lucia Berlin. With the grit of Raymond Carver, the humor of Grace Paley, and a blend of wit and melancholy all her own, Berlin crafts miracles from the everyday, uncovering moments of grace in the Laundromats and halfway houses of the American Southwest, in the homes of the Bay Area upper class, among switchboard operators and struggling mothers, hitchhikers and bad Christians. Readers will revel in this remarkable collection from a master of the form and wonder how they'd ever overlooked her in the first place.

The Killers: Days & Ages

By Mark Beaumont
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Omnibus Press
  • Isbn : 1783230355
  • Pages : 64
  • Category : Music
  • Reads : 822
  • File Pdf: the-killers.pdf

Book Summary:

The ultimate story of The Killers' rise from Las Vegas croupiers to million selling global superstars headlining festivals throughout the world. Featuring interview transcripts with the band as well as new interviews with them and those around them right up to their new album Battle Born.

Deliverance

By S. B. Sebrick
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Golden Bullet Publishing
  • Isbn : N.a
  • Pages : 260
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 498
  • File Pdf: deliverance.pdf

Book Summary:

In the epic conclusion to the 'Assassin's Rising' Series, a new Varadour Remnant emerges. Atacherous demands a contest of arms before the entire realm. Kaltor must prove his worth again, lest his followers be butchered for supporting him against the devious King. He must also face the Venom Queen, Meriska, who specializes in untraceable poisons. Earning such a woman's respect challenges even the bravest of men, but she's also his fiancé's mother But tearing aside one web of lies only reveals another tangle of deception. There's more to the meeting then a possible false Remnant. A great secret lies in the Citadel's depths, something even the Venom Queen herself could not keep hidden. Now demons and King alike turn their sole attentions to Keevan, the Sight Seeker Remnant, Kaltor's hidden brother. His secret is out. The earth itself will scream of war.

My Adventures With Your Money

By George Graham Rice
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : The Floating Press
  • Isbn : 1776534638
  • Pages : 329
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Reads : 843
  • File Pdf: my-adventures-with-your-money.pdf

Book Summary:

Most of the lore surrounding America's Wild West has to do with cowboys and outlaws, but these boomtowns were also overrun with grifters, hustlers, and confidence men on the prowl. George Graham Rice was a legendary example of a crook who amassed a sizable fortune running a number of cons, including forgery, gambling, and promotion of gold and silver mines. This unflinching autobiography lays out all the gritty details.

Archibald Finch and the Lost Witches

By Michel Guyon
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Andrews McMeel Publishing
  • Isbn : 152487440X
  • Pages : 352
  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Reads : 566
  • File Pdf: archibald-finch-and-the-lost-witches.pdf

Book Summary:

History, magic, and adventure collide in this riveting middle-grade fantasy novel about an unusual boy who unlocks an ancient relic—and with it, a forgotten world. Befriended by a band of young witches, Archibald Finch must quickly adapt to survive in Lemurea, where a battle born in the Middle Ages is still unfolding . . . Archibald is a risk-averse boy with quirks that earn him plenty of eye-rolls, especially from his older sister, Hailee. Things get worse when his parents move the family from London to his grandmother’s creepy manor in the English countryside. Now he has to deal with hairless dolls in the library, weird stone creatures on the roof, and a spooky forest at the edge of the backyard. But these turn out to be the least of Archibald's problems . . . One day, as he's exploring the cavernous house, he finds a curious globe that whisks him away to a secret world, hidden for 500 years. Archibald finds himself on a thrilling adventure full of medieval magic, mysterious symbols, and the strangest beasts, while Hailee—who witnessed her brother’s disappearance—embarks on a daring quest to find him.

The Octopus

By Frank Norris
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : DigiCat
  • Isbn : EAN:8596547024460
  • Pages : 488
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 164
  • File Pdf: the-octopus.pdf

Book Summary:

The Octopus: A Story of California is a 1901 novel by an American novelist and journalist Frank Norris. It was the first part of an uncompleted trilogy, The Epic of the Wheat. It describes the conflicts between wheat growers and a railway company in California. Norris was inspired to write the novel by the famous Mussel Slough Tragedy involving the Southern Pacific Railroad. In the book, he depicts the transnational corporation ad the rancher league standing out to protect their lands.

The Awakening and Selected Stories

By Kate Chopin
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Isbn : 1101200774
  • Pages : 288
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 492
  • File Pdf: the-awakening-and-selected-stories.pdf

Book Summary:

Kate Chopin's groundbreaking depiction of a woman who dares to defy the expectations of society in the pursuit of her desire When The Awakening was first published in 1899, charges of sordidness and immorality seemed to consign it into obscurity and irreparably damage its author's reputation. But a century after her death, it is widely regarded as Kate Chopin's great achievement. Through careful, subtle changes of style, Chopin shows the transformation of Edna Pontellier, a young wife and mother, who - with tragic consequences - refuses to be caged by married and domestic life, and claims for herself moral and erotic freedom. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Organizational Behaviour

By Paul E. Smith,Wendy Yellowley,Christopher J. McLachlan
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Isbn : 1000047164
  • Pages : 212
  • Category : Business & Economics
  • Reads : 933
  • File Pdf: organizational-behaviour.pdf

Book Summary:

Clear, concise, and written by experts currently lecturing in the field, Organizational Behaviour focuses exclusively on what you need to know for success in your business course and today’s global economy. The text brings together a vast range of ideas, models, and concepts on organizational behaviour from an array of fields, such as psychology, sociology, history, economics, and politics. This information is presented in bite-sized, digestible pieces to create an accessible and engaging style that makes it the perfect text for introductory courses covering organizations. Key features include: a clear and thought-provoking introduction to organizational behaviour relevant, cutting-edge case studies with global focus hot topics such as eOrganizations, ethics, and diversity, keeping you up-to-date with current business thinking further reading, summaries, activities, key theme boxes, and review questions to help reinforce your understanding This textbook will be a valuable resource for students of business and management studies, organization studies, psychology, and sociology.