Conway's story of her youth in mid-century Australia. Conway recounts the successive phases of her early life: her childhood on a remote sheep station, her teenage years in suburban Sydney, her education at the University of Sydney, and her decision to become a historian and to leave Australia for the United States. Her own coming of age is set against that of her country: the British Empire is disintegrating, and as England retreats to a local rather than an international role in world affairs, Australia must set out to rediscover its own identity, not as an extension of England, but ...
The BFG is a book by Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). It concerns a young girl named Sophie who is kidnapped from her bed by a giant. Fortunately for Sophie, the giant, named the BFG (acronym for Big Friendly Giant), is far more interested in collecting dreams than eating children. However, the same cannot be said of the other giants in the BFG’s home of Giant Country, who go galloping off to distant lands every night to guzzle “human beans”. Sophie and the BFG decide to stop them and concoct an eleborate scheme to do so.
A compelling illustration of one man's futile attempts to weed out the evil inclinations of his soul. Based on the story of Edinburgh's infamous Deacon Brodie, who was discovered to have been living a double life, coupled with a dream Stevenson had one night, what he called "a fine bogey tale," about a man who drinks a potion made from a white powder and subsequently transforms into a devilish creature.
Set in Greenwich Village, Harlem, and France, among other locales, Another Country is a story of passions--sexual, racial, political, artistic--that is stunning for its emotional intensity and haunting sensuality, depicting men and women, blacks and whites, stripped of their masks of gender and race by love and hatred at the most elemental and sublime. In a small set of friends, Baldwin imbues the best and worst intentions of liberal America in the early 1970s. (randomhouse.com)
Based on his memoir: A wrong turn down a one-way street in the shadow of the Sunset Strip's Chateau Marmont leads Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Ron Nyswaner (Philadelphia, Soldier's Girl) on a journey that will nearly drown him in the intoxicating, impulsive, maddening, tragic, and transformative nature of love. Despite the success of his latest film, Nyswaner has been fighting depression and contemplating self-destruction. "I don't want a mediocre, empty life," he tells his psychiatrist-acupuncturist-herbalist after half-heartedly attempting to hang himself with a belt. Then, on a trip from his home in upstate New York to Los Angeles, he meets and ...
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