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The Lost Garden

Auteur: Helen Humphreys

This word-perfect, heartbreaking novel is set in early 1941 in Britain when the war seems endless and, perhaps, hopeless. London is on fire from the Blitz, and a young woman gardener named Gwen Davis flees from the burning city for the Devon countryside. She has volunteered for the Land Army, and is to be in charge of a group of young girls who will be trained to plant food crops on an old country estate where the gardens have fallen into ruin. Also on the estate, waiting to be posted, is a regiment of Canadian soldiers. For three months, the young women and men will form attachments, living in a temporary rural escape. No one will be more changed by the stay than Gwen. She will inspire the girls to restore the estate gardens, fall in love with a soldier, find her first deep friendship, and bring a lost garden, created for a great love, back to life. While doing so, she will finally come to know herself and a life worth living. Reading group guide included.

Taal: engels

The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.

Auteur: Adelle Waldman

“He was not the kind of guy who disappeared after sleeping with a woman and certainly not after the condom broke. On the contrary: Nathaniel Piven was a product of a postfeminist 1980s childhood and politically correct, 1990s college education. He had learned all about male privilege. Moreover, he was in possession of a functional and frankly rather clamorous conscience. ”

Nate Piven is a rising star in Brooklyn’s literary scene. After several lean and striving years, he has his pick of both magazine assignments and women: Juliet, the hotshot business reporter; Elisa, his gorgeous ex-girlfriend; and Hannah, “almost universally regarded as nice and smart, or smart and nice,” who is fun and holds her own in conversation with his friends.

In Nate’s world, wit and conversation are not at all dead. But is romance? Novelist Waldman plunges into the psyche of a modern man who thinks of himself as beyond superficial judgment yet struggles with status anxiety; who is drawn to women yet has a habit of letting them down. With tough-minded intelligence and wry good humor The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. is an absorbing tale of one young man’s search for happiness and an inside look at how he really thinks about women, sex, and love.

“Waldman is terrific. ”—Jess Walter, The New York Times Book Review

“Adelle Waldman just may be this generation’s Jane Austen. ”—The Boston Globe

“A comic performance you shouldn’t miss. ”—The Wall Street Journal

ADELLE WALDMAN is a graduate of Brown University and Columbia University’s journalism school. She worked as a reporter at the New Haven Register and The Cleveland Plain Dealer, and wrote a column for The Wall Street Journal’s Web site. Her articles also have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The New Republic, Slate, and The Wall Street Journal, among other national publications. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Taal: engels

The Love Detective

Taal: engels

Auteur: Alexandra Potter

'In a way, I'm a bit of a love detective. Because what's a greater mystery than love?' Meet Ruby Miller. A writer who makes happy-ever-afters happen. Until she discovers her fiance is a lying cheat and loses her faith in love. So when her sister invites her on a beach holiday to Goa to forget about him, Ruby jumps on a plane . . . and into an extraordinary adventure. Stolen bags, a runaway sister and a handsome American stranger sweep Ruby into a magical mystery tour across India. Amid fortresses and fortune tellers, and a whirlwind of weddings, she uncovers fascinating stories of love, lost and found. But as the mysteries deepen, secrets are revealed that turn Ruby's life upside down. And what started as a journey to find her sister, becomes a journey to find herself - and love - again.

The measure of all things

Auteur: Ken Adler

Taal: engels

Amidst the chaos of the French Revolution, two intrepid astronomers set out in opposite directions from Paris to measure the world, one voyaging north to Dunkirk, the other south to Barcelona. Their findings would help define the meter as one ten-millionth of the distance between the pole and the equator, a standard that has since swept the planet. The Measure ofAll Things is the astonishing story of one of history's greatest scientific quests, a mission to measure the Earth and define the meter for all nations and for all time. Yet when Ken Alder located the long-lost correspondence between the two men, along with their mission logbooks, he stumbled upon a two-hundred-year-old secret, and a drama worthy of the great French playwrights. The meter, it turns out, is in error. One of the two astronomers, Pierre-Francois-Andre Mechain, made contradictory measurements from Barcelona and, in a panic, covered up the discrepancy. The guilty knowledge of his misdeed drove him CO the brink of madness, and ultimately to his death. Only then—after the meter had already been publicly announced—did his partner, Jean-Baptiste-Joseph Delambre, discover the truth and face a fate-ful choice: what matters more, the truth or the appearance of the truth? 'To tell the story, Alder has not only worked in archives throughout Europe and America, but also bicycled the entire route traveled by Delambre and Mechain. Both a novelist and a prizewinning historian of science and the French Revolution, Alder summons all his skills to tell how the French Revolution mixed violent passion with the coldest sanity to produce our mod-ern world. It was a time when scientists believed they could redefine the foundations of space and rime, creating a thirty-day month, a ten-day week, and a ten-hour day. History, they declared, was to begin anew. But in the end, it was science that was forever changed. The mea-surements brought back by Delambre and Mechain not only made science into a global enter-prise and made possible our global economy, but also revolutionized our understanding of error. Where Mechain conceived of error as a personal failure, his successors learned to tame it. This, then, is a story of two men, a secret, and a timeless human dilemma: is it permissible to perpetuate a small lie in the service of a larger truth? "Precision is a quest on which travel-ers, as Zeno foretold, journey halfway to their destination, and then halfway again and again and again, never reaching finality." In The Measure of All Things Ken Alder describes a quest that succeeded even as it failed. It is a story for all people, for all time.

The midnight palace

Auteur: Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Taal: engels

1916, Calcutta. A man pauses for breath outside the ruins of Jheeter's Gate station knowing he has only hours to live. Pursued by assassins, he must ensure the safety of two newborn twins, before disappearing into the night to meet his fate.

1932. Ben and his friends are due to leave the orphanage which has been their home for sixteen years. Tonight will be the final meeting of their secret club, in the old ruin they christened The Midnight Palace. Then Ben discovers he has a sister — and together they learn. the tragic story of their past, as a shadowy figure lures them to a terrifying showdown in the ruins of Jheeter's Gate station.

Originally published in Spain a's a young adult novel, The Midnight Palace is a haunting story of a secret society and a labyrinthine railway station with a dark past.

The Miraculous Lie

Auteur: Bart L. Lewis

Taal: engels

The golden specter of El Dorado and its promises of unlimited wealth have haunted Western iconography for centuries. The Miraculous Lie: Lope de Aguirre and the Search for El Dorado in the Latin American Historical Novel is a fascinating study of five twentieth-century Latin American novels that focus on one particular search for El Dorado: the infamous 1559 expedition led by Pedro Ursua and by Lope de Aguirre, the first legendary colonial rebel against the crown. Bart L. Lewis approaches Arturo Uslar Pietri's El Camino de El Dorado, Abel Posses's Daimon, Miguel Otero Silva's Lope de Aguirre, Principe de la Libertad, Jorge Ernesto Funes's Una Lanza por Lope de Aguirre, and Felix Alvarez Saenz's Cronica de Blasfemos as representations of Latin American literature during the mid- to late twentieth century and as reexaminations of the notorious figure of Lope de Aguirre. Lewis provides not only a successful chronology of the stylistic development of the Latin American novel, but also a thoughtful analysis of how these novels appropriate Aguirre and give him a revisionist and authentic voice. Wonderfully engaging and beautifully written, The Miraculous Lie treats the search for El Dorado in modern Latin American literature as the search for a cultural identity.

BART L. LEWIS is Associate Professor of Modern Languages at the University of Texas, Arlington. He has written more than thirty articles on Latin American literature, which have appeared in such journals as Hispanic Review, Hispanofila, Hispanic Journal, Revista Interamericana de Bibliografra, Revista Iberoamericana, Hispania, Romance Notes, and Chasqui. He was named the Carnegie Foundation Arkansas Professor of the Year in 1997.

The Novel Habits of Happiness

Taal: engels

Auteur: Alexander McCall Smith

Isabel Dalhousie, the insatiably curious Edinburgh sleuth and philosopher, takes on a case unlike any she's had before: a six-year-old boy has been experiencing vivid recollections of a past life. His visions include a perfect description of a Scottish island and a house where he claims to have lived. The boy's mother asks Isabel to investigate, but her findings continue to perplex as her efforts to seek rational explanations are thwarted by the unusual mystery unfolding before her.

Isabel is presented with further challenges as she begins to prepare an important issue of the Review of Applied Ethics. Two visiting academics, Lettuce and Dove, arrive in Edinburgh with plans that may upset the harmonious balance of her life. These trials will require all of Isabel's wit and understanding—but happily, in her blissful home life with her husband and young son by her side, Isabel is always reminded of her blessings.

The orphan Master's Son

Taal: engels

Auteur: Adam Johnson

An epic novel and a thrilling literary discovery, "The Orphan Master's Son" follows a young man's journey through the icy waters, dark tunnels, and eerie spy chambers of the world's most mysterious dictatorship, North Korea.