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The Sagebrush Anthology

Auteur: University of Missouri Press

Taal: engels

Sagebrush School is a term applied to a group of writers who spent their creative years in Nevada from the 1860s to the early twentieth century—their most illustrious represen-tative being Mark Twain. Yet most of their work was never republished from the periodi-cals in which it first appeared and today remains largely unknown to many scholars and aficionados of Western literature.

Lawrence I. Berkove, acknowledged as the leading authority on this body of literature, has assembled an exceptional collection that rescues the lively works of the Sagebrush School from the dusty archives in which they have languished. The Sagebrush Anthology enlarges Mark Twain's circle to encompass the Sagebrush Bohemians through a com-pelling blend of humorous and serious fiction, memoir, nonfiction, letters, and poetry. These selections convey the experiences shaped by Nevada's rough-and-tumble culture, abounding in wit and humor—with a fondness fin- literary hoaxes—that were the last major formative influence on Twain.

The anthology contains sixty-eight selections—seven by Twain—representing outstand-ing work by accomplished Sagebrushers Dan De le, Sam Davis, Joe Goodman, and Rollin Daggett, plus pieces by lesser-known writers such as Arthur McEwen, Alf Doten, and Fred I Tart. Berkove's introduction recounts the history of the school and identifies and analyzes its main thematic and stylistic characteristics. He shows that Sagebrush literature records and reflects the collision of the last generation of frontiersmen with the new culture of technology, industry, and big business—men of talent, imagination, and integrity driven to work out distinctive ways of coping with an unresponsive system of justice, an economy tilted toward the rich, and a society that impinged on individual liberties. Although many critics have noted the influence that this period had on "twain when he lived in Virginia City, few have delineated the influence of specific writers on his style.

The Sagebrush Anthology not only shows that some of the ideas and literary techniques credit-ed to Twain can he seen as characteristics of the school that he assimilated and refined, but it also fosters an appreciation of these other writers in their own right, showing that their work encompassed topics and genres that Twain barely addressed. By casting new light on the movement, it invites students and general readers to appreciate a silver flowering of Western literature that remains entertaining and instructive for our own time.

The second wives club

Auteur: Jane Moore

Taal: engels

It's Alison's wedding day, her gorgeous husband Luca is by her side, and everything is just perfect. Perfect that is, until Luca's first wife gatecrashes the reception and makes it clear that she's going to remain very much part of his life ...

A stunned Alison soon finds an ally in Fiona, a founding member of The Second Wives Club and similarly plagued by her husband's ex. And there she's introduced to Julia, whose husband has stayed best friends with his first wife - to Julia's intense irritation - and to long suffering Susan whose entire life is surrounded by reminders of her partner's saintly former wife.

For the women, The Second Wives Club is a refuge and a lifesaver: somewhere to bitch and to gossip and to share horror stories about the exes' latest excesses. But maybe if they all have the same problem they can work together on a solution? For enough is enough: it's way past time for the Second Wives to stop settling for second best ...

The Silkworm

Auteur: Robert Galbraith

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, she just thinks he has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home.

But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realises. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were published it would ruin lives - so there are a lot of people who might want to silence him.

And when Quine is found brutally murdered in bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any he has encountered before . . .



Taal: engels

The Snow Queen

Taal: engels

Auteur: Michael J. Cunningham



From the author of THE HOURS 'Luminously written . . . page-turningly enjoyable, this is a profound novel about love from a highly regarded, Pulitzer-winning novelist' Sunday Times

Walking through Central Park, Barrett Meeks sees a translucent light in the sky that regards him in a distinctly godlike way. Barrett doesn't believe in visions - or in God - but he can't deny what he's seen. In nearby Brooklyn, Tyler, Barrett's older brother, is trying - and failing - to write a wedding song for Beth, his wife-to-be, who is seriously ill. Barrett turns unexpectedly to religion, while Tyler grows convinced that only drugs can release his creative powers.

The Snow Queen, beautiful and heartbreaking, comic and tragic, proves again that Cunningham is one of the great novelists of his generation.

The subtle Knife

Auteur: Philips Pullman

Taal: engels

HIS DARK MATERIALS is a story in three volumes that moves between different universes. Since the first publication of NORTHERN LIGHTS in 1995, Philip Pullman's creation has been recognized as a masterpiece.

Will is twelve years old and he's just killed a man. Now he's on the run, determined to discover the truth about the father he has never known.

Then Will steps through a window into another world — the dangerous world of Cittagazze, where soul-eating Spectres haunt the streets, and a strange, savage girl called Lyra Silvertongue is searching for Dust. Their meeting is no accident, for his mission and hers are linked in an extraordinary way. Together they must reach the mysterious tower, Torre degli Angeli, to find a powerful and secret object that people from many worlds would kill to possess...

The Sword Never Sleeps

Auteur: Ed Greenwood

Taal: engels
The Knights of Myth I )rannor have come far from the pastoral comfort orstbeir home in Espar.. Alter being chartered by the king and knighted by the queen, they foiled a pIot against the Royal Wizard and the heirs, earning the name of adventurers. But do they have what it takes to be heroes? The noble knights thus far have with luck and a bit of shill defeated both dark magic and treachery, hut true heroes do more than stumble across victory. True heroes are brave, honorable, and relentless T in the pursuit of evil the true hero sword never sleeps.

The Teleportation accident

Taal: engels

Auteur: Ned Beauman

NED BEAUMAN HAS BEEN NAMED AS ONE OF GRANTA MAGAZINE'S BEST OF YOUNG BRITISH NOVELISTS 2013 LONGLISTED FOR THE 2012 MAN BOOKER PRIZE AN OBSERVER BOOK OF THE YEAR A DAILY TELEGRAPH BOOK OF THE YEAR AN EVENING STANDARD BOOK OF THE YEAR The fantastically inventive, ingenious and hilarious second novel from Ned Beauman, author of the acclaimed and prizewinning BOXER, BEETLE. HISTORY HAPPENED WHILE YOU WERE HUNGOVER When you haven't had sex in a long time, it feels like the worst thing that could ever happen to anyone. If you're living in Germany in the 1930s, it probably isn't. But that's no consolation to Egon Loeser, whose carnal misfortunes will push him from the experimental theatres of Berlin to the absinthe bars of Paris to the physics laboratories of Los Angeles, trying all the while to solve two mysteries: whether it was really a deal with Satan that claimed the life of his hero, the great Renaissance stage designer Adriano Lavicini; and why a handsome, clever, charming, modest guy like him can't, just once in a while, get himself laid. From the author of the acclaimed BOXER, BEETLE comes a historical novel that doesn't know what year it is; a noir novel that turns all the lights on; a romance novel that arrives drunk to dinner; a science fiction novel that can't remember what 'isotope' means; a stunningly inventive, exceptionally funny, dangerously unsteady and (largely) coherent novel about sex, violence, space, time, and how the best way to deal with history is to ignore it. LET'S HOPE THE PARTY WAS WORTH IT

The Tightrope Walkers

Taal: engels

Auteur: David Almond

The Tightrope Walkers by David Almond - a novel of young love and tragedy from the prizewinning author of Skellig 'I was born in a hovel on the banks of the Tyne. . . ' Dominic Hall grows up in the sixties on a brand-new estate, along with the other families who escaped the river. But the Tyne is still an overwhelming presence, and most of the fathers work in the shipyards. Dom is torn between his new mates: Holly Stroud, his enchanting neighbour, and Vincent McAlinden, who's something else altogether - a wild, dangerous boy with murderous instincts. After his mother's death, Dom has to decide who he is, what he wants to be - and then face up to the consequences. Deeply moving with a unique narrative voice, The Tightrope Walkers will be loved by fans of Roddy Doyle, Irvine Welsh and Ross Raisin, as well as readers familiar with David Almond's masterful novel The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean, and the hugely popular Skellig. 'Almond is a master storyteller' Independent 'Not only dramatically and emotionally suspenseful, it is also vividly drawn and wonderfully well-paced, as we might expect from a master storyteller' John Burnside on THE TRUE TALE OF THE MONSTER BILLY DEAN, Guardian David Almond is the author of Skellig and other novels and plays for adults and children. He has won many prestigious awards including the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2010, the Carnegie Medal and two Whitbreads. His first novel for adults, The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean was published in 2011. He was born in Newcastle, grew up on Tyneside and now lives with his family in Northumberland.