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L'anno che non caddero le foglie

L'anno che non caddero le foglie

Author: Paola Mastrocola
Publisher: Guanda
ISBN: 8823515955
Pages: 168
Year: 2016-04-21T00:00:00+02:00
IL RITORNO DI PAOLA MASTROCOLA ALLE FAVOLE. CON DISEGNI A COLORI DELL’AUTRICE Questa è una storia di vento, di foglie e di scoiattoli. È una storia di timidezza e di coraggio, di ribellione e di saggezza. Di uno strano autunno in cui le foglie si rifiutano di cadere e tutti si domandano perché. Specialmente i bambini, che sanno guardare, e una scoiattola inquieta che ha bisogno di sapere. Ed è soprattutto una doppia storia d’amore: per un amore che non vorrebbe finire mai, ce n’è un altro che vorrebbe iniziare ma non osa. Mentre tutti – umani e animali – cercano di fronteggiare la nuova vita nel Paese in cui non cadono le foglie, la scoiattolina si avventura in un’indagine che finirà per sollevare interrogativi importanti sulla felicità e sulle leggi della natura. Intorno a queste domande soffia il vento, che conosce le storie di tutti, ed è il vento, in questa favola leggera come l’aria, a incrociare i destini, cambiare gli animi e decidere le sorti.
THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO

THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO

Author: C. Collodi
Publisher: 右灰文化傳播有限公司可提供下載列印
ISBN:
Pages: 254
Year: 2017-04-19
How it happened that Mastro Cherry, carpenter, found a piece of wood that wept and laughed like a child Centuries ago there lived-- "A king!" my little readers will say immediately. No, children, you are mistaken. Once upon a time there was a piece of wood. It was not an expensive piece of wood. Far from it. Just a common block of firewood, one of those thick, solid logs that are put on the fire in winter to make cold rooms cozy and warm.
Gomorrah

Gomorrah

Author: Roberto Saviano
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 1429955384
Pages: 320
Year: 2007-10-30
A groundbreaking major bestseller in Italy, Gomorrah is Roberto Saviano's gripping nonfiction account of the decline of Naples under the rule of the Camorra, an organized crime network with a large international reach and stakes in construction, high fashion, illicit drugs, and toxic-waste disposal. Known by insiders as "the System," the Camorra affects cities and villages along the Neapolitan coast, and is the deciding factor in why Campania, for instance, has the highest murder rate in all of Europe and whycancer levels there have skyrocketed in recent years. Saviano tells of huge cargoes of Chinese goods that are shipped to Naples and then quickly distributed unchecked across Europe. He investigates the Camorra's control of thousands of Chinese factories contracted to manufacture fashion goods, legally and illegally, for distribution around the world, and relates the chilling details of how the abusive handling of toxic waste is causing devastating pollution not only for Naples but also China and Somalia. In pursuit of his subject, Saviano worked as an assistant at a Chinese textile manufacturer, a waiter at a Camorra wedding, and on a construction site. A native of the region, he recalls seeing his first murder at the age of fourteen, and how his own father, a doctor, suffered a brutal beating for trying to aid an eighteen-year-old victim who had been left for dead in the street. Gomorrah is a bold and important work of investigative writing that holds global significance, one heroic young man's impassioned story of a place under the rule of a murderous organization.
Maestra

Maestra

Author: LS Hilton
Publisher: Bonnier Publishing Fiction Ltd.
ISBN: 1785760025
Pages: 384
Year: 2016-03-10
READ THE CONTROVERSIAL THRILLER THAT SHOCKED THE WORLD THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER GLAMOUR'S WRITER OF THE YEAR By day Judith Rashleigh is a put-upon assistant at a London auction house. By night she's a hostess in one of the capital's unsavoury bars. Desperate to make something of herself, Judith knows she has to play the game. She's learned to dress, speak and act in the interests of men. She's learned to be a good girl. But after uncovering a dark secret at the heart of the art world, Judith is fired and her dreams of a better life are torn apart. So she turns to a long-neglected friend. A friend that kept her chin up and back straight through every past slight. A friend that a good girl like her shouldn't have: Rage. Fatal attraction meets The Talented Mr Ripley in this darkly decadent thriller, soon to be a major Hollywood film, that asks: Where do you go when you've gone too far?
Norwegian Wood

Norwegian Wood

Author: Lars Mytting
Publisher: Abrams
ISBN: 1613128207
Pages: 192
Year: 2015-10-06
The latest Scandinavian publishing phenomenon is not a Stieg Larsson like thriller; it's a book about chopping, stacking, and burning wood that has sold more than 200,000 copies in Norway and Sweden and has been a fixture on the bestseller lists there for more than a year. Norwegian Wood provides useful advice on the rustic hows and whys of taking care of your heating needs, but it's also a thoughtful attempt to understand man's age-old predilection for stacking wood and passion for open fires. An intriguing window into the exoticism of Scandinavian culture, the book also features enough inherently interesting facts and anecdotes and inspired prose to make it universally appealing. The U.S. edition is a fully updated version of the Norwegian original, and includes an appendix of U.S.-based resources and contacts.
Ginevra o L’Orfana della Nunziata

Ginevra o L’Orfana della Nunziata

Author: Antonio Ranieri
Publisher: eBook Free
ISBN:
Pages: 385
Year: 2014-10-25
Al lettore L'autore dichiara che, come non ha inteso di ritrarre in questo libro i costumi della Nunziata in particolare, ma, tolta quindi l'occasione, quelli di tutta la città di Napoli in generale, così non ha inteso né anche di ritrarvi nessun uomo in atto, ma molte nature d'uomini in idea. E però, di chiunque fosse, cui paresse di raffigurarsi in qualcuno dei ritratti che quivi s'incontrano, egli direbbe, a uso di Fedro: Stulte nudabit animi conscientiam. Notizia intorno alla Ginevra Non si appartiene a me di giudicare questo libro. Il supremo giudice dei libri, è il tempo. Un libro può essere tre cose: una cosa nulla, una cosa rea, una cosa buona. Il tempo risponde con un immediato silenzio alla prima; con un meno immediato alla seconda; con una più o meno continua riproduzione alla terza. E il suo giudizio è inappellabile. Nondimeno, poiché fu sì fitto e sì lungo il silenzio in cui ci profondarono i nostri confederati tiranni, da potersi veramente affermare, che solamente pochissimi, non modo aliorum, sed etiam nostri, superstites sumus, parmi indispensabile che il nuovo lettore non ignori la storia del libro ch'ora viene innanzi. Fra il 1830 e il 1831, esule ancora imberbe, capitai in Londra, o, più tosto, mi capitò in Londra alle mani un aureo lavoro d'un altro esule, assai più riguardevole e provetto di me, il conte Giovanni Arrivabene: nel quale egli mostrava partitamente tutto quanto quella gran nazione ha trovato, in fatto di pubblica beneficienza, per lenire, se non guarire del tutto, quelle grandi piaghe che le sue medesime instituzioni le hanno aperte nel fianco. Alcuna volta, il cortesissimo autore, più di frequente, il suo giudizioso volume, mi fu guida e scorta nelle mie corse per quegli ospizi. Ed allettato da sì generosa mente a sì generosi studi, li perseverai per quasi tutta Europa, e preparai e dischiusi l'animo a quei grandi dolori, ed a quelle più grandi consolazioni, che l'uomo attinge, respettivamente, dallo spettacolo dei mali dei suoi fratelli più poveri, e da quello delle nobilissime fatiche e dei quasi divini sforzi di coloro che si consacrano a medicarli. Surse finalmente per me il grande νόςτιμον ᾖμαρ, il gran dì del ritorno. Mia madre (quel solo tesoro d'inesausta gioia e d'implacato dolore, secondo che il Fato lo concede o lo ritoglie al mortale) non era più. Essa aveva indarno chiamato a nome il figliolo nell'ora suprema, che l'era battuta ancora in fiore. E quel bisogno di effondersi e di amare, che, secondo l'antica sapienza, dove non ascenda o discenda, si sparge ai lati e si versa su i fratelli, mi rimenò ai più poveri di essi, negli ospizi... negli ospizi di Napoli, che s'informavano inemendabilmente dal prete e dal Borbone. Io vidi, e studiai, l'ospizio dei Trovatelli, che quivi si domanda, della Nunziata: e scrissi le carte che seguiranno. E ch'io dicessi la verità, lo mostrarono le prigioni ove fui tratto, e dove, a quei tempi, la verità s'espiava. Ve n'era, nel libro, per la Polizia e per l'Interno: benché assai meno di quel che all'una ed all'altro non fosse dovuto. Francesco Saverio Delcarretto e Niccolò Santangelo, ministri, l'uno dell'una, l'altro dell'altro, vanitosi amendue, e nemicissimi fra loro (né dirò più di due morti), si presero amendue di bella gara; prima di opprimermi; poi, di rappresentare, l'uno, più furbo, lo scagionato, quasi morso solo l'altro; l'altro, più corrivo, l'inesorabile, quasi morso lui solo: e, dopo aver domandato, prima, amendue di conserto, isole ed esilii; poi, il più furbo, una pena rosata, il più corrivo, il manicomio; Ferdinando secondo, furbissimo fra i tre, mi mandò, dove solo non potevo più nuocere, a casa. Ma le furie governative furono niente a quelle dei preti; dei quali, ritorcendo un motto famoso, si può affermare francamente, che, ovunque sia un'ignobile causa a sostenere, quivi sei certissimo di doverteli trovare fra i piedi. Un Angelo Antonio Scotti, nel suo cupo fondo, ateo dei più schifosi, e, palesemente, autore d'un catechismo governativo, onde Gladstone trasse l'invidioso vero, che il governo borbonico era la negazione di Dio, s'industriava, dalla cattedra e dal pergamo, di fare, del sognato dritto divino dei principi, una nuova e odierna maniera di antropomorfismo. Questo prete cortese, ch'era come il Gran Lama di tutta l'innumerabile gesuiteria EXTRA MUROS, per mostrarsi di parte, corse, co' suoi molti neòfiti, tutte le librerie della città, bruciando il libro ovunque ne trovava copie. Poi, in un suo conventicolo dai Banchi Nuovi, sentenziò solennemente, ch'era bene di bruciare il libro, ma che, assai migliore e più meritorio, sarebbe stato di bruciare l'autore a dirittura. Ed, in attendendo di potermi applicare i nuovi sperati roghi di carbon fossile (ch'è la più viva aspirazione di questa genia), mi denunziò nella Rivista gesuitica la Scienza e la Fede (nobile madre della Civiltà Cattolica) come riunitore d'Italia e, di conseguenza, bestemmiatore di Dio; appunto in proposito di un libro, nel quale, per mezzo della purificazione della creatura, io m'era più ferventemente studiato di sollevare tutti i miei pensieri al Creatore! Ma, qualunque fosse stata l'imperfezione mia e del mio libricciuolo, la Gran Fonte di ogni bene non lasciò senza premio la nobiltà o l'innocenza dell'intenzione. L'onnipotenza dell'opinione pubblica, ch'è la più bella e più immediata derivazione dell'onnipotenza divina, dileguò vittoriosamente tutti que' tetri ed infernali fantasmi. E fatto che fu il sereno intorno, seguì quel miracolo consueto, contra il quale si rompe ogni di qualunque più duro scetticismo. Che, come Dio sa servirsi insino delle stesse perverse passioni degli uomini, e, in somma, insino del male, per asseguire il bene; così, prima, l'amministrazione accagionata, per iscagionar se e rovesciare sopra me il carico di mentitore, poi, le susseguenti, per mostrare se ottime e le precedenti pessime, vennero, di mano in mano, alleggerendo quelle ineffabili miserie. In tanto che, scorsi molti anni, quibus invenes ad senectutem, senes prope ad ipsos exactae aetatis terminos, PER SILENTIUM, venimus; un dì (correva, credo, il cinquantotto) camminando penseroso per la via della Nunziata, ed avendo la mente rivolta assai lontano dalle care ombre della mia giovinezza (fra le quali la Ginevra fu la carissima); un bravo architetto, il cavalier Fazzini, mi chiamò, per nome, dal vestibolo dell'ospizio, ch'era tutto in restauro. E mostrandomi un esemplare del libro, ch'aveva alle mani (e che, a un tratto, mi sembrò come una cara larva che tornasse a salutarmi di là donde mai non si torna!), m'invitò di venir dentro, e di riscontrare se tutto era stato attuato secondo l'intendimento del volume perseguitato! Distrutta la prima nitida e correttissima edizione, la cupidità ne partorì una seconda, che il pericolo rendette grossolana e scorretta, e che il desiderio e la persecuzione consumarono di corto. Ora compie il ventunesim'anno che qualche esemplare strappato n'è pagato una cosa matta. E l'ottenere quello sopra il quale è seguita questa terza edizione, è stato un miracolo dell'amicizia. Torino a dì 1 gennario MDCCCLXII. Antonio Ranieri
Survival In Auschwitz

Survival In Auschwitz

Author: Primo Levi
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0684826801
Pages: 187
Year: 1996
The author describes his twenty month ordeal in the Nazi death camp.
Silk (Movie Tie-in Edition)

Silk (Movie Tie-in Edition)

Author: Alessandro Baricco
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307490955
Pages: 144
Year: 2008-12-10
The year is 1861. Hervé Joncour is a French merchant of silkworms, who combs the known world for their gemlike eggs. Then circumstances compel him to travel farther, beyond the edge of the known, to a country legendary for the quality of its silk and its hostility to foreigners: Japan. There Joncour meets a woman. They do not touch; they do not even speak. And he cannot read the note she sends him until he has returned to his own country. But in the moment he does, Joncour is possessed. From the Trade Paperback edition.
All the Rivers

All the Rivers

Author: Dorit Rabinyan
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1588361861
Pages: 288
Year: 2017-04-25
A controversial, award-winning story about the passionate but untenable affair between an Israeli woman and a Palestinian man, from one of Israel’s most acclaimed novelists When Liat meets Hilmi on a blustery autumn afternoon in Greenwich Village, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Charismatic and handsome, Hilmi is a talented young artist from Palestine. Liat, an aspiring translation student, plans to return to Israel the following summer. Despite knowing that their love can be only temporary, that it can exist only away from their conflicted homeland, Liat lets herself be enraptured by Hilmi: by his lively imagination, by his beautiful hands and wise eyes, by his sweetness and devotion. Together they explore the city, sharing laughs and fantasies and pangs of homesickness. But the unfettered joy they awaken in each other cannot overcome the guilt Liat feels for hiding him from her family in Israel and her Jewish friends in New York. As her departure date looms and her love for Hilmi deepens, Liat must decide whether she is willing to risk alienating her family, her community, and her sense of self for the love of one man. Banned from classrooms by Israel’s Ministry of Education, Dorit Rabinyan’s remarkable novel contains multitudes. A bold portrayal of the strains—and delights—of a forbidden relationship, All the Rivers (published in Israel as Borderlife) is a love story and a war story, a New York story and a Middle East story, an unflinching foray into the forces that bind us and divide us. “The land is the same land,” Hilmi reminds Liat. “In the end all the rivers flow into the same sea.” International praise for All the Rivers “A fine, subtle, and disturbing study of the ways in which public events encroach upon the private lives of those who attempt to live and love in peace with each other, and, impossibly, with a riven and irreconcilable world.”—John Banville, Man Booker Prize–winning author of The Sea “I’m with Dorit Rabinyan. Love, not hate, will save us. Hatred sows hatred, but love can break down barriers.”—Svetlana Alexievich, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature “Astonishing . . . [a] precise and elegant love story, drawn with the finest of lines.”—Amos Oz “Rabinyan’s writing reflects the honesty and modesty of a true artisan.”—Haaretz “Because the novel strikes the right balance between the personal and the political, and because of her ability to tell a suspenseful and satisfying story, we decided to award Dorit Rabinyan’s [All the Rivers] the 2015 Bernstein Prize.”—From the 2015 Bernstein Prize judges’ decision “[All the Rivers] ought to be read like J. M. Coetzee or Toni Morrison—from a distance in order to get close.”—Walla! “Beautiful and sensitive . . . a human tale of rapprochement and separation . . . a noteworthy human and literary achievement.”—Makor Rishon “A captivating (and heartbreaking) gem, written in a spectacular style, with a rich, flowing, colorful and addictive language.”—Motke “Rabinyan’s ability to create a rich realism alongside a firm, clear and convincing flow of emotional fluctuations . . . gives the work a literary momentum and makes the reading both compelling and enjoyable.”—Ynet “A great novel of love and peace.”—La Stampa “A novel that truly speaks to the heart.”—Corriere della Sera
A Cool Breeze on the Underground

A Cool Breeze on the Underground

Author: Don Winslow
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 1453206183
Pages: 250
Year: 2010-12-14
The popular mystery from New York Times bestselling author Don Winslow Book one of the Neal Carey mystery series: Streetwise and book-smart PI Neal Carey pursues a dangerous teenage runaway through London in Don Winslow’s debut novel Neal Carey is a humble graduate student who dreams of becoming a literature professor. But he’s also the employee of the Kitteredges, a secretive New England banking family that knows how to make the embarrassing problems of its most powerful clients disappear. When Allie Chase—the troubled daughter of a U.S. senator and presidential hopeful—falls into drug use and runs away to England, the Kitteredge family calls on Carey to track her down. The raucous trail leads through London’s darkest, dingiest corners as the brilliant and cynical Carey matches wits with his spoiled but precocious quarry. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Don Winslow, including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.
The Fellowship of the Ring

The Fellowship of the Ring

Author: J. R. R. Tolkien
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 0008108293
Pages: 560
Year: 2014-12-16
Large print hardback edition of the first volume of J.R.R. Tolkien's epic adventure, The Lord of the Rings, complete with fold-out map. Sauron, the Dark Lord, has gathered to him all the Rings of Power -- the means by which he intends to rule Middle-earth. All he lacks in his plans for dominion is the One Ring -- the ring that rules them all -- which has fallen into the hands of the hobbit, Bilbo Baggins. In a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as his elderly cousin Bilbo entrusts the Ring to his care. Frodo must leave his home and make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, there to destroy the Ring and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose. Now available in large print and impossible to describe in a few words, JRR Tolkien's great work of imaginative fiction has been labelled both a heroic romance and a classic fantasy fiction. By turns comic and homely, epic and diabolic, the narrative moves through countless changes of scene and character in an imaginary world which is totally convincing in its detail.
Loving What Is

Loving What Is

Author: Byron Katie, Stephen Mitchell
Publisher: Harmony
ISBN: 1400045460
Pages: 352
Year: 2002-05-07
Out of nowhere, like a breeze in a marketplace crowded with advice, comes Byron Katie and “The Work.” In the midst of a normal life, Katie became increasingly depressed, and over a ten-year period sank further into rage, despair, and thoughts of suicide. Then one morning, she woke up in a state of absolute joy, filled with the realization of how her own suffering had ended. The freedom of that realization has never left her, and now in Loving What Is you can discover the same freedom through The Work. The Work is simply four questions that, when applied to a specific problem, enable you to see what is troubling you in an entirely different light. As Katie says, “It’s not the problem that causes our suffering; it’s our thinking about the problem.” Contrary to popular belief, trying to let go of a painful thought never works; instead, once we have done The Work, the thought lets go of us. At that point, we can truly love what is, just as it is. Loving What Is will show you step-by-step, through clear and vivid examples, exactly how to use this revolutionary process for yourself. You’ll see people do The Work with Katie on a broad range of human problems, from a wife ready to leave her husband because he wants more sex, to a Manhattan worker paralyzed by fear of terrorism, to a woman suffering over a death in her family. Many people have discovered The Work’s power to solve problems; in addition, they say that through The Work they experience a sense of lasting peace and find the clarity and energy to act, even in situations that had previously seemed impossible. If you continue to do The Work, you may discover, as many people have, that the questioning flows into every aspect of your life, effortlessly undoing the stressful thoughts that keep you from experiencing peace. Loving What Is offers everything you need to learn and live this remarkable process, and to find happiness as what Katie calls “a lover of reality.”
Arthur and the Minimoys

Arthur and the Minimoys

Author: Luc Besson, Céline Garcia, Ellen Sowchek
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0060596252
Pages: 219
Year: 2006-04-25
In search of a stolen treasure and his missing grandfather, ten-year-old Arthur travels to the land of the Minimoys, a tribe of tiny people whom he must save from destruction.
The Heartbreakers

The Heartbreakers

Author: Ali Novak
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.
ISBN: 149261257X
Pages: 336
Year: 2015-08-04
"Swoon worthy! I fell in love with Oliver Perry so fast! This book is feels inducing...I loved every single page!" —Anna Todd, New York Times bestelling author of the After series "When I met Oliver Perry, I had no clue he was the lead singer for The Heartbreakers. And he had no idea that I was the only girl in the world who hated his music." Stella will do anything for her sick sister, Cara-even stand in line for an autographed Heartbreakers CD...for four hours. She's totally winning best birthday gift this year. At least she met a cute boy with soft brown hair and gorgeous blue eyes while getting her caffeine fix. Too bad she'll never see him again. Except, Stella's life has suddenly turned into a cheesy love song. Because Starbucks Boy is Oliver Perry lead singer for the Heartbreakers. And even after she calls his music crap, Oliver still gives Stella his phone number. And whispers quotes from her favorite Disney movie in her ear. OMG, what is her life? But how can Stella even think about being with Oliver dating and laughing and pulling pranks with the band when her sister could be dying of cancer? Ali Novak wrote her debut novel My Life with the Walter Boys when she was just 15 years old, and has since penned her next book, The Heartbreakers. First a hit on the online community Wattpad, her second novel has over 38 million reads and is loved by readers around the world. "When I wasn't reading this book, it was all I wanted to be doing. Adorably romantic and fun! I loved it." —Kasie West author of The Distance Between Us
Arthur and the Forbidden City

Arthur and the Forbidden City

Author: Luc Besson, Ellen Sowchek, Celine Garcia
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0060596287
Pages: 192
Year: 2006-09-01
In order to find his grandfather's lost treasure and save the Minimoys, Arthur and his companions, including Princess Selinia, travel into the forbidden city ruled by Maltazard the Cursed.