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Libri di Michele HutchisonLingua:Libri Italiani
A Wall Street Journal and Amazon Charts bestseller.
Two-time Man Booker Prize winner Hilary Mantel names An American Princess as one of her favorite books of the year: “light and gracefully written, it dances through a century of history…” (The Guardian)
Born to a pioneering family in Upstate New York in the late 1800s, Allene Tew was beautiful, impetuous, and frustrated by the confines of her small hometown. At eighteen, she met Tod Hostetter at a local dance, having no idea that the mercurial charmer she would impulsively wed was heir to one of the wealthiest families in America. But when he died twelve years later, Allene packed her bags for New York City. Never once did she look back.
From the vantage point of the American upper class, Allene embodied the tumultuous Gilded Age. Over the course of four more marriages, she weathered personal tragedies during World War I and the catastrophic financial reversals of the crash of 1929. From the castles and châteaus of Europe, she witnessed the Russian Revolution and became a princess. And from the hopes of a young girl from Jamestown, New York, Allene Tew would become the epitome of both a pursuer and survivor of the American Dream.
"While it may have been the promise of misery that first attracted me to the book, though, it is largely the wit and humour that make this such a powerful read." —Bookmunch
Roxy’s life is turned upside down when her husband is killed in a car crash, his naked body found entangled with his lover’s.
Twenty-seven-year-old Roxy is left behind with their daughter, her husband’s personal assistant, and their babysitter to come to terms with this shameful end to her marriage. Looking to break free from her grief, Roxy takes the three of them on an impromptu road trip filled with darkly humorous observations about loss, parental responsibility, and the expiration date of love.
Through masterful dialogues and in her trademark lucid style, Gerritsen introduces the reader to a woman whose response to grief both shocks and endears.
"Cool, sparse, and delicious, Esther Gerritsen’s Craving hits all the right notes. This is an author who is unafraid of both complex characters and complex emotion (Thank God!)." —Alice Sebold, author of The Lovely Bones
"Funny, angry, feminist...Droll and horrific and incredibly moving"—The New York Times Book Review
Elisabeth is dying. Coco jumps at this chance to prove her love, and promptly moves in with her deteriorating mother. A venture that quickly sends both parties spiraling out of control. Alongside a supporting cast of ex-bosses, ex-husbands, and (soon to be ex) boyfriends, the two women attempt to work through the annals of their dark yet often wildly humorous relationship.
Psychologically astute and eye-poppingly candid, this is a tale about both excess and denial in which some things perhaps would have been better left unspoken. Sometimes the only person who understands you in this world is your hairdresser… Gerritsen’s sparse and lucid prose chimes with the absurdist logic and melancholy wit of characters as true as they are ridiculous.
The first adventure of the funniest mummy ever!
Just imagine. You’re called Angus Gust, you couldn’t be more ordinary and you live in the most boring town in the world. One day, you walk into your bedroom, smell something nasty, look around and suddenly notice a mummy lying in your bed. What would you do? Yes, you would be scared to death, of course. And you would close your eyes, count to ten and be sure it would be gone.
But just imagine that after ten seconds, it would still be there… And after twenty seconds too…! What would you do then?
Angus quickly got the tweezers out of the first aid kit and his father used them to grasp the final strip.
"Alright, here we go," he said. "Maybe it won’t be as bad as all that."
Then he lifted up the last flap. It was as bad as all that. They scared themselves to death.
"Whumpy dumpman, he’ll never get a girlfriend," Nick whispered.
"Disgusting," Angus shuddered.
From an award-winning Dutch author comes a heartbreaking and poetic novel about a couple’s lasting love and their dedication to living out their dream.
Dutch couple Sarie and Barend Vervoort celebrate their retirement by buying a camper van and hitting the road. Their intention is to drive around Europe, fulfilling Sarie’s wanderlust and returning to some of the places they traveled together when they first met, in 1968.
But then Sarie falls seriously ill—diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. The tragic discovery forces them to completely redefine their trip. Bravely, they hold on to what has bound them together from the beginning: the wish to live fulfilling lives, based on a great love. As Sarie decides to squarely face what is coming, Barend protects her physically, emotionally, and mentally by enabling this last, unbearably intimate trip as they retrace the entirety of their life—from its beginnings to its inevitable end.
A novel of an extraordinary journey, Stage Four explores the beautiful and painful devotion that comes from love, unexpected deliverance, and directing a life slowly slipping away.
· Dutch babies seem so content, and sleep so well?
· Dutch parents let their kids play outside on their own?
· The Dutch trust their children to bike to school?
· Dutch schools not set homework for the under-tens?
· Dutch teenagers not rebel?
· What is the secret of bringing up the happiest kids in the world?
In a recent UNICEF study of child well-being, Dutch children came out on top as the happiest all-round. Rina Mae Acosta and Michele Hutchison, both married to Dutchmen and bringing up their kids in Holland, examine the unique environment that enables the Dutch to turn out such contented, well-adjusted and healthy babies, children and teens.
Read this book if you want to find out what lessons you can learn from Dutch parents, to ensure your kids turn out happy!
"An ode to the imagination."—NRC Handelsblad
A joy to read, La Superba, winner of the most prestigious Dutch literary prize, is a Rabelaisian, stylistic tour-de-force. Migration, legal and illegal, is at the center of this novel about a writer who becomes trapped in his walk on the wild side in mysterious and exotic Genoa, the labyrinthine port city nicknamed "La Superba."
Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer (b. 1968), poet, dramatist, novelist, renowned in the Netherlands as a master of language, is the only two-time winner of the Tzum Prize for "the most beautiful sentence written in Dutch" (including one in La Superba!).
Bayard examines the art of the “non-journey,” a tradition that a succession of writers and thinkers, unconcerned with moving away from their home turf, have employed in order to encounter the foreign cultures they wish to know and talk about. He describes concrete situations in which the reader might find himself having to speak about places he's never been, and he chronicles some of his own experiences and offers practical advice.
How to Talk About Places You Haven't Been is a compelling and delightful book that will expand any travel enthusiast's horizon well beyond the places it's even possible to visit in a single lifetime.
Home should be the safest place to be. But when a man forces his way into Lisa’s house, taking her and her young daughter hostage, there is nowhere to hide. Who is this brutal man? And what does he want from an innocent single mother? In hours of torment that turn into days, Lisa desperately tries to stay one step ahead of her captor’s inscrutable mind. And as she does the unimaginable to protect her child, she wonders why the only witness to the attack has not raised the alarm . . .
Meanwhile, that witness is lucky to be alive. Having accidentally seen the crime in progress, Senta sped away in search of help—only to awaken in a hospital bed having lost both her memory and her ability to communicate. In Safe as Houses, Simone van der Vlugt delivers “a lean, stripped-down thriller that hits the ground running and sprints full-tilt to its breathless climax” (The Irish Times).
“Van der Vlugt propels her double-pronged story along with a spare conciseness that has you flipping pages manically” —Metro, UK
Gripping psychological suspense, perfect for fans of Nicci French.
Married. One child. A career: Lydia has her life in perfect order – if only everyone else around her could be as organised as she is. Her unmarried twin sister Elisa is still struggling to find what she wants to do. And her colleagues at the school where she teaches often fail to reach her high standards.
But one day, it all falls apart from Lydia. When she is threatened by one of her pupils, her sister is the first person she turns to. But Elisa is powerless to stop the campaign of intimidation that follows. How far will it go? Or is someone else taking advantage of the situation? And what is Elisa’s part in all of this? Twins are close. Aren’t they?
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