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Tell Me Who I Am: The Story Behind the Netflix Documentary: Now ...
by , Marcus Lewis

Language

English

Pages

353

Publication Date

July 04, 2013

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<p>Imagine waking up one day to discover that you have forgotten everything about your life. Your only link with the past, your only hope for the future, is your identical twin.</p><p>Now imagine, years later, discovering that your twin had not told you the whole truth about your childhood, your family, and the forces that had shaped you. Why the secrets? Why the silences? You have no choice but to begin again.</p><p>This has been Alex's reality: a world where memories are just the stories people tell you, where fact and fiction are impossible to distinguish. With dogged courage he has spent years hunting for the truth about his hidden past and his remarkable family. His quest to understand his true identity has revealed shocking betrayals and a secret tragedy, extraordinary triumph over crippling adversity and, above all, redemption founded on brotherly love.</p><p>Marcus his twin brother has sometimes been a reluctant companion on this journey, but for him too it has led to staggering revelations and ultimately the shedding of impossible burdens. </p><p>Their story spans continents and eras, from 1950s debutantes and high society in the Home Counties to a remote island in the Pacific and 90s raves. Disturbing, funny, heart-breaking and affirming, Alex and Marcus's determination to rebuild their lives makes us look afresh at how we choose to tell our stories.</p>
My Family and Other Animals (The Corfu Trilogy Book 1)
by Gerald Durrell

Language

English

Pages

292

Publication Date

October 11, 2016

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<b>The inspiration for <i>The Durrells in Corfu</i>, a Masterpiece production on public television: A naturalist鈥檚 account of his childhood on the exotic Greek island.</b><br /> 聽<br /> When the Durrells could no longer endure the gray English climate, they did what any sensible family would do: sold their house and relocated to the sun-soaked island of Corfu.<br /> 聽<br /> As they settled into their new home, hilarious mishaps ensued as a ten-year-old Gerald Durrell pursued his interest in natural history and explored the island鈥檚 fauna. Soon, toads and tortoises, bats and butterflies鈥攁s well as scorpions, geckos, ladybugs, praying mantises, octopuses, pigeons, and gulls鈥攂ecame a common sight in the Durrell villa.<br /> 聽<br /> Uproarious tales of the island鈥檚 animals and Durrell鈥檚 fond reflections on his family bring this delightful memoir to life. Capturing the joyous chaos of growing up in an unconventional household, <i>My Family and Other Animals</i> will transport you to a place you won鈥檛 want to leave.<br /> 聽<br /><i>This ebook features an illustrated biography of Gerald Durrell including rare photos from the author鈥檚 estate.</i><br /> 聽
The Corfu Trilogy: My Family and Other Animals; Birds, Beasts and...
by Gerald Durrell

Language

English

Pages

768

Publication Date

November 29, 2016

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<b>National Bestseller: The complete trilogy that inspired Masterpiece production <i>The Durrells in Corfu</i> in one volume.</b><br /><br /> The tales of a naturalist and his family, who left England for the Greek island of Corfu鈥攚here they interacted with fascinating locals of both human and animal varieties鈥攖hese memoirs have become beloved bestsellers and inspired the delightful series that aired on PBS television.<br /> 聽<br /> Included in this three-book collection are:<br /> 聽<br /><i>My Family and Other Animals</i>: Ten-year-old Gerald Durrell arrives on sun-drenched Corfu with this family and pursues his interest in natural history, making friends with the island鈥檚 fauna鈥攆rom toads and tortoises to scorpions and geckos鈥攚hile reveling in the joyous chaos of growing up in an unconventional household.<br /> 聽<br /><i>Birds, Beasts and Relatives</i>: Written after a boyhood spent studying zoology, this memoir is part nature guide, part coming-of-age tale, and all charmingly funny memoir.<br /> 聽<br /><i>The Garden of the Gods</i>: In the conclusion of the trilogy, Durrell shares more tales of wild animals and his even wilder family, including his mother, Louisa, and his siblings Lawrence, Leslie, and Margo, in the years before World War II.<br /> 聽<br /> 鈥淸Durrell鈥檚] books have an unfailing charm. .聽.聽. It is a tribute to his skill that one never tires of his accounts鈥?(<i>Chicago Tribune</i>).<br /> 聽<br /><i>This ebook features an illustrated biography of Gerald Durrell including rare photos from the author鈥檚 estate.</i><br /> 聽
The Seine: The River that Made Paris
by Elaine Sciolino

Language

English

Pages

380

Publication Date

October 29, 2019

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<p><strong>A vibrant, enchanting tour of the Seine from longtime <em>New York Times</em> foreign correspondent and best-selling author Elaine Sciolino.</strong></p><br /><p>Elaine Sciolino came to Paris as a young foreign correspondent and was seduced by a river. In <em>The Seine</em>, she tells the story of that river from its source on a remote plateau of Burgundy to the wide estuary where its waters meet the sea, and the cities, tributaries, islands, ports, and bridges in between.</p><br /><p>Sciolino explores the Seine through its rich history and lively characters: a bargewoman, a riverbank bookseller, a houseboat dweller, a famous cinematographer known for capturing the river鈥檚 light. She discovers the story of Sequana鈥攖he Gallo-Roman healing goddess who gave the Seine its name鈥攁nd follows the river through Paris, where it determined the city鈥檚 destiny and now snakes through all aspects of daily life. She patrols with river police, rows with a restorer of antique boats, sips champagne at a vineyard along the river, and even dares to go for a swim. She finds the Seine in art, literature, music, and movies from Renoir and <em>Les Mis茅rables</em> to Puccini and <em>La La Land</em>. Along the way, she reveals how the river that created Paris has touched her own life. A powerful afterword tells the dramatic story of how water from the depths of the Seine saved Notre-Dame from destruction during the devastating fire in April 2019.</p><br /><p>A 鈥渟toryteller at heart鈥?(June Sawyers, <em>Chicago Tribune</em>) with a 鈥渟umptuous eye for detail鈥?(Sinclair McKay, <em>Daily Telegraph</em>), Sciolino braids memoir, travelogue, and history through the Seine鈥檚 winding route. <em>The Seine</em> offers a love letter to Paris and the most romantic river in the world, and invites readers to explore its magic for themselves.</p>
From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home
by Tembi Locke

Language

English

Pages

353

Publication Date

April 30, 2019

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<b>A REESE WITHERSPOON x HELLO SUNSHINE BOOK CLUB PICK</b><br /> <br /><b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER</b><br /> <b>A poignant and transporting cross-cultural love story set against the lush backdrop of the Sicilian countryside, where one woman discovers the healing powers of food, family, and unexpected grace in her darkest hour.</b><br /><br />It was love at first sight when Tembi met professional chef, Saro, on a street in Florence. There was just one problem: Saro鈥檚 traditional Sicilian family did not approve of him marrying a black American woman, an actress no less. However, the couple, heartbroken but undeterred, forges on. They build a happy life in Los Angeles, with fulfilling careers, deep friendships and the love of their lives: a baby girl they adopt at birth. Eventually, they reconcile with Saro鈥檚 family just as he faces a formidable cancer that will consume all their dreams.<br /> <br /> <i>From Scratch </i>chronicles three summers Tembi spends in Sicily with her daughter, Zoela, as she begins to piece together a life without her husband in his tiny hometown hamlet of farmers. Where once Tembi was estranged from Saro鈥檚 family and his origins, now she finds solace and nourishment鈥攍iterally and spiritually鈥攁t her mother in law鈥檚 table. In the Sicilian countryside, she discovers the healing gifts of simple fresh food, the embrace of a close knit community, and timeless traditions and wisdom that light a path forward. All along the way she reflects on her and Saro鈥檚 incredible romance鈥攁n indelible love story that leaps off the pages.<br /> <br /> In Sicily, it is said that every story begins with a marriage or a death鈥攊n Tembi Locke鈥檚 case, it is both. Her story is about loss, but it鈥檚 really about love found. Her story is about travel, but it鈥檚 really about finding a home. It is about food, but it鈥檚 really about chasing flavor as an act of remembrance. <i>From Scratch </i>is for anyone who has dared to reach for big love, fought for what mattered most, and needed a powerful reminder that life is鈥elicious.
Catchy Cyprus: Once was the Island of Love
by Mary Jane Walker

Language

English

Pages

99

Publication Date

November 22, 2019

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This is a short book based on my visit to Cyprus, the island that copper鈥檚 named after. A former British possession in the Mediterranean Sea, Cyprus is divided into Greek-dominated and Turkish-dominated regions with United Nations troops in between. A surprisingly large amount of the island remains under the Union Jack as well. Cyprus is the legendary birthplace of Aphrodite, Greek goddess of love and also famous since ancient times for its mines. Today the island thrives on tourism and a developed industrial economy. It suffers, however, from a strategic location in the Mediterranean, which has long made it a pawn for outside powers. Few countries combine so much scenery with so much history, all in one compact place!
A Month in Siena
by Hisham Matar

Language

English

Pages

111

Publication Date

October 22, 2019

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<b>From the Pulitzer Prize鈥搘inning author of <i>The Return</i> comes a profoundly moving contemplation of the relationship between art and life.</b><br /> <b>聽<br />NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY <i>THE WASHINGTON POST </i>AND <i>THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS</i><br /></b><br /> After finishing his powerful memoir <i>The Return</i>, Hisham Matar, seeking solace and pleasure, traveled to Siena, Italy. Always finding comfort and clarity in great art, Matar immersed himself in eight significant works from the Sienese School of painting, which flourished from the thirteenth to the fifteenth centuries. Artists he had admired throughout his life, including聽Duccio and Ambrogio Lorenzetti, evoke earlier engagements he鈥檇 had with works by Caravaggio and Poussin, and the personal experiences that surrounded those moments.<br /><br />Including beautiful聽full-color reproductions of the artworks,聽<i>A Month in Siena</i> is about what occurred between Matar, those paintings, and the city. That month would be an extraordinary period in the writer鈥檚 life: an exploration of how art can console and disturb in equal measure, as well as an intimate encounter with a city and its inhabitants. This is a gorgeous meditation on how centuries-old art can illuminate our own inner landscape鈥攃urrent relationships, long-lasting love, grief, intimacy, and solitude鈥攁nd shed further light on the present world around us.<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>A Month in Siena</i></b><br /><br />鈥淎s exquisitely structured as聽<i>The Return</i>, driven by desire, yearning, loss, illuminated by the kindness of strangers.聽<i>A Month in Siena</i>聽is a triumph.鈥?lt;b>鈥擯eter Carey</b>
The Durrells of Corfu
by Michael Haag

Language

English

Pages

225

Publication Date

April 20, 2017

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<p>The Durrell family are immortalised in Gerald Durrell's <i>My Family and Other Animals</i> and its ITV adaptation, <i>The Durrells</i>. But what of the real life Durrells? Why did they go to Corfu in the first place - and what happened to them after they left?</p><p>The real story of the Durrells is as surprising and fascinating as anything in Gerry's books, and Michael Haag, with his first hand knowledge of the family, is the ideal narrator, drawing on diaries, letters and unpublished autobiographical fragments. </p><p><i>The Durrells of Corfu</i> describes the family's upbringing in India and the crisis that brought them to England and then Greece. It recalls the genuine characters they encountered on Corfu - Theodore the biologist, the taxi driver Spiro Halikiopoulos and the prisoner Kosti - as well as the visit of American writer Henry Miller. And Haag has unearthed the story of how the Durrells left Corfu, including Margo's and Larry's last-minute escapes before the War. An extended epilogue looks at the emergence of Larry as a world famous novelist, and Gerry as a naturalist and champion of endangered species, as well as the lives of the rest of the family, their friends and other animals. </p><p>The book is illustrated with family photos from the Gerald Durrell Archive, many of them reproduced here for the first time.</p>
Rick Steves Spain 2020 (Rick Steves Travel Guide)
by Rick Steves

Language

English

Pages

1048

Publication Date

September 03, 2019

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<b><b>Savor authentic paella,</b> run with the bulls in Pamplona, or relax on Barcelona's beaches: experience Spain with Rick Steves! Inside <i>Rick Steves Spain 2020</i> you'll find:</b><ul><li><b>Comprehensive coverage</b> for planning a <b>multi-week trip </b>to Spain</li><li><b>Rick's strategic advice</b> on how to get the most out of your time and money, with rankings of his must-see favorites</li><li><b>Top sights and hidden gems, </b>from El Escorial and the great mosque of C貿rdoba to medieval bars serving house-made madro帽o liqueur</li><li><b>How to connect with local culture: </b>Enjoy a flamenco show in Madrid, chat with fans about the latest <i>f煤tbol</i> match, or meander down winding streets in search of the best tapas</li><li><b>Beat the crowds, skip the lines, and avoid tourist traps </b>with Rick's candid, humorous insight</li><li><b>The best places to eat, sleep, and relax</b> with a glass of sangria</li><li><b>Self-guided walking tours</b> of lively neighborhoods and incredible museums</li><li><b>Vital trip-planning tools,</b> like how to link destinations, build your itinerary, and get from place to place</li><li><b>Detailed maps,</b> plus a <b>fold-out map </b>for exploring on the go</li><li><b>Useful resources</b> including a packing list, Spanish phrase book, a historical overview, and recommended reading</li><li><b>Over 1,000 bible-thin pages </b>include everything worth seeing without weighing you down</li><li><b>Annually updated information </b>on Barcelona, Basque Country, Bilbao, Santiago de Compostela, Le貿n, Salamanca, Madrid, El Escorial, the Valley of the Fallen, Segovia, Toledo, Granada, Sevilla, C貿rdoba, Andaluc鉚a, Spain's Southern Coast, Gibraltar, Morocco, and more</li></ul><b>Make the most of every day and every dollar with <i>Rick Steves Spain 2020</i>.</b><br />Planning a one- to two-week trip? Check out <i>Rick Steves Best of Spain</i>.
A Year in Paris: Season by Season in the City of Light
by John Baxter

Language

English

Pages

336

Publication Date

February 26, 2019

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<p><strong>A <em>NEW YORK TIMES</em> "SUMMER READING" PICK!</strong></p><p><strong>From the incomparable John Baxter,聽award-winning author of the bestselling <em>The Most Beautiful Walk in the World</em>, a sumptuous and definitive portrait of Paris through the seasons, highlighting the unique tastes, sights, and changing personality of the city in spring, summer, fall, and winter.</strong></p><p>When the common people of France revolted in 1789, one of the first ways they chose to correct the excesses of the monarchy and the church was to rename the months of the year. Selected by poet and playwright Philippe-Francois-Nazaire Fabre, these new names reflected what took place at that season in the natural world; Fructidor was the month of fruit, Flor茅al that of flowers, while the winter wind (vent) dominated Vent么se. </p><p>Though the names didn鈥檛 stick, these seasonal rhythms of the year continue to define Parisians, as well as travelers to the city. As acclaimed author and long-time Paris resident John Baxter himself recollects, 鈥淢y own arrival in France took place in Niv么se, the month of snow, and continued in Pluvi么se, the season of rain. To someone coming from Los Angeles, where seasons barely existed, the shock was visceral. Struggling to adjust, I found reassurance in the literature, music, even the cuisine of my adoptive country, all of which marched to the inaudible drummer of the seasons.鈥?lt;/p><p>Devoting a section of the book to each of Fabre鈥檚 months, Baxter draws upon Paris鈥檚 literary, cultural and artistic past to paint an affecting, unforgettable portrait of the city. Touching upon the various ghosts of Paris past, from Hemingway and Zelda Fitzgerald, to Claude Debussy to MFK Fisher to Francois Mitterrand, Baxter evokes the rhythms of the seasons in the City of Light, and the sense of wonder they can arouse for all who visit and live there.</p><p>A melange of history, travel reportage, and myth, of high culture and low, <em>A Year in Paris</em> is vintage John Baxter: a vicarious thrill ride for anyone who loves Paris.</p>

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