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  1. Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup is a memoir of a black man who was born free in New York state but kidnapped, sold into slavery and kept in bondage for 12 years in Louisiana before the American Civil War. He provided details of slave markets in Washington, DC, as well as describing at length cotton cultivation on major plantations in Louisiana.
  2. Jeo and Mikal, foster brothers from a small Pakistani town, secretly enter Afghanistan: not to fight with the Taliban against the Americans, but rather to help care for wounded civilians. Their good intentions, though, can't keep them out of harm's way. From the wilds of Afghanistan to the heart of the family left behind--their blind father, haunted by the death of his wife and by the mistakes he may have made in the name of Islam and nationhood; Jeo's wife, whose increasing resolve helps keep the household running; and her superstitious mother--the narrative takes us on an extraordinary journey. In language as lyrical as it is piercing, in scenes at once beautiful and harrowing, The Blind Man's Garden unflinchingly describes a topical yet timeless world, powerfully evoking a place where the line between enemy and friend is indistinct and where the desire to return home burns brightest of all.
  3. English-born Australian writer who is widely regarded as one of the most important English-language novelists of the 20th century. From 1935 until his death, he published 12 novels, three short-story collections and eight plays. White's fiction employs humour, florid prose, shifting narrative vantage points and a stream of consciousness technique. In 1973, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, the only Australian to have been awarded the prize. The Aunt's Story With the death of her mother, middle-aged Theodora Goodman contemplates the desert of her life. Freed from the trammels of convention she leaves Australia for a European tour and becomes involved with the residents of a small French hotel. But creating other people's lives, even in love and pity, can lead to madness. Her ability to reconcile joy and sorrow is an unbearable torture to her. On the journey home, Theodora finds there is little to choose between the reality of illusion and the illusion of reality. She looks for peace, even if it is beyond the borders of insanity ... The Twyborn Affair Eddie Twyborn is bisexual and beautiful, the son of a judge and a drunken mother. With his androgynous hero—Eudoxia/Eddie/Eadith Twyborn—and through his search for identity, for self-affirmation and love in its many forms, Patrick White takes us into the ambiguous landscapes, sexual, psychological and spiritual, of the human condition. A Fringe of Leaves Set in Australia in the 1840s, A Fringe of Leaves combines dramatic action with a finely distilled moral vision. Returning home to England from Van Diemen's land, the Bristol Maid is shipwrecked on the Queensland coast and Mrs Roxburgh is taken prisoner by a tribe of aborigines, along with the rest of the passengers and crew. In the course of her escape, she is torn by conflicting loyalties - to her dead husband, to her rescuer, to her own and to her adoptive class. The Tree of Man Stan Parker, with only a horse and a dog for company journeys to a remote patch of land he has inherited in the Australian hills. Once the land is cleared and a rudimentary house built, he brings his wife Amy to the wilderness. Together they face lives of joy and sorrow as they struggle against the environment. Voss Set in nineteenth-century Australia, Voss is the story of the secret passion between an explorer and a naïve young woman. Although they have met only a few times, Voss and Laura are joined by overwhelming, obsessive feelings for each other. Voss sets out to cross the continent, and as hardships, mutiny and betrayal whittle away his power to endure and to lead, his attachment to Laura gradually increases. Laura, waiting in Sydney, moves through the months of separation as if they were a dream and Voss the only reality. The Solid Mandala This is the story of two people living one life. Arthur and Waldo Brown were born twins and destined never to to grow away from each other. They spent their childhood together. Their youth together. Middle-age together. Retirement together. They even shared the same girl. They shared everything - except their view of things. Waldo, with his intelligence, saw everything and understood little. Arthur was the fool who didn't bother to look. He understood. The Hanging Garden Two children are brought to a wild garden on the shores of Sydney Harbour to shelter from the Second World War. The boy's mother has died in the Blitz. The girl is the daughter of a Sydney woman and a Communist executed in a Greek prison. In wartime Australia, these two children form an extraordinary bond as they negotiate the dangers of life as strangers abandoned on the far side of the world. The Eye of the Storm In White’s 1973 classic, terrifying matriarch Elizabeth Hunter is facing death while her impatient children—Sir Basil, the celebrated actor, and Princess de Lascabane, an adoptive French aristocrat—wait. It is the dying mother who will command attention, and who in the midst of disaster will look into the eye of the storm. “An antipodean King Lear writ gentle and tragicomic, almost Chekhovian . . . The Eye of the Storm [is] an intensely dramatic masterpiece” (The Australian).
  4. Dreamers: The midnight sun illumines more than fishing and fjords in this remote northern Norwegian village. In fact, half-baked schemes and hilarity abound. Big Ove Rolandsen, telegraph operator, mad scientist, and local Casanova, trades wits, fists, and kisses with a host of quirky neighbors. He serenades the curate's wife and fights a drunken giant, but taking on Trader Mack, the town's fish-glue magnate, is a more difficult matter. Knut Hamsun, author of the acclaimed Hunger and winner of the 1920 Nobel Prize for Literature, renders the dreams and dramas of these townsfolk with a delightfully light touch. Robert Bly has written that Hamsun "has a magnifying glass on his eye, like a jeweler's," and Dreamers gleams like a perfect, semi-precious stone. Mysteries: In a Norwegian coastal town, society's carefully woven threads begin to unravel when an unsettling stranger named Johan Nagel arrives. With an often brutal insight into human nature, Nagel draws out the townsfolk, exposing their darkest instincts and suppressed desires. At once arrogant and unassuming, righteous and depraved, Nagel seduces the entire community even as he turns it on its head -- before disappearing as suddenly as he arrived. The Road Leads On: They had met during their younger days, he and the widow of Theodore paa Bua. The original fusion of their passion had taken place during a golden opportunity out in the berry field--she had given him a certain look upon leaving the house and he had gone a round-about way and met her. Violence -- violence and violation, but so welcome, so unimpeachable. Ay, and their affair had continued without interruption throughout two whole summers and one winter. When they parted, they had had good cause to remember each other and when they met again, they had neither of them changed; they were the same mad lovers they had been during their earliest youth. Victoria: When it first appeared in 1898, this fourth novel by celebrated Norwegian writer, Knut Hamsun, captured instant acclaim for its poetic, psychologically intense portrayal of love's predicament in a class-bound society. Set in a coastal village of late nineteenth- century Norway, "Victoria" follows two doomed lovers through their thwarted lifelong romance. Johannes, the son of a miller, finds inspiration for his writing in his passionate devotion to Victoria, an impoverished aristocrat constrained by family loyalty. Separated by class barriers and social pressure, the fated pair parts ways, only to realize too late the grave misfortune of their lost opportunity. Elegantly rendered in this brand-new translation by Sverre Lyngstad, "Victoria"'s haunting lyricism and emotional depth remain as timeless as ever.
  5. 1. Growth of the Soil The story of an elemental existence in rural Norway. 2. Hunger This powerful, autobiographical novel by a Nobel Prize-winning author made literary history when it was first published in 1890. A modern classic about a penniless, unemployed young writer, the book paints an unforgettable portrait of a man driven to the edge of self-destruction by forces beyond his control. 3. Look Back on Happiness This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally important and have elected to bring the book back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. 4. Pan First published in 1894, Knut Hamsun's Pan is former lieutenant Thomas Glahn's retrospective narrative of his life and adventures in the Norwegian woods. A man of fascinating complexity, Glahn is in some respects a modern successor to a long line of "superfluous" men in western literature, an heir to Goethe's Werther and the protagonists of Turgenev and Dostoyevsky.But this portrait of a man rejecting the claims of bourgeois society for a Rousseauian embrace of Nature and Eros, explores the veiled mysteries of the unconscious by means of thoroughly modern techniques. Pan's quasi-musical modulations of pace and rhythm, its haunting use of leitmotifs which contract and distend time, its startling versions of myth and legend, and its ecstatic evocations of nature in its various phases and moods, all attest to the novel's Modernist innovations. Pan provides a lyrical, yet disturbing analysis of love and the recesses of the psyche. This superb new translation restores the power and virtuosity of Hamsun's original and includes an informative introduction. 5. Under the Autumn Star One of a pair of novels narrated by Hamsun's character Knut Pedersen (Hamsun's real name) -- the second, On Muted Strings, will be published next season -- Under the Autumn Star is a novel permeated with the air and light of fall. In this work, Pedersen joins forces with Lars Falkenberg, whose dubious talents include piano tuning. Finding part-time work on the estate of a captain, Knut and Lars both fancy themselves in love with the captain's wife. The result of their activities leads inevitable to Knut's firing, and his retreat back to the city from which he has escaped. The novel shows Hamsun at the height of his lyrical powers, revealing once again his ironic and loving insight into human life. 6. Wanderer Plays on Muted Strings Related to and sometimes paired with Hamsun's Under the Autumn Stars, this beautifully lyric fiction picks up with the same characters as the other book, but is set in time six years later. The central character of the former novel, Knut Pedersen (Hamsun's real name), is more an observer in this work. His former friend Grindhusen has grown from stubborn independence to a shifty and vacillating man; and his companion Lars Falkenberg has dwindled into a small land-holder with a perpetually pregnant wife from whom he is deeply estranged. These two comedians play out a tragi-comedy that is painful through the very irony and humaneness with which Hamsun paints his figures.
  6. The Awesome Girl's Guide to Dating Extraordinary Men by Ernessa T. Carter Requirements: .MOBI/.EPUB reader 1.1MB Overview: Four women. Two years. A friendship to last a lifetime. The only things that Sharita, Thursday, Risa, and Tammy have in common are their disastrous love lives. But the year three of them turn 30 will be different, they swear! Sharita, a plump and conservative accountant wants to make partner at her firm and find the man of her dreams. Thursday, the daughter of a formerly chart-topping political rapper, wants to stop being a serial one-month stander, and settle down into a stable life with a stable boyfriend. Risa, a skinny and audacious electronica punk rocker, wants to finally land an album deal, which she feels is the only way to win back the heart of her on-again of off-again closeted girlfriend. And after getting fired as the spokesmodel for her family’s hair company, sweet and gorgeous Tammy wants to prove that she has what it takes to make it on her own. None of these women get what they want, but over the course of two years, they get exactly what they need. And that proves to be the best thing after all. Genre: Fiction; Chic-lit Download Instructions:
  7. The Doctor and the Diva by Adrienne McDonnell Requirements: EPUB Reader, 693 kB Overview: A breathtaking novel of romantic obsession, longing and one woman's choice between motherhood and her operatic calling It is 1903. Dr. Ravell is a young Harvard-educated obstetrician with a growing reputation for helping couples conceive. He has treated women from all walks of Boston society, but when Ravell meets Erika-an opera singer whose beauty is surpassed only by her spellbinding voice-he knows their doctor- patient relationship will be like none he has ever had. After struggling for years to become pregnant, Erika believes there is no hope. Her mind is made up: she will leave her prominent Bostonian husband to pursue her career in Italy, a plan both unconventional and risky. But becoming Ravell's patient will change her life in ways she never could have imagined. Lush and stunningly realized, The Doctor and the Diva moves from snowy Boston to the jungles of Trinidad to the gilded balconies of Florence. This magnificent debut is a tale of passionate love affairs, dangerous decisions, and a woman's irreconcilable desires as she is forced to choose between the child she has always longed for and the opera career she cannot live without. Inspired by the author's family history, the novel is sensual, sexy, and heart-stopping in its bittersweet beauty. Genre: Fiction/Historical Download Instructions:
  8. The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta Requirements: Sony Reader, MS Reader, Mobi Reader, 450, 376, 610 KB Overview: A startling, thought-provoking novel about love, connection, and loss from The New York Times bestselling author of The Abstinence Teacher and Little Children What if the Rapture happened and you got left behind? Or what if it wasn't the Rapture at all, but something murkier, a burst of mysterious, apparently random disappearances that shattered the world in a single moment, dividing history into Before and After, leaving no one unscathed? How would you rebuild your life in the wake of such a devastating event? This is the question confronting the bewildered citizens of Mapleton, a formerly comfortable suburban community that lost over a hundred people in the Sudden Departure. Kevin Garvey, the new mayor, wants to speed up the healing process, to bring a sense of renewed hope and purpose to his traumatized neighbors, even as his own family falls apart. His wife, Laurie, has left him to enlist in the Guilty Remnant, a homegrown cult whose members take a vow of silence but haunt the streets of town as 'living reminders' of God's judgment. His son, Tom, is gone, too, dropping out of college to follow a sketchy prophet by the name of Holy Wayne. Only his teenaged daughter, Jill, remains, and she's definitely not the sweet A student she used to be. Through the prism of a single family, Perrotta illuminates a familiar America made strange by grief and apocalyptic anxiety. The Leftovers is a powerful and deeply moving book about people struggling to hold onto a belief in their own futures. This Link is DEAD Please report me /fik4wmeqj0hd
  9. The Abstinence Teacher by Tom Perrotta Requirements: EPUB, MOBI Reader, Size: 2.6 Mb Overview: The Abstinence Teacher exposes the powerful emotions that run beneath the surface of modern American family life and explores the complex spiritual and sexual lives of ordinary people. Elegantly written, it is characterized by the distinctive mix of satire and compassion that have animated Perrotta's previous novels. Download Instructions: This Link is DEAD Please report me /0w2zxof4odrz
  10. Little Children by Tom Perrotta Requirements: .epub or .mobi reader (777 KB) Overview: Tom Perrotta's thirtyish parents of young children are a varied and surprising bunch. There's Todd, the handsome stay-at-home dad dubbed "The Prom King" by the moms at the playground, and his wife, Kathy, a documentary filmmaker envious of the connection Todd has forged with their toddler son. And there's Sarah, a lapsed feminist surprised to find she's become a typical wife in a traditional marriage, and her husband, Richard, who is becoming more and more involved with an internet fantasy life than with his own wife and child. And then there's Mary Ann, who has life all figured out, down to a scheduled roll in the hay with her husband every Tuesday at nine P.M. They all raise their kids in the kind of quiet suburb where nothing ever seems to happen - until one eventful summer, when a convicted child molester moves back to town, and two parents begin an affair that goes further than either of them could ever have imagined. Genre: Contemporary Fiction Download Instructions:
  11. Nine Inches by Tom Perrotta Requirements: EPUB/MOBI Reader 810kb Overview: The new collection from the New York Times bestselling author of The Leftovers and Little Children, featuring stories focusing on Perrotta's familiar suburban nuclear families. Tom Perrotta's first book, Bad Haircut, consisted of linked stories featuring a shared protagonist. Now, nineteen years later, he has written and compiled his first true short story collection. This twelve story collection features a group set in Perrotta's trademark suburban setting, focusing on the fissures in families and unexpected connections among members of typical American communities, including "Senior Season" and "Nine Inches." Other offerings showcase Perrotta's assured, smooth writing, but many may surprise fans with new protagonists and concerns. One of these twistier stories is "The Smile on Happy Chang's Face," which was the Boston Book Festival's first all-city One City, One Story selection in 2010 Genre: Contemporary, Short Stories
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    Through his books and his radio essays for NPR's This American Life, David Rakoff has built a deserved reputation as one of the finest and funniest essayists of our time. File Contains Fraud Dont Get Too Comfortable Half Empty Love,Dishonor,Marry,Die,Cherish,Perish
  13. Doris Lessing was born in Persia of British parents in 1919. She spent her childhood on her father's farm in what was then Southern Rhodesia. After leaving school at 14 she worked in a variety of jobs including typist, au pair and telephonist, maintaining her interest in writing all the while. Upon arrival in England in 1949 her first novel 'The Grass is Singing' was published (and was subsequently filmed in 1981). In 1952 the publishing of 'Martha Quest' marked the first in her famous sequence of five novels 'Children of Violence' which ended with 'The Four-Gated City' (1969). Ms Lessing's collection of short novels called 'Five' earned her the Somerset Maugham Award for 1954 and her play 'Play With a Tiger' was presented in the West End in 1962. The French translation of 'The Golden Notebook' (1962) won the Prix Medici in 1976. In 1982 she received the Austrian State Prize for Literature and the Shakespeare Prize, Hamburg. Doris Lessing has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize three times: 'Briefing for a Descent into Hell' (1971), 'The Sirian Experiments' (1981) and 'The Good Terrorist' (1985) and won the W H Smith Award in 1985. In August 1991, she received an honorary title of Distinguished Fellow in Literature in the School of English and American Studies conferred by University of East Anglia. Doris Lessing 'has travelled or lived briefly in France, Italy, Spain, Russia and Czechoslovakia. Her books have been translated into many languages from French to Russian. Doris Lessing has worked as a professional writer since arriving in England. Doris Lessing Fiction (1950) The Grass is Singing - Doris (1952) CoV 01 - Martha Quest - Doris (1954) CoV 02 - Proper Marriage, A - Doris (1958) CoV 03 - Ripple from the Storm, A - Doris (1962) Golden Notebook, The - Doris (1965) CoV 04 - Landlocked - Doris (1969) CoV 05 - Four-Gated City, The - Doris (1971) Briefing for a Descent into Hell - Doris (1972) Stories - Doris (1973) Summer Before the Dark, The - Doris (1974) Memoirs of a Survivor, The - Doris (1979) Doris Lessing - Canopus in Argos Archives 01 - (1980) Doris Lessing - Canopus in Argos Archives 03 - The Sirian (1982) Doris Lessing - Canopus in Argos Archives 04 - The Making of the Representative for (1983) Doris Lessing - Canopus in Argos Archives 05 - Dg to the Sentimental Agents in the Volyen (1985) Doris Lessing - The Good Terrorist (v5.0).mobi (1988) Fifth Child, The - Doris (1996) Doris Lessing - Love, Again (v5.0).mobi (1999) Mara and Dann - Doris (2001) The Sweetest Dream - Doris (2003) Grandmothers, The - Doris (2005) Story of General Dann and Mara's Daughter, Griot and the Snow Dog - Doris (2007) The Cleft - Doris (2008) Alfred and Emily - Doris Doris Lessing Non-Fiction (1957) Going Home - Doris (1960) In Pursuit of the English - Doris (1992) African Laughter - Doris May (2002) On Cats - Doris
  14. The Garden of Last Days by Andre Dubus III Requirements: Mobi Reader 528kb Overview: One early September night in Florida, a stripper brings her daughter to work. April's usual babysitter is in the hospital, so she decides it's best to have her three-year-old daughter close by, watching children's videos in the office, while she works. Except that April works at the Puma Club for Men. And tonight she has an unusual client, a foreigner both remote and too personal, and free with his money. Lots of it, all cash. His name is Bassam. Meanwhile, another man, AJ, has been thrown out of the club for holding hands with his favorite stripper, and he's drunk and angry and lonely. From these explosive elements comes a relentless, raw, searing, passionate, page-turning narrative, a big-hearted and painful novel about sex and parenthood and honor and masculinity. Set in the seamy underside of American life at the moment before the world changed, it juxtaposes lust for domination with hunger for connection, sexual violence with family love. It seizes the reader by the throat with the same psychological tension, depth, and realism that characterized Andre Dubus's #1 bestseller, House of Sand and Fog--and an even greater sense of the dark and anguished places in the human heart
  15. All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin (Birthright#1) Requirements: Epub,Mobi or Adobe Reader 2 Mb Overview: Sixteen year-old Anya becomes the head of a mafia family after her parents are both murdered by rival gangs. Although Anya is embrolied in the criminal world, she is determined to keep her brother and sister out of the mafia family, but her father's relatives aren't so keen to let them go. When Anya's violent ex-boyfriend is poisoned with contaminated chocolate – chocolate that is produced illegally by Anya's mafia family – she is arrested for attempted murder and sent to the notorious jail on Manhattan Island. Eventually she is freed by the new D.A. in town, who believs she has been framed. But this D.A. is the father of Win, a boy at school to whom Anya feels irresistibly drawn, and her freedom comes with conditions. Win's father wants to be mayor, and he can't risk having his ambition jeopardised by rumours spreading that his son is seeing a member of a notorious crime family. Anya knows she risks the safety of her family by seeing Win again, but the feeling between them may be too strong to resist... Genre: Young Adult Download Instructions:
  16. The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill Requirements: ePUB, Mobi reader, 3 MB Overview: Readers will follow the story of Aminata, an unforgettable heroine who cut a swath through an 18th-century world hostile to her colour and her sex. Abducted as an eleven-year-old child from her village in West Africa and put to work on an indigo plantation on the sea islands of South Carolina, Aminata survives by using midwifery skills learned at her mother’ s side, and by drawing on a strength of character inherited from both parents. Eventually, she has the chance to register her name in the “ Book of Negroes,” a historic British military ledger allowing 3,000 Black Loyalists passage on ships sailing from Manhattan to Nova Scotia. This remarkable novel transports the reader from an African village to a plantation in the southern United States, from a soured refuge in Nova Scotia to the coast of Sierra Leone, in a back-to-Africa odyssey of 1,200 former slaves. Bringing vividly to life one of the strongest female characters in recent fiction, Lawrence Hill’ s remarkable novel has become a Canadian classic. Genre: Historical fiction Download Instructions: (updated) (updated)
  17. The Funeral Dress by Susan Gregg Gilmore Requirements: .ePUB reader, 2.37 MB. Overview: A deeply touching Southern story filled with struggle and hope. Emmalee Bullard and her new baby are on their own. Or so she thinks, until Leona Lane, the older seamstress who sat by her side at the local shirt factory where both women worked as collar makers, insists Emmalee come and live with her. Just as Emmalee prepares to escape her hardscrabble life in Red Chert holler, Leona dies tragically. Grief-stricken, Emmalee decides she’ll make Leona’s burying dress, but there are plenty of people who don't think the unmarried Emmalee should design a dress for a Christian woman - or care for a child on her own. But with every stitch, Emmalee struggles to do what is right for her daughter and to honor Leona the best way she can, finding unlikely support among an indomitable group of seamstresses and the town’s funeral director. In a moving tale exploring Southern spirit and camaraderie among working women, a young mother will compel a town to become a community. Genre: Fiction, Historical Download Instructions:
  18. About Pearl S. Buck Pearl Sydenstricker Buck (1892–1973) was a bestselling and Nobel Prize–winning author. Her classic novel The Good Earth (1931) was awarded a Pulitzer Prize and William Dean Howells Medal. Born in Hillsboro, West Virginia, Buck was the daughter of missionaries and spent much of the first half of her life in China, where many of her books are set. In 1934, civil unrest in China forced Buck back to the United States. Throughout her life she worked in support of civil and women’s rights, and established Welcome House, the first international, interracial adoption agency. In addition to her highly acclaimed novels, Buck wrote two memoirs and biographies of both of her parents. For her body of work, Buck was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1938, the first American woman to have done so. House of Earth Series (1931) Good Earth, The - Pearl S. Buck A Chinese peasant overcomes the forces of nature and the frailties of human nature to become a wealthy landowner. (1932) Sons - Pearl S. Buck Second in the trilogy that began with The Good Earth, Buck's classic and starkly real tale of sons rising against their honored fathers tells of the bitter struggle to the death between the old and the new in China. Revolutions sweep the vast nation, leaving destruction and death in their wake, yet also promising emancipation to China's oppressed millions who are groping for a way to survive in a modern age. (1935) House Divided, A - Pearl S. Buck A House Divided, the third volume of the trilogy that began with The Good Earth and Sons, is a powerful portrayal of China in the midst of revolution. Wang Yuan is caught between the opposing ideas of different generations. After 6 years abroad, Yuan returns to China in the middle of a peasant uprising. His counsin is a captain in the revolutionary army, his sister has scandalized the family by her premarital pregnancy, and his warlord father continues to cling to his traditional ideals. It is through Yuan's efforts that a kind of peace is restored to the family. Pearl S Buck novels (1930) East Wind West Wind Set in twentieth century China, this is a moving and evocative story. The older generation of the Wang family is rigidly set in the ways of ancient China: the father has several concubines and demands and receives unquestioned reverence from all of his family. But the family faces many changes that threatens both their traditions and their lives. This is Pearl Buck's first novel and begins developing themes she writes on throughout her work. It is very accomplished for a young writer and very insightful for those unfamiliar with social life in China. (1934) The Mother Within this novel Ms. Buck paints the portrait of a poor woman living in a remote village whose joys are few and hardships are many. As the ancient traditions, which she bases her philosophies upon, begin to collide with the new ideals of the communist era, this peasant woman must find a balance between them and deal with the consequences. (1938) The Big Wave Kino lives on a farm on the side of a mountain in Japan. His friend, Jiya, lives in a fishing village below. Everyone, including Kino and Jiya, has heard of the big wave. No one suspects it will wipe out the whole village and Jiya's family, too. As Jiya struggles to overcome his sorrow, he understands it is in the presence of danger that one learns to be brave, and to appreciate how wonderful life can be.The famous story of a Japanese boy who must face life after escaping the tidal wave destruction of his family and village. The Patriot (1939) This swift and timely story covers the events of twelve years. It begins with the revolution sweeping down the Yangtze, when young students, fired with new patriotism, went singing to jail or to the beheading ground. It ends in the mountains of inner China, where driven back again and again by the invader, students and peasants, old war lords and young guerilla alike, stand in a united front and fight on. (1942) Dragon Seed A novel set in China in the early part of this century, by a winner of both the Nobel Prize for Literature and the Pulitzer Prize, who spent her early childhood in China. It tells of the courage and sacrifice of a Chinese peasant family under the impact of war and the heel of the Japanese invader. (1943) The Promise A heroic tale of the Chinese people sweeps into the jungles of Burma (1946) Pavilion of Women, A Novel of Life in the Women's Quarters (1948) Peony A Novel of China Young Peony is sold into a rich Chinese household as a bondmaid -- an awkward role in which she is more a servant, but less a daughter. As she grows into a lovely, provocative young woman, Peony falls in love with the family's only son. However, tradition forbids them to wed. How she resolves her love for him and her devotion to her adoptive family unfolds in this profound tale, based on true events in China over a century ago. (1950) Kinfolk Kinfolk is a richly human story, with humour and pathos as well as the larger emotions. Pearl Buck explores the conflict between traditional and progress in this novel of China. Come My Beloved (1953) It began when David MacArd, an American millionaire, founded a theological school in India because he wished to change India - on his own terms and in his own image. His son went to India to work at the school. His grandson pursued God by becoming a missionary in a tiny village. To his great-granddaughter came the final conflict of East and West. Brought up from birth in Indian customs, she fell in love with a native doctor and wanted to marry him. 'No, said her father." God's Men (1951) This is a massive novel, in length, breadth, and depth. It sweeps from China to America to England, and in a half-century of colorful action it ranges from the Boxer Rebellion of 1900 to the critical struggles of 1950. The author brings warmth of feeling and the light of understanding to many and varied Characters, including Franklin D. Roosevelt, Sun Yat-sen, and Chiang Kai-shek.... A major work, this novel is in some ways the most searching yet written by the Nobel Prize winner.... Imperial Woman (1956) An historical novel about the last Empress of China, Tzu Hsi. In youth she was a beautiful concubine, in middle life a brilliant strategist, in old age a goddess. She ranks in history with Victoria of England and Catherine of Russia Letter from Peking (1957) My dear Wife: First, before I say what must be said, let me tell you that I love only you. Elizabeth MacLeod received that letter in Vermont. She had been forced to leave her half-Chinese husband when the Communists entered Peking. And she had taken their son and returned to America, returned to the family farm to wait, sustained by her passionate love for the husband from whom she was so unwillingly separated. Then came that last letter and her whole existence was violently overturned. (1963) The Living Reed, A Novel of Korea Beginning with the 'Good Earth,' Pearl S. Buck has written a succession of memorable and vivid books that have made China and Japan as familiar to Westerners as their own communities. Now she has done the same thing for Korea. 'The Living Reed' is the story of four generations of a close-knit, powerful Korean family. We follow their struggles and sorrows and joy from the time of the last reigning Korean queen to the Second World War. (1966) Death in the Castle The ancient, brooding castle was known as Starborough. John Blayne, wealthy young American, was determined to buy it and move it stone by stone to his estate in Connecticut. But even though impoverished, the aristocratic owners, Sir Richard Sedgley and Lady Mary, were loath to sell. The castle was their obsession. Lady Mary believed it harbored spirits of past ages who would help save it from demolition. As for Sir Richard, he was haunted by a secret guilt that finally drove him into reliving a tragic episode of an earlier century. It fell to the lovely Kate to try to reconcile the Sedgleys and Blayne, the past and the present. Ostensibly a servant and granddaughter of the elderly butler Wells, this strange, enchanting girl revealed that she had qualities far beyond those of a simple maid. The Angry Wife (1969) The war between the states had ended, but the Delaney brothers remained divided. The Goddess Abides (1972) Charming and attractive, Edith Chardman finds herself suddenly alone after a long and happy marriage. Into the emptiness comes Edwin, old enough almost to be her grandfather, and Jared, young enough to be her son..In the unfolding of Edith's discovery of love in its infinite variety, Pearl Buck displays her masterly skill as a storyteller and the depth of her knowledge of men and women. Pearl S. Buck - Non-Fiction (1950) The Child Who Never Grew This personal account of raising a daughter with mental retardation by the Nobel and Pulitzer prize-winning author of THE GOOD EARTH broke a national taboo when it was originally published in 1950. New material in this updated edition gives Buck's original story an historical perspective, while the emotional experience she so eloquently describes still rings true (1963) A Bridge for Passing A memoir. While in Japan to observe the filming of one of her novels, Pearl Buck was informed that her husband had died. This book is the deeply affecting story of the period that immediately followed - the grief, fears, doubts, and readjustments that a woman must make before crossing the bridge that spans marriage and widowhood.
  19. The White Tiger is the debut novel by Indian author Aravind Adiga. It was first published in 2008 and won the 40th Man Booker Prize in the same year. The novel provides a darkly humorous perspective of India’s class struggle in a globalized world as told through a retrospective narration from Balram Halwai, a village boy. In detailing Balram’s journey first to Delhi, where he works as a chauffeur to a rich landlord, and then to Bangalore, the place to which he flees after killing his master and stealing his money, the novel examines issues of religion, caste, loyalty, corruption and poverty in India. Ultimately, Balram transcends his sweet-maker caste and becomes a successful entrepreneur, establishing his own taxi service. In a nation proudly shedding a history of poverty and underdevelopment, he represents, as he himself says, "tomorrow." The White Tiger.epub (0.26MB)