A Year in the Scheisse

Getting to Know the Germans

Author: Roger Boyes



Category: Humor

Page: 231

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TRAVEL WRITING. Laugh-out-loud funny, this is the memorable story of an English journalist's adventures - including his encounters with women - as he tries to get to grip with the Germans. Facing bankruptcy, Roger is advised by his accountant to make use of a legal loophole: in Germany married couples have their tax bill halved. So the search is on for a German bride. Meanwhile his father, a former bomber pilot and war hero, is also in financial trouble and is threatening to move to Germany and sponge off his son.The combination of financial, romantic and parental crises sets in train a hilarious romp. Writing incisively and almost without prejudice, Roger Boyes describes the peculiarities of everyday life in Germany. Roger Boyes, 54, was born in Hereford into a military family and moved around a lot. He has been a foreign correspondent for over thirty years, and is currently the GErmany correspondent for The Times and author of the column 'My Berlin' in Tagesspiegel.

The Madwoman in the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones

Author: Sandra Tsing Loh

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

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From an “imaginatively twisted and fearless” writer (Los Angeles Times), a hilarious memoir of middle age. In a voice that is wry, disarming, and totally candid, Sandra Tsing Loh tells the moving and laugh-out-loud tale of her roller coaster through "the change." This is not your grandmother's menopause story. Loh chronicles utterly relatable, everyday perils: raising preteen daughters, weathering hormonal changes, and the ups and downs of a career and a relationship. She writes also about an affair and the explosion of her marriage, while managing the legal and marital hijinks of her eighty-nine-year-old dad. The upbeat conclusion: it does get better.

Rolling Thunder

An Historical Novel of War and Politics

Author: Mark Berent

Publisher: Mark Berent


Category: History

Page: 382

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As hostilities escolate in late 1965, the fates of three men intertwine in Vietnam.

Dictionary of Contemporary Slang

Author: Tony Thorne

Publisher: A&C Black


Category: Reference

Page: 512

View: 728

With more than 7,000 definitions, this book provides a definitive guide to the use of slang today. It deals with drugs, sport and contemporary society, as well as favourite slang topics such as sex and bodily functions. In this convenient paperback edition of the highly acclaimed Dictionary of Contemporary Slang, language and culture expert Tony Thorne explores the ever-changing underworld of the English language, bringing back intriguing examples of eccentricity and irreverence from the linguistic front-line. "Thorne is a kind of slang detective, going down the streets where other lexicographers fear to tread." Daily Telegraph

That One Peculiar Year

Author: Luciano De Angelis

Publisher: Ipoc Press


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 88

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What is relevant in the book and gives vivacity to the narration is the style of the expression, with a flowing narration, from which charac-ters and events take shape with a great realism. The style is swift and effective, and the characters stand out as if they were alive, evoked by an extraordinary emotional charge. The principle inspiring this work may echo after Paul Ricoeur who, in Time and Narrative, states: Life is a tale, not a theorem. Readers can emotionally relate to this novel because the facts narrated are naturally occurring events, seen and depicted with a child's perspective, a child who, as an adult, remem-bers those events with the same emotions felt in youth. The most im-portant merit of Luciano De Angelis' book lies specifically in this similarity between time and memory, in a narration that is both linear and graphic.

Gabriel's Rapture

Author: Sylvain Reynard

Publisher: Penguin


Category: Fiction

Page: 448

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National bestselling author Sylvain Reynard continues the story of Gabriel and Julia, two lovers bound together by their darkest desires. But those very desires may destroy them . . . Professor Gabriel Emerson has embarked on a passionate, yet clandestine affair with his former student Julia Mitchell. Sequestered on a romantic holiday in Italy, he tutors her in the sensual delights of the body and the raptures of sex. But when they return, their happiness is threatened by conspiring students, academic politics, and a jealous ex-lover. When Gabriel is confronted by the university administration, will he succumb to Dante’s fate? Or will he fight to keep Julia, his Beatrice, forever? In Gabriel’s Rapture, the brilliant sequel to the wildly successful debut novel, Gabriel’s Inferno, Sylvain Reynard weaves an exquisite love story that will touch the reader’s mind, body, and soul, forever.

Iron to Iron

Author: Ryan Graudin

Publisher: Hachette UK


Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 32

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Once upon a different time, there was a boy who raced through a kingdom of death. Sixteen-year-old Luka Löwe has one goal in mind: Win the 1955 Axis Tour and become the first Double Cross victor. If he can accomplish that, maybe his father will finally see him as a worthy son. He's completed the grueling trek from Germania to Tokyo before, but this time is different. Luka never expected to meet Adele Wolfe, another racer posing as her twin brother and with a singular dream--to live life on her own terms. When Luka and Adele form an alliance, an unlikely bond forms, and even possibly love. But only one person can win the Axis Tour....Can everything Luka and Adele built together survive the race? Word count: ~24000

How to Make Boys Cry with Lavenders

Author: Herika L.M.

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation


Category: Fiction

Page: 218

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"How to Make Boys Cry with Lavenders" is a novel based on Curren Becker, a hard-hearted, self-determined young man from Queens with a complex for anything German. Curren who, amid the waves of trials to his career and few relationships, remains resilient, but, with a toll on his calloused, while seemingly flawless and urbane character. As a successful businessman and innovative inventor, Curren had neither room nor benefit for vulnerability. Like his past, emotions are best buried into oblivion and best saved for lavenders, with which he has developed an unfounded dependence on, if not love. The story of Curren is set in 21st century Hamburg in Germany. Curren's odyssey for lavenders leads him to the arms of a young woman and his forgotten past in Simiane-la-Rotonde. The story unravels an interesting perspective on the fragile side of a seemingly cold character — Curren, and answers the questions of what makes a man, and what unmakes one. The novel flows to build mood and cohesion through glances of both Becker's past and future to gain an understanding of how his character developed at the present time. The story is not about a man, but about the reconciliation of a man with himself. Lavenders, which were the sole recipients of his affections, will piece together Curren Becker's life leading to an interesting turn of events.


A Novel of America

Author: James M. Vesely

Publisher: iUniverse


Category: Fiction

Page: 336

View: 152

The sprawling story of a Czech-American family's determined struggle and unforgettable odyssey from the hunger and hardship of Eastern Europe, across the cold and gray Atlantic in steerage, and on into America's growing cities and isolated farms. The Novaks survive and grow through love and loss, peace and war, epidemic and Depression, in a wondrous new land far from home a young and raw America immersed in the restless throes of change. JOURNEY is a great, new family saga of turmoil, heartbreak, and humor with characters as vivid and colorful as the rich American landscape of the last hundred years.