Stockholm 1975: Six young people take the entire staff of the West German embassy hostage, demanding that the Baader-Meinhof members being held as prisoners in West Germany be released immediately. The long siege ends with the deaths of two hostages and the wounding of several others, including the captors. 1989: When a Swedish civil servant is murdered, the two leading detectives on the case, Anna Holt and Bo Jarnebring, find their investigation hastily shelved by an incompetent and corrupt senior investigator. 1999. Lars Johansson, having just joined the Swedish Security Police, decides to tie up a few loose ends left behind by his predecessor: specifically, two files on Swedes who had allegedly collaborated on the 1975 takeover of the West German embassy, one of whom turned out to be the murder victim in 1989. Johansson reopens the investigation and, with help from detectives Jarnebring and Holt, follows the leads-right up to the doorstep of Sweden's newly minted minister of justice.
Another Time, Another Place is a fantasy that also delivers a message to a society that has strayed. Stephanie, expecting a simple life of home and hearth, marries a man who finds more pleasure in ambitious, expensive undertakings. Once savoring success, he is driven to ever more ambitious and expensive ventures. The loss of their son is a turning point in her life. Stephanie goes off alone to the Another Time resort, a charming place in the ambiance of days gone by, back when the world moved at a slower pace, when there were no cars, planes or televisions. In an unusual occurrence, she follows what she believes to be her destiny and leaves this world to enter one of another dimension where she finds happiness.
In 1975, Angola was tumbling into pandemonium; everyone who could was packing crates, desperate to abandon the beleaguered colony. With his trademark bravura, Ryszard Kapuscinski went the other way, begging his was from Lisbon and comfort to Luanda—once famed as Africa's Rio de Janeiro—and chaos.Angola, a slave colony later given over to mining and plantations, was a promised land for generations of poor Portuguese. It had belonged to Portugal since before there were English-speakers in North America. After the collapse of the fascist dictatorship in Portugal in 1974, Angola was brusquely cut loose, spurring the catastrophe of a still-ongoing civil war. Kapuscinski plunged right into the middle of the drama, driving past thousands of haphazardly placed check-points, where using the wrong shibboleth was a matter of life and death; recording his imporessions of the young soldiers—from Cuba, Angola, South Africa, Portugal—fighting a nebulous war with global repercussions; and examining the peculiar brutality of a country surprised and divided by its newfound freedom.Translated from the Polish by William R. Brand and Katarzyna Mroczkowska-Brand.
Introducing a heart-wrenching tale of death, betrayal and love in all of its glorious aspects, Another Life, Another Love follows a young woman called Suzanne who struggles to come to terms with all that life throws at her. Written in an intimate manner to bring the reader closer into her world, the books is a well-written drama of life - it’s complexities, its problems, and its tragedies. Against such a volatile background, Suzanne struggles with a myriad of conflicting, sometimes bitter, feelings which leave her unable to deal with even the most essential everyday things. Her only reason to continue on is her young son, Joshua, her world. Him, and a long-time family friend, Walter, who is always there, remorselessly driving her on to face life, the good and the bad. He chivvies, he goads, he encourages and...loves her? But does Suzanne want another love with Walter or should she go to France for another life? With the addition of beautifully written poetry at the beginning of the novel, Another Life, Another Love is a story all readers can relate to and find cathartic in their own troubled times.
Twelve-year-old Cassie has a lot to cope with when her father moves "out of the picture." Her mom's constantly working overtime, her teenage sister's going AWOL, and her little brother seriously needs attention. It's up to Cassie to prevent total chaos at home -- or so she thinks. She can't control everything, though. At school Cassie's two "best" friends are turning nasty, and a cute boy is sending mixed signals. And then there's Mr. Mullaney -- the weirdest, hardest English teacher in the seventh grade -- who hates everything she does. Since Mr. Mullaney isn't even reading her brilliant work, Cassie starts submitting journal entries like "A Virtual Tour of My Insanely Messy Desk." But her sassy humor isn't winning her any friends or helping her ailing grades. What's a girl to do when life gets totally insane? Barbara Dee has created a witty, poignant portrait of an intense, honest, feisty girl who is ferociously funny and only too human.
Jonathan Harrington Crossleys parents had great expectations of him. He belonged to a family of intellectuals and he was expected to follow in their footsteps. But Jonathan wanted something different something more real, something more connected with life. He wanted to taste the excitement of the business world. He even saw himself as a future Donald Trump. The fact that he was black never struck him as relevant. Kissing The Underbelly, co-authored by Joseph Anderson and Judy Millspaugh Anderson, M.D., is a novel about love, poverty, the stock market, survival and race relations set in Philadelphia, PA
The 9/11 tragedy is foreseen by a former Viet Nam era prisoner of war, working in the Twin Towers for a prestigious Wall Street firm. He struggles to save his friends and himself from a coming disaster he doesnt understandand to simply keep a job that is becoming more and more ethically challenging. His struggle becomes infinitely more complicated as beings from his distant, forgotten past re-emerge in his life some requesting help, some to help, and some to confound and destroy. Ultimately, modern conceptions of time, reality, human feeling and economics also find themselves under attack.
A wonderfully gritty and heart-warming south London saga the sequel to A Cuckoo in Candle LaneBattersea 1966. Sally Jones has a happy life with her loving husband Arthur and adorable daughter Angela. But everything changes after her grandmother has a stroke and they move back to Candle Lane to look after her. Soon Sally starts to have doubts about the strength of their relationship as Arthur becomes increasingly mysterious about where he goes and who he visits. Sally senses danger, and her powers of sight are never wrong . . .
"Slow Motion is a collection of non-fiction stories (essays and interviews) about walking. The collection has been written over a period of six years and so the book has become something of a documentary project, witnessing transformation in South Africa through the eyes of pedestrians across the economic, racial and age spectrum. The book could be described as documenting recent history. Though it inevitably looks at the issue of crime, and how we have moved from a race-based to a class-based society and pedestrians of all colours continue to be marginalised and thought of as second-class citizens in an increasingly autocentric society, it is essentially an optimistic book. It tells the stories of South Africans (and visitors) who have chosen to 'reclaim the streets' from predators and traffic. While the focus is primarily on Johannesburg, several of the stories are about Cape Town, contrasting the experience of walking in these two cities. Other international cities such as Los Angeles, Paris, London and Mumbai are also visited along the way. The style of the book is such that, while it can be opened anywhere and each story can be read and enjoyed on its own (a bedside-table book), the stories are interlinked, as people's paths inevitably cross. There is a bigger story at play as well. The band of pedestrians includes writers, artists, political activists, disabled people, dogs and their owners, Walk for Life members, Jews on the Sabbath, domestic workers, refugees, babies learning to walk, and even a golfer and a caddie. The purpose of the book is both to entertain and inform readers"--Publisher's website.
Three great reads by Phyllis Pisano "LOOK FOR ME; in the western sky" "And the T'wain shall Meet" "Brambles on the Vine; Sequel" Trapped in a loveless marriage, Hatty, a shy and timid member of a powerful mid-west Ministry family is forced to marry the golden-haired, rising preacher, whose only reason for marrying her was to climb the ladder of success. One day she witnesses his secret sex life and is totally destroyed. She begins to blossom when the child of her husband's twin brother and his wife, killed by federal agents, comes to live with them. Slowly she comes out of her shell and finds her body and soul in the unlikely person of Sonny Adams, a handsome and charismatic political consultant, who was born and raised on the streets of New York. Hatty's life spins by as she fights her way out of and away from the rigid, repressive life allotted to her. Her love revolves around the beautiful niece Violet; her brother Joshua, brilliant international lawyer and his lover, the Irish maid Mimi; Violet's love for the young, stunningly good-looking Vinny James whose destiny is headed for the entertainment world; Hatty's romance with the dashing Sonny; and the very beautiful Sicilian Gabriella who comes between Vinny and Violet. Walk with them as they live through the twenties into the horrors of WW II.