Gemma Bovery

Author: Posy Simmonds
Publisher: Pantheon
ISBN: 9780375423390
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A satirical graphic novel provides an updated account of the life and times of Gemma Bovery, literature's most famous adulteress, the bored second wife of Charlie Bovery, a reluctant stepmother, and the nemesis of his ex-wife, as she convinces Charlie to move to Normandy, only to become bored with the charms of French life and find other charms to take their place. 20,000 first printing.

Lolita

Author: Vladimir Nabokov
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9780307744029
Size: 26.86 MB
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Awe and exhiliration--along with heartbreak and mordant wit--abound in Lolita, Nabokov's most famous and controversial novel, which tells the story of the aging Humbert Humbert's obsessive, devouring, and doomed passion for the nymphet Dolores Haze. Lolita is also the story of a hypercivilized European colliding with the cheerful barbarism of postwar America. Most of all, it is a meditation on love--love as outrage and hallucination, madness and transformation.

Madame Bovary

Author: Gustave Flaubert
Publisher: Bantam Classics
ISBN: 0553213415
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A powerful nineteenth-century French classic depicting the moral degeneration of a weak-willed woman

A Bag Of Marbles

Author: Joseph Joffo
Publisher: Graphic Universe ™
ISBN: 146773618X
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In 1941 in occupied Paris, brothers Maurice and Joseph play a last game of marbles before running home to their father’s barbershop. This is the day that will change their lives forever. With the German occupation threatening their family's safety, the boys' parents decide Maurice and Joseph must disguise themselves and flee to their older brothers in the free zone. Surviving the long journey will take every scrap of ingenuity and courage they can muster. And if they hope to elude the Nazis, they must never, under any circumstances, admit to being Jewish. The boys travel by train, by ferry, and on foot, facing threats from strangers and receiving help from unexpected quarters. Along the way they must adapt to the unfamiliar world beyond their city—and find a way to be true to themselves even as they conceal their identities. Based on an autobiographical novel by Joseph Joffo and adapted with the author’s input, this true story offers a harrowing but inspiring glimpse of a childhood cut short.

To Be Or Not To Bop

Author: Dizzy Gillespie
Publisher: U of Minnesota Press
ISBN: 0816665478
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Originally published: New York: Doubleday, 1979.

No Regrets

Author: Carolyn Burke
Publisher: Harlequin
ISBN:
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“Sympathetic . . . captivating . . . highly effective.” —Graham Robb, New York Review of Books “Concise and gracefully written. . . . Burke surveys all [Piaf’s] mayhem with thoughtfulness and respect.” —James Gavin, New York Times Book Review The iconic French singer comes to life in this enthralling, definitive biography, which captures Edith Piaf's immense charisma along with the time and place that gave rise to her unprecedented international career. Raised by turns in a brothel, a circus caravan, and a working-class Parisian neighborhood, Piaf began singing on the city's streets, where she was discovered by a Champs-Elysees cabaret owner. She became a star almost overnight, seducing Paris's elite and the people of its slums in equal measure with her powerful, passionate voice. No Regrets explores her rise to fame and notoriety, her tumultuous love affairs, and her struggles with drugs, alcohol, and illness, while also drawing on new sources to enhance our knowledge of little-known aspects of her life. Burke demonstrates how, with her courage, her incomparable art, and her universal appeal, "the little sparrow" endures as a symbol of France and a source of inspiration to entertainers worldwide. Carolyn Burke is the author of Lee Miller: A Life and Becoming Modern: The Life of Mina Loy. She has taught at the University of California at Santa Cruz and Davis and at universities in France and Australia, where she was born. She now lives in California.

Bel Ami

Author: Guy de Maupassant
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
ISBN: 9780143119104
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Ambitious journalist Georges Duroy alters his ways when he learn that seduction and blackmail will help his social ascent in 1890s Paris.

Back Up

Author: Paul Colize
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
ISBN: 1786071118
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Berlin, 1967: four members of the British rock band Pearl Harbor die at the same time but in separate locations. Inexplicably, the police conclude natural causes are to blame. Brussels, 2010: A homeless man is hit by a car outside the Gare du Midi, leaving him with locked-in syndrome, able to communicate (sometimes) by blinking. An Irish journalist starts to investigate. How did the members of Pearl Harbor die, and how is this linked to the homeless man in Brussels?