Life And A Half

Author: Sony Lab'Ou Tansi
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 0253222877
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Listed as one of the 100 best books on Africa, Life and a Half was Sony Labou Tansi's response to the death of close friends during a bloody military and political crackdown in Congo. The novel takes place in an imaginary African country run by the latest in a series of cannibalistic dictators who has captured Martial, the leader of the opposition, and his family. Though shot, knifed, butchered, and bled, Martial's spirit lives on to guide his followers in their fight against the dictators. Facing censorship, Tansi insisted that his book was a fable and that if he were ever given the opportunity to write about real events, he would be much more direct rather than follow the torturous paths of a novel. This crisp translation by Alison Dundy maintains the fast-paced action and bitingly satiric tone of the original.

Half A Life

Author: V.S. Naipaul
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307556565
Size: 52.41 MB
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In a narrative that moves with dreamlike swiftness from India to England to Africa, Nobel Laureate V. S. Naipaul has produced his finest novel to date, a bleakly resonant study of the fraudulent bargains that make up an identity. The son of a Brahmin ascetic and his lower-caste wife, Willie Chandran grows up sensing the hollowness at the core of his father's self-denial and vowing to live more authentically. That search takes him to the immigrant and literary bohemias of 1950s London, to a facile and unsatisfying career as a writer, and at last to a decaying Portugese colony in East Africa, where he finds a happiness he will then be compelled to betray. Brilliantly orchestrated, at once elegiac and devastating in its portraits of colonial grandeur and pretension, Half a Life represents the pinnacle of Naipaul's career. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Hyperbole And A Half

Author: Allie Brosh
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1451666187
Size: 77.13 MB
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FROM THE PUBLISHER: Every time Allie Brosh posts something new on her hugely popular blog Hyperbole and a Half the internet rejoices. Touching, absurd, and darkly comic, Allie Brosh’s highly anticipated book Hyperbole and a Half showcases her unique voice, leaping wit, and her ability to capture complex emotions with deceptively simple illustrations. This full-color, beautifully illustrated edition features more than fifty percent new content, with ten never-before-seen essays and one wholly revised and expanded piece as well as classics from the website like, “The God of Cake,” “Dogs Don’t Understand Basic Concepts Like Moving,” and her astonishing, “Adventures in Depression,” and “Depression Part Two,” which have been hailed as some of the most insightful meditations on the disease ever written. Brosh’s debut marks the launch of a major new American humorist who will surely make even the biggest scrooge or snob laugh. We dare you not to. FROM THE AUTHOR: This is a book I wrote. Because I wrote it, I had to figure out what to put on the back cover to explain what it is. I tried to write a long, third-person summary that would imply how great the book is and also sound vaguely authoritative—like maybe someone who isn’t me wrote it—but I soon discovered that I’m not sneaky enough to pull it off convincingly. So I decided to just make a list of things that are in the book: Pictures Words Stories about things that happened to me Stories about things that happened to other people because of me Eight billion dollars* Stories about dogs The secret to eternal happiness* *These are lies. Perhaps I have underestimated my sneakiness!

The Half Truth High

Author: Kevin Fleming
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 0595457088
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Did you ever wonder why self-improvement strategies dealing with change and success make things seem so reasonable? Could it be that what makes all these mantras and pop books so appealing on a mass scale is the same thing that keeps them from working. They all "make sense." But are all the things that make sense TRUE? Dr. Fleming takes you deep within the mind of a psychologist and leadership consultant, letting you in on the secrets of the half-truth-the clever way we convince ourselves we are changing bad habits, leading a company to profitability, or even rising personally to the highest level of thinking about ultimate reality. Utilizing a questioning process that turns half-truths over to find the denied part of reality in us all, Dr. Fleming paves a way to understanding and change that no simple "7 Tips or Tools" book could possibly provide.

Three And A Half Virgins

Author: John Blumenthal
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780967944418
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"'My name is Jimmy Hendricks and I'm a recovering idiot' So begins John Blumenthal's third novel, the story of a small-town New England entrepreneur with a problematical name, who reacts to the abrupt dissolution of his marriage by revisiting his past. Filled with nostalgia, he finds himself gripped by memories of three former girlfriends -- Laura, Samantha and Molly -- each of whom happened to be virgins when he first met them twenty years before. But then the warm refuge of the past turns to icy reality as he recalls how maliciously he tricked, seduced and broke each of their hearts. Overcome by reality and tantalized by curiosity, he finds a way to reshape his past"--Publisher's description.

One And A Half Wife

Author: Pant, Meghna
Publisher: Westland
ISBN: 9789381626481
Size: 72.74 MB
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Amara is caught in a tug-of-war between old obedience and new friends who encourage independent thought. With Powerful insights, One and a Half Wife traces the coming-of-age of multiple characters, while re-defining family, relationships and love in contemporary India.

The History Of Lucy S Love Life In Ten And A Half Chapters

Author: Deborah Wright
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9780452289147
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Tired of her lackluster love life with her boyfriend Anthony, Lucy steals a time machine and sets out to track down the great lovers of history, from Ovid, to Casanova, to Byron, but she quickly discovers that even the world's most famous lovers have their own limitations and that true love is closer than she expects. Original.

Sixty One And A Half Years

Author: Rick Garrett
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781718754898
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World War ll had been hard on Charlie. Alzheimer's was now his enemy. Estelle had told me that God had blessed them with a full life. I could only see the sadness that surrounded them and the eventual death coming. She taught her children and was also teaching me with her explanations of their family life. Subtle examples drew me in and caused me to reflect on life and love. Theirs was a love still flowing after Sixty One And A Half Years.

The Half Life

Author: Jon Raymond
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 159691887X
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When Cookie Figowitz, the cook for a party of volatile fur trappers trekking through the Oregon Territory in the 1820s, joins up with the refugee Henry Brown, the two begin a wild ride that takes them from the virgin territory of the West all the way to China and back again. One hundred and sixty years later, Tina Plank, an unhappy teenager, meets Trixie, a girl with a troubled past, and the two become fast friends. But when two skeletons are accidentally unearthed from their common ground, the lives of Tina and Trixie, Cookie and Henry are brought together in unexpected and startling ways. Jonathan Raymond attended Swarthmore College. He was an editor at Plazm magazine and received his M.F.A. from New School University. He currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. "A marvelous novel...a mystery as rich as the history of the Oregon territory itself."-Vanity Fair "Raymond nimbly interweaves these parallel tales and manages to surprise...[a] subtle portrait of friendship and loss...[from] an astute, patient observer."-Entertainment Weekly "Raymond's debut novel teems with carefully researched period details, intrigue...yet it never feels overstuffed."-Washington Post "With The Half-Life, [Raymond] has come home prospecting for literary gold ...Oregon has given him something back."-San Francisco Chronicle "Quietly stunning...Raymond is a kind of stealth bomber of the epic."-Newsday "Terrific...The Half-Life gazes upon those fierce but ephemeral attachments that evade the history books. Multiple plots elegantly veer across the sprawling terrain."-Village Voice

Family Life A Novel

Author: Akhil Sharma
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393060055
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Finally joining their father in America, Ajay and Birju enjoy their new, extraordinary life until tragedy strikes, leaving one brother incapacitated and the other practically orphaned in this strange land in the second novel from the author of An Obedient Father. 30,000 first printing.