A Book Lover S Diary

Author: Shelagh Wallace
Publisher: Willowdale : Firefly Books
ISBN: 9781552090152
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"I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train." -- Oscar Wilde A Book Lover's Diary is a journal for noting personal discoveries from the books read and recording the books on a wish list. A Book Lover's Diary is a welcome companion during forays to libraries and bookstores when the titles of books wanted can vanish from memory. Well-organized and practical, this book features separate sections for: Books to read Books read and a personal review Books to buy Books loaned out or borrowed Favorite books Memorable passages Addresses of libraries and book stores Beautifully detailed woodcuts illustrate the pages and quotations describe the joy of books and reading. By keeping track of the books read and noting their effect, this journal becomes a valuable personal history.

The Borgias

Author: G.J. Meyer
Publisher: Bantam
ISBN: 0345526937
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The startling truth behind one of the most notorious dynasties in history is revealed in a remarkable new account by the acclaimed author of The Tudors and A World Undone. Sweeping aside the gossip, slander, and distortion that have shrouded the Borgias for centuries, G. J. Meyer offers an unprecedented portrait of the infamous Renaissance family and their storied milieu. THE BORGIAS They burst out of obscurity in Spain not only to capture the great prize of the papacy, but to do so twice. Throughout a tumultuous half-century—as popes, statesmen, warriors, lovers, and breathtakingly ambitious political adventurers—they held center stage in the glorious and blood-drenched pageant known to us as the Italian Renaissance, standing at the epicenter of the power games in which Europe’s kings and Italy’s warlords gambled for life-and-death stakes. Five centuries after their fall—a fall even more sudden than their rise to the heights of power—they remain immutable symbols of the depths to which humanity can descend: Rodrigo Borgia, who bought the papal crown and prostituted the Roman Church; Cesare Borgia, who became first a teenage cardinal and then the most treacherous cutthroat of a violent time; Lucrezia Borgia, who was as shockingly immoral as she was beautiful. These have long been stock figures in the dark chronicle of European villainy, their name synonymous with unspeakable evil. But did these Borgias of legend actually exist? Grounding his narrative in exhaustive research and drawing from rarely examined key sources, Meyer brings fascinating new insight to the real people within the age-encrusted myth. Equally illuminating is the light he shines on the brilliant circles in which the Borgias moved and the thrilling era they helped to shape, a time of wars and political convulsions that reverberate to the present day, when Western civilization simultaneously wallowed in appalling brutality and soared to extraordinary heights. Stunning in scope, rich in telling detail, G. J. Meyer’s The Borgias is an indelible work sure to become the new standard on a family and a world that continue to enthrall. Praise for The Borgias “A vivid and at times startling reappraisal of one of the most notorious dynasties in history . . . If you thought you knew the Borgias, this book will surprise you.”—Tracy Borman, author of Queen of the Conqueror and Elizabeth’s Women “The mention of the Borgia family often conjures up images of a ruthless drive for power via assassination, serpentine plots, and sexual debauchery. . . . [G. J. Meyer] convincingly looks past the mythology to present a more nuanced portrait.”—Booklist “Meyer brings his considerable skills to another infamous Renaissance family, the Borgias [and] a fresh look into the machinations of power in Renaissance Italy. . . . [He] makes a convincing case that the Borgias have been given a raw deal.”—Historical Novels Review “Fascinating . . . a gripping history of a tempestuous time and an infamous family.”—Shelf Awareness From the Hardcover edition.

Forgotten English

Author: Jeffrey Kacirk
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0688166369
Size: 42.24 MB
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Have you ever sent a message via scandaroon, needed a nimgimmer, or fallen victim to bowelhive? Never heard of these terms? That's because they are a thing of the past. These words are alive and well, however, in Forgotten English, a charming collection of hundreds of archaic words, their definitions, and old-fashioned line drawings. For readers of Bill Bryson, Henry Beard, and Richard Lederer, Forgotten English is an eye-opening trip down a delightful etymological path. Readers learn that an ale connor sat in a puddle of ale to judge its quality, that a beemaster informed bees of any important household events, and that our ancestors had a saint for hangover sufferers, St. Bibiana, a fact pertinent to the word bibulous. Each selection is accompanied by literary excerpts demonstrating the word's usage, from sources such as Shakespeare, Dickens, Chaucer, and Benjamin Franklin. Entertaining as well as educational, Forgotten English is a fascinating addition to word lovers' books.

I D Rather Be Reading

Author: Guinevere De La Mare
Publisher: Chronicle Books
ISBN: 9781452155111
Size: 67.14 MB
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For anyone who'd rather be reading than doing just about anything else, this book is the ultimate must-have. In this visual ode to all things bookish, readers will get lost in page after page of beautiful contemporary art, photography, and illustrations depicting the pleasures of books. Artwork from the likes of Jane Mount, Lisa Congdon, Julia Rothman, and Sophie Blackall is interwoven with text from essayist Maura Kelly, bestselling author Gretchen Rubin, and award-winning author and independent bookstore owner Ann Patchett. Rounded out with poems, quotations, and aphorisms celebrating the joys of reading, this lovingly curated compendium is a love letter to all things literary, and the perfect gift for bookworms everywhere.

Hot Dudes Reading

Author: Hot Dudes Reading
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1501127535
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"Based on the viral @hotdudesreading Instagram account, a gift book featuring all-new candid photos, clever captions, and hilarious hashtags celebrating handsome and highly-literate men spotted in the wilds of New York City"--

Relish

Author: Lucy Knisley
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 1596436239
Size: 76.37 MB
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A graphically illustrated, recipe-complemented memoir by the indie cartoonist author of French Milk describes her food-enriched youth as the daughter of a chef and a gourmet, key memories that were marked by special meals and the ways in which cooking has imparted valuable life lessons. Original.

The Disney Dreams Collection Original Art By Thomas Kinkade Coloring Book

Author: Thomas Kinkade
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781449483180
Size: 45.75 MB
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Now you can color along with the master, Thomas Kinkade, painter of light. And what could be better than coloring these paintings with the timeless magic of classic Disney stories and their captivating characters? In this unique coloring book, sixty-three of Thomas Kinkade's Disney Dreams images are presented in color across from the black line art of the same image to be colored. Enter the world of the painter of light yourself, as you create your own renditions of these classic Disney character paintings, including Alice in Wonderland, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, The Lion King, Snow White, and, of course, Mickey and Minnie.

The Forgetting Time

Author: Sharon Guskin
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 1509806822
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'When I wasn't reading Sharon Guskin's The Forgetting Time, I was itching to return to it' Jodi Picoult ** A RICHARD AND JUDY BOOK CLUB PICK ** Noah is four and wants to go home. The only trouble is he's already there. Noah is a little boy who knows things he shouldn't and remembers things he should have forgotten. Because as well as being a four-year-old called Noah, he remembers being a nine-year-old called Tommy. He remembers his house. His family. His mother. And now he wants to go home. Two boys. Two mothers. One unforgettable story . . .

Everyone Brave Is Forgiven

Author: Chris Cleave
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1501124374
Size: 54.27 MB
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London, 1939. The day war is declared, Mary North goes to the War Office, signs up-- and is assigned to be a teacher to a class evacuated to the countryside. Tom Shaw ignores the war until his roommate Alistair Heath has enlisted. The three meet, and become tested in ways they could not have imagined, entangling their lives in violence and passion, shaping their hopes and dreams.

The Long Home

Author: William Gay
Publisher: MacAdam/Cage Publishing
ISBN: 9781596923867
Size: 60.42 MB
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The first Nathan Winer is murdered by Dallas Hardin and years later the son, also Nathan Winer, unwittingly finds himself working for Hardin. Worse, the boy is falling in love with the daughter of another man killed by Hardin on his path to set up a staging ground for all manner of corruption and toxic enterprise. The Long Home is a Southern Gothic portrayal of the classic battle between good and evil, and the extraordinary debut novel of William Gay (1941-2012).