Spreading the News; The Rising of the Moon; The Poorhouse (Classic Reprint): Isabella Augusta Gregory
From an artist who reveled in illustrating ´´the un-illustratable,´´ a historical graphic novel based on the ´´Great Moon Hoax,´´ the most successful newspaper hoax ever. In 1835, New York newspaper The Sun published a series of six articles declaring the discovery of life--and even civilization--on the Moon, which the paper attributed to the famous contemporary astronomer Sir John Herschel. According to the Sun, the lunar inhabitants included unicorns, bison, bipedal tail-less beavers, and intelligent humanoids with bat-like wings. Life on the Moon is a full-length graphic novel capturing this mythical world. Creator Robert Grossman said the book is set in a time when ´´many of the signal achievements of the 19th Century still lay well in the future, Andrew Jackson was president, the steamboat was the summit of technology, and news traveled slowly.´´ The unfettered novel includes real historical figures such as P.T. Barnum, Jean Jacques Audubon, Lorenzo Da Ponte, Charles Goodyear, and Edgar Allan Poe. Grossman stated that, ´´Life on the Moon is meant to be at least partly funny, and has a rip-roaring sci-fi ending.´´ Grossman concluded, ´´I read somewhere that William Randolph Hearst insisted that everything he produced had: Tears, laughs, loves, and thrills. Life on the Moon has all that and more.´´
There is renewed interest in the Moon in recent years, with the news that a Chinese lunar rover landed on the Moon in January 2014, and NASA announcing that it is looking for private partners to land a robot on the Moon´s surface, as the first step in a programme to exploit the commercial opportunities offered by the Moon
Boston was nothing like South Carolina. Up there, colored folks could go anywhere they wanted. Folks didn´t wait for church to dress in their fancy clothes. Fancy was just life. Mama was a city girl . . . and now I was going to be one too. It´s 1944, and in a small Southern town, eleven-year-old Ella spends her summers running wild with her cousins and friends. But life isn´t always so sunny. The deep racial tension that simmers beneath their town´s peaceful facade never quite goes away, and Ella misses her mama - a beautiful jazz singer, who lives in Boston. So when an invitation arrives to come to Boston for a visit Ella is ecstatic - and the trip proves life-changing in more ways than one. For the first time, Ella sees what life outside of segregation is like, and begins to dream of a very different future. But her happiness is shattered when she returns home to the news that her classmate has been arrested for the murder of two white girls - and nothing will ever be the same again. A beautifully written and deeply moving story about finding and fighting for your place in the world.
Venture to the Moon was first published in 1956 in the London Evening News. Sir Arthur C. Clarke (1917-2008) is regarded as one of the most influential science fiction writers of all time. He was named a grand master by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and was inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ralph Lister. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/027703/bk_adbl_027703_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
It´s been years since the woman in ´´Biting the Moon´´ has seen her former lover, Felix, a famous, Oscar-winning composer. But upon hearing the news of his sudden death, she mourns his loss by revisiting moments of their former life. Jumping in time from the pair´s first encounter at an artists´ colony to their rendezvous in cities across the US, the path the narrator takes toward acceptance is much like the jazz the couple loved so much: winding, unexpected, and beautiful. Joan Frank is the author of five books of fiction and a book of collected essays. Her last novel, Make It Stay, won the Dana Portfolio Award. Her last story collection, In Envy Country, won the Richard Sullivan Prize in Short Fiction and the ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award and was named a finalist for the California Book Award. Joan´s book of essays, Because You Have To: A Writing Life, won the Silver ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award. A MacDowell Colony Fellow and recipient of many grants and awards, Joan is also a book critic for the San Francisco Chronicle. She lives in Northern California. Ploughshares, the literary magazine of Emerson College 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tamara Marston. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/025805/bk_adbl_025805_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´´Reading The Pull of the Moon is like sitting down for a long, satisfying chat with a best girlfriend... pleasantly encourages readers to recover a little life-embracing enthusiasm themselves.” (Orlando Sentinel) In the middle of her life, Nan decides to leave her husband at home and begin an impromptu trek across the country, carrying with her a turquoise leather journal she intends to fill. The Pull of the Moon is a novel about a woman coming to terms with issues of importance to all women. In her journal, Nan addresses the thorniness - and the allure - of marriage, the sweet ties to children, and the gifts and lessons that come from random encounters with strangers, including a handsome man appearing out of the woods and a lonely housewife sitting on her front porch steps. Most of all, Nan writes about the need for the self to stay alive. In this luminous and exquisitely written novel, Elizabeth Berg shows how sometimes you have to leave your life behind in order to find it. ´´This is not a novel about a woman leaving home but rather about a human being finding her way back.´´ (Chicago Tribune) ´´When was the last time you thought about running away? In The Pull of the Moon, Berg shares her strength, the wonderful widening of her soul so that we, too, can take the journey in the ease of our chair.´´ (Greensboro News & Record) ´´Berg’s gift as a storyteller lies most powerfully in her ability to find the extraordinary in the ordinary, the remarkable in the everyday.´´ (The Boston Globe) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Elizabeth Berg. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/005209/bk_brll_005209_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Did you hear the story about Max, the boy who kidnapped his grandfather from a nursing home? You didn´t see it on the news? Well, let me tell you about it. Max lives in a small town, much smaller than yours. His grandpa is losing his memory, but still remembers quite a bit. You can imagine how they hurried, Max and his grandpa, followed by old Miss Schneider, who insisted on coming along. Why were they in a hurry? Because everyone was after them. Max had skipped school to rescue his grandpa, and they were just starting out on what promised to be one of the best days of their entire lives. A touching story about dementia and the special relationship between grandparents and grandchildren. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Brett Barry. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/100428/bk_acx0_100428_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The tender tale of a woman without choices who risks everything for one last chance at happiness. ´´Rancher Seeking Wife´´ - for Kate Whittington, the modest words in a newspaper ad are the answer to her desperate prayers. Daughter of a dockside harlot and raised in a bleak orphanage, she has no prospects in the unforgiving Maine village of her birth. Correspondence from the lonely Texas widower looking for a mail order bride sparks tempting dreams of a house, a family and a future in a land filled with possibilities. Kate arrives at the magnificent Lone Star Ranch eager to meet her new husband. Instead she is greeted by the news that Reed Benton has been wounded during a raid on a Comanche village and has returned with a prisoner - a wild-looking boy who may be his long lost son. Even more shattering, however, is the fact that Reed has never heard of Kate, never wrote the letters that charmed her soul. Reed Benton doesn´´t want a wife. But he does need someone to look after the boy - a bitter reminder of a past ravaged by lies and betrayal. It will take a miracle to heal these two damaged souls . . . Or the faith of one woman with nothing left to lose but her heart. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kathy Garver. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/001079/bk_brll_001079_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.