Author: Danielle Steel
From the glittering ballrooms of Manhattan to the fires of World War I, Danielle Steel takes us on an unforgettable journey in her new novel—a spellbinding tale of war, loss, history, and one woman’s unbreakable spirit.... Nineteen-year-old Annabelle Worthington was born into a life of privilege, raised amid the glamour of New York society, with glorious homes on Fifth Avenue and in Newport, Rhode Island. But everything changed on a cold April day in 1912, when the sinking of the Titanic shattered her family and her privileged world forever. Finding strength within her grief, Annabelle pours herself into volunteer work, nursing the poor, igniting a passion for medicine that would shape the course of her life. But for Annabelle, first love, and a seemingly idyllic marriage, will soon bring more grief—this time caused by the secrets of the human heart. Betrayed, and pursued by a scandal she does not deserve, Annabelle flees New York for war-ravaged France, hoping to lose herself in a life of service. There, in the heart of the First World War, in a groundbreaking field hospital run by women, Annabelle finds her true calling, working as an ambulance medic on the front lines, studying medicine, saving lives. And when the war ends, Annabelle begins a new life in Paris—now a doctor, a mother, her past almost forgotten…until a fateful meeting opens her heart to the world she had left behind. Finding strength in the most unlikely of friendships, pulling together the broken fragments of her life, Annabelle will return to New York one more time—this time as a changed woman, a woman of substance, infused with life’s experience, building a future filled with hope…out of the rich soil of the past. Filled with breathtaking images and historical detail, Danielle Steel’s new novel introduces one of her most unique and fascinating characters: Annabelle Worthington, a remarkable woman, a good woman, a true survivor who triumphs against overwhelming odds. For Annabelle’s story is more than compelling fiction, it is a powerful celebration of life, dignity, and courage—and a testament to the human will to survive. From the Hardcover edition.
Author: Alice Munro
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
All of these eight wonderful stories are about what people will do for love, and the unexpected routes their passion will force them to take. An old landlady in Vancouver who alarms the just-married narrator with her prim advice about married life – and “the peculiar threat” of a china cabinet that must be washed once a month – is shown to have conspired when young in a crime of passion. A young mother, at the mercy of the “radiant explosion” that comes when she thinks of her secret life, abandons her baby and four-year old to be with her lover in the story “The Children Stay.” A gruff old country doctor in the 1960s is discovered by his daughter to be helping desperate women, his “special patients.” An impetuous young woman meets a visiting Indian student and conceives on a train from Vancouver to Toronto because of “the fact that you couldn’t get condoms around the Calgary station, not for love or money.” An Ontario farm wife’s affair drives her husband to commit a murder; its discovery, years later, will act as a negotiating point for a new, presumably satisfactory, marriage. The book is clear-eyed about the imperfections of marriage, the clutter of our emotional lives, and the impermanence of love: “Not that that was the end. For we did make up. But we didn’t forgive each other.” Even the shared memories of earlier times prove to be a minefield, and many of the stories track the changes that time brings over generations to families, lovers, and even to friends who share old, intimate secrets about “the prostration of love.” As always these stories by Alice Munro are shot through with humour, and are as rich as novels. As always the characters in the stories are easily, sometimes uncomfortably, recognizable as people like us. One quote summarizes the delightful surprises that await the reader: “Did you ever think that people’s lives could be like that and end up like this? Well, they can.” From the Hardcover edition.
Author: Alice Walker
Publisher: Open Road Media
Women stand their ground in the midst of crisis in this story collection by the New York Times–bestselling author of The Color Purple. This collection builds on Alice Walker’s earlier work, the much-praised In Love & Trouble. But unlike her first collection of stories, the women in these tenderly wrought tales face their problems head on, proving powerful and self-possessed even when degraded by others—sometimes by those closest to them. But even as the female protagonists face exploitation, social asymmetries, and casual cruelties, Walker leavens her stories with ample wit and, as always, an eye for the redemptive power of love. A collection that reveals a master of fiction approaching the fullness of her talent, these are the stories Walker produced while penning The Color Purple. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Alice Walker including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.
The Lives of Julia Peterkin
Author: Susan Millar Williams
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Category: Biography & Autobiography
The first full-scale biography of the South Carolina writer and winner of the Pulitzer Prize follows her pioneering work as a chronicler of the collapse of Southern plantation life and its effect on African Americans. UP.
Author: Geoff Berner
Follow novelist Geoff Berner through a world of knockabout musicians and chancers, as he chronicles his search for DD, a mysterious, charismatic, chimerical musician who has, it seems, dropped off the the face of the earth.
Publisher: Vintage Canada
Category: Biography & Autobiography
An unprecedented, intimate account of the lives of modern Chinese women, told by the women themselves -- true stories of the political and personal upheavals they have endured in their chaotic and repressive society For eight groundbreaking years, Xinran hosted a radio program in China during which she invited women to call in and talk about themselves. Broadcast every evening, Words on the Night Breeze became famous throughout the country for its unflinching portrayal of what it meant to be a woman in modern China. Centuries of obedience to their fathers, husbands and sons, followed by years of fear under Communism, had made women terrified of talking openly about their feelings. Xinran won their trust and, through her compassion and ability to listen, became the first woman to hear their true stories. This unforgettable book is the story of how Xinran negotiated the minefield of restrictions imposed on Chinese journalists to reach out to women across the country. Through the vivid intimacy of her writing, these women confide in the reader, sharing their deepest secrets. Whether they are the privileged wives of party leaders or peasants in a forgotten corner of the countryside, they tell of almost inconceivable suffering: forced marriages, sexual abuse, separation of parents from their children, extreme poverty. But they also talk about love -- about how, despite cruelty, despite politics, the urge to nurture and cherish remains. Their stories changed Xinran’s understanding of China forever. Her book will reveal the lives of Chinese women to the West as never before.
A Good Woman
Author: Elizabeth Goodman
Publisher: Three Rivers Press (CA)
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Chan Marshall's stark lyrics, minimal arrangements, and wounded, smoky vocals were an instant indie hit in the nineties. But her mental instability nearly derailed her career. Learn how Marshall managed to make it big, burn out, and rise up again to become a fashion and Hollywood icon.
Poems and a Memoir, 1969-1980
Author: Lucille Clifton
Publisher: Boa Editions
Category: Literary Criticism
A collection of poems focusing on the life of the author
Author: Darrell A. Cador
What do you get with four young men, all searching to find their soul mate at the same time? Well, if its four men on the mother of all missions, then definitely expect the unexpected! Following a friendly wager at a nearby fitness center Jordan, Dale, Marcus, and, Tyrus set out on a desperate journey of life, love, and the pursuit of a their Ms. Right at a time when men outnumber women 7-to-1!
Author: Alizon Kiel
"We are welcome in the hall of regret; it is the rare woman who sits at the table of her own grace with confidence."
Author: Chaddrick Brown
This book is written with all the good characteristics of a good woman. When a person looks back in the past, they will see the good woman they had or correctly have, in their life.
Author: Michael Joiner
Publisher: Tate Publishing
When Marcus Trent finds he's inherited his family's grand estate, the House of Miranda, it's a discovery that takes him into his family's past, dating back to the Roaring Twenties. Chicago is thriving, and so is Mr. Chandler's nightclub. Daniel Trent, Marcus's grandfather, works for Mr. Chandler, managing the club and the lucrative profits of bootlegged alcohol. But after one of Chandler's associates threatens to take down the business, it's enough for Chandler and Daniel to call it quits. In discovering his family history, Marcus struggles to understand why, after his grandparents worked so hard to turn away from sin and corruption, his own parents would later abandon and leave him in foster care. Marcus also has his other issues to deal with. His marriage to his high school girlfriend is on the rocks, and when An'gel James, one of his closest friends in high school, comes back to town, his fidelity is tested. Will Marcus figure out what happened to his parents? What will happen to his relationship with his wife and with An'gel? Find out in Michael Joiner's heart-rendering novel, Too Much of a Good Woman. Michael Joiner is a corporate administrator, musician, and playwright. He lives in Indiana with his family.
Author: Nina Bawden
Today, Tuesday, the day that Penelope has chosen to leave her husband, is the first really warm day of spring...' Penelope has always done her best to be a good wife, a good mistress, a good mother - and a good magistrate. Today she is more conscious that usual of the thinness of the thread that distinguishes good from bad, the law-abiding from the criminal. Sitting in court, hearing a short, sad case of indecent exposure and a long, confused theft, she finds herself examining her own sex life (how would all that sound in court?) her own actions and intentions while she observes the defendants in the dock. This novel is a tour-de-force , an ingeniously constructed novel in which Nina Bawden counterpoints public appearance with private behaviour in her heroine, Penelope. The result is a marvellous picture of a not always admirable but engagingly complex and very human heroine. As always, Bawden offers a compelling story, sharply witty and beautifully observed. But it is also an honest and provocative book tracing the divergent courses of morality and justice, and uncomfortably posing, as Penelope does of herself, the question: who and what is a good woman?
Author: Oscar Wilde
Publisher: Read Books Ltd
“Lady Windermere's Fan, A Play About a Good Woman” is a play in four-acts by Oscar Wilde, first produced in 1892. It is a tale of scandal and the fall of a woman from grace in a hypocritical and absurdly contradictory high society. A sharp comedy packed full of the cutting witticisms and powerful aphorisms for which Wilde is famous, “Lady Windermere's Fan” is not to be missed by fans of the stage and of Wilde's seminal work in particular. Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900) was an Irish novelist, playwright, poet, and essayist. Although he produced work in many forms, he is best remembered for being one of London's most popular playwrights in the early 1890s, as well as for his world-famous novel “The Picture of Dorian Gray”. Other notable works by this author include: “The Happy Prince and Other Stories” (1888), “A Woman of No Importance” (1893), and “The Importance of Being Earnest” (published 1898). Many vintage books such as this are becoming increasingly scarce and expensive. It is with this in mind that we are republishing this volume now in an affordable, modern, high-quality edition complete with a specially commissioned new biography of the author.
Author: Rae Zellous,Brittani Williams,Fresh Millz
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Newly divorced, Keelan Rockmon is in search of spirituality but finds himself roaming into the bedrooms of female members from Bethlehem Church and becomes a womanizer. However after hearing his Pastor's sermon on 1 Timothy 2:8, he has an epiphany. Facing a complex moral dilemma he takes a deep look inside of himself for any love and compassion that he may have left. Falling from grace for leading God's children astray he seeks forgiveness in exchange for a good woman. In this decadent concoction of praise and adultery, Rapper Turned Author Rae Zellous, tells a narrative from a male point of view drawn straight from the heart.