Ru. In Vietnamese it means lullaby; in French it is a small stream, but also signifies a flow - of tears, blood, money. Kim Thúy´s Ru is literature at its most crystalline: the flow of a life on the tides of unrest and on to more peaceful waters. In vignettes of exquisite clarity, sharp observation, and sly wit, we are carried along on an unforgettable journey from a palatial residence in Saigon to a crowded and muddy Malaysian refugee camp, and onward to a new life in Quebec. There, the young girl feels the embrace of a new community, and revels in the chance to be part of the American Dream. As an adult, the waters become rough again: now a mother of two sons, she must learn to shape her love around the younger boy´s autism. Moving seamlessly from past to present, from history to memory and back again, Ru is a book that celebrates life in all its wonder: its moments of beauty and sensuality, brutality and sorrow, comfort and comedy. Winner 2015 - Canada Reads Winner 2011 - Grand prix littéraire Archambault Winner 2011 - Mondello Prize for Multiculturalism Winner 2010 - Prix du Grand Public Salon du livre - Essai/Livre pratique Winner 2010 - Governor General’s Award for Fiction (French-language) Winner 2010 - Grand Prix RTL-Lire at the Salon du livre de Paris Longlisted 2013 - Man Asian Literary Prize Longlisted 2014 - International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award Nominated 2012 - Amazon.ca First Novel Award Shortlist 2012 - Scotiabank Giller Prize Shortlist 2012 - Governor General’s Literary Award for Translation 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kim Thúy. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/prhc/000569/bk_prhc_000569_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Frank Ormsby´s seventh collection of poems reflects not only the beauty of the Irish landscape and the sensuous and aesthetic impact of the small farms among which he grew up, but also the continuing violence of the ´Troubles´. Close to the surface of mountain and bogland lie the hidden graves of the ´Disappeared´. Ormsby continues to make vivid use of the short, resonant poems which were a striking feature of Goat´s Milk and The Darkness of Snow . Here too the content is often delivered and reinforced through rich, contrasting images within or between poems: the scarlet flowers growing in a black kettle, the fuchsia that is both ´redolent of old battles´ or a ´peaceful tapestry in the annals of stone´. Among the personae of the collection is the obliging father who volunteers to be buried by his children up to the neck in sand within sight of but some distance from the ´cold shadow of the mountain´. The elegiac note that echoes through the poems rarely darkens the mood. Ormsby´s wit and humour, his sly sense of the absurd and what might be called his affection for the living and the dead draw the reader into considering the conviction that it is sometimes ´possible to believe / that joy grows irresistibly at the roots of everything´.
We are delighted to present this audio production of The Amazing Adventures of Melissa Bee. As you listen, we invite you to read along with our award-winning illustrated book, which is a gold medal winner in the Moonbeam Children´s Book Awards, a gold medal winner in the Best Book Awards for Children´s Educational, and a gold medal winner in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards, among others.Welcome to the magical world of bees! Melissa, a newborn bee, explores her cozy home and learns about the hive with her sisters, brothers, and their beloved queen. Everyone does their part with love in oneness. When she is old enough, Melissa summons her courage and ventures out into the big world, dancing with flowers and making new friends as she revels in pollen collection for her family. When the hive becomes too crowded, the queen honors Melissa by asking her to be a scout to help find a new home. While following Melissa´s adventures, listeners begin to understand how bees cooperate and co-create, care for babies and the queen, find nectar and pollen, communicate, make honey, and protect themselves. This book richly weaves story and songs into a tapestry of joy, wonder, and appreciation for the ancient lineage and loving service of the honey bees as they nurture, honor, and celebrate life. Narration by the author, Aimee Lissantheia. Audio Production by Mark Sly Frame Drumming and Vocals by Miranda Rondeau. Flutes by Sunny SolWind. Bee Songs by Aimee Lissantheia and Lisa LaBella. Introduction and closing by Lisa LaBella. Cover art by Tim Lukowiak. Honey bee hums by the bee hives on Aimee´s land. With abundant appreciation to all who supported the creation of the original story, and bountiful blessings for the bees. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Aimee Lissantheia. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/135209/bk_acx0_135209_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.