Deftly spinning genres of his feverish literary invention, Rion Amilcar Scott creates his very own Yoknapatawpha County with fictional Cross River, Maryland. Established by the leaders of America´s only successful slave revolt, the town still evokes the fierce rhythms of its founding. Among its residents are David Sherman, a struggling musician who just happens to be God´s last son; Tyrone, a ruthless PhD candidate, whose dissertation about a childhood game ignites mayhem in the neighboring, once-segregated town of Port Yooga; and Jim, an all-too-obedient robot who serves his Master. Culminating with an explosive novella, these haunting stories of the denizens of Cross River serve to explore larger themes of religion, violence, and love-all told with sly humor and a dash of magical realism. Shattering rigid literary boundaries, Scott is ´´a necessary voice in American literature´´ (PEN Award citation), a writer whose storytelling gifts the world very much requires.
DescriptionFour Christmas carols that capture the distinctive, contradictory and unmistakable choral style of Giles Swayne.Always plain-speaking, challenging, intense and emotionally honest, Swaynes music also brims with wit, melody and a sly playfulness that is both captivating and addictive. The Four Christmas Carols were written over several years. The first three are for unison voices with Piano, and can be performed by the whole assembly. The fourth requires a larger SATB chorus, and is a larger, expressive and impressive setting of The Coventry Carol.This set of carols has it all - from grand unison melodies, familiar tunes and rousing choruses to more poignant, challenging and unusual passages. It represents a hugely satisfying and entertaining addition to any festive performance or carol concert.SonglistJoseph´s CarolStarlightThe Coventry CarolThe Two Nowells
Reggae Vibrations (ou plutôt « Irations » pour les initiés) est une immersion totale dans l´univers du Reggae au sens large, un style qu´on connaît tous inconsciemment, mais qu´on approfondit rarement, à tort ! L´auteur ne s´est pas contenté de parler des rythmes mais a rencontré les principaux protagonistes de ce style ; artistes (Lee Perry, Max Romeo, Israel Vibration) et batteurs (Sly Dunbar, Leroy Horsemouth Wallace, Santa Davis). Un bref historique du style vous amènera à l´étude des rythmes principaux qui sont disséqués de manière exhaustive, mais toujours en tenant compte de l´application principale à savoir le contexte musical. S´en suit une partie d´analyse des grands batteurs et de leur(s) groupes respectifs, mêlant la « vieille garde » incontournable à la jeune génération montante. Enfin, quelques playbacks instrumentaux vous permettront de travailler les rythmiques de bases dans un contexte musical. Le CD illustre tous les exercices (près de 150 pistes!). Un outil essentiel qui permet de faire connaissance avec les rythmes incontournables du Reggae ou de les approfondir.
The untold story of the time when the New York Yankees were a laughingstock - and how out of that abyss emerged the modern Yankees dynasty, one of the greatest in all of sports The New York Yankees have won 27 world championships and 40 American League pennants, both world records. They have 26 members in the Hall of Fame. Their pinstripe swag is a symbol of ´´making it´´ worn across the globe. Yet some 25 years ago, from 1989 to 1992, the Yankees were a pitiful team at the bottom of the standings, sitting on a 14-year World Series drought and a 35 percent drop in attendance. To make the statistics worse, their mercurial, bombastic owner was banned from baseball. But out of these ashes emerged the modern Yankees dynasty, a juggernaut built on the sly, a brilliant mix of personalities, talent, and ambition. In Chumps to Champs, Pennington reveals a grand tale of revival. Listeners encounter larger-than-life characters like George Steinbrenner and unexplored figures like award-winning manager Buck Showalter, Don Mattingly, and the crafty architect of it all - general manager Gene Michael, who assembled the team´s future stars - Rivera, Jeter, Williams, O´Neill, and Pettitte. Drawing on unique access, Pennington tells a wild and raucous tale. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Christian Baskous. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/013330/bk_blak_013330_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Moneyball is a quest for the secret of success in baseball. Following the low-budget Oakland Athletics, their larger-than-life general manger, Billy Beane, and the strange brotherhood of amateur baseball enthusiasts, Michael Lewis has written not only ´´the single most influential baseball book ever´´ (Rob Neyer, Slate) but also what ´´may be the best book ever written on business´´ (Weekly Standard). I wrote this book because I fell in love with a story. The story concerned a small group of undervalued professional baseball players and executives, many of whom had been rejected as unfit for the big leagues, who had turned themselves into one of the most successful franchises in Major League Baseball. But the idea for the book came well before I had good reason to write it-before I had a story to fall in love with. It began, really, with an innocent question: how did one of the poorest teams in baseball, the Oakland Athletics, win so many games? With these words Michael Lewis launches us into the funniest, smartest, and most contrarian book since, well, since Liar´s Poker. Moneyball is a quest for something as elusive as the Holy Grail, something that money apparently can´t buy: the secret of success in baseball. The logical places to look would be the front offices of major league teams, and the dugouts, perhaps even in the minds of the players themselves. Lewis mines all these possibilities-his intimate and original portraits of big league ballplayers are alone worth the price of admission-but the real jackpot is a cache of numbers-numbers!-collected over the years by a strange brotherhood of amateur baseball enthusiasts: software engineers, statisticians, Wall Street analysts, lawyers and physics professors. What these geek numbers show-no, prove-is that the traditional yardsticks of success for players and teams are fatally flawed. Even the box score misleads us by ignoring the crucial importance of the humble base-on-balls. This information has been around for years, and nobody inside Major League Baseball paid it any mind. And then came Billy Beane, General Manager of the Oakland Athletics. Billy paid attention to those numbers -with the second lowest payroll in baseball at his disposal he had to-and this book records his astonishing experiment in finding and fielding a team that nobody else wanted. Moneyball is a roller coaster ride: before the 2002 season opens, Oakland must relinquish its three most prominent (and expensive) players, is written off by just about everyone, and then comes roaring back to challenge the American League record for consecutive wins. In a narrative full of fabulous characters and brilliant excursions into the unexpected, Michael Lewis shows us how and why the new baseball knowledge works. He also sets up a sly and hilarious morality tale: Big Money, like Goliath, is always supposed to win... how can we not cheer for David?
How are young women supposed to see each other clearly when they can´t even see themselves? This razor-sharp novel ´´perfectly captures [the] power dynamics and identity issues that...women are forced to face.” (Marie Claire, Must-Read Books of 2019) Fiona and Liv are seniors at Buchanan College, a small liberal arts school in rural Pennsylvania. Fiona, who is still struggling emotionally after the death of her younger sister, is spending her final college year sleeping with abrasive men she meets in bars. Liv is happily coupled and on the fast track to marriage with an all-American frat boy. Both of their journeys, and their friendship, will be derailed by the relationships they develop with Oliver Ash, a ruggedly good-looking visiting literature professor whose first novel was published to great success when he was 26. But now Oliver is in his early 40s, with thinning hair and a checkered past, including talk of a relationship with an underage woman - a former student - at a previous teaching job. Meanwhile, Oliver’s wife, Simone, is pursuing an academic research project in Berlin, raising their five-year-old son, dealing with her husband’s absence, and wondering if their marriage is beyond repair. This sly, stunning, wise-beyond-its-years novel is told from the perspectives of the three women and showcases Mandy Berman’s talent for exploring the complexities of desire, friendship, identity, and power dynamics in the contemporary moment. Praise for The Learning Curve ´´[A] smart, engaging coming-of-age story...[Mandy] Berman delivers a thorough and incredibly timely investigation into relationship power imbalances that’s sure to start a lot of conversations.” (Publishers Weekly) ´´Berman’s spot-on dialogue keeps the pages turning...timely...should find a large readership.” (Booklist) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Karissa Vacker. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/007028/bk_rand_007028_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Corrie’s life is threatened by the evil Master-at-Arms Mr. Sly. Corrie meets the escaped slave Billy Brown, the captain of the Maintop, and wonders if Billy, too, is a woman in disguise. All the while, she feels the ambiance of a warship in the time of Nelson: scrubbing the deck, keeping watches, learning to speak the language, and to find her way from the cat lashings to the bilge hole. Barton is careful about the language of the time and faultless in his description of naval customs and traditions. As you listen to the tale, you have to wonder why the historical fact that women served in large numbers under Nelson has been hidden from the public for so long. Here at last is a true-to-life account that helps to set the record straight. England and France have declared war, and Corrie Harriman joins in on the action. Corrie’s War is a 16-part naval adventure series where Corrie joins the Royal Navy and must combat deadly enemies, navigate through hazardous storms, and even endure cruelty by the hands of her own crew. No one suspects that Corrie is actually a young woman - and she plans to keep it that way. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Heidi Gregory. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/143240/bk_acx0_143240_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Elizabeth is an ambivalent academic living in New York City with Brett and their young son, Harry. Everyone wants Elizabeth to marry Brett, including Brett, but whenever marriage comes up, the intended bride quickly changes the subject. Then Elizabeth publishes a paper on Madame Bovary that catches the eye of an impetuous movie producer, and her life turns upside down. She heads for Hollywood to write a screenplay called Mrs. B., but once there, the questions of marriage, and adultery, loom even larger on her horizon.[CUT TO:]Greta has nothing against marriage. She´s been happy in her new life with Tony, until the day she falls asleep on the sofa and wakes up in love with someone else. Now she has to handle not only the unpredictable needs of her daughter and the plaintive demands of her mother but also the insistence of her own desire.[CUT TO:]Lotte was once a flash dancer in vaudeville. She has little patience with her granddaughter´s refusal to marry that nice husband of hers. She has no patience with death. Chic and sly and uncompromisingly egotistical, Lotte reveres marriage and has mourned her late husband for twenty years, but she´s not at all ready to join him. She has far too much shopping left to do. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Patricia Kalember. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/time/000317/bk_time_000317_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
It is the last decade of the 19th century. The Wild West has been tamed and its fierce, independent and often violent larger-than-life figures – gun-toting wanderers, trappers, prospectors, Indian fighters, cowboys, and lawmen –are now victims of their own success. They are heroes who’ve outlived their usefulness. But then gold is discovered in Alaska and the adjacent Canadian Klondike and a new frontier suddenly looms - an immense unexplored territory filled with frozen waterways, dark spruce forests, and towering mountains capped by glistening layers of snow and ice. ´´Klondicitis,” a giddy mix of greed and lust for adventure, ignites a stampede. Fleeing the depths of a worldwide economic depression and driven by starry-eyed visions of vast wealth, tens of thousands rush northward. Joining this throng of greenhorns and grifters, whores and highwaymen, sourdoughs and seers are three unforgettable men. In a true-life tale that rivets from the first page, we meet Charlie Siringo, a top-hand sharp-shooting cowboy who, after futilely trying to settle down with his new bride, becomes one of the Pinkerton Detective Agency’s shrewdest; George Carmack, a California-born American Marine who’s adopted by an Indian tribe, raises a family with a Taglish squaw, makes the discovery that starts off the Yukon Gold Rush – and becomes fabulously rich; and Soapy Smith, a sly and inventive predator-conman who rules a vast criminal empire. As we follow this trio’s lives, we’re led inexorably into a perplexing mystery. A fortune in gold bars has somehow been stolen from the fortress-like Treadwell Mine in Juneau, Alaska, with no clues as to how the thieves made off with such an immensely heavy cargo. To many it appears that the crime will never be solved. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John H. Mayer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/002595/bk_rand_002595_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.