World Stories Retold for Modern Boys and Girls (Classic Reprint): William James Sly
Jane Austen is more of a celebrity and media queen now. As a forensic observer of the social scene, with a mordant wit, and a sly way of puncturing pretension and seeing past the social facade, there is no doubt that if she had been with us today, she would have had her own column in an upmarket glossy a stylish, smart cookie agony aunt.
With the closing of the Harlan County, Kentucky, coalmines, marijuana has become the biggest cash crop in the state. A hundred pounds of it can gross three-hundred thousand dollars, but that’s chump change compared to the quarter million a human body can get you - especially when it’s sold off piece-by-piece. So when Dickie and Coover Crowe, dope-dealing brothers known for sampling their own supply, decide to branch out into the body business, it’s up to U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens to stop them. But by the time Raylan finds out who’s making the cuts, he’s lying naked in a bathtub, with Layla the cool transplant nurse about to go for his kidneys. Dark and droll, Raylan is pure Elmore Leonard - a pause-resister filled with sparkling dialogue and sly suspense that are the hallmarks of this modern master. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Brian D´Arcy James. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/002731/bk_harp_002731_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When we meet Katherine, the winning, and rather disturbing, 23-year-old narrator of A Carnivore´s Inquiry, she has just arrived in New York City. She strikes up an affair with a middle-aged Russian emigre novelist she meets on the subway, and almost immediately moves into his apartment. Soon restless, she journeys across the United States and into Mexico, trailed everywhere she goes by a string of murders.As the ritualistic killings pile up, Katherine comforts and inspires herself by meditating on cannibalism in literature, art, and history. She ponders subjects as diverse as the Donner Party, the fall of Dante´s Count Ugolino, and the true story behind Gericault´s The Raft of the Medusa. As the story races toward its frightening conclusion, Katherine, and the reader, close in on the true reason for her fascination with aberrant, violent behavior.A shocking and enlightening modern Gothic novel, told in highly intelligent prose, A Carnivore´s Inquiry is a sly, unsettling, subtle commentary on 21st century consumerism and the questionable appetites that lurk beneath the veneer of civilization. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Wendy Hoopes. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/high/000172/bk_high_000172_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Who are you? It’s the most fundamental of human questions. Are you the type of person who tilts at windmills, or the one who prefers to view them from the comfort of an air-conditioned motorcoach? Our personalities are endlessly fascinating - not just to ourselves but also to our spouses, our parents, our children, our co-workers, our neighbors. As a highly social species, humans have to navigate among an astonishing variety of personalities. But how did all these different permutations come about? And what purpose do they serve? With her trademark wit and sly humor, Hannah Holmes takes readers into the amazing world of personality and modern brain science. Using the Five Factor Model, which slices temperaments into the major factors (Extraversion, Neuroticism, Agreeableness, Conscientiousness, and Openness) and minor facets (such as impulsive, artistic, or cautious), Holmes demonstrates how our genes and brains dictate which factors and facets each of us displays. Are you a Nervous Nelly? Your amygdala is probably calling the shots. Hyperactive Hal? It’s all about the dopamine. Each facet took root deep in the evolution of life on Earth, with Nature allowing enough personal variation to see a species through good times and bad. Just as there are introverted and extroverted people, there are introverted and extroverted mice, and even starfish. In fact, the personality genes we share with mice make them invaluable models for the study of disorders like depression, schizophrenia, and anxiety. Thus it is deep and ancient biases that guide your dealings with a very modern world. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Susan Denaker. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/002547/bk_rand_002547_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Josie O´Leary, 28 years old, beautiful, and Pilates-toned, intends to assume her rightful place in the Hollywood pantheon, as president of a major movie studio. She plots her ascent with a commando´s ruthlessness, and nothing - not an inconvenient husband, her bitchy boss, or even her complete ignorance of how movies are actually made - will stop her. When Josie stumbles across a can´t-miss screenplay she recognizes it as her big chance to became a producer. Not a working-with-writers producer, or a dealing-with-boring-details producer, but an above-the-credits, seven-figure-fee producer. Someone who makes heads turn at the Ivy, who can get a call through to anyone instantly, who reads about her own life in Variety and Vanity Fair. Neurotic New Yorker Carla Trousse moves to L.A. after everything in her life (including her living room ceiling) collapses around her. Overeducated and underemployed, Carla has no idea what to do next; she suspects she has only one real talent, for criticizing. Fortunately, that gift comes in handy at her new job as a script reader, or development girl. She´s the oldest ´´D-girl´´ in her office at the absolute bottom of the movie-industry food chain, yet for the first time in years, she feels a glimmer of optimism. When Josie´s script attracts the attention of Henry Antonelli, a legendary leading man and Hollywood powerhouse, a startling revelation results in an uneasy alliance between Josie and Carla. Mutual loathing turns to grudging respect, then real friendship, as the two women discover the limits of ambition and the boundless rewards of human connection. The Difference Between You and Me is a modern-day comedy of manners, an insider´s take on Hollywood protocol and prestige. With her sly yet generous wit, DeMarco illuminates everyday annoyances and disasters that every woman will recognize - office backstabbing, why-won´t-he-call frustrations, and the unsettling vacuum that can open up i... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gabrielle De Cuir. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/011469/bk_adbl_011469_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A New York Times Best Illustrated Children´s Book of 2011! ´´A wonderful and astonishing thing, the kind of book that makes child laugh and adult chuckle, and both smile in appreciation. . . . Charmingly wicked.´´ - The New York Times A bear´s hat is gone, and he wants it back. Patiently and politely, he asks the animals he comes across whether they have seen it. None of them have. Have you seen it? Jon Klassen´s beloved tale plays out in sly illustrations brimming with visual humor - and winks at us with a wry irreverence that will leave readers of all ages thrilled. Available at last in a board book format, this #1 New York Times bestseller is a true modern classic.
A murdered teen is resurrected to walk the Earth for centuries in this sweeping historical epic in the spirit of The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, from the author of Rotters and Scowler. Twenty minutes after his murder on the shores of Lake Michigan in 1896, 17-year-old Zebulon Finch awakens, resurrected to suffer an eternity upon the planet. But of all people...why him? Is it because he was a violent Chicago gangster and this is his chance at redemption? Is it because he is a modern-day Job whose suffering is beyond human comprehension? Over the next century - or two - he will try to find out. With a sly, aristocratic voice and a healthy appetite for women and anarchy, Zebulon Finch spins a tale of his travels across a young America, watching the country grow and mature, knowing that his mind and body will never do the same. Yes, he is witty. He is also vain. Absolutely brilliant, too. And he is always entertaining. But have no doubt - Zebulon Finch has a heart as vulnerable as anyone´s. Too bad he doesn´t learn to use it till after it has stopped beating.... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kirby Heyborne. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/007257/bk_sans_007257_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This book looks at the idea of horror and its analogues in architecture. In these, normal compositions become strange: extra limbs appear, holes open where they should not, individual objects are doubled or split or perversely occupied. Horrifying buildings re-imagine the possibilities of architectural language, shifting from ´natural´ norms to other, more rarified and exciting options. They define an expanded aesthetic field that marries the beautiful to the distorted, the awkward, the manifold, and the indeterminate. Through an investigation that spans architecture, art, and literature, this study attempts to limn horror through its shifting forms and meanings--and to identify a creeping unease that lingers at the very center of the modern project. Horror in Architecture may be read as a history, as an alternative to the classic canon of good and proper architectures, or as a sly manifesto for a new approach to the design of the built environment--one that encourages a playful subversion of conventions. To capture horror in its many guises, this study is presented in a unique manner.