La banda degli invisibili
Author: Fabio Bartolomei
Publisher: E/O Edizioni
Ritornano l’umorismo la fantasia l’agro-dolce critica sociale dell’autore di Giulia 1300 e altri miracoli. Cosa succede se un gruppo di ottantenni ex partigiani decide di rapire Silvio Berlusconi? Sicuramente ci sarà da ridere... ma anche un po’ da piangere. Un’avventura esilarante ricca di colpi di scena innamoramenti senili e... file per la pensione.
Diego is a forty-something car salesman with a talent for telling half-truths. Fausto sells watches over the phone. Claudio manages (barely) his family-owned neighborhood supermarket. The characteristic common to each of these three men is their abject mediocrity. Yet, mediocrity being the mother of outrageous invention, they embark on a project that would be too ambitious in scope for any single one of them, let alone all three together. They decide to flee the city and to open a rustic holiday farmhouse in the Italian countryside outside Naples. Their misconceived endeavor would have been challenging enough for these three unlikely entrepreneurs, but when a local mobster arrives and demands they pay him protection money things go from bad to worse. Now their ordinary (if wrongheaded) attempt to run a small business in an area that organized crime syndicates consider their own becomes a quixotic act of defiance. A “miraculous” Italian comedy that will have readers laughing out loud, Alfa Romeo 1300 and Other Miracles marks Fabio Bartolomei’s vivid debut.
We Are Family
Author: Fabio Bartolomei
Publisher: Europa Editions UK
How to save the world, one family at a time Al Santamaria is a child prodigy, probably a genius, perhaps even the greatest mind of the twentieth century. It is not out of the realm of possibility that he, alone, will save the human race. But first he has to solve a far more urgent problem: finding a home for his family. He exists, like many kids, somewhere between reality and fantasy, enjoying time with imaginary friends and wielding magical powers. He has a wonderful relationship with his father, Mario Elvis, and his mother, Agnese, and he’s convinced he has the best family in the world. But life isn’t all roses for the Santamaria family. They are typical of many Italian families today; their lives seem suspended between conflicting impulses. They are puffed up with delusions of grandeur and outsized ambition, yet plagued by nostalgia for a golden age that never really existed. They are paralyzed by the inability to fully believe in their own dreams and hampered by the secret belief that a hero will soon come to their rescue. Reminiscent of the Malaussenes in the beloved series by Daniel Pennac, the Santamarias are the centerpiece in a detailed and wonderfully comic diorama of modern Italy. Despite the challenges of modern life, however, Al is not about to give up. He has the energy, imagination, endurance, and enchanting unselfconsciousness of a child. And, although he doesn’t know it yet, he is going to remain a child his entire life. We Are Family is a heartwarming and inspiring postmodern fable, the story of a modern-day Peter Pan, his everyday miracles, and the bittersweet joys of everyday life. “Fabio Bartolomei recounts contemporary Italy with fantastic levity.”—La Repubblica “As magical and fragile as a soap bubble.”—Elle Italy “Visionary and unruly...”— Marie Claire Italy “A story that doesn’t take itself seriously but addresses serious topics.”—The Daily Beast on Alfa Romeo 1300 and Other Miracles
Author: Italo Calvino
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
“Cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears, even if the thread of their discourse is secret, their rules are absurd, their perspectives deceitful, and everything conceals something else.” — from Invisible Cities In a garden sit the aged Kublai Khan and the young Marco Polo — Mongol emperor and Venetian traveler. Kublai Khan has sensed the end of his empire coming soon. Marco Polo diverts his host with stories of the cities he has seen in his travels around the empire: cities and memory, cities and desire, cities and designs, cities and the dead, cities and the sky, trading cities, hidden cities. As Marco Polo unspools his tales, the emperor detects these fantastic places are more than they appear. “Invisible Cities changed the way we read and what is possible in the balance between poetry and prose . . . The book I would choose as pillow and plate, alone on a desert island.” — Jeanette Winterson
The Pope of Physics
Author: Gino Segrè, Bettina Hoerlin
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Enrico Fermi is unquestionably among the greats of the world's physicists, the most famous Italian scientist since Galileo. Called the Pope by his peers, he was regarded as infallible in his instincts and research. His discoveries changed our world; they led to weapons of mass destruction and conversely to life-saving medical interventions. This unassuming man struggled with issues relevant today, such as the threat of nuclear annihilation and the relationship of science to politics. Fleeing Fascism and anti-Semitism, Fermi became a leading figure in America's most secret project: building the atomic bomb. The last physicist who mastered all branches of the discipline, Fermi was a rare mixture of theorist and experimentalist. His rich legacy encompasses key advances in fields as diverse as comic rays, nuclear technology, and early computers. In their revealing book, The Pope of Physics, Gino Segré and Bettina Hoerlin bring this scientific visionary to life. An examination of the human dramas that touched Fermi’s life as well as a thrilling history of scientific innovation in the twentieth century, this is the comprehensive biography that Fermi deserves.
Author: James Patterson
Publisher: Little, Brown
When Jacob and Megan Brandeis plan to expose a secretive and evil corporation, the fallout threatens to destroy them. Jacob and Megan Brandeis have gotten jobs with the mega-successful, ultra-secretive Store. Seems perfect. Seems safe. But their lives are about to become anything but perfect, anything but safe. Especially since Jacob and Megan have a dark secret of their own. They're writing a book that will expose the Store-a forbidden book, a dangerous book. And if the Store finds out, there's only one thing Jacob, Megan and their kids can do: run for their bloody lives. Which is probably impossible, because the Store is always watching . . .
And Then Came Paulette
Author: Barbara Constantine
Publisher: MacLehose Press
Barbara Constantine's And Then Came Paulette has climbed the European bestseller charts providing many smiles and laughs as along the way. When his son's family move away, widower Ferdinand is left with only a sadistic kitten for company on a farm that was built for a family. Just as loneliness starts to bite, he discovers his neighbor Marceline has long been shivering beneath a leaky roof. He welcomes her to his farm, temporarily of course, and also provides a home for her dog and her gluttonous donkey. As each begrudgingly adjusts to the other's quirks, yet more new arrivals appear. It seems that Ferdinand isn't the only one who was all-alone, and the dusty farm becomes a haven for lost souls of every age to share their sorrows and set about rediscovering their joie de vivre. Amidst the newfound hustle and bustle, one final uninvited guest threatens to upset the apple cart once and for all. Constantine has created a delightful and poignant novel of people coming together to create new interpersonal relationships of support.
Straight White Male
Author: John Niven
Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
From the bestselling author of Kill Your Friends, a wildly funny look at the midlife crisis of a loveable rogue. “A high-octane novel of excess” (Ian Rankin). Irish novelist Kennedy Marr is a first rate bad boy. When he is not earning a fortune as one of Hollywood’s most sought after scriptwriters, he is drinking, insulting and philandering his way through Los Angeles, ‘successfully debunking the myth that men are unable to multitask.’ He is loved by many women, but loathed by even more including ex-wives on both sides of the pond. Kennedy’s appetite for trouble is insatiable, but when he discovers that he owes 1.4 million dollars in back taxes, it seems his outrageous, hedonistic lifestyle may not be as sustainable as he thought. Forced to accept a teaching position at sleepy Deeping University, where his ex-wife and teenaged daughter now reside, Kennedy returns to England with a paper trail of tabloid headlines and scorned starlets hot on his bespoke heels. However, as he acclimatizes to the quaint campus Kennedy is forced to reconsider his laddish lifestyle. Incredible as it may seem, there might actually be a father and a teacher lurking inside this ‘preening, narcissistic, priapic sociopath’. “A sharp and knowing satire of the film industry, publishing and academia.” —The Guardian
Susan Frobisher and Julie Wickham are turning sixty. Susan has just discovered that her recently deceased husband was not only a swinger but had run up a fortune in debts in pursuing his extravagant double life. Julie's not faring better: living in a council house and working in an old people's home, she's desperate for excitement. When the bank threatens to take Susan's beloved home to clear the debt, the women seek the help of an octogenarian gangster named Nails. Rather than let the bank take everything Susan has, they're going to take the bank. With the help of Nails and a thrill-crazy, wheelchair-bound friend they pull off the daring robbery, and discover that getting away with it is not so easy and that the adventure is only just beginning.
Enjoy the many sides of Charlie Brown’s most enduring and lovable “best friend” in these eight classic comic-strip collections. For over sixty years, Charles M. Schulz’s Peanuts comic strip has entertained and enchanted millions of readers with its heart, humor, and honesty. And perhaps everyone’s favorite character has always been Snoopy, whose unique adventures both real and unreal have captivated multiple generations. Here are some of the beloved beagle’s most memorable moments—from his deepest thoughts and most shallow stabs at literature to his catastrophic courtroom antics and failed attempts at physical fitness. Whether it’s suppertime or naptime, readers will fall in love with Snoopy all over again. This ebook includes Snoopy the Great Philosopher, Snoopy the Legal Beagle, Snoopy the Fitness Fanatic, Snoopy the Master Chef, Snoopy the Fearless Leader, Snoopy the Great Entertainer, Snoopy the Literary Ace, and Snoopy the Matchmaker.
The Children's Book
Author: A. S. Byatt
Publisher: Vintage Canada
From the renowned author of Possession, The Children’s Book is the absorbing story of the close of what has been called the Edwardian summer: the deceptively languid, blissful period that ended with the cataclysmic destruction of World War I. In this compelling novel, A.S. Byatt summons up a whole era, revealing that beneath its golden surface lay tensions that would explode into war, revolution and unbelievable change — for the generation that came of age before 1914 and, most of all, for their children. The novel centres around Olive Wellwood, a fairy tale writer, and her circle, which includes the brilliant, erratic craftsman Benedict Fludd and his apprentice Phillip Warren, a runaway from the poverty of the Potteries; Prosper Cain, the soldier who directs what will become the Victoria and Albert Museum; Olive’s brother-in-law Basil Wellwood, an officer of the Bank of England; and many others from every layer of society. A.S. Byatt traces their lives in intimate detail and moves between generations, following the children who must choose whether to follow the roles expected of them or stand up to their parents’ “porcelain socialism.” Olive’s daughter Dorothy wishes to become a doctor, while her other daughter, Hedda, wants to fight for votes for women. Her son Tom, sent to an upper-class school, wants nothing more than to spend time in the woods, tracking birds and foxes. Her nephew Charles becomes embroiled with German-influenced revolutionaries. Their portraits connect the political issues at the heart of nascent feminism and socialism with grave personal dilemmas, interlacing until The Children’s Book becomes a perfect depiction of an entire world. Olive is a fairy tale writer in the era of Peter Pan and Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind In the Willows, not long after Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. At a time when children in England suffered deprivation by the millions, the concept of childhood was being refined and elaborated in ways that still influence us today. For each of her children, Olive writes a special, private book, bound in a different colour and placed on a shelf; when these same children are ferried off into the unremitting destruction of the Great War, the reader is left to wonder who the real children in this novel are. The Children’s Book is an astonishing novel. It is an historical feat that brings to life an era that helped shape our own as well as a gripping, personal novel about parents and children, life’s most painful struggles and its richest pleasures. No other writer could have imagined it or created it. From the Hardcover edition.
Fantasy fiction. When they were first published, THE HOBBIT and THE LORD OF THE RINGS became instant classics. Treasured by readers young and old, these works of sweeping fantasy, steeped in unrivalled magic and otherworldliness have sold more than 150 million copies around the world. This new boxed set contains both titles and features brand new cover designs. It offers readers a new opportunity to discover Tolkien's remarkable world of Middle-earth and to follow the complete story of Bilbo Baggins and the Hobbits' part in the epic quest for the Ring beginning with Bilbo's fateful visit from Gandalf and culminating in the dramatic climax between Frodo and Gollum atop Mount Doom.
Snow White is on the run from an evil witch when she stumbles upon a little house in the woods. When the 77 dwarfs who live there invite her to stay, it seems like a perfect solution --- at first.