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"The Bookshop That Floated Away"

♥ Book Title : The Bookshop That Floated Away
♣ Name Author : Sarah Henshaw
∞ Launching : 2014-04-03
◊ Info ISBN Link : 9781472109392
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 1472109392
⊕ Number Pages : Total 272 sheet
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☯ Full Synopsis : "In early 2009 a strange sort of business plan landed on the desk of a pinstriped bank manager. It had pictures of rats and moles in rowing boats and archaic quotes about Cleopatra's barge. It asked for a £30,000 loan to buy a black-and-cream narrowboat and a small hoard of books. The manager said no. Nevertheless The Book Barge opened six months later and enjoyed the happy patronage of local readers, a growing number of eccentrics and the odd moorhen. Business wasn't always easy, so one May morning owner Sarah Henshaw set off for six months chugging the length and breadth of the country. Books were bartered for food, accommodation, bathroom facilities and cake. During the journey, the barge suffered a flooded engine, went out to sea, got banned from Bristol and, on several occasions, floated away altogether. This account follows the ebbs and flows of Sarah's journey as she sought to make her vision of a floating bookshop a reality."Article| Sarah Henshaw| Statement ..."

"Books, Baguettes and Bedbugs"

♥ Book Title : Books, Baguettes and Bedbugs
♣ Name Author : Jeremy Mercer
∞ Launching : 2019-12-26
◊ Info ISBN Link : 9781474616041
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 1474616046
⊕ Number Pages : Total 272 sheet
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☯ Full Synopsis : "Enchanting memoir of a struggling writer living and working in the eccentric Parisian bookshop, 'Shakespeare and Company' 'Completely riveting ...a vivid picture of modern Paris' OBSERVER 'Shakespeare and Company' in Paris is one of the world's most famous bookshops. The original store opened in 1921 and became known as the haunt of literary greats, such as Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, George Bernard Shaw, Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein and James Joyce. Sadly the shop was forced to close in 1941, but that was not the end of 'Shakespeare and Company'... In 1951 another bookshop, with a similar free-thinking ethos, opened on the Left Bank. Called 'Le Mistral', it had beds for those of a literary mindset who found themselves down on their luck and, in 1964, it resurrected the name 'Shakespeare and Company' and became the principal meeting place for Beatnik poets, such as Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs, through to Henry Miller and Lawrence Durrell. Today the tradition continues and writers still find their way to this bizarre establishment, one of them being Jeremy Mercer. With no friends, no job, no money and no prospects, the thrill of escape from his life in Canada soon palls but, by chance, he happens upon the fairytale world of 'Shakespeare and Co' and is taken in. What follows is his tale of his time there, the curious people who came and went, the realities of being down and out in the 'city of light' and, in particular, his relationship with the beguiling octogenarian owner, George."Article| Jeremy Mercer| Statement ..."

"Firmin"

♥ Book Title : Firmin
♣ Name Author : Sam Savage
∞ Launching : 2011-08-24
◊ Info ISBN Link : 9780307805096
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 0307805093
⊕ Number Pages : Total 176 sheet
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☯ Full Synopsis : "In the basement of a Boston bookstore, Firmin is born in a shredded copy Finnegans Wake, nurtured on a diet of Zane Grey, Lady Chatterley’s Lover, and Jane Eyre (which tastes a lot like lettuce). While his twelve siblings gnaw these books obliviously, for Firmin the words, thoughts, deeds, and hopes—all the literature he consumes—soon consume him. Emboldened by reading, intoxicated by curiosity, foraging for food, Firmin ventures out of his bookstore sanctuary, carrying with him all the yearnings and failings of humanity itself. It’s a lot to ask of a rat—especially when his home is on the verge of annihilation. A novel that is by turns hilarious, tragic, and hopeful, Firmin is a masterpiece of literary imagination. For here, a tender soul, a vagabond and philosopher, struggles with mortality and meaning—in a tale for anyone who has ever feasted on a book…and then had to turn the final page. NOTE: This edition does not include illustrations."Article| Sam Savage| Statement ..."

"Afterlands"

♥ Book Title : Afterlands
♣ Name Author : Steven Heighton
∞ Launching : 2007-02-01
◊ Info ISBN Link : 061877341X
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 9780618773411
⊕ Number Pages : Total 406 sheet
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☯ Full Synopsis : "Provides a fictional chronicle of the real-life ordeal of nineteen men, women, and children cast adrift on an ice floe off the coast of Greenland in 1871 as they struggle with the harsh elements and with each other. By the author of The Shadow Boxer. Reader's Guide available. Reprint."Article| Steven Heighton| Statement ..."

"The Stone Raft"

♥ Book Title : The Stone Raft
♣ Name Author : José Saramago
∞ Launching : 1996-06-14
◊ Info ISBN Link : 9780547545318
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 0547545312
⊕ Number Pages : Total 300 sheet
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☯ Full Synopsis : "A “marvelously amusing” political fable in which part of the European continent breaks off and drifts away on its own (Publishers Weekly, starred review). A Nobel Prize winner who has been called “the García Márquez of Portugal” (New Statesman) chronicles world events on a human scale in this exhilarating allegorical novel. One day, quite inexplicably, the Iberian Peninsula simply breaks free from the European continent and begins to drift as if it were a sort of stone raft. Panic ensues as residents and tourists attempt to escape, while crowds gather on cliffs to watch the newly formed island sail off into the sea. Meanwhile, five people on the island are drawn together—first by a string of surreal events and then by love. Taking to the road to explore the limits of their now finite land, they find themselves adrift in a world made new by this radical shift in perspective. As bureaucrats ponder what to do about their unusual predicament, the intertwined lives of these five strangers are clarified and forever changed by a physical, spiritual, and sexual voyage to an unknown destination. At once an epic adventure and a profound fable about the state of the European project, The Stone Raft is a “hauntingly lyrical narrative with political, social, and moral underpinnings” (Booklist) that “may be Saramago’s finest work” (Los Angeles Times). Translated from the Portuguese by Giovanni Pontiero"Article| José Saramago| Statement ..."

"Book Row"

♥ Book Title : Book Row
♣ Name Author : Marvin Mondlin
∞ Launching : 2019-10-15
◊ Info ISBN Link : 9781510752566
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 1510752560
⊕ Number Pages : Total 456 sheet
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☯ Full Synopsis : "The American Story of the Bookstores on Fourth Avenue from the 1890s to the 1960s New York City has eight million stories, and this one unfolds just south of Fourteenth Street in Manhattan, on the seven blocks of Fourth Avenue bracketed by Union Square and Astor Place. There, for nearly eight decades from the 1890s to the 1960s, thrived the New York Booksellers’ Row, or Book Row. This richly anecdotal memoir features historical photographs and the rags-to-riches tale of the Strand, which began its life as a book stall on Eighth Street and today houses 2.5 million volumes (or sixteen miles of books) in twelve miles of space. It’s a story cast with characters as legendary and colorful as the horse-betting, poker-playing, go-getter of a book dealer George D. Smith; the irascible Russian-born book hunter Peter Stammer; the visionary Theodore C. Schulte; Lou Cohen, founder of the still-surviving Argosy Book Store; and gentleman bookseller George Rubinowitz and his formidably shrewd wife, Jenny. Book Row remembers places that all lovers of books should never forget, like Biblo & Tamen, the shop that defied book-banning laws; the Green Book Shop, favored by John Dickson Carr; Ellenor Lowenstein’s world-renowned gastronomical Corner Book Shop (which was not on a corner); and the Abbey Bookshop, the last of the Fourth Avenue bookstores to close its doors. Rising rents, street crime, urban redevelopment, and television are many of the reasons for the demise of Book Row, but in this volume, based on interviews with dozens of the people who bought, sold, collected, and breathed in its rare, bibliodiferous air, it lives again."Article| Marvin Mondlin| Statement ..."

"The Polar Bear Express"

♥ Book Title : The Polar Bear Express
♣ Name Author : Debbie Dadey
∞ Launching : 2015-05-19
◊ Info ISBN Link : 9781481402606
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 1481402609
⊕ Number Pages : Total 128 sheet
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☯ Full Synopsis : "Wanting to help a lost baby polar bear return home, Kiki Coral and her mermaid friends worry that the cost of the bear's transportation will prevent them from seeing a concert performance of their favorite boy band. Simultaneous and eBook."Article| Debbie Dadey| Statement ..."

"Rosetown"

♥ Book Title : Rosetown
♣ Name Author : Cynthia Rylant
∞ Launching : 2019-05-07
◊ Info ISBN Link : 1534412786
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 9781534412781
⊕ Number Pages : Total 160 sheet
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☯ Full Synopsis : "“Eloquent and resonant…poignantly underscores the significance of family, friendship, and home.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review) “Gentle and old-fashioned in the best sense…a little gem about small-town life.” —Booklist (starred review) “A sweet story for children dealing with change.” —Kirkus Reviews From Newbery Medalist Cynthia Rylant comes the charming story of nine-year-old Flora Smallwood and the eventful year she spends in the quiet community of Rosetown, Indiana. For nine-year-old Flora Smallwood, Rosetown, Indiana, is full of surprises, many of the best of which happen at the Wing and a Chair Used Book Shop, where she loves to read vintage children’s books after school in the faded purple chair by the window. But lately, those surprises haven’t been so good. Her dear old dog, Laurence, recently passed away. Not long after, her parents decided to take a breather from their marriage, and now Flora has to move back and forth between their two houses. Plus, she’s just begun fourth grade, and it is so much different than third. Luckily Flora has two wonderful friends—one old and one new. And with them around to share thoughts and laughs and adventures big and small, life in Rosetown still has many sweet moments—and even some very happy surprises!"Article| Cynthia Rylant| Statement ..."

"Bread and Chocolate"

♥ Book Title : Bread and Chocolate
♣ Name Author : Philippa Gregory
∞ Launching : 2011-11-11
◊ Info ISBN Link : 9780007404506
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 0007404506
⊕ Number Pages : Total 256 sheet
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☯ Full Synopsis : "A collection of short stories from one of our most popular novelists – the perfect gift."Article| Philippa Gregory| Statement ..."

"A Tale for the Time Being"

♥ Book Title : A Tale for the Time Being
♣ Name Author : Ruth Ozeki
∞ Launching : 2013-03-12
◊ Info ISBN Link : 9781101606254
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 1101606258
⊕ Number Pages : Total 432 sheet
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☯ Full Synopsis : "A brilliant, unforgettable novel from bestselling author Ruth Ozeki—shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award “A time being is someone who lives in time, and that means you, and me, and every one of us who is, or was, or ever will be.” In Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao has decided there’s only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates’ bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao first plans to document the life of her great grandmother, a Buddhist nun who’s lived more than a century. A diary is Nao’s only solace—and will touch lives in ways she can scarcely imagine. Across the Pacific, we meet Ruth, a novelist living on a remote island who discovers a collection of artifacts washed ashore in a Hello Kitty lunchbox—possibly debris from the devastating 2011 tsunami. As the mystery of its contents unfolds, Ruth is pulled into the past, into Nao’s drama and her unknown fate, and forward into her own future. Full of Ozeki’s signature humor and deeply engaged with the relationship between writer and reader, past and present, fact and fiction, quantum physics, history, and myth, A Tale for the Time Being is a brilliantly inventive, beguiling story of our shared humanity and the search for home."Article| Ruth Ozeki| Statement ..."

"The Bookshop Book"

♥ Book Title : The Bookshop Book
♣ Name Author : Jen Campbell
∞ Launching : 2014-10-16
◊ Info ISBN Link : 1472116666
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 9781472116666
⊕ Number Pages : Total 288 sheet
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☯ Full Synopsis : "We're not talking about rooms that are just full of books. We're talking about bookshops in barns, disused factories, converted churches and underground car parks. Bookshops on boats, on buses, and in old run-down train stations. Fold-out bookshops, undercover bookshops, this-is-the-best-place-I've-ever-been-to-bookshops. Meet Sarah and her Book Barge sailing across the sea to France; meet Sebastien, in Mongolia, who sells books to herders of the Altai mountains; meet the bookshop in Canada that's invented the world's first antiquarian book vending machine. And that's just the beginning. From the oldest bookshop in the world, to the smallest you could imagine, The Bookshop Book examines the history of books, talks to authors about their favourite places, and looks at over two hundred weirdly wonderful bookshops across six continents (sadly, we've yet to build a bookshop down in the South Pole). The Bookshop Book is a love letter to bookshops all around the world. -- "A good bookshop is not just about selling books from shelves, but reaching out into the world and making a difference." David Almond (The Bookshop Book includes interviews and quotes from David Almond, Ian Rankin, Tracy Chevalier, Audrey Niffenegger, Jacqueline Wilson, Jeanette Winterson and many, many others.)"Article| Jen Campbell| Statement ..."

"Latitudes of Melt"

♥ Book Title : Latitudes of Melt
♣ Name Author : Joan Clark
∞ Launching : 2011-04-20
◊ Info ISBN Link : 9780307375353
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 0307375358
⊕ Number Pages : Total 352 sheet
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☯ Full Synopsis : "This bountiful, magical novel opens with the discovery by two fishermen of a baby floating in a cradle on an ice pan in the North Atlantic off the coast of Newfoundland in 1912. To the small fishing community into which the foundling is adopted, Aurora, as they name her – with her shock of white hair, one blue eye and one brown – is clearly enchanted. But it is not until Aurora is herself an old woman that she learns the heart-wrenching story behind her miraculous survival on the ice. From the Trade Paperback edition."Article| Joan Clark| Statement ..."