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Almeno il cappello
Author: Andrea Vitali
Publisher: Garzanti
ISBN: 8811130670
Pages: 418
Year: 2010-12-31T00:00:00+01:00
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«Secondo me, Vitali sorpassa con la sua levità Guareschi.» La lettura – Corriere della Sera - Antonio D'Orrico «Un grande narratore che, come Piero Chiara e Mario Soldati, sa raccontare la profondità della superficie.» Tuttolibri - Bruno Quaranta Ad accogliere i viaggiatori che d’estate sbarcano sul molo di Bellano dal traghetto Savoia c’è solo la scalcagnata fanfara guidata dal maestro Zaccaria Vergottini, prima cornetta e direttore. Un organico di otto elementi che fa sfigurare l’intero paese, anche se nel gruppetto svetta il virtuoso del bombardino, Lindo Nasazzi, fresco vedovo alle prese con la giovane e robusta seconda moglie Noemi. Per dare alla città un Corpo Musicale degno di questo nome ci vuole un uomo di polso, un visionario che sappia però districarsi nelle trame e nelle inerzie della politica e della burocrazia, che riesca a mettere d’accordo il podestà Parpaiola, il segretario comunale Fainetti, il segretario della locale sezione del Partito Bongioanni, il parroco e tutti i notabili della zona. Un insieme di imprevedibili circostanze – assai fortunato per alcuni, e invece piuttosto sfortunato per altri – può forse portare verso Bellano il ragionier Onorato Geminazzi, che vive sull’altra sponda del lago, a Menaggio, con la consorte Estenuata e la numerosa prole. Almeno il cappello racconta la gloriosa avventura del Corpo Musicale Bellanese, le mille difficoltà dell’impresa e la determinazione di chi volle farsene artefice. A ritmo di valzer e mazurca, con il contorno di marcette e inni, Andrea Vitali s’inventa un’altra storia tutta italiana, fatta di furbizie e sogni, ripicche e generosità, pettegolezzi e amori. E la scrive con la passione per l’intrigo, il brio e il buonumore, la verità e la semplicità che servono per farci capire la ricchezza e gli imprevisti che punteggiano tutte le nostre vite.
Una finestra vistalago
Author: Andrea Vitali
Publisher: Garzanti
ISBN: 8811133246
Pages: 367
Year: 2011-08-26T00:00:00+02:00
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«Secondo me, Vitali sorpassa con la sua levità Guareschi.» «Il suo è puro gioco narrativo con momenti di alto virtuosismo.» Antonio D'Orrico, «La lettura – Corriere della Sera» «Un grande narratore che, come Piero Chiara e Mario Soldati, sa raccontare la profondità della superficie.» Bruno Quaranta, «Tuttolibri» «La forza delle storie di Andrea Vitali nasce da una innata capacità di ascolto delle vicende della gente comune che egli trasforma in prodigiosa azione romanzesca.» Fulvio Panzeri, «Avvenire» Di Arrigoni Giuseppe ce ne sono tanti a Bellano, un paese del lago di Como. Impossibile conoscerli tutti. Anche nella vita di Eraldo Bonomi, operaio tessile del locale cotonificio, ce ne sono troppi. E sarà proprio un Arrigoni Giuseppe a segnare il suo destino, dove brillano l'amore per la bella Elena e la militanza politica nel PSIUP. Il colpo di fulmine per Elena fa del Bonomi un uomo pericoloso, che sfiora segreti, scopre altarini, esuma scheletri sapientemente nascosti negli armadi di una provincia che sembra monotona, in quei paesi dove l'omonimia può essere fonte di equivoci ma anche, a volte, il viatico verso la libertà. Mirabilmente costruito, Una finestra vistalago è un appassionante romanzo corale e polifonico. L'avidità sessuale e la religione del denaro accendono passioni e lotte, moltiplicando chiacchiere, pettegolezzi e bugie. Seguendo l'evoluzione di questo paese-microcosmo popolato di gente comune, Andrea Vitali ci fa assaporare la storia del nostro paese dagli anni Cinquanta ai turbolenti Settanta. Sulla scia di Piero Chiara e Mario Soldati, si conferma narratore seducente, maestro dell'antica arte del racconto italiano: trame ricche di azione ma dagli indugi sapienti, intrighi dove spesso la burla sfiora la tragedia, vicende che, attraverso la superficie, raccontano la profondità.
The Evil Seed
Author: Joanne Harris
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1407034197
Pages: 448
Year: 2008-10-31
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'I'm still rather fond of this first book of mine, in spite of all the time that has elapsed, and in spite of the way my style has evolved.' Joanne Harris Caution - May contain vampires. It's never easy to face the fact that a man you once loved passionately has found the girl of his dreams, as Alice discovers when Joe introduces her to his new girlfriend. Then Alice finds an old diary and reads about two men and the mysterious woman who bewitched them both, buried in Grantchester churchyard half a century ago. As the stories seem to intertwine, Alice comes to realize that her instinctive hatred of Joe's new girlfriend may not just be due to jealousy, as she is plunged into a nightmare world of obsession, revenge, seduction - and blood.
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Author: Robert Sheckley
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 1480496812
Pages: 169
Year: 2014-04-01
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Tom Mishkin is piloting another routine supply flight when he hears an unusual noise and gets the distressing news: He’s about to be stranded on a backward planet and forced to hike across unknown and probably hostile terrain to find a cache of spare parts and get going again. Mishkin’s journey introduces him to strange aliens like a five-headed man-eating snake with Mob connections as his trek slowly warps into a metaphysical search for his soul and the meaning of human existence . . . From the very beginning of his career, Robert Sheckley was recognized by fans, reviewers, and fellow authors as a master storyteller and the wittiest satirist working in the science fiction field. Open Road is proud to republish his acclaimed body of work, with nearly thirty volumes of full-length fiction and short story collections. Rediscover, or discover for the first time, a master of science fiction who, according to the New York Times, was “a precursor to Douglas Adams.”
Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi
Author: Geoff Dyer
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 030737808X
Pages: 304
Year: 2009-04-07
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A New York Times Notable Book A Best Book of the Year: The Economist, The New Yorker, San Francisco Chronicle, Slate.com, and Time In Venice, at the Biennale, a jaded, bellini-swigging journalist named Jeff Atman meets a beautiful woman and they embark on a passionate affair. In Varanasi, an unnamed journalist (who may or may not be Jeff) joins thousands of pilgrims on the banks of the holy Ganges. He intends to stay for a few days but ends up remaining for months. Their journey—as only the irrepressibly entertaining Geoff Dyer could conjure—makes for an uproarious, fiendishly inventive novel of Italy and India, longing and lust, and the prospect of neurotic enlightenment. From the Trade Paperback edition.
I Would Really Like to Eat a Child
Author: Sylviane Donnio
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 0375837612
Pages: 32
Year: 2007
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One morning Achilles, a young crocodile, insists that he will eat a child that day and refuses all other food, but when he actually finds a little girl, she puts him in his place.
A Fruitful Sunday
Author: Agatha Christie
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062302752
Pages: 100
Year: 2013-11-05
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Previously published in the print anthology The Golden Ball and Other Stories. Edward Palgrove has saved up to buy a small car, which he and his fiancée, Dorothy Pratt, are both proud of. But neither one is prepared for the journey it will take them on.
Peaches for Monsieur le Curé
Author: Joanne Harris
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0698156803
Pages: 480
Year: 2013-09-24
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The tantalizing sequel to the blockbuster New York Times bestseller Chocolat Even before it was adapted into the Oscar-nominated film starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp, Joanne Harris’s Chocolat entranced readers with its mix of hedonism, whimsy, and, of course, chocolate. Now, at last, Chocolat’s heroine returns to the beautiful French village of Lansquenet in another, equally beguiling tale. When Vianne Rocher receives a letter from beyond the grave, she has no choice but to return to Lansquenet, where she once owned a chocolate shop and learned the meaning of home. But returning to one’s past can be a dangerous pursuit, and Vianne and her daughters find the beautiful French village changed in unexpected ways: women veiled in black, the scent of spices in the air, and—facing the church—a minaret. Most surprising of all, her old nemesis, Francis Reynaud, desperately needs her help. Can Vianne work her magic once again?
I Love to Sleep in My Own Bed
Author: Shelley Admont
Publisher:
ISBN: 0993700063
Pages: 38
Year: 2014-05
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"This book follows the story of little bunny, Jimmy. Jimmy doesn't want to sleep in his own bed. Every night he sneaks quietly into his parents' room and falls asleep in their bed. Until one night something unexpected happened."--P. [4] of cover.
The Cat Book
Author: Silvia Borando
Publisher: Candlewick Press
ISBN: 076369472X
Pages: 32
Year: 2017-04-25
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"Say hello to your new cat. You can tickle his chin and hear him purr. But wait--was that a raindrop? Don't let him get wet"--Page 4 of cover.
An Old-fashioned Girl
Author: Louisa May Alcott
Publisher:
ISBN:
Pages: 376
Year: 1896
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Different Class
Author: Joanne Harris
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1501155512
Pages: 416
Year: 2017-01-03
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Originally published: Great Britain: Doubleday, 2016.
The Great Train Robbery
Author: Michael Crichton
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307816443
Pages: 304
Year: 2012-05-14
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From the bestselling author of Jurassic Park, Timeline, and Sphere comes an enthralling novel about Victorian London’s most notorious gold heist. London, 1855, when lavish wealth and appalling poverty exist side by side, one mysterious man navigates both worlds with perfect ease. Edward Pierce preys on the most prominent of the well-to-do as he cunningly orchestrates the crime of his century. Who would suspect that a gentleman of breeding could mastermind the extraordinary robbery aboard the pride of England’s industrial era, the mighty steam locomotive? Based on fact, but studded with all the suspense and style of fiction, here is a classic historical thriller, set a decade before the age of dynamite—yet nonetheless explosive…
Her Right Foot
Author: Dave Eggers
Publisher: Chronicle Books
ISBN: 145216293X
Pages: 104
Year: 2017-09-19
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If you had to name a statue, any statue, odds are good you'd mention the Statue of Liberty. Have you seen her? She's in New York. She's holding a torch. And she's taking one step forward. But why? In this fascinating, fun take on nonfiction, uniquely American in its frank tone and honest look at the literal foundation of our country, Dave Eggers and Shawn Harris investigate a seemingly small trait of America's most emblematic statue. What they find is about more than history, more than art. What they find in the Statue of Liberty's right foot is the powerful message of acceptance that is essential to an entire country's creation. Can you believe that?
Math with Bad Drawings
Author: Ben Orlin
Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal
ISBN: 0316509027
Pages: 376
Year: 2018-09-18
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A hilarious reeducation in mathematics-full of joy, jokes, and stick figures-that sheds light on the countless practical and wonderful ways that math structures and shapes our world. In Math With Bad Drawings, Ben Orlin reveals to us what math actually is; its myriad uses, its strange symbols, and the wild leaps of logic and faith that define the usually impenetrable work of the mathematician. Truth and knowledge come in multiple forms: colorful drawings, encouraging jokes, and the stories and insights of an empathetic teacher who believes that math should belong to everyone. Orlin shows us how to think like a mathematician by teaching us a brand-new game of tic-tac-toe, how to understand an economic crises by rolling a pair of dice, and the mathematical headache that ensues when attempting to build a spherical Death Star. Every discussion in the book is illustrated with Orlin's trademark "bad drawings," which convey his message and insights with perfect pitch and clarity. With 24 chapters covering topics from the electoral college to human genetics to the reasons not to trust statistics, Math with Bad Drawings is a life-changing book for the math-estranged and math-enamored alike.