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The history of sound : stories

The history of sound : stories

Shattuck, Ben, 1984-, author
2024

"A stunning collection of interconnected stories, set mostly in New England, exploring how the past is often misunderstood and how history, family, heartache, and desire can echo over centuries In twelve luminous stories set across three centuries, The History of Sound examines the unexpected ways the past returns to us and how love and loss are entwined and transformed over generations. In Ben Shattuck's ingenious collection, each story has a companion story, which contains a revelation about the previous, paired story. Mysteries are revealed, history is refracted, and deep emotional connections are woven between characters and families. The haunting title story recalls the journey of two men who meet around a piano in a smoky, basement bar only to spend a summer walking the Maine woods collecting folk songs in the shadow of the first World War, forever marked by the odyssey. Decades later, a woman discovers the wax cylinders recorded that fateful summer while cleaning out her new house in Maine. Shattuck's inventive, exquisite stories transport readers from colonial Nantucket to the woods of New Hampshire-into a landscape both enduring and unmistakably modern. Memories, artifacts, paintings, and journals resurface in surprising and poignant ways among evocative beaches, forests, and orchards, revealing the secrets, misunderstandings, and love that linger across centuries. Written with breathtaking humanity and humor, The History of Sound is a love letter to New England, a radiant conversation between past and present, and a moving meditation on the abiding search for home"-- Provided by publisher.

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The last train to London : a novel

The last train to London : a novel

Clayton, Meg Waite, author
2019

In 1936, the Nazi are little more than loud, brutish bores to fifteen-year old Stephan Neuman, the son of a wealthy and influential Jewish family and budding playwright whose playground extends from Vienna’s streets to its intricate underground tunnels. Stephan’s best friend and companion is the brilliant Žofie-Helene, a Christian girl whose mother edits a progressive, anti-Nazi newspaper. But the two adolescents’ carefree innocence is shattered when the Nazis’ take control. There is hope in the darkness, though. Truus Wijsmuller, a member of the Dutch resistance, risks her life smuggling Jewish children out of Nazi Germany to the nations that will take them.

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The lost tarot

The lost tarot

Henstra, Sarah author
2024

Theresa Bateman, a struggling art historian, receives a single tarot card in the mail. The image is unmistakably the work of celebrated avant-garde artist Lark Ringold, and its discovery would mean a breakthrough in Theresa's career. Sixty years earlier in England, Lark and his twin sister Nell join a bohemian commune the Shown. Just beneath the Shown's golden surface are secrets that, if revealed, threaten to erupt into chaos. What begins as the tale of one artist and the battle over his legacy unspools into a web of passion, violence, and deceit.

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The night of Baba Yaga

The night of Baba Yaga

Otani, Akira, 1981-, author
2024

Tokyo, 1979. Yoriko Shindo is given the task as bodyguard and driver for Shoko Naiki, the obsessively sheltered daughter of the yakuza's boss. Originally disdaining her ward, Shindo soon finds herself far more invested in Shoko's well-being than she ever expected. But every man around them is bloodthirsty and trigger-happy. Shindo doubts she and Shoko will survive much longer if nothing changes. Could there ever be a different life for two women like them?

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Parade : a novel

Parade : a novel

Cusk, Rachel, 1967- author
2024

Midway through his life, an artist begins to paint upside down. Eventually, he paints his wife upside down. He also makes her ugly. The paintings are a great success. In Paris, a woman is attacked by a stranger in the street. The attacker flees, but not before turning around to contemplate her victim, like an artist stepping back from a canvas. When a woman dies, her children confront her legacy: the stories she told, the roles she assigned to them, the ways she withheld her love. Her death is a kind of freedom. An artist takes on a series of pseudonyms to conceal his work from his mother and father. His brother does the opposite. They share the same parents, but they have inherited different things. Parade is a story that confronts and demolishes the conventions of storytelling. It surges past the limits of identity, character and plot to tell a true story--about art, family, morality, gender and how we compose ourselves. A writer and a visionary like no other, Rachel Cusk turns language upside down to show us our world as it really is.

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Sisters of the sky

Sisters of the sky

Kortchik, Lana, author
2024

Based on the true story of the first female-only aviation regiment in the Soviet Union, 'Sisters in the Sky' follows Nina and her best friend Katya as they decide to volunteer for the first female-only aviation regiment, led by the legendary pilot Marina Raskova. But fighting a war is nothing like they expected, and soon the battle lines are no longer restricted to the front - a forbidden love begins to blossom, and Nina is faced with the ultimate betrayal. Will Nina and her loved ones make it out alive?

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A thousand times before

A thousand times before

Thanki, Asha, author
2024

Ayukta is finally sitting down with her wife Nadya to respond to a question she's long avoided: should they have a child? The decision is complicated by a secret her family has kept for centuries: the women in her family inherit a mysterious tapestry, through which each generation can experience the memories of those who came before her. As Ayukta unspools these generations of women - whole decades of love, loss, heartbreak, and revival - she reveals the tapestry's second gift: the ability for each of these women to dramatically reshape their own worlds.

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The wild road home : a novel

The wild road home : a novel

Payne, Melissa, author
2024

Mack Anders fakes his own passing - hoping insurance will take care of his wife. In a lonesome cabin in the Wyoming wilderness, he lives off the grid. Strong-willed eighteen-year-old Brandi is willing to risk everything to save her young brother, Sy, from their unstable mother. On the run, Brandi crosses paths with Mack - and quickly realizes this quiet stranger might be their only hope of reaching safety. But the real world is closing in, and to help Brandi and Sy, Mack will have to come back to life in ways he never imagined.

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You were always mine

You were always mine

Pride, Christine, author.
2023

When Cinnamon Haynes, a black woman, takes an abandoned white baby into her home, she struggles to keep her own past hidden while dealing with the shocking judgments from friends and strangers alike as she strives to do right by the child she grows more attached to with each passing day.

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