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Hermit in Paris: Autobiographical Writings

From Publishers Weekly

This new volume of autobiographical writings (never before translated into English) by Calvino, whose short stories and novels gave him international acclaim as one of the 20th century’s most important Italian fiction writers, is a welcome addition to his extensive works as well as to The Road to San Giovanni, a posthumous collection of autobiographical essays published more than a decade ago. This volume includes a series of articles and interviews that builds on the understanding of Calvino’s life after World War II when he returned to Italy from the Communist resistance in the Alps, a period when Calvino felt a “moment of uncertainty” and a “perplexity about” his vocation as a writer before producing his first novel, The Cloven Viscount. The articles also feature Calvino’s views on some of his most popular novels: “In the United States… the book of mine that became a hit was the one that you would have said was the furthest from American reading habits: Invisible Cities.” But it is Calvino’s lifelong fascination with America that makes this collection remarkable: more than half the book is given to an “American Diary 1959-1960,” written during Calvino’s two years traveling in the U.S., as he explores New York’s thriving Greenwich Village and Actors Studio; a “violent, tough” Chicago; San Francisco’s “squalid and filthy” beatnik scene; and Montgomery, Ala., where Calvino (who died in 1985) finds himself “in the middle” of “crucial days of struggle” of the Civil Rights movement. His diary reveals an obsession with what he later says most interests him as a writer: “daily life as the constant nourishment for writing.”
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From Library Journal

Posthumous writings from Calvino.
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Heritage and Exile

The people of Darkover are descendants of Terran colonists who over centuries had lost their science, turning instead to the curious technology of the matrix stones and laran, or psi, powers. During the lawless Ages of Chaos and the time of the Hundred Kingdoms, these powers were used to drive weapons that could kill from afarweapons so terrible that they almost destroyed Darkover until they were banned by the Compact. Set during the Second Age, after the Terran Empire reestablished contact, these books chronicle the pivotal events in the turbulent relationship between Terra and its semi-alien offspring. Nominated for a Hugo Award, and described as Bradley’s best [Darkover] novel by Locus, The Heritage of Hastur tells the complex and compelling story of the early life of Regis Hastur, Darkover’s greatest monarch. It also spins the tale of those who sought to control the deadly Sharra Matrix and tells how Lew Alton met and lost his greatest love, Marjorie Scott. Here is the showdown between those Darkovan lords who would bargain away their world for the glories of Terran science and those who would preserve the matrix powers that are at once the prize and the burden of Darkover. In Sharra’s Exile, the most dangerous magical implement on all of Darkoverthe legendary Shara matrixmoves to the center of the story. Embodied as a chained woman wreathed in flames, it was the last remaining magical weapon of the Ages of Chaos. The matrix had been exiled offworld to one of the planets of the Terran Empire, in the custody of one who had suffered gravely from its use: Comyn Lord Lew Alton. But when he was called back to Darkover, he had no choice but to bring it with him. Once back, the stone’s flaming image spread far and wide, setting in motion events that would forever change the seven Domains and the future of Darkover.

The Heretic Queen

The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran
**In ancient Egypt, a forgotten princess must overcome her family’s past and remake history.**
The winds of change are blowing through Thebes. A devastating palace fire has killed the Eighteenth Dynasty’s royal family—all with the exception of Nefertari, the niece of the reviled former queen, Nefertiti. The girl’s deceased family has been branded as heretical, and no one in Egypt will speak their names.
A relic of a previous reign, Nefertari is pushed aside, an unimportant princess left to run wild in the palace. But this changes when she is taken under the wing of the Pharaoh’ s aunt, then brought to the Temple of Hathor, where she is educated in a manner befitting a future queen.
Soon Nefertari catches the eye of the Crown Prince, and despite her family’s history, they fall in love and wish to marry. Yet all of Egypt opposes this union between the rising star of a new dynasty and the fading star of an old, heretical one.
While political adversity sets the country on edge, Nefertari becomes the wife of Ramesses the Great. Destined to be the most powerful Pharaoh in Egypt, he is also the man who must confront the most famous exodus in history.
Sweeping in scope and meticulous in detail, *The Heretic Queen* is a novel of passion and power, heartbreak and redemption.

Here’s the Deal: Don’t Touch Me

SUMMARY: A frank, funny, no-holds-barred memoir that reveals the Deal or No Deal host’s ongoing struggle with OCD and ADHD–and how it has shaped his life and career. Howie Mandel is one of the most recognizable names in entertainment–respected by his peers and beloved by audiences as the host of the enormously popular prime-time game show Deal or No Deal. With a career that spans three decades and many different show-business platforms–he’s a renowned stand-up comedian who continues to perform more than 150 sold-out shows a year, he created the award-winning TV show Bobby’s World, he’s starred in feature films and the hit TV series St. Elsewhere, and he’s also hosted his own daytime talk show–he’s one of the most versatile performers anywhere. But there are aspects of his personal and professional life he’s never talked about publicly–until now.Eleven years ago, Mandel first told the world about his “germophobia.” He’s recently started discussing his adult ADHD as well. Now, for the first time, he reveals the details of his struggle with these challenging disorders. He catalogs his numerous fears and neuroses and shares entertaining stories about how he has tried to integrate them into his act. “If I’m making myself laugh,” he writes, “then I’m distracted from all the other things going on in my head that are, at times, torturous.” And he speaks frankly and honestly about the ways his condition has affected his personal life–as a son, husband, and father of three.Fans who’ve been dying to know “the deal” behind Mandel’s remarkable rise through the show-business ranks will be rewarded with many never-before-told anecdotes, each one generously leavened with Mandel’s trademark humor. There are tales from every phase of his colorful career–from his early days as a teenage carpet salesman and aspiring stand-up comic to his stint opening for Diana Ross, his six years on St. Elsewhere, and beyond. As heartfelt as it is hilarious, Here’s the Deal: Don’t Touch Me is the story of one man’s effort to draw comic inspiration out of his darkest, most vulnerable places. It’s sure to please Howie Mandel’s legion of fans–and provide hope to the millions who strive to succeed in spite of OCD and ADHD.

Here Comes Trouble

**Get Lucky**
A child of Vegas, Brett Hennessey knows about luck–especially the bad kind. But when this poker superstar hops on his Harley to outrun Lady Misfortune and ends up at a pretty B&B run by an even prettier proprietor, he can’t help thinking he’s stumbled onto a winning streak. . .
Sure, Kirby Farrell’s new B&B ski lodge opened to the warmest winter in Vermont memory, but fate brought her a bad boy on a hot bike and settled him into her best room. She’s still broke, but the view across the breakfast table has definitely improved. . .
Only now Brett’s past has finally caught up to him. He has two choices: run again–and lose the best hand fortune’s dealt him yet. Or stay and risk everything for something he never thought would come his way. . .
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**Get Lucky**
A child of Vegas, Brett Hennessey knows about luck–especially the bad kind. But when this poker superstar hops on his Harley to outrun Lady Misfortune and ends up at a pretty B&B run by an even prettier proprietor, he can’t help thinking he’s stumbled onto a winning streak. . .
Sure, Kirby Farrell’s new B&B ski lodge opened to the warmest winter in Vermont memory, but fate brought her a bad boy on a hot bike and settled him into her best room. She’s still broke, but the view across the breakfast table has definitely improved. . .
Only now Brett’s past has finally caught up to him. He has two choices: run again–and lose the best hand fortune’s dealt him yet. Or stay and risk everything for something he never thought would come his way. . .
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Donna Kauffman is the **USA Today** bestselling author of chick lit, paranormal romance, and sexy romance. Beverly Brandt writes chick lit and women’s** fiction, as well as romantic adventure under a psuedonym. Alesia Holliday is the author of **American Idle** and **Nice Girls Finish First**, and she writes young adult novels under a pseudonym. Erin McCarthy is the **USA Today** bestselling author of **Bad Boys Online**, **Smart Mouth**, and **A Date With the Other Side**.**
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Henry IV, Part II

The third part of Shakespeare’s impressive ‘Henriad,’ this play follows “Richard II” and “Henry IV, Part 1,” and precedes “Henry V.” In this portion of the tetralogy of history plays, Prince Hal is once again out of favor with his father the king, who is in his last months of life. Falstaff, the comical criminal, is further rejected by Prince Hal, who believes he must disassociate himself with the London underworld before becoming king. This is certainly a more somber play, for Henry IV dies, and Falstaff reflects on his own approaching death. A credible play worthy of the Shakespeare’s early writings, “Henry IV, Part 2” is a work of conflict, reconciliation, and musings on life and death that attest to the universal nature of the Bard of Avon’s canon.
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### Recensione
enjoys the same high standards of design and production as its predecessors. The text pages clearly differentiate text, collation, and notes; the documentation is full but inconspicuous; and it has been well proof-read … Dr Weis provides an economical but illuminating discussion of Shakespeare’s sources … The annotations throughout are lucid and economical, responsive to both levels of plot. … Rene Weis’s edition can be recommended as a thoughtful and sensitive response to the play, which ranks alongside the outstanding 1966 New Arden edition by R A Humphreys. (*Brian Vickers, ROES, vol 50 no 200 (1999)*)
### Sinossi
The third part of Shakespeare’s impressive ‘Henriad,’ this play follows “Richard II” and “Henry IV, Part 1,” and precedes “Henry V.” In this portion of the tetralogy of history plays, Prince Hal is once again out of favor with his father the king, who is in his last months of life. Falstaff, the comical criminal, is further rejected by Prince Hal, who believes he must disassociate himself with the London underworld before becoming king. This is certainly a more somber play, for Henry IV dies, and Falstaff reflects on his own approaching death. A credible play worthy of the Shakespeare’s early writings, “Henry IV, Part 2” is a work of conflict, reconciliation, and musings on life and death that attest to the universal nature of the Bard of Avon’s canon.

Henry IV, Part 1

One of the most popular of all Shakespeare’s history plays, *Henry IV, Part I* re-creates actual events from early-15th-century English history as King Henry deals a rebellion inside with his kingdom led by Harry Percy (“Hotspur”) and other notables. Besides this mutinous action, the king must also contend with the dissolute ways of his son, Prince Hal, who spends much of his time in the company of the witty, rotund, tavern-haunting Sir John Falstaff, one of Shakespeare’s immortal comic characters. During the rebellion against his father, however, Hal acquits himself honorably in battle, portending the eventual transformation in later plays of the wild prince into a great warrior-king.
These various themes are woven together here in a superb blend of brilliantly staged scenes depicting the king’s attempts to pacify the rebels and maintain his power, the plotting of Percy and other insurgents, grim action on the battlefield, and the low comedy of Falstaff and his comrades — all brought to life in some of Shakespeare’s finest blank verse and raciest prose.
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Hello America

Sinossi

A terrifying vision of the future from one of our most renowned writers – J G Ballard, author of ‘Empire of the Sun’ and ‘Crash’.

Following the energy crisis of the late twentieth-century America has been abandoned. Now, a century later, a small group of European explorers returns to the deserted continent. But America is unrecognisable – the Bering Strait has been dammed and the whole continent has become a desert, populated by isolated natives and the bizarre remnants of a disintegrated culture.

The expedition sets off from Manhattan on a cross-continent journey, through Holiday Inns and abandoned theme parks, to uncover a shocking new power in the heart of Las Vegas.

The Hellfire Club

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The Hellfire Club by Peter Straub
“Surprising twists [and a] wildly inventive plot.”
—*The New York Times*
They are dying, one by one. Wealthy, middle-aged women in an exclusive Connecticut suburb. Their murderer remains at large. Nora Chancel, wife of publishing scion Davey Chancel, fears she may be next. After all, her past has branded her a victim . . . .
“Combines the intellectual-puzzle mystery with a powerful vein of psycho-thriller suspense.”
—*The Washington Post*
Then Davey tells Nora a surreal story about the Hellfire Club, where years before he met an obsessed fan of Chancel House’s most successful book, *Night Journey*—a book that has a strange history of its own. . . .
“One of the most chilling villains to come along since Hannibal Lecter.”
—*San Francisco Chronicle*
Suddenly terror engulfs Nora: She must defend herself against fantastic accusations even as a madman lies in wait. And when he springs, she will embark on a night journey that will put her victimhood to rest forever, dead or alive. . . .

Hellfire

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Masterful, bestselling horror novelist John Saul’s thriller of a small town trapped by the terrible tragedies of the past…
The day that the iron doors of the old mill in Westover, Massachusetts, closed forever is a day that still haunts the sleepy town’s residents. On that fateful day one hundred years ago, eleven people died in a fearsome fire, and since then, no one has dared to revisit the mill or the dark secrets locked inside it.
Now, a member of the once-powerful Sturgess family has aspirations to reopen the mill. Little does Philip Sturgess know that by unlocking the padlock he is also unlocking horrible secrets from the past. There are forces at work that will do their best to see the mill doors stay tightly closed. But as Philip presses forward with his plans, the townspeople will be forced to face the terrible vengeance that waits in the darkest corners of the abandoned mill.
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Heller With a Gun

Heller with a Gun by Louis L’Amour
Tom Healy was in trouble. His theatrical troupe needed to get to Alder Gulch, Montana, and the weather was turning. Andy Barker promised Tom he could get them there safely, but Tom was reluctant to trust him: he had the lives of three actresses to consider, and his personal feelings for Janice further heightened his concern. Then King Mabry showed up. Although Tom didn’t like the way he looked at Janice, he could see that Mabry made Barker uneasy. So Tom invited Mabry to join them. Tom was right to be worried, because Barker had a plan. He knew that the wagons carried something more than actors and scenery. He and his men were going to steal it any way they could. And that included murder.

Hell’s Angels

SUMMARY: The Hell’s Angels erupted into 1960s America, paralysing whole towns with fear. Determined to discover the truth behind the terrifying reputation of these marauding biker gangs, Hunter S. Thompson spent a year on the road with the Angels, documenting his hair-raising experiences with Charger Charley, Big Frank, Little Jesus and The Gimp. Hell’s Angels was the result: a masterpiece of underground reportage whose free-wheeling, impressionistic style created the legend of Gonzo journalism, and made Thompson’s name as the wild man of American writing.

Hell to Pay

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Hell to Pay (Nightside Series #7) by Simon R. Green
The name’s John Taylor. I’m a PI, though what I really do is find things that are lost. I work the Nightside, the city within the city of London, where the sun never rises and where the human and inhuman go to get their kicks, provided they’re willing to pay the price in whatever currency the seller demands.

In the wake of the war that almost brought the Nightside to total ruin, there’s a power vacuum begging to be filled—and some think I should take charge. I don’t agree. Neither does the immortal known as the Griffin. Wealthy beyond reason, he has his own ideas about who should be running things. Still, when his granddaughter—and designated heir—is kidnapped, he calls on me to find her.

But someone—or some Thing—is blocking my special gift. So this time, I’m going to have to do my job the hard way. And quickly, or the Griffin will have to choose a new heir…

Hell Hath No Fury

Original title: HELL HATH NO FURY. Now known as: THE HOT SPOT.
A dark, brooding masterpiece of guilt, greed, and lust in a town ripe for felony.
Maddox wasn’t all bad. He was just half-bad. But trap a man like Maddox in a dead-end job in a stultifying small town, introduce him to a femme fatale like the Harshaw woman, and give him a shot at a fast fifteen thousand dollars–in a bank just begging to be knocked over–and his better nature doesn’t stand a chance.
Merciless in its suspense, flawless in its grasp of the ways in which ordinary people hurtle over the edge, The Hot Spot is a superb example of fifties roman noir.

Hell Bent

Mindy is being stalked by someone with a vendetta against one of her older brothers and promises to kidnap her to ‘make him pay’. After discovering that he is a military man, she’s convinced that things like this are the reason she is hell bent against marrying military, even if it is five generations strong in her family. But the military policeman assigned to her case is smoking hot and hard to ignore. Shane Newhope promises to keep her safe, is it so bad that he sends tingles down her spine in the process? Only if you’ve told your brothers that you want nothing to do with the military, and they’re convinced that a military man is just what you need.

Helen of Troy

### From Publishers Weekly
*Starred Review.* George ( *Mary, Called Magdalene* ) depicts with bravado, grace and eloquence the grand spectacle surrounding Helen of Troy. The author’s research into Mycenaean culture, coupled with Trojan War mythology’s larger-than-life heroes, enliven a bold story pulsing with romance and sacrifice, omens and battles. Helen’s noble Spartan parents try to defy the fates when a seer foretells the tragedy Helen and her legendary beauty will cause, but, as the myth of Helen demonstrates, destiny cannot be altered. Helen’s years of seclusion in Sparta lead to a frigid marriage to Menelaus before she connects with Paris, the Trojan prince with whom she forges an inextricable bond. Barely into her 20s, Helen escapes with Paris to Troy, but finds the Trojan royals welcome her with less than open arms. The mythic war, which, in less capable hands, might be over-romanticized, is portrayed with an enthusiasm that rings true to the period without verging on stagy—no small feat when dealing with such a sweeping conflict. George’s extraordinary storytelling abilities shine in her portrayal of Helen as both a conflicted woman who abandoned her homeland and child for true love, and as a legendary figure whose beauty and personal choices had epic consequences. *(On sale Aug. 7)*
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When Helen of Sparta is seven years old, the sibyl at Delphi prophesies she will start a war in which many Greeks will die. King Tyndareus and Queen Leda, stricken with panic, keep their younger daughter in seclusion, discouraging rumors that Zeus is her real father. To marry her off quickly, they spread word that Helen is the most beautiful woman in the world. But because Helen fails to invoke Aphrodite when choosing a husband, her marriage to Menelaus of Mycenae is passionless. The fickle goddess finally hears Helen’s pleas, yet Aphrodite’s powers affect only Paris, a visiting Trojan prince, with whom Helen immediately falls in love. When the pair elopes one night to Paris’ affluent homeland, it precipitates a war destined to last 20 years, one that Menelaus’ restless and greedy brother, Agamemnon, has been itching to fight. Only George, reigning queen of the epic fictional biography, could render Helen’s story with all the emotion, grandeur, and tragedy it deserves. Her characters are precisely crafted, and the lovely Helen, clear-eyed and intelligent, is a sympathetic narrator. Despite the novel’s length, the pages practically turn themselves. An absorbing retelling of the classic Trojan War myth, and a sobering look at the utter futility of trying to change one’s fate. *Sarah Johnson*
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