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Cosima

Pur sotto forma romanzesca, “Cosima” è l’autobiografia di Grazia Deledda pubblicata postuma nel 1937. In “Cosima” si apprende che gli anni dell’infanzia e dell’adolescenza della Deledda furono segnati da una ininterrotta catena di sciagure. Un fratello, Santus, precipita nell’alcolismo sino al delirium tremens, l’altro fratello, Andrea, viene arrestato, anche se per piccoli furti, provocando la morte di crepacuore del padre, e la conseguente perdita dell’agiatezza. La sorella Giovanna muore di angina in tenera età, e un’altra sorella, Enza, muore a ventun’anni in un tentativo di aborto, attanagliata dal senso di colpa per aver sposato un uomo di condizione inferiore fra l’esecrazione dei parenti. Una terza sorella, Beppa, verrà invece atrocemente beffata dopo la promessa di fidanzamento fattale da un pretendente “continentale”. Si trova nel romanzo inoltre qualche fugace accenno ai difficili esordi sessuali di Cosima/Grazia, i quali danno la misura del clima di feroce arretratezza che incatenava l’esistenza della scrittrice. Queste difficoltà ambientali, unite al clima di soffocante pregiudizio verso la sua nascente vocazione letteraria, dovettero maturare nella Deledda quei fermi propositi di fuga dall’ambiente nuorese e sardo, che in seguito si realizzeranno soltanto grazie all’unica soluzione possibile per una donna del suo tempo (a meno di possedere un’idea di ribellione sociale, peraltro mai presa in considerazione dalla scrittrice sarda), vale a dire: il matrimonio. La meta della fuga, il luogo del sogno è Roma. Proprio a una rivista romana la Deledda inviò la sua prima novella, cui seguirono generosi incoraggiamenti e l’invito a inviarne altre. Ma non saranno ancora questi primi, fuggevoli successi a consentirle il sognato abbandono dell’isola: bisognerà aspettare ancora. Sino a quando a Cagliari, in un’aura un po’ inverosimile come in quelle fiabe tanto amate dalla scrittrice nell’infanzia, Cosima/Grazia incontra “l’uomo della salvezza”: l’impiegato romano Palmiro Madesani, che la Deledda sposerà nel giro di pochi mesi, trasferendosi con lui finalmente a Roma.  
Tratto da “Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani – Volume 36” (1988) di Angelo Pellegrino
L’autrice
Grazia Cosima Deledda (Nuoro, 27 settembre 1871 – Roma, 15 agosto 1936) è stata una scrittrice italiana, vincitrice del Premio Nobel per la letteratura nel 1926.
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Pur sotto forma romanzesca, “Cosima” è l’autobiografia di Grazia Deledda pubblicata postuma nel 1937. In “Cosima” si apprende che gli anni dell’infanzia e dell’adolescenza della Deledda furono segnati da una ininterrotta catena di sciagure. Un fratello, Santus, precipita nell’alcolismo sino al delirium tremens, l’altro fratello, Andrea, viene arrestato, anche se per piccoli furti, provocando la morte di crepacuore del padre, e la conseguente perdita dell’agiatezza. La sorella Giovanna muore di angina in tenera età, e un’altra sorella, Enza, muore a ventun’anni in un tentativo di aborto, attanagliata dal senso di colpa per aver sposato un uomo di condizione inferiore fra l’esecrazione dei parenti. Una terza sorella, Beppa, verrà invece atrocemente beffata dopo la promessa di fidanzamento fattale da un pretendente “continentale”. Si trova nel romanzo inoltre qualche fugace accenno ai difficili esordi sessuali di Cosima/Grazia, i quali danno la misura del clima di feroce arretratezza che incatenava l’esistenza della scrittrice. Queste difficoltà ambientali, unite al clima di soffocante pregiudizio verso la sua nascente vocazione letteraria, dovettero maturare nella Deledda quei fermi propositi di fuga dall’ambiente nuorese e sardo, che in seguito si realizzeranno soltanto grazie all’unica soluzione possibile per una donna del suo tempo (a meno di possedere un’idea di ribellione sociale, peraltro mai presa in considerazione dalla scrittrice sarda), vale a dire: il matrimonio. La meta della fuga, il luogo del sogno è Roma. Proprio a una rivista romana la Deledda inviò la sua prima novella, cui seguirono generosi incoraggiamenti e l’invito a inviarne altre. Ma non saranno ancora questi primi, fuggevoli successi a consentirle il sognato abbandono dell’isola: bisognerà aspettare ancora. Sino a quando a Cagliari, in un’aura un po’ inverosimile come in quelle fiabe tanto amate dalla scrittrice nell’infanzia, Cosima/Grazia incontra “l’uomo della salvezza”: l’impiegato romano Palmiro Madesani, che la Deledda sposerà nel giro di pochi mesi, trasferendosi con lui finalmente a Roma.  
Tratto da “Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani – Volume 36” (1988) di Angelo Pellegrino
L’autrice
Grazia Cosima Deledda (Nuoro, 27 settembre 1871 – Roma, 15 agosto 1936) è stata una scrittrice italiana, vincitrice del Premio Nobel per la letteratura nel 1926.

Corsair

Swashbuckling captain Gareth Radnor has taken command of the Steadfast. But the young captain intends more than seeking his fortune. He wants vengeance against the Linyati slavers who murdered his family. Crewed by a motley band of adventurers, his carrack plunges through the salty waves, striking at the Linyati wherever it can.
And then he discovers something more compelling even than revenge: The Linyati aren’t human . . .
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A hard-edged, salty brew of pirates, treasure maps and sea battles from one of our most dependable storytellers, Corsair is a fantasy/adventure tale that will keep you up late reading and send you off to bed with memorable dreams * Terry Brooks * Slam-bang excitement, lusty action and military magic…fast-paced and ferocious * Julian May * Rich and convincing … will leave you eagerly awaiting the next instalment * SFX * Chris Bunch ends the drought of pirate adventure novels with the swashbuckling fantasy Corsair, a coming-of-age novel about Gareth Radnor, an honourable young man who goes to sea after Linyati slavers kill his parents. When Gareth finds himself serving aboard a Sarosian ship transporting slaves, he joins with other crewmen to seize control of the vessel–and eventually becomes the captain of a pirate ship preying on slave ships–freeing the human cargo. His cunning and implacable attacks soon have him pursued by all the gunships and sorcerers of the Linyati, and the slavers will do everything in their considerable power to destroy Gareth Radnor. * Cynthia Ward, Amazon.com *
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Corsair

For five novels, Clive Cussler has brought readers into the world of the Oregon, a seemingly dilapidated ship packed with sophisticated equipment, and captained by the rakish, one-legged Juan Cabrillo. And now the Oregon and its crew face their biggest challenge yet. Corsairs are pirates, and pirates come in many different varieties. There are the pirates who fought off the Barbary Coast in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, the contemporary pirates who infest the waters of Africa and Asia, and the pirates . . . who look like something else. When the U.S. secretary of state’s plane crashes while bringing her to a summit meeting in Libya, the CIA, distrusting the Libyans, hire Juan Cabrillo to search for her, and their misgivings are well founded. The crew locates the plane, but the secretary of state has vanished. It turns out Libya’s new foreign minister has other plans for the conference, plans that Cabrillo cannot let happen. But what does it all have to do with a two- hundred- year-old naval battle and the centuries-old Islamic scrolls that the Libyans seem so determined to find? The answers will lead him full circle into history, and into another pitched battle on the sea, this time against Islamic terrorists, and with the fate of nations resting on its outcome. “Readers will burn up the pages following the blazing action and daring exploits of these men and women and their amazing machines,” writes Publishers Weekly of the Oregon Files series. And they’ll do it once again, with Corsair.

Correct Your English Errors

Speak and write English as if it were your native tongue!

Are you tired of making the same mistakes in English again and again? End the bad habits that can leave the people you talk to confused. Correct Your English Errors warns you of hundreds of typical errors learners make and explains the reasons behind the mistakes, so you can correct yourself in the future.

Improve your English skills with this fun and comprehensive guide and avoid all the common mistakes, such as:

* Mispronouncing and misspelling words

* Applying your native language’s grammar patterns to English

* Putting verbs in the wrong tense

* Using incorrect prepositions in expressions

* Confusing subject-verb agreement

Correct Your English Errors offers exercises covering all parts of grammar and provides review passages to check that you are error-free. Soon, biting your nails will be your only bad habit!

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Coraline

EDITORIAL REVIEW: The day after they moved in, Coraline went exploring…. In Coraline’s family’s new flat are twenty-one windows and fourteen doors. Thirteen of the doors open and close. The fourteenth is locked, and on the other side is only a brick wall, until the day Coraline unlocks the door to find a passage to another flat in another house just like her own. Only it’s different. At first, things seem marvelous in the other flat. The food is better. The toy box is filled with wind-up angels that flutter around the bedroom, books whose pictures writhe and crawl and shimmer, little dinosaur skulls that chatter their teeth. But there’s another mother, and another father, and they want Coraline to stay with them and be their little girl. They want to *change* her and never let her go. Other children are trapped there as well, lost souls behind the mirrors. Coraline is their only hope of rescue. She will have to fight with all her wits and all the tools she can find if she is to save the lost children, her ordinary life, and herself. Critically acclaimed and award-winning author Neil Gaiman will delight readers with his first novel for all ages.

The Copper Egg

The ancient Chimú believed their people came from three eggs: the rulers from a gold egg, their wives from a silver, and the workers from a copper egg.

Archaeologist Claire Adams receives a mysterious package that lures her to Peru in search of a treasure-filled tomb. She must find the tomb before looters do. She’s helped in her quest by old friends and by a strange connection to an ancient copper egg. Claire’s ex, Sochi Castillo, has her own plans for the tomb. She has two jobs—one within the law, one considerably outside it. If Claire finds the treasure first, Sochi is going to steal it. As Claire and Sochi are drawn into a web of intrigue, betrayal, and greed, they discover that love complicates everything.
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Cool Japan Guide

**Traveling to Japan has never been so much fun—visit the land of anime, manga, cosplay, hot springs and sushi!**
This full-color graphic novel Japan guidebook is the first of its kind exploring Japanese culture from a cartoonist’s perspective.Cool Japan Guide takes you on a fun tour from the high-energy urban streets of Tokyo to the peaceful Zen gardens and Shinto shrines of Kyoto and introduces you to:
* the exciting world of Japanese food—from bento to sushi and everything in between.
* the otaku (geek) culture of Japan, including a manga market in Tokyo where artists display and sell their original artwork.
* the complete Japanese shopping experience, from combini (not your run-of-the-mill convenience stores!) todepato (department stores with everything).
* the world’s biggest manga, anime and cosplay festivals.
* lots of other exciting places to go and things to do—like zen gardens, traditional Japanese arts, and a ride on a Japanese bullet train.

Whether you’re ready to hop a plane and travel to Japan tomorrow, or interested in Japanese pop culture, this fun and colorful travelogue by noted comic book artist and food blogger Abby Denson, husband Matt, friend Yuuko, and sidekick, Kitty Sweet Tooth, will present Japan in a unique and fascinating way.
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In her quirky graphic novel Cool Japan Guide, comic book writer Abby Denson takes us on a personal tour of Japan and teaches us the finer points of local etiquette. Traveling isn’t just about seeing the sights and eating your way around town. For cartoonist Abby Denson, a trip to Japan meant an education in cultural customs, which she illustrated to charming effect in her new guidebook. Conde Nast Traveler Perfect travel guide with a comic book flair that is sure to appeal to travelers who plan to visit Japan. Also, a great guide that shows Japanese culture in a fun light. –YABooksCentral.com Each chapter opens with a with a well-conceived list of Japanese vocabulary words and the back matter offers a directory of suggested sightseeing locations as well as web-based travel resources. A useful title for teens daydreaming about traveling to Japan –Booklist In her quirky graphic novel Cool Japan Guide, comic book writer Abby Denson takes us on a personal tour of Japan and teaches us the finer points of local etiquette. Traveling isn’t just about seeing the sights and eating your way around town. For cartoonist Abby Denson, a trip to Japan meant an education in cultural customs, which she illustrated to charming effect in her new guidebook. –Conde Nast Traveler What could be a more fitting format for a travel guide on modern Japan than a comic book? Relying on delightful cartoon illustrations, this creative, nicely designed title details travel preparations, the homestay experience, food, shopping, and festivals. –School Library Journal It’s a quirky book, with cultural explanations and travel tips, mostly of the novice but also for the more seasoned visitor, all done in stunning manga style. –Australian Broadcasting Corporation Abby’s book is the perfect combination of fun and information … Abby gets you on your way in her clear, easygoing comic style. Arigatou Gozaimasu Abby-san! –Rodney Alan Greenblat, Pop Artist and Author We got to field test Abby’s book on our first trip to Japan and found it an invaluable resource. No better guidebook for finding comics, food, and fun in Japan! –Raina Telgemeier, author of Smile & Dave Roman author of Astronaut Academy Abby Denson’s Cool Japan Guide: Fun in the Land of Manga, Lucky Cats and Ramen offers great insider-tips on some of the best foods and attractions in a kicky comic book style. –Travel Channel Comic book artist and food blogger Denson (Dolltopia) fills this hip and handy travel guide with her expertise as a frequent visitor to Japan and her bright and vibrant illustrations. –Publishers Weekly Abby’s guide is both highly entertaining and very useful an essential book for anyone (and especially cartoonists) dreaming of a trip to Japan! Kate T. Williamson, author of A Year in Japan
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Cooking Up Murder

Cooking up Murder (Cooking Class Mystery Series #1) by Miranda Bliss
Annie and Eve are life-long best friends who have absolutely nothing in common-except a lack of skill in the kitchen. So when they sign up for a cooking class at the local gourmet shop, they figure the only things at risk are a few innocent fruits and vegetables. But on the first night, Annie and Eve see their fellow student Beyla arguing with a man-a man who later turns up dead in the parking lot. Now the friends feel bound to uncover whatever secrets she’s hiding, before someone else’s goose-perhaps one of their own-gets cooked.

Cooking School Secrets for Real World Cooks

Tips, techniques, shortcuts, sources, inspiration, and answers to frequently asked questions, plus one hundred triple-tested recipes to make you a better cook. Theres no one more qualified than Linda Carucci to reveal the insider secrets and shortcuts that professional chefs use every day. More than just a cookbook, in the ten years since the first edition of Cooking School Secrets for Real World Cooks has made its way into the hands of forty thousand cooks across the United States, this has become an indispensable go-to guide for internal doneness temperatures, what to look for in cooking equipment, and which cooking methods bring out the best in which foods. Each of the one-hundred-plus recipes was tested at least three times, each time by a different cook unprecedented for a cookbook. Recipe testers comments and feedback inspired the books widely praised Sidebars and Recipe Secrets scattered throughout: Whats that green tinge on my potatoes? (Solanine . . . and its toxic.) How can I prepare risotto for company without being held hostage in the kitchen? (Learn restaurant chefs tips and techniques in Secrets to Successful Risotto.) Whats the fuss about all these different salts? (Join Linda as she takes you on a guided tasting of todays most commonly used cooking saltsand spills the beans about why chefs have certain favorites.) Youll appreciate the authors warmth and expertise as a teacher as she takes you step by step through the preparation of classics like Roasted Stuffed Turkey with Pan Gravy, My Grandmothers Baked Stuffed Manicotti with Twenty-Minute Tomato Sauce, and Apple Crisp with Bourbon and SpIce Cream. And then its on to sensational show-stoppers such as Paella with Shellfish, Sausage, and Chicken; Double-Crusted Timpano with Fusilli, Ricotta, and Tender Little Meatballs; and White Chocolate Cheesecake with Oreo Crust and Raspberry Coulis.

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Convincing Alex

SUMMARY: When Alex Stanislaski mistakenly arrested daringly bold soap opera writer Bess McKnee, she decided the sexy detective was absolutely perfect – for her research and for herself. Now all she had to do was convince him she was right…

Conviction

Several disastrous missions have depleted the ranks of the Splinter Cells. Third Echelon is training new recruits when a stunning piece of evidence is uncovered. Evidence that points to the mole who sold out his government…Sam Fisher, Splinter Cell(r) operative.

Convergence

King Grey has unrivaled strength, wealth, and prestige in a world governed by martial ability. However, solitude lingers closely behind those with great power. Beneath the glamorous exterior of a powerful king lurks the shell of a man, devoid of purpose and will.
Reincarnated into a new world filled with magic and monsters, the king has a second chance to relive his life. Correcting the mistakes of his past will not be his only challenge, however. Underneath the peace and prosperity of the new world is an undercurrent threatening to destroy everything he has worked for, questioning his role and reason for being born again.
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Context

Nulapeiron: a world isolated for twelve centuries. Its billions of inhabitants occupy subterranean strata, ruled by a logosophically-trained aristocracy of Lords and Ladies whose power base is upheld by Oracles. But revolution has touched all of its many cultures – failing in its intent, yet changing everything.
Now Lord Tom Corcorigan – the commoner-turned-noble who renounced his power, the poet, logosopher and holder of the key to understanding the myriad wonders of mu-space, the legendary one-armed warrior, former revolutionary and would-be peacemaker – lies fatally wounded. His survival is dependent on his meeting with a mysterious Seer whose spacetime-warping talents transcend the merely Oracular. It is a confrontation that will result in bitter tragedy and loss – can the woman he loves be truly dead, or can quantum mysteries lie beyond the grave?
Turning his back on a society sliding once more into anarchy and chaos, a disillusioned and despairing Tom wanders this strange, stratified world in search of meaning, love and his own salvation. But it seems Nulapeiron is threatened by a vast, insidious and terrifying enemy whose origins may lie beyond their world, beyond their understanding. And now is the time for legends to be reborn…

Considering Kate

SUMMARY: Kate Stanislaski Kimball came home to begin a new life. The only thing more perfect than the beautiful, dilapidated building she’d bought for her new dance school is Brody O’Connell, the frustrating and fascinating contractor she’s hired for the renovation. Brody knows Kate is the daughter of Natasha Stanislaski: pampered, perfect, and not at all the right woman for him. But he longs to make her his.

Consider the Lobster

Do lobsters feel pain? Did Franz Kafka have a funny bone? What is John Updike’s deal, anyway? And what happens when adult video starlets meet their fans in person? David Foster Wallace answers these questions and more in essays that are also enthralling narrative adventures. Whether covering the three-ring circus of John McCain’s 2000 presidential race, plunging into the wars between dictionary writers, or confronting the World’s Largest Lobster Cooker at the annual Maine Lobster Festival, Wallace projects a quality of thought that is uniquely his and a voice as powerful and distinct as any in American letters.
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