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Out-Of-Style

”This is one of the most valued ‘go to’ books in my library with talking points new, even to me.” — Alyja Kalinich, Disneyland Costume Designer

Winner of 5 Best Book Awards:
• 2016 Hollywood Book Festival Awards: History
• 2015 Beverly Hills International Book Awards: Performing Arts, Film & Theater
• 2014 USA Best Book Awards: Performing Arts, Film & Theater
• 2014 Family Tree Magazine UK: ”Our Top Choice”
• 2013 Kirkus Reviews: Best Books

This volume of style clues for fashion detectives weaves fascinating elements of social history into tales of how, why, and when fashions evolved. Hundreds of sequential illustrations highlight the style flourishes that identify garments for men, women, and children as products of their individual periods. The images are accompanied by highly readable — and often humorous — comments and explanations by author and illustrator Betty Kreisel Shubert. A noted fashion historian, Ms. Shubert is a columnist for Ancestry Magazine and has designed clothes and costumes for stage and screen as well as hotels, restaurants, and casinos all over the world.
Ranging decade by decade from the nineteenth through twentieth centuries, this book offers a simple way to date photographs and clothing. It also provides background that makes less-accessible histories of costume easier to understand. This second edition, enhanced with a selection of new photographs, offers a valuable resource for costumers, vintage fashion enthusiasts, social historians, genealogists, and collectors of nostalgia items. The easy-to-follow format makes it a great browsing book even for those who are unversed in fashion design and history.

”A great reference book. I can’t wait to put it to use!” — Maureen Taylor, The Photo Detective

”Fascinating! I couldn’t put it down. The author shows how social development influenced how we dress. I would certainly include this book in my theater classes for its value to future costumers, directors, and actors.” — Allen M. Zeltzer, Professor of Theater, Emeritus, Cal-State University at Fullerton

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Out of the Silent Planet

SUMMARY: The first book in C. S. Lewis’s acclaimed Space Trilogy, which continues with Perelandra and That Hideous Strength, Out of the Silent Planet begins the adventures of the remarkable Dr. Ransom. Here, that estimable man is abducted by a megalomaniacal physicist and his accomplice and taken via spaceship to the red planet of Malacandra. The two men are in need of a human sacrifice, and Dr. Ransom would seem to fit the bill. Once on the planet, however, Ransom eludes his captors, risking his life and his chances of returning to Earth, becoming a stranger in a land that is enchanting in its difference from Earth and instructive in its similarity. First published in 1943, Out of the Silent Planet remains a mysterious and suspenseful tour de force.

Out of the Everywhere

A collection of 17 essays that cover topics ranging from human evolution to the formation of the solar system. With penetrating insight and solid scientific knowledge, Asimov tackles the problems of over-population, need for alternative fuels, fear of radiation, what makes humans different from other two-legged creatures, and more.

Out of the Blue: Confessions of an Unlikely Porn Star

*Out of the Blue* is a hilarious autobiographical romp that details the life of porn star turned director/producer Blue Blake and his adventures in the skin trade. Blue has worked with every major star in the industry and won many major awards and honors, including induction into the Gay Porn Legend Hall of Fame.
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Our mutual friend

SUMMARY: A satiric masterpiece about the allure and peril of money, Our Mutual Friend revolves around the inheritance of a dust-heap where the rich throw their trash. When the body of John Harmon, the dust-heap’s expected heir, is found in the Thames, fortunes change hands surprisingly, raising to new heights “Noddy” Boffin, a low-born but kindly clerk who becomes “the Golden Dustman.” Charles Dickens’s last complete novel, Our Mutual Friend encompasses the great themes of his earlier works: the pretensions of the nouveaux riches, the ingenuousness of the aspiring poor, and the unfailing power of wealth to corrupt all who crave it. With its flavorful cast of characters and numerous subplots, Our Mutual Friend is one of Dickens’s most complex—and satisfying—novels.

Otherbound

Amara is never alone. Not when she’s protecting the cursed princess she unwillingly serves. Not when they’re fleeing across dunes and islands and seas to stay alive. Not when she’s punished, ordered around, or neglected.
She *can’t* be alone, because a boy from another world experiences all that alongside her, looking through her eyes.
Nolan longs for a life uninterrupted. Every time he blinks, he’s yanked from his Arizona town into Amara’s mind, a world away, which makes even simple things like hobbies and homework impossible. He’s spent years as a powerless observer of Amara’s life. Amara has no idea . . . until he learns to control her, and they communicate for the first time. Amara is terrified. Then, she’s furious.
All Amara and Nolan want is to be free of each other. But Nolan’s breakthrough has dangerous consequences. Now, they’ll have to work together to survive–and discover the truth about their connection.

The Other Wes Moore

The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore
****The chilling truth is that his story could have been mine. The tragedy is that my story could have been his.**
**Two kids named Wes Moore were born blocks apart within a year of each other. Both grew up fatherless in similar Baltimore neighborhoods and had difficult childhoods; both hung out on street corners with their crews; both ran into trouble with the police. How, then, did one grow up to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader, while the other ended up a convicted murderer serving a life sentence? Wes Moore, the author of this fascinating book, sets out to answer this profound question. In alternating narratives that take readers from heart-wrenching losses to moments of surprising redemption, *The Other Wes Moore* tells the story of a generation of boys trying to find their way in a hostile world.
BONUS: This edition contains a new afterword and a *The Other Wes Moore* discussion guide.
**Praise for *The Other Wes Moore***
“Moving and inspiring, *The Other Wes Moore* is a story for our times.”**—Alex Kotlowitz, author of *There Are No Children Here***

“A tense, compelling story and an inspirational guide for all who care about helping young people.”**—Juan Williams, author of *Enough***

“This should be required reading for anyone who is trying to understand what is happening to young men in our inner cities.”**—Geoffrey Canada, author of *****Fist Stick Knife Gun**

*“The Other Wes Moore* gets to the heart of the matter on faith, education, respect, the hard facts of incarceration, and the choices and challenges we all face. It’s educational and inspiring.”**—Ben Carson, M.D., author of *Gifted Hands***

“Wes Moore is destined to become one of the most powerful and influential leaders of this century. You need only read this book to understand why.”**—William S. Cohen, former U.S. senator and secretary of defense**
“This intriguing narrative is enlightening, encouraging, and empowering. Read these words, absorb their meanings, and create your own plan to act and leave a legacy.”**—Tavis Smiley, from the Afterword**

The Other Hollywood

A raucous and revealing oral history of the birth of the adult film industry, *The Other Hollywood* peels back the candy coating to let the true story be told — by the stars, movie makers, and other industry players who lived it. And what a story it is: Through hundreds of original interviews, contemporary newspaper accounts, police reports, court testimony, and more, Legs McNeil and coauthors Jennifer Osborne and Peter Pavia trace today’s billion-dollar industry from its makeshift, mob-connected origins to the Internet age. Along the way we encounter porn stars such as Linda Lovelace, John Holmes, Traci Lords, and Savannah — along with countless mainstream stars, politicians, FBI agents, and more.
Epic, hilarious, and moving, *The Other Hollywood* contributes to the porn industry the one thing missing in all previous accounts: a vivid, tragicomic, irresistible humanity.

Orpheus Lost

In the ancient myth, it is Orpheus who travels to the underworld to rescue his lover Eurydice from death. In this compelling reimagining of the Orpheus story, Leela May travels into an underworld of kidnapping, torture and despair in search of her lover, Mishka. Leela is a mathematical genius who escaped her hardscrabble Southern home town to study in Boston. It’s there that she meets a young Australian musician, Mishka. From the moment she first hears him play, busking in a subway, his music grips her, and they quickly become lovers. Then one day Leela is picked up off the street and taken to an interrogation centre somewhere outside the city. There has been an ‘incident’, an explosion on the underground; terrorists are suspected, security is high. And her old childhood friend Cobb is conducting a very questionable interrogation. Over the years Cobb has never forgotten Leela and the secrets she knows. Now he reveals to her that Mishka may not be all he seems. That there may be more to him than growing up in the Daintree rainforest in northern Queensland in an eccentric musical family. Leela has already discovered on her own account that some nights when Mishka claims to be at the music lab are actually spent at a cafe. A cafe, Cobb tells her, known to be a terrorist contact point. Who can she believe? And then Mishka disappears. In this powerful and passionate novel Janette Turner Hospital tackles head-on questions of liberty and national security, terrorism and love.
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Orphan Train

The author of Bird in Hand and The Way Life Should Be delivers her most ambitious and powerful novel to date: a captivating story of two very different women who build an unexpected friendship: a 91-year-old woman with a hidden past as an orphan-train rider and the teenage girl whose own troubled adolescence leads her to seek answers to questions no one has ever thought to ask.
“Christina Baker Kline is not only a deft and snappy writer, but a true cartographer of the human heart.” -Jacquelyn Mitchard
Nearly eighteen, Molly Ayer knows she has one last chance. Just months from “aging out” of the child welfare system, and close to being kicked out of her foster home, a community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping her out of juvie and worse.
Vivian Daly has lived a quiet life on the coast of Maine. But in her attic, hidden in trunks, are vestiges of a turbulent past. As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly discovers that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.
The closer Molly grows to Vivian, the more she discovers parallels to her own life. A Penobscot Indian, she, too, is an outsider being raised by strangers, and she, too, has unanswered questions about the past. As her emotional barriers begin to crumble, Molly discovers that she has the power to help Vivian find answers to mysteries that have haunted her for her entire life – answers that will ultimately free them both.
Rich in detail and epic in scope, Orphan Train is a powerful novel of upheaval and resilience, of second chances, of unexpected friendship, and of the secrets we carry that keep us from finding out who we are.
**Recensie(s)**

A compelling story about loss, adaptability, and courage . . . With compassion and delicacy Kline presents a little-known chapter of American history and draws comparisons with the modern-day foster care system. — Library Journal In ORPHAN TRAIN, Christina Baker Kline seamlessly knits together the past and present of two women, one young and one old. Kline reminds us that we never really lose anyone or anything or–perhaps most importantly–ourselves. — Ann Hood, author of The Knitting Circle I loved this book: its absorbing back-and-forth story, its vivid history, its eminently loveable characters. ORPHAN TRAIN wrecked my heart and made me glad to be literate. — Monica Wood, author of When We Were the Kennedys One of the most powerful novels I’ve ever read…I am compelling all of you, even begging you, to make this novel your next read. You’ll be talking about it for years to come! — Naples Daily News (FL) A gem. — Huffington Post Absorbing…a heartfelt page-turner about two women finding a sense of home…Kline lets us live the characters’ experiences vividly through their skin…The growth from instinct to conscious understanding to partnership between the two is the foundation for a moving tale. — Publishers Weekly Kline draws a dramatic, emotional story from a neglected corner of American history. — Kirkus Reviews I was so moved by this book. I loved Molly and Vivian, two brave, difficult, true-hearted women who disrupt one another’s lives in beautiful ways, and loved journeying with them, through heartbreak and stretches of history I’d never known existed, out of loneliness toward family and home. — Marisa de los Santos, New York Times-bestselling author of Belong to Me and Falling Together A lovely novel about the search for family that also happens to illuminate a fascinating and forgotten chapter of American history. Beautiful. — Ann Packer, New York Times-bestselling author of The Dive from Clausen’s Pier and Swim Back to Me Christina Baker Kline writes exquisitely about two unlikely friends . . . each struggling to transcend a past of isolation and hardship. ORPHAN TRAIN will hold you in its grip as their fascinating tales unfold. — Cathy Marie Buchanan, New York Times-bestselling author of The Painted Girls Christina Baker Kline’s latest wonder, ORPHAN TRAIN, makes for compulsive reading…Meticulously researched and yet full of the breath of life, Kline’s novel takes us on an historical journey where survival depends upon one’s own steely backbone, and the miracle of a large and generous heart. — Helen Schulman, New York Times-bestselling author of This Beautiful Life A poignant and memorable story of two steadfast, courageous women…A revelation of the universal yearing for belonging, for family, for acceptance and, ultimately, the journeys we must all make to find them. — Kathleen Kent, New York Times-bestselling author of The Heretic’s Daughter and The Traitor’s Wife Reminiscent of Elizabeth Strout’s Amy and Isabel, this Orphan Train carries us along until the stories of these two women become one. — Mary Morris, author of, most recently, Revenge This superbly composed novel tells two parallel stories of suffering and perseverance, capturing the heart and mind equally and remaining mesmerizing through the intensely heart-wrenching conclusion. — Romantic Times, Top Pick The intertwined stories in this novel will surely please those looking for a compelling new read. — Cleveland Plain Dealer One of the most intriguing, tender novels of 2013…This is a warm, satisfying, and inspirational story. — The New Maine Times Book Review
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Orphan Pirates of the Spanish Main

”Orphan Pirates of the Spanish Main” by Dennis Danvers is a science-fiction novelette that follows Stan and his brother Ollie, children of alien (or crazy) parents who receive a mysterious postcard from their father, who with their mother, disappeared decades earlier into the “Abyss” in New Mexico.

At the Publisher’s request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

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The Origins of Sex

Nowadays we believe that consenting adults have the freedom to do what they like with their own bodies. We publicise and celebrate sex; we discuss it endlessly; we are obsessed with the sex lives of celebrities. We think it wrong that in other cultures people suffer for their sexual orientation, that women are treated as second-class citizens, or that adulterers are put to death. Yet until quite recently our own society was like this too. For most of western history, all sex outside marriage was illegal, and the church, the state, and ordinary people all devoted huge efforts to suppressing and punishing it. This was a central feature of Christian civilization, one that had steadily grown in importance since the early middle ages.

In this brilliant, ground-breaking book, Faramerz Dabhoiwala describes in dramatic detail how, between 1600 and 1800, this entire world view was shattered by revolutionary new ideas – that sex is a private matter; that morality cannot be imposed by force; that men are more lustful than women. Henceforth, the private lives of both sexes were to be endlessly broadcast and debated, in a rapidly expanding universe of public media: newspapers, pamphlets, journals, novels, poems, and prints.

The Origins of Sex shows that the creation of this modern culture of sex was a central part of the Enlightenment, intertwined with the era’s major social, political and intellectual trends. It helped create a new model of Western civilization, whose principles of privacy, equality, and freedom of the individual remain distinctive to this day.
**Recensie(s)**

Path-breaking … touching … This is a marvellously rich and thought-provoking book, written with clarity and humanity, and drawing on a huge range of materials, from sermons to pornography to social statistics — Noel Malcolm * Sunday Telegraph * The Origins of Sex overturns the conventional wisdom that the sexual revolution began in the Sixties … baby boomers will be shocked and, I suspect, a little upset — Cosmo Landesman * Sunday Times * A revelation … The book is not simply a finely crafted work of history, but a study that will reshape the way its readers understand the most intimate level of their lives.It may even bring some sanity to modern debates about sexuality — Diarmaid MacCulloch [A] sumptuously rich, learned and enlightening debut … What makes Dabhoiwala’s book so gloriously enjoyable is its happy blend of provocative ideas with splendidly rich historical anecdotes … [a] lucidly written, densely researched and thoroughly persuasive book — Dominic Sandbrook * Sunday Times * An extraordinary kind of sex book [from] one of Oxford’s brightest stars. His fat tome, The Orgins of Sex, took 20 years of historical research and is garnering the kind of magisterial reviews that cast Dabhoiwala in the role of the younger, cuter, Simon Schama — Helen Rumbelow * The Times * Faramerz Dabhoiwala’s The Origins of Sex, an enthralling history of changing ideas about sexual freedom and desire from 1600 to 1800, interestingly blends progressivist and circular approaches. He shows us a Western world (mainly England) emerging from medieval sexual morality and enjoying 200 years of relative freedom, but he also shows it sliding back into repression and denial in the 19th century. The future remains a question mark… his book [is] inspiring as well as provocative — Sarah Bakewell * The Independent * In The Origins of Sex, Faramerz Dabhoiwala does for the history of sexual attitudes what Lawrence Stone did for the history of sex and the family. Rigorously academic in his approach, Dabhoiwala focuses on intellectual and social currents to trace the grand sweep of sexual attitudes between 1600 and 1800. His aim is not primarily to enter into the bedrooms and between the sheets of the past , but to examine sex as a public, rather than private, preoccupation. It needed a writer as erudite as Faramerz Dabhoiwala to knit together established theories of changes in the Enlightenment and weave in the primary sources to show how sex figures in the bigger picture. The book is packed with information and peppered with fascinating examples. It will delight students of social and sexual history, and anyone interested in the history of ideas — Times Literary Supplement * Julie Peakman *
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Origami Fish and Other Sea Creatures Ebook

Origami Fish and Other Sea Creatures Ebook: 20 Original Models by World-Famous Origami Artists (with Step-by-Step Online Video Tutorials, 64 page instruction book & 60 folding sheets) by Nick Robinson
**Everything you need to fold a school of 60 origami fish!**
*Origami Fish and Other Sea Creatures Kit* presents this collection of 20 delightfully fishy designs by some of the world’s most famous origami artists including Robert Lang, John Montroll, Marc Kirschenbaum, Steven Palmer, Rob Snyder, Viviane Berty and many others. The book’s diagrams and instructions accompanied with the step-by-step videos are detailed enough for even origami beginners to have the guidance needed to create a virtual aquarium full of beautiful paper fish.
**This origami kit includes everything you need to get started:**
* A full-color 64-page origami book with step-by-step instructions
* 20 enjoyable aquatic origami projects
* 60 two-sided sheets of colorful patterned origami papers available for free download
* Step-by-Step online video folding instructions for each model
**Give as gifts to family and friends, or decorate your home or office with these 20 original designs, including:**
* The versatile “Multiform Fish,” which allows you to create a variety of fish based on one model by adjusting variables as you fold
* The 3-D “Bubblefish” and “Puffer Fish,” which assume their rounded forms when you inflate their bodies in the final step
* The playful “Clownfish,” with its distinctive stripes
* The action-model “Swimming Fish,” which can swish from side to side when you shift its tail between your fingers
* The unusual “Manta Ray,” with its realistically graceful form
* And many other beautiful fish!

Ordeal by Innocence

Het bewijs dat de naam wist van een jongen veroordeeld voor zijn geadopteerde moeder te doden komt te laat om zijn leven te redden – dus wie heeft haar vermoord? Dr. Arthur Calgary neemt een veerboot over de rivier de Rubicon naar Sunny Point, het huis van de familie Argyle. Een jaar eerder, de matriarch van de familie werd vermoord en een zoon, Jack, werd veroordeeld tot de rest van zijn leven doorbrengen in de gevangenis. Gedurende de proef Jack zijn onschuld had gehandhaafd, beweert hij werd liften op de avond van de moord en hij was opgepikt door een man van middelbare leeftijd in een donkere auto. Niet in staat om deze mysterieuze man van de politie gezien Jack als een leugen te lokaliseren. Calgary was de vreemdeling in kwestie, maar hij komt te laat voor Jack – die bezwijkt aan longontsteking na het uitzitten van slechts zes maanden van zijn straf. Een gevoel van plicht om de Argyles, Calgary is verrast als zijn openbaring heeft een storend effect op de familie – het betekent dat één van de familie is een moordenaar …
**Recensie(s)**

Family tensions and suspicions are adroitly handled, and the solution is characteristically surprising’ New York Times Has the particular distinction of presenting a new temporary detective in place of Poirot or Miss Marple.’ New York Herald Tribune Book Review
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Orchid & the Wasp

‘A gem of a novel.’ ELLE ‘Ambitious, full-bodied and fresh.’ Irish Times ‘A remarkable, propulsive debut novel.’ Sunday Times Literary Supplement ‘Ambitious, richly inventive and highly entertaining.’ John Banville, Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Sea An unforgettable young woman navigates Dublin, London and New York, striving to build a life raft for her loved ones in the midst of economic and familial collapse In this dazzlingly original debut novel, award-winning Irish writer Caoilinn Hughes introduces a heroine of mythic proportions in the form of one Gael Foess. Raised in Dublin by single-minded, careerist parents, Gael observes from a young age how a person’s ambitions and ideals can be compromised. When Gael’s financier father walks out during the economic crash of 2008, her family fractures. Her mother, a once-formidable orchestral conductor, becomes a shadow of her former self, and a tragic incident prevents her unwell brother Guthrie from finishing school. Determined not to let her loved ones fall victim to circumstance, Gael leaves Dublin for the leather-lined, coke-dusted social clubs of London, then Manhattan’s gallery scene during the throes of the Occupy movement, always working an angle, but slowly becoming a stranger to those who know her. Written in electric, heart-stopping prose, Orchid & the Wasp is a novel about gigantic ambitions and social upheaval, chewing through sexuality, class, and politics, and crackling with joyful, anarchic fury. It challenges bootstraps morality, questioning what we owe one another and what we earn, what makes for a good life, and how events in our lives can turn us into people we never intended to be. A first novel of astonishing talent, Orchid & the Wasp announces Caoilinn Hughes as one of the most exciting literary writers working today.
**Recensie(s)**

Highly ambitious… Kick-ass, whip-smart and with a tongue like a catapult , Gael belongs to a venerable tradition of feisty heroines…readers are going to love her.’ * Sunday Times * Fiercely bright and moves like a bullet train.’ * Sebastian Barry, Costa Book of the Year-winning author of Days Without End * Orchid & the Wasp is a gorgeous novel told in an onrush of wit and ferocity. Art-forging, smack-talking, long-distance-running Gael Foess, three times smarter than everyone around her, proves to be an unforgettable heroine, and her journey will rattle your most basic assumptions about money, ambition, and the nature of love. Caoilinn Hughes is a massive talent.’ * Anthony Doerr, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of All the Light We Cannot See * Orchid & the Wasp is an ambitious, richly inventive and highly entertaining account of the way we live now. Caoilinn Hughes writes with authority and insight, and her novel is as up-to-date as tomorrow’s financial-page headlines.’ * John Banville, Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Sea * A remarkable, propulsive debut novel… No precis can adequately convey the novel’s startling, impressionistic prose, nor its corrosive humour. Jewels of observation glitter amid the earthy gags… Exuberant… it zings with energy, ambition and daring.’ * Times Literary Supplement * Caoilinn Hughes is the real thing – an urgent, funny, painstaking and heartfelt writer. Orchid & the Wasp is a startling debut full of the moral complexity, grief and strange bewilderments of humanity. As the world spins ever more quickly in response to the demands of grifters, parasites and liars, this book offers a troubling, beautiful and wise response.’ * A. L. Kennedy, Costa Prize-winning author of Day and Serious Sweet * A winning debut novel… Hughes, a poet, touches the prose with a comic wand… Orchid and the Wasp delivers a fantasy of competence, the kind that is in dialogue, if not always complete agreement, with morality.’ * Katy Caldwell, The New Yorker * Hugely ambitious and richly inventive.’ * Irish Examiner * Luminous…sparkles with acuity and concision… [Gael] is an indomitable, highly adaptable character who can navigate through tumultuous times and wildly disparate environments with ingenuity and grit.’ * Yoona Lee, LA Review of Books * A gem of a debut about the way we live now.’ * Elle * Ambitious, full-bodied and fresh. Hughes casts her unique gaze, her artistic, analytical and emotional intelligence, on us, not just in Ireland, but our capitalist world and the personal, political and social ramifications implicit in our acquiescence to, or indeed, championing of, its values. Bring Gael back, please.’ * Irish Times * Dazzling, heady fiction. Hughes is an award-winning poet and it’s barely concealable. She simply dances on the page, her imagination is riotous, her flawed characters have shape and colour and sometimes heartbreaking humanity. When I finished this book I wanted to return to the start. Immediately. Just to savour it all again.’ * Sunday Independent * This arch debut novel’s…satiric impulse – toward art-world hypocrisy, late capitalism, heterosexual love – is unsparing and ambitious.’ * The New Yorker * Extraordinary… It’s a mesmeric, immersive, often hilarious reading experience, driven by the force of the imagery-rich writing and the cast of distinctive characters… Asking complicated questions about meritocracy, Hughes explores the relationship between art and capitalism, art and ownership, art and authenticity, art and the gatekeepers of art.’ * Irish Independent * From first glances looks like it might be the smart, funny, scathing and profound take on the whole Celtic Tiger madness we’ve been waiting for.’ * Fintan O’Toole * A remarkable debut novel… intellectual fiction that provides a bracing and occasionally withering account of upper echelon Irish life.’ * Sunday Business Post * Beautiful and breathtaking language [is] peppered throughout this wonderful novel… It’s funny as hell in places and the characters will stick with you long after you’ve finished the final page. It’s nothing short of brilliant.’ * Rick O’Shea, RTE broadcaster * Caoilinn Hughes’ sharp and, at times, hilarious observations call to mind the unblinking writing and dysfunctional families not only of Jane Austen, but also Christina Stead and Jonathan Franzen. The full cast of characters is memorable and original, but Gael in particular challenges and charms. Orchid & the Wasp is a deceptively entertaining novel about merit and ambition, society and responsibility, and self-determination and fate, in which Hughes upends expectations and asks big questions, especially about obligation and love, without breaking stride, even for a moment.’ * Readings Monthly * Fresh, playful and exuberant: Hughes has arrived with a heady style that is full of surprise and invention.’ * Paul Lynch, Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year-winning author of Grace * Orchid & the Wasp is a hugely entertaining novel full of wit, intellect and sharp observations. Reading about a young female character who is not beset by the stereotypical problems that beset a person her age is refreshing… Caoilinn Hughes is definitely one to watch.’ * RTE Culture Magazine * Debut novelist Hughes, an award-winning poet, employs wry, crackling prose to proffer existential questions about what constitutes a meaningful life… This inventive book will entice readers who prefer the ambiguity of questions to the simplicity of answers.’ * Library Journal * A razor-sharp wit and an astonishing psychological and emotional perceptiveness combine to yield uncommonly rich portraiture in this bracing book by a deadly talented writer, in prose so refined one slows to savour each beautifully unfolding sentence. Unsentimental, yet sneakily moving and given to surprising bouts of joy.’ * Matthew Thomas, New York Times-bestselling author of We Are Not Ourselves * Gael, the young heroine of Orchid & the Wasp, is a magnificent and assured creation, breathtakingly smart, never self-pitying, impossible for others to manage, my favorite discovery this year. Hughes’ characters are rare, like no one you’ve read before. This is an entirely original novel, dazzling and beautiful, disturbingly cold and insistent.’ * David Vann, author of Legend of a Suicide * An ambitious and lyrical debut with an unforgettable heroine.’ * Largehearted Boy * Caoilinn Hughes’s debut novel, Orchid & the Wasp, has the fluid gait of something alive… At once exuberant and incisive, Hughes’s writing escapes simple characterization while somehow remaining welcoming… This is not simply a coming-of-age tale, nor is it an experiment in narrative philosophy. What is it, then? I’m not sure, other than that it’s something new.’ * Taylor Lannamann, Tin House * [A] visceral and electrifying debut… In Gael, Hughes has created a mesmerizing and compelling force.’ * Booklist * A dark but highly amusing coming-of-age story… Prize-winning Irish poet, Caoilinn Hughes has written a stunningly ambitious debut novel, revealing a considerable talent. If this is a beginning, she is destined for literary greatness.’ * Bookjotter * Hughes delivers a compelling exploration of what it means to create art, skewering the arbitrary restrictions of art-world gatekeepers along the way. At the emotional heart of this book lies a darker question, though: What does it mean to make a performance of your own life, in service of your family, when the cost might be to lose them forever? As strange, musical, and carefully calculated as its unusual heroine.’ * Kirkus * Orchid & the Wasp is a tremendously engaging novel, brimming with sparky humour and astute observations. Caoilinn Hughes’ prose fizzes with wit and intelligence. A joy to read.’ * Danielle McLaughlin, Saboteur Award-wining author of Dinosaurs on Other Planets * The excellent debut novel from Irish poet Caoilinn Hughes sees a compelling female protagonist navigate social upheaval in the wake of the financial crisis, as well as dealing with a complex family life… Orchid & the Wasp is the antithesis of the Irish coming-of-age story. Far removed from the tale of a young girl learning Catholic guilt before shrugging it off, Hughes upended it right from the first page… The novel also has a Franzenesque flair for showing the interconnectedness of western society.’ * Hot Press * In lush, envy-inducing prose we’re introduced to Gael Foess, the spikiest adult-in-training since Lolita, who has parents worthy of a Roald Dahl novel, in their poor caretaking efforts and self-absorption. We can only hang on in wonder as we witness the savvy Gael’s progression through life from such beginnings. Caoilinn Hughes’ crafted, intricate language is a joy and her characters strut their many flaws with panache. Orchid & the Wasp is an up-to-the-minute, radiant debut from a deeply talented writer.’ * Nuala O’Connor, author of Miss Emily * Caoilinn Hughes has given us an unforgettable character in Gael – an unflinchingly wise and wise-cracking guide through our fractured times. Hers is a story that holds the fun-house mirror to the society we have built of greed and twisted finance. From the doomed Irish boom to the Occupy movement, the novel lays bare the impoverished spirit that led to economic collapse while providing us a path out of it. By turns poetic, hilarious and raw, this novel gives us hope that love and the retrieval of spirit are not only achievable, but worth pursuing to the very last sentence.’ * Ana Menendez, Pushcart Prize-winning author of In Cuba I Was a German Shepherd * Though the stories she tells work their way through elaborate worlds, it is her characters, detailed with sharp and subtle grace, which power the engine of Caoilinn Hughes’s vivid prose.’ * Amelia Gray, author of Isadora and Gutshot * Hughes is an exciting writer who has rightfully attracted a lot of buzz for her debut, and this is sure to be one of my novels of the year.’ * Bookish Beck, blogger review * The novel showcases Hughes’s talent as both a shrewd student of character and an astute observer of contemporary life…[introducing] one of those literary characters whose life is so vividly depicted it’s easy to imagine it continuing beyond the last page of this refreshingly honest novel.’ * Shelf Awareness *
(source: Bol.com)

Orbital Claims Adjuster: Adventures of a Jump Space Accountant Book 2

Our hero, Jake Stewart, the first Belter student at the Merchants Academy is ready for his first job. All past sins, like murder, theft, and shooting out an airlock are forgiven. He just has to see a man in a bar and pick up some information. What could possibly go wrong? How about assault., jail, vomit, and charging irregular expenses. Now he’s disgraced, possibly fired, in the militia, and on an out orbit trading voyage that is not going well. Oh, and his new boss hates him and might try to kill him. How is he going to get out of this mess?