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Progetto di legge per vietare alle donne di imparare a leggere

Persuaso di agire secondo i dettami della Ragione e nell’interesse della Società, Sylvain Maréchal, illuminista convinto, scrive nel 1801 un progetto di legge basato su una serie di serissime argomentazioni, inteso appunto a “vietare alle donne di imparare a leggere”

Il potere del gesto. Emozioni e desideri nascosti nel silenzio del linguaggio non verbale

Questo libro svela ciò che si nasconde dietro i segni e i gesti delle persone che ci stanno di fronte attraverso il fascino del linguaggio non verbale. Scoprire il significato di questa comunicazione segreta e comprenderne l’utilizzo diventa un percorso per appagare le proprie e le altrui esigenze emotive, per ottenere il consenso del partner, con i figli, nell’ambito professionale e per autorealizzarsi. La comunicazione non verbale non è, in questo libro, rappresentata come semplice lettura dei segnali del corpo, ma è invece presentata come uno strumento in grado di gestire l’interazione comunicativa, offrendo reali servizi emotivi all’interlocultore a seguito delle sollecitazioni dell’operatore e delle risposte del soggetto.

The Winter King: A Novel of Arthur

**From Bernard Cornwell, the international bestselling author and master of historical fiction.** **In the Dark Ages, a legendary warrior arises to unite a divided land . . .** Uther, the High King of Britain, is dead. His only heir is the infant Mordred. Yet each of the country’s lesser kings seek to claim the crown for themselves. While they squabble and spoil for war, a host of Saxon armies gather, preparing for invasion. But no one has counted on the fearsome warlord Arthur. Handed power by Merlin and pursuing a doomed romance with the beautiful Guinevere, Arthur knows he will struggle to unite the country – let alone hold back the Saxon enemy at the gates. Yet destiny awaits him . . . **The first of Bernard Cornwell’s Warlord Chronicles, *The Winter King* is a brilliant retelling of the Arthurian legend, combining myth, history and thrilling battlefield action.**
**’Of all the books I have written these are my favourites’** **Bernard Cornwell**
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**’Spellbinding realism’ *The Times** ** *
### Recensione
That every Cornwell novel is better than the last, devotees have long taken for granted ( *The Times Literary Supplement* )
Bernard Cornwell writes with gritty realism ( *Daily Telegraph* )
Spellbinding ( *The Times* )
### Sinossi
**From Bernard Cornwell, the international bestselling author and master of historical fiction.** **In the Dark Ages, a legendary warrior arises to unite a divided land . . .** Uther, the High King of Britain, is dead. His only heir is the infant Mordred. Yet each of the country’s lesser kings seek to claim the crown for themselves. While they squabble and spoil for war, a host of Saxon armies gather, preparing for invasion. But no one has counted on the fearsome warlord Arthur. Handed power by Merlin and pursuing a doomed romance with the beautiful Guinevere, Arthur knows he will struggle to unite the country – let alone hold back the Saxon enemy at the gates. Yet destiny awaits him . . . **The first of Bernard Cornwell’s Warlord Chronicles, *The Winter King* is a brilliant retelling of the Arthurian legend, combining myth, history and thrilling battlefield action.**
**’Of all the books I have written these are my favourites’** **Bernard Cornwell**
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**’Spellbinding realism’ *The Times** *

Three New Deals

**From a world-renowned cultural historian, an original look at the hidden commonalities among Fascism, Nazism, and the New Deal**
Today Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal is regarded as the democratic ideal, the positive American response to an economic crisis that propelled Germany and Italy toward Fascism. Yet in the 1930s, shocking as it may seem, these regimes were hardly considered antithetical. Now, Wolfgang Schivelbusch investigates the shared elements of these three “new deals” to offer a striking explanation for the popularity of Europe’s totalitarian systems.
Returning to the Depression, Schivelbusch traces the emergence of a new type of state: bolstered by mass propaganda, led by a charismatic figure, and projecting stability and power. He uncovers stunning similarities among the three regimes: the symbolic importance of gigantic public works programs like the TVA dams and the German autobahn, which not only put people back to work but embodied the state’s authority; the seductive persuasiveness of Roosevelt’s fireside chats and Mussolini’s radio talks; the vogue for monumental architecture stamped on Washington, as on Berlin; and the omnipresent banners enlisting citizens as loyal followers of the state.
Far from equating Roosevelt, Hitler, and Mussolini or minimizing their acute differences, Schivelbusch proposes that the populist and paternalist qualities common to their states hold the key to the puzzling allegiance once granted to Europe’s most tyrannical regimes.

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This book is a fascinating history of tea and the spreading of tea throughout the world. Camellia sinensis, commonly known as tea, is grown in tea gardens and estates around the world. A simple beverage served either hot or iced, tea has fascinated and driven us, calmed and awoken us, for well over two thousand years. The most extensive and well-presented tea history available, Tea: The Drink that Changed the World tells of the rich legends and history surrounding the spread of tea throughout Asia and the West, as well as its rise to the status of necessity in kitchens around the world. From the tea houses of China’s Tang Dynasty (618-907,) to fourteenth-century tea ceremonies in Korea’s Buddhist temples’ to the tea plantations in Sri Lanka today, this book explores and illuminates tea and its intricate, compelling history. Topics in Tea: The Drink that Changed the World include: From Shrub to Cup: and Overview. History and Legend of tea. Tea in Ancient China and Korea. Tea in Ancient Japan. The Japanese Tea Ceremony. Tea in the Ming Dynasty. Tea Spreads Throughout the World. The British in India, China and Ceylon. Tea in England and the United States. Tea Today and Tomorrow. Whether you prefer green tea, black tea, white tea, oolong tea, chai, Japanese tea, Chinese tea, Sri Lankan tea, American tea or British tea, you will certainly enjoy reading this history of tea and expanding your knowledge of the world’s most celebrated beverage.

It’s this unveiling of both the sordid and sublime elements of tea’s evolution that make the book such a fantastically riveting read-one served best with a bottomless cup of your most beloved blend. -Conscious Choice magazine Tea: The Drink That Changed the World is an engaging and offbeat exploration of the rise of tea around the world. -Tea: A Magazine Martin uses both anecdotes and practical information to tell the story of tea’s route through history. -Fresh Cup magazine As a tea lover, I really enjoyed this one. Martin starts with the legends about the discovery of tea, then follows it through China (where it was originally a bitter drink prized mostly as a stimulant) to the discovery baking and drying it would make it taste good. What followed was a mix of steady growth, coupled with more than a few dark sides… -Goodreads It provides the history of tea and its introduction to the various parts of the world. The history of tea trade is really quite interesting with wars, drugs and secrets filling the stories. This book does a lovely job of giving the history and sharing the various cultures views and methods of tea. -Crafty Moms Share blog
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Samuel Johnson, the Ossian Fraud, and the Celtic Revival in Great Britain and Ireland

James Macpherson’s famous hoax, publishing his own poems as the writings of the ancient Scots bard Ossian in the 1760s, remains fascinating to scholars as the most successful literary fraud in history. This study presents the fullest investigation of his deception to date, by looking at the controversy from the point of view of Samuel Johnson. Johnson’s dispute with Macpherson was an argument with wide implications not only for literature, but for the emerging national identities of the British nations during the Celtic revival. Thomas M. Curley offers a wealth of genuinely new information, detailing as never before Johnson’s involvement in the Ossian controversy, his insistence on truth-telling, and his interaction with others in the debate. The appendix reproduces a rare pamphlet against Ossian written with the assistance of Johnson himself. This book will be an important addition to knowledge about both the Ossian controversy and Samuel Johnson.

Thomas Curley has written a consummately Johnsonian book-one that takes up a topic about which Johnson spoke vehemently, that defends Johnson’s position, and that makes a rousing case for the equation of that position with unequivocal truth. -Matthew Wickman, Modern Philology Book Reviews
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Mushrooming without Fear

Novices eager to collect tasty wild mushrooms will find this unique guide invaluable. Unlike others, it focuses only on those types that are both safe to eat and delicious. Most important, it presents the eight rules of mushroom gathering in a straightforward fashion—including “Never, never take a mushroom with gills” and “If a mushroom smells rotten, it is rotten.” Among the many mushrooms covered are the cep; the red-cracked, larch, bay, and birch boletes; hen of the woods, chanterelle, trumpet chanterelle, hedgehog fungus, common puffball, horn of plenty, and cauliflower mushroom. Each is identified with several color photographs and identification checklist, and there’s also information on mushroom season, handling, storage, and cooking, complete with recipes.

Mr. Hall Takes a Bride

Handsome, ruthless attorney Jordan Logan had an amazing track record: he’d never lost a case. So when he agreed to do a favor for his sister and become a substitute lawyer at Advocate Aid, he thought it would be a piece of cake.

What Jordan didn’t expect was the all-consuming passion he felt for his work-and for the one-ofa-kind office manager, Sarajane Gerrity.

As suspicious of him as she was stunning, Sarajane was full of surprises. And the biggest surprise of all was allowing herself to fall for a man like Jordan. But the jury was still out on whether this romance could be for real.-

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The Mammoth Book of Modern Ghost Stories

Over 25 short story masterpieces from writers such as Louis de Bernieres and Ian Rankin – modern literary tales to chill the blood. This spine-chilling new anthology of 20th and 21st century tales by big name writers is in the best traditions of literary ghost stories. It is just a little over a hundred years ago that the most famous literary ghost story, The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, was published and in the intervening years a great many other distinguished writers have tried their hand at this popular genre – some basing their fictional tales on real supernatural experiences of their own.

A first rate list of contributors… Hair raising!’ Time Out ‘All we need say is buy it. * Starlog *
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The Darkest Evening of the Year

With each of his #1 *New York Times* bestsellers, Dean Koontz has displayed an unparalleled ability to entertain and enlighten readers with novels that capture the essence of our times even as they bring us to the edge of our seats. Now he delivers a heart-gripping tour de force he’s been waiting years to write, at once a love story, a thrilling adventure, and a masterwork of suspense that redefines the boundaries of primal fear—and of enduring devotion.

Amy Redwing has dedicated her life to the southern California organization she founded to rescue abandoned and endangered golden retrievers. Among dog lovers, she’s a legend for the risks she’ll take to save an animal from abuse. Among her friends, Amy’s heedless devotion is often cause for concern. To widower Brian McCarthy, whose commitment she can’t allow herself to return, Amy’s behavior is far more puzzling and hides a shattering secret.

No one is surprised when Amy risks her life to save Nickie, nor when she takes the female golden into her home. The bond between Amy and Nickie is immediate and uncanny. Even her two other goldens, Fred and Ethel, recognize Nickie as special, a natural alpha. But the instant joy Nickie brings is shadowed by a series of eerie incidents. An ominous stranger. A mysterious home invasion.

And the unmistakable sense that someone is watching Amy’s every move and that, whoever it is, he’s not alone.

Someone has come back to turn Amy into the desperate, hunted creature she’s always been there to save. But now there’s no one to save Amy and those she loves. From its breathtaking opening scene to its shocking climax, **The Darkest Evening of the Year** is Dean Koontz at his finest, a transcendent thriller certain to have readers turning pages until dawn.
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I once said writing a novel is sometimes like making love and sometimes like having a tooth pulled–and sometimes like making love *while* having a tooth pulled. I arrived at one of those joyful yet excruciating moments while working on *The Darkest Evening of the Year*.
Because I am obsessive about the revision of each page–the word *fussbudget* is embarrassingly apt when I am brooding over whether to use a comma or a semicolon–I have more than once held on to a manuscript until the drop-dead date for delivery. When that date rolled around for this book, I had written everything, but I was unwilling to send all of it to my editor. I withheld the last fifty pages for another four days, causing a quiet panic in those at my publishing house who are responsible for meeting production deadlines.
Although the book was done, I felt that something was wrong with Chapter 63. The action worked, the characters were in character, the mood was sustained…but something *felt* wrong with it, some fine point of the villain’s motivation. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, I worked 12-hour days, trying to identify the source of my doubt, but couldn’t specify it to my satisfaction.
Nothing like this had ever happened to me. Previously, my worst struggles with a story had come in the first two-thirds, and the final third had been, if not a sweet swift toboggan run, at least a sleigh ride.
Sunday, I got up at 6:00 and set to work, revising, looking for the thorn I could feel but couldn’t see–and ended up working 22 hours, eating at my desk, before tumbling to the problem at 4:00 a.m. Monday morning. “Eureka!” I cried, but I was so weary and my voice was so weak that my shout of jubilation came out as a squeak.
The revisions required to Chapter 63 were minor, but after working 58 hours in four days, after having passed a night without sleep, I was unable to focus sharply enough to get them done in the little time that remained before the production schedule would be derailed. In desperation, I turned to that source of creative energy and literary enlightenment that is without equal: ice cream.
I shuffled to the kitchen and snared a Dreyer’s Slow-Churned Vanilla Almond Crunch bar from the freezer. I devoured this sweet-and-creamy muse, and felt the scales lift from my eyes; inspiration sparkled between my ears. I finished the revisions and e-mailed the final version of Chapter 63 to my editor with not a minute to spare. Although the American Heart Association will take issue with me, my advice to young writers stuck on a scene is to stop worrying about your arteries and give your wheel-spinning imagination what it needs to find traction: a tasty shot of fat and sugar.
*–Dean Koontz, October 2007*

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### From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Set mostly in Southern California, this topnotch thriller from bestseller Koontz ( *The Good Guy* ) depicts with unabashed emotion and wit the magical powers of golden retrievers—in particular, a female named Nickie, who will stop at nothing to save innocent children and protect their guardians. Amy Redwing, the survivor of a horrifying marriage, establishes Golden Heart to rescue golden retrievers, rehabilitate the abused ones and find forever homes. A supernatural chain of events ensues after Amy and her architect boyfriend, Brian McCarthy, rescue Nickie during a violent intervention in a family dispute. Soon the pair are on a mission that leads to a transformative confrontation with a number of ugly characters—Gunther Schloss, a frustrated aspiring novelist turned killer-for-hire; Moonglow, a psychobitch in the Mommie Dearest league; and Moonglow’s lover, Harrow, a self-obsessed sicko. This is the perfect book for thriller addicts who know the darkest hour is just before dawn and for canine lovers who remember dog spelled backwards is god. *(Nov. 27)*
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Verso un’altra estate

Grace Cleave ha trent’anni, vive a Londra e, fatta eccezione per qualche mese di adulterio con un sedicente scrittore americano, non è mai stata sposata. I capelli, che un tempo le fiammeggiavano fulvi al sole dell’emisfero australe – Grace viene dalla Nuova Zelanda –, sono ora così sbiaditi da aver preso il colore della polvere. L’ispirazione anche sembra irrimediabilmente svanita. Il romanzo che stava scrivendo, interrotto com’è tra la seconda e la terza parte, rischia di diventare un vero e proprio «figlio adottivo del silenzio».
Il fatto è che qualcosa si è intromesso sul gozzo del romanzo e sulla sua vita. Qualcosa di minaccioso e allettante insieme, annunciato dalle soavi parole di una cartolina postale affrancata con cura: «Sig.na Grace Cleave: Sa che la temperatura qui a Relham è superiore di zero virgola quindici gradi rispetto a quella di Londra? Venga a scaldarsi! Philip Thirkettle».
Philip Thirkettle ha l’aspetto pulito, assorto, tipico degli intellettuali inglesi. Gesticola con prontezza, è entusiasta e vivace. È venuto a trovarla per un’intervista il giorno in cui Grace si è messa la gonna azzurra a quadri e il cardigan sintetico azzurro con la scollatura sul davanti e si è tirata via un paio di peli tra i seni, nel caso si vedessero quando si chinava. Philip, però, mirava alla sua mente. Non sapeva che nessuno, con la conversazione, può raggiungere la mente di Grace Cleave.
Influenze? Modo di lavorare? Ha rivolto le solite domande, poi con grazia e scioltezza ha lasciato cadere l’invito: «Ascolti, perché non viene su da noi una volta? Anne le piacerà, e anche suo padre, un tempo faceva l’allevatore di pecore, con lui potrà parlare di pecore, delle loro malattie, della fasciola, della zoppina…».
Philip non sa che a Grace serve coraggio per andare tra la gente, anche per soli cinque o dieci minuti. Un fine settimana a Relham, con lui, sua moglie Anne, il padre di lei, Reuben, e i figli sembra la promessa di un incubo per la scrittrice. Nessuna via di fuga. E poi il problema di quando alzarsi, andare a letto, cosa dire, dove andare e quando, problema che per Grace ha raggiunto i limiti dell’irresolubilità: sì, perché durante la notte Grace Cleave si trasforma in un uccello migratore…
Pubblicato a quasi cinquant’anni dalla sua stesura, Verso un’altra estate è il romanzo che Janet Frame vietò di rendere pubblico perché troppo personale. Con il suo stile denso di metafore e di bagliori ironici, l’autrice di Un angelo alla mia tavola regala ai suoi lettori un’altra toccante storia sospesa tra incubo e sogno.
Io non voglio abitare il mondo umano sotto mentite spoglie».
Janet Frame, Verso un’altra estate
«Con la sua scrittura intensamente personale Janet Frame è capace di afferrare il momento, e di raccontare ciò che sfugge al linguaggio normale attraverso la metafora e l’immaginazione».
The Guardian
«Una scrittura limpida, con metafore sorprendenti per la bellezza e la precisione, e un’introspezione che raggiunge profondità abissali».
Nathalie Crom

L’uso sapiente delle buone maniere

« *Con Il Club dei filosofi dilettanti McCall Smith compie un salto di qualità narrativa, avvicinandosi allo spessore di Agatha Christie.* »
**Il Sole 24 Ore**
« *Uno scrittore meraviglioso, da leggere assolutamente.* »
**The Guardian**
« *Un indiscusso maestro del romanzo.* »
**Publishers Weekly**
Isabel Dalhousie, riflessiva ma tutt’altro che prudente direttrice della «Rivista di etica applicata», non rinuncia a intervenire nella vita degli altri anche ora che è diventata madre del piccolo Charlie. Da esponente di una fetta della società edimburghese benestante, le sue avventure hanno come teatro per lo più magioni secolari di ricchi possidenti o, come stavolta, gallerie d’arte, frequentate da collezionisti e pittori. Capita infatti che, durante un’asta per l’acquisto di un dipinto, Isabel fiuti odor di bruciato. Prima un collezionista le strappa l’oggetto del desiderio a suon di quattrini, poi decide di cederglielo senza colpo ferire. Strano quel quadro non rifinito, ancor più strano il soggetto: raffigura il punto in cui pare che un gorgo spaventoso abbia ingoiato il suo autore. O forse si è trattato di suicidio? E poi quel suo giovane fidanzato, bello come un adone, amabilmente gentile, nonché padre amorevole di Charlie, sarà ancora nel cuore della bella nipote di Isabel, la gastronoma Cat, o quest’ultima avrà perdonato l’evoluta zia?

Tango e gli altri: romanzo di una raffica, anzi tre

Una raffica di mitra del plotone di esecuzione mette fine alla giovane vita del partigiano Bob, ma questa volta non sono nazifascisti quelli che sparano. Accusato di un atto di efferatezza, aver sterminato l’intera famiglia del Patriarca, Bob è stato giudicato in fretta e furia dal tribunale partigiano composto dai suoi commilitoni della brigata Garibaldi e da un commissario politico venuto da oltre la linea del fronte. Fascistissimo, il vecchio Bernardi — detto “il Patriarca” della grande casa situata in località “le Piane” — può aver suscitato il rancore di molti, ma un massacro di civili di tale entità non può essere giustificato in nessun modo, perché rischia di alienare ai partigiani il favore della popolazione. È per questo che la sentenza di morte è stata subito eseguita. Tuttavia, poiché molti sono i particolari che non tornano a proposito del massacro delle Piane, un’altra brigata ha affidato una parallela indagine a Benedetto Santovito, reduce dalla Russia e diventato anche lui partigiano di Giustizia e Libertà con nome di battaglia “Salerno” su quelle stesse montagne fra le quali aveva fatto il maresciallo: con la certezza che un carabiniere, come un prete, resta carabiniere nell’anima, qualunque abito indossi. L’escalation drammatica degli eventi bellici impedisce a Santovito di portare a termine un’indagine appena iniziata, ma molti anni dopo, nel 1960, il passato bussa di nuovo alla porta e una lettera appassionata e struggente obbliga il maresciallo a ritornare sul caso. Solo che gli anni hanno cambiato, se non i luoghi, tutte le persone. E molto profondamente. Coloro che furono giovani partigiani pieni di speranza adesso, premiati o bastonati dalla vita, sconfitti oppure assisi in posti di potere, non sono più quelli di un tempo. O lo sono in una strana maniera deformata ed è con queste mutazioni, specchio dei cambiamenti di un intero Paese, che la difficile inchiesta di Santovito ha a che fare. E forse, per scandagliare alcuni dolorosi segreti che muovono le azioni umane, anche il maresciallo dovrà deporre le sue armi e affidarsi all’intuito di Raffaella, la dolce e risoluta insegnante del paese…
Per ampiezza della concezione, numero dei personaggi e scansione dei piani temporali, *Tango e gli altri* è forse il romanzo più ambizioso dell’intera serie di gialli appenninici con il maresciallo Santovito protagonista. Guccini e Macchiavelli mettono in scena una vicenda complessa, inquietante, corale, e raccontano un periodo della nostra storia senza fare sconti a nessuno, ma rivendicando anche, e con fierezza, quegli ideali che l’incedere inclemente della storia e la memoria corta degli uomini cancellano con troppa leggerezza.

Il presente della filosofia italiana

*Questo libro costituisce una sintesi delle principali tendenze della filosofia contemporanea, ed una analisi delle opere di alcuni fra i maggiori filosofi italiani: Cacciari, Sini, Giorello, Vattimo, Reale, Losurdo ed altri, sono da Grecchi esaminati alla luce della sua concezione metafisico-umanistica.*
*Il libro è arricchito da una importante postfazione di Costanzo Preve.*

Di seta e di sangue

Una donna in “qipao” rosso. Qualcuno l’ha uccisa per poi vestirla con un’antica veste, simbolo dell’eleganza borghese degli anni Trenta. Un abito che la Rivoluzione culturale aveva bandito e che nella Shanghai del Duemila è tornato di gran moda. Il suo corpo viene ritrovato in città alle prime luci dell’alba, ma è solo il primo di una serie. Le indagini di un crimine che affonda le sue radici nel recente passato, tragico e tumultuoso, dell’era post-Mao, sono affidate all’ispettore capo Chen, l’unico in grado di tracciare il profilo psicologico di un serial killer che colpisce per le strade di una Shanghai sempre più frenetica e moderna, ma dove le indagini di polizia sono ancora risolutamente nelle mani del Partito. Il maestro assoluto del noir cinese è Qiu Xiaolong, che svela senza censure il cuore tenebroso del Paese» Federico Rampini, LA REPUBBLICA