Will Self is one of the most important British novelists of his generation, and he is as acclaimed in the UK for his outstanding, daring journalism as he is for his fiction. Now finally available in America, Junk Mail is an original selection of pieces from Self´s nonfiction and journalism that will introduce American listeners to Self as a literary journalist par excellence. Animated by the scathing brilliance and unflinching determination to walk the road less traveled, Junk Mail is an often-irreverent trawl through a landscape of drugs, culture, art, literature, and current events - topics Self illuminates with a keen and entirely original eye. We follow Self into the operation of an upstanding crack dealer, behind the myth of the ´´pragmatist´´ approach to drug legalization on the streets of Amsterdam, and to lunch with Indian author Salman Rushdie. Whether he is writing about bad-boy British artist Damien Hirst, how literary renegade William Burroughs has changed our outlook on art and intoxication, or what the current state of transsexuality has to say about gender for all of us, this is a lively and necessary anthology from one of the defining voices of our times. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Lee. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/021858/bk_adbl_021858_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Willow: Bride of Pennsylvania is second in the unprecedented 50-book American Mail-Order Brides series. When a fire destroys the factory where Willow Miller works, her only choice for a secure future comes through becoming a mail-order bride to ex-Amish Amos Stoltzfus and moving to her ancestral home of Pennsylvania. Hope carries her forward into a new life, but guilt over her part in the fire that destroyed the factory threatens to hold her back. Amos Stoltzfus is overjoyed to bring someone as sweet and special as Willow into his life to recapture a sense of family and love that he has been missing. But Amos has a past of his own and unresolved conflict with his neighbor and former best friend, Mark Lapp, that stands in the way of family, happiness, and the community around him. Can Willow help resolve the pain and heal the breach that divides Amos from his community and his culture, or will her troubles stand in the way of her and Amos´ happiness? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Linda Velwest. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/049667/bk_acx0_049667_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Tabitha: Bride of Missouri is the 24th in the unprecedented 50-book American Mail-Order Brides series.An orphan since she was 10, Tabitha Phillips was raised by a cousin who resented her, and she went out on her own as soon as she could. When the factory where she was working burned down, she was forced to return to her childhood home under the scrutiny of her critical relatives.As an employee at the post office, Tabitha isn´t supposed to become involved in the doings of her customers. But when one young man´s heart could be broken by a thoughtless letter, she sees a chance to make a difference...for herself as well as for him. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Meghan Kelly. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/121271/bk_acx0_121271_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The beloved American Girl History Mysteries features intrepid girls faced with intriguing situations. The author of this installment, Kathryn Reiss, has received the ALA Best Book for Young Adults Award. In Riddle of the Prairie Bride, it´s 1878 and Ida Deming and her papa are looking forward to meeting his mail-order bride. But is this woman really who she claims to be? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ruth Ann Phimister. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/000717/bk_reco_000717_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This novelette contains powerful Christian influences, love, family, and other related themes meant to make you smile! Mail Order Bride: Led by God to the Texas Cowboy takes place during the time of the American Civil War. It tells the story of a young woman, Susan, who lives in New York City and responds to a mail order bride advertisement. Ben, the cowboy in the ad, seeks a Christian woman he can spend the rest of his life with. After exchanging several letters, the hopeful bride and groom decide to meet. On her way to his Texas ranch, Susan is the victim of an assault on a train and is devastated. Will the Texas cowboy still desire her? Will he accept her and look past a situation she could not control? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bailey Varness. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/023392/bk_acx0_023392_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Sold by her father to an unknown man, Ruby heads west to the unknown. There she finds nothing but pain and misery, yet even in the gloom there is one shining light. Ruby Cloisters´ father is a man in debt - a man being beaten by men wanting their money. In desperation, he agrees to sell one of his three daughters to a cowboy out west. The money will pay off their debts. Ruby, being the eldest, says that she will go, to protect her younger sisters. When she arrives, she finds that she has been sold to the local cattle rustlers. There is no kindness. No mention of love. Fortunately, the town is currently without a pastor, and so the wedding cannot go ahead until the new one arrives. However, when the sheriff arrives to investigate some stolen cattle, Ruby immediately feels hope. Can the sheriff really help her? And whose side is the strange Native American ranch hand really on? This is the third book in the Summer Hope Series. Emma Ashwood writes clean Western romance. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stephanie Summerville. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/054845/bk_acx0_054845_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Anyone suffering Downton Abbey withdrawal symptoms (who isn´t?) will find an instant tonic in Daisy Goodwin´s The American Heiress. The story of Cora Cash, an American heiress in the 1890s who bags an English duke, this is a deliciously evocative first novel that lingers in the mind. (Allison Pearson, New York Times best-selling author of I Don´t Know How She Does It and I Think I Love You) This program includes a bonus chapter of Victoria, the latest novel from author Daisy Goodwin, the creator and writer of the new PBS/Masterpiece drama of the same name. Be careful what you wish for. Traveling abroad with her mother at the turn of the 20th century to seek a titled husband, beautiful, vivacious Cora Cash, whose family mansion in Newport dwarfs the Vanderbilts´, suddenly finds herself Duchess of Wareham, married to Ivo, the most eligible bachelor in England. Nothing is quite as it seems, however: Ivo is withdrawn and secretive, and the English social scene is full of traps and betrayals. Money, Cora soon learns, cannot buy everything, as she must decide what is truly worth the price in her life and her marriage. Witty, moving, and brilliantly entertaining, Cora´s story marks the debut of a glorious storyteller who brings a fresh new spirit to the world of Edith Wharton and Henry James. ´´For daughters of the new American billionaires of the 19th century, it was the ultimate deal: marriage to a cash-strapped British Aristocrat in return for a title and social status. But money didn´t always buy them happiness.´´ (Daisy Goodwin in The Daily Mail) One of Library Journal´s Best Historical Fiction Books of 2011 Please note: An alternate (British) title for this novel is My Last Duchess. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Katherine Kellgren. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/aren/001243/bk_aren_001243_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this wild battering ram of a novel, which was originally published to vast controversy in 1965, Norman Mailer creates a character who might be a fictional precursor of the philosopher-killer he would later profile in The Executioner´s Song. As Stephen Rojack, a decorated war hero and former congressman who murders his wife in a fashionable New York City high-rise, runs amok through the city in which he was once a privileged citizen, Mailer peels away the layers of our social norms to reveal a world of pure appetite and relentless cruelty. One part Nietzsche, one part de Sade, and one part Charlie Parker, An American Dream grabs the reader by the throat and refuses to let go. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Christopher Lane. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/008336/bk_brll_008336_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Jane Smiley brings her extraordinary gifts, comic timing, empathy, emotional wisdom, an ability to deliver slyly on big themes and capture the American spirit, to the seductive, wishful, wistful world of real estate, in which the sport of choice is the mind game. Her funny and moving new novel is about what happens when the American Dream morphs into a seven-figure American Fantasy. Joe Stratford is someone you like at once. He makes an honest living helping nice people buy and sell nice houses. His not-very-amicable divorce is finally settled, and he´s ready to begin again. It´s 1982. He is pretty happy, pretty satisfied. But a different era has dawned; Joe´s new friend, Marcus Burns from New York, seems to be suggesting that the old rules are ready to be repealed, that now is the time you can get rich quick. Really rich. And Marcus not only knows that everyone is going to get rich, he knows how. Because Marcus just quit a job with the IRS. But is Joe ready for the kind of success Marcus promises he can deliver? And what´s the real scoop on Salt Key Farm? Is this really the development opportunity of a lifetime? And then there´s Felicity Ornquist, the lovely, feisty, winning (and married) daughter of Joe´s mentor and business partner. She has finally owned up to her feelings for Joe: she´s just been waiting for him to be available. The question Joe asks himself, over and over, is: Does he have the gumption? Does he have the smarts and the imagination and the staying power to pay attention, to Marcus and to Felicity, and reap the rewards? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ruth Ann Phimister. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/000712/bk_reco_000712_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.