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.
Novelist and essayist Mallon talks with Freeman, critic and American editor of Granta, about the great, lost art of letter writing and the current frenzy of electronic messaging. A discussion with the audience ensues. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Symphony Space. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/sp/symp/000025/sp_symp_000025_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A genuine literary event - an illuminating collection of correspondence from one of the most acclaimed American writers of all time Over the course of a nearly sixty-year career, Norman Mailer wrote more than 30 novels, essay collections, and nonfiction books. Yet nowhere was he more prolific - or more exposed - than in his letters. All told, Mailer crafted more than 45,000 pieces of correspondence (approximately 20 million words), many of them deeply personal, keeping a copy of almost every one. Now the best of these are published - most for the first time - in one remarkable volume that spans seven decades and, it seems, several lifetimes. Together they form a stunning autobiographical portrait of one of the most original, provocative, and outspoken public intellectuals of the twentieth century. Compiled by Mailer´s authorized biographer, J. Michael Lennon, and organized by decade, Selected Letters of Norman Mailer features the most fascinating of Mailer´s missives from 1940 to 2007 - letters to his family and friends, to fans and fellow writers (including Truman Capote, James Baldwin, and Philip Roth), to political figures from Henry Kissinger to Bill and Hillary Clinton, and to such cultural icons as John Lennon, Marlon Brando, and even Monica Lewinsky. Here is Mailer the precocious Harvard undergraduate, writing home to his parents for the first time and worrying that his acceptances by literary magazines were ´´all happening too easy.´´ Here, too, is Mailer the soldier, confronting the violence of war in the Pacific, which would become the subject of his masterly debut novel, The Naked and the Dead: ´´[I´m] amazed how casually it fits into...daily life, how very unhorrible it all is.´´ Mailer the international celebrity pledges to William Styron, ´´I´m going to write every day, and like Lot´s Wife I´m consigning myself to a pillar of salt if I dare to look back,´´ while the 1980s Mailer agonizes over the fallout ... 1. Language: English. Narrator: David de Vries. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/008594/bk_brll_008594_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
After widower John Hollister´s daughters become mail order brides, he moves out to Colorado to be near them. Loneliness overwhelms him, prompting him to send off for his own mail order bride. His youngest daughter´s disapproval stalls his wedding, sending everyone into a family dispute. Can John and his intended, Viola, ever find a way to be together? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Pam Tierney. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/066574/bk_acx0_066574_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Grace: Bride of Montana by NY Times and USA Today best-selling author Debra Holland is number 41 in the unprecedented 50-Book American Mail-Order Brides series. Practical Grace Dickinson thought she had her life all planned, including picking out the perfect husband. But she couldn´t have predicted the disaster that changed everything, leaving her no choice but to become a mail-order bride to a most imperfect man. Grace: Bride of Montana is also part of Debra Holland´s award-winning Montana Sky Series, which includes The Mail-Order Brides of the West. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lara Asmundson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/056288/bk_acx0_056288_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.
A sweet, wholesome romance set in 1890. Lilly Lind was forced to emigrate from Sweden two years ago, due to circumstances beyond her control. She finds a job as a garment maker in the Brown Textile Mill in Lawrence, Massachusetts, finally feeling as though she is settling in her new country. Then a suspicious fire burns the mill, making Lilly seek another way to survive. She answers a mail-order bride ad in the Grooms´ Gazette and sets off for Chicago, believing she will be a business owner´s wife. Kansas rancher Seth Reagan travels to the Union Stockyards in Chicago to attend the 1890 American Fat Stock Show, the American Horse Show, and to purchase horseflesh to augment his herd. When arriving at the train station, he overhears a conversation between a young woman and a shady-looking man. Seth becomes concerned for the mail-order bride who is whisked away to a saloon, not to her new husband´s home. When Seth goes to the saloon to check on the young woman, he finds her in trouble and offers to help her escape. While buying horses and arranging their return travel to Kansas, Seth realizes he would like to bring Lilly home with him, too, but she is still being hunted by the saloon owner´s thugs. Lilly´s good fortune in meeting Seth makes her want to start a life with this man, but he came to Illinois for horses, not a bride. Would he want her after he learns of her secrets? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Linda Velwest. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/057611/bk_acx0_057611_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.
Her sister gone, her roommates soon to follow, Leora Mitchell must now face the fact that she, along with the others, are mail-order brides. For years, her life revolved around Brown’s Textile Mill, her sister Lottie, and their friends. Now, as mail-order brides, they’d be scattered across the country, ready to start a new life. The only problem was Leora had no idea what that life looked like, nor did she have any idea who she was without the familiar faces she loved so much. Pastor Theron Drake needed a wife, and the crazy folks in his congregation whole-heartedly agreed. So much so, they thought they should have as much access to the new Mrs. Drake as he did! They volunteered her for everything they could think of and made her the director of the annual Christmas Play. Throw in the town bully/busybody who’d rather have her own choice of a Mrs. Drake, and you have a mail-order bride that doesn’t know if she’s coming or going. Will Theron and Leora’s new marriage survive the onslaught of his over-zealous parishioners? Or will she crack under the pressure, turn tail, and run? Find out in this hilarious romp, how two people are forced to discover their true strengths and weaknesses. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Rahhal. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/065236/bk_acx0_065236_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A warehouse fire in Lawrence, Massachusetts has taken Genevieve ´´Genny´´ Copeland´s livelihood, but opened a new opportunity for her. If she takes the chance, she could have the family she´s always dreamed of but it would mean leaving everything she´s always known. Believing that opportunity only knocks once, Genny gets on a train west to Elko, Nevada and a new life. She becomes a mail-order bride. Stuart MacDonnell lost his wife in child-birth six months ago. Now he´s left to raise a two year-old and a six month-old baby alone. He needs a wife but doesn´t want to court someone and pretend to be in love. He´ll never love again, but he needs a wife now and orders a mail-order bride. Can Stuart and Genny come together and find happiness when they are at odds with each other? Will they find common ground and will love bloom amid the beautiful Ruby Mountains of Nevada? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jill Smith. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/078661/bk_acx0_078661_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.