The flicker of old dreams

Susan Henderson
2018
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With the quiet precision of Jane Smiley’s A Thousand Acres and the technical clarity of Mary Roach’s Stiff, this is a novel about a young woman who comes most alive while working in her father’s mortuary in a small, forgotten Western town.

« The dead come to me vulnerable, sharing their stories and secrets . . . « 

Mary Crampton has spent all of her thirty years in Petroleum, a small Western town once supported by a powerful grain company. Living at home, she works as the embalmer in her father’s mortuary: an unlikely job that has long marked her as an outsider. Yet, to Mary there is a satisfying art to positioning and styling each body to capture the essence of a subject’s life.

Though some townsfolk pretend that the community is thriving, the truth is that Petroleum is crumbling away—a process that began twenty years ago when an accident in the grain elevator killed a beloved high school athlete. The mill closed for good, the train no longer stopped in town, and Robert Golden, the victim’s younger brother, was widely blamed for the tragedy and shipped off to live elsewhere. Now, out of the blue, Robert has returned to care for his terminally ill mother. After Mary—reserved, introspective, and deeply lonely—strikes up an unlikely friendship with him, shocking the locals, she finally begins to consider what might happen if she dared to leave Petroleum.

Set in America’s heartland, The Flicker of Old Dreams explores themes of resilience, redemption, and loyalty in prose as lyrical as it is powerful.

Chronicles of Avonlea

Lucie Maud Montgomery
1912
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Chronicles of Avonlea is a collection of short stories by L. M. Montgomery, related to the Anne of Green Gables series. It features an abundance of stories relating to the fictional Canadian village of Avonlea, and was first published in 1912

L’alchimiste

Paulo Coelho
2008
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Santiago, un jeune berger andalou, part à la recherche d’un trésor enfoui au pied des Pyramides. Lorsqu’il rencontre l’Alchimiste dans le désert, celui-ci lui apprend à écouter son coeur, à lire les signes du destin et, par-dessus tout, à aller au bout de son rêve. Merveilleux conte philosophique destiné à l’enfant qui sommeille en chaque être, ce livre a déjà marqué une génération de lecteurs.

Les misérables

Victor Hugo
2007
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1815, Jean Valjean, libéré du bagne, est accueilli par Mgr Myriel. L’évêque de Digne l’engage sur la voie du bien. Sous le nom de monsieur Madeleine, il s’établit à Montreuil-sur-Mer. Fantine travaille dans ses ateliers pour nourrir Cosette, restée en pension à Montfermeil, chez les Thénardier. Mais, Valjean n’est pas quitte envers la justice, qui le traque en la personne de Javert.

L.M. Montgomery

Jane Urquhart
2009
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New material about the private life of Lucy Maud Montgomery has prompted a searching look at the beloved author of Anne of Green Gables. While her fictional characters inhabited a world where love and close community bonds overcame all tribulations, Montgomery’s real life was marked by grief and loneliness. Married to a clergyman who suffered from a debilitating mental illness, Montgomery struggled to keep up appearances in a Victorian society that valued propriety at all costs. As she aged, depression engulfed her; nonetheless, throughout her life, she maintained her prolific output of fiction, attracting ever-increasing numbers of fans. Acclaimed novelist Jane Urquhart has written several novels centring on the role of the artist. Here, she explores the life of a woman whose successful literary career broke the boundaries set for women of her time, but who could not escape the societal strictures of Victorian Canada or her own demons.

Origine

Dan Brown
2017
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Robert Langdon, professeur en symbologie et en iconographie religieuse se rend à Bilbao pour assister à une cérémonie orchestrée par Edmond Kirsch, un de ses anciens étudiants qui doit dévoiler le résultat de ses recherches : la réponse à deux questions existentielles. Mais la cérémonie tourne au chaos et Ambra Vidal, la directrice du musée Guggenheim, doit réagir rapidement.

Ce livre fait partie d’une série. Commencer par Anges et démons

Co-parenting with a toxic ex : what to do when your ex-spouse tries to turn the kids against you

Amy J. L. Baker, Paul R Fine
2014
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There’s no question about it: your children are the most important thing in your life. But if you have gone through a messy divorce, your relationship with your children may become strained if you have to deal with a toxic ex. Your ex may bad-mouth you in front of the kids, accuse you of being a bad parent, and even attempt to replace you in the children’s lives with a new partner. As a result, your children may become confused, conflicted, angry, anxious, or depressed – and you may feel powerless.

In Co-Parenting with a Toxic Ex, a nationally recognized parenting expert offers you a positive parenting approach to dealing with a hostile ex-spouse. You’ll learn to avoid the most common mistakes of co-parenting, how to avoid « parental alienation syndrome », and effective techniques for talking to your children in a way that fosters an open and honest response. In addition, you’ll learn how to protect your children from painful loyalty conflicts between you and your ex-spouse.

 

L’intelligence érotique : faire (re)vivre le désir dans le couple

Esther Perel
2013
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Après avoir étudié des couples dont les vies se sont vidées de toute passion sexuelle, Esther Perel propose une analyse inédite du déclin du désir amoureux. Selon elle, les préoccupations domestiques et les idéaux égalitaires en seraient la cause. Elle propose aussi des solutions pour que la sexualité ait sa place dans une vie de couple.

The Bertie project : a 44 Scotland Street novel

Alexander McCall Smith
2017
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Our beloved cast of characters are back, as are the joys and trials of life at 44 Scotland Street in this latest installment of Alexander McCall Smith’s delightfully charming series. 

Bertie’s mother, Irene, returns from the Middle East to discover that, in her absence, her son has been exposed to the worst of evils—television shows, ice cream parlors, and even unsanctioned art at the National Portrait Gallery. Her wrath descends on Bertie’s long-suffering father, Stuart. But Stuart has found a reason to spend more time outside of the house and seems to have a new spring in his step. What does this mean for the residents of 44 Scotland Street?
The winds of change have come to the others as well. Angus undergoes a spiritual transformation after falling victim to an unexpected defenestration. Bruce has fallen in a rather different sense for a young woman who is determined to share with him her enthusiasm for extreme sports. Matthew and Elspeth have a falling out with their triplets’ au pair, while Big Lou continues to fall in love with her new role as a mother. And as Irene resumes work on what she calls her Bertie Project, reinstating Bertie’s Italian lessons, yoga classes, and psychotherapy, Bertie begins to hatch a project of his own—one that promises freedom.

Book 11 of a series. Start with  44 Scotland Street

Le bonhomme de neige

Jo Nesbo
2008
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Oslo, novembre 2004. Un bonhomme de neige apparaît mystérieusement dans le jardin de la famille Becker. La nuit suivante, Birte, la mère, disparaît, laissant pour seule trace son écharpe autour du cou du bonhomme de neige. Katherine Bratt, nouvelle dans l’équipe d’Harry Hole, fait le lien avec d’autres disparitions de mères de famille dont les corps n’ont pas été retrouvés, ou seulement en partie.

Ce livre fait partie d’une série. Commencer par L’homme chauve-souris.