A Good Year

A Good Year
Author: Peter Mayle
Pages: 287
ISBN: 9780375705625
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Release: 2005
Editor: Vintage
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Having lost his biggest client to an unscrupulous boss, Max Skinner journeys to Provence to inspect a vineyard he has inherited and finds additional challenges in the vineyard's inferior wine and a California woman's claim on the estate. By the author of Anything Considered. Reprint. 125,000 first printing.

A Good Year

A Good Year
Author: Peter Mayle
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9781400042685
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Release: 2004-06-01
Editor: Vintage
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A delightful, best-selling tale about the business and pleasure of wine, adapted into a Ridley Scott movie starring Russell Crowe and Marion Cotillard. Max Skinner has recently lost his job at a London financial firm and just as recently learned that he has inherited his late uncle’s vineyard in Provence. On arrival he finds the climate delicious, the food even better, and two of the locals ravishing. Unfortunately, the wine produced on his new property is swill. Why then are so many people interested in it? Enter a beguiling Californian who knows more about wine than Max does—and may have a better claim to the estate. Fizzy with intrigue, bursting with local color and savor, A Good Year is Peter Mayle, beloved author of A Year in Provence, at his most entertaining.

A Good Year

A Good Year
Author: Peter Mayle
Pages: 287
ISBN: 9780375705625
Available:
Release: 2005
Editor: Vintage
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Having lost his biggest client to an unscrupulous boss, Max Skinner journeys to Provence to inspect a vineyard he has inherited and finds additional challenges in the vineyard's inferior wine and a California woman's claim on the estate. By the author of Anything Considered. Reprint. 125,000 first printing.

Chasing Cezanne

Chasing Cezanne
Author: Peter Mayle
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9780307791962
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Release: 2013-07-03
Editor: Vintage
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Hanky-panky on the international art scene is the source of the hilarity and fizz in Peter Mayle's new novel. He flies us back to the south of France (a region some readers of his irresistible best-sellers believe him to have invented), on a wild chase through galleries, homes of prominent collectors, and wickedly delectable restaurants. There are stopovers in the Bahamas and England, and in New York, where that glossiest of magazines, Decorating Quarterly, reflects the cutting-edge trendiness of its editor, Camilla Jameson Porter. (Camilla has recently broken new ground in the world of power lunches by booking two tables on the same day, and shuttling between them, at the city's trendiest restaurant.) It is Camilla who has sent our hero, Andre Kelly, to Cap Ferrat to take glamorous photo-graphs of the houses and treasures of the rich, famous, and fatuous. He happens to have his camera at the ready when he spots a Cézanne being loaded onto a plumber's truck near the home of an absent collector. Odd, thinks Andre. And in no time he's on the trail of a state-of-the-art art scam, chasing Cézanne. It's a joy to follow him and the crowds intent on speeding or foiling his quest--including a beautiful agent; a super-savvy art dealer attracted to the finer things in life, especially if they promise the payoff of a lifetime; an awesome Dutch forger; some outstandingly greedy New York sophisticates; and, invisible in the background, the parade of remarkable chefs whose mouthwatering culinary masterpieces periodically soothe the hero and tantalize the reader of Chasing Cézanne.

A Year in Provence

A Year in Provence
Author: Peter Mayle
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9780307755490
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Release: 2010-05-19
Editor: Vintage
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

National Bestseller In this witty and warm-hearted account, Peter Mayle tells what it is like to realize a long-cherished dream and actually move into a 200-year-old stone farmhouse in the remote country of the Lubéron with his wife and two large dogs. He endures January's frosty mistral as it comes howling down the Rhône Valley, discovers the secrets of goat racing through the middle of town, and delights in the glorious regional cuisine. A Year in Provence transports us into all the earthy pleasures of Provençal life and lets us live vicariously at a tempo governed by seasons, not by days.

The Last Good Year

The Last Good Year
Author: Damien Cox
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9780735234772
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Release: 2018-10-23
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Nominated for the 2019 Toronto Heritage Book Award We may never see a playoff series like it again. Before Gary Bettman, and the lockouts. Before all the NHL's old barns were torn down to make way for bigger, glitzier rinks. Before expansion and parity across the league, just about anything could happen on the ice. And it often did. It was an era when huge personalities dominated the sport; and willpower was often enough to win games. And in the spring of 1993, some of the biggest talents and biggest personalities were on a collision course. The Cinderella Maple Leafs had somehow beaten the mighty Red Wings and then, just as improbably, the St. Louis Blues. Wayne Gretzky's Kings had just torn through the Flames and the Canucks. When they faced each other in the conference final, the result would be a series that fans still talk about passionately 25 years later. Taking us back to that feverish spring, The Last Good Year gives an intimate account not just of an era-defining seven games, but of what the series meant to the men who were changed by it: Marty McSorley, the tough guy who took his whole team on his shoulders; Doug Gilmour, the emerging superstar; celebrity owner Bruce McNall; Bill Berg, who went from unknown to famous when the Leafs claimed him on waivers; Kelly Hrudey, the Kings' goalie who would go on to become a Hockey Night in Canada broadcaster; Kerry Fraser, who would become the game's most infamous referee; and two very different captains, Toronto's bull in a china shop, Wendel Clark, and the immortal Wayne Gretzky. Fast-paced, authoritative, and galvanized by the same love of the game that made the series so unforgettable, The Last Good Year is a glorious testament to a moment hockey fans will never forget.

Anything That Moves

Anything That Moves
Author: Dana Goodyear
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9781101632062
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Release: 2013-11-14
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The popular New Yorker writer combines the style of Mary Roach with the on-the-ground food savvy of Anthony Bourdain. Dana Goodyear’s narrative debut is a highly entertaining, revelatory look into the raucous, strange, fascinatingly complex world of contemporary American food culture. At once an uproarious behind-the-scenes adventure and a serious attempt to understand the implications of an emergent new cuisine, it introduces a cast of compelling and unexpected characters—from Los Angeles Times critic Jonathan Gold, to a high-end Las Vegas purveyor of rare and exotic ingredients, to the traffickers and promoters of raw milk and other forbidden products, to the hottest chefs who rely on them—all of whom, along with today’s diners, are changing the face of American eating. Ultimately, Goodyear looks at what we eat, and tells us who we are. As she places all of this within a vivid historical and cultural framework, she shows how these gathering culinary trends may eventually shape the way all Americans dine. What emerges is a picture of America at a moment of transition, designing the future as it reimagines the past.

A Good Year

A Good Year
Author: Mark Oakley
Pages: 144
ISBN: 9780281077045
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Release: 2016-11-17
Editor: SPCK
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

How can we enter fruitfully into the seasons of the Church’s year? Why have the seasons become shaped as they have and what can we do to make them good? As Mark Oakley explains in the hugely enjoyable, earthy and wide-ranging introduction to this exceptional volume, we can experience them in stimulating company! Here are reflections by the most senior pastors and teachers in the Church today: SARAH MULLALLY, Bishop of Crediton, on A Good Advent, a season ‘pregnant with hope’, when our waiting is anything but inactive. ROWAN WILLIAMS, Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, on A Good Christmas, and the overwhelming surprise of ‘a God who values our humanity beyond all imagining’. LIBBY LANE, Bishop of Stockport, on A Good Epiphany, when through discomfort ‘we begin to discover at first hand the hospitality of God’. JUSTIN WELBY, Archbishop of Canterbury, on A Good Lent, ‘which takes hold of human sinfulness and, in an extraordinary way, makes space for the hope of Christ’. STEPHEN COTTRELL, Bishop of Chelmsford, on A Good Holy Week, when we ‘revel in the sensuous and very hands-on re-enactment of liturgical drama’. STEPHEN CONWAY, Bishop of Ely, on A Good Easter, which is ‘life lived shot through with grace and glory’. KAREN GORHAM, Bishop of Sherborne, on A Good Pentecost, when our life’s journey ‘brings us encounters, challenges and opportunities we can rise to, equipped by the Spirit of God’.

IT S A GOOD YEAR

IT S A GOOD YEAR
Author: Laura C. Schor
Pages: 104
ISBN: 9781480910843
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Release: 2015-01-08
Editor: Dorrance Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

It is summer at the shore of the Atlantic Ocean, and the Von Zeppelin family is celebrating the season. Magdalene and her husband, Bion, watch over their children, Izzy and Chloe, as they playfully create adventures on the beach. When Izzy meets a handsome young man, however, their summertime fun becomes more than they ever imagined. It’s a Good Year is a story of friendship, and family, and first love, set in idyllic, small-town America. It is a nostalgic and inspirational story that brings to mind memories of hot summer days and the freedom and innocence of youth.

A Good Year for the Roses

A Good Year for the Roses
Author: Amanda J Field
Pages: 221
ISBN: 9781911105572
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Release: 2020-09-23
Editor: Andrews UK Limited
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Derek doesn’t have much going for him. He only puts up with the long hours minding his brother’s strawberry stall because at night he can become a different person... calling himself ‘Hank’, donning a Stetson and fronting a country-and-western band. Derek has modelled his voice on that of his idol, Nashville star George Jones, and fantasizes that one day he might fl y to the United States of America to see him sing at the Grand Ole Opry. But with a council house, four kids and no money it seems like an impossible dream. Taking a break one hot summer’s day in the forest opposite the strawberry stall, Derek overhears something that will put him in grave danger; something that will bind him to a man he has never even met.

A Good Year For Murder

A Good Year For Murder
Author: A.E. Eddenden
Pages: 186
ISBN: 9780897334761
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Release: 2005-08-01
Editor: Chicago Review Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Set in the Ontario city of Fort York in 1940, this novel introduces readers to Albert V. Tretheway (pronounced TreTHOOee), an oversized Inspector in the Fort York Police Department, along with his colleague, Jonathan (Jake) Small, his sister Adelaine (Addie), and a bizarre collection of characters who make up the Fort York City Council. In early 1940, Fort York is chiefly concerned with the war; that is, until a series of crimes turns their attention to dangers closer to home. A dead, unplucked chicken with an arrow through its heart is delivered to Junior Alderman Gertrude Valentine, which marks the beginning of a series of "pranks" on subsequent holidays, eventually leading to murder. The city waits breathlessly for each week to pass, wondering which holiday (and which Alderman) will be next. The story reaches its raucous climax on New Years Eve in Albert and Addie's boarding house, where Tretheway unravels the mystery in front of the entire cast of citizens.

A Good Year for the Roses

A Good Year for the Roses
Author: Gil McNeil
Pages: 377
ISBN: 9781401330705
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Release: 2014-07-01
Editor: Hachette+ORM
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

“A heroine whom readers will root for, and the fun quirky cast of characters (and animals) will keep the laughter flowing.” —Library Journal Life hasn't been a bed of roses lately for Londoner Molly Taylor. Newly divorced and struggling to find a new home and a way to support her three boys, she’s stunned when her beloved aunt dies and leaves her Harrington Hall, a three-hundred-year-old manor house on the Devon coast, where Molly grew up. But does Molly really want to run a bed-and-breakfast in an old house where the only thing that doesn't need urgent attention is Aunt Helena's beautiful rose garden? Or care for Uncle Bertie, an eccentric former navy officer with a cliff-top cannon? Or Betty, his rude parrot that bites whomever annoys it? Yet Molly's best friend is all for the plan: “My heart bleeds. Your very own beach, the beautiful house, and Helena’s garden. All you have to do is grill a bit of bacon.” But with Molly’s conniving brother running the family hotel nearby, the return of a high school flame with ulterior motives, and three sons whose idea of a new country life seems to involve vast quantities of mud, this is not going to be easy. And then Harrington Hall begins to work its magic, and the roses start to bloom . . . Warm, witty, and chock-full of quintessential British charm, this is a story for anyone who has ever dreamed of starting over . . . with or without bacon. “[A] story that fans of Vanessa Diffenbaugh’s The Language of Flowers will devour.” —Library Journal “Utterly charming.” —Booklist

A Good Year to Die

A Good Year to Die
Author: Charles M. Robinson, III
Pages: 464
ISBN: 9780307823373
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Release: 2012-09-12
Editor: Random House
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This is the dramatic story of the most crucial year in the history of the American West, 1876, when the wars between the United States Government and the Indian Nations reached a peak. Telling a great deal about Indian cultures, history, beliefs and personality, this is the first book to cover the whole year, rather than simply its components. NOTE: This edition does not include photographs.

A Good Year for the Roses

A Good Year for the Roses
Author: Mark Timlin
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781843440802
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Release: 2013-02-22
Editor: Oldcastle Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The explosive and compelling thriller of drugs and murder in south London's mean, gangland streets. Nick Sharman is nobody's favourite person. Ex-cop, ex-doper, invalided out of the Met after a stray bullet in the foot saved him from an investigation into the missing evidence from a drugs haul. The cops don't like him. The villains don't like him. Sharman is unemployable. So he's hired himself an office and set up shop as a private investigator in his south London patch. Divorces and debt-collecting were what he expected. What he gets is Patsy Bright, young, pretty and missing. Her father wants her back. She's a good girl, a model, and only a little bit into drugs. With Sharman's connections it should be a piece of cake. Only when he comes to with a split head, a pocketful of planted heroin, a dead girl and two policemen acting on a tip-off, does Sharman realise this case is different. And serious. And personal.

The Vintage Caper

The Vintage Caper
Author: Peter Mayle
Pages: 223
ISBN: 9780307269010
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Release: 2009
Editor: Knopf
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

When the exclusive wine collection of a rich Hollywood lawyer is stolen by a cultivated thief, former lawyer and connoisseur Sam Levitt follows leads from Bordeaux to Provence while receiving assistance from a beautiful French colleague. By the award-winning author of A Year in Provence.

1775

1775
Author: Kevin Phillips
Pages: 628
ISBN: 9780143123996
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Release: 2013-09-24
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

An unconventional assessment of the American Revolution examines the events, politics, economic factors, and military preparations of 1775 that ignited the war and established patriot control over American governance and key territories.

1967 the Last Good Year

1967  the Last Good Year
Author: Pierre Berton
Pages: 391
ISBN: UOM:39015047056844
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Release: 1997
Editor: Doubleday of Canada
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Few Canadians over the age of forty can forget the feeling of joy and celebration that washed over the country during Canada's centennial year. We were, Pierre Berton reminds us, a nation in love with itself, basking in the warm glow of international applause brought on by the unexpected success of Expo 67 and pumped up by the year-long birthday party that had us all warbling "Ca-na-da, as Bobby Gimby and his gaggle of small children pranced down the byways of the nation. It was a turning-point year, a watershed year--a year of beginnings as well as endings. One royal commission finally came to a close with a warning about the need for a new approach to Quebec. Another was launched to investigate, for the first time, the status of Canadian women. New attitudes to divorce and homosexuality were enshrined in law. A charismatic figure, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, made clear that the state had no place in the bedrooms of the nation. The seeds of Women's Lib, Gay Pride, and even Red Power, were sown in the centennial year. (Of all the pavilions on the Expo site, Berton singles out the Indian pavilion as having the greatest impact.) The country was in a ferment that year. Canadians worried about the Americanization of every institution from the political convention to "Hockey Night in Canada. People talked about the Generation Gap as thousands of flower children held love-ins in city parks. The government tried to respond by launching the Company of Young Canadians, a project that was less than successful. The most significant event of 1967 was Charles de Gaulle's notorious "Vive le Quebec libre!" speech in Montreal. It gave the burgeoning separatist movement a new legitimacy, enhanced by Rene Levesque's departure from the Liberal party later that year. Throughout the book, the author gives us insightful profiles of some of the significant figures of 1967: the centennial activists Judy LaMarsh and John Fisher; the Expo entrepreneurs, Philippe de Gaspe Beaubien and Edward Churchill; Walter Gordon, the fervent nationalist, and his rival, Mitchell Sharp; Lester Pearson and his "bete noire, John Diefenbaker; the three "men of the world" who helped make Canada internationally famous: Marshall McLuhan, Glenn Gould, and Roy Thomson; hippie leaders like David dePoe, American draft dodgers like Mark Satin, women's activists like Doris Anderson and Laura Sabia, youth workers like Barbara Hall, radicals like Pierre Vallieres (author of "White Niggers of America) and such dedicated nationalists as Madame Chaput Rolland and Andre Laurendeau. In spite of the feeling of exultation that marked the centennial year, an opposite sentiment runs through the book like dark thread: the growing fear that the country was facing its gravest crisis. Berton points out that we are far better off today than we were in 1967. "Then why all the hand wringing?" he asks. Because of "the very real fear that the country we celebrated so joyously thirty years ago is in the process of falling apart. "In that sense, 1967 was the last good year before all Canadians began to be concerned about the future of our country."

A Good Year for the Roses

A Good Year for the Roses
Author: Gil McNeil
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9780751557756
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Release: 2014-07-01
Editor: Hachette UK
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Newly divorced and struggling to find a way to support her three boys, Molly Taylor is stunned when she inherits Harrington Hall, her late aunt's beloved yet dilapidated bed and breakfast. But does she really want to take over a three-hundred-year-old manor house on the Devon coast where the only thing that doesn't need urgent attention is the beautiful rose garden? Once she gets over the initial shock, Molly is ready dive right in, but the universe has other plans: she must first overcome the needs of her eccentric uncle (and his pet parrot), the ambitions of her conniving brother, and the disquiet of her three sons. Not to mention an unexpected chance at new love. Nothing is going according to plan - and then Harrington begins to work its magic and the roses start to bloom . . . Charming, uplifting and highly entertaining, A Good Year for the Roses is a story for anyone who has ever dreamed of starting over. Wonderfully warm and witty, it will have you smiling until you turn the very last page.

Noble Obsession

Noble Obsession
Author: Charles Slack
Pages: 274
ISBN: UOM:39015056251484
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Release: 2002-08-07
Editor: Hyperion Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Traces the 1830s endeavors of Charles Goodyear to reinvent rubber into a usable substance, at the risk of his own life and the lives of his family, and how money hunters and competitor Thomas Hancock ultimately robbed him of fame and fortune. 40,000 first printing.

The Seven Good Years

The Seven Good Years
Author: Etgar Keret
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9780698166004
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Release: 2015-06-16
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A brilliant, life-affirming, and hilarious memoir from a “genius” (The New York Times) and master storyteller. With illustrations by Jason Polan. The seven years between the birth of Etgar Keret’s son and the death of his father were good years, though still full of reasons to worry. Lev is born in the midst of a terrorist attack. Etgar’s father gets cancer. The threat of constant war looms over their home and permeates daily life. What emerges from this dark reality is a series of sublimely absurd ruminations on everything from Etgar’s three-year-old son’s impending military service to the terrorist mind-set behind Angry Birds. There’s Lev’s insistence that he is a cat, releasing him from any human responsibilities or rules. Etgar’s siblings, all very different people who have chosen radically divergent paths in life, come together after his father’s shivah to experience the grief and love that tie a family together forever. This wise, witty memoir—Etgar’s first nonfiction book published in America, and told in his inimitable style—is full of wonder and life and love, poignant insights, and irrepressible humor.