Brightness Falls

Brightness Falls
Author: Jay McInerney
Pages: 432
ISBN: 9781408854471
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Release: 2014-03-13
Editor: A&C Black
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Corrine Calloway is a young stockbroker on Wall Street, her husband Russell an underpaid but ambitious publishing editor. The happily married couple head into New York's 1980s gold rush where prospects and money seem to be flying everywhere, and the best and the brightest vie with the worst and most craven for riches, fame and the love of beautiful people. But the Calloways soon find out that what goes up must come crashing down, both on Wall Street and at home. Brightness Falls captures lives-in-the-making: men and women confronting their sudden middle-age with wit and low behaviour, fear and confusion, and, just occasionally, a little honesty and decency.

Brightness Falls from the Air

Brightness Falls from the Air
Author: James Tiptree
Pages: 382
ISBN: 9781497611412
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Release: 2014-04-01
Editor: Open Road Media
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

They have gathered now on Damien and are about to witness the last rising of a man-made nova. They are sixteen humans in a distant world about to be enveloped by an eruption of violence—horror and murder, oddly complemented by a bizarre, unforgiving love. But justice is not all that they’re about to find. Judgment is coming, and the sixteen unsuspecting ones are on the threshold of the murdered star.

Bright Precious Days

Bright  Precious Days
Author: Jay McInerney
Pages: 416
ISBN: 9781101948019
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Release: 2016-08-02
Editor: Vintage
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

From the best-selling author of Bright Lights, Big City: a sexy, vibrant, cross-generational New York story--a literary and commercial triumph of the highest order. Even decades after their arrival, Corrine and Russell Calloway still feel as if they’re living the dream that drew them to New York City in the first place: book parties or art openings one night and high-society events the next; jobs they care about (and in fact love); twin children whose birth was truly miraculous; a loft in TriBeCa and summers in the Hamptons. But all of this comes at a fiendish cost. Russell, an independent publisher, has superb cultural credentials yet minimal cash flow; as he navigates a business that requires, beyond astute literary judgment, constant financial improvisation, he encounters an audacious, potentially game-changing—or ruinous—opportunity. Meanwhile, instead of chasing personal gain in this incredibly wealthy city, Corrine devotes herself to helping feed its hungry poor, and she and her husband soon discover they’re being priced out of the newly fashionable neighborhood they’ve called home for most of their adult lives, with their son and daughter caught in the balance. Then Corrine’s world is turned upside down when the man with whom she’d had an ill-fated affair in the wake of 9/11 suddenly reappears. As the novel unfolds across a period of stupendous change—including Obama’s historic election and the global economic collapse he inherited—the Calloways will find themselves and their marriage tested more severely than they ever could have imagined.

The Good Life

The Good Life
Author: Jay McInerney
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9780307264695
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Release: 2006-01-31
Editor: Vintage
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In this bestselling novel, the author of Bright Lights, Big City unveils a story of love, family, conflicting desires, and catastrophic loss in a powerfully searing work of fiction. Clinging to a semiprecarious existence in TriBeCa, Corrine and Russell Calloway have survived a separation and are wonderstruck by young twins whose provenance is nothing less than miraculous. Several miles uptown and perched near the top of the Upper East Side’s social register, Luke McGavock has postponed his accumulation of wealth in an attempt to recover the sense of purpose now lacking in a life that often gives him pause. But on a September morning, brightness falls horribly from the sky, and people worlds apart suddenly find themselves working side by side at the devastated site. Wise, surprising, and, ultimately, heart-stoppingly redemptive, The Good Life captures lives that allow us to see–through personal, social, and moral complexity–more clearly into the heart of things.

Brightness Falls

Brightness Falls
Author: Ruth Ainsworth,Frank L. Gilbert
Pages: 148
ISBN: OCLC:22942753
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Release: 1985*
Editor: Unknown
Language: un

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The Last of the Savages

The Last of the Savages
Author: Jay McInerney
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9780307763235
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Release: 2011-08-10
Editor: Vintage
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

From the bestselling author of Bright Lights, Big City and Brightness Falls comes a chronicle of a generation, as enacted by two men who represent all the passions and extremes of the class of 1969. Patrick Keane and Will Savage meet at prep school at the beginning of the explosive '60s. Over the next 30 years, they remain friends even as they pursue radically divergent destinies--and harbor secrets that defy rebellion and conformity.

Story of My Life

Story of My Life
Author: Jay McInerney
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9780802197566
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Release: 2010-03-12
Editor: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A “brilliant” novel of a party girl in 1980s Manhattan, by the author of Bright Lights, Big City (The Sunday Times). Twenty-something aspiring actress Alison Poole is well versed in hopping the clubs, shopping Chanel, falling in and out of lust, and abusing other people’s credit cards. As she traverses nocturnal New York with her coterie of coke-addicted friends—and races toward emotional breakdown—the author of Brightness Falls and other acclaimed works of fiction gives us a funny, poignant portrait of a postmodern Holly Golightly coming to terms with a world in which everything is permitted and nothing really matters. “Jay McInerney has proven himself not only a brilliant stylist but a master of characterization, with a keen eye for incongruities of urban life.” —The New York Times Book Review “[McInerney’s] talent for capturing the nuances and idiosyncrasies of our culture [in Bright Lights, Big City] is even more powerfully evident in Story of My Life . . . Underneath Alison’s hip, party-girl exterior and flippant vernacular is McInerney’s disturbing depiction of a young woman caught in the traumatic reality of her times.” —San Francisco Chronicle “Story of My Life is quite as brilliant as Bright Lights, Big City and a lot funnier.” —The Sunday Times

William Empson

William Empson
Author: Cicely Palser Havely
Pages: 64
ISBN: STANFORD:36105036569171
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Release: 1976
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

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Up the Walls of the World

Up the Walls of the World
Author: James Tiptree
Pages: 318
ISBN: 9781504062350
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Release: 2020-08-25
Editor: Open Road Media
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The first novel from the award-winning author of Brightness Falls from the Air, a writer “known for gender-bending, boundary-pushing work” (Tor.com). Up the Walls of the World is the 1978 debut novel of Alice Sheldon, who had built her reputation with the acclaimed short stories she published under the name James Tiptree Jr. A singular representation of American science fiction in its prime, Tiptree’s first novel expanded on the themes she addressed in her short fiction. “From telepathy to cosmology, from densely conceived psychological narrative to the broadest of sense-of-wonder revelations, the novel is something of a tour de force” (The Science Fiction Encyclopedia). Known as the Destroyer, a self-aware leviathan roams through space gobbling up star systems. In its path is the planet Tyree, populated by telepathic wind-dwelling aliens who are facing extinction. Meanwhile on Earth, people burdened with psi powers are part of a secret military experiment run by a drug-addicted doctor struggling with his own grief. These vulnerable humans soon become the target of the Tyrenni, whose only hope of survival is to take over their bodies and minds—an unspeakable crime in any other period of the aliens’ history . . . Praise for James Tiptree Jr. “[Tiptree] can show you the human in the alien and the alien in the human and make both utterly real.” —The Washington Post “Novels that deal with the mental gymnastics of superminds, or with concepts like eternity and infinity, are doomed to fall short of the mark. But Tiptree’s misses are more exciting than the bulls‐eyes of less ambitious authors.” —The New York Times

This Side of Brightness

This Side of Brightness
Author: Colum McCann
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9781408846216
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Release: 2013-08-01
Editor: A&C Black
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

At the turn of the twentieth century, Nathan Walker comes to New York City to take the most dangerous job in the country: digging the tunnel far beneath the Hudson that will carry trains from Brooklyn to Manhattan. In the bowels of the riverbed, the workers - black, white, Irish and Italian - dig together, the darkness erasing all differences. But above ground, the men keep their distance until a dramatic accident on a bitter winter's day welds a bond between Walker and his fellow workers that will both bless and curse three generations. Almost ninety years later, Treefrog stumbles on the same tunnels and sets about creating a home amongst the drug addicts, alcoholics, prostitutes and petty criminals that comprise the forgotten homeless community.

Brightness Falls from the Air

Brightness Falls from the Air
Author: James Tiptree (Jr.)
Pages: 382
ISBN: OCLC:1028865604
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Release: 1986
Editor: Unknown
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

Sixteen humans gather on a distant world to witness the last rising of a manmade nova.

Brightness Falls

Brightness Falls
Author: Ellen Steinbaum
Pages: 88
ISBN: 1625490429
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Release: 2013-08
Editor: Wordtech Communications
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

The spare, powerful poems in BRIGHTNESS FALLS celebrate "this"--the unexpected turns, joys, regrets, and ordinary imperfections of our days. These, the poems caution, are the days we must not squander: "know this: it will/ not last." "With fierce tenderness, with a delicate strength, Ellen Steinbaum's BRIGHTNESS FALLS maps the brave, risky journey from bereavement to the 'stunned contentment' of new love. The poet endures with a life-embracing passion for the living garden's renewal, for the full-blown rose the beloved has left on her night-stand. In these beautifully realized poems, contentment is stunning. 'No one is unscathed, yet here we are, /triumphant.'" -Gail Mazur

Two Great Novels

Two Great Novels
Author: James Tiptree, Jr.
Pages: 720
ISBN: 9781473203112
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Release: 2016-02-25
Editor: Hachette UK
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

Alice Hastings Bradley Sheldon - better known to the world as science fiction writer James Tiptree, Jr - produced just two novels, in a glittering but tragically short career. Gollancz is delighted to present them together in this omnibus edition: UP THE WALLS OF THE WORLD A secret US navy research project is founded to investigate the existence of paranormal powers, bringing together a variety of men and women who have shown indications of telepathic ability. As a result of the experiment they make mental contact with the Tyrenni, strange alien beings resembling winged squids who dwell in the upper atmosphere of their tempestuous world. The aliens' world, Tyree, is being threatened by a huge being, the Destroyer, which is moving inexorably towards them, obliterating whole solar systems in its path. When the Tyrenni realise that it threatens to exterminate life on Tyree, they are forced into the decision - contrary to all their moral beliefs - to take over the bodies of their human contacts in order to preserve their race. BRIGHTNESS FALLS FROM THE AIR Sixteen humans have come together on Damien, a distant world where once, dreams were stolen and atrocities took place. They have gathered to view the last rising of a manmade nova, the testament to a war none can forget. Soon, time will warp and masks will fall. Soon, violence will erupt anew - along with treachery, horror, murder, release and love. Soon, some will find justice . . . and others, judgement. Soon. Now, sixteen humans have gathered - to await the light of the Murdered Star.

The New York Times Book Review

The New York Times Book Review
Author: Anonim
Pages: 329
ISBN: UOM:39015057110556
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Release: 1992-04
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Presents extended reviews of noteworthy books, short reviews, essays and articles on topics and trends in publishing, literature, culture and the arts. Includes lists of best sellers (hardcover and paperback).

City of Light

City of Light
Author: Lauren Belfer
Pages: 512
ISBN: 9780307764027
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Release: 2010-09-01
Editor: Dial Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK It is 1901 and Buffalo, New York, stands at the center of the nation's attention as a place of immense wealth and sophistication. The massive hydroelectric power development at nearby Niagara Falls and the grand Pan-American Exposition promise to bring the Great Lakes “city of light” even more repute. Against this rich historical backdrop lives Louisa Barrett, the attractive, articulate headmistress of the Macaulay School for Girls. Protected by its powerful all-male board, “Miss Barrett” is treated as an equal by the men who control the life of the city. Lulled by her unique relationship with these titans of business, Louisa feels secure in her position, until a mysterious death at the power plant triggers a sequence of events that forces her to return to a past she has struggled to conceal, and to question everything and everyone she holds dear. Both observer and participant, Louisa Barrett guides the reader through the culture and conflicts of a time and place where immigrant factory workers and nature conservationists protest violently against industrialists, where presidents broker politics, where wealthy “Negroes” fight for recognition and equality, and where women struggle to thrive in a system that allows them little freedom. Wrought with remarkable depth and intelligence, City of Light remains a work completely of its own era, and of ours as well. A stirring literary accomplishment, Lauren Belfer's first novel marks the debut of a fresh voice for the new millennium and heralds a major publishing event.

How It Ended

How It Ended
Author: Jay McInerney
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9781408854495
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Release: 2014-02-13
Editor: A&C Black
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Discover a world of sex, excess and urban paranoia where worlds collide, relationships fragment and the dark underbelly of the American dream is exposed. A transsexual prostitute accidentally propositions his own father. A senator's serial infidelities leave him in hot water. And two young lovers spend Christmas together high on different drugs. McInerney's characters struggle together in a shifting world where old certainties dissolve and nobody can be sure of where they stand.

Brightness Falls

Brightness Falls
Author: Vaughn Ashby
Pages: 274
ISBN: 1096321157
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Release: 2019-07-04
Editor: Unknown
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

Brightness Falls isn't just the name of the TV show that womanizing man-child Andrew Ware has been painstakingly creating for the last couple years, it's also his hometown. A town that he loves as much as he hates. By request of no one, Andrew returns home to help his sister separate from her husband, only to become sidetracked by a beautiful woman. A few drinks and few compliments later the woman is dead, killed in a tragic oral sex accident. In which Andrew would have lost his own life if it weren't for the dapperly dressed, antler-headed, human skeleton named Doug. Who loves Andrew's work, but escaped The Other Side to warn Andrew of a self-proclaimed god with desires to return to Brightness Falls. Wow, that is a lot to take in. That above paragraph is jammed packed with a lot of crap. Thou the oral sex accident sounds interesting, doesn't it? Let's take the whole thing down a notch. Let's try it again, please... With the town's annual festival, Brightfest, which commemorates the deadly day it's population collectively walked to the bottom of the lake, only days away, and the threat of an inadvertently bloodthirsty, self-proclaimed god returning to reenact the event, Andrew is sent scrambling to save his sister, friends, lovers, and the town he's loathed in, before the god is able to complete his predestined experiment to bringing his wife back. If Andrew can get out of his own way to unravel the towns dark secrets, as well as his own, maybe he'll come out of it with a new TV show idea. Oh and save the town. Well fuck, that wasn't much better. Still, a lot going on in that paragraph too. Here let me try... This is the story of a man who loves women, hates his home town, and has to go through a shit tone of shit for both of them. Oh and someone dies during oral sex, can't leave that out. Boom nailed it! Best book description ever - Your Wife The second book in the Aurora Wasteland Literary Universe, which combines Horror, Scifi, and Humor.

Look To Windward

Look To Windward
Author: Iain M. Banks
Pages: 416
ISBN: 9780748110032
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Release: 2010-05-27
Editor: Orbit
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The seventh Culture book from the awesome imagination of Iain M. Banks, a modern master of science fiction. It was one of the less glorious incidents of a long-ago war. It led to the destruction of two suns and the billions of lives they supported. Now, eight hundred years later, the light from the first of those ancient mistakes has reached the Culture Orbital, Masaq'. The light from the second may not. Praise for the Culture series: 'Epic in scope, ambitious in its ideas and absorbing in its execution' Independent on Sunday 'Banks has created one of the most enduring and endearing visions of the future' Guardian 'Jam-packed with extraordinary invention' Scotsman 'Compulsive reading' Sunday Telegraph The Culture series: Consider Phlebas The Player of Games Use of Weapons The State of the Art Excession Inversions Look to Windward Matter Surface Detail The Hydrogen Sonata Other books by Iain M. Banks: Against a Dark Background Feersum Endjinn The Algebraist

Brightness Falls from the Air

Brightness Falls from the Air
Author: Birch Hotz
Pages: 152
ISBN: 1438222157
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Release: 2008-12-15
Editor: Unknown
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

A stirring true story of courage, love, tragedy, and sacrifice set amid a world at war

Bulletin of the Special Astrophysical Observatory North Caucasus

Bulletin of the Special Astrophysical Observatory  North Caucasus
Author: Anonim
Pages: 329
ISBN: CHI:77386228
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Release: 1983
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

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