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: en

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.

Literary Afterlife of Raymond Carver

Literary Afterlife of Raymond Carver
Author: Jonathan Pountney
Pages: 216
ISBN: 9781474455527
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Release: 2020-04-15
Editor: Edinburgh University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The Literary Afterlife of Raymond Carver examines the cultural legacy of one of America's most renowned short story writers.

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: en

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A Brightness Long Ago

A Brightness Long Ago
Author: Guy Gavriel Kay
Pages: 448
ISBN: 9780143192640
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Release: 2019-05-14
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

From the internationally bestselling author of Tigana and The Lions of Al-Rassan comes a masterful new novel set in a vivid world evoking early Renaissance Italy and offering an extraordinary cast of characters whose lives come together through destiny, love, and ambition. In a chamber overlooking the nighttime waterways of a maritime city, a man recalls his youth and the people who shaped his life. Danio Cerra's intelligence won him entry to a renowned school even though he was only the son of a tailor. He took service at the court of a count--and soon learned why that man was known as the Beast. Danio's fate changed the moment he recognized Adria Ripoli as she entered the Beast's chambers one autumn night, intending to kill. Born to power, Adria had chosen, instead of a life of comfort, one of danger--and freedom--which is how she encounters Danio in a perilous time and place. Unforgettable figures share the unfolding story. Among them: a healer determined to defy her expected lot; a charming, frivolous son of immense wealth; a powerful religious leader more decadent than devout; and, affecting all these lives and many more, two larger-than-life mercenary commanders, lifelong adversaries, whose rivalry puts a world in the balance. A Brightness Long Ago offers both compelling drama and deeply moving reflections on the nature of memory, the choices we make in life, and the role played by the turning of Fortune's wheel.

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.

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: en

Explanation of the Book:

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

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

Brightness Falls

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

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

Coxinga and the Fall of the Ming

Coxinga and the Fall of the Ming
Author: Jonathan Clements
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780752473826
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Release: 2011-10-24
Editor: The History Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This is the fantastic true story of the infamous pirate; Coxinga who became king of Taiwan and was made a god - twice. From humble origins, Coxinga's father became the richest man in China and Admiral of the Emperor's navy during the Ming Dynasty. As his eldest son, Coxinga was given the best education and developed a love of poetry and the study of Confucius. From this unlikely beginning, it took the invasion of south China by the Manchu and the subsequent loss of both his parents - his father defected to the Manchu and his mother, a Japanese Samurai, died in battle - to turn Coxinga from scholar to warrior. Fiercely loyal to his exiled Emperor, Coxinga fought against overwhelming odds until his defeat drove him out to sea and over to Taiwan - at the time a lawless set of islands inhabited by cannibals. Self-styled king of Taiwan, Coxinga died at the moment of his triumph. His descendants ruled the island for two decades.

Brightness Falls

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

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.

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: en

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.

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: en

Explanation of the Book:

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

Dazzling Brightness

Dazzling Brightness
Author: Roberta Gellis
Pages: 329
ISBN: 9781610849685
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Release: 2016-08-25
Editor: Belgrave House
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Roberta Gellis has reimagined the Greek myth of Hades and Persephone, in all its colorful intensity. Persephone has been restless under her domineering mother, Demeter. When Hades kidnaps her to his Underworld and teaches her what “gift” she has, he is threatened by the other mages to return her to Demeter. But Demeter realizes that her grown daughter has a will of her own… 1st of the Myth trilogy by Roberta Gellis; originally published by Pinnacle

Orbital Motion

Orbital Motion
Author: A.E. Roy
Pages: 544
ISBN: 1420056883
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Release: 2020-07-14
Editor: CRC Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Long established as one of the premier references in the fields of astronomy, planetary science, and physics, the fourth edition of Orbital Motion continues to offer comprehensive coverage of the analytical methods of classical celestial mechanics while introducing the recent numerical experiments on the orbital evolution of gravitating masses and the astrodynamics of artificial satellites and interplanetary probes. Following detailed reviews of earlier editions by distinguished lecturers in the USA and Europe, the author has carefully revised and updated this edition. Each chapter provides a thorough introduction to prepare you for more complex concepts, reflecting a consistent perspective and cohesive organization that is used throughout the book. A noted expert in the field, the author not only discusses fundamental concepts, but also offers analyses of more complex topics, such as modern galactic studies and dynamical parallaxes. New to the Fourth Edition: * Numerous updates and reorganization of all chapters to encompass new methods * New results from recent work in areas such as satellite dynamics * New chapter on the Caledonian symmetrical n-body problem Extending its coverage to meet a growing need for this subject in satellite and aerospace engineering, Orbital Motion, Fourth Edition remains a top reference for postgraduate and advanced undergraduate students, professionals such as engineers, and serious amateur astronomers.

The Story of My Life

The Story of My Life
Author: Jay McInerney
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9781408854501
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Release: 2014-02-13
Editor: A&C Black
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

It is party time in eighties Manhattan. Smart, sassy and cynical, Alison lives for the moment. Her life is a carnival of gossip and midnight sessions of Truth or Dare, and her cocaine-bashing friends and flirting flatmates all crave satiation. Young and beautiful, hip and indulgent, sex-crazed and alcohol-fuelled, Alison can neither pay her fees for drama school nor track down her indifferent father. She juggles rent money with abortion fees, lingering lovers with current conquests and is the despair of her gynaecologist. She's fallen deeply in lust with Dean, although that nasty present Skip Pendleton left her with hasn't yet cleared up. Story of her life right? But in a world of no consequences, Alison is heading for a meltdown.

The Volcano and After

The Volcano and After
Author: Alicia Suskin Ostriker
Pages: 214
ISBN: 9780822987819
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Release: 2020-09-08
Editor: University of Pittsburgh Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Alicia Suskin Ostriker’s passionate voice has long been acknowledged as a vital force in American poetry. From urgent spiritual quest to biting political satire, from elegy to comedy, from celebration of the city street and the world “as a paradise might be / if we had eyes to see,” to the “crack in earth . . . crack in her mind,” from brilliant evocations of art and music to mother-daughter wrestlings, Ostriker’s poetry rings with insistence on beauty and truth. Drawing from six of her previous books, and highlighting a sequence of bold new poems exploring the challenges and absurdities of aging, The Volcano and After is a masterpiece for our time. OLD WOMAN AT THE RIVER On the bank of the river I slide inside my sleeping bag sleep is good if I am not kept awake by coughing the sound of the water soothes time passes and does not pass when I am better I will sit and meditate for a while there may be birds to listen to then I will step down the bank and put my naked foot in the water which will shock at first, being so cold, so swift.