Postcards from a Stranger

Author: Sally Stewart

Publisher: Magna Large Print Books

ISBN: 9780750514682

Category: Fiction

Page: 323

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Returning home, Oliver Hatton finds village life reassuringly unchanged -- except for the transformation of Jane Kingsley, once a gauche, unhappy teenager. Her uncle's priceless collection of ancient scientific instruments attracts study from a visiting researcher, Jules Legrand, but after a burglary and the death of Jane's uncle, Oliver distrusts both Jane and Jules. Torn between old and new loyalties, Jane goes in search of the missing collection, with Oliver at her heels, following clues that lead her across France to danger and despair...

Postcards from a Stranger

Author: Imogen Clark

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing

ISBN: 9781503902497

Category:

Page: 352

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A secret lies buried at the heart of her family--but it can't stay hidden forever. When Cara stumbles across a stash of old postcards in the attic, their contents make her question everything she thought she knew. The story she pieces together is confusing and unsettling, and appears to have been patched over with lies. But who can tell her the truth? With her father sinking into Alzheimer's and her brother reluctant to help, it seems Cara will never find the answers to her questions. One thing is clear, though: someone knows more than they're letting on. Torn between loyalty to her family and dread of what she might find, Cara digs into the early years of her parents' troubled marriage, hunting down long-lost relatives who might help unravel the mystery. But the picture that begins to emerge is not at all the one she'd expected--because as she soon discovers, lies have a habit of multiplying . . . Revised edition: This edition of Postcards from a Stranger includes editorial revisions.

A Postcard from the Volcano

A Novel of Pre-War Germany

Author: Lucy Beckett

Publisher: Ignatius Press

ISBN: 168149017X

Category: Fiction

Page: 520

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Beginning in 1914 and ending on the eve of World War II, this epic story follows the coming of age and early manhood of the Prussian aristocrat, Max von Hofmannswaldau. From the idyllic surroundings of his ancestral home to the streets of cosmopolitan Breslau menaced by the Nazi SS, Hofmannswaldau uncovers the truth about his own identity and confronts the modern ideologies that threaten the annihilation of millions of people. A Postcard from the Volcano opens with the outbreak of World War I and the Prussian pride and patriotism that blind the noble von Hofmannswaldau family to the destruction that lies ahead for their country. The well-researched narrative follows the young count as he leaves home to finish his education and ends up a stranger in the land of his birth. Both intelligent and sensitive, Beckett’s prose explores the complex philosophical and political questions that led Europe into a second world war, while never losing sight of a man whose life is shaped by his times. A deeply moving historical novel that shows the horrific impact that two world wars had on whole countries, and how individuals struggled to deal with the incredible challenges presented by such devastation.

PostSecret

Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives

Author: Frank Warren

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0060899190

Category: Self-Help

Page: 288

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The project that captured a nation's imagination. The instructions were simple, but the results were extraordinary. "You are invited to anonymously contribute a secret to a group art project. Your secret can be a regret, fear, betrayal, desire, confession, or childhood humiliation. Reveal anything -- as long as it is true and you have never shared it with anyone before. Be brief. Be legible. Be creative." It all began with an idea Frank Warren had for a community art project. He began handing out postcards to strangers and leaving them in public places -- asking people to write down a secret they had never told anyone and mail it to him, anonymously. The response was overwhelming. The secrets were both provocative and profound, and the cards themselves were works of art -- carefully and creatively constructed by hand. Addictively compelling, the cards reveal our deepest fears, desires, regrets, and obsessions. Frank calls them "graphic haiku," beautiful, elegant, and small in structure but powerfully emotional. As Frank began posting the cards on his website, PostSecret took on a life of its own, becoming much more than a simple art project. It has grown into a global phenomenon, exposing our individual aspirations, fantasies, and frailties -- our common humanity. Every day dozens of postcards still make their way to Frank, with postmarks from around the world, touching on every aspect of human experience. This extraordinary collection brings together the most powerful, personal, and beautifully intimate secrets Frank Warren has received -- and brilliantly illuminates that human emotions can be unique and universal at the same time.

Postcards from Surfers

Author: Helen Garner

Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com

ISBN: 145962114X

Category:

Page: 152

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These stories are about life and love; of looking back and longing; of what it means to be a stranger, on foreign ground and known, told with the piercing familiarity and resonance we have come to expect. Honest, often very funny and always woven in ways that surprise, the se stories tease out everyday life to show the darkness underneath.

Postcards From the Edge

Author: Carrie Fisher

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1849833656

Category: Fiction

Page: 240

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** THE NEW YORK TIMES-BESTSELLING CULT CLASSIC NOVEL ** ** In a new edition introduced by Stephen Fry ** ‘I don’t think you can even call this a drug. This is just a response to the conditions we live in.’ Suzanne Vale, formerly acclaimed actress, is in rehab, feeling like ‘something on the bottom of someone’s shoe, and not even someone interesting’. Immersed in the sometimes harrowing, often hilarious goings-on of the drug hospital and wondering how she’ll cope – and find work – back on the outside, she meets new patient Alex. Ambitious, good-looking in a Heathcliffish way and in the grip of a monumental addiction, he makes Suzanne realize that, however eccentric her life might seem, there’s always someone who’s even closer to the edge of reason. Carrie Fisher’s bestselling debut novel is an uproarious commentary on Hollywood – the home of success, sex and insecurity – and has become a beloved cult classic. ‘This novel, with its energy, bounce and generous delivery of a loud laugh on almost every page, stands as a declaration of war on two fronts: on normal and on unhappy’ STEPHEN FRY ‘A single woman’s answer to Nora Ephron’s Heartburn . . . the smart successor to Joan Didion’s Play It as It Lays’ Los Angeles Times ‘A cult classic . . . A wonderfully funny, brash and biting novel’ Washington Post 'A wickedly shrewd black-humor riff on the horrors of rehab and the hollows of Hollywood life' People 'Searingly funny' Vogue

Postcards from No Man's Land

Author: Aidan Chambers

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780142401453

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 312

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Alternates between two stories--contemporarily, seventeen-year-old Jacob visits Amsterdam--and historically, nineteen-year-old Geertrui relates her experience of British soldiers' attempts to liberate Holland from the Nazis.

Notes from a Small Island

Author: Bill Bryson

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0062417436

Category: Travel

Page: 368

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Before New York Times bestselling author Bill Bryson wrote The Road to Little Dribbling, he took this delightfully irreverent jaunt around the unparalleled floating nation of Great Britain, which has produced zebra crossings, Shakespeare, Twiggie Winkie’s Farm, and places with names like Farleigh Wallop and Titsey.

Postcards

Author: Annie Proulx

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1416588914

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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E. Annie Proulx's first novel, Postcards, winner of the 1993 Pen/Faulkner Award for Fiction, tells the mesmerizing tale of Loyal Blood, who misspends a lifetime running from a crime so terrible that it renders him forever incapable of touching a woman. Blood's odyssey begins in 1944 and takes him across the country from his hardscrabble Vermont hill farm to New York, across Ohio, Minnesota, and Montana to British Columbia, on to North Dakota, Wyoming, and New Mexico and ends, today, in California, with Blood homeless and near mad. Along the way, he must live a hundred lives to survive, mining gold, growing beans, hunting fossils and trapping, prospecting for uranium, and ranching. In his absence, disaster befalls his family; greatest among their terrible losses are the hard-won values of endurance and pride that were the legacy of farm people rooted in generations of intimacy with soil, weather, plants, and seasons. Postcards chronicles the lives of the rural and the dispossessed and charts their territory with the historical verisimilitude and writerly prowess of Cather, Dreiser, and Faulkner. It is a new American classic.

Things We Never Said

Author: Nick Alexander

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing

ISBN: 9781503904378

Category: Fiction

Page: 348

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All the love she ever gave. Every secret she never told. Catherine was the love of Sean's life. But now she is gone. All that's left is a box full of envelopes, each containing a snapshot and a cassette tape. Through a series of recordings, Catherine shares their long love story, but will Sean recognise the story she tells? Catherine's words have been chosen with love, but are painfully honest--and sometimes simply painful. She reveals every unspoken thought and every secret she kept from her husband--revelations that will shake everything Sean thought he knew about their life together. But as disconcerting as the tapes turn out to be, Sean prays that they will ultimately confirm the one thing he never dared question. Does destiny exist? And were his and Catherine's love and life together always meant to be? Revised edition: This edition of Things We Never Said includes editorial revisions.

Map of Us

Author: JULIAN. PRESTON,Jules Preston

Publisher: HarperImpulse

ISBN: 9780008300975

Category:

Page: 180

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A story of love, line graphs and lost directions'One perfectly imperfect family with a story that will melt even the most hardened soul, The Map of Us is utterly charming. I fell in love with Violet and her grand-daughter Tilly and I know you will too' Irish Times bestseller Carmel HarringtonViolet North is wonderfully inconvenient. Abandoned by her family and lost in an imagined world of moors and adventure, her life changes in the space of just 37 words exchanged with a stranger at her front door.Decades later, Daniel Bearing has inherited his father's multi-million pound business, and is utterly lost. He has no idea who he is or where his life is headed.When Violet's granddaughter's marriage falls apart, Tilly, always adept with numbers, compiles a detailed statistical report to pinpoint why. But the Compatibility Index Tilly creates has unforeseen consequences for everyone in her world.Tilly and Daniel share a secret too. 10.37am, April 22nd. Soon, a complex web of secrets and lies is exposed and an adventure begins with a blue typewriter...

What's Your Story?

True Experiences from Complete Strangers

Author: Brandon Doman

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0062386921

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

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Everyone has a story to share. What's yours? In 2009, Brandon Doman, who has always been curious about the people with whom we share our world, sat at a local coffeehouse and decided to ask passersby a simple question: "What's your story?" Providing only paper and pens, Doman created an exploratory space that instantly intrigued people to share their stories anonymously. Now, more than 10,000 stories later, the Strangers Project has become a momentous movement, engaging strangers of all ages and backgrounds to reflect, rejoice, heal, and connect through words. Published here for the first time, What's Your Story? showcases a selection of two hundred stories from the Strangers Project. Equal parts heartbreaking and humorous, this moving compendium lays bare our universal truths, desires, and sufferings, and illustrates the emotional power of storytelling and our shared humanity. To complete this beautiful collage of stories, a blank page is included at the end for readers to add their own personal story. With more than fifty color photographs and illustrations

The Accidental

Author: Ali Smith

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 0307279758

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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Filled with Ali Smith's trademark wordplay and inventive storytelling, here is the dizzyingly entertaining, wickedly humorous story of a mysterious stranger whose sudden appearance during a family’s summer holiday transforms four variously unhappy people. Each of the Smarts—parents Eve and Michael, son Magnus, and the youngest, daughter Astrid—encounter Amber in his or her own solipsistic way, but somehow her presence allows them to see their lives (and their life together) in a new light. Smith’s narrative freedom and exhilarating facility with language propel the novel to its startling, wonderfully enigmatic conclusion.

The Postcard

Author: Tony Abbott

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 0316033545

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 368

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She died today. One phone call changes Jason's summer vacation-and life!-forever. When Jason's grandmother dies, he's sent down to her home in Florida to help his father clean out her things. At first he gripes about spending his summer miles away from his best friend, doing chores, and sweating in the Florida heat, but he soon discovers a mystery surrounding his grandmother's murky past. An old, yellowed postcard...a creepy phone call with a raspy voice at the other end asking, "So how smart are you?"...an entourage of freakish funeral goers....a bizarre magazine story. All contain clues that will send him on a thrilling journey to uncover family secrets. Award-winning author Tony Abbott weaves an intriguing and entertaining mystery of adventure, friendship and family.

Strangers

Author: Dean Koontz

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780425181119

Category: Fiction

Page: 689

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A group of seemingly unrelated people experiences sensations of numbing terror and fear and, groping their way toward one another, discover their sinister, shared secrets in a chilling climax that changes their lives forever. Reissue.

The Messengers

Author: Edward Hogan

Publisher: Candlewick Press

ISBN: 0763676985

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 224

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Fifteen-year-old Frances is sent to her aunt’s house for the summer to escape difficulties at home. Soon she meets Peter, a man unlike anyone she has ever known. Peter is a messenger—but his messages never bring good news. Peter believes that Frances is a messenger, too. In a compelling page-turner as complex as it is chilling, the author of Daylight Saving poses the provocative question: If you could change the future, where would you start?

Faithful

A Novel

Author: Alice Hoffman

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1476799261

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Marriage of Opposites and The Dovekeepers comes a soul-searching story about a young woman struggling to redefine herself and the power of love, family, and fate. Growing up on Long Island, Shelby Richmond is an ordinary girl until one night an extraordinary tragedy changes her fate. Her best friend’s future is destroyed in an accident, while Shelby walks away with the burden of guilt. What happens when a life is turned inside out? When love is something so distant it may as well be a star in the sky? Faithful is the story of a survivor, filled with emotion—from dark suffering to true happiness—a moving portrait of a young woman finding her way in the modern world. A fan of Chinese food, dogs, bookstores, and men she should stay away from, Shelby has to fight her way back to her own future. In New York City she finds a circle of lost and found souls—including an angel who’s been watching over her ever since that fateful icy night. Here is a character you will fall in love with, so believable and real and endearing, that she captures both the ache of loneliness and the joy of finding yourself at last. For anyone who’s ever been a hurt teenager, for every mother of a daughter who has lost her way, Faithful is a roadmap. Alice Hoffman’s “trademark alchemy” (USA TODAY) and her ability to write about the “delicate balance between the everyday world and the extraordinary” (WBUR) make this an unforgettable story. With beautifully crafted prose, Alice Hoffman spins hope from heartbreak in this profoundly moving novel.

Knit in Comfort

A Novel

Author: Isabel Sharpe

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0061995428

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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A wonderful novel from Isabel Sharpe, the author of As Good As it Got, Knit in Comfort joins the women of Comfort, North Carolina, as they come together to knit and make lace–and find that the intricacies of both echo the complexities of their own lives. A story that combines the popular pastime of crafting and a richly realized cast of unforgettable characters, Knit in Comfort is a heartwarming tale of love and friendship that every fan of Debbie Macomber, Kate Jacobs, and Ann Hood is certain to cherish.

Griffin and Sabine

An Extraordinary Correspondence

Author: Nick Bantock

Publisher: Chronicle Books

ISBN: 9780877017882

Category: Fiction

Page: 48

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A novel in colorful postcards and letters depicts the enigmatic relationship between British artist Griffin Moss and Sabine Strohem, a mysterious woman living on a Pacific island who can see Griffin as he works in London