´´Mrs. Flax was happiest when she was leaving a place, but I wanted to stay put long enough to fall down crazy and hear the Word of God. I always called my mother Mrs. Flax.´´ So begins this extraordinary first novel about one wild year in the life of 14-year-old Charlotte Flax, when she and her sister Kate move with Mrs. Flax into a sleepy 1960´s Massachusetts town. Mrs. Flax is a woman who wears polka-dot dresses and serves hors d´oeuvres for dinner every night, and Kate is a child who basically wants to be a fish. And then there´s Charlotte, who in Patty Dann´s hands, is transformed into a young woman of infinite whim and variety. Charlotte´s main ambition in life is to become a saint, preferably martyred, though she´s Jewish. She´s smitten with the shy young caretaker at the convent at the top of the hill. Dann has created a young girl who accepts the unkindness of the mad universe in which she´s whirling and takes it on with a savage glee. Charlotte Flax is like no one you have ever met - and someone you know very well. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Elizabeth Evans. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/010837/bk_adbl_010837_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Every minute, someone buys an Art Deco-inspired, amber-hued bottle of Chanel No. 5 - to the tune of more than half a million bottles a year. Considering that nearly 90 years have passed since No. 5’s creation, this statistic alone makes a compelling case for the perfume’s stature as the world’s most famous. However, its cultural impact might be even more staggering than its business success: Andy Warhol’s silk-screened version of bottle helped to make its image iconic; Mitch Ryder’s ´´Devil in a Blue Dress” famously wore it; and, when Marilyn Monroe was asked what she wore to bed, she replied, with more than a hint of flirtation: ´´Why, Chanel No. 5 of course.” Adding to the perfume’s prestige, some of the most glamorous actresses of our age, including Catherine Deneuve, Nicole Kidman, and Audrey Tautou, have been its official face. We all know the story of Coco Chanel, but how much do we actually know about her signature perfume - a fragrance that has enjoyed remarkable success for nearly a century? The Secret of Chanel No. 5 is the story of Tilar J. Mazzeo’s far-ranging and often quixotic search to discover the answer - and of the fascinating detours into the history of perfume that come from asking the question: What is the secret behind No. 5’s creation, iconic status, and extraordinary success? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Liz de Nesnera. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/002357/bk_harp_002357_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.