The Dress Lodger:Grove Press Sheri Holman
Fifteen-year-old Gustine is a ´´dress lodger´´, a young prostitute who rents a beautiful blue dress from her landlord to attract a higher class of clientele. To make sure she earns her fees and to keep her from running off with his fantastical gown, her pimp has set a malevolent old woman, known only as ´´the Eye´´, to follow her through the back alleys of Sunderland. By day a potter´s assistant, by night a courtesan of the streets, Gustine works to support her fragile only child, born with a remarkable anatomical defect.Surgeon Henry Chiver is a prisoner of his own past. Implicated in the Burke and Hare killings in Edinburgh, in which beggars were murdered so the corpses could be sold to medical schools, he has come to Sunderland to start a new life. He has a loving fiance, an influential uncle, and an anatomy school that is chronically short of teaching cadavers.Doctor and dress lodger come together in the filthy, overgrown East End of Sunderland. Here, during the worst epidemic since the bubonic plague, Gustine secures bodies for the doctor´s school, until Henry´s greed and his growing obsession with her child challenge her loyalty to him. With cholera bearing down on the city, Gustine must turn to her mortal enemy, the Eye, in her battle for the life and afterlife of her child. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nadia May. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/000902/bk_blak_000902_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Titel: Traditions - OjibwayFormat: Audio CDTracks: Disc 1:1. Elder Song 2. Creator 3. Tobacco Offering 4. Grand Medicine Lodge 5. Medicine Dress 6. Wolf Tracks 7. Sweetgrass 8. Singing a Prayer 9. Zhingishinin 10. Round Dance 11. Fire Circle 12
By the best-selling author of The Dress Lodger, Sheri Holman’s new and most ambitious novel to date, Witches on the Road Tonight, uncovers the secrets and lies that echo through three generations of one Appalachian family. It is a deeply human, urgent exploration of America’s doomed love affair with fear. On the eve of World War II, eight-year-old Eddie Alley lies in bed watching his first horror movie, hand-cranked and flickering on the bare wall of a backwoods cabin. In 2011, Eddie’s daughter, Wallis, an anchorwoman for a 24-hour news channel, lies in bed with a stranger, spinning ghost stories. Between these two nights winds the story of the Alley family - Eddie’s mother, Cora, an Appalachian mountain witch who slips out of her skin after nightfall; Captain Casket, Eddie’s alter ego, a campy 1970’s TV horror-movie host; and Jasper, the orphaned boy Eddie brings home, who is determined to destroy Eddie’s illusions even if it means destroying himself. Deftly moving from the rural, Depression-era South to modern New York City, Holman teases out the dark compulsions and desperate longings that can blur the line between love and betrayal. Witches on the Road Tonight is an unflinching story that digs at the roots of myth - both familial and societal - and beautifully renders our perpetual yearning to make sense of the past in our present. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dick Hill and Christina Traister. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/002737/bk_brll_002737_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
True tales of ghosts, hauntings, and the possessed.... All ghost stories are scary to some degree, but the ones we believe are by far the spookiest. As we read these tales, clutching at our blankets, staring anxiously at our closets, part of our brains are devoted to one simple question.... Why am I so scared? In truth, the answer is simple. We are terrified of these real life ghost stories because we understand one fundamental concept - if it can happen to them, it can happen to you. Humans channel their empathy to experience specific situations that other people have endured. This allows us to sympathize with those who are down, and celebrate with others when they have a success in life. And it is this ability to empathize that makes us afraid of the small scratching sounds coming from the reciter´s attics, or the sound of phantom footsteps by the stairwell.... We know, deep down, that such horrifying experiences could have happened to us instead. And when they finally do, they can turn the most unwavering skeptic into a true believer. Spirits and demons are out there in our world, lurking in the shadows, biding their time. They have all of eternity laid out at their feet.... Here is a preview of what´s inside.... The house of ghosts The boy by the road The devil in the Ouija board A doppelganger at the lodge Lady in the old dress A ghost near the fire Much, much more! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Thomas Stone. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/088682/bk_acx0_088682_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Holden Scott is the prince of professional football. At least he was before he lost it all...or, more to the point, before he threw it all away. Now he´s out of a job, out of the public´s good graces, and perhaps just a little out of his mind. So when a friend offers up his remote lodge in the wilds of Colorado, giving Holden some time away to get his life back on track, he can hardly say no. The last thing he expects is to see a beautiful girl in the woods - one wearing a white lace dress who appears in the moonlight and leaves no footprints behind. Is she a dream? A ghost? A product of his muddled imagination? Or something entirely different? Midnight Lily is the haunting love story of two lost souls reaching for each other in the dark - a tale of healing, acceptance, and the worlds we create to protect our own hearts. It is a story of being lost, of being found, and of being in the place in between. Contains mature themes. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Amelie Griffin, Guy Locke. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/005924/bk_tant_005924_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Another summer, another Bennett Sisters adventure. This time the whole family travels to Scotland for oldest sister Annie´s wedding to a handsome Scot. They take over his family hunting lodge in the Highlands for a week. But is Annie, 14 years older than her groom and a confirmed bohemian, ready to give up her independence in her middle 50s? This is just one of the obstacles to the general happiness in a week with a torrential rainstorm, a recalcitrant housekeeper, a sister who tipples, and another who chases after a sketchy Frenchman. Will Merle accept Pascal´s invitation to go back to France with him? So many questions, so many sisters. How will they sort it all out? Find out in The Things We Said Today, the third full-length Bennett Sisters novel after Blackbird Fly and The Girl in the Empty Dress. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Denice Stradling. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/089453/bk_acx0_089453_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Babbitt (1922), by Sinclair Lewis, is a satirical novel about American culture and society that critiques the vacuity of middle-class life and the social pressure toward conformity. The controversy provoked by Babbitt was influential in the decision to award the Nobel Prize in literature to Lewis in 1930. The word ´´Babbitt´´ entered the English language as a ´´person and especially a business or professional man who conforms unthinkingly to prevailing middle-class standards´´. After the social instability and sharp economic depression that followed World War I, many Americans in the 1920s saw business and city growth as foundations for stability. The civic boosters and self-made men of the middle-class represented particularly American depictions of success, at a time when the promotion of the American identity was crucial in the face of rising fears of Communism. At the same time, growing Midwestern cities, usually associated with mass production and the emergence of a consumer society, were also seen as emblems of American progress. George F. Babbitt, the novel's main character, was described by the 1930 Nobel Prize committee as ´´the ideal of an American popular hero of the middle-class. The relativity of business morals as well as private rules of conduct is for him an accepted article of faith, and without hesitation he considers it God's purpose that man should work, increase his income, and enjoy modern improvements.´´ Lewis has been both criticized and congratulated for his unorthodox writing style in Babbitt. One reviewer said ´´There is no plot whatever... Babbitt simply grows two years older as the tale unfolds.´´ Lewis presents a chronological series of scenes in the life of his title character. After introducing George F. Babbitt as a middle-aged man, ´´nimble in the calling of selling houses for more than people could afford to pay,´´ Lewis presents a meticulously detailed description of Babbitt's morning routine. Each item Babbitt encounters is explained, from the high-tech alarm clock, which Babbitt sees as a marker of social status, to the rough camp blanket, a symbol of the freedom and heroism of the West. As he dresses for the day, Babbitt contemplates each article of his ´´Solid Citizen´´ uniform, the most important being his Booster's club button, which he wears with pride. The first seven chapters follow Babbitt's life over the course of a single day. Over breakfast Babbitt dotes on his ten-year-old daughter Tinka, tries to dissuade his 22-year-old daughter Verona from her newfound socialist leanings, and encourages his 17-year-old son Ted to try harder in school. At the office he dictates letters and discusses real estate advertising with his employees. Babbitt is professionally successful as a realtor. Much of his energy in early chapters is spent on climbing the social ladder through booster functions, real estate sales, and making good with various dignitaries. According to Babbitt, any ´´decent´´ man in Zenith belonged to at least two or three ´´lodges´´ or booster clubs. They were good for potential business partnerships, getting time away from home and family life, and quite simply because ´´it was the thing to do.´´ Babbitt admits that these clubs ´´stimulated him like brandy´´ and that he often finds work dull and nerve-wracking in comparison. Lewis also paints vivid scenes of Babbitt bartering for liquor (despite being a supporter of Prohibition) and hosting dinner parties. At his college class reunion, Babbitt reconnects with a former classmate, Charles McKelvey, whose success in the construction business has made him a millionaire. Seizing the opportunity to hobnob with someone from a wealthier class, Babbitt invites the McKelveys to a dinner party.