The Skull and the Nightingale

The Skull and the Nightingale Author Michael Irwin
ISBN-10 9780007476343
Release 2013-06-20
Pages 512
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Set in England in the early 1760s, this is a chilling and deliciously dark tale of manipulation, sex, and seduction.



The Skull Beneath the Skin

The Skull Beneath the Skin Author P.D. James
ISBN-10 9781439144299
Release 2012-04-17
Pages 448
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Invited to protect an actress within the rose red walls of a fairy-tale castle, Detective Cordelia Gray finds the stage is set for death. Actress Clarissa Lisle has always been famous for her ravishing beauty—and her unscrupulous manipulations. Now on the death-shrouded island of Courcy, her schemes win her a starring role in a nightmare in which she can trust no one—not her deceived husband; her dangerously insecure stepson; her ominously genial host; her dependent, desperate cousin; or her cruelly amusing ex-lover. Soon Detective Cordelia gray finds that nothing is as it seems on Courcy—especially after the curtain goes down. Here she must delve into ancient secrets and guilt-stained pasts—and risk her life to stop a brilliantly cunning murderer who has set the stage for her death.



The Nightingale

The Nightingale Author Kristin Hannah
ISBN-10 9781466850606
Release 2015-02-03
Pages 448
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A #1 New York Times bestseller, Wall Street Journal Best Book of the Year, and soon to be a major motion picture, this unforgettable novel of love and strength in the face of war has enthralled a generation. With courage, grace, and powerful insight, bestselling author Kristin Hannah captures the epic panorama of World War II and illuminates an intimate part of history seldom seen: the women's war. The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France—a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women. It is a novel for everyone, a novel for a lifetime. Goodreads Best Historical Novel of the Year • People's Choice Favorite Fiction Winner • #1 Indie Next Selection • A Buzzfeed and The Week Best Book of the Year Praise for The Nightingale: "Haunting, action-packed, and compelling." —Christina Baker Kline, #1 New York Times bestselling author "Absolutely riveting!...Read this book." —Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff, Director of the University of Miami Holocaust Teacher Institute "Beautifully written and richly evocative." —Sara Gruen, #1 New York Times bestselling author “A hauntingly rich WWII novel about courage, brutality, love, survival—and the essence of what makes us human.” —Family Circle “A heart-pounding story.” —USA Today "An enormous story. Richly satisfying. I loved it." —Anne Rice "A respectful and absorbing page-turner." —Kirkus Reviews "Tender, compelling...a satisfying slice of life in Nazi-occupied France." —Jewish Book Council “Expect to devour The Nightingale in as few sittings as possible; the high-stakes plot and lovable characters won’t allow any rest until all of their fates are known.” —Shelf Awareness "I loved The Nightingale." —Lisa See, #1 New York Times bestselling author "Powerful...an unforgettable portrait of love and war." —People



Innocent Blood

Innocent Blood Author P.D. James
ISBN-10 9781451697810
Release 2012-04-17
Pages 400
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Adopted as a child into a privileged family, Philippa Palfrey fantasizes that she is the daughter of an aristocrat and a parlor maid. The terrifying truth about her parents and a long-ago murder is only the first in a series of shocking betrayals. Philippa quickly learns that those who delve into the secrets of the past must be on guard when long-buried horrors begin to stir. "As a crime novel," wrote the London Times, Innocent Blood is "the peak of the art." "Flawlessly crafted...profoundly, masterfully moving," Cosmopolitan concurred.



All the Light We Cannot See

All the Light We Cannot See Author Anthony Doerr
ISBN-10 9781476746609
Release 2014-05-06
Pages 544
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WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II. Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel. In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge. Doerr’s “stunning sense of physical detail and gorgeous metaphors” (San Francisco Chronicle) are dazzling. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, he illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another. Ten years in the writing, a National Book Award finalist, All the Light We Cannot See is a magnificent, deeply moving novel from a writer “whose sentences never fail to thrill” (Los Angeles Times).



The Nightingale that Shrieked and Other Tales

The Nightingale that Shrieked and Other Tales Author Kevin Crossley-Holland
ISBN-10 0192751883
Release 2002
Pages 119
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This collection features tales from Europe, Africa and the Near and Middle East. There are familiar favourites, such as The Pied Piper of Hamelin and The Forty Thieves, which mingle with the surprising, such as Trousers Mehmet and The Deadman's Nightcap. Together they celebrate the many customs and beliefs in our world. * Reading stories drawn from a variety of cultures and traditions, together with myths and legends, is required for the National Curriculum Key Stage 2.



Nightingale

Nightingale Author David Farland
ISBN-10 1614757879
Release 2011-12-22
Pages 496
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¿We all become lost children at one time or another. When no one else can find us, we must find ourselves.¿ ¿ Olivia Bron Jones was abandoned as a newborn. Thrown into foster care, he is rejected by one family after another, until he meets Olivia, a gifted and devoted high-school teacher who recognizes him for what he really is¿what her people call a ¿nightingale.¿But Bron isn¿t ready to learn the truth. There are secrets that have been hidden from mankind for hundreds of thousands of years, secrets that should remain hidden. Some things are too dangerous to know.Bron¿s secret may be the most dangerous of all.In his remarkable young adult fantasy debut, David Farland shows why critics have called his work ¿compelling,¿ ¿engrossing,¿ ¿powerful,¿ ¿profound,¿ and ¿ultimately life-changing.¿



The Fair Fight

The Fair Fight Author Anna Freeman
ISBN-10 9780297871989
Release 2014-08-28
Pages 448
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I sat before my tambour hoop but I did not sew. I thought of split lips, flying teeth and red blood on white linen. Born in a Bristol brothel at the end of the eighteenth century, Ruth Webber, her toe upon the scratch, is ready to face all comers. Lady Charlotte Sinclair, scarred with small pox and bullied by her boorish brother, is on the verge of smashing the bonds of convention that have held her for so long. George Bowden, without inheritance or title, is prepared to do whatever it takes to make his way in the world. Let the fight begin . . .



The Nightingale Shore Murder

The Nightingale Shore Murder Author Rosemary Cook
ISBN-10 9781784624040
Release 2015-10-07
Pages 320
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This updated and expanded second edition is the true story of the unsolved murder of Florence Nightingale’s goddaughter. Florence Nightingale Shore grew up in a Victorian family that found itself mired in controversy and scandal. She became a respected Queen’s Nurse, who worked for five years in France from 1914 and was decorated for her heroism in World War 1. Tragically, on her return to England, Florence was murdered on a moving train – a classic ‘closed room’ murder mystery in a railway carriage. In spite of the best efforts of the local police, Scotland Yard and the famous pathologist Bernard Spilsbury, the crime was never solved. But now a new suspect has been identified, and another mystery has been uncovered amongst the shadowy characters surrounding the crime, to add to the unanswered questions: Who was ‘the man in the brown suit’? What was the significance of the unloaded revolver? And did the Arlington burglar have a sinister reason to burn all his clothing? These questions, and the breathtaking new theory that would rewrite the whole story of Florence’s life, are all explored in this fascinating book, which combines mystery with history and true crime with true heroism. Florence’s story ranges from Victorian England to South Africa, China and war-torn Europe. Her family members emerge as flawed, fascinating characters, and her brutal death as one of the most tragic and enduring unsolved crimes in England.



Late Victorian Holocausts

Late Victorian Holocausts Author Mike Davis
ISBN-10 9781781680612
Release 2002-06-17
Pages 470
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Bestselling, magisterial melding of global environmental history and global political history. Winner of the World History Association Book Award. Examining a series of El Niño-induced droughts and the famines that they spawned around the globe in the last third of the 19th century, Mike Davis discloses the intimate, baleful relationship between imperial arrogance and natural incident that combined to produce some of the worst tragedies in human history. Late Victorian Holocausts focuses on three zones of drought and subsequent famine: India, Northern China; and Northeastern Brazil. All were affected by the same global climatic factors that caused massive crop failures, and all experienced brutal famines that decimated local populations. But the effects of drought were magnified in each case because of singularly destructive policies promulgated by different ruling elites. Davis argues that the seeds of underdevelopment in what later became known as the Third World were sown in this era of High Imperialism, as the price for capitalist modernization was paid in the currency of millions of peasants’ lives.



The Maid

The Maid Author Kimberly Cutter
ISBN-10 9780547549385
Release 2011-10-18
Pages 304
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“Was she a saint or a witch? A visionary or a madwoman? Or an extraordinary peasant girl who, at God’s bidding, led an army, saved France, and paid the price by burning alive? . . . Kimberly Cutter’s portrait of ‘Jehanne’ as a strange, gritty teenage tomboy and true believer is compelling.” —USA Today It is the fifteenth century, and the tumultuous Hundred Years’ War rages on. France is under siege, English soldiers tear through the countryside destroying all who cross their paths, and Charles VII, the uncrowned king, has neither the strength nor the will to rally his army. And in the quiet of her parents’ garden in Domrémy, a peasant girl sees a spangle of light and hears a powerful voice speak her name: Jehanne. The story of Jehanne d’Arc, the visionary and saint who believed she had been chosen by God, who led an army and saved her country, has captivated our imaginations for centuries. But the story of Jehanne—the girl whose sister was murdered by the English, who sought an escape from a violent father and a forced marriage, who taught herself to ride and to fight, and who somehow found the courage and tenacity to persuade first one, then two, then thousands to follow her—is at once thrilling, unexpected, and heartbreaking. Rich with unspoken love and battlefield valor, The Maid is a novel about the power and uncertainty of faith and the exhilarating and devastating consequences of fame. “Impressive . . . Cutter evokes the novel’s medieval world with striking details.” —New York Times Book Review “Joan of Arc, the teenage peasant girl who commanded a French army, was burned at the stake, and eventually declared a saint, exists in our collective imagination as more myth than human being . . . Cutter strips away the romanticism in favor of a more complex portrayal that raises some provocative questions.” —O Magazine



Secret of the Nightingale Madonna

Secret of the Nightingale Madonna Author Hank Luce
ISBN-10 9783959264235
Release 2015-07-22
Pages 280
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What If The Virgin Mary Wrote An Account Of Her Life After The Crucifixion-What Would It Be Worth? A priceless painting is altered to hide its suggestion that the Virgin Mary wrote an account of her life after the crucifixion. Its revelations would forever change the role of women in the Catholic Church. Marcus Po, reclusive book reviewer for the Burlington Times, is determined to learn the painting’s potentially explosive secret, despite powerful forces within and outside of the Church who are desperate to stop him. The fate of the Church and the life of a pope hang in the balance. With the help of a beautiful PhD candidate in art history, Marcus’s quest takes him from his isolated cabin on Lake Champlain, to the labyrinthine catacombs of Paris; from a medieval monastery on an island near Cannes, to a neolithic tomb high in the mountains of Corsica. There, he will learn the secret of the Nightingale Madonna-if he survives. "A fascinating spin on the intersection between religious zealotry and psychosis. Well done."-Dr. Pat Pope, Clinical Psychologist. "This fast-paced contemporary mystery/thriller...grabs the reader from the first page and never lets go!" -Allene Stanton Fay, Publisher and Editor, New Jersey Countryside Magazine. “...I was blown away by the richness of the words and the cliff-hanging chapter endings. The book is a great entertaining escape.”-Claudia Taller, author of Daffodils and Fireflies.



Down the Nile

Down the Nile Author Rosemary Mahoney
ISBN-10 9780316007320
Release 2007-07-11
Pages 304
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Rosemary Mahoney was determined to take a solo trip down the Egyptian Nile in a small boat, even though civil unrest and vexing local traditions conspired to create obstacles every step of the way. Starting off in the south, she gained the unlikely sympathy and respect of a Muslim sailor, who provided her with both a seven-foot skiff and a window into the culturally and materially impoverished lives of rural Egyptians. Egyptian women don't row on the Nile, and tourists aren't allowed to for safety's sake. Mahoney endures extreme heat during the day, and a terror of crocodiles while alone in her boat at night. Whether she's confronting deeply held beliefs about non-Muslim women, finding connections to past chroniclers of the Nile, or coming to the dramaticm realization that fear can engender unwarranted violence, Rosemary Mahoney's informed curiosity about the world, her glorious prose, and her wit never fail to captivate.



Benjamin Franklin s Bastard

Benjamin Franklin s Bastard Author Sally Cabot
ISBN-10 9780062241948
Release 2013-05-07
Pages 384
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Benjamin Frankiln’s Bastard by Sally Cabot is an absorbing and compelling work of literary historical fiction that brings to life a little-known chapter of the American Revolution — the story of Benjamin Franklin and his bastard son, and the women who loved them both. William Franklin, the son of Benjamin and his favorite mistress, Anne, is raised by Deborah, Benjamin’s wife. A steadfast loyalist, he and his father cannot reconcile their wildly disparate views, causing a rift in the bond both thought unbreakable. Fascinating and heartbreaking, Benjamin Franklin’s Bastard is a gripping tale of family, love, and war, set against one of America’s most fascinating periods of history.



Odd Dog Out

Odd Dog Out Author Rob Biddulph
ISBN-10 9780007594160
Release 2016-08-25
Pages 32
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It’s a dog’s life in the big city... Come join one busy dog on her journey to find her place in the world, in this third sublimely illustrated book from the bestselling, award-winning Rob Biddulph.



Florence Nightingale s Suggestions for Thought

Florence Nightingale   s Suggestions for Thought Author Lynn McDonald
ISBN-10 1554582520
Release 2008-12-11
Pages 816
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Florence Nightingale’s Suggestions for Thought has intrigued readers from feminist-philosopher J.S. Mill (who used it in his The Subjection of Women) to the latest generation of women’s activists. Although selections from this long work have been published, Lynn McDonald is the first editor to work through the numerous surviving drafts of Nightingale’s writing and present it as a complete volume. Suggestions for Thought contains two early attempted novels, draft sermons, and a lengthy fictional dialogue featuring St. Ignatius, founder of the Jesuits, the American evangelical Jacob Abbott, and British agnostic Harriet Martineau (with cameo appearances by Protestant reformer John Calvin and the poet Shelley) all against an unnamed “M.S.” The most famous section of Suggestions for Thought is the essay Cassandra, famous as a rant against the family for stifling womens aspirations. Here the printed text is shown with the original novel draft alongside. McDonald’s introductions to each section provide historical context and Nightingales later views of the work. Currently, Volumes 1 to 11 are available in e-book version by subscription or from university and college libraries through the following vendors: Canadian Electronic Library, Ebrary, MyiLibrary, and Netlibrary.



The Cutthroat

The Cutthroat Author Clive Cussler
ISBN-10 9780399575617
Release 2017-03-14
Pages 400
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Isaac Bell may be on the hunt for the greatest monster of all time in the newest action-adventure novel from #1 New York Times–bestselling author Clive Cussler. The year is 1911. Chief Investigator Isaac Bell of the Van Dorn Detective Agency has had many extraordinary cases before. But none quite like this. Hired to find a young woman named Anna Pape who ran away from home to become an actress, Bell gets a shock when her murdered body turns up instead. Vowing to bring the killer to justice, he begins a manhunt which leads him into increasingly more alarming territory. Anna Pape was not alone in her fate—petite young blond women like Anna are being murdered in cities across America. And the pattern goes beyond the physical resemblance of the victims—there are disturbing familiarities about the killings themselves that send a chill through even a man as experienced with evil as Bell. If he is right about his fears, then he is on the trail of one of the greatest monsters of his time.