A Shout in the Ruins

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Author : Kevin Powers
Detail : “One of the Amazon Editors’ Best Books of 2018. Following his vastly celebrated debut novel, The Yellow Birds, Kevin Powers returns to the piece of ground and its aftermath, now in his native Virginia, simply before and through the warfare and ninety years later. The novel pinpoints with inerrable emotional depth the character of random violence, the requirement of affection and compassion, and also the fragility and valuableness of life. it’ll endure as a surprising novel regarding what we have a tendency to leave behind, what a life is price, what’s aforementioned and unvoiced, and also the incontrovertible fact that ultimately what is going to survive people is love.

‘An yank warfare epic [which] confirms Powers as a major talent.’ Observer

‘Gorgeous and devastating’ big apple Times

‘Achingly relevant.’ Grazia

A Shout in the Ruins :

Fiction

Author - Kevin Powers
Publisher - Little, Brown
Pages - 272
ISBN - 0316556483


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Detail - Set in Virginia during the Civil War and a century beyond, this novel by the award-winning author of The Yellow Birds explores the brutal legacy of violence and exploitation in American society. "A masterpiece. Powers has written a novel that includes all the ferocity, complexity, and racial violence of the American South" --- Philipp Meyer, author of American Rust Spanning over one hundred years, from the antebellum era to the 1980's, A Shout in the Ruins examines the fates of the inhabitants of Beauvais Plantation outside of Richmond, Virginia. When war arrives, the master of Beauvais, Anthony Levallios, foresees that dominion in a new America will be measured not in acres of tobacco under cultivation by his slaves, but in industry and capital. A grievously wounded Confederate veteran loses his grip on a world he no longer understands, and his daughter finds herself married to Levallois, an arrangement that feels little better than imprisonment. And two people enslaved at Beauvais plantation, Nurse and Rawls, overcome impossible odds to be together, only to find that the promise of coming freedom may not be something they will live to see. Seamlessly interwoven is the story of George Seldom, a man orphaned by the storm of the Civil War, looking back from the 1950s on the void where his childhood ought to have been. Watching the government destroy his neighborhood to build a stretch of interstate highway through Richmond, he travels south in an attempt to recover his true origins. With the help of a young woman named Lottie, he goes in search of the place he once called home, all the while reckoning with the more than 90 years he lived as witness to so much that changed during the 20th century, and so much that didn't. As we then watch Lottie grapple with life's disappointments and joys in the 1980's, now in her own middle-age, the questions remain: How do we live in a world built on the suffering of others? And can love exist in a place where for 400 years violence has been the strongest form of intimacy? Written with the same emotional intensity, harrowing realism, and poetic precision that made THE YELLOW BIRDS one of the most celebrated novels of the past decade, A SHOUT IN THE RUINS cements Powers' place in the forefront of American letters and demands that we reckon with the moral weight of our troubling history.

A Shout in the Ruins :

Fiction

Author - Kevin Powers
Publisher - Hachette UK
Pages - 272
ISBN - 1473667798


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Detail - * One of the Amazon Editors' Best Books of 2018 * 'Achingly relevant' - Grazia 'Gorgeous and devastating' New York Times 'An American Civil War epic [which] confirms Powers as a significant talent' - Andrew Motion, Observer 'Contains moments that burn' Daily Mail A stunning novel about violence, power and love by Kevin Powers, the acclaimed author of The Yellow Birds and winner of both the 2012 Guardian First Book Award and the Hemingway/PEN Award. A nighttime whipping in a lamplit barn. A ruined leg tossed onto a pile of discarded limbs. A hand snuffing out a desperate cry behind a bedroom's locked door. In A Shout in the Ruins, Kevin Powers returns to the battlefield and its aftermath, this time in his native Virginia, just before and during the Civil War and ninety years later. The novel pinpoints with unerring emotional depth the nature of random violence, the necessity of love and compassion, and the fragility and preciousness of life. It will endure as a stunning novel about what we leave behind, what a life is worth, what is said and unsaid, and the fact that ultimately what will survive of us is love. Written with the same emotional intensity, harrowing realism, and poetic precision that made The Yellow Birds one of the most celebrated novels of the past decade, A Shout in the Ruins cements Powers' place as one of the most important novelists of our time. 'Beautifully formed sentences express unsettling truths about humanity, yet tendrils of hope emerge, showing how love and kindness can take root in seemingly barren earth.' - Sarah Johnson, Booklist

A Shout in the Ruins :

Fiction

Author - Kevin Powers
Publisher - Hachette UK
Pages - 272
ISBN - 0316556483


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Detail - Set in Virginia during the Civil War and a century beyond, this novel by the award-winning author of The Yellow Birds explores the brutal legacy of violence and exploitation in American society. "A masterpiece. Powers has written a novel that includes all the ferocity, complexity, and racial violence of the American South" --- Philipp Meyer, author of American Rust Spanning over one hundred years, from the antebellum era to the 1980's, A Shout in the Ruins examines the fates of the inhabitants of Beauvais Plantation outside of Richmond, Virginia. When war arrives, the master of Beauvais, Anthony Levallios, foresees that dominion in a new America will be measured not in acres of tobacco under cultivation by his slaves, but in industry and capital. A grievously wounded Confederate veteran loses his grip on a world he no longer understands, and his daughter finds herself married to Levallois, an arrangement that feels little better than imprisonment. And two people enslaved at Beauvais plantation, Nurse and Rawls, overcome impossible odds to be together, only to find that the promise of coming freedom may not be something they will live to see. Seamlessly interwoven is the story of George Seldom, a man orphaned by the storm of the Civil War, looking back from the 1950s on the void where his childhood ought to have been. Watching the government destroy his neighborhood to build a stretch of interstate highway through Richmond, he travels south in an attempt to recover his true origins. With the help of a young woman named Lottie, he goes in search of the place he once called home, all the while reckoning with the more than 90 years he lived as witness to so much that changed during the 20th century, and so much that didn't. As we then watch Lottie grapple with life's disappointments and joys in the 1980's, now in her own middle-age, the questions remain: How do we live in a world built on the suffering of others? And can love exist in a place where for 400 years violence has been the strongest form of intimacy? Written with the same emotional intensity, harrowing realism, and poetic precision that made THE YELLOW BIRDS one of the most celebrated novels of the past decade, A SHOUT IN THE RUINS cements Powers' place in the forefront of American letters and demands that we reckon with the moral weight of our troubling history.

The Yellow Birds : A Novel

Fiction

Author - Kevin Powers
Publisher - Little, Brown
Pages - 240
ISBN - 0316219355


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Detail - Finalist for the National Book Award, The Yellow Birds is the harrowing story of two young soldiers trying to stay alive in Iraq "The war tried to kill us in the spring." So begins this powerful account of friendship and loss. In Al Tafar, Iraq, twenty-one-year old Private Bartle and eighteen-year-old Private Murphy cling to life as their platoon launches a bloody battle for the city. Bound together since basic training when Bartle makes a promise to bring Murphy safely home, the two have been dropped into a war neither is prepared for. In the endless days that follow, the two young soldiers do everything to protect each other from the forces that press in on every side: the insurgents, physical fatigue, and the mental stress that comes from constant danger. As reality begins to blur into a hazy nightmare, Murphy becomes increasingly unmoored from the world around him and Bartle takes actions he could never have imagined. With profound emotional insight, especially into the effects of a hidden war on mothers and families at home, The Yellow Birds is a groundbreaking novel that is destined to become a classic.

The Innocents : A Novel

Fiction

Author - Michael Crummey
Publisher - Doubleday
Pages - 304
ISBN - 0385545436


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Detail - People Magazine Book of the Week "Extraordinary."--Wall Street Journal "Gripping."--Emma Donoghue, author of Room "Dazzling."--Smith Henderson, author of Fourth of July Creek "Fantastic."--Kevin Powers, author of Yellow Birds and A Shout in the Ruins "Brilliant."--Ron Rash, author of Serena From prizewinning author Michael Crummey comes a spellbinding story of survival in which a brother and sister confront the limits of human endurance and their own capacity for loyalty and forgiveness. A brother and sister are orphaned in an isolated cove on Newfoundland's northern coastline. Their home is a stretch of rocky shore governed by the feral ocean, by a relentless pendulum of abundance and murderous scarcity. Still children with only the barest notion of the outside world, they have nothing but the family's boat and the little knowledge passed on haphazardly by their mother and father to keep them. Muddling though the severe round of the seasons, through years of meagre catches and storms and ravaging illness, it is their fierce loyalty to each other that motivates and sustains them. But as seasons pass and they wade deeper into the mystery of their own natures, even that loyalty will be tested. The Innocents is richly imagined and compulsively readable, a riveting story of hardship and survival, and an unflinching exploration of the bond between brother and sister. By turns electrifying and heartbreaking, it is a testament to the bounty and barbarity of the world, to the wonders and strangeness of our individual selves.

The Ruins of Lace :

Fiction

Author - Iris Anthony
Publisher - no defined
Pages - 443
ISBN - 9781410455734


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Detail - An enthralling novel centered around the mad French passion for forbidden Flemish bobbin lace in the 1600s, from a writer whose work has been called "unexpected, haunting and powerful" by her readers.

Ohio :

Fiction

Author - Stephen Markley
Publisher - Simon & Schuster
Pages - 512
ISBN - 1501174487


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Detail - “Extraordinary...beautifully precise...[an] earnestly ambitious debut.”—The New York Times Book Review “A wild, angry, and devastating masterpiece of a book.”—NPR “[A] descendent of the Dickensian ‘social novel’ by way of Jonathan Franzen: epic fiction that lays bare contemporary culture clashes, showing us who we are and how we got here.”—O, The Oprah Magazine One sweltering night in 2013, four former high school classmates converge on their hometown in northeastern Ohio. There’s Bill Ashcraft, a passionate, drug-abusing young activist whose flailing ambitions have taken him from Cambodia to Zuccotti Park to post-BP New Orleans, and now back home with a mysterious package strapped to the undercarriage of his truck; Stacey Moore, a doctoral candidate reluctantly confronting her family and the mother of her best friend and first love, whose disappearance spurs the mystery at the heart of the novel; Dan Eaton, a shy veteran of three tours in Iraq, home for a dinner date with the high school sweetheart he’s tried desperately to forget; and the beautiful, fragile Tina Ross, whose rendezvous with the washed-up captain of the football team triggers the novel’s shocking climax. Set over the course of a single evening, Ohio toggles between the perspectives of these unforgettable characters as they unearth dark secrets, revisit old regrets and uncover—and compound—bitter betrayals. Before the evening is through, these narratives converge masterfully to reveal a mystery so dark and shocking it will take your breath away.

The Light in the Ruins :

Fiction

Author - Chris Bohjalian
Publisher - Vintage
Pages - 309
ISBN - 0307743926


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Detail - Hoping to safeguard themselves during World War II within their villa in Florence, the Rosati family become prisoners in their home instead when the Nazis take over the estate, a situation that leads to a murder investigation years later.

Belfast Walks :

Hiking

Author - Seth Linder
Publisher - O'Brien Press
Pages - 192
ISBN - 9781847179258


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Detail - Belfast and the surrounding countryside have so much to offer, and are waiting to be explored! Hike through wooded glades and past plunging waterfalls, or stroll through the Titanic Quarter and hear about the city's industrial history. Take the Van Morrison walk through the singer's native East Belfast, or follow in the footsteps of football legend George Best and Narnia creator C.S. Lewis. See the famous republican and loyalist murals, or enjoy the spectacular view from Cave Hill. ROUTES THOUGH THE PAST AND PRESENT: Lagan Towpath, Cave Hill Country Park, Colin Glen Forest Park, Divis and Black Mountain, Shankill Walk, Titanic Quarter, Falls Road, Stormont Estate, City Hall to Cathedral Quarter... Caters for: all tastes and levels of fitness; casual strollers, family groups and serious walkers 25 walks ranging from 1 to 10 miles and from 45 minutes to 31⁄2 hours clear, detailed instructions an easy-to-follow map of each walk information on history, flora and fauna

Reel Masters : Chefs Casting About With Timing and Grace

Cooking

Author - Susan Schadt
Publisher - Susan Schadt Press LLC
Pages - 272
ISBN - 9780997355918


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Detail - Susan Schadt s fourth book chronicling and celebrating the bounty and spirit of American sporting life and culinary culture. Through photographs, recipes and voices of seasoned chefs, REEL MASTERS: CHEFS CASTING ABOUT WITH TIMING AND GRACE tells the stories through narrative and stunning photography of fishing backwaters, bayous and bays and the lure of fishing in unspoiled beauty, fierce and fun. Featuring James Beard Award Winners, Semifinalists & Nominees, Food & Wine Best New Chefs & participants on Top Chef, Top Chef Masters & Food Network. Part cookbook, part guidebook. This time we are going fishing along the coastlines and inland shores of the sporting south, including Birmingham, Charleston, Richmond, Pensacola, Venice, Grande Isle & Port Sulphur and Toledo Bend LA. We employ a cookbook anthology model similar to the acclaimed Wild Abundance, (2010)"

Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting : Poems

Poetry

Author - Kevin Powers
Publisher - Little, Brown
Pages - 112
ISBN - 0316401064


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Detail - The award-winning author of The Yellow Birdsreturns with an extraordinary debut poetry collection. National Book Award finalist, Iraq war veteran, novelist and poet Kevin Powers creates a deeply affecting portrait of a life shaped by war. Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting captures the many moments that comprise a soldier's life: driving down the Texas highway; waiting for the unknown in the dry Iraq heat; writing a love letter; listening to a mother recount her dreams. Written with evocative language and discernment, Powers's poetry strives to make sense of the war and its echoes through human experience. Just as The Yellow Birds was hailed as the "first literary masterpiece produced by the Iraq war," this collection will make its mark as a powerful, enduring work (Los Angeles Times).

The Secret Keepers :

Juvenile Fiction

Author - Trenton Lee Stewart
Publisher - Chicken House
Pages - 512
ISBN - 1911077295


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Detail - When Reuben discovers an old pocket watch, he soon realizes it holds an incredible power: it can turn you invisible for fifteen minutes. And the watch's power is even more extraordinary than he knows. Soon, he's on the run from a despot determined to possess it for himself ...

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