She Would Be King

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Author : Wayetu Moore
Detail : “Wayetu Moore is a thought . . . her book may be a gift” Imbolo Mbue “The book is unforgettable . . . overwhelmingly redolent and fierce. She Would Be King may be a masterfully formed alternate history of supernatural black resistance” Star apse, “This novel dazzles with beauty and transcendent, transformative humanity” married woman Jessica Parker. within the west African village of Lai, red-haired Gbessa is cursed at birth and exiled on suspicion of being a witch. Bitten by a snake and left for dead, she survives to get a replacement life with a bunch of African yankee settlers within the colony of national capital.

Then Gbessa meets 2 extraordinary others; June Dey – a person of surprising strength, born into slavery on a plantation in Virginia – and Norman Aragon, the kid of a white British founding father and a Maroon slave from the Blue Mountains of Jamaica, United Nations agency will fade from sight at can. presently all 3 realise that they’re cursed – or maybe, unambiguously talented. along they defend the weak and vulnerable, however solely Gbessa will salvage the tense relationship between the settlers and therefore the autochthonous tribes. In her transcendent debut, Wayetu Moore illuminates the troubled roots of Republic of Liberia, mixing history and supernatural realism during a profound tale of resistance and humanity.”

She Would Be King : A Novel


Author - Wayétu Moore
Publisher - Graywolf Press
Pages - 336
ISBN - 1555978681

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Detail - A novel of exhilarating range, magical realism, and history—a dazzling retelling of Liberia’s formation Wayétu Moore’s powerful debut novel, She Would Be King, reimagines the dramatic story of Liberia’s early years through three unforgettable characters who share an uncommon bond. Gbessa, exiled from the West African village of Lai, is starved, bitten by a viper, and left for dead, but still she survives. June Dey, raised on a plantation in Virginia, hides his unusual strength until a confrontation with the overseer forces him to flee. Norman Aragon, the child of a white British colonizer and a Maroon slave from Jamaica, can fade from sight when the earth calls him. When the three meet in the settlement of Monrovia, their gifts help them salvage the tense relationship between the African American settlers and the indigenous tribes, as a new nation forms around them. Moore’s intermingling of history and magical realism finds voice not just in these three characters but also in the fleeting spirit of the wind, who embodies an ancient wisdom. “If she was not a woman,” the wind says of Gbessa, “she would be king.” In this vibrant story of the African diaspora, Moore, a talented storyteller and a daring writer, illuminates with radiant and exacting prose the tumultuous roots of a country inextricably bound to the United States. She Would Be King is a novel of profound depth set against a vast canvas and a transcendent debut from a major new author.

The Dragons, the Giant, the Women : A Memoir

Biography & Autobiography

Author - Wayétu Moore
Publisher - Graywolf Press
Pages - 272
ISBN - 9781644450314

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Detail - An engrossing memoir of escaping the First Liberian Civil War and building a life in the United States When Wayétu Moore turns five years old, her father and grandmother throw her a big birthday party at their home in Monrovia, Liberia, but all she can think about is how much she misses her mother, who is working and studying in faraway New York. Before she gets the reunion her father promised her, war breaks out in Liberia. The family is forced to flee their home on foot, walking and hiding for three weeks until they arrive in the village of Lai. Finally, a rebel soldier smuggles them across the border to Sierra Leone, reuniting the family and setting them off on yet another journey, this time to the United States. Spanning this harrowing journey in Moore’s early childhood, her years adjusting to life in Texas as a black woman and an immigrant, and her eventual return to Liberia, The Dragons, the Giant, the Women is a deeply moving story of the search for home in the midst of upheaval. Moore has a novelist’s eye for suspense and emotional depth, and this unforgettable memoir is full of imaginative, lyrical flights and lush prose. In capturing both the hazy magic and the stark realities of what is becoming an increasingly pervasive experience, Moore shines a light on the great political and personal forces that continue to affect many migrants around the world, and calls us all to acknowledge the tenacious power of love and family.

The Men Who Would Be King : An Almost Epic Tale of Moguls, Movies, and a Company Called DreamWorks

Business & Economics

Author - Nicole LaPorte
Publisher - HMH
Pages - 512
ISBN - 0547487169

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Detail - “The definitive history of the studio” created by the larger-than-life team of Spielberg, Geffen, and Katzenberg (Los Angeles Times). For sixty years, since the birth of United Artists, the studio landscape was unchanged. Then came Hollywood’s Circus Maximus—created by director Steven Spielberg, billionaire David Geffen, and Jeffrey Katzenberg, who gave the world The Lion King—an entertainment empire called DreamWorks. Now Nicole LaPorte, who covered the company for Variety, goes behind the hype to reveal for the first time the delicious truth of what happened. Readers will feel they are part of the creative calamities of moviemaking as LaPorte’s fly-on-the-wall detail shows us Hollywood’s bizarre rules of business. We see the clashes between the often-otherworldly Spielberg’s troops and Katzenberg’s warriors, the debacles and disasters, but also the Oscar-winning triumphs, including Saving Private Ryan. We watch as the studio burns through billions of dollars, its rich owners get richer, and everybody else suffers. LaPorte displays Geffen, seducing investors like Microsoft’s Paul Allen, showing his steel against CAA’s Michael Ovitz, and staging fireworks during negotiations with Paramount and Disney. Here is a blockbuster behind-the-scenes Hollywood story—up close, glamorous, and gritty.

The Man Who Would Be King (要做國王的人) :

Foreign Language Study

Author - Rudyard Kipling
Publisher - Hyweb Technology Co. Ltd.
Pages - 7

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Detail - This anthology of tales by Rudyard Kipling contains some of the most memorable and popular examples of the genre of which he is an undisputed master. The Man Who would be King (later adapted as a spectacular film) is a vivid narrative of exotic adventure and disaster.

The Woman Who Would be King : Hatshepsut's Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt


Author - Kara Cooney
Publisher - Simon and Schuster
Pages - 320
ISBN - 1780746512

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Detail - Hatshepsut, the daughter of a general who had usurped the throne of Egypt, was born into a privileged position within the royal household. Married off to her own brother, she was expected to bear sons who would legitimize the reign of her father’s family. But she failed to produce a male heir. Such was the twist of fate that paved the way for her own scarcely believable rule: she ascended to the throne as a ‘king’. Over a spectacular twenty-two-year reign, Hatshepsut proved herself a master strategist, cloaking her political power plays with a veil of piety and sexual reinvention. Just as women today face obstacles from a society that equates authority with masculinity, Hatshepsut had to operate the levers of a patriarchal system to emerge as Egypt’s second female pharaoh. Scholars have long speculated as to why her images were violently destroyed within a few decades of her death, all but erasing evidence of her rule. Constructing a rich narrative history using the sources that remain, noted Egyptologist Kara Cooney offers a remarkable interpretation of how Hatshepsut rapidly but methodically consolidated power—and why she fell from public favour just as quickly. The Woman Who Would Be King traces the unconventional life of a female pharaoh and explores our complicated reactions to women in power.

The Man Who Would be King : Large Print

Author - Rudyard Kipling
Publisher - Independently Published
Pages - 36
ISBN - 9781098607364

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Detail - The Man Who Would be King (1888) is a short story by Rudyard Kipling chronicling the adventures of two British men who become kings in Kafiristan (now a province of Afghanistan).

King Peggy : An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village

Biography & Autobiography

Author - Peggielene Bartels
Publisher - Anchor
Pages - 368
ISBN - 0307742814

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Detail - Documents the story of how an American secretary was declared the monarch of a small fishing village on Ghana's central coast, recounting the challenges she faced in improving local circumstances, providing education and countering regional corruption. 100,000 first printing.

The Prince Who Would Be King: The Life and Death of Henry Stuart :

Biography & Autobiography

Author - Sarah Fraser
Publisher - HarperCollins UK
Pages - 352
ISBN - 0007548095

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Detail - Henry Stuart’s life is the last great forgotten Jacobean tale. Shadowed by the gravity of the Thirty Years’ War and the huge changes taking place across Europe in seventeenth-century society, economy, politics and empire, his life was visually and verbally gorgeous. NOW THE SUBJECT OF BBC2 DOCUMENTARY The Best King We Never Had

Heir Apparent :

Young Adult Fiction

Author - Vivian Vande Velde
Publisher - Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pages - 336
ISBN - 9780547351919

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Detail - In Heir Apparent there are as many ways to win as there are to get killed. Giannine can testify to how many ways there are to die—it's about all she's been able to do since she started playing. Now all she has to do is get the magic ring, find the stolen treasure, answer the dwarf's dumb riddles, come up with a poem for the head-chopping statue, cope with the army of ghosts, outmaneuver her half brothers, and defeat the man-eating dragon. If she can do all of that, why, she just might save her own life!

The Breadwinner :

Juvenile Nonfiction

Author - Deborah Ellis
Publisher - Oxford University Press
Pages - 176
ISBN - 9780192752840

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Detail - Because the Taliban rulers of Kabul, Afghanistan impose strict limitations on women's freedom and behavior, eleven-year-old Parvana must disguise herself as a boy so that her family can survive after her father's arrest.

A Quiet Life in the Country : A Lady Hardcastle Mystery


Author - T. E. Kinsey
Publisher - Thomas & Mercer
Pages - 233
ISBN - 9781503938267

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Detail - Revised edition: This edition of A Quiet Life In The Country includes editorial revisions.

Oedipus the King :


Author - Sophocles
Publisher - Simon and Schuster
Pages - 176
ISBN - 1451686048

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Detail - The famed Athenian tragedy in which Oedipus’s own faults contribute to his tragic downfall. A great masterpiece on which Aristotle based his aesthetic theory of drama in the Poetics and from which Freud derived the Oedipus complex, King Oedipus puts out a sentence on the unknown murderer of his father Laius. By a gradual unfolding of incidents, Oedipus learns that he was the assassin and that Jocasta, his wife, is also his mother.

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