Publisher : Harper Perennial
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 0061928178
Type : PDF, Epub and Audiobooks
Views : 352

From the moment it opens—on a rocky patch of Italian coastline, circa 1962, when a daydreaming young innkeeper looks out over the water and spies a mysterious woman approaching him on a boat—Jess Walter's Beautiful Ruins is a dazzling, yet deeply human, roller coaster of a novel. From the lavish set of Cleopatra to the shabby revelry of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, to the back lots of contemporary Hollywood, Beautiful Ruins is gloriously inventive and constantly surprising—a story of flawed yet fascinating people navigating the rocky shores of their lives while clinging to their improbable dreams.

Publisher : Penguin UK
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 9780241963005
Type : PDF, Epub and Audiobooks
Views : 352

The No. 1 New York Times Bestseller Jess Walter's Beautiful Ruins is a gorgeous, glamorous novel set in 1960s Italy and a modern Hollywood studio. The story begins in 1962. Somewhere on a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and views an apparition: a beautiful woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an American starlet, he soon learns, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away in Hollywood, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot searching for the woman he last saw at his hotel fifty years before. Gloriously inventive, funny, tender and constantly surprising, Beautiful Ruins is a novel full of fabulous and yet very flawed people, all of them striving towards another sort of life, a future that is both delightful and yet, tantalizingly, seems just out of reach. 'Magic...A monument to crazy love with a deeply romantic heart' New York Times 'A novel shot in sparkly Technicolor' Booklist 'Hilarious and compelling' Esquire

Publisher : Rutgers University Press
Category : Art
ISBN : 9780813574097
Type : PDF, Epub and Audiobooks
Views : 208

Once the manufacturing powerhouse of the nation, Detroit has become emblematic of failing cities everywhere—the paradigmatic city of ruins—and the epicenter of an explosive growth in images of urban decay. In Beautiful Terrible Ruins, art historian Dora Apel explores a wide array of these images, ranging from photography, advertising, and television, to documentaries, video games, and zombie and disaster films. Apel shows how Detroit has become pivotal to an expanding network of ruin imagery, imagery ultimately driven by a pervasive and growing cultural pessimism, a loss of faith in progress, and a deepening fear that worse times are coming. The images of Detroit’s decay speak to the overarching anxieties of our era: increasing poverty, declining wages and social services, inadequate health care, unemployment, homelessness, and ecological disaster—in short, the failure of capitalism. Apel reveals how, through the aesthetic distancing of representation, the haunted beauty and fascination of ruin imagery, embodied by Detroit’s abandoned downtown skyscrapers, empty urban spaces, decaying factories, and derelict neighborhoods help us to cope with our fears. But Apel warns that these images, while pleasurable, have little explanatory power, lulling us into seeing Detroit’s deterioration as either inevitable or the city’s own fault, and absolving the real agents of decline—corporate disinvestment and globalization. Beautiful Terrible Ruins helps us understand the ways that the pleasure and the horror of urban decay hold us in thrall.

Publisher : Piper Lawson Steamy Romance Books
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 9781777526429
Type : PDF, Epub and Audiobooks
Views : 146

Enjoy this steamy British billionaire romance novel from USA Today bestselling author Piper Lawson! “Marry me here. Now. In Vegas.” Trapped in a corner, my only way out was the ruthless billionaire who put me there. In the three years since, we’ve healed each other. We did things in the dark we’re not proud of, things that will forever be kept secret from the world. Those sins forged a bond as strong as the love that binds us together. King and Queen. Freedom and Salvation. Now, we have a chance at forever. And nothing—not a jewelry mystery, our friends’ hijinx, or The King himself—will steal it from us. BEAUTIFUL SALVATION is a Vegas wedding novella and should be read after BEAUTIFUL RUIN (Enemies #3). Don’t miss the steamy, delicious book readers are calling “the BEST POSSIBLE ending to Harrison and Rae’s story!” PRAISE FOR THE ENEMIES SERIES: ★★★★★ “Beautiful Enemy has the spice of romance and brute force of a cage fight. Drama. Suspense. Temptation. Lawson finds a place for each and every conflicting emotion and creates a combustible inferno.” -Isha, Goodreads reviewer ★★★★★ “Captivatingly sexy and fresh. It consumed me.” -Beautiful Chaos Reviews ★★★★★ “Overflowing with drama and suspense. Rae and Harrison will take you on an emotional roller coaster.” -BP34, Goodreads reviewer ★★★★★ “I am not usually a fan of the billionaire sweeps poor girl off her feet trope, but this book grabbed me by the heart strings and tugged hard. Leaves you breathless and wanting more.” -Amanda, Goodreads reviewer ★★★★★ “Powerful and full of feels...my new obsession.” -Stital, Goodreads reviewer ★★★★★ “WOW! My heart stuttered at the ending! Keeps you gripped.” -Suzanne, Goodreads reviewer ★★★★★ “What an explosive couple...I cannot wait for more!!!” -Nicola, Goodreads reviewer ★★★★★ “I love Piper’s musical world of Wicked, and this new saga is just as delicious.” -Michelle, Goodreads reviewer ★★★★★ “Loud, gritty, hot and freaking amazing!!! Little Queen and her King will burn up your pages.” -Debbie, Goodreads reviewer ★★★★★ “This book was amazing! I’m in love with Harrison and Rae.” -Kristen, Goodreads reviewer ★★★★★ “I want a Harrison, pretty please with whipped cream and a cherry on top...I was completely blown away by this book.” -Shelly, Goodreads reviewer ★★★★★ “Suspense, romance...Enemies to lovers at its best! Can’t wait to get my hands on the second installment. HIGHLY recommend.” -Anneli, Goodreads reviewer ★★★★★ “I felt every touch, every emotion through Pipers writing. I absolutely LOVE books that just transport me away so clearly... Beautiful Enemy is one of those books. 5 outstanding, phenomenal Stars.” -Cat, Goodreads reviewer *** KEYWORDS: Alpha, Alpha billionaire, alpha male, billionaire, travel, billionaire romance, alpha male romance, strong heroine, Ibiza, EDM, holiday, beach romance, contemporary romance, enemies to lovers, forbidden love, age gap, British billionaire, interracial romance, series, romantic series, women’s fiction, romance saga, romance series, romance saga, romantic family saga, bestseller romance, sexy, family, love, love books, kissing books, emotional journey, captivating romance, emotional, healing, hot, hot romance, sparks, loyalty, swoon, funny romance, modern romance, new release, forbidden romance, hidden romance, strong alpha, alpha hero, family business, strong female lead, strong heroine, family secrets, top romance reads, best seller, New Adult, best seller, series, romance novels, love story, alpha, bully, angst. Readers also enjoyed books by: Carrie Ann Ryan, Corinne Michaels, Susan Stoker, Natasha Madison, Chelle Bliss, Christina Lauren, Colleen Hoover, Talia Hibbert, Helena Hunting, Elle Kennedy, Kristen Callihan, Melissa Foster, Bella Andre, Sarina Bowen, Vi Keeland, Winter Renshaw, Meghan March, Willow Winters, Carly Phillips, Erika Wilde, Kendall Ryan, Jillian Dodd, Melissa Foster, Nana Malone, Anna Todd, Lauren Blakely, Julia Kent, Siobhan Davis, Vivian Wood, JS Scott, LJ Shen, Louise Bay, TL Swan, Nicole Snow, MS Parker, Lucy Score, Ava Harrison, Parker S Huntington, Ivy Layne, Tia Louise and Ainsley St Claire.

Publisher : Thomas Nelson
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 9780785233572
Type : PDF, Epub and Audiobooks
Views : 417

In Ciesielski’s latest sweeping romance, an American heiress finds herself in Scotland amid the fallout of the Great War, and a wounded Scottish laird comes face-to-face with his past and a woman he never could have expected. American socialite Lily Durham is known for enjoying one moment to the next, with little regard for the consequences of her actions. But just as she is banished overseas to England as a “cure” for her frivolous ways, the Great War breaks out and wreaks havoc. She joins her cousin in nursing the wounded at a convalescent home deep in the wilds of Scotland at a crumbling castle where its laird is less than welcoming. Alec MacGregor has given his entire life to preserving his home of Kinclavoch Castle, but mounting debts force him to sell off his family history bit by bit. Labeled a coward for not joining his countrymen in the trenches due to an old injury, he opens his home to the Tommies to make recompense while he keeps to the shadows. But his preference for the shadows is shattered when a new American nurse comes streaming into the castle on a burst of light. Lily and Alec are thrown together when a series of mysterious events threatens to ruin the future of Kinclavoch. Can they put aside their differences to find the culprit before it’s too late, or will their greatest distraction be falling in love? Praise for Beauty Among Ruins “An atmospheric, engrossing romance for fans of Downton Abbey and Somewhere in France. A real gem!” —Aimie K. Runyan, internationally bestselling author “A satisfying and highly enjoyable read that I recommended for readers of historical fiction, mystery, and romance.” —Tea Cooper, author of The Woman in the Green Dress World War I historical romance Full-length stand-alone novel Book length: 113,000 words Includes discussion questions for book clubs

Publisher : HarperCollins
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 9780062868107
Type : PDF, Epub and Audiobooks
Views : 352

“One of the most captivating novels of the year.” – Washington Post NATIONAL BESTSELLER A Best Book of the Year: Bloomberg | Boston Globe | Chicago Public Library | Chicago Tribune | Esquire | Kirkus | New York Public Library | New York Times Book Review (Historical Fiction) | NPR's Fresh Air | O Magazine | Washington Post | Publishers Weekly | Seattle Times | USA Today A Library Reads Pick | An Indie Next Pick From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Ruins comes another “literary miracle” (NPR)—a propulsive, richly entertaining novel about two brothers swept up in the turbulent class warfare of the early twentieth century. An intimate story of brotherhood, love, sacrifice, and betrayal set against the panoramic backdrop of an early twentieth-century America that eerily echoes our own time, The Cold Millions offers a kaleidoscopic portrait of a nation grappling with the chasm between rich and poor, between harsh realities and simple dreams. The Dolans live by their wits, jumping freight trains and lining up for day work at crooked job agencies. While sixteen-year-old Rye yearns for a steady job and a home, his older brother, Gig, dreams of a better world, fighting alongside other union men for fair pay and decent treatment. Enter Ursula the Great, a vaudeville singer who performs with a live cougar and introduces the brothers to a far more dangerous creature: a mining magnate determined to keep his wealth and his hold on Ursula. Dubious of Gig’s idealism, Rye finds himself drawn to a fearless nineteen-year-old activist and feminist named Elizabeth Gurley Flynn. But a storm is coming, threatening to overwhelm them all, and Rye will be forced to decide where he stands. Is it enough to win the occasional battle, even if you cannot win the war? Featuring an unforgettable cast of cops and tramps, suffragists and socialists, madams and murderers, The Cold Millions is a tour de force from a “writer who has planted himself firmly in the first rank of American authors” (Boston Globe).

Publisher : Getty Publications
Category : Architecture
ISBN : 0892366699
Type : PDF, Epub and Audiobooks
Views : 572

The striking engravings of Julien-David Le Roy's The Ruins of the Most Beautiful Monuments of Greece (1758) first revealed the architectural wonders of ancient Athens to the West. Part architectural theory, part archaeological report, part travelogue, the greatly expanded edition of 1770 -- here translated into English -- is entirely original in its understanding of the spirit of classical Greek architecture and in its influence on the direction of contemporary architectural creation. Book jacket.

Publisher : Penguin UK
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 9780141049137
Type : PDF, Epub and Audiobooks
Views : 290

Small-time finance journalist Matthew Prior gave up his day-job and gambled everything on setting up a website offering financial advice ... in witty blank verse. Then he woke up one day in the middle of the worst crisis since the 30s with no business, a shedload of debt, a lot of guilt and a great deal of suspicion about his wife who spends her time flirting online with her childhood sweetheart - a real guy with a real, man's job. So when Matt's offered some high-grade dope, and finds he can sell a little bit of it on, he thinks that maybe this is where the future lies... As Matt battles to save his marriage, his children's future and his sanity too, The Financial Lives of the Poets becomes a hugely funny but heartfelt novel about how we can reach the edge of ruin - and pull back.

Publisher : Harper Collins
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 9780061959301
Type : PDF, Epub and Audiobooks
Views : 320

From the highly acclaimed new crime novelist: a story of witness protection, petty thievery, local politics, and murder—set against the turbulent backdrop of the 1980 presidential election It’s the fall of 1980, the last week before the presidential election that pits the downtrodden Jimmy Carter against the suspiciously sunny Ronald Reagan. In a seedy suburban house in Spokane, a small-time crook formerly from New York, Vince Camden, pockets his weekly allotment of stolen credit cards and heads off to his witness-protection job at a donut shop. A the shop he takes a shine to a regular named Kelly, who works for a local politician. Somehow he finds himself and the politician in a parking lot at three in the morning, giving the slip to a couple of menacing thugs. And then he crosses the path of a young detective—and discovers his credit-scam partner, lying dead in his passport-photo office with a Cheerio-size bullet-hole in his head. No one writing crime novels today tells a story or sketches a character with more freshness or elan than Jess Walter. Citizen Vince is his funniest and grittiest book yet.

Publisher : Harper Collins
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 0061758043
Type : PDF, Epub and Audiobooks
Views : 368

National Book Award Finalist The breakout novel from a writer of extraordinary talent: In the wake of a devastating terrorist attack, one man struggles to make sense of his world, even as the world tries to make use of him Brian Remy has no idea how he got here. It’s been only five days since terrorists attacked his city, and Remy is experiencing gaps in his life—as if he were a stone being skipping across water. He has a self-inflicted gunshot wound that he doesn’t remember inflicting. His son wears a black armband and refuses to acknowledge that Remy is still alive. He seems to be going blind. He has a beautiful new girlfriend whose name he doesn’t know. And his old partner in the police department, who may well be the only person crazier than Remy, has just gotten his picture on a box of First Responder cereal. And these are the good things in Brian Remy’s life. While smoke still hangs over the city, Remy is recruited by a mysterious government agency that is assigned to gather all of the paper that was scattered in the attacks. As he slowly begins to realize that he’s working for a shadowy intelligence operation, Remy stumbles across a dangerous plot, and with the world threatening to boil over in violence and betrayal, he realizes that he’s got to track down the most elusive target of them all—himself. And the only way to do that is to return to that place where everything started falling apart. In the tradition of Catch-22, The Manchurian Candidate, and the novels of Ian McEwan, comes this extraordinary story of searing humor and sublime horror, of blindness, bewilderment, and that achingly familiar feeling that the world has suddenly stopped making sense.