Fourteen-year-old Lucia is a young narrator whose voice will long ring in your ears.
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She is angry with almost everyone, especially people who tell her what to do. Orphaned and living with her elderly aunt in poverty in the converted garage of a large mansion, Lucia makes her way through the world with only a book, a Zippo lighter, and a pocket full of stolen licorice. Expelled from school, again, Lucia spends her days riding the bus to visit her mother in The Home.
When Lucia discovers a secret Arson Club, she will do anything to be a part of it. Her own arson manifesto is a marvellous anarchist pamphlet, written with biting wit and striking intelligence. The voice of teenaged Lucia is a tour de force: a brilliant, wrenching cry from the heart and mind of a super-smart, funny girl who can't help telling us the truth, a riveting chronicle of family, misguided friendship, and loss.
I loved her and I loved the book, every page of it. We are weary with battle fatigue and sometimes even gripped by nostalgia for the good old, bad old days, but our numbers are large," writes Theo Pauline Nestor in this wry, fiercely honest chronicle of life after divorce. Less than an hour after confronting her husband over his massive gambling losses, Theo banishes him from their home forever. With two young daughters to support and her life as a stay-at-home mother at an abrupt end, Nestor finds herself slipping from "middle-class grace" as she attends a court-ordered custody class, stumbles through job interviews, and-much to her surprise-falls in love once again.
As Theo rebuilds her life and recovers her sense of self, she's forced to confront her own family's legacy of divorce. We move, we divorce, we drink, or we disappear. What she learns ultimately brings her closer to understanding her own divorce and its impact on her two daughters. When you're with one parent, the other must always slip out of view," Nestor writes. Funny, openhearted, and brave, How to Sleep Alone in a King-Size Bed will speak to anyone who has passed through the halls of divorce court or risked tenderness after loss.
It marks the debut of an enchanting, deeply truthful voice. Three years later, Hailey has been dead for a year, and Doug, a widower at 29, just wants to drown himself in self-pity and Jack Daniels. But his family has other ideas Russ is furious with Doug for not adopting him after Hailey died, and has fallen in with a bad crowd.
Claire, Doug's irrepressible and pregnant twin sister, has just left her husband and moved in, uninvited, determined to turn his life around. Then there's Debbie, their younger sister, engaged to Doug's ex-best friend and maniacally determined to pull of the perfect wedding at any cost. Soon, Doug finds himself trying to forge a relationship with Russ, reconnecting with his own eccentric nuclear family, and reluctantly dipping his toes into the shark-infested waters of the second-time-around dating scene.
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After years of failure at school, failure at work, it does not seem as if Sampath is going to amount to much. Then Sampath climbs up a guava tree in search of a life of peaceful contemplation -- and becomes famous as a hermit. Written with rich humor and an eye for the eccentric, this is a magical tale of a world gone slightly mad. Life under Apartheid has created a secure future for Robin Conrad, a ten-year-old white girl living with her parents in s Johannesburg.
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In the same nation but worlds apart, Beauty Mbali, a Xhosa woman in a rural village in the Bantu homeland of the Transkei, struggles to raise her children alone after her husband's death. Both lives have been built upon the division of race, and their meeting should never have occurred The Humans is a funny, compulsively readable novel about alien abduction, mathematics and that most interesting subject of all: ourselves.
Our hero, Professor Andrew Martin, is dead before the book even begins. Sent to Earth to destroy evidence that Andrew had solved a major mathematical problem, the alien soon finds himself learning more about the professor, his family and the humans than he ever expected. After an 'incident' one wet Friday night where he is found walking naked through the streets of Cambridge, Professor Andrew Martin is not feeling quite himself. Food sickens him. Clothes confound him.
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The exhibition has travelled the world, attracting more than forty-six million visitors and spanning cities in twenty-six countries. To learn more about Body Worlds Vital , visit their website. The opening night for the thirteenth annual Our Mob is on the horizon, and will celebrate the beginning of a festival of Aboriginal art making across South Australia. The festival is made possible by the Adelaide Festival Centre, and will be hosted on opening night by artist Damien Shen. More information for those interested in attending or submitting an application can visit the Adelaide Festival website.
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