Drama and intrigue – Community Languages picks for March

Enjoy the magnificent storytelling of Isabel Allende exploring love and connections and the insightful style of Chantal Thomas describing the familiar events of the French revolution including Marie Antoinette. All that and more in this collection of library books we have listed for you.

Syndetics book coverEl amante japonés / Isabel Allende.
“A los veintidós años, sospechando que tenían el tiempo contado, Ichimei y Alma se atragantaron de amor para consumirlo entero, pero mientras más intentaban agotarlo, más imprudente era el deseo, y quien diga que todo fuego se apaga solo tarde o temprano, se equivoca: hap pasiones que son incendios hasta que las ahoga el destino de un zarpazo y aun así quedan brasas calientes listas para arder apenas se les da oxígeno.”(Cover)

Syndetics book coverEl tiempo entre costuras : una novela / María Dueñas.
“La joven modista Sira Quiroga abandona el Madrid agitado de los meses previos al alzamiento arrastrada por el amor desbocado hacia un hombre a quien apenas conoce. Con él se instala en Tánger, una ciudad exótica y vibrante donde todo puede suceder. Incluso la traición. Sola, desubicada y cargada de deudas ajenas, Sira se traslada a Tetuán, capital del Protectorado Español en Marruecos. Gracias a la ayuda de nuevas amistades forjará una nueva identidad y logrará poner en marcha un taller de alta costura en el que atenderá a clientas de orígenes lejanos y presentes insospechados.” (Cover)

Syndetics book coverUna suerte pequeña / Claudia Piñeiro.
“Después de veinte años una mujer vuelve a la Argentina, de donde partió escapando de una desgracia. Pero la que regresa es otra: no luce igual, su voz es diferente. Ni siquiera lleva el mismo nombre. La reconocerán quienes la conocieron entonces? La reconocerá él? Mary Lohan, Marilé Lauría o María Elena Pujol–la que es, la que fue, la que había sido alguna vez–vuelve al suburbio de Buenos Aires donde formó una familia y vivío hasta que decidió huir. Aún no termina de entender por qué aceptó regresar al pasado que se había propuesto olvidar para siempre. Pero a medida que lo comprenda, entre encuentros esperados y revelaciones inesperadas, entenderá también que a veces la vida no es ni destino ni casualidad: tal vez su regreso no sea otra cosa que una suerte pequeña.” (Cover)

Syndetics book coverEl lenguaje del juego / Daniel Sada.
“La familla Montaño es una familla más del norte de México, de ese vasto pais el al que Daniel Sada subvierte el nombre y llama Mágico. El padre, Valente, ha cruzado ilegalemente la frontera en dieciocho ocasiones, pero ya no, nunca más, porque ha juntado suficiente dinero para evitar tanto esfuerzo, tanto jugar al gato y al ratón, tantos cruces nocturnos, , tantos desafíos a la border patrol, tantos fracasos y vuelta a empezar … tan suyo como la casita que construyó él mismo con la ayuda de su hijo Candelario. Y con ese dinero tan duro de ganar y la experiencia adquirida cuando escapó primero de un centro agricola y después de los muy peinaditos y fanáticos mormones que le habían ayudado a escapar del centro, y acabó haciendo pizzas en Pasadena, Valente decide abrir en medio de aquel mundo de tortillas su propia pizzeria.” (Cover)

Syndetics book coverUna sencilla melodía habanera : una novela / Oscar Hijuelos ; traducción de José Lucas Badué.
“Israel Levis, a Cuban composer still recovering physically and emotionally from his experiences in Paris during the Nazi occupation, returns home to Cuba, where memories of his former life collide with the present.” (Cover)

French Connections

If you enjoy reading French, take a look at the latest additions to our collection of French Books featuring romance, suspense and biographies, and lots more. Find some recently arrived DVD’s including Sister, a lovely art-house movie by the talented young French director Ursula Meier or, browse through our free-to-borrow French magazines, Paris Match, L’Express and Femme Actuelle, covering national and international news, health and beauty issues. Happy reading!

La vérité sur l’affaire Harry Quebert : roman / Joël Dicker.
“Sous ses airs de thriller à l’américaine, La vérité sur l’affaire Harry Quebert est une réflexion sur l’Amérique, sur les travers de la société moderne, sur la littérature, sur la justice et sur les médias.À New York, au printemps 2008, alors que l Amérique bruisse des prémices de l élection présidentielle, Marcus Goldman, jeune écrivain à succès, est dans la tourmente: il est incapable d écrire le nouveau roman qu’ il doit remettre à son éditeur d’ ici quelques mois. Le délai est près d’ expirer quand soudain tout bascule pour lui: son ami et ancien professeur d’ université, Harry Quebert, l un des écrivains les plus respectés du pays, est rattrapé par son passé et se retrouve accusé d’ avoir assassiné, en 1975, Nola Kellergan, une jeune fille de 15 ans, avec qui il aurait eu une liaison.” (Publisher’s Description)

En finir avec Eddy Bellegueule : roman / Édouard Louis.
“Je suis parti en courant, tout à coup. Juste le temps d’entendre ma mère dire Qu’est-ce qui fait le débile là ? Je ne voulais pas rester à leur côté, je refusais de partager ce moment avec eux. J’étais déjà loin, je n’appartenais plus à leur monde désormais, la lettre le disait. Je suis allé dans les champs et j’ai marché une bonne partie de la nuit, la fraîcheur du Nord, les chemins de terre, l’odeur de colza, très forte à ce moment de l’année. Toute la nuit fut consacrée à l’élaboration de ma nouvelle vie loin d’ici”. En vérité, l’insurrection contre mes parents, contre la pauvreté, contre ma classe sociale, son racisme, sa violence, ses habitudes, n’a été que seconde. Car avant de m’insurger contre le monde de mon enfance, c’est le monde de mon enfance qui s’est insurgé contre moi. Très vite j’ai été pour ma famille et les autres une source de honte, et même de dégoût. Je n’ai pas eu d’autre choix que de prendre la fuite. Ce livre est une tentative pour comprendre.” (Publisher’s Description)

La nostalgie heureuse / Amélie Nothomb.
“Il est vrai que je pratique régulièrement cette nostalgie heureuse instinctivement et en plus que j’avais vu le reportage de cette visite au Japon; ce livre la complète parfaitement. Cette rupture en bas âge qui vous brise à vie je l’ai connue également – c’est pouquoi je partage cette souffrance avec Amélie.” (Publisher’s Description)

Le bon, la brute, etc. : roman / Estelle Nollet.
“Ses yeux pour qu’ils arrêtent il aurait fallu qu’il les arrache. Ca aurait changé sa vie. Quand on est un enfant on peut arracher les pétales d’une fleur les pattes d’une mouche le tissu des fauteuils mais pas ses propres yeux. Et quand on est un adulte et bien il est trop tard… ” Bang a un don qui lui donnerait presque envie de mourir, Nao une maladie qui lui donnerait presque envie de vivre. Ensemble ils décident de partir comme on fuit. Du Mexique à Bali puis à la Centrafrique le road movie déjanté et tonique d’un duo pour le moins singulier qui, face à la folie du monde, s’invente une conduite de résistance inédite et fatale.” (Publisher’s Description)

Rien ne s’oppose à la nuit : roman / Delphine de Vigan.
“Ma famille incarne ce que la joie a de plus bruyant, de plus spectaculaire, l’écho inlassable des morts, et le retentissement du désastre. Aujourd’hui je sais aussi qu’elle illustre, comme tant d’autres familles, le pouvoir de destruction du verbe, et celui du silence. D. de V.” (Publisher’s Description)

L’extraordinaire voyage du fakir qui était resté coincé dans une armoire Ikea / Romain Puértolas.“Un voyage low-cost… dans une armoire Ikea! Une aventure humaine incroyable aux quatre coins de l’Europe et dans la Libye post-Kadhafiste. Une histoire d’amour plus pétillante que le Coca-Cola, un éclat de rire à chaque page mais aussi le reflet d’une terrible réalité, le combat que mènent chaque jour les clandestins, ultimes aventuriers de notre siècle, sur le chemin des pays libres.” (Publisher’s Description)

DVD’s
Check out the latest Community Languages movies by browsing at the extensive library DVD collection located in the Sound & Vision section under Foreign.

Syndetics book coverSister / a film by Ursula Meier.
“Lea Seydoux delivers on her promise as France’s next breakthrough star with her performance in SISTER, Ursula Meier’s new drama about two siblings searching for a place in the world. 12-year-old Simon lives with his restless older sister Louise at the base of the Swiss Alps. Every day he takes the cable car to the ski resorts above to pilfer from rich tourists, while Louise drifts through a series of part-time jobs and promiscuity, sometimes disappearing for days on end. In her absence, Simon forges a strong bond with a wealthy tourist, and his fragile relationship with his sister fractures into dangerous new territory.” (Cover)

The man who laughs / Incognita Films present ; a film by Jean-Pierre Améris.
“The story of two young orphans: Gwynplaine, a young boy who has been facially disfigured with a scar which makes him look like he’s constantly smiling, and Dea, a young blind girl. Many years later, when both are grown, the adoptive family travel together and put on a show where Gwynplaine has become a star.” (Cover)

Syndetics book coverStranger by the lake / Les Films du Worso presents ; a film by Alain Guiraudie.
“Summertime in France. At a cruising spot for men, tucked away on the shores of a lake, Franck falls for the sexy Michel – lust at first sight. Unfortunately for Franck, Michel’s jealous lover is also a regular at the cruising spot, and the two men are unable to act on the obvious spark between them. Retreating to the lake’s shores, Franck befriends an older man, Henri, who does not fit in to the “scene”. Their friendship is not based on sex, but on conversation and shared observation of their world and situation. When Franck witnesses Michel killing his lover, he is shocked, but his lust for this dangerous man overrides any sense of personal safety, and the two men begin a passionate affair. Soon the spot is frequented by a policeman who simply won’t accept that the body they discovered was caused by an accidental drowning.” (Cover)

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A taste of French Fiction

Take a look at this month’s additions to our Community Languages French collection featuring a broad range of literary work and fiction, including historical romances, intriguing mysteries and more.

Syndetics book coverLe cœur régulier : roman / Olivier Adam.
“Depuis la mort de son frère, Sarah est perdue. Ce n’était pas un accident, croit-elle. Pour en avoir le cœur net, elle se rend dans un village cotier au Japon, au pied des falaises où il fut heureux. Chez Natsume, vieil homme solitaire qui a guéri Nathan de son désespoir, Sarah va revivre les derniers moments de la vie de ce frère tant aimé. Éprouver les mêmes sensations… mais aussi les mêmes vertiges.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

rien ne se passe comme prevuRien ne se passe comme prévu / Laurent Binet.
“Sous les perches des preneurs de son, on l’aperçoit parfois au milieu du cordon des gardes du corps. Des adolescents hystériques jurent qu’ils ne se laveront plus jamais la main après avoir serré la sienne. Des journalistes sont prêts à me piétiner pour rester au contact du candidat. Des ouvriers en colère hurlent, menaçants, qu’ils auront la peau des journalistes. Hier à Lyon, aujourd’ hui à Florange, demain à Varsovie ou à Londres, Marseille, Boulogne-sur-mer, Trappes, Rouen,Berlin, la Guadeloupe, la Guyane, le soleil ne se couche jamais sur la campagne présidentielle. Hollande, président ? On rêve. Les ennemis d’hier sont les alliés d’aujourd’ hui. Valls monte la garde. Montebourg se prend pour César. En face, l’adversaire brûle ses vaisseaux. A la télé, on disserte sans fin sur sa stature ou sur le halal. Pendant ce temps, Mélenchon récite des pages de Victor Hugo. Ceux qui trouvent la campagne chiante en parlent pendant des heures, des jours, des mois. Des hélicoptères tournent dans le ciel de Tulle. Tout est normal.” (Publisher’s Description; cover from Amazon.fr )

lisieresLes lisières : roman / Olivier Adam.
“Entre son ex-femme dont il est toujours amoureux, ses enfants qui lui manquent, son frère qui le somme de partir s’occuper de ses parents “pour une fois”, son père ouvrier qui s’apprête à voter FN et le tsunami qui ravage un Japon où il a vécu les meilleurs moments de sa vie, tout semble pousser Paul Steiner aux lisières de sa propre existence. De retour dans la banlieue de son enfance, il va se confronter au monde qui l’a fondé et qu’il a fui.En quelques semaines et autant de rencontres, c’est à un véritable état des lieux personnel, social et culturel qu’il se livre, porté par l’espoir de trouver, enfin, sa place. Dans ce roman ample et percutant, Olivier Adam embrasse dans un même souffle le destin d’un homme et le portrait d’une certaine France, à la périphérie d’elle-même.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary; cover from Amazon.fr)

la ou les tigresLà où les tigres sont chez eux : roman / Jean-Marie Blas de Roblès.
“When the news correspondent Eleazard von Wogau receives the unpublished biography of Athanasius Kircher, the famous Jesuit scholar of the Baroque era, he retraces the scholar’s footsteps in Brazil, where on the way he meets many surprising characters. A true epic, great adventure story.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary; cover from Amazon.fr)

Syndetics book cover “L’alliance des trois : roman / Maxime Chattam.
Nobody saw it coming. The Great Storm: A storm of wind and snow, which plunged the country into darkness and terror. Strange blue flashes crawling along the buildings, palpate, in search of prey. When Matt and Tobias awaken, earth was not the same. Only now, they will have to organize. To understand. To survive– In this other world.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverKatiba / Jean-Christophe Rufin.
“Quatre touristes occidentaux sont assassinés clans le Sahara. L’attaque est signée al-Qaida au Maghreb islamique, dont tout laisse à penser que les partisans veulent aller beaucoup plus loin et rêvent de frapper la France au coeur. L’événement est présenté par les médias comme un fait divers tragique mais il met en alerte les services de renseignements du monde entier. Au centre de leurs jeux complexes, Jasmine. Jeune fonctionnaire du Quai d’Orsay apparemment sans histoire, elle émerge peu à peu comme la pièce maîtresse d’une opération d’envergure inédite. Quels liens cette Française à l’élégance stricte entretient-elle avec le monde musulman ? C’est en démêlant les fils les plus intimes de sa vie que la vérité se fera jour et que le suspense, haletant, trouvera son dénouement. Complice, victime ou agent double, Jasmine incarne le mélange de répulsion et de fascination que le fondamentalisme religieux exerce inconsciemment sur chacun de nous.” (Publisher’s description)

Syndetics book coverLe cœur de la terre : roman / Maxime Chattam. “Tobias disparu dans les entrailles du Raupéroden, Matt et Ambre retournent à Eden, la cité des Pans, pour avertir le conseil de la ville de l’imminence d’une invasion des Cyniks, fomentée par la reine Malronce. Les Pans n’ont plus le choix, ils doivent se préparer à combattre, notamment en développant leur Altération, ce pouvoir surnaturel octroyé par le Cataclysme. Avec L’Alliance des Trois, on découvrait un nouveau monde, avec Malronce son exploration. Le Coeur de la Terre montre les jeunes héros dans l’apprentissage de la vie en commun, de la politique, de la guerre et du rapport, nécessaire et salutaire, à la nature. Ainsi que la résolution des énigmes comme la vraie nature du Raupéroden et de la reine Malronce.” (Adapted from Amazon.fr summary)

o VerlaineÔ Verlaine! / Jean Teulé.
“Après avoir lu “Les poèmes saturniens” de Verlaine, Henri-Albert Cornuty quitte la ferme de ses parents à Béziers pour rejoindre à pied son idole. Il arrive à Paris en 1895 et assiste aux trois derniers mois du poète. A peine cinquantenaire, il souffre de nombreuses maladies mais multiplie les excès. Une période extravagante de la vie de Verlaine à travers le regard d’un contemporain.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary; cover from Amazon.fr)

avenue des geantsAvenue des géants : roman / Marc Dugain.
Al Kenner serait un adolescent ordinaire s’il ne mesurait pas près de 2,20 mètres et si son QI n’était pas supérieur à celui d’Einstein. Sa vie bascule par hasard le jour de l’assassinat de John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Plus jamais il ne sera le même. Désormais, il entre en lutte contre ses mauvaises pensées. Observateur intransigeant d’une époque qui lui échappe, il mène seul un combat désespéré contre le mal qui l’habite. Inspiré d’un personnage réel, Avenue des Géants, récit du cheminement intérieur d’un tueur hors du commun, est aussi un hymne à la route, aux grands espaces, aux mouvements hippies, dans cette société américaine des années 60 en plein bouleversement, où le pacifisme s’illusionne dans les décombres de la guerre du Vietnam.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary; cover from Amazon.fr )

n'oublie pasN’oublie pas d’être heureuse : roman / Christine Orban.“Ma mère disait:«N’oublie pas ton chapeau.» Mon père disait:« N’oublie pas d’être heureuse ». J’entends encore leurs voix portées par une conviction si simple qu’elles n’appelaient aucun commentaire. Comme s’ils pressentaient à quels dangers je pourrais m’exposer… Dans ce roman très singulier où l’on passe des lieux d’enfance, de lumière, de rêves et de liberté au monde très codé et fermé des adultes, Christine Orban touche avec humour, limpidité et mélancolie à l’essentiel de toute vie.” (Adapted from Amazon.fr summary)

Taste the latest arrivals from France!

Take a look at the new French additions to our Community Languages collection, featuring a broad range of literary fiction, including historical events and romances, intriguing mysteries and drama. Check out the latest French movies by browsing at the extensive library DVD collection, located in the Sound & Vision section under ‘Foreign’ and find your favourite DVDs. Have fun!

En bas, les nuages : 7 histoires / Marc Dugain.
“Seven stories linked by a narrative: Marc Dugain follows seven men who are now living in Dordogne, Morocco, the United States or in a remote island. Some of them may be cynical, others soft and dreamy, but all are plunged into the murky waters of everyday life. They drift, settle in or try to escape. Are they all losers? Dugain does not enlighten us on this. But, little by little, he builds a clever scenario which blooms throughout his narrative art to surprise the reader!” (Book Cover)

La part de l’autre : roman / Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt.
“Le 8 octobre 1908, Hitler est recalé à son concours d’entrée aux Beaux-Arts. Que se serait-il passé s’il y avait été admis ? Tel est, en partie, l’objet de ce roman. Car Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt s’est amusé à mener de front deux biographies romancées, celle du dictateur Hitler et celle du jeune Adolf H., admis au concours. Nous suivons ainsi pas à pas leur double évolution, les chapitres alternant leurs vies qui se répondent en écho. L’exercice aurait pu être intéressant s’il n’avait tourné un peu court, faute d’avoir un discours satisfaisant à tenir sur la psychologie des dictateurs. Existe-t-elle seulement?” (Book Cover)

Syndetics book coverSe réveiller en France et survivre le sourire aux lèvres / Sara Crompton Meade ; traduit de l’anglais par Simone Raffin, Emmanuelle le Cann et Marijo Huguet.
“Vue par les yeux de son fils de dix ans, l’auteur relate l’expérience de sa famille qui a quitté la Nouvelle-Zélande pour s’installer en France, sans billet de retour”
“Matthew, an 8 year old child lives happily with his family and friends in New Zealand enjoying his school and his hobbies. His world is turned completely upside down when his parents moved with him in Ramonville St Agne, France. Based on his perspective, Matthew describes in this book his first two years in France, the discovery of a new culture, a new school and, of course, everything in a new language. His story, illustrated with over 100 photographs, reveals, in a lively style, his anxieties and amusements, as he tries to adapt to his new life and survive with a smile.” Back cover.

L’Abyssin : relation des extraordinaires voyages de Jean-Baptiste Poncet, ambassadeur du Négus auprès de Sa Majeste Louis XIV / Jean-Christophe Rufin.
“Louis XIV had never met Negus, the mythical king of Ethiopia, but there were many diplomatic contacts between the two countries. Christophe Rufin based his first novel on the extraordinary adventure of Jean-Baptiste Poncet, through the deserts of Egypt and the mountains of Abyssinia before getting back to Versailles, with inexhaustible ingenuity. The stakes were high since Ethiopia was the object of lust for Jesuits, Capuchins and others who, under the pretext of serving God, would take any country under their control. Having understood the disastrous results that could lead to its mission, Poncet decided to do everything to safeguard the freedom and the mysteries of Ethiopia.” – Gerard Meudal

Syndetics book coverLa chambre des officiers / Marc Dugain.
““The war of 14, I have not known. I mean, muddy trench, moisture through the bones, fat black rats in winter coats that run between the shapeless garbage, odors mixed with tobacco and buried excrement, metal which flows at regular intervals from the sky, as if God could not stop to hound the soldier. It is that war – which I have not known.” In the early days of 14, Adrian F, Engineering Lieutenant is hit by shrapnel on the banks of the Meuse. Disfigured and is transported to Val-de-Grâce, where he stayed five years in the House of Officers. Over the friendships that will forge there, he and his comrades, despite the loss of a brutal part of their identity, reveal all their humanity. This epic dramatic, moving, sometimes funny, we note that injury comes as grace.” (Book Cover)

Le parfum d’Adam / Jean-Christophe Rufin.
“Juliette is a young environmental activist, a real idealist. She participates in a commando operation to liberate animals. The private intelligence agency “Providence”, in the United States, is in charge of the case. They recruit two former agents, Paul and Kerry, who left the Secret Service to go back to school for further studies. Their investigation will plunge into the world of radical ecology and the defense of the environment. The search for a lost paradise, nostalgia for a time when man was in harmony with nature can lead to a murderous fanaticism. Cape Verde to Poland and the Brazilian cities of Colorado, the scent of Adam is a global thriller panting. But this adventure novel is a literary journey, where there are portraits, landscapes and humor that make it so successful.” (Book Cover)

Rainbow pour Rimbaud / Jean Teulé.
“Robert lives in Charleville-Mezieres, with his parents. Like some who know all the words to their favourite songs, Robert knows all Rimbaud by heart.
Isabelle, the operator at SNCF, yet knows nothing of Rimbaud. In between Cairo, Mauritius, Dakar and Tarrafal, these two indulge in love and poetry.” (Book Cover)

Une exécution ordinaire / Marc Dugain.
“In August 2000, a Russian nuclear submarine sunk into the depths of the Barents Sea. Vania Altman was one of the last survivors. Half a century after the death of Stalin, it was KGB that governed Russia. Taking us behind the scenes with the FBI’s curse Edgar, Marc Dugain offers a true story about contemporary Russia. Inspired by actual events, he reveals the profound disregard for life shown by the paranoid guardians of the Russian Empire.” (Book Cover)

La mélancolie du dimanche : roman / Christine Orban.
“Sundays are not like other days. Especially when a young woman finds a lost letter from the man she had fallen in love ten years ago. And the story goes on …” (Book Cover)

Ma vie avec Mozart / Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt.
“How can you be yourself, accept death and recognizing happiness along the way? For the author of Oscar and the Pink Lady, Mozart is the key that opens all doors, those of passion or of universal love, freedom and the spirit of childhood. His music is filled with light, grace and mystery. This book and a CD of works embrace the greatest Mozart interpreters: Gundula Janowitz, Frederica von Stade, Renee Fleming, Anne Sofie von Otter, Maria Stader, Yvonne Minton, Barbara Bonney, Vladimir Ashkenazy … under the direction of Karl Böhm, Sir Georg Solti, Ferenc Fricsay, Sir Neville Marriner and more.” (Book Cover)

DVDs

Syndetics book coverThe age of reason [videorecording] / a film by Yann Samuell.
“Margaret is an accomplished businesswoman who manages her career with steely determination. But on her 40th birthday, a provincial solicitor contacts her with some forgotten letters she wrote to herself when she was seven, the age of reason. Immersed in the letters, Margaret takes a journey back into hidden memories, and slowly realises that she has lived a life very different from her childhood aspirations….” (Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book cover My piece of the pie [videorecording].
“After losing her job at the local factory, single mother France enrolls in a housekeeper training program and lands a job cleaning the apartment of wealthy power broker Steve. When Alban, Steve’s 3-year-old son, arrives on the doorstep to stay with his dad, Steve soon realizes he might need more than a cleaner. France realizes she might now have the perfect opportunity for payback against the man who almost single-handedly shut down the factory where she worked.” (Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverThe women on the 6th floor [videorecording] / Phillippe Rousselet presents a film by Phillippe le Guay.
“Paris, 1960. Jean-Louis lives a bourgeois existence with his neurotic socialite wife Suzanne while their children are away at boarding school. The couple’s world is turned upside down when they hire Maria, a Spanish maid who introduces Jean-Louis to an alternative reality a few stories up on the sixth floor. Befriending a group of sassy Spanish maids, the women teach him there’s more to life than stocks and bonds, and their influence on the house ultimately transforms everyone’s life.” (Syndetics Summary)

Taste the latest arrivals from Spain, France, Netherlands and Russia

Here is a collection of our new additions in Spanish, French, Dutch, and Russian books, featuring romance and suspense, fitness, hobbies and biographies.
And, if you are keen to learn a new language, including English, ‘Mango Languages online’ will be a great place to start. Mango is an online language-system that can help you learn the language of your choice. Enjoy!

Spanish Books
Syndetics book coverEn llamas / Suzanne Collins ; traducción de Pilar Ramírez Tello.
“”La segunda novela de la trilogia de ‘Los juegos del hambre'” “By winning the annual Hunger Games, District 12 tributes Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark have secured a life of safety and plenty for themselves and their families, but because they won by defying the rules, they unwittingly become the faces of an impending rebellion.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverGringo viejo / Carlos Fuentes ; edición de María Fernanda Lander.
“Through this fictional account of the 1913 disappearance of the U.S. writer Ambrose Bierce south of the border, Fuentes analyzes the often strained relations between the U.S. and Mexico. From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.” (Booklist)

Syndetics book coverAgua para elefantes / Sara Gruen ; traducción de Manu Berástegui.
“Ninety-something-year-old Jacob Jankowski remembers his time in the circus as a young man during the Great Depression, and his friendship with Marlena, the star of the equestrian act, and Rosie, the elephant, who gave them hope.” (Book Cover)

French Books
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/9782253127727/ref=ase_wellingtoncit-20 Le cœur d’une autre : roman / Tatiana de Rosnay.roman / Tatiana de Rosnay.
“Tatiana de Rosnay was born September 28th, 1961 near Paris. Her father is French scientist Joël de Rosnay, her grandfather was painter Gaëtan de Rosnay and her great-grandmother was Russian actress Natalia Rachewskïa, director of the Leningrad Pushkin Theatre from 1925 to 1949. Tatiana was raised in Paris and then in Boston. She moved to England in the early 80’s and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in English literature at the University of East Anglia, in Norwich. When she returned to Paris, Tatiana became press attaché for Christie’s and then Paris Editor for Vanity Fair magazine till 1993. Since 1992, Tatiana has published eight novels in France. Sarah’s Key, her first novel written in English, sold over 400,000 copies worldwide. Her novels also include A Secret Kept and The House I loved. Tatiana works as a journalist for French ELLE and is literary critic for Psychologies Magazine and the Journal du Dimanche. Tatiana lives in Paris with her family. (Bowker Author Biography)

Sept ans après : roman / Guillaume Musso.
“Artiste bohème au tempérament de feu, Nikki fait irruption dans la vie sage et bien rangée de Sebastian. Tout les oppose, mais ils s’aiment passionnément. Bientôt, ils se marient et donnent naissance à des jumeaux : Camille et Jeremy.Pourtant, le mariage tourne court : reproches, tromperies, mépris ; la haine remplace peu à peu l’amour. Au terme d’un divorce orageux, chacun obtient la garde d’un des enfants : Sebastian éduque sa fille avec une grande rigueur alors que Nikki pardonne facilement à son fils ses écarts de conduite. Les années passent. Chacun a refait sa vie, très loin de l’autre. Jusqu’au jour où Jeremy disparaît mystérieusement. Fugue ? Kidnapping ? Pour sauver ce qu’elle a de plus cher, Nikki n’a d’autre choix que de se tourner vers son ex-mari qu’elle n’a pas revu depuis sept ans. Contraints d’unir leurs forces, Nikki et Sebastian s’engagent alors dans une course-poursuite, retrouvant une intimité qu’ils croyaient perdue à jamais.” (Adapted from Amazon.fr summary)

Dutch Books
Esther Verhoef - DutchErken mij / Esther Verhoef.
“Een jonge vrouw is een halfjaar in therapie geweest bij een veertien jaar oudere psycholoog voor een burn-out. Als de therapie ten einde loopt, lukt het hem niet om afscheid te nemen van zijn cliënte: hij nodigt haar uit voor een romantisch weekend in Parijs.” (Book Cover)

Tim KrabbeEen tafel vol vlinders / Tim Krabbé.
“En Bram was zijn zoon. Juist omdat hij het niet was – van je eigen zoon zou je verplicht zijn te houden, waardoor je alttijd moest twijfelen of je het wel echt deed; van Bram hield hij omdat het Bram was.” (Book Cover)

Russian Books
Aleksander Tsaplovski - RussianNovomirskiĭ dnevnik / Aleksandr Tvardovskiĭ.

Art drawing - RussianOtkroite v sebe khudozhnika = Drawing on the right side of the brain / Betti Edvards.

Gymnastics - RussianGimnastika i aktivnyĭobraz zhizni vo vremi︠a︡ beremennosti.

Treats for ‘Community Languages’ lovers

Check out the latest movies by browsing in our extensive library DVD collection located in the Sound & Vision section under ‘Foreign’. Alternatively, be first to get the latest news of politics, events or local issues from all over the world through our online newspapers – see PressDisplay at mygateway.info. The papers are complete with photographs, graphics and even advertisements. PressDisplay offers hundreds of newspapers from 80 countries in 40 languages at your fingertips.

For French or Spanish speakers here is a small selection of DVDs and newspapers for you to enjoy:

DVDs

cover imageMy afternoons with Margueritte
“It’s all about friendship and love and…. Gerard Depardieu! An illiterate and lonely man bonds with an older and well-read woman played by Giselle Casadesus. Sitting on a park bench watching the pigeons play and interact, the woman – elegant, wise, but going blind – senses the honest heart of the man beside her, the character played by Depardieu. It is a gentle story with interested characters and relationships” – (description from Distributor website)

cover imageChe. Part two, Guerilla
“The second part of Steven Soderbergh’s epic biopic on the life of the iconic revolutionary. In 1965 Ernesto Che Guevara resigns from his role in the Cuban government to take up the struggle against Bolivia’s militarist government. But with Bolivia Che has bitten off more than he can chew. His band of volunteers are greatly outnumbered and short on supplies, the local population do not share his dreams of rebellion and when the US lends its support to the Bolivian Army, Che must not only face the prospect of defeat but his own failing health” – (description from Distributor website)

cover imageThe age of reason
“Margaret is an accomplished businesswoman who manages her career with steely determination. But on her 40th birthday, a provincial solicitor contacts her with some forgotten letters she wrote to herself when she was seven, the age of reason. Immersed in the letters, Margaret takes a journey back into hidden memories, and slowly realises that she has lived a life very different from her childhood aspirations…” – (description from container)

cover imageMademoiselle Chambon
“Jean is a burly and happily married housing contractor. One fateful afternoon, he picks up his son from school and meets the teacher, a willowy beauty named Mademoiselle Chambon. Their flirtation slowly builds over lingering glances and an impromptu violin solo in Chambon’s apartment. Jean soon comes to a crossroads, having to choose between the intensity of his bond with Chambon or the responsibility and care he feels for his wife and child” – (description from container)

cover imagePotiche
“When her husband is taken hostage by his striking employees, a trophy wife (Deneuve) takes the reins of the family business and proves to be a remarkably effective leader. Business and personal complications arrive in the form of her ex-lover (Depardieu), a former union leader” – (description from container)

cover imageHeartbeats
“Francis and Marie are best friends and seemingly have it all – youth, good looks and style in abundance. One night they meet Nicolas, newly arrived in Montreal from the country, and they both fall instantly for this beautiful young man. As one rendezvous leads to another, from dinners to trips to the countryside, each of the two friends slides deeper into fantasies around the same object of desire. Soon, they find themselves on the precipice of a love duel that threatens the friendship they once thought indestructible” – (description from container)

Newspapers

Here’s a taste of the front pages of two newspapers. For access to the full issues for the last 60 days, log in to PressDisplay through your MyGateway page HERE and as a bonus many newspapers in PressDisplay have translation software to other languages!

cover imageABC MADRID– You can browse through its pages and you can even print them or email them to your friends.

cover imageLE FIGARO – 40 pages of news, politics and gossip, including the latest agreements between the French President Nicolas Sarkozy and the German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

New additions to the Community Languages collection.

Have you kept in touch with the latest arrivals of our foreign book collection? You can now view the most recent titles displayed on the First floor of the Central Library, Arts, Music and Literature area. Have a taste by browsing the following sellection of French, German, Spanish, and Chinese books and enjoy!

French Books

PS: I love you
“The story is based on Holly and her husband Gerry who passes away with a brain tumour. Holly found it hard trying to come to terms with what has happened to her. She receives a call from her mother saying there is a note for her. It turns out her husband has left her notes that last 10 months. Each month a new one is opened with something different to help guide her to progress with her life ‘without’ him. This novel is a must read as it would touch the heart of the reader.” – (Drawn by publisher’s description)

German Books

Theo Boone und der unsichtbare Zeuge
“Theo Boon, the son of a lawyer and a lover of law and justice, lost the most difficult case – and he’s only thirteen! During his time in Heimatstadtchen, south of USA he takes on a sensational crime. This seems to be the perfect crime, and soon becomes apparent that the defendant will escape his just punishment. But there is an eye-witness!” – (Drawn by publisher’s description)

Erbarmen
“A demonic psychological thriller, the nightmare of a woman. It is the first case for Carl Mørck from the Department of Special Q in Copenhagen. On 2 March 2002, a woman disappears without a trace on the ferry from Rødby to Puttgarden. Everyone suspected the cause being death by drowning. But Merete is not dead. She is being held in a prison made of concrete. A distorted voice comes from a speaker somewhere in the dark: “Congratulations on your birthday, Merete. You’re here for 126 days, and this is our birthday gift to you. The light will stay on for a year unless you give us some answers.” – (Drawn by publisher’s description)

Spanish Books

El tiempo entre costuras
“A fabulous novel covering from the years previous to the Spanish Civil War to the end of the WWII, with scenes covering Madrid, Tanger and Tetuan, Madrid again and Lisbon to finally return to Madrid once again, with intrigue and history development with a formal bibliography of the non fictional aspects of the book which give a hard backbone to the fiction of the novel. In Spanish works just fine even her author has a PhD in English literature and applies many of the techniques used in English to this very Spanish novel.” – (Néstor C. Tirado,M.D)

Conquistadora
“As a young girl growing up in Spain, Ana Larragoity Cubillas is powerfully drawn to Puerto Rico by the diaries of an ancestor who travelled there with Ponce de León. Ann travels across the ocean to a remote sugar plantation where she faces unrelenting heat, disease and isolation, and the dangers of the untamed countryside. But when the Civil War breaks out in the United States, Ana finds her livelihood, and perhaps even her life, threatened by the very people on whose backs her wealth has been built. This is a sensual, riveting tale and thrilling history that has never before been brought so vividly and unforgettably to life.” – (adapted from Amazon.co.uk description)

Chinese Books

Quan jia fu mao yi ji jin
“New Knitting tricks by a number of well-known knitting experts selected out from more than a thousand patterns. This book brings together various knitting patterns, and offers ideas and techniques how to use materials for knitting and weaving.” – (Drawn by publisher’s description)

Shuo huang: jie chuan shang ye, zheng zhi yu hun yin de pian ju
“This book focuses on criminal investigations and law enforcement agencies in Europe and America. It offers accounts of the personality traits of suspects and the ways judges, prosecutors, lawyers and police address the various issues. It also includes a collection of insights from psychiatrists, social workers and consultants enabling the reader to develop an understanding how to prevent deception at home and in the workplace.” – (Drawn by publisher’s description)

Community Languages

Are you fluent in Italian, French or Chinese and searching for a new inspirational read? Take a look at this list of recent picks which includes a good selection of stories to keep you entertained.

  • Italian Books

Over 10 Italian novels of different genres have been added to our collection this month. Following are three books you can include on your reading list right now.

L'uomo neroL’uomo nero e la bicicletta blu, by Eraldo Baldini.
Set in the rural Italy of the 70’s, where the centuries of civilisation are confronting the modern world of technicolour films and men on the moon.  A village inhabited by weird adults and a child with a vivid imagination. (Drawn by publisher’s description)

Non Lasciarmi, By Kazuo Ishiguro.
A novel written by a Japanese author whose family migrated to
England when he was six years old. Three children growing up in a boarding school, are subjected to probing experiments by their teachers, which threatened their loyalty to one another. (Drawn by publisher’s description)

Famiglie, by Francesca Comencini.
The story of two families, one with a mother of two children by a former relationship, the other a conservative catholic couple whose adopted daughter has a close friendship with the young girl from the other family. The book explores the affections of one and the more rigid bonds of the other. (Drawn by publisher’s description)

  • French books

Check out the latest additions to our French language section, including psychological thrillers, interesting stories about relationships and biographies.

cover imageDieu Voyage Toujours Incognito, by L. Gounelle.
On the verge of committing suicide, Alan is saved by a stranger who wants his complete obedience in exchange for the secret of a better life. Although in the form a novel, this book is an exploration of psychology theories with the aim of showing that a better, happier, more content life is within veryone’s grasp. Written in an easy style, this is an optimistic and pleasant read, between self-help and fiction.
(Drawn by publisher’s description)

Le quai de Ouistreham, by Florence Aubenas.
In this book, the author gives a personal account of a social experiment she carried out in 2009, which sole purpose was to investigate how difficult it would be to find a job as a school leaver. Her story covers the 6 months period it will take her to finally find a short term contract for a few hours of work per week. She uncovers a world of constant anxiety, desperation, extreme hardship that is the fate of many in today’s France. Yet what she finds is support, generosity and solidarity in the face of adversity. Investigative journalism at its best, this book is an open window onto an often ignored side of modern French society. (Drawn by publisher’s description)

La Fille de Papier, by G. Musso.
A famous writer’s inspiration is drying out when suddenly his story’s heroin appears in real life. Attractive and desperate, she will die if he stops writing. This is the beginning of a fascinating adventure for the two protagonists, in a constant swirl between fiction and reality. (Drawn by publisher’s description)

  • Chinese books

We have expanded our range of Chinese books on health, history, biography and cooking. If you are just browsing you can start with the books listed here!

Qu bie zhen de yi wan zhong yong tu = Qu bie zhen de yi wan zhong yong tuQu bie zhen de yi wan zhong yong tu = Qu bie zhen de yi wan zhong yong tu / Ke Yunlu zhu.
In this book the author suggests a few ideas, tips and ways to be good at your work, maintaining a successful career. He offers advice how to keep meaningful relationships that can improve your lifestyle in all aspects. (Drawn by publisher’s description)

Jing dian ka fei yiao zhi shou ce.
A book for coffee lovers with recipes and superb ideas how to make and present the most amazing cups of coffee. Included is a list of tips, starting from how to create the perfect shot of espresso to learning the art of frothing the milk for cappuccinos and latte. (Drawn by publisher’s description)

1988 : Wo xiang he zhe ge shi jie tan tan / Han Han zuo pin.
The story of a young man and his experiences travelling around the world in his van, including his relationships with various young women, who crossed his path.