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The Merchant's Daughter
  • Author : Melanie Dickerson
  • Publisher : Zondervan
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN : 9780310727620
  • Reader Reviews : 100
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • An unthinkable danger. An unexpected choice. Annabel, once the daughter of a wealthy merchant, is trapped in indentured servitude to Lord Ranulf, a recluse who is rumored to be both terrifying and beastly. Her circumstances are made even worse by the proximity of Lord Ranulf’s bailiff—a revolting man who has made unwelcome advances on Annabel in the past. Believing that life in a nunnery is the best way to escape the escalation of the bailiff’s vile behavior and to preserve the faith that sustains her, Annabel is surprised to discover a sense of security and joy in her encounters with Lord Ranulf. As Annabel struggles to confront her feelings, she is involved in a situation that could place Ranulf in grave danger. Ranulf’s future, and possibly his heart, may rest in her hands, and Annabel must decide whether to follow the plans she has cherished or the calling God has placed on her heart.

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    The Merchant's Daughter
  • Author : Melanie Dickerson
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 284
  • ISBN : 0310727618
  • Reader Reviews : 99
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • In 1352 England, seventeen-year-old Annabel, granddaughter of a knight and a would-be nun, eludes a lecherous bailiff but falls in love with Lord Le Wyse, the ferocious and disfigured man to whom her family owes three years of indentured servitude, in this tale loosely based on Beauty and the Beast.

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    The Silk Merchant's Daughter
  • Author : Dinah Jefferies
  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN : 9780241975909
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : Fiction
  • NOW A SUNDAY TIMES TOP 10 BESTSELLER FROM THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE TEA PLANTER'S WIFE Dinah Jefferies' stunning new novel is a gripping, unforgettable tale of a woman torn between two worlds... 1952, French Indochina. Since her mother's death, eighteen-year-old half-French, half-Vietnamese Nicole has been living in the shadow of her beautiful older sister, Sylvie. When Sylvie is handed control of the family silk business, Nicole is given an abandoned silk shop in the Vietnamese quarter of Hanoi. But the area is teeming with militant rebels who want to end French rule, by any means possible. For the first time, Nicole is awakened to the corruption of colonial rule - and her own family's involvement shocks her to the core... Tran, a notorious Vietnamese insurgent, seems to offer the perfect escape from her troubles, while Mark, a charming American trader, is the man she's always dreamed of. But who can she trust in this world where no one is what they seem? The Silk Merchant's Daughter is a captivating tale of dark secrets, sisterly rivalry and love against the odds, enchantingly set in colonial era Vietnam.

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    The Merchant of Venice
  • Author : William Shakespeare
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Pages : 259
  • ISBN : 9781139835251
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  • Genre : Literary Collections
  • The New Cambridge Shakespeare appeals to students worldwide for its up-to-date scholarship and emphasis on performance. The series features line-by-line commentaries and textual notes on the plays and poems. Introductions are regularly refreshed with accounts of new critical, stage and screen interpretations. This second edition of The Merchant of Venice retains the text and Introduction prepared by M. M. Mahood and features a new introductory section by Charles Edelman. Where Mahood focuses in her Introduction on the expectations of the play's first audience and on our modern experience of seeing and hearing the drama performed, Edelman explores the play's sexual politics. He also foregrounds recent scholarship on the position of Jews in Shakespeare's time and surveys the international scope and diversity of theatrical interpretations of the text in the 1980s and 1990s. He pays particular attention to the ways in which directors and actors tackle the troubling figure of Shylock.

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    The Merchant of Venice
  • Author : William Shakespeare
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 166
  • ISBN : NLI:2164779-10
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  • Genre : Jews
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    The Clan Corporate
  • Author : Charles Stross
  • Publisher : Tor Books
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN : 9781429914864
  • Reader Reviews : 12
  • Genre : Fiction
  • The third book (after The Family Trade and The Hidden Family) in the saga of the Merchant Princes by Charles Stross, in which Miriam gets into deadly trouble. Miriam Beckstein has gotten in touch with her roots and they have nearly strangled her. A young, hip, business journalist in Boston, she discovered (in The Family Trade ) that her family comes from an alternate reality, that she is very well-connected, and that her family is a lot too much like the mafia for comfort. In addition, starting with the fact that women are family property and required to breed more family members with the unique talent to walk between worlds, she has tried to remain an outsider and her own woman. And start a profitable business in a third world she has discovered, outside the family reach (recounted in The Hidden Family). She fell in love with a distant relative but he's dead, killed saving her life. There have been murders, betrayals. Now, however, in The Clan Corporate, she may be overreaching. And if she gets caught, death or a fate worse is around the bend. There is for instance the brain-damaged son of the local king who needs a wife. But they'd never make her do that, would they? At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

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    The Spice Merchant's Daughter
  • Author : Christina Arokiasamy
  • Publisher : Clarkson Potter
  • Pages : 242
  • ISBN : 9780307396280
  • Reader Reviews : 4
  • Genre : Cooking
  • A definitive guide to creatively blending and cooking with spices explains how to combine and use spices in both traditional and innovative ways and offers a tantalizing blend of one hundred recipes inspired by Southeast Asian cuisine that includes such dishes as Lemon Pepper Wings, Spicy Beef Salad, and Cardamom Butter Rice with Sultanas. 20,000 first printing.

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    Seven Daughters and Seven Sons
  • Author : Barbara Cohen,Bahija Lovejoy
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Pages : 228
  • ISBN : 9780688135638
  • Reader Reviews : 10
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • In an ancient Arab nation, one woman dares to be different.Buran cannot -- Buran will not-sit quietly at home and wait to be married to the man her father chooses. Determined to use her skills and earn a fortune, she instead disguises herself as a boy and travels by camel caravan to a distant city. There, she maintains her masculine disguise and establishes a successful business. The city's crown prince comes often to her shop, and soon Buran finds herself falling in love. But if she reveals to Mahmud that she is a woman, she will lose everything she has worked for.

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    The Alchemist
  • Author : Paulo Coelho,Amy Jurskis
  • Publisher : Perennial Classics
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN : 162765657X
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : Fiction
  • A special 25th anniversary edition of the extraordinary international bestseller, including a new Foreword by Paulo Coelho. Combining magic, mysticism, wisdom and wonder into an inspiring tale of self-discovery, The Alchemist has become a modern classic, selling millions of copies around the world and transforming the lives of countless readers across generations. Paulo Coelho's masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different and far more satisfying than he ever imagined. Santiago's journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life's path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams."

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    The Russian Cinema Reader
  • Author : Rimgaila Salys
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 334
  • ISBN : 1618113216
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Art
  • This two-volume reader is intended to accompany undergraduate courses in the history of Russian cinema and Russian culture through film. Each volume consists of newly commissioned essays, excerpts from English language criticism and translations of Russian language essays on subtitled films which are widely taught in American and British courses on Russian film and culture. The arrangement is chronological: Volume one covers twelve films from the beginning of Russian film through the Stalin era; volume two covers twenty films from the Thaw era to the present. General introductions to each period of film history (Early Russian Cinema, Soviet Silent Cinema, Stalinist Cinema, Cinema of the Thaw, Cinema of Stagnation, Perestroika and Post-Soviet Cinema) outline its cinematic significance and provide historical context for the non-specialist reader. Essays are accompanied by suggestions for further reading. The reader will be useful both for film studies specialists and for Slavists who wish to broaden their Russian Studies curriculum by incorporating film courses or culture courses with cinematic material. Volumes one and two may be ordered separately to accommodate the timeframe and contents of courses. Volume one films: Sten’ka Razin, The Cameraman’s Revenge, The Merchant Bashkirov’s Daughter, Child of the Big City, The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr. West in the Land of the Bolsheviks, Battleship Potemkin, Bed and Sofa, Man with a Movie Camera, Earth, Chapaev, Circus, Ivan the Terrible, Parts I and II.Volume two films: The Cranes are Flying, Ballad of a Soldier, Lenin’s Guard, Wings, Commissar, The Diamond Arm, White Sun of the Desert, Solaris, Stalker, Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears, Repentance, Little Vera, Burnt by the Sun, Brother, Russian Ark, The Return, Night Watch, The Tuner, Ninth Company, How I Ended This Summer.Contributors: Birgit Beumers, Robert Bird, David Bordwell, Mikhail Brashinsky, Oksana Bulgakova, Gregory Carlson, Nancy Condee, Julian Graffy, Jeremy Hicks, Andrew Horton, Steven Hutchings, Vida Johnson, Lilya Kaganovsky, Vance Kepley, Jr., Susan Larsen, Mark Lipovetsky, Tatiana Mikhailova, Elena Monastireva-Ansdell, Joan Neuberger, Vlada Petrić, Graham Petrie, Alexander Prokhorov, Elena Prokhorova, Rimgaila Salys, Elena Stishova, Vlad Strukov, Yuri Tsivian, Meghan Vicks, Josephine Woll, Denise J. Youngblood

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    Shylock's Daughter
  • Author : Mirjam Pressler
  • Publisher : Macmillan Children's Books
  • Pages : 296
  • ISBN : 0330484109
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  • Genre : Children's stories
  • Jessica, the 16-year old daughter of miserly pawnbroker Shylock, feels trapped by the endless rules of the 16th-century Venetian ghetto, until she falls for Lorenzo, a handsome and charming aristocrat. But it is a doomed passion - for Jessica is a Jew and Lorenzo a Christian.

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    Beauty and the Beast
  • Author : Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve
  • Publisher : Lulu.com
  • Pages : 92
  • ISBN : 9781365793509
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : Books
  • This is the first published version of Beauty and the Beast, written by the French author Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve in the mid-18th century and translated by James Robinson Planch . It is a novel-length story intended for adult readers, addressing the issues of the marriage system of the day in which women had no right to choose their husband or to refuse to marry. There is also a wealth of rich back story as to how the Prince became cursed and revelations about Beauty's parentage, which fail to appear in subsequent versions of the now classic fairy tale.

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    The Captive Maiden
  • Author : Melanie Dickerson
  • Publisher : Zonderkidz
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN : 9780310724421
  • Reader Reviews : 28
  • Genre : Young Adult Fiction
  • Happily Ever After ... Or Happily Nevermore? Gisela’s childhood was filled with laughter and visits from nobles such as the duke and his young son. But since her father’s death, each day has been filled with nothing but servitude to her stepmother. So when Gisela learns the duke’s son, Valten—the boy she has daydreamed about for years—is throwing a ball in hopes of finding a wife, she vows to find a way to attend, even if it’s only for a taste of a life she’ll never have. To her surprise, she catches Valten’s eye. Though he is rough around the edges, Gisela finds Valten has completely captured her heart. But other forces are bent on keeping the two from falling further in love, putting Gisela in more danger than she ever imagined.

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    Bianca
  • Author : Bertrice Small
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Pages : 450
  • ISBN : 9780451414779
  • Reader Reviews : 2
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Bianca flees her arranged marriage to Sebastiano Rovere, who blackmails her into marrying him to keep her brother's indiscretion a secret, and escapes to a seaside villa where she falls in love with the grandson of Mehmet the Conqueror.

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    The Merchant's Prologue and Tale
  • Author : Geoffrey Chaucer
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Pages : 113
  • ISBN : 9781316615478
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Six-hundred-year-old tales with modern relevance. This stunning full-colour edition from the bestselling Cambridge School Chaucer series explores the complete text of The Merchant's Prologue and Tale through a wide range of classroom-tested activities and illustrated information, including a map of the Canterbury pilgrimage, a running synopsis of the action, an explanation of unfamiliar words and suggestions for study. Cambridge School Chaucer makes medieval life and language more accessible, helping students appreciate Chaucer's brilliant characters, his wit, sense of irony and love of controversy.

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    Serena
  • Author : Bertrice Small
  • Publisher : N A L
  • Pages : 432
  • ISBN : 045141375X
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Preparing for her arranged marriage and life in her intended's chateau, dutiful daughter Serena is heartbroken by her fiancé's indecent proposal and runs away to England, where her love for a romantic courtier is challenged by her parents. Original.

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    Johnny Tremain
  • Author : Esther Forbes
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN : 0395900115
  • Reader Reviews : 54
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • After injuring his hand, a silversmith's apprentice in Boston becomes a messenger for the Sons of Liberty in the days before the American Revolution.

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    Fairy Tale Romance Collection
  • Author : Melanie Dickerson
  • Publisher : Zondervan
  • Pages : 1128
  • ISBN : 9780310749219
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : Young Adult Fiction
  • Romance, intrigue, and danger abound in this five-book bind-up of Melanie Dickerson’s bestselling fairy-tale retellings. The Healer’s Apprentice: Rose has been appointed as a healer’s apprentice at Hagenheim Castle, and when Lord Hamlin—the future duke—is injured, it is Rose who tends to him. As she works to heal his wound, she begins to fall in love, and wonders if he feels the same. But Lord Hamlin is betrothed to a mysterious young woman in hiding. As Rose’s life spins toward confusion, she must take the first steps on a journey to discover her own destiny. The Merchant’s Daughter: Annabel is trapped in indentured servitude to Lord Ranulf, a recluse who is rumored to be both terrifying and beastly. She soon finds he is actually very kind and caring, and the two strike up a friendship that could soon become more. Then Annabel becomes involved in a situation that could possibly lead to Ranulf’s demise. The Fairest Beauty: Sophie desperately wants to get away from her stepmother’s jealousy, and receives her chance when Gabe arrives from Hagenheim Castle to rescue her, claiming she is betrothed to his older brother. Though romance is impossible--she is his brother’s future wife, and Gabe himself is betrothed to someone else--the pair flee to the Cottage of the Seven to find help. Before long both must not only protect each other from the dangers around them, they must also protect their hearts. The Captive Maiden: When Gisela learns the duke’s son, Valten--the boy she has daydreamed about for years--is throwing a ball in hopes of finding a wife, she vows to find a way to attend, even if it’s only for a taste of a life she’ll never have. To her surprise, she catches Valten’s eye. Though he is rough around the edges, Gisela finds Valten is everything she hoped he would be. But other forces are bent on keeping the two from falling further in love, putting Gisela in more danger than she ever imagined. The Princess Spy: Margaretha has always been a romantic, and hopes her newest suitor, Lord Claybrook, is destined to be her one true love. But then an injured man is brought to Hagenheim Castle, claiming to be an English lord who was attacked by Claybrook and left for dead. And only Margaretha--one of the few who speaks his language--understands the wild story. It is up to her to save her father, Colin, and Hagenheim itself from Claybrook’s wicked plot.

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    Candide
  • Author : Voltaire
  • Publisher : Standard Ebooks
  • Pages : 142
  • ISBN : PKEY:7D573E3DF7560AED
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Candide is the picaresque tale of the titular character’s fantastical journey from an insular, idealized life in a picturesque castle through the difficulties and evils of the real world. Satirical, comical, witty, and cutting, Candide was widely banned in its day for containing blasphemous and seditious concepts. Despite that, it survived controversy to become an important book in the Western literary heritage. Today Candide remains a breezy and darkly funny read. This book is part of the Standard Ebooks project, which produces free public domain ebooks.

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    Merchant & Mills Workbook
  • Author : Merchant & Mills
  • Publisher : Pavilion
  • Pages : 144
  • ISBN : 1909397423
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  • Genre : Crafts & Hobbies
  • Make six classic garments and create a stylish multi-layered wardrobe from scratch. Full-size patterns are provided for a neat vest with a boxer back detail, an elegant bias-cut long-sleeved dress, a simple long gathered skirt with a drawstring waist, a batwing wrap top, an oversized drop-shoulder jacket and a pair of classic wide leg trousers. By choosing seasonal cloth, the versatility of these projects can be enjoyed from the first hint of spring to the end of winter. The aim of this book is to move beyond simplicity and dare the maker to develop new skills. With variations for tops, dresses, shorts and a coat, our precise step-by-step instructions and inspiring photography will enable you sew with confidence. The reward will be an all season, multi-layer wardrobe by your own hand. We hope you, the reader, are ready for this set of challenges and willing to pace yourselves through the more complicated garments. Full-size patterns for all six garments are included, ready to be traced off and put to good use immediately. Make fashion work.

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    The Crimson Fairy Book
  • Author : Andrew Lang
  • Publisher : Longmans, Green, and Company
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN : HARVARD:32044019397546
  • Reader Reviews : 4
  • Genre : Children's stories
  • Lang's fairy books were childhood favorites of Tolkien.

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    The Fairest Beauty
  • Author : Melanie Dickerson
  • Publisher : Zonderkidz
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN : 9780310724407
  • Reader Reviews : 50
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • Sophie has long wished to get away from her stepmother’s jealous anger, and believes escape is her only chance to be happy. Then a young man named Gabe arrives from Hagenheim Castle, claiming she is betrothed to his older brother, and everything twists upside down. This could be her chance at freedom—but can she trust another person to keep her safe? Gabe knows he defied his parents Rose and Wilhelm by going to find Sophie, and now he believes they had a right to worry: the orphan girl has stolen his heart. Though romance is impossible—she is his brother’s future wife, and Gabe himself is betrothed to someone else—he promises to himself he will keep her safe, no matter what. When the pair are forced to run to the Cottage of the Seven, they find help—but also find their feelings for each other have grown. Can they find a way to protect Sophie while also safeguarding their hearts?

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    Small Things Like These
  • Author : Claire Keegan
  • Publisher : Grove Press
  • Pages : 79
  • ISBN : 9780802158758
  • Reader Reviews : 38
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Shortlisted for the 2022 Booker Prize "A hypnotic and electrifying Irish tale that transcends country, transcends time." —Lily King, New York Times bestselling author of Writers & Lovers Small Things Like These is award-winning author Claire Keegan's landmark new novel, a tale of one man's courage and a remarkable portrait of love and family It is 1985 in a small Irish town. During the weeks leading up to Christmas, Bill Furlong, a coal merchant and family man faces into his busiest season. Early one morning, while delivering an order to the local convent, Bill makes a discovery which forces him to confront both his past and the complicit silences of a town controlled by the church. Already an international bestseller, Small Things Like These is a deeply affecting story of hope, quiet heroism, and empathy from one of our most critically lauded and iconic writers.

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    The Princess Spy
  • Author : Melanie Dickerson
  • Publisher : Zondervan
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN : 9780310745754
  • Reader Reviews : 6
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • Margaretha has always been a romantic, and hopes her newest suitor, Lord Claybrook, is destined to be her one true love. But then an injured man is brought to Hagenheim Castle, claiming to be an English lord who was attacked by Claybrook and left for dead. And only Margaretha—one of the few who speaks his language—understands the wild story. Margaretha finds herself unable to pass Colin’s message along to her father, the duke, and convinces herself “Lord Colin” is just an addled stranger. Then Colin retrieves an heirloom she lost in a well, and asks her to spy on Claybrook as repayment. Margaretha knows she could never be a spy—not only is she unable to keep anything secret, she’s sure Colin is completely wrong about her potential betrothed. Though when Margaretha overhears Claybrook one day, she discovers her romantic notions may have been clouding her judgment about not only Colin but Claybrook as well. It is up to her to save her father and Hagenheim itself from Claybrook’s wicked plot.

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    The Good Earth
  • Author : Pearl S. Buck,Emily Hutchinson
  • Publisher : Turtleback Books
  • Pages : 92
  • ISBN : 0785795286
  • Reader Reviews : 79
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • A Chinese peasant overcomes the forces of nature and the frailties of human nature to become a wealthy landowner.

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    Daughters of the Samurai: A Journey from East to West and Back
  • Author : Janice P. Nimura
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN : 9780393248241
  • Reader Reviews : 3
  • Genre : History
  • "Nimura paints history in cinematic strokes and brings a forgotten story to vivid, unforgettable life." —Arthur Golden, author of Memoirs of a Geisha In 1871, five young girls were sent by the Japanese government to the United States. Their mission: learn Western ways and return to help nurture a new generation of enlightened men to lead Japan. Raised in traditional samurai households during the turmoil of civil war, three of these unusual ambassadors—Sutematsu Yamakawa, Shige Nagai, and Ume Tsuda—grew up as typical American schoolgirls. Upon their arrival in San Francisco they became celebrities, their travels and traditional clothing exclaimed over by newspapers across the nation. As they learned English and Western customs, their American friends grew to love them for their high spirits and intellectual brilliance. The passionate relationships they formed reveal an intimate world of cross-cultural fascination and connection. Ten years later, they returned to Japan—a land grown foreign to them—determined to revolutionize women’s education. Based on in-depth archival research in Japan and in the United States, including decades of letters from between the three women and their American host families, Daughters of the Samurai is beautifully, cinematically written, a fascinating lens through which to view an extraordinary historical moment.

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    The Jew's Daughter
  • Author : Efraim Sicher
  • Publisher : Lexington Books
  • Pages : 322
  • ISBN : 9781498527798
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Religion
  • An innovative study of the gendering of ethnic difference in Western society, Sicher’s multidisciplinary, comparative analysis shows how racialized images have persisted and helped to form prejudiced views of the Other.

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    My Ántonia
  • Author : Willa Cather
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin
  • Pages : 406
  • ISBN : UOM:39015047544880
  • Reader Reviews : 156
  • Genre : Czech Americans
  • The story of a frontier family in the Midwest.

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    Midnight's Children
  • Author : Salman Rushdie
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Pages : 599
  • ISBN : 9780307744111
  • Reader Reviews : 6
  • Genre : Fiction
  • The iconic masterpiece of India that introduced the world to “a glittering novelist—one with startling imaginative and intellectual resources, a master of perpetual storytelling” (The New Yorker) WINNER OF THE BEST OF THE BOOKERS • SOON TO BE A NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time • The fortieth anniversary edition, featuring a new introduction by the author Saleem Sinai is born at the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, the very moment of India’s independence. Greeted by fireworks displays, cheering crowds, and Prime Minister Nehru himself, Saleem grows up to learn the ominous consequences of this coincidence. His every act is mirrored and magnified in events that sway the course of national affairs; his health and well-being are inextricably bound to those of his nation; his life is inseparable, at times indistinguishable, from the history of his country. Perhaps most remarkable are the telepathic powers linking him with India’s 1,000 other “midnight’s children,” all born in that initial hour and endowed with magical gifts. This novel is at once a fascinating family saga and an astonishing evocation of a vast land and its people–a brilliant incarnation of the universal human comedy. Forty years after its publication, Midnight’s Children stands apart as both an epochal work of fiction and a brilliant performance by one of the great literary voices of our time.

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    The Healer's Apprentice
  • Author : Melanie Dickerson
  • Publisher : Zondervan
  • Pages : 274
  • ISBN : 9780310407539
  • Reader Reviews : 112
  • Genre : Young Adult Fiction
  • A realistic, fast-paced reimagining of the Sleeping Beauty fairytale full of royalty, romance, and danger. This masterful combination of love and heartbreak—combined with the novel’s surprise ending—is everything fans of fantasy, historical, and medieval fiction yearn for. Rose has been appointed as a healer’s apprentice at Hagenheim Castle, a rare opportunity for a woodcutter’s daughter like her. While she often feels uneasy at the sight of blood, Rose is determined to prove herself capable. Failure will mean returning home to marry the aging bachelor her mother has chosen for her—a bloated, disgusting merchant who makes Rose feel ill. When Lord Hamlin, the future duke, is injured, it is Rose who must tend to him. As she works to heal his wound, she begins to understand emotions she’s never felt before and wonders if he feels the same. But falling in love is forbidden, as Lord Hamlin is betrothed to a mysterious young woman in hiding. As Rose’s life spins toward confusion, she must take the first steps on a journey to discover her own destiny. The Healer's Apprentice: An award-winning historical romance—a creative retelling of the Sleeping Beauty fairytale—by author Melanie Dickerson Perfect for readers ages 13-18 and adults who enjoy historical romances similar to Eva Ibbotson’s A romantic, fast-paced read—sure to entrance fans of fairytale retellings

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    Shylock Is My Name
  • Author : Howard Jacobson
  • Publisher : Hogarth
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 9780804141338
  • Reader Reviews : 57
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Man Booker Prize-winner Howard Jacobson brings his singular brilliance to this modern re-imagining of one of Shakespeare’s most unforgettable characters: Shylock Winter, a cemetery, Shylock. In this provocative and profound interpretation of The Merchant of Venice, Shylock is juxtaposed against his present-day counterpart in the character of art dealer and conflicted father Simon Strulovitch. With characteristic irony, Jacobson presents Shylock as a man of incisive wit and passion, concerned still with questions of identity, parenthood, anti-Semitism and revenge. While Strulovich struggles to reconcile himself to his daughter Beatrice's “betrayal” of her family and heritage—as she is carried away by the excitement of Manchester high society, and into the arms of a footballer notorious for giving a Nazi salute on the field—Shylock alternates grief for his beloved wife with rage against his own daughter's rejection of her Jewish upbringing. Culminating in a shocking twist on Shylock’s demand for the infamous pound of flesh, Jacobson’s insightful retelling examines contemporary, acutely relevant questions of Jewish identity while maintaining a poignant sympathy for its characters and a genuine spiritual kinship with its antecedent—a drama which Jacobson himself considers to be “the most troubling of Shakespeare’s plays for anyone, but, for an English novelist who happens to be Jewish, also the most challenging.”

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    The Spinster and the Spy
  • Author : Margaret Bennett
  • Publisher : Independently Published
  • Pages : 248
  • ISBN : 1728656508
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  • Genre : Fiction
  • At four and twenty, Miss Jane Colborne is firmly on the shelf, much to the chagrin of her brother, who sees her independence as highly unseemly. While taking a moonlight stroll at a house party, she stumbles upon a notorious rake spying on two Frenchmen. She offers her services to help the Home Office catch an English turncoat, turning her dull life as a spinster into one of adventure with plenty of intrigue. What she doesn't expect is to fall in love with the roguish Owen Sheffield, the Earl of Blackmore. Working for the Crown, Blackmore is currently assigned to uncover a traitor among the aristocracy. As he's spying on two French émigrés, he's forced to pluck the most delectable spinster out of harm's way and into the shrubbery. Now his job becomes doubly difficult, for he must keep his eyes on, but his hands off, the infuriatingly inquisitive Miss Colborne, who poses an even greater threat to Blackmore, this time to his heart.

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    The Midwife's Apprentice
  • Author : Karen Cushman
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Pages : 144
  • ISBN : 9780547722177
  • Reader Reviews : 53
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • In a small village in medieval England, a young homeless girl acquires a home and a new career when she becomes the apprentice to a sharp-tempered midwife.

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    Fable
  • Author : Adrienne Young
  • Publisher : Wednesday Books
  • Pages : 271
  • ISBN : 9781250254375
  • Reader Reviews : 12
  • Genre : Young Adult Fiction
  • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING SERIES A REESE WITHERSPOON x HELLO SUNSHINE BOOK CLUB YA PICK Filled with all of the action, emotion, and lyrical writing that brought readers to Sky in the Deep, New York Times bestselling author Adrienne Young returns with Fable, the first book in this new captivating duology. Welcome to a world made dangerous by the sea and by those who wish to profit from it. Where a young girl must find her place and her family while trying to survive in a world built for men. As the daughter of the most powerful trader in the Narrows, the sea is the only home seventeen-year-old Fable has ever known. It’s been four years since the night she watched her mother drown during an unforgiving storm. The next day her father abandoned her on a legendary island filled with thieves and little food. To survive she must keep to herself, learn to trust no one and rely on the unique skills her mother taught her. The only thing that keeps her going is the goal of getting off the island, finding her father and demanding her rightful place beside him and his crew. To do so Fable enlists the help of a young trader named West to get her off the island and across the Narrows to her father. But her father’s rivalries and the dangers of his trading enterprise have only multiplied since she last saw him and Fable soon finds that West isn't who he seems. Together, they will have to survive more than the treacherous storms that haunt the Narrows if they're going to stay alive. Fable takes you on a spectacular journey filled with romance, intrigue and adventure.

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    The Wednesday Wars
  • Author : Gary D. Schmidt
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Pages : 313
  • ISBN : 9780618724833
  • Reader Reviews : 106
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • During the 1967 school year, on Wednesday afternoons when all his classmates go to either Catechism or Hebrew school, seventh-grader Holling Hoodhood stays in Mrs. Baker's classroom where they read the plays of William Shakespeare and Holling learns muchof value about the world he lives in.

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    Wolf Play
  • Author : Hansol Jung
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Pages : 88
  • ISBN : 9781350185074
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Performing Arts
  • What if I said I am not what you think you see? A southpaw boxer is on the verge of their pro debut when their wife signs the adoption papers for a Korean boy. The boy's original adoptive father was all set to hand him over to a new home... until he realizes the boy would have no “dad.” Caught in the middle, the child launches himself in a lone wolf's journey of finding a pack he can call his own. Wolf Play is a mischievous and affecting new play about the families we choose and unchoose. It is published in Methuen Drama's Lost Plays series, celebrating new plays that had productions postponed due to the Covid-19 outbreak and the global shutdown of theatre spaces.

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    The Merchant and the Rogue
  • Author : Sarah M. Eden
  • Publisher : Shadow Mountain
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN : 1629728519
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Fiction
  • London, 1865 Vera Sorokina loves reading the Penny Dreadfuls and immersing herself in tales of adventure, mystery, and romance. Her own days are filled with the often mundane work of running the book and print shop she owns with her father. The shop offers her the freedom and income to employ and protect the poverty-stricken Londoners she's come to care about, and it gives her father something to do other than long for their hometown of St. Petersburg. She is grateful for the stability in their lives, but she often feels lonely. Brogan Donnelly was born and raised in Ireland, but has lived in London for several years, where he's built a career as a Penny Dreadful writer. He has dedicated himself to the plight of the poor with the help of his sister. His membership in the secretive Dread Penny Society allows him to feel he isn't entirely wasting his life, yet he feels dissatisfied. With no one to share his life with but his sister, he fears London will never truly feel like home. Brogan and Vera's paths cross, and the attraction is both immediate and ill-advised. Vera knows from past experience that writers are never to be trusted, and Brogan has reason to suspect not everything at her print shop is aboveboard. When the growing criminal enterprise run by the elusive and violent Mastiff begins targeting their area of London, Brogan and Vera must work together to protect the community they've both grown to love. But that means they'll need to learn to trust each other with dangerous secrets that have followed both of them from their home countries.

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    The Tiger's Daughter
  • Author : K Arsenault Rivera
  • Publisher : Tor Books
  • Pages : 527
  • ISBN : 9780765392534
  • Reader Reviews : 9
  • Genre : Fiction
  • A lush new epic historical fantasy series that evokes the ambition and widespread appeal of Patrick Rothfuss and the vivid storytelling of Naomi Novik

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    The Silk Merchant's Daughter
  • Author : Dinah Jefferies
  • Publisher : Viking
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN : 0241248620
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : Books
  • NOW A SUNDAY TIMES TOP 10 BESTSELLER FROM THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE TEA PLANTER'S WIFE Dinah Jefferies' stunning new novel is a gripping, unforgettable tale of a woman torn between two worlds... 1952, French Indochina. Since her mother's death, eighteen-year-old half-French, half-Vietnamese Nicole has been living in the shadow of her beautiful older sister, Sylvie. When Sylvie is handed control of the family silk business, Nicole is given an abandoned silk shop in the Vietnamese quarter of Hanoi. But the area is teeming with militant rebels who want to end French rule, by any means possible. For the first time, Nicole is awakened to the corruption of colonial rule - and her own family's involvement shocks her to the core... Tran, a notorious Vietnamese insurgent, seems to offer the perfect escape from her troubles, while Mark, a charming American trader, is the man she's always dreamed of. But who can she trust in this world where no one is what they seem? The Silk Merchant's Daughter is a captivating tale of dark secrets, sisterly rivalry and love against the odds, enchantingly set in colonial era Vietnam.

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    Not Without My Daughter
  • Author : Betty Mahmoody,William Hoffer
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Pages : 530
  • ISBN : 9780552152167
  • Reader Reviews : 13
  • Genre : Americans
  • 'You are here for the rest of your life. Do you understand? You are not leaving Iran. You are here until you die.' Betty Mahmoody and her husband, Dr Sayyed Bozorg Mahmoody ('Moody'), came to Iran from the USA to meet Moody's family. With them was their four-year-old daughter, Mahtob. Appalled by the squalor of their living conditions, horrified by what she saw of a country where women are merely chattels and Westerners are despised, Betty soon became desperate to return to the States. But Moody, and his often vicious family, had other plans. Mother and daughter became prisoners of an alien culture, hostages of an increasingly tyrannical and violent man. Betty began to try to arrange an escape. Evading Moody's sinister spy network, she secretly met sympathisers opposed to Khomeini's savage regime. But every scheme that was suggested to her meant leaving Mahtob behind for ever... Eventually, Betty was given the name of a man who would plan their perilous route out of Iran, a journey that few women or children had ever made. Their nightmare attempt to return home began in a bewildering snowstorm...