Our Spoons Came from Woolworths

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NYRB Classics #ad - I told helen my story and she went home and cried. So begins our Spoons Came from Woolworths. But barbara comyns’s beguiling novel is far from tragic, despite the harrowing ordeals its heroine endures. Sophia is twenty-one and naïve when she marries fellow artist Charles. She seems hardly fonder of her husband than she is of her pet newt; she can’t keep house everything she cooks tastes of soap; and she mistakes morning sickness for the aftereffects of a bad batch of strawberries.

England is in the middle of the great depression, and the money Sophia makes from the occasional modeling gig doesn’t make up for her husband’s indifference to paying the rent. Predictably, the marriage falters; not so predictably, Sophia’s artlessness will be the very thing that turns her life around.

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The Juniper Tree New York Review Books Classics

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NYRB Classics #ad - Before too long, bella has found not only a job but a vocation; not only a place to live but a home and a makeshift family. Will bella’s hard-won restoration to life and love come at the cost of the happiness of others? As comyns’s novel progresses, the story echoes and inverts the Brothers Grimm’s macabre tale The Juniper Tree.

A modern reimagining of a classic fairy tale by one of most bewitching, idiosyncratic British writers of the twentieth century. Bella winter has hit a low. Homeless and jobless, she is the mother of a toddler by a man whose name she didn’t quite catch, and her once pretty face is disfigured by the scar she acquired in a car accident.

The Juniper Tree New York Review Books Classics #ad - Friendless and without family, she’s recently disentangled herself from a selfish and indifferent boyfriend and a cruel and indifferent mother. But she shares a quality common to Barbara Comyns’s other heroines: a bracingly unsentimental ability to carry on.

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Who Was Changed and Who Was Dead

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Dorothy, a publishing project #ad - The story of the Willoweed family and the English village in which they live. Then the butcher slits his throat. The newspaper asks, "Who will be smitten by this fatal madness next?". Then the miller drowns himself. And a series of gruesome deaths plagues the villagers. It begins mid-flood, ducks swimming in the drawing room windows, "quacking their approval" as they sail around the room.

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The Velveteen Daughter: A Novel

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She Writes Press #ad - Pamela's dreams elude her as she struggles with severe depressions, an overbearing father, an obsessive love affair, and a spectacularly misguided marriage. But celebrity at such an early age exacts a great toll. From the opening pages, the novel will captivate readers with its multifaceted and resonates with its multifaceted and illuminating observations on art, family, and the consequences of genius touched by madness.

The velveteen daughter reveals for the first time the true story of two remarkable women: Margery Williams Bianco, the author of one of the most beloved children's books of all time, and her daughter Pamela, The Velveteen Rabbit, a world-renowned child prodigy artist whose fame at one time greatly eclipses her mother's.

The Velveteen Daughter: A Novel #ad - Throughout, her life raft is her mother. The glamorous art world of europe and new york in the early 20th century and a supporting cast of luminaries—Eugene O'Neill and his wife Agnes Margery's niece, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, and Richard Hughes, Pablo Picasso, author of A High Wind in Jamaica—provide a vivid backdrop to the Biancos' story.

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Sky Girls: The True Story of the First Women's Cross-Country Air Race

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Sourcebooks #ad - Armed with grit and determination, they crossed thousands of miles in propeller-driven airplanes to defy the naysayers who would say it cannot — not should not — be done. From the indomitable pancho barnes to the infamous Amelia Earhart, Sky Girls chronicles a defining and previously forgotten moment when some of the first women pilots took their rightful place in the open skies.

Mars program, nasathe exhilarating story of the first women who boldly conquered the skies in the first female cross-country air raceThe year is 1929, and on the eve of America's Great Depression, nineteen gutsy and passionate pilots soared above the glass ceiling in the very first female cross-country air race.

Sky Girls: The True Story of the First Women's Cross-Country Air Race #ad - A beautiful and inspiring book. Fascinatingly told. Donna shirley, former head of the U. S. And for generations to come, their actions would pave the way for others to step into the brave unknown and learn to fly. Written by female pilot and member of the original mercury 13 Gene Nora Jessen, Hidden Figures, Sky Girls celebrates the strength and smarts of these trailblazing women, and sits perfectly on the shelf next to The Radium Girls, or Code Girls.

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Like Family: Growing Up in Other People's Houses, a Memoir

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Back Bay Books #ad - The dislocations, confusions, and odd pleasures of an unrooted life form the basis of one of the most compelling memoirs in recent years--a book the tradition of Jo Ann Beard's The Boys of My Youth and Mary Karr's The Liar's Club. Mclain's beautiful writing and limber voice capture the intense loneliness, with her siblings, and determination of a young girl both on her own and responsible, sadness, for staying together as a family.

This powerful and haunting memoir details the years Paula McLain and her two sisters spent as foster children after being abandoned by both parents in California in the early 1970s. As wards of the state, the sisters spent the next 14 years moving from foster home to foster home.

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The Shadow Land: A Novel

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Ballantine Books #ad - Inside she finds an ornately carved wooden box engraved with a name: Stoyan Lazarov. Raising the hinged lid, she discovers that she is holding an urn filled with human ashes. Suspenseful and beautifully written, the pull of the past, it explores the power of stories, and the hope and meaning that can sometimes be found in the aftermath of loss.

Praise for the shadow land“A compelling and complex mystery, strong storytelling, and lyrical writing combine for an engrossing read. Publishers weekly“in the shadow land, a master storyteller, Elizabeth Kostova, brings vividly to life an unfamiliar country—Bulgaria—and a painful history that feels particularly relevant now.

The Shadow Land: A Novel #ad - Soon after arriving in this elegant east European city, however, she helps an elderly couple into a taxi—and realizes too late that she has accidentally kept one of their bags. From the #1 bestselling author of the Historian comes a mesmerizing novel that spans the past and the present—and unearths the troubled history of a gorgeous but haunted country.

A young american woman, alexandra boyd, Bulgaria, has traveled to Sofia, hoping that life abroad will salve the wounds left by the loss of her beloved brother. Elizabeth kostova’s third novel clearly establishes her as one of America’s finest writers. Ron rash, author of The Risen. You won’t want to put down this remarkable book.

Claire messud, author of the woman upstairs “In this brilliant work, what appears at first a minor mystery quickly becomes emblematic of a whole country’s hidden history.

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Margaret the First: A Novel

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Catapult #ad - Chosen as a lit hub best book of 2016, gifted, and one of electric literature’s best Novels of 2016  Margaret the First is based on the life of Margaret Cavendish, the shy, an Entropy Best Book of 2016, and wildly unconventional seventeenth-century duchess. Yet margaret was also the first woman to be invited to the Royal Society of London—a mainstay of the Scientific Revolution—and the last for another two hundred years.

The duchess herself would be delighted at her resurrection in Margaret the Firs .  .  . The eccentric margaret wrote and published volumes of poems, philosophy, feminist plays, and utopian science fiction at a time when being a writer was not an option open to women. As the english civil war raged on, Margaret met and married William Cavendish, who encouraged her writing and her desire for a career.

Margaret the First: A Novel #ad - This is a gorgeous and wholly new approach to imagining the life of a historical woman. As one of the queen’s attendants and the daughter of prominent Royalists, she was exiled to France when King Charles I was overthrown. Of Speculation. Dutton expertly captures the pathos of a woman whose happiness is furrowed with the anxiety of underacknowledgment.

Thenew york Times Book Review. After the war, her work earned her both fame and infamy in England: at the dawn of daily newspapers, she was “Mad Madge, ” an original tabloid celebrity.

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