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In memories that rise like wisps of ghosts, LuLing Young searches for the name of her mother, the daughter of the Famous Bonesetter from the Mouth of the Mountain. Trying to hold on to the evaporating past, she begins to write all that she can remember of her life as a girl in China. Meanwhile, her daughter Ruth, a ghostwriter for authors of self-­help books, is losing the ability to speak up for herself in front of the man she lives with and his two teen-­aged daughters. None of her professional sound bites and pat homilies work for her personal life; she knows only how to translate what others want to say.­Ruth starts suspecting that something is terribly wrong with her mother. As a child, Ruth had been constantly subjected to her mother's disturbing notions about curses and ghosts, and to her repeated threats that she would kill herself, and was even forced by her to try to communicate with ghosts. But now LuLing seems less argumentative, even happy, far from her usual . . .

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Номер открывается романом «Жара и пыль» англо-­американской писательницы и киносценариста Рут Прайвер Джабвала (1927–2013). Действие происходит в Индии, причем попеременно — то совсем недавно, то в 1923 году. Героиня и рассказчица, наша современница, переселившись в Индию, обретается как бы в двух измерениях: живет собственной нынешней жизнью и, вместе с тем, — молодостью первой жены своего деда, ушедшей от него к обедневшему индийскому принцу. И главные, и второстепенные герои-­англичане испытывают на себе загадочные чары Индии.

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Who said being eaten by the big bad wolf was a bad thing?­Maizie Hood struggles to keep her bakery turning a profit, her landlord from evicting her, and her dear Granny in a nursing facility. Wrestling with the decision to sell Gran-­s cottage is hard enough. The last thing she needs is her childhood big-­bad-­wolf nightmares turning into real-­life adult fantasies. Sexy businessman Gray Lupo-­s sudden interest just makes matters worse. Is he the answer to her problems, or just a wolf in gentleman-­s Armani?­Since his wife was killed twenty-­one years ago, Gray-­s life has been focused on two things: protecting the pack and avoiding the grown daughter of his wife-­s killers. When it becomes clear he can-­t do one without compromising the other, Gray finds playing -­big bad wolf- to Maizie Hood-­s -­Little Red- is a role he enjoys far more than he expected.­A real bad wolf-­s attack on Maizie changes everything. Gray can-­t deny the pull she has on his instincts-­and his heart. Suddenly he finds . . .

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Дина Рубина совершила невозможное – соединила три разных жанра: увлекательный и одновременно почти готический роман о куклах и кукольниках, стягивающий воедино полюса истории и искусства; семейный детектив и психологическую драму, прослеженную от ярких детских и юношеских воспоминаний до зрелых седых волос.
Страсти и здесь «рвут» героев. Человек и кукла, кукольник и взбунтовавшаяся кукла, человек как кукла – в руках судьбы, в руках Творца, в подчинении семейной наследственности, – эта глубокая и многомерная метафора повернута автором самыми разными гранями, не снисходя до прямолинейных аналогий.
Мастерство же литературной «живописи» Рубиной, пейзажной и портретной, как всегда, на высоте: словно ешь ломтями душистый вкусный воздух и задыхаешься от наслаждения.

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From one of the most important and acclaimed writers at work today, a thrilling new novel-­part murder mystery, part love story-­set amid the perils of religious repression in sixteenth-­century Istanbul.­When the Sultan commissions a great book to celebrate his royal self and his extensive dominion, he directs Enishte Effendi to assemble a cadre of the most acclaimed artists in the land. Their task: to illuminate the work in the European style. But because figurative art can be deemed an affront to Islam, this commission is a dangerous proposition indeed, and no one in the elite circle can know the full scope or nature of the project.­Panic erupts when one of the chosen miniaturists disappears, and the Sultan demands answers within three days. The only clue to the mystery-­or crime?-­lies in the half-­finished illuminations themselves. Has an avenging angel discovered the blasphemous work? Or is a jealous contender for the hand of Enishte s ravishing daughter, the incomparable Shekure, . . .

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From Publishers Weekly Mayle's breezy, uncomplicated fifth novel (Chasing Cezanne, etc.­) and ninth book follows 30-­something Max Skinner from a sabotaged financial career in London to his adoption of the ProvenГal lifestyle on an inherited vineyard in France. Max spent holidays at his Uncle Henry's vineyard as a child, so when he inherits the place, the prospect of returning is tempting; a generous "bridging loan" from ex-­brother-­in-­law Charlie seals the deal. The estate, Le Griffon, is in a dire state of disrepair and the wine cellar is filled with bottles of a dreadful-­tasting swill, but it's nothing that vineyard caretaker Claude Roussel and prim housekeeper Madame Passepartout can't resolve. Max settles into his new life easily thanks to the attentions of local notary Nathalie Auzet and busty cafe owner Fanny. The arrival of young Californian "wine brat" Christie Roberts, Uncle Henry's long-­lost daughter, complicates matters for Max, but her surprise offer and Charlie's . . .

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"I'm thirty-­four! Worry about oblivion, he told himself, when you're seventy-­five.­" Philip Roth's new novel is a fiercely intimate yet universal story of loss, regret, and stoicism. The best-­selling author of The Plot Against America now turns his attention from "one family's harrowing encounter with history" (New York Times) to one man's lifelong confrontation with mortality. Roth's everyman is a hero whose youthful sense of independence and confidence begins to be challenged when illness commences its attack in middle age. A successful commercial advertising artist, he is the father of two sons who despise him and a daughter who adores him. He is the brother of a good man whose physical well-­being comes to arouse his bitter envy. He is the lonely ex-­husband of three very different women with whom he has made a mess of marriage. Inevitably, he discovers that he has become what he does not want to be.­Roth has been hailed as "the most compelling of living writers & [His] every . . .

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Best known today for his exciting blockbuster novels, Sidney Sheldon is the author of The Best Laid Plans, Nothing Lasts Forever, The Stars Shine Down, The Doomsday Conspiracy, Memories of Midnight, The Sands of Time, Windmills of the Gods, If Tomorrow Comes, Master of the Game, Rage of Angels, Bloodline, A Stranger in the Mirror, and The Other Side of Midnight. Almost all have been number-­one international bestsellers. His first book, The Naked Face, was acclaimed by the New York Times as "the best first mystery of the year" and received an Edgar Award. Most of his novels have become major feature films or TV miniseries, and there are more than 275 million copies of his books in print throughout the world. Before he became a novelist, Sidney Sheldon had already won a Tony Award for Broadway's Redhead and an Academy Award for The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer. He has written the screenplays for twenty-­three motion pictures, including Easter Parade (with Judy Garland) and Annie Get . . .

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The novel that inspired the manga and anime! Twenty-­two-­year-­old Satou, a college dropout and aficionado of anime porn, knows a little secret or at least he thinks he does! Believe it or not, he has stumbled upon an incredible conspiracy created by the Japanese Broadcasting Company, N.­H.­K. But despite fighting the good fight, Satou has become an unemployed hikikomori a shut-­in who has withdrawn from the world & One day, he meets Misaki, a mysterious young girl who invites him to join her special project. Slowly, Satou comes out of his reclusive shell, and his hilarious journey begins, filled with mistaken identity, Lolita complexes and an ultimate quest to create the greatest hentai game ever!

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Ferocious and funny, penetrating and exuberant, Theft is two-­time Booker Prize-­winner Peter Carey`s master class on the things people will do for art, for love . . . and for money. I don`t know if my story is grand enough to be a tragedy, although a lot of shitty stuff did happen. It is certainly a love story but that did not begin until midway through the shitty stuff, by which time I had not only lost my eight-­year-­old son, but also my house and studio in Sydney where I had once been famous as a painter could expect in his own backyard. . . So begins Peter Carey`s highly charged and lewdly funny new novel. Told by the twin voices of the artist, Butcher Bones, and his damaged two-­hundred-­and-­twenty-­pound brother Hugh, it recounts their adventures and troubles after Butcher`s plummeting prices and spiralling drink problem force them to retreat to New South Wales. Here the formerly famous artist is reduced to being a caretaker for his biggest collector, as well as nurse to his . . .

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