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By Amy Tan

In her startlingly sensual new tale, “Rules for Virgins”—the first fiction she has released in six years—beloved bestselling writer Amy Tan (“The pleasure success Club,” “The Bonesetter’s Daughter”) takes us deep into the illicit global of 1912 Shanghai, the place attractive courtesans mercilessly compete for the patronage of rich gents. For the ladies, the competition is lethal severe, a deadly online game of monetary survival that, if performed good, can set them up for all times as mistresses of the wealthy and trendy. there is not any room for blunders, in spite of the fact that: erotic energy is tough to accomplish and tougher to keep up, in particular within the loftiest social circles.

Enter veteran seducer, Magic Gourd, previously one in all Shanghai’s “Top Ten Beauties” and now the consultant and attendant of Violet, an aspiring yet green courtesan. Violet could have the adolescence and the attract, yet Magic Gourd has the crafty and the data with out which the more youthful girl is bound to fail. those historical methods of the alternate aren’t written down, notwithstanding; to move them directly to her scholar, Magic Gourd needs to achieve again into her personal expert earlier, bringing her classes alive with tales and anecdotes from a profession spent captivating and manipulating males who must have identified larger yet hardly did.

The global of sexual intrigue that Tan unearths in "Rules for Virgins" really existed as soon as, and she or he spares no aspect in recreating it. yet this tale is greater than interesting (and occasionally stunning) ancient literary fiction. along with inviting us within a existence that few writers yet Tan might conjure up, the intimate confessions of Magic Gourd upload as much as one of those army handbook for the conflict of the Sexes’ woman opponents. The knowledge conveyed is historic, particular, and undying, exposing the workings of shallowness and folly, calculation and wish that outline the mysterious human middle.

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Download Sherlock Holmes: The American Years by Michael Kurland PDF

By Michael Kurland

A compelling quantity of unique stories pertaining to Sherlock Holmes' mythical time in the USA

With an advent via Leslie S. Klinger, editor and compiler of all 3 volumes of the Annotated Sherlock Holmes, this choice of ten unique tales brings mild to 1 of the least tested sessions within the lifetime of the nice detective-his time within the former colonies, the us. This Holmes is a younger one-a younger guy no longer but set upon his direction in lifestyles and in his well-known accommodations at 221B Baker road. In Richard Lupoff 's "Inga Sigerson Weds," he's come to the USA to symbolize the relations at his sister's marriage ceremony. In "My Silk Umbrella," Mark Twain narrates his fateful stumble upon with Holmes at a baseball (generic term) in Hartford, Connecticut; Steve Hockensmith narrates the assembly of the younger William Gillette and the thing of his later, most famed flip upon the degree; and Peter Tremayne finds the intersection of Holmes and the Irish within the nineteenth century American midwestern panorama. With extra tales via Marta Randall, Rhys Bowen, Peter Beagle, and others, the legend, the mythology or even the background of the world's maximum detective is additional more advantageous via those captivating, smart and mystifying tales.

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Download Vecindarios excéntricos by Rosario Ferré PDF

By Rosario Ferré

Una obra épica sobre los linajes de dos familias, escrita por los angeles autora de l. a. casa de los angeles laguna.
"Mamá nació en Guayamés el 6 de enero de 1901. Mi abuelo, Alvaro Rivas de Santillana, estaba convencido de que los Reyes Magos se l. a. habían traído como obsequio, pero abuela Valeria decía que Clarissa había nacido por culpa de las lluvias."

Así comienza uno de los muchos cuentos de Vecindarios Excéntricos, donde las historias de hombres y mujeres cuyos amores y pérdidas coincidieron con l. a. desaparición de los angeles sociedad colonial de l. a. isla y con el nacimiento de una clase de nuevos ricos, se despliegan en un abanico de relatos espléndidos. Los personages de Ferré saltan fuera de l. a. página con tal fuerza que rayan casi en lo mitológico, acompañados por sueños y sucesos. Un abuelo cariñoso, decidido a enlazar a su nieta con un miembro de los angeles aristocracia francesa, sella su destino trágico al celebrar su cotillón en el palacio de Versalles; una solterona se propone seducir al hombre más rico de Guayamés, rezándole a los angeles vez a Jesucristo y al Departamento de Hacienda para que lo exima de los impuestos. Los relatos de Ferré son a l. a. vez divertidos y tristes, conmovedores y sensuales. Pertenecen a una larga y distinguida tradición de narrativa hispanoamericana.  

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Download The Lion of Boaz-Jachin and Jachin-Boaz by Russell Hoban PDF

By Russell Hoban

In a not-so-distant destiny while lions are extinct Jachin-Boaz, a middle-aged mapmaker, leaves domestic with the glorious map that used to be to inform his son the place to discover every little thing. within the ruins of a palace at Nineveh, his son Boaz-Jachin unearths the wall-carving of an exceptional lion death at the spear of an historic king. In a sequence of rituals, he conjures up the long-dead lion and sends him out to stalk his father. Then he follows at the lion's song.

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Download Any Duchess Will Do (Spindle Cove, Book 4) by Tessa Dare PDF

By Tessa Dare

<span>What's a duke to do, whilst the lady who's completely fallacious turns into the girl he can't stay without?

Griffin York, the Duke of Halford, has no wish to wed this season--or any season--but his diabolical mom abducts him to "Spinster Cove" and insists he choose a bride from the women in place of abode. Griff comes to a decision to educate her a lesson that might finish the wedding debate ceaselessly. He chooses the serving girl.

Overworked and suffering, Pauline Simms doesn't dream approximately dukes. All she wishes is to hold up her barmaid apron and open a bookstore. That dream turns into possible whilst an boastful, sinfully appealing duke deals her a small fortune for a week's employment. Her tasks are basic: undergo his mother's "duchess training"... and fail miserably.

But in London, Pauline isn't a depressing failure. She's a courageous, quick-witted, beguiling failure--a girl who ignites Griff's wish and soothes the darkness in his soul. retaining Pauline by means of his part won't be effortless. no matter if Society may settle for a serving woman duchess--can a roguish duke persuade a serving lady to belief him along with her heart?</span>

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Download Henry and Rachel by Laurel Saville PDF

By Laurel Saville

Dropped at stay with the George relatives as a baby, all someone knew approximately enigmatic Rachel used to be that she labored demanding, making herself imperative to the plantation. and she or he remained a secret until eventually the day she disappeared…even to her husband. specially to her husband.

Henry used to be Rachel’s opposite—gregarious the place she used to be quiet, fanciful the place she used to be pragmatic. After years of marriage, Rachel left Henry and their oldest son with no clarification and trigger on a steamer for brand new York urban with their different 4 kids. was once her flight the final word act of betrayal or one in all remarkable braveness? 8 characters attached by means of blood and situation reconstruct Rachel’s inexplicable vanishing act.

Weaving actual relatives letters into this narrative of her personal great-grandparents, Laurel Saville creates a historic novel of wonderful intensity and sweetness.

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Download Kingdom of Summer (Down the Long Wind, Book 2) by Gillian Bradshaw PDF

By Gillian Bradshaw

Unique booklet: 1981

"[An] attractive mixture of heritage, legend, and romance."

-Publisher's Weekly starred review

"A fast paced Arthurian novel with huge appeal."

-Historical Novels Review

On the trail towards greatness, even a hero makes mistakes.

Armed together with his magical sword and otherworldly horse, Gwalchmai proves himself the main feared and devoted warrior of Arthur's noble fans. yet whereas protecting the dominion, he commits a grave offense opposed to the girl he loves, top her to vanish from his existence and hang-out his memories.

With his relied on servant, Rhys, a common-sense peasant, Gwalchmai attempts to discover her within the state of summer season, the place Arthur has despatched him. yet an unforeseen and such a lot malevolent strength of evil and darkness is loose-that of his mom, the witch-queen Morgawse-and Gwalchmai reveals that the secrets and techniques of his earlier may perhaps deny him peace...

In the second one ebook of Gillian Bradshaw's significantly acclaimed trilogy, Sir Gawain involves existence as Gwalchmai, startlingly human but superbly heroic.


Gillian Bradshaw

"Compelling...splendid...vibrant...exhilirating, a unique seduces us into accepting sorcery and sanctity in King Arthur's England."

-New York instances booklet Review

"Courage, darkness, magic, cruelty and kindness, justice and liberation...all the issues that you've come to savor within the stories of King Arthur and his courageous knights."

-Yankee Romance Reviewers

"This attractive and mesmerizing retelling of the Arthur legend will attract adults and more youthful readers alike."

-Publishers Weekly

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Download The Spy (Isaac Bell, Book 3) by Clive Cussler, Justin Scott PDF

By Clive Cussler, Justin Scott

Detective Isaac Bell, hero of The Chase and The Wrecker, returns within the outstanding new event from the number one ny Times-bestselling author.

It is 1908, and overseas tensions are mounting because the international plunges towards struggle. while a super American battleship gun fashion designer dies in a sensational obvious suicide, the man's grief-stricken daughter turns to the mythical Van Dorn Detective organization to transparent her father's identify. Van Dorn places his leader investigator at the case, and Isaac Bell quickly realizes that the clues element to not suicide yet to homicide. And whilst extra suspicious deaths stick with, it turns into transparent that someone—an elusive spy—is orchestrating the destruction of America's brightest technological minds...and the murders all hook up with a top-secret undertaking known as Hull 44.

But that's just the start. because the intrigue deepens, Bell will locate himself pitted opposed to German, jap, and British spies, in a undertaking that encompasses dreadnought battleships, Teddy Roosevelt's nice White Fleet, Chinatown, Hell's Kitchen, and the Brooklyn military backyard. Isaac Bell has definitely confronted perilous occasions earlier than, yet this time it truly is greater than the way forward for his state that's at stake—it's the destiny of the realm.

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Download The Blessing Stone by Barbara Wood PDF

By Barbara Wood

Thousands of years in the past, a meteorite fell to earth and a stunning blue stone shattered from it. a hundred thousand years in the past, a woman named Tall One stumbled on the crystal at the African plain---and it shaped her future, in addition to the future of generations to return. From historic Israel to imperial Rome, medieval England, fifteenth-century Germany, the eighteenth-century Caribbean, and the nineteenth-century American West, the future of the stone and the historical past of the realm spread. each one tale is filled with the betrayals and obsessions of the human middle, and the quests of the human spirit. within the Blessing Stone, Barbara wooden has either informed the intimate info of her characters' lives and created a feeling of the epic sweep of human historical past.

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By Daphne du Maurier

In Regency London, the single manner for a lady to be successful is to overcome males at their very own online game. So whilst Mary Anne Clarke seeks an break out from her squalid atmosphere in Bowling hotel Alley, she ventures first into the scurrilous global of the pamphleteers. Her own charms are such, even if, that earlier than lengthy she involves the awareness of the Duke of York.

With her style for luxurious and tool, Mary Anne, now a royal mistress, needs to goal larger. Her lofty connections enable her to set up a thriving alternate in army commissions, upsetting a scandal that rocks the government—and brings own disgrace.

A brilliant portrait of overweening ambition, Mary Anne is determined throughout the Napoleonic Wars and in accordance with du Maurier's personal great-great-grandmother.

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