Sunny Days and Moon Cakes (The Songbird Cafe Girls 2): Sarah Webb
´Brilliant ... a panorama of a remarkable talent ... McCullers´s finest stories´ The New York Times Few writers have expressed loneliness, the need for human understanding and the search for love with such power and poetic sensibility as the American writer Carson McCullers, and The Ballad of the Sad Café collects her best-loved novella together with six short stories, published in Penguin Modern Classics. Miss Amelia Evans, tall, strong and nobody´s fool, runs a small-town store. Except for a disastrous marriage that lasted just ten days, she has always lived alone. Then Cousin Lymon appears from nowhere, a strutting hunchback who steals Miss Amelia´s heart. Together they transform the store into a lively, popular café where the locals come to drink and gossip. But when her rejected and dangerous ex-husband Marvin Macy returns, the result is a bizarre love triangle that brings with it violence, hatred and betrayal. Among other fine works, the collection also includes ´Wunderkind´, McCullers´s first published story written when she was only seventeen, about a musical prodigy who suddenly realizes she will not go on to become a great pianist.
The final decade of the Cold War, through the eyes of a laconic and elegant observer In 1979 Richard Bassett set out on a series of adventures and encounters in central Europe which allowed him to savour the last embers of the cosmopolitan old Hapsburg lands and gave him a ringside seat at the fall of another ancien regime, that of communist rule. From Trieste to Prague and Vienna to Warsaw, fading aristocrats, charming gangsters, fractious diplomats and glamorous informants provided him with an unexpected counterpoint to the austerities of life along the Iron Curtain, first as a professional musician and then as a foreign correspondent. The book shows us familiar events and places from unusual vantage points: dilapidated mansions and boarding-houses, train carriages and cafes, where the game of espionage between east and west is often set. There are unexpected encounters with Shirley Temple, Fitzroy Maclean, Lech Walesa and the last Empress of Austria. Bassett finds himself at the funeral of King Nicola of Montenegro in Cetinje, plays bridge with the last man alive to have been decorated by the Austrian Emperor Franz-Josef and watches the KGB representative in Prague bestowing the last rites on the Soviet empire in Europe. Music and painting, architecture and landscape, food and wine, friendship and history run through the book. The author is lucky, observant and leans romantically towards the values of an older age. He brilliantly conjures the time, the people he meets, and Mitteleuropa in one of the pivotal decades of its history.
Francesca Amaro moves back to her hometown of Cape Bay, Massachusetts, and takes over the family business, Antonia´s Italian Cafe. She spends her days making delicious artisan cappuccinos - until she stumbles upon her neighbor´s dead body. When the police discover Mr. Cardosi was poisoned, Francesca becomes a suspect. The victim´s son, Matty, happens to be Francesca´s old high school friend. Together they uncover the secrets of the locals in order to find the killer in their idyllic beach town. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Marguerite Gavin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/007010/bk_tant_007010_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Set against the backdrop of Iran´s rich, turbulent history, this exquisite debut novel is a powerful story of food, family, and a bittersweet homecoming. When we first meet Noor, she is living in San Francisco, missing her beloved father, Zod, in Iran. Now, dragging her stubborn teenage daughter, Lily, with her, she returns to Tehran and to Cafe Leila, the restaurant her family has been running for three generations. Iran may have changed, but Cafe Leila, still run by Zod, has stayed blessedly the same - it is a refuge of laughter and solace for its makeshift family of staff and regulars. As Noor revisits her Persian childhood, she must rethink who she is - a mother, a daughter, a woman estranged from her marriage and from her life in California. And together, she and Lily get swept up in the beauty and brutality of Tehran. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Deepti Gupta. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/high/001338/bk_high_001338_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Meet Mason Ezekiel Barnes, former NFL tackle turned successful author of the naughty ninja adventure series Mia Killjoy. Mason is obsessed with winning a Pulitzer and is thwarted by his fellow author and nemesis, the twerpy little gnome Conrad Bancroft. Mason spends his days writing at a local cafe, Perk Noir, the one-of-a-kind jazz coffee shop where he and Bancroft ply their craft. The joint is thick with mysteries. Mason is obsessed with the life of jazz great Earl "Lightning" Perkins, a legend and former owner of the Perk Noir. Mason is convinced that Lightning has a hidden past and he’s determined to find it and catapult himself to greatness and the coveted Pulitzer once he writes his greatest story yet. One day, unexpectedly in walks Shelly, a Mia Killjoy super fan-girl who happens to have a mysterious pocket watch she recently inherited from her grandfather. Shelly convinces Mason to assist her in unraveling its history. Join along with Mason and Shelly as they find themselves embroiled in a deeper mystery than they could ever have imagined, full of twists and turns and surprises that pop up around every corner. Perk Noir is full of comedic relief, pop culture, NFL, jazz, a little touch of romance and flashbacks of Lightning and his family during both the first half of the 20th century and later during the Civil Rights Movement. Mason and Shelly and their adventures is a fun-filled thrill ride that will appeal to all listeners. There is something for everyone at the Perk. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Bell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/107963/bk_acx0_107963_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
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Kat Riesling spends her days serving up delicious treats with a side of sass at her beloved cafe. However, her life is turned upside down when she finds herself as the newest target of the Chicago´s largest crime boss. Ian O´Dell, the newest detective on the Chicago police force, only wishes to serve and protect the quirky cafe owner. But as bullets fly and emotions tangle, he finds himself torn between what his heart wants and what his duty demands. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ashley Holt. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/098964/bk_acx0_098964_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.