´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.
From the RITA award-winning author of Five Days in Skye comes a sweet, romantic treat that will leave you hungry for more.Baker and pastry chef Melody Johansson has always believed in finding the positive in every situation, but seven years after she moved to Denver, she can’t deny that she’s stuck in a rut. One relationship after another has ended in disaster, and her classical French training is being wasted on her night job in a mediocre chain bakery. Then the charming and handsome private pilot Justin Keller lands on the doorstep of her workplace in a snowstorm, and Melody feels like it’s a sign that her luck is finally turning around.Justin is intrigued by the lively bohemian baker, but the last thing he’s looking for is a relationship. His own romantic failures have proven that the demands of his job are incompatible with meaningful connections, and he’s already pledged his life savings to a new business venture across the country - an island air charter in Florida with his sister and brother-in-law.Against their better judgment, Melody and Justin find themselves drawn together by their unconventional career choices and shared love of adventure. But when an unexpected windfall provides Melody with the chance to open her dream bakery-café in Denver with her best friend, chef Rachel Bishop, she’s faced with an impossible choice: Stay and put down roots with the people and place she’s come to call home...or give it all up for the man she loves. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Teri Schnaubelt. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/oasi/002372/bk_oasi_002372_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
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.
´How are you?´ said Mathieu. ´I thought you were dead.´ Following a Parisian philosophy teacher through the cafes and bars of Montparnasse over two days in the sweltering summer of 1938, Sartre´s searing novel explores what it truly means to be free.
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.
When stars fall, there’s only one way back up.Buxton Peak’s bassist, Andy Smith, isn’t sure he can be the man Vanessa needs. When a chance meeting finds them at a cafe in London, Andy is only four months out of rehab and Vanessa is days away from returning to Nashville. A whirlwind romance ends in tragedy and loss. Can they find a way to patch up a relationship that spans across the Atlantic?Andy’s best mate, Gary Owens, finds sobriety more difficult than he’d hoped. Temptations from a flirtatious American tourist don’t help. But Buxton Peak needs their drummer back, and Gary is the only person who can pull himself back to center stage.Can the guys reunite with their rock band? Or will their out-of-control behavior be too much for Buxton Peak to accept?Buxton Peak fans will love this little bridge between Book Two and Book Three of the series. Let’s rock! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Steve Williams. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/140655/bk_acx0_140655_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.