Sibella Giorello´s four Raleigh Harmon novels are now available in one collection! The Rivers Run Dry Special Agent Raleigh Harmon is good at her job as a forensic geologist, but not as good at bureau politics. As one of the few females on the team, she finds herself in a strange land when she´s transferred from Richmond to drought-stricken Seattle. When a hiker suddenly goes missing and a ransom note arrives, Raleigh vows to find the missing college girl and leave no stone unturned. The Clouds Roll Away Closing her assignment with the FBI´s Seattle office, Raleigh Harmon returns to her hometown of Richmond, Virginia, expecting a warm welcome. Instead she finds herself investigating an ugly cross burning at a celebrity´s mansion and standing in the crosshairs of her boss at the Bureau. And the deeper Raleigh digs into the case, the murkier the water becomes. The Mountains Bow Down Everything´s going to work out. Time away always makes things better . . . That´s what FBI Special Agent Raleigh Harmon believes as she boards a cruise to Alaska. A land of mountains and gems and minerals, the Last Frontier is a dream destination for this forensic geologist who´s hoping to leave behind a hectic work schedule and an engagement drained of romance, but like the scenery that surrounds the cruise ship, Raleigh discovers a mystery so daunting that even the mountains might bow down before it. The Stars Shine Bright After the FBI suspends her for bending its rules, Special Agent Raleigh Harmon is looking for a chance to redeem her career. Sent undercover to a thoroughbred horse track, Raleigh takes on a double life to find out who´s fixing the races. But when horses start dying and then her own life is threatened, Raleigh realizes something bigger-and more sinister-is ruining Emerald Meadows.
EXTRACTS FROM ADAM´S DIARY (1904) and EVE´S DIARY (1906) are essentially send-ups of the scripture, in which Twain parodied Genesis, the parables of creation and original sin, and Eve´s role in the fall of humankind. In EXTRACTS FROM ADAM´S DIARY, published with Fred Strothmann´s humorous cartoons of supposedly ancient stone carvings on every left-hand page, Twain playfully established Niagara Falls Park as the setting of the Garden of Eden, ´´the honeymoon capital of the world.´´ EVE´S DIARY, accompanied by the stunning line drawings of Lester Ralph, was Twain´s moving eulogy to his wife, Livy, who died the previous year. The grief-stricken Samuel Clemens, in a letter to his brother-in-law, Charles Langdon, wrote: ´´I am a man without a country. Wherever Livy was that was my country.´´ Similarly Adam´s tribute to Eve at the end of Eve´s Diary reads, ´´Wheresoever she was, there was Eden.´´ Eve´s story is tender throughout and focuses on the more humorous aspects of Adam and Eve´s relationship and eventual ´´marriage.´´ Like Adam´s story it lacks the darker implications of the other biblical pieces Twain wrote during the last decade of his life.
The Appalachian Trail covers 14 states, and over 2,000 miles. It stretches along the East Coast of the United States, from Maine in the north to Georgia in the south. It is famous for being the longest continuous footpath in the world. (Compare this with the Pennine Way, which is a mere 250 miles long.) It snakes through some of the wildest and most spectacular landscapes in America, as well as through some of its most poverty-stricken and primitive backwoods areas - Redneck country - Moonshine, Lil´ Abner, there´s bears in them thar hills. Remember the film Deliverance? God only knows what possessed Bill Bryson, a reluctant adventurer if ever there was one, to undertake this gruelling hike. Perhaps it was just a long-held ambition to lose weight: he has lost two stone so far. As he recently wrote from the trail to his publisher: ´Speaking of vigorous exercise, boy have I just had some. Maine was a bitch. I want you to come back and walk it with me so that when you die if you go to hell you will be able to say: ´´Call this hell? Try walking across Maine in August.´´´ Reared in the tradition of Mark Twain, James Thurber and S.J. Perelman, Bryson used his many years in Britain to soak up a peculiarly English sense of irony and humour and to hone a laugh-out-loud style that is uniquely, hilariously, his own.
***WINNER OF THE 2018 AUDIE AWARD FOR AUDIOBOOK OF THE YEAR*** The long-awaited first novel from the author of Tenth of December: a moving and original father-son story featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln, as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead, historical and invented February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln´s beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill. In a matter of days, despite predictions of a recovery, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. ´´My poor boy, he was too good for this earth,´´ the president says at the time. ´´God has called him home.´´ Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returns, alone, to the crypt several times to hold his boy´s body. From that seed of historical truth, George Saunders spins an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of its realistic, historical framework into a supernatural realm both hilarious and terrifying. Willie Lincoln finds himself in a strange purgatory where ghosts mingle, gripe, commiserate, quarrel, and enact bizarre acts of penance. Within this transitional state-called, in the Tibetan tradition, the bardo-a monumental struggle erupts over young Willie´s soul. Lincoln in the Bardo is an astonishing feat of imagination and a bold step forward from one of the most important and influential writers of his generation. Formally daring, generous in spirit, deeply concerned with matters of the heart, it is a testament to fiction´s ability to speak honestly and powerfully to the things that really matter to us. Saunders has invented a thrilling new form that deploys a kaleidoscopic, theatrical panorama of voices to ask a timeless, profound question: How do we live and love when we know that everything we love must end? The 166-person full cast features award-winning actors and musicians, as well as a number of Saunders´ family, friends, and members of his publishing team, including, in order of their appearance: Nick Offerman as HANS VOLLMAN David Sedaris as ROGER BEVINS III Carrie Brownstein as ISABELLE PERKINS George Saunders as THE REVEREND EVERLY THOMAS Miranda July as MRS. ELIZABETH CRAWFORD Lena Dunham as ELISE TRAYNOR Ben Stiller as JACK MANDERS Julianne Moore as JANE ELLIS Susan Sarandon as MRS. ABIGAIL BLASS Bradley Whitford as LT. CECIL STONE Bill Hader as EDDIE BARON Megan Mullally as BETSY BARON Rainn Wilson as PERCIVAL ´´DASH´´ COLLIER Jeff Tweedy as CAPTAIN WILLIAM PRINCE Kat Dennings as MISS TAMARA DOOLITTLE Jeffrey Tambor as PROFESSOR EDMUND BLOOMER Mike O´Brien as LAWRENCE T. DECROIX Keegan-Michael Key as ELSON FARWELL Don Cheadle as THOMAS HAVENS and Patrick Wilson as STANLEY ´´PERFESSER´´ LIPPERT with Kirby Heyborne as WILLIE LINCOLN, Mary Karr as MRS. ROSE MILLAND, and Cassandra Campbell as Your Narrator Praise for the audiobook ´´Lincoln in the Bardo´´ sets a new standard for cast recordings in its structure, in its performances, and in its boldness. Now, let´s see who answers the challenge.´´ - Chicago Tribune ´´Like the novel, the audiobook breaks new ground in what can be accomplished through a story. It helps that there´s not a single bad note in the cast of a whopping 166 people. It´s also the rare phenomenon of an audiobook being a completely different experience compared to the novel. Even if you´ve read the novel, the audiobook is worth a listen (and vice versa). The whole project pushes the narrative form forward.´´ - A.V. Club ´´The result is an auditory experience unlike any other, where the awareness of individual voices disappears while the carefully calibrated soundscape summons a metaphysical masterpiece. This is a tour de force of audiobook production, and a dazzling realization of Saunders´ unique authorial structure.´´-Booklist ´´The finished audiobook´s tapestry of voices perfectly mirrors the novel.´´-Entertainment Weekly Praise for George Saunders ´´No one writes more powerfully than George Saunders about the lost, the unlucky, the disenfranchised.´´-Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times ´´Saunders makes you feel as though you are reading fiction for the first time.´´-Khaled Hosseini ´´Few people cut as hard or deep as Saunders does.´´-Junot Díaz ´´George Saunders is a complete original. There is no one better, no one more essential to our national