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And God created the au pair
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Newland, Bénédicte - Smets, Pascale

And God created the au pair / Bénédicte Newland and Pascale Smets

[London] : Harper Perennial, 2005

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Abstract: Picture the perfect family...Now forget it & read this. An achingly funny novel on modern motherhood and married life, as told through the e-mail correspondence of two sisters. When your family snapshots resemble NSPCC ads and it takes a quick-witted au pair to prevent your guests from burning alive, you have well and truly arrived in motherhood...Charlotte and Nell are sisters who live thousands of miles apart, each coping, or rather not coping, with the incalculable demands of motherhood. The daily battle to avert domestic disaster and keep up with the Dickenson-Jones's is abated only by their hilariously candid e-mail exchange. They address some crucial questions, such as: if your son hasn't noticed that you've given Benny the hamster away, it is safe to assume he's forgotten? What is the unassailable law of nature that guarantees a cool, elegant paint, chosen with a loving homemaker's care, will dry to the colour of greying ham? And will a glass of chardonnay make it all better? Charlotte and Nell are separated by continents but united in tales of over-busy lives and family mishaps - how to cope with children demanding their attention 24/7, husbands who are oblivious to the madness their world has become, as well as coming to terms with the fact that they are no longer the youthful free spirits they once were. And God Created the Au Pair is perhaps what Bridget Jones might write if she got married, had children and began to wonder whether being single had its advantages after all... (source: Amazon.com)

Pygmalion
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Shaw, George Bernard

Pygmalion / Bernard Shaw ; editor: Jacqueline Fisher

Harlow : Longman, 1991

Longman literature

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Abstract: Pygmalion is a play by George Bernard Shaw, named after a Greek mythological character. It was first presented on stage to the public in 1913. Professor of phonetics Henry Higgins makes a bet that he can train a bedraggled Cockney flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, to pass for a duchess at an ambassador's garden party by teaching her to assume a veneer of gentility, the most important element of which, he believes, is impeccable speech. The play is a sharp lampoon of the rigid British class system of the day and a commentary on women's independence. (Wikipedia)

Nineteen eighty-four
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Orwell, George

Nineteen eighty-four / George Orwell

London : Penguin books, 2008

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Abstract: Winston Smith works for the Ministry of Truth in London, chief city of Airstrip One. Big Brother stares out from every poster, the Thought Police uncover every act of betrayal. When Winston finds love with Julia, he discovers that life does not have to be dull and deadening, and awakens to new possibilities. Despite the police helicopters that hover and circle overhead , Winston and Julia begin to question the Party; they are drawn towards conspiracy. Yet Big Brother will not tolerate dissent - even in the mind. For those with original thoughts they invented Room 101...

Where are the children?
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Clark, Mary Higgins

Where are the children? / Mary Higgins Clark

New York : Pocket books, 1992

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Abstract: Nancy Harmon had fled the heartbreak of her first marriage, the macabre death of her two little children, the hostile front-page newspaper stories and the shocking charges against her. She changed her name, dyed her red hair sable brown, and left California for the wind-swept peace of Cape Cod. Now she was married again, had two more beloved children, and the terrible pain had begun to heal... until the morning when she looked in the back yard for her little boy and girl, found only one red mitten, and knew that the nightmare was beginning again...

Two plays
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Wilde, Oscar

Two plays / by Oscar Wilde ; with an introduction by Gary Schmidgall

New York : Signet Classic, 1997

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Abstract: Sir Robert Chiltren è un uomo integerrimo dalla brillante carriera politica, circondato dalla stima degli amici, oggetto d'amore da parte della moglie che vede in lui il prototipo dell'onestà e dei valori del tempo. Ma questa felicità è minacciata dall'intrigante signora Chevely che rivela alla moglie di Sir Robert come all'origine della fortuna di questi vi sia un atto di profonda disonestà. Questa drammatica scoperta provoca nella coppia una crisi profonda e apparentemente insanabile. Sarà il buon senso di Lord Goring, un brillante uomo di mondo, a impedire al matrimonio di naufragare restituendo ai coniugi la felicità perduta.

Z for Zachariah
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O'Brien, Robert C.

Z for Zachariah / by Robert C. O'Brien

New York : Aladdin Paperbacks, 1987

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Abstract: Z for Zachariah is a novel by author Robert C. O'Brien. In this novel, a young girl named Ann Burden appears to be the only survivor of a holocaust that destroyed the majority of the United States, but left untouched the valley where she has lived all her life. Ann survives a year on her own, eating food from the local store and growing her own garden, until one day a man walks into her front yard wearing a strange suit. Ann is at first weary of her new companion, but when he becomes sick Ann feels she must do something to keep the only other person alive well. Little does Ann know that this new companion will prove to be something of a tyrant, a man who will make life with a companion far worse than life alone. Z for Zachariah is a novel of survival that will leave the reader wondering what they would do in Ann's circumstances. Ann Burden has become aware of a person traveling on the roads outside of her little valley. When it becomes obvious this person intends to come into Ann's little valley, Ann hides all evidence of her existence and hides in a cave on the hillside. Ann is frightened that this person, the only other apparent survivor of a nuclear holocaust, will be someone who will mean her harm. Therefore, Ann has decided to wait and watch before letting this person know she is there. The person arrives in the valley and he takes up residence in Ann's front yard. Ann watches from afar as the man explores the valley and takes a bath in Burden Creek which Ann knows is poisoned by whatever it is that killed everyone in the towns around the valley. Ann thinks she ought to tell him, but is still reluctant to reveal her existence. It is not until the man becomes terribly sick that Ann realizes this is the only other human being in the area and she does not want him to die. Ann takes the man, whose name is Mr. Loomis, into her house and helps him through his illness. At the same time, Mr. Loomis helps Ann figure out how to get gas for the tractor so that she can plow and plant the fields of her father's farm. As Mr. Loomis struggles with his illness, Ann stays by his side, listening to his fever induced hallucinations. Over time, Ann comes to realize that Mr. Loomis, who was a scientist before the war, shot a co-worker when the co-worker attempted to take the only existing radiation-repelling suit to check on his family. This leave Ann a little fearful of Mr. Loomis. As Mr. Loomis recovers from his illness, he begins to exert power over Ann by insisting on the planting of specific plants despite Ann's own experience and knowledge. Then one night Mr. Loomis sneaks into Ann's room and attempts to have sexual relations with her. Ann runs away. The following day, Ann returns to work the fields, but refuses to have any contact with Mr. Loomis. After a while, Mr. Loomis refuses to allow Ann to use the tractor. Shortly after this, Mr. Loomis locks the door to the store. When Ann comes into the yard of her own home, Mr. Loomis shoots her ankle in an attempt to force her to remain in the home with him. Instead, Ann is able to escape into the hills. Finally Ann realizes that one of them has got to leave the valley. Ann decides it should be her. Ann steals Mr. Loomis' radiation-repelling suit and all his other gear, intent on finding other survivors somewhere outside of her valley. Mr. Loomis tries to stop her, but Ann steps into the hot zone and successfully escapes her tyrant.

Kissing doorknobs
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Hesser, Terry Spencer

Kissing doorknobs / Terry Spencer Hesser

New York : Laurel-Leaf Books, 1998

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Abstract: Per Lara tutto comincia con un'attitudine più sviluppata del normale per l'ansia e la preoccupazione. La bimba vive nella paura che ai suoi genitori possa succedere qualcosa di brutto e la notte è tormentata da incubi ricorrenti che richiedono una costante rassicurazione. Poi, all'età di 11 anni, uno stupido ritornello udito per caso innesta in lei un comportamento ossessivo al quale non è più capace di sottrarsi. Queste stranezze finiscono per condizionare pesantemente la vita di tutta la sua famiglia. Dopo diverse visite da altrettanti specialisti Lara verrà messa in contatto con il terapeuta giusto che individuerà la vera cura e quindi la terapia per questo disagio comportamentale.

Toning the sweep
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Johnson, Angela

Toning the sweep / Angela Johnson

New York [etc.] : Scholastic, 1994

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Abstract: On a visit to her grandmother Ola, who is dying of cancer in her house in the desert, fourteen-year-old Emmie hears many stories about the past and her family history and comes to a better understanding of relatives both dead and living. One of the best-reviewed novels for young adults in 1993, this powerful debut is reminiscent of Terry McMillan's Waiting to Exhale. This story spans three generations of African-American women and their struggle to find a common ground for sharing love, friendship, and hardships.

Scary stories to tell in the dark
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Schwartz, Alvin <1927- >

Scary stories to tell in the dark / collected from American folklore by Alvin Schwartz ; with drawings by Stephen Gammell

New York : HarperCollinsPublishers, [2005]

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A Christmas carol
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Dickens, Charles - Dickens, Charles

A Christmas carol / Charles Dickens ; with an introduction by Karen Hesse

New York [etc.] : Scholastic, 1999

Scholastic classics

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Abstract: Nella gelida notte della vigilia di Natale il vecchio Scrooge, che ha passato tutta la sua vita ad accumulare denaro, riceve la visita terrificante del fantasma del suo socio. Ma è solo l'inizio: ben presto appariranno altri tre spiriti, per trasportarlo in un vorticoso viaggio attraverso il Natale passato, presente e futuro. Un viaggio che metterà Scrooge di fronte a quello che è realmente diventato: un vecchio tirchio, insensibile e odiato da tutti, che ama solo la compagnia della sua cassaforte. Riuscirà la magia del Natale a operare un miracolo sul suo cuore inaridito?

Black hawk down
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Bowden, Mark

Black hawk down / Mark Bowden

London : Corgi books, 2000

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Abstract: Late in the afternoon of Sunday, 3 October 1993, 140 élite US Soldiers abseiled from helicopters into a teeming market neighbourhood in the heart of the city of Mogadishu, Somalia. Their mission was to abduct twwo top lieutenants of a Somali warlord and return to base. It was supposed to take them about an hour. Instead, they were pinned down through a long and terrible night in a hostile city, fighting for their lives against thousand of heavily armed Somalis. When the unit was rescued the following morning, eighteen American soldiers were dead and more than seventy badly injured. The Somalis toll was far worse - more than five hundred killed and over a thousand injured. Authoritative, gripping and insightful, Black Hawk Down is a heart-stopping, minute-by-minute account of modern war and is destined to become a classic of war reporting.

Three
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O'Connor, Flannery

Three / by Flannery O'Connor

[Chicago] : New american library, 1983

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Abstract: Wise Blood evokes a terrifying world as it reveals a weird relationship between a sensual young girl, a conniving widow, and a young man who deliberately blinds himself. The Violent Bear It Away tells of a strangely decadent family - three generations of men obsessed by guilt and driven to violence. Everything That Rises Must Converge is a collection of compelling stories about eroding family relationships, individuals grappling with their sense of place in a changing society, race relations in the new South, and a powerful vision of death and divine revelation.

One good turn
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Atkinson, Kate

One good turn : a jolly murder mystery / Kate Atkinson

[London] : Black swan, 2007

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Abstract: It is summer, it is the Edinburgh Festival. People queuing for a lunchtime show witness a road-rage incident - a near-homicidal attack which changes the lives of everyone involved: the wife of an unscrupolous property developer, a crime writer, a washed-up comedian. Jackson Brodie, ex-army, ex-police, ex-private detective, is also an innocent bystander - until he becomes a murder suspect. Stephen King called Case Histories "the best mystery of the decade": One Good Turn sees the return of its irresistible hero Jackson Brodie. As the body count mounts, each character's story contains a kernel of the next, like a set of nesting Russian dolls. Everyone in the teeming Dickensian cast is looking for love or money or redemption or escape: but what each actually discovers is their own true self.

Dead poets society
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Kleinbaum, N. H.

Dead poets society / a novel by N. H. Kleinbaum ; based on the motion picture from Touchstone pictures ; produced by Steven Haft, Paul Junger Witt, Tony Thomas ; based on the motion picture written by Tom Schulman ; directed by Peter Weir

London : Bantam books, 1989

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Abstract: Todd Anderson and his friends at Welton Academy can hardly believe how different life is since their new English professor, the flamboyant John Keating, has challenged them to "make your lives extraordinary!" Inspired by Keating, the boys resurrect the Dead Poets Society - a secret club where, free from the restraints and expectations of school and parents, they let their passions run wild. As Keating turns the boys on to the great words of Byron, Shelley, and Keats, they discover not only the beauty of languages, but the importance of making each moment count. But the Deat Poets pledge soon realize that their newfound freedom can have tragic consequences. Can the club and the individuality it inspires survive the pressure from authorities determined to destroy their dreams?

Wild horses / Dick Francis
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Francis, Dick

Wild horses / Dick Francis

London : Pan books, 1994

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Abstract: Once a blacksmith, now famous and respected as a newspaperman, Valentine Clark knows everyone who is anyone in the racing world. Aged, confused, blind and dying, he harbors a daunting secret that he is desperate to be rid of. He makes his last confession to his visiting film-director friend, Thomas Lyon, whom in his delirium he mistakes for a priest. Unburdened and as peace, Valentine passes away, yet his legacy remains, guarded by Thomas. On location in Newmarket, Thomas is troubled by the old man's secret. Seeking to understand this puzzling revelation, he uncovers a long-unsolved mystery that he soon finds is very much unforgotten. But as much as he wants to learn more, it seems he already knows too much. Imaginative and decisive though he may be, he will need superhuman courage and extreme cunning to stay alive.

The happy prince and other stories
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Wilde, Oscar

The happy prince and other stories / Oscar Wilde

London : Penguin books, 1994

Penguin popular classics

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Abstract: The Happy Prince, one of the best-loved stories, tells of the attempts of a kind-hearted statue and an amorous swallow to rid their city of poverty, and of their heavenly reward. Others include the tale of the unjust but repentant giant who discovers joy in loving others, the nightingale willing to die for love, and a pompous although very remarkable rocket, ready to display his talents and his ignorance. Full of splendid, joyous imagery - birds, flowers, fireworks and palaces - the stories are infused with an underlying wisdom and morality. Beguilingly haunting and original, these timeless tales - invented by Wild for his own children - remain as popular today as when they were written over a hundred years ago.