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When No One Is Watching: A Thriller

When No One Is Watching: A Thriller

  • 作 者:Alyssa Cole
  • 出版年:2020
  • 出版社:William Morrow Paperbacks
  • ISBN:9780062982650
  • 點閱率:2

An instant NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY BESTSELLER! Rear Window meets Get Out in this gripping thriller from a critically acclaimed and New York Times Notable author, in which the gentrification of a Brooklyn neighborhood takes on a sinister new meaning… Sydney Green is Brooklyn born and raised, but her beloved neighborhood seems to change every time she blinks. Condos are sprouting like weeds, FOR SALE signs are popping up overnight, and the neighbors she’s known all her life are disappearing. To hold onto her community’s past and present, Sydney channels her frustration into a walking tour and finds an unlikely and unwanted assistant in one of the new arrivals to the block—her neighbor Theo. But Sydney and Theo’s deep dive into history quickly becomes a dizzying descent into paranoia and fear. Their neighbors may not have moved to the suburbs after all, and the push to revitalize the community may be more deadly than advertised. When does coincidence become conspiracy? Where do people go when gentrification pushes them out? Can Sydney and Theo trust each other—or themselves—long enough to find out before they too disappear?

The Taliban Revival: Violence and Extremism on the Pakistan-Afghanistan Frontier

The Taliban Revival: Violence and Extremism on the Pakistan-Afghanistan Frontier

  • 作 者:Hassan Abbas
  • 出版年:2015
  • 出版社:Yale University Press
  • ISBN:9780300216165
  • 點閱率:2

The true story of the Taliban’s remarkable resurgence in Pakistan and war-torn Afghanistan more than a decade after the U.S. military’s post-9/11 incursion In autumn 2001, U.S. and NATO troops were deployed to Afghanistan to unseat the Taliban rulers, repressive Islamic fundamentalists who had lent active support to Osama bin Laden’s Al-Qaeda jihadists. The NATO forces defeated and dismantled the Taliban government, scattering its remnants across the country. But despite a more than decade-long attempt to eradicate them, the Taliban endured—regrouping and reestablishing themselves as a significant insurgent movement. Gradually they have regained control of large portions of Afghanistan even as U.S. troops are preparing to depart from the region. In his authoritative and highly readable account, author Hassan Abbas examines how the Taliban not only survived but adapted to their situation in order to regain power and political advantage. Abbas traces the roots of religious extremism in the area and analyzes the Taliban’s support base within Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas. In addition, he explores the roles that Western policies and military decision making— not to mention corruption and incompetence in Kabul—have played in enabling the Taliban’s resurgence.

The Deep, Deep Snow

The Deep, Deep Snow

  • 作 者:Brian Freeman
  • 出版年:2021
  • 出版社:Blackstone Publishing
  • ISBN:9781094071329
  • 點閱率:2

In an intense, emotional mystery that spans a decade in the life of a small town, bestselling author Brian Freeman brings us an unforgettable heroine who discovers that the dead may sometimes be easier to rescue than the living. Deputy Shelby Lake was abandoned as a baby, saved by a stranger who found her in the freezing cold. Now, years later, a young boy is missing -- and Shelby is the one who must rescue a child. The only evidence of what happened to ten-year-old Jeremiah Sloan is a bicycle left behind on a lonely road. After a desperate search fails to locate him, the close bonds of Shelby's hometown begin to fray under the weight of accusations and suspicion. Everyone around her is keeping secrets. Her adoptive father, her best friend, her best friend's young daughter -- they all have something to hide. Even Shelby is concealing a mistake that could jeopardize her career and her future. Unearthing the lies of the people in Jeremiah's life doesn't get the police and the FBI any closer to finding him. As time passes and the case grows cold, Shelby worries that the mystery will stay buried forever under the deep, deep snow. But even the deepest snow melts in the spring. When a tantalizing clue finally comes to light, Shelby must confront the darkest lie of all. Exposing the truth about Jeremiah will leave no one's life untouched -- including her own.

Oil Palm: A Global History (Flows, Migrations, and Exchanges)

Oil Palm: A Global History (Flows, Migrations, and Exchanges)

  • 作 者:Jonathan E. Robins
  • 出版年:2021
  • 出版社:Univ of North Carolina Pr
  • ISBN:9781469662886
  • 點閱率:2

Oil palms are ubiquitous—grown in nearly every tropical country, they supply the world with more edible fat than any other plant and play a role in scores of packaged products, from lipstick and soap to margarine and cookies. And as Jonathan E. Robins shows, sweeping social transformations carried the plant around the planet. First brought to the global stage in the holds of slave ships, palm oil became a quintessential commodity in the Industrial Revolution. Imperialists hungry for cheap fat subjugated Africa's oil palm landscapes and the people who worked them. In the twentieth century, the World Bank promulgated oil palm agriculture as a panacea to rural development in Southeast Asia and across the tropics. As plantation companies tore into rainforests, evicting farmers in the name of progress, the oil palm continued its rise to dominance, sparking new controversies over trade, land and labor rights, human health, and the environment. By telling the story of the oil palm across multiple centuries and continents, Robins demonstrates how the fruits of an African palm tree became a key commodity in the story of global capitalism, beginning in the eras of slavery and imperialism, persisting through decolonization, and stretching to the present day.

Nessie Quest

Nessie Quest

  • 作 者:Melissa Savage
  • 出版年:2021
  • 出版社:Yearling
  • ISBN:9780525645702
  • 點閱率:5

Fans of Erin Entrada Kelly's Hello, Universe and Melissa Savage's own Lemons will devour this voice-driven novel packed with humor and heart about two friends who head off on an adventure to find the Loch Ness Monster. Ada Ru thought her parents were finally going to agree to a Fitzhugh family vacation to Disney World the summer before sixth grade. Then her father announces he's taking a teaching position in Scotland, and moving the family there for the entire summer. Obviously, Ada Ru is anything but happy. She doesn't like their new home, she hates haggis, and she certainly doesn't like the idea that she will be away from her best friend all summer. To top it all off, there is said to be a monster in the lake near their house! That's when she meets Hamish Bean Timmy, Hammy Bean for short, captain of the Nessie Quest Monster Chaser boat tour. He knows everything there is to know about the fabled Loch Ness Monster and Scotland. But as the two unlikely friends embark on an epic adventure to spot the lake monster, they end up discovering more than they ever could have imagined.

Murder in Old Bombay: A Mystery

Murder in Old Bombay: A Mystery

  • 作 者:Nev March
  • 出版年:2020
  • 出版社:Minotaur Books
  • ISBN:9781250269546
  • 點閱率:2

Nominated for an Edgar Award for Best First Novel! In 19th century Bombay, Captain Jim Agnihotri channels his idol, Sherlock Holmes, in Nev March’s Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Award-winning debut. In 1892, Bombay is the center of British India. Nearby, Captain Jim Agnihotri lies in Poona military hospital recovering from a skirmish on the wild northern frontier, with little to do but re-read the tales of his idol, Sherlock Holmes, and browse the daily papers. The case that catches Captain Jim's attention is being called the crime of the century: Two women fell from the busy university’s clock tower in broad daylight. Moved by Adi, the widower of one of the victims ― his certainty that his wife and sister did not commit suicide ― Captain Jim approaches the Parsee family and is hired to investigate what happened that terrible afternoon. But in a land of divided loyalties, asking questions is dangerous. Captain Jim's investigation disturbs the shadows that seem to follow the Framji family and triggers an ominous chain of events. And when lively Lady Diana Framji joins the hunt for her sisters’ attackers, Captain Jim’s heart isn’t safe, either. Based on a true story, and set against the vibrant backdrop of colonial India, Nev March's Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Award-winning lyrical debut, Murder in Old Bombay, brings this tumultuous historical age to life.

Mental Traveler: A Father, a Son, and a Journey through Schizophrenia

Mental Traveler: A Father, a Son, and a Journey through Schizophrenia

  • 作 者:Professor W. J. T. Mitchell
  • 出版年:2020
  • 出版社:University of Chicago Press
  • ISBN:9780226695938
  • 點閱率:1

How does a parent make sense of a child’s severe mental illness? How does a father meet the daily challenges of caring for his gifted but delusional son, while seeking to overcome the stigma of madness and the limits of psychiatry? W. J. T. Mitchell’s memoir tells the story—at once representative and unique—of one family’s encounter with mental illness and bears witness to the life of the talented young man who was his son. Gabriel Mitchell was diagnosed with schizophrenia at age twenty-one and died by suicide eighteen years later. He left behind a remarkable archive of creative work and a father determined to honor his son’s attempts to conquer his own illness. Before his death, Gabe had been working on a film that would show madness from inside and out, as media stereotype and spectacle, symptom and stigma, malady and minority status, disability and gateway to insight. He was convinced that madness is an extreme form of subjective experience that we all endure at some point in our lives, whether in moments of ecstasy or melancholy, or in the enduring trauma of a broken heart. Gabe’s declared ambition was to transform schizophrenia from a death sentence to a learning experience, and madness from a curse to a critical perspective. Shot through with love and pain, Mental Traveler shows how Gabe drew his father into his quest for enlightenment within madness. It is a book that will touch anyone struggling to cope with mental illness, and especially for parents and caregivers of those caught in its grasp.

Blood Runs Coal: The Yablonski Murders and the Battle for the United Mine Workers of America

Blood Runs Coal: The Yablonski Murders and the Battle for the United Mine Workers of America

  • 作 者:Mark A. Bradley
  • 出版年:2020
  • 出版社:W. W. Norton & Company
  • ISBN:9780393652536
  • 點閱率:1

Finalist for the 2021 Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Fact Crime The shocking assassination that catalyzed groundbreaking reform in Big Coal. In the early hours of New Year’s Eve 1969, in the small soft coal mining borough of Clarksville, Pennsylvania, longtime trade union insider Joseph “Jock” Yablonski and his wife and daughter were brutally murdered in their old stone farmhouse. Seven months earlier, Yablonski had announced his campaign to oust the corrupt president of the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA), Tony Boyle, who had long embezzled UMWA funds, silenced intra-union dissent, and served the interests of Big Coal companies. Yablonski wanted to return the union to the coal miners it was supposed to represent and restore the organization to what it had once been, a powerful force for social good. Boyle was enraged about his opponent’s bid to take over―and would go to any lengths to maintain power. The most infamous crimes in the history of American labor unions, the Yablonski murders triggered one of the most intensive and successful manhunts in FBI history―and also led to the first successful rank-and-file takeover of a major labor union in modern U.S. history, one that inspired workers in other labor unions to rise up and challenge their own entrenched, out-of-touch leaders. An extraordinary portrait of one of the nation’s major unions on the brink of historical change, Blood Runs Coal comes at a time of resurgent labor movements in the United States and the current administration’s attempts to bolster the fossil fuel industry. Brilliantly researched and compellingly written, it sheds light on the far-reaching effects of industrial and socioeconomic change that unfold across America to this day.

誰吃了我的豌豆烤餅?

誰吃了我的豌豆烤餅?

  • 作 者:尤依筑
  • 出版年:2020年9月
  • 出版社:鳴個喇叭文化工作室
  • ISBN:9789869952101
  • 點閱率:6

我乘著太空梭轉學到緬甸街的小學讀書,一切都很不一樣......,我和同學穿的不一樣、講的話不一樣、毛的顏色也不一樣。   中午吃飯的時候,我拿出媽媽幫我準備的便當,裡面是我最愛的豌豆烤餅、薑黃香飯,還有涼拌茶葉!但班上同學卻靠過來一直問我這是什麼?怎麼聞起來好奇怪?跟他們平常吃的便當都不一樣。 我不知道、我不知道、我真的什麼不知道。正當我想偷偷把香味太濃的便當埋起來的時候,突然,有隻奶茶色貓咪衝上來把我最愛的豌豆烤餅叼走了,那隻貓到底是誰?他為什麼要吃了我的豌豆烤餅?我有好多問題要找他問清楚...... 。

耶誕老公公的紅手套

耶誕老公公的紅手套

  • 作 者:三浦太郎
  • 出版年:2021年11月
  • 出版社:小魯文化
  • ISBN:9786267043004
  • 點閱率:8

在雪花飄飛的耶誕夜裡,小女孩在前往小鎮採買的路上撿到了一隻大大的紅手套。她心想,這應該是耶誕老公公遺失的。天氣這麼寒冷,耶誕老公公一定在傷腦筋吧!善良的她想要將手套送還給耶誕老公公,她要怎麼做呢? 找呀找呀,到底耶誕老公公在哪裡呢?小女孩能順利送還手套嗎?

咬指甲妖怪

咬指甲妖怪

  • 作 者:吉村亞希子
  • 出版年:2021年12月
  • 出版社:小魯文化
  • ISBN:9789865566807
  • 點閱率:6

改不掉咬指甲的壞習慣嗎?小妖怪告訴你一直咬指甲會怎麼樣。書末還會教你剪指甲的正確方法!   伸出你的雙手,仔細看一看,你的指甲是圓圓的、方方的、尖尖的,還是已經被咬得短短的呢?你知道指甲有多重要嗎?你知道要怎麼樣照顧指甲嗎?指甲雖然不起眼,但其實非常重要喔!指甲太短或太長,都會對生活造成諸多不便。此外,假如沒有使用正確的方法剪指甲,指甲也很有可能會長到肉裡,讓手指頭感到不舒服或是疼痛。最重要的是,咬指甲看上去非常可怕,會給人留下不好的印象!讓我們一起改掉咬指甲的壞習慣,用正確的方式照顧我們的指甲!

虎皮魔毯

虎皮魔毯

  • 作 者:瓊.海格
  • 出版年:2021年12月
  • 出版社:小魯文化
  • ISBN:9789865566760
  • 點閱率:6

本書以一塊陳舊的虎皮地毯為橋梁,由兩名印度裔男孩和一名蘇格蘭女孩,帶領讀者跨越歐洲和亞洲,目睹各種文化互相擦出的精采火花。   這是也一段教導男孩和珍妮關於家庭、忠貞、友誼,以及歸屬感真正含義的旅程,而書中最偉大的魔法是友誼、忠誠和信守諾言,貫穿本書的主題則是歸屬感、找到家的意義和「家」的概念,同時探索希望、流離失所、寬恕和正義的主題,以及人世間永恆的善惡之爭。   它不僅僅是一部漂亮的故事,還展露一些非常複雜的主題:保護野生動物、脫離貧困和避免社會分裂等,啟發讀者反思和關注相關議題。

我會好好照顧你

我會好好照顧你

  • 作 者:瑪麗亞.羅瑞塔.吉拉多
  • 出版年:2021年12月
  • 出版社:水滴文化
  • ISBN:9786267038062
  • 點閱率:6

從前,有一粒小小的種子,在廣大的世界裡覺得無依無靠。天空、水和大地對它說:別擔心,我會照顧你。它慢慢長成了一棵大樹。 一天,來了一隻迷惘的黑頭鶯,大樹對她說:來吧,我會照顧你。黑頭鶯在樹上築了巢,孕育了寶寶。隨著季節流轉,樹上花朵凋零,蘋果掉落迸裂,種子隨風四散,一粒種子被吹進了岩石縫隙,大樹為這即將死去的種子哭了起來,黑頭鶯說:別擔心,我會照顧它……。 一本撫慰人心的生命教育繪本,讓孩子體會施與受的意義,以及愛的真諦。

汙水爆炸啦!

汙水爆炸啦!

  • 作 者:宋秀惠
  • 出版年:2021年12月
  • 出版社:青林
  • ISBN:9789862745601
  • 點閱率:9

今天小哲像平常一樣被鬧鐘叫醒,但是他卻急急忙忙的檢查家裡的洗手台、水槽和馬桶,到底發生什麼事了?小哲為什麼突然關心起汙水問題?還要家人一起改變他們的生活習慣?   洗碗精、沐浴乳、洗衣精、吃剩的食物、喝不完的飲料……當這些東西都被倒進下水道,累積久了,會發生什麼事?跟著小哲一起檢視生活中的壞習慣,從小地方改善,不讓汙水爆炸!

喂!不要玩文物:魔性哏圖懶人包

喂!不要玩文物:魔性哏圖懶人包

  • 作 者:馮翰寧文字、王驄穎繪圖
  • 出版年:2021年11月
  • 出版社:時報
  • ISBN:9789571396118
  • 點閱率:7

「笑到你心裡發寒」、「不要碰我肩膀」、「窮到吃土」、「寶寶心裡苦,但寶寶不說」、「我是跟鄉民進來看熱鬧的」……提起這些流行語,你會想到什麼?   腦洞大開的繪者王驄穎從古老的博物館文物中聯想到這些時髦的詞彙,創作出一張張反差萌的文物哏圖!   筆者馮翰寧用淺顯易懂的文字,除了介紹文物原型外,還分享許多歷史小知識。   本書收錄117張文物哏圖創作,在充滿魔力的畫筆下,看似沉默、枯燥的文物都變得活蹦亂跳,你會發現,原來這些文物距離我們的生活一點都不遙遠。   在這種古今碰撞中,當我們換一種視角探索歷史,就會發現歷史一點都不無聊,而且充滿生命力。

那些狂烈的安靜

那些狂烈的安靜

  • 作 者:陳育萱
  • 出版年:2021年12月
  • 出版社:大塊文化
  • ISBN:9789860777659
  • 點閱率:5

擅於用故事側寫臺灣當代社會議題與生活困境的陳育萱,除了小說家的身分,其實也是手執粉筆的高中老師。這一次她首度以創作者的距離,返身回看最貼近的教育現場,拆解看似水面寧靜,實則暗流洶湧的校園與家庭。宛如偽紀錄片般,透過七篇關於教育現場不同角色的故事,小說家指認了每個人不被體制所照見的人性面向。   轉學後跟不上課業的國小女生,遭受同儕排擠與父母的不諒解,只能向日夜在滾輪上奔跑的寵物鼠尋求慰藉;三位拒絕上學的男孩,以彼此的陪伴作為迷茫現實的路標;母親迷信邪教、性向不被理解的國中女孩,轉而向打工的姐姐尋求情感的依賴;新任教師夾在學校高層、家長與學生間進退兩難,卻發現教室被安裝監視器,在冰冷的凝視下逐漸沉默……。   教育發生的場景表面上形式單一,在無聲的框架下卻藏有層層深淺濃淡的生命暗景。一如陳夏民所稱,名為校園的有機體,擁有自己的新陳代謝與規則,每個人在其中或學會規避痛苦,或操作權力,或穿梭其中。但就像小說家所揭示的,成長的現場層次複雜而細微,無法一時半刻釐清,那就讓小說來表達吧。

我和我的失智媽媽:照顧好失智家人,並照顧好自己

我和我的失智媽媽:照顧好失智家人,並照顧好自己

  • 作 者:陸曉婭
  • 出版年:2021年11月
  • 出版社:寶瓶文化
  • ISBN:9789864062584
  • 點閱率:6

六、七十歲老人照顧八、九十歲老人,已成高齡社會的典型場景,亦正是本書的現實景況。作者年屆退休時,母親患了失智症,令她掙扎交戰:誰來照顧?如果全天候地全職照顧媽媽,長期下來,我還有可能重新融入社會嗎? 這也是一部愛的紀實。母親認知恍惚,卻給了她機會重耕親情荒地,鼓起勇氣去愛,感覺像終於找回媽媽:我該詛咒失智症呢,還是感謝它?如今媽媽會張開雙臂與我擁抱,這是我過去六十年不曾享有的啊! 身心俱疲,她曾想逃開!但又罪疚於「不孝」……幸好有一群照顧者同伴,讓她接納自己也會有痛苦、害怕和委屈:我們不是聖人,就算產生逃離現況的衝動,也請理解,這只是我們處理不了自己情緒時的應對方式之一。 但,失智畢竟不可逆,母親的病情日趨重度,「那個難題」,難以迴避:該怎麼跟媽媽說?告訴她「我們要送你去安養院」?她會不會覺得我們不要她了……。

永遠的寶貝【三毛逝世30週年紀念版】

永遠的寶貝【三毛逝世30週年紀念版】

  • 作 者:三毛
  • 出版年:2021年11月
  • 出版社:皇冠
  • ISBN:9789573338086
  • 點閱率:6

人,總有一天會離開,物,卻能一直傳下去。因為明白物品的來和去,都不只是偶然,於是三毛動筆,為她收藏的寶貝留下一篇篇雋永的故事。   三毛愛上的東西未必最精美昂貴,但總是最特別。封存許多回憶的中國鎖、秘魯老城一見鍾情的掛氈、結婚時戴的沙漠飾品「布各德特」……他人頻頻路過的不起眼,卻是三毛心裡的無價之寶,更是她走遍天涯的足跡證明。 它們更充滿三毛對心愛之人的深深思念,訴盡愛情的銅盤,是荷西想念三毛時細細刻製的。做為結婚禮物的駱駝頭骨,三毛堅決不給人,只因她要帶去彼岸赴丈夫的約。父母為她撿的癡心石,飽含給女兒全心全意的愛。一件手工製的衣服,是摯友在眼盲之前一針一線勾出的心意……。 三毛的寶貝們有的歷經滄桑,有的交織著悲喜,個個獨具意義。即便終有一天會與它們道別,但因為這些故事,寶愛之情早已留駐永遠。

一杯熱奶茶的等待

一杯熱奶茶的等待

  • 作 者:詹馥華
  • 出版年:2021年11月
  • 出版社:蓋亞
  • ISBN:9789863196075
  • 點閱率:6

渴望溫暖的人,終會彼此擁抱。相遇的契機,都是熱奶茶。 是在痴痴等候失約戀人的憂鬱男孩阿問身上,深受觸動下遞出的安慰小物。是從總是面帶頑皮笑容的幽默男孩子捷手上,收到冒失「肇事者」表達歉意的慰問禮物。兩個性格截然不同的男生,以同樣的適口溫度,流進了小華被冰封的心中。 所有人心裡都有傷,只敢小心翼翼試探,想著長長等待告終的那刻,不是如願以償,就是疼痛地放下⋯⋯。

1624男人與島

1624男人與島

  • 作 者:李隆杰
  • 出版年:2021年11月
  • 出版社:蓋亞
  • ISBN:9789863196051
  • 點閱率:5

17世紀,大航海時代。為了東方商品,各方人馬渡海而來。在這場海權爭霸中,李旦,一個總是帶著笑容的男人,突破大明海禁,建立武裝船團,招攬顏思齊、鄭芝龍等人,成為縱橫東西方勢力的海上巨頭,被歐洲人尊稱為「中國甲必丹(Captain)」。而他的終極目標,是建立一個不受任何勢力拘束,只屬於海商的貿易天堂。   就在此時,世界邊緣的小小島嶼,漢人的化外之地—臺灣,映入各方勢力的眼中。1624年,李旦、顏思齊、鄭芝龍、日本人濱田彌兵衞、荷蘭東印度公司宋克博士、利邦上尉……福爾摩沙群雄匯聚。合作與爭逐,野望與夢想,男人們的對決,將島的命運推向新的篇章,為往後風雲擾動的臺灣歷史,揭開序幕。   作者考據多方史料,以東方海上霸主李旦的一生為中心,靈活詮釋東印度海上近五十位歷史人物,更帶出大航海時代盛景。海上談判、甲板肉搏,以貿易之名,行劫掠之實。席捲全世界的海商爭霸,就此展開!

親愛的圖書館

親愛的圖書館

  • 作 者:蘇珊‧歐琳
  • 出版年:2021年10月
  • 出版社:時報
  • ISBN:9789571394954
  • 點閱率:12

1986年4月29日上午,洛杉磯中央圖書館火警鈴聲大作。當日大火成災:現場將近一千度高溫,燒了七個小時,整座圖書館付之一炬,總計四十萬本藏書遭烈火吞噬,外加七十萬本書受到毀損。儘管調查人員勘驗過火場,直到今天,三十多年過去了,人們仍不免好奇:真的有人蓄意放火燒了圖書館嗎─果真如此,誰會幹這種事呢?   獲獎無數的《紐約客》知名記者和《紐約時報》暢銷書作者蘇珊‧歐琳,憑藉對書籍和閱讀的狂熱投入這場圖書館大火調查。焚書燒館不啻為對人類心靈最具摧毀力的行動。為何最安全、最開放的場所會發生最危險的事件?歐琳以獨樹一幟的觀察力和敘事天賦,從個人的圖書館經驗,結合實地探訪,記錄央圖大火現場和後續種種餘波蕩漾。甚至親自嘗試燒一本書瞭解箇中滋味,天馬行空的神來之筆,笑到岔氣。既寫出了一本扣人心弦的調查報告,也是一本「趣味盎然」的圖書館之書。   野心勃勃的調查蒐證,精巧細緻的文筆,構築一道深入圖書館歷史、戲劇、文化和人物故事的通道。蘇珊‧歐琳為讀者披沙瀝金,一一舉證,這些受人愛戴的圖書館除了借書之外,還有無數服務市民的方式,並在其心智和靈魂上扮演舉足輕重的角色。全書洞見之豐富,寶物之多,作者行筆如火,從遠古焚書悲劇跳躍至當前書籍修復的最新手法,從洛杉磯央圖的沿革及演進,延伸探討圖書館在美國與全球各地的演變。還有與母親的感人故事……一場毀滅性火災的探索,變成一次進入無限豐富世界的旅程,裡面充滿意想不到的人物,發生著意想不到的事情,懷著意想不到的激情。 從來沒有一本書如此廣泛地捕捉圖書館員們的故事。那些日夜逡巡書區、克盡職守的身影,在書中都成了搖滾巨星。蘇珊‧歐琳總是對寫作的主題抱持極大的熱情,並充滿幽默感,眼見圖書館各部門百態躍然紙上,正是這些愛書的靈魂使圖書館成為市民心中無可取代的公共空間,一處現代人心靈的庇護所。

親愛的艾文‧漢森

親愛的艾文‧漢森

  • 作 者:瓦爾?艾米奇, 史提芬?列文森, 班吉?帕薩克, 杰思汀?保羅
  • 出版年:2021年11月
  • 出版社:麥田
  • ISBN:9786263101128
  • 點閱率:13

艾文曾經想要努力「參與」生活——例如,接近同學,但同學從來不會離他很近;媽媽嘴裡說他很棒,眼神卻透露完全相反的心思。至於父親,只是在遠方不停要他看繼母的孩子照片。直至意外從樹上跌下、摔斷手的那一天,艾文發現他身邊只有一個人—他自己。 依照心理醫師的建議,艾文練習寫給自己的一封信,竟然意外公諸於世;接連而來的是怪咖同學康納的離世,迫使艾文成為康納家庭的好朋友,也促成他從角落走向聚光燈下。這一切究竟是夢幻、謊言,還是艾文沒有勇氣面對的真實人生……。 跌下大樹時、孤單一人躺在地上的艾文,望向無邊際的晴朗天空,他發現終於有機會不再需要屈服於過往的陰霾,只是在掙扎中,為什麼謊言總是掩蓋想說出真相的勇氣?是不是原本每一個想放棄生命的背後,其實都有與外界連結的渴望。但,孤單的靈魂們又該如何才能逆轉人生,尋得最後的歸屬感……。

破天荒不死鳥:平價時尚眼鏡OWNDAYS永不放棄的再生傳奇

破天荒不死鳥:平價時尚眼鏡OWNDAYS永不放棄的再生傳奇

  • 作 者:田中修治
  • 出版年:2021年10月
  • 出版社:時報
  • ISBN:9789571388557
  • 點閱率:14

「倒下的時候,得往前倒!」2008年2月,經營一家小設計公司的田中修治,做了一項大膽的賭注。年僅30歲的他,在眾人極力阻止下,收購負債累累、每個人都認定會倒閉的眼鏡連鎖店OWNDAYS。就任社長才短短三個月,銀行便對他「宣判死刑」,而這不過只是開始。   歷經多次的倒閉危機,對全國店面進行視察,卯足全力的籌措資金;開設新店面、想出新口號,想讓OWNDAYS成為眼鏡界的「ZARA」;面對其他同業的競爭,大地震的雪上加霜,以及一而再,再而三的遭人背叛。面對多次差點令他沒頂的怒濤與逆境,他如何一頭栽進危機,不停歇也不放棄?最後更以進軍世界為目標,到新加波、台灣等,讓公司事業版圖越來越大。   如今, OWNDAYS一年總營業額180億日圓,並在十二個國家設立390店面。   OWNDAYS的社長田中修治親自執筆,依真實經歷改編的小說,一場賭上人生的賽局,業界史無先例!毫無相關背景的他,該怎麼在各界懷疑批評、同業看笑話的聲浪中,讓苟延慘喘的小企業,一舉成為連鎖眼鏡業的龍頭?瀕臨破產的眼鏡店,如何在一次次危機中屢創奇蹟,並如浴火鳳凰般重生?

男女溝通使用說明書:腦科學專家教你這樣說話,溝通零壓力

男女溝通使用說明書:腦科學專家教你這樣說話,溝通零壓力

  • 作 者:黑川伊保子
  • 出版年:2021年11月
  • 出版社:平安文化
  • ISBN:9789865596460
  • 點閱率:13

在男人眼中,女人往往囉嗦、愛抱怨又情緒化;而在女人心裡,男人則總是心不在焉、不講道理,永遠搞不懂自己要的是什麼。為什麼男人與女人的想法會差異這麼大,不管在一起多久都還是無法互相理解呢?   這是因為人類的大腦受到「感性的束縛」,無論如何都會認定自己是對的,把對方當成笨蛋。而大部分的男性偏向重視結果的「解決問題型」大腦,女性則偏向重視過程的「共感型」大腦,面對同樣的問題,彼此的解讀卻南轅北轍,造成有「溝」沒有「通」,壓力也跟著越來越大。   但要怎樣才能解開「感性的束縛」呢?本書作者便根據多年的腦科學研究,分享了四個共感技巧,並提出以「壓力平衡」來取代「任務平衡」的新觀念,以及跟男性說話時的「三秒守則」、女人的「三點笑臉主義」……等多種實用招數,幫助你有效化解溝通障礙。   不論你是「男性腦」還是「女性腦」,只要好好掌握「心的脈絡」,學習開啟「心的對話」,不僅能幫助你更加了解自己,更能立刻改善情人、夫妻乃至朋友、同事之間的人際關係,打開「改變人生的大門」!

木天蓼鎮的貓日和

木天蓼鎮的貓日和

  • 作 者:田丸雅智
  • 出版年:2021年10月
  • 出版社:時報
  • ISBN:9789571392738
  • 點閱率:12

木天蓼鎮這座小鎮,一切事物都以貓咪為主,而人類只能被任性奇異的貓咪耍得團團轉。  然而,沒有一個人心懷不滿。畢竟他們真正的心願,正是被恣意妄為的貓咪耍。你也一定會被這座城鎮裡的貓咪玩弄於肉球之間的。願你能樂在其中。或許,甚至有人會想走訪一趟木天蓼鎮喔。   貓咪擁有神秘的第六感,若無其事、不著痕跡,卻又總能恰到好處地切中關鍵......。一般來說,人的心裡是不會有裂縫的。只要沒發生什麼大事,基本上都是圓滿的狀態。然而,一旦經歷了重大的失落,或與重要的人生離死別,內心就會生成裂縫。   這些裂縫,大多數都能自然癒合。但有些則需要耗費過多時間以致本人難以承受,嚴重的話甚至會擴大。而本書的使用方針,就是借助貓咪的力量來為這些人提供協助。

2049:影劇小說×深度解析

2049:影劇小說×深度解析

  • 作 者:瀚草影視, 英雄旅程, 繆非
  • 出版年:2021年10月
  • 出版社:天下文化
  • ISBN:9789865253288
  • 點閱率:13

自古以來,人類就想要擁有未卜先知的力量,想要知道命運、控制命運。拜科技之賜,人們愈來愈依賴大數據的分析,但是,若對人性的弱點和黑暗面一無所知,是否將會造成另一場災難……?   《2049》是瀚草影視在2021年秋季上映的影集,透過三則設定在2049年的未來寓言,探討人性亙古的欲望、衝突與糾結。本書完整收錄〈幸福話術〉〈刺蝟法則〉〈完美預測〉三個悲喜交織的故事,製作人湯昇榮與暢銷作家侯文詠對談《2049》引發的科技與人性議題,以及知名心理諮商師許皓宜專文解析,並附有邵雨薇、林柏宏、林子熙、莫允雯、李亦捷、陳漢典的專訪和精彩劇照,完整呈現當代男女在大數據當道的年代,遭遇的信心危機和感情困境。

Getting Wise about Getting Old: Debunking Myths about Aging

Getting Wise about Getting Old: Debunking Myths about Aging

  • 作 者:Veronique Billette, Patrik Marier, Anne-Marie Seguin
  • 出版年:2020
  • 出版社:Purich Books
  • ISBN:9780774880626
  • 點閱率:12

A grey tsunami is sweeping the land, wreaking social and financial havoc in its wake. Sound familiar? This myth about aging, along with twenty-eight others, is the focus of Getting Wise about Getting Old, which paints a far more accurate and nuanced portrait of old age. In it, experts debunk myths and persistent stereotypes about aging on a broad array of social issues – from retirement (seniors are low-performance workers) to housing (most older adults live in long-term care accommodation), and violence (senior women are not victims of sexual assault) to political participation (seniors are conservative and resistant to change) – deconstructing and countering them with the latest findings. The work of two leading research groups in Quebec, the short and accessible chapters of this vitally important book contribute to a better understanding of the social challenges, as well as the advantages, of an aging society.

國王的孩子們

國王的孩子們

  • 作 者:三浦太郎
  • 出版年:2021年10月
  • 出版社:小魯
  • ISBN:9789865566852
  • 點閱率:17

本書中的十個小朋友是《小小國王》中,小小國王與大大皇后所生的十個寶寶。他們都非常活潑快樂,讓城堡裡充滿歡笑聲,也讓小小國王不再覺得寂寞。有一天,國王要決定繼承王位的人選了。於是,他請孩子們到城外看看人們的生活後,一一詢問他們成為什麼樣的國王。每一個小孩都有自己的想法,到底最後是誰成為了繼承人呢?

哥吉拉大戰金剛:朋友有時會吵架

哥吉拉大戰金剛:朋友有時會吵架

  • 作 者:卡蘿?賀琳
  • 出版年:2021年8月
  • 出版社:小光點
  • ISBN:9786263080072
  • 點閱率:11

大家只知道哥吉拉和金剛一直在打架,但其實他們總是有辦法和好…… 。就讓我們跟著這兩隻大怪獸, 一起認識什麼是「友誼」吧!   透過哥吉拉與金剛之間可愛的互動,讓孩子了解朋友的相處之道,從一數到十,一起學習十種成為好朋友的方法吧!

奶奶們的比基尼

奶奶們的比基尼

  • 作 者:彭素華
  • 出版年:2021年10月
  • 出版社:小兵
  • ISBN:9789579047869
  • 點閱率:10

四位奶奶們居然集體失蹤?原來她們密謀了一趟臺東行,起因是阿珠奶奶發現自己的胸部長了「壞東西」。這個消息震撼了大家,都已年近七十了,人生還有下一個十年嗎?於是四位奶奶決定將潛藏內心的想法付諸行動,一同踏上旅程,追尋屬於自己的人生,不再為了別人而活,重新找回自我的力量。   我們在人生的道路上,雖然時常跌跌撞撞,會哭、會笑、會恐懼,但也會成長;雖然總是在犯錯、時時自我懷疑、脆弱無助、偶爾傷害別人,但這就是我們真實的樣貌,我們應該接納並珍惜,即使傷心自責,也願意迎向人生的艱難,讓受傷的靈魂二度誕生。

凸槌土地公

凸槌土地公

  • 作 者:陳志和
  • 出版年:2021年9月
  • 出版社:小兵
  • ISBN:9789865581183
  • 點閱率:21

今年的土地公學園一共有五位實習生,只要通過畢業考,他們就能搖身一變,成為合格的土地公。而這五位實習生中,名氣最大的就是土錐了!他之所以這麼出名,不是因為他成績好,也不是因為他老爸是園長,而是因為他的外號是—凸槌。你猜到為什麼了嗎?沒錯,正是因為他一天到晚凸槌搞烏龍啊!然而,他雖然經常凸槌,跟他接觸過的生命卻反而變得更快樂了,因為他把學園的校訓真正的放在心中—努力為這塊土地的生命帶來幸福。

大象的小島

大象的小島

  • 作 者:雷歐.提姆
  • 出版年:2021年10月
  • 出版社:青林
  • ISBN:9789862745557
  • 點閱率:11

暴風雨過後,大象漂流到一座海上荒島,四周只有大海,沒有其他人。好不容易看到一艘小船經過,看到獲救的一道曙光。 結果一個不小心,卻壓壞了「好心人」的那艘小船,於是大象靈機一動!順勢把小船拆下來,做了一個大改造!究竟聰明又善良的大象,之後會怎麼度過難關呢?

3號坑道的騙局

3號坑道的騙局

  • 作 者:彭素華
  • 出版年:2021年10月
  • 出版社:小兵
  • ISBN:9789865581220
  • 點閱率:9

金仔城曾經盛產金礦,是中外馳名的黃金之都,號稱「東方金銀島」,非常繁榮,但隨著產量銳減,當地的採礦公司終於倒閉。為了謀生,年輕人只好離開家鄉,出外找工作,很多家庭因此支離破碎……有一天,一位記者發現,幾位小朋友在廢棄的礦坑中,挖掘到一塊純度頗高的自然金。這意味著什麼呢?難道還有一條隱藏的礦脈?還是……當中暗藏著什麼樣的祕密? 如果金仔城還產黃金,我們的家會不會完整一點?達文西的爸媽是不是就不會離婚?他爸爸就不會酗酒,不會打他?阿志的媽媽是不是不會離家?一切是不是會變的不一樣……? 每個人都無法選擇自己成長的背景,但我們可以選擇伸出雙手,將愛與溫暖分享出去,分享給周遭的人。

The Ex Talk

The Ex Talk

  • 作 者:Rachel Lynn Solomon
  • 出版年:2021
  • 出版社:Berkley
  • ISBN:9780593200124
  • 點閱率:12

An Instant Indie Bestseller Public radio co-hosts navigate mixed signals in Rachel Lynn Solomon's sparkling romantic comedy debut. Shay Goldstein has been a producer at her Seattle public radio station for nearly a decade, and she can't imagine working anywhere else. But lately it's been a constant clash between her and her newest colleague, Dominic Yun, who's fresh off a journalism master's program and convinced he knows everything about public radio. When the struggling station needs a new concept, Shay proposes a show that her boss green-lights with excitement. On The Ex Talk, two exes will deliver relationship advice live, on air. Their boss decides Shay and Dominic are the perfect co-hosts, given how much they already despise each other. Neither loves the idea of lying to listeners, but it's this or unemployment. Their audience gets invested fast, and it's not long before The Ex Talk becomes a must-listen in Seattle and climbs podcast charts. As the show gets bigger, so does their deception, especially when Shay and Dominic start to fall for each other. In an industry that values truth, getting caught could mean the end of more than just their careers.

Super Host

Super Host

  • 作 者:Kate Russo
  • 出版年:2020
  • 出版社:G.P. Putnam's Sons
  • ISBN:9780593189931
  • 點閱率:12

A deeply funny and shrewdly observed debut novel about being lost in the very place you know by heart. Bennett Driscoll is a Turner Prize-nominated artist who was once a rising star. Now, at age fifty-five, his wife has left him, he hasn't sold a painting in two years, and his gallery wants to stop selling his work, claiming they'll have more value retrospectively...when he's dead. So, left with a large West London home and no income, he's forced to move into his artist's studio in the back garden and list his house on the popular vacation rental site, AirBed. A stranger now in his own home, with his daughter, Mia, off at art school, and any new relationships fizzling out at best, Bennett struggles to find purpose in his day-to-day. That all changes when three different guests--lonely American Alicia; tortured artist Emma; and cautiously optimistic divorcée Kirstie--unwittingly unlock the pieces of himself that have been lost to him for too long. Warm, witty, and utterly humane, Super Host offers a captivating portrait of middle age, relationships, and what it truly means to take a new chance at life.

Much Ado About You

Much Ado About You

  • 作 者:Samantha Young
  • 出版年:2021
  • 出版社:Berkley
  • ISBN:9780593099483
  • 點閱率:10

The cozy comforts of an English village bookstore open up a world of new possibilities for Evie Starling in this charming new romantic comedy from New York Times bestselling author Samantha Young. At thirty-three-years old Evangeline Starling’s life in Chicago is missing that special something. And when she’s passed over for promotion at work, Evie realizes she needs to make a change. Some time away to regain perspective might be just the thing. In a burst of impulsivity, she plans a holiday in a quaint English village. The holiday package comes with a temporary position at Much Ado About Books, the bookstore located beneath her rental apartment. There’s no better dream vacation for the bookish Evie, a life-long Shakespeare lover. Not only is Evie swept up in running the delightful store as soon as she arrives, she’s drawn into the lives, loves and drama of the friendly villagers. Including Roane Robson, the charismatic and sexy farmer who tempts Evie every day with his friendly flirtations. Evie is determined to keep him at bay because a holiday romance can only end in heartbreak, right? But Evie can’t deny their connection and longs to trust in her handsome farmer that their whirlwind romance could turn in to the forever kind of love.

Irish Parade Murder

Irish Parade Murder

  • 作 者:Leslie Meier
  • 出版年:2021
  • 出版社:Kensington
  • ISBN:9781496710390
  • 點閱率:13

Lucy Stone's late-winter blues usually vanish by the time Tinker's Cove goes green for its annual St. Patrick's Day celebration. There's just one wee problem that not even the luck of the Irish can fix--murder! After returning from her father-in-law's funeral in Florida, Lucy can almost hear the death knell of her part-time reporter job the instant she meets new hire Rob Callahan. He's young, ambitious, and positioning himself to become the Pennysaver's next star reporter. Adding insult to injury, Lucy only gets assigned the local St. Patrick's Day parade once Rob passes on the story. But before beer flows and bagpipes sound, Rob becomes suspected of destroying more than other people's careers... It's a shock when Rob is suddenly charged with sending a corrections officer from town to a fiery death. Contrary to the evidence, Lucy seriously doubts her office rival committed murder, and she's willing to follow that nagging hunch into the darkest corners of the community if it means shedding light on the truth... As an unnerving mystery unfolds, a strange woman reveals news that could change everything for Lucy and her family. Troubles in her personal and professional life are colliding, and Lucy comes to realize that she'll sooner discover a four-leaf clover than confront a killer with the gift of the gab and live to tell about it...

Greenwood A Novel

Greenwood A Novel

  • 作 者:Michael Christie
  • 出版年:2021
  • 出版社:Hogarth; Reprint edition
  • ISBN:9781984822017
  • 點閱率:11

A magnificent generational saga that charts a family’s rise and fall, its secrets and inherited crimes, from one of Canada’s most acclaimed novelists It’s 2038 and Jacinda (Jake) Greenwood is a storyteller and a liar, an overqualified tour guide babysitting ultra-rich vacationers in one of the world’s last remaining forests. It’s 2008 and Liam Greenwood is a carpenter, sprawled on his back after a workplace fall, calling out from the concrete floor of an empty mansion. It’s 1974 and Willow Greenwood is out of jail, free after being locked up for one of her endless series of environmental protests: attempts at atonement for the sins of her father’s once vast and violent timber empire. It’s 1934 and Everett Greenwood is alone, as usual, in his maple-syrup camp squat, when he hears the cries of an abandoned infant and gets tangled up in the web of a crime, secrets, and betrayal that will cling to his family for decades. And throughout, there are trees: a steady, silent pulse thrumming beneath Christie’s effortless sentences, working as a guiding metaphor for withering, weathering, and survival. A shining, intricate clockwork of a novel, Greenwood is a rain-soaked and sun-dappled story of the bonds and breaking points of money and love, wood, and blood—and the hopeful, impossible task of growing toward the light.

GodPretty in the Tobacco Field

GodPretty in the Tobacco Field

  • 作 者:Kim Michele Richardson
  • 出版年:2016
  • 出版社:Kensington
  • ISBN:9781496734211
  • 點閱率:12

From the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek, an atmospheric, tender tale of love and loss set in 1969 rural Kentucky. There, a young girl named RubyLyn is subjected to grueling labor by her God-fearing uncle, and strives to find a ray of hope in her poverty-stricken town through her own tobacco patch, a forbidden first love, and her home-made paper fortune tellers. Nameless, Kentucky in 1969 is a hardscrabble community where jobs are few and poverty is a simple fact--just like the hot Appalachian breeze or the pests that can wipe out a tobacco field in days. RubyLyn Bishop is luckier than some. Her God-fearing uncle, Gunnar, has a short fuse and high expectations, but he's given her a good home ever since she was orphaned at the age of five. But now, a month shy of her sixteenth birthday, RubyLyn itches for more. Maybe it's something to do with the paper fortune tellers she's been making for townsfolk, each covered with beautifully wrought, prophetic drawings. Or perhaps it's because of Rainey Ford, an African-American neighbor who works alongside her in the tobacco field whom she has a kinship with, despite her uncle's worrisome shadow and the town's disapproval. RubyLyn's predictions are just wishful thinking, not magic at all, but through them she's imagining life as it could be, away from the prejudice and hardship that ripple through Nameless. Atmospheric, poignant, and searingly honest, GodPretty in the Tobacco Field follows RubyLyn through the course of one blazing summer, as heartbreaking revelations and life-changing decisions propel her toward a future her fortune tellers never predicted.

Eliza Starts a Rumor

Eliza Starts a Rumor

  • 作 者:Jane L. Rosen
  • 出版年:2020
  • 出版社:Berkley
  • ISBN:9780593102091
  • 點閱率:12

The author of Nine Women, One Dress delivers a charming, unforgettable novel about four women, one little lie, and the big repercussions that unite them all. It wasn’t supposed to happen this way. When Eliza Hunt created The Hudson Valley Ladies’ Bulletin Board fifteen years ago she was happily entrenched in her picture-perfect suburban life with her husband and twin preschoolers. Now, with an empty nest and a crippling case of agoraphobia, the once-fun hobby has become her lifeline. So when a rival parenting forum threatens the site’s existence, she doesn’t think twice before fabricating a salacious rumor to spark things up a bit. It doesn’t take long before that spark becomes a flame. Across town, new mom and site devotee Olivia York is thrown into a tailspin by what she reads on the Bulletin Board. Allison Le is making cyber friends with a woman who isn’t quite who she says she is. And Amanda Cole, Eliza’s childhood friend, may just hold the key to unearthing why Eliza can’t step out of her front door. In all this chaos, one thing is for sure…Hudson Valley will never be the same. Funny, romantic, raw, and hopeful, this is a story about being a woman and of the healing power of sisterhood.

Where the Crawdads Sing

Where the Crawdads Sing

  • 作 者:Delia Owens
  • 出版年:2018
  • 出版社:G.P. Putnam's Sons
  • ISBN:9780735219106
  • 點閱率:29

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING PHENOMENON More than 10 million copies sold worldwide A Reese's Book Club Pick A Business Insider Defining Book of the Decade I can't even express how much I love this book! I didn't want this story to end!--Reese Witherspoon Painfully beautiful.--The New York Times Book Review For years, rumors of the Marsh Girl have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life--until the unthinkable happens. Where the Crawdads Sing is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. Owens reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.

When the Apricots Bloom: A Novel of Riveting and Evocative Fiction

When the Apricots Bloom: A Novel of Riveting and Evocative Fiction

  • 作 者:Gina Wilkinson
  • 出版年:2021
  • 出版社:Kensington Books
  • ISBN:9781496729354
  • 點閱率:17

A BuzzFeed Most Anticipated Historical Fiction Release A Target Book Club Pick A Publishers Marketplace Buzz Books Selection At night, in Huda’s fragrant garden, a breeze sweeps in from the desert encircling Baghdad, rustling the leaves of her apricot trees and carrying warning of visitors at her gate. Huda, a secretary at the Australian embassy, lives in fear of the mukhabarat—the secret police who watch and listen for any scrap of information that can be used against America and its allies. They have ordered her to befriend Ally Wilson, the deputy ambassador’s wife. Huda has no wish to be an informant, but fears for her teenaged son, who may be forced to join a deadly militia. Nor does she know that Ally has dangerous secrets of her own. Huda’s former friend, Rania, enjoyed a privileged upbringing as the daughter of a sheikh. Now her family’s wealth is gone, and Rania too is battling to keep her child safe and a roof over their heads. As the women’s lives intersect, their hidden pasts spill into the present. Facing possible betrayal at every turn, all three must trust in a fragile, newfound loyalty, even as they discover how much they are willing to sacrifice to protect their families. “Vivid…secrets and lies mingle as easily as the scent of apricot blossoms and nargilah smoke. Wilkinson weaves in the miasma of fear and distrust that characterized Hussein’s regime with convincing detail. Richly drawn characters and high-stakes plot.” —Publishers Weekly

Welcome to Wherever We Are: A Memoir of Family, Caregiving, and Redemption

Welcome to Wherever We Are: A Memoir of Family, Caregiving, and Redemption

  • 作 者:Deborah J. Cohan
  • 出版年:2020
  • 出版社:Rutgers University Press
  • ISBN:9781978808928
  • 點閱率:16

Recommended Book in Domestic Violence by DomesticShelters.org How do you go about caregiving for an ill and elderly parent with a lifelong history of abuse and control, intertwined with expressions of intense love and adoration? How do you reconcile the resulting ambivalence, fear, and anger? Welcome to Wherever We Are is a meditation on what we hold onto, what we let go of, how we remember others and ultimately how we’re remembered. Deborah Cohan shares her story of caring for her father, a man who was simultaneously loud, gentle, loving and cruel and whose brilliant career as an advertising executive included creating slogans like “Hey, how ‘bout a nice Hawaiian punch?” Wrestling with emotional extremes that characterize abusive relationships, Cohan shows how she navigated life with a man who was at once generous and affectionate, creating magical coat pockets filled with chocolate kisses when she was a little girl, yet who was also prone to searing, vicious remarks like “You’d make my life easier if you’d commit suicide.” In this gripping memoir, Cohan tells her unique personal story while also weaving in her expertise as a sociologist and domestic abuse counselor to address broader questions related to marriage, violence, divorce, only children, intimacy and loss. A story most of us can relate to as we reckon with past and future choices against the backdrop of complicated family dynamics, Welcome to Wherever We Are is about how we might come to live our own lives better amidst unpredictable changes through grief and healing.

Three Hours in Paris

Three Hours in Paris

  • 作 者:Cara Black
  • 出版年:2021
  • 出版社:Soho Crime
  • ISBN:9781641292580
  • 點閱率:15

In June of 1940, when Paris fell to the Nazis, Hitler spent a total of three hours in the City of Light—abruptly leaving, never to return. To this day, no one knows why. Kate Rees, a young American markswoman, has been recruited by British intelligence to drop into Paris with a dangerous assignment: assassinate the Führer. Wrecked by grief after a Luftwaffe bombing killed her husband and infant daughter, she is armed with a rifle, a vendetta, and a fierce resolve. But other than rushed and rudimentary instruction, she has no formal spy training. Thrust into the red-hot center of the war, a country girl from rural Oregon finds herself holding the fate of the world in her hands. When Kate misses her mark and the plan unravels, Kate is on the run for her life—all the time wrestling with the suspicion that the whole operation was a set-up. New York Times bestselling author Cara Black is at her best as she brings Occupation-era France to vivid life in this masterful, pulse-pounding story about one young woman with the temerity—and drive—to take on Hitler himself.

The Perfect Guests

The Perfect Guests

  • 作 者:Emma Rous
  • 出版年:2021
  • 出版社:Berkley
  • ISBN:9780440000488
  • 點閱率:15

The USA Today bestselling author of The Au Pair returns with another delicious, twisty novel—about a grand estate with many secrets, an orphan caught in a web of lies, and a young woman playing a sinister game. 1988. Beth Soames is fourteen years old when her aunt takes her to stay at Raven Hall, a rambling manor in the isolated East Anglian fens. The Averells, the family who lives there, are warm and welcoming, and Beth becomes fast friends with their daughter, Nina. At times, Beth even feels like she's truly part of the family...until they ask her to help them with a harmless game—and nothing is ever the same. 2019. Sadie Langton is an actress struggling to make ends meet when she lands a well-paying gig to pretend to be a guest at a weekend party. She is sent a suitcase of clothing, a dossier outlining the role she is to play, and instructions. It's strange, but she needs the money, and when she sees the stunning manor she'll be staying at, she figures she’s got nothing to lose. In person, Raven Hall is even grander than she'd imagined—even with damage from a fire decades before—but the walls seem to have eyes. As day turns to night, Sadie starts to feel that there’s something off about the glamorous guests who arrive, and as the party begins, it becomes chillingly apparent their unseen host is playing games with everyone...including her.

The Most Fun We Ever Had: A Novel

The Most Fun We Ever Had: A Novel

  • 作 者:Claire Lombardo
  • 出版年:2019
  • 出版社:Anchor
  • ISBN:9780525564232
  • 點閱率:18

“A gripping and poignant ode to a messy, loving family in all its glory.” —Madeline Miller, New York Times bestselling author of Circe A New York Times Bestseller Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction In this “rich, complex family saga” (USA Today) full of long-buried family secrets, Marilyn Connolly and David Sorenson fall in love in the 1970s, blithely ignorant of all that awaits them. By 2016, they have four radically different daughters, each in a state of unrest. Wendy, widowed young, soothes herself with booze and younger men; Violet, a litigator turned stay-at-home-mom, battles anxiety and self-doubt; Liza, a neurotic and newly tenured professor, finds herself pregnant with a baby she's not sure she wants by a man she's not sure she loves; and Grace, the dawdling youngest daughter, begins living a lie that no one in her family even suspects. With the unexpected arrival of young Jonah Bendt—a child placed for adoption by one of the daughters fifteen years before—the Sorensons will be forced to reckon with the rich and varied tapestry of their past. As they grapple with years marred by adolescent angst, infidelity, and resentment, they also find the transcendent moments of joy that make everything else worthwhile.

The Love Story of Missy Carmichael

The Love Story of Missy Carmichael

  • 作 者:Beth Morrey
  • 出版年:2020
  • 出版社:G.P. Putnam's Sons
  • ISBN:9780525542452
  • 點閱率:16

For readers of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine and A Man Called Ove, a life-affirming, deeply moving "coming-of-old" story, a celebration of how ordinary days are made extraordinary through friendship, family, and the power of forgiving yourself--at any age. "At a time when people are having to isolate, [this novel is] a balm, offering an expansive sense of love and possibility at a time when the main characters feel like those chances are gone." --Christian Science Monitor The world has changed around seventy-nine-year-old librarian Millicent Carmichael, aka Missy. Though quick to admit that she often found her roles as a housewife and mother less than satisfying, Missy once led a bustling life driven by two children, an accomplished and celebrated husband, and a Classics degree from Cambridge. Now her husband is gone, her daughter is estranged after a shattering argument, and her son has moved to his wife's native Australia, taking Missy's beloved only grandchild half-a-world away. She spends her days sipping sherry, avoiding people, and rattling around in her oversized, under-decorated house waiting for...what exactly? The last thing Missy expects is for two perfect strangers and one spirited dog named Bob to break through her prickly exterior and show Missy just how much love she still has to give. In short order, Missy finds herself in the jarring embrace of an eclectic community that simply won't take no for an answer--including a rambunctious mutt-on-loan whose unconditional love gives Missy a reason to re-enter the world one muddy paw print at a time. Filled with wry laughter and deep insights, The Love Story of Missy Carmichael is a coming-of-old story that shows us it's never too late to forgive yourself and, just as important, it's never too late to love.

The Glass Hotel: A novel

The Glass Hotel: A novel

  • 作 者:Emily St. John Mandel
  • 出版年:2020
  • 出版社:Vintage
  • ISBN:9780525562948
  • 點閱率:15

“The perfect novel ... Freshly mysterious.” —The Washington Post From the award-winning author of Station Eleven, an exhilarating novel set at the glittering intersection of two seemingly disparate events—the exposure of a massive criminal enterprise and the mysterious disappearance of a woman from a ship at sea. Vincent is a bartender at the Hotel Caiette, a five-star lodging on the northernmost tip of Vancouver Island. On the night she meets Jonathan Alkaitis, a hooded figure scrawls a message on the lobby's glass wall: Why don’t you swallow broken glass. High above Manhattan, a greater crime is committed: Alkaitis's billion-dollar business is really nothing more than a game of smoke and mirrors. When his scheme collapses, it obliterates countless fortunes and devastates lives. Vincent, who had been posing as Jonathan’s wife, walks away into the night. Years later, a victim of the fraud is hired to investigate a strange occurrence: a woman has seemingly vanished from the deck of a container ship between ports of call. In this captivating story of crisis and survival, Emily St. John Mandel takes readers through often hidden landscapes: campgrounds for the near-homeless, underground electronica clubs, service in luxury hotels, and life in a federal prison. Rife with unexpected beauty, The Glass Hotel is a captivating portrait of greed and guilt, love and delusion, ghosts and unintended consequences, and the infinite ways we search for meaning in our lives.

逃出立法院

逃出立法院

  • 點閱率:17

標準魯蛇王有為(禾浩辰 飾)是立法院裡的替代役,卻在立委熊穎穎(賴雅妍飾)與反派立委的衝突中,意外害熊穎穎使用暴力,不得不引咎辭職,她便強硬的要求王有為替她把立委選回來。連班長都沒當過的王有為就這樣補選上了立委! 新科立委王有為上任的某天,立法院爆發化工廠流出活屍病毒,立委高官甚至總統一個個互咬變成活屍,瞬間快速傳染,所有立委成了活屍,立法院成為血流成河的人間煉獄。王有為在與活屍立委廝殺的過程中,發現自己竟對病毒免疫,他與倖存者熊穎穎等人決定打爆活屍,奮力逃出立法院,因為他們全都想要活著出去,一個都不能少!

練愛iNG

練愛iNG

  • 點閱率:20

魏宏仁是所謂的人生魯蛇組,夢想當演員,卻只能在片場當臨演兼打雜,想在女友面前爭氣,卻慘遭毒甩。看不下的昔日好友們,決定幫助宏仁找回帥氣自信,展開一系列「練習談戀愛」的不NG訓練!宏仁不但要練習和100個不認識的女生聊天、還要學會瞬間觀察女生們心裡真正的需求!更因此認識了獨立、漂亮卻對愛情冷感的副導惠欣、兇狠但純情的製片鄭哥、精明可愛的化妝師小芳、擅長炒熱場面的魔術師、只用老招耍帥把妹的大明星。宏仁才發現,原來在練愛的路上他並不孤單......

野雀之詩

野雀之詩

  • 點閱率:21

小翰與含笑姨祖孫倆相依為命居於山城小鎮,在生靈萬物的照看下生活,他拾回一隻垂死麻雀並將牠下葬的那天,久別的母親阿麗帶來要接小翰同住的消息。與母親來到城市,小翰踏入迥異於自然山林、複雜而混濁的世界。阿麗遭情人不告而別後,重操舊業回酒店上班,酒店少爺連仔成為載送阿麗接客的男友兼馬伕,並在一次爭吵中暴力相向,小翰因此被送回山上老家。老家房裡的含笑姨沉睡著,依偎在旁的小翰彷彿進入一場夢中,祖孫倆重返那座麻雀的小墳,但是墳已毀,鳥屍也不見蹤跡……。在徬徨無助中成長的小翰,在情感依賴中掙扎的阿麗,和澹然知命迎向凋零的含笑姨,一家三代,每個人就像是彼此的過去或未來;而關在籠中的野鳥,又能用多少力氣抵抗命運?

菠蘿蜜

菠蘿蜜

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「為了爭取獨立,馬來亞共產黨在森林裡打了數十年的游擊戰。當他們的小孩在戰時出生,會被送出森林,以求生存。」這是《菠蘿蜜》劇情長片的起始,也是輪迴。男主角一凡的祖父母參與了這場游擊戰爭,一凡的父親「蜜」,即是他們禁忌的愛所誕生的嬰孩。為了求存,「蜜」被秘密地偷渡出叢林,但是一輩子生活在困惑中。   隨著時光推進,長大成人的一凡又因身分與國家制度,不得已從馬來西亞來到臺灣念大學,在這裡遇上了同樣身不由己、來到臺灣按摩院打工的萊拉;兩人漸漸萌芽的情愫,悲劇性的重複著當年一凡祖父母因身份與家庭而走向分離的命運。

我,最親愛的

我,最親愛的

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為了父親的移墓,定居美國長達九年的阿棕,睽違許久回到家鄉。他帶了伊恩一起回來,但全家族並不知道伊恩正是阿棕的男友,而此趟阿棕也正打算與母親出櫃。長久以來,母親一直希望阿棕能夠早點成家,讓她可以抱孫子,就跟所有平凡的家庭一樣。阿棕一直找不到最適當的時機開口,就在此時,他意外得知母親罹患重病的消息……

死因無可疑

死因無可疑

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保險經紀葉永信(陳家樂 飾)做事熱情認真,一天突然被神秘客戶指定跟進一張保單,上門拜訪時,竟然親眼目睹客戶朱重德(黃秋生 飾)的兒子吊死在潻黑的房間內,嚇出一身冷干的他,認為朱重德在現場的反應古怪,直覺認定他是為了詐取保險金而殺了兒子,決心對朱重德和他殘障的妻子沈子玲(林嘉欣 飾)展開調查。

愛,在記憶消失的那一天

愛,在記憶消失的那一天

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事業成功的他赫然發覺自己有早發性阿茲海默症,急速的退化在家族中引起漣漪式恐慌;一扇意外開啟的門,讓他跨出了生命巧妙的另一章,遇到無家可歸的少女後,空洞的生命因為亦父亦友的關係而溫暖飽滿,沒有血緣也是能以家人之名互相珍惜。

新冠疫情改變了世界

新冠疫情改變了世界

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2020年對世界造成立即而重大衝擊的,莫過於新型冠狀肺炎的爆發。這場目前尚看不到盡頭的疫情,不僅是一場浩大的全球健康危機,更對各國經濟、社會、政治、教育乃至文化,帶來天翻地覆甚至是永遠的改變。本節目探討在這波公衛挑戰中,英國在各方面受到哪些影響,上至政府,下至人民,如何從各層面去對抗疫情。再者,除了負面衝擊,疫情還能帶給人類什麼樣的正面啟示!

畫畫小人國

畫畫小人國

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這部歷險動畫,表面上看是一則純真的幻想故事,然底子裡卻饒富深意,導演試圖透過動畫作品與柏拉圖的「理想國」相互對應,片中「畫畫小人國」的人民分成三種身份,猶如種族階級意識的縮影,裡頭包括繪製完整的上層人、尚未上色完成的半成人,以及只有線條的草稿人。上層人打壓異類,更不准其他階層進入城堡,因此有人急著找到畫家,期望「他」能把大家「畫完」,消除不同階層間的差異,追尋者各懷心事,等著畫家解答自己心中的疑惑。不僅洋溢輕快的中古歐式風情,大膽如野獸派、細膩的印象派等繪畫風,相當引人入勝。

如果我擁抱你請不要害怕

如果我擁抱你請不要害怕

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一個義大利父親,一個自閉症孩子,一臺哈雷,一趟擁抱驚喜的公路之旅。 講述男歌手偶然與從未見過的少年自閉症兒子相遇,由於16年從未陪伴愛子,因此產生了頓悟,決定與兒子進行一場精彩的公路冒險之旅,是一部笑中帶淚,悲喜交織的感人佳片。電影改編自真實故事,導演靈感來自於義大利「卡爾維諾文學獎」得主 埃爾瓦思 暢銷書《如果我擁抱你,請不要害怕》改編而成。

無聲

無聲

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學校裡很寧靜,但卻充斥著詭異氛圍。天真無邪的學生一起在玩一個遊戲,但這個遊戲卻是不能說的秘密,可是到底為什麼不能說…在這個遊戲中,什麼才是勝利?誰勝誰負?又或,大家口中不能說的遊戲只是一種無助的求救訊號?在孤寂的無聲世界中,聽不見,不代表看不見,其實,你並不孤單。

語愛相隨

語愛相隨

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安妮有點笨拙,但對語言充滿熱情,像是俚語、標點錯誤、口頭禪和不尋常的寶寶名字,對她來說,這是令人驚訝且有趣的,她對此有強烈的意見!然而,她工作的雜誌只會讓她寫夏季時尚和藜麥沙拉,謝天謝地,她可以與她的同事和最好的朋友提莫分享她的挫折感。當她最終不得不照顧她的父親時,安妮決定她想做一個徹底的改變,她想逃避朝九晚五的生活,找到更有意義的工作及她生命中的愛,就在她即將交出她的辭呈時,她與迷人而又帥氣的攝影師里克萊烏合作,她決定再待一會兒,但這個決定真的會讓她開心嗎?

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