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    Olive Kitteridge

    Olive est l'épouse du pharmacien de Crosby, petite ville côtière du Maine. Elle est la mère de Christopher, qu'elle étouffe. Et aussi ce professeur de mathématiques tyrannique, au franc-parler souvent blessant, capable pourtant de surprenants élans de bonté. Olive Kitteridge traverse cette fresque polyphonique où le destin des habitants de Crosby héros ordinaires s'entremêle sur une période de trente ans. Éclate alors une personnalité hors normes, cette femme a priori peu aimable, mais ô combien attachante. Ce portrait offre d'Olive une multitude d'éclairages parfois contradictoires, toujours justes. Rarement un écrivain a approché avec une telle puissance la singularité et la complexité de la nature humaine son universalité, aussi. Salué outre-Atlantique pour la virtuosité de sa construction et la finesse de son ton, Olive Kitteridge s'inscrit dans la lignée de romans américains tels Le coeur est un chasseur solitaire, de Carson McCullers, ou Les Corrections, de Jonathan Franzen.

    84 Charing Cross Road

    'This book is the very simple story of the love affair between Miss Helene Hanff of New York and Messrs Marks and Co, sellers of rare and secondhand books, at 84 Charing Cross Road, London'. DAILY TELEGRAPH Told in a series of letters in 84 CHARING CROSS ROAD and then in diary form in the second part THE DUCHESS OF BLOOMSBURY STREET, this true story has touched the hearts of thousands.

    How to Tell Toledo from the Night S

    Beyond the skyline of Toledo stands the Toledo Institute of Astronomy, the nation's premier center of astronomical discovery and a beacon of scientific learning for astronomers far and wide. One of these is George Dermont, a dreamer and a man of deep faith, who's trying to prove the scientific existence of a Gateway to God, and speaks to ancient gods and believes they speak back. Its newest star is Irene Sparks, a pragmatist and mathematician invited to lead the Institute's work on a massive superconductor being constructed below Toledo. This would be a scientist's dream come true, but it's particularly poignant for Irene who has been in self-imposed exile from Toledo and her estranged alcoholic mother, Bernice. When Bernice dies unexpectedly, Irene resolves to return to Toledo, and sets in motion a series of events which place George and Irene on a collision course with love, destiny and fate. George and Irene were born to be together. Literally. Their mothers, friends since childhood, hatched a plan to get pregnant together, raise the children together and then separate them so as to become each other's soul mates as adults. Can true love exist if engineered from birth?

    2 A.M. at the Cat's Pajamas

    Madeleine Altimari is a sassy, smart-mouthed nine-year-old and an aspiring jazz singer, inwardly mourning the recent death of her mother. Little does she know that on Christmas Eve Eve she is about to have the most extraordinary day - and night - of her life. After bravely facing down some mean-spirited classmates and a galling rejection at school, Madeleine doggedly searches for Philadelphia's legendary jazz club The Cat's Pajamas, where she's determined to make her on-stage debut. Meanwhile, her fifth-grade teacher Sarina Greene is nervously looking forward to a dinner party that will reunite her with an old high-school crush. And across town at The Cat's Pajamas, club owner Jack Lorca discovers that his beloved haunt may have to close forever ...As these three lost souls search for love, music and hope on the snow-covered streets of Philadelphia, together they will discover life's endless possibilities over the course of one magical night. A vivacious, charming and moving novel, 2 A.M. At The Cat's Pajamas will swell your heart and have you laughing out loud.

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