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    Adultery

    This is the thought-provoking new novel from the international bestselling author whose words change lives. Linda knows she's lucky. Yet every morning when she opens her eyes to a so-called new day, she feels like closing them again. Her friends recommend medication. But Linda wants to feel more, not less. And so she embarks on an adventure as unexpected as it is daring, and which reawakens a side of her that she - respectable wife, loving mother, ambitious journalist - thought had disappeared. Even she can't predict what will happen next...

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    Bringing Up Bebe

    How do the French manage to raise well-behaved children and have a life! Who hasn't noticed how well-behaved French children are - compared to our own? - How come French babies sleep through the night? - Why do French children happily eat what is put in front of them? - How can French mums chat to their friends while their children play quietly? - Why are French mums more likely to be seen in skinny jeans than tracksuit bottoms? Pamela Druckerman, who lives in Paris with three young children, has had years of observing her French friends and neighbours, and with wit and style, has written a memoir that is ideally placed to teach us the basics of parenting a la francaise.

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    They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children

    In conflicts around the world, there is an increasingly popular weapon system that needs negligible technology, is simple to sustain, has unlimited versatility, and an incredible capacity for both loyalty and barbarism. What are these cheap, renewable, plentiful, sophisticated, and expendable weapons? Children. This important book is part of a passionate personal mission against the use of child soldiers, by the three-star general who commanded the UN mission in Rwanda. When Romeo Dallaire was tasked with achieving peace there in 1994, he and his force found themselves caught up in a vortex of civil war and genocide. He left Rwanda a broken man, disillusioned, suicidal, a story he told in the award-winning international sensation Shake Hands with the Devil. Now, in They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children, Dallaire provides an emotionally daring and intellectually enlightening introduction to the child soldier phenomenon, as well as concrete solutions for its total eradication. Dallaire speaks up for those without a voice - children in conflicts around the globe who do not choose to fight, but who through ill-fate and the accident of birth find their way into soldiering. This is a book that addresses one of the most harrowing, urgent and important issues of our time.

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    Tracks

    « Certains moments de la vie sont comme les axes autour desquels tourne toute l'existence ; des intuitions soudaines, comme des éclairs, qui surgissent parce que, pour une fois, on a agi comme il convenait ou qu'on pense être sur la bonne voie ». Robyn Davidson, jeune femme qui n'avait « jamais tenu un marteau, changé une ampoule, cousu une robe, reprisé des chaussettes, changé un pneu ou utilisé un tournevis », débarque en 1975 à Alice Springs, au beau milieu de l'Australie, avec 5 dollars en poche et un rêve un peu fou : apprivoiser et domestiquer des chameaux pour traverser le désert. Mais il lui faudra d'abord un maître pour apprendre les bases : c'est Kurt, un allemand rigide et sévère, qui lui inculquera ce qu'il faut savoir sur ces animaux. Une fois prête, elle s'embarque pour ce voyage périlleux avec ses quatre chameaux bien différents : Dookie, Bub, Zeleika et Goliath. Avec eux, elle va vivre une aventure incroyable. Accompagnée de Rick Smola, un photographe rencontré en ville, elle va défier le monde moderne en vivant au rythme de la société aborigène traditionnelle et tester ses propres limites. Tracks est un magnifique récit d'aventures, une ode à la force de la nature en même temps qu'un voyage initiatique extraordinaire où le paysage devient le reflet de l'âme.

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    Food blogger. Organic farmer. English teacher. Nature lover. DIYer. Lives self-sufficiently. Hiker. World traveler. BA in psychology and sociology. Former nanny. Caseworker for mentally ill ... Show More

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