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Mercury Pictures Presents

Mercury Pictures Presents Book
Author : Anthony Marra
Publisher : Hogarth
Release : 2022-08-02
ISBN : 0451495225
File Size : 36,5 Mb
Language : En, Es, Fr and De

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The epic tale of a brilliant woman who must reinvent herself to survive, moving from Mussolini’s Italy to 1940s Los Angeles—a timeless story of love, deceit, and sacrifice from the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena “A genuinely moving and life-affirming novel that’s a true joy to read.”—Celeste Ng, author of Little Fires Everywhere “A great literary read.”—Ann Patchett, author of The Dutch House Like many before her, Maria Lagana has come to Hollywood to outrun her past. Born in Rome, where every Sunday her father took her to the cinema instead of church, Maria immigrates with her mother to Los Angeles after a childhood transgression leads to her father’s arrest. Fifteen years later, on the eve of America’s entry into World War II, Maria is an associate producer at Mercury Pictures, trying to keep her personal and professional lives from falling apart. Her mother won’t speak to her. Her boss, a man of many toupees, has been summoned to Washington by congressional investigators. Her boyfriend, a virtuoso Chinese American actor, can’t escape the studio’s narrow typecasting. And the studio itself, Maria’s only home in exile, teeters on the verge of bankruptcy. Over the coming months, as the bright lights go dark across Los Angeles, Mercury Pictures becomes a nexus of European émigrés: modernist poets trying their luck as B-movie screenwriters, once-celebrated architects becoming scale-model miniaturists, and refugee actors finding work playing the very villains they fled. While the world descends into war, Maria rises through a maze of conflicting politics, divided loyalties, and jockeying ambitions. But when the arrival of a stranger from her father’s past threatens Maria’s carefully constructed facade, she must finally confront her father’s fate—and her own. Written with intelligence, wit, and an exhilarating sense of possibility, Mercury Pictures Presents spans many moods and tones, from the heartbreaking to the ecstatic. It is a love letter to life’s bit players, a panorama of an era that casts a long shadow over our own, and a tour de force by a novelist whose work The Washington Post calls “a flash in the heavens that makes you look up and believe in miracles.”

Mercury Pictures Presents

Mercury Pictures Presents Book
Author : Anthony Marra
Publisher : Hogarth
Release : 2022-08-02
ISBN : 0451495209
File Size : 35,8 Mb
Language : En, Es, Fr and De

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The epic tale of a brilliant woman who must reinvent herself to survive, moving from Mussolini’s Italy to 1940s Los Angeles—a timeless story of love, deceit, and sacrifice from the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena "A genuinely moving and life-affirming novel that’s a true joy to read.”—Celeste Ng, author of Little Fires Everywhere ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2022—BookPage Like many before her, Maria Lagana has come to Hollywood to outrun her past. Born in Rome, where every Sunday her father took her to the cinema instead of church, Maria immigrates with her mother to Los Angeles after a childhood transgression leads to her father’s arrest. Fifteen years later, on the eve of America’s entry into World War II, Maria is an associate producer at Mercury Pictures, trying to keep her personal and professional lives from falling apart. Her mother won’t speak to her. Her boss, a man of many toupees, has been summoned to Washington by congressional investigators. Her boyfriend, a virtuoso Chinese American actor, can’t escape the studio’s narrow typecasting. And the studio itself, Maria’s only home in exile, teeters on the verge of bankruptcy. Over the coming months, as the bright lights go dark across Los Angeles, Mercury Pictures becomes a nexus of European émigrés: modernist poets trying their luck as B-movie screenwriters, once-celebrated architects becoming scale-model miniaturists, and refugee actors finding work playing the very villains they fled. While the world descends into war, Maria rises through a maze of conflicting politics, divided loyalties, and jockeying ambitions. But when the arrival of a stranger from her father’s past threatens Maria’s carefully constructed facade, she must finally confront her father’s fate—and her own. Written with intelligence, wit, and an exhilarating sense of possibility, Mercury Pictures Presents spans many moods and tones, from the heartbreaking to the ecstatic. It is a love letter to life’s bit players, a panorama of an era that casts a long shadow over our own, and a tour de force by a novelist whose work The Washington Post calls “a flash in the heavens that makes you look up and believe in miracles.”

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena Book
Author : Anthony Marra
Publisher : Hogarth
Release : 2013-05-07
ISBN : 0770436412
File Size : 50,6 Mb
Language : En, Es, Fr and De

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NATIONAL BESTSELLER • WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE'S JOHN LEONARD AWARD • LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST AND ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review • San Francisco Chronicle • New York • Chicago Tribune • Kansas City Star • GQ • NPR • Christian Science Monitor • Cleveland Plain Dealer In a small rural village in Chechnya, eight-year-old Havaa watches from the woods as Russian soldiers abduct her father in the middle of the night and then set fire to her home. When their lifelong neighbor Akhmed finds Havaa hiding in the forest with a strange blue suitcase, he makes a decision that will forever change their lives. He will seek refuge at the abandoned hospital where the sole remaining doctor, Sonja Rabina, treats the wounded. For Sonja, the arrival of Akhmed and Havaa is an unwelcome surprise. Weary and overburdened, she has no desire to take on additional risk and responsibility. But over the course of five extraordinary days, Sonja’s world will shift on its axis and reveal the intricate pattern of connections that weaves together the pasts of these three unlikely companions and unexpectedly decides their fate. A story of the transcendent power of love in wartime, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena is a work of sweeping breadth, profound compassion, and lasting significance. Now with Extra Libris material, including a reader’s guide and bonus content from the author. Praise for A Constellation of Vital Phenomena “Here, in fresh, graceful prose, is a profound story that dares to be as tender as it is ghastly, a story about desperate lives in a remote land that will quickly seem impossibly close and important. . . . I haven’t been so overwhelmed by a novel in years. At the risk of raising your expectations too high, I have to say you simply must read this book.”—Ron Charles, Washington Post “Extraordinary . . . a 21st century War and Peace . . . Marra seems to derive his astral calm in the face of catastrophe directly from Tolstoy.”—Madison Smartt Bell, New York Times Book Review “Ambitious and intellectually restless . . . [Marra is] a lover not a fighter, a prose writer who resembles the Joseph Heller of Catch-22 and the Jonathan Safran Foer of Everything Is Illuminated.”—Dwight Garner, New York Times

The Tsar of Love and Techno

The Tsar of Love and Techno Book
Author : Anthony Marra
Publisher : Random House Canada
Release : 2015-10-06
ISBN : 0307362671
File Size : 54,9 Mb
Language : En, Es, Fr and De

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From the author of National Book Award longlist selection and New York Times bestseller A Constellation of Vital Phenomena come these dazzling, poignant and lyrical interwoven stories about family, sacrifice, the legacy of war and the redemptive power of art. This stunning, exquisitely written collection introduces a cast of remarkable characters whose lives intersect in ways both life-affirming and heartbreaking. A 1930s Soviet censor painstakingly corrects offending photographs, deep underneath Leningrad, bewitched by the image of a disgraced prima ballerina. A chorus of women recount their stories and those of their grandmothers, former gulag prisoners who settled their Siberian mining town. Two pairs of brothers share a fierce, protective love. Young men across the former USSR face violence at home and in the military. And great sacrifices are made in the name of an oil landscape unremarkable except for the almost incomprehensibly peaceful past it depicts. In stunning prose, with rich character portraits and a sense of history reverberating into the present, The Tsar of Love and Techno is a captivating work from one of our greatest new talents.

Mercury Living Presence LPs and CDs

Mercury Living Presence LPs and CDs Book
Author : Kim Weston
Publisher : Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Release : 2016-12-17
ISBN : 9781541005785
File Size : 46,8 Mb
Language : En, Es, Fr and De

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This book is primarily concerned with the classical music catalog of Mercury Living Presence recordings recorded and published by the Mercury Record Corporation. Mercury Records made some of the finest and most natural sounding audio recordings ever made, mostly of excellent and committed performances of classical music. But this is not a history of Mercury records or even of the Living Presence series of recordings. My main focus was to create a list of all the Mercury Living Presence classical records. I am mostly interested in the stereo recordings, but there are also many earlier mono recordings of great interest, too, so I have included those also. Specifically, what is included is information on the SR 90000 series of stereo recordings and the MG 50000 series of mono recordings, but there is also a listing of the Wing classical reissue series. ***** Decades ago, when I began collecting Mercury records, and years later when I started collecting the CDs, I was looking for a complete list of all the Mercury Living Presence records and later the CDs. Though I found some information that was helpful, to get what I wanted, I had to make the list myself. I started with lists of records on the record sleeves of the albums, got some information from The Absolute Sound! magazine, and in the internet age, found useful information on several internet sites, but mostly to get the list I wanted, I had to dig up the information and build it myself. Having completed the list, it occurred to me that other collectors might find it helpful, too. So I put together a group of databases and spreadsheets in Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Works database format files and issued the databases I had created on a CD-rom disc in early 2013. By that time I had all the original series of CDs mastered by Wilma Cozart Fine, and many of the records that had been reissued on CD, and virtually all of the stereo records not issued on CD, plus most of the mono records in which I had a strong interest. Now it is available as a book. Among other things it includes the following lists: Complete Mercury Living Presence CDs, including every CD, with its track information, identifying Composer, title, soloist, conductor, orchestra, CD #, LP where originally published, and recording date. Complete Mercury Living Presence LPs including every LP with its track information identifying Composer, title, soloist, conductor, orchestra, LP #, CD on which it was reissued if any, and recording date. Different versions of the files are arranged by: Composer and Title, Recording Date, Record number, and CD number. There are also a listings of LPs and LP tracks that have not been reissued in the Mercury Living Presence CD series. Included are listings of all original Mercury Living Presence records in the SR 90000 and MG 50000 series, all CDs originally mastered by Wilma Cozart Fine, all SACDs, and the more recent reissues and new issues in the large 50+ CD box sets and the 10-CD box sets of Marcel Dupré and Janos Starker. There are also a few chapters of background information, little known facts, and other topics of interest. Hopefully readers will find it interesting and useful.

Syncing Forward

Syncing Forward Book
Author : W. Lawrence
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 2014-06-15
ISBN : 9780990486107
File Size : 51,9 Mb
Language : En, Es, Fr and De

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1st Place Gold Award in the 2015 Feathered Quill Book Program for Science Fiction/Fantasy! Finalist in the 2014 Book Pipeline Contest! Travel to the future - it will only cost you everyone you love. Attacked and injected with a drug which slows his metabolism to a fraction of normal, Martin James becomes an unwilling time traveler who hurtles through the years. His children grow up, his wife grows older, and his only hope is finding the people who injected him in the first place- not an easy task when one day for Martin lasts four years. And while Martin James strives to find a cure before everyone he loves is gone, others are uncertain if his journey can be stopped at all. W. Lawrence weaves a dystopian future filled with the best and worst of humanity, highlights the blessings and curses of technology, and pushes the limits of faith and hopelessness. Above all, Syncing Forward is a tale of one man's love for his family, and their devotion to saving him from being lost forever.

Eight Days in October

Eight Days in October Book
Author : DM Schwartz
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 2017-02-04
ISBN : 9780692821015
File Size : 44,7 Mb
Language : En, Es, Fr and De

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A teenage boy uncovers a horrific family secret. A widower seeks vengeance on the creatures that killed his wife. A drug addled writer stalks the woman of his dreams, a woman much more sinister than she appears. A federal agent races to find the cursed relic powering this city full of spooks, spirits, and serial killers. The lives of these and others will collide in the dark and dangerous streets of Adderlass. A seed of evil was planted under Adderlass, a city where monsters hide behind masks of humanity and ordinary people shuffle anesthetized and addicted by the sickly supernatural power wafting up from below. The city was built over the crystalline skull of a bloodthirsty beast. Now, the hunt is on for this lost treasure and whoever finds it first will control the fate not only of Adderlass but of the entire world. Sixteen-year-old Simon Cubbins, young and naive, may be the key to unlocking the mystery buried in this twisted labyrinth of hidden agendas. He also unknowingly harbors a secret that could destroy the Cubbins bloodline. As different characters fight for control over Simon, he will have to decide whether or not to carry on his family's legacy.

The Second Son

The Second Son Book
Author : Paul W. Nielsen
Publisher : Morehead Publishing, Incorporated
Release : 2015-02-27
ISBN : 9780990384533
File Size : 39,8 Mb
Language : En, Es, Fr and De

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Dr. Jason Corey has it all - good looks, a great career, money and the love of a beautiful woman. His life would be perfect except for one thing, the young Seattle ER physician is not who he thinks he is. Unexplainable events emerge in his life sending him on a quest for the truth of who he is, but no one could imagine the nature of his being. Jason wins his battle for truth and survival, but an unseen evil force isn't done with him. The triple twist ending leaves the reader awestruck and wondering what now? There have been countless books and TV shows about emergency medicine, but none of them reveal what The Second Son does in this mind twisting suspense novel. It is filled with plot twists and surprises certain to keep the reader turning pages.