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Bestselling author Lawrence Block's collection of short stories, published in 2016, In Sunlight or in Shadow: Stories Inspired by the Paintings of Edward Hopper was a huge success. The panoply of contributors' ideas about well-known American artist Edward Hopper was widely hailed by literary crowds around the nation. Block knew he had to come up with an encore, which is another collection of short stories based on famous artwork, Alive in Shape and Color: 17 Paintings by Great Artists and the Stories They Inspired.
"Prior to the twentieth century, persons suffering from mental illness were thought to be 'alienated,' not only from the rest of society but from their own true natures. Those experts who studied mental pathologies were therefore known as alienists."
When you travel, is walking always part of the itinerary? Besides being good exercise generally and a great way to unstiffen those limbs after the tight quarters on an airplane, train, or car, walking lets you see so much more of your destination. Take your time, and you can see –and- understand the sites much better than if you whirled past them on a tour bus.
Set your own pace, and you’ll have the opportunity to make interesting discoveries, about a place’s history, maybe even how it relates to the history of the world itself. A History of the World in 500 Walks is an intriguing blend of travel book and history book. With chapters ranging from Prehistory (the Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk, a 34-mile rainforest traverse in Queensland, Australia) to the 20th Century (the Selma to Montgomery Trail in Alabama and the Long Trail in Vermont—completed in 1930), you’ll become more aware of history’s triumphs and tragedies and nature’s sometimes harsh beauty, as well as other cultures' histories, as can be found on the Nakasendo Trail in Japan.
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Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student. (catalog summary)
Wonder is a 2017 American drama film directed by Stephen Chbosky and written by Jack Thorne, Steve Conrad, and Chbosky, based on the 2012 novel of the same name by R.J. Palacio. The film stars Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, and Jacob Tremblay, and follows a child with Treacher Collins syndrome trying to fit in. Wonder was released in the United States on November 17, 2017, by Lionsgate, received positive reviews from critics and has grossed $104 million worldwide on a $20 million budget. See the trailer below.
If you like Wonder, check out these similar titles.
Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories by R.J. Palacio
"These stories are an extra peek at Auggie, a boy born with extreme facial abnormalities before he started at Beecher Prep and during his first year there. Readers get to see him through the eyes of Julian, the bully; Christopher, Auggie s oldest friend; and Charlotte, Auggie's new friend at school. (catalog summary)
A single snowflake
floats through the air,
on the nose
of a fine red fox.
Holly Chase is a spoiled 16-year-old Scrooge. Raised by her father, a Hollywood director, and her stepmother, a celebrity fashionista, Holly always gets everything she wants. If she doesn't, there's hell to pay for anyone who stands in her way. After her stepmother passes away from a freak plastic surgery accident, Holly is determined to follow in her selfish footsteps and become Hollywood's leading fashion mogul. But on Christmas Eve, Holly is visited by three ghosts—the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. They try to convince her to mend her ways before something terrible happens, but Holly chooses not to. She thinks the spontaneous and frightening visits are a load of bull.
Then, she dies.
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Come Winter: A Novel by Evan Hunter
Sandy, David, and Peter met as bored teenagers vacationing with their parents on a small resort island. The horrific crime they committed five years ago bound them together forever, cursing their friendship in blood and setting them on a path toward nihilism and destruction. Now in their early twenties, the glamorous and sophisticated trio has come to an exclusive ski resort just days before Christmas to satisfy their appetite for danger and enjoy the physical company of the only human beings they can still tolerate: one another. But an interloper soon finds her way into their closed circle. Mary Margaret is no gullible innocent. She's smart and mischievous and appears bent on tearing the friends apart. Will Sandy, Peter, and David keep their sinister ménage-à-trois intact, or have they finally met their match? (catalog summary)
Cruel Winter by Sheila Connolly
Snow is a rarity in Maura Donovan's small village in County Cork, Ireland, so she wasn't sure what to expect when a major snowstorm rolled in around Sullivan's pub. But now she's stranded in a bar full of patrons—and a suspected killer in a long-ago murder. Maura's been in Ireland less than a year and hasn't heard about the decades-old unsolved crime that took place nearby, let alone the infamous suspect, Diane Caldwell. But the locals have, and they're not happy to be trapped with her. Diane, meanwhile, seeks to set the record straight, asserting her innocence after all this time. And since no one is going anywhere in the storm, Maura encourages Diane to share her side of the story, which she'd never had a chance to do in court. Over the next few hours, the informal court in Sullivan's reviews the facts and theories about the case—and comes to some surprising conclusions. But is it enough to convince the police to take a new look at an old case? (catalog summary)
On Christmas Eve, does a dinosaur sleep? Does he go up to bed without making a peep?
Christmas is almost here, and Jane Yolen's favorite dinosaurs are up to no good. Are they sneaking a peek at the brightly wrapped gifts and picking off ornaments, angels and all? Do they eat the cookies left out for Saint Nick or lick all the candy canes?