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Ragged Company

145 ratings

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Four chronically homeless people - Amelia One Sky, Timber, Double Dick and Digger - seek refuge in a warm movie theater when a severe Arctic front descends on the city. During what is supposed to be a one-time event, this temporary refuge transfixes them. They fall in love with this new world and, once the weather clears, continue their trips to the cinema. On one of these outings they meet Granite, a jaded and lonely journalist who has turned his back on writing “the same story over and over again” in favor of the escapist qualities of film, and an unlikely friendship is struck. A found cigarette package (contents: some unsmoked cigarettes, three $20 bills, and a lottery ticket) changes the fortune of this struggling set. The ragged company discovers they have won $13.5 million, but none of them can claim the money for lack proper identification. Enlisting the help of Granite, their lives, and fortunes, become forever changed. Ragged Company is a journey into both the future and the past, told by an accomplished full cast which includes, in order of appearance:  Monique Mojica as AMELIA ONE SKY Benjamin Blais as DIGGER J.D. Nicholsen as TIMBER Douglas Hughes as GRANITE Wesley French as DOUBLE DICK 

©2009 Richard Wagamese (P)2019 Anchor Canada

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How Much of These Hills Is Gold

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A New York Times Notable Book of the Year A Washington Post Notable Book of the Year Named a Best Book of 2020 by NPR Longlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize Finalist for the 2020 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize National best seller A National Book Foundation "5 Under 35" Honoree A GOOP Book Club Pick "A fully immersive epic drama packed with narrative riches and exquisitely crafted prose." (San Francisco Chronicle) "Belongs on a shelf all of its own." (NPR) "Outstanding." (The Washington Post) "Arresting, beautiful." (The New York Times) "Revolutionary... A visionary addition to American literature." (Star Tribune) An electric debut novel set against the twilight of the American gold rush, two siblings are on the run in an unforgiving landscape - trying not just to survive but to find a home. Ba dies in the night; Ma is already gone. Newly orphaned children of immigrants, Lucy and Sam are suddenly alone in a land that refutes their existence. Fleeing the threats of their Western mining town, they set off to bury their father in the only way that will set them free from their past. Along the way, they encounter giant buffalo bones, tiger paw prints, and the specters of a ravaged landscape as well as family secrets, sibling rivalry, and glimpses of a different kind of future. Both epic and intimate, blending Chinese symbolism and reimagined history with fiercely original language and storytelling, How Much of These Hills Is Gold is a haunting adventure story, an unforgettable sibling story, and the announcement of a stunning new voice in literature. On a broad level, it explores race in an expanding country and the question of where immigrants are allowed to belong. But it’s about the memories that bind and divide families, and the yearning for home.

©2020 C Pam Zhang (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Author: C Pam Zhang
Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
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