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Gerta

Summary

The award-winning novel by Czech author Katerina Tucková - her first to be translated into English - about the fate of one woman and the pursuit of forgiveness in a divided postwar world. 1945. Allied forces liberate Nazi-occupied Brno, Moravia. For Gerta Schnirch, daughter of a Czech mother and a German father aligned with Hitler, it’s not deliverance; it’s a sentence. She has been branded an enemy of the state. Caught in the changing tides of a war that shattered her family - and her innocence - Gerta must obey the official order: she, along with all ethnic Germans, is to be expelled from Czechoslovakia. With nothing but the clothes on her back and an infant daughter, she’s herded among thousands, driven from the only home she’s ever known. But the injustice only makes Gerta stronger, more empowered, and more resolved to seek justice. Her journey is a relentless quest for a seemingly impossible forgiveness. And one day, she will return. Spanning decades and generations, Katerina Tucková’s breathtaking novel illuminates a long-neglected episode in Czech history. One of exclusion and prejudice, of collective shame versus personal guilt, all through the eyes of a charismatic woman whose courage will affect all the lives she’s touched. Especially that of the daughter she loved, fought for, shielded, and would come to inspire.

©2009 by Katerina Tucková. (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved. Translation © 2021 by Véronique Firkusny.

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The Paper Girl of Paris

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"A quick read that history lovers will easily devour" (Teen Vogue) "Get ready to be transported to Paris in Taylor's incredible debut novel." (Seventeen, Editor's Choice) Code Name Verity meets Jennifer Donnelly's Revolution in this gripping debut novel. Now: Sixteen-year-old Alice is spending the summer in Paris, but she isn't there for pastries and walks along the Seine. When her grandmother passed away two months ago, she left Alice an apartment in France that no one knew existed. An apartment that has been locked for more than 70 years. Alice is determined to find out why the apartment was abandoned and why her grandmother never once mentioned the family she left behind when she moved to America after World War II. With the help of Paul, a charming Parisian student, she sets out to uncover the truth. However, the more time she spends digging through the mysteries of the past, the more she realizes there are secrets in the present that her family is still refusing to talk about. Then: Sixteen-year-old Adalyn doesn't recognize Paris anymore. Everywhere she looks, there are Nazis, and every day brings a new horror of life under the Occupation. When she meets Luc, the dashing and enigmatic leader of a resistance group, Adalyn feels she finally has a chance to fight back. But keeping up the appearance of being a much-admired socialite while working to undermine the Nazis is more complicated than she could have imagined. As the war goes on, Adalyn finds herself having to make more and more compromises - to her safety, to her reputation, and to her relationships with the people she loves the most.

©2020 Jordyn Taylor (P)2020 HarperTeen

Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
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Brume

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Imaginez une brume qui s'abat soudainement sur une petite ville, une brume si épaisse que les clients d'un supermarché hésitent à en ressortir. Il n'en faut pas davantage au maître de l'épouvante pour nous plonger dans le cauchemar avec un réalisme hallucinant. Chacune des nouvelles de ce volume possède le même pouvoir ensorcelant.

Vous serez terrifié par un petit singe en peluche qui joue des cymbales. Vous redouterez de voir surgir le fantôme d'un... camion. Vous saurez de quoi est capable un naufragé solitaire, lorsque la faim le tenaille et que la drogue décuple son courage. L'art de faire surgir l'effrayant ou le surnaturel au cœur d'un monde rassurant et prosaïque...

Les superbes décors du Maine, où vit Stephen King, se révèlent une fois encore peuplés de sortilèges et de malédictions.

©1985 / 1987 Stephen King / Éditions Albin Michel. Traduit de l'américain par Michèle Pressé et Serge Quadruppani (P)2019 Audible Studios

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55 Slightly Sinister Stories

Summary

Fifty-five stories. Fifty-five words each. No more. No less. Enjoy this collection of flash fiction with a sinister twist. Size does matter in these delightfully tiny tales populated with narcoleptic drivers, bickering backers, suspicious spouses, and other memorable characters. Full of dark humor, intrigue, and absurdity, this collection of slightly sinister (and occasionally sweet) stories delivers a bite-size listener experience to satisfy any literary craving. Two dueling narrators give their own dramatic twist to the audiobook version of these darkly amusing tales. 

©2020 Racha Mourtada (P)2020 Andrews McMeel Publishing

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The Book of Knowing

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A little book for big feelings. Informative and accessible, The Book of Knowing is a friendly, therapeutic guide for teens to understand and control their feelings. In 2015, clinical psychologist Gwendoline Smith began a Tumblr blog under the pseudonym Dr. Know. Her Gen Z-friendly approach to CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) resonated, and the idea for this book was born. With lively art, tangible advice, and immersive activities, this book is a handy guide for dealing with big feelings that provides humor, kindness, and manageable strategies for issues that can sometimes feel out of our control. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2020 Gwendoline Smith (P)2020 Andrews McMeel Publishing

Narrator: Liza Seneca
Length: 1 hr and 43 mins
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