The Destiny Thief

Essays on Writing, Writers and Life

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Author: Richard Russo

Publisher: Knopf

ISBN: 1524733520

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 224

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A master of the novel, short story, and memoir, the best-selling and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Everybody's Fool now gives us his very first collection of personal essays, ranging throughout writing and reading and living. In these nine essays, Richard Russo provides insight into his life as a writer, teacher, friend, and reader. From a commencement speech he gave at Colby College, to the story of how an oddly placed toilet made him reevaluate the purpose of humor in art and life, to a comprehensive analysis of Mark Twain's value, to his harrowing journey accompanying a dear friend as she pursued gender-reassignment surgery, The Destiny Thief reflects the broad interests and experiences of one of America's most beloved authors. Warm, funny, wise, and poignant, the essays included here traverse Russo's writing life, expanding our understanding of who he is and how his singular, incredibly generous mind works. An utter joy to read, they give deep insight into the creative process from the prospective of one of our greatest writers.

The Destiny Thief

The Fitheach Trilogy Book 3

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Author: Luanne Bennett

Publisher: The Word Lounge

ISBN: N.A

Category: Fiction

Page: 327

View: 1714

The stunning conclusion of The Fitheach Trilogy. A bargain has been struck, and a shattering decision must be made. The Destiny Thief picks up where The Blood Thief left us—staring at the last page and asking … how? Alex Kelley and Greer Sinclair have become an inseparable pair, but the choice she’ll have to make for the sake of love could destroy them both. She’s becoming a force to be reckoned with, making her even more desirable to those who want to control her and exploit her remarkable gifts, including her own family. From the streets of Manhattan to the ancient sites of Ireland, more revelations emerge, and the true nature of the people and the gods in Alex’s circle begin to unfold. The closing chapters of The Fitheach Trilogy will bring poignant or fitting conclusions for so many of the people she loves, and finally reveal the truth about the prophecy and the power of three witches in one.

Destiny Thieves

Defeat Seducing Spirits and Achieve Your Purpose in God

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Author: Sandie Freed

Publisher: Chosen Books

ISBN: 1441201297

Category: Religion

Page: 236

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God has a plan for every one of his children. But there are powers working against this plan that attempt to subvert the destiny of believers. Just as Adam and Eve were seduced into sin by the serpent, Christians today still experience these destructive powers that threaten to steal their divine destiny. In Destiny Thieves, prophetically gifted Sandie Freed shares the story of her own struggle, as well as many biblical accounts of the struggles of God's people, with the demonically inspired obstacles that stand in the way of breakthrough. This liberating book shows readers the tactics Satan uses against believers, identifies particular seducing spirits, and charges believers with a new level of faith to go forward and claim the victorious life God has planned for them.

Trajectory

Stories

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Author: Richard Russo

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 110194773X

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

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Following the best-selling Everybody's Fool, a new collection of short fiction that demonstrates that Richard Russo--winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Empire Falls--is also a master of this genre. Russo's characters in these four expansive stories bear little similarity to the blue-collar citizens we're familiar with from many of his novels. In "Horseman," a professor confronts a young plagiarist as well as her own weaknesses as the Thanksgiving holiday looms closer and closer: "And after that, who knew?" In "Intervention," a realtor facing an ominous medical prognosis finds himself in his father's shadow while he presses forward--or not. In "Voice," a semiretired academic is conned by his increasingly estranged brother into coming along on a group tour of the Venice Biennale, fleeing a mortifying incident with a traumatized student back in Massachusetts but encountering further complications in the maze of Venice. And in "Milton and Marcus," a lapsed novelist struggles with his wife's illness and tries to rekindle his screenwriting career, only to be stymied by the pratfalls of that trade when he's called to an aging, iconic star's mountaintop retreat in Wyoming. From the Hardcover edition.

The Blood Thief

The Fitheach Trilogy Book 2

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Author: Luanne Bennett

Publisher: The Word Lounge

ISBN: N.A

Category: Fiction

Page: 330

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Everybody's Fool

A novel

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Author: Richard Russo

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 1101946962

Category: Fiction

Page: 496

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A New York Times 2016 Notable Book An immediate national best seller and instant classic from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Empire Falls. Richard Russo returns to North Bath—“a town where dishonesty abounds, everyone misapprehends everyone else and half the citizens are half-crazy” (The New York Times)—and the characters who made Nobody’s Fool a beloved choice of book clubs everywhere. Everybody’s Fool is classic Russo, filled with humor, heart, hard times, and people you can’t help but love, possibly because their various faults make them so human. Everybody’s Fool picks up roughly a decade since we were last with Miss Beryl and Sully on New Year's Eve 1984. The irresistible Sully, who in the intervening years has come by some unexpected good fortune, is staring down a VA cardiologist’s estimate that he has only a year or two left, and it’s hard work trying to keep this news from the most important people in his life: Ruth, the married woman he carried on with for years . . . the ultra-hapless Rub Squeers, who worries that he and Sully aren’t still best friends . . . Sully’s son and grandson, for whom he was mostly an absentee figure (and now a regretful one). We also enjoy the company of Doug Raymer, the chief of police who’s obsessing primarily over the identity of the man his wife might’ve been about to run off with, before dying in a freak accident . . . Bath’s mayor, the former academic Gus Moynihan, whose wife problems are, if anything, even more pressing . . . and then there’s Carl Roebuck, whose lifelong run of failing upward might now come to ruin. And finally, there’s Charice Bond—a light at the end of the tunnel that is Chief Raymer’s office—as well as her brother, Jerome, who might well be the train barreling into the station. A crowning achievement—“like hopping on the last empty barstool surrounded by old friends” (Entertainment Weekly)—from one of the greatest storytellers of our time.

The Amulet Thief

The Fitheach Trilogy Book 1

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Author: Luanne Bennett

Publisher: The Word Lounge

ISBN: N.A

Category: Fiction

Page: 325

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Alex Kelley was just five when her mother was murdered by what appeared to be the act of a psychopath. But when she returns to New York City twenty-one years after vanishing, she’ll learn that the truth is much more complicated than a random killing, and the necklace her mother gave her days before the murder is something worth killing for. Her first stop is where it all began––a peculiar shop in the heart of Greenwich Village filled with oddities, ghosts, and secrets. It’s here that the game begins and those secrets begin to unravel. When her necklace is stolen, she’s thrown into a strange world intertwined with Manhattan, filled with all those things that shouldn’t exist. At the helm of this world is the mysterious Greer Sinclair who takes her under his wing as they search for the missing necklace. It’s an amulet that holds the fate of the world. But he’s not the only male vying for her favor. Constantine––a satyr with a penchant for voyeurism who just might hold some of the answers––has his eye on her, too. Under the watch of both, she’ll set out on an elaborate hunt that will ultimately lead to the biggest secret of all. The line between the mundane and supernatural worlds is starting to blur. And as Alex fights her annoying attraction to a man she doesn’t quite trust, she’ll fall deeper, straddling both worlds before realizing the latter may be the better fit.

Empire Falls

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Author: Richard Russo

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307809889

Category: Fiction

Page: 496

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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize “Russo writes with a warm, vibrant humanity.... A stirring mix of poignancy, drama and comedy.” —The Washington Post Welcome to Empire Falls, a blue-collar town full of abandoned mills whose citizens surround themselves with the comforts and feuds provided by lifelong friends and neighbors and who find humor and hope in the most unlikely places, in this Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Richard Russo. Miles Roby has been slinging burgers at the Empire Grill for 20 years, a job that cost him his college education and much of his self-respect. What keeps him there? It could be his bright, sensitive daughter Tick, who needs all his help surviving the local high school. Or maybe it’s Janine, Miles’ soon-to-be ex-wife, who’s taken up with a noxiously vain health-club proprietor. Or perhaps it’s the imperious Francine Whiting, who owns everything in town–and seems to believe that “everything” includes Miles himself. In Empire Falls Richard Russo delves deep into the blue-collar heart of America in a work that overflows with hilarity, heartache, and grace.

Bridge of Sighs

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Author: Richard Russo

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780307267900

Category: Fiction

Page: 544

View: 9931

This moving novel follows Louis Charles Lynch (“Lucy”) as he and his wife of forty years are about to embark on a vacation to Italy. Lucy is sixty years old and has spent his entire life in Thomaston, New York. Like his late, beloved father, Lucy is an optimist, though he’s had plenty of reasons not to be—chief among them his mother, still indomitably alive. Yet it was her shrewdness, combined with that Lynch optimism, that had propelled them years ago to the right side of the tracks and created an “empire” of convenience stores about to be passed on to the next generation. Lucy's oldest friend, once a rival for his wife's affection, leads a life in Venice far removed from Thomaston. In fact, the exact nature of their friendship is one of the many mysteries Lucy hopes to untangle in the “history” he’s writing of his hometown and family. And with his story interspersed with that of Noonan, the native son who’d fled so long ago, the destinies building up around both of them (and Sarah, too) are relentless, constantly surprising, and utterly revealing. Bridge of Sighs, from the beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Empire Falls, is a moving novel about small-town America that expands Russo's widely heralded achievement in ways both familiar and astonishing.

Blackthorn Grove

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Author: Luanne Bennett

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781981919604

Category:

Page: 296

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"Miss Bishop, I'm afraid we have a witch war on our hands." Katie Bishop has just been pulled back into the world of the Crossroads Society-to hunt down a murderous sorceress looking to take over the throne of Savannah. It's just another Saturday night in the city, but what happens on this particular evening will set the wheels in motion for a witch war that could destroy Blackthorn Grove-the reigning coven of Savannah. There's been a murder, and all the evidence points to one of their own. In the race to uncover the truth before a council of witches arrives for a formal tribunal, the revelations about Blackthorn Grove keep coming. But that's not all Katie has to deal with. There's a fight going on inside of her-between the woman and the dragon that lives on her back. With her twenty-fifth birthday right around the corner, she'll be faced with an even bigger fight-battle for control over the dragon in what could be a deadly ritual. Will the witches of Blackthorn Grove retain the throne of Savannah? Will Katie win the battle for control over the dragon? BLACKTHORN GROVE is the second book in the Katie Bishop series-a contemporary southern fantasy.

Mark of the Thief (Mark of the Thief #1)

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Author: Jennifer A. Nielsen

Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

ISBN: 0545562031

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 352

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Jennifer A. Nielsen, author of the NYT and USA TODAY bestselling Ascendance Trilogy, has woven an electrifying tale of greed and power, magic and destiny, and one boy's courage at the heart of it all. When Nic, a slave in the mines outside of Rome, is forced to enter a sealed cavern containing the lost treasures of Julius Caesar, he finds much more than gold and gemstones: He discovers an ancient bulla, an amulet that belonged to the great Caesar and is filled with a magic once reserved for the Gods -- magic some Romans would kill for. Now, with the deadly power of the bulla pulsing through his veins, Nic is determined to become free. But instead, he finds himself at the center of a ruthless conspiracy to overthrow the emperor and spark the Praetor War, a battle to destroy Rome from within. Traitors and spies lurk at every turn, each more desperate than the next to use Nic's newfound powers for their own dark purposes. In a quest to stop the rebellion, save Rome, and secure his own freedom, Nic must harness the magic within himself and defeat the empire's most powerful and savage leaders.

Museum of Thieves

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Author: Lian Tanner

Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 0375896953

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 256

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Welcome to the tyrannical city of Jewel, where impatience is a sin and boldness is a crime. Goldie Roth has lived in Jewel all her life. Like every child in the city, she wears a silver guardchain and is forced to obey the dreaded Blessed Guardians. She has never done anything by herself and won’t be allowed out on the streets unchained until Separation Day. When Separation Day is canceled, Goldie, who has always been both impatient and bold, runs away, risking not only her own life but also the lives of those she has left behind. In the chaos that follows, she is lured to the mysterious Museum of Dunt, where she meets the boy Toadspit and discovers terrible secrets. Only the cunning mind of a thief can understand the museum’s strange, shifting rooms. Fortunately, Goldie has a talent for thieving. Which is just as well, because the leader of the Blessed Guardians has his own plans for the museum—plans that threaten the lives of everyone Goldie loves. And it will take a daring thief to stop him. . . . Museum of Thieves is a thrilling tale of destiny and danger, and of a courageous girl who has never been allowed to grow up—until now. From the Hardcover edition.

Elsewhere

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Author: Richard Russo

Publisher: Alfred a Knopf Incorporated

ISBN: 0307959538

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 246

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Presents a personal account of the author's youth, his parents, and the 1950s upstate New York town they struggled to escape, recounting the encroaching poverty and illness that challenged everyday life and the dreams his mother instilled that inspired his career.

Nobody's Fool

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Author: Richard Russo

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307809927

Category: Fiction

Page: 560

View: 1975

This slyly funny, moving novel about a blue-collar town in upstate New York—and in the life of Sully, of one of its unluckiest citizens, who has been doing the wrong thing triumphantly for fifty years—is a classic American story. Divorced from his own wife and carrying on halfheartedly with another man's, saddled with a bum knee and friends who make enemies redundant, Sully now has one new problem to cope with: a long-estranged son who is in imminent danger of following in his father's footsteps. With its uproarious humor and a heart that embraces humanity's follies as well as its triumphs, Nobody's Fool, from Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Richard Russo, is storytelling at its most generous. Nobody’s Fool was made into a movie starring Paul Newman, Bruce Willis, Jessica Tandy, and Melody Griffith.

Giant Thief

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Author: David Tallerman

Publisher: Watkins Media Limited

ISBN: 0857662120

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

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Meet Easie Damasco, rogue, thieving swine and total charmer. Even the wicked can't rest when a vicious warlord and the force of enslaved giants he commands invade their homeland. Damasco might get away in one piece, but he's going to need help. Big time. File Under: Fantasy [ Big Trouble | Deception | Saltlick's City | Hang 'im High ] e-book ISBN: 978-0-85766-212-5 From the Paperback edition.

The Book Thief

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Author: Markus Zusak

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 9780307433848

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 592

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DON’T MISS BRIDGE OF CLAY, MARKUS ZUSAK’S FIRST NOVEL SINCE THE BOOK THIEF. The extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller that is now a major motion picture, Markus Zusak's unforgettable story is about the ability of books to feed the soul. When Death has a story to tell, you listen. It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement. In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak, author of I Am the Messenger, has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time. “The kind of book that can be life-changing.” —The New York Times “Deserves a place on the same shelf with The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank.” —USA Today

The Risk Pool

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Author: Richard Russo

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307809935

Category: Fiction

Page: 496

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A wonderfully funny, perceptive novel The Risk Pool is set in Mohawk, New York, where Ned Hall is doing his best to grow up, even though neither of his estranged parents can properly be called adult. His father, Sam, cultivates bad habits so assiduously that he is stuck at the bottom of his auto insurance risk pool. His mother, Jenny, is slowly going crazy from resentment at a husband who refuses either to stay or to stay away. As Ned veers between allegiances to these grossly inadequate role models, Richard Russo gives us a book that overflows with outsized characters and outlandish predicaments and whose vision of family is at once irreverent and unexpectedly moving. In the traditions of Thornton Wilder and Anne Tyler, The Risk Pool was hailed by The New York Times as “…superbly original and maliciously funny. Russo proves himself a master at evoking the sights, feelings, and smells of a town.”

Den of Thieves

The Ancient Blades Trilogy: Book One

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Author: David Chandler

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062094866

Category: Fiction

Page: 480

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“Den of Thieves rollicks….This is a book I would be happy to have written.” —Dave Duncan Remember this name: David Chandler. With Den of Thieves, the first book in his astounding fantasy series, The Ancient Blades Trilogy, Chandler immediately establishes himself as a major player in the world of action-rich epic fantasy—right up there alongside George R. R. Martin, R. A. Salvatore, and Raymond E. Feist. An enthralling and wonderfully gritty tale of cutpurses, knights and demons, witches, betrayals, and darkest intrigue—in the popular vein of the bestselling works of Brent Weeks, Joe Abercrombie, and Scott Lynch—Den of Thieves introducers readers to Malden, an amiable young criminal whose one grave mistake bonds him to the lord of the underworld and sets him on an impossible quest that will most likely lead the hapless thief to his doom.

Straight Man

A Novel

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Author: Richard Russo

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307809943

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

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Hilarious and true-to-life, witty, compassionate, and impossible to put down, Straight Man follows Hank Devereaux through one very bad week in this novel from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Russo. William Henry Devereaux, Jr., is the reluctant chairman of the English department of a badly underfunded college in the Pennsylvania rust belt. Devereaux's reluctance is partly rooted in his character--he is a born anarchist--and partly in the fact that his department is more savagely divided than the Balkans. In the course of a single week, Devereaux will have his nose mangled by an angry colleague, imagine his wife is having an affair with his dean, wonder if a curvaceous adjunct is trying to seduce him with peach pits, and threaten to execute a goose on local television. All this while coming to terms with his philandering father, the dereliction of his youthful promise, and the ominous failure of certain vital body functions. In short, Straight Man is classic Russo—side-splitting, poignant, compassionate, and unforgettable.

Selected Letters

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Author: Marie de Rabutin-Chantal marquise de Sévigné

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780140444056

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 319

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Describes the social and intellectual life of seventeenth-century France, including gossip about the court of King Louis XIV