A new translation of George Simenon's taut, devastating psychological novel set in American suburbia. The inspiration for the new play by award-winning playwright David Hare. 'I had begun, God knows why, tearing a corner off of everyday truth, begun seeing myself in another kind of mirror, and now the whole of the old, more or less comfortable truth was falling to pieces.' Confident and successful, New York advertising executive Ray Sanders takes what he wants from life. When he goes missing in a snowstorm in Connecticut one evening, his closest friend begins to reassess his loyalties, gambling with Ray's fate and his own future. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Peter Brooke. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/029008/bk_adbl_029008_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Kevin Bivanti's dream is to open a wedding dress shop, a place with the stunning gowns to make every bride-to-be feel adored. At 38, he quits a successful advertising career to buy an old brownstone in a trendy Boston neighborhood and to make his dream a reality. When one of his cosigners drops out, fate intervenes, ushering in Casper James, who hopes to open his own bakery. With Casper willing to take the risk, their ambitions meld into a wedding dress and wedding cake boutique. Extensive renovations to the brownstone, an affair with his ex-husband, family drama with his mothers, and the anxiety of significant life changes push Kevin to the brink of a nervous breakdown. In the midst of stress and uncertainty, Casper becomes more than a business partner, a mutual attraction that adds another layer of intensity and risk. With their dreams on the verge of reality, Kevin and Casper must find the courage to face the stress of managing their attraction, the gamble of a new business venture, and the resurgence of Kevin's personal demons. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kirt Graves. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/082318/bk_acx0_082318_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Margeretha Geertruida Zelle, better known to history by the exotic, glamorous name of Mata Hari, was a woman who profited greatly from the power of illusion during much of her brief life. Born to a hatter named Adam Zelle and his wife Antje van der Meulen, Mata Hari moved from a financially rewarding but miserable marriage to circus performances to exotic dancing and celebrity to the role of ostensible international spy in an arc that ended tragically in front of a French firing squad. To a certain degree, Mata Hari's entire adult life represented a triumph of advertising. Just as advertising depicts products in such a way that they are associated with other desirable things that have little or nothing to do with the items themselves - romantic or sexual success, beautiful landscapes or exotic locations, excitement, financial success, youth and attractiveness, and so on - Mata Hari created an aura of mysterious glamour around herself to sell to the public, something that would never have happened had she merely been seen for what she was, a Dutch courtesan with elaborate costumes. However, just as illusion had served her well in creating notable fame and transitory fortune, phantasms and lies ultimately destroyed Mata Hari. Rashly entangling herself in the foreign affairs of France and Germany during the bitter years of World War I, the exotic dancer found herself completely out of her depth. Used briefly as a pawn by both sides, Mata Hari met her fate when the Germans deliberately incriminated her and the French cynically sacrificed her as a scapegoat for their military failures. Executed by firing squad and subjected to the macabre ritual of having her severed, preserved head retained for decades at a French medical school as a kind of bizarre trophy, Mata Hari ironically won the everlasting fame she craved. She also tragically contributed one final legend to the shared mythology of humanity: that of the seductive female super-spy who uses 1. Language: English. Narrator: Scott Clem. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/071113/bk_acx0_071113_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Leigh's back in this sixth installment of the Leigh Koslow Mysteries. Hapless advertising copywriter Leigh Koslow, who was last seen joyfully announcing to her politician husband that she was pregnant, is now a middle-aged mom who is more than happy to leave the macabre pandemonium of her 30s behind. Unfortunately, Leigh's killer karma hasn't really deserted her; it's only been biding its time. When an innocent walk in thewoods with her dog turns up a corpse, Leigh begins to get worried. It's bad enough that the victim is a client of her agency. It's even worse that he's the same unscrupulous real estate developer who's been conniving to bulldoze her aunt Bess' homestead. And it would be a whole lot better for everyone in Leigh's family if her cousin Cara's husband hadn't brawled with the man in front of a church full of witnesses an hour before the murder. But fate is what it is, and as Leigh's beleaguered friend Detective Maura Polanski sets out once again to save the Koslow clan from self-destruction, the women face their toughest battle yet, because not only has Leigh failed to outgrow her inborn talent for trouble, she's bestowed it on the next generation. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gabrielle de Cuir. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/006729/bk_blak_006729_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
What's a Nigerian-Nordic-American girl to do when she develops fibroids in rural Iowa? Battle the American health-care system or summon Nordic mythology and traditional Nigerian medicine? While at the renowned Iowa Writers' Workshop to write a book about meeting her African father and siblings as an adult, Faith Adiele develops a medical condition that can be interpreted - and treated - completely differently according to her three cultural backgrounds. Frustratingly, each tradition suggests that Adiele herself is responsible for her condition (and potential barrenness) for having violated gender or racial norms. While wittily detailing her struggles with doctors determined either to remove her uterus or to use it as a Midwestern teaching tool, she draws parallels to history: her Nordic family's immigration experiences, her Nigerian family's independence struggles, and the fate of women, the poor, and folks of color in American medicine. Award-winning memoirist (PEN Beyond Margins Award for Meeting Faith; Millennium Award from Creative Nonfiction) Adiele takes a clear-eyed, sharp-tongued look at healing, from Western science to a good metaphor to Nigerian healers advertising the cure for "lady problems". Faith Adiele's memoir, Meeting Faith, about becoming the first black Buddhist nun of Thailand, received the PEN Beyond Margins Award for Best Memoir. Her other honors include the Millennium Award from Creative Nonfiction and 15 writing residencies in five countries. Visit her at http://adiele.com/. One of the many great works offered by Shebooks, high-quality, short books you can't find anywhere else. Great listens by women, for women, to fit your busy life. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Faith Adiele. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/023655/bk_adbl_023655_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.