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Ritual: A Very Short Introduction

Author: Barry Stephenson

Language: English

Summary: Ritual is part of what it means to be human. Like sports, music, and drama, ritual defines and enriches culture, putting those who practice it in touch with sources of value and meaning larger than themselves. Ritual is unavoidable, yet it holds a place in modern life that is decidedly ambiguous. What is ritual? What does it do? Is it useful? What are the various kinds of ritual? Is ritual tradition bound and conservative or innovative and transformational? Continue reading “Ritual: A Very Short Introduction”

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The Travelling Cat Chronicles

Author: Hiro Arikawa

Language: English

Summary: Nana the cat is on a road trip. He is not sure where he’s going or why, but it means that he gets to sit in the front seat of a silver van with his beloved owner, Satoru. Side by side, they cruise around Japan through the changing seasons, visiting Satoru’s old friends. He meets Yoshimine, the brusque and unsentimental farmer for whom cats are just ratters; Sugi and Chikako, the warm-hearted couple who run a pet-friendly B&B; and Kosuke, the mournful husband whose cat-loving wife has just left him. There’s even a very special dog who forces Nana to reassess his disdain for the canine species.

But what is the purpose of this road trip? And why is everyone so interested in Nana? Nana does not know and Satoru won’t say. But when Nana finally works it out, his small heart will break…

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Red Dog

Author: Louis de Bernières

Language: English

Summary: Red Dog is a West Australian, a lovable friendly red kelpie who found widespread fame as a result of his habit of travelling all over Western Australia, hitching rides over thousands of miles, settling in places for months at a time and adopting new families before heading off again to the next destination and another family – sometimes returning to say hello years later.

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Go, Went, Gone

Author: Jenny Erpenbeck Language: English Summary: Now in paperback, the unforgettable German bestseller about the European refugee crisis. One of the great contemporary European writers takes on Europe’s biggest issue. Richard has spent his life as a university professor, immersed in the world of books and ideas, but now he is retired, his books remain in their packing boxes and he steps into the streets … Continue reading Go, Went, Gone

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Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Immigrant Women Who Changed the World

Author: Elena Favilli

Language: English

Summary: Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Immigrant Women Who Changed the World is the third book in the New York Times bestselling series for children. Packed with 100 all-new bedtime stories about the lives of incredible female figures from the past and the present, this volume recognizes women who left their birth countries for a multitude of reasons: some for new opportunities, some out of necessity. Continue reading “Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Immigrant Women Who Changed the World”

La grande stagione

Author: Paolo Ruggiero

Language: Italian

Summary: «Non è ancora estate, ma dalla qualità della luce si capisce che è proprio in questo punto del pianeta e dell’Egeo, in questa parte dell’arcipelago che l’ultimo velo è sfilato. Lo spettro luminoso si irradia ancora più nitido, aurorale, la luce riesce a farsi strada anche nello spessore degli oggetti, rivelandone una trasparenza, un’interiorità che non avevo ancora visto». La laurea a quasi trent’anni sigla la fine della stagione universitaria di Livio, ma Bologna sembra volerlo trattenere, generosa più che mai di incontri e di avventure notturne. Al primo contratto di lavoro segue un trasferimento, un periodo febbrile a Parigi e, dopo una brusca interruzione, la partenza verso un’isola defilata delle Cicladi. L’erotismo vissuto con amiche o compagne di una notte detta il tempo della vicenda, alternandosi ai ricordi e alla ricerca della causa dell’incidente di volo nel quale Livio da bambino ha perso il padre pilota. Insieme alle ragazze, protagonisti del romanzo sono i luoghi, raccontati attraverso una scrittura lucida e prospettive limpide, quasi fotografiche: Bologna, l’Adriatico, Parigi e “K”, la minuscola isola nell’Egeo dove Livio è di nuovo pervaso da un’esaltante fiducia nel futuro, in una nuova grande stagione.

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