| Author : Amy Bloom Genre : Literary Books Fiction & Literature Historical Price : $11.99 Release Date : 2014-07-29 Description : <b><i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER • <b>NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY <i>THE WASHINGTON POST</i> AND <i>O: THE OPRAH MAGAZINE </i>• <b>Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader’s Circle for author chats and more.</b></b></b><br /><br /><i>“My father’s wife died. My mother said we should drive down to his place and see what might be in it for us.”</i><br /><br />So begins this remarkable novel by Amy Bloom, whose critically acclaimed <i>Away</i> was called “a literary triumph” (<i>The New York Times</i>). <i>Lucky Us</i> is a brilliantly written, deeply moving, fantastically funny novel of love, heartbreak, and luck.<br />  <br />Disappointed by their families, Iris, the hopeful star and Eva the sidekick, journey through 1940s America in search of fame and fortune. Iris’s ambitions take the pair across the America of Reinvention in a stolen station wagon, from small-town Ohio to an unexpected and sensuous Hollywood, and to the jazz clubs and golden mansions of Long Island.<br />  <br /> With their friends in high and low places, Iris and Eva stumble and shine though a landscape of big dreams, scandals, betrayals, and war. Filled with gorgeous writing, memorable characters, and surprising events, <i>Lucky Us</i> is a thrilling and resonant novel about success and failure, good luck and bad, the creation of a family, and the pleasures and inevitable perils of family life, conventional and otherwise. From Brooklyn’s beauty parlors to London’s West End, a group of unforgettable people love, lie, cheat and survive in this story of our fragile, absurd, heroic species.<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>Lucky Us</i></b><br /><br />“<i>Lucky Us</i> is a remarkable accomplishment. One waits a long time for a novel of this scope and dimension, replete with surgically drawn characters, a mix of comedy and tragedy that borders on the miraculous, and sentences that should be in a sentence museum. Amy Bloom is a treasure.”<b>—Michael Cunningham</b><br /><br />“Exquisite . . . a short, vibrant book about all kinds of people creating all kinds of serial, improvisatory lives.”<b>—<i>The New York Times</i> </b><br />  <br /> “Bighearted, rambunctious . . . a bustling tale of American reinvention . . . If America has a Victor Hugo, it is Amy Bloom, whose picaresque novels roam the world, plumb the human heart and send characters into wild roulettes of kismet and calamity.”<b>—<i>The Washington Post</i></b><br />  <br /> “Bloom’s crisp, delicious prose gives [<i>Lucky Us</i>] the feel of sprawling, brawling life itself. . . . <i>Lucky Us</i> is a sister act, which means a double dose of sauce and naughtiness from the brilliant Amy Bloom.”<b>—<i>The Oregonian</i></b><br /> <i> </i><br /> “A tasty summer read that will leave you smiling . . . Broken hearts [are] held together by lipstick, wisecracks and the enduring love of sisters.”<b>—<i>USA Today</i></b><br />  <br /> “Exquisitely imagined . . . [a] grand adventure.”<b>—<i>O: The Oprah Magazine</i></b><br /> <i> </i><br /> “Marvelous picaresque entertainment . . . a festival of joy and terror and lust and amazement that resolves itself here, warts and all, in a kind of crystalline Mozartean clarity of vision.”<b>—<i>Elle</i></b><br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>|
| Author : Amy Bloom Genre : Literary Books Fiction & Literature Historical Price : $12.99 Release Date : 2018-02-13 Description : <b>For readers of <i>The Paris Wife</i> and <i>The Swans of Fifth Avenue</i> comes a “sensuous, captivating account of a forbidden affair between two women” (<i>People</i>)—Eleanor Roosevelt and “first friend” Lorena Hickok.</b><br /><br /> Lorena Hickok meets Eleanor Roosevelt in 1932 while reporting on Franklin Roosevelt’s first presidential campaign. Having grown up worse than poor in South Dakota and reinvented herself as the most prominent woman reporter in America, “Hick,” as she’s known to her friends and admirers, is not quite instantly charmed by the idealistic, patrician Eleanor. But then, as her connection with the future first lady deepens into intimacy, what begins as a powerful passion matures into a lasting love, and a life that Hick never expected to have. She moves into the White House, where her status as “first friend” is an open secret, as are FDR’s own lovers. After she takes a job in the Roosevelt administration, promoting and protecting both Roosevelts, she comes to know Franklin not only as a great president but as a complicated rival and an irresistible friend, capable of changing lives even after his death. Through it all, even as Hick’s bond with Eleanor is tested by forces both extraordinary and common, and as she grows as a woman and a writer, she never loses sight of the love of her life. <br /><br /> From Washington, D.C. to Hyde Park, from a little white house on Long Island to an apartment on Manhattan’s Washington Square, Amy Bloom’s new novel moves elegantly through fascinating places and times, written in compelling prose and with emotional depth, wit, and acuity.<br /><br /> <b>Praise for <i>White Houses</i></b><br /><br /> “Amy Bloom brings an untold slice of history so dazzlingly and devastatingly to life, it took my breath away.”<b>—Paula McLain, author of <i>The Paris Wife</i></b><br /><br />“Vivid and tender . . . Bloom—interweaving fact and fancy—lavishes attention on [Hickok], bringing Hick, the novel’s narrator and true subject, to radiant life.”<b>—<i>O: The Oprah Magazine</i></b><br /><br />“Radiant . . . an indelible love story, one propelled not by unlined youth and beauty but by the kind of soul-mate connection even distance, age, and impossible circumstances couldn’t dim . . . Bloom’s goal is less to relitigate history than to portray the blandly sexless figurehead of First Lady as something the job rarely allows those women to be—a loving, breathing human being. And she does it brilliantly.”<b>—<i>Entertainment Weekly</i></b>|
| Author : Amy Bloom Genre : Literary Books Fiction & Literature Historical Price : $11.99 Release Date : 2007-08-21 Description : Panoramic in scope,<i> Away</i> is the epic and intimate story of young Lillian Leyb, a dangerous innocent, an accidental heroine. When her family is destroyed in a Russian pogrom, Lillian comes to America alone, determined to make her way in a new land. When word comes that her daughter, Sophie, might still be alive, Lillian embarks on an odyssey that takes her from the world of the Yiddish theater on New York’s Lower East Side, to Seattle’s Jazz District, and up to Alaska, along the fabled Telegraph Trail toward Siberia. All of the qualities readers love in Amy Bloom’s work–her humor and wit, her elegant and irreverent language, her unflinching understanding of passion and the human heart–come together in the embrace of this brilliant novel, which is at once heartbreaking, romantic, and completely unforgettable.|
| Author : Amy Bloom Genre : Short Stories Books Fiction & Literature Literary Family Price : $0.99 Release Date : 2009-12-08 Description : A unique offer for fans of Amy Bloom, bestselling author of <i>Away</i>...sample just one piece from her stunning new collection of interconnected short stories. Available at this special price for a limited time only.<br /><br />Love, in its many forms and complexities, weaves through <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author Amy Bloom’s astonishing and astute new work. Insightful, sensuous, and heartbreakingly funny, <b>Where the God of Love Hangs Out</b> illuminates the mysteries of love, family, and friendship. <br /><br />In the haunting story <i>Between Here and Here</i>, a daughter reluctantly steps in to take care of the infirm father she hated for so many years. As a tribute to her late mother, and to show that she is a better person than her father, she gives everything she has to this terrible old man and revises history.<br /> <br /><i>Between Here and Here</i> and the eleven other stories that comprise <b>Where the God of Love Hangs Out</b> showcase stories of passion and disappointment, life and death, that beautifully capture deep human truths.|
| Author : Amy Bloom Genre : Short Stories Books Fiction & Literature Literary Price : $9.99 Release Date : 2001-07-31 Description : Amy Bloom was nominated for a National Book Award for her first collection, <b>Come to Me</b>, and her fiction has appeared in <i>The New Yorker, Story, Antaeus,</i> and other magazines, and in <b>The Best American Short Stories</b><i> </i>and<i> </i><b>Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards</b><i>. </i>In her new collection, she enhances her reputation as a true artist of the form.<br /><br />Here are characters confronted with tragedy, perplexed by emotions, and challenged to endure whatever modern life may have in store. A loving mother accompanies her daughter in her journey to become a man, and discovers a new, hopeful love. A stepmother and stepson meet again after fifteen years and a devastating mistake, and rediscover their familial affection for each other. And in "The Story," a widow bent on seducing another woman's husband constructs and deconstructs her story until she has "made the best and happiest ending" possible "in this world."<br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>|
| Author : Amy Bloom Genre : Psychology Books Health, Mind & Body Nonfiction Social Science Health & Fitness Price : $9.99 Release Date : 2003-09-09 Description : Amy Bloom has won a devoted readership and wide critical acclaim for fiction of rare humor, insight, grace, and eloquence, and the same qualities distinguish <b>Normal</b>, a provocative, intimate journey into the lives of “people who reveal, or announce, that their gender is variegated rather than monochromatic”—female-to-male transsexuals, heterosexual crossdressers, and the intersexed. <br /><br /> We meet Lyle Monelle and his mother, Jessie, who recognized early on that her little girl was in fact a boy and used her life savings to help Lyle make the transition. On a Carnival cruise with a group of crossdressers and their spouses, we meet Peggy Rudd and her husband, “Melanie,” who devote themselves to the cause of “ordinary heterosexual men with an additional feminine dimension.” And we meet Hale Hawbecker, “a regular, middle-of-the-road, white-bread guy” with a wife, kids, and a medical condition, the standard treatment for which would have changed his life and his gender. <br /><br /> Casting light into the dusty corners of our assumptions about sex, gender and identity, Bloom reveals new facets to the ideas of happiness, personality and character, even as she brilliantly illuminates the very concept of "normal.”<br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>|
| Author : Amy Bloom Genre : Short Stories Books Mysteries & Thrillers Fiction & Literature Travel & Adventure United States Price : $15.99 Release Date : 2017-07-25 Description : Lisa D. Gray's story <b>"The Queen of Secrets"</b> won the <b>Robert L. Fish Memorial Award!</b><br /><br />John Crowley's story <b>"Spring Break"</b> won the <b>2018 Edgar Award for Best Short Story!</b><br /><br />"In an Ivy League town, Bloom turns Yale's motto--<i>Lux et Veritas</i>--on its head, finding darkness and deceit in every corner of New Haven...The stories Bloom chooses share a strong sense of place, detailing the quirks that make every corner of New Haven distinctive. But it's the lucid writing and clear, compelling storylines that make her dark tales shine. Maybe she offers a noir version of Light and Truth after all."<br />--<i><b>Kirkus Reviews</b></i><br /><br />"Town-gown tensions highlight several of the 15 stories in this stellar Akashic noir anthology set in the Elm City...This [volume] is particularly strong on established authors, many of whom have impressive credentials outside the genre."<br />--<i><b>Publishers Weekly,</b></i> Starred Review<br /><br />"[It's] a kick to see Elm City haunts and issues weaved into short stories of intrigue by writers who know the turf."<br />--<b><i>New Haven Register</i></b><br /><br />"Fifteen writers, many from Connecticut, including Bloom, have contributed stories to the book. Some stories are classic film noir-style, in which an unscrupulous woman leads a desirous man to his own destruction. Some tell stories of criminal youths meeting someone they underestimated, undermining their cocky street-smarts. Other stories tell of Yalies whose sophisticated exteriors hide a seething hunger for recognition. A few stories go full-on eerie, such as the shy catalog artist who is not the person he seems to be, and the unseen man in Room 11 of the Duncan Hotel, whose daily activities are a mystery to the hotel staff. Town vs. gown tensions pop up in several stories, as do dark narratives reflecting the city's history of racial tensions."<br />--<b>Hartford Courant</b><br /><br />"Fifteen of New Haven's literary lights have put ink to paper (or bytes to screen?) to summon that 'noir' city of the imagination that lurks just below the rapidly gentrifying surface."<br />--<b>New Haven Independent</b><br /><br />Akashic Books continues its award-winning series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. Each book comprises all new stories, each one set in a distinct neighborhood or location with the respective city. Amy Bloom masterfully curates a star-studded cast of contributors, including Michael Cunningham, Stephen L. Carter, and Roxana Robinson, to portray the city's underbelly.<br /><br /><b>Brand-new stories by:</b> Michael Cunningham, Roxana Robinson, Stephen L. Carter, John Crowley, Amy Bloom, Alice Mattison, Chris Knopf, Jonathan Stone, Sarah Pemberton Strong, Karen E. Olson, Jessica Speart, Chandra Prasad, David Rich, Lisa D. Gray, and Hirsh Sawhney.<br /><br />From the introduction by <b>Amy Bloom:</b><br /><br />New Haven may be a noir town but, even though noir usually manages not to, we have heart. The chance to bring together some of my favorite writers, in my adopted hometown (in every place I bartended, the cook or the manager carried a .38 in his waistband, and I can still make ten kinds of boilermakers), was a joy and a privilege. Every single story is a noir gem...If you are an optimist, noir may be an antidote, a crisp, dry balance for your sunny outlook. If you are a pessimist (or, as we say, a realist), noir is your home ground, your tribe. It's not just that you expect ants to come to the picnic; you know damned well that there will be ants at the picnic. When they come, you're relieved. When they crawl up your brother's leg, you're reassured and possibly delighted. But the other side of noir is the moral center. The center may be shabby, frayed, and in serious need of a facelift, but it is a center. It's not necessarily heroic. It's likely to be cynical, and its resilience is not the showy kind. Mean streets, as Raymond Chandler once said, not but mean.<br /><br />That's New Haven.|
| Author : Amy Bloom Genre : Education Books Professional & Technical Price : Free Release Date : 2014-11-14 Description : This book was created to help teach children about communities. It can be used as a resource in both English Language Arts and Social Studies. It was meant for a second grade audience.|
| Author : Amy Bloom Genre : Fiction & Literature Books Family Literary Romance Price : $13.99 Release Date : 2016-06-23 Description : America, anni Quaranta. Due sorellastre, Eva, schiva dodicenne abbandonata dalla madre, e Iris, ragazza fascinosa, cinica e aspirante attrice, si ritrovano inaspettatamente a convivere sotto lo stesso tetto: quello del padre Edgar, ex insegnante di letteratura inglese e vedovo da poco. Dopo l’inizio complicato, tra le due s’instaura un profondo affetto e insieme decidono di partire alla volta di Hollywood, dove Iris spera di lavorare nel mondo dello spettacolo.
La ragazza piace e il lavoro non manca, ma tutto precipita quando, a una festa per sole donne, ad accorgersi di lei sarà la bellissima Rose Sawyer, attrice sulla cresta dell’onda, che diventa la sua amante: i paparazzi però sono dietro l’angolo e, in un paese dove aleggia ancora lo spettro del proibizionismo, è importante che la relazione non venga allo scoperto. Così Iris ed Eva sono costrette a fuggire a New York, dove devono inventarsi una nuova vita. Ma anche qui le insidie sono imminenti.
In un’esistenza governata dal caso, tra riavvicinamenti col padre squattrinato, incendi, incarcerazioni, cartomanzia e rapimenti di bambini, le due ragazze cercheranno la loro strada senza perdere mai il sorriso. Sullo sfondo, i discorsi di Roosevelt, la seconda guerra mondiale e il jazz. Con una narrazione vibrante dal sapore picaresco, dove nessun risvolto è mai il più semplice e nessun personaggio è davvero ciò che sembra, Amy Bloom ci mostra come l’affetto tra sorelle sia salvifico anche quando la sfortuna è devastante e come l’estro resti la carta fondamentale per sopravvivere in un mondo come questo, imperfetto ma bello.|
| Author : Amy Bloom Genre : Short Stories Books Fiction & Literature Literary Family Price : $9.99 Release Date : 2010-01-12 Description : BONUS: This edition contains a <i>Where the God of Love Hangs Out</i> discussion guide<i>.<br /></i><br />Love, in its many forms and complexities, weaves through this collection by Amy Bloom, the<i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of <i>Away</i>. Bloom’s astonishing and astute stories illuminate the mysteries of passion, family, and friendship. A young woman is haunted by her roommate’s murder; a man and his daughter-in-law confess their sins in the unlikeliest of places; two middle-aged, married friends find themselves surprisingly drawn to each other, risking all for their love but never underestimating the cost. Propelled by Bloom’s dazzling prose, unmistakable voice, and generous wit, <i>Where the God of Love Hangs Out</i> takes us to the margins and the centers of people’s emotional lives, exploring the changes that come with love and loss.|
| Author : Amy Bloom Genre : Literary Books Fiction & Literature Price : $9.99 Release Date : 1998-01-27 Description : National Book Award finalist Amy Bloom has written a tale of growing up that is sharp and funny, rueful and uncompromisingly real.  A chubby girl with smudged pink harlequin glasses and a habit of stealing Heath Bars from the local five-and-dime, Elizabeth Taube is the only child of parents whose indifference to her is the one sure thing in her life.   When her search for love and attention leads her into the arms of her junior-high-school English teacher, things begin to get complicated.   <br /><br />And even her friend Mrs. Hill, a nearly blind, elderly black woman, can't protect her when real love--exhilarating, passionate, heartbreaking--enters her life in the gorgeous shape of Huddie Lester.  <br /><br />With her finely honed style and her unflinching sensibility, Bloom shows us how profoundly the forces of love and desire can shape a life.  <br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>|
| Author : Amy Bloom Genre : Social Science Books Nonfiction Fiction & Literature Price : $28.99 Release Date : 2015-05-18 Description : ”Fars fru hade dött. Mor sa att vi borde åka hem till honom och se om där fanns något för oss att hämta. Hon slog till lite lätt på min näsa med grapefruktskeden. Så här är det, sa hon. Din far älskar oss mer, men han har en annan familj, en fru och en flicka som är lite äldre än du. Det var hennes familj som hade alla pengar. Torka dig i ansiktet."
När Evas mamma överger henne på Iris förstutrapp verkar flickorna först inte ha speciellt mycket gemensamt. Förutom, upptäcker de, deras far. Utan mödrar och med en hopplös charmör till far, blir Iris och Eva varandras familj. Iris vill bli filmstjärna och Eva är hennes trogna vapendragare. Tillsammans reser de genom 40-talets Amerika från hemorten i Ohio, till glamorösa Hollywood och Long Islands jazzklubbar och lyxiga villor. Oväntade händelser avlöser varandra i ett högt tempo och systrarna manövrerar efter bästa förmåga genom ett landskap av stora drömmar, skandaler, svek, kärlek, tur och otur.
AMY BLOOM, född 1953, är en amerikansk prisbelönt författare som har skrivit både romaner, novellsamlingar samt en rad artiklar. Hon bor i Connecticut, har tidigare arbetat som socionom och undervisar vid Yale University. ”Lyckligt lottad” är hennes tredje roman.
”Hon skapar skarpa, sparsmakat vackra scener som på ett spännande sätt trotsar förväntningarna; en del av nöjet att läsa [Amy Bloom] är helt enkelt att hålla jämna steg med henne. Du kommer inte veta var Lyckligt lottad är på väg förrän du plötsligt är där." THE NEW YORK TIMES
”En kalejdoskopisk bild av livet under det tumultartade 40-talet.” THE OPERAH MAGAZINE|
| Author : Amy Bloom Genre : Literary Books Fiction & Literature Price : $16.99 Release Date : 2016-06-15 Description : Un jour, Eva et Iris découvrent par hasard qu’elles sont demi-sœurs et que leur père a entretenu en secret deux familles. Le choc fait voler leur passé en éclats. Pour trouver un nouveau sens à leurs vies, elles décident, ensemble, de partir à l’aventure.<br /> <br />Iris ambitionne de faire du cinéma, tandis qu’Eva veut simplement profiter pleinement de ce que peut offrir la vie. Dans l’Amérique des années 40, les deux demi-sœurs refont le monde à Hollywood, dans les clubs de jazz de New York et les riches demeures de Long Island.<br /> <br />Au fil des rencontres, elles partagent tout et font l’apprentissage d’une nouvelle vie, entre leurs aspirations, les scandales, les trahisons, et la guerre. Avec toujours une conviction : malgré l’absurdité et la fragilité de l’existence, tout finit toujours par aller mieux…<br /><br />« Un chef d’œuvre. » (New York Times).|
| Author : Amy Bloom Genre : Fiction & Literature Books Price : $5.99 Release Date : 2016-06-17 Description : 1924. Fuyant la Russie après le massacre de sa famille lors d'un pogrom, Lilian Leyb, vingt-deux ans, débarque à New York. Elle loue un demi-matelas dans un appartement surpeuplé et pouilleux du Lower East Side, souffle un travail de couturière dans un théâtre yiddish à une file de candidates, et, brûlant d'apprendre l'anglais, se récite des litanies de synonymes (petit ami : soupirant, jules, roméo), tirés du thésaurus offert par son ami Yaakov, tailleur, acteur, dramaturge – et Pygmalion.<br /><br />Mais le jour où Lilian découvre que sa fille, Sophie, serait encore en vie quelque part en Sibérie, elle n'a plus qu'une obsession : la retrouver. Elle part, une carte de l'Ouest américain cousue dans son manteau, pour un périple qui commence dans un réduit du train express de Chicago. Et le conte traditionnel de l'immigrant va se métamorphoser en aventure d'exil, des bas-fonds du Jazz District de Seattle jusqu'au sauvage Alaska et au Yukon des trappeurs...|
| Author : Thom Jones & Amy Bloom Genre : Short Stories Books Fiction & Literature Release Date : 2018-10-16 Description : From the award-winning author of story collections <i>The Pugilist at Rest</i>, <i>Cold Snap</i>, and <i>Sonny Liston Was a Friend of Mine</i>, a scorching posthumous collection featuring Jones's best new works, alongside a selection of older stories. <br />Jones's stories are high-octane, prose-drunk entertainment. His characters are grifters and drifters, rogues and ne'er-do-wells -- some lovable, some not -- but each with a voice that never fails to grab you by the collar. They include Vietnam soldiers, amateur boxers, pill poppers and veterans of the psych ward, and an unforgettable adolescent DJ radio host, among others. <br />NIGHT TRAIN perfectly captures the essence of this iconic American master, showcasing in a single collection the breadth and power of his inimitable stories.|