Monica Wood

1 The One-in-a-Million Boy

Author : Monica Wood
Genre :  Family  Books  Fiction & Literature  Literary 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2017-04-18
Description :  <i>The story of <i>your life never starts at the beginning. Don't they teach you anything at school?</i></i><br /><br /> So says 104-year-old Ona to the 11-year-old boy who's been sent to help her out every Saturday morning. As he refills the bird feeders and tidies the garden shed, Ona tells him about her long life, from first love to second chances. Soon she's confessing secrets she has kept hidden for decades.<br /><br /> One Saturday, the boy doesn't show up. Ona starts to think he's not so special after all, but then his father arrives on her doorstep, determined to finish his son's good deed. The boy's mother is not so far behind. Ona is set to discover that the world can surprise us at any age, and that sometimes sharing a loss is the only way to find ourselves again.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> “Readers won’t be able to resist falling for Ona … The conclusion will leave them smiling through their tears.”—<i>Shelf Awareness</i><br /><br /> ​“Poignant … There is much to enjoy in this heartfelt tale of love, loss, and friendship.”—<i>Express</i><br /><br /> “A must-read book … Whimsical and bittersweet.”—<i>Good Housekeeping</i>

2 When We Were the Kennedys

Author : Monica Wood
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books  History  United States  Religion & Spirituality  Christianity 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2013-06-11
Description :  Winner of the 2012 Sarton Memoir Award<br /><br />“Every few years, a memoir comes along that revitalizes the form…With generous, precise, and unsentimental prose, Monica Wood brilliantly achieves this . . . <i>When We Were the Kennedys</i> is a deeply moving gem!”—Andre Dubus III, author of <i>House of Sand and Fog</i> and <i>Townie</i><br /><br />Mexico, Maine, 1963: The Wood family is much like its close, Catholic, immigrant neighbors, all dependent on the fathers’ wages from the Oxford Paper Company. But when Dad suddenly dies on his way to work, Mum and the four deeply connected Wood girls are set adrift. <i>When We Were the Kennedys</i> is the story of how a family, a town, and then a nation mourns and finds the strength to move on. <br /><br />“On her own terms, wry and empathetic, Wood locates the melodies in the aftershock of sudden loss.”—<i>Boston Globe</i> <br /><br />“[A] marvel of storytelling, layered and rich. It is, by turns, a chronicle of the renowned paper mill that was both pride and poison to several generations of a town; a tribute to the ethnic stew of immigrant families that grew and prospered there; and an account of one family’s grief, love, and resilience.”—<i>Maine Sunday Telegram </i>

3 Secret Language

Author : Monica Wood
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  2002-05-28
Description :  <b><i>Connie has trouble with time. She always has to stop and think a minute: How old is she now? . . . Faith always seems to know, though her life is the same as Connie’s: back and forth to theater towns all over. The same dingy food, the same noisy sidewalks, the same cramped suites in the same hotels. . . Sometimes they go to school, sometimes not, though they always have books to read: big packets of books that Armand sends to them in every city. Armand is their parents’ lawyer, the only person they know who likes children. . . .<br /><br /></i></b>Faith and Connie endured the same childhood as daughters of egocentric, semi-famous actors who can scarcely take care of themselves. But the two sisters could not be more different. Connie learned to beg for attention, clamor for approval, and fill the silence with words. Faith turned inward, shrinking from the tender emotions that make up an ordinary life. Despite their differences, the sisters came to rely on each other exclusively. But lately, after years of quiet connection, Faith and Connie seem to have lost the ties that once held them close. Faith has a home and two growing sons, but is still unable to fathom unconditional love. Connie, a flight attendant, is always searching, ever-expecting to find her true place in life at the end of each long flight. But a series of shocking, revelatory events will bring the sisters back to each other—and forever alter how they define love, fulfillment, and most importantly, family.<br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>

4 Piccole sorprese sulla strada della felicità

Author : Monica Wood
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  2016-06-07
Description :  «Per un attimo sentì di non essere ancora nata, come se la sua lunga vita fosse stata solo una prova prima dello spettacolo vero e il sipario stesse per alzarsi.»<br /> La signorina <b>Ona Vitkus</b> ha vissuto una vita riservata e ineccepibile, i suoi segreti – e le sue pene – celati con cura a occhi indiscreti. <br />Questo finché non arriva lui, il bambino insolito con la passione per i Guinness dei primati. <br />Lei ha 104 anni, lui soltanto 11. <br />Da bravo boy scout, dovrebbe semplicemente aiutarla nei lavori di casa ogni sabato, ma con la sua curiosità e il suo entusiasmo contagioso infrange pian piano la scorza diffidente e un po' burbera di Ona, riuscendo a farla parlare di sé, a cominciare da quelle lontane origini lituane, e persino a coinvolgerla in un progetto singolare: farle vincere il record di «Automobilista patentata più anziana».<br /> Ona, che nel suo secondo secolo di vita credeva di avere ormai chiuso con l'amicizia, è conquistata da quel ragazzino con l'aria fragile e buffa che la fa sentire speciale. <br />Ed è profondamente delusa quando quei sabati fatti di faccende domestiche, racconti e lezioni di guida s'interrompono di colpo. Passa un sabato, poi un altro: del bambino, nessuna traccia.<br /> Fino a quando si presenta a casa sua uno sconosciuto, un uomo di nome Quinn. <br />È il padre del ragazzino ed è lì per completare quello che suo figlio aveva iniziato prima di essere strappato alla vita troppo presto.<br /> Da quel momento, Ona si ritroverà alle prese con i sensi di colpa di un padre, con il dolore di una famiglia spezzata, con un inatteso viaggio on the road che diventa un viaggio dell'anima. <br />Perché <b>quella vita che le ha riservato più schiaffi che carezze ha ancora qualcosa di bello da regalarle</b>.<br /> E, soprattutto, perché <b>lei ha ancora tanto da offrire a chi ha smesso di sperare nella magia inattesa del destino</b>.

5 Uno entre un millón (AdN)

Author : Monica Wood & Carmen Franci Ventosa
Genre :  Action & Adventure  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2016-11-03
Description :  "Uno entre un millón" es la conmovedora historia de una mujer de 104 años de edad y de un niño extraño pero amable, obsesionado con los récords Guinness, un boy scout asignado para echarle una mano en la casa y el jardín. Una amistad que terminará afectando a cada uno de los miembros de la desarraigada familia del muchacho, sobre todo su padre, el guitarrista Quinn Porter, que ha vivido en la carretera alejado de él y de su madre, dos veces su exmujer. Cuando el chico muere de repente, Quinn quiere redimir sus ausencias como padre terminando las tareas iniciadas por su hijo. Durante siete sábados, trabaja como voluntario para Ona Vitkus, la despierta anciana, de origen lituano, a la que el chico visitaba semanalmente. Quinn pronto descubre que el muchacho había animado a Ona para que intentara conseguir el récord mundial de persona de mayor edad con permiso de conducir en regla, y que ese es el menor de sus secretos que le permiten conocer al hijo que nunca comprendió, un chico que siempre estaba escuchando, siempre aprendiendo.

6 Bevor die Welt erwacht

Author : Monica Wood
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  2016-08-12
Description :  <b>Eine zauberhafte Freundschaft und das Versprechen: Mit jedem Tag beginnt eine neue Zukunft.</b><br /><br />Warum ausgerechnet Ona? Als Quinn die 104-jährige Frau kennenlernt, fragt er sich, was sein zarter, verschlossener Sohn so an ihr mochte. Denn Ona ist kantig, eigensinnig, voller verstecktem Humor — und scheint so gar nichts mit der Welt eines 11-Jährigen zu tun zu haben. Doch jetzt ist der Junge tot, und Quinn voll Wut und Trauer. Nur Ona kann ihm zeigen, wie sein Sohn wirklich war. Quinn begibt sich auf eine ungewöhnliche Entdeckungsreise — zu Onas wilden Geschichten aus dem Leben, zurück zu dem letzten Wunsch seines Kindes und bis zu dem Punkt, an dem aus seiner tiefen Verzweiflung neue Hoffnung wächst.



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