Harry’s Holiday

[Cambridge Discovery Readers Level 1]

This award-winning graded readers series is full of original fiction adapted fiction and factbooks especially written for teenagers. Harry doesn’t live a typical teenage life. His dad works away from home and his mother needs a lot of help, so he can’t see his friends after school or at weekends. Then Harry sees a competition a chance for his family to take a break. But the competition changes Harry’s life more than he could ever expect. Cambridge Experience Readers, previously called Cambridge Discovery Readers, get your students hooked on reading.

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Museum

Museum nos propone un recorrido alucinante por el Museo del Coleccionista Compulsivo. Durante el viaje descubrimos que detrás de cada objeto se esconde una historia sorprendentemente macabra. Conoceremos a Rugiero Pianoforte, coleccionista de las cenizas de toda su familia. A Egon Habermas, diseñador gráfico, coleccionista de cajas de todo tipo, cuya obsesión le lleva a diseñar su propio ataúd. O el caso más extremo de Erika Golring que coleccionó nada menos que su propio cuerpo. Museum es, en definitiva, un álbum de humor negro del más puro y duro, al servicio de un grafismo inquietantemente distorsionado, en una de las obras más originales de la historieta española de los noventa.

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This Is New York (This is…)

With the same wit and perception that distinguished his stylish books on Paris, London, and Rome, M. Sasek pictures fabulous, big-hearted New York City in This Is New York, first published in 1960 and now updated for the 21st century. The Dutchman who bought the island of Manhattan from the Native Americnas in 1626 for twenty-four dollars’ worth of handy housewares little knew that his was the biggest bargain in American history. For everything about New York is big — the buildings, the traffic jams, the cars, the stories, the Sunday papers. Here is the Staten Island Ferry, the Statute of Liberty, MacDougal Alley in Greenwich Village, Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Harlem, Chinatown, Central Park. The brass, the beauty, the magic, This Is New York!

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Sleeping In The Forest: (Middle East Literature in Translation)

Sait Faik may well be named “the Turkish Chekhov.” In Turkey, critics and readers regard him as their finest short story writer. Since his death in 1954 at the age of forty-eight, his stature has grown on the strength of his narrative art, which is both realistic and whimsical with a poetic touch. Suha Oguzertem, a premier authority on Turkish fiction, writes in his introduction to Sleeping in the Forest that “As an anti-bourgeois writer and fierce democrat, Sait Faik has always sided with the underdog” and that no characters remain ” ‘common’ or ‘ordinary’ once they enter Sait Faik’s stories; his piercing gaze and thoughtful vision transform them lovingly into unique beings.”

Sait Faik’s fiction ranges from the realistic to the surrealistic, from the romantic to the modern, from the cynical to the compassionate. With virtuosic skill, he captures the spirit and the spleen of the city of Istanbul and its environs. In evoking the mystery of that great metropolis through such ordinary characters as Armenian fishermen, Greek Orthodox priests, and the disillusioned and disfranchised, he creates for us a marvelous microcosm of tragicomedy. Few writers, in Turkey or elsewhere, command Sait Faik’s mastery of the ironic.

Sleeping in the Forest features twenty-two stories, an excerpt from a novella, and fifteen poems rendered into English by some of the best-known translators of Turkish literature. Sait Faik’s chiaroscuro world is brought into focus by an introductory essay on utopian poetics and lyrical stylistics of this great Turkish writer. The book is a stimulating exploration into Turkish mood and milieu.”

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Spies in Our Midst: The Incredible Story of Igor Gouzenko, Cold War Spy

Igor Gouzenko was a former clerk in the Soviet embassy in Ottawa who defected to the West in 1945. His story was so astounding that, at first, no one believed him. But the evidence he smuggled from the embassy eventually led to the arrest of a large Soviet spy ring in Canada, and sent Gouzenko into hiding for the rest of his life. His revelations reverberated throughout the world and ignited the Cold War.

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