Un roi qui s’ennuie, un héros qui s’ignore et hop ! Nous plongeons dans de grandes aventures ! Houtsiplou est un pays perdu au milieu de Nulle Part et, par définition, Nulle Part, personne ne sait où cela se trouve. Pourtant, Houtsiplou gagnerait à être connu, surtout pour son roi. Juste et bon, Sa Majesté Dadis de Best est aussi très malheureux car il s’ennuie à force de tourner en rond tout seul dans son château. Qui donc pourrait bien l’aider? C’est alors qu’entre en scène Oufti. Ému par l’infortune de son roi, il l’emmène chez un magicien, qui les enverra découvrir le monde... Un conte haut en couleurs qui ravira petits et grands ! EXTRAIT À l’époque de cette histoire, Dadis de Best était plus un mystère qu’un roi car personne ne l’avait jamais vu. Seule la lumière qui filtrait le soir à travers les fenêtres de son château prouvait son existence. Il était bon et très gentil. Comment le savait-on ? À cause des lois, pardi ! Chaque fois que Dadis de Best en inventait une, elle commençait par « Si vous êtes d’accord, à l’avenir, ceci sera fait comme cela » et se terminait par « Votre dévoué Roi, Dadis de Best ». Mais, surtout, à chaque fête du Nouvel An, il tirait depuis son château un feu d’artifice grandiose qui illuminait tout le pays. CE QU’EN PENSE LA CRITIQUE « Un roman truffé d'humour et de fantaisie, mais aussi de situations étrangement réalistes et pas vraiment comiques. » – Lectures « Le livre est une ouverture sur le monde. Les plus jeunes dégusteront les jeux de mots, les images et les folies du roi tandis que les plus grands ricaneront des allusions faites sur l'actualité pour peut-être en débattre en famille. L'ouvrage est également conseillé aux instituteurs pour leurs cours par son côté pédagogique. Un cours de géo, de français qui pourront disposer d'un angle différent. » – L'Avenir du Luxembourg « Un conte plein de références à notre vraie vie, pour rappeler que c'est l'indifférence qui nous sépare. » – Week-end Le Vif « Un merveilleux conte philosophique qui mérite qu'on s'y attarde ; une lecture plaisir qui entraînera à plus d'une réflexion. Humour et sourires garantis. A découvrir sans hésiter. » – Libby A PROPOS DE L’AUTEUR Vinciane Born est née en 1974 près de Liège, en Belgique. En 1997, elle obtient un Master en Biologie moléculaire et cellulaire à l’Université de Liège. Parallèlement à son activité professionnelle, elle écrit pour le web et divers périodiques. En 2007, elle s’installe pour deux ans à Lisbonne avec ses deux enfants et son mari. De cette aventure naît son envie de partager les histoires heureuses qu’elle ne cesse d’inventer. En 2009, elle crée Pause Chocolat, un site web humoristique dans lequel elle joue avec le quotidien. Oufti et le roi de Houtsiplou est son premier conte publié.
Author: Eric Giacometti, Jacques Ravenne
Publisher: Le French Book (NY)
An electrifying thriller about the rise of extremism. Two ritual murders—one in Rome and one in Jerusalem—rekindles an ancient rivalry between modern-day secret societies for knowledge lost at the fall of the Third Reich. Detective Antoine Marcas unwillingly teams up with the strong-willed Jade Zewinski to chase Neo-Nazi assassins across Europe. They must unravel an arcane mystery, sparked by information from newly revealed KGB files. Inspired from the true story of mysterious Freemason files thought to hold a terrible secret, stolen by the SS in 1940, recovered by the Red Army in 1945 and returned half a century later. First in a hugely successful series that has sold over 1.5 million copies in France and is translated into seventeen languages.
According To Jane
Author: Marilyn Brant
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp.
In Marilyn Brant's smart, wildly inventive debut, one woman in search of herself receives advice from the ultimate expert in matters of the heart. . . It begins one day in sophomore English class, just as Ellie Barnett's teacher is assigning Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. From nowhere comes a quiet "tsk" of displeasure. The target: Sam Blaine, the cute bad boy who's teasing Ellie mercilessly, just as he has since kindergarten. Entirely unbidden, as Jane might say, the author's ghost has taken up residence in Ellie's mind, and seems determined to stay there. Jane's wise and witty advice guides Ellie through the hell of adolescence and beyond, serving as the voice she trusts, usually far more than her own. Years and boyfriends come and go--sometimes a little too quickly, sometimes not nearly fast enough. But Jane's counsel is constant, and on the subject of Sam, quite insistent. Stay away, Jane demands. He is your Mr. Wickham. Still, everyone has something to learn about love--perhaps even Jane herself. And lately, the voice in Ellie's head is being drowned out by another, urging her to look beyond everything she thought she knew and seek out her very own, very unexpected, happy ending. . . "A warm, witty and charmingly original story." --Susan Wiggs, New York Times bestselling author "An engaging read for all who have been through the long, dark, dating wars, and still believe there's sunshine, and a Mr. Darcy, at the end of the tunnel." --Cathy Lamb, author of Henry's Sisters "This is a must-read for Austen lovers as well as for all who believe in the possibility of a happily-ever-after ending." --Holly Chamberlin, author of One Week In December
Author: Douglas Kennedy
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
From the critically lauded, internationally bestselling author of The Moment comes a profoundly moving novel that explores how a single brief encounter can change one’s life. Laura spends her days looking at other people’s potential calamities. She works in the radiography unit of a small hospital on the Maine coast, bearing constant witness to the fears of patient after frightened patient. In a job where finding nothing is always the best possible outcome, she is well versed in the random injustices of life, a truism that has lately been playing out in her marriage as well. Since being downsized, her husband, Dan, has become withdrawn, his emotional distance gradually corroding their relationship. With a son in college and a daughter soon due to leave home, Laura has begun to fear that the marital sounds of silence will only deepen once the nest is truly empty. When an opportunity arises to attend a weekend medical conference in Boston, Laura jumps at this respite from home. While checking in, she meets a man as gray and uninspired as her drab hotel room. Richard is an outwardly dull, fiftysomething insurance salesman. But during a chance second encounter, Laura discovers him to be surprisingly complex and thoughtful, someone who, like herself, is grappling with the same big questions about decisions made and the human capacity for self-entrapment. As their conversation deepens and begins to veer into shared confessions, the overwhelming sense of personal and intimate connection arises. A transformative love affair begins. But can this potential, much-longed-for happiness be married to their own difficult personal circumstances? Can they upend their lives and embrace that most loaded of words: change? A love story as clear-sighted and ruminative as it is affecting, Five Days will have you reflecting about the choices we all make that shape our destinies. Crafted with Kennedy’s trademark evocative prose and pitch-perfect in its depiction of the complex realities of modern life, it is a novel that speaks directly to the many contradictions of the human heart.
Summer in Tuscany
Author: Elizabeth Adler
Learning about a mysterious inheritance in Tuscany, overworked New York doctor Gemma, accompanied by her troublesome teen daughter and interfering mother, find themselves in a crumbling Italian villa in the midst of a disturbing culture clash. Reprint.
Blue is for Nightmares
Author: Laurie Faria Stolarz
Publisher: North Star Editions, Inc.
"I Know Your Secret . . ." Boarding school junior Stacey Brown has nightmares too real to ignore. Her nightmares come true. This time they're about Drea, her best friend who's become the target of one seriously psycho stalker. To try and protect her, Stacey's working with what she knows-candles, cards, incantations, and spells... In this Deluxe Spellbook Edition you'll find: Spells created by You and other keepers of secrets-poems, spells and meditations contributed by fans of this popular series. Extras also include an interview with the author.
Author: Mary Elizabeth Braddon
Beware of God
Author: Shalom Auslander
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Violent rabbis, lovelorn wives, a busy Grim Reaper, shame-filled simians, and one seriously angry deity populate this humorous and disquieting collection. Shalom Auslander's stories in Beware of God have the mysterious punch of a dream. They are wide ranging and inventive: A young Jewish man's inexplicable transformation into a very large, blond, tattooed goy ends with a Talmudic argument over whether or not his father can beat his unclean son with a copy of the Talmud. A pious man having a near-death experience discovers that God is actually a chicken, and he's forced to reconsider his life -- and his diet. At God's insistence, Leo Schwartzman searches Home Depot for supplies for an ark. And a young boy mistakes Holocaust Remembrance Day as emergency preparedness training for the future. Auslander draws upon his upbringing in an Orthodox Jewish community in New York State to craft stories that are filled with shame, sex, God, and death, but also manage to be wickedly funny and poignant.
When the rains came they found the girl's face. Just her face. At least that was how it appeared... From the Richard & Judy Book Club-selected author of A QUIET BELIEF IN ANGELS. On a summer evening in 1954, 16-year-old Nancy Denton walked into the woods of her hometown of Whytesburg, Mississippi. She was never seen again. Two decades on, Sheriff John Gaines witnesses a harrowing discovery. A body has been unearthed from the riverbank, perfectly preserved, yet bearing evidence of a brutal ritualistic killing. Nancy has come home at last. Already haunted by his experiences in Vietnam, Gaines must now find out what really happened to the beautiful and vivacious Nancy. As he closes in on the truth, Gaines is forced to not only confront his own demons, but to unearth secrets that have long remained hidden. And that truth, so much darker than he could ever have imagined, may be the one thing that finally destroys him.
Cherry and Olive
Author: Benjamin Lacombe
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
A very shy girl who longs for a friend falls in love with a lost puppy at the shelter where her father works.
Envy: A Luxe Novel
Author: Anna Godbersen
Publisher: Harper Collins
It's Manhattan, 1899, and all of society is eagerly watching the Hollands, the Hayeses, and the Schoonmakers to see what kind of drama the great families' sons and daughters will stir up next.
Author: Patricia Wentworth
Publisher: Open Road Media
A high society house party in the country sets the stage for blackmail, sabotage, illicit passion, and murder in this witty, classic British mystery with a touch of political intrigue The last thing London debutante Gay Hardwicke wants is to become involved in another one of her cousin’s messy jams. But Lady Sylvia Colesborough is in over her head this time: She claims she’s being blackmailed by the mysterious Mr. Zero. If she doesn’t steal important government papers from the safe of her politically connected husband, the distinguished Sir Francis, her gambling debts will be exposed. Gay’s reluctant attempts to help Sylvia backfire when a murder raises the stakes—and Gay’s boyfriend, Algy Somers, becomes the prime suspect. Enlisting the aid of her society friends, Gay races to clear Algy’s name and catch a cagey killer before her own days are numbered.
The Dark Divine
Author: Bree Despain
Publisher: Carolrhoda Lab ™
Grace Divine, daughter of the local pastor, always knew something terrible happened the night Daniel Kalbi disappeared--the night she found her brother Jude collapsed on the porch, covered in his own blood--but she has no idea what a truly monstrous secret that night held. The memories her family has tried to bury resurface when Daniel returns, three years later, and enrolls in Grace and Jude's high school. Despite promising Jude she'll stay away, Grace cannot deny her attraction to Daniel's shocking artistic abilities, his way of getting her to look at the world from new angles, and the strange, hungry glint in his eyes. The closer Grace gets to Daniel, the more she jeopardizes her life, as her actions stir resentment in Jude and drive him to embrace the ancient evil Daniel unleashed that horrific night. Grace must discover the truth behind the boy's dark secret...and the cure that can save the ones she loves. But she may have to lay down the ultimate sacrifice to do it--her soul.
Author: Michele Jaffe
Instead of celebrating Memorial Day weekend on the Jersey Shore, Jane is in the hospital surrounded by teddy bears, trying to piece together what happened last night. One minute she was at a party, wearing fairy wings and cuddling with her boyfriend. The next, she was lying near-dead in a rosebush after a hit-and-run. Everyone believes it was an accident, despite the phone threats Jane swears were real. But the truth is a thorny thing. As Jane's boyfriend, friends, and admirers come to visit, more memories surface-not just from the party, but from deeper in her past . . . including the night her best friend Bonnie died. With nearly everyone in her life a suspect now, Jane must unravel the mystery before her killer attacks again. Along the way, she's forced to examine the consequences of her life choices in this compulsively readable thriller.
Author: Raymond Khoury
After centuries of destruction, one unsuspecting woman stands at the center of a conspiracy that could change the world forever. From the Paperback edition.