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Babel No More by Michel Erard

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Michel Erard is the author of “Babel No More”, a book which takes the reader on a globe-trekking adventure on the tracks of the world’s polyglots. It is a book that investigates the lives of the world’s leading experts in language acquisition, and makes inquiries into how it is possible for one person to accumulate several languages. It is also a portal into the past as he investigates the life of the 19th-century cardinal Giu­seppe Mezzofanti, famous for having known between 45 to 58 languages.

Erard’s previous book was titled “Um . . . : Slips, Stumbles, and Verbal Blunders, and What They Mean,” and his passion is the human language. The author calls himself a “monolingual with benefits” as he has learned Spanish, Chinese and Italian at varying levels of proficiency. What does it really mean to be a polyglot? Are a few words and phrases enough? Do you need to understand all the grammatical rules, speak without accent, live by these languages in your daily life? These questions and more are answered in “Babel No More”.

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The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

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The Sense of an Ending is a novel haunted by the notions of death and mortality. It is the story of a group of adolescent friends who swear to be friends forever. Especially close knit are Tony Webster, a slightly anarchistic, sex-hungry, book-hungry schoolboy, and his contemporary, but more serious, newly arrived cohort Adrian Finn. When Adrian commits suicide the group disbands as everyone tries to forget. Fast-forward forty years later, Tony is well into his middle age crisis. His marriage has failed, he has a daughter and he has his career. Out of the blue he receives a lawyer’s letter with an unexpected request which catapults him into a search through the past. 

Julian Barnes was born in Leicester, England. He is a contemporary English writter with several award winning books. In 2011 He received the Man Booker Prize for The Sense of an Ending, after several previos nominations. 

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The Help by Kathryn Stockett

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The Help is an American bestselling novel published in 2009, written by Kathryn Stockett. It is set in Mississippi during the early 1960s and tells the story of three women. The first two are friends; Aibileen and Minny are African American maids who work in white owned households. The third woman’s voice is that of Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan, a young white woman who has just returned from college and is looking for the maid who raised her.

The Help has been published in 35 countries, in three different languages. As of august 2011 it has spent 100 weeks in the New York Times bestseller’s list. It has also been made into a movie.

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American Gods- PetroMarine Energy Services, LTD

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American Gods is an award winning prose novel written by Neil Gaiman. It is a complex murder mystery written with blends of Americana, fantasy and strands of mythology.  In the novel, gods and mythological creatures coexist with humans because we believe in them. Correspondingly, as our belief in them diminishes so does their power.

American Gods follows the ex-convict Shadow as he takes sides in a battle between the Old Gods, who arrived in the United States with the pre-independence immigrants, and the New Gods, born as manifestations of modern life and technology. Published in the year 2001 by Headline in the United Kingdom, American Gods is considered a “golden oldie” and was recently rereleased in June 2011 in a special 10th Anniversary edition with an additional 12,000 words.

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Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

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Walter Isaacson’s biography of the Apple co-founder is the product of several interviews the author realized while Steve Jobs was still alive. The list of interviewees is amazing. It includes Jobs’ wife, Laurene as well as many of his former girlfriends (among them Joan Baez and the writer Jennifer Egan); Jobs’ father by adoption; his blood sister, the novelist Mona Simpson; Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak; Apple design guru Jonathan “Jony” Ive; Bill Gates; Bono; Rupert MurdochGeorge LucasYo-Yo Ma; Michael Eisner; Jeffrey Katzenberg; etc., etc.

Jobs, who passed away this past October, was known for launching a company from his parents garage and turning it into a billion dollar industry. That company was none other than Apple, the company that brought us the Mac and the IPOD. Also accredited to Job´s innovative genius was the successful launch of the animation studio Pixar. The biography is a must read, filled with real life tales of frustration and success, drawn out by Isaacson’s masterful weaving of eye-witness accounts.

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The White Dragon – PetroMarine Energy Services LTD

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Life on the planet Pern is wrought with adventure for all who there abide: lords, harpers, farmers, traders and of course dragonriders. Pern is home to real dragons, whose unique abilities are used to combat Thread, a toxic spore that periodically rains down on the planet.

Jaxom is the Lord of Ruatha Hold and the rider of the white dragon Ruth. Jaxom is a teenager; he is dificult to control and bent on fighting Thread on his own, an act followed by terrible consequences. Parallel to Jaxom’s journey to inner growth, political turmoil unsettles Pern and requires that the inseparable duo use Ruth’s ability to time travel. Their adventures will lead them to discover new information about the past of Pern.

The White Dragon is the third book in the original Dragonriders of Pern trilogy written by the recently deceased Anne McCaffrey. First published in 1978 by Del Rey Books, it became one of the first science fiction books to place in the New York Time’s Best Seller list.

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