Home Fires is the powerful saga of the Gordon family - real people, names unchanged. Spanning nearly five decades, from the end of World War II to the early 1990s, their story has the scope, depth, wealth of incident, and emotional intensity of a great novel, and an abundance of humor, scandal, warmth, and trauma - the recognizable components of family life. This is also a masterful chronicle of the turbulent postwar era, illuminating the interplay between private life and profound cultural changes. Donald Katz begins his account in 1945, when Sam Gordon comes home from the war to his young wife, Eve, and their two-year-old, Susan, eager to move his family into the growing middle class. After a few years in the Bronx, Sam and Eve move to a new Long Island subdivision and have two more children. As the ´50s yield to the ´60s, the younger Gordons fly out into the culture like shrapnel from an artillery shell, each tracing a unique trajectory: Susan, early into rock ´n´ roll and civil rights, Vassar girl, feminist, author of ´´The Politics of Orgasm´´, and recovering drug addict; Lorraine, teenage beatnik and leftie, one-time member of a women´s rock band, longtime follower of an Indian religious teacher; Sheila, the ´´good´´ daughter who married then remarried, with a big suburban house, two kids, and a therapist; and Ricky, the youngest, witness to the family traumas and cause of a few himself, openly gay, eclectically New Age, and a successful songwriter and composer. And all Sam and Eve ever wanted - like millions of others who had experienced the Depression and the war - was a ´´normal family´´. Katz tells the Gordons´ story - the unraveling of Sam´s and Eve´s American dream, to the slow, hopeful reknitting of the family - marshaling a vivid cast of supporting characters. Deftly juxtaposing day-to-day family life with landmark public events, Katz creates a rich and revealing portrait of the second half of the 20th century in America. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joe Barrett, Jonathan Alter - introduction, Ricky Ian Gordon - afterword. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/018773/bk_acx0_018773_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Sophie Katz, bestselling mystery writer and amateur sleuth, has just discovered that Anatoly, her sexy Russian P.I boyfriend of six years is actually married to the daughter of a Russian mafia boss. Devastated by his betrayal, Sophie banishes him from their beautiful San Francisco Victorian home. Desperate to distract their friend and pull her out of her depression, Dena and Marcus spirit Sophie away to Vegas for a ´´fun filled weekend´´ at a Sex Toy Trade Show. But bigger trouble awaits in Vegas. Anatoly is there; his beautiful Russian wife is there; and so is a dead body stuffed into a closet. And to make matters worse someone has gone out of their way to implicate Sophie in the murder. Sophie´s completely over her head and when a mysterious man offers her help she´s tempted to take it. But who is he and whose side is he on? It´s also clear that whoever the bad guy is he would have no problem killing Anatoly, and although she may want to kill him herself, no one else is going to hurt Sophie´s man. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gabra Zackman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/002459/bk_acx0_002459_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Playtime´s over. With the Brotherhood and certain witches gunning for Nava, people are taking bets on who will kill her first. Not to mention that the shambles of her relationship have just been thrust into the spotlight for a mission to take down one of the deadliest demons she´s faced yet. A demon who´ll force her and Rohan to confront their own inner demons once and for all. Nava heads to Los Angeles to make her bold play - on all fronts - but can she stop her foes before they destroy her for good? And who else will have to die? Go big or go home, baby. Get it now. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Hollie Jackson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/014007/bk_tant_014007_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Die #1 der ´´New York Times´´-Bestsellerliste: Dick UND schön? Unsicher UND mutig? Dumplin´ ist all das und noch viel mehr. Willowdean - ´´16, Dolly-Parton-Verehrerin und die Dicke vom Dienst´´ - wird von ihrer Mutter immer nur Dumplin´ genannt. Bisher hat sie sich in ihrem Körper eigentlich immer wohl gefühlt. Sie ist eben dick - na und? Mit ihrer besten Freundin Ellen an ihrer Seite ist das sowieso total egal. Doch dann lernt sie den sportlichen und unfassbar attraktiven Bo kennen. Kein Wunder, dass sie sich hoffnungslos in ihn verknallt - dass er sie allerdings aus heiterem Himmel küsst, verunsichert sie völlig. Plötzlich macht es ihr doch etwas aus, nicht schlank zu sein. Um ihre Selbstzweifel in den Griff zu bekommen, beschließt Will, sich der furchteinflößendsten Herausforderung in ganz Clover City zu stellen: Sie will am ´´Miss Teen Blue Bonnet´´-Schönheitswettbewerb teilnehmen und allen - vor allem sich selbst - beweisen, dass die Kleidergröße für das ganz große Glück überhaupt keine Rolle spielt. ´´Badeanzüge haben so etwas an sich, das einen denken lässt, man müsste sich erst das Recht verdienen, sie zu tragen. Aber eigentlich ist doch die entscheidende Frage: Hast du einen Körper? Dann zieh ihm einen Badeanzug an.´´ Julie Murphy lebt mit ihrem Mann, der sie liebt, ihrem Hund, der sie vergöttert, und ihren Katzen, die sie akzeptieren, in Texas. Nachdem sie sieben Jahre als Bibliothekarin gearbeitet hat, widmet sie sich jetzt ganz dem Schreiben. Wenn sie nicht gerade schreibt oder in Erinnerungen an die guten alten Zeiten in der Bibliothek schwelgt, schaut sie Filme, die nur fürs Privatfernsehen gemacht wurden, fahndet nach der perfekten Pizza mit viel Käse oder plant ihre nächste große Reise. Julie Murphy lässt sich wie Dumplin´ kein noch so verrücktes Abenteuer entgehen. 1. Sprache: Deutsch. Erzähler: Claudia Adjei. Hörprobe: http://samples.audible.de/bk/lind/003503/bk_lind_003503_sample.mp3. Digitales Hörbuch im AAX Format.
Das Letzte, was Gwen Cooper wollte, war noch eine Katze. Zwei hatte sie schon, obendrein einen schlecht bezahlten Job und ein frisch gebrochenes Herz. Doch bei dem drei Wochen alten, blinden Kätzchen, das niemand wollte, war es Liebe auf den ersten Blick. Homer wuchs zu einem Teufelskerl mit einem großen Herzen heran. Seine Treue, seine Liebe und seine Freude inspirierten Gwen jeden Tag und veränderten ihr Leben. Als sie den Mann traf, den sie später heiraten würde, wusste sie, dass sie Homer eine wichtige Einsicht verdankte: Liebe sehen wir nicht mit den Augen. 1. Sprache: Deutsch. Erzähler: Maja Byhahn. Hörprobe: http://samples.audible.de/bk/riva/000013/bk_riva_000013_sample.mp3. Digitales Hörbuch im AAX Format.
When Jon Katz got a call from an animal control officer about Simon, a neglected donkey who had been found on a failing farm in upstate New York, he wasn´t expecting to add another animal to his already full life. But when he made the trek out to meet him, he couldn´t help falling in love with the skinny, mangy donkey who had already suffered so much, and he ended up taking him into his home. It was Simon who listened in the fields as Jon read to him and discussed philosophy. And it was Simon who forced Jon to confront the most difficult parts of life. And ultimately, it was Simon who brought Jon to a new understanding about mercy and compassion. In this heartwarming and heartrending memoir, Jon Katz plumbs the depths of the human-animal bond with his trademark grace, strength and skill. Jon Katz has written 26 books, including works of nonfiction, novels, short stories, and books for children. He has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, Rolling Stone, and the AKC Gazette, and has worked for CBS News, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, and The Philadelphia Inquirer; he is also a photographer. He lives on Bedlam Farm, in upstate New York, with his wife, the artist Maria Wulf, and their dogs, donkeys, barn cats, sheep, and chickens. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tom Stechschulte. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/008108/bk_reco_008108_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In the summer of 1992, a year after riots exploded between black and Jewish neighbors in Crown Heights, a black family is brutally murdered in their Brooklyn home. A teenager is quickly convicted, and the justice system moves on. Twenty-two years later, journalist Rebekah Roberts gets a letter: ´´I didn´t do it.´´ Frustrated with her work at the city´s sleaziest tabloid, Rebekah starts to dig. But witnesses are missing, memories faded, and almost no one wants to talk about that grim, violent time in New York City - not even Saul Katz, a former cop and her source in Brooklyn´s insular Hasidic community. So she goes it alone. And as she gets closer to the truth of that night, Rebekah finds herself in the path of a killer with two decades of secrets to protect. From the author of the Edgar-nominated Invisible City comes another timely thriller that illuminates society´s darkest corners. Told in part through the eyes of a jittery eyewitness and the massacre´s sole survivor, Julia Dahl´s Conviction examines the power - and cost - of community, loyalty, and denial. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Andi Arndt. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/aren/002465/bk_aren_002465_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
California´s Silicon Valley is home to the greatest concentration of designers in the world: corporate design offices at flagship technology companies and volunteers at nonprofit NGOs; global design consultancies and boutique studios; research laboratories and academic design programs. Together they form the interconnected network that is Silicon Valley. Apple products are famously ´´designed in California´´, but, as Barry Katz shows in this first-ever, extensively illustrated history, the role of design in Silicon Valley began decades before Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak dreamed up Apple in a garage. Offering a thoroughly original view of the subject, Katz tells how design helped transform Silicon Valley into the most powerful engine of innovation in the world. From Hewlett-Packard and Ampex in the 1950s to Google and Facebook today, design has provided the bridge between research and development, art and engineering, technical performance and human behavior. Katz traces the origins of all of the leading consultancies - including IDEO, frog, and Lunar - and shows the process by which some of the world´s most influential companies came to place design at the center of their business strategies. At the same time, universities, foundations, and even governments have learned to apply ´´design thinking´´ to their missions. Drawing on unprecedented access to a vast array of primary sources and interviews with nearly every influential design leader - including Douglas Engelbart, Steve Jobs, and Don Norman - Katz reveals design to be the missing link in Silicon Valley´s ecosystem of innovation. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sean Ptratt. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/gdan/001761/bk_gdan_001761_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Militant Normals, written by one of the conservative movement´s wittiest commentators, is a no-holds-barred takedown of the preening elites who have all but made normalcy a crime in America. Donald Trump is only the beginning of a mighty disruption in American politics and culture, thanks to the rise of the militant Normals in America.They built this country, they make it run, and when called on, they fight for it. They are the heart and soul of the US. They are the Normals, the regular Americans of all races, creeds, preferences, and both sexes who just want to raise their families and live their lives in peace. And they are getting angry....For decades, they have seen their cherished beliefs and beloved traditions under attack. They have been told they are racist, sexist, and hateful, but it was all a lie. Their ability to provide for their families has been undermined by globalization with no consideration of the effects on Americans who did not go to Harvard and who live in that vast forgotten space between New York and Santa Monica.A smug, condescending elite spanning both established parties has gripped the throat of the nation. Convinced of their own exquisite merit while refusing to be held accountable for their myriad failures, these elitists managed to suppress the first rumblings of discontent when they arose in the form of the Tea Party. But they were stunned when the Normals did not simply scurry back to their flyover homes. Instead, the Normals came out in force and elected Donald Trump.Now, as the ruling caste throws everything it can into the fight to depose Donald Trump and reestablish unchallenged control, the Normals face a choice. They can either surrender their country and their sovereignty, or they can become even more militant.... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kurt Schlichter, Tony Katz. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hach/004828/bk_hach_004828_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.