Isabel Allende




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Isabel Allende

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Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Pablo Neruda

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Isabel Allende Llona is a Chilean-American novelist. Allende, who writes in the "magic realism" tradition, is considered one of the first successful women novelists in Latin America. She has written novels based in part on her own experiences, often focusing on the experiences of women, weaving myth and realism together. She has lectured and done extensive book tours and has taught literature at several US colleges. She currently resides in California with her husband. Allende adopted U.S. citizenship in 2003.


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Isabel Allende I read like a madwoman, so it is impossible for me to choose just one favorite book, I have thousands.
Isabel Allende The House of the Spirits, my first book, opened the way for all the other books. It was a rare case of unexpected instant success, and that allowed me…moreThe House of the Spirits, my first book, opened the way for all the other books. It was a rare case of unexpected instant success, and that allowed me to continue writing and eventually make a living as an author, which is not easy. So I am specially grateful to this novel, but probably my most cherished book is my memoir Paula.(less)
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Daughter of Fortune

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Portrait in Sepia

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On Feb 12th we will have a group discussion for Ripper. You can see more details here.

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And HarperCollins is sponsoring a 10 book giveaway here.

Ripper is now available for US readers here. Read more of this blog post »
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"The Chilean American novelist returns to historical form with The Japanese Lover, an epic love story that ranges from present-day San Francisco to WWII-era Poland." ...More

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Los enamoramientos by Javier Marías
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Una novela literaria que requiere un lector atento. Tiene suspenso, pero el argumento es lo de menos, lo que más interesa es la filosofía del autor.
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La piel dorada by Carla Montero
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Historia policial situada en Viena a comienzos del siglo XX. El detective tendrá que resolver una serie de crímenes violentos en el ambiente refinado y ultra conservador de la Viena de entonces. Me gustó el personaje de la baronesa Kornelia von Zeska ...more
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Corona de Damas by Tosca Soto
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Esta novela, que podríamos definir como histórica y policial, fue escrita a cuatro manos por dos autoras, Susana Tosco y María Soto. La acción transcurre en Paris, en 1625. Hay de todo, desde duelos a espada hasta intrigas de espionaje.
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Dispara, yo ya estoy muerto by Julia Navarro
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Es la historia de una familia, secretos, pasiones, aventuras. suspenso. Los personajes se mueven entre varias ciudades , como Varsovia, Jerusalén, París,
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La hija del Este by Clara Usón
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Relata un episodio de la Guerra de los Balcanes, pero es mucho más que eso. Conmovedora, muy bien escrita, ha tenido gran éxito en Europa. No se puede soltar.
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El Hombre que Amaba a los Perros by Leonardo Padura
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El asesinato de Troski, ordenado por Stalin y ejecutado por un mercenario, Ramón Mercader, en México, es el centro de esta novela policial.
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Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald
Under the Egg
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For 8 to 12 year olds but adults will enjoy it too.
Theodora lives in a 200-year-old townhouse with her fragile mother and her grandfather’s legacy: $463 and a rather mundane painting of an egg. When Theo discovers that there is a masterpiece hidden b
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We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
We Were Liars
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Written for teenagers but adults are loving this gem.
A distinguished family is vacationing on a private Massachusetts island when something happens to the teenage daughter. Each morning when she wakes up, she can’t remember anything that happened bef
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The Japanese Lover The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende by Isabel Allende From New York Times and internationally bestselling author Isabel Allende, an exquisitely crafted love story and multigenerational epic that sweeps from San Francisco in the present-day to Poland and the United States during the Second World War.
 
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The Night Guest The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane by Fiona McFarlane The Night Guest, Fiona McFarlane’s hypnotic first novel, is no simple tale of a crime committed and a mystery solved. This is a tale that soars above its own suspense to tell us, with exceptional grace and beauty, about aging, love, trust, dependence, and fear; about processes of colonization; and about things (and people) in places they shouldn’t be.
 
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Tuesday Night Miracles Tuesday Night Miracles by Kris Radish by Kris RadishIn this poignant and transformative novel, bestselling author Kris Radish weaves a tale of five women yearning for change—and the potential for happiness that lies within every heart.
 
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Mendel's Dwarf Mendel's Dwarf by Simon Mawer by Simon MawerLike his great, great uncle, the early geneticist Gregor Mendel, Dr. Benedict Lambert is struggling to unlock the secrets of heredity. But Benedict's mission is particularly urgent and particularly personal, for he is afflicted with achondroplasia—he's a dwarf.
 
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Lost Among the Living Lost Among the Living by Simone St. James by Simone St. JamesEngland, 1921. Three years after her husband, Alex, disappeared, shot down over Germany, Jo Manders still mourns his loss. Working as a paid companion to Alex's wealthy, condescending aunt, Dottie Forsyth, Jo travels to the family’s estate in the Sussex countryside. But there is much she never knew about her husband’s origins…and the revelation of a mysterious death in the Forsyths’ past is just the beginning…
 
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Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession Cleaving A Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession by Julie Powell by Julie PowellJulie Powell thought cooking her way through Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking was the craziest thing she'd ever do--until she embarked on the voyage recounted in her new memoir, CLEAVING.
 
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The Color of Light The Color of Light by Karen White by Karen WhiteAt thirty-two, pregnant and recently divorced, Jillian Parrish and her seven-year-old daughter find refuge and solace on Pawleys Island, South Carolina. Jillian had experienced her best childhood memories here-until her best friend Lauren Mills disappeared, never to be found.
 
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Tape Tape by Steven Camden by Steven CamdenRecord a voice and it lasts forever…

In 1993, Ryan records a diary on an old tape. He talks about his mother’s death, about his dreams, about his love for a new girl at school who doesn’t even know he exists.
 
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The Name of the Rose The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco by Umberto EcoThe year is 1327. Franciscans in a wealthy Italian abbey are suspected of heresy, and Brother William of Baskerville arrives to investigate. When his delicate mission is suddenly overshadowed by seven bizarre deaths, Brother William turns detective.
 
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The Two-Family House The Two-Family House by Lynda Cohen Loigman by Lynda Cohen LoigmanBrooklyn, 1947: in the midst of a blizzard, in a two-family brownstone, two babies are born minutes apart to two women.From debut novelist Lynda Cohen Loigman comes The Two-Family House, a moving family saga filled with heart, emotion, longing, love, and mystery.
 
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Shaimaa Ali Happy Birthday to a legendary writer & human being who still enrich our lives!!


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