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Berlitz Spanish for Your Trip

Berlitz Spanish for Your Trip

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Being able to speak a little of the local language enhances any trip abroad, and this beginner-level Spanish audio course contains all the key travel phrases you need to communicate with confidence. The 60-minute audio CD features native Spanish speakers using phrases you're likely to encounter in typical travel situations. In no time, you will be able to meet and greet people, be familiar with numbers, time and days of the week, find your way around transport, shops, and restaurants, and make new friends. The pack includes a sturdy booklet with a phonetic transcription of the phrases on the CD, plus handy tips and key word reminders. The contents of the CD can be easily downloaded to your iPod or MP3 player.
Bfg - El Gran Gigante Bonachon

Bfg - El Gran Gigante Bonachon

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¡UNA SUPERPRODUCCIÓN DE LOS CREADORES DE E.T. Y EL AUTOR DE MATILDA Y DE CHARLIE Y LA FÁBRICA DE CHOCOLATE! Nuestro amigo el gigante no es un gigante rompehuesos cualquiera...Es demasiado amable y desordenado. Y eso es una suerte enorme para la pequeña Sofía, porque si cualquiera de los otros gigantes se la hubiera llevado en mitad de la noche, pronto se habría convertido en su desayuno. Cuando Sofía oye que los gigantes se van a ir de una galopada a Inglaterra para zamparse a unos cuantos mocosos muy apetitosos, ¡ella y su amigo el gigante deciden detenerlos de una vez y por todas!

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Soon to be a major motion picture directed by Steven Spielberg! Starring Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton, Jemaine Clement, Bill Hader, and Adam Godley.

The BFG is no ordinary bone-crunching giant. He is far too nice and jumbly. It's lucky for Sophie that he is. Had she been carried off in the middle of the night by the Bloodbottler, or any of the other giants--rather than the BFG--she would have soon become breakfast. When Sophie hears that the giants are flush-bunking off to England to swollomp a few nice little chiddlers, she decides she must stop them once and for all. And the BFG is going to help her!

Billion Voices: China's Search for a Common Language

Billion Voices: China's Search for a Common Language

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Mandarin, Guoyu or Putonghua? "Chinese" is a language known by many names, and China is a country home to many languages. Since the turn of the century linguists and politicians have been on a mission to create a common language for China. From the radical intellectuals of the May Fourth Movement, to leaders such as Chiang Kai-shek, and Mao Zedong, all fought to push the boundaries of language reform. Now, internet users take the Chinese language in new and unpredictable directions. David Moser tells the remarkable story of China's language unification agenda and its controversial relationship with modern politics, challenging our ideas of what it means to speak Chinese.
Birth of a Bridge

Birth of a Bridge

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From one of the most exciting novelists writing in France today comes this literary saga of a dozen men and women - engineers, designers, machinery operators, cable riggers - all employees of the international consortium charged with building a bridge somewhere in a mythical and fantastic California.

Told on a sweeping scale reminiscent of classic American adventure films, this Médicis Prize-winning novel chronicles the lives of these workers, who represent a microcosm of not just mythic California, but of humanity as a whole. Their collective effort to complete the megaproject recounts one of the oldest of human dramas, to domesticate - and to radically transform - our world through built form, with all the dramatic tension it brings: a threatened strike, an environmental dispute, sabotage, accidents, career moves, and love affairs ... Here generations and social classes cease to exist, and everyone and everything converges toward the bridge as metaphor, a cross-cultural impression of America today.

Kerangal's writing has been widely praised for its scope, originality, and use of language. The style of her prose is rich and innovative, playing with different registers (from the most highly literary to the most colloquial slang), taking risks and inventing words, and playing with speed and tension through grammatical ellipsis and elision. She employs a huge vocabulary and, most strikingly, brings together words not often combined to evoke startling comparisons. Not since Vikram Seth's Golden Gate has such a great Californian novel been told.

Birthday Book/Las Mananitas (Canticos)

Birthday Book/Las Mananitas (Canticos)

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The Birthday Book/Las Mañanitas is the 4th book in the bilingual (English & Spanish) nursery rhyme collection from Canticos.

This children's book is based on the popular Mexican birthday song "Las Mañanitas".

Canticos animated videos are now streaming across Nickelodeon's digital platforms. Watch them now at nickjr.com/canticos

Concept: Birthday Celebrations.

Format:
  • Novelty book with an accordion fold so the book can be opened completely and laid flat or made to stand so children can surround themselves with the story.
  • Interactive lift-the-flap features.
  • Reversible with the original Spanish song on one side and an English adaptation on the other side.
  • Each brightly colored spread offers children an opportunity to identify basic shapes.
  • Comes in a slipcase.
  • Children can also download the FREE companion app at canticosworld.com/apps/ as well as watch the sing along video at canticosworld.com/videos

    Book summary: Fans of the series will recognize a cast of characters from the Canticos collection who wake up Sammy the bunny on his special day and then partake in a joyful, cake-filled celebration, complete with mariachi and a piñata.

    About the Series: Canticos is a collection of the most beloved nursery rhymes and children's songs from all over the Spanish-speaking world. Canticos creates bilingual books, apps, and sing-along videos.

    Bis Zum Morgengrauen Up to the Grey Tomorrow

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    Bis Zur Mittagsstunde Up to the Noontime

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    Biss zum Morgengrauen

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    Bite-Sized History of France

    Bite-Sized History of France

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    A delicious (Dorie Greenspan), genial (Kirkus Reviews), very cool book about the intersections of food and history (Michael Pollan)--as featured in the New York Times

    The complex political, historical, religious and social factors that shaped some of [France's] . . . most iconic dishes and culinary products are explored in a way that will make you rethink every sprinkling of fleur de sel.
    --The New York Times Book Review

    Acclaimed upon its hardcover publication as a culinary treat for Francophiles (Publishers Weekly), A Bite-Sized History of France is a thoroughly original book that explores the facts and legends of the most popular French foods and wines. Traversing the cuisines of France's most famous cities as well as its underexplored regions, the book is enriched by the authors' friendly accessibility that makes these stories so memorable (The New York Times Book Review). This innovative social history also explores the impact of war and imperialism, the age-old tension between tradition and innovation, and the enduring use of food to prop up social and political identities.

    The origins of the most legendary French foods and wines--from Roquefort and cognac to croissants and Calvados, from absinthe and oysters to Camembert and champagne--also reveal the social and political trends that propelled France's rise upon the world stage. As told by a Franco-American couple (Stéphane is a cheesemonger, Jeni is an academic) this is an impressive book that intertwines stories of gastronomy, culture, war, and revolution. . . . It's a roller coaster ride, and when you're done you'll wish you could come back for more (The Christian Science Monitor).

    Black Bazaar

    Black Bazaar

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    Buttocks Man is down on his uppers. His girlfriend, Original Colour, has cleared out of their Paris studio and run off to the Congo with a vertically challenged drummer known as The Mongrel. She's taken their daughter with her. Meanwhile, a racist neighbour spies on him something wicked, accusing him of 'digging a hole in the Dole'. And his drinking buddies at Jips, the Afro-Cuban bar in Les Halles, pour scorn on Black Bazaar, the journal he keeps to log his sorrows. There are days when only the Arab in the corner shop has a kind word; while at night his dreams are stalked by the cannibal pygmies of Gabon. Then again, Buttocks Man wears no ordinary uppers. He has style, bags of it (suitcases of crocodile and anaconda Westons, to be precise). He's a dandy from the Bacongo district of Brazzaville - AKA a sapeur or member of the Society of Ambience-makers and People of Elegance. But is flaunting sartorial chic against tough times enough for Buttocks Man to cut it in the City of Light?

    Blaue Wunder

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    Blue Room

    Blue Room

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    "One of the greatest writers of the twentieth century . . . Simenon was unequaled at making us look inside, though the ability was masked by his brilliance at absorbing us obsessively in his stories." --The Guardian

    Master novelist Georges Simenon's critically acclaimed tale of the destructive power of lust and guilt

    "He felt no resentment towards Andree for biting his lip. In the context of their lovemaking, it had its place."

    For Tony and Andree, there are no rules when they meet in the blue room at the Hotel des Voyageurs. Their adulterous affair is intoxicating, passionate--and dangerous. It soon turns into a nightmare from which there can be no escape. Heart-pounding and high-stakes, The Blue Room is a stylish and sensual psychological thriller that weaves a story of cruelty, reckless lust, and relentless guilt.

    Bonjour Tristesse

    Bonjour Tristesse

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    Bonjour Tristesse

    Bonjour Tristesse

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    A sensational 1954 French novel that has become a contemporary classic - now in a P.S. edition, with the Diane Johnson introduction.

    Set against the translucent beauty of France in summer, Bonjour Tristesse is a bittersweet tale narrated by Cecile, a seventeen-year-old girl on the brink of womanhood, whose meddling in her father's love life leads to tragic consequences.

    Freed from boarding school, Cecile lives in unchecked enjoyment with her youngish, widowed father -- an affectionate rogue, dissolute and promiscuous. Having accepted the constantly changing women in his life, Cecile pursues a sexual conquest of her own with a tall and almost beautiful law student. Then, a new woman appears in her father's life. Feeling threatened but empowered, Cécile sets in motion a devastating plan that claims a surprising victim.

    Deceptively simple in structure, Bonjour Tristesse is a complex and beautifully composed portrait of casual amorality and a young woman's desperate attempt to understand and control the world around her.

    Bonsoir Lune

    Bonsoir Lune

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    Boussole

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    Boxes

    Boxes

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    'Garnier plunges you into a bizarre, overheated world, seething death, writing, fictions and philosophy. He's a trippy, sleazy, sly and classy read.' A. L. Kennedy
    Brice and Emma had bought their new home in the countryside together. And then Emma disappeared. Now, as he awaits her return, Brice busies himself with DIY and walks around the village.
    He gradually comes to know his new neighbours including Blanche, an enigmatic woman in white, who has lived on her own in the big house by the graveyard since the death of her father, to whom Brice bears a curious resemblance...

    Reviews
    '...this one will help reinforce his cult status among noir fans.' Publishers Weekly
    'It's dark, stomach-twisting stuff, and the mysteries surrounding Emma's whereabouts and Brice's striking visual similarity to someone in Blanch's past keep you turning the pages hungrily.' La Friction
    'Quirky and unsettling...' Fiction Fan's Book Reviews
    '..a horribly funny novel about bereavement: appalling and bracing in equal measure.' John Banville
    'I would recommend Boxes by Pascal Garnier to anyone who enjoys reading a mystery. Garnier adds a plot twist at the very end that will have you grabbing for another one of his books.' San Diego Book Review
    'Garnier calmly peels back the revealing layers, leaving a raw sort of horror all the more devastating for its believable simplicity.'The Complete Review
    'It is an achievement for an author to write in finely crafted prose but for a translator to convey that in another language is significant too. This story kept me reading without stopping! Not the first time from Gallic Books. It also has an unexpected ending. It is good to leave a book feeling there is more material in it for your mind to conjure with and this does just that!' D.Olser, NetGalley reviewer
    'The story is told in clear concise prose and although there is plenty of dark matter there are also surreal touches, and moments of real humour. This is quality writing; those who enjoy Highsmith and Simenon, in particular, may find it to their taste.' Crime Review
    'It's an atmospheric and absorbing tale, an exploration of loss and abandonment, often quirkily amusing and sometimes very moving.' M.Jenkinson, NetGalley reviewer

    Brauner Bar, wen siehst denn du?

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