Paradise Lodge

Author: Nina Stibbe

Publisher: Little, Brown

ISBN: 0316309338

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

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A delightful story of growing up, getting old, and every step in between, from the acclaimed author of Man at the Helm and Love, Nina. After succeeding in her quest to help her unconventional mother find a new "man at the helm," fifteen-year-old Lizzie Vogel simply wants to be a normal teenager. Just when it looks as if things have settled down, her mother goes and has another baby. On top of that, Lizzie's best friend has deserted her for the punk craze, which Lizzie finds too exhausting to commit to herself. But Lizzie soon gets more commitment than she bargained for when she takes a job as a junior nurse at Paradise Lodge, a ramshackle refuge for the elderly that has seen better days. It's no place for a teenager, much less one with as little experience emptying a bedpan as Lizzie. What begins as away to avoid school and earn some spending money (for the finer things in life, like real coffee and beer shampoo) quickly turns into the education of a lifetime. Lizzie encounters a colorful cast of eccentric characters--including a nurse determined to turn one of the patients into a husband (and a retirement plan); an efficient but clueless nun trying to modernize the place; and Lizzie's unlikely first love--who become her surrogate family. When Paradise Lodge faces a crisis in the form of a rival nursing home with enough amenities to make even the comatose jealous, Lizzie must find a way to save her job before she loses the only place she's ever felt she belongs. A hilarious and heartfelt coming-of-age tale, Paradise Lodge proves that it's never too early--or too late--to grow up.

Paradise News

Author: David Lodge

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1446496740

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

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Bernard Walsh, agnostic theologian, has a professional interest in heaven. But when he travels to Hawaii with his reluctant father Jack, to visit Jack's dying, estranged sister it feels more like purgatory than paradise. Surrounded by quarrelling honeymooners, a freeloading anthropologist and assorted tourists in search of their own personal paradise, and with his father whisked off to hospital after an unfortunate accident, Bernard is beginning to regret ever coming to Haiwaii. Until, that is, he stumbles on something he had given up hope of finding: the astonishing possibility of love.

Saving Paradise

The Story of Sukau Rainforest Lodge

Author: Albert C. K. Teo,Carol Patterson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9789839312010

Category: Ecotourism

Page: 120

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In Saving Paradise: The Story of Sukau Rainforest Lodge, Albert Teo provides a reality-test on the concept of ecotourism. He explores the ten years of challenges and triumphs that he faced first in building an ecolodge and then making it successful while adhering to ecotourism principles. In this book Albert tells in his own words how the Lodge was built, how it is operated and why it continues to succeed when many ecotourism facilities struggle. It is also a story of Borneos Kinabatangan River basin, an area of incredible biotic diversity and of the Orang Sungai people who have lived closely with this river for many hundreds of years. In many ecotourism businesses, balancing financial gains against environmental concerns is difficult; but Sukau Rainforest Lodge is proof that it is possible. Saving Paradise: The Story of Sukau Rainforest Lodge shows the reader a different type of business model one where excess profits are traded for community partnerships and conservation efforts. It has lessons for the tourism industry and for travellers who seldom wonder about the infrastructure that goes into delivering a rich vacation experience far into the rainforest. Moreover, Saving Paradise is much more than a business guide. It is also a portrait of the people of the Kinabatangan and the wildlife they fight for, told through the breathtaking photography of Albert Teo. His pictures of this fascinating region share, in ways words never can, the unique features of this ecosystem and reinforce Alberts hope that others will be inspired and work together to protect ecosystems through responsible travel.

Panama Paradise

A Tribute to Tropic Star Lodge

Author: Guy Harvey

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781564162113

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 256

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Tropic Star Lodge is a veritable paradise cut out of the side of a mountain at the edge of the Darien Jungle on the Pacific coast of Panama. Home to some 170 game fish records, the lodge can only be reached by boat or plane, the nearest road being over 100 miles away. World-renowned game fish artist Guy Harvey tells the story of Tropic Star in words and pictures.

Man at the Helm

A Novel

Author: Nina Stibbe

Publisher: Little, Brown

ISBN: 0316286745

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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A New York Times Notable Book of 2015 From the writer of the hugely acclaimed Love, Nina comes a sharply funny debut novel about a gloriously eccentric family. Soon after her parents' separation, nine-year-old Lizzie Vogel moves with her siblings and newly single mother to a tiny village in the English countryside, where the new neighbors are horrified by their unorthodox ways and fatherless household. Lizzie's theatrical mother only invites more gossip by spending her days drinking whiskey, popping pills, and writing plays. The one way to fit in, the children decide, will be to find themselves a new man at the helm. The first novel from a remarkably gifted writer with a voice all her own, MAN AT THE HELM is a hilarious and occasionally heart-breaking portrait of childhood in an unconventional family.

This Side of Paradise

American Literature

Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald

Publisher: VM eBooks

ISBN: N.A

Category: Fiction

Page: 316

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INDEX BOOK ONE—The Romantic Egotist CHAPTER 1. Amory, Son of Beatrice CHAPTER 2. Spires and Gargoyles CHAPTER 3. The Egotist Considers CHAPTER 4. Narcissus Off Duty INTERLUDE May, 1917-February, 1919 BOOK TWO—The Education of a Personage CHAPTER 1. The Debutante CHAPTER 2. Experiments in Convalescence CHAPTER 3. Young Irony CHAPTER 4. The Supercilious Sacrifice CHAPTER 5. The Egotist Becomes a Personage

Willkommen in Paradise Lodge

Roman

Author: Nina Stibbe

Publisher: Goldmann Verlag

ISBN: 364121131X

Category: Fiction

Page: 448

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Um ihr Taschengeld aufzubessern, jobbt die 15-jährige Lizzie Vogel neben der Schule in einem Altersheim. Auch wenn sich ihre Kenntnisse über den Umgang mit Senioren auf zwei Regeln beschränken: Man sollte ihnen möglichst kein Vollkornbrot servieren und sie nicht wie Kleinkinder behandeln. Als plötzlich ein neues Heim aufmacht, ist Lizzies Arbeitsplatz allerdings in Gefahr. Denn die Konkurrenz macht dank des schöneren Parkplatzes, der Bingoabende und regelmäßigen Pfarrerbesuche dem maroden Paradise Lodge die Pensionisten streitig. Ein Plan muss her – und zwar schnell ...

Therapy

Author: David Lodge

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1446496678

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

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A successful sitcom writer with plenty of money, a stable marraige, a platonic mistress and a flash car, Laurence 'Tubby' Passmore has more reason than most to be happy. Yet neither physiotherapy nor aromatherapy, cognitive-behaviour therapy or acupuncture can cure his puzzling knee pain or his equally inexplicable mid-life angst. As Tubby's life fragments under the weight of his self-obsession, he embarks - via Kierkegaard, strange beds from Rummidge to Tenerife to Beverly Hills, a fit of literary integrity and memories of his 1950s South London boyhood - on a picaresque quest for his lost contentment.

Home Truths: a Novella

Author: David Lodge

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448137217

Category: Fiction

Page: 128

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Adrian Ludlow, a novelist with a distinguished reputation and a book on the 'A' level syllabus, is now seeking obscurity in a cottage beneath the Gatwick flight path. His university friend Sam Sharp, who has become a successful screen writer, drops in on the way to Los Angeles, fuming over a vicious profile of himself by Fanny Tarrant, one of the new breed of Rottweiler interviews, in a Sunday newspaper. Together they decide to take revenge on the interviewer, though Adrian is risking what he values most: his privacy. David Lodge's dazzling novella examines with wit and insight the contemporary culture of celebrity and the conflict between the solitary activity of writing and the demands of the media circus. 'Sharp, intelligent, surprising and fun' THE TIMES.

A Year in Paradise

Author: Flyod Schmoe

Publisher: Mountaineers Books

ISBN: 1594856311

Category: History

Page: 208

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* An eloquently written story, laced with appreciations of the region's natural history * Includes historic photographs In midwinter 1920, Floyd Schmoe and his bride struggled up Mount Rainier on snowshoes on a long-delayed honeymoon. As the new caretakers at Paradise Inn, they would be alone in a towering world of snow and ice and incomparable beauty, until the plows arrived to free them on the fourth of July. So began a long love affair with Mount Rainier. And here is Floyd Schmoe's account of it; a delightful and informative portrait of a mountain through the seasons of the year. Through his personal narrative, Schmoe writes of many things that combined to cast a spell on him: the shy mountain goat, the reproductive processes of trees and plants, techniques of climbing, the habits of glaciers and volcanoes, the curious fact of a mouse being found at very high altitude, the peculiarities of tourists-and much more. This is a book for anyone drawn to the mysteries of the high country.

Deaf Sentence

A Novel

Author: David Lodge

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101140569

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

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The subject of enthusiastic and widespread reviews, David Lodge's fourteenth work of fiction displays the humor and shrewd observations that have made him a much-loved icon. Deaf Sentence tells the story of Desmond Bates, a recently retired linguistics professor in his mid-sixties. Vexed by his encroaching deafness and at loose ends in his personal life, Desmond inadvertently gets involved with a seemingly personable young American female student who seeks his support in matters academic and not so academic, who finally threatens to destabilize his life completely with her unpredictable-and wayward-behavior. What emerges is a funny, moving account of one man's effort to come to terms with aging and mortality-a classic meditation on modern middle age that fans of David Lodge will love.

Thinks...

Author: David Lodge

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448137683

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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Ralph Messenger is a man who knows what he wants and generally gets it. Approaching his fiftieth birthday, he has good reason to feel pleased with himself. As Director of the prestigious Holt Belling Centre for Cognitive Science at the University of Gloucester he is much in demand as a pundit on developments in artificial intelligence and the study of human consciousness - 'the last frontier of scientific enquiry'. He enjoys an affluent life style subsidised by the wealth of his American wife, Carrie. Known to colleagues on the conference circuit as a womaniser and to Private Eye as a 'Media Dong', he has reached a tacit understanding with Carrie to refrain from philandering in his own back yard.This resolution is already weakening when he meets and is attracted to Helen Reed, a distinguished novelist still grieving for the sudden death of her husband more than a year ago, who has rented out her London house and taken up a post as writer-in residence at Gloucester University, partly to try and get over her bereavement.Fascinated and challenged by a personality and a world-view radically at odds with her own, Helen is aroused by Ralph's bold advances, but resists on moral principle. The stand-off between them is shattered by a series of events and discoveries that dramatically confirm the truth of Ralph's dictum, 'We can never know for certain what another person is thinking.'

Paradise of the Pacific

Approaching Hawaii

Author: Susanna Moore

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 142994496X

Category: History

Page: 320

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The dramatic history of America's tropical paradise The history of Hawaii may be said to be the story of arrivals—from the eruption of volcanoes on the ocean floor 18,000 feet below, the first hardy seeds that over millennia found their way to the islands, and the confused birds blown from their migratory routes, to the early Polynesian adventurers who sailed across the Pacific in double canoes, the Spanish galleons en route to the Philippines, and the British navigators in search of a Northwest Passage, soon followed by pious Protestant missionaries, shipwrecked sailors, and rowdy Irish poachers escaped from Botany Bay—all wanderers washed ashore, sometimes by accident. This is true of many cultures, but in Hawaii, no one seems to have left. And in Hawaii, a set of myths accompanied each of these migrants—legends that shape our understanding of this mysterious place. In Paradise of the Pacific, Susanna Moore, the award-winning author of In the Cut and The Life of Objects, pieces together the elusive, dramatic story of late-eighteenth-century Hawaii—its kings and queens, gods and goddesses, missionaries, migrants, and explorers—a not-so-distant time of abrupt transition, in which an isolated pagan world of human sacrifice and strict taboo, without a currency or a written language, was confronted with the equally ritualized world of capitalism, Western education, and Christian values.

Paradise

Author: Toni Morrison

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0804169888

Category: Fiction

Page: 318

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This story set in Ruby, Oklahoma is about an African American community.

Small World

Author: David Lodge

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1446485676

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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Philip Swallow, Morris Zapp, Persse McGarrigle and the lovely Angelica are the jet-propelled academics who are on the move, in the air and on the make in David Lodge's satirical Small World. It is a world of glamorous travel and high excitement, where stuffy lecture rooms are swapped for lush corners of the globe, and romance is in the air...

How Far Can You Go?

Author: David Lodge

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1446496708

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

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Polly, Dennis, Angela, Adrian and the rest are bound to lose their spiritual innocence as well as their virginities on the journey between university in the 1950s and the marriages, families, careers and deaths that follow. On the one hand there's Sex and then the Pill, on the other there is the traditional Catholic Church. In this razor-sharp novel David Lodge exposes the pressures that assailed Catholics everywhere within a more permissive society, and voices their eternal question: how far can you go?

The Truth About My Success

Author: Dyan Sheldon

Publisher: Candlewick Press

ISBN: 0763677051

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 352

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Paloma Rose is sixteen and already a major TV star. She has money, franchises, adoring fans—and an agent and parents who are dependent on her success to sustain their very comfortable lives. But all that could come to an end when Paloma becomes more famous for her bad behavior than for her acting and her show’s sponsors threaten to cancel the upcoming season if things don’t improve. Meanwhile, Paloma’s worried agent happens upon Oona Ginness working in a coffee shop. Maybe she’s not as tall or as blond as Paloma, but details aside, they really might be twins. So a plan is born: What if they send Paloma to a brat camp to become a better person and put the malleable and much nicer Oona in her place? Oona thinks it’s a stupid idea, but the money is hard to resist, given her family’s dire circumstances. What does she have to lose? Of course, plans don’t always work out the way they’re supposed to. . . .