Paradise Lodge

Author: Nina Stibbe

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0241974933

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

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This is the story of Lizzie Vogel, a 15 year old girl who finds herself working in an old people's home in Leicestershire in the 1970s. The place is in chaos and it's not really a suitable job for a schoolgirl: she'd only gone for the job because she wanted a new phase and it seemed too exhausting to commit to being a full-time girlfriend or a punk. Lizzie has some knowledge of old people (they're not suited to granary bread, and you mustn't compare them to toddlers) but she doesn't know there's a right way to get someone out of the bath, or what to do when someone dies. When a rival old people's home with better parking and daily chairobics threatens to take all their patients, Paradise Lodge's cast of staff and helpers, from the assertively shy Nurse who only communicates through little grunts to the son of the Chinese takeaway manager who's renowned for his erotic handholding techniques, have to come together to save the home before it's too late. From the bestselling author of Love, Nina comes a story of being very young, and very old, and the laughter, and the tears, in between.

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.

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.

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.

Therapy:

Body Horror and Submission

Author: Jean Zee

Publisher: PublishDrive

ISBN: N.A

Category: Fiction

Page: 124

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When William awakens, he finds himself strapped to a bed in what appears to be a hospital room. He’s scared; Gina, his dark and sultry neighbor is blackmailing him and threatening to turn him into a pet, after discovering his dirty little secret. Help comes from Psychologist, Dr. Payne, who offers to help William with her pioneering Controlled Abuse Therapy. But to help him, she must first break him – physically and mentally. William consents to her therapy and submits to the pleasures, and the fears of the flesh.

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.'

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.

Consciousness & the Novel

Connected Essays

Author: David Lodge

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674009493

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 320

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Identifies literature as the richest record of human consciousness, revealing why it is not inconsistent with scientific knowledge and explaining through a series of essays on classic writers what novels can tell readers about the creative writing process. (Literature)

An Almost Perfect Christmas

Author: Nina Stibbe

Publisher: Little, Brown

ISBN: 0316415790

Category: Humor

Page: 192

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From the author of Love, Nina, a hilarious account of the highs of lows of Christmas season "My mother is not a foodie. But for as long as I can remember, once a year, she becomes possessed of a profound and desperate need to serve up a perfect roast turkey. Faced with a walk into the village though, she might think 'oh, f*** it' and decide to get a frozen one from Bejams on the 23rd and leave it to defrost in the downstairs toilet for not quite 48 hours." From perennially dry turkeys to Christmas pudding fires, from the round robin code of conduct to the risks and rewards of re-gifting, An Almost Perfect Christmas is an ode to the joy and insanity of the most wonderful time of the year.

Great Lodges of the West

Author: Christine Barnes

Publisher: W W West Incorporated

ISBN: 9780965392419

Category: Travel

Page: 136

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Shows and describes a dozen historic park lodges, including Oregon's Timberline Lodge in Mount Hood National Forest, and El Tovar overlooking the Grand Canyon

A Window Opens

A Novel

Author: Elisabeth Egan

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1501105434

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

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“Egan’s delightful debut is a fresh, funny take on the age-old struggle to have it all.” —People *People, Summer’s Best Books*Entertainment Weekly, 8 Big Fat Beach Reads*Woman’s Day, Great Summer Reads*Publishers Weekly, Best Summer Books*Good Housekeeping, Your Ultimate Summer Reading List*Minneapolis Star Tribune, 10 Novels Not to Miss*Coastal Living, Great Summer Reads *Time Out New York, Summer Reading List*Goop Newsletter, Best Summer ’15 Reading* Fans of I Don’t Know How She Does It and Where’d You Go, Bernadette will cheer at this “fresh, funny take on the age-old struggle to have it all” (People) about what happens when a wife and mother of three leaps at the chance to fulfill her professional destiny—only to learn every opportunity comes at a price. In A Window Opens, beloved books editor at Glamour magazine Elisabeth Egan brings us Alice Pearse, a compulsively honest, longing-to-have-it-all, sandwich generation heroine for our social-media-obsessed, lean in (or opt out) age. Like her fictional forebears Kate Reddy and Bridget Jones, Alice plays many roles (which she never refers to as “wearing many hats” and wishes you wouldn’t, either). She is a mostly-happily married mother of three, an attentive daughter, an ambivalent dog-owner, a part-time editor, a loyal neighbor and a Zen commuter. She is not: a cook, a craftswoman, a decorator, an active PTA member, a natural caretaker or the breadwinner. But when her husband makes a radical career change, Alice is ready to lean in—and she knows exactly how lucky she is to land a job at Scroll, a hip young start-up which promises to be the future of reading, with its chain of chic literary lounges and dedication to beloved classics. The Holy Grail of working mothers―an intellectually satisfying job and a happy personal life―seems suddenly within reach. Despite the disapproval of her best friend, who owns the local bookstore, Alice is proud of her new “balancing act” (which is more like a three-ring circus) until her dad gets sick, her marriage flounders, her babysitter gets fed up, her kids start to grow up and her work takes an unexpected turn. Readers will cheer as Alice realizes the question is not whether it’s possible to have it all, but what does she―Alice Pearse―really want?

Hiking Mount Rainier National Park

A Guide to the Park's Greatest Hiking Adventures

Author: Mary Skjelset,Heidi Schneider

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1493011197

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 352

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Fully updated and revised, Hiking Mount Rainier is a comprehensive and concise guide to the well-maintained trails nestled between the two major metropolises of the Pacific Northwest. Included are sixty hike descriptions for hikers of all ages and skill levels.

Love, Nina

A Nanny Writes Home

Author: Nina Stibbe

Publisher: Little, Brown

ISBN: 031624340X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

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"Breezy, sophisticated, hilarious, rude and aching with sweetness: LOVE, NINA might be the most charming book I've ever read." --Maria Semple, author of Where'd You Go, Bernadette In 1982, 20-year-old Nina Stibbe moved to London to work as a nanny to two opinionated and lively young boys. In frequent letters home to her sister, Nina described her trials and triumphs: there's a cat nobody likes, suppertime visits from a famous local playwright, a mysteriously unpaid milk bill, and repeated misadventures parking the family car. Dinner table discussions cover the gamut, from the greats of English literature, to swearing in German, to sexually transmitted diseases. There's no end to what Nina can learn from these boys (rude words) and their broad-minded mother (the who's who of literary London). A charming, hilarious, sweetly inspiring celebration of bad food and good company, Love, Nina makes a young woman's adventures in a new world come alive.

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.

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.

Deaf Sentence

Author: David Lodge

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1407018981

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

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When the university merged his Department of Linguistics with English, Professor Desmond Bates took early retirement, but he is not enjoying it. He misses the purposeful routine of the academic year, and has lost his appetite for research. His wife Winifred's late-flowering career goes from strength to strength, reducing his role to that of escort and househusband, while the rejuvenation of her appearance makes him uneasily conscious of the age gap between them. The monotony of his days is relieved only by wearisome journeys to London to check on the welfare of his eighty-nine-year-old father, an ex dance musician who stubbornly refuses to move from the house he is patently unable to live in with safety. But these discontents are nothing compared to the affliction of hearing loss, which is a constant source of domestic friction and social embarrassment. In the popular imagination, he observes, deafness is comic, as blindness is tragic, but for the deaf person himself it is no joke. It is through his deafness that Desmond inadvertently gets involved with a young woman whose wayward and unpredictable behaviour threatens to destabilise his life completely. Funny and moving by turns, Deaf Sentence is a brilliant account of one man's effort to come to terms with deafness and death, ageing and mortality, the comedy and tragedy of human lives.

The British Museum Is Falling Down

Author: David Lodge

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1446496686

Category: Fiction

Page: 192

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The British Museum is Falling Down is a brilliant comic satire of academia, religion and human entanglements. First published in 1965, it tells the story of hapless, scooter-riding young research student Adam Appleby, who is trying to write his thesis but is constantly distracted - not least by the fact that, as Catholics in the 1960s, he and his wife must rely on 'Vatican roulette' to avoid a fourth child.