domenica 8 settembre 2013

Titoli & temi #4

Titoli & temi è una rubrica settimanale in cui presenterò libri con una stessa parola o uno stesso tema nel titolo, in pratica la versione a parole di "Cover Details", scoperta sul blog Vanessa!

Oggi è una giornata grigia e un po' fiacca.. Quindi.. "Happy" sarà il nostro tema, alla faccia del tempo!! :D

The Happy prince - Oscar Wilde

Arguably the most famous and beloved of Oscar Wilde’s nine fairy tales, this particular rendition stands apart from the others due to its brilliant illustrations by a master of comic art. After dying young, the Happy Prince’s soul inhabits a beautiful ruby-encrusted statue covered in gold leaf which is perched high above the city. But when he sees the poverty, misery and desperateness of his people, he enlists the help of a barn swallow to remove the gilding of his statue and shower the riches on his people. In the spring, the townspeople are saved, but find only a stripped down and dull statue alongside a dead swallow. The remains are tossed into an ash heap, but an emissary of God recognizes their sacrifice, and escorts them into the gardens of Heaven. Perfect for middle school students as an introduction to the world-famous author, the dazzling illustrations in this book suit the timeless writings of Wilde.

Perché essere felice quando puoi essere normale? Jeanette Winterson

Nell'autunno del 1975 la sedicenne Jeanette Winterson deve prendere una decisione: rimanere al 200 di Water Street assieme ai genitori adottivi o continuare a vedere la ragazza di cui è innamorata e vivere in una Mini presa in prestito. Sceglie la seconda strada, perché tutto quello che vuole è essere felice. Tenta di spiegarlo alla madre, che però le chiede: "Perché essere felice quando puoi essere normale?". Da questa frase inizia il racconto intimo e personale di un'infanzia trascorsa fra un padre indifferente e una madre che passa le notti sveglia ad ascoltare il Vangelo alla radio, impastando torte e lavorando a maglia. La sua è fin dall'inizio la storia di una lotta per sopravvivere alle prepotenze di questa madre, che trova normale lasciare la figlia fuori dalla porta tutta la notte e sottoporla a esorcismi liberatori. Una lotta per affermare se stessa, la propria omosessualità e l'amore per i libri. Perché questa è anche la storia di un amore infinito per la letteratura, nato per proteggersi e per cercare quell'affetto stabile che in casa sembra mancare irrimediabilmente, un amore che resiste anche quando la madre scopre i libri che Jeanette nasconde sotto il materasso e li dà alle fiamme. Con generosità e onestà intellettuale, Jeanette Winterson scava nei propri pensieri e sentimenti di bambina, adolescente e donna, ripercorrendo nel contempo la sua dolorosa ricerca della famiglia naturale. Ne esce un racconto intenso, a tratti tragico ma anche allegro, come sa essere la sua scrittura.

This Is What Happy Looks Like - Jennifer E. Smith

When teenage movie star Graham Larkin accidentally sends small town girl Ellie O'Neill an email about his pet pig, the two seventeen-year-olds strike up a witty and unforgettable correspondence, discussing everything under the sun, except for their names or backgrounds. Then Graham finds out that Ellie's Maine hometown is the perfect location for his latest film, and he decides to take their relationship from online to in-person. But can a star as famous as Graham really start a relationship with an ordinary girl like Ellie? And why does Ellie want to avoid the media's spotlight at all costs?

Happy days - Samuel Beckett

In 'Happy Days, ' Beckett pursues his relentless search for the meaning of existence, probing the tenuous relationships that bind one person to another, and each to the universe, to time past and time present.

Happy hour - Shey Stahl

Between revving engines, smoking tires, and high speeds, two friends form a vital bond in the shadows of the blaring spotlight. Sway Reins, a track owner’s only daughter, and Jameson Riley, a gritty NASCAR rookie driver, have been best friends since they were kids. Over the years, Sway becomes his safety shield during his rapid rise to the elite levels of auto racing. A night of celebrating a victory leaves Sway believing that she can convince Jameson to fall in love with her. She becomes determined to be more than just a pit lizard trolling the pits. Little does she know that this steadfast racer has his own idea of revelry. Soon their compression ratios are timed exactly right and all the reciprocating motions have led them to happy hour. As their passion revs, the inner workings of an internal combustion engine have never been so erotic. Just a taste turns into a thirst neither of them saw coming. Can she convince this rookie he can have love and his dream?

A happy marriage - Rafael Yglesias

Told from the husband’s point of view, with revelatory and sometimes disarming candor, A Happy Marriage is the story of Enrique Sabas and his wife Margaret, alternating between the first three weeks of their acquaintance (a comic and romantic misadventure) and the bittersweet final weeks of Margaret’s life as she says goodbye to her family, friends, and children. Laced throughout with intimate recollections of moments of crises and joy from the middle years of their relationship, the novel charts the ebb and flow of marriage, illuminating the mysteries and magic of marital love. Neither sentimental nor cynical, and written with an intense devotion to character and emotional suspense, A Happy Marriage reveals a partnership that brings maturity and great pleasure to the lives of two people. Bold, elegiac, and stunningly vivid, A Happy Marriage will break every reader’s heart—and perhaps infuse some marriages with greater love.

Happy hour at Casa Dracula - Marta Acosta

Latina Ivy League grad Milagro de Los Santos can't find her place in the world or a man to go with it. Then one night, at a book party for her pretentious ex-boyfriend, she meets an oddly attractive man. After she is bitten while kissing him, she falls ill and is squirreled away to his family's estate to recover. Vampires don't exist in this day and age -- or do they? As Milagro falls for a fabulously inappropriate man, she finds herself caught between a family who has accepted her as one of their own and a shady organization that refuses to let the undead live and love in peace.

Snap Happy - Fiona Walker

Juno is voluptuous, hedonistic, and funny. On her thirtieth birthday, she decides to have a wild one-night-stand to mark the occasion. But seducing her new flatmate before he's had a chance to unpack his belongings is not a wise move. Just over from New York, Jay Mulligan is intense, mysterious and, as Juno joyously discovers, far better than breakfast in bed. It's only when they both get out of that bed on the wrong side three days later that the problems start.

6 commenti:

  1. La prima cover è carinissima :D ci sono un sacco di titoli interessanti! Segno ^-^

    1. Vero? Deliziosa!

      Felice di essere stata d'aiuto! ^^

  2. quando sento il nome di Dracula vado in tilt, quindi il titolo che scelgo è: Happy hour at Casa Dracula

    1. Lo sai ha messo curiosità anche a me?? :))

  3. Mi piace proprio questa rubrica! :D
    This Is What Happy Looks Like sembra carino, sempre della stessa autrice avevo letto La probabilità statistica dell'amore a prima svista, e non era male! :)

    1. Vero, poi la cover mette allegria!!!! :)

      Grazie! ^^
      A me piace un sacco trovare titoli a tema!! :)