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Adulterio by Paulo Coelho

Adulterio

“El amor verdadero puede competir con cualquier otro amor de este mundo. Cuando entregamos todo, ya no tenemos nada que perder…..”

Adulterio es el título del libro más reciente del autor Brasileño Paulo Coelho.

La trama de este nuevo libro sale un poco del estilo de escritura del autor, abarcando temas de la vida como pareja, la rutina, los hijos ¿Que te hace ser feliz? ¿Que te hace ser una persona completa?

 

Este título está también disponible en ingles Adultery

Si te gusto Adulterio, puedes leer: Come, reza, ama: el viaje de una mujer por Italia, India e Indonesia por Elizabeth Gilbert  o Demasiada felicidad  por Alice Munro

By hmarroquin on June 11, 2015 Categories: Adult, Books, Fiction

Gwiazd naszych wina by John Green

Gwiazd naszych wina

Gwiazd naszych wina

Hazel choruje na raka i mimo cudownej terapii dającej perspektywę kilku lat więcej, wydaje się, że ostatni rozdział jej życia został przesądzony już podczas stawiania diagnozy. Spotkanie z grupą wsparcia dla chorej  młodzieży bohaterka powieści poznaje niezwykłego młodzieńca Augustusa Watersa, okazuje się, że jej historia przyniesie jej coś czego nie spodziewała się -radość i wsparcie.

Książka Greena jest wnikliwa, odważna, humorystyczna i ostra, według mojej skromnej opinii, to najambitniejsza i najbardziej wzruszająca powieść tego autora. Autor w błyskotliwy sposób zgłębia ekscytującą, zabawną, a równocześnie tragiczną kwestię życia i miłości. Mimo, że bohaterami książki jest młodzież – książka jest wspaniałą lekturą dla każdego.

Kilka slów o autorze: John Green jest znanym pisarzem amerykańskim – autorem książek dla młodzieży. “Gwiazd naszych wina” przyniosła mu największą popularność i poczytność. Autor jest także laureatem licznych nagród literackich, takich jak: The Printz Medal, Edgar Award oraz Printz Honor.

By mariag on April 28, 2015 Categories: Adult, Books, Fiction, Polish

The Martian by Andy Weir

The Martian

The Martian

Space travel is a dream for most people. Being among the stars, travelling to new and exciting planets, and is something Mark Watney is a part of. He’s part of a team that’s sent up to Mars to do tests and experiments. When something goes horribly wrong, he’s stranded on Mars with little resources. Not enough resources to last him until the next mission can pick him up. Dealing with the harsh Mars climate and natural disasters, and minimal supplies, Mark must find a way to stay alive until the next landing.

The Martian is packed full of adventure, science, and the “what if” we’ve all been thinking. This award-winning book is written for adults with teen appeal. This book is available as an audiobook and as an eBook download as well.

Similar books to The Martian include: The Running Man by Richard Bachman, Green Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson, and When the Devil Dances by John Ringo.

Reviewed by Megan

By jperez on March 30, 2015 Categories: Adult, Books, Fiction

The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie

The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie

“So she became a symbol of peace, of self-sacrifice in the name of peace, for many people. There was much talk of her ‘Eastern wisdom,’ which she dismissed when it reached her ears. ‘There is no particular wisdom in the East,’ she said to Argalia.  ‘All human beings are foolish to the same degree.’” (286)

A young, golden-haired man shows up at the court of the emperor of Hindoostan with a secret. A secret “which only the emperor’s ears may hear,” and a story that has traveled generations and great continents to arrive…

But what do three boyhood friends from Italy have to do with a legendary princess from East Asia?  Part love story, part history lesson, Salman Rushdie beautifully weaves numerous interconnected stories, richly detailed against the background of 17th century Italy and Eastern Asia.  Though these tales are abundant with beautiful strong-willed women, mysterious world-travelers, and philosophical poet-emperors, there are lessons for all of us, even if it’s just that, no matter how large the world, “All human beings are foolish to the same degree.”

Also available in Large Type, Audio CD, and Ebook.

Review by A.Smith

By MPPL on February 23, 2015 Categories: Adult, Books, Fiction

Stink and the World’s Worst Super-Stinky Sneakers by Megan McDonald

Stink and the World's Worst Super-Stinky Sneakers

Stink and the World’s Worst Super-Stinky Sneakers

Did you know there is an exhibit at the science museum called Everybody Stinks? Well there is, and according to Stink Moody, it is amazing! Meet Stink, a second grader and the shortest kid in his class at 3 feet 8 inches tall. During Stinks visit to the museum, he not only discovers incredible facts on smell but learns there is a stinky sneaker contest. With his nose, stink knows he has a chance to win. How you ask? Stink can smell a corpse flower a mile away – gross! Want to know if Stink wins the Golden Clothespin Award? Read Stink and the World’s Worst Super-Stinky Sneakers as Stink and his fellow classmate Sophie of the Elves challenge each other to see who has the best sniffer.

You may also like: Horrible Harry in room 2B by Kline, Suzy; I even funnier by Patterson, James; Mr. Klutz is nuts! by Gutman, Dan

By jperez on January 26, 2015 Categories: Books, Fiction, Youth

Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Counting by 7s

Counting by 7s

Willow Chance is not your normal everyday 12-year old girl. She a young genius that is obsessed about counting by 7’s, passionate about all medical conditions, and is a strict vegetarian.  But after moving to a new school, Willow is immediately seen as an outcast after being accused of cheating on a test.  To fix the problem, the school district has Willow see Dell Duke, the schools counselor who has issues of his own.  Though she is an outsider at school, Willow loves who she was and loves her life until the day she discovers her parents have been involved in a tragic accident.  Until now, Willow did not need to adjust the outside world but now is forced to adapt.  Her new friend, Mai Nguyen convinces her mom to take Willow in as a temporary guardian which sparks the future for Willow. Counting by 7s is a heartbreaking story that follows Willow Chance through her personal stages of loss, grief, and happiness.

 
You may also like: Wonder by R.J. Palacio; Out of My Mind by Draper, Sharon; Mockingbird by Erskine, Kathryn
By jperez on December 13, 2014 Categories: Books, Fiction, Youth

Shatter me [sound recording]by Stirling, Lindsey

Shatter Me

Shatter Me

Have you ever wanted to listen to music and don’t know what to pick? Well, let me tell you about Lindsey Stirling’s latest CD, Shatter Me!, It is filled with upbeat music that gears your appreciation of the ability that Stirling has with the violin. I invite you take a journey with Stirling as she takes you through beats and melodies that intertwine to create her one of a kind dubstep songs. Join the rollercoaster of sound that takes you from smooth classical sounding pieces to more dramatic high pitched “JAM TO THIS” numbers that just make you want to jump up and rock it! I leave you in good hands with Lindsey Stirling in hopes that you too become a fanatic of her rhythms and style.

PS – By far my favorite is track 6 “Roundtable Rival”

 

Other albums similar to this one:

Lindsey Stirling, Lindsey Stirling; The Piano Guys, The Piano Guys; Escala, Escala; 2Cellos, Luka Sulic

By Maria R.

By jperez on November 3, 2014 Categories: Adult, Music

Hecho a Mano: suin a la colombiana(Audio CD) Monsieur Periné

Hecho_a_ManoReady to explore the music scene in other countries? Take an audio visit to Bogotá, Colombia with the new album by Monsieur Periné: Hecho a Mano.  Inspired by the “gypsy jazz” of the 1930s, these young intrepid musicians have crafted a new sound, mixing latin classics and a jazzy swing to create suin a la colombiana, or “swing, Colombian style.”  A huge part of their charm is in the way they’ve switched up classic jazz instruments for those from a more Latin tradition.  Listen for the clarinet and accordion, but also the Charango, a string instrument from the Andes, among many others. This upbeat, 12-track album is a great addition to a party mix, or just for listening in the car. Be warned: you may find it difficult to keep from dancing…

 

¿Tienes curiosidad por  saber lo que es popular en otros países? Toma un viaje musical a Bogotá, Colombia con el primer disco de Monsieur Periné: Hecho a Mano.  Ellos han creado un estilo nuevo y único, inspirado originalmente por el jazz gitano de los años treinta y como muchos otros géneros.  Aunque sea difícil definir exactamente, han llamado su estilo “suin a la colombiana”.  Gran parte de su sonido encantador viene de haber cambiado los instrumentos clásicos de jazz por instrumentos y ritmos reconocidos de música latina. Nótese el clarinete y el acordeón, pero también el Charango, un instrumento de cuerda de los Andes y varios otros más.  ¡Disfrútalo!

Review by A.smith

By MPPL on October 25, 2014 Categories: Adult, Music, Young Adult

Cocinando para el Bebé por Lisa Barnes

Cocinando para el Bebé

 

Este libro cuenta con una compilación de recetas saludables y sabrosas para bebes, las recetas estan categorizadas adecuadamente conforme el crecimiento que van llevando los bebes de 0 a 18 meses.

El libro completamente ilustrado y con capítulos de colores te ayuda a tener la información necesaria así como ideas para la alimentación de tu bebe.

Este titulo está también disponible en ingles Cooking for Baby

Si te gusto Cocinando para el Bebé, puedes leer: Lo que debe saber del primer año del bebé por Monica Esguerra o El primer año del bebé  por Heidi E. Murkoff

By hmarroquin on October 11, 2014 Categories: Uncategorized

Windows 8 Simplified

Windows 8 Simplified

Windows 8 Simplified

Are you new to computers? Do you need a refresher on the Microsoft Windows operating system? Don’t get left behind–pick up Microsoft Windows 8 Simplified today! Learn Windows’ newest operating system visually with step-by-step guides that will have you browsing the Internet and downloading your vacation photos in no time. The best part of Windows 8 Simplified? You can start anywhere: from the beginning or from the middle of the book, each lesson offers additional tips to fulfill the task at hand.

You may also like: Windows 8 for Dummies and Office 2013

By jperez on September 1, 2014 Categories: Adult, Books, Nonfiction