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A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.
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There is a great deal of difference between an eager man who wants to read a book and a tired man who wants a book to read.
G.K. Chesterton

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Trese, Leo J.The Faith Explained
Language: English, Spiritual – Format: ePub

The Faith Explained is an all-in-one handbook to help you understand, explain, and defend the great truths of the Catholic Faith. In brief and readable chapters, it explains the purpose of human existence, God and His perfections, (More) the creation and fall of man, the Incarnation, the redemption, the sacraments, sacramentals, prayer, the importance of the Bible, and much more. Perfect for RCIA classes, this book is also a magnificent refresher course on the Faith for Catholics and an illuminating resource for non-Catholics with questions about the Church.

Roberts, AndrewChurchill: Walking with Destiny
Language: English, History & Biography – Format: ePub

A landmark reconsideration of the iconoclastic war leader, based on extensive new material–from private letters to war cabinet meetings– by the bestselling, award-winning author ofNapoleonandThe Storm of War.
When we seek an (More) example of unalloyed courage, the man who comes to mind is Winston Churchill: the visionary leader, immune from the consensus of the day, who stood firmly for his beliefs when everyone doubted him. But how did young Winston become Churchill? What gave him the strength to take on the superior force of Nazi Germany when bombs rained on London and so many others had caved? InThe Storm of War, Andrew Roberts gave us a tantalizing glimpse of Churchill the war leader. Now, at last, we have the full and definitive biography, as personally revealing as it is compulsively readable, about one of the great leaders of all time.

Roberts, AndrewNapoleon. A Life
Language: English, History & Biography – Format: ePub

Austerlitz, Borodino, Waterloo: his battles are among the greatest in history, but Napoleon Bonaparte was far more than a military genius and astute leader of men. Like George Washington and his own hero Julius Caesar, he was one (More) of the greatest soldier-statesmen of all times.
Andrew Roberts’s Napoleon is the first one-volume biography to take advantage of the recent publication of Napoleon’s thirty-three thousand letters, which radically transform our understanding of his character and motivation. At last we see him as he was: protean multitasker, decisive, surprisingly willing to forgive his enemies and his errant wife Josephine. Like Churchill, he understood the strategic importance of telling his own story, and his memoirs, dictated from exile on St. Helena, became the single bestselling book of the nineteenth century.
An award-winning historian, Roberts traveled to fifty-three of Napoleon’s sixty battle sites, discovered crucial new documents in archives, and even made the long trip by boat to St. Helena. He is as acute in his understanding of politics as he is of military history. Here at last is a biography worthy of its subject: magisterial, insightful, beautifully written, by one of our foremost historians.

Dobraczynski, JanLa sombra del Padre. Historia de José de Nazareth
Language: Spanish, Novel – Format: ePub

El autor emprende la formidable tarea de rehacer no solo la vida del Santo Patriarca, sino también el entorno en el que se desarrolló.
Jan Dobraczynski es el escritor polaco más conocido de nuestro tiempo. Con La sombra del Padre (More) reafirma su calidad de narrador y constructor de novelas históricas. En esta historia novelada de José de Nazaret, emprende la formidable tarea de rehacer no solo la vida del Santo Patriarca, sino también el entorno en que se desarrolló: las dificultades que presentaba el ambiente familiar, impregnado del exigente espíritu de raza; el clima de tensión con el que los judíos esperaban la venida del Mesías; las peripecias políticas de la corte de Herodes el Grande, con sus intrigas, sus degeneraciones y sus crímenes. Para todo esto, se vale de las fuentes escriturísticas y del vasto material literario de la época descrita.”Me siento profundamente edificado por el tacto y la finura con la que Vd. ha sabido acometer un trabajo tan difícil y apasionante”, son palabras que le dirigió el cardenal Wiszynski.

Brown, BrenéEl poder de ser vulnerable
Language: Spanish, Self-Help – Format: ePub

Nuevas relaciones, entrevistas laborales, exámenes, procesos creativos, nuevos entornos profesionales… En un mundo como el nuestro, donde la perfección es la consigna y el éxito una necesidad, los desafíos nos colocan frente a (More) frente con el aspecto de nosotros mismos que más nos cuesta aceptar: la vulnerabilidad. Y sin embargo en la vulnerabilidad radica nuestra mayor fuerza.
Con sabiduría, inteligencia y sentido del humor, la profesora e investigadora Brené Brown adopta un enfoque radicalmente nuevo al plantear la posibilidad de fracaso no como una debilidad sino como el camino más directo al coraje, el compromiso, las relaciones significativas y el sentido de la propia valía. Una forma más realista e infinitamente más eficaz de perseguir los objetivos vitales, que induce al lector a dejar atrás el “¿qué dirán?” para empezar a arriesgarse a lo grande. El resultado es una propuesta necesaria y eficaz, que trasciende el plano personal e invita a rehumanizar la educación, el trabajo y las relaciones.

Wragg Sykes, RebeccaKindred: Neanderthal Life, Love, Death and Art
Language: English, History & Biography – Format: ePub

** WINNER OF THE PEN HESSELL-TILTMAN PRIZE 2021 **
‘Beautiful, evocative, authoritative.’ Professor Brian Cox
‘Important reading not just for anyone interested in these ancient cousins of ours, but also for anyone interested in (More) humanity.’ Yuval Noah Harari
Kindred is the definitive guide to the Neanderthals. Since their discovery more than 160 years ago, Neanderthals have metamorphosed from the losers of the human family tree to A-list hominins. Rebecca Wragg Sykes uses her experience at the cutting-edge of Palaeolithic research to share our new understanding of Neanderthals, shoving aside clichés of rag-clad brutes in an icy wasteland. She reveals them to be curious, clever connoisseurs of their world, technologically inventive and ecologically adaptable. Above all, they were successful survivors for more than 300,000 years, during times of massive climatic upheaval.
Much of what defines us was also in Neanderthals, and their DNA is still inside us. Planning, co-operation, altruism, craftsmanship, aesthetic sense, imagination, perhaps even a desire for transcendence beyond mortality. Kindred does for Neanderthals what Sapiens did for us, revealing a deeper, more nuanced story where humanity itself is our ancient, shared inheritance.

Rojas Estapé, MariamHow to Make Good Things Happen: Know Your Brain, Enhance Your Life
Language: English, Self-Help – Format: ePub

An empowering journey through the mechanisms of the mind from one of the world’s leading mental health experts.
For those in pursuit of a better life, psychiatrist Marian Rojas Estapé presents the essential guide to (More) neuroscience-driven mindfulness. Understanding your brain, managing your emotions, and being aware of your responses to stressors can give you greater self-control. Rather than a gimmicky guidebook, this is a thorough look at how our brains react to stress, threats, hyperstimulation, and the vices of our digital age. With proven techniques backed by solid, up-to-date psychiatric research, Estapé teaches us how to make the best of our lives.
Combining science, psychology, and philosophy, Estapé delivers practical advice about how we can cultivate a happy existence. This includes understanding the parts of the brain, setting healthy goals and objectives, strengthening willpower, cultivating emotional intelligence, developing assertiveness, avoiding excessive self-criticism and self-demand, and mastering the proven art of optimism.

Pérez-Reverte, ArturoEl italiano
Language: Spanish, Novel – Format: ePub

«Nada traiciona, tanto tiempo después, la mujer que desde hace dos años vive sola junto al mar con un perro y unos libros. Qué otra cosa, decide, sería el impulso, o el deseo, de permanecer abrazada a ese hombre para siempre. (More) Ignora qué habrá en su cabeza dentro de un par de horas, cuando la claridad del día la despeje del todo e ilumine con más crudeza su conciencia. Lo cierto es que en este momento, sin duda alguna, desearía morir si él muriera.»
En los años 1942 y 1943, durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial, buzos de combate italianos hundieron o dañaron catorce barcos aliados en Gibraltar y la bahía de Algeciras. En esta novela, inspirada en hechos reales, sólo algunos personajes y situaciones son imaginarios. Elena Arbués, una librera de veintisiete años, encuentra una madrugada mientras pasea por la playa a uno de esos buzos, desvanecido entre la arena y el agua. Al socorrerlo, la joven ignora que esa determinación cambiará su vida y que el amor será sólo parte de una peligrosa aventura.

Dueñas, MaríaSira
Language: Spanish, Novel – Format: ePub

Vuelve a sumergirte en un tiempo inolvidable. Después de El tiempo entre costuras, SIRA, la nueva novela de María Dueñas.
La Segunda Gran Guerra llega a su fin y el mundo emprende una tortuosa reconstrucción. Concluidas sus (More) funciones como colaboradora de los Servicios Secretos británicos, Sira afronta el futuro con ansias de serenidad. No lo logrará, sin embargo. El destino le tendrá preparada una trágica desventura que la obligará a reinventarse, tomar sola las riendas de su vida y luchar con garra para encauzar el porvenir.
Entre hechos históricos que marcarán una época, Jerusalén, Londres, Madrid y Tánger serán los escenarios por los que transite. En ellos afrontará desgarros y reencuentros, cometidos arriesgados y la experiencia de la maternidad.
Sira Bonnard —antes Arish Agoriuq, antes Sira Quiroga — ya no es la inocente costurera que nos deslumbró entre patrones y mensajes clandestinos, pero su atractivo permanece intacto. Vuelve Sira, carismática e inolvidable. Vuelve la protagonista de El tiempo entre costuras.

Comellas, José LuisHistoria de España moderna y contemporanea
Language: Spanish, History & Biography – Format: ePub

Desde las Cortes de Cádiz los españoles han discutido, incluso dramáticamente, lo mismos asuntos que discuten hoy. Comprender nuestra historia exige contemplar la realidad de España con amplitud, y esforzarse en conocer cómo ha (More) evolucionado esa realidad a lo largo del tiempo. Solo así puede llegar a entenderse el tiempo presente.
José Luis Comellas ha ido actualizando este libro desde su primera edición en 1988. Su texto va dirigido a todos aquellos que deseen recorrer con hondura y brevedad estos siglos de nuestra historia.
Crítica: Estamos ante una obra que pretende ejercer una función de guía, de apoyo indispensable para conocer bien la historia de España. Un libro que va dirigido tanto a universitarios como a todos aquellos que deseen recorrer con hondura y brevedad estos siglos de historia.

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Bradshaw, GillianEl faro de Alejandría
Language: Spanish, Novel – Format: ePub

Obligada por su origen noble a contraer matrimonio con el cruel gobernador Festino, la joven Caris de Éfeso huye en dirección a Alejandría disfrazada de eunuco. Su sueño es estudiar el arte de Hipócratesy dedicarse a la medicina, (More) un sueño imposible para una mujer en el año 371 d.C. No obstante las dificultades, Caris logra convertirse en médico y, gracias a sus conocimientos, acercarse a las más altas esferas del poder en pleno ocaso del Imperio Romano. Basando esta trama en una detallada descripción de la medicina hipocrática y, por encima de todo, en una cuidada y rica ambientación en la mítica Alejandría, Gillian Bradshaw ha escrito una novela de ágil lectura y gran interés histórico.

Chesterton, Gilbert KeithThe Wisdom of Father Brown
Language: English, Novel – Format: ePub

This is the second of five books of short stories about G. K. Chesterton’s fictional detective, first published in 1914. Father Brown is a short, nondescript Catholic Priest with shapeless clothes and a large umbrella who has an (More) uncanny insight into human evil. His methods, unlike those of his near contemporary Sherlock Holmes, although based on observation of details often unnoticed by others, tended to be intuitive rather than deductive. Although clearly devout, he always emphasizes rationality: despite his religiousness and his belief in God and miracles, he manages to see the perfectly ordinary, natural explanation of the problem. He is a devout, educated and “civilized” clergyman, who is totally familiar with contemporary and secular thought and behavior. His character was thought to be based on Father John O’Connor (1870 – 1952), a parish priest in Bradford, Yorkshire.

Frediani, Andrea300. Nascita di un impero
Language: Italian, Novel – Format: ePub

La battaglia di Salamina. Un grande romanzo storico di Andrea Frediani.Leonida e i suoi 300 spartani sono caduti alle Termopili, ma il loro sacrificio non è stato vano: i Greci hanno avuto il tempo di costituire un esercito e di (More) evacuare le zone minacciate dai Persiani del gran re Serse. E mentre Temistocle ed Euribiade, i due comandanti della flotta, attendono il nemico nei pressi dell’isola di Salamina, ad Atene è rimasto solo un pugno di difensori, asserragliati sull’Acropoli. Tra loro, Basilide e Labda, due profughi delle città greche d’Asia sotto il dominio persiano, e Diceo, un reduce delle Termopili.Ma Serse ha un asso nella manica: una donna, affascinante e spietata. È Artemisia, la tiranna di Alicarnasso, sua amante, consigliera, e la più abile dei suoi ammiragli. Un misterioso passato comune, però, la lega a Basilide e Labda, i soli che conoscono i suoi punti deboli e possono neutralizzarla.Mentre l’Acropoli brucia e la Grecia rischia di soccombere per sempre all’impero persiano, Temistocle comprende che la battaglia finale non può essere sulla terraferma. È solo nel mare di Salamina che i Greci hanno speranza di prevalere: tra i flutti tinti dal sangue, si affronteranno così Oriente e Occidente, per decidere chi dominerà il mondo.

Dickens, CharlesLittle Dorrit
Language: English, Novel – Format: ePub, iSilo

Born in the Marshalsea Prison for Debtors, Amy—Little Dorrit—the daughter of the ruined, but self-respectful William Dorrit, has put her entire heart in caring for her dear father, until one day her humble path is crossed by (More) Arthur Clennam. Their meeting proves providential not only for Amy’s life, but for the whole Dorrit family, whose new rise will, in many ways, be also their fall. As in all his novels, in Little Dorrit Dickens ushers us into a fascinating and startlingly rich world of human characters and destinies, where virtue and nobility cross swords with vice and villainy, where strength and weakness intertwine with prejudice and magnanimity and where the author’s inspired pen wields a compelling and unforgettable power over the readers.

Ruiz Zafón, CarlosEl palacio de la medianoche
Language: Spanish, Novel – Format: ePub

Calcuta, 1932: El corazón de las tinieblas. Un tren en llamas atraviesa la ciudad.
Un espectro de fuego siembra el terror en las sombras de la noche. Pero eso no es más que el principio. En la víspera de cumplir 16 años,Ben, (More) Sheere y sus amigos deberán enfrentarse al más terrible y mortífero enigma de la historia de la ciudad de los palacios.
Ben y Sheere son dos hermanos gemelos cuyas vidas tomaron caminos distintos tras su nacimiento: ella ha seguido una vida errante junto a su abuela, Aryami Bosé, y él ha pasado su infancia en un orfanato. Ambos se reencuentran cuando están a punto de cumplir los dieciséis años: juntos tienen que evitar caer en manos de Jawahal, un diabólico personaje.

Cervantes, Miguel deDon Quixote
Language: English, Novel – Format: ePub

Don Quixote is a Spanish novel by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. It follows the adventures of a nameless hidalgo (at the end of Part II given the name Alonso Quixano) who reads so many chivalric novels that he loses his sanity and (More) decides to set out to revive chivalry, undo wrongs, and bring justice to the world, under the name Don Quixote. He recruits a simple farmer, Sancho Panza, as his squire, who often employs a unique, earthy wit in dealing with Don Quixote’s rhetorical orations on antiquated knighthood. Don Quixote, in the first part of the book, does not see the world for what it is, and prefers to imagine that he is living out a knightly story. The story implements various themes, such as intertextuality, realism, metatheatre, and literary representation.
Published in two volumes, in 1605 and 1615, Don Quixote is considered the most influential work of literature from the Spanish Golden Age and the entire Spanish literary canon. As a founding work of modern Western literature, and one of the earliest canonical novels, it regularly appears high on lists of the greatest works of fiction ever published, such as the Bokklubben World Library collection which cites Don Quixote as authors’ choice for the “best literary work ever written”, and has been translated into more languages than any book other than the Bible. It has had major influence on the literary community.

Archer, JeffreyEl impostor
Language: Spanish, Novel – Format: ePub

Danny Cartwright, un joven de clase obrera, está a punto de casarse. Sin embargo, la noche que acude a un renombrado club del centro de Londres para celebrar su compromiso, un terrible suceso cambia su destino: en una pelea (More) callejera el hermano de su prometida es acuchillado y él es injustamente acusado de asesinato.
Tras un juicio lleno de irregularidades y víctima de un abogado defensor inexperto, Danny es condenado a veinte años de cárcel por homicidio. El plácido futuro que él imaginaba con su mujer, su familia y su nuevo empleo se esfuma; su vida ahora es la prisión. Por fortuna, encuentra el apoyo de sus compañeros de celda para soportar el encierro y no tarda en vislumbrar la posibilidad de un arriesgado engaño que le devuelva la libertad y le permita vengarse del verdadero culpable.

Dostoiewski, FedorThe Brothers Karamazov
Language: English, Novel – Format: ePub

The Brothers Karamazov (Russian: Братья Карамазовы) is the final novel by the Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky, and is generally considered the culmination of his life’s work. The book portrays a parricide in which each of a (More) murdered man’s sons share a varying degree of complicity. The Brothers Karamazov is a passionate philosophical novel that explores deep into the ethical debates of God, free will, and morality. It is a spiritual drama of moral struggles concerning faith, doubt, reason, and modern Russia. Since its publication, it has been acclaimed all over the world by thinkers as diverse as Sigmund Freud, Albert Einstein, and Pope Benedict XVI as one of the supreme achievements in literature.

Du Maurier, DaphneRebecca
Language: English, Novel – Format: ePub

Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again …
The novel begins in Monte Carlo, where our heroine is swept off her feet by the dashing widower Maxim de Winter and his sudden proposal of marriage. Orphaned and working as a lady’s (More) maid, she can barely believe her luck. It is only when they arrive at his massive country estate that she realizes how large a shadow his late wife will cast over their lives–presenting her with a lingering evil that threatens to destroy their marriage from beyond the grave.

Casona, AlejandroLos arboles mueren de pie
Language: Spanish, Theater Play – Format: ePub, iSilo

Los árboles mueren de pie es una obra teatral del dramaturgo español Alejandro Casona, extrenada en 1949.
El señor Balboa (abuelo) tenía un nieto desalmado al que, en su momento, tuvo que echar de casa (hecho que ocultó a su (More) esposa). Desde entonces él mismo se hacía llegar cartas que en teoría se las mandaba su nieto a la abuela (su esposa). El nieto real decide volver a su hogar (en busca de dinero) pero el barco en el que venía naufraga. Balboa contrata a un imitador y hacedor de ilusiones benéficas (Mauricio) en conjunto con una linda muchacha (Isabel), para que finja ser el nieto perdido y «su feliz esposa» ante la abuela; los alecciona y logra que den el pego.
Pero… llega por sorpresa el malvado y verdadero nieto, que no ha muerto como se creía. Por fin, la abuela se entera del engaño, pero decide no comentarlo al imitador ni a la muchacha, como agradecimiento por los días felices que le han hecho vivir y, en definitiva, con el mismo objetivo que la pareja y la institución de Mauricio habían ido a realizar allí: hacer realidad ilusiones.

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