Dangerous Books For Girls

Autor: Maya Rodale
ISBN: 9780990635628
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Long before clinch covers and bodice rippers, romance novels had a bad reputation as the lowbrow lit of desperate housewives and hopeless spinsters. But why were these books-the escape and entertainment of choice for millions of women-singled out for scorn and shame? Dangerous Books for Girls examines the secret history of the genre's bad reputation-from the "damned mob of scribbling women" in the nineteenth century to the sexy mass-market paperbacks of the twentieth century-and shows how romance novels have inspired and empowered generations of women to dream big, refuse to settle, and believe they're worth it. For every woman who has ever hidden the cover of a romance-and every woman who has been curious about those "Fabio books"-Dangerous Books For Girls shows why there's no room for guilt when reading for pleasure.

A Natural History Of The Romance Novel

Autor: Pamela Regis
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 9780812203103
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The romance novel has the strange distinction of being the most popular but least respected of literary genres. While it remains consistently dominant in bookstores and on best-seller lists, it is also widely dismissed by the critical community. Scholars have alleged that romance novels help create subservient readers, who are largely women, by confining heroines to stories that ignore issues other than love and marriage. Pamela Regis argues that such critical studies fail to take into consideration the personal choice of readers, offer any true definition of the romance novel, or discuss the nature and scope of the genre. Presenting the counterclaim that the romance novel does not enslave women but, on the contrary, is about celebrating freedom and joy, Regis offers a definition that provides critics with an expanded vocabulary for discussing a genre that is both classic and contemporary, sexy and entertaining. Taking the stance that the popular romance novel is a work of literature with a brilliant pedigree, Regis asserts that it is also a very old, stable form. She traces the literary history of the romance novel from canonical works such as Richardson's Pamela through Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Brontë's Jane Eyre, and E. M. Hull's The Sheik, and then turns to more contemporary works such as the novels of Georgette Heyer, Mary Stewart, Janet Dailey, Jayne Ann Krentz, and Nora Roberts.

How The French Invented Love

Autor: Marilyn Yalom
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062048325
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“Absolutely marvelous…lively and learned….Marilyn Yalom’s book is a distinguished contribution to our experience of a great literature, as well as an endearing memoir.” —Diane Johnson, author of Lulu in Marrakech and Le Divorce “[An] enchanting tour of French literature—from Abelard and Heloise in the 12th century to Marguerite Duras in the 20th and Philippe Sollers in the 21st.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review) How the French Invented Love is an entertaining and masterful history of love à la française by acclaimed scholar Marilyn Yalom. Spanning the Middle Ages to the present, Yalom explores a love-obsessed culture through its great works of literature—from Moliere’s comic love to the tragic love of Racine, from the existential love of Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre to the romanticism of George Sand and Alfred de Musset. A thoroughly engaging homage to French culture and literature interlaced with the author’s delicious personal anecdotes, How the French Invented Love is ideal for fans of Alain de Botton, Adam Gopnik, and Simon Schama.

The Peril Finders

Autor: George Manville Fenn
Publisher: Krill Press via PublishDrive
ISBN: 1531231748
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George Manville Fenn was an English novelist and journalist who wrote across a variety of genres, both fiction and nonfiction. His works are still widely read today.

Dark Persuasion

Autor: Vicki Hopkins
ISBN: 9780983295976
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Blind since she was eight, Charlotte Gray couldn't believe that anyone in high society would care to introduce her to potential suitors. Two brothers become rivals for her affections. Pressured by her family to accept Patrick Rochester's proposal of marriage, her surrender introduces her into the world of passion at the artful hands of a mysterious man. When the dark and alluring husband finally conquers her heart, a shocking secret about his true identity unfolds.

Mostly A Lady

Autor: Lisa Manuel
Publisher: Zebra Books
ISBN: 9780821776490
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After masquerading as a great lady in order to save her life, a woman captures the attention of a compelling man who doesn't know her true identity, but wants her in his arms. Original.

Myths Of The Middle Ages

Autor: Sabine Baring-Gould
Publisher: Blandford Press
ISBN: 9780713726077
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Newly edited version of the 1869 collection CURIOUS MYTHS

The Bridegroom

Autor: Linda Lael Miller
Publisher: HQN Books
ISBN: 1488095604
File Size: 18,46 MB
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Be swept away on the Arizona frontier in a tale of passion, adventure and dangerous promises… Don’t miss this beloved classic from #1 New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller. Undercover agent Gideon Yarbro is renowned for stopping outlaws almost before they commit a crime. But now he must stop a wedding—despite the bride’s resistance. Lydia Fairmont will lose everything if she doesn’t honor her betrothal to a heartless banker. The only loophole is if she marries someone else instead, but to her, one loveless match is the same as another. It’s not good enough for Gideon. Determined to honor his own decade-old promise to help Lydia, he carries her off to Stone Creek and makes her his reluctant wife. Forget a honeymoon for “show”—not with a vengeful ex-fiancé on their trail and a hired gun on the loose. But there just might be hope for the marriage…and two hearts meant for each other. Originally published in 2009