The Seamstress by Frances de Pontes Peebles
A brilliant new talent makes her fiction debut with an incandescent saga of family and loyalty set in 1930’s Brazil. Over the course of the book, readers are taken on a deeply satisfying journey that brings to life a faraway time and place. This adventure intricately depicts lush and exotic locales while delving into universal themes and uncovering the mysteries of the human heart. An enthralling novel of love and courage, The Seamstress is impeccably drawn, rich in depth and vision, and heralds the arrival of a supremely talented new writer.
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Sigrid Undset Biography – first time translated into English
For the first time ever, a Sigrid Undset biography has been translated into English. The translation by Tiina Nunnally is entitled “Inside the Gate: Sigrid Undset’s Life at Bjerkebaek” and recently won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction in the category of translation. The original biography about the Norwegian author and Nobel Prize laureate was written by Nan Bentzen Skille under the title “Innenfor gjerdet. Hos Sigrid Undset på Bjerkebaek”. Skille has actively engaged in disseminating information about Sigrid Undset’s literary production for many years.
Presenting the book, the publishers, Aschehoug write,
– “It is the connection between the successful and the difficult sides of the Nobel Prize winner’s life that Nan Bentzen Skille conveys as she steps inside the gate at Bjerkebæk and enters Undset’s home. Combining the utmost probity and earnestness with a lively narrative and sense of humor, Bentzen Skille offers the reader a portrait of Sigrid Undset that has never been seen before.”
– “Behind her reserved exterior, Sigrid Undset was a person with an intense emotional life and a rich creative disposition. Concealed inside the gate at Bjerkebæk in Lillehammer were a luxuriant garden and a home filled with books and children, hard work, sorrows and joys. Especially striking is the story of the children at Bjerkebæk, which presents an unforgettable portrait of a mother who felt the greatest concern for her offspring but was also burdened by despair.”
Overseas readers of The Norway Post may order the book at www.norli.no
The Languages of the World by Kenneth Katzner
The Languages of the World is an indispensable handbook on the subject of languages, peoples, and language families. Its user-friendly style and layout, original passages and exotic scripts will delight anyone doing business with non-English speaking clients or having an interest in languages and cultures.
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Gestures – TheDO’s and TABOOSs of Body Language Around the World by Roger W. Axtell
As featured in the New York Times and Reader’s Digest “An eye-opener into the pitfalls awaiting the unaware traveler.” —Washington Post “Can save the innocent abroad from great gobs of serious trouble.” —Chicago Tribune Before you raise your hand to signal the waiter, extend your thumb to hitchhike, or flash the “O.K.” sign with thumb and forefinger, Stop! Think of where you are and exactly what you are trying to say—otherwise you could create an international incident. Remember when President Bush thought he was flashing the “V” for Victory sign to cheering Australians? (See inside.) Exploring the ins and outs of body language from head to toe, this newly revised and expanded edition of Roger Axtell’s indispensable guide takes you all around the world of gestures—what they mean, how to use them, and when to avoid them. This latest edition includes:
- Updates about the 200 most popular gestures and signals—and dozens of new examples
- New sections covering special gestures—from American Sign Language and tai chi to flirting and kissing
- Information to guide you through gestures country by country—from Switzerland to Japan, Nigeria to the Netherlands
- Amusing anecdotes and helpful hypothetical scenario