In Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson´s Mentats of Dune, the thinking machines have been defeated but the struggle for humanity’s future continues. Gilbertus Albans has founded the Mentat School, a place where humans can learn the efficient techniques of thinking machines. But Gilbertus walks an uneasy line between his own convictions and compromises in order to survive the Butlerian fanatics, led by the madman Manford Torondo and his Swordmaster Anari Idaho. Mother Superior Raquella attempts to rebuild her Sisterhood School on Wallach IX, with her most talented and ambitious student, Valya Harkonnen, who also has another goal - to exact revenge on Vorian Atreides, the legendary hero of the Jihad, whom she blames for her family’s downfall. Meanwhile, Josef Venport conducts his own war against the Butlerians. VenHold Spacing Fleet controls nearly all commerce thanks to the superior mutated Navigators that Venport has created, and he places a ruthless embargo on any planet that accepts Manford Torondo’s anti-technology pledge, hoping to starve them into submission. But fanatics rarely surrender easily . . . The Mentats, the Navigators, and the Sisterhood all strive to improve the human race, but each group knows that as Butlerian fanaticism grows stronger, the battle will be to choose the path of humanity’s future - whether to embrace civilization, or to plunge into an endless dark age. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Scott Brick. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/aren/001758/bk_aren_001758_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Named a most anticipated book of the summer by O Magazine, People, Chicago Tribune, NY Post, InStyle, Good Housekeeping, Daily Beast, PopSugar, and LitHub ´´Everything about this brilliant debut cuts deep: the humor, the wisdom, the pathos. Claire Lombardo writes like she´s been doing it for a hundred years, and like she´s been alive for a thousand.´´--Rebecca Makkai, author of The Great Believers ´´Outstanding...[the] literary love child of Jonathan Franzen and Anne Tyler.´´--The Guardian When Marilyn Connolly and David Sorenson fall in love in the 1970s, they are blithely ignorant of all that´s to come. By 2016, their four radically different daughters are each in a state of unrest: Wendy, widowed young, soothes herself with booze and younger men; Violet, a litigator-turned-stay-at-home-mom, battles anxiety and self-doubt when the darkest part of her past resurfaces; Liza, a neurotic and newly tenured professor, finds herself pregnant with a baby she´s not sure she wants by a man she´s not sure she loves; and Grace, the dawdling youngest daughter, begins living a lie that no one in her family even suspects. Above it all, the daughters share the lingering fear that they will never find a love quite like their parents´. As the novel moves through the tumultuous year following the arrival of Jonah Bendt--given up by one of the daughters in a closed adoption fifteen years before--we are shown the rich and varied tapestry of the Sorensons´ past: years marred by adolescence, infidelity, and resentment, but also the transcendent moments of joy that make everything else worthwhile. Spanning nearly half a century, and set against the quintessential American backdrop of Chicago and its prospering suburbs, Lombardo´s debut explores the triumphs and burdens of love, the fraught tethers of parenthood and sisterhood, and the baffling mixture of affection, abhorrence, resistance, and submission we feel for those closest to us. In painting this luminous portrait of a family´s becoming, Lombardo joins the ranks of writers such as Celeste Ng, Elizabeth Strout, and Jonathan Franzen as visionary chroniclers of our modern lives.
This collection of intimate #MeToo stories of rape, incest, and sexual misconduct will grab your attention from the very start. These stories were written by courageous women here remind us of the ugliness, the humiliation, and the prevalence of sexual harassment and assault in the workplace. Star, Aly, Skye, Summer, and Roxy: What do these five women have in common? They transcend the sexual harassment controversy under the strangest circumstances imaginable. They meet in a sex-positive environment and share the best antidote known to ease their pain and suffering: self-pleasure. That’s right. These brave and enterprising women join a sisterhood dedicated to soothing their injured hearts by reconnecting with their lost, but not forgotten, insatiable appetite for sex. Here are the prompts for today’s class: Tell us a little about yourself. What’s your #MeToo story? What brought you to the club? How old were you when you masturbated for the first time and how did you like it? What’s your favorite sex toy? What’s your favorite love poem? Warning: This audiobook contains stories of sexual harassment, domination, submission, and explicit descriptions of sexual activity, women’s erotica and much, much more. 1. Language: English. Narrator: full cast. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/110988/bk_acx0_110988_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.