The Lightness Book
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

The Lightness


  • Author : Emily Temple
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release Date : 2020-06-16
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9780062905345

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The Lightness Excerpt :

“A teen thriller in the vein of the ‘90s horror movie The Craft . . . A beautiful meditation on meditation . . . Frequently hilarious, and thoughtful throughout.” —The New York Times Book Review "The Lightness could be the love child of Donna Tartt and Tana French, but its savage, glittering magic is all Emily Temple’s own." —Chloe Benjamin, New York Times bestselling author of The Immortalists A Belletrist Book Club Pick! A Most Anticipated Novel by Entertainment Weekly • USA Today • Marie Claire • Elle • WSJ. Magazine • Glamour • Vulture • Bustle • Buzzfeed • The Millions • The Philadelphia Inquirer • Minneapolis Star Tribune • The Daily Beast • Refinery 29 • Publishers Weekly • Literary Hub • Electric Literature • and more! A stylish, stunningly precise, and suspenseful meditation on adolescent desire, female friendship, and the female body that shimmers with rage, wit, and fierce longing—an audacious, darkly observant, and mordantly funny literary debut for fans of Emma Cline, Ottessa Moshfegh, and Jenny Offill. One year ago, the person Olivia adores most in the world, her father, left home for a meditation retreat in the mountains and never returned. Yearning to make sense of his shocking departure and to escape her overbearing mother—a woman as grounded as her father is mercurial—Olivia runs away from home and retraces his path to a place known as the Levitation Center. Once there, she enrolls in their summer program for troubled teens, which Olivia refers to as “Buddhist Boot Camp for Bad Girls”. Soon, she finds herself drawn into the company of a close-knit trio of girls determined to transcend their circumstances, by any means necessary. Led by the elusive and beautiful Serena, and her aloof, secretive acolytes, Janet and Laurel, the girls decide this is the summer they will finally achieve enlightenment—and learn to levitate, to defy the weight of their bodies, to experience ultimate lightness. But

Unbearable Lightness Book
Score: 4
From 38 Ratings

Unbearable Lightness


  • Author : Portia de Rossi
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2011-03-03
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781849835275

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Unbearable Lightness Excerpt :

"I didn't decide to become anorexic. It snuck up on me disguised as a healthy diet, a professional attitude. Although there was a certain glamour to anorexics, I didn't want to be one. I just wanted to excel in dieting. And weighing in at 80 pounds on 300 calories a day, I was the best little dieter there ever was." In scalding prose, Portia de Rossi reveals the pain and illness that haunted her for decades. She alternately starved herself and binged, putting her life in danger and lying to herself and everyone around her about the depth of her illness. From her lowest point, Portia began the painful climb back to health and happiness, ultimately falling head over heels in love with Ellen DeGeneres. In this remarkable and landmark book, she tells a story that inspires hope and nourishes the spirit.

The Lightness of Hands Book

The Lightness of Hands


  • Author : Jeff Garvin
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release Date : 2020-04-14
  • Genre: Young Adult Fiction
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 9780062382917

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The Lightness of Hands Excerpt :

A quirky and heartfelt coming-of-age story about a teen girl with bipolar II who signs her failed magician father up to perform his legendary but failed illusion on live TV in order to make enough money to pay for the medications they need—from the author of Symptoms of Being Human. Perfect for fans of Adi Alsaid, David Arnold, and Arvin Ahmadi. Sixteen-year-old Ellie Dante is desperate for something in her life to finally go right. Her father was a famous stage magician until he attempted an epic illusion on live TV—and failed. Now Ellie lives with her dad in a beat-up RV, attending high school online and performing with him at birthday parties and bars across the Midwest to make ends meet. But when the gigs dry up, their insurance lapses, leaving Dad’s heart condition unchecked and forcing Ellie to battle her bipolar II disorder without medication. Then Ellie receives a call from a famous magic duo, who offer fifteen thousand dollars and a shot at redemption: they want her father to perform the illusion that wrecked his career—on their live TV special, which shoots in Los Angeles in ten days. Ellie knows her dad will refuse—but she takes the deal anyway, then lies to persuade him to head west. With the help of her online-only best friend and an unusual guy she teams up with along the way, Ellie makes a plan to stage his comeback. But when her lie is exposed, she’ll have to confront her illness and her choices head-on to save her father—and herself.

The Unbearable Lightness of Being Book
Score: 3.5
From 100 Ratings

The Unbearable Lightness of Being


  • Author : Milan Kundera
  • Publisher : Faber & Faber
  • Release Date : 2020-11-09
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9780571367641

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The Unbearable Lightness of Being Excerpt :

'A cult figure.' Guardian 'A dark and brilliant achievement.' Ian McEwan 'Shamelessly clever ... Exhilaratingly subversive and funny.' Independent 'A modern classic ... As relevant now as when it was first published. ' John Banville A young woman is in love with a successful surgeon; a man torn between his love for her and his womanising. His mistress, a free-spirited artist, lives her life as a series of betrayals; while her other lover stands to lose everything because of his noble qualities. In a world where lives are shaped by choices and events, and everything occurs but once, existence seems to lose its substance and weight - and we feel 'the unbearable lightness of being'. The Unbearable Lightness of Being encompasses passion and philosophy, infidelity and ideas, the Prague Spring and modern America, political acts and private desires, comedy and tragedy - in fact, all of human existence. What readers are saying: 'Some books change your mind, some change your heart, the very best change your whole world ... A mighty piece of work, that will shape your life forever.' 'One of the best books I've ever read ... A book about love and life, full of surprises. Beautiful.' 'This book is going to change your life ... It definitely leaves you with a hangover after you're done reading.' 'A must read - loved it, such beautiful observations on life, love and sexuality.' 'Kundera writes about love as if in a trance so the beauty of it is enchanting and dreamy ... Will stay with you forever.' 'A beautiful novel that helps you understand life better ... Loved it.' 'One of those rare novels full of depth and insight into the human condition ... Got me reading Camus and Sartre.' 'One of the best books I have ever read ... An intellectual love story if ever there was one.'

The Lightness of Being Book

The Lightness of Being


  • Author : Frank Wilczek
  • Publisher : Basic Books
  • Release Date : 2009-03-25
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 292
  • ISBN 10 : 9780786731688

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The Lightness of Being Excerpt :

Our understanding of nature's deepest reality has changed radically, but almost without our noticing, over the past twenty-five years. Transcending the clash of older ideas about matter and space, acclaimed physicist Frank Wilczek explains a remarkable new discovery: matter is built from almost weightless units, and pure energy is the ultimate source of mass. He calls it “The Lightness of Being.” Space is no mere container, empty and passive. It is a dynamic Grid—a modern ether— and its spontaneous activity creates and destroys particles. This new understanding of mass explains the puzzling feebleness of gravity, and a gorgeous unification of all the forces comes sharply into focus. The Lightness of Being is the first book to explore the implications of these revolutionary ideas about mass, energy, and the nature of “empty space.” In it, Wilczek masterfully presents new perspectives on our incredible universe and envisions a new golden age of fundamental physics.

The Unbearable Lightness of Scones Book
Score: 4
From 19 Ratings

The Unbearable Lightness of Scones


  • Author : Alexander McCall Smith
  • Publisher : Anchor
  • Release Date : 2010-01-12
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307476746

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The Unbearable Lightness of Scones Excerpt :

44 SCOTLAND STREET - Book 5 The residents and neighbors of 44 Scotland Street and the city of Edinburgh come to vivid life in these gently satirical, wonderfully perceptive serial novels, featuring six-year-old Bertie, a remarkably precocious boy—just ask his mother. Featuring all the quirky characters we have come to know and love, The Unbearable Lightness of Scones, finds Bertie, the precocious six-year-old, still troubled by his rather overbearing mother, Irene, but seeking his escape in the Cub Scouts. Matthew is rising to the challenge of married life with newfound strength and resolve, while Domenica epitomizes the loneliness of the long-distance intellectual. Cyril, the gold-toothed star of the whole show, succumbs to the kind of romantic temptation that no dog can resist and creates a small problem, or rather six of them, for his friend and owner Angus Lordie. With his customary deftness, Alexander McCall Smith once again brings us an absorbing and entertaining tale of some of Scotland's most quirky and beloved characters--all set in the beautiful, stoic city of Edinburgh.

Italo Calvino s Architecture of Lightness Book

Italo Calvino s Architecture of Lightness


  • Author : Letizia Modena
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2011-05-09
  • Genre: Architecture
  • Pages : 284
  • ISBN 10 : 9781136730603

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Italo Calvino s Architecture of Lightness Excerpt :

This study recovers Italo Calvino's central place in a lost history of interdisciplinary thought, politics, and literary philosophy in the 1960s. Drawing on his letters, essays, critical reviews, and fiction, as well as a wide range of works -- primarily urban planning and design theory and history -- circulating among his primary interlocutors, this book takes as its point of departure a sweeping reinterpretation of Invisible Cities. Passages from Calvino's most famous novel routinely appear as aphorisms in calendars, posters, and the popular literature of inspiration and self-help, reducing the novel to vague abstractions and totalizing wisdom about thinking outside the box. The shadow of postmodern studies has had a similarly diminishing effect on this text, rendering up an accomplished but ultimately apolitical novelistic experimentation in endless deconstructive deferrals, the shiny surfaces of play, and the ultimately rigged game of self-referentiality. In contrast, this study draws on an archive of untranslated Italian- and French-language materials on urban planning, architecture, and utopian architecture to argue that Calvino's novel in fact introduces readers to the material history of urban renewal in Italy, France, and the U.S. in the 1960s, as well as the multidisciplinary core of cultural life in that decade: the complex and continuous interplay among novelists and architects, scientists and artists, literary historians and visual studies scholars. His last love poem for the dying city was in fact profoundly engaged, deeply committed to the ethical dimensions of both architecture and lived experience in the spaces of modernity as well as the resistant practices of reading and utopian imagining that his urban studies in turn inspired.

The Lightness of Air Book

The Lightness of Air


  • Author : Angela Miller-Rothbart
  • Publisher : Texture Publishing
  • Release Date : 2022-03-29
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 239
  • ISBN 10 : 9781776344000

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The Lightness of Air Excerpt :

In 1920, after leaving their home in Russia, the brothers Samuel and Isaac Harris arrive on the shores of America. They each carry a battered brown suitcase containing their only possessions. The following year, Yetta, Samuel’s bride, follows him, bringing with her his mother’s silver candlesticks. In 1945, Helena Jablonski, having survived the ravages of war in Europe and the loss of her family, sets out on a courageous journey to reach Palestine. She is joined by Sofia, her childhood friend, who she meets up with after she’s liberated. Drawn into a world she could not have imagined in the dark days of her internment in the concentration camps, Helena meets the motherly Rachel, with whom she forms an instant and lasting bond, and Max Harris, the young American volunteer who will define her destiny. As past and present collide, new friendships are formed and characters reappear who will bring her face to face with the hard truth of forgiveness and the transformative power of love. Helena’s extraordinary journey takes her from Poland to Paris, New York to the Middle East, and to the winelands of Paarl in South Africa. She will linger in your memory long after you have turned the last page.

Bad Behavior Book
Score: 3.5
From 18 Ratings

Bad Behavior


  • Author : Mary Gaitskill
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2012-03-13
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9781451687071

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Bad Behavior Excerpt :

A trade paperback reissue of National Book Award finalist Mary Gaitskill’s debut collection, Bad Behavior—powerful stories about dislocation, longing, and desire which depict a disenchanted and rebellious urban fringe generation that is searching for human connection. • Now a classic: Bad Behavior made critical waves when it first published, heralding Gaitskill’s arrival on the literary scene and her establishment as one of the sharpest, erotically charged, and audaciously funny writing talents of contemporary literature. Michiko Kakutani of The New York Times called it “Pinteresque,” saying, “Ms. Gaitskill writes with such authority, such radar-perfect detail, that she is able to make even the most extreme situations seem real… her reportorial candor, uncompromised by sentimentality or voyeuristic charm…underscores the strength of her debut.”

Heart of Lightness Book

Heart of Lightness


  • Author : Edith L. B. Turner
  • Publisher : Berghahn Books
  • Release Date : 2005
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 293
  • ISBN 10 : 1845451279

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Heart of Lightness Excerpt :

Edie and Victor Turner were among the most influential researchers in the 20th century. Together they raised the idea of participant observation to heights most anthropologists never achieve. These memoirs are a testimony to a remarkable partnership and to Edie Turner's own achievements after Victor's death.

The Unbearable Lightness of Dragons Book

The Unbearable Lightness of Dragons


  • Author : Katie Macalister
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2011-05-03
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9781101514900

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The Unbearable Lightness of Dragons Excerpt :

View our feature on Katie MacAlister’s The Unbearable Lightness of Dragons. Ysolde Bouchier is still coming to terms with the dragon part of her, while at the same time trying to free a friend of Baltic-her Black Dragon lover-from the weyr, get Baltic to meet with the dragons who want him dead, rescue a half-dragon damsel in over her head, raise the shade of the man everyone says killed her, and once and for all clear Baltic's name of the murder charges that continue to plague him. For Ysolde, being a dragon is starting to bite.

The Alchemy of Lightness Book

The Alchemy of Lightness


  • Author : Dominique Barbier
  • Publisher : Trafalgar Square Books
  • Release Date : 2018-02-01
  • Genre: Sports & Recreation
  • Pages : 144
  • ISBN 10 : 9781570768941

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The Alchemy of Lightness Excerpt :

Within these pages lies an ambitious study of the interplay of mechanisms put in motion when man and horse meet, communicate, and ultimately become one. Dominique Barbier and Dr. Maria Katsamanis examine how “lightness” is generated, using the simple and elegant basics of the universe—atoms and molecules—which exist all around us. Scientific findings and theoretical underpinnings allow us to better understand how lightness with a horse occurs—and how to harness it. Discover practical guideposts for the mechanics of “riding in lightness,” including: • Five common misconceptions about riding and horses • Seven keys to meeting the challenges we so often face when working with horses • Four elements necessary to ensuring the horse’s comfort and willingness to join us in “the dance”

12 Steps to a Lightness of Being Book

12 Steps to a Lightness of Being


  • Author : Sarah Goddard Neves
  • Publisher : Light Technology Publishing
  • Release Date : 2013-10-25
  • Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Pages : 160
  • ISBN 10 : 9781622337224

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12 Steps to a Lightness of Being Excerpt :

This unique book has been designed as if you were taking a very special spiritual development course in the comfort of your own home. Through its wisdom and guided meditations -- included on the enclosed CDs included with the print edition to boost empowerment --ÿ12 Steps to a Lightness of Beingÿwill gradually but surely lift your vibration and awaken you. Therefore, to get the most out of it, decide now not to rush it but to read it slowly. Take as long as you need on each step before moving on to the next. Commit to doing each meditation or visualization, giving yourself some quiet, undisturbed time to do this, and recall your meditation experiences and insights afterward. By doing so, you will get the most out of reading this book.

The Epistemic Lightness of Truth Book

The Epistemic Lightness of Truth


  • Author : Cezary Cieśliński
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2017-12-07
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 312
  • ISBN 10 : 9781107197657

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The Epistemic Lightness of Truth Excerpt :

This volume explores the deflationary claim of the innocence of truth, taking into account recent results on axiomatic truth theories.

The Books That Changed My Life Book
Score: 3.5
From 4 Ratings

The Books That Changed My Life


  • Author : Bethanne Patrick
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2016-03-29
  • Genre: Literary Collections
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9781942872290

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The Books That Changed My Life Excerpt :

One hundred of today’s most prominent literary and cultural icons talk about the books that hold a special place in their hearts—that made them who they are today. Leading authors, politicians, CEOs, actors, and other notables share the books that changed their life, why they love them, and their passion with readers everywhere. Regan Arts has teamed up with the literary charity 826National, which will receive a portion of the book’s proceeds to provide students ages 6–18 with opportunities to explore their creativity and improve their writing skills. Contributors include Al Roker, Carl Hiaasen, Dave Eggers, Emma Straub, Eric Idle, Fay Weldon, Fran Lebowitz, Gillian Flynn, Gregory Maguire, Jeff Kinney, Jim Shepard, Laura Lippmann, Lev Grossman, Liev Schreiber, Margaret Atwood, Mayim Bialik, Nelson DeMille, Rosanne Cash, Susan Orlean, Tim Gunn, and Tommy Hilfiger, among others.