The Magician s Assistant Book
Score: 3.5
From 78 Ratings

The Magician s Assistant


  • Author : Ann Patchett
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release Date : 2004-09-17
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN 10 : 9780547548791

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The Magician s Assistant Excerpt :

Sabine—twenty years a magician's assistant to her handsome, charming husband—is suddenly a widow. In the wake of his death, she finds he has left a final trick; a false identity and a family allegedly lost in a tragic accident but now revealed as very much alive and well. Named as heirs in his will, they enter Sabine's life and set her on an adventure of unraveling his secrets, from sunny Los Angeles to the windswept plains of Nebraska, that will work its own sort of magic on her.

The Magician s Assistant Book
Score: 3.5
From 75 Ratings

The Magician s Assistant


  • Author : Ann Patchett
  • Publisher : Harper Perennial
  • Release Date : 1998
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 357
  • ISBN 10 : 0156006219

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The Magician s Assistant Excerpt :

A secretive magician’s death becomes the catalyst for his partner’s journey of self-discovery in this “enchanting” book (San Francisco Chronicle) “that is something of a magic trick in itself-a 1990s love story with the grace and charm of a nineteenth-century novel” (Newsweek).

The Magician s Assistant Book
Score: 4
From 72 Ratings

The Magician s Assistant


  • Author : Ann Patchett
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2013
  • Genre: Bereavement
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : OCLC:939625797

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The Magician s Assistant Excerpt :

When Sabine's magician husband Parsifal dies of AIDS his estranged mother and sisters appear to request Sabine's help. She leaves her beloved Los Angeles for the frozen wastes of Nebraska where she learns the truth about Parsifal's family and discovers some magic of her own.

The Magician s Apprentice Book
Score: 3.5
From 22 Ratings

The Magician s Apprentice


  • Author : Trudi Canavan
  • Publisher : Orbit
  • Release Date : 2009-02-23
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 800
  • ISBN 10 : 9780316069960

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The Magician s Apprentice Excerpt :

Taking place hundreds of years before the events of The Magicians' Guild, The Magician's Apprentice is the new novel set in the world of Trudi Canavan's Black Magician trilogy. In the remote village of Mandryn, Tessia serves as assistant to her father, the village Healer. Her mother would rather she found a husband. But her life is about to take a very unexpected turn. When the advances of a visiting Sachakan mage get violent, Tessia unconsciously taps unknown reserves of magic to defend herself. Lord Dakon, the local magician, takes Tessia under his wing as an apprentice. The hours are long and the work arduous, but soon an exciting new world opens up to her. There are fine clothes and servants and - to Tessia's delight - regular trips to the great city of Imardin. However, Tessia is about to discover that her magical gifts bring with them a great deal of responsibility. For a storm is approaching that threatens to tear her world apart.

The Magician s Assistant Book
Score: 4
From 72 Ratings

The Magician s Assistant


  • Author : Ann Patchett
  • Publisher : Harcourt
  • Release Date : 1997
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 359
  • ISBN 10 : UOM:39015062111110

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The Magician s Assistant Excerpt :

After the death of a homosexual magician, his female assistant journeys from Los Angeles to Nebraska in search of the man's hidden past and discovers his estranged family, as well as the love she has always been denied. Tour.

Taft Book
Score: 3.5
From 17 Ratings

Taft


  • Author : Ann Patchett
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Release Date : 2011-03-30
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 290
  • ISBN 10 : 9780547524153

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Taft Excerpt :

An ex-jazz drummer wants nothing more than to be a good father in this moving family novel by the New York Times–bestselling author of The Dutch House. When his lover takes away his son, he's left only with his Beale Street, Memphis bar. He hires a young waitress named Fay Taft who brings with her a desperate, dangerous brother, Carl, and the possibility of new intimacy. Nickel finds himself consumed with Fay and Carl's dead father—Taft—obsessing over and reconstructing the life of a man he never met. A stunning artistic achievement, Taft confirms Ann Pathcett's standing as one of the most gifted writers of her generation and reminds us of our deepest instincts to protect the people we love. “What could be merely a literary parlor trick—keeping three stories in the air at once—becomes…as resonant as a blues song, each story harmonizing with and answering others…. Expect miracles when you read Ann Patchett’s fiction.”—New York Times “A moving emblem of fatherhood’s rarely explored passion.”—Los Angeles Times "Patchett writes with remarkable conviction and attention to telling detail…. [She] is excellent at portraying the steady love and interest that holds the family members together, even though that love and interest isn't always successful in preserving the members from danger.”—Jane Smiley, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Golden Age “Strikingly original.”—Kirkus Reviews

Ann Dvorak Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

Ann Dvorak


  • Author : Christina Rice
  • Publisher : University Press of Kentucky
  • Release Date : 2013-11-14
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9780813144399

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Ann Dvorak Excerpt :

Possessing a unique beauty and refined acting skills, Ann Dvorak (1911--1979) found success in Hollywood at a time when many actors were still struggling to adapt to the era of talkies. Seemingly destined for A-list fame, critics touted her as "Hollywood's New Cinderella" after film mogul Howard Hughes cast her as Cesca in the gangster film Scarface (1932). Dvorak's journey to superstardom was derailed when she walked out on her contractual obligations to Warner Bros. for an extended honeymoon. Later, she initiated a legal dispute over her contract, an action that was unprecedented at a time when studios exercised complete control over actors' careers. As the first full-length biography of an often-overlooked actress, Ann Dvorak: Hollywood's Forgotten Rebel explores the life and career of one of the first individuals who dared to challenge the studio system that ruled Tinseltown. The actress reached her pinnacle during the early 1930s, when the film industry was relatively uncensored and free to produce movies with more daring storylines. She played several female leads in films including The Strange Love of Molly Louvain (1932), Three on a Match (1932), and Heat Lightning (1934), but after her walk-out, Warner Bros retaliated by casting her in less significant roles. Following the casting conflicts and illness, Dvorak filed a lawsuit against the Warner Bros. studio, setting a precedent for other stars who eventually rebelled against the established Hollywood system. In this insightful memoir, Christina Rice explores the spirited rebellion of a talented actress whose promising career fell victim to the studio empire.

Lovely Assistant Book

Lovely Assistant


  • Author : Geoph Essex
  • Publisher : Createspace Independent Pub
  • Release Date : 2012-01-06
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 498
  • ISBN 10 : 1468151371

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Lovely Assistant Excerpt :

Jenny Ng missed her last appointment, was hit by a car, and was hired by a magician on the same day. And those aren't even remotely the strangest things that happened to her this summer. Jenny's a typical New Yorker, too jaded too early, struggling to get by in the big city. Of course, the typical New Yorker rarely has to deal with very large and sardonic horses, magic swords, severed limbs, and mirror images that refuse to cooperate with all that reflecting business. But Jenny learns to cope. With the help of a clever conjurer, a few feckless friends, and enough Grim Reapers to fill out a football league, it's up to Jenny to learn the finer points of Life and Death...and save the world while she's at it. Geoph Essex's fast and fearless prose combines the wit of Douglas Adams, the quirk of Christopher Moore, and the inventive mythology of Neil Gaiman in an adventure that spans galaxies without ever straying too far from the familiar.

Magician   s Lie Book
Score: 4
From 26 Ratings

Magician s Lie


  • Author : Greer Macallister
  • Publisher : Sourcebooks, Inc.
  • Release Date : 2015-01-13
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781402298707

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Magician s Lie Excerpt :

"[A] well-paced, evocative, and adventurous historical novel..."—Publishers Weekly, STARRED Review "This is a book in which storylines twist, spiral and come together again in an ending as explosive as a poof of smoke from your chimney...or a top hat." — Oprah.com Water for Elephants meets The Night Circus in The Magician's Lie, a debut novel in which the country's most notorious female illusionist stands accused of her husband's murder - and she has only one night to convince a small-town policeman of her innocence. The Amazing Arden is the most famous female illusionist of her day, renowned for her notorious trick of sawing a man in half on stage. One night in Waterloo, Iowa, with young policeman Virgil Holt watching from the audience, she swaps her trademark saw for a fire ax. Is it a new version of the illusion, or an all-too-real murder? When Arden's husband is found lifeless beneath the stage later that night, the answer seems clear. But when Virgil happens upon the fleeing magician and takes her into custody, she has a very different story to tell. Even handcuffed and alone, Arden is far from powerless-and what she reveals is as unbelievable as it is spellbinding. Over the course of one eerie night, Virgil must decide whether to turn Arden in or set her free... and it will take all he has to see through the smoke and mirrors. "Smart, intricately plotted...a richly imagined thriller." —PEOPLE magazine "This debut novel is historical fiction that blends magic, mystery, and romance."—Boston Globe, Pick of the Week "It's a captivating yarn.... Macallister, like the Amazing Arden, mesmerizes her audience. No sleight of hand is necessary. An ambitious heroine and a captivating tale are all the magic she needs."—Washington Post

A Bitter Magic Book

A Bitter Magic


  • Author : Roderick Townley
  • Publisher : Knopf Books for Young Readers
  • Release Date : 2015-11-10
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9780449816516

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A Bitter Magic Excerpt :

A deliciously quirky tale of secrets, magic, and illusions. Everything is in place: the packed theater, the Amazing Thummel, and, center stage, the magician's mysterious assistant. Some have called her the most beautiful woman in Europe. Then, in a swirl of light, she vanishes! An astounding illusion, but she never reappears. All that remains are a bloodstained white scarf and her daughter, Cisley, who lives in a glass castle and walks her pet lobster each morning by the sea. Enter Cole, a rambunctious boy from town and Cisley's first true friend. Together they hunt for clues to her mother's disappearance. They puzzle over broken mirrors, ever-shifting labyrinths, a closet full of whispering ball gowns, and a fatal quest for a pure black rose. Roderic Townley spins a deliciously spooky tale of one girl's journey to discover what's real and what is simply an illusion.

The Deathsniffer s Assistant Book

The Deathsniffer s Assistant


  • Author : Kate McIntyre (Novelist)
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2015
  • Genre: Brothers and sisters
  • Pages : 422
  • ISBN 10 : 1620079100

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The Deathsniffer s Assistant Excerpt :

"After losing his parents in the Floating Castle Incident, the sensitive and mannered Chris Buckley has spent six years raising his magically talented little sister, Rosemary, on the savings that his once-wealthy family left behind. But that money is drying up, and Chris finds himself with no choice but to seek out work in Darrington City as it spirals into a depression. The only employer willing to consider his empty résumé is Olivia Faraday, the manic Deathsniffer. Olivia's special magical gift gives her a heightened intuition which makes her invaluable in hunting down murderers. When a Duchess of the mysterious Old Blooded Nobility calls on Olivia to solve the mystery of her dead husband, Chris finds himself tangled in Olivia Faraday's daily life and unable to extract himself from the macabre questions of the investigation. His involvement grows more complicated as political forces in Darrington close around Rosemary, seeing her as a tool that can be used to end the depression at the cost of her freedom-or even her life. Chris must juggle the question of who killed Viktor val Daren with the responsibility of keeping Rosemary and her magic safe from those who would use her up and toss her aside. Worst of all, he begins to learn that the national disaster that took his parents' lives may not have been the accident it seemed" --

These Precious Days Book
Score: 4.5
From 21 Ratings

These Precious Days


  • Author : Ann Patchett
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release Date : 2021-11-23
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9780063092808

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These Precious Days Excerpt :

The beloved New York Times bestselling author reflects on home, family, friendships and writing in this deeply personal collection of essays. "The elegance of Patchett’s prose is seductive and inviting: with Patchett as a guide, readers will really get to grips with the power of struggles, failures, and triumphs alike." —Publisher's Weekly “Any story that starts will also end.” As a writer, Ann Patchett knows what the outcome of her fiction will be. Life, however, often takes turns we do not see coming. Patchett ponders this truth in these wise essays that afford a fresh and intimate look into her mind and heart. At the center of These Precious Days is the title essay, a surprising and moving meditation on an unexpected friendship that explores “what it means to be seen, to find someone with whom you can be your best and most complete self.” When Patchett chose an early galley of actor and producer Tom Hanks’ short story collection to read one night before bed, she had no idea that this single choice would be life changing. It would introduce her to a remarkable woman—Tom’s brilliant assistant Sooki—with whom she would form a profound bond that held monumental consequences for them both. A literary alchemist, Patchett plumbs the depths of her experiences to create gold: engaging and moving pieces that are both self-portrait and landscape, each vibrant with emotion and rich in insight. Turning her writer’s eye on her own experiences, she transforms the private into the universal, providing us all a way to look at our own worlds anew, and reminds how fleeting and enigmatic life can be. From the enchantments of Kate DiCamillo’s children’s books (author of The Beatryce Prophecy) to youthful memories of Paris; the cherished life gifts given by her three fathers to the unexpected influence of Charles Schultz’s Snoopy; the expansive vision of Eudora Welty to the importance of knitting, Patchett connects life and art as she illuminates what matte

Catfish Lullaby Book

Catfish Lullaby


  • Author : A. C. Wise
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2019-09-03
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 118
  • ISBN 10 : 1940372291

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Catfish Lullaby Excerpt :

Lewis is a town of secrets.The Royce family has been a plague on the small, Southern town of Lewis for generations. Caleb has heard rumors about the family his whole life, just like he's heard the rumors about a monstrous creature known as Catfish John living in the swamp. When the Royce house burns down, Caleb's father-Lewis's sheriff-takes in the sole survivor, a young girl named Cere. Caleb quickly learns the truth about Archie Royce and the terrible fate he had planned for his daughter. After a woman is brutally murdered, Cere begins to suspect that not all of her family perished in the fire, and she and Caleb set out to stop her father's dark vision from coming to pass. Years later, Caleb is the sheriff of Lewis, and the monsters of his childhood return. Now Caleb must fight to protect those he loves from Archie Royce's legacy, and his best hope may be a legend he's almost managed to convince himself never existed-Catfish John.

Vaclav and Lena Book
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

Vaclav and Lena


  • Author : Haley Tanner
  • Publisher : Random House Digital, Inc.
  • Release Date : 2011-05-17
  • Genre: Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • Pages : 292
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307399359

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Vaclav and Lena Excerpt :

Set in New York's Russian émigré community, Vaclav & Lena is a timeless love story from a stunningly gifted young novelist. Vaclav and Lena, both the children of Russian émigrés, are at the same time from radically different worlds. While Vaclav's burgeoning love of performing magic is indulged by hard-working parents pursuing the American dream, troubled orphan Lena is caught in a domestic situation no child should suffer through. Taken in as one of her own by Vaclav's big-hearted mother, Lena might finally be able to blossom; in the naive young magician's eyes, she is destined to be his "faithful assistant"...but after a horrific discovery, the two are ripped apart without even a goodbye. Years later, they meet again. But will their past once more conspire to keep them apart?

Marvelous Magicians Book

Marvelous Magicians


  • Author : Lydia Corry
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2020-09
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 48
  • ISBN 10 : 050065221X

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Marvelous Magicians Excerpt :

A vibrantly illustrated and engaging introduction to the illusionists, both famous and lesser-known, who shaped modern magic.