In Erasmus Cromwell-Smith II´s magical, modern-day literary tale, an ailing professor journeys into his past to reveal a world ensconced in stories and poetry, with the hope of imparting inspirational, lifelong lessons. From his crumpled aesthetic of a tweed jacket or cardigan to his thick British accent, Professor Erasmus Cromwell-Smith is the embodiment of the prestigious New England scholastic institute where he teaches. But at 64, with a sudden diagnosis of incurable brain cancer, he decides to focus his intentions on living each day to the fullest and to share a lifetime of wisdom that he´s treasured throughout the years. In daily classes with an ever-increasing audience, the professor mesmerizes students with tales of a childhood surrounded by rare books and enhanced by his friendships with three colorful, eclectic antiquarian mentors.Through an unfolding of conversation, free-verse poetry, and letters, the mentors´ tutelage is revealed. For example, the title poem serves as a message about balance and freedom, while ´´The Magic in Life´´ poses questions about where enchantment exists, ´´ ... a piece of art?/ ...a magnificent meal?/ ...within the silence and peace of contemplation and meditation?´´ Over 30 thought-provoking poems and reflections are woven throughout, addressing such concepts as letting go of the past, finding inspiration, dealing with loss, and ultimately living a happy, blissful life. The writing style is thoroughly fluid and engaging, with a nice narrative changeup, as chapters often switch from the third person as the eccentric professor ponders his way to class, to the first- person storytelling of his lectures that easily draws in students. This is also a story about love. With only a few hints regarding a curious young blonde-haired woman attending his class, the professor´s legacy is ultimately brought to a surprising, honored conclusion. The story´s premise recalls Randy Pausch´s popular memoir, Th 1. Language: English. Narrator: Daniel Dorse. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/148480/bk_acx0_148480_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A delicious, sexy, laugh-out-loud modern romance about a newly single woman and her journey to find love again, from New York Times best-selling author Alice Clayton and debut author Nina Bocci. Avery Bardot steps off the plane in Rome, looking for a fresh start. She´s left behind a soon-to-be ex-husband in Boston and plans to spend the summer licking her wounds - and perhaps a gelato or two - with her best friend, Daisy. But when her American-expat friend throws her a welcome party on her first night, Avery´s thrown for a loop when she sees a man she never thought she´d see again: Italian architect Marcello Bianchi. Marcello was the man - the one who got away. And now her past is colliding with her present, a present where she should be mourning the loss of her marriage and - hey, that fettuccine is delicious! And so is Marcello. Slipping easily into the good life of summertime in Rome, Avery spends her days exploring a city that makes art historians swoon and her nights swooning over her unexpected what was old is new again romance. It´s heady, it´s fevered, it´s wanton, and it´s crazy. But could this really be her new life? Or is it just a temporary reprieve before returning to the land of twin-set cardigans and crustless sandwiches? A celebration of great friendship, passionate romance, and wonderful food, Roman Crazy is a lighthearted story of second chances and living life to the fullest. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Randi Geddens. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/007620/bk_sans_007620_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.