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mercoledì 14 aprile 2021

Thunder on the Plains: A Pecos Quinn Western Adventure by John Rose Putnam

 

 

In the 3rd Pecos Quinn Western, I tip my hat to Zane Grey, with deep respect. He showed us that even amid the savagery of the buffalo hunts on the Great Plains, romance could be found. And when Pecos and Andy set out to rescue Doctor Burns, who'd been treating the Comanche, they find a mother and daughter desperately in need of help, thus adding spice to a dangerous task.

giovedì 8 aprile 2021

Delitto d'inverno di John Banville (Guanda)

 

 

1957, contea di Wexford, Irlanda. In una fredda notte d'inverno, nella biblioteca di Ballyglass House, elegante residenza degli Osborne - famiglia protestante molto in vista - viene scoperto il cadavere di un prete cattolico ucciso da una pugnalata alla gola. Chi può aver colpito padre Thomas Lawless, un uomo benvoluto da tutti? Dalla capitale arriva per indagare l'ispettore Strafford, anch'egli di famiglia protestante, un'eccezione in polizia. A Dublino il sovrintendente Hackett è molto preoccupato; l'arcivescovo McQuaid esercita infatti pressioni non troppo velate per insabbiare il caso: i preti irlandesi non muoiono di morte violenta. Mentre la neve continua a cadere implacabile, Strafford si trova da solo a indagare in un ambiente ostile, dove tutti sembrano avere qualcosa da nascondere e forse, più degli altri, proprio la vittima...

Nine Nasty Words: English in the Gutter: Then, Now, and Forever by John McWhorter

 

 

One of the preeminent linguists of our time examines the realms of language that are considered shocking and taboo in order to understand what imbues curse words with such power--and why we love them so much.

Profanity has always been a deliciously vibrant part of our lexicon, an integral part of being human. In fact, our ability to curse comes from a different part of the brain than other parts of speech--the urgency with which we say "f&*k!" is instead related to the instinct that tells us to flee from danger.

Language evolves with time, and so does what we consider profane or unspeakable. Nine Nasty Words is a rollicking examination of profanity, explored from every angle: historical, sociological, political, linguistic. In a particularly coarse moment, when the public discourse is shaped in part by once-shocking words, nothing could be timelier.

martedì 6 aprile 2021

Crimes of the Levee (Levee District) by John Sturgeon

 

 

"This series is perfect for fans of historical crime!" –Anne Bonny Book Reviews

It is 1905, and Chicago is an open town. The most accessible part of town is the Levee District. It is an area of the city that's hard to tell the crooks from the cops. There are brothels, madams, opium dens, gambling joints and plenty of alcohol, but it all comes at a price in the Levee, and the two Ward Aldermen get their share of every vice's dollar. With the hanging of serial killer, Simon Kluge, police Detective Patrick Moses is suddenly without a case. Before Moses can relax, he is approached by an aging retail mogul who asks him to investigate the mysterious shooting of his son.

As Moses gets deeper into both cases, he realizes that in the Levee there are a lot of people who don't want the two cases solved, including the police and the Ward Aldermen.

 

Bitches, she is Madonna by Ludovico De Bonis (I Quaderni del Bardo Edizioni di Stefano Donno)

“I dedicate this book to those who know how to wait, to those who do not stop believing in their dreams, to those who know how to earn thing...