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The five people you meet in heaven

62610

CALL NO Fic A339f 2003

AUTHOR Albom, Mitch, 1958-

IMPRINT New York : Hyperion, c2003

NOTE Gift

CONTENT PREVIEW

A specially produced paperback edition–with flaps–of the phenomenal #1 New York Times bestseller, that has sold more than six million copies in hardcover

Eddie is a grizzled war veteran who feels trapped in a meaningless life of fixing rides at a seaside amusement park. His days are a dull routine of work, loneliness, and regret.

Then, on his 83rd birthday, Eddie dies in a tragic accident, trying to save a little girl from a falling cart. He awakens in the afterlife, where he learns that heaven is not a lush Garden of Eden, but a place where your earthly life is explained to you by five people. These people may have been loved ones or distant strangers. Yet each of them changed your path forever.

One by one, Eddie’s five people illuminate the unseen connections of his earthly life. As the story builds to its stunning conclusion, Eddie desperately seeks redemption in the still-unknown last act of his life: Was it a heroic success or a devastating failure The answer, which comes from the most unlikely of sources, is as inspirational as a glimpse of heaven itself.

In The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Mitch Albom gives us an astoundingly original story that will change everything you’ve ever thought about the afterlife–and the meaning of our lives here on earth. With a timeless tale, appealing to all, this is a book that readers of fine fiction, and those who loved Tuesdays with Morrie, will treasure.

Sense and sensibility

62609

CALL NO Fic A933s 2000

AUTHOR Austen, Jane, 1775-1817

IMPRINT London : Wordworth Classics, c2000

NOTE Gift

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Sense and Sensibility is a novel by Jane Austen, and was her first published work when it appeared in 1811 under the pseudonym “A Lady”. A work of romantic fiction, better known as a comedy of manners, Sense and Sensibility is set in southwest England, London and Kent between 1792 and 1797, and portrays the life and loves of the Dashwood sisters, Elinor and Marianne. The novel follows the young ladies to their new home, a meagre cottage on a distant relative’s property, where they experience love, romance and heartbreak. The philosophical resolution of the novel is ambiguous: the reader must decide whether sense and sensibility have truly merged.

The last lecture

62608

CALL NO QA76.2.P38 P334L 2008

AUTHOR Pausch, Randy

IMPRINT London : Hodder & Stoughton, 2008

NOTE Gift from Asia Books

CONTENT PREVIEW

A lot of professors give talks titled “The Last Lecture.” Professors are asked to consider their demise and to ruminate on what matters most to them. And while they speak, audiences can’t help but mull the same question: What wisdom would we impart to the world if we knew it was our last chance? If we had to vanish tomorrow, what would we want as our legacy?

When Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, was asked to give such a lecture, he didn’t have to imagine it as his last, since he had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer. But the lecture he gave–”Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams”–wasn’t about dying. It was about the importance of overcoming obstacles, of enabling the dreams of others, of seizing every moment (because “time is all you have…and you may find one day that you have less than you think”). It was a summation of everything Randy had come to believe. It was about living.

In this book, Randy Pausch has combined the humor, inspiration and intelligence that made his lecture such a phenomenon and given it an indelible form. It is a book that will be shared for generations to come.

“We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.” –Randy Pausch

Percy Jackson and the lightning thief

62607

CALL NO Fic R585pj 2006

AUTHOR Riordan, Rick

IMPRINT London : Puffin, 2006, c2005

NOTE Gift

CONTENT PREVIEW

In this stunning collectors’ edition of The Lightning Thief, Percy Jackson’s world is brought to life with eight full-color plates by the series jacket artist John Rocco. The edition comes in an elegant slipcase with a ribbon bookmark, rough edges, and cloth cover–a perfect keepsake for fans of this truly epic series.

After getting expelled from yet another school for yet another clash with mythological monsters only he can see, twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is taken to Camp Half-Blood, where he finally learns the truth about his unique abilities: He is a demigod, half human, half immortal. Even more stunning: His father is the Greek god Poseidon, ruler of the sea, making Percy one of the most powerful demigods alive. There’s little time to process this news. All too soon, a cryptic prophecy from the Oracle sends Percy on his first quest, a mission to the Underworld to prevent a war among the gods of Olympus.

Memoirs of a Geisha : a novel

62606

CALL NO Fic G618m 2005

AUTHOR Golden, Arthur

IMPRINT New York : Vintage Books, 2005, c1997

NOTE Gift

CONTENT PREVIEW

A literary sensation and runaway bestseller, this brilliant debut novel tells with seamless authenticity and exquisite lyricism the true confessions of one of Japan’s most celebrated geisha.

Speaking to us with the wisdom of age and in a voice at once haunting and startlingly immediate, Nitta Sayuri tells the story of her life as a geisha. It begins in a poor fishing village in 1929, when, as a nine-year-old girl with unusual blue-gray eyes, she is taken from her home and sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. We witness her transformation as she learns the rigorous arts of the geisha: dance and music; wearing kimono, elaborate makeup, and hair; pouring sake to reveal just a touch of inner wrist; competing with a jealous rival for men’s solicitude and the money that goes with it.

In Memoirs of a Geisha, we enter a world where appearances are paramount; where a girl’s virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder; where women are trained to beguile the most powerful men; and where love is scorned as illusion. It is a unique and triumphant work of fiction—at once romantic, erotic, suspenseful—and completely unforgettable.

Blasphemy

62605

CALL NO Fic P937b 2009

AUTHOR Preston, Douglas

IMPRINT London : Pan Books, 2009, c2008

NOTE Gift

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The world’s biggest supercollider, locked in an Arizona mountain, was built to reveal the secrets of the very moment of creation: the Big Bang itself.

The Torus is the most expensive machine ever created by humankind, run by the world’s most powerful supercomputer. It is the brainchild of Nobel Laureate William North Hazelius. Will the Torus divulge the mysteries of the creation of the universe? Or will it, as some predict, suck the earth into a mini black hole? Or is the Torus a Satanic attempt, as a powerful televangelist decries, to challenge God Almighty on the very throne of Heaven?

Twelve scientists under the leadership of Hazelius are sent to the remote mountain to turn it on, and what they discover must be hidden from the world at all costs. Wyman Ford, ex-monk and CIA operative, is tapped to wrest their secret, a secret that will either destroy the world…or save it.

The Amulet of Samarkand : the bartimaeus trilogy

62604

CALL NO Fic S925as 2004

AUTHOR Stroud, Jonathan

IMPRINT London : Corgi Books, 2004, c2003

NOTE Gift

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Nathaniel is a magician’s apprentice, taking his first lessons in the arts of magic. But when a devious hot-shot wizard named Simon Lovelace ruthlessly humiliates Nathaniel in front of his elders, Nathaniel decides to kick up his education a few notches and show Lovelace who’s boss. With revenge on his mind, he summons the powerful djinni, Bartimaeus. But summoning Bartimaeus and controlling him are two different things entirely, and when Nathaniel sends the djinni out to steal Lovelace’s greatest treasure, the Amulet of Samarkand, he finds himself caught up in a whirlwind of magical espionage, murder, and rebellion.

Portobello

62603

CALL NO Fic R397p 2009

AUTHOR Rendell, Ruth

IMPRINT London : Arrows Books, 2009, c2008

NOTE Gift from Asia Books

CONTENT PREVIEW

Walking to the shops one day, fifty-year-old Eugene Wren discovers an envelope on the street bulging with cash. A man plagued by a shameful addiction—and his own good intentions—Wren hatches a plan to find the money’s rightful owner. Instead of going to the police, or taking the cash for himself, he prints a notice and posts it around Portobello Road. This ill-conceived act creates a chain of events that links Wren to other Londoners—people afflicted with their own obsessions and despairs. As these volatile characters come into Wren’s life—and the life of his trusting fiancée—the consequences will change them all.

Portobello is a wonderfully complex tour de force featuring a dazzling depiction of one of London’s most intriguing neighborhoods—and the dangers beneath its newly posh veneer.

Pursuit of honour

62602

CALL NO Fic F648p 2010

AUTHOR Flynn, Vince

IMPRINT London : Pocket Books/Simon & Schuster UK, 2010, c2009

NOTE Gift from Asia Books

CONTENT PREVIEW

When Washington, DC’s National Counterterrorism Center is struck by a series of devastating explosions, the results are catastrophic—185 killed, including public officials and CIA employees. Such an act of extreme violence calls for extreme measures—and elite counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp, joining forces with trusted team member Mike Nash, finds himself in the frustrating position of having to illustrate the realities of national security to government officials up in arms over the agents who rushed in to save countless American lives. Meanwhile, with three al Qaeda terrorists still at large and Nash traumatized by the horrors he witnessed during the attack, Rapp must help his friend while threading his way through the naysayers on Capitol Hill—and silently, swiftly, do what he must for the sake of his country and the pursuit of honor.

ลับ ลวง พราง : ฉบับมหากาพย์ “มนต์ดำ-เหลือง-แดง”

62590

CALL NO JQ1745 ว491ลล 2552

AUTHOR วาสนา นาน่วม

IMPRINT กรุงเทพฯ : โพสต์ พับลิชชิง, 2552

NOTE อภินันทนาการ

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ลับ ลวง พราง ฉบับมหากาพย์ “มนต์ดำ-เหลือง-แดง” เล่มนี้ปรียบเสมือนภาคขยายและภาคต่อจิ๊กซอร์ของ ลับ ลวง พราง ภาคพิสดาร ที่โด่งดังเมื่อต้นปีที่ผ่านมา กลับมาคราวนี้ยิ่งดึงดูดทั้งแฟนพันธุ์แท้คอการเมือง และแฟนพันธุ์ใหม่ที่อยากรู้เบื้องลึกเบื้องหลังแนวเล่ห์-กลของคนไสยศาสตร์ ที่หากินทางการเมือง ยิ่งอ่านยิ่งเห็นความลึกล้ำ ดำดิ่ง เข้มข้นร้องแรงเหลือเชื่อ เป็นการเปิดข้อมูลการทำศึกด้านไสยศาสตร์ระหว่าง พ.ต.ท.ทักษิณ ชินวัตร อดีตนายกรัฐมนตรี กับ ฝ่ายตรงข้าม ที่มีหลากหลายกลุ่ม และหลายระดับซึ่งมีอยู่จริงและเกิดขึ้นจริง อย่างไม่น่าเชื่อ และเป็นสาเหตุหนึ่งของการต่อสู้แย่งชิงอำนาจทางการเมือง ชวนคิด ชวนติดตามบรรทัดต่อบรรทัดจนคุณวางไม่ลงเลยทีเดียว!