domingo, 8 de dezembro de 2013

Os 10 melhores livros do ano segundo Oprah

O clube de leitura da Oprah andou ocupado com as suas leituras este ano e agora que o ano editorial acabou a revista da apresentadora, a The Oprah Magazine, lança a lista definitiva dos 10 melhores livros do ano.
Estes são livros que, segundo a revista, ninguém consegue parar de falar! Para lerem o artigo original cliquem aqui para seguir para o Huffington Post.
Se quiserem continuar connosco, deixamos-vos aqui a lista (tentamos encontrar as versões portuguesas quando possível) e queremos saber se já leram algum deste livros e que pensam do mesmo! Falem connosco nos comentários!

1. The Isle of Youth  por Laura van den Berg
Ranging from the inscrutability of a marriage to private eyes working a case in South Florida to a teenager who assists her magician mother and steals from the audience, this title features stories that are linked by mystery and by women who are at once vulnerable and dangerous, bighearted and ruthless - who will do what it takes to survive.

2. Raparigas de Província por Edna O'Brien  -  Relógio d'Água
Início dos anos sessenta numa vila rural da Irlanda. Caithleen Brady e a sua atraente amiga Baba, duas raparigas a tornarem-se mulheres, querem abrir asas para o mundo, descobrir o amor e o luxo e o álcool; querem, acima de tudo, divertir-se.
Com uma inocência travessa, astutas ainda que inexperientes, as duas raparigas deixam a escola do convento e chegam às luzes brilhantes de Dublin, onde Caithleen descobre que amantes meigos e ideais raramente existem no mundo real.

3. A Assinatura de Todas as Coisas por Elizabeth Gilbert  -  Alfaguara Brasil
Alma Whittaker nasceu na virada dos anos 1800, nos Estados Unidos, filha de um ambicioso botânico que construiu por conta própria uma das maiores fortunas da Filadélfia. Curiosa desde criança, e instruída com rigor pela mãe holandesa, ela aos poucos abraça a mesma devoção do pai e, sozinha, se dedica ao estudo das ciências naturais.
Mas algo falta em sua vida. Desiludida no amor, reservada e solitária, Alma conhece um jovem sonhador, exímio desenhista de orquídeas que, assim como ela, é fascinado pelo mundo ao seu redor. Esse é o início de uma intricada e trágica relação, que a levará até os confins da Terra para descobrir não apenas algo sobre ele, mas sobre sua própria natureza.
A partir de uma pesquisa minuciosa, e com uma escrita fluente e cativante, Elizabeth Gilbert desfila personagens inesquecíveis: missionários, abolicionistas e aventureiros; gênios e loucos, sonhadores e excêntricos. Ao transportar o leitor para outra época e outras culturas, ela o faz descobrir, assim como Alma, os segredos que a aguardam nos confins desse mundo inexplorado.

4. Vampires in the Lemon Grove por Karen Russell
On Strong Beach, an awkward teen with a terrible haircut has a reversal of fortune when he finds artifacts from the future lining a seagulls' nest. By the Hox River in Nebraska, a window fuels both family pride and deadly revenge. In a godforsaken barn in what they suspect is Kentucky, Presidents Eisenhower, John Adams and Rutherford B. Hayes are bemused to find themselves reincarnated as horses. And in the collection's title story, Clyde and Magreb -- he a traditional capes-and-coffins vampire, she the more progressive variety -- settle in an Italian lemon grove in the hope that its ripe fruit will keep their thirst for blood at bay.

5. The Flamethrowers por Rachel Kushner
The year is 1975 and Reno—so-called because of the place of her birth—has come to New York intent on turning her fascination with motorcycles and speed into art. Her arrival coincides with an explosion of activity in the art world—artists have colonized a deserted and industrial SoHo, are staging actions in the East Village, and are blurring the line between life and art. Reno meets a group of dreamers and raconteurs who submit her to a sentimental education of sorts. Ardent, vulnerable, and bold, she begins an affair with an artist named Sandro Valera, the semi-estranged scion of an Italian tire and motorcycle empire. When they visit Sandro’s family home in Italy, Reno falls in with members of the radical movement that overtook Italy in the seventies. Betrayal sends her reeling into a clandestine undertow.

6. The Good Lord Bird por James McBride
Henry Shackleford is a young slave living in the Kansas Territory in 1857, when the region is a battleground between anti- and pro-slavery forces. When John Brown, the legendary abolitionist, arrives in the area, an argument between Brown and Henry’s master quickly turns violent. Henry is forced to leave town—with Brown, who believes he’s a girl.
Over the ensuing months, Henry—whom Brown nicknames Little Onion—conceals his true identity as he struggles to stay alive. Eventually Little Onion finds himself with Brown at the historic raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859—one of the great catalysts for the Civil War.

7. The Interestings por Meg Wolitzer
On a warm July night in 1974 six teenagers play at being cool. The friendships they make this summer will be the most important and consuming of their lives. In a teepee at summer camp they smoke pot and drink vodka & Tangs, talk of Günter Grass and the latest cassette tapes; they also share their dreams and ambitions, still so fresh and so possible.
But decades later not everyone can sustain in adulthood what had seemed so special in adolescence. Jules Jacobson, an aspiring comic actress, has resigned herself to a more practical occupation; Cathy has stopped dancing; Jonah has laid down his guitar and taken up engineering. Only Ethan's talent has endured. As their fortunes tilt precipitously over the years, some of them dealing with great struggle, others enjoying extraordinary wealth and success, friendships are put under the strain of envy and crushing disappointment.

8. Quando o Cuco Chama por Robert Galbraith -  Editorial Presença
Quando uma jovem modelo, cheia de problemas na sua vida pessoal, cai de uma varanda coberta de neve em Mayfair, presume-se que tenha cometido suicídio. No entanto, o seu irmão tem dúvidas quanto a este trágico desfecho, e contrata os serviços do detetive particular Cormoran Strike para investigar o caso. Strike é um veterano de guerra - com sequelas físicas e psicológicas - e a sua vida está num caos. Este caso serve-lhe de tábua de salvação financeira, mas tem um custo pessoal…

9. Dog Songs por Mary Oliver
Beloved by her readers, special to the poet’s own heart, Mary Oliver’s dog poems offer a special window into her world. Dog Songs collects some of the most cherished poems together with new works, offering a portrait of Oliver’s relationship to the companions that have accompanied her daily walks, warmed her home, and inspired her work. To be illustrated with images of the dogs themselves, the subjects will come to colorful life here.
These are poems of love and laughter, heartbreak and grief. In these pages we visit with old friends, including Oliver’s well-loved Percy, and meet still others. Throughout, the many dogs of Oliver’s life emerge as fellow travelers, but also as guides, spirits capable of opening our eyes to the lessons of the moment and the joys of nature and connection.

10. The Woman Who Lost Her Soul por Bob Shacochis
When humanitarian lawyer Tom Harrington travels to Haiti to investigate the murder of a beautiful and seductive photojournalist, he is confronted with a dangerous landscape riddled with poverty, corruption, and voodoo. It’s the late 1990s, a time of brutal guerrilla warfare and civilian kidnappings, and everyone has secrets. The journalist, whom he knew years before as Jackie Scott, had a bigger investment in Haiti than it seemed, and to make sense of her death, Tom must plunge back into a thorny past and his complicated ties to both Jackie and Eville Burnette, a member of Special Forces who has been assigned to protect her.
From the violent, bandit-dominated terrain of World War II Dubrovnik to the exquisitely rendered Istanbul in the 1980s, Shacochis brandishes Jackie’s shadowy family history with daring agility. Caught between her first love and the unsavory attentions of her father—an elite spy and quintessential Cold War warrior pressuring his daughter to follow in his footsteps—seventeen-year-old Jackie hatches a desperate escape plan that puts her on course to becoming the soulless woman Tom equally feared and desired.

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