The Honey Bus: A Girl Raised by Bees is a memoir about a girl’s journey into the heart of a beehive to find herself.When Meredith May is abandoned by both parents, she ends up learning life lessons about family, generosity and resilience from a rather unexpected source: the honeybees her grandfather keeps in Big Sur.In a converted WWII military bus marooned in the backyard, Grandpa shows her the nuances of harvesting honey while the bees become a guiding force in her life, bonding her to the natural world and modeling a successful community that thrives on industry, democratic decision-making and loyalty.The exquisite relationship between insect and girl becomes a sanctuary from her lonely childhood, but when her increasingly despondent mother turns violent, she must leave her grandfather’s side and strike out alone with only his hive lessons to help her. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Candace Thaxton. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hcuk/004431/bk_hcuk_004431_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In April 1992, a young man named Chris McCandless walked into the Alaskan wilderness, where he survived for more than 100 days before perishing in an abandoned bus. For over 20 years his story has captivated millions, and yet only one person knew the truth behind his remarkable journey - until now. Through a tumultuous childhood, the McCandless siblings clung to each other amidst a chaotic home life, forming a lifelong bond and an unbreakable trust. So when Chris abandoned nearly all of his possessions, cut off all family ties, and forged an anonymous existence on the road, Carine understood what drew Chris away from all he had known. Having to face her own truth and surmount some crushing obstacles in the absence of her beloved brother, Carine drew strength from his constant presence while forging ahead on her own unique journey. A powerful and deeply personal story, The Wild Truth is both a revelatory glimpse into the life of Chris McCandless and the inspirational tale of one woman´s resilience in the wake of unspeakable tragedy. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Carine McCandless, Matt Gardner, Shelly McCandless. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/004203/bk_harp_004203_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Driving west out of Atlanta, he intended to invent an utterly new life for himself, one in which he would be free to wallow in unfiltered experience . . . No longer would he answer to Chris McCandless; he was now Alexander Supertramp, master of his own destiny. In April 1992, Chris McCandless set off alone into the Alaskan wild. He had given his savings to charity, abandoned his car and his possessions, and burnt the money in his wallet, determined to live a life of independence. Just four months later, Chris was found dead. An SOS note was taped to his makeshift home, an abandoned bus. In piecing together the final travels of this extraordinary young man´s life, Jon Krakauer writes about the heart of the wilderness, its terrible beauty and its relentless harshness. Into the Wild is a modern classic of travel writing, and a riveting exploration of what drives some of us to risk more than we can afford to lose. ´A masterpiece of dramatic storytelling´ Mail on Sunday ´A fascinating story of idealism, fantasy, and the dark side of the wilderness experience´ Paul Theroux
Unavailable for 40 years, this seminal novel of madness and murder is acclaimed author Joyce Carol Oates´ powerful trip into the mind of a maniac. Abandoned as a baby in a bus station locker, shuttled from one abusive foster home and detention center to another, Bobbie Gotteson grew up angry, hurting, damaged. His hunger to succeed as a musician brought him across the country to Hollywood, but along with it came his seething rage, his paranoid delusions, and his capacity for acts of shocking violence. Unavailable for 40 years, The Triumph of the Spider Monkey is an eloquent, terrifying, heartbreaking exploration of madness by one of the most acclaimed authors of the past century. This definitive edition for the first time pairs the original novel with a never-before-collected companion novella by Joyce Carol Oates, unseen since its sole publication in a literary journal nearly half a century ago, which examines the impact of Gotteson´s killing spree on a woman who survived it, as seen through the eyes of the troubled young man hired by a private detective to surveil her...
We´ve all heard the adage ´´finders, keepers´´. But does that tenet apply when the found object is an abandoned baby on a bus stop bench, and the keepers two affluent gay men who have always wanted a child? Award winning author Lucy Jane Bledsoe expertly blurs the lines between what´s right and what´s necessary, especially when it comes to two loving parents who want to do the right thing, but are also determined to protect their only child. Lucy Jane Bledsoe´s story Wolf won the 2013 Saturday Evening Post Fiction Prize, and her story Girl with Boat won the Arts and Letters Fiction Award and was nominated for a 2010 Pushcart. Her other stories have been published in Arts and Letters, Fiction International, Shenandoah, Roanoke Review, Quiddity, Hot Metal Bridge, H.O.D., Bloom, Terrain, Stymie, Zyzzyva, and Newsday (as a winner of the PEN Syndicated Fiction Project). Her fiction also has been awarded a California Arts Council Individual Fellowship in Literature, an American Library Association Stonewall Award for Literature, and two National Science Foundation Artists and Writers Fellowships. Her most recent novel, The Big Bang Symphony, was a finalist for four awards, including the Northern California Independent Booksellers Novel of the Year Award and the Ferro-Grumley, and was featured on NPR´s To the Best of Our Knowledge. This is a short audiobook published by Shebooks - high quality fiction, memoir, and journalism for women, by women. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ana Byers. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/023652/bk_adbl_023652_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Horror author C. Dennis Moore´s third short story collection, Dancing on a Razorblade, is intense, hard-hitting horror fiction that refuses to let up until the bloody end. Starting with the first story, ´´Cuneiforms´´, which finds a quartet of carpoolers following a strange school bus full of seemingly drugged children as they head for an abandoned school. The foursome watch as the kids are unloaded to the playground where they´re used in a mysterious and puzzling ritual meant to call forth an ancient beast from Hell by unlocking hidden glyphs in the playground diagrams. Guaranteed you´ll never look at a school playground the same again. In ´´Maggie Andrews Gets the Facts´´, a journalist desperate to keep her job follows a lead to a rich eccentric´s house when he tells her he has the devil locked away upstairs. Is he serious, or is the little girl Maggie finds just a little girl? The shocking end of this story will keep you awake long after you´ve closed the book. Dancing on a Razorblade is a serious collection of horror fiction which reveals the monsters truly are hiding everywhere. In ´´Renovation´´, Jack just wants to spend the day looking for a job and taking care of his son. But when the walls of his house start breathing, then calling his name, he has only one thought: survive. In ´´Revenge of the Roach King´´, Jerry has a serious bug problem stemming from a heist gone bad. It seems his dead ex-partner had a million silent partners of his own, and now they want his share. In ´´Raw Materials´´, a wrong turn leads a man into a strange little town where they use every part of the animal, leading to a desperate game of hide and seek as their hunger gets the best of them. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Curt Campbell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/091359/bk_acx0_091359_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´Witty, polished, honest and insightful, The Epic City is likely to become for Calcutta what Suketu Mehta´s classic Maximum City is for Mumbai´ William Dalrymple, Observer When Kushanava Choudhury arrived in New Jersey at the age of twelve, he had already migrated halfway around the world four times. After graduating from Princeton, he moved back to Calcutta, the city which his immigrant parents had abandoned. Taking a job at a newspaper, he found the streets of his childhood unchanged. Shouting hawkers still overran the footpaths, fish sellers squatted on bazaar floors; and politics still meant barricades and bus burnings. The Epic City is a soulful, compelling and often hilarious account of this metropolis of fifteen million people that is truly a world unto itself.
A drama ripped from today’s headlines 1963: As European colonists flee the Congo, a witch doctor finds an abandoned child and teaches him the power of hatred. A hundred miles to the east, six American hippies on a joyride across Africa crash their VW bus into a cemetery. While they wait for repairs, they scandalize the local missionaries and Brenda Carter impulsively marries an African student. 2013: Brenda Carter brings Sarah, her deeply troubled granddaughter, to Africa to explore her roots and meet her grandfather, the man Brenda married and abandoned 50 years before. When a Peace Corps worker is murdered, a baby is kidnapped, and all contact with the outside world is severed by a torrential rain storm, Sarah becomes an unwilling investigator making the connection between the abandoned boy from the Congo, the truth behind her grandmother’s marriage, and 50 years of undercover CIA involvement in the politics of Africa. A compelling tale of Africa today where witch doctors co-exist with modern medicine, where warlords carry cell phones, and where one small nation stands at the crossroads of America’s War on Terror. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Graham Hodgetts. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/109838/bk_acx0_109838_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Can forbidden love amid the constraints of war? A sweet World War II romance from USA Today best-selling Author Shanna Hatfield. The moment the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, life shifted for Miko Nishimura. Desperate to reach the Portland Assembly Center for Japanese Americans, she´s kicked off the bus miles from town. Every tick of the clock pushes her closer to becoming a fugitive in the land of her birth. Exhausted, she stumbles to her grandparents´ abandoned farm only to find a dying soldier sprawled across the step. Unable to leave him, she forsakes all else to keep him alive. After crashing his plane in the Battle of the Atlantic, the doctors condemn Captain Rock Laroux to die. Determined to meet his maker beneath a blue sky at his family home, he sneaks out of the hospital. Weary and half out of his mind, he makes it as far as a produce stand he remembers from his youth. Rather than surrender to death, Rock fights a battle of the heart as he falls in love with the beautiful Japanese woman who saves his life. A poignant, sweet romance, Garden of Her Heart proves love can bloom in unlikely places, even under the most challenging circumstances. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Rahhal. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/074663/bk_acx0_074663_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.