A World Full of Strangers

Author: Cynthia Freeman
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 9781480435759
Release Date: 2013-08-27
Genre: Fiction

A multigenerational saga of an immigrant Jewish family in America—from Hester Street to San Francisco—by a New York Times–bestselling author. Katie Kovitz is seventeen years old when her mother dies. Leaving London for New York Harbor during the bitter winter of 1932, the anxious and uncertain young girl relies on the kindness of strangers for refuge. Welcomed into the home of her Polish mother’s closest childhood friend, Katie is embraced by her new family in a country warm with hope and opportunity. There, on Hester Street in the Jewish ghetto of the city’s Lower East Side, Katie finally establishes the roots that will come to define her. In New York, Katie also finds her future in three people who will change her life in ways she never anticipated: David, the man she marries, a ruthless achiever willing to abandon his heritage to secure power and prosperity under a new name; Mark, their resolute and devout son, and the embodiment of everything his father hates and rejects; and Maggie, a San Francisco beauty who helps to mold David into the man he’s always wanted to be, whatever the cost. As dreams and desires collide, and as Katie strives to reclaim her own lost identity, a series of events will forever affect the ambitions, promises, and legacies of an American family. From the prewar ghettos of Manhattan to the glittering hills of postwar San Francisco, author Cynthia Freeman follows the destinies of three generations of a resilient family, their intimate struggles, and personal triumphs, and brings to vivid life the soul and spirit of the extraordinary Jewish immigrant experience in America.

Der Ruf der Stille

Author: Michael Finkel
Publisher: Goldmann Verlag
ISBN: 9783641169244
Release Date: 2017-09-25
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Sehnsucht nach Stille - wie Christopher Knight 27 Jahre in der Wildnis lebte. Im Sommer 1986 begibt sich Christopher Knight auf einen Roadtrip von Massachusetts nach Maine und verschwindet in den Wäldern. 27 Jahre lang bleibt er dort, abgeschieden von der Welt, ohne menschlichen Kontakt, bis er wegen Diebstahls gefasst wird: Er hatte Essen geklaut. In einem einfachen Zelt überlebte Knight die härtesten Winter, weil er klug wie ein Eichhörnchen Vorräte gebunkert und alles darauf ausgerichtet hatte, nicht zu erfrieren. In den nahegelegenen Ferienhäusern versorgte er sich mit Lebensmitteln, Kleidung und Büchern und verstörte als unheimliches Phantom die Bewohner von North Pond. Der Journalist Michael Finkel hat das außergewöhnliche Leben des Chris Knight dokumentiert. Entstanden ist eine fesselnde Story, die den fundamentalen Fragen über ein gutes Leben nachgeht und das tief bewegende Porträt eines Mannes hinterlässt, der sich seinen Traum erfüllte: ein Leben in absoluter Stille.

When Strangers Meet

Author: Kio Stark
Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
ISBN: 9783104904009
Release Date: 2017-02-23
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Kio Stark schreibt in ihrem TED Book ›When strangers meet. Über Begegnungen, die unser Leben bereichern‹ über die unsichtbaren Mechanismen und Bedeutungen von ›street interaction‹. Immer sind wir in Eile. Die Augen fest auf das Smartphone gerichtet. Nur selten sind wir aufnahmebereit für etwas Neues oder jemand Unbekanntes. Doch ein Kontakt mit Fremden unterbricht die Routine des Alltags, er kann kreative Energien freisetzen, die Welt öffnen und die Beziehung zu den Orten festigen, an denen wir uns gerade aufhalten. Kio Stark zeigt ganz konkret, wie wir mit Fremden ins Gespräch kommen können, und hat einige abenteuerliche Aufgaben für die Mutigen unter uns parat.

Des Fremden Kind

Author: Alan Hollinghurst
Publisher: Karl Blessing Verlag
ISBN: 9783641076085
Release Date: 2012-09-03
Genre: Fiction

Im Sommer 1913 verbringt der junge aristokratische Dichter Cecil Valance ein Wochenende bei der Familie seines Cambridge-Kommilitonen George Sawle. Besonders Georges kleine Schwester Daphne ist sofort von dem gut aussehenden Gentleman eingenommen, und Cecil widmet ihr ein Gedicht. Es wird zum lyrischen Symbol einer ganzen Generation. Nach Cecils Tod im Ersten Weltkrieg ranken sich immer neue Mythen und Geheimnisse um die Person und das Werk des Dichters. Cecils Leser und sogar seine Familie stehen vor einem Rätsel. In den folgenden Jahrzehnten werden nicht nur Daphne und George, sondern vor allem Cecils literarischer Nachlass von Öffentlichkeit, Biografen und Wissenschaft instrumentalisiert – entsprechend der jeweiligen literarischen und kulturellen Mode der Zeit. Doch dann macht sich ein junger Literaturfreund daran, Cecils Geheimnis zu lüften, und ein Antiquar macht eine überraschende Entdeckung ... Ein sinfonischer Roman um eine schillernde und geheimnisvolle Figur – brillant erzählt in sinnenfreudigen Bildern und kommentiert mit ironischem Witz.

No Time for Tears

Author: Cynthia Freeman
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 9781480435704
Release Date: 2013-08-27
Genre: Fiction

This “ambitious” New York Times bestseller tells the multigenerational saga of a Russian-Jewish family who emigrates to America and eventually Israel (Los Angeles Times Book Review). Chavala Rabinsky is sixteen when her mother dies and she becomes the caretaker of her five siblings. Beautiful and wise beyond her years, Chavala catches the eye of Dovid Landau, a poor cobbler whose dreams transform her life when he marries her. But Odessa, Russia, is a dangerous place in 1905. The Landaus flee the pogroms of their homeland for Ottoman-ruled Palestine—until escalating violence forces the family to become wanderers again. Rich in passion and scope, No Time for Tears sounds a call of love and liberation that will ring out for generations to come.

Seasons of the Heart

Author: Cynthia Freeman
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 9781480435698
Release Date: 2013-08-27
Genre: Fiction

Set against the backdrop of World War II and beyond, Seasons of the Heart tells the enthralling, inspiring story of a woman determined to prevail in both good times and bad In 1941, with America at war, Ann Pollock falls in love. Handsome, charming attorney Phillip Coulter is everything she could want in a man and mate. But soon after they marry, Phillip leaves to fight for his country. When he comes home, he’s a stranger, his body and spirit broken in a Japanese POW camp. It is only Ann’s indomitable will and determination to succeed against all odds that keeps her family together. But her newfound career as a real-estate agent takes a toll on her marriage and especially on her daughter, Evie. And then, at an age when such things are not supposed to happen, Ann finds what she had never dared to dream of: the second great love her life . . .

Illusions of Love

Author: Cynthia Freeman
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 9781480435681
Release Date: 2013-08-27
Genre: Fiction

Do we make our own destinies? Can we alter the courses of our lives?Cynthia Freeman’s New York Times bestselling novel will resonate with anyone who has ever dreamed of a second chance Twenty-five years ago, Martin Roth made the most difficult decision of his life. He gave up the girl he loved, married a different woman, and raised a family. But he’s just been given another shot at happiness. Sylvia has loved Martin since she was a young girl. They have two great children and a wonderful life together—until a love from Martin’s past threatens everything she’s worked so hard to build. Jenny McCoy can’t believe she and Martin have found each other again—but she’s never gotten over his cruel betrayal. Is she ready to forgive the sins of the past for a second chance? Moving between countries and across time, Illusions of Love tells the story of a man, his heritage, and the crisis of faith that brings his life to a crossroads.

Always and Forever

Author: Cynthia Freeman
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 9781480435667
Release Date: 2013-08-27
Genre: Fiction

This luminous novel by New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Freeman weaves a vivid tapestry of war, family, and a love that transcends the ravages of time When Brooklyn-born Barnard graduate Kathy Ross travels to post–World War II Berlin to help displaced refugees, she never expects to fall instantly, irrevocably in love. But David Kohn, a young American physician, is tormented by the deaths of his parents in the Holocaust, and uncertain about the future. Kathy impulsively marries David’s cousin Phil—a decision that will have far-reaching consequences for everyone involved. The charismatic heir apparent to a fur empire, Phil gives Kathy everything she could ever want, including a cherished son. But through the years—even as she forges her own career—Kathy is haunted by her yearning for the one man she can’t forget.

Come Pour the Wine

Author: Cynthia Freeman
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 9781480435711
Release Date: 2013-08-27
Genre: Fiction

New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Freeman’s powerful tale of a woman in search of her sacred heritage, who must decide how much she is willing to sacrifice for love Nineteen-year-old Janet Stevens leaves Wichita, Kansas, for New York—and a glamorous career as a model. Manhattan in the 1950s is a heady place for a sheltered Midwesterner. A new friend helps her discover her forefathers’ faith, but from the moment she sees Bill McNeil at a party, Janet senses she’s found her future. When they marry, she believes she’s finally gotten what she always wanted—not fame or fortune, but the love that will fulfill and sustain her as nothing else ever could. From the passionate throes of youth to the stings and shocks of middle age, Come Pour the Wine draws a brilliant portrait of a marriage and a family in search of its roots, written with Cynthia Freeman’s trademark insight and compassion.

A Discovery Of Strangers

Author: Rudy Wiebe
Publisher: Vintage Canada
ISBN: 9780307367143
Release Date: 2011-06-01
Genre: Fiction

A Discovery of Strangers is a story--based on true events--of love and innocence, murder, greed and passion set within the terrifying, fragile Arctic landscape. In 1820, John Franklin's small group of British officers and Canadian voyageurs, on their first expedition to search for a route through the incomprehensible North, encounter the Yellowknife Indians -- and Greenstockings, fifteen-year-old daughter of Keskarrah, elder of the Yellowknife, meets young Robert Hood, son of a Lancashire clergyman. Wordless, they devise a language of their own as their two worlds clash. From the Hardcover edition.

Fremder in einer fremden Welt

Author: Robert A. Heinlein
Publisher: Heyne Verlag
ISBN: 9783641032739
Release Date: 2009-10-02
Genre: Fiction

Der Mann vom Mars Die erste Mars-Expedition ist auf dem roten Planeten abgestürzt, und erst zwanzig Jahre später erreichen erstmals wieder Menschen den Nachbarplaneten. Sie finden Michael Valentine Smith, einen jungen Mann, der als Kind die Katastrophe überlebt hat und von Marsianern erzogen wurde, und nehmen ihn mit zur Erde. Die Heimatwelt seiner Eltern ist für ihn eine fremde, unverständliche Welt, und er verwendet seine mentalen Kräfte dazu, sie zu verändern. Damit wird er für die einen zum Messias, und für die anderen zu einem Feind, den man mit allen Mitteln bekämpfen muss ...

The Cynthia Freeman Collection Volume Two

Author: Cynthia Freeman
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 9781504053815
Release Date: 2018-05-15
Genre: Fiction

From a New York Times–bestselling author: Three epic historical novels that bring to life the spirit of the Jewish immigrant experience in America. New York Times–bestselling author Cynthia Freeman is beloved for her multigenerational sagas of Jewish immigrant families in America, including her sensational debut, A World Full of Strangers, which sold more than a million copies. The three novels collected here center on ordinary, heroic women who journey across the ocean in search of opportunity, finding both community and adversity, family togetherness and private grief, tragedy and triumph. A World Full of Strangers: In 1932, Polish immigrant Katie Kovitz is embraced by the Jewish community of the Lower East Side. But after marrying a man who rejects his heritage, she struggles to reclaim her lost identity in this sensational debut novel. Portraits: In this New York Times bestseller, Esther Sandsonitsky leaves her abusive husband and journeys to the United States in order to capture a piece of the American dream for her children—including Jacob, the son she was forced to leave behind. No Time for Tears: “This impassioned novel follows its heroine, Chavala Landau, from turn-of-the-century Russia to Palestine and on to the United States, where she carves out a financial empire in the diamond industry before returning to Jerusalem in 1948” (The New York Times).

Das Haus am Ende der Welt

Author: Paul Tremblay
Publisher: Heyne Verlag
ISBN: 9783641239756
Release Date: 2019-06-10
Genre: Fiction

Eine abgelegene Ferienhütte am See in den Wäldern New Hampshires: Hier wollen Eric und Andrew gemeinsam mit ihrer siebenjährigen Adoptivtochter Wen eine Woche Urlaub machen. Kein Smartphone, kein Internet – nur Ausspannen und Zeit mit der Familie verbringen. Mit der Idylle ist es dann aber schnell vorbei, als eines Tages vier merkwürdige, bis an die Zähne bewaffnete Gestalten auftauchen. Sie versprechen, die junge Familie nicht zu verletzen. Sie sagen, dass sie Hilfe brauchen. Doch die vier verbergen ein dunkles Geheimnis und für Eric, Andrew und Wen beginnt der schlimmste Albtraum ihres Lebens ...

Portraits

Author: Cynthia Freeman
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 9781480435728
Release Date: 2013-08-27
Genre: Fiction

From New York’s Lower East Side to San Francisco, four generations of an immigrant family in America come to life in this New York Times–bestselling saga. In an act of great courage and will, Esther Sandsonitsky leaves her abusive new husband and tiny village on the border between Poland and Germany for the more welcoming shores of the United States. When she makes her way through the throng at Ellis Island, the world is on the threshold of a new century. But Esther is on her own quest: to capture a piece of the American dream for her children, including Jacob, the son she was forced to leave behind. Portraits tells an indelible story of the struggles and sacrifices of a family—and a people—searching for a place to belong.