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In praise of the bar

“I hate boredom, and the idea of a candy pink world scares me more than spending a night on the train with a killer.” Small book, which can be read in an hour, but not for this reason of little value. A stage of clear approach to those who want to know the inner world of Goliarda Speranza, the nuances of her character and her thoughts on the world. After all, isn’t her name already...

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The arrival

Written by Alessia Colombo This review is available only in the original language Tipologia: silent book Tematiche principali: migrazione, surrealismo Tecnica delle illustrazioni: mista, matita e colorazione digitale Età consigliata: 8 anni in su   Un padre fa la valigia, saluta moglie e figlia e parte in nave alla volta di un nuovo paese. Arrivato in città cerca di farsi comprendere in un mondo di cui non capisce lingua e usanze. Ma la metropoli è piena di...

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Temptation

 “FRIDAY DI-VERSO” “The building is sumptuous but the kingdom is in ruins.” First you have to sleep on it. You have to fall asleep with questions, images in your head, trust that they will clear up behind closed eyelids, you have to let the visions settle, ask yourself what was real, what not, ask yourself if it matters. The plot is soon told. There is a man who is a hunter, a father and a surgeon,...

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Sidewalk flowers

Written by Alessia Colombo This review is available only in the original language. Tipologia: silent book Tematiche principali: empatia, piccoli gesti, natura Tecnica delle illustrazioni: china e acquerello Età consigliata: 2-10 anni   Una bambina e il suo papà percorrono le strade di città verso casa. Lungo il tragitto, mentre il papà è distratto da una telefonata, la bambina nota dei fiori spuntare dal cemento. Comincia così a raccoglierli dal marciapiede, dal sottopasso e alla fermata dell’autobus,...

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The Scarlet Letter

Written by Micol Rizzo This review is available only in the original language _________________________________________________________________________ “La lettera scarlatta” di Nathaniel Hawthorne, si può forse considerare uno dei romanzi più influenti nella letteratura americana, capace di trattare temi quali il puritanesimo e la rigidità di una società come quella del XVII secolo a Boston. Hester, la protagonista, si macchia di quello che all’epoca veniva considerato un crimine assoluto ed imperdonabile: l’adulterio. Come penitenza, si vede condannata a...

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Human Stain

“The little bit of stoicism I have inside goes away, and the desire not to die, to never die, becomes almost unbearable.” Unique novel, to be read calmly, without haste, and to recommend to your friends as a show of affection. The narrating voice is that of Nathan Zuckerman, who tells the story of his friend Coleman Silk, senior lecturer and principal of Athena College, starting from the summer of 1998, which led to the...

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How to make friends with a ghost

Written by Alessia Colombo This review is available only in the original language. Tipologia: albi illustrati Tematiche principali: guida illustrata, umorismo, fantasmi, prendersi cura Tecnica delle illustrazioni: gouache e matite colorate Età consigliata: 6-10 anni   Prima di tutto rintraccia un fantasma, facendo attenzione a non confonderti con asciugamani appesi alle maniglie delle porte o a bambini mascherati. Trovato il fantasma, non correre! Potrebbe spaventarsi. Piuttosto sorridi e presentati come si deve. Una volta portato a casa...

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Teeth

“How many secrets hide the people with whom we spend life.” A quarrel for futile reasons in a couple, the violent gesture of the woman who with an ashtray breaks the incisors teeths of her partner, and a bottomless pit of memories and obsessions and fears and doubts that opens under the feet of our protagonist, now a name toothless. An “open mouth” journey – if you let us pass the joke – inside and...

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And the Birds Rained Down by

THE FIRST REVIEW OF THE MONTH WILL BE DEDICATED TO THE NEW VOICE: “MONDAY DI-VERSO” “Happiness simply needs to be indulged.” How is it that these old men in books always cut off our legs? What is this tenderness that hits low when it seemed to us that we were immovable and disenchanted? “And the Birds Rained Down by” is a 2011 novel (anticipating by a few years “Our souls at night” by K. Haruf,...

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The wall in the middle of the book

Written by Alessia Colombo This review is available only in the original language. Tipologia: albi illustrati Tematiche principali: diversità, paura dell’altro Tecnica delle illustrazioni: tecnica mista tradizionale/digitale Età consigliata: 4-8 anni   Nel mezzo di questo libro c’è un alto e solido muro di mattoni. Il piccolo cavaliere sul lato sinistro ci informa che il suo lato è quello sicuro e che è importante che il muro stia lì, perché dall’altra parte c’è un orco terribile che...