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By Alexander Chee
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  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Isbn : 0544671872
  • Pages : 240
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 350
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From the best-selling author of How To Write an Autobiographical Novel, Alexander Chee's award-winning debut is "One of the great queer novels . . . of our time."—Brandon Taylor, GQ Twelve-year-old Fee is a shy Korean-American boy growing up in Maine whose powerful soprano voice wins him a place as section leader of the first sopranos in his local boys choir. But when, on a retreat, Fee discovers how the director treats the boys he makes section leader, he is so ashamed, he says nothing of the abuse, not even when Peter, Fee’s best friend, is in line to be next. The director is eventually arrested, and Fee tries to forgive himself for his silence. But when Peter takes his own life, Fee blames only himself. Years later, after he has carefully pieced a new life together, Fee takes a job at a private school near his hometown. There he meets a young student, Arden, who, to his shock, is the picture of Peter—and the son of his old choir director. Told with “the force of a dream and the heft of a life” (Annie Dillard), this is a haunting, lyrically written debut novel that marked Chee “as a major talent whose career will bear watching” (Publisher’s Weekly).

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  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 951
  • File Pdf: the-queen-s-tower.pdf

Book Summary:

After 17 years locked in a tower for a crime she swears she didn't commit, Queen Merewyn might finally be released. She hopes that a visit by Nina, the queen of a neighboring country, will give her a chance for freedom, and a chance to help her son, Crown Prince Maxen, negotiate the treacherous waters of court politics. Nina's court sorceress, Daryna, however, resents the fact that Nina is focused on Merewyn's troubles, rather than concentrating on getting help from Merewyn's husband, King Ethelred, in modernizing their country. Meanwhile, Merewyn's jailer and old friend, Duke Brandon, rushes to prepare his castle for the royal visit, knowing this may be his last chance to get the king and queen to reconcile. Initially excited when Ethelred finally allows her to attend the festivities, Merewyn begins to worry that some of the guests are plotting against her. Still locked in her tower, she prepares for the grand welcome feast and her first night of freedom in years, but every day brings ominous hints of a sinister conspiracy that might include the visitors, the church, her husband, and possibly even her beloved son.

Poison Ivy: Thorns

By Kody Keplinger
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : DC Comics
  • Isbn : 1779508603
  • Pages : 160
  • Category : Comics & Graphic Novels
  • Reads : 514
  • File Pdf: poison-ivy.pdf

Book Summary:

New York Times bestselling author of The DUFF Kody Keplinger and artist Sara Kipin reimagine an iconic DC antihero with a gothic-horror twist. Pamela Isley doesn’t trust other people, especially men. They always want something from her that she’s not willing to give. When cute goth girl Alice Oh comes into Pamela’s life after an accident at the local park, she makes Pamela feel like pulling back the curtains and letting the sunshine in. But there are dark secrets deep within the Isley home. Secrets Pamela’s father has warned must remain hidden. Secrets that could turn deadly and destroy the one person who ever cared about Pamela, or as her mom preferred to call her...Ivy. Will Pamela open herself up to the possibilities of love, or will she forever be transformed by the thorny vines of revenge?

Training Soprano Voices

By Richard Miller
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Isbn : 9780198029847
  • Pages : 192
  • Category : Music
  • Reads : 693
  • File Pdf: training-soprano-voices.pdf

Book Summary:

Training Soprano Voices provides a complete and reliable system for training each type of soprano voice. Designed as a practical program for singers, teachers, and voice professionals, it couples historic vocal pedagogy with the latest research on the singing voice, emphasizing the special nature of the soprano voice and the proper physiological functioning for vocal proficiency. Renowned singing teacher Richard Miller supplies a detailed description for each of the nine categories of soprano voices. For each category he then surveys the appropriate literature and provides an effective system for voice building, including techniques for breath management, vibratory response, resonance balancing, language articulation, vocal agility, sostenuto, proper vocal registration, and dynamic control. The book concludes with a daily regimen of vocal development for healthy singing and artistic performance. It also features dozens of technical exercises, vocalization material taken from the performance literature, and numerous anatomical illustrations. Unique in its focus on a single voice, Training Soprano Voices is likely to set the standard in voice training for years to come.

Mr. Fox

By Helen Oyeyemi
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Penguin Canada
  • Isbn : 014318573X
  • Pages : 256
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 537
  • File Pdf: mr-fox.pdf

Book Summary:

What makes a marriage? Does marriage mean the end of fairy-tale romance? It might if your husband is the writer Mr. Fox, who does devilish things to the heroines of his stories. His wife, Daphne, is unable to change his ways, but when his imaginary muse—the gorgeously offbeat Mary Foxe—conjures herself one sunny afternoon and confronts him about his dark denouements, things take an unexpected turn. Mary challenges Mr. Fox to join her in stories of their own devising, and their romances put our villainous writer through his paces, exploring every facet of love. Full of delicious period detail, this is a love story like no other, and it reaches a new pitch when Daphne becomes suspicious that her husband is having an affair. Mr. Fox is a magical book, endlessly inventive, as witty and charming as it is profound in its truths about how we learn to be with one another.

Vocal Virtuosity

By Sean M. Parr
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Isbn : 0197542662
  • Pages : 301
  • Category : Music
  • Reads : 459
  • File Pdf: vocal-virtuosity.pdf

Book Summary:

Nothing strikes the ear quite like a soprano singing in the sonic stratosphere. Whether thrilling, chilling, or repellent to the listener, the reaction to cascades of coloratura with climaxing high notes is strong. Coloratura-agile, rapid-fire singing-was originally essential for all singers, but its function changed greatly when it became the specialty of particular sopranos over the course of the nineteenth century. The central argument of Vocal Virtuosity challenges the historical commonplace that coloratura became an anachronism in nineteenth-century opera. Instead, the book demonstrates that melismas at mid-century were made modern. Coloratura became an increasingly marked musical gesture during the century with a correspondingly more specific dramaturgical function. In exploring this transformation, the book reveals the instigators of this change in vocal practice and examines the historical traces of Parisian singers who were the period's greatest exponents of vertiginous vocality as archetypes of the modern coloratura soprano. The book constructs the historical trajectory of coloratura as it became gendered the provenance of the female singer, while also considering what melismas can signify in operatic performance. As a whole, it argues that vocal virtuosity was a source of power for women, generating space for female authorship and creativity. In so doing, the book reclaims a place in history for the coloratura soprano.

Seven for a Secret

By Lyndsay Faye
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Isbn : 1101657480
  • Pages : 496
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 103
  • File Pdf: seven-for-a-secret.pdf

Book Summary:

One of The Wall Street Journal’s Ten Best Mysteries of the Year “Amazing...This is a series for the ages, it’s so spectacular.”—Gillian Flynn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Gone Girl 1846: In New York City, slave catching isn’t just legal—it’s law enforcement. Six months after the formation of the NYPD, its most reluctant and talented officer, Timothy Wilde, learns of the gruesome underworld of lies and corruption ruled by the “blackbirders,” who snatch free Northerners of color from their homes, masquerade them as slaves, and sell them South to toil as plantation property. When the beautiful and terrified Lucy Adams staggers into Timothy’s office to report a robbery and is asked what was stolen, her reply is, “My family.” Their search for her mixed-race sister and son will plunge Timothy and his feral brother, Valentine, into a world where police are complicit and politics savage, and where corpses appear in the most shocking of places…

Ticket to the Opera

By Phil G. Goulding
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Ballantine Books
  • Isbn : 0307761843
  • Pages : 720
  • Category : Music
  • Reads : 276
  • File Pdf: ticket-to-the-opera.pdf

Book Summary:

In Ticket to the Opera, Phil G. Goulding finally makes the magic and mystique of opera accessible to all. Here he offers a complete operatic education, including history, definitions of key musical terms, opera lore and gossip, portraits of famous singers and the roles they immortalized, as well as pithy introductions to the greatest operas of Europe and America and their composers. The book's centerpiece is what Goulding terms "the collection"--85 classics, among them Aida, The Marriage of Figaro, Carmen, and Madama Butterfly, that have been packing the world's opera houses for years. This entertaining, meticulously researched book also includes a fascinating chapter on American opera from George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess to Philip Glass's Einstein on the Beach and a discussion of the gems of twentieth-century opera featuring works like Leos Janácek's The Cunning Little Vixen, Alban Berg's Lulu, and Serge Prokofiev's The Love for Three Oranges. Whether you're a curious neophyte, a music lover interested in branching out, or an aficionado eager to compare notes with a brilliant fellow opera buff, you'll prize Ticket to the Opera as an essential volume in your music library.

Solomon (1749), An Oratorio

By George Frideric Handel
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Alfred Music
  • Isbn : 9781457468971
  • Pages : 340
  • Category : Music
  • Reads : 865
  • File Pdf: solomon.pdf

Book Summary:

Expertly arranged Miniature Score Choral by George Frideric Handel from the Kalmus Edition series. This is from the Baroque era.