"Includes the only extant letter to the actor Gianni Garini."
Benedetto Casanova: brother of the famous womanizer; traveler; poet, philosopher, musician. linguist, diplomat, spy, pioneering philanthropist, and consummate seducer of men all over Europe. A few years Giacomo's junior, Benedetto followed the famous lover of women through the courts of Europe. On the way he has adventures with countless men, but, unlike his sibling, fell in love with a German soldier, and managed to keep alive a romantic relationship over time and distance. His memoirs were discovered in 1881, glued to the pages of another book. They have never been published-until now. Back Cover.
High school senior Kalin (Lennon) Macready knows several facts for certain: John Lennon is his hero. Beaumont Finley Danforth (Fin) is his best friend. And--this is the complicated one--he feels more for Fin than mere friendship. For weeks, Lennon pesters Fin, who like Lennon admits to questioning his sexual orientation, for a commitment to spend twenty-four hours together exploring "the gay side of life." Fin reluctantly agrees. Each boy will seek to answer the daunting question, Am I gay? Lennon pre-plans the day, filling the hours with what he assumes "gay life" is all about: shopping for fashionable clothing, indulging in lavish dessert crepes, boogying to Taylor Swift's "Shake it Off", and yes, listening to show tunes. However, Lennon quickly realizes that in creating his plan he has succumbed to the most common and distorted of gay stereotypes. Can he be gay and not fit them? And more importantly, is it possible that spending one very hard day and night together will help Fin accept that he's gay, too? If so, maybe Lennon has a shot at winning the heart of the boy of his dreams. "A Hard Day's Night" is an amusing young adult contemporary romance about two boys who seek to discover if they must fulfill stereotypes to be together. In the end, maybe all you need is love. Back Cover.
"Five years ago, Benji Green lost his beloved father, Big Eddie, when his truck crashed into a river. Everyone called it an accident, but Benji knows it was more. Even years later, he's buried in his grief, throwing himself into managing Big Eddie's convenience store in the small-town of Roseland, Oregon. Surrounded by his mother and three aunts, he lives day to day, struggling to keep his head above water. But Roseland is no ordinary place. With ever more frequent dreams of his father's death and waking visions of feathers on the river's surface, Benji finds his definition of reality bending. He thinks himself haunted; by ghosts or memories, he can no longer tell. Not until a man falls from the sky, leaving the burning imprint of wings on the ground, does Benji begin to understand that the world is more mysterious than he ever imagined--and more dangerous. As uncontrollable forces descend on Roseland, they reveal long-hidden truths about friends, family, and the stranger Calliel--a man Benji can no longer live without"-- summary WorldCat