The Final Table Netflix

El mejor concurso culinario de la TV

The final table

Título en español: Todo el mundo a la mesa

Sinopsis

De entre los mejores chefs del mundo, 24 han sido seleccionados para participar en esta competencia culinaria internacional. Prepararán los platos más representativos de 9 países y serán juzgados por algunos de los chefs más prestigiosos.  

El ganador del último episodio tendrá el privilegio de sentarse a la mesa junto a los 9 iconos culinarios del mundo.

Opinión

Los equipos estarán formados por dos chefs cada uno. En cada episodio tendrán que preparar un plato que represente a cada país de los 9 seleccionados. Primero serán juzgados por críticos culinarios y personalidades que actúan como embajadores de su país.

Quién no pase la primera prueba, tendrá que volver a cocinar y será juzgado en este caso por uno de los 9 chef que ocupan la mesa final, objetivo del premio.

Estos son los países de los cuales tendrán que elaborar su plato más representativo y sus respectivos chefs.

    • Enrique Olvera (México)
    • Andoni Aduriz (España)
    • Clare Smyth (Reino Unido)
    • Helena Rizzo (Brasil)
    • Vineet Bhatia (India)
    • Grant Achatz (Estados Unidos)
    • Carlo Cracco (Italia)
    • Yoshihiro Narisawa (Japón)
    • Anne-Sophie Pic (Francia)

Cada episodio dura una hora aproximadamente. Todo ocurre con muchísima rapidez. Aquí no hay tiempo para palmaditas en el hombro ni tonterías de ningún tipo. Están los mejores, de los más talentosos del mundo y tienen que demostrarlo, cocinando.

No se trata de reproducir cada plato elegido como representante de la cocina de su país, no. Más bien, deben interpretarlo y hacer la mejor versión que sean capaces de hacer. Tienen que demostrar su creatividad respetando el producto y los sabores que deben estar presentes en cada caso.

Lo que más me ha llamado la atención, es la sencillez. Cocinan con fuego, utilizan el ingenio y por supuesto, técnicas de cocción muy sofisticadas pero que se basan principalmente en saber trabajar con cada producto, los puntos de cocción y los maridajes perfectos en cada caso.

Talento, ingenio y el mejor empleo de la materia prima

No sucede como en otros concursos culinarios donde se ven más artilugios y “maquinitas modernas de cocinar” más propio quizás de cocineros amateur.

Quienes no superen esta primera prueba, tendrán que volver a cocinar y en este caso es el chef de cada país quien les trae un ingrediente sobre el cual deberán elaborar un plato. Esta prueba es siempre la más difícil con diferencia.

Todos los concursantes son muy buenos, algunos con varias estrellas Michelín, otros cocineros autodidactas con negocios propios de reconocido prestigio y éxito, como es el caso del español Manuel Berganza que fue el primer español en obtener una estrella Michelín fuera de España.

Benjamin Bensoussan y Manuel Berganza
Benjamin Bensoussan y Manuel Berganza

He tardado tanto en ver este programa porque pensaba que sería más de lo mismo y me equivoqué. Hasta el momento este ha sido para mí el mejor concurso culinario que he visto y creado por Netflix.

Muy recomendable

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Summer in Provence by Lucy Coleman

Cambios inesperados y radicales
Summer In Provence Lucy coleman

Sinopsis

Is a change as good as a rest?

When married couple Fern and Aiden have a windfall, their reactions could not be more different. While Fern is content to pay off their mortgage and build a nest egg before starting a family, her husband is set on traveling the world.

Fern’s not much of a back-packer so, before she knows it, the idea of a ‘marriage gap year’ takes shape. And, as Aiden heads off to the wilds of Australia, Fern chooses the more restful Provence for her year out.

Set amidst the glorious French scenery, Château de Vernon offers a retreat from the hustle and bustle of normal life, and Fern agrees to help out in return for painting lessons from the owner – renowned, but rather troubled, painter Nico.

As their year unfolds in very different ways, will the time apart transform their marriage, or will it drive Fern and Aiden even further apart…

Opinión

When we stand alone, we are an island;
when we join together, we become a force”.

Fern y Aiden son una pareja sólida, estable y de las que todo el mundo admira y da por sentado. Son personas alegres y a las que les gusta disfrutar de las grandes reuniones con amigos y familia. En sus vidas no recuerdan un momento en el que no hayan estado siempre juntos. Ahora, a las puertas de la treintena con la idea de ser padres rondando sus mentes, les llega de forma inesperada una gran suma de dinero y deciden tomarse un año sabático en la relación.

Para todos fue un shock, pero no menos para Fern. Ella creía que eran felices, seguía enamorada de Aiden como el primer día. Confiaba en él plenamente y era a la vez su mejor amigo. Cada uno trabajaba en lo que le gustaba y ahora tendrían al final la hipoteca pagada.

Fern no necesitaba más, era feliz en ese momento. Aunque de un tiempo a esta parte notaba a su marido algo diferente, lo achacó al estrés y al tipo de trabajo que este desempeñaba, que no siempre era capaz de dejarlo atrás al llegar a cada y esto le hacía llevar una carga emocional cada vez más pesada.

Aiden por su parte lo veía muy claro. Quería a Fern pero desde hacía unos meses se sentía mal, como que le faltaba algo pero no sabía explicar muy bien el qué. Se sentía estancado y no dejaba de preguntarse si el resto de su vida sería como lo que vivía en el presente.

No dejaba de cuestionarse si era feliz así. Estaba enamorado de Fern pero a la vez sabía que no era suficiente, sentía un vacío que no era capaz de llenar con nada. Se conocieron y tras un largo noviazgo, se casaron, se hipotecaron y se fueron a vivir juntos.  Y ahí estaban, siete años después de casados, considerando la posibilidad de ser padres y todo se le estaba haciendo un mundo cuesta arriba.

“People can come to regret the mistakes they don’t make, as much as they regret the mistakes they do make”.

Necesitaba tiempo para pensar, para encontrarse nuevamente consigo mismo y reconsiderarlo todo. Nunca tuvo el año sabático que la mayoría de sus amigos tuvo al terminar la universidad y cree que eso es algo que le falta. Tiempo para viajar y dar rienda suelta a su espíritu aventurero.  Ver qué hay más allá de lo que ya tiene muy visto y conocido.

La novela se desarrolla en la Provenza en un entorno que me encanta, no solo por el lugar en sí, sino por la gran variedad de personajes, tan bien construidos y desarrollados y por la situación que nos plantea que no es nada común y si es de las que te sacan de tu zona de confort. Me costaba mucho entender la postura de Aiden sobre todo porque las mejores cosas que te pasan en la vida, las quieres compartir con las personas que quieres, entonces este cambio tan repentino me chocó bastante.

Summer in Provence es una historia muy emotiva, llena de reflexiones muy interesantes sobre la vida, el amor y los distintos tipos de relaciones que pueden existir entre las personas. Pero también nos muestra otros estilos de vida que no por ser diferentes dejan de ser interesantes.

Es una novela muy completa, con subtramas muy interesantes que se complementan muy bien con la historia principal, resulta adictiva desde el comienzo y al terminarla deja un gran vacío y resaca lectora. Creo que merece mucho la pena, apta para todos los públicos, es una novela que se disfruta mucho.

5/5

Puedes comprarlo en el siguiente enlace: Summer in Provence

My First Mahatma Gandhi by María Isabel Sanchez Vegara

Pequeñas biografías infantiles

My First Mahatma Gandhi

Sinopsis

This board book version of Mahatma Gandhi – from the critically acclaimed, multimillion-copy bestselling Little People, BIG DREAMS series – introduces the youngest dreamers to the incredible life of the father of India. As a young teenager in India, Gandhi led a rebellious life and went against his parents’ values.

But as a young man, he started to form beliefs of his own that harked back to the Hindu principles of his childhood. Gandhi began to dream of unity for all peoples and religions. Inspired by this idea, he led peaceful protests to free India from British rule and unite the country – ending violence and unfair treatment. His bravery and free-thinking made him one of the most iconic people of peace in the world, known as Mahatma, meaning “great soul.”

Babies and toddlers will love to snuggle as you read to them the engaging story of this amazing activist, and will also enjoy exploring the stylish and quirky illustrations of this sturdy board book on their own. Little People, BIG DREAMS is a bestselling series of books and educational games that explore the lives of outstanding people, from designers and artists to scientists and activists. All of them achieved incredible things, yet each began life as a child with a dream.

This empowering series offers inspiring messages to children of all ages, in a range of formats. The board books are told in simple sentences, perfect for reading aloud to babies and toddlers. The hardback versions present expanded stories for beginning readers. Boxed gift sets allow you to collect a selection of the books by theme.

Paper dolls, learning cards, matching games and other fun learning tools provide even more ways to make the lives of these role models accessible to children. Inspire the next generation of outstanding people who will change the world with Little People, BIG DREAMS!

Opinión

Desde pequeño Mohandas -más conocido como Mahatma Gandhi– fue un niño de gran corazón. Su infancia transcurrió tranquila en Porbandar, su pueblo natal. De su madre aprendió que debía decir siempre la verdad y ser pacífico.

En su viaje a Londres para estudiar en la escuela de leyes, descubrió una realidad que poco o nada tenía que ver con la que él conocía hasta el momento y que distaba mucho de su idea de cómo debían ser las relaciones entre los seres humanos. Este fue un viaje de aprendizaje y descubrimiento que le marcó desde ese momento el camino que debía seguir en la vida.

Ghandi

Este libro infantil recoge de forma muy resumida algunos de los hechos más importantes ocurridos en la vida de Mahatma Gandhi, desde su infancia hasta su muerte. Es muy buen punto de partida para presentar a los niños una persona tan única y especial como fue Gandhi a la vez que despertarles la curiosidad.

My First Mahatma Gandhi nos abre una puerta al pasado y a la vida de una persona singular que demostró que se podía luchar de otra forma y conseguir mejores objetivos. El texto es sencillo, breve y cumple con la función de ponernos en contexto y junto a las imágenes hacen que la experiencia lectora sea muy gratificante, de las que deja con ganas de más.

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Es un libro ideal para regalo y no solo para niños, aunque este sea su público objetivo.

5/5

Puedes comprarlo en el siguiente enlace: My First Mahatma Gandhi

People Like Us by Louise Fein

Personas con gran impacto en nuestras vidas

People like us Louise Fein

Sinopsis

‘I nearly drowned and Walter rescued me. That changes everything.’

Leipzig, 1930s Germany.

Hetty Heinrich is a perfect German child. Her father is an SS officer, her brother in the Luftwaffe, herself a member of the BDM. She believes resolutely in her country, and the man who runs it.

Until Walter changes everything. Blond-haired, blue-eyed, perfect in every way Walter. The boy who saved her life. A Jew.

Anti-semitism is growing by the day, and neighbours, friends and family members are turning on one another. As Hetty falls deeper in love with a man who is against all she has been taught, she begins to fight against her country, her family and herself. Hetty will have to risk everything to save Walter, even if it means sacrificing herself…

Opinión

“We are fortunate to have Hitler, because he is a peace -lover and wants harmony in Europe. Sadly, the same can’t be said for other countries”.

Para Hetty Heinrich la vida siempre fue sencilla y bonita, no era una niña malcriada pero sí muy mimada, sobre todo por su hermano por quien ella sentía adoración. Su familia no era rica, pero vivían cómodamente y sin estrecheces.

Walter era uno más de la familia, el mejor amigo de su hermano y también era la persona que más atención le prestaba a Hetty. No la trataba como a una niña pequeña, y siempre le animaba a hacer realidad sus sueños, por imposible que pareciera.

Era guapo e inteligente, representaba para Hetty todo lo que a ella le gustaría ser de mayor pero que le estaba vedado por ser chica, en una época en que estaba muy limitado y encasillado el papel de la mujer en la sociedad.

Un antes y después de Walter

El día en que Walter la salvó de ahogarse en el lago, todo lo que sentía por él, sin ella ser plenamente consciente, fue a más. Y con el paso del tiempo, se dio cuenta que no solo sentía admiración y curiosidad por él, sino que había algo más que aún no sabía explicarse, pero le gustaba disfrutar de su compañía, aunque fuese un breve momento y sentirlo cerca.

La Alemania de la infancia de Hetty, desde su perspectiva, según su vida, su realidad y la de su entorno más cercano, era un lugar en el que todos tendrían igualdad de oportunidades, un país libre y bonito liderado por un señor que no escatimaba en esfuerzos por conseguir una raza superior, fuerte y sin enfermedades de ningún tipo, para sacar adelante un país que había quedado empobrecido y menoscabado al terminar la que hasta ese momento se consideraba la Gran Guerra.

Una perspectiva muy diferente a la habitual

Por eso no es de extrañar que el amor de Hetty por este señor tan poderoso y especial, creciera día a día, alimentado por su familia y escuela. Lo veía como un salvador y lo veneraba como a un dios. Y aunque era una niña inteligente y despierta, tenía muy poca curiosidad por la realidad que la rodeaba. Se había instalado a vivir en una burbuja de la que no pensaba salir por muchos golpes que le diera la realidad.

Y así habría seguido por siempre, de no ser porque Walter, su querido amigo de la infancia y quien una vez le salvó la vida, encarnaba precisamente todo lo que ella y el resto de buenos alemanes, deberían aborrecer.

Walter era de piel muy blanca, rasgos suaves, pelo rubio y ojos azules. No encajaba para nada en el prototipo del “mal” que le habían enseñado en la escuela. Por primera vez en su vida se cuestionó la ideología que le estaban inculcando. Y por primera vez en su vida y solo porque así se lo dictaba su corazón, comenzó a saltarse las normas.

Esta es una historia que remueve por dentro, sin importar la de veces que con anterioridad hayas leído historias basadas en la Segunda Guerra Mundial. People Like US es de esas novelas que nada más comienzas a leer ya sabes que marcarán un antes y un después en tu memoria y sus personajes te acompañarán por un largo periodo de tiempo aun después de haberla leído.

Ritmo pausado, personajes complejos

De ritmo lento, no es para leer en dos noches. Necesita tiempo para procesar y asimilar la trama, que en principio es sencilla, pero está escrita con minuciosidad y sin escatimar en detalles sobre la vida y costumbres de los alemanes, desde la perspectiva de los simpatizantes del régimen Nazi.

Todos y cada uno de los personajes están muy bien creados pero el de Hatty es, desde mi punto de vista y sin lugar a dudas, el que más me ha conmovido y provocado todo tipo de sentimientos a lo largo de la trama.

Es una persona muy voluble, una chica llena de contradicciones, impulsiva y peligrosa. Es como una bomba de relojería a punto de explotar en cualquier momento. Es el personaje más complejo y el que más transformaciones sufre a lo largo de la novela.

Y aunque entiendo su procedencia y que la realidad que le tocó vivir no justifica muchas de sus decisiones, no pude evitar odiarla al principio de la lectura para terminar amándola y deseando poder conocerla al final. Es un personaje que traspasa el papel y se siente en todo momento muy real.

People Like US es una lectura singular e inolvidable que deja resaca lectora para mucho tiempo después de haberla terminado. Es una novela tan diferente por lo que cuenta y por como lo cuenta, que creo que es muy recomendable para todo tipo de público.

4/5

Puedes comprarlo en el siguiente enlace: People Like Us

Abigail and the forbidden city Película

SteelPunk y mucha magia, película para ver en familia

Abigail and the forbidden city

Título en español: Abigail y la ciudad fantástica o Abigail y la ciudad perdida.

Película rusa de 110 min. de duración

Dirigida por Aleksandr Boguslavskiy

Protagonizada por: Tinatin Dalakishvili, Eddie Marsan, Rinal Mukhametov

Sinopsis

Debido a una misteriosa epidemia, Abigail y sus padres viven en una ciudad amurallada de la que no se puede salir. El padre de Abigail es uno de los investigadores que trabajan para combatir la enfermedad provocada por la epidemia, cuando de repente se lo llevan porque es otro de los infestados con la enfermedad.

Opinión

Cuando se llevaron a su padre, Abigail era muy pequeña y esa imagen se quedó grabada a fuego en su retina. A pesar de que no entendía todo lo que pasaba a su alrededor, sí que tenía muy claro que su padre no estaba infestado.

Creció con la ilusión de él seguiría vivo en algún lugar, esperando a que alguien lo rescatara y la esperanza de que sería ella, fue lo que la mantuvo en todo momento alerta y con ganas de saber más sobre ese mundo en el que vivía. No se conformaba con seguir las normas impuestas por los que gobernaban.

Esta es una película para ver en familia. Es sencilla, con buena ambientación y sonido, con un punto de suspense, mucha acción y unos efectos especiales muy bien logrados. No tiene un gran guion, pero aun así la historia está bien contada y no deja cabos sueltos.

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La ambientación es SteelPunk y está cuidada al mínimo detalle al igual que las imágenes que son muy buenas y creo que esto es lo que la hace diferente. Esto por supuesto es desde mi punto de vista, que busco películas algo diferentes y entretenidas, no soy una crítica de cine.

Merece mucho la pena, para desconectar y pasar un rato agradable.

Se puede alquilar o comprar en Youtube.

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Book Love by Debbie Tung

Especial para todos los enamorados de los librosbook love debbie tung

Sinopsis

Bookworms rejoice! These charming comics capture exactly what it feels like to be head-over-heels for hardcovers. Book Love is a gift book of comics tailor-made for tea-sipping, spine-sniffing, book-hoarding bibliophiles. Debbie Tung’s comics are humorous and instantly recognizable-making readers laugh while precisely conveying the thoughts and habits of book nerds. Book Love is the ideal gift to let a book lover know they’re understood and appreciated.

Opinión

Cuando a Debbie le regalaron su primer libro, siendo aún pequeña, nadie se imaginó el gran impacto que esto tendría en su vida. Desde entonces su amor por los libros se convirtió en el centro de su existencia, sin ninguna otra cosa que se le pueda equiparar.

Debbie es una chica callada que prefiere pasar desapercibida. No es que sea tímida, pero le cuesta socializar, aunque se esfuerza, de vez en cuando. No le gustan las fiestas ni las reuniones de amigos, en las que se siente siempre fuera de lugar. Para ella, una noche ideal es aquella en la que puede pasársela leyendo sin que nadie la moleste.

Siempre y a todas partes va acompañada de libros porque nunca se sabe cuándo surgirá ese momentito en el que poder aprovechar para leerse, aunque sean solo un par de páginas. No es rarita, es adicta a la lectura y a los libros.

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Book Love es una novela gráfica preciosa y que aunque es sobre Debbie Tung y su amor por los libros, bien que podría tratarse de la vida de cualquiera de las personas que somos y nos sentimos como ella. Leer su historia es a la vez como vernos reflejados en todo lo referente a los libros. No es que estemos obsesionados, es que vivimos de otra forma. Y vivimos más, mejor y de forma más intensa cuando es a través de las historias que nos brindan los libros.

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Esta es una novela gráfica entrañable, divertida y muy bonita. Me ha dado mucha risa y alegría ver que muchas –por no decir todas –de las cosas que hago las hace más personas como yo, muy amantes de los libros. Está bien saber que no soy un bicho raro, sino que somos muchos dispersos en todo el mundo.

De más está decir, que es ideal para regalo.

5/5

Puedes comprarlo en el siguiente enlace: Book Love

Dinnertime for Zaza by Mylo Freeman

Zaza nos prepara la comida

Dinnertime for zaza

Sinopsis

A new title in Clavis’ Bestselling series! Zaza is cooking in her little kitchen. She’s making a meal for her animal friends. Then it’s dinnertime for Zaza. A delicious book about pretend cooking and dinnertime. For toddlers ages 24 months and up with a focus on the child’s daily life.

Opinión

Zaza acaba de preparar la comida en su pequeña cocina y avisa a sus amigos para que se sienten a la mesa.

No todos tienen hambre, ni les gustan los mismos alimentos pero Zaza con paciencia les explica que deben comer, aunque sea un poco.

Es el segundo libro infantil que leo con Zaza como protagonista y reconozco que me ha gustado incluso más que el primero aunque ambos son igual de bonitos.

He disfrutado ver a Zaza en una labor tan cotidiana como cocinar y preparar la mesa, además de explicar a sus amigos que deben comer verduras. Un cuento que sirve de ejemplo y transmite un mensaje importante de forma sencilla a los niños.

Destacar una vez más lo bonito y diferente que son los dibujos de esta historia además de los juguetes de Zaza que son poco comunes.

Un libro infantil bonito que apuesta por la diversidad.

4/5

Puedes comprarlo en el siguiente enlace: Dinnertime for Zaza

Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk by Nikolai Leskov

Acuerdos, secretos, pasiones y mentiras

The Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk

Sinopsis

Bored and childless, Katerina Ismailov lives with her husband, Zinovy, under the cruel rule of her father-in-law, Boris. When Boris and Zinovy are both called away from their estate on urgent business, Katerina’s attentions soon turn to Sergei, the newly-arrived farmhand ­– and thus begins Nikolai Leskov’s perfectly formed tale of lust, murder, guilt and revenge.

Opinión

Esta novela corta es autoría de un escritor ruso no tan conocido como otros. Nikolai Leskov nació en 1831 y falleció en 1895. Tuvo un interés especial por cuestiones morales y religiosas, hecho que se refleja en su obra.

Esta novela nos trae a un personaje especial: Katerina Lvovna, que se casa a los veinticuatro años con un mercader, Izmáilov. Sin amor ni atracción por medio. Ella aceptó la proposición de casamiento del comerciante porque, procediendo de una familia humilde, contaba con que no tendría mejores opciones.

Después de cinco años de matrimonio, Katerina lleva una vida aburrida. A pesar de la abundancia en la que vive, su día a día es anodino. Apenas sale de casa porque su forma de ser es muy diferente al de las personas del círculo social de su marido. Ella estaba acostumbrada a la libertad y a disfrutar de las pequeñas cosas con una naturalidad que es poco comprendida por dicho círculo.

Un buen día, mientras su esposo está una temporada fuera de casa, Katerina conoce a Serguéi, un empleado de su marido. Un joven que tiene mucho éxito con las mujeres. Tras empezar a tratarse, todo el aburrimiento de Katerina se evapora rápidamente, pues le aborda una pasión inmensa que él alimenta.

Katerina no oculta su relación con Serguéi a los demás. La hace visible incluso a su marido, cuando este regresa a casa.

La pasión de Katerina es tan desbordante, tan sentida, tan vivida, que le lleva a cometer, como ella dice, “pecados” en los que arrastra al codicioso Serguéi. Ambos de adentran en una peligrosa espiral.

A partir de este punto, Katerina hará gala de una frialdad enorme, no empatizará con nadie y mostrará un orgullo desbordante. Pero también sufrirá por la forma de ser de Serguéi.

Los dos protagonistas coinciden en que son crueles y egoístas. Pero sus obras no quedarán impunes y esto traerá la separación de ambos, hecho que no hará que la pasión de Katerina por Serguéi disminuya.

Los personajes de la obra están excepcionalmente definidos. Tienen una forma de ser extrema. Esto permite al autor mostrar a qué puede llegar un ser humano frío y cruel cuando sufre de una pasión desmedida.

Nos encontramos ante un libro bien escrito, original y desarrollado con mucha habilidad. El final del mismo, además, no podría ser mejor y más logrado. Muy impactante.

5/5

Puedes comprarlo en el siguiente enlace: The Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk

Especial Día de la Madre

Selección de lecturas especial Día de la Madre

Mom I Love You

El calendario nos marca una fecha especial: el día de la madre. Os traemos diferentes libros que pueden gustar a nuestras madres. Como veréis, abarcan gustos diversos. 

Para madres apasionadas de la lectura, os proponemos un libro que refleja muy bien las situaciones, sensaciones y sentimientos que viven todos los amantes de la lectura:

Book love by Debbie Tung

Mother's day1Book Love is a gift book of comics tailor-made for tea-sipping, spine-sniffing, book-hoarding bibliophiles. Debbie Tung’s comics are humorous and instantly recognizable—making readers laugh while precisely conveying the thoughts and habits of book nerds. Book Love is the ideal gift to let a book lover know they’re understood and appreciated.  

Para quienes siempre buscan aprender y ampliar conocimientos, tenemos un libro muy didáctico que ha vendido innumerables ejemplares, de un autor que tiene una impecable habilidad explicativa:

Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

Mother's day2Planet Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it. Us.

We are the most advanced and most destructive animals ever to have lived. What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us Sapiens?

In this bold and provocative book, Yuval Noah Harari explores who we are, how we got here and where we’re going.

Sapiens is a thrilling account of humankind’s extraordinary history – from the Stone Age to the Silicon Age – and our journey from insignificant apes to rulers of the world.

Para madres a las que les gusta conocer la vida real de otras personas, os presentamos una completa biografía de un ser humano muy especial:

Frida Kahlo by Hayden Herrera

Mother's day3Frida is the story of one of the twentieth century’s most extraordinary women, the painter Frida Kahlo. Born near Mexico City, she grew up during the turbulent days of the Mexican Revolution and, at eighteen, was the victim of an accident that left her crippled and unable to bear children. To salvage what she could from her unhappy situation, Kahlo had to learn to keep still – so she began to paint. 

Kahlo’s unique talent was to make her one of the century’s most enduring artists. But her remarkable paintings were only one element of a rich and dramatic life. Frida is also the story of her tempestuous marriage to the muralist Diego Rivera, her love affairs with numerous, diverse men such as Isamu Noguchi and Leon Trotsky, her involvement with the Communist Party, her absorption in Mexican folklore and culture, and of the inspiration behind her unforgettable art.

Para madres especialmente atareadas que buscan evadirse, desconectar y engancharse a una historia que les mantendrá muy muy entretenidas, os traemos dos libros que seguro permitirán alcanzar esos propósitos:

The price of paradise by Susana López Rubio

Mother's day specialHavana, Cuba, 1947. Young Patricio flees impoverished Spain and steps into the sultry island paradise of Havana with only the clothes on his back and half-baked dreams of a better life. Blessed with good looks and natural charm, he lands a job as a runner at El Encanto—one of the most luxurious department stores in the world.

Famous for its exquisite offerings from French haute couture to Arabian silks, El Encanto indulges the senses in opulent extravagance. It caters to visiting Hollywood stars, rising politicos, and prerevolutionary Cuba’s wealthiest power players, including the notorious mobster César Valdés.

Falling in love with the mobster’s young wife, Gloria, is suicide. But Patricio is irresistibly drawn to the beautiful girl with sad eyes, a razor-sharp intellect, and a penchant for both Christian Dior’s clothes and Einstein’s theories. Within the walls of El Encanto, anything seems possible, even a love that promises to heal them and a desire that thrums with the mambo beat of the city itself.

In a reckless love affair that spans half a century, Patricio’s and Gloria’s lives entwine time and again, challenged by every twist of fate—for in a world of murder, betrayal, and revolution, those who dare to reach for paradise seldom survive unscathed.

The pillars of the earth by Ken Follet

The Pillars of the EarthA MASON WITH A DREAM

1135 and civil war, famine and religious strife abound. With his family on the verge of starvation, mason Tom Builder dreams of the day that he can use his talents to create and build a cathedral like no other.

A MONK WITH A BURNING MISSION

Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, is resourceful, but with money scarce he knows that for his town to survive it must find a way to thrive, and so he makes the decision to build within it the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has ever known.

A WORLD OF HIGH IDEALS AND SAVAGE CRUELTY

As Tom and Philip meet so begins an epic tale of ambition, anarchy and absolute power. In a world beset by strife and enemies that would thwart their plans, they will stop at nothing to achieve their ambitions in a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against brother . . .

Para madres a las que les gusta leer clásicos, os proponemos uno de esos títulos que atrapan, que está muy bien escrito y tiene una trama muy elaborada, con innumerables aventuras:

The three musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

The Three MusketeersThe main protagonist of the story is D’Artagnan who travels to Paris to realize his dreams of becoming one of the musketeers for the king. But things start to fall apart from the very beginning when his cherished letter of introduction is stolen by a mysterious gentleman. D’Artagnon reaches Paris and becomes friends with the ‘The Three Musketeers’ and seems to settle down comfortably in accordance with the scheme of life that was prevalent in the 17th century Paris.

However, as expected, the peace did not last long as D’Artagnan and his friends get embroiled in an intriguing web of conspiracy in the fight for power among the people of the upper echelons. The matter gets further complicated by the introduction of a mysterious woman who is very beautiful but is more than what she projects herself to be. The author employs well-crafted narrative skills to give this enthralling novel a dramatic yet gripping conclusion. But do the heroes of the story manage to escape the agents of the Cardinals? Can they protect the honour of the queen? You will soon find out as this adventurous tale will keep you hooked till you finish.

Para madres que no tienen mucho tiempo y aprovechan los pequeños ratos disponibles para leer, os traemos dos propuestas muy diferentes. Por una parte, una novela gráfica muy tierna y, por otra, un libro corto muy especial e inteligente sobre cómo penetra el nazismo en la sociedad germana:

Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier

GhostsCatrina and her family are moving to the coast of Northern California because her little sister, Maya, is sick. Cat isn’t happy about leaving her friends for Bahía de la Luna, but Maya has cystic fibrosis and will benefit from the cool, salty air that blows in from the sea. As the girls explore their new home, a neighbor lets them in on a secret: There are ghosts in Bahía de la Luna. Maya is determined to meet one, but Cat wants nothing to do with them. As the time of year when ghosts reunite with their loved ones approaches, Cat must figure out how to put aside her fears for her sister’s sake – and her own.

Address unknown by Kathrine Kressmann Taylor

AddressA rediscovered classic, originally published in 1938 and now an international bestseller.When it first appeared in Story magazine in 1938, Address Unknown became an immediate social phenomenon and literary sensation. Published in book form a year later and banned in Nazi Germany, it garnered high praise in the United States and much of Europe. 

A series of fictional letters between a Jewish art dealer living in San Francisco and his former business partner, who has returned to Germany, Address Unknown is a haunting tale of enormous and enduring impact.

Para madres a las que les gusta leer novelas que hacen reflexionar sobre la maternidad y sus partes más oscuras, os traemos dos libros de los muchos que abordan el tema:

The mother I could have been by Kerry Fisher

The Mother I Could Have BeenAs a child, Vicky Hall never had the sort of family she wanted. The least important person in her new step-family, ignored by her mother in favour of her two younger half-siblings, Vicky was always an afterthought. Sitting alone at her graduation ceremony at the age of twenty-one, she vows to create her own family and her own life, one which is full of the love and attention she has always craved.

When Vicky meets William and falls pregnant in Greece that summer, it isn’t planned. But the two of them believe they can make it work, showering their child with the love which they believe should be enough.

But when her son Theo is two, Vicky leaves him in the care of her mother-in-law, walks out of her front door and drives to a hotel where she takes a room for the night. She doesn’t return.

We need to talk about Kevin by Lionel Shriver

We Need To TalkEva never really wanted to be a mother; certainly not the mother of a boy named Kevin who murdered seven of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker and a teacher who had tried to befriend him. Now, two years after her son’s horrific rampage, Eva comes to terms with her role as Kevin’s mother in a series of startlingly direct correspondences with her absent husband Franklyn about their son’s upbringing. Fearing that her own shortcomings may have shaped what her son has become, she confesses to a deep, long-standing ambivalence about motherhood. How much is her fault? In Lionel Shriver’s hands this sensational, chilling and memorable story of a woman who raised a monster becomes a metaphor for the larger tragedy – the tragedy of a country where everything works, nobody starves, and anything can be bought but a sense of purpose.

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Esta es una parte de la selección libros que se publicarán durante el mes de mayo y que llaman nuestra atención. Son lecturas variadas aunque abundan el género romántico y feel good.

Brunch and Other Obligations by Suzanne Nugent–5 mayBrunch

The only thing reclusive bookworm Nora, high-powered attorney Christina, and supermom-in-training Leanne ever had in common was their best friend, Molly. When Molly dies, she leaves mysterious gifts and cryptic notes for each of her grieving best friends, along with one final request: that these three mismatched frenemies have brunch together every month for a year.

Filled with heartwrenching scenes and witty prose, Brunch and Other Obligations explores the intricate dynamics of girlhood acquaintances who are forced to reconnect as women. This upbeat novel reminds readers that there’s hope for getting through the hard times in life—with a lot of patience, humor, and a standing brunch date.

All Adults Here by Emma Straub–5mayhere

Coming of age isn’t just for kids.

Astrid Strick has always tried to do her best for her three children. Now, they’re finally grown up – but you could be forgiven for thinking otherwise.

Elliott doesn’t have any idea who he really is, or how to communicate with his own sons. Porter is, at last, pregnant – but feels incapable of rising to the challenge. Nicky has fled to distant New Mexico, where he’s living the bohemian dream.

And Astrid herself is up to things that would make her children’s hair curl.

Until now, the family have managed to hide their true selves from each other. But when Nicky’s incorrigibly curious daughter Cecelia comes to stay, her arrival threatens to upturn everything…

Someone Like You by Karen Kingsbury–5 maysomeone

One frozen embryo. Two families with life-long secrets. And a guy who never planned to fall in love again.

Maddie Baxter West is shaken to the core when she finds out everything she believed about her life was a lie. Her parents had always planned to tell her the truth about her past: that she was adopted as an embryo. But somehow the right moment never happened. Then a total stranger confronts Maddie with the truth and tells her something else that rocks her world—Maddie had a sister she never knew about. Betrayed, angry, and confused, Maddie leaves her new job and fiancé, rejects her family’s requests for forgiveness, and moves to Portland to find out who she really is.

Dawson Gage’s life was destroyed when London Quinn, his best friend and the only girl he ever loved, is killed. In the hospital waiting room, London’s mother reveals that London might have had a sibling. The frozen embryo she and her husband donated decades ago. When Dawson finds Maddie and brings her to Portland, the Quinns—her biological parents—welcome her into their lives and hearts. Maddie is comforted by the Quinns’ love and intrigued by their memories of London, who was so much like her. Is this the family and the life she was really meant to have?

Now it will take the love of Dawson Gage to help Maddie know who she is…and to help her find her way home.

The Happy Couple by Samantha Hayes–6 mayCouple

Me and Will. Will and Me. A perfect match. He said he would always be there for me, but it’s been a year since he drained his coffee, walked out the front door and vanished.

Did he leave me? Or did something terrible happen? I’m scared someone finally found out about what happened on the drive home that night…

I lie awake at night trawling the internet for rental properties, desperate for an escape. Until I see my husband’s gorgeous face smiling back at me from a photograph on the fireplace in someone else’s home, and something inside of me snaps.

At the house, I find no trace of him and the woman who lives there has no idea who I am. But I’m certain she’s hiding something behind the locked door upstairs. I know that if I want answers, I have to stay.

You might think that what’s inside that room is the answer to all my questions and the end of all my pain. But it’s only the beginning…

The French Wife by Diney Costeloe–7 mayFrench

Love, secrets and danger abound in the new historical novel from bestselling author Diney Costeloe, set in 19th-century France.
As the St Clair family prepare for the grand wedding of their daughter, Clarice, trouble is brewing. An old friendship, a new love and a dangerous secret threaten to destroy the life the St Clairs have built.

Their younger daughter, Hélène, became friends with orphaned Annette during the terrible events of the 1871 siege of Paris. Now they are reunited, with Annette working below stairs for Hélène’s parents. But she is hiding a dangerous secret, which Hélène has promised to keep at all costs.

Meanwhile, Hélène has begun to fall in love with a young nobleman from England, whose family has plans which do not include their son choosing a French wife.

The Summer Island Swap by Samantha Tonge–7 mayisland

Sometimes the best holidays are the ones you least expect…
After a long and turbulent year, Sarah is dreaming of the five-star getaway her sister has booked them on. White sands, cocktails, massages, the Caribbean is calling to them.

But the sisters turn up to tatty beaches, basic wooden shacks, a compost toilet and outdoor cold water showers. It turns out that at the last minute Amy decided a conservation project would be much more fun than a luxury resort.

So now Sarah’s battling mosquitos, trying to stomach fish soup and praying for a swift escape. Life on a desert island though isn’t all doom and gloom. They’re at one with nature, learning about each other and making new friends. And Sarah is distracted by the dishy, yet incredibly moody, island leader she’s sure is hiding a secret.

People Like Us by Louise Fein–7 mayPeople like us Louise Fein

‘I nearly drowned and Walter rescued me. That changes everything.’

Leipzig, 1930s Germany.

Hetty Heinrich is a perfect German child. Her father is an SS officer, her brother in the Luftwaffe, herself a member of the BDM. She believes resolutely in her country, and the man who runs it.

Until Walter changes everything. Blond-haired, blue-eyed, perfect in every way Walter. The boy who saved her life. A Jew.

Anti-semitism is growing by the day, and neighbours, friends and family members are turning on one another. As Hetty falls deeper in love with a man who is against all she has been taught, she begins to fight against her country, her family and herself. Hetty will have to risk everything to save Walter, even if it means sacrificing herself…

A Children’s Bible by Lydia Millet–12 maybible

An indelible novel of teenage alienation and adult complacency in an unraveling world.

Pulitzer Prize finalist Lydia Millet’s sublime new novel—her first since the National Book Award long-listed Sweet Lamb of Heaven—follows a group of twelve eerily mature children on a forced vacation with their families at a sprawling lakeside mansion.

Contemptuous of their parents, who pass their days in a stupor of liquor, drugs, and sex, the children feel neglected and suffocated at the same time. When a destructive storm descends on the summer estate, the group’s ringleaders—including Eve, who narrates the story—decide to run away, leading the younger ones on a dangerous foray into the apocalyptic chaos outside.

As the scenes of devastation begin to mimic events in the dog-eared picture Bible carried around by her beloved little brother, Eve devotes herself to keeping him safe from harm.

A Children’s Bible is a prophetic, heartbreaking story of generational divide—and a haunting vision of what awaits us on the far side of Revelation.

The Bright Side of Going Dark by Kelly Harms–12 mayBright Side

As one of the most popular influencers on social media, Mia Bell has lived her life online for years. With her celebrity dog and gorgeous fiancé, she is planning the ultimate virtual wedding—expensive, elaborate, and entirely paid for by sponsors. But off-camera, her world is far from picture perfect. After being jilted by her fiancé and faking her nuptials to please her sponsors, Mia finally has had enough. She heaves her phone off a cliff, ready to live—and maybe find love—offline for a change.

Mia’s sudden absence doesn’t go unnoticed, especially by techie loner Paige Miller, who hacks Mia’s account and begins impersonating the internet celebrity. Paige has her reasons. Her half sister, Jessica, idolizes Mia and desperately needs something to believe in. If taking over Mia’s online persona is Paige’s only means of connecting to her sister, so be it.

Creating a like-worthy life is more fun than Paige expected. But when she grows too bold and is caught in the act, a fiasco ensues that could forever change Mia, Paige, and the people who love them. Because somewhere amid the chaos is an invaluable lesson—one that only real life can teach.

How to Bury Your Brother by Lindsey Rogers Cook–12 mayBury Your Brother

Her brother’s letters reveal everything-if only he’d written one to her.

Alice always thought she’d see her brother again. Rob ran away when he was fifteen, with so many years left to find his way home. But his funeral happened first.

Now that she has to clear out her childhood home in Georgia, the memories come flooding in, bringing with them an autopsy report showing her family’s lies-and sealed, addressed letters from Rob.

In a search for answers to questions she’s always been afraid to ask, Alice delivers the letters. Each dares her to open her eyes to her family’s dark past-and her own role in it. But it’s the last letter, addressed to her brother’s final home in New Orleans, that will force her to choose if she’ll let the secrets break her or finally bring her home.

Swipe Right by Stephie Chapman–13 maySwipe Right

Love could be a click away… Or in the last place you expected.

When Fran meets Ollie, it’s eye roll at first sight. Who does he think he is – with his Ray-Bans, piss taking and artfully styled hair? Forced into working together at Viral Hive, the trendy media content agency, at first they butt heads, but soon realise that they could be BFFs. Fran’s happily settled with boyfriend Lucas, while Ollie is fully committed to girlfriend Lou.

But when Fran’s relationship crumbles, and Ollie sets off with Lou for a round-the-world trip, she decides to start an anonymous dating column, detailing all the perils of dating online – from the bloke who angrily demanded she share the bill when she refused his clumsy advances, to the one that ended their date by weeping into her cleavage – even if it seems that all the good (or even normal?) men are hiding. Maybe there aren’t plenty more fish in the sea?

But, on her dating journey of discovery, Fran’s about to learn that sometimes love can be where you least expect it… you just have to put down your phone.

Someday in Paris by Olivia Lara–14 mayParis

Finding the one is only the beginning…
1954. Zara is fifteen the first time she meets Leon. During a power cut in a small French museum, the two spend one short hour in the dark talking about their love for art, Monet and Paris. Neither knows what the other looks like. Both know their lives will never be the same.

1963. In Paris, Leon no longer believes he will ever find the girl he lost that night. After dreaming about him for years, Zara thinks she has already found him. When they meet at an exhibition, they don’t recognise each other – yet the way they feel is so familiar…

Over the course of twenty years, Zara and Leon are destined to fall in love again and again. But will they ever find a way to be together?

Very Nearly Normal by Hannah Sunderland–14 mayNormal

Effie’s not perfect. Neither is Theo. But together, they’re pretty close.

Matilda ‘Effie’ Heaton has always felt like she’s swimming against the tide. Everyone around her has life sorted, but Effie’s living with her parents and crying into a wine bottle at night. The only thing she loves is her job at a bookshop, where she can lose herself in other people’s stories.

But then she meets Theo, who knows only too well that life isn’t something to take for granted.

Because Theo has a life-changing secret, and as Effie starts to realise that she’s falling in love instead of falling apart, fate steps in and deals her a new hand. And this time, the stakes are high.

Love Me to Death by Susan Gee–14 mayDeath

Something sinister stirs in Stockport…
The police find a young woman’s body in the woods the same week a couple discover a crude, handmade doll in Lyme Park. But are the two findings connected… or a strange coincidence?

In a town full of loners and unhappy families, nothing is as it seems…
All Mr Anderson wants is a family. After his elderly mother died, he was almost unbearably lonely. Now it’s time for him to claim his own.

All Jacob wants is for Maggie to love him back. She only has eyes for the Vincent twins – but maybe he can make her see just how much he cares.

And everyone is a suspect.

On Ocean Boulevard by Mary Alice Monroe–19 mayOcean

It’s been sixteen years since Caretta “Cara” Rutledge has returned home to the beautiful shores of Charleston, South Carolina. Over those years, she has weathered the tides of deaths and births, struggles and joys. And now, as Cara prepares for her second wedding, her life is about to change yet again.

Meanwhile, the rest of the storied Rutledge family is also in flux. Cara’s niece Linnea returns to Sullivan’s Island to begin a new career and an unexpected relationship. Linnea’s parents, having survived bankruptcy, pin their hopes and futures on the construction of a new home on Ocean Boulevard. But as excitement over the house and wedding builds, a devastating illness strikes the family and brings plans to a screeching halt. It is under these trying circumstances that the Rutledge family must come together yet again to discover the enduring strength in love, tradition, and legacy from mother to daughter to granddaughter.

Little Whispers by K.L. Slater–21 mayWhispers

You shared a secret with the wrong person.

Janey Markham is thrilled to be moving with her family to Buckingham Crescent, the smartest address in a desirable suburban town.

Worried she’ll be excluded by the glossy local mothers, Janey is thrilled when she meets Tanya, the kind of woman she has always looked up to. Tanya takes Janey under her wing, and her teenage daughter Angel is amazing with Janey’s little boy. As Janey and Tanya grow closer, Janey feels she can finally leave her troubled past behind.

But then everything changes…

In a weak moment over a bottle of wine, Janey finds herself telling Tanya her most shocking secret. Why wouldn’t she trust her new friend?

The following day, Janey sees Angel, with a man old enough to be her father, pushing someone into a car. The next day a body is found and police appeal for witnesses – and share a picture of the same car…

When Janey tells Tanya she is going to the police, Tanya turns threatening. She’ll stop at nothing to defend Angel, even if her daughter is guilty. If Janey says anything, Tanya will make sure that her dark secret gets out.

Janey faces an impossible choice. Stay quiet about what she saw that terrible day. Or speak up, and destroy the family she has worked so hard to protect…

The Plus One Pact by Portia MacIntosh–21 mayPlus One

Cara has officially run out of men. Her most recent dates have gone from bad to worse, and when her dating app informs her there is no one left in her area to choose from, she is at a dead end.

But with a summer of events ahead of her, she needs to find a solution, fast; someone to keep her company at the never-ending weddings, family gatherings and gender reveal parties that she can’t face going to alone. So when she meets handsome, confident, Millsy on a night out she may be in luck. They could not be more different in personality, but he too has a summer of events ahead and is desperate to get his family off his back about finding a ‘nice girl’. What if they made a pact to help each other out and be a plus one for the summer? Just as friends of course…? A brand new romantic comedy from bestseller Portia MacIntosh, perfect for fans of Zara Stoneley, Sophie Ranald and Mhairi McFarlane.

The Woman in the Painting by Kerry Postle–22 mayPainting

A celebrated artist. A baker’s daughter. A love that will change everything.
1508. In Rome, artists are feted as gods, and women must know their place.

Margarita may be the modest daughter of a baker, but when she falls in love with painter Raphael she finds herself playing a dangerous game.

For Raphael is wanted for greater things than a humble marriage, and there are those who will do anything to keep him and Margarita apart – no matter the consequences…

Inspired by a heartbreaking true story, this stunning and evocative novel is perfect for fans of The Sapphire Widow, Beneath a Burning Sky and The Emerald Affair.