The elegance of the hedgehog
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An enchanting New York Times and international bestseller and award-winner about life, art, literature, philosophy, culture, class, privilege, and power, seen through the eyes of a 54-year old French concierge and a precocious but troubled 12-year-old girl.Renee Michel is the 54-year-old concierge of a luxury Paris apartment building. Her exterior (�short, ugly, and plump�) and demeanor (�poor, discreet, and insignificant�) belie her keen, questing mind and profound erudition. Paloma Josse is a 12-year-old genius who behaves as everyone expects her to behave: a mediocre pre-teen high on adolescent subculture, a good but not outstanding student, an obedient if obstinate daughter. She plans to kill herself on the sixteenth of June, her thirteenth birthday.Both Renee and Paloma hide their true talents and finest qualities from the bourgeois families around them, until a wealthy Japanese gentleman named Ozu moves into building. Only he sees through them, perceiving the secret that haunts Renee, winning Paloma's trust, and helping the two discover their kindred souls. Moving, funny, tender, and triumphant, Barbery's novel exalts the quiet victories of the inconspicuous among us.
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|Grouping Title||elegance of the hedgehog|
|Grouping Author||barbery muriel|
|Last Grouping Update||2019-01-17 23:03:37PM|
|Last Indexed||2019-01-18 00:08:20AM|
|auth_author2||Anderson, Alison., Morris, Cassandra, 1982-, Rosenblat, Barbara.|
|author||Barbery, Muriel, 1969-|
|author2-role||Anderson, Alison., Findaway World, LLC., HighBridge Audio (Firm)., Morris, Cassandra,1982-, Playaway Digital Audio., Rosenblat, Barbara.|
|available_at_school||Hume-Fogg Magnet High, MLK Jr. Magnet|
|detailed_location_school||Hume-Fogg High Magnet - Teen Non-Fiction, MLK Jr. Magnet - Teen Fiction|
A New York Times Bestseller
We are in an elegant hôtel particulier in the center of Paris. Renée, the building's concierge, is short, ugly, and plump. She has bunions on her feet. She is cantankerous and addicted to television soaps. Her only genuine attachment is to her cat, Leo. In short, she is everything society expects from a concierge at a bourgeois building in a posh Parisian neighborhood. But Renée has a secret: she is a ferocious autodidact who furtively devours art, philosophy, music, and Japanese culture. With biting humor she scrutinizes the lives of the building's tenants—her inferiors in every way except that of material wealth.
Then there's Paloma, a super-smart twelve-year-old and the youngest daughter of the Josses, who live on the fifth floor. Talented, precocious, and startingly lucid, she has come to terms with life's seeming futility and has decided to end her own on the day of her thirteenth birthday. Until then she will continue hiding her extraordinary intelligence behind a mask of mediocrity, acting the part of an average pre-teen high on pop subculture, a good but not an outstanding student, an obedient if obstinate daughter.
Paloma and Renée hide both their true talents and their finest qualities from a world they suspect cannot or will not appreciate them. They discover their kindred souls when a wealthy Japanese man named Ozu arrives in the building. Only he is able to gain Paloma's trust and to see through Renée's timeworn disguise to the secret that haunts her. This is a moving, funny, triumphant novel that exalts the quiet victories of the inconspicuous among us.
|format_category_school||Audio Books, Books, eBook|
|format_school||Book, CD audio book, Playaway, eAudiobook, eBook|
|isbn||9781598879254, 9781598879261, 9781609450137, 9781615747955, 9781933372600|
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|record_details||ils:CARL0000311871|Book|Books||English|Europa Editions,|2008.|325 p. ; 21 cm., ils:CARL0000337236|CD audio book|Audio Books||English|Highbridge Co.,|2009.|8 sound discs (9 1/2 hr.) : digital, stereo. ; 4 3/4 in., ils:CARL0000338041|Playaway|Audio Books|Unabridged.|English|Playaway Digital Audio :|[released 2009], c2009.|1 sound media player (9 hr., 30 min.) : digital ; 3 3/8 x 2 1/8 in., overdrive:06f643e1-9672-4465-a2b5-166ca72b9eac|eBook|eBook||English|Europa|2008|, overdrive:d2df849a-87ae-4f83-9b78-d0f34aaa2a3d|eAudiobook|Audio Books||English|HighBridge|2009||
|subject_facet||Apartment concierges -- France -- Paris -- Fiction, Apartment dwellers -- France -- Paris -- Fiction, Audiobooks, Paris (France) -- Fiction|
|title_display||The elegance of the hedgehog|
|title_full||The Elegance of the Hedgehog, The elegance of the hedgehog / Muriel Barbery ; translated from the French by Alison Anderson, The elegance of the hedgehog [sound recording] / Muriel Barbery ; [translated from the French by Alison Anderson], The elegance of the hedgehog [sound recording] / Muriel Barbery ; translated from the French by Alison Anderson|
|title_short||The elegance of the hedgehog|
|topic_facet||Apartment concierges, Apartment dwellers, Audiobooks, Fiction, Literature|