New titles list

New Titles in January 2017: Adult non-fiction | Biography

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Cover of Muslim girl : a coming of ageMuslim girl : a coming of age
Author:  Al-Khatahtbeh, Amani, author.
At nine years old, Amani Al-Khatahtbeh watched from her home in New Jersey as two planes crashed into the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. That same year, she heard her first racial slur. At age eleven, when the United States had begun to invade Iraq and the television was flooded with anti-Muslim commentary, Amani felt overwhelmed with feelings of intense alienation from American society. At thirteen, her family took a trip to her father’s native homeland of Jordan, and Amani experienced firsthand a culture built on pure religion, not Islamic stereotypes. Inspired by her trip and after years of feeling like her voice as a Muslim woman was marginalized and neglected during a time when all the media could talk about was, ironically, Muslim women, Amani created a website called MuslimGirl. As the editor-in-chief, she put together a team of Muslim women and started a life dedicated to activism. This is the extraordinary account of Amani’s journey through adolescence as a Muslim girl, from the Islamophobia she’s faced on a daily basis, to the website she launched that became a cultural phenomenon, to the nation’s political climate in the 2016 election cycle with Donald Trump as the Republican nominee. While dispelling the myth that a headscarf makes you a walking target for terrorism, she shares both her own personal accounts and anecdotes from the “sisterhood” of writers that serve as her editorial team at MuslimGirl. Amani’s honest, urgent message is fresh, timely, and a deeply necessary counterpoint to the current rhetoric about the Middle East. --Publisher description.

 


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Cover of Big bosses : a working girl's memoir of Jazz Age AmericaBig bosses : a working girl's memoir of Jazz Age America
Author:  Altemus, Althea McDowell, 1885-1965, author.
Sharp, resourceful, and with a style all her own, Althea Altemus embodied the spirit of the independent working woman of the Jazz Age. In her memoir, Big Bosses, she vividly recounts her life as a secretary for prominent employers in Chicago, Miami, and New York during the late teens and 1920s. Alongside her we rub elbows with movie stars, artists, and high-profile businessmen, and experience lavish estate parties that routinely defied the laws of Prohibition. Beginning with her employment as a private secretary to James Deering of International Harvester, Altemus tells us much about high society during the time, taking us inside Deering's glamorous Miami estate, Vizcaya, an Italianate mansion worthy of Gatsby himself. Later, we meet her other notable employers, including Samuel Insull, president of Chicago Edison New York banker S. W. Straus and real estate developer Fred F. French. Altemus was also a struggling single mother, a fact she had to keep secret from her employers, and she reveals the difficulties of being a working woman at the time through glimpses into women's apartments, their friendships, and the dangers sexual and otherwise that she and others faced. Throughout, Altemus entertains with a self-aware voice that combines the knowledge of an insider with the wit and clarity of someone on the fringe. Anchored by extensive annotation and an afterword from historian Robin F. Bachin, which contextualizes Altemus's narrative, Big Bosses provides a one-of-a-kind peek inside the excitement, extravagances, and the challenges of being a working woman roaring through the 20s.

 


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Cover of My (part-time) Paris life : how running away brought me homeMy (part-time) Paris life : how running away brought me home
Author:  Anselmo, Lisa, author.
Poignant, touching, and lively, this memoir of a woman who loses her mother and creates a new life for herself in Paris will speak to anyone who has lost a parent or reinvented themselves. Lisa Anselmo wrapped her entire life around her mother, a strong woman who was a defining force in her daughter's life--maybe too defining. When her mother dies from breast cancer, Lisa realizes she hadn't built a life of her own, and struggles to find her purpose. Who is she without her mother--and her mother's expectations? Desperate for answers, she reaches for a lifeline in the form of an apartment in Paris, refusing to play it safe for the first time. What starts out as a lurching act of survival sets Lisa on a course that reshapes her life in ways she never could have imagined. But how can you imagine a life bigger than anything you've ever known? In the vein of Eat, Pray, Love and Wild, My (Part-time) Paris Life a story is for anyone who's ever felt lost or hopeless, but still holds out hope of something more. This candid memoir explores one woman's search for peace and meaning, and how the ups and downs of expat life in Paris taught her to let go of fear, find self-worth, and create real, lasting happiness -- Provided by publisher.

 


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Cover of The devil couldn't break me : a true storyThe devil couldn't break me : a true story
Author:  Aslan, Laura.
Laura was just eighteen years of age when she fled her family home on the Serbian Kosovo border at the height of the former Yugoslavian conflict. Her father felt she would be safer in Kosovo, free from the rape camps, massacres and ethnic cleansing that took place on their doorstep, the streets of the capital patrolled by US peacekeeping forces. Reluctantly she made the long journey through the mountains and eventually arrived in Pristina. Neither Laura or her father were aware she had entered a city one US delegate described, as one vast crime scene. She had no idea what terrors lay ahead, as she crossed the path of 'The Chief', a self professed freedom fighter in the Kosovan Liberation Army. On the face of it The Chief' claimed to be fighting a noble cause. Behind closed doors he was the mastermind of a huge operation dealing in organ harvesting, people trafficking and prostitution and his evil gang raped tortured and killed at will. Laura had stumbled through the gates of hell. Follow her quite unbelievable true story of kidnap, murder, brutality and abuse set against the backdrop of one of Europe's most recent and bloody conflicts and how she encountered some of the most evil men on the planet. This is Laura's story of courage and hope and how some of the most evil men on the planet did not break her spirit. --Publisher description.

 


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Cover of Defiance : the life and choices of Lady Anne BarnardDefiance : the life and choices of Lady Anne Barnard
Author:  Taylor, Stephen, 1948- author.
Lady Anne Barnard lived at the centre of Georgian society, but she was not respectable. What defined this poet and musician, artist and hostess, was defiance of convention. She rejected suitors, travelled alone to observe the French Revolution and married a lowly army officer, with whom she withdrew to Africa and achieved spectacular success. In researching her extraordinary life, Stephen Taylor was given access to her papers, and returned to her former home, Paradise, in the land below Table Mountain.

 


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Cover of The loonliness of a deep sea diver : David Harrison Beckett, my autobiographyThe loonliness of a deep sea diver : David Harrison Beckett, my autobiography
Author:  Beckett, David Harrison, author.
Imagine living in a box at the bottom of the sea for a month at a time. Locked away in a saturation chamber, plumbed to depths of more than 500 feet, this has been David Beckett's love, life and work for all his adult life. Destined to become a pig farmer in the late 1960s, a twist of fate saw David become an air diver, and within a short space of time he progressed to saturation diving. He would brush with death on more than one occasion - not least when helping to recover 47 bodies of the victims of the Sumburgh chinook disaster in Scotland's Shetland Islands - and when called in to assist with the deadliest peacetime shipwreck in Europe, as the MS Estonia sank in the Baltic Sea in 1994 and claimed 852 lives. Amongst the depths of despair, there are many lighter moments, including treasure hunting in the Philippines, almost clinching a contract to salvage the bursar's safe from the Titanic and surviving a 24-hour typhoon which brought 80-foot waves crashing down on his boat. The Loonliness of a Deep Sea Diver is gritty, sometimes comical and offers a unique glimpse into a life at sea, much of it at the bottom.

 


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Cover of Double whammy : a story about beating an 'unbeatable' cancerDouble whammy : a story about beating an 'unbeatable' cancer
Author:  Bishop, Rowan, author.
This is a portrait of a family with their backs against the wall. A story of complexity, of agency and positivity that validates human emotional responses, and ultimately it is a story of survival - a story with a happy ending. In September of 2013, Rowan Bishop's husband Russell was diagnosed with Double Hit lymphoma, at that time a seemingly unbeatable cancer. Up to this point, Russell was an internationally recognised academic, acclaimed for his work in improving the educational outcomes of indigenous students, the most benighted students in many education systems. He was fit and healthy, exercised regularly, was a non-smoker and underwent regular medical check-ups. Completely out of the blue, he was confronted with what seemed to be a death sentence - even though just four months previously he'd had an 'all clear' from his GP. When all hope was gone, he agreed to become Number Six or, in other words, the sixth person in the world to trial a new chemotherapy approach. It was so successful that it not only saved Russell's life so that he became part of medical history, but it is now saving many more - and in doing so is beating the 'unbeatable' --Page 4 of cover.

 


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Cover of If women rose rootedIf women rose rooted
Author:  Blackie, Sharon, author.
Aged 30 Sharon Blackie found herself weeping in the car park of the multinational corporation where she worked, wondering if this was what a nervous breakdown felt like. With a PhD in Psychology she ought to have known. Somewhere along the line she realised she had lost herself. And so began a long winding journey back to authenticity, rootedness in place, and belonging. In this extraordinary book of myth memoir and modern day mentors Blackie faces the wasteland of Western culture, the repression of women, and the devastation of our planet. She boldly names the challenge to reimagine women's place in the world and to rise up firmly rooted in our own native landscapes and the powerful stories and wisdom which spring from them. If Women Rose Rooted offers a haunting heroine's journey for every woman who finds power inspiration and solace in the natural world.

 


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Cover of A woman of two worlds : Elizabeth Patterson BonaparteA woman of two worlds : Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte
Author:  Deutsch, Alexandra, 1971- author.
Biography of Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte, from her marriage to Jerome Bonaparte, younger brother of Napoleon, through her later life and descendants --Provided by publisher.

 


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Cover of A piece of cake : a memoirA piece of cake : a memoir
Author:  Brown, Cupcake.
This book is unlike any memoir you'll ever read. Moving in its frankness, it is a relentless tale of a resilient spirit who took on the worst of contemporary urban life and survived it with a furious wit and unyielding determination. Cupcake Brown is a dynamic and original storyteller who will guide you on the most satisfying, startlingly funny, and genuinely affecting tour through hell you'll ever take.--From publisher description.

 


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Cover of Girl unbroken : a sister's harrowing story of survival from the streets of Long Island to the farms of IdahoGirl unbroken : a sister's harrowing story of survival from the streets of Long Island to the farms of Idaho
Author:  Calcaterra, Regina, author.
In the highly anticipated sequel to her New York Times bestseller Etched in Sand, Regina Calcaterra pairs with her youngest sister Rosie to tell Rosie's harrowing, yet ultimately triumphant, story of childhood abuse and survival. They were five kids with five different fathers and an alcoholic mother who left them to fend for themselves for weeks at a time. Yet through it all they had each other. Rosie, the youngest, is fawned over and shielded by her older sister, Regina. Their mother, Cookie, blows in and out of their lives like a hurricane, blind and uncaring to everything in her path. But when Regina emancipates herself as a minor and escapes, her siblings are separated. And as Rosie discovers after Cookie kidnaps her from foster care, the one thing worse than being abandoned by her mother is living in Cookie's presence. Beaten physically, abused emotionally, and forced to labor at the farm where Cookie settles in Idaho, Rosie refuses to give in. Like her sister Regina, Rosie has an unfathomable strength in the face of unimaginable hardship—enough to propel her out of Idaho and out of a nightmare.

 


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Cover of Dadland : a journey into uncharted territoryDadland : a journey into uncharted territory
Author:  Carew, Keggie.;"Carew, Tom."
Keggie Carew grew up in the gravitational field of an unorthodox father who lived on his wits and dazzling charm. As his memory begins to fail, she embarks on a quest to unravel his story and get to know who her father really was. Tom Carew was a left-handed stutterer, a maverick and a law unto himself. As a member of the Jedburghs, an elite SOE unit, he was parachuted behind enemy lines to raise resistance in France, then Burma, in the Second World War. But his wartime exploits are only the start of it, and Keggie soon finds herself in a far more astonishing and consuming place than she had bargained for. Dadland is a manhunt. Keggie takes us on a spellbinding journey, in peace and war, into surprising and shady corners of history, her rackety English childhood, the poignant breakdown of her family, the corridors of dementia and beyond. Part-detective story, part-memoir, part-history book, it is a celebration of the technicolour life an impossible, irresistible, unstoppable man.

 


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Cover of CélesteCéleste
Author:  Perry, Roland, 1946- author.
The rich and tempestuous tale of Paris's most celebrated courtesan, a woman of exceptional talent and beauty who scandalised society by marrying the French consul to Australia and becoming a bestselling writer. Born in the gutters of Paris in 1824, Celeste Venard rose above her station to become the most celebrated dancer in the Paris dance halls during France's La Belle Epoque. She went on to become first an actress then an equestrienne of exceptional courage at the Paris hippodrome, where her daring feats on horseback thrilled the crowds. Strikingly beautiful and utterly charismatic, Celeste eventually became the city's leading courtesan and the lover of many, including Alexandre Dumas, Georges Bizet, Alfred de Musset and the distinguished Count de Naurois. But it was the Count de Chabrillan, a prominent member of the French aristocracy, who captured her heart - their marriage in 1853 scandalised the Count's family and Parisian society. There was more scandal when Celeste's memoirs were published while the newlyweds were voyaging to Australia, where the count would serve as the French consul. Exiled in Melbourne during the gold rush, Celeste wrote three novels, including her classic bestseller The Gold Thieves, as well as a second set of memoirs. The love affair between Celeste and her count was passionate and volatile, only ending when the count died at sea in 1858. Heartbroken and without means, Celeste went on to write operas and plays - later she managed a theatre in Paris. During the Franco-Prussian war she joined the war effort then later set up a home for war orphans. She died aged 85 and was buried in the Chabrillan family tomb. Celeste is the rich and tempestuous tale of a woman of exceptional talent and beauty who was a century ahead of her time, a woman who broke all the rules to pursue a life of creativity, passion and excitement.

 


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Cover of The mistress of Mayfair : men, money and the marriage of Doris DelevingneThe mistress of Mayfair : men, money and the marriage of Doris Delevingne
Author:  Spence, Lyndsy, 1988- author.
The plot could have been inspired by Evelyn Waugh’s Vile Bodies, but unlike Waugh's novel – which parodies the era of the ‘Bright Young Things’ – The Mistress of Mayfair is a real-life story of scandal, greed, corruption and promiscuity at the heart of 1920s and ’30s high society, focusing on the wily, willful socialite Doris Delevingne and her doomed relationship with the gossip columnist Valentine Browne, Viscount Castlerosse. Marrying each other in pursuit of the finer things in life, their unlikely union was tempestuous from the off, rocked by affairs (with a whole host of society figures, including Cecil Beaton, Diana Mitford and Winston Churchill, amongst others) on both sides, and degenerated into one of London’s bitterest, and most talked about, divorce battles. In this compelling new book, Lyndsy Spence follows the rise and fall of their relationship, exploring their decadent society lives in revelatory detail and offering new insight into some of the mid twentieth century’s most prominent figures.

 


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Cover of Searching for Enda : a memoir of adoption and identitySearching for Enda : a memoir of adoption and identity
Author:  Denny, Paul G.
Everyone has a story to tell. Some are of heartbreak, some of loss, some of passion. In Searching for Enda, a brave man asking questions about his adoption in Britain leads him to discover buried secrets swept under a conservative carpet of shame. We all deserve to know where we come from. When life takes you all over the world, you can lose sense of where you truly belong. For some, your place of true belonging is never known and if you've spent most of your life running from questions, the journey back for answers can be long and emotional. --Publisher description.

 


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Cover of Nobody's childNobody's child
Author:  Fay, Natasha, author.
This publication is an autobiographical account of a nightmare childhood, irreversibly stained by the evil of sexual abuse, and Natasha's subsequent journey into an unsure and destructive adulthood. Inspiringly, Natasha Fay is able to break the cycle and build a successful career and most importantly, provide a loving, secure and nurturing relationship for her own daughter. Written with a stunning degree of self-awareness, this is the courageous story of one woman's survival against the odds. We know Natasha Fay would be so happy if her story could help even just one victim of abuse. Natasha Fay's input of reports from the Child Protection Services in Victoria are also greatly interesting, and highlight how agencies can sometimes fail children in dire need. Fay also includes her own heartfelt poetry. --Publisher's description.

 


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Cover of Fire walkers : memoirFire walkers : memoir
Author:  Gebreyohannes, Bethlehem Terrefe, author.
Fire Walkers is about the perilous journey of Beth, a fourteen-year old girl, who fled her native land with her family. Beth grew up in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where she lived happily until a military dictatorship took power by deposing Emperor Haile Selassie. Under the military rule, mass executions, tortures, disappearances, mandatory services and brothers against brothers became the norm. Beth's father was tipped that he was listed for persecution, and decided to flee with his family in the middle of the revolution. At the start of the escape, he told the children that they were going on vacation. Beth and her brothers were excited until strewn in the wilderness of the Danakil Desert with no hope of returning home. Their journey turned for the worst when their trusted guides led them into an ambush. Armed bandits attacked the family and took away what little was packed for the journey. Then the guides disappeared leaving the distressed family to wander. Lost and starved under the scorching sun and blinding sandstorm, the family survived the journey by the kindness of strangers--the nomads of the Danakil Desert. After seventeen treacherous days they reached Djibouti where they managed to survive as refugees until they immigrated to Canada. -- Provided by publisher.

 


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Cover of The mud house : how four friends built a place in the bushThe mud house : how four friends built a place in the bush
Author:  Glover, Richard, author.
Four friends. One block of land. No power tools. 'One day,' Philip said, 'I'd like to build something bigger ...Like a house. We could just buy a block of land, you know, the four of us, and have a go.' It was just an idea. then it started to take shape. In this frank, funny and thought-provoking memoir, Richard Glover describes how he and his friend Philip and their partners built a house in the bush on weekends.

 


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Cover of Mum's listMum's list
Author:  Greene, St John, author.
On her deathbed, Kate Greene's only concern was for her two little boys, Reef and Finn, and her loving husband, Singe, who she was leaving behind. Over her last few days, Kate created Mum's List after Singe asked, 'What if you leave me?' They talked and cried together as Kate painstakingly wrote her thoughts and wishes down, trying to help the man she loved create the best life for their boys after her death. Kate's list is both poignant and life-affirming, funny and profound: 'Please teach the boys to say what they mean', 'Mummy loved orange Club biscuits, jam and jelly and lemon curd'. But this wasn't the first time Singe and Kate had faced death. Four years earlier, doctors discovered a large lump in baby Reef's abdomen. Kate, pregnant with Finn, was so upset that she gave birth dangerously early. Both boys pulled through, but afterwards Kate received the diagnosis that every women dreads. Mum's List is an incredibly moving story of courage and love, telling of Kate's wonderful life and how, through her list, she lives on in the daily lives of her family, helping Singe move forward as he raises their boys alone.

 


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Cover of Call of the American wild : a tenderfoot's escape to AlaskaCall of the American wild : a tenderfoot's escape to Alaska
Author:  Grieve, Guy, 1973- author.
A man, an axe, and a dog named Fuzzy ... let the adventure begin. Trapped in a job he hated and up to his neck in debt, Grieve's life was going nowhere. When his dream of escaping it all to live in remote Alaska suddenly came true, he was miles from the nearest human being and armed with only the most basic equipment. Grieve began carving a life for himself through fishing, hunting-- and diligently avoiding bears.

 


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Cover of Between Maungakiekie and the Manukau : an Onehunga childhood 1939-1948Between Maungakiekie and the Manukau : an Onehunga childhood 1939-1948
Author:  De Heer, Jeanette, 1939-, author.
This memoir is a vivid account of the author's life as a young child and it also evokes the distinct identity of the Auckland suburb of Onehunga in the 1940s.

 


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Cover of Along my wayAlong my way
Author:  Hunt, Harold John, 1925- author.
Harold Hunt was born in 'The Bush', that is the Corner Country, in far western New South Wales. Horse and buggy were still the main mode of transport and, as a child during the Great Depression, he was fascinated by the mystery of the many swagmen who trod the dirt tracks. His parents separated when he was young, and his mixed-race Aboriginal mother raised eight children on her own. Somehow she kept the family together during a time of government dislocation of Aboriginal people. He left school at the age of 14, working as a stockman with dreams of becoming a boss drover. But the lure of earning a steady income and the itinerant lifestyle of a shearer beckoned and was to be his occupation for the next 20 years. By age 34, he was the father of four and a raging alcoholic, violent and causing suffering to those he loved. Then a chance meeting with some mates set him on the path to recovery through Alcoholics Anonymous, along with a move to Sydney. Always looking for new opportunities and challenges, he chanced upon a training course as a counsellor to alcoholics and other drug addicts. So began a career in the public service, with his determination to help others who were experiencing the hell he himself had survived. At 87, Harold was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in recognition of his services to the community. This is an autobiography of an extraordinary life, during a period of dramatic social change in Australia.

 


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Cover of The cost : my life on a terrorist hit listThe cost : my life on a terrorist hit list
Author:  Husnain, Ali, author.
Born into a prominent Shia Muslim family in Pakistan, Ali had it all--prestige, security, wealth, social status. The Cost is the extraordinary story of his dramatic encounter with Jesus that would change everything. That life-altering choice to follow Jesus would turn Ali from a typical teenager into a target of a terrorist organization based in his hometown--a target they would soon act on. The Cost is the riveting and remarkable journey of a young man who left everything behind to follow the one thing he knew to be true. Through excommunication from his home and family, near-death experience, a miraculous healing, and a cross-continental chase for his life, Ali's faith sustained him while also compelling him to bring the gospel to Muslims--no matter the cost. This modern epic is a must-read for anyone who wants to be informed about the state of Christian-Muslim relations today, and inspired by just how much a single light in the darkness can make a difference. --Publisher description.

 


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Bloom where you are planted : this book holds the stories of my life
Author:  Ibbotson, Dawn, 1914-, author.
I like to tell my grandchildren they have a choice between being balcony people or basement people, and they should always choose to be balcony people every time. These people always look on the positive side and they try to give people a lift by praising, encouraging and letting people know that they admire them --Dawn Ibbotson.

 


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Cover of Eyes on the street : the life of Jane JacobsEyes on the street : the life of Jane Jacobs
Author:  Kanigel, Robert, author.
The first major biography of the irrepressible woman who changed the way we view and live in cities, and whose influence can still be felt in any discussion of urban planning to this day. Eyes on the Street is a revelation of the phenomenal woman who raised three children, wrote seven groundbreaking books, saved neighborhoods, stopped expressways, was arrested twice, and engaged at home and on the streets in thousands of debates--all of which she won. Here is the child who challenged her third-grade teacher the high school poet the journalist who honed her writing skills at Iron Age, Architectural Forum, Fortune, and other outlets, while amassing the knowledge she would draw upon to write her most famous book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities. Here, too, is the activist who helped lead an ultimately successful protest against Robert Moses's proposed expressway through her beloved Greenwich Village and who, in order to keep her sons out of the Vietnam War, moved to Canada, where she became as well known and admired as she was in the United States.

 


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Cover of Overcoming a loss by 1000 deathsOvercoming a loss by 1000 deaths
Author:  Jeffery, Katrina, 1962-
Motor neurone disease or ALS in combination with frontotemporal degeneration (FTD) is the cruellest combination of terminal illness anyone can have inflicted on them. No one should have to go through their life with this disease affecting them, and yet every single day people are doing their best to live with it all over the world. What does it really feel like to sit in an office and have the words motor neurone disease pronounced? Perhaps the most famous description went viral, raising so much money and awareness: ‘It’s like having a bucket of ice water tipped over your head.’ That was a great catchline and the challenges were awesome, as they took on a life of their own. It’s a gross understatement nonetheless. How do you love in the face of deepest despair? How do you overcome the 1000 deaths as the disease progresses until the ultimate loss of life? Katrina is an ordinary person who found herself in an extraordinary situation when her husband Chris was diagnosed with MND at only 52 years old. Follow her journey as she learns about life, love and loss, caring for Chris and watching both his body and his personality being eroded away day by day. We all think we have so much life ahead, and that these terrible things can't happen to us. The reality is that we will all face terminal illness in someone we love. When that happens, how will you cope? Even more than coping, how will you overcome the loss? Story telling is the most powerful method of support available to people. We can read all the medical descriptions available, but they tell us nothing about what people actually go through when facing terminal illness. They provide us no idea of what we will face inside, no means to cope. I am sure that every person in this world feels that if they were given their time again they would do better, more or differently. Each situation we face in life is an opportunity to grow as a person, and increase our ability for love and compassion. You will not be given a watered down account of life wi

 


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Cover of Ray and Joan : the man who made the McDonald's fortune and the woman who gave it all awayRay and Joan : the man who made the McDonald's fortune and the woman who gave it all away
Author:  Napoli, Lisa, 1963- author.
The dramatic relationship between Ray Kroc, the man who amassed a fortune as chairman of one of America's most controversial and iconic companies, McDonald's, and the passionate woman, his wife, Joan, who then gave that fortune away. Beginning in the 1950s, salesman Ray Kroc presided over the transformation of a successful burger stand into an international brand where millions of people eat each day. All the while he pursued the woman who would become his third wife. Joan was a woman willing to risk her marriage and her reputation to promote controversial causes in which she believed. For sheer emotional firepower, the relationship between Ray and Joan, whose massive gifts to NPR and the Salvation Army rate her as one of the greatest philanthropists of our time, has been compared to that of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Equally as dramatic as Ray and Joan's romance is the story of how Ray wrested control of the company from the original founders and presided over its growth, once bringing it close to failure before finally triumphing and, soon after, finally winning the hand of the love of his life. Together, the two stories form a compelling portrait of the twentieth century: a story of big business, big love, and big giving.

 


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Cover of Marrow : a love storyMarrow : a love story
Author:  Lesser, Elizabeth, author.
The author of the New York Times bestseller Broken Open returns with a visceral and profound memoir of two sisters who, in the face of a bone marrow transplant--one the donor and one the recipient--begin a quest for acceptance, authenticity, and most of all, love. A mesmerizing and courageous memoir: the story of two sisters uncovering the depth of their love through the life-and-death experience of a bone marrow transplant. Throughout her life, Elizabeth Lesser has sought understanding about what it means to be true to oneself and, at the same time, truly connected to the ones we love. But when her sister Maggie needs a bone marrow transplant to save her life, and Lesser learns that she is the perfect match, she faces a far more immediate and complex question about what it really means to love--honestly, generously, and authentically. Hoping to give Maggie the best chance possible for a successful transplant, the sisters dig deep into the marrow of their relationship to clear a path to unconditional acceptance. They leave the bone marrow transplant up to the doctors, but take on what Lesser calls a 'soul marrow transplant,' examining their family history, having difficult conversations, examining old assumptions, and offering forgiveness until all that is left is love for each other's true selves. Their process--before, during, and after the transplant--encourages them to take risks of authenticity in other aspects their lives. But life does not follow the storylines we plan for it. Maggie's body is ultimately too weak to fight the relentless illness. As she and Lesser prepare for the inevitable, they grow ever closer as their shared blood cells become a symbol of the enduring bond they share. -- Provided by publisher.

 


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Cover of A bird on my shoulderA bird on my shoulder
Author:  Palmer, Lucy, author.
Over a decade ago, award-winning journalist Lucy Palmer's beloved husband Julian died of cancer, leaving her alone to manage a farm south of Sydney and to raise their three young children. This moving and beautifully written memoir explores her experiences of death, loss, single parenting and growing older. It is a way of making sense of the momentous experiences that Lucy says she has been privileged to live through, and her honest and inspiring account of putting the pieces back together and finding hope out of a seemingly hopeless set of circumstances. This is a startlingly moving book to read and offers new and surprising ways to think about the worst that can happen and what it can mean for us.

 


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Cover of Threading my prayer rug : one woman's journey from Pakistani Muslim to American MuslimThreading my prayer rug : one woman's journey from Pakistani Muslim to American Muslim
Author:  Rehman, Sabeeha, author.
This enthralling story of the making of an American is also a timely meditation on religion and culture. Threading My Prayer Rug is a richly textured reflection on what it is to be a Muslim in America today. It is also the luminous story of many journeys: from Pakistan to the United States in an arranged marriage that becomes a love match lasting forty years from secular Muslim in an Islamic society to devout Muslim in a society ignorant of Islam, and from liberal to conservative to American Muslim from master's candidate to bride and mother and from an immigrant intending to stay two years to an American citizen, business executive, grandmother, and tireless advocate for interfaith understanding. Beginning with a sweetly funny, moving account of her arranged marriage, the author undercuts stereotypes and offers the refreshing view of an American life through Muslim eyes. In chapters leavened with humor, hope, and insight, she recounts an immigrant's daily struggles balancing assimilation with preserving heritage, overcoming religious barriers from within and distortions of Islam from without, and confronting issues of raising her children as Muslims--while they lobby for a Christmas tree! Sabeeha Rehman was doing interfaith work for Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the driving force behind the Muslim community center at Ground Zero, when the backlash began. She discusses what that experience revealed about American society -- Provided by publisher.

 


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Author:  Sciaky, Leon, 1893- author.
In this enchanting and moving memoir, Leon Sciaky describes his childhood before the First World War in a prosperous, loving Jewish family in the cosmopolitan city of Salonica (now Thessaloniki in Greece). Under the Ottoman Empire, the city's diverse communities - Jews, Muslim Turks, Orthodox Greeks and Bulgarians - met, traded and lived alongside each other day-to-day in an atmosphere of tolerance. Farewell to Salonica offers a fascinating insight into a lost society in which an older tradition of mutual respect was finally overcome by the pressures of nationalism and war, the after-effects of which are felt in the region to this day.

 


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Author:  Greenfield, Robert, author.
Robert Greenfield brings readers the definitive biography of a Grateful Dead legend Augustus Owsley Stanley III, known better by his nickname, Bear. From extensive interviews with Bear and a major Rolling Stone piece, Greenfield brings readers unparalleled access to one of the most important forces in the rise of the counter-culture of the sixties.

 


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Author:  Stewart, Eleanor (Author of Kicking the habit), author.
Eleanor Stewart had always had a difficult relationship with her mother, but when her mother's persistent ill-health, caused by Parkinson's Disease, meant she needed a new home, Eleanor offered her one. 'It will only be for six months' she assured her husband - but it wasn't. It was for ten years. And, initially, those years were hard. Her mother, Mary, had very little interest in Eleanor's life, or even in her two grandchildren. So if a bridge was to be built between the two women, Eleanor would have to build it - and find the necessary solid ground to do so. She found it by exploring her mother's past with her. Mary had had a fascinating life, which included being shelled during the Second World War, shipwrecked and a passionate affair while sailing to India. As Mary Stewart reveals more and more of her past, Eleanor discovers a woman she has never really known, and the two forge a strong relationship that was not possible before.

 


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Author:  Wideman, John Edgar, author.
In 1955, Emmett Till, aged fourteen, travelled from his home in Chicago to visit family in Mississippi. Several weeks later he returned, dead allegedly he whistled at a white woman. His mother, Mamie, wanted the world to see what had been done to her son. She chose to leave his casket open. Images of her brutalised boy were published widely. While Emmett's story is known, there's a dark side note that is rarely mentioned. Ten years earlier, Emmett's father was executed by the Army for rape and murder. In The Louis Till File, John Edgar Wideman searches for Louis Till, a silent victim of American injustice. Wideman's personal interaction with the story began when he learned of Emmett's murder in 1955 Wideman was also fourteen years old. After reading decades later about Louis's execution, he couldn't escape the twin tragedies of father and son, and tells their stories together for the first time.

 


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Author:  Tomson, Anastacia, author.
'I stand in front of the mirror as I remind myself that I don't have to wear the uniform anymore. I don't have to dress myself in men's attire. I can grow out my nails, and paint them with polish. I am finally free to have my ears pierced. I can speak in the voice that I've spent so many hours cultivating with my speech therapist. I don't have to hide my disgust anymore at being called boet or sir. I no longer have to tolerate any references to my deadname.' Anastacia has fought hard for her right to live, held back for decades by a body that didn't fit, and an identity that never belonged to her. At first, it had seemed impossible - like transition was some romantic, impractical ideal that was incompatible with reality. But now, after five months of hormone therapy, countless sessions of painful laser hair removal, multiple appointments with doctors and psychologists, it is very much a reality. Born into a Jewish family in Johannesburg and raised by her parents as a boy, Anastacia Tomson was never sure just how much of her persistent internal discomfort to blame on an often troubled family life. She qualified and practised as a doctor, but it would take a great deal more clear-sighted and difficult questioning to finally find peace and self-acceptance, as a woman. This memoir is a clarion call for a more nuanced understanding of trans people and the concepts of sex, gender and identity. --Publisher description.

 


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Author:  Vance, J. D., author.
Shares the story of the author's family and upbringing, describing how they moved from poverty to an upwardly mobile clan that included the author, a Yale Law School graduate, while navigating the demands of middle class life and the collective demons of the past.

 


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Author:  Bukhonina, Maria.
Discover the fascinating true stories behind the world's most famous works of art, literature, music and film, complete with historical images. What real-life hero inspired the literary adventures of the Count of Monte Cristo and the Three Musketeers? How many women paid a steep price for being Picasso's muse? Why did author Conan Doyle dream of murdering his biggest creation, Sherlock Holmes? What force drove George Lucas to create Star Wars? Full of tragedy and humor, the 20 stories included in this book explore the lesser-known facts about the world's most Inspired! lives, from Mata Hari to Salvador Dali, from Bonnie and Clyde to Andy Warhol. Inspired! is an easy-to-read, entertaining book for everyone interested in art, history, film and extraordinary human stories. --Publisher description.

 


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Author:  Elliott, Geoffrey, author.
Dangerous Games is the remarkable story of two cousins, Lisa Hill [1900-96] and Lily Sergueiew [1912-50], born into prosperous families in pre-Revolution St Petersburg. In the immediate aftermath of the Revolution, both families fled for their lives, Lisa's to London and Lily's to Paris. Both families experienced hard times. Through doggedness and determination, Lisa pursued education and after a number of unlikely posts as a language teacher, entered University College, London and obtained a First Class degree in Russian in 1924 and a PhD four years later. During the Second World War she taught Russian to hundreds of students at Cambridge University and then in 1948, was appointed Professor of Slavonic Studies, a post she held for twenty years. Appointed DBE in 1976, Lisa married for the first time aged 84. Lily Sergueiew's short life was in stark contrast to that of her cousin. After a strict adolescence, Lily trained as a journalist and became fluent in English,German and French. In the 1930s she embarked on a series of solo adventures, travelling widely in Europe on foot and by bicycle. During one of her visits to Germany, Lily interviewed Hermann Goering, inveigled her way into the trial of the Reichstag arsonists and survived a number of scrapes with the authorities. After the invasion of France, she agreed to join the German intelligence service. Later Lily was recruited by MI5 and became a double agent, code named TREASURE. In this role Lily was demanding, uncooperative and in the run up to D-Day, dangerously disruptive. After D-Day, MI5 dispensed with her services. Lily's frequent attempts to involve her cousin in espionage activities were much resented by Lisa, who was herself engaged in work for the Ministry of Information. In addition Lisa regarded Lily as a threat to her career and she refused to meet her or reply to correspondence. After the Second World War, the cousins went separate ways. Lily married an American and moved to the USA. Never in robust health she died there in 1950. Lisa continued

 


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Author:  Madison, Lucy, author.
Getting through life in your twenties isn't easy - especially if you're broke, awkward, and prone to starting small grease fires in your studio apartment. For best friends Lucy Madison and Tram Nguyen, cooking was an escape from the daily humiliation that is being a twenty-something woman in a big city. Pen & Palate traces the course of Lucy and Tram's devoted friendship through miserable jobs and tiny apartments, first loves and ill-advised flings, successes and setbacks - always with a shared love of food at the center of the narrative. A modern take on Laurie Colwin's classic Home Cooking, this coming-of-age memoir for the girls set weaves together comical (mis)adventures and recipes meant to be shared with a best friend and a bottle of wine -- Provided by publisher.

 


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Author:  Pitchford, Jessica, author.
In 1990 two South African mothers were faced with an impossible choice, one that no mother should ever have to make: Should they surrender the child they had lovingly raised in order to get back the baby they had given birth to? Megs Clinton-Parker and Sandy Dawkins chose nurture over nature, simply unable to give up their two-year-old sons who were switched at birth at an East Rand hospital. Instead they decided to try to make their strange relationship work, although they lived in different cities, 500km apart. And they decided to sue the South African state, whose negligence had altered the fates of the two families forever. Robin Dawkins and Gavin Clinton-Parker grew up living each other's lives, brothers-but-not-brothers, acutely aware that their mothers' hearts were torn. Unable to escape the consequences of the swap, Robin decided at the age of 15 that it was time to claim what was rightfully his, adding a further twist to this bitter saga. Switched at Birth is a story of how to live with the unliveable, and how some decisions can never be unmade.

 


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Author:  Not Available
Stories of some of the first Indian Women in New Zealand. Written by their daughters and granddaughters. Our mothers and grandmothers were among the first Indian women to immigrate to New Zealand. They left the warmth of close-knit communities to journey to these chilly, isolated islands with little but a suitcase of saris. The evocative stories within this book celebrate and honour these women.

 


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Author:  Not Available
In Rebellious Daughters, some of Australia's most talented female writers share intimate and touching stories of rebellion and independence as they defy the expectations of parents and society to find their place in the world. Powerful, funny and poignant, these stories explore everything from getting caught in seedy nightclubs to lifelong family conflicts and marrying too young. Beautifully written, profoundly honest and always relatable, every story is a unique retelling that celebrates the rebellious daughter within us all. Rebellious Daughters contributors: Jane Caro, Jamila Rizvi, Susan Wyndham, Rebecca Starford, Marion Halligan, Amra Pajalic, Jo Case, Leah Kaminsky, Michelle Law, Caroline Baum, Rochelle Siemienowicz, Nicola Redhouse, Krissy Kneen, Silvia Kwon, Lee Kofman, Maria Katsonis, and Eliza-Jane Henry-Jones.

 


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Author:  Farris, Scott, author.
She was the great love of President John F. Kennedy's life, but also Adolf Hitler's special guest at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. She was an actress, a journalist, an explorer, an MGM screenwriter, and also a suspected Nazi spy. Inga Arvad lived where gossip intersected with history, and her story, as told by author Scott Farris in Inga, demonstrates the great influence of the private life on public events. In addition to her romance with Kennedy, Arvad married four times - including to an Egyptian prince, the brilliant filmmaker Paul Fejos, and the famed cowboy movie star Tim McCoy. She had affairs with Wall Street financier Bernard Baruch, the noted surgeon Dr. William Cahan, and Winston Churchill's right hand man, Baron Robert Boothby. She was Miss Denmark in 1931, but by all accounts her admirers among the European and American elite loved Inga not for her physical beauty, but for her joie de vivre. She was a genius with people, she was daring and adventurous, and she was their equal. Like Isak Dinesen, Beryl Markham, and Clare Boothe Luce, Inga Arvad led a life that both sheds light on and defies the stereotypes of women of her time.

 


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Author:  Baker, Ken, 1970-
Now a feature film, The Late Bloomer is the revealing, harrowing and often funny memoir of a celebrity journalist and former hotshot hockey player who discovers that he has been biochemically infused with a female hormone. On the surface, Ken Baker seemed a model man. He was a nationally ranked hockey goalie a Hollywood correspondent for People a guest-lister at celebrity parties and girls came on to him. Inside, though, he didn t feel like the man he was supposed to be. Although attracted to women, Ken had little sex drive and thus even less of a sex life. To his anguish, he repeatedly found himself unable to perform sexually. And, regardless of strenuous workouts, his body struggled to build muscle, earning him the nickname Pear from his macho teammates. Physically, matters turned bizarre when he discovered that he was lactating. The testosterone-driven culture in which Ken grew up made it agonizingly difficult for him to seek help. But in time he discovered something that lifted years of pain, frustration, and confusion: a brain tumour was causing his body to be flooded with massive amounts of a female hormone, which was disabling his masculinity. Five hours of surgery accomplished what years of therapy, rumination, and denial could not and allowed Ken Baker to finally feel and function like a man. Now Ken's story comes to the screen in the feature film, The Late Bloomer, starring Academy Award-winner J.K. Simmons and Jane Lynch. --Publisher description.

 


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Author:  Kelly, Megyn, author.
Megyn Kelly, one of the most respected, hardest-hitting TV journalists in America, speaks candidly about her decision to settle for more -- a motto she credits as having changed her life, and the reason she abandoned a thriving legal career to follow her dream in the news business. She opens up about Donald Trump's feud with her, and the challenges she has faced as a professional woman and working mother. A deeply personal and surprising account, one that will inspire men and women of all ages and political persuasions to embrace the values of determination, honesty, and courage in the face of fear. -- Adapted from book jacket.

 


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Cover of The reporter who knew too much : the mysterious death of What's my line tv star and media icon Dorothy KilgallenThe reporter who knew too much : the mysterious death of What's my line tv star and media icon Dorothy Kilgallen
Author:  Shaw, Mark, 1945- author.
On November 8, 1965, millions of fans of What’s My Line? CBS television star, Pulitzer Prize-nominated columnist and crack investigative reporter Dorothy Kilgallen were shocked when she was found dead in her NYC townhouse. The autopsy report concluded she accidently died of an “Acute Ethanol and Barbiturate Intoxication: Circumstances Undetermined.” Despite an apparently staged death scene, no police investigation followed even though friends believed the courageous media icon was murdered. Afraid to speak out, they remained silent about Kilgallen, a gifted wordsmith who broke the “glass ceiling” by succeeding in a man’s world. In The Reporter Who Knew Too Much, fresh evidence including explosive never-before-seen videotaped interviews provides motives to help identify who may have silenced her, and why. Suspects include arch-enemy Frank Sinatra, those threatened by her 18-month JFK assassination investigation, and a “mystery man” connected to the Mafia who might have betrayed Kilgallen. A true Renaissance woman, Kilgallen was known as “The Most Powerful Voice In America.” She once wrote, “Justice is a big rug when you pull it out from under one man, a lot of others fall too.” But, as author Mark Shaw reveals in this true crime, “whodunit” mystery, Kilgallen was denied justice. Until now. --Publisher's description.

 


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Author:  Lee, Nicholas, author.
The hilarious inside story of life on the road as a 60 Minutes cameraman. For more than thirty years Nicholas Lee worked as a cameraman on 60 Minutes, Australia's most-watched current affairs program, alongside Ray Martin, George Negus, Ian Leslie, Richard Carleton, Mike Munro, Jennifer Byrne, Liz Hayes and Tara Brown, among many others. All This in 60 Minutes is the revealing and often hilarious memoir of his time with the show - of the crazy days of unlimited expense accounts, unbelievably expensive hotels, the fun and fear on the road, the terrifying plane rides, and the refugee camps and war zones. It goes inside the IRA, Idi Amin's torture cells, Israeli terrorist interrogations, royal palaces and mud huts. It recounts unforgettable trips on B52s, ultra lights, mock helicopters and the Orient Express. And details late, crazy nights with weird food, strange alcoholic concoctions and drugs on rollercoasters, as well as the madness and difficulty of being on the road for up to eight weeks with three other people who sometimes don't get on. And of course it wouldn't be 60 Minutes without all the meeting and mixing with the famous and infamous - from presidents, rock stars, despots, kings and princes, to showgirls, pygmies and manic, and charismatic gurus..

 


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Author:  McEntee, John, author.
From an embarrassing encounter with the late Jim Callaghan (and his impressive member) in the gentlemen's toilet of the Savoy Hotel, and being fleeced in El Vino by a drunken Kingsley Amis, to being accused of killing actor Derek Nimmo, John's McEntee's enchanting autobiography is not just another Fleet Street memoir. John was the last 'William Hickey' gossip columnist on the Daily Express and was the author of the spikey 'Wicked Whispers' gossip column on the Daily Mail. As London Correspondent of the Irish Press he covered the IRA terror campaign while regularly enjoying illicit hooch distilled by the office wireman - a noble calling rendered extinct by technology. Along the way he had a front row seat witnessing the theatrical editorships of Eve Pollard and Rosie Boycott. John also vividly recalls a curious Irish childhood dominated by a delightfully eccentric mother, though this book is a far cry from Angela's Ashes! He also confesses to inadvertently shortening the life of the oldest man in Ireland but that's another story...

 


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Author:  Paxman, Jeremy, 1950-
Jeremy Paxman is Britain’s bravest, most incisive political interviewer. The no-nonsense star of BBC Newsnight, Paxman is a supreme inquisitor, a master at skewering mammoth egos with his relentless grilling. Few figures in public life have escaped. From John Major to Theresa May, from Tony Blair to Ed Miliband, Paxman had them quaking in their boots. His working life has been defined by questions. ‘Why is this lying bastard lying to me?’ was at the front of his mind as he conducted every interview. But it wasn’t just politicians. Paxman’s interviews with Dizzee Rascal, David Bowie, Russell Brand, Vivienne Westwood are legendary. He discussed belief with religious leaders and philosophers, economics with CEOs and bankers, books with writers and art and theatre with artists. After 22 years on University Challenge, Paxman is also the longest-serving active quizmaster on British television. Now, in these long-awaited memoirs, he spills the beans behind four decades in front of the camera. He offers reflections and stories from a career that has taken him as a reporter to many of the world’s war zones and trouble spots – Central America, Beirut, Belfast, to the studios of Tonight, Panorama, Breakfast Time, the Six O’clock News. Filled with candid stories about the great, the good and the rotters that have crossed his path, his memoirs are as magnetic to read as Paxman is to watch. --Publisher description.

 


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Cover of Bulletins from Dallas : reporting the JFK assassinationBulletins from Dallas : reporting the JFK assassination
Author:  Sanderson, Bill, journalist, author.
Thanks to one reporter's skill, we can fix the exact moment on November 22, 1963 when the world stopped and held its breath. At 12:34 p.m. Central Time, UPI White House reporter Merriman Smith broke the news of John F. Kennedy's assassination. Most people think Walter Cronkite was the first to tell America about the assassination. But when Cronkite broke the news on TV, he read from Smith's dispatch. At Parkland Hospital, Smith saw President Kennedy's blood-soaked body in the back of his limousine before the emergency room attendants arrived. Two hours later, he was one of three journalists to witness President Johnson's swearing-in aboard Air Force One. Smith rightly won a Pulitzer Prize for the vivid story he wrote for the next day's morning newspapers. Smith's scoop is journalism legend. But the full story of how he pulled off the most amazing reportorial coup has never been told. As the top White House reporter of his time, Smith was a bona-fide celebrity and even a regular on late-night TV. But he has never been the subject of a biography. With access to a trove of Smith's personal letters and papers and through interviews with Smith's family and colleagues, veteran news reporter Bill Sanderson cracks open the legend. Bulletins from Dallas will tell for the first time how Smith beat his competition on the story and will show how the biggest scoop of his career foreshadowed his personal downfall.

 


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Author:  Stefanovic, Peter, author.
'Flak jackets are dreadful things. Sure, they have a purpose, and if one ever stopped a bullet or piece of shrapnel from spearing into my vital organs, I would kiss it, hang it up, and frame it. But that hasn't happened, yet.' For almost ten years Peter Stefanovic was Channel Nine's foreign correspondent in Europe, the US, Africa and the Middle East. During that time he witnessed more than his fair share of death and destruction, and carried the burden of those images - all while putting his own personal safety very much in the firing line. From flak jackets to tuxedos. From the funerals of world leaders and icons, to war zones and natural disasters. This is a thrilling account of a life lived on camera, delivering the news wherever it happens, whatever the risk.

 


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Cover of Valiant for truth : the life of Chester Wilmot, war correspondantValiant for truth : the life of Chester Wilmot, war correspondant
Author:  McDonald, Neil, 1940- author.
Chester Wilmot brought the triumphs and tragedies of warfare into the homes of millions. Reginald William Winchester (Chester) Wilmot (1911-1954) was a renowned Australian war correspondent, broadcaster, journalist and writer. From the first triumphant North African battles of Bardia, Tobruk and Derna, to the heartbreaking disaster of the Greek Campaign, to the epic struggle along the famed Kokoda Track to the momentous amphibious invasion at Normandy and the eventual defeat of Nazi Germany, his voice stood above all others during BBC and ABC broadcasts throughout WW2. Following the war he continued reporting and broadcasting and famous author of The Struggle for Europe, about many battles and campaigns he had witnessed firsthand. He was tragically killed in the crash of BOAC Comet over Greece in 1954, returning from Australia where had been covering the Royal Tour. Bestselling authors Neil McDonald and Peter Brune have united to tell the story in the first full biography of this enigmatic figure.

 


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Author:  Roudinesco, Elisabeth, 1944- author.
Élisabeth Roudinesco offers a bold and modern reinterpretation of the iconic founder of psychoanalysis. Based on new archival sources, this is Freud's biography for the twenty-first century--a critical appraisal, at once sympathetic and impartial, of a genius greatly admired and yet greatly misunderstood in his own time and in ours. Roudinesco traces Freuds life from his upbringing as the eldest of eight siblings in a prosperous Jewish-Austrian household to his final days in London, a refugee of the Nazis' annexation of his homeland. She recreates the milieu of fin de siecle Vienna in the waning days of the Habsburg Empire--an era of extraordinary artistic innovation, given luster by such luminaries as Gustav Klimt, Stefan Zweig, and Gustav Mahler. In the midst of it all, at the modest residence of Berggasse 19, Freud pursued his clinical investigation of nervous disorders, blazing a path into the unplumbed recesses of human consciousness and desire. Yet this revolutionary who was overthrowing cherished notions of human rationality and sexuality was, in his politics and personal habits, in many ways conservative, Roudinesco shows. In his chauvinistic attitudes toward women, and in his stubborn refusal to acknowledge the growing threat of Hitler until it was nearly too late, even the analytically-minded Freud had his blind spots. Alert to his intellectual complexity--the numerous tensions in his character and thought that remained unresolved--Roudinesco ultimately views Freud less as a scientific thinker than as the master interpreter of civilization and culture. Provided by publisher.

 


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Author:  González, Justo L., author.
Few thinkers have been as influential as Augustine of Hippo. His writings, such as Confessions and City of God, have left an indelible mark on Western Christianity. He has become so synonymous with Christianity in the West that we easily forget he was a man of two cultures: African and Greco-Roman. The mixture of African Christianity and Greco-Roman rhetoric and philosophy gave his theology and ministry a unique potency in the cultural ferment of the late Roman empire. Augustine experienced what Latino/a theology calls mestizaje, which means being of a mixed background. Cuban American historian and theologian Justo González looks at the life and legacy of Augustine from the perspective of his own Latino heritage and finds in the bishop of Hippo a remarkable resource for the church today. The mestizo Augustine can serve as a lens by which to see afresh not only the history of Christianity but also our own culturally diverse world. --Publisher description.

 


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Cover of Riley unlikely : with simple, child-like faith, amazing things can happenRiley unlikely : with simple, child-like faith, amazing things can happen
Author:  Banks Snyder, Riley, author.
Riley Unlikely is the inspiring story of Riley Banks, who first traveled to Kenya at age 13, and has been back every year since bringing backpacks of school supplies and hygiene kits for young girls, developing relationships and friendships, and is currently, as a young millennial, raising money to build a complete learning complex in Kibwezi, Kenya for those who have nothing. At age sixteen Riley learned that, because of a rare medical condition, she would never be able to have her own children. Devastating news to most young women, especially those who love children and have always dreamed of having their own family. But Riley s response was: Kenya has given me a thousand children. Riley' s stories of her trips to Kenya, her struggles to figure out how to best serve and care for these people she has fallen in love with, and her own unexpected health issues are funny, compelling and gripping. Readers will find that God writes surprising stories in the lives of those who follow Him. Hard to put down, Riley Unlikely will inspire you to pursue your dreams and make a difference in your own world and around the world.

 


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Author:  Benedict XVI, Pope, 1927- interviewee.
Pope Benedict made history by being the first Pope in over a thousand years to resign from office. The Catholic Church the world over was stunned. Worn out by the internecine warfare in the Vatican, by corruption in the Church and by an endless series of clerical sex scandals he decided that the resolution of all these problems was outside his power for a man of his age. In this most touching and revealing book - the nearest Benedict will ever get to writing an autobiography - the author speaks with disarming honesty and humility of his inner life, his life of prayer and his firm belief in God. But he also addresses all the causes celebres which dogged his pontificate The Vatileaks scandal, the error of readmitting a holocaust denier to full communion with the Church, his Regensburg speech which enraged Muslims, his childhood in Nazi Germany. He speaks of child molesting and other sexual scandals and how he bust a powerful gay mafia within the Vatican itself. On a more personal level he writes with great warmth of his successor Pope Francis, who he admits has a popular touch, a star quality which he has lacked. He also writes beautifully of his love of Mozart.

 


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Author:  Egan, Kerry, author.
As a hospice chaplain, Kerry Egan didn't offer sermons or prayers, unless they were requested in fact, she found, the dying rarely want to talk about God, at least not overtly. Instead, she discovered she'd been granted an invaluable chance to witness firsthand what she calls the spiritual work of dying . The work of finding or making meaning of one's life, the experiences it's contained and the people who have touched it, the betrayals, wounds, unfinished business, and unrealised dreams. Instead of talking, she mainly listened: to stories of hope and regret, shame and pride, mystery and revelation and secrets held too long. Most of all, though, she listened as her patients talked about love love for their children and partners and friends, love they didn't know how to offer, love they gave unconditionally, love they, sometimes belatedly, learned to grant themselves. This isn't a book about dying, it's a book about living and Egan isn't just passively bearing witness to these stories. An emergency procedure during the birth of her first child left her physically whole but emotionally and spiritually adrift. Her work as a hospice chaplain healed her, from a brokenness she came to see we all share. Each of her patients taught her something, how to find courage in the face of fear or the strength to make amends how to be profoundly compassionate and fiercely empathetic how to see the world in grays instead of black and white. In this poignant, moving, and beautiful book, she passes along all their precious and necessary gifts.

 


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Cover of Pope Francis : the story of the Holy FatherPope Francis : the story of the Holy Father
Author:  Duhamel, Marie, author.
From the moment he was elected into the papacy, Pope Francis has captured the attention of the world with his humility, charisma, and reformist spirit. This one-of-a-kind, illustrated biography of the first Jesuit pope offers more than 250 photographs and 50 removable documents from Francis's life. Written by Vatican Radio reporter Marie Duhamel, this intimate portrait includes his parents emigration from Italy, his birth as Jorge Mario Bergoglio in 1936, his love of soccer and opera as a child, the pneumonia that nearly cost him his life as a young adult, his calling to the priesthood, and his first encounter with poverty as a missionary in Chile that would change his life. Duhamel chronicles Francis's rise from priest to bishop to cardinal to the papacy and how, along the way, he impressed many people-and alienated some-with his courage to stand up to authority and his dedication to helping the poor, --Amazon.com.

 


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Cover of Pray, hope, and don't worry : true stories of Padre Pio. Book IIPray, hope, and don't worry : true stories of Padre Pio. Book II
Author:  Allen, Diane.
Miracles and sufferings of Padre Pio, a Capuchin Franciscan priest of Pietrelcina who received the stigmata.

 


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Cover of Pray, hope, and don't worry : true stories of Padre Pio. Book IPray, hope, and don't worry : true stories of Padre Pio. Book I
Author:  Allen, Diane.
This is a glimpse into the life and spirituality of St. Pio of Pietrelcina, who has often been called The greatest mystic of the 20th century.

 


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Cover of Bless me father for they have sinnedBless me father for they have sinned
Author:  Roberts, Paul, author.
Bless Me Father For They Have Sinned is a must read for anyone who wants to catch a more intimate look at the infrastructure of the Catholic Church. Father Paul Roberts offers us a historically relevant, yet compassionate and humorous, account of the inner workings of the oldest corporation in the world. This memoir introduces us to a man's life journey, from childhood, through the preparations for the seminary, the pitfalls on the spiritual path, to his maturation and commitment to entering the ancient order of priests. Bless Me Father For They Have Sinned does not shy away from the day-to-day encounters with sensual temptations, boundary violations, and alcohol abuse. The reader has a ringside seat as these men and women grapple with mental health issues, struggle with questioning power structures, instigate changes to training and rehabilitation protocols, and try to bring their venerable church into alignment with a contemporary modus operandi.

 


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Cover of My dear ones' : one family and the final solutionMy dear ones' : one family and the final solution
Author:  Wittenberg, Jonathan.
A family's story of human tenacity, faith and a race for survival in the face of unspeakable horror and cruelty perpetrated by the Nazi regime against the Jewish people. Growing up in the safety of England, far away from his family's past, Jonathan Wittenberg had never asked too many questions about his ancestors, although his father had told him Hitler murdered millions of people and ‘turned thousands of them into bars of soap, including several of your relatives. 'On a burning June day in Jerusalem, Jonathan, now a rabbi, and his family, bury his aunt Steffi in the Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives. Afterwards, Jonathan discovers a plain linen bag, nestled for years in a suitcase on her balcony, which delves him into his family history.Through the war-time correspondence of his great-grandmother Regina, his great aunts and uncles Sophie, Trude and Alfred, Jonathan weaves together the strands of an ancient rabbinical family with the history of Europe during the Second World War. My Dear Ones takes us on a tumultuous journey throughout Europe and the United States and tells the moving story of a family whose lives hang by a silken thread but whose faith in God remains unshakeable throughout. --Publisher description.

 


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Cover of Æthelred the UnreadyÆthelred the Unready
Author:  Roach, Levi, 1985- author.
Medieval historian Levi Roach suggests that the king has been wrongly maligned all along. Drawing on extensive research, Roach argues that Æthelred was driven by pious concerns about sin, society and the anticipated apocalypse, and that his strategies, in this light, were to honour God and find redemption. Chronologically charting Æthelred's life, illuminating his place in England and Europe at the start of the first millennium, this book is a ... more humanised, accessible and nuanced portrayal of the monarch than has ever before been available. --Book jacket.

 


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Cover of Hirohito and the making of modern JapanHirohito and the making of modern Japan
Author:  Bix, Herbert P., author.
A biography of the Japanese emperor reveals a powerful man who successfully cultivated an image of a reluctant king while manipulating important events behind the scenes for five decades.

 


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Cover of Long to reign over us : official souvenir albumLong to reign over us : official souvenir album
Author:  Kharibian, Leah, author.
With a wealth of newly published photographs, Long to Reign Over Us takes readers through seven decades in the life of one of the most well-loved rulers in history. Beginning with The Queen's Coronation ceremony in 1953, the book continues through the Silver, Golden, and Diamond Jubilee celebrations up to the present day, passing on its way numerous events of world significance. In addition to chronicling the events of her reign, the book contains a selection of the most famous portraits of The Queen, including Dorothy Wilding's iconic photograph, taken just twenty days after she became queen, and Jane Brown's sensitive eightieth birthday portrait. But it also captures many informal moments, showing the Queen at her writing desk, relaxing with other members of the Royal Family, or flanked by a pair of hardy Highland ponies. Whatever the occasion, one can count on the Queen to be beautifully adorned and tastefully dressed, and the book also includes photographs of jewelry and dresses, as well as rare gifts given by visiting heads of state. Published on the occasion of an exhibition traveling to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, and Windsor Castle, Long to Reign Over Us makes the perfect memento of this historic record. --Publisher's description.

 


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Cover of Marie Antoinette's confidante : the rise and fall of the Princesse de LamballeMarie Antoinette's confidante : the rise and fall of the Princesse de Lamballe
Author:  Walton, Geri, author.
Marie Antoinette has always fascinated readers worldwide. Yet perhaps no one knew her better than one of her closest confidantes, Marie Therese, the Princess de Lamballe. The Princess became superintendent of the Queen's household in 1774, and through her relationship with Marie Antoinette, a unique perspective of the lavishness and daily intrigue at Versailles is exposed. Born into the famous House of Savoy in Turin, Italy, Marie Therese was married at the age of seventeen to the Prince de Lamballe heir to one of the richest fortunes in France. He transported her to the gold-leafed and glittering chandeliered halls of the Chateau de Versailles, where she soon found herself immersed in the political and sexual scandals that surrounded the royal court. As the plotters and planners of Versailles sought, at all costs, to gain the favour of Louis XVI and his Queen, the Princess de Lamballe was there to witness it all.

 


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Cover of The fall of heaven : the Pahlavis and the final days of imperial IranThe fall of heaven : the Pahlavis and the final days of imperial Iran
Author:  Cooper, Andrew Scott, author.
In this remarkably human portrait of one of the twentieth century's most complicated personalities, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the author traces the Shah's life from childhood through his ascension to the throne in 1941. He draws the turbulence of the post-war era during which the Shah survived assassination attempts and coup plots to build a modern, pro-Western state and launch Iran onto the world stage as one of the world's top five powers. Readers get the story of the Shah's political career alongside the story of his courtship and marriage to Farah Diba, who became a power in her own right, the beloved family they created, and an exclusive look at life inside the palace during the Iranian Revolution. The author's investigative account ultimately delivers the fall of the Pahlavi dynasty through the eyes of those who were there: leading Iranian revolutionaries President Jimmy Carter and White House officials US Ambassador William Sullivan and his staff in the American embassy in Tehran American families caught up in the drama Empress Farah, and the rest of the Iranian Imperial family. Intimate and sweeping at once, The Fall of Heaven recreates in stunning detail the dramatic and final days of one of the world's most legendary ruling families, the unseating of which helped set the stage for the current state of the Middle East -- Provided by publisher.

 


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Cover of Richard IIIRichard III
Author:  Hicks, M. A. (Michael A.), 1948-
The classic biography of England's most vilified king, from model of nobility to murderer and monster. Richard III has been written off in history as one of England’s evil kings. His usurpation of the throne from his nephew Edward V and then subsequent generations of pro-Tudor historians ensured his fame as the disfigured murderer portrayed by Shakespeare. In the twentieth century, Richard found his apologists, those who saw him as more sinned against than sinning. This biography – by the leading expert on Richard – strips away the propaganda of the centuries to rescue Richard from his critics and supporters alike, providing a balanced and compelling portrait of this most infamous of kings.

 


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Cover of William the ConquerorWilliam the Conqueror
Author:  Bates, David, 1945- author.
In this addition to the Yale English Monarchs series, David Bates combines biography and a multidisciplinary approach to examine the life of a major figure in British and European history. Using a framework derived from studies of early medieval kingship, he assesses each phase of William's life to establish why so many trusted William to invade England in 1066 and the consequences of this on the history of the so-called Norman Conquest after the Battle of Hastings and for generations to come. A leading historian of the period, Bates is notable for having worked extensively in the archives of northern France and discovered many eleventh- and twelfth-century charters largely unnoticed by English-language scholars. Taking an innovative approach, he argues for a move away from old perceptions and controversies associated with William's life and the Norman Conquest.

 


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Cover of Madam President : the secret presidency of Edith WilsonMadam President : the secret presidency of Edith Wilson
Author:  Hazelgrove, William Elliott, 1959- author.
An up-close look at Edith Wilson, a first lady with unequaled responsibilities during her husband's presidency. After President Woodrow Wilson suffered a paralyzing stroke in the fall of 1919, his wife, First Lady Edith Wilson, began to handle the day-to-day responsibilities of the chief executive. Mrs. Wilson had had little formal education and had only been married to President Wilson for four years, yet in the tenuous peace following the end of World War I, she dedicated herself to managing the office of the president, reading all correspondence intended for her bedridden husband. Though her Oval Office authority was acknowledged in Washington circles at the time--one senator called her the presidentress who had fulfilled the dream of suffragettes by changing her title from First Lady to Acting First Man --her legacy as the first woman president is now largely forgotten. William Hazelgrove's Madam President is a vivid, engaging portrait of the woman who became the acting president of the United States in 1919, months before women officially won the right to vote.

 


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Cover of Out of the desert : my journey from nomadic Bedouin to the heart of global oilOut of the desert : my journey from nomadic Bedouin to the heart of global oil
Author:  Al-Naimi, Ali, author.
Ali Al-Naimi is Saudi oil minister - and OPEC kingpin - a position he has held for 20 years. As global oil's central banker, Al-Naimi moves markets with the briefest of utterances. But it hasn't always been that way. Al-Naimi was born into abject poverty as a nomadic Bedouin in the 1930s, just as US companies were discovering vast quantities of oil under the baking Arabian deserts. From his first job as a shepherd boy, aged four, to his appointment to one of the most powerful political and economic jobs in the world, Out of the Desert charts Al-Naimi's extraordinary rise to power. Described by Alan Greenspan as 'the most powerful man you've never heard of', Al-Naimi's incredible journey proves that anyone can make it - even a poor Bedouin shepherd boy. This is his exclusive inside story of power, politics and oil.

 


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Cover of Optimism : reflections on a life of actionOptimism : reflections on a life of action
Author:  Brown, Bob, 1944- author.
Bob Brown, one of Australia's most thoughtful and recognised public figures, shares stories and insights from both his public and private life in Optimism. Since retiring from public life, Bob Brown has had time to reflect on the events that have made an impression, the ideas that have caught his imagination, and the people that have stayed in his thoughts. Inspirational, big-hearted and impassioned, Optimism is a meditation on the great and the small, rich with metaphor and full of warmth. Here are stories from a life set for downfall that found its salvation in action: Bob Brown's journey to a simple philosophy for happiness. --Publisher description.

 


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Cover of Outside, inside : diaries. Volume 5, 2003-2005Outside, inside : diaries. Volume 5, 2003-2005
Author:  Campbell, Alastair, 1957- author, editor.
Never Really Left is the first of four new volumes of diaries from Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair's former chief press secretary and director of communications and strategy. It begins in 2003, where the previous instalment, The Burden of Power, ended, with Campbell's departure from Downing Street. Despite having left government, Campbell's level of involvement barely abated: he continued to advise Blair - and later Gordon Brown and Ed Miliband - and played a key role in every election campaign since. The diaries open as Lord Hutton prepares to publish his report, sparking a huge crisis for the BBC. But any joy in No. 10 is dwarfed by continuing difficulties in Iraq. Meanwhile the Blair-Brown relationship is fracturing almost beyond repair and Campbell is tasked by both with devising a plan that will enable the two men to come together to fight a united election campaign. Away from politics, the diaries talk frankly about Campbell's continued struggles with mental health issues, as well as his work in sport and his return to journalism as he tries to find a new purpose in life.

 


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Cover of Evatt : a lifeEvatt : a life
Author:  Murphy, John, 1954- author.
Remembered as the first foreign minister to argue for an independent Australian policy in the 1940s and for his central role in the formation of the UN, Evatt went on to be the leader of the Labor party in the 1950s, the time of the split that resulted in the party being out of power for a generation. Evatt traces the course of Evatt's life and places him in the context of a long period of conservatism in Australia. It treats Evatt's inner, personal life as being just as important as his spectacular, controversial and eventual tragic public career. Murphy looks closely at Evatt's previously unexamined private life and unravels some of the puzzles that have lead Evatt to be considered erratic, even mad. 'Bert' Evatt remains a polarising figure - still considered by many in Labor as the man who 'split the party' and by many conservatives as unreliable and dangerous.

 


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Cover of How the CIA killed Che : the murder of a revolutionaryHow the CIA killed Che : the murder of a revolutionary
Author:  Ratner, Michael, 1943-2016, author.
In compelling detail, two leading US civil rights attorneys recount the extraordinary life and deliberate killing of the world's most storied revolutionary, Ernest Che Guevara.

 


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Cover of The time of my lifeThe time of my life
Author:  Healey, Denis, author.
Denis Healey attended Bradford Grammar School and from there went up to Oxford, where he began to test and expand his political views. After a distinguished war career, he travelled throughout a shattered Europe as International Secretary of the Labour Party. He became MP for Leeds in 1952 and rose to the highest political ranks, becoming Defence Secretary, Chancellor and a major figure in the Labour Party, standing twice for the leadership. He was made a life peer in 1992. The autobiography is also about Dennis Healey the man. His wide-ranging intelligence brilliantly counterpoints the pace of change Britain has witnessed since 1945, and illuminates his love of literature, art, music and photography. This is the memoir of a man in the round: a great politician, speaker, writer and above all a friend and family man - a book which will inspire all who read it with the wit, warmth and wisdom of Denis Healey.

 


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Cover of Lazarus rising : a personal and political autobiographyLazarus rising : a personal and political autobiography
Author:  Howard, John, 1939- author.
In this autobiography, John Howard talks about his love for his family, his rollercoaster ride to the Lodge and how - as prime minister - he responded to issues like climate change and the war on terrorism. Drawing on his deep interest in history, he paints a fascinating picture of a changing Australia. In this updated and revised edition, he will analyse the twists and turns of the 2013 election and share his thoughts on the outcome. From the future prospects of key policy issues to the performance of key players like Kevin Rudd and Malcolm Turnbull, Howard pulls no punches. No stranger to power struggles himself, he is uniquely qualified to decode Tony Abbott's campaign strategies and unpick the tensions coursing through the Labor party.

 


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Cover of Hinterland : a memoirHinterland : a memoir
Author:  Mullin, Chris, author.
All serious politicians are supposed to possess a hinterland, but not all do. Chris Mullin was one who did. By the time he entered parliament he had reported from the wars in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia and tracked down the survivors of the CIA operation in Tibet. He was the author of three novels, including the classic A Very British Coup. His successful campaign to free the innocent people convicted of the Birmingham bombings was described as 'one of the greatest feats ever achieved by an investigative reporter'. Elected to parliament, aged 39, he quickly established himself as a fearless inquisitor before going on to become a minister in three departments. His three volumes of diaries have been widely acclaimed as the best account of the Blair years and the rise and fall New Labour. He left parliament in 2010 ('better to go while people are still asking why rather than when'). These are his memoirs.

 


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Cover of Letters of my lifeLetters of my life
Author:  O'Rourke, Mary, 1937- author.
To her beloved late husband, Enda...to the Athlone Fianna Fail Women's Group...to a future female politician...to a young couple embracing on a bridge...to a past professor...to a niece in America... On the eve of her 80th birthday, Mary O'Rourke has sat down to write a letter to twenty people past and present, close and distant, living and deceased. Every letter is heartfelt every letter offers gratitude for the difference the recipient made to Mary's life. At once universal and deeply personal, Letters of My Life offers an illuminating insight into one of Ireland's best-loved figures.

 


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Cover of Trotsky in New York, 1917 : a radical on the eve of revolutionTrotsky in New York, 1917 : a radical on the eve of revolution
Author:  Ackerman, Kenneth D., author.
Lev Davidovich Trotsky burst onto the world stage in November 1917 as co-leader of a Marxist Revolution seizing power in Russia. It made him one of the most recognized personalities of the twentieth century, a global icon of radical change. Yet just months earlier, this same Lev Trotsky was a nobody, a refugee expelled from Europe, writing obscure pamphlets and speeches, barely noticed outside a small circle of fellow travelers. Where had he come from to topple Russia and change the world? Where else? New York City. Between January and March 1917, Trotsky found refuge in the United States. America had kept itself out of the European Great War, leaving New York the freest city on earth. During his time there--just over ten weeks--Trotsky immersed himself in the local scene. He settled his family in the Bronx, edited a radical left wing tabloid in Greenwich Village, sampled the lifestyle, and plunged headlong into local politics. His clashes with leading New York socialists over the question of US entry into World War I would reshape the American left for the next fifty years --Provided by publisher.

 


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Cover of Leon Trotsky : a revolutionary's lifeLeon Trotsky : a revolutionary's life
Author:  Rubenstein, Joshua,
Born Lev Davidovich Bronstein in southern Ukraine, Trotsky was both a world-class intellectual and a man capable of the most narrow-minded ideological dogmatism. He was an effective military strategist and an adept diplomat, who staked the fate of the Bolshevik revolution on the meagre foundation of a Europe-wide Communist upheaval. He was a master politician who played his cards badly in the momentous struggle for power against Stalin in the 1920s. And he was an assimilated, indifferent Jew who was among the first to foresee that Hitler's triumph would mean disaster for his fellow European Jews, and that Stalin would attempt to forge an alliance with Hitler if Soviet overtures to the Western democracies failed. Here, Trotsky emerges as a brilliant yet flawed man. Rubenstein offers us a Trotsky who is mentally acute and impatient with others, one of the finest students of contemporary politics who refused to engage in the nitty-gritty of party organization in the 1920s, when Stalin was manoeuvering, inexorably, toward Trotsky's own political oblivion. As Joshua Rubenstein writes in his preface, Leon Trotsky haunts our historical memory. A preeminent revolutionary figure and a masterful writer, Trotsky led an upheaval that helped to define the contours of twentieth-century politics . In this lucid and judicious evocation of Trotsky's life, Joshua Rubenstein gives us an interpretation for the twenty-first century.

 


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Cover of Sikunder Burnes : master of the great gameSikunder Burnes : master of the great game
Author:  Murray, Craig, 1958- author.
This is an astonishing true tale of espionage, journeys in disguise, secret messages, double agents, assassinations and sexual intrigue. Alexander Burnes was one of the most accomplished spies Britain ever produced and the main antagonist of the Great Game as Britain strove with Russia for control of Central Asia and the routes to the Raj. There are many lessons for the present day in this tale of the folly of invading Afghanistan and Anglo-Russian tensions in the Caucasus. Murray's meticulous study has unearthed original manuscripts from Montrose to Mumbai to put together a detailed study of how British secret agents operated in India. The story of Burnes' life has a cast of extraordinary figures, including Queen Victoria, King William IV, Earl Grey, Benjamin Disraeli, Lola Montez, John Stuart Mill and Karl Marx.

 


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Cover of Chin : the life and crimes of Mafia boss Vincent GiganteChin : the life and crimes of Mafia boss Vincent Gigante
Author:  McShane, Larry, author.
He started out as a professional boxer - until he found his true calling as a ruthless contract killer. Hand-picked by Vito Genovese to run the Genovese Family when Vito was sent to prison, Chin raked in more than $100 million for the Genovese family and routinely ordered the murders of mobsters who violated the Mafia code - including John Gotti. At the height of his power, he controlled an underworld empire of close to three hundred made men, making the Genovese Family the most powerful in the U.S. And yet Vincent “Chin” Gigante was, to all outside appearances, certifiably crazy. He wandered the streets of Greenwich Village in a ratty bathrobe and slippers. He urinated in public, played pinochle in storefronts, and hid a second family from his wife. On twenty-two occasions, he admitted himself to a mental hospital - evading criminal prosecution while insuring his continued reign as “The Oddfather.” It took nearly thirty years of endless psychiatric evaluations by a parade of puzzled doctors for federal authorities to finally bring him down.

 


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Cover of Spymaster : the life of Britain's most decorated Cold War spy and head of MI6, Sir Maurice OldfieldSpymaster : the life of Britain's most decorated Cold War spy and head of MI6, Sir Maurice Oldfield
Author:  Pearce, Martin, author.
Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service (commonly known as the SIS or MI6), Maurice Oldfield was the first Chief to be named and pictured in the press, and often alleged to be the model for the screen versions of both Ian Fleming's M and John Le Carre's George Smiley. This major study of Oldfield's life portrays one of the UK's most important and complex spies of the Cold War era. He was the first Chief of MI6 who hadn't come from an upper-class background or studied at Eton or Oxbridge. Rather, he was a farmer's son from a provincial grammar school who found himself accidentally plunged into the world of espionage by the outbreak of the Second World War. Oldfield was in Washington at the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis and the assassination of JFK, and was largely responsible for keeping Britain out of the Vietnam War. This is the fascinating life story of Maurice Oldfield, written by his nephew Martin Pearce, who remembers asking his uncle what he did for a job.

 


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Cover of One last job : the extraordinary life of Brian Reader, Britain's most prolific thief, from the Krays to Brink's-Mat and the Hatton Garden heistOne last job : the extraordinary life of Brian Reader, Britain's most prolific thief, from the Krays to Brink's-Mat and the Hatton Garden heist
Author:  Pettifor, Tom, author.
The iconic GBP14 million Hatton Garden raid of 2015 has already entered criminal folklore. This book cuts through the myth to reveal the astonishing true-life story of its elderly mastermind, Brian Reader. Gang insiders, family, friends and detectives talk for the first time about Reader's six-decade career, from mixing with the Krays and the cream of the London underworld to an ill-fated collaboration with violent gangster Kenny Noye. It reveals the Hatton Garden gang's links to an unsolved gangland murder, bent cops, police supergrasses and an alleged establishment cover-up. The book also includes new details about Basil, dubbed 'The Ghost' after he became the only gang member to escape justice.

 


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Cover of Man with the poison gunMan with the poison gun
Author:  Plokhy, Serhii, 1957- author.
In the fall of 1961, a KGB assassin defected to West Germany. Bogdan Stashinsky had already travelled on numerous occasions to Munich, where he had singlehandedly tracked down and killed the enemies of the communist regime. His weapon was a specially designed secret: it killed without leaving any trace. Stashinsky crossed into West Berlin just hours before the Berlin Wall was erected and spilled his secrets to the CIA. He told a gripping story of espionage, complete with exploding parcels, elaborately staged cover-ups, double crossings and daring midnight escapes, a story which would change laws and inspire Ian Fleming's final novel. After his trial, incredibly, he escaped, had plastic surgery and disappeared. He may still be alive today...

 


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Cover of Boy with a knife : a story of murder, remorse, and a prisoner's fight for justiceBoy with a knife : a story of murder, remorse, and a prisoner's fight for justice
Author:  Trounstine, Jean R., 1946-, author.
Nearly a quarter of a million youth are tried, sentenced, or imprisoned as adults every year across the United States. On any given day, ten thousand youth are detained or incarcerated in adult jails and prisons.Putting a human face to these sobering statistics, Boy With A Knife tells the story of Karter Kane Reed, who, at the age of sixteen, was sentenced to life in an adult prison for a murder he committed in 1993 in a high school classroom. Twenty years later, in 2013, he became one of the few men in Massachusetts to sue the Parole Board and win his freedom.The emotional and devastating narrative takes us step by step through Karter's crime, trial, punishment, and survival in prison, as well as his readjustment into regular society. In addition to being a powerful portrayal of one boy trying to come to terms with the consequences of his tragic actions, Boy With A Knife is also a searing critique of the practice of sentencing youth to adult prisons, providing a wake-up call on how we must change the laws in this country that allow children to be sentenced as adults.Jean Trounstine is the author of the highly praised Shakespeare Behind Bars: The Power of Drama in Women's Prison (St. Martin's) about her decade directing plays and teaching at Framingham Women's Prison in Massachusetts. She has written numerous articles on prison issues for publications including Boston magazine, the Boston Globe, Working Woman magazine, the Women's Review of Books, and Truthout, and has been the subject of many articles, radio broadcasts (NPR, The Connection), and TV shows (the Today Show) -- Provided by publisher.

 


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Cover of Fighting blind : a Green Beret's story of extraordinary courageFighting blind : a Green Beret's story of extraordinary courage
Author:  Castro, Iván, 1967- author.
Fighting was a practiced routine for Lieutenant Ivan Castro. But when a mortar round struck the rooftop of his sniper's post in Iraq, he found himself in a battle more difficult than even he could have imagined. The direct hit killed two other soldiers and nearly claimed Castro's life as well. Mangled by shrapnel and badly burned, Castro was medevacuated to Germany more dead than alive. His lungs were collapsed. He couldn't hear. One eye had been blown out, the nerve to the other severed. In the weeks and months that followed, Castro would find that physical darkness was nothing compared to the emotional darkness of loss and despair. Desperate for a reason to live, he eventually fought his way back to health through exercise and a single-minded goal: running a marathon. Once he set his course, there was no stopping him. Stubborn to a point that at times bordered on insanity, he managed not only to recover but to return to active duty. Since 2007, he has run over two dozen marathons, including the Boston Marathon in 2013, where he was one of the runners diverted when the bombs exploded. Today, Castro he helps prepare soldiers for combat, working exactly as if he were sighted. This frankly told account of his struggle through adversity, the highs and lows and the always bumpy road in between, is a story of hope and perseverance against the odds: an Unbroken for the present generation.

 


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Cover of Admiral Collingwood : Nelson's own heroAdmiral Collingwood : Nelson's own hero
Author:  Adams, Max, 1961- author.
Admiral Lord Collingwood, the eldest son of a Newcastle merchant, went to sea in 1761 at the age of thirteen. In his nearly fifty years in the Navy he rose to become a fine seaman, a master of gunnery, a battle commander the equal of his friend - and rival in love - Nelson. He was also an accomplished writer and wit, a doting father, inveterate gossip and consummate diplomat and strategist. Collingwood's service took him to Boston, where he lived and fought during the American War of Independence to Antigua, where he and Nelson both fell in love with Mary Moutray to Corsica Sicily and Menorca, where he began as a young mishipman and ended his career as the effective viceroy of the Mediterranean.

 


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Cover of At her majesty's pleasureAt her majesty's pleasure
Author:  Douglas, Robert, 1939-
Robert Douglas completes his autobiographical trilogy, taking us through the sixties and into the eighties with his memories of life as a prison officer, and, at the end of his career, as an electricity chargehand driving around the Yorkshire Dales. He tells us of his prison experiences, with anecdotes about many of the most famous criminals in British history -- the Krays, the Richardsons, the Great Train Robbers, Soviet spies and many more. This volume continues the story of Robert's remarkable journey of self-education, introducing us to larger-than-life characters on both sides of the bars, and evoking a strong sense of social change as Britain emerged from the post-War gloom into the bright lights of the Beatles years.

 


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Cover of Fifty shades of black 'n' blue : further revelations of an ingrained police culture of cover-ups and dishonestyFifty shades of black 'n' blue : further revelations of an ingrained police culture of cover-ups and dishonesty
Author:  Hayes, Stephen, 1946-
A sensational second book in The Biggest Gang trilogy from detective turned author Stephen Hayes. Fifty Shades Of Black 'N' Blue will not disappoint - the beatings go on, the culture of police corruption is further outlined with yet more real-life examples and there's yet more sex both in and out of uniform. Mr Hayes tells the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth in this shocking sequel to his first book The Biggest Gang In Britain. The new book is slicker and sicker than his first and and as compelling as any kicking in the police cells. The second book in Mr Hayes' trilogy. --Publisher description.

 


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Cover of The biggest gang in Britain : [shining a light on the culture of police corruption]The biggest gang in Britain : [shining a light on the culture of police corruption]
Author:  Hayes, Stephen, 1946-
A hard hitting, brutally honest account of police work during the late 1960's and 1970's. Whilst explicit, it is often humorous, refreshing and equally unbelievable. In this?rst book of a trilogy the author takes the reader through his early police service and in doing so reveals many working practices which in reality have become a culture of dishonesty, lies and often stupidity which has been accepted by the Government of the day, the judiciary and the public at large for many years. That is until the present day when it has all gone so wrong. Very, very wrong with the revelations of the Hillsborough Investigation, the Jimmy Savile Investigation, so many more and even 'lebgate' when The Biggest Gang believed they were so powerful that evidence against Andrew Mitchell, a member of Her Majesty's Government left so many questions, yet to be answered. This book explains that such examples are not typical of a minority rogue element as being claimed but are a dishonest culture, born so long ago but allowed to fester and grow with the many examples and revelations which have continued until today with Hillsborough as only one shocking example. --Publisher description.

 


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Cover of The Commando General : the life of Major General Sir Robert Laycock KCMG, CB, DSO   foreword by Major General Julian Thompson, CB, OBE.The Commando General : the life of Major General Sir Robert Laycock KCMG, CB, DSO foreword by Major General Julian Thompson, CB, OBE.
Author:  Mead, Richard (Military historian), author.
Always marked out for high rank, Robert Laycock came into his own when selected to raise 8 Commando, a new ‘crack’ unit early in the Second World War. After training, 7, 8 and 11 Commandos were sent to the Middle East in early 1941 and all became Layforce under Laycock’s command. Layforce was disbanded after Crete fell. Laycock took part in the abortive raid on Rommel’s HQ. As commander of the Special Service Brigade Laycock played an important role in the Sicily landings and at Salerno. In October 1943 he succeeded Mountbatten as Chief of Combined Operations, coordinating combined services operations and training and attending Allied conferences. In later life Laycock became Governor of Malta and Colonel of the SAS. In this long overdue biography, the author reveals the detail of this fine soldier’s character and superb military record. --Publisher description.

 


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Cover of The quartermaster : Montgomery C. Meigs : Lincoln's general, master builder of the Union armyThe quartermaster : Montgomery C. Meigs : Lincoln's general, master builder of the Union army
Author:  O'Harrow, Robert, author.
Born to a well to do, connected family in 1816, Montgomery C. Meigs graduated from West Point as an engineer. He helped build America's forts and served under Lt. Robert E. Lee to make navigation improvements on the Mississippi River. As a young man, he designed the Washington aqueducts in a city where people were dying from contaminated water. He built the spectacular wings and the massive dome of the brand new US Capitol. Introduced to President Lincoln by Secretary of State William Seward, Meigs became Lincoln's Quartermaster. It was during the Civil War that Meigs became a national hero. He commanded Ulysses S. Grant's base of supplies that made Union victories, including Gettysburg, possible. He sustained Sherman's army in Georgia, and the March to the Sea. After the war, Meigs built Arlington Cemetery (on land that had been Robert E. Lee's home). [The author] brings Meigs alive in [this book]. We get to know this major military figure that Lincoln and his Cabinet and Generals called the key to victory and learn how he fed, clothed, and armed the Union Army using his ingenuity and devotion --Amazon.com.

 


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Cover of Double ace : the life of Robert Lee Scott Jr., pilot, hero, and teller of tall talesDouble ace : the life of Robert Lee Scott Jr., pilot, hero, and teller of tall tales
Author:  Coram, Robert, author.
Robert Lee Scott was larger than life. An Eagle Scout and a high school dropout, the young man from Macon, Georgia used dogged determination to achieve his dream of becoming a famed fighter pilot. In Double Ace, veteran biographer Robert Coram, himself a Georgia man, provides readers with an unprecedented look at the defining characteristics that made Scott a uniquely American hero. First capturing national attention during World War II, Scott flew missions in China alongside the infamous Flying Tigers where his reckless courage and eleven confirmed kills made headlines. Upon returning home, Scott's memoir, brashly titled God is My Co-Pilot, became an instant bestseller and a successful film. As an older man, Scott travelled the entire length of China's Great Wall and helped found Georgia's Museum of Aviation, which stills welcomes 600,000 visitors annually. Yet, Scott's life was not without difficulty. His single-minded pursuit of greatness was offset by debilitating bouts of depression and his brashness placed him at odds with superior officers, wreaking havoc on his career.

 


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Cover of Singapore, my country : biography of M. Bala SubramanionSingapore, my country : biography of M. Bala Subramanion
Author:  Sengupta, Nilanjana, author.
When after three decades of research Singapore could produce its own water, the little city-state was said to have lost its vulnerability. No longer would every policy have to bend at the knees for water survival. It was finally time to celebrate liberty!When did the same moment come in Bala's life? Was it when in mid-Atlantic he heard of his promotion as Controller of Posts? Or was it when he was appointed by the President as member of the Parliamentary Elections Minority Committee? Or was it at a moment of tragic loss when he realised he had nothing more to lose?Singapore, My Country tells M Bala Subramanion's story, a second generation Indian who lost his father to the Death Railway, witnessed Subhas Chandra Bose at the Padang and later emerged as not only a senior civil servant but the man behind multiple social interventions, living in a fast evolving Singapore.The histories of the man and his nation remain seamlessly intertwined, each peppered with equal doses of endeavour, ingenuity and a sheer will to survive!

 


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Cover of The man who created the Middle East : a story of empire, conflict and the Sykes-Picot agreementThe man who created the Middle East : a story of empire, conflict and the Sykes-Picot agreement
Author:  Sykes, Christopher Simon, 1948- author.
At the age of only 36, Sir Mark Sykes was signatory to a notorious treaty, the Sykes-Picot Agreement, drawn up in May 1916 between the French and the British, that divided up the Ottoman Empire in the event of an allied victory in the War. Written without any Arab involvement, it negated an earlier promise that the British Government had made to the Arabs they would gain independence. Drawn up in secret, a controversy has raged around it ever since. Following the Second World War, waves of Arab nationalism revealed cracks in these countries - most recently after the 2011 uprisings - as old frictions came to the fore, leading to the situation in the region today. Appointed to Kitchener's staff during WWI, Political Secretary to the War Cabinet and a member of the Committee set up to consider the future of Asiatic Turkey, where he was thirty years younger than any of the other members, the precocious Mark Sykes was considered the ideal diplomat for the task of finding a peaceful solution in the Middle East. Unrelenting in this search Sykes worked himself to death just two years later, following the Paris Peace Conference, a victim of the Spanish Flu. Drawing from previously undisclosed family archives, Christopher Simon Sykes analyses his grandfather's notorious legacy.

 


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Cover of Emma Goldman : revolution as a way of lifeEmma Goldman : revolution as a way of life
Author:  Gornick, Vivian, author.
The story of a modern radical who took seriously the idea that inner liberation is the first business of social revolution. Her politics, from beginning to end, was based on resistance to that which thwarted the free development of the inner self. The right to stay alive in one's senses, to enjoy freedom of thought and speech, to reject the arbitrary use of power--these were key demands in the many public protest movements she helped mount. Anarchist par excellence, Goldman is one of the memorable political figures of our time, not because of her gift for theory or analysis or even strategy, but because some extraordinary force of life in her burned, without rest or respite, on behalf of human integrity--and she was able to make the thousands of people who, for decades on end, flocked to her lectures, feel intimately connected to the pain inherent in the abuse of that integrity. --From publisher description.

 


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Cover of Never give up : a journey from class clown to school principalNever give up : a journey from class clown to school principal
Author:  Glogauer, Noteh.
In amazing detail, Rabbi Dr Noteh Glogauer vividly recounts the first thirty years of his life. Born in South Africa into a traditional Jewish family, his parents emigrate to Canada to escape the oppressive apartheid regime. The young Arnie G. is popular in his first (non-Jewish) school, acting the class clown and excelling at team sports. Latent anti-Semitism engenders in him feelings of being different, inspiring him to seek purpose in Jewish community life. Drawn into a career in teaching, he realises that to promote his ideas on education - nurturing individuality, striving for personal excellence, innovation, cooperation and sharing - he needs to become a school principal himself, to be the role model embodying the core values of the institution. But to be principal of an Orthodox school he must be ordained a rabbi. In achieving his ambition, Glogauer and his own young family embark on a tortuous odyssey across the continent ... More than just a memoir - each significant anecdote is accompanied with poignant educational advice, a must have guidebook for any educator. --Publisher description.

 


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Cover of Great Australian outback teaching storiesGreat Australian outback teaching stories
Author:  Marsh, Bill, 1950- author.
From beyond the black stump to the Australian Alps in schools on stations, missions, mines and over the air, it takes a special kind of person to be an outback teacher. Back then, not only did we have to teach the three Rs but also sewing, arts and craft, music, physical education you name it. Plus there were the duties of gardener, cleaner, nurse, registrar, office administrator, free milk dispenser, librarian and, on occasions, school bus driver. Oh, and in one school I was even responsible for 'mother craft'. And being male and just nineteen, as I was at the time, you might imagine my surprise when a young girl asked me, 'Sir, what's the best milk for babies?' Master storyteller Bill 'Swampy' Marsh has travelled the width and breadth of Australia to bring together yet another memorable collection of stories. This time he has met with many of our extraordinary outback teachers and their students whose recollections so perfectly capture those special days of growing up in the bush.

 


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Cover of Alone : lost overboard in the Indian OceanAlone : lost overboard in the Indian Ocean
Author:  Archibald, Brett, author.
In April 2013 a global breaking-news story surfaced on social media and in the world press, and rapidly gathered momentum. A South African man had fallen overboard in the night during a storm in remote Indonesian waters, without anyone else on board realising. Eight hours later a frantic search was underway. The incident caught the world's attention as readers were instantly transported into the terror of the moment - imagine being left alone, 100 kilometres out to sea in the middle of a storm, watching your friends sail into the distance...Had he been dealt a fraction more bad luck, Brett would have died immediately. According to the experts, he should have died within 10 to 14 hours. But he chose not to die. Instead for 28-and-a-half hours Brett Archibald endured - the ocean, the elements, the creatures of the deep, and his own inner demons. Alone: 28 Hours Alone in the Indian Ocean is the incredible but true story of what it takes to defy needle-in-a-haystack odds and survive what should have been certain death. Outdoor savvy, astonishing imagination, mental toughness, a refusal to give up hope and a canny rescuer with an unbelievable background ultimately saw him through. Most of all this is a story of the power of the human spirit that defies rational explanation.

 


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Cover of Now for the disappointing part : a pseudo-adult's decade of short-term jobs, long-term relationships, and holding out for something betterNow for the disappointing part : a pseudo-adult's decade of short-term jobs, long-term relationships, and holding out for something better
Author:  Barker, Steven, author.
When Steven Barker was twelve, his father, in pursuit of the American Dream, moved the family from Canada to Connecticut, having worked his way up from an IBM mailroom to landing a vice president position in a top computer factory. Steven, in contrast, has followed the philosophy of 'quit everything until you find something you don't want to quit,' and has spent over fifteen years as a contract employee, a demographic that has come to make up 2 percent of the nation's work force. Now for the Disappointing Part is the first collection of essays written for the temp workers of the millennial generation -- those who, by choice or circumstance, delay or abandon plans for long-term careers for the variety (and anxiety) of contract work. --Provided by publisher.

 


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Author:  Cox, Hayden, author.
Hayden Cox started his surfboard brand Haydenshapes at the age of 15 while still at school, taking on a fickle industry where few succeed beyond local reach. Today he is an award-winning designer and entrepreneur who took his passion, young ideas and vision for doing things differently, and created a bestselling brand all over the world. New Wave Vision shares Hayden's story spanning almost 20 years as a young person in business - with the work far from finished. His modern approach and passion for progression within an industry led directly to his invention of a patented technology, FutureFlex, and a global best selling surfboard.

 


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Cover of Pressure makes diamonds : becoming the woman I pretended to bePressure makes diamonds : becoming the woman I pretended to be
Author:  Graves, Valerie (Advertising executive), author.
This is the unflinching memoir of a female African American advertising executive's unprecedented and unlikely success, which began in the Mad Men era. It follows her journey from the projects of Motown-era Michigan to the skyscrapers of Madison Avenue and beyond. With marches, riots, and demonstrations as the backdrop, and rock 'n' roll as a soundtrack, this book accompanies Graves as she traverses the seismically shifting terrain of 1960s and '70s America on her quest to be somebody. In the '80s and '90s, as Graves makes her ascent to the East Coast heights of the white male-dominated advertising world, she turns familiarity with harsh realities like racism and sexism into robust insights that deeply connect with African American consumers. During the golden era of black advertising, she becomes an undisputed somebody. Soon, though, she learns that money, success, a good marriage, and connections that reach all the way to the White House cannot entirely insulate her against the social ills that threaten to crush black Americans.

 


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Cover of The man who knew : the life and times of Alan GreenspanThe man who knew : the life and times of Alan Greenspan
Author:  Mallaby, Sebastian, author.
The story of Greenspan is also the story of the making of modern finance, for good and for ill. As the most influential economic statesman of his age, Greenspan spent a lifetime grappling with a momentous shift: the transformation of finance from the regulated system of the postwar era to the free-for-all of the past quarter century. Greenspan's life is a quintessential American success story: raised by a single mother in the Jewish émigré community of Washington Heights, New York, he was a math prodigy who found a niche as a stats-crunching consultant. A master at explaining the economic weather to captains of industry, he translated that skill into advising Richard Nixon in his 1968 campaign. This led to a perch on the White House Council of Economic Advisers, and then to a dazzling array of business and government roles, from which the path to the Fed was relatively clear. A fire-breathing libertarian and disciple of Ayn Rand in his youth who once called the Fed's creation a historic mistake, Greenspan reinvented himself as a pragmatist once in power. In his analysis, and in his core mission of keeping inflation in check, he was a maestro indeed, and hailed as such. At his retirement in 2006, he was lauded as the age's necessary man. But then came 2008, and the great crash that did so much to damage Greenspan's reputation. Mallaby argues the conventional wisdom is off base: Greenspan knew more about the risks in irrational markets than almost anyone the question is why he didn't act. Economic statesmanship, like political statesmanship, is the art of the possible. The Man Who Knew is a searching reckoning with what exactly comprised the art, and the possible, in the career of Alan Greenspan. --Dust jacket.

 


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Cover of Single-minded : my life in businessSingle-minded : my life in business
Author:  Littner, Claude, author.
Claude Littner is known as the mercilessly tough interviewer on TV's The Apprentice. Few candidates have risen to his standards of honesty, hard work and determination - qualities he has also expected of himself throughout his varied career. SIingle-minded recounts the key moments of Littner's life in business, starting with his dismal record as the pupil condemned to the back of the class at his French-speaking school in west London and finishing with his experiences of grilling candidates on The Apprentice. Whether it be his time as Chairman of Amstrad International Chief Executive of Tottenham Hotspur turning around a multi-billion-dollar global oil services business or the fact that he started his first business on his own and made a success of it, he shares the lessons learned from working hard, finding what you're good at and squeezing everything out of an opportunity. Littner's single-mindedness has seen him through difficult corporate turnarounds, public criticism in the media, being diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma and given six months to live, and numerous other challenges.

 


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Author:  Malone, Jo, author.
Jo Malone is the inspirational British businesswoman responsible for creating the globally renowned beauty business 'Jo Malone London' and, more recently, her new brand 'Jo Loves'. This, her first autobiography, tells in full her incredible journey from modest beginnings as a teenager, struggling with dyslexia and leaving school with no qualifications, to becoming an international brand name and one of the world's most successful entrepreneurs. Jo's lively story explores how her fascination with smell teamed with her natural ability to create world-famous blends such as 'Lime, Basil & Mandarin', revolutionised the way we think about fragrance. Her unique talent for pioneering innovation and originality within her field is unrivalled. Yet, despite her success, she has faced huge challenges with courage and determination, including being diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 37 and told she only had nine months to live, and her decision to go it alone after selling the original Jo Malone brand to the Estee Lauder Corporation and walking away in 2006. Jo's commitment and down-to-earth approach to life, work and family makes her one of the most likeable and well respected personalities in British retail and her honesty, hard work and entrepreneurial grit is an inspiration to all.

 


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Cover of Bog-standard business : how I took the plunge and became the millionaire plumberBog-standard business : how I took the plunge and became the millionaire plumber
Author:  Mullins, Charlie, author.
I'm a millionaire plumber. I went from being a North London street urchin to owning London's biggest independent plumbing firm, which I built myself from scratch. We turn over more than GBP20 million a year, and we're growing. The country's best plumbers and heating engineers queue up to work for me. We are the plumbers of choice for London's high society - movie stars and celebrities of all kinds. I'm mates with David Cameron, George Osborne and Boris Johnson. How did that happen? In this frank and absorbing memoir, Charlie Mullins describes his meteoric rise from an impoverished childhood in London, to owner of one of the most renowned and respected businesses in the UK, Pimlico Plumbers. He reveals how he survived his tough upbringing, became a parent himself and had to bid a painful farewell to his first passion - boxing.

 


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Cover of The maximalist : the rise and fall of Tony O'ReillyThe maximalist : the rise and fall of Tony O'Reilly
Author:  Cooper, Matt, 1965 or 1966- author.
An Irish epic, The Maximalist documents in unflinching detail and with great subtlety the meteoric rise and slow unraveling of an Irish icon. Perhaps Ireland's first billionaire, Tony O'Reilly is now pursued in the courts for debts in the tens of millions of Euros.

 


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Author:  Polk, Sam, author.
At just thirty years old, Sam Polk was a senior trader for one of the biggest hedge funds on Wall Street, on the verge of making it to the very top. When he was offered an annual bonus of $3.75 million, he grew angry because it was not enough. In that moment he knew he had lost himself in his obsessive pursuit of money. And he had come to loathe the culture the shallowness, the sexism, the crude machismo and Wall Street's use of wealth as the sole measure of a person s worth. He decided to walk away from it all. For Polk, becoming a Wall Street trader was the fulfillment of his dreams. But in reality it was just the culmination of a life of addictive and self-destructive behaviors, from overeating, to bulimia, to alcohol and drug abuse. His obsessive pursuit of money papered over years of insecurity and emotional abuse. Making money was just the latest attempt to fill the void left by his narcisstic and emotionally unavailable father. Polk brings readers into the rarefied world of Wall Street trading floors, capturing the modern frustrations of young graduates drawn to Wall Street. Raw, vivid, and immensely readable, For the Love of Money explores the birth of a young hedge fund trader, his disillusionment, and the radical new way he has come to define success.

 


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Cover of Splitting the difference : a heart-shaped memoirSplitting the difference : a heart-shaped memoir
Author:  Rodríguez, Tré Miller.
At 18, Tré gave her newborn daughter up for adoption. At 19, her only sibling was killed in a car crash. At 34, she lost her husband to a sudden heart attack. But at 36, her teenage daughter found her on Facebook and began to reshape the course of Tré’s life. The sum of these milestones is Splitting the Difference: A Heart-Shaped Memoir, a nonfiction work that is equal parts inspiring, irreverent and heart-rending. Through sharply immediate prose, Tré unpacks her experience of being young and widowed in New York City: the “dumb sh* people say” the “brave face” she wears to work or social events and the lack of solace in one-night stands. Her perspective only begins shifting when she spontaneously brings Alberto’s ashes on a trip and sets into motion the ritual of spreading him in bodies of water around the world. Traveling to Bucket List destinations like Savannah, Brazil and Cuba, Tré discovers a strategy for facing her roughest days. Alberto’s loss becomes a portal through which Tré views her past and embraces her future: she quits her corporate job, explores her husband’s homeland of Cuba and joyfully reunites with her biological daughter in North Carolina.

 


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Cover of The dynasty builder : the hidden diary of Samuel Cox Williams : the founder of Stevens and WilliamsThe dynasty builder : the hidden diary of Samuel Cox Williams : the founder of Stevens and Williams
Author:  Williams, Samuel Cox.
The book is based on the diaries of one of the principal protagonists in the Victorian handmade glass industry, Samuel Cox Williams - the Dynasty Builder. Samuel lived near Stourbridge for forty years, founding Stevens & Williams in 1846 and building it into the most important Art Glass manufacturer in the world (it was later to become Royal Brierley Crystal). This book is principally about Samuel, his business and family life and is based on the diaries he kept from 1869-1883. It also covers the history of the firm from the end of this period up to 1998, when the family's involvement in the business finished. The author David Williams-Thomas is Samuel's great-great-grandson and ran the business throughout his own working life.

 


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Cover of The man who ate the zoo : Frank Buckland, forgotten hero of natural historyThe man who ate the zoo : Frank Buckland, forgotten hero of natural history
Author:  Girling, Richard, author.
Frank Buckland was an extraordinary man: a surgeon, a natural historian, a sell-out lecturer, a bestselling writer, a museum curator, and a conservationist before the concept even existed. Eccentric, revolutionary, popular, prolific, he was one of the nineteenth century's authentic geniuses. He was obsessed by food security and finding ways to feed the hungry and by protecting our fisheries (he can be credited with saving British fish from commercial extinction). He was one of the most original, far-sighted and influential natural scientists of his time, held as high in public esteem as Charles Darwin. The Man Who Ate the Zoo is no conventional biography, but rather a journey back into Buckland's life, a hunt for this forgotten man. It sets Buckland's thinking and achievements in a rounded historical context, but views this Victorian adventurer from a modern viewpoint.

 


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Author:  Durrell, Gerald, 1925-1995.
This book is an autobiographical account of five years in the childhood of naturalist Gerald Durrell when he lived with his family lived on the island of Corfu. Apart from Gerald (the youngest) and Larry (Lawrence Durrell, the novelist), the family comprised their widowed mother, the gun-mad Leslie, and diet-obsessed sister Margo together with Roger the dog. The procession of animals includes toads, and tortoises, bats and butterflies scorpions and geckos, ladybirds, glow-worms, octopuses and rose-beetles, Ulysses, the Scops owl, Quasimodo the pigeon, the puppies Widdle and Puke, and of course the magpies. The family is fiercely protected by their taxi-driver friend Spiro, and Gerald is mentored by the polymath Dr Theodore Stephanides who provides his education in natural history. --Provided by the publisher.

 


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Cover of Einstein's greatest mistake : the life of a flawed geniusEinstein's greatest mistake : the life of a flawed genius
Author:  Bodanis, David, author.
Widely considered the greatest genius of all time, Albert Einstein revolutionised our understanding of the cosmos with his general theory of relativity and helped to lead us into the atomic age. Yet in the final decades of his life he was also ignored by most working scientists, his ideas opposed by even his closest friends. This stunning downfall can be traced to Einstein's earliest successes and to personal qualities that were at first his best assets. Einstein's imagination and self-confidence served him well as he sought to reveal the universe's structure, but when it came to newer revelations in the field of quantum mechanics, these same traits undermined his quest for the ultimate truth. David Bodanis traces the arc of Einstein's intellectual development across his professional and personal life, showing how Einstein's confidence in his own powers of intuition proved to be both his greatest strength and his ultimate undoing. He was a fallible genius. An intimate and enlightening biography of the celebrated physicist, Einstein's Greatest Mistake reveals how much we owe Einstein today - and how much more he might have achieved if not for his all-too-human flaws. --Publisher description.

 


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Cover of James Hector : explorer, scientist, leaderJames Hector : explorer, scientist, leader
Author:  Nathan, Simon, 1943- author.
James Hector was the dominant personality in the small nineteenth-century scientific community in New Zealand. As the first scientist employed by the government, he was the founder of the Geological Survey (now GNS Science), Colonial Museum (now Te Papa), New Zealand Instite (now Royal Society of New Zealand) and the Colonial Botanic Garden (now Wellington Botanic Garden), as well as being a trusted government advisor. Whenever a tricky technical problem arose, the first question was often, 'What does Dr Hector think?' Among his many achievements, Hector was the first to recognise and describe Hector's dolphin, to introduce and spread seeds of radiata pine and macrocarpa around New Zealand, and to standardise New Zealand time. He set up a national earthquake-recording system, the forerunner of today's GeoNet, and was one of the first observers to report on the disastrous 1886 Tarawera eruption. [This book] describes the life and work of this multi-talented man and the organisations he founded. It is aimed at the general reader with an interest in New Zealand's history and natural environment, and is generously illustrated.

 


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Cover of The big cat man : an autobiographyThe big cat man : an autobiography
Author:  Scott, Jonathan, 1949- author.
This new autobiography by wildlife celebrity Jonathan Scott celebrates the extraordinary life of one of the world's most popular wildlife presenters and photographers. From his childhood on a Berkshire farm in the UK to his rise to international fame as a presenter on the Big Cat Diary, one of the BBC Natural History Unit's most popular and long-running wildlife series, Jonathan Scott has lived a life that many people can only dream about. Following a degree in Zoology he travels 6,000 miles overland to Africa, where he becomes first a wildlife artist and then a safari guide in the Masai Mara. The Big Cat Man is a love story: one man's infatuation with Africa and his unfailing devotion to the woman who shares his passion. Jonathan's writing makes for a fascinating safari through a life lived in the world's most spectacular wilderness area.

 


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Cover of Never fear : reliving the life of Sir Francis ChichesterNever fear : reliving the life of Sir Francis Chichester
Author:  Strathcarron, Ian Macpherson, Baron, 1949-, author.
Born in 1901 into a troubled childhood in rural Devon, he suffered through the sadism of the English public school system, then in 1918 left for New Zealand where he made his first fortune.There he took up flying and in 1930 became one of the first aviators to fly from London to Sydney. After being the first solo flyer across the Tasmania Sea from New Zealand to Austria, he set off to circle the world, only to crash, nearly fatally, in Japan. After serving in the RAF on World War II, he took up sailing at the age of 54 and in 12 years became the most famous yachtsman in the world. Along the way there are struggles and triumphs, climaxing in being knighted with Sir Francis Drake's sword in Greenwich. Ian Strathcarron, himself an aviator, yachtsman and adventurer, follows him all the way, comparing what Sir Francis found then to what he finds now, meeting the descendants of the people who played important parts in his life and getting under the skin of what made the man, the man.

 


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Cover of A truck full of money : one man's quest to recover from great successA truck full of money : one man's quest to recover from great success
Author:  Kidder, Tracy, author.
This book tells the story of Paul English, a kinetic and unconventional inventor and entrepreneur, who as a boy rebelled against authority. Growing up in working-class Boston, English discovers a medium for his talents the first time he sees a computer. As a young man, despite suffering from what would eventually be diagnosed as bipolar disorder, he begins his pilgrim’s journey through the ups and downs in the brave new world of computers. Relating to the Internet as if it’s an extension of his own mind, he discovers that he has a talent for conceiving innovative enterprises and building teams that can develop them, becoming “a Pied Piper” of geeks. His innovative management style, success, and innate sense of fair play inspire intense loyalty. Early on, one colleague observes: “Someday this boy’s going to get hit by a truck full of money, and I’m going to be standing beside him.” Yet when English does indeed make a fortune, when the travel website Kayak is sold for almost two billion dollars—the first thing he thinks about is how to give the money away: “What else would you do with it?” The second thing he thinks is, What’s next?

 


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Cover of A boy on the last boat : a journey around the worldA boy on the last boat : a journey around the world
Author:  Lochtenberg, Ben, author.
A Singapore-born young colonial Dutch boy, whose father suffered and died as a Japanese prisoner of war building a railway in Sumatra, escaped from Java with his mother and arrived as a refugee in Australia in 1942. Educated by Jesuits and then at the University of Western Australia and at Oxford, he had a career with ICI initially as an engineer, ending in 1993 following senior executive and Board roles in Australia, England, Canada and finally in the United States. His life from childhood in European colonies in Asia, spanned major changes in technology and the chemical industry. With his wife and seven children, he experienced and adjusted to a wide range of cultures and societies. During the twenty years of retirement in Melbourne, he has been active in mental health research at the University of Melbourne, Newman College, in support of palliative care, homelessness and refugees - the latter being where his story began.

 


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Cover of Never put all your eggs in one bastardNever put all your eggs in one bastard
Author:  Mathias, Peta, author.
Funny, passionate, outrageous and honest, this is a memoir about travel, house renovations, food, music, men and change. Peta Mathias has been making major moves in her life since leaving home to train as a nurse. Once qualified, she headed to Canada for six years, then on to live in London, before spending a decade in France, setting up her own restaurant. When she returned to New Zealand, she started writing books and making television series, celebrating her twin passions of food and travel. She continued to yoyo back to Europe and started leading culinary tours to India, Morocco, Spain and the recurring theme in her life: France. Never ready to settle down, she next decided it was time to sell up her beloved cottage in Auckland and head back over there, to buy and renovate a new home in Uzès. This is her vivacious account of that move and of the many earlier changes in her life. The book explores what she has been running away from or to, the thrills and tribulations of reinventing yourself, as well as her loves for food, music, men and many more besides.

 


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Cover of The brewer's tale : memoirs of a master brewerThe brewer's tale : memoirs of a master brewer
Author:  Priestley, Frank.
Born next-door to a pub in 1940, just in time for the Sheffield Blitz, Frank Priestley went on to spend a life steeped in brewing, drinking and the enjoyment of beer. From a young apprentice, he worked his way up to become a master brewer at the famous Castle Eden brewery. Frank shares with the reader his fascination for the way brewing is done, and he weaves in anecdotes about his diverse colleagues, his skilled working life and the unique beers that the individual breweries produced. His tale covers the years from 1959 to 1979 and he left when the traditional brewing industry in Britain reached one of its lowest ebbs. But Frank is now delighted to see the revival of interest in good beer and he ends the book with a brief round-up of some of the best pubs in England where he has had the pleasure of drinking a pint. Frank's account of the fortunes of the British brewing industry over three critical decades is an important contribution to the history of our brewing heritage. His story is informative, lively and heart-warming.

 


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Cover of Marlborough man : a quintessentially Kiwi story of an accidental wine-industry trailblazerMarlborough man : a quintessentially Kiwi story of an accidental wine-industry trailblazer
Author:  Scott, Allan, 1947- author.
The remarkable story of Marlborough wine, from the planting of the first vines to the global success of New Zealand's billion-dollar sauvignon blanc industry, is also the very personal story of winemaker Allan Scott. As a young farm hand he helped plant the first vines, going on to help Montana and Corbans establish their sauvignon vineyards, and and then to found his own hugely successful family winery. He knows the real stories, the mistakes and the triumphs, the heroes and villains, and how an unlikely region of New Zealand's South Island became a varietal powerhouse and major export industry. A lot of how it happened came down to luck, along with perserverence and bloody-mindedness, and some extraordinary ingenuity that revolutionised winemaking. Setting the record straight, as well as telling a personal saga of risking it all and keeping a family together, Allan recounts his story with great humour and humility.

 


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Cover of My throne, a cockpitMy throne, a cockpit
Author:  Williamson, Owen Donald, author.
When your office is the cockpit of a topdressing aeroplane, it's hard not to think of your seat as a throne. As your daily commute takes in the grandeur of the mountains, the beauty of the sunrise and the sight of the world going about its business below, you know you're one of the lucky ones. Every work day is different, and you never know whether today you'll meet with danger or delight. My Throne, A Cockpit is a sometimes funny, sometimes serious ramble through the world of a topdressing crew in the 1970s, as remembered and told from the unique perspective of the loader driver. This story is not just about the equipment we used, nor is it intended as a history lesson, it's a chance for you to join us at work on the airstrip and in the cockpit, to meet the locals, share the humour and to feel the fear. Please climb aboard, put on your shoulder harness and fasten your seatbelt for a journey back into that era of aerial topdressing. Expect to experience plenty of laughs and the odd fright so sit back and enjoy the flight. --Back cover.

 


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Cover of Gayer-Anderson : the life and afterlife of the Irish PashaGayer-Anderson : the life and afterlife of the Irish Pasha
Author:  Foxcroft, Louise, 1956-
Based on the personal journals of Robert Grenville Gayer-Anderson (1881-1945), Egyptologist, poet, surgeon, soldier, psychic, and noted collector, this candid and charming historical biography tells of Gayer-Anderson's strange and eclectic life in the final days of the British empire. As a child, he crossed an unforgiving America with his entrepreneurial and eccentric Irish parents. As a man, he immersed himself in the Arab way of life as colonials seldom did he saw ghosts and witches, sailed the Nile, wrestled Turks and crocodiles, fought at Gallipoli, smoked opium, performed surgery in the desert, gathered and cared for artefacts and boys in his Cairene home, survived an assassination attempt and, in the name of science and Henry Wellcome, in flowery glades he boiled the flesh from the skulls of Nuba warriors. His personal journals are filled with frank accounts of his exploits and of the illustrious and colorful people who wandered by: Lawrence of Arabia, Gordon, Kitchener, Conan-Doyle, Eric Gill, and Stephen Spender, among others.

 


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Cover of The mighty healer : Thomas Holloway's Victorian patent medicine empireThe mighty healer : Thomas Holloway's Victorian patent medicine empire
Author:  Holloway, Verity, 1986- author.
Verity Holloway's nineteenth-century cousin Thomas Holloway's patent medicine empire was so ubiquitous, Charles Dickens commented that if you'd murdered someone with the name Holloway, you'd think their spirit had come back to torment you. Advertising as far away as the pyramids in Giza, it was said Holloway's Ointment could cure lesions on a wooden leg. Bottling leftover cooking grease in the kitchen of his parents' Cornish pub, Thomas's dubious cure-alls made him one of the richest self-made men in England. Promising to save respectable Victorian invalids 'FROM THE POINT OF DEATH' (his capitals), the self-proclaimed 'Professor' Holloway used his millions to build the enormous Gothic Holloway College and Holloway Sanatorium for the insane. But Thomas was a man of contradictions. To his contemporaries, he was simultaneously 'the greatest benefactor to ever live' and no better than a general who led millions to their deaths. Aware of the uselessness of his own products, he believed the placebo effect was well worth the subterfuge and never ridiculed his customers. A ruthless businessman, he was deeply in love with his wife and cared for the education of young women. The Mighty Healer charts Thomas's rise and the realization of his worst fear - that rival company Beechams would one day take him over - plus the very Victorian squabbling over his fortune by his respectable and not-so-respectable relations. It draws on primary and secondary sources to ground Thomas's life in the social issues of the day, including women's education, Victorian mental healthcare, contemporary accounts of debtors' gaols, and of course the patent medicine trade of the mid-Victorian period the people who took the medicine, and those who fiercely opposed it. --Publisher description.

 


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Cover of Mentored by a madman : the William Burroughs experimentMentored by a madman : the William Burroughs experiment
Author:  Lees, Andrew, 1947- author.
In this extraordinary memoir, neuroscientist Andrew Lees explains how William Burroughs, author of Naked Lunch and troubled drug addict, played an unlikely part in his medical career. Lees draws on Burroughs search for an addiction cure to discover a ground-breaking treatment for shaking palsy, and learns how to use the deductive reasoning of Sherlock Holmes to diagnose patients. Lees follows Burroughs into the rainforest and under the influence of yagé (ayahuasca) gains insights that encourage him to pursue new lines of pharmacological research and explore new forms of science.

 


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Cover of The atheist Muslim : a journey from religion to reasonThe atheist Muslim : a journey from religion to reason
Author:  Rizvi, Ali A., author.
In much of the Muslim world, religion is the central foundation upon which family, community, morality, and identity are built. The inextricable embodiment of religion in Muslim culture has forced a new generation of non-believing Muslims to face the heavy costs of abandoning their parents' religion: disowned by their families, marginalized from their communities, imprisoned, or even sentenced to death by their governments. Struggling to reconcile the Muslim society he was living in as a scientist and physician and the religion he was being raised in, Ali A. Rizvi eventually loses his faith. Discovering that he is not alone in his beliefs, he moves to North America and promises to use his new freedom of speech to represent the voices that are usually quashed before reaching the mainstream media--the Atheist Muslim. In The Atheist Muslim, we follow Rizvi as he finds himself caught between two narrative voices he cannot relate to: extreme Islam and anti-Muslim bigotry in a post-9/11 world. The Atheist Muslim recounts the journey that allows Rizvi to criticize Islam--as one should be able to criticize any set of ideas--without demonizing his entire people. Emotionally and intellectually compelling, his personal story outlines the challenges of modern Islam and the factors that could help lead it toward a substantive, progressive reformation -- Provided by publisher.

 


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Author:  Ward, Michael H., 1944- author.
In this insightful and inspirational memoir, Michael Ward returns to the early years of the AIDS epidemic, when so little was known and so few who were diagnosed survived. He chronicles in candid detail his partner Mark's decline and eventual death. By looking back on these devastating events, the author not only honors a generation lost to the illness but also opens a vital window onto the past, before medication helped save lives and when HIV/AIDS was usually a death sentence.

 


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Cover of Village vets: calving straps and zombie catsVillage vets: calving straps and zombie cats
Author:  Bennett, Anthony, author.
The life of a country vet is far from glamorous. There's no such thing as a nine-to-five working day. You're out in all weathers, at all times of the day and night. More often than not you're covered in smelly muck, working against the clock to save animals in critical situations - whether that's helping a cow in distress birthing unexpected triplets, saving a crook dog that's eaten a bucket load of sheep fat, a horse needing a risky operation far from the surgery clinic, or a cat that you resuscitate against all the odds. Best mates Anthony Bennett and James Carroll wouldn't have it any other way. Calving Straps and Zombie Cats is the adventures of two young vets dealing with all creatures (and humans!) great and small in country Australia. With memorable characters, some heartstopping moments, and a healthy dose of humour, these stories of life behind the scenes in a busy mixed country practice will touch your heart as well as tickle your funny-bone. You'll be hooked till the very last page.

 


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Cover of The Lord God made them allThe Lord God made them all
Author:  Herriot, James, author.
The Lord God Made Them All is the bestselling sequel to All Things Wise and Wonderful in James Herriot's classic collections of animal stories. After serving in the RAF in World War II, Herriot gladly returns home to Yorkshire to his beloved family and multitude of patients, with many more tender, funny, sad and wise stories to share with us and warm our hearts.

 


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Cover of All things bright and beautifulAll things bright and beautiful
Author:  Herriot, James, author.
The second volume in the bestselling series picks up as Herriot, now newly married, journeys among the remote hillside farms and valley towns of the Yorkshire Dales, caring for their inhabitants---both two- and four-legged. Throughout, Herriot's deep compassion, humour, and love of life shine out as we laugh, cry, and delight in his portraits of his many, varied animal patients and their equally varied owners.

 


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Cover of All things wise and wonderfulAll things wise and wonderful
Author:  Herriot, James, author.
In the midst of World War II, the Yorkshire veterinarian muses on past adventures through the Yorkshire dales, visiting with old friends and introducing scores of new characters--both human and animal.

 


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Cover of Horses, heifers and hairy pigs : the life of a Yorkshire vetHorses, heifers and hairy pigs : the life of a Yorkshire vet
Author:  Norton, Julian, author.
Star of Channel 5's television series The Yorkshire Vet, Julian Norton has written a warm and evocative memoir of his life and the animals and people he has met along the way. Just as happy calving a cow, treating a dog with cancer or tending to the overgrown teeth of a rabbit, Julian's passion for his work shines through on every page. From his first thoughts of becoming a vet through to his training and the pressures and challenges faced by vets on call. He discusses the terrible times of the BSE crisis in the 1990s and Foot and Mouth in 2001, dealing with unexpected exotic pets, and handling excitable humans, too Julian has seen all sides of the veterinary world. Sometimes sad, often funny and always warm and compassionate, his tales bring to life the world of the working vet and the highs and lows he faces daily.

 


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Cover of Peaks and troughs : in at the deep end, high in the hillsPeaks and troughs : in at the deep end, high in the hills
Author:  Perry, Nick, author.
Peaks and Troughs is a warm-hearted, humorous and ultimately inspirational tale of a young man’s attempt to run an organic farm in the unforgiving Welsh hills. As 1970 dawns Jack, brother Nick and his family set off from swinging London to fulfil their dream of living off the land in the wild unforgiving hills of North Wales. They know nothing of farming or what battles lie ahead with the weather and their neighbours, or the ingenuity needed to survive. Armed with the Farmer's Weekly and protected by their youthful idealism and a sense of the ridiculous they begin their adventure. Peaks and Troughs is a tale of life in all its drama - birth, death, tragedy, comedy, disappointment and hope - with the star player being one Rattlerow King David the 57th, a prize boar whose prodigious sex drive literally saves Nick's bacon.

 


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Cover of Talk of the town : (from a pub called  the Retreat )Talk of the town : (from a pub called the Retreat )
Author:  Styles, Brian, author.
A light hearted look at a rural New Zealand community by a Kiwi Octogenarian who has lived life to the fullest and 'been there and done that'. Although the stories within these covers are fictitious they mostly born from real happenings but changed to disguise identification (although there will be some who may be able to recognise the situation). Largely the scene is set around the 'Local Pub' (The Retreat) and most of the happenings revolve around there. It is a continuing story that involves members of the community, love affairs, the local cop, fund raising efforts, the tax department and the mayor. Of course that doesn't cover what happened with the fire brigade or Possum Pete's activities, or even Joy's one idea that had a profound effect on the local youth activity. This is a fascinating book, once again typical of Brian Styles and full of good humour, but also gives a great global look at how rural communities work and solve their own problems. If only we had the same flexibility today.

 


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Cover of J.J. Abrams : a study in geniusJ.J. Abrams : a study in genius
Author:  Daniels, Neil (Neil Andrew), author.
J.J. Abrams is one of the most successful director-writer-producers working in Hollywood, and now that he is being offered the chance to visit a galaxy far, far away to direct the long-awaited Star Wars sequel, his reputation is set to shoot ever higher. Much like his hero Steven Spielberg, such has been Abrams' success that he has himself become something of a brand, especially since his popular revitalisation of Star Trek as producer of the 2009 blockbuster, as well as its 2013 sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness. However, in the early nineties Abrams began his career writing relatively average movie scripts, such as Regarding Henry and Forever Young, before moving into the world of TV with the college-based drama Felicity. It wasn't until the spy series Alias that his career truly launched. Since the early 2000s, Abrams has dominated genre-TV with the success of cult shows such as Lost and Fringe. At the same time, he found time for the big screen, directing Mission: Impossible III and his personal homage to Spielberg, Super 8 as well as producing the innovative monster movie Cloverfield. Then, not content with distinction in these two fields, 2013 saw the release of his first novel S. with Doug Dorst. While Abrams sceptics note that not everything he has been involved with has worked - after a number of his TV shows have been cancelled and some of his films have received mixed reviews - there's no question that Abrams is one of Hollywood's most powerful people. Set to dominate the world of SF for years to come, this is the first biography of the cult legend.

 


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Cover of The purple diaries : Mary Astor and the most sensational Hollywood scandal of the 1930sThe purple diaries : Mary Astor and the most sensational Hollywood scandal of the 1930s
Author:  Egan, Joseph, author.
1936 looked like it would be a great year for the movie industry. With the economy picking up after the Great Depression, Americans everywhere were sitting in the dark watching the stars - and few stars shined as brightly as one of America's most enduring screen favorites, Mary Astor. But Astor's story wasn't a happy one. She was born poor, and at the first sign that she could earn money, her parents grabbed the reins and the checks. Widowed at twenty-four, Mary Astor was looking for stability when she met and wed Dr. Franklyn Thorpe. But the marriage was rocky from the start both were unfaithful, but they did not divorce until after Mary Astor gave birth to little Marylyn Thorpe. What followed was a custody battle that pushed The Spanish Civil War and Hitler's 1936 Olympic Games off of the front pages all over America. Astor and Thorpe were both ruthless in their fight to gain custody of their daughter, but Thorpe held a trump card: the diaries that Mary Astor had been keeping for years. In these diaries, Astor detailed her own affairs as well as the myriad dalliances of some of Hollywood's biggest names. The studio heads, longtime controllers of public perception, were desperate to keep such juicy details from leaking. --Publisher description.

 


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Cover of Brigitte Bardot : my life in fashionBrigitte Bardot : my life in fashion
Author:  Servat, Henry-Jean, author.
In photographs that capture Brigitte Bardot attending prestigious receptions or on glamorous visits to the United States, in fashion shoots and on film sets, this volume illustrates all the key looks that she wore and brought to the international spotlight as she invented and edited her own highly imitated style

 


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Cover of Rolling with the punchlines : a memoirRolling with the punchlines : a memoir
Author:  Carlson, Urzila, author.
Written with her trademark deadpan humour, Urzila's memoir is full of great stories, about both the big things in life as well as the little things...Urzila first got into comedy when her workmates entered her into an open mic evening which, unknown to her, was a competition that she won. This accidental beginning in stand-up has led her to an incredibly successful career in comedy with regular gigs on television as well as sell-out shows in comedy festivals across New Zealand and Australia...But life hasn't always been a bundle of laughs and Urzila talks about her childhood with a great family, apart from her abusive dad, and about growing up in South Africa. She shares the crazy but true stories from her OE, her move to New Zealand, coming out, getting married and having children, and her life in comedy...This is a great read from one of our most loved and most popular comedians. --Publisher's description.

 


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Cover of Where there's smoke, there's dinner : stories of a seared childhoodWhere there's smoke, there's dinner : stories of a seared childhood
Author:  Carpenter, Regi, 1957-
Regi is the youngest daughter in a family that pulsates with contradictions: religious and raucous, tender but terrible, unfortunate yet irrepressible. These honest tales some hilarious, some heartbreaking celebrate the glorious and gut-wrenching lives of four generations of Carpenters raised on the Saint Lawrence River in Clayton, New York. From teenagers struggling to find their identity to disabled veterans grappling with the aftermath of war and change to the complications and sweetness of love between family members, this collection of linked short stories holds the universal message that life s difficulties are softened by love and fortitude... and family. --Publisher description.

 


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Cover of Superficial : more adventures from the Andy Cohen diariesSuperficial : more adventures from the Andy Cohen diaries
Author:  Cohen, Andy, 1968- author.
The star-studded and sidesplitting follow up to The Andy Cohen Diaries. The megapopular host of Watch What Happens: Live and executive producer of The Real Housewives franchise is back, better than ever, and telling stories that will keep his publicist up at night. Since the publication of his last book, Andy has toured the country with his sidekick Anderson Cooper, hit the radio waves with his own Sirius station, Radio Andy, appeared on Real Time with Bill Maher despite his mother's conviction he was not intellectually prepared, hosted NBC's Primetime New Year's Eve special, guest edited Entertainment Weekly, starred in Bravo's Then & Now with Andy Cohen, offended celebrities with his ongoing case of foot-in-mouth disease, and welcomed home Teresa Namaste Giudice, from a brief stint in jail. Hopping from the Hamptons to the Manhattan dating world, the dog park to the red carpet, Cardinals superfan and mama's boy Andy Cohen, with Wacha in tow, is the kind of star that fans are dying to be friends with. This book gives them that chance. If The Andy Cohen Diaries was deemed the literary equivalent of a Fresca and tequila by Jimmy Fallon, Superficial is a double: dishier, juicier, and friskier. In this account of his escapades--personal, professional, and behind-the-scenes--Andy tells us not only what goes down, but exactly what he thinks of it -- Provided by publisher.

 


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Cover of Anything is possibleAnything is possible
Author:  Cosentino, author.
Cosentino is Australia's premier illusionist - a magician to his fingertips, a man who constantly challenges our notions of what is possible. This is his inspiring story. Cosentino emerged seemingly out of nowhere as a fully fledged star and Australia's premier illusionist and escapologist, with an act as distinct and as wild as his Johnny Depp-meets-Al Capone look. The LA Times has said about him: Cosentino mirrors the legendary Harry Houdini - and like Houdini, his stunts are truly mind-blowing. In 2014, he got out of a locked Perspex sphere plunged 10 metres underwater. It was a blockbuster stunt, broadcast live on national TV, but it's not Cosentino's greatest trick. Nor is the one in which he unshackled himself just in time to avoid his head being sliced open by 18 chef's knives. No, Cosentino's greatest trick, the feat that opened up the world and set him on the path to being Houdini's true heir, was learning to read. His journey from a shy boy with low self-esteem and learning difficulties, to the international star that he is today, is the core of this inspirational memoir. Inspiring, rich, steeped in the ancient arts of magic, illusion and magical history and influences, with a smattering of magic tricks and insights into some of his greatest illusions, this is a story for everyone who ever dreamed of achieving the impossible.

 


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Cover of A life in partsA life in parts
Author:  Cranston, Bryan, 1956- author.
Bryan Cranston landed his first role at seven, when his father cast him in a United Way commercial. Acting was clearly the boy's destiny, until one day his father disappeared. Destiny suddenly took a backseat to survival. Now Cranston maps his zigzag journey from abandoned son to beloved star by recalling the many odd parts he's played in real life: paperboy, farmhand, security guard, dating consultant, murder suspect, dock loader, lover, husband, father. Cranston also chronicles his evolution on camera, from soap opera player trying to master the rules of show business to character actor turning in classic performances as Seinfeld dentist Tim Whatley, 'a sadist with newer magazines, ' and Malcolm in the Middle dad Hal Wilkerson, a lovable bumbler in tighty-whities. He also gives an inspiring account of how he prepared, physically and mentally, for the challenging role of President Lyndon Johnson, a tour de force that won him a Tony to go along with his four Emmys. Of course, Cranston dives deep into the grittiest details of his greatest role, explaining how he searched inward for the personal darkness that would help him create one of the most memorable performances ever captured on screen: Walter White, chemistry teacher turned drug kingpin. Cranston has much to say about creativity, devotion, and craft, as well as innate talent and its challenges and benefits and proper maintenance. But ultimately A Life in Parts is a story about the joy, the necessity, and the transformative power of simple hard work.

 


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Cover of It's not okayIt's not okay
Author:  Dorfman, Andi, author.
Andi Dorfman, the beloved finalist of season eighteen of The Bachelor who infamously rejected Juan Pablo and went on to star on season ten of The Bachelorette, dishes about what it's like to live out a love story--and its collapse--in front of the cameras, offering hard-won advice for moving on after a break-up, public or not -- Provided by publisher.

 


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Cover of The princess diaristThe princess diarist
Author:  Fisher, Carrie, author.
When Carrie Fisher recently discovered the journals she had kept during the filming of the first Star Wars movie, she was astonished to see what they had preserved--plaintive love poems, unbridled musings with youthful naiveté, and a vulnerability that she barely recognized. Today her fame as an author, actress, and pop-culture icon is indisputable, but in 1976, Carrie Fisher was just a teenager with an all-consuming crush on her costar. With these excerpts from her handwritten notebooks, The Princess Diariest is Fisher's intimate and revealing recollection of what happened on one of the most famous film sets of all time--and what developed behind the scenes ... Fisher also ponders the joys and insanity of celebrity as well as the absurdity of a life spawned by Hollywood royalty whose lofty status has ultimately been surpassed by her own outer-space royalty. --Publisher description.

 


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Cover of Talking as fast as I can : from Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, (and everything in between)Talking as fast as I can : from Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, (and everything in between)
Author:  Graham, Lauren, 1967- author.
This book contains some stories from my life: the awkward growing-up years, the confusing dating years, the fulfilling work years, and what it was like to be asked to play one of my favorite characters again. Also included: tales of living on a houseboat, meeting guys at awards shows, and that time I was asked to be a butt model. A hint: all three made me seasick. -- Lauren Graham -- from back of dust jacket.

 


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Cover of Kathy Griffin's celebrity run-ins : (my A-Z index)Kathy Griffin's celebrity run-ins : (my A-Z index)
Author:  Griffin, Kathy, 1960- author.
An A-Z compendium of the celebrities comedian and TV personality Kathy Griffin has met over the years and the anecdotes only she can tell about them. Kathy Griffin’s Celebrity Run-Ins is Kathy’s funny, juicy index of all of the celebrities she has met during her many years in show business, bursting with never-before-told stories. Starting with Woody Allen and ending with Warren Zevon, Kathy Griffin’s Celebrity Run-Ins is a who’s who of pop culture: Leonardo DiCaprio, Nick Jonas, Kendall Jenner, Anna Kendrick, Lily Tomlin, Suge Knight, Barbra Streisand, Ashton Kutcher, Queen Latifah, Maria Shriver, Jared Leto, Selena Gomez, Meghan Trainor, Macklemore, Bruno Mars, Aaron Paul, Pink, Pitbull, Sia, Britney Spears, Taylor Swift, Christina Aguilera, and many more. Who would imagine that Kathy was an extra in a Michael Jackson commercial (guess which one)? That she and Salman Rushdie trade celebrity stories? That Donald Trump once drove Kathy and Liza Minelli around on a golf cart? That Sidney Poitier has a wicked sense of humor? That Demi Lovato has none? That David Letterman is still scared of Cher? That Channing Tatum is as polite as they come, and Tom Hanks might have the best perspective on fame of anyone? Kathy, that’s who. Kathy has met everyone, and after reading this book, you will feel as if you have, too.

 


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Cover of Buffering : unshared tales of a life fully loadedBuffering : unshared tales of a life fully loaded
Author:  Hart, Hannah, 1986- author.
The wildly popular YouTube personality and author of the New York Times bestseller My Drunk Kitchen is back! This time, she's stirring up memories and tales from her past. By combing through the journals that Hannah has kept for much of her life, this collection of narrative essays deliver a fuller picture of her life, her experiences, and the things she's figured out about family, faith, love, sexuality, self-worth, friendship and fame. Revealing what makes Hannah tick, this sometimes cringe-worthy, poignant collection of stories is sure to deliver plenty of Hannah's wit and wisdom, and hopefully encourage you to try your hand at her patented brand of reckless optimism. Personal note: Hello, my darlings! I am incredibly pleased to present BUFFERING: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded! As a big fan of memoirs, I wanted to try my hand at writing about the events of my life that deserve a little more consideration than can be accomplished in 140-characters or a 6-minute vlog. Now on the cusp of turning 30, I'm ready to expose some parts of my life that I haven't shared before. Before, it was all about privacy, process and time. And now the time has come! I'm ready to put myself out there, for you. I'm a little nervous about all these vulnerable words going into the world, these tales about my love life, the wrestling I've done with faith, how I feel about sex and my family and myself. I've had a lot of trials, a lot of errors, but also a lot of passion. Here's the thing -- I've always found comfort in the stories shared by others, so I hope my stories, now that I feel ready to tell them, will bring you some comfort too. And when you read this book please remember: Buffering is just the time it takes to process. Enjoy! Love, Hannah.

 


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Cover of Tippi : a memoirTippi : a memoir
Author:  Hedren, Tippi, author.
For decades, Tippi Hedren's luminous beauty enchanted moviegoers and cemented her among Hollywood's elite. From Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds to Roar, one of the most controversial movies ever made, Tippi Hedren has had few dull moments, and though stories about her have spread through gossip and tabloid headlines, she has never told the full tale of her astonishing life until now. Here, she details her rise from humble beginnings in Depression-era small-town Minnesota to becoming the matriarch of a Hollywood dynasty that includes her daughter, Melanie Griffith and her granddaughter Dakota Johnson. This extraordinary career started with a chance meeting that led to her early modeling career--first in department-store fashion shows, then working with Eileen Ford--and eventually to the commercial that caught the eye of legendary director Alfred Hitchcock. For the first time, Tippi shares the entire story of her complicated relationship with Hitchcock, the man who discovered her talent but also became her obsessive tormentor. Going behind the scenes of The Birds and Marnie, Tippi details the glamourous whirlwind that brought her to Hollywood as well as the dark pain she endured while working with Hitchcock, whose controlling behavior and attention quickly proved inescapable. Speaking candidly about being a single mother and shielding her daughter from her struggles on and off of Hitchcock's set, Tippi provides deep insight into the most challenging years of her life and demonstrates how, despite Hitchcock's threats to ruin her career, her uncompromising spirit finally gave her the courage to break free. Difficult as those experiences were, they nearly paled in comparison to her time on the set of Roar--a film starring dozens of live lions and tigers. Including details about the unbelievable making of the movie, Tippi describes how what began as a simple movie about big cats evolved into a sprawling, dangerous endeavor that consumed her career and often put lives, including hers and her family's, at risk. Tippi offer

 


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Cover of Audrey : the 50sAudrey : the 50s
Author:  Wills, David, 1969- author.
Devoted to her most influential decade, Audrey: The 50s brings together in one volume the allure and elegance that made Audrey Hepburn the most iconic figure in modern fashion history. Photographed during the early days of her career, both on the sets of Roman Holiday, Sabrina, Funny Face, and other classic films, and in fashion photo shoots by top photographers who adored and immortalised her, these beautiful black-and-white and color images radiate with Audrey's waifish charm, ethereal beauty, and effortless style. Renowned author, curator and photographic preservationist David Wills has carefully selected this collection of two hundred museum-quality photos that capture Audrey in her prime as never before.

 


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Author:  Kendrick, Anna, author.
Anna Kendrick Anna Kendrick's autobiographical collection of essays amusingly recounts memorable moments throughout her life, from her middle-class upbringing in New England to the blockbuster movies that have made her one of Hollywood's most popular actresses today. Expanding upon the witty and ironic dispatches for which she is known, Anna Kendrick's essays offer her one-of-a-kind commentary on the absurdities she's experienced on her way to and from the heart of pop culture.

 


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Author:  Knight, Tyler, author.
Burn My Shadow follows the adult film career of Tyler Knight, a black porn star who stars mainly in porn for couples. A star that breaks all stereotypes and barriers, Knight's story is one of race and sexuality that pushes the boundaries of what is thought of porn and porn stars. Tyler Knight is a one of a kind star, and this is his story. --Publisher description.

 


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Author:  Lowry, Kailyn, author.
As a small-town girl turned teen mom, reality TV star, bestselling author and social media celebrity Kailyn Lowry has been through some crazy ups and downs. Now she’s sharing the inspiration that got her through it all. Hustle and Heart is packed with inspiring motivational messages, personal advice and relatable experiences for those making their way through life’s challenging mix of joy and hardship. From bullying, sexual assault and body image to motherhood, marriage and career challenges, Kailyn wants you to know that there’s nothing you can’t survive - with a little bit of hustle and heart. --Publisher description.

 


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Cover of Four of the Three Musketeers : the Marx brothers on stageFour of the Three Musketeers : the Marx brothers on stage
Author:  Bader, Robert S., author.
Before film made them international comedy legends, Chico, Harpo, Groucho, Gummo, and Zeppo Marx developed their comic skills on stage for twenty-five years. Bader offers the first comprehensive history of the Marx Brother's hardscrabble early years honing their act in front of live audiences. From Groucho's debut in 1905 to their final live performances of scenes from A Night in Casablanca in 1945, Bader shows how their characters and routines evolved before their arrival in Hollywood, as well as illuminating the inner workings of the vaudeville business, especially during its peak in the 1920s.

 


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Cover of How I got into art school (and out of prison)How I got into art school (and out of prison)
Author:  Mclellan, William, author.
It's 1972. William is a creative boy in a dead-end job, his dream of becoming an artist fading fast. So when his best friend hatches a plan to fund a year's painting in Morocco, William leaps at the chance. The only problem is, first he has to get through Franco's fascist Spain with a suitcase of drugs. Like most things in William's life, the plan goes wrong and he is thrown into the notorious Modelo jail in Barcelona. Abandoned by friends and family, unable to speak the language, surrounded by hardened criminals, lost hippies and brutal prison guards and with no idea when, if ever, he will be released, he quickly spirals into despair. It is only when he begins to secretly draw his visions and nightmares that William starts to deal with his remorse and self-hatred. But it is the facing-up to long-repressed childhood memories of abuse, neglect and poverty that ultimately leads to his redemption ... and freedom. --Publisher's description.

 


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Author:  McSharry, Louise, author.
Louise McSharry's passion is to talk to young women (and the men who love them), about being a woman in the modern world. Drawing on her own 33 years of life, she writes about everything from surviving a messed up childhood, to crashing out of education and still making it, to figuring out sex, weight, feminism, make-up, friendship, workplace politics and a whole lot more. Though she has the raw material (the early death of her father and being taken into care at seven because of her mother's alcoholism) the last thing Louise wanted do was to write a misery memoir. She wasn't keen on writing a cancer survival story either (she went through treatment while planning her wedding...trying on white dresses while sweating and hairless - not a good look). So, though it has its sad moments, Fat Chance is honest, upbeat, irreverent and inspirational - just like a long chat with a best friend.

 


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Cover of Ah well, nobody's perfect : the untold storiesAh well, nobody's perfect : the untold stories
Author:  Meldrum, Molly, 1943- author.
Ah, Well, Nobody's Perfect is a funny, eye-opening, nostalgic, warm and utterly compelling collection of Molly's best stories and anecdotes from across his life. They feature everyone from Prince, Madonna, David Bowie and The Beatles to the St Kilda Football Club, the Melbourne Storm and the Australian cricket team. Few people have lived such a chaotic and colourful life as Molly and no-one tells a story better than him. Ian 'Molly' Meldrum was born in 1943. Described as 'the single most important person in the Australian pop industry for 40 years', he is best known as the host, talent co-ordinator, on-air interviewer and music news presenter on Countdown from 1974-1987. He has also worked as music critic, journalist, musical entrepreneur and record producer. He hosted the Australian leg of Live Aid in July 1985 and was subsequently made a Member of the Order of Australia. Molly lives in Richmond, Victoria. He is a passionate supporter of both the St Kilda Football Club and The Melbourne Storm NRL team.

 


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Cover of Born a crime : stories from a South African childhoodBorn a crime : stories from a South African childhood
Author:  Noah, Trevor, 1984- author.
Trevor Noah is the host of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, where he gleefully provides America with its nightly dose of serrated satire. He is a light-footed but cutting observer of the relentless absurdities of politics, nationalism and race -- and in particular the craziness of his own young life, which he's lived at the intersections of culture and history. In his first book, Noah tells his coming of age story with his larger-than-life mother during the last gasps of apartheid-era South Africa and the turbulent years that followed. Noah was born illegal -- the son of a white, Dutch father and a black Xhosa mother, who had to pretend to be his nanny or his father's servant in the brief moments when the family came together. His brilliantly eccentric mother loomed over his life -- a comically zealous Christian (they went to church six days a week and three times on Sunday), a savvy hustler who kept food on their table during rough times, and an aggressively involved, if often seriously misguided, parent who set Noah on his bumpy path to stardom. The stories Noah tells are sometimes dark, occasionally bizarre, frequently tender, and always hilarious -- whether he's subsisting on caterpillars during months of extreme poverty or making comically pitiful attempts at teenage romance in a colour-obsessed world whether he's being thrown into jail as the hapless fall guy for a crime he didn't commit or being thrown by his mother from a speeding car driven by murderous gangsters.

 


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Cover of Rekha : the untold storyRekha : the untold story
Author:  Usman, Yasser, author.
Unloved by her father, and pushed into Bollywood by her mother's gambling habit, Rekha, a plump and dark-skinned fourteen year old, rose to become the most glamorous sex symbol of the film industry. A racy page-turner on the reclusive star, this book tells the truth about her relationship with the reigning superstar of the time, her many other love affairs, the shocking suicide of her husband, and her curious relationship with her androgynous secretary Farzana.

 


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Author:  Bennetts, Leslie.
Joan Rivers was more than a legendary comedian she was an icon and a role model to millions, a fearless pioneer who left a legacy of expanded opportunity when she died in 2014. Her life was a dramatic roller-coaster of triumphant highs and devastating lows: the suicide of her husband, her feud with Johnny Carson, her estrangement from her daughter, her many plastic surgeries, her ferocious ambition and her massive insecurities. But Rivers' career was also hugely significant in American cultural history, breaking down barriers for her gender and pushing the boundaries of truth-telling for women in public life. A juicy, intimate biography of one of the greatest comedians ever-a performer whose sixty year career was borne, simply, out of a desire to make people laugh so she could feel loved. --Amazon.com.

 


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Author:  Segaloff, Nat.
How do the most glamorous people in Hollywood behave when they're not in Hollywood? They run the gamut, and Nat Segaloff followed them for twenty-five years. He started in the staid and stuffy--but also politically tinged and rapidly evolving--city of Boston, then picked up the trail in Los Angeles. In Screen Saver: Private Stories of Public Hollywood, he writes about the celebrities he worked with when they thought they were out of the public eye. Read about why the job of film critic is one of the most dangerous in journalism how Deep Throat almost got un-banned in Boston pointers on how to lie, cheat, and steal in Hollywood what really happens on those glitzy Hollywood press junkets Hollywood in transition during the last great age of American cinema. These are the scoops about the bad, the beautiful, the boring, and the blessed as seen by the publicist who kept them out of the papers and then became the reporter who put them back in. --Publisher description.

 


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Cover of Studs Terkel : politics, culture, but mostly conversationStuds Terkel : politics, culture, but mostly conversation
Author:  Wieder, Alan, 1949- author.
Studs Terkel was an American icon who had no use for America's cult of celebrity. He was a leftist who valued human beings over political dogma. In scores of books and thousands of radio and television broadcasts, Studs paid attention - and respect - to ordinary human beings of all classes and colours, as they talked about their lives as workers, dreamers, survivors. Alan Wieder's Studs Terkel: Politics, Culture, But Mostly Conversation is the first comprehensive book about this man. Drawing from over fifty interviews of people who knew and worked with Studs, Alan Wieder creates a multi-dimensional portrait of a run-of-the-mill guy from Chicago who, in public life, became an acclaimed author and raconteur, while managing, in his private life, to remain a mensch. We see Studs, the eminent oral historian, the inveterate and selfless supporter of radical causes, especially civil rights. We see the actor, the writer, the radio host, the jazz lover, whose early work in television earned him a notorious place on the McCarthy blacklist. We also see Studs the family man and devoted husband to his adored wife, Ida.

 


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Author:  Timlin, Scotty.
In Geordie Shore star Scitty T's first ever book, we hear the tearaway 'Toon's exclusive, behind-the-scenes account of the MTV show. If you thought Scotty T's outrageous behaviour on Geordie Shore was just for the cameras, think again. Long before starring in the show, Scotty was living life to the fullest and getting up to all sorts. In this hilarious page turner, Scotty T will not only let slip scandalous secrets from Geordie Shore, Ex on the Beach and Celebrity Big Brother, but will open up about his antics when the cameras stop rolling. But it's not all sex, fights and getting mortal! Scotty also reveals a surprisingly softer side and opens up about living with ADHD, coping with the breakdown of his parents’ marriage and picking up the pieces after the loss of a loved one. The rascal also reflects on the lasses who have tried and failed to tame his heart and introduces us to the love of his life who has been living in the shadows all this time. And if all that wasn't enough, Scotty explains why he loves maths so much, what it was like to join the Neighbours cast, plus finally admits what he really thinks about his castmates, why he was nearly kicked off the show by producers and what life has in store for him after Geordie Shore. --Publisher description.

 


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Cover of I loved her in the movies : memories of Hollywood's legendary actressesI loved her in the movies : memories of Hollywood's legendary actresses
Author:  Wagner, Robert, 1930- author.
In a career that has spanned more than sixty years Robert Wagner has witnessed the twilight of the Golden Age of Hollywood and the rise of television, becoming a beloved star in both media. During that time he became acquainted, both professionally and socially, with the remarkable women who were the greatest screen personalities of their day. I Loved Her in the Movies is his intimate and revealing account of the charisma of these women on film, why they became stars, and how their specific emotional and dramatic chemistries affected the choices they made as actresses as well as the choices they made as women. Among Wagner's subjects are Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Marilyn Monroe, Gloria Swanson, Norma Shearer, Loretta Young, Joan Blondell, Irene Dunne, Rosalind Russell, Dorothy Lamour, Debra Paget, Jean Peters, Linda Darnell, Betty Hutton, Raquel Welch, Glenn Close, and the two women whom he ultimately married, Natalie Wood and Jill St. John. In addition to offering perceptive commentary on these actresses, Wagner also examines such topics as the strange alchemy of the camera--how it can transform the attractive into the stunning--and how the introduction of color brought a new erotic charge to movies, one that empowered these actresses to become aggressively sexual beings in a way that black-and-white films had only hinted at. This book is a privileged view behind the scenes at some of the most beloved women in show business, as well as an insightful look at the cinematic and romantic attraction that created their magic. -- Jacket.

 


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Cover of Spartacus and me : life, love and everything in betweenSpartacus and me : life, love and everything in between
Author:  Whitfield, Vashti, author.
A poignant and searingly honest memoir about love and life with Andy Whitfield. When you meet the love of your life, the one person you want to spend the rest of your days with, what do you do when they're ripped away? Vashti and Andy Whitfield fitted together like the missing pieces of a perfect jigsaw. From the moment they met, they were inseparable. Vashti inspired Andy to fight fearlessly to achieve whatever he dreamed, and he gave her a love so deep that they both knew their life together would be nothing less than extraordinary. When Andy was talent-spotted on a Sydney beach, life changed forever. The shy engineer found his calling as an actor, landing the lead role in the hit Hollywood TV series Spartacus, while Vashti achieved her own dream, becoming a highly sought after executive coach. The arrival of their two beautiful children made their world complete. But then Andy was diagnosed with cancer. Miraculously he recovered and went back to his starring role...But as Andy fought gladiators in the ring, the cancer was waging its own war inside his body, and this time it wasn't going to be beaten. Despite the shocking inevitability of his illness, Andy and Vashti were determined to leave a meaningful legacy, and bravely chose to share their journey to the end in the award-winning documentary Be Here Now. Now Vashti has rebuilt her life, and in this honest, heartfelt and at times hilariously moving story, she tells of life, love and overcoming loss - and the legacy we can all leave behind.

 


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Cover of Where am I now? : true stories of girlhood and accidental fameWhere am I now? : true stories of girlhood and accidental fame
Author:  Wilson, Mara, author.
A former child actress best known for her starring roles in Matilda and Mrs. Doubtfire, Mara Wilson has always felt a little young and out of place: as the only kid on a film set full of adults, the first daughter in a house full of boys, a Valley girl in New York and a neurotic in California, and a grown-up the world still remembers as a little girl. Tackling everything from what she learned about sex on the set of Melrose Place, to discovering in adolescence that she was no longer 'cute' enough for Hollywood, these essays chart her journey from accidental fame to relative (but happy) obscurity. They also illuminate universal struggles, like navigating love and loss, and figuring out who you are and where you belong. Honest, insightful, and hilarious, Where Am I Now? introduces Mara Wilson as a brilliant new chronicler of the experience that is growing up young and female -- Provided by publisher.

 


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Cover of Antonin ArtaudAntonin Artaud
Author:  Shafer, David A., 1958- author.
Poet. Actor. Matinee idol. Playwright. Theatre theoretician. Artist. Orientalist. Surrelaist. Asylum inmate. Drug addict. Electroshock patient. Antonin Artaud. This biography, exploring the life of one of the twentieth century's most enigmatic personalities and idiosyncratic thinkers, reveals the artist's navigation through the first half of the century, in the company of France's most influential cultural figures. However, Artaud's own existential journey was a lonely and largely isolated one, an existential elipsis. --Back cover.

 


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Cover of Keeping on keeping onKeeping on keeping on
Author:  Bennett, Alan, 1934- author.
Alan Bennett's third collection of prose Keeping On Keeping On follows in the footsteps of the phenomenally successful Writing Home and Untold Stories, each published ten years apart. This latest collection contains Bennett's peerless diaries 2005 to 2015, reflecting on a decade that saw four premieres at the National Theatre (The Habit of Art, People, Hymn and Cocktail Sticks), a West End double-bill transfer, and the films of The History Boys and The Lady in the Van. There's a provocative sermon on private education given before the University at King's College Chapel, Cambridge, and 'Baffled at a Bookcase' offers a passionate defence of the public library. The book includes Denmark Hill, a darkly comic radio play set in suburban south London, as well as Bennett's reflections on a quarter of a century's collaboration with Nicholas Hytner. This is an engaging, humane, sharp, funny and unforgettable record of life according to the inimitable Alan Bennett.

 


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Author:  Callaghan, Mary Rose, author.
The Deep End is the coming-of-age memoir of Irish author Mary Rose Callaghan. Here Callaghan closely examines her relationship with her mother-which endured through economic hardship, and her mother's descent into mental illness and alcoholism-in addition to Mary Rose's own difficult childhood and later triumphs as a writer. -- Provided by publisher.

 


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Author:  Gordon, Edmund, author.
Angela Carter is widely acknowledged as one of the most important and beguiling writers of the last century. Her work stands out for its bawdiness and linguistic zest, its hospitality to the fantastic and the absurd, and its extraordinary inventiveness and range. Her life was as modern and as unconventional as anything in her fiction. Born Angela Olive Stalker in Eastbourne in 1940, her story spans the latter half of the twentieth century. After escaping an oppressive childhood and a difficult early marriage, the success of her first novels enable the freedoms of travel -- journeying across America in a Greyhound bus, and then on to Tokyo, where she lived for three transformative years -- before settling in London to write her last, great novels, amid the joys of late motherhood and prestigious teaching posts abroad. By the time of her tragic and untimely death at the age of fifty-one, she was firmly established as an iconoclastic writer whose fearlessly original work had reinvigorated the literary landscape and inspired a new generation.

 


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Cover of The hate race : a memoirThe hate race : a memoir
Author:  Clarke, Maxine Beneba, author.
'Against anything I had ever been told was possible, I was turning white. On the surface of my skin, a miracle was quietly brewing ...' Suburban Australia. Sweltering heat. Three bedroom blonde-brick. Family of five. Beat-up Ford Falcon. Vegemite on toast. Maxine Beneba Clarke's life is just like all the other Aussie kids on her street. Except for this one, glaring, inescapably obvious thing. From one of Australia's most exciting writers comes The Hate Race: a powerful, funny, and at times devastating memoir about growing up black in white middle-class Australia.

 


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Author:  Coyote, Ivan E. (Ivan Elizabeth), 1969- author.
Ivan Coyote is a celebrated storyteller and the author of ten previous books, including Gender Failure (with Rae Spoon) and One in Every Crowd, a collection for LGBT youth. Tomboy Survival Guide is a funny and moving memoir told in stories, in which Ivan recounts the pleasures and difficulties of growing up a tomboy in Canada's Yukon, and how they learned to embrace their tomboy past while carving out a space for those of us who don't fit neatly into boxes or identities or labels. Ivan writes movingly about many firsts: the first time they were mistaken for a boy the first time they purposely discarded their bikini top so they could join the boys at the local swimming pool and the first time they were chastised for using the women's washroom. Ivan also explores their years as a young butch, dealing with new infatuations and old baggage, and life as a gender-box-defying adult, in which they offer advice to young people while seeking guidance from others. (And for tomboys in training, there are even directions on building your very own unicorn trap.) Tomboy Survival Guide warmly recounts Ivan's adventures and mishaps as a diffident yet free-spirited tomboy, and maps their journey through treacherous gender landscapes and a maze of labels that don't quite stick, to a place of self-acceptance and an authentic and personal strength. These heartfelt, funny, and moving stories are about the culture of difference-a guide to being true to one's self.

 


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Cover of Roald Dahl's marvellous medicineRoald Dahl's marvellous medicine
Author:  Solomon, Tom, author.
Most people know Roald Dahl as a famous author of children's books and adult short stories, but few are aware of his fascination with medicine. Right from his earliest days to the end of his life, Dahl was intrigued by what doctors do, and why they do it. During his lifetime, he and his family suffered some terrible medical tragedies but he also had some medical triumphs, including inventing a device to help treat his son's hydrocephalus and helping teach his wife to talk again after a stroke. In this unique book, Professor Tom Solomon, who looked after Dahl towards the end of his life, examines Dahl's fascination with medicine. Taking examples from Dahl's life, and illustrated with excerpts from his writing, the book uses Dahl's medical interactions as a starting point to explore some extraordinary areas of medical science.

 


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Author:  D'Offizi, Mario, author.
Bless Me Father is the true story of an incredible South African life. Born into a violent and broken family, and growing up in a variety of institutions, Cape Town based poet and writer Mario d'Offizi tells his remarkable, often shocking and ultimately inspiring life adventure - one that spans several decades in a country undergoing radical change. From his tough days at Boys Town to wild years in the advertising world, a stint in the restaurant business and a sharp edged journalistic adventure in the DRC, d'Offizi tells his critically acclaimed story with the unfailing sensitivity and warmth of a true poet.

 


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Author:  Duncan, Susan (Susan Elizabeth), author.
In The House on the Hill, Susan Duncan reaches an age where there's no point in sweating long-term ramifications. There aren't any. This new understanding delivers an unexpected bonus - the emotional freedom and moral clarity to admit to hidden and often fiendish facts of ageing and, ultimately, the find ways to embrace them. This, in turn, unleashes an overwhelming desire to confront her intractable 95-year-old mother with the dreadful secrets of the past before it is too late, no matter the consequences. It is the not-knowing, she says, that does untold damage. Interwoven with stories from the land - building a sustainable eco-house on the mid-coast of New South Wales with her engineer husband, Bob, and grappling with white-eyed roans, dogs, bawling cattle markets, droughts and flooding rains, not to mention blunt-speaking locals - this is a book about a mother and daughter coming to terms, however uneasy, with the awful forces that shaped their relationship. As the inconsistencies of age slow her down, Susan Duncan writes with honesty about discovery and forgiveness, and what it takes to rework shrinking boundaries into a new and rich life.

 


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Author:  Winock, Michel, author.
Michel Winock situates Flaubert in France's century of great democratic transition. Wary of the masses, Flaubert rejected universal suffrage, but above all he hated the vulgar, ignorant bourgeoisie, a class that embodied every vice of the democratic age. His loathing became a fixation--and a source of literary inspiration.-- Provided by publisher

 


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Cover of Ian Fleming : a personal memoirIan Fleming : a personal memoir
Author:  Harling, Robert, author.
This is Robert Harling's account of his close and enduring friendship with one of the twentieth century's most iconic writers, a relationship forged in the Second World War that helped define the lives of both men. Their paths met in the early 1940s upon the creation of 30 Assault Unit, a British Commando unit Fleming founded and ran. 'Fleming's Secret Navy', as it was known, was formed to work on the front line to capture enemy equipment, intelligence and codebooks before these could be destroyed. While Fleming was based in London, Harling, his second-in-command, operated on the front line. The war made the men fast friends, and Fleming would later write Harling into his Bond novels Thunderball and The Spy Who Loved Me, as well as leaving him money in his will. In this extraordinary memoir, which the author stipulated should not be published before his death and which features a cast of characters from General Patton to Noel Coward, Evelyn Waugh and John Betjeman, Harling brings a unique and authoritative perspective to a compelling subject, immeasurably enhancing our understanding of both Ian Fleming and the character and world of James Bond.

 


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Author:  Flynn, Nick, 1960- author.
Nick Flynn met his father when he was twenty-seven years old, working as a caseworker in a homeless shelter in Boston. As a teenager he'd received letters from this stranger father, a self-proclaimed poet and con man doing time in Federal prison for bank robbery. Nick, his own life precariously unsettled (his mother committed suicide when he was in his late teens), was living alternatively in a ramshackle boat and in a warehouse that was once a strip joint. Another Bullshit Night in Suck City (a phrase Flynn senior uses to describe his life on the streets) tells the story of two lives, the story of Nick's boyhood in Scituate, Massachusetts, with his brother and young mother who struggled to keep the family together and the story of his larger-than-life father who refused to play by the rules, and the eerie trajectory that led Nick and his father into that homeless shelter, onto those streets, and finally to each other. ... --Back cover.

 


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Cover of By the waters of LiverpoolBy the waters of Liverpool
Author:  Forrester, Helen.
The third volume in the classic story of Helen Forrester’s childhood and adolescence in poverty-stricken Liverpool during the 1930s. Helen Forrester continues the moving story of her early poverty-stricken life with an account of her teenage years and the devastating effect of the Second World War on her hometown of Liverpool. At seventeen, Helen Forrester's parents are still as irresponsible as ever, wasting money while their children still lack adequate food and clothing. But for Helen, having won a small measure of independence, things are looking up. Having educated herself at night school and now making friends in her first proper job, she meets a handsome seaman and falls in love for the first time. But the storm clouds of war are gathering and Helen will experience at first hand the horror of the blitz and the terrible toll that the war exacted on ordinary people. As ever, Helen faces the future with courage and determination. --Publisher description.

 


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Author:  Forrester, Helen.
The fourth and final part of Helen Forrester’s bestselling autobiography continues the moving story of her early poverty-stricken life with an account of the war years in Blitz-torn Liverpool. In 1940 Helen, now twenty, is working long hours at a welfare centre in Bootle, five miles from home. Her wages are pitifully low and her mother claims the whole of them for housekeeping but she is still thrilled to be working and gaining some independence. The Second World War is affecting every part of the country and Hitler’s Luftwaffe nightly seek to wreck havoc on her home city of Liverpool. Then, tragedy is brought shockingly close to home and Helen is left reeling when she receives some terrible news. But there is no let-up in the bombing and the Germans seem determined to bring the country to its knees. When a move brings more trouble for Helen, she is determined that she will face it, as ever, with courage and determination. --Publisher description.

 


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Cover of Talking to strangers : and other ways of being humanTalking to strangers : and other ways of being human
Author:  Harding, Michael P., 1953- author.
'It's always a bad idea to go online and book a flight when you've had too much wine. You never know where you might end up.' This was how Michael Harding found himself in a strange flat in Bucharest in January 2015, which set the tone for the rest of the year. After a stint in the Gaiety Theatre production of The Field, Harding returned to the tranquil hills above Lough Allen and began to imagine what his little cottage might look like if he got a few builders to tear a hole in the wall to add on another room. Surely an extension would give him a renewed sense of purpose in life, as he approached old age. But as the walls of his home crumbled, so too did his mental health, and he fell, once again, into depression -- that great darkness where life feels like nothing more than a waste of time. And yet, it is in that great darkness that we discover what really makes us human. Talking to Strangers is a book about love, about the stories we share with others, and the stories we leave behind us.

 


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Author:  Hilton-Barber, Bridget, author.
When Bridget Hilton-Barber got on a train to Grahamstown in 1982 to study journalism at Rhodes University, she had no idea of the brutal drama that would unfold. A rebellious young woman, she became politically involved in anti-apartheid organisations and was caught up in the massive resistance and repression sweeping the Eastern Cape at the time. She ended up spending three months in detention without trial. After her release, she discovered that she had been betrayed by one of her best friends, Olivia Forsyth, who was a spy for the South African security police. Thirty years later, a horrific flashback triggers Bridget's journey back to the Eastern Cape to see if she can forgive her betrayer and finally let go of the extraordinary violence she encountered in the final days of apartheid.

 


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Cover of Elizabeth Jane Howard : a dangerous innocenceElizabeth Jane Howard : a dangerous innocence
Author:  Cooper, Artemis, 1953- author.
Elizabeth Jane Howard (1923-2014) wrote brilliant novels about what love can do to people, but in her own life the lasting relationship she sought so ardently always eluded her. She grew up yearning to be an actress but when that ambition was thwarted by marriage and the war, she turned to fiction. Her first novel, The Beautiful Visit, won the John Llewellyn Rhys prize - she went on to write fourteen more, of which the best-loved were the five volumes of The Cazalet Chronicle. Following her divorce from her first husband, the celebrated naturalist Peter Scott, Jane embarked on a string of high-profile affairs with Cecil Day-Lewis, Arthur Koestler and Laurie Lee, which turned her into a literary femme fatale. Yet the image of a sophisticated woman hid a romantic innocence which clouded her emotional judgement. She was nearing the end of a disastrous second marriage when she met Kingsley Amis, and for a few years they were a brilliant and glamorous couple - until that marriage too disintegrated. She settled in Suffolk where she wrote and entertained friends, but her turbulent love life was not over yet. In her early seventies Jane fell for a conman. His unmasking was the final disillusion, and inspired one of her most powerful novels, Falling. Artemis Cooper interviewed Jane several times in Suffolk. She also talked extensively to her family, friends and contemporaries, and had access to all her papers. Her biography explores a woman trying to make sense of her life through her writing, as well as illuminating the literary world in which she lived.

 


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Cover of Shirley Jackson : a rather haunted lifeShirley Jackson : a rather haunted life
Author:  Franklin, Ruth, author.
Still known to millions only as the author of the The Lottery, Shirley Jackson (1916-1965) remains curiously absent from the American literary canon. A genius of literary suspense, Jackson plumbed the cultural anxiety of postwar America better than anyone. Now, biographer Ruth Franklin reveals the tumultuous life and inner darkness of the author behind such classics as The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle. Placing Jackson within an American Gothic tradition of Hawthorne and Poe, Franklin demonstrates how her unique contribution to this genre came from her focus on domestic horror drawn from an era hostile to women. Based on a wealth of previously undiscovered correspondence and dozens of new interviews, Shirley Jackson, with its exploration of astonishing talent shaped by a damaged childhood and a troubled marriage to literary critic Stanley Hyman, becomes the definitive biography of a generational avatar and an American literary giant. -- Provided by publisher.

 


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Author:  Kaz, Donna, author.
The extraordinary account of finding empowerment in becoming one of the famous Guerrilla Girls in the mid-nineties.

 


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Cover of A world gone mad : the diaries of Astrid Lindgren, 1939-45A world gone mad : the diaries of Astrid Lindgren, 1939-45
Author:  Lindgren, Astrid, 1907-2002, author.
As one of the world's most famous children's writers, Astrid Lindgren championed the qualities of courage, hope, love and resistance. Her preoccupation with these qualities was already in evidence in the diaries she kept during the Second World War, long before she achieved her fame. Her diary, published now for the first time in English, provides a fascinating insight into a Europe poisoned by fascism, racism and violence, from the point of view of not only an employee of the Swedish Mail Censorship Office, but also of a wife, mother and budding writer living in a formally neutral country. In them, she asks questions which are as keenly and distressingly important today as they were in 1939-45: What is Good, what is Evil? What do we do, when jingoism and racism determine the thoughts and actions of humans? How can we, as individuals, take a stand against such malevolent forces? Alongside the day's political events, Lindgren's intelligent and perceptive diaries include charming and moving descriptions of her domestic life, as well as of her first writing attempts. It was during this terrible period that she composed Pippi Longstocking, one of the most famous, enduring and widely translated children's books of the twentieth century.

 


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Cover of Looking for Betty MacDonald : the egg, the plague, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, and ILooking for Betty MacDonald : the egg, the plague, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, and I
Author:  Becker, Paula (Paula J.), author.
Betty Bard MacDonald (1907-1958), the best-selling author of The Egg and I and the classic Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle children's books, burst onto the literary scene shortly after the end of World War II. Readers embraced her memoir of her years as a young bride operating a chicken ranch on Washington's Olympic Peninsula, and The Egg and I sold its first million copies in less than a year. The public was drawn to MacDonald's vivacity, her offbeat humor, and her irreverent take on life. In 1947, the book was made into a movie starring Fred MacMurray and Claudette Colbert, and spawned a series of films featuring her Ma and Pa Kettle characters. MacDonald followed up the success of The Egg and I with the creation of Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, a magical woman who cures children of their bad habits, and with three additional memoirs: The Plague and I (chronicling her time in a tuberculosis sanitarium just outside Seattle), Anybody Can Do Anything (recounting her madcap attempts to find work during the Great Depression), and Onions in the Stew (about her life raising two teenage daughters on Vashon Island). Paula Becker was granted full access to Betty MacDonald's archives, including materials never before seen by any researcher. Looking for Betty MacDonald, the first biography of this endearing Northwest storyteller, reveals the story behind the memoirs and the difference between the real Betty MacDonald and her literary persona. -- Provided by publisher.

 


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Cover of Cursed legacy : the tragic life of Klaus MannCursed legacy : the tragic life of Klaus Mann
Author:  Spotts, Frederic, author.
Son of the famous Thomas Mann, homosexual, drug-addicted, and forced to flee from his fatherland, the gifted writer Klaus Mann's comparatively short life was as artistically productive as it was devastatingly dislocated. Best-known today as the author of Mephisto, the literary enfant terrible of the Weimar era produced seven novels, a dozen plays, four biographies, and three autobiographies-among them the first works in Germany to tackle gay issues-amidst a prodigious artistic output. He was among the first to take up his pen against the Nazis, as a reward for which he was blacklisted and denounced as a dangerous half-Jew, his books burnt in public squares around Germany, and his citizenship revoked. Having served with the U.S. military in Italy, he was nevertheless undone by anti-Communist fanatics in Cold War-era America and Germany, dying in France (though not, as all other books contend, by his own hand) at age forty-two. Powerful, revealing, and compulsively readable, this first English-language biography of Klaus Mann charts the effects of reactionary politics on art and literature and tells the moving story of a supreme talent destroyed by personal circumstance and the seismic events of the twentieth century.

 


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Cover of We were the future : a memoir of the kibbutzWe were the future : a memoir of the kibbutz
Author:  Neeman, Yael, author.
The kibbutz is one of the greatest stories in Israeli history. These collective settlements have been written about extensively over the years: The kibbutz has been the subject of many sociological studies, and has been praised as the only example in world history of entire communities attempting, voluntarily, to live in total equality. But there's a dark side to the kibbutz, which has been criticized in later years, mainly by children who were raised in these communities, as an institution which victimized its offspring for the sake of ideology. In this spare and lucid memoir, Neeman--a child of the kibbutz--draws on the collective memory of hundreds of thousands of Israelis who grew up in a kibbutz during their height and who intimately share their memories with her. We Were the Future is more than merely a compelling personal account of growing up in the kibbutz movement it is an unstintingly honest examination of the perils of pioneering and a new lens through which to see the history of Israel.

 


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Cover of The Némirovsky question : the life, death, and legacy of a Jewish writer in twentieth-century FranceThe Némirovsky question : the life, death, and legacy of a Jewish writer in twentieth-century France
Author:  Suleiman, Susan Rubin, 1939- author.
Irene Nemirovsky succeeded in creating a brilliant career as a novelist in the 1930s, only to have her life cut short: a foreign Jew in France, she was deported in 1942 and died in Auschwitz. But her two young daughters survived, and as adults they brought their mother back to life. In 2004, Suite francaise, Nemirovsky's posthumous novel, became an international best seller some critics, however, condemned her as a self-hating Jew whose earlier works were rife with anti-Semitic stereotypes. Informed by personal interviews with Nemirovsky's descendants and others, as well as by extensive archival research, this wide-ranging intellectual biography situates Nemirovsky in the literary and political climate of interwar France and recounts, for the first time, the postwar lives of her daughters. Nemirovsky's Jewish works, Suleiman argues, should be read as explorations of the conflicted identities that shaped the lives of secular Jews in twentieth-century Europe and beyond.

 


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Cover of Birth of a dream weaver : a writer's awakeningBirth of a dream weaver : a writer's awakening
Author:  Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo, 1938- author.
Birth of a Dream Weaver charts the very beginnings of a writer's creative output. In this wonderful memoir, Kenyan writer Ngugi wa Thiong'o recounts the four years he spent in Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda - threshold years where he found his voice as a playwright, journalist and novelist, just as Uganda, Kenya, Congo and other countries were in the final throes of their independence struggles. James Nguigii, as he was known then, is haunted by the emergency period of the previous decade in Kenya, when his friends and relatives were killed during the Mau Mau Rebellion. He is also haunted by the experience of his childhood in a polygamous family and the brave break his mother made from his father's home. Accompanied by these ghosts, Ngugi begins to weave stories from the fibres of memory, history and a shockingly vibrant and turbulent present. What unfolds in this moving and thought-provoking memoir is both the birth of one of the most important living writers and the death of one of the most violent episodes in global history.

 


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Cover of Die Bibel  : old & new testaments mit proverbs 1 & II + acts + psalmsDie Bibel : old & new testaments mit proverbs 1 & II + acts + psalms
Author:  O'Leary, Michael, 1950- author.
In 1998 the Oxford Companion to New Zealand Literature described Michael O'Leary, the Earl of Seacliff, as a publisher, poet, novelist, performer and bookshop proprietor who has made a colourful contribution to the literary scene. Under his Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop imprint he has published his own prolific output as well as various other writers, both alternative and main-stream. The Companion noted that Michael's poetry and novels explore his heritage, the poetry more conventionally, the prose in an alternative vein which owes something to Joyce and Beckett . Since that time Michael has completed masters and doctoral studies in New Zealand publishing and literature at Victoria University, and has continued to write, publish and sell books from his seaside earldom at Paekakariki. Throughout Die Bibel he often uses his poems to express his thoughts and feelings, and to pay tribute to extraordinary people and events in his life. One of many highlights is Psalm 34, 'It's not the leaving of Wellington', an odyssey around the capital city. Die Bibel is the lively, candid journey of a man who has lived a singular life in Aotearoa New Zealand and has made an indelible contribution to its literature. --Back cover.

 


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Cover of Outlandish knight : the Byzantine life of Steven RuncimanOutlandish knight : the Byzantine life of Steven Runciman
Author:  Dinshaw, Minoo, author.
In his enormously long life (he was born in 1903 and died in 2000), Steven Runciman managed not just to be a great historian of the Crusades and Byzantium, but Grand Orator of the Orthodox Church, a member of the Order of Whirling Dervishes, Greek Astronomer Royal and Laird of Eigg. His friendships, curiosities and plottings entangled him in a huge array of different artistic movements, civil wars, Cold War betrayals and, above all, the rediscovery of the history of the Eastern Mediterranean. He was as happy living in a remote part of the Inner Hebrides as in the heart of Istanbul. He was obsessed with historical truth, but also with tarot, second sight, ghosts and the uncanny. Outlandish Knight is a dazzling debut by a writer who has prodigious gifts, but who also has had the ability to spot one of the great biographical subjects. This is an extremely funny book about a man who attracted the strangest experiences, but also a very serious one: about the rigours of a life spent both in the distant past and in the harsh world of the twentieth century in which so much of what he studied and cherished across the Balkans and Asia Minor was subjected to rapid and often catastrophic change.

 


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Cover of Portrait of a marriage : [Vita Sackville - West & Harold Nicolson]Portrait of a marriage : [Vita Sackville - West & Harold Nicolson]
Author:  Nicolson, Nigel.
Vita Sackville-West, novelist, poet, and biographer, is best known as the friend of Virginia Woolf, who transformed her into an androgynous time-traveler in Orlando. The story of her love affair with Violet Keppel Trefusis in 1920 is one of intrigue and bewilderment. In Portrait of a Marriage, Nigel Nicolson combines his mother's vivid memoir of escapade with what he learned from copious family letters and explains the context of this romantic crisis. He also describes how Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson went on to live the rest of their lives in harmonious marriage.

 


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Cover of Poum and Alexandre : a Paris memoirPoum and Alexandre : a Paris memoir
Author:  Saint Phalle, Catherine de, 1956- author.
This is the story of two flawed eccentrics. Everything they do subverts their firm intention of keeping up appearances. They meet just after the war in liberated Paris but they cannot quite free themselves from the many strings attached to them - the old aunts, the sisters, the cousins, the nuns and the ominous concierges who dog their footsteps. Alexandre is a banker and a Resistant and lives in a world of numbers and Roman emperors. Poum resides in the Odyssey and in her bed, hiding from the mysterious disapproval of their relatives, for they both seem to persist in some irreparable faux pas which has them wading through a lifetime pickle. Their daughter, Catherine, would like to help but she seems to be part of the problem. This is no ordinary childhood, and Catherine de Saint Phalle's acceptance of her parents, despite their flaws, shines through, propelling us head first into their strange, yet beautiful, Parisian world. Poum and Alexandre is a searingly honest, humorous and moving elegy to family and place, and a meditation on the ways they ultimately define us. 'A memoir of a very gifted writer's unusual parents, woven from myth, history, and family lore. --Publisher description.

 


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Cover of A room in AthensA room in Athens
Author:  Santamaria, Frances Karlen, author.
First published in 1970, A Room in Athens is the remarkable journey of a free-spirited. young American woman abroad in Greece with her writer husband in 1964. Inspired by the sixties' vogue for the exuberant land of Zorba and Lawrence Durrell, they seek an Aegean idyll- but their plans threaten to go awry when she learns she is pregnant. Settling in Athens, she gives birth to a boy at the country's only natural childbirth clinic, an underground refuge ruled by a mysterious Madame Kladaki. Afterward, alone with her infant in Athens, she records the challenges and joys of a new mother in a strange land with a captivating mixture of humour, introspection, and candor..

 


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Cover of Nobody rich or famous : a family memoirNobody rich or famous : a family memoir
Author:  Shelton, Richard, 1933- author.
Nobody Rich or Famous is a literary memoir about family and place. Shelton travels to his childhood home in rural Idaho to connect with his past and discover his family history. The manuscript touches upon family dynamics, death and mortality, alcoholism, abusive relationships, and life in the rural and urban West. The book simultaneously exposes the conflicts within Shelton's family while illustrating life in Great Basin during the first half of the 20th century.

 


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Cover of Jonathan Swift : the reluctant rebelJonathan Swift : the reluctant rebel
Author:  Stubbs, John, 1977- author.
Jonathan Swift was a man of contradictions: a man who satirized the powerful but aspired to political greatness, who mocked men's vanity but held himself in high esteem, a religious moralizer famed for his malice - a man sharply aware of humanity's flaws, but no less susceptible to them. As with his acclaimed biography of John Donne, John Stubbs paints a vivid portrait of an extraordinary man and a turbulent period of English and Irish history.

 


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Cover of J. R. R. Tolkien : a biographyJ. R. R. Tolkien : a biography
Author:  Carpenter, Humphrey.
The authorized biography of the creator of Middle-earth. In the decades since his death in September 1973, millions have read The Hobbit, The Lord Of The Rings, and The Silmarillion and become fascinated about the very private man behind the books. Born in South Africa in January 1892, John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was orphaned in childhood and brought up in near-poverty. He served in the first World War, surviving the Battle of the Somme, where he lost many of the closest friends he'd ever had. After the war he returned to the academic life, achieving high repute as a scholar and university teacher, eventually becoming Merton Professor of English at Oxford where he was a close friend of C.S. Lewis and the other writers known as The Inklings. Then suddenly his life changed dramatically. One day while grading essay papers he found himself writing 'In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit' -- and worldwide renown awaited him. Humphrey Carpenter was given unrestricted access to all Tolkien's papers, and interviewed his friends and family. From these sources he follows the long and painful process of creation that produced The Lord Of The Rings and The Silmarillion and offers a wealth of information about the life and work of the twentieth century's most cherished author.

 


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Cover of Down the dirt roads : a memoir of love, loss and the landDown the dirt roads : a memoir of love, loss and the land
Author:  Treasure, Rachael, author.
'For me, being in a paddock means anything is possible ...' Country girl and bestselling novelist Rachael Treasure had worked hard to build a long-dreamed-of lifestyle on her own patch of dirt in Tasmania's rugged and beautiful wilderness. But through the breakdown of her marriage, Rachael lost her family farm and, in her words, lost her way in life. Discovering an all-new compass to live by, she took her two kids and her dogs and left the beaten path. Intensive farming, men on the land and women in the home - everywhere Rachael looked she saw ongoing harm to the soil and the foodchain. By going down the dirt roads and getting back to grassroots, she discovered another set of stories about country life in Australia, and a different way to live on the land. From her rebel granny to pioneering farmers and passionate animal handlers, Rachael became inspired by fresh ways to do things. Down the Dirt Roads starts as a heartfelt and moving insight into the life of a single mother displaced from her home, and becomes a groundbreaking and powerful book about healing, health and hope. Nourishing and sustaining, it presents a practical and positive vision of what life on our land could become.

 


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Cover of Tennessee WilliamsTennessee Williams
Author:  Ibell, Paul, author.
In this gripping biography Paul Ibell discusses Williams as a poet as well as a playwright, at the same time revealing the crises of doomed relationships, promiscuous sex, alcohol and prescription drug abuse that gave the writer the raw material for his plays, but which ultimately destroyed him. Ibell champions the playwright's later work, whose regular and, he argues, unjustified maulings by critics drove Williams further into decline. Ibell also emphasizes the importance of Europe in the imagination of a writer who is best known for plays set in the American South. --Publisher's description.

 


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Cover of Virginia WoolfVirginia Woolf
Author:  Nadel, Ira Bruce, author.
Drawing on Woolf's letters, journals, diaries, essays and fiction, Ira Nadel reveals the modernist writer's response to her dwellings and surroundings, from the enclosed space of Hyde Park Gate to the open and free-spirited Bloomsbury of Gordon Square. Featuring new details about Woolf's various homes - the importance of these lived spaces - and her personal life, including her notable friendships and relationships, and the toll that writing took upon her state of mind, this ... biography offers a fresh insight into her work. --Back cover.

 


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Cover of DNA for genealogistsDNA for genealogists
Author:  Farmer, Kerry.
As well as providing information about ourselves, DNA testing allows us to find others who share our ancestors, and also confirm or challenge apparently known as relationships. Such tests can provide evidence of relationship even when no documents exist. Previously available only to medical and law-enforcement professionals, commercial testing companies now make genetic testing directly available to anyone who is interested. DNA testing will not replace the more familiar genealogical research techniques of gathering oral and documentary evidence and compiling family trees. Instead it offers entirely new research tools - more information to augment the documents and oral histories - as well as a way of testing family trees, to see if conclusions drawn are confirmed by this new evidence. This book shows you how you can use DNA to harness this exciting new range of genealogical tools. The amount of scientific jargon associated with genetics can be intimidating. This publication provides a contextual understanding of DNA suitable for genealogists and discusses the currently available tests that are likely to be of interest to family historians, especially those wanting to prove (or disprove) compiled family trees, the connect 'new' relatives by means of inherited genetic material and to draw conclusions about where we fit into the greater human family.

 


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Cover of How to write your family history : a guide to creating, planning, editing and publishing family storiesHow to write your family history : a guide to creating, planning, editing and publishing family stories
Author:  Kyle, Noeline, 1940- author.
At some time as you tread the seductive, wonderful pathway of completing more and more research, you might just want to lift your head from this pile of collected data and think about how, where and in what way your will write and publish the family history. Noeline outlines strategies to get you to the desk and writing. The book will show you how to identify and choose a format for writing family stories, to understand and apply strategies to plan and create your characters, to construct chapters and apply the basics of writing/rewriting, editing, planning and publishing to produce a professional, valuable and very readable family history.

 


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Cover of Discover English parish registersDiscover English parish registers
Author:  Milner, Paul, 1953-
English parish records are a fundamental source for English research. In this detailed guide, family historian Paul Milner explains how and why the records were created, beginning in 1538, what the records look like and what information they contain. A well-illustrated case study, with plenty of twists and turns, shows why care is needed to trace back in time from one generation to the next. The guide continues by explaining how and where to access the records (online, microfilm, originals or in print) and concludes by explaining what to do when you can’t find your ancestors in the records. Here is a practical guide that will help the beginner to avoid mistakes in climbing the family tree, yet the depth and details are here to assist the experienced researcher in understanding how to get the most from parish registers. This publication is a definitive guide to English parish registers that you will wish you had when you first started your research --Back cover.

 


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Cover of A very queer family indeed : sex, religion, and the Bensons in Victorian BritainA very queer family indeed : sex, religion, and the Bensons in Victorian Britain
Author:  Goldhill, Simon, author.
A Very Queer Family Indeed, which introduces us to the extraordinary Benson family. Edward White Benson became Archbishop of Canterbury at the height of Queen Victoria’s reign, while his wife, Mary, was renowned for her wit and charm—the prime minister once wondered whether she was “the cleverest woman in England or in Europe.” The couple’s six precocious children included E. F. Benson, celebrated creator of the Mapp and Lucia novels, and Margaret Benson, the first published female Egyptologist. What interests Simon Goldhill most, however, is what went on behind the scenes, which was even more unusual than anyone could imagine. Inveterate writers, the Benson family spun out novels, essays, and thousands of letters that open stunning new perspectives—including what it might mean for an adult to kiss and propose marriage to a twelve-year-old girl, how religion in a family could support or destroy relationships, or how the death of a child could be celebrated. No other family has left such detailed records about their most intimate moments, and in these remarkable accounts, we see how family life and a family’s understanding of itself took shape during a time when psychoanalysis, scientific and historical challenges to religion, and new ways of thinking about society were developing. This is the story of the Bensons, but it is also more than that—it is the story of how society transitioned from the high Victorian period into modernity. --Publisher's description.

 


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Cover of Point to point : the story of George and Brenda HicksPoint to point : the story of George and Brenda Hicks
Author:  Nally, Amanda, 1966- author.
Amanda Nally takes a look at the lives of husband and wife, George and Brenda Hicks, both born in 1919, who lived primarily in Southland, New Zealand. Born in the year of the flu epidemic Brenda and George Hicks grew up in the Great Depression, were young lovers during World War II, and raised their family and a business through the 1950s boom time. Together and apart these courageous New Zealand couple travelled extensively, including visiting South Africa during the apartheid years. And they gave generously - of both their time and their money - throughout very active lives. This is the story of their first 96-years.

 


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Cover of Surnames, DNA, and family historySurnames, DNA, and family history
Author:  Redmonds, George, 1935- author.
This book combines linguistic and historical approaches with the latest techniques of DNA analysis and shows the insights these offer for every kind of genealogical research. It focuses on British names, tracing their origins to different parts of the British Isles and Europe and revealing how names often remain concentrated in the districts where they first became established centuries ago. In the process the book casts fresh light on the ancient peopling of the British Isles. The authors consider why some names die out while others spread across the globe. They use recent advances in DNA testing to investigate whether particular surnames have single, dual, or multiple origins, and to find out if the various forms of a single name have a common origin. They show how information from DNA can be combined with historical evidence and techniques to distinguish between individuals with the same name and different names with similar spellings, and to identify the name of the same individual or family spelt in various ways in different times and places. The final chapter of this paperback edition, looking at the use of genetics in historical research, has been updated to include new work on the DNA of Richard III.

 


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Cover of I know this to be trueI know this to be true
Author:  Not Available
Be inspired by famous New Zealanders and their pearls of wisdom on everything from love, life to learnings from whanau. Vetern journalist Ric Salizzo features interviews with notable New Zealanders talking about what they have learnt in life. Salizzo interviewed around 60 prominent New Zealanders ranging from musicians Dave Dobbyn and Neil Finn and actress Lucy Lawless to fellow journalist Judy Bailey and sportspeople such as Sir John Kirwan and Marc Ellis. The book is a fundraiser for Play It Strange, a foundation set up by former Split Enz band member Mike Chunn to encourage young New Zealanders to develop interests and skills in songwriting and music performance --Publisher's description.

 


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