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Grateful American: A Journey from Self to Service

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Pdf:Grateful American: A Journey from Self to Service.About the Author Gary Sinise is an Oscar-nominated actor and winner of an Emmy, a Golden Globe, and two Screen Actors Guild awards, and has been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, all while advocating for America’s veterans for nearly forty years.  For his service work, Gary has been presented with numerous humanitarian awards including the Bob Hope Award for Excellence in Entertainment from the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, the George Catlett Marshall Medal from the Association of the US Army, and the Spirit of Hope Award by the Department of Defense. He was named an honorary Chief Petty Officer by the United States Navy, was pinned as an honorary Marine, and received the Sylvanus Thayer Award at West Point, given to a civilian 'whose character, service, and achievements reflect the ideals prized by the U.S. Military Academy.' He's also the recipient of the Presidential Citizens Medal, the second-highest civilian honor awarded by the President of the United States to citizens for 'exemplary deeds performed in service of the nation. ' Read more

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Grateful American: A Journey from Self to Service

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Pdf:Grateful American: A Journey from Self to Service.The moving, entertaining, never-before-told story of how one man found his calling. "The book is called Grateful American, and I promise you after you read it you will be grateful for what Gary has accomplished and contributed to our country." (Clint Eastwood) As a kid in suburban Chicago, Gary Sinise was more interested in sports and rock 'n' roll than reading or schoolwork. But when he impulsively auditioned for a school production of West Side Story, he found his purpose - or so it seemed. Within a few years, Gary and a handful of friends created what became one of the most exciting and important new theater companies in America. From its humble beginnings in a suburban Chicago church basement and eventual move into the city, the Steppenwolf Theatre Company launched a series of groundbreaking productions, igniting Gary's career along with those of John Malkovich, Joan Allen, Gary Cole, Laurie Metcalf, Jeff Perry, John Mahoney, and others. Television and film came calling soon after, and Gary starred in Of Mice and Men (which he also directed) and The Stand before taking the role that would change his life in unforeseeable ways: Lieutenant Dan in the Academy Award-winning Forrest Gump. The military community's embrace of the character of the disabled veteran was matched only by the depth of Gary's realization that America's defenders had not received all the honor, respect, and gratitude their sacrifices deserve. In the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, this became Gary's mission. While starring in hits like Apollo 13, Ransom, Truman, George Wallace, CSI:NY, and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, Gary has worked tirelessly on behalf of those who serve this country, entertaining more than a half-million troops around the world playing bass guitar with his Lt. Dan Band, raising funds on behalf of veterans, and eventually founding the Gary Sinise Foundation with a mission to serve and honor America's defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need. Grateful American is the moving, entertaining, profoundly gripping story of how one man found his calling: to see that those who defend this country and its freedoms are never forgotten.

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First Little Readers Parent Pack: Guided Reading Level A: 25 Irresistible Books That Are Just the Right Level for Beginning Readers

Pdf Literature First Little Readers Parent Pack: Guided Reading Level A: 25 Irresistible Books That Are Just the Right Level for Beginning Readers

Pdf:First Little Readers Parent Pack: Guided Reading Level A: 25 Irresistible Books That Are Just the Right Level for Beginning Readers.About the Author Deborah Schecter is a writer and editor of books for educators and children. Some of her previous Scholastic titles include Follow-the-Directions Art: Nursery Rhymes, Follow-the-Directions: Easy Origami, Teaching Reading and Writing With Nursery Rhymes, Sight Word Manipulatives for Reading Success, and My First Little Readers: Level A. Read more

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Bossypants

Pdf Literature Bossypants

Pdf:Bossypants.Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update", before "Sarah Palin", Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both of those dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told. From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon - from the beginning of this paragraph to this final sentence. Tina Fey reveals all, and proves what we've all suspected: you're no one until someone calls you bossy. Includes special, never-before-solicited opinions on breastfeeding, princesses, Photoshop, the electoral process, and Italian rum cake! PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

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Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels

Pdf Literature Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels

Pdf:Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels.Amazon.com Review Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics was published in 1993, just as 'Comics Aren't Just for Kids Anymore!' articles were starting to appear and graphic novels were making their way into the mainstream, and it quickly gave the newly respectable medium the theoretical and practical manifesto it needed. With his clear-eyed and approachable analysis--done using the same comics tools he was describing--McCloud quickly gave 'sequential art' a language to understand itself. McCloud made the simplest of drawing decisions seem deep with artistic potential. Thirteen years later, following the Internet evangelizing of Reinventing Comics, McCloud has returned with Making Comics. Designed as a craftsperson's overview of the drawing and storytelling decisions and possibilities available to comics artists, covering everything from facial expressions and page layout to the choice of tools and story construction, Making Comics, like its predecessors, is also an eye-opening trip behind the scenes of art-making, fascinating for anyone reading comics as well as those making them. Get a sense of the range of his lessons by clicking through to the opening pages of his book, including his (illustrated, of course) table of contents (warning: large file, recommended for high-bandwidth users): Read more From Publishers Weekly Starred Review. Every medium should be lucky enough to have a taxonomist as brilliant as McCloud. The follow-up to his pioneering Understanding Comics (and its flawed sequel Reinventing Comics) isn't really about how to draw comics: it's about how to make drawings become a story and how cartooning choices communicate meaning to readers. ('There are no rules,' he says, 'and here they are.') McCloud's cartoon analogue, now a little gray at the temples, walks us through a series of dazzlingly clear, witty explanations (in comics form) of character design, storytelling, words and their physical manifestation on the page, body language and other ideas cartoonists have to grapple with, with illustrative examples drawn from the history of the medium. If parts of his chapter on 'Tools, Techniques and Technology' don't look like they'll age well, most of the rest of the book will be timelessly useful to aspiring cartoonists. McCloud likes to boil down complicated topics to a few neatly balanced principles; his claim that all facial expressions come from degrees and combinations of six universal basic emotions is weirdly reductive and unnerving, but it's also pretty convincing. And even the little ideas that he tosses off—like classifying cartoonists into four types—will be sparking productive arguments for years to come. (Sept.) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Manga in Theory and Practice: The Craft of Creating Manga

Pdf Literature Manga in Theory and Practice: The Craft of Creating Manga

Pdf:Manga in Theory and Practice: The Craft of Creating Manga.About the Author Hirohiko Araki made his manga debut in 1981 with the Wild West story Busô Poker. He experimented with several genres, including mystery (Mashonen B.T.) and action-horror (Baoh), before beginning JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure in 1986. Propelled by imaginative storylines, weird imagery and individualistic artwork, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is one of the longest-running and most popular shonen manga ever. Araki’s current works include a new series set in the JoJo universe, JoJolion. Read more

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Drawing Words and Writing Pictures: Making Comics: Manga, Graphic Novels, and Beyond

Pdf Literature Drawing Words and Writing Pictures: Making Comics: Manga, Graphic Novels, and Beyond

Pdf:Drawing Words and Writing Pictures: Making Comics: Manga, Graphic Novels, and Beyond.Amazon.com Review Learn to create your own comics with Drawing Words and Writing Pictures, a richly illustrated collection of 15 in-depth lessons that cover everything from crafting your story to lettering and laying out panels. Take a Look Inside Drawing Words and Writing Pictures Three Panels That Move Beyond the Grid This page from Mike Mignola's Hellboy is a beautiful example of creating rhythm and mood. Read more... In Blankets, Craig Thompson tells his story through dramatic and unexpected page layouts. Read more... In David B.'s Epileptic, the shape and orientation of the panel reinforce the storytelling. Read more... Read more

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Manga in Theory and Practice: The Craft of Creating Manga: The Craft of Creating Manga

Pdf Literature Manga in Theory and Practice: The Craft of Creating Manga: The Craft of Creating Manga

Pdf:Manga in Theory and Practice: The Craft of Creating Manga: The Craft of Creating Manga.Hirohiko Araki is the author of one of the longest-running and most beloved manga of all time, the epic fan favorite JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. According to him, manga is the ultimate synthesis of all forms of art, and in this book he reveals the secrets behind how to make the magic happen using concrete examples from his own work. Read all about his “golden ratio” for drawing, the character histories he draws up for each of the characters he creates, his methodology for storytelling inspired by the great Ernest Hemingway, and many more aspects of manga creation in this how-to guide penned by an industry legend.

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50 Obras Maestras Que Debes Leer Antes De Morir: Vol. 2 (Golden Deer Classics) (Spanish Edition)

Pdf Literature 50 Obras Maestras Que Debes Leer Antes De Morir: Vol. 2 (Golden Deer Classics) (Spanish Edition)

Pdf:50 Obras Maestras Que Debes Leer Antes De Morir: Vol. 2 (Golden Deer Classics) (Spanish Edition).CONTENIDO:Grito de Gloria [Eduardo Acevedo Díaz]Doña Berta [Leopoldo Alas]Clemencia [Ignacio Manuel Altamirano]Vida Loca [Domingo Arena]La mujer del porvenir [Concepción Arenal Ponte]La pista de los dientes de oro [Roberto Arlt]El cura de Tours [Honoré de Balzac]Los despojos [Charles Baudelaire]El pecado de Alejandra Leonard [José Pedro Bellán]Mare nostrum [Vicente Blasco Ibáñez]Sangre y Arena [Vicente Blasco Ibáñez]Sobre la amistad [Marco Tulio Cicerón]El duelo [Joseph Conrad]Grandes Esperanzas [Charles Dickens]El jugador [Fyodor Dostoyevsky]Un escándalo en Bohemia [Arthur Conan Doyle]Amaury [Alexandre Dumas]Sancho Saldaña [José de Espronceda]El abrigo [Nikolai Gogol]Lucía Miranda [Rosa Guerra]Fantina [Victor Hugo]La figura en el tapiz [Henry James]Al apoyo mutuo [Pierre Kropotkine]El silencio blanco [Jack London]Fuenteovejuna [Félix Lope de Vega]El diario de un loco [Xun Lu]Una mentira [Amado Nervo]La destrucción de un molino [Kostís Palamás]Un viaje de novios [Emilia Pardo Bazán]El banquero anarquista [Fernando Pessoa]La caída de la Casa Usher [Edgar Allan Poe]Fortunata y Jacinta[[Benito Pérez Galdós]Historia de la vida del Buscón [Francisco de Quevedo]Sandokán: El Rey del Mar [Emilio Salgàri]Las lavanderas nocturnas [George Sand]La Cámara de los Tapices [Sir Walter Scott]Markheim [Robert Louis Stevenson]La muerte de Iván Ilich [Leo Tolstoy]El príncipe y el mendigo [Mark Twain]La célebre rana saltarina del distrito de Calaveras [Mark Twain]Cinco semanas en globo [Julio Verne]Zadig o El destino [Voltaire]El retrato del Sr. W. H. [Oscar Wilde]El foco [Virginia Woolf]Germinal [Emile Zola]La estrella sobre el bosque [Stefan Zweig]El capitán veneno [Pedro Antonio de Alarcón]Discurso de la servidumbre voluntaria [Étienne de La Boétie]Diálogo de Mercurio y Carón [Alfonso de Valdés]El Crotalón [Cristóbal de Villalón]

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Beastie Boys Book

Pdf Literature Beastie Boys Book

Pdf:Beastie Boys Book.Amazon.com Review Guys, the Beastie Boys wrote a book (or maybe conjured is a better word), and it's a piece of work. Michael Diamond and Adam Horovitz, otherwise known as Mike D and Ad-Rock, present Beastie Boys Book, a rambling and unruly stream-of-consciousness trip through more than three decades of uncensored memories—records, rashes, tours, graphic novels, and playlists. Madonna’s here, as is Guns N’ Roses, Dolly Parton, Johnny Ryall and the Egg Man. Illustrated with dozens or possibly hundreds of pictures, we get relive their earliest shows, go behind the scenes of their short-lived magazine, Grand Royal (which mainstreamed the Mullet, the business-in-front/party-in-the-back 'hairstyle'), and relive pickup basketball games between sets at Lollapalooza, in which Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan dunks savagely against type. Lest you think this is frivolous, disreputable stuff, Amy Poehler, Wes Anderson, Jonathan Lethem, and National Book Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winner Colson Whitehead stop by with their own contributions. Beastie Boys Book is uncountable things, but overall it's a box full of love letters to fans, founding member Adam Yauch (who passed away in 2012), the early days of hip-hop, and dirty old New York. It's a book that can't, won’t stop giving. —Jon Foro, Amazon Book Review Read more Review “A fascinating, generous book with portraits and detail that float by in bursts of color . . . As with [the band’s] records, the book’s structure is a lyrical three-man weave. . . . Diamond’s voice is lapidary, droll. Horovitz comes on like a borscht belt comedian, but beneath that he is urgent, incredulous, kind of vulnerable. . . . Friendship is the book’s subject as much as music, fame and New York.”—The New York Times Book Review “Wild, moving . . . resembles a Beastie Boys LP in its wild variety of styles.”—Rolling Stone  “As nutty, irreverent, and fun as you think it would be.”—Vogue “As freewheeling and funny as their albums . . . a beautifully messy (and large) talisman containing within it many of the great joys and surprises that come with listening to the Beastie Boys”—The AV Club “Horovitz and Diamond share sincere moments of reflection about their music, their friendship and the guy who taught them to fix radiators, to care about human rights, to own up to mistakes and to grow up.”—NPR, Morning Edition “Teeming with tour anecdotes, personal letters, playlists, comics and photographs—[Beastie Boys Book] unspools the crew’s thirty-year run in the music industry and is appropriately massive.”—Los Angeles Times “Diamond and Horovitz alternate as narrators, and their prose is as infectious as their music. Other contributors chime in with their own idiosyncratic takes. Roy Choi offers a mini cookbook of Beastie-themed dishes. Amy Poehler delves into the videography of the group. Luc Sante takes the reader on a musical tour of New York City streets in the early 1980s. The result is a book Beastie Boys fans will clamor for and a must-read for music enthusiasts.”—Booklist (starred review)“This entertaining look at Beastie Boys history is as innovative and raucous as the band’s music.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)“Beastie Boys fans will devour this book, as will anyone interested in the early days of hip-hop, the art/music/street life of New York City in the 1980s, and the alternative-nation zeitgeist of the ’90s.”—Kirkus Reviews Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Alone on the Wall (Expanded edition)

Pdf Literature Alone on the Wall (Expanded edition)

Pdf:Alone on the Wall (Expanded edition).Review “Alex Honnold spends his life cheating death.” - New York Times Magazine“Honnold here recounts his ascents on some of the world's most dangerous rock walls. You'll come away questioning his sanity for choosing this controversial sport…but it's also impossible not to feel awe.” - People“Honnold blows wide open any conventional understanding of the term 'comfort zone.'…He engagingly conveys his love of climbing.” - Barbara J. King, NPR“[Honnold] is the foremost practitioner of the dark art of free solo rock climbing―ascending extremely difficult cliffs hundreds, sometimes thousands, of feet tall without ropes or protection hardware of any kind. That is every bit as stupefying as it sounds.” - Wall Street Journal“Alone on the Wall is set to inspire multitudes [of climbers]. With his off-the-charts abilities and laconic, whip-smart, no-B.S. persona, Honnold has made climbing cool.” - Men's Health“[Honnold's] ability to connect with a larger audience and bring a humble perspective to his many accomplishments makes him a great ambassador to the sport…[R]eading the vivid descriptions captured by Honnold and Roberts will surely cover the book's pages in a fine layer of palm sweat.” - Gripped Magazine Read more About the Author Alex Honnold is a world-class American rock climber best known for his free solo ascents of big walls.David Roberts is the award-winning author of twenty-nine books about mountaineering, exploration, and anthropology. His most recent publication, Alone on the Wall, was written with world-class rock climber Alex Honnold, whose historic feats were featured in the film Free Solo. Read more

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Born to Run

Pdf Literature Born to Run

Pdf:Born to Run."Writing about yourself is a funny business.... But in a project like this, the writer has made one promise: to show the reader his mind. In these pages, I've tried to do this." (Bruce Springsteen, from the audio of Born to Run) In 2009, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed at the Super Bowl's halftime show. The experience was so exhilarating that Bruce decided to write about it. That's how this extraordinary autobiography began. Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself to writing the story of his life, bringing to this audio the same honesty, humor, and originality found in his songs. He describes growing up Catholic in Freehold, New Jersey, amid the poetry, danger, and darkness that fueled his imagination, leading up to the moment he refers to as "The Big Bang": seeing Elvis Presley's debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. He vividly recounts his relentless drive to become a musician, his early days as a bar-band king in Asbury Park, and the rise of the E Street Band. With disarming candor, he also tells for the first time the story of the personal struggles that inspired his best work and shows us why the song "Born to Run" reveals more than we previously realized. Born to Run will be revelatory for anyone who has ever enjoyed Bruce Springsteen, but this book is much more than a legendary rock star's memoir. This is a book for workers and dreamers, parents and children, lovers and loners, artists, freaks, or anyone who has ever wanted to be baptized in the holy river of rock and roll. Rarely has a performer told his own story with such force and sweep. Like many of his songs ("Thunder Road", "Badlands", "Darkness on the Edge of Town", "The River", "Born in the U.S.A.", "The Rising", and "The Ghost of Tom Joad", to name just a few), Bruce Springsteen's autobiography is written with the lyricism of a singular songwriter and the wisdom of a man who has thought deeply about his experiences. Author bio: Bruce Springsteen has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the New Jersey Hall of Fame. He is the recipient of 20 Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, and the Kennedy Center Honors. He lives in New Jersey with his family.

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How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals

Pdf Literature How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals

Pdf:How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals.Review “How to Be a Good Creature should be required reading. A superbly crafted memoir, this book brims with wonder, empathy, and emotion. It stands as a vivid reminder of the deep and necessary connection we share with all living things.”—Nick Jans, author of A Wolf Called Romeo “How to Be a Good Creature is one of the most moving books I have ever read. Sy Montgomery’s open honesty about her life allows her to find guidance from the unlikeliest creatures, and in their own ways these animals speak with the same spiritual purity as she speaks to us in this breathtaking work.”—Bob Tarte, author of Enslaved by Ducks “I don’t know anyone whose animal empathies and scientific bona fides I admire more than Montgomery’s—from the curiosity she holds for a tarantula to the tender longing she has for an octopus. Told with characteristic humility and gorgeous language, How to Be a Good Creature is a remarkable achievement.”—Eliot Schrefer, author of Endangered, a National Book Award finalist “A truly beautiful book about life, family, loss, and love.”—Temple Grandin, author of Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals “How to Be a Good Creature is a rare jewel, full of empathy and the profound wisdom Sy has received from animals she has loved over her extraordinary lifetime. This sweet book is a triumphant masterpiece that I’m recommending to everyone.”—Stacey O’Brien, author of Wesley the Owl “This is a beautiful book—essential reading for anyone who loves animals and knows how much they can teach us about being human.”—Gwen Cooper, author of Homer’s Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale, or How I Learned About Love and Life with a Blind Wonder   Read more About the Author Researching films, articles, and over twenty books, Sy Montgomery has hiked the Altai Mountains of Mongolia looking for snow leopards, tracked tree kangaroos in Papua New Guinea, and more. A National Book Award finalist, she has also been honored with a Sibert Medal, three honorary degrees, and many other awards. Read more

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To Shake the Sleeping Self: A Journey from Oregon to Patagonia, and a Quest for a Life with No Regret

Pdf Literature To Shake the Sleeping Self: A Journey from Oregon to Patagonia, and a Quest for a Life with No Regret

Pdf:To Shake the Sleeping Self: A Journey from Oregon to Patagonia, and a Quest for a Life with No Regret.Review “A thrilling, tender, utterly absorbing book. With winning candor, Jedidiah Jenkins takes us with him as he bicycles across two continents and delves deeply into his own beautiful heart. We laugh. We cry. We feel the glory and the agony of his adventure; the monotony and the magic; the grace and the grit. Every page of this book made me ache to know what happened next. Every chapter shimmered with truth. It’s an unforgettable debut.”—Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild and Tiny Beautiful Things“Jenkins’ words are brutally honest and leave me thinking a little deeper about my own observations when I pass a stranger on a street or see a flower blooming on a rocky trail.” —Outside Magazine'Thought-provoking and inspirational . . . This uplifting memoir and travelogue will remind readers of the power of movement for the body and the soul.'—Publishers Weekly   “Jedidiah Jenkins is a storyteller. He’s also an adventurer, a connoisseur of good pourovers, an avid Instagram user, a startup co-founder, and one of those humans that makes everything about them seem inviting.” —USA Today   “[Jenkins is] a guy deeply connected to his personal truth and just so refreshingly present.” —Rich Roll, author of Finding Ultra   “This is much more than a book about a bike ride. This is a deep soul deepening us. Jedidiah Jenkins is a mystic disguised as a millennial.”  —Tom Shadyac, author of Life’s Operating Manual Read more About the Author Jedidiah Jenkins is a travel writer, entrepreneur, and Instagram personality. A graduate of USC and Pepperdine University School of Law, Jenkins began his professional career with the nonprofit Invisible Children, where he helped orchestrate multinational campaigns to end the use of child soldiers in central Africa. His parents, Peter and Barbara Jenkins, are the authors of the bestselling A Walk Across America series. He is the executive editor of Wilderness magazine; his work has appeared in the Paris Review and Good magazine; and his journey was covered by National Geographic. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Somebody to Love: The Life, Death, and Legacy of Freddie Mercury

Pdf Literature Somebody to Love: The Life, Death, and Legacy of Freddie Mercury

Pdf:Somebody to Love: The Life, Death, and Legacy of Freddie Mercury.About the Author Matt Richards is an award-winning film director, television producer and screenwriter who has written and directed numerous documentaries and series in the UK and the U.S. In 2012 he was awarded the Spirit of Tiger Award for “Outstanding Documentary Coverage of World War Two”. He directed and co-wrote the feature film To Say Goodbye, which was screened in competition at the 2012 San Sebastian International Film Festival. Mark Langthorne is CEO of Roland Mouret and has previously worked in the music industry and managed such stars as Kanye West and Annie Lennox. Read more

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The Surrender Experiment: My Journey into Life's Perfection

Pdf Literature The Surrender Experiment: My Journey into Life's Perfection

Pdf:The Surrender Experiment: My Journey into Life's Perfection.Review 'A lone voice in the modern wilderness calling for surrender instead of striving, Singer shows how surrendering to life does not mean giving up our dreams.'  —Shawn Achor, happiness researcher and NYTimes bestselling author of The Happiness Advantage “Only the rarest of books has the power to clearly explain the difference between a human being and a human doing, and why that distinction is so important. The Surrender Experiment is such a book. Inspiring, authentic, and intensely compelling.” –Dean Radin, author of The Conscious Universe “Michael Singer writes a beautiful, touching memoir on the amazing power of surrender in his life. With courage, spunk, and thoughtfulness, he has reached beyond the status quo to dare to trust life and surrender to its ultimate perfection.” —Judith Orloff MD, author, The Ecstasy of Surrender“With his hallmark precision and clarity Michael Singer reveals in his latest masterpiece, The Surrender Experiment, how everyday life, doing business in the world and spiritual practice can be synchronized to carry us into the heart of life's unimaginable perfection. This is exactly the kind of practical mastery needed for a world in chaos.” —Jack Canfield, Coauthor of The Success Principles and the Chicken Soup for the Soul® series Read more About the Author MICHAEL A. SINGER still lives in the woods where his great experiment began and where it continues. He is the author of the New York Times #1 bestseller The Untethered Soul. Visit him at www.untetheredsoul.com. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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The Rose That Grew From Concrete

Pdf Literature The Rose That Grew From Concrete

Pdf:The Rose That Grew From Concrete.From School Library Journal YA-A collection of poetry written by the rapper between 1989 and 1991, before he became famous. The poems are passionate, sometimes angry, and often compelling. Selections are reproduced from the originals in Shakur's handwriting, personalized by distinctive spelling and the use of ideographs (a drawing of an eye for I, etc.), and complete with scratch outs and corrections. With the exception of 'In the Event of My Demise,' all of the pieces are accompanied by typed text, which leaves his spelling intact. Some poems are also accompanied by his drawings. A few black-and-white photographs appear throughout. A preface by Shakur's mother, a foreword by Nikki Giovanni, and an introduction by his manager, Leila Steinburg, in whose writing group the poems were written, complete this unique volume.Susan Salpini, Purcellville Library, VA Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. Read more About the Author Tupac Shakur recorded twelve landmark albums -- nine of which went either platinum or gold. A consummate actor, he also appeared in six major motion pictures, including Poetic Justice, Juice, GridLock'd, and Gang Related. He was murdered at the age of twenty-five. Read more

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Could It Be Forever?: My Story

Pdf Literature Could It Be Forever?: My Story

Pdf:Could It Be Forever?: My Story.Review 'Candid look inside a pop icon.'  —Library Journal'Brutally frank.'  —Daily Mail'The story . . . is often harrowing, as Cassidy details the terrible emotional, physical, and financial toll of the treacherous Faustian pact that is global fame.'  —Scotsman Magazine Read more About the Author In 1970, after a brief acting career on Broadway and with various guest appearances on American TV shows, The Partridge Family catapulted David Cassidy to fame. At the age of 20, his face was on the cover of every teenage magazine. He became an international pop star. In 1974, his exhausting schedule took its toll on the quality of his life. After a 15 year absence, David has returned to concert stages across the country and the world. He lives in Las Vegas. Read more

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The Waste Land & Four Quartets

Pdf Literature The Waste Land & Four Quartets

Pdf:The Waste Land & Four Quartets.These are masterly readings, by renowned thespian Paul Schofield, of two substantial works of poetry by T.S. Eliot. "The Wasteland", first published in 1922, is one of Eliot's most influential works and has long been on the syllabus for A-Level English Literature. "Four Quartets" consists of four long poems, first published between 1935 and 1942. They are linked by common themes, and are individually "Burnt Norton", "East Coker", "The Dry Salvages", and "Little Gidding".

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James Turrell: A Retrospective

Pdf Literature James Turrell: A Retrospective

Pdf:James Turrell: A Retrospective.From the Inside Flap Copublished with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art for the major touring retrospective and concurrent exhibitions at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, this comprehensive volume illuminates the origins and motivations of James Turrell's incredibly diverse and exciting body of work--from his Mendota studio days to his monumental work-in-progress Roden Crater. Fans of this highly influential artist will find much to savor in this wide-ranging and beautiful book, featuring specially commissioned new photography by Florian Holzherr. Read more About the Author MICHAEL GOVAN is the C.E.O. and Wallis Annenberg Director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Read more

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Eric Stanton & the History of the Bizarre Underground

Pdf Literature Eric Stanton & the History of the Bizarre Underground

Pdf:Eric Stanton & the History of the Bizarre Underground.Review 'This is a beautiful, perfect book. A loving homage to one of the best fetish artists the world will ever know. The great Eric Stanton finally has the biographer he deserves.' ―Stephen Elliott, author of The Adderall Diaries and Happy Baby'Richard Pérez Seves unearths a wealth of fascinating information about Eric Stanton and the culture that created him. All the players are here: Irving Klaw, Bettie Page, Leonard Burtman, Steve Ditko. And the book's illustrated with an incredible collection of colorful and outrageous images that have been exquisitely curated. An absolutely essential purchase for Stanton fans, or for anybody interested in the vintage fetish underworld.' ―Jimmy McDonough, author of The Ghastly One: The Sex-gore Netherworld of Filmmaker Andy Miligan and Big Bosoms and Square Jaws: The Biography of Russ Meyer, King of the Sex Film'Eric Stanton has been described as the most famous fetish artist in the world, a claim well argued in a new book by fetish art enthusiast and historian Richard Pérez Seves. His exhaustive biography of the artist with its comprehensive catalogue of his output also embraces many other colourful folk such as Irving Klaw, Bettie Page, John Willie, Eneg, Leonard Burtman and Spider-Man creator Steve Ditko, who were part of Stanton's world during the vintage fetish years.... Because of the many overlapping circles Stanton moved in, it is actually an impressively forensic record of an entire era―often referred to as the golden age of fetish publishing.'―Tony Mitchell, The Fetishistas (thefetishistas.com)'This long-awaited book tells this story as it should be told, with LOADS of black and white and color art reproductions, histories, collectors' checklists with detailed descriptions and more... So if you have any interest in Eric Stanton, Gene Bilbrew, Steve Ditko, Boody Rogers, Irving Klaw, Charles Guyette, John Willie, Jerry Robinson, Bettie Page, Edward Mishkin, Leonard Burtman, Tana Louise, Stanley Malkin, Selbee, Burmel, Nutrix, Belier Press, Eros Goldstripe, Satellite, Peerless, Boone, Wee hours, Unique, After Hours, First Niter, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Sweet Gwendoline, Exotica magazine, Exotique magazine, Bizarre magazine, bondage, leather, boots, whips, chains, fantasy, sleaze, 'The Deuce,' drugs, exploitation and sexploitation films, then this is the book for you!'―Howie Pyro, Dangerous Minds (DangerousMinds.net)'Overall, Eric Stanton & the History of the Bizarre Underground should serve as required reading for anyone interested in the Underground art scene. The fact that it also serves to cast light on the very beginnings of Marvel is just a bonus.'―Thomas Hulett, Outright Geekery (OutrightGeekery.com) Read more From the Author 'Peek Inside' the Eric Stanton book (copy and paste link):  fethistory.blogspot.com/p/stanton-ditko-bettie-page-john-willie.htmlERIC STANTON & THE HISTORY OF THE BIZARRE UNDERGROUND Tracing the rise of commercial fetish art from its shadowy beginnings in the 1940s to its acceptance in the 1970s, this illustrated biography explores the unconventional life and art of Eric Stanton, a pioneering sexual fantasist who helped shape the movement. With more than 400 rare images and interviews with Stanton's family and closest associates, this biography chronicles the infamous circle of patrons, publishers, and cult icons populating his subterranean world, including Irving Klaw, John Willie, Bettie Page, Steve Ditko, and Gene Bilbrew. It is the untold, secret history of a misunderstood culture, the abuses of government authority, social intolerance, and gangsters. But above all, it is a tale about survival against all odds and an artist who had the courage to stay true to himself.FetHistory Instagram (copy & paste):  Instagram.com/fethistory* * * * Available now: CHARLES GUYETTE: Godfather of American Fetish Art 'Peek Inside' the Charles Guyette book (copy and paste):  fethistory.blogspot.com/p/blog-page.htmlFetish art (although the word 'fetish' was not used in those days as that term came into fashion in a non-clinical way in the 1970s) was about testing the boundaries of freedom. Some of it had to do with unconventional sexual expression ... but more of it had to do with fashion because of how identity and gender are connected to what we wear.Charles Guyette was a sexual fantasist, who earned his living as a costumer. He sold photos of his 'costume studies' on the sly. He produced custom-made high-heel boots and shoes, sold corsets, opera gloves, and other eccentric accessories. He understood the transformative power of clothing, particularly 'bizarre' and theatrical fashion. He is also referenced in the new film on Wonder Woman's creator, Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, as the costumer for Wonder Woman's real life inspiration, Olive Byrne.'Peek Inside' with Dita Von Teese (copy & paste) >> instagram.com/p/BbC7Aw8BjRW* * *Tags: eric stanton, bettie page, betty page, irving klaw, john willie, gene bilbrew, steve ditko, charles guyette, sweet gwendoline, spider-man, marvel comics, stantoons, burlesque, stockings, high heels, corsets, figure training, shoe fetish, shoes, fetish art, vintage fetish, leather, boots, rubber fetish, femdom, boot fetish, kinky, dominatrix, bondage, shibari, fetish, richard perez seves, bizarre underground Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Matisse/Diebenkorn

Pdf Literature Matisse/Diebenkorn

Pdf:Matisse/Diebenkorn.Review ““Matisse/Diebenkorn,” a deeply stirring exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art (it was co-organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art), demonstrates that Diebenkorn’s intense love extended to every corner of Matisse’s career. The result is an unusually beautiful show, in which the unique glow emitted by one painter meets the glow from another and seems almost to create new atmospheric conditions.” -The Boston Globe'This volume charts the evolution of Diebenkorn by featuring dozens of his paintings and drawings alongside those by Matisse; it becomes readily apparent, through subject, composition, and technique, how prominent Matisse's impact was on Diebenkorn.' ―Interview Magazine Read more About the Author Janet Bishop is Thomas Weisel Family Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Read more

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William Shakespeare: The Complete Works (Illustrated)

Pdf Literature William Shakespeare: The Complete Works (Illustrated)

Pdf:William Shakespeare: The Complete Works (Illustrated).This collection gathers together the works by William Shakespeare in a single, convenient, high quality, and extremely low priced Kindle volume!The ComediesA Midsummer Night's DreamAll's Well That Ends WellAs You Like ItLove’s Labour ’s LostMeasure for MeasureMuch Ado About NothingThe Comedy of ErrorsThe Merchant of VeniceThe Merry Wives of WindsorThe Taming of the ShrewThe Two Gentlemen of VeronaTwelfth Night; or, What you willThe RomancesCymbelinePericles, Prince of TyreThe TempestThe Winter's TaleThe TragediesKing LearRomeo and JulietThe History of Troilus and CressidaThe Life and Death of Julius CaesarThe Life of Timon of AthensThe Tragedy of Antony and CleopatraThe Tragedy of CoriolanusThe Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of DenmarkThe Tragedy of MacbethThe Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of VeniceTitus AndronicusThe HistoriesThe Life and Death of King JohnThe Life and Death of King Richard the SecondThe Tragedy of King Richard the ThirdThe first part of King Henry the FourthThe second part of King Henry the FourthThe Life of King Henry VThe first part of King Henry the SixthThe second part of King Henry the SixthThe third part of King Henry the SixthThe Life of King Henry the EighthThe Poetical WorksThe SonnetsSonnets to Sundry Notes of MusicA Lover's ComplaintThe Rape of LucreceVenus and AdonisThe Phoenix and the TurtleThe Passionate Pilgrim

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Journals

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Pdf:Journals.Review 'The year's most fascinating, heart-breaking rock book.'—Rolling Stone'An engrossing collection of clues.'—Entertainment Weekly'His words kick and scream.'—Chicago Daily Herald“Compelling.”—Seattle Times“No editing, no footnotes: The Nirvana singer’s Journals is the year’s most fascinating, heartbreaking rock book.”—Rolling Stone Magazine“Especially riveting.”—The Observer Magazine“Compelling reading...a look into the creative process of one of rock’s true artists.”—The Seattle Times“The daily diary of an American dream—and nightmare...Beneath all the layers of irony and sarcasm and humor and stoner realism, Cobain had a gift for sincerity, which is everywhere evident in his journals...The book is swarming with life, and it’s irresistible to anyone who cares about the music.”—New York Magazine“Illuminating...charming...we catch glimpses of Cobain’s wry, mischievous humor.”—Newsday“Our most elaborate first-hand evidence of the inner life of one of rock’s most important figures.”—New York Daily News“Laced with humor and horror...wrenchingly candid.”—LA Times“Simple and plain, Kurt Cobain was a fuckin’ genius...Journals may become his most enduring body of work. If Cobain’s life was a movie, Journals is the director’s cut, the musings and contemplations of a mad genius. More than that, these passages are some of the most interesting reading I’ve come across in years, and I boldly predict they will stand the immeasurable test of time...Journals, better than any biography could hope to be, will make essential reading for anyone looking to understand the 1990s’ most important pop star.”—Salon.com“It displays the formative stages of a man whose deeply felt empathy became something close to a curse...This remarkable document finally stands as one last message from the saddest teenager in the world, hiding his diary in a drawer near an easy-to-find key.”—Entertainment Weekly“Fascinating and often charming.”—New York Post“I heard Cobain’s voice in my head as I read his journals.”—Telegraph“How could the intimate diaries of one of rock’s most memorable and credible icons be anything less than page-turningly compulsive?...The hype is deserved. You won’t be disappointed.”—The Zone“These hand-written fragments from a life say more than any biography would or could...Cobain was a man who struggled so hard for definition, it seems fitting that, even after death, he should be allowed to speak for himself.”—Evening Standard'Facsimile pages—complete with sketches, margin scribbles, and handwriting in various states of dishevelment—argue for never again typesetting a diary.'—MOJO Read more About the Author Kurt Cobain was the leader of the groundbreaking Seattle rock band Nirvana.  He died in 1994. Read more

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Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret

Pdf Literature Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret

Pdf:Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret.Review A New York Times Bestseller | Winner of the James Tait Black Prize for Biography | A Guardian Book of the Year | A Times Book of the Year | A Sunday Times Book of the Year | A Daily Mail Book of the Year | Best summer books 2018, Newsday | A New York Times Notable Book of 2018 | An NPR Book of the Year | A Washington Post Notable Book of the Year 'A dishy dive into the real deal.' ―Vogue'[A] supercharged biography.' ―Vanity Fair“Rollicking, irresistible, un-put-downable . . . For anyone . . . who swooned to Netflix’s The Crown, this book will be manna from heaven.” ―Hamish Bowles, Vogue'Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret is a brilliant, eccentric treat.' ―Anna Mundow, The Wall Street Journal'Brown ignores all the starchy obligations of biography and adopts a form of his own to trap the past and ensnare the reader ― even this reader, so determinedly indifferent to the royals. I ripped through the book with the avidity of Margaret attacking her morning vodka and orange juice . . . The wisdom of the book, and the artistry, is in how Brown subtly expands his lens from Margaret’s misbehavior ― sometimes campy, sometimes desperate ― to those who gawked at her, who huddled around her, pens poised over their diaries, hoping for the show she never denied them.' ―Parul Sehgal, The New York Times'Craig Brown’s delectable Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret is not a novel, though its subject seems like a sublime work of fiction, too imperious to be true . . . Brown has done something astonishing: He makes the reader care, even sympathize, with perhaps the last subject worthy of such affection... His book is big fun, equal measures insightful and hysterical.' ―Karen Heller, The Washington Post'This unsettling, incisive and honest book also manages to be laugh-out-loud funny, and is a startlingly original contribution to the genre of biography.' ―Mary Ann Gwinn, The Seattle Times“In Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret, award-winning journalist Craig Brown offers an acerbic biography of the star-crossed princess, one that is hilarious and bittersweet in turns . . . Brown’s book is highly recommended for all American royal-watchers.” ―Catherine Hollis, BookPage“An original, memorable and substantial achievement.” ―Times Literary Supplement'Brown’s portrait of Margaret is by turns funny and moving, and every page contains at least one telling detail about what makes Margaret such a compelling avatar of royalty.' ―Constance Gracy, Vox'In addition to giving us a fantastical portrait of a woman painted by many hands, this wicked, thoroughly entertaining book presents a rich, unwholesome slice of social and cultural history of Britain, especially from the 1950s to 1970s.' ―Katharine Powers, Minneapolis Star Tribune“A biography teeming with the joyous, the ghastly and clinically fascinating.” ―The Times (London)“Hilarious and eye-opening.” ―The Observer (London)“Hugely entertaining . . . Brilliantly written, with a wonderful sardonic edge but also a thoughtful, moving tone.” ―The Spectator Read more About the Author Craig Brown is a prolific journalist and the author of more than fifteen books. He has been writing his parodic diary in Private Eye since 1989. He is the only person ever to have won three different Press Awards―for best humorist, columnist, and critic―in the same year. He has been a columnist for The Guardian, The Times (London), The Spectator, and The Daily Telegraph, among others. He currently writes for The Daily Mail and The Mail on Sunday. His last book, Hello Goodbye Hello, was translated into ten languages and was a New York Times bestseller. Read more

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Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret

Pdf Literature Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret

Pdf:Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret.“Rollicking, irresistible, un-put-downable . . . For anyone . . . who swooned to Netflix’s The Crown, this book will be manna from heaven.” —Hamish Bowles, Vogue“Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret is a brilliant, eccentric treat.” —Anna Mundow, The Wall Street Journal“I ripped through the book with the avidity of Margaret attacking her morning vodka and orange juice . . . The wisdom of the book, and the artistry, is in how Brown subtly expands his lens from Margaret’s misbehavior . . . to those who gawked at her, who huddled around her, pens poised over their diaries, hoping for the show she never denied them.” —Parul Sehgal, The New York Times“Brown has done something astonishing: He makes the reader care, even sympathize, with perhaps the last subject worthy of such affection . . . His book is big fun, equal measures insightful and hysterical.” —Karen Heller, The Washington PostA witty and profound portrait of the most talked-about English royalShe made John Lennon blush and Marlon Brando tongue-tied. She iced out Princess Diana and humiliated Elizabeth Taylor. Andy Warhol photographed her. Jack Nicholson offered her cocaine. Gore Vidal revered her. Francis Bacon heckled her. Peter Sellers was madly in love with her. For Pablo Picasso, she was the object of sexual fantasy. Princess Margaret aroused passion and indignation in equal measures. To her friends, she was witty and regal. To her enemies, she was rude and demanding. In her 1950s heyday, she was seen as one of the most glamorous and desirable women in the world. By the time of her death in 2002, she had come to personify disappointment. One friend said he had never known an unhappier woman. The tale of Princess Margaret is Cinderella in reverse: hope dashed, happiness mislaid, life mishandled. Such an enigmatic and divisive figure demands a reckoning that is far from the usual fare. Combining interviews, parodies, dreams, parallel lives, diaries, announcements, lists, catalogues, and essays, Craig Brown’s Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret is a kaleidoscopic experiment in biography and a witty meditation on fame and art, snobbery and deference, bohemia and high society.

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West with the Night: A Memoir

Pdf Literature West with the Night: A Memoir

Pdf:West with the Night: A Memoir.Review “Did you read Beryl Markham's book, West with the Night? I knew her fairly well in Africa and never would have suspected that she could and would put pen to paper except to write in her flyer's log book. As it is, she has written so well, and marvelously well, that I was completely ashamed of myself as a writer. I felt that I was simply a carpenter with words, picking up whatever was furnished on the job and nailing them together and sometimes making an okay pig pen. But [she] can write rings around all of us who consider ourselves writers. The only parts of it that I know about personally, on account of having been there at the time and heard the other people's stories, are absolutely true . . . I wish you would get it and read it because it is really a bloody wonderful book.” ―Ernest Hemingway“West with the Night is the sort of book that makes you think human beings can do anything . . . When she was a mere child, she was clawed by a lion. This should have been enough to make anybody timid for life, but not Beryl . . . A jewel of taut writing and thrilling reading . . . The girl can write.” ―John Chamberlain, The New York Times Read more About the Author Beryl Markham (1902–1986) was a British-born Kenyan aviatrix, adventurer, and racehorse trainer.Sara Wheeler is the author of, most recently, The Magnetic North and Access All Areas. Read more

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Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death and Jazz Chickens

Pdf Literature Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death and Jazz Chickens

Pdf:Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death and Jazz Chickens.Critically acclaimed, award-winning British comedian and actor Eddie Izzard details his childhood, his first performances on the streets of London, his ascent to worldwide success on stage and screen, and his comedy shows, which have won over audiences around the world. Over the course of a 30-year career, Eddie Izzard has proven himself to be a creative chameleon, inhabiting the stage and film and television screens with an unbelievable fervor. Born in Yemen and raised in Ireland, Wales, and postwar England, he lost his mother at the age of six. In his teens he dropped out of university and took to the streets of London as part of a two-man escape act; when his partner went on vacation, Izzard kept busy by inventing a one-man act, and thus a career was ignited. As a stand-up comedian, Izzard has captivated audiences with his surreal, stream-of-consciousness comedy - lines such as "cake or death?" "Death Star canteen", and "do you have a flag?" have the status of great rock lyrics. As a self-proclaimed "executive transvestite", Izzard broke the mold performing in full makeup and heels and has become as famous for his advocacy for LGBT rights as he has for his art. In Believe Me, he recounts the dizzying rise he made from street busking to London's West End to Wembley Stadium and New York's Madison Square Garden. Still performing more than 100 shows a year - thus far in a record-breaking 28 countries worldwide - Izzard is arguably one of today's top kings of comedy. With his brand of keenly intelligent humor that ranges from world history to pop culture, politics, and philosophy, he has built an extraordinary fan base that transcends age, gender, and race. Writing with the same candor and razor-sharp insight evident in his comedy, he reflects on a childhood marked by unutterable loss, sexuality and coming out, as well as a life in show business, politics, and philanthropy. Honest and generous, Izzard's Believe Me is an inspired account of a very singular life thus far.

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Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl: A Memoir

Pdf Literature Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl: A Memoir

Pdf:Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl: A Memoir.Review 'In the vast library of recent rock memoirs... Ms. Brownstein’s may be the one that most nakedly exposes its author’s personality.'—The New York Times“Carrie Brownstein writes the way she plays guitar, with raw honesty, passion, and great humor in Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl.”—Vanity Fair'A memoir that's both candid and brave, and a powerful tribute to the power of music to heal, to connect, to break you down and then make you whole again……Brownstein's music has always helped people feel like they really do belong somewhere, and her wonderful memoir does the same thing.” - NPR “Meet your fierce and funny new comrade-in-arms. [Brownstein] takes us on a backstage tour of her life, from quirky kid-dom to angsty teen-dom to the feminist subculture of the riot grrl scene to not quite superstardom… Chronicling Sleater-Kinney’s tumultuous history and her own volatility – the tours that electrified fans, one brutal, ballsy concert at a time; the anxiety that often plagued her—Brownstein illuminates the euphoric highs and crushing lows of a life spent both on the fringes and in the spotlight.”—O, The Oprah Magazine“[Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl] is earnest, endearing, at times angry, critical, confessional, raw… [it's] the compelling chronicle of a born performer, from fandom to stardom… The richness of the writing ensures that Hunger will satisfy die-hard Sleater-Kinney fans as well as those who’ve never heard a note.” —Kirkus Reviews “Brownstein is as nimble, articulate, and honest a writer of literary nonfiction as she is a musician, actress, and cultural critic.”—Vogue.com  “A sharp, emotionally intimate new memoir.”—People“[Brownstein’s] honesty is disarming, and buoyed by the same dry wit that makes her scenester-lacerating IFC series Portlandia so good. That’s how she artfully manages to transcend the backstage tropes of the rock-bio genre, and why Hunger should become the new handbook for every modern girl (and yes, boys, too) looking for the courage to pursue a life less ordinary.” –Entertainment Weekly “A stand out memoir… A journey to self-possession and a portrait of an era.” –Vogue “She can play, but man, can Carrie Brownstein write…Her blazing memoir is lit by the same flair for adventure, fearless inquiry, and honesty that mark her gritty licks and trenchant vocals.”—ELLE “Hunger doesn’t try to enumerate every hat she’s ever worn, only what emboldened her to keep experimenting.”—TIME Magazine “Solid musings from the Portlandia star/feminist punk hero.” —Cosmopolitan “Brownstein in an American indy culture avatar — funny, smart and always on point.” —Los Angeles Times “Brownstein’s writing is strongest when she describes the passion and sheer joy she experiences connecting with music.” —BUST Magazine “(Brownstein) peels away any residual glamor and mythology of the Riot Grrrl movement and tells her tale of suburban upbringing and liberation.”—Newsweek “Modern Girl offers a stark look at the strain that touring life took on Brownstein; she talks openly about her battles with depression and anxiety, including a difficult-to-read account of her nervous breakdown, which ultimately ended the band.”—Paper Magazine “Life on tour isn’t all rock ’n’ roll fantasy, as Sleater-Kinney icon and Portlandia cocreator Carrie Brownstein attests in her corrosively honest, impossible-to-put-down memoir, Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl—both a journey to self-possession and a portrait of an era, as indelible as one of her songs.”—Vogue.com “In her new memoir, [Brownstein] tells the story of how she found salvation in music.” —Out Magazine  “To find her calling, Carrie is going to experience hard work, sacrifice, and independence that makes her thrive.” —Buzzfeed  “Revealing and raw.” —The Daily Beast “Few reign power and femininity like Brownstein whose haunting vocals and soul punching lyrics leave listeners rattled, in a good way, the way only truly great music can — something Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl is bound to do as well.” —Bustle “[Brownstein] is an incredible observer, with a gift for phrases and imagery and making sense of memory… it’s not hard to predict that Brownstein’s book will go beyond the usual rock-star victory-lap and turn out to be one of the wisest and most poignant memoirs in quite a while.”—Salon  “[A] moving story about Brownstein’s life before, during, and after the rise of America’s greatest rock band.” —Flavorwire “Brownstein writes with an impressive level of self-awareness and wry humor, even when she’s tackling difficult moments in her life.' —Refinery29 “The Sleater-Kinney guitarist, writer, and Portlandia and Transparent actress has always been curiously eloquent. That quality has become obvious over the course of eight albums with bandmates Corin Tucker and Janet Weiss... and now in her refreshingly forthright new memoir, Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl.”—SPIN “Brownstein’s Modern Girl offers a lot of value for a wide range of readers. Music historians get a first-hand POV of one of punk rock’s most interesting scenes, aspiring artists will take away Brownstein’s mandatory perspective and casual readers get a damn fine read.”—Paste Magazine“Sleater-Kinney guitarist Carrie Browstein debunks the nostalgic clichés of rock-star life on the road. Instead, she candidly recounts the panic attacks and stress-induced shingles she experienced on tour.” —The Cut “Hunger is a testament to the fact that the transient and permanent are, in fact, intertwined.”—The Jewish Daily Forward“Sleater-Kinney’s Carrie Brownstein will make you laugh and cry in Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl…A hunger to be noticed, a hunger to perform and a hunger to be loved are clear motivators for Brownstein as she looks back on her childhood at the start of her entirely self-written and often funny book.” –NY Daily News “Engrossing… For fans of Sleater-Kinney, it’s immensely compelling, particularly because Brownstein writes crisply, insightfully, and without vanity… Brownstein’s memoir shows that she can keep a secret. More important, it shows how compelling she is when she opens up.”—The A.V. Club “[Brownstein's] writing is sharp, erudite, and witty, and it makes Hunger my favorite music memoir since Just Kids… [it] arrives at a moment of unprecented reverence for the feminist rock memoir.' —Pitchfork “Carrie Brownstein is the legendary guitarist in Sleater-Kinney, one-half of the comedic genius team responsible for “Portlandia” and, now, in a move that surprises no one, a brilliant memoirist.” –Spectrum “Sleater-Kinney guitarist and 'Portlandia' co-creator Carrie Brownstein’s reflections on performance and community will move and shake you.” —Huffington Post “Brownstein’s a great writer and Hunger is a smooth, electric read. She carries a lot of humor and gentle self-deprecation throughout the work.”—Consequence of Sound “Honest and irreverent, Brownstein shows herself to be a talented rock journalist and memoirist without losing the intelligence and humor her fans have come to expect.”—Nordstrom Blog The Thread “Sometimes it's nice to love a band just for their songs, without concern for their backstory, but when you get a chance to know where one of your all-time favorites comes from, and written in such a way where it feels like you've dived into a pool and like a cartoon, the whole world changes around you, it would be a crime not to indulge. Spend some time with Carrie, it'll be totally worth your while.'—Lenny Letter “Carrie strikes a great balance of fond reminiscing and truthful (sometimes regretful) memories spent on the road, in the recording studio and moments of humility in her youth.”—AfterEllen “[Brownstein’s] memoir, looking back on those formative years with the band, offers the kind of intimacy and insight fans and enthusiasts will eagerly devour.”—Biographile “This portrait of a life lived above the realm of daily concern may be accurate if you’re a Rolling Stone or Beyonce, but the truth, for most moderately successful musicians, is that rock ‘n’ roll is mostly about hard work, uncomfortable sleeping arrangements, and a lot of carrying your own instruments. Which is why Carrie Brownstein’s new memoir, about her years with the band Sleater-Kinney, is so welcome.”—Biographile“What would it be like if all your dreams come true? For Carrie Brownstein, who grew up in the Riot Grrrl movement in the Pacific Northwest, they did: She started out playing in countless punk bands until settling on one with her BFF and romantic partner, Corin Tucker, which they eventually turned into the best rock band of all time, Sleater-Kinney. In Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl, Brownstein recounts her time before worldwide fame, what Riot Grrrl meant to her as a young woman searching for her voice, and how rock 'n' roll saved her life.”—Cosmopolitan.com “In this dynamic memoir, Sleater-Kinney's Carrie Browstein tells her story of coming up through the 1990s feminist punk scene of the Pacific Northwest. Her portrait is vivid, transporting readers back to the intimate moments that sowed her own roots, and made her the cool-girl icon she is today. Brownstein is honest, funny, and, well, everything you want her to be.” —Bustle “Carrie Brownstein is brilliant and hilarious in Portlandia, and iconic as the singer for punk-rock band Sleater-Kinney, but her memoir Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl reveals a more raw and vulnerable side to her.” —Bustle “From her rocky childhood to becoming part of the feminist punk-rock movement to her days as a comedic writer and actor, Brownstein brings us into the most intimate moments of her life.”—First Slice “For decades, the guitarist for the legendary Sleater-Kinney has been celebrated for her unapologetic queer politics and general bad-assery. When she became the co-creator and star of the IFC comedy series 'Portlandia,' we were introduced to her slippery wit as well. Her new memoir unveils a third Brownstein: a melancholy, intellectually rigorous introvert who's been musically unpacking the concept of family ever since her suburban Washington childhood fell apart.” —WordandFilm.com “Brownstein has written an absolute love letter to music, a gift to Sleater Kinney fans, and above all, an expertly crafted memoir.”—Lambda Literary “Brownstein has insightful things to say about growing up with a closeted gay dad and an anorexic mom, about how the creative process works, about the 'performance' of the audience at a concert, about the punk aesthetic.”—Newsday  “A performer through and through, she translates her story to the page with characteristically blunt humor and observational prowess.” —Village Voice “Brownstein is both an icon of pop culture and an astute observer of it.” —The Boston Globe “Carrie Brownstein’s local history as part of Sleater-Kinney is, for many of us, our own—and she has long been an articulate and funny and intelligent voice behind piercing guitar that left tatters behind.”—Willamette Week “Brownstein has a story to tell, and it doesn't include satirical sketches about a certain element of local culture… What Brownstein does instead is open a window into her turbulent, creative Northwest life.”—The Oregonian “For Sleater-Kinney fans, [Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl] is an absolute must… The author writes focused and uncluttered prose, choosing the best, most telling details, as she recounts stories that show what it means to perform for the first time and what it means for a woman to be both a fan and a star in a staunchly male-dominated world. …It's revealing and riveting. On the page as in her songs, Brownstein finds the right words to give shape to experience.”—Kirkus starred review “A candid look at life in rock and roll in a deeply personal and revealing narrative of her life in music, as ardent fan, pioneering female guitarist, comedic performer on TV’s Portlandia, and luminary in the independent rock world.” —Publishers Weekly “[Brownstein's] memoir delivers on all counts, offering a sharp-eyed tale of a singular time in music and culture… A strong, engaging pop culture memoir: personal detail, a little dish, and a well-written look at what made the music, and the culture that spawned it, matter.” –Library Journal starred review “Brownstein flips easily from brainy ruminations on nostalgia, fandom, and record labels to trenchant stories about sexism, music journalism, and how a soy allergy—not drugs or alcohol—brought her to her knees on tour… her vivid Sleater-Kinney stories and descriptions of their albums are downright irresistible. Sleater-Kinney fans went nuts late last year when the trio broke their years-long hiatus, and Brownstein’s memoir will give them more to salivate over.”—Booklist“[Brownstein] looks back with a healthy balance of romanticism, critique, and humor... she has talent... Her writing is super solid, at times even gripping... You don’t need to be a superfan to appreciate someone’s well-told story about the inherent joy and strife that comes with being in a band; a person’s story about finding, then losing, then re-finding her destiny.”—Electric Literature“Brownstein has a gift for describing how collaboration works. She's got a clear critical grasp of how the push and pull between her and vocalist-guitarist Corin Tucker and the essential talents of drummer Janet Weiss made the powerful, abrasive, addictive music of Sleater-Kinney. And to that she adds an important personal perspective.”—Los Angeles Times'Deftly woven narrative….A brisk and fascinating work.” —Flavorwire 'A document of self-actualization… [Brownstein’s] writing is measured, dispassionate, and well considered; it’s engaging for exactly those reasons. Her insight is some of the best on that era and subset of punk that’s been written.' —Jezebel “Deeply felt and smartly unpacked…Essential reading…One of the best rock memoirs anyone is going to read in quite some time.”—Austin American Statesman “Her honesty is disarming, and buoyed by the same dry wit that makes her scenester-lacerating IFC series Portlandia so good. That’s how she artfully manages to transcend the backstage tropes of the rock-bio genre, and why Hunger should become the new handbook for every modern girl (and yes, boys, too) looking for the courage to pursue a life less ordinary.”—Entertainment Monthly “On the page, Brownstein comes across as funny, charming, self-deprecating and self-aware.' —Williamette Week'It’s Brownstein’s ability to recount her decorous punk life that blazes through. It’s as if she’s sitting across from the reader sharing a friendly cup of coffee, bringing you up to speed on her latest musical adventures.' —Slug Magazine“Is there anything [Brownstein] can’t do and do brilliantly?” —Cuepoint  Read more About the Author Carrie Brownstein is a musician, writer and actor who first became widely known as the guitarist and vocalist of the band Sleater-Kinney and later as a creator, writer and co-star of the Emmy-nominated, Peabody Award winning television show Portlandia. Brownstein's writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Believer, Slate, and numerous anthologies on music and culture. She lives in Portland, Oregon and Los Angeles.   Read more

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Sound Man: A Life Recording Hits with The Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, the Eagles , Eric Clapton, the Faces . . .

Pdf Literature Sound Man: A Life Recording Hits with The Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, the Eagles , Eric Clapton, the Faces . . .

Pdf:Sound Man: A Life Recording Hits with The Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, the Eagles , Eric Clapton, the Faces . . ..Review “Glyn Johns was there. He was there at some of the most important recording sessions in Rock and Roll. Reading his book, you are standing beside him as he sets up the studio in readiness for the arrival of groups like Led Zeppelin, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. For me it is a fantastic romp through the pages of Rock and Roll history.”—Sir Paul McCartney“Glyn Johns has been a very important person in my recording life (and also his brother Andy).  Glyn was the first recording engineer who helped me to understand recording and through that he was very supportive in introducing me to a lot of sessions with important people such as Ben Sidren, Leon Russell, Ronnie Lane, Pete Townshend and Howling Wolf. This together, of course, with many of the great recordings he did with us. He is one of the best.”—Charlie Watts“Sound Man will make readers aware of the many sides of Glyn Johns, a giant of a man and one of my best friends from the moment we met in 1963 to present day. Apart from his genius behind the faders and success as the producer of myriad hits, his humor comes through here, together with his unfailing desire to do the very best work he could in the face of some frighteningly egotistical artists.”—Bill Wyman“If you remember the sixties then you probably weren't there, unless of course your name is Glyn Johns. Sound Man is an intimate, humorous journey through the corridors of the music industry, as told by one of the greatest record producers of all time. I'm proud to be mentioned here and there, and to have worked with Johns on so many memorable occasions. A great read!”—Eric Clapton“Glyn Johns was the most sought after sound engineer at the time when the recording industry was just exploding in the early 60s in London. He soon became the first choice of the artists who wrote their own songs and wanted a producer who could create for them a great sound for their recordings. He was always a strong and direct influence on the talent he worked with, and his records sounded brilliant! He soon became one of the very few truly great record producers and remained so over the last fifty years. Reading Sound Man reminded me of just how many incredible people he worked with and how many great iconic records he made. It's fantastic reading.”—Chris Blackwell, founder of Island Records“Sound Man opens with a declaration: A record producer has to have an opinion and the ego to express it more convincingly than anyone else. So Glyn Johns has stood his ground with a few big-headed rock stars? I must be the exception. I've only had transcendental moments in the studio with Johns. Returning to the control room after a studio take I often felt like running: the joy of hearing what Johns had created out of the glue-and-string that was The Who was like a drug. He is an artist himself of supreme talent and experience.”—Pete Townshend Read more About the Author GLYN JOHNS was the producer or engineer of a number of rock’s classic albums, including those by the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, the Eagles, the Who, the Beatles, the Clash, and such singular artists as Joan Armatrading and Ryan Adams. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Safekeeping: Some True Stories from a Life

Pdf Literature Safekeeping: Some True Stories from a Life

Pdf:Safekeeping: Some True Stories from a Life.Review 'Poetic.... Thomas is an observant and graceful writer.' --The New York Times Book Review'Razor-sharp pieces of radiant truth...not so much memoir as a stained glass window made up of scenes garnered from a life. This is an unforgettable portrait of a grown-up woman who has learned how to rejoice in being herself. Reading it, we feel the crazy beauty of life.' --Anne Lamott, author of Bird by Bird and Traveling Mercies'Elegantly framed vignettes that quickly bring us to the essence of a game, bemused woman with a vivid interest in love.' --Elle'Safekeeping is a sapphire...pointy, gleaming, in the end, blue.... You know a form is right when, in the end, you can't imagine a story told any other way. Abigail Thomas walks the edge of the form's boundaries; her stories are haunted by adjectives.' --Los Angeles Times Book Review  Read more From the Inside Flap A beautifully crafted and inviting account of one woman's life, Safekeeping offers a sublimely different kind of autobiography. Setting aside a straightforward narrative in favor of brief passages of vivid prose, Abigail Thomas revisits the pivotal moments and the tiny incidents that have shaped her life: pregnancy at 18; single motherhood (of three!) by the age of 26; the joys and frustrations of three marriages; and the death of her second husband, who was her best friend. The stories made of these incidents are startling in their clarity and reassuring in their wisdom. This is a book in which silence speaks as eloquently as what is revealed. Openhearted and effortlessly funny, these brilliantly selected glimpses of the arc of a life are, in an age of excessive confession and recrimination, a welcome tonic. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin

Pdf Literature Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin

Pdf:Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin.The definitive biography of the Queen of Soul from acclaimed music writer David Ritz.Aretha Franklin began life as the golden daughter of a progressive and promiscuous Baptist preacher. Raised without her mother, she was a gospel prodigy who gave birth to two sons in her teens and left them and her native Detroit for New York, where she struggled to find her true voice. It was not until 1967, when a white Jewish producer insisted she return to her gospel-soul roots, that fame and fortune finally came via "Respect" and a rapidfire string of hits. She has evolved ever since, amidst personal tragedy, surprise Grammy performances, and career reinventions.Again and again, Aretha stubbornly finds a way to triumph over troubles, even as they continue to build. Her hold on the crown is tenacious, and in RESPECT, David Ritz gives us the definitive life of one of the greatest talents in all American culture.

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Modern HERstory: Stories of Women and Nonbinary People Rewriting History

Pdf Literature Modern HERstory: Stories of Women and Nonbinary People Rewriting History

Pdf:Modern HERstory: Stories of Women and Nonbinary People Rewriting History.From School Library Journal Although you may listen to Rihanna's songs, did you know she supports the Clara Lionel Foundation and several other charities? Are you aware that Geraldine Roman is the first openly transgender elected official in the history of the Philippines? Or that Winnie Harlow is contributing to conversations on positive body image? Imani offers short profiles of more than 50 modern women and nonbinary people. Some, such as Oprah, Ellen DeGeneres, and Serena Williams, may be more familiar to teens, while other entries will be introductions to the courageous work of revolutionaries creating change through blogs, campaigns, and businesses. This is an excellent source for those interested in current biographies and hashtag movements. Burgeoning activists will be inspired and may gain a better understanding of their power in the world. VERDICT This quick read is recommended for browsable nonfiction collections.-­Pamela Schembri, Horace Greeley High School, Chappaqua NYα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. Read more Review “Activist, journalist, and founder of the non-profit Equality for HER, Imani’s book is the one we need during the #MeToo and Black Lives Matter movements…This collection would be a welcome addition to any introductory women’s, gender, and sexuality studies course. It should also be shared among feminists and those passionate about fighting oppression based on class, disability, gender, race, and sexuality.”– Library Journal (starred review)“Blair Imani is an agent of social change who uses her background in grassroots activism to tell the stories of revolutionaries, both past and present, who are the catalysts of change our world so desperately needs, but you don’t have to take my word for it.” –LeVar Burton, actor, educator, and activist   “Modern HERstory should be required reading for everyone.” –Tegan and Sara   “Blair Imani educates readers about the HERstory of unsung heroes who work tirelessly to make the world a better place for all, while simultaneously blazing a trail of her own as a pioneer in activism for the next generation. Today, so many young women and LGBTQ people lack positive role models, and this book is an important step to inspiring the next generation of people to aim high and be proud.” –Sarah Kate Ellis, CEO of GLAAD   “Blair Imani has given us an encyclopedia not just of the often overlooked in history, but also of the people who are changing the direction of our country today—this is who to follow, watch, celebrate, and emulate. We need these role models and fighters—and this book!” –Dawn Laguens, executive vice president and chief brand officer of Planned Parenthood Federation of America   'Modern HERstory shines a remarkable light on important figures from our past, while inspiring new generations to be bold, courageous, and unafraid to stand up for what is right.' –Andrew Aydin, National Book Award–winning author of March and Run   “Through powerful storytelling and bright images, Blair Imani sends a clear message to next-generation activists and changemakers--this is their moment, they are the present, the now, and yes, the future. Instead of waiting to be passed the proverbial torch, the heroes in Imani's book claim their role as torchbearers whose lights are blazing inspiring trails for each of us to follow.” –Jamia Wilson, executive director and publisher of Feminist Press   “I had chills while reading this entire book. THE ENTIRE BOOK. I was moved, inspired, and informed by the stories of these unbelievable people. I was also indignant: how could my history classes not have included such important pioneers?! Run out immediately and purchase multiple copies to send to your friends. I promise, they'll thank you.” –Claire Wasserman, CEO and founder of Ladies Get Paid   “Changing society’s narrative often requires us to look back over our historical mosaic; admit what we got wrong; recognize who was silenced, marginalized or erased; and then reorganize and rewrite. Modern HERstory offers an inclusive approach to this kind of truth-telling.” –Monica Lewinsky, anti-bullying advocate    “Modern HERstory is an empowering and educational read, filled with the stories of activists you should know and names that should fill our history books. In these turbulent political times, Blair Imani's first book reminds us that the change we need will only come from a coalition of activists working across differences and movements.” –Sarah McBride, author of Tomorrow Will Be Different   “Blair Imani's Modern HERstory is a major contribution to the exhausting and endlessly important project of broadening our shared narrative. I wish I had a book like this growing up.” –Lauren Duca, award-winning journalist   “Blair Imani's book is essential reading. These powerful stories of activism and bravery will amaze and inspire. This book opens our ears to the neglected voices of herstory. May those voices--and many more--be heard!” –Emma Sulkowicz, artist and activist   'Blair Imani's Modern HERstory is like a woman's heart. Filled with compassion, understanding, and acceptance, the book embraces women of diverse experiences, including transwomen like myself, in order to inspire people to aspire and work for a happier and more inclusive society for all. When you feel like giving up, you have got to read this book!” –Representative Geraldine Roman, first openly transgender member of the Philippines Congress   'With Modern HERstory, Blair Imani provides readers with crucial insight to understanding modern social justice movements in a way that is both vital and accessible. By shining a light on contemporary women and nonbinary people who are making history in real time, some lesser known than others, Imani reminds readers that heroes can emerge from anywhere, that activism takes many shapes and forms, and that history is not simply a matter of the past but something occurring in real time and in powerfully unexpected ways. The people presented here do not represent a new type of activism; rather, they represent people who've long been present in freedom movements and are too often overlooked.' –Bree Newsome, artist and activist   'Modern HERstory is a necessary part of any budding revolutionary’s library. Blair Imani has compiled over 70 stories of self-actualization from figures across a wide array of faith traditions, cultural origins, and social strata. It’s a major and inspiring feat that is necessary for our times. Everyone should feel represented, and Imani’s work elevates and preserves the history of women and femmes in a way that is empowering for diverse women/femmes everywhere. As a grassroots community organizer, I’m using this book as a resource so that I am grounded in all the ways women/femmes have fought for our collective liberation. This is a clear reminder of the power that all women/femmes have, and of the magical ways in which, despite the forms of violence we face, we exist, resist and create together.” –Rana Abdelhamid, CEO and founder of MALIKAH, gender justice organizer'A lively collective portrait of passionate, pioneering women and nonbinary people.'–Publishers Weekly'. . .accessible, awe-inspiring. . . .a new textbook of history’s heroes, free of erasure and white-male bias. . . .Imani’s collection is galvanizing and hopeful, leaving the radicals of tomorrow with proof that all people—no matter their race, gender identity, sexual orientation, or abilities—can change the world.'–Booklist (starred review)'. . .an important introduction to social justice work, specifically that which pertains to racial, sexual, religious, and ableist discrimination and oppression. It provides a quick and accessible reference source for anyone interested in how change can be effected from various levels, from the academic front to grass-roots movements. It will show readers that activists are not monolithic and that they themselves are never too young, small, or different to work toward change. A crucial message of inclusivity and sensitivity is present throughout. This engaging work is about movers and shakers—folks who made moves and shook up the status quo for the betterment of all.'–Kirkus Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Jazz Chickens

Pdf Literature Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Jazz Chickens

Pdf:Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Jazz Chickens.Review “If you are a fan of Eddie Izzard, then you will love this book. If you are not a fan of Eddie Izzard, then there is a good chance that this book will make you one. The experience is akin to him sitting down and having a chat with you, which, we can all agree, sounds delightful.”—Thomas Burns Scully, Popdust.com“[A] candid new book...The comedic tour de force [Eddie Izzard] opens up about his mother's death, coming out as transgender, and his quest for romantic love.”—Catie Lazarus, Out Magazine“Beloved British comedian Eddie Izzard [writes] with the same wit and candor that characterizes his stand-up [and] tackles his sexuality, his troubled childhood, and the tumultuous early days of his career, even as he recounts his many excellent roles, albums, and tours.”—Maris Kreizman, Vulture“What [Believe Me] adds is the larger context of the life—not just what thrills [Eddie Izzard], but what wounds him and what drives him...There is more to it than sadness, however. Izzard’s chronicle is reminiscent of his shows, a stream of surprising associations, full of footnotes and copious asides on subjects like NASA and Action Man.”—Nick A. Zaino III, The Boston Globe“Getting a peek behind the curtain with regards to a guy like this is a rare treat. Believe Me is that peek, a glimpse at the inner workings, the gears and cogs that make a unique personality such as Eddie Izzard tick...All of it is engaging and heartfelt and unwaveringly honest. And oh yeah—it’s pretty freaking funny too.”—The Maine Edge   “Laughter trumps sorrow in candid comedian Eddie Izzard’s Believe Me.”—Sloane Crosley, Vanity Fair“Beloved comedian, actor, and writer Izzard…shares intimate details about his life and is emotionally transparent throughout this splendid memoir…The book is both funny and painful, and ultimately uplifting.”—Publishers Weekly“A wicked, beautiful man has written a wicked, beautiful book about his (kind of?) messed up life and it’s...perfect.”—Patton Oswalt“This book is a raw, honest exploration of what it means to live your truth, to be unapologetically ambitious, and to walk through fear over and over again. It’s about being brave. And hilarious. It reminded me that walking through fear almost always leads to happiness.”—Chelsea Handler“I had never heard of Eddie Izzard before, but judging by this delightful memoir, he has a glittering career ahead of him. I particularly enjoyed his descriptions of working in a Vatican slaughterhouse, acting as Deputy Foreign Minister in Gladstone’s first administration, his whacky exploits at his uncle’s Taxidermy Cafe, and his tragic death at the age of only eight at the Morris Dancing Finals in Bruges.”—John Cleese   “Eddie Izzard is my favorite stand-up chameleon.”—Eric Idle Read more About the Author Eddie Izzard is a world-renowned comedian, actor, writer, runner, and activist. He made his West End debut in 1993 in a one-man show called Live at the Ambassadors, for which he received an Olivier Award nomination for Outstanding Achievement. He recently appeared on television as Dr. Abel Gideon in Hannibal, and he produced and starred in the FX Networks series The Riches. His films include Valkyrie; Ocean’s Thirteen and Ocean’s Twelve; Across the Universe; Mystery Men; Shadow of the Vampire; The Cat’s Meow; Lost Christmas; Castles in the Sky; and Whisky Galore. His stage appearances include David Mamet’s Race and The Cryptogram; the title role in Marlowe’s Edward II; 900 Oneonta; and A Day in the Death of Joe Egg in London and on Broadway, which garnered him a Tony nomination for Best Actor. Izzard’s hit one-man shows include Dress to Kill, Stripped, and Force Majeure. His performance in Dress to Kill earned him two Emmy Awards. In 2010, the documentary Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story received an Emmy nomination. In 2009, Izzard ran forty-three marathons in fifty-one days throughout the United Kingdom, and in 2016, he ran twenty-seven marathons in twenty-seven days across South Africa in honor of Nelson Mandela’s twenty-seven years in prison. By running these seventy marathons he has helped raise £4.8 million ($6 million) for the UK charity Sport Relief.  Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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The Basketball Diaries: The Classic About Growing Up Hip on New York's Mean Streets

Pdf Literature The Basketball Diaries: The Classic About Growing Up Hip on New York's Mean Streets

Pdf:The Basketball Diaries: The Classic About Growing Up Hip on New York's Mean Streets.Review “Filled with a kind of vitality. . . a remarkable account of New York City’s lower depths.” –New York Times'His terse wit, with its archly contrived naïveté, transforms The Basketball Diaries, a tale of teenage rebellion, into a contemporary classic.'- -Newsweek   “A generational hit.” –Esquire Read more About the Author Jim Carroll’s bestselling memoir The Basketball Diaries was first released in 1978 and adapted as a film in 1995. Carroll’s work includes several collections of poetry as well as a asecond memoir, Forces Entries: The Downtown Diaries 1971-1973. As the leader of The Jim Carroll Band he released three albums as well as several spoken word recordings. He died in New York City on September 11, 2009. Read more

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Cherry

Pdf Literature Cherry

Pdf:Cherry.Review “Karr captures, exactly, what it’s like for a girl to kiss the first boy she loves….She captures, exactly, what it’s like to start high school….She captures, exactly, what it’s like to be a book-hungry teenager, enraptured by the words and heady ideas that offer transport from the banalities of small-town life….As she did in The Liars’ Club, Ms. Karr combines a poet’s lyricism and a Texan’s down-home vernacular with her natural storytelling gift.” —Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times“A compelling ride through [Karr’s] adolescence….What distinguishes Karr is the ability to serve up her experiences in a way that packs the wallop of immediacy with the salty tang of adult reflection…her descriptions of the bruised-lip, druggy wonder of teenage love are precise, unsentimental, and lovely.” —Chicago Tribune“The Liars’ Club left no doubt that Mary Karr could flat out write…the one question everyone had upon finishing her story was, could she do it again? Cherry lays that question to rest once and for all….It never lacks for those trademark Karr details, but it’s about all of us. —Newsweek“A smart, searing memoir….Romance, in all of its wondrous and heartbreaking incarnations, is Karr’s great subterranean subject, the ground upon which her wily, whip-smart writing catches root.” —Lisa Shea, ElleStunning…If The Liars’ Club succeeded partly because of its riveting particularity, Cherry succeeds because of its universality. The first book is about one harrowing childhood, the second about every adolescence. She can turn even the most mundane events into gorgeous prose.” —The New York Times Book Review“Cherry is the kind of book a brave parent could do a lot worse than to give to a teenager….Teenage girls might come away from it knowing that they’re not freaks, that mistakes aren’t fatal, and that good writing kisses just about everything better. And for teenage boys, reading Cherry would be like stealing the other team’s playbook….Mary Karr gives memoir back its good name.” —San Francisco Chronicle“Here, intact, is the smart, sassy, wickedly observant voice first met in The Liars’ Club, a voice that knows how to tell a story in a crackling vernacular that feels exactly true to its setting.” —The Washington Post“Cherry delivers. Karr still has her delicious knack for making you guffaw through horrible events…its humor, warmth, and crackling language should keep Karr’s fans hungering for another round.” —People Magazine“Karr writes about adolescence with the same emotional precision that illuminated her account of childhood…[she] nails with wonderful specificity the complex way adolescents bond intellectually and emotionally. Her descriptions of her early sexual experiences are also original. Her language is frank without becoming clinical, and she captures the swooning tenderness of a kiss without sounding sentimental…firmly rooted though it is in a particular time and place, Cherry, like all serious autobiographies, is about something much more universal: the construction of a satisfying identity or, more precisely, the discovery of a fundamental self that was there all along.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer“It’s the powerful spiked punch of Karr’s writing that amazes…Cherry is about the dizzy funk of female teen sexuality, and Karr captures the innocence and dirt of it, the hunger and the thrill, with exquisite pitch. Karr’s connection to her younger sexual self is profound with mercy or nostalgia….Karr identifies the vulnerable, frightening gap between most girls’ night thoughts and those in the day….Right now, in this remembrance of blooming, Karr continues to set the literary standard for making the personal universal.” —Entertainment Weekly“This book is best when it portrays things common to all of us in adolescence. The woeful sense of isolation. The fierce desire to have friends. The agitated, wondrous discovery of things sexual. Those awkward kisses in the dark. And the risks.” —USA Today“This book is about being a female adolescent, a horrible fate; the best that can be said of it is that one does recover. The extraordinary thing about Karr, in addition to the poetry of her writing, is her stunning honesty.” —Molly Ivins, Ft. Worth Star-Telegram“Awesomely written…Cherry is beautifully wrought and tart in its angst-wrangling….Karr can render sentences so powerful as to make you bow your head in reverence.” —The Village Voice“Cherry is beautifully written, without a single word wasted. Karr’s poetic yet tensile language creates exceptional landscapes, both physical and emotional…her broad but precise descriptions, coupled with piercing insights into the sometimes agonizing trials of growing up, create fully realized characters with whom the reader can immediately empathize….Hardly a soul alive hasn’t felt exiled in the dark territory of adolescence; Karr maps this landscape expertly and candidly.” —The San Diego Union“Step aside, J. D. Salinger, and take your alter ego Holden Caulfield with you. Mary Karr has staked out your turf, the upended land of adolescence. And she is just smart, angry, sensitive and self-mocking enough to defend it with everything she’s got…this time Karr has created another fiercely poetic and alternately bruising, comic, and picaresque account of her wild and painful journey through early adolescence. And if ever the tortuous metamorphosis from caterpillar to damaged butterfly has been captured in print, this is it…the tales of her first serious crush, first kiss and first date [are] each gorgeously delineated in all their tragicomic dimensions, and unique in the way they capture the overwhelming combination of attraction and repulsion involved in early sexual experiences. But everything Karr touches is emblazoned with this raw honesty and a sense of the breathtaking confusion and emotional terrorism of adolescenc Read more About the Author Mary Karr's poems and essays have won Pushcart prizes and have appeared in magazines such as the New Yorker, The Atlantic, and Parnassus. She was a Bunting Fellow at Radcliffe College, and is now the Jesse Truesdale Peck Professor of English Literature at Syracuse. Read more

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What Happened, Miss Simone?: A Biography

Pdf Literature What Happened, Miss Simone?: A Biography

Pdf:What Happened, Miss Simone?: A Biography.Review Praise for What Happened, Miss Simone? and Nina Simone “Alan Light has written an electrifying, humane, and dimensional biography of one of my favorite artists in the entire world. I learned so much about a woman I admire, the woman whose fiery piano and voice is a powerful reminder of what artists are meant to do! What Happened, Miss Simone? captures how unique and real she was on every page.” –Alicia Keys “A spellbinding portrait of a musical genius, a woman both ahead of her time and of it. In What Happened Miss Simone?, Alan Light resurrects the High Priestess of Soul with profound sympathy and masterful storytelling.”–Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson, author of Mo’ Meta Blues and Something to Food About “Nina Simone was an overwhelming artist, piano player, and singer—the kind of artist that I loved and admired.”–Bob Dylan “Nina Simone’s music helped us to navigate the contradictions that propelled the black struggle forward… Her phenomenal voice beckoned us toward the battle to come.” –Angela Davis“What Happened, Miss Simone? is the engaging biography of the troubled soul heroine... As Light shows, her intensity fueled music that reflected and transformed the volatile America of her times.” –Rolling Stone“[Nina Simone's] willingness to speak her mind shines out of every page of Alan Light's biography.”–The Times (UK)“A probing account of Simone’s inner struggles...Far from detracting from her civil rights heroism, it makes that achievement all the more astonishing.”–The New York Review of Books“Simone was a genius. Her triumphs and troubles share the stage in Light's pitch-perfect biography, What Happened, Miss Simone?.”–Elle“Cleareyed and well-balanced, respectful rather than worshipful.”–Columbus Dispatch Read more About the Author A veteran music journalist, ALAN LIGHT is the author of The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley and the Unlikely Ascent of 'Hallelujah' and Let's Go Crazy: Prince and the Making of Purple Rain. Light was previously the editor-in-chief of Vibe and Spin and a senior writer for Rolling Stone. He is also a frequent contributor to the New York Times. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Pete Maravich: The Authorized Biography of Pistol Pete

Pdf Literature Pete Maravich: The Authorized Biography of Pistol Pete

Pdf:Pete Maravich: The Authorized Biography of Pistol Pete.From Booklist The late Pete Maravich is a basketball legend. He averaged more than 44 points a game in his career at Louisiana State University—before the advent of the three-point shot—and 24 during his NBA career. But more than his scoring was his passing. He was inarguably the most spectacular, creative passer in the history of the game. Pete was the son of a successful coach, Press Maravich, and neighbors recall young Pete hanging out of a car window, dribbling, while his dad drove slowly around the side streets, gradually picking up speed. Federman and Terrill recount Maravich’s playing career in entertaining fashion, though the sheer number of game accounts is numbing. As for the personal Pete, they come to many of the same conclusions as Mark Kriegel did in his masterful 2006 biography, Pistol—that success on the basketball court did not translate to happiness. It was only after his career was over that he found contentment in Evangelical Christianity and working with kids. This isn’t quite the polished piece of work that Kriegel’s book is, but it offers an evenhanded treatment of all aspects of Maravich’s life. --Wes Lukowsky Read more

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The Prince of Frogtown

Pdf Literature The Prince of Frogtown

Pdf:The Prince of Frogtown.Review “Nothing less than a triumph.”—The Tennessean“Powerful.... [Bragg is] a storyteller on a par with Pat Conroy.” —Denver Post“Rick Bragg has made of the dark shadow in his life a figure of flesh and blood, passion and tragedy, and a father, at last, whose memory he can live with. And that is no small thing for any man to do.” —The New York Times Book Review“Bragg writes in that sumptuous, multilayered, image-rich Southern yarn-spinning manner that seduces as fast as you can read it. It unwinds beautifully.”—The Providence Journal“With The Prince of Frogtown, Bragg finds a heartening truth: He is not doomed to take up the defects of his forebears but learns instead to use them as a compass.... Readers will relish the journey.”—Rocky Mountain News“Vivid.... An evocative family memoir.”—Boston Globe“By turns gut-wrenching, hilarious and heartbreaking.... A way of looking hard at the past in order to break free of it.” —St. Petersburg Times“Bragg crafts flowing sentences that vividly describe the southern Appalachian landscape and ways of life both old and new. . . . His father’s story walks the line between humorous and heartbreaking . . . This book, much like his previous two memoirs, is lush with narratives about manhood, fathers and sons, families and the changing face of the rural South.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)“Smooth and rich as bourbon.”—Kirkus“Bragg continues in the vein of his legendary storytelling, breathing life into a father he barely knew while learning to love a son.”—Library Journal Read more About the Author Rick Bragg is the author of two best-selling books, Ava's Man and All Over but the Shoutin'. He lives in Alabama. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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A Lady in Love with Jazz: The Life of Shirley Tennyson-McFatter

Pdf Literature A Lady in Love with Jazz:  The Life of Shirley Tennyson-McFatter

Pdf:A Lady in Love with Jazz: The Life of Shirley Tennyson-McFatter.This is the authentic biography of Shirley Tennyson-McFatter, anointed at her passing as "Dallas Queen of Jazz." Dallas gave the world many famous jazz artists, such as "Buster" Smith, "Red" Garland, Cedar Walton, James Earl Clay, Marchel Ivery, Roger Boykin, and many others. Shirley McFatter (as she was commonly known) played with many of these greats, and over the two decades representing her most productive jazz years, she garnered local fame. This book is the author's gift to her friends and fans, after 25 years since she transcended.

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Safekeeping: Some True Stories from a Life

Pdf Literature Safekeeping: Some True Stories from a Life

Pdf:Safekeeping: Some True Stories from a Life.A beautifully crafted and inviting account of one woman’s life, Safekeeping offers a sublimely different kind of autobiography. Setting aside a straightforward narrative in favor of brief passages of vivid prose, Abigail Thomas revisits the pivotal moments and the tiny incidents that have shaped her life: pregnancy at 18; single motherhood (of three!) by the age of 26; the joys and frustrations of three marriages; and the death of her second husband, who was her best friend. The stories made of these incidents are startling in their clarity and reassuring in their wisdom. This is a book in which silence speaks as eloquently as what is revealed. Openhearted and effortlessly funny, these brilliantly selected glimpses of the arc of a life are, in an age of excessive confession and recrimination, a welcome tonic.

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Prince: The Last Interview (The Last Interview Series)

Pdf Literature Prince: The Last Interview (The Last Interview Series)

Pdf:Prince: The Last Interview (The Last Interview Series).About the Author Born in Minneapolis in 1958, Prince Rogers Nelson was one most influential artists of the last 40 years, inspiring generations of musicians that have followed in his footsteps. Beginning with his debut album in 1977, Prince released albums now considered classic until his fame reached spectacular heights in the 80s, culminating in the duel album and film PURPLE RAIN, which he directed and in which he starred. A conflict with his label led him to famously release music under his trademark symbol throughout the 90s. In the final years of his life, Prince continued to release platinum selling albums, including his 39th and final studio album HIT N RUN PHASE TWO, released only months before his untimely death on April 21, 2016. Hanif Abduraqqib is the author of the New York Times bestseller Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to a Tribe Called Quest as well as the essay collection They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us. Read more

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Cartoon County: My Father and His Friends in the Golden Age of Make-Believe

Pdf Literature Cartoon County: My Father and His Friends in the Golden Age of Make-Believe

Pdf:Cartoon County: My Father and His Friends in the Golden Age of Make-Believe.Review 'Warm and graceful . . . [a] stylishly written and illustrated field guide to the American Cartoonist and his mid-century habitat.' ―Garry Trudeau, The New York Times Book Review“A rich, clever, and affectionate account of a tight-knit circle of cartoonists . . . The art in Cartoon County is as lovingly reproduced as the anecdotes.” ―Dan Wasserman, The Boston Globe“A lovingly observed tribute to that magical mid-twentieth-century never-never land (suburban Connecticut), where cartoonists of newspaper strips and magazine gag panels commuted to the top floor or the basement of their homes, or to nearby studios, to turn out a form of art that was, in its day, an integral part of American culture, rivaling today’s TV, cable, or the web. John Cullen Murphy was the illustrator of the classic Prince Valiant Sunday page, and his life, and that of his cartoonist friends, is recorded in anthropological detail in this beautifully composed and delightfully illustrated love letter from his son.” ―Jules Feiffer, cartoonist and illustrator, author of the noir graphic novel trilogy Kill My Mother“Imagine growing up in a bucolic Eden populated by dozens of oddball cartoonists and you’ll have some idea of what Cullen Murphy’s youth was like. In Cartoon County, Murphy―son of the admired Prince Valiant illustrator―gives us a glimpse into the curious lives of these masters of pen and ink, and an unforgettable portrait of his father: independent, quirky, funny, and wise. A gem.” ―Edward Sorel, cartoonist and illustrator, author of Mary Astor's Purple Diary and Unauthorized Portraits“A lavishly illustrated memoir of the boom years of the American comic strip from Peanuts to Prince Valiant, as told by an insider.” ―Tom Wolfe, author of The Bonfire of the Vanities and The Right Stuff“What a find this book is for anyone who grew up, like me, devouring the funnies, cartoons, and comic books. Where did all these delightful things come from? A lot of it was from one neighborhood in Connecticut. With wit, deep affection, and playful erudition, Cullen Murphy has sketched and inked the backstory of this unique literary and artistic subculture, and wrapped into it a colorful, loving memoir of his parents and their very large family.” ―Mark Bowden, author of Hué 1968 and Black Hawk Down“An enchanting and irresistible memoir by the son of one of the great illustrators of the Connecticut School of artists. Cullen Murphy’s Cartoon County takes us back in time on a sentimental journey to his childhood and a lost world full of innocent splendor and delight, and makes our hearts glow.” ―Christopher Buckley, author of The Relic Master and Losing Mum and Pup“Cullen Murphy and I grew up in Connecticut during a golden age of cartooning and share many memories of those spirited times. The colorful characters from this vanished era come back to life in this heartfelt family history, which is also an outstanding work of comic scholarship.” ―Brian Walker, son of Mort Walker (Beetle Bailey), cartoonist, author of The Comics: The Complete Collection“Part memoir, part cultural history, part treasure trove of drawings and photographs . . . and all thoroughly delightful as a celebration of the golden age of newspaper comics.” ―Kirkus Reviews (starred review)“[Cullen Murphy’s] memoir provides sharp but loving observations of the tight-knit clan that shared a strong commitment to family, a love of golf, and ‘that early-’50s Clark Kent-ish look’ . . . Nearly all the Connecticut School members are gone now, and newspaper comics, like newspapers themselves, are on the wane. Murphy’s paean to this bygone era and endangered art form make the reader keenly feel what’s been lost.” ―Gordon Flagg, Booklist“Immensely evocative . . . [Murphy] writes with a personable mix of affection and realism that offers a vivid sense of what it was like to . . . be a working cartoonist in the decades following WWII.” ―Publishers Weekly Read more About the Author Cullen Murphy is the editor at large at Vanity Fair and the former managing editor of The Atlantic Monthly. He is the author of The Word According to Eve, Just Curious, and God’s Jury. He lives in Massachusetts with his family. Read more

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Let's Go (So We Can Get Back): A Memoir of Recording and Discording with Wilco, Etc.

Pdf Literature Let's Go (So We Can Get Back): A Memoir of Recording and Discording with Wilco, Etc.

Pdf:Let's Go (So We Can Get Back): A Memoir of Recording and Discording with Wilco, Etc..Review “Engaging … Sometimes the most revolutionary thing about music comes down to its ability to transform an individual.”—The New York Times Book Review“Wildly entertaining… Breathtaking…Unforgettable…Tweedy's music has never shied away from darkness, but he's also never been afraid to celebrate joy. The same is true with this remarkable memoir—it's a wonderful book, alternately sorrowful and triumphant, and it's a gift not just to his fans, but to anyone who cares about American rock music.”—NPR.org'The book’s unsparing detail— on everything from his upbringing in drab Belleville, Illinois, to the contentious band dynamics of Wilco and alt-country gods Uncle Tupelo — make this a uniquely raw rock autobiography.”—Rolling Stone“Let’s Go is especially enlightening, a rock’n’roll book that quietly dismantles what we expect from rock’n’roll books.”—Pitchfork“Illuminating…a compelling portrait of an artist whose everyman nature proves to be anything but a front.”—AV Club'[Tweedy] succeeds in entertaining and oddly revealing ways, moving with shape-shifting ease from wry self-effacement to what he calls Midwestern sarcasm to naked confession.”—Chicago Tribune“Laced with funny anecdotes… Readers might sometimes wonder at Tweedy’s lyrics, but in his playing, singing and writing, whether in solo efforts, in collaboration with Wilco or in his producing other artists, we know we have something to treasure.”—Associated Press“In its willingness to probe the most vulnerable periods in his past, though, [Let’s Go (So We Can Get Back)] is of a piece with Tweedy’s revered songwriting.” —Vanity Fair“His writing... could not be any more inviting and engaging, full of voice and rich, vivid storytelling... he composes lengthy chapters that dive deep into explanations of his songwriting and recording process, the pain and joy of his upbringing and his attempts to grapple with addiction, marriage and parenthood.'—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette“Let’s Go (So We Can Get Back) reads more like a collection of humorously confessional essays by David Sedaris than a conventional rock memoir.” —Uproxx'Engaging and self-questioning.' —The Philadelphia Inquirer“The Wilco front man has just written one of the best and most revealing memoirs in years...Let’s Go is a warts-and-all addiction memoir, but luckily it is much more than that, too. It’s also a genuinely moving ode to his wife and two sons (one of whom, Spencer, is the drummer in his side project Tweedy), and an impassioned and often quite funny firsthand account of a music geek’s coming of age.”—The Ringer“Though Tweedy’s lyrics tend to be oblique, his new memoir is anything but.'—Men’s Journal“We already knew Jeff Tweedy could write…We didn’t know Tweedy could write an entire book, and do it really well. But with the arrival of his new memoir, Let’s Go (So We Can Get Back), out last week, it’s clear Tweedy is just as adept at writing nonfiction as he is songs. Let’s Go is a dry-witted examination of Tweedy’s personal life and career so enjoyable even the most casual of fans will be hooked.”—Paste“By turns self-deprecating, sincere, hilarious, and harrowing.”—The Boston Globe'A funny and candid addition to the rock-memoir genre”.—Newsweek“Funny and frank.”—Entertainment Weekly“Engaging and self-questioning.”—Philadelphia Inquirer“A memoir every bit as openhearted and captivating as [Tweedy’s] best songwriting...Even the most difficult events in this page-turner are edged with humor and the hindsight of someone looking back from a better place. Though stories of contemporary musicians occupy a crowded field, this one’s a cut above the rest. Tweedy proves himself delightful company, and, as with his music, readers will hear this resonating long after they’ve finished.” —Library Journal (starred review)“Tweedy writes movingly about his parents, his wife and children, and his desire to find an artistic home for his band. Thoughtful, earnest reflections on family, creative integrity, and a life in music.”—Kirkus“Tweedy will delight fans by sharing such tidbits as his favorite moment in the Wilco documentary and how a Noah’s Ark analogy powered the Grammy-winning A Ghost Is Born album. Tweedy tells a wonderfully unassuming story of a music-filled life.”—Publishers Weekly Read more About the Author As the founding member and leader of the American rock band Wilco, and before that the cofounder of the alt-country band Uncle Tupelo, Jeff Tweedy is one of contemporary American music's most accomplished songwriters, musicians, and performers. Since starting Wilco in 1994, Tweedy has written original songs for ten Wilco albums and collaborated with folk singer Billy Bragg to bring musical life to three albums full of Woody Guthrie-penned lyrics in the Mermaid Avenue series. In 2014, he released Sukierae, a musical collaboration with his son, drummer Spencer Tweedy. He has produced a trio of albums for iconic soul and gospel singer Mavis Staples: the 2011 Grammy Award-winning You Are Not Alone, 2013's One True Vine, and the 2017 release, which he also cowrote with Staples, If All I Was Was Black. He lives in Chicago with his family. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Fail Until You Don't: Fight Grind Repeat

Pdf Literature Fail Until You Don't: Fight Grind Repeat

Pdf:Fail Until You Don't: Fight Grind Repeat.Review  ”Fail Until You Don’t: Fight. Grind. Repeat details a simple but effective way to fight through the minutia of day-to-day work with hopes to position yourself for a shot at success.” (Forbes)“Bobby Bones is exploring the beauty of big mistakes” (Entertainment Tonight)“Bobby Bones knows a thing or two about turning failure into success” (Parade) Read more From the Back Cover How Do You Win? You Lose a Few Times Along the Way.Bobby Bones doesn’t do anything halfway. When he launched his career in radio, he didn’t stop until he had one of the most beloved morning shows in the entire country, the nationally syndicated Bobby Bones Show. When he decided he wanted to pursue a career in stand-up comedy, he immediately planned a massive tour in sizable venues, instead of honing his set in small clubs first. When he started his music career, again he dove right in, scheduling dates all over the country. And with his first book, Bare Bones, Bobby traveled nonstop to meet his fans and his book landed at the top of bestseller lists across the country. But—and there’s a big but here—along the way there have been some epic failures, some embarrassing disasters, some confidence killers, and some total misfires. With each of these setbacks, Bobby has fallen back on the mantra that gets him through, the one he uses to propel himself forward and that has carried him from Mountain Pine, Arkansas, and his troubled childhood to today’s success:Fight. Deciding what it is you really want; setting your goals; and strategizing and taking the first steps toward that goal.Grind. Never missing a detail; always being ready and on call; and doing the work no matter how tired, sick, or over it you feel.Repeat. Having the patience, resources, and resilience to keep doing the same thing over and over until you get what it is you really want.In Fail Until You Don’t, Bobby Bones shares his stories of failures turned to wins, as do some of his famous friends, including Andy Roddick, Governor Asa Hutchinson, Chris Stapleton, his cohost Amy, Charlamagne Tha God, and many more. Full of the humor, humility, and charm that makes Bobby who he is, Fail Until You Don’t is a look into what makes him tick and will inspire you to Fight, Grind, and Repeat for what you believe in, too. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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The Man Called CASH: The Life, Love and Faith of an American Legend

Pdf Literature The Man Called CASH: The Life, Love and Faith of an American Legend

Pdf:The Man Called CASH: The Life, Love and Faith of an American Legend.Johnny Cash is one of the most influential figures in music and American popular culture today. While he was an icon to people of all ages during his life, Cash's legacy continues after his death. His remarkable story is captured in this exclusive authorized biography, addressing the whole life of Johnny Cash-not just his unforgettable music but also his relationship with June Carter Cash and his faith in Christ. His authenticity, love for God and family, and unassuming persona are what Steve Turner captures with passion and focus in this inspiring book. Different from other books written about him, The Man Called CASH brings Cash's faith and love for God into the foreground and tells the story of a man redeemed, without watering-down or sugar-coating. The Man Called CASH will be a huge success with his millions of fans and will draw in many new fans with this inspiring story of faith and redemption.

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A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

Pdf Literature A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

Pdf:A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius.Review “A virtuosic piece of writing, a big, daring, manic-depressive stew of a book that noisily announces the debut of a talented—yes, staggeringly talented new writer.” —Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times   “ Exhilarating…. Profoundly moving, occasionally angry and often hilarious…. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius is finally, a finite book of jest, which is why it succeeds so brilliantly.” —The New York Times Book Review   “Eggers evokes the terrible beauty of youth like a young Bob Dylan, frothing with furious anger…. He takes us close, shows us as much as he can bear…. His book is a comic and moving witness that transcends and transgresses formal boundaries.” —The Washington Post   “[F]unny, wildly intelligent…. What’s consistent throughout is the full-throttle voice: the sensibility of the man who grieves his parents, who safeguards his brother, who knows that his own presence here can walk the line between ‘self-conscious’ and ‘self-devouring.” —The Boston Globe   “Eggers crafts something universal here, something raw and real and wonderful that transcends any zeitgeist and manages to deal trenchantly with ‘big issues’ that often prove too daunting for younger writers: mortality, youth the artifice of writing, the Zen of Frisbee. This is a beautifully ragged, laugh-out-loud funny and utterly unforgettable book.” —San Francisco Chronicle Read more From the Inside Flap The literary sensation of the year, a book that redefines both family and narrative for the twenty-first century. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius is the moving memoir of a college senior who, in the space of five weeks, loses both of his parents to cancer and inherits his eight-year-old brother. Here is an exhilarating debut that manages to be simultaneously hilarious and wildly inventive as well as a deeply heartfelt story of the love that holds a family together. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius is an instant classic that will be read in paperback for decades to come. The Vintage edition includes a new appendix by the author. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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What Would Dolly Do?: How to Be a Diamond in a Rhinestone World

Pdf Literature What Would Dolly Do?: How to Be a Diamond in a Rhinestone World

Pdf:What Would Dolly Do?: How to Be a Diamond in a Rhinestone World.Review 'This illustrated read highlights the best of Dolly's wisdom, positivity, and spirituality...this book helped me tap into my 'Inner Dolly' - her lessons made me feel inspired and confident!'―First For Women Read more About the Author Lauren Marino is the former founding editor and editorial director of Gotham Books, where she published multiple bestsellers and award-winning books. She is the author of Jackie and Cassini and has collaborated with celebrities, doctors, and psychologists on their books. She lives in New York City. Read more

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The Anthology, Part III: Live

Pdf Literature The Anthology, Part III: Live

Pdf:The Anthology, Part III: Live.Go inside the electric world of Garth Brooks LIVE. From the first on-stage appearance in college to headlining his own record breaking tours and worldwide stardom. Includes behind the scene stories, insider secrets, interviews with band and crew. Five CDs with 52 Live Recordings including Triple Live, the soundtrack of the record breaking world tour. 100 behind-the-scenes and performance photos. 10 augmented reality experiences that come to life through the Garth Live app.The Anthology Part III, LIVE is part three of Garth's massive five part anthology. Part III is an exciting, detailed, insider look at the electrifying concerts of Garth Brooks. From just being a bar bouncer to playing with only a few people watching at Willie's Saloon in Stillwater OK, to being an opening act for Reba, The Judds and Kenny Rogers to finally headlining his own tours which garnered him 6 CMA Entertainer of the Year awards. You get to watch the audience grow larger and larger with each show, from the multi-sold-out stadium shows around the world, to the historic night in Central Park where over a million people gathered to witness the entertainer of a lifetime! You are part of Garth's entourage for the whole thing.The 5 CDs contain 52 live recordings, including the new live album, TRIPLE LIVE. It's the soundtrack of the record breaking, number one tour in North American history. Includes over 100 amazing behind-the-scenes and performance photos and over 10 augmented reality experiences. Download the Garth Live app and hold it over the cover and various photos inside the Anthology to watch Garth's LIVE story come to life!

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Let's Go (So We Can Get Back): A Memoir of Recording and Discording with Wilco, Etc.

Pdf Literature Let's Go (So We Can Get Back): A Memoir of Recording and Discording with Wilco, Etc.

Pdf:Let's Go (So We Can Get Back): A Memoir of Recording and Discording with Wilco, Etc..*A Rolling Stone Best Music Books of 2018 selection**A Pitchfork Pick: Best Music Books of 2018*The singer, guitarist, and songwriter—best known for his work with Wilco—opens up about his past, his songs, the music, and the people that have inspired him.Few bands have inspired as much devotion as the Chicago rock band Wilco, and it's thanks, in large part, to the band's singer, songwriter, and guiding light: Jeff Tweedy. But while his songs and music have been endlessly discussed and analyzed, Jeff has rarely talked so directly about himself, his life, and his artistic process.Until now. In his long-awaited memoir, Jeff will tell stories about his childhood in Belleville, Illinois; the St. Louis record store, rock clubs, and live-music circuit that sparked his songwriting and performing career; and the Chicago scene that brought it all together. He'll also talk in-depth about his collaborators in Uncle Tupelo, Wilco, and more; and write lovingly about his parents, wife Susie, and sons, Spencer and Sammy. Honest, funny, and disarming, Tweedy's memoir will bring readers inside both his life and his musical process, illuminating his singular genius and sharing his story, voice, and perspective for the first time.

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Once Upon a Farm: Lessons on Growing Love, Life, and Hope on a New Frontier

Pdf Literature Once Upon a Farm: Lessons on Growing Love, Life, and Hope on a New Frontier

Pdf:Once Upon a Farm: Lessons on Growing Love, Life, and Hope on a New Frontier.About the Author Rory Feek is a true renaissance man, known as one of Nashville’s premiere songwriters, entrepreneurs, and out-of-the-box thinkers. He is a world-class storyteller, crossing all creative mediums, from music and film to books and the internet, and is the New York Times bestselling author of This Life I Live and author of Once Upon a Farm and The Cow Said Neigh. As a blogger, Rory shares his heart and story with the world through roryfeek.com and has more than two million Facebook followers. As a songwriter, Rory has written multiple number-one songs. As an artist, he is half of the Grammy-winning country music duo Joey+Rory. As a filmmaker, Rory wrote and filmed the touching documentary To Joey, with Love and directed the feature-length love story Finding Josephine. Rory has appeared on The Rachael Ray Show, CBS Sunday Morning, and The Today Show. Rory and his youngest daughter, Indiana, live an hour south of Nashville in an 1870s farmhouse, where she goes to school in a one-room schoolhouse built for their community. Read more

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Never Look at the Empty Seats: A Memoir

Pdf Literature Never Look at the Empty Seats: A Memoir

Pdf:Never Look at the Empty Seats: A Memoir.About the Author From his Dove Award–winning gospel albums to his genre-defining Southern rock anthems and CMA Award–winning country hits, few artists have left a more indelible mark on America’s musical landscape than Charlie Daniels. An outspoken patriot, beloved mentor to young artists, and still a road warrior at age 81, Charlie has parlayed his passion for music into a multiplatinum career and a platform to support the military, underprivileged children, and others in need. Read more

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Walk to Beautiful: The Power of Love and a Homeless Kid Who Found the Way

Pdf Literature Walk to Beautiful: The Power of Love and a Homeless Kid Who Found the Way

Pdf:Walk to Beautiful: The Power of Love and a Homeless Kid Who Found the Way.About the Author Jimmy Wayne is a former foster kid turned country music singer/songwriter whose songs, story, and walk halfway across America in 2010 continue to help bring awareness to kids who age out of the foster system and become homeless. He earned the prestigious “Million-Air Award” for receiving one million radio spins of his song 'Do You Believe Me Now.' He is the author of Walk to Beautiful, his New York Times best-selling memoir, and the author of the novel and made-for-TV movie Paper Angels. Jimmy lives in Nashville, Tennessee. Read more

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Dolly: My Life and Other Unfinished Business

Pdf Literature Dolly: My Life and Other Unfinished Business

Pdf:Dolly: My Life and Other Unfinished Business.From Booklist Even people who don't know country music from Kaopectate know Dolly Parton, the big-in-front, big-on-top blonde with the perky, little-girl voice who seems sometimes a hick Mae West and sometimes sweeter than Little Mary Sunshine. Given her obvious assets, the tabloid crowd knows her, too, which only increases the appeal of her memoirs. Well, she's more Mary than Mae here, with plenty of vanilla-lite sex-talk and spoofing of her persona ('It costs a lot to make a person look this cheap,' etc.) but nary a word about extramarital tumbles or surgical augmentation of her charms. She explains that while she does indeed sleep with longtime friend Judy Ogle, it's not, never was, what suspicious minds think. She praises husband Carl Dean every time she speaks his name, and she doesn't say anything catty about Porter Wagoner, on whose TV show she found fame in the early 1970s and with whom she famously fought. In short, Dolly's so squeaky clean and nice that a reader can't help wondering why HarperCollins wouldn't countenance advance reviews and sent out no early copies. The book contains no secrets to expose, no juice to spill. That doesn't mean it's flat--coming from Dolly, how could it be? It's an entertaining country music rags-to-riches story, full of just enough humor and heart to thoroughly charm the fans. Ray Olson Read more From the Publisher The inspiring, tell-it-like-it-is autobiography of one of America's best-loved stars, who tells the rags-to-riches story of her life as only she can -- with honesty, insight and an unfailing sense of humor. Here, for the first time, Parton talks openly about her life -- both public and private. She reveals how she got to where she is today, her no-nonsense attitude and the down-home philosophy that has helped her from the start. Whether discussing her sense of style, her inability to have children, the music she loves so much, her unique marriage or her friendships with other stars, Parton is amazingly candid, incredibly warm, wise and funny, proving over and over again why she is so loved. In this refreshing, candid and heartfelt autobiography, Parton reveals the woman behind the superstar, who still considers herself a simple girl from the country. It is a book that millions of readers have been waiting for. Read more

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Paul Simon: The Life

Pdf Literature Paul Simon: The Life

Pdf:Paul Simon: The Life.A publishing event from music legend Paul Simon: an intimate, candid, and definitive biography written with Simon’s full participation—but without his editorial control—by acclaimed biographer and music writer Robert Hilburn.For more than fifty years, Paul Simon has spoken to us in songs about alienation, doubt, resilience, and empathy in ways that have established him as one of the most beloved artists in American pop music history. Songs like “The Sound of Silence,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “Still Crazy After All These Years,” and “Graceland” have moved beyond the sales charts and into our cultural consciousness. But Simon is a deeply private person who has resisted speaking to us outside of his music. He has said he will not write an autobiography or memoir, and he has refused to talk to previous biographers. Finally, Simon has opened up—for more than one hundred hours of interviews—to Robert Hilburn, whose biography of Johnny Cash was named by Michiko Kakutani of the New York Times as one of her ten favorite books of 2013. The result is a landmark book that will take its place as the defining biography of one of America’s greatest artists. It begins in Kew Gardens Hills, Queens, where, raised by a bandleader father and schoolteacher mother, Simon grew up with the twin passions of baseball and music. The latter took over at age twelve when he and schoolboy chum Art Garfunkel became infatuated with the alluring harmonies of doo-wop. Together, they became international icons, and then Simon went on to even greater artistic heights on his own. But beneath the surface of his storied five-decade career is a roller coaster of tumultuous personal and professional ups and downs. From his remarkable early success with Garfunkel to their painfully acrimonious split; from his massive early hits as a solo artist to the wrenching commercial failures of One-Trick Pony and Hearts and Bones; from the historic comeback success of Graceland and The Rhythm of the Saints to the star-crossed foray into theater with The Capeman and a late-career creative resurgence—his is a musical life unlike any other. Over the past three years, Hilburn has conducted in-depth interviews with scores of Paul Simon’s friends, family, colleagues, and others—including ex-wives Carrie Fisher and Peggy Harper, who spoke for the first time—and even penetrated the inner circle of Simon’s long-reclusive muse, Kathy Chitty. The result is a deeply human account of the challenges and sacrifices of a life in music at the highest level. In the process, Hilburn documents Simon’s search for artistry and his constant struggle to protect that artistry against distractions—fame, marriage, divorce, drugs, record company interference, rejection, and insecurity—that have derailed so many great pop figures. Paul Simon is an intimate and inspiring narrative that helps us finally understand Paul Simon the person and the artist. “With train-wreck moments and tender interludes alike, it delivers a sharply detailed Kodachrome of a brilliant musician” (Kirkus Reviews).

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This Life I Live: One Man's Extraordinary, Ordinary Life and the Woman Who Changed It Forever

Pdf Literature This Life I Live: One Man's Extraordinary, Ordinary Life and the Woman Who Changed It Forever

Pdf:This Life I Live: One Man's Extraordinary, Ordinary Life and the Woman Who Changed It Forever.About the Author Rory Feek is a true renaissance man, known as one of Nashville’s premiere songwriters, entrepreneurs, and out-of-the-box thinkers. He is a world-class storyteller, crossing all creative mediums, from music and film to books and the internet, and is the New York Times bestselling author of This Life I Live and author of Once Upon a Farm and The Cow Said Neigh. As a blogger, Rory shares his heart and story with the world through roryfeek.com and has more than two million Facebook followers. As a songwriter, Rory has written multiple number-one songs. As an artist, he is half of the Grammy-winning country music duo Joey+Rory. As a filmmaker, Rory wrote and filmed the touching documentary To Joey, with Love and directed the feature-length love story Finding Josephine. Rory has appeared on The Rachael Ray Show, CBS Sunday Morning, and The Today Show. Rory and his youngest daughter, Indiana, live an hour south of Nashville in an 1870s farmhouse, where she goes to school in a one-room schoolhouse built for their community. Read more

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Chronicles: Volume One

Pdf Literature Chronicles: Volume One

Pdf:Chronicles: Volume One.WINNER OF THE NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE The celebrated first memoir from arguably the most influential singer-songwriter in the country, Bob Dylan.“I’d come from a long ways off and had started a long ways down. But now destiny was about to manifest itself. I felt like it was looking right at me and nobody else.” So writes Bob Dylan in Chronicles: Volume One, his remarkable book exploring critical junctures in his life and career. Through Dylan’s eyes and open mind, we see Greenwich Village, circa 1961, when he first arrives in Manhattan. Dylan’s New York is a magical city of possibilities—smoky, nightlong parties; literary awakenings; transient loves and unbreakable friendships. Elegiac observations are punctuated by jabs of memories, penetrating and tough. With the book’s side trips to New Orleans, Woodstock, Minnesota, and points west, Chronicles: Volume One is an intimate and intensely personal recollection of extraordinary times. By turns revealing, poetical, passionate, and witty, Chronicles: Volume One is a mesmerizing window on Bob Dylan’s thoughts and influences. Dylan’s voice is distinctively American: generous of spirit, engaged, fanciful, and rhythmic. Utilizing his unparalleled gifts of storytelling and the exquisite expressiveness that are the hallmarks of his music, Bob Dylan turns Chronicles: Volume One into a poignant reflection on life, and the people and places that helped shape the man and the art.

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Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story

Pdf Literature Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story

Pdf:Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story.Review “Jewel is a truth-teller. Never Broken occupies that sacred space of soulful storytelling, hard-earned wisdom, and beautiful writing. I couldn’t put it down and I can’t stop thinking about it. This is a book that lingers in your heart.”—Brené Brown, Ph.D., author of Rising Strong  “From the very beginning of her recording career, Jewel's lyrics reflected the America she lived in with her conversational poetic touch. My friend Ben Keith brought her to my ranch to record, collecting our favorite musicians together for her early songs. The result, the enduring Pieces of You, was a great record. Jewel's lyrics resonated with the times. In this, her first memoir, she has a lot to reflect on, and the touch to tell her story well.” —Neil Young“Never Broken reads like one of Jewel's songs—it's vulnerable, passionate and forthright. And it tells a compelling story, in this case, one about a young gifted woman's journey to becoming an adult and an artist. Her writing, too, is like her voice, which, bolstered by sturdy melodies, rings with honesty and clarity. This book is filled with deep, rewarding pleasures.” —Anthony DeCurtis, Contributing Editor, Rolling Stone“Jewel’s life in Never Broken reminded me so much of my own. But if we hadn’t of come from hardship and nothing, we wouldn’t have made something out of ourselves. Her life is in her songs and in her voice, and after knowing her, I know it’s her soul. She is honest and tender, yet has a backbone and a fire that only comes from her roots. In her stories about her childhood I can’t help but see so much of my own. The good, the bad, the love, the heartbreak. It's all there and it’s all Jewel.” —Loretta Lynn“Jewel renders an intimate portrait of a young woman who, although immensely talented, has spent her life 'surviving and recovering and problem solving since being a toddler.' [Never Broken] is lushly descriptive, chronicling the author's earliest days on the old 'homestead,' singing in saloons, busking in Mexico, and later living out of broken-down automobiles while trying to make a living in the music business. The author mines her psyche for the benefit of both herself and anyone else embroiled in profound emotional crisis….A moving musical essay that should strike all the right notes with a wide selection of readers.” —KirkusJewel’s evocative and captivating how-to for living a full and creative life…Jewel’s writing is conversational poetry, filled with rich details, as she explores her heritage or explains what she taught herself about music, art, and the music business….Her book will delight her fans, [and] reach beyond that base to those intrigued by what it takes to be successful after years of plugging away. Jewel’s lyrics, generously included throughout, reflect her authenticity and generosity.” —Publishers Weekly“Singer, and poet Jewel has lived a famous rags-to-riches story and now tells all the painful details of her turbulent life in this appealing memoir….Fans will be impressed by the singer’s tenacity and most likely shocked [as] she chronicles her struggle to earn a living, regain control of her finances, and maintain her marriage…Her determination to carve out a happy life in the midst of so much conflict is admirable, and her honesty is both bracing and appreciated….her story is sure to inspire.” —Booklist, STARRED REVIEW“A deeply personal memoir [that] reveals a cycle of struggles and abuse that, until now, she had kept private….Jewel reflects on an abusive upbringing and the highs and lows of her professional career, including discovering that she was broke at what should have been the pinnacle of success.” —The Tennessean Read more About the Author Jewel is an American singer, songwriter, poet, actress, philanthropist, and mother. She has received four Grammy Award nominations and has sold more than thirty million albums worldwide. She is the founder of Project Clean Water, and author of the New York Times bestseller A Night Without Armor: Poems as well as two books for children. Raised in Homer, Alaska, Jewel currently lives in Tennessee and Colorado with her son.From the Hardcover edition. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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How Buildings Learn: What Happens After They're Built

Pdf Literature How Buildings Learn: What Happens After They're Built

Pdf:How Buildings Learn: What Happens After They're Built.Review 'It's about time somebody wrote this book. This quirky, thoughtful volume, bursting with curiosity and intelligence, may make our everyday world more visible to more Americans. Architecture is too important to be left to architects alone.' —Mixed Media'A stunning exploration of the design of design … How Buildings Learn will irrevocably alter yor sense of place, space, and the artifacts that shape them.' —Michael Shrage, Wired'Penetratingly original.' —Philip Morrison, Scientific American'An extremely attractive volume that will forever alter the way we respond to the buildings around us. We may also hope it will alter the way architects design buildings.' —Harold Gilliam, San Francisco Chronicle'A fascinating and indefinable book … How Buildings Learn is a hymn to entropy, a witty, heterodox book dedicated to kicking the stuffing out of the proposition that architecture is permanent and that buildings cannot adapt.' —Stephen Bayley, The Times (London)'The book's diagnosis is clear and to the poiny, and its illustrations of how buildings change are both fascinating and instructive. This is, in short, one of the rare books that every architect should read.' —Thomas Fisher, editor, Progressive Architecture'A book of good sound-bites and laser-sharp insight … No architecture students should complete their preliminary studies without reading it from cover to cover.' —Patric Hannay, The Architects' Journal Read more About the Author Though honored as a writer—with the National Book Award for the Whole Earth Catalog, Eliot Montroll Award for The Media Lab, Golden Gadfly Award for his years as editor of CoEvolution Quarterly—Steward Brand is primarily an inventor/designer. Trained as a biologist and army officer, he was an early multimedia artist. He has created a number of lasting institutions, including New Games Tournaments, the Hackers Conference, and The WELL, a bellwether computer conference system. He is co-founder of Global Business Network, a futurist research organization fostering 'the art of the long view.' Read more

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Once Upon a Rock Star: Backstage Passes in the Heavy Metal Eighties—Big Hair, Bad Boys (and One Bad Girl)

Pdf Literature Once Upon a Rock Star: Backstage Passes in the Heavy Metal Eighties—Big Hair, Bad Boys (and One Bad Girl)

Pdf:Once Upon a Rock Star: Backstage Passes in the Heavy Metal Eighties—Big Hair, Bad Boys (and One Bad Girl).Rock me all night long... A decade of rock history...and a decade of rock fan adoration for one little chiquita from Omaha who spent star-studded nights with superstars of eighties rockdom: David Lee Roth with Van Halen, Billy Squier, Ozzy Osbourne's Jake E. Lee, Paul Stanley of Kiss, Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx, Bret Michaels and Poison, Vivian Campbell and Def Leppard, the J. Geils Band's Peter Wolf, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and plenty more.Rockin' Rita and her sexy entourage were ultra-fans who rocked the boys in the bands backstage and between the covers when the heavy metal rockers and hair bands rolled into town in their tour buses. With her own outrageously high hair and edgy original clothing designs, Rita never missed an opportunity to get the coveted backstage passes that led to dressing room parties and hotel hook-ups.This is a sex-and-tell story about her obsession for sex and drugs with rock stars. Rita reveals her flirtatious romps and hard rock tales with the bad boys of eighties heavy metal in her legend-filled story...Once Upon a Rock Star

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Forever Nerdy: Living My Dorky Dreams and Staying Metal

Pdf Literature Forever Nerdy: Living My Dorky Dreams and Staying Metal

Pdf:Forever Nerdy: Living My Dorky Dreams and Staying Metal.The first memoir by beloved comedian, actor, and writer Brian Posehn, hilariously detailing what it's like to grow up as and remain a nerd, with a foreword by Patton Oswalt.Brian Posehn is a successful and instantly recognizable comedian, actor, and writer. He also happens to be a giant nerd. That's partly because he's been obsessed with such things as Dungeons & Dragons, comic books, and heavy metal since he was a child; the other part is because he fills out every bit of his six-foot-seven-inch frame. Brian's always felt awkward and like a perpetual outsider, but he found his way through the difficulties of growing up by escaping into the worlds of Star Wars, D&D, and comics and by rocking his face off. He was a nerd long before it was cool (and that didn't help his situation much), but his passions proved time and again to be the safe haven he needed to persevere and thrive in a world in which he was far from comfortable.Brian, now balls deep in middle age with a wife, child, and thriving career, still feels like an outsider and is as big a nerd as ever. But that's okay, because in his five decades of nerdom, he's discovered the key to happiness is not growing up. You can be a nerd forever and find success that way - because somehow along the way the nerds won.Forever Nerdy is a celebration of growing up nerdy and different. This isn't Brian's life story, just some bizarre and hilarious stories from his life, along with a captivating look back at nearly 50 years of nerd culture. Being a nerd hasn't always been easy, but somehow this self-hating nerd who suffered from depression was able to land his dream job, get the girl, and learn to fit in. Kind of. See how he did it while managing to remain forever nerdy.PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

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Prince: A Private View

Pdf Literature Prince: A Private View

Pdf:Prince: A Private View.About the Author AFSHIN SHAHIDI, an Iranian-born, American photographer and filmmaker, has worked worldwide on a depth and variety of projects, ranging from films and documentaries, to music videos and commercials. Early in his career, he worked as a camera assistant on Prince’s music video sets in Minnesota. Afshin lives in Los Angeles with his wife and three children and continues to create art at any and all cost, in the spirit of his mentor. Read more

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The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (37 plays, 160 sonnets and 5 Poetry Books With Active Table of Contents)

Pdf Literature The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (37 plays, 160 sonnets and 5 Poetry Books With Active Table of Contents)

Pdf:The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (37 plays, 160 sonnets and 5 Poetry Books With Active Table of Contents).This collection gathers together the works by William Shakespeare in a single, convenient, high quality, and extremely low priced Kindle volume!The ComediesA Midsummer Night's DreamAll's Well That Ends WellAs You Like ItLove’s Labour ’s LostMeasure for MeasureMuch Ado About NothingThe Comedy of ErrorsThe Merchant of VeniceThe Merry Wives of WindsorThe Taming of the ShrewThe Two Gentlemen of VeronaTwelfth Night; or, What you willThe RomancesCymbelinePericles, Prince of TyreThe TempestThe Winter's TaleThe TragediesKing LearRomeo and JulietThe History of Troilus and CressidaThe Life and Death of Julius CaesarThe Life of Timon of AthensThe Tragedy of Antony and CleopatraThe Tragedy of CoriolanusThe Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of DenmarkThe Tragedy of MacbethThe Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of VeniceTitus AndronicusThe HistoriesThe Life and Death of King JohnThe Life and Death of King Richard the SecondThe Tragedy of King Richard the ThirdThe first part of King Henry the FourthThe second part of King Henry the FourthThe Life of King Henry VThe first part of King Henry the SixthThe second part of King Henry the SixthThe third part of King Henry the SixthThe Life of King Henry the EighthThe Poetical WorksThe SonnetsSonnets to Sundry Notes of MusicA Lover's ComplaintThe Rape of LucreceVenus and AdonisThe Phoenix and the TurtleThe Passionate Pilgrim

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A Doll House

Pdf Literature A Doll House

Pdf:A Doll House.A new recording of Henrik Ibsen's masterpiece, starring Calista Flockhart. Nora Helmer has everything a young housewife could want: beautiful children, an adoring husband, and a bright future. But when a carelessly buried secret rises from the past, Nora's well-calibrated domestic ideal starts to crumble. Ibsen's play is as fresh today as it was when it first stormed the stages of 19th-century Europe. An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring: Calista Flockhart as Nora Helmer; Tony Abatemarco as Dr. Rank; Tim Dekay as Torvald Helmer; Jeannie Elias as Anne-Marie and Helene; Gregory Itzin as Nils Krogstad; Jobeth Williams as Mrs. Linde. Translated by Rolf Fjelde. Directed by Rosalind Ayres. Recorded before a live audience at the James Bridges Theater at UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television.

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For colored girls who have considered suicide/When the rainbow is enuf

Pdf Literature For colored girls who have considered suicide/When the rainbow is enuf

Pdf:For colored girls who have considered suicide/When the rainbow is enuf.From its inception in California in 1974 to its highly acclaimed critical success at Joseph Papp’s Public Theater and on Broadway, the Obie Award–winning for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf has excited, inspired, and transformed audiences all over the country. Passionate and fearless, Shange’s words reveal what it meant to be of color and female in the twentieth century. First published in 1975, when it was praised by The New Yorker for “encom­passing . . . every feeling and experience a woman has ever had,” for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf will be read and performed for generations to come. Here is the complete text, with stage directions, of a groundbreaking dramatic prose poem written in vivid and powerful language that resonates with unusual beauty in its fierce message to the world.

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DOCTOR ZHIVAGO (Marathi Edition)

Pdf Literature DOCTOR ZHIVAGO (Marathi Edition)

Pdf:DOCTOR ZHIVAGO (Marathi Edition).When we first meet Doctor Yuri Zhivago, he isn't a doctor yet. In fact, he's just a little boy at his mother's funeral. His father has deserted him, and with his mother gone, he feels like he has nothing left. The only person to take care of him is his beloved uncle Nikolai, a published social thinker who raises Yuri to always be independent and to think for himself.As Zhivago gets older, he leaves his uncle and goes to live with the Gromeko family. While growing up there, he gets married to Tonya Gromeko, and the two of them have a son. Right after his son is born, however, Yuri gets called away to work as a doctor for the Russian army in World War I. While serving in the war, Zhivago meets a nurse named Lara Antipova and falls in love with her. Lara's husband Pasha has gone missing in the war and is presumed dead. But rather than have an affair with Lara, Zhivago stays true to his wife Tonya and heads back home when the fighting is over. Meanwhile, the Bolshevik Revolution has taken hold of Russia, and the entire country is turned upside down.When it becomes almost impossible to survive the Moscow winter, Yuri and his family move to the Ural Mountains to go stay on Tonya's old family property at Yuriatin. . But the property has been seized by the Bolsheviks (the group of Communists who eventually took over), and since Zhivago and Tonya both come from rich families, they're not very well liked by the Communist Party. They try to live as quietly as possible without letting anyone know they're living there विसाव्या शतकातील एक महान. श्रेष्ठ आणि नोबेल पारितोषिक-विजेती कादंबरी. रशियन राज्यक्रांतीच्या अतिशय अस्थिर अशा कालखंडात समाजातील सर्वच स्तरांतील व्यक्तींच्या जीवनात घडून आलेला दुःखद बदल या कादंबरीत एका विस्तीर्ण कालपटलावर अत्यंत प्रत्ययकारी पद्धतीनं रेखाटला आहे.नष्ट झालेलं व्यक्तिगत जीवन, देशाच्या नियतीशी अटळपणे बांधली गेलेली लोकांची आयुष्यं, उद्ध्वस्त झालेली स्वप्नं.... आणि युद्धाच्या आणि क्रांतीच्या छिन्नभिन्न वातावरणातही अकलंक राहिलेली प्रेमाची कोवळीक आणि जगण्याची अनिवार ओढ! ही कादंबरी म्हणजे एक विशाल जीवनप्रवाह आहे. माणसं येतात-जातात, युद्धं होतात, क्रांत्या होतात, देश निर्माण होतात, नष्ट होतात; पण जीवनाचा ओघ अखंड चालूच असतो. डॉक्टर आणि कवी असलेला युरी, त्याची पत्नी टोनिया आणि विलक्षण सुंदर प्रेयसी लारा या तिघांची ही कहाणी बोरिस पास्तरनाकच्या उच्च कोटीच्या प्रतिभेच्या स्पर्शानं वैश्विक पातळीवर जाऊन पोहोचते. समग्र मानवी जीवनाला कवेत घेण्याचं सामर्थ्य फार थोड्या साहित्यकृतींमध्ये असतं. `डॉक्टर झिवागों' ही त्यापैकी एक.

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Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art

Pdf Literature Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art

Pdf:Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art.Amazon.com Review A comic book about comic books. McCloud, in an incredibly accessible style, explains the details of how comics work: how they're composed, read and understood. More than just a book about comics, this gets to the heart of how we deal with visual languages in general. 'The potential of comics is limitless and exciting!' writes McCloud. This should be required reading for every school teacher. Pulitzer Prize-winner Art Spiegelman says, 'The most intelligent comics I've seen in a long time.' Read more Review “If you read, write, teach or draw comics; if you want to; or if you simply want to watch a master explainer at work, you must read this book.” (Neil Gaiman)“McCloud’s masterwork is not just an indispensable treatise on comics, it’s also the best primer around on visual literacy and the mechanics of storytelling. A must-read for anyone interested in narrative of any kind.” (Alison Bechdel)“Cleverly disguised as an easy-to-read comic book, Scott McCloud’s simple-looking tome deconstructs the secret language of comics while casually revealing secrets of time, space, art and the cosmos! The most intelligent comics I’ve seen in a long time. Bravo.” (Art Spiegelman)“Reading Understanding Comics blew my teenage mind, and gave me a toolbox full of ideas that I still use today.” (Raina Telgemeier)“The best analysis of the medium that I have ever encountered.” (Alan Moore)“BRAVO!! ... A landmark dissection and intellectual consideration of comics as a valid medium. ... Anyone interested in this literary form must read it.” (Will Eisner) Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Sound Man: A Life Recording Hits with The Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, The Eagles , Eric Clapton, The Faces . . .

Pdf Literature Sound Man: A Life Recording Hits with The Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, The Eagles , Eric Clapton, The Faces . . .

Pdf:Sound Man: A Life Recording Hits with The Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, The Eagles , Eric Clapton, The Faces . . ..Born just outside London in 1942, Glyn Johns was sixteen years old at the dawn of rock and roll. His big break as a producer came on the Steve Miller Band’s debut album, Children of the Future, and he went on to engineer or produce iconic albums for the best in the business: Abbey Road with the Beatles, Led Zeppelin’s and the Eagles’ debuts, Who’s Next by the Who, and many others. Even more impressive, Johns was perhaps the only person on a given day in the studio who was entirely sober, and so he is one of the most reliable and clear-eyed insiders to tell these stories today.In this entertaining and observant memoir, Johns takes us on a tour of his world during the heady years of the sixties, with beguiling stories that will delight music fans the world over: he remembers helping to get the Steve Miller Band released from jail shortly after their arrival in London, he recalls his impressions of John and Yoko during the Let It Be sessions, and he recounts running into Bob Dylan at JFK and being asked  to work on a collaborative album with him, the Stones, and the Beatles, which never came to pass. Johns was there during some of the most iconic moments in rock history, including the Stones’ first European tour, Jimi Hendrix’s appearance at Albert Hall in London, and the Beatles’ final performance on the roof of their Savile Row recording studio.Johns’s career has been long and prolific, and he’s still at it—over the last two decades he has worked with Crosby, Stills & Nash; Emmylou Harris; Linda Ronstadt; Band of Horses; and, most recently, Ryan Adams. Sound Man provides a firsthand glimpse into the art of making music and reveals how the industry—like musicians themselves—has changed since those freewheeling first years of rock and roll.

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Images in the Margins (Medieval Imagination)

Pdf Literature Images in the Margins (Medieval Imagination)

Pdf:Images in the Margins (Medieval Imagination).Review  “One of a series of well-produced books that showcases the riches of the Getty’s collections.”—Reference and Research Book News“The reproductions are intricate and lovely puzzles for the grown-up eyeball/mind, so beauteously high-colored and attractive that it is hard to stop looking.”—Lincoln County News (Damariscotta, Maine) “Strikes the perfect tone, focusing in each instance on the role of marginalia within its manuscript.”—Comitatus Read more About the Author Margot McIlwain Nishimura teaches the history of medieval art at the Rhode Island School of Design. She was introduced to the study of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts as an undergraduate intern in the Department of Medieval Manuscripts at the J. Paul Getty Museum. Read more

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Animating the letter: The figurative embodiment of writing from late antiquity to the Renaissance

Pdf Literature Animating the letter: The figurative embodiment of writing from late antiquity to the Renaissance

Pdf:Animating the letter: The figurative embodiment of writing from late antiquity to the Renaissance.The beautifully designed and executed letters of illuminated manuscripts endowed the text with a presence and authority that permitted the written word to rival and finally surpass oral remembrance. Kendrick's analyses the reader's perception when confronted with a text inspired by the living force of the author, such as Gerald of Wales' response to the now lost Gospel Book of Kildare. This volume, written during an age removed from the physical act of writing by computers, is not only about the relationship between text and image, religion and writing, reader and writer, but is also a history of the book itself. This challenging and specialist treatise concludes with an index of manuscripts.

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Codex Seraphinianus

Pdf Literature Codex Seraphinianus

Pdf:Codex Seraphinianus.Review “…the book really does live up to its reputation: The drawings are in turn hilarious, disturbing, bizarre and, sometimes, just flat-out incomprehensible, but all of them are annotated in Serafini’s script.” -Dangerous Minds “It’s not the sort of thing that easily lends itself to classification, but probably the most accurate way to describe it would be as an encyclopedia of an invented alien civilization…the Codex is still a disorienting and provocative vision of inscrutable otherness.” -Slate.com “Codex Seraphinianus is an art book in the most direct sense—there are big, beautiful drawings accompanied by indecipherable letterforms--and it is impossible to “read” in a literal way. The text has remained a mystery all these years, and perhaps that’s part of its draw as an art object.” -FineBooks Magazine“Is the best art book of the year one that is not only impossible for me to review, but one that is probably equally impossible for you to understand? It’s a handsome, hilarious and enduring puzzle that not only features wonderful art in it, but in its entirety captures another kind of human creativity—the encyclopedia, the result of compiling and collecting, and an unlikely medium for artists.” -North Adams Transcript'Codex Seraphinianus: History’s Most Bizarre and Beautiful Encyclopedia, Brought Back to Life...a weird and wonderful masterpiece of art and philosophical provocation on the precipice of the information age....Undoubtedly one of the most intricate and beautiful art books ever created.' -Brain Pickings“Wow. One of the strangest and most beautiful books ever published.” –Faerie Tales   “Codex Seraphinianus is in a sense the most elaborate book of doodles ever made. What makes it much more than that is not just the quality of Serafini’s drawings and the superior book-making craft, but its brilliant structure. Part of the genius of the Codex is that there is enough information to be familiar but not enough to make any sense.” –Spectrum Culture   “The intense strangeness of Codex Seraphinianus belies the joyous feel of the artistry. Even the oddest, most unnerving images are rendered with pastel beauty, and a softness that makes them almost endearing.” –KQED Read more About the Author Luigi Serafini is an architect, ceramist, glazier, painter, sculptor, designer, opera director, set designer, and critic who works in Italy and abroad. In 2007, the Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea in Milan dedicated a successful mostra ontological (ontological exhibition) to him. He has illustrated works by Franz Kafka and Michael Ende. Read more

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Calisthenics: The Simple-Six Body Workout - This Book Includes: Calisthenics AND Bulletproof Diet - A TWO Book Bundle

Pdf Literature Calisthenics: The Simple-Six Body Workout - This Book Includes: Calisthenics AND Bulletproof Diet - A TWO Book Bundle

Pdf:Calisthenics: The Simple-Six Body Workout - This Book Includes: Calisthenics AND Bulletproof Diet - A TWO Book Bundle.This Book Includes 2 ManuscriptsCalisthenicsThe "Simple-Six" Body WorkoutWe have never had a better understanding of the importance of physical activity than we have today. Knowing we need to exercise and actually finding the time to get active, however, seem more difficult than ever before. When we drive down the street, it may appear that there is a gym on every corner, and a quick online search will find an amazing number of exercise programs out there, but perhaps, you do not want to commit to sharing your workout time with strangers or do not have time to complete that 60-minute training video. The need is greater than ever to find a simple system that travels anywhere you do, doesn’t take a lot of time, and meets your health and wellness goals. That’s where calisthenics comes in!Calisthenics, also known as Body Weight Training, has been the backbone of strength and conditioning workouts for more centuries than you can count on both hands. Whether it was ancient Chinese warriors, the Greek Spartans, or even your fourth-grade gym class, there probably is not a generation in history that hasn’t found strength and wellness simply by working against one’s own body weight. In this book you'll find:Starting at Your Baseline Getting Your Train on the Right Track Beginner Level Calisthenics Exercises Increasing the Intensity with Advanced CalisthenicsDeveloping the Simple Six into a Completely Customized WorkoutOverload vs. Overtraining and Best Practices to Avoid Injuries Additional Options for Integrating Calisthenics and Other Types of Training Methodologies By the time you are finished reading, I am confident you will have all the resources you need to work out whenever and wherever you find works best for you. Whether you are at home, on vacation, on a business trip or in the local park, you are sure to find your best workouts are ahead of you!Bulletproof DietLose Fat, Get Fit & Live A Better LifeThe Bulletproof Diet is one of the best diet plans out there. While other diet plans make you feel deprived or have rules that are hard to follow, this one is simple and can easily fit into your daily life. With the Bulletproof diet, you won’t just learn about the foods that you are allowed to eat and the ones that you need to avoid, but also about the right times to eat to see the best results. This guidebook will delve into this diet and explain why it is the best one for your needs!This guidebook is going to bring up many of the great topics that you need to know to gain an understanding of the Bulletproof Diet and how it works. Some of the topics that we will discuss include:What is the Bulletproof Diet?What foods are allowed on this diet planThe health benefits of following this diet plan.The importance of thinking positivelyHow getting enough sleep can help with your health journeyBulletproof Diet approved cooking methodsThe Bulletproof Diet is one of the best diet plans that you can choose to go on for your overall health and to ensure you finally lose weight without having to try so hard. Make sure to check out this guidebook and learn everything that you need to know to make the Bulletproof diet work for you.Combine the best bodyweight workout exercises with a diet that works!Scroll Up And Click The "BUY" Button!

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Why Comics?: From Underground to Everywhere

Pdf Literature Why Comics?: From Underground to Everywhere

Pdf:Why Comics?: From Underground to Everywhere.Review “[Chute] has been leading the charge with some of the most sophisticated comics criticism to date… From Chute’s spectacular close readings it becomes clear that comics is, unquestionably, literature.” (Times Literary Supplement)“Now that Art Spiegelman’s Maus and Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home have found both commercial and critical success, at last there is a brilliant investigation into the unique powers of the medium.” (National Book Review)“Why Comics? is a must-read, filling in a significant portion of the vast jigsaw puzzle of understanding comics.” (Comics Journal)“Why Comics? is a riveting compendium of history, humor, politics, punk, sex, violence, and the occasional superhero. Hillary Chute has given us the stories behind some of the most subversive literature of our time. You want to read this book.” (Lauren Redniss, MacArthur Fellow and Author of Radioactive and Thunder & Lightning)“Hillary Chute is the scholar comics has been waiting for—passionate, eloquent, encyclopedically knowledgeable, and profoundly in sync with the medium.” (Lev Grossman, New York Times bestselling author of The Magicians)“In her wonderful book, Hillary L. Chute suggests that we’re in a blooming, expanding era of the art… Chute’s often lovely, sensitive discussions of individual expression in independent comics seem so right and true.” (New York Times Book Review)“Anyone seeking a persuasive and perceptive entryway to the world of comics need look no further.” (Publishers Weekly)“Chute elevates comics to literature when dissecting panels, text, and drawing techniques in the more than 100 reprints within the book.” (Library Journal (starred review))“As charmingly illustrated and approachable as the works it considers.” (Chicago Tribune)“9.5 out of 10” (Comic Book Bin) Read more From the Back Cover Filled with beautiful full-color art, dynamic storytelling, and insightful analysis, Hillary Chute’s Why Comics? reveals what makes one of the most critically acclaimed and popular art forms unique and so appealing, and how it got that way.Over the past century, fans have elevated comics from the back pages of newspapers into one of our most celebrated forms of culture, from Fun Home, the Tony Award–winning musical based on Alison Bechdel’s groundbreaking graphic memoir, to the dozens of superhero films that are annual blockbusters worldwide. What is the essence of comics’ appeal? What does this art form do that others can’t?      Whether you’ve read every comic you can get your hands on or you’re just starting your journey, Why Comics? has something for you. Author Hillary Chute chronicles comics culture, explaining underground comics (also known as “comix”) and graphic novels, analyzing their evolution, and offering fascinating portraits of the creative men and women behind them. Chute reveals why these works—a blend of concise words and striking visuals—are an extraordinarily powerful form of expression that stimulates us intellectually and emotionally.Focusing on ten major themes—disaster, superheroes, sex, the suburbs, cities, punk, illness and disability, girls, war, and queerness—Chute explains how comics gets its messages across more effectively than any other form. “Why Disaster?” explores how comics are uniquely suited to convey the scale and disorientation of calamity, from Art Spiegelman’s representation of the Holocaust and 9/11 to Keiji Nakazawa’s focus on Hiroshima.  “Why the Suburbs?” examines how the work of Chris Ware and Charles Burns illustrates the quiet joys and struggles of suburban existence; and “Why Punk?” delves into how comics inspire and reflect the punk movement’s DIY aesthetics—giving birth to a democratic medium increasingly embraced by some of today’s most significant artists.Featuring full-color reproductions of more than one hundred essential pages and panels, including some famous but never-before-reprinted images from comics legends, Why Comics? is an indispensable guide that offers a deep understanding of this influential art form and its masters. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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How to Read Nancy: The Elements of Comics in Three Easy Panels

Pdf Literature How to Read Nancy: The Elements of Comics in Three Easy Panels

Pdf:How to Read Nancy: The Elements of Comics in Three Easy Panels.Review “How to Read Nancy is a comprehensive, scholarly and intensely goofy dissertation on a single daily Nancy strip from 1959.” - The New York Times“How to Read Nancy is a mind-blowing new coffee-table softcover. ... For anyone with an interest in graphic design, pop culture, pop art, the history of humor, and 20th-century illustration, the book is a must.” - Boston Globe“A beautifully designed volume that’s as entertaining as it is informative and likely to join Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics in the pantheon of explanatory texts.” - Library Journal“Reading the wonderful history of Ernie Bushmiller and the brilliant analysis of the details of Nancy’s creation, detail by detail, based entirely on a reading of three panels of one strip, made me believe this is one of the genius books of comics history and design semantics.” - Print“How to Read Nancy is for anyone curious about the simple yet complicated ways in which visual art speaks to us.” - Spectrum Culture“How to Read Nancy is the best book ever written about comics. No question.” - The Comics Journal Read more About the Author Paul Karasik is the co-author (along with David Mazzucchelli) of the perennial graphic novel classic City of Glass, adapted from Paul Auster’s novel. He lives in Martha’s Vineyard. Mark Newgarden is an acclaimed cartoonist and creator of the book We All Die Alone, the co-author (with Paul Karasik) of How to Read Nancy, and the co-author (along with his partner, Megan Montague Cash) of Houghton Mifflin’s bestselling Bow Wow series of children’s books. He lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Read more

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The Beauty of a Social Problem: Photography, Autonomy, Economy

Pdf Literature The Beauty of a Social Problem: Photography, Autonomy, Economy

Pdf:The Beauty of a Social Problem: Photography, Autonomy, Economy.Review “Remarkable. . . . What is immediately apparent is Benn Michaels’s ability to explicate the inextricable relation between neoliberal economic forms and the formal interventions of contemporary photography while avoiding the numbing obfuscation of the professional academic, the rhetorical flourishes of the art critic and the political diatribes of the militant.”    (Prefix Photo)'A shining example of how to think about art and politics without reducing either term to the other. . . . It is a virtue of Michaels’s book that it does not seek merely to be agreed with; rather, it channels the force of its examples to challenge major assumptions about what it means to engage with art in a political way, even and especially when it is beautiful.' (Los Angeles Review of Books)“Michaels adroitly advocates for an acknowledgement of the economic and political structures that have influenced the development of select photographs commenting on an increasingly stratified society. . . . Recommended.”   (Choice)“Michaels offers deft interventions in debates around concepts—such as autonomy, indexicality, intention and absorption—which have preoccupied art and . . . literary theorists over recent decades.” (Year’s Work in Critical and Cultural Theory)'The Beauty of a Social Problem is a great book; it is challenging, it is timely in its sense of political urgency, and it is intellectually stimulating in that it forces readers time and again to question the hegemony of academic common sense.' (Amerikastudien) Read more About the Author Walter Benn Michaels is professor of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Read more

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The Ongoing Moment

Pdf Literature The Ongoing Moment

Pdf:The Ongoing Moment.Review “Truly original. . . . A whole narrative of intensely felt and observed moments. . . . After reading it, life seems larger.” —John Berger, Harper’s Magazine“An ingenious journey through the history of photography.” —Art Review“Dyer has the naturally generous impulse of a great storyteller.” —The Boston Globe“A masterful meditation. . . in which great, often melancholy themes are raised with lightness and very dry humor.” —Alain de Botton, Books of the Year, The Observer (London)“Surprising. . . . [Dyer] pulls off a string of shrewd, often original ideas about a group of artists whose work had until now seemed thoroughly digested.” —The New York Times Book Review Read more About the Author A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Geoff Dyer has received the Somerset Maugham Award, the E. M. Forster Award, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, a National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism, and, in 2015, the Windham Campbell Prize for non-fiction. The author of four novels and nine works of non-fiction, Dyer is writer in residence at the University of Southern California and lives in Los Angeles. His books have been translated into twenty-four languages. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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J.R.R. Tolkien: Artist and Illustrator

Pdf Literature J.R.R. Tolkien: Artist and Illustrator

Pdf:J.R.R. Tolkien: Artist and Illustrator.From Library Journal Along with maps, Tolkien self-illustrated many of his works, and a large portion of his artwork is included in this volume with comment by the authors. Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. Read more Review “A Tolkien lover’s dream.”Booklist, ALA Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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50 Action & Adventure Masterpieces You Have To Read Before You Die Vol. 1 (Golden Deer Classics)

Pdf Literature 50 Action & Adventure Masterpieces You Have To Read Before You Die Vol. 1 (Golden Deer Classics)

Pdf:50 Action & Adventure Masterpieces You Have To Read Before You Die Vol. 1 (Golden Deer Classics).This book contains the following works arranged alphabetically by authors last namesRagged Dick; or, Street Life in New York with the Boot Blacks [Horatio Alger, Jr]Tom Swift and His Wireless Message [Victor Appleton]Gulliver of Mars Edwin [Lester Arnold]The Lust of Hate Guy [Newell Boothby]Cabin Fever [B. M. Bower]The Path of the King [John Buchan]Tarzan of the Apes,The Gods of Mars [Edgar Rice Burroughs]The Riddle of the Sands [Erskine Childers]The Most Dangerous Game [Richard Connell]The Last of the Mohicans,The Hunted Woman,The Valley of Silent Men [James Fenimore Cooper]Cord and Creese [James De Mille]The Further Adventures of Robinson Crusoe [Daniel Defoe]The Lost World [Arthur Conan Doyle]The Count of Monte Cristo,The Three Musketeers [Alexandre Dumas]The Honor of the Name [Émile Gaboriau]Among The Pathans [William Murray Graydon]King Solomon's Mines,The Ghost Kings [Henry Rider Haggard]Rupert of Hentzau, The Prisoner of Zenda [Anthony Hope]The Lost Continent Charles [John Cutcliffe Wright Hyne]To Have and To Hold [Mary Johnston]The Man Who Would be [Rudyard Kipling]The Confessions of Arsène Lupin [Maurice Leblanc]Mad Planet [Murray Leinster]Afloat On The Flood [Lawrence J. Leslie]The Call of the Wild [Jack London]The Sea Wolf [Jack London]The Curse of Capistrano (The Mark of Zorro) [Johnston McCulley]Moby-Dick [Herman Melville]The Wouldbegoods [Edith Nesbit]The House of a Thousand Candles [Meredith Nicholson]The Elusive Pimpernel Baroness [Emma Orczy]The League of the Scarlet Pimpernel Baroness [Emma Orczy]Otto of the Silver Hand [Howard Pyle]Brood of the Witch-Queen [Sax Rohmer]Captain Blood,Scaramouche [Rafael Sabatini]Kidnapped, Treasure Island [Robert Louis Stevenson]The Adventures of Captain Horn [Frank R. Stockton]The Gates of Chancer [Van Tassel Sutphen]The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,The Adventures of Tom Sawyer [Mark Twain]20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,The Mysterious Island [Jules Verne]

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Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allen Poe

Pdf Literature Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allen Poe

Pdf:Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allen Poe.This edition includes all the Poe's Works of Poetry & Fiction that are included in the Poe Canon:- Poems (Alone, The Raven, etc.)- Tales (The Fall of The House of Usher, etc.)You can move quickly back and forth among Poems and Tales by simply clicking a link in the Table of Contents.The Logical TOC (NCX) allows you to jump back and forth between topics with a simple press of the Kindle 5-way toggle.All the prose and all the verses are correctly indented, spaced and formatted.INTRODUCTIONEDGAR ALLAN POE AN APPRECIATION EDGAR ALLAN POE By James Russell Lowell DEATH OF EDGAR A. POE By N. P. Willis ESSAYSMAELZEL'S CHESS-PLAYER OLD ENGLISH POETRY PHILOSOPHY OF FURNITURE. MORNING ON THE WISSAHICCONTHE POETIC PRINCIPLE POEMS POEMS OF LATER LIFE A DREAM WITHIN A DREAMA VALENTINE. AN ENIGMA ANNABEL LEE. BRIDAL BALLADELDORADO. EULALIE FOR ANNIE THE BELLS. THE CITY IN THE SEA. THE RAVEN. THE SLEEPER. TO F - - . TO FRANCES S. OSGOOD TO HELEN TO MARIE LOUISE TO MARIE LOUISE TO MY MOTHERULALUME POEMS OF MANHOOD DREAM-LAND HYMN LENORE SCENES FROM "POLITIAN" SILENCE THE COLISEUM. THE CONQUEROR WORM. THE HAUNTED PALACE. TO ONE IN PARADISE. TO ZANTE POEMS OF YOUTH A DREAM A PÆAN. AL AARAAFAL AARAAF DREAMS EVENING STAR Elizabeth FAIRY-LAND HYMN TO ARISTOGEITON AND HARMODIUS IMITATION IN YOUTH I HAVE KNOWN ONE ISRAFEL LETTER TO MR. B - . ROMANCE SERENADE SONG SONNET - TO SCIENCE SPIRITS OF THE DEAD TAMERLANE THE HAPPIEST DAY. THE LAKE - - TO - - THE VALLEY OF UNREST TO - - TO - - TO HELEN TO MARGARET TO THE RIVER - - DOUBTFUL POEMS ALONE TO ISADORE THE VILLAGE STREET THE FOREST REVERIE TALESA DESCENT INTO THE MAELSTRÖM. A PREDICAMENT A TALE OF JERUSALEM A TALE OF THE RAGGED MOUNTAINS BERENICE BON-BON. DIDDLING CONSIDERED AS ONE OF THE EXACT SCIENCES. ELEONORA FOUR BEASTS IN ONE - THE HOMO-CAMELEOPARD HOP-FROG HOW TO WRITE A BLACKWOOD ARTICLE. KING PEST LANDOR'S COTTAGE LIGEIA ....

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Kris Kuksi: Conquest

Pdf Literature Kris Kuksi: Conquest

Pdf:Kris Kuksi: Conquest.About the Author Kris Kuksi’s works have attracted many public and private collectors in the United States, Europe, The Middle East, and Australia, and have been displayed at more than 100 exhibitions and art fairs worldwide, including Pulse (New York and Miami), Scope (Basel and Miami), Kölner Liste (Germany), and the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. His work has been featured in Hi-Fructose, Juxtapoz, and Wild. He is represented by Joshua Liner Gallery in New York. Carlo McCormick is an American culture critic and curator, and the senior editor of Paper magazine. His writing has appeared in Art in America, Artforum, and Vice, among other publications. Read more

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Julius Caesar (Shakespeare, Signet Classic)

Pdf Literature Julius Caesar (Shakespeare, Signet Classic)

Pdf:Julius Caesar (Shakespeare, Signet Classic).Review . Read more About the Author William Shakespeare (1564–1616) was a poet, playwright, and actor who is widely regarded as one of the most influential writers in the history of the English language. Often referred to as the Bard of Avon, Shakespeare's vast body of work includes comedic, tragic, and historical plays; poems; and 154 sonnets. His dramatic works have been translated into every major language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Zoot Suit and Other Plays

Pdf Literature Zoot Suit and Other Plays

Pdf:Zoot Suit and Other Plays.Review 'Valdez is the Pachuco of Broadway,... the brilliant student who will change the face of Hollywood portrayals of his people.' --Jorge Huerta Read more

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The Birmingham Children's March: A Play About the 1963 Children's Crusade for Civil Rights (Civil Rights Arts Project Series)

Pdf Literature The Birmingham Children's March: A Play About the 1963 Children's Crusade for Civil Rights (Civil Rights Arts Project Series)

Pdf:The Birmingham Children's March: A Play About the 1963 Children's Crusade for Civil Rights (Civil Rights Arts Project Series).Alan Marshall's Birmingham Children's March is a dramatization of the events in Birmingham, Alabama during the spring of 1963 when the peaceful marches led by school children rescued Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s faltering civil rights campaign and moved a reluctant President Kennedy to introduce a landmark civil rights bill to Congress.Thirteen-year-old Freida McCarter wants nothing to do freedom marches or demonstrations, especially after learning that she had to remain nonviolent, if attacked. "Well, you don’t have to worry about me. Ain’t nobody gonna put their hands on me and there is no way I’m sittin’ in jail for the freedom I should have had when I was born."Despite her intention to avoid becoming involved, Frieda makes a fateful decision that places her in harm's way. She is attacked by vicious police dogs, high pressure water hoses, arrested and taken to jail.Freida eventually musters the courage to not only overcome her fear, but to face the consequences of her actions.The Birmingham Children's March: A Play about the 1963 Children's Campaign for Civil Rights is an interactive, mass meeting production featuring freedom songs, speeches, testimonies, and character-driven drama, all happening around the audience.

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Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of '70s and '80s Horror Fiction

Pdf Literature Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of '70s and '80s Horror Fiction

Pdf:Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of '70s and '80s Horror Fiction.Review “Pure, demented delight.”—The New York Times Book Review“Paperbacks from Hell is as funny as it is engaging.”—The Washington Post“The book is a true appreciation of the genre.”—Los Angeles Times“Just thumbing through these pages will bring back your youth—and terrify you all over again.”—Newsday“A loving examination of lurid pulp book covers from the 1970s and ’80s.”—Atlas Obscura“Paperbacks from Hell is as wild as its source material.”—The A.V. Club“[Paperbacks from Hell] will delight anyone with an interest in horror, design illustration, or the macabre.”—Print Magazine “A nostalgic treat.”—Playboy Online“You may find yourself trying to stock up on old titles so you can get your fill of gloriously trashy scares.”—Bustle“Terrific...Written with wit and affection, lavishly illustrated with a wide selection of the era’s cover art, Paperbacks from Hell was an attempt to reckon with the tidal wave of horror narratives that filled the bookshelves for two decades.”—Locus“The very best horror novel reference material on the shelves right now, bar none.”—Dread Central“As a reference book, as a celebration, and as an appreciation, it’s one of the best books about the horror genre that I’ve ever had the pleasure to read...This gets my highest possible recommendation.”—Blu Gilliand, Cemetery Dance“[A] literary house of horrors.”—Houston Chronicle“[Hendrix] approaches 20th century genre fiction with a historian’s eye and a comic’s sense of humor and timing.”—The Oklahoman“Really fun to flip through if you love kitschy ’70s and ’80s book culture.”—CNETPraise for We Sold Our Souls:An NPR Pop Culture Happy Hour PickAn io9 2018 Fall Preview Pick“Kickass, horrifying, and smart as hell. It certainly earns my two horns up.”—Dread Central “Wild and fun, genuinely terrifying in places, and also somehow heartfelt.”—Tor.com“A fast-paced ride, firmly rooted in the pulp horror tradition…Hendrix’s darkest novel yet will leave readers begging for an encore.”—Booklist, starred review“Hendrix's pulpy love letter to heavy metal music is a gloriously over-the-top scare fest that has hidden depths. Readers will root for Kris all the way to the explosive, poignant finale.”—Publishers Weekly“Horror and humor play off each other in a delicate dance.”—Nightmare Magazine Praise for My Best Friend’s Exorcism:“National treasure Grady Hendrix follows his classic account of a haunted IKEA-like furniture showroom, Horrorstor (2014), with a nostalgia-soaked ghost story, My Best Friend’s Exorcism.”—The Wall Street Journal“Take The Exorcist, add some hair spray and wine coolers, and enroll it in high school in 1988 — that’ll give you My Best Friend’s Exorcism...Campy. Heartfelt. Horrifying.”—Minnesota Public Radio “Clever, heartfelt, and get-under-your-skin unnerving.”—Fangoria “A touching story of high school friendship and, well, demonic possession.”—Bloody Disgusting “Terrific...Sharply written...[My Best Friend’s Exorcism] makes a convincing case for [Hendrix’s] powers as a sharp observer of human behavior, filtered through a fun genre conceit that doesn’t skimp on the spooky—or the bodily fluids.”—The A.V. Club Praise for Horrorstor:“Horrorstör delivers a crisp terror-tale...[and] Hendrix strikes a nice balance between comedy and horror.”—The Washington Post“Disarming.”—The Wall Street Journal“Hendrix conjures up some wonderfully gruesome imagery.”—Nerdist“An inventive, hilarious haunted house tale.”—Bustle “If you’ve ever been frustrated trying to put together furniture from IKEA, you’ll get a laugh out of Hendrix’s spoof mystery.”—New York Post Read more About the Author Grady Hendrix is a novelist and screenwriter based in New York City. His novels include Horrorstör, named one of the best books of 2014 by National Public Radio, and My Best Friend’s Exorcism, for which the Wall Street Journal dubbed him “a national treasure.” The Bram Stoker Award-winning Paperbacks from Hell, his survey of outrageous horror novels of the 1970s and 80s, was called “pure, demented delight” by the New York Times Book Review. He’s contributed to Playboy, The Village Voice, and Variety. Read more

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Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of '70s and '80s Horror Fiction

Pdf Literature Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of '70s and '80s Horror Fiction

Pdf:Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of '70s and '80s Horror Fiction.An affectionate, nostalgic, and unflinchingly funny celebration of the horror fiction boom of the 1970s and ’80s   Take a tour through the horror paperback novels of two iconic decades . . . if you dare. Page through dozens and dozens of amazing book covers featuring well-dressed skeletons, evil dolls, and knife-wielding killer crabs! Read shocking plot summaries that invoke devil worship, satanic children, and haunted real estate! Horror author and vintage paperback book collector Grady Hendrix offers killer commentary and witty insight on these trashy thrillers that tried so hard to be the next Exorcist or Rosemary’s Baby. Complete with story summaries and artist and author profiles, this unforgettable volume dishes on familiar authors like V. C. Andrews and R. L. Stine, plus many more who’ve faded into obscurity. Also included are recommendations for which of these forgotten treasures are well worth your reading time and which should stay buried.

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Pimp: The Story of My Life

Pdf Literature Pimp: The Story of My Life

Pdf:Pimp: The Story of My Life.Review 'THE BEST KNOWN PIMP OF OUR TIME'--Hollie West for The Washington Post'ICEBERG SLIM WAS THE GODFATHER OF A GENRE.' --K'wan, #1 Essence Best-selling author'ICEBERG, SLIM BABY RIDE RIMS' --Jay-Z lyrics to 'So Ghetto''ONE OF THE GREATEST BLACK WRITERS IN AMERICAN HISTORY.' --Ice-T'ESSENTIAL READING' --Irvine Welsch for The Guardian Read more About the Author Iceberg Slim, also known as Robert Beck, was born in Chicago in 1918 and was initiated into the life of the pimp at age eighteen. He briefly attended the Tuskegee Institute but dropped out to return to the streets of the South Side, where he remained, pimping until he was forty-two. After several stints in jail he decided to give up the life and turned to writing. Slim folded his life into the pages of seven books based on his life. Catapulted into the public eye, Slim became a new American hero, known for speaking the truth whether that truth was ugly, sexy, rude, or blunt. He published six more books based on his life and Slim died at age 73 in 1992; one day before the Los Angeles riots. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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The Surrender Experiment: My Journey into Life's Perfection

Pdf Literature The Surrender Experiment: My Journey into Life's Perfection

Pdf:The Surrender Experiment: My Journey into Life's Perfection.From the author of the New York Times #1 bestseller The Untethered Soul comes the astonishing true-life story about what happens when you just let go. • A thriving spiritual community on over six hundred acres of pristine forest and meadows in Florida• A cutting-edge software package that transformed the medical practice management industry• A billion-dollar public company whose achievements are archived in the Smithsonian Institution• A book that became a New York Times bestseller and an Oprah favorite• A massive raid by the FBI that would lead to unfounded accusations by the U.S. governmentHow could all of this spring from a man who had decided to live alone in the middle of the woods, let go of himself, and embrace a life of solitude? Michael A. Singer, author of The Untethered Soul, tells the extraordinary story of what happened when, after a deep spiritual awakening, he decided to let go of his personal preferences and simply let life call the shots. As Singer takes you on this great experiment and journey into life’s perfection, the events that transpire will both challenge your deepest assumptions about life and inspire you to look at your own life in a radically different way.The Surrender Experiment is now a New York Times bestseller!

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Carry On, Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful Life

Pdf Literature Carry On, Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful Life

Pdf:Carry On, Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful Life.Review 'Melton writes about spirituality, faith, creativity, and compassion without once surrendering her hilarious and hard-knocks identity.' (Elizabeth Gilbert, author of BIG MAGIC)“In Carry On, Warrior, Glennon Melton’s honesty, thoughtfulness, and humor will keep readers racing through the pages—and set them thinking more deeply about their own lives.” (Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project and Happier at Home)“Glennon embodies all that we want to be and fear we are not: she is authentic, funny, wise, loving, and resilient in the face of extraordinary challenges. But the magic of Carry On, Warrior is that by the time you finish the book, you realize you ARE all those things, and more. It is a book that actually makes you feel that you are loved and cherished. Has a book ever accomplished anything more marvelous than that?” (Vanessa Diffenbaugh, author of The Language of Flowers)“CarryOn, Warrior is a fierce, outrageous and laugh-out-loud book about emergingfrom addiction and living life at full-tilt.” (Geneen Roth, author of Women, Food and God)“Funny,honest, and brave, Glennon Melton joins the ranks of Anne Lamott, Sara Miles,and Barbara Brown Taylor by giving her readers a precious gift:permission--permission to doubt, permission to believe, permission to struggle,permission to laugh, permission to tell the truth, and permission to do it allimperfectly. Carry On, Warrior takes its place among the best ofspiritual memoirs as the kind of book readers will want to return to again andagain. It reads like a conversation with a close friend, but impacts theheart like an encounter with the divine.” (Rachel Held Evans, author of Evolving in Monkey Town and a Year of Biblical Womanhood)“An inspirational guide. Only by living in a state of loving vulnerability [was Melton able] to do what she desired most: touch others and be touched by them in return. Gentle words of wisdom from a woman driven by 'senseless, relentless hope.'” (Kirkus Reviews)'Refreshingly frank. Writing, or as she calls it 'living out loud,' is for Melton a bracing therapy to chase away loneliness, learn humility, and banish the fears of revealing the less than flattering sides of herself.' (Publishers Weekly)“Glennon Doyle Melton is church and Carry On, Warrior reads like one of those old rollicking hymns that make you want to stand up at the end and shout, “Amen!” Life is indeed “brutiful” but Glennon’s humor, warmth, and honesty are profound reminders that there is beauty in our struggle. I can’t stop thinking about this book.” (Brené Brown, Ph.D. New York Times bestselling author of Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Tra)“First and foremost, Melton's book is chock-a-block with great characters, and she's number one. Melton pulls this off with the help of smart, funny, plain prose.”— (The Agony Column Bookotron.com)“Carry On Warrior is like sitting down for a cup of coffee with a friend to share stories, laughter, and tears, mixed with a whole lot of “me too!”s and “I thought I was the only one.” You leave refreshed, renewed, and reminded that we aren't alone in this. Not even a little.It isn't the kind of book you put down and say “oh, that was good.” It’s the kind of book you put down, then go to the store and buy three more copies because you know you are going to run into someone who needs them.” (Examiner.com) Read more About the Author Glennon Doyle Melton is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir, Carry On, Warrior and Love Warrior, an Oprah’s Book Club selection. Glennon is also the founder of the online community, Momastery, where she shares shameless, humorous, and inspiring essays about marriage, motherhood, faith, addiction, recovery, and connection. She is the creator and president of Together Rising—a non-profit organization that has raised over three million dollars for families around the world through its Love Flash Mobs, which have revolutionized online giving. Glennon is a sought-after public speaker both domestically and internationally. She has been featured on the TODAY show, The Talk, OWN, and in The New York Times, Ladies' Home Journal, Glamour, Family Circle, Parents Magazine, Newsweek, Woman's Day, The Huffington Post, and in other television and print outlets. Glennon lives in Florida with her family.  Read more

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One Day My Soul Just Opened Up: 40 Days and 40 Nights Toward Spiritual Strength and Personal Growth

Pdf Literature One Day My Soul Just Opened Up: 40 Days and 40 Nights Toward Spiritual Strength and Personal Growth

Pdf:One Day My Soul Just Opened Up: 40 Days and 40 Nights Toward Spiritual Strength and Personal Growth.Amazon.com Review Ordained minister and 'spiritual life counselor' Iyanla Vanzant doesn't know the exact moment when her soul opened up 'and the spirit of the divine entered [her] body.' But she will always remember the key insight that opened the door to her soul and simultaneously locked the door to her insanity: 'If you know who walks beside you, you can never be afraid.' This is the premise from which Vanzant has launched her enormously successful 40-day, spiritual self-help program. One Day My Soul Just Opened Up is designed as day-by-day journal/workbook to help readers believe in a divine presence while pondering daily spiritual lessons such as simplicity, peace, compassion, and nonjudgement. The charismatic Vanzant (whom Oprah Winfrey considers to be one of the world's most admirable spiritual leaders) has a gift for humble, tell-it-like-it-is talk. She is also a wise and warm soul, eager to help others trust in love and find a relationship with God in order to get on with their lives. Readers especially like her daily list of inspirations titled 'Let Me Remember.' For example, under day 23, 'When You Feel Angry,' she uses the list to remind readers: 'All things work to bring me healing'; 'Forgiveness will provide relief and release'; and 'Love will heal anything that is not an expression of love.' --Gail Hudson Read more Review Tavis Smiley Host of BET Tonight with Tavis Smiley Everyday I read Iyanla Vanzant's inspired work, my sould just opens up! And so will yours if you heed her advice on how to achieve a greater sense of self-awareness and self-assurance. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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To Shake the Sleeping Self: A Journey from Oregon to Patagonia, and a Quest for a Life with No Regret

Pdf Literature To Shake the Sleeping Self: A Journey from Oregon to Patagonia, and a Quest for a Life with No Regret

Pdf:To Shake the Sleeping Self: A Journey from Oregon to Patagonia, and a Quest for a Life with No Regret.New York Times bestseller | “Thrilling, tender, utterly absorbing . . . Every chapter shimmered with truth.”  —Cheryl StrayedFrom travel writer Jedidiah Jenkins comes a long-awaited memoir of adventure, struggle, and lessons learned while bicycling the 14,000 miles from Oregon to Patagonia.On the eve of turning thirty, terrified of being funneled into a life he didn't choose, Jedidiah Jenkins quit his dream job and spent the next sixteen months cycling from Oregon to Patagonia. He chronicled the trip on Instagram, where his photos and profound reflections on life soon attracted hundreds of thousands of followers and got him featured by National Geographic and The Paris Review.In this unflinchingly honest memoir, Jed narrates the adventure that started it all: the people and places he encountered on his way to the bottom of the world, and the internal journey that prompted it. As he traverses cities, mountains, and inner boundaries, Jenkins grapples with the questions of what it means to be an adult, his struggle to reconcile his sexual identity with his conservative Christian upbringing, and his belief in travel as a way to "wake us up" to life back home.A soul-stirring read for the wanderer in each of us, To Shake the Sleeping Self is an unforgettable reflection on adventure, identity, and a life lived without regret.

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My Love Story

Pdf Literature My Love Story

Pdf:My Love Story.Review “Harrowing . . . Fascinating . . . Neither sensationalistic nor self-serving . . . For a famous sex symbol who has turned a tragedy into a fairy tale, Turner is charmingly down to earth.”  (The New York TImes)'Full of revelations that illustrate Turner's iron will and perserverance over seemingly imporssible obstacles.' (USA Today)'A rollicking, dishy, emotional memoir from the 78-year-old icon.' (People)'Brave and wry.' (Vulture)'Astonishing, soul-baring - the must-read memoir by rock's greatest survivor.' (Daily Mail (UK))“[Tina Turner] shares openly and in riveting detail in her new memoir, My Love Story...If you want to get closer to a living legend, this engrossing work is decidedly the way to do it.” (Parade.com) Read more About the Author Tina Turner, born Anna Mae Bullock, is a singer and actress whose career has spanned more than sixty years. She has won numerous awards, including eight Grammys. Tina began her music career with her husband Ike Turner as a member of the Ike & Tina Turner Revue. Success followed with a string of hits including “River Deep, Mountain High” and “Proud Mary.” She divorced Ike in 1978 and, after virtually disappearing from the music scene for several years, rebuilt her career, launching a string of hits including her 1984 solo album Private Dancer. In 1986, she published a bestselling memoir I Tina which was turned into the Academy Award-nominated film What’s Love Got to Do with It in 1993. One of the world’s most popular entertainers, Tina has sold more concert tickets than any other solo music performer in history. She lives with her husband, Erwin Bach, in Zurich, Switzerland. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Handcrafted: A Woodworker's Story

Pdf Literature Handcrafted: A Woodworker's Story

Pdf:Handcrafted: A Woodworker's Story.Review “A fellow craftsman from Georgia, Clint shows how to live life as an adventure. From the floor of his first shop to the foundations of Habitat for Humanity houses, to building furniture for the world to see, Clint Harp is living a handcrafted life.” –President Jimmy Carter “I’m proud of Clint. I’m proud of the husband and father he is, and I’m proud that he’s my friend. He’s the kind of guy who just bears down and gets stuff done. I’m glad he took the time to put his life story together, and I’m honored to have played a small part. Don’t be dumb...read this book!” --Chip Gaines “As Clint crafts the inspiring details of his personal journey from meager means to craftsman to TV personality, he points us to our own stories, and leaves us eager to find and admire the beauty in every reclaimed piece of our own lives, to value all the parts, people, and unlikely moments that have shaped us and nudged us toward our own dreams.'--Chris Rice Read more About the Author Clint Harp can be found regularly on HGTV’s hit show Fixer Upper as the dumpster-diving, reclaimed wood-loving carpenter and furniture artisan. He and his wife, Kelly, own and operate their business, Harp Design Co. The Harp family lives in Waco, Texas. Handcrafted is Clint’s first book. Read more

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My Love Story

Pdf Literature My Love Story

Pdf:My Love Story.Tina Turner—the long-reigning queen of rock & roll and living legend—sets the record straight about her illustrious career and complicated personal life in this eye-opening and compelling memoir.From her early years in Nutbush, Tennessee to her rise to fame alongside Ike Turner to her phenomenal success in the 1980s and beyond, Tina candidly examines her personal history, from her darkest hours to her happiest moments and everything in between. My Love Story is an explosive and inspiring story of a woman who dared to break any barriers put in her way. Emphatically showcasing Tina’s signature blend of strength, energy, heart, and soul, this is a gorgeously wrought memoir as enthralling and moving as any of her greatest hits.

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The Most Beautiful Thing I’ve Seen: Opening Your Eyes to Wonder

Pdf Literature The Most Beautiful Thing I’ve Seen: Opening Your Eyes to Wonder

Pdf:The Most Beautiful Thing I’ve Seen: Opening Your Eyes to Wonder.About the Author Lisa Gungor has been scribbling down songs since she was seven years old. A maker at heart, Lisa studied art in college, and in 2005 she began recording and traveling with the band that eventually turned into the two-time Grammy-nominated musical collective with her husband known as Gungor. Lisa lives in Los Angeles with her husband Michael and their two beautiful girls, Amelie and Lucie. She writes for Gungor, the Storyline blog, The Liturgists, and The Huffington Post.     Read more

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The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath

Pdf Literature The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath

Pdf:The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath.Review 'An astounding triumph...A recovery memoir like no other...Jamison is a writer of prodigious ambition...Here, she's a bare-it-all memoirist, an astute critic, and a diligent archivist all in one. The book knows no bounds, building in depth and vitality with each passing concern...There's something profound at work here, a truth about how we grow into ourselves that rings achingly wise and burrows painfully deep.'―David Canfield, Entertainment Weekly (A)'A sprawling, compelling, fiercely ambitious book...Its publication represents the most significant new addition to the canon in more than a decade...Jamison's writing throughout is spectacularly evocative and sensuous...She thinks with elegant precision, cutting through the whiskey-soaked myths...Jamison is interested in something else: the possibility that sobriety can form its own kind of legend, no less electric, and more generative in the end.'―Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic'Masterful...beautifully honest...Essential reading...The most comprehensive study of the relationship between writing and alcohol that I have read, or know about...The prose is clean and clear and a pleasure to read, utterly without pretension. Although the subject is dark, Jamison has managed to write an often very funny page turner...In short, The Recovering is terrific, and if you're interested in the relationship between artists and addiction, you must read it.'―Clancy Martin, Bookforum'Magnificent and genuinely moving. This is that rare addiction memoir that gets better after sobriety takes hold.'―Dwight Garner, New York Times'A remarkable feat...Jamison is a bracingly smart writer; her sentences wind and snake, at turns breathless and tense...Instead of solving the mystery of why she drank, she does something worthier, digging underneath the big emptiness that lives inside every addict to find something profound.'―Sam Lansky, Time'Riveting...Jamison orchestrates a multi-voiced, universal song of lack, shame, surrender, uncertain and unsentimental redemption...It is a pleasure and feels like a social duty to report that Jamison's book shines sunlight on these creepy, crepuscular enchantments. Wisdom floods the scene, and genius never flees. Quite on its own terms, The Recovering is a beautifully told example of the considered and self-aware becoming art.'―Priscilla Gilman, Boston Globe'Such is Jamison's command of metaphor and assonance that she could rivet a reader with a treatise on toast. We perhaps have no writer better on the subject of psychic suffering and its consolations.'―Gary Greenberg, The New Yorker'Brilliant...We are aware, most fundamentally, of Jamison's urgency. This, of course, is as it should be, for sheis writing to survive...The Recovering leaves us with the sense of a writer intent on holding nothing back.'―David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times'Fascinating...energetic, colorful, fun, buzzy, affecting, and spot-on...Emotional, as well as factual, honesty is the sine qua non of a memoir. Yet this kind of deep honesty--the merciless self-examination and exposure that Jamison displays--is increasingly rare.'―Melanie Thernstrom, New York Times Book Review'Wonderful...wholly original...it shines.'―Matt McCarthy, USA Today Read more About the Author Leslie Jamison is the author of the essay collection The Empathy Exams, a New York Times bestseller, and the novel The Gin Closet, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She is a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine, and her work has appeared in publications including The Atlantic, Harper's, the New York Times Book Review, the Oxford American, and the Virginia Quarterly Review. She directs the graduate nonfiction program at Columbia University and lives in Brooklyn with her husband, the novelist Charles Bock, and their two daughters. Read more

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Cold Tangerines: Celebrating the Extraordinary Nature of Everyday Life

Pdf Literature Cold Tangerines: Celebrating the Extraordinary Nature of Everyday Life

Pdf:Cold Tangerines: Celebrating the Extraordinary Nature of Everyday Life.From the Back Cover Cold Tangerines---now available in softcover--- is a collection of stories that celebrate the extraordinary moments hidden in your everyday life. It is about God, and about life, and about the thousands of daily ways in which an awareness of God changes and infuses everything. It is about spiritual life, and about all the things that are called nonspiritual life that might be spiritual after all. It is the snapshots of a young woman making peace with herself and trying to craft a life that captures the energy and exuberance we all long for in the midst of the fear and regret and envy we all carry with us. It is both a voice of challenge and song of comfort, calling you upward to the best possible life, and giving you room to breathe, to rest, to break down, and break through. Cold Tangerines offers bright and varied glimpses of hope and redemption, in and among the heartbreak and boredom and broken glass. Read more About the Author Shauna Niequist is the author of Cold Tangerines, Bittersweet, Bread & Wine and Savor. She is married to Aaron, and they have two wild and silly and darling boys, Henry and Mac. They live outside Chicago, where Aaron leads The Practice and is recording a project called A New Liturgy. Shauna also writes for the Storyline Blog, and for IF:Table, she is a member of the Relevant podcast, and a guest teacher at her church. Shauna’s three great loves are her family, dinner parties, and books, and she believes that vulnerable storytelling, hard laughter, and cold pizza for breakfast can cure almost anything.   Read more

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Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board

Pdf Literature Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board

Pdf:Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board.About the Author Bethany Hamilton, who YM magazine called the 'Bravest Girl in America,' has been surfing since she was seven years old. Since her shark attack last year Bethany has participated in numerous competitions and has received the 2004 Teen Choice award for Most Courageous Teen and the 2004 ESPY Award for Best Comeback Athlete.Sheryl Berk most recently collaborated with Sopranos star Jamie-Lynn DiScala on her memoir, Wise Girl, and with Britney Spears on her autobiography, Stages. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, Peter, and their own little miracle, daughter Carrie.Rick Bundschuh is a surfer, writer, and cartoonist, and serves as one of the pastors at Kauai Christian Fellowship. He makes his home in Kalaheo, Hawaii, along with his wife, Lauren, their four kids, a weenie dog, and a quiver of surfboards. Read more

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The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath

Pdf Literature The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath

Pdf:The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath.INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER"An astounding triumph . . . Profound . . . Achingly wise . . . A recovery memoir like no other." --Entertainment Weekly (A)"Riveting . . . Beautifully told." --Boston Globe"An honest and important book . . . Vivid writing and required reading." --Stephen King"Perceptive and generous-hearted . . . Uncompromising . . . Jamison is a writer of exacting grace." --Washington PostFrom the New York Times bestselling author of The Empathy Exams comes this transformative work showing that sometimes the recovery is more gripping than the addiction.With its deeply personal and seamless blend of memoir, cultural history, literary criticism, and reportage, The Recovering turns our understanding of the traditional addiction narrative on its head, demonstrating that the story of recovery can be every bit as electrifying as the train wreck itself. Leslie Jamison deftly excavates the stories we tell about addiction--both her own and others'--and examines what we want these stories to do and what happens when they fail us. All the while, she offers a fascinating look at the larger history of the recovery movement, and at the complicated bearing that race and class have on our understanding of who is criminal and who is ill.At the heart of the book is Jamison's ongoing conversation with literary and artistic geniuses whose lives and works were shaped by alcoholism and substance dependence, including John Berryman, Jean Rhys, Billie Holiday, Raymond Carver, Denis Johnson, and David Foster Wallace, as well as brilliant lesser-known figures such as George Cain, lost to obscurity but newly illuminated here. Through its unvarnished relation of Jamison's own ordeals, The Recovering also becomes a book about a different kind of dependency: the way our desires can make us all, as she puts it, "broken spigots of need." It's about the particular loneliness of the human experience-the craving for love that both devours us and shapes who we are.For her striking language and piercing observations, Jamison has been compared to such iconic writers as Joan Didion and Susan Sontag, yet her utterly singular voice also offers something new. With enormous empathy and wisdom, Jamison has given us nothing less than the story of addiction and recovery in America writ large, a definitive and revelatory account that will resonate for years to come.

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99: Stories of the Game

Pdf Literature 99: Stories of the Game

Pdf:99: Stories of the Game.Review Praise for 99: Stories of the Game“The Great One delivers a personal history of the National Hockey League...Gretzky’s sense of his sport’s history rings clearly throughout these pages, as if he is the tour guide of a museum in which he also has created some of the best art...This enjoyable book provides an overview that will educate longtime fans and relative newcomers alike.”—Kirkus Reviews“One of the most enjoyable hockey books to be published in many years.”—Booklist (starred review)“Arguably the best player in the history of hockey, [Gretzky] has written a warm and enthusiastic collection of memories and stories. This book showcases some of hockey’s best moments through the keen eyes of an avid student, lover, and ambassador of the game. VERDICT: Essential for all hockey fans, old and new.”—Library Journal“Wayne Gretzky’s 99 glides across a lifetime of high sticks and higher stakes.”—Vanity Fair   Read more About the Author Wayne Gretzky, nicknamed “The Great One,” is considered by many to be the greatest hockey player ever. He is the leading scorer in NHL history, and is the only NHL player to total more than two hundred points in one season—a feat he accomplished four times. At the time of his retirement in 1999, he held sixty-one separate NHL records (forty regular season, fifteen playoff, and six All-Star)—and still holds most of them today. His honors include 31 Hart, Art Ross, Conn Smythe, Lester B. Pearson, and Lady Byng trophies and awards.His teams included the Edmonton Oilers (1979–1988, including four Stanley Cups), the Los Angeles Kings (1988–1996, including a Stanley Cup final), the St. Louis Blues (1996), and the New York Rangers (1996–1999). Following his retirement, he became the ninth and final player to be ushered into the Hall of Fame with no waiting period, and the first to have his jersey number retired league-wide.Among his activities since, he has been minority owner and head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes and executive director of Canada’s 2002 gold medal-winning men’s hockey team, and is a restaurateur, winemaker, and philanthropist with his own Wayne Gretzky Foundation. He lives with his family in Westlake Village, California.   Kirstie McLellan Day is the coauthor of the Canadian bestselling hockey memoirs Cornered (HarperCollins, 2011), with Ron MacLean; Playing with Fire (Triumph, 2010), with Theo Fleury; and Tough Guy (Triumph, 2009), with Bob Probert. She lives in Calgary, Alberta. Read more

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I Was Somebody Before This.

Pdf Literature I Was Somebody Before This.

Pdf:I Was Somebody Before This..As seen in Rolling Stone, Radio personality and New author Kitti Jones shares her more detailed story of her time with singer R.Kelly and her life before meeting him, including never before seen photo's and shocking information never revealed.

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Einstein and the Rabbi: Searching for the Soul

Pdf Literature Einstein and the Rabbi: Searching for the Soul

Pdf:Einstein and the Rabbi: Searching for the Soul.Review “Drawing on poignant personal stories, Jewish life and traditions, and a spiritual letter from Einstein to a grieving father, Naomi Levy’s book outlines an inspiring guide on how to live a meaningful and connected life.” ―Alan Lightman, author of Einstein’s Dreams“Rabbi Naomi Levy shares her loving spirit, her inspirational stories of Einstein and the rabbi whose grief he sought to assuage, and her lessons on hearing the voice of your soul. This remarkable book spoke to me as I am sure it will speak to you.” ―Susan Cain, author of Quiet“It is the task of the rabbi to articulate the wisdom and power of the Jewish religion in all its profundity, mystery, and earthy relevance. Naomi Levy performs the task spectacularly; she speaks from deep within the Jewish soul and gives the spiritual gifts of Judaism not only to Jews but to the world at large. It is difficult to overestimate her contribution. Einstein and the Rabbi is worthy of the matriarchs from whom originated the blessing of Jewish womanhood and who continue, through such as her, to bless it still.' ―Marianne Williamson, author of A Return to Love and Everyday Grace“[Levy] is a gifted storyteller―courageous, daring, witty and wise…. She brings not only eloquence and wisdom but also a wry sense of humor and the deepest compassion to her writing. Yet [Einstein and the Rabbi] achieves something even more exalted, an intimate revelation that rings with courage and authenticity. The reader surely will come away from Levy’s latest book with that sense of spiritual fullness she seeks to impart in everything she does.” ―Jewish Journal“[Levy's] wisdom and openness and wondrous spirit ripple through the pages of her engaging new book.” ―The Jerusalem Post'Engaging...genuinely moving.' ―Publishers Weekly“Everyone needs to read this book. It is a book for the times we live in now...capturing the human spirit through historic journeys, present-day gestures of kindness, and understanding. Naomi Levy writes with a clear, easy style that allows us to fall into her narrative, bearing witness to the soul life.” ―Julianna Margulies, actor/producer“With keen insight, an open heart, and the graceful, accessible wisdom for which she is widely known, Rabbi Naomi Levy has written a book that will be a balm and a provocation for all who read it. It made me cry. It made me think. To read it is to be gently guided into a deeper place.” ―Dani Shapiro, author of Devotion and Hourglass“Throughout, Levy comes off as a trustworthy guide, with just the right leavening (or perhaps unleavening) of humor and endless compassion.” ―Kirkus Reviews“Spiritual seekers of any faith should find guidance and comfort in these intricately woven stories of love, loss, suffering, and success.” ―Library Journal'Part candid and moving memoir, part accounting of an inspiring spiritual quest. This unusual volume is also a page-turner.' ―Wendy Mogel, Ph.D., author of The Blessing of a Skinned Knee'Do not miss this unique work combining wisdom, inspiration, a mystery about the world's greatest scientist, and a modern search for the soul. The combination will enchant your mind and make your spirit sing.' ―Rabbi David Wolpe, author of David: The Divided Heart and Making Loss Matter: Creating Meaning in Difficult Times'Naomi Levy examines life's polarities: birth and death, love and loss, faith and doubt. With keen insight, she shows how each duality is connected by the vital force we call 'the soul.' This is a lovely, tender book that will illuminate and inspire.' ―Jerome Groopman, Recanati Professor at Harvard University and author of The Anatomy of Hope“Naomi Levy writes from my heart. She brings together my Judaism and my social science and my current spiritual path of love.” ―Ram Dass“Read about Naomi Levy's spiritual journey at the risk of having her take you deeper into yourself. Einstein and the Rabbi takes you on the journey of journeys.” ―Norman Lear“What is the soul?’ This question has been on the tips of the tongues of seekers, saints and prophets from the beginning of time. ‘Are there words to describe the ineffable?’ This question has been on the tips of the pens of poets across the ages and the continents. Rabbi Naomi Levy takes on these questions in Einstein and the Rabbi, and she does so with humility, mastery, and poetry in a book that reads like mystery novel. I couldn’t put it down.” ―Elizabeth Lesser, author of Broken Open and Marrow, and cofounder of Omega Institute'Rabbi Naomi Levy has done something extraordinary. Inspired by one of the most famous letters written by Einstein, she has, through meticulous research uncovered the utterly unexpected background to Einstein’s letter, words written to a saintly rabbi who had just undergone the worst suffering a parent can experience. Naomi Levy, who decades earlier had undergone the worst suffering a child can experience, has united the words of Einstein, the story of Rabbi Robert Marcus, and of herself and her own father in a way that makes us all realize that the soul truly can see what eyes cannot. With Naomi Levy as our guide we too can learn to see with our souls, and thereby bless the lives of those around us and our own lives as well.' ―Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, author of Jewish Literacy, Rebbe, and Words that Hurt, Words that Heal'Levy offers us a blessing―which indeed comes true as one travels through her luminous book: 'I am praying that something sacred will happen to you. Something unexpected. A turning. An awakening.' And it does; all of that and more.' ―Abigail Pogrebin, author of My Jewish Year and Stars of David“In these bewildering and often implausible times, Naomi Levy’s book provides a vital and necessary antidote. Without stooping to easy remedies or spiritual jargon and drawing on centuries of Jewish thought, Levy shows us a soulful way to navigate a materialist world. Einstein and the Rabbi is a heartwarming and lucid reflection on balancing your life and schooling your heart.” ―Daphne Merkin, author of This Close to Happy: A Reckoning with Depression“A great read both for those who love the science of Einstein and the soul of the Zohar. The history of Einstein’s correspondence with Rabbi Marcus is fascinating and brings together science and soul.” ―Alan Dershowitz, author of Taking the Stand: My Life in the Law “Naomi Levy weaves together a series of stories from her perspective as a rabbi, her personal journey through illness, and a remarkable search for a letter to Einstein that results in describing the indescribable―the nature of our souls.” ―Stephen Tobolowsky, actor and author of My Adventures with God and The Dangerous Animals Club'You will be moved by Levy's ability to weave personal memoir and philosophical discourse so accessibly and emotionally.' ―Tom Allon, Huffington Post Read more About the Author NAOMI LEVY is the author of the national bestseller To Begin Again, as well as Talking to God and Hope Will Find You. She is the founder and leader of NASHUVA, a groundbreaking Jewish spiritual outreach movement based in L.A. Levy was named one of the top 50 rabbis in America by Newsweek and has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show, and on NPR. Read more

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Appointments with Heaven: The True Story of a Country Doctor's Healing Encounters with the Hereafter

Pdf Literature Appointments with Heaven: The True Story of a Country Doctor's Healing Encounters with the Hereafter

Pdf:Appointments with Heaven: The True Story of a Country Doctor's Healing Encounters with the Hereafter.When Dr. Reggie Anderson is present at the bedside of a dying patient, something miraculous happens. Sometimes as he sits vigil and holds the patient’s hand . . . he can experience what they feel and see as they cross over. Because of these God-given glimpses of the afterlife―his “appointments with heaven”―Reggie knows beyond a doubt that we are closer to the next world than we think. Join him as he shares remarkable stories from his life and practice, including the tragedy that nearly drove him away from faith forever. He reveals how what he’s seen, heard, and experienced has shaped what he believes about living and dying; how we can face the passing of our loved ones with the courage and confidence that we will see them again; and how we can each prepare for our own “appointment with heaven.” Soul-stirring and hope-filled, Appointments with Heaven is a powerful journey into the questions at the very core of your being: Is there more to life than this? What is heaven like? And, most important: Do I believe it enough to let it change me?

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Muchas vidas, muchos maestros / Many Lives, Many Masters (Spanish Edition)

Pdf Literature Muchas vidas, muchos maestros / Many Lives, Many Masters (Spanish Edition)

Pdf:Muchas vidas, muchos maestros / Many Lives, Many Masters (Spanish Edition).About the Author Brian Weiss, después de obtener el titulo de médico «cum laude» en la Universidad de Columbia y de completar su formación en la Escuela de Medicina de la Universidad de Yale, trabajó como médico interno en el hospital de la Universidad de Nueva York y se especializó en psiquiatría.En ese periodo escribió varios artículos científicos. Posteriormente, el doctor Weiss publicó Muchas vidas, muchos maestros y A través del tiempo, en donde transmite al lector las múltiples experiencias con sus pacientes. Pero la historia más interesante de todas aparece en Lazos de amor su tercera novela que trata de las almas gemelas, las personas que están unidas internamente por los lazos del amor y que se encuentran una y otra vez en distintas vidas. Read more

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One Last Time: A Psychic Medium Speaks to Those We Have Loved and Lost

Pdf Literature One Last Time: A Psychic Medium Speaks to Those We Have Loved and Lost

Pdf:One Last Time: A Psychic Medium Speaks to Those We Have Loved and Lost.Review 'Compelling...poignant...like James Van Praagh (Talking to Heaven) tempered with the down-to-earth appeal of Caroline Myss.'—Publishers Weekly “Brilliant…I recommend this book to anyone who knows or needs to know that no one you love ever dies.”—Patricia Romanowski, coauthor of Love Beyond Life and We Don’t Die Read more About the Author John Edward is an internationally acclaimed psychic medium. He has appeared on national television and a number of talk shows including Larry King Live.   Read more

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The New Biographical Dictionary of Film: Fifth Edition, Completely Updated and Expanded

Pdf Literature The New Biographical Dictionary of Film: Fifth Edition, Completely Updated and Expanded

Pdf:The New Biographical Dictionary of Film: Fifth Edition, Completely Updated and Expanded.Review 'America has given the world Emily Dickinson, 'Moby-Dick,' jazz, Faulkner, Hollywood, rock 'n' roll, and this book.' --Michael Robbins, Chicago Tribune'The best book on the movies ever written in English.' —The New Republic“Thomson proves anew that he is irreplaceable . . . His monologue has blossomed into an unlikely, searching dialogue about what to value in the movies—how to love what’s come before without nostalgia, and how to find the courage to demand more from the stuff being made right now . . . Deservedly treasured . . . One of the most probing accounts ever written of a human being’s engagement with the movies.” —Sarah Kerr, The New York Times Book Review“Delicious. One of the best and most useful books written about the movies.” —Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle“The Dictionary is not only an indispensable book about cinema, but one of the most absurdly ambitious literary achievements of our time.”  —Geoff Dyer, Sight & Sound“A marvel . . . Eccentric, audacious, sparkling . . . Probably the greatest living film critic and historian, Thomson writes the most fun and enthralling prose about the movies since Pauline Kael.” —Benjamin Schwarz, The Atlantic“From Abbott and Costello to Crumb’s Terry Zwigoff, David Thomson expertly caters the banquet of film history in the latest edition of this classic. One critics’ poll called it the best movie book ever; it also has some of the finest, orneriest writing in the English language.”—Time  “Truly, maddeningly, gloriously subjective . . . Buy this book for a friend, and bask in the pleasure of knowing that you have incalculably enriched his life. Buy it for yourself, and book some quality time with one of the finest writers the story of film has ever had.”—Saul Austerlitz, San Francisco Chronicle “[A] mad and magnificent opus . . . Thomson is a great rhapsodist of how film acts on his, and therefore our, imagination. . . . Close viewing, and the insights that spring from rapt attention, are what Thomson’s criticism is all about. Despite its seemingly straitlaced A-to-Z format, the ‘Dictionary’ is oddball and Borgesian, finding imaginative ecstasy in its encyclopedic tendency. The book crackles with epigram while often reaching for meanings that endow familiar subjects with a new reality. . . . It’s an essential, loony, irresistible book, and scarcely a week passes when I don’t submerge myself for an hour or two in its labyrinthine marvels.”—Richard Rayner, Los Angeles Times “Essential . . . Razor-sharp reviews are often commentaries on both the filmmaker and the audience. . . . We’re always aware that we’re engaging with a passionate educated human being. Isn’t that more interesting and rewarding than marketing-driven Netflix summaries? Great critics are cinema’s most inspiring enthusiasts. Four stars.”            —Jeffrey Overstreet, Books & Culture “Witty, expasive, convincing, honest, more than a little mischievous and, so often, absolutely on the money. Thomson’s voice is one of the most distinctive and enjoyable in film criticism. It leaps from the pages of this spruced up classic like flames from a bonfire. . . . Almost every page contains at least one unexpected nugget of information that you would struggle to come across by any other means. . . . However, the real value of this book lies not in facts, but in opinions. Thomson’s views are so shrewd, so exquisitely stated that, more often than not, they feel like thoughts you already held but were never quite sure how to put into words. . .  In a world awash with amateur pundits, the value of a genuine expert who knows his own mind has never been higher. . . . Dip into any entry and you will find irrefutable proof that his gaze remains as sharp as ever. For as long as there are films worth writing about, Thomson’s opinions will remain worth reading.”            —Benjamin Secher, The Telegraph “The newest edition of David Thomson’s New Biographical Dictionary of Film is 1,076 pages long. It weighs a ton. And yet, it’s almost impossible to put down.”—The New York Observer “Invaluable and occasionally maddening.”          —Steven Rea, The Kansas City Star “Skip the movie; read David Thomson instead. Addictive . . . his landmark work. You’ll see how erudite, generous, cheeky, elegant and fascinating Thomson’s writing is. Take any entry and it’s impossible not to want to read to the finish.” —Kyle Smith, New York PostFrom the Trade Paperback edition. Read more About the Author David Thomson has taught film studies at Dartmouth College, has served on the selection committee for the New York Film Festival, and has been a regular contributor to The Guardian, The Independent, The New York Times, The Nation, Movieline, The New Republic, and Salon. His other books include “Have You Seen . . . ?”: A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films; Showman: The Life of David O. Selznick; and three works of fiction: Suspects, Silver Light, and Warren Beatty and Desert Eyes. Thomson lives in San Francisco with his family. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Spirit Junkie: A Radical Road to Self-Love and Miracles

Pdf Literature Spirit Junkie: A Radical Road to Self-Love and Miracles

Pdf:Spirit Junkie: A Radical Road to Self-Love and Miracles.Review 'So long, Carrie Bradshaw--there's a new role model for go-getting thirty-somethings. Gabrielle Bernstein is doling out inner peace and self-love for the postmodern spiritual set.'  —Elle Magazine“Gabrielle is one of my most treasured soul sisters and a true ‘Spirit Junkie’ in the most fun and exhilarating ways imaginable! I read Gabby’s books for spiritual life lessons on how to love myself and others more deeply and with authentic honesty. Open your hearts to this beautiful goddess-diva and, most important, discover the one that lives inside you!”  —Eliza Dushku“A decade ago, young women like Ms. Bernstein might have been expected to chase the lifestyle of high heels and pink drinks…But now there is a new role model for New York’s former Carrie Bradshaws…well versed in self-help and New Age spirituality…Ms. Bernstein is one of a circle of such figures, influenced less by the oeuvre of Candace Bushnell than that of Marianne Williamson.”  —The New York Times “For those ready to give up their addiction to suffering or who simply need to release the general malaise of a too-busy, too shallow way of life, Spirit Junkie is a soothing balm for the soul.  Gabrielle Bernstein is a brilliant shining guide for all who seek to have more love, more light and more miracles in their life.”—Arielle Ford, author of The Soulmate Secret  “In this mixture of humor, grief and how-to instructions on achieving enlightenment, Bernstein offers more than just autobiography or a user’s guide to meditation . . . A groovy blend of meditative and instructive writing.”--Kirkus Read more About the Author Gabrielle Bernstein, a member of Oprah's Super Soul 100, has been labeled by the New York Times as the next-generation guru. A motivational speaker, life coach, and author, she is expanding the lexicon for the seekers of today and tomorrow. She gives talks and leads seminars throughout the country, is on the Forbes list of the 20 Best Branded Women, and has been featured in media outlets such as Oprah Radio, Marie Claire, Health, Self, CNN, NBC, CBS, FOX, and the Wall Street Journal. She is the author of Add More ~ing to Your Life and can be seen riding around the East Village on a unicycle. Or just look for her online at gabbyb.tv.From the Hardcover edition. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood

Pdf Literature Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood

Pdf:Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood.Review “[A] compelling new memoir . . . By turns alarming, sad and funny, [Trevor Noah’s] book provides a harrowing look, through the prism of Mr. Noah’s family, at life in South Africa under apartheid. . . . In the end, Born a Crime is not just an unnerving account of growing up in South Africa under apartheid, but a love letter to the author’s remarkable mother.”—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times “[An] unforgettable memoir.”—Parade“You’d be hard-pressed to find a comic’s origin story better than the one Trevor Noah serves up in Born a Crime. . . . [He] developed his aptitude for witty truth telling [and]…every hardscrabble memory of helping his mother scrape together money for food, gas, school fees, and rent, or barely surviving the temper of his stepfather, Abel, reveals the anxious wellsprings of the comedian’s ambition and success. If there is harvest in spite of blight, the saying goes, one does not credit the blight-but Noah does manage to wring brilliant comedy from it.”—O: The Oprah Magazine   “What makes Born a Crime such a soul-nourishing pleasure, even with all its darker edges and perilous turns, is reading Noah recount in brisk, warmly conversational prose how he learned to negotiate his way through the bullying and ostracism. . . . What also helped was having a mother like Patricia Nombuyiselo Noah. . . . Consider Born a Crime another such gift to her—and an enormous gift to the rest of us.”—USA Today “[Noah] thrives with the help of his astonishingly fearless mother. . . . Their fierce bond makes this story soar.”—People “This isn't your average comic-writes-a-memoir: It’s a unique look at a man who is a product of his culture—and a nuanced look at a part of the world whose people have known dark times easily pushed aside.”—Refinery29 “Noah’s memoir is extraordinary . . . essential reading on every level. It’s hard to imagine anyone else doing a finer job of it.”—The Seattle Times“Powerful prose . . . told through stories and vignettes that are sharply observed, deftly conveyed and consistently candid. Growing organically from them is an affecting investigation of identity, ethnicity, language, masculinity, nationality and, most of all, humanity—all issues that the election of Donald Trump in the United States shows are foremost in minds and hearts everywhere. . . . What the reader gleans are the insights that made Noah the thoughtful, observant, empathic man who wrote Born a Crime. . . . Here is a level-headed man, forged by remarkable and shocking life incidents, who is quietly determined and who knows where home and the heart lie. Would this unique story have been published had it been about someone not a celebrity of the planet? Possibly not, and to the detriment of potential readers, because this is a warm and very human story of the type that we will need to survive the Trump presidency’s imminent freezing of humane values.”—Mail & Guardian (South Africa) “[Noah’s] story of surviving—and thriving—is mind-blowing.”—Cosmopolitan “A gifted storyteller, able to deftly lace his poignant tales with amusing irony.”—Entertainment Weekly “Noah has a real tale to tell, and he tells it well. . . . Among the many virtues of Born a Crime is a frank and telling portrait of life in South Africa during the 1980s and ’90s. . . . Born a Crime offers Americans a second introduction to Trevor Noah, and he makes a real impression.”—Newsday “An affecting memoir, Born a Crime [is] a love letter to his mother.”—The Washington Post“Witty and revealing . . . Noah’s story is the story of modern South Africa; though he enjoyed some privileges of the region’s slow Westernization, his formative years were shaped by poverty, injustice, and violence. Noah is quick with a disarming joke, and he skillfully integrates the parallel narratives via interstitial asides between chapters. . . . Perhaps the most harrowing tales are those of his abusive stepfather, which form the book’s final act (and which Noah cleverly foreshadows throughout earlier chapters), but equally prominent are the laugh-out-loud yarns about going to the prom, and the differences between ‘White Church’ and ‘Black Church.’”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)“[A] substantial collection of staggering personal essays . . . Incisive, funny, and vivid, these true tales are anchored to his portrait of his courageous, rebellious, and religious mother who defied racially restrictive laws to secure an education and a career for herself—and to have a child with a white Swiss/German even though sex between whites and blacks was illegal. . . . [Trevor Noah’s] electrifying memoir sparkles with funny stories . . . and his candid and compassionate essays deepen our perception of the complexities of race, gender, and class.”—Booklist (starred review) “A gritty memoir . . . studded with insight and provocative social criticism . . . with flashes of brilliant storytelling and acute observations.”—Kirkus Reviews Read more About the Author Trevor Noah is a comedian from South Africa. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It

Pdf Literature Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It

Pdf:Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It.Charlamagne Tha God - the self-proclaimed "Prince of Pissing People Off", cohost of Power 105.1's The Breakfast Club, and "hip-hop's Howard Stern" - shares his unlikely success story as well as how embracing one's truths is a fundamental key to success and happiness. In his new book, Charlamagne Tha God presents his comic, often controversial, and always brutally honest insights on how living an authentic life is the quickest path to success. Beginning with his journey from the small town of Moncks Corner, South Carolina, to his headline grabbing interviews with celebrities like Justin Bieber, Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, and Hillary Clinton, he shares how he turned his troubled early life around by owning his (many) mistakes and refusing to give up on his dreams, even after his controversial opinions got him fired from several on-air jobs. Combining his own story with bold advice and his signature commitment to honesty at all costs, Charlamagne hopes this book will give others the confidence to live their own truths.

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Failure Is an Option: An Attempted Memoir

Pdf Literature Failure Is an Option: An Attempted Memoir

Pdf:Failure Is an Option: An Attempted Memoir.Actor, voice actor, and comedian H. Jon Benjamin helps us all feel a little better about our own failures by sharing his own - despite his success starring on Archer and Bob's Burgers - in a hilarious, self-helpful memoir. While he's not quite a household name, most people would consider H. Jon Benjamin, the voice-actor star of Archer and Bob's Burgers (and a sentient can of mixed vegetables in 2015's Wet Hot American Summer) a comedy show business success. But he'd like to remind everyone that as great as success can be, failure is also an option. In a hilarious, self-deprecating memoir, Jon lays out some of his many failures in all areas of life, from Work ("wherein I'm unable to deliver a sizzling fajita") to Family ("wherein a trip to PF Chang's fractures a family"). Fans of his characters' signature wit and voice will rejoice in H. Jon Benjamin's comical failures - and appreciate a rare look into the life of the man behind their favorite shows.

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Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood

Pdf Literature Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood

Pdf:Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood.Review “[A] compelling new memoir . . . By turns alarming, sad and funny, [Trevor Noah’s] book provides a harrowing look, through the prism of Mr. Noah’s family, at life in South Africa under apartheid. . . . In the end, Born a Crime is not just an unnerving account of growing up in South Africa under apartheid, but a love letter to the author’s remarkable mother.”—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times “[An] unforgettable memoir.”—Parade“You’d be hard-pressed to find a comic’s origin story better than the one Trevor Noah serves up in Born a Crime. . . . [He] developed his aptitude for witty truth telling [and]…every hardscrabble memory of helping his mother scrape together money for food, gas, school fees, and rent, or barely surviving the temper of his stepfather, Abel, reveals the anxious wellsprings of the comedian’s ambition and success. If there is harvest in spite of blight, the saying goes, one does not credit the blight-but Noah does manage to wring brilliant comedy from it.”—O: The Oprah Magazine   “What makes Born a Crime such a soul-nourishing pleasure, even with all its darker edges and perilous turns, is reading Noah recount in brisk, warmly conversational prose how he learned to negotiate his way through the bullying and ostracism. . . . What also helped was having a mother like Patricia Nombuyiselo Noah. . . . Consider Born a Crime another such gift to her—and an enormous gift to the rest of us.”—USA Today “[Noah] thrives with the help of his astonishingly fearless mother. . . . Their fierce bond makes this story soar.”—People “This isn't your average comic-writes-a-memoir: It’s a unique look at a man who is a product of his culture—and a nuanced look at a part of the world whose people have known dark times easily pushed aside.”—Refinery29 “Noah’s memoir is extraordinary . . . essential reading on every level. It’s hard to imagine anyone else doing a finer job of it.”—The Seattle Times“Powerful prose . . . told through stories and vignettes that are sharply observed, deftly conveyed and consistently candid. Growing organically from them is an affecting investigation of identity, ethnicity, language, masculinity, nationality and, most of all, humanity—all issues that the election of Donald Trump in the United States shows are foremost in minds and hearts everywhere. . . . What the reader gleans are the insights that made Noah the thoughtful, observant, empathic man who wrote Born a Crime. . . . Here is a level-headed man, forged by remarkable and shocking life incidents, who is quietly determined and who knows where home and the heart lie. Would this unique story have been published had it been about someone not a celebrity of the planet? Possibly not, and to the detriment of potential readers, because this is a warm and very human story of the type that we will need to survive the Trump presidency’s imminent freezing of humane values.”—Mail & Guardian (South Africa) “[Noah’s] story of surviving—and thriving—is mind-blowing.”—Cosmopolitan “A gifted storyteller, able to deftly lace his poignant tales with amusing irony.”—Entertainment Weekly “Noah has a real tale to tell, and he tells it well. . . . Among the many virtues of Born a Crime is a frank and telling portrait of life in South Africa during the 1980s and ’90s. . . . Born a Crime offers Americans a second introduction to Trevor Noah, and he makes a real impression.”—Newsday “An affecting memoir, Born a Crime [is] a love letter to his mother.”—The Washington Post“Witty and revealing . . . Noah’s story is the story of modern South Africa; though he enjoyed some privileges of the region’s slow Westernization, his formative years were shaped by poverty, injustice, and violence. Noah is quick with a disarming joke, and he skillfully integrates the parallel narratives via interstitial asides between chapters. . . . Perhaps the most harrowing tales are those of his abusive stepfather, which form the book’s final act (and which Noah cleverly foreshadows throughout earlier chapters), but equally prominent are the laugh-out-loud yarns about going to the prom, and the differences between ‘White Church’ and ‘Black Church.’”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)“[A] substantial collection of staggering personal essays . . . Incisive, funny, and vivid, these true tales are anchored to his portrait of his courageous, rebellious, and religious mother who defied racially restrictive laws to secure an education and a career for herself—and to have a child with a white Swiss/German even though sex between whites and blacks was illegal. . . . [Trevor Noah’s] electrifying memoir sparkles with funny stories . . . and his candid and compassionate essays deepen our perception of the complexities of race, gender, and class.”—Booklist (starred review) “A gritty memoir . . . studded with insight and provocative social criticism . . . with flashes of brilliant storytelling and acute observations.”—Kirkus Reviews Read more About the Author Trevor Noah is a comedian from South Africa. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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The Kite Runner

Pdf Literature The Kite Runner

Pdf:The Kite Runner.Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of its monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable and beautifully told story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Raised in the same household and sharing the same wet nurse, Amir and Hassan grow up in different worlds: Amir is the son of a prominent and wealthy man, while Hassan, the son of Amir's father's servant, is a Hazara - a shunned ethnic minority. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them. When Amir and his father flee the country for a new life in California, Amir thinks that he has escaped his past. And yet he cannot leave the memory of Hassan behind him. The Kite Runner is a novel about friendship and betrayal, and about the price of loyalty. It is about the bonds between fathers and sons, and the power of fathers over sons - their love, their sacrifices, and their lies. Written against a backdrop of history that has not been told in fiction before, The Kite Runner describes the rich culture and beauty of a land in the process of being destroyed. But through the devastation, Khaled Hosseini offers hope for redemption.

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Seriously.I'm Kidding

Pdf Literature Seriously.I'm Kidding

Pdf:Seriously.I'm Kidding."I've experienced a whole lot the last few years, and I have a lot to share. So I hope that you'll take a moment to sit back, relax, and enjoy the words I've put together for you in this book. I think you'll find I've left no stone unturned, no door unopened, no window unbroken, no rug unvacuumed, no ivories untickled. What I'm saying is, let us begin, shall we?" ---Ellen DeGeneres

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The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers

Pdf Literature The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers

Pdf:The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers.From School Library Journal Former Philadelphia Inquirer editor King reveals Fred Rogers (1928–2003), creator of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, whose guiding principles of his Christian faith—kindness, acceptance, and unconditional love—underpinned every aspect of his professional and personal life. Arranged more or less chronologically, this title traces Rogers's development from an often sickly and overweight child, subjected to childhood bullying and an overprotective mother. His upbringing, while often socially isolating, provided a rich environment for the development of his creativity; he went on to study musical composition and become ordained as a Presbyterian minister. Neighborhood, which ran from 1968 to 2001, was radical for its time, covering war, death, divorce, and other controversial topics honestly and respectfully for children's understanding. Myths about Rogers—that his sweaters covered up tattoos or that he was a Vietnam sniper—are debunked, revealing instead that he was exactly as he appeared. VERDICT Grown-up fans, pop culture enthusiasts, and anyone interested in the history of educational television and child development will be inspired. An excellent and timely addition to most collections.–Kiera Parrott, School Library Journal Read more Review “In King’s [The Good Neighbor] … the inimitable Mister Rogers becomes somehow even more enchanting. In addition to elegantly narrating the facts of Rogers’ life… King’s book brims with anecdotes of intimate exchanges that highlight Rogers’ kindness and grace.” (Booklist)'King is a skilled storyteller who captures the essence of not only Rogers the person but also the very particular American scene that produced him.' (The Washington Post)“As the extreme importance of our most gifted teachers, and the credit they are due, become ever more evident, Maxwell King has provided a superb, thoughtful biography of the brilliant Fred Rogers, who with his long-running television show, reached more children than any teacher ever. The enormous amount of thought, creative talent, and hard work that Rogers put into every aspect of the show becomes abundantly clear in this book, as do the lessons in empathy and kindness that he took so to heart.  Much there is for all of us to learn in Maxwell King’s The Good Neighbor.” (David McCullough)“Fred launched the ship that carried us all.” (LeVar Burton)“Mere pages into this beautiful account, tears began to roll down my cheeks as my heart remembered the kind and gentle manner of Mr. Rogers. Deeply researched, Maxwell King’s biography brings Rogers to life in small moments recalled by those who knew him best. Through a meticulous unspooling of his childhood, we learn why Fred Rogers—a child born into extreme wealth who could have done anything or nothing with his life—wound up of all things a child whisperer, a seer of the human heart, a builder of bridges constructed of unconditional love and acceptance. Reading King’s narrative, one cannot help but long for a time when children spent their afternoons watching Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood; one cannot help but sense that what we all need right now is an infusion of Fred Rogers’ enduring teachings back onto our airwaves and into our America.” (Julie Lythcott-Haims author of How to Raise an Adult)“Anyone who has seen Fred Rogers on TV eventually gets around to the same core question: Was he really like that in real life? In this well-researched, insightful and affectionately written biography, Maxwell King answers ‘Yes.’ I suspect Mister Rogers himself would have approved of The Good Neighbor, and Rogers always maintained the highest of standards.” (David Bianculli)“Fred Rogers recognized how essential the first years of life are to a child’s social, emotional, and cognitive development. No one understood the strength of human kindness better. His message spans all generations, from my own children to their children. He was a man truly ahead of his time.” (Jackie Bezos President and Co-Founder, Bezos Family Foundation) Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers

Pdf Literature The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers

Pdf:The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers.Fred Rogers (1928-2003) was an enormously influential figure in the history of television and in the lives of tens of millions of children. As the creator and star of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, he was a champion of compassion, equality, and kindness. Rogers was fiercely devoted to children and to taking their fears, concerns, and questions about the world seriously.The Good Neighbor, the first full-length biography of Fred Rogers, tells the story of this utterly unique and enduring American icon. Drawing on original interviews, oral histories, and archival documents, Maxwell King traces Rogers's personal, professional, and artistic life through decades of work, including a surprising decision to walk away from the show to make television for adults, only to return to the neighborhood with increasingly sophisticated episodes, written in collaboration with experts on childhood development. An engaging story, rich in detail, The Good Neighbor is the definitive portrait of a beloved figure, cherished by multiple generations.

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Ennio Morricone: In His Own Words

Pdf Literature Ennio Morricone: In His Own Words

Pdf:Ennio Morricone: In His Own Words.Review 'Enlightening and frequently charming.' --Library Journal'Throughout his long and distinguished career, Ennio Morricone has consistently proven to be one of the most imaginative and idiosyncratic composers in the history of cinema. This book reveals the powerful personality behind his brilliant work and will be rewarding reading for anyone interested in the magic of music in film.' -- John Williams 'Maestro Morricone has moved my soul to places I could not go alone. An inspiration like no other.' -- James 'Papa Het' Hetfield, Singer/Songwriter of Metallica 'I feel so fortunate to be alive at a time where I can say that I have witnessed the work of a genius as he weaves his magic in unlimited ways, in infinite settings, with that rare quality of being distinctive and innovative while always being instantly identifiable, and doing all of this in the service of the film at hand, honoring and enhancing it in ways that are indescribably detailed, vivid and perfect. Maestro Morricone is one of my major heroes.' -- Pat Metheny 'I have the absolute highest amount of respect for my brother Ennio and I will always be one of his greatest admirers. When I was studying in France, my teacher Nadia Boulanger used to tell me that 'your music can never be more or less than you are as a human being,' and I truly believe that is why Ennio's music is so special: he is simply a great human being! Ennio is the definition of 'original' and his compositions are like a window into his mind: incredibly beautiful and genius!' -- Quincy Jones Read more About the Author Ennio Morricone graduated in trumpet and composition from the Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia in Rome. Throughout his career, he mastered a wide range of musical expressions, first as an orchestrator and conductor in the recording industry, then as a composer for theater, radio, television, and cinema. He has composed over four hundred and fifty film scores and over a hundred absolute music works. He received an Academy Honorary Award in 2007 and won an Academy Award for Best Original Score in 2016, for The Hateful Eight by Quentin Tarantino. Alessandro De Rosa undertook his study of music composition following Ennio Morricone's advice. He studied with Boris Porena in Rome and then graduated from the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, Netherlands. As a composer and arranger, he collaborated with Jon Anderson of the band Yes. He currently works as a freelance musician and collaborates with the RAI (Radiotelevisione Italiana) and the RSI (Radiotelevisione Svizzera di lingua italiana). Read more

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Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

Pdf Literature Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

Pdf:Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns).Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck-impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence "Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I'll shut up about it?" Perhaps you want to know what Mindy thinks makes a great best friend (someone who will fill your prescription in the middle of the night), or what makes a great guy (one who is aware of all elderly people in any room at any time and acts accordingly), or what is the perfect amount of fame (so famous you can never get convicted of murder in a court of law), or how to maintain a trim figure (you will not find that information in these pages). If so, you've come to the right book, mostly! In Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, Mindy invites readers on a tour of her life and her unscientific observations on romance, friendship, and Hollywood, with several conveniently placed stopping points for you to run errands and make phone calls. Mindy Kaling really is just a Girl Next Door-not so much literally anywhere in the continental United States, but definitely if you live in India or Sri Lanka.

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Japanese Composition Notebook for Language Study with Genkouyoushi Paper for Notetaking & Writing Practice of Kana & Kanji Characters: Memo Book with ... Learning Composition Book Plus) (Volume 1)

Pdf Literature Japanese Composition Notebook for Language Study with Genkouyoushi Paper for Notetaking & Writing Practice of Kana & Kanji Characters: Memo Book with ... Learning Composition Book Plus) (Volume 1)

Pdf:Japanese Composition Notebook for Language Study with Genkouyoushi Paper for Notetaking & Writing Practice of Kana & Kanji Characters: Memo Book with ... Learning Composition Book Plus) (Volume 1).Take notes of your Japanese lectures while practice REAL top-to-bottom writing of Japanese alphabets at every page turn! Japanese practice makes perfect! And, this very book, "Japanese Composition Notebook for Language Study with Genkouyoushi Paper for Notetaking & Writing Practice of Kana & Kanji Characters: Memo Book with Lines & Square Grids, Beginner & Intermediate", is giving you its cool features more than any common notebooks could give: Inspiring design: With the cover of the Japanese renowned artist's, Hokusai's (1760–1849), painting called "Tokaido Shinagawa Goten'yama no Fuji" and the design theme of composition notebook, this book is sure to inspire Japanese language learners to write what they learnt about the language, to journal their Japanese learning, or to even compose their own stories, in Japanese! Learners' companion: Lined pages allow you to journal or take notes in English or in any of your native languages, while the square grids on the page next to it allows you to really practice writing them during learning. Moreover, the book provides stroke order charts of hiragana & katakana characters on its final page, so the book consists of characters that you've learnt & will learn, with the practicing milestones of yourself learning and writing them! Do as Japanese do: Genkouyoushi in this book are in proper size & format. The same as they are used in Japan. You can also use this book either from left to right or from right to left. The back cover was designed with a blank subject box so that you can use the book either way. Plus, you can practically write letters both in the traditional top-to-bottom way (on the square grid pages), and in the modern left-to-right way (on the ruled pages), in this one same book! Easier writing & reading: Each genko yoshi page contains 9 columns of 1/2inch-wide squares, with the space nearer to the spine left blank, to avoid unstable strokes. Each ruled page is wide ruled, which have 11/32 in (8.7 mm) spacing between lines, spaces are therefore big enough for writers of any skill levels & of any ages. Also, all lines are in dark grey, instead of pure black, so the lines are less distracting while writing & reading. Moreover, they have ample space on top & bottom of page to make sure letters won't be too cluttered to read. The space can also wisely accommodate foot notes for your study, if need be! Functional size: Dimension 8.5”x11” (21.6x28cm) is just about the size of an A4 paper so it can accommodate well any inserts you may have temporarily. Containing 110 pages to write on, the book provides enough space for comprehensive or sequential notes, while it is light enough to be carried along comfortably by anyone, making it so great for classroom studies, as well as quick reviews while travelling! Reliable standards: Book industry perfect binding (the same standard binding as the books in your local library). Tough matte paperback. Crisp white paper. This book is great for either pencils or pens (however, extra blank sheets would be needed for brush pens). It makes your taking notes easier & keeps your valuable works with you longer! Stay organized: The 1st page has been reserved for your optional Table of Contents, so that you can browse your book contents easily, and possibly plan writings or lectures in chapters. Plus, there are 2 places (one at the box on the cover, and the other at the spine) that you can write your personal book volume numbers, so multiple books can be stored & looked up easily on shelf, developing the collection of what you learnt over the years! "Japanese Composition Notebook" is a great tool that would help jumpstart your Japanese learning! It would make a perfect gift for yourself, your friends, school or college classmates, students or teachers, with whom you share meaningful Japanese learning journeys!

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Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock's Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout

Pdf Literature Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock's Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout

Pdf:Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock's Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout.Review 'Laura Jane Grace shows great bravery diving into every detail of a story seldom told, with the advantage of having kept journals documenting everything she went through, from childhood to the beginnings of her band. Capturing the pain and struggle, self-doubt and lack of support she experienced, Grace provides a valuable starting point for a conversation to broaden the understanding of, and empathy for, trans people.'―Joan Jett, Billboard's 100 Greatest Music Books of All Time'An ambassador for the gender revolution currently sweeping through public restroom policy and National Geographic covers [and] a potent tool for empathy that hasn't quite existed in pop culture....Grace and co-writer Dan Ozzi spin green room drama and rock star recklessness into a gem of a rock bio that belongs on a shelf alongside Hammer of the Gods and Get in the Van.'―Paste Magazine, Best Nonfiction Books of 2016'A full-length tell-all about Grace's lifelong journey to discovering, accepting, and at last publicly acknowledging her true identity....[told] with daring candor...the memoir establishes her as at once a transgender icon and a modern day heroine.'―Harper's Bazaar, Best Books of November'A savagely candid transgender memoir, and thus far, the only quintessential text regarding Against Me!--one of the most significant punk bands of the aughts and onward. Without a smidgen of sarcasm, I would highly recommend the book to your grandmother, even if she is afraid of transpeople and can't name three Clash songs.'―Esquire'In this riveting and at times harrowing biography, Grace recounts in unflinching detail her path to self-realization....The story [of the band] would be enough for a compelling book, but Grace's gender dysphoria adds a remarkable twist to the tale....[a] brutally honest, soul-searching memoir.'―Publishers Weekly, Starred Review'An engrossing story about the perils of the rock star lifestyle, identity, drug abuse, and what it means to be a punk.'―Third Coast Review, Best Music and Art of 2016'The extraordinary story of the misfit among the punks who attempted to save himself by choosing his gender--as if by erasing the man he was might heal the diseased society that produced him. Laura Jane Grace claws her way into the light and we are all inspired to find our own grace.'―John Cameron Mitchell'Laura Jane Grace has pulled off the near impossible. With her first book, Tranny, she has added a new perspective to a vastly over populated genre of music-based literature.In doing so, she has also managed to tell her own deeply personal, at times heartbreaking, story of her struggle with gender identity in a society still content to ascribe gender using an archaic binary system that drives so many transgender people to despair.This book is a mandatory read for anyone interested in gender identity, intellectual punk rock, or an engrossing account of a great rock and roll band, subjects that may sound mutually exclusive but here are inextricably linked.'―Shirley Manson, lead singer of Garbage'Grace writes about juggling the pressures of grappling with dysphoria and keeping her band together with such naked honesty that you can feel the weight being lifted off of her shoulders....A page turner that brims with hard emotional truth....A poignant and timely look at a still-emerging cultural issue worthy of serious discussion.'―A.V. Club'Potent...Grace writes viscerally about her experiences grappling with this condition throughout her life.'―Rolling Stone Read more About the Author Laura Jane Grace is a transgender musician best known as the founder, lead singer, songwriter and guitarist of the punk rock band Against Me!. Since coming out as transgender in a 2012 interview with Rolling Stone magazine, she has become an outspoken advocate for transgender awareness. She has a daughter and lives in Chicago. Dan Ozzi is a New York-based writer and has served as the editor of VICE's music site, Noisey. Read more

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The Only Pirate at the Party

Pdf Literature The Only Pirate at the Party

Pdf:The Only Pirate at the Party.About the Author Lindsey Stirling is an acclaimed electronic violinist, who has over 7 million YouTube subscribers, and 11 billion views on her YouTube channel. She has enjoyed Billboard chart-topping hits and sold out tours worldwide, all without the backing of a label. To date, she has released two studio albums: her 2013 self-titled debut and the smash 2014 follow up, Shatter Me. The latter debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 and won her a Billboard Music Award for “Top Dance/Electronic Album.” On stage, Lindsey combines the infectious energy of dance, electronica, and modern classical music with ballet-inspired dance moves. In her spare time, Lindsey is a motivational speaker, and she uses her own story to help others build confidence, hope, and passion.Brooke S. Passey is a writer, a horseback riding instructor, and the co-author of this book. She is also a member of her local book club, The Muumuu Society, where women of all ages gather in support of literature and muumuu sales. Brooke currently lives in Arizona with her husband, several horses, and a puggle with an embarrassing underbite. Read more Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. The Only Pirate at the Party CROSS YOUR EYES ANDDOT YOUR TEES: A PIRATE’S INTRO I didn’t learn to read until I was halfway through the first grade. Reading was work—hard work, and not the rewarding kind. For years, I struggled through reading at school, doing so slower and with longer vowels than anyone else. This befuddled my mother. I was a pretty sharp kid in all other aspects of life. I was a math whiz, a science pro, relatively talented with my violin, and I could repeat the facts I learned on Sesame Street from memory. Why couldn’t I read? At the end of second grade, I was still phonetically sounding out basketball, so she took me in for some testing. When the results came back, the doctor pulled my mom aside and told her I had a learning disability referred to as cross dominance. Cross what? I know, you’ve never heard of it before, either. But it’s a real thing. In case you don’t want to google it, I’ll give you the skinny. Most people have a dominant half. Meaning, information goes in primarily through the dominant eye or ear, processes in the brain, and comes out instructing the dominant side of the body to perform a correlating motor function. For example, when someone sees a soccer ball information processes mostly through the dominant eye, and the brain tells the dominant leg to kick the ball. Oftentimes, people with cross dominance mix up these signals, and use alternating sides of the body instead of a consistently dominant one. Cross dominance also affects the way the brain processes cognitive functions. A normal person reads as follows: the dominant eye sees the word matriculation, information processes mostly on the dominant side of the brain, and the mouth says matriculation. In my case, the left eye sees the word matriculation, it goes into my brain where the signals get passed around and switched up, and it comes out my mouth bran muffin. I don’t know, ask my doctor. Basically, it’s a lot like dyslexia, only completely different. Anyway, with this new knowledge, it was recommended that I undergo eye therapy a few times a week to help my nondominant eye catch up, and maybe teach my brain how to process information in a more organized manner. I was also given a series of exercises to do at home during the week. This included the task of wearing an eye patch over my dominant eye for an hour every day. Oh, the agony! Wearing the eye patch was awful. Until one day I came across a disposable pirate hat in my closet, and it clicked. I wasn’t a weird girl stuck in an eye patch, I was a pirate stuck in a weird suburban backyard. From that time forward I spent at least an hour every day turning the swing set into a giant pirate ship, where I played Cap’n Davy and made my sister and our friend Mary walk the plank. Arrr! Even after the mandatory eye patch time came to an end, my fascination with the swashbuckling riffraff remained. Pirates rarely shower, have a random and effortlessly cool sense of style, and if you turn a blind eye to all the plundering, they are really just in search of “treasure.” I can relate to all these things. More than anything, though, I have always admired the pirate attitude. Pirates don’t take orders or ask permission. They do what they want. Allow me to clarify. If your mom asks you to do the dishes, DO NOT pull out your pirate attitude. But if someone tells you you’re not good enough, says your dreams are too lofty, or claims there is no room in showbiz for a dancing violinist—well then, by all means, pull out your eye patch, my friend, and take to the high seas. (That’s my way of saying do it anyway.) The reason people said I would never succeed is the very reason I did succeed: because I am different. That’s not to say I’ve tried to stand out, but when given the choice between being a weird kid in an eye patch or a pirate, the answer was easy. I want to say it is still easy, but I can’t lie to you like that. Sometimes being the only pirate is hard. And that’s okay, too. With the help of Cap’n Davy’s accessory, my reading improved over the years, but I still spell worse than the average bear. Anyone who follows me on social media knows this to be true. My fans are constantly screen-grabbing my spelling errors—it’s a little game they play. Luckily, my trusty spellcheck and an even trustier editor assure me I won’t embarrass myself in the pages you hold now. (My editor asked me to clarify that this refers only to spelling mistakes, and he cannot protect me from any other form of embarrassment in this book.) Po-tay-to, po-tah-to! Shall we get this party started? Read more

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Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock's Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout

Pdf Literature Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock's Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout

Pdf:Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock's Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout."If I could have chosen, I would have been born a woman/My mother once told me she would have named me Laura/I would grow up to be strong and beautiful like her". (The Ocean) A searing account of her search for identity and true self, Tranny reveals the struggles and victories that Laura Jane Grace, the lead singer of the cult punk rock band Against Me!, experienced in her quest for gender transition. Illuminated by Laura Jane's never-before-published journal entries reaching back to childhood, Tranny is an intensely personal and revelatory look inside her struggles with identity and addiction. Grappling with everything from sex, drugs, and failed marriages to the music and soul of a punk rock star, this memoir paints a vivid portrait of one of the most revolutionary transgender icons of our time.

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See a Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Melody

Pdf Literature See a Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Melody

Pdf:See a Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Melody.Review 'As a long time fan, I feel so grateful that Bob chose to share his life story in such a candid and open manner. See A Little Light stands tall with the greatest rock and roll memoirs of all time.'—Benjamin Gibbard, Death Cab for Cutie'Bob mould's incredible journey is an inspiring one. I hope to one day be able to write a book like this, to live like this, to rock like this, but in the meantime, I can read this. A poetic and devastating memoir from one of the greatest artists of all time. I love Bob Mould.'—Margaret Cho'Ultimately, it’s [Mould's] ongoing quest to transform himself from an isolated and work-obsessed individual into someone who’s actively involved with his community and lover on multiple levels that informs his life’s story—and which makes See a Little Light such a compelling and rewarding read.'—ForeWord Reviews'Bob Mould's revealing memoir written with Michael Azerrad, would make a great gift for the music-lover on your list. Mould, who played in groundbreaking bands such as Husker Du and Sugar, was that rare commodity in the alternative and college rock scene, an out gay man.'—The Bay Area Reporter'See a Little Light tells of Mould’s struggles with homosexuality, personal relationships and various addictions, but this is not just another titillating rock ’n’ roll memoir ... It’s a clear, plain account of one troubled musician’s life, with a lively and happy ending.'—Chicago Sun-Times' After all, if you take my word for it, See A Little Light is a treat, an absolutely-first-tier rock autobiography.'—LA Weekly'[A] brutally honest autobiography tour de force.'—Village Voice“See A Little Light is not a memoir, it is an autobiography. Bob Mould’s story is an entertaining, funny, intensely-inspirational and perhaps the consummate tale of human spirit and willpower in the hands of a master. As well as a great narrative history for casual to fanatical fans of Bob’s myriad endeavors (Husker Du, Sugar, Bob Mould solo, etc), See A Little Light is also the story of one of our era’s great rugged individualists.”-Andrew Earles, author of Husker Du'More than just another punk rock memoir, See A Little Light”is an open-hearted testament to one self-made man’s undying, unflagging, undeniable voice, and an inspiring tale of spiritual and musical growth that deserves a spot on the shelf of any serious DIY or GLBT library. In the end, I read it mostly as a love letter of explanation to Mould’s alcoholic and angry father, and as an amazingly self-aware (and often deliciously good-humored) meditation on how son channeled dad’s shared rage into sobriety, music, catharsis, and redemption. Riveting stuff.'—Jim Walsh, author of The Replacements: All Over But The Shouting: An Oral History and The Replacements: Waxed Up Hair and Painted Shoes: The Photographic History'The critic Lester Bangs used a phrase, “imperative groin thunder,” to describe the loud, raw music he loved most. Mr. Mould’s music brings that kind of thunder. Some of the time, and in surprising ways, so does his book.'— Dwight Garner, New York Times'Any number of veterans of the punk and post-punk campaigns of the 1980s could pack a memoir with endless drives in the van, bad food and bad contracts, shoestring recording sessions, hellhole nightclubs, sleeping on floors and all the other genre touchstones. A select few could also explore the conflicts, rewards and drawbacks of wider popularity, and the challenges of sustaining a musical life into advanced adulthood. But there's only one who could do all that and also describe dealing with his unresolved homosexuality and, why not, going to work plotting the story lines in professional wrestling. Those last two elements definitely distinguish Bob Mould's autobiography from the predictable pack, and should keep readers from feeling they're on an endless van ride themselves.'— Richard Cromelin, LA Times'Mould captures something of his terrific will, which is a great gift.'—NPR“A blunt, bracing and astonishingly confessional look back at a man who’s produced some of the best rock music of the last 20 years.'—Patrick Beach, Austin American Statesman“Mould never fails to captivate and inspire.”—Publishers Weekly“As satisfying as [Mould’s] best work...compulsively readable.'—Ben Westhoff, Washington City Paper'Brisk and enjoyable...urgently personal.'—NPR's 'Books We Like'“Offers an emotional depth and level of insight absent from most musical biographies.”—Biblioklept'His story is one of persevering and becoming one of the forces that changed American music.'—Amos Lassen Read more From the Back Cover 'A beautiful, painful, frank memoir.' —The Wall Street JournalFrom the start, Bob Mould wanted to make Hüsker Dü the greatest band in the world—fast and loud, but with melody and emotional depth. In See a Little Light, Mould finally tells the story of how the anger and passion of the early hardcore scene blended with his own formidable musicianship and irrepressible drive to produce some of the most important and influential music of the late twentieth century.For the first time, Mould tells his dramatic story, opening up to describe life inside that furnace and beyond. Revealing the struggles with his own homosexuality, the complexities of his intimate relationships, and his own drug and alcohol addiction, Mould takes us on a whirlwind ride through achieving sobriety, his acclaimed solo career, creating the hit band Sugar, a surprising detour into the world of pro wrestling, and most of all, finally finding his place in the world.A classic story of individualism and persistence, Mould's autobiography is an open account of the rich history of one of the most revered figures of punk, whose driving force altered the shape of American music. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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No Walls and the Recurring Dream: A Memoir

Pdf Literature No Walls and the Recurring Dream: A Memoir

Pdf:No Walls and the Recurring Dream: A Memoir.Review 'The Grammy-winning [Ani DiFranco] recounts the eventful story of her life as a musician and feminist political activist. . . . Interspersed throughout with feminist/political musings and anecdotes about such music legends as Pete Seeger, Prince, and Bob Dylan, DiFranco's tale celebrates both independent music and an unconventional life daringly lived. A refreshingly frank and free-spirited memoir from a feminist icon.'—Kirkus Reviews'[DiFranco] makes her literary debut in this powerful reflection on her life and career. . . . Throughout, DiFranco writes of her self-doubts and romantic hardships. . . . Honest and passionate, DiFranco's memoir will resonate with her many fans.'—Publishers Weekly Read more About the Author Ani DiFranco is a Grammy-winning musical artist and feminist icon recognized for her poetry and songwriting which pierces social convention and challenges the status quo, as well as for her social activism and political engagement. One of the first artists to create her own label in 1990, she is the mother of the DIY movement and has sold over 5.5 million albums on her own Righteous Babe Records, and recently released her twentieth studio album. While she has been known as the 'Little Folksinger,' her music has embraced many genres and collaborators ranging from Pete Seeger to Chuck D to Prince. She lives in New Orleans. Read more

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Devotion (Why I Write)

Pdf Literature Devotion (Why I Write)

Pdf:Devotion (Why I Write).Review 'Devotion is short enough to devour at one enjoyable sitting and thought-provoking enough to deserve re-reading . . . It's a privilege to spend any time with Patti Smith, however brief.'—Suzi Feay, Financial Times“A triptych of compact, heartfelt essays on discovery, solitude and writing.”—Darragh McManus, Irish Independent'By turns allegorical, metaphysical, fictional and factual, Devotion shows rather than tells what it means to give a life to writing. A master of poetic innovation, Smith takes her style to the next level in this slim volume.'—Katherine Cooper, Hyperallergic“Smith, a contemplative writer of gratitude and reverence, . . . deepens her inquiry into the nature of inspiration in this slender, trenchant volume. . . . Gracefully improvisational, as always, Smith offers an unusually poetic, mystical, and transfixing perspective on the mystery of literary creation.”—Donna Seaman, Booklist'The lesson is obvious: that a writer draws on every detail of his or her life for the alchemical, often unconscious process of creation. But seeing the process in action is a profound experience. Smith’s writing in the essays is as beautifully structured as her poetry.'—Publishers Weekly“Smith is telling it her way, but also in the ancient way. It’s recognizable to readers for its mythic proportion, accessible to all kinds of people for its brevity and intensity—and yet, it’s still distinctly Patti Smith.”—Megan Volpert, PopMatters'This is what is so astonishing about [Smith's] career and what motivates Devotion — the way that, as she has gotten older, Smith’s vision has expanded, framing her self-awareness not as self-absorption but rather a deep dive into everything, the exhilaration and the terror and the transcendence that we all share.'—David Ulin, Barnes & Noble Review'A creative, graceful and uncommonly beautiful little book about writing from the poet and singer who has, in maturity, become an even richer and more complex artist than she was at her greatest fame. She has become one of the most compelling writers of prose that we have and one of the most arresting about artists and other writers. Follow her here as she deals with Camus, Nabokov, Mishima, Genet, Simone Weil, and Patrick Modiano. Originally delivered as a series of lectures at Yale and artfully illustrated for this edition, this, in book form, is as exquisite as anything published in this season. In her late-life self discovery as a prose master, Patti Smith may have found yet another masterful voice.'—Jeff Simon, Buffalo News'Packed with enough passion and contagious energy to move readers to tune into their own inspirations and—whatever their medium—get to work.'—Kelsey J. Waite, AV Club'In Devotion, [Smith] starkly shares and uncovers, through a spare, haunting prose, the reasons she is compelled to write; so evocative is Smith’s writing that we’re compelled to read it as her voices transfixes us with its bell-like clarity and ringing passion.'—Henry Carrigan, No Depression: The Journal of Roots Music'An enchanting peek into the mysterious ways of creativity, as Smith immerses in her beloved French literary classics and cites the everyday encounters that can spark inspiration.'—Brian McCollum, Detroit Free Press'This is what Smith does to her devoted readers — she provokes memory, isolation, and the desire to make something out of the mundane. . . . Devotion, though a departure from her previous books, does not deviate from Smith’s remarkable gift.'—Jerilyn Jordan, Detroit Metro Times'Through her lyrical and mystical style, Smith gracefully shares her perspective on the mystery of literary creation.'—New York Spaces Read more About the Author Patti Smith is a writer, performer, and visual artist. Her memoir Just Kids received a National Book Award, and her recent book M Train is a critically acclaimed New York Times best-seller. Smith was awarded the prestigious title of Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres by the French Republic, and in 2007 she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Smith lives in New York City. Read more

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The Only Pirate at the Party

Pdf Literature The Only Pirate at the Party

Pdf:The Only Pirate at the Party.About the Author Lindsey Stirling is an acclaimed electronic violinist, who has over 7 million YouTube subscribers, and 11 billion views on her YouTube channel. She has enjoyed Billboard chart-topping hits and sold out tours worldwide, all without the backing of a label. To date, she has released two studio albums: her 2013 self-titled debut and the smash 2014 follow up, Shatter Me. The latter debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 and won her a Billboard Music Award for “Top Dance/Electronic Album.” On stage, Lindsey combines the infectious energy of dance, electronica, and modern classical music with ballet-inspired dance moves. In her spare time, Lindsey is a motivational speaker, and she uses her own story to help others build confidence, hope, and passion.Brooke S. Passey is a writer, a horseback riding instructor, and the co-author of this book. She is also a member of her local book club, The Muumuu Society, where women of all ages gather in support of literature and muumuu sales. Brooke currently lives in Arizona with her husband, several horses, and a puggle with an embarrassing underbite. Read more Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. The Only Pirate at the Party A GIRLIN CURLS As a child, I had a big head, a tiny voice, and a total disregard for social cues. All young kids are oblivious at first—public tantrums and soiling one’s pants are somehow okay in infancy—but eventually most children start noticing and mimicking cultural norms. I, on the other hand, managed to glide through childhood without perceiving (or perhaps caring about) these “accepted behaviors.” To be clear, my mother tells me I stopped pooping my pants at a very early age, but she also told me not to use any form of the word poop in my book. Anyway, I just never seemed to care much about what other people were doing. I was a natural-born drama queen, and my kindergarten classroom set the stage for one of my earliest impromptu performances. One morning as I was getting dressed for school I found myself digging through boxes of dress-up clothes instead of my dresser. And to think, all this time I’d been limiting the use of costumes to playdates and Halloween—what a waste! Minutes later, I emerged from my room wearing a kimono, red sequined shoes, a single glove, and a curly brown wig. Had the wig been red I would have been overjoyed—Little Orphan Annie was one of my first idols—but this wig would do. It had short, uneven ringlets, and if I shifted my weight just so, I could make the frizzy curls dance around my face. The cute outfit my mother had purchased for the first day of school lay in a heap on my bedroom floor. When I announced to her that I was ready for school, she took one bemused look at me and did what any good mother would do—she handed me my lunch and drove me to Jefferson Elementary. When I arrived, my class was already gathered for Circle Time, reading quietly on the opposite side of the room. To draw their attention I walked through the door, spread my arms wide, and struck the most dramatic pose I could think of. “Tada!” I said in a mouse-like voice as I hopped from one spindly leg to the other. The class erupted into giggles, and I felt like a champion. Mrs. Fowler wasted no time in sending for the principal—but only so she could showcase her slightly odd student. Despite my larger-than-life theatrics, I was always quite small for my age. In the first grade, I compensated by becoming best friends with two giants named Krista and Naomi. Maybe their tall-girl instincts told them I needed looking after, or maybe I subconsciously gravitated to their protective body types; either way, we made a wicked team. Here we are on a field trip to the petting zoo, Krista and Naomi mean muggin’ the camera in my defense. On second thought, maybe it was our mutual love for saggy denim that brought us together. Krista and Naomi’s parents were also best friends, so they were constantly doing things together outside of school. After a few months of playing with them at recess, the girls brought me into their inner circle of friendship by inviting me to Knott’s Berry Farm. When Naomi asked me if I wanted to go with her I was speechless. Going to Knott’s Berry Farm was considered a full-fledged vacation for my family. Apparently, to hers it was an average weekend activity, one to which she could invite friends no less! When Naomi’s mom called that night I could hear my mom in the next room. “Hi Clair, I was just thinking we needed to invite Naomi over again soon.” There was a pause. “Oh, are you sure? Okay.” My mom continued, “Thank you, she is going to be so excited.” And just like that it was settled. On the morning of our outing I slipped into my best saggy jeans and waited anxiously for my ride by the front door. As I sat looking out the window my mom watched from the kitchen. “Lindsey, are you excited to go to Knott’s Berry Farm?” she asked. “Yes,” I said smiling, eagerly looking for Naomi’s red SUV. “I want you to tell me about all the rides when you get back. Maybe another time we’ll go together.” “Okay,” I replied, my focus unwavering. My mom, like most, wanted to give her kids everything and more. But she was also the kind of mom who never spent money she didn’t have. If we ran out of milk before the end of the month, we ate Cream of Wheat instead of cereal; and when we ate a lot of Cream of Wheat, we didn’t go places like the local Blockbuster, let alone Knott’s Berry Farm. “Hey Lindsey, look at me for a second.” Reluctantly, I turned toward my mom. She was smiling gently. “You know I love you, right?” “Yep,” I said quickly, but I was immediately distracted by the slow crunch of tires pulling into the driveway. “She’s here!” I screamed, jumping up and running for the door. “All right, have fun!” she yelled back, scrubbing a pan in the sink. Soon after arriving at the amusement park, we realized I wasn’t tall enough for the most exciting rides. I frequently got left behind with Naomi’s younger brother, Troy. At first I was disappointed—how was I going to tell my mom about the rides if I couldn’t even get on them? But eventually Naomi’s mom started buying Troy and me special treats to keep us occupied. All I had to do was look at something for longer than six seconds and she would offer to buy it: cotton candy, churros, frozen lemonade, fry bread, and endless turns at the ring toss booth. The wonders of concession stand food were new to me. Usually, when we went out, my mom packed sandwiches that became soggy in her purse by lunchtime. Naomi’s mom had obviously forgotten to make lunches, which was okay, since she seemed to have an endless supply of five-dollar bills to fill their place. At one point, Naomi’s mom suggested that the girls go on a smaller ride with Troy and me. Naomi looked back and forth between her mother and Krista before she replied, “But those rides are boring.” I waited for Naomi’s mom to pull her daughter aside to have a chat about being polite and, I don’t know, a good friend. Instead, she handed me another five-dollar bill and let the girls go on their way. Before long I was stuffed, but the more I ate, the more I wanted. There was no telling when I would get another opportunity to have so much processed food and sugar, or win such ugly (but giant!) stuffed animals again. So I kept looking, and eating, and playing the ring toss. When I returned home at the end of the day I felt sick. But I was delighted by the hideous stuffed lizard under my arm. So what if I’d spent the entire day with a four-year-old boy? Over time Krista and Naomi introduced me to other things: the Miss America Pageant, eating at restaurants for no particular reason, and the idea of getting paid for doing chores. They called that one “allowance,” and they were both shocked to hear I had never received one. “What do you mean you don’t get paid to clean your room?” I was also surprised to find out that a different tooth fairy visits rich people. One time Naomi received five dollars for a front tooth. One tooth! It wasn’t even that big. In fact, Naomi had tiny teeth—the kind of teeth that barely reached the cob when she ate corn. I, on the other hand, had beaver cleavers, and I was certain they were going to work in my favor. The next time I lost a tooth I asked Naomi if she would put it under her pillow, which she did, and I eagerly awaited my grand prize. Her fairy was going to be so impressed. The next day she returned with the tooth but no cash. Her fairy didn’t buy it. Disappointed, I put it under my pillow and awoke the next morning to find two shiny quarters in its place. I imagined my little fairy carrying those quarters through the night, one under each arm (which would have been much harder to fly with than a five-dollar bill), and I was grateful for her extra effort—even if the amount of money was a letdown. At breakfast that morning my mom handed me a bowl of Cream of Wheat and sat down at the table. “So, did the tooth fairy come last night?” she asked. I considered telling her about Naomi’s five dollars, but I was worried she might call the Tooth Fairy Office to complain, and what if my fairy got fired? I kept it to myself and answered, “Yes, I got two quarters.” “Two whole quarters? That must have been one big tooth!” Tell that to Naomi’s fairy, I thought. But the more I thought about it, the more I appreciated my fairy’s quarters. She wasn’t the richest, obviously, but she was definitely one of the strongest. I liked my little fairy, she did good. Read more

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Hardcore Zen: Punk Rock, Monster Movies and the Truth About Reality

Pdf Literature Hardcore Zen: Punk Rock, Monster Movies and the Truth About Reality

Pdf:Hardcore Zen: Punk Rock, Monster Movies and the Truth About Reality.About the Author Brad Warner lives in California. He has studied Soto Zen with Gudo Wafu Nishijima. If there is such a thing as a Zen Master (and there isn't), he is one (and he's not). In the early 80s, he was the bassist for ODFx (or Zero Defex), a hardcore punk band. After ODFx bit the dust, he made five albums under the band name Dimentia 13. After living in Japan for some time, he returned to the United States in 2012 to start the Dogen Sangha of Los Angeles. Read more

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Paul McCartney: The Life

Pdf Literature Paul McCartney: The Life

Pdf:Paul McCartney: The Life.Review One of Amazon's Best Books of the Month A San Francisco Chronicle Holiday Gift Guide Pick 'An enormous and sympathetic book.... It's rich with detail about Mr. McCartney's philanthropy, his knighthood, his taste in country homes, his dabbling as a painter, a poet and a composer of classical music.... The story of its subject's life from his childhood in Liverpool through the breakup of the Beatles in 1970 has lost none of its ability to charm ... One of the best stories the past century has to tell.'―Dwight Garner, New York Times'Norman offers a fully-fleshed out biography . . . What Norman gets so very right are the feelings: the intense relationship between John and Paul with its curves and angles; the normality being a husband and father brought him; the improbability of being one of the most famous men in the world. The shelves are full of books about the Beatles, but fans will want to make room for this one.'―Ilene Cooper, Booklist (starred)'The most thorough and insightful biography of Paul McCartney to date.... Paul McCartney: The Life is loaded with wonderful passages, fascinating stories and cracking humor... A masterful account, the kind of biography fitting McCartney's continued prowess and genius. Or, as McCartney said at the end of one Beatles take, 'Keep that one. Mark it 'FAB.'''―Jeremy Mikula, Chicago Tribune'Norman's portrait of McCartney is fascinating and exhaustive.... Norman lifts the curtain to show us the real guy.'―William McKeen, Boston Globe'A thorough, objective telling of McCartney's story--in and out of the most famous band ever. But it's also a breezy read, considering the tremendous ground it covers.'―Jeff Slate, Esquire'Norman is an enviably skilled pen-portraitist, with a consummate ability to conjure the presence of [McCartney].... A powerful sense of McCartney the man comes across in this book's evocative high points.... A capably executed biography, brimming with detail.'―John Harris, The Guardian'A compelling narrative about a working-class Liverpudlian whose extraordinary musical gifts made him the most successful songwriter in history... McCartney emerges from [the book] as a textured but decent man.'―Graham Boynton, Newsweek'Norman is thorough... and his book gives us a fuller McCartney than you'll find anywhere else.'―Colin Fleming, Washington Post'Norman shows McCartney in all his colors: artist, songwriter, genius, family man, and businessman... Even those of us with bookshelves full of Beatles books and libraries of bootleg recordings will be surprised by what they read in The Life.'―Laurie Ulster, bio.'The once-for-all-time record of the lad from Liverpool whose song lyrics and boyish good looks broke hearts and whose career after the Beatles was almost as successful as his time with them.'―Henry L. Carrigan Jr., BookPage Read more About the Author Philip Norman is the bestselling biographer of Buddy Holly, the Rolling Stones, John Lennon, Elton John, and Mick Jagger, and the author of the classic Beatles biography SHOUT! He is also a novelist and playwright. He lives in London. Read more

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Dick Porter: Journey To The Centre Of The Cramps

Pdf Literature Dick Porter: Journey To The Centre Of The Cramps

Pdf:Dick Porter: Journey To The Centre Of The Cramps.About the Author Dick Porter has gone on to write several rock biographies including Trash! and The Cramps: A Short History of Rock'n'Roll Psychosis. He is a regular contributor to the award winning Mudkiss website. Read more

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Hardcore Zen: Punk Rock, Monster Movies and the Truth About Reality

Pdf Literature Hardcore Zen: Punk Rock, Monster Movies and the Truth About Reality

Pdf:Hardcore Zen: Punk Rock, Monster Movies and the Truth About Reality.From Publishers Weekly There's a Zen story about a teacher who holds up his finger, then reminds his student to look beyond the finger itself, to what the finger is pointing at-the moon. That's what this book does: it transcends itself-and with outrageous style. Warner, an early-'80s hardcore punk musician, discovered Zen in college, moved to Japan to make B-grade monster movies, and eventually became a bona fide Zen master by formally receiving 'dharma transmission.' Yet true to his punk spirit, he relentlessly demands that all teaching, all beliefs, all authority-including his own-must be questioned. ('Why should you listen to me? Who the hell am I?... No one. No one at all.') By turns wickedly funny, profane, challenging and iconoclastic-but always with genuine kindness-Warner devotes chapters to some common Zen notions such as the oneness of reality ('Why Gene Simmons Is Not a Zen Master'), reincarnation ('In My Next Life I Want to Come Back as a Pair of Lucy Liu's Panties') and the vital importance of the present moment ('Eating a Tangerine is Real Enlightenment'). Yet this is no litany of Zen orthodoxy designed for study. By liberally sharing anecdotes from his own life as a down-and-out punk rocker and maker of monster movies, Warner constantly focuses on the importance of a direct experience of reality in all its rawness over adherence to any set of beliefs-even Zen ones. Entertaining, bold and refreshingly direct, this book is likely to change the way one experiences other books about Zen-and maybe even the way one experiences reality. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. Read more From School Library Journal Adult/High School--Warner has appropriated the phrase 'Question authority,' a longtime battle cry for the punk-rock aesthetic, for use as a Buddhist mantra. Much of his book is laid out like a memoir. Readers follow the author from high school and his interest in '70s rock music and philosophical thought through his musical career under names like Zero Defex and Dimentia 13 and finally to his dream job with the Japanese television studio that produces the popular live-action children's show, Ultra Man. The common threads throughout are a rabid interest in transcendental meditation and enlightenment. A conversational tone and endless streams of pop references to everything from Minor Threat to TheMatrix movies make this a readable and even fun book. Warner stresses that enlightenment and meditation do not come easy, which separates his writing dramatically from many other Western books on Buddhism. It's nice to see someone with strong ties to rock coming down so hard on people like Terence McKenna or even the Beatles, who promoted drug use as a way toward higher thought. Although some of Warner's connections between Buddhism and the various pieces of pop culture are simplified, his idea of questioning is particularly striking. Not just questioning authority, but friends, oneself, and, yes, him. This wonderfully engaging primer just might get those more dubious, less willing readers to look at the world a bit differently.--Matthew L. Moffett, Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Ninth Street Women: Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, and Helen Frankenthaler: Five Painters and the Movement That Changed Modern Art

Pdf Literature Ninth Street Women: Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, and Helen Frankenthaler: Five Painters and the Movement That Changed Modern Art

Pdf:Ninth Street Women: Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, and Helen Frankenthaler: Five Painters and the Movement That Changed Modern Art.The rich, revealing, and thrilling story of five women whose lives and painting propelled a revolution in modern art, from the National Book Award finalist. Set amid the most turbulent social and political period of modern times, Ninth Street Women is the impassioned, wild, sometimes tragic, always exhilarating chronicle of five women who dared to enter the male-dominated world of 20th-century abstract painting - not as muses but as artists. From their cold-water lofts, where they worked, drank, fought, and loved, these pioneers burst open the door to the art world for themselves and countless others to come.Gutsy and indomitable, Lee Krasner was a hell-raising leader among artists long before she became part of the modern art world's first celebrity couple by marrying Jackson Pollock. Elaine de Kooning, whose brilliant mind and peerless charm made her the emotional center of the New York School, used her work and words to build a bridge between the avant-garde and a public that scorned abstract art as a hoax. Grace Hartigan fearlessly abandoned life as a New Jersey housewife and mother to achieve stardom as one of the boldest painters of her generation. Joan Mitchell, whose notoriously tough exterior shielded a vulnerable artist within, escaped a privileged but emotionally damaging Chicago childhood to translate her fierce vision into magnificent canvases. And Helen Frankenthaler, the beautiful daughter of a prominent New York family, chose the difficult path of the creative life. Her gamble paid off: At 23 she created a work so original it launched a new school of painting.These women changed American art and society, tearing up the prevailing social code and replacing it with a doctrine of liberation. In Ninth Street Women, acclaimed author Mary Gabriel tells a remarkable and inspiring story of the power of art and artists in shaping not just postwar America but the future.

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Artists: Their Lives and Works

Pdf Literature Artists: Their Lives and Works

Pdf:Artists: Their Lives and Works.About the Author Foreword Writer: Ross King is the author of the bestselling Brunelleschi's Dome and Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling, as well as the novels Ex-Libris and Domino. He lives in England, near Oxford. Read more

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Joan Miro: I Work Like a Gardener

Pdf Literature Joan Miro: I Work Like a Gardener

Pdf:Joan Miro: I Work Like a Gardener.Review 'Complete with ten color illustrations, this eighty-page volume is a tiny treasure trove of firsthand insight into Miró's process and provides a tantalizing window into the experience and purpose of creating art.' - Fine Books & Collections'This new edition marks the first time this thoughtful collection of the Surrealist artist's philosophy has been translated into English.' - New York magazine Read more About the Author The world-renowned Catalan artist Joan Miró (1893–1983) is known for his abstract and surrealist paintings, prints, sculptures, and ceramics, characterized by biomorphic forms, geometric shapes, and playful abstracted tableaus.Robert Lubar is associate professor of fine arts at New York University, the director of NYU Madrid, and a trustee of the Fundació Joan Miró.Yvon Taillandier is a French artist, author, and critic who has published extensively on the history of art. Read more

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The Dore Illustrations for Dante's Divine Comedy (136 Plates by Gustave Dore)

Pdf Literature The Dore Illustrations for Dante's Divine Comedy (136 Plates by Gustave Dore)

Pdf:The Dore Illustrations for Dante's Divine Comedy (136 Plates by Gustave Dore).From the Back Cover Gustave Doré (1832–83) was perhaps the most successful illustrator of the nineteenth century. His Doré Bible was a treasured possession in countless homes, and his best-received works continued to appear through the years in edition after edition. His illustrations for Dante's Divine Comedy constitute one of his most highly regarded efforts and were Doré's personal favorites.The present volume reproduces with excellent clarity all 135 plates that Doré produced for The Inferno, Purgatory, and Paradise. From the depths of hell onto the mountain of purgatory and up to the empyrean realms of paradise, Doré's illustrations depict the passion and grandeur of Dante's masterpiece in such famous scenes as the embarkation of the souls for hell, Paolo and Francesca (four plates), the forest of suicides, Thaïs the harlot, Bertram de Born holding his severed head aloft, Ugolino (four plates), the emergence of Dante and Virgil from hell, the ascent up the mountain, the flight of the eagle, Arachne, the lustful sinners being purged in the seventh circle, the appearance of Beatrice, the planet Mercury, and the first splendors of paradise, Christ on the cross, the stairway of Saturn, the final vision of the Queen of Heaven, and many more.Each plate is accompanied by appropriate lines from the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow translation of Dante's work.Dover (1976) original publication. Read more About the Author French illustrator Gustave Doré (1833-83) began his prolific career at the age of 15, and his dramatic engravings have exercised an incalculable influence over latter-day artists. The remarkable scope of his work ranges from Milton, Dante, and the Bible to Rabelais, Shakespeare, and street scenes of 19th-century London. Read more

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Shook One: Anxiety Playing Tricks on Me

Pdf Literature Shook One: Anxiety Playing Tricks on Me

Pdf:Shook One: Anxiety Playing Tricks on Me.About the Author Charlamagne Tha God is cohost of the nationally syndicated hip-hop iHeartRadio program The Breakfast Club and a television and media personality. He is also a social media influencer; an executive producer with his own production company, CThaGod World LLC; and cohost of the popular podcast Brilliant Idiots. Born and raised in a small town in South Carolina, Charlamagne quickly rose to become one of today’s most unique and compelling media personalities. His point of view and provocative celebrity interviews help drive the daily national conversation about issues related to hip-hop, race, society, and politics. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Black Privilege and Shook One. Read more Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. CHAPTER 1 Shook “I am not at peace. I simply am a damaged human swimming in a pool of emotions every day of my life. There’s a ragin violent storm inside of my heart at all times. Idk what peace feels like. Idk how to relax. My anxiety and depression have ruled my life for as long as I can remember.” —Kid Cudi “Damn, I’m about to OD on weed, and my wife hates me for not making her squirt.” That’s all I could think about lying in my bed at the SLS, my favorite hotel in Los Angeles. Now before you jump to conclusions, I’m not one of these new niggas that partakes in every type of drug under the sun. Nope, I’ve never sniffed coke. (I did smoke it once in a blunt by accident. Best high of my life, don’t let anybody tell you other-wise. If I wasn’t officially an oldhead, I would do it again by accident.) Just like I’ve never sipped lean or popped a Perc. (Except for the one time when I was in a car accident and had them legitimately. I was literally having sex all day. That right there is a key factor as to why so many dudes use them.) Nope, hard drugs just aren’t my thing. My tastes run more to cognac and weed.  All I’d done that night was sit with my wife on our hotel room’s back patio and smoke a joint. It had some nut-ass name like Blue Dream, White Widow, or Green Crack. Granted, I haven’t smoked much since being put on probation for a fire-arm charge back in high school. But one joint, even if it was LA chronic (whoever named it the City of Angels has never smoked a high grade of sativa because that shit ain’t nothing but the devil), shouldn’t have had me curled up in the fetal position like Smokey in the chicken coop in Friday. But that’s exactly where I found myself. Before I go any further, let me explain why I was in LA in the first place. I was promoting my debut book, Black Privilege, which had been on the New York Times bestseller list for close to a month. I’d spent the previous weeks traveling around the country appearing before absolutely insane crowds at book-stores. Seven hundred people in Houston. Five hundred in Charlotte. Another five hundred at one bookstore in Atlanta, then another four hundred at another bookstore a few miles away the same day. I don’t know about you, but I’m not used to seeing that many Negroes in a bookstore. People were lined up to buy my book the way black folks usually line up to buy Jordans or Yeezys. I should have been the happiest man in the world, right? Just the opposite. I wasn’t happy. OK, let me rephrase that: I was happy, but with a side of worry. With that worry came appetizers called nervousness. Oh, and for dessert they brought out some unease. Yes, for years I’d dreamed about becoming a bestselling author. I’d grown up loving books and had always wanted to see my own words inspiring and motivating people. But now that I’d achieved that goal, I was finding that being a successful author is served with a full course of ANXIETY. This sort of anxiety attack always happens whenever I reach a new level of success. I start overthinking about the new devils that come with the new levels. Great things can be happening all around me and my mind gets stuck playing a loop of the worst-possible scenarios. So it was no surprise that by the time I got to LA, I’d become obsessed with the idea that the tour was going to fall apart. Just because six hundred people showed up to hear me speak in Washington, DC, didn’t mean six hundred people would show in LA. Or even if they did, maybe it would be on the day that the Big One, that apocalyptic earthquake we’ve been hearing about all these years, would finally happen. “What do I do during an earthquake?” I was spiraling. “Am I supposed to stand in the middle of the doorway? Do I stop, drop, and roll? Or is it “stop, drop, shut ’em down, open up shop”? Should I yell out ‘That’s how Ruff Ryders roll’?” If the Big One didn’t get me, then I even convinced myself that a white supremacist was going to decide they want to make a political statement and let the mayonnaise fly by shooting up the Black Privilege book tour stop in Burbank. LOOK, I DON’T KNOW WHY MY BRAIN WORKS THIS WAY, BUT IT DOES. When I shared my stresses with some of my LA friends, they assured me that weed would lessen my anxiety. Now, what they failed to tell me is that weed isn’t like what I was smoking back in the day in Moncks Corner, South Carolina. Back home, I only knew of two types: good weed and wack weed. One got you high, and the other didn’t. Nowadays it’s all types of flavors and grades, uppers and downers, sativa and indica. Indica is the one that is supposed to make you relax, and is probably what I should have been smoking. Unfortunately, I didn’t know that until after the fact. In the moment, I chose the other strain. It wasn’t a problem until my wife and I started fooling around. I’ve been with my woman since 1998, and we’ve been married for four of those twenty years, and I definitely still care about things like making her orgasm. But never in our time together do I remember us having sex with high-grade weed in our systems. At first everything was cool, but then I decided to go down on her. I swear I was doing a decent job, but after what felt like an eternity, my weed-triggered brain went from “Damn she’s taking a long time to cum,” to “Oh, shit, I can’t make my woman cum anymore! My tongue is broke!” Never mind the fact she’s been squirting in my face for the last eighteen years and I’ve been taking it like a champ. In that moment though, all my prior good work seemed to be lost. What purpose would I serve my woman sexually if I couldn’t make her cum? My jaw and neck were starting to hurt, but thankfully she changed the energy of the room and had me stop so she could return the favor. I’d say I only lasted twenty-seven seconds tops until I busted off. Now, my wife knows me; I’m “one and done,” especially now that I’m in the 40/40 Club (all that “nut and then get hard again” shit is out the window). My wife didn’t trip, all she said was, “You owe me.” But the weed and anxiety translated that to “We are getting a divorce because you can no longer please me sexually. IT’S OVER, NIGGA” in my mind. That’s how I ended up on my back, looking like a cockroach trying to scramble onto its feet, legs all flying in the air. I was Milly Rocking between twelve-hundred-thread-count sheets. When I say Milly Rocking, what I really mean is shaking uncontrollably like Rocky at the beginning of Rocky V when he was sitting in the locker room after fighting the Russian. Like Muhammad Ali holding the torch at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. Seeing me Harlem Shake against my will, my wife started laughing. It was only because she was high, but my paranoid mind raced to the million-dollar life-insurance policy we’d just taken out. She was trying to kill me to collect the money! That made my heart start beating like crazy. “I’m going to die of a heart attack!” my mind screamed. “I’m nowhere near famous enough to OD in a LA hotel room!” Every time I would almost fall asleep, I would see black shadowy hands trying to pull me somewhere, causing me to literally jump out of the bed and scream. At one point my wife said to me, “You aren’t going to run out of here naked, are you?” I considered it, then I thought of Martin Lawrence talking about running down the streets of LA naked and high as hell in his stand-up special Runteldat. The last thing I needed was that on my résumé, so I put my clothes on just in case and laid back down to sleep. My heart was beating so loud, so hard, and so fast that I just knew a heart attack was inevitable. I started counting down from ten, and it felt like when I struck one my heart was going to explode and I was going to die of a sativa overdose. Not to mention a bro-ken heart courtesy of my broken tongue causing my wife not to orgasm. Of course it didn’t happen. I eventually fell asleep and then woke up at 2:00 a.m. LA time with my heart still intact to go tape my syndicated radio show The Breakfast Club for the East Coast. I did the book signing later that day, and it ended up being a success, without a member of Vanilla Isis in sight. That’s what anxiety does: scares the living shit out of us for absolutely no reason at all. But even though I went on with my tour and the rest of my life, that LA freak-out really stuck with me. It made me begin to think: Just how much does anxiety affect us? I’ve literally felt anxious every day for as long as I can remember. How have I been functioning like that? Is it a poison that paralyzed me? Or a fuel that propels me to greatness? Until recently I’ve always believed that my accomplishments have come from being fearless. Yet as I get older, and a little more self-conscious, I’ve come to believe that I’ve actually got-ten here because I was scared. The fear of ending up under a tree in Moncks Corner doing nothing, or back on the street, or of things not working out in radio and on TV has pushed me to succeed. But what I’ve also realized is that while fear has been a good motivator and it can be a good motivator for you, it doesn’t work forever. Anxiety had become too much for me to handle, and I knew if I wanted to keep going and keep growing I needed to deal with my shit. Fear had gotten me here, but it wasn’t going to get me any further. That’s why I started therapy. And the more I opened up to people about my anxieties, it very quickly became evident that I am far from alone. From rappers to radio hosts to running backs to runway models, so many successful people I know admitted to me that they are filled with angst too. Most of them are fellow hip-hop heads, part of a culture where fear is the last thing you’re ever supposed to admit to. In the culture, if you project anything less than fearless confidence, you’re seen as weak. Someone who is never going to make it. That’s the myth we’re sold. The truth, I’ve come to learn, is that your favorite rapper is probably racked with as much fear as you are. Probably even more. He or she has just learned how to reckon with their fears as they continue to grow as an artist. That’s the same skill I want to teach you through this book. Facing and overcoming your fears, rather than being hand-cuffed by them. I’m going to undress all my fears in these pages so you can see that you aren’t alone in your anxieties. Not only the ones I’ve been aware of for years, but also the ones I’ve become more conscious of by going to therapy. I’ve gone to therapy specifically to deal with anxiety and PTSD issues. That’s been my challenge. But I also know there are a host of additional mental health issues that other people face. I want to touch on some of those too, but the truth is I’m not an expert on anyone but myself. In order to address that, I reached out to Dr. Ish Major who is a board-certified psychiatrist. Even better, he’s a black guy who got his degree from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. After we connected, Dr. Ish agreed to write what we’re calling Clinical Correlations to provide a little more detail and mental health context. The hope is that through Dr. Ish’s analysis of what I’ve written, you’ll begin to get a sense of the type of information and feedback you might get yourself through therapy. Just to be clear, Dr. Ish is not the therapist I’ve been seeing. Why? Because I’m selfish. I want my therapist all to myself. I’m not trying to share her with y’all. But Dr. Ish is here for all of us. And if something he says resonates with you, I’d suggest you reach out to him directly. I’ve found his contributions very accessible and insightful, and I hope you will too. I’ve already mentioned one classic hip-hop song, but I want to conclude by saying that in many ways this book is a response to the Mobb Deep classic “Shook Ones.” Prodigy (RIP) is one of the greatest MCs of all time, and I grew up trying to live by the song’s hook: ’Cause ain’t no such things as halfway crooks Scared to death, scared to look, they shook. . . . Some get shot, locked down, and turn nuns Cowardly hearts and straight-up shook ones, shook ones. However, today as a grown-ass man with a lot more experience under my belt, I have to say that way of looking at the world is bullshit. We can be shook. In fact, we all should be shook. Because we’re never going to get past our fears until we face them.   Read more

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Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It

Pdf Literature Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It

Pdf:Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It.About the Author Charlamagne Tha God is cohost of the nationally syndicated hip-hop iHeartRadio program The Breakfast Club and a television and media personality. He is also a social media influencer; an executive producer with his own production company, CThaGod World LLC; and cohost of the popular podcast Brilliant Idiots. Born and raised in a small town in South Carolina, Charlamagne quickly rose to become one of today’s most unique and compelling media personalities. His point of view and provocative celebrity interviews help drive the daily national conversation about issues related to hip-hop, race, society, and politics. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Black Privilege and Shook One. Read more

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Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It

Pdf Literature Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It

Pdf:Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It.Review “After meeting this young man I was impressed by his real desire to be relevant and his genuine yearning to leave meaningful footprints in the sand, this book is just that: a young man passing on relevant knowledge and experiences to help others better their position in life. Way to go young soldier, UNK is proud.” --Steve Harvey“Charlamagne thinks that just because he's wise about race stuff he can say whatever the f*ck he wants about women. That's now how it works dude. Nice try. And stop asking questions about my butt.” --Lena Dunham“Charlamagne is a great friend.....after you threaten to punch him in the face a few times.”  --La La Anthony“South Carolina has produced some really beautiful, talented, smart, upstanding citizens…..and Charlamagne!”  --Stephen Colbert“Charlamagne is a f*cking asshole, but he's my favorite one.' --Issa Rae Read more About the Author Charlamagne Tha God is cohost of the nationally syndicated hip-hop iHeartRadio program The Breakfast Club and a television and media personality. He is also a social media influencer; an executive producer with his own production company, CThaGod World LLC; and cohost of the popular podcast Brilliant Idiots. Born and raised in a small town in South Carolina, Charlamagne quickly rose to become one of today’s most unique and compelling media personalities. His point of view and provocative celebrity interviews help drive the daily national conversation about issues related to hip-hop, race, society, and politics. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Black Privilege and Shook One. Read more

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Empire State of Mind: How Jay Z Went from Street Corner to Corner Office, Revised Edition

Pdf Literature Empire State of Mind: How Jay Z Went from Street Corner to Corner Office, Revised Edition

Pdf:Empire State of Mind: How Jay Z Went from Street Corner to Corner Office, Revised Edition.Review 'Fascinating, well-done biography of one of the most extraordinary entrepreneurs of our era.' —Steve Forbes'Greenburg has become one of the rare reporters to bring dignified coverage of the hip-hop business into the mainstream. Empire State of Mind is a pure product of Greenburg’s care and insight, an exploration of hip-hop’s most enigmatic mogul.' —Dan Charnas, author of The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop'Greenburg follows the money and key pieces of the Jay Z puzzle in this insightful,savvy read. This book is like a GPS leading us through the modern urban realityof how Jay Z’s empire was built.' —Fab 5 Freddy, artist, hip-hop pioneer, and former host of Yo! MTV Raps'A superb guide for your career, even if you are looking to be an investment banker or grocery store manager instead of a hip-hop legend.' —CNN.com Read more About the Author Zack O’Malley Greenburg is a seniorr editor at Forbes, where he has covered finance and music since 2005. He has profiled the likes of Akon, 50 Cent, and Afrika Bambaataa, and his stories have taken him from the casinos of Macau to the diamond mines of Sierra Leone. He has also written for The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, and Dan’s Papers. He lives in New York City. Read more

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The Keys

Pdf Literature The Keys

Pdf:The Keys.Review “[The Keys is] an invitation to join someone else’s victory lap, in the hopes that it might help you envision your own… He’s left a key under the mat so you can let yourself in.” - The New Yorker “There is a Khaled quote running through my head: ‘Those who have a hundred percent chance of losing are the people who never try.’ He's right. How can I win if I don't even play?” - Vice Read more About the Author DJ Khaled is a music-industry mogul who has produced dozens of chart-topping records with artists such as Jay Z, Nas, Kanye West, Drake, and Lil Wayne. He is the founder of We The Best Music Group, and the creator of one of the most globally viewed Snapchat accounts. He currently lives in Miami, where he continues to record new music. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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How to Ruin Everything: Essays

Pdf Literature How to Ruin Everything: Essays

Pdf:How to Ruin Everything: Essays.Review 'Whether you're a fan of Watsky's poetry or hip-hop or a total newcomer, you will find joy in the words contained herein. Watsky in prose form is just like Watsky on a track—funny, subversive, and able to excavate such brutally honest sentences that you find yourself nodding your head in wonder and recognition.' —Lin-Manuel Miranda, composer and lyricist of Hamilton: An American Musical and In the Heights'George's essays will lift you and light you up.' —John Green, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars“Watsky is a skillful lyricist who has successfully transferred his wit, humor and humility into a smartly written collection of essays. How to Ruin Everything shows off his versatility as a writer and proves that the nerdy guys can also be part of the cool crowd.” —Russell Simmons   “George Watsky is a lyrical mastermind. Unflinchingly honest, sincere, and gut-wrenchingly funny, How to Ruin Everything is one of the best books I've read this year. Watsky effortlessly translates his razor sharp wit from the stage to the page. This will be the first of many amazing books in the life of a tireless artist.” —Hasan Minhaj, The Daily Show correspondent   'In How To Ruin Everything, George Watsky sets off around the world to find out why nothing ever explodes the way it should—not fireworks, spicy foods, hip-hop, sex with middle-aged women, or minor criminal activities. Along the way he captures how it feels to be young, in beautiful writing that is compulsively readable, gut-clutchingly funny, and deeply humane. Don't miss it.' —Jeff Chang, author Can't Stop Won't Stop, Who We Be, and We Gon' Be Alright   'At their best, these essays are incisive and soulful, suffused with scorching wit, careful observation, and probing self-awareness. And at their worst, they're still funnier than anything you're likely to hear at your city's most entertaining bar, even if you drink there every night for a month. Which you might have to, in order to process the fact that a guy who looks like he's twelve just wrote the best debut essay collection of the year.'  —Adam Mansbach #1 New York Times bestselling author of Go the Fuck to Sleep'He reminds me of myself, only a better writer than I can.' —Rhys Darby, Flight of the Conchords“When George Watsky raps, the quantity and quality of his words and concepts often flow so quickly that you can only hope to let them wash over your consciousness and bathe in their essence, because it's impossible to stop time and live appreciatively in each individual moment. Thankfully though, in this collection of his writings, you can do just that, because that's how reading works. You can examine every drop of Watsky's kindness, thoughtfulness, self-awareness, curiosity, and adventurousness, seeing how he is continually and/or continuously growing as an artist and a human, and you will too.' —Myq Kaplan, comic featured on Conan, Last Comic Standing, and The Late Show with David Letterman'How to Ruin Everything is laugh-out-loud funny, painfully honest, and subversively sincere. Watsky speaks boundlessly and insightfully about the life of a creative person. It is instantly relatable, clever, sharp and observant.” —Jonny Sun, creator of the popular @jomnysun Twitter comedy account and MIT doctoral candidate 'George Watsky does again what he does best: attaches disarming, unparalleled wit to the mundane, making meditation of the routine and human. Everything you've come to expect from Watsky the rapper and George the poet is housed in this brilliant and unmatched collection of essays. His unique approach to rhythm is buoyed by his precision of idea and economy of language…An instant classic.' —Chinaka Hodge, author of Dated Emcees Read more About the Author George Watsky is a writer and musician from San Francisco, California. After getting his start as a teenager in competitive poetry slam, winning both the Youth Speaks Slam and Brave New Voices National Poetry Slam at the Apollo Theater, he has since branched out into hip hop and long-form writing. Watsky has performed on HBO’s Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry, the Ellen Show, the NAACP Image Awards, and his online videos have received hundreds of millions of YouTube hits. A committed live performer, he’s played hundreds of shows, both with his band and solo, across the North America, Europe, Australia, and India, including festival slots at San Francisco’s Outside Lands, Just for Laughs in Montreal, Rock the Bells, Soundset, Warped Tour, and released numerous music albums and mixtapes, including his most recent projects, a track on “The Hamilton Mixtape” in 2016, 2013’s “Cardboard Castles” and 2014’s “All You Can Do.' He graduated from Emerson College with a degree in acting and dramatic writing, where he received the Rod Parker playwriting fellowship, and released a poetry collection, “Undisputed Backtalk Champion,” on First Word Press way back in 2006. And although he was forced to write a lot essays in school, he considers this his first attempt at prose. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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My Own Devices: True Stories from the Road on Music, Science, and Senseless Love

Pdf Literature My Own Devices: True Stories from the Road on Music, Science, and Senseless Love

Pdf:My Own Devices: True Stories from the Road on Music, Science, and Senseless Love.Review Praise for My Own Devices“[Dessa is] a natural at the written word. There's not an essay in My Own Devices that's less than fascinating… [My Own Devices] is funny, heartbreaking and brilliantly written, and very possibly the best memoir by a musician since Patti Smith's Just Kids.” —Star Tribune“Dessa has captured the punishing beauty of untenable love and touring, states of being that both require a stubborn, romantic heart.”—Tegan and Sara“Dessa’s words are an articulation of the universal.” —MN Daily“In a witty, well-researched collection of essays, the multidisciplinary creator delves into heartache, philosophy, and science from an artistic perspective.” —The Austin Chronicle“I’m not exaggerating when I say Dessa’s words will change your life.”—HelloGiggles“My Own Devices is filled with… not just wit, candor and intelligence, but also the depth normally associated with longer works.” —amNewYork“Well-written and full of art and science, a really enjoyable read.” —Angela Moon, Publisher's Weekly“My Own Devices is more universal than most performer bios and more lyrical than many celebrity essay collections, as sharp and witty as the best magazine pieces.” —Shelf Awareness“As with any good memoir, Dessa’s writing mingles the specific and the universal.”—City Pages“I found myself laughing with almost every page, often because the writing was funny, but even more often out of sheer delight at someone using the English language so audaciously well. Dessa has an essayist’s eye and a rapper’s virtuosity, and she’s going to conquer the world.”—Joseph Fink, author of Welcome to Night Vale and Alice Isn't Dead“Dessa is a master of putting words to our feelings, even the ones that are hardest to pinpoint. This book is her deftest work: an articulation of the feelings that haunt so many of us: the thrill of pursuing everything you want, the terror of realizing you’re racing against an invisible clock, and the ache of loving a person you probably shouldn’t. I read it cover to cover—twice—and dogeared so many pages it would be easier to find the pages I *hadn’t* marked. A beautiful book.”—Nora McInerny, Author and host, Terrible, Thanks for Asking “Dessa has consistently transcended conventional stereotyping, and her writing should command interest even from readers who know nothing of her work with the Doomtree collective and her solo releases.”—Kirkus Reviews Read more About the Author Dessa is a rapper, a singer, an essayist, and a proud member of the Doomtree hip-hop crew. She's performed around the world at opera houses and rock clubs and while standing on barroom tables. She's landed on the Billboard Top 200 list as a solo artist (Parts of Speech, Chime), as a Doomtree member (All Hands), and as a contributor to The Hamilton Mixtape. As a writer, she's contributed to the New York Times Magazine, Minnesota Public Radio, the Star Tribune (Minneapolis), Minnesota Monthly, literary journals across the country, and has published two short collections of poetry and essays. She now splits her time between Manhattan, Minneapolis, and a tour van cruising at six miles per hour above the posted limit. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Broken Crayons Still Color: Based on a True Story

Pdf Literature Broken Crayons Still Color: Based on a True Story

Pdf:Broken Crayons Still Color: Based on a True Story.Multi-platinum rapper Devin has it all. Money, cars, fame, women— he’s living the life of a rockstar. As with anything in life, all good things come to the end of its cycle, and God takes you off of a path so that you can begin anew. Devin stops getting booked for shows, and it causes a ripple affect on his life. Now unable to take care of his family, he turns to heavy drug use to take his mind off of the pain. When the money stops flowing, all of the love that he thought was genuine, doesn’t exist at all. Scandal after scandal surfaces on all of the major blog sites, allegations and rumors, liens from the IRS, and now rumors of his ties to murder for hire plots has him mentally defeated. It’s just him against the world until he meets and helps Ashlon when she too was down and out. A good girl with problems of her own, Ashlon understands him in a way that nobody else cares to. She vows to do all she can to help him the same way that he helped her when nobody else would. The question is... can Devin escape his spiraling rollercoaster of drug and alcohol addiction enough to help himself? Can he defeat his demons and pull back to reality long enough to accept help? Or will the devil continue to break and take him under? Certified tear-jerker based on a true story.This is a story of addiction and redemption, of overcoming some of life’s most overwhelming obstacles with the help of God and his most qualified angels.

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Sweet Jones: Pimp C's Trill Life Story

Pdf Literature Sweet Jones: Pimp C's Trill Life Story

Pdf:Sweet Jones: Pimp C's Trill Life Story.Review 'An extraordinary and complete work ... [Pimp C was] the most important and influential musician in Southern rap history.' - Music journalist Matt Sonzala 'A work of intense reporting and deep love by Julia Beverly, the founder and often one-woman engine behind Ozone magazine ... it's a virtual ticktock of Pimp C's life, covering his school choir days; his early years as a producer; UGK's success; his drug use; his many squabbles; his criminal history; his family life; the comeback that never quite came; and the legal troubles that dogged his estate after his death, from a combination of prescription cough syrup intoxication and sleep apnea. It also ends up being a document of the last innocent days of Houston rap, before eyes and hands were fixed on it.' - The New York Times 'Fascinating, well-researched biography of a brilliant, troubled, flawed, talented, compassionate individual who changed the world despite all that stood in his path ... [SWEET JONES] shattered every single assumption I would make about rappers - the book humanizes him and his family and friends, and exposes his genius and his flaws ... an incredible story - hilarious, difficult, tragic, and frustrating throughout.' - Professor Andrew Cencini 'One of the most entertaining and informative rap books that I've ever read ... I gained a whole new level of respect and understanding of [UGK] through the book. [It] took me into that world, into Short Texas, into Bun B's mind, into Pimp C's life ... It's almost like an action movie ... an astounding piece of work ... I only hope it gets all of the praise and exposure it deserves and inspires a spate of deeply researched books in the genre.' - Music journalist Kris Ex Read more From the Back Cover '[Pimp C] was brilliant, but he was mad; he was a little nutty. He was a madman, and he really didn't give a shit. That's what was so endearing and refreshing about him, and what made him such a special person ... [He] had a rough exterior but underneath it all he had a big heart and was really just a good person who was - as many artists are - just frustrated, [trying] to get his voice heard.' - Barry Weiss, former CEO of Jive Records'I wouldn't be here without [UGK] ... All it takes is one person to do something and make everybody else feel that they can do it too. And they was one of the first to do it.' - Lil Wayne'[UGK] gave birth to Southern rap. UGK made it cool to be country.' - Scarface'Pimp C helped lay the foundation that we stand on where Southern Hip-Hop music is concerned.' - J. Prince, CEO of Rap-A-Lot Records, Raw Report DVD'I grew up on 'em. If it wasn't for UGK, Ludacris probably wouldn't even be here.' - Ludacris, The Final Chapter DVD'[Pimp C] was a revolutionary. He was an undercover agent of God. [To] change people's lives, you gotta be able to get into spots where people need the most help.' - Kool Ace'Pimp was larger than life. I honestly thought he would live forever.' - Nancy Byron, Pimp C's publicist, The Source Magazine'The [posthumous] music doesn't really matter to me. I'd give it all back if I could have my friend back.' - Bun B, Houston Chronicle'As we keep a lighter up for the Pimp, it's only right that we remember him not just for his often-under-rated musical contribution but also for his indomitable, smack-talking spirit.' - The FADER Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Blue Rage, Black Redemption: A Memoir

Pdf Literature Blue Rage, Black Redemption: A Memoir

Pdf:Blue Rage, Black Redemption: A Memoir.Review 'Tookie learned the hard way that belonging to a gang is not smart. I salute him for his courage and determination to overcome his circumstances.' -- Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize laureate'Some of the most vital peacemakers arise out of the very heart of the most destructive spaces. Tookie's story is proof of this.' -- Luis Rodriguez, author of Always Running Read more About the Author Stanley Tookie Williams, activist and author, was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize five times and the Nobel Prize in literature four times. He is the only man in history to be nominated while imprisoned. He was executed in 2005.Tavis Smiley is a nationally known intellectual, activist, political commentator, entrepreneur, and radio and television personality.  He founded the ground-breaking and historic State of the Black Union series.  Mr. Smiley has authored several best-selling books, including The Covenant and The Covenant in Action. Read more

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Gone 'Til November: A Journal of Rikers Island

Pdf Literature Gone 'Til November: A Journal of Rikers Island

Pdf:Gone 'Til November: A Journal of Rikers Island.Review “Transfixing…[Wayne’s] prison diary is, above all, a testament to the irrepressibility of his charisma—his is a force that can never go dormant, even when it’s not plainly on display.”–The New Yorker'Inspiring ... an intimate and personal look into the mind of Lil Wayne.'–New York Journal of Books '[Wayne’s] slangy, informal tone shines vibrantly throughout … as an account of daily life in prison and its discontents, and as an exhortation to avoid incarceration, Gone 'Til November offers a rare perspective.'–Shelf Awareness Read more About the Author Having sold millions of albums worldwide and garnered four Grammy Awards, Lil Wayne is one of the most successful and critically lauded artists in hip hop. He released his first project at the age of twelve and went on to release his first solo album in 1999 when he was just seventeen. He released his first installment of his legendary Tha Carter series in 2004 before releasing three others, including the landmark Tha Carter III in 2008. Lil Wayne also holds the record for the most entries on the Billboard Hot 100 chart by a male solo artist with 109 entries, having surpassed the record previously set by Elvis Presley. His most recent studio album, I Am Not A Human Being II, was released in 2013 and debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 charts. In 2015, Wayne released FWA (Free Weezy Album) exclusively on Tidal, where it was streamed a staggering ten million times within the first seven days alone. Outside of his iconic music career, Lil Wayne is the CEO of his own Young Money Records, as well as the successful apparel brand Trukfit. He also recently launched his own app, Lil Wayne: Sqvad Up. Read more

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The Impossible Climb: Alex Honnold, El Capitan, and the Climbing Life

Pdf Literature The Impossible Climb: Alex Honnold, El Capitan, and the Climbing Life

Pdf:The Impossible Climb: Alex Honnold, El Capitan, and the Climbing Life.Review Advance Praise for The Impossible Climb“With the possible exception of the lunar landings, free-soloing El Capitan may rank as one of the most audacious—and terrifying—things a human being has ever done. Synnott’s narrative plasters you a 3,000-foot granite cliff and doesn’t let you go until the climb is done. It is one of the most compelling accounts of a climb and the climbing ethos that I’ve ever read.” —Sebastian Junger, author of Tribe, War, and The Perfect Storm “Bracing... brings Honnold’s epic,rope-free ascent to vivid life.”--Harper's Bazaar“A thrills-and-chills—and occasional spills—view of the mad heroes of free climbing…Fans of mountaineering will find this a winner.” —Kirkus Reviews“Readers will pick up this for Honnold but will be equally engrossed by Synnott’s own adventures and writing.” —Library Journal“Yes, The Impossible Climb is the gripping story of the most perilous rock ascent of all time – but it’s much more than that.  In seamlessly fusing memoir, reporting, social history, climbing lore, technical expertise and intimate glimpses of his tribe, Mark Synnott has given us a kind of epic of life on the edge. Even readers who have never set toe to rock are going to find themselves glued to this insanely brilliant account of extreme athletic ambition and endurance.”  —David Laskin, author of  The Children’s Blizzard “Mark Synnott's The Impossible Climb is to climbing what William Finnegan's Barbarian Days is to surfing.” —John Long, founder of the Stonemasters“Immensely enjoyable. Tapping his own impressive mountaineering resume, Mark Synnott dives deep into the rebellious counterculture of extreme climbing to get inside the head of Alex Honnold, the planet's foremost rock climber. What motivated Honnold to free climb El Capitan without a rope? 'Because it's there' doesn't come close to explaining it. Synnott's The Impossible Climb does.” —Andy Hall, author of Denali's Howl Read more About the Author Mark Synnott is a twenty-year member of the North Face Global Athlete team. He is a frequent contributor to National Geographic magazine and has written for Outside, Men's Journal, Rock and Ice, and Climbing. He is also an internationally certified mountain guide and a trainer for the Pararescuemen of the United States Air Force. He lives in the Mt. Washington Valley of New Hampshire. Read more

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Love, Janis

Pdf Literature Love, Janis

Pdf:Love, Janis.A revealing and intimate biography about Janis Joplin, the Queen of Classic Rock, written by her younger sister. Janis Joplin blazed across the sixties music scene, electrifying audiences with her staggering voice and the way she seemed to pour her very soul into her music. By the time her life and artistry were cut tragically short by a heroin overdose, Joplin had become the stuff of rock–and–roll legend. Through the eyes of her family and closest friends , we see Janis as a young girl, already rebelling against injustice, racism, and hypocrisy in society. We follow Janis as she discovers her amazing talents in the Beat hangouts of Venice and North Beach–singing in coffeehouses, shooting speed to enhance her creativity, challenging the norms of straight society. Janis truly came into her own in the fantastic, psychedelic, acid–soaked world of Haight–Asbury. At the height of her fame, Janis's life is a whirlwind of public adoration and hard living. Laura Joplin shows us not only the public Janice who could drink Jim Morrison under the table and bean him with a bottle of booze when he got fresh; she shows us the private Janis, struggling to perfect her art, searching for the balance between love and stardom, battling to overcome her alcohol addiction and heroin use in a world where substance abuse was nearly universal. At the heart of Love, Janis is an astonishing series of letters by Janis herself that have never been previously published. In them she conveys as no one else could the wild ride from awkward small–town teenager to rock–and–roll queen. Love, Janis is the new life of Janis Joplin we have been waiting for–a celebration of the sixties' joyous experimentation and creativity, and a loving, compassionate examination of one of that era's greatest talents.

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Alone on the Wall (Expanded edition)

Pdf Literature Alone on the Wall (Expanded edition)

Pdf:Alone on the Wall (Expanded edition).Including two new chapters on Alex Honnold’s free solo ascent of the iconic 3,000-foot El Capitan in Yosemite National Park.On June 3rd, 2017, Alex Honnold became the first person to free solo Yosemite's El Capitan—to scale the wall without rope, a partner, or any protective gear—completing what was described as "the greatest feat of pure rock climbing in the history of the sport" (National Geographic) and "one of the great athletic feats of any kind, ever" (New York Times). Already one of the most famous adventure athletes in the world, Honnold has now been hailed as "the greatest climber of all time" (Vertical magazine).Alone on the Wall recounts the most astonishing achievements of Honnold’s extraordinary life and career, brimming with lessons on living fearlessly, taking risks, and maintaining focus even in the face of extreme danger. Now Honnold tells, for the first time and in his own words, the story of his 3 hours and 56 minutes on the sheer face of El Cap, which Outside called "the moon landing of free soloing…a generation-defining climb. Bad ass and beyond words…one of the pinnacle sporting moments of all time."

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The Push: A Climber's Search for the Path

Pdf Literature The Push: A Climber's Search for the Path

Pdf:The Push: A Climber's Search for the Path.Review 'If you want to be inspired by a great leader, if you want to feel what it takes to do what no one thought possible, if you want to be absorbed by a heroic journey--Tommy Caldwell's story is one of the best you could ever hope to find.  Here, in his own words, you get more than just a climbing adventure, you get the inside view of how a person can endure crushing setbacks and persist to fulfill a spectacular vision.  And in sharing his story, he has become a teacher to us all.' —Jim Collins, author of Good to Great“The Push is the most insightful book about climbing I’ve ever read, and quite possibly the most enjoyable. Whether Caldwell is explaining his astounding feats on vertical terrain, or the agony of trying to sustain a doomed relationship, or the merits of what he calls ‘elective suffering,' the writing is consistently captivating and unfailingly honest.”  —Jon Krakauer, author of Into Thin Air'Yes, Tommy Caldwell is a badass, but he is no different than you or I. I've always been interested in how people do the impossible. This isn't just a book about climbing, it's about laser sharp focus in all aspects of life. Tommy's story provides insight how we can all push a little further and a little higher.'  —Scott Jurek, author of Eat & Run“The rarest of adventure reads:  it thrills with colorful details of courage and perseverance but it enriches readers with an absolutely captivating glimpse into how a simple yet unwavering resolve can turn adversity into reward.”—The Denver Post“You always know Caldwell’s going to make it to the top of that 3,000-foot hunk of Yosemite granite.  But it doesn’t matter – the book’s raw honesty helps it transcend the sports-autobiography genre.” —Outside “Stands out as a genuine achievement . . . the authenticity of Caldwell’s voice comes through clearly in passages of well-crafted prose . . . The Push is not simply a book about rock climbing, but about human relationships and the ways in which we can hurt each other while trying to be kind.  Caldwell, for all his magnificent achievements on stone, reminds us that in the end, the only really serious enterprise is living.” – The Guardian (U.K.)“Full of rich stories that fluctuate between gripping, tender, moving, laugh-out loud funny, devastating and inspiring . . . Caldwell’s writing also crystallizes moments of intense natural beauty . . . The Push is an adventure is its own right, exploring the unknown self, being open to growth, sharing friendship with others – and encouraging readers to do the same.” – The Kansas City Star“Caldwell expertly blends the triumphs and tragedies of a life well lived with discussions of mastering the vertical climb . . . an eloquent, absorbing story about testing one’s limits.” —Publishers Weekly “Climbers will inhale Caldwell’s book and want more; adventure readers will love his descriptions of climbs and techniques, even if they are new to the sport.” —Library Journal Read more About the Author Tommy Caldwell grew up in Colorado. He has made dozens of notable ascents, and many consider him the best all-around rock climber in the world. In 2014 he was chosen as one of National Geographic’s Adventurers of the Year, and in 2015 the American Alpine Club awarded him Lifetime Honorary Membership, its highest honor. Caldwell, a frequent contributor to Alpinist, Climbing, and Rock and Ice magazines, lives in the town where he first learned to climb, Estes Park, Colorado, with his wife and their son and daughter. Read more

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Just Kids

Pdf Literature Just Kids

Pdf:Just Kids.Review “[Just Kids] reminds us that innocence, utopian ideals, beauty and revolt are enlightenment’s guiding stars in the human journey. Her book recalls, without blinking or faltering, a collective memory — one that guides us through the present and into the future.” (Michael Stipe, Time magazine)“Reading rocker Smith’s account of her relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, it’s hard not to believe in fate. How else to explain the chance encounter that threw them together, allowing both to blossom? Quirky and spellbinding.” (People, Top 10 Books of 2010)“The most enchantingly evocative memoir of funky-but-chic New York in the late 1960s and early 1970s that any alumnus has yet committed to print.” (Janet Maslin's top 10 books of 2010, New York Times)“Composed of incandescent sentences more revelatory than anything from Patti Smith’s poems or songs, her romantic memoir also reveals what blunt narrative instruments the earlier career bios of her and photographer Robert Mapplethorpe have been.” (Village Voice, Best Books of 2010 Round-Up)“Smith’s beautifully crafted love letter to her friend Robert Mapplethorpe functions as a memento mori of a relationship fueled by passion for art and writing. Her elegant eulogy lays bare the chaos and the creativity so embedded in that earlier time and in Mapplethorpe’s life and work.” (Publishers Weekly, Top Ten Books of the Year)“Poetically written and vividly remembered. [Smith] reminded me of the idealism of art.” (Matthew Weiner, creator of MAD MEN, in New York magazine)“A spellbinding portrait of bohemian New York in the late 1960s and early ‘70s.” (New York Times Book Review, Paperback Row)“One of the best things I’ve ever read in my life.” (Don Imus)“Sometimes there is justice in the world. That was my first thought when I heard that Patti Smith had won the National Book Award this fall for her glorious memoir, Just Kids.” (Maureen Corrigan's favorite books of 2010, NPR's Fresh Air)“[JUST KIDS] offers a revealing account of the fears and insecurities harbored by even the most incendiary artists, as well as their capacity for reverence and tenderness.” (USA Today) Read more From the Back Cover It was the summer Coltrane died, the summer of love and riots, and the summer when a chance encounter in Brooklyn led two young people on a path of art, devotion, and initiation.Patti Smith would evolve as a poet and performer, and Robert Mapplethorpe would direct his highly provocative style toward photography. Bound in innocence and enthusiasm, they traversed the city from Coney Island to Forty-second Street, and eventually to the celebrated round table of Max's Kansas City, where the Andy Warhol contingent held court. In 1969, the pair set up camp at the Hotel Chelsea and soon entered a community of the famous and infamous—the influential artists of the day and the colorful fringe. It was a time of heightened awareness, when the worlds of poetry, rock and roll, art, and sexual politics were colliding and exploding. In this milieu, two kids made a pact to take care of each other. Scrappy, romantic, committed to create, and fueled by their mutual dreams and drives, they would prod and provide for one another during the hungry years.Just Kids begins as a love story and ends as an elegy. It serves as a salute to New York City during the late sixties and seventies and to its rich and poor, its hustlers and hellions. A true fable, it is a portrait of two young artists' ascent, a prelude to fame. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Moonwalk

Pdf Literature Moonwalk

Pdf:Moonwalk.About the Author MICHAEL JACKSON was the undisputed King of Pop and has been called 'the greatest entertainer who ever lived.'SHAYE AREHEART was, along with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Michael Jackson's original editor. Read more Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. I’ve always wanted to be able to tell stories, you know, stories that came from my soul. I’d like to sit by a fire and tell people stories – make them see pictures, make them cry and laugh, take them anywhere emotionally with something as deceptively simple as words. I’d like to tell tales to move their souls and transform them. I’ve always wanted to be able to do that. Imagine how the great writers must feel, knowing they have that power. I sometimes feel I could do it. It’s something I’d like to develop. In a way, songwriting uses the same skills, creates the emotional highs and lows, but the story is a sketch. It’s quicksilver. There are very few books written on the art of storytelling, how to grip listeners, how to get a group of people together and amuse them. No costumes, no makeup, no nothing, just you and your voice, and your powerful ability to take them anywhere, to transform their lives, if only for minutes. I think I have a goody-goody image in the press and I hate that, but it’s hard to fight because I don’t normally talk about myself. I am a shy person. It’s true. I don’t like giving interviews or appearing on talk shows. When Doubleday approached me about doing this book, I was interested in being able to talk about how I feel in a book that would be mine – my words and my voice. I hope it will help clear up some misconceptions. Everybody has many facets to them and I’m no different. When I’m in public, I often feel shy and reserved. Obviously, I feel differently away from the glare of cameras and staring people. My friends, my close associates, know there’s another Michael that I find it difficult to present in the outlandish “public” situations I often find myself in. It’s different when I’m onstage, however. When I perform, I lose myself. I’m in total control of that stage. I don’t think about anything. I know what I want to do from the moment I step out there and I love every minute of it. I’m actually relaxed onstage. Totally relaxed. It’s nice. I feel relaxed in a studio too. I know whether something feels right. If it doesn’t, I know how to fix it. Everything has to be in place and if it is you feel good, you feel fulfilled. People used to underestimate my ability as a songwriter. They didn’t think of me as a songwriter, so when I started coming up with songs, they’d look at me like: “Who really wrote that?” I don’t know what they must have thought – that I had someone back in the garage who was writing them for me? But time cleared up those misconceptions. You always have to prove yourself to people and so many of them don’t want to believe. I’ve heard tales of Walt Disney going from studio to studio when he first started out, trying to sell his work unsuccessfully and being turned down. When he was finally given a chance, everyone thought he was the greatest thing that ever happened. Sometimes when you’re treated unfairly it makes you stronger and more determined. Slavery was a terrible thing, but when black people in America finally got out from under the crushing system they were stronger. They knew what it was to have your spirit crippled by people who are controlling your life. They were never going to let that happen again. I admire that kind of strength. People who have it take a stand and put their blood and soul into what they believe. I believe performers should try to be strong as an example to their audiences. It’s staggering what a person can do if they only try. If you’re under pressure, play off that pressure and use it to advantage to make whatever you’re doing better. Performers owe it to people to be strong and fair. Often in the past performers have been tragic figures. A lot of truly great people have suffered or died because of pressure or drugs, especially liquor. It’s so sad. You feel cheated as a fan that you didn’t get to watch them evolve as they grew older. One can’t help but wondering what performances Marilyn Monroe would have put in or what Jimi Hendrix might have done in the 1980s. A lot of celebrities say they don’t want their children to go into show business. I can understand their feelings, but I don’t agree with them. If I had a son or daughter, I’d say, ”By all means, be my guest. Step right in there. If you want to do it, do it.” To me, nothing is more important than making people happy, giving them a release from their problems and worries, helping them to lighten their load. I want them to walk away from a performance I’ve done saying, ”That was great. I want to go back again. I had a great time.” To me, that’s what it’s all about. That’s wonderful. That’s why I don’t understand when some celebrities say they don’t want their kids in the business. I think they say that because they’ve been hurt themselves. I can understand that. I’ve been there too. Read more

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Justin Bieber (Downtown Bookworks Books)

Pdf Literature Justin Bieber (Downtown Bookworks Books)

Pdf:Justin Bieber (Downtown Bookworks Books).Discovered singing on YouTube in 2008, Justin Bieber is now a worldwide pop teen sensation. His first album My World was certified platinum in the United States, with seven Billboard Hot 100 hits. His first full studio album titled My World 2.0 released on March 23rd, 2010, and debuted at number one. Pop culture maven Sarah Parvis has compiled everything a true Justin Bieber fan needs to know inside this adorable minibiography book. With multiple promotional appearances and performances, a rabid fanbase, and a squeaky clean image, Justin Bieber's star is just beginning to shine.

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Elvis and Me: The True Story of the Love Between Priscilla Presley and the King of Rock N' Roll

Pdf Literature Elvis and Me: The True Story of the Love Between Priscilla Presley and the King of Rock N' Roll

Pdf:Elvis and Me: The True Story of the Love Between Priscilla Presley and the King of Rock N' Roll.Review “Her love for him...jumps out from between the lines.”—Marilyn Beck, New York Daily News“A sad, sweet book...the story it tells is fascinating.”—Washington Post“This honest, full-lenth portrait paints him as he really was both in and out of the spotlight...his wife, who knew him better than anyone else, sees him clearly, steadily, and sees him whole.”—John Barkham Reviews Read more About the Author Priscilla Presley is an American actress and business magnate. She is the former wife of the late entertainer Elvis Presley as well as co-founder and former chairwoman of Elvis Presley Enterprises (EPE). Read more

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Just Kids

Pdf Literature Just Kids

Pdf:Just Kids.National Book Award, Nonfiction, 2010 It was the summer Coltrane died, the summer of love and riots, and the summer when a chance encounter in Brooklyn led two young people on a path of art, devotion, and initiation. Patti Smith would evolve as a poet and performer, and Robert Mapplethorpe would direct his highly provocative style toward photography. Bound in innocence and enthusiasm, they traversed the city from Coney Island to 42nd Street, and eventually to the celebrated round table of Max's Kansas City, where the Andy Warhol contingent held court. In 1969, the pair set up camp at the Hotel Chelsea and soon entered a community of the famous and infamous - the influential artists of the day and the colorful fringe. It was a time of heightened awareness, when the worlds of poetry, rock and roll, art, and sexual politics were colliding and exploding. In this milieu, two kids made a pact to take care of each other. Scrappy, romantic, committed to create, and fueled by their mutual dreams and drives, they would prod and provide for one another during the hungry years. Just Kids begins as a love story and ends as an elegy. It serves as a salute to New York City during the late 60s and 70s and to its rich and poor, its hustlers and hellions. A true fable, it is a portrait of two young artists' ascent, a prelude to fame.

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Chasers of the Light: Poems from the Typewriter Series

Pdf Literature Chasers of the Light: Poems from the Typewriter Series

Pdf:Chasers of the Light: Poems from the Typewriter Series.Review “A collection of poems that evoke consistent inspiration and lasting resonance.”—Literary Inklings“Your heart will be stoked.”—Christina Perri, singer/songwriter'Gregson is clearly a romantic... His words slip past the defenses of even the most bitter, with boarded-up hearts and cynical minds, reminding readers why we love, yearn for connection, and bare our souls.'—The Hiding Spot “Like many people I know, I fell in love with Tyler Knott Gregson’s poetry via Instagram. Maybe it’s the allure of his Typewriter Series (awesome poems and quotes typed on vintage-looking parchment paper) or the fact that he posts just about every day so people always have something to see, but in the end I think it’s his raw talent for striking the chords of emotion within us that keep us coming back”—The Blonde Vegan “His Haikus inspire in their simplicity because it has become rare to find beauty in the mundane. His poems are capturing in their tone and in the way he utilizes his words. His photography is simply breathtaking, to say the least.”—The Society Cynic “There are writers and poets who just get it. Then, there are writers and poets who are so on point, you have no choice but to feel like maybe they've been reading your diary. If you're an avid Tumblr user, or just a fan of knowing you're not alone, you might be familiar with the work of Tyler Knott Gregson. Not only is Gregson a well-versed poet (pun intended) but he's also an incredible artist, photographer and has a big heart for charity.”—Buzznet “With over 30,000 Facebook fans and more than 100,000 Tumblr followers, Gregson has definitely hit a nerve with his short-yet-poignant pieces. In an age of goofy Vine videos, memes and Instagram dinner-plate photos, poetry seems an unlikely addition to the community of web shares and posts. Gregson’s poetry, though, isn’t about flashy design or snappy humor. To read the comments on his blog and Facebook pages, it’s plain to see that his words genuinely resonate with his fans.”—Elsewhere NYC “I LOVE THIS!  I follow Tyler Knott Gregson on Twitter and Tumblr. He’s amazingly talented!”—Feeding My Addiction Book Reviews “His poetry always catches me a bit off-guard and makes me reflect – which is why I like it so much. If you need a dose of romantic and moving poetry in your life, I highly recommend you follow this guy.”—Eryn Faye “I read page after page, and I hope you take the time to do the same. That way we all can tell our children, as they reads his words from their textbooks, that we were among the lucky ones who first happened upon Tyler Knott Gregson not long after his tumblr days. This man. Him and his words are remarkable. I would tip my figurative hat to you, sir, but even that seems to small of a gesture to express myself.”—Just Another Silly Dreamer“Forget having a guy quote me Shakespeare or Neruda, find me a guy who can quote Gregson. He’d have me hook, line, and sinker.”—Belle of the Library “Gregson's Chasers of the Light is a beautiful little book that will make you feel something.”—Pretty In Fiction “…gorgeous from cover to cover.”—Savvy Verse & Wit “I would give this book to anyone I'd like to convince to start reading poetry.”—Book Dilettante  “Beautifully done and a fresh and creative voice in poetry.”—Stories & Sweeties “Please read this book, especially if you’re new to poetry because it’s a great first introduction.”—I Blog, You Read “Gregson writes some of the most beautiful, romantic, and thought-provoking poetry I have ever read.”—Girls Writes Reviews “I wanted to kiss the book and place it somewhere, not just toss it into a ready to pass on pile.”—Maria’s Space “This is hands down, no doubt about it, the most beautifully written piece of work I’ve read this year.”—The Paige-Turner Read more About the Author Tyler Knott Gregson is a poet, author, professional photographer, and artist who lives in the mountains of Helena, Montana. When he is not writing, he operates his photography company, Treehouse Photography, with his talented partner, Sarah Linden. Read more

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Chasers of the Light: Poems from the Typewriter Series

Pdf Literature Chasers of the Light: Poems from the Typewriter Series

Pdf:Chasers of the Light: Poems from the Typewriter Series.The epic made simple. The miracle in the mundane.One day, while browsing an antique store in Helena, Montana, photographer Tyler Knott Gregson stumbled upon a vintage Remington typewriter for sale. Standing up and using a page from a broken book he was buying for $2, he typed a poem without thinking, without planning, and without the ability to revise anything.He fell in love.Three years and almost one thousand poems later, Tyler is now known as the creator of the Typewriter Series: a striking collection of poems typed onto found scraps of paper or created via blackout method. Chasers of the Light features some of his most insightful and beautifully worded pieces of work—poems that illuminate grand gestures and small glimpses, poems that celebrate the beauty of a life spent chasing the light.

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Classic Fiction Super Set (Golden Deer Classics)

Pdf Literature Classic Fiction Super Set (Golden Deer Classics)

Pdf:Classic Fiction Super Set (Golden Deer Classics).This book contains the following works with an Active Table of Contents  - Western Classic Collection: Cabin Fever, Heart of the West, Good Indian, Riders of the Purple Sage... - Alice in Wonderland Collection: All Four Books (Lewis Carroll)  - Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (Lew Wallace)  - Classic Horror Collection Vol 2: The Turn of the Screw,The Call of Cthulhu,The Metamorphosis, Carmilla, The King in Yellow......  - Tom Sawyer Collection: All Four Books (Mark Twain)  - Conan the Barbarian: The Complete Collection (Robert E. Howard)  - Piracy Collection: Robinson Crusoe, The Further Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, Captain Singleton. (Daniel Defoe)  -The Complete D'Artagnan Novels (Alexandre Dumas) Also Available  50 Masterpieces you have to read before you die Vol:1 (Golden Deer Classics)50 Masterpieces you have to read before you die Vol:2 (Golden Deer Classics)50 Masterpieces you have to read before you die Vol:3 (Golden Deer Classics)

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Happy Chinese New Year The Blessings: 38 Best Chinese Auspicious Words to Celebrate Joyous New Year Occasion with The Most Reviewed Favorable ... (New Releases Present Celebration) (Volume 1)

Pdf Literature Happy Chinese New Year The Blessings: 38 Best Chinese Auspicious Words to Celebrate Joyous New Year Occasion with The Most Reviewed Favorable ... (New Releases Present Celebration) (Volume 1)

Pdf:Happy Chinese New Year The Blessings: 38 Best Chinese Auspicious Words to Celebrate Joyous New Year Occasion with The Most Reviewed Favorable ... (New Releases Present Celebration) (Volume 1).A perfect present for Chinese persons in the occasion of Chinese New Year! "Happy Chinese New Year The Blessings" is The only book that has the 38 best Chinese auspicious words! by the most favorable letters of Chinese language, such as 'courage', 'grace', 'happiness', 'harmony', 'strength', 'friendship', and 'honor'. The book delivers best wishes to the persons who receive it. In addition, the book was created with lucky numbers, associating with the Chinese beliefs, which are THE NUMBER 3, which sounds similar to the character for "birth", and is considered a lucky number. THE NUMBER 8, which has long been regarded as the luckiest number in Chinese culture. With pronunciation of 'Ba' in Chinese, no. 8 sounds similar to the word 'Fa', which means "prosper" or "wealth". It contains meanings of prosperity, success and high social status too. All Chinese business men therefore favor it very much. THE NUMBER 38 : As eight means prosperity, 38 is one of the luckiest number in Chinese culture, often referred to as 'triple prosperity' though most Chinese people might just read this as "you will grow to success." This book contains "38" of most auspicious Chinese blessings and total "80" pages in print, as the symbols of love and best wishes for this very special festive event. Moreover, all pictures, from the cover until last page are printed in Red and Gold which is the good colors combination of wealth and prosperity in Chinese tradition. The book is available also in Kindle ebook version. Both paperback and Kindle ebook version are available exclusively on Amazon. They would be excellent gifts, for yourself in case you are a Chinese person, or for your Chinese companion, co-workers, bosses, friends, and their families, whom you most think of and always care about.

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In My Mind's Eye: A Thought Diary

Pdf Literature In My Mind's Eye: A Thought Diary

Pdf:In My Mind's Eye: A Thought Diary.Review ““[Morris] is the same age as Queen Elizabeth II and like that remarkable monarch she still seems, in her early 90s, to be completely engaged with the world, understanding of its foibles and appreciative of what life has to offer.... Reading these beautifully written pages, one is struck by the gentle note of lament they host.... In My Mind’s Eye is a lovely book, halfway between a diary and a volume of brief essays, a book that has a gentle, haunting tone. It will remind us of what a good, wise and witty companion Jan Morris has been for so many readers for so long.”” - Alexander McCall Smith, New York Times Book Review“It is remarkable to be writing a book at 91, yet what grips is not so much her thoughts about the world (towards which she turns and turns away) but her sense of the rhythms of domestic life.” - The Guardian“Morris is one of Britain’s greatest living writers.” - The Times (UK)“A splendidly quirky confection that mixes the trivial with the serious, like life.... Morris has a gift for picking out what seems only in retrospect to be obvious. Like all good diaries, this one benefits from the strengths of the form: the possibility of being (or sounding) spontaneous and impressionistic.” - Literary Review (UK)“In committing her ruminations to 320 entertaining pages, Morris creates a captivating image of a delightfully dotty elderly lady.... After closing the book, I felt bereft of Morris’s company and her chummy, conversational prose style.” - Susan Flockhart, Glasgow Sunday Herald Read more About the Author Born in 1926, Jan Morris is the author of such classics as the Pax Britannica trilogy and The World, among many others. She lives in Wales. Read more

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When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson

Pdf Literature When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson

Pdf:When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson.Amazon.com Review As this skilled duo did with Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride, Pam Muñoz Ryan and Brian Selznick bring to life the story of yet another remarkable American woman, gifted black contralto Marian Anderson.Undoubtedly one of America's greatest singers, Anderson was hardly known in her own country because of her race--music schools ignored her applications ('We don't take colored!') and even after she began singing professionally, many venues only featured white performers. Ryan's well-paced story becomes especially poignant as she recounts Anderson's overwhelming success in Europe ('one newspaper in Sweden called it 'Marian Fever' ... In Austria, the world-famous conductor Arturo Toscanini announced that what he had heard, one was privileged to hear only once in a hundred years'). The book reaches its climax with a wordless, deep brown two-page spread from Selznick, a crowd's-eye view of Anderson singing at the Lincoln Memorial in 1939, an historic concert that drew an integrated audience of over 75,000.Ryan's simple, metered text (punctuated frequently by lyrics) captures the quiet drama of Anderson's story, and kids will especially identify with the confusion and frustration of young Marian. And as with the pair's previous collaboration, Selznick's rich illustrations ably convey the undeniable strength and courage of a talented, determined woman. (Ages 4 to 8) --Paul Hughes Read more From Publishers Weekly The creative team behind Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride returns with a picture book biography as understated and graceful as its subject, singer Marian Anderson (1897-1993). Tracing the African-American diva from her beginnings as an eight-year-old church choir wonder ('the pride of South Philadelphia') through years of struggle to rise above the racism that would delay her debut with the Metropolitan Opera until she was 57, this book masterfully distills the events in the life of an extraordinary musician. Ryan's narrative smoothly integrates biographical details with lyrics from the gospel songs Anderson made famous: a passage about the budding singer's longing to perform onstage ('Opera was simply the sun and the moon a dream that seemed too far away to reach') segues to 'He's got the sun and the moon right in His hands'; 'Sometimes I feel like a motherless child...' follows a 2/3 spread of the singer on the bow of a ship bound for Europe, the sun creating a halo effect. Working with a sepia-toned palette, Selznick's paintings shimmer with emotion, his range of shading as versatile as Anderson's three-octave voice. Whether depicting her as barely visible beyond the crowds at her famous 1939 concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial or in a final scene of her stepping into the spotlight at the Met, the images are striking and memorable (particularly the soulful face of Marian herself as she matures from child to woman). The author's and artist's notes, timeline and discography round out this stellar effort. Ages 6-10. Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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The Children of Willesden Lane: Beyond the Kindertransport: A Memoir of Music, Love, and Survival

Pdf Literature The Children of Willesden Lane: Beyond the Kindertransport:  A Memoir of Music, Love, and Survival

Pdf:The Children of Willesden Lane: Beyond the Kindertransport: A Memoir of Music, Love, and Survival.Review 'A deeply moving and heartfelt tale...brings tears to the reader's eyes...a testament to maternal love.' ―Washington Post Book World''Uplifting...vivid.'―Publishers Weekly Read more About the Author Mona Golabek is a Grammy-nominated recording artist, internationally celebrated concert pianist, and star of the one-woman show The Pianist of Willesden Lane.Lee Cohen is a journalist, screenwriter, and poet. Read more

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In My Mind's Eye: A Thought Diary

Pdf Literature In My Mind's Eye: A Thought Diary

Pdf:In My Mind's Eye: A Thought Diary.Riffing on cats and Brexit, the Royals and the annoyances of aging, the nonagenarian Jan Morris delights with her wickedly hilarious first-ever diary collection.Celebrated as the “greatest descriptive writer of her time” (Rebecca West), Jan Morris has been dazzling readers since she burst on the scene with her on-the-spot reportage of the first ascent of Everest in 1953. Now, the beloved ninety-two-year-old, author of classics such as Venice and Trieste, embarks on an entirely new literary enterprise—a collection of daily diaries, penned over the course of a single year. Ranging widely from the idyllic confines of her North Wales home, Morris offers diverse sallies on her preferred form of exercises (walking briskly), her frustration at not recognizing a certain melody humming in her head (Beethoven’s Pathétique, incidentally), her nostalgia for small-town America, as well as intimate glimpses into her home life.With insightful quips on world issues, including Britain’s “special relationship” with the United States and the #MeToo movement, In My Mind’s Eye will charm old and new Jan Morris fans alike.

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Lost Secrets of Master Musicians: A Window Into Genius

Pdf Literature Lost Secrets of Master Musicians: A Window Into Genius

Pdf:Lost Secrets of Master Musicians: A Window Into Genius.Review 'Why has the audience for classical music declined? David Jacobson's painstaking studies of the performances of past master musicians support a provocative and original hypothesis: The quality of musical expression has declined over the past century. Important reading for anyone concerned with the future of classical music and the training of classical musicians.'--Robert J. Flanagan, The Perilous Life of Symphony Orchestras: Artistic Triumphs and Economic Challenges 'Musicians become virtuosos in many different ways, and David Jacobson has extracted common principles and codified them to help us all achieve higher levels of mastery. Thorough and engaging.'-- Dr. Daniel J. Levitin, author of This Is Your Brain on Music'Mr. Jacobson's unique idea, what he has termed the 'bel canto instrumental technique,' eschews the idea of individual musical talent in favor of exploring--and challenging--how music itself is approached and taught from the most basic level of instruction to the pinnacle of performance.'  'The unique 'Bel Canto Instrumental Technique' as described by master musician, David Jacobson, in Lost Secrets will shift the way we think about the very nature of musical genius and talent.'-- Chanticleer Reviews 'Jacobson challenges sacrosanct beliefs and opens a Pandora's box of questions...he analyses in great depth the genius of past masters and controversially questions Galamian's and Suzuki's teaching methods. Jacobson exhorts us to see, hear and feel anew.'--Mary Nemet, Austa National Reviews editor'To demonstrate that talent and skill can be investigated, understood and learnt, Jacobson has developed from his analyses a scientific performance approach: 'bel canto instrumental technique'...Jacobson's part-autobiographical narrative is logically structured and fluently written...and is accessible to a wide readership. '--The Strad 'A tremendously enlightening book brilliantly written by a truly renaissance man. Every musician should read this.'--Endre Granat, The Heifetz Scale Book Read more From the Author ContentsAuthor's Note   ixPreface   xiIntroduction   xixACT I   GENESIS  Chapter 1    Beginning   3  Chapter 2    School   9  Chapter 3    Jake Krachmalnick   17  Chapter 4    Philadelphia   21  Chapter 5    Meadowmount   27  Chapter 6    Curtis   29  Chapter 7    Center City   35ACT II   THE PLAY, EDEN, AND THE FALL   Chapter 8    The Play   39  Chapter 9    Eden   47  Chapter 10  The Fall   59ACT III  EDUCATIO  Chapter 11   Confusion   81  Chapter 12   Opportunity   85  Chapter 13   New York   91  Chapter 14   Paradigm Shifts   95  Chapter 15   The 'Secrets' of the Masters   101  Chapter 16   'Laws' of Music, Visualization, and other Discoveries   119  Chapter 17   Skeletal, or Compositional, Thinking   163  Chapter 18   Technique: A Three-Part System   187  Chapter 19   Religion   217ACT IV  POWER AND IMPORTANCE  Chapter 20   Instruments and Violin Dealers   227  Chapter 21   Mentors and the 'Importance' of Importance   235  Chapter 22   Conductors   247  Chapter 23   Agents and Soloism   261  Chapter 24   Composers   269ACT V  TEACHING--VALUES CREATE CULTURE & POTENTIALITY  Chapter 25   The Suzuki Violin Method   277  Chapter 26   Galamian   309  Chapter 27   Responsibility   351  Chapter 28   On 'Feeling' in Music and Life   365  Chapter 29   Altered States   371  Chapter 30   The Development of Intelligence and Talent   383  Chapter 31   Return to Curtis   403  Chapter 32   Can We Change?   409  Chapter 33   Some Answers   417Appendix   425 Sources   443 Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Mozart's Women: His Family, His Friends, His Music

Pdf Literature Mozart's Women: His Family, His Friends, His Music

Pdf:Mozart's Women: His Family, His Friends, His Music.Mozart was fascinated, amused, aroused, hurt, and betrayed by women. He loved and respected them, composed for them, performed with them. This unique biography looks at his interaction with each, starting with his family (his mother, Maria Anna and beloved and talented sister, Nannerl), and his marriage (which brought his 'other family', the Weber sisters). His relationships with his artists are examined, in particular those of his operas, through whose characters Mozart gave voice to the emotions of women who were, like his entire female acquaintance, restrained by the conventions and structures of eighteenth-century society. This is their story as well as his -- and shows once again that a great part of the composer’s genius was in his understanding and musical expression of human nature. Evocative and beautifully written, Mozart’s Women illuminates the music, the man, and above all the women who inspired him. 'Jane Glover has pulled off a coup des livres with her fresh take on Mozart's life and work’ Sunday Telegraph ‘Readable, informative and moving…Her passion for the music shines through this touching, vividly told story' Sunday Times

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The Beatles Book

Pdf Literature The Beatles Book

Pdf:The Beatles Book.Review “This would make a popular addition to any music collection.' —Booklist “[A]n authoritative, encyclopedic, extensively researched foray into everything Beatle-related, including people, songs, places, TV and movie appearances . . .  Does any Beatles fan need it? Yeah, yeah, yeah!” —Parade.com Read more About the Author Hunter Davies is the author of the only ever authorized biography of The Beatles, still in print in almost every country in the world. In 2012 he edited The Lennon Letters, published in 20 different countries, and in 2014 The Beatles Lyrics. Read more

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The Skin Above My Knee

Pdf Literature The Skin Above My Knee

Pdf:The Skin Above My Knee.Review 'A tale of triumph over a childhood rife with abuse, yet blessed with talent. Filled with insight and honesty, [Butler's] memoir flows like a series of gorgeous musical phrases, taking the reader on a journey as uplifting as it is disturbing.... Her courageous memoir is a testament to the power of art to inspire and heal.'―Washington Post'Marcia Butler's original and lyrically written memoir charts her rise from oboe prodigy to freelance professional on the international classical scene. Transportive portraits of Carnegie Hall concerts share space with memories of childhood trauma and gritty slices from 1970s New York.'―New York Magazine'For Marcia Butler, the oboe was a protective garment and a ticket to the world, though both applications came at a steep price.... The Skin Above My Knee ultimately succeeds because it leaves readers knowing a thing or two about an esoteric world.'―Meghan Daum, New York Times Book Review'Impressive.... [Butler's] imaginative prose fires the senses dramatically. Music aficionados will find an extraordinarily kindred spirit here, and lovers of memoir will find this a sensationally satisfying one.'―Booklist'A moving account of how passion and creativity can be powerful weapons against neglect, cruelty, and self-harm.'―Publishers Weekly'[Butler] writes lovingly and beautifully.... The light and the dark fight it out in this fierce, fiery memoir.'―Kirkus'Marcia Butler has written a beautiful memoir -- meticulously nuanced, daringly honest, and utterly inspiring. I'm not sure I've ever read a book that captures so fully the ability music has to transport, sustain, defend and elevate struggling human beings through difficult times.' ―Tim Page, Pulitzer Prize winning music critic, The Washington Post, author of Parallel Play and Dawn Powell: A Biography'Gorgeously written, The Skin Above My Knee takes the reader from the world's most lauded concert venues into the innermost sanctums of musician's lives in New York. Always honest and admirably adverse to self-pity, Marcia Butler's beautiful book cuts its devastating insights with poetic love for the world. My heart broke in several places, and leapt in several others. When I finished reading, I felt as if I understood music on a level usually reserved for world class musicians. Stunning.'―Marie-Helene Bertino, author of 2 A.M at The Cat's Pajamas'Heartbreaking, page turning, and ultimately redemptive, The Skin Above My Knee is a dazzling memoir about life as an internationally recognized classical musician and about one woman's journey to the only sort of love that lasts-self-acceptance. An insider's look at the world of professional performance and a moving account of one woman's effort to transmute pain into beauty, this book will appeal to anyone who has ever wondered how you get to Carnegie Hall or how to survive family. Reader, she succeeds beautifully.'―E.J. Levy, author of Love, In Theory'In her debut memoir, The Skin Above My Knee, Marcia Butler shows us how music - listening to it, playing it, losing it, and rediscovering it - can save us. With bravery and honesty, she unflinchingly tells her story. And through it all, music resonates and becomes the soundtrack for us all.' ―Ann Hood, author of The Book That Matters Most Read more About the Author Marcia Butler's nationally acclaimed memoir, The Skin Above My Knee, was one of the Washington Post's 'top ten noteworthy moments in classical music in 2017'. She was chosen as 2017 notable debut author in 35 OVER 35. Her work has been published in Literary Hub, PANK Magazine, Psychology Today, Aspen Ideas Magazine, Catapult, Bio-Stories and others. Her first piece of flash fiction appears in the anthology One Hundred Voices from Centum Press. Marcia was a 2015 recipient of a Writer-in-Residence through Aspen Words and the Catto Shaw Foundation. Marcia was a professional oboist for twenty-eight years until her retirement in 2008. During her musical career, she performed as a principal oboist and soloist on the most renowned of New York and international stages, with many high-profile musicians and orchestras - including pianist Andre Watts, and composer/pianist Keith Jarrett. The New York Times hailed her as a 'first-rate artist'. She lives in New York City. Read more

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Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction

Pdf Literature Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction

Pdf:Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction.An Economist Best Book of the YearA Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Best Book of 2018“An amazing and engrossing history...Insightful, entertaining, and compulsively readable.” — George R. R. Martin"Enthralling…A clarion call to enlarge American literary history.” — Washington Post“Engrossing, well-researched… This sure-footed history addresses important issues, such as the lack of racial diversity and gender parity for much of the genre’s history.” — Wall Street Journal“A gift to science fiction fans everywhere.” — Sylvia Nasar, New York Times bestselling author of A Beautiful MindAstounding is the landmark account of the extraordinary partnership between four controversial writers—John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, and L. Ron Hubbard—who set off a revolution in science fiction and forever changed our world. This remarkable cultural narrative centers on the figure of John W. Campbell, Jr., whom Asimov called “the most powerful force in science fiction ever.” Campbell, who has never been the subject of a biography until now, was both a visionary author—he wrote the story that was later filmed as The Thing—and the editor of the groundbreaking magazine best known as Astounding Science Fiction, in which he discovered countless legendary writers and published classic works ranging from the I, Robot series to Dune. Over a period of more than thirty years, from the rise of the pulps to the debut of Star Trek, he dominated the genre, and his three closest collaborators reached unimaginable heights. Asimov became the most prolific author in American history; Heinlein emerged as the leading science fiction writer of his generation with the novels Starship Troopers and Stranger in a Strange Land; and Hubbard achieved lasting fame—and infamy—as the founder of the Church of Scientology. Drawing on unexplored archives, thousands of unpublished letters, and dozens of interviews, Alec Nevala-Lee offers a riveting portrait of this circle of authors, their work, and their tumultuous private lives. With unprecedented scope, drama, and detail, Astounding describes how fan culture was born in the depths of the Great Depression; follows these four friends and rivals through World War II and the dawn of the atomic era; and honors such exceptional women as Doña Campbell and Leslyn Heinlein, whose pivotal roles in the history of the genre have gone largely unacknowledged. For the first time, it reveals the startling extent of Campbell’s influence on the ideas that evolved into Scientology, which prompted Asimov to observe: “I knew Campbell and I knew Hubbard, and no movement can have two Messiahs.” It looks unsparingly at the tragic final act that estranged the others from Campbell, bringing the golden age of science fiction to a close, and it illuminates how their complicated legacy continues to shape the imaginations of millions and our vision of the future itself.

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Good Faeries/Bad Faeries

Pdf Literature Good Faeries/Bad Faeries

Pdf:Good Faeries/Bad Faeries.Amazon.com Review Why are large, illustrated works offhandedly relegated to gather dust on the corner of your coffee table? Sure, you will want to put Good-Faeries/Bad Faeries in an obvious place, somewhere your friends will see it and pick it up, but it's far more than mere decoration. Froud's illustrations have delighted readers since his first book, Faeries, introduced us to the little people of folklore. Good Faeries/Bad Faeries is a doorway to the faery realm of the 20th century, where you'll meet delightful characters like Quempel, who dances to celebrate when something is done well; or the Buttered Toast Faery, who decides which side of a dropped piece of toast will hit the floor--faeries who will call you back so often that Good Faeries/Bad Faeries won't have a chance to gather dust. --Brian Patterson Read more From School Library Journal YA-Froud's collection of fanciful sketches encompasses both the benevolent and the malevolent species of the tribe Faeries. The structure of the book is reversible with the jacket proclaiming 'Good Faeries,' matched on the flip side with the title 'Bad Faeries.' An introduction to each section covers Faery Blights, Faery Defects, Glamour, and Music, and offers advice to humans on protection against the meddling of the Bad Faeries. There are paragraphs on naming, classification, and a further delineation of earth, water, fire, and air Faeries. This is followed by an exposition on Faery physiognomy-their wings, eyes, ears, heads, and size. Faery communication and healing are also discussed. The illustrations are the heart of the book, whether done in black and white, sepia, or full color. They are vivid, full of vitality, and wonderfully varied. With unnumbered pages, this is primarily a sketchbook for readers to leaf through and marvel at the creative bent that depicts the countenances of: 'The Buttered Toast Faery,' 'The Wrong Decision Faery,' and the 'Pot Pixie.' While not as glamorously elegant as their counterparts, the Bad Faeries are indeed beautiful in their own right. Handsomely jacketed, this is a whimsical, charming, artfully crafted book.Frances Reiher, Fairfax County Public Library, VACopyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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The Flame: Poems Notebooks Lyrics Drawings

Pdf Literature The Flame: Poems Notebooks Lyrics Drawings

Pdf:The Flame: Poems Notebooks Lyrics Drawings.NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLERNamed a Fall Read by Vogue, Esquire, The Washington Post, TIME, Vanity Fair and O, the Oprah Magazine. One of Daily Mail and Financial Times's Best Books of 2018.“There are very, very few people who occupy the ground that Leonard Cohen walks on.” —BONOThe Flame is the final work from Leonard Cohen, the revered poet and musician whose fans span generations and whose work is celebrated throughout the world. Featuring poems, excerpts from his private notebooks, lyrics, and hand-drawn self-portraits, The Flame offers an unprecedentedly intimate look inside the life and mind of a singular artist.A reckoning with a life lived deeply and passionately, with wit and panache, The Flame is a valedictory work.“This volume contains my father’s final efforts as a poet,” writes Cohen’s son, Adam Cohen, in his foreword. “It was what he was staying alive to do, his sole breathing purpose at the end.”Leonard Cohen died in late 2016. But “each page of paper that he blackened,” in the words of his son, “was lasting evidence of a burning soul.”

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George MacDonald in the Age of Miracles: Incarnation, Doubt, and Reenchantment (Hansen Lectureship)

Pdf Literature George MacDonald in the Age of Miracles: Incarnation, Doubt, and Reenchantment (Hansen Lectureship)

Pdf:George MacDonald in the Age of Miracles: Incarnation, Doubt, and Reenchantment (Hansen Lectureship).Book Description 'Victorian writer George MacDonald was a powerful influence on later authors such as C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, G. K. Chesterton, and Madeleine L'Engle. In this fine collection of lectures, scholar Timothy Larsen provides an essential context to MacDonald's life and thought, and indeed to the religious history of the nineteenth century. With his acute literary and theological insights, Larsen's book is a readable and perceptive guide to one of the great Christian thinkers.' (Philip Jenkins, Baylor University)'Drawing widely on George MacDonald's novels, stories, poems, and sermons, Larsen boldly presents him to us in all of his heterodoxical orthodoxy. Here is a fiery Scotsman with a capacious faith and vision who could find Christ in the most unlikely of places.' (Louis Markos, professor in English and scholar in residence at Houston Baptist University, author of On the Shoulders of Hobbits)'These lectures are steeped in a scholarly acquaintance with George MacDonald's writings. Their accessible style aims at bringing MacDonald's theological insights on such ever-pressing matters as religious doubt and the purpose of human suffering to a wider Christian audience.' (Elisabeth Jay, professor emerita at Oxford Brookes University)'Rarely, if ever, does a theologian grasp the essentials of luminaries such as C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, George MacDonald, G. K. Chesterton, and Madeleine L'Engle. But here, in this exquisitely argued, beautifully crafted, and elegantly written thesis, Timothy Larsen offers a beguiling mediation on incarnation, doubt, and re-enchantment. With his careful and nuanced focus on George MacDonald, Timothy Larsen has produced a poised, sumptuous, and sublime theological essay―worthy, indeed, of Lewis, Chesterton, Tolkien, L'Engle, and MacDonald. This is Christian apologetics at its best and from one of the finest public intellectuals writing in our time.' (Martyn Percy, Christ Church, Oxford)'Larsen has an original, interesting, stimulating, and even at times, controversial take on George MacDonald and his work.' (Stephen Prickett, regius professor emeritus of English at the University of Glasgow, and president of the George MacDonald Society)'It is hard to imagine a better pairing of author and subject than George MacDonald, one of the essential Victorians and one of the deepest of Christian writers, and Timothy Larsen, one of our very finest historians. This book is truly a joy to read.' (Alan Jacobs, distinguished professor of humanities in the honors program at Baylor University)'In this gem of a book, Timothy Larsen uses the delightful and moving writings of George MacDonald to open surprising new vistas on the religious world of Victorian Britain. I recommend it highly.' (Thomas S. Kidd, distinguished professor of history at Baylor University)'In a Victorian religious culture saturated with religious preoccupations and moral anxieties, George MacDonald stands out as a relatively neglected author whose work nonetheless pays careful attention to the intersection of religion and literature. Tim Larsen brilliantly opens up MacDonald's imaginative writing as well as his sermons and essays to demonstrate how closely he followed contemporary interest in Christian doctrine and the challenges it faced in his day. No one who knows Larsen's work will be surprised at this: with wit, knowledge, and an acute critical intelligence, Larsen picks out again and again the ways in which MacDonald's fiction illustrated or experimented with controverted points of Christian doctrine, yet still functioned as good, readable fiction. A series of other interlocutors comment insightfully on Larsen's chapters and open up further seams of interpretation. For anyone interested in Victorian religious history and literary culture, this is a gem of a book.' (Jeremy Morris, master of Trinity hall at University of Cambridge) Read more About the Author Timothy Larsen (PhD, University of Stirling) is McManis Professor of Christian Thought at Wheaton College. He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and he has been a visiting fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge, and All Souls College, Oxford. He is the author of several books, including John Stuart Mill: A Secular Life, The Slain God: Anthropologists and the Christian Faith, A People of One Book: The Bible and the Victorians, and Crisis of Doubt: Honest Faith in Nineteenth-Century England. Read more

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Silence and Beauty: Hidden Faith Born of Suffering

Pdf Literature Silence and Beauty: Hidden Faith Born of Suffering

Pdf:Silence and Beauty: Hidden Faith Born of Suffering.Review 'Only Mako Fujimura could have written this book. It sheds light on a wealth of topics―a classic novel, Japanese culture, Martin Scorsese's filmmaking, the fine arts, theology, the enigmas of East and West―and leaves the reader with a startlingly new encounter with Christ.' (Philip Yancey)'Fujimura . . . unearths universal implications about faith, suffering, and art in this focused literary study of one novel, Shusaku Endo's Silence. . . . Fujimura analyzes Japan’s fumi-e culture, calling it 'a culture of lament,' and asserts that 'faith can include our failures, even multiple failures.' Stories of historical figures on which Endo based Silence, scriptural analysis, and a wide range of literary and artistic references from both Japanese and Western culture (including Martin Scorsese’s 2016 film adaptation of Silence) add rich, refracted layers to this carefully crafted, masterful book.' (Publishers Weekly STARRED REVIEW, March 11, 2016)'Makoto Fujimura is a remarkable artist and writer, and his engagement with the writings of the great Shusaku Endo―and Silence in particular―is deep and impassioned, as you will discover on every page of this book. By way of response to a great artist, Fujimura has created a quietly eloquent meditation on art and faith, and where they converge.' (Martin Scorsese, director of Gangs of New York, The Wolf of Wall Street, and Silence)'My friend Mako Fujimura is one of the most thoughtful, sensitive and eloquent artists of this generation. Like his otherworldly and luminous paintings, his book Silence and Beauty is at once glorious and profound, an exquisite exploration of truth and beauty, silence and suffering. Give yourself and others the immeasurable gift of this gentle, inspiring treasure.' (Eric Metaxas, New York Times bestselling author of Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy)'Makoto Fujimura's Silence and Beauty (IVP, 2016) artfully probes Shusaku Endo's famous novel Silence, and in doing so shows how God's truth bores through silence and darkness.' (Marvin Olasky, WORLD, April 16, 2016)'Fujimura's book is a brilliant blend of investigation and reflection. The reader learns about the compelling history of Christianity in Japan and its strangely enduring influence there, while at the same time being led into a profound meditation on the relation of Christian faith to contemporary culture. A truly impressive achievement.' (Gordon Graham, Henry Luce III Professor of Philosophy and the Arts, Princeton Theological Seminary, author of The Re-enchantment of the World)'How can we live in a world where we encounter suffering every day? Where is the voice of God when we doubt his goodness? It takes a very specific perspective to write beautiful prose about these questions, but in this book, Mako does just that―exploring the themes raised by Endo's novel and their continuing resonance across our difficult, anxious times. Silence and Beauty is a gift for us as we try to be the fragrance of Christ in a suffering world.' (Alissa Wilkinson, chief film critic, Christianity Today, assistant professor of English and humanities, The King's College)'Fujimura's Silence and Beauty is a truly remarkable spiritual, theological and intellectual autobiography for our time. It will be of interest to a broad readership, not least of all those who still hear the disorienting and potentially transformational call to intercultural mission in the way of Jesus. Fujimura's musings on the Christ-hidden culture of Japan, his own story and contemporary culture are revelatory, and his layering of the Ground Zero theme functions like a Rembrandt primer out of which a sublime beauty and grace emerges.' (Thomas John Hastings, research fellow, Kagawa Archives and Resource Center, former professor of practical theology, Tokyo Union Theological Seminary)'When I read Shusaku Endo's Silence for the first time, I vowed that I would refuse to ever read anything written about it. I wanted to preserve the profound sense of mystery and beauty that the novel evoked in me. I am so happy now that I broke that vow by reading this wonderful book by Makoto Fujimura. Mako not only enhances and deepens the sense of mystery, but―as he has done so consistently in his visual works of art―he adds significantly to the beauty!' (Richard Mouw, president emeritus, professor of faith and public life, Fuller Theological Seminary)'Mako Fujimura offers us a moving and illuminating series of reflections on one of the most powerful novels ever written. He helps us to understand how Endo's tale of martyrdom lives in the tensions between East and West, faith and doubt, trust and betrayal. Above all, Fujimura enables us to sense that grace can live―and inspire new life―even in the midst of suffering.' (Gregory Wolfe, editor, Image) Read more About the Author Makoto Fujimura is an internationally renowned artist, writer, and speaker who serves as the director of Fuller Theological Seminary's Brehm Center for Worship, Theology, and the Arts. He is also the founder of the International Arts Movement and served as a presidential appointee to the National Council on the Arts from 2003 to 2009. His books include Refractions: A Journey of Faith, Art and Culture and Silence and Beauty. Recognized worldwide as a cultural shaper, Fujimura's work has been exhibited at galleries including Dillon Gallery in New York, Sato Museum in Tokyo, The Contemporary Museum of Tokyo, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts Museum, Bentley Gallery in Arizona, Taikoo Place in Hong Kong and Vienna's Belvedere Museum. In 2011 the Fujimura Institute was established and launched the Qu4rtets, a collaboration between Fujimura, painter Bruce Herman, Duke theologian/pianist Jeremy Begbie and Yale composer Christopher Theofanidis, based on T. S. Eliot's Four Quartets. A popular speaker, Fujimura has lectured at numerous conferences, universities and museums, including the Aspen Institute, Yale and Princeton Universities, Sato Museum and the Phoenix Art Museum. Among many awards and recognitions, Bucknell University honored him with the Outstanding Alumni Award in 2012, and the American Academy of Religion named him as its 2014 Religion and the Arts award recipient. He has received honorary doctorates from Belhaven University, Biola University, Cairn University and Roanoke College. Read more

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Eva Zeisel on Design

Pdf Literature Eva Zeisel on Design

Pdf:Eva Zeisel on Design.From Publishers Weekly Despite having lived through both moderism’s advent and its ‘post’-ification, 97-year-old designer Zeisel advocates a pre-modernist concept of 'magic design language' in this lavishly illustrated tribute to her inspirations, accomplishments and beliefs. The Hungarian-born Zeisel spent the early years of her career in the U.S.S.R., until she was accused of plotting to murder Stalin. After 16 months of arrest, she was inexplicably freed, and arrived in New York via Austria and England in 1938. Within 10 years, she was at the forefront of America ceramic design. Her work now resides in the collections of major museums. Throughout this volume, Zeisel compares the objects that she has designed with works from ancient and contemporary cultures. Her smooth, evocative forks, glasses, cups, irons, tea pots are juxtaposed with long-limbed cacti, the arches of a medieval cloister, the 'ragged contour' of an Iranian village wall and an Etruscan 'spiky pitcher.' The photos unfold organically, loosely grouped around various design precepts. Alone, a tall teapot skewed on its axis 'makes us feel ill-at-ease'; balanced with a second one facing it, 'the teapots seem to be dancing,' Zeisel writes—thus the magic. In one of the most amusing parts of the book, Zeisel shows how her students often resemble their own designs, deftly reminding us of the close link she advocates between works and the people who make them. With a film on her life recently completed, and further books on her work forthcoming, expect a Zeisel renaissance. 164 color and 85 b&w photographs.Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Read more About the Author Born in Budapest in l906, Eva Zeisel emigrated to the United States in 1938, after having designed glass and pottery for factories in Berlin, Hamburg, and Russia. Among her many awards and honors, she has received a senior award from the National Endowment for the Arts, and was the subject of a touring exhibition sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and the Musee des Arts Decoratifs. Read more

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The Art of Howl's Moving Castle

Pdf Literature The Art of Howl's Moving Castle

Pdf:The Art of Howl's Moving Castle.Shortly after reaping the rewards from his movie Spirited Away, a project that earned him an Academy Award in 2003, director Hayao Miyazaki set his sites on his next film, Howl's Moving Castle.Based on the novel by British author Diana Wynne Jones, Howl's Moving Castle gave the internationally renowned director an opportunity to bring to life a fantastical time in 19th century Europe when science and magic defined the popular zeitgeist.Veering slightly from its source material, the new Miyazaki movie nonetheless retains all the novel's principal characters. There's a foppish wizard named Howl, a vain witch from the wastelands, an anthropomorphic chimney fire and a young girl who carries a most unusual curse. And, of course, there's the moving castle…a towering, omnipresent structure that dominates the landscape. Already a smash success in Japan, Howl's Moving Castle finally comes to U.S. theatres this spring. To coincide with its Stateside release, VIZ is proud to present The Art of Howl's Moving Castle, a hardbound, prestige format book which acts as an essential companion to the film. A generous collection of concept sketches, fully rendered character and background drawings, paintings and cell images, The Art of Howl's Moving Castle brings the movie into your library. Along with the stunning visuals, the book also presents interviews and comments with the production staff, including key points directly from the director.There's more than one way to book passage on the moving castle. See the movie, but don't forget to reserve a copy of the book, as well. The Art of Howl's Moving Castle is a great way to preserve the magic of the next great anime classic from Hayao Miyazaki.

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The Essential Duchamp

Pdf Literature The Essential Duchamp

Pdf:The Essential Duchamp.Book Description An accessible and richly illustrated study of the life and art of Marcel Duchamp, one of the 20th century’s most original and influential artists.   Read more About the Author Matthew Affron is the Muriel and Philip Berman Curator of Modern Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art. Cécile Debray is director at the Musée de l’Orangerie, Paris. Alexander Kauffman is the Andrew W. Mellon–Anne d’Harnoncourt Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow, Philadelphia Museum of Art. Michael R. Taylor is chief curator and deputy director for art and education, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond. John Vick is collections project manager, Philadelphia Museum of Art. Read more

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Think And Grow Rich

Pdf Literature Think And Grow Rich

Pdf:Think And Grow Rich.Think and Grow Rich is a motivational personal development and self-help book written by Napoleon Hill and inspired by a suggestion from Scottish-American businessman Andrew Carnegie. While the title implies that this book deals only with how to get rich, the author explains that the philosophy taught in the book can be used to help people succeed in all lines of work and to do or be almost anything they want

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Adios a las armas (Spanish Edition)

Pdf Literature Adios a las armas (Spanish Edition)

Pdf:Adios a las armas (Spanish Edition).Escribió El arte de la guerra, uno de los libros más antiguos que se conocen y un clásico de la literatura china. Compendio de doctrinas básicas sobre táctica y estrategia militar, basándose en dos principios fundamentales: el engaño y el sometimiento del enemigo sin recurrir a la lucha. El libro ha sido de gran influencia en estadistas posteriores como Maquiavelo, Napoleón o Mao Zedong, y en los últimos años ha tenido gran influencia en la formación de directivos para numerosas multinacionales al transpolar sus enseñanzas al terreno de los negocios.Algunos investigadores señalan que la biografía de Sima Qian no parece consistente con otras fuentes acerca del período y que la forma y contenido del libro de Sun Tzu indican que posiblemente fuese escrito entre 400 a. C. y 320 a. C.La colección de ensayos sobre el arte de la guerra atribuida a Sun Tzu es el tratado sobre dicho tema más antiguo que se conoce. A pesar de su antigüedad, esta obra domina sobre cualquier otra sobre el tema.

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Black Money and Tax Havens

Pdf Literature Black Money and Tax Havens

Pdf:Black Money and Tax Havens.Just how much black money is there in India? Estimates vary from 10 per cent to 20 per cent of our GDP. Conservatively, Rs. 15 lakh crore (10 per cent of Rs. 150 lakh crore, our GDP in 2016-17). As for Indian money in tax havens around the world? Around Rs. 65 lakh crores. Truly astounding figures. Black money or kala dhan is a topic that has elicited much debate in recent times. The debate has been mostly marked by mud-slinging and name-calling and the discussions that have ensued often have no basis in fact. While most people have a hazy notion of black money, only a few understand it in its entirety. The issue of tax havens is perhaps even more misunderstood. Most people fail to see the connection between tax havens and black money. Black Money and Tax Havens is the first work that discusses both of these issues in depth and offers a 360-degree view to the reader. In this work, Prof. R. Vaidyanathan provides the reader with a brief overview of black money—its generation, its estimates and how and why it is spirited away to tax havens. He also lays bare the danger that is posed to world financial well-being on account of the lack of political will to tackle them. A unique and timely work that packs in much information in an accessible manner.

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Leonardo da Vinci

Pdf Literature Leonardo da Vinci

Pdf:Leonardo da Vinci.The author of the acclaimed best sellers Benjamin Franklin, Einstein, and Steve Jobs delivers an engrossing biography of Leonardo da Vinci, the world's most creative genius. Leonardo da Vinci created the two most famous paintings in history, The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. But in his own mind, he was just as much a man of science and engineering. With a passion that sometimes became obsessive, he pursued innovative studies of anatomy, fossils, birds, the heart, flying machines, botany, geology, and weaponry. His ability to stand at the crossroads of the humanities and the sciences, made iconic by his drawing of Vitruvian Man, made him history's most creative genius. Now Walter Isaacson brings Leonardo da Vinci to life, showing why we have much to learn from him. His combination of science, art, technology, and imagination remains an enduring recipe for creativity. So, too, was his ease at being a bit of a misfit: illegitimate, gay, vegetarian, left-handed, easily distracted, and at times heretical. His relentless curiosity should remind us of the importance of instilling, in both ourselves and our children, not just received knowledge but a willingness to question it - to be imaginative and, like talented misfits and rebels in any era, to think different.

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Kitchen Confidential Updated Edition: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly (P.S.)

Pdf Literature Kitchen Confidential Updated Edition: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly (P.S.)

Pdf:Kitchen Confidential Updated Edition: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly (P.S.).Review “Utterly riveting, swaggering with stylish machismo and precise ear for kitchen patois.” (New York magazine)“You’ll laugh, you’ll cry...you’re gonna love it.” (Denver Post)“The kind of book you read in one sitting, then rush about annoying your coworkers by declaiming whole passages.” (USA Today)Bourdain captures the world of restaurants and professionally cooked food in all its theatrical, demented glory. (USA Today)“A gonzo memoir of whats really going on behind those swinging doors.... Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain is unique.” (Newsweek)“Bourdain’s prose is utterly riveting, swaggering with stylish machismo and a precise ear for kitchen patois.” (New York magazine)“Hysterical.... Bourdain gleefully rips through the scenery to reveal private backstage horrors.” (New York Times Book Review) Read more From the Back Cover A deliciously funny, delectably shocking banquet of wild-but-true tales of life in the culinary trade from Chef Anthony Bourdain, laying out his more than a quarter-century of drugs, sex, and haute cuisine—now with all-new, never-before-published material Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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I.M.: A Memoir

Pdf Literature I.M.: A Memoir

Pdf:I.M.: A Memoir.Review “I.M. is the must-read that will be in every chic woman’s handbag this season.” ―Popsugar“Fashion designer Mizrahi reveals the many layers of his exceptional life in this witty, intelligent memoir….In luminous prose, Mizrahi chronicles not only the glamour…but also the low points of his life….This is a must-read for fashion fanatics.” ―Publishers Weekly“I.M. is a surprisingly literary work; he sharply describes his world…a playful read, yet there is a weight to it, a few heavy paillettes to keep the structure in place.” ―BookForum“The key to the warmth and overall success of the memoir is Mizrahi’s unapologetic, bare-all approach as he shares the best and worst aspects of his life…a charming and witty memoir.” ―Kirkus Reviews“Intimate and generous and 100 percent Isaac. It is a heartwarming and heartbreaking memoir of growing up an outsider and how one finds themselves and their place in the world. Isaac’s honesty in writing about what it is be a fat kid―and the struggle to come to terms with one’s body, one’s sexuality, and one’s parents―is inspiring and a comfort to those who are in search of identity and acceptance. What makes this book so incredibly deliciously good is Isaac’s specificity, his memory of shopping with his mother at Loehmann’s, his awareness of style, fabric, texture and culture in all its forms―i.e., not just as material (pun intended) but beyond the fabric of clothing and into the fabric of life, the experiences, the nuances, the brilliance, and the oddity of the times we’re living in. I can’t wait to give this book to all my friends―it is the perfect present.” ―A. M. Homes, New York Times bestselling author of May We Be Forgiven“I.M. has everything! It’s colorful, hysterical, touching, bold, and heartbreaking. It’s about coming of age, creativity, being yourself, Jewish mothers, fashion, art, loss, and glamour. I loved it.” ―Andy Cohen, New York Times bestselling author of Superficial“Isaac Mizrahi is a true Renaissance man. He can do it all! He’s managed to live several lives in one lifetime.”―RuPaul“In this bracingly honest, courageously vulnerable, and often hilarious memoir, Isaac Mizrahi traces a life full of yearning, telling his story as generously as he’s lived it. This is the narrative of how a fat and conflicted yeshiva boy became a great and glamourous designer, and it is both gossipy and insightful, both elegant and profound, a portrait of Mizrahi’s enduring anxiety and prodigious brilliance.” ―Andrew Solomon, New York Times bestselling author of The Noonday Demon and Far from the Tree Read more About the Author Isaac Mizrahi (Libra) performs cabaret across the country, has written two books, hosted his own television talk show, and made countless appearances in movies and television. He has directed and designed many productions for the stage and screen. He founded his design company in 1987, was the star and cocreator of the documentary Unzipped, and was the subject of a large-scale, mid-career survey at the Jewish Museum in New York City. He currently develops projects in television, theatre, and literature through his own production company, Isaac Mizrahi Entertainment. Read more

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Whoever Fights Monsters: My Twenty Years Tracking Serial Killers for the FBI

Pdf Literature Whoever Fights Monsters: My Twenty Years Tracking Serial Killers for the FBI

Pdf:Whoever Fights Monsters: My Twenty Years Tracking Serial Killers for the FBI.Amazon.com Review This book is an overview of the career of the FBI man who nearly single-handedly created the system for personality profiling of violent offenders. If there's a big-time multiple murderer from about 1950 until now who hasn't been interviewed by Robert Ressler, he probably refused the honor. Indispensable reading for serial killer mavens, and better written than John Douglas and Mark Olshaker's Mindhunter, this book is packed with fascinating details from dozens of cases: The killer John Joubert, for example, started his life of cruelty as a kid one day when he was riding his bike with a sharpened pencil in his hand. He rode up next to a little girl who was walking, and stabbed her in the back with the pencil. Ouch! Read more From Publishers Weekly Former FBI agent Ressler, who coined the term 'serial killer' in the 1970s, recounts in straightforward style his interviews with such infamous murderers as Charles Manson, John Wayne Gacy and Ted Bundy. A BOMC selection in cloth. Photos. Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon

Pdf Literature The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon

Pdf:The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon.Review Winner of the Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award Chosen as a Best Book of the Year by the Washington Post, Forbes, The New Republic, The Economist, Bloomberg, and Gizmodo, and as one of the Top 10 Investigative Journalism Books by Nieman Reports'Mr. Stone tells this story with authority and verve, and lots of well-informed reporting.... A dynamic portrait of the driven and demanding Mr. Bezos.' -- Michiko Kakutani, New York Times'Engrossing.... Stone's long tenure covering both Bezos and Amazon gives his retelling a sureness that keeps the story moving swiftly.' -- New York Times Book Review'Jeff Bezos is one of the most visionary, focused, and tenacious innovators of our era, and like Steve Jobs he transforms and invents industries. Brad Stone captures his passion and brilliance in this well-reported and compelling narrative.' -- Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs'Stone's account moves swiftly and surely.' -- New York Times Book Review, 'Editor's Choice''The Everything Store is a revelatory read for everyone--those selling and those sold to--who wants to understand the dynamics of the new digital economy. If you've ever one-clicked a purchase, you must read this book.' -- Steven Levy, author of Hackers and In the Plex'A deeply reported and deftly written book.... Like Steven Levy's 'In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives,' and 'Gates: How Microsoft's Mogul Reinvented an Industry -- and Made Himself the Richest Man in America' by Stephen Manes and Paul Andrews, it is the definitive account of how a tech icon came to life.' -- Seattle Times'Stone's book, at last, gives us a Bezos biography that can fit proudly on a shelf next to the best chronicles of America's other landmark capitalists.' -- Forbes'Stone's tale of the birth, near-death, and impressive revival of an iconic American company is well worth your time.' -- Matthew Yglesias, Slate'An engaging and fascinating read.... An excellent chronicle of Amazon's rise.... A gift for entrepreneurs and business builders of the new generation.' -- Business Insider Read more About the Author Brad Stone has covered Amazon and technology in Silicon Valley for more than 15 years, for publications such as Newsweek and the New York Times. He is a senior writer for Bloomberg Businessweek and lives in San Francisco. Read more

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Metal Men: Marc Rich and the $10 Billion Scam

Pdf Literature Metal Men: Marc Rich and the $10 Billion Scam

Pdf:Metal Men: Marc Rich and the $10 Billion Scam.This true story of the multibillionaire who fled to Switzerland “reads like a mystery novel” (USA Today).   How did Marc Rich make over ten billion dollars while paying hardly any taxes? Journalist A. Craig Copetas infiltrated the inner circle of the commodities market and Rich’s associates to show not only how the metals and minerals trader pulled off the scam, becoming one of America’s most wanted criminals, but also how other traders have used the same model to evade taxes as well.   A continuing figure of controversy even after his death, Rich, a hedge fund manager and the founder of Glencore, was wanted for evading almost ninety million dollars in taxes and if caught, could have spent life in prison. From a former staff reporter at The Wall Street Journal, Metal Men is a story of international intrigue spanning the globe, from the inside of the White House to the Kremlin, a brilliantly researched work that exposes the inner workings of one of country’s largest scams.   “Mr. Copetas is at his best evoking the high-stakes, fast-paced life of the commodities traders: the greed and corruption that consume them are the stuff of high drama.” —The New York Times Book Review

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Beyond Good And Evil

Pdf Literature Beyond Good And Evil

Pdf:Beyond Good And Evil.Unabridged English value reproduction of Beyond Good And Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche and translated by Helen Zimmern. This philosophical classic is a must read because of its fearless approach to how knowledge is formed.Beyond Good And Evil asks, is truth absolute? Do humans invent ways to fortify already held views or truly seek the truth? Are the powerful more ‘right’ than the weak? Or is Nietzsche writing down page after page to hear himself talk?Let the reader decide in this slim volume with full text and footnotes, produced at an affordable price.TABLE OF CONTENTSPREFACE              3 CHAPTER I. PREJUDICES OF PHILOSOPHERS          4 CHAPTER II. THE FREE SPIRIT       13 CHAPTER III. THE RELIGIOUS MOOD        21 CHAPTER IV. APOPHTHEGMS AND INTERLUDES 28 CHAPTER V. THE NATURAL HISTORY OF MORALS               33 CHAPTER VI. WE SCHOLARS         41 CHAPTER VII. OUR VIRTUES         49 CHAPTER VIII. PEOPLES AND COUNTRIES              59 CHAPTER IX. WHAT IS NOBLE?    68 FROM THE HEIGHTS       

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Complete Works Of Oscar Wilde (ShandonPress)

Pdf Literature Complete Works Of Oscar Wilde (ShandonPress)

Pdf:Complete Works Of Oscar Wilde (ShandonPress).This ebook contains all of Oscar Wilde's plays (including the fragments), his only novel, his fairy tales and short stories, the poems, all of his essays, lectures, reviews, and other newspaper articles, based on the 1909 edition of his works.For easier navigation, there are tables of contents for each section and one for the whole volume. At the end of each text there are links bringing you back to the respective contents tables. I have also added an alphabetical index for the poems and a combined one for all the essays, lectures, articles, and reviews.-------------------------------------Contents:THE PLAYS.Vera or the Nihilists, The Duchess of Padua, Lady Windermere's Fan, A Woman of No Importance, An Ideal Husband, The Importance of Being Earnest, Salomé (the French original and Bosie's translation, and the fragments of La Sainte Courtisane and A Florentine Tragedy.THE NOVEL.The Picture of Dorian Gray.THE STORIES.All the stories and tales from The Happy Prince and Other Tales, Lord Arthur Savile's Crime and Other Stories (incl. The Portrait of Mr. W.H.), and A House of Pomegranates.THE POEMS.The Collected Poems of O.W.THE ESSAYS etc.The four essays from 'Intentions', The Soul of Man under Socialism, De Profundis (the unabridged version!), The Rise of Historical Criticism, the lectures (The English Renaissance in Art, House Decoration, Art and the Handicraftsman, Lecture to Art Students)

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Who Is Michael Ovitz?

Pdf Literature Who Is Michael Ovitz?

Pdf:Who Is Michael Ovitz?.If you're going to listen to one book about Hollywood, this is the one. As the cofounder of Creative Artists Agency, Michael Ovitz earned a reputation for ruthless negotiation, brilliant strategy, and fierce loyalty to his clients. He reinvented the role of the agent and helped shape the careers of hundreds of A-list entertainers, directors, and writers, including Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep, Sean Connery, Bill Murray, Robin Williams, and David Letterman.  But this personal history is much more than a fascinating account of celebrity friendships and bare-knuckled deal making. It's also an underdog's story: How did a middle-class kid from Encino work his way into the William Morris mailroom and eventually become the most powerful person in Hollywood? How did an agent (even a superagent) also become a power in producing, advertising, mergers & acquisitions, and modern art? And what were the personal consequences of all those deals?  After decades of near-silence in the face of controversy, Ovitz is finally telling his whole story, with remarkable candor and insight.

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Who Is Michael Ovitz?

Pdf Literature Who Is Michael Ovitz?

Pdf:Who Is Michael Ovitz?.Review 'When the history of Hollywood is written, few people will have played a larger role than Michael Ovitz.... It is impossible to read such a chronicle and not see Mr. Ovitz as the Steve Jobs of agenting, possessing a version of Jobs’s fanatical drive and a similar desire to remake an industry.' —The Wall Street Journal  'A revealing retelling of his Hollywood career…. A study in the unusual personality traits required to pull this off, Who Is Michael Ovitz? represents a master class of sorts.' —The New York Times'Learn how to build an empire and transform an industry from the Jedi master of modern Hollywood.' —Marc Andreessen 'This is one of the best books I’ve ever read. The meticulous detailing is as graphic and captivating as Michael’s Jasper Johns 'White Flag' painting. The stories are vivid, educational, entertaining, and deeply satisfying.' —LA Reid'Who Is Michael Ovitz? is an unexpectedly good read….What makes [it] juicier than the average business memoir is that the author proves surprisingly willing to dish about the foibles of former clients and colleagues alike.' —Michael Cieply, Deadline: Hollywood'Michael is a legend and I don't use that term lightly. Learning from his journey is something that every entrepreneur and executive should do.' —Gary Vaynerchuk'Michael’s brilliance and relentless drive clearly shine through in this entertaining memoir. You see the man behind the agency and how he built a global business empire. His life story has powerful lessons for us all.' —Roger Goodell, NFL Commissioner'It is truly rare to read a book this honest from a living legend. The Hollywood superhero lets us peak behind his mask and understand his weaknesses and methods.... I was shocked, thrilled, and surprisingly educated. A masterpiece of a memoir.'—Ben Horowitz, co-founder and general partner, Andreessen Horowitz Read more About the Author Michael Ovitz cofounded CAA in 1975 and served as its chairman until 1995. For most of the past two decades he has been a private investor and an adviser to Silicon Valley entrepreneurs. This is his first book. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Marvel Comics: The Untold Story

Pdf Literature Marvel Comics: The Untold Story

Pdf:Marvel Comics: The Untold Story.“Sean Howe’s history of Marvel makes a compulsively readable, riotous and heartbreaking version of my favorite story, that of how a bunch of weirdoes changed the world…That it’s all true is just frosting on the cake.”—Jonathan Lethem“Exhaustively researched and artfully assembled, this book is a historical exploration, a labor of love, and a living illustration of how the weirdest corners of the counterculture can sometimes become the culture-at-large.”— Chuck KlostermanOperating out of a tiny office on Madison Avenue in the early 1960s, a struggling company called Marvel Comics introduced a series of superhero characters with eye-catching bright costumes, smart banter, and compellingly human flaws that thrilled not just children but also pop artists, public intellectuals, and campus radicals: The Fantastic Four. Spider-Man. The Hulk. The X-Men. Iron Man. Thor. Daredevil. All of them interacted in the same epic universe, weaving a tapestry of stories that, taken together, would become the most elaborate fictional narrative in history and serve as a modern American mythology for millions of readers.For the first time, Marvel Comics tells the stories of the men who made Marvel, including Martin Goodman, the self-made publisher who forayed into comics after a get-rich-quick tip in 1939; the late Stan Lee, the energetic editor who would shepherd the company through thick and thin for decades; Jack Kirby, the WWII veteran who’d co-created Captain America in 1940 and, twenty years later, developed with Lee the bulk of the company’s marquee characters in a three-year frenzy of creativity that would be the grounds for future legal battles and endless debate. Incorporating more than one hundred original interviews with those who worked behind the scenes at Marvel over a seventy-year-span, Marvel Comics packs anecdotes and analysis into a gripping narrative of how a small group of people on the cusp of failure created one of the most dominant pop cultural forces in contemporary America.

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Marvel Comics: The Untold Story

Pdf Literature Marvel Comics: The Untold Story

Pdf:Marvel Comics: The Untold Story.Throughout this decades-long journey to becoming a multibillion-dollar enterprise, Marvel's identity has continually shifted, careening between scrappy underdog and corporate behemoth. As the company has weathered Wall Street machinations, Hollywood failures, and the collapse of the comic book market, its characters have been passed along among generations of editors, artists, and writers - also known as the celebrated Marvel "Bullpen". Entrusted to carry on tradition, Marvel's contributors - impoverished child prodigies, hallucinating peaceniks, and mercenary careerists among them - struggled with commercial mandates, a fickle audience, and, over matters of credit and control, one another. For the first time, Marvel Comics reveals the outsized personalities behind the scenes, including Martin Goodman, the self-made publisher who forayed into comics after a get-rich-quick tip in 1939; Stan Lee, the energetic editor who would shepherd the company through thick and thin for decades; and Jack Kirby, the World War II veteran who'd co-created Captain America in 1940 and, 20 years later, developed with Lee the bulk of the company's marquee characters in a three-year frenzy of creativity that would be the grounds for future legal battles and endless debates. Drawing on more than 100 original interviews with Marvel insiders then and now, Marvel Comics is a story of fertile imaginations, lifelong friendships, action-packed fistfights, reformed criminals, unlikely alliances, and third-act betrayals - a narrative of one of the most extraordinary, beloved, and beleaguered pop-cultural entities in America's history.

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The Vanity Fair Diaries: 1983-1992

Pdf Literature The Vanity Fair Diaries: 1983-1992

Pdf:The Vanity Fair Diaries: 1983-1992.Tina Brown kept delicious daily diaries throughout her eight spectacular years as editor in chief of Vanity Fair. Today they provide an incendiary portrait of the flash and dash and power brokering of the Excessive '80s in New York and Hollywood. The Vanity Fair Diaries is the story of an Englishwoman barely out of her 20s who arrives in New York City with a dream. Summoned from London in hopes that she can save Condé Nast's troubled new flagship Vanity Fair, Tina Brown is immediately plunged into the maelstrom of the competitive New York media world and the backstabbing rivalries at the court of the planet's slickest, most glamour-focused magazine company. She survives the politics, the intrigue, and the attempts to derail her by a simple stratagem: succeeding. In the face of rampant skepticism, she triumphantly reinvents a failing magazine. Here are the inside stories of Vanity Fair scoops and covers that sold millions - the Reagan kiss, the meltdown of Princess Diana's marriage to Prince Charles, the sensational Annie Leibovitz cover of a gloriously pregnant, naked Demi Moore. Within the diary's cinematic minutes, the drama, the comedy, and the struggle of running an "it" magazine come to life. Brown's Vanity Fair Diaries is also a woman's journey, of making a home in a new country, and of the deep bonds with her husband, their prematurely born son, and their daughter. Astute, open-hearted, often riotously funny, Tina Brown's The Vanity Fair Diaries is a compulsively fascinating and intimate chronicle of a woman's life in a glittering era.

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The Bestseller Code: Anatomy of the Blockbuster Novel

Pdf Literature The Bestseller Code: Anatomy of the Blockbuster Novel

Pdf:The Bestseller Code: Anatomy of the Blockbuster Novel.Review 'Non-formulaic, eye-opening, deeply-researched ― and really worth your time.'― GQ 'A thought-provoking and interesting book.' ― The Financial Times'Reveals the diverse directions in which popular fiction may be taken. . . the bestseller-ometer may find its most noble application as a democratizing force' ― The Atlantic'[T]his is a delightful book to read. I would recommend it as both an entertaining and educational read for anybody interested in the business of books.' ―Digital Book World Daily'This interesting little tome shares some of the Bookputer’s insights with us, just in case we want to become author-millionaires too. And who doesn’t? . . . Fascinating.' ― The Times Review'Aspiring novelists who thumb through this volume will find plenty to think about. . . [T]his book actually represents an opportunity for literary scholars.' ― Public Books'Archer is not some Silicon Valley whizz-kid looking to reduce the novel to 0s and 1s, nor is she a pretentious academic coming over the hills to sling around jargon about middlebrow novels. . . [She] is smart, savvy and full of ideas.' ―The Times of London'A laboratory is a more compelling setting than a church.' ― The Wall Street Journal, which named The Bestseller Code one of the most-anticipated books of Fall 2016'[The] claims are eye-grabbing. . . [and] also highly plausible.' ―The Spectator'Archer and Jockers “are ‘literature-friendly’ and want good books to succeed.'―Wired'When a story captures the imagination of millions, that's magic. Can you qualify magic? Archer and Jockers just may have done so.' ―Sylvia Day, New York Times bestselling author'The Bestseller Code excited me, scared me, and generally blew my mind. Archer and Jockers have built a reading robot that can teach readers, writers, and publishers a great deal about how popular fiction works. This is a pioneering work in a new science of storytelling.' ―Jonathan Gottschall, author of The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human. 'Archer and Jockers take an astonishing insight into the DNA of bestsellers and turn it into a gripping page-turner about how we read. Truly remarkable!' ―Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, co-author of Big Data and professor at Oxford'May revolutionize the publishing industry.' ―The Guardian'The Bestseller Code is an intriguing read and its analysis of what makes a plot tick and how readers are grabbed is compelling.'―Literary Review Read more About the Author JODIE ARCHER bought and edited books for Penguin UK before decamping for the doctoral program in English at Stanford University. After earning her Ph.D., she worked at Apple as their research lead on literature and has since consulted with many writers and businesses about literary success. She is now a full-time writer, coauthoring The Bestseller Code with Matthew L. Jockers.MATTHEW L. JOCKERS is the Susan J. Rosowski Associate Professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he teaches and directs the Nebraska Literary Lab. His text-mining research has been profiled in the New York Times, The LA Review of Books, The Sunday Times of London, and more. Matthew is the author of Macroanalysis: Digital Methods and Literary History and coauthor of The Bestseller Code with Jodie Archer. Read more

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#FashionVictim: A Novel

Pdf Literature #FashionVictim: A Novel

Pdf:#FashionVictim: A Novel."Darkly satisfying."—Martha Stewart Living"A diabolical page-turner . . . impossible to put down."—Forbes"Darkly funny."—Fashionista"As awesome as it sounds."—Book RiotA thrilling take on the fashion world, #FashionVictim is Dexter meets The Devil Wears Prada.Fashion editor Anya St. Clair is on the verge of greatness. Her wardrobe is to die for. Her social media is killer. And her career path is littered with the bodies of anyone who got in her way. She’s worked hard to get where she is, but she doesn’t have everything.Not like Sarah Taft. Anya’s obsession sits one desk away. Beautiful, stylish, and rich, she was born to be a fashion world icon. From her beach-wave blonde hair to her on-trend nail art, she’s a walking editorial spread. And Anya wants to be her friend. Her best friend. Her only friend.But when Sarah becomes her top competition for a promotion, Anya’s plan to win her friendship goes into overdrive. In order to beat Sarah…she’ll have to become her. Friendly competition may turn fatal, but as they say in fashion: One day you’re in, and the next day you’re dead.

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How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines, Revised Edition

Pdf Literature How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines, Revised Edition

Pdf:How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines, Revised Edition.From the Back Cover A thoroughly revised and updated edition of Thomas C. Foster's classic guide—a lively and entertaining introduction to literature and literary basics, including symbols, themes, and contexts—that shows you how to make your everyday reading experience more rewarding and enjoyable.While many books can be enjoyed for their basic stories, there are often deeper literary meanings interwoven in these texts. How to Read Literature Like a Professor helps us to discover those hidden truths by looking at literature with the eyes—and the literary codes—of the ultimate professional reader: the college professor.What does it mean when a literary hero travels along a dusty road? When he hands a drink to his companion? When he's drenched in a sudden rain shower? Ranging from major themes to literary models, narrative devices, and form, Thomas C. Foster provides us with a broad overview of literature—a world where a road leads to a quest, a shared meal may signify a communion, and rain, whether cleansing or destructive, is never just a shower—and shows us how to make our reading experience more enriching, satisfying, and fun.This revised edition includes new chapters, a new preface, and a new epilogue, and incorporates updated teaching points that Foster has developed over the past decade. Read more About the Author Thomas C. Foster, author of How to Read Literature Like a Professor and Reading the Silver Screen, is professor emeritus of English at the University of Michigan, Flint, where he taught classes in contemporary fiction, drama, and poetry, as well as creative writing and freelance writing. He is also the author of several books on 20th-century British and Irish literature and poetry. Read more

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100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings: How to Get By Without Even Trying

Pdf Literature 100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings: How to Get By Without Even Trying

Pdf:100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings: How to Get By Without Even Trying."Sly satire that will bring endless joy to anyone who has ever endured the drudgery of corporate life."―Dan Lyons, writer for HBO's Silicon Valley and New York Times-bestselling author of DisruptedYou know those subtle tricks your coworkers are all guilty of? The constant nodding, pretend concentration, useless rhetorical questions? These tricks make them seem like they know what they're doing when in fact they have no clue. This behavior is so ingrained, so subtle, and so often mistaken for true intelligence that identifying it, calling it out, or compiling it into an exhaustive digest has never been attempted. Until now. Complete with illustrated tips, examples, and scenarios, 100 Tricks gives you actionable ways to use words like "actionable," in order to sound smart. Every type of meeting is covered, from general meetings where you stopped paying attention almost immediately, to one-on-one meetings you zoned out on, to impromptu meetings you were painfully subjected to at the last minute. It's all here. Open this book to any page and find an easy-to-digest trick with an even easier-to-digest illustration, guiding you on: how to nail the big meeting by pacing and noddingmost effective ways to listen to your coworkers while still completely ignoring themthe key to making your presentations "interactive." If you hadn't noticed these behaviors before, you will see them now--from your colleagues, your managers, and soon yourself. Each trick is a mirror to the reality of what happens in meetings, told in the form of hilariously bad advice--advice that you might just want to take. But probably not. But maybe.

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I.M.: A Memoir

Pdf Literature I.M.: A Memoir

Pdf:I.M.: A Memoir.This program is read by Isaac Mizrahi.   "Isaac Mizrahi is a true Renaissance man. He can do it all! He's managed to live several lives in one lifetime." (RuPaul)Isaac Mizrahi is sui generis: designer, cabaret performer, talk-show host, a TV celebrity. Yet ever since he shot to fame in the late 1980s, the private Isaac Mizrahi has remained under wraps. Until now. In I.M., Isaac Mizrahi offers a poignant, candid, and touching look back on his life so far. Growing up gay in a sheltered Syrian Jewish Orthodox family, Isaac had unique talents that ultimately drew him into fashion and later into celebrity circles that read like a who's who of the 20th and 21st centuries: Richard Avedon, Audrey Hepburn, Anna Wintour, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Meryl Streep, and Oprah Winfrey, to name only a few.  In his elegant memoir, Isaac delves into his lifelong battles with weight, insomnia, and depression. He tells what it was like to be an out gay man in a homophobic age and to witness the ravaging effects of the AIDS epidemic. Brimming with intimate details and inimitable wit, Isaac's narrative reveals not just the glamour of his years, but the grit beneath the glitz. Rich with memorable stories from in and out of the spotlight, I.M. illuminates deep emotional truths.   Praise for I.M.: "I.M. has everything! It's colorful, hysterical, touching, bold, and heartbreaking. It's about coming of age, creativity, being yourself, Jewish mothers, fashion, art, loss, and glamour. I loved it." (Andy Cohen, New York Times best-selling author of Superficial)

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I.M.: A Memoir

Pdf Literature I.M.: A Memoir

Pdf:I.M.: A Memoir.About the Author Isaac Mizrahi (Libra) performs cabaret across the country, has written two books, hosted his own television talk show, and made countless appearances in movies and television. He has directed and designed many productions for the stage and the screen. He founded his design company in 1987, was the star and co-creator of the documentary Unzipped, and the subject of a large-scale, mid-career survey at The Jewish Museum in New York City. He currently develops projects in television, theatre, and literature through his own production company, Isaac Mizrahi Entertainment. Read more

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Travesty: A Steamy Romance Box Set

Pdf Literature Travesty: A Steamy Romance Box Set

Pdf:Travesty: A Steamy Romance Box Set."These books were epic!!! A sexy, romantic series I will re-read over and over." ★★★★★ SabrinaBest friends Lex and Ava are taking over the world, one miniskirt at a time. The only thing between them and launching their fashion label, TRAVESTY? Graduation.Until Ava's bad boy brother moves back to California to take the one thing he's never claimed.Dylan Cameron doesn't care about clothes -- unless they're between him and Lex, the only girl he could never have, and the only crush he never got over.Feel the ups and downs of ambition and love, and find out why thousands of romance readers have fallen for this fresh and sexy series!SCHOOLED (Book 1): Serious Lex is about to graduate and start a fashion label with her best friend Ava. The only problem? Ava's younger brother is back from the East Coast...and bad boy Dylan grew up hot.STRIPPED (Book 2): Feisty designer Ava moves to NYC and everything's clicking into place...until a steamy hookup comes back to haunt her in the form of brooding lawyer Nate Townsend.SEALED (Book 2.5): Lex and Dylan are in love. The problem? They're on opposite sides of the country. Dylan plans a trip to Manhattan to fix everything that's broken… if only he can avoid making it worse.This series has 100,000 reads and counting! Have you read TRAVESTY yet? Falling for your best friend's brother, enemies to lovers, and second chances...your favorite tropes are in one place. This LIMITED EDITION box includes books 1, 2 and 2.5 - over 650 pages of banter, conflict, and toe-curling sexy times. Save over 50% vs buying the books separately.➜ Click 'buy now' and start reading!“Piper Lawson is a master at character development, she conjures up people I would actually want to be friends with!" Dawn“Full of innocence, passion, ambition and love.” Rochelle’s Reviews“A great fun romantic series! The characters are so likeable, they'd be my friends in real life.” C.L.“It. Melted. Me. I was a puddle of gooey feelings on the floor." Red Hot Ink“I loved these two together! The slow burn romance had me hooked from the start and the sexual tension was awesome.” SERIESous Book Reviews“A perfectly awesomely steamy and wonderful contemporary romance. I loved absolutely everything about it! This is one of those "stay up too late, neglect the chores, sneak in a paragraph any spare moment I can create" books.” Romance Novel Giveaways“O. M. G. Piper Lawson excels at crafting stories that keep me reading into the wee hours of the morning. For me, the things that make a great romance: well-developed characters with palpable chemistry, believable but not-distracting world building and tertiary characters, snappy dialogue and plot that moves in a clear direction. I'm happy enough if I find a title that hits most of those marks, but every single book by Lawson hits them all.” Sara“Full of banter, with respect and sweetness galore and super hot sexy times. Don't miss reading this series!” Nancy“Once I started reading I couldn't put the book down. Now that I'm done, I'm sad that there isn't more. I need more.” Thi

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Presto!: How I Made over 100 Pounds Disappear and Other Magical Tales

Pdf Literature Presto!: How I Made over 100 Pounds Disappear and Other Magical Tales

Pdf:Presto!: How I Made over 100 Pounds Disappear and Other Magical Tales.An unconventional weight loss tale from an unconventional personality. Penn Jillette tells how he lost 100 pounds with his trademark outrageous sense of humor and biting social commentary that makes this success story anything but ordinary. Legendary magician Penn Jillette was approaching his 60th birthday. Topping 330 pounds and saddled with a systolic blood pressure reading over 200, he knew he was at a dangerous crossroads: If he wanted to see his small children grow up, he needed to change. And then came Crazy Ray. A former NASA scientist and an unconventional, passionate innovator, Ray Cronise saved Jillette's life with his wild "potato diet". In Presto, Jillette takes us along on his journey from skepticism to the inspiring, life-changing momentum that transformed the magician's body and mind. He describes the process in hilarious detail, as he performs his Las Vegas show, takes meetings with Hollywood executives, and hangs out with his celebrity friends and fellow eccentric performers, all while remaining a dedicated husband and father. Throughout, he weaves in his views on sex, religion, and pop culture, making his story a refreshing, genre-busting account. Outspoken, frank, and bitingly clever, Presto is an incisive, rollicking listen.

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Presto!: How I Made Over 100 Pounds Disappear and Other Magical Tales

Pdf Literature Presto!: How I Made Over 100 Pounds Disappear and Other Magical Tales

Pdf:Presto!: How I Made Over 100 Pounds Disappear and Other Magical Tales.About the Author Penn Jillette is a cultural phenomenon as a solo personality and as half of the world-famous Emmy Award­-winning magic duo Penn & Teller. His solo exposure is enormous: from Howard Stern to Glenn Beck to the Op-Ed pages of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times. He has appeared on Dancing with the Stars, MTV Cribs, and Chelsea Lately and hosted the NBC game show Identity. As part of Penn & Teller, he has appeared more than twenty times on David Letterman, as well as on several other TV shows, from The Simpsons and Friends to Top Chef and The View. He cohosts the controversial series Penn & Teller: Bullshit!, which has been nominated for sixteen Emmy Awards. He is currently cohost of the Discovery Channel's Penn & Teller Tell a Lie and the author of God, No! and Presto. Read more Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. Presto ONE-THIRD THE SIZE OF A COW DRESSED AS AN ELEPHANT In 2014 I made a movie called Director’s Cut. I wanted to play a bad guy. I wanted to be the psycho villain. I also wanted a villain who was an outsider. In the early drafts of the script, I named the character Herbert Khaury, which is Tiny Tim’s real name. Tiny Tim is a hero of mine, but he was also an obsessive nut and a bit of a stalker. Maybe he was a bit more than a bit of a stalker. Maybe Tiny was a little dangerous. Tiny Tim had his problems. For the movie, I parted my hair like him and shaved my stupid beard. Tiny Tim didn’t have a beard. Tiny was tall—not as tall as me, but still pretty tall, and Tiny was also pretty overweight by the time he was my age. So, being fat was good for the part. I was very happy being fat. At the time of that movie, I was the fattest I’ve ever been in my life. I thought fat was good for the part. If you’re reading or listening to this book right when Director’s Cut comes out, you might see me on some talk shows pimping this book or read an interview or two with me. If you do, you’ll hear me talk about gaining all that weight to play my character, Herbie, in the film. You’ll hear me spin how fat I was. I don’t like the word “spin.” I prefer the word “lie.” I’m going to be implying very strongly (lying) that I gained all that weight to play my character. It’s the worst kind of lie, because by the time I’m done with it, I’ll believe it. There will be some truth in it, so I can focus on that little truth until the big truth goes away. The weight sincerely was great for the character, and it really made everything perfect for that movie, but I hadn’t spent thirty years getting fat because I was planning to play Herbie. I wrote the script about ten years before we shot it . . . but I can’t produce any notes that are time-stamped from those days saying, “I sure better start eating like a pig to do my best acting.” Maybe De Niro just got a hankering for spaghetti while working on Raging Bull and then just spun the press accordingly. By the time you read this, I will believe that I gained over a hundred pounds for my movie; that in order to gain weight for my art, my sacrifice to the muses was to eat everything I saw. I know what it feels like to start spinning, progress to lying, and eventually believe the lies so much that you don’t even remember that they started as lies. In 2012 I went on The Celebrity Apprentice with Donald Trump, who has hair that looks like cotton candy made of piss. Before the show was over I published my previous book, Every Day Is an Atheist Holiday!, which stated that Donny’s hair looked like cotton candy made of piss. I created the most perfect description of Donald Trump’s hair ever given by anyone. “Hair like cotton candy made of piss” is also the phrase that Trumpy said was his reason for my coming in second a year later on All-Star Celebrity Apprentice. I love that about Trump. He comes out and admits crazy shit like that. He doesn’t pretend he’s not being arbitrary and petty. His charm is arbitrary and petty. It’s supposed to be my job, as bitter loser, to claim that his real reasons were arbitrary and petty, but Trump fucked me on that. He’s enough of a real, inspired nut that he just says outright what I would have to claim, and after he does that, all I can do is lie more and write that it was just that one joke, which it wasn’t. Trump is the hero here, and I’m the bitter loser liar. He just made it easy for me. Part of the final challenge was coming up with an ice cream flavor. If Trump had said that my competitor’s ice cream really was better, which it wasn’t, I’d have a beef; but nope, he was straightforward and honest, and I’m the weasel. My hair doesn’t look like cotton candy made of piss, but it does look like the tail of a pathetic, aging roadkill raccoon. And if you said that to me, I wouldn’t let you win a game I was running even if your ice cream made me cum, but I wouldn’t cop to the real reason like Trump did. Trump was a better man than I . . . in this one very specific instance, on his show, with me, on that exact day. I’m as aware as everyone else that, since that one day with me, there is ample evidence that in general he is at very best the worst person who ever lived, and the best thing about him is that his hair looks like cotton candy made of piss. Believe me, I’m as horrified as you are. My ice cream was better, and my marketing was more successful, but I can be rude, weird, and crazy (and I guess I was), so I shouldn’t have won. That’s fair, but if I’m going to spin that fat ain’t my fault, why not lie and say that Donald Trump’s temporary, accidentally brave honesty is petty and arbitrary? I’m on a roll, spinning down a hill with my old-dead-raccoon-tail hair blowing in the wind. Because of my arbitrary and petty rudeness to Mr. Trump, the people with intellectual disabilities at Opportunity Village, the charity I played Trump’s game for, didn’t get the quarter-of-a-­million-buck first prize. But, thanks to Trump’s honesty and my dishonesty, others involved with The Celebrity Apprentice wrote checks that actually totaled more than two hundred fifty grand. Exposure on Trump’s show sold a metric shit-ton of tickets to The Penn & Teller Show at the Penn & Teller Theater in Las Vegas. So, I’m a bitter loser who won big by being rude and lying just a little bit. I’m actually the big fat bitter loser, because, you know, I gained all that weight to play the part of Herbie in my movie. I’m a real artist—a bullshit artist. I lie like a rug. The ice cream I created, Vanilla/Chocolate Magic Swirtle, is still available at some Walgreens locations, but it’ll probably be gone by the time this book comes out; as I remember, though, it’s really good. I added sea salt (which is just salt) to dark chocolate, swirled that into vanilla ice cream, and threw in some caramel “turtle-like” candies. It’s good ice cream. La Toya Jackson helped with the great name, and Dennis Rodman let me borrow his palate to get the vanilla base to just the right level of sweet and rich. It tastes great. It’s sweet, rich, and comforting. I’d have an argument with my wife and then eat a whole container, and that’s the grown-up way to live. It’s really good ice cream, and you should try it if you ever get a chance. My share of the money goes to Opportunity Village, and it’ll be your favorite food ever. And then you’ll read the rest of this book and you’ll never eat it again. I giveth, and I taketh the fuck away. I take my acting fat seriously. Before the script was really finished, I changed my character’s name from Herbert Khaury (it’s not right to use Tiny Tim’s real name) to Herbert Blount—Blount being jazz great Sun Ra’s real last name. Sun Ra, another crazy hero of mine, was also really fat. Sun Ra was also from Saturn, so he had an even better excuse than gaining weight for a movie. As part of my dedication to the craft of acting, I’d have big fat steaks at the Musso & Frank Grill in Hollywood. I’d have big fat steaks everywhere. I ate a shit-ton of bread and butter and buttered popcorn and candy. And grilled cheese. And grilled cheese with bacon. And pizza. And pizza with bacon. I’d eat dozens of raspberry-filled Krispy Kreme doughnuts, which, I either read somewhere unreliable or made up, were Elvis’s favorite doughnuts. Yum. And Krispy Kreme doughnuts with bacon. Yup. For the past several years, I’ve hosted Penn Jillette’s Private Bacon and Doughnut Party, a private party coincident in time but not associated with James Randi’s The Amaz!ng Meeting for skeptic and atheist cats and kitties in Vegas. I’d give everyone free bacon and doughnuts and play dirty-ass rock ’n’ roll with nearly naked men and women all around me. It’s all part of my plan: Sell ice cream. Give away bacon and doughnuts. Get really fat for a movie. Write this book to inspire all the fat fucks I helped encourage to get that fat. I am Wile E. Coyote, Super Genius. By the time we were done shooting Director’s Cut, I was fat, depressed, tired all the time, and couldn’t walk up a flight of stairs without panting. That’s what a serious actor I am. At the end of every Penn & Teller Show, I run up the aisle to the back of the theater and into the lobby to meet audience members, sign autographs, and pose for pictures, and will do so for as long as I’m still lucky enough to have people who want those things from me. At my fattest, at my Herbie movie weight, I couldn’t do a very light jog down the five stairs from the front of the stage to the aisle without being winded. Even talking in the show was a bit of a strain. Yup—I’d get winded talking, and all I know how to do is talk. What the fuck? I don’t know exactly what I weighed, because when I got that fat, I didn’t really weigh myself much. But I was definitely north of 320 pounds. Truth be told, I probably hit 330. If I’m willing to beef up my accomplishments, let’s spin that with a little goose and make it 3331/3, a little more than half the number of the beast and one-sixth of a ton. Yeah, I like that. One-sixth of a ton. Just six of me would make a ton. Wow, that’s one-twenty-seventh of a shit-ton. Shit. Around this time, we started using a live cow in the Penn & Teller Show in Vegas. A cow isn’t a very glamorous animal for the Vegas Strip, so we dress her in elephant drag and call her an elephant. We think that’s funny. An American cow with a feedbag trunk to make her look like an elephant—will that be viewed by future social critics in the same way we now view blackface? I don’t know. I plan to be dead by then. The “elephant” in our show is the size of a small cow. A small cow that we call Elsie onstage. The two cows that play the part of Elsie are actually named Gecky and Star. We had nothing to do with those names, and I have no idea how much weight they each gained for the part. Gecky weighs 1,117 pounds. That’s small for an elephant, and even a little small for a cow, but when the Vanish of Elsie, the African Spotted Pygmy Elephant went into the Penn & Teller Show, Penn weighed about one-third of her fake-elephant/real-cow weight. I was a third the size of a cow dressed as an elephant. I was a fat fuck. I was that fat because I take my acting craft seriously, and I like bacon. I couldn’t run or really talk, and I had hypertension that was supernatural. I used to walk around knocking on two hundred for the top number (I never notice the bottom number; who cares?). My permissive doc had me on massive doses of six different blood pressure drugs. I got up in the morning and took drugs that made me piss so much and so fast that I couldn’t take them before I had to ride to the airport. I had to take them at the airport, because it’s more convenient to piss five times on a flight from Vegas to L.A. than to pull the car over during the fifteen-minute ride to the airport. Why did I have such bad hypertension? Because I was one-third the size of a cow dressed as an elephant! But I didn’t see it that way. I knew that was part of it, but I couldn’t believe that was all of it. I figured I would have high blood pressure anyway. My mom and sister had it, and I have some African- and Aboriginal-American ancestry, and it’s . . . you know, genetic. I was born a fat fuck like you were born gay. Jesus fucking Christ, I’m an idiot. My doc would tell me to lose weight, and I knew he was right, but . . . I didn’t see myself as fat. Or, rather, I saw myself as fat but didn’t see fat as a problem. My job didn’t depend on my weight one way or the other. When I got acting jobs, I either played myself or a fat guy just like me. Penn & Teller were never sold as attractive sex symbols; we didn’t have the sex-symbol hand to play. My showbiz success was not tied to my weight. I was married and didn’t have to worry about getting fucked. Some people didn’t use “fucking fat” as the first two words to describe me because I’m also fucking tall. I’m six foot seven, so I’m a big guy. “Big guy” includes “fat,” but it’s not just fat. I carried my weight really well, except for the blood pressure that was on the verge of making me drop dead or stroke out every second of every day. I was fine. I was happy, except for the constant depression and being winded just thinking about running to play with my children. I was a miserable fat fuck with such a great job, a great family, and wonderful friends that I was theoretically and psychologically happy even at one-third the weight of a cow dressed like a fucking elephant. Oh, the things I’ve done for art! Read more

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Dream It! Do It!: My Half-Century Creating Disney’s Magic Kingdoms (Disney Editions Deluxe)

Pdf Literature Dream It! Do It!: My Half-Century Creating Disney’s Magic Kingdoms (Disney Editions Deluxe)

Pdf:Dream It! Do It!: My Half-Century Creating Disney’s Magic Kingdoms (Disney Editions Deluxe).About the Author Marty Sklar was a student at UCLA and editor of its Daily Bruin newspaper in 1955 when he was recruited to create an 1890s-themed newspaper, The Disneyland News, a month before the theme park opened. After graduating, he joined Disneyland full-time in 1956, where he held responsibility for most of the park's publicity and marketing materials. In 1961, he moved to WED Enterprises, renamed in 1986 to Walt Disney Imagineering, where he worked on attractions for the 1964 New York World's Fair. For nearly ten years, he wrote personal materials for Walt Disney for use in publications, television and special films. In 1974 he became vice president of concepts/planning, and guided the creative development of EPCOT. As vice president of creative development, executive vice president and then president of Imagineering for nine years, Sklar supervised the design and construction of Tokyo Disneyland, the Disney-MGM Studios, Disneyland Paris, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Disney California Adventure Park, Tokyo DisneySea, the Walt Disney Studios Park and most recently Hong Kong Disneyland. Read more

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Presto!: How I Made Over 100 Pounds Disappear and Other Magical Tales

Pdf Literature Presto!: How I Made Over 100 Pounds Disappear and Other Magical Tales

Pdf:Presto!: How I Made Over 100 Pounds Disappear and Other Magical Tales.Review 'This hugely entertaining book chronicles Jillette's weight-loss odyssey, but it really does much more than that...funny and profane...undeniably inspiring.'—Booklist'Penn Jillette of the comedy-magic duo Penn and Teller holds nothing back in 'Presto!' as he describes how he lost almost a third of himself in a rather unconventional way. Using honesty and humor, he takes readers on his journey to discovering a healthy lifestyle....Jillette has written an extremely funny and somewhat profane book that will motivate others to seek weight-loss solutions.'—ASSOCIATED PRESS (AP)Praise for GOD, NO!“Penn Jillette is a 21st-century Lordof Misrule: big, boisterously anarchic, funny, Rabelaisian, impossible—andunique. There isn't—couldn't be—better not be—anybody like him.” (Richard Dawkins, bestselling author ofThe Greatest Show on Earth and The God Delusion)“There are few people in the country who question more boldly, brashly and bravely than my friend Penn Jillette. This book is funny, provocative and profane. But is it right? God, no!” (Glenn Beck)“This planet has yielded exactly one mutual friend for Glenn Beck and me and that friend has written a brilliant book called God, No!. Penn reveals ‘the big secret of magic,’ tells you why tattoos are perfect expressions of atheism and exactly what to eat when you know you're going to vomit later.” (Lawrence O’ Donnell)'People who say that libertarians have no heart or atheists have no soul need to read this book. Because Penn Jillette has a lot of both.' (Matt Stone and Trey Parker, creators of South Park and award-winning Broadway musical The Book of Mormon)'Jillette has made a career as a provocateur, and it is tempting to dismiss this book as another piece of carny shtick, but there is a forceful intelligence at work here that demands to be taken seriously. He has shaped his argument with care.' (Daniel Stashower, Washington Post Book World) Read more About the Author Penn Jillette is a cultural phenomenon as a solo personality and as half of the world-famous Emmy Award­-winning magic duo Penn & Teller. His solo exposure is enormous: from Howard Stern to Glenn Beck to the Op-Ed pages of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times. He has appeared on Dancing with the Stars, MTV Cribs, and Chelsea Lately and hosted the NBC game show Identity. As part of Penn & Teller, he has appeared more than twenty times on David Letterman, as well as on several other TV shows, from The Simpsons and Friends to Top Chef and The View. He cohosts the controversial series Penn & Teller: Bullshit!, which has been nominated for sixteen Emmy Awards. He is currently cohost of the Discovery Channel's Penn & Teller Tell a Lie and the author of God, No! and Presto. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America

Pdf Literature Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America

Pdf:Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America.Audie Award Winner, History, 2014 Pulitzer Prize, General Nonfiction, 2013 Arguably the most important American lawyer of the 20th century, Thurgood Marshall was on the verge of bringing the landmark suit Brown v. Board of Education before the U.S. Supreme Court when he became embroiled in an explosive and deadly case that threatened to change the course of the civil rights movement and cost him his life. In 1949, Florida's orange industry was booming, and citrus barons got rich on the backs of cheap Jim Crow labor. To maintain order and profits, they turned to Willis V. McCall, a violent sheriff who ruled Lake County with murderous resolve. When a white 17-year-old Groveland girl cried rape, McCall was fast on the trail of four young blacks who dared to envision a future for themselves beyond the citrus groves. By day's end, the Ku Klux Klan had rolled into town, burning the homes of blacks to the ground and chasing hundreds into the swamps, hell-bent on lynching the young men who came to be known as the "Groveland Boys". And so began the chain of events that would bring Thurgood Marshall, the man known as "Mr. Civil Rights", into the deadly fray. Associates thought it was suicidal for him to wade into the "Florida Terror" at a time when he was irreplaceable to the burgeoning civil rights movement, but the lawyer would not shrink from the fight - not after the Klan had murdered one of Marshall's NAACP associates involved with the case and Marshall had endured continual threats that he would be next. Drawing on a wealth of never-before-published material, including the FBI's unredacted Groveland case files, as well as unprecedented access to the NAACP's Legal Defense Fund files, King shines new light on this remarkable civil rights crusader, setting his rich and driving narrative against the heroic backdrop of a case that U.S. Supreme Court justice Robert Jackson decried as "one of the best examples of one of the worst menaces to American justice."

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The Distance Between Us: A Memoir

Pdf Literature The Distance Between Us: A Memoir

Pdf:The Distance Between Us: A Memoir.Review One of the Best Adult Books 4 Teens 2012 (School Library Journal)One the 15 Best Books of 2012 (The Christian Science Monitor )“In this poignant memoir about her childhood in Mexico, Reyna Grande skillfully depicts another side of the immigrant experience—the hardships and heartbreaks of the children who are left behind. Through her brutally honest firsthand account of growing up in Mexico without her parents, Grande sheds light on the often overlooked consequence of immigration—the disintegration of a family.” (Sonia Nazario, Pulitzer Prize winner, and author of Enrique's Journey)Award-winning novelist (Across a Hundred Mountains) Grande captivates and inspires in her memoir. Raised in Mexico in brutal poverty during the 1980s, four-year-old Grande and her two siblings lived with their cruel grandmother after both parents departed for the U.S. in search of work. Grande deftly evokes the searing sense of heartache and confusion created by their parents’ departure. Eight years later her father returned and reluctantly agreed to take his children to the States. Yet life on the other side of the border was not what Grande imagined: her father’s new girlfriend’s indifference to the three children becomes more than apparent. Though Grande’s father continually stressed the importance of his children obtaining an education, his drinking resulted in violence, abuse, and family chaos. Surrounded by family turmoil, Grande discovered a love of writing and found solace in library books, and she eventually graduated from high school and went on to become the first person in her family to graduate from college. Tracing the complex and tattered relationships binding the family together, especially the bond she shared with her older sister, the author intimately probes her family’s history for clues to its disintegration. Recounting her story without self-pity, she gracefully chronicles the painful results of a family shattered by repeated separations and traumas (Aug.)   (Publishers Weekly: Starred Review)“A brutally honest book…akin to being the “Angela’s Ashes” of the modern Mexican immigrant experience.” (LA Times)“Reyna Grande is a fierce, smart, shimmering light of a writer with an important story to tell.” (Cheryl Strayed Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail)“I’ve been waiting for this book for decades. The American story of the new millennium is the story of the Latino immigrant, yet how often has the story been told by the immigrant herself? What makes Grande’s beautiful memoir all the more extraordinary is that, through this hero’s journey, she speaks for millions of immigrants whose voices have gone unheard.” (Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street)“The sadness at the heart of Grande’s story is unrelenting; this is the opposite of a light summer read. But that’s OK, because . . . this book should have a long shelf life.” (Slate)“A timely and a vivid example of how poverty and immigration can destroy a family.” (The Daily Beast)“Grande consistently displays a fierce willingness to ask tough questions, accept startling answers, and candidly render emotional and physical violence.” (Kirkus Reviews) Read more About the Author Reyna Grande is an award-winning author, motivational speaker, and writing teacher. As a girl, she crossed the US–Mexico border to join her family in Los Angeles, a harrowing journey chronicled in The Distance Between Us, a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist that has been adopted as the common read selection by over twenty schools and colleges and fourteen cities across the country. Her other books include the novels Across a Hundred Mountains, winner of a 2007 American Book Award, and Dancing with Butterflies, and The Distance Between Us, Young Reader’s Version. She lives in Woodland, CA with her husband and two children. Visit ReynaGrande.com. Read more

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One L: The Turbulent True Story of a First Year at Harvard Law School

Pdf Literature One L: The Turbulent True Story of a First Year at Harvard Law School

Pdf:One L: The Turbulent True Story of a First Year at Harvard Law School.About the Author Scott Turow is the author of over ten internationally bestselling books, including Identical, Limitations, Ordinary Heroes, Ultimate Punishment, and Reversible Errors. He lives in Chicago, where he is a partner at a law firm and teaches fiction writing at Northwestern University. Read more

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The Distance Between Us: A Memoir

Pdf Literature The Distance Between Us: A Memoir

Pdf:The Distance Between Us: A Memoir.When Reyna Grande's father leaves his wife and three children behind in a village in Mexico to make the dangerous trek across the border to the United States, he promises he will soon return from "El Otro Lado" (The Other Side) with enough money to build them a dream house where they can all live together. His promises become harder to believe as months turn into years. When he summons his wife to join him, Reyna and her siblings are deposited in the already overburdened household of their stern, unsmiling grandmother. The three siblings are forced to look out for themselves; in childish games they find a way to forget the pain of abandonment and learn to solve very adult problems. When their mother at last returns, the reunion sets the stage for a dramatic new chapter in Reyna's young life: her own journey to "El Otro Lado" to live with the man who has haunted her imagination for years, her long-absent father. In this extraordinary memoir, award-winning writer Reyna Grande vividly brings to life her tumultuous early years, capturing all the confusion and contradictions of childhood, especially one spent torn between two parents and two countries. Elated when she feels the glow of her father's love and approval, Reyna knows that at any moment he might turn angry or violent. Only in books and music and her rich imaginary life does she find solace, a momentary refuge from a world in which every place feels like "El Otro Lado".

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The Glass Castle: A Memoir

Pdf Literature The Glass Castle: A Memoir

Pdf:The Glass Castle: A Memoir.Amazon.com Review Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four children. In the beginning, they lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man who, when sober, captured his children's imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and above all, how to embrace life fearlessly. Rose Mary, who painted and wrote and couldn't stand the responsibility of providing for her family, called herself an 'excitement addict.' Cooking a meal that would be consumed in fifteen minutes had no appeal when she could make a painting that might last forever. Later, when the money ran out, or the romance of the wandering life faded, the Walls retreated to the dismal West Virginia mining town -- and the family -- Rex Walls had done everything he could to escape. He drank. He stole the grocery money and disappeared for days. As the dysfunction of the family escalated, Jeannette and her brother and sisters had to fend for themselves, supporting one another as they weathered their parents' betrayals and, finally, found the resources and will to leave home. What is so astonishing about Jeannette Walls is not just that she had the guts and tenacity and intelligence to get out, but that she describes her parents with such deep affection and generosity. Hers is a story of triumph against all odds, but also a tender, moving tale of unconditional love in a family that despite its profound flaws gave her the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms. For two decades, Jeannette Walls hid her roots. Now she tells her own story. A regular contributor to MSNBC.com, she lives in New York and Long Island and is married to the writer John Taylor. An exclusive Q&A with Jeannette Walls, author of The Glass Castle Q: How long did it take you to write The Glass Castle and what was that process like? A: Writing about myself, and about intensely personal and potentially embarrassing experiences, was unlike anything I’d done before. Over the last 25 years, I wrote many versions of this memoir -- sometimes pounding out 220 pages in a single weekend. But I always threw out the pages. At one point I tried to fictionalize it, but that didn't work either. When I was finally ready, I wrote it entirely on the weekends, getting to my desk by 7:30 or 8:00 a.m. and continuing until 6:00 or 7:00 p.m. I wrote the first draft in about six weeks -- but then I spent three or four years rewriting it. My husband, John Taylor, who is also a writer, observed all this approvingly and quoted John Fowles, who said that a book should be like a child: conceived in passion and reared with care. Q: How did you decide to follow The Glass Castle with Half Broke Horses? A: It was completely at the suggestion of readers. So many people kept saying the next book should be about my mother. Readers understood my father's recklessness because they understood alcoholism, but Mom was a mystery to them. Why, they would ask, would someone with the resources to lead a normal life choose the existence that she did? I would tell them a little bit about my mother’s childhood. She not only knew that she could survive without indoor plumbing, but that was the ideal period of her life, a time that she tries to recreate. I think that for memoir readers, it's not about a freak show– they’re just looking to understand people and get into a life that’s not their own. I thought, let me give it a shot, let me ask Mom. And she was all for it. But she kept insisting that the book should really be about her mother. At first I resisted because my grandmother, Lily Casey Smith, died when I was eight years old, more than 40 years ago. But I have a very vivid memory of this tough, leathery woman; she sang, she danced, she shot guns, she’d play honky tonk piano. I was always captivated by her. Lily had told such compelling stories—I was stunned by the number of anecdotes, and that Mom knew so much detail about them. Half Broke Horses is a compilation of family stories, stitched together with gaps filled in. They're the sort of tales that pretty much everyone has heard from their parents or grandparents. I realized that in telling Lily's story, I could also explain Mom's. Q: Why did you decide to write Half Broke Horses in the first person, and how much of this 'true-life novel' is fiction? A: I set out to write a biography of Lily, but sometimes books take on a life of their own. I told it in first person because I wanted to capture Lily’s voice. I’m a lot like my grandmother, so it came easily to me. I planned to go back and change it from first person to third person and put in qualifiers so the book would be historically accurate, but when I showed it to my agent and publisher, they both said to leave it as it is. By doing that, I crossed the line from nonfiction into fiction. But when I call it fiction it’s not because I tarted it up and tried to embellish things, but wanted to make it more readable, fluid, and immediate. I was trying to get as close to the truth as I could. Q: How has your relationship with your mother changed in recent years? A: Several years ago, the abandoned building on New York’s Lower East Side where Mom had been squatting for more than a decade caught fire and she was back on the streets again at age 72. I begged her to come live with me. She said Virginia was too boring, and besides, she's not a freeloader. I told her we could really use help with the horses, and she said she'd be right there. I get along great with Mom now. She's a hoot. She's always upbeat, and has a very different take on life than most people. She's a lot of fun to be around -- as long as you're not looking for her to take care of you. She doesn’t live in the house with us-- I have not reached that level of understanding and compassion-- but in an outbuilding about a hundred yards away. Mom is great with the animals, loves to sing and dance and ride horses, and is still painting like a fiend. Q: What do you hope readers will gain from reading your books? A:Since writing The Glass Castle, so many people have said to me, 'Oh, you’re so strong and you’re so resilient, and I couldn’t do what you did.' That’s very flattering, but it’s nonsense. Of course they’re as strong as I am. I just had the great fortune of having been tested. If we look at our ancestry, we all come from tough roots. And one of the ways to discover our toughness and our resiliency is to look back at where we come from. I hope people who read The Glass Castle and Half Broke Horses will come away with that. You know, 'Gosh, I come from hearty stock. Maybe I’m tougher than I realize.' Read more From School Library Journal Gr 9 Up-Growing up in rural Appalachia in extreme poverty, Walls (a former journalist and recognized author) and her siblings had to fend for themselves, supporting each other as they weathered their parents' wildly erratic and dysfunctional behavior. She presents an objective portrait of her circumstances that is both poignant and forgiving. Audio version available from S & S Audio.α(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son on Life, Love, and Loss

Pdf Literature The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son on Life, Love, and Loss

Pdf:The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son on Life, Love, and Loss.Though Anderson Cooper has always considered himself close to his mother, his intensely busy career as a journalist for CNN and CBS affords him little time to spend with her. After she suffers a brief but serious illness at the age of ninety-one, they resolve to change their relationship by beginning a year-long conversation unlike any they had ever had before. The result is a correspondence of surprising honesty and depth in which they discuss their lives, the things that matter to them, and what they still want to learn about each other.Both a son’s love letter to his mother and an unconventional mom’s life lessons for her grown son, The Rainbow Comes and Goes offers a rare window into their close relationship and fascinating life stories, including their tragedies and triumphs. In these often humorous and moving exchanges, they share their most private thoughts and the hard-earned truths they’ve learned along the way. In their words their distinctive personalities shine through—Anderson’s journalistic outlook on the world is a sharp contrast to his mother’s idealism and unwavering optimism.An appealing memoir with inspirational advice, The Rainbow Comes and Goes is a beautiful and affectionate celebration of the universal bond between a parent and a child, and a thoughtful reflection on life, reminding us of the precious insight that remains to be shared, no matter our age.

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The Glass Castle: A Memoir

Pdf Literature The Glass Castle: A Memoir

Pdf:The Glass Castle: A Memoir.Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four children. In the beginning, they lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man who, when sober, captured his children's imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and above all, how to embrace life fearlessly. Rose Mary, who painted and wrote and couldn't stand the responsibility of providing for her family, called herself an "excitement addict". Cooking a meal that would be consumed in 15 minutes had no appeal when she could make a painting that might last forever. Later, when the money ran out, or the romance of the wandering life faded, the Walls retreated to the dismal West Virginia mining town - and the family - Rex Walls had done everything he could to escape. He drank. He stole the grocery money and disappeared for days. As the dysfunction of the family escalated, Jeannette and her brother and sisters had to fend for themselves, supporting one another as they weathered their parents' betrayals and, finally, found the resources and will to leave home. What is so astonishing about Jeannette Walls is not just that she had the guts and tenacity and intelligence to get out, but that she describes her parents with such deep affection and generosity. Hers is a story of triumph against all odds, but also a tender, moving tale of unconditional love in a family that despite its profound flaws gave her the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms. For two decades, Jeannette Walls hid her roots. Now she tells her own story. A regular contributor to MSNBC.com, she lives in New York and Long Island and is married to the writer John Taylor.

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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream

Pdf Literature Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream

Pdf:Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream.Amazon.com Review Heralded as the 'best book on the dope decade' by the New York Times Book Review, Hunter S. Thompson's documented drug orgy through Las Vegas would no doubt leave Nancy Reagan blushing and D.A.R.E. founders rethinking their motto. Under the pseudonym of Raoul Duke, Thompson travels with his Samoan attorney, Dr. Gonzo, in a souped-up convertible dubbed the 'Great Red Shark.' In its trunk, they stow 'two bags of grass, seventy-five pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high-powered blotter acid, a salt shaker half-full of cocaine and a whole galaxy of multicolored uppers, downers, screamers, laughers.... A quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of Budweiser, a pint of raw ether and two dozen amyls,' which they manage to consume during their short tour. On assignment from a sports magazine to cover 'the fabulous Mint 400'--a free-for-all biker's race in the heart of the Nevada desert--the drug-a-delic duo stumbles through Vegas in hallucinatory hopes of finding the American dream (two truck-stop waitresses tell them it's nearby, but can't remember if it's on the right or the left). They of course never get the story, but they do commit the only sins in Vegas: 'burning the locals, abusing the tourists, terrifying the help.' For Thompson to remember and pen his experiences with such clarity and wit is nothing short of a miracle; an impressive feat no matter how one feels about the subject matter. A first-rate sensibility twinger, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is a pop-culture classic, an icon of an era past, and a nugget of pure comedic genius. --Rebekah Warren Read more From the Inside Flap Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is the best chronicle of drug-soaked, addle-brained, rollicking good times ever committed to the printed page. It is also the tale of a long weekend road trip that has gone down in the annals of American pop culture as one of the strangest journeys ever undertaken. Now this cult classic of gonzo journalism is a major motion picture from Universal, directed by Terry Gilliam and starring Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro. Opens everywhere on May 22, 1998. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Hitch-22: A Memoir

Pdf Literature Hitch-22: A Memoir

Pdf:Hitch-22: A Memoir.Over the course of his 60 years, Christopher Hitchens has been a citizen of both the United States and the United Kingdom. He has been both a socialist opposed to the war in Vietnam and a supporter of the U.S. war against Islamic extremism in Iraq. He has been both a foreign correspondent in some of the world's most dangerous places and a legendary bon vivant with an unquenchable thirst for alcohol and literature. He is a fervent atheist, raised as a Christian, by a mother whose Jewish heritage was not revealed to him until her suicide. In other words, Christopher Hitchens contains multitudes. He sees all sides of an argument. And he believes the personal is political. This is the story of his life, lived large.

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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Pdf Literature Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Pdf:Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.Maverick author Hunter S. Thompson introduced the world to "gonzo journalism" with this cult classic that shot back up the best seller lists after Thompson's suicide in 2005. No book ever written has more perfectly captured the spirit of the 1960s counterculture. In Las Vegas to cover a motorcycle race, Raoul Duke (Thompson) and his attorney Dr. Gonzo (inspired by a friend of Thompson) are quickly diverted to search for the American dream. Their quest is fueled by nearly every drug imaginable and quickly becomes a surreal experience that blurs the line between reality and fantasy. But there is more to this hilarious tale than reckless behavior, for underneath the hallucinogenic facade is a stinging criticism of American greed and consumerism.

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Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her

Pdf Literature Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her

Pdf:Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her.The true story behind the iconic fictional detective is “a fascinating chapter in the history of publishing” (The Seattle Times).   An Edgar Award Winner for Best Biography and a Chicago Tribune Best Book of the Year   The plucky “titian-haired” sleuth solved her first mystery in 1930—and eighty million books later, Nancy Drew has survived the Depression, World War II, and the sixties (when she was taken up with a vengeance by women’s libbers) to enter the pantheon of American culture. As beloved by girls today as she was by their grandmothers, Nancy Drew has both inspired and reflected the changes in her readers’ lives. Here, in a narrative with all the page-turning pace of Nancy’s adventures, Melanie Rehak solves an enduring literary mystery: Who created Nancy Drew? And how did she go from pulp heroine to icon?   The brainchild of children’s book mogul Edward Stratemeyer, Nancy was brought to life by two women: Mildred Wirt Benson, a pioneering journalist from Iowa, and Harriet Stratemeyer Adams, a well-bred wife and mother who took over her father’s business empire as CEO. In this century-spanning, “absorbing and delightful” story, the author traces their roles—and Nancy’s—in forging the modern American woman (The Wall Street Journal).   “It’s truly fun to see behind the scenes of the girl sleuth’s creation.” —Publishers Weekly   “As much a social history of the times as a book about the popular series . . . Those who followed the many adventures of Nancy Drew and her friends will be fascinated with the behind-the-scenes stories of just who Carolyn Keene really was.” —School Library Journal   “Sheds light on perhaps the most successful writing franchise of all time and also the cultural and historic changes through which it passed. Grab your flashlights, girls. The mystery of Carolyn Keene is about to begin.” —Karen Joy Fowler

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PROVOKED

Pdf Literature PROVOKED

Pdf:PROVOKED.ATER YEARS OF NEGLECT AND ABUSE AS A CHILD AND BEING TORMENTED AND HAUNTED BY HER PAST FOR YEARS ROYALTY USUALLY IS THE MASTER OF DISGUISE AT HIDING HER SKELETONS WITH THE PERCEPTION THAT SHE HAS IT ALL TOGETHER. ROYALTY LIVING HER BEST YOUNG LIFE ALONG WITH HER TRANSGENDER BEST FRIEND BIANCA UNTIL THE LOVE OF ROYALTY LIFE AMIR DOES THE UNFORGIVABLE THING THAT TRIGGERS ROYALTY TO SNAP!! ROYALTY IS PROVOKED TO DO THE UNTHINKABLE . HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU CAME CLOSE TO BEING PROVOKED AND DOING SOMETHING THAT THERE'S NO TURNING BACK FROM YOUR CONSEQUENCES ? PROVOKED THE BOOK GIVES GREAT DETAIL OF A LOVE STORY GONE TERRIBLY WRONG BECAUSE SOMEONE KEEP LETTING THINGS BUILD UP THAT PROVOKED THEM. DO NOT LET THIS BE THE CASE THAT ENDS UP HAPPENING TO YOU!!

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Next Level Basic: The Definitive Basic Bitch Handbook

Pdf Literature Next Level Basic: The Definitive Basic Bitch Handbook

Pdf:Next Level Basic: The Definitive Basic Bitch Handbook.About the Author Stassi Schroeder is one of the stars of the hit Bravo TV series Vanderpump Rules. Originally from New Orleans, she now lives in Los Angeles, where she films and hosts her popular podcast Straight Up with Stassi. Read more

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Recovery: Freedom from Our Addictions

Pdf Literature Recovery: Freedom from Our Addictions

Pdf:Recovery: Freedom from Our Addictions.About the Author Russell Brand is an English comedian, actor, radio host, activist, and author of several bestselling books, including the New York Times bestsellers My Booky Wook and Revolution. He has had a number of major film roles including parts in Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him to the Greek. Funded by his profits from Revolution, Russell opened a nonprofit coffee house in London run as a social enterprise by former drug addicts in abstinence-based recovery programs. He lives in London, England. Read more

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Recovery: Freedom from Our Addictions

Pdf Literature Recovery: Freedom from Our Addictions

Pdf:Recovery: Freedom from Our Addictions.Review “A thought-provoking explication of the 12-step program run through the Mixmaster of Mr. Brand’s verbal pyrotechnics . . . spellbinding . . . stunning.” ―The New York Times“A no B.S. program to conquer all.” ―Us Weekly“Russell Brand brings an exhaustive and profound understanding of what it means to be felled by addiction and how to stand back up again. It is potentially there in all of us.” ―Men’s Health“With a rare mix of honesty, humor, and compassion, comedian and movie star Russell Brand mines his own wild story and shares the advice and wisdom he has gained through his fourteen years of recovery.” ―InRecovery Magazine“Transformative . . . entertaining and easy to read . . . eye-popping.” ―The Guardian“Russell Brand is a gift to this world! His ability to translate how to transform your life using modern language and humor is an invaluable resource for a new generation. This book is a must read!” ―Tony Robbins, New York Times bestselling author of Unshakable: Your Financial Freedom Playbook and Money: Master the Game“This is a brave and useful book, that I read in one day. It offers real insight into addiction and the stuff that drives it and Russell has done a great service in tackling the classic twelve steps in a non-reverential and totally entertaining kind of way that will help a lot of people. It feels wrong to say it is an addictive read, given the subject, but it really is. Russell doesn’t just want to save our souls he wants to entertain us on the way.” ―Matt Haig, author of How to Stop Time and Reasons to Stay Alive“Recovery should be read by the world.” ―Ruby Wax, author of Sane New World“The premise of his program is that the 12 steps followed by Alcoholics Anonymous can work for anyone. Recovery is the 12 steps, as translated by Russell Brand.” ―Sunday Times (UK)“While the insights are not original, the experience of them is unique and it's Brand's own story that gives the book its energy. For anyone with an abiding interest in Russell Brand.” ―The Observer (UK)“Personally it always struck me as a bit unfair that only raging alcoholics and hopeless drug addicts got to practice the 12 steps, given how they provide such an invaluable emotional toolbox?now, thanks to the vision (his critics might say the ego) of Russell Brand, they are available to all.” ―Suzanne Harrington, Irish Examiner“There is no better lesson to be learnt than by someone who has lived it. And with that in mind, Russell Brand is a man to listen to. Carefully. Beneath the performance he talks sense. A lot of it.” ―Stylist (UK)“One of his most endearing qualities is his emotional honesty―his openness about his flaws and ignorance, and his confidence despite them.” ―CALM (UK) Read more About the Author Russell Brand is an English comedian, actor, radio host, activist, and author of several bestselling books, including the New York Times bestsellers My Booky Wook and Revolution. He has had a number of major film roles including parts in Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him to the Greek. Funded by his profits from Revolution, Russell opened a nonprofit coffee house in London run as a social enterprise by former drug addicts in abstinence-based recovery programs. He lives in London, England. Read more

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How to Live: Or A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer

Pdf Literature How to Live: Or A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer

Pdf:How to Live: Or A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer.Review “This charming biography shuffles incidents from Montaigne’s life and essays into twenty thematic chapters…Bakewell clearly relishes the anthropological anecdotes that enliven Montaigne’s work, but she handles equally well both his philosophical influences and the readers and interpreters who have guided the reception of the essays.” —The New Yorker“Serious, engaging, and so infectiously in love with its subject that I found myself racing to finish so I could start rereading the Essays themselves…It is hard to imagine a better introduction—or reintroduction—to Montaigne than Bakewell’s book.” —Lorin Stein, Harper’s Magazine“Ms. Bakewell’s new book, How to Live, is a biography, but in the form of a delightful conversation across the centuries.” —The New York Times“So artful is Bakewell’s account of [Montaigne] that even skeptical readers may well come to share her admiration.” —The New York Times Book Review “Extraordinary…a miracle of complex, revelatory organization, for as Bakewell moves along she provides a brilliant demonstration of the alchemy of historical viewpoint.” —Boston Globe“Well, How to Live is a superb book, original, engaging, thorough, ambitious, and wise.” —Nick Hornby, in the November/December 2010 issue of The Believer “In How to Live, an affectionate introduction to the author, Bakewell argues that, far from being a dusty old philosopher, Montaigne has never been more relevant—a 16th-century blogger, as she would have it—and so must be read, quite simply, ‘in order to live’…Bakewell is a wry and intelligent guide.” —The Daily Beast “Witty, unorthodox…How to Live is a history of ideas told entirely on the ground, never divorced from the people thinking them. It hews close to Montaigne’s own preoccupations, especially his playful uncertainty – Bakewell is a stickler for what we can’t know. …How to Live is a delight…” —The Plain Dealer“This book will have new readers excited to be acquainted to Montaigne’s life and ideas, and may even stir their curiosity to read more about the ancient Greek philosophers who influenced his writing. How to Live is a great companion to Montaigne’s essays, and even a great stand-alone.” —San Francisco Book Review“A bright, genial, and generous introduction to the master’s methods.” —Kirkus Reviews “[Bakewell reveals] one of literature's enduring figures as an idiosyncratic, humane, and surprisingly modern force.” —Publisher’s Weekly (starred) “As described by Sarah Bakewell in her suavely enlightening How to Live, or A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer Montaigne is, with Walt Whitman, among the most congenial of literary giants, inclined to shrug over the inevitability of human failings and the last man to accuse anyone of self-absorption. His great subject, after all, was himself.” —Laura Miller, Salon.com“Lively and fascinating . . . How To Live takes its place as the most enjoyable introduction to Montaigne in the English language.” —The Times Literary Supplement “Splendidly conceived and exquisitely written . . . enormously absorbing.” —Sunday Times “How to Live will delight and illuminate.” —The Independent  “It is ultimately [Montaigne’s] life-loving vivacity that Bakewell succeeds in communicating to her readers.” —The Observer  “This subtle and surprising book manages the trick of conversing in a frank and friendly manner with its centuries-old literary giant, as with a contemporary, while helpfully placing Montaigne in a historical context.  The affection of the author for her subject is palpable and infectious.” —Phillip Lopate, author of The Art of the Personal Essay “An intellectually lively treatment of a Renaissance giant and his world.” —Saturday Telegraph “Like recent books on Proust, Joyce, and Austen, How to Live skillfully plucks a life-guide from the incessant flux of Montaigne’s prose . . . A superb, spirited introduction to the master.” —The Guardian“[How to Live] is written in the form of a delightful conversation across the ages with one of the most appealing, likeable writers who ever lived.” —Independent Mail'More than just a straightforward biography of Michel de Montaigne, Sarah Bakewell cleverly breaks away from chronology to explore the fundamental questions of living through the philosophy, beliefs, essays and experiences of the French master we often reference as the “father” of “essay.”—Cerise Press'[A] must-read in its entirety.' —Brainpickings'Bakewell’s writing style is equal parts fluid and fascinating.' —The Flâneur’s Turtle  Read more About the Author Sarah Bakewell was a curator of early printed books at the Wellcome Library before becoming a full-time writer, publishing her highly acclaimed biographies The Smart and The English Dane. She lives in London, where she teaches creative writing at City University and catalogs rare book collections for the National Trust. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Keep Moving: And Other Tips and Truths About Aging

Pdf Literature Keep Moving: And Other Tips and Truths About Aging

Pdf:Keep Moving: And Other Tips and Truths About Aging.Review “Dick Van Dyke has been in our collective consciousness a very long time, from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Mary Poppins, to Diagnosis: Murder and The Dick Van Dyke Show. What's the secret to staying young? The popular movie and television stars [says] it's about attitude and staying active…and has a new book to prove it.” – NPR Weekend Edition“In this follow-up to his memoir, My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business (2011), song-and-dance man Van Dyke relishes his approaching 90th birthday and shares some tips for readers on reaching and enjoying that venerable age…this is determinedly upbeat stuff.” – Kirkus Reviews“Multitalented…[Dick Van Dyke] shares his vast store of knowledge in a memoir that offers tips and truths about…[how to] make living an achievement.” – The Sacramento Bee Read more About the Author Dick Van Dyke, the star of Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and The Dick Van Dyke Show, has received five Emmy awards, a Tony, and a Grammy. In 2013, he received the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award. He is also the New York Times bestselling author of My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business. He lives in Malibu, California.   Read more

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How to Live: Or a Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer

Pdf Literature How to Live: Or a Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer

Pdf:How to Live: Or a Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer.National Book Critics Circle Award, Biography, 2011 This question obsessed Renaissance writers, none more than Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, perhaps the first recognizably modern individual. A nobleman, public official, and winegrower, he wrote free-roaming explorations of his thought and experience, unlike anything written before. He called them essays, meaning "attempts" or "tries." He put whatever was in his head into them: his tastes in wine and food, his childhood memories, the way his dog's ears twitched when it was dreaming, as well as the appalling events of the religious civil wars raging around him. The Essays was an instant best seller and, over four hundred years later, Montaigne's honesty and charm still draw readers to him. They come in search of companionship, wisdom, and entertainment - and in search of themselves.This book, a spirited and singular biography, relates the story of Montaigne's life by way of the questions he posed and the answers he explored. It traces his bizarre upbringing, his youthful career and sexual adventures, his travels, and his friendships with the scholar and poet Étienne de La Boétie and with his adopted "daughter," Marie de Gournay. And we also meet his readers - who for centuries have found in Montaigne an inexhaustible source of answers to the haunting question, "How to live?"

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Introducing Sartre: A Graphic Guide (Introducing...)

Pdf Literature Introducing Sartre: A Graphic Guide (Introducing...)

Pdf:Introducing Sartre: A Graphic Guide (Introducing...).INTRODUCING guide to the father of existentialism and one of 20th century philosophy's most famous characters. Jean-Paul Sartre was once described as being, next to Charles de Gaulle, the most famous Frenchman of the 20th century. Between the ending of the Second World War in 1945 and his death in 1980, Sartre was certainly the most famous French writer, as well as one of the best-known living philosophers. Introducing Sartre explains the basic ideas inspiring his world view, and pays particular attention to his idea of freedom. It also places his thinking on literature in the context of the 20th century debate on its nature and function. It examines his ideas on Marxism, his enthusiasm for the student rebellion of 1968, and his support for movements of national liberation in the Third World. The book also provides a succinct account of his life, and especially of the impact which his unusual childhood had on his attitude towards French society.

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Montaigne (Pushkin Collection)

Pdf Literature Montaigne (Pushkin Collection)

Pdf:Montaigne (Pushkin Collection).Review 'Thanks to Stone's assiduous translation, Zweig's fascinating meditation on the writer in whom he saw himself mirrored appears now for the first time in English. Zweig weaves biographical elements into his study—Montaigne's study of Latin at age four, his retirement from his public duties as a French nobleman at age 38—but the book is more properly an introduction to an endlessly inquisitive thinker who never stopped searching for the truth... This captivating study portrays a writer whose life and work can be summed up by his constant posing of the question, 'How should I live?'' — Publishers Weekly 'Zweig's accumulated historical and cultural studies remain a body of achievement almost too impressive to take in' - Clive James'[Pushkin Press's republication of Stefan Zweig's work] has been entirely successful. Zweigmania seems to break out with the publication of each book, with readers discovering his work by word-of-mouth and by accident' - Guardian'[Zweig's] life and work tell of the perilous flimsiness of our world of security-a message that many insistently deny, but somehow need to hear' - John Gray, New Statesman Read more About the Author Stefan Zweig was born in 1881 in Vienna, into a wealthy Austrian-Jewish family. He studied in Berlin and Vienna and was first known as a poet and translator, then as a biographer. Between the wars, Zweig was an international bestseller with a string of hugely popular novellas including Letter from an Unknown Woman, Amok and Fear. In 1934, with the rise of Nazism, he left Austria, and lived in London, Bath and New York-a period during which he produced his most celebrated works: his only novel, Beware of Pity, and his memoir, The World of Yesterday. He eventually settled in Brazil, where in 1942 he and his wife were found dead in an apparent double suicide. Much of his work is available from Pushkin Press. Translated from the German by Will Stone. Read more

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50 Masterpieces you have to read before you die Vol: 1 [newly updated] (Golden Deer Classics)

Pdf Literature 50 Masterpieces you have to read before you die Vol: 1 [newly updated] (Golden Deer Classics)

Pdf:50 Masterpieces you have to read before you die Vol: 1 [newly updated] (Golden Deer Classics).This book, newly updated, contains now several HTML tables of contents that will make reading a real pleasure!The first table of contents (at the very beginning of the ebook) lists the titles of all novels included in this volume. By clicking on one of those titles you will be redirected to the beginning of that work, where you'll find a new TOC that lists all the chapters and sub-chapters of that specific work.This book contains the following works arranged alphabetically by authors last names- The Divine Comedy [Dante Alighieri]- Emma [Jane Austen]- Persuasion [Jane Austen]- Pride and Prejudice [Jane Austen]- Father Goriot [Honoré de Balzac]- Jane Eyre [Charlotte Brontë]- The Tenant of Wildfell Hall [Anne Brontë]- Wuthering Heights [Emily Brontë]- The Way of All Flesh [Samuel Butler]- Don Quixote [Miguel de Cervantes]- Heart of Darkness [Joseph Conrad]- Nostromo [Joseph Conrad]- Moll Flanders [Daniel Defoe]- Bleak House [Charles Dickens]- Great Expectations [Charles Dickens]- The Brothers Karamazov [Fyodor Dostoyevsky]- Crime and Punishment [Fyodor Dostoyevsky]- The Idiot [Fyodor Dostoyevsky]- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes [Arthur Conan Doyle]- The Count of Monte Cristo [Alexandre Dumas]- Daniel Deronda [George Eliot]- Middlemarch [George Eliot]- Madame Bovary [Gustave Flaubert]- The Yellow Wallpaper [Charlotte Perkins Gilman]- Dead Souls [Nikolai Gogol]- Grimm's Fairy Tales [The Brothers Grimm]- The Iliad [Homer]- The Odyssey [Homer]- Les Misérables [Victor Hugo]- The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Washington Irving- The Portray of a Lady [Henry James]- A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man [James Joyce]- Sons and Lovers [D. H. Lawrence]- The Phantom of the Opera [Gaston Leroux]- The Call of the Wild [Jack London]- The Great God Pan [Arthur Machen]- Moby Dick [Herman Melville]- Swann's Way [Marcel Proust]- Frankenstein [Mary Shelley]- The Red and the Black [Stendhal]- The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde [Robert Louis Stevenson]- Dracula [Bram Stoker]- The Art of War [Sun Tzu]- Gulliver's Travels [Jonathan Swift]- Vanity Fair [William Makepeace Thackeray]- Anna Karenina [Leo Tolstoy]- The Death of Ivan Ilyich [Leo Tolstoy]- War and Peace [Leo Tolstoy]- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn [Mark Twain]- The Picture of Dorian Gray [Oscar Wilde]Also available : 50 Masterpieces you have to read before you die Vol: 2 (Golden Deer Classics)50 Masterpieces you have to read before you die Vol: 3 (Golden Deer Classics)Classics Authors Super Set Serie 1 (Golden Deer Classics)

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Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country

Pdf Literature Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country

Pdf:Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country."How do we become who we are in the world? We ask the world to teach us."On her 120-acre homestead high in the Colorado Rockies, beloved writer Pam Houston learns what it means to care for a piece of land and the creatures on it. Elk calves and bluebirds mark the changing seasons, winter temperatures drop to 35 below, and lightning sparks a 110,000-acre wildfire, threatening her century-old barn and all its inhabitants. Through her travels from the Gulf of Mexico to Alaska, she explores what ties her to the earth, the ranch most of all. Alongside her devoted Irish wolfhounds and a spirited troupe of horses, donkeys, and Icelandic sheep, the ranch becomes Houston’s sanctuary, a place where she discovers how the natural world has mothered and healed her after a childhood of horrific parental abuse and neglect.In essays as lucid and invigorating as mountain air, Deep Creek delivers Houston’s most profound meditations yet on how "to live simultaneously inside the wonder and the grief…to love the damaged world and do what I can to help it thrive."

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Walden and Civil Disobedience

Pdf Literature Walden and Civil Disobedience

Pdf:Walden and Civil Disobedience.About the Author Henry David Thoreau was born in Concord, Massachusetts in 1817. He graduated from Harvard in 1837, the same year he began his lifelong Journal. Inspired by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Thoreau became a key member of the Transcendentalist movement that included Margaret Fuller and Bronson Alcott. The Transcendentalists' faith in nature was tested by Thoreau between 1845 and 1847 when he lived for twenty-six months in a homemade hut at Walden Pond. While living at Walden, Thoreau worked on the two books published during his lifetime: Walden (1854) and A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849). Several of his other works, including The Maine Woods, Cape Cod, and Excursions, were published posthumously. Thoreau died in Concord, at the age of forty-four, in 1862.W.S. Merwin has published many highly regarded books of poems, for which he has received a number of distinguished awards—the Pulitzer Prize, Bollingen Award, Fellowship of the Academy of American Poets and the Governor's Award for Literature of the state of Hawaii among them. He has translated widely from many languages, and his versions of classics such as The Poem of the Cid and The Song of Roland are standards.William Howarth is Professor Emeritus of English at Princeton University. His thirteen books on literature and history include The Book of Concord: Thoreau's Life as a Writer, Walking with Thoreau, and The John McPhee Reader. As 'Dana Hand' he collaborates with Anne Matthews on fiction and film, and as co-publishers of Scarlet Oak Press. Read more

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The Journal of Henry David Thoreau, 1837-1861 (New York Review Books Classics)

Pdf Literature The Journal of Henry David Thoreau, 1837-1861 (New York Review Books Classics)

Pdf:The Journal of Henry David Thoreau, 1837-1861 (New York Review Books Classics).From Booklist Thoreau began keeping a journal at age 20, ultimately filling 14 notebooks and a collection he titled “Gleanings; or, What Time Has Not Reaped of My Journal.” Writer, editor, and translator Searls selected passages from this vast sea of words to create the largest and most cohesive one-volume reader’s edition ever published. Thoreau’s journal was the wellspring for all his books, and Searls is acutely attuned to its grand continuity and “synthesizing quality,” ensuring that readers will be able to fully appreciate Thoreau’s sustained contemplation of the cycles, patterns, and interconnectivity of nature. What is also apparent is how the rhythms and revelations of Thoreau’s long walks inspired the flow and radiance of his poetic prose. Searls’ sensitive editing casts new light on Thoreau’s abiding fascination with weather, trees, turtles, the moon, birds, berries, and, of course, human nature. Observant, philosophical, and rhapsodic, Thoreau parses his own moods, portrays friends and neighbors, decries slavery and the destruction of the living world, and rejoices in beauty. This is a superb and uniquely accessible edition of an essential American masterpiece. --Donna Seaman Read more Review '[Searls's selection] admirably preserves the feel of the 7,000-page original. This lightweight, sturdy edition ... practically begs to be read outside.' —Thomas Meaney, Times Literary Supplement“...we are richer now that Damion Searls has unearthed new Thoreauvian treasures for the rest of us -- a 10th of the two-million-word journal, far more than ever before available in a single volume. Here, in some of the most vigorous and original prose in English, we find the origins of 'Walden' and the other books, but we also find that the journal was a work of art in itself.” — Michael Sims, The Washington Post'Writer, editor, and translator Searls selected passages from this vast sea of words to create the largest and most cohesive one-volume reader’s edition ever published...This is a superb and uniquely accessible edition of an essential American masterpiece.' —Booklist'Damion Searls has found and freed the lean, shapely and modern American classic inside the very definition of a 'baggy monster.'' —Christopher Lydon, Open Source Radio'More than any previous version, it allows a direct encounter with this great work and approximates the experience of reading the whole. In fact, by clearing away some of the underbrush in the fourteen volumes, it highlights the better-known passages and uncovers hidden gems and significant connections.' —Geoff Wisner, The Quarterly Conversation “It is the unflagging beauty of the writing, day after day, that confirms its greatness among writers’ journals.” —Alfred Kazin“Thoreau could lift a fish out of the stream with his hands; he could charm a wild squirrel to nestle in his coat; he could sit so still that the animals went on with their play round him. [In the Journal] we have a chance of getting to know Thoreau as few people are known, even by their friends.” —Virginia Woolf“Reading Thoreau’s Journal I discover any idea I’ve ever had worth its salt.”—John Cage Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Lady in the Dark: Iris Barry and the Art of Film

Pdf Literature Lady in the Dark: Iris Barry and the Art of Film

Pdf:Lady in the Dark: Iris Barry and the Art of Film.From Booklist As founder of the Museum of Modern Art’s Film Library in 1935 and the institution’s first film curator, Iris Barry (1895–1969) was a vivacious and populist critic, an early advocate for film preservation, and a central figure in the legitimization of film as a cultural art form. Sitton relies on first-person accounts from Barry’s prodigious correspondence in the first comprehensive biography of the curator’s thoroughly modern (and often disorderly) life. Barry’s story encompasses multiple art histories as she moves from the Bloomsbury group of T. S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, and W. B. Yeats in 1910s England; through 1920s New York’s cultural elite surrounding Alfred Barr, John D. Rockefeller Jr., and John H. Whitney; and on to the glamour of 1930s Hollywood, where she convinces such luminaries as Charlie Chaplin, Walt Disney, and Mary Pickford to commit their work to her archive. Sitton also delves into fascinating detail regarding the administrative power dynamics at play during MOMA’s early years, as well as the Film Library’s role in developing propaganda for the U.S. government during WWII. --Lindsay Bosch Read more Review Sitton's book is chock full of fascinating detail and tells a compelling story about an unusual character, a woman who built institutions and contributed to a way of thinking about film that we take for granted today. The result is a much larger and untold history about art, film, and culture. (Haidee Wasson, author of Museum Movies: The Museum of Modern Art and the Birth of Art Cinema)Museum of Modern Art film legend Iris Barry mattered to cinema history, and this book makes her life matter as well. Sitton's sharp biography spans Barry's life from her fascinating times among the literati of post-Victorian Britain to her famed career in the United States, which entailed her virtually founding the influential MoMA Film Library. This is a rich and captivating story. (Dana Polan, author of Scenes of Instruction: The Beginnings of the U.S. Study of Film, 1915–1935)Iris Barry was film's first great archivist and a crucial figure in turning a curious novelty into the most significant new art form of its century. She has long deserved a biography as graceful and expert as the one Robert Sitton has delivered so handsomely. It offers a lively portrait of modernist New York when it was fresh and new and is the better for the richness of its quotations from Barry's stirring writings. It cannot be praised too highly. (Richard Schickel)I confess that I thought of Iris Barry as an English snob who had rejected many exceptional silents as products of the much-despised Hollywood, but she is so much more interesting―and maddening―than I ever suspected. Her autobiographical fragments are superb, remarkable descriptions of history as it happened―a Zeppelin raid on London in World War 1, the Depression in America making the rich richer. As she describes them, these incidents are as evocative as any film, and the book is beautifully illustrated with excellent-quality portraits. Somebody should film it. (Kevin Brownlow, author of The Parade's Gone By….)Robert Sitton's remarkably well researched and evocatively written biography of Iris Barry's hitherto largely unknown position at the forefront of film appreciation is long overdue and most welcome. She led a fascinating private and public life and had an extremely complicated female odyssey in the world of her times, which she profoundly influenced through her writings and cultural actions. That influence still reverberates today. (Peter Bogdanovich)Sitton exhaustively traces Barry's career from aspiring poet to playwright, biographer and film critic.... Film students will enjoy this book. (Kirkus Reviews)The most fascinating characters tend to be the unsung heroes of their field, and there may be no greater example of this than Iris Barry.... This remarkable story is richly detailed... and is required reading for anyone interested in film, art, or museums. (Library Journal (starred review))Meticulously researched, lovingly written.... Lady in the Dark: Iris Barry and the Art of Film is a must-read biography. (PopMatters)An excellent on Iris Barry's important work at [Museum of Modern Art.] (Lillian Gish's Happy Life)A very welcome and long overdue tribute to a fascinating figure. (Henry K. Miller Sight & Sound) Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Twelve Patients: Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital (The Inspiration for the NBC Drama New Amsterdam)

Pdf Literature Twelve Patients: Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital (The Inspiration for the NBC Drama New Amsterdam)

Pdf:Twelve Patients: Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital (The Inspiration for the NBC Drama New Amsterdam).About the Author Eric Manheimer, M.D. was the Medical Director at Bellevue for over thirteen years and is a Clinical Professor at the New York University School of Medicine. He is an Internist who trained at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, New York in Internal Medicine. Following his Chief Residency there, he moved to Hanover, New Hampshire where he was a member of Dartmouth Medical School and the Hitchcock Clinic for many years. He has had a long interest in international health working in Haiti and Pakistan and in medical anthropology, history, the social sciences and literature particularly of Latin America. Along with his wife Diana Taylor, who is a University Professor at New York University, Eric travels extensively in Latin America and Mexico. He has two children and one grandchild, who was born at Bellevue. Read more

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The Water Is Wide: A Memoir

Pdf Literature The Water Is Wide: A Memoir

Pdf:The Water Is Wide: A Memoir.Review “Miraculous . . . an experience of joy.”—Newsweek “A powerfully moving book . . . You will laugh, you will weep, you will be proud and you will rail . . . and you will learn to love the man.”—Charleston News and Courier “A hell of a good story.”—The New York Times “Few novelists write as well, and none as beautifully.”—Lexington Herald-Leader “[Pat] Conroy cuts through his experiences with a sharp edge of irony. . . . He brings emotion, writing talent and anger to his story.”—Baltimore Sun Read more From the Inside Flap The island is nearly deserted, haunting, beautiful. Across a slip of ocean lies South Carolina. But for the handful of families on Yamacraw island, America is a world away. For years the people here lived proudly from the sea, but now its waters are not safe. Waste from industry threatens their very existence-unless, somehow, they can learn a new life. But they will learn nothing without someone to teach them, and their school has no teacher. Here is PAT CONROY'S extraordinary drama based on his own experience-the true story of a man who gave a year of his life to an island and the new life its people gave him. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Angela's Ashes (The Frank McCourt Memoirs)

Pdf Literature Angela's Ashes (The Frank McCourt Memoirs)

Pdf:Angela's Ashes (The Frank McCourt Memoirs).Amazon.com Review 'Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood,' writes Frank McCourt in Angela's Ashes. 'Worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood.' Welcome, then, to the pinnacle of the miserable Irish Catholic childhood. Born in Brooklyn in 1930 to recent Irish immigrants Malachy and Angela McCourt, Frank grew up in Limerick after his parents returned to Ireland because of poor prospects in America. It turns out that prospects weren't so great back in the old country either--not with Malachy for a father. A chronically unemployed and nearly unemployable alcoholic, he appears to be the model on which many of our more insulting cliches about drunken Irish manhood are based. Mix in abject poverty and frequent death and illness and you have all the makings of a truly difficult early life. Fortunately, in McCourt's able hands it also has all the makings for a compelling memoir. Read more From School Library Journal YA. Despite impoverishing his family because of his alcoholism, McCourt's father passed on to his son a gift for superb storytelling. He told him about the great Irish heroes, the old days in Ireland, the people in their Limerick neighborhood, and the world beyond their shores. McCourt writes in the voice of the child?with no self-pity or review of events?and just retells the tales. He recounts his desperately poor early years, living on public assistance and losing three siblings, but manages to make the book funny and uplifting. Stories of trying on his parents' false teeth and his adventures as a post-office delivery boy will have readers laughing out loud. Young people will recognize the truth in these compelling tales; the emotions expressed; the descriptions of teachers, relatives, neighbors; and the casual cruelty adults show toward children. Readers will enjoy the humor and the music in the language. A vivid, wonderfully readable memoir.?Patricia Noonan, Prince William Public Library, VACopyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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'Tis

Pdf Literature 'Tis

Pdf:'Tis.The same vulnerable but invincible spirit that captured our hearts in the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir Angela's Ashes comes of age in 'Tis. Listen as Frank tells in his own inimitable voice his story of how at the age of 19 he traveled from Limerick to New York in pursuit of the American dream. Despite the abundance of unsolicited advice he gets to "join the cops" and "stick to his own kind", Frank knows that he should educate himself and somehow rise above his circumstances. And though he left school at 14, he talks his way into New York University, falls in love with the quintessential Yankee, long-legged and blond, and tries to live his dream. But it is not until he starts to teach - and to write - that Frank finds his place in the world. And for those of us who are lucky enough to come across his writings - and captivating readings - 'Tis a wonderful thing that he did.

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'Tis: A Memoir

Pdf Literature 'Tis: A Memoir

Pdf:'Tis: A Memoir.Review Maureen Howard The New York Times Book Review 'Tis a success story, after all.Henry Kisor Chicago Sun-Times 'Tis a grand book. 'Tis indeed!Jackie Jones Bleecker The San Diego Union-Tribune 'Tis is, finally, a triumphant American story -- the triumph of a teacher...of a writer whose words we can't wait to read.Gail Caldwell Boston Sunday Globe That magnificent voice is back in full, as captivating and soothing as an on-stage hypnotist. Regaling you from a bar stool or teacher's lectern, McCourt is utterly and always in charge of this tale....A sweet, sweet ode to memory: to the moment-to-moment experience of a real, then reimagined, life.Mary Ann Gwinn The Seattle Times McCourt establishes himself as a Dickens for our time, a writer who can peel the many layers of society like an onion and reveal the core.Peter Collier Los Angeles Times Book Review 'Tis has those elements that made Angela's Ashes such a success -- the narrative brio, the fierce sympathy for human tic and torment, the intuitive feel for character and, above all, the love of language and that very Irish understanding that words are our only weapon in our long quarrel with God. Read more About the Author Frank McCourt (1930–2009) was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Irish immigrant parents, grew up in Limerick, Ireland, and returned to America in 1949. For thirty years he taught in New York City high schools. His first book, Angela's Ashes, won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award and the L.A. Times Book Award. In 2006, he won the prestigious Ellis Island Family Heritage Award for Exemplary Service in the Field of the Arts and the United Federation of Teachers John Dewey Award for Excellence in Education. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Tis: A Memoir (The Frank McCourt Memoirs)

Pdf Literature Tis: A Memoir (The Frank McCourt Memoirs)

Pdf:Tis: A Memoir (The Frank McCourt Memoirs).Frank McCourt's glorious childhood memoir, Angela's Ashes, has been loved and celebrated by readers everywhere for its spirit, its wit and its profound humanity. A tale of redemption, in which storytelling itself is the source of salvation, it won the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Rarely has a book so swiftly found its place on the literary landscape. And now we have 'Tis, the story of Frank's American journey from impoverished immigrant to brilliant teacher and raconteur. Frank lands in New York at age nineteen, in the company of a priest he meets on the boat. He gets a job at the Biltmore Hotel, where he immediately encounters the vivid hierarchies of this "classless country," and then is drafted into the army and is sent to Germany to train dogs and type reports. It is Frank's incomparable voice -- his uncanny humor and his astonishing ear for dialogue -- that renders these experiences spellbinding. When Frank returns to America in 1953, he works on the docks, always resisting what everyone tells him, that men and women who have dreamed and toiled for years to get to America should "stick to their own kind" once they arrive. Somehow, Frank knows that he should be getting an education, and though he left school at fourteen, he talks his way into New York University. There, he falls in love with the quintessential Yankee, long-legged and blonde, and tries to live his dream. But it is not until he starts to teach -- and to write -- that Frank finds his place in the world. The same vulnerable but invincible spirit that captured the hearts of readers in Angela's Ashes comes of age. As Malcolm Jones said in his Newsweek review of Angela's Ashes, "It is only the best storyteller who can so beguile his readers that he leaves them wanting more when he is done...and McCourt proves himself one of the very best." Frank McCourt's 'Tis is one of the most eagerly awaited books of our time, and it is a masterpiece.

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Where the Forest Meets the Stars

Pdf Literature Where the Forest Meets the Stars

Pdf:Where the Forest Meets the Stars.An Amazon Charts bestseller.In this gorgeously stunning debut, a mysterious child teaches two strangers how to love and trust again.After the loss of her mother and her own battle with breast cancer, Joanna Teale returns to her graduate research on nesting birds in rural Illinois, determined to prove that her recent hardships have not broken her. She throws herself into her work from dusk to dawn, until her solitary routine is disrupted by the appearance of a mysterious child who shows up at her cabin barefoot and covered in bruises.The girl calls herself Ursa, and she claims to have been sent from the stars to witness five miracles. With concerns about the child’s home situation, Jo reluctantly agrees to let her stay—just until she learns more about Ursa’s past.Jo enlists the help of her reclusive neighbor, Gabriel Nash, to solve the mystery of the charming child. But the more time they spend together, the more questions they have. How does a young girl not only read but understand Shakespeare? Why do good things keep happening in her presence? And why aren’t Jo and Gabe checking the missing children’s website anymore?Though the three have formed an incredible bond, they know difficult choices must be made. As the summer nears an end and Ursa gets closer to her fifth miracle, her dangerous past closes in. When it finally catches up to them, all of their painful secrets will be forced into the open, and their fates will be left to the stars.

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What the Wind Knows

Pdf Literature What the Wind Knows

Pdf:What the Wind Knows.In an unforgettable love story, a woman’s impossible journey through the ages could change everything…Anne Gallagher grew up enchanted by her grandfather’s stories of Ireland. Heartbroken at his death, she travels to his childhood home to spread his ashes. There, overcome with memories of the man she adored and consumed by a history she never knew, she is pulled into another time.The Ireland of 1921, teetering on the edge of war, is a dangerous place in which to awaken. But there Anne finds herself, hurt, disoriented, and under the care of Dr. Thomas Smith, guardian to a young boy who is oddly familiar. Mistaken for the boy’s long-missing mother, Anne adopts her identity, convinced the woman’s disappearance is connected to her own.As tensions rise, Thomas joins the struggle for Ireland’s independence and Anne is drawn into the conflict beside him. Caught between history and her heart, she must decide whether she’s willing to let go of the life she knew for a love she never thought she’d find. But in the end, is the choice actually hers to make?

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Surprise Delivery

Pdf Literature Surprise Delivery

Pdf:Surprise Delivery.One night was all we had.He's a gorgeous doctor on a mission to save the world.I'm a secretary that's just trying to make ends meet...Dressed in a ball gown at the masked ball.I felt like Cinderella that night.And for the first time I felt beautiful, even graceful.UNTIL... I spilled my drink down the sexy stranger's suit.Turns out he's Duncan Clyburne.A surgeon from one of the wealthiest families in NYC.Yeah, we come from completely different worlds.Yet, we shared one unforgettable passionate night together.Now he's in a war-torn country saving lives.At least that's what I thought.Till he walked back into my life.And walked into the secret in an unimaginable way.With him delivering our baby!Do you think now is a good time to tell him?

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Where the Crawdads Sing

Pdf Literature Where the Crawdads Sing

Pdf:Where the Crawdads Sing.Number-one New York Times best seller A Reese's Book Club + Hello Sunshine on Audible Pick"I can't even express in words how much I love this book...the way it's performed on Audible just took me right back to my long summers in Tennessee. This story has a special place in my heart - I didn't want it to end." (Reese Witherspoon) "Painfully beautiful." (The New York Times Book Review)"Perfect for fans of Barbara Kingsolver." (Bustle)How long can you protect your heart? For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life - until the unthinkable happens. Perfect for fans of Barbara Kingsolver and Karen Russell, Where the Crawdads Sing is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. Owens reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.

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Tumble (Dogwood Lane Book 1)

Pdf Literature Tumble (Dogwood Lane Book 1)

Pdf:Tumble (Dogwood Lane Book 1).From USA Today bestselling author Adriana Locke comes a witty romance about first love and second chances.After being burned by her dream job in New York City, sports journalist Neely Kimber suddenly finds herself jobless and paying a long-overdue visit to her hometown in Tennessee. Her plan? Relax, reset, and head back up the corporate ladder. There’s just one unexpected step. Neely’s back in Dogwood Lane for barely a day when she sees the man she ran from nine years ago: the bad boy next door who was her first kiss, her first love, and her first heartbreak.Devoted single dad Dane Madden knows he hurt Neely in the worst way. He’s got a lot to make up for. And as passionate as their reconnection is, it’s a lot to hope for. Having her back in his arms feels so right. But falling in love all over again with a woman who wants to live a world away is bound to go so wrong.What’s it going to take for Neely to give him—and Dogwood Lane—just one more chance?

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What We Find (Sullivan's Crossing Book 1)

Pdf Literature What We Find (Sullivan's Crossing Book 1)

Pdf:What We Find (Sullivan's Crossing Book 1).Look for Robyn’s new book, The Best of Us, a story about family, second chances and choosing to live your best life—order your copy today!Join Robyn Carr, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Virgin River and Thunder Point series, as she explores the healing powers of rural Colorado in a brand-new story of fresh starts, budding relationships and one woman's journey to finding the happiness she's long been missing Between the urban bustle of Denver and the high-stress environment of a career in neurosurgery, Maggie Sullivan has hit a wall. When an emergency high-risk procedure results in the death of a teenager, Maggie finds herself in the middle of a lawsuit—and experiencing levels of anxiety she's never faced before. She knows she needs to slow down before she burns out completely, and the best place she can think to do that is Sullivan's Crossing. Named for Maggie's great-grandfather, the land and charming general store at the crossroads of the Colorado and the Continental Divide Trails have been passed down through the generations and now belong to Maggie's eccentric father, Sully. When she shows up unannounced, he welcomes her with open arms, and she relishes the opportunity to indulge in his simple way of life. But shortly after arriving, Maggie's world is rocked once again and she must take on more responsibility than she'd planned. Though she's relieved a quiet and serious-looking hiker, Cal Jones, is willing to lend a hand, Maggie is suspicious of this mysterious man's eagerness to help—until she finds out the true reason for his deliberate isolation. Though Cal and Maggie each struggle with loss and loneliness, the time they spend together gives Maggie hope for something brighter just on the horizon…if only they can learn to find peace and healing—and perhaps love—with each other.

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The Strange Journey of Alice Pendelbury

Pdf Literature The Strange Journey of Alice Pendelbury

Pdf:The Strange Journey of Alice Pendelbury.From international bestselling author Marc Levy comes a witty and beguiling novel of one woman’s unexpected journey to follow her destiny.Alice Pendelbury believes everything in her life is pretty much in order—from her good friends to her burgeoning career. But even Alice has to admit it’s been an odd week. Not only has her belligerent neighbor, Mr. Daldry, suddenly become a surprisingly agreeable confidant, but he’s encouraging her to take seriously the fortune-teller who told her that only by traveling to Turkey can Alice meet the most important person in her life.What’s more, the peculiarly insistent Mr. Daldry has even agreed to finance Alice’s trip—one that against all reason seems to be predestined. It’s on this journey, crazy from the outset and strangely irresistible, that Alice will find out that nothing in her life is real, that her past is not true, and that the six people she’s about to encounter will shape her future in ways she could never have dreamed.Revised edition: Previously published as L’étrange voyage de Monsieur Daldry, this edition of The Strange Journey of Alice Pendelbury includes editorial revisions.

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Virgin Husband

Pdf Literature Virgin Husband

Pdf:Virgin Husband.Aiden Clark agreed to marry his best friend Savannah, but it was never anything beyond a piece of paper. He’s a good man with good intentions, but one look at Caroline and he knows he can’t keep living a lie. Not when he sees what love is.Caroline Parker is finally getting back to her old self. She’s moved in with her bestie, has a great job as a dog walker, and just met the man of her dreams. It seems like it’s all too good to be true, and when she finds out his secret it just might be.Warning: Come on, ladies, this is an AR book! We wouldn’t do you wrong. There are virgins everywhere, which means lots of cherries to pop! We promise you won’t be disappointed.The Virgin Husband is the first book in a duet that can be read as a stand alone. Get both sides of the story on March 1st with the Virgin Wife.

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Susannah's Garden (A Blossom Street Novel Book 3)

Pdf Literature Susannah's Garden (A Blossom Street Novel Book 3)

Pdf:Susannah's Garden (A Blossom Street Novel Book 3).Return to Blossom Street with this engaging tale of a woman uncovering family truths and rediscovering herself, only from #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber.It was the year that changed everything. When Susannah Nelson turned eighteen, she said goodbye to her boyfriend, Jake—and never saw him again. She never saw her brother again, either; Doug died in a car accident that same year. Now, at fifty, she finds herself regretting the paths not taken. Long married, a mother and a teacher, she should be happy. But she feels there’s something missing in her life, although she doesn’t know exactly what. Not only that, she’s balancing the demands of an aging mother and a temperamental twenty-year-old daughter. Her mother, Vivian, a recent widow, is having difficulty coping and living alone, so Susannah goes home to Colville, Washington. In returning to her parents’ house, her girlhood friends and the garden she’s always loved, she also returns to the past—and the choices she made back then. What she discovers is that things are not as they once seemed. Some paths are dead ends. But some gardens remain beautiful…Originally published in 2006

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When August Ends

Pdf Literature When August Ends

Pdf:When August Ends.From New York Times bestselling author Penelope Ward, comes a new standalone novel.What do you do when a sexy, older man moves into your family’s summer rental?Well, apparently, you make a fool of yourself—over and over. Things didn’t exactly get off on the right foot with Noah Cavallari. Our first encounter was embarrassing, to say the least.But despite that, I found myself waking up every day with a newfound energy. Nothing exciting ever happened on the lake—not until Noah moved into the small boathouse on our property. He’d booked it for the entire summer…and I was still trying to figure out why.When my mother became ill, I inherited the responsibility of making sure our guests were well taken care of. I should have been finishing up college. Instead, I was living my best life…as a maid.Dark, handsome, and mysterious, everything about Noah screamed forbidden. I knew he was just passing through town for the summer.I knew he was probably a little old for me.Yet, I was drawn to him.Not to mention, he tried to save my life when he mistakenly thought I was drowning.I wanted him and made no secret of it.His own attempts to warn me away soon gave way to late-night moonlight chats by the lake. We were slowly easing into a friendship that was gearing up to explode into something I might not recover from. Because he’s leaving at the end of the summer.And I have no idea what I’ll do when August ends.

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Ever After: A Nantucket Brides Novel (Nantucket Brides Trilogy Book 3)

Pdf Literature Ever After: A Nantucket Brides Novel (Nantucket Brides Trilogy Book 3)

Pdf:Ever After: A Nantucket Brides Novel (Nantucket Brides Trilogy Book 3).NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Jude Deveraux’s eagerly awaited third novel in her blockbuster Nantucket Brides trilogy continues the spellbinding saga of the Montgomery-Taggerts, set on an island steeped in beauty and unforgettable romance. Life is anything but perfect for Hallie Hartley, a young physical therapist who has given up nearly everything—even her love life—for her beautiful blonde stepsister, Shelly. Though Shelly’s acting career has never taken off, she has certainly perfected the crocodile tears to get what she wants—which all too often means Hallie’s boyfriends. When Hallie arrives home early from work one fateful day, she makes two startling discoveries that will turn her life upside down: Not only has a mysterious relative left Hallie a house on Nantucket, but Shelly has been trying to steal it. Desperate to put her troubles behind her, Hallie impulsively flies to Nantucket. New trouble, however, has already settled into Hallie’s guest room in the form of her newest client. Hallie is told that wealthy, young James Taggert has injured his leg in a skiing accident. Assuming that the devastatingly handsome man has led a charmed life, Hallie is surprised by Jamie at every turn throughout his recovery. His attentions draw her out of her shell—but he has a dark secret, and is tormented by nightmares that only her presence can keep at bay. She suspects there’s more to his injury than he’s letting on. On this gorgeous island rich in history, magic is everywhere, even in Hallie’s own backyard. As Jamie’s relatives arrive for a wedding gala, something wonderfully unusual is in the air. There’s an aura of romance—enhanced by a pair of matchmaking ghosts and a colorful island legend. In their own little corner of the world, Jamie and Hallie unravel the timeless secrets of their own hearts, and a very special story of True Love destined to last forever after.Praise for Ever After“Wondrous . . . a lovely tale of love, healing and hope.”—Fresh Fiction “A sweet, idyllic love story . . . a romance in the most classic sense.”—RT Book Reviews “Filled with family, friends, ghosts and the magic of love, Ever After is sure to please longtime fans of Deveraux, as well as new readers.”—BookPage “[A] sexy, lighthearted romp.”—Kirkus Reviews “Thoroughly enjoyable.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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The Secret Orphan: A gripping historical novel

Pdf Literature The Secret Orphan: A gripping historical novel

Pdf:The Secret Orphan: A gripping historical novel.This is a stunning and memorable page-turner of love, loss and resilience for fans of The Tattooist of AuschwitzThe USA Today bestsellerKeep her secret Keep her safeOn the 14th November 1940, Hitler’s bombs rain down on Coventry. From the rubble of a bombed-out family home, a young girl is saved…As the Nazis’ relentless bombs fall during the Blitz of Coventry, six-year-old Rose Sherbourne finds herself orphaned and under the guardianship of a Cornish farmer's daughter, Elenor Cardew.Elenor knows that the only way to protect spirited Rose is to leave the city and make a new life for themselves away from harm. But soon Elenor discovers that Hitler’s firestorm is not the only thing she must fear when she learns a devastating secret about Rose…With Rose’s life in imminent danger, Elenor turns to the only person she can trust to keep the deadly secret, heroic Canadian pilot, Jackson St John. And amidst the destruction of war, an unlikely romance blossoms as they find a way to protect the child they have both grown to love…and each other.Readers LOVE The Secret Orphan:‘Keeps you wanting to read into the small hours’ Lisa, Goodreads‘The best and most beautiful book I've read in a long time’ Brid, Netgalley‘Simply amazing’ Rikki-Doodlebug's Book Reviews‘Captivated from beginning to end’ Jessyca, Goodreads‘A gripping, page turner set in WWII … Loved it’ Amanda, Netgalley

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The Magnolia Inn

Pdf Literature The Magnolia Inn

Pdf:The Magnolia Inn.A #1 Washington Post and Amazon Charts bestseller.New York Times bestselling author Carolyn Brown brings together two wounded hearts in a Texas romance of second chances and twice-in-a-lifetime true love.Inheriting the Magnolia Inn, a Victorian home nestled in the East Texas pines, is a fantasy come true for Jolene Broussard. After living with the guilt of failing to rescue her self-destructive mother, Jolene knows her aunt and uncle’s B&B is the perfect jump start for a new life and a comforting place to call home. There’s just one hitch: stubborn and moody carpenter Tucker Malone. He’s got a half interest in the Magnolia Inn, and he’s planting his dusty cowboy boots squarely in the middle of her dream.Ever since his wife’s death, Tucker’s own guilt and demons have left him as guarded as Jolene. The last thing he expects is for his new partner to stir something inside him he thought was gone forever. And as wary as Jolene is, she may have found a kindred spirit—someone she can help, and someone she can hold on to.Restoring the Magnolia Inn is the first step toward restoring their hearts. Will they be able to let go of the past and trust each other to do it together?

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Winter Cottage

Pdf Literature Winter Cottage

Pdf:Winter Cottage.An Amazon Charts bestseller.A gripping novel about family secrets…and coming home for the first time.Still grieving the loss of her wandering, free-spirited mother, Lucy Kincaid leaves Nashville for the faded town of Cape Hudson, Virginia. She goes to see the house she’s inherited—one she never knew existed, bequeathed to her by a woman she’s never even met. At the heart of this mystery is the hope that maybe—just maybe—this “Winter Cottage” will answer the endless questions about her mother’s past…including the identity of her birth father.Rather than the quaint Virginian bungalow Lucy expected, Winter Cottage is a grand old estate of many shadows—big enough to hold a century of secrets, passions, and betrayals. It also comes with a handsome and enigmatic stranger, a man next in line to claim Lucy’s inheritance.Now, as Lucy sifts through the past, uncovering the legacy of secrets that Winter Cottage holds, she’ll come to discover as much about her family history as she does about herself. In searching, she could finally find the one thing she’s never really had: a home.

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Inevitable

Pdf Literature Inevitable

Pdf:Inevitable.Lin Chase was aptly named as he’d chosen the profession of bounty hunter. This chase was to apprehend or kill the notorious Whitacre brothers and he was getting close. They were just a few hours ahead of him now after more than a week and a half of tracking. He was the best at what he did and had never even felt the bite of a bullet and didn’t expect this to be any different. But it wasn’t the Whitacre brothers that would cause the enormous shift in his life. That would come two days later.

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Dangerous Love

Pdf Literature Dangerous Love

Pdf:Dangerous Love.A Jamie Begley AnthologyHEAVEN SENTThere wasn’t anything Shade didn’t know about his wife, or so he thought. When another man wanted Lily, it didn’t come as a surprise. What did was that she hadn’t told him. His “Angel” had been sent from heaven just for him, not for another who was trying to steal what was his. Some lessons had to be learned the hard way and “when you burn, you learn” was his favorite lesson to teach.CHASING RAINBOWSIce had never believed in happily ever after … until he fell in love with Grace. He had put a ring on her finger, trying to tie her to him before she came to her senses and realized there was nothing redeeming about him. So, he wasn’t surprised that their marriage was on the rocks. She might be chasing rainbows, trying to find the man she believed he was, but rainbows never lasted, and Ice had never pretended to be anything but what he was—a cold-blooded Predator. She didn’t realize you don’t have to chase after something that’s already been caught.HALO FOR THREEHammer and Jonas were on the hunt for a woman to share. However, either they couldn’t agree on the right woman, or she wanted no part of being in a ménage. That they found Mika on Valentine’s Day gave them hope that they had finally found the woman that they could spend the rest of their lives with … until she disappeared the next day, leaving them with an empty bed and no way to find her. She might have escaped for now, believing she had gotten off scot-free, but the bounty hunters were determined to catch their fleeing third. She might not know it yet, but some halos were made to be shared.

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Beauty and the Billionaire: A Dirty Fairy Tale

Pdf Literature Beauty and the Billionaire: A Dirty Fairy Tale

Pdf:Beauty and the Billionaire: A Dirty Fairy Tale.Ruthless Bastard. White Knight.But I just call him “boss.”Thomas Goldstone.A man of billion dollar deals in custom-tailored suits, he demands more than your best.He’s scary. Driven. Haunted by inner demons that have taken him to the brink.But beneath the arrogant, controlling façade lies a heart of gold.It makes me want to solve him one growly, messy piece at a time.To be the only one who sees the truth of the man.But I’m . . . me.A pink-haired, anime-loving, data-crunching geek with an office in the basement of Goldstone HQ.My chances with the big boss? Statistically insignificant.His burning gaze and clenched jaw say otherwise though. Gives me hope and ignites a flame so hot my glasses fog up.I shouldn’t mix business with pleasure. Shouldn’t tempt the beast upstairs. Shouldn't keep wondering . . .Do fairy tales really come true?From USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post Bestselling Author Lauren Landish comes Beauty and the Billionaire. Your favorite fairy tale with a side of . . . dirty. Prepare for twists you'll never see coming and loads of alpha goodness that will make your heart, and your kindle, melt.

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Still Not Love: An Enemies to Lovers Romance

Pdf Literature Still Not Love: An Enemies to Lovers Romance

Pdf:Still Not Love: An Enemies to Lovers Romance.Not him. Not now. Not the hell again.But I need a hero fast...I'm about to go nuclear.Yet I have to smile and pretend I won't slap him into the next century.James Nobel and I have history.The raging hearts, dueling kisses, nights on fire kind.A man like him breaks laws with that suit and that smirk.So how could I ever forget my first?Or pelting an Adonis with crumpled love notes in class?We were young and dumb and lied about forever.Spoiler alert: he did the lying. Then he disappeared.Maybe I always wanted to know why, but not like this.James, my personal bodyguard.James, my flipping bunkmate in a luxury cabin for newlyweds.James, who still makes me crave one more night of bad decisions.Worse, we're snowed in with my very important father and his enemies.It's a date with chaos. Plus every question I swore I'd never ask again.What if there's more to us than scalding banter and get-bent glares?What if there's still - do I really have to say it - love?From Wall Street Journal bestselling author Nicole Snow - a category five enemies-to-lovers swoon-storm. Watch what happens when irresistible alpha charmer has to fight to win back the woman who got away. Full length romance novel with a Happily Ever After squeal or ten.

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Covet: A Standalone Forbidden Romance

Pdf Literature Covet: A Standalone Forbidden Romance

Pdf:Covet: A Standalone Forbidden Romance. From USA Today Bestselling Author Ella James, A Standalone Forbidden Romance with a throw-your-Kindle twist...  "A sexy, emotional escape--Covet is your next must-read!" Laurelin Paige, New York Times Bestselling Author"A friends to lovers romance set in a land of isolated beauty. An epic love story that broke my heart and sewed it back together again." My One-Click AddictionHomer Carnegie. Admit it--you know my name. Your kid's got my e-trading card. Your husband sits up straighter when I stroll onto the TV screen. He knows I'm going to crack the bat and save the day. Even your grandma's jonesing for my autograph. But women my age? They're the worst. Or would that be the best?It's not my fault they line up at the door. They catch my balls all right, two at a time sometimes. Believe me, everybody wins.At least they did--until the video. I heard TMZ paid a million for a bird's eye view of Homer on his A-game. The only folks who didn't watch with eager eyes? Red Sox management. They want me benched, or worse, shipped off to rehab.It's a long story, what happens next. How I end up on a boat, bound for the world's most remote island: Tristan da Cunha. Just a speck of dust in the Atlantic.Except my heart is there.I don't know that when I step onto the boat.I don't know a lot of things.What I'll covet...What I'll lose...

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Bound To His Bride

Pdf Literature Bound To His Bride

Pdf:Bound To His Bride.Vows sealed us together. The mob tore us apart.But now this beast is coming back for his beauty.She’s mine. To love. To honor. To comfort. And this time, to keep.Forever. To a rough, filthy, savage mob fixer like me, she was an angel. My angel. The beauty to tame the beast I kept inside. I was lost the second I saw her. Abby was my everything. My second chance, the bride I never should have had.…And then one day, I didn’t.The mob takes its dues in blood, and I was their collector. And somehow, I let her get away from me. Too many shadows. Too much blood on my hands. Too many nights away from the only bed I wanted, warmed by the only woman I ever craved. But tonight, I’m through. Tonight, I’m taking back my wife.I’ve been keeping watch over her, and my desire has turned to obsession. It’s turned into a raw, fierce need—to have her, to claim her once again. To take her back and take her in our marriage bed. I’m through being the mob’s mad dog, and I'm about to tear their world apart to get back my bride. Months ago, I let the only goodness I’ve ever known walk out of my life. But tonight, I’m taking her back.Tonight, I’m claiming her all over again. Tonight, I’m going to remind her of the vows we spoke.And I’ll storm heaven and hell to take back my angel.Love your heroes extra growly, extra dominant, and utterly obsessed with their one and onlys? I'm pretty sure you're going to devour this one. ;)Get ready for sugary-sweet and hot as hell, and an utterly driven, committed alpha who'll stop at nothing to re-claim his bride.As with all my books, this standalone is safe, with no cheating, and a HEA guaranteed.

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Daddy: A Billionaire Baby Romance

Pdf Literature Daddy: A Billionaire Baby Romance

Pdf:Daddy: A Billionaire Baby Romance.Self-obsessed. Arrogant. Jerk. I mean…which sensible man would have nothing but a towel wrapped around his waist in his own office? And which sensible girl can avoid all those naughty thoughts then.He’s in his forties – old enough to be my father.OMG…those green eyes that I want to drown myself into, that smooth voice when he orders me around, and don’t even get me started on the muscles…and those hard abs I saw that day in his office… oooh Lord! Have Mercy!Because I am compelled to…Call him DADDY!He says, ‘Age brings in experience,’ and I am so ready to surrender my V-card.We are going great,But then he decides to change things.I can’t!I can’t allow him to ruin my career. So what…if I am head over heels in love with him and the baby in my belly is his!

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We Belong Together: A BBW Second Chance Romance

Pdf Literature We Belong Together: A BBW Second Chance Romance

Pdf:We Belong Together: A BBW Second Chance Romance.The one that got away... and now she’s back in my life.And in the oddest way. This beautiful woman is working to take over—fast. As if!Like the guys I work with might listen to her. But crazily enough, they do. All of them. Except me.She’s too sweet and innocent. Or that’s how I remember her. But she’s all grown up now.My best friend’s little sister is jacking up my life.And now, I hear she’s saving herself for marriage and not interested in dating casually.I’ll change her mind.Funnily enough, she starts to change mine instead. Casually doesn’t sound like so much fun anymore.I’m playing for keeps. Every good girl deserves a bad boy. ~ Weston

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The (Half) Truth

Pdf Literature The (Half) Truth

Pdf:The (Half) Truth.From bestselling author Leddy Harper comes a sizzling romance about an aspiring young chef who may discover that the perfect recipe for love involves all accidental ingredients…Tatum Alexander is so close to realizing her dream of becoming a sous chef she can taste it, but working at her ex-fiancé’s restaurant with his new girlfriend was never in her career plan. To save face and prove she’s moved on, Tatum cooks up a lie that she’s in a relationship with her best friend’s superhot cousin. There’s just one problem: Jason only recently moved to town, and he has no idea they’re already “dating.”Jason’s a recovering ladies’ man who shouldn’t be on the menu, but that doesn’t mean he’s immune to Tatum’s quirky charm. Giving her lie a kernel of truth, they decide some no-strings-attached fun between the sheets can’t hurt. But as Tatum’s forced to keep making up stories to cover her original fib, she has a hard time separating what’s real and what’s fake—including her feelings for Jason.With too many tales spun, Tatum can only watch in horror as her collection of yarns begins to unravel, leaving everyone she cares about feeling betrayed. After so many lies, will it be too late to set the record straight? And more importantly, will she be able to convince Jason there’s truth in their love?

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Hate Notes

Pdf Literature Hate Notes

Pdf:Hate Notes.Amazon’s #1 Most Unputdownable Book of the Year. An Amazon Charts bestseller.A Wall Street Journal bestseller.A Washington Post bestseller. From New York Times bestselling authors Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward comes an unexpected love story of secondhand hearts and second chances…It all started with a mysterious blue note sewn into a wedding dress.Something blue.I’d gone to sell my own unworn bridal gown at a vintage clothing store. That’s when I found another bride’s “something old.”Stitched into the lining of a fabulously feathered design was the loveliest message I’d ever read: Thank you for making all of my dreams come true.The name embossed on the blue stationery: Reed Eastwood, obviously the most romantic man who ever lived. I also discovered he’s the most gorgeous. If only my true-love fantasies had stopped there. Because I’ve since found out something else about Mr. Starry-Eyed.He’s arrogant, cynical, and demanding. I should know. Thanks to a twist of fate, he’s my new boss. But that’s not going to stop me from discovering the story behind his last love letter. A love letter that did not result in a happily ever after.But that story is nothing compared to the one unfolding between us. It’s getting hotter, sweeter, and more surprising than anything I could have imagined.Something new.But I have no idea how this one is going to end…

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Married to the Enemy

Pdf Literature Married to the Enemy

Pdf:Married to the Enemy.Waking up hungover next to your brother's best friend?I can recover from this.Add a ring to the equation?Alright... I'm going need something stronger than tequila.I'm just your average girl.Stumbling my way in the world.My life was simple, waitress by day.Activist by night...That is till the stuck-up suit walked into my life.Arrogant in his demeanor, cold, and unfeeling.Exactly how I thought a billionaire would be.It should have been so easy to hate him.But my every desire to punch him came with a greater desire to kiss him.Losing my v-card to that sexy jerk shouldn't have been so complicated.But little did I know my life was going to be far from simple.Roses are red, violets are blue.This Valentine's Day I'm carrying a baby too.

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Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine: A Novel

Pdf Literature Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine: A Novel

Pdf:Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine: A Novel.#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER AND THE PERFECT HOLIDAY GIFT A Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick“Beautifully written and incredibly funny, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is about the importance of friendship and human connection. I fell in love with Eleanor, an eccentric and regimented loner whose life beautifully unfolds after a chance encounter with a stranger; I think you will fall in love, too!” —Reese WitherspoonNo one’s ever told Eleanor that life should be better than fine. Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy.  But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond’s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.Soon to be a major motion picture produced by Reese Witherspoon, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is the smart, warm, and uplifting story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes. . .   The only way to survive is to open your heart. 

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Locked Up Love

Pdf Literature Locked Up Love

Pdf:Locked Up Love.When Lizzy Roberts agreed to go on a blind date she never imagined it would turn into such a nightmare. Thankfully she’s rescued by a dark knight named Rocco, but his heroic act is seen as a violent attack after the judge is bought off and Rocco is sent to jail. Rocco Lang took one look at the blonde and knew he had to save her. But when his anger got the better of him he ended up behind bars. He doesn’t regret his actions, just that they took him away from her. Now all he’s got are her letters to keep him warm at night. Can they fall in love with just a pen and paper and their hearts on the page? You’re damn right they can! Warning: This alpha might be behind bars, but he’s still running the show. Grab your jumpsuits and cozy up because this prison romance is everything your Valentine’s Day needs!

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The Spitfire Girls

Pdf Literature The Spitfire Girls

Pdf:The Spitfire Girls.Three skilled aviators determined to help win the war. Three brave women who know their place is not at home.At the height of World War II, the British Air Transport Auxiliary need help. A group of young women volunteer for action, but the perils of their new job don’t end on the tarmac. Things are tough in the air, but on the ground their abilities as pilots are constantly questioned.There is friction from the start between the new recruits. Spirited American Lizzie turns heads with her audacity, but few can deny her flying skills. She couldn’t be more different from shy, petite Ruby, who is far from diminutive in the sky. It falls to pragmatic pilot May to bring the women together and create a formidable team capable of bringing the aircraft home.As these very different women fight to prove themselves up to the task at hand, they are faced with challenges and tragedies at every turn. They must fight for equal pay and respect while handling aircraft that are dangerously ill-equipped; meanwhile, lives continue to be lost in the tumult of war.Determined to assist the war effort doing what they love, can May, Lizzie and Ruby put aside their differences to overcome adversity, and will they find love in the skies?

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Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine: A Novel

Pdf Literature Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine: A Novel

Pdf:Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine: A Novel.Number-one New York Times best-seller and the perfect holiday gift.A Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick"Beautifully written and incredibly funny, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is about the importance of friendship and human connection. I fell in love with Eleanor, an eccentric and regimented loner whose life beautifully unfolds after a chance encounter with a stranger; I think you will fall in love, too!" (Reese Witherspoon)No one's ever told Eleanor that life should be better than fine.  Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond's big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.Soon to be a major motion picture produced by Reese Witherspoon, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is the smart, warm, and uplifting story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes. . . The only way to survive is to open your heart.  

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HALO (Fallen Angel Book 1)

Pdf Literature HALO (Fallen Angel Book 1)

Pdf:HALO (Fallen Angel Book 1).Massive world tours. Over a hundred million albums sold. Groupies galore.Every day is a party for Viper and the guys of TBD, the biggest rock band in the world. But it all comes to a screeching halt when the lead singer walks out of the studio one day and never comes back. Ear-blistering vocals. Butchered lyrics. Fame chasers.After months of lackluster auditions, Viper, the lead guitarist and resident bad boy of the group, is ready to find solace in the bottom of a bottle. Time’s running out and the pressure’s on to find a new singer, but it isn’t until an angel walks through the door that the band’s prayers are answered. Charismatic. Talented. Magic behind the mic. Halo is everything they’ve been looking for.With a voice to match his stunning good looks, it isn’t long before Viper’s taking notice. But there are several reasons this is a bad idea:1.Interpersonal relationships in the band are discouraged
2.Viper has already broken rule #1—big mistake
3.Halo is straight
 Too bad Viper’s body isn’t listening to his head—at least not the one on his shoulders. But you can’t fake chemistry, not onstage and certainly not off it, and Viper and Halo? They have it in spades. As both men try to resist the fire blazing between them, and the band is forced to reinvent themselves, it’ll be a complicated rise back to the top. But from the ashes of what was, something beautiful is born. Something better. And when the world finally sees Halo stretch his wings, they’ll discover what it’s like to fall for an angel. BOOK ONE OF THE FALLEN ANGEL SERIESA ROCK ROMANCE

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Stealing Valentine

Pdf Literature Stealing Valentine

Pdf:Stealing Valentine.Roses are red,Violets are blue.I came to rob diamonds,But now I’m stealing her too…I’ve spent my life taking what I want, even if it doesn’t belong to me. Stealing the infamous Whistler diamonds is supposed to be my last job before I can retire wealthy beyond imagination, and I’ve planned for everything…Everything except for her.Valentine is like nothing I’ve ever known before. Good, young, sweet, and alluring—with curves and an innocence far more tempting than any vault or priceless art. I didn’t plan on her, and I sure as h*ll didn’t plan on the diamonds I’m supposed to steal being draped around her neck.…So I’m taking her too.But when I lay my hands on the gorgeous little tease squirming against me, and with one taste of that sassy mouth, I’m lost. And when I find out she’s never been touched?Well, that’s something else I’ll be stealing too.I know she’s off limits. I know this breaks every one of my rules. I know I don’t give a damn about any of that.Claiming her cherry is going to be the sweetest sin. But stealing her heart is going to be the greatest heist this thief ever pulled…All the clichés, ridiculously over-the-top, and more sugary sweetness than a marshmallow peep. Chocolates, roses, diamonds, kidnapped by an obsessed growly alpha... you know, just the old fashioned classics ;).As with all my books, this standalone is safe, with no cheating, and a HEA guaranteed.

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The Billionaire's CamGirl

Pdf Literature The Billionaire's CamGirl

Pdf:The Billionaire's CamGirl.I've got a secret.I've been working as a CamGirl. I was anxious when I started, who wouldn't be? All those strange men... watching me...Except that didn't happen. From the beginning, I've been on display for one man, and one man only. I don't know his name or his face. I should think of him as nothing but a wallet.But the longer we spend together, the more I want to know about him.The closer I want to get.No one should fall in love with a stranger...What happens when I find out we know each other?Get ready to fall in love with an intense alpha-male who knows what he wants and goes for it, plus the woman who claimed his big heart... and the bigger package in his jeans. Ahem. No cheating, and I promise a HEA like always!

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Andre Undercover

Pdf Literature Andre Undercover

Pdf:Andre Undercover.I’m just a small-town girl working undercover as a sex slave in order to expose an international human trafficking ring.Sounds crazy, right?But I’m not alone. The irresistible André Chevalier is with me. Psychoanalyst, philosopher, gentlemen, and friend—the Frenchman is to hot sex what crack is to an addict. I expected danger, risk, exploitation, and constant fear. But I never expected to fall in love.Warning: Contains intensely erotic scenes, profanity, naughty pillow talk, and damaged heroes who like it rough and dirty.

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The Something about Her (The Opposites Attract Series Book 4)

Pdf Literature The Something about Her (The Opposites Attract Series Book 4)

Pdf:The Something about Her (The Opposites Attract Series Book 4).I quit life. Or at least my new job. My new, fancy, head chef position at one of the most acclaimed restaurants in the city is not turning out like I’d hoped. I’m a mess. Totally out of my element and underqualified, I’ve been thrown into a fiery kitchen and I’m not sure I can handle the heat. On top of that, my personal life is falling apart. And to make matters worse, my best friend's brother keeps popping up at all my worst moments to save the day.I’ve never claimed to have it together, but I certainly don’t need a man to rescue me every time I get my heel stuck in a sewer grate. Except that’s what keeps happening. Vann Delane is pushy and stuck up and thinks he knows everything there is to know about everything. And for whatever reason, he keeps saving me. Not that he’s happy about it. He’s made it clear what he thinks about my money and dream job and the designer shoes he saved last weekend. He’s not impressed with me and my penchant for disaster. I’ve decided to stay away from him. I’ve got too many other fires to put out to worry about the something between us that doesn’t have a name. So, he can give his knight in shining armor kindness to someone else. And he can save those intense glances and butterfly-inducing smiles for the nice girl he’s looking for. And he can deny it all he wants, but I know he likes me.He says I drive him crazy. But I know there’s something about me that he can’t deny.

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Charming as Puck

Pdf Literature Charming as Puck

Pdf:Charming as Puck.The man could charm the panties off a nun...Nick Murphy. Hockey god. My best friend’s big brother. My friend-with-mindblowing-benefits. The best thing to happen to my nether regions since my subscription to the toy of the month club. The man I’ve been secretly in love with for years.And total ass.I am so done with him.Except there’s one small problem.Now that I’ve cut him off, his hockey game is in the toilet. He’s convinced I’m his good luck charm, and he wants me back. But only for his game.I’ll be strong. I will. I’ll resist.Asses don’t change their stripes.Or do they?This plan would be so easy if the man wasn't Charming as Puck...Charming as Puck is a romping fun romance between a hockey player and his sister's best friend, complete with farm animals, epic birthday presents, and Berger Twin sightings. This romantic comedy stands alone with no cheating or cliffhangers and ends with a pucking awesome happily ever after.

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Her Secret (Objects of Attraction)

Pdf Literature Her Secret (Objects of Attraction)

Pdf:Her Secret (Objects of Attraction).I’ll admit it. I messed up. Mistake #1: Asking Peter Barnidge for a job.Mistake #2: Accepting his offer instead of throwing it in his face like I planned.Mistake #3: In the interest of stopping before #99, I’ll pretend the only other mistake was withholding one, tiny little nugget of truth during my interview. Peter Barnidge… Where do I even start? How about that after my first day working for Mr. Superstar International Bestselling Author, his name became my favorite kid-friendly cursing substitute. Stub a toe? Peter Barnidge it! Bank account is overdrawn? Son of a Barnidge! And when I realized I was falling for my boss? Well, what the Barnidge?I wish it was easier to just plain hate him, instead of the twisted, confusing blend of hatred and attraction I feel. But he’s the bad kind of attractive. Dark with a side of smoldering heat. The kind of hot that makes me want to do that Catholic cross thing every time I look at him, because one glance takes my brain straight to a world of sin.Speaking of sin… I also lied a little during my interview. But I’m a single mom and I’d do anything to provide for my daughter, even if it meant keeping one tiny little secret. Unfortunately, even small secrets have a way of growing over time. I think it’s only a matter of time before he finds out, and somehow, I don’t think he’s going to be happy when he does.

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Since You've Been Gone

Pdf Literature Since You've Been Gone

Pdf:Since You've Been Gone.A Selah Award winner.One moment, Olivia Kavanaugh is preparing to walk down the aisle and embrace her own happily ever after. The next, she learns that her fiancé, Wyatt Hammond, has been in a fatal car accident. Then comes a startling discovery: Wyatt’s car wasn’t heading toward the church. He was fifty miles away…with a baby gift in the backseat.Her faith shaken, Olivia pores over the clues left behind, desperate to know where Wyatt was going that day and why. As she begins uncovering secrets, she also navigates a tense relationship with her judgmental mother and tries to ignore the attentions of a former boyfriend who’s moved back home. But when she starts receiving letters written by Wyatt before his death, she must confront a disturbing question: Can we ever know anyone fully, even someone we love?When an unexpected path forward—though nothing like the life she once envisioned—offers the promise of a new beginning, will she be strong enough to let go of the past and move toward it?

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The Arrangement 25 (The Ferro Family)

Pdf Literature The Arrangement 25 (The Ferro Family)

Pdf:The Arrangement 25 (The Ferro Family).THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING SERIES WITH 13+ MILLION COPIES SOLD Volume 25 in the New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Arrangement Series Beautiful. Exquisitely so. The man could be a fallen angel, because Sean Ferro is an ocular orgasm. No wonder why I'm pregnant. Babies. Tiny Ferros. There will be four of us soon. I have no idea what to expect but I feel so caught in the middle. Some time alone with Sean is exactly what I need. Time to adjust to this massive change before it becomes reality. I'm finally excited and slightly terrified. I can't comprehend how this new family will come together, how it will act. I mean, can you imagine Frost Queen Ferro having grandbabies? I'm the lucky first Ferro bride to see how that goes. The woman still terrifies me and she likes me now. I can't imagine her with a baby on each knee, and a white bear by her side. New York City is a strange place. No wonder why the Ferro clan resides here. Billionaires with bears are the new black. Now, I just need to figure out how to be one of them, while protecting my new family. But first I have to know where Sean stands with his family's illegal dealings...if he'll stand by me or slip backwards towards his old life once the babies arrive.Genre: Dark Romantic Suspense approx 125 pgs ea ~Boxed Sets of The Arrangement Series have begun! Go grab box 1!~Individual volumes of the The Arrangement Vol 1-25 are on sale now. ~The Arrangement is a fan-driven series. Vol 26 is coming soon~THE FERRO FAMILYThe Arrangement (Sean & Avery)Damaged (Peter & Sidney)Stripped (Jon & Cassie)The Proposition (Bryan & Hallie)Easy (Jocelyn Ferro)Broken Promises (Trystan & Mari)The Wedding Contract (Nick & Sky)Secrets & Lies (Kerry)H.M. WARD'S NEW YORK CITY LOVE STORIESSecrets (Cole & Anna)Scandalous (Jack & Abby)A Little Christmas Romance (Chris & Brooke)Christmas Kisses (Ryan & Holly)REVIEWS:"H.M. Ward writes an emotional, deeply felt story that will rock your world." -Carly Phillips, New York Times Bestselling Author"H.M. Ward takes this series to a whole new level of intensity!" -Cary Mattiller"One of the most emotionally charged novels I have read all year." -Crystal via Goodreads"If you love The Arrangement, then you will not be disappointed with The Proposition." Linda Wallace"Amazing, awesome, and unbelievably sexy." -Cheryl, via Goodreads"You can't go wrong with any book written by H.M. Ward." Christon Benford"This a a story about true love/ first love never dying and making it through all odds. An incredible book." -Gabby's Book Blog"This has to be H.M. Ward's best work yet!" -Sheri via Goodreads"The tension is palpable and so physically powerful; it was beautifully erotic. When a story elicits so much emotion from you, you know it's good." Tessamari Reviews"I want to marry this book and have it's fictional babies""Move over Christian Grey and welcome Sean Ferro." Reading, Eating, & Dreaming"You can't go wrong with a book written by H.M. Ward." Christon Benford"I thought nothing could top Damaged & The Arrangement Series. I was wrong." -Curious Kindle Reader"Serious sexual tension!" -Spare Time Book Blog"Jack Gray was perfect.. Naughty, professional, drop dead GORGEOUS!" Reese's Addict to Fiction"Hilarious, witty, with a 'gut punching' story line." Workman"The sexual tension is great, the characters were great. It has everything....the fighting to protect the girl, sexy scans, hot men, and the funny scenes." Loving Read"Amazing, hot, sexy, and leaves you wanting more." -ENAAUTHOR BIOGRAPHY: H.M. Ward continues to reign as a NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author who sold 13+ million books, placing her among the literary titans. Ward has been featured in articles in the NEW YORK TIMES, FORBES, and USA TODAY to name a few. You can interact with this bestselling author on Facebook at AuthorHMWard. Text HMWARD to 24587

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PS... You’re Mine

Pdf Literature PS... You’re Mine

Pdf:PS... You’re Mine.Katie Lovely signs up her class for a project, writing letters to Marines serving overseas, but a calculation error means she has to participate along with the class. She isn’t prepared for what happens after she gets the first letter. Sergeant Major Mark Gunner is serving his last tour and looking forward to getting out of the Marines. When he gets a letter that captures his heart, everything suddenly changes. Their worlds connect and letters flow, creating a love unlike any other. But when their time is up and the letters stop, will his claim remain? Warning: This is a super quick, sweet, and dirty read with a small Valentine twist. *whispers* Don’t worry, it’s a happily ever after! BONUS BOOK: Snow & Mistletoe anther sweet quickie will be at the end of PS… You’re Mine as a bonus book for the first two weeks after release. PS... You’re Mine ends half way through the book.

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Knocking Her Up (Hot-Bites)

Pdf Literature Knocking Her Up (Hot-Bites)

Pdf:Knocking Her Up (Hot-Bites).From the moment I saw her, I knew I had to make Jo mine. She’s smart and sexy, with a body that can make a man fall to his knees. And I’m that man.
She’s far too good for a rough and tough boxer like me, but I’m too selfish to walk away from her.
She tries to fight the attraction we have, but I’m not having it. I need her like I need to breathe. And I’m going to have her at any cost.
But she tries to push me away by telling me her hopes for the future-which include children. What Jo doesn’t know about me is that if a baby is what she wants, then that’s exactly what I’ll give her.
Warning. They’re back! He’s a possessive hero. She’s a sassy bookkeeper. But opposites attract, and when they do it’s hot and sweaty. That cover and title sums up just where Jordan and Jenika go with this one. It’s dirty and sweet and tied up nicely with a sweet HEA.


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Broken Captive: A Reverse Harem Omegaverse Dark Romance (Wren's Song Book 3)

Pdf Literature Broken Captive: A Reverse Harem Omegaverse Dark Romance (Wren's Song Book 3)

Pdf:Broken Captive: A Reverse Harem Omegaverse Dark Romance (Wren's Song Book 3).They refuse to set Wren free. Caspian who can't understand his undying longing for the silent girl. Toby who loves her, obsesses over her--would kill for her. And Kieran... who needs Wren's affection, and hates her for it. Broken Captive: Wren's Song Book 3 is a dark, sinister Omegaverse Reverse Harem tale for those with twisted tastes and a passion for unabashed bad boys. Complete power exchange dominates these pages, as do THREE smoking-hot Alpha antiheroes. Over 450 ★★★★★ Star Reviews Across the Series! ***"This book made me have ALL the feelings. It's as filthy as you would expect but it's so much more!" - Darkreads, Goodreads Reviewer ★★★★★"Absolutely incredible. Addison Cain has outdone herself with this story. By far my favorite book in the series. This book had me on the edge of my seat, tears in eyes before yet another gut wrenching plunge." Jacquelyn, Goodreads Reviewer ★★★★★"All the Stars. ALL. OF. Them." - Ri, Goodreads Reviewer ★★★★★"My absolute FAVORITE of this enthralling masterpiece series!" - Myra Danvers, USA Today bestselling author ★★★★★"Oh wow, this series gets better with each book! I have to say, this one was intense." - Shelli, Goodreads reviewer ★★★★★"Oh my word, this is an absolutely amazing series." Louise, Goodreads Reviewer ★★★★★"What a great third book in this series. It was good to watch Caspian and Kerian squirm with the feelings they are being forced to face when it comes to Wren and what she means to them." - Kathy, Goodreads reviewers ★★★★★

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You

Pdf Literature You

Pdf:You.How far would you go for the perfect love? A young man's dark obsession with an enigmatic, gorgeous writer leads to murderous consequences in this erotic psychological thriller. You walk into the bookstore and you keep your hand on the door to make sure it doesn't slam. You smile, embarrassed to be a nice girl, and your nails are bare and your V-neck sweater is beige and it's impossible to know if you're wearing a bra but I don't think that you are. You're so clean that you're dirty and you murmur your first word to me - hello. When aspiring writer and recent Brown graduate Guinevere Beck strides into the bookstore where Joe works, he's instantly smitten. Beck is everything Joe has ever wanted: she's gorgeous, tough, razor-smart, and sexy beyond his wildest dreams. Joe needs to have her, and he'll stop at nothing to do so. As he begins to insinuate himself into her life - her friendships, her email, her phone - she can't resist her feelings for a guy who seems custom-made for her. So when her boyfriend, Benji, mysteriously disappears, Beck and Joe fall into a tumultuous affair. But there's more to Beck than her oh-so-perfect façade, and their mutual obsession quickly spirals into a whirlwind of deadly consequences. Dark, masterful, and timely, debut novelist Caroline Kepnes' You is a perversely romantic thriller that's more dangerously clever than any you've heard before. A chilling account of unrelenting passion, this tale of love, sex, and death will stay with you long after the story ends.

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His Captive Mountain Virgin (Blackthorn Mountain Men Book 2)

Pdf Literature His Captive Mountain Virgin (Blackthorn Mountain Men Book 2)

Pdf:His Captive Mountain Virgin (Blackthorn Mountain Men Book 2).Up on my mountain, she’ll play by my rules. My obsession. My Temptation. My Captive.When I left life as a hitman for the Russian mob years ago, I never wanted to look back. I took the millions I’d made doing their dirty work and built my retreat up on Blackthorn Mountain, away from everything.But a flash wildfire brings her to my front door, and from the moment I lay eyes on her, I know one thing: she’ll be mine.Gorgeous, sassy, innocent, untouched...and my prisoner. No one can know I’m here, so she stays. I’m keeping her.Life as a contract killer and now as a rough mountain man has turned my heart cold. I should keep a sweet girl like her away from me. But once I put my hands on her tempting curves and once I taste those sweet, innocent lips, I want nothing else than to keep her as close as possible.I’ve saved her from the fire, but if we aren’t careful, we’ll both get burned.Because my past isn’t done with me. The mob I walked away from years before thinks they can use Chloe to get to me, but they’re dead f-ing wrong.Up here, I’m king, she’s my mountain queen, and I’ll storm heaven and hell to keep her safe.Chloe’s got a fight in her, but once I lay my hands on her, I’m never letting her go.Just so we’re clear, this book is completely out of control, and reality has left the building. If you’re looking for realism, this ain’t it. But, if you’ve got a hankering for a growly-alpha-caveman hero that will stop at nothing to claim what’s his, then you’re probably going to devour this book ;). Safe, no cheating, and HEA guaranteed.

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Tempting Blalock: Terra Mortis Book 8

Pdf Literature Tempting Blalock: Terra Mortis Book 8

Pdf:Tempting Blalock: Terra Mortis Book 8.Lexic I'm a minion. Most of my kind don't venture out of their comfort zone to do anything beyond what the king they serve asks. It's just not in our nature. But I've never been like the rest of my kind. Though we have a king, even Grey would tell you I basically run the fifth kingdom. And I'm good at it. Really good. Unfortunately, my confidence in my abilities as an assistant to the king is really the only confidence I have. I know next to nothing about relationships. My comfort zone might be big for a minion, but it's still a zone with barriers I'm too scared to cross. And that is why I will never tell the man I want how I feel about him. There is just too much risk and I unfortunately know nothing about the possible reward. Blalock I'm old, I'm cranky and I've been pining for a man that can never be mine. I'm not good enough for him. All this time, I'd thought what I felt for Lexic was crazy. What normal person misses a man like he hasn't seen him in years when he literally just walked him to his bedroom door? That kind of obsession isn't normal, right? That's what I have thought these last four years. But then one night, Ragyn starts talking about his feelings for Grey and how all-consuming they are, and suddenly, I understand why I've been acting so crazy. Lexic is my mate. Unfortunately, it doesn't change anything. He's still way too good for me. He needs someone as extraordinary as him. Not a man whose life is predictable, but definitely not set in stone. Too bad I'd kill anyone who even though about touching him. So… I guess I'll just spend the rest of my life following this precious minion around, scaring off all the men that try to come into his life… and basically making him as miserable as I am. Warning: Mpreg elements! (Though the MCs in this book aren't and cannot get pregnant, this is a spin-off series from my Chosen series. Occasional Mpreg characters might have cameos. You've been warned!)Also, my books have little to no angst, and lots and lots of fluff! They are better read in order, because I kind of write them like a continuation of a story, and I don't like to repeat explanations over and over if I can help it. No cheating, because that makes my heart hurt, and I try to avoid things that make me sad like I SHOULD be avoiding carbs. Sorry, I just don't want anyone being disappointed if they like the angst filled heart-rippers. These read more like a romantic comedy than a romantic drama. Enjoy!! ::blowing you kisses::

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She Comes First: The Thinking Man's Guide to Pleasuring a Woman

Pdf Literature She Comes First: The Thinking Man's Guide to Pleasuring a Woman

Pdf:She Comes First: The Thinking Man's Guide to Pleasuring a Woman.As women everywhere will attest, when it comes to understanding female sexuality, most guys know more about what's under the hood of a car than under the hood of a clitoris. And while it seems that men have struggled valiantly since the dawn of time to find ways to reliably elicit the female orgasm, rare is the guy who has the modesty to ask: "What do I do?" Ironically, the answer has always been right there on the tip of his tongue. Welcome to the world of She Comes First, where the mystery of female satisfaction is solved and the tongue is proven mightier than the sword. According to Ian Kerner, clinical sexologist and evangelist of the female orgasm, oral sex has long been deemed an optional aspect of foreplay, but, in fact, it's coreplay: simply the best way for leading a woman through the entire process of sexual response. Fun, informative, and easy to read, She Comes First is a virtual encyclopedia of female pleasure, detailing dozens of tried-and-true techniques for consistently satisfying a woman and step-by-step instructions to ensure success. These simple methods represent a new era in sexual intimacy, one in which the exchange of pleasure occurs on a level playing field and fulfillment is mutual. She Comes First exuberantly offers a fresh new sexual philosophy that inspires every man to make a mantra of Rhett Butler's infamous line to Scarlett O'Hara, "You should be kissed, and often, and by someone who knows how."

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Captivated By You (Crossfire, Book 4)

Pdf Literature Captivated By You (Crossfire, Book 4)

Pdf:Captivated By You (Crossfire, Book 4).The #1 New York Times and #1 USA Today bestseller.Gideon calls me his angel, but he's the miracle in my life. My gorgeous, wounded warrior, so determined to slay my demons while refusing to face his own.The vows we'd exchanged should have bound us tighter than blood and flesh. Instead they opened old wounds, exposed pain and insecurities, and lured bitter enemies out of the shadows. I felt him slipping from my grasp, my greatest fears becoming my reality, my love tested in ways I wasn't sure I was strong enough to bear.At the brightest time in our lives, the darkness of his past encroached and threatened everything we'd worked so hard for. We faced a terrible choice: the familiar safety of the lives we'd had before each other or the fight for a future that suddenly seemed an impossible and hopeless dream...

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Unexpected Claim

Pdf Literature Unexpected Claim

Pdf:Unexpected Claim.Ivy is looking to break out of her innocent bubble, so she decides going to an adult club with her bestie is the way to do it. She’s nervous and excited, but nothing could compare to the reality she's confronted with.Shep’s been totally okay with living his quiet life alone. But his best friend thinks it’s time he changed that. Being dragged into a club wasn’t his idea of fun, but one glance at the snowy angel and he’s done for.Warning: This book is about grownups doing grown things, so brace yourself! Two virgins walk in... Can you guess how many walk out? One-click to find out!

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Cocked And Loaded (Lucas Brothers Book 4)

Pdf Literature Cocked And Loaded (Lucas Brothers Book 4)

Pdf:Cocked And Loaded (Lucas Brothers Book 4).When I slap the handcuffs on herI’ll be taking her to bed, not jail. Getting involved with the wrong woman can destroy your life. I had to move back home and lose my position as Detective to get away from one. The last thing I need is to repeat my mistake. I should be happy. Deputy in my home town, surrounded by family and friends— Life is good. Then she crashes—literally crashes—into my world.Adelle Harrington is a complication I don't need. She’s way too high maintenance for my taste. She’s sassy, opinionated, and stubborn. She’s also the Mayor’s only daughter. Which means she should be completely off limits. I tried to stay away, but when she forces my hand, all bets are off. She picked the wrong cop to tangle with. I’ve got her in my sites, she’s not getting away Complete standalone romantic comedy with guaranteed happy ending inside. Pull up a chair, grab some lemonade and enjoy the zany family from Mason Texas--just watch out for runaway cows.

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Curvy

Pdf Literature Curvy

Pdf:Curvy.The first time Flynn Long sees her, she's lying on a bed in lingerie. The picture is soft, just like her curves, and instantly he's obsessed. Cali Carr is at the end of her full-figure modeling career when she's hired for a new campaign. But when the owner of the company steps out of the shadows and starts calling the shots, a job is the last thing it feels like. Love at first sight isn't supposed to be real. One touch isn't supposed to ignite so much. A single picture isn't supposed to drive a man insane. But luckily for us it's happening in Curvy! Warning: Over the top isn't strong enough for what this short story is. It's velvety sweetness coated in insta-love cheese, and it's waiting for you to take a bite.

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TABOO SEX SHORT STORIES FOR ADULTS 30+ EROTICA BOOKS: EXPLICIT FORCED ROUGH SHORT STORY COLLECTION , LONELY WIFE, FAMILY, MENAGE, FIRST TIME VIRGINS AND MORE

Pdf Literature TABOO SEX SHORT STORIES FOR ADULTS 30+ EROTICA BOOKS: EXPLICIT FORCED ROUGH SHORT STORY COLLECTION , LONELY WIFE, FAMILY, MENAGE, FIRST TIME VIRGINS AND MORE

Pdf:TABOO SEX SHORT STORIES FOR ADULTS 30+ EROTICA BOOKS: EXPLICIT FORCED ROUGH SHORT STORY COLLECTION , LONELY WIFE, FAMILY, MENAGE, FIRST TIME VIRGINS AND MORE.Ever wonder what it would be like to give in to forbidden temptation, or to play out your wildest fantasies? Then look no further, because this mega collection of very hot and explicit stories will do just that.Advisory: This 30+ Book Mega Bundle of Erotica Taboo Sex Stories contain Explicit Sexuality, and Adult Content that may be deemed by some to be offensive, indecent, or otherwise objectionable, so please read at your own discretion. These taboo stories are super hot with explicit scenes of desire and passion that do not leave much to the imagination and are guaranteed to make your panties WET and set your KINDLE on FIRE!This eBook is intended for Adults Only!!

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On the Rocks: A Dark Mafia Romance

Pdf Literature On the Rocks: A Dark Mafia Romance

Pdf:On the Rocks: A Dark Mafia Romance.Now a #1 Amazon Best Seller in Romantic Erotica and Erotic SuspenseNo one can stop this mob king from saving his queen.Drake Damn, it’s good to be king. Of the family. My company. This entire f*cking city. Hell, I even have the most powerful Senator under my control. With my gorgeous, sweet new wife by my side and in my bed, life is absolutely perfect. I rule the world. Until she disappears. The sadistic bastard who stole her from me doesn’t want anything to set her free. She’s not a pawn or a hostage. She’s his prisoner. I have no idea where they are. And, all my money and power can't help me find her. The first time I've ever been weak. I don't know what the hell to do. Trinity They think I’m fragile. Delicate. Broken. Maybe I am. Maybe that's why I've fallen for Drake so hard and so fast. After a lifetime of being lost, I've finally been found. I'm in love. He's obsessed. With taking care of me. Making me the queen to his king. Sheltering me from his savage life and protecting me from the rest of the world. Until I’m stolen from him. My body. My memory. My life. I’m fighting to survive. To escape from a monster. Yet, this time no one can save me. Except me. On the Rocks is a dark mafia romance. A stand alone novella with an HEA and no cheating. This book is intended for mature audiences only and contains extremely sensitive material that may not be suitable for all readers.

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Black Forever (Obsidian Book 4)

Pdf Literature Black Forever (Obsidian Book 4)

Pdf:Black Forever (Obsidian Book 4).The second the whip was placed in my hand, I snapped.I couldn't turn away.I needed this.The man I fought for so long has returned, more feral than before. Will Rome still love me?Or will she leave?

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Coach

Pdf Literature Coach

Pdf:Coach.Retiring from the NFL was the right decision, and at thirty years old, I've done things most people could only dream of. After all I've accomplished, coaching high school football should be easy...but when you've got a distraction in the form of a nerdy girl with curves, things can get complicated. She's a student, she's barely legal, and she's my best friend’s daughter. I didn't know what desire was until Megan. I had no idea obsession could drive someone insane, until I saw her. I wasn't prepared for the fact that once I laid eyes on Megan my life would really begin. I have to have her, no matter what the cost. I have to breed her and bind her to me so tightly she can't ever get away. She'll be mine, even if I have to take her. Warning: this book is ridiculous, over the top, completely unbelievable, and pretty much just about breeding the heroine. If you're okay with that, welcome to my dirty, dirty book! Just remember, I warned you.

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Milk and Vine: Inspirational Quotes From Classic Vines

Pdf Literature Milk and Vine: Inspirational Quotes From Classic Vines

Pdf:Milk and Vine: Inspirational Quotes From Classic Vines.Review 'milk and vine takes inspiration from the bestselling milk and honey, and it's way, way, better.'  -BuzzFeed'The hyperminimalist, three-to-four-line poems that grace the pages of Milk and Vine don't paint scenes of breakups or moments of personal growth, but instead engage the reader by alluding to an entirely different -- yet equally universal -- experience: Vines.'  -NY Mag'One thing is clear: people are in love with milk and vine'.  -Bustle'The loud, flashing images and inherently, well, dumb nature of many of the most popular videos are presented in a style that suggests some deeper sense of meaning which simply isn't there -- like hanging a high school student's vulgar drawing in an art museum.'   -PhillyVoice Read more

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Coveted (Eternally Tethered Book 2)

Pdf Literature Coveted (Eternally Tethered Book 2)

Pdf:Coveted (Eternally Tethered Book 2).For as long as she can remember, Ancelin has felt as if she were living a life not her own - confined to an ill-fitting, somewhat empty existence. One she'd come to terms with.Now though, something is wrong. She can't see it, she can't touch it, but something sinister is there, lurking in the shadows, determined to consume her... if she lets it.Ancelin loves the paranormal, the fairy tales, the dark fantasies she's read about in books and watched on a screen - all the things her sister wishes Ancelin would stop insisting were more than stories.But what if they really are?What if this is the story, and something - someone - is waiting on the chance to drag her back to real life?(Coveted is a paranormal romance, ending in a cliffhanger that leads into the next book of the series, which will follow a different couple. It is a novella, roughly the same length as "Haunted", which you are highly encouraged to read (or re-read) first.)

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Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as Told by Christian

Pdf Literature Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as Told by Christian

Pdf:Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as Told by Christian.See the world of Fifty Shades of Grey anew through the eyes of Christian Grey. In Christian's own words, and through his thoughts, reflections, and dreams, E L James offers a fresh perspective on the love story that has enthralled millions of listeners around the world. Christian Grey exercises control in all things; his world is neat, disciplined, and utterly empty - until the day that Anastasia Steele falls into his office, in a tangle of shapely limbs and tumbling brown hair. He tries to forget her but instead is swept up in a storm of emotion he cannot comprehend and cannot resist. Unlike any woman he has known before, shy, unworldly Ana seems to see right through him - past the business prodigy and the penthouse lifestyle to Christian's cold, wounded heart. Will being with Ana dispel the horrors of his childhood that haunt Christian every night? Or will his dark sexual desires, his compulsion to control, and the self-loathing that fills his soul drive this girl away and destroy the fragile hope she offers him? This audiobook is intended for mature audiences.Look for E L James' passionate new love story, The Mister, coming April 16, 2019. 

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The Magic of Twelve: Sky

Pdf Literature The Magic of Twelve: Sky

Pdf:The Magic of Twelve: Sky.When everything is different, how can he feel so right?Sky’s not sure whether a job interview on her twenty-second birthday will bring her luck or not. Things aren’t looking very promising when a pigeon poops on her head. Desperately cleaning her hair in the restroom, she has no idea that her life is about to change drastically. The seventh droblin, or precious mate, is magically transported to meet the Sorcerer of Bairn who has been waiting for her arrival for a very long time. From the minute she touches him, Sky is shocked to find that he feels so familiar and so good. Merrick will tend of his droblin carefully. It is his pleasure to care for her in all ways. Protecting her from the growing menace is his responsibility. Will Merrick be able to insure her safety? The Magic of Twelve is a series of erotic age play romances. Each is a complete story. Pepper does suggest that you read them in order to best appreciate the characters and stories. If you are offended by age play, intimate care, or dubious consent, this is not the book for you. If you’re into hot sorcerers wielding powerful magic and the young women who captivate them, this will be the happily ever after that hope to find.

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Game For Love (Bad Boys of Football Book 3)

Pdf Literature Game For Love (Bad Boys of Football Book 3)

Pdf:Game For Love (Bad Boys of Football Book 3).Millions of readers around the world have fallen in love with Bella Andre’s emotional, fun and sexy contemporary romances!BOOK DESCRIPTION:In a relationship built on lies...the only truth is their feelings for each other. To fulfill his grandmother's dying wish, linebacker Cole Taylor must find – and marry – a good girl. First grade teacher Anna Davis fits the bill perfectly. Their deal is simple: If she'll be his temporary wife, he'll give her more pleasure than she ever imagined was possible. Only, love is the ultimate game-changer.Don’t miss Bella’s other bestselling romances…THE SULLIVANS:The Look of LoveFrom This Moment OnCan't Help Falling In LoveI Only Have Eyes For YouIf You Were MineLet Me Be The OneCome A Little Bit CloserAlways On My MindKissing Under The MistletoeOne Perfect NightThe Way You Look TonightIt Must Be Your LoveJust To Be With YouI Love How You Love MeAll I Ever Need Is YouNow That I've Found YouSince I Fell For You ~ Coming Soon!THE MAVERICK BILLIONAIRES:Breathless In LoveReckless In LoveFearless In LoveTHE MORRISONS:Kiss Me Like ThisTempt Me Like ThisLove Me Like This ~ Coming Soon!AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY:Bella Andre's New York Times and USA Today bestselling novels have been #1 bestsellers around the world and she has sold more than 5 million books so far! Known for "sensual, empowered stories enveloped in heady romance" (Publishers Weekly), her books have been Cosmopolitan Magazine "Red Hot Reads" twice and have been translated into ten languages. She also writes "sweet" contemporary romances as Lucy Kevin. There are more than 50,000 5 star reviews for Bella Andre's books on Goodreads!

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Shaker (Blackwings MC Book 5)

Pdf Literature Shaker (Blackwings MC Book 5)

Pdf:Shaker (Blackwings MC Book 5).Shaker:I didn’t do relationships.Because I had been burned.I didn’t do repeats.Because I was burned, again.I slipped and allowed a repeat.And I was burned for a third time.Then I found her.Beaten and bruised.I knew only I could protect her.And I wanted to.As a friend.I wouldn’t fall in love with her.I couldn’t fall in love with her.But I did.And it almost killed her.Shaker is Book Five in the Blackwings MC Series. Adult Content Warning: For ages 18 years and older due to explicit language, sexual content, and violence.

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When Daddy Wasn't Looking (A Dad's BFF Romance) (Nice and Dirty Series Book 1)

Pdf Literature When Daddy Wasn't Looking (A Dad's BFF Romance) (Nice and Dirty Series Book 1)

Pdf:When Daddy Wasn't Looking (A Dad's BFF Romance) (Nice and Dirty Series Book 1).HE'S DONE WITH WAITING. IT'S TIME TO TAKE WHAT'S HIS, F*UK THE CONSEQUENCES...Hawk DentonMy best friend would kill me if he knew the dirty things that come to mind when I look at his only daughter. She's innocent and untouched. And when she gets a job working in my bar, all bets are off. I don’t care about the consequences. I will mark her so the whole world knows she belongs to me; only me. Lucy GraceI want my first time to be with a real man--Hawk Denton. He stayed away because he thought of me as too virtuous, but there is nothing chaste about what I want him to do to me. And now that we will be around each other all day and all night, I'll do whatever it takes to unleash the beast he's been keeping at bay. WARNING: He's an over-the-top, possessive, "take what he wants" Alpha. If you like that, then you're in for a nice (and dirty) ride. This is a safe, STAND ALONE, short story with no cliffhangers. ITS OVER THE TOP. And yes, there's a very happy ending. Readers 18 yrs and up.

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Claimed by Her Two Alphas: Complete 3-Book Shifter Paranormal Romance Box Set (Shifter Alphas Furever 2)

Pdf Literature Claimed by Her Two Alphas: Complete 3-Book Shifter Paranormal Romance Box Set (Shifter Alphas Furever 2)

Pdf:Claimed by Her Two Alphas: Complete 3-Book Shifter Paranormal Romance Box Set (Shifter Alphas Furever 2).If you love riveting storytelling, sensual alpha shifters, and paranormal romance that never quits, then you’ll love this complete 3-Book Shifter Paranormal Romance box set! Inside this box set collection: 3 mfm shifter romance books that are ALL about her - no m/m:** Double Trouble** Between Two Wolves** The Wolves Next DoorDouble TroubleTwo gorgeous were-bears, and one woman who gave up on the idea of true love a long time ago...Down on her luck, plus size single, Sadie doesn’t ever think she’ll find love, so when her best friend Peyton offers to set her up on a blind date, she initially refuses.Why would she waste her time?Thankfully, Peyton isn’t taking no for an answer. She knows that Sadie needs to try something new and different if she ever stands a chance at letting go of her insecurities, and finally opening up her heart once again.The twist? Sadie is about to go on a blind date with not one, but two dangerously handsome men who just happen to be joint-alphas of a were-bear shifter clan.Dane and Jackson have been the best of friends ever since they were young cubs so when they are both made joint-alpha of their clan, they agree to share more than leadership; they want to share a mate.For the two sexy were-bears, it's quite simple: convince the plus-size beauty that she is destined to be their mate, and they know just how to do it. Poor Sadie doesn't realize just how wild it's about to get!Between Two WolvesRisha is your typical kick-ass girl.She is as tough in the ring as she is out, and can hold her own against the guys. It takes a lot to knock her down.Unfortunately, her ex-boyfriend cheating on her with an old friend from her college days managed to sucker-punch her in one of her few weak spots, hitting her where it hurt most.Determined to find herself again and mend her broken heart, she sets out on a journey of self-discovery that leads her deep inside the shadows of Black Wolf Mountain. But what she’ll find in the mysterious caverns will open her eyes to a different side of herself that she’s never known, and it all happens in the arms of two handsome strangers.Colt and Jericho are determined to invade Risha’s boundaries and push her into the deepest depths of her own forbidden desires. That is until a cruel hunter appears in their secret corner of the mountain and threatens to destroy them all.The Wolves Next DoorThe sexiest neighbors you could ever ask for...When plus size single Julie moves into a strange town, nothing could prepare her for the dangerously handsome strangers next door who want nothing more than to claim her as their own.What she doesn't know is that Caine and Ryan both hold a wickedly dark secret that threatens to change her life forever.

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Snow Covered Moon (Twisted Eventide-1)

Pdf Literature Snow Covered Moon (Twisted Eventide-1)

Pdf:Snow Covered Moon (Twisted Eventide-1).These monsters don't sparkle... they drip blood when they walk. Click now & start reading! ~ My name is Jaevia Knightley. I'm a daemon: half succubus, half vampire.  Tarnished love, violence, and darkness are all I have ever known. I was once a part a great organization - the Kindred. Charged with policing the other supernaturals of the worlds. The Kindred and I came to a crossroads and I wanted out. The problem? You can't leave the Kindred, it's forbidden. Now I'm wanted by the same monsters I once served. Branded a traitor, I escaped and have been hiding in Baltimore among humans.  I'm trying to live a normal life, or at least something close to it, but every person I love is another person I put in danger.  The Kindred never forgives or forgets, I should have remembered that. Exacting their own twisted revenge, they sent my ex-lover to hunt me down.  Now heavy questions haunt me... ...how will I survive?  ...how will I save those I love? ~ If you're a fan of sexy warrior protagonists, complicated love, deep characters, and raw emotion on every page, then you'll love SNOW COVERED MOON. Enjoy both kink and adventure with a strong female protagonist who knows revenge is best served HOT. But beware: this story is not for the faint of heart! WARNING: SNOW COVERED MOON is a dark romance that includes paranormal erotica (MF, MMF, FF, MM). This novel contains BDSM, horror, and other content not suitable for persons under 18 or those sensitive to trauma fiction. For everyone else: hold on tight.  ~~~ For those wishing to read the series, here are the volumes, in order:Snow Covered Moon (Twisted Eventide-1)Yuletide Crimson (Twisted Eventide-2)Hunted Nightmare: Descension (Twisted Eventide-3)Hunted Nightmare: Ascension (Twisted Eventide-4)Murder of Crows (Twisted Eventide-5)Harper Files, Bad and Good (Twisted Eventide-5.5) Sacred Bones (Twisted Eventide-6)Moon Rise (Twisted Eventide-7)Touch (Twisted Eventide-7.5) Monster (Twisted Eventide-8)Cursed and Finding Honor (Twisted Eventide-8.5)

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Porterhouse (Grade-A Beefcakes Book 4)

Pdf Literature Porterhouse (Grade-A Beefcakes Book 4)

Pdf:Porterhouse (Grade-A Beefcakes Book 4).Meet—or should I say meat—Porter Duke. He serves up a large portion of big beef all alone, but he doesn't want to claim Jillian Murphy by himself. Liam Hogan has what it takes to satisfy the hungriest appetite—and their woman is insatiable.When Jill's life is in danger, should she go to the sexy DA and new sheriff who have stolen her heart? Or should she protect her men from the one thing that could destroy them—herself?Remember: With a Vanessa Vale book, one cowboy is never enough. In this smokin' hot series, each heroine gets an extra helping (or two) of Grade-A Beefcake.

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Hard At Work (A Dark Alpha Romance) (Nice and Dirty Series Book 3)

Pdf Literature Hard At Work (A Dark Alpha Romance) (Nice and Dirty Series Book 3)

Pdf:Hard At Work (A Dark Alpha Romance) (Nice and Dirty Series Book 3).The moment she walked into my office, I knew I would claim her...When a clumsy waitress spilled a drink on me, I looked up to see who this woman was. Her name is Aria Stevens. She is gorgeous and her curves are so dangerous they should come with a warning. When her boss fires her for spilling the drink, I offer her a job at my firm. I find out that not only is she hot, she’s also smart and funny. I want her so damn bad; it hurts. But she’s skittish and shies away from me. I thought she was staying away because I’m her Boss, but its more than that; she’s a virgin. Now that I know, I have plans for Aria and I will make sure that I claim not only her body but also her heart and soul. She says she’s single because men are hard to deal with. But I’ll show her that a hard man is exactly what she needs. Please note: This is a sexy, safe, short story. It's also a stand alone, HEA. If you like getting dirty, you've come to the right place.

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Let Go

Pdf Literature Let Go

Pdf:Let Go.Rockstar. Actor. Entrepreneur. I’m Lachlan Marcus, and I just walked out on my empire. I bought a ball cap and a pair of cheap sunglasses and took the first bus leaving the station.I landed in a small town looking straight into the eyes of an angel with auburn curls and curves that bring to life my inner barbarian, determined to make her mine. She’s naïve, yet wise, and sees directly into my soul like no one ever before.Within twenty-four hours, I’ve got her inside the wedding chapel and my last name attached to her.Only she has no idea who I really am. I represent everything in this world she’s been taught to distrust.The life I left has come calling, and I’m losing her before our life together can even begin.Author’s Note: This famous hero hasn’t touched a woman in longer than he can remember, and she’s never been kissed. They don’t waste any time heating up the pages and making up for what they’ve been missing. This super-fast steamy read is safe, no cheating and has the best kind of happy ending.

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Stealing the Cowboy's Hat: Chosen Book 18

Pdf Literature Stealing the Cowboy's Hat: Chosen Book 18

Pdf:Stealing the Cowboy's Hat: Chosen Book 18.Hollyster RomanArguing with Cowen over video chats it one of my absolute favorite things to do. And though we've never met, I've found that calling him to yell at him about the way he treats my people is the highlight of my week. But the man really does need a partner, and his boss insists it's someone from my department, so after several failed attempts at placing another agent with him, I take on the daunting task myself.Who knew fighting with Cowen in person rather than video chat would be even more… stimulating? When the boys from Purdy need our help to find out who all is on the side of the evil bastard Heath, we quickly realize just how well we work together. And we discover some other things too.Cowen MaxwellHaving Hollyster in my house, taking over my space and being a general pain in my ass should be the torture. What's torture is realizing my little obsession with him is quickly turning into more. When the delphinium keeping me from catching his scent falls off in the middle of the night, it is suddenly very clear why I can't look at him without wanting. Why the idea of him leaving my house makes my stomach churn. Why the idea of using him as bait to get inside the bunker where Heath is keeping his new collection of chosen makes me so damn angry and utterly terrified. But will Hollyster be able to accept a cranky old man with a bad attitude as the man he spends forever with?Warning: Mpreg elements! Also, my books have little to no angst, and lots and lots of fluff! They are better read in order, because I kind of write them like a continuation of a story, and I don't like to repeat explanations over and over if I can help it. No cheating, because that makes my heart hurt, and I try to avoid things that make me sad like I SHOULD be avoiding carbs. Sorry, I just don't want anyone being disappointed if they like the angst filled heart-rippers. These read more like a romantic comedy than a romantic drama. Enjoy!! ::blowing you kisses::

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Desired Wetness

Pdf Literature Desired Wetness

Pdf:Desired Wetness.Desired Wetness is the sexual compilation of stories from mother daughter sexual confidants Shakelia and Rachelynn Manns. Come enjoy the ride as each woman shares with you the sexually satisfying stories from their clients Ambrea, Terrance, Kimara, John and Mr. Pied Pussy Slayer Braylen.

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Beautiful Bastard

Pdf Literature Beautiful Bastard

Pdf:Beautiful Bastard.An ambitious intern. A perfectionist executive. And a whole lot of name calling. Discover the story that garnered more than two million reads online. Whip-smart, hardworking, and on her way to an MBA, Chloe Mills has only one problem: her boss, Bennett Ryan. He's exacting, blunt, inconsiderate - and completely irresistible. A beautiful bastard. Bennett has returned to Chicago from France to take a vital role in his family's massive media business. He never expected that the assistant who'd been helping him from abroad was the gorgeous, innocently provocative - completely infuriating - creature he now has to see every day. Despite the rumors, he's never been one for a workplace hookup. But Chloe's so tempting he's willing to bend the rules - or outright smash them - if it means he can have her. All over the office. As their appetites for one another increase to a breaking point, Bennett and Chloe must decide exactly what they're willing to lose in order to win each other. Originally only available online as The Office by tby789 - and garnering over two million reads on fan-fiction sites - Beautiful Bastard has been extensively updated for rerelease.

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Fifty Explicit Erotica Stories: 50 Stories of Threesomes, Lesbians, MILFs, Gangbangs, and Anal Sex

Pdf Literature Fifty Explicit Erotica Stories: 50 Stories of Threesomes, Lesbians, MILFs, Gangbangs, and Anal Sex

Pdf:Fifty Explicit Erotica Stories: 50 Stories of Threesomes, Lesbians, MILFs, Gangbangs, and Anal Sex.Who likes MILF erotica? How about lesbian sex or threesomes erotica? If you like these three, then just throw in anal stories, gangbangs, and more and you still won't understand the scope of this amazing 50 collection of stories. Just think of the hottest story you have ever listened to. Got the picture in your mind? Great, now throw that away, because these stories will blow it out of the water. Not just hot ladies in the hottest erotica, but also great stories await after your single purchasing click. Warning: This audiobook contains explicit descriptions of sexual activity and includes threesome erotica, lesbian erotica, gangbang erotica, anal and double penetration erotica, domination and submission erotica, MILF erotica, and more.

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Mr. Write

Pdf Literature Mr. Write

Pdf:Mr. Write.Once upon a time, there lived a best-selling author who wrote about the miracle of true love and finding your forever soul mate. And that was thanks to Elizabeth. His muse…his one and only…his soon to be ex-wife. It’s been six months since the love of his life tore out his heart and set it on fire, and because of this, the “author” hasn’t written a single word—his mind is drier than the Sahara Desert.That unfortunate fool? That’s me. My name is Jayden Evans or, as my readers know me, J.E. Sparrow. I’m one of the world’s most adored authors, but now, the only thing beloved is a bottle of whiskey and the unspeakable nasties I somehow find myself in.But this life of depravity is growing old fast. I need a change. And that comes when I meet Carrie Bell—the woman who stirs something in me I thought long dead.From the moment we met, I knew she was different. Could she be the one to end this drought? I suppose there is only one way to find out.Paris. Two strangers in the city of love. What can go wrong?

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More Forbidden Erotica Stories for Adults: 61 Books: Explicit Rough Short Stories: Cuckolding, Cheating Wife, Ganging, Ménage, BDSM, Interracial, MFM, ... Interracial, MMF, and More Book 2)

Pdf Literature More Forbidden Erotica Stories for Adults: 61 Books: Explicit Rough Short Stories: Cuckolding, Cheating Wife, Ganging, Ménage, BDSM, Interracial, MFM, ... Interracial, MMF, and More Book 2)

Pdf:More Forbidden Erotica Stories for Adults: 61 Books: Explicit Rough Short Stories: Cuckolding, Cheating Wife, Ganging, Ménage, BDSM, Interracial, MFM, ... Interracial, MMF, and More Book 2).Christ Cabernet is an erotica enthusiast and she's thrilled to bring you another collection of sexy stories! This collection includes a variety of kinky and exciting stories to satisfy your sinful, secret, and hidden desires. These stories include explicit content for both women and men. Can you possibly last through them all? Find out inside!These stories include:Interracial EncountersMFM EncountersCuckolding wivesBDSM & Femdom storiesDiscipline and S/MAnd so much more!Go ahead and read... this can be our little secret...

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Flight Risk

Pdf Literature Flight Risk

Pdf:Flight Risk.Sophia Adams has lived her whole life sheltered from the world. Her parents are workaholics, she goes to an all-girls school, and isn’t allowed outside the boundaries that have been set for her. So when she secretly gets a passport and packs a bag the day it arrives, she thinks all of her dreams are finally coming true. That is, until the airport security pulls her out of line and she discovers that maybe she’s more innocent than she thought.Lincoln Gray owns everything he could ever want. And that includes the dark-haired beauty he catches sight of. One look at Sophia and he’s making sure she’s the carry-on he’s taking to his next stop. She’s too naive to travel the world alone, and luckily for her, he’s the one to protect her. He’s never been told no, and it’s not about to start now. How can a woman resist being given all she’s dreamed of?Warning: This short story is insta-love faster than a Nighthawk (It’s the fastest plane in the world. Trust us, we Googled.) Make sure your tray tables are in their upright and locked position and your laptop is in a bin by itself. We’ve got a filthy little quickie ready to please!

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Nikolai: Taking Back What's Mine (Russian Mob Chronicles Book 2)

Pdf Literature Nikolai: Taking Back What's Mine (Russian Mob Chronicles Book 2)

Pdf:Nikolai: Taking Back What's Mine (Russian Mob Chronicles Book 2). Have you ever wanted something so bad, you’re willing to kill for it? That’s what I felt the instant my eyes locked on Justine. I could practically taste her innocence on my tongue when she stood across from me, riling me up like the life in her eyes hadn’t been snuffed years ago. The thrill of the chase ran through my blood so fast, for the first time in years, I felt like I had a heart sitting in my chest. Its beat was weak and cold, but it was still thumping nonetheless.
 It had literally only been a few hours since I had a woman’s warmth wrapped around my cock, but my hunger for Justine was uninhibited. Her scent was so intoxicating, my arrogance fed off it. I craved it like a drug, willing to give up everything to have it embedded in my skin—even my freedom. 
They say revenge is a dish best served cold, but Vladimir isn’t going to be that lucky. I was maimed, beaten and tortured as he groomed me to be a natural born killer, and he is going to discover the hard way how precise his tactics were. 
Disrespecting my family is as punishable as disrespecting me. Justine is now my family, and I’ll spill the blood of a thousand men before I let anyone take her away from me. 
This devil needs his rest, and Justine is the angel who can give it to me.
Author Warning: This book has adult scenes and situations that may be distressing to some readers. This book is part two of Nikolai's story and it is not intended to be read as a standalone.

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Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as Told by Christian (Fifty Shades of Grey Series Book 4)

Pdf Literature Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as Told by Christian (Fifty Shades of Grey Series Book 4)

Pdf:Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as Told by Christian (Fifty Shades of Grey Series Book 4).See the world of Fifty Shades of Grey anew through the eyes of Christian Grey. In Christian's own words, and through his thoughts, reflections, and dreams, E L James offers a fresh perspective on the love story that has enthralled millions of readers around the world.Christian Grey exercises control in all things; his world is neat, disciplined, and utterly empty—until the day that Anastasia Steele falls into his office, in a tangle of shapely limbs and tumbling brown hair. He tries to forget her, but instead is swept up in a storm of emotion he cannot comprehend and cannot resist. Unlike any woman he has known before, shy, unworldly Ana seems to see right through him—past the business prodigy and the penthouse lifestyle to Christian’s cold, wounded heart.  Will being with Ana dispel the horrors of his childhood that haunt Christian every night? Or will his dark sexual desires, his compulsion to control, and the self-loathing that fills his soul drive this girl away and destroy the fragile hope she offers him?This book is intended for mature audiences.Look for E L James’ passionate new love story, The Mister, coming April 16, 2019.

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Knocked Up by the CEO: A Secret Baby Office Romance (Knocked Up Series Book 1)

Pdf Literature Knocked Up by the CEO: A Secret Baby Office Romance (Knocked Up Series Book 1)

Pdf:Knocked Up by the CEO: A Secret Baby Office Romance (Knocked Up Series Book 1).He’s New York City’s most eligible CEO, and he’s about to be my baby’s daddy.Zach Lockwood is irresistible.He’s charming. He’s confident.He’s got a smile that brings me to my knees.Or at least, I wish it brought me to my knees.There’s only one problem: Mr. Lockwood is my boss.Otherwise known as: Off. Limits.But off-limits doesn’t mean a girl can’t look, right?What’s the point in having a Sex God CEO if you can’t indulge in a few innocent fantasies?Well, innocent might not be the right word for them.But naughty as they may be, my fantasies are the least of my problems.When I ruin the office Christmas party, I think I might be in trouble.When he takes me back to his corner office, I know I’m in trouble.I never knew trouble could feel so good.And oh my, does it feel good.It’s just one night.One wild, fantasy-fueled night.One night that changes everything.Neither of us know it yet, but things are about to get a whole lot more complicated.Knocked Up by the CEO is a standalone secret baby office romance, and the first book in the 'Knocked Up' series. If you like sizzling hot heat and happily-ever-afters, you'll love Knocked Up by the CEO. Download your copy today and see what makes Zach Lockwood the sexiest CEO in the city!

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Draekon Heart: Exiled to the Prison Planet: A Sci-Fi Menage Romance (Dragons in Exile Book 3)

Pdf Literature Draekon Heart: Exiled to the Prison Planet: A Sci-Fi Menage Romance (Dragons in Exile Book 3)

Pdf:Draekon Heart: Exiled to the Prison Planet: A Sci-Fi Menage Romance (Dragons in Exile Book 3).There might be a way out of the prison planet. The only problem? I don’t want to go.Back on Earth is a man who wants to kill me.Back on Earth, I slept with a knife under my pillow to be safe.There’s no coffee on the prison planet. No pizza. No chocolate.I should be thrilled that there might be a way back home.Except I don’t want to return. Here, I feel safe.Because Mike isn’t here.And because Thrax and Zorux are. But I’ve sworn off guys. No matter how hot they are. No matter how much I want to kiss them. No matter how much I want to run my hands all over their hard bodies… There are a hundred reasons why the three of us shouldn’t be together. There’s still no sign of my friends. The rescue attempt is spiraling into disaster. And most importantly, I’m fairly sure that the Draekons I’m falling in love with aren’t my mates. Draekon Heart is the third book in the Dragons in Exile series. It’s a full-length, standalone science fiction dragon-shifter MFM menage romance story featuring a wary human female, and two sexy aliens that win her trust and her heart. (No M/M) Happily-ever-after guaranteed!

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Happily Ever After (Timeless Love Book 2)

Pdf Literature Happily Ever After (Timeless Love Book 2)

Pdf:Happily Ever After (Timeless Love Book 2).Ashley Powers was punished.After spending two years in prison for assault of the woman her brother married, Ashley is full of remorse and pain. She’s looking to redeem herself, build a better life, and show her family she wasn’t a mistake. Encompassed in a downward spiral, Ashley isn’t sure how to move on from her past mistakes until she meets a man to show her she is worthy.Declan Hart was hired.Chasing convicts was nothing new to Declan. Making sure they served their time and justice was served, he wasn’t surprised an old friend asked him for a favor. Investigate the girl and find out what she’s hiding. Ashley Powers was young, spoiled, and full of life…Or so Declan was told. The girl he finds is broken and filled with self-hatred.Attraction leads to romance, and theirs promised love. If only Declan can convince Ashley that she too deserves her own Happily Ever After.Newly covered, revised, and freshly edited, From the Ashes has been transformed into HAPPILY EVER AFTER.

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Darker: Fifty Shades Darker as Told by Christian

Pdf Literature Darker: Fifty Shades Darker as Told by Christian

Pdf:Darker: Fifty Shades Darker as Told by Christian.E L James revisits the world of Fifty Shades with a deeper and darker take on the love story that has enthralled millions of listeners around the globe. Their scorching, sensual affair ended in heartbreak and recrimination, but Christian Grey cannot get Anastasia Steele out of his mind or his blood. Determined to win her back, he tries to suppress his darkest desires and his need for complete control and to love Ana on her own terms. But the horrors of his childhood still haunt him, and Ana's scheming boss, Jack Hyde, clearly wants her for himself. Can Christian's confidant and therapist, Dr. Flynn, help him face down his demons? Or will the possessiveness of Elena, his seducer, and the deranged devotion of Leila, his former submissive, drag Christian down into the past? And if Christian does win Ana back, can a man so dark and damaged ever hope to keep her? Look for E L James' passionate new love story, The Mister, coming April 16, 2019. 

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The Priory of the Orange Tree

Pdf Literature The Priory of the Orange Tree

Pdf:The Priory of the Orange Tree.A world divided. A queendom without an heir.  An ancient enemy awakens. The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction - but assassins are getting closer to her door. Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead keeps a watchful eye on Sabran, secretly protecting her with forbidden magic. Across the dark sea, Tané has trained to be a dragonrider since she was a child but is forced to make a choice that could see her life unravel. Meanwhile, the divided East and West refuse to parley, and forces of chaos are rising from their sleep.

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The Priory of the Orange Tree

Pdf Literature The Priory of the Orange Tree

Pdf:The Priory of the Orange Tree.From the internationally bestselling author of The Bone Season, an enthralling epic fantasy about a world on the brink of war with dragons--and the women who must lead the fight to save it."Spellbinding . . . This extraordinary saga includes heroism, romance, friendship, pirates, plague, diplomacy, and, of course, dragons . . . with broad appeal for fans of the epic and readers of Zen Cho, Naomi Novik, and V. E. Schwab. Highly recommended." --Booklist, starred review A world divided.A queendom without an heir.An ancient enemy awakens.The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction--but assassins are getting closer to her door. Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead keeps a watchful eye on Sabran, secretly protecting her with forbidden magic.Across the dark sea, Tané has trained all her life to be a dragonrider, but is forced to make a choice that could see her life unravel.Meanwhile, the divided East and West refuse to parley, and forces of chaos are rising from their sleep.

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The Priory of the Orange Tree

Pdf Literature The Priory of the Orange Tree

Pdf:The Priory of the Orange Tree.Review “Mesmerizing.” ―Washington Post“A timelessly relevant classic. Brilliant, diverse, feminist, subversive, thought-provoking, and masterfully told, The Priory of the Orange Tree is an absolute must-read.” ―Karen Marie Moning, #1 NYT bestselling author of the Highlander and Fever series“An astonishing achievement.” ―Marie Brennan, award-winning author of The Memoirs of Lady Trent series“A brilliant, daring, and devastating jewel . . . An incredible world full of depth and danger, with characters I would follow to the ends of the earth. I'm in awe of [Shannon's] talent.” ―Victoria Aveyard, #1 NYT bestselling author of the Red Queen series“An epic fantasy destined to be a classic.” ―Kami Garcia, #1 NYT bestselling coauthor of Beautiful Creatures and author of Unbreakable“This magnificent epic of queens, dragonriders, and badass secret wyrm-slaying priestesses is a tour de force, and my new absolute favorite epic fantasy.” ―Laini Taylor, NYT bestselling author of the Strange the Dreamer and Daughter of Smoke and Bone series“The Platonic Ideal of a fantasy novel . . . This story of good and evil, struggle and triumph, love and loss and return is beautifully written: complex but clear, and utterly immersive. I loved this book.” ―Nicola Griffith, award-winning author of Hild“Spellbinding . . . extraordinary . . . A well-drawn feminist fantasy with broad appeal for fans of the epic and readers of Zen Cho, Naomi Novik, and V. E. Schwab. Highly recommended.” ―Booklist, starred review“A celebration of fantasy that melds modern ideology with classic tropes. More of these dragons, please.” ―Kirkus Reviews, starred review“Shannon satisfyingly fills this massive standalone epic fantasy with court intrigue, travel through dangerous lands, fantastical religions, blood, love, and rhetoric.” ―Publishers Weekly“The Priory of the Orange Tree isn't our grandfathers' epic fantasy novel. It is a clever combination of Elizabethan England, the legend of St. George and Eastern dragon lore, with a dash of Tolkien. Shannon's feminist saga has enough detailed world-building, breath-taking action and sweeping romance to remind epic fantasy readers of why they love the genre in the first place. Modern sensibilities integrate seamlessly with genre tropes . . . Readers will beg for a sequel.” ―Shelf Awareness Read more About the Author Samantha Shannon studied English Language and Literature at St. Anne's College, Oxford. The Bone Season, the first in a seven-book series, was a New York Times bestseller and the inaugural Today Book Club selection. Film and TV rights were acquired by the Imaginarium Studios. The Mime Order followed in 2015 and The Song Rising in 2017. Her work has been translated into twenty-six languages. She lives in London. @say_shannon www.theboneseason.com Read more

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The Language of Hoofbeats

Pdf Literature The Language of Hoofbeats

Pdf:The Language of Hoofbeats.From the bestselling author of Pay It Forward comes a story of the heartbreak and healing power of family. New to a small town, Jackie and Paula envision a quiet life for their kids: a young adopted son and two teenage foster children, including the troubled Star. However, they quickly butt heads with their neighbor, Clementine, who disapproves of their lifestyle and is incensed when Star befriends her spirited horse, Comet. Haunted by past tragedy and unable to properly care for Comet, Clem nevertheless resents the bond Star soon shares with the horse. When Star disappears with Comet, the neighbors are thrown together—far too close together. But as the search for the pair wears on, both families must learn to put aside their animosity and confront the choices they’ve made and the scars they carry. Plumbing the depths of regret and forgiveness, The Language of Hoofbeats explores the strange alchemy that transforms a group of people into a family.Winner of a Rainbow Award

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The Snow Garden

Pdf Literature The Snow Garden

Pdf:The Snow Garden.A shocking death exposes dangerous forces of seduction, obsession, and vengeance lurking beneath the idyllic surface of a prestigious New England university.It is more than just the late November weather that has cast a chill over the campus of Atherton University. When the wife of respected professor Eric Eberman is killed in a tragic accident, his secret student lover, Randall Stone, fears the professor tried to avert career suicide by committing homicide. Or do the dead woman’s haunting last words point to an even more damning crime?Fearing the truth, Randall digs into his lover’s hidden history. But what he finds draws him and everyone he cares for into a dark dance of sexual manipulation, twisted retribution, and murderous rage where nothing is as it seems. And no one will escape from it unscathed…if they escape at all.In this emotionally gripping tale from New York Times bestselling author Christopher Rice, the past may seem buried, but it can come back with a deadly vengeance.Revised edition: This edition of The Snow Garden includes editorial revisions.

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Ghost Wall: A Novel

Pdf Literature Ghost Wall: A Novel

Pdf:Ghost Wall: A Novel.A Southern Living Best New Book of Winter 2019; A Refinery29 Best Book of January 2019; A Most Anticipated Book of 2019 at The Week, Huffington Post, Nylon, and Lit Hub; An Indie Next Pick for January 2019“Ghost Wall has subtlety, wit, and the force of a rock to the head: an instant classic.” —Emma Donoghue, author of Room"A worthy match for 3 a.m. disquiet, a book that evoked existential dread, but contained it, beautifully, like a shipwreck in a bottle.” —Margaret Talbot, The New YorkerA taut, gripping tale of a young woman and an Iron Age reenactment trip that unearths frightening behaviorThe light blinds you; there’s a lot you miss by gathering at the fireside.In the north of England, far from the intrusions of cities but not far from civilization, Silvie and her family are living as if they are ancient Britons, surviving by the tools and knowledge of the Iron Age.For two weeks, the length of her father’s vacation, they join an anthropology course set to reenact life in simpler times. They are surrounded by forests of birch and rowan; they make stew from foraged roots and hunted rabbit. The students are fulfilling their coursework; Silvie’s father is fulfilling his lifelong obsession. He has raised her on stories of early man, taken her to witness rare artifacts, recounted time and again their rituals and beliefs—particularly their sacrifices to the bog. Mixing with the students, Silvie begins to see, hear, and imagine another kind of life, one that might include going to university, traveling beyond England, choosing her own clothes and food, speaking her mind. The ancient Britons built ghost walls to ward off enemy invaders, rude barricades of stakes topped with ancestral skulls. When the group builds one of their own, they find a spiritual connection to the past. What comes next but human sacrifice? A story at once mythic and strikingly timely, Sarah Moss’s Ghost Wall urges us to wonder how far we have come from the “primitive minds” of our ancestors.

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Imagine Me Gone

Pdf Literature Imagine Me Gone

Pdf:Imagine Me Gone.Review Praise for Imagine Me Gone:'Haslett is one of the country's most talented writers, equipped with a sixth sense for characterization and a limber, unpretentious style. Perhaps his rarest gift is the apprehension of the invisible connections that tie people together...The chapters seamlessly negotiate the passage of time...[Oldest son] Michael comes to dominate the narrative, and Haslett perfectly captures the qualities that make him both seductive and infuriating. He is a motormouth with a fitful imagination and a wicked sense of humor; his nervous energy and 'ceaseless brain' are the battery power on which the whole family runs...Haslett is alert to the reality of others, and the insinuating power of this novel comes from its framing of mental illness as a family affair. Michael's siblings are both wholly convincing characters, shaped by the abiding question of how much, or how little, they are meant to act as their brother's keepers...Most affecting of all is Margaret, who is treated with impatience by her children but possesses a capacious understanding...'What do you fear when you fear everything?' Michael wonders. 'Time passing and not passing. Death and life....This being the condition itself: the relentless need to escape a moment that never ends.' That condition, Haslett's superb novel shows, is an irreducible part of the fabric of Michael's family, as true and defining as the love that binds them.'―Sam Sacks, Wall Street Journal'Ambitious and stirring . . . With Imagine Me Gone, Haslett has reached another level, affording readers a full and luminous depiction of a mind under siege . . . By putting the readers in the same position as [oldest son] Michael's family members, Haslett has pulled off something of a brilliant trick: We feel precisely what they feel-the frustration, the protectiveness, the hope and fear and, yes, the obligation. If Michael is on the page, if his thoughts or actions are laid bare, there's a grueling sense of dread. If he's out of sight, if his thinking and whereabouts are unknown, the dread becomes all but unbearable . . . This is a book refreshingly replete with surprise. It sneaks up on you with dark and winning humor, poignant tenderness, and sentences so astute that they lift the spirit even when they're awfully, awfully sad . . . But make no mistake, the novel's most rewarding surprise is its heart. Again and again, the characters subtly assert that despite the expense of empathy and the predictable disappointment of love, our tendency to care for one another is warranted . . . Even when it's difficult or terrifying or impossible, especially when it's impossible, the impulse to calm those we hold dear is an absolute privilege.'―Bret Anthony Johnston, New York Times Book Review'Imagine Me Gone brilliantly captures the excruciating burden of love and the role it plays in both our survival and our destruction. Haslett suspends a sense of dread over you like an anvil from page one, cutting the rope that holds it in the brutal last act. You'd be a fool to look away.' ―Julia Black, Esquire'A richly drawn, Franzenesque canvas . . . Haslett's prose shimmers as he peers unflinchingly at the risks and rewards of fighting for love.'―O, The Oprah Magazine'A devastating family drama . . . Haslett's considerable skills as a writer turn domestic conflicts into something more profound . . . In one beautifully rendered scene after another, Haslett shows the family dealing with John's illness and Michael's descent while also managing their own conflicts . . . Imagine Me Gone is a handsome work . . . the sort of writing that is guaranteed to turn heads.'―Michael Magras, Miami Herald'Searing . . . Devastating and gorgeously written . . . Pure genius . . . Haslett hits the nail on the head when it comes to describing just how anguishing and time-consuming psychiatric disorders can be, not only for the afflicted but also for the flailing loved ones trying their damnedest-and failing-to find a suitable fix . . . Haslett writes with his eyes wide open about the pitfalls of piled-on medication, the panicked late-night phone calls, the cycles of fear, frustration, and guarded hope. And herein lies the kicker: Because these chapters are told from the alternating perspective of each of the five family members, we believe every word in them and bear witness to just how complex and multi-angled the issue of mental illness can be . . . By signing on with Haslett and his characters we are given the chance to look beyond our minutiae and daily distractions in order to notice the passage of time as experienced by others. We are reminded of what it is like to be truly, if fleetingly, alive.'―Alexis Burling, San Francisco Chronicle'Powerful . . . Imagine Me Gone is a study of destructive family dynamics akin to Christina Stead's The Man Who Loved Children or Paul Theroux's The Mosquito Coast. Family here is a trap as filled with love and concern as it is with exasperation and dread. Moving with penetrating wit between the points of view of a father, mother, daughter, and two sons, the novel traces how the vein of mental illness running through this family affects every member . . . Haslett, as he turns the narrative over to first one and then the other, is uncanny in nailing how their differences in personality and temperament guide their respective actions . . . His sharp take on how minor family foibles become conflated with major family dysfunction introduces some unexpected comedy into the proceedings . . . Haslett expertly evokes family behavioral patterns that simply repeat themselves, taxing everyone's patience, before precipitating into panic-inducing crises . . . With its fugue of voices, each contributing a vital slant to the action, Imagine Me Gone offers rigorous formal pleasures. Yet while flirting with narrative artifice, Haslett stays keenly aware that in this family there is no explanation 'sufficient to account for the events . . . Lives weren't works of art.' In acknowledging that, Imagine Me Gone respects the mystery of how things happen the way they happen, while brilliantly conjuring the tide-like pull with which dreaded possibilities become harsh inevitability.'―Michael Upchurch, Boston Globe'Drawing vivid scenes and compelling characters from a tragic realism, Haslett intimately connects the reader to his characters' inner lives . . . A rare, complex story [with] exceptional storytelling and poignant insights [and] uplifting moments of humor, kindness, and love.'―Don Oldenburg, USA Today'An extraordinary blend of precision, beauty, and tenderness . . . Haslett's prose rises to the challenge, lushly capturing the dense fog of depression that blankets John [the father] and occasionally lifts just enough to reveal the 'beast' moving in on him. But Haslett really shows his chops channeling [oldest son] Michael's amped-up voice . . . I got caught up in the beauty of Haslett's sentences and the lives of these oh-so-human people bound by shared duress and cycles of hope. Haslett's signature achievement in Imagine Me Gone is to temper the harrowing with the humorous while keeping a steady bead on the pathos. You want sympathetic characters? You want a narrative that showcases love as a many-splendored thing capacious enough to encompass stalwart, long-suffering spouses, loyal siblings, suffocatingly obsessive crushes, and casual, noncommittal relationships (both gay and straight) that morph as if by magic into soul-sustenance? You want writing that thrums with anguish and compassion? It's all here.'―Heller McAlpin, NPR'Smart and polyphonic...Haslett is that rare writer whose art can console without ceasing to be art.'―Boris Kachka, New York Read more About the Author Adam Haslett is the author of the short story collection You Are Not a Stranger Here, which was a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalist, and the novel Union Atlantic, winner of the Lambda Literary Award and shortlisted for the Commonwealth Prize. His books have been translated into eighteen languages, and he has received the Berlin Prize from the American Academy in Berlin, the PEN/Malamud Award, and fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations. He lives in New York City. Read more

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The Priory of the Orange Tree

Pdf Literature The Priory of the Orange Tree

Pdf:The Priory of the Orange Tree.'The new Game of Thrones' Stylist'Puts Samantha Shannon in the same league as Robin Hobb and George R.R. Martin. Shannon is a master of dragons' Starburst'Epic fantasy with added dragons. A blockbuster' Guardian, Best Science Fiction and Fantasy An enthralling, epic fantasy about a world on the brink of war with dragons - and the women who must lead the fight to save it.A world divided. A queendom without an heir. An ancient enemy awakens.The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction – but assassins are getting closer to her door. Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead keeps a watchful eye on Sabran, secretly protecting her with forbidden magic.Across the dark sea, Tané has trained to be a dragonrider since she was a child, but is forced to make a choice that could see her life unravel.Meanwhile, the divided East and West refuse to parley, and forces of chaos are rising from their sleep.

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Long Black Veil: A Novel

Pdf Literature Long Black Veil: A Novel

Pdf:Long Black Veil: A Novel.Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2017For fans of Donna Tartt and Megan Abbott, a novel about a woman whose family and identity are threatened by the secrets of her past, from the New York Times bestselling author of She's Not ThereOn a warm August night in 1980, six college students sneak into the dilapidated ruins of Philadelphia’s Eastern State Penitentiary, looking for a thrill. With a pianist, a painter and a teacher among them, the friends are full of potential. But it’s not long before they realize they are locked in—and not alone. When the friends get lost and separated, the terrifying night ends in tragedy, and the unexpected, far-reaching consequences reverberate through the survivors’ lives. As they go their separate ways, trying to move on, it becomes clear that their dark night in the prison has changed them all. Decades later, new evidence is found, and the dogged detective investigating the cold case charges one of them—celebrity chef Jon Casey— with murder. Only Casey’s old friend Judith Carrigan can testify to his innocence. But Judith is protecting long-held secrets of her own – secrets that, if brought to light, could destroy her career as a travel writer and tear her away from her fireman husband and teenage son. If she chooses to help Casey, she risks losing the life she has fought to build and the woman she has struggled to become. In any life that contains a “before” and an “after,” how is it possible to live one life, not two?Weaving deftly between 1980 and the present day, and told in an unforgettable voice, Long Black Veil is an intensely atmospheric thriller that explores the meaning of identity, loyalty, and love. Readers will hail this as Boylan’s triumphant return to fiction.

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On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel

Pdf Literature On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel

Pdf:On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel.Review “A bruised, breathtaking love letter never meant to be sent. A powerful testimony to magic and loss. A marvel.” —Marlon James, author of Black Leopard, Red Wolf   “On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous will be described — rightly—as luminous, shattering, urgent, necessary. But the word I keep circling back to is raw: that's how powerful the emotions here are, and how you'll feel after reading it – scoured down to bone. With a poet's precision, Ocean Vuong examines whether putting words to one's experience can bridge wounds that span generations, and whether it's ever possible to be truly heard by those we love most.” —Celeste Ng, author of Everything I Never Told You and Little Fires Everywhere   “This book—gorgeous is right there in the title—finds incredible, aching beauty in the deep observation of love in many forms. Ocean Vuong's debut novel contains all the power of his poetry, and I finished the book knowing that we are seeing only the very beginning of his truly magnificent talent.” —Emma Straub, author of Modern Lovers and The Vacationers   “Ocean Vuong runs up against the limits of language—this book is addressed to a mother who cannot read it—and expands our sense of what literature can make visible, thinkable, felt across borders and generations and genres. This is a courageous, embodied inquiry into the tangle of colonial and personal histories. It is also a gorgeous argument for astonishment over irony—for the transformative possibilities of love.” —Ben Lerner, author of Leaving the Atocha Station and 10:04   “One is not often given the chance to apply words like “brilliant” and “remarkable” to any novels, certainly not first novels.  Thank you, Ocean Vuong, for this brilliant and remarkable first novel.” —Michael Cunningham, author of The Hours Read more About the Author Ocean Vuong is the author of the critically acclaimed poetry collection Night Sky with Exit Wounds, winner of the Whiting Award and the T.S. Eliot Prize. His writings have also been featured in The Atlantic, Harper's, The Nation, New Republic, The New Yorker, and The New York Times. Born in Saigon, Vietnam, he currently lives in Northampton, Massachusetts. On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous is his first novel. Read more

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Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit

Pdf Literature Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit

Pdf:Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit.Review 'A striking, quirky, delicate, and intricate work . . . Winterson has mastered both comedy and tragedy in this rich little novel. . . . Winterson's great gift is evident.' —The Washington Post Book World'A daring, unconventional comic novel . . . by employing quirky anecdotes, which are told with romping humor, and by splicing various parables into the narrative, Winterson allows herself the dangerous luxury of writing a novel that refuses to rely on rousing plot devices. . . . A fascinating debut . . . A penetrating novel.' —Chicago Tribune'If Flannery O'Connor and Rita Mae Brown had collaborated on the coming-out story of a young British girl in the 1960s, maybe they would have approached the quirky and subtle hilarity of Jeanette Winterson's autobiographical first novel. . . . Winterson's voice, with its idiosyncratic wit and sensitivity, is one you've never heard before.' —Ms.'The overwhelming impression of her work is one of remarkable self-confidence, and she evidently thrives on risk…. As good as Poe: it dares you to laugh and stares you down.' —The New York Review of Books'An explosively imaginative writer.' —The London Free Press'She is a master of her material, a writer [of] great talent.' —Muriel Spark'Many consider her to be the best living writer in this language.' —Evening Standard'The most interesting writer I have read in twenty years.' —Gore Vidal Read more

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Call Me by Your Name: A Novel

Pdf Literature Call Me by Your Name: A Novel

Pdf:Call Me by Your Name: A Novel.Review 'The book is incredible. My wife [Elizabeth Chambers] calls it the sexiest book she’s ever read. It humanises love in a really powerful, beautiful way.”―Armie Hammer, Time Out (London)“I loved the movie…and the book completely blew me away!”―Marc Jacobs on Instagram “I finally read André Aciman’s deeply moving novel Call Me by Your Name, racing to do so before I saw Luca Guadagnino’s (sublime) movie adaptation with its sensitive screenplay by James Ivory―and I adored it.”―Hamish Bowles, Vogue.com (Best Books We Read All Year) “Superb...The beauty of Aciman's writing and the purity of his passions should place this extraordinary first novel within the canon of great romantic love stories for everyone.”―Charles Kaiser, The Washington Post Book World“An extraordinary examination of longing and the complicated ways in which we negotiate the experience of attraction....It's startling that a novel so bracingly unsentimental―alert to the ways we manipulate, second-guess, forestall, and finally reach stumblingly toward one another―concludes with such emotional depths.”―Mark Doty, O, The Oprah Magazine“This novel is hot...a love letter, an invocation, and something of an epitaph....An exceptionally beautiful book.”―Stacey D'Erasmo, The New York Times Book Review“If you are prepared to take a hard punch in your gut, and like brave, acute, elated, naked, brutal, tender, humane, and beautiful prose, then you've come to the right place.”―Nicole Krauss, author of The History of Love“A great love story...every phrase, every ache, every giddy rush of sensation in this beautiful novel rings true.”―Michael Upchurch, The Seattle Times“The novel is richly, sensuously detailed...luminous....Aciman deftly charts a burgeoning relationship that both parties want and fear.”―Karen Campbell, The Boston Globe Read more About the Author André Aciman is the author of Eight White Nights, Out of Egypt, False Papers, Alibis, and Harvard Square, and the editor of The Proust Project (all published by FSG). He teaches comparative literature at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and lives with his wife in Manhattan. Read more

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The Lost Prayers of Ricky Graves: A Novel

Pdf Literature The Lost Prayers of Ricky Graves: A Novel

Pdf:The Lost Prayers of Ricky Graves: A Novel.In raw, poignant alternating first-person narratives, interspersed with e-mails, gay chat-room exchanges, and other fragments of a youth laid bare in the age of social media, The Lost Prayers of Ricky Graves unravels the mystery of a life in all its glory: despair and regret, humor and wonder, courage and connection.A heartbroken and humiliated Ricky Graves took the life of a classmate and himself. Five months later, the sleepy community is still in shock and mourning. Ricky’s sister, Alyssa, returns to confront her shattered, withdrawn mother and her guilt over the brother she left adrift. Mark McVitry, the lone survivor of the deadly outburst sparked by his own cruelty, is tormented by visions of Ricky’s vengeful spirit. Ricky’s surrogate older brother, Corky Meeks, grapples with doubts about the fragile boy he tried to protect but may have doomed instead. And Jeremy Little, who inadvertently became Ricky’s long-distance Internet crush despite never having met, seeks to atone for failing to hear his friend’s cries for help.For those closest to the tormented killer, shock and grief have given way to soul searching, as they’re forced to confront their broken dreams, buried desires, and missed opportunities. And in their shared search for meaning and redemption, Ricky’s loved ones find a common purpose: learning to trust their feelings, fighting for real intimacy in a world grown selfish and insincere, and fearlessly embracing all that matters most…before it’s gone from their lives.

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The Heart's Invisible Furies: A Novel

Pdf Literature The Heart's Invisible Furies: A Novel

Pdf:The Heart's Invisible Furies: A Novel.Amazon.com Review Sweeping, magnetic—John Boyne’s The Heart’s Invisible Furies is a novel so grounded in a single character, but it dexterously expands into a fully realized portrait of humanity in all of its messy glory. The author of the bestselling (not to mention heartbreaking) novel, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, has crafted a story that has all the feels – it’s genuinely funny, romantically tragic, with moments of sickening violence and then just as quickly redemptive resilience. Set in Post-War Ireland, when intolerance cloaked in Catholicism is at its height, we follow the lifespan of the adopted boy Cyril Avery. On the first page, Cyril introduces us to his birth mother and the circumstances in which he was born, and for the rest of the book, the reader is in Boyne’s capable hands: waiting, wondering, clamoring to know when he will meet his birth mother and how it will be uncovered that they are related. Told in seven year increments, taking the reader from Dublin to Amsterdam to New York and back, we bear witness to Cyril’s life alongside the cultural and societal evolution of Ireland. Weaving in and out of chance encounters with his birth mother, love affairs, decades-long friendships and bitter wounds from the past, Boyne has paced this novel perfectly, providing the reader one of the greatest gifts that fiction can deliver: hope. --Al Woodworth Read more Review Praise for The Heart's Invisible Furies:Finalist for the 2018 LAMBDA Literary AwardsFinalist for the 2018 Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBTQ Fiction“By turns whimsical and heartbreaking, Boyne’s sprawling novel treads Dickensian territory across seven decades of Irish history, ending with a redemption for both a country and a native son.” – People'Bleak, bittersweet, and Irish to the bone... explore[s] the relationship between Catholicism and patriarchy in midcentury Ireland and beyond.'– O, The Oprah Magazine“A picaresque, lolloping odyssey for the individual characters and for the nation that confines them…The book blazes with anger as it commemorates lives wrecked by social contempt and self‑loathing…. a substantial achievement.” – The Guardian'With intricate narrative precision, The Heart’s Invisible Furies cuts to the heart of what family is, how it is chosen, and how it endures. And it is charming and funny, even as it dives down from the precipice of endearing humor into the very specific ironies and cruelties of real life…. characters are cinematically rendered, with a deft, decadent wit that will make you laugh aloud at least once. Searing heartbreak; loneliness; a quest for internal and external redemption, solace, and contentment are all there in The Heart’s Invisible Furies.'– The Millions“This is nothing less than the story of Ireland over the past 70 years, expressed in the life of one man…highly entertaining and often very funny…Big and clever.” – The Times Sunday Review“An epic full of verve, humour and heart… sure to be read by the bucketload… deeply cinematic [and] extremely funny.” – The Irish Times'Boyne writes scenes that will make a reader laugh and cry—without saccharine sentiment or flippancy. Infused with heart and humor, as well as a keen sense of man’s capacity for cruelty, The Heart’s Invisible Furies pulsates with life’s complexity and progress’ slow march.” – Paste 'A big, sweeping novel...Cyril’s intelligent, witty voice takes us all the way through to the end of his life. The Heart’s Invisible Furies is a brilliant, moving history of an Irishman, and of modern Ireland itself.” – Minneapolis Star Tribune“The most inviting and completely spellbinding book this author has ever written...an outstandingly memorable achievement.” – Christian Science Monitor“This in-depth look at the life of one adopted man in post-war Ireland will make you laugh, weep, and live-tweet at two in the morning.” – Brit + Co“More than a coming-of-age story, The Heart’s Invisible Furies is one man’s journey from persecution to toleration….The novel… delights.'– BookPage“Enchanting... Boyne explores Cyril’s life in luscious detail… With evocative descriptions of each city and fateful plot turns that twist the narrative in surprising ways, Boyne adroitly captures Cyril’s shifting identity as he grapples with nationality, class, and sexuality. The book becomes both an examination of Cyril’s life and a catalogue of Western society’s evolution from post-war to present day, with all its failings, triumphs, complexities, and certainties… The life of Cyril Avery is one to be relished.” – Publishers Weekly“Boyne, who has a wonderful gift for characterization, does a splendid job of weaving these various lives together in ways that are richly dramatic, sometimes surprising, and always compelling… Often quite funny, the story nevertheless has its sadness, sometimes approaching tragedy. Utterly captivating and not to be missed.” – Booklist (starred review)“With quick strokes and bitter humor, Boyne’s opening scene encapsulates the Irish church’s hypocrisy… Boyne continues his crusading ways with the quiet keening of this painful, affecting novel” – Kirkus (starred review)“Cyril’s life story is extraordinary, tragic, and triumphant… Boyne dedicates his wise, beautiful 15th novel to John Irving. This tribute fits a story calling to mind the humane sagas of T.S. Garp, Owen Meaney, and the humble tale of Piggy Sneed. Readers will fall in love with Boyne’s characters, especially Mrs. Goggin and Cyril’s adoptive mother, Maude Avery, in this heartbreaking and hilarious story.” – Library Journal  “By turns savvy, witty, and achingly sad…This is a novelist at the top of his game.” – Mail on Sunday   “An epic novel…. The Heart’s Invisible Furies proves that John is not just one of Ireland’s best living novelists but also one of the best novelists of Ireland.” – Express    “Boyne creates lightness out of doom, humour out of desperately sad situations… a terrific read.” – Press Association  Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Ghost Wall: A Novel

Pdf Literature Ghost Wall: A Novel

Pdf:Ghost Wall: A Novel.Review An Indie Next Pick for January 2019New York Magazine Approval Matrix, 'Highbrow Brilliant'A Southern Living Best New Book of Winter 2019A Refinery29 Best Book of January 2019A Nylon Best Book to Read in 2019A Huffington Post Most Anticipated Book of 2019A Lit Hub Most Anticipated Read of 2019A Guardian Best Book of 2018A Times Literary Supplement Best Book of 2018A New Statesman Best Book of 2018A Spectator Book of the YearA Financial Times Best Book of 2018A Times (UK) Best Book of 2018A Metro Best Fiction Book of 2018“I stayed up half the night gulping down Sarah Moss’s slim, unnervingly tense novel. Ghost Wall has subtlety, wit, and the force of a rock to the head: an instant classic.” ―Emma Donoghue, author of Room“A compact, riveting book.”―Alyson Hagy, The New York Times Book Review'[Ghost Wall] compresses large and urgent themes―the dangers of nostalgic nationalism, the abuse of women and children, what is lost and gained when humans stop living in thrall to the natural world―into a short, sharp tale of suspense. The way Moss conjures up the dark magic and vestigial landscapes of ancient Britain reminded me a little of the horror movie The Wicker Man . . . The novel’s feminism, though, felt utterly contemporary . . . I read Ghost Wall in one gulp in the middle of the night.'―Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker“A master class in compressing an unbearable sense of dread into a book that can be read in a single horrified (and admiring) hour . . . Ghost Wall is perhaps the finest novel so far to come out of the British literary response to these uneasy times.” ―Sarah Perry, The Wall Street Journal'Sarah Moss possesses the rare light touch when it comes to melding the uncanny with social commentary . . . Ghost Wall is such a weird and distinctive story: It could be labeled a supernatural tale, a coming-of-age chronicle, even a timely meditation on the various meanings of walls themselves. All this, packed into a beautifully written story of 130 pages. No wonder I read it twice within one week.'―Maureen Corrigan, NPR'Moss’ myth-like Ghost Wall isn’t merely a timely topical novel, but rather a timeless work of art.'―Randy Rosenthal, The Minneapolis Star Tribune“Tense, poetic, and compelling.” ―Mike Doherty, The Toronto Star“The fear produced by this fine-honed, piercing novel springs not from the superstitious customs of prehistory but from the more intimate horrors of human nature.” ―Sam Sacks, The Wall Street Journal'A fascinating, horrifying look into the way in which . . . fixation on the past threatens our present and our future . . . Moss skillfully builds an atmosphere of menace and peril, making it so that I both dreaded and couldn’t wait to turn every page, simultaneously afraid and compelled by what strange, inevitable violence lay ahead . . . Spend an afternoon reading this marvel of a book, and then spend the next few weeks thinking about nothing else.'―Kristin Iversen, Nylon“The story is exquisitely written; the characters are perfectly drawn and pop off the page . . . A triumph.”―Leah Schnelback, Tor.com'Remarkable, inventive . . . Sarah Moss unpacks the toxic patriarchy all without leaving the confines of a teenage girl's two-week trip to the remote northern edges of England.' ―Elena Nicolaou, Refinery29“I love this book. Ghost Wall requires you to put your life on hold while you finish it. It draws you into its unusual world and, with quiet power and menace, keeps you there until the very last page. Silvie's story isn't one you will ever forget.” ―Maggie O’Farrell, author of I Am, I Am, I Am and The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox“This book ratcheted the breath out of me so skillfully that as soon as I’d finished, the only thing I wanted was to read it again.” ―Jessie Burton, author of The Miniaturist“A perfectly calibrated consciousness that is energetic and lonely and prone to sharp and memorable observations . . . This is a haunting, astonishing novel.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review“Thought provoking on multiple levels, with insights into primitive and modern societies, and coming of age in the face of family violence.” ―Library Journal, starred review'With stark and haunting prose that perfectly captures the harshness of the conditions the group is re-creating, Ghost Wall explores what the past can teach us about the present and what the present can teach us about the past--especially when the two are not as far removed as we may like to believe.'―Kerry McHugh, Shelf Awareness“A novel as tightly woven as the baskets its heroine plaits, Ghost Wall is a startling and bloody blade of a book. A teenage girl, her parents, and a group of students agree to reenact life in Iron Age England over the course of a holiday, and slide into sacrifice. Elements of The Secret History combine with The Witch, plus bog bodies, patriarchal and class violence―it’s a slender, scathing fable for today, made of the ingredients of the past thousand years.” ―Maria Dahvana Headley, author of The Mere Wife“Ghost Wall grabs you by the guts and never lets go. Dazzling.' ―Elizabeth Day, author of The Party“A thorny, thoroughly original novel about human beings' capacity for violence.” ―Kirkus“Tackling issues such as misogyny and class divides, Moss packs a lot into her brief but powerful narrative.” ―Booklist“A short, sharp shock of a book that closes around you like a vice as you read it . . . From the terse, dismaying little prologue, in which an iron age girl is marched out and murdered before an audience of neighbours and family, to the hair-raising, heart-stopping denouement, it hurtles along and carries you with it, before dumping you, breathless, at the end . . . Ghost Wall is a burnished gem of a book, brief and brilliant, and with it Moss’s star is firmly in the ascendant.” ―Sarah Crown, The Guardian“The curious allure of re-enactment is cleverly explored in Moss’s short, potent novel . . . A Brexity tale to send shivers down your spine.” ―Rebecca Rose, The Financial Times'Ghost Wall . . . is further proof that [Moss is] one of our very best contemporary novelists. How she hasn’t been nominated for the Man Booker Prize continues to mystify me – and this year is no exception . . . a gripping narrative . . . It’s an intoxicating concoction; inventive, intelligent, and like no other author’s work.'―Lucy Scholes, The Independent, Five-Star Review'Ghost Wall, a slim but meaty book, is like nothing I have read before; its creepy atmosphere has stayed with me all summer . . . Moss combines exquisite nature writing, original characters and a cracking thriller plot to make a wonderful literary curiosity. It deserves to pull her out of the bog of underappreciation and on to the prize podiums.'―Alex O'Connell, The Times (UK)'Stunningly good, a tightly written, powerful book about archaeology and Englishness.' ―Alex Preston, The Observer'Moss truthfully conveys the way teenage girls make friends . . . In just 149 pages Moss does a remarkable job at building an engaging, textured world and Silvie is a likeable heroine. You root for her ― and she might just surprise you.'―Susannah Butter, Evening Standard “[Sarah Moss is] this divided country’s most urgent novelist. Her themes: the cycles of history, male absurdity, the forms female subversion may take, in irony, sickness and sacrifice. It helps that she’s absurdly topical, and that she’s funny.” ―Daniel Swift, The Spectator'Reading Ghost Wall in the context of contemporary Britain only serves to highlight the folly of wishing for the good old days . . . The book can be read as a Brexit fable, where seppuku levels of self-sacrifice are forged with lemming-like gusto . . . There is a spring-taut tension embedded in the pages . . . Moss’s brevity is admirable, her language pristine.'―Sinead Gleeson, The Irish Times 'Moss slowly ratchets up the tension, much as the Iron Age people they are studying used to slowly twist a length of rope around the necks of the human sacrifices they made, up on the nearby moors.'―Roger Cox, The Scotsman'[Combines] the components of a thriller with a nuanced understanding of history, its fluctuating interpretations and its often traumatic effect on the present . . . Moss’s sensual writing recalls the late Helen Dunmore . . . A bold, spare study of internecine conflict.'― Catherine Taylor, New Statesman'Characteristically intelligent . . . both subtle and devastating . . . Moss is the author of five acclaimed novels but in this short volume has, I believe, produced her best fiction to date.'―Totally Dublin“Reading Ghost Wall is an intense experience. Its claustrophobia and fearful build up leave you feeling close to tears. It is a masterful piece of writing that cements Moss’s reputation as one of our best novelists.” ―Sian Norris, Prospect'The 'ghost wall' of the title becomes a powerful metaphor for the invisible boundaries that exist between different groups of people, not just in the past but also at the present time. Sarah Moss combines her research interests in food, place and material culture to good effect.'―Lucy Whetman, Press Association/The Telegraph“A masterpiece of concision . . . Whether evoking the landscape and the natural world or charting the dynamics between her strongly drawn characters, there is precision, elegance and, yes, a dark beauty.” ―Martin Spice, Star2'Moss’s finely balanced novel combines a strong sense of the natural world with a growing atmosphere of menace, interspersed with wry humour.' ―Anthony Gardner, The Mail on Sunday“Certain to give you the chills and the creeps . . . Ghost Wall addresses issues of gender and class, British identity and borders, in 160 pages.” – Sana Goyal, LiveMint“Moss is the author of several unsettling and intelligent novels about women constrained by historical circumstance, and this, narrated beautifully by a teenage girl, is one of her best yet.” ―Metro'Sarah Moss is fascinated by bodies and isolation, and by bodies in isolation . . .