Category: Biography

  • The Art of Men (I Prefer Mine al Dente) by Kirstie Alley

    By Kirstie Alley

    John Travolta.
    Parker Stevenson.
    Ted Danson.
    Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
    Kelsey Grammer.
    Patrick Swayze.
    Woody Allen.
    Woody Harrelson.
    And many others. . . . In 3 a long time in Hollywood, Kirstie Alley has lived with, labored with, enjoyed, or misplaced all of those males, and during this revealing memoir, she peels again the layers (and occasionally the sheets) on her relationships with them all.
    From the early days of her early life in Wichita, Kansas, surrounded by means of her loving father, her inquisitive and doting grandfather, and a more youthful brother she fiercely safe while she wasn’t promoting tickets to work out him bare, Kirstie Alley’s existence has been formed and molded by way of males. “Men, males, wonderful men!” gave her her first colossal holiday in Hollywood and her awardwinning function on Cheers, and during marriages, a debilitating cocaine dependancy, the demise of her mom, roles in many of the greatest comedies of the final 20 years, and a shocking stint on Dancing with the Stars, males proved to be the muse for multitudes of the choices and dramas in Kirstie Alley’s lifestyles.
    In this number of associated essays that’s either hilarious and poignant in turns, Kirstie chronicles the entire stable, the undesirable, and the gruesome males who've inspired and guided her. She demonstrates how males could be the air that girls breathe or the resource of all in their frustrations. yet for higher or worse, Kirstie indicates lifestyles good lived is a lifestyles lived within the corporation of fellows, specially in the event that they
    remember to place the lid down. The paintings of fellows (I desire Mine al Dente) is a hilarious day trip into love, pleasure, motherhood, loss, intercourse, and self-discovery from one among Hollywood’s such a lot enduring stars.
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  • My Dark Places by James Ellroy

    By James Ellroy

    "Astonishing . . . unique, bold, brilliant."
    --Philadelphia Inquirer

    In 1958 Jean Ellroy used to be murdered, her physique dumped on a roadway in a seedy L.A. suburb.  Her killer used to be by no means stumbled on, and the police brushed off her as a casualty of an inexpensive Saturday evening. James Ellroy was once ten whilst his mom died, and he spent the following thirty-six years working from her ghost and trying to exorcize it via crime fiction. In 1994, Ellroy give up running.  He went again to L.A., to determine the reality approximately his mother--and himself.  

    In My darkish areas, our such a lot uncompromising crime author tells what occurred whilst he teamed up with an excellent murder cop to enquire a homicide that everybody else had forgotten--and reclaim the mummy he had despised, wanted, yet by no means dared to like. What ensues is a epic of loss, fixation, and redemption, a memoir that also is a historical past of the yank means of violence.

    "Ellroy is extra strong than ever."
    --The Nation  

    From the alternate Paperback edition.

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  • Twitch Upon a Star: The Bewitched Life and Career of by Herbie J. Pilato

    By Herbie J. Pilato

    In line with writer Herbie J Pilato’s specific interviews with Elizabeth Montgomery ahead of her loss of life in 1995, Twitch Upon a celeb comprises insider fabric and statement from a number of contributors linked to her outstanding lifestyles and occupation sooner than, in the course of, and after Bewitched, together with her vintage characteristic movies The court docket Martial of Billy Mitchell (1955), Who's Been napping In My mattress? (1963), and Johnny Cool (1963).

    Two of Montgomery’s many well known television video clips, A Case of Rape (which is still one of many highest-rated TV-movies of all time) and The Legend of Lizzie Borden (which will quickly be remade as a function film), have been groundbreaking and stay classics. yet Twitch Upon a celeb additionally is going behind the curtain to discover Montgomery’s political activism, together with her early advocacy for AIDS victims and the peace circulate; her aid for all minorities, together with the homosexual neighborhood and the disabled; and her arguable participation as narrator of the1988 function movie documentary Cover-Up and its 1991 Oscar-winning sequel, The Panama Deception (both of which chronicled the Iran/Contra scandal of the 1980s). The ebook additionally explores Montgomery's tumultuous relationships along with her father, reveal legend Robert Montgomery (she used to be a liberal; he was once a staunch conservative), and her 4 husbands (including actor Gig younger, who later died in a murder/suicide). via it all—and to friends and family equivalent to fellow performers Ronny Cox, Sally Kemp, and Florence Henderson—she used to be simply Lizzie: down-to-earth and unaffected, similar to Samantha, the "witch-with-a-twitch" Stephens, her most famed position.
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  • John Green: Star Author, Vlogbrother, and Nerdfighter by Eric Braun

    By Eric Braun

    On June 2, 2014, greater than 1,200 lovers wildly cheered the arriving of writer John eco-friendly on the ultimate of The Fault in Our Stars—the blockbuster motion picture in keeping with his younger grownup novel of an identical identify. whereas he didn't write the screenplay or have a starring function within the motion picture, John commanded simply as a lot famous person strength because the film's gifted actors. The Fault in Our Stars book—John's 5th novel—sold greater than 7 million copies, and John landed a coveted spot on Time magazine's 2014 checklist of the a hundred such a lot Influential People.

    Even prior to The Fault in Our Stars made John a loved ones identify, he had equipped up a huge following between kids. In 2007, after penning his first YA novels, he cofounded the YouTube channel Vlogbrothers along with his brother, Hank eco-friendly. The brothers begun posting videoblogs as a communications experiment—and quickly, they discovered themselves interacting with legions of enthusiasts who name themselves Nerdfighters. The channel grew in reputation and now has greater than 2 million followers.

    Follow John's trip from shy pupil to powerhouse social media engager and best-selling YA writer. find out how he became quirkiness and skill right into a profitable formulation that has earned him thousands of fanatics world wide.
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  • The Tastemaker: Carl Van Vechten and the Birth of Modern by Edward White

    By Edward White

    A revealing biography of the influential and debatable cultural titan who embodied an era

    New York urban within the early 20th century was once a hotbed of vice and creativity, and the critic, novelist, and photographer Carl Van Vechten was once on the heart of all of it. The Tastemaker explores the various lives of the era’s so much influential cultural impresario: the critic who introduced Gertrude Stein to the nation’s recognition; the consumer of the Harlem Renaissance; the photographer who captured the age’s icons; and the novelist who created a number of the Jazz Age’s so much salacious tales. A confidant of Langston Hughes and F. Scott Fitzgerald, Van Vechten hung out with the Twenties ny demimonde, discovering himself in Harlem jazz golf equipment, Hell’s Kitchen speakeasies, and the Greenwich Village underground homosexual scene.
    Edward White’s revealing biography depicts a debatable determine who outlined an age. Embodying some of the contradictions of contemporary the United States, Van Vechten was once a faithful husband with a coterie of boys by means of his aspect, a supporter of adverse paintings who additionally enjoyed lowbrow leisure, and a promoter of the Harlem Renaissance who believed in racial distinction. the 1st complete biography of this nice American unique in approximately part a century, The Tastemaker encompasses its subject’s inner most fears and longings in addition to raucous events fueled by way of booze and lust. it's a extraordinary portrait of a guy whose courageous trips throughout obstacles of race, sexuality, and flavor helped make the USA absolutely sleek.
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  • What Happened, Miss Simone?: A Biography by Alan Light

    By Alan Light

    Encouraged by way of the Academy Award-nominated Netflix documentary What occurred, omit Simone?, an intimate and shiny examine the mythical lifetime of Nina Simone, the classically knowledgeable pianist who advanced right into a chart-topping chanteuse and dedicated civil rights activist.

    From song journalist and previous Spin and Vibe editor-in-chief Alan gentle comes a biography of incandescent soul singer and Black energy icon Nina Simone, essentially the most influential, provocative, and least understood artists of our time. Drawn from a trove of infrequent archival pictures, audio recordings and interviews (including Simone's impressive deepest diaries), this nuanced exam of Nina Simone’s lifestyles highlights her musical inventiveness and unwavering quest for equality, whereas laying naked the private demons that plagued her from the time of her Jim Crow adolescence in North Carolina to her self-imposed exile in Liberia and Paris later in life.

    Harnessing the singular voice of pass over Simone herself and incorporating candid reflections from those that knew her top, together with her simply daughter, gentle brings us nose to nose with a legend, analyzing the very public character and intensely inner most struggles of 1 of our best artists.
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  • Ah ! Vivre indigné, vivre enragé !... by Émile Zola

    By Émile Zola

    "Je suis un libre écrivain qui n'a ecu qu'une ardour dans sa vie, celle de los angeles vérité, qui s'est battu pour elle sur tous les champs de bataille. (...) j'ai servi mon can pay par l. a. plume, de tout mon braveness, de toute ma strength de travail et de bonne foi." Homme passionné, indigné par l'injustice et le mensonge, engagé dans des combats décisifs, Zola a écrit des centaines d'articles où se déploient une verve polémique, une éloquence de tribun, les valeurs les plus hautes. Ils méritent d'être connus.
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  • Hearts and Hands: Creating Community in Violent Times (2nd by Luis J. Rodriguez

    By Luis J. Rodriguez

    Hearts and Hands specializes in therapeutic via group development. Empowered via thirty years of expertise with gangs in la and Chicago, Rodríguez deals a different e-book of swap. He makes concrete feedback, exhibits how we will be able to create nonviolent possibilities for adolescence at the present time, and redirects young ones into efficient and pleasing lives. And he warns that we sacrifice neighborhood values for fabric achieve once we incarcerate or marginalize humans already at the fringe of society. His force to dissolve gang impression on youngsters is as own because it is societal; his son, to whom he dedicates Hearts and Hands, served greater than a decade in felony for gang-related job. With anecdotes, interviews, and time-tested instructions, Hearts and Hands makes a strong argument for development and aiding group existence.
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  • The Dan Brown Enigma: The Biography of the World's Greatest by Graham A. Thomas

    By Graham A. Thomas

    Dan Brown is already one of many bestselling authors that the area has ever seen.Due to the luck of his gripping novels electronic citadel, Deception aspect, Angels and Demons, The Da Vinci Code and The misplaced image, he has develop into a loved ones identify. yet how did he accomplish that? What's his mystery? This in-depth biography unearths how, with a heady mixture of technology, faith, truth and fiction, he has captured the public's mind's eye and secured his position within the historical past of the preferred mystery. regardless of his huge, immense luck, Dan Brown is an unassuming guy. This ebook contains a examine his early years - lengthy earlier than the celebrity and fortune that got here with the luck of The Da Vinci Code - whilst he used to be a musician, instructor and author of humour titles. It additionally examines the the most important position that his spouse, Blythe Brown, performs in his existence and paintings. His skilful storytelling, with its elaborate, twisting plotlines, is unquestionably anything that units him except different mystery writers.

    The Dan Brown Enigma additionally appears at his amazing consciousness to aspect and divulges how vital examine is to every of his books. via hours and hours of cautious learn, he brings to gentle historic rites and rituals which are buried deep inside of our collective unconscious. this mixture of Brown's mind's eye with the key truths, myths and legends from quite a few historical associations - together with the Freemasons and the Catholic Church - are possibly why his novels are so successful...and, now and then, arguable.
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  • The Irresistible Mr Wrong: The Six Mistresses of Misfortune by Jeremy Scott

    By Jeremy Scott

    A few ladies - together with it sounds as if just about all heiresses - locate themselves interested in thoroughgoing bastards who scouse borrow their funds, cheat on them, even occasionally beat them up. Why, to those expert, rational and in a different way balanced younger ladies, is "Mr Wrong" so frequently impossible to resist? Jeremy Scott attempts to respond to this question in his extraordinary publication. The impossible to resist Mr unsuitable is the dizzying precise tale of six ladies who fell for one such guy; Porfirio Rubirosa - diplomat, playboy, racing car-driver and prodigious womaniser, of whom his benefactor Dominican Republican dictator basic Trujillo, famously remarked, "He is nice at his task simply because ladies like him and he's an excellent liar." The settings are Cafe Society, prewar Berlin, occupied Paris and the post-war haunts of the overseas wealthy who occupied the Jet Set. it's the tale of six ladies who inhabited that smooth milieu. they're Flor Trujillo, daughter of the dictator; Danielle Darrieux, major French actress; the richest lady on this planet, Doris Duke; Zsa Zsa Gabor, Hungarian adventuress; Woolworth heiress, Barbara Hutton; and Odile Rodin, one other French actress. including Rubirosa, those girls lived cleaning soap opera lives of extra, greed and infrequent redemption. All six episodes of The impossible to resist Mr incorrect are threaded at the comparable string, associated by way of one notorious determine who married 5 of those ladies in flip. What was once his mystery? Of larger curiosity is that this query: figuring out all they did approximately him, what drove them to take action?
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