Peking Story: The Last Days of Old China by David Kidd

By David Kidd

For 2 years prior to and after the 1948 Communist Revolution, David Kidd lived in Peking, the place he married the daughter of an aristocratic chinese language family members. "I used to hope," he writes, "that a few shiny younger student on a examine provide might write approximately us and our chinese language associates ahead of it used to be too past due and we have been all useless and long past, folding into the darkness the sweetness that were our lives." right here Kidd himself brings that ask yourself to existence.

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Who Was Ben Franklin? by Dennis Brindell Fradin

By Dennis Brindell Fradin

Age variety: eight - eleven Years

Ben Franklin was once the scientist who, with assistance from a kite, found that lightning is electrical energy. He used to be additionally a statesman, an inventor, a printer, and an author-a guy of such amazingly assorted skills that a few humans claimed he had magical powers! filled with all of the information little ones probably want to understand, the real tale of Benjamin Franklin is by way of turns unhappy and humorous, yet consistently sincere and awe-inspiring.

A biography of the eighteenth-century printer, writer, inventor, scientist, and statesman who performed an influential function within the early background of the United States.

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Getting a Grip: On My Body, My Mind, My Self by Monica Seles

By Monica Seles

This New York Times hardcover bestseller is a notable trip via popularity, tragedy, self-discovery, and triumph

Getting a Grip chronicles Monica Seles's early luck at the tennis circuit the place, at age 16, she turned the youngest winner in French Open historical past. for 3 years she ruled the travel, doubtless unstoppable, until eventually a deranged Steffi Graf fan plunged a knife into her again in the course of a fit in Hamburg and grew to become her existence the wrong way up. Her accidents healed however the emotional trauma used to be deep. She spent greater than years in seclusion from the media and the tennis global, attempting to struggle off the fog of depression till she persevered the conflict opposed to herself-grueling six-hour routines have been sabotaged through secretive overdue- evening binges-and she was once assaulted with feedback approximately her weight from her running shoes and, so much brutally, the press.

After an excruciating harm pressured her to take time without work from tennis in 2003, Seles launched into her personal trip. As she exposed the painful emotional purposes that were the set off for her binge-eating, she eventually chanced on the peace and stability she have been looking for. Seles's selection, notable expertise, and touching vulnerability make her tale actually inspiring.

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Stormy Weather: The Life of Lena Horne by James Gavin

By James Gavin

In the end, the 1st critical biography of leisure legend Lena Horne -- the prestigious famous person of movie, level, and track who turned one of many first African-American icons.

At the 2001 Academy Awards, Halle Berry thanked Lena Horne for paving the way in which for her to develop into the 1st black recipient of a most sensible Actress Oscar. notwithstanding constrained, commonly to visitor making a song appearances in splashy Hollywood musicals, "the attractive Lena Horne," as she used to be known as, turned a pioneering big name for African americans within the Forties and fifties. Now James Gavin, writer of Deep in a Dream: The lengthy evening of Chet Baker, attracts on a wealth of unmined fabric and 1000s of interviews -- certainly one of them with Horne herself -- to provide us the defining portrait of an American icon.

Gavin has gotten nearer than the other author to the fame who has lived in reclusion due to the fact that 1998. Incorporating insights from the likes of Ruby Dee, Tony Bennett, Diahann Carroll, Arthur Laurents, and a number of other of Horne's fellow chorines from Harlem's Cotton membership, Stormy climate deals a desirable portrait of a fancy, even tragic Horne -- a beautiful expertise who encouraged such giants of showbiz as Barbra Streisand, Eartha Kitt, and Aretha Franklin, yet whose frustrations with racism, and with tumultuous, root-less formative years, left wounds too deep to heal. the lady who emerged used to be as offended as she used to be luminous.

From the Cotton Club's glory days and the again plenty of Hollywood's largest studios to the glitzy yet bigoted resorts of Las Vegas's heyday, this behind-the-scenes examine an American icon is as a lot a narrative of the boundaries of the yankee dream because it is a masterful, ground-breaking biography.

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The Wizard of Menlo Park: How Thomas Alva Edison Invented by Randall E. Stross

By Randall E. Stross

On the peak of his status Thomas Alva Edison was once hailed as "the Napoleon of invention" and blazed within the public mind's eye as a digital demigod. Newspapers proclaimed his genius in sparkling own profiles and quipped that "the health professional has been called" as the nice guy "has now not invented something in view that breakfast." beginning with the 1st public demonstrations of the phonograph in 1878 and increasing throughout the improvement of incandescent mild, an influence iteration and distribution method to maintain it, and the 1st movie cameras--all achievements extra impressive of their time than we will simply take hold of today--Edison's identify turned emblematic of all of the ask yourself and promise of the rising age of technological marvels.

But as Randall Stross makes transparent during this severe biography of the guy who's arguably the main globally well-known of all americans, Thomas Edison's maximum invention could have been his personal famous person. Edison used to be definitely a technical genius, yet Stross excavates the guy from layers of myth-making and separates his actual achievements from his virtually both gigantic disasters. How a lot credits may still Edison obtain for a few of the innovations that experience popularly been attributed to him--and what number of them resulted from either the foundation and the perspiration of his opponents or even his personal assistants? How a lot of Edison's technical ability helped him triumph over an absence of industrial acumen and think for consumers' desires and needs?

This daring reassessment of Edison's lifestyles and profession solutions those and plenty of different vital questions whereas telling the tale of the way he stumbled on his most renowned innovations as a tender guy and spent the rest of his lengthy existence attempting to conjure related good fortune. We additionally meet his companions and opponents, presidents and entertainers, his shut good friend Henry Ford, the better halves who competed together with his paintings for his consciousness, and the kids who attempted to thrive in his shadow--all supplying a fuller view of Edison's existence and occasions than has ever been provided earlier than. The Wizard of Menlo Park finds not just how Edison labored, yet how he controlled his personal popularity, turning into the 1st nice superstar of the trendy age.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Blue Angel: The Life of Marlene Dietrich by Donald Spoto

By Donald Spoto

Acclaimed biographer Donald Spoto brings to lifestyles probably the most incandescent and elusive famous person to grace Hollywood, Marlene Dietrich (1901-1992). He has tapped archival fabrics and carried out dozens of interviews to provide a lifestyles tale full of an important new information: her hardships and struggles for acceptance in Nineteen Twenties Berlin; her transformation right into a display goddess; her leisure of Allied troops throughout the global conflict II; and her stint as a nightclub singer within the Fifties. Spoto additionally comprises money owed of her amorous affairs with Yul Brynner, Maurice Chevalier, Gary Cooper, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr, Eddie Fisher, common George S. Patton, Erich Maria Remarque, Frank Sinatra, and John Wayne.

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Cadence by Emma Ayres

By Emma Ayres

Listeners national get up to her honeyed tones supplying clean views on undying classics, introducing listeners to new composers, and telling stories approximately her BMW motorcycle and her love of unique go back and forth. She is lauded as an entertainer and musical specialist, who's willing to collapse the limitations surrounding classical tune.

In 1999 Emma cycled - certain, cycled - from England to Hong Kong, with a just a small violin for corporation. ln Cadence, Emma tells this tale and divulges a lifestyles full of event, distinction, unpredictable occasions and, consistently, song. From studying violin in small-town England to acting in a single of the best musical and historic occasions of the 20 th century; from poverty-stricken pupil days in dank London to learning with maestros in chilly struggle West Berlin; and even if biking one of many world's maximum deserts with simply Elgar for corporation to enjoying within the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Emma Ayres' lifestyles has continuously been in regards to the tune.

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Sweet Dreams Are Made of This: A Life In Music by Dave Stewart

By Dave Stewart

A no-holds-barred check out the striking existence and profession of the prolific musician, songwriter, and manufacturer in the back of Eurythmics and dozens of dad hits.
Dave Stewart’s existence has been a wild ride—one jam-packed with track, consistent reinvention, and the endless force to create. starting to be up in business northern England, he left domestic for the gritty London streets of the seventies, the place he all started taking part and appearing with numerous musicians, together with a tender waitress named Annie Lennox.
The chemistry among Stewart and Lennox was once indisputable, and an severe romance built. whereas their ardour proved an excessive amount of offstage, they thrived musically and constructed their very own sound. They referred to as themselves Eurythmics and embarked on international stardom with the hugely renowned album Sweet goals (Are made up of This).
For the 1st time, Stewart stocks the great, high-octane tales of his lifestyles in music—the drug-fueled adventures, the A-list collaborations and relationships, and the artistic technique that introduced us blockbusters from Eurythmics like “ the following Comes the Rain Again” and “Would I mislead You” in addition to Tom Petty’s  “Don’t Come round right here No More,” No Doubt’s “Underneath It All,” Golden Globe winner “Old behavior Die Hard” with Mick Jagger, and lots of extra.
From nice friendships and inventive partnerships together with the gang SuperHeavy besides Jagger, Joss Stone, Damian Marley, and A. R. Rahman, to encouraged performances and intimate moments within the studio—Stewart highlights the musicians he admires and calls buddies, from Bob Dylan, Stevie Nicks, Elton John, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr to Bono, Bon Jovi, and Katy Perry.
With a behind-the-scenes examine Stewart’s leading edge endeavors that continue him at the state-of-the-art of the song enterprise, Sweet goals Are made from This is a one-of-a-kind  portrait of the inventive middle of 1 of its so much talented and enterprising contributors.

With a Foreword via Mick Jagger!

From the Hardcover edition.

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The World of Raymond Chandler: In His Own Words by Raymond Chandler

By Raymond Chandler

Raymond Chandler by no means wrote a memoir or autobiography. the nearest he got here to writing both used to be in--and around--his novels, shorts tales, and letters. there were books that describe and evaluation Chandler's existence, yet to determine what he himself felt approximately his existence and paintings, Barry Day, editor of The Letters of Noël Coward ("There is way to dazzle the following in exactly the best way we think . . . the publication is meticulous, artfully structured--splendid" --Daniel Mendelsohn; the hot York evaluate of Books), has cannily, deftly selected from Chandler's writing, in addition to the numerous interviews he gave through the years as he accomplished cult prestige, to weave jointly an illuminating narrative that finds the guy, the paintings, the worlds he created.

Using Chandler's personal phrases in addition to Day's textual content, here's the lifetime of "the guy with out home," a guy precariously balanced among his classical English schooling with its immutable values and that of a fast-evolving the United States in the course of the years prior to the good struggle, and the altering vernacular of the cultural psyche that resulted. Chandler makes transparent what it really is to be a author, and specifically what it truly is to be a author of "hardboiled" fiction in what was once for him "another language." alongside the way in which, he discusses the paintings of his contemporaries: Dashiell Hammett, James M. Cain, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Agatha Christie, W. Somerset Maugham, and others ("I wish," acknowledged Chandler, "I had a type of facile plotting brains, like Erle Gardner").

Here is Chandler's l. a. ("There is a slightly of the wasteland approximately every little thing in California," he stated, "and in regards to the minds of the folk who dwell here"), a urban he followed and that followed him within the post-World struggle I interval . . . here's his Hollywood ("Anyone who doesn't like Hollywood," he acknowledged, "is both loopy or sober") . . . He recounts his personal (rocky) stories operating within the city with Billy Wilder, Howard Hawks, Alfred Hitchcock, and others. . .We see Chandler's modify ego, Philip Marlowe, inner most eye, the incorruptible knight with little armor who walks the "mean streets" in an international no longer made for knights ("If I had ever a chance of choosing the motion picture actor who might most sensible symbolize Marlowe to my brain, i feel it should were Cary Grant.") . . . this is Chandler on consuming (his lifestyles after all used to be in a race with alcohol--and loneliness) . . . and listed here are Chandler's women--the Little Sisters, the "dames" in his fiction, and in his lifestyles (on writing The lengthy so long, Chandler acknowledged, "I watched my spouse die via part inches and that i wrote the simplest e-book in my suffering of that wisdom . . . i used to be as hole because the locations among the stars." After her dying Chandler led what he known as a "posthumous life" writing fiction, yet as a rule, his writing existence used to be made of letters written to ladies he slightly knew.)

Interwoven through the textual content are a couple of hundred images that display the psyche and international of Raymond Chandler. "I have lived my complete existence at the fringe of nothing," he wrote. In his personal phrases, and with Barry Day's remark, we see the form this took and how it trained the guy and his amazing paintings.

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