From one of America's iconic writers, a portrait of a marriage and a life -- in good times and bad -- that will speak to anyone who has ever loved a husband or wife or child. A stunning book of electric honesty and passion.
From one of our most powerful writers, a work of stunning frankness about losing a daughter. Richly textured with bits of her own childhood and married life with her husband, John Gregory Dunne, and daughter, Quintana Roo, this new book by Joan Didion examines her thoughts, fears, and doubts regarding having children, illness, and growing old. Blue Nights opens on July 26, 2010, as Didion thinks back to Quintana’s wedding in New York seven years before. Today would be her wedding anniversary. This fact triggers vivid snapshots of Quintana’s childhood--in Malibu, in Brentwood, at school in Holmby Hills. Reflecting on her daughter but also on her role as a parent, Didion asks the candid questions any parent might about how she feels she failed either because cues were not taken or perhaps displaced. “How could I have missed what was clearly there to be seen?” Finally, perhaps we all remain unknown to each other. Seamlessly woven in are incidents Didion sees as underscoring her own age, something she finds hard to acknowledge, much less accept. Blue Nights--the long, light evening hours that signal the summer solstice, “the opposite of the dying of the brightness, but also its warning”--like The Year of Magical Thinking before it, is an iconic book of incisive and electric honesty, haunting and profoundly moving.
''Joyful, life-affirming, greedy. I loved it'' - DIANA HENRY ''Whether you are an avid cyclist, a Francophile, a greedy gut, or simply an appreciator of impeccable writing - this book will get you hooked'' - YOTAM OTTOLENGHI The nation''s ''taster in chief'' cycles 2,300 km across France in search of the definitive versions of classic French dishes. Agreen bike drunkenly weaves its way up a cratered hill inthe late-morning sun, the gears grinding painfully, like apepper mill running on empty. The rider crouched on top in arictus of pain has slowed to a gravity-defying crawl when, fromsomewhere nearby, the whine of a nasal engine breaks through her ragged breathing. A battered van appears behind her, the customary cigarettedangling from its driver''s-side window... as he passes, she casually reaches down for some water,smiling broadly in the manner of someone having almost toomuch fun. ''No sweat,'' she says jauntily to his retreating exhaustpipe. ''Pas de probleme, monsieur.'' A land of glorious landscapes, and even more glorious food, France is a place built for cycling and for eating, too - a country large enough to give any journey an epic quality, but with a bakery on every corner. Here, you can go from beach to mountain, Atlantic to Mediterranean, polder to Pyrenees, and taste the difference every time you stop for lunch. If you make it to lunch, that is... Part travelogue, part food memoir, all love letter to France, One More Croissant for the Road follows ''the nation''s taster in chief'' Felicity Cloake''s very own Tour de France, cycling 2,300km across France in search of culinary perfection; from Tarte Tatin to Cassoulet via Poule au Pot, and Tartiflette. Each of the 21 ''stages'' concludes with Felicity putting this new found knowledge to good use in a fresh and definitive recipe for each dish - the culmination of her rigorous and thorough investigative work on behalf of all of our taste buds.
When William Kamkwamba was just 14 years old his parents told him that he must leave school and come and work on the family farm as they could no longer afford to $80 a year tuition fees. This is the story of his refusal to give up on learning and reading. A story of passion, determination and remarkable achievements.
In this much anticipated addition to the Eminent Lives series, Bill Bryson's biography of William Shakespeare unravels the superstitions, academic discoveries and myths surrounding the life of our greatest poet and playwright.
Founder of one of the most influential and successful rock bands of all time, legendary Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has nevertheless remained an enigma. In this definitive and comprehensive biography of his life so far, Chris Salewicz draws on his own interviews with Page and those closest around him to unravel the man behind the mystery. Having sold over 300 million copies worldwide, Led Zeppelin was the biggest band of the ''70s and has been loved by the legions ever since. From his own conversations with Jimmy, the rest of Led Zeppelin, old girlfriends, tour managers and session musicians to name but a few, Salewicz reveals the many trials and tribulations which transformed the middle class boy from the Surrey suburbs into one of rock''s most enigmatic frontmen. Detailed, thrilling and expertly researched, Salewicz discovers a man who was prepared to die for his art; who justified heroin use so he could harness its narcotic focus whilst making albums, and who overcame numerous death threats during this time. A warrior magician, Salewicz delves into the many skeletons and eccentricities in Page''s closet, contextualising him against a background of London gangsters, deaths, and power struggles which Page has continued to rail against to this day, even within his own band. As entertaining as it is insightful, and from a writer who experienced first-hand the Led Zeppelin furore, this promises to be as close to a Jimmy Page autobiography as fans can get.
The highly anticipated first book from award-winning comedian, writer, producer and actress, Amy Schumer. In The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, Amy shares stories about her family, her relationships, her career, good - and bad - sex, recounting the experiences that have shaped who she is today: from the riches to rags story of her childhood to her teenage quest for popularity (and boys) to becoming one of the most sought-after comedians on the planet and an outspoken advocate for women''s rights. Whether she''s experiencing lust at first sight in the queue at the airport, discovering her boot camp instructor''s secret bad habit, or candidly discussing her father''s multiple sclerosis, Amy Schumer proves to be a fearless, original, and always entertaining storyteller. Her book will move you, make you laugh, catch you completely off guard, and answer this burning question: is it okay for a 35 year-old woman to still sleep with her childhood teddy bears?
This 'dream-laden and spooked' (Marina Warner, London Review of Books) story is to many one of the best-loved books of the twentieth century. Munthe spent many years working as a doctor in Southern Italy, labouring unstintingly during typhus, cholera and earthquake disasters.
THE HEARTBREAKING STORY OF THE PASSIONATE LOVE AFFAIR BETWEEN BORIS PASTERNAK AND OLGA IVINSKAYA THE TRAGIC TRUE STORY THAT INSPIRED DOCTOR ZHIVAGO.
DOCTOR ZHIVAGO HAS SOLD IN ITS MILLIONS YET THE TRUE LOVE STORY THAT INSPIRED IT HAS NEVER BEEN FULLY EXPLORED. PASTERNAK WOULD OFTEN SAY LARA EXISTS, GO AND MEET HER, DIRECTING HIS VISITORS TO THE LOVE OF HIS LIFE AND LITERARY MUSE, OLGA IVINSKAYA. THEY MET IN 1946 AT THE LITERARY JOURNAL WHERE SHE WORKED. THEIR RELATIONSHIP WOULD LAST FOR THE REMAINDER OF THEIR LIVES.
OLGA PAID AN ENORMOUS PRICE FOR LOVING HER BORIA. SHE BECAME A PAWN IN A HIGHLY POLITICAL GAME AND WAS IMPRISONED TWICE IN SIBERIAN LABOUR CAMPS BECAUSE OF HER ASSOCIATION WITH HIM AND HIS CONTROVERSIAL WORK. HER STORY IS ONE OF UNIMAGINABLE COURAGE, LOYALTY, SUFFERING, TRAGEDY, DRAMA AND LOSS.
DRAWING ON BOTH ARCHIVAL AND FAMILY SOURCES, ANNA PASTERNAKS BOOK REVEALS FOR THE FIRST TIME THE CRITICAL ROLE PLAYED BY OLGA IN BORISS LIFE AND ARGUES THAT WITHOUT OLGA IT IS LIKELY THAT DOCTOR ZHIVAGO WOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN COMPLETED OR PUBLISHED.
ANNA PASTERNAK IS A WRITER AND MEMBER OF THE FAMOUS PASTERNAK FAMILY. SHE IS THE GREAT-GRANDDAUGHTER OF LEONID PASTERNAK, THE IMPRESSIONIST PAINTER AND NOBEL PRIZE WINNING NOVELIST BORIS PASTERNAK WAS HER GREAT-UNCLE. SHE IS THE AUTHOR OF THREE PREVIOUS BOOKS.
''I was spotty, wore an anorak, had biro-engraved flared blue jeans with ''purple'' and ''Sabbath'' written on the thighs, and rode an ear-splittingly uncool moped. Oh yes, and I wanted to be a drummer...'' Bruce Dickinson - Iron Maiden''s legendary front man - is one of the world''s most iconic singers and songwriters. But there are many strings to Bruce''s bow, of which larger-than-life lead vocalist is just one. He is also an airline captain, aviation entrepreneur, motivational speaker, beer brewer, novelist, radio presenter, film scriptwriter and an international fencer: truly one of the most unique and interesting men in the world. In What Does this Button Do? Bruce contemplates the rollercoaster of life. He recounts - in his uniquely anarchic voice - the explosive exploits of his eccentric British childhood, the meteoric rise of Maiden, summoning the powers of darkness, the philosophy of fencing, brutishly beautiful Boeings and firmly dismissing cancer like an uninvited guest. Bold, honest, intelligent and funny, this long-awaited memoir captures the life, heart and mind of a true rock icon, and is guaranteed to inspire curious souls and hard-core fans alike.
The long-awaited memoir from the beloved film and television star - known to multiple generations for his starring roles on the long-running shows Magnum, P.I. and Blue Bloods - chronicles both his life in show business and his life away from it.
Nearly every American knows Tom Selleck, both by name and by face. For four decades and counting, Selleck has been a television and film icon, first in Magnum, P.I. , one of the most popular and enduring shows of the eighties, and currently in Blue Bloods , where he plays New York City Police Commissioner Frank Reagan.
But Selleck''s career is longer, and richer, than those two hits suggest. He began in the trenches as a working actor in the late sixties and struggled for more than a decade before breaking out as Magnum. At the height of his stardom, he opted not for cookie-cutter blockbusters but for more interesting character-based projects: comedies like Three Men and a Baby and In & Out , a record-setting trilogy of TV-movie Westerns, and the acclaimed Jesse Stone TV-movie franchise. And that doesn''t even count his key supporting role on the generation-defining sitcom Friends or his appearance on Broadway in a Thousand Clowns.
All along the way, Selleck has been careful to balance his stardom with a devotion to family life and privacy. His memoir offers a rare and rewarding look inside that career and that life. Beginning with Selleck''s Southern California childhood, following him through an America roiled by Vietnam and the counterculture, this memoir chronicles Selleck''s development not just as an actor (and as an actor who worked with such legends as Mae West, Frank Sinatra, and Marlon Brando), but as a man. Rich with charm, insight, and a surprising dose of self-deprecating humour, this memoir illuminates five decades of Hollywood - and of America.
A vivid and incisive portrait that combines heart and head, work and home, hard-fought wisdom and renewable optimism, Selleck''s memoir is an up-close and inspiring look at America''s favourite actor.
« AMELIA FANG AND THE BARBARIC BALL» RICHLY IMAGINED TIM BURTON-ESQUE WORLD, PUN-LADEN HUMOUR AND LIVELY ILLUSTRATIONS. THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES IN A SUITABLY GOTHIC TAKE ON THE UNICORN TREND.
The definitive account of Barack Obama''s life before he became the 44th president of the United States - the formative years, confluence of forces, and influential figures who helped shaped an extraordinary leader and his rise - from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of ''Bearing the Cross''. Barack Obama''s keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention instantly catapulted the little-known state senator from Illinois into the national spotlight. Three months later, Obama would win election to the U.S. Senate; four years later he would make history as America''s first black president. Now, at the end of his second presidential term, David J. Garrow delivers the most compelling and comprehensive Obama biography - as epic in vision and rigorous in detail as Robert Caro''s ''The Power Broker''. Moving around the globe, from Hawaii to Indonesia to the American Northeast and Midwest, ''Rising Star'' meticulously unpacks Obama''s life, from his tumultuous upbringing in Honolulu and Jakarta, to his formative time as a community organizer on Chicago''s South Side, working in some of the roughest neighborhoods, to Cambridge, where he excelled at Harvard Law School, and finally back to Chicago, where he pursued his political destiny. In voluminous detail, drawn from more than 1,000 interviews and encyclopedic documentary research, Garrow reveals as never before the ambition, the dreams, and the all-too-human struggles of an iconic president in a sure to be news-making biography that will stand as the most authoritative account of Obama''s pre-presidential life for decades to come.
Nujeen has cerebral palsy and cannot walk. This did not stop her braving inconceivable odds to travel in her wheelchair from Syria in search of a new life. Nujeen recounts the details of her childhood and disability, as well as the specifics of her harrowing journey across the Mediterranean to Greece and finally to Germany to seek an education and the medical treatment she needs.
Unpublished for 90 years, Agatha Christie's extensive and evocative letters and photographs from her year-long round-the-world trip to South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and America as part of the British trade mission for the famous 1924 Empire Exhibition.
Who was the real Jane Austen? Overturning the traditional portrait of the author as conventional and genteel, bestseller Paula Byrne's landmark biography reveals the real woman behind the books.
An utterly gripping nonfiction adventure narrative, 'Lost in Shangri-La' is an untold true story of war, survival, discovery, heroism, and a near-impossible rescue mission.