Marlene: Bild einer berühmten Zeitgenossin by Alfred Polgar

By Alfred Polgar

Bereits Mitte der zwanziger Jahre, bevor aus der Tingeltangel-Tänzerin der „Blaue Engel“ und der Weltstar wurde, zählte Alfred Polgar zu den Bewunderern Marlene Dietrichs. Sie freundeten sich an, und ehe Polgar 1938 vor den Nazis flüchten musste, schrieb er ein wunderbar zartes Buch über die Diva, das ihre Eigenschaften und Eigenheiten einzigartig zum Ausdruck bringt. Das Gesicht, die Stimme, Beine, Handflächen, ihr Sexappeal werden auf unnachahmliche Weise skizziert. Wir erfahren von der Zusammenarbeit mit Josef von Sternberg, den Verhältnissen in Hollywood und used to be sie – 1937 – über die Zukunft denkt. Jetzt, mehr als seventy five Jahre nach seiner Entstehung, erscheint dieses Buch zum ersten Mal.

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Bettyville: A Memoir by George Hodgman

By George Hodgman

While George Hodgman leaves big apple for his fatherland of Paris, Missouri, he unearths himself—an not going caretaker and near-lethal cook—in a head-on collision together with his getting older mom, Betty, a girl of wit and may. Will George trap her into assisted dwelling? whilst hell freezes over. He can’t deliver himself to strength her from the house either treasure—the position the place his father’s voice lingers, the scene of shared jokes, skirmishes, and, at the back of the dusty antiques, a not often said clash: Betty, who speaks her brain yet can't really show her center, hasn't ever fairly accredited the truth that her son is gay.

As those unforgettable characters attempt to convey their varied worlds jointly, Hodgman unearths the demanding situations of Betty’s lifestyles and his personal fight for self-respect, relocating readers from their small town—crumbling yet nonetheless colorful—to the star-studded corridors of shallowness reasonable. Evocative of the tip of Your lifestyles ebook membership and The smooth Bar, Hodgman’s manhattan instances bestselling debut is either an indelible portrait of a relations and an exquisitely informed story of a prodigal son’s go back.

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Purpose: An Immigrant's Story by Anthony Bozza, Wyclef Jean

By Anthony Bozza, Wyclef Jean

Wyclef Jean is without doubt one of the such a lot influential voices in hip-hop. He rocketed to reputation within the Nineteen Nineties with the Fugees, whose multiplatinum album, The Score, could end up a landmark in tune background, successful Grammys and happening to turn into one of many bestselling hip-hop albums of all time. In Purpose, Wyclef recounts his route to reputation from his impoverished youth in "Baby Doc" Duvalier's Haiti and the suggest streets of Brooklyn and Newark to the brilliant lighting fixtures of the area degree.

The son of a pastor and grandson of a Vodou priest, Wyclef used to be born and raised within the slums of Haiti, relocating along with his relatives to ny while he used to be 9. He lived in Brooklyn's infamous Marlboro tasks until eventually his father, Gesner Jean, took them to Newark, the place he switched over a burnt-out funeral domestic right into a condominium for his relatives and a church for his congregation. yet lifestyles in New Jersey was once no more uncomplicated for Wyclef, who came across it difficult to shake his refugee prestige. pressured to behave as a literal and cultural translator for his mom and dad whereas nonetheless attempting to grasp English himself, Wyclef quickly realized that becoming in will be a continuing fight. He made his method through competing in "freestyle" rap battles, finally turning into the easiest MC in his college. whilst, Wyclef was once making a song in his father's choir and studying a number of tools whereas additionally avidly exploring funk, rock, reggae, and jazz—an event that might eternally form his sound. while Wyclef selected to pursue a profession in track over attending theological institution, Gesner, who hated rap, approximately disowned him, making a gulf among father and son that might take approximately a decade to bridge.

inside a couple of brief years, Wyclef might catapult to overseas renown with the Fugees. In Purpose he information for the 1st time ever the interior tale of the gang: their upward thrust and fall, and his relationships with Pras and Lauryn Hill.

Wyclef additionally appears to be like again with candor on the catastrophic earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010 and his efforts to assist rebuild his place of origin, together with the talk surrounding Yéle, his reduction association, and his exploratory bid for president of the island state. the tale printed in Purpose is one in all notion, jam-packed with drama and humor, informed in compelling aspect, concerning the exceptional lifetime of one in every of our such a lot respected musical icons.

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SAHB Story: The Tale of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band by Martin Kielty

By Martin Kielty

While Alex Harvey died in 1982 he left at the back of a legacy and a fondness which survives to this present day - really cult prestige. The Sensational Alex Harvey Band (SAHB) have been the biggest-grossing mid-70s stay act within the united kingdom; they published 8 critically-acclaimed albums of their 5 years jointly; and so they encouraged the various best names in pop leisure over the past 30 years, from Robert Smith to Nick Cave; from Billy Connolly to Richard O'Brien. In 1972 a former teenage idol, Alex Harvey, joined Scotland's loudest rock staff to shape The Sensational Alex Harvey Band. As early pioneers of punk and glitter, they prompted a sensation at reside gigs and have become one of many most powerful inventive forces in well known track on the time. SAHB tale (based at the name of the band's 5th album) is the definitive biography of Scotland's such a lot influential artists. It follows Alex's first time out as a 50s pop superstar then a 60s soul megastar, and on the finish of the last decade selections up the remainder of the band as mythical too-loud prog-rockers Tear gasoline. The mainstay of the publication is a blow-by-blow account of the SAHB years 1972-77, illustrated with own anecdotes and never-before-seen photos. The profession of every artist is into the 80s, after Alex died on travel on the age of forty seven. SAHB tale completes the band's historical past with the comeback of 2002-2004. this is often the 1st accredited biography of the band written through journalist Martin Kielty with the approval and cooperation of Zal Cleminson, Chris Glen, and Hugh and Ted McKenna.

Martin Kielty has labored with SAHB because the early 90s and is now the band's supervisor. He's performed in and controlled bands considering he left tuition. He's a multimedia journalist with 10 years' nationwide newspaper adventure, writing for a variety of courses approximately Scottish track, Scottish heritage and tradition.

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Cobain on Cobain: Interviews and Encounters (Musicians in

The such a lot large and whole portrait of Kurt Cobain's lifestyles because it unfolded

Cobain on Cobain locations the reader on the key moments of Kurt Cobain's roller-coaster lifestyles, telling the story of Nirvana completely via his phrases and people of his band-mates as they unleashed the whirlwind that will eat them for the final 1/2 their five-year profession. this is often the main entire compendium of interviews with the band ever published and every interview is one other knot in a thread working from simply after the recording in their first album Bleach to the band's cave in in 1994 presently by means of Cobain's suicide. Interviews were chosen to supply definitive insurance of the occasions of these 5 years from as with reference to the most important moments as attainable, in order that the reader can event Cobain reacting to the conditions of every journey, every one iteration, each one public incident, the entire option to the top. together with a tremendous variety of interviews that experience by no means ahead of noticeable print, Cobain on Cobain will lengthy stay the definitive resource for someone looking for Kurt Cobain's model of his personal tale.

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Yes Sister, No Sister - My Life as a Trainee Nurse in 1950s by Jennifer Craig

By Jennifer Craig

'What is your name?' she asks, observing me. 'Jennifer Ross.' 'Jennifer Ross, Sister. good, Nurse Ross, you're wearing the uniform of a nurse from the Leeds normal Infirmary. this type of uniform isn't really worn with a cardigan. Take it off at once.' 'Yes Sister.' i will be able to think my face flip red.

A trainee nurse within the Nineteen Fifties had much to undergo. In Jennifer Craig's captivating memoir, we meet those warm-hearted but naïve younger ladies as they become familiar with strict self-discipline, lengthy hours and physically fluids. yet we additionally see the camaraderie that develops in night research periods, sneaked journeys to the cinema and mischievous escapades with the younger trainee medical professionals. the tough stipulations end up an excessive amount of for a few ladies, however the chance to assist her sufferers of their time of want is just too a lot of a pull for Jenny. As she commits to her vocation and knuckles right down to her tests, she is decided that after she reaches the heights of Ward Sister herself she is going to now not develop into the scary matron that struck worry into her pupil center ... wealthy in interval element, and instructed with a superb dose of Yorkshire humour, certain Sister, No Sister is a life-affirming precise tale of a lifestyles gone.

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The First King of Hollywood: The Life of Douglas Fairbanks by Tracey Goessel

By Tracey Goessel

The entire, definitive biography of Hollywood's first superstar

Douglas Fairbanks was once the best top guy of his generation—the first and the simplest of the swashbucklers. He made a few of the maximum movies of the silent period, together with The Thief of Bagdad, Robin Hood, and The Mark of Zorro. With Charlie Chaplin, D. W. Griffith, and his spouse, movie celebrity Mary Pickford, he based United Artists. Pickford and Fairbanks governed Hollywood as its first king and queen for a decade. Now a cache of newly came upon love letters from Fairbanks to Pickford shape the center-piece of the 1st actually definitive biography of Hollywood's first king, the unique Robin Hood, the real Zorro, the fellow who did his personal stunts, outfitted his personal studio, and shaped a firm that allowed artists to distribute their very own wealth outdoor the studio method. Fairbanks used to be enjoyable, witty, attractive, inventive, athletic, and a strength to be reckoned with. He formed our proposal of the Hollywood hero, and it hasn't ever been a similar on the grounds that. His tale, like his videos, is stuffed with ardour, bravado, and romance.

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Mother to the Motherless: The inspiring true story of one by Mama Zipporah

By Mama Zipporah

Following the lifestyles and doings of Mama Zipporah, a contemporary day saint, mom to the Motherless is the memoir of an enormous woman's inspiring real tale of emerging from the depths of abuse and poverty to came upon the most profitable children's shelters in Kenya.

The beginnings of Mama Zipporah's existence have been choked with violence and worry, because the demanding situations of an abusive father and an uncaring society left Mama and her mom nearly with out strategies. with out the help of the neighborhood church in these early days, Mama's existence can have persisted down this darkish course; because it used to be, she and her mom had just enough to get via. Mama grew to despise poverty and every little thing that it represented: the selfishness and greed of the rich, and the surprising results it had at the negative.

Devoting her lifestyles to removing poverty whereas refusing to simply accept it as easily a truth of lifestyles, Mama might come to set up the Huruma Children's domestic in Kenya, a children's shield that maintains to accomplish an analogous functionality because the church did in Mama's formative years: conserving the helpless teenagers and instructing them to make the area a greater position.

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Comandante: Hugo Chávez's Venezuela by Rory Carroll

By Rory Carroll

In the aftermath of Hugo Chávez's demise, the interior tale of his lifestyles, his Venezuela, and his legacy.

Hugo Chávez was once a phenomenon. He has been in comparison to Napoléon, Nasser, Perón, and Castro, however the fact is there hasn't ever been a pace-setter like him. He was once democratically elected, reigned like a monarch from a electronic throne, and provoked adoration and revulsion in equivalent degree. destiny historians will examine his rule for what it says in regards to the early twenty-first century. How did a charismatic autocrat seduce not only a country yet an important a part of global opinion? How did he make humans snigger and weep and applaud, as though on command? and the way did he proceed to stick in strength regardless of the crumbling of Venezuela?

When he first got here to strength in 1999, Chávez promised a democratic revolution to rework his nation. In Venezuela and somewhere else, he grew to become a logo of desire and freedom for his humans. but in his 13 years as president, Chávez seized keep an eye on of the highly profitable Venezuelan oil undefined, consolidated executive authority lower than the presidency, allowed simple govt features to wither, jailed and excommunicated political rivals, created a character cult, and courted Castro and Ahmadinejad, all whereas occupying a lot of Venezuela’s airwaves along with his long-running tv express, ¡Alo Presidente!

In Comandante, acclaimed journalist Rory Carroll breaches the partitions of Miraflores Palace to inform the interior tale of Chávez's existence and his political court docket in Caracas. according to interviews with ministers, aides, courtiers, and electorate, this intimate piece of reportage chronicles a distinct test in energy, which veers between enlightenment, tyranny, comedy, and farce. Carroll investigates the virtually spiritual devotion of thousands of Venezuelans who nonetheless regard Chávez as a savior and the loathing of these who model him a dictator. In attractive prose that blends the lyricism and strangeness of magical realism with the brutal, gruesome fact of authoritarianism—a robust mixture resembling Ryszard Kapuscinski's The Emperor—Rory Carroll has written a cautionary story for our occasions.

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Jennie: The Life of the American Beauty Who Became the by Ralph G. Martin

By Ralph G. Martin

Jennie Churchill was once now not in basic terms Winston's mom. She used to be the main desirable and wanted lady of her age. initially from Brooklyn, Jennie grew to become the reigning queen of British society. attractive and defiant, she lived with an honesty that made her the controversy of 2 continents.

Sir Martin Gilbert, legitimate biographer of Winston Churchill, writes that Jennie is, "a grasp work" that "pulses with power because the writer leads us from her cradle to fairly early grave, on the age of sixty-seven, of a girl who ultimately emerges—under his guiding hand—from the shadow of being an exceptional man's mom, to being a girl in her personal right."

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