The World Is What It Is: The Authorized Biography of V. S. Naipaul

By Patrick French

Because V. S. Naipaul left his Caribbean birthplace on the age of seventeen, his unbelievable existence has the worldwide move of peoples, whose preeminent literary chronicler he has turn into. In The international Is What It Is, Patrick French deals the 1st authoritative biography of the debatable Nobel laureate, whose in simple terms acknowledged ambition was once greatness as a author, in pursuit of which objective not anything else used to be sacred.

Beginning with a richly exact portrait of Naipaul’s adolescence in colonial Trinidad, French supplies us the boy born to an Indian kinfolk, the displaced soul in a displaced group, who by means of dint of expertise and ambition unearths the single possible manner out: a scholarship to Oxford. London within the Nineteen Fifties bargains desire and his first literary luck, yet homesickness and melancholy virtually defeat Vidia, his slim break out aided by way of Patricia Hale, an Englishwoman who will commit herself to his paintings and healthiness. she's going to stand via him, occasionally tenuously, for greater than 4 many years, whilst Naipaul embarks on a twenty-four-year affair, for you to wake up half-dead passions and feed might be his maximum wave of dizzying creativity. Amid this harrowing emotional existence, French lines the process the fierce visionary impulse underlying Naipaul’s singular energy, a present to supply masterpieces of fiction and nonfiction.

Informed via unique entry to V. S. Naipaul’s inner most papers and private reminiscences, and via nice feeling for his ambitious physique of labor, French’s revelatory biography does complete justice to an enigmatic genius.

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Reagan: The Hollywood Years

By Marc Eliot

The compelling biography of an American icon’s early years–as an aspiring actor, Hollywood big name, and family members man.

Ronald Reagan was once some of the most strong and renowned American presidents. the foremost to knowing his political luck and the awesome likability and easy air of secrecy that made it attainable lies embedded in his early years as a Hollywood motion picture star.

Using never-before-published interviews, files, and different fabrics, acclaimed author and biographer Marc Eliot sheds new gentle on Reagan’s movie and tv paintings contrary the most proficient ladies of the time; his starlet-strewn bachelor days; his tumultuous first marriage to Jane Wyman and his career-making moment marriage to Nancy Davis; his debatable 8 years because the president of the display Actors Guild; his position within the “Irish Mafia” along Pat O’Brien, James Cagney, Spencer Tracy, and Errol Flynn; and his friendships with Jimmy Stewart and William Holden, in addition to with super-agent Lew Wasserman, who was once instrumental in constructing the character that may turn out necessary to Reagan’s destiny as an international leader.

Set opposed to the glamorous and sometimes combative heritage of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Eliot’s biography offers a nuanced exam of the guy and uncovers the startling origins of the legend.

“A clean glance . . . [at] the genesis of Reagan’s later public persona.”
New York Times

“Film critic and historian Marc Eliot has dug up much more approximately younger sportscaster ‘Dutch’ Reagan, his trip west to Hollywood, his B-movie occupation . . . his courting with super-agent Lew Wasserman, and his rocky marriage to his first spouse, actresss Jane Wyman.”
USA Today

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Bruce Lee: The Celebrated Life of the Golden Dragon

A behind-the-scenes examine the lifetime of the main awesome martial artist of all time—Bruce Lee.

Bruce Lee: the prestigious lifetime of the Golden Dragon is a photographic catalog of all aspects of this interesting guy, from the beginning of his profession to his premature and tragic demise in 1973. This e-book finds a quiet kin guy at the back of the charismatic public personality. It indicates the genuine Bruce Lee—the guy who used to be much more than a global movie and martial arts celebrity.

This marvelous photograph essay—compiled and edited through Bruce Lee professional John Little with the help of Lee's widow, Linda Lee Cadwell—reveals never-before-published relatives photographs, together with infrequent pictures of Bruce's adolescence in Hong Kong. smooth moments along with his childrens are stuck on digital camera and motion photographs from his martial arts movies are shown.

With a preface by way of his daughter Shannon Lee and a foreword through spouse Linda, the textual content is drawn at once from Bruce Lee's personal diaries and journals. in response to the award-winning Warner Bros. documentary, Bruce Lee: In His personal Words, sections include:

  • Chronology of the lifetime of Bruce Lee
  • Early Years—why he started learning gung fu (kung fu) and took up wing chun, his first starring function, and his go back to the US
  • Hollywood—why he acquired the half in The eco-friendly Hornet, instructing Steve McQueen, James Coburn and Stirling Silliphant, filming Enter the Dragon, The means of the Dragon, Fist of Fury and extra, education and appearing with Chuck Norris, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Dean Martin and Sharon Tate, and the construction of Jeet Kune Do (JKD)
  • Family—meeting Linda, having youngsters, day-by-day life

This Bruce Lee ebook is a part of the Bruce Lee Library which additionally features:

  • Bruce Lee: remarkable Thoughts
  • Bruce Lee: The Tao of Gung Fu
  • Bruce Lee: Artist of Life
  • Bruce Lee: Letters of the Dragon
  • Bruce Lee: The paintings of Expressing the Human Body
  • Bruce Lee: Jeet Kune Do

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A Past in Hiding: Memory and Survival in Nazi Germany

By Mark Roseman

A heart-stopping survivor tale and extraordinary historic research that provides unheard of perception into everyday life within the 3rd Reich and the powers and pitfalls of memory.

At the outbreak of WWII, Marianne Strauss, the sheltered daughter of well-to-do German Jews, used to be a standard lady, curious about stories, acquaintances, and romance. virtually in a single day she used to be remodeled right into a lady of spirit and defiance, a fighter who, while the Gestapo got here for her relations, seized the instant and went underground. at the run for 2 years, Marianne traveled throughout Nazi Germany with out papers, aided by way of a awesome resistance association, formerly unknown and unsung. Drawing on an remarkable cache of records in addition to interviews on 3 continents, historian Mark Roseman reconstructs Marianne's odyssey and divulges elements of existence within the 3rd Reich lengthy hidden from view. As Roseman excavates the prior, he additionally places ahead a brand new and sympathetic interpretation of the troubling discrepancies among truth and recollection that so frequently cloud survivors' accounts.

A detective tale, a love tale, a narrative of significant braveness and survival below the cruelest stipulations, A earlier in Hiding is additionally a poignant research into the character of reminiscence, authenticity, and truth.

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West of Sunset: A Novel

By Stewart O'Nan

A “mesmerizing and haunting” (The Boston Globe) novel of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s final years in Hollywood
 
Look out for City of Secrets coming from Viking on April 26, 2016

In 1937, F. Scott Fitzgerald used to be a afflicted, doubtful guy whose literary good fortune used to be lengthy over. sick, along with his spouse consigned to an asylum and his funds in break, he struggled to make a brand new begin as a screenwriter in Hollywood.

Those final 3 years of Fitzgerald’s existence are the point of interest of Stewart O’Nan’s sleek and elegiac novel West of Sunset. With flashbacks to Fitzgerald’s glamorous Jazz Age prior, the tale follows him as he arrives at the MGM lot, falls in love with brassy gossip columnist Sheilah Graham, starts off paintings on The final Tycoon, and attempts to take care of a semblance of kinfolk existence with the absent Zelda and their daughter, Scottie. The Golden Age of Hollywood is introduced vividly to lifestyles throughout the novel’s romantic solid of characters, from Dorothy Parker and Ernest Hemingway to Humphrey Bogart. Written with amazing grace and subtlety, it is a clever and intimate portrait of a guy attempting his most sensible to carry jointly a global that’s flying aside.

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Vindicated: Confessions of a Video Vixen, Ten Years Later

By Karrine Steffans

For a decade, Confessions of a Video Vixen writer Karrine Steffans and the main points of her deepest existence were the topic of dialogue and scrutiny. yet, as gossipmongers and critics speculated, assumed, and synthetic tall stories in regards to the New York Times bestselling writer, Karrine concealed herself and her fact from the realm, imprisoned by means of an abusive marriage and the judgments of society.

In Vindicated: Confessions of a Video Vixen, Ten Years Later, Karrine takes readers into the abdominal of the beast as she harrowingly chronicles the systematic breakdown of her brain, physique, and spirit and the occasions that propelled her again to prosperity after wasting every thing. She candidly stocks her fight to be what others call for, her obsession with the yankee dream, her desperation to seem common, and the associated fee she paid for it all.

With a foreword from Respect journal Editor-in-Chief Datwon Thomas, this darkish, lengthy trip into the lifetime of an abused and tormented girl, spouse, and mom uncovers a long-guarded set of painful own truths, unearths the inspiring info of her life-saving triumph, and should swap every thing you inspiration you knew approximately Karrine Steffans.

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Hungry: A Mother and Daughter Fight Anorexia

By Sheila Himmel

A detailed eating-disorder memoir written by way of a mom and daughter.

Unbeknownst to nutrients critic Sheila Himmel-as she reviewed unique cuisines from bistro to brasserie- her daughter, Lisa, was once at domestic ravenous herself. sooner than Sheila absolutely grasped what used to be taking place, her fourteen-year-old with a thirst for all times and a palate for the flavors of Vietnam and Afghanistan was once changed by means of a weight-obsessed, delinquent, hundredpound nineteen-year-old. From anorexia to bulimia and again again-many times-the Himmels feared for Lisa's lifestyles as her ailment took its toll on her actual and emotional well-being.

Hungry is the 1st memoir to attach consuming problems with a food-obsessed tradition in a truly own approach, following the stumbles, the heartbreaks, or even the humorous moments as a mother-daughter relationship-and a whole family-struggles towards therapeutic.

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The Devil is a Gentleman: The Life and Times of Dennis Wheatley (Dark Masters)

By Phil Baker

One of many giants of renowned fiction, with overall revenues of round fifty million books, Dennis Wheatley held twentieth-century Britain spellbound. His Black Magic novels just like the satan Rides Out created an oddly seductive and lush imaginative and prescient of Satanism, yet in fact he used to be as attracted to politics as occultism. Wheatley was once heavily concerned with the key intelligence group, and this powerfully researched research indicates simply how at once this drove his paintings, from his not likely warnings in regards to the threat of Satanic alternate Unionism to his function in a British scheme to engineer a revival of Islam. Drawing on a wealth of unpublished fabric, Phil Baker examines Wheatley’s key friendship with a fraudster named Eric Gordon Tombe, and uncovers the complete tale of his sensational 1922 homicide. Baker additionally explores Wheatley’s relationships with occult figures equivalent to Rollo Ahmed, Aleister Crowley, and the Reverend Montague Summers, the shady priest and demonologist who encouraged the memorably evil personality of Canon Copely-Syle, in To The satan – A Daughter.

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Who Was Amelia Earhart?

Amelia Earhart was once a lady of many "firsts." In 1932, she grew to become the 1st lady to fly solo around the Atlantic Ocean. In 1935, she additionally turned the 1st girl to fly around the Pacific. From her early years to her mysterious 1937 disappearance whereas making an attempt a flight worldwide, readers will locate Amelia Earhart's lifestyles a desirable tale.

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Ravel: A Novel

By Jean Echenoz

Ravel is a beguiling and unique evocation of the final ten years within the lifetime of the musical genius Ravel, written by way of novelist Jean Echenoz.

The ebook opens in 1928 as Maurice Ravel—dandy, eccentric, curmudgeon—crosses the Atlantic in a foreign country the luxurious liner the SS France to start his positive grand journey of the U.S.. A “master magician of the French novel” (The Washington Post), Echenoz captures the folly of the period in addition to its genius, together with Ravel’s own life—sartorially and socially splendid—as good as his such a lot profitable compositions from 1927 to 1937.

Illuminated by way of flashes of Echenoz’s routinely sly humor, Ravel is a delightfully quirky portrait of a recognized musician dealing with the ups and downs of his illustrious profession. it's also a fantastically written novel that’s a deeply touching farewell to a dignified and lonely guy going reluctantly into the night.

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