Featured books

Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox

Like her paintings, Marilyn Monroe was once rooted in paradox: She used to be a strong big name and a childlike waif; a cheerful, irreverent occasion lady with a deeply religious aspect; a very good buddy and a narcissist; a dumb blonde and an highbrow. No past biographer has recognized―much much less tried to analyze―most of those elements of her character. Lois Banner has. With new information about Marilyn's early life foster houses, her sexual abuse, her a number of marriages, her affairs, and her premature demise on the age of thirty-six, Marilyn is, ultimately, the nuanced biography Monroe enthusiasts were ready for.

Show description

[...]

South to Alaska: A True Story of Courage and Survival from America's Heartland to the Heart of a Dream

By Nancy Owens Barnes

A trip Even Huck Finn may Have Admired---Spokesman Review

(Note: to view the video ebook trailer for this publication, click "Visit Amazon's Nancy Owens Barnes web page" within the extra concerning the writer section.)

A precise tale of braveness and survival, South to Alaska includes readers from the heartland of the US to the final Frontier...THE tough approach.

Born within the dusty center of Oklahoma in 1916, ten-year-old Melvin sees a photo of a cabin within the Alaska barren region in his fourth-grade geography ebook and desires of residing there. approximately fifty years later he builds a 47-foot boat in his Arkansas yard, launches it at the Arkansas River, and cruises 10,000 miles to Alaska in terms of the Panama Canal. Melvin hasn't ever been south of the United States/Mexico Border and hasn't ever been on a ship within the open ocean.

"Learn through doing," he says.

In South to Alaska, writer Nancy Owens Barnes takes readers on trips. On one, readers stick to a tender boy's dream that starts off in a one-room, Oklahoma schoolhouse in 1926, and ends a long time in a while an island in southeast Alaska. at the different, readers develop into a passenger aboard the pink puppy because it cruises alongside the Arkansas and Mississippi Rivers to the Gulf of Mexico the place, in 1973, Melvin starts a solo trip alongside the Caribbean coasts of Mexico and vital the USA, in the course of the Panama Canal, then into the Pacific Ocean to Alaska. stricken by mechanical difficulties, overseas fraud, violent ocean storms, threats of international prison, disease and loneliness, Melvin fears a dangerous finish prior to achieving where of his desires and returning to the lady he loves. South to Alaska chronicles Melvin's 10,000-mile trip via a perilous international he is familiar with little approximately, to an international he can't forget.

About the Author
As the daughter of the most personality in South to Alaska, Barnes watched her father's dream weave its approach throughout the lives of her family members. In 1971, she boarded the crimson puppy for the 1st leg of its trip alongside the Arkansas and Mississippi Rivers.

Barnes used to be featured within the iciness 2010 factor of Coeur d'Alene journal as one in every of 9 North Idaho authors who've completed popularity of their paintings. Her writing has seemed in quite a few courses resembling We Alaskans and Idaho journal, and in literary journals equivalent to The Lyric and Snowy Egret, the oldest self sufficient magazine of nature writing within the usa. In 2008 she acquired the Zola Award for Poetry from the Pacific Northwest Writers organization. She has additionally authored a brief anthology of nature writing titled Moose for Breakfast, in addition to a quick consultant for starting writers titled tips on how to Swat the KILLER BEs from your Writing. Barnes bought her BA measure from Vermont collage of Norwich college the place she studied artistic writing.

Show description

[...]

Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble

By Dan Lyons

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

"Disrupted by means of Dan Lyons is the easiest ebook approximately Silicon Valley today."---Los Angeles Times

"Wildly entertaining."---Ashlee Vance, New York Times-bestselling writer of Elon Musk

For twenty-five years Dan Lyons used to be author on the most sensible of his profession--until one Friday morning while he bought a telephone name: Poof. His activity now not existed. "I imagine they simply are looking to lease more youthful people," his boss at Newsweek informed him. Fifty years previous and with a spouse and younger young ones, Dan was once, in a note, screwed. Then an idea hit. Dan had lengthy mentioned on Silicon Valley and the tech explosion. Why now not subscribe to it? HubSpot, a Boston start-up, was once flush with $100 million in enterprise capital. They provided Dan a pile of inventory strategies for the obscure function of "marketing fellow." What may well get it wrong?

HubSpotters have been real believers: They have been making the realm a greater position ... by means of promoting e mail junk mail. The place of work vibe was once frat residence meets cult compound: The celebration begun at 4 thirty on Friday and lasted good into the evening; "shower pods" grew to become hook-up dens; a push-up membership met at midday within the foyer, whereas within sight, within the "content factory," Nerf gun fights raged. teams went on "walking meetings," and Dan's absentee boss despatched cryptic emails approximately staff who had "graduated" (read: been fired). in the course of all this was once Dan, precisely two times the age of the common HubSpot worker, and actually sufficiently old to be the daddy of so much of his co-workers, sitting at his table on his bouncy-ball "chair."

Mixed in with Lyons's uproarious story of his upward push and fall at Hubspot is a trenchant research of the start-up international, a de facto conspiracy among those that commence businesses and those that fund them, an international the place undesirable rules are rewarded with hefty investments, the place businesses blow funds lavishing perks on their post-collegiate workforces, and the place every person is attempting to hold on simply lengthy adequate to arrive an IPO and money out.

With a forged of characters that comes with devilish angel traders, fad-chasing enterprise capitalists, marketers and "wantrapreneurs," bloggers and brogrammers, social climbers and sociopaths, Disrupted is a gripping and definitive account of existence within the (second) tech bubble.

Show description

[...]

Spiced: A Pastry Chef's True Stories of Trails by Fire, After-Hours Exploits, and What Really Goes on in the Kitchen

By Dalia Jurgensen

Read Dahlia Jurgensen's posts at the Penguin Blog.

A smart and affectionate glimpse on the fact approximately what is going on in the back of that swinging door, packed with "great insider stuff" (Anthony Bourdain)

lifestyles in a restaurant kitchen is strenuous and fascinating, whereas its population are...unique. during this testosterone-laden surroundings, Dalia Jurgensen tirelessly pursued her dream of changing into a chef, operating her means up notwithstanding New York's most sensible eating places.

In her deliciously wonderful memoir, she divulges the dynamics among chefs and waiters, cooks and nutrition critics, and heated affairs among employees participants. Written with honest love for the undefined, it is a candid insider's travel from the original standpoint of an acclaimed pastry chef.

Show description

[...]

Neil and Me

By Scott Young

Scott Young chronicles his son’s early years in and round Toronto and Winnipeg and his upward thrust from journeyman, musician to megastar within the Sixties and Nineteen Seventies. The widespread events whilst Scott and Neil’s paths have crossed – from behind the scenes conferences and relatives get-togethers to a sold-out visual appeal at Carnegie corridor – supply a desirable portrait of an enigmatic star.

From the Paperback edition.

Show description

[...]

Remembering Survival: Inside a Nazi Slave-Labor Camp

By Christopher R. Browning

"An very important, revealing tale, really good told."―Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post

making use of the wealthy testimony of just about 300 survivors of the slave-labor camps of Starachowice, Poland, Christopher R. Browning attracts the studies of the Jewish prisoners, the Nazi experts, and the neighboring Poles jointly right into a chilling historical past of a little-known size of the Holocaust. Brutal and lethal of their residing and paintings stipulations, those camps represented the one likelihood of survival for neighborhood Jews after the ghetto liquidations of 1942. There they produced munitions for the German battle attempt whereas scrambling to outlive murderous and corrupt camp regimes and desperately attempting to shield youngsters, spouses, mom and dad, and pals. whilst the hard work camps closed in the summertime of 1944, the surviving Starachowice Jews nonetheless needed to confront Auschwitz after which the reprisals of anti-Semitic Polish pals. Combining harrowing aspect and insightful research, Browning's heritage is essential scholarship and an unforgettable tale of survival. eight pages of black-and-white illustrations

Show description

[...]

Ayn Rand and the World She Made

Ayn Rand is better referred to as the writer of the perennially bestselling novels The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. Altogether, greater than 12 million copies of the 2 novels were bought within the usa. The books have attracted 3 generations of readers, formed the starting place of the Libertarian move, and encouraged White residence financial regulations in the course of the Reagan years and past. A passionate recommend of laissez-faire capitalism and person rights, Rand is still a strong strength within the political perceptions of usa citizens this day. but twenty-five years after her demise, her readers comprehend little approximately her life.

In this seminal biography, Anne C. Heller lines the arguable author’s lifestyles from her formative years in Russia in the course of the Bolshevik Revolution to her years as a screenwriter in Hollywood, the ebook of her blockbuster novels, and the increase and fall of the cult that shaped round her within the Nineteen Fifties and Sixties. all through, Heller finds formerly unknown proof approximately Rand’s background and appears at Rand with new learn and a clean viewpoint.

Based on unique learn in Russia, dozens of interviews with Rand’s neighbors and previous acolytes, and formerly unexamined files of tapes and letters, AYN RAND AND the area SHE MADE is a accomplished and eye-opening portrait of 1 of the main major and inconceivable figures of the 20th century.

Show description

[...]

Chateaubriand

By Jean-Claude Berchet

Il est né sous Louis XV dans une Bretagne encore féodale ; il est mort en pleine révolution de 1848. Au cours de cette longue lifestyles ont passé les régimes et les constitutions. Il a beaucoup vécu et beaucoup vu depuis Combourg : le Paris révolutionnaire, les Indiens du Niagara, les taudis de Londres, Rome par deux fois, les corneilles de l'Acropole, les murs de Jérusalem. Et au milieu de ces tribulations il a european le temps de devenir le plus grand écrivain de sa génération. C'est aussi le most popular "enfant du siècle" à être entré en politique sous l. a. Restauration pour ne plus en sortir. Il en a épousé les vicissitudes sans jamais renoncer à son idéal de liberté aristocratique, qui conjugue los angeles culture et le progrès, los angeles légitimité royale et los angeles citoyenneté, le double héritage de l'Ancien Régime et de l. a. Révolution. C'est dire que pour ses contemporains Chateaubriand fut souvent une énigme. Jean-Claude Berchet reconstitue ce parcours entre le génie littéraire, l. a. vie amoureuse et les passions politiques du grand homme. Au fil des pages se dessine un portrait ethical contrasté : le "bon garçon" de los angeles famille et des intimes, ou le pair de France qui interpelle les rois ; le séducteur irrésistible et le fidèle adorateur de Juliette Récamier ; le poète de l. a. mélancolie ou de los angeles tendresse et le polémiste incisif de l. a. Légitimité. De ce destin singulier que Chateaubriand a voulu styliser dans ses Mémoires, ce livre restitue les aléas imprévisibles et méconnus - autant dire le charme mystery.

Show description

[...]

Luis Batlle Berres: El Uruguay del optimismo

Hubo un Uruguay del optimismo. Fue el Uruguay de Maracaná. Ese Uruguay
tuvo un líder político, Luis Batlle Berres. Creció desde una radio y la
lucha política callejera. Defendió los angeles República Española, se abanderó
por los Aliados contra el nazismo, lideró en Sudamérica l. a. causa del
Estado de Israel, purposeó acordar con Perón y terminó enfrentado por
defender los angeles libertad de expresión de sus adversarios, fue a Estados
Unidos y a Europa a sostener nuestro derecho a industrializar materias
primas, batalló contra los proteccionismos de los grandes países y
sostuvo sin claudicaciones los angeles libertad política. Continuador de la
construcción del Uruguay moderno iniciado por José Batlle y Ordóñez, por
reformista luchó contra los conservadores, por demócrata contra los
revolucionarios, por fanático de los angeles libertad contra los marxistas y
populistas. Hoy, a 50 años de su muerte, sin pasiones, se le puede
observar como l. a. figura más importante de los angeles segunda mitad del siglo XX,
cuyo ejemplo y obra perduran en lo mejor del Uruguay.

Show description

[...]

Me : Stories of My Life

By Katharine Hepburn

Sought after and liked through motion picture audiences for over sixty years, four-time Academy Award-winner Katharine Hepburn is an American vintage. Now omit Hepburn breaks her long-kept silence approximately her inner most lifestyles during this soaking up and provocative memoir.

A ny occasions extraordinary publication of the Year

A Book-of-the-Month-Club major choice

Show description

[...]