Oscar Wilde: Reminiscences

Personal reminiscences from André Gide on a guy who profoundly stimulated his work—Oscar Wilde
André Gide, a towering determine in French letters, attracts upon his friendship with Oscar Wilde to comic strip a compelling portrait of the tragic, doomed writer, either celebrated and kept away from in his time. instead of assemble an entire biography, Gide invitations us to find Wilde as he did—from their first assembly in 1891 to their ultimate parting simply years earlier than Wilde’s death—all instructed via Gide’s delicate, incomparable prose.
Using his notes, reminiscences, and conversations, Gide illuminates Wilde as a guy whose real artwork used to be now not writing, yet living.
This publication includes a new creation by way of Jeanine Parisier Plottel, chosen prices, and a picture gallery.

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The Good Son: The Life of Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini

By Mark Krigel

FRANK SINATRA FAWNED OVER HIM. WARREN ZEVON WROTE A TRIBUTE music. Sylvester Stallone produced his lifestyles tale as a film of the week. within the Nineteen Eighties, Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini wasn’t simply the light-weight champ. An adoring public thought of him a countrywide hero, the true Rocky.

From the mobbed-up metal urban of Youngstown, Ohio, Mancini was once solid because the savior of a recreation: a righteous child in a corrupt online game, symbolically powerful and demographically excellent, the final white ethnic. He fought for these left at the back of in busted-out mill cities throughout the United States. yet such a lot of all, he fought for his father. Lenny Mancini—the unique increase increase, as he used to be called—had been a light-weight contender himself. however the elder Mancini’s dream ended on a battlefield in November 1944, whilst fragments from a German mortar shell approximately killed him. virtually 4 many years later, Ray promised to win the identify his father couldn't. What got here of that vow was once a feel-good fantasy for community television.

But all of it got here aside November thirteen, 1982, in a brutal conflict at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Mancini’s imprecise Korean challenger, Duk Koo Kim, went down within the 14th around and not regained attention. 3 months later, Kim’s despondent mom took her personal lifestyles. The deaths could hang-out Ray and damage his rigorously crafted photo, all at once remodeling boxing’s All-American Boy right into a pariah.

Now, thirty years after that nationally televised bout, Mark Kriegel eventually uncovers the story’s complete dimensions. In monitoring the Mancini and Kim households throughout generations, Kriegel exacts confessions and excavates mysteries—from the killing of Mancini’s brother to the destiny of Kim’s son. In scenes either brutal and smooth, the narrative strikes from Youngstown to ny, Vegas to Seoul, Reno to Hollywood, the place the unavoidably romantic thought of a fighter comes up opposed to reality.

With the vibrant type and deep reporting that experience earned him renown as a biographer, Kriegel has written a fast paced epic. the great Son is an intimate background, a saga of fathers and opponents, loss and redemption.

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Imagination Illustrated: The Jim Henson Journal

By Karen Falk

Jim Henson's iconic puppet characters, brilliant worlds, and hot humor have thrilled thousands of individuals of every age. His highly various physique of labor, from the Muppets to the area of The darkish Crystal, unearths his allure and genius to enthusiasts previous and new. Compiled without delay from The Jim Henson corporation information, Imagination Illustrated adapts the diary that Jim faithfully stored all through his profession, supplementing it with a trove of little-seen visible fabric, together with infrequent sketches, own and creation pictures, storyboards, doodles, and lots more and plenty extra. all through, archivist Karen Falk delves into the behind-the-scenes info of Henson's lifestyles and inventive approach. absolute to satisfaction somebody who has loved Henson's creations—seeing early drawings of Kermit and Rowlf is like smiling over formative years images of expensive friends—this wonderful booklet celebrates Jim's lifestyles and his magic.

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Twelve Years a Slave

By Solomon Northup

"Twelve Years A Slave" is the tale of Solomon Northup, an African American who used to be born unfastened in manhattan within the early 1800s. In 1841, Solomon Northup used to be captured and compelled into slavery for a interval of 12 years. "Twelve Years A Slave" is a charming narrative of the lifetime of freedom and slavery skilled by way of one African American guy ahead of the yankee Civil battle. The ebook is designated in its account of existence on a cotton and sugar plantation and the day-by-day regimen of slave existence in the course of the first a part of the nineteenth century.

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The Courage to Act: A Memoir of a Crisis and Its Aftermath

By Ben S. Bernanke

A New York Times Bestseller

An unequalled examine the struggle to avoid wasting the yank economy.

In 2006, Ben S. Bernanke was once appointed chair of the Federal Reserve, the unforeseen apex of a private trip from small-town South Carolina to prestigious educational appointments and eventually public carrier in Washington’s halls of power.

There will be no time to celebrate.

The bursting of a housing bubble in 2007 uncovered the hidden vulnerabilities of the worldwide economy, bringing it to the threshold of meltdown. From the implosion of the funding financial institution endure Stearns to the remarkable bailout of assurance large AIG, efforts to arrest the monetary contagion fed on Bernanke and his group on the Fed. round the clock, they fought the concern with each software at their disposal to maintain the us and global economies afloat.

Working with U.S. presidents, and below fireplace from a fractious Congress and a public incensed through habit on Wall highway, the Fed―alongside colleagues within the Treasury Department―successfully stabilized a teetering economic system. With creativity and decisiveness, they avoided an monetary cave in of unbelievable scale and went directly to craft the unorthodox courses that may support revive the U.S. economic climate and develop into the version for different countries.

Rich with element of the decision-making approach in Washington and indelible pictures of the main avid gamers, The braveness to Act recounts and explains the worst monetary obstacle and fiscal droop in the United States because the nice melancholy, delivering an insider’s account of the coverage response.

sixteen pages of photos

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Drunks, Whores and Idle Apprentices: Criminal Biographies of the Eighteenth Century

By Philip Rawlings

Felony biographies loved huge, immense recognition within the Eighteenth Century: this present day they provide us a few interesting views at the interval. Drunks, Whores and Idle Apprentices is the 1st e-book to breed a few those biographies in full.
Not in simple terms do those biographies make attention-grabbing examining, additionally they elevate the matter of ways to learn them as old records. the writer argues that rather than attempting to discover easy topics, the main revealing factor approximately them is the tensions round which they have been developed.

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Worlds Torn Asunder

By Dov Beril Edelstein

"...an vital own and historic document... Gracefully written... a triumph of the human spirit... a universal message." 
-- Prof. Emeritus Michael Kerestesi, Wayne kingdom University 

More than a Holocaust survivor memoir. extra than just a harrowing story of survival and wish. What makes this tale precise is its unique 3-dimensional intensity.  A retired Rabbi and educator, the writer masterfully weaves own memoir into ancient context, with a deep appreciation for Jewish lore and tradition.

Dov Beril Edelstein was once Auschwitz inmate #A7868.  He misplaced either parents, both grandparents and 2 brothers within the holocaust. yet he survived... a twisting trip of remarkable actual, emotional and religious persistence.  

But readers of all stripes also will achieve a different glimpse into the full richness of Jewish existence in Hungary within the years major as much as the war. Jewish religion, customs, neighborhood and ethics not just subsidized wish for survivors like Edelstein, those values proceed to motivate the forgiveness and tolerance which outline the Jewish standpoint in this nonetheless surreal interval of history.

Originally released in the US and later in German via Bohlau Verlag Publishing,  Worlds Torn Asunder has additionally been used for over a decade as a textual content at quite a few colleges and universities in faith courses with titles like "The Quest for Wholeness."  This enduring memoir is celebrating its twenty seventh yr with the discharge of a brand new digital version.

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My Grandfather's Prison: A Story of Death and Deceit in 1940s Kansas City

By Richard A. Serrano

James Patrick Lyons deserted his family members for a lifestyles on Kansas City’s skid row. A city inebriated, he was once arrested 80 instances for public intoxication. at the evening of his final arrest, he was once taken to town penitentiary and held in solitary confinement. the following morning he used to be useless. officers acknowledged it used to be normal causes—yet they can now not clarify his damaged neck.
            while Richard Serrano realized of the grandfather he had by no means recognized, the longtime journalist embarked upon a seek that led him deep into the city’s wide-open and ignoble prior. He stumbled upon his maternal grandfather’s dying certificates from 1948 and found that the facts pointed to homicide in that basement phone. That revelation prompted a snow fall of questions for Serrano and supplied the impetus for this engrossing story.
Part memoir, half ancient secret, My Grandfather’s Prison takes readers again to a crossroads 12 months for Kansas urban. the nice melancholy and international struggle II have been over, but vestiges nonetheless lingered from the corrupt Pendergast political computer. town reformatory itself used to be a throwback to the previous lockups and rock piles of renowned fiction, whereas the sheriff’s place of work was once cheating and inept—and attempted to hide up the death.
Much has been written approximately Tom Pendergast and the iron hand with which he governed Kansas urban until eventually his fall. Serrano’s own trip into that point takes the tale extra into these the most important years while town attempted to shake off the yoke of desktop politics and political corruption and step right into a new period of reform.
In his quest to discover the main points of his grandfather’s existence, Serrano re-creates the flavour of mid-twentieth-century Kansas urban. He indicates us real-life characters who increase our knowing of the city’s historical past: sheriffs and deputies, political bosses and coroners. And he additionally discovers a urban choked with misplaced souls like James Lyons: the denizens of Kansas City’s skid row, a ignored quarter close to the river backside that after housed the city’s gilded neighborhood yet now was once domestic to derelicts and drunks.
As Serrano steadily involves phrases with the darker part of his kinfolk background, he lines a parallel reconciliation of the town with its personal sordid earlier. James Lyons died simply because the previous methods of the town have been death, and this spellbinding account indicates how one city in a single time struggled with its previous to discover a brighter future.

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Hand to Mouth: A Chronicle of Early Failure

By Paul Auster

Paul Auster's Hand to Mouth: A Chronicle of Early Failure is an engaging and sometimes humorous memoir approximately his early years as a author suffering to be released, and to make sufficient funds to outlive. Leaving highschool with "itchy ft" and refusing to play it secure, Auster kept away from conference and the double lifetime of regular workplace employment whereas writing. From the streets of recent York urban, Dublin, and Paris to a surreal experience in a dusty village in Mexico, Auster's account of residing on subsequent to not anything introduces an unforgettable forged of characters whereas studying what it capability to be a writer.

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American Legends: The Life of Red Skelton

By Charles River Editors

*Includes photographs
*Includes Skelton's fees approximately his lifestyles and occupation
*Includes a bibliography for extra analyzing

“I don't need to be referred to as 'the maximum' or 'one of the greatest'; permit different men declare to be the easiest. I simply are looking to be referred to as a clown simply because to me that is the top of my career. It ability you are able to do everything-sing, dance, and particularly, make humans laugh.” – pink Skelton

“All i need to do is to make humans chuckle, to take the be aware ‘heartache’ out in their vocabulary” – purple Skelton

loads of ink has been spilled masking the lives of history’s so much influential figures, yet how a lot of the wooded area is misplaced for the bushes? In Charles River Editors’ American Legends sequence, readers can get stuck on top of things at the lives of America’s most vital women and men within the time it takes to complete a shuttle, whereas studying attention-grabbing evidence lengthy forgotten or by no means identified.

between radio personalities and tv entertainers, nearly not anyone had a occupation as lengthy or storied as purple Skelton, one in all America’s greatest comedians throughout the twentieth century. Over the process 70 years, Skelton made crowds snicker from vaudeville to appearing as a clown, and whereas he's most sensible identified for The pink Skelton express and his different type exhibits, he additionally controlled a forty five 12 months degree occupation, as a pantomime or one of many different characters he created through the years.

even though Skelton used to be highly regarded in the US on the height of his profession, his leisure used to be additionally a throwback to the early twentieth century, which forced tv studios to flinch on the suggestion of continuous to air his exhibits by means of 1970, although his indicates had spent nearly directly a long time with most sensible 10 rankings at the air. Understandably sour, Skelton refused to have his indicates in syndication until eventually the Nineteen Eighties, and by way of then, an analogous issues approximately his entice more youthful crowds had in basic terms gotten worse as he and his convey had elderly.

Skelton continues to be top remembered for his performances and his tv profession, yet he used to be additionally a famous artist who fittingly excelled at depicting clowns on canvas. regardless of the doubtless foolish content material of his paintings, Skelton’s abilities as an artist have been so extraordinary that he made thousands of bucks a yr promoting his paintings and having it displayed. by the point he died in 1997, it’s envisioned that he can have made extra money via artwork than via acting.

American Legends: The lifetime of crimson Skelton chronicles the existence and profession of 1 of America’s so much liked comedians. in addition to photographs of significant humans, locations, and occasions, you are going to know about pink Skelton like by no means sooner than, very quickly at all.

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