On Gold Mountain: The One-Hundred-Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family

By Lisa See

Out of the tales heard in her early life in Los Angeles's Chinatown and years of analysis, See has built this sweeping chronicle of her Chinese-American family members, a piece that takes in tales of racism and romance, entrepreneurial genius and household heartache, mystery marriages and sibling rivalries, in a strong heritage of 2 cultures assembly in a brand new international. eighty two images.

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Gazza: My Story

By Paul Gascoigne

Nearly once Gazza burst directly to the scene at Newcastle United, the younger Geordie was once the centre of consciousness: Vinnie Jones's infamous ball-handling confirmed the lengths humans might visit try and cease him. Then, with England at the verge of probably achieving the area Cup ultimate in 1990, got here Gazza's tears - the instant that introduced an entire new viewers to the game and helped set the soccer growth of the Nineteen Nineties on its manner. yet then got here a career-threatening harm, psychological illnesses, self-confessed alcoholism and relatives disputes, as existence within the complete glare of the media highlight grew to become an excessive amount of. Now, on the finish of his top-flight enjoying occupation, Gazza is able to confront his demons. the result's with no trouble the main extraordinary footballing tale you are going to ever learn: what it is like being Paul Gascoigne, in his personal phrases.

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Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill

By Sonia Purnell

A long-overdue tribute to the intense girl at the back of Winston Churchill

By Winston Churchill’s personal admission, victory within the moment international struggle may were “impossible with no her.” earlier, despite the fact that, the one current biography of Churchill’s spouse, Clementine, used to be written by way of her daughter. Sonia Purnell ultimately supplies Clementine her due with a deeply researched account that tells her existence tale, revealing how she used to be instrumental in softening FDR’s preliminary dislike of her husband and paving the way in which for Britain’s shut courting with the United States. It additionally offers a stunning account of her dating with Eleanor Roosevelt and their differing ways to the conflict effort.

Born into impecunious aristocracy, the younger Clementine was once the objective of merciless snobbery. Many puzzled why Winston married her, yet their marriage proved to be a superb partnership. attractive and clever, yet pushed via her personal insecurities, she made his profession her undertaking. Any actual attention of Winston Churchill is incomplete with out an figuring out in their dating, and Clementine is either the 1st genuine biography of this notable girl and a desirable glance within their deepest international.

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Great Philosophers Who Failed at Love

By Andrew Shaffer

Few humans have failed at love as spectacularly because the nice philosophers. even supposing we respect their knowledge, heritage is suffering from the romantic mess ups of the main good women and men of all ages, including:

  • Friedrich Nietzsche: "Ah, girls. They make the highs better and the lows extra frequent." (Rejected by way of every body he proposed to, even if he saved asking and asking.)
  • Jean-Paul Sartre: "There are in fact grotesque girls, yet I desire people who find themselves pretty." (Adopted his mistress as his daughter.)
  • Louis Althusser: "The hassle is there are our bodies and, worse nonetheless, sexual organs." (Accidentally strangled his spouse to death.)

And dozens of different nice thinkers whose phrases we revere--but whose romantic judgements we must always stay away from in any respect costs.

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The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt

By T.J. Stiles

NATIONAL BESTSELLER
WINNER OF THE nationwide booklet AWARD

In this groundbreaking biography, T.J. Stiles tells the dramatic tale of Cornelius “Commodore” Vanderbilt, the combative guy and American icon who, via his genius and strength of will, did greater than probably the other person to create sleek capitalism. Meticulously researched and skillfully written, The First Tycoon describes a fantastic lifestyles, from Vanderbilt’s humble start through the presidency of George Washington to his loss of life as one of many richest males in American historical past. In among we see how the Commodore helped to release the transportation revolution, propel the Gold Rush, reshape ny, and invent the fashionable company. Epic in its scope and luck, the lifetime of Vanderbilt can be the tale of the increase of the US itself.

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Crash and Burn

By Artie Lange

Veteran comic Artie Lange turns an unflinching eye and his signature wit on his perilous descent into drug dependancy, life-threatening melancholy, and finally, his restoration, within the follow-up to his hilariously uncooked debut, the number one New York Times bestseller Too fats to Fish.

At a excessive aspect in his occupation, Artie Lange performed a sold-out express in Carnegie corridor and absolutely killed—yet in the course of his status ovation, all he might contemplate have been the 2 baggage of heroin in his pocket. in the course of a deep, self-destructive melancholy, hooked on heroin and prescribed drugs, he lashed out at every person round him—from his fellow forged individuals on The Howard Stern Show, to megastar site visitors, to his longtime pals, or even his personal family.

By turns darkish and worrying, hilarious and heartbreaking, and continually drop-dead sincere, the New York Times bestseller Crash and Burn lifts the curtain on Lange’s harmful slide. For the 1st time, Artie unearths all: the entire fact at the back of his now mythical Stern exhibit meltdown, his suicide try (which he relates in terrifying detail), staggering stints in rehab, and painful relapses. With the assistance and help of family and friends, Artie claws his long ago, turning his lifestyles and profession round. And regardless of his slip-ups, backslides, and everlasting losses, Artie forges on.

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I'll Never Be French (no matter what I do): Living in a Small Village in Brittany

By Mark Greenside

Uninterested in Provence in books, delicacies, and tablecloths? Exhausted out of your armchair travels to Paris? Despairing of ever discovering a spot that speaks to you past cause? you're ripe for a trip to Brittany, the place writer Mark Greenside reluctantly travels, eats of the crêpes, and unearths a moment existence.

while Mark Greenside -- a local New Yorker dwelling in California, doubting (not-as-trusting-as Thomas, downwardly cellular, political lefty, author, and lifetime skeptic -- is dragged by way of his female friend to a tiny Celtic village in Brittany on the westernmost fringe of France, in Finistère, "the finish of the world," his lifestyles starts off to alter.

In a playful, headlong type, and with huge, immense affection for the Bretons, Greenside tells how he makes a lifestyles for himself in a rustic the place he does not communicate the language or understand how issues are performed. opposed to his own dispositions and higher judgments, he locations his belief within the villagers he encounters -- associates, staff, friends -- and is constantly gained over and stunned as he manages and survives day by day trials: from commencing a checking account and purchasing a home to elimination a beehive from the chimney -- in different phrases, studying the cultural ropes, dwelling with pals, and making new buddies.

I'll by no means Be French (no subject what I do) is a starting and a homecoming for Greenside, as his father's kinfolk emigrated from France. it's a memoir approximately becoming in, now not status out; being a part of anything higher, no longer being break away it; following, no longer prime. It explores the thrill and adventures of dwelling a double lifestyles.

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Edmund Wilson: A Biography

By Jeffrey Meyers

This entire biography of prolific critic, essayist, historian, and novelist Edmund Wilson (1895-1972) posits, really effectively, that the topic lived a existence as romantic and chaotic as his good friend F. Scott Fitzgerald's. Wilson suffered a anxious breakdown and the tragic dying of his moment spouse (he used to be married 4 occasions, between them, Mary McCarthy); had affairs with quite a few appealing girls, together with Edna St. Vincent Millay; and was once pal to literary giants similar to John Dos Passos, Vladimir Nabakov, and W.H. Auden.

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Charlie Chan: The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and His Rendezvous with American History

By Yunte Huang

Winner of the 2011 Edgar Award for top Critical/Biographical e-book and Shortlisted for the 2010 nationwide e-book Critics Circle Award in Biography: "An inventive and soaking up book…It will completely switch the best way we inform this afflicted but gripping story." ―Jonathan Spence

Hailed as “irrepressibly lively and enjoyable” (Pico Iyer, Time) and “a interesting cultural survey” (Paul Devlin, Daily Beast), this provocative first biography of Charlie Chan provides American heritage in a manner that it hasn't ever been advised sooner than. Yunte Huang ingeniously strains Charlie Chan from his genuine beginnings as a bullwhip-wielding detective in territorial Hawaii to his reinvention as a literary sleuth and Hollywood movie icon. Huang eventually resurrects the “honorable detective” from the graveyard of detested postmodern symbols and reclaims him because the embodiment of America’s wealthy cultural variety. the result's essentially the most significantly acclaimed books of the 12 months and a “deeply own . . . voyage into racial stereotyping and the humanizing strength of tale telling” (Donna Seaman, Los Angeles Times). 35 black-and-white illustrations

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Beethoven, as Revealed in His Own Words

By Ludwig van Beethoven

The next ebook contains short biographical commentaries approximately Beethoven, every one by way of sections of quotations attributed to the foundation. In those fees, Beethoven demonstrates his extreme preoccupation (or obsession) with considering artistically and intelligently, and with supporting to relieve man's affliction through supplying guy with musical artistic endeavors which can enlighten him, in an effort to turn into informed adequate to drag himself out of his distress. He felt immediate...

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