Category: Biography

  • Is that Kafka?: 99 Finds

    Out of the large examine for an authoritative 1,500-page biography emerges this wunderkammer of ninety nine delightfully peculiar proof approximately Kafka

    In the process compiling his hugely acclaimed three-volume biography of Kafka, whereas foraying to libraries and data from Prague to Israel, Reiner Stach made one magnificent discovery after one other: unforeseen images, inconsistencies in handwritten texts, excerpts from letters, and tales from Kafka’s contemporaries that shed magnificent gentle on his character and his writing. Is that Kafka? offers the crystal granules of the true Kafka: he couldn’t lie, yet he attempted to cheat on his high-school checks; bitten by way of the health fad, he avidly the regime of a Danish workout guru; he drew fantastically; he enjoyed beer; he learn biographies voraciously; he made the main appealing offers, particularly for kids; extraordinary issues made him cry or made him livid; he cherished slapstick. each discovery by way of Stach activates its head the stereotypical model of the tortured neurotic―and as each chips away on the monolithic darkish Kafka, the keynote, of all issues, turns into laughter.

    For Is that Kafka? Stach has assembled ninety nine of his most enjoyable discoveries, culling the ultimate, such a lot unique bits, and including his knowledge-able commentaries. Illustrated with dozens of formerly unknown photos, this quantity is a novel literary pleasure.

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  • Sally Ride: America's First Woman in Space

    The definitive biography of Sally trip, America’s first girl in area, with particular insights from Ride’s family members and associate, via the ABC reporter who coated NASA in the course of its transformation from a test-pilot boys’ membership to a extra inclusive elite.

    Sally experience made heritage because the first American lady in house. A member of the 1st astronaut classification to incorporate girls, she broke via a quarter-century of white male fighter jocks while NASA selected her for the 7th travel undertaking, cracking the celestial ceiling and encouraging numerous generations of women.

    After a moment flight, journey served at the panels investigating the Challenger explosion and the Columbia disintegration that killed all aboard. In either situations she faulted NASA’s rush to fulfill undertaking time cut-off dates and its organizational disasters. She cofounded a firm selling technology and schooling for kids, in particular girls.

    Sherr additionally writes approximately Ride’s scrupulously guarded own life—she saved her sexual orientation private—with specific entry to Ride’s accomplice, her former husband, her kinfolk, and numerous associates and associates. Sherr attracts from Ride’s diaries, records, and letters. it is a wealthy biography of a desirable lady whose lifestyles intersected with innovative social and clinical alterations in the US. Sherr’s revealing portrait is hot and admiring yet unsparing. It makes this terribly proficient and impressive girl, an proposal to thousands, come alive.
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  • Tutankhamen: The Search for an Egyptian King

    By Joyce Tyldesley

    The discovery of King Tutankhamen’s tomb in 1922 used to be maybe the world’s most crucial archaeological find.  the one near-intact royal tomb to be preserved within the Valley of the Kings, it has provided an extraordinary wealth of artifacts, spurred a world fascination with historic Egypt, and encouraged folklore that keeps to conform today.  regardless of the tomb’s prominence, in spite of the fact that, helpful little has been published approximately Tutankhamen himself.  In Tutankhamen, acclaimed Egyptologist Joyce Tyldesley unshrouds the enigmatic king.  She explores his lifestyles and legacy as by no means sooner than, and gives a compelling new window onto the realm during which he lived.

    Tutankhamen ascended to the throne at nearly 8 years of age and governed for less than ten years.  even though his reign used to be short and lots of of his accomplishments are actually misplaced to us, it truly is transparent that he used to be a big and influential king ruling in demanding times.  His maximum fulfillment was once to opposite a slew of radical and unpopular theological reforms instituted by way of his father and go back Egypt to the conventional pantheon of gods.  A meticulous exam of the proof preserved either inside his tomb and outdoors it permits Tyldesley to enquire Tutankhamen’s family members background and to discover the origins of the pervasive legends surrounding Tutankhamen’s tomb.  those legends comprise Tutankhamen’s “curse”—an enduring delusion that reaffirms the allure of historical magic in our sleek world

    A remarkably vibrant portrait of this interesting and sometimes misunderstood ruler, Tutankhamen sheds new gentle at the younger king and the excellent archeological discovery that earned him an everlasting position in renowned imagination.

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  • Diaries : Robert Musil 1899-1942

    By Mark Jay Mirsky

    The Diaries of Robert Musil are a mystery look at the existence and brain of a author whose fiction embodies one of many 20th century’s bold leaps of attention. Ranked with Franz Kafka, Marcel Proust, and James Joyce within the pantheon of ecu modernists, Musil tried to use the precision of his clinical education to the maximum bounds of the mind's eye. In a sequence of notebooks stored via so much of his literary profession, Musil mirrored, frequently via wonderful epigrams, on his early life, his erotic existence, his tools of artistic concept and his fellow writers. An crucial advisor to his fiction, essays and performs, the pages of the diaries supply a skeleton key for his advanced unfinished masterpiece The guy with no characteristics. Known for severe own reticence between his contemporaries, Musil within the diaries (which have been by no means meant for publication), speaks nakedly of himself and the chaotic occasions he lived through.This choice from the diaries is predicated at the exhaustive 1976 German variation ready by means of Adolf Frisé. such a lot of its sketches, anecdotes and private reflections were translated into English. An acute political and cultural observer, Musil recorded in those pages his reports of Berlin on the outbreak of worldwide struggle I and repair within the Austrian military at the Italian entrance. The final notebooks chronicle Hitler’s upward thrust to energy and Musil’s exile in Switzerland. The diaries are useful in a couple of methods: as a first-hand old rfile of lifestyles in 20th century principal Europe, as a type of unwitting autobiography of a good novelist, and as a writer’s workbook that info the moods of creative adventure.In the diaries Robert Musil challenged himself to consider a fact past the area which may be apprehended by means of common sense, to entertain the probabilities of forbidden eroticism, to visualize the hidden mystical lifetime of Fascist Europe, and to show the query of sexual gender into the puzzle of identity.</Div>
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  • The Kennedy Half-Century: The Presidency, Assassination, and Lasting Legacy of John F. Kennedy

    John F. Kennedy died nearly part a century ago―yet due to his notable promise and premature loss of life, his superstar nonetheless resonates strongly. at the anniversary of his assassination, celebrated political scientist and analyst Larry J. Sabato―himself within the early Sixties and encouraged through JFK and his presidency―explores the interesting and robust effect he has had over 5 a long time at the media, most people, and particularly on every one of his 9 presidential successors.

    A contemporary Gallup ballot gave JFK the top activity approval score of any of these successors, and thousands stay captivated by means of his 1000 days within the White condominium. For them all, and should you think he wouldn't be judged so hugely if he hadn't died tragically in workplace, The Kennedy Half-Century might be fairly revealing. Sabato reexamines JFK's assassination utilizing heretofore unseen info to which he has had specific entry, then records the extreme impact the assassination has had on american citizens of each glossy iteration throughout the so much vast survey ever undertaken at the public's view of a ancient determine. the total and engaging effects, accrued by means of the finished pollsters Peter Hart and Geoff Garin, paint a compelling portrait of the rustic a half-century after the epochal killing. simply as considerably, Sabato exhibits how JFK's presidency has strongly encouraged the rules and decisions―often in staggering ways―of each president since.

    Among the loads of books dedicated to JFK, The Kennedy Half-Century stands aside for its wealthy perception and unique standpoint. someone who reads it is going to take pleasure in in new methods the profound effect JFK's brief presidency has had on our nationwide psyche.

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  • No Regrets: The Life of Edith Piaf

    By Carolyn Burke

    The enduring French singer involves existence during this biography, which captures Edith Piaf’s massive air of mystery in addition to the time and position that gave upward thrust to her foreign profession. Raised via turns in a brothel, a circus caravan, and a working-class Parisian local, Piaf begun making a song at the city’s streets, the place she used to be chanced on through a Champs Elysées cabaret proprietor. She turned a celeb nearly in a single day, seducing all of Paris together with her passionate voice, and No Regrets explores her meteoric upward push; her tumultuous amorous affairs; and her struggles with medicines, alcohol, and affliction. Piaf used to be an not likely pupil of poetry and philosophy who aided Resistance efforts in global warfare II, wrote the lyrics for almost a hundred songs, together with “La vie en rose,” and used to be an important mentor to more youthful singers equivalent to Yves Montand and Charles Aznavour. Burke demonstrates how, along with her braveness, her incomparable paintings, and her common attraction, “the little sparrow” endures as an emblem of France and a resource of proposal to entertainers across the world.
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  • Haunted Heart: The Life and Times of Stephen King

    By Lisa Rogak

    A fascinating examine the lifetime of the writer who created such glossy classics as Carrie, IT, and The Shining.
    One of the main prolific and well known authors on this planet this present day, Stephen King has turn into a part of popular culture background. yet who's the guy in the back of these stories of horror, grief, and the supernatural? the place do those rules come from? And what drives him to maintain writing at a breakneck speed after a thirty yr occupation? during this unauthorized biography, Lisa Rogak unearths the troubled background and lifelong fears that motivate one of many 20th century's so much influential authors.
                King’s origins have been inauspicious at most sensible. His impoverished early life in rural Maine and early marriage infrequently spelled out the possibility of a blossoming literary profession. yet his unflagging paintings ethic and a ceaseless circulation of rules positioned him at the route to good fortune. It got here in a flash, and the unwanted side effects of surprising stardom and doubtless limitless wealth quickly threatened to wreck his paintings and, worse, his existence. yet he survived and has on the grounds that endured to put in writing at a degree of originality few authors may well ever wish to match.
                regardless of his darkish and anxious paintings, Stephen King has turn into respected by way of critics and his numerous lovers as an all-American voice extra comparable to Mark Twain than H. P. Lovecraft. Haunted Heart chronicles his tale, revealing the nature of a guy who has created the most memorable---and frightening---stories present in literature at the present time.

    Stephen King on Stephen King:

    “I’m frightened of everything.”

    “As a child, I frightened approximately my sanity a lot."

    “I am constantly drawn to this concept lot of fiction writers write for his or her fathers simply because their fathers are gone.”

    “Writing is an habit for me.”

    “I married her for her physique, even though she stated I married her for her typewriter.”

    “When you get into this enterprise, they don’t inform you you’ll get cat bones within the mail.”

     “You must be a bit nuts to be a writer.”

    “There’s continuously the urge to work out someone useless that isn’t you.”

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  • Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters

    By Barack Obama, Loren Long

    During this delicate, appealing letter to his daughters, President Barack Obama has written a relocating tribute to 13 groundbreaking american citizens and the beliefs that experience formed our country. From the artistry of Georgia O'Keeffe, to the braveness of Jackie Robinson, to the patriotism of George Washington, President Obama sees the features of those heroes inside of his personal childrens, and inside all of America's children.

    Breathtaking, evocative illustrations through award-winning artist Loren lengthy right away catch the personalities and achievements of those nice american citizens and the innocence and promise of childhood.

    This appealing ebook celebrates the features that unite all americans, from our nation's founders to generations to come back. it's concerning the capability inside each one folks to pursue our goals and forge our personal paths. it's a treasure to cherish together with your relations without end.
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  • Artie Shaw, King of the Clarinet: His Life and Times

    By Tom Nolan

    “The aspects of Shaw . . . are on the heart of . . . [this] compulsively readable biography.”―Daniel Akst, Wall highway Journal

    in the course of America’s Swing period, no musician was once extra winning or debatable than Artie Shaw: the charismatic and opinionated clarinetist-bandleader whose dozens of hits turned anthems for “the maximum generation.” yet a few of his most lovely recordings weren't issued until eventually a long time after he’d left the scene. He broke racial obstacles by means of hiring African American musicians. His widespread “retirements” earned him a name because the Hamlet of jazz. And he give up taking part in for solid on the top of his powers. The good-looking Shaw had seven other halves (including Lana Turner and Ava Gardner). Inveterate reader and writer of 3 books, he befriended the best-known writers of his time.

    Tom Nolan, who interviewed Shaw among 1990 and his demise in 2004 and spoke with 100 of his colleagues and contemporaries, captures Shaw and his period with candor and sympathy, bringing the grasp to shiny existence and restoring him to his rightful position in jazz historical past. initially released in hardcover less than the identify Three Chords for Beauty's Sake. sixteen pages of illustrations
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