The Life and Rhymes of Ogden Nash: A Biography by David Stuart

By David Stuart

Ogden Nash used to be an extraordinary poet. He celebrated the standard with satisfaction and interest: husbands and better halves at paintings, teenagers at play, a society in movement. He studied pop culture with a penetrating eye and wrote approximately the US, its icons, conduct, and affectations with humor and levity. He struggled with comparisons to “serious” poets, these heroes of the canon who deserted the rhyme and meter that Nash stumbled on an important to his sort of writing. His witty, insightful, and sleek vignettes captured these moments in existence that defy heavy-handed remedy.
Nash didn't stay out the stereotype of the aloof poet-recluse. as well as his writing, Nash pursued publishing, screenwriting, and a rigorous lecture circuit. This self-styled [pet of large allure seemed in newspapers and magazines present in houses around the state, obtainable courses akin to existence, New Yorker, Cosmopolitan, SportsIllustrated, Reader’sDigest, and McCall’s. At a time while children’s literature intended Winnie-the-Pooh, Nash produced verses for and approximately adolescents that amused, trained, and extra importantly, didn’t pander or lecture. those poems and collections, together with Custard the Dragon, the hot Nutcracker Suite and different blameless Verses, A Boy Is a Boy, and ladies Are foolish, have been classics of the style.
Nash left in the back of a useful physique of labor: fascinating, shrewdpermanent, and totally targeted.

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Equal Ever After: The Fight for Same-Sex Marriage - and How by Lynne Featherstone

By Lynne Featherstone

“My tale starts off on the very finish of the adventure to equivalent marriage rights. I stand at the shoulders of giants...”

In the long run, humans will locate it tough to think that until eventually 2014, someplace among five and 10 in line with cent of Britain’s inhabitants have been excluded from marriage.

As Equalities Minister throughout the coalition executive, Lynne Featherstone performed a basic position in rectifying this. From surroundings the wheels in movement inside of executive, to her reviews of the abuse with which the homosexual neighborhood is frequently faced, via her rebuttals opposed to the noise and fury of her competitors, and eventually to the making of background, Lynne info the marvelous twists and turns of the struggle. full of excellent revelations approximately discovering allies in unforeseen locations and encountering resistance from unexpected foes, equivalent Ever After is a good account of 1 woman’s pivotal efforts throughout the turbulent ultimate mile.

This is genuine, lived historical past – fresh historical past. many people celebrated at the day the dream grew to become truth; many people comprehend humans whose lives have been replaced by means of the occasions defined right here. during this within tale, Lynne finds the emotional lows and the exhilarating highs enthusiastic about turning hard-won social attractiveness into tangible criminal equality.

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Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's by Lena Dunham

By Lena Dunham


For readers of Nora Ephron, Tina Fey, and David Sedaris, this hilarious, clever, and fiercely candid number of own essays establishes Lena Dunham--the acclaimed author, manufacturer, and celebrity of HBO's Girls--as the most unique younger abilities writing today.

In Not that sort of Girl, Dunham illuminates the studies which are a part of making one's approach on the earth: falling in love, feeling by myself, being ten kilos obese regardless of consuming in basic terms well-being meals, having to end up your self in a room filled with males two times your age, discovering real love, and such a lot of all, having the center to think that your tale is person who merits to be told.

"Take My Virginity (No particularly, Take It)" is the account of Dunham's first time, and the way her expectancies of intercourse didn't rather stay as much as the particular occasion ("No floodgate have been opened, no vault of precise womanhood unlocked"); "Girls & Jerks" explores her former allure to less-than-nice guys--guys who had perfected the "dynamic of disrespect" she came upon so interesting; "Is This Even Real?" is a meditation on her lifelong obsession with dying and dying--what she calls her "genetically predestined morbidity." And in "I Didn't F*** Them, yet They Yelled at Me," she imagines the tell-all she is going to write whilst she is 80 and prior worrying, in a position to mirror truthfully at the sexism and condescension she has encountered in Hollywood, the place girls are "treated just like the paper thingies that shield glasses in lodge bathrooms--necessary yet infinitely disposable."

Exuberant, relocating, and keenly saw, Not that sort of Girl is a chain of dispatches from the frontlines of the fight that's starting to be up. "I'm already predicting my destiny disgrace at considering I had whatever to supply you," Dunham writes. "But if i will take what I've discovered and make one menial task more uncomplicated for you, or hinder you from having the type of intercourse the place you are feeling you need to hold your shoes on when you are looking to run away through the act, then each misstep of mine can have been worthwhile."


"The talented Ms. Dunham not just writes with observant precision, but in addition brings a degree of point of view, nostalgia and an older person's kind of knowledge to her portrait of her (not all that a lot) more youthful self and her international. . . . via easily telling her personal tale in all its specificity and infrequently embarrassing aspect, she has written a publication that's as acute and heartfelt because it is funny."--Michiko Kakutani, The ny Times

"Dunham has crafted hot, clever writing that's either deeply own and fascinating. . . . [Hers] isn't just a voice who merits to be heard but in addition one that will encourage different very important voices to inform their tales too."--Roxane homosexual, Time

"A stunning, touching, strangely sentimental portrait of a lady who, regardless of many times baring her physique and soul to audiences, is still a bit an enigma: a tender lady who units the schedule, defies category and turns out completely at domestic in her personal skin."--Chicago Tribune

"A lot folks worry we don't degree up beautywise and that we undergo an excessive amount of crummy remedy from males. On those issues, Dunham is humorous, clever, and, convinced, brave."--Elle

From the Hardcover edition.

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Just Boris: The Irresistible Rise of a Political Celebrity by Sonia Purnell

By Sonia Purnell

An important and arguable new biography of 1 of the main compelling and contradictory figures in smooth British lifestyles. Born Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, to so much people he's simply 'Boris' - the single baby-kisser of the age to be appeared in such everyday, even affectionate phrases. Uniquely, he combines comedy with erudition, gimleteyed concentration with jokey self-deprecation, and is a loving relatives guy with a roving eye. he's additionally a highly bold determine with likely no large pursuits to pursue - except, maybe, strength itself. probably the most inner most males in public existence, we know of Boris, yet so few can really declare to grasp him. He invitations awareness, yet has avoided scrutiny. Now, from the vantage element of a as soon as shut colleague, Sonia Purnell charts his striking upward thrust and gives the 1st forensic account of simply how he did it. Drawing on 1000's of interviews with Boris's associates, opponents, admirers and enemies, this revealing biography examines how a shy, younger boy from a damaged domestic grew as much as be ou r in simple terms box-office baby-kisser - and impossible intercourse god; how the Etonian product keen on Latin tags turned a guy of the folk - and why he desired to be; how the gaffe-prone buffoon charmed Londoners to win the biggest own mandate Britain has ever visible; and the way the Johnson kinfolk has equipped our largest - let alone blondest - media and political dynasty. from time to time, allegations of infidelity, journalistic chicanery, rivalries with fellow Tories and scandal at urban corridor have threatened to dissatisfied his upward push, yet nonetheless it keeps. along with his unruly mop of hair, trusty bicycle and the most suitable of well known touches, he continues to be a Teflon-coated breed aside - yet for the way lengthy? in exactly Boris Sonia Purnell unravels this so much compelling of political enigmas and casts mild on his checklist and his personality. ultimately, she asks no matter if the Mayor who goals of crossing the Thames to Downing highway has what it takes to be major Minister.

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Worth Fighting For: Love, Loss, and Moving Forward by Lisa Niemi Swayze

By Lisa Niemi Swayze

While Lisa Niemi first exchanged vows with Patrick Swayze, she promised to be along with her husband “till dying do us part.” yet what percentage cease and examine what that really ability?
Worth struggling with For is either a candid tribute to a wedding and a party of the therapeutic strength that every day holds, even within the such a lot tough of conditions. Lisa stocks the main points of Patrick’s twenty-one-month conflict with level IV pancreatic melanoma, and he or she describes his final days, while she easily attempted to maintain him cozy. She writes with heartbreaking honesty approximately her grief within the aftermath of his demise and brazenly discusses the demanding situations that the years with no him have posed. Her tale is an emotionally sincere and unflinching depiction of loss, however it can be a hopeful and life-affirming exploration of the ability of the human spirit. “I inform you, i'm a distinct individual now,” she writes, “one who has been thrown into the hearth and forged.”

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Making Movies With Orson Welles: A Memoir by Andrew J. Rausch, Gary Graver

By Andrew J. Rausch, Gary Graver

In 1958, Gary Graver moved from his native land of Portland, Oregon to l. a., California with goals of an performing profession in Hollywood. quickly after his arrival, he stuck a double invoice in a small theater on Hollywood side road, the decrease half which was once the lately published contact of Evil. Upon viewing the B vintage, Graver made up our minds he desired to be a director and spent decades honing his craft, as either a cinematographer and a director, let alone author, actor, and producer―much like his idol, Orson Welles.

In 1970, whilst Graver discovered that Welles used to be on the town, he swiftly known as up the director and provided him his providers as a cameraman. It used to be simply the second one time in Welles's occupation that he had acquired such a suggestion from a cinematographer, the opposite being from Gregg Toland, who labored on one of many maximum movies ever, Citizen Kane.

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Six Wives: The Queens of Henry VIII by David Starkey

By David Starkey

Nobody in heritage had a extra eventful profession in matrimony than Henry VIII. His marriages have been bold and tumultuous, and made rapid legends of six very assorted girls. during this outstanding learn, David Starkey argues that the king used to be no longer a wicked philanderer yet anyone looking happiness—and a son. Knowingly or no longer, he increased a gaggle of girls to outstanding heights and altered the way in which a country used to be governed.

Six Wives is a masterful paintings of heritage that in detail examines the rituals of international relations, marriage, being pregnant, and faith that have been a part of way of life for girls on the Tudor court docket. Weaving new evidence and clean interpretations right into a spellbinding account of the emotional drama surrounding Henry's six marriages, David Starkey finds the crucial position that the queens performed in selecting coverage. With an both willing eye for romantic and political intrigue, he brilliantly recaptures the tale of Henry's better halves and the britain they governed.

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When Hollywood Had a King: The Reign of Lew Wasserman, Who by Connie Bruck

By Connie Bruck

In whilst Hollywood Had a King, the prestigious journalist Connie Bruck tells the sweeping tale of MCA and its excellent chief, a guy who remodeled the leisure industry-- businessman, flesh presser, tactician, and visionary Lew Wasserman.

The track company of the USA used to be based in Chicago in 1924 by means of Dr. Jules Stein, an ophthalmologist with a present for reserving bands. Twelve years later, Stein moved his operations west to Beverly Hills and employed Lew Wasserman. From his meager beginnings as a movie-theater herald Cleveland, Wasserman eventually ascended to the put up of president of MCA, and the corporate grew to become the main robust strength in Hollywood, looked with a mix of worry and awe.

In his signature black go well with and black knit tie, Wasserman took Hollywood via hurricane. He shifted the stability of strength from the studios--which had seven-year contractual strangleholds at the stars--to the expertise, who grew to become revenue companions. while an antitrust go well with pressured MCA's evolution from expertise business enterprise to movie- and television-production corporation, it was once Wasserman who parlayed the keep an eye on of a large choice of leisure and media items right into a new kind of Hollywood strength base. there has been in simple terms Washington left to beat, and overcome it Wasserman did, quietly brokering alliances with Democratic and Republican administrations alike.

That Wasserman's achieve prolonged from the underworld to the White apartment in simple terms additional to his mystique. between his acquaintances have been Teamster boss Jimmy Hoffa, mob attorney Sidney Korshak, and gangster Moe Dalitz--along with Presidents Johnson, Clinton, and particularly Reagan, who loved a very shut and collectively worthwhile dating with Wasserman. He used to be both intimate with Hollywood royalty, from Bette Davis and Jimmy Stewart to Steven Spielberg, who begun his profession at MCA and as soon as defined Wasserman's eyeglasses as having a look like sizeable motion picture screens.

The historical past of MCA is de facto the historical past of a revolution. Lew Wasserman ushered within the Hollywood we all know this present day. he's the hyperlink among the old-school moguls with their ironclad studio contracts and the recent outlined through multimedia conglomerates, strength brokers, multimillionaire actors, and revenue sharing. within the arms of Connie Bruck, the tale of Lew Wasserman's upward push to strength takes on a nearly Shakespearean scope. When Hollywood Had a King unearths the industry's maximum untold tale: how a stealthy, enterprising energy dealer turned, for a time, Tinseltown's absolute monarch.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Can't Buy Me Love: The Beatles, Britain, and America by Jonathan Gould

By Jonathan Gould

Approximately two decades within the making, Can’t purchase Me Love is a masterful paintings of workforce biography, cultural heritage, and musical feedback. That the Beatles have been an remarkable phenomenon is a given. In Can’t purchase Me Love, Jonathan Gould seeks to give an explanation for why, putting the Fab 4 within the vast and tumultuous landscape in their time and position, rooting their tale within the social context that girded either their upward thrust and their dying.

Beginning with their formative years in Liverpool, Gould describes the seminal influences––from Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry to The Goon convey and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland––that formed the Beatles either as participants and as a gaggle. as well as chronicling their progress as singers, songwriters, and instrumentalists, he highlights the advances in recording expertise that made their sound either attainable and specific, in addition to the advancements in tv and radio that lent an explosive strength to their well known good fortune. With a musician’s ear, Gould sensitively conjures up the undying charm of the Lennon-McCartney collaboration and their emergence as essentially the most artistic and demanding songwriting groups in background. And he sheds new mild at the value of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts membership Band as rock’s first thought album, right down to its memorable conceal art.

Behind the scenes Gould explores the pivotal roles performed by means of supervisor Brian Epstein and manufacturer George Martin, credit the impact at the Beatles’ tune of contemporaries like Bob Dylan, Brian Wilson, and Ravi Shankar, and lines the sluggish escalation of the fractious inner rivalries that ended in the group’s breakup after their ultimate masterpiece, Abbey highway. most importantly, by way of chronicling their progressive influence on pop culture in the course of the Sixties, Can’t purchase Me Love illuminates the Beatles as a charismatic phenomenon of foreign proportions, whose anarchic power and unforeseen import was once derived from the ancient shifts in fortune that reworked the connection among Britain and the USA within the many years after international conflict II.

From the Beats in the US and the offended younger males in England to the shadow of the Profumo Affair and JFK’s assassination, Gould captures the heartbeat of a time that made the Beatles possible—and even beneficial. As visible during the prism of the Beatles and their song, a complete generation’s event comes astonishingly to existence. fantastically written, continually insightful, and completely unique, Can’t purchase Me Love is a landmark paintings in regards to the Beatles, Britain, and the US.

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Patrick O'Brian : A Life Revealed by Dean King

By Dean King

The untold existence tale of a novelist whose maximum fictional production was once his personal identity.

In a 1998 article in big apple journal, Dean King provided readers a small sampling of the key historical past of Patrick O'Brian, the author of the bestselling sequence of Aubrey-Maturin novels. O'Brian has regularly guarded the secrets and techniques of his own heritage with a zealousness that has bordered at the obsessive. And for years his fanatical readers have speculated at the actual tale and spun myths approximately his earlier according to the lives of his characters.

Dean King finally unveils the tale of Richard Patrick Russ, a author and highbrow who emerged from the second one international conflict as Patrick O'Brian, a personality created in his personal mind's eye and later sophisticated through a long time of rumor and hypothesis. What stimulated this radical swap of id? was once it attached to O'Brian's carrier through the struggle, or the messy divorce from his first spouse? Or used to be it the inexplicable act of an eccentric genius?King has crisscrossed Europe to talk to long-lost kin, buddies, and co-workers of his famously reclusive topic and has shaped this wealth of data right into a dramatic narrative that would entice an viewers some distance wider than O'Brian's already committed fans.

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