A Writer's Diary: Being Extracts from the Diary of Virginia Woolf

By Virginia Woolf

A useful advisor to the paintings and brain of Virginia Woolf, drawn by means of her husband from the private list she stored over a interval of twenty-seven years. incorporated are entries that check with her personal writing, others which are truly writing routines; bills of individuals and scenes proper to the uncooked fabric of her paintings; and reviews on books she used to be interpreting. Edited and with a Preface via Leonard Woolf; Indices.

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Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story About Brain Science

By John Fleischman

Phineas Gage used to be actually a guy with a gap in his head. Phineas, a railroad development foreman, was once blasting rock close to Cavendish, Vermont, in 1848 whilst a thirteen-pound iron rod used to be shot via his mind. Miraculously, he survived to reside one other 11 years and turn into a textbook case in mind technology.

At the time, Phineas Gage looked as if it would thoroughly get over his twist of fate. He may possibly stroll, speak, paintings, and commute, yet he used to be replaced. Gage "was now not Gage," acknowledged his Vermont healthcare professional, which means that the outdated Phineas was once liable and good cherished, and the hot Phineas used to be crude and unpredictable.

His case astonished medical professionals in his day and nonetheless fascinates medical professionals this present day. What occurred and what didn’t occur contained in the mind of Phineas Gage will let you know much approximately how your mind works and the way you act human.

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With Billie: A New Look at the Unforgettable Lady Day

By Julia Blackburn

Few jazz singers became icons like Billie vacation. In With Billie, we listen the voices of these those who knew Billie most sensible: piano avid gamers and dancers, pimps and junkies, enthusiasts and narcs, manufacturers and critics, each one recalling intimate tales of the Billie they knew. What emerges is a portrait of a posh, contradictory, mesmerizing girl, a girl who — opposite to fantasy — knew what she sought after and what particularly mattered to her. Julia Blackburn has pieced jointly an oral historical past of this jazz nice, making a distinctive and engaging view of an magnificent girl.

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Love, Loss, and What We Ate: A Memoir

By Padma Lakshmi

A shiny memoir of meals and relations, survival and triumph, Love, Loss, and What We Ate traces the arc of Padma Lakshmi’s not going course from an immigrant early life to a sophisticated lifestyles in entrance of the camera—a tantalizing combination of Ruth Reichl’s Tender on the Bone and Nora Ephron’s Heartburn

Long prior to Padma Lakshmi ever stepped onto a tv set, she realized that how we devour is an extension of the way we adore, how we convenience, how we forge a feeling of home—and how we flavor the realm as we navigate our means via it. Shuttling among continents as a toddler, she lived a lifetime of dislocation that might turn into behavior as an grownup, by no means particularly at domestic on the planet. And but, via all her travels, her favourite meals remained the easy rice she first ate sitting at the cool ground of her grandmother’s kitchen in South India.

Poignant and surprising, Love, Loss, and What We Ate is Lakshmi’s outstanding account of her trip from that humble kitchen, governed through ferocious and unforgettable ladies, to the judges’ desk of Top Chef and past. It chronicles the fierce devotion of the extraordinary those who formed her alongside the way in which, from her headstrong mom who flouted conservative Indian conference to make a existence in long island, to her Brahmin grandfather—a impressive engineer with an irrepressible candy tooth—to the guy probably unsuitable for her in each manner who proved to be her truest ally. A memoir wealthy with sensual prose and punctuated with evocative recipes, it really is alive with the scents, tastes, and textures of a existence that spans complicated geographies either inner and external.

Love, Loss, and What We Ate is an intimate and unforeseen tale of nutrition and family—both those we're born to and those we create—and their enduring legacies.

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The Wright Brothers

By David McCullough

The number one New York Times bestseller from David McCullough, two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize—the dramatic story-behind-the-story concerning the brave brothers who taught the area the best way to fly—Wilbur and Orville Wright.

On a wintry weather day in 1903, within the Outer Banks of North Carolina, brothers—bicycle mechanics from Dayton, Ohio—changed historical past. however it may take the area your time to think that the age of flight had all started, with the 1st powered computing device wearing a pilot.

Orville and Wilbur Wright have been males of outstanding braveness and backbone, and of far-ranging highbrow pursuits and ceaseless interest. after they labored jointly, no challenge looked to be insurmountable. Wilbur used to be surely a genius. Orville had such mechanical ingenuity as few had ever obvious. they'd not more than a public highschool schooling and little cash by no means stopped them of their undertaking to take wing. not anything did, no longer even the self-evident fact that each time they took off, they risked being killed.

In this “enjoyable, fast paced story” (The Economist), grasp historian David McCullough “shows as by no means ahead of how Ohio boys from a extraordinary kin taught the area to fly” (The Washington put up) and “captures the surprise of what the Wrights entire” (The Wall highway Journal). He attracts at the large Wright kin papers to profile not just the brothers yet their sister, Katharine, with out whom issues may possibly good have long gone another way for them. crucial studying, this is often “a tale of undying value, instructed with unusual empathy and fluency…about what will be the main unbelievable feat mankind has ever accomplished…The Wright Brothers soars” (The manhattan instances booklet Review).

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Orwell: The Life

By D. J. Taylor

At final, a clean, finished biography of the 20 th century's such a lot emblematic writer

In the final fifty years, Animal Farm and 1984 have bought over 40 million copies, and "Orwellian" is now a byword for a selected frame of mind approximately existence, literature, and language. D. J. Taylor's magisterial evaluation cuts via George Orwell's iconic prestige to bare a sour critic who hid a profound totalitarian streak and whose development during the literary international of the Nineteen Thirties and Nineteen Forties used to be characterised through the myths he outfitted round himself. yet no matter if as reluctant servant of the Raj in Nineteen Twenties Burma, mock down-and-outer in Paris and London, or Spanish Civil warfare soldier, the conditions of his existence are sharply at odds with the picture Orwell so successfully stage-managed.

Drawing on formerly unseen fabric, Orwell is a strikingly human portrait of the author too frequently embalmed as an earthly saint. this can be the biography we've got been ready for-as vivid, robust, and resonant as its amazing subject.

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The Good Son: JFK Jr. and the Mother He Loved

By Christopher Andersen

The number 1 New York Times bestselling writer supplies one other dramatic installment within the lives of the Kennedys—including new information about JFK Jr., his courting together with his mom, his many girlfriends, and the evening of his tragic death.

Critically acclaimed writer Christopher Andersen is a grasp of megastar biographies—boasting 16 bestsellers, between them These Few useful Days, Mick, and William and Kate. Now, in his most modern exciting e-book, new and untold information of the existence and dying of JFK Jr. come to mild, published in time for the 15th yr marker of the tragic airplane crash on July sixteen, 1999.

At the guts of The solid Son is an important dating in JFK Jr.’s existence: that along with his mom, the attractive and mysterious Jackie Kennedy Onassis. Andersen explores his reactions to his mother’s post-Dallas suicidal melancholy and turning out to be dependence on prescribed drugs (as good as men); how Jackie felt in regards to the ladies in her son’s existence, from Madonna and Sarah Jessica Parker, to Daryl Hannah and Carolyn Bessette, to his turbulent marriage; the mindless airplane crash the took his existence; the aftermath of concern, loss, grief, and confusion; and lots more and plenty extra. supplying new insights into the serious, smooth, usually stormy dating among this iconic mom and son, The stable Son is a riveting, bittersweet biography for fans of all issues Kennedy.

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Machiavelli and Renaissance Italy

By J. R. Hale

Machiavelli’s books should be judged, as all books needs to be, all alone benefits, yet with out a wisdom of the situations during which they have been produced they can't be competently understood. The reader of any of them needs to ask : What was once its function? For what viewers used to be it written? what kind of adventure used to be the writer drawing on ? And the thing of this publication is to supply a few kind of resolution to those questions. For fourteen years, from 1498 to 1512, Machiavelli’s occupation as an professional of the Florentine chancery stored him in contact, in the course of a interval of just about consistent obstacle, with household politics, international affairs, and warfare, the topics of all his significant paintings. as much as 1512, then - the 12 months during which he was once pushed aside from place of work at the cave in of the republican govt of Soderini and the go back of the exiled Medici - we will hint his acquisition of political event; after that, we will see below what stipulations he expressed it within the sequence of works, The Prince, the Discourses on Livy, The paintings of warfare and The heritage of Florence, for which he grew to become recognized. i'm involved simply with the lifetime of Machia-velli : by no means along with his resurrection as Machiavel. The historical past of Machiavelli’s attractiveness is a captivating one, however it is better insulated from an account of the improvement of the guy himself.

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Bowie: The Biography

By Wendy Leigh

Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, the skinny White Duke. Gender Bender. insurgent. Songwriter. style Icon. Rock God. essentially the most influential inventive artists of his iteration, David Bowie morphed from one glittering incarnation to the following over the process 5 decades—an enduring famous person who remained perpetually enigmatic and constantly prior to his time. become aware of the guy at the back of the parable during this intimate and in-depth biography—featuring a full-color sixteen-page photograph insert.

David Bowie gave up the ghost after an eighteen-month conflict with melanoma on January 10, 2016. Few knew of his affliction, and Bowie perfectly orchestrated his final so long with the discharge of his ultimate (and a few say most sensible) album, Blackstar, that includes the haunting track “Lazarus,” and its accompanying video, a farewell message to his hundreds of thousands of fanatics. all through his iconic occupation that incorporated such hits as “Let’s Dance,” “Space Oddity,” “Heroes,” “Modern Love,” and “Life on Mars,” Bowie controlled to hold his Hollywood big name mystique.

Through in-depth interviews with those that knew him most sensible, New York Times bestselling writer Wendy Leigh unearths the fellow in the back of Bowie’s myriad images—up to and together with his function as stay-at-home dad, fortunately monogamous in his quarter-of-a-century-plus marriage to stick insect Iman. during this “sizzling” (Radar Online) new biography, Leigh brings clean insights to Bowie’s battles with habit; his insatiable intercourse life—from self-avowed homosexual to bisexual to resolutely heterosexual—and numerous conquests; his formative years in a working-class London local and the troubling family members impacts that fueled his relentless pursuit of luck; and lots more and plenty extra. This exploration of an artist loved by means of such a lot of finds the guy on the heart of the mythos.

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