Biography

Nurse On Call - The True Story of a 1950s District Nurse by Edith Cotterill

By Edith Cotterill

'Never had I visible such a lot of fleas! Startled by way of the sunlight, they leapt in all instructions, fairly mine. fast I peeled off her stockings and threw them at the fireplace, yet via now the fleas had invaded her mixtures. As for the fur coat, I shuddered to imagine ...' education in a medical institution within the Thirties, Edith Cotterill's lengthy hours at the wards integrated encouraging leeches to connect to sufferers (a job a lot tougher than it's possible you'll imagine) and the disposal within the furnace of amputated limbs. even though medical institution existence did have its compensations -- it used to be there through the moment global warfare an injured sailor who grew to become her husband. After the start in their daughters, Edith back to paintings within the Fifties as a district nurse. no matter if she was once ridding growing old spinsters of fleas or allotting penicillin and enemas, Edith approached even the main wayward of sufferers with humour, compassion and heat.

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Leonardo's Notebooks by Leonardo da Vinci, H. Anna Suh

By Leonardo da Vinci, H. Anna Suh

An all-new, jewel-like, reader-friendly layout supplies new lifestyles to this relaunch of a world best-seller.

Leonardo da Vinci-artist, inventor, and prototypical Renaissance man-is a perennial resource of fascination due to his spectacular mind and boundless interest in regards to the average and man-made international. in the course of his existence he created a number of artistic endeavors and saved voluminous notebooks that distinctive his creative and highbrow pursuits.

The number of writings and artwork during this wonderful publication are drawn from his notebooks. The e-book organizes his wide selection of pursuits into topics corresponding to human figures, mild and coloration, point of view and visible conception, anatomy, botany and panorama, geography, the actual sciences and astronomy, structure, sculpture, and innovations. approximately every bit of writing during the e-book is keyed to the piece of paintings it describes.

The writing and artwork is chosen via paintings historian H. Anna Suh, who presents interesting remark and perception into the cloth, making Leonardo's Notebooks a fantastic single-volume compendium celebrating his enduring genius.

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Sing to Me: My Story of Making Music, Finding Magic, and by L. A. Reid

By L. A. Reid

During this long-awaited memoir, illustrated with over a hundred never-before-seen pictures from his own assortment, the groundbreaking list manufacturer chronicles his struggles, his luck, and the prestigious artists that made him a legend.

Over the final twenty-five years, mythical track manufacturer and checklist guy los angeles Reid—the guy at the back of artists reminiscent of Toni Braxton, Kanye West, Rihanna, TLC, Outkast, Mariah Carey, purple, Justin Bieber, and Usher—has replaced the track enterprise perpetually. as well as getting to know a few of the greatest pop stars on this planet, he has formed probably the most memorable and unforgettable hits of the final generations, growing a magnificent legacy of expertise discovery and hit records.

Now, for the 1st time, he tells his tale, taking enthusiasts on an intimate travel of his existence, as he chronicles the attention-grabbing trip from his small-town R&B roots in Cincinnati, Ohio, and his paintings as a drummer to his popularity as a Grammy Award-winning track manufacturer and his gig as a pass judgement on at the hit truth convey, The X Factor. In Sing to Me, Reid is going backstage of the song undefined, charting his upward push to reputation and sharing tales of the numerous artists he’s met, nurtured, and molded into stars. With attention-grabbing perception into the early days of artists as varied as TLC, Usher, red, Kanye West, and Justin Bieber, his tale deals an in depth examine what lifestyles used to be like for stars initially in their meteoric upward thrust and the way he constantly appeared to comprehend who will be the subsequent giant thing.

What emerges is a charming portrait from the interior of renowned song evolution over the past 3 a long time. half track memoir, half company tale of mountaineering to the pinnacle, this superbly designed booklet, jam choked with photographs, showcases Reid's trademark ardour and ingenuity and introduces a multifaceted genius who maintains to form popular culture today. 

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John Audubon: Young Naturalist (Young Patriots Series, Book by Miriam E. Mason, Cathy Morrison

By Miriam E. Mason, Cathy Morrison

Age variety: nine - 12 years
Grade point: four - 7

As an grownup, John Audubon was once the simplest identified flora and fauna artist of the nineteenth century, and his booklet, Birds of America, is the normal opposed to which all next chook artwork has been measured.

In this tale concerning the artist's formative years within the West Indies and France, John's love of drawing sends him into the fields and woods close to his state residence in pursuit of winged types. video games and adventures additionally beckon: John confronts a ghost within the previous water mill tower, offers his buddy Cecile with a shock birthday present (that is going horribly wrong!), and sails off to hunt his fortune in America.

Special positive aspects contain a precis of John's grownup accomplishments, enjoyable evidence detailing little-known information regarding him, and a time line of his life.

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Behind Every Great Man: The Forgotten Women Behind the by Marlene Wagman-Geller

By Marlene Wagman-Geller

Who acknowledged males get to monopolize the glory?

Discover the little identified girls who've placed the world's alpha men at the map.

From precedent days to the current, males have got many of the sturdy ink. but status simply outdoors the highlight are the intense, and ignored, better halves and partners who're simply as instrumental in shaping the destinies in their famous—and infamous—men.

This witty, illuminating ebook finds the amazing tales of 40 alluring women, from Constance Lloyd (Mrs. Oscar Wilde) to Carolyn Adams (Mrs. Jerry Garcia), who've stood at the back of their mythical companions and helped to humanize them, frequently on the expense in their personal careers, reputations, and happiness. via repute and its attendant ills—alcoholism, infidelity, psychological disease, divorce, or even tried murder—these robust ladies quietly propelled their males to the head and altered the process history.

Meet the untold half historical past, including:
•Alma Reville (Mrs. Alfred Hitchcock)
•Elena Diakonova (Mrs. Salvador Dali)
•Winifred Madikizela (Mrs. Nelson Mandela)
•Ann Charteris (Mrs. Ian Fleming, a.k.a. Mrs. James Bond)
•Ruth Alpern (Mrs. Bernie Maddoff)
•And 35 extra!

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Benjamin Disraeli (Very Interesting People) by Jonathan Parry

By Jonathan Parry

Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881) continues to be the main fascinating of nineteenth-century British politicians. He lacked a standard public institution and collage historical past, yet via oratory, aptitude and difficult graft he overcame snobbery and anti-semitism to turn into best minister for seven years. His epigrams and flamboyance supplied a telling distinction not just along with his nice rival William Gladstone but in addition with the stolid and insular Conservative MPs that he led.

His literary productiveness and old enthusiasms established his highbrow fertility, but many contemporaries didn't see him as a guy of precept, and historians—and next Conservative politicians—have assessed his political philosophy and legacy in profoundly diverse ways.

This brief biography, written initially for the Oxford Dictionary of nationwide Biography, bargains a advisor to his existence, rules and significance.

Though essentially chronological, it additionally explores a couple of underlying subject matters. One is his younger Romantic hope for reputation and trust in his personal genius, prime him to desert an uneventful felony occupation and release himself as a novelist. He struggled to reconcile the worlds of mind's eye and action—his hope for inventive creativity along with his robust thirst for political position.

His preliminary makes an attempt to hurricane the ramparts of British politics have been broken through his self-presentation as an unconventional philosopher not less than up to by means of his loss of connections…

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Eugene O'Neill: A Life in Four Acts by Robert M. Dowling

By Robert M. Dowling

This impressive new biography totally captures the intimacies of Eugene O'Neill's tumultuous lifestyles and the profound impression of his paintings on American drama. Robert M. Dowling innovatively recounts O'Neill's existence in 4 acts, hence highlighting how the tales he informed for the degree interweave together with his real lifestyles tales. every one episode additionally uncovers how O'Neill's paintings was once completely intertwined with, and galvanized by way of, the tradition and background of his time.

Much is new during this widely researched publication: connections among O'Neill's performs and his political and philosophical worldview; insights into his Irish upbringing and lifetime torment over wasting religion in God; his important position in African American cultural historical past; unpublished pictures, together with a different offstage photo of him together with his lover Louise Bryant; new facts of O'Neill's wish to turn into a novelist and what this unearths approximately his detailed dramatic voice; and a startling revelation in regards to the liberate of lengthy Day's trip Into evening in defiance of his specific directions. This biography is additionally the 1st to debate O'Neill's misplaced play Exorcism (a unmarried replica of which was once only in the near past recovered), a dramatization of his personal suicide attempt.

Written with full of life informality but a scholar's strict accuracy, Eugene O'Neill: A existence in 4 Acts is a biography that America's greatest playwright richly deserves.

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Oblivion: A Memoir by Héctor Abad

By Héctor Abad

“An irreplaceable testimony of the fight for democracy and tolerance in Latin America.” —El País

Héctor Abad’s Oblivion is a heartbreaking, exquisitely written memorial to the author’s father, Héctor Abad Gómez, whose feedback of the Colombian regime resulted in his homicide via paramilitaries in 1987. two decades within the writing, it paints an unforgettable photo of a guy who his moral sense and paid for it along with his existence in the course of one of many darkest classes in Latin America’s contemporary background.

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A Brief History of the Private Life of Elizabeth II by Michael Paterson

By Michael Paterson

Elizabeth II is inside many years of changing into the longest-reigning British monarch. Michael Paterson paints a portrait of 1 of the world’s nice leaders of kingdom, in addition to what the way forward for the royal family members seems like. The ebook will research the areas within which the Queen grew up or has lived, the learning she obtained, the folk who inspired her, and her attitudes to major occasions.

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