The Life and Times of the Real Winnie-the-Pooh: The Bear Who by Shirley Harrison

By Shirley Harrison

To have fun his birthday this can be the 1st, attention-grabbing, biography of the true teddy undergo which was once the muse for A,A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh. It takes us from his 'birth' in an Acton toy manufacturing unit in 1921, to Harrods the place he used to be acquired through Mrs Daphne Milne for her child son, Christopher Robin, and from there to the family's domestic in Chelsea and at weekends and vacation trips all the way down to the farmhouse on Ashdown woodland, Sussex. It used to be the following that A.A.Milne wrote his world-famous books, and from right here that Pooh ultimately emigrated to the USA, spending decades as a celeb on travel. this present day, he lives in retirement in manhattan Children's Library with Tigger, Eeyore, Kanga and Piglet.Containing a lot unique fabric, neighbors of the Milne kin and Pooh's Guardians within the usa, inform their tales and proportion their formerly unpublished images and diaries, together with, too, the author's personal remembrance of the day in l976, whilst Winnie-the-Pooh journeyed domestic to Hartfield for a vacation - and performed Pooh Stick on Pooh Sticks Bridge..A really heart-warming story of a cuddly teddy undergo, enjoyed via Christopher Robin, and finally reworked into one of many world's richest and most famed bears of all time.

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Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker by Stanley Crouch

By Stanley Crouch

Kansas urban Lightning: the increase and instances of Charlie Parker is the 1st installment within the long-awaited portrait of 1 of the main proficient and influential musicians of the 20th century, from Stanley Crouch, one of many finest experts on jazz and tradition in America.

Throughout his existence, Charlie Parker personified the tortured American artist: a progressive performer who used his alto saxophone to create a brand new track referred to as bebop at the same time he wrestled with a drug habit that might result in his dying on the age of thirty-four.

Drawing on interviews with friends, collaborators, and relatives, Kansas urban Lightning recreates Parker’s Depression-era youth; his early days navigating the Kansas urban nightlife, encouraged via lions like Lester younger and count number Basie; and directly to manhattan, the place he started to go beyond the track he had mastered. Crouch unearths an bold younger guy torn among tune and medication, among his domineering mom and his impressionable younger spouse, whose teenage romance with Charlie lies on the bittersweet center of this story.

With the knowledge of a jazz student, the cultural insights of an acclaimed social critic, and the narrative ability of a literary novelist, Stanley Crouch illuminates this American grasp as by no means before.

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Time Will Tell by Yemi Elegunde

By Yemi Elegunde

Publish yr note: First released in 2011
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From the brilliant lighting fixtures of London’s Holland Park into the ability cuts and extremely rural lifetime of Lagos country in Nigeria, all within the blink of a watch.

This is the real tale of a kinfolk torn aside through foreign Parental baby Abduction.

In September 1973, Yemi was once simply seven years outdated whilst he and his more youthful sister have been taken clear of England by way of their dad with no their mum’s wisdom or consent. They lived and grew up in Nigeria for over fourteen years, the place the one conversation they'd with their mum was once by way of letters.

Without social media, pcs or cellphones, how does a mom song down her lacking teenagers? How do the youngsters adapt to the surprising swap of lifestyle?

This is the tale of the occasions during the eyes of that seven-year-old baby, from the instant he realised he used to be in a distinct country. Yemi relates the stark swap of tradition, the hot relations and the voyage of self-discovery. The e-book covers his roller-coaster younger lifetime of apprehensions and ecstasy, his rebellions, and his loves. It follows his anger as he grew from boy to teen and his eventual reconciliation with himself and his parents.

What form of guy could that boy develop as much as be? Time Will inform.

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Over the Ocean (UK Edition) by Erica Fischer

By Erica Fischer

In July 1940, Erich Fischer chanced on himself in Liverpool being herded onto a British delivery send certain for Australia, besides 2,500 different males.

Conditions on board have been awful, with males locked less than decks with overflowing latrines and simply seawater to wash themselves. Separated from kinfolk, acquaintances and faraway from any semblance of a typical existence, Erich is not sure even if he'll ever see spouse and baby back.

Erica Fischer's The King's childrens tells the extreme tale of her personal mom and dad and even as sheds mild on a little-known and little-discussed bankruptcy in British historical past. Fischer's mom and dad met in Austria within the early Thirties. Her mom, Irka, used to be a Polish Jew and her father, Erich, was once a Viennese lapsed Catholic.

Faced with becoming unrest in Europe, Irka fled to the uk in 1938, her husband a yr later. despite the fact that on the outbreak of battle, Erich have been arrested as an 'enemy alien', and having been interned was once deported to the other part of the realm. confronted with unbelievable hardships, the deportees banded jointly in unity to stand their new lifestyles in Australia and Erich used to be, opposed to the chances, in a position to make touch with Irka and their letters proven a lifeline among continents.

The King's youngsters is astounding precise story facing an unexposed and unexplored interval in British heritage but additionally a narrative of the resilience of affection.

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Marina and Lee: The Tormented Love and Fatal Obsession by Priscilla Johnson McMillan

By Priscilla Johnson McMillan

The interior tale of Lee Harvey Oswald's route to killing John. F. Kennedy. Reissued to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Kennedy assassination, Marina and Lee is an essential account of 1 of America's such a lot aggravating occasions, and a vintage paintings of narrative historical past. In her meticulous, now and then even second via second, account of Oswald's development towards the assassination, Priscilla Johnson McMillan takes us within Oswald's fevered brain and his manic marriage. whilst Marina, just a couple of weeks after giving start to their moment baby, hears of Kennedy's loss of life and discovers that Lee's rifle is lacking from the storage the place it was once saved, she understands that her husband has killed the President.

McMillan got here to the tale with a special wisdom of the 2 major characters. within the Nineteen Fifties she had labored for Kennedy and had recognized him good for a time. Later, operating in Moscow as a journalist, she interviewed Lee Harvey Oswald in the course of his try to disorder to the Soviet Union. whilst she heard his identify back on November 22, 1963, she acknowledged, "My God! i do know that boy!" Marina and Lee was once written with the total and particular cooperation of Oswald's Russian-born spouse, Marina Prusakova, whom McMillan debriefed for seven months within the quick aftermath of the President's assassination and her husband's nationally televised execution by the hands of Jack Ruby.

The fact is much extra compelling, and unsettling, than the main ingenious conspiracy conception. Marina and Lee is a human drama that's outrageous, heartbreaking, tragic, attention-grabbing. . . and actual.

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Hope: Entertainer of the Century by Richard Zoglin

By Richard Zoglin

The 1st definitive biography of Bob wish, that includes particular and vast reporting that makes the persuasive case that he used to be most crucial entertainer of the 20 th century.

Born in 1903, and till his demise in 2003, Bob desire was once the one entertainer to accomplish finest good fortune in each significant mass-entertainment medium, from vaudeville to tv and every thing in among. He almost invented smooth stand-up comedy. His excursions to entertain US troops and patriotic radio announces, with his all-American, brash-but-cowardly motion picture personality, helped to ease the nation's jitters throughout the tense days of global warfare II. He helped redefine the very thought of what it capability to be a celeb: a savvy businessman, pioneer of the logo extension (churning out books, writing a newspaper column, internet hosting a golfing tournament), and public-spirited entertainer whose Christmas army excursions and tireless paintings for charity set the normal for public provider in Hollywood. yet he grew to become a polarizing determine in the course of the Vietnam warfare, and the publication sheds new mild on his shut dating with President Richard Nixon in the course of these embattled years.

Bob wish is a family identify. even though, as Richard Zoglin exhibits during this revelatory biography, there's nonetheless a lot to be discovered approximately this so much public of figures, from his mystery first marriage and his stint in reform tuition, to his indiscriminate womanizing and his ambivalent dating with Bing Crosby and Johnny Carson. wish may be chilly, self-centered, tight with a greenback, and maybe the least introspective guy in Hollywood. yet he was once additionally a dogged employee, gracious with enthusiasts, and beneficiant with friends.

Hope is either a party of an entertainer whose mammoth contribution hasn't ever been appropriately liked, and a posh portrait of a talented yet unsuitable guy, who, not like many Hollywood stars, really enjoyed being well-known, preferred its obligations, and dealt with superstar with impressive grace

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Citizen Keane: The Big Lies Behind the Big Eyes by Adam Parfrey, Cletus Nelson

By Adam Parfrey, Cletus Nelson

Teary, big-eyed orphans and a large number of trashy knockoffs epitomized American kitsch artwork as they clogged thrift shops for decades.

When Adam Parfrey tracked down Walter Keane—the credited artist of the weepy waifs, for a San Diego Reader hide tale in 1992—he came across a few surprising proof. many years of court cases and countersuits published the truth that Keane used to be extra of a con guy than an artist, and that he pressured his spouse Margaret to signal his identify to her personal work. consequently, these weepy waifs would possibly not were as capricious an invention as they seemed.

Parfrey's tale was once reprinted in Juxtapoz journal and encouraged a Margaret Keane exhibition on the Laguna artwork Museum. And now director Tim Burton is filming a film concerning the Keanes referred to as Big Eyes, and it's scheduled for unencumber in 2014. Burton's Ed Wood, starring Johnny Depp, used to be dependent upon the Feral condominium publication edited and released by way of Parfrey in regards to the angora sweater-wearing B-film director.

Citizen Keane is a book-length enlargement of Parfrey's unique article, supplying attention-grabbing biographical and sociological information, pictures, colour reproductions, and appendices with felony records and pseudonymous essays through Tom Wolfe inflating sizeable eye artwork to these painted by means of the good masters.

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Timothy Leary: Outside Looking In

A memorial quantity to 1 of this century's so much colourful and pioneering figures within the awareness stream

• a big selection of people from all levels of Leary's existence presents a finished view of the guy and his effect on American tradition

One of the main influential and arguable humans of the 20 th century, Timothy Leary encouraged profound feelings--both professional and con--from each person with whom he got here into touch. He used to be extravagant, grandiose, enthusiastic, erratic, and an unrelenting proponent of increasing realization and tough authority. His experiments with psilocybin and LSD at Harvard collage and Millbrook, long island, have been instrumental in propelling the country into the psychedelic period of the Nineteen Sixties. From the Eighties till his dying in 1996 he absolutely embraced the chances of freedom provided by means of the advancements in computing device expertise and the moment verbal exchange made attainable via the web.

The essence of Leary's lifestyles has usually been diminished to the distinguished formulation of "Turn On, music In, and Drop Out." the broader implications of this esoteric name to communion were misplaced, simply because the multifaceted nature of Leary's character was once obscured by way of the superficial spin wear his lifestyles and ideas. during this publication a wide range of people from all phases of Leary's lifestyles, acquaintances and foes alike, offer a extra whole view of the fellow and his effect on American tradition.

It continues to be too early to understand how posterity will pass judgement on the fellow and his rules, yet Timothy Leary: open air taking a look In exhibits that Leary was once frequently to this point sooner than his time that few may well keep on with the huge variety of his suggestion.

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The Book of Drugs by Mike Doughty

By Mike Doughty

Mike Doughty first got here to prominence because the chief of the band Soul Coughing then did an abrupt sonic left flip, a lot to the shock of his viewers, becoming a solo performer of stark, dusky, yet surprisingly hopeful tunes. He battled dependancy, gave up repute whilst his outdated band was once on the top of its attractiveness, drove hundreds of thousands of miles, on my own, throughout the United States, with simply an acoustic guitar. His candid, hilarious, self-lacerating memoir, The ebook of Drugs—featuring cameos through Redman, Ani DiFranco, the overdue Jeff Buckley, and others—is the tale of his band's upward push and sour cave in, the haunted and darkly comical lifetime of habit, and the maybe even more unusual international of restoration.

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