Biography

Getting a Grip: On My Body, My Mind, My Self

By Monica Seles

This New York Times hardcover bestseller is a extraordinary trip via repute, tragedy, self-discovery, and triumph

Getting a Grip chronicles Monica Seles's early good fortune at the tennis circuit the place, at age 16, she turned the youngest winner in French Open background. for 3 years she ruled the travel, doubtless unstoppable, till a deranged Steffi Graf fan plunged a knife into her again in the course of a fit in Hamburg and became her existence the wrong way up. Her accidents healed however the emotional trauma was once deep. She spent greater than years in seclusion from the media and the tennis international, attempting to struggle off the fog of melancholy until eventually she endured the conflict opposed to herself-grueling six-hour routines have been sabotaged via secretive overdue- evening binges-and she used to be assaulted with feedback approximately her weight from her running shoes and, so much brutally, the clicking.

After an excruciating damage compelled her to take day off from tennis in 2003, Seles launched into her personal trip. As she exposed the painful emotional purposes that have been the set off for her binge-eating, she ultimately stumbled on the peace and stability she were trying to find. Seles's decision, notable expertise, and touching vulnerability make her tale really inspiring.

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A Sense of Where You Are: Bill Bradley at Princeton

By John McPhee

When John McPhee met invoice Bradley, either have been before everything in their careers. A feel of the place You Are, McPhee's first publication, is set Bradley whilst he used to be the easiest basketball participant Princeton had ever noticeable. McPhee delineates for the reader the educational and strategies that made Bradley the intense athlete he was once, and this a part of the ebook is a blueprint of superlative basketball. yet athletic prowess on my own wouldn't clarify Bradley's magnetism, that is within the caliber of the fellow himself―his strength of will, his rationality, and his experience of accountability. here's a portrait of Bradley as he used to be in university, sooner than his time with the recent York Knicks and his election to the U.S. Senate―a tale that means the ample beginnings of his expert careers in game and politics.

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Literary Biography: An Introduction

By Michael Benton

Literary Biography: An Introduction illustrates and debts for the literary style that merges ancient proof with the conventions of narrative whereas revealing how the biographical context can increase the examine of canonical authors. 

  • Provides up to date and accomplished insurance of concerns and controversies in lifestyles writing, a swiftly growing to be box of study
  • Offers a necessary biographical and ancient context for the learn of significant vintage and modern authors
  • Features an interview with Wilfred Owen's biographer, Dominic Hibberd; a gallery of literary graphics with commentaries; shut readings that illustrate the diversities among fiction and biography; hypothesis approximately most probably destiny advancements; and specified feedback for additional reading

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Memoir of a Debulked Woman: Enduring Ovarian Cancer

By Susan Gubar

A 2012 New York occasions publication Review extraordinary Book

"Staggering, searing…Ms. Gubar merits the top admiration for her bravery and honesty." ―New York Times

clinically determined with ovarian melanoma in 2008, Susan Gubar underwent radical debulking surgical procedure, an try and excise the melanoma by means of removal half or all of many organs within the reduce stomach. Her memoir mines the inner most degrees of soreness and devotion as she struggles to return to phrases along with her body’s betrayal and the frightful protocols of up to date medication. She reveals solace within the abiding love of her husband, childrens, and associates whereas she searches for knowing in works of literature, visible paintings, and the tales of others who are suffering with quite a few sorts of cancer.

Ovarian melanoma continues to be an incurable sickness for many of these clinically determined, even these fortunate sufficient to discover being concerned and expert physicians. Memoir of a Debulked Woman is either a polemic opposed to the ineffectual and injurious clinical responses to which millions of girls are subjected and a meditation at the presents of companionship, artwork, and literature that maintain humans in want. 2 illustrations

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A Cuban Boxer's Journey: Guillermo Rigondeaux, from Castro's Traitor to American Champion (Kindle Single)

By Brin-Jonathan Butler

THE tale OF CUBAN BOXER AND POLITICAL PARIAH GUILLERMO RIGONDEAUX'S HARROWING determination TO illness IN HOPES OF REAPING THE REWARDS OF the yank DREAM

"What is a million cash in comparison to the affection of 8 million Cubans?"

This was once the query posed by means of mythical boxer Teofilo Stevenson within the Nineteen Seventies, topped through many because the Muhammad Ali of Cuba, in keeping with a proposal of 5 million funds to depart his island to struggle Ali. yet now not all Cubans have come to an identical end, not to mention with such obvious ease. Guillermo Rigondeaux, two-time Olympic champion and inheritor to Stevenson's throne, sacrificed every thing he had in his domestic country—his spouse, his son, his government-subsidized automobile and apartment, in addition to common reverence between his fellow citizens—to attempt to make it within the mecca of big-money boxing, the us of the US. yet has the opportunity to make reliable in the US been definitely worth the lack of his nationwide identification and the affection of his countrymen? And to what volume has he been corrupted through the promise of untold riches?

In A Cuban Boxer's Journey, writer, filmmaker, and journalist Brin-Jonathan Butler chronicles the attention-grabbing and tumultuous profession of Rigondeaux—moody, pushed, and nearly mythically talented––as he makes an attempt to trap the elusive and infrequently punishing American dream. See how this athlete's so much daunting problem turns into how he can live to tell the tale the complicated forces open air of the ring.

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Michel-Ange

By Colin Lemoine

Il y a 500 ans, l. a. fresque du plafond de los angeles chapelle Sixtine était inaugurée, commandée par le pape Jules II à Michel-Ange quatre ans plus tôt. Cet anniversaire est l’occasion de revenir sur l. a. vie de Michel-Ange qui, de 1475 à 1564, fut un artiste courtisé et sollicité, un génie autour duquel s’inventa l. a. politique culturelle. Jack Lang, le ministre de l. a. tradition de François Mitterrand, ne pouvait ignorer un tel personnage, travailleur acharné qui sut faire accéder l’intimité à l’universalité, l’inspiration poétique à l’intention politique.
Dans ce livre, Jack Lang et Colin Lemoine explorent sa vie – exténuante, volontiers divine, faite de misères et de splendeurs – et ses chefs-d’œuvre, les malentendus et les silences, les faits avérés comme les épisodes légendaires, puisque los angeles fortune de Michel-Ange, cette idole païenne, doit aussi bien à l. a. myth qu’à l. a. réalité. Derrière les peintures et les sculptures, se dessine le portrait d’un héraut de los angeles selected publique, d’un partisan du bien commun, d’un saltimbanque irrésolu, d’un fils prodigue, d’un clown triste, d’un génie autoritaire, d’un amant éploré, d’un homme seul, si seul, et pourtant admiré par tout un peuple. Un homme qui acheva rarement ses œuvres, laissant au temps le soin de les compléter.

Jack Lang est notamment l'auteur de plusieurs biographies de référence liées à l. a. Renaissance : Laurent le Magnifique (Perrin, 2005) et François Ier (Perrin, 2009). Historien de l’art, Colin Lemoine a consacré plusieurs articles, conférences, ouvrages et expositions à Alberto Giacometti, Antoine Bourdelle, Auguste Rodin ou Henri Focillon.

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Steve McQueen: A Biography

By Marc Eliot

Steve McQueen is one among America’s mythical motion picture stars top recognized for his highly profitable movie occupation in classics reminiscent of The excellent Seven, the nice break out, The Thomas Crown Affair, Bullitt, and The Towering Inferno as good as for his turbulent lifestyles off-screen and impeccable kind. His unforgettable actual attractiveness, his soft-spoken demeanour, his difficult yet smooth roughness, and his aching vulnerability had ladies swooning and males desirous to be similar to him. Today—nearly thirty years after he misplaced his conflict opposed to melanoma on the age of fifty—McQueen is still “The King of Cool.” but, few understand the reality of what bubbled underneath his composed external and formed his occupation, his passions, and his inner most life. 
           
Now, in Steve McQueen, New York Times bestselling writer, acclaimed biographer, and movie historian, Marc Eliot captures the complexity of this Hollywood monitor legend. Chronicling McQueen’s tumultuous lifestyles either off and on the monitor, from his hardscrabble formative years to his upward push to Hollywood famous person prestige, to his struggles with alcohol and medicine and his fervor for racing quickly autos and bikes, Eliot discloses intimate information of McQueen’s 3 marriages, together with his tumultuous relationships with Neile Adams and Ali MacGraw, in addition to his a number of affairs. He additionally paints a whole portrait of this wonderful but frequently confusing profession that ranged from nice motion pictures to embarrassing misfires. Steve McQueen, cherished through hundreds of thousands, used to be obsessed via Paul Newman, and it's the nature of that obsession that unearths rather a lot approximately who McQueen rather used to be. possibly his maximum expertise used to be on the way to persuade audiences that he used to be who he particularly wasn’t, whilst he attempted to turn out to himself that he wasn’t who he fairly was.
           
With unique fabric, infrequent photographs, and new interviews, Eliot offers a desirable and whole photograph of McQueen’s life.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Soren Kierkegaard: A Biography

By Joakim Garff

"The day will come while not just my writings, yet accurately my life--the fascinating mystery of all of the machinery--will be studied and studied." Søren Kierkegaard's notable mix of genius and peculiarity made this a good if smug prediction. yet Kierkegaard's existence has been notoriously not easy to review, so advanced used to be the internet of truth and fiction in his paintings. Joakim Garff's biography of Kierkegaard is hence a landmark success. a unbroken combination of background, philosophy, and mental perception, all conveyed with novelistic verve, this is often the main accomplished and penetrating account but written of the lifestyles and works of the enigmatic Dane who replaced the process highbrow history.

Garff portrays Kierkegaard now not because the all-controlling impresario in the back of the most very important works of contemporary philosophy and non secular thought--books credited with founding existentialism and prefiguring postmodernism--but quite as a guy whose writings got here to regulate him. Kierkegaard observed himself as a vessel for his writings, a device within the hand of God, and finally as a martyr singled out to name for the top of "Christendom." Garff explores the occasions and relationships that shaped Kierkegaard, together with his guilt-ridden courting together with his father, his competition together with his brother, and his famously tortured courting along with his fiancée Regine Olsen. He recreates the squalor and elegance of Golden Age Copenhagen and the highbrow milieu within which Kierkegaard chanced on himself more and more embattled and mercilessly caricatured.

Acclaimed as an immense cultural occasion on its book in Denmark in 2000, this booklet, the following offered in a very crisp and stylish translation, may be the definitive account of Kierkegaard's existence for years to come.

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The Dressmaker of Khair Khana: Five Sisters, One Remarkable Family, and the Woman Who Risked Everything to Keep Them Safe

By Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

The lifestyles Kamila Sidiqi had recognized replaced in a single day while the Taliban seized keep an eye on of the town of Kabul. After receiving a educating measure throughout the civil war—a infrequent fulfillment for any Afghan woman—Kamila used to be hence banned from university and limited to her domestic. whilst her father and brother have been pressured to escape town, Kamila turned the only real breadwinner for her 5 siblings. Armed simply with grit and resolution, she picked up a needle and thread and created a thriving enterprise of her own.

The fashion designer of Khair Khana tells the tremendous actual tale of this not likely entrepreneur who mobilized her neighborhood less than the Taliban. Former ABC Newsreporter Gayle Tzemach Lemmon spent years at the floor reporting Kamila's tale, and the result's an surprisingly intimate and unsanitized examine the day-by-day lives of girls in Afghanistan. those ladies aren't sufferers; they're the glue that holds households jointly; they're the spine and the guts in their nation.

Afghanistan's destiny is still doubtful as debates over withdrawal timelines dominate the scoop. The clothier of Khair Khana strikes past the headlines to move you to an Afghanistan you have got by no means obvious earlier than. it is a tale of struggle, however it can be a narrative of sisterhood and resilience within the face of depression. Kamila Sidiqi's trip will motivate you, however it also will swap how you take into consideration the most vital political and humanitarian problems with our time.

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Myself When I Am Real: The Life and Music of Charles Mingus

By Gene Santoro

Charles Mingus was once essentially the most cutting edge jazz musicians of the twentieth century, and ranks with Charles Ives and Duke Ellington as one in all America's maximum composers. by means of temperament, he was once a high-strung and delicate romantic, a towering determine whose tempestuous own lifestyles chanced on powerfully coherent expression within the ever-shifting textures of his tune. Now, acclaimed song critic Gene Santoro strips away the myths shrouding "Jazz's indignant Man," revealing Mingus as extra advanced than even his shut pals knew. Written in a full of life, novelistic kind, Myself while i'm Real attracts on dozens of latest interviews and formerly untapped letters and archival fabrics to discover the complicated connections among this striking guy and the extreme track he made.

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