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By Brian Harvey. 2019
An adventure story set against the backdrop of a son trying to understand his fatherAfter a 25-year break from boating,… Brian Harvey circumnavigates Vancouver Island with his wife, his dog, and a box of documents that surfaced after his father’s death. John Harvey was a neurosurgeon, violinist, and photographer who answered his door a decade into retirement to find a sheriff with a summons. It was a malpractice suit, and it did not go well. Dr. Harvey never got over it. The box contained every nurse’s record, doctor’s report, trial transcript, and expert testimony related to the case. Only Brian’s father had read it all — until now.In this beautifully written memoir, Brian Harvey shares how after two months of voyaging with his father’s ghost, he finally finds out what happened in the O.R. that crucial night and why Dr. Harvey felt compelled to fight the excruciating accusations.
By Michael Paterson. 2011
Elizabeth II is within a few years of becoming the longest-reigning British monarch A personally quiet modest and… dutiful person she is far better-informed about the lives of her subjects than they often realize She has known every Prime Minister since Winston Churchill and every American President since Eisenhower Yet what of the woman behind the crown The book seeks to take a new look at this exhaustively-documented life and show how Queen Elizabeth became the person she is Who and what have been the greatest influences upon her What are her likes and dislikes What are her hobbies Who are her friends What does she feel about the demands of duty and protocol Is she really enjoying herself when she smiles during official events How differently does she behave when out of the public eye Examining the places in which she grew up or has lived the training she received and her attitudes to significant events in national life it presents a fresh view of one of recent history s most important figures
Experience the Star Wars saga reimagined as an Elizabethan drama penned by William Shakespeare himself complete with authentic meter… and verse and theatrical monologues and dialog by everyone from Luke Skywalker to Rose Tico The Star Wars saga continues with Bard of Avon providing some of the biggest shocks yet Alack the valiant Resistance must flee from the scoundrels of the First Order and it falls to Rey Finn Poe Rose and BB-8 to take up arms against sea of troubles Can they bring Snoke s schemes to woe destruction ruin and decay Will Luke Skywalker take the stage once more and aid General Leia in the winter of her discontent Authentic meter stage directions reimagined movie scenes and dialogue and hidden Easter eggs throughout will entertain and impress fans of Star Wars and Shakespeare alike Every scene and character from the film appears in the play along with twenty woodcut-style illustrations that depict an Elizabethan version of the Star Wars galaxy
By Tim Blanning. 2016
The definitive biography of the legendary autocrat whose enlightened rule transformed the map of Europe and changed the course of… history Few figures loom as large in European history as Frederick the Great. When he inherited the Prussian crown in 1740, he ruled over a kingdom of scattered territories, a minor Germanic backwater. By the end of his reign, the much larger and consolidated Prussia ranked among the continent's great powers. In this magisterial biography, award-winning historian Tim Blanning gives us an intimate, in-depth portrait of a king who dominated the political, military, and cultural life of Europe half a century before Napoleon.A brilliant, ambitious, sometimes ruthless monarch, Frederick was a man of immense contradictions. This consummate conqueror was also an ardent patron of the arts who attracted painters, architects, musicians, playwrights, and intellectuals to his court. Like his fellow autocrat Catherine the Great of Russia, Frederick was captivated by the ideals of the Enlightenment--for many years he kept up lively correspondence with Voltaire and other leading thinkers of the age. Yet, like Catherine, Frederick drew the line when it came to implementing Enlightenment principles that might curtail his royal authority. Frederick's terrifying father instilled in him a stern military discipline that would make the future king one of the most fearsome battlefield commanders of his day, while deriding as effeminate his son's passion for modern ideas and fine art. Frederick, driven to surpass his father's legacy, challenged the dominant German-speaking powers, including Saxony, Bavaria, and the Habsburg Monarchy. It was an audacious foreign policy gambit, one at which Frederick, against the expectations of his rivals, succeeded. In examining Frederick's private life, Blanning also carefully considers the long-debated question of Frederick's sexuality, finding evidence that Frederick lavished gifts on his male friends and maintained homosexual relationships throughout his life, while limiting contact with his estranged, unloved queen to visits that were few and far between. The story of one man's life and the complete political and cultural transformation of a nation, Tim Blanning's sweeping biography takes readers inside the mind of the monarch, giving us a fresh understanding of Frederick the Great's remarkable reign.Praise for Frederick the Great "Writing Frederick's biography . . . requires a diverse set of skills: expertise in eighteenth-century diplomatic and military history, including the intricacies of the Holy Roman Empire; a familiarity with the music, architecture and intellectual traditions of Northern Europe; and, not least, a profound sense of human psychology, the better to grasp the makeup of this complex and tormented man. Fortunately, Tim Blanning . . . has all of these skills in abundance."--The Wall Street Journal "At once scholarly and highly readable . . . [Blanning] has given us a superb portrait of an enlightened despot, equally at home on the battlefield and in the opera house, both utterly ruthless and culturally refined."--Commentary "Blanning, in clear thinking and prose, investigates all aspects of Frederick's personality and reign. . . . The last word on this significant king, for years to come."--Booklist (starred review)"Masterly . . . Blanning brilliantly brings to life one of the most complex characters of modern European history."--The Telegraph (five stars) "A supremely nuanced account . . . This biography finds [Blanning] at the height of his powers."--Literary ReviewFrom the Hardcover edition.
Okay Fine Whatever: The Year I Went from Being Afraid of Everything to Only Being Afraid of Most Things
By Courtenay Hameister. 2018
The hilarious and poignant story of one chronically anxious woman s quest to become braver by seeking out… the kinds of experiences she s spent her life avoiding Cheryl Strayed For most of her life and even during her years as the host of a popular radio show Courtenay Hameister lived in a state of near-constant dread and anxiety She fretted about everything Her age Her size Her romantic prospects How likely it was that she would get hit by a bus on the way home Until a couple years ago when in her mid-forties she decided to fight back against her debilitating anxieties by spending a year doing little things that scared her--things that the average person might consider doing for a half second before deciding nope Things like attending a fellatio class She did that She also spent an afternoon in a sensory deprivation tank got legally high in the middle of a workday had a session with a professional cuddler braved twenty-eight first dates and perhaps scariest of all actually met someone who might possibly appreciate her for who she is Refreshing relatable and pee-your-pants funny Okay Fine Whatever is Courtenay s hold-nothing-back account of her adventures on the front lines of Mere Human Woman vs Fear reminding us that even the tiniest amount of bravery is still bravery and that no matter who you are it s possible to fight complacency and become bold or at least bold-ish a little at a time
By Danny Wallace. 2005
Recently single Danny Wallace was falling into loneliness and isolation Until one day when a stranger on… a bus advised Say yes more At that moment Wallace vowed to say yes to every offer invitation challenge and chance For a year Soon after resolving to be more open to what the universe had to offer Danny wins 45 000 and becomes a television executive and a minister He gives spare change to anyone who asks Invents things Travels the globe Nods a lot And finds that romance isn t as complicated as it seems Yes Man is inspiring proof that a little willingness can take anyone to the most wonderful of places
By Francesco Verso, Gaëlle Guilleaume. 2017
Dans un futur o le march de la mort n a plus aucune limite… un vieil homme d cide de mourir en direct la t l vision devant des millions de spectateurs Cette nouvelle poignante et cynique d nonce l ironie et la cruaut de la t l vision et le manque de scrupules de ses producteurs quand une mission de t l r alit ne sait plus quoi inventer pour faire de l audimat Elle nous rappelle galement de ne pas jouer avec une mort qui viendra de toute fa on pour chacun de nous Votre mort en direct a d j t adapt e en pi ce de th tre par Katiuscia Magliarisi et Chiara Condr accompagn par la musique de Simone De Filippis
By Josh Sundquist. 2014
<P>When I was twenty-five years old, it came to my attention that I had never had a girlfriend. At the… time, I was actually under the impression that I was in a relationship, so this bit of news came as something of a shock.Why was Josh still single? To find out, he tracked down each of the girls he had tried to date since middle school and asked them straight up: What went wrong? <P>The results of Josh's semiscientific investigation are in your hands. From a disastrous Putt-Putt date involving a backward prosthetic foot, to his introduction to CFD (Close Fast Dancing), and a misguided "grand gesture" at a Miss America pageant, this story is about looking for love-or at least a girlfriend-in all the wrong places.Poignant, relatable, and totally hilarious, this memoir is for anyone who has ever wondered, "Is there something wrong with me?" <P>(Spoiler Alert: the answer is no.)
By Jason Novak. 2018
A cartoonist s wry and bloody romp through Roman history A work of cartoon history with a… touch of Edward Gorey s dark wit Et Tu Brute is an irreverent illustrated compendium of the deaths of all the Roman emperors from Augustus to Romulus Augustulus Here in all their glory are Nero stabbing himself in the throat Tiberius smothered in his sleep by his successor Caligula killed by his own praetorian guard Claudius fed poisonous mushrooms by his wife Commodus strangled by his wrestling partner Antoninus died of a surfeit of cheese and many more
By Lucy Pepper. 2017
How an English woman learned to love the real Portugal What is like to be a foreigner living in… Portugal Even if you learn the language and try to integrate into Portuguese life the truth is it is never easy to understand the Portuguese Lucy Pepper moved from London to a Portuguese village in 1999 and with no other foreigners nearby she had to learn Portuguese and Portuguese habits as quickly as she could Above all she had to learn to love Portuguese food because as far as she could see back then there was nothing else to eat Through food-filled stories Lucy Pepper shows us her Portugal the real Portugal which is not exactly that one seen on postcards
By Phil Cousineau. 1999
Mythologist and adventurer Phil Cousineau theorizes that riddles are proverbs turned into questions He believes telling riddles is… a lost folk art This eclectic collection of brain twisters from Leonardo da Vinci to Lewis Carroll is designed to bring the practice back to the living room Cousineau invites readers into the peripatetic poetic and sweet language of riddles
By Jon Meacham, The Daily Show With Trevor Noah. 2018
As seen on The Daily Show, an illustrated portrait of the Donald J. Trump Twitter account, with analysis and “scholarly”… commentary from the writers of The Daily Show and an introduction by Trevor Noah In June 2017, just steps from Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah opened The Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library, a 4,000-square-foot museum space that gave the 45th president and his amazing Twitter legacy the respect they deserve. In the single weekend it was open to the public, the Library pop-up drew 7,500 visitors and had to turn away countless others.But the Presidential Twitter Library experience should not be limited to the elite coastal few. Not fair! All citizens, even the Mexican ones, should have the chance to see Donald Trump’s tweets in their rightful context—organized and commented on in the fearless, hilarious, insightful voice of The Daily Show.This one-of-a-kind exhibition catalog presents the Library’s complete contents, including: • The Masterpieces: In-depth critical appreciations of history’s most important Trump tweets, from “Very Stable Genius” to “Covfefe” to “Trump Tower Taco Bowl/I Love Hispanics!”• The Greatest Battles: @realDonaldTrump’s brutal Twitter campaigns against fellow Republicans, Diet Coke, women generally, and Kristen Stewart specifically• Sad! A Retrospective: a compendium of the many people, events, and twists of fate that apparently made Donald Trump feel this human emotion• Trumpstradamus: DJT’s amazing 140-character predictions—none of which came true!• The Hall of Nicknames: the greatest of Trump’s monikers, from “Lyin’ Ted” to “Low I.Q. Crazy Mika,” accompanied by original caricature artwork• Trump vs. Trump: You’re going to want to sit for this one. Donald Trump has sometimes been known to contradict himself.• Always the Best: the greatest boasts of the greatest boaster of all time, ever!Comprising hundreds of Trump tweets, and featuring a foreword by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Jon Meacham, and even a place for readers to add their own future Trump tweet highlights—because he is making new Twitter history literally every day—The Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library is a unique portrait of an artist whose masterworks will be studied by historians, grammarians, and mental health professionals for years to come.
By Peter E Meltzer. 2014
"There is nothing trivial about Meltzer's fascinating facts. Full of interesting insights and quirky questions, this book goes beyond oft-discussed… presidential trivia and exposes the reader to the stories that define our nation's chief executives as individuals. So You Think You Know the Presidents is a great reference guide for students and avid history buffs alike." Meltzer is also the author of two non-legal books: The Thinkers Thesaurus: Sophisticated Synonyms for Basic Words and So You Think You Know Baseball: A Fan's Guide to the Rules. "Anyone interested in U.S. history will relish Peter Meltzer's book. It's a riot of fun factoids and colorful anecdotes. Highly recommended!" --Douglas Brinkley, Professor Rice University
By Lindsey Bowden. 2016
A damn fine collection of seventy-five mouthwatering recipes, inspired by iconic scenes and characters from David Lynch's groundbreaking cult classic… series Twin Peaks--returning to television in 2017 with eighteen new episodes on Showtime.Widely hailed as the best television show ever created, Twin Peaks has become a beloved cult favorite classic that continues to attract legions of passionate fans today. Twenty years after it first aired, the show's influence can be see in all areas of popular culture, from television shows and commercials, to comic books and video games, to films and song lyrics. The show has also impacted popular culinary traditions; there are Double R Diner copycat diners, pop-up dining experiences, doughnut-eating contests, and David Lynch's signature coffee. Now, fans hungry for a Twin Peaks fix can sate their appetite with this quirky cookbook that pays homage to the show. Lindsey Bowden, the founder of the Twin Peaks festival in the UK, has gathered dozens of recipes inspired by its most memorable scenes and characters, including Percolator Fish Supper, the Log Lady's Chocolate and Chestnut Roulade, and the Double R Diner's famous Cherry pie. Inside Damn Fine Cherry Pie you'll find delights such as:Coffee, Pastries & Donuts: Coffee with Mexican Chihuahua ChurrosDouble R Diner Menu: Percolate Fish SupperFamily Meals: Betty Brigg's Meatloaf and Doc Hayward's Diet LasagnaMeals on Wheels Program: Mrs. Tremond's Creamed Corn ChowderBlack Lodge Supper Club: Doctor Jacobi's Secret Coconut Hawaiian StewCocktails: Audrey Horne's Cherry TwistIdeal for viewing parties or a fun date night for two, Damn Fine Cherry Pie is a must for Twin Peaks fans, pop culture aficionados, and imaginative home cooks.
By Nigel Cawthorne. 2006
Once again Nigel Cawthorne takes the reader on a fascinating journey through the strange hidden sexual history of… England The history of sex in Britain has been largely glossed over by proper historians Nigel Cawthorne has burrowed deep into the archives to reveal exactly what our ancestors got up to in bed and out of it There are chapters on the ancient arts of seduction adultery brothels the English vice contraception defloration and many more - from the torrid Tudors to the supposedly strait-laced Victorians
By Pete Dunne, Lisa A. White. 2007
In these 50 light and fun original essays, the biggest names in birding dispense advice to birders of every level,… on topics ranging from feeding birds and cleaning binoculars to pishing and pelagic birding. Whether satirizing bird snobs or relating the traditions and taboos of the birding culture, each essay is as chock-full of helpful information as it is entertaining.
By Mark Twain. 2015
The book that made Mark Twain famous and introduced theworld to that obnoxious and ubiquitous character: the American tourist Based… on a series of letters first published in American newspapers, The Innocents Abroad is Mark Twain's hilarious and insightful account of an organized tour of Europe and the Holy Land undertaken in 1867. With his trademark blend of skepticism and sincerity, Twain casts New World eyes on the people and places of the Old World, including London, Paris, Rome, Odessa, Constantinople, Damascus, and Jerusalem. He skewers the idiosyncrasies and pretensions of Americans abroad and delights in tormenting the local tour guides. In Lake Como, he insists that Lake Tahoe is nicer. In Genoa, he and his fellow travelers claim they've never heard of Christopher Columbus. First published in 1869, The Innocents Abroad made Mark Twain a national celebrity. For the rest of the author's life, it outsold all his other books, and remains one of the bestselling travelogues of all time. Part satire, part guidebook, it's a must-read for fans of this inimitable author and anyone who has experienced the pleasure and the pain of being a tourist. This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.
By Joan Issari. 2018
This funny story investigates the mystery of the step pyramid of Djoser in Egypt. But beware: a pharoah’s tomb built… in the desert millennia ago can still trap a clumsy explorer! If you were stuck in the dark with scorpions and snakes for company, what would you do?
By Saul Goodman, Steve Huff. 2017
So you want to disappear? Whether you got the fuzz on your back or a price on your head, Saul… Goodman can help!Big Brother’s got eyes everywhere—don’t pretend they’re not all watching you. Nowadays you’d better assume anything you do is already on the 24/7 news feed, but there are measures you can take. Darken your windows. Bash your smartphone. Cut up your credit cards. But first, buy this book. From the cunning counsel (me) who kept you out of the slammer with his handy manual Don’t Go to Jail!, here’s your escape plan for busting out of the prison of modern surveillance. You might be up to no good or you might be up to nothing at all—hey, it’s not my business, and let me tell you, it’s nobody else’s business, either. My business is making sure it stays your business. An unlisted phone number is no longer enough. I want to help you find your inner alias. I want to show you your dream safe house. I don’t want to hear about you on the Internet. Get Off the Grid! can do all of this and more. It’s your one down-to-earth guide on going to ground, and not just that: it’s the best vanishing act you’ll never see!
By Lucy Scott. 2015
When Lucy Scott gave birth to her adorable daughter Lois, nothing prepared her for the momentous task of caring for… this new little person. Compelled to preserve the memories of her first year, Lucy started drawing, and so emerged Doodle Diary of a New Mum. From baby's first trip to the health visitor to her shrine to wet wipes, this funny collection of Lucy's doodles depicts dozens of dramatic, terrifying, and unforgettable new-mum moments. Sadly, and much to Lucy's dismay, she still cannot find any chapters in any parenting book on surviving the first trip to a pub with a baby.