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Las actrices de la época dorada del cine toman el relevo a las Divas Rebeldes y Reinas Malditas de Cristina… Morató. Las historias de estas cuatro grandes estrellas de cine nos trasladan a la época dorada de Hollywood. Tenían el mundo a sus pies, contaban con una legión de admiradores y protagonizaron sonados romances con los galanes más atractivos. Verdaderas diosas a los ojos del público, fueron las más deseadas y fotografiadas del mundo. La temperamental e indomable Ava Gardner, la deslumbrante sex symbol Rita Hayworth, la elegante y sensual Grace Kelly o la gran diva de los ojos violeta Elizabeth Taylor hicieron soñar a millones de espectadores. Más allá del lujo y el glamour, fueron mujeres de carne y hueso, vulnerables, tímidas e inseguras que solo deseaban ser amadas. Pero el amor les fue esquivo y sus vidas estuvieron marcadas por la soledad, los divorcios, las adicciones, los malostratos y los desengaños. Todas pagaron un elevado precio por llegar a lo más alto. Cristina Morató nos descubre el lado más humano de estas inolvidables estrellas del siglo XX, protagonistas de una vida mucho más intensa y dramática que la de cualquiera de los personajes que interpretaron en la gran pantalla. «En Hollywood, a las actrices nos trataban como si no tuviéramos alma».Ava Gardner
By Michael Smurfit. 2014
"A Life Worth Living tells the story of Michael Smurfit and the company he built. From humble beginnings, through years of hard… work, it documents the Smurfit Group’s seemingly inexorable growth, the challenges faced and overcome, and the many deals that continually doubled the size of the business every three or four years. It shows Michael’s ‘logical opportunism’ in action, and explains how the Smurfit culture and systems provided a world-beating competitive advantage. Born in St Helens, Lancashire in August 1936, Michael Smurfit joined his father’s business, Jefferson Smurfit & Sons Ltd. in Dublin, straight from school to learn the papermaking business ‘from the bottom up’. Two years after the company floated on the Irish Stock Exchange, Michael and his brother Jeff became Joint Managing Directors, as Jefferson Senior took on the role of Chairman and Chief Executive. Then followed 30 years of acquisitions, as the Jefferson Smurfit Group became Ireland’s first multinational company and one of the largest paper and packaging companies in the world. In 2002, Michael took the Smurfit Group private, retiring as CEO but remaining Chairman. In this role, he steered a merger with Kappa Packaging BV, which successfully refloated in 2007 as Smurfit Kappa Group. Michael’s life outside Smurfit – his chairmanship of the Racing Board and of Telecom Éireann; his interest in horseracing; his ownership of The K Club and the triumph that was the Ryder Cup 2006 – all feature, alongside his love and commitment to his family. Truly, a life worth living."
By Omid Scobie, Carolyn Durand. 2020
The first, epic and true story of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s life together, finally revealing why they chose… to pursue a more independent path and the reasons behind their unprecedented decision to step away from their royal lives, from two top royal reporters who have been behind the scenes since the couple first met. <P><P>Finding Freedom is complete with full color photographs from Harry and Meghan’s courtship, wedding, Archie’s milestones, and many more unforgettable moments. When news of the budding romance between a beloved English prince and an American actress broke, it captured the world’s attention and sparked an international media frenzy. But while the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have continued to make headlines—from their engagement, wedding, and birth of their son Archie to their unprecedented decision to step back from their royal lives—few know the true story of Harry and Meghan. <P><P>For the very first time, Finding Freedom goes beyond the headlines to reveal unknown details of Harry and Meghan’s life together, dispelling the many rumors and misconceptions that plague the couple on both sides of the pond. <P><P>As members of the select group of reporters that cover the British Royal Family and their engagements, Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand have witnessed the young couple’s lives as few outsiders can. With unique access and written with the participation of those closest to the couple, Finding Freedom is an honest, up-close, and disarming portrait of a confident, influential, and forward-thinking couple who are unafraid to break with tradition, determined to create a new path away from the spotlight, and dedicated to building a humanitarian legacy that will make a profound difference in the world. <P><P><b>A New York Times Bestseller</b>
By Larry Mcmurtry. 1999
Legends cloud the life of Crazy Horse, a seminal figure in American history but an enigma even to his own… people in his own day. This superb biography looks back across more than 120 years at the life and death of this great Sioux warrior who became a reluctant leader at the Battle of Little Bighorn. With his uncanny gift for understanding the human psyche, Larry McMurtry animates the character of this remarkable figure, whose betrayal by white representatives of the U.S. government was a tragic turning point in the history of the West. A mythic figure puzzled over by generations of historians, Crazy Horse emerges from McMurtry's sensitive portrait as the poignant hero of a long-since-vanished epoch.
Stalin ordered his execution, but here Peter Palchinsky has the last word. As if rising from an uneasy grave, Palchinsky’s… ghost leads us through the miasma of Soviet technology and industry, pointing out the mistakes he condemned in his time, the corruption and collapse he predicted, the ultimate price paid for silencing those who were not afraid to speak out. The story of this visionary engineer’s life and work, as Loren Graham relates it, is also the story of the Soviet Union’s industrial promise and failure. We meet Palchinsky in pre-Revolutionary Russia, immersed in protests against the miserable lot of laborers in the tsarist state, protests destined to echo ironically during the Soviet worker’s paradise. Exiled from the country, pardoned and welcomed back at the outbreak of World War I, the engineer joined the ranks of the Revolutionary government, only to find it no more open to criticism than the previous regime. His turbulent career offers us a window on debates over industrialization. Graham highlights the harsh irrationalities built into the Soviet system—the world’s most inefficient steel mill in Magnitogorsk, the gigantic and ill-conceived hydroelectric plant on the Dnieper River, the infamously cruel and mislocated construction of the White Sea Canal. Time and again, we see the effects of policies that ignore not only the workers’ and consumers’ needs but also sound management and engineering precepts. And we see Palchinsky’s criticism and advice, persistently given, consistently ignored, continue to haunt the Soviet Union right up to its dissolution in 1991. The story of a man whose gifts and character set him in the path of history, The Ghost of the Executed Engineer is also a cautionary tale about the fate of an engineering that disregards social and human issues.
By Lydia Flem. 2014
The world knows Freud as a thinker--one of the founding giants of modern culture. Now Lydia Flem paints a unique… and unforgettable portrait of Frued the man: a father, husband, and friend, a secular Jew with passion for classical antiquity and European culture, torn between his need to be fully accepted in an anitsemitic society while remaining fatihful to his orgins.Flem enters into the depths of Freud's creativity, showing how his thinking is connected to his immersion in the arts, the history of religions, and mythology. The intimate details of his daily life, his relationships with women, his poetic gifts, his travels, his dreams, his letters to family, friends, and colleagues: all reveal his vision of the unconscious. We accompany Freud on his walks through Vienna and Rome; look over his shoulder as he writes to his fiancee; learn the significance of the Greek, Roman, and Egyptian figurines that stand before him on his desk as he conceives his groundbreaking ideas; and discover the books, read in childhood, that later shape his self-analysis and his theoretical development.Flem draws on an unusually broad range of sources, but she wears her learning lightly: her biography of Freud reads like a novel, full of vivid details and captivating human interest. From the 6-year-old gleefully tearing up a book illustrated with pictures of Persia; to the young doctor balancing his scientific training with his love of Shakespeare; to the psychoanalyst in his prime, conquering the resistance to his theories; to the old man, ravaged by illness, forced to flee into exile in England, Lydia Flem leads us deep into the life of a genius.
By Wallace Byron Grange. 2020
Wallace Byron Grange (1905–87) was an influential conservationist who worked alongside Aldo Leopold. Grange’s story vividly describes his mostly idyllic… childhood watching bird life in the once grand prairies just west of Chicago. He documents his family’s journey and pioneering struggle to operate a farm on the logged cutover country in northern Wisconsin, a land that provided him with abundant opportunities to study the lives of wild creatures he loved most. Written when Grange was in his sixties, As the Twig Is Bent conveys how a leading conservationist was formed through his early relationship to nature. In beautifully composed vignettes, he details encounters both profound and minute, from the white-footed mice attracted by cookie crumbs in his boyhood clubhouse to the sounds of great horned owls echoing through the wintry woods. As he develops his own understanding of the natural world, he comes to an awareness of the dramatic and devastating role of humankind on ecosystems. Grange’s poignant observations still resonate today amid global conversations about the fate of our natural resources and climate change.
By Nik Wallenda. 2020
Nik Wallenda is the face of the famous circus family known for performing crazy feats without safety nets. Nik is… also known for his daring televised tightrope walks, including over Niagara Falls, the Grand Canyon, and, in 2020, he will walk over an active volcano.Nik is a seventh-generation member of the amazing Wallenda family and has been walking the wire since he took his first steps, but he had never experienced fear until a tragic accident in 2017. The eight-person pyramid he and several members of his family were practicing collapsed, and five of its members fell thirty feet to the ground. Miraculously, they all survived, but the accident changed Nik&’s life forever. For the first time, he felt fear, and he had to learn to get past it to get back out on the wire.Most of us will never walk a tightrope, but we face things that scare us every day. Whether putting ourselves out there socially or seeking a dream job, all of us allow anxieties and fears to hold us back. Facing Fear is a reader-centric memoir, interweaving parts of Nik&’s personal story of the accident and how he conquered his fear with practical advice for readers to overcome whatever fears are holding them back. This practical book will help everyday people step out in faith and trust that God will hold them steady, even when they&’re afraid.
By Emily Hahn. 1974
A revolutionary woman for her time and an enormously creative writer, Emily Hahn broke all of the rules of the… nineteen-twenties including traveling the country dressed as a boy, working for the Red Cross in Belgium, being the concubine to a Shanghai poet, using opium, and having an illegitimate child. Hahn kept on fighting against the stereotype of female docility that characterized the Victorian Era and was an advocate for the environment until her death at age ninety-two. Emily Hahn is the author of CHINA TO ME, a literary exploration of her trip to China.
By Michael Musto. 2011
For over a quarter of a century, Michael Musto entertained the country with his column "La Dolce Musto" in the… Village Voice; fabulous, funny, and flippant, this collection is an insider's guide to the glittering highs and desperate lows of New York City's more colorful residentsHailed by the New York Times as "the city's most punny, raunchy, and self-referential gossip columnist," Michael Musto doled out wit and wisdom in his weekly Village Voice column for twenty-nine years. This waggish and wise book contains highlights from his published pieces as well as several original essays.With his trademark slashing humor, Musto weighs in on everything from celebrities in need of counseling to cheap thrill-seeking and why weirdos are his heroes. No one is spared, including the self-proclaimed "King of Gossip" himself. His interviews and profiles of Paris Hilton, Sandra Bernhard, Crispin Glover, Kiki and Herb, Sarah Silverman, and other fringe celebrities are priceless, made all the more vivid by Musto's extraordinary access. Catty, titillating, and endlessly enthralling, Fork on the Left, Knife in the Back is a feast for the senses--a must-have book for Musto devotees and fans of popular culture.This ebook features an introduction by the author.
By Betty Fussell. 1999
My Kitchen Wars is a war story. This time, though, the warrior is a woman and the battleground is the… kitchen. With kitchen implements, Betty Fussell pries open the past, giving voice to a generation of women whose stories were shaped but nonetheless silenced by an era of domestic strife and global conflict, from World War II to Vietnam. It's also a love story, the story of Fussell's marriage to World War II veteran and historian Paul Fussell. Captive in the roles of faculty wife and mother, Betty Fussell's inner war brings down the marriage, but she emerges to cook another dinner and tell her tale.
By Tess Holliday. 2017
A plus-size supermodel tells her powerful personal story and offers inspiration and tips to women everywhere to help them survive… and thrive. Mom. Feminist. Plus size. Supermodel. Loud. Proud. Body Activist. Beautiful. Businesswoman. Homemaker. Cat owner. Funny. Outspoken. Wife. Daughters. Lover. Fighter. Survivor… Tess Holliday is many things and perfect is not one of them. But she loves her imperfections—after all, they&’ve formed the woman she is today. Tess&’s number one rule in life is to love yourself no matter who you are, what your faults may be, where you come from, or what dress size you wear! It&’s this discovery that has helped her through life—from being abused and bullied about her weight, to raising a kid alone and fending off social media trolls. Now here in this amusingly candid account, the woman at the forefront of the body positive movement—who has been credited with transforming the fashion industry—explains why you should be happy to make mistakes but how to properly learn from them, as well as how to love your imperfections and be comfortable in your own skin, no matter how much you have.&“[Tess&’s] determination and drive to take all the bricks life has thrown her way and build a life full of beautiful experiences…makes this book a page turner. You&’ll also be left with so many gems of wise advice, you&’ll be ready to not so subtly step into your greatness too.&”—Danielle Brooks, star of Orange is the New Black #effyourbeautystandards
By Stephanie Winston Wolkoff. 2010
The former director of special events at Vogue and producer of nine legendary Met Galas, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff met Melania… Knauss in 2003 and had a front row seat to the transformation of Donald Trump’s then girlfriend from a rough-cut gem to a precious diamond. As their friendship deepened over lunches at Manhattan hot spots, black-tie parties, and giggle sessions in the penthouse at Trump Tower, Wolkoff watched the newest Mrs. Trump raise her son, Barron, and manage her highly scrutinized marriage. <p><p> After Trump won the 2016 election, Wolkoff was recruited to help produce the 58th Presidential Inauguration and to become the First Lady’s trusted advisor. Melania put Wolkoff in charge of hiring her staff, organizing her events, helping her write speeches, and creating her debut initiatives. Then it all fell apart when she was made the scapegoat for inauguration finance irregularities. Melania could have defended her innocent friend and confidant, but she stood by her man, knowing full well who was really to blame. The betrayal nearly destroyed Wolkoff. <p> In this candid and emotional memoir, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff takes you into Trump Tower and the White House to tell the funny, thrilling, and heartbreaking story of her intimate friendship with one of the most famous women in the world, a woman few people truly understand. ,p> How did Melania react to the Access Hollywood tape and her husband’s affair with Stormy Daniels? Does she get along well with Ivanka? Why did she wear that jacket with “I really don’t care, do u?” printed on the back? Is Melania happy being First Lady? And what really happened with the inauguration’s funding of $107 million? Wolkoff has some ideas... <p> <b>A New York Times Bestseller</b>
By Maire MacSwiney Brugha. 2005
Máire MacSwiney Brugha is the only child of Terence MacSwiney, one of the greatest figures in Ireland's history, who died… after seventy-three days on hunger strike in Brixton Prison on 25 October 1920. His death became worldwide news. MacSwiney is reputed to have been quoted by Mahatma Gandhi as the main inspiration for his own life's work leading to the downfall of the British empire in India; Ho Chi Minh said of MacSwiney: 'A nation which has such citizens will never surrender.' At the time of his death Máire was a young child. Her mother, Muriel, a member of the wealthy Murphy distillery family, had made an extraordinary and controversial match in marrying MacSwiney. The young widow then abandoned Ireland for continental Europe, taking her little daughter with her. For nine years Máire was to live away from Ireland, mostly in Germany with occasional breaks in Paris with her mother. She grew up effectively as a German child, speaking the German language, skiing to school -- and forgetting all about her Irish background. This was truly an extraordinary upbringing for the daughter of one of Ireland's greatest heroes. In the early thirties, when she was fourteen, Máire made a dramatic escape with her aunt, Máire MacSwiney, the sister of Terence, home to Ireland, against her mother's wishes. This was widely reported and led to a court case claiming that her aunt had 'kidnapped' her -- but Máire strongly refutes this in her account here. Speaking no English or Irish, the young Máire now went to live in Scoil Íte, her aunt's school in Cork. For the young Máire this was a very strange world indeed. Now she had to learn both Irish and English, her Irish being perfected by long annual holidays in the west Kerry Gaeltacht near Dunquin. And then, in 1945, she married Ruairi Brugha, the son of another famous republican, Cathal Brugha, thus uniting two of Ireland's most prominent and revered nationalist families. Throughout her life, both before marriage and later with her husband, Máire has handled a complex inheritance and forged her own strong identity. She and her husband have reinterpreted their unique inheritance in keeping their own time and their own mindset while retaining strong links to their unusual history.
By Joe O'Toole. 2003
'This is not a story of me, but of me and mine, of my place and theirs, of places north,… south, east and west in Ireland, but particularly of home life in Dingle and holidays in Galway, and of the times and traditions that left an indelible mark on a growing boy.' Set against the backdrop of major events in Irish history and the smaller local happenings of fair days, football matches and the first teenage dance, the book is shot through with the unique feel and flavour of an Irish upbringing.
By Máire Cruise O'Brien. 2003
Máire Cruise O'Brien explores the republican and revolutionary connections of her family as she was growing up, the fallout of… the Civil War, and life in the Irish-speaking districts of Ireland almost a century ago. Máire spent two years studying in post-war Paris where she met Beckett and Sylvia Beech, among others. She became the first ever Irish woman diplomat, a role which took her to Spain in the time of Franco, the General Assembly of the U.N. & the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. After her marriage to Conor Cruise O'Brien, she accompanied him to various countries including wartime Congo when Conor was U.N. representative, Ghana, where he was Chancellor of the new university, and the U.S, when he lectured in New York University. This is the autobiography of a unique woman, spanning most of the 20th century. It is filled with famous people including revolutionaries, writers, statesmen and many more· A compelling insight into a time of great upheaval in Ireland, Europe and Africa.
By Sean Boyne. 1998
In 1973 a sixteen-year-old Irish schoolgirl was sold into marriage by her father. Her groom was a farmer almost four… times her age. Despite a pre-nuptial agreement guaranteeing that there would be no sex, her husband raped her repeatedly. He also beat her. Although she made desperate pleas for help, the legal system, the police and the clergy failed to come to her aid. Sold into Marriage is the story of that girl's loveless marriage, as told to journalist Sean Boyne, her rape, subsequent pregnancy and suicide attempt and her eventual escape to London and freedom.
Housed on the campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, the University Musical Society is one of the… oldest performing arts presenters in the country. A past recipient of the National Medal of Arts, the nation’s highest public artistic honor, UMS connects audiences with wide-ranging performances in music, dance, and theater each season.Between 1987 and 2017, UMS was led by Ken Fischer, who over three decades pursued an ambitious campaign to expand and diversify the organization’s programming and audiences—initiatives inspired by Fischer’s overarching philosophy toward promoting the arts, “Everybody In, Nobody Out.” The approach not only deepened UMS’s engagement with the university and southeast Michigan communities, it led to exemplary partnerships with distinguished artists across the world. Under Fischer’s leadership, UMS hosted numerous breakthrough performances, including the Vienna Philharmonic’s final tour with Leonard Bernstein, appearances by then relatively unknown opera singer Cecilia Bartoli, a multiyear partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and artists as diverse as Yo-Yo Ma, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Elizabeth Streb, and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Though peppered with colorful anecdotes of how these successes came to be, this book is neither a history of UMS nor a memoir of Fischer’s significant accomplishments with the organization. Rather it is a reflection on the power of the performing arts to engage and enrich communities—not by handing down cultural enrichment from on high, but by meeting communities where they live and helping them preserve cultural heritage, incubate talent, and find ways to make community voices heard.
By Joana Gama. 2020
Joana Gama Freire é boa em tudo o que faz: rádio, televisão e agora a escrita. Um livro feito de… amor, sexo e ansiedade. Amor. Sexo. Maternidade. Amor. Amor outra vez. Medo. Ansiedade. Amor. Morte. Insegurança. Amor. E mais uma vez o amor. Joana Gama Freire pegou nas suas entranhas e pô-las cá para fora para que as pudessem ver. Sozinha, propôs-se a abrir uma janela no coração e no cérebro para que o leitor possa espreitar à vontade. "Só agora, aos trinta e três, me estou a aperceber de que tudo o que sinto e quero é legítimo desde que não interfira com a liberdade dos outros. Não tenho de estar espartilhada por aquilo que acho que os meus pais querem que eu seja por lhes ser mais confortável ou por aquilo que eu sinto que deveria ser por talvez ser capaz de o fazer. Quero cuspir-me, só. Ver onde é que isto vai dar. Sinto que todos nós talvez devêssemos cuspir-nos mais, sem merdas associadas. " Neste livro Joana aborda temas difíceis e ainda tabu em pequenas crónicas escritas de uma forma crua, despretensiosa e verdadeira, com medo de falhar e de se expor, mas com coragem suficiente para avançar, palavra a palavra, frase a frase, por vezes com humor, outras com lágrimas, mas sempre intensas e pessoais.
By China Keitetsi. 2004
Récit d'inspiration autobiographique racontant la vie d'une enfant qui a passé dix ans dans l'armée de résistance de Yoweri Museveni… en Ouganda. Un livre qui décrit l'horreur de la guerre, les humiliations corporelles et sexuelles subies, etc