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By Bill Madden. 2020
An authoritative biography of Hall of Fame pitching legend Tom Seaver, still the greatest player ever to wear a Mets… jersey, by a journalist who knows him well.He was called Tom Terrific for a reason. Tom Seaver was one of the most talented and popular players in the history of baseball. He is one of only two pitchers with 300 wins, 3,000 strikeouts, and an ERA under 3.00. He was a three-time Cy Young award winner, twelve-time All Star, and was elected to baseball&’s Hall of Fame with the highest percentage ever at the time. Popular among players and fans, Seaver was fiercely competitive but always put team success ahead of personal glory. Born in Fresno, California, Seaver signed with the New York Mets in 1967, leading them to their stunning 1969 World Series victory. After a legendarily lopsided trade, he joined the Cincinnati Reds, then later played for the White Sox and the Red Sox before ending his career following the 1986 season. After his playing days, Seaver retired back to California to establish a successful vineyard. Then in 2013, a recurrence of Lyme disease severely affected his memory, which Madden was the first to report. In 2019 Seaver&’s family announced that he had been diagnosed with dementia and was withdrawing from public life. Madden began following Seaver&’s career in the 1980s. Seaver came to trust Madden so completely that, eager to return to New York from Chicago, he asked Madden to explore a possible trade to the Yankees, which never materialized. Drawing in part on their long relationship, Madden offers a deeply personal and fascinating portrait of one of the greatest and most admired players of all time.
By George Foster, Kevin Parham, Kathy Grow, Dorie McClellan. 2014
The Vineyard We Knew is a candid, un-sanitized story about spending summers on Martha's Vineyard under humble circumstances. It's a… coming-of-age memoir that unfolds from the perspective of a child, an adolescent, and a teenager. It then interjects the wisdom one acquires as an adult, and takes a look back at our childhood experiences, making note of the juxtaposition between things that are viewed from the vantage point of maturity as opposed to that which is seen through the eyes of an innocent child. <P><P> This book embraces the fact that no matter who we are, where we come from, or what our social or economic circumstances might be, our childhood experiences are a blueprint for the rest of our lives.
By Ingrid D. Rowland. 2009
Giordano Bruno is one of the great figures of early modern Europe, and one of the least understood. Ingrid D.… Rowland's pathbreaking life of Bruno establishes him once and for all as a peer of Erasmus, Shakespeare, and Galileo, a thinker whose vision of the world prefigures ours. By the time Bruno was burned at the stake as a heretic in 1600 on Rome's Campo dei Fiori, he had taught in Naples, Rome, Venice, Geneva, France, England, Germany, and the "magic Prague" of Emperor Rudolph II. His powers of memory and his provocative ideas about the infinity of the universe had attracted the attention of the pope, Queen Elizabeth—and the Inquisition, which condemned him to death in Rome as part of a yearlong jubilee. Writing with great verve and sympathy for her protagonist, Rowland traces Bruno's wanderings through a sixteenth-century Europe where every certainty of religion and philosophy had been called into question and shows him valiantly defending his ideas (and his right to maintain them) to the very end. An incisive, independent thinker just when natural philosophy was transformed into modern science, he was also a writer of sublime talent. His eloquence and his courage inspired thinkers across Europe, finding expression in the work of Shakespeare and Galileo. Giordano Bruno allows us to encounter a legendary European figure as if for the first time.
By Hans Rosling. 2020
The moving, playful memoir of Hans Rosling, Swedish statistics mastermind, researcher extraordinaire and author of the global bestseller, Factfulness, with… Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling RönnlundThis is a book that contains very few numbers. Instead, it is about meeting people who have opened my eyes.It was facts that helped him explain how the world works. But it was curiosity and commitment that made the late Hans Rosling, author of the bestselling book Factfulness with Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Rönnlund, the most popular researcher of our time. How I Learned to Understand the World is Hans Rosling’s own story of how he became a revolutionary thinker, and takes us from the swelter of an emergency clinic in Mozambique, to the World Economic Forum at Davos. In collaboration with Swedish journalist Fanny Härgestam, Hans Rosling wrote his memoir with the same joy of storytelling that made a whole world listen when he spoke.
By Michael J. Fox. 2020
INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A moving account of resilience, hope, fear and mortality, and how these things resonate in… our lives, by actor and advocate Michael J. Fox. The entire world knows Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly, the teenage sidekick of Doc Brown in Back to the Future; as Alex P. Keaton in Family Ties; as Mike Flaherty in Spin City; and through numerous other movie roles and guest appearances on shows such as The Good Wife and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Diagnosed at age 29, Michael is equally engaged in Parkinson’s advocacy work, raising global awareness of the disease and helping find a cure through The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, the world’s leading non-profit funder of PD science. His two previous bestselling memoirs, Lucky Man and Always Looking Up, dealt with how he came to terms with the illness, all the while exhibiting his iconic optimism. His new memoir reassesses this outlook, as events in the past decade presented additional challenges.In No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality, Michael shares personal stories and observations about illness and health, aging, the strength of family and friends, and how our perceptions about time affect the way we approach mortality. Thoughtful and moving, but with Fox’s trademark sense of humor, his book provides a vehicle for reflection about our lives, our loves, and our losses. Running through the narrative is the drama of the medical madness Fox recently experienced, that included his daily negotiations with the Parkinson’s disease he’s had since 1991, and a spinal cord issue that necessitated immediate surgery. His challenge to learn how to walk again, only to suffer a devastating fall, nearly caused him to ditch his trademark optimism and “get out of the lemonade business altogether.”Does he make it all of the way back? Read the book.
By Serge Truffaut. 2019
La quarantaine de portraits de ces immenses jazzmen américains que propose ici Serge Truffaut replace cette musique dans le contexte… social et historique qui l'a vu naître et se développer jusqu'à aujourd'hui. Et pour bien montrer l'ancrage de la musique de ces résistants et résistantes dans l'espace américain, l'auteur esquisse le portrait de certaines villes Kansas City, Détroit, Philadelphie et Los Angeles qui ont joué un rôle clé, mais souvent méconnu, dans l'histoire du jazz
By Anne-Laure Sellier. 2018
By Pierre Cayouette. 2017
Depuis que le Kansas City Star a désigné ainsi Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, les médias américains et canadiens se passionnent pour son… parcours atypique. Et pour cause : non seulement il s'aligne avec les Chiefs de Kansas City, mais il poursuit parallèlement des études de médecine à l'Université McGill, ultime pied de nez à tous ceux qui l'enjoignaient de choisir entre le sport et les études. Dans la biographie que le journaliste Pierre Cayouette lui consacre, on découvre une histoire qui pique la curiosité et force l'admiration. De son enfance à Mont-Saint-Hilaire, l'école alternative, les deux années à bord d'un voilier avec sa famille jusqu'à son repêchage par la plus prestigieuse ligue de football en Amérique du Nord, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif démontre des qualités d'athlète et d'intellectuel, une détermination et un charisme indéniables. Infatigable, il s'investit, grâce à sa Fondation, dans la promotion de l'activité physique et de saines habitudes de vie chez les jeunes
By Éric Thibault. 2015
Gérald Gallant fut l'un des plus tristement prolifiques tueurs à gages de l'histoire du Québec : 28 victimes, dont la… plupart étaient liées au crime organisé, sont tombées sous les balles de ses armes. À partir de ses confessions à la police, les journalistes Éric Thibault et Félix Séguin dressent le portrait d'un fin manipulateur, un caméléon qui a su berner policiers, psychologues, amantes et confrères criminels. Gallant. Confessions d'un tueur à gages est un véritable polar ancré dans la réalité
Le diable de Saint-Hyacinthe: Télesphore-Damien Bouchard (Cahiers du Québec ; Histoire et politique ; CQ161)
By Frank Myron Guttman. 2013
Le portrait de Télesphore-Damien Bouchard (1881-1962), une personnalité politique québécoise injustement oubliée, un homme aux idées en avance sur son… époque. Anticlérical en un temps où le clergé dominait, Bouchard a tenté de minimiser au Québec le rôle occupé par l'Église catholique dans les domaines de la politique, des services sociaux et de l'éducation tout au long d'une carrière qui s'est étendue sur près d'un demi-siècle
When Jennifer Reese lost her job, she was overcome by an impulse common among the recently unemployed: to economize by… doing for herself what she had previously paid for. She had never before considered making her own peanut butter and pita bread, let alone curing her own prosciutto or raising turkeys. And though it sounded logical that "doing it yourself" would cost less, she had her doubts. So Reese began a series of kitchen-related experiments, taking into account the competing demands of everyday contemporary American family life as she answers some timely questions: When is homemade better? Cheaper? Are backyard eggs a more ethical choice than store-bought? Will grinding and stuffing your own sausage ruin your week? Is it possible to make an edible maraschino cherry? Some of Reese's discoveries will surprise you: Although you should make your hot dog buns, guacamole, and yogurt, you should probably buy your hamburger buns, potato chips, and rice pudding. Tired? Buy your mayonnaise. Inspired? Make it. With its fresh voice and delightful humor, Make the Bread, Buy the Butter gives 120 recipes with eminently practical yet deliciously fun "Make or buy" recommendations. Reese is relentlessly entertaining as she relates her food and animal husbandry adventures, which amuse and perplex as well as nourish and sustain her family. Her tales include living with a backyard full of cheerful chickens, muttering ducks, and adorable baby goats; countertops laden with lacto-fermenting pickles; and closets full of mellowing cheeses. Here's the full picture of what is involved in a truly homemade life--with the good news that you shouldn't try to make everything yourself--and how to get the most out of your time in the kitchen.
By Peter Mansbridge. 2020
From Peter Mansbridge, the beloved former anchor of CBC&’s The National, and Mark Bulgutch, former CBC producer, comes a collection… of first-person stories about remarkable Canadians who embody the values of our great nation—kindness, compassion, courage, and freedom—and inspire us to do the same.In this timely and heartwarming volume of personal stories, Peter Mansbridge and former CBC producer Mark Bulgutch bring together inspiring Canadians from across the country, who in their own way, are making Canada a better place for all. Hear Gitxsan activist Cindy Blackstock describe her childhood in northern British Columbia where she straddled two communities—Indigenous and non-Indigenous—and her subsequent fight for equitable health care for all children as the executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society. Meet Matt Devlin, the US broadcaster who found a new home in Canada when he got a job with the Toronto Raptors, and read how he helped calm the crowd when a gunman began shooting in Nathan Phillips Square after the team&’s NBA championship win. From the young woman living with Crohn&’s disease—and proudly modeling her ostomy bag—to the rabbi whose family fled Nazi Germany—and who now gives the benediction on Parliament Hill each Remembrance Day—Extraordinary Canadians celebrates the people who have overcome adversity and broken down barriers to champion the rights and freedoms of everyone who calls Canada home. Featuring voices from all walks of life—advocates, politicians, doctors, veterans, immigrants, business leaders, and more—this collection gets to the heart of what it means to be Canadian. These stories will change the way you see your country and make you fall in love with Canada all over again.
By Catherine Gray. 2017
THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER 'Not remotely preachy' - The Times 'Jaunty, shrewd and convincing' - Sunday Telegraph 'Admirably honest, light,… bubbly and remarkably rarely annoying.' - Alice O'Keeffe, Guardian 'Truthful, modern and real' - Stylist 'Brave, witty and brilliantly written' - Marie Claire Ever sworn off alcohol for a month and found yourself drinking by the 7th? Think there's 'no point' in just one drink? Welcome! There are millions of us. 64% of Brits want to drink less. Catherine Gray was stuck in a hellish whirligig of Drink, Make horrible decisions, Hangover, Repeat. She had her fair share of 'drunk tank' jail cells and topless-in-a-hot-tub misadventures. But this book goes beyond the binges and blackouts to deep-dive into uncharted territory: What happens after you quit drinking? This gripping, heart-breaking and witty book takes us down the rabbit-hole of an alternative reality. A life with zero hangovers, through sober weddings, sex, Christmases and breakups. In The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober, Catherine Gray shines a light on society's drink-pushing and talks to top neuroscientists and psychologists about why we drink, delving into the science behind what it does to our brains and bodies. Much more than a tale from the netherworld of addicted drinking, this book is about the escape, and why a sober life can be more intoxicating than you ever imagined. Whether you're a hopelessly devoted drinker, merely sober-curious, or you've already ditched the drink, you will love this book. 'Haunting, admirable and enlightening' - The Pool 'A riveting, raw, yet humorous memoir with actionable advice.' - Annie Grace, author of This Naked Mind 'Like listening to your best friend teach you to be sober. Lighthearted but serious, it's packed with ideas, tools, tips and, most importantly, reasons for living a sober life.'- Eric Zimmer, host of podcast The One You Feed 'Gray's fizzy writing succeeds in making this potentially boring-as-hell subject both engaging and highly seductive' - The Bookseller 'Her exquisitely crafted thoughts on the joys of being sober are not only deeply honest and pragmatic, but she manages to infuse tons of humor. This is a delightful, informative, and compelling read for all those who are sober or seeking sobriety.' - Sasha Tozzi, Huffington Post
By Susan Goldman Rubin. 2010
Continuing Chronicle's acclaimed series of artist books for kids, Wideness and Wonder is the fascinating story of the mysterious and… beloved artist Georgia O'Keeffe. Well-known children's biography writer Susan Goldman Rubin traces the events that shaped O'Keeffe's art and how art influenced O'Keeffe's life in return. Wideness and Wonder is colorful, accessible, and packed with the art that made O'Keeffe so renowned.
By Garrison Keillor. 2020
With the warmth and humor we've come to know, the creator and host of A Prairie Home Companion shares his… own remarkable story. In That Time of Year, Garrison Keillor looks back on his life and recounts how a Brethren boy with writerly ambitions grew up in a small town on the Mississippi in the 1950s and, seeing three good friends die young, turned to comedy and radio. Through a series of unreasonable lucky breaks, he founded A Prairie Home Companion and put himself in line for a good life, including mistakes, regrets, and a few medical adventures. PHC lasted forty-two years, 1,557 shows, and enjoyed the freedom to do as it pleased for three or four million listeners every Saturday at 5 p.m. Central. He got to sing with Emmylou Harris and Renée Fleming and once sang two songs to the U.S. Supreme Court. He played a private eye and a cowboy, gave the news from his hometown, Lake Wobegon, and met Somali cabdrivers who&’d learned English from listening to the show. He wrote bestselling novels, won a Grammy and a National Humanities Medal, and made a movie with Robert Altman with an alarming amount of improvisation. He says, &“I was unemployable and managed to invent work for myself that I loved all my life, and on top of that I married well. That&’s the secret, work and love. And I chose the right ancestors, impoverished Scots and Yorkshire farmers, good workers. I&’m heading for eighty, and I still get up to write before dawn every day.&”
By Lesley-Ann Jones. 2020
Pulling back the many hidden layers of John Lennon&’s life, Lesley-AnnJones closely tracks the events and personality traits that led… to the rock star living in self-imposed exile in New York—where he was shot dead outside his apartment on that fateful autumn day forty years ago.Late on December 8th, 1980, the world abruptly stopped turning for millions, as news broke that the world's most beloved bard had been gunned down in cold blood in New York city. The most iconic Beatle left behind an unrivaled body of music and legions of faithful disciples—yet his profound legacy has brought with it as many questions and contradictions as his music has provided truths and certainties. In this compelling exploration, acclaimed music biographer Lesley-Ann Jones unravels the enigma that was John Lennon to present a complete portrait of the man, his life, his loves, his music, his untimely death and, ultimately, his legacy. Using fresh first-hand research, unseen material and exclusive interviews with the people who knew Lennon best, Jones' search for answers offers a spellbinding, 360-degree view of one of the world's most iconic music legends. The Search for John Lennon delves deep into psyche of the world's most storied musician—the good, the bad and the genius—forty years on from his tragic death.
By Bertrand Tessier. 2019
Née en 1922, Judy Garland débute sur scène dès ses 3 ans. En 1939, elle rencontre le succès avec son… rôle dans le magicien d'Oz. Mais la machine hollywoodienne exploite l'actrice sans relâche, aux dépens de sa santé physique et mentale. Bien qu'elle rencontre un second succès dans le monde de la musique, elle ne parvient pas à échapper à ses addictions et à la dépression
By Thomas Chaline. 2019
S'appuyant sur les témoignages de ses proches, cette biographie dresse le portrait d'une femme authentique et secrète derrière la star… internationale. Elle retrace l'histoire d'une jeune Québécoise à la voix extraordinaire mais complexée par son physique, sa rencontre avec René Angélil, son mentor et l'amour de sa vie, leur passion puis le succès à force de travail et de courage
By Danièle Henkel. 2020
Avoir un vécu de migrante - Maroc et Algérie -, d'observatrice du Québec - j'y suis arrivée en 1990 -… et de la France - où je vais souvent par plaisir comme pour affaires -, être par ailleurs une grande voyageuse me permettent de m'interroger sur le monde et sur les sociétés tels qu'ils sont. Sur la manière dont on voit la vie et dont on la vit, sur les enjeux brûlants d'actualité que sont la famille, l'immigration, la religion, la laïcité, la culture, la répartition de la richesse, l'éducation, les jeunes, la place des femmes, l'entreprise, etc. Autant de questions qui, à l'aune de mon expérience et de mes constats, m'interpellent. Cet essai en est la preuve, comme la réponse."
By Doctor Jeff Slater. 1956
It all started in a small industrial town in the north of England. Walking into a boxing gym was the… start of an amazing metamorphosis for the 14-year-old. At age 20, he had developed into a 16-stone boxer, powerlifter and ferocious street fighter, with a knock-out punch in both hands. This is the story of a young man who, lacking education, immigrated to Australia at just 18 years of age only to experience the twilight world of sleaze and violence in Perth’s underbelly, confronting and often overcoming the many challenges he encountered. Returning to England at 21, he mastered his craft as a bouncer and street fighter, attended two universities, obtained three degrees and was awarded a doctorate at the age of 39.