Download E-books The Secret History of Vladimir Nabokov PDF

By Andrea Pitzer

A startling and revelatory exam of Nabokov’s existence and works―notably Pale Fire and Lolita―bringing new perception into one of many twentieth century’s such a lot enigmatic authors.

Novelist Vladimir Nabokov witnessed the horrors of his century, escaping progressive Russia then Germany less than Hitler, and fleeing France along with his Jewish spouse and son simply weeks prior to Paris fell to the Nazis. He many times confronted accusations of turning a blind eye to human agony to jot down crafty stories of depravity. yet does one of many maximum writers within the English language quite deserve the label of amoral aesthete bestowed on him by way of such a lot of critics?

Using details from newly-declassified intelligence documents and recovered army background, journalist Andrea Pitzer argues that faraway from being a proponent of artwork for art’s sake, Vladimir Nabokov controlled to conceal irritating background in his fiction―history that has long gone overlooked for many years. Nabokov emerges as one of those documentary conjurer, spending the best many years of his profession recording a saga of forgotten focus camps and searing bigotry, from global warfare I to the Gulag and the Holocaust. Lolita surrenders Humbert Humbert’s mystery identification, and divulges a Nabokov appalled through American anti-Semitism. The lunatic narrator of Pale Fire recollects Russian tragedies that after haunted the realm. From Tsarist courts to Nazi movie units, from CIA entrance corporations to wartime Casablanca, the tale of Nabokov’s family members is the tale of his century―and either are woven inextricably into his fiction.

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Download E-books Citizen Keane: The Big Lies Behind the Big Eyes PDF

By Cletus Nelson, Adam Parfrey

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 disguise tale in 1992—he found a few surprising proof. many years of complaints and countersuits published the truth that Keane was once extra of a con guy than an artist, and that he compelled his spouse Margaret to signal his identify to her personal work. for this reason, these weepy waifs won't were as capricious an invention as they seemed.

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

Citizen Keane is a book-length enlargement of Parfrey's unique article, offering interesting biographical and sociological info, pictures, colour reproductions, and appendices with felony files and pseudonymous essays via Tom Wolfe inflating significant eye paintings to these painted by way of the nice masters.

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Download E-books An Elizabethan Assassin: Theodore Paleologus: Seducer, Spy and Killer PDF

By John Hall

The first biography of a mercurial personality from the Elizabethan underworld – a seducer, secret agent and murderer
 
Claiming to be inheritor to the emperors of Byzantium, an unique yet elusive determine named Theodore Paleologus surfaced in mysterious conditions within the Elizabethan underworld. this primary biography of a rare personality provides new documentary proof which helps his imperial pretensions—long disregarded by means of historians—but additionally exposes him as a seducer, a secret agent, and, such a lot intriguingly of all, a ruthless murderer within the pay of the depraved Earl of Lincoln. during this notable account, award-winning writer John corridor plots the genuine lives of Theodore Paleologus and his 3 sons—from agreement killings to struggling with within the Civil warfare and pioneering days within the Caribbean slave trade—and units their tale opposed to parallel careers at the wilder beaches of literature, starting from dainty Regency verses to Magic Realism, in addition to crime thrillers, magnificent stories of reincarnation, the bloodline of Christ, and a declare to the throne of England.

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Download E-books The Shift: One Nurse, Twelve Hours, Four Patients' Lives PDF

By Theresa Brown

Practicing nurse and New York Times columnist Theresa Brown invitations us to event not only an afternoon within the lifetime of a nurse yet all of the lifestyles that occurs in precisely someday on a hectic educating hospital’s melanoma ward. within the span of twelve hours, lives might be misplaced, life-altering remedy judgements made, and goals fulfilled or irrevocably stolen. Unfolding in actual time--under the watchful eyes of this committed specialist and insightful chronicler of events--The Shift gives an unheard of view into the person struggles in addition to the bigger truths approximately drugs during this state. through shift’s finish, we've witnessed whatever profound approximately desire and humanity.
 

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Download E-books Empress of Fashion: A Life of Diana Vreeland PDF

By Amanda Mackenzie Stuart

Diane von Furstenberg as soon as referred to as Diana Vreeland a "beacon of favor for the 20th century." Now, during this definitive biography by way of Amanda Mackenzie Stuart, is the tale of the long-lasting style editor as you've gotten by no means visible her sooner than. From her occupation on the helms of Harper's Bazaar and Vogue, to her reign as advisor to the gown Institute on the Metropolitan Museum of artwork, Vreeland had an immense effect at the model international and left a legacy so enduring that must-have type courses nonetheless quote her usually wild and continually proper style pronouncements.

With entry to Vreeland's own fabric and images, significantly acclaimed biographer Amanda Mackenzie Stuart has written the last word behind-the-scenes examine Diana Vreeland and her world—a jet-setting social scene that incorporated Coco Chanel, Elsa Schiaparelli, Yves Saint Laurent, Hubert de Givenchy, Oscar de l. a. Renta, Lauren Bacall, Penelope Tree, Lauren Hutton, Andy Warhol, Mick and Bianca Jagger, and the Kennedys. jam-packed with lovely colour pictures of her paintings, Empress of style: a lifetime of Diana Vreeland is a chic and engaging account of 1 of the main respected tastemakers of the 20 th century.

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Download E-books Salem Witch Judge: The Life and Repentance of Samuel Sewall PDF

By Eve LaPlante

In 1692 Puritan Samuel Sewall despatched twenty humans to their deaths on trumped-up witchcraft fees. The nefarious witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts signify a low aspect of yankee heritage, made recognized in works by means of Longfellow, Nathaniel Hawthorne (himself a descendant of 1 of the judges), and Arthur Miller. the pains may have doomed Sewall to infamy aside from a brave request for forgiveness now venerated in a mural that hangs underneath the golden dome of the Massachusetts country condominium picturing Sewall's public repentance. He was once the single Salem witch pass judgement on to make amends.

But, remarkably, the judge's tale did not finish there. as soon as he learned his mistakes, Sewall grew to become his cognizance to different urgent social matters. Struck through the injustice of the recent England slave exchange, a trade during which his personal kin and associates have been engaged, he authored "The promoting of Joseph," America's first antislavery tract. whereas his friends considered local american citizens as savages, Sewall recommended for his or her crucial rights and inspired their schooling, even deciding to buy a number of Indian youths to wait Harvard collage. eventually, at a time whilst ladies have been universally thought of not as good as men, Sewall released an essay maintaining the elemental equality of the sexes. The textual content of that essay, composed on the deathbed of his daughter Hannah, is republished right here for the 1st time.

In Salem Witch Judge, acclaimed biographer Eve LaPlante, Sewall's great-great-great-great-great-great-granddaughter, attracts on kinfolk lore, her ancestor's own diaries, and archival files to open a window onto existence in colonial the United States, portray a portrait of a guy ordinarily vilified, yet who was once in reality an innovator and forefather who got here to symbolize the easiest of the yank spirit.

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Download E-books The Wonder of Brian Cox: The Unauthorised Biography of the Man Who Brought Science to the Nation PDF

By Ben Falk

Professor Brian Cox is definitely one of the best-known physicist on the earth this present day. As presenter of the hit tv sequence 'Wonders of the sun process' and 'Wonders of The Universe', his affable appeal and infectious enthusiasm have introduced technological know-how to a complete new viewers. This ebook tells his tale.

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Download E-books It's Not Me, It's You: Impossible perfectionist, 27, seeks very very very tidy woman PDF

A regulate freak seems for romance (women who depart rainy teaspoons in sugar bowls don't need to apply). 'I have not woken up with a cup of tea via the mattress for seven years. it sort of feels the sort of small factor yet it is considered one of 1000 issues I omit approximately having anyone round to keep up me. i've got spent my whole grownup lifestyles getting issues the best way i need them and all i would like now could be anyone to provide all of it up for.' Jon Richardson. Is your submitting faultless?

Your CDs, apostrophes, cutlery all within the correct areas? are you able to devour a biscuit within the right means? Then Jon Richardson (single for seven years and counting) may be your perfect man...Living by myself in a one bed room flat in Swindon, 27 12 months previous Jon has had some distance an excessive amount of time on his palms to imagine. in reality to obsess. approximately virtually every little thing. Jon's obsessive compulsive character affliction has obvious him manage the cash in his wallet in ascending dimension and color code his bookshelves. It takes him lower than ninety seconds to find a receipt for a couple of trainers he got in 1997.

Over to the submitting cupboard and R for receipts, S for footwear. yet Jon does not are looking to be like this, actually he might relatively wish to proportion his lifestyles with a person. yet who may that somebody be? an individual like himself, a quarrelsome perfectionist in simple terms with breasts and not more physique hair? totally no longer. yet who precisely is Jon trying to find and the place will he locate her? confronted with a loveless destiny choked with his personal extraordinary quirks and perfectionism, Jon units approximately his look for the only. The query is, will he brain her preserving the knives to the left of the forks within the cutlery drawer or establishing the CDs via style and never alphabetically?

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Download E-books The Man in the White Suit: The Stig, Le Mans, the Fast Lane and Me PDF

By Ben Collins

Top Gear's iconic driving force, the Stig, is finally revealed!

Ben Collins divulges how he got here to be Top Gear's iconic driving force, in addition to what it truly is wish to thrash an Aston Martin DBS, educate for the military, face the phobia of Jeremy Clarkson's undies, and lots more and plenty extra. whilst the Black Stig disappeared off the top of an plane provider in 2003, audiences have been brought to the White Stig—faster, stranger, and more durable to maintain fresh. Ever for the reason that, hundreds of thousands have wondered—who is the fellow within the white go well with? they are approximately to determine. Ben Collins stuck the auto the malicious program younger, kicking his dad's boss within the balls for now not giving him a firm Jag, and this was once the perspective that finally led him to spend seven years sharing a cabin with Jeremy Clarkson's undies, James May's PhD thesis, and Richard Hammond's hairspray. Now he tells all approximately existence contained in the iconic white helmet: what it is wish to advisor a blind ex-RAF officer round the best Gear song, pit a drug dealer's Mitsubishi Evo opposed to a Trojan tank, set a Vauxhall Monaro opposed to Chloe the dancing Ninja, and race double-decker Routemasters opposed to flexible buses—not to say the entire inside of stuff on how the show's extraordinary riding sequences are made. He additionally unearths how he bought to be there—setting a Dunsfold lap time quicker than Michael Schumacher's. it really is an grand tale, advised through an grand man.

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Download E-books I Regret Nothing: A Memoir PDF

THE NEW YORK occasions BESTSELLER

New York Times bestselling writer Jen Lancaster has lived a lifestyles in line with re-invention and self-improvement. From Bitter Is the hot Black to The Tao of Martha, she’s controlled to record her (and her generation’s) makes an attempt to form up, develop up, and feature it all—sometimes with disastrous results…

Sure Jen has made error. She spent all her cash from a high-paying task on footwear, outfits, and spa remedies. She then carried a Prada bag to the unemployment workplace. She wrote a complete memoir approximately dieting…but didn’t drop extra pounds. She launched into a quest for cultural enlightenment that simply cemented her love for John Hughes videos and Kraft American Singles. She attempted to embody every thing Martha Stewart, whereas dwelling with a menagerie of rescue cats and canines. (Glitter…everywhere.)

Mistakes are something; regrets are another.

After a women’ weekend in Savannah makes her detect that she is—yikes!—middle-aged (binge staring at is so the recent binge drinking), Jen comes to a decision to make a bucket record and grab the day, no matter if that suggests having her tattoo got rid of at 100 occasions the price of placing it on.

From trying a juice cleanse to learning Italian, from studying to trip a motorcycle to beginning a brand new enterprise, and from sampling pasta in Rome to education for a 5K, Jen is popping a mid-life difficulty right into a mid-life chance, sharing her occasionally bumpy—but constantly hilarious—attempts to raised her life…again.

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