Biography

Search for Philip K. Dick (Revised Edition)

By Anne R. Dick

Providing an intimate standpoint at the lifetime of an incredible, prolific writer, this revealing biography uncovers the interior workings of a cult determine via his tumultuous dating together with his 3rd spouse. really good and charismatic, Philip okay. Dick used to be referred to as a devoted buddy, father, and husband, in addition to a skilled technology fiction author. His six-year marriage to the lady he defined as "the love of his life" and his highbrow equivalent used to be filled with passion-the assembly of soul associates. yet at the back of the facade of an untroubled lifestyles used to be a guy suffering from his demons, not able to belief an individual, and reliant upon his attraction to navigate his more and more darkish truth and descent into medicinal drugs and insanity. Exposing own info in their married lifestyles in addition to the methods he persisted to hang-out her even after their courting collapsed, Anne Dick offers thorough examine mixed with own thoughts of this mysterious guy.

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Father's Day: A Journey into the Mind and Heart of My Extraordinary Son

By Buzz Bissinger

A striking memoir from the best-selling writer of Friday evening Lights and Three Nights in August.

Buzz Bissinger’s twins have been born 3 minutes—and a world—apart. Gerry, the older one, is a graduate pupil at Penn, getting ready to turn into a instructor. His brother Zach has spent his existence attending precise faculties. He’ll by no means force a vehicle, or kiss a lady, or dwell via himself. he's a savant, challenged by means of critical highbrow deficits but in addition blessed with infrequent abilities: an extraordinary reminiscence, a blinding knack for navigation, and a reflexive honesty which could make him either socially awkward and unusually wise.

Buzz discovered that whereas he had regularly been an attentive father, he didn’t particularly comprehend what it was once wish to be Zach. So one summer season evening Buzz and Zach hit the line to revisit all of the locations they've got lived jointly in the course of Zach’s twenty-four years. Zach revels in his thoughts, and Buzz hopes this trip into their shared prior will deliver them nearer and divulge to him the mysterious workings of his son’s brain and middle. The journey additionally turns into Buzz's own trip, yielding revelations approximately his personal mom and dad, the cost of ambition, and its impression on his twins.

As father and son trip from Philadelphia to la, they see the easiest and worst of the USA and every different. finally, Buzz profits a brand new and uplifting knowledge, figuring out that Zach’s worldview has a strong common sense of its personal: a common sense that merits the best recognize. And with assistance from Zach’s dual, Gerry, Buzz learns a fair extra very important lesson approximately Zach: personality transcends mind. We come to work out Zach as he actually is: sufferer, fearless, perceptive, kind—a guy of good character.

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The Medium and the Magician: Orson Welles, the Radio Years, 1934-1952 (Critical Media Studies: Institutions, Politics, and Culture)

By Paul Heyer

Few twentieth-century artists are well known in any such number of media as Orson Welles. popular for his paintings in movie and theater as director, actor, and author, Welles's effect within the box of radio has usually been ignored for the extra glamorous leisure of his videos. The Medium and the Magician is a finished evaluation of Welles's radio profession, dedicated to assessing his radio artistry and impact within the box. Paul Heyer bargains a brand new examine the notorious battle of the Worlds panic broadcast and a dialogue of the way Welles's use of sound in radio motivated his movies.

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Picasso: A Biography

By Patrick O'Brian

"The most sensible biography of Picasso."―Kenneth Clark

Patrick O'Brian's extraordinary biography of Picasso is the following on hand in paperback for the 1st time. it's the such a lot complete but written, and the one biography absolutely to understand the extraordinarily Mediterranean origins of Picasso's personality and art.

every thing approximately Picasso, other than his actual stature, used to be on a massive scale. No painter of the 1st rank has been so awe-inspiringly effective. No painter of any rank has made lots funds. a number of painters have rivaled his existence span of 90 years, yet none has attracted so avid, so insatiable, a public interest.

Patrick O'Brian knew Picasso sufficiently good to have a robust experience of his character. the guy that emerges from this scholarly, passionate, and brilliantly written biography is one of the contradictions: challenging and delicate, suggest and beneficiant, affectionate and chilly, inner most regardless of the take pleasure in of his reputation. In his later years he professed communism, but in O'Brian's view retained to the top of his existence a residual Catholic outlook.

no longer that such issues have been allowed to intervene together with his energetic sensuality. intercourse and cash, consuming and consuming, associates and quarrels, comedies and tragedies, suicides and wars tumble each other within the big chaos of his event. he used to be "a guy virtually as lonely because the sunlight, yet one that glowed with a lot an identical fierce, burning life." it truly is with that effect of its topic that this e-book leaves its readers.

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Pieces of My Heart

The New York instances bestseller Pieces of My Heart is the revelation-filled memoir from considered one of Hollywood’s so much proficient actors, Robert J. Wagner. He deals readers a candid and deeply own examine his lifestyles and profession, from his upward push to stardom between legends like Cary supply and Barbara Stanwyck to his marriage, divorce, and remarriage to starlet Natalie wooden. With colour photos and never-before-told tales, it is a quintessentially American, remarkably candid tale of 1 of the nice sons of Hollywood.

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Golf is Not a Game of Perfect

By Dr. Bob Rotella

Choked with insightful tales approximately golfing, Dr. Bob Rotella’s pleasant ebook will enhance the sport of even the main informal weekend player.

Dr. Bob Rotella is without doubt one of the most well-liked functionality specialists in the US at the present time. between his many pro consumers are Nick fee (last year's participant of the Year), Tom Kite, Davis Love III, Pat Bradley, Brad Faxon, John Daly, etc. Rotella, or “Doc,” as so much avid gamers confer with him, is going past simply the standard psychological features of the sport and the reliance on particular thoughts. What Rotella does right here during this remarkable ebook, and together with his consumers, is to create an angle and a approach approximately all facets of a golfer's online game, from psychological coaching to festival. the main tremendous element of all of it is that it's performed in a conversational type, in a dynamic mixture of anecdote and lesson. And, as a few of the world's maximum golfers will attest, the consequences are fabulous. Golfers will increase their golfing online game and have extra enjoyable taking part in. a few of Rotella's maxims include:

-On the 1st tee, a golfer needs to count on in simple terms issues of himself: to rejoice, and to concentration his brain competently on each shot.

-Golfers needs to learn how to love 'the problem after they hit a ball into the tough, timber, or sand. The alternatives—anger, worry, whining, and cheating—do no good.

-Confidence is important to strong golfing. self belief is just the mixture of the recommendations you have got approximately yourself.

-It is extra very important to be decisive than to be right whilst getting ready to play any golfing shot or putt.

Filled with pleasant and insightful tales approximately golfing and the golfers Rotella works with, Golf isn't a online game of Perfect will increase the sport of even the main informal weekend participant.

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Possessed: The Life of Joan Crawford

By Donald Spoto

Joan Crawford was once some of the most incandescent movie stars of all time, but she was once additionally probably the most misunderstood. during this brilliantly researched, considerate, and intimate biography, bestselling writer Donald Spoto is going past the preferred caricature—the abusive, volatile mom portrayed in her followed daughter Christina Crawford’s memoir, Mommie Dearest—to supply us a third-dimensional portrait of a really human lady, her excellent profession, and her terribly dramatic lifestyles and times.

according to new archival info and unique interviews, and written with Spoto’s willing eye for aspect, Possessed bargains a desirable portrait of a brave, hugely sexed, and impressive girl whose power and force made her a forerunner within the fledgling movie company. From her hardscrabble formative years in Texas to her early days as a dancer in post–World battle I ny to her upward thrust to stardom, Spoto strains Crawford’s fifty years of memorable performances in classics like Rain, The Women, Mildred Pierce, and Sudden Fear, that are as startling and vibrant this present day as after they have been filmed.

In Possessed, Spoto is going in the back of the myths to ascertain the increase and fall of the studio approach; Crawford’s 4 marriages; her passionate thirty yr, on-and-off-again affair with Clark Gable; her friendships and rivalries with different stars; her robust wish to turn into a mom; the reality in the back of the scathing tales in her daughter Christina’s memoir; and her ultimate years as a widow fighting melanoma. Spoto explores Crawford’s achievements as an actress, her paintings with Hollywood’s nice administrators (Frank Borzage, George Cukor, Otto Preminger) and actors (Henry Fonda, James Stewart, Spencer Tracy, John Barrymore), and later, her function as a powerful govt at the board of administrators of Pepsi-Cola.

Illuminating and wonderful, Possessed is the definitive biography of this notable girl and actual legend of film.

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Johnny Carson

By Henry Bushkin

A revealing and incisive account of the King of overdue evening on the peak of his repute and tool, by means of his attorney, wingman, fixer, and closest confidant.

From 1962 till 1992, Johnny Carson hosted The this night Show and permeated the yankee realization. within the ’70s and ’80s he was once the country’s highest-paid entertainer and its such a lot enigmatic. He used to be notoriously inscrutable, as mercurial (and occasionally merciless) off-camera as he was once fascinating and hilarious onstage. throughout the apex of his reign, Carson’s longtime legal professional and ally used to be Henry Bushkin, who now exhibits us Johnny Carson with a panoramic readability and intensity that no-one else could.

From the instant in 1970 while Carson employed Bushkin (who used to be simply twenty-seven) till the instant eighteen years later once they parted methods, the writer witnessed and infrequently took half in a string of escapades that also continue their strength to shock and fascinate us. considered one of Bushkin’s first assignments used to be supporting Carson holiday right into a posh big apple condominium to assemble facts of his wife’s infidelity. greater than as soon as, Bushkin helped his buyer keep away from entanglements with the mob. after all, Carson’s adventures weren’t all so sordid. He hosted Ronald Reagan’s inaugural live performance as a choose to the hot president, and he avoided a drunken Dean Martin from showing onstage that night. Carson socialized with Frank Sinatra, Jack Lemmon, Jimmy Stewart, Kirk Douglas, and dozens of alternative boldface names who populate this atmospheric and propulsive chronicle of the King of overdue evening and his world.

But this memoir isn’t simply dishy. it's a tautly rendered and remarkably nuanced portrait of Carson, revealing not just how he really used to be, yet why. Bushkin explains why Carson, a voracious (and very proficient) womanizer, felt he consistently needed to be married; why he loathed small speak while he excelled at it; why he couldn’t stopover at his son within the clinic and wouldn’t attend his mother’s funeral; and masses extra. Bushkin’s account is by way of turns surprising, poignant, and uproarious — written with a novelist’s eye for element, a screenwriter’s ear for discussion, and a knack for comedian timing that Carson himself may delight in. Johnny Carson unveils not just the hidden Carson, but additionally the raucous, star-studded international he ruled.

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Bronson

By Charles Bronson

Charlie Bronson has spent 28 of the final 30 years in solitary confinement, in which time he has received a fearsome attractiveness as one of many world’s hardest and most threatening convicts. He has been locked in dungeons, in iron bins cemented into the center of cells, and in a cage very like that used on Hannibal Lecter. but Charlie is a guy of serious heat and humor who has—despite perpetrating various kidnappings—never killed a person. He lives by means of a strict ethical code and is revered and famous by way of criminal officials and prisoners alike. during this re-creation of his bestselling autobiography, Charlie unearths the reality approximately his remarkable existence in the back of bars.

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The Billy Bob Tapes: A Cave Full of Ghosts

By Billy Bob Thornton

There is—and may basically ever be—one Billy Bob Thornton:  actor, musician, Academy Award-winning screenwriter, and unintended Hollywood badass. In The Billy Bob Tapes, he leads us into his Cave jam-packed with Ghosts, spinning colourful stories of his modest (to say the least) Southern upbringing, his extraordinary phobias (komoda dragons?), his lifestyles, his loves (including his marriage to fellow Oscar winner Angelina Jolie), and, in fact, his motion picture occupation. better of all, he’s feeding those really exceptional tales and righteous philosophical rants via his shut good friend, Kinky Friedman—legendary state song megastar, bestselling writer, would-be flesh presser, and all-around bon vivant. placed those iconoclasts jointly and also you get a star’s tale that’s truly an insightful popular culture manifesto—a hybrid offspring of Born status Up with Sh*t My Dad Says.

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