Caligula: A Biography

By Aloys Winterling

The notorious emperor Caligula governed Rome from A.D. 37 to forty-one as a tyrant who finally grew to become a monster. an incredibly clever and cruelly witty guy, Caligula made his contemporaries worship him as a god. He drank pearls dissolved in vinegar and ate nutrition coated in gold leaf. He compelled women and men of excessive rank to have intercourse with him, grew to become a part of his palace right into a brothel, and dedicated incest together with his sisters. He desired to make his horse a consul. Torture and executions have been the order of the day. either glossy and historical interpretations have concluded from this alleged facts that Caligula used to be insane. yet was once he?

This biography tells a special tale of the well known emperor. In a deft account written for a basic viewers, Aloys Winterling opens a brand new viewpoint at the guy and his occasions. Basing Caligula on an intensive new evaluate of the traditional assets, he units the emperor's tale into the context of the political process and the altering kin among the senate and the emperor in the course of Caligula's time and reveals a brand new rationality explaining his infamous brutality.

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I Regret Nothing: A Memoir

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New York Times bestselling writer Jen Lancaster has lived a lifestyles according to re-invention and self-improvement. From Bitter Is the recent 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 errors. She spent all her cash from a high-paying activity on footwear, outfits, and spa remedies. She then carried a Prada bag to the unemployment workplace. She wrote an entire memoir approximately dieting…but didn’t drop extra pounds. She launched into a quest for cultural enlightenment that merely cemented her love for John Hughes video clips and Kraft American Singles. She attempted to include every little thing Martha Stewart, whereas residing with a menagerie of rescue cats and canine. (Glitter…everywhere.)

Mistakes are something; regrets are another.

After a ladies’ weekend in Savannah makes her become aware of 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, whether that implies having her tattoo got rid of at 100 instances the price of placing it on.

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

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Ghetto Medic - A Father in the 'Hood

By Rachel Hennick

Ghetto Medic: A Father within the 'Hood is the extraordinary real tale of the lifetime of invoice Hennick, a firefighter and paramedic in Baltimore, Maryland, a urban which at the present time boasts the busiest fireplace stations within the usa. the tale starts off in 1945, whilst invoice, elderly 4, is improperly burned in a bad fireplace begun via an older baby twiddling with suits. while he reaches maturity, he starts looking for his function in lifestyles and identifies fireplace as ''the enemy.'' He joins the still-segregated Baltimore urban hearth division on the peak of the civil rights circulate, witnesses the race riots of 1968 which the assassination of Martin Luther King, and battles the resultant infernos.

When the higher and center periods abandon town, invoice sees a ''wasteland'' and develops empathy for these humans left in the back of. He attempts to make a distinction via turning into a paramedic, a provider then in its infancy. His tale is decided opposed to the background of Baltimore, identified for its wealthy black historical past, the house of jazz legends equivalent to Billie vacation and Cab Calloway. He embarks on a non secular trip as he dangers his personal lifestyles in taking care of the poorest of the negative in a urban with one of many world's optimum crime charges.

In this poignant biographical memoir approximately her father, Rachel Hennick tells a dramatic American tale with vivid characters, pathos and a twist of humor. Ghetto Medic penetrates the guts with a thought-provoking and common message in regards to the enduring energy of compassion.

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Journal 1973-1982

By Joyce Carol Oates

« Écrire est… une drogue, douce, irrésistible, et épuisante, » affirme Joyce Carol Oates dans cet very important et fascinant récit d'une partie de sa vie, qu’elle entreprend le 1er janvier 1973. Âgée alors de 34 ans et déjà établie comme une ambitious romancière et nouvelliste, J. C. Oates a consolidé sa réputation littéraire avec un nationwide publication Award. Dans les années très productives qui suivront, elle proceed parallèlement de tenir son magazine qui, déposé aujourd’hui aux records de l’université de Syracuse, contient plus de four 000 pages dactylographiées. Bien que détestant être qualifiée de prolifique, Oates écrit chaque jour avec une énergie fiévreuse : elle utilise elle-même le mot « obsédée ».

Addition précieuse à une œuvre remarquable, ce magazine est un huge fragment d’autobiographie de l’un des auteurs américains les plus populaires et les plus respectés. De ces lignes « écrites au fil de los angeles plume et spontanément » émerge un portrait non expurgé de l’artiste en femme, écrivain, professeur, amie. Joyce Carol Oates parle de manière à l. a. fois très franche et très émouvante de son mariage (avec Raymond Smith), de sa vie d’enseignante (à Windsor puis à Princeton), de son manque d’instinct maternel et des heures qu’elle passe au piano – une obsession presque égale à celle de l’écriture. Sa réputation croissante dans le monde littéraire l’amène à des rencontres et des amitiés avec d’autres écrivains connus dont Philip Roth, John Updike, Susan Sontag, Joan Didion et bien d’autres. Mais, jamais très confortable avec les signes extérieurs de los angeles célébrité, Oates ne cesse de se réfugier dans sa vie intérieure à los angeles poursuite de son œuvre. Une œuvre dont ce magazine est à coup sûr une pièce majeure.

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War Memoirs 1917-1919

Bion's War Memoirs could be the main unparalleled piece of autobiography but written via a psychoanalyst. the 1st component of the booklet is documentary, together with the whole textual content of the diaries which Bion wrote as a tender guy to list his stories at the Western entrance in 1917-1919, and this quantity additionally comprises the images and diagrams with which he illustrated his reminiscences. The diaries are by means of later essays, during which he displays upon his wartime experiences.

Wilfred Bion has lengthy been well known as one of many nice psychoanalysts, his occupation spanning a lot of the 20th century and making him the most influential names within the field.

Bion’s conflict diary, which he saved with him in the course of strive against, coated his years struggling with in France throughout the First international struggle. He used to be simply 20 years previous while he all started writing it. War Memoirs constitutes the ultimate a part of Bion’s autobiography. It comprised 3 hardbound notebooks written quickly after he were demobilized from the military and had started his stories at Queen’s university, Oxford. He wrote it for his mom and dad as reimbursement for having stumbled on it very unlikely to write down to them throughout the battle. it's been aptly defined through Winship (1999) as a “book concerning the blood and guts of a adolescence who minimize his enamel within the so much devastating of circumstances”.

The activities he describes in War Memoirs are terrifying and certain. They shape the root for his later knowing, as a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, of the internal torments confronted by means of the sufferers he handled. In Band of Brigands: the 1st males in Tanks (2009), Christy Campbell, concerning a phase of Bion’s descriptions, wrote: “Bion... appears to be like many times at how sentient people proceed to function whilst every little thing round them is dissolving into violent chaos”.

Many years later, Bion again to his adolescence and penned items reflecting upon his time at conflict, which make up the second one a part of this booklet. those meditations are stimulated by way of his psychoanalytic education, and express how his method of psychoanalysis was once motivated through his wartime stories. jointly, those diaries and essays offer a very vibrant and relocating photo of conflict and its long term results.

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Pure Mania

By Stewart Home

Stuart house is the writer of Defiant Pose, No Pity, pink London and natural Mania. He used to be the writer of the paintings Strike 1990-93, and instigated many paintings pranks through the Eighties, together with handing out Booker Prize invites to the homeless, and picketing a Stockhausen live performance threatening to levitate the construction. he's additionally, to cite NME, 'the skinhead writer whose sperm'n'blood-sodden scribblings in regards to the insaner fringes of popular culture make Will Self's writing seem like the self-indulgent dribblings of a tragic middle-class Oxbridge junkie attempting to glance hard

Edward's personality have been twisted from years of involvement with race-hate creeds. yet now the affection of a very good girl used to be placing him again at the directly and slim. Edward's cock was once in Tracy's mouth. the best way she sucked and chewed at it did extra for his ethical reform than something the Pope, or perhaps Christ himself, may have performed. the way in which her enamel, lips and tongue moved over Edward's erect love muscle introduced out humanistic characteristics which have been repressed for years. Edward entered her and commenced to overcome out the primitive rhythm of a existence maintaining strength. The years of fanatical hatred disappeared. Case now not dreamed the Powellite delusion of Rivers of Blood. His eu nationalism, his adherence to centuries outdated traditions of racial bigotry, have been solid aside.Tracy was once moaning, screaming, supplying obscene encouragements as they pumped up in the direction of orgasm. The DNA within them shrieked out in ecstatic acknowledgement in their universal beginning. It screamed of the equality of all sexes, races, species, evolutionary studies. Social conditioning may impression how the gene used to be perceived yet glossy (wo)man may by no means triumph over the almighty DNA.

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The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick's Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption

By Jim Gorant

The bestselling tale of survival and our robust bond with man's ally, within the aftermath of the nation's such a lot infamous animal cruelty case. that includes a brand new Afterword with updates at the Vick canine.

Animal fans and activities lovers have been stunned while the tale broke approximately NFL participant Michael Vick's brutal dog-fighting operation. yet what turned of the fifty-one canine who survived? As acclaimed author Jim Gorant finds, their tale is the really newsworthy point of this case. The misplaced Dogs lines the trouble to deliver Vick to justice and turns the highlight on those notorious pit bulls, that have been kept from euthanasia via an outpouring of public appeals coupled with a court docket order that Vick pay approximately one million cash in "restitution" to the dogs.

As an ASPCA-led staff evaluated every one, they discovered a number of hardened combatants, yet such a lot have been cute, pleasant creatures determined for compassion. In The misplaced Dogs, we meet those impressive animals, lots of whom now stay in loving houses and paintings in treatment courses. The misplaced Dogs exposes the negative perform of puppy battling and exhibits us that even after being subjected to heartbreaking abuse, above all, a puppy nonetheless desires to be man's most sensible friend.

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Winston Spencer Churchill, 1874-1965 (The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volumes 1-3)

By William Manchester, Paul Reid

Visions of Glory, 1874-1932

William Manchester met Winston Churchill on January 24, 1953. Their stumble upon at the Queen Mary sparked an excessive interest in Manchester that may ultimately bring about his vintage three-volume magnum opus The final Lion.

In this, the 1st quantity, we stick to Churchill from his delivery to 1932, whilst he started to warn opposed to the remilitarization of Germany. Born of a stunning, wanton American mom and a talented yet volatile son of a duke, his adolescence used to be considered one of wretched forget. He sought glory at the battlefields of Cuba, Sudan, India, South Africa and the trenches of France. In Parliament he was once the top strength at the back of the construction of Iraq and Jordan, laid the foundation for the start of Israel, and negotiated the independence of the Irish unfastened kingdom. but, as Chancellor of the Exchequer he plunged England into monetary main issue, and his fruitless try and suppress Gandhi's quest for Indian independence introduced political chaos to Britain.

Throughout, Churchill discovered the teachings that will arrange him for the typhoon to come back, and because the 1930's begun, he readied himself for the arrival conflict opposed to Nazism--an evil the realm had by no means earlier than seen.

Alone, 1932-1940

Alone is the second one quantity of William Manchester's awesome three-volume biography of Winston Churchill. during this quantity, we witness the struggle inside of, earlier than the tremendous conflict to return. in this interval, Churchill used to be verified as few males are: relentlessly pursued by way of collectors, disowned through his personal social gathering, vociferously brushed off via the click as a warmonger, and two times approximately misplaced his seat in Parliament. but regardless of his own and political problems, Churchill controlled to gather an unlimited, underground intelligence network-both in the British govt and at the continent-which supplied him with extra whole and actual info on Germany than the British govt. spotting the frightening fact, Churchill stood nearly on my own opposed to Nazi aggression and the sordid British and French coverage of appeasement.

Manchester's luminous portrait by no means loses sight of Churchill the man-a guy with boundaries, specifically his callousness towards others (including his supporters) and his recklessness, which may border at the foolhardy; but additionally a guy whose imaginative and prescient used to be worldwide and whose braveness was once boundless. this is Churchill as a gentle within the imminent darkness, readying himself for the bad stand to come.

Defender of the area, 1940-1965

Spanning the years of 1940-1965, THE final LION alternatives up presently after Winston Churchill turned best Minister-when his tiny island country stood by myself opposed to the overpowering may perhaps of Nazi Germany. The Churchill conjured up by way of William Manchester and Paul Reid is a guy of indomitable braveness, lightning quickly mind, and an impossible to resist will to motion. THE final LION brilliantly recounts how Churchill prepared his nation's army reaction and protection; forced FDR into aiding America's beleaguered cousins, and personified the "never surrender" ethos that helped the Allies win the warfare, whereas whilst adapting himself and his state to the inevitable shift of worldwide strength from the British Empire to the us.

More than 20 years within the making, THE final LION provides a revelatory and unheard of portrait of this exceptional, fallacious, and dynamic chief. this is often well known historical past at its such a lot stirring.

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Welcome to My Breakdown: A Memoir

By Benilde Little

The nationally bestselling writer of Good Hair and The Itch pens her first publication of nonfiction, a “momoir” approximately her personal trip taking care of getting older mom and dad, elevating young children, being married, plunging to the depths of melancholy, and hiking her means out.

My mom was once long gone. I by no means notion i might continue to exist her death.

A significant bestselling novelist and previous journal editor, lengthy married to a good-looking and winning stockbroker with whom she has a stunning daughter and son, Benilde Little as soon as had each cause to consider on most sensible of the realm. yet as disorder, the getting older of her mom and dad, and different hurdles interrupted her probably excellent lifestyles, she took a tailspin right into a pit of medical depression.

Told in her personal fearless and clever voice, Welcome to My Breakdown chronicles a cavern of melancholy so darkish that Benilde didn’t recognize if she’d ever get over what David Foster Wallace referred to as “a nausea of the soul.” She discusses every thing from her Newark upbringing, once-frequent visits to a Muslim mosque, and the way it felt thus far a married guy, to her doubts approximately marriage, being stuck among elder care and childcare, and eventually how she taken care of her melancholy and located a manner out.

Writing within the brave culture of serious lady storytellers resembling Joan Didion, Nora Ephron, and Pearl Cleage, Benilde doesn’t carry again as she stocks insights, idea, and intimate info of her lifestyles. strong, relatable, and eventually redemptive, Welcome to My Breakdown is a striking memoir concerning the strength inside of us all to upward push from melancholy and to suppose wish and pleasure back.

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Alice James: A Biography (New York Review Books Classics)

By Jean Strouse

The Jameses are probably the main amazing and  distinct family members in American highbrow lifestyles. Henry’s novels, celebrated as among the best within the language, and William’s groundbreaking philosophical and mental works have gained those brothers an enduring position on the heart of the nation’s cultural firmament. much less popular is their enigmatic more youthful sister, Alice. yet as Jean Strouse’s beneficiant, probing, and deeply sympathetic biography exhibits, Alice James used to be a desirable and unparalleled determine in her personal correct. Tormented all through her brief existence by means of an array of anxious issues, restricted by way of social conference and inner clash from reaching the worldly luck she wanted, Alice was once still a shiny, witty author, an acute social observer, and as alert, inquiring, and interesting somebody as her well-known brothers. “The ethical and philosophical questions that Henry wrote up as fiction and William as science,” writes Strouse, “Alice easily lived.”

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