The Alice Behind Wonderland

By Simon Winchester

On a summer's day in 1858, in a backyard in the back of Christ Church university in Oxford, Charles Dodgson, a lecturer in arithmetic, photographed six-year-old Alice Liddell, the daughter of the varsity dean, with a Thomas Ottewill Registered Double Folding digital camera, lately bought in London.

Simon Winchester deftly makes use of the ensuing image--as unsettling because it is legendary, and the topic of bottomless speculation--as the automobile for a quick expedition at the back of the lens, a focus at the origins of a vintage paintings of English literature. Dodgson's love of images framed his view of the area and was once in part accountable for reworking a shy and half-deaf mathematician into one of many world's best-loved observers of early life. Little ask yourself that there's extra to "Alice Liddell because the Beggar Maid" than meets the attention. utilizing Dodgson's released writings, deepest diaries, and naturally his photographic pix, Winchester lightly exposes the advance of Lewis Carroll and the making of his Alice.

Acclaim for Simon Winchester

"An enormously attractive consultant at domestic far and wide, prepared for whatever, filled with gusto and possible omnivorous curiosity."
--Pico Iyer, The big apple instances ebook Review

"A grasp at telling a posh tale compellingly and lucidly."
--USA Today

"Extraordinarily graceful."

"Winchester is a wonderful author and a deft anecdoteur."
--Christopher Buckley

"A lyrical author and an indefatigable researcher."

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Band-Aid for a Broken Leg: Being a Doctor with No Borders (and Other Ways to Stay Single)

By Damien Brown

A robust, strangely humorous, and finally uplifting account of lifestyles at the scientific frontline, and a relocating testimony of the paintings performed by Medecins Sans Frontieres
Damien Brown, a tender medical professional, thinks he is prepared whilst he arrives for his first posting with Medecins Sans Frontieres in Africa. however the city he is despatched to is an remoted outpost of dust huts, surrounded via landmines; the clinic, for which he is to be the single health care provider, is full of malnourished youngsters and prerequisites he is by no means visible; and the healthiness workers—Angolan conflict veterans two times his age who communicate no English—walk out on him following an altercation on his first shift. within the months that persist with, Damien confronts those demanding situations all of the whereas facing the social absurdities of dwelling with purely 3 different volunteers for corporation. The clinical calamities pile up—including a leopard assault, a landmine explosion, and having to accomplish surgical procedure utilizing instruments wiped clean at the fire—but it is via Damien's evolving friendships with the local community that his ardour for the paintings grows. This heartbreaking and sincere account of existence at the clinical frontline in Angola, Mozambique, and South Sudan is a relocating testimony of the paintings performed by means of clinical humanitarian teams and the extreme and occasionally eccentric those that paintings for them.

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In This Together: My Story

When Mitt and Ann Romney met of their past due kids, an outstanding American love tale all started. And their existence jointly will be blessed: 5 fit sons, monetary safety, and a house jam-packed with pleasure. regardless of the common ups and downs, that they had a storybook life.

Then, in 1998, Ann used to be clinically determined with a number of sclerosis. She could not think it used to be actual; there have been no treatments or remedies to aid her. Mitt informed her that day that they'd take on the analysis as a crew: They have been in it jointly. "As lengthy because it is not deadly, we are positive. in case you have to be in a wheelchair, i will be correct there to push it," he advised her. And Ann idea, "But i will be the only within the wheelchair." A caregiver and helper her entire existence, she'd crossed a bad invisible line. She would not be ready to deal with her family members anymore. She used to be the sufferer. Ann and Mitt might face the main scary and humbling event in their lives.

From reflections on her adolescence, her marriage, and her prognosis and restoration, the resources of her religion, and the tales of others who overcame adversity and encouraged her to maintain going, In This Together is a courageous and deeply sincere portrait of a relatives dealing with an unforeseen blow, usually within the such a lot public of circumstances.

"A lot of individuals speak about a change that occurs while existence throws you a curve ball, and the massive one in my lifestyles used to be my MS analysis. With all of the benefits i have had, MS has been my maximum instructor: It has taught me approximately religion, compassion, and serving others. i have met many folks alongside the way in which who have shared recommendation and verified huge, immense resilience within the face of demanding situations; their tales gave me energy. In sharing my tale, i would like to provide others wish as i have been given desire in this journey."

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Grace and Grit: My Fight for Equal Pay and Fairness at Goodyear and Beyond

By Lanier Scott Isom

The inspiring tale of the girl on the middle of the old discrimination case that encouraged the Lilly Ledbetter reasonable Pay recovery Act--her struggle for equivalent rights within the office, and the way her decision turned a victory for the nation

Lilly Ledbetter consistently knew that she was once destined for whatever greater than what she used to be born into--a apartment with out operating water or electrical energy within the small city of Possum Trot, Alabama. In 1979, whilst Lilly utilized for her dream task on the Goodyear tire manufacturing unit, she received the job--one of the 1st ladies employed on the administration point. Nineteen years after her first day at Goodyear, Lilly got an nameless be aware revealing that she was once making hundreds of thousands much less according to 12 months than the boys in her place.
     whilst she filed a sex-discrimination case opposed to Goodyear, Lilly won--and then heartbreakingly misplaced on attraction. Over the following 8 years, her case made all of it how you can the excellent court docket, the place she misplaced back. yet Lilly persevered to struggle, and have become the namesake of Barack Obama's first legit piece of laws as president. A successful memoir and a strong name to palms, Grace and Grit is the tale of a real American icon.

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Baby Steps: Having the Child I Always Wanted (Just Not as I Expected)

When Elisabeth Rohm began running a blog approximately her kin for, she had no inspiration what percentage ladies may reply to her tales approximately being affected by infertility. Now the actress top identified for her position on Law and Order shares what she hasn’t but: the entire tale of the way in-vitro fertilization allowed her to have a toddler, how conversing approximately infertility helped her take care of it, and the way her hope for a child and the tricky course that ended in one taught her approximately herself and made her into the lady she was once intended to be.

Rohm’s stories—told in a transparent, humorous, warmhearted voice—cover her untraditional adolescence, and her lengthy trip to motherhood. With the frankness of Down got here the Rain and the wish of A position of Yes, Röhm encourages all girls to proportion their tales simply because “when ladies cease conversing, ladies cease being heard.”

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The Asylum: A collage of couture reminiscences...and hysteria

By Simon Doonan

After approximately an entire life spent within the undefined, writer and style insider Simon Doonan is able to allow you to in on a bit mystery: his friends during this multibillion-dollar are only as nutty because the denizens of your neighborhood loony bin. In The Asylum, an unabashedly hilarious number of autobiographical essays, Doonan, the inventive ambassador for Barneys big apple, tells the real-life tales of glamorous insanity and classy madness.  

Doonan has witnessed versions not able to paintings for worry of ghosts, long gone deep-sea fishing with a couturier buddy and his jailbird spouse, and watched Anna Wintour stay completely calm whereas the ceiling fell—literally—in the center of style Week. when you begin taking a look, he says, you’ll observe telltale indicators of lunacy all over the place. type insiders see styles and developments in every little thing; they be afflicted by outsize character issues and delusions of grandeur; and naturally, they've got a predilection for theatrical make-up and artfully destroyed garments. not anyone is extra suited for the asylum than the actually die-hard fashionista—after all, eccentricity and extremism are the principles of significant style.

With his gimlet eye for the absurd and a love for eccentricity, Doonan’s own tales by no means fail to entertain. “The David Sedaris of the fashion universe” (The Boston Globe) provides us the news at the kooky, cutthroat—but continuously fabulous—fashion global, and proves himself one of many sharpest humorists writing this present day.

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Shooting 007: And Other Celluloid Adventures

By Alec Mills

A veteran of 7 Bond motion pictures finds behind-the-scenes stories of the preferred movie series—with a foreword by way of Roger Moore, and plenty of formerly unpublished photos

Beloved cameraman and director of images Alec generators, a veteran of 7 James Bond video clips, tells the interior tale of his 20 years of filming cinema's most famed undercover agent. between many funny and touching anecdotes, turbines finds how he turned a vital part of the Bond family members as a tender digicam operator on 1969's On Her Majesty’s mystery Service, how he bore the brunt of his outdated good friend Roger Moore's mythical on-set bantering, and the way he rose to develop into the director of images in the course of Timothy Dalton's tenure as 007. turbines additionally appears again on a profession that took in Return of the Jedi on movie and The Saint on tv with wit and affection, and this memoir comprises a lot of his and Eon Productions' unpublished behind-the-scenes pictures compiled over a life of filmmaking. that includes many huge names, this ebook can be vital for either the James Bond and movie background aficionado.

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Take This Man: A Memoir

By Brando Skyhorse

Named one among Kirkus reports Best Nonfiction Books of 2014
one in all NBC News’s 10 top Latino Books of 2014

“A West Coast model of Augusten Burroughs’s Running With Scissors...A humorous, surprising, generous-hearted ebook” (Entertainment Weekly) a couple of boy, his 5 stepfathers, and the mummy who was resolute to provide her son every little thing however the truth.

When he used to be 3 years previous, Brando Kelly Ulloa used to be deserted through his immigrant father. His mom, Maria, dreaming of a extra intriguing lifestyles, observed no reason behind her son to reside as a Mexican American simply because he was once born one. With assistance from Maria’s ruthless mind's eye and a rapidly penned jailhouse correspondence, the lifetime of “Brando Skyhorse,” the local American son of an incarcerated political activist, was once approximately to begin.

Through a chain of letters to Paul Skyhorse Johnson, a stranger in criminal for armed theft, Maria reinvents herself and her younger son as American Indians within the colourful Mexican-American local of Echo Park, California, the place Brando and his mom stay together with his acerbic grandmother and a rotating solid of surrogate fathers. will probably be thirty years earlier than Brando starts off to untangle the reality, whilst a shock discovery leads him to his organic father at last.

From this PEN/Hemingway Award–winning novelist comes a rare literary memoir taking pictures a mother-son tale not like the other and a boy’s single-minded look for a father, anywhere he can locate one.

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Airman's Odyssey

By Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

3 vintage event tales, reminders of either the romance and the truth of the pioneer period of aviation: evening Flight; Wind, Sand and Stars; and Flight to Arras. advent through Richard Bach. Translated through Lewis Galantière and Stuart Gilbert.

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