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Louise Rennison - Angus, ​Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging
Angus: ​My mixed-breed cat, half domestic tabby, half Scottish wildcat. The size of a small Labrador, only mad. Likes to stalk Mr. and Mrs. Next Door's poodle. I used to drag him around on a lead, but, as I explained to Mrs. Next Door, he ate it. Thongs: Stupid underwear worn by old Swotty Knickers, Lindsay. What's the point of them, anyway? They just go up your bum, as far as I can tell. Full-Frontal Snogging: Kissing with the trimmings, lip to lip, open mouth, tongues...everything (apart from dribble, which is never acceptable). As taught to me by a professional snogger. In this wildly funny journal of a year in the life of Georgia Nicolson, British author Louise Rennison has perfectly captured the soaring joys and bottomless angst if being a teenager. In the spirit of Bridget Jones' Diary, this fresh, irreverent, and simply hilarious book will leave you laughing out loud. As Georgia would say, it's "fabbity fab fab"!

Rigoberta Menchú - Dante Liano - L'ereditá ​segreta
Ixkem ​è solo una bambina, eppure il nonno ha affidato a lei, fra tutti i suoi figli e nipoti, il compito più serio e delicato per la vita della famiglia: la cura dei campi di mais, il dono più grande del Creatore, che ha reso possibile la sopravvivenza degli uomini fin dall'origine del tempo. Ma come può Ixkem accollarsi un incarico che sarebbe difficile anche per una persona ben più vecchia e saggia di lei, e che richiede la conoscenza dei segreti della terra e dei riti della semina e del raccolto? Piena di fiducia e di buona volontà, la piccola, che ha fatto tesoro delle storie e degli insegnamenti del nonno, si mette coraggiosamente alla prova.

Alex Haley - The ​Autobiography of Malcolm X
From ​hustling, drug addiction and armed violence in America's black ghettos Malcolm X turned, in a dramatic prison conversion, to the puritanical fervour of the Black Muslims. As their spokesman he became identified in the white press as a terrifying teacher of race hatred; but to his direct audience, the oppressed American blacks, he brought hope and self-respect. This autobiography (written with Alex Haley) reveals his quick-witted integrity, usually obscured by batteries of frenzied headlines, and the fierce idealism which led him to reject both liberal hypocrisies and black racialism.

Gálfalvi György - Beszélgetéseink
Ehhez a könyvhöz nincs fülszöveg, de ettől függetlenül még rukkolható/happolható.

Tőzsér Kapcsos Anna - Palócul ​tanított imádkozni anyám
Tőzsér ​Kapcsos Anna 1927-ben született a palócföld szívének számító, valódi palóc tudattal rendelkező Kazáron. Kazár faluközössége és kultúrája a palócság jellegzetes példája. Hegyek közé zárt, szűk határú falu, korlátozott lehetőségekkel, konzervatív gazdálkodással, társadalmában, kultúrájában, hiedelemvilágában számos archaizmussal. A falu legidősebb asszonyai még napjainkban is népviseletben járnak. A 77 éves Panni néni az utolsók egyike, akinek nemcsak ruhatára, de gazdag és biztos tudásanyaga is párját ritkítja. A kötet öt generáció életének fontos eseményeit kíséri végig. Autentikusabb belülről láttatás a legempatikusabb szakmai mű esetében sem lehetne, mint ebben az érzésekkel teli családtörténetben és önéletírásban, amelyben szeretteinek és egy végleg eltűnt világ értékeinek akar emléket állítani egy kivételes asszony. A mű - szűkebb néprajzi értékén túl - nemcsak egy hagyományainak értékeire ráébredő közösség öntudatát táplálja, hanem a nagyobb olvasóközönség figyelmére is számot tarthat.

Man Ray - Self-Portrait
An ​autobiography, in which the author - painter, photographer, sculptor, film maker and writer - relates the story of his life, from his childhood determination to be an artist and his technical drawing classes in a Brooklyn high school, to the glamorous and heady days of Paris in the 1940s.

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Ismeretlen szerző - Magyar ​rendezők könyve
Egyedülálló ​vállalkozás eredményét tartja kezében a tisztelt olvasó. Magyarországon jelent már meg filmlexikon - többféle is - készültek ilyen-olyan szakmai névsorok, „ki-kicsodák", de először próbáljuk számba venni, feltérképezni egy szakma, a filmrendezők teljességét, műveikkel, életútjukkal együtt. Hálásak vagyunk az elődöknek, a Filmlexikon, a Magyar Filmintézet, a Magyar Televízió adatállománya összeállítóinak, de az ő munkájukat is ki kellett egészíteni, naprakésszé tenni. Nem szólva számtalan kollégámról, akinek életműve, filmográfiája még sohasem jelent meg, és akik sokszor maguk sem tartották számon filmjeiket. A filmrendezés sokáig az elitszakmák krémjének számított, a rendező kivételes helyzetében egyaránt lehetett bolond művész és mindenható mesterember, a politika kedveltje és száműzöttje. A televízió korában ez a két funkció - a művészé és a mesteremberé - látványosan kettévált. A nagyközönség csak néhány tucatnyi rendező nevét ismeri, a többség a filmek végefőcímén szerepel legfeljebb, ha egyáltalán vetítik őket. A rendszerváltozás során sokan váltak pályaelhagyókká: képviselők, menedzserek, producerek, háztartásbeliek és munkanélküliek egyaránt lettek belőlük. És iszonyúak a veszteségeink: egész generációk tűntek el, külföldön vagy a temetőkben. Akik itt szerepelnek - „tábornokok és közkatonák" több százan -, a magyar mozgóképművészet megteremtői és gyakorlói 1945-től napjainkig. Nekik, kollégáimnak, barátaimnak, egy szakma, mesterség, néha művészet művelőinek ajánlom ezt a könyvet.

Brunhilde Pomsel - Thore D. Hansen - The ​Work I Did
'I ​know no one ever believes us nowadays – everyone thinks we knew everything. We knew nothing. It was all a well-kept secret. We believed it. We swallowed it. It seemed entirely plausible' Brunhilde Pomsel described herself as an 'apolitical girl' and a 'figure on the margins'. How are we to reconcile this description with her chosen profession? Employed as a typist during the Second World War, she worked closely with one of the worst criminals in world history: Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels. She was one of the oldest surviving eyewitnesses to the internal workings of the Nazi power apparatus until her death in 2017. Her life, mirroring all the major breaks and continuities of the twentieth century, illustrates how far-right politics, authoritarian regimes and dictatorships can rise, and how political apathy can erode democracy. Compelling and unnerving, _The Work I Did_ gives us intimate insight into political complexity at society's highest levels – at one of history's darkest moments.

Thore D. Hansen - Brunhilde Pomsel - Ein ​deutsches Leben
Zeigt ​das Beispiel der 105-jährigen Brunhilde Pomsel, ehemalige Sekretärin von Reichspropagandaminister Goebbels, dass wir vor einer neuen Epoche des Radikalismus stehen? Warnt uns die Geschichte einer Frau aus dem Machtzentrum der Nazis vor der Wiederkehr autoritärer Regimes in Europa und den USA? Oder sehen wir längst unaufhaltsam mit an, wie sich die Geschichte durch uns und unser Verhalten wiederholt? Der Politikwissenschaftler Thore D. Hansen verdeutlicht am Beispiel Pomsels, wohin Karrieredenken, unreflektiertes Pflichtbewusstsein und politisches Desinteresse führen können und formuliert daraus ein eindringliche Warnung vor einer Wiederholung opportunistischer und egoistischer Blindheit. Dadurch wird die Relevanz von Brunhilde Pomsels Lebensgeschichte für die aktuellen nationalistischen und faschistischen Tendenzen in unseren Gesellschaften deutlich und macht das Buch besonders wertvoll. Brunhilde Pomsel diente einem der größten Verbrecher der Geschichte. Von 1942 bis 1945 war sie Stenotypistin im Propagandaministerium von Joseph Goebbels. In dem Dokumentarfilm »Ein deutsches Leben«, der im Herbst 2016 auf Filmfestivals in München, Jerusalem und San Francisco Furore machte, gibt sie einen Einblick in die Banalität des Schreckens. Pomsel war eine unpolitische Mitläuferin, und das bestreitet sie auch nicht. Ihr ging der Job vor, ihr Pflichtgefühl, das Bedürfnis dazuzugehören. Erst nach Kriegsende sei ihr das ganze Ausmaß der Geschehnisse bewusst geworden. Ihre Lebensgeschichte und ihre bestechende Ehrlichkeit konfrontieren uns mit der hochaktuellen Frage nach der persönlichen Verantwortung für das politische Zeitgeschehen und den Konsequenzen eines wiedererstarkten Nationalismus und Populismus. Werden wir später auch wie Brunhilde Pomsel sagen: »Wir wollten’s ja auch nicht wissen«?

Viktor E. Frankl - …trotzdem ​Ja zum Leben sagen
Mehrere ​Jahre musste der österreichische Psychologe Viktor E. Frankl in deutschen Konzentrationslagern verbringen. Doch trotz all des Leids, das er dort sah und erlebte, kam er zu dem Schluss, dass es selbst an Orten der größten Unmenschlichkeit möglich ist, einen Sinn im Leben zu sehen. Seine Erinnerungen, die er in diesem Buch festhielt und die über Jahrzehnte Millionen von Menschen bewegten, sollen weder Mitleid erregen noch Anklage erheben. Sie sollen Kraft zum Leben geben.

Sarah Turner - Sz@ranyu ​naplója
EZ ​NEM NEVELÉSI KÉZIKÖNYV, EZ A VALÓ ÉLET! A Szaranyu naplója olyan őszintén ír az anyaságról, mint amilyen a valóságban: a piszkos, őrjítő, derűs valóságról, arról, hogy nem létezik amolyan "egy kaptafás" megközelítés, és hogy időnként teljesen rendben van, ha fogalmad sincs, mit csinálsz. A lecke, amit megtanult, miközben két kissráccal viaskodott - a születéstől a fogzásig, a hajnali három órás etetésektől a hisztizésekig, a játszóházaktól a szobatisztaságra szoktatásig - hangos nevetésre ingerel, és megnyugtat a tény, hogy határozottan nem vagy ezzel egyedül..

Heather Morris - Tatuatorul ​de la Auschwitz
Un ​milion de exemplare vândute în nouă luni de la apariție, între ianuarie și septembrie 2018 • Romanul cel mai bine vândut în Marea Britanie și Irlanda în 2018 • Bestseller în SUA, Canada, Australia, Africa de Sud, Olanda, Portugalia, Ungaria etc. • 25 de săptămâni în top 10 Sunday Times • Bestseller Amazon, New York Times, Saturday Times, The Irish Times, The Northern Eco • Carte tradusă în peste 35 de țari • În curs de adaptare TV. Tatuatorul de la Auschwitz se bazează pe povestea din spatele unuia dintre cele mai puternice simboluri ale Holocaustului: numerele verzi-albăstrui tatuate pe brațele prizonierilor, femei și bărbați deopotrivă. Când lui Lale i se oferă ocazia de a fi Tätowierer la Auschwitz, tânărul evreu slovac înțelege că aceasta poate fi șansa lui să supraviețuiască, deși trebuie să-și înțepe până la sânge semenii, act pe care îl resimte ca pe o dureroasă profanare. De la masa la care lucrează, nici nu i se permite să ridice capul spre cei al căror destin îl pecetluiește astfel. Dar într-o zi reușește să surprindă privirea unei tinere al cărei nume îl află în cele din urmă: Gita.

Heather Morris - The ​Tattooist of Auschwitz
The ​incredible story of the Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist and the woman he loved. Lale Sokolov is well-dressed, a charmer, a ladies’ man. He is also a Jew. On the first transport from Slovakia to Auschwitz in 1942, Lale immediately stands out to his fellow prisoners. In the camp, he is looked up to, looked out for, and put to work in the privileged position of Tätowierer– the tattooist – to mark his fellow prisoners, forever. One of them is a young woman, Gita, who steals his heart at first glance. His life given new purpose, Lale does his best through the struggle and suffering to use his position for good. This story, full of beauty and hope, is based on years of interviews author Heather Morris conducted with real-life Holocaust survivor and Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist Ludwig (Lale) Sokolov. It is heart-wrenching, illuminating, and unforgettable.

James Bowen - Bob ​und wie er die Welt sieht
Seit ​Bob da ist, hat sich mein Leben sehr verändert. Ich war ein obdachloser Straßenmusiker ohne Perspektive und ohne eine Idee, was ich aus meinem Leben machen sollte. Nun stehe ich wieder mit zwei Beinen auf der Erde, ich habe die Vergangenheit hinter mir gelassen, aber ich weiß nicht, was die Zukunft bringen wird. Ich brauche wohl immer noch Unterstützung, um auf meinem Weg zu bleiben. Zum Glück steht mir Bob mit seiner Freundschaft und seiner Klugheit zur Seite. Die wunderbare Geschichte der Freundschaft zwischen James und seinem Kater wurde mit „Bob, der Streuner“ zum Welt-Bestseller. In seinem neuen Buch erzählt James, wie Bob ihm in harten Zeiten und selbst in lebensgefährlichen Situationen immer wieder den Weg weist.

James Bowen - Gatukatten ​Bob
När ​James Bowen hittade en skadad, röd gatukatt hopkrupen i huset där han nyss fått en träningslägenhet hade han ingen aning om hur stor betydelse katten skulle få i hans liv. James levde ur hand i mun på Londons gator och det sista han behövde var ett husdjur. Ändä kunde James inte låta bli att hjälpa den släende intelligenta hankatten, som han snart döpte till Bob. Inom kort var de två oskiljaktiga och deras skiftande, lustiga och emellanåt farliga äventyr skulle komma att förändra deras liv och lånsamt läka såren från det förflutna.

Walther Victor - Egy ​a sok közül
Regény ​a német bányák robotosainak életéről, nagy riport a munka küzdelméről. A munka és a tőke harca a bányák frontján. Bonyodalmát maga az élet nyújtja, eseményei a bányászélet mindennapos eseményei.

Ismeretlen szerző - Metszéspontok ​a fenomenológia és a hermeneutika határvidékén
Talán ​nem túlzás állítani, hogy a kortárs kontinentális filozófia két legmarkánsabb és legjelentősebb irányzata a fenomenológia és a filozófiai hermeneutika. E két filozófiai megközelítésmód története a kezdetektől fogva szorosan összefonódott. A fenomenológia gondolatrendszerének kidolgozása Edmund Husserl nevéhez fűződik, aki Logische Untersuchungen címmel írt munkájára támaszkodva dolgozta ki a transzcendentális fenomenológiát. A fiatalabb fenomenológusok azonban többnyire nem maradtak meg a transzcendentális fenomenológia keretei között, hanem új utakat kerestek, konfliktusba kerülve a fenomenológiai mozgalom alapítójával, Husserllel. A hermeneutikai és a fenomenológiai gondolatvilág ütköztetése és összeötvözése új törekvések kiindulópontjává vált, elsősorban Martin Heidegger alapműve, a Lét és idő rendkívüli hatásának következtében. A filozófiai hermeneutika későbbi, máig befolyásos kidolgozását Hans-Georg Gadamernek köszönhetjük, aki az 50-es években Heidegger munkásságára támaszkodva írta meg az Igazság és módszert, melyet ezen irányzat második alapműveként tartanak számon. A hermeneutika és a fenomenológia tárgykörében már számos tanulmánykötet, fordítás és értekezés jelent meg hazánkban, mely tény önmagában is jelzi, hogy meglehetősen nagy a szakmai érdeklődés e tematika iránt. A kötet e két tradíció konfliktusait próbálja meg körbejárni magyar és nemzetközileg elismert külföldi kutatók tanulmányain keresztül.

Bea Johnson - Zero ​waste otthon
Lehetséges-e ​szemét nélkül működtetni egy háztartást? Lehet-e úgy vásárolni, hogy a szatyrainkba ne kerüljenek műanyag csomagoló eszközök? Meg lehet-e szabadulni mindattól, amire igazából nincs szükségünk? A válasz: határozott igen! Bea Johnson, a hulladékmentes életmód koronázatlan királynője 2008 óta gyakorolja családjával együtt a Zero Waste, azaz "nulla hulladék" életvitelt. Tapasztalatait, amiket sokszor rögös utakat járva szerzett, ebben a könyvben osztja meg a környezettudatosságra törekvő olvasóval. Könyvében arra bátorít, hogy csökkentsük az otthoni zűrzavart, a dolgok birtoklása helyett válasszuk az élményeket, és mindezt ne csak egy jobb környezetért, de egy jobb önmagunkért tegyük. A könyv praktikus, kipróbált megoldásokat mutat be arra, hogy életünk teljesebb és egészségesebb legyen. Bea Johnson a Zero Waste életmód nagykövete. 2008 óta követi a hulladékmentes életmódot, és mára mindössze egy befőttes üvegnyi szemetet termel családjával együtt évente. A francia származású szerző Kaliforniában él férjével és két kamasz fiával.

Mia Dolan - The ​Gift
The ​extraordinary life story of psychic and clairvoyant, Mia Dolan, the new Betty Shine. Mia Dolan is one of the UK's most eminent and extraordinary psychics whose work has taken her from private readings to `ghostbusting' to psychic demonstrations in front of hundreds of people. Her abilities have made her one of the most sought-after psychics in the country. An ordinary woman brought up in a working-class family on the Isle of Sheppey, she had her first out-of-body experience at the age of 12 when she was sexually assaulted by a local teenager. At the age of 22 her spirit guide began to talk to her and showed her how to use her clairvoyance as well providing fascinating insights into the nature of the Afterlife. Mia's life has been touched by tragic experiences including when she foresaw the murder of her own brother and when her son died while still only a teenager. In The Gift Mia describes how her psychic ability developed, and the more dramatic readings that she has given including the man who came to ask her where his missing wife was - she knew instantly that she was dead, and the body was later found exactly as Mia described. The book recounts her activities as a 'ghostbuster' and exorcist, and includes stories of the haunted Drury Lane Theatre in London, a haunted theme park, and sightings of earth-bound spirits - both good and bad. 'I want people to know there is more to life than what we call reality, more than what we can see - and it is not as far beyond our reach as we imagine. It is ordinary, everyday, here and now, in this minute. And it is magical, a gift.'

Allison Hoover Bartlett - The ​Man Who Loved Books Too Much
Unrepentant ​book thief John Charles Gilkey has stolen a fortune in rare books from around the country. Yet unlike most thieves who steal for profit, Gilkey steals for love-the love of books. Perhaps equally obsessive is Ken Sanders, the self-appointed "bibliodick" who's driven to catch him. Following this eccentric cat-and-mouse chase with a mixture of suspense, insight and humor, Allison Hoover Bartlett plunges the reader deep into a rich world of fanatical book lust and considers what it is that makes some people stop at nothing to posses the titles they love.

Ursula K. Le Guin - The ​Wild Girls
Newly ​revised and presented here in book form for the first time, this Nebula Award-winning story tells of two captive "dirt children" in a society of sword and silk, whose determination to find a glimpse of justice leads to a violent and loving end. Also included is the nonfiction essay "Staying Awake While We Read" which demolishes the pretensions of corporate publishing and the basic assumptions of capitalism, and "Outspoken Author Interview," which reveals the hidden dimensions of America's best-known sci-fi author.

Jillian Keenan - Sex ​with Shakespeare
A ​provocative, moving, kinky, and often absurdly funny memoir about Shakespeare, love, obsession, and spanking When it came to understanding love, a teenage Jillian Keenan had nothing to guide her—until a production of The Tempest sent Shakespeare’s language flowing through her blood for the first time. In Sex with Shakespeare, she tells the story of how the Bard’s plays helped her embrace her unusual sexual identity and find a love story of her own. Four hundred years after Shakespeare’s death, Keenan’s smart and passionate memoir brings new life to his work. With fourteen of his plays as a springboard, she explores the many facets of love and sexuality—from desire and communication to fetish and fantasy. In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Keenan unmasks Helena as a sexual masochist—like Jillian herself. In Macbeth, she examines criminalized sexual identities and the dark side of “privacy.” The Taming of the Shrew goes inside the secret world of bondage, domination, and sadomasochism, while King Lear exposes the ill-fated king as a possible sexual predator. Moving through the canon, Keenan makes it abundantly clear that literature is a conversation. In Sex with Shakespeare, words are love. As Keenan wanders the world in search of connection, from desert dictatorships to urban islands to disputed territories, Shakespeare goes with her —and provokes complex, surprising, and wildly important conversations about sexuality, consent, and the secrets that simmer beneath our surfaces.

John Cheever - The ​Journals of John Cheever
In ​these journals, the experiences of one of the most renowned twentieth-century American writers come to life with fascinating, wholly revealing detail.John Cheever's journals provide peerless insights into the creation of his novels and stories. But they are equally the record of a complex, often dark, always closely observed inner world. No American writer of comparable stature has left such an unreservedly revealing and moving account of himself: his family life, his literary life, and his emotional life. The final word from one of modern America's great writers, The Journals of John Cheever provides a powerful and beautiful capstone to a towering oeuvre.

John Cheever - The ​Letters of John Cheever
John ​Cheever's letters offer a tantalising glimpse into the life of a writer. They include correspondence with his contemporaries, such as Philip Roth, John Updike and Saul Bellow, his days as a young, aspiring writer and his battles with bisexuality and alcoholism. In this collection, edited by his son Benjamin Cheever, we see how his private correspondence was as extraordinary as his published works.

Lemony Snicket - The ​Unauthorized Autobiography
A ​Warning from the Publisher: Many readers have questions about Lemony Snicket, author of the distressing serial concerning the trials of the charming but unlucky Baudelaire orphans, published under the collective title A Series of Unfortunate Events. Before purchasing, borrowing, or stealing this book, you should be aware that it contains the answers to some of those questions, such as the following: 1. Who is Lemony? 2. Is there a secret organization I should know about? 3. Why does Lemony Snicket spend his time researching and writing distressing books concerning the Baudelaire orphans? 4. Why do all of Lemony Snicket's books contain a sad dedication to a woman named Beatrice? 5. If there's nothing out there, what was that noise? Our advice to you is that you find a book that answers less upsetting questions than this one. Perhaps your librarian, bookseller, or parole officer can recommend a book that answers the question, "Aren't ponies adorable?"

Ronnie O'Sullivan - Running ​(német)
Laufen ​ist meine Droge. Ehrlich gesagt, früher waren es Drogen (und Alkohol), aber jetzt bin ich dem gesündesten aller Laster verfallen. Das Laufen hat mir geholfen, meine inneren Dämonen zu bekämpfen, fünf Weltmeistertitel zu gewinnen und mit dem ganzen Mist klarzukommen, mit dem ich in meinem Leben konfrontiert war. Man sagt, was uns nicht umbringe, mache uns stärker. In diesem Buch setze ich mich mit all den Dingen auseinander, die mich zwar nicht umgebracht haben, es aber durchaus hätten können: mein Suchtpotenzial, Depressionen, die Verurteilung meines Vaters wegen Mordes, die schmerzhafte Trennung von der Mutter meiner Kinder und das Problem, das Leben eines Familienvaters mit dem eines Sportlers in Einklang zu bringen. Es geht aber auch um die großartigen Dinge in meinem Leben: meine Kinder, Snooker, die Entlassung meines Vaters aus dem Gefängnis, gute Freunde, die mich unterstützt haben und den Psychiater Dr. Steve Peters, der mir beigebracht hat, nicht vor dem Leben davonzulaufen. Zu einigen meiner verrücktesten Aktionen äußere ich mich in diesem Buch zum ersten Mal - warum ich ein Spiel gegen Stephen Hendry mittendrin abbrach und warum ich in einem Spiel gegen Mark King mit einem feuchten Tuch über dem Kopf dasaß. Dieses Buch handelt davon, was es kostet, ein Spitzensportler zu sein, und welche Opfer man bringen muss - besessenes Training, Egoismus. Und es handelt davon, wie es ist, Leidenschaft für eine Sache zu empfinden. Jeder, den jemals die Begeisterung für das Laufen gepackt hat, wird das nachempfinden können.

Elizabeth Berg - The ​Dream Lover
At ​the beginning of this powerful novel, we meet Aurore Dupin as she is leaving her estranged husband, a loveless marriage, and her family’s estate in the French countryside to start a new life in Paris. There, she gives herself a new name—George Sand—and pursues her dream of becoming a writer, embracing an unconventional and even scandalous lifestyle. Paris in the nineteenth century comes vividly alive, illuminated by the story of the loves, passions, and fierce struggles of a woman who defied the confines of society. Sand’s many lovers and friends include Frédéric Chopin, Gustave Flaubert, Franz Liszt, Eugène Delacroix, Victor Hugo, Marie Dorval, and Alfred de Musset. As Sand welcomes fame and friendship, she fights to overcome heartbreak and prejudice, failure and loss. Though considered the most gifted genius of her time, she works to reconcile the pain of her childhood, of disturbing relationships with her mother and daughter, and of her intimacies with women and men. Will the life she longs for always be just out of reach—a dream? Brilliantly written in luminous prose, and with remarkable insights into the heart and mind of a literary force, The Dream Lover tells the unforgettable story of a courageous, irresistible woman.

Antony Beevor - The ​Mystery of Olga Chekhova
In ​his latest work, Antony Beevor--bestselling author of Stalingrad and The Battle of Arnhem and one of our most respected historians of World War II--brings us the true, little-known story of a family torn apart by revolution and war. Olga Chekhova, a stunning Russian beauty, was the niece of playwright Anton Chekhov and a famous Nazi-era film actress who was closely associated with Hitler. After fleeing Bolshevik Moscow for Berlin in 1920, she was recruited by her composer brother Lev to become a Soviet spy--a career she spent her entire postwar life denying. The riveting story of how Olga and her family survived the Russian Revolution, the rise of Hitler, the Stalinist Terror, and the Second World War becomes, in Beevor's hands, a breathtaking tale of survival in a merciless age.

Brett Velicovich - Christopher S. Stewart - Drone ​Warrior
"A ​must read for anyone who wants to understand the new American way of war." - General Michael V. Hayden, former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency A former special operations member takes us inside America's covert drone war in this headline-making, never-before-told account for fans of Zero Dark Thirty and Lone Survivor, told by a Pulitzer Prize-winning Wall Street Journal writer and filled with eye-opening and sure to be controversial details.For nearly a decade Brett Velicovich was at the center of America's new warfare: using unmanned aerial vehicles-drones-to take down the world's deadliest terrorists across the globe. One of an elite handful in the entire military with the authority to select targets and issue death orders, he worked in concert with the full human and technological network of American intelligence-assets, analysts, spies, informants-and the military's elite operatives, to stalk, capture, and eliminate high value targets in al-Qaeda and ISIS.In this remarkable book, co-written with journalist Christopher S. Stewart, Velicovich offers unprecedented perspective on the remarkably complex nature of drone operations and the rigorous and wrenching decisions behind them. In intimate gripping detail, he shares insider, action-packed stories of the most coordinated, advanced, and secret missions that neutralized terrorists, preserved the lives of US and international warriors across the globe, and saved countless innocents in the hottest conflict zones today.Drone Warrior also chronicles the US military's evolution in the past decade and the technology driving it. Velicovich considers the future it foretells, and speaks candidly on the physical and psychological toll it exacts, including the impact on his own life. He reminds us that while these machines can kill, they can also be used productively to improve and preserve life, including protecting endangered species, work he is engaged in today.Joining warfare classics such as American Sniper, Lone Survivor, and No Easy Day, Drone Warrior is the definitive account of our nation's capacity and capability for war in the modern age.

Heather King - Shirt ​of Flame
If ​you have not read Heather King before, her honesty may shock you. In this remarkable memoir, you will see how a convert with a checkered past spends a year reflecting upon Saint Therese of Lisieux - and discovers the radical faith, true love, and abundant life of a cloistered 19th-century French nun. The provocative title is inspired by a portion of T.S. Eliot's Four Quartets that says we all choose to live "consumed by either fire or fire."

Renata Adler - Gone: ​The Last Days of The New Yorker
Renata ​Adler's fulminating, fascinating defense and prosecution of her longtime employer The New Yorker may not be the best book ever written on the subject. Brendan Gill's Here at the New Yorker remains the classic, and Nancy Franklin's profile of Katharine White in Life Stories is more graceful and insightful. But Gone is without doubt the hottest (as ex-editor Tina Brown might say) chronicle of the magazine's history: a scathing portrait of a world with the mad logic of Alice's Wonderland and intrigues as viciously intricate as anything in le Carré. Adler's narrative zooms like a speedboat through decade after decade of controversy. Still, Gone is essentially a heart-shredding account of the fall of a dynasty--that of longtime editor William Shawn, one of the century's crucial journalistic geniuses. "Mr. Shawn was the father," recalls Adler, "Lillian Ross, the mother. The son was Jonathan Schell; the spirit was J.D. Salinger. This family, it seemed to me, was ferociously judgmental." Yet nobody is more ferocious than the author herself, who was taken into the bosom of this family and stomps all its members to smithereens. According to Adler, she was one of the lucky few invited into the circle of Mr. Shawn's biological clan, not to mention the parallel world of his mistress and "office wife" Lillian Ross. The author is quick to take Ross to task for her own trash-talking memoir of Shawn. Yet Adler is hardly a whit less destructive in Gone, although she wields the shiv with far greater literary skill. Indeed, those who still worship at the late editor's shrine will be shocked at her portrait of Shawn as a cruel despot who nurtured and destroyed talent according to meticulously articulated, infinitely arbitrary, altogether lunatic rules adjudicated by himself alone. Apparently he had three main responses to criticism: silence, lies, and high-handedness cloaked as high-mindedness. Adler rages at Shawn's hypocrisy, citing his refusal to give his son Wallace Shawn a job on the basis of the magazine's "No Nepotism rule." Not only was this rule nonexistent but the editor rubbed salt in the wound by hiring Schell instead, who happened to be the younger Shawn's college roommate. Adler notes that the writers who bullied the conflict-averse Shawn tended to prosper, while those who revered him withered away, unpublished. Amazingly, she blames literature's loss of Salinger on Shawn: the ever-elusive author of The Catcher in the Rye "said that the reason he chose not to publish the material he had been working on was to spare Mr. Shawn the burden of having to read, and to decide whether to publish, Salinger writing about sex." Space, alas, prevents full comment on all of Adler's red-hot disclosures. Suffice it to say, however, that like a certain Truman Capote piece she insists on trashing, Adler's memoir of her office family is written in cold blood indeed. --Tim Appelo

Shauna Niequist - Present ​Over Perfect
LIVE ​A LIFE OF MEANING AND CONNECTION Instead of pushing for perfection A few years ago, I found myself exhausted and isolated, my soul and body sick. I was tired of being tired, burned out on busy. And, it seemed almost everyone I talked with was in the same boat: longing for connection, meaning, depth, but settling for busy. I am a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, neighbor, writer, and I know all too well that settling feeling. But over the course of the last few years, I’ve learned a way to live, marked by grace, love, rest, and play. And it’s changing everything. Present Over Perfect is an invitation to this journey that changed my life. I’ll walk this path with you, a path away from frantic pushing and proving, and toward your essential self, the one you were created to be before you began proving and earning for your worth. Written in Shauna’s warm and vulnerable style, this collection of essays focuses on the most important transformation in her life, and maybe yours too: leaving behind busyness and frantic living and rediscovering the person you were made to be. Present Over Perfect is a hand reaching out, pulling you free from the constant pressure to perform faster, push harder, and produce more, all while maintaining an exhausting image of perfection. Shauna offers an honest account of what led her to begin this journey, and a compelling vision for an entirely new way to live: soaked in grace, rest, silence, simplicity, prayer, and connection with the people that matter most to us. In these pages, you’ll be invited to consider the landscape of your own life, and what it might look like to leave behind the pressure to be perfect and begin the life-changing practice of simply being present, in the middle of the mess and the ordinariness of life.

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