All You Need To Know About Chuck Norris: The Exceptional Life Of The Legendary Martial Artist And Actor Chuck Norris by Scott Adams Requirements: .ePUB reader, 1.9 MB Overview: Born on March 10, 1940, Chuck Norris started studying martial arts in Korea in the 1950s. He was serving in the U.S. Air Force at the time. When he returned home, Norris soon opened his karate studio. He switched to movies in the 1970s, appearing with Bruce Lee in Way of the Dragon. Norris became a popular action-film star in the 1980s and starred in his own television series in the 1990s. Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs
All You Need To Know About Al Pacino: The Exceptional Life Of The Iconic Actor Al Pacino by Scott Adams Requirements: .ePUB reader, 1.3 MB Overview: Alfredo James Pacino was born on April 25, 1940, in New York City. He began studying acting in his teens and eventually made his way from the stage to the big screen. During his career he has brought a brooding seriousness and explosive rage to gritty roles, including those of gangster Michael Corleone in The Godfather (1972) and drug lord Tony Montana in Scarface (1983).
A versatile performer, he has starred in a diverse range of projects during his prolific career, appearing in countless stage productions and directing several films as well. He received an Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of a blind man in Scent of a Woman (1992) and in 2007 received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute. Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs
The Motion of Light in Water: Sex and Science Fiction Writing in the East Village by Samuel R. Delany Requirements: .ePUB, .MOBI/.AZW reader, 4.5 mb Overview: Born in New York City’s black ghetto Harlem at the start of World War II, Samuel R. Delany married white poet Marilyn Hacker right out of high school. The interracial couple moved into the city’s new bohemian quarter, the Lower East Side, in summer 1961. Through the decade’s opening years, new art, new sexual practices, new music, and new political awareness burgeoned among the crowded streets and cheap railroad apartments. Beautifully, vividly, insightfully, Delany calls up this era of exploration and adventure as he details his development as a black gay writer in an open marriage, with tertiary walk-ons by Bob Dylan, Stokely Carmichael, W. H. Auden, and James Baldwin, and a panoply of brilliantly drawn secondary characters.
Winner of the 1989 Hugo Award for Non-fiction Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs
Yo-Yo Ma by Richard Worth Requirements: .PDF reader, 7.3 Mb Overview: Born in Paris, to Chinese parents, Yo-Yo Ma began playing the cello when he was a child. At the age of five he was already playing Bach’s challenging cello suites. A short time later, Ma immigrated to the United States with his parents, who established a new home in New York City. This biography of Yo-Yo Ma is for musicians or music enthusiasts. Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs
Jesse Owens by Tony Gentry Requirements: .PDF reader, 2.5 Mb Overview: Tells the story of the track and field star who won three gold medals in the 1936 Summer Olympic Games. Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs
My Lives by Edmund White (2006) Requirements: .ePUB, .MOBI/.AZW reader, 2.6 Mb Overview: No one has been more frank, lucid, rueful and entertaining about growing up gay in Middle America than Edmund White. Best known for his autobiographical novels, starting with A Boys Own Story, White here takes fiction out of his story and delivers the facts of his life in all their shocking and absorbing verity. From an adolescence in the 1950s, an era that tried to “cure his homosexuality” but found him “unsalvageable,” he emerged into a 1960s society that redesignated his orientation as “acceptable (nearly).” He describes a life touched by psychotherapy in every decade, starting with his flamboyant and demanding therapist mother, who considered him her own personal test case—and personal escort to cocktail lounges after her divorce. His father thought that even wearing a wristwatch was effeminate, though custodial visits to Dad in Cincinnati inadvertently initiated White into the culture of “hustlers and johns” that changed his life. In My Lives, White shares his enthusiasms and his passions—for Paris, for London, for Jean Genet—and introduces us to his lovers and predilections, past and present. “Now that I’m sixty-five,” writes White, “I think this is a good moment to write a memoir. . . . Sixty-five is the right time for casting a backward glance, while one is still fully engaged in one’s life.” Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs Autobiography
Ladies of Lascaris: Christina Ratcliffe and the Forgotten Heroes of Malta’s War by Paul McDonald Requirements: .PDF reader, 45 MB Overview: The world premiere of the musical stage play _Star of Strait Street_ took place in Valletta on 4 April 2017. It celebrates the life of Christina Ratcliffe, an English singer and dancer who became an aircraft plotter in Malta in the Second World War. She worked in the underground Royal Air Force operational headquarters beneath Lascaris Bastion in Valletta.
This is Christina’s story and that of other British and Maltese girls employed by the RAF. It is also the story of Philip Glassborow’s hit musical _Star of Strait Street.
In June 1942 fifty-three female civilian plotters worked at Lascaris, some as young as fourteen. Six including Christina were decorated for gallantry. What they did, how they lived and how some of them died is told in part using their own words. Their descriptions of life beneath the most intensive, prolonged bombing the world has ever seen are extraordinary and rare: female perspectives at the heart of military conflict.
Described in the _Times of Malta_ in 1942 as ‘Christina of George Cross Island’, she herself said Malta ‘is carved on my heart’. For years after the Second World War in small corner cafés and bars that are such a feature of Malta’s towns and villages, people talked about a remarkable RAF photo-recce pilot called Warby and his stunning companion Christina, a true heroine, they said. Yet she died alone and unnoticed and was buried in a shared grave.
Now the memory of what she and the _LADIES OF LASCARIS_ achieved has been brought back to life for a well-deserved encore in writing and on the stage. Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs
History of a Six Weeks’ Tour by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Requirements: .ePUB reader, 232 KB Overview: Nothing can be more unpresuming than this little volume. It contains the account of some desultory visits by a party of young people to scenes which are now so familiar to our countrymen, that few facts relating to them can be expected to have escaped the many more experienced and exact observers, who have sent their journals to the press. In fact, they have done little else than arrange the few materials ivwhich an imperfect journal, and two or three letters to their friends in England afforded. They regret, since their little History is to be offered to the public, that these materials were not more copious and complete. This is a just topic of censure to those who are less inclined to be amused than to condemn. Those whose youth has been past as theirs (with what success it imports not) in pursuing, like the swallow, the inconstant summer of delight and beauty which invests this visible world, will perhaps find some entertainment in following the author, with her husband and sister, on foot, through part of France and Switzerland, and in sailing with vher down the castled Rhine, through scenes beautiful in themselves, but which, since she visited them, a great Poet has clothed with the freshness of a diviner nature. They will be interested to hear of one who has visited Mellerie, and Clarens, and Chillon, and Vevai—classic ground, peopled with tender and glorious imaginations of the present and the past. Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs
My Fat Dad: A Memoir of Food, Love, and Family, with Recipes by Dawn Lerman Requirements: .ePUB reader, 7 MB Overview: From the author of the New York Times Well Blog series, My Fat Dad Every story and every memory from my childhood is attached to food… Dawn Lerman spent her childhood constantly hungry. She craved good food as her father, 450 pounds at his heaviest, pursued endless fad diets, from Atkins to Pritikin to all sorts of freeze-dried, saccharin-laced concoctions, and insisted the family do the same—even though no one else was overweight. Dawn’s mother, on the other hand, could barely be bothered to eat a can of tuna over the sink. She was too busy ferrying her other daughter to acting auditions and scolding Dawn for cleaning the house (“Whom are you trying to impress?”). It was chaotic and lonely, but Dawn had someone she could turn to: her grandmother Beauty. Those days spent with Beauty, learning to cook, breathing in the scents of fresh dill or sharing the comfort of a warm pot of chicken soup, made it all bearable. Even after Dawn’s father took a prestigious ad job in New York City and moved the family away, Beauty would send a card from Chicago every week—with a recipe, a shopping list, and a twenty-dollar bill. She continued to cultivate Dawn’s love of wholesome food, and ultimately taught her how to make her own way in the world—one recipe at a time. In My Fat Dad, Dawn reflects on her colorful family and culinary-centric upbringing, and how food shaped her connection to her family, her Jewish heritage, and herself. Humorous and compassionate, this memoir is an ode to the incomparable satisfaction that comes with feeding the ones you love. Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs
Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina by Michaela DePrince & Elaine DePrince Requirements: .ePUB, .MOBI/.AZW reader, 5.88 MB Overview:“A story of great courage that all women—young and old—should read.” —Tina Brown
The extraordinary memoir of Michaela DePrince, a young dancer who escaped war-torn Sierra Leone for the rarefied heights of American ballet.
Michaela DePrince was known as girl Number 27 at the orphanage, where she was abandoned at a young age and tormented as a “devil child” for a skin condition that makes her skin appear spotted. But it was at the orphanage that Michaela would find a picture of a beautiful ballerina en pointe that would help change the course of her life.
At the age of four, Michaela was adopted by an American family, who encouraged her love of dancing and enrolled her in classes. She went on to study at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at the American Ballet Theatre and is now the youngest principal dancer with the Dance Theatre of Harlem. She has appeared in the ballet documentary First Position, as well as on Dancing with the Stars, Good Morning America, and Nightline.
In this engaging, moving, and unforgettable memoir, Michaela shares her dramatic journey from an orphan in West Africa to becoming one of ballet’s most exciting rising stars. Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs > Ballet > African-American