Keeping It Civil: The Case of the Pre-nup and the Porsche & Other True Accounts from the Files of a Family Lawyer

By Margaret Klaw

Provocative actual instances that discover the intersection of our so much intimate relationships and the law—and supply a window into how we outline a relations today.

A girl looking a divorce has no thought of the family members finances—her husband doled out cash simply after she gave him requisition slips for her meant purchases. A lesbian couple desires to contain their sperm donor of their child’s life—the sperm donor is the brother of 1 companion, so he'll be the organic father in addition to the child’s uncle. those are the consumers who come knocking on kinfolk attorney Margaret Klaw’s door, hoping for resolution. 

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Albert Camus: A Life

By Olivier Todd

During this vivid, attractive biography of Albert Camus, the across the world acclaimed writer of The Stranger, The Plague, and the autumn, French author and journalist Olivier Todd has richly tapped assets by no means prior to available—personal correspondence, notebooks, public files, in addition to unique interviews with Camus's relations, buddies, fellow employees, mentors, and fans. What emerges is the examine of a guy stuck in conflicts among family members loyalties and his personal passionate nature, among the decision to political motion and devotion to his artwork, among his help of the local Algerians and his identity with the forgotten bad whites. Exploring Camus's impoverished early life within the Algerian urban of Belcourt, his underground actions throughout the profession in Paris, the intrigues of the French literati who embraced him after the booklet of his first novel, L'Etranger, Todd uncovers the solitary deepest guy at the back of the masks of his big name. He indicates us a author remoted via his personal luck, crippled through the charms of ladies he couldn't face up to, debilitated by means of the tuberculosis that didn't kill him. the automobile twist of fate that did provides simply to the ironies within the lifetime of this foreign monstrous of twentieth-century literature.</Div>

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The Nurses: A Year of Secrets, Drama, and Miracles with the Heroes of the Hospital

By Alexandra Robbins

A New York Times bestseller. “A humorous, intimate, and infrequently jaw-dropping account of lifestyles at the back of the scenes.”—People

Nurses is the compelling tale of the yr within the lifetime of 4 nurses, and the drama, unsung heroism, and targeted sisterhood of nursing—one of the world’s most crucial professions (nurses retailer lives each day), and one of many world’s most deadly, packed with violence, trauma, and PTSD.

In following 4 nurses, Alexandra Robbins creates sympathetic characters whereas diving deep into their global of managed chaos. It’s a global of hazing—“nurses consume their young.” Sex—not precisely like on television, yet miraculous simply an analogous. Drug abuse—disproportionately an issue probably the greatest and the brightest, and a relentless temptation. And bullying—by friends, by means of sufferers, by way of clinic bureaucrats, and particularly through medical professionals, a deadly disease defined as lurking within the “shadowy, darkish corners of our profession.”

the result's a page-turning, surprising examine our health-care system.


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Heston Blumenthal - The Biography of the World's Most Brilliant Master Chef

By Chas Newkey-Burden

Superstar chef Heston Blumenthal is the fellow who became the realm of food on its head and have become a countrywide hero with an OBE and 3 Michelin stars. this can be the total inspirational tale of the self taught genius, from a life-changing formative years vacation in France, via to his short apprenticeship in Raymond Blanc's eating place. Heston is a gastronomic alchemist who sees the kitchen as a laboratory the place he likes to test for the hot how you can tantalise the taste-buds of diners at his mythical fats Duck eating place and the newly opened Dinner on the Mandarin Oriental. having a look backstage of Heston's hit tv exhibits together with looking for Perfection and large Chef Takes on Little Chef, this publication indicates what drives this impressive guy. With signature dishes together with snail porridge and egg and bacon ice cream Heston Blumenthal is an fascinating and peculiar chef. showing in a few television indicates his particular variety of cooking is celebrated, notwithstanding little or no is understood concerning the guy himself.

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The Whitney I Knew

By Bebe Winans

A digital album of BeBe Winans' valuable stories of his buddy and "sister," Whitney Houston.

In the years among the 1st time BeBe Winans and Whitney Houston met in 1985, to the day he introduced the tribute that touched a staring at country at Houston's funeral, a deep and detailed friendship bloomed and thrived. They thought of one another family in the truest feel of the be aware.

Now this very own number of remembrances deals us a seat on the desk in the course of Whitney's so much unguarded moments. the following we see her in all her quirky, passionate, fiercely unswerving glory even though the eyes of her "brother", BeBe.

For such a lot of her public lifestyles, Whitney Houston was once a secret. In The Whitney I Knew, Winans has given us a superb gift---the present of knowing. From profoundly relocating own moments to eye-opening bills of triumph to the heartbreaking realities that ended in her final defeat, the untold tales are in detail woven all through this book---along with on-line video hyperlinks to behind-the-scenes moments, highlights of her profession, and never-before-seen video of Whitney. additionally incorporated is an in depth photograph part from BeBe's own collection.

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The Butler: A Witness to History

By Will Haygood

From Guggenheim and nationwide Endowment for the arts fellow Wil Haygood comes a enthralling inquiry into the lifetime of Eugene Allen, the butler who ignited a nation's mind's eye and encouraged an incredible movie: Lee Daniels' The Butler, the hugely expected movie that stars six Oscar winners, together with woodland Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey (honorary and nominee), Jane Fonda, Cuba Gooding Jr., Vanessa Redgrave, and Robin Williams; in addition to Oscar nominee Terrence Howard, Mariah Carey, John Cusack, Lenny Kravitz, James Marsden, David Oyelowo, Alex Pettyfer, Alan Rickman, and Liev Schreiber.

With a foreword through the Academy Award nominated director Lee Daniels, The Butler not just explores Allen's lifestyles and repair to 8 American Presidents, from Truman to Reagan, but in addition comprises an essay, within the vein of James Baldwin’s jewel The satan unearths paintings, that explores the heritage of black photographs on celluloid and in Hollywood, and fifty-seven photos of Eugene Allen, his relations, the presidents he served, and the outstanding solid of the motion picture.

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Havana Dreams: A Story of a Cuban Family

By Wendy Gimbel

A desirable, powerfully evocative tale of 4 generations of Cuban girls, via whose lives the writer illuminates a bright picture--both own and historical--of Cuba in our century.

"When i would like to learn a culture," writes Wendy Gimbel in her prologue, "I take heed to tales approximately households, sensing of their contours the substance of bigger mysteries." and positively within the Revuelta kin she has came upon a resource of either secret and revelation.

At its middle is Naty: born in 1925, proficient within the usa, a socialite throughout the Batista period, who after marriage to a sought after physician and the delivery of a daughter turned intoxicated with Castro and his revolution (here, released for the 1st time, are the letters they exchanged whereas he used to be in jail). notwithstanding her husband and daughter immigrated to the U.S. after Castro's victory, Naty remained in Cuba to elevate her moment baby, Castro's unacknowledged daughter, in simple terms to be finally faced via his dismissive, withering judgment: "Naty ignored the train." Her daughters, certainly one of whom settles good into lifestyles in the USA, whereas the opposite by no means recovers from her father's intransigent repudiation of her; her granddaughter, who Naty desperately believes will go back to Cuba when--not if--Castro is faraway from the island; and her mom, an unregenerate reactionary: those are the lives that entire this striking story.

Each of the ladies is irrevocably marked with part of the island's negative and poignant story, and Wendy Gimbel has created a wealthy and extreme narrative in their lives and instances. Havana desires leaves us with an indelible effect of familial legal responsibility and illicit love; of the heady yet doomed romanticism of revolution; and of the profound effects of Cuba's modern historical past for the normal and such a lot intimate lives of its people.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Une passion italienne: Le général Ostermann-Tolstoï et Maria Pagliari (ROMAN HISTORIQU)

Récit d’un amour passionné entre deux êtres d’exception

Alexandre Ivanovitch Ostermann-Tolstoï est issu d’une ancienne et noble famille russe et Maria Pagliari est los angeles fille d’un remarkable de Frascati, petite cité des environs de Rome.

Lui, le général de belle prestance, ami du tsar Alexandre ler et connu pour sa bravoure, lutte avec son peuple contre les troupes de Napoléon qui envahissent son will pay. En 1813, durant l. a. bataille de Kulm en Bohême, il perd son bras gauche emporté par un boulet de canon. Obligé de renoncer à l. a. vie militaire, fêté comme un héros, il voyage et passe du temps en Italie.
Elle, admirée pour son intelligence et sa beauté, est mariée à un Romain de quarante-six ans son aîné.

C’est dans los angeles Ville éternelle qu’Alexandre et Maria se rencontrent. Bravant les interdits au prix de nombreux hazards, ils se laissent entraîner dans une relation dont les différentes étapes évoquées dans cet ouvrage nous font traverser une Europe déchirée par les guerres napoléoniennes, une Russie qui s’est battue contre les envahisseurs, une Italie qui se remet des invasions et pillages des Français.

Le récit s’appuie sur de nombreux files et se termine dans los angeles Genève de James Fazy, une Genève qui se cherche politiquement


Le five mai 1798, Girolamo, moment fils de feu Antonio Pagliari et de Constanza née Grilli, prend pour femme Caterina, fille d’Antonio Rabotti-Tirolazzi, capitaine des cuirassiers du pape, et de Maria Anna, née Bianchi. Le mari est âgé de vingt-neuf ans, son épouse a vingt-sept ans. Tous deux appartiennent à los angeles même petite ville de Frascati nichée à 20 kilomètres de Rome, sur le versant nord du Mont Cavo. Stendhal, dans ses Voyages en Italie, évoque ces lieux : « Je suis établi depuis un mois à Castelgandolfo ; je passe ma vie sur les bords du lac Albano et à Frascati. Ce serait être injuste envers ces websites délicieux que de les décrire en moins de vingt pages… ».


- « Dissimuler de menus secrets and techniques de famille peut servir à les faire éclore en littérature. Merci aux ancêtres Budé de Claire Keller, qui l’ont propulsée sur les strains d’Alexandre Ostermann-Tolstoï (1771-1857), général russe haut en couleur, de sa maîtresse italienne et des enfants qu’il a eus d’elle. Et comme tous les chemins mènent à Genève, le mot « fin » apparaît devant un paysage genevois, après des heures de passionnante lecture. » Benjamin Chaix, Tribune de Genève

- « Découvrir dans son patrimoine familial un mystérieux portrait qui incite à découvrir une magnifique histoire d’amour secrète dormant dans des documents aux quatre cash de l’Europe, c’est l’extraordinaire aventure que retrace l’auteure au fil d’un scénario que lui envieront bien des romanciers ! Avec élégance et sens du spectacle, Claire Keller mêle les souvenirs, missives et files divers qu’elle a pu retrouver aux détails imaginés mais fortress réalistes, nous entraînant des guerres napoléoniennes à l’Italie de Stendhal et aux boudoirs genevois à travers une ardour qui fait voir de près le XIXe siècle, tantôt romantique, tantôt – et le plus souvent – dur et poignant. » Joëlle Brack, Librairie Payot


L’auteur est l’arrière-arrière-petite-fille d’Alexandre et de Maria. Ayant hérité du portrait de son aïeule entourée de trois enfants, elle a cherché à percer le mystère du tableau, vérité peu à peu découverte dans d’innombrables fonds d’archives russes, italiennes et genevoises.

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Brian De Palma's Split-Screen: A Life in Film

Over the final 5 a long time, the movies of director Brian De Palma (b. 1940) were one of the largest successes (The Untouchables, challenge: Impossible) and the main high-profile disasters (The Bonfire of the Vanities) in Hollywood background. De Palma helped release the careers of such favorite actors as Robert De Niro, John Travolta, and Sissy Spacek (who was once nominated for an Academy Award as top Actress in Carrie). certainly Quentin Tarantino named Blow Out as considered one of his best 3 favourite motion pictures, praising De Palma because the most sensible dwelling American director.

Picketed by way of feminists protesting its depictions of violence opposed to ladies, Dressed to Kill helped to create the erotic mystery style. Scarface, with its over-the-top functionality by means of Al Pacino, continues to be a cult favourite. within the twenty-first century, De Palma has endured to test, incorporating parts from videogames (Femme Fatale), tabloid journalism (The Black Dahlia), YouTube, and Skype (Redacted and Passion) into his newest works.

What makes De Palma one of these maverick even if he's making Hollywood style motion pictures? Why do his videos frequently function megalomaniacs and failed heroes? Is he basically a misogynist and an imitator of Alfred Hitchcock? to respond to those questions, writer Douglas Keesey takes a biographical method of De Palma’s cinema, exhibiting how De Palma reworks occasions from his personal lifestyles into his movies. Written in an available kind, and together with a bankruptcy on each of his motion pictures thus far, this ebook is for someone who desires to be aware of extra approximately De Palma’s debatable motion pictures or who desires to greater comprehend the fellow who made them.

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Sparky: The Life and Art of Charles Schulz

By Beverly Gherman

Because the artist at the back of the loved Peanuts cartoon for greater than 50 years, Charles Schulzarguably the main recognized cartoonist within the worldcreated a colourful solid of characters that maintains to deliver humor and luxury to hundreds of thousands of readers. during this distinctively designed but hugely available booklet, well known kid's biographer Beverly Gherman lines either the existence occasions that formed Schulz's paintings and a few of the ways that artwork encouraged his existence in go back. Acclaimed through artists starting from Andrew Wyeth to Mo Willems, the inventive components of Schulz's paintings are dropped at lifestyles in a colourful format and carefully explored in a fascinating textual content that may attract even the main reluctant readers.

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