Strictly Ballroom: Tales from the Dance Floor

By Diana Melly

On the age of seventy six, Diana Melly took up ballroom dancing.

She was once struggling with bereavement, having lately misplaced her husband George to dementia, and used to be informed that dancing can help. It has performed even more than that, beginning up an entire new bankruptcy in her life.

In this disarmingly humorous and relocating ebook, Melly takes us on a whirlwind journey of recent 'Ballroom': from dresser mishaps and tea dance etiquette to the perils of Argentine tango and the way to stick upright in tough seas at the QE2. We meet her new circle of buddies, together with her dance instructor, Dino - 'I'll train you, darling; it might be a pleasure.'

Strictly Ballroom is a memoir unstinting in its honesty and sparkling with humour and spirit. it's going to have you ever attaining on your dancing shoes...

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C. S. Lewis -- A Life: Eccentric Genius, Reluctant Prophet

ECPA 2014 Christian booklet Award Winner (Non-Fiction)!
Fifty years after his loss of life, C. S. Lewis keeps to encourage and fascinate thousands. His legacy is still diversified and huge. He was once a towering highbrow determine, a favored fiction writer who encouraged a world motion picture franchise all over the world of Narnia, and an atheist-turned-Christian thinker.

In C.S. Lewis―A Life, Alister McGrath, prolific writer and revered professor at King’s collage of London, paints a definitive portrait of the lifetime of C. S. Lewis. After completely interpreting lately released Lewis correspondence, Alister demanding situations a number of the formerly held ideals concerning the specific timing of Lewis’s shift from atheism to theism after which to Christianity. He paints a portrait of an eccentric philosopher who turned an inspiring, even though reluctant, prophet for our times.

You won’t are looking to pass over this interesting portrait of an artistic genius who encouraged generations.

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Goebbels: A Biography

By Peter Longerich

NAMED the best BOOKS OF THE 12 months by way of THE TELEGRAPH • From well known German Holocaust historian Peter Longerich comes the definitive one-volume biography of Adolf Hitler’s malevolent minister of propaganda.

In lifestyles, and within the grisly demeanour of his loss of life, Joseph Goebbels used to be one among Adolf Hitler’s so much dependable acolytes. via the tip, nobody within the Berlin bunker was once in the direction of the Führer than his dedicated Reich minister for public enlightenment and propaganda. yet how did this clubfooted son of a manufacturing facility employee upward thrust from obscurity to turn into Hitler’s so much depended on lieutenant and for my part anointed successor?

during this ground-breaking biography, Peter Longerich sifts in the course of the old record—and thirty thousand pages of Goebbels’s personal diary entries—to give you the solution to that question. Longerich, the 1st historian to use the Goebbels diaries in a biographical paintings, engages and demanding situations the self-serving portrait the propaganda leader left in the back of. Spanning thirty years, the diaries paint a chilling photograph of a guy pushed by way of a narcissistic wish for popularity who discovered the non-public confirmation he craved in the virulently racist nationwide Socialist circulate. Delving into the brain of his topic, Longerich unearths how Goebbels’s lifelong look for a charismatic father determine inexorably led him to Hitler, to whom he ascribed virtually godlike powers.

This finished biography records Goebbels’s ascent in the course of the ranks of the Nazi get together, the place he grew to become a member of the Führer’s internal circle and introduced a brutal crusade of anti-Semitic propaganda. even though endowed with near-dictatorial keep watch over of the media—film, radio, press, and the wonderful arts—Longerich’s Goebbels is a guy dogged via insecurities and beset by way of bureaucratic infighting. He feuds along with his sour opponents Hermann Göring and Alfred Rosenberg, unsuccessfully advocates for a extra radical line of “total war,” and is thwarted in his try and pursue a separate peace with the Allies throughout the waning days of worldwide struggle II. This ebook additionally unearths, as by no means prior to, Goebbels’s twisted own life—his mawkish sentimentality, manipulative nature, and voracious sexual appetite.

A harrowing examine the lifetime of considered one of history’s maximum monsters, Goebbels delivers clean perception into how the Nazi message of hate used to be conceived, nurtured, and disseminated. this whole portrait of the fellow at the back of that message is certain to develop into a regular for historians and scholars of the Holocaust for many years to come.

Praise for Goebbels

“Peter Longerich . . . has delved into hardly ever accessed fabric from his subject’s diaries, which span thirty years, to color a striking portrait of the guy who turned one in all Hitler’s such a lot depended on lieutenants.”The day-by-day Telegraph

Praise for Heinrich Himmler

“There were numerous experiences of this enigmatic guy, yet Peter Longerich’s gigantic biography, grounded in exhaustive research of the first assets, is now the normal paintings and needs to stand along Ian Kershaw’s Hitler, Ulrich Herbert’s Best and Robert Gerwarth’s Hitler’s Hangman: The lifetime of Heydrich as one of many landmark Nazi biographies. because the writer of a celebrated learn of the Holocaust, Longerich is healthier capable than his predecessors to situate Himmler in the mammoth equipment of genocide. And he brings to his activity a present for taking pictures these mannerisms which are the intimate markers of personality.”London evaluation of Books

“[An] very good and complete biography.”The long island assessment of Books

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Freddie Mercury

By Peter Freestone

Peter Freestone was once Freddie Mercury's own assistant for the final 12 years of his lifestyles. He lived with Mercury in London, Munich, and long island, and was once with him while he died. this is often the main intimate account of Mercury's lifestyles ever written.

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Devotion: A novel based on the life of Winnie Davis, Daughter of the Confederacy

By Julia Oliver

Devotion re-creates the lifetime of Varina Anne (Winnie) Davis, the youngest baby of Jefferson Davis, President of the accomplice States of the USA. Winnie used to be no longer particularly a 12 months previous while the kinfolk fled the insurgent stronghold of Richmond because the Civil conflict was once finishing. Twenty-one years later, Winnie was once catapulted right into a superstar she didn't search. because the formally proclaimed Daughter of the Confederacy, she used to be offered with nice fanfare at huge conventions of accomplice veterans from Texas to Virginia. within the overdue 19th century, Winnie Davis used to be recognized right here and out of the country as a greatest cultural image of the South's misplaced Cause.

Yet she used to be additionally a sophisticated, highbrow "New girl" who earned a dwelling as a journalist and novelist and traveled with the Joseph Pulitzers. Winnie's adoring fans usually misinterpret her steadfast love for her father as unconditional help of the failed Confederacy and the previous South's nostalgic beliefs of womanhood. Julia Oliver explores those contradictions from a number of angles. Winnie speaks from the pages of her magazine. different narrators contain Winnie's shut buddy Kate Pulitzer; her sister, Maggie Hayes; and the affection of her existence, Alfred Wilkinson, the grandson of a recognized abolitionist.

From the portrayals of Winnie's romance, her relationships along with her mom and dad, her sickness and melancholy, and her ambivalent position as torchbearer for the misplaced reason emerges a tender girl whose conflicted life displays the tenor of the rustic within the aftermath of the Civil warfare. An intimate saga a couple of amazing, star-crossed relations, Devotion poignantly measures the big weight of reminiscence on contributors stuck up within the sweep of history.

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Master of Shadows: The Secret Diplomatic Career of the Painter Peter Paul Rubens

By Mark Lamster

Although his acceptance is eclipsed by way of Rembrandt at the present time, Peter Paul Rubens was once respected by means of his contemporaries because the maximum painter of his period, if no longer of all historical past.  His indisputable inventive genius, strengthened through a modest disposition and a name as a guy of tact and restraint, made him a favourite between monarchs and political leaders throughout Europe—and gave him the best conceal for the clandestine actions that formed the panorama of seventeenth-century politics.
 
In Master of Shadows, Mark Lamster brilliantly recreates the tradition, non secular conflicts, and political intrigues of Rubens’s time, following the painter from Antwerp to London, Madrid, Paris, and Rome and offering an insightful exploration of Rubens’s artwork in addition to the non-public passions that prompted it.

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The Red Circle: My Life in the Navy SEAL Sniper Corps and How I Trained America's Deadliest Marksmen

By Brandon Webb, John David Mann

The purple Circle: My lifestyles within the army SEAL Sniper Corps and the way I knowledgeable America's Deadliest Marksmen

"If you need to comprehend what makes up the DNA of a army SEAL and feature a behind-the-scenes examine the easiest sniper software on the earth, then 'hold 1 correct for wind' and skim The crimson Circle."-Chris Kyle, SEAL staff 3 leader and bestselling writer of American Sniper

Brandon Webb's stories within the world's so much elite sniper corps are the stuff of legend. From his grueling years of teaching in Naval particular Operations to his strive against excursions within the Persian Gulf and Afghanistan, The crimson Circle provides an extraordinary and riveting examine the internal workings of the U.S. army during the eyes of a covert operations specialist.

"Impressive and well-written...The pink Circle is a smart book."-Howard E. Wasdin, army SEAL and bestselling writer of SEAL crew Six

Yet it really is Webb's extraordinary moment occupation as a lead teacher for the shadowy "sniper mobile" and path supervisor of the army SEAL Sniper application that educated a few of America's best and deadliest warriors-including Marcus Luttrell and Chris Kyle-that makes his tale so compelling. From his days as a pupil facing the sniper path to his hair-raising shut calls with Taliban and al Qaeda forces within the northern Afghanistan to his shiny account of designing new sniper criteria and coaching essentially the most entire snipers of the twenty-first century, Webb finds how the detailed Operations warriors on the leading edge of brand new army are forged.

"A recounting of the hellish psychological and actual assessments required to earn a SEAL's trident pin."-San Diego Union-Tribune

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Librettist of Venice Remarkable Life of Lorenzo Da Ponte Mozart's Poet, Casanova's Friend, & Italian Opera's Impresario in America

By Rodney Bolt

In 1805, Lorenzo Da Ponte was once the owner of a small supermarket in big apple. yet due to the fact his beginning into an Italian Jewish kinfolk in 1749, he had already been a clergyman, a poet, the sweetheart of many ladies, a scandalous Enlightenment philosopher banned from instructing in Venice, the librettist for 3 of Mozart's such a lot elegant operas, a collaborator with Salieri, a pal of Casanova, and a favourite of Emperor Joseph II. He might move directly to identify long island City's first opera condo and be the 1st professor of Italian at Columbia collage. An encouraged innovator yet a hopeless businessman, who enjoyed with wholehearted loyalty and recklessness, Da Ponte used to be one of many early immigrants to reside out the yankee dream. In Rodney Bolt's rollicking and generally researched biography, Da Ponte's picaresque existence takes readers from outdated global courts and the again streets of Venice, Vienna, and London to the hot global promise of latest York urban. 2 hundred and fifty years after Mozart's start, the existence and legacy of his librettist Da Ponte are as outstanding as ever.

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Jimfish

Within the Nineteen Eighties, a small guy is pulled up out of the Indian Ocean in Port Pallid, SA, claiming to were abducted as a toddler. The Sergeant, whose task it really is to type the local community via color, and thereby ensure their destiny, friends on the boy, then sticks a pencil into his hair, as one did in these days, ready to determine if it remains there, or falls out sooner than he offers his verdict: 'He's very atypical, this Jimfish you will have hauled in. If he is white he's not the best kind of white. but when he is black, who can say? we will wait ahead of we classify him. i will supply his age as 18, and make contact with him Jimfish. simply because he is a true fish out of water, this one is.' So starts the odyssey of Jimfish, a South African Everyman, who defies the standard category of race that defines the rainbow kingdom. His trip during the final years of Apartheid will expand past the borders of South Africa to the broader international, the place he'll be an not going witness to the defining moments of the loss of life days of the 20 th century. half delusion, half fierce observation at the politics of strength, this paintings is the end result of a lifetime's writing and pondering, on either the Apartheid regime and the historical past of the 20 th century, by means of a author of huge originality and diversity.

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Miles Davis: The Definitive Biography

This exhaustively researched, revised variation of Ian Carr's vintage biography throws new gentle on Davis' lifestyles and profession: from the early days in long island with Charlie Parker; to the start of Cool; via his drug habit within the early Nineteen Fifties and the years of amazing achievements (1954-1960), in which he signed with Columbia and collaborated with such unequaled abilities as John Coltrane, invoice Evans, Wynton Kelly and Cannonball Adderly. Carr additionally explores Davis' darkish, reclusive interval (1975-1980), supplying firsthand bills of his descent into dependancy, in addition to his dramatic go back to lifestyles and track. Carr has talked with the folk who knew Miles and his song most sensible together with invoice Evans, Joe Zawinul, Keith Jarrett, and Jack DeJohnette, and has performed interviews with Ron Carter, Max Roach, John Scofield and others.

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