Laughing at My Nightmare

By Shane Burcaw

With acerbic wit and a hilarious voice, Shane Burcaw's Laughing at My Nightmare describes the demanding situations he faces as a twenty-one-year-old with spinal muscular atrophy. From awkward handshakes to having a female friend and every little thing in among, Shane handles his state of affairs with humor and a "you-only-live-once" standpoint on existence. whereas he does speak about daily concerns which are relatable to young people, he additionally bargains an eye-opening standpoint on what it truly is wish to have a existence threatening affliction.

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Lost in the Funhouse: The Life and Mind of Andy Kaufman

By Bill Zehme

From well known journalist invoice Zehme, writer of the New York Times bestselling The method You put on Your Hat: Frank Sinatra and the misplaced paintings of Livin', comes the 1st full-fledged biography and the one entire tale of the past due comedian genius Andy Kaufman. in accordance with six years of study, Andy's personal unpublished, never-before-seen writings, and hundreds and hundreds of interviews with relatives, associates, and key avid gamers in Andy's never-ending charades, a lot of whom became icons of their personal correct, Lost within the Funhouse takes us throughout the maze of Kaufman's brain and shall we us take a seat deep in the back of his mad, striking blue eyes to determine, firsthand, the fanciful panorama that was once his life.  Controversial, chaotic, wonderfully surreal, and tragically brief--what a existence it was.

Andy Kaufman was once usually a secret even to his closest acquaintances. distant, aloof, most unlikely to grasp, his inner international used to be a kaleidoscope of characters battling for time at the open air. He used to be as a lot Andy Kaufman as he was once overseas guy (dank you veddy much), who turned the lovably bashful Latka at the hit television sequence Taxi. He was once as a lot Elvis Presley as he was once the repugnant Tony Clifton, a living room singer from Vegas who hated any viewers that got here to work out him and who appeared to hate Andy Kaufman much more. He used to be a contradiction, a paradox on each point, an artist in each feel of the word.

During the comedian increase of the seventies, while the realm had started to find the prodigious abilities of Steve Martin, Richard Pryor, John Belushi, invoice Murray, and such a lot of others, Andy was once easily doing what he had constantly performed in his boyhood reveries. at the debut of Saturday evening Live, he stood nervously subsequent to a phonograph that scratchily performed the subject from effective Mouse. He fussed and fidgeted, awaiting his second. while it got here, he raised his hand and moved his mouth to the phrases "Here I come to save lots of the day!" In that lovely deliverance of pantomime ahead of the hundreds of thousands of individuals for whom he had regularly dreamed approximately acting, Andy triumphed. He replaced the face of comedy ceaselessly via lurching throughout barriers that not anyone knew existed. He was once the boy who made lifestyles his playground and not stopped enjoying, even if the video games proved too risky for others.  And in any case he might play by myself, simply as he had whilst it was once all merely beginning.

In Lost within the Funhouse, invoice Zehme types via a lifetime of disinformation positioned forth through a grasp of deception to discover the incentive at the back of the manipulation. Magically unique, it's a singular biography matched merely by means of its singular topic.

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Edward VII: The Last Victorian King

By Christopher Hibbert

To his mom, Queen Victoria, he used to be "poor Bertie," to his spouse he used to be "my pricey little man," whereas the President of France referred to as him "a nice English king," and the German Kaiser condemned him as "an outdated peacock." King Edward VII was once most of these issues and extra, as Hibbert unearths during this desirable biography. laying off new mild at the scandals that peppered his lifestyles, Hibbert unearths Edward's dismal early years less than Victoria's iron rule, his terror of boredom that resulted in a full of life social lifestyles at domestic and overseas, and his eventual ascent to the throne at age fifty nine. Edward is better remembered because the final Victorian king, the monarch who put in the workplace of best Minister.

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Improbable Patriot: The Secret History of Monsieur de Beaumarchais, the French Playwright Who Saved the American Revolution

By Harlow G. Unger

Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais used to be an eighteenth-century French inventor, famed playwright, and upstart near-aristocrat within the court docket of King Louis XVI. In 1776, he conceived an audacious plan to ship reduction to the yank rebels. What's extra, he confident the king to bankroll the undertaking, and singlehandedly carried it out. by way of war's finish, he had provided Washington's military with such a lot of its guns and powder, notwithstanding he was once by no means paid or said through the United States.

To a few, he used to be a rushing hero--a towering mind who stored the yank Revolution. To others, he was once natural rogue--a double-dealing adventurer who stopped at not anything to boost his reputation and fortune. in truth, he used to be either, and extra: an consultant to kings, an fingers broker, and writer of a few of the main enduring works of the degree, together with the wedding of Figaro and The Barber of Seville.

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Robert Oppenheimer: A Life Inside the Center

By Ray Monk

An unforgettable tale of discovery and unbelievable destruction and a huge biography of 1 of America’s so much brilliant—and such a lot divisive—scientists, Robert Oppenheimer: A lifestyles contained in the Center vividly illuminates the fellow who might pass down in background as “the father of the atomic bomb.” Oppenheimer’s expertise and force secured him a spot within the pantheon of significant physicists and carried him to the laboratories the place the secrets and techniques of the universe published themselves. yet in addition they led him to give a contribution to the advance of the deadliest weapon in the world, a discovery he quickly got here to worry. His makes an attempt to withstand the escalation of the chilly battle fingers race—coupled with political leanings at odds with post-war America—led many to question his loyalties, and taken down upon him the total strength of McCarthyite anti-communism. Digging deeply into Oppenheimer’s previous to resolve the enigma of his motivations and his advanced character, Ray Monk uncovers the intense, fascinating, tortured man—and the impressive mind—who essentially reshaped the world. 

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Alexander the Great

By Robin Lane Fox

Tricky, resolute, fearless. Alexander used to be a born warrior and a ruler of passionate ambition who understood the serious event of conquest and of the unknown. while he died in 323 B.C.E. at age thirty-two, his colossal empire comprised greater than million sq. miles, spanning from Greece to India. His achievements have been unparalleled—he had excelled as chief to his males, based eighteen new towns, and stamped the face of Greek tradition at the historic East. the parable he created is as effective this day because it was once within the historical world.

Robin Lane Fox's significant account searches during the mass of conflicting proof and legend to target Alexander as a guy of his personal time. Combining historic scholarship and acute mental perception, it brings this monstrous determine vividly to life.

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Machiavelli: A Biography

He's the main notorious and influential political author of all time. His identify has develop into synonymous with cynical scheming and the egocentric pursuit of strength.

Niccolò Machiavelli, Florentine diplomat and civil servant, is the daddy of political technological know-how. His so much infamous paintings, The Prince, is a primer on how you can collect and continue energy with no regard to scruple or sense of right and wrong. His different masterpiece, The Discourses, offers a profound research of the workings of the civil nation and a hardheaded overview of human nature.

Machiavelli’s philosophy was once formed by way of the tumultuous age within which he lived, an age of towering geniuses and brutal tyrants. He used to be on intimate phrases with Leonardo and Michelangelo. His first political undertaking was once to undercover agent at the fire-and-brimstone preacher Savonarola. As a diplomat, he matched wits with the corrupt and carnal Pope Alexander VI and his son, the infamous Cesare Borgia, whose violent occupation served as a version for The Prince. His insights have been gleaned by means of heavily learning males like Julius II, the “Warrior Pope,” and his successor, the vacillating Clement VII, in addition to kings of France and the Holy Roman Emperor. studying their successes and screw ups, Machiavelli built his progressive method of strength politics.

Machiavelli was once, especially, a pupil of human nature. In The Prince he wrote a realistic consultant to the aspiring baby-kisser that's in response to the area because it is, no longer appropriately. He has been known as chilly and calculating, cynical and immoral. in fact, argues biographer Miles Unger, he was once a deeply humane author whose debatable theories have been a reaction to the violence and corruption he observed round him. He was once a psychologist with acute perception into human nature centuries prior to Freud. an excellent and witty author, he was once not just a political theorist but additionally a poet and the writer of La Mandragola, the most interesting comedy of the Italian Renaissance. He has been referred to as the 1st sleek guy, unafraid to think about a global with out God. emerging from modest beginnings at the power of his personal skills, he used to be capable of see throughout the pious hypocrisy of the age during which he lived.

Miles Unger has trusted unique Italian assets in addition to his personal deep wisdom of Florence in scripting this interesting and authoritative account of a genius whose paintings continues to be as proper at the present time as while he wrote it.

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Longing for Certainty: Reflections on the Buddhist Life

By Bhikkhu Nyanasobhano

Within the comparable lyrical voice that met with such acclaim in Landscapes of Wonder, Bhikkhu Nyanasobhano invitations us to appear upon the wildlife with new eyes and to discover the truths of the Buddha's teachings in our fast event. conscious of the delicate strength of language, Bhikkhu Nyanasobhano decide upon his phrases in those essays with such artisty and care that Longing for Certainty resounds with glowing, fluid clarity.

Bhikkhu Nyanasobhano has been often called "American Buddhism's Thoreau" and certainly, his skill to motivate his readers to find the wonders of nature and the non secular insights that they arouse is unsurpassed between smooth Buddhist writers. lovers of his acclaimed Landscapes of Wonder, will locate that Longing for Certainty strikes into even deeper fields of mirrored image.

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Sex, Lies and Handlebar Tape: The Remarkable Life of Jacques Anquetil, the First Five-Times Winner of the Tour de France

By Paul Howard

The outstanding biography of French biking big name Jacques Anquetil Containing specific contributions from Anquetil's kin, associates, teammates, and rivals, this biography untangles fable from truth and confirms that truth is easily stranger than fiction. Jacques Anquetil used to be the 1st guy to win the journey de France 5 occasions; the 1st guy to win all 3 grand tours—the travel de France, Giro d'Italia, and Vuelta a España; and the 1st guy to win either the journey and Vuelta in a single 12 months. despite the fact that, the intense tale of Anquetil doesn't cease at his biking achievements. He admitted to utilizing medicines, angry enthusiasts via confessing that his merely motivation for driving used to be monetary, and infamously indulged his enthusiasm for the excessive lifestyles. He additionally seduced his doctor's spouse, had a toddler together with her daughter, after which sustained a ménage à trois along with his spouse and stepdaughter for 12 years. this can be a interesting, candid examine a debatable and extraordinary guy.

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