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Biography: general

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Memories of Starobielsk

Memories of Starobielsk

Author: Jozef Czapski, Alissa Valles Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/06/2021

Marcelo Burlon County of Milan

Marcelo Burlon County of Milan

Author: Angelo Flaccavento Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/06/2021

Marcelo Burlon is the driving force and originator behind County of Milan. He is a trailblazer who moves across milieus and disciplines with remarkable ease, embodying that defining contemporary quality: liquidity. Averse to cultural and geographic borders, Burlon is first and foremost a polymath: a much sought-after party organizer, DJ, designer, photographer, nightlife wizard, and general aggregator. Invention, for Burlon, is in the mix. His biography provides the background to this fluid vision. Marcelo Burlon, in fact, has been immersed in a culturally varied milieu from day one, having been raised in El Bolson, Argentina, where the first hippies merged with gauchos. Transplanted to Italy while barely a teenager, he made his way into nightlife, then took over Milan to conquer the world. The endeavour started with a bunch of t-shirts in 2012, but a complete collection quickly ensued, turning into both a social and commercial phenomenon. Its inclusive message got the fire started: County of Milan is all about embracing and celebrating diversity, as the brand s highly spectacular, intensely emotional shows testify. This illustrated book follows the structure of a police investigation report, with a suspect, interrogations, evidence, accomplice profiles, and an affidavit describing Marcelo s biography, brand, tribe and creations.

Ubuntu

Ubuntu

Author: Sheila D. Collins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/06/2021

A Quantum Life

A Quantum Life

Author: Hakeem Oluseyi, Joshua Horwitz Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/06/2021

World as Family

World as Family

Author: Vishakha N. Desai Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/06/2021

A Vedic phrase asks us to treat the world as family. In our age of global crises-pandemics, climate crisis, crippling inequality-this sentiment is more necessary than ever. Solutions to these seemingly insurmountable problems demand new approaches to thinking and acting locally, nationally, and transnationally, sometimes sequentially but often simultaneously. This is the mentality of the immigrant, the exchange student, the global native, and all who have made a life in a new place by choice or by necessity. Yet we suffer from a lack of the truly capacious thinking that is so urgently needed. Vishakha N. Desai uses her life experiences to explore the significance of living globally and its urgency for our current moment. She weaves her narrative arc from growing up in a Gandhian household in Ahmedabad to arriving in the United States as a seventeen-year-old exchange student and her subsequent career as a dancer, curator, institutional leader, and teacher against the broad sweep of political and social changes in the two countries she calls home. Through her personal story, Desai reframes the idea of what it means to be global, considering how to lead a life of multiple belongings without losing local and national affinities. Vividly conjuring the complexities and exhilaration of a life that is rooted in many places, World as Family is a vital book for everyone who aspires to connect across borders-real and perceived-and bring to fruition the ideal of a global family.

Quench the Lamp

Quench the Lamp

Author: Alice Taylor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2021

A classic memoir from Ireland's favourite storyteller. Here Taylor follows To School Through The Fields with these equally captivating recollections of family life in pastorial County Cork. Infused with wit and lyricism, the story centres on the 1950's when the author and her friends were teenagers. She describes the past vividly and without complaint as the years of hard labour for herself, parents and siblings, were also filled with fun in the close knit community.

TRAILBLAZERS, Black Women Who Helped Make Americ - American Firsts/American Icons, Volume 2

TRAILBLAZERS, Black Women Who Helped Make Americ - American Firsts/American Icons, Volume 2

Author: Gabrielle David, Carolina Fung Feng, Chandra D. L. Waring, Lyah Beth Leflore Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2021

This continuation of Gabrielle David's odyssey into the lives and careers of 150 brilliant black women from the eighteenth century to the present brings together biographies of women who blazed uncharted paths alongside powerful photographs that illustrate their lives. This second volume of her Trailblazers series features women who have worked in the aviation, aerospace, law, journalism, math, science, technology, the military, and in the visual, literary, and performing arts. Each of these sections is preceded by a brief introduction from the editor, which provides insight into the significance of these women's stories. In addition to the featured biographies, the book includes an additional section of 200 abridged biographies that acknowledge many more pioneering women. With Trailblazers, David has created an expansive and accessible reference book that provides significant information on the histories of the movements for feminism and civil rights. The book provides a hopeful and inclusive telling of history, one in which black women receive the same recognition as their white and male counterparts. From the foremothers who broke gender and racial barriers to the mighty women working today, Trailblazers turns a much-deserved spotlight on these powerful and inspiring role models. This book will prove to be a vital reference guide for use in schools, libraries, and homes.

Tortured Soul

Tortured Soul

Author: Marley Brant Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/06/2021

Those interested in the history of the infamous Younger Brothers of Missouri know eldest brother Cole's story. Or at least they think they do. Cole told it enough times. Yet his autobiography, his dozens of interviews, the stories told to his friends and family members unfortunately tell a story quite different from researched history of the same times and events. John and Bob died young and never had the opportunity to tell their side of it all. And brother Jim remained silent. Until now. Tortured Soul: Jim Younger in His Own Words finally reveals Jim's memories, thoughts and opinions. Although Jim's recollections also are mired in selective memories and a certain distortion brought about the passage of time, a damaged psyche and a need to protect himself and those he loved, the story Jim tells is based in his history and his desire to set Cole's lies in their proper perspective.

Loving before Loving

Loving before Loving

Author: Joan Steinau Lester Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/05/2021

Committed to the struggle for civil rights, in the late 1950s Joan Steinau marched and protested as a white ally and young woman coming to terms with her own racism. She fell in love and married a fellow activist, the Black writer Julius Lester, establishing a partnership that was long and multifaceted but not free of the politics of race and gender. As the women's movement dawned, feminism helped Lester find her voice, her pansexuality, and the courage to be herself. Braiding intellectual, personal, and political history, Lester tells the story of a writer and activist fighting for love and justice before, during, and after the Supreme Court's 1967 decision striking down bans on interracial marriage in Loving v. Virginia. She describes her own shifts in consciousness, from an activist climbing police barricades by day and reading and writing late into the night to a woman navigating the coming-out process in midlife, before finding the publishing success she had dreamed of. Speaking candidly about every facet of her life, Lester illuminates her journey to fulfillment and healing.

The Shimmering Is All There Is

The Shimmering Is All There Is

Author: Heather Catto Kohout, Nancy Baker Jones Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/05/2021

The Shimmering Is All There Is: On Nature, God, Science, and More is a collection of essays and poems by the late Heather Catto Kohout. A native of San Antonio, Heather was a disciplined and original thinker and writer. Her education, experience, and temperament-as a loving wife, mother, and daughter; a proud Texan; a teacher and scholar with graduate degrees in English literature and religion; and the founder of a residency program for environmental writers and artists at a ranch in the Texas Hill Country-permeate every word she wrote. She had a unique combination of empathetic imagination, profound spirituality, cosmic sensibility, and an ability to laugh-gently-at her fellow creatures and, especially, herself.Heather Kohout's essays and poems are thoughtful, profound, and generous, shifting constantly between the specific and the universal and carrying throughout a message of stewardship. She was an environmentalist at heart, but her writing explores so much more: nature, art, theology, science, food, and family. She wrote about Mexican teenagers who dress as angels in an attempt to halt drug-related violence; the perils of industrial agriculture; the pleasure of letting the chickens out of their coop in the morning; and the battle to save the Georgetown salamander. Always, she wrote about what it means to try to live an ethical life and to be fully human as a part of, not in opposition to, nature. These essays and poems exemplify the best of Texas womanhood: stubborn independence, fierce conviction, good humor, and instinctive generosity and kindness.

A Friend of the Work

A Friend of the Work

Author: Joan Jansen, Linda Matys O'Connell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/05/2021

In 1969, Joan Jansen was a 34-year-old mom living in suburban Long Island when she first encountered May Sarton's Plant Dreaming Deep. Enthralled, Jansen felt compelled to pen a fan letter to the popular and prolific poet, novelist, and memoirist. What followed was a gig as Sarton's manuscript typist and a cache of 52 revelatory personal letters and other memorabilia published now for the first time. Jansen and Sarton enjoyed a close friendship of more than 20 years ending with Sarton's death in 1995. In her periodic letters, Sarton shares intimate details of her daily life and sounds many of the themes notable throughout her career - her workaholic schedule and perseverance in the face of poor health, her financial insecurity, her fragile self-image and agony at negative reviews, her serial and stormy relationships with her lover muses, and her infamous rages. Sarton's missives also reveal an endearing interest in Jansen's endeavors and in those of her daughter, Cecilia. As annotated by Jansen, this epistolary collection creates a tapestry of the lives of two, very different women woven together by their pains and passions.

Jane Austen

Jane Austen

Author: Carol Shields Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/05/2021

Bestselling, award-winning novelist writing about one of the most popular and enduring English novelists of all time. 'Splendid ... a gem' LITERARY REVIEW 'An excellent biography' MAIL ON SUNDAY 'Shields on Austen offers up a delicious prospect. And we are not disappointed' SCOTSMAN Jane Austen was one of the world's most remarkable writers, whose characters are as alive today as they were two hundred years ago. Despite being one of the most perceptive writers about people and relationships, she never married and always lived with her parents and sister Cassandra. Perhaps unusual for women at that time, Jane Austen was acutely aware of the larger political and social world around her, but chose to focus her novels on the family as a microcosm through which to explore human nature. The prizewinning novelist Carol Shields gives us a beautifully written, perceptive look at the life of one of the finest and most popular English novelists of all time.