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Mirza Malkum Khan

Mirza Malkum Khan

Author: Hamid Algar Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/02/2021

This title is part of UC Press's Voices Revived program, which commemorates University of California Press's mission to seek out and cultivate the brightest minds and give them voice, reach, and impact. Drawing on a backlist dating to 1893, Voices Revived makes high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarship accessible once again using print-on-demand technology. This title was originally published in 1973.

Mirza Malkum Khan

Mirza Malkum Khan

Author: Hamid Algar Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/02/2021

This title is part of UC Press's Voices Revived program, which commemorates University of California Press's mission to seek out and cultivate the brightest minds and give them voice, reach, and impact. Drawing on a backlist dating to 1893, Voices Revived makes high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarship accessible once again using print-on-demand technology. This title was originally published in 1973.

Autobiography of an Unknown Indian

Autobiography of an Unknown Indian

Author: Nirad C. Chaudhuri Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/02/2021

This title is part of UC Press's Voices Revived program, which commemorates University of California Press's mission to seek out and cultivate the brightest minds and give them voice, reach, and impact. Drawing on a backlist dating to 1893, Voices Revived makes high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarship accessible once again using print-on-demand technology. This title was originally published in 1951.

The Autobiography of an Unknown Indian

The Autobiography of an Unknown Indian

Author: Nirad C. Chaudhuri Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/02/2021

This title is part of UC Press's Voices Revived program, which commemorates University of California Press's mission to seek out and cultivate the brightest minds and give them voice, reach, and impact. Drawing on a backlist dating to 1893, Voices Revived makes high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarship accessible once again using print-on-demand technology. This title was originally published in 1951.

The Illustrated Provence Letters of Van Gogh

The Illustrated Provence Letters of Van Gogh

Author: Martin Bailey Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/02/2021

'I cannot help that my pictures do not sell. Nevertheless, the time will come when people will see that they are worth more than the price of the paint ...' Vincent van Gogh Discover the moving story of Vincent van Gogh, with his artistic genius and emotional torment told through interior monologues, sketches and paintings. Vincent van Gogh's letters are a treasure trove of information, long prized in the world of art, that provide a vivid written testimony to the artist's struggle to survive and work. This fascinating book's combination of deeply personal letters alongside rough sketches and finished paintings gives an intimate insight into the painter's domestic life in Arles and Saint-Remy-de-Provence, his spiritual torment and the creative process. The Illustrated Provence Letters of Van Gogh engages candidly with the mind of the artist, reflecting his close bond with his brother and closest companion Theo, his relationship with fellow artists and friends, his ongoing battle against attacks of mental illness, and above all his prevailing passion for art. Not only do these letters throw light on Van Gogh's complex character and emotional depth, they are a narrative of the process of artistic creation. Dr Martin Bailey's introduction provides essential background information about Vincent's early life, setting the period in Provence in perspective. Biographical notes about the recipients of Vincent's letters are provided as well as a guide for visitors to those places painted by van Gogh.

Overshare

Overshare

Author: Rose Ellen Dix, Rosie Spaughton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/02/2021

Rose and Rosie are known for their candid and hilarious YouTube videos... but now they are taking oversharing to a whole new level. Discussing sexuality, revealing secrets and empowering others, OVERSHARE is a book packed with Rose and Rosie's unique take on friendships, fame, mental health and LGBT issues. As visibly out members of the LGBT community, they open up about their own experiences, both together and as individuals, and have written this book in the hope that it gives strength to those who have faced similar difficulties. They are spreading a message of positivity and inclusivity, and want everyone to feel comfortable in their own skin, no matter what their sexuality. Delve deep into the unfiltered highs and lows of Rose and Rosie's life: family relationships, secrets of a happy marriage, struggles with OCD and anxiety, finding love and navigating the world as a gay couple. Get ready to laugh, cry, cringe and OVERSHARE.

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Author: Harriet Jacobs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/02/2021

Taking the Fight South

Taking the Fight South

Author: Howard Ball Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/02/2021

Taking the Fight South provides a timely and telling reminder of the vigilance democracy requires if racial justice is to be fully realized. Distinguished historian and civil rights activist Howard Ball has written dozens of books during his career, including the landmark biography of Thurgood Marshall, A Defiant Life, and the critically acclaimed Murder in Mississippi, chronicling the Mississippi Burning killings. In Taking the Fight South, arguably his most personal book, Ball focuses on six years, from 1976 to 1982, when, against the advice of friends and colleagues in New York, he and his Jewish family moved from the Bronx to Starkville, Mississippi, where he received a tenured position in the political science department at Mississippi State University. For Ball, his wife Carol, and their three young daughters, the move represented a leap of faith, ultimately illustrating their deep commitment toward racial justice. Ball, with breathtaking historical authority, narrates the experience of his family as Jewish outsiders in Mississippi, an unfamiliar and dangerous landscape contending with the aftermath of the civil rights struggle. Signs and natives greeted them with a humiliating and frightening message: No Jews, Negroes, etc., or dogs welcome. From refereeing football games, coaching soccer, and helping young black girls integrate the segregated Girl Scout troops in Starkville, to life-threatening calls from the KKK in the middle of the night, from his work for the ACLU to his arguments in the press and before a congressional committee for the extension of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, Ball takes the reader to a precarious time and place in the history of the South. He was briefly an observer but quickly became an activist, confronting white racists stubbornly holding on to a Jim Crow white supremacist past and fighting to create a more diverse, equitable, and just society. Ball's story is one of an imitable advocate who didn't just observe as a passive spectator but interrupted injustice. Taking the Fight South will join the list of required books to read about the Black Lives Matter movement and the history of racism in the United States. The book will also appeal to readers interested in Judaism because of its depiction of anti-Semitism directed toward Starkville's Jewish community, struggling to survive in the heart of the deep and very fundamentalist Protestant South.

In the Jaws of the Crocodile

In the Jaws of the Crocodile

Author: Emil Draitser Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/01/2021

Emil Draitser dreamed of becoming a writer. Born to a working-class Jewish family in the USSR on the eve of World War II, he came of age during the Brezhnev era, often considered the nadir of Soviet culture. Bored with an engineering job, he found refuge in writing, attracting the attention of a Moscow editor who encouraged him to try his hand at satire. He spent the next decade contributing to The Crocodile, the major Party-sponsored magazine known for its sharp-tongued essays and cartoons. After he got in trouble for criticizing an important Soviet official, he began weighing the heavy decision of whether to emigrate. In this captivating memoir, Draitser explores what it means to be a satirist in a country lacking freedom of expression. His experience provides a window into the lives of a generation of artists who were allowed to poke fun and make readers laugh, as long as they toed a narrow, state-approved line. In the Jaws of the Crocodile also includes several of Draitser's wry pieces translated into English for the first time.

Beyond the Blue Mountain

Beyond the Blue Mountain

Author: Alec McDonald Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/01/2021

From the glaciers of Spitsbergen to the palaces of Oman, this is an unlikely journey by an unassuming Liverpool boy who spent much of his career rising, to his surprise, through MI6, when not indulging his passion for rock-climbing. It is both a memoir and travellers tale, ranging across many countries among a fascinating cast of characters, from well-known political figures to the shadowy denizens of his trade. Full of colour and incident, it is both funny and serious and always seen through the eye of an outsider who never quite felt he belonged.

Beyond the Blue Mountain

Beyond the Blue Mountain

Author: Alec McDonald Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/01/2021

From the glaciers of Spitsbergen to the palaces of Oman, this is an unlikely journey by an unassuming Liverpool boy who spent much of his career rising, to his surprise, through MI6, when not indulging his passion for rock-climbing. It is both a memoir and travellers tale, ranging across many countries among a fascinating cast of characters, from well-known political figures to the shadowy denizens of his trade. Full of colour and incident, it is both funny and serious and always seen through the eye of an outsider who never quite felt he belonged.

How to Break Into the White House

How to Break Into the White House

Author: Ann Bracken Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/01/2021

'I was determined to break into the White House and, with the confidence of youth, I didn't see how anyone was going to be able to stop me.' So how did a small-town girl from Muncie, Indiana, end up an assistant to and favourite of the President, joining George H. W. Bush for early morning runs and on the White House tennis court? In this sparkling memoir, Annie Bracken takes readers straight to the heart of the action. How do the powerful live on Capitol Hill? What is Joe Biden really like and could he be a successful President? What is life like after the White House? Packed with vivid personal portraits of Bracken's encounters with Presidents, gangsters, spies and even some Hollywood greats, this is a joyful insider account of one woman's journey from America's fly-over states, through tales of hilarity and intrigue in London and Cannes, all the way to the White House.