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Storm Beat

Storm Beat

Author: Lori Tobias Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/10/2020

Journalist Lori Tobias arrived on the Oregon Coast in 2000. After freelancing from Newport for several years, she signed on to the Oregonian as a stringer covering the coast from Florence to Astoria; later she would be hired as a staff writer responsible for the entirety of the coast-one person for more than three hundred miles. The job meant long hours, being called out for storms in the middle of the night and in dangerous conditions, driving hundreds of miles in a day if stories called for it. The Oregon Coast is a rugged, beautiful place. Separated from the state's population centers by the Coast Range, it is a land of small towns reliant primarily on fishing and tourism, known for its dramatic landscapes and dramatic storms. Many of the stories Tobias covered were tragedies: car crashes, falls, drownings, capsizings. And those were just the accidents; Tobias covered plenty of violent crimes as well. But her stories also include more lighthearted moments, including her own experiences learning to live on and cover the coast. Tobias's story is as much her own as it is the coast's; she takes the reader through familiar beats of life -- regular trips back east as her parents age, the decline of journalism in the twenty-first century, and the unexpected, unglamorous experiences of a working reporter-such as a bout of vertigo after rappelling from a helicopter. Storm Beat tells a compelling story of a land that many visit but few truly know.

In America, I Discovered I Was European

In America, I Discovered I Was European

Author: Natalia Correia, Onesimo T. Almeida Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/10/2020

Natalia Correia lived one of the most productive and flamboyant lives in the history of Portuguese culture. In June 1950 -- a month bracketed by Senator Margaret Chase Smith's denunciation of McCarthyism and the outbreak of the Korean conflict -- Correia made her first visit to the United States. Moving from Boston, coastal Maine, and New Bedford, Massachusetts, to New York City and Washington, DC, she mingled with intellectuals and politicians at soirees, visited art museums, frequented nightclubs, spoke on Portuguese-language radio, and met with Luso-Americans and small-town locals. In America, I Discovered I Was European reveals the attractions and contradictions of midcentury America through the experiences, discoveries, perceptive observations, and critical reflections of a lifelong enfant terrible.

Over the Top

Over the Top

Author: Jonathan Van Ness Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/10/2020

Who gave Jonathan Van Ness permission to be the radiant human he is today? No one, honey. The truth is, it hasn't always been gorgeous for this beacon of positivity and joy. Before he stole our hearts as the grooming and self-care expert on Netflix's hit show Queer Eye, Jonathan was growing up in a small Midwestern town that didn't understand why he was so...over the top. From choreographed carpet figure skating routines to the unavoidable fact that he was Just. So. Gay., Jonathan was an easy target and endured years of judgement, ridicule and trauma - yet none of it crushed his uniquely effervescent spirit. Over the Top uncovers the pain and passion it took to end up becoming the model of self-love and acceptance that Jonathan is today. In this revelatory, raw, and rambunctious memoir, Jonathan shares never-before-told secrets and reveals sides of himself that the public has never seen. JVN fans may think they know the man behind the stiletto heels, the crop tops, and the iconic sayings, but there's much more to him than meets the Queer Eye. You'll laugh, you'll cry, and you'll come away knowing that no matter how broken or lost you may be, you're a Kelly Clarkson song, you're strong, and you've got this.

Look Again

Look Again

Author: David Bailey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/10/2020

David Bailey burst onto the scene in 1960, when his work for Vogue revolutionized fashion photography. Funny, outspoken, brutally honest and ferociously talented, he became as famous as his subjects . . . In Look Again, Bailey describes growing up in working class East London where his dyslexia led to him being written off as stupid at school but his drive and ambition led to his meteoric rise as a photographer. He writes about life in 60s London and New York, his friendship with photographers Donovan and Duffy, and annoying his rival Lord Snowdon. His love-life was always headline-worthy. He propelled his girlfriend, model Jean Shrimpton, to stardom - and was threatened with a shotgun by her father. When he married Catherine Deneuve Mick Jagger was his best man. He went on to marry Marie Helvin and then found happiness with Catherine Dyer. He has photographed many famous names, from Queen Elizabeth II (Bailey called her 'girl') to the Krays, from Michael Caine and Mick Jagger to Anjelica Huston. He is also a film and documentary director, is friends with Kate Moss and Damien Hirst and has never stopped working. Crammed full of eye-opening and irreverent stories, this is a fantastically entertaining memoir by a true icon.

The Undying

The Undying

Author: Anne Boyer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/10/2020

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE FOR NONFICTION 2020 WINNER OF THE WINDHAM-CAMPBELL PRIZE FOR NONFICTION 2020 FINALIST FOR THE PEN / JEAN STEIN BOOK AWARD 2020 'Profound and unforgettable' Sally Rooney 'A classic . . . I have long thought of Boyer as a genius' Patricia Lockwood 'An outraged, beautiful, and brilliant work of embodied critique' Ben Lerner 'Some of the most perceptive and beautiful writing about illness and pain that I have ever read' Hari Kunzru Blending memoir with critique, an award-winning poet and essayist's devastating exploration of sickness and health, cancer and the cancer industry, in the modern world A week after her 41st birthday, Anne Boyer was diagnosed with highly aggressive triple-negative breast cancer. For a single mother living payslip to payslip, the condition was both a crisis and an initiation into new ideas about mortality and the gendered politics of illness. In The Undying - at once her harrowing memoir of survival, and a 21st-century Illness as Metaphor - Boyer draws on sources from ancient Roman dream diarists to cancer vloggers to explore the experience of illness. She investigates the quackeries, casualties and ecological costs of cancer under capitalism, and dives into the long line of women writing about their own illnesses and deaths, among them Audre Lorde, Kathy Acker and Susan Sontag. Genre-bending, devastating and profoundly humane, The Undying is an unmissably insightful meditation on cancer, the cancer industry and the sicknesses and glories of contemporary life.

A Del of a Life

A Del of a Life

Author: David Jason Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/10/2020

PRE-ORDER NOW: the hilarious and heartfelt new autobiography from the national treasure Sir David Jason In celebration of Sir David Jason's 80th year, A Del of a Life: Lessons I've Learned relives Jason's extraordinary life and career from over 50 years in entertainment. From a trainee electrician to one of Britain's most revered and loved actors, Jason shares heartfelt and hilarious wisdom with readers on subjects ranging from family to work, resilience to ebullience. Told with his characteristic warmth and wit, Jason shines a wonderful new light on the characters and shows that fans have come to love him for, from Del Boy to Granville, Larkin to Frost. 'In my first two books, I enjoyed sharing my life with the great British public, and I was overwhelmed by their support and kindness. In my new book, A Del of a Life, I am delighted to share with readers some of the hard-won lessons I've learned along the way - how to dream big, how to work hard, and how not to fall through the gap in the pub bar...

Really Saying Something

Really Saying Something

Author: Sara Dallin, Keren Woodward Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/10/2020

MUSIC, FAME AND A LIFELONG FRIENDSHIP. In the early eighties, best friends Sara Dallin and Keren Woodward arrived at the YWCA in London, with their sights set on careers in journalism and the media... but that wasn't to be. London was the most vibrant and culturally innovative of places, and within the whirl of clubs, parties and new friends, a chance meeting with former Sex Pistol Paul Cook changed everything. Moving into Malcolm McLaren's old office, they started rehearsing and singing background vocals for Paul's new band, before teaming up with Sara's college friend Siobhan, and forming their own group. It wasn't long before they'd made their first appearance on Top of the Pops, wearing clothes they'd made themselves, and not sure which camera to look at. Who could have imagined that this would be the birth of one of the biggest-selling female bands of all time? Bananarama! From a groundbreaking performance at The Brits, to sold-out world tours, party games with George Michael, hanging out with Andy Warhol in New York and a Guinness World Record, Bananarama's DIY-style and attitude inspired a generation, obliterating all previous notions of what a girl band was or could be. Whether opening up about the challenges of making it in a male dominated industry, balancing motherhood and fame, the hairstyles and TV interviews they'd rather forget, or the joys of writing and recording new music, Sara and Keren are honest, revealing and hilarious. Really Saying Something is the story of two friends who continue to pursue their dreams their way - and have a great time doing it. It is a celebration of determination and a lifelong friendship, with an unbeatable soundtrack.

A Del of a Life

A Del of a Life

Author: David Jason Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 29/10/2020

PRE-ORDER NOW: the hilarious and heartfelt new autobiography from the national treasure Sir David Jason In celebration of Sir David Jason's 80th year, A Del of a Life: Lessons I've Learned relives Jason's extraordinary life and career from over 50 years in entertainment. From a trainee electrician to one of Britain's most revered and loved actors, Jason shares heartfelt and hilarious wisdom with readers on subjects ranging from family to work, resilience to ebullience. Told with his characteristic warmth and wit, Jason shines a wonderful new light on the characters and shows that fans have come to love him for, from Del Boy to Granville, Larkin to Frost. 'In my first two books, I enjoyed sharing my life with the great British public, and I was overwhelmed by their support and kindness. In my new book, A Del of a Life, I am delighted to share with readers some of the hard-won lessons I've learned along the way - how to dream big, how to work hard, and how not to fall through the gap in the pub bar...

Coal Miner's Daughter

Coal Miner's Daughter

Author: Loretta Lynn Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/10/2020

Reissued for the 40th Anniversary of the Oscar-winning, Sissy Spacek-starring film of the same name, COAL MINER'S DAUGHTER recounts Loretta Lynn's astonishing journey to become one of the original queens of country music. Loretta grew up dirt poor in the mountains of Kentucky, she was married at fifteen years old, and became a mother soon after. At the age of twenty-four, her husband, Doo, gave her a guitar as an anniversary present. Soon, she began penning songs and singing in front of honky-tonk audiences, and, through years of hard work, talent, and true grit, eventually made her way to Nashville, the Grand Ole Opry, eventually securing her place in country music history. Loretta's prolific and influential songwriting made her the first woman to receive a gold record in country music, and got her named the first female Entertainer of the Year by the Country Music Association. This riveting memoir introduces readers to all the highs and lows on her road to success and the tough, smart, funny, and fascinating woman behind the legend.

Really Saying Something

Really Saying Something

Author: Sara Dallin, Keren Woodward Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/10/2020

MUSIC, FAME AND A LIFELONG FRIENDSHIP. Sara Dallin and Keren Woodward met in the school playground when they were four. They became international stars, first as a trio, then, for almost three decades, as a duo. After leaving school they lived in the YWCA before they moved into the semi-derelict former Sex Pistols rehearsal room and immersed themselves in Soho's thriving club scene before teaming up with Siobhan Fahey to form Bananarama. A string of worldwide hits followed, including 'Cruel Summer', 'I Heard a Rumour and 'Venus'. In a male-dominated industry, they were determined to succeed on their own terms and inspired a generation with their music, DIY-style and trailblazing attitudes. Narrated with humour and authenticity, and filled with never-before-seen photos, Really Saying Something takes us from the early days to the world tours, to party games with George Michael, a close friendship with the Prodigy's Keith Flint, hanging out with Andy Warhol in New York and in 1989, a Guinness World Record for the most worldwide chart entries of any all-female group. As well as the highs, Sara and Keren speak frankly about the flip-side of fame, revealing their personal struggles, and the challenges of juggling family life and a demanding professional schedule. Really Saying Something is the story of two friends who continue to pursue their dreams their way - and have a great time doing it. It is a celebration of determination and a lifelong friendship, with an unbeatable soundtrack.

Look Again

Look Again

Author: David Bailey Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/10/2020

David Bailey burst onto the scene in 1960, when his work for Vogue revolutionized fashion photography. Funny, outspoken, brutally honest and ferociously talented, he became as famous as his subjects . . . In Look Again, Bailey describes growing up in working class East London where his dyslexia led to him being written off as stupid at school but his drive and ambition led to his meteoric rise as a photographer. He writes about life in 60s London and New York, his friendship with photographers Donovan and Duffy, and annoying his rival Lord Snowdon. His love-life was always headline-worthy. He propelled his girlfriend, model Jean Shrimpton, to stardom - and was threatened with a shotgun by her father. When he married Catherine Deneuve Mick Jagger was his best man. He went on to marry Marie Helvin and then found happiness with Catherine Dyer. He has photographed many famous names, from Queen Elizabeth II (Bailey called her 'girl') to the Krays, from Michael Caine and Mick Jagger to Anjelica Huston. He is also a film and documentary director, is friends with Kate Moss and Damien Hirst and has never stopped working. Crammed full of eye-opening and irreverent stories, this is a fantastically entertaining memoir by a true icon.

A Del of a Life

A Del of a Life

Author: David Jason Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/10/2020

PRE-ORDER NOW: the hilarious and heartfelt new autobiography from the national treasure Sir David Jason In celebration of Sir David Jason's 80th year, A Del of a Life: Lessons I've Learned relives Jason's extraordinary life and career from over 50 years in entertainment. From a trainee electrician to one of Britain's most revered and loved actors, Jason shares heartfelt and hilarious wisdom with readers on subjects ranging from family to work, resilience to ebullience. Told with his characteristic warmth and wit, Jason shines a wonderful new light on the characters and shows that fans have come to love him for, from Del Boy to Granville, Larkin to Frost. 'In my first two books, I enjoyed sharing my life with the great British public, and I was overwhelmed by their support and kindness. In my new book, A Del of a Life, I am delighted to share with readers some of the hard-won lessons I've learned along the way - how to dream big, how to work hard, and how not to fall through the gap in the pub bar...