My Week with Marilyn
By Colin Clark
Imagine sneaking away to spend seven days with the most famous woman in the world... In 1956, fresh from Oxford University, twenty-three-year-old Colin Clark began work as a lowly assistant on the set of The Prince and the Showgirl , the film that united Sir Laurence Olivier with Marilyn Monroe. The blonde bombshell and the legendary actor were ill suited from the start. Monroe, on honeymoon with her new husband, the celebrated playwright Arthur Miller, was insecure, often late, and heavily medicated on pills. Olivier, obsessively punctual, had no patience for Monroe and the production became chaotic. Clark recorded it all in two unforgettable diaries-the first a charming fly-on-the- wall account of life as a gofer on the set the other a heartfelt, intimate, and astonishing remembrance of the week Clark spent escorting Monroe around England, earning the trust and affection of one of the most desirable women in the world. Published together here for the first time, the books are the basis for the upcoming major motion picture My Week with Marilyn starring Michelle Williams, Judi Dench, and Kenneth Branagh. England was abuzz when Monroe arrived to shoot The Prince and the Showgirl . She hoped working with the legendary Olivier would give her acting further credibility, while he hoped the film would give his career a boost at the box office and some Hollywood glamour. But Monroe, feeling abandoned when Miller left the country for Paris, became difficult on the set. Clark was perceptive in his assessment of what seemed to be going wrong in Monroe's life: too many hangers-on, intense insecurity, and too many pills. Olivier, meanwhile, was impatient and condescending toward her. At a certain point, feeling isolated and overwhelmed, Monroe turned her attention to Clark, who gave her comfort and solace. Before long, she escaped the set and a remarkable true adventure took place. Monroe and Clark spent an innocent week together in the English countryside and Clark became her confidant and ally. And, like any man would be expected to, he fell a bit in love. Clark understood how best to handle Monroe and became Olivier's only hope of getting the film finished. Before long, young Colin was in over his head, and his heart may well have been broken by the world's biggest movie star. A beguiling memoir that reads like a fable, My Week with Marilyn is above all a love letter to one of our most enduring icons.
By Johan Cruyff
Johan Cruyff embodied a footballing philosophy that now dominates coaching and playing styles in all the leading club sides around the world. You can dispute whether Cruyff was the greatest player ever- he was certainly one of the top three- but he is undoubtedly the player who single-handedly most changed the nature of the game. My Turn tells the story of Cruyff's remarkable career, built on the techniques he learned playing in the streets of postwar Amsterdam while hoping to be noticed by the city's most famous club, Ajax. He would eventually inspire that team to eight league championships and three European cups. He won his first of three Ballons d'Or in 1971 at age 24. In 1973, Cruyff was sold to Barcelona for a then-world-record transfer fee. He led the Catalans to victory in La Liga for the first time since 1960, and went on to leave a lasting mark on Spanish soccer. In the 1974 World Cup, Cruyff propelled the Dutch team to the final for the first time.Cruyff's lasting influence, however, is not in the medals he won, but in the style of play he epitomized and then applied to the Barcelona and Ajax teams he coached. His vision of Total Football" transformed the way soccer was played, and its dazzling fluidity became the basis of the most admired sides around the world. He was the sport's uncompromising genius on and off the field of play.
My Spirit Took You In
By Christine Wicker, Louise Troh
Louise Troh,fiancée of Thomas Eric Duncan, the first man ever to die of Ebola in America,breaks her silence about her experience in this deeply moving memoir, chronicling the decade-long love story that starts in Liberia and ends in an isolation ward in Dallas, Texas.
My Guantanamo Diary
By Mahvish Khan
Mahvish Khan is the only Afghan-American to walk into Guantanamo of her own accord. This unique book is her story, and the story of the men she grew to know uniquely well inside the cages of Guantanamo. Mahvish Khan is an American lawyer, born to immigrant Afghan parents. She was outraged that her country, the USA, seemed to have suspended its tradition of equality for all under the law with regard to those imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, and so she volunteered to translate for the lawyers - including British lawyer and founder of Reprieve Clive Stafford Smith - acting pro bono for the prisoners. Because she spoke their language, understood their customs and brought them Starbucks chai, the closest available drink to the kind of tea they would drink at home, they quickly befriended her, offering fatherly advice as well as a uniquely personal insight into their plight, and that of their families thousands of miles away at home. Some at Guantanamo are terrorists who deserve to be convicted and sentenced as such. Some are paediatricians and school teachers. We cannot tell the difference until we see them as individuals with their own unique stories. They deserve that much. No other writer has had access to the detainees. This book is a testament to their captivity. It documents the voices of men who have been tortured and held in a black hole of indefinite detention without legal recourse for years. It shows who they are and also allows readers to see that these men are more similar to us than they are different.
Murder in the Model City
By Douglas W. Rae, Paul Bass
May 20, 1969: Four members of the revolutionary Black Panther Party trudge through woods along the edges of the Coginchaug River outside of New Haven, Connecticut. Gunshots shatter the silence. Three men emerge from the woods. Soon, two are in police custody. One flees across the country. Nine Panthers would be tried for crimes committed that night, including National Chairman Bobby Seale, extradited from California with the aide of Panther nemesis, California Governor Ronald Reagan. Activists of all denominations descended on the New England city- and the campus of Yale. The Nixon administration sent 4,000 National Guardsmen. U.S. military tanks lined the streets outside of New Haven. In this white-knuckle journey through a turbulent America, Doug Rae and Paul Bass let us eavesdrop on late-night meetings between Yale President, Kingman Brewster, and radical activists, including Jerry Rubin and Abbie Hoffman, as they try to avert disaster. Meanwhile, most heartrending of all is the never-before-told story of Warren Kimbro- star community worker turned Panther assassin- who faces an uphill battle to turn his life around.
Moon Spotlight Salvador & Bahia
By Michael Sommers
Moon Spotlight Salvador & Bahia is an 85-page compact guide to the best of Salvador and Bahia. Brazil resident and magazine correspondent Michael Sommers offers his firsthand advice on what sights are must-sees, and sightseeing highlights maps make planning your time easy. This lightweight guide is packed with recommendations on sights, entertainment, shopping, recreation, accommodations, food, and transportation. Helpful maps guide travellers through these two historic highlights of Brazil.This full-colour Spotlight guidebook is excerpted from Moon Brazil.
Moon San Juan Islands (4th ed)
By Don Pitcher
Writer and photographer Don Pitcher introduces travellers to the best of the San Juan Islands, from their luxurious inns and upscale restaurants to their evergreen forests and rocky shorelines. Don is the essential tour guide to this popular getaway destination, providing itineraries such as Romantic San Juans, Camping with the Kids, and Exploring the Outer Islands. Complete with details on activities including whale-watching, kayaking, sailing, hiking, and diving, Moon San Juan Islands gives travellers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.
Moon Santa Fe, Taos & Albuquerque (Fourth Edition)
By Zora O'Neill
New Mexico native Zora O'Neill shares her appreciation for the Land of Enchantment in this full-colour guide, from exploring the Acoma Pueblo,a 12th-century Native American settlement built upon a 367-foot mesa,to hitting the slopes at Taos Ski Valley. O'Neill offers a variety of trip strategies accompanied by vibrant photos and helpful maps, such as Weekend Getaways, American Indian Heritage, and Not Just Hot Tamales,a guide to sampling the tastiest examples of the region's distinctive cuisine. Full of tips on hiking aspen-covered mountainsides, wandering among crumbling Franciscan churches, and checking out the area's thriving art scene, Moon Santa Fe, Taos, & Albuquerque gives travellers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.
By Michaela Riva Gaaserud
Area native Michaela Riva Gaaserud provides travellers with an insider's perspective on one of the nation's most historically significant states. An experienced guidebook author, Gaaserud offers up original trip ideas to help visitors make the most of their time, such as Charm City: Two Days in Baltimore. With comprehensive coverage for all interests,from seeing the wild ponies of Assateague Island to visiting Antietam National Battlefield to strolling Embassy Row in Washington DC, Moon Maryland gives travellers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.
Moon Florida Keys (2nd ed)
By Laura Martone
World traveller Laura Martone shares the best ways to experience the Florida Keys, from diving the fascinating underwater coral reefs and shipwrecks of Key Largo to hiking and camping in the less touristy Middle Keys. Martone offers unique trip ideas for a variety of travellers, including Historic Architecture, Underwater Journey, and Romantic Key West Getaway. Complete with information on taking trolley tours, swimming with dolphins, and attending festivals like the Key Largo Pirates Fest, Moon Florida Keys gives travellers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience. Coverage includes:Miami and the EvergladesKey LargoIslamoradaMarathon and the Middle KeysBig Pine and the Lower KeysKey West
By Lawrence C. Ross, Jr.
Money Shot chronicles the African American porn industry's steady rise to the mainstream. Lawrence Ross, a prominent journalist and lecturer, details a year in the life of porn star Lexington Steele, whose eleven-inch penis and 75,000 per-movie-fee made him one of the most famous figures in the porn industry. Beginning and ending with Lexington Steele as the book's narrative thread, Ross conducts hundreds of interviews with college professors, industry insiders, and porn stars themselves, providing an insider's view of the often dangerous and disheartening reality of the black porn industry. His research uncovers a world fraught with sexual and racial politics. He describes an AIDS crisis that threatens the lives and careers of several black porn stars, the racism that implicitly prohibits interracial sex scenes in porn films, the moral implications of black female porn stars working as escorts to wealthy African Americans, and much more. Money Shot humanizes those who participate in a largely inhumane occupation,it is a cautionary tale for those who thought that what they are seeing on the screen is simply sex.
Miracle At Kitty Hawk
By Fred C. Kelly, Orville Wright, Wilbur Wright
With little formal education and even fewer business skills, Wilbur and Orville Wright solved the scientific mystery that defeated the greatest minds of their day. This collection of six hundred letters between the two brothers traces the genesis of their flying machine, from their initial frustration to their bursts of discovery and the thrill of ultimate success. Witness the resourcefulness, good humour, and sheer pluck of America's most famous brothers.
The Mind at Night
By Andrea Rock
Psychologists and philosophers have long grappled with the mysteries of dreaming, and now-thanks largely to recent innovations in brain imaging -neuroscientists are starting to join the conversation. In this ground-breaking book, award-winning journalist Andrea Rock traces the brief but fascinating history of this emerging field. She then takes us into modern sleep labs across the country, asking the questions that intrigue us all: Why do we remember only a fraction of our dreams? Why are dreams usually accompanied by intense emotions? Can dreams truly spark creative thought or help solve problems? Are the universal dream interpretations of Freud and Jung valid? Accessible and engaging, The Mind at Night shines a bright light on our nocturnal journeys and tells us what the sleeping mind reveals about our waking hours.
Military Memoirs Of A Confederate
By Edward Porter Alexander
General Edward Porter Alexander was the master gunner of the Confederacy, and undeniably one of the great American artillerists. He was involved in nearly all of the great battles of the East, from First Manassas through Appomattox on the second day at Gettysburg, Alexander's battalion executed one of the greatest artillery charges of the war Longstreet relied upon him for reconnaissance, and Stonewall Jackson wanted him made an infantry general.
Michelle Obama in her Own Words
By Lisa Rogak, Michelle Obama
The election of Barack Obama has brought worldwide attention not only to what his policies will be, but to what kind of First Lady Michelle Obama will be. Throughout the long campaign season, Michelle Robinson Obama garnered a good amount of attention, kudos and criticism about her words, actions, even her appearance, but few people know what kind of role she will play once she settles into the White House. One clue is to examine her words and statements of the past, and the proposed book Michelle Obama In Her Own Words will show readers who are eager to learn more about America's new history-making First Lady. Michelle Obama In Her Own Words will be a book that contains 200-250 quotations arranged in approximately 75 different categories. A short introduction and biography of the new First Lady will precede the quotes. Drawing on quotations from a variety of newspaper and magazine articles, transcripts, speeches, and TV interviews and profiles, the quotations date from Michelle's career as a high-powered corporate lawyer in Chicago and her high-powered executive jobs in the Chicago Mayor's office and at the University of Chicago, up through the election of November 5th, 2008. Rogak locates and organizes the funny, fascinating, inspiring (and occasionally controversial) words of our future First Lady, on topics such as: ? Abortion? Affirmative Action? Balancing career and family? Barack's safety? Being compared to Jackie Onassis? Her childhood? Her critics? Her fashion sense? Hillary Clinton? Iraq? Racism? Rev. Jeremiah Wright? Sarah Palin? Terrorism? The"elitist&rdquo tag? The Presidential campaign? The role of the First Lady? Women who have influenced her
A Method To Their Madness
By Foster Hirsch
For decades, in one small room on West Forty-fourth Street in Manhattan, Lee Strasberg ran the Actors Studio, where dozens of acclaimed actors absorbed a technique that became known as the "Method." Based on firsthand observations and numerous interviews, Hirsch's examination of the Studio's origins reveals how its graduates forever shaped the American stage and screen. A new introduction by the author studies the Actors Studio in the twenty-first century and places it in a modern context.
The Mensa Genius Quiz Book
By Abbie F. Salny, Marvin Grosswirth
The Memory Of Earth
By Orson Scott Card
The planet called Harmony had been settled by humans nearly forty years before. The colony had been placed under the care of an artificial intelligence, the Oversoul, high in orbit. This master computer had one overriding command: guard the people of Harmony.But now the Oversoul is itself in danger. Soon, within a thousand years, catastrophic war will break out on Harmony unless the Oversoul can be repaired. The master computer has determined that it must be taken back to lost Earth; someone on Harmony must be given back the knowledge of space travel in order to save the planet from destruction. For one family, about to be caught up in an approaching civil war, life will change for ever.More information on this book and others can be found on the Orbit website at www.orbitbooks.co.uk
Maybe This Christmas
By Jennifer Snow
Emma Lewis had once been an Olympic Gold medalist snowboarder, but an accident on the slopes left her unable to continue with the sport. Now, she works as a physical therapist, helping other athletes recover from injury. When her best friend, Asher Westmore, gets injured in the middle of the hockey season, she's determined to get him back on the ice as soon as possible. But Asher's spirit needs the most therapy, and Emma wants to be one to heal him on all levels. She's always loved Asher, and it seems that now may be the right time for them--if only she can convince him. Asher Westmore is living his dream and playing for the New Jersey Devils, but torn ligaments in his leg leave him benched for the rest of the season.His best friend Emma may be the only one who can help him get through it--that is if he doesn't ruin everything by falling in love with her.
Marine Tank Battles In The Pacific
By Oscar E. Gilbert
No previous book has been devoted to Marine Corps armor in World War II. Gilbert's gripping narrative combines exhaustive detail on Marine armor and combat with moving eyewitness accounts, never before published, of what it was actually like to be a Marine tanker in action in the Pacific.