Category: Biography

Leonardo's Notebooks: Writing and Art of the Great Master

An all-new, jewel-like, reader-friendly structure supplies new existence to this relaunch of a world best-seller.

Leonardo da Vinci?artist, inventor, and prototypical Renaissance man?is a perennial resource of fascination due to his fantastic mind and boundless interest concerning the traditional and man-made global. in the course of his existence he created a variety of artistic endeavors and stored voluminous notebooks that specified his creative and highbrow pursuits.

The number of writings and artwork during this extraordinary booklet are drawn from his notebooks. The e-book organizes his wide selection of pursuits into matters akin to human figures, mild and coloration, point of view and visible notion, anatomy, botany and panorama, geography, the actual sciences and astronomy, structure, sculpture, and innovations. approximately every bit of writing during the publication is keyed to the piece of paintings it describes.

The writing and artwork is chosen via artwork historian H. Anna Suh, who presents attention-grabbing remark and perception into the fabric, making Leonardo's Notebooks a stupendous single-volume compendium celebrating his enduring genius.

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Models of My Life: The Remarkable Autobiography of the Nobel Prize Winning Social Scientist and Father of Artificial Intelligence (Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Series)

By Herbert A. Simon

The writer experiences his existence as a Nobel laureate in economics and his position because the father of man-made intelligence and asks himself how his lifestyles as a scientist is helping clarify his personal habit.

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Joni: The Creative Odyssey of Joni Mitchell

By Katherine Monk

From the instant Joni Mitchell's profession started — with coffee-house bookings, serendipitous encounters with demonstrated stars, and a recording agreement that gave her complete inventive keep an eye on over her song — the girl from the Canadian wheat fields has eluded cliches. while her friends have been all for feminism, Mitchell used to be plumbing the depths of her personal human . whilst area rock used to be king, she became to jazz. while all others hailed Bob Dylan as a musical messiah, Mitchell observed a fraud harassed with halitosis. Unafraid to "write in her personal blood," whatever the fee, Mitchell has been vilified as a diva and embraced as a genius, yet infrequently has she been well-known as an artist and a thinker.

This new portrait of the reclusive icon examines how major lifestyles occasions — failed relationships, the hand over of her baby daughter, debilitating affliction — have prompted her inventive expression. writer Katherine Monk captures the wealthy legacy of her multifaceted topic during this offbeat account, weaving in own reflections and astute cultural observations, and revealing the Mitchell who continues to be misunderstood.

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Dancing Barefoot: The Patti Smith Story

By Dave Thompson

Dancing Barefoot is the entire and real tale of Patti Smith, largely said as some of the most major American artists of the rock ’n’ roll period, a performer whose viewers and allure succeed in a long way past the parameters of rock.

An acclaimed poet, a revered artist, and a figurehead for plenty of liberal political explanations, Patti Smith soared from an ugly-duckling youth in postwar New Jersey to turn into queen of the hot York arts scene within the Seventies. This booklet lines the bright trajectory of her occupation, together with the fifteen reclusive years she spent in Detroit within the Eighties and ’90s, in addition to her successful go back to ny. however it is basically the tale of a performer growing to be up in manhattan urban within the early and mid-1970s.

Dancing Barefoot is a measured, actual, and enthusiastic account of Smith’s occupation. Guided through interviews with those that have recognized her—including Ivan Kral, Tom Verlaine, Richard Lloyd, John Cale, and Jim Carroll—it is predicated so much of all on Patti’s personal phrases. this can be Patti’s tale, advised as she may have noticeable it, had she been at the outdoor taking a look in.

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Billy Bragg: Still Suitable for Miners

He was once a punk. He was once a soldier. He was once a flag-waver for either the Labour occasion and the miners. he's Billy Bragg, top often called a passionate protest folks singer and a tireless promoter of political and humanitarian reasons all internationally. His lifestyles encapsulates rather a lot approximately his new release: born within the past due '50s, passions cast via punk, politics formed by way of Thatcherism, desire supplied via the tip of the chilly struggle and beliefs galvanised through what he sees as a post-ideological twenty first century. thinking about compassion and responsibility, he likes fun too, and is enduringly well known. Billy Bragg continues to be to at the present time a much-loved songwriter and performer whose campaigning has now spanned 4 a long time and indicates no signal of relenting. nonetheless compatible For Miners is his respectable tale, up-to-date for the thirtieth anniversary of his debut album, Life's A insurrection with undercover agent Vs undercover agent, and together with the recording of his 10th album as a solo artist, enamel and Nail.

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Keep Fighting (The Billy Bremner Story)

By Paul Harrison

Billy Bremner is a soccer legend. in the course of his years taking part in for Leeds Utd and Scotland, his ardour for the sport and his dedication to the reason made him into one of many all-time greats. whilst Billy Bremner died in 1997 on the age of simply fifty four, Paul Harrison was once operating with him on a brand new ebook telling the tale of his existence. Now, that detailed fabric from vast interviews has been introduced jointly in maintain battling: The Billy Bremner tale. It covers Bremner's existence from his early years in Scotland, his flow to Leeds Utd and the honor days of the Don Revie period, his distinctive overseas occupation and his later circulate into soccer administration. In his personal phrases, discover what Billy Bremner considered lifestyles at Leeds Utd, approximately his exploits for Scotland, his footballing buddies and people he clashed with. There are tales of profitable the League Championship and the FA Cup with Leeds, taking part in for Scotland on the earth Cup, his arguable ban from foreign soccer and the libel motion he received opposed to a Sunday newspaper. and there is Bremner's personal forthright perspectives approximately a few of the greatest names in soccer, from Don Revie to Brian Clough and Gary Sprake to Kevin Keegan. continue battling is a different, no-holds-barred account of the lifetime of Billy Bremner - straight-talker and footballing legend - and is a becoming tribute to 1 of the all time greats of the sport.

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Irresistible North: From Venice to Greenland on the Trail of the Zen Brothers

By Andrea Di Robilant

A century sooner than Columbus arrived in the US, brothers from Venice are stated to have explored components of the hot international. They grew to become legends throughout the Renaissance, after which the resource of an excellent scandal that might discredit their tale. this day, they've been principally forgotten.
In this very unique work—part background, half travelogue—Andrea di Robilant chronicles his discovery of a commute narrative released in 1558 through the Venetian statesman Nicolò Zen. The textual content and its interesting nautical map re-created the travels of 2 of the author’s ancestors, brothers who claimed to have explored the North Atlantic within the 1380s and 1390s. Di Robilant units out to find why the Zens’ account later got here below assault as one of many maximum frauds in geographical historical past. was once their map—and even their journey—partially or maybe totally faked?

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Malala Yousafzai: Warrior with Words

By Karen Leggett Abouraya

The inspiring, real tale of Malala Yousafzai, a tender Pakistani lady who stands up and speaks out for each child’s correct to schooling. even though she and of her schoolmates have been distinct by means of a Taliban gunman, a life-threatening harm basically bolstered her unravel. Malala spoke on the U.N. on her sixteenth birthday in 2013, 9 months after she was once shot. writer and journalist Karen Leggett Abouraya, writer of arms round the Library: holding Egypt’s valuable Books, brings Malala’s tale to existence for younger readers. Malala’s tale is greater than a biography of a courageous and outspoken youngster. it's a testomony to the ability of schooling to alter the realm for girls and boys far and wide. "Winner of the California examining Association's 2015 EUREKA! Honor Award"

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By David Shields, Shane Salerno


THE BOY WHO turned A insurgent. THE insurgent WHO turned A SOLDIER. THE SOLDIER WHO grew to become AN ICON. THE ICON WHO DISAPPEARED.

Raised in Park street privilege, J. D. Salinger sought out wrestle, surviving 5 bloody battles of global struggle II, and out of that crucible he created a singular, The Catcher within the Rye, which journeyed deep into his personal melancholy and redefined postwar America.

For greater than fifty years, Salinger has been some of the most elusive figures in American historical past. all the makes an attempt to discover the reality approximately why he disappeared were undermined via a scarcity of entry and the recycling of faulty details. during a nine-year research, and particularly within the 3 years due to the fact Salinger’s dying, David Shields and Shane Salerno have interviewed greater than two hundred humans on 5 continents (many of whom had formerly refused to head at the list) to resolve the secret of what occurred to Salinger.

Constructed like a mystery, this oral biography takes you into Salinger’s deepest international for the 1st time, throughout the voices of these closest to him: his international struggle II brothers-in-arms, his kinfolk, his neighbors, his fanatics, his classmates, his editors, his New Yorker colleagues, his religious advisors, and folks with whom he had relationships that have been mystery even to his circle of relatives. Their intimate memories are supported via greater than a hundred seventy five pictures (many by no means noticeable before), diaries, felony files, and personal files which are woven all through; moreover, showing the following for the 1st time, are Salinger’s “lost letters”—ranging from the Nineteen Forties to 2008, revealing his intimate perspectives on love, literature, status, faith, conflict, and loss of life, and delivering a uncooked and revelatory self-portrait.

Salinger released his final tale in 1965 yet saved writing consistently till his dying, locked for years inside of a bunker within the woods, compiling manuscripts and submitting them in a mystery vault. was once he a genius who left the cloth international to target developing immaculate artwork or a haunted recluse, misplaced in his deepest obsessions? Why did this author, celebrated through the area, cease publishing? Shields and Salerno’s research into Salinger’s epic lifestyles transports you from the bloody shores of Normandy, the place Salinger landed lower than hearth, wearing the 1st six chapters of The Catcher within the Rye . . . to the most popular nightclub on the planet, the Stork membership, the place he romanced the attractive sixteen-year-old Oona O’Neill until eventually she met Charlie Chaplin . . . from his top-secret counterintelligence tasks, which took him to a subcamp of Dachau . . . to a love affair with a possible Gestapo agent whom he married and taken domestic to his Jewish mom and dad’ Park road condominium and images of whom look right here for the 1st time . . . from the pages of the New Yorker, the place he came upon his voice through remodeling the injuries of conflict into the bow of paintings . . . to the woods of recent Hampshire, the place the Vedanta faith took over his lifestyles and compelled his flesh-and-blood kinfolk to compete together with his imaginary Glass family.

Deepening our knowing of an incredible literary and cultural determine, and packed with many desirable revelations— together with the beginning disorder that used to be the genuine cause Salinger used to be at the start became down for army carrier; the formerly unknown romantic curiosity who used to be fourteen while Salinger met her and, he acknowledged, encouraged the name personality of “For Esmé—with Love and Squalor”; the 1st images ever noticeable of Salinger at warfare and the final identified pictures of him alive; never-before-published love letters that Salinger, at fifty-three, wrote to an eighteen-year-old Joyce Maynard; and, eventually, what thousands were ready a long time for: the contents of his mythical vault—Salinger is a huge booklet concerning the price of battle and the price of paintings.

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Drumblair: Memories of a Jamaican Childhood

By Rachel Manley

Rachel Manley, granddaughter and daughter of 2 of Jamaica's nationwide leaders, tells the tale of the bright and inventive Manleys, Jamaica's such a lot widespread and glamorous political relatives, and the home within which they lived, Drumblair. Manley vividly recreates the area during which she came of age in this intimate and eye-catching memoir of the folks who most changed Jamaica's highbrow, social, and cultural landscape.

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