Presents a portrait of the eccentric Poppa Neutrino, a vagabond who has cobbled together a life of various roles, including a street musician, San Francisco beatnik, football enthusiast, and wanderer.
An acclaimed novelist's memoir about what it means to be adopted and how all of us construct our sense of self and family. Before A.M. Homes was born, she was put up for adoption. Her birth mother was a 22-year-old single woman having an affair with a much older married man. Thirty years later, her birth parents came looking for her. Homes, renowned for the psychological accuracy and intensity of her storytelling, tells how they made contact with her, what happened next, and what she was able to reconstruct about the story of their lives. Her birth mother, a complex and lonely woman, never married or had another child, and died in 1998. Years later, Homes opened boxes of her mother's memorabilia, hoping to know her secrets, but no relief came. She then became obsessed with finding out as much as she could about all four parents and their families.—From publisher description.A woman who was adopted as a newborn recounts her experience of meeting her birth parents, describing how adoption affected her sense of identity, and her efforts to learn more about her birth mother after her death.
She has been called the female Lawrence of Arabia, which, while not inaccurate, fails to give Gertrude Bell her due. She was at one time the most powerful woman in the British Empire: a nation builder, the driving force behind the creation of modern-day Iraq. Born into privilege in 1868, Bell turned her back on Victorian society, choosing to read history at Oxford and going on to become an archaeologist, spy, Arabist, linguist, author, poet, photographer, and mountaineer. She traveled the globe several times, but her passion was the desert—her vast knowledge of the region made her indispensable to the British government during World War I. As an army major on the front lines in Mesopotamia, she supported the creation of an autonomous Arab nation for Iraq, promoting and manipulating the election of King Faisal to the throne and helping to draw the borders of the fledgling state.—From publisher description.A biography of Gertrude Bell describes how she transcended the restrictions of her gender, class, and era to become a renowned world traveler, archaeologist, spy, Arabist, linguist, and author, and played a key role in the history of the Middle East.
Joshua Clark never left New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, choosing instead to band together with fellow holdouts in the French Quarter, pooling resources and volunteering energy in an effort to save the city they loved. When Katrina hit, Clark, a key correspondent for National Public Radio during the storm, immediately began to record hundreds of hours of conversations with its victims, not only in the city but throughout the Gulf: the devastated poor and rich alike; rescue workers from around the country; reporters; local characters who could exist nowhere else but New Orleans; politicians; the woman Clark loved, in a relationship ravaged by the storm. Their voices resound throughout this memoir of a unique and little-known moment of anarchy and chaos, of heartbreaking kindness and incomprehensible anguish, of mercy and madness as only America could deliver it.—From publisher description.
The author, a young American Muslim of Indian background, juxtaposes his college years as an angry young radical with a description of how he came to see the possibilities of religious pluralism and founded the Interfaith Youth Core.
The critically acclaimed biographer offers a entertaining and insightful study of the art and craft of writing biography, detailing her triumphs and missteps, adventures and misadventures as she researched her nine celebrated subjects—including Stephen Sondheim, Salvador Dalí, Kenneth Clark, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Leonard Bernstein. 25,000 first printing.
A Tale of Two Continents, Three Religions, Five Infertility Doctors, an Oscar, an Atomic Bomb, a Rom
An intimate memoir of one woman's quest for motherhood details her six-year odyssey, from her decision at age thirty-five that she wants a baby, through her desperate pursuit of everything humanly possible to achieve her goal, to the repercussions of the ordeal for her marriage. By the author of Schoolgirls. Reprint.
A profile of Joe Strummer, front man for the Clash, one of rock music's most important bands of the late 1970s and early 1980s, is set against the backdrop of the entire punk music scene, drawing on interviews with friends, family, and musical colleagues, as well as on the author's own three-decade friendship with Strummer, to capture the late musician's ongoing cultural significance.
A sports memoir by the American cyclist whose 2006 victory in the Tour de France was stripped due to allegations of doping sets out to clear his name by furnishing irrefutable evidence to prove his innocence, in a critique of the governing bodies of cycling and the Olympics.
The first full biography of Albert Einstein since all of his papers have become available shows how his scientific imagination sprang from the rebellious nature of his personality. Biographer Isaacson explores how an imaginative, impertinent patent clerk—a struggling father in a difficult marriage who couldn't get a teaching job or a doctorate—became the locksmith of the mysteries of the atom and the universe. His success came from questioning conventional wisdom and marveling at mysteries that struck others as mundane. This led him to embrace a morality and politics based on respect for free minds, free spirits, and free individuals. These traits are just as vital for this new century of globalization, in which our success will depend on our creativity, as they were for the beginning of the last century, when Einstein helped usher in the modern age.—From publisher description.
Recounts the author's childhood in postcolonial Africa, her dissident father's actions against British tyranny that resulted in his imprisonment, and her struggle to learn his fate and expose the conspiracy surrounding his death. Reprint. 30,000 first printing.