Dharma Punx by Noah Levine

By Noah Levine

Fueled by way of the tune of revolution, anger, worry, and melancholy, we dyed our hair or shaved our heads ... consuming acid love it was once sweet and chasing pace with affordable vodka, smoking truckloads of weed, all in a useless try and get numb and remain numb.
This is the tale of a tender guy and a iteration of offended youths who rebelled opposed to their mom and dad and the unfulfilled promise of the sixties. As with many self-destructive teenagers, Noah Levine's look for which means led him first to punk rock, medicines, ingesting, and dissatisfaction. however the seek didn't finish there. Having in actual fact noticeable the uselessness of gear and violence, Noah sought for confident how one can channel his uprising opposed to what he observed because the lies of society. Fueled by means of his anger at loads injustice and soreness, Levine now makes use of that strength and the perform of Buddhism to rouse his usual knowledge and compassion.
While Levine involves include an identical religious culture as his father, bestselling writer Stephen Levine, he reveals his such a lot actual expression in connecting the doubtless adversarial worlds of punk and Buddhism. As Noah Levine delved deeper into Buddhism, he selected to not reject the punk scene, as an alternative integrating the 2 worlds as a catalyst for transformation. eventually, this can be an inspiring tale approximately maturing, and the way a adversarial and misplaced new release is ultimately discovering its footing. This provocative record takes us deep contained in the punk scene and strikes from anger, uprising, and self-destruction, to well-being, provider to others, and actual religious development.

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The Corfu Trilogy by Gerald Durrell

By Gerald Durrell

The Corfu Trilogy comprises the preferred vintage My relatives and different Animals and its pleasant sequels, Birds, Beasts and relations and The backyard of the Gods. All 3 books are set at the enchanted island of Corfu within the Thirties, and inform the tale of the eccentic English kin who moved there.

For Gerald, the budding zoologist, Corfu was once a traditional paradise, teeming with unusual birds and beasts that he may perhaps gather, watch and deal with. yet lifestyles was once now not with out its difficulties - his relatives frequently objected to his animal-collecting actions, specifically whilst the beasts wound up within the villa or - even worse - the fridge.

With hilarious but endearing images of his relatives and their many strange hangers-on, The Corfu Trilogy additionally captures the beginnings of the author's lifelong love of animals. stated with titanic humour and style, this excellent account of Corfu's average background finds a unprecedented, magical childhood.

For the passionate zoologist, Corfu was once a average paradise, teeming with unusual birds and beasts that he might acquire, watch and take care of. yet lifestyles was once no longer with out its difficulties - Gerald's kin frequently objected to his animal-collecting actions, specially whilst the beasts wound up within the family's villa or - even worse - the fridge.

Gerald Durrell inspires his island paradise with ardour and beauty.

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Words Without Music: A Memoir by Philip Glass

By Philip Glass

The long-awaited memoir via "the so much prolific and well known of all modern composers" (New York Times).

A world-renowned composer of symphonies, operas, and movie rankings, Philip Glass has, virtually single-handedly, crafted the dominant sound of late-twentieth-century classical track. but the following in phrases with out track, he creates a wholly new and unforeseen voice, that of a born storyteller and an acutely insightful chronicler, whose behind-the-scenes memories enable readers to adventure these moments of inventive fusion while lifestyles so magically merged with art.

"If you visit ny urban to review song, you'll turn out like your uncle Henry," Glass's mom warned her incautious and curious nineteen-year-old son. It was once the early summer time of 1956, and Ida Glass used to be involved that her precocious Philip, already a graduate of the college of Chicago, might turn out an itinerant musician, taking part in in vaudeville homes and dance halls everywhere in the state, similar to his cigar-smoking, bantamweight uncle. you'll be able to not often blame Mrs. Glass for caring that her teenage son might turn out as a musical vagabond after before everything failing to get into Juilliard. but, the transformation of a tender guy from budding musical prodigy to world-renowned composer is the tale of this commanding memoir.

From his youth in post–World struggle II Baltimore to his scholar days in Chicago, at Juilliard, and his first trip to Paris, the place he studied less than the bold Nadia Boulanger, Glass movingly remembers his early mentors, whereas reconstructing the locations that contributed to shaping his creative cognizance. From a life-changing journey to India, the place he met with professionals and primary discovered of Gandhi's Salt March, to the gritty streets of latest York within the Seventies, the place the composer lower back, operating day jobs as a furnishings mover, cabbie, and an unlicensed plumber, Glass leads the lifetime of a Parisian bohemian artist, simply now transported to late-twentieth-century America.

Yet even after Glass's expertise was once first widely known with the sensational most popular of Einstein at the seashore in 1976, even after he stopped renewing his hack license and received foreign attractiveness for operatic works like Satyagraha, Orphée, and Akhnaten, the son of a Baltimore checklist shop proprietor by no means deserted his earliest common beliefs all through his memorable collaborations with Allen Ginsberg, Ravi Shankar, Robert Wilson, Doris Lessing, Martin Scorsese, etc, the entire maximum creative order.

Few significant composers are celebrated as writers, yet Philip Glass, during this loving and slyly funny autobiography, breaks throughout genres and re-creates, the following in phrases, the joys that effects from creative construction. phrases with no tune eventually affirms the facility of song to alter the area.

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Brave Girl Eating: A Family's Struggle with Anorexia by Harriet Brown

By Harriet Brown

I've by no means had anorexia, yet i do know it good. I see it in the street, within the gaunt and sunken face, the bony chest, the spindly fingers of an emaciated girl. I've come to acknowledge the flat glance of depression, the hopelessness that follows, necessarily, from years of hunger. i believe: That might have been my daughter. It wasn't. It's no longer. If i've got something to claim approximately it, it won't be.

thousands of households are laid low with consuming problems, which generally strike younger ladies among the a while of fourteen and twenty. yet present clinical perform ties those families' arms in terms of assisting their young children recuperate. traditional clinical knowledge dictates isolating the sufferer from the kinfolk and insists that "it's now not concerning the food," whilst a kin watches a toddler waste away ahead of their eyes. Harriet Brown indicates how counterproductive—and heartbreaking—this process is by way of telling her daughter's tale of anorexia. She describes how her kin, with the aid of an open-minded pediatrician and a therapist, helped her daughter get well utilizing family-based therapy, often referred to as the Maudsley procedure.

Chronicling her daughter Kitty's disorder from the earliest indicators, via its terrifying development, and on towards restoration, Brown takes us on one family's trip into the area of anorexia nervosa, the place hunger threatened her daughter's physique and brain. yet wish and love—of the standard, family-focused kind—shine via each selection and motion she and her kin took. Brave woman Eating is vital examining for households and pros alike, a guiding mild for a person who's dealing with this devastating ailment.

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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Dubliners by James Joyce

By James Joyce

A Portrait of the Artist as a tender guy and Dubliners, by way of James Joyce, is a part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which bargains caliber variants at cheap costs to the scholar and the overall reader, together with new scholarship, considerate layout, and pages of rigorously crafted extras.

Widely considered as the best stylist of twentieth-century English literature, James Joyce merits the time period "revolutionary.” His literary experiments in shape and constitution, language and content material, signaled the modernist stream and proceed to persuade writers this present day. His earliest, and maybe so much available, successes—A Portrait of the Artist as a tender Man and Dubliners—are right here introduced jointly in a single quantity. either works mirror Joyce’s lifelong love-hate courting with Dublin and the Irish tradition that shaped him.

In the semi-autobiographical Portrait, younger Stephen Dedalus yearns to be an artist, yet first needs to fight opposed to the forces of church, college, and society, which fetter his mind's eye and stifle his soul. The book’s creative type is obvious from its starting pages, a checklist of an infant’s impressions of the realm round him—and one of many first examples of the "stream of consciousness” technique.

Comprising fifteen tales, Dubliners provides a neighborhood of spell binding, funny, and haunting characters—a workforce portrait. The interactions between them shape one lengthy meditation at the human situation, culminating with "The Dead,” considered one of Joyce’s such a lot swish compositions centering round a character’s epiphany. a delicately woven tapestry of Dublin lifestyles on the flip of the final century, Dubliners realizes Joyce’s ambition to offer his countrymen "one reliable examine themselves.” 

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Some of My Lives: A Scrapbook Memoir by Rosamond Bernier

By Rosamond Bernier

Rosamond Bernier has lived an strangely complete life—remarkable for its vividness and variety of experience—and she has identified many (one is tempted to assert all) of the best artists and composers of the 20th century.

In Some of My Lives, Bernier has made a type of literary scrapbook from a unprecedented array of writings, ranging from diary entries to her many contributions to the artwork magazine L’OEIL, which she cofounded in 1955. the result's a multifaceted self-portrait of a existence knowledgeable and surrounded through the arts.

Through the tales of her encounters with the various 20th century’s nice artists and composers—including Pablo Picasso, Leonard Bernstein, Max Ernst, Aaron Copeland, Malcolm Lowry, and Karl Lagerfeld—we come to appreciate the sheer richness of Bernier’s stories, interactions, and stories. the result's pithy, hilarious, and wise—a richly worthwhile chronicle of many lives fully lived.

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Maeve's Times: In Her Own Words by Maeve Binchy

By Maeve Binchy

5 many years of chosen writings from the Irish instances by way of the cherished and best-selling writer, choked with her hallmark humor, candor, and wisdom-a undying present to her legion of fans.

Maeve Binchy as soon as confessed: "As anyone who fell off a chair now not some time past attempting to listen what they have been announcing on the subsequent desk in a restaurant, i assume i'm obsessively drawn to what a few could think of the trivialities of alternative people's lives." She was once an unintentional journalist, but from the start, her writings mirrored the heat, wit, and willing human curiosity that readers may come to like in her fiction. From the royal marriage ceremony to bland aircraft partners, Samuel Beckett to Margaret Thatcher, "senior moments" to lifestyles as a waitress, Maeve's instances offers us incredible perception right into a altering eire because it celebrates the paintings of 1 of our best-loved writers in all its diversity-revealing her attribute directness, laugh-out-loud humor, and loyal gaze into the real middle of an issue.

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Evel: The High-Flying Life of Evel Knievel: American by Leigh Montville

By Leigh Montville

From New York instances bestselling writer Leigh Montville, this riveting and definitive new biography pulls again the crimson, white, and blue cape on a cultural icon--and finds the unknown, advanced, and debatable guy recognized to thousands all over the world as Evel Knievel.

Evel Knievel used to be a high-flying daredevil, the daddy of utmost activities, the personification of pleasure and dan­ger and showmanship . . . and within the Seventies Knievel repre­sented a distinct slice of yank tradition and patriotism. His hop over the fountains at Caesar's Palace ended in a crash in contrast to something ever obvious on tv, and his try and rocket over Snake River Canyon in Idaho was once whatever in simple terms P. T. Barnum can have orchestrated. The magnificent bikes and red-white-and-blue clothes grew to become a vital part of an American decade. Knievel gave the impression of Elvis . . . yet on any given Saturday afternoon hundreds of thousands tuned in to the small reveal to work out this real-life motion hero tempt dying.

But in the back of the flash and the rush, who used to be the guy? Bestselling writer Leigh Montville masterfully explores the lifetime of the advanced guy from the small city of Butte, Montana. He delves into Knievel's awesome position in popular culture, in addition to his infamous darkish side--and his advanced and sometimes contradictory relationships along with his photo, the media, his circle of relatives, and his many demons. Evel Knievel's tale is an all-American saga, and one who is basically untold. Leigh Montville once more supplies a definitive biography of a special activities legend.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Two in the Bush by Gerald Durrell

By Gerald Durrell

Within the Bush is a checklist of the six-month trip which took Gerald Durrell, his spouse Jacquie, and cameramen via New Zealand, Australia and Malaya. the article used to be, first, to determine what used to be being performed concerning the conservation of untamed existence in those international locations, and, secondly, to make a sequence of tv movies for the BBC. They have been brought to many infrequent and noteworthy animals – Royal Albatrosses, Tuataras, Duck-Billed Platypuses, Flying Lizards and Long-Nosed Bandicoots, in addition to to a couple both strange humans.

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