Travels With Charley in Search of America

Author: John Steinbeck

Category: Biographies & Memoirs

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An intimate journey across and in search of America, as told by one of its most beloved writers, in a deluxe centennial edition In September 1960, John Steinbeck embarked on a journey across America. He felt that he might have lost touch with the country, with its speech, the smell of its grass and trees, its color and quality of light, the pulse of its people. To reassure himself, he set out on a voyage of rediscovery of the American identity, accompanied by a distinguished French poodle named Charley; and riding in a three-quarter-ton pickup truck named Rocinante.   His course took him through almost forty states: northward from Long Island to Maine; through the Midwest to Chicago; onward by way of Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana (with which he fell in love), and Idaho to Seattle, south to San Francisco and his birthplace, Salinas; eastward through the Mojave, New Mexico, Arizona, to the vast hospitality of Texas, to New Orleans and a shocking drama of desegregation; finally, on the last leg, through Alabama, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey to New York.   Travels with Charley in Search of America is an intimate look at one of America's most beloved writers in the later years of his life—a self-portrait of a man who never wrote an explicit autobiography. Written during a time of upheaval and racial tension in the South—which Steinbeck witnessed firsthand—Travels with Charley is a stunning evocation of America on the eve of a tumultuous decade. This Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition also features French flaps and deckle-edged paper.For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.From the Trade Paperback edition.

Journey To A Dream

Author: Craig Briggs

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Like many of us Craig Briggs dreamt of living a different life, free from the stresses and strains of modern living. But unlike most of us, he decided to pursue his dream.
In May 2002 Craig, his wife Melanie and their dog Jazz, left their hometown of Huddersfield in England's industrial north and set off for Galicia, a remote and little known region in the northwest corner of Spain.
So began their Journey To A Dream.
With help from the locals, they quickly settle in to their new relaxed lifestyle but the search for a new home soon changes that. They encounter a freelance estate agent of dubious character and after several failed attempts to buy a house are forced to reassess their goals.
Worse follows: a brush with the law, a builder who refuses to work, a swimming pool that floats, and the mysterious disappearance of their life savings. The spectre of a penniless return to England with their dream in tatters hovers over them.
Join Craig, Melanie and Jazz along a colourful, bumpy, and sometimes dangerous journey and immerse your senses in the sights, sounds, and tastes along the way.

Oscar Micheaux

Author: Patrick McGilligan

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Oscar Micheaux was the Jackie Robinson of film, the black D. W. Griffith: a bigger-than-life American folk hero whose important life story is nearly forgotten today. Now, in a feat of historical investigation and vivid storytelling, one of our greatest film biographers takes on one of the most talented and complex figures in the history of American entertainment.The son of freed slaves, Micheaux grew up in Metropolis, Illinois, then roamed America as a Pullman porter before making his first mark as a homesteader in South Dakota. Disaster and defeat there led him to forge a career publishing a successful series of autobiographical novels. Ever the entrepreneur, when Hollywood failed to bid high enough for film rights to his stories, he answered by forming his own film production company. Going on to produce or direct twenty-two silent and fifteen sound films in his lifetime, Micheaux became the king of the "race cinema" industry at a time when black-produced films had to scrounge for venues in a segregated society. In this groundbreaking new biography, award-winning film historian Patrick McGilligan offers a vivid and fascinating portrait of this little-known pioneer. Part visionary, part raffish Barnum-like showman, Micheaux was both a maverick filmmaker and an inveterate hustler who used every weapon at his disposal to break the color barrier and thrive in a profession he helped to invent. He made a fortune and lost it again, and launched repeated con games that were followed by public arrests and bankruptcies. He eagerly took credit for the work of others—including his unsung-heroine wife. In his desperate later years, he even sunk to plagiarizing his final novel—a discovery McGilligan reveals here for the first time. In this searching exploration, McGilligan tracks down long-lost financial records, unpublished letters, and unmarked pauper's graves, pinpointing Micheaux's birthplace, his tangled personal life, and the circumstances of his tragic death. The result is an epic that bridges a fascinating period in American history, and offers lessons for anyone who would understand the role of black America in forming the culture of our time.

Pirate Trials (Books 1 – 4)

Author: Ken Rossignol

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Two tomes of trials; two more of famous & murderous pirate adventure.Four books of high-seas serial killers are yours to enjoy whether you like reading of far-flung adventures on exotic islands or if you prefer your pirates dangling from gallows and hung on gibbets along harbors for the buzzards to feast; this set will satisfy.

Baby Bump, Cancer Lump

Author: Stephanie Partridge

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This is my story: one journal entry, one experience, one moment at a time.Baby Bump, Cancer Lump is a heart-wrenching but hopeful look into the two years during which author Stephanie Partridge battled breast cancer and gave birth to her fifth child, a healthy boy. The story begins at discovering an unexpected pregnancy that led to early detection of an invasive ductal carcinoma in her breast. As she faces the challenges before her, she writes journal entries and online posts to share her insights on this journey, which are full of charming humor, gritty details, and spiritual introspection. Readers will be moved by her raw honesty and buoyed up by her delightful positivity, while learning empathy and practical knowledge for facing the beast that is cancer.A deeply moving memoir, Baby Bump, Cancer Lump is a story of how circumstance—even cancer—doesn’t control our ability to feel joy.

An FBI Story

Author: Glenn Painter

Category: Biographies & Memoirs

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Small-time crook and drug dealer, Tommy Dye from Chicago, is arrested for burglary. While awaiting trial in the most violent jail in the U.S., he becomes involved with a nympho female sheriff. When the affair gets out of hand, Tommy is forced to report her to Internal Affairs. He also discovers that she is supplying drugs to gang members in the jail. Tommy has to decide if he is "rogue" enough to help set her up for arrest.

Meanwhile, the FBI wants to recruit Tommy to gather information against a sadist ex-cop, Steve Manning, who is under arrest for murder. The risk? Tommy needs to wear a wire and testify. The reward? Witness protection for Tommy and his girlfriend and a modification of his prison sentence.

Tommy’s daily life is filled with dire choices and harsh consequences. Will the female sheriff "get even" with him? Or will he be killed at the hands of the jail's drug lords or a lunatic former cop?

Wired An FBI Story feels like a first-person noir type crime novel. Readers who allow themselves to get pulled into Tommy’s world won't regret it as the plot and the action sizzle right from the first page.