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Download E-books Red Azalea PDF

By Anchee Min

Red Azalea is Anchee Min’s celebrated memoir of growing to be up within the final years of Mao’s China. As a baby, she used to be requested to publicly humiliate a instructor; at seventeen, she was once despatched to paintings at a exertions collective. Forbidden to talk, gown, learn, write, or love as she happy, she discovered a lifeline in a mystery love affair with one other girl. Miraculously chosen for the movie model of 1 of Madame Mao’s political operas, Min’s lifestyles replaced in a single day. Then Chairman Mao all of sudden died, taking with him a whole global. A revelatory and hectic portrait of China, Anchee Min’s memoir is outstanding for its candor, its poignancy, its braveness, and for its prose which Newsweek calls "as soft and evocative as a conventional chinese language brush painting."

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Download E-books Smuggler's Blues: The Saga of a Marijuana Importer PDF

By Jay Carter Brown

Mobsters, homicide, betrayal, and revenge are the uncooked parts of this candid investigate the day by day lifetime of a modern day marijuana smuggler. advised from the point of view of an impressionable younger entrepreneur named Jay Carter Brown, the ebook speedy attracts the reader into the gritty underbelly of the overseas drug exchange. the tale starts with minor-league smuggling scams among Canada and the Caribbean that quickly enhance to multi-ton shipments of grass and hash from the Caribbean and the center East. All is going good for a time, yet because the stakes develop larger, the inevitable setbacks ensue. whilst Jay groups up with a crusty previous financial institution robber named Irving, he additionally inherits a number of alternative felons who pop out of penitentiary to go to his new companion, ex-cons reminiscent of: Randy the hit guy who beloved to training his speedy attract entrance of a reflect; Simon, the drug-running pilot; and Chico Perry, who smoked reefer in his pipe whereas robbing banks and taking pictures it out with the police officers. Drug-runners, police, jealous buddies, and rival gangs all give a contribution to this notable tale informed by way of a tender guy who turned concerned on the maximum degrees of the drug exchange, and lived to inform approximately it. Smuggler’s Blues is an extraordinary chance to adventure lifestyles in one other global — an international the place survival is dependent upon brains, brawn, and a beneficiant degree of fine luck.

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Download E-books Atlantic Britain: The Story of the Sea a Man and a Ship PDF

Accompanied via an eight-part sequence, this is often the tale of Adam Nicolson’s event in a small boat round the western coast of the British Isles.

Early within the 12 months, Adam Nicolson made up our minds to go away his cozy lifestyles at domestic on a Sussex farm and cross on an event. outfitted with the Auk, a forty-two-foot wood ketch, and a pal who a minimum of knew how one can sail, he trigger up the Atlantic coasts of the British Isles: Cornwall to Scilly, over to Pembrokeshire and the west of eire, to the Hebrides and its offliers, St Kilda and North Rona, earlier than heading directly to Orkney, and at last to the Faroes, a 200 mile bounce out into the fall winds of the North Atlantic.

But the publication isn't just a shuttle magazine. Adam Nicolson writes of his personal yearnings for the ocean and for huge open areas. His yr is strung among the competing claims of leaving and belonging, of considering that no existence can be extra exhilarating than struggling with a tremendous gale riding in out of the Atlantic and of eager to be again, in harbour, secure, nonetheless and guarded. operating through the publication is a discussion in the writer himself among the points of interest of domestic and never domestic, the certainties of what you recognize and the seductions of what you don't.

Reflective and poetic, this e-book is stuffed with wealthy adventure. it's a tale passionately engaged with the sweetness and marvels of the wild Atlantic coast, yet is additionally a self-portrait of a guy in the midst of his existence who's decided to determine what it’s all for.

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Download E-books The Notebook PDF

By Jose Saramago

Thought-provoking and lyrical, The Notebook documents the final 12 months within the lifetime of José Saramago. In those pages, starting at the eve of the 2008 US presidential election, he conjures up lifestyles in his liked urban of Lisbon, revisits conversations with associates, and meditates on his favourite authors. designated observations and moments of arresting value are rendered with pointillist element and jointly reveal an acute knowing of our occasions. usually serious and uncompromising, Saramago dissects the monetary challenge, deplores Israel’s punishment of Gaza, and displays at the upward thrust of Barack Obama. The Notebook is a special trip into the non-public and political international of 1 of the best writers of our time.

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Download E-books Running the Books: The Adventures of an Accidental Prison Librarian PDF

By Avi Steinberg

Avi Steinberg is stumped. After defecting from yeshiva to wait Harvard, he has not anything yet a senior thesis on insects Bunny to teach for himself. whereas his associates and classmates boost on this planet, Steinberg continues to be caught at a crossroads, his “romantic” life as a contract obituary author now not slicing it.
 
Seeking course (and dental assurance) Steinberg takes a task working the library counter at a Boston legal. he's speedy drawn into the group of outcasts that varieties between his bookshelves—an collection of quirky regulars, together with con males, pimps, minor prophets, even ghosts—all looking for the correct e-book and a connection to the surface global. Steinberg recounts their day-by-day dramas with heartbreak and humor during this one of a kind memoir—a piercing exploration of criminal tradition and an wonderful story of 1 younger man’s earnest try to locate his position within the world.

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Download E-books Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil PDF

By Deborah Rodriguez, Kristin Ohlson

Quickly after the autumn of the Taliban, in 2001, Deborah Rodriguez went to Afghanistan as a part of a bunch supplying humanitarian reduction to this war-torn country. Surrounded by means of women and men whose skills–as medical professionals, nurses, and therapists–seemed eminently more effective than her personal, Rodriguez, a hairdresser and mom of 2 from Michigan, despaired of being of any actual use. but she quickly came upon she had a present for befriending Afghans, and as soon as her career turned identified she was once eagerly sought out by way of Westerners determined for an outstanding haircut and via Afghan ladies, who've an extended and proud culture of working their very own good looks salons. hence an idea used to be born.

With assistance from company and foreign sponsors, the Kabul good looks institution welcomed its first-class in 2003. good that means yet occasionally brazen, Rodriguez stumbled via language boundaries, overstepped cultural customs, and regularly juggled the demanding situations of a postwar state while she discovered the best way to empower her scholars to develop into their households’ breadwinners through studying the basics of coloring options, haircutting, and makeup.

Yet in the small haven of the wonder college, the road among instructor and scholar speedy blurred as those bright girls shared with Rodriguez their tales and their hearts: the newlywed who faked her virginity on her marriage ceremony evening, the twelve-year-old bride offered into marriage to pay her family’s bills, the Taliban member’s spouse who pursued her education regardless of her husband’s consistent beatings. via those and different tales, Rodriguez came across the power to go away her personal dangerous marriage and make allowance herself to like back, Afghan style.

With heat and humor, Rodriguez info the lushness of a likely desolate quarter and divulges the beauty in the back of the burqa. Kabul attractiveness college is a outstanding story of a rare group of girls who come jointly and study the humanities of perms, friendship, and freedom.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Download E-books La première pierre PDF

By Pierre Jourde

«Dans ces terres reculées, dans ces will pay perdus, on vit toujours plus ou moins dans une légende, dans l'image d'un chapiteau roman historié de scènes naïves et cruelles...»

Pierre Jourde revient sur des événements qui en 2005 ont défrayé los angeles chronique. Lors de l. a. parution d'un de ses livres, will pay perdu, une partie des habitants du village d'Auvergne dont il était query dans le récit s'est livrée à une tentative de lynchage de l'auteur et de sa famille. Pierre Jourde y décrivait los angeles rudesse de los angeles vie dans ce hameau lointain dont il est originaire, mais aussi une fraternité archaïque, solide, des relatives humaines à los angeles fois brutales et profondes, tout cela raconté à l'occasion de los angeles mort d'un enfant.

Célébration d'un village aimé, le livre y a été reçu par certains comme une offense. los angeles première pierre retrace les événements violents qui ont suivi los angeles parution de can pay perdu, et suggest l'analyse passionnante de leurs motives. Il offre aussi une magnifique démonstration des puissances de l. a. littérature, en même temps qu'un récit shiny d'émotion et d'admiration pour ces contrées et ces gens qui vivent dans un temps différent de celui des villes.

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Download E-books Something Wholesale PDF

Veteran trip author Eric Newby has a major following and is loved because the forefather of the fashionable comedian go back and forth publication. even if, much less identified are his adventures through the years he spent as an apprentice and advertisement consumer within the inconceivable exchange of women's model. From his repatriation as a prisoner of battle in 1945 to his writing of the bestselling 'A brief stroll within the Hindu Kush' in 1956, Eric Newby's years as a advertisement traveler on the earth of high fashion have been as filled with event and oddity as any in the course of his time as go back and forth editor for the Observer. 'Something Wholesale' is Newby's hilarious and fantastically chaotic story of the disease that used to be his existence as an apprentice to the relatives garment company of Lane and Newby, together with hilariously mentioned escapades with sudden-onset wool bronchial asthma, waist-deep predicaments in tissue paper and the soul-destroying activity of matching buttons. as well as the fascinating chaos of his paintings within the kinfolk enterprise, it's also a hot and loving portrait of his father, a delightfully eccentric gentleman who controlled to spend extra strength keeping off and actively partaking in mess ups than he did in conserving his company. With its quickly wit, self-deprecating attraction and wonderfully interesting element, this is often classic Newby - in simple terms with a garment bag as opposed to a well-worn suitcase.

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Download E-books Paying For It: How turning tricks paid the mortgage, kept the kids in trainers and gave me back my life PDF

By Scarlett O'Kelly

Combining the sexual frankness of Fifty colours of gray and of Belle de Jour's writing, with the attention-grabbing insights of What the Nanny Saw, Scarlett O'Kelly's memoir of her yr as a high-end escort, Paying For It, is an specific, fantastic and compulsive tale of residing a double lifestyles .

Facing monetary meltdown, mom of 3 Scarlett O'Kelly did what the typical lady may locate unthinkable: she set herself up a intercourse employee. there has been the intercourse, which, strangely for Scarlett, may have unforeseen pleasures. Then the consumers - usual males who nervous they had to conceal their sexual wishes, wishes and fantasies from their better halves or girlfriends. let alone her realisation that girls similar to her may perhaps construct improved relationships in the event that they may perhaps permit cross their hang-ups out and in of mattress. and there is the excessive expense Scarlett paid for her double lifestyles - one she remains to be coming to phrases with.

Paying For It is a uncooked, intimate and robust tale of 1 courageous woman's sacrifice in a time of trouble. it's a searingly sincere and actually eye-opening account of contemporary existence and what fairly is going on in undefined' bedrooms.

It can also be an interesting and risqu'e account of 1 woman's sexual odyssey - from her selection to earn a living from intercourse to her realisation that she had develop into sexually liberated within the process.

Scarlett O'Kelly is a center type everywoman - and her consumers have been usual center classification males - so this is often an fascinating photograph of an aspect of existence that's often hidden.

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