By Dianne Hales
Everyone is aware her smile, yet nobody understands her tale: Meet the flesh-and-blood lady who grew to become the most well-known inventive topics of all time—Mona Lisa.
A genius immortalized her. A French king paid a fortune for her. An emperor coveted her. each year greater than 9 million viewers trek to view her portrait within the Louvre. but whereas every person acknowledges her smile, not often an individual is familiar with her story. “Combining historical past, whimsical biography, own travelogue, and love letter to Italy...Mona Lisa is an exciting” (Publishers Weekly) e-book of discovery in regards to the world’s so much well-known face. Who was once she? Why did the main well known painter of her time pick out her as his version? What turned of her? And why does her smile enchant us still?
Dianne Hales, writer of La Bella Lingua, turned captivated with discovering the true Mona Lisa on repeated journeys to Florence. In Mona Lisa: A lifestyles Discovered, she takes readers along with her to satisfy Lisa’s descendants; discover her family’s lengthy and colourful heritage; and discover the neighborhoods the place she lived as a woman, a spouse, and a mom. within the technique, we will perform Lisa’s day-by-day rituals; comprehend her own relationships; and spot, listen, odor, and flavor “her” Florence. Hales brings to lifestyles a time poised among the medieval and the trendy, a colourful urban bursting into fullest bloom, and a tradition that redefined the chances of man—and of woman.
Mona Lisa is “a readable and affectionate my-search-for-story for artwork fanatics and somebody drawn to wonderful and gory Florence within the 15th to 16th centuries, and within the divine Leonardo in particular…Hales’s assiduous examine has made it attainable for us to grasp Mona Lisa just a little, sufficient to wonder whether this another way usual Florentine housewife might ever have imagined her portrait spell binding hundreds of thousands for hundreds of years” (USATODAY.com).
By Lesley Hazleton
The impressive lifetime of the fellow who based Islam, and the area he inhabited—and remade.
Lesley Hazleton's new book, Agnostic: A lively Manifesto, is out now from Riverhead Books.
Muhammad’s used to be a lifetime of virtually exceptional ancient value; but for the entire iconic energy of his identify, the intensely dramatic tale of the prophet of Islam isn't renowned. In The First Muslim, Lesley Hazleton brings him vibrantly to existence. Drawing on early eyewitness assets and on historical past, politics, faith, and psychology, she renders him as a guy in complete, in all his complexity and vitality.
Hazleton’s account follows the arc of Muhammad’s upward push from powerlessness to strength, from anonymity to renown, from insignificance to lasting importance. How did a toddler shunted to the margins prove revolutionizing his global? How did a service provider come to problem the status quo with a brand new imaginative and prescient of social justice? How did the pariah hounded out of Mecca flip exile right into a new and triumphant starting? How did the outsider develop into the final word insider?
Impeccably researched and thrillingly readable, Hazleton’s narrative creates vibrant perception right into a guy navigating among idealism and pragmatism, religion and politics, nonviolence and violence, rejection and acclaim. The First Muslim illuminates not just an immensely major determine yet his lastingly appropriate legacy.
By Pablo Neruda
The vintage and deeply relocating memoir through Pablo Neruda, the main commonly learn political poet of our time and winner of the Nobel Prize
The south of Chile used to be a frontier barren region whilst Pablo Neruda used to be born in 1904. In those memoirs he retraces his bohemian scholar years in Santiago; his sojourns as Chilean consul in Burma, Ceylon, and Java, in Spain throughout the civil warfare, and in Mexico; and his provider as a Chilean senator. Neruda, a Communist, was once pushed from his senate seat in 1948, and a warrant was once issued for his arrest. After a 12 months in hiding, he escaped on horseback over the Andes after which to Europe; his travels took him to Russia, japanese Europe, and China earlier than he was once eventually capable of go back domestic in 1952. the ultimate part of the memoirs was once written after the coup in 1972 that overthrew Neruda's good friend Salvador Allende.
Many of the century's most crucial literary and inventive figures have been Neruda's pals, and determine in his memoirs--Garcia Lorca, Aragon, Picasso, and Rivera, between them--and additionally such political leaders as Gandhi, Nehru, Mao, Castro, and Che Guevara. In his uniquely expressive prose, Neruda not just explains his perspectives on poetry and describes the situations that encouraged a lot of his poems, yet he creates a revealing checklist of his existence as a poet, a patriot, and one of many 20th century's real males of conscience.
By Julia Ain-Krupa
This e-book deals an exam of the flicks of Roman Polanski, concentrating on the influence that his lifestyles as an exile has had upon his work.
• A bibliography of books, periodicals, DVD fabrics, and net assets in terms of Polanski are referenced within the book
• comprises movie stills that draw the reader in to Polanski's certain cinematic vision
Quentin Blake is without doubt one of the ultimate illustrators of the 20 th century. top identified for his collaboration with Roald Dahl on books resembling The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me, The Twits, and Matilda, he's loved by means of old and young alike.
nonetheless, his paintings has no longer attained "fine paintings" prestige. How does Blake's history in schooling tell his paintings? and what's the connection among the paintings he makes and the lifestyles he leads? exotic curator Ghislaine Kenyon spent loads of time with Blake and during this biography, she presents profound perception into a rare guy and his impressive physique of work.
A shared enthusiasm for schooling introduced Kenyon and Blake jointly. Kenyon staged a together curated exhibition, Tell Me A Picture, in the course of Blake's tenure as kid's Laureate (1999–2001). She Blake throughout the years he endured to paintings "off the page," generating paintings for hospitals in Angers and Paris and staging significant exhibitions worldwide. Kenyon exhibits that Blake's lifestyles informs his illustrations and his paintings, in flip, informs his life--a lifestyles that is tremendous inner most, mysterious, and entire of complexities and ambiguities.
Kenyon has produced no longer in simple terms a biography yet a severe view of the artist's paintings. This booklet is a becoming tribute to Quentin Blake's trip and to his nice inventive legacy.
By Bonnie Rose Ward
WINNER of the subsequent iteration INDIE publication AWARDS 2014 memoir (other) type. united states most sensible booklet AWARDS 2014 FINALIST within the autobiography/memoir type. e-book OF THE yr AWARD FINALIST in FOREWORD stories' Adventurer & game class. Winds of Skilak lines a tender couple’s adventurous flow from the suburbs of Ohio to a distant island on ill-tempered Skilak Lake. As Sam and Bonnie adapt to a existence with out operating water, electrical energy and phones, the unforgiving, desolate setting assessments their braveness early on. dealing with sub-freezing temperatures, unfriendly bears, and cabin fever, the Wards locate energy in new pals, one another, and the awe-inspiring great thing about “the final frontier.” simply after they eventually settle in, a freak twist of fate proves to be the last word try out in their unravel. Will they manage to live on during this remoted wasteland packed with unseen hazards? writer Bonnie Ward chronicles a thrilling and thought-provoking story of 1 couple’s religion in God and commitment to one another via all of Alaska’s curveballs. Winds of Skilak is a real story of soaking up strength, guaranteed to deliver out your individual experience of experience.
By Donald Spoto
Drawing on his remarkable entry to Grace Kelly, bestselling biographer Donald Spoto finally deals an intimate, sincere, and authoritative portrait of 1 of Hollywood’s mythical actresses.
In simply seven years–from 1950 via 1956–Grace Kelly launched into a whirlwind profession that incorporated roles in 11 video clips. From the principled Amy Fowler Kane in High Noon to the thrill-seeking Frances Stevens of To seize a Thief, Grace demonstrated herself as one in all Hollywood’s so much proficient actresses and iconic beauties. Her marvelous occupation lasted till her retirement at age twenty-six, while she withdrew from degree and monitor to marry a ecu monarch and have become a contemporary, operating princess and mom.
Based on never-before-published or quoted interviews with Grace and people carried out over a long time together with her pals and colleagues–from costars James Stewart and Cary provide to director Alfred Hitchcock–as good as many records disclosed through her kids for the 1st time, acclaimed biographer Donald Spoto explores the transformation of a convent schoolgirl to long island version, profitable tv actress, Oscar-winning celeb, and cherished royal.
As the princess asked, Spoto waited twenty-five years after her loss of life to write down this biography. Now, with honesty and perception, High Society unearths the reality of Grace Kelly’s own existence, the boys she enjoyed, the lads she didn’t, and what lay at the back of the façade of her fairy-tale life.
From the Hardcover edition.
This can be the tale of a boy who dreamt of rock stardom yet grew as much as be a soccer God. Fernando Torres is respected through gamers, coaches and executives, cherished in his fatherland and idolised through forty two million Liverpool enthusiasts the world over. From his beginning in Madrid's working-class Fuenlabrada district to his excellent 33-goal first season at Liverpool and his profitable target within the ultimate of Euro 2008, well known activities journalist Luca Caioli is going behind the curtain of Torres' existence to determine what makes the recent hero of Anfield tick - in addition to kick. utilizing frequently specific fabric from interviews with Rafael Benitez, Vicente Del Bosque, Andres Iniesta, Kenny Dalglish, Fabio Capello and Torres himself, Caioli paints a stunning own portrait of 1 of the world's most fun younger footballers.
By Ronda Rousey
THE purely authentic RONDA ROUSEY BOOK
“The struggle is yours to win.”
In this inspiring and relocating e-book, Ronda Rousey, the Olympic medalist in judo, reigning UFC women's bantamweight champion, and Hollywood celebrity charts her tough route to glory.
Marked by means of her signature attraction, barbed wit, and indisputable energy, Rousey’s account of the hardest fights of her life—in and outdoors the Octagon—reveals the painful lack of her father while she used to be 8 years previous, the depth of her judo education, her battles with love, her meteoric upward thrust to repute, the key at the back of her undefeated UFC list, and what it takes to turn into the hardest girl in the world. Rousey stocks hard-won classes on how one can be the easiest at what you do, together with how to define success within the sacrifices, how you can flip obstacles into possibilities, and the way to be the easiest in your worst day.
Packed with uncooked emotion, drama, and knowledge this is often an unforgettable booklet through probably the most notable girls on the earth.
'To danger my existence needed to suggest whatever. another way what was once all of it for?'
Gulwali Passarlay used to be despatched clear of Afghanistan on the age of twelve, after his father used to be killed in a gun conflict with the united states military. Smuggled into Iran, Gulwali all started a twelvemonth odyssey throughout Europe, spending time in prisons, pain starvation, creating a terrifying trip around the Mediterranean in a tiny boat, and enduring a desolate month within the camp at Calais. one way or the other he survived, and made it to Britain, now not an blameless baby yet nonetheless a tender boy on my own. In Britain he used to be fostered, despatched to an exceptional college, received a spot at a best collage, and used to be selected to hold the Olympic torch in 2012.
Gulwali desires to inform his tale - to deliver to existence the plight of the hundreds of thousands of fellows, girls and kids who're making this perilous trip each day. One boy's event is the crucial tale of our occasions. This memoir celebrates the triumph of braveness and backbone over adversity.