A Girl from Oz [EPUB]
07 December 2016, 10:48
2016 | EPUB | 17.03MB
I lived the ‘life of Riley’ in London at an early age. It was a preposterously wonderful time of fun, glamour, career excitement and excess. It finally ended. I later got a spot of cancer. Life goes on and I’m still a ridiculously lucky girl from Oz.
In her gripping personal memoir, A Girl From Oz, Australian journalist and filmmaker Lyndall Hobbs reveals tales from the Hollywood highlife. In fact, she has seen and done just about everything: tangled with Cambodian pirates for a scoop, grappled with Hollywood sexism as a feature director, wooed acting royalty, raised two children on her own and survived cancer in the unforgiving American medical system.
In this heartfelt, hilarious and self-deprecating memoir, Lyndall recounts the thrills and spills of her unbelievable, star-studded life story: from charming Australian television audiences and becoming the UK’s youngest television journalist, to making her first Hollywood feature film and rubbing shoulders with London and LA’s A-list.
A Child of Hitler: Germany in the Days When God Wore a Swastika [EPUB]
07 December 2016, 04:51
2012 | EPUB | 3.97MB
In this starkly candid account of one boy's indoctrination into the Hitler Youth, we see a side of Nazism that has been little recorded. This autobiographical account is a rare glimpse at World War II from a German boy's viewpoint.
The Shaking Woman or A History of My Nerves [EPUB]
07 December 2016, 03:20
2010 | EPUB | 0.2MB
In this unique neurological memoir Siri Hustvedt attempts to solve her own mysterious condition
While speaking at a memorial event for her father in 2006, Siri Hustvedt suffered a violent seizure from the neck down. Despite her flapping arms and shaking legs, she continued to speak clearly and was able to finish her speech. It was as if she had suddenly become two people: a calm orator and a shuddering wreck. Then the seizures happened again and again.
The Shaking Woman tracks Hustvedt's search for a diagnosis, one that takes her inside the thought processes of several scientific disciplines, each one of which offers a distinct perspective on her paroxysms but no ready solution. In the process, she finds herself entangled in fundamental questions: What is the relationship between brain and mind? How do we remember? What is the self?
During her investigations, Hustvedt joins a discussion group in which neurologists, psychiatrists, psychoanalysts, and brain scientists trade ideas to develop a new field: neuropsychoanalysis. She volunteers as a writing teacher for psychiatric in-patients at the Payne Whitney clinic in New York City and unearths precedents in medical history that illuminate the origins of and shifts in our theories about the mind-body problem.
In The Shaking Woman, Hustvedt synthesizes her experience and research into a compelling mystery: Who is the shaking woman? In the end, the story she tells becomes, in the words of George Makari, author ofRevolution in Mind, "a brilliant illumination for us all."