I, Justine: An Analog Memoir [EPUB]
02 July 2015, 05:44
2015 | EPUB | 13.02MB
A one-woman media phenomenon and a leading YouTube influencer takes readers behind the camera, and deep inside her world.
Justine Ezarik has been tech-obsessed since unboxing her family's first Apple computer. By sixth grade she had built her first website. A decade later, she became one of the Internet's first—and most popular—"lifecasters," inviting people around the world to watch her every move, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. But it was a one-minute video about an itemized AT&T bill that gave Justine her first taste of viral success: Within ten days of release, her "300-page iPhone bill" had garnered more than 3 million views and international media attention.
These days, iJustine is a one-woman new media phenomenon: The popular techie, gamer, vlogger, and digital influencer has an army of nearly 3.5 million subscribers across multiple YouTube channels, with total views approaching half a billion.
Now, Justine is giving friends and fans a look behind the scenes, sharing never-before-told stories about the hilarious (and sometimes heartbreaking) reality of sharing your life online. With her trademark wit and delightfully weird sense of humor, Justine delivers an inspirational message in support of creativity, entrepreneurship, and the power of staying true to yourself, while reminding readers that the Internet is a very small world—you just never know who you're going to meet.
Stalin's Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva [EPUB]
01 July 2015, 07:13
2015 | EPUB | 2.67MB
The award-winning author of Villa Air-Bel returns with a painstakingly researched, revelatory biography of Svetlana Stalin, a woman fated to live her life in the shadow of one of history’s most monstrous dictators—her father, Josef Stalin.
Born in the early years of the Soviet Union, Svetlana Stalin spent her youth inside the walls of the Kremlin. Communist Party privilege protected her from the mass starvation and purges that haunted Russia, but she did not escape tragedy—the loss of everyone she loved, including her mother, two brothers, aunts and uncles, and a lover twice her age, deliberately exiled to Siberia by her father.
As she gradually learned about the extent of her father’s brutality after his death, Svetlana could no longer keep quiet and in 1967 shocked the world by defecting to the United States—leaving her two children behind. But although she was never a part of her father’s regime, she could not escape his legacy. Her life in America was fractured; she moved frequently, married disastrously, shunned other Russian exiles, and ultimately died in poverty in Wisconsin.
With access to KGB, CIA, and Soviet government archives, as well as the close cooperation of Svetlana’s daughter, Rosemary Sullivan pieces together Svetlana’s incredible life in a masterful account of unprecedented intimacy. Epic in scope, it’s a revolutionary biography of a woman doomed to be a political prisoner of her father’s name. Sullivan explores a complicated character in her broader context without ever losing sight of her powerfully human story, in the process opening a closed, brutal world that continues to fascinate us.
Alcatraz: The Hardest Years 1934-1938 [EPUB]
11 March 2015, 05:19
2008 | EPUB | 1.51MB
The author's remembrance of growing up on the Rock, circa 1934-1938. Dad was a Federal Prison Guard and was still alive at time of writing to help with the details. Find out what it was really like!
The author and his family moved to Alcatraz Island when he was 8 years old and his father was hired to staff the new federal penitentiary, designed to house the troublemakers, the prisoners no other prison could handle.
He watched as the first prisoners, including Al Capone, shuffled off the boat in leg irons, surrounded by FBI agents.
The Chandler family lived, worked and played on "The Rock" from 1934 to 1938, the prison's first years, the hardest years.
This is the true story of life inside Alcatraz, the recollections of a guard and a his young son who lived among America's most notorious bank robbers and murderers.