Parallel Time: Growing Up in Black and White [EPUB]
27 September 2017, 09:25
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780679421542 | 1.93MB
Parallel Time is an evocative memoir that poses universal questions: Where does the family end and the self begin? What do we owe our families, and what do we owe our dreams for ourselves? What part of the past is a gift and what part a shackle? For Brent Staples there is the added dimension of race: moving from a black world into one largely defined by whites.
The oldest son among nine children, Brent grew up in a small industrial town near Philadelphia. First a scholarship to a local college and then one for graduate study at the University of Chicago pulled him out of the close family circle. While he was away, the industries that supported the town failed, and drug dealing rushed in to fill the economic void.
News of arrests and premature deaths among Brent's childhood friends underscored the precariousness of his perch in a world of mostly white achievers. A younger brother became a cocaine dealer and was murdered by one of his "clients." His death propelled Brent into a reconsideration of his childhood and coming-of-age that offers vivid portraits of family and place, of values that supported and pressures that tore apart, of the appeal and pain of entering a predominantly white world, and of the strengths and vulnerabilities of the black world he grew away from.
Collecting the World: The Life and Curiosity of Hans Sloane [EPUB]
27 September 2017, 06:59
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781846146572 | 101.33MB
Hans Sloane was a young doctor from Northern Ireland who made his way in London and eventually become physician to the king and much of London society. In his youth he made a defining visit to Jamaica, where he began collecting 'curiosities' of all kinds. He eventually became the centre of a worldwide network which allowed him to assemble the collections which became the core of the British Museum, the Natural History Museum, and the British Library.
This is the first major biography of Sloane in 60 years. It explores not just the impact of an extraordinary man, but allows us a window onto the moment when the meaning of collections and collecting changed.
Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist [EPUB]
24 September 2017, 03:16
2015 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781849352529 | 5.83MB
Alexander Berkman (1870 - 1936) was a leading writer and participant in the 20th century Anarchist movement. Introduced and annotated by former editors of the Emma Goldman Papers, this is the definitive edition of Berkman's tale of his transformation within prison, his growing sympathy for those he'd considered 'common criminals', and the intimate relationships he developed. It is the first fully annotated edition of this classic text. This new edition also contains never-before-seen fascimile reprints and transcriptions of the diary Berkman kept while he wrote his memoir.