Unthink: Rediscover Your Creative Genius

Unthink: Rediscover Your Creative Genius

Unthink: Rediscover Your Creative Genius by Erik Wahl
2013 | EPUB | 2.19MB

In the tradition of A Whole New Mind and The War of Art, graffiti artist and corporate thought leader, Erik Wahl explores the power of creativity to achieve superior performance.

Somehow we've come to believe that creativity is reserved for the chosen few: the poets, the painters, the writers. The truth is creativity is in all of us and re-discovering it is the key to unlocking your fullest potential. Unthink is a book that pushes us beyond our traditional thought patterns.

Unthink is a book that will inspire everyone to realize that we are capable of so much more than we have pre-conditioned for. Creativity is not in one special place--and it is not in one special person. Creativity is everywhere and in everyone who has the courage to unleash their creative genius.

A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future

A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future

A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future by Daniel H Pink
2005 | MOBI | 595.5KB

The future belongs to a different kind of person with a different kind of mind: artists, inventors, storytellers-creative and holistic "right-brain" thinkers whose abilities mark the fault line between who gets ahead and who doesn't.

Drawing on research from around the world, Pink outlines the six fundamentally human abilities that are absolute essentials for professional success and personal fulfillment--and reveals how to master them. A Whole New Mind takes readers to a daring new place, and a provocative and necessary new way of thinking about a future that's already here.

Bolivar: American Liberator

Bolivar: American Liberator

Bolivar: American Liberator by Marie Arana
2013 | EPUB | 2.41MB

It is astonishing that Simón Bolívar, the great Liberator of South America, is not better known in the United States. He freed six countries from Spanish rule, traveled more than 75,000 miles on horseback to do so, and became the greatest figure in Latin American history. His life is epic, heroic, straight out of Hollywood: he fought battle after battle in punishing terrain, forged uncertain coalitions of competing forces and races, lost his beautiful wife soon after they married and never remarried (although he did have a succession of mistresses, including one who held up the revolution and another who saved his life), and he died relatively young, uncertain whether his achievements would endure.

Drawing on a wealth of primary documents, novelist and journalist Marie Arana brilliantly captures early nineteenth-century South America and the explosive tensions that helped revolutionize Bolívar. In 1813 he launched a campaign for the independence of Colombia and Venezuela, commencing a dazzling career that would take him across the rugged terrain of South America, from Amazon jungles to the Andes mountains. From his battlefield victories to his ill-fated marriage and legendary love affairs, Bolívar emerges as a man of many facets: fearless general, brilliant strategist, consummate diplomat, passionate abolitionist, gifted writer, and flawed politician. A major work of history, Bolívar colorfully portrays a dramatic life even as it explains the rivalries and complications that bedeviled Bolívar’s tragic last days. It is also a stirring declaration of what it means to be a South American.

Lawrence: The Uncrowned King of Arabia

Lawrence: The Uncrowned King of Arabia

Lawrence: The Uncrowned King of Arabia by Michael Asher
1999 | EPUB | 5.9MB

A major new biography that provides readers with the first nuanced portrait of one of this century's most daring and enigmatic adventurers.

T. E. Lawrence began his role in World War I as a map clerk and ended it as one of the greatest military heroes of the century. He altered the face of the Middle East, helped the Arabs gain their freedom, and formulated many of the precepts of modern guerrilla warfare. But he refused any honors and spent the rest of his life in near obscurity.

A brilliant propagandist, rhetorician, and manipulator, Lawrence deliberately turned his life into a conundrum, thereby assuring his place as a mythical cult-figure for posterity. But who was the real man behind the masks? Desert explorer and Arab scholar Michael Asher set out to solve this riddle of appearances. The result--a biography combining the techniques of the detective story, travelogue, epic history, and high drama--clears away some of the false trails and captures the authentic atmosphere of the Arab Revolt.

The Emperor's Last Island: A Journey to St. Helena

The Emperor's Last Island: A Journey to St. Helena

The Emperor's Last Island: A Journey to St Helena by Julia Blackburn
2012 | EPUB | 2.04MB

After his defeat at Waterloo in 1815, Napoleon was exiled to the island of St. Helena--"further away from anywhere than anywhere else in the world," writes Julia Blackburn, who describes the final years of Napoleon's life on this remote rock in the South Atlantic Ocean, where he died in 1821.

A handful of quarreling sycophants accompanied him during his exile, all vying for favors and tolerating the former general's constant cheating at card games. Meanwhile, a contingent of British soldiers kept him under close observation. They feared that he would escape, but an attempt was never made. Interestingly, Blackburn disputes the theory that Napoleon was assassinated by arsenic poisoning. She adds details of her own trip to the island, which continues to serve as a bleak outpost of the British Empire. It was apparently once a place of great natural splendor, but early visitors cut down its trees, which loosened the soil for the eroding winds; the island never really recovered.

A few maps and photos would have helped, but this unique book deserves attention from all Napoleon fans.

Natural Solutions to Things That Bug You

Natural Solutions to Things That Bug You

Natural Solutions to Things That Bug You by Myles Bader
2012 | MOBI | 5.41MB

Forget about chemicals, poisons and traps! Natural Solutions for Things That Bug You is guild book to safe, natural and easy ways to get rid of pests - ants in the kitchen, mice in the walls or mosquitoes on the porch - without the use of harsh chemicals! With over 400 pages of natural solutions in large print, and a complete index for easy reference, you'll save time and money right away! Best of all, most of the solutions are already in your home!

The A to Z of Plant Names

The A to Z of Plant Names

The A to Z of Plant Names: A Quick Reference Guide to 4000 Garden Plants by Allen J Coombes
2012 | MOBI | 732.69KB

Botanical names can be baffling to even the most experienced gardener. But a plant's botanical name is more than just a handy label—it can tell a plant's country of origin, the shape of its leaves, the color of its petals, and much more.

The A to Z of Plant Names clears the confusion and allows every gardener to name plants with confidence. This comprehensive yet handy guide features the botanic names of the plants that gardeners really grow. Additional information includes suggested pronunciation, the common name, the derivation of the scientific name, the number of species currently accepted, the type of plant and the distribution.

The A to Z of Plant Names helps demystify names, provides readers with the intriguing background information to naming conventions, and empowers gardeners everywhere to feel confident about naming plants.

The Heirloom Life Gardener

The Heirloom Life Gardener

The Heirloom Life Gardener: The Baker Creek Way of Growing Your Own Food Easily and Naturally by Jere and Emilee Gettle, Meghan Sutherland
2011 | EPUB | 8.43MB

Tired of genetically modified food Every day, Americans are moving more toward eating natural, locally grown food that is free of pesticides and preservatives—and there is no better way to ensure this than to grow it yourself. Anyone can start a garden, whether in a backyard or on a city rooftop; but what they need to truly succeed is The Heirloom Life Gardener, a comprehensive guide to cultivating heirloom vegetables.

In this invaluable resource, Jere and Emilee Gettle, cofounders of the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company, offer a wealth of knowledge to every kind of gardener—experienced pros and novices alike. In his friendly voice, complemented by gorgeous photographs, Jere gives planting, growing, harvesting, and seed saving tips.

In addition, an extensive A to Z Growing Guide includes amazing heirloom varieties that many people have never even seen. From seed collecting to the history of seed varieties and name origins, Jere takes you far beyond the heirloom tomato. This is the first book of its kind that is not only a guide to growing beautiful and delicious vegetables, but also a way to join the movement of people who long for real food and a truer way of living.

Hooch: Simplified Brewing, Winemaking, and Infusing at Home

Hooch: Simplified Brewing, Winemaking, and Infusing at Home

Hooch: Simplified Brewing, Winemaking, and Infusing at Home by Scott Meyer
2013 | EPUB | 1.6MB

For anyone who has considered brewing a batch of beer or mead at home, or making a custom barrel of wine with local fruit, this thorough guide will clear a path to the bottle. It demystifies the process: from planting hops and fruits to pruning, harvesting, fermenting, flavoring, and bottling one-of-a-kind drinks from your own backyard. It serves as a starting point not only for wines and beers, but also hard ciders, meads, and infusions, and even touches on at-home distilling.

Perfect for the city-dweller, urban gardener, or anyone with limited space and a desire to make custom concoctions, Hooch offers projects to suit any lifestyle. With recipes for brews made from grapes, hops, and herbs, DIY boozers will find everything they need to begin a brewing journey.

The Table Saw Book [Second Edition]

The Table Saw Book [Second Edition]

The Table Saw Book [Second Edition] by Kelly Mehler
2003 | PDF | 20.17MB

Mehler, a professional woodworker, contributes this well-paced, focused book on what is usually the central tool in most woodworking shops. Mehler comprehensively lays out the various choices available and details the advantages of the suggestions he makes, particularly in terms of the reader's level of woodworking skill. Much here will benefit the novice, and a fair amount of the material will serve as a reminder or means of improvement for the advanced woodworker. Illustrations are well placed and relevant to the text, while the drawings are clear. Many suggestions have a direct bearing on convenience and safety.

Tables and Chairs: The Best of Fine Woodworking

Tables and Chairs: The Best of Fine Woodworking

Tables and Chairs: The Best of Fine Woodworking
1995 | PDF | 21.66MB

An examination of furniture-making classics, first published in the form of separate articles. A wide range of tables and chairs is covered, providing woodworkers with a choice of projects and many practical techniques. The book includes working drawings and enlarged views for guidance.

Beds: Outstanding Projects

Beds: Outstanding Projects

Beds: Outstanding Projects from One of America's Best Craftsmen by Jeff Miller
1999 | PDF | 41.01MB

This book offers instructions for building nine different beds including Shaker-style, pencil post, and bunk beds.

A bed is one of the most significant pieces of furniture in most homes, ranking with the dining table as a major purchase or project. Jeff Miller, winner of the 1998 Stanley Award for best woodworking book (Chairmaking & Design, now out of print), offers nine attractive bed projects accessible to woodworkers of any skill level.

In Beds, youll find step-by-step projects for a small bed, a Shaker-style bed, a Craftsman-style bed, a pencil-post bed, a plywood platform bed, a Windsor chairinspired bed, a modern "city" bed, a sleigh bed, and a bunk bed. Youre sure to find more than one project that will inspire you.

Miller provides you with:

  • Clear step-by-step instructions to build each bed
  • Cut lists that make it easy to get each bed started
  • Exploded and measured drawings that show every detail
  • A chapter on general construction strategies for building any bed design
  • A wide range of jigs for mortising, tenoning, and other common tasks
  • Four-color photography throughout, with photos of completed projects

Joining Wood Techniques for Better Woodworking [4th Edition]

Joining Wood Techniques for Better Woodworking [4th Edition]

Joining Wood: Techniques for Better Woodworking [4th Edition] by Nick Engler
1992 | PDF | 27.32MB

Possibly the most important task in woodworking is joinery - attaching one board to another. It can also be a thoroughly confusing task. There are countless woodworking joints - rabbets, dadoes, dovetails, mortises and tenons - which do you choose? How do you make it?

In Joining Wood, author/craftsman Nick Engler simplifies this complex subject, showing how master woodworkers use good sense and a few elementary rules of thumb to produce strong, durable designs. He also demonstrates how to make dozens of popular woodworking joints, from a simple miter to an elegant through dovetail, using just five basic cuts!

Dollarocracy

Dollarocracy

Dollarocracy: How the Money and Media Election Complex is Destroying America by John Nichols, Robert W McChesney
2013 | EPUB | 0.52MB

Fresh from the first $10 billion election campaign, two award-winning authors show how unbridled campaign spending defines our politics and, failing a dramatic intervention, signals the end of our democracy.

Blending vivid reporting from the 2012 campaign trail and deep perspective from decades covering American and international media and politics, political journalist John Nichols and media critic Robert W. McChesney explain how US elections are becoming controlled, predictable enterprises that are managed by a new class of consultants who wield millions of dollars and define our politics as never before. As the money gets bigger—especially after the Citizens United ruling—and journalism, a core check and balance on the government, declines, American citizens are in danger of becoming less informed and more open to manipulation. With groundbreaking behind-the-scenes reporting and staggering new research on “the money power,” Dollarocracy shows that this new power does not just endanger electoral politics; it is a challenge to the DNA of American democracy itself.

Follow the Money: A History of the Audit Commission

Follow the Money: A History of the Audit Commission

Follow the Money: A History of the Audit Commission by Duncan Campbell-Smith
2008 | EPUB | 5.76MB

Most books on politics and government take a view from the top down. They focus on the individuals and institutions that set policies in place and make the laws. But how are these policies and laws translated into action on the ground, where their success or failure helps determine the day to day running of schools and hospitals, police forces and councils? This is the much less familiar territory explored by Follow The Money.

It tells the story of the men and women responsible for keeping track of the money spent locally on public services since the early 1980s. What emerges is a rare behind-the-scenes account of the political world in which central government edicts come up against the reality of how things are made to happen at the grass roots. Follow The Money shows how the Commission has taken over 25 years to transform the management of public services, including the NHS, while mediating in an often tense relationship between central and local government from the Thatcher era to the years of New Labour. The result, encompassing a string of scandals and battles between town hall and Whitehall, is a compelling narrative for which an accounting qualification is most certainly not required.

How to Disappear

How to Disappear

How to Disappear: Erase Your Digital Footprint, Leave False Trails, and Vanish without a Trace by Frank M Ahearn, Eileen C Horan
2010 | EPUB | 159.65KB

Frank M. Ahearn built his first career by finding people who didn’t want to be found—from philandering celebrities to a certain White House intern (Monica Lewinsky) before anybody had heard of her, as well as countless cheaters, frauds, and bad guys. Using the “skip tracer” techniques he developed in the process, Ahearn embarked on a second career counseling those who wanted not to be found. If you’ve ever fantasized about disappearing—literally dropping out of sight or just eliminating the traceable evidence of your existence—How to Disappear is your guide.

In a world-wise, straight-talking, wryly humorous narrative, Ahearn provides field-tested tips, tools, and techniques for maintaining privacy, as well as strategies for protecting personal information and preventing identity theft. You’ll learn key tactics such as misinformation (destroying all the data known about you), disinformation (creating fake trails), and reformation (getting where you want to be without leaving clues). Throughout, Ahearn shares real-life stories of his fascinating career—from nabbing adulterous celebrities to helping abuse victims find safety.

An indispensable resource not just for those determined to be anonymous, but for almost anyone in the brave new world of online information, How to Disappear sums up Ahearn’s dual philosophy: Don’t break the law, but know how to protect yourself.

One Autumn in Europe

One Autumn in Europe

One Autumn in Europe by Steven Hubbell
2012 | EPUB | 0.4MB

This is a travel journal, a tribute, a coming of age in foreign lands adventure tale, and the celebration of a personal pilgrimage. It is a cultural feast as witnessed through the eyes of a young, small-town Texas explorer who crosses an ocean on the quest for his sword in the stone. What he finds both humbles and emboldens him; his discoveries alternately astonish and educate and terrify and reassure him as he (primarily) hitchhikes from London to Rome and back, savoring every nuance he can find.

Many readers have enthusiastically delivered five-star ratings to "One Autumn in Europe," calling it "Brilliant... Masterfully edited by a seasoned journeyman with all the zeal and joy of his youthful exuberance intact...," "An excellent read...," and "Completely Captivating!!... Such a great book!!!" One reader suggests it is "a book to read with your heart."

Enjoy any time: with a glass of wine at the end of the day, during a journey, as you wait for a dental appointment or car repairs, or simply while lounging about on a lazy afternoon. Anyone who appreciates the appeal of bright horizons and blossoming emotions and remarkable people and unforgettable places will find "One Autumn in Europe" to be a very satisfying experience.

Fatherhood: and Other Stories [Audiobook]

Fatherhood: and Other Stories [Audiobook]

Fatherhood: and Other Stories [Audiobook] by Thomas H Cook
2013 | MP3@160 kbps | 4 hrs 47 mins | 328.25MB

In a debut volume, the collected short stories of Thomas H. Cook, one of America's most celebrated crime fiction authors.

Over his acclaimed career, Cook’s novels have haunted, riveted, and spellbound readers across the world, and his short stories are equally acclaimed. They range from the intensely focused world of "Fatherhood," the Herodotus prize-winning title story, to the Edgar nominated "Rain," a dark, kaleidoscopic tale of Manhattan on a single, rain-swept night. "The Fix," the story of a famous boxing fix that was, well, not a fix at all, was selected for inclusion in Best Mystery Stories of the Year. "What She Offered," the gripping tale of a one-night stand, was included in The Best Noir Stories of the Century.

Like Cook’s novels, the range of this collection is, itself, astonishing. From a backwoods Appalachian shack during the Depression ("Poor People") to a Midwestern college campus in the throes of Sixties revolt ("The Sun-Gazer") to a midtown Manhattan bookstore on Christmas Eve, "The Lessons of the Season," this collection demonstrates precisely that, in the words of Michael Connolly, "no one tells a story better than Thomas H. Cook."

The Tinkerers

The Tinkerers

The Tinkerers: The Amateurs, DIYers, and Inventors Who Make America Great by Alec Foege
2013 | EPUB | 316.91KB

From its earliest years, the United States was a nation of tinkerers: men and women who looked at the world around them and were able to create something genuinely new from what they saw. Guided by their innate curiosity, a desire to know how things work, and a belief that anything can be improved, amateurs and professionals from Benjamin Franklin to Thomas Edison came up with the inventions that laid the foundations for America’s economic dominance. Recently, Americans have come to question whether our tinkering spirit has survived the pressures of ruthless corporate organization and bottom-line driven caution. But as Alec Foege shows in The Tinkerers, reports of tinkering’s death have been greatly exaggerated.

Through the stories of great tinkerers and inventions past and present, Foege documents how Franklin and Edison’s modern-day heirs do not allow our cultural obsessions with efficiency and conformity to interfere with their passion and creativity. Tinkering has been the guiding force behind both major corporate-sponsored innovations such as the personal computer and Ethernet, and smaller scale inventions with great potential, such as a machine that can make low-cost eyeglass lenses for people in impoverished countries and a device that uses lasers to shoot malarial mosquitoes out of the sky. Some tinkerers attended the finest engineering schools in the world; some had no formal training in their chosen fields. Some see themselves as solo artists; others emphasize the importance of working in teams. What binds them together is an ability to subvert the old order, to see fresh potential in existing technologies, and to apply technical know-how to the problems of their day.

As anyone who has feared voiding a warranty knows, the complexity of modern systems can be needlessly intimidating. Despite this, tinkerers can – and do – come from anywhere, whether it’s the R&D lab of a major corporation, a hobbyist’s garage, or a summer camp for budding engineers. Through a lively retelling of recent history and captivating interviews with today’s most creative innovators, Foege reveals how the tinkering tradition remains, in new and unexpected forms, at the heart of American society and culture.

An Army of Phantoms

An Army of Phantoms

An Army of Phantoms: American Movies and the Making of the Cold War by J Hoberman
2012 | MOBI | 839.01KB

An Army of Phantoms is a major new work of history and film criticism from the highly regarded critic J. Hoberman. Here he applies the same dynamic synergy of American politics and American popular culture to the Cold War’s first decade that he brought to the 1960s in the critically acclaimed The Dream Life.

The years between 1946 and 1956 brought U.S. dominance over Europe and a new war in Asia, as well as the birth of the civil rights movement and the stirrings of a new youth culture. The period saw the movie industry purged of its political left while the rise of ideological action hero John Wayne came to dominate theaters. Analyzing movies and media events, Hoberman has organized a pageant of cavalry Westerns, apocalyptic sci-fi flicks, and biblical spectaculars wherein Cecil B. DeMille rubs shoulders with Douglas MacArthur, atomic tests are shown on live TV, God talks on the radio, and Joe McCarthy is bracketed with Marilyn Monroe. Here is a history of film that is also, to paraphrase Jean-Luc Godard, about the film of history.

Essential reading for film and history buffs, An Army of Phantoms recasts a crucial era in the light of the silver screen.

Remembering Satan: A Tragic Case of Recovered Memory

Remembering Satan: A Tragic Case of Recovered Memory

Remembering Satan: A Tragic Case of Recovered Memory by Lawrence Wright
2011 | EPUB | 1.8MB

In 1988 Ericka and Julie Ingram began making a series of accusations of sexual abuse against their father, Paul Ingram, who was a respected deputy sheriff in Olympia, Washington. At first the accusations were confined to molestations in their childhood, but they grew to include torture and rape as recently as the month before. At a time when reported incidents of "recovered memories" had become widespread, these accusations were not unusual. What captured national attention in this case is that, under questioning, Ingram appeared to remember participating in bizarre satanic rites involving his whole family and other members of the sheriff's department.

Remembering Satan is a lucid, measured, yet absolutely riveting inquest into a case that destroyed a family, engulfed a small town, and captivated an America obsessed by rumors of a satanic underground. As it follows the increasingly bizarre accusations and confessions, the claims and counterclaims of police, FBI investigators, and mental health professionals. Remembering Satan gives us what is at once a psychological detective story and a domestic tragedy about what happens when modern science is subsumed by our most archaic fears.

A Zombie's History of the United States

A Zombie's History of the United States

A Zombie's History of the United States: From the Massacre at Plymouth Rock to the CIA's Secret War on the Undead by Josh Miller
2010 | EPUB | 1.52MB
“Americans have been taught that their nation is civilized and humane. But, too often, U.S. actions have been uncivilized and inhumane.”—Howard Zinn

Shedding light on 500 years of suppression, this shocking expose reveals the pivotal role in American history played by its most invisible minority—zombies.

From colonization and revolution to World Wars and global hegemony, A Zombie’s History of the United States tells the powerful and moving stories of this country’s living-dead underclass, including:

  • The zombie massacre of European colonists at Plymouth Rock
  • The gruesome killing of a zombinated Meriwether Lewis by his fellow explorer William Clark
  • The doomed defense of the Alamo against hordes of the attacking undead
  • The heroic, platoon-saving charge into a hail of German fire by an undead Lt. Audie Murphy
  • The top-secret NASA missions that launched(and often lost) zombies into space
  • The anti-terrorist program to stop the weaponization of the zombie virus

Voices of a People's History of the United States

Voices of a People's History of the United States

Voices of a People's History of the United States [Second Edition] edited by Howard Zinn, Anthony Arnove
2011 | EPUB | 3.22MB

Here in their own words are Frederick Douglass, George Jackson, Chief Joseph, Martin Luther King Jr., Plough Jogger, Sacco and Vanzetti, Patti Smith, Bruce Springsteen, Mark Twain, and Malcolm X, to name just a few of the hundreds of voices that appear in Voices of a People's History of the United States, edited by Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove.

Paralleling the twenty-four chapters of Zinn's A People's History of the United States, Voices of a People’s History is the long-awaited companion volume to the national bestseller. For Voices, Zinn and Arnove have selected testimonies to living history—speeches, letters, poems, songs—left by the people who make history happen but who usually are left out of history books—women, workers, nonwhites. Zinn has written short introductions to the texts, which range in length from letters or poems of less than a page to entire speeches and essays that run several pages.

Voices of a People’s History is a symphony of our nation’s original voices, rich in ideas and actions, the embodiment of the power of civil disobedience and dissent wherein lies our nation’s true spirit of defiance and resilience.

A People's History of the United States: 1492 to Present

A People's History of the United States: 1492 to Present

A People's History of the United States: 1492 to Present by Howard Zinn
2005 | EPUB | 0.67MB

Consistently lauded for its lively, readable prose, this revised and updated edition of A People's History of the United States turns traditional textbook history on its head. Howard Zinn infuses the often-submerged voices of blacks, women, American Indians, war resisters, and poor laborers of all nationalities into this thorough narrative that spans American history from Christopher Columbus's arrival to an afterword on the Clinton presidency.

Addressing his trademark reversals of perspective, Zinn--a teacher, historian, and social activist for more than 20 years--explains, "My point is not that we must, in telling history, accuse, judge, condemn Columbus in absentia. It is too late for that; it would be a useless scholarly exercise in morality. But the easy acceptance of atrocities as a deplorable but necessary price to pay for progress (Hiroshima and Vietnam, to save Western civilization; Kronstadt and Hungary, to save socialism; nuclear proliferation, to save us all)--that is still with us. One reason these atrocities are still with us is that we have learned to bury them in a mass of other facts, as radioactive wastes are buried in containers in the earth."

If your last experience of American history was brought to you by junior high school textbooks--or even if you're a specialist--get ready for the other side of stories you may not even have heard. With its vivid descriptions of rarely noted events, A People's History of the United States is required reading for anyone who wants to take a fresh look at the rich, rocky history of America.

One Day I Will Write About This Place [Audiobook]

One Day I Will Write About This Place [Audiobook]

One Day I Will Write About This Place [Audiobook] by Binyavanga Wainaina
2012 | MP3@48 kbps + EPUB | 10 hrs 17 mins | 211.94MB

Binyavanga Wainaina tumbled through his middle-class Kenyan childhood out of kilter with the world around him. This world came to him as a chaos of loud and colorful sounds: the hair dryers at his mother’s beauty parlor, black mamba bicycle bells, mechanics in Nairobi, the music of Michael Jackson—all punctuated by the infectious laughter of his brother and sister, Jimmy and Ciru. He could fall in with their patterns, but it would take him a while to carve out his own.

In this vivid and compelling debut memoir, Wainaina takes us through his school days, his mother’s religious period, his failed attempt to study in South Africa as a computer programmer, a moving family reunion in Uganda, and his travels around Kenya. The landscape in front of him always claims his main attention, but he also evokes the shifting political scene that unsettles his views on family, tribe, and nationhood.

Throughout, reading is his refuge and his solace. And when, in 2002, a writing prize comes through, the door is opened for him to pursue the career that perhaps had been beckoning all along. A series of fascinating international reporting assignments follow. Finally he circles back to a Kenya in the throes of postelection violence and finds he is not the only one questioning the old certainties.

Resolutely avoiding stereotype and cliché, Wainaina paints every scene in One Day I Will Write About This Place with a highly distinctive and hugely memorable brush.

My First New York: Early Adventures in the Big City

My First New York: Early Adventures in the Big City

My First New York: Early Adventures in the Big City
2012 | EPUB | 385.66KB

From the staff of New York Magazine comes the perfect gift for the Manhattanite in all of us. My First New York is a glorious collection of recollections and reminiscences as fifty of the city’s most famous residents recapture the kicks and thrills of first arriving in the Big Apple. Actors and athletes, rock stars and porn stars, writers, artists, and politicos—from Yogi Berra to Liza Minnelli, from Chloe Sevigny to Andy Samberg to Diane Von Furstenberg—they all share their hilarious, touching, frightening, amazing early big city adventures in My First New York.