T Bone Burnett: A Life in Pursuit [EPUB]

T Bone Burnett: A Life in Pursuit [EPUB]
T Bone Burnett: A Life in Pursuit by Lloyd Sachs
2016 | EPUB | 9.83MB

T Bone Burnett is a unique, astonishingly prolific music producer, singer-songwriter, guitarist, and soundtrack visionary. Renowned as a studio maven with a Midas touch, Burnett is known for lifting artists to their greatest heights, as he did with Raising Sand, the multiple Grammy Award–winning album by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, as well as acclaimed albums by Los Lobos, the Wallflowers, B. B. King, and Elvis Costello. Burnett virtually invented “Americana” with his hugely successful roots-based soundtrack for the Coen Brothers film, O Brother, Where Art Thou? Outspoken in his contempt for the entertainment industry, Burnett has nevertheless received many of its highest honors, including Grammy Awards and an Academy Award.

T Bone Burnett offers the first critical appreciation of Burnett’s wide-ranging contributions to American music, his passionate advocacy for analog sound, and the striking contradictions that define his maverick artistry. Lloyd Sachs highlights all the important aspects of Burnett’s musical pursuits, from his early days as a member of Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue and his collaboration with the playwright Sam Shepard to the music he recently composed for the TV shows Nashville and True Detective and his production of the all-star album Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes. Sachs also underscores Burnett’s brilliance as a singer-songwriter in his own right. Going well beyond the labels “legendary” or “visionary” that usually accompany his name, T Bone Burnett reveals how this consummate music maker has exerted a powerful influence on American music and culture across four decades.

Lennon on Lennon: Conversations with John Lennon [EPUB]

Lennon on Lennon: Conversations with John Lennon [EPUB]
Lennon on Lennon: Conversations with John Lennon edited by Jeff Burger
2016 | EPUB | 0.7MB

John Lennon was a highly opinionated and controversial figure with a commanding personality and quick wit. And he made a point of living his adventurous life as openly as possible. Whether he was experimenting with LSD, Transcendental Meditation, primal therapy, macrobiotic diets, or recording techniques, the public was on board every step of the way. He spoke candidly about his intense, sometimes tumultuous relationship with Yoko Ono, his split with the Beatles, his squabbles with Paul McCartney, and just about everything else, baring his emotional ups and downs for all to see. By the time he granted his—and this book’s—final interview, only hours before his death, he had become one of the most famous people on the planet and an articulate commentator on politics, human relations, and world peace.

Lennon on Lennon is an authoritative, chronologically arranged anthology of some of Lennon’s most illuminating interviews. The majority have not been previously available in print, and several of the most important have not been widely available in any format. Interspersed throughout the book are key quotes from dozens of additional Q&As. Together, this material paints a revealing picture of the artist in his own words while offering a window into the cultural atmosphere of the sixties and seventies.

Notes on the Cinematograph [EPUB]

Notes on the Cinematograph [EPUB]
Notes on the Cinematograph (New York Review Books Classics) by Robert Bresson
2016 | EPUB | 1.38MB

The French film director Robert Bresson was one of the great artists of the twentieth century and among the most radical, original, and radiant stylists of any time. He worked with nonprofessional actors—models, as he called them—and deployed a starkly limited but hypnotic array of sounds and images to produce such classic works as A Man Escaped, Pickpocket, Diary of a Country Priest, and Lancelot of the Lake. From the beginning to the end of his career, Bresson dedicated himself to making movies in which nothing is superfluous and everything is always at stake.

Notes on the Cinematograph distills the essence of Bresson’s theory and practice as a filmmaker and artist. He discusses the fundamental differences between theater and film; parses the deep grammar of silence, music, and noise; and affirms the mysterious power of the image to unlock the human soul. This book, indispensable for admirers of this great director and for students of the cinema, will also prove an inspiration, much like Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet, for anyone who responds to the claims of the imagination at its most searching and rigorous.

Bohemians, Bootleggers, Flappers, and Swells: The Best of Early Vanity Fair [EPUB]

Bohemians, Bootleggers, Flappers, and Swells: The Best of Early Vanity Fair [EPUB]
Bohemians, Bootleggers, Flappers, and Swells: The Best of Early Vanity Fair edited by Graydon Carter, David Friend
2014 | EPUB | 1.25MB

For the magazine’s centenary celebration, an anthology of pieces from the early golden age of Vanity Fair

In honor of the 100th anniversary of Vanity Fair magazine, Bohemians, Bootleggers, Flappers, and Swells celebrates the publication’s astonishing early catalogue of writers, with works by Dorothy Parker, Noлl Coward, P. G. Wodehouse, Jean Cocteau, Colette, Gertrude Stein, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Sherwood Anderson, Robert Benchley, Langston Hughes—and many others. Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter introduces these fabulous pieces written between 1913 and 1936, when the magazine published a murderers’ row of the world’s leading literary lights.

Bohemians, Bootleggers, Flappers, and Swells features great writers on great topics, including F. Scott Fitzgerald on what a magazine should be, Clarence Darrow on equality, D. H. Lawrence on women, e.e. cummings on Calvin Coolidge, John Maynard Keynes on the collapse in money value, Thomas Mann on how films move the human heart, Alexander Woollcott on Harpo Marx, Carl Sandburg on Charlie Chaplin, Djuna Barnes on James Joyce, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., on Joan Crawford, and Dorothy Parker on a host of topics ranging from why she hates actresses to why she hasn’t married.

These essays reflect the rich period of their creation while simultaneously addressing topics that would be recognizable in the magazine today, such as how women should navigate work and home life; our destructive fascination with the entertainment industry and with professional sports; the collapse of public faith in the financial industry; and, as Aldous Huxley asks herein, “What, Exactly, Is Modern?”

Offering readers an inebriating swig from that great cocktail shaker of the Roaring Twenties, the Jazz Age, the age of Gatsby, Bohemians, Bootleggers, Flappers, and Swells showcases unforgettable writers in search of how to live well in a changing era.

Hank: The Short Life and Long Country Road of Hank Williams [EPUB]

Hank: The Short Life and Long Country Road of Hank Williams [EPUB]
Hank: The Short Life and Long Country Road of Hank Williams by Mark Ribowsky
2016 | EPUB | 19.35MB

A heartbreaking and unforgettable portrait of country music’s founding father.

After he died in the backseat of a Cadillac at the age of twenty-nine, Hank Williams―a frail, flawed man who had become country music’s first real star―instantly morphed into its first tragic martyr. Having hit the heights in the postwar era with simple songs of heartache and star-crossed love, he would, with that outlaw swagger, become in death a template for the rock generation to follow. But unlike those other musical giants who never made thirty, no legacy endures quite like that of the "Hillbilly King."

Now presenting the first fully realized biography of Hiram King Williams in a generation, Mark Ribowsky vividly returns us to the world of country’s origins, in this case 1920s Alabama, where Williams was born into the most trying of circumstances, which included a dictatorial mother, a henpecked father, and an agonizing spinal condition. Forced by his overbearing matriarch to do odd jobs―selling peanuts, shining shoes―young Hank soon found respite in street-corner blues man Rufus "Tee Tot" Payne, who showed him how to make a guitar sing. It wasn’t long before young Hank found his way onto those nascent American radio airwaves, where his melodic voice and timely tunes slowly garnered a following. On that dusty path to early stardom, Hank was indefatigably supported by his overbearing mother, who would shepherd his band, the Driftin’ Cowboys, to shows along backroads of the Jim Crow South. Yet it was a different woman who would supply Hank with the fuel he needed to explode out of the local spotlight: his sometimes wife, Audrey Mae Sheppard. As Ribowsky brilliantly evokes, their fiery relationship―as abusive as it was passionate―would inform nearly every song he ever wrote, and provide a template for country music for generations to follow.

In chronicling Hank’s rise to stardom, Ribowsky also explores all those cautionary tales that have, until now, remained secreted beneath the grooves of his records. Drawing from new interviews, Ribowsky connects those seemingly eternal afternoons and nights spent choked in booze and desperation to the music that Williams would create. With remarkable nuance and insight, Ribowsky allows us to witness the man behind the tipped cowboy hat―the charismatic troubadour who hid the wounds of his domestic quarrels, relied on painkillers to get through the day, and was always teetering on the edge of tragedy, even when he saw the light.

Tracing the singular rise of a music legend from the street corners of the Depression-era South to the now-immortal stage of the Grand Ole Opry, and finally to a haunting, lonely end on New Year’s Day 1953, Hank uncovers the real man beneath the myths, reintroducing us to an American original whose legacy, like a good night at the honkytonk, promises to carry on and on.

Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Western Plains Gardening [EPUB]

Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Western Plains Gardening [EPUB]
Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Western Plains Gardening by Lynn M Steiner
2012 | EPUB | 35.84MB

This book offers a didactic, practical approach that allows novice to intermediate residential gardeners to experience success with their vegetable, fruit, and ornamental gardens. This is not an attempt at a comprehensive “Bible” of gardening information, but a complete but focused treatment of plant species and simple, time saving techniques that maximize the homeowners likelihood of succeeding with his or her garden. Contains regional information for the following states in USDA zones 3, 4, and 5: Montana, Colorado, northern New Mexico, Wyoming, northern Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

How to Grow Your Own Nuts: Choosing, Cultivating and Harvesting Nuts in Your Garden [EPUB]

How to Grow Your Own Nuts: Choosing, Cultivating and Harvesting Nuts in Your Garden [EPUB]
How to Grow Your Own Nuts: Choosing, Cultivating and Harvesting Nuts in Your Garden by Martin Crawford
2016 | EPUB | 22.59MB

This comprehensive book covers all aspects of growing, harvesting, processing and using nuts, based on forest gardening principles. Filled with gorgeous images of trees and nuts on the branch, as well as samples of nuts from different varieties, this book is essential reading for any nut-loving gardener. Nuts covered include old favorites such as chestnuts, hazelnuts and walnuts, as well as less common varieties such as pine nuts, hickories, butternuts and monkey puzzle nuts. Whether you are planning to grow nuts in your own yard, or even to grow commercially, this book is essential reading.

Grape, Olive, Pig: Deep Travels Through Spain's Food Culture [EPUB]

Grape, Olive, Pig: Deep Travels Through Spain's Food Culture [EPUB]
Grape, Olive, Pig: Deep Travels Through Spain's Food Culture by Matt Goulding
2016 | EPUB | 15.2MB

The author of Rice, Noodle, Fish now celebrates the delectable and sensuous culture and cuisine of Spain with this beautifully illustrated food-driven travel guide filled with masterful narration, insider advice, and nearly 200 full-color photos.

Grape, Olive, Pig is a deeply personal exploration of Spain, a country where eating and living are inextricably linked. Crafted in the "refreshing" (Associated Press), "inspirational" (Publishers Weekly) and "impeccably observed" (Eater.com) style of the acclaimed Rice, Noodle, Fish, and written with the same evocative voice of the award-winning magazine Roads & Kingdoms, this magnificent gastronomic travel companion takes you through the key regions of Spain as you’ve never seen them before.

Matt Goulding introduces you to the sprawling culinary and geographical landscape of his adoptive home, and offers an intimate portrait of this multifaceted country, its remarkable people, and its complex history. Fall in love with Barcelona’s tiny tapas bars and modernist culinary temples. Explore the movable feast of small plates and late nights in Madrid. Join the three-thousand-year-old hunt for Bluefin tuna off the coast of Cadiz, then continue your seafood journey north to meet three sisters who risk their lives foraging the gooseneck barnacle, one of Spain’s most treasured ingredients. Delight in some of the world’s most innovative and avant-garde edible creations in San Sebastian, and then wash them down with cider from neighboring Asturias. Sample the world’s finest acorn-fed ham in Salamanca, share in the traditions of cave-dwelling shepherds in the mountains beyond Granada, and debate what constitutes truly authentic paella in Valencia.

Grape, Olive, Pig reveals hidden gems and enduring delicacies from across this extraordinary country, contextualizing each meal with the stories behind the food in a cultural narrative complemented by stunning color photography. Whether you’ve visited Spain or have only dreamed of bellying up to its tapas bars, Grape, Olive, Pig will wake your imagination, rouse your hunger, and capture your heart.

Rice, Noodle, Fish: Deep Travels Through Japan's Food Culture [EPUB]

Rice, Noodle, Fish: Deep Travels Through Japan's Food Culture [EPUB]
Rice, Noodle, Fish: Deep Travels Through Japan's Food Culture by Matt Goulding
2015 | EPUB | 27.36MB

An innovative new take on the travel guide, Rice, Noodle, Fish decodes Japan's extraordinary food culture through a mix of in-depth narrative and insider advice, along with 195 color photographs. In this 5000-mile journey through the noodle shops, tempura temples, and teahouses of Japan, Matt Goulding, co-creator of the enormously popular Eat This, Not That! book series, navigates the intersection between food, history, and culture, creating one of the most ambitious and complete books ever written about Japanese culinary culture from the Western perspective.

Written in the same evocative voice that drives the award-winning magazine Roads & Kingdoms, Rice, Noodle, Fish explores Japan's most intriguing culinary disciplines in seven key regions, from the kaiseki tradition of Kyoto and the sushi masters of Tokyo to the street food of Osaka and the ramen culture of Fukuoka. You won't find hotel recommendations or bus schedules; you will find a brilliant narrative that interweaves immersive food journalism with intimate portraits of the cities and the people who shape Japan's food culture.

This is not your typical guidebook. Rice, Noodle, Fish is a rare blend of inspiration and information, perfect for the intrepid and armchair traveler alike. Combining literary storytelling, indispensable insider information, and world-class design and photography, the end result is the first ever guidebook for the new age of culinary tourism.

Flapper Pie and a Blue Prairie Sky: A Modern Baker's Guide to Old-Fashioned Desserts [EPUB]

Flapper Pie and a Blue Prairie Sky: A Modern Baker's Guide to Old-Fashioned Desserts [EPUB]
Flapper Pie and a Blue Prairie Sky: A Modern Baker's Guide to Old-Fashioned Desserts by Karlynn Johnston
2016 | EPUB | 231.01MB

Old-fashioned favorites are paired alongside modern reimaginings in this nostalgic debut baking book from Karlynn Johnston of The Kitchen Magpie. Suitable for bakers of all skill levels and featuring over 125 delicious recipes, Flapper Pie and a Blue Prairie Sky is destined to become a much-loved addition to any family kitchen.

This timeless collection of sweet treats combines long-forgotten classics with deliciously revamped recipes. Learn how to bake time-honored desserts like Saskatoon Berry Pie, Grandma Marion's Honey Cookies, and No-Bowl Chocolate Vinegar Cake -- then, jazz things up with their modern twists: White Chocolate Saskatoon Galette, a Stuffed Skillet Cookie, and Root Beer Float Cupcakes. And, of course, there's the recipe that started it all: the (almost) lost prairie favorite, Flapper Pie. When Karlynn first posted this recipe on her blog, The Kitchen Magpie, it went viral, drawing enthusiastic and sentimental responses from people reminiscing about their childhood and family food memories.

An approachable book for all skill levels, Flapper Pie and a Blue Prairie Sky covers everything you need to know about being a modern-day old-fashioned baker: how to set up your kitchen and stock your pantry, and tips for handling tricky techniques like making pie dough and releasing a cake from the pan. The recipes cover everything from cakes to candies, doughnuts to dainties, and pies to puddings, with the same gorgeous photography that has made The Kitchen Magpie a go-to blog for passionate home bakers.

As Karlynn writes in the introduction, "I was raised with the knowledge that food is love, family, tradition and the focal point of any occasion." This book is a delicious demonstration of Karlynn's wisdom -- an instant classic to be shared through the generations.

  • Simple, approachable recipes for baker's of any skill level.
  • Beautiful pictures incorporating Karlynn's amazing Pyrex and vintage glassware collection.
  • Easy to understand instructions that can have anyone baking up a storm.
  • Classic recipes that are sure to surprise you such as honey cookies, marshmallow squares and other delights.

The Brain Warrior's Way Cookbook [EPUB]

The Brain Warrior's Way Cookbook [EPUB]
The Brain Warrior's Way Cookbook: Over 100 Recipes to Ignite Your Energy and Focus, Attack Illness and Aging, Transform Pain into Purpose by Daniel G Amen, Tana Amen
2016 | EPUB | 93.16MB

Feed Your Body AND Your Brain

In The Brain Warrior’s Way, New York Times bestselling authors Tana and Daniel Amen share how to develop mastery over brain and body to combat disease, depression, and obesity. In this companion cookbook, not only will you find more than a hundred simple, delicious recipes that support the principles of The Brain Warrior’s Way to heal and optimize your brain, but you will also learn how to:

  • Purge your pantry of toxins and processed foods.
  • Stock up on inexpensive, whole-food Brain Warrior Basics that you can find at your local grocery store.
  • Cook with techniques that ensure the maximum nutrition and best taste from each recipe.
  • Plan holiday meals so you don’t have to “cheat” on your diet to enjoy bountiful family dinners on special occasions.
  • Use spices to improve your health in simple, tasty ways.
  • Pack grab-and-go snacks for healthy eating on the run.
  • Teach your kids—even the picky eaters and moody teens—how to have fun being a Junior Brain Warrior.

An essential resource for Brain Warriors who want to fuel their bodies with foods that boost energy, focus, memory, and quality of life, this cookbook is the ultimate tool for winning the fight in the war for your health.

101 Things to do with Beans [EPUB]

101 Things to do with Beans [EPUB]
101 Things to do with Beans by Eliza Cross
2015 | EPUB | 1.63MB

From Crispy Green Bean Fries to Lucky Black-Eyed Peas and The Ultimate Nachos, 101 Things to Do with Beans elevates legumes to a whole new level. Includes recipes for at least twelve varieties including green beans, great Northern, pinto, black, navy and cannellini. Enjoy tasty dips and appetizers, soul-soothing soups and stews, hearty dinners and sides, and much more in this new collection of easy-to-make recipes―all created from delicious, nourishing beans.

Istanbul Cult Recipes [EPUB]

Istanbul Cult Recipes [EPUB]
Istanbul Cult Recipes by Pomme Larmoyer
2016 | EPUB | 17.39MB

Istanbul Cult Recipes invites you to explore an ancient and captivating city through its cuisine - a vast gastronomic culture spanning centuries and influences, from Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia and the Mediterranean.

Istanbul's long-standing love affair with food is reflected in the delicacies on offer at all hours of the day and night. The streets of the city pulse with restaurants, cafes and street vendors - each selling their version of dishes beloved throughout Turkey: addictive street food; elegant and contemporary restaurant cuisine; and the fresh, healthy dishes cooked in homes across the country.

The recipes mirror this diversity. Take your pick of lively Turkish breakfasts; linger over delectable little plates of meze; try your hand at making breads and kebabs sold from the city's food carts, and master the art of making sweets such as baklava, helva and, of course, the unctuous Turkish delight.

With maps highlighting some of the author's favourite food destinations, and profiles on some of the city's proprietors and chefs, let Istanbul Cult Recipes envelop you in its passion for Turkish food.

Studio Anywhere 2: Hard Light: A Photographer's Guide to Shaping Hard Light [EPUB]

Studio Anywhere 2: Hard Light: A Photographer's Guide to Shaping Hard Light [EPUB]
Studio Anywhere 2: Hard Light: A Photographer's Guide to Shaping Hard Light by Nick Fancher
2016 | EPUB | 19.75MB

In Studio Anywhere 2: Hard Light, photographer and author Nick Fancher builds on the success of his previous book (Studio Anywhere: A Photographer’s Guide to Shooting in Unconventional Locations) as he continues to offer candid, practical, and valuable lessons on how to create successful and fresh photographs armed with only minimal gear, a resourceful mind, and a creative spirit. The heart and soul of Studio Anywhere 2: Hard Light resemble its predecessor, but this time Nick focuses his approach on hard light, demonstrating how to use it in innovative and flattering ways, working with subjects ranging from products to people. You’ll learn:

  • How to work with both available light (e.g., the sun) and manufactured light (such as inexpensive small flash)
  • How to shape, bounce, and manipulate your unmodified flash to get the results you want
  • The importance of proper light placement and ambient balance
  • How to create dramatic, intentional photographs with hard light
  • DIY techniques for making your own gobos and photo hacks (such as with a reflector)
  • How to incorporate colored gels into your work to create expressive and innovative imagery
  • Post-processing tricks and techniques that Nick uses to achieve the final look of the image

Included in the book are behind-the-scenes photos, lighting diagrams, and Lightroom settings for many scenarios, so the reader can follow along from idea through the shoot and on to the final edit. There is also a feature throughout the book called “Making a Scene” where, upon being presented with an “empty” scene, you’re challenged to figure out where you might place your subject and your light(s) in order to achieve a specific effect or result. At the back of the book, Nick shows you how he chose to tackle each scenario. The goal is to train yourself to look at the everyday, commonplace locations and scenarios you encounter and begin to see them full of photographic potential.

Follow the Sun: A Field Guide to Architectural Photography in the Digital Age [EPUB]

Follow the Sun: A Field Guide to Architectural Photography in the Digital Age [EPUB]
Follow the Sun: A Field Guide to Architectural Photography in the Digital Age by James Ewing
2016 | EPUB | 5.47MB

Follow the Sun will guide you through all aspects of architectural photography, from the genre’s rich history to the exciting new approaches brought by the advent of the digital age. It explains how to use the powerful tools of digital photography while employing many of the skills and traditions of the established genre. Written to be accessible to professionals, amateurs, and students alike, this book will be useful for photographers exploring architecture as fine artists, on editorial assignments, or on commercial shoots.

Key features include:

  • Example photographs and diagrams
  • Historical background of architectural photography
  • Advice on essential equipment
  • How to plan a shoot to your advantage
  • How to use tilt-shift lenses for architecture
  • Editing workflow and strategies
  • Interviews with architectural photographers Peter Aaron, Magda Biernat, Ty Cole, and Elizabeth Felicella.

Creative Nudes On A Budget [PDF]

Creative Nudes On A Budget [PDF]
Creative Nudes On A Budget by Dan Hostettler
2016 | PDF + Bonus | 490.86MB

What For? On Budget. Stunning Results!
Dan’s “Simplify Anything!” Way
Get rock-solid info on how to save cash and lower gear needs. Raise your efficiency and increase outstanding shooting results.

Feed Your Creativity!
Learn everything about simple but powerful concept creation: Find ideas, effective strategies, food for thoughts and Dan’s very own “Keyword Strategy Toolbox”.

Produce Low Cost But Impactful!
Budget shoots do not mean you have to relinquish your creativity. Learn how to use limitations, specific narrative concepts and suitable lighting designs to your advantage to achieve various, magnificent imagery the simple and inexpensive way.

Avoid Model Costs!
Avoid or lower modeling costs by knowing the photography styles (yes, nudes) that help you to settle for TFP contracts.

  • 350 Pages strong eWorkbook (PDF)
  • Practical Knowledge Part: Dan’s Insights & Recommendations
  • Showcase Part: 12 All-Inclusive Creative Blueprints
  • Over 300 Tasteful Artistic Nude Images
  • Over 650 Behind The Scenes & Illustrative Images
  • Over 100 Premium 3D Illustrations
  • 12 Light Pattern Analyses & 2D Set Plans
  • 2 Art Nude Models: Hanna (CAN) & Nikola (CZE)
  • BONUS 1: 12 Digital Negatives
  • BONUS 2: 11 3D Lighting Sets for immediate use with set.a.light.3D
  • BONUS 3: 14 Image Look Recipes for immediate use with free Google Nik Collection Photo Software
  • BONUS 4: 5 Projector Patterns used for this book
  • Modern Layout in Landscape Format: Beautiful & Modern Presentation

American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst [EPUB]

American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst [EPUB]
American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst by Jeffrey Toobin
2016 | EPUB | 28.45MB

From New Yorker staff writer and bestselling author of The Nine and The Run of His Life: The People v. O. J. Simpson, the definitive account of the kidnapping and trial that defined an insane era in American history

On February 4, 1974, Patty Hearst, a sophomore in college and heiress to the Hearst family fortune, was kidnapped by a ragtag group of self-styled revolutionaries calling itself the Symbionese Liberation Army. The already sensational story took the first of many incredible twists on April 3, when the group released a tape of Patty saying she had joined the SLA and had adopted the nom de guerre “Tania.”

The weird turns of the tale are truly astonishing—the Hearst family trying to secure Patty’s release by feeding all the people of Oakland and San Francisco for free; the bank security cameras capturing “Tania” wielding a machine gun during a robbery; a cast of characters including everyone from Bill Walton to the Black Panthers to Ronald Reagan to F. Lee Bailey; the largest police shoot-out in American history; the first breaking news event to be broadcast live on television stations across the country; Patty’s year on the lam, running from authorities; and her circuslike trial, filled with theatrical courtroom confrontations and a dramatic last-minute reversal, after which the term “Stockholm syndrome” entered the lexicon.

The saga of Patty Hearst highlighted a decade in which America seemed to be suffering a collective nervous breakdown. Based on more than a hundred interviews and thousands of previously secret documents, American Heiress thrillingly recounts the craziness of the times (there were an average of 1,500 terrorist bombings a year in the early 1970s). Toobin portrays the lunacy of the half-baked radicals of the SLA and the toxic mix of sex, politics, and violence that swept up Patty Hearst and re-creates her melodramatic trial. American Heiress examines the life of a young woman who suffered an unimaginable trauma and then made the stunning decision to join her captors’ crusade.

Or did she?

GoatMan: How I Took a Holiday from Being Human [EPUB]

GoatMan: How I Took a Holiday from Being Human [EPUB]
GoatMan: How I Took a Holiday from Being Human by Thomas Thwaites
2016 | EPUB | 19.63MB

The dazzling success of The Toaster Project, including TV appearances and an international book tour, leaves Thomas Thwaites in a slump. His friends increasingly behave like adults, while Thwaites still lives at home, "stuck in a big, dark hole." Luckily, a research grant offers the perfect out: a chance to take a holiday from the complications of being human—by transforming himself into a goat. What ensues is a hilarious and surreal journey through engineering, design, and psychology, as Thwaites interviews neuroscientists, animal behaviorists, prosthetists, goat sanctuary workers, and goatherds.

From this, he builds a goat exoskeleton—artificial legs, helmet, chest protector, raincoat from his mum, and a prosthetic goat stomach to digest grass (with help from a pressure cooker and campfire)—before setting off across the Alps on four legs with a herd of his fellow creatures. Will he make it? Do Thwaites and his readers discover what it truly means to be human?

GoatMan tells all in Thwaites's inimitable style, which NPR extols as "a laugh-out- loud-funny but thoughtful guide through his own adventures."

A Million Years in a Day: A Curious History of Everyday Life from the Stone Age to the Phone Age [Audiobook]

A Million Years in a Day: A Curious History of Everyday Life from the Stone Age to the Phone Age [Audiobook]
A Million Years in a Day: A Curious History of Everyday Life from the Stone Age to the Phone Age [Audiobook] by Greg Jenner, read by the Author
2016 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | hrs mins | 297.01MB

Every day, from the moment our alarm clock wakes us in the morning until our head hits our pillow at night, we all take part in rituals that are millennia old. In this gloriously entertaining romp through human history, Greg Jenner explores the hidden stories behind these daily routines.

This is not a story of politics, wars or great events, instead Greg Jenner has scoured Roman rubbish bins, Egyptian tombs and Victorian sewers to bring us the most intriguing, surprising and sometimes downright silly nuggets from our past.

Written and narrated in a chatty style by Greg Jenner, Historical Consultant to CBBC's multi-award-winning Horrible Histories, it is an entertaining history of all those things you always wondered - and many you have never considered. It is the story of our lives, one million years in the making.

I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life [Audiobook]

I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life [Audiobook]
I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life [Audiobook] by Ed Yong, read by Charlie Anson
2016 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 9 hrs 52 mins | 269.09MB

Joining the ranks of popular science classics like The Botany of Desire and The Selfish Gene, a groundbreaking, wondrously informative, and vastly entertaining examination of the most significant revolution in biology since Darwin - a "microbe's-eye view" of the world that reveals a marvelous, radically reconceived picture of life on Earth.

Every animal, whether human, squid, or wasp, is home to millions of bacteria and other microbes. Ed Yong, whose humor is as evident as his erudition, prompts us to look at ourselves and our animal companions in a new light - less as individuals and more as the interconnected, interdependent multitudes we assuredly are.

The microbes in our bodies are part of our immune systems and protect us from disease. In the deep oceans, mysterious creatures without mouths or guts depend on microbes for all their energy. Bacteria provide squid with invisibility cloaks, help beetles to bring down forests, and allow worms to cause diseases that afflict millions of people.

Many people think of microbes as germs to be eradicated, but those that live with us - the microbiome - build our bodies, protect our health, shape our identities, and grant us incredible abilities. In this astonishing book, Ed Yong takes us on a grand tour through our microbial partners and introduces us to the scientists on the front lines of discovery. It will change both our view of nature and our sense of where we belong in it.

The Secret Female Hormone: How Testosterone Replacement Can Change Your Life [EPUB]

The Secret Female Hormone: How Testosterone Replacement Can Change Your Life [EPUB]
The Secret Female Hormone: How Testosterone Replacement Can Change Your Life by Kathy C Maupin, Brett Newcomb
2014 | EPUB | 1.4MB

You know the experiences all too well. You can’t sleep, so you start your day feeling exhausted. Seemingly overnight, you can’t remember names, places, appointments—things you could previously recite at the drop of a hat. You want to be more active, but you have zero energy for that. And sex? Forget it!

By now, you’ve probably been told this is “normal,” or that it’s the “natural” course of aging. And you might even believe it, because so many women approaching midlife have the exact same symptoms. In fact, millions of women worldwide are undiagnosed and untreated for hormone deficiency.

As one of the country’s leading experts on hormonal balance—and as a woman who experienced these symptoms herself—Dr. Kathy Maupin has identified a debilitating and overlooked health condition: testosterone deficiency syndrome, or TDS. Most people associate testosterone with men, but it’s one of the most vital hormones in women, and one of the first hormones that women begin to lose as they enter their 40s. And Dr. Maupin’s own research has shown that the symptoms of aging—fatigue, memory loss, moodiness, low libido, and so much more—are initiated and accelerated by testosterone loss.

In this book, Dr. Maupin and therapist Brett Newcomb show how testosterone replacement can radically improve your life. They share the history and background of hormone replacement therapy, the latest research on treatment options, as well as:

  • Tips for dealing with mood swings, changes in sex drive, and maintaining healthy relationships
  • Surprising information on the long-term effects and health risks of testosterone loss
  • Common myths and misconceptions regarding estrogen and testosterone replacement therapy
  • Questionnaires throughout to help you determine your individual hormone deficiencies
  • Real stories and personal experiences Dr. Maupin’s patients share

Clear, practical, and easy-to-use, this authoritative guide sheds light on the importance of testosterone and will help you reclaim your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health.