Growing up in Greenwich Village in the 1960s Sean Wilentz discovered the music of Bob Dylan as a young teenager. Almost half a century later, now a distinguished professor of American history, he revisits Dylan's work with the critical skills of a scholar and the passion of a fan. Drawing partly on his work as the current historian-in-residence on Dylan's official website, Sean Wilentz provides a unique blend of biography, memoir and anlysis in a book which, much like its subject, shifts gears and changes shape as the occasion demands.
At ninety years old, Mary Soames is the only surviving child of Winston and Clementine Churchill. A DAUGHTER'S TALE follows her early life from an idyllic childhood in her own Garden of Eden at Chartwell to her ATS service in mixed anti-aircraft batteries during the war. When Chamberlain's declaration of war in 1939 shatters Mary's world, she begins to share the burden of her family's anxieties and stresses. We see her love for her parents strengthen through adversity, culminating in her emotional account of her own devastation at Winston's defeat at the 1945 general election. With glimpses into her fascinating personal diary, published here for the first time, this charming memoir draws us into a world where the experiences of a packed family, social and romantic life unfold against a background of cataclysmic events.
As a young woman Kate Betts nursed a dream of striking out on her own and discovering who she was meant to be in Paris. Upon graduation from Princeton and not without trepidation, she took off, renting a room in the apartment of a young "BCBG" family and throwing herself into Parisian culture, determined to master French slang, style, and savoir-faire, and find a job that would give her a reason to stay. After a series of dues-paying jobs, she began a magnificent apprenticeship at Women's Wear Daily and was initiated into the high fashion world at a moment that saw the last glory of the old guard and the explosion of a new generation of talent. From a woozy yet enchanting Yves Saint Laurent to the mischievous and commanding Karl Lagerfeld, to the riotous, brilliant young guns--Martin Margiela, Helmut Lang, and John Galliano--who were rewriting the rules of fashion, Betts gives us a view of what it looked like to a young American girl, finding herself, falling in love, and exploring this dazzling world all at once. Rife with insider information about restaurants, shopping, travel, and food, Betts's memoir brings the enchantment of France to life--from the nightclubs of Paris where she learned to dance Le Rock, to the lavender fields of Provence and the forests of le Bretagne--in an unforgettable memoir of coming-of-age.
Guo Yue has a growing reputation in the UK, his adopted homeland, as a writer and a specialist in authentic Chinese cooking. But his creative roots are in music.World-renowned as a virtuoso bamboo flutes soloist, composer and arranger, this CD captures the vivid, sensual experiences of his life as a boy, growing up in the Beijing alleys before and during the Cultural Revolution. It is a musical memoir. A journey towards freedom.
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is a 1916 novel and cornerstone of literary modernism by Irish author James Joyce. The story follows Stephen Dedalus, Joyce's fictional alter-ego, and charts his path to personal and artistic maturity through his stream of consciousness. This is a non-linear narrative style typical of modernist prose in which a character's thoughts, feelings, and reactions are portrayed in a continuous flow and often disrupt the linear narrative of events and dialogue in the story.
- Collects original and rare photographs from Bowie's debut album shoot, which were released for the first time as fine art prints in 2016.- These pictures show Bowie pre-fame, pre Ziggy Stardust, as a young man unaware of what the future holds.- A glimpse at the origins of a late great pop-music icon.
Published a year after The Great Gatsby, this short-story collection showcases many of the celebrated novel's themes, as well as its unique writing style. Two of the most famous tales, the beautifully elegiac 'The Rich Boy' and 'Winter Dreams', deal with wealthy protagonists - the old-money Anson Hunter and the self-made man Dexter Green - as they come to terms with lost love; while 'Absolution', in which a boy confesses to a priest, was initially written as a background piece to The Great Gatsby. Also containing 'The Baby Party', 'Rags Martin-Jones and the Pr-nce of W-les', 'The Adjuster', 'Hot and Cold Blood', 'The Sensible Thing' and 'Gretchen's Forty Winks' - all of which describe in various ways the 1920s society that Fitzgerald himself inhabited - All the Sad Young Men is a masterpiece of twentieth-century American fiction.