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A young man once called unteachable journeys across America to investigate the lives of those, like himself, who are forced to create new ways of living in order to survive Labeled "dyslexic and profoundly learning disabled with attention and behavior problems," Jonathan Mooney was a short bus rider--a derogatory term used for kids in special education and a distinction that told the world he wasn't "normal. " Along with other kids with special challenges, he grew up hearing himself denigrated daily. Ultimately, Mooney surprised skeptics by graduating with honors from Brown University. But he could never escape his past, so he hit the road. To free himself andto learn how others had moved beyond labels, he created an epic journey. He would buy his own short bus and set out cross-country, looking for kids who had dreamed up magical, beautiful ways to overcome the obstacles that separated them from the so-called normal world. InThe Short Bus, his humorous, irreverent, and poignant record of this odyssey, Mooney describes his four-month, 35,000-mile journey across borders that most people never see. He meets thirteen people in thirteen states, including an eight-year-old deaf and blind girl who likes to curse out her teachers in sign language. Then there's Butch Anthony, who grew up severely learning disabled but who is now the proud owner of the Museum of Wonder. These people teach Mooney that there's no such thing as normal and that to really live, every person must find their own special ways of keeping on. The Short Bus is a unique gem, propelled by Mooney's heart, humor, and outrageous rebellions.
The biography of the twenty-one year-old German student who was put to death for her anti-Nazi activities with the underground group called the White Rose.
In the years since the perennially popular In Short and In Brief were published, readers have come to delight in the deft focus of the succinct piece we now call The Short. Extending this trend, Short Takes presents over seventy-five writers whose range and style demonstrate the myriad ways we humans have of telling our truths. Themes develop and speak to or collide with one another: musings about parents, childhood, sports, weather, war, solitude, nature, loss and, of course, love. The stellar roster of contributors includes well-known writers Verlyn Klinkenborg, Jo Ann Beard, David Sedaris, Dorothy Allison, Salman Rushdie, and Terry Tempest Williams along with Michael Perry, Mark Spragg, Jane Brox, and others whose literary stars are clearly rising. Each short whether a few paragraphs or reaching 2,000 words, and reflecting almost every way nonfiction can be written invites us to experience the power of the small to move, persuade, and change us.
Shostakovich and Stalin: The Extraordinary Relationship Between the Great Composer and the Brutal Dictatorby Solomon Volkov
'Music illuminates a person and provides him with his last hope; even Stalin, a butcher, knew that ...' So said the Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich, who spent his life battling for the right to create his works under the Soviet Union's totalitarian regime. This proved dangerous under the autocratic Stalin, who perceived himself to be an erudite critic of modern culture. So when he stormed out of the performance of Shostakovich's opera 'Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk' in 1936, the composer feared he would be arrested and killed. Instead, the 'supreme leader' played a game of cat and mouse. He would attack Shostakovich in Pravda and ban his music from the airwaves. Then he would honour him with prestigious awards. Stalin's goal was to remain unpredictable, and thus afford Shostakovich no sense of personal security, although he continued to compose stirring symphonies that drew him millions of fans. This is a fascinating and important story told by one of the greatest authorities on Russian culture in the Soviet years.
Shostakovitch: The Man and His Work is a rich and compelling biography of one of the most famous composers of all time. Author Ivan Martynov brings together extensive research, including interviews and conversations with Shostakovitch himself, to shed light on the man behind the music. This edition was translated from the Russian by T. Guaralsky, and it includes a list of musical works. Ivan Martynov was a Russian musicologist and friend of Dmitri Shostakovitch.
Biography of African American gospel and blues singer.
A record of the author's stay in Calcutta from August 1987 to January 1988. A stunning document in Grass's own words and drawings.
'Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, you are about to embark upon an odyssey.' So began Gerald Boyle's opening statement at the trial of Jeffrey Dahmer on 30 January, 1992. They were heavy, ominous words to use in a cosy courtroom in Milwaukee, where lawyers habitually lounge and banter, and in summer address the judge in shirt-sleeves. But this was not summer, and there was nothing remotely cosy or comforting about the case which Mr Boyle had to present.
The rise of Shripad Krishna Kolhatkar was an important event in modern Marathi Literature. His impact on Marathi Literature was so great that the period between 1892 and 1925 is described as the Age of Kolhatkar.<P> His creative imagination not only enriched different forms of literature, it set new trends also. The plays he wrote proved to be the harbinger of a new age. His critical reviews helped develop modern criticism in Marathi. While evaluating his contribution to Marathi literature, Govindrao Tembe, the well-known drama connoisseur, described Kolhatkar as a 'pioneer playwright'; Kusumavati Deshpande, the renowned scholar, honoured him with the title of the 'father of Marathi criticism'; and the great litterateur N.C. Kelkar called him 'the high priest' of humour.<P>He is rightly credited with starting a new age in drama, criticism and humour; also, with only sixteen or seventeen poems that he has written, he seems to have influenced the modern poetic tradition known as Ravikiran Mandal. His contribution was recognized not only in the area of short-story and novel, but also in scientific subjects like Astrology and Mathematics.
Shut Up, I'm Talking is a smart, hilarious insider take on Israeli politics that reads like the bastard child of Thomas Friedman and David Sedaris. Now a political writer for Salon, Gregory Levey stumbled into a job as speechwriter for the Israeli delegation to the United Nations at age twenty-five and suddenly found himself, like a latter-day Zelig, in the company of foreign ministers, U.S. senators, and heads of state. Much to his surprise, he was soon attending U.N. sessions and drafting official government statements. The situation got stranger still when he was transferred to Jerusalem to write speeches for Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Shut Up, I'm Talking is a startling account of Levey's journey into the nerve center of Middle Eastern politics at one of the most turbulent times in Israeli history. During his three years in the Israeli government, the Second Intifada continued on in fits and starts, Yasser Arafat died, Hamas came to power, and Ariel Sharon fell into a coma. Levey was repeatedly thrust into highly improbable situations -- from being the sole "Israeli" delegate (even though he's Canadian) at the U.N. General Assembly, with no idea how "his" country wanted to vote; to nearly inciting an international incident with his high school French translation of an Arab diplomat's anti-Israel remarks; to communicating with Israeli intelligence about the suspected perpetrators of suicide bombings; to being offered leftover salami from Ariel Sharon's lunch. As Levey got better acquainted with the personalities in the government's inner sanctum, he witnessed firsthand the improvisational and ridiculously casual nature of the country's behind-the-scenes leadership -- and realized that he wasn't the only one faking his way through politics. With sharp insight and great appreciation for the absurd, Levey offers the first-ever look inside Israel's politics from the perspective of a complete outsider, ultimately concluding that the Israeli government is no place for a nice Jewish boy.
First published in 1930, this short novel is based on the author's experience in Rochester State Hospital when she became psychotic after the birth of her son. The stream-of-consciousness style conveys the protagonist's disturbed, and stunningly original, thought processes. Coleman was active in the expatriate literary scene in Paris during the 1920's, was secretary to Emma Goldman, and knew such figures as Djuna Barnes and Gertrude Stein.
One of the twentieth century's greatest composers, Jean Sibelius (1865-1957) virtually stopped writing music during the last thirty years of his life. Recasting his mysterious musical silence and his undeniably influential life against the backdrop of Finland's national awakening, Sibelius will be the definitive biography of this creative legend for many years to come. Glenda Dawn Goss begins her sweeping narrative in the Finland of Sibelius's youth, which remained under Russian control for the first five decades of his life. Focusing on previously unexamined events, Goss explores the composer's formative experiences as a Russian subject and a member of the Swedish-speaking Finnish minority. She goes on to trace Sibelius's relationships with his creative contemporaries, with whom he worked to usher in a golden age of music and art that would endow Finns with a sense of pride in their heritage and encourage their hopes for the possibilities of nationhood. Skillfully evoking this artistic climate--in which Sibelius emerged as a leader--Goss creates a dazzling portrait of the painting, sculpture, literature, and music it inspired. To solve the deepest riddles of Sibelius's life, work, and enigmatic silence, Goss contends, we must understand the awakening in which he played so great a role. Situating this national creative tide in the context of Nordic and European cultural currents, Sibelius dramatically deepens our knowledge of a misunderstood musical giant and an important chapter in the intellectual history of Europe.
At twenty-four, Amy was a typical type-A law student: smart, driven, and highly competitive. With a full course load and a budding romance, it seemed nothing could slow her down. Until her heart began to fail. Amy chronicles her harrowing medical journey from the first misdiagnosis to her astonishing recovery, which is made all the more dramatic by the romantic bedside courtship with her future husband, and her uncompromising desire to become a mother. In her remarkable book she presents a patient's perspective with shocking honesty that allows the reader to live her nightmare from the inside-an unforgettable experience that is both disturbing and utterly compelling.
A young girl is perched on the cold chrome of yet another doctor's examining table, missing yet another day of school. Just twelve, she's tall, undernourished and weak. It's four o'clock, and she hasn't been allowed to eat anything all day - in fact she is often not allowed to eat much at all. She's terrified. Her mother, on the other hand, seems curiously excited. She's about to suggest open heart surgery on her child to "get to the bottom of this. " She checks her teeth for lipstick and, as the doctor enters, shoots the girl a warning glance. This child will not ruin her plans. Show them how sick you are - or else. From early childhood, Julie Gregory was continually X-rayed, medicated, starved and operated on-in the vain pursuit of an illness that was created in her mother's mind. Munchausen by proxy (or MBP) is the world's most hidden, misunderstood and lethal form of child abuse, in which the caretaker-almost always the mother-invents or induces symptoms in her child because she craves the attention of medical professionals. Julie Gregory is lucky to be alive. Most MBP children die. And Gregory not only survived, she escaped the powerful orbit of her mother's madness and rebuilt her identity as a vibrant, healthy young woman. SICKENED is a remarkable memoir that will leave an indelible mark on any one who reads it - Gregory's writing is superb and she interweaves this harrowing story with a fierce humour that somehow make this even more heartbreaking. This is not only a mesmerising piece of writing, but it's the first memoir by a survivor of Munchausen by proxy. Punctuated with Julie's actual medical records, it re-creates the bizarre cocoon of her family life along with the astonishing naivetÃ© of medical professionals and social workers. It also exposes the twisted bonds of terror and love that roped Julie's family together-including the love that made a child willing to sacrifice herself to win her mother's happiness. The realisation that the sickness lay not in herself, but in her mother, would not come to Julie until adulthood. But when it did, it would strike like lightning. Through her painful metamorphosis, she discovered the courage to save her own life-and, ultimately, the life of the girl her mother had found to take her place.
Sickles at Gettysburg: The Controversial Civil War General Who Committed Murder, Abandoned Little Round Top, and Declared Himself the Hero of Gettysburgby James A. Hessler
A well researched fair and balanced portrayal of the controversial Major General Daniel E. Sickles during the civil war in 1863, this biography is an easy read and gives us a detailed insight into the events.
Holmes, a literary biographer and author of Footsteps: Adventures of a Romantic Biographer, presents 20 essays on his research into major and minor Romantic and Gothic writers and personalities, revealing the unexpected directions and tantalizing side trips that biographical research can uncover. Holmes received the Somerset Maugham Prize for his book Shelley: The Pursuit. Annotation c. Book News, Inc. , Portland, OR (booknews. com)
Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby has been dominating the ice for most of his life. He learned to skate when he was three, and by age seven, his talent had captured the attention of reporters. In 2005, he was the first pick in the NHL draft. Since then he has broken multiple scoring records in the pro league. Called the best in the league by his peers, Sidney knows there's more to success than just skill. As captain for the Penguins, Sidney has to work hard and be a good leader. Learn more about the incredible life of one of the NHL's best players. Book jacket.
Hungarian-born composer Sigmund Romberg (1887-1951) arrived in America in 1909 and within eight years had achieved his first hit musical on Broadway. This early success was soon followed by others, and in the 1920s his popularity in musical theater was unsurpassed. In this book, William Everett offers the first detailed study of the gifted operetta composer, examining Romberg's key works and musical accomplishments and demonstrating his lasting importance in the history of American musicals. Romberg composed nearly sixty works for musical theater as well as music for revues, for musical comedies, and, later in life, for Hollywood films. Everett shows how Romberg was a defining figure of American operetta in the 1910s and 1920s (Maytime, Blossom Time,The Student Prince), traces the new model for operetta that he developed with Oscar Hammerstein II in the late 1920s (The Desert Song, The New Moon), and looks at his reworked style of the 1940s (Up in Central Park). This book offers an illuminating look at Romberg's Broadway career and legacy.
On April 11, 2002, nearly a million Venezuelans marched on the presidential palace to demand the resignation of President Hugo Chavez. Led by Pedro Carmona and Carlos Ortega, the opposition represented a cross-section of society furious with Chavez's economic policies, specifically his mishandling of the Venezuelan oil industry. But as the day progressed the march turned violent, sparking a military revolt that led to the temporary ousting of Chavez. Over the ensuing, turbulent seventy-two hours, Venezuelans would confront the deep divisions within their society and ultimately decide the best course for their country -and its oil-in the new century. An exemplary piece of narrative journalism,The Silence and the Scorpionprovides rich insight into the complexities of modern Venezuela.
JEAN is a dutiful wife who will do anything to make her marriage work. But JODY hates Jean's husband and is determined to drive them apart. Little JD just hides from it all, emerging only when Jean's painful past is more than she can bear. These are the voices that live within the mind of Jean Darby Cline. As a child, Jean suffered unspeakable mental and sexual abuse at the hands of her father. As an adult, her first husband's verbal abuse and cruel outbursts of rage echoed the violence of her childhood. Jean hoped that psychotherapy would help ease her depression-and fill in the major lapses of her memory. Instead, Jean made a startling discovery. The childhood horrors she'd endured had caused her personality to fragment into three separate entities-three people with opinions and emotions all their own...
Silent Dancing is about a young girl as she struggles through life, constantly being moved from the U.S. to Puerto Rico, and back again.
In 1968, Tommie Smith and his teammate John Carlos won the gold and silver medals, respectively, for the 200 meter dash. Receiving their medals on the dais, they raised their fists and froze a moment in time that will forever be remembered as a powerful day of protest. In this, his autobiography, Smith tells the story of that moment, and of his life before and after it, to explain what that moment meant to him. In Silent Gesture, Smith recounts his life before and after the 1968 Olympics: his life-long commitment to athletics, education, and human rights. He dispels some of the myths surrounding his and Carlos' act on the dais -- contrary to legend, Smith wasn't a member of the Black Panthers, but a member of the US Olympic Project for Human Rights -- and describes in detail the planning and risks involved in his protest. Smith also details his many years after Mexico City of devotion to human rights, athletics, and education. A unique resource for anyone concerned with international sports, history, and the African American experience, Silent Gesture contributes a complete picture of one of the most famous moments in sports history, and of a man whose actions always matched his words.
Some people may have considered Sue Thomas's deafness a liability. The FBI considered it an asset....Growing up in northeastern Ohio, Sue Thomas was like any other toddler. But one evening while watching television with her family, suddenly she couldn't hear the sound of the program. The next morning Sue didn't respond to anyone's voice. Her parents rushed her to their family doctor. He delivered devastating news: eighteen month-old Sue had experienced a sudden and total hearing loss. Sue's parents made a lifelong commitment to help her live as normal a life as possible in the hearing world. With professional assistance, Sue learned to speak and lip read. When school presented challenges, Sue worked harder, eventually earning a B. S. degree and completing graduate work in political science and international relations. A door opened at the FBI for Sue to begin a training program for deaf people to classify fingerprints. But when agents realized Sue's uncanny ability to read lips, they approached her about undercover surveillance. Sue excelled at her job, exceeding her family's expectations. Yet something still seemed to be missing in her life. Refocusing her goals on helping others, today Sue is a motivational speaker with a deeper purpose who appears regularly before civic, professional, and church groups. Silent Night tells her inspiring story.
We all watched Terri Schiavo die. The controversy around her case dominated the headlines and talk shows, going all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, the White House, and the Vatican. And it's not over yet. Despite her death, the controversy lingers. In Silent Witness, former LAPD detective and New York Times bestselling author Mark Fuhrman applies his highly respected investigative skills to examine the medical evidence, legal case files, and police records. With the complete cooperation of Terri Schiavo's parents and siblings, as well as their medical and legal advisers, he conducts exclusive interviews with forensics experts and crucial witnesses, including friends, family members, and caregivers. Fuhrman's findings will answer these questions: What was Terri and Michael Schiavo's marriage really like? What happened the day Terri collapsed? What did Michael Schiavo do when he discovered Terri unconscious? How long did he wait before calling 911? What do medical records show about her condition when she was first admitted to the hospital? What will the autopsy say? The legal issues and ethical questions provoked by Terri Schiavo's extraordinary case may never be resolved. But the facts about her marriage, her condition when she collapsed, and her eventual death fifteen years later can be determined. With Silent Witness, Fuhrman goes beyond the legal aspects of the case and delves into the broader, human background of Terri Schiavo's short, sad life.