Dream Weaver: A Memoir; Music, Meditation, and My Friendship with George Harrison

By Gary Wright

Music legend Gary Wright displays on his expert collaboration, friendship, and religious trip with "quiet Beatle" George Harrison, and releases for the 1st time a recording of a tune they wrote jointly.

Best recognized for his multiplatinum hits “Dream Weaver” and “Love is Alive,” Gary Wright got here to prominence as a singer and songwriter through the golden age of rock within the Nineteen Seventies. what's now not besides identified to the general public, in spite of the fact that, is Wright’s religious aspect. on the middle of this memoir is the non secular conversion and trip that Wright skilled along his shut pal George Harrison. till Harrison’s dying in 2001, the 2 spent a long time jointly writing songs, consuming Indian fare, conversing philosophy, and gardening.

In addition to that includes lyrics to a music cowritten through Wright and George Harrison in 1971, titled “To become aware of Yourself,” this memoir contains a cache of never-before-seen photos.

Also to be had is a deluxe book featuring an audio recording of “To notice Yourself.”

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The Goddess Pose: The Audacious Life of Indra Devi, the Woman Who Helped Bring Yoga to the West

By Michelle Goldberg

While Indra Devi used to be born in Russia in 1899, yoga used to be nearly unknown outdoor of India. by the point of her dying, in 2002, it used to be being practiced worldwide. right here, New York Times best-selling writer Michelle Goldberg tells the globetrotting tale of the very good girl who helped herald a craze that maintains unabated to this present day. A sweeping photograph of the 20th century that travels from the cabarets of Berlin to the Mysore Palace to Golden Age Hollywood and past, The Goddess Pose brings the Devi’s little recognized yet striking adventures vividly to existence.

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The Frontman: Bono (In the Name of Power) (Counterblasts)

By Harry Browne

Superstar philanthropy is available in many guises, yet no unmarried determine greater encapsulates its delusions, pretensions and wrongheadedness than U2’s iconic frontman, Bono—a truth neither sun shades nor leather-based pants can cover. greater than an insignificant philanthropist—indeed, he lags in the back of lots of his friends by way of parting together with his personal money—Bono is healthier defined as an recommend, person who has develop into an unwitting image of a complacent filthy rich Western elite.

The Frontman finds how Bono moved his investments to Amsterdam to sidestep Irish taxes; his paternalistic and infrequently bullying advocacy of neoliberal ideas in Africa; his multinational enterprise pursuits; and his hobnobbing with Paul Wolfowitz and shock-doctrine economist Jeffrey Sachs. conscientiously dissecting the rhetoric and activities of Bono the political operator, The Frontman indicates him to be an envoy for imperial exploitation, a guy who has became his realization to a global of savage injustice, inequality and exploitation—and helped make it worse.

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The Beginner's Guide to Winning the Nobel Prize: Advice for Young Scientists

In The Beginner's advisor to successful the Nobel Prize, Doherty recounts his not likely route to changing into a Nobel Laureate. starting together with his humble origins in Australia, he tells how he constructed an curiosity in immunology and describes his award-winning, influential paintings with Rolf Zinkernagel on T-cells and the character of immune safety. In prose that's at turns fun and astute, Doherty unearths how his nonconformist upbringing, feel of being an intruder, and look for various views have formed his lifestyles and work.

Doherty deals a unprecedented, insider's examine the realities of being a study scientist. He lucidly explains his personal medical paintings and the way study tasks are chosen, funded, and arranged; the main difficulties technological know-how is making an attempt to resolve; and the rewards and pitfalls of a profession in medical learn. For Doherty, technological know-how nonetheless performs a tremendous position in bettering the realm, and he argues that scientists have to do a greater task of creating their paintings extra obtainable to the general public.

Throughout the ebook, Doherty explores the tales of previous Nobel winners and considers a few of the the most important clinical debates of our time, together with the protection of genetically changed meals and the tensions among technology and faith. He concludes with a few "tips" on easy methods to win a Nobel Prize, together with suggestion on being chronic, beneficiant, and culturally acutely aware, and he stresses the price of facts. The Beginner's advisor to profitable the Noble Prize is key analyzing for a person attracted to a profession in science.

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Every Day by the Sun: A Memoir of the Faulkners of Mississippi

By Dean Faulkner Wells

In Every Day by means of the sunlight, Dean Faulkner Wells recounts the tale of the Faulkners of Mississippi, whose legacy comprises pioneers, noble and ignoble warfare veterans, 3 never-convicted mur­derers, the builder of the 1st railroad in north Mississippi, the founding president of a financial institution, an FBI agent, 4 pilots (all brothers), and a Nobel Prize winner, arguably an important Ameri­can novelist of the 20th century. She additionally finds splendidly exciting and intimate tales and anecdotes approximately her family—in specific her uncle William, or “Pappy,” with whom she shared color­ful, occasionally completely frank, occasionally whimsical, conversations and reports.
 
            This deeply felt memoir explores the shut re­lationship among Dean’s uncle and her father, Dean speedy Faulkner, a barnstormer killed at age twenty-eight in the course of an air exhibit 4 months be­fore she was once born. It was once William who gave his youngest brother an aircraft, and after Dean’s tragic dying, William helped to elevate his niece. He paid for her schooling, gave her away whilst she used to be married, and maintained a distinct courting together with her all through his lifestyles.
           
            From the Twenties to the early civil rights period, from Faulkner’s successful of the Nobel Prize in Literature to his dying in 1962, Every Day via the sunlight explores the altering tradition and society of Oxford, Mis­sissippi, whereas providing an extraordinary glimpse of a notori­ously deepest relations and an indelible portrait of a countrywide treasure.
 

From the Hardcover edition.

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Alexander the Great

By Robin Lane Fox

Tricky, resolute, fearless. Alexander was once a born warrior and a ruler of passionate ambition who understood the serious event of conquest and of the unknown. while he died in 323 B.C.E. at age thirty-two, his sizeable empire comprised greater than million sq. miles, spanning from Greece to India. His achievements have been unparalleled—he had excelled as chief to his males, based eighteen new towns, and stamped the face of Greek tradition at the historic East. the parable he created is as effective this present day because it used to be within the historic world.

Robin Lane Fox's exceptional account searches during the mass of conflicting facts and legend to target Alexander as a guy of his personal time. Combining historic scholarship and acute mental perception, it brings this great determine vividly to life.

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Nightwalking: A Nocturnal History of London

“Cities, like cats, will exhibit themselves at night,” wrote the poet Rupert Brooke. sooner than the age of electrical energy, the night urban used to be a really varied position to the only we all know today—home to the misplaced, the vagrant and the noctambulant. Matthew Beaumont recounts an alternate historical past of London by means of targeting these of its denizens who floor at the streets while the sun’s down. If nightwalking is an issue of “going off course” within the streets of the city after darkish, then nightwalkers characterize one of the most suggestive and revealing courses to the overlooked and forgotten facets of the city.

In this significant paintings of literary research, Beaumont shines a gentle at the shadowy perambulations of poets, novelists and thinkers: Chaucer and Shakespeare; William Blake and his ecstatic peregrinations and the feverish ramblings of opium addict Thomas De Quincey; and, one of the lamp-lit literary throng, the best nightwalker Charles Dickens. we find how the nocturnal urban has encouraged a few and served as a balm or narcotic to others. In each one case, town is published as a spot divided among paintings and delight, the prosperous and the indigent, the place the entitled and the determined jostle within the streets.

With a foreword and afterword via Will Self, Nightwalking is a charming literary portrait of the writers who discover the town at evening and the folks they meet.

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In the Pleasure Groove: Love, Death, and Duran Duran

By John Taylor

With a brand new creation by way of Nick Rhodes

The expertise. The aura. The movies. From their 1981 hit "Planet Earth" to their most up-to-date number-one album, All you wish Is Now, John Taylor and Duran Duran have enchanted audiences worldwide. it has been a wild experience, and—for John in particular—dangerous. John recounts the tale of the band's formation, their gigantic luck, and his trip to the threshold of self-destruction. informed with humor, honesty—and choked with particular pictures—In the excitement Groove is an impossible to resist rock-and-roll portrait of a band whose reputation hasn't ever been stronger.
 

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Jean Sibelius and His World (The Bard Music Festival)

By Daniel M. Grimley

Perhaps no twentieth-century composer has provoked a extra different response one of the music-loving public than Jean Sibelius (1865-1957). initially hailed as a brand new Beethoven via a lot of the Anglo-Saxon international, he was once additionally generally disparaged through critics extra receptive to more recent developments in song. on the peak of his well known allure, he used to be respected because the embodiment of Finnish nationalism and the apostle of a brand new musical naturalism. but he likely selected that second to forestall composing altogether, regardless of residing for 3 extra a long time. delivering huge cultural contexts, contesting bought rules approximately modernism, and interrogating notions of panorama and nature, Jean Sibelius and His World sheds new gentle at the serious place occupied by means of Sibelius within the Western musical tradition.

The essays within the ebook discover such diversified topics because the influence of Russian musical traditions on Sibelius, his compositional procedure, Sibelius and the theater, his figuring out of song as a fluid and improvised production, his serious reception in nice Britain and the United States, his "late kind" within the incidental tune for The Tempest, and the parallel modern careers of Sibelius and Richard Strauss.

records comprise the draft of Sibelius's 1896 lecture on folks tune, decisions from a roman à clef approximately his scholar circle in Berlin on the flip of the century, Theodor Adorno's short yet arguable tirade opposed to the composer, and the newspaper debates concerning the Sibelius monument unveiled in Helsinki a decade after the composer's death.

The individuals are Byron Adams, Leon Botstein, Philip Ross Bullock, Glenda sunrise Goss, Daniel Grimley, Jeffrey Kallberg, Tomi Mäkelä, Sarah Menin, Max Paddison, and Timo Virtanen.

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Samuel Beckett (Reaktion Books - Critical Lives)

By Andrew Gibson

Writer Samuel Beckett (1906–89) is understood for depicting a global of abject distress, failure, and absurdity in his many performs, novels, brief tales, and poetry. but the depression in his paintings isn't absolute, in its place it really is intertwined with black humor and an indomitable will to endure––characteristics most sensible embodied through his most renowned characters, Vladimir and Estragon, within the play Waiting for Godot. Beckett himself was once a supremely glossy, minimalist author who deeply distrusted biographies and resisted letting himself be pigeonholed by way of effortless interpretation or unmarried definition. Andrew Gibson’s available serious biography overcomes Beckett’s reticence and thoroughly considers the writer’s paintings relating to the historic conditions of his life.

 

In Samuel Beckett, Gibson tracks Beckett from eire after independence to Paris within the overdue Twenties, from London within the ’30s to Nazi Germany and Vichy France, and at last in the course of the chilly warfare to the autumn of communism within the overdue ’80s. Gibson narrates the development of Beckett’s existence as a writer—from a scholar in eire to the 1969 Nobel Prize winner for literature—through chapters that study person ancient occasions and the works that grew out of these studies. A notoriously inner most determine, Beckett sought shelter from existence in his paintings, the place he expressed his disdain for the agony and pointless absurdity of a lot that he witnessed.

 

This concise and fascinating biography offers a necessary figuring out of Beckett's paintings in accordance with the various most important occasions of the previous century.

 

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