Free biographies and memoirs Kindle books for 25 Dec 13

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and the Cosmic Christ (A Handful of Catholics)

by Alex Terego

“Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.”
~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin was born into minor French nobility in the Château of Sarcenat at Orcines, close to Clermont-Ferrand in the Auvergne Region, in South Central France on May 15th 1881. He was the fourth of eleven children. His father was an avid amateur scientist and collected geological specimens and encouraged observation of the natural world in his son. From his mother Pierre inherited an intense, religious, even pious, nature. From his father he inherited a questioning inquisitive scientific mind that was to lead to trouble with his beloved Church.

About the Handful of Catholics series:

It is my intention in this series of books to do no more than introduce the reader to some Catholic thinkers, Catholic doers, those whose Catholic faith was a work in progress and mystics; both converts and cradle Catholics. Very little of this work is original; it is mostly a distillation of the work of others who have devoted years of their lives to the lives of these women and men. It is not meant to be hagiography or the last word on the subject. Rather its simple goal is to make you want to delve further.

Over the past six decades, ever since a Salesian priest told me that in order to make sense of history read about the actors, I have read the biographies of a large number of men and women, both secular and religious. The five potted biographies in this first volume are of people I consider to be somewhat overlooked in the annals of Catholic writings, and all of whom are compelling in different ways – as I hope you will see.



Biking Across America: My Coast-to-Coast Adventure and the People I Met Along the Way

by Paul Stutzman

After Paul Stutzman finished hiking the Appalachian Trail, he found himself longing for another challenge, another adventure. Trading his hiking boots for a bicycle, Paul set off to discover more of America. Starting at Neah Bay, Washington, and ending at Key West, Florida, Paul traversed the 5,000-mile distance between the two farthest points in the contiguous United States. Along the way he encountered nearly every kind of terrain and weather the country had to offer–as well as hundreds of fascinating people whose stories readers will love. Through cold and heat, loneliness and exhaustion, abundance and kindness, Paul pedaled on. His reward–and the readers’–is a glimpse of a noble yet humble America that still exists and inspires.

Anyone who longs for adventure, who loves travel and stories of travel, and who loves this place called America will enjoy this book.



Go Home Happy, The Serious Side of Stand-Up Comedy

by nathan timmel

“You’re a comedian? That must be awesome!”

It’s a familiar response from people who’ve just met someone that calls comedy their full-time job.

On the surface, it’s glamorous: laughter, bright spotlights, and traveling the world. But like sausage-making, the real action is far from pretty. What goes unseen is the struggle undertaken by comedians to perform on that stage.

In Go Home Happy, stand-up veteran Nathan Timmel leads the reader through a funny, pride-swallowing journey navigating the minefield of club owners, booking agents, drunken hecklers, and unexpected friends.

Part fun and games, part sobering insight, Go Home Happy takes the stand-up comedy fan behind Oz’s curtain to reveal the tedious strugglesâ??and rewarding momentsâ??that come with this spotlighted territory.



Edith Stein: Philosopher. Mystic. Martyr. Feminist. (A Handful of Catholics)

by Alex Terego

Professor Jan Nota, who was greatly attached to Edith Stein, wrote after her death:
“She is a witness to God’s presence in a world where God is absent.”

Stein was beatified as a martyr on May 1, 1987, in Cologne, Germany by Pope John Paul II and then canonized by him 11 years later on October 11, 1998.

She is seen by Catholics as a symbol of solidarity with all Jews especially those who were murdered by the Nazis. A friend who recently visited Auschwitz told me that her response to the place was the overwhelming silence. A reverential silence shared by all humanity by condemning such atrocities.

Her martyrdom is of course what most of us remember about Sister Teresa Benedicta of the Cross. But she also made significant contributions to the theory of holistic education, to the field of phenomenological and scholastic philosophy.

About the “A Handful of Catholics” Series:

It is my intention in this series of books to do no more than introduce the reader to some Catholic thinkers, Catholic doers, those whose Catholic faith was a work in progress and mystics; both converts and cradle Catholics. It is not meant to be hagiography or the last word on the subject. Rather its simple goal is to make you want to delve further.

What my choices have in common is simple: a journey of faith. It is only a matter of degree and circumstance that makes their lives different, outstanding and worth examining so that we can become better able to examine our own lives, and in the process make them more worthy.

It has been said that all good stories begin with a question. My question is this; why are these people different?



Father Hans Urs von Balthasar: The Kneeling Theologian (A Handful of Catholics)

by Alex Terego

“Thus it is necessary to commence from an inescapable duality: the finite is not the infinite.”

To von Balthasar the first question to be addressed becomes how the pilgrimage can proceed given the obvious fact that the infinite is not attainable by the finite.

Love is his answer. But as finite beings it is not possible to love a faceless infinity. We can only love the embodiment of the infinite; such is our limitation. This enigma is solved in the presence of Christ the Incarnate One. The finite meets the infinite at the Cross. And in response we should kneel.

About the Handful of Catholics series:

It is my intention in this series of books to do no more than introduce the reader to some Catholic thinkers, Catholic doers, those whose Catholic faith was a work in progress and mystics; both converts and cradle Catholics. Very little of this work is original; it is mostly a distillation of the work of others who have devoted years of their lives to the lives of these women and men. It is not meant to be hagiography or the last word on the subject. Rather its simple goal is to make you want to delve further.

Over the past six decades, ever since a Salesian priest told me that in order to make sense of history read about the actors, I have read the biographies of a large number of men and women, both secular and religious. The five potted biographies in this first volume are of people I consider to be somewhat overlooked in the annals of Catholic writings, and all of whom are compelling in different ways – as I hope you will see.



Home Again for Autumn and Winter

by Mary Ann Gadberry

In this warm recollection of childhood during the 1950s-60s, Mary Ann Gadberry shares her autumn and wintertime experiences as a young girl living in a small town. Relive the excitement as she gets ready to go back to school, a girl in hand-me-down, home-sewn outfits picking out store-bought clothes from JC Penney and Sears. Enjoy pep rallies and marching bands, and commiserate with little kids as they make grand plans to harvest the most Halloween candy from the town, or tell scary stories in a tent in the backyard, with older brothers creeping up outside. Enjoy a fall harvest from the garden, and from the hunt, and after surrounding the house with hay bales, keep warm and cuddle up with a good book, or daydream about mysterious French Canadian boys returning for another Thanksgiving dinner. And as Christmastime draws near, build your own Christmas tree out of tree boughs and twine, because in the end, you might even get to see Santa Claus, for real!



PCOS: My (Personal) Journey with Ovarian Cysts

by W. D. Wheeler

This book is a rare glimpse into the private world of living with a disease that millions of women have, yet few discuss. It depicts Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome from the perspective of the patient in a first person account of the author’s own true story. Having lived with the disease for more than 20 years, and counting, it sheds light on the challenges that women who have PCOS face in their everyday lives.



Wildcat Juliet: On the Ground in Sadr City

by Jason N. Thelen

Wildcat Juliet: On the Ground in Sadr City is a compilation of letters and journal entries written by a military officer during the first year of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Captain Jason Thelen, an Army JAG officer, was deployed to Iraq with a civil affairs unit to assist in the rebuilding of the Iraqi infrastructure and government. Wildcat Juliet captures the rigors and dangers of life as a civil affairs soldier in Iraq, including IEDs, snipers, corrupt officials, and daily inspections of sewage pumping stations.



Marilyn Monroe – Behind The Scene (Famous Biography)

by Drew L. Crichton

Marilyn Monroe – Behind The Scene

Named as the American Film Institute’s sixth-greatest female star of all time and TV Guide Network’s Film’s Sexiest Woman of All Time, there’s no doubt that Marilyn Monroe became one of the most iconic figures in history. Her beauty and sexiness captivated the film industry and, consequently, the hearts of the audience.

Get to know Marilyn on another level:

– Her childhood

– How her career started

– Setbacks & scandals

– A look into her Films

– How she become a worldwide star

– Her death

– And much moreâ?¦

Marilyn Monroe spent only 36 years living – a shorter time than many people. However, there is no denying the legacy she left, not only as a movie star and sex symbol, but also as an inspiration. Her life’s story teaches how difficulties of any level should not stop anyone from striving for what they want in life.

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Krayzy Days

by Michael Fawcett

“We have broken the East End’s code of silence and are on the verge of a sensational breakthrough in stamping out these mobsters for good…” Commander Davis, Metropolitan Police.
Krayzy Days is the true story of the East End underworld between the late 1950s and 1970s, including the infamous Kray twins and the man who was part of their intimate circle. Micky Fawcett paints a vivid picture of life with and beyond the Krays as well as the murderous war of the ’70s which saw the East End gangs vying for position in the vacuum left by the twins’ imprisonment, with countless knifings and shootings, not to mention frequent bombings and murders. With unprecedented insight into the private life of a man whom even the Krays respected – the notorious Billy Hill – Micky not only details Hill’s criminal dealings with men such as Marcel Francisci, the Boss of the Union Corse, but also divulges facts regarding Hill’s unconventional sex life that only his closest confidantes knew. This is Fawcett’s fascinating account of an almost surreal world of sex, violence and paranoia, where one of the key rules was ‘kill first or be killed’.



Chiara Lubich: Divine Adventurer, Ecumenist, Activist, Theologian (A Handful of Catholics)

by Alex Terego

“Be aware that the fire that does not grow is extinguished.” – Chiara Lubich

The movement built a meeting house in 1959: Mariapolis in the Dolomite Mountains. It was here in 1960 that Chiara addressed a group of politicians inviting them to go beyond the boundaries of their respective nations and to “love the nation of the other as you love your own.”

This e-book is a short biography on the life of Chiara Lubich. Following the biography are excerpts and quotes from speeches given by Chiara Lubich, and from her extensive writings.

About the Handful of Catholics series:

It is my intention in this series of books to do no more than introduce the reader to some Catholic thinkers, Catholic doers, those whose Catholic faith was a work in progress and mystics; both converts and cradle Catholics. Very little of this work is original; it is mostly a distillation of the work of others who have devoted years of their lives to the lives of these women and men. It is not meant to be hagiography or the last word on the subject. Rather its simple goal is to make you want to delve further.

Over the past six decades, ever since a Salesian priest told me that in order to make sense of history read about the actors, I have read the biographies of a large number of men and women, both secular and religious. The five potted biographies in this first volume are of people I consider to be somewhat overlooked in the annals of Catholic writings, and all of whom are compelling in different ways – as I hope you will see.



School Shootings – Columbine – VA Tech – Sandy Hook – The Slaughter of the Innocent

by D.E. Alexander

School Shootings – Columbine – VA Tech – Sandy Hook – The Slaughter of the Innocent by D.E. Alexander, an award winning investigative journalist, is an in depth look at the horrific plague of school shootings.

D.E. Alexander uncovers US Federal Court documents that gave the locations where future US School Shootings such as Columbine and Sandy Hook would occur. The warning called the events THE SLAUGHTER OF THE INNOCENT.

This book will unnerve most who read it. But if you do the research by using the clicks to time-stamped archives on the internet, you will realize, there is a hidden pattern in the US School Shootings that connects them to many other mass shootings including the massacres at Ft. Hood and the recent DC Navy Yard shootings.

Is something manipulating people to give the US Government a WARNING that the US Media and Government is HIDING?

This book will shatter your reality.



Hard Truths (William McIlvanney)

by Tony Black

Tony Black cross-examines the Godfather of Tartan Noir, William McIlvanney in an in-depth interview as part of the Hard Truths series.

As both an award-winning journalist and one of the most acclaimed crime writers of recent times Tony Black is uniquely placed to interview crime fiction’s bestselling authors. Black takes an often no-holds-barred approach and pushes friendships to the limit as he teases out the truth on subjects as diverse as politics, the writing life, popular culture and personal histories. Always entertaining and often heartfelt this series of exchanges offers an entertaining, humorous and eclectic look at some of the genre’s leading lights.

“For anyone at all interested in crime writers and crime writing – hell, for anyone even vaguely interested in writing and stories – this is an indispensable collection, full of insight and revelation.”
– from the foreword by Doug Johnstone, author of Gone Again



A Bitch in Rome – the illustrated edition

by Jiannina Camillo

â??Love, don’t worry, jump! I’ll catch you.’

Nina, standing on the edge of a granite boulder, doesn’t worry she jumps … and crashes to the ground while her husband, arms outstretched, catches the dog. That episode settles it. Every time Nina hears her husband call Love, she ignores him; she presses the delete button on Love. She finally has to acknowledge the situation. Judy, their dog, has become the love of her husband’s life and, as the scrapes and bruises testify, she has to survive with that. But can she live with that, too? Feeling uncomfortably estranged, Nina sets about to save their marriage – to win back her husband’s love. She plans a strategy. After all they live in Rome, and when in Rome do as the Romans do: fight the enemy at the flanks. And she fights. But can Nina win, when the battle is waged against a pretty dog?

Funny, moving, ironic, and downright irreverent.



Buffalo Lights: Tales From an American Journey

by John Hamilton Farr

At age 55 the author and his wife, a college professor, trade burn-out for glory on a pure leap of faith. Life in a high mountain village bears no resemblance to the world they left behind, and New Mexico is famous for plans not working like they would elsewhere. In the 21st-century American Southwest, there’s a bull in the window and a rat under the bed. John and his wife dodge gunshots at Christmas, sink in mud to the axles, and find human bones in the dirt. Along the way he meets a shaman, Buddhist monks, knife-toting tough guys, a guru mechanic, Jesus himself, and the devil’s own dogs.

This 46,000 word photo-illustrated collection of true tales about moving to New Mexico in 1999 includes the sections Maryland, My Maryland; New Mexico Project; San Cristobal; Hard Journeys; Taos; and Awakenings.

NOTES ON THIS EDITION: The principle differences between this ebook and the print edition (subtitled “Maryland to New Mexico”) are the new cover, added photographs, and assorted edits. With the exception of the new images and two chapters that didn’t make the final cut, the content is the same as the original 184-page paperback published in 2005 (still available from Amazon or Booklocker.com). All photographs by John Hamilton Farr.

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Respect My Grind

by Guille J. Pierce

“Respect My Grind” is based on Y Millz life. Y Millz is an American up and coming recording artist from the Bronx new York. This is an interactive Kindle eBook that includes:

1) Y MIllz brand new Free Mixtape “Respect My Grind.”

2) A Staged Video of Y Millz with music player!

3) Y Millz complete exclusive interview with Guille J. Pierce for HotBillion.com

4) Y Millz favorite quotes and blurbs.

After interacting with this book;

You will have a better insights about Y Millz’s style.

Guille J. Pierce followed Y Millz from 2012 when he met him in Downtown Brooklyn where he had invited him to perform at an open mic.

Y MIllz is from the Bronx, New York where Hip Hop originated more than 30 Years ago.

Ladies you know you are in for a sexy threat. Relax get your favorite long drink. Dudes, join story teller Y Millz in his journey while enjoying your favorite Cognac. Make a toast and enjoy the music.

To all:

You will absolutely love this experience as you should. Let your friends know about Y Millz.



Trails of the Farmer’s Daughter

by Sandra Sturgeon

Trails of the Farmer’s Daughter traces the path followed by a courageous and loving woman who filled her life with love and laughter and music and children, children, children.

She grew up on a farm, survived an illness that could have claimed her life as a teenager, grew up to marry her childhood love, raised a loving family and helped many foster children transition to a new life.

It’s a history of a family and the very special memories she has of the people most dear to her – her beloved parents and siblings, her childhood sweetheart who became her first husband, the much-loved children and foster children whose lives she enriched, the new love who entered her life after the death of her first husband. Even the animals who helped make her life complete are remembered.

Not everyone lives such a complete life as this. This is a tale worth telling, a trail worth following, and a story worth reading.



Art, Crime and Lithium: On the Road with Literature and Delirium

by O.Z. Lysiak

On the road with literature and delirium . . .

Art, Crime & Lithium is an immigrant boomer’s bi-polar adventure saga spanning six decades over five continents as a writer, mobilist, smuggler, with multifarious jobs, easy women, one enduring marriage, brief successes, debilitating failures, spectacular recoveries, memorable dogs and healing walks on Oregon beaches.

O.Z. Lysiak has worked as a reporter, editor, columnist, photographer, public affairs officer, restaurateur, carpenter, sailor, smuggler, tree planter, fishing guide, sculptor, truck driver, river guide, cook, wood cutter, trash collector, marine gravity operator and reclaimed wood broker.

“I couldn’t put the book down. Parts of it are jaw dropping; not only the situations, but also the evocative prose. The book is lyrical and pragmaticâ??a unique combination that will make it stand outâ??even apart from the interesting life it chronicles.”

â??Walter Alter, poet, musician and sculptor

“A wonderfully evocative portrait of an era and a culture.”

â??Leslie Fish, Author of A Dirge for Sabis and Offensive as Hell

About the Author:

A self-proclaimed curmudgeon, Lysiak drives and maintains a 30-year old El Camino. He drowned his cell phone in a pond. He is a beach addict and lives in a barn with his wife, two local young brown mutts and an affectionate, battle-scarred 13-year old orange tomcat. Lysiak has been devoted to good clear writing, poetry and the art of mobile making all his adult life.



Love Online: Behind Bars Volume 3 (Behind Bars True Crime Series)

by Sean Lewis

Tanya was a bored young woman in Atlanta. She met Jason online, and when he asked her to move Vegas, complete with bus ticket, she jumped at the chance. When her dream come true spun out of control into stripping, drugs and money, she had a choice to make.

Sean Lewis brings years of law enforcement experience to life in these riveting short stories of real people involved in real tragedies. From the initial event through the realization of the imminent consequences, the people in these short stories experience life as they never expected. The crimes all happened as described, and are based on true stories. Share the drama as ordinary people get caught in events they never imagined could be so horrible.

They met online and she moved thousands of miles to Vegas. She had no idea that her world would be turned upside down.



Creative Happiness: A Journey with J. Krishnamurti

by Donald Ingram Smith

Krishnaji asked, “What is it like to listen? How do you listen to that crow? Do you listen emptily, like an empty vessel, an empty cup, or do you hear it along with all the other sounds? Do you name it? Do you suppress all ideas, feelingsâ??leave them in the bottom of the cup and with the remaining emptiness on top, with that empty remainder at the top of the cup, hear the crow? Can you listen to the sound of the crow, see the flower in total emptiness? Are you totally empty when you view the whole problem of man, and in that total emptiness see the heart, the core, of what man is doingâ??what he isâ??and so, all that he does?”

We sat in silence; quietly Krishnaji rose and walked away, leaving the whole problem and its resolution with us in a room now empty of his presence and stimulation. The state of emptiness remained. No one moved for some time; the state of unenclosed, uninfluenced emptiness, of stillness, of silence, lived on. In that hour the whole problem of man’s confusion and struggle dissolved into stillnessâ?¦ temporarily.

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This memoir by Donald Ingram Smith (d. 2006) reveals a person grappling with self-transformation, and in company of a remarkable person who spoke about transforming human consciousness through learning and being in touch with the creative movement that is not the result of the thinker, the observer, or the actor. This radical new sense of creativity is what Ingram Smith found for himself at the heart of Krishnamurti’s teachings and which he wanted to share with readers.



The heart of pincushion basting in cocktail, green cherries and slices of oranges in boiling pleasant (Tom Collins of Richard Sherman in the stomach drain)

by Lucio Rosenkreutz

The heart of Pincushion basting in cocktail, green cherries and slices of oranges in godesca boiling, last prepared in Oxford, UK

Tragically romantic, a strange and long title for a model perhaps. Lucio Rosenkreutz crosses once more his itinerant past , achieving against subtract an internal pain After killing his wife violently.

A symbolic murder near the Park Aragón, the disappointment of Natalie in Clumber Park, 36 tears that must join in his memories, and in unusual phrasing that is bound with starving existential tedium, among other prose that make up this versatile test. An almost-true story. Certificate with barcode



Hollywood’s 10 Greatest Actresses: Katharine Hepburn, Bette Davis, Audrey Hepburn, Ingrid Bergman, Greta Garbo, Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Judy Garland, Marlene Dietrich, and Joan Crawford

by Charles River Editors

*Includes pictures.

*Includes a unique introduction of each actress.

*Includes quotes by the actresses about their lives and careers.

*Includes bibliographies of each actress for further reading.

*Includes a table of contents.

In 1999, the American Film Institute released its list of the 50 greatest Hollywood stars of the 20th century, and selecting the 10 best actresses out of the bunch was certainly a tall task. The competition was so stacked that women like Ginger Rogers, Grace Kelly and Rita Hayworth were not even among the Top 10. So who were the Top 10 women selected by the AFI?

Aside from being one of the most recognized and acclaimed actresses in history, Katharine Hepburn’s career is also of great importance because she forced Americans to reevaluate their expectations for female behavior, both in films themselves and off the movie set as well. As society began to pay greater attention to the importance of strong roles for women, Hepburn’s career gained an even greater importance as a fiercely individual figure who offered a daring alternative to the conventions of femininity that had long existed in American culture.

Bette Davis presided over Hollywood at a time in which the film industry was at its most influential. Every actress from Katharine Hepburn to Ingrid Bergman and Ginger Rodgers, themselves now considered among Hollywood’s greatest icons, lived in the shadow of Bette Davis.

For someone whose career ended over 30 years ago, Audrey Hepburn continues to retain her popularity and exert a strong influence over how people view beauty and sophistication. She remains an American icon, despite the fact that she did not even move to the United States until 1953 (at the age of 24) and spent the majority of her life living in Europe, while her characters in films such as Roman Holiday (1953) and Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) are still held up as the paragon of delicate femininity and elegance.

At times during her career, Bergman was the darling of Hollywood, but at other times she was literally a pariah. It is all too common to remember Bergman for her performance in Casablanca, forgetting the fact that she was effectively exiled from Hollywood for several years during her romance with Roberto Rossellini.

Of all the great movie stars, there may be none more enigmatic than Greta Garbo, who remains internationally famous despite the fact her life and career raise more questions than answers. How did a Swedish actress with very little film acting experience in her native land arrive in the United States and achieve instant stardom?

Few actresses lived their lives in the public eye more than Marilyn Monroe, and yet her life remains shrouded in mystery to this day. While it is common knowledge that Marilyn’s life is a rags-to-riches story, her life is bookended by hazy details surrounding her early life and even more mysterious death.

In many ways, Elizabeth Taylor enjoyed being in the public spotlight and living the lifestyle of the rich and famous, and her personal life very much resembled a performance suitable for Hollywood. Taylor faced great adversity throughout her life, including being married on eight different occasions to seven different spouses and fighting battles with weight and drug addiction.

Judy Garland might be known today based more on her demise than anything else, and there’s no denying that one of the most fascinating (and tragic) aspects of her life story is the manner in which her downward spiral occurred with the same rapid progression as her meteoric ascent.

When Marlene Dietrich first became a household name in the United States, she introduced a new standard for female sexuality on screen. Her performance in The Blue Angel (1930) not only stands as one of the most glamorous roles ever played but also one of the frankest depictions of the femme fatale ever captured on screen.



Legends of Hollywood: The Life and Legacy of Greta Garbo

by Charles River Editors

*Includes pictures.

*Includes a bibliography for further reading.

*Includes a table of contents.

“Her instinct, her mastery over the machine, was pure witchcraft. I cannot analyze this woman’s acting. I only know that no one else so effectively worked in front of a camera.” – Bette Davis

Of all the great movie stars, there may be none more enigmatic than Greta Garbo, who remains internationally famous despite the fact her life and career raise more questions than answers. How did a Swedish actress with very little film acting experience in her native land arrive in the United States and achieve instant stardom? Most actresses had to wait years before they were offered starring roles in major films, yet Garbo was ushered to the front of the line and perched atop the MGM pantheon at a time in which it was the studio par excellence. How was she able to transition from silent films to “talkies” so fluidly, giving many of her most decorated performances during the 1930s? While stars like Charlie Chaplin never recovered from cinema’s transition to synchronized sound, Garbo flourished, which is made all the more amazing by the fact she had a foreign accent that could easily have alienated American audiences and threatened her career. Finally, and perhaps most mystifying of all, why would Garbo retire in 1941, at just 36 years of age and two years removed from Ninotchka, arguably her most acclaimed film?

As unique as Greta Garbo and her career were, there is no denying the impact that she had on audiences, both critics and working-class viewers. Not only was she the most lucrative star in the country by 1928, she also provoked awe from some of the most venerable film and cultural theorists, who attempted to articulate exactly what it was about her that proved so arresting (Swenson). Writing about her in a famous essay devoted to her face, Roland Barthes asserted, “Garbo still belongs to that moment in cinema when capturing the human face still plunged audiences into the deepest ecstasy, when one literally lose oneself in a human image as one would in a philtre, when the face represented a kind of absolute state of the flesh, which could be neither reached nor renounced. A few years earlier the face of Valentino was causing suicides; that of Garbo still partakes of the same rule of Courtly Love, where the flesh gives rise to mystical feelings of perdition.” Barthes’ description hints at how Garbo’s face was the primary attraction of her films, to the point that she achieved a spellbinding influence that made her one of the true goddesses of film history.

At the same time, for as famous as Greta Garbo is as an actress, her films are not remembered so positively, if they are remembered at all. While Garbo herself was nominated on three occasions for the Academy Award for Best Actress, only one film of hers, Grand Hotel (1932), was even nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture. For the most part, Garbo acted in films that were seemingly well beneath her, which was certainly the case with her films from the silent era. During the late 1920s, for example, she was routinely paired with leading man John Gilbert, yet out of the films they appeared in together â?? Flesh and the Devil (1926), Love (1927), A Woman of Affairs (1928), and Queen Christina (1933) â?? only the latter is well-remembered today. Even the first film for which she was nominated for an Oscar, Romance (1930), is commemorated only by Garbo’s most fervent admirers. Ironically enough, it was just as Garbo neared the end of her career that she was just beginning to star in more critically revered films, movies such as Anna Karenina (1935), Camille (1936), and most of all, Ninotchka (1939).

Legends of Hollywood: The Life and Legacy of Greta Garbo explores the life and career of Greta Garbo, analyzing her fame and how a notably shy young girl rose to the top of Hollywood.



Wise Up To… Facebook’s Frauds, Thefts And Scams.

by Nigel Ross

This book pinpoints many common Facebook’s Frauds, Thefts and Scams that proliferate this social network within every twist and turn, revealing remedies and solutions including “The 10 Golden Rules” of staying safe using Facebook.

Before assessing cyber-crime impacting on Facebook as a website, it is

important to define why it is so important and impressively powerful in the 21st century. Providing a solid context and backdrop is essential to understanding the genetics of the social media giant.

The Power of Facebook and the lurking dangers

The impact of this social media platform in recent years is nothing short of staggering. Facebook has become the new central public opinion maker and agenda setter – even politicians have been forced to embrace the power it wields.

It is estimated that people can be connected with almost anybody socially active within 8 profile clicks. It seems astonishing but it highlights the nature of the network -information is carried via individual profiles but can be pieced together like a linked chain.

Facebook can be like an information jigsaw; put together the pieces and learn everything about an individual. In this case, John Smith could become a target for online stalking, scamming and eventually crime.

Stay Safeâ?¦

Think sensibly about information that you will post on your page and that of friends or family. Maintain a private setting on your account and check thoroughly those that request to be a connection. This is not aimed at being a spoil sport; it is about protecting your information from intruders.

Avoid posting dates, times and plans on public profiles to prevent unwanted eyes from identifying where you will be and when. Take online safety seriously and avoid potentially unsafe links and sites.

There is also a growing number of underage Facebook users setting up profiles; lying about their ages. If you are a parent of young children ensure they are not in breach of Facebook policy and putting themselves at risk by masquerading as someone they are not.



The Year of the Jubilee

by Anna Maslin

‘The Year of the Jubilee’ follows on from ‘The Binary Year’ which catalogued one woman’s journey from a highly successful international career into a completely new life where fostering is now taking a central role.

â??The Year of the Jubilee’ looks at the choices made, one year on, including the challenges of fostering, family, love and life through the passage of time, world events and experiences. â??The Year of the Jubilee’ follows an emotional year for the United Kingdom, featuring the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the London 2012 Olympics and the Royal Pregnancy.

As in â??The Binary Year’ there is a serious subtext but laced with a hefty dose of chaos and laughter.

‘The Year of the Jubilee’ One Woman, One Family, One Year and a bit.

On 01:01:11 Anna woke up to the New Year. She was 50, worked on global health issues, had four children, one husband and one dog

On 01:01:12 Anna woke up to the New Year. She was 51; everything had changed including the dog.

On 01:01:13 Anna woke up. She was 52 her life was still changing but now there is no dog.”

‘The Binary Year’ is available on all Amazon sites.

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Zoe Saldana Unauthorized & Uncensored (All Ages Deluxe Edition with Videos)

by R.B. Grimm

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