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Gentleman Jack: A biography of Anne Lister, Regency Landowner, Se...
by Angela Steidele

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English

Pages

352

Publication Date

November 01, 2018

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<p><b>The extraordinary life of history's first modern lesbian who inspired the television series<i> Gentleman Jack</i></b></p><p>Anne Lister's journals were so shocking that the first person to crack their secret code hid them behind a fake panel in his ancestral home. Anne Lister was a Regency landowner, an intrepid world traveller ... and an unabashed lover of other women. <br />In this bold new biography, prizewinning author Angela Steidele uses the diaries to create a portrait of Anne Lister as we've never seen her before: a woman in some ways very much of her time and in others far ahead of it. Anne Lister recorded everything from the most intimate details of her numerous liaisons through to her plans to make her fortune by exploiting the coal seams under her family estate in Halifax and her reaction to the Peterloo massacre. She conducted a love life of labyrinthine complexity, all while searching for a girlfriend who could provide her with both financial security and true love.<br />Anne Lister's rich and unconventional life is now the subject of the major BBC TV drama series<i> Gentleman Jack</i>.</p>
Mama's Boy: A Story from Our Americas
by Dustin Lance Black

Language

English

Pages

349

Publication Date

April 30, 2019

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<b>This heartfelt, deeply personal memoir explores how a celebrated filmmaker and activist and his conservative Mormon mother built bridges across today’s great divides—and how our stories hold the power to heal.</b><br /><br /> Dustin Lance Black wrote the Oscar-winning screenplay for <i>Milk</i> and helped overturn California’s anti–gay marriage Proposition 8, but as an LGBTQ activist he has unlikely origins—a conservative Mormon household outside San Antonio, Texas. His mother, Anne, was raised in rural Louisiana and contracted polio when she was two years old. She endured brutal surgeries, as well as braces and crutches for life, and was told that she would never have children or a family. Willfully defying expectations, she found salvation in an unlikely faith, raised three rough-and-rowdy boys, and escaped the abuse and violence of two questionably devised Mormon marriages before finding love and an improbable career in the U.S. civil service.<br /><br /> By the time Lance came out to his mother at age twenty-one, he was a blue-state young man studying the arts instead of going on his Mormon mission. She derided his sexuality as a sinful choice and was terrified for his future. It may seem like theirs was a house destined to be divided, and at times it was. This story shines light on what it took to remain a family despite such division—a journey that stretched from the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court to the woodsheds of East Texas. In the end, the rifts that have split a nation couldn’t end this relationship that defined and inspired their remarkable lives. <br /><br /> <i>Mama’s Boy</i> is their story. It’s a story of the noble quest for a plane higher than politics—a story of family, foundations, turmoil, tragedy, elation, and love. It is a story needed now more than ever.
Gentleman Jack: The Real Anne Lister (Movie Tie-In)
by Anne Choma

Language

English

Pages

272

Publication Date

April 23, 2019

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<b><b>In 1834, Anne Lister made history by celebrating and recording the first ever known marriage to another woman. Now the basis for the HBO series Gentleman Jack, this is her remarkable, true story. </b></b><br /><br />Anne Lister was extraordinary. Fearless, charismatic and determined to explore her lesbian sexuality, she forged her own path in a society that had no language to define her. She was a landowner, an industrialist and a prolific diarist, whose output has secured her legacy as one of the most fascinating figures of the 19th century. <i>Gentleman Jack: The Real Anne Lister</i> follows Anne from her crumbling ancestral home in Yorkshire to the glittering courts of Denmark as she resolves to put past heartbreak behind her and find herself a wife. This book introduces the real Gentleman Jack, featuring unpublished journal extracts decrypted for the first time by series creator Sally Wainwright and writer Anne Choma.
I Almost Became Me: A Memoir
by Cory Calvin

Language

English

Pages

193

Publication Date

April 29, 2019

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<p><b>From growing up in a small farm town to working with Wall Street’s elite, Cory Calvin’s candid memoir recounts a life of struggle and success and the moment he came to realize his true dreams were still hidden beneath the surface.</b></p><br /><p>Cory Calvin is a successful New York City corporate executive turned entrepreneur. His story reveals a difficult childhood as a closeted teen with a stern father, school bullies, and a strict religious upbringing in a rural town. But Cory’s story is more than his struggle, it is a story of self-discovery, self-acceptance, and success. For Cory, leaving behind his small town and climbing the corporate ladder was empowering, until he realized that there are many more closets in this world.</p><br /><p>With each success, Cory always felt that he was so close to being who he should have been. That he had <i>almost</i> become himself. Until one day Cory found the courage to leave it all behind, and traveled solo around the world, discovering his true self along the way and redefining his dreams.</p><br /><p>Through <i>I Almost Became Me</i>, Cory shares stories that range from humorous, to tearful, to inspiring. From hearing his father tell him he is going to hell, to meeting his boyfriend through an online ad, to feeling stuck achieving a dream he envisioned as he hid his true self, Cory’s experience will speak to many in the LGBTQ+ community who have yet to realize their own dreams beyond a series of closets. For anyone who has had to hide to survive and endure abusive relationships, this book offers an uplifting message, a healing touch, and the key to self-realization.</p>
Out East: Memoir of a Montauk Summer
by John Glynn

Language

English

Pages

257

Publication Date

May 14, 2019

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<div><div><b>An Entertainment Weekly Best Book of May 2019</b></div><div><b>A TIME Magazine Best Book of May 2019 <br /></b></div><div><b>A Cosmopolitan Best Book of May 2019</b></div><div><b>An Oprah Magazine Best LGBTQ Book of 2019 </b></div></div><div><b><br /></b></div><div><b>A gripping portrait of life in a Montauk summer house--a </b><b>debut </b><b>memoir of first love, identity and self-discovery among a group of friends who became family.</b></div><div><i><br /></i>They call Montauk the end of the world, a spit of land jutting into the Atlantic. The house was a ramshackle split-level set on a hill, and each summer thirty one people would sleep between its thin walls and shag carpets. Against the moonlight the house's octagonal roof resembled a bee's nest. It was dubbed The Hive.<div><br />In 2013, John Glynn joined the share house. Packing his duffel for that first Memorial Day Weekend, he prayed for clarity. At 27, he was crippled by an all-encompassing loneliness, a feeling he had carried in his heart for as long as he could remember. John didn't understand the loneliness. He just knew it was there. Like the moon gone dark.<br /><br />OUT EAST is the portrait of a summer, of the Hive and the people who lived in it, and John's own reckoning with a half-formed sense of self. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, The Hive was a center of gravity, a port of call, a home. Friendships, conflicts, secrets and epiphanies blossomed within this tightly woven friend group and came to define how they would live out the rest of their twenties and beyond. </div><div><br /></div><div>Blending the sand-strewn milieu of George Howe Colt's <i>The Big House</i>, the radiant aching of Olivia Liang's <i>The Lonely City</i>, OUT EAST is a keenly wrought story of love and transformation, longing and escape in our own contemporary moment.<br /> </div></div><div><br /></div><div><div><b>"An unforgettable story told with feeling and humor and above all with the razor-sharp skill of a delicate and highly gifted writer." --Andre Aciman, <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of <i>Call Me by Your Name</i></b></div><div><b><i><br /></i></b></div><div><b>"<i>Out East</i> is full of intimacy and hope and frustration and joy, an extraordinary tale of emotional awakening and lacerating ambivalence, a confession of self-doubt that becomes self-knowledge." --</b><b>Andrew Solomon, National Book Award winner</b></div></div>
Mercury and Me
by , Tim Wapshott

Language

English

Pages

441

Publication Date

March 03, 2015

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With a new introduction by Jim Hutton’s co-writer Tim Wapshott, only this Kindle-exclusive edition of ’Mercury and Me' is the updated story of rock’s oddest couple. Includes more than 50 colour photographs. The relationship between Freddie Mercury and Jim Hutton evolved over several months in 1984 and 1985. Even when they first slept together Hutton had no idea who Mercury was, and when the star told him his name it meant nothing to him. Hutton worked as a barber at the Savoy Hotel and retained his job and suburban lodgings long after first meeting the rock legend. Hutton finally moved in with Mercury and later also worked as his gardener. Hutton was never fully assimilated into Mercury's jet-setting lifestyle, nor did he want to be, but from 1985 until Mercury's death in 1991 he was closer to him than anyone. He knew all Mercury's closest chums including the other members of Queen, Elton John, David Bowie and Montserrat Caballé. Ever present at the countless Sunday lunch gatherings and opulent parties, in stark contrast Hutton also nursed Mercury through his terminal illness, often held him through the night in his final weeks, and was with him as he died. No one can tell the story of the last few years of Mercury's private life - the ecstasies and the agonies - more accurately or honestly than Jim Hutton.
Somebody to Love: The Life, Death and Legacy of Freddie Mercury
by , Matt Richards

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English

Pages

449

Publication Date

November 22, 2016

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For the first time, the final years of one of the world's most captivating rock showman are laid bare. Including interviews from Freddie Mercury's closest friends in the last years of his life, along with personal photographs, Somebody to Love is an authoritative biography of the great man.<br /><br />Here are previously unknown and startling facts about the singer and his life, moving detail on his lifelong search for love and personal fulfilment, and of course his tragic contraction of a then killer disease in the mid-1980s.<br /><br />Woven throughout Freddie's life is the shocking story of how the HIV virus came to hold the world in its grip, was cruelly labelled 'The Gay Plague' and the unwitting few who indirectly infected thousands of men, women and children - Freddie Mercury himself being one of the most famous.<br /><br />The death of this vibrant and spectacularly talented rock star, shook the world of medicine as well as the world of music. Somebody to Love finally puts the record straight and pays detailed tribute to the man himself.
I.M.: A Memoir
by Isaac Mizrahi

Language

English

Pages

361

Publication Date

February 26, 2019

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<p><b>INSTANT <i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER</b><br /><b></b><br /><b>“In <i>I.M.</i>, Isaac Mizrahi puts his life to paper with the same mix of spirit and wryness as the designs he popularized.” —<i>Vanity Fair</i></b><br /><b></b><br /><b>Isaac Mizrahi is sui generis: designer, cabaret performer, talk-show host, a TV celebrity. Yet ever since he shot to fame in the late 1980s, the private Isaac Mizrahi has remained under wraps. Until now.</b><br /><b></b><br />In <i>I.M.</i>, Isaac Mizrahi offers a poignant, candid, and touching look back on his life so far. Growing up gay in a sheltered Syrian Jewish Orthodox family, Isaac had unique talents that ultimately drew him into fashion and later into celebrity circles that read like a who’s who of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries: Richard Avedon, Audrey Hepburn, Anna Wintour, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Meryl Streep, and Oprah Winfrey, to name only a few. </p><p>In his elegant memoir, Isaac delves into his lifelong battles with weight, insomnia, and depression. He tells what it was like to be an out gay man in a homophobic age and to witness the ravaging effects of the AIDS epidemic. Brimming with intimate details and inimitable wit, Isaac's narrative reveals not just the glamour of his years, but the grit beneath the glitz. Rich with memorable stories from in and out of the spotlight, <i>I.M.</i> illuminates deep emotional truths.</p>
Figuring
by Maria Popova

Language

English

Pages

554

Publication Date

February 05, 2019

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<i>Figuring</i> explores the complexities of love and the human search for truth and meaning through the interconnected lives of several historical figures across four centuries—beginning with the astronomer Johannes Kepler, who discovered the laws of planetary motion, and ending with the marine biologist and author Rachel Carson, who catalyzed the environmental movement. <br /><br />Stretching between these figures is a cast of artists, writers, and scientists—mostly women, mostly queer—whose public contribution have risen out of their unclassifiable and often heartbreaking private relationships to change the way we understand, experience, and appreciate the universe. Among them are the astronomer Maria Mitchell, who paved the way for women in science; the sculptor Harriet Hosmer, who did the same in art; the journalist and literary critic Margaret Fuller, who sparked the feminist movement; and the poet Emily Dickinson.<br /><br />Emanating from these lives are larger questions about the measure of a good life and what it means to leave a lasting mark of betterment on an imperfect world: Are achievement and acclaim enough for happiness? Is genius? Is love? Weaving through the narrative is a set of peripheral figures—Ralph Waldo Emerson, Charles Darwin, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Herman Melville, Frederick Douglass, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Walt Whitman—and a tapestry of themes spanning music, feminism, the history of science, the rise and decline of religion, and how the intersection of astronomy, poetry, and Transcendentalist philosophy fomented the environmental movement.
Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002)
by David Sedaris

Language

English

Pages

529

Publication Date

May 30, 2017

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<strong></strong><strong>One of the most anticipated books of 2017: <i>Boston Globe, New York Times Book Review</i>, <i>New York</i>'s "Vulture", <i>The Week</i>, Bustle, BookRiot</strong><div><b><br /></b></div><div><b>An <i>NPR </i>Best Book of 2017</b></div><div><b>An AV Club Favorite Book of 2017</b><div><strong>A Barnes & Noble Best Book of 2017</strong></div><div><strong>A Goodreads Choice Awards nominee<br /><br /></strong><strong>David Sedaris tells all in a book that is, literally, a lifetime in the making.<br /></strong><br />For forty years, David Sedaris has kept a diary in which he records everything that captures his attention-overheard comments, salacious gossip, soap opera plot twists, secrets confided by total strangers. These observations are the source code for his finest work, and through them he has honed his cunning, surprising sentences.<br /><br />Now, Sedaris shares his private writings with the world. <i>Theft by Finding</i>, the first of two volumes, is the story of how a drug-abusing dropout with a weakness for the International House of Pancakes and a chronic inability to hold down a real job became one of the funniest people on the planet.<br /><br />Written with a sharp eye and ear for the bizarre, the beautiful, and the uncomfortable, and with a generosity of spirit that even a misanthropic sense of humor can't fully disguise, <i>Theft By Finding </i>proves that Sedaris is one of our great modern observers. It's a potent reminder that when you're as perceptive and curious as Sedaris, there's no such thing as a boring day<strong>.<br /></strong><strong></strong> </div> </div>

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