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Mercury and Me
by , Tim Wapshott

Language

English

Pages

229

Publication Date

March 03, 2015

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With a new introduction by Jim Hutton’s co-writer Tim Wapshott, Mercury and Me is the story of rock’s oddest couple. 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 his lodgings in Sutton, Surrey, for two years before moving in with Mercury, and then worked as his gardener. He 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 and knew all Mercury's closest friends: the other members of Queen, Elton John, David Bowie and Phil Collins to name a few. Ever present at the countless Sunday lunch gatherings and opulent parties, Hutton has a wealth of anecdotes as well as a deep understanding of, Mercury's life. He also nursed Mercury through his terminal illness, often held him throughout 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.
Boy Erased: A Memoir
by Garrard Conley

Language

English

Pages

349

Publication Date

May 10, 2016

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<b><b>The<i> New York Times </i>bestselling memoir about identity, love and understanding. Now a major motion picture starring Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, and Lucas Hedges, directed by Joel Edgerton. "Every sentence of the story will stir your soul" (<i>O Magazine</i>).</b></b><br /><b>  </b><br /> The son of a Baptist pastor and deeply embedded in church life in small town Arkansas, as a young man Garrard Conley was terrified and conflicted about his sexuality.<br />  <br /> When Garrard was a nineteen-year-old college student, he was outed to his parents, and was forced to make a life-changing decision: either agree to attend a church-supported conversion therapy program that promised to “cure” him of homosexuality; or risk losing family, friends, and the God he had prayed to every day of his life. Through an institutionalized Twelve-Step Program heavy on Bible study, he was supposed to emerge heterosexual, ex-gay, cleansed of impure urges and stronger in his faith in God for his brush with sin. Instead, even when faced with a harrowing and brutal journey, Garrard found the strength and understanding to break out in search of his true self and forgiveness. <br />  <br /> By confronting his buried past and the burden of a life lived in shadow, Garrard traces the complex relationships among family, faith, and community. At times heart-breaking, at times triumphant, this memoir is a testament to love that survives despite all odds.
Somebody to Love: The Life, Death and Legacy of Freddie Mercury
by , Matt Richards

Language

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.
All That Heaven Allows: A Biography of Rock Hudson
by Mark Griffin

Language

English

Pages

492

Publication Date

December 04, 2018

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<p><strong>SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE</strong></p><p>The definitive biography of the deeply complex and widely misunderstood matinee idol of Hollywood’s Golden Age.</p><p>Devastatingly handsome, broad-shouldered and clean-cut, Rock Hudson was the ultimate movie star. The embodiment of romantic masculinity in American film throughout the ‘50s and ‘60s, Hudson reigned supreme as the king of Hollywood.</p><p>As an Oscar-nominated leading man, Hudson won acclaim for his performances in glossy melodramas (<em>Magnificent Obsession</em>), western epics (<em>Giant</em>) and blockbuster bedroom farces (<em>Pillow Talk</em>). In the ‘70s and ‘80s, Hudson successfully transitioned to television; his long-running series <em>McMillan & Wife</em> and a recurring role on <em>Dynasty</em> introduced him to a whole new generation of fans.</p><p>The icon worshipped by moviegoers and beloved by his colleagues appeared to have it all. Yet beneath the suave and commanding star persona, there was an insecure, deeply conflicted, and all too vulnerable human being. Growing up poor in Winnetka, Illinois, Hudson was abandoned by his biological father, abused by an alcoholic stepfather, and controlled by his domineering mother.</p><p>Despite seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Hudson was determined to become an actor at all costs. After signing with the powerful but predatory agent Henry Willson, the young hopeful was transformed from a clumsy, tongue-tied truck driver into Universal Studio’s resident Adonis. In a more conservative era, Hudson’s wholesome, straight arrow screen image was at odds with his closeted homosexuality.</p><p>As a result of his gay relationships and clandestine affairs, Hudson was continually threatened with public exposure, not only by scandal sheets like <em>Confidential </em>but by a number of his own partners. For years, Hudson dodged questions concerning his private life, but in 1985 the public learned that the actor was battling AIDS. The disclosure that such a revered public figure had contracted the illness focused worldwide attention on the epidemic.</p><p>Drawing on more than 100 interviews with co-stars, family members and former companions, <em>All That Heaven Allows</em> finally delivers a complete and nuanced portrait of one of the most fascinating stars in cinema history.</p><p>Author Mark Griffin provides new details concerning Hudson’s troubled relationships with wife Phyllis Gates and boyfriend Marc Christian. And here, for the first time, is an in-depth exploration of Hudson’s classic films, including <em>Written on the Wind, A Farewell to Arms,</em> and the cult favorite <em>Seconds</em>. With unprecedented access to private journals, personal correspondence, and production files, Griffin pays homage to the idol whose life and death had a lasting impact on American culture.</p>
Two Henrys (This Can't Be Happening collection)
by Kevin Allison

Language

English

Pages

35

Publication Date

December 27, 2018

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<p>Coming out can be awkward enough—let alone coming out in the 1970s, in Ohio, as a Catholic schoolboy. In this fearless and funny true story, the host and founder of the hit podcast <i>RISK!</i> shares all.</p><p>From first grade through junior high, twelve-year-old Kevin and his best friend, Ben, were inseparable. But when Kevin divulged his biggest secret, Ben froze him out. The pint-size cold war lasted two years—until they went head-to-head for student council president. Team Ben’s smear campaign began. The school took sides. And Kevin decided to run with it.</p><p><i>Kevin Allison’s </i>Two Henrys<i> is part of </i>This Can’t Be Happening<i>, a collection of four true stories about making the best of a worst-case scenario curated by Kevin Allison, creator of the hit true storytelling podcast </i>RISK!<i> Outrageous, alarming, triumphant, and sometimes embarrassing, these fearless confessionals can be read, or listened to, in one what-on-earth-would-I-do? sitting.</i></p>
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>
Mercury: An Intimate Biography of Freddie Mercury
by Lesley-Ann Jones

Language

English

Pages

370

Publication Date

July 03, 2012

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<b>Revealing and intimate, based on more than 100 interviews with key figures in his life, this is the definitive biography of Queen front man Freddie Mercury, one of pop music’s best-loved and most complex figures.</b><BR><BR>A revealing, intimate look at the man who would be Queen.<BR> <BR>As lead vocalist for the iconic rock band Queen, Freddie Mercury’s unmatched skills as a songwriter and his flamboyant showmanship made him a superstar and Queen a household name. But despite his worldwide fame, few people ever really glimpsed the man behind the glittering façade.<BR> <BR>Now, more than twenty years after his death, those closest to Mercury are finally opening up about this pivotal figure in rock ’n’ roll. Based on more than a hundred interviews with key figures in his life, <i>Mercury </i>offers the definitive account of one man’s legendary life in the spotlight and behind the scenes. Rock journalist Lesley-Ann Jones gained unprecedented access to Mercury’s tribe, and she details Queen’s slow but steady rise to fame and Mercury’s descent into dangerous, pleasure-seeking excesses—this was, after all, a man who once declared, “Darling, I’m doing everything with everyone.”<BR> <BR>In her journey to understand Mercury, Jones traveled to London, Zanzibar, and India—talking with everyone from Mercury’s closest friends to the sound engineer at Band Aid (who was responsible for making Queen even louder than the other bands) to second cousins halfway around the world. In the process, an intimate and complicated portrait emerges. Meticulously researched, sympathetic yet not sensational, <i>Mercury </i>offers an unvarnished look at the extreme highs and lows of life in the fast lane. At the heart of this story is a man...and the music he loved.
In the Darkroom
by Susan Faludi

Language

English

Pages

434

Publication Date

June 14, 2016

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<p><b>PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST</b><br /><b>ONE OF THE <i>NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW</i>'S 10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR</b><br /><b>WINNER OF THE KIRKUS PRIZE</b></p><p>From the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author of <i>Backlash</i>, comes <i>In the Darkroom</i>, an astonishing confrontation with the enigma of her father and the larger riddle of identity consuming our age.</b></p><p>“In the summer of 2004 I set out to investigate someone I scarcely knew, my father. The project began with a grievance, the grievance of a daughter whose parent had absconded from her life. I was in pursuit of a scofflaw, an artful dodger who had skipped out on so many things—obligation, affection, culpability, contrition. I was preparing an indictment, amassing discovery for a trial. But somewhere along the line, the prosecutor became a witness.”</p><p> So begins Susan Faludi’s extraordinary inquiry into the meaning of identity in the modern world and in her own haunted family saga. When the feminist writer learned that her 76-year-old father—long estranged and living in Hungary—had undergone sex reassignment surgery, that investigation would turn personal and urgent. How was this new parent who identified as “a complete woman now” connected to the silent, explosive, and ultimately violent father she had known, the photographer who’d built his career on the alteration of images?</p><p> Faludi chases that mystery into the recesses of her suburban childhood and her father’s many previous incarnations: American dad, Alpine mountaineer, swashbuckling adventurer in the Amazon outback, Jewish fugitive in Holocaust Budapest. When the author travels to Hungary to reunite with her father, she drops into a labyrinth of dark histories and dangerous politics in a country hell-bent on repressing its past and constructing a fanciful—and virulent—nationhood. The search for identity that has transfixed our century was proving as treacherous for nations as for individuals. </p><p> Faludi’s struggle to come to grips with her father’s metamorphosis takes her across borders—historical, political, religious, sexual--to bring her face to face with the question of the age: Is identity something you “choose,” or is it the very thing you can’t escape?</p>
Cult City: Jim Jones, Harvey Milk, and 10 Days That Shook San Fra...
by Daniel J. Flynn

Language

English

Pages

330

Publication Date

October 16, 2018

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<DIV><B>In recounting the fascinating, intersecting stories of Jim Jones and Harvey Milk,<I> Cult City</I> tells the story of a great city gone horribly wrong.</B><BR />  <BR /> November 1978. Reverend Jim Jones, the darling of the San Francisco political establishment, orchestrates the murders and suicides of 918 people at a remote jungle outpost in South America.<BR />  <BR /> Days later, Harvey Milk, one of America’s first openly gay elected officials—and one of Jim Jones’s most vocal supporters—is assassinated in San Francisco’s City Hall.<BR />  <BR /> This horrifying sequence of events shocked the world. Almost immediately, the lives and deaths of Jim Jones and Harvey Milk became shrouded in myth.<BR />  <BR /> Now, forty years later, this book corrects the record.<BR />  <BR /> The product of a decade of research, including extensive archival work and dozens of exclusive interviews, <I>Cult City</I> reveals just how confused our understanding has become.<BR />  <BR /> In life, Jim Jones enjoyed the support of prominent politicians and Hollywood stars even as he preached atheism and communism from the pulpit; in death, he transformed into a fringe figure, a “fundamentalist Christian” and a “fascist.”<BR />  <BR /> In life, Harvey Milk faked hate crimes, outed friends, and falsely claimed that the US Navy dishonorably discharged him over his homosexuality; in death, he is honored in an Oscar-winning movie, with a California state holiday, and a US Navy ship named after him. His assassin, a blue-collar Democrat who often voted with Milk in support of gay issues, is remembered as a right-winger and a homophobe.<BR />  <BR /> But the story extends far beyond Jones and Milk. Author Daniel J. Flynn vividly portrays the strange intersection of mainstream politics and murderous extremism in 1970s San Francisco—the hangover after the high of the Summer of Love.</DIV>
My Life as a Goddess: A Memoir through (Un)Popular Culture
by Guy Branum

Language

English

Pages

289

Publication Date

July 31, 2018

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<b>In the vein of <i>New York Times</i> bestsellers <i>Why Not Me?</i> by Mindy Kaling and <i>We Are Never Meeting in Real Life</i> by Samantha Irby, a collection of side-splitting and illuminating essays by the popular stand-up comedian, alum of <i>Chelsea Lately</i> and <i>The Mindy Project</i>, and host of truTV’s<i> Talk Show the Game Show</i>.</b><BR><BR>From a young age, Guy Branum always felt as if he were on the outside looking in.<BR> <BR>Self-taught, introspective, and from a stiflingly boring farm town, he couldn’t relate to his neighbors. While other boys played outside, he stayed indoors reading Greek mythology. And being gay and overweight, he got used to diminishing himself. But little by little, he started learning from all the sad, strange, lonely outcasts in history who had come before him, and he started to feel hope.<BR> <BR>In this collection of personal essays, Guy talks about finding a sense of belonging at Berkeley—and stirring up controversy in a newspaper column that led to a run‑in with the Secret Service. He recounts the pitfalls of being typecast as the “Sassy Gay Friend,” and how, after taking a wrong turn in life (i.e. law school), he found stand‑up comedy and artistic freedom. He analyzes society’s calculated deprivation of personhood from fat people, and how, though it’s taken him a while to accept who he is, he has learned that with a little patience and a lot of humor, self-acceptance is possible.<BR> <BR>Written with Guy’s characteristic blend of wit, guile, and rumination, <i>My Life as a Goddess</i> is an unforgettable and deeply moving book by one of today’s most endearing and galvanizing voices in comedy.

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