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Mercury and Me
by , Tim Wapshott

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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.
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>
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>
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.
The First Man on the Moon
by Laurent Pehem

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English

Pages

328

Publication Date

November 29, 2018

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<b><em>The First Man on the Moon</em> is a riveting story that will keep you on the edge of your seat, a true page-turner, full of unexpected twists. There are upheavals, escapes and near-misses, losses and gains, but never does Laurent loses sight of his ultimate objective: a baby.</b><br /><br />Laurent and Harry want a baby. Easier said than done for a gay couple. When their adoption application is rejected, the two men embark on an insane four-year, four-clinic, four-egg-donor, nine-surrogate adventure.<br /><br />Their journey takes them to Bangkok, where they must navigate the shambles of Thailand's big fertility business. From Baby Gammy, a Thai surrogacy baby born with Down syndrome and allegedly abandoned by his Australian intended parents, to the visiting Japanese millionaire trying to father a thousand babies, the Thailand surrogacy microcosm has its share of scandals and oddities.<br /><br />Things become even more complicated when a military junta abolishes democracy in the name of love and declares surrogacy out of bounds. Doctors refuse to examine surrogate mothers and would-be parents of surrogacy babies find themselves stranded in Bangkok, unsure if they'll be able to bring their children home.<br /><br />Laurent and Harry's yearning for a family is enduring, but as they encounter unscrupulous surrogacy agents and try to play according to the rules, miscarriages and heartbreak, the likelihood of becoming parents is far from certain.<br /><br /><em>The First Man on the Moon</em> is a true story.
Cult City: Jim Jones, Harvey Milk, and 10 Days That Shook San Fra...
by Daniel J. Flynn

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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>
Seriously...I'm Kidding
by Ellen DeGeneres

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English

Pages

216

Publication Date

October 04, 2011

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<b>Ellen DeGeneres's winning, upbeat candor has made her show one of the most popular, resilient, and honored daytime shows on the air, and her life makes for great (and very funny) reading. <i>Relatable</i>, her first stand-up special in 15 years, airs on Netflix beginning December 18, 2018. </b><br /><br /><i>"I've experienced a whole lot the last few years and I have a lot to share. So I hope that you'll take a moment to sit back, relax and enjoy the words I've put together for you in this book. I think you'll find I've left no stone unturned, no door unopened, no window unbroken, no rug unvacuumed, no ivories untickled. What I'm saying is, let us begin, shall we?"</i><br /><br /><i>Seriously... I'm Kidding</i> is a lively, hilarious, and often sweetly poignant look at the life of the much-loved entertainer as she opens up about her personal life, her talk show, and more.<br /><br /><b><u>PRAISE FOR <i>SERIOUSLY...I'M KIDDING</i></u><br />"DeGeneres's amiably oddball riffs on everything from kale to catwalks to Jesus will make fans smile." - <i>People</i><br /><br />"Whatever the topic, DeGeneres's compulsively readable style will appeal to fans old and new." - <i>Publishers Weekly</i><br /><br />"Fans will not be disappointed...[DeGeneres's] trademark wit and openness shine through and through." -- <i>Kirkus</i></b> <br /><br />
Ike's Mystery Man: The Secret Lives of Robert Cutler
by Peter Shinkle

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English

Pages

401

Publication Date

December 04, 2018

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<b><b>The Cold War, The Lavender Scare and the Untold Story of Eisenhower's First National Security Advisor.</b></b><br /><br /><b>"An extraordinary story. . . a gripping, moving tale." -- Evan Thomas, author of </b><b><i>Ike's Bluff: President Eisenhower's Secret Battle to Save the World</i></b><br /><br /><b><i>"</i></b><b>A historical treasure unearthed . . . A must-read for all Cold War scholars, it is a great read for everyone else." -- Martin J. Sherwin, Pulitzer-Prize-winning co-author of </b><b><i>American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer</i></b><br /><br /><b>"This is a book that deserves, and is sure to get, a wide audience." -- Michael Isikoff, co-author of </b><b><i>Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin's War on America and the Election of Donald Trump</i></b><i></i><br /><br />President Eisenhower's National Security Advisor Robert "Bobby" Cutler shaped US Cold War strategy in far more consequential ways than previously understood. A lifelong Republican, Cutler also served three Denocratic presidents. The life of any party, he was a tight-lipped loyalist who worked behind the scenes to get things done. While Cutler's contributions to the public sphere may not have received, until now, the consideration they deserve, the story of his private life has never before been told.<br /><br />Cutler struggled throughout his years in the White House to discover and embrace his own sexual identity and orientation, and he was in love with a man half his age, NSC staffer Skip Koons. Cutler poured his emotions into a six-volume diary and dozens of letters that have been hidden from history. Steve Benedict, who was White House security officer, Cutlers' friend and Koons' friend and former lover, preserved Cutler's papers. All three men served Eisenhower at a time when anyone suspected of "sexual perversion", i.e. homosexuality, was banned from federal employment and vulnerable to security sweeps by the FBI.

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